Pittwater Life June 2017 Issue


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Celebrating 25 Years





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Practical realities of the B-Line

At last – the months of

speculation about the muchtouted

B-Line are over, with the

NSW Government announcing

Newport as the point of origin

and termination for the new

rapid transit bus network.

If you’re confused about

what the B-Line means for you

and your daily commute, or

how it affects your access to

Pittwater’s central villages from

the hinterland and fringes,

Pittwater Life has obtained

comprehensive information on

routes and frequencies that will

explain everything. (Consider it

a ‘Dummies Guide’.)

We don’t begin to think the

new service will please everyone

– for example, if you live at

Church Point you’ll no longer

have the direct access of three

morning services to the city.

But the trade-off will see greater

frequency of buses into Mona

Vale, and for longer periods,

meaning city workers will be

able to negotiate better hours

with their employers should

they wish them.

Of course, the announcement

also begs the question of how

the buses will turn around

at Newport; we understand

that will occur adjacent to the

Newport Surf Lifesaving Club.

More on that, and community

feedback, next month...

* * *

As reported last month,

former Warringah Mayor

Michael Regan intends to stand

15 councillor candidates in the

council election in September.

Continuing our commitment

to in-depth local government

coverage in the lead-up to the

election we sat down with Mr

Regan to learn exactly what he

and his supporters stand for.

* * *

Feel that chill in the air? It’s

time to swap the boardies

and t-shirts for jeans and

fleeces – and start planning

your trip(s) to the snow fields.

This month you can win a

fabulous getaway in Thredbo!

Turn to page 72! – Nigel Wall

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Art Life 38-41

Surfing Life 42-43

Boating Life 44

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4 JUNE 2017

Celebrating 25 Years


Dummies Guide to the B-Line

It’s official: The NSW Government has announced

the new B-Line will run from Newport to the city

(Wynyard). It ends months of speculation – but also

fuels questions about how things will work. Pittwater

Life has some answers. There are some new services,

extra buses on key express routes, and revised stopping

patterns. Here's what residents can expect from the new

regional services plan, slated to commence in November.

(Cut out this page and stick it on your fridge!)

Your suburb-by-suburb guide…

Palm Beach

New route 199 will operate as a full-time, all-stops

service between PB and Manly via the Newport ‘loop’

(NL). Operates every 30 mins weekdays and every 15

mins weekends (15-min frequencies Mon-Fri between

Avalon Beach and Manly). Connections to B-Line at

B-Line stops between Newport and Brookvale.

Route L90 will continue to operate weekday offpeak

(9am-3pm) and weekends (7am-10pm), with a

frequency of 60 minutes. For travel to the city outside

of these times, catch the 199 and connect to B-Line

services at Newport.

Avalon Beach

New route 199 will operate full-time, all-stops between

Palm Beach and Manly via NL. Operates every

15 mins Mon-Fri. Provides connections to B-line at

B-Line stops between Newport and Brookvale.

Route E88 will continue to operate between North

Avalon and City – additional E88 services provided;

extended operating hours in AM and PM peak periods;

modified stopping pattern, operating all stops to Narrabeen

then stopping only at Neutral Bay Junction and the

City. On outbound PM trips first set-down Narrabeen.

Route L90 will continue to operate during the

weekday off-peak (9am-3pm) and weekends (7am-

10pm), with a frequency of 60 mins. For travel to City

outside of these times, catch the 199 and connect to

B-Line services at Newport.

Bilgola & Clareville

Routes 191 and 192 will now operate every 30

mins across the day and route 192 service hours on

weekdays will be extended.

Route E89 will continue to operate between Avalon

/ Clareville / Bilgola Plateau to City. Modified stopping

pattern, all stops to Narrabeen then stopping only at

Neutral Bay Junction and the City. On outbound PM

trips first set-down Narrabeen.


New B-Line will operate between Newport and City,

providing frequent services all day, 7 days a week,

stopping only at Newport, Mona Vale, Warriewood,

Narrabeen, Collaroy, Dee Why, Brookvale, Manly Vale,

Spit Junction, Neutral Bay Junction and City.

Route 199 will operate as a full-time, all-stops service

between Palm Beach and Manly via NL. Operating

every 15 minutes across the week.

Route E88 will continue between North Avalon

and the City – additional route E88 services provided;

extended operating hours in AM and PM peak periods;

modified stopping pattern, with all stops to Narrabeen

then stopping only at Neutral Bay Junction and City.

On outbound PM trips first set-down Narrabeen.

Route E89 will continue to operate between Avalon

/ Clareville / Bilgola Plateau to the City – modified

stopping pattern, operating all stops to Narrabeen

then stopping only at Neutral Bay Junction and City.

On outbound PM trips first set-down Narrabeen.

Route L90 will continue to operate during weekday

off-peak (9am-pm) and weekends (7am-10pm), with

a frequency of 60 minutes. For travel to City outside of

these times, catch route 199 and connect to B-Line

services at Newport, or routes E88 or E89 at any bus

stop along Barrenjoey Road.

Routes 187 and L87 will no longer operate. For

travel to North Sydney and Milsons Point, use B-line

or route 199 to Mona Vale, and connect to frequent

route E54 services to North Sydney and Milsons Point

during weekday peak periods.

Route E87 will no longer operate. For travel to City,

catch B-Line at Newport, or E88 or E89 at any stop

along Barrenjoey Rd.

Services via the NL provided by routes 199, L90.

Church Point & Bayview

Route E86 will no longer operate. For travel to City,

use route 156 and connect to B-Line services at

Mona Vale.

Route 156 modified to operate between McCarrs

Creek and Mona Vale, with increased frequencies

across the day – every 15 mins during AM peak; every

10 mins during PM peak; every 30 mins weekday

off-peak and weekends.

Route 155 modified to operate between Bayview

Garden Village and Narrabeen, via Narrabeen Penin.

For travel to Dee Why, Warringah Mall or Manly, connect

to all-stops route 199 at Mona Vale or Narrabeen.

Mona Vale

New B-Line operates Newport and City, providing

frequent services all day, 7 days, stopping only at

Newport, Mona Vale, Warriewood, Narrabeen, Collaroy,

Dee Why, Brookvale, Manly Vale, Spit Junction,

Neutral Bay Junction and City.

Route E88 continues between North Avalon

and City – additional route E88 services provided;

extended hours in AM and PM peak periods; modified

stopping pattern, all stops to Narrabeen then stopping

only at Neutral Bay Junction and City. On outbound

PM trips first set-down Narrabeen.

Route E89 continues to operate between Avalon /

Clareville / Bilgola Plateau to the City – modified stopping

pattern, operating all stops to Narrabeen then

stopping only at Neutral Bay Junction and City. On

outbound PM trips first set-down Narrabeen.

Route 199 will operate full-time, all-stops between

Palm Beach and Manly via NL. Operating every 15

mins across the week.

New route E54 will operate between Mona Vale

and Milsons Point via North Sydney, providing frequent

services during weekday peak periods.

Route L60 to Chatswood will be renumbered to

route E60; and additional trips provided.

Route 182 will be modified to operate via Samuel

St, Parkland Rd and Waratah St, replacing routes

L85/185 in this area.

Route 185 modified to operate between Mona Vale

and Warringah Mall (Pittwater Rd) only. Route 185 in

the Samuel St, Parkland Rd and Waratah St area will

be replaced by route 182 which will be modified to

operate in this area.

Route L85 will no longer operate, replaced by allstops

route 185 to Warringah Mall (Pittwater Rd). For

travel to City connect with B-line at Narrabeen.

Route L90 will continue to operate during weekday

off-peak (9am-3pm) and weekends (7am-10pm), with

a frequency of 60 mins. For travel to City outside of

these times, catch new B-line or routes E88 or E89.

Warriewood Valley

Route E85 will continue between Mona Vale and City

via Warriewood Valley – additional E85 services provided;

extended operating hours in AM and PM peak

periods; modified stopping pattern, all stops to Dee

Why, then stopping only at Warringah Mall (Pittwater

Rd), Neutral Bay Junction and City.

Route 185 will be modified to operate between

Mona Vale and Warringah Mall (Pittwater Rd), replacing

daytime route L85 services. For travel to City,

connect to B-Line at any B-Line stop between Mona

Vale and Warringah Mall (Pittwater Rd).

Route L85 will no longer operate, replaced by allstops

route 185 to Warringah Mall (Pittwater Rd). For

travel to City connect with B-line at Narrabeen.

Elanora Heights

Route E83 will continue to operate between Elanora

Heights and City – additional E83 services provided;

extended hours in AM and PM peak periods; modified

stopping pattern, all stops to Dee Why, then stopping

only at Warringah Mall (Pittwater Rd), Neutral Bay

Junction and City.

Route 182 will continue Narrabeen to Mona Vale

via Elanora Heights. Will also operate Sundays.

8 JUNE 2017

Celebrating 25 Years

Watch this space: artists

overjoyed at $3m pledge


The search is on for a suitable

venue for the new

Pittwater-based ‘Creative

Space’ following Northern

Beaches Council’s $3 million

cash splash for local arts and

culture at the top end of the


Last month Council tabled its

plan to allocate $1 million from

the Merger Savings Fund piggybank

to find an appropriate

site for the space, which would

be delivered along the lines of

the Warringah Creative Space

at Curl Curl (a reapportioned

Scouts Hall, above).

Administrator Dick Persson

revealed the space, which

would function as a professional

art facility for established

and emerging artists, would

most likely be sited in Newport

or Avalon.

He also pledged $500,000

per year for four years (starting

next financial

year) for

the installation

of public

art (like the

'Sea Nymphs'

on the


Beach walk –

pictured prior

to its being

damaged in 2016) in key locations,

with commissions from

local artists where possible.

“My vision is this program of

public art will rival the temporary

exhibition on the Bondi to

Bronte walk,” Mr Persson said.

“I am confident this initiative

will deliver great enjoyment to

all who use the Palm Beach to

Manly coastal walkway as well

as providing a great boost to

the local arts community.”

Passionate advocate for community

arts in Pittwater Lorrie

Morgan (right) was thrilled to

hear about the plan.

An artist in her own right,

Lorrie has been actively

involved in


the arts in

Pittwater for

more than

15 years. She

has worked

on Pittwater

Council arts



formation of Pittwater Community

Arts (of which she was

president for 10 years) and has

been a driving force behind the

Pittwater Artists Trail.

Lorrie was also one of

the first residents to put up

her hand to sit on

the new Northern

Beaches Council Art,

Culture and Heritage

Strategic Reference


Lorrie’s ultimate

goal has always

been the creation of a dedicated

arts hub where locals can learn,

create, teach and showcase

their work.

“I’m over the moon with the

announcement,” she said.

Lorrie said the next step was

to find a suitable space in a

central, easily accessible area.

Referring to the vision for the

arts precinct that formed a key

part of the Mona Vale Place Plan

she said: “We’ve already been

so close to having a dedicated

arts area just to have the rug

pulled out from under us…

“I hope non-one pulls the rug

out again – I hope I live to see

the day it opens!”

Penel Bigg from the Pittwater

Artists Trail said a space

located in Newport or Avalon

was much-needed.

“The prospect of having a

dedicated space for the arts will

have a huge impact on the creative

community of Pittwater,”

she said.

Newport Sculpture Trail

spokesperson and Sydney Arts

Space (Mona Vale) operator

Christine Simpson said the new

space would provide

a continuous

way for everyone in

the community to

interact and enjoy

the arts.

“Such a space

would provide our

wonderful local artists

with a creative

hub from which to

flourish,” she said.

“It is my belief that

any type of support or funding

for the arts, a dedicated arts

space and a sculpture walkway

largely showcasing local talent

is a boon to the pointy end of

the Northern Beaches.”

“Sydney Art Space has been

recently holding arts events,

largely at Newport, which have

found community support with

the public expressing gratitude

and positivity for more arts

events to follow.

“Dick Persson is right on

track and we as a community:

artists, participants and

supporters of the arts should

be thankful for his altruistic

vision of a culturally enriched

region. Bring it on!”

– Lisa Offord & Nigel Wall

10 JUNE 2017

Celebrating 25 Years


Call to

donate used

hearing aids

Mona Vale audiologist Suzi

Marcos will head to Samoa

next month as part of an

Australian team of specialists

helping children with hearing


There are no audiologists

in Samoa and prior to the

Australian team’s week-long

visits instigated nine years

ago by Attune Hearing’s

Professor Philip Newall and

Cristy Newall, no children living

in the South Pacific island

nation had been fitted with

hearing aids.

This will be Suzi’s first trip

to Samoa but not the first

time she has stepped out

of her comfort zone to help


“In Australia a majority

of us are very lucky to have

easy access to great medical

facilities, but unfortunately

there are many who do not,

which is what also prompted

me to do some work with Indigenous

communities in the

Northern Territory,” she said.

“Samoa has no audiologist

in the country, so I hope I can

fulfil a need and help people

to get back something many of

us take for granted – the ability

to hear and communicate.”

Relying on referrals from

parents, teachers and medical

staff, more than 400 children

in Samoa have had their

hearing assessed, with 250

children fitted with donated

hearing aids by the Australian


“I am hoping to help the

children to hear well enough

to have normal speech and

language development, which

in turn will allow them to

have as normal a life as possible,”

Suzi said.

“This first trip will give me

a personal understanding of

particular needs so I can apply

that to future visits.”

The Australian audiologists’

work in Samoa was

begun by the charity Carabez

Alliance, with support from

The Royal Institute of Deaf

and Blind Children, AusAid

and the local government who

support the SENESE Resource

Centre promoting inclusive


Clinics are held in various

locations, including three

rooms at the local hospital

that have little more than a

desk in each, with all equipment

brought from Australia.

* If you have any working

hearing aids to donate,

contact Attune Hearing Mona

Vale on 9479 5201.

12 JUNE 2017

Celebrating 25 Years

'Protect Pittwater’ rallying

residents to ‘control destiny’

Advocates for new local resident activist

group Protect Pittwater Association

(PPA) say all residents in the former Pittwater

Council region must support a campaign for

the return of Pittwater Council if they want to

regain control of local decision making.

Following a community forum chaired by

the Northern Beaches Greens last

month, PPA spokesman and former

Pittwater councillor Bob Grace said

that although local State MP Rob

Stokes had assured residents that

councillors elected to the new Northern

Beaches Council would control

decisions about land use, zoning

and strategic plans in their local

wards, true democracy involved

more than development decisions.

“We must control our own destiny…

local government means

local control of our rates and local

control of our budget – as much as control of

our tree canopy, open spaces, our interconnected

villages and our own character,” Mr

Grace said.

Mr Grace is spearheading the two-pronged

campaign to regain Pittwater Council – involving

litigation financed by crowdfunding, and a

petition unanimously agreed upon at the community


Seeking legal advice and preparing a statement

of claim would cost between $5,000 and

$10,000, he said.

“We’re lucky this is not a big case,” Mr Grace

said. “Other councils (Ku-ring-gai and Woollahra)

have done our work for us… we

only have to fit within the judgments

obtained by them in court – and we do.”

The forum also supported a proposal

by NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge

to petition the state government

to reconstitute Pittwater Council.

“The Local Government Act makes

it clear, that when you have a proposal

from part of a local government

area, that it only needs support

of 250 residents or 10% of the local

residents, whichever is the lesser,” Mr

Shoebridge said.

“Of course, if this proposal is going to be

taken seriously it needs many more than 250

residents behind it – and I’m pretty certain there

are thousands more in Pittwater who will be.”

More info on Protect Pittwater’s facebook


– Miranda Korzy


Celebrating 25 Years

JUNE 2017 13


State Park

grows by 50%

Local conservationists

have welcomed the State

Government’s announcement

that the boundaries of the

iconic Narrabeen Lagoon

State Park will be expanded

by more than 50%.

The State Park was

established by the

government in 2014

to help ensure greater

environmental protection

for the lagoon and its

surrounding catchment.

Now, negotiations between

Northern Beaches Council

and the NSW Department of

Industry – Lands have seen

seven Crown reserves added

to the State Park.

“Narrabeen Lagoon is one

of the largest coastal lagoons

in Sydney and sits within

an important ecosystem –

supporting a variety of native

animals through a network

of wildlife protection areas,”

Pittwater MP Rob Stokes said.

“This expansion to the

State Park preserves the

area’s status for public

recreation and tourism

along with protecting

its environmental


“Seven additional Crown

reserves now come under

the management of the

Narrabeen Lagoon State Park

Trust meaning facilities

for public recreation can

continue to be supported and

the area’s natural habitats


“The State Park originally

covered 247.2 hectares. This

expansion adds a further

140.5 hectares, bringing the

total to 387.7 hectares.”

The President of the

Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon

Catchment (FNLC), Judith

Bennett, welcomed the

expansion adding it would

facilitate management of

those lands and provide

protection for the important

ecosystems found there.

“The newly added areas

are not all contiguous so it

would be good if the patches

of connecting bush could be

added to the Park as soon

as possible to assist in the

management of the Park,”

she said.

“It has been a delight to

see Council organising for

ongoing bush regeneration

along the banks of Middle

Creek since the works that

were done from 2007 to 2010

– in areas that are now part of

Narrabeen Lagoon State Park.

“It is important for that

follow-up work to continue so

that the native plants thrive

and continue to out-compete

the weeds.”

Welcoming the expansion,

Northern Beaches Council

Administrator Dick Persson

said: “Including these

Crown reserves in the State

Park means we will have a

single Trust managing one

of Sydney’s most popular

parks and will ensure this

wonderful natural resource

is preserved for future


– Nigel Wall

14 JUNE 2017

Celebrating 25 Years


Safe walk to the park ‘by Christmas’

Palm Beach locals who have fought for

40 years to improve pedestrian safety

between the ferry wharf and Governor

Phillip Park are delighted the new walkway

championed by Northern Beaches Council

is expected to be up and running by the

Christmas holiday period when the

area experiences its greatest tourism

rush – and peak danger period.

Tenders for the project – the first

piece of infrastructure for the iconic

coastal walkway that will link Palm

Beach with Manly – closed on May 30,

with Council officers now poring over

submissions with a view to announcing

the successful party by the end

of June.

“The only existing pedestrian

route between Palm Beach Wharf and

Governor Phillip Park is via Barrenjoey

Road… pedestrian access is difficult

with no continuous designated

footpath, which forces pedestrians

out onto the road, at some points,” said

Council Administrator Dick Persson.

He said there had been extensive consultation

with the community, including

residents on the road whose properties

border the walkway.

That included consultation over concept

designs and construction materials

(largely the material the boardwalk would

be made from).

Importantly, the proposed design maintains

access to residential properties.

One of the residents whose property

borders the project, Warwick Sargeant, said

a safe, level pathway had been needed for

ARTIST'S IMPRESSION: The new Barrenjoey Rd walkway.

visitors and locals alike for decades.

“We are and have always been concerned

about safety issues for pedestrians along

the narrow and uneven verge along Barrenjoey

Rd where the proposed walkway is

going,” Mr Sargeant said.

“It is a larger and more grandiose

structure than I envisaged initially but the

Council officer Michelle and the council

engineer have met with us several times

and been friendly and largely accommodating

with any concerns we may have had.

“Our little pocket of Palmy is so beautiful

and so special that we are delighted

that we can share it safely with everyone,

locals and tourists alike.”

Council funded the project under

the $32.6 million Connecting Northern

Beaches program, utilising funds

from the Stronger Communities Fund

made available by the State Government

through the merger process.

Council developed concept designs

with the help of a community-based

working group. Mr Persson confirmed

Council’s aim was to have the walkway

built before the 2017 Christmas


Palm Beach Whale Beach Association

President Dr Richard West said

the community was delighted that

the walkway was progressing.

“We have had concerns regarding

pedestrian safety for over 40 years along

this section of Barrenjoey Road and look

forward to a dedicated walkway to improve

pedestrian safety between the ferry wharf

and Governor Phillip Park.”

Info yoursay.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

16 JUNE 2017

Celebrating 25 Years

Mental health services boost

The northern beaches

community will be

the major beneficiary of a

sweeping new $14 million

federal government funded

roll-out of mental health and

suicide prevention services.

Making the announcement

at Community Care

Northern Beaches last

month, Mackellar MP Jason

Falinski said mental health

was one of the four pillars

of the Turnbull Government’s

Long Term National

Health Plan.

It is estimated that more

than four million Australian

adults experience mental

ill-health each year – and in

Northern Sydney this figure

was an alarming 12 in every

100 people.

The service providers that

will assist locally include:

n Community Care Northern

Beaches – offering

outreach care coordination

and psychosocial support to

people who have been hospitalised

following a suicide


n Lifeline Harbour to

Hawkesbury and Lifeline

Northern Beaches – offering

telephone based assessment

and referral services for

people experiencing mild

to moderate mental health

issues such as low mood,

anxiety and stress.

n Lifeline Harbour to

Hawkesbury – in addition to

their phone-based services,

Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury

will also provide

group-based support for

underserviced groups, helping

these people to manage

their anxiety, stress and


Mr Falinski said the range

of services offered through

these providers included

early intervention, low-level

mental health care, wraparound

support to connect

vulnerable groups to the

services they need, to aftercare

support for those who

have tried to take their lives.

“We are committed to developing

a better approach

to mental health care.”


Celebrating 25 Years

JUNE 2017 17


Vendors on a Shores thing

new local real estate agency

A has been launched by some

familiar faces, with a name and

fresh logo reflecting the area it

will serve – between the shores

of the ocean and Pittwater.

Shores, created by agent

Stephanie Hammond and business

manager Sienna Berney,

will provide a real estate service

tailor-made and specifically

suited to our beachside villages

of Avalon, Newport and Bilgola.

“Our area has always been a

haven for artistic, creative, freethinking,

interesting people

and I wanted to offer the same

enthusiasm and slightly off-beat

approach to what is perceived

as a slightly dull and leaden

business,” Stephanie said.

“We understand buying or

selling a house is one of the biggest

decisions people will make.

“For buyers it’s a huge commitment

both financially and

emotionally, because it represents

their life, their ambitions,

their futures.

“For vendors, it’s often a difficult

decision to sell what has

often been their family home...

they are deeply invested in it.

“For both sides, we want to

do all we can to guarantee they

make the right decision.”

Stephanie took the plunge

to launch Shores after her

five-year franchise agreement

with real estate agency Century

21 – the world’s largest group –

expired in May.

“The old-fashioned franchise

system doesn’t offer anything

Stephanie Hammond with Sienna Berney (third from right) and team.

anymore,” Stephanie explained.

“Buyers and sellers don’t want

an expensive, one-size-fits-all

approach... Sydney’s a city of

villages, we want to offer a service

custom-designed for our

little beachside villages.”

Stephanie said the outlook for

local real estate was positive.

“As the digital age continues

to change our lives, making

it possible to work globally

but live locally, the modern

reality is suburbs like Avalon,

Bilgola and Newport are ideally

positioned for modern families

looking for a great lifestyle,

while conducting worthwhile

working lives,” she said.

“After several years of strong

growth throughout Sydney, affordability

remains a real issue.

“Our area has not, so far,

seen prices distorted by foreign

investment or by a huge surge

in apartment buildings.

“However, with the recent

government decision to offer

easier access to the city with

high-frequency bus services,

we also anticipate that the

explosive growth in prices

closer to the city, has and will

continue to encourage buyers

to seek value – and head up to

our area,” she said.

Covering all aspects of

residential real estate; property

management for investors and

property sales, Stephanie and

her team have been encouraged

by two major awards: rated

No.1 agency for Avalon and

Bilgola in 2017 by independent

assessor Rate My Agent, and

having conducted the most

sales in Newport in 2017.

“We believe each vendor and

property has their own specific

needs and requires a unique

approach… everyone has a

story and everyone deserves a

bespoke solution,” she said.

– Lisa Offord



Tricky teenager? Adolescent

psychologist Michael Hawton

has drawn on 30 years’

experience to compile Engaging

Adolescents – a practical guide

to help you steer your teenager

through challenging times with

confidence. Meet Michael on

Thurs 8 from 6pm at Avalon Rec

Centre. Tickets $15, bookings

essential on 9973 1244.

Buy a snag for the hospital.

Grab a sausage sanga at Bunnings

Narrabeen on Sat 10 and

help raise funds to support Mona

Vale Hospital Auxilliary. BBQ will

be fired up from 8am-3pm.

World Oceans Day event.

Rob Stokes MP, Palm Beach

SLSC, The Save Our Marine Life

partnership and Jason Falinski

MP invite you to celebrate World

Oceans Day on Monday 5 (it's

technically Thursday but they

are getting in early) with special

guest speaker ocean explorer

Valerie Taylor. At the Pacific Club

Palm Beach at 6pm. Free; bookings

essential 8484 0300.

Whale count. The northern

whale migration has begun and

scientists need your help counting

giants of the deep for the

ORRCA Whale Census on Sun

25. Experts will be on hand at

Bilgola Headland from 1-2.30pm

to help guide you. Bookings

essential on 1300 000 232.

Have a ball. Secure tickets

to the annual Christmas in July

Charity Ball and make a positive

difference in the fight against

cancer by raising money for

research and community-based

programs; @ Miramare Gardens,

Terrey Hills on Fri July 28. More

info fightonthebeaches.com.

New men’s book club.

Beachside Bookshop in Avalon

is launching a Blokes Book Club,

which will be held on the first

Monday night of the month from

7-8pm. With a focus on Australian

writers, the club kicks off July 3

with crime writer Candice Fox’s

Crimson Lake. More info in store

or info@beachsidebookshop.com

Travel View Travel Club.

Head to RMYC Newport on Mon

5 from 10.30am. All welcome;

RSVP Eliza 9999 6933.

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‘Range’ of reasons for exclusion

Northern Beaches Council has

disputed claims that golf

participation at public courses

across Pittwater remains steady

and has revealed why it did not

include the Pittwater Golf Centre

driving range at Warriewood for

potential takeover in its Sportsground

Needs Analysis and Golf

Course Review discussion paper.

Council is looking at ways

to address a shortfall of an

estimated 24 playing fields for a

growing number of participants

in 17 all-age-group sports across

the northern beaches, with golf

courses on Crown or Council

land viewed as potential solutions.

Many readers contacted Pittwater

Life wanting to know why

the driving range at Warriewood

(pictured) had not been included

in the discussion process.

Council administrator Dick

Persson explained the golf

centre had a commercial lease

in place which expired in 2019,

adding the council estimated

the grounds would accommodate

just two full-sized fields.

“Council has an agreement

with a commercial group to

2019, for management of the

Pittwater Golf Centre and driving

range,” he said. “The driving

range generates significant income

for Council which is then

re-invested into the upgrades

and management and maintenance

of sportsgrounds.”

He added the estimate for two

full-size football fields on the

land was based on assumptions

including: that a reasonable

buffer was required between

the homes on the northern

edge and any proposed sports

fields, to minimise impacts to

amenity of nearby residents; an

area of land would be required

for supporting infrastructure

including; amenities (toilets,

change rooms, storage), parking

and lighting; the fields would be

located to suit the contours of

the land; and that appropriate

safety run-offs were required

between fields and between the

dead ball areas and the edges of

the site.

On golf participation levels,

he said: “Advice Council has

received from consultant Golf

Business Advisory Services

(GBAS) indicates that in regard

to the number of public rounds

at the Mona Vale golf course

(public) for example, there were

1,332 less public rounds in 2015

than in 2013 (6.3% decrease). The

information in this table was

sourced by GBAS from the golf


Last month Mona Vale GC

President John Karren said: “The

number of rounds the members

play has been either consistent

or increasing the last few

years… overall rounds played

have been consistent at Mona

Vale (around 60,000 rounds

per year – 35,000 members and

25,000 public roughly).”

Mr Persson said investigation

of the golf centre and driving

range for sports fields would be

dependent on the outcome of

the consultation currently underway

and Council’s consideration

of the draft sportsground

strategy in the discussion paper

relating to converting existing

open space (eg golf courses) to

sports fields.

“Council’s role in relation to

supporting healthy lifestyles is

primarily around ensuring that

the spaces and facilities it manages

support the recreational

needs of the entire community,

including older people” Mr

Persson said.

The draft Sportsgrounds

Strategy, incorporating community

comments, was presented

to Council on May 30; the final

Sportsgrounds Strategy will be

presented to Council on July 25.

– Nigel Wall


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Newport dance

school on point

Of the thousands of youngsters

who skip off to ballet

lessons every day only a handful

are identified as having that

“something special” to help

propel them to great heights.

So when a little ballet school

on the northern beaches can

boast five students in the coveted

Australian Ballet School’s

training program, a swag of

impressive national awards

and scholarships for prestigious

international dance

companies, it must be doing

something right.

This year alone, three students

at Dynamite Premiere

Academy in Newport have

been awarded scholarships

to attend The Joffrey Ballet

School Summer Intensive in

New York City; two students

have been offered full-time

training positions with American

dance companies and an

11-year-old student performed

at the Sydney Opera House

with The Australian Ballet for

a season of The Nutcracker.

Pictured are two of the

talented team – sisters Emily

(right) and Charlotte Enright.

Not only have Emily, 13, and

Charlotte, 11, landed spots in

the Australian Ballet School’s

Interstate Training Program,

both recently walked away

with opportunities to extend

their skills at other respected

dance companies.

After competing in the Alana

Haines Australasian Awards

in New Zealand in April, Emily

was offered a traineeship in

the full-time ballet program

at the Joffrey Ballet and also a

place in their summer school

and Charlotte was awarded a

scholarship to the Brisbane

City Youth Ballet holiday


The sister’s principal teacher

Melissa Mitchell at Dynamite

Premiere Academy couldn’t be

prouder of the girls who have

been under her wing for more

than half of their lives.

“The girls are not only talented

but devoted to ballet…

they are a pleasure to teach,”

Melissa said.

Not surprisingly both aspire

to become professional ballet


Emily, a Year 8 student at

Brigidine College, St Ives, currently

dedicates 21 hours a

week to dance.

“I love dance, it makes me

feel happy and performing

makes me feel like I can share

something with the audience.”

Charlotte, who is in Year 6

at Mona Vale Public School,

started lessons because “I

wanted to be like my sister”.

She dances 16 hours a week

and said she loved “working


“When I dance I feel happy

and free,” she said. – LO

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The man who


Interview by Nigel Wall

Residents who opposed the amalgamation

of Pittwater Council into

the new Northern Beaches Council

remain fearful of what lies ahead for our

region after the first Council is elected in


Among the myriad concerns is that

broad brush strokes from decision-makers

within the mega-Council will blot out

Pittwater’s unique character.

Former Warringah Mayor Michael Regan,

42, knows that to many within Pittwater,

his past job linked him to the very thing

they continue to fight – overdevelopment.

Mr Regan has announced his ‘Your

Northern Beaches’ party will nominate 15

candidates across the five Council wards.

So, do we really have anything to fear

from him or his party? And would life be

any different if he happens to secure the

Council’s top job?

Pittwater Life caught up with Mr Regan at

Bilgola Beach to find out more…

Pittwater Life: You supported a Northern

Beaches Council from Day 1… why?

Michael Regan: To be clear, we understood

the State Government was going to

amalgamate us if we didn’t do it ourselves.

It was better we be in charge of our destiny

rather than leave it to others. The benefits

to me were obvious – a well-run large

Council is still better than a well-run small

Council. People talk about the little things

that a small Council does that they fear

won’t be done if a bigger one is created. In

my experience, with the right processes

and people, you have more resources to do

more, thus raising basic service delivery.

The small things don’t get missed. Being

larger means council can afford infrastructure

and, more importantly, maintain

it. I know many people feared their local

identity would be lost but I just don’t

believe that to be true. Those small unique

villages already coexisted within the previous

council and they will continue to exist,

but will be better supported and funded by

the larger organisation. Being one Council

doesn’t stop us from being ourselves,

it allows us to cement that and to better

maintain that unique quality that is the

Northern Beaches lifestyle. It’s an opportunity

to enhance services and infrastructure

and shape the future we want as a community,

not what the State thinks we want,

or says we have to have.

PL: Do Pittwater residents have anything

to fear from you or your party?

MR: Nothing at all. The State Government

forced us to amalgamate. My fellow Warringah

councillors fought the good fight led

by our extraordinary community to save

us from being split in two – the model that

Pittwater Council supported. We will run

candidates across all wards simply so we

can give a genuine alternative to the major

parties and their practice of bloc voting.

We represent the community, not a party

or a local member they generally work for.

The State Government will determine if the

Northern Beaches is to be developed, not

Council. Council will work with them to

ensure that we protect all the unique areas

of the Northern Beaches, from Pittwater to

Cottage Point to Manly. Most importantly

we will work with our community in a

transparent manner to ensure that any

changes are properly managed and are in

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would be Mayor

keeping with local character. Nobody supports

over-development. Nobody. People

often refer to Dee Why on that front. Even

the high-rise that was introduced by the

administrator, didn’t create more units.

The amount of floor space was determined

decades earlier. I’m proud of what is finally

being delivered to Dee Why. Manly still

has the highest density and the tallest

buildings. A big part of the problem is

that the general public do not understand

how planning works on Council and the

State. The assumption is that Council is

responsible for it. The truth is it is the State.

I love having these respectful debates with

people and educating them.

PL: Would you support councillors being

responsible for planning in their wards?

MR: That’s a good question. I doubt it

is legal as it goes directly against our

responsibilities as Councillors as defined

by the Act. I support local ward Councillors

taking a lead on projects in their area. That

is critical. You would be naïve to believe

that local councillors only could decide on

planning controls in their area. Where is

the legislation? If it exists, what does the

fine print say? Think about it. All across

Sydney, how many ward councillors would

agree to increasing density in their patch?

Nobody. Sydney would grind to a halt. You

have reported Rob Stokes has said this

is going to happen, so it ultimately won’t

matter what anyone thinks. This is perhaps

another example of how State Government

tries to control Council.

PL: What does the ‘Your Northern Beaches’

party stand for?

MR: We are a registered party for one

day every four years – election day. The

rest of the time we think, act and vote

independently. Every vote on council is a

conscience vote – our track record at Warringah

Council proves that. Your Northern

Beaches will strive to give the community a

strong independent voice at the most critical

level of Government. We will endeavour

to make politicians and government departments

accountable to the community

with none of the usual rhetoric, deceit and

power plays that you see from our major

parties. Its members will always maintain

their independence and will work in a

spirit of co-operation to achieve the aims of

the team and maintain the passion for real

democracy. As a team, those broad aims

'We're bringing together

a like-minded group who

are already serving their

local areas and who want to

take the next step...'

are to protect our beaches, parkland and

natural assets from inappropriate development

and the potential impacts of a changing

climate; to commit the NB Council to

best environmental practice as well as the

highest standards of transparency and

accountability; to maintain council services

and where possible, enhance them; to

improve necessary infrastructure; to work

alongside and support local businesses;

to upgrade our sporting facilities; and enhance

the role of community groups.

PL: Where will you get your 15 candidates?

MR: We’re bringing together a group of

like-minded, grass roots community members

who are already serving their local

areas and who want to take the next step.

We’re still finalising details and election

day is a long way off but I’m excited by who

we are bringing together.

PL: What ward will you stand in?

MR: I am amused that everyone is so keen

to know which ward I am running in and

to be honest, I haven’t decided yet – I am

passionate about the issues affecting each

of the five wards.

PL: Do you aspire to the role as Mayor?

MR: Yes. But not for any ego factor or notions

of career progression but because I

am genuinely excited about the challenges

and opportunities for the community that

the new council has brought about. Over

the past eight years I’ve developed a longterm

vision for the area by working with

and listening to the community – not just

in Warringah but with our neighbours in

Pittwater and Manly too. I’m keen to share

that vision and develop it further. I think it

is an outrage and a step backwards that the

public no longer get to choose their Mayor.

The people of Manly and of Warringah have

previously voted overwhelmingly to have

that right to choose their leader but now

that right has been lost. I hope that in time

the new council will return to the model of

a directly elected Mayor.

PL: What have you learned chairing the

Strategic Reference Groups for Affordable

Housing and Arts Culture & Heritage?

MR: The Northern Beaches has an amazing

art and cultural scene and a wonderful

heritage with a great local narrative

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Continued from page 25

to tell. The arts here should

rightly be shared and celebrated.

But within the sector,

there was a lack of funding

and coordination across the

Northern Beaches area. We

have managed to secure $2

million across four years plus

an additional $1 million to go

towards more creative spaces

such as the wonderful facility

at Curl Curl which provides

working studios and exhibition

spaces for local artists. The

priority for this project will be

the northern end of the Peninsula.

On affordable housing,

it is complex, but it’s also in

crisis. Council can’t just wait

for State and Federal Governments

to take action. They are

too slow and completely out

of touch. We are talking about

young families having to leave

the area because they can’t

afford the mortgage or rent. It’s

about police officers staying on

friends’ couches between shifts

and key workers commuting

for three or four hours a day.

The State and Federal Governments

seem paralysed – all talk

and no action. This reference

group definitely did not want

to be guilty of the same thing

– we all worked really hard

to prepare a policy and I’m

pleased to see it now out for

community consultation. Our

approach will continue to be


PL: Is affordable housing a

realistic option for Pittwater,

given its different feel and

layout to Dee Why?

'We're talking about

young families

having to leave the

area because they

can't afford the

mortgage or rent...'

MR: Your definition of ‘Affordable

Housing’ seems

narrow. Affordable housing

is capable in any suburb

from Vaucluse to Penrith,

to Palm Beach to Manly. It is

the tools we use to deliver

it that define it and make it

happen. Never assume it has

to be more units, or building

on greenfield sites. It is much

more than that.

PL: As Mayor, how would you

“bring the beaches together”?

MR: The Northern Beaches

is already united – just look

around you. We live in the

best part of the world and the

community knows that and appreciates

that. The sense of division

that was mischievously

created last year was artificial

and toxic. The sky didn’t fall in

when the new council was created.

The sun did come up the

next day and the community

on the whole have just moved

on, embracing the change and

the benefits that have followed.

At the end of the day,

it’s not about me, it’s about the

elected councillors working

together in the interests of the

community. As a leader of that

group, it is the Mayor’s job to

ensure that council is inclusive,

transparent and accountable

and to facilitate bringing

the best out in each other, in

council staff and in our community.

The new Council offers

an exciting opportunity for

our community. It will have

more resources to perform the

basics, which is fundamental.

It will be more transparent and

engaging than ever before.

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Pittwater News

Your say on bulky

rubbish removal

Northern Beaches Council

is turning to ratepayers to

help solve the problem of

inconsistencies in ‘bulky

goods’ collection it inherited

after amalgamation last May.

It’s understood community

frustration had highlighted

the inconsistent service

delivery currently in place.

Currently there is an on-call

(twice yearly) system operating

in the former Manly and

Pittwater areas and a scheduled

twice-yearly service in

the former Warringah area.

Council General Manager

Environment & Infrastructure

Ben Taylor said it was clear

from feedback that the community

wanted the service

made consistent. “So now we

are moving to formally seek

community input into the

review which will consider the

preferences of the community

and the environmental,

financial and service delivery

impacts of any proposed

changes,” he said. “Issues

include the visual impact of

the large volumes of waste we

sometimes see with scheduled

services, convenience of

use and ability to recycle and

re-use, as well as the environmental

and safety impacts

of illegal dumping, nuisance

rummaging and pedestrian

access.” Feedback at yoursay.


until 18 June or attend the

drop-in session at Beaches

Market, Narrabeen on Friday

June 16.

Central Coast

5 Lands Walk

Jump on a Fantasea ferry

from Palm Beach to Ettalong,

then jump on a shuttle

bus to connect you to the


Lynches are in demand

Great news for father and son pairing Martin and Jake Lynch in the

lead-up to next year’s Life Saving World Championships with Martin

reappointed as Beach Coach for the Australian Team for the next 18

months and Jake selected as the Tier 1 Beach Athlete for the World

Championship campaign. Newport’s Jake is among 47 athletes who will

strive to represent Australia over the next 18 months leading up to the

Championships in Adelaide from 17 November – 2 December 2018. Jake

is among 10 athletes who were a part of Australia’s World Championships

2016 team. A fresh-faced coaching group will feature former New

Zealand Youth Team head coach Kurt Wilson who will coach the team

for the first time. Nine-time Nutri-Grain IronMan Finals Series champion

Shannon Eckstein will work beside Wilson as an assistant coach for the

first time alongside Martin Lynch and Andrew Bowden (pool).

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annual cultural, physical

and spiritual event – the

5 Lands Walk on June 24.

Taking in 10km of the Central

Coast’s spectacular coastline,

the walk connects the five

beachside communities

of MacMasters Beach,

Copacabana, Avoca Beach,

North Avoca and Terrigal. It

is billed as ‘5 free festivals in

one’, with cultural and fun

events near the surf clubs at

each of the beaches including

multicultural programs from

local groups – an aboriginal

program overarches the event

and binds it spiritually. Best

part is once you get to the

central coast, organisers say

you can leave your wallet

in your pocket as there are

no charges to participate

in any of the events. The

route is on beaches, paths

through bushland, roadways

and roadside footpaths.

It can be undertaken by

any able-bodied person,

including children. More info


Newport Chamber

call for support

The local Newport Beach

Chamber of Commerce is

setting a new agenda – with

a long-term road map, vision

for the future, new guidelines

and local events the priority.

Their mission is “to promote

and represent the business

community of Newport

with a common voice”. One

aim is to help educate local

businesses and provide

them with the right tools to

expand their businesses by

running educational events

once a month. President

Margo Strong said: “There

are so many local businesses,

including people who work

from home who can easily

network through our website

for only a $165 directory fee

per year. This also includes a

chamber membership.” She

said awareness was the key.

“Quite often retail business

owners are asked for referrals

for services people need. We

are hoping that this directory

will be a trusted guide for

people who need each other’s

services, locally. It’s easy to

upload your own business info

and pictures and pay online in

one go. And you can add info

to the blog when you have an

event, sale or some interesting

business info.” More info


Enviro-conscious way

to quench your thirst

Council is installing 10

new water refill stations

from Palm Beach to Manly

to further encourage us to

refill water bottles and avoid

buying water in throw-away

plastic bottles. The project

has been funded through

an $88,000 grant from the

NSW Environment Protection

Agency’s ‘Waste Less, Recycle

More’ initiative. It takes

hundreds of years for plastic

bottles to break down and

it can be devastating for

local marine life should they

end up in our oceans and

waterways. The refill stations

– including new outlets at

Palm Beach, Avalon and North

Narrabeen – are to encourage

people to ‘BYO’ water bottles

and think about reusable

alternatives, so that the need

to throw away the empty

bottle isn’t there in the first

place. Council says all 10

water stations are expected

to be installed by the end of

June in preparation for the

‘plastic free July’ campaign.

Around the schools…

St Luke’s is holding tours of its

Junior school at their Bayview

campus on Wednesday June

14, starting 9.15am. In

particular, places are available

for girls starting in Year 2

in 2018, as a well as boys in

Year 5. Bookings are essential

stlukes.nsw.edu.au. Also,

Avalon Public School Principal

Andy Rankin is conducting

tours of their campus on

Wednesday June 14, as well

as Monday June 26. More info

9973 1439. Meanwhile local

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Pittwater News

Continued from page 29

MP Rob Stokes has announced

Barrenjoey High School will

receive $1 million as part

of the State Government’s

schools maintenance backlog

funding program, to be spent

on roofing, floor coverings and

painting, and other items, with

work completed by December


Girls shoot for

Vanuatu glory

Avalon Soccer Club’s under-16

women’s team are looking forward

to their trip to Vanuatu

later this month when they’ll

take on the Vanuatu National

Under-16 Women’s team.

Although they haven’t competed

on an international level

before, they are expecting to be

competitive (they are currently

leading their MWFA Division 1

competition). The tour is aimed

at promoting women’s soccer

in Vanuatu and Avalon Soccer

Club; giving young women

an international sporting opportunity;

and providing an

opportunity for young women

to help local communities by

running coaching clinics and

donating equipment.

Council proud of

record capital works

Northern Beaches Council has

announced its first integrated

Operational Plan and Budget

for 2017/18 will deliver a

commitment of $114.1 million

on high priority capital works

projects – 60% more funds than

the total average spend of the

three former councils in the

five years prior to amalgamation.

It has been prepared to

guide Council following the

September election. Council is

investing in new projects that

weren’t able to be funded by

former Councils, such a synthetic

sportsfields at Cromer

and Belrose, new boardwalks at

Church Point and Little Manly,

sports club buildings at Warriewood,

walkway upgrades

for Narrabeen Lagoon and in

Manly, as well as the ‘Connecting

the Northern Beaches’


Probus talk on

WWI gas warfare

The work of German chemist

Fritz Haber and the subsequent

introduction of gas

warfare on the Western Front

in The Great War will be the

topic of the next talk at Pittwater

Probus club on June 13.

Don Napper, a former Pro-

Vice-Chancellor of the College

of Science and Technology at

the University of Sydney will

talk about the infamous Nobel

Prize winner who invented the

Haber-Bosch process, a method

used in industry to synthesise

ammonia from nitrogen

gas and hydrogen gas. Meeting

starts 10.30am at Mona Vale

GC; visitors welcome. More

info Bill Marshall 9999 5226.

Meanwhile Palm Beach Probus

Club will meet at Club Palm

Beach Wednesday 21 June at

9.30am to hear Judy Burer

talk about behind the scenes

of the remarkable Avalon

Community Library where

she has worked as a volunteer

for 20 years until her recent

retirement. Visitors welcome;

enquiries 9973 1247.

Transport boost for

residents in need

The recent federal budget has

delivered good news for older

northern beaches residents

who need help getting out

and about, with funding for

subsidised community transport

– originally slated to dry

Sandbox duo off to Flying start

Remember Sandbox Media pair Ant Colreavy (right) and

Paul Brennan from our May issue? This month they’re

ditching their corporates (ha!) to raise funds participating

in the 28th Royal Flying Doctors Outback Car Trek. With

a waiting room of seven million square kilometres, the

RFDS provide 24-hour aeromedical emergency services

to country Australia. To date the Trek (outbackcartrek.

com.au) has raised more than $25 million. Ant and Paul

will rack up around 3,500km from Griffith in NSW to Port

Macquarie – in a cool 1964 Holden EH Wagon. They wanted

to give a shout out to the generous local companies who

helped them prepare. “Barrenjoey Smash Repairs gave it

the incredible ‘Sandbox Blue’ paint job,” said Paul. “Barrenjoey

Designs made all the stickers and Micro Mechanics

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

to the overall fund go to flyingdoctor.org.au

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up next year – now guaranteed

until at least 2020. Angela

Doolan, General Manager of the

not-for-profit northern beaches’

community transport provider

Easylink, welcomed a two-year

extension of the Commonwealth

Home Support Program

(CHSP), the prime funding

source for aged transport

services in NSW. “More than

2000 older northern beaches

residents rely on Easylink’s

door-to-door transport services

to get to medical appointments,

shopping and social activities

at affordable rates thanks to

the Federal Government’s CHSP

funding,” said Ms Doolan.

“Transport is a basic enabling

service that allows individuals

to maintain connection to

their communities – and with

that, quality of life.” To find out

more about Easylink call 9919

0700 or visit easylink.com.au.

Book Review

Finding Nevo

Nevo Zisin

Walker Books $18.99

good book can open your

A eyes to many things

beyond your experience, but

it takes a talented author to

truly build awareness and

understanding. Hats off

to brand new Australian

author and young adult,

Nevo Zisin, who has been

blessed with this gift.

Nevo was born female,

grew up thinking they

might be lesbian, then

started identifying and transitioning to

male, and then realised this too was not the destination.

They have employed a frank and practical narrative to their

coming-of-age tale that should be read and discussed at

home and in classrooms as we learn to better understand

and be inclusive of LGBTQIA+, especially in schools.

We need more books like this, especially with an

Australian context; but more importantly we need more

people to read them. – Libby Armstrong





Dr Ben Brown

Decisions about nutrition

can be difficult and

confusing for pet owners.

Dogs and cats, just like

humans, must be fed an

appropriate, balanced diet

specific to their needs and

stage of life. This is critical to

avoid health problems such as

obesity and certain nutritional

deficiencies that can cause

musculoskeletal, neurological

and gastrointestinal diseases.

Some pets will also need

specific diets to help them

cope with existing disease.

Many dogs (including my

own Labrador!) can have

food allergies that require the

avoidance of certain sources

of protein whilst maintaining

an appropriately balanced diet

using novel sources of protein.

Puppies and kittens must

have the right balance of

energy and calcium (among

other requirements) to ensure

correct development of bones

and muscles. Conversely,

older pets require less

energy in their diet to ensure

they don’t develop obesity

and often benefit from the

addition of certain joint

supplements to their food.

Unfortunately, it is very

difficult to ensure pets

receive adequate nutrition

with home-prepared diets.

A large independent study

recently found that most

home-prepared diets for

pets are unbalanced and,

without specific advice

from a veterinary nutritional

specialist, may be putting

these pets at risk. Similarly,

raw foods (particularly meats)

can be dangerous due to

contamination with bacteria.

The easiest way to ensure

your pet is receiving adequate,

safe nutrition is to feed a

tested, premium pet food

specific for its life stage and

in consideration of any preexisting

medical conditions.

Drop in to one of my hospitals

at either Newport or Avalon

for a free veterinary nutritional



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Club life

Life Stories

Club Palm Beach has had a

character-shaping influence

on Pittwater’s northern-most tip

over the past 60 years.

Story by Rosamund Burton

original clubhouse was a weatherboard shed. It

was on a block of land beside Lucinda Park,” says


78-year-old club member Peter Verrills. “My father,

Fred Verrills, along with Dick and Jack Martin and other

club members, moved it by skidding it on blocks across

onto Lucinda Park. They made it into a workable, temporary

clubhouse, and there it sat until they bought the land for the

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

where the Bistro is today.”

Peter Verrills and John Sinclair, who has managed the club

since 1993, are sitting in the outdoor area at the back of Club

Palm Beach soaking up the sun, and reminiscing about the

RSL’s earlier days.

Peter insists that we get his cousin Don Goddard on the

phone, because being six years older, he says, he has that bit

of a longer memory. Don, who now lives in Wagga Wagga, has

been a paid-up member of the club since the official opening

60 years ago, and for several years before that.

“The Treasurer and the Secretary used to open up the shed

about 4 o’clock every afternoon, and the first to arrive became

the barman until someone else relieved him. You bought your

tickets from the Treasurer and they cost a shilling. They came

off a big ticket roll, and were captioned, ‘Buy a Brick’. That

was the funding for the new club.”

There were fancy dress balls and raffles, and John Sinclair

recently found a picture of then club president, Alf Curtis,

and others, dressed in tutus, corsets and suspenders, which

had been another ploy to get funds.

When eventually enough money had been raised the

building work went to tender to the two building businesses

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

brother, Ernie Verrills, and the other by Dick Martin and his

son, Jack.

“They were all good friends,” Peter recounts, “but there was

massive jealousy about who got the jobs. My old man bunged a

blue on when it went to the Martins, as did Carl Gow, who had

bought the land for the club, and was a distant relo of ours,

and they left the club and went to drink in Avalon. But after a

couple of years everyone was back here again and it was fine.”

Every weekend at Club Palm Beach there were parties,

and Sunday afternoons used to develop into amateur

entertainment with everyone doing an act.

“And during the week all the tradies would come here to

drink in the afternoon. Before the days of emails and mobiles

anyone looking for a bricklayer, electrician or plumber would

know to come to the club,” explains Peter.

It is at the mention of plumbers that he recalls when the

club still had a septic tank, and Gordon O’Donnell, the

plumber, came to fix a blockage.

“The septic tank was where that umbrella is,” says Peter,

pointing across the courtyard. “Gordon walked across the lid,

it collapsed and down he went. I’ll never forget it. He was well

and truly in the shit.”

Before Peter Verrills started Palm Beach Ferries in 1976 he

worked in his father’s building business. The council workers

used to come to Club Palm Beach for lunch every day. “If we

were having trouble getting trucks up a steep hill to a property,

for a case of cans, a council truck would arrive with a heap of

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

The old weatherboard shed was dismantled in the early 1960s

by Bill Martin, Dick’s son, and Peter, who were great mates. Bill

had a trucking business, and it was loaded onto his semi-trailer,

and reconstructed on a block of land Peter owned at Wiseman

Ferry. They were both keen on waterskiing and used it as a

cabin for waterskiing holidays with family and friends.

Peter’s grandfather, Albert Verrills, built the surveyor’s

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Main pic credit: National Library of Australia

cottage on Sunrise Road, when Palm Beach was surveyed for

subdivisions in 1911. Albert fell in love with the area, and in

1915 bought the little cottage and moved here with his family.

But with six children the place became too small for them all,

so Albert bought land opposite Palm Beach Wharf and built

a larger house. That burnt down in 1928, and Albert built the

Barrenjoey House that stands today.

Peter’s mother was a Gonsalves, another of the early Palm

Beach families. The Gonsalves came by boat from Rose Bay

in 1917, and settled on Pittwater’s Portuguese Beach, which is

how it got its name. They then bought land in Waratah Street

(now Waratah Road).

“I was born at Waratah Street in ’39. Mum was living there

as Dad was called up to the army. Mum’s mother grew veggies

and had a little dairy. The cows were on agistment where the

golf course is today,” Peter recounts.

Beyond where the cows were grazing, in Governor Phillip

Park, was the Palm Beach camping area (main pic, circa

1950). It was full of tents, several of which were permanent

dwellings while people built houses in the area, so had timber

walls and floors, although were still canvas.

“At weekends it was chockers,” Peter recalls, “and in those

days we had two service stations, a hairdresser, a chemist,

a butcher, a baker and restaurants galore.” In 1954 when the

Queen and Prince Philip made their first visit to Australia

“They were lunching at the top of the hill on North View Road,

and it wasn’t going to be proper for them to be looking out

over a camping area, so everyone had to be gone before they

came!” (The camping grounds eventually closed in the 1970s.)

Despite electricity being available to most Palm Beach

households by the early 1930s, even 24 years ago when John

Sinclair started working at the club, blackouts were a regular

occurrence, and gas lights were still set up for those moments.

“There are still some of the old gas lamps upstairs,” he

says, heading off to find one, and handing it to current club

president, Bryan Webster, who has just entered the building.

Another bit of memorabilia that Don Goddard has kept is

the original program for the opening of the Club Palm Beach

on 14 December1957 by the Governor of NSW, Lieutenant

General Woodward.

“After the opening,” Don recounts, “the club president,

Alf Curtis, introduced Peter’s and his uncle, war veteran and

fishing enthusiast, Sid Gonsalves, to the Governor.

‘If you would care to come out fishing one day I’ll guarantee

you a decent feed of fish, Sir,’ Sid told General Woodward.

‘I would very much like to do that,’ the Governor replied,

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


‘Couldn’t you take a sickie?’ Sid responded.”

* Club Palm Beach wants to hear from everyone with stories

of the Palm Beach, Pittwater and Avalon area, as well as

recollections or photographs of the camping ground, the

surf clubs, the football clubs, the schools, not to mention the

club itself. Also, make a date to get together with friends to

celebrate Club Palm Beach’s 60 years on the long weekend

of Saturday 30 September, Sunday 1 and Monday 2 October.

Visit the Club Facebook page Let’s Reunite Palm Beach – go

to www.clubpalmbeach.com.au or ring Club Palm Beach for

more details on 9974 5566.

Life Stories

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The Palm Beach camping grounds, circa

1950; Peter Verrills on the Palm Beach Ferry Wharf; ANZAC Day march

from Pittwater Park to Club Palm Beach, 1960s; laying a wreath outside the

Club’s cenotaph; what a drag – fundraising by the committee (including

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

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Special Local Promotion

Our local cafes serve

as community hubs,

not only refuelling

our bodies but often our

hearts and souls.

And while coffee is

king and quick customer

catch-ups and turnovers

are inherent parts of the

industry, owners also

understand quality food is

an essential ingredient in

encouraging customers back.

Local proprietors report

our interest in health and

our busy lifestyles continue

to influence what our cafes

offer, with many refreshing

their menus to cater for

different dietary requirements

plus dishing out convenient

take-away options.

But that doesn’t mean you

can’t still linger over a couple of

coffees, a warm plate of bacon

and eggs, fluffy pancakes

drenched in maple syrup or a

big bowl of colourful veggies

at your favourite local – in fact,

winter in Pittwater is often

the busiest season for sit-

down brekkies, brunches and


Colourful creations are the

order of the day at Jeremy

Drayton’s Café Racer in Mona


“These days customers

have an expectation of

healthier food choices within

presented menus, more scope

and flexibility and also daily

blackboard specials featuring

in-season produce,” he said.

“If your diet is all white in

colour you know you’re not

investing in your health… you

will always see a lot of colour in

our food.”

Their Buddha Bowl (on this

month’s cover) is a case in


Regular seasonal menu

changes mean soups are

back at Café Racer as well

as a selection of ‘winter

warmers’ including a

gluten-free pesto penne.

Responding to

customers’ desire for less

sugar, most of the choices

in Café Racer’s desert

fridge are now made in house

– try the sugar-free, gluten-free

protein balls.

And coffee?

“Coffee is community and a

really important part of what

we do,” says Jeremy. “It’s a daily

ritual that lets you engage with

people’s lives albeit for a quick

smile catch-up and start to their


Orders for coffee at Swell

Café in Avalon pour in from

5.30am, with the machine not

resting until late afternoon.

“Good coffee is absolutely

essential,” said owner Barry


The menu at Swell reflects

The Greedy Goat’s flourless peach

and strawberry slice; Cinque

Cucina e Caffe’s tasting platter;

& coffee remains king at all cafes!

Barry’s personal interest in

healthy, nutritional food and is

tweaked regularly to mirror the

season and to stay on top of the


“Expectations and

standards have to be higher

due to constant change and

competition in the market place,”

he explained.

“The most challenging thing

about running a café is doing

your best every day and hoping

that everyone will appreciate

your efforts, keep coming back –

and tells their friends.”

Local flavour also shines

through in Swell’s relishes,

chutneys and cakes, made

in-house with bread delivered

daily from La Banette, an Avalon


Home-style cooking is what

keeps people coming back to

Palm Beach’s The Greedy Goat

says co-owner Vicki Monteith.

“Everything is cooked here

on the premises utilising quality

fresh local produce, which is

important to northern beaches

customers,” says Vicki.

The Greedy Goat is the café

the locals choose, she says.

“There’s a friendly community

vibe and we feel part of the local

fabric which makes running the

café much more than just a job.”

During winter, locals are loving

the $20 per person lunch special

of the week, which includes a

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delicious Allpress coffee.

Greedy Goat also champions

Blue M range of chutney, relish

and jams, all home-made in a

kitchen in Katoomba.

You don’t have to go far to

enjoy an taste of Italy with

Mona Vale’s Cinque Cucina e

Caffe dishing up simple and

authentic Italian using a mix

of fresh seasonal produce and

imported cured meats and


Co-owner Peter Wood and

team acknowledge dietary

needs are growing so you will

see more gluten-free and dairyfree

options on the menu than

you would have two years ago.

Menus at this friendly spot

change seasonally with a range

hearty dishes and comfort food

dominating over winter.

Peter says quality is

paramount with suppliers

including Adam Bortz from

Little Italy, John & Rebecca

Molinaro from Produce to

Perfection, Richard and the

boys from Richard’s Meats and

Italian importers at Napoli Food

& Wine, Atlantic Wines, Navigli

Fine Italian Wines & Spirits.

He says Cinque Cucina

appeals to a wide range of


“You can sit in the sun and

read the paper with your

morning coffee, join us for a

risotto or gnocchi for your work

meeting at lunch, then join us

for a wine and three courses

with your partner for dinner,”

says Peter.

Due to popular demand the

team now also sells housemade

sauces, marinated olives

and infused olive oils under the

label ‘Cinque Pantry’ and now

delivers fully imported Italian

wines though sister company

‘Cinque Cellars’.

And you can learn how to

recreate the Italian experience

at home by attending one of

their cooking and wine tasting

classes held throughout the


ZUBI owner Steve Hulley says

you can’t go wrong serving

great coffee and good simple


“People on the beaches are

a healthy bunch, therefore

most are just looking for fresh

ingredients, prepared simply

yet is still nutritious.” he said.

At Bilgola (ZUBI at Billy’s) the

team caters to a lot of “postsurf

or swim people”.

“Saltwater tends to make you

extremely hungry… bacon and

egg rolls, buttermilk pancakes,

breakfast burritos, Acai bowls,

smashed avocado on brioche…

the smoked salmon on brioche

has been a real hit,” he said.

Above all, locals expect to be

fuelled by good coffee and at

ZUBI (Narrabeen, Newport and

Bilgola) Campos reigns.

“It’s what keeps us moving.

You can’t start your day without

good coffee.

“It’s also a great way to end

a working day… (followed by a

beer, of course)!” – Lisa Offord

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Café Racer

One year in and this relaxing space above

Village Green at Mona Vale is servicing busy

daily trade from 6am and fielding lots of

catering enquiries. They’ve new breakfast and

lunch choices and always blackboard specials.

Whether it’s a quick Campos coffee in-house or

take-away, or something more substantial like

their on-trend healthy Buddha Bowls (a hugely

popular addition), Eggs Florentine, or fresh

fig Salad Gorganzola dressing, Racer delivers.

Check out their new furniture and feature

pieces, including their living green wall from

Kyora Landscapes. At night Cafe Racer morphs

into a flexible function and event space

suitable for 40 to 100-plus guests; it’s softly

lit, licensed (until midnight) and full of great

food and drink options.

1 Park Street, Mona Vale

P: 9999 4483

www.caferacer.co Instagram: @caferacerco

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

The Greedy Goat

Looking for a laid-back, rustic and quirky café

at the northern tip of the peninsula? Head to

The Greedy Goat, the first cafe when arriving

in Palm Beach. “If you missed the goat on

the hedge, you missed us!” say owners Vicki

and Annika. The GG’s tasty, home-cooked

fare, plus delicious coffee from Allpress, is

a favourite with the locals and a hit with day

trippers too. Their go-to dishes include tasty

corn, zucchini & shallot fritters, Wagyu beef

burger, as well as crisp potato rosti. Plus they

offer a daily $20 lunch special (from 12pm,

including coffee), which attracts customers

from near and far – simply phone to find

out the dish of the day! The GG also offer a

selection of home-made cakes and brownies

and their must-try flourless peach and

strawberry slice. So go on – get ‘Greedy’!

1031 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach

P: 9974 2555

Open: 8am-2.30pm seven days.

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Special Local Promotion

Cinque Cucina e Caffe

A taste of Italy adjacent to Mona Vale Beach,

Cinque continues to attract regulars and draw

new customers with their smart menu, great

coffee and attention to detail in a relaxed,

ambient setting. Passionate owners Guido

and Peter have seamlessly bridged the gap

between café and restaurant – they serve

breakfast and lunch seven days, plus there’s

an a la carte dinner menu Wednesdays through

Sundays. There are imported wines, cheeses,

cured meats – even their chefs are imported

to replicate that taste of Italy! New for 2017,

they home deliver Italian wines and sell their

own infused olive oils and home-made sauces.

Cinque is the ideal venue for all occasions –

and is hugely popular for functions. Check out

its great vibe at night – and don’t forget to ask

about their upcoming wine tasting evenings!

5 Darley St East, Mona Vale, NSW 2103

P: 9999 5555


Open: 7am-10pm, seven days.

Swell Cafe

Situated in the heart of Avalon this popular,

pumping little gem is renowned across the

beaches for delivering delicious and fast

coffee. Owner Barry urges you to let their

experienced baristas kick start your busy

day – conveniently, Swell is open for coffee

from 5.30am seven days, offering creamy

Allpress carmelo as their house blend. From

healthy salads, fresh juices and home-baked

treats, Swell has something to appeal to all

members of the family. Barry says one of their

most popular breakfast dishes is their unique

take on Smashed Avocado – theirs includes

chilli, with a generous portion of avocado on

toasted rye, topped with a couple of poached

eggs plus a wedge of lime. And yes, it tastes

as yum as it sounds!

Shop 3, 74 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon

P: 9918 5678

Open 5.30am-5pm seven days

(kitchen open 6.30am-4pm)

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ZUBI at Billy’s

The ZUBI family is growing, with their latest

location on Bilgola Beach – affectionately titled

‘ZUBI at Billys’. With their other sites – Narrabeen

and Newport (owned/operated by Steve Hulley

and Sam Todman) – ZUBI’s success is due to a

steadfast rule of keeping it simple and supporting

the local community. Sponsorship of sporting

clubs such as the boardriders and a women’s

touch football team is their way of giving back to

the ir loyal customers who frequent each location

from 6am for a Campos Coffee and items from

their deliciously simple, yet health-conscious

menu. ZUBI at Billy’s has a big winter prepared;

since their location is known to endure the

elements, the team have made sure seating areas

are cosy by installing storm-proofing and heating.

You won’t find a better setting!

ZUBI at Billy’s – 9918 2038

Open: 6am-3pm

Instagram: @zubi_cafes

Newport – 9999 1519

Narrabeen – 9913 1343

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Art Life

Art Life

Tani sees art world in

a different dimension

Tani Muller – the Winter season

feature artist at Eye Doctors Mona

Vale – says he has always appreciated

fine art… he just hasn’t necessarily

loved all of it.

“Having been involved in different

forms of art for quite a while (shortform

film and TVCs, mainly 3D

rigging and animation), I find myself

in new territory having somewhat

unexpectedly moved into this ‘new’

world of fine art,” he said.

Tani has more than 20 years’

experience in the technical 3D arts

and post production, including

photography and 2D manipulations.

He admits to always having been

interested in nature, both animal and

plant, and from the macro world to

the micro.

Having only recently ventured into

the public world of art, he says he’s

finding himself “appreciating all the

more, the work by other artists who

put paint to canvas, or in my case ink

to paper”.

“My current view on art is not

to try to change the world or try

to even improve it, but merely to

provide some measure of pleasure

to the observer, whether it be just

the pleasing use of colors, or the

delicate intricacies of mathematical

procedures that can be quite

mesmerising to view,” Tani said.

“With my current artworks, I take

a short small slice of this world,

then tweak it with some robust

maths, add a bit of recursive feedback

to the mix and, sometimes, a touch

of human intervention, to help the

artworks along.

“My goal is to reveal some of that

beauty, those hidden gems that can

be right there, right in front of our

own eyes (with a bit of help using

procedural methods).”

Tani divulges he has equal shares

in a cat called Boppit – “whose

interest in food defies description”

– owns a graphics card worth more

than his car, and spends way too

much time in front of a keyboard.

View his art at Eye Doctors Mona

Vale, Level 3, 20 Bungan St Mona Vale,

Monday to Friday from June 1.

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Crowded ‘Space’ in June

Sydney Art Space convenor

Christine Simpson is thrilled

about the busy agenda her studio has

planned in June.

“Sculpture students will be

modelling in clay, plasticine, wax,

plaster and acrylic resin and casting

using waste and repeat moulding

systems,” she said. “Drawing

Fundamentals students are exploring

planes, perspective and tone using

different media to create depth. And

the Kids Art Club is humming along

with painting, drawing and wax

resists to make their own zines!”

Christine said life-drawing

participants would be considering

the human form as cylinders, cubes

and contours whilst learning to see,

while oil painting participants would

focus on glazing, tints, tones and


“Also, private tuition is offered to

HSC students Saturdays 10am-1pm,

with advice on your VAPD concepts

to maximise outcomes,” she said.

Also, the June/July School Holiday

Art Program can be found online,

with workshops for kids and adults.

“Plus Michael Vaynman’s Wax

Workshop on Sunday 18th June

10-4pm are designed primarily for

those who have some experience with

sculpting and wish to experiment

and explore new techniques using

wax,” Christine said.

She added a free open afternoon

on Saturday 17th June from 1.30-

4.30pm – ‘Creatives Unleashed

in Mona Vale’ – would provide

opportunities to experience

drawing; see what happens during

sculpture workshop; meet artisans

from MinD and author Peter Berner

as he draws and talks about the

Book of They.

Michael Vaynman,

Phoenix, Bronze from

Wax Casting, 2016

Group hug for Artists Trail launch

Celebrating seven

years of inviting

art lovers to connect

and collect, the

Pittwater Artists

Trail launches their

2017-18 season with a

group exhibition this

June long weekend

at the Newport

Community Centre.

Featuring works

from established

and emerging artists

both known and

new to the Trail,

the exhibition will

showcase works in an

array of media from

pastels, paints and

eco-dyed fabrics, to

jewellery, sculpture

and mosaics.

Meet and mingle

with the artists

on opening night

from 6-8pm Friday

9th June, with the

exhibition continuing

over the weekend

10am – 4pm Saturday

10th and Sunday 11th

June and 10am – 3pm

Monday 12th.

Organisers promise

music, food and

market stalls to enjoy

over the weekend as


Peruse the

artist profiles at


com.au and

follow the Trail

on facebook.com/


and instagram.com/


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Art Life

Art Life

Cash splash for Arts prize

The longest running and

most prestigious art prize

north of the harbour – the

Warringah Art Prize – has

been rebranded the Northern

Beaches Art Prize, with more

than $24,000 worth of prizes

to be awarded across four key


Entries for this year’s 68th

prize close on Sunday 2 July,

with two exhibitions set to be

staged at the Creative Space

at North Curl Curl in August

and September.

Categories include: General

– covering two-dimensional

original paintings or drawings

in any medium, printmaking,

collage and photography.

Open to artists 19

years and over; Small Sculpture

– Freestanding, non-site

specific, three-dimensional

object. Open to artists 19

years and over; Waste-to-

Art – Original works of art,

sculpture, clothing, collage,

jewellery. Artworks must be

made from reused or recycled

materials. Open to artists 10

years and over; and Youth –

comprising two-dimensional

original paintings or drawings

in any medium, printmaking;

collage; photography.

Open to artists aged 10 to 14

years and 15 to 18 years.

Exhibition dates are 11

August – 20 August (General

and Small Sculpture) and 25

August – 3 September (Youth

and Waste-to-Art).

More info events@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

or NB

Council website.

Hip hip


for Mixed


If you’re racking your brain

for ways to celebrate your

child’s upcoming birthday,

Newport-based artist Debby

Waters may have the perfect

solution – a dedicated kids

painting party.

Her Mixed Palette Art Studio

runs parties in a fully

functioning art studio, where the children will be

inspired by the colour and creativity that surrounds them.

With parties catering for ages 5-12 (minimum 10 kids,

maximum 15), Debby’s unique approach sees every child

guided through creating their own painting on canvas.

“Inspections of the studio are welcome, so you can see

what amazing space this is,” says Debby.

The studio also offers Mixed Media painting classes for

all ages.

For more information phone Debby on 0409 278 591 or

email mixedpalette@bigpond.com

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affair full of

life’s detail

curated collection of sketches, sketchbooks

and framed artworks displaying a


wide variety of styles and different media it

sure to attract creative types when it is opens

at the Creative Space at North Curl Curl from

May 30 to June 11.

This quirky showing explores the joy of

creating a sketchbook and the spontaneity of

capturing something quickly on paper. It also

features a unique interaction with visitors able

to look through a comprehensive collection of

sketchbooks from over 40 sketchers and fulltime

artists (all Sydney-based).

“You will find not just the classic monuments

and skylines of places sketched but the

hidden corners of cities and surprise locations

that have inspired the sketchbook artists,”

said exhibition co-ordinator Julie Saleh.

“The artists’ approaches are as different

as the locations and subjects themselves

and sketchers have used a variety of different

styles and media, including pen and ink,

watercolour, watercolour pencils, graphite,

threadwork, pastels and gouache.

Julie said across the globe sketching groups

were growing, as people chose to pick up their

sketchbooks and pens to capture stories happening

in real time.

“Be inspired by the artists, who have

sketched on trains, on the streets, in a cafe etc

and see how some of their ideas evolved from

an initial sketch on location to final artworks.”

You can find the Sketching and Sketchbook

Exhibition at 105 Abbott Rd, North Curl Curl

from Tuesday 30th May to Sunday 11th June

(10am to 4pm). Opening night is Tuesday 30th

May (7-9pm).

More info contact Judy on 0439 467740.

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Surfing Life

Surfing Life

Knee deep: Brother Tom

faces up to ‘Robo’ reality

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

One Thursday morning

a month or so

ago, I walked into

a rather expensive North

Sydney private hospital

ward, looked at my younger

brother stretched out fast

asleep with a large strip

bandage running down the

centre of his right knee, and

realised: It’s finally, actually


The morning before, a

surgical team had pushed

an epidural needle into

little Tommy Carroll’s spine,

drenched him in general

anaesthetic, cut off the base

of his right femur and the

summit of his right tibia,

and with the help of laser

guidance and GPS, fitted a

titanium/cobalt joint in their


The surgery is a

punctuation mark. It ends

40-some years of Tom’s

struggle with this knee

– a struggle that began

with a teenage wipeout at

‘Pissing Point’, Umina, and

continued through a full

knee reconstruction and

ACL replacement, several

arthroscopy clean-out

procedures, and endless

weights and Yoga sessions,

as he tried to keep the unruly

joint in line long enough to

win all those Pipe Masters

and world titles, etc.

It’s also a reminder:

surfing might make us feel

like we’re gonna live forever,

but it’s as likely to wreck us

as anything else.

Elite-level surf injuries

have changed a lot since the

early 1980s, when Tom was

first battling back from the

reconstruction. You can trace

the changes directly to the

changing styles of surfing

through the period. Back

then, a study done by the

late Brian Lowdon of Deakin

University showed the most

PHOTO: WSL / Ryan Heywood

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

right knee that spanned the length of his pro career.

common injury was a knee

– more particularly a medial

collateral ligament strain,

which made sense because

at the time, surfing was

all about straining. These

were the days of flat decked

surfboards, on which you

squatted down low, pushed,

shoved, and power-battled

your way across the wave. In

an awkward situation, your

back foot would either slip

off the tail, or your entire

leg would be compressed

sideways along the board’s

length, flexing the knee

in ways it was never built

to be flexed. The old Ace

knee bandage was never so


By the early 2000s,

when the Association of

Surfing Professionals’ then

chiropractor Dean Innis

undertook a similar study,

he found the focus of injury

had shifted away from the

knee and toward the ankle

joint and lower back. Curvier

surfboards, faster-twitch

styles, late-takeoff tube

riding and air moves

were changing the

injury game as

much as they were

changing the judging


Today, the injuries

are more extreme.

Not so much at

world pro tour level

(where the ankle’s

still the big one) as

in the increasingly

occupied heavywave

space. Behind

all that charging

15-metre waves

at Shipstern and

Jaws are things

you never saw

last century.

Impact injuries:

broken femurs,

broken backs, destroyed

shoulders, concussions,

ankle dislocations. Most of

these injuries pass us by;

they barely touch the radar

screen, if they’re heard of

at all.

I won’t even get into the

fact that almost all these

with Nick Carroll

injuries are being racked up

by males.

Meanwhile, the over-50s

among us head for the

orthopaedic specialist’s

office, hoping to extract a

few more years of magic out

of the situation.

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men’s and women’s, Tavarua/Cloudbreak, Fiji

The world pro tour enters the back straight with this potentially

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

Tavarua reefs and it looks like continuing well into the first half

of June, which means the event stands a chance of being the

best of the tour year. Title races in both divisions are pretty tight

and while Fiji won’t decide the world champs – that’ll probably

have to wait till Hawaii in December – we’ll get an excellent read

on the front-runners’ form, which went a bit wobbly in the Brazil

events in May. Check it out at www.worldsurfeague.com


Well I kind of expected it but I’m still a bit dumbfounded. Mid

to late May was so warm and gentle, you might have mistaken

it for a March – in any other year than 2017 that is. In 2017,

everything is running four to six weeks late, and we reckon

June is likely to stick to that script. The cause of this almost

shockingly pleasant weather is said to be the unusually warm

offshore waters, but I dunno; in more turbulent years, those

warm offshore waters feed coastal storms rather than dull

them. Something’s going on elsewhere, maybe in the Indian

Ocean. But leave that for a moment and glance into June.

Sometime during the month, we are probably going to see

the beginning of the end of this script, maybe through a very

powerful Southern Ocean push with associated frigid SW

winds. Things will settle in its wake but a corner will have been

turned. Watch for consistent surf through the month from a

variety of sources, including the Pacific tradewind belt and the

deep lows moving to our south. Oh, and if you’re heading to

Indonesia, happy days! Because it’s pumping.

Barton Lynch, for one

instance, has a robot hip.

Avalonian Graham Wilson

has two. The way Kelly Slater

is moving around right now,

it can’t be forever before he

has some titanium in there

as well.

Tom, being Tom – detailoriented

to the point of

hypochondria – thought

for years about the knee

replacement. He would groan

over the original version,

which he had begun to call

“the coconut” thanks to its

bulbous arthritis-riddled

shape, but was spooked by

the alternative. “It’s weird,”

he’d say, “it’ll change me

forever! I don’t know if I want


He saw doctor after doctor,

looking at the technology,

waiting for a sign. One

eventually came in the burly

shape of Californian ex-pro

Allen Sarlo, who’d had a

total knee replacement and

started posting pictures

of himself kite-surfing and

ripping Sunset Beach in

Hawaii. This helped nudge

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Nick Carroll

Tom over the ledge.

“I’m 87% there!” Sarlo

wrote on Facebook, in

response to Tom’s surgery.

It’ll be a while before TC is

87% there. But he got a little

hint of the future late that

Wednesday afternoon, when

the nurses got him up and

on a walker for the first step


He moved from the good

leg to the robot version, and

was shocked when it flexed

back into a straight line – a

normal movement denied to

him by the old knee for so

long he’d forgotten how to

do it.

“The muscles weren’t

ready,” he said. God help

the northern beaches surf

community when they are.

Nick Carroll is a leading

Australian and international

surf writer, author, filmmaker

and surfer, and one

of Newport’s own. Email:


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Boating Life

Boating Life

New run to Paradise

Australia’s east coast

offshore sailing scene will

take on an exciting new look

with the staging of the Club

Marine Pittwater to Paradise

Regatta to start out of The

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

on January 2.

After negotiations with

Southport Yacht Club it has

been decided a new era of

racing will take place for both

well-established clubs, with the

combination of the RPAYC’s

ocean race to Southport and

the Southport Yacht Club’s

Bartercard ‘Sail Paradise Series’

to create an exciting new event.

The decision comes off

the back of a successful Club

Marine Pittwater to Southport

Race last January. The event

drew keen competitors from

both NSW and Queensland,

and aided by an unseasonal

southerly the race was

completed in almost record

time by Doug Coulter’s Shakti, a

46-footer from Lake Macquarie

Yacht Club, which averaged

around 16 knots up the coast.

The 2017 Club Marine

Pittwater to Southport race

kicked off the year with

an exciting race complete

with on-water social media

competitions, live starts

broadcast on Facebook, a

media helicopter hovering over

the fleet and a blistering pace

to match.

Chair of the Race Committee,

Richard Hudson, is pleased with

the decision and looks forward

to the opportunities that the

new Club Marine Pittwater to

Paradise will bring.

“It’s great news to have the

Club’s signature offshore event

secure a finish destination. I

raced in the 2017 event and

Southport were nothing short

of amazing! Both clubs have

such a high standard of service

and planning that I think

the Club Marine Pittwater to

Paradise Regatta is the start of

something big.”

New Race


boost for


In support of its commitment

to yachting and to the

growth of the sport, the

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht

Club has appointed Nick

Elliott (pictured) to the newly

created role of Race Director

and Club 2IC.

In partnership with

recruitment firm

Sportspeople, the Club

conducted a global search to

identify a dynamic yachting

professional with the skills

and experience to ensure that

the RPAYC remains a leader in

providing exceptional yacht

racing and regatta programs

backed by exceptional race


General Manager Suzanne

Davies said: “Nick will oversee

all aspects of member racing

both on and off water by

ensuring race management

teams are supported and

that all operational areas

are co-ordinated to deliver

quality programs that satisfy

members, encourage new

boats to join the fleets and

increase participation in the


“Dozens of high caliber

professionals from 14

countries applied for the role

and Nick stood apart with his

vast experience at very high

levels of yacht racing.

“Nick joins the RPAYC from

the Royal Ocean Racing Club

(RORC) in the UK where he

has been running the racing

program for the last nine

years, including one of the

largest and most challenging

yacht races in the world, the

Rolex Fastnet Race.”

PHOTO: James Mitchell

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Health & Wellbeing

Plastic surgery: the myths

you need to be aware of

There are many myths

surrounding cosmetic

surgery. Probably

the most important is that

cosmetic surgery is not “real”

surgery, and there are less

risks. This is not true. All

surgery has risk, scars and

complications. These need

to be carefully discussed

and understood. A careful

risk- to-benefit ratio must be


Another common

misconception is that

‘Cosmetic Surgeons’ are

Plastic Surgeons fully trained

as a specialist Plastic and

Reconstructive Surgery. This

is not true. In Australia, any

doctor with a base medical

degree can perform surgery

and call themselves a

‘cosmetic surgeon’.

However, it takes eight to

ten years of specialist training

to become a qualified Plastic

Surgeon and have your

training recognised by The

Royal Australasian College

of Surgeons (RACS) – the

only legitimate, professional

body, accredited to train

Specialist Surgeons. Only

these surgeons can use

the letters FRACS (Fellow

of the Royal Australasian

College of Surgeons) after

their name. This is the

same College that trains

other specialist surgeons

such as neurosurgeons,

cardiac surgeons or

orthopaedic surgeons. The

Royal Australasian College

of Surgeons also requires

and monitors ongoing

medical education, ensuring

specialists continue to

provide the highest standards

of professional care.

Only fully trained and

registered specialist plastic

and reconstructive surgeons

who are Fellows of RACS can

join the Australian Society

of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

and the Australian Society of

Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

(ASAPS). Having a background

in reconstructive surgery

enhances the understanding

of and ability to perform

cosmetic surgery.

Oculoplastic Surgeons are

Opthalmology-trained and

Facial Plastic Surgeons are

Ear, Nose and Throat-trained.

They are not Plastic Surgeons.

Some common myths

surrounding Cosmetic

Surgery include…

Plastic surgery does not

result in scars. This is not

true. If the skin is cut with a

scalpel or a laser, it heals with

a scar. Plastic Surgeons are

skilled in concealing scars,

using instruments to place

scars in hidden areas and

looking after scars to try to

optimise the outcome. They

can manage scars with active

and conservative treatments.

Bad scars can still result.

Certain areas of the body are

more prone to poor scars.

Good scars in one area of the

body does not imply that all

scars will be good. Scars can

be thick, lumpy (hypertrophic

or keloid) or stretched and

wide. Scars can retain colour

and be pink or purple. Scars

usually improve over time

and an improvement may

be seen for up to two years,

sometimes longer.

Fat cells removed at

liposuction come back, or

come back in other areas.

This is not true. Liposuction

procedures permanently

remove fat cells from the

with Dr John Kippen

body. If the patient was to

gain weight, the remaining

fat cells increase in size. Loss

of weight has the opposite


Liposuction is good for

weight loss. This also is

not true. As for all surgery

the patient should be at

or near their idea body

weight. Liposuction is ideal

for localised fatty deposits

resistant to weight loss and

exercise. Being close to your

ideal body weight has been

shown to reduce surgery risks.

Cosmetic surgery is only

for women. Not true. The

American Society of Aesthetic

Plastic Surgeons research

shows a 273% increase in men

seeking cosmetic procedures

between 1997 and 2013.

Our columnist Dr John

Kippen is a qualified, fully

certified consultant specialist

in Cosmetic, Plastic and

Reconstructive surgery.

Australian trained, he also

has additional Australian and

International Fellowships.

Dr Kippen works from custom-built

premises in Mona

Vale. He welcomes enquiries

and questions. Please

contact him via johnkippen.

com.au or by email: doctor@


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Health & Wellbeing

A healthy guide to wipe out winter woes

Coughs, sniffles, sore

throats and achy bodies

are signs that the cold and flu

season is in full swing. Learn

about the difference between

colds and flu, what you can

do to prevent getting sick and

simple tips to help you feel

more comfortable if you do.

Colds v Flu –

The Differences

Colds and flu are infections of

the respiratory tract – the nose,

throat and airways. Both colds

Who’s at risk of flu?

Anybody who does not have immunity from

a recent infection or vaccination can contract

influenza. However you are at particular risk

of severe complications from influenza if you

are over six months of age with any of the

following chronic medical issues:

n Heart conditions; n Asthma; n Lung

conditions; n Diabetes; n Kidney disease; n

Impaired immunity; n Neurological disorders;

Pregnant women, people 65 years of age

and flu are caused by viruses.

Common colds

Symptoms of a cold are generally

mild and develop slowly

and usually only affect your

nose and throat. You can

usually carry on with normal

day-to-day activities. Currently

there aren’t any medicines

available to prevent or treat the

hundreds of viruses that can

cause common colds. Instead

your body’s immune system

(your body’s defence system)

fights these viruses in its own

natural way. Most colds get better

within seven to 10 days.

Influenza (flu)

Many people use the term ‘flu’

for a bad cold, but it’s more

serious than that and is often a

debilitating illness that affects

the whole body. Many people

who get the flu will be hit hard

very quickly. If you get the flu

you will feel very unwell for a

few days and will need to take

time off work. Most symptoms

will improve within a week and

most people recover without

or over, residents of nursing homes and

other long-term care facilities and Aboriginal

and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15

years and over are also at increased risk of

severe complications from influenza.

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone

six months of age and over who wishes to

be protected against infection. People deemed

at high risk of severe complications from

influenza are eligible for free vaccination.

any major problems; however,

influenza can be severe and

even fatal, particularly if you

are not in good health to begin

with. Certain members of the

community are at particular

risk of severe complications

from influenza (see breakout

Who’s At Risk?). Flu is caused

by three different types of

influenza virus – influenza A,

B and C. Fortunately there are

vaccines that can help protect

you and others from the flu and

medications that can reduce

the severity and duration of the

illness – talk to your doctor.

Simple tips to

stop the spread

Common colds and flu are

caught from other people.

They can be spread in the following


n Hand-to-hand contact with

someone who has the virus.

n By touching objects a person

with the cold or flu has

used and then touching your

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nose, eyes or mouth.

n By breathing in droplets

spread through the air when a

person who has a cold or the

flu sneezes or coughs.

Good personal hygiene habits

can help prevent the spread of


Wash your hands

A quick rinse and shake of the

hands is not good enough.

You need to clean your hands

with water and soap for 15

to 20 seconds and dry them

thoroughly. You can use

alcohol-based liquids, gels or

wipes if you do not have access

to soap and water.

Contain the spray

Turn away from people and

cover your mouth or nose with

a tissue or your sleeve when

you cough or sneeze. Place

used tissues in the bin or flush

down the toilet and wash your

hands afterwards.

Don’t share

Avoid sharing cups, glasses

and cutlery and personal

items such as towels, bedding

and toothbrushes.

Keep your distance

Try to avoid close contact with

people when you are sick.

You should not go to work or

attend public gatherings when

you have the flu.

Feeling sick?

To help ease cold and flu


n Allow your body to rest.

n Drink plenty of fluids to

keep your body hydrated and

keep mucus on the move.

n Avoid smoking and secondhand


n Take pain relief medications

if you need them – always use

as directed.

Food fight!

Whilst you can’t always prevent

getting a cold or flu nutritionists

and dietitians recommend you

nourish your immune system by

eating a balanced diet including

lean protein, legumes, nuts and

seeds and a rich array of colourful

fresh fruit & vegetables. A

good diet and adequate rest

can help your body fight viruses

and reduce symptoms so you

can bounce back quickly.

Rachel Cohen of Xperteze

Fitness & Nutrition, advises cold

and flu “super fighters” include:

n Zinc – red meat, fish (esp


n Vitamin C – kiwi fruits, berries,

capsicum, broccoli, leafy

green vegies, citrus fruits.

n Probiotics – yoghurt, fermented

foods (kimchi, kefir,

sauerkraut) and bone broth.

n Garlic and ginger – to add an

extra anti-oxidant boost.

It’s also important to maintain

your levels of physical activity

– research shows people who

exercise in moderation report

fewer colds (see p48 – Tips to

keep you moving during winter).

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

professional’s advice. Sources: The Influenza Specialist Group, Australian National Health and Medical Research Council and NPS MedicineWise

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Health & Wellbeing

Fitness in Winter:

top tips to gain

impressive results

On cold dark winter mornings

it’s hard enough to

get out of bed, let alone get up

and exercise and we all seem to

succumb to the temptation to

snuggle up under the doona.

In fact, four out of five Australians

admit their exercise

regime falls by the wayside as

the weather gets colder.

A great motivational tip is to

remind yourself of the benefits

of exercise and how

amazing you feel

after a workout.

Exercise can help to

beat the “winter blues”

and warm you up.

After just 10

minutes, the brain

releases a rush of

‘feel-good’ endorphins


your mood and the

increased blood flow pumping

around your body warms you

up from the inside out.

Rachel Cohen, from

Xperteze Fitness & Nutrition,

recommends the following to

improve your results:

Increase your warm-up time.

“During the colder months,

your body tends to tighten up

and sudden exercise without a

sufficient warm-up can lead to

muscle and joint sprains and

strains,” says Rachel.

“Include an effective, longer

warm-up at a lower intensity.

“Instead of a 5- to 10-minute

warm-up, extend it to 10 to 15

minutes. This will help increase

blood flow to the muscles and

improve joint mobility reducing

the chance of injury.”

Layer up. Exercising in the cold

can put as much stress on your

body as exercising in the heat,

says Rachel. “When it’s cold,

your body can lose heat faster

than it can produce it, meaning

your energy levels get depleted

quite quickly.

“Make sure

you dress for the

weather... layers are

perfect as you can

easily remove them

as you warm up

and put them back

on when finished.”

Get outdoors as

much as possible.

“Even though it’s

cold outside, it

is still important for overall

health to get some sunshine,”

she advises.

Take your exercise outdoors

and benefit from the fresh air

and Vitamin D, which helps

to maintain bone strength,

strengthen the immune system

and improves your overall

heath and happiness.

Have fun. “No-one will stick to

an exercise program if it isn’t

fun,” she warns.

“Make the most of those

crisp and dry sunny winter

days – after all, winter on the

Northern Beaches isn’t really

that bad!”

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Health & Wellbeing

New skin care range

– with a local touch

new ‘premium-tier’

A Australian-made and

owned skin care range –

amaranté – will be launched

in Mona Vale this month.

Designed and developed

by aesthetic surgeon Dr Niro

Sivathasan and beaches local

John Eussen, the products

are said to contain a unique

formula of ingredients

derived from natural and

biotechnological sources

for the regeneration and

rejuvenation of your skin.

John explained the range

was made up of just four

products rich in anti-ageing

ingredients and suitable for and vitamins A, B and C, this nourishes while clearing

all skin types:

serum helps to calm the skin impurities.

n Polish – A hydrating and and reduce pigmentation. For more product info visit

nourishing formula of natural n PNP – A natural


jojoba beads that gently retexturises

the skin’s surface antioxidants to calm, heal attend the amaranté launch

moisturiser rich in

* Readers are welcome to

to reveal a clearer and more and nourish the skin.

at Portfolio Hair in Mona

radiant complexion.

n Cleanse – A lightweight Vale on June 27; contact

n RNR – Rich in peptides gel that calms, soothes and john@eussen.com.au

Lifeline Accidental Counsellor Training

Have you ever found yourself

supporting someone with

a mental health issue or in a

crisis situation, by accident?

The Accidental Counsellor

program draws on the

expertise of Lifeline Northern

Beaches crisis handling skills

and presents them in a fourhour


The program equips people


n RECOGNISE when others

are struggling. What is a


n RESPOND appropriately

with confidence. How to listen

and support, using active

listening skills and checking

safety, including asking

about suicide.

n REFER to appropriate health


The training also provides

a module on self-care to

ensure participants take

responsibility for their own


Lifeline Northern Beaches

will be holding the training

sessions on the following

dates for the remainder of

the year.

Sat 7 June 9am-1pm

Tue 18 July 1pm-5pm

Wed 16 Aug 9am-1pm

Tue 19 Sept 1pm-5pm

Wed 11 Oct 9am-1pm

Thu 9 Nov 1pm-5pm

Sat 25 Nov 9am-1pm

The cost of the course is

$150 per person.

According to Lifeline,

graduates of the program

frequently reflect on how

effective they find the teaching,

especially the scenarios,

in helping them to initiate

the often-awkward conversations

they have previously


For more information:

training@lifelinenb.org.au or

call the office on 9949 5522.

Eco Corner

At first we were disappointed

that the screening of ‘A

Plastic Ocean’ at Collaroy

Cinema was sold out but then it

dawned on me: this was a good

thing. There’s a groundswell in

public awareness of the issues

facing our oceans and the

cinema would be full of people

who are keen to understand the


It’s World Ocean Day on 8th

June, a good time to remember

just how crucial the ocean is to

the balance of life, acting as a

regulator of the earth’s system.

Oceans and seas cover over

70% of the earth, produce more

than half of our oxygen and

absorb most of our carbon

dioxide. They’re essential to

life. There was a time when we

thought the “fruits of the sea”

were in endless supply and

we could use it as a dumping

ground for our waste. But

the sheer growth in world

population and our habits have

led to a degradation which

we can see through reduced

marine biodiversity, pollution

and damage to coastal habitats

such as the Great Barrier Reef.

In fact, half of the world’s coral

reefs have been lost, half of all

marine life has disappeared in

the past 40 years and by 2050

its widely accepted that there

will be more plastic in the ocean

than fish.

But it’s beginning to feel

like there’s coordinated action

we can support. Screenings of

important documentaries are

sold out, a new Australian film

‘Blue’, “dedicated to creating

awareness and change” world

premieres at the Australian

Film Festival this month and is

released throughout Australia

in July.

It’s about believing. Believing

that what we can do as

individuals makes a difference.

It’s about peer to peer

communications. Talk to the

people around

you. The future

depends on our

actions now.

Russell Lamb is

the Founder of


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Hair & Beauty

Spot of bother: how to

manage annoying acne

with Sue Carroll

Healthy skin has become

synonymous with youth

and beauty in our


Our skin is our outermost

and largest organ of the

body and is a mirror of what

is happening internally with

our health and emotions.

Unfortunately there are times

when skin irregularities

such as milia, blackheads

(comedones), sebaceous

hyperplasia and seborrhoeic

keratosis may develop on

the skin on the face and the

body. With a combination of

a good homecare routine and

the use of clinical treatments

such as diathermy and peels

these skin irregularities can be

treated successfully.

While most people have

attempted to squeeze

acne blemishes, it is not

recommended unless you are

trained and know what you are

doing. Serious consequences

may result from touching acne

lesions incorrectly. These

range from worsening the

inflammation, the spread of

infection, the creation of scar

tissue and post inflammatory

hyperpigmentation (PIH),

and having a longer healing



Usually the best place to start

is by reviewing the possible

cause of the acne.

Some of the first questions to

ask are:

1. What shampoo, conditioner

and body wash is being

used? Do these products

contain a high percentage

of coconut by-products or

silicons? If they do, this is

the first area to change.

2. If the lesions are on the

body, check what fabric is

against the skin most of the

time – is it a synthetic or

cotton? Cotton is better.

3. If the lesions are on the

face, is hair kept off the

skin as often as possible,

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including when sleeping?

Caps/hats/riding helmets

can also inflame acne

lesions and should be

cleaned on a regular basis.

4. Is there any sign of an

infected throat or sinus,

thrush, constipation or

diarrhoea? These heath

issues can inflame the acne


5. What is being put on the

skin topically? (i.e. makeup,

sunscreen, cleansing,

moisturising and self-tanning

products). Have these

products reviewed by your

aesthetician and perhaps

have a more suitable home

care treatment protocol



Clinical aestheticians can help

with either a deep cleansing

skin treatment, (where you

can be educated on how

to clean the skin correctly,

followed by extraction and

a high frequency and LED

treatment to assist a faster

rate of healing), a herbal peel,

(herbs are massaged into

the skin to assist with a light

exfoliation which will allow the

skin to detoxify and exfoliate,

revealing a less congested skin

and a minimisation of scar

tissue), blue LED (Light Emitting

Diode with either blue, indigo

or violet light assists with

destroying P acnes bacteria),

diathermy (a precise treatment

using a high frequency current

directed via a very fine needle

which will cauterize the lesion),

or a combination of all of these


Both acne and ageing

lesions are often a

consequence of life. Many

forms of skin irregularities

once considered to be

irreversible, can now be

treated quickly, easily and

inexpensively. As always,

the best and most effective

way of treating the skin is

to look internally (general

health, diet, medication, water

intake, hormonal activity) and

externally (topical products

used on the hair and skin,

squeezing, scratching). Then

utilising the health jigsaw

puzzle, putting all of the

pieces together, the result is a

healthy, flawless skin.

Sue Carroll of Skin

Inspiration writes on

beauty trends and treatments

for Pittwater Life.

She has been a fully qualified

Aesthetician for 33 years.

Sue has owned and

operated successful beauty

clinics and day spas on

the Northern Beaches.



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Business Life

Budget recap: analysing

the super ‘nice to haves’

This month we look at a

few interesting personal

financial issues that arise

from the latest Federal Budget…

budget night for accountants

is a bit like what war is for

soldiers – hours of boredom

punctuated by moments of

sheer bloody terror. This year

however we got off pretty much

scot-free with no (more) major

changes to either the taxation

or superannuation systems.

And thank goodness for

that. The superannuation

changes already in the pipeline

are about to make their presence

felt from 1 July and there

are still sleepers being uncovered

in the new legislation (I’ll

outline one example later).

In the meantime, two of

the changes the Government

announced in the budget are

changes that can best be described

as ‘nice to haves’. They

won’t have a huge impact on

the system but more than a few

people will find the changes

useful throughout their lives.

The first of these is the

First Home Saver Super

Scheme. From 1 July 2017 an

individual will be able to contribute

up to $15,000 per year

($30,000 in total) to their super

account to help fund a first

home purchase. Withdrawals

will be allowed from 1 July 2018.

Contributions have to be

made within the prevailing

superannuation caps – from

next year these are $25,000 for

concessional or salary sacrifice

contributions and $100,000 for

after tax or non-concessional

contributions. I would presume

that most will choose the salary

sacrifice or deductible pathway

to maximise overall tax benefits

from the scheme.

Earnings inside super on

these deposits will be deemed

at a rate based on the 90 bank

bill rate plus 3%. It’s not clear

at this point but if your fund

doesn’t earn this rate you will be

depleting your super savings,

although this probably wouldn’t

bother most first home buyers.

On withdrawal, you will be

taxed at marginal rates plus

Medicare levy less a 30% tax

offset – so you should at least

be 30% better off saving for a

deposit this way. However, you

may need to be careful with the

contributions you make each

year. If you earn $105,000 your

employer will presumably put

9.5% or $10,000 into your super

account as SGC. If you then

bank $15,000 into the scheme

as first home buyer savings, you

will find yourself right on the

borderline of excess contributions

tax and every extra dollar

that you contribute will be taxed

at the highest marginal rate.

Another thing to be aware of

is that the scheme will be administered

by the ATO in liaison

with your superannuation provider.

This is government code

for: things may move slowly

when you need the money – not

a state of being that many first

home buyers wish to find themselves

in when they’ve found

THE property.

A second innovation related

to the superannuation system

in the recent budget was the

ability for older Australians

who downsize their home to

move some of the proceeds into


From 1 July 2018 people aged

65 and over will be able to make

a non-concessional (after tax)

contribution into superannuation

of up to $300,000 from the

proceeds of selling their home.

The existing voluntary contribution

rules for people aged 65

and older (work test for 65- to

74-year-olds, no contributions

for those aged 75 and over) and

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restrictions on non-concessional

contributions for people with

balances above $1.6 million will

not apply to contributions made

under this new special downsizing


This measure only applies to

a principal place of residence

held for a minimum of 10 years.

Both members of a couple can

take advantage of the measure

for the same home, meaning

$600,000 per couple can be

contributed to superannuation

through the downsizing cap.

These new contributions

are in addition to any other

voluntary contributions that

people are able to make under

the existing contribution rules

and concessional and non-concessional


Some things to understand

about this change are:

n The uplift in value to a person

or couples superannuation

account will have an impact for

social security purposes – when

you downsize you are converting

from a previously exempt

asset to an asset that is counted

as part of Centrelink benefit


n If your super account is

already funded at or in excess

of the $1.6 million balance

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transfer cap you will be able

to contribute an amount up to

$300,000 to super but you will

not be able to convert that to a

pension; and

n Given that the tax on all earnings

inside super is 15%, retirees

should not lose sight of their

personal tax free thresholds

which can vary upward with

rebates but start from at least

$18,200 per person.

n Earlier I flagged the rule

changes about to start from 1

July 2017 and the existence of

sleeper issues in the new legislation.

One that seems to me to

be arising time and time again

concerns people with products

such as lifetime defined benefit

pensions and life expectancy

and market linked income

streams – all so-called ‘capped

defined benefit income streams’

in the legislation.

n People who receive defined

benefit pensions such as you

would from long ago federal

or state government employment

(or transferred to you on

the death of your spouse) will

generally find that their pension

now has a valuation factor of

16 times. For example, if you

receive an annual defined benefit

pension of $50,000 and also

have $900,000 in an allocated

pension, you are likely to be

over the transfer balance cap of

$1.6 million by $100,000 – and

possibly not realise it, as most

of the commentary has been

direct towards those with over

$1.6 million in super.

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

Group Pty Ltd, Certified Practising Accountants. Offices at:

Suite 12, Ground Floor, 20 Bungan Street Mona Vale NSW 2103

and Shop 8, 9 – 15 Central Ave Manly NSW 2095,

Telephone: 02 9979-4300, Webs: www.ghr.com.au and

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

These comments are of a general nature only and are not

intended as a substitute for professional advice.

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Business Life: Finance

Business Life

‘Connected’ cars set to

accelerate consumerism


have always had

trouble figuring out

how it takes a half a

ton of metal with more

computer code than

an A380 airplane to

go pick up a half-kilo

pizza and take it home

for the kids to devour.

Many of the new

motor vehicles that

you see on the road

these days look to

me like a computer

on wheels – so you

may be interested

to know that by

2021, according to

predictions, more than

380 million “connected

cars” could be on the

road worldwide, and

each with a multitude

of sensors generating

gigabytes of data. Monetising

this “connected car” data

represents a new potential

$750 billion industry and is

on-track to disrupt the global

auto sector. It will no doubt

create huge new winners and

losers, as big data analytics

upends the industry, not just

in the US but globally.

Data applications will

include telematics, predictive

maintenance, locationbased

marketing and safety

systems. Each connected

car is likely to produce over

25 gigabytes per hour of

data as cloud-based services


At this very moment, Google

are trialling 5G and millimetre

wave technology in Nascar

races in the US, as part of a

trial with spectrum licensed

from the FCC. Race car drivers

might make for good guinea

pigs to test out high-speed

data and communications

services. Or the technology

could also potentially be used

to track vital car functions,

like tyre pressure or engine

temperature. Of course,

Google is also developing

self-driving cars, so such an

experiment could potentially

be useful to understand

wireless transmissions at high


Cars equipped with

surround cameras, LiDAR

and radar could actually

generate raw data of 100

gigabytes per second and

the car manufacturers that

are able to adapt to the new

world order may ultimately

generate more profit from

connected vehicle data than

from auto sales themselves.

Success for industry players

will depend on their ability

to develop new business

models and quickly build

and test appealing car datadriven

products and services,

underscores a McKinsey study.

Consider the following: One

“connected car” will generate

more revenue streams

than 10 conventional cars,

calculates KPMG. McKinsey

estimates that the emerging

with Simon Bond

big data analytics

market for monetising

“connected car” data

could become a $450

billion to $750 billion

industry by 2030.

By 2020, Gartner

estimates that 70%

of all auto-related

customer interactions

will be digital. In

the next five to 10

years, the integration

of the internet will

revolutionise the auto

industry by helping

to transform the car

ownership model, and

creating a new way for

consumers to access

content, and enable

autonomous vehicles,

notes Bloomberg


The key technology

enablers driving this

emerging industry are

advanced sensors, low-cost/

high-performance computing,

and location/navigation

hardware combined with

increasingly robust wireless

networks. The average

car now contains 60

microprocessors and over 10

million lines of software code

– which is more than half

the lines of code found in a

Boeing Dreamliner airplane!

By 2018, one in five cars on

the road will be self-aware: that

is, able to share information on

its mechanical health, global

position and information about

its surroundings.

Just think – when you go

out to collect the pizza for

the kids in the new Audi they

will be not just be tracking

you, but watching every turn

you make.

Simon Bond of Morgans Newport (9998 4200) has been actively

involved in all aspects of Stockbroking since 1987. Simon’s area

of expertise includes equities, portfolio management, short-term

trading, long-term strategies, derivatives and fixed interest. His

focus is on how technology is changing the investment landscape,

demographic trends and how they influence equity markets.

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Business Life: Law

Business Life

Private lives: the right

to be alone with oneself


wise colleague once

observed that if

someone were to rush

into a room of people and

shout, “all is discovered – flee”

within minutes the room

would be empty.

We all have matters which

we consider to be private and

personal and not for public

revelation or discussion.

Sometimes the right to

privacy has been described

as the right to be alone with


For many, many years,

law reformers and judicial

officers have pondered on

the question of whether there

should be a statutory cause of

action to protect the individual

against an invasion of privacy.

In 1979, the Australian Law

Reform Commission published

a report titled ‘Unfair

Publication, Defamation and

Privacy’. At that time the

Chairman of the Commission

was Justice Michael Kirby.

The report was a first

attempt at achieving uniform

defamation legislation. It

contained a Draft Bill and

within that Draft Bill was a

provision for the protection of

an individual’s privacy.

It took some three or four

years to produce the 1979

report and many years to

achieve uniformity of the law

of Defamation.

The statutory law of privacy

is still being debated.

In 2009 the Law Reform

Commission of NSW delivered

a report (No. 120 - 2009

titled Invasion of Privacy). Its

recommendation was “… as

part of a uniform law initiative

in Australia, NSW should

amend the Civil Liability Act

2002 (NSW) to provide a

cause of action for invasion of

privacy in the terms the draft

legislation appended to this


Additionally, the

Commissioner’s recommend


n Actionability should not

depend on proof of damage;

n The action should be

restricted to intentional or

reckless acts on the part of

the defendant;

n An exhaustive range of

defences should be provided;

n The court should be able

to choose the remedy which

is most appropriate in the


n Any action at common law

for invasion of a person’s

privacy should be abolished;


n The Office of the Federal

Privacy Commissioner should

have a role in educating

the public about the

recommended statutory cause

of action.

The report set out the

processes involved in

ascertaining the desirability

of amending the law. The

Commissioners reported that

in their extensive enquiries,

which they state involved

the largest community

consultation exercise in the

with Jennifer Harris

Commission’s 33-year history,

that most Australians consider

that they have a right to

privacy and regret the erosion

of that right as an inevitable

result of technological


There is, of course,

widespread opposition

to such a right being

introduced. The question

of balancing the public’s

right to know as against an

individual’s sensitivity is one

primarily raised from media

organisations and is based

principally on the threat that

an action for invasion of

privacy poses to freedom of

expression, which includes

freedom of the press. There is

also a question as to whether

such a right of action might

pose a threat to freedom of

artistic expression. Within the

report the Commissioners

set out various examples

as found in case law which

demonstrated the gaps in

the law as failing to provide

a remedy for an invasion of


They instanced several

English cases, one of which

required a plaintiff to claim for

breach of confidence in order

to obtain damages for an

invasion of privacy.

Secondly, a case illustrating

the filming and interviewing of

a well-known English television

actor while he was lying ill in

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hospital following a serious car

accident in which he suffered

brain damage, was noted.

In this case the plaintiff

successfully obtained an

injunction restraining the

publication of an article based

on the interview and the

publication or distribution of

photographs. However, the

plaintiff’s claim had to meet

the requirements of an action

for malicious falsehood in

that the article asserted that

the plaintiff had consented

to be interviewed was false,

and resulted in damage –

namely the potential loss of

the plaintiff’s right to sell the

story of the accident and his


This is an example of the

contrived and fictional manner

in which at present plaintiffs

have to approach an invasion

of their privacy.

The report contained a

draft privacy bill. The Bill sets

the framework for a cause of

action that generally protects

privacy in private law and

provides the trigger for the

courts to develop a legal

concept of privacy in that


The Commissioners state

“… to suggest it is impossible

to protect privacy generally

in the manner proposed in

our bill because the concept

cannot be precisely defined

is to succumb to what Lord

Reid once described as ‘the

perennial fallacy that because

something cannot be cut and

dried or lightly weighed or

measured therefore it does

not exist’…”

The challenge before law

reformers in NSW and beyond

is a substantial one. What

causes a person to be “highly

offended” may differ from

person to person. However,

this phrase is thought by the

former Chief Justice of the

High Court, Murray Gleeson,

to set a “useful, practical test

of what is private”.

Investigative journalists

and media commentators

have all expressed concerns

that their craft would be

compromised by the approach

to a statutory law of privacy as

recommended by the NSW Law

Reform Commission.

So what has happened since

2009? Much consultation

and a growing collection

of comprehensive reports

released by legal bodies over

almost a decade which have all

supported the introduction of

a statutory cause of action for

invasion of privacy.

In 2014, the Australian Law

Reform Commission released a

report on Serious Invasions of

Privacy in the Digital Era which

proposed and comprehensively

designed a statutory cause of

action for serious invasions of


In 2016, a Standing

Committee of the NSW

parliament recommended

that the New South Wales

government “take the lead” by

introducing a statutory cause

of action for serious invasions

of privacy. The Standing

Committee recommended

that any statutory cause of

action established by the NSW

Government should be based

on the Australian Law Reform

Commission’s 2014 report.

The Standing Committee

has acknowledged that there

is an ongoing lack of will to

enact a statutory cause of

action at federal level. For

this reason, the Standing

Committee has recommended

that New South Wales

should take the lead on the

issue in the hope that other

jurisdictions will follow suit.

However, whether the NSW

Government will actually place

these recommendations on

their political agenda remains

unclear, and it is possible that

this may be another addition

to the ever-growing stack of

sidelined privacy reports.

Comment supplied by

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer

Harris & Associates, Solicitors,

4/57 Avalon Parade,

Avalon Beach.

T: 9973 2011. F: 9918 3290.

E: jenniferha@pacific.net.au

W: www.jenniferharris.com.au

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Trades & Services

Trades & Services


British & Swedish


Call 9970 6654

Services Range Rover, Land

Rover, Saab and Volvo with the

latest in diagnostic equipment.

Narrabeen Tyrepower

Call 9970 6670

Stocks all popular brands

including Cooper 4WD. Plus

they’ll do all mechanical repairs

and rego inspections.


Smash Repairs

Call 9970 8207


Re-sprays a specialty, plus

restoration of your favourite

vehicle. Commercial vehicle



Avalon Marine


Call Simon 9918 9803

Makes cushions for boats,

patio and pool furniture,

window seats.

KB Marine

Call Pami 9913 3522

New owner; 10% off engine

and trailer servicing in June.

Free salt-away flush with every

engine service.


Eamon Dowling


Call 0410 457 373

For all electrical, phone, TV,

data and security needs.


Blue Tongue Carpets

Call Stephan 9979 7292

Family owned and run. Carpet,

rugs, runners, timber, bamboo,

vinyl, tiles & laminates.

Open 6 days.


Avalon Floral Art

Call 9918 2711

Internationally recognized;

amazing bouquets and

arrangements with freshness



Graham Brooks

Call 0412 281 580

Tree pruning and removals.

Reports regarding DA tree management,

arborist reports.

Precision Tree Services

Call Adam 0410 736 105

Adam Bridger; professional tree

care by qualified arborists and

tree surgeons.


The Aqua Clean Team

Call Mark 0449 049 101

Quality window washing,

pressure cleaning, carpet

washing, building soft wash.

Martin Earl House Wash

Call 0405 583 305

Pittwater-based owner on

site at all times. No travellers

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Avalon Physiotherapy

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Provide specialist treatment

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Avalon Physiotherapy

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Dry needling and acupuncture,

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Call 9918 0070

Professional care for all ages.

Treatment for chronic and acute

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Call Jen 0404 804 441

Equipment pilates sessions run

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Help improve posture and reduce

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Call 9918 2288

Diagnosis, treatment and

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Contrast Colour

Call 0431 004 421

Locals Josef and Richard offer

quality painting services. Tidy,

reliable, they’ll help consult

on the best type of paint for

your job.

Modern Colour

Call 0406 150 555

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and decorating; clean, tidy,

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Dependable and on time.

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Call 0418 116 700

Andrew is a master painter with

30 years’ experience. Domestic

and commercial; reasonable

rates, free quotes.

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Trades & Services


Nick Anderson Plumbing

Call 0411 251 256

All aspects of plumbing including

gasfitting and drainage.

Competitive rates, free quotes.


Luxafoam North

Call 9999 5567

Local specialists in all aspects

of outdoor & indoor seating.

Custom service and expert


Susan Ottowa

Call Susan 0422 466 880

Specialist in day bed and outdoor

areas. Reliable local service.

Domestic & commercial.


Predator Pest Control

Call 0417 276 962


Environmental services at their

best. Comprehensive control.

They provide a 24-hour service.


Water Warehouse

Call 9913 7988


Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation

& filter supply specialists.


Rob Burgers

Call 0416 066 159

Qualified builder provides all

carpentry needs; decks, pergolas,

carports, renovations and



Call Adrian 0417 591 113

Waterproof under your deck and

turn the area into usable space

all year round.


Call Dustin 0413 737 934


All-aluminium, rust-proof

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Northern Beaches-based

specialists in residential alterations

and extensions, and new



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Reboot for Mac & Me

Margo Strong has seen

plenty of technological

change since she

founded computer specialist

business Mac & Me in 1999 –

this month she’s triggering

her own ‘seachange’, opening

a new, separate retail shop in

Newport to complement her

existing space.

“Mac & Me was founded in

Avalon in 1999 as an Appleauthorised

Reseller,” explains

owner/operator Margo. “The

first Macs we had on display

were the ‘5 Fruity iMacs’…

over the years we’ve dealt with

everything from the anxiety of

the Y2K Bug, the GST launch

in 2000, to managing data and

back-ups, setting up networks

and Macs to marry in with existing

hardware and training

clients to use their technology


Margo recalls that back in

2001, iTunes software was on

a product guide announced as

a ‘Jukebox for your Mac’.

“There were no iPods at that

stage – later that year the 5Gb

iPod came out for over $1200!

iTunes changed everything…

“In 2005 when we moved

to Newport Beach we used to

have a queue of mums and

kids after school, not knowing

how to set up their iPod. We

made our own ‘user guides’.

Margo said the current

BYOD era – bring your own

device to work and everywhere

else – had made things

both simpler and more complicated.

MORE THAN AN APPLE A DAY: Margo Strong (centre) and her Mac & Me team of computer specialists.

“The challenge for our

clients these days is to keep

their technology simple but

useful, using the intelligence

that it offers, being able to

manage it all correctly – and

having time away from it.”

Margo says Mac & Me is a

one-stop shop.

“We retail Apple computers,

iPhones and iPads along

with all the Apple accessories,”

she explained. “We

spend time working out what

you really need and the logistics

of getting it all working


“We are an also an Appleauthorised

Service Provider

and have access to Apple’s

global system to see the status

and history of your computer

or device.”

She said the team’s Applecertified

technicians can

repair products (in or out of

warranty) with genuine Apple


“We can migrate the data

from your old Mac or PC to

a new Mac and follow up

onsite to sync, set up, provide

training and a back-up and

maintenance plan. We do this

for home users and business


The new Mac & Me retail

space is located at ‘The Palms’

at 316 Barrenjoey Road,

Newport; it’s open 8am-6pm

Monday to Friday and 9am-

1pm on Saturdays.

“The service centre is still

on Level 2 at 341 Barrenjoey

and it’s open from 9am to

4pm Monday to Friday only,”

Margo explained. “It’s best

to take service jobs straight

there but we can facilitate

pick-up and drop-off of

service jobs at the new retail

location out of service centre


And what are her enduring

observations from nearly 20

years of operation?

“Customers coming into the

shop with no shoes on, year

after year… and the ubiquitous

opening line of ‘I know

nothing about computers…’ –

when in fact they do!”

– Nigel Wall

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Good Vibrations

sure to resonate

Fresh from sold out shows in the UK and mid-way

through their Australian tour, The Bootleg Beach Boys

are coming our way.

Widely regarded as the ultimate Beach Boys experience,

this blend of five vocals perform the classic hits and sunsoaked

gems from California’s most famous band.

The musical journey begins with the surfing songs

of the early ’60s: ‘California Girls’, ‘Help me Rhonda’,

‘Surfing Safari’, ‘Good Vibrations’, ‘I Get Around’, ‘Surfing

USA’, ‘Barbara Anne’ and meticulously traces the band’s

steps into one of the world’s most iconic albums and the

genius of Brian Wilson (‘Pet Sounds’) and beyond with

hits ‘Wouldn’t it be nice’, ‘God only knows’, ‘Don’t Talk’ to

‘Kokomo’ and many more.

Reviewers report the show not only plays homage to the

Beach Boys’ famous harmonies, the instrumentation and

costumes absolutely recreate the Beach Boys experience.

You’ll most assuredly have fun, fun, fun!

Saturday June 10 at Dee Why RSL. Tickets $50.

Doors open from 7.30pm show from 8pm. Bookings

deewhyrsl.com.au or 9454 4000


by ‘Half’

Save the date in July for

the Elanora Players’

next production, ‘How The

Other Half Loves’ – a funny,

beautifully crafted play which

juggles time and space to

present the lives and loves of

three married couples. Written

by Alan Ayckbourn, the play

follows three married couples

whose lives are hopelessly


Frank employs Bob and William

and is considering William for

promotion. Bob is having an

affair with the boss’ (Frank’s)

wife and argues constantly with

his own wife, Teresa. Frank and

Fiona’s marriage by contrast is

polite and distant. Mary thinks

(incorrectly) that William, her

husband, is having an affair.

The plot thickens when each

of the adulterous parties, plays

host to William and Mary at

dinner parties on successive

nights – with both dinners

ending in disaster. As relations

between partners deteriorate,

matters become more confused

and only the truth can restore

order to chaos.

The play runs from July

7-15 at the Elanora Heights

Community Centre; more info







JUNE 2017

Dining Guide

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

Little Bok Choy

Pittwater RSL

82 Mona Vale Rd,

Mona Vale


Open 7 days

Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm

(3pm Fri, Sat, Sun)

Dinner 5:30-8:30pm

(9:30pm Fri, Sat)


Entrees $6-$20

Mains $12.80-$25

BOOKINGS 9446 9613

It’s Little Bok Choy’s first

birthday – book now for

10 per cent off your meal

(mention the ad right)

Have you discovered this

hidden gem? Conveniently

located inside Pittwater RSL, with

plenty of on-site parking and

public transport, it’s the ideal

location for locals to get together

to share great Asian food.

With a vast range of menu

options, you won’t know where

to start in this Asian Fusion


offers cosy

catering for


Jonah’s Restaurant and

Boutique Hotel has

announced some great dining

options for couples over the

colder months, including a

Winter Tasting Menu and a

warming Shared Dish.

Chef’s Tasting For Two

$98pp (min 2)

Available lunch and dinner

Monday – Friday.

Essentially this is Jonah’s

degustation menu presented

in a different way – featuring

restaurant. Some of the secrets

of LBC’s finest eats include

traditional favourites, like Shao

Long Bao – it’s the perfect

starter; the juicy mini pork buns

will get your taste buds excited

for the coming courses.

Tuck in to Yum Cha favourites

including delicious Prawn

Dumplings, BBQ pork buns,

Spring Rolls and Thai entrees

like Thai Curry Puffs.

For mains, all the popular

Chinese dishes are included,

from Sweet and Sour Pork, Honey

Chicken, Sizzling Mongolian Beef

and Seafood Stir-fry. Plus, they

have plenty of fried rice and fried

noodles also available in special

kids’ size!

Prices are very reasonable

– Chinese mains start from

$15.80, with gluten free and

vegetarian options available.

If you prefer Thai, be sure to

check out their latest addition –

Tom Yum Fried Rice, a modern

twist on a classic favourite. And

their range of Thai soups, salads,

curries and stir fry noodles are

fresh and exciting, all prepared

by their skilled Thai chef.

6 seasonal dishes selected by

Executive Chef Logan Campbell.

Presentation-wise, chefs will

present 2 entrees on one plate

as a starter, 2 mains in the

middle of the table to be shared,

two desserts in the middle of the

table to be shared.

* Dishes may change at chef’s

discretion, depending on

seasonal produce available.

Shared Dish For Two

$55pp (min 2)

Available lunch and dinner

Monday – Friday.

Enjoy Braised Beef Rib with

seared Queensland prawns,

served with a side of mash.

* Until sold out.

Both offers will be available

through 31 August.



Shop 4, 120 Narrabeen Park

Pde, Warriewood Beach.


Open 7 days lunch and dinner




Entrees $2-$9.80

Mains $13.80-$19.80

Noodles $13.80

Lunch specials.

1/2 price daily deals.

BOOKINGS 9979 9449




Book now for a great table for

lunch or dinner at this popular

Vietnamese eatery.

Ocean views across Warriewood

Beach may be enjoyed

from the restaurant which offers

one of the most popular of

Asian cuisines.

Eat in and take-away meals

are available; plus they offer

free home delivery for orders

over $35.

Tantalising lunch specials

from $2 to $10.80 include egg

custard buns (two for $4.40),

Money Bags (four for $5.80),

prawn dumplings, fresh rice

paper rolls, beef noodle soup,

noodles with veggies and

chicken, or beef with rice for

just $10.80.

Chef’s specials include Basil

Mint Pork, Honey King Prawns,

Sizzling Tofu Hot Pot and Chicken


Each day there is a half-price

deal for evening diners-in (limit

of one deal per table of diners).

They include: on Thursday

satay king prawn for $10.40, on

Monday salt and pepper squid

for $10.40 and on Saturday

lemongrass chicken for $8.90.

Prices reduced across the

board, as well as lunch specials.

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Dining Guide

Hong Kong

Chinese Restaurant

332 Barrenjoey Rd,



Dinner Tues-Sun 5pm


Chinese & Asian


Entrees $5-20

Mains $12.90-26.50

*Deliver Whale Beach - Narrabeen

BOOKINGS 9997 4157




Book a table at this popular

Newport eatery in June and

your family is guaranteed a

great night out with a feast

for the eyes and the tastebuds.

Order ahead for their wonderful

Peking Duck which

is offered as a dine-in-only

special Thursdays through



There are two traditional

courses: Peking Duck pancakes

& duck sang choy bow

(bookings essential; mention

the ad when you call).

This long-established restaurant

on the eastern side of

Barrenjoey Rd has an extensive

menu based on traditional

flavoursome Cantonese with

touches of spicy Szechuan and

other Asian dishes and fresh

seasonal vegetables.

Entrees start at just $5

while mains are reasonable

too, starting at $12.90.

The menu ranges from adventurous,

like a Mongolian

chicken hot pot, to contemporary,

spicy salt and pepper

king prawns, to traditional,

fillet steak with snow peas

and bean sprouts.

New dishes are introduced

regularly so check out the

blackboard specials.

The team are only too

happy to home deliver your

meal, with a range that takes

in Narrabeen to the south to

Palm Beach in the north.



Club Palm Beach

1087 Barrenjoey Rd,

Palm Beach


Lunch 11:30am-2.30pm

Dinner 6pm-8.30pm


Lunch and dinner

specials $13.50

BOOKINGS 9974 5566




Head to Club Palm Beach,

conveniently located just

a short stroll from Palm

Beach Wharf, for great meal

specials in June.

There’s plenty of sport

to enjoy on the big screen,

including horse and

greyhound racing (with full

TAB facilities).

There won’t be a better

venue to soak up the great

atmosphere of State of Origin

II on June 21.

The Members’ lucky badge

draw is held Wednesday and

Friday night (every 30 mins

between 5pm-7pm), and

jackpots by $100 each week.

Wednesday and Sunday

are meat raffle nights, with a

whopping 14 trays to be won.

Enjoy Trivia Night from

5.30pm on Wednesdays, plus

Bingo at 10am on Fridays.

The club’s Barrenjoey

Bistro is open for lunch

(11.30am to 2.30pm) and

dinner (6pm to 8.30pm) seven

days. The Bistro serves topvalue

a la carte meals plus

daily $13.50 specials of roasts

(Mondays), rump steak with

chips and salad (Tuesdays),

chicken schnitzel with chips

and salad (Wednesdays),

homemade gourmet pies with

chips and salad (Thursdays)

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and fish and chips with salad

(Fridays), except on public


Entrees on the a la carte

menu range from $10.50 to

$17.50 (mains $14.50 to $25).

The club has a courtesy

bus which meets the 11am

ferry from Ettalong at the

Palm Beach Wharf at 11.20am

daily, returning on request.

It also makes regular runs

Wednesdays, Fridays and

Saturdays from 4.30pm to

9pm. Ring to book a pick-up.

* The Club celebrates its

60th anniversary in 2017;

the call is out for locals to

contribute their stories about

the early days. Phone 9974


Bistro 61

Avalon Beach RSL

1 Bowling Green Lane

Avalon Beach


Open 7 days

Lunch 12pm-2:30pm

Dinner 5:30-8:30pm


Modern Aust / pub food


Meals $8-$30

Specials $12-$15

BOOKINGS 9918 2201



Avalon Beach RSL’s new

Bistro 61 is a great place

to head for a local meal,

offering tasty modern

Australian dishes at

affordable prices.

Bistro 61 has been

named to commemorate

the opening of the Club

in 1961. The kitchen – led

by experienced Northern

Beaches head chef Mitch

Blundell, boasts all fresh,

house-made meals, with

locally sourced ingredients

used when possible.

Open for lunch and dinner

seven days, with extensive

outdoor dining areas, Bistro

61 offers a different special

(lunch and dinner) every

weekday, including $15

rump steak chips and salad

(Mon), $12 tacos (Tues), $15

Chicken Schnitzels (Wed),

Celebrating 25 Years

2-4-1 pizzas (Thurs), and a

$20 burger + beer (Fri).

Seniors are well catered

for – there are daily Seniors

specials, including beerbattered

flathead – plus

they do a $5 kids meals

on Sundays! (There’s a

playground, too.)

From the menu, chef

Mitch recommends his twist

on nachos – pulled beef and

blackbeans with chipotle,

corn chips, guacamole,

Danish fetta and coriander.

Members get discounts

on meals purchased.

Membership starts from


The club is licensed, with

no BYO. Bookings online

or call 9918 2201 – large

groups welcome.

Head to Avalon RSL for

APL Poker Tournaments on

Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Visit avalonrsl.com.au/


Royal Motor

Yacht Club

Salt Cove on Pittwater

46 Prince Alfred

Parade, Newport


Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Mon-Fri from 8.30am

Weekends from 8am


Breakfast from $8-$18

Entrees from $9-$21

Mains from $16-$26

BOOKINGS 9997 5511




RMYC’s restaurant Salt

Cove on Pittwater’s menu

offers affordable meals and

generous servings including

a variety of starters and share

plates, seafood, burgers,

grills, salads, desserts and

woodfired pizza.

In June, Friday night

entertainment kicks off

in the Lounge Bar from

7.30pm. Great acts appearing

this month include Jim

Gannon (2nd), Jesse (9th),

Geoff Kendall (16th), Keff

McCullough (23rd) and Joe B


Trivia is held every Tuesday

night from 7.30pm (great

prizes and vouchers).

Book for the Ladies

Lunch with guest speaker,

fundraising awareness

campaigner Floyd Larsen,

on June 7; 2 courses $65 for

members ($75 non-members).

And don’t miss the ‘Steely

Dan & The Best Of The West

Coast’ music tribute show

on June 10, capturing the

sounds of Boz Scaggs, Toto,

the Doobie Brothers and more;

bookings essential.

Club social memberships

are available for just $160.

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Food Life

Microwave magic – take

the hassle out of cooking


Microwave risotto

Serves 4

started my career in the test kitchen at Sharp Corporation.

It was a fabulous job developing recipes and the automatic

programs that appeared on the Australian range of microwave

ovens. My commonsense approach to cooking branded

me Australia’s ‘queen of microwave cooking’ – and the label

stuck. My key message has always been: the microwave, like all

other cooking appliances, can do some things really well – and

some not so well. Here are a few of my favorite things to cook

in the microwave…

40g butter, chopped

1 leek, halved, washed, thinly


2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 cup arborio rice

3 cups chicken stock

1 tbs olive oil

300g mushrooms, sliced

80g baby spinach leaves

50g parmesan cheese, finely


¼ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves,


1. Combine half the butter,

leek and garlic in an

8-cup capacity, heatproof,

microwave-safe bowl. Cover

loosely with paper towel.

Microwave on High (100%) for

2 minutes or until leek is soft.

with Janelle Bloom

2. Add rice. Stir to coat in

butter mixture. Microwave,

uncovered, on High (100%)

for 1 minute. Stir in stock.

Cover with a lid or three

layers of plastic wrap,

microwave on High (100%)

for 5 minutes, followed

by 15 minutes on Medium

(50%) – don’t be tempted

to remove the lid or cover

while it’s cooking!

3. Meanwhile, melt remaining

butter with olive oil in a

frying pan over high heat.

Add the mushrooms and

sauté 3-5 minutes until light

golden. Stir the mushrooms

and spinach into the risotto

and stand, covered, for 5


4. Stir through the parmesan

and parsley; season and


Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Steve Brown & Benito Martin

Poached egg with


and dukkah

Makes 1

1 large egg

¼ avocado, smashed

½ tsp Tabasco sauce

1 piece multigrain bread,


2 tsp pistachio dukkah

1. Crack egg into a small,

lightly greased microwavesafe

bowl, tea-cup or

ramekin. Pierce the yolk

carefully with a toothpick.

Cover with a piece of damp

paper towel, elevate on a

rack (or upturned saucer).

Microwave 1½ minutes on

Defrost / 350 watt/ 30%

(egg should be slightly

under-cooked to your liking,

as they will continue to

cook on standing). Allow to

stand 30 seconds.

2. Combine the avocado and

Tabasco and spread over

the toast. Slide the egg onto

toast, sprinkle with dukkah

and freshly ground black

pepper. Serve.

Janelle’s top tips for microwave eggs

n Try to use eggs from room temperature; if they are

refrigerated, eggs may take a little longer to cook.

n Never cook on HIGH/100% power.

n Always pierce the yolk. The yolk will always cook quicker

than the white, as it is higher in fat and microwave energy if

attracted to fat and sugar.

n Do not add salt before cooking; this will only toughen the eggs.

n 2 eggs will take 2¼ to 2½ minutes on Defrost / 350 watts /30%;

place them opposite each other on the turntable.

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

Microwave apple


Serves 4-5

This is a recipe we developed

to highlight just how good a

microwave can cook. It was

taught in the free cooking

class, offered to everyone who

purchased a Sharp microwave

in the 1980s and ’90s. It’s my

go-to microwave dessert.

800g can pie apple

125g fresh or frozen


1 buttercake packet mix

100g butter, chilled, thinly


4 tbs brown sugar

4 tbs shredded coconut,


3 tbs flaked almonds, toasted

Ice cream or custard (or both),

to serve

the dry cake mix, while

trying to completely cover

the top. Mix the sugar,

coconut and almonds

together then sprinkle over

the butter.

3. Place onto a microwavesafe

rack or upturned

dinner plate, microwave,

uncovered 12-15 minutes on

High/100%. Allow to stand

5-10 minutes (the top will

firm up on standing). Serve

with ice cream or custard.

Janelle’s Tip: You can use any

can fruit, just ensure you drain

and discard any syrup.

Janelle’s 10 Top

microwave tips

Always remove food from its plastic bag or wrapping

1. before defrosting. Otherwise, as it begins to defrost the

moisture drops to the base of the bag and starts to heat up,

causing steam, which in turn starts to cook the food.






I suggest you reheat using Medium/50%. It will take a

little longer but food will be heated gently and more

evenly than at higher power

Don’t cook everything on High/100% power. Think about the

temperature setting used to cook that food conventionally

and apply the same when cooking in the microwave.

As a rule, cover food in the microwave if you would

normally cover it in your conventional oven, or if you

want to retain moisture.

For more even microwave cooking elevate food off the

turntable by using a rack or upturned plate; this allows the

microwave energy to cook the food from underneath easily.

It is best to use non-recycled paper towel in the

microwave oven as recycled paper towel may contain foil

chips which can ignite in the microwave. Don’t ever reheat

food in Chinese takeaway containers.

Foil can be used in the microwave provided two-thirds

7. of the food is not covered. Make sure it is secure and

doesn’t come in contact with the microwave oven walls.

Standing time is very important when cooking, reheating

8. or defrosting in the microwave. Try to allow 50% of

the microwaving time, For example, if you cook, reheat or

defrost for 10 minutes allow 5 minutes standing.

Remember that microwave ovens cook more at the

9. outside that at the centre of the turntable, so when

cooking foods like chicken, fish or vegetables, place the

thicker or more dense portions of food to the outside, with

the thinner, less dense pieces to the inside.


To toast coconut and nuts, place into an oven bag. Twist

the bag to secure. Cook 2-3 minutes on High 100% or

until light golden, shaking the bag gently every minute.

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Food Life

1. Spoon the apple into a

lightly greased 23cm (base)

microwave-safe pie plate.

Scatter over the blueberries.

Sprinkle the dry buttercake

mix over the fruit.

2. Lay the butter evenly over

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25 26 27 28 29

Pittwater Puzzler

30 31 32 33 34 35 36

37 38 39

40 41


43 44

Compiled by David Stickley

25 Popular campervan brand possibly

spotted at NRMA Sydney Lakeside

Holiday Park (9)

27 Mentally perceptive and responsive (5)

28 Stockings (6)

29 Alcoholic drink enjoyed just before

bed (8)

Pittwater Puzzler


1 Show featuring events that are current (8)

5 A gradual but continuous rise or fall,

as of prices (6)

8 What animal is being counted locally

on June 25, census day (5)

9 Makers or sellers of spectacles and

contact lenses (9)

12 Having a variety of goods at a single

place close to established operation (3-4)

13 Travelling the sites of Pittwater,

perhaps (7)

14 Very lively and profitable (8)

16 Recipient of monies (5)

18 Fishing gear (5)

19 Once owned by someone else (3-5)

22 Noted psychologist and author,

_______ Carr-Gregg, will be presenting

Surviving Year 12 Presentation at

Narrabeen Sports High in June (7)

23 Work done by NBN, perhaps, to

bring high-speed internet to the

Northern Beaches (7)


1 Pittwater home of Dynamite Premiere

Academy (7)

2 Create a piece of cloth by interlacing

strands of fabric, such as wool or cotton


3 Where in North Curl Curl exhibitions

for the Northern Beaches Art Prize will

be held (8,5)

4 What’s done (generally) at Warriewood

Square (8)

5 You can do this on water and snow (3)

6 Shows like Real Housewives of

Sydney that was partially filmed on the

Northern Beaches (7,2)

7 Pasta on the menu at Newport’s

Lucky’s & Pep’s (7)

10 Class at university as it is commonly

known (4)

11 A Pittwater social venue celebrating

60 years of operation (4,4,5)

15 A treatment available at Mona Vale’s

Northern Dental Specialties, no doubt (4,5)

17 Vegetable with dense clusters of tight

green flower buds (8)

18 Describing a victory by Manly at

Brookvale (4,3)

20 Give generously (3,4)

21 A prisoner’s or defendant’s answer to

a charge or claim (4)

24 Winner of the tender to construct

Barrenjoey Lighthouse and the keepers’

cottages, _____ Banks (5)

26 Main Northern Beaches public

transport (3)

[Solution page 71]

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Times Past

Lug this up there? You

must be off your trolley!

How do you get heavy

gunmetal components

for a lighthouse gallery

railing, precast iron stairs and

catwalks, one extremely heavy

Chance Brothers glass lens

and five crinoline-clad ladies,

300 feet up to the summit of

Barrenjoey Headland?

No real problem… according

to Isaac Banks!

In October 1879, Isaac Banks

was awarded the successful

tender to construct Barrenjoey

Lighthouse and the keepers’

cottages at a cost of 13,695

pounds ($27,390) and an extra

2,210 pounds ($4,420) for the

lens. Banks was considered one

of the foremost masons and

builders of the period.

The stunning honeycoloured


sandstone only required

transport for 100 metres up

from the main quarry on the

northern side of the track to

the building site. Another

quarry on the summit became

the site for the assistant

keeper’s duplex cottages.

All other building

components, timber included,

had to be transported to the

top of the headland from the

Customs Station jetty.

Early in 1880, Banks

commenced work on a 1,000-

yard (1km) trolley track from

the wharf to the summit.

According to Jervis Sparks in

his excellent book ‘Tales from


“This trolley track was a

remarkable engineering feat,

both for the efficient track

itself, and for its foundations

of massive hewn stone, parts of

which support the present day

access road. Made of hardwood

in mostly 10 feet (3m) sections,

affixed by hand-forged spikes

driven into the sandstone,

remnants of the track are still

visible today.”

Two men were required to

operate the single horse and

trolley – the main handler

with the bridle and the

brakeman at the rear with his

hand firmly on the trolley

brake. The horse walked

between the hardwood rails.

The lens for the light was

made by Chance Bros (of

Birmingham, England) and in

March 1881 it arrived at the

Customs Station jetty. A special

adaptation to the trolley was

constructed and the huge crate

containing the lens made it

safely to the top.

Everyone involved

would have breathed

a huge sigh of relief

“knowing that the value

of the cargo represented

half a lifetime of toil”. (It

was suggested that the

brakeman’s knuckles were

white on the brake handle.)

Later the trolley was

also used to convey several

crinoline-clad wives and

ladies to the top for the

celebration of the opening

of the light on 29 July 1881.

The lower section of

the present road follows the

original trolley track; however

the upper section of the track

is now so overgrown as to

be almost indiscernible and


TIMES PAST is supplied by local

historian and President of the Avalon Beach

Historical Society GEOFF SEARL. Visit the Society’s

showroom in Bowling Green Lane, Avalon Beach.

Times Past

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Garden Life

Garden Life

How to care for all those

Mother’s Day plant gifts

All the beautiful pot

plants purchased as

gifts for Mother’s

Day need attention now.

Keep chrysanthemums

flowering by trimming

back the spent flowers.

Move the plants outside

into a bright situation. Be

careful of sun burn, harden

the foliage slowly over the

period of a week. Water well

and feed the plant weekly

with a soluble fertiliser for

flowering plants and your

chrysanthemum will reward

you with new growth and a

second round of flowers.

Alternatively plant it out

into the garden after you

have trimmed it back.

Cyclamen (above) can flower

all winter and into spring if

the old flowers are regularly

removed. Gently pull them

away from the base; don’t cut

them off leaving a portion of

stem behind, as this will rot

and cause fungal problems.

Cyclamen and indoor

heaters are not good friends.

They like cool nights and

moisture in the air. If you keep

your cyclamen indoors, keep

them on a sunny window sill

away from the heater and put

it outside at night.

Once they stop flowering

continue to water and feed

the plant until they die back,

then turn the pot on its side

and let it dry out until after

Christmas when it will start

to return to life when you can

repot it for another season of


The moth orchids that

were given to you for

Mother’s Day will continue

to flower for many months

if you keep them warm and

in a well-lit position. Don’t

with Gabrielle Bryant

over-water them. Water them

under the tap, just once a

week, and let excess water

drain away. Too much water

will kill them.

Moth orchids are

commercially grown in

tiny plastic pots. It can be

quite a surprise when you

realise that they are not in

soil, just in bark and often

polystyrene chips. Naturally

they grow on rain forest

trees, not in soil.

Once the coloured bracts

fade on indoor poinsettias,

plant them out into the

garden or repot into a larger

pot. They make wonderful

colour in winter gardens.

They are tough and hardy

and will grow in full sun or

semi shade.

Red Hot Pokers & Winter Cheer

When all else looks cold,

the tall spears of Winter

Cheer shoot up from their

green grass-like leaves to

warm you up. Their tall spikes

of brilliant colour glow from

late autumn until spring.

They are salt-tolerant and

thrive in a well-drained soil,

with plenty of compost and

regular water when they are

flowering. They love full,

sheltered sun or semi-shade.

Pokers come in all colours

and sizes. The tallest will grow

more than a metre tall and the

smallest reach just 60cm.

Some are palest cream,

some yellow or orange or

bright scarlet. Breeders have

developed them from the

pokers that grow wild on the

South African tablelands.

Multi-plant these

herbaceous perennials as

background colour, use them

as feature plants or grow the

smaller varieties in pots.

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the cold

It is cold and wet in the

garden, nothing is growing

fast; it is the ideal time to

take a good look at your

landscape layout. All the

paving, trimming, fence

maintenance jobs can be

done this month.

Take time to consider your

plants. If the garden is drab

and colourless it can easily

be remedied. Fill gaps or

replace shrubs with some

of the native plants that will

brighten it up.

The Banksias are all alight

with golden candles. They are

available every size and shape,

from the tall yellow coastal

banksias that fringe the

beaches and the huge bronze

flowers of the heath banksia

deep in the bush to the tiny

banksia ‘Birthday Candles’,

whose bright gold candles

light up pots and rockery

pockets in the garden, and the

prostrate form of the coastal

banksia ‘Roller Coaster’,

whose pale yellow cones spill

over rocks and banks.

Small-growing grevillea

lanigera will attract the birds.

The pale lilac or pink croweas

will charmingly fill gaps in

the semi-shade under shrubs

or in the dappled shade of

trees and the tiny native

daisies, brachyscomes, in

yellow, cream, violet, blue or

hot pink, love sunny borders,

baskets or pots.

Fruiting trees and figs

are food for thought

Renewed interest in

vegetable gardens has

created a huge impact on

home gardens. Veggies are

grown on window sills, in

pots, baskets and raised

garden beds, but somehow

it has been forgotten that

home-grown fruits are

just as easy to grow, and

garden shade

trees can easily

be productive

fruiting trees.

(And fruit that is

grown at home

can be completely


This is the

month to plant

fruit trees in the garden.

Always check that the variety

you choose is suitable for

our frost-free area. Stone

fruit, apples and pears need

a colder climate to do well.

Avocados, mangos,

tamarillos, bananas, lychees,

pawpaws and cherry guavas

will all grow on the northern

beaches, but figs must be

one of the most decorative

of all. Their huge, glossy

leaves shine in the sunlight.

These trees are fastgrowing

and quick to

produce fruit. Figs are very

are easy to grow. They can

be left to grow

into small trees

or if pruned

regularly they can

be kept as bushy


There many

different varieties

to choose

from. The older

varieties such as White

Adriatic, Brown Turkey or

the Black Genoa will grow 5

or 6 metres tall, while dwarf

varieties make excellent pot

plants. All figs do better

with restricted root growth.

If they are treated too well

Get the gloss with

Lipstick Hibiscus

As the cold nights of winter creep up, it is

fantastic how intense the winter colours

become. Through the summer months the

Hawaiian hibiscus steal the limelight, but as

the days cool down the scarlet Lipstick hibiscus

(right) shines through the cold harsh light.

Often this old-fashioned hibiscus is overlooked

by its flashy cousins, but it is an amazingly

hardy, useful shrub as either a specimen plant

that will shade or cover up in the garden. Clip it

or let it grow and you will always have a bright

cheerful plant that glows in winter.

they will have the most

luxurious foliage and very

little fruit. They require very

little attention.

They lose their leaves in

winter and this is the time to

remove any dead wood and to

shape the trees. Their natural

shape is wide and spreading

– but they can be trained to

grow flat against a wall or

fence. Fruit is only produced

on the new growth, so an

annual trim will improve your

crop. Fig trees can be cut back

by 50% without any harm.

They grow well in a light, welldrained


Mulch the roots in summer

– but be careful not to overwater

in winter when the

tree is dormant.

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Crossword solution from page 68

Mystery location: LITTLE HEAD

Celebrating 25 Years

JUNE 2017 71



Can you believe Australia’s premier

alpine resort Thredbo is celebrating

its 60th anniversary in 2017? It’s

time to party on the slopes – get ready

for some spectacular events, activities

and entertainment throughout winter

and beyond!

Plus, this month Pittwater Life and

Thredbo Alpine Resort are giving one

lucky reader the chance to win a 2-night

winter getaway to the snow for 2 people,

including breakfasts, 2 x 2-day adult

lift passes and 2 x 2-day adult ski hire –

that’s a dream break worth nearly $2000

(note: additional persons can be added at

cost by arrangement with the good folks

at Thredbo.)

Some of the fun things Thredbo have

planned this winter:

n A commemorative ‘2037’ Bell will be

installed at the top of the highest lifted

point in Australia – the top of Karels T-Bar.

The Bell, placed at 2037 metres above

sea level, will be a great addition to the

standard ‘selfie’ and will allow skiers and

snowboarders to announce to the whole of

Thredbo Valley that they have reached the

top of Thredbo!

n Thredbo’s magical village will be made

even more picturesque with the addition

of beautiful tree lighting. Complementing

the vibrant après scene that Thredbo

village enjoys, it’s sure to be a massive

hit with families and kids as they

experience a true winter wonderland.

n Thredbo will be introducing some onmountain

‘Kids Only’ adventure zones

around the family friendly Cruiser and

Friday Flat areas.

n You can now sign up for a premium

beginner lesson – drop the kids off, grab a

coffee and get ready for your lesson from

10.30am. Just add this on when purchasing

any beginner lift and lesson package.

(Maximum of only six per class!)

n Advanced and Intermediate

snowboarders can work on their skills

with a new Max3 session – jump into a

park session at 1pm, with just you and two

others in this three-hour lesson, all for the

same price as a one-hour private lesson.

n Play ‘Winter Disc Golf’ among the

eucalypts on the ‘9-basket’ course at the

foot of the slopes; a fun activity for all ages.

n Plus, the Thredbo Leisure Centre can

now be included on your lift pass!

Not only can you enjoy what’s on

offer at Thredbo this winter season, but

thanks to Thredbo’s partnership with the

Mountain Collective – an unprecedented

collaboration between the world’s best

independent ski destinations – you can

also get exclusive benefits and discounts

around the world in New Zealand, Japan,

South America, Europe and North America.

More info thredbo.com.au


2 nights’ accommodation in the

Thredbo Alpine Hotel

Breakfast daily

2 x 2-day adult lift passes

2 x 2-day Sport ski equipment rental

(Not valid NSW school holiday periods)


Email your name and contact phone

number to win@pittwaterlife.com.au

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

competition starts May 31 and closes

June 29, with the winner notified by

phone and also published in the August

issue of Pittwater Life. (Full Ts&Cs www.


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Travel Life

Unlocking the secrets

of the amazing Orient

China and Japan are two of

Asia’s most astounding

and enigmatic destinations.

Both countries present travellers

with the opportunity to

experience traditional culture,

delicious food and worldrenowned


While there are common

threads to discover in China and

Japan, each country presents its

own fascinating identity, says

Travel View’s Sharon Godden.

“Majestic Yangtze is one of

Wendy Wu Tours’ most popular

fully inclusive tours through

China,” said Sharon. “The 14-

day journey takes travellers

to China’s most iconic cities –

Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian and

Beijing – and for a meander

through the Yangtze River’s

iconic Three Gorges.”

She said travellers will be

able to take in a civilisation

that dates back more than five


“Arrive in energetic Shanghai

where east and west collide;

watch the giant pandas of

Chengdu at play; stand before

the commanding Terracotta

Warriors in Xian; and tread in

the footsteps of ancient warriors

along Beijing’s Great Wall

of China,” Sharon said.

A Week in Japan is a new tour

from Wendy Wu Tours, created

due to the huge demand for

fully inclusive group tours to

Japan. Expect to immerse yourself

in a unique blend of ancient

customs and

an eccentric

present, said


“The Japanese

are experts at allowing the

two to co-exist beautifully and

this is most evident in Tokyo,”

she said. “Take in the citywide

views from the futuristic Tokyo

Skytree, and witness the sacred

devotions at Senso-ji Temple.

Hakone is home to the majestic

Mt Fuji and pristine natural

scenery. Whizz across the

countryside to Kyoto on a bullet

train – Kyoto holds the spiritual

heart of Japan.

“Temples… shrines… Zen

gardens are everywhere you

turn. The mysterious women in

kimonos shuffling across your

path will captivate you. And

end your adventure in Osaka –

Japanese foodie heaven!”

Join Asia holiday specialist

Wendy Wu Tours on a Majestic

Yangtze or A Week in Japan tour

in 2017.

Majestic Yangtze is fully

inclusive and priced from

$4,760pp twin share. A Week

in Japan is also fully inclusive

and priced from $6,980pp twin


Plus, book by June 9 and save

$500pp off selected Majestic

Yangtze departures, and

$200pp off selected A Week

in Japan departures as part of


* Contact the experienced

team at Travel View and

Cruise View Avalon and Collaroy

for assistance planning

your adventure on 9918 6007

or visit travelview.net.au

Travel Life

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JUNE 2017 73

Travel Life

Travel Life

Top End art tour

a sacred journey

If you’ve longed to access

Australia’s remote northern

coastline to marvel at the

prehistoric landscapes and

obtain a better appreciation

and understanding of Indigenous

culture, bespoke experts

Coral Expeditions have

assembled the ideal cruise

journey – complete with a

Cape York & Arnhem Land

Curated Art Program.

Hosted by internationally

acclaimed Torres Strait traditional

artist Brian Robinson

and sailing aboard the flagship

Coral Discoverer, the 12-night

itinerary ventures far off the

beaten track from Darwin into

Arnhem Land, to the very tip

of Australia at Cape York, and

the Torres Strait.

“Guests will learn and experience

traditions unchanged for

centuries, sacred rock art and

remote lands only permitted accessible

by a fortunate few,” says

Travel View’s Karen Robinson.

It’s a unique journey to a selection

of the continent’s most

respected artistic centres,

providing the opportunity for

guests to create their own

artworks through a series of

onboard workshops including

totem carving, weaving,

printmaking and lino-cutting.

All materials are provided,

along with expert tutelage and

guidance from Brian.

“You’ll witness how generations

have passed on their

artistic traditions, and how

this important cultural legacy

is being kept alive today,” said

Karen. “You’ll visit world renowned

art centres in Yirrkala

and Nhulunbuy, enjoy a traditional

cultural performance

by the Saam Karem Ira Kodo

Mer Dance Troupe, see how

the women of the untouched

and fascinating Tiwi Islands

give back to their commu-

nity through their local fabric

printmaking and clothing

business and at Wessel Island,

you’ll view ancient ‘navigator’

rock art, depicting the waves

of European explorers who

arrived on the continent.”

Also, respected zoologist,

educator and author Ian Morris

will hold presentations and

lectures about the history and

style of traditional artwork

throughout the journey.

“Incredibly, Ian speaks

Djambarrpuynu, Warramirri &

Gupapuynu – all local Indigenous

languages,” said Karen.

“Ian has worked with Coral

Expeditions since 1987 and

with the Aboriginal traditional

owners of the Arnhem Land

region for



once-in-a-lifetime journey departs

Darwin on November 23;

fares start from $9,980 per

person twin share and include

daily guided excursions and

comprehensive sightseeing in

each location.

“Coral Expeditions has led

expedition cruises here for

more than 30 years, so guests

can be assured of personal

experiences conducted with

respect to local culture,” said

Karen. “They will also enjoy the

warm and friendly atmosphere

that comes with travelling in a

small, like-minded group.”

More info 9918 4444.

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