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Celebrating 25 Years




JULY 2017



Coast with

the Most

Living & style on the beaches









Angst over Newport solution

Last month we broke the news

of the schedule of services

for the State Government’s new

B-Line public transport upgrade

– and also Newport’s selection

as the terminus point.

This month we focus on the

response of residents groups.

In short: they don’t like it.

They say it’s inferior to existing

services. And if it has to

proceed, they are unanimous

that Newport is not the right

spot for such a large commuter

hub, and that it should instead

radiate out of Mona Vale.

Despite assurances to the

contrary from the government,

they fear the streetscape at

Newport will be ripped up, with

designated ‘in’ and ‘out’ bus

lanes installed. Pave paradise,

put up a parking lot-type stuff.

Newport Surf Life Saving

Club don’t want it on their

doorstep, or in their car park.

It’s not our job to pass

judgment. We’re here to report

the facts, as presented. Which is

what we’ll continue to do.

That said, we think the

government and residents

groups should take on board

the suggestion of a Newport

local who contacted us to

recommend a survey be taken

of commuters who use the

buses every day. But we’ll go

further and say it should be an

independent survey, to avoid

accusations of bias.

The B-Line is scheduled for

the end of 2017; the clock is


* * *

If you took advantage of the

Northern Beaches Council’s

free ‘Chemical Cleanout’

service at the Mona Vale Beach

car park over the last weekend

in June chances are you, like

us, were impressed with how

smoothly it all ran.

Ratepayers turned up, stayed

in their cars while a friendly

team opened boots and sorted

through myriad paint tins and

other accumulated chemical

hoarding. Easy. Full marks.

– Nigel Wall

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COVER: The decision to site the terminus for the new

B-Line bus service at Newport has divided the Pittwater

community – read who is for and who is against (p10);

the much-needed Mona Vale Road overhaul is no longer a

pipe dream (p8); it’s Plastic-Free July – but read of the local

initiatives aimed at reducing plastic use and making an

eco-difference every day (p21); catch up on this month’s

Pittwater Community News (p22); learn some great new

home and living style trends, perfect for the beaches

(p29); and entertain friends and family at home with a

‘Christmas in July’ feast. COVER IMAGE: Gabriel Scanu.

also this month

Editorial 3

Pittwater Community News 8-25

Life Stories: Margaret Molloy 26-27

Northern Beaches Living 29-37

Art Life 38-39

Surfing Life 40-41

Sporting Life 42

Health & Wellbeing; Hair & Beauty 45-51

Money & Finance 52-55

Law 56-57

Trades & Services 58-60

Food: Christmas In July 64-66

Gardening Life 68-70

Travel Life 72-74

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4 JULY 2017

Celebrating 25 Years


Mona Vale Rd East upgrade

to kickstart inside 12 months

Delivery of the new

Mona Vale Road East

upgrade is scheduled in

2020 following the State

Government’s budget confirmation

of full funding

for the project and the announcement

of the tender

process which will see

the successful contractor

jackhammer the first piece

of tar within 12 months.

The announcement of

$150 million for the East section

will be welcomed by peakhour

commuters left frustrated

by the choking traffic heading

in and out of Pittwater via the

western arterial road.

The announcement is the culmination

of six years of planning

and essential preliminary

works which have included

geotechnical and sensitive

environmental studies, plus

planning approvals and design

refinements as well as changes

to State Park boundaries.

Pittwater MP Rob Stokes said

expenditure for the East project

in the State Government’s

2017/18 Budget totalled $17.5

million – but more importantly

the balance of funds had been

provided in forward estimates.

Key features of the 3.2km

eastern section, between Foley

Street at Mona Vale to Manor

Road at Ingleside, include the

upgrade from a two-lane undivided

road (one lane in each

direction) to a four-lane dived

road (two lanes each direction).

Provision has also been made

for a heavy vehicle arrester

bed, central concrete median

divider, additional lanes for

climbing and descending,

improved wildlife connectivity

and a signalised intersection at

Ponderosa Pde.

Additional funding has also

been allocated to complete preliminary

works for the western

section of the project.

“Confirmation of construction

funding is fantastic news,”

Mr Stokes said. “With the

planning works completed,

we’re now able to proceed to the

construction phase, with the

successful contractor expected

to commence before July 2018.”

Mr Stokes added that an additional

$2 million had been set

aside to introduce traffic flow

improvements at the intersection

of Mona Vale Road and

Forest Way at Terrey Hills.

“This separate ‘Pinch Point’

project includes the construction

of a third westbound lane

on Mona Vale Road to

help reduce congestion,”

he said.

The complementary

project would include

road widening, additional

lanes and extending turning


However, not everyone

is happy with the details

and funding of the East

upgrade, with outspoken

Mona Vale resident Mark

Horton calling it “a job done on

the cheap”.

“Compare this to the addition

of $137 million for the Warringah

Road upgrade which has

already attracted $500 millionplus

and you get an idea of the

low priority,” he said.

“There will still be that

steep climb as better, more

expensive, options were never

intended. And road works will

follow the existing corridor and

not involve separation, as in the

Terrey Hills to St Ives stretch.

“It is claimed that the

upgrade is because of the

accidents and deaths on that

stretch. The real reason is to

improve road access between

Mona Vale and the planned Ingleside

development. Why nothing

for the Wakehurst Parkway

access to the new hospital?”

Mr Horton added: “Thankfully

safety concerns have been

addressed with the inclusion of

a sand-and-gravel arrestor pit.”

– Nigel Wall

The story

so far…

May 2011 Funds allocated

to commence environmental

and geotechnical studies.

Oct 2012 Route options

published for Mona Vale Road


May 2013 Funds allocated to

develop upgrade options for

Mona Vale Road East.

Aug 2013 Route selected for

Mona Vale Road West.

March 2014 Interim road

widening works announced

for Mona Vale Road East.

Oct 2014 Concept plans

published for Mona Vale Road

East & West.

Dec 2014 Interim road

widening works completed

for Mona Vale Road East.

Aug 2015 Planning

approvals received for Mona

Vale Road East.

Jan 2016 Design

refinements published for

Mona Vale Road East.

May 2016 Legislation passes

NSW Parliament to amend

boundaries of Ku-ring-gai

Chase and Garigal National

Parks to facilitate Mona Vale

Road West.

June 2016 Funds allocated

for Mona Vale Road East preconstruction


Feb 2017 Design refinements

published for Mona Vale Road


May 2017 Detailed road

design undertaken for Mona

Vale Road East.

June 2017 Funds allocated

to commence construction of

Mona Vale Road East.

* NSW Lib Govt elected March 2011

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Special Report

Newport: To ‘B’ or not to ‘B’


The terminus for the State

Government’s new $500

million B-Line bus service

remains up in the air after disillusioned

residents and community

groups based north of

Mona Vale agreed to reject the

‘Newport solution’ and resolved

to push for the service to radiate

south from Mona Vale.

Representatives from the

Newport Residents Association

(NRA), Palm Beach & Whale

Beach Association (PBWBA),

Avalon Preservation Society

(APS) and the Clareville and

Bilgola Plateau Residents Association

(CABPRA) met with

Transport NSW representatives

in late June to reject its three

permanent options for turning

around buses at Newport, as

well as two interim options that

would enable the January commencement

deadline to be met.

Attendees at a meeting at

Newport on June 21 passed a

resolution demanding: “… that

no B-Line service is extended to

terminate in the village of Newport

and that it be terminated at

the town centre of Mona Vale.”

Responding, Pittwater MP

Rob Stokes told Pittwater Life:

“My job as local member is to

secure the funding for better

public transport. It’s now up to

the community to determine

whether they want these improvements

or not – or how they

want them delivered.

“The government is determined

to improve public transport

from the northern beaches

Decision 'good for Mona Vale'

Mona Vale Chamber of Commerce President Simon Dunn

supports the proposal for a Newport terminus, saying it

will mean Newport residents and those driving from further

north will find it more convenient to hop on the B-Line at Newport

and get to Mona Vale “without having to waste any time

driving through Mona Vale and looking for suitable parking”.

“With its greater variety of retail stores and a full complement

of medical and professional services on offer, Mona Vale’s

increasing popularity is putting ongoing pressure on parking

for customers, clients and the growing number of people who

work in Mona Vale,” Mr Dunn said.

“This is evidenced by the high demand for the free long-stay

spots in the multi-level Bungan Lane car park.

“The introduction of a non-stop bus service between Mona

Vale and Newport operating at a 10-minute frequency seven

days per week will save parking congestion.

“Likewise, those living near Warriewood, Narrabeen and Collaroy

B-line stops will benefit from the all-day express services

to and from Mona Vale,” he continued.

“Less cars trying to pile into Mona Vale will improve the

amenity of the town centre for pedestrians, ensuring Mona Vale

remains a fantastic retail and professional services destination.”

to help alleviate congestion –

particularly during the peaks,”

he said. “Our objective is to get

more cars off the road which

will make Newport a more liveable

and walkable community.”

He said it was a “rare opportunity”

for effective change

and stressed it was crucial the

community didn’t dismiss it

out of hand.

“However, we’re flexible and

we’ll continue to work with

the community to get the best

outcome,” he said.

Following last month’s publication

of the detailed services

delivery of the B-Line, Pittwater

Life sought comment from

community groups.

Newport Residents

NRA President Gavin Butler

said the B-Line team had informed

his executive of options

for terminating and turning

around 100 buses a day in Newport,

which included queuing

three buses at a time to meet

the schedule.

“They included three permanent

scenarios each of which

would have a significant impact

on either the Newport Surf Club

car park or on the shopping

centre Bramley Lane car park,”

Mr Butler said.

“The project team also told

us of two interim options to

allow the B-Line to commence

at the end of this year – one in

‘The Boulevard/Ross Street/

Bramley Lane’ and the other at

Porter Reserve (Rugby Park).”

The first option made no

sense as it funnelled buses onto

residential streets; the second

appeared doomed due to its use

as a sports site, he said.

Mr Butler added that the

NRA wrote to Council a year

ago with concerns about the potential

impact the B-Line would

have on residential streets and

the Surf Club.

He concluded: “Whilst having

a bus service leaving every 10

minutes (instead of 15 minutes)

from Newport can be flagged

as an improvement to bus services,

we don’t believe the permanent

impact on the Village

of Newport can be justified."

(* The Newport Chamber of

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Commerce supported the NRA

position, said Chamber President

Margo Strong.)

Newport SLSC

Upon being told the B-Line

would terminate at Newport,

with the surf club as an option,

NSLSC President Rob Emerson

said he told the B-Line team of

the severe impact it would have

on the club.

“We explained we have over

1400 community members,

outlined the voluntary services

we provide on and off the beach,

plus the fact we operate Nippers

on a Sunday through summer to

over 400 kids,” Mr Emerson said.

He further explained the club

had plans to modestly increase

the club’s footprint into the car

park and they had been advocating

that the southern end of

the car park outside the club

should be replaced with parkland

to improve the pedestrian

circulation dangers of children

crossing the car park between

the playground and the

public toilets and the

playground and the


He said the car park

was already under

pressure throughout

the year.

“When we run Nippers

the car park is

fully utilised,” he said.

“Plus we operate at

least six surf carnivals

and other events to assist the

club and local businesses with

income generation and these

uses fill the current car park to


“Proposing such significant

bus infrastructure on the

absolute beach front land seems

completely inappropriate for the

local beachside environment

and people that use the car park

for the coastal walk, visiting the

beach… even netball training.”

The apparent lack of detailed

planning for the Newport extension

was a major concern.

“If as suggested the Newport

option is to go ahead for January

there will need to be a temporary

bus turning solution (we

don’t know what that is) whilst

a design and Review of Environmental

Factors (REF) is prepared

for a permanent solution.

“If the buses are running to

Newport in January it doesn’t

provide confidence that the REF

for the permanent solution will

receive unbiased consideration.”

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President David Owen (below)

said his association worked

with the APA, NRA and PBWBA,

listening to more than 400 residents’

concerns, before drafting

a solution that supported the

NRA in targeting Mona Vale as

the terminus for the B-Line.

“We want express buses into

the city,” Mr Owen said. “We

don’t want to have to change

buses when going such a long

distance. The resounding

sentiment was that lots of buses

terminating and turning in our

villages will ruin them and create

car parks of our villages.

“The solution is simple: have

three routes which extend

to where people live – i.e. the

suburbs – and then go basically

express from Mona Vale, with

one set-down into the city, and

one pick-up going out of the city

at Neutral Bay.”

The solutions were an ‘E90’ (a

bendy bus or a double-decker

B-Line bus), which

“goes around the Palm

Beach area via Avalon

ever half-hour all stops

into MV then stopping

only at Neutral

Bay Junction and the

City”; an ‘E88’ (normal

size bus), which “goes

around Careel Bay area

via Avalon (Avalon

Pde, not Central Rd)

every half-hour with

all stops into MV

then stopping only at Neutral

Bay Junction and the City”; and

an ‘E89’ (normal size), which

“goes around Clareville/Bilgola

via Avalon ever half-hour all

stops into MV then stopping only

at Neutral Bay and the City.”

He added the new 199 service

from Manly to Palm Beach was

“an interesting route, obviously

aimed mainly at the tourists”.


Association President Dr Richard

West said the B-Line would result

in a downgrade to the L90 service

operating to and from Palm

Beach, causing inconvenience.

“The L90 is the longest commuter

bus trip in Sydney, taking

at least one and a half hours to

cover the 44km to Wynyard,” he

said. “Now residents will have to

change buses at a B-Line hub.”

“The L90 will only operate

during the weekday off-peak

(9am-3pm) and weekends (7am-

10pm), with a frequency of 60

Continued on page 12

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Special Report


'Hysteria' driving revolt

Newport resident Peter

Tommerup says

hysteria is affecting the

thinking of residents

groups opposed to the

B-Line terminating at


The 79-year-old fears

opposition from people

he says don’t use the bus

service regularly will place

in jeopardy improvements

for those who do use the

service to commute as far

as the city every day of

their working life.

Although retired, Mr

Tommerup says he catches

buses to places outside

Pittwater at least three

times a week. Reaching out

to Pittwater Life, he says he

has urged the government

and its decision-makers to

“put people on the ground

at bus stops to hand

out information leaflets

and consult on their


“The people on the

residents groups… they’re

very good, but you have to

question them – they’re all

very old, and they don’t use

the buses,” he said.

“Why should the whole

of Newport be penalised,

and have to get on and off

at Mona Vale to get to the


“I’m afraid if they keep

to their agenda they will

ruin it for those who want

to stop using their cars

and catch buses with better

services. They’ll shoot

themselves in the foot; it

will be a shamozzle.

“The government must

gauge the response from

the people who actually use

the buses – the people who

pay the taxes.”

Mr Tommerup said the

Newport Surf Club was an

obvious terminus point.

“It keeps the buses on

the main road, not on the

backstreets,” he said. “And

the surf club car park is

barely half full during the

week. It makes sense.” – NW

Continued from page 11

minutes. The present frequency

is 30 minutes on weekdays and

15 minutes at weekends. This

represents an unacceptable

reduction in frequency."

PBWBA welcomed the introduction

of the 199 to Manly but

insisted it should not be at the

expense of the L90 service.

(The 199 will operate as a

full-time, all-stops service with

frequency of 30 minutes on

weekdays and every 15 minutes

on weekends between Palm

Beach and Manly via Avalon,

Newport shops, Newport loop,

Mona Vale, Narrabeen, Collaroy,

Dee Why and Warringah Mall.)

Dr West continued: “Northern

Beaches Council together with

the community are currently

working on a parking strategy

for Palm Beach with an emphasis

on encouraging visitors, residents

and tourists to use public

transport, as parking in Palm

Beach is extremely limited.

“The Council and the NSW

Government are spending $1.7

million on building a walkway

from Palm Beach Wharf to

Governor Phillip Park which

will be a major visitor drawcard.

It is essential that the L90

bus service be maintained, not


Dr West claimed the

proposed changes to the L90

service would make city commutes

even longer in the morning

peak hours, as it would be

necessary to catch the new 199

from Palm Beach and change

to either the E88 at Careel Bay

(where it started) or the B-Line

hub at Newport or Mona Vale.

“On the return journey from

the city in peak hours it will

be necessary to change to the

199… this could involve a halfhour

wait for the bus to come

from Manly. This will make the

longest trip even longer.”

He added the Association

supported the NRA in their opposition

to the “inappropriate

and unacceptable use of the car

park at Newport Beach”.


The APA supports improvements

for a faster, more

comfortable and more reliable

service to the city and to Manly,

with major intermediate stops –

but without the need to change

to another bus.

“Any need to change buses is

unacceptable being disruptive,

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time consuming and inferior

to what we have now,” said APA

President Peter Mayman.

“Our current service to

the city and to limited stops

is every 15 minutes which is

adequate but until there is a

24-hour bus lane from Mona

Vale to the city, the service is

unreliable and congested,” Mr

Mayman said.

“We support our neighbours

in Palm Beach and Clareville

facing inadequate services and

oppose 100 large buses per day

turning around in absolutely

prime beachside location.

“Together with other community

groups north of Mona Vale,

we have met with B-Line staff

and made clear what people

expect and suggestions on how

this can be achieved so that

services are in fact improved.

It is not yet clear how well this

is being heard and we will certainly

be following it up.”

Mona Vale RA

Association President Marcia

Rackham said the area had

waited a long time for an improvement

to buses and travel


“To get more people off the

road and travelling by bus

is a positive move, however

our travelling patterns have

changed and no longer do we

all travel to the city for work,”

Ms Rackham said.

“Many people are moving in

an east-west direction and the

B-Line does nothing to service

this need..”

She said MVRA had lobbied

government to utilise the Mona

Vale Bus Depot.

“It makes perfect sense for

additional parking requirements

and bus turn-arounds,”

she said. “No trees need to be

removed to utilise this area.”

She added residents had

made suggestions in relation to

timetabling and bus routes but

that this “seems to have largely

fallen on deaf ears”.

“These community members

are the people who currently

use bus services now, who have

a very good local understanding

of the pros and cons of the

current services and who have

made very valid suggestions

in relation to public transport


She said a positive was the

fact the B-Line would not be

privatised. – Nigel Wall


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U-turn plebiscite

still a live option

Pittwater residents have

swung their support

behind the campaign

to restore their council

while momentum builds at

the state level to unwind


The issue has gained

traction in the NSW

Parliament, with the Upper

House passing a bill in late

June to end forced council


Protect Pittwater

Association President

Bob Grace welcomed the


“This is terrific news for

Pittwater,” Mr Grace said.

“And it just goes to show

the anger felt by Pittwater

residents is shared by

others around the state.

“The Upper House of

Parliament has recognised

that the State Government’s

mergers were undemocratic

and momentum is building

to put an end to them.”

The bill, proposed by

the Shooters, Fishers

and Farmers Party and

supported by all parties

except the government,

would set up plebiscites in

all areas forcibly merged

last year.

Proposed mergers – in

areas such as Woollahra,

Waverley and Hunters

Hill where legal action is

underway – would also be

halted until a referendum

is held and approval gained

from a majority of electors.

The Greens also moved

amendments that would

ensure amalgamations could

never happen again without

local residents’ consent in a

binding plebiscite.

However, Mr Grace said

Protect Pittwater would

continue preparing for legal

action and circulating its

petition calling for the local

council to be reconstituted

because of the risk that the

bill might fail in the Lower

House when parliament

returns in August.

At the local level, the

group’s Treasurer, David

Wenden, said he had been

overwhelmed by the level of

support at the Careel Bay

Winter Festival last month

(June 17) where Protect

Pittwater had a stall.

“Visitors were seeking

out the petition before the

festival even opened in

the morning and were still

coming up to sign it while

we were busy packing up

at the end of the day,” Mr

Wenden said.

“I only had two people

knock me back in the

whole day… the underlying

displeasure with the forced

amalgamation is still raw

among all the Pittwater

residents we spoke with.”

The petition, which

hundreds of people have

already signed, can be

printed from the Protect

Pittwater facebook group.

It is available for signing at

some local shops and cafes.

– Miranda Korzy


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Book Review

D-Bot Squad Series

Mac Park, Allen & Unwin

$9.99 (each)

The dynamic writing duo that gave us Boy vs Beast is

back with a very exciting series for 5- to 7-year-olds

about Dinosaur Robots, and the children who hunt them.

Local author Louise Park (the ‘Park’ to Susannah

McFarlane’s ‘Mac’) has been sharing all sorts of dinosaur

facts with us, many that are guaranteed to make young

readers laugh and quote them back infinitum.

The books are each cleverly illustrated and include

a snazzy flipogram, and will be a big hit with new

independent readers, or just good, fun read-a-louds at


This new series is launching with four books just in

time for the school holidays – plus there’s a special Dino

Hunter event at Beachside Bookshop in Avalon at 9.30am

on Monday 10 July. Meet Louise and a Dinosaur! More

info beachsidebookshop.com.

– Libby Armstrong



Give Blood. The Mobile Blood

Service is visiting Avalon Beach,

Bowling Green Lane Carpark,

Avalon Pde on Wed 5, Thurs

6 and Fri 7 from 9am-2pm. To

make an appointment call 13 14

95 or visit donateblood.com.au

Navigating aged care

changes. The aged care

system has changed – people

over 65 must register on the My

Aged Care website to receive

services. Learn what’s in it for

you followed by a hands-onsession

to help you set up and

manage your account on your

computer or personal devices.

Tues 18 from 1.30-3.30pm at

Newport Community Centre.

Free; light afternoon tea served.

Bookings 9942 2560.

Superhero Week. Here’s

your opportunity to pull on

some tights and a cape and

dress up to lighten the load

for children with life-limiting

illness. The wonderful people

at Bear Cottage ask you to be

a Superhero from Sun 23 to

Sat 29 (for a day, a week… or

longer) so they can continue

to support families and provide

respite and end-of-life care for

some beautiful children. Go to


Avalon car boot sale. There

will be plenty of pre-loved goods

wanting a new home at this

community event at Dunbar

Park on Sat 29 from 8am-2pm.

Young writers competition.

Do you have a budding author

in the family? Here’s their

opportunity to be published

in a Library eBook. Open to

students up to Year 12. Pop into

your nearest library or visit the

NB Council Website for details.

Closes Wed August 2.

Big Bookoccino birthday.

Owners Margaret and Roger

are celebrating this Avalon

bookstore/cafe's 25th in style all

month with massive giveaways,

great prizes and a day-long

party on the 29th featuring

special guests including MIchael

Robotham, Richard Roxburgh

and Amanda Hampson and a

giant cake! Pop into store or

keep an eye on their website

bookoccino.com for details.

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Flood management simplified

Amendments to policies

and development controls

will make it easier for Northern

Beaches residents to manage

flood risk and save them

money when they develop

their land.

Council is simplifying

requirements for flood-prone

sites, which affect an estimated

15,000 properties from

Palm Beach to Manly – with

the majority on the upper


Council GM Environment

& Infrastructure Ben Taylor

explained the three former

councils differed in their approach

to flood risk management,

resulting in varied

experiences and outcomes for

residents and businesses.

For residents of the former

Pittwater, the changes mean

that some buildings such as

sheds, carports and swimming

pools will be exempt

from flood requirements.

Other minor development

such as minor additions or

internal alterations may not

require detailed consulting

reports or building a new

place to shelter, depending

on the level of risk at the


Designer Kinga Monaghan

from Blue Sky Building Designs

at Newport welcomed the


“I worked on a project

where owners in North Narrabeen

were trying to get

approval for a small alteration

and addition – they called

me because their original

designer had been unfamiliar

with the council requirements,”

Kinga said.

“The DA conditions

shocked them; they had to

relocate the electrical work

above the FPL (flood planning

level) and build the extension

600mm higher than the rest

of the house. Plus they had to

make sure that the existing

house was flood-proof.

“The owners decided to start

again – the second time mainly

just internal alterations and

replacement of some windows

into sliding doors. But to

comply, we had to propose a

shelter – an attic that could be

accessed in case of flood.”

Kinga said that despite

never having experienced

flooding in their 15 years’

residency, the owners paid

double the cost of a standard

process and had to wait a

frustrating two years.

“Designers understand the

requirements for larger developments

but for the small

projects it's not necessary,”

she said.

“Simplifying the application

process and not requiring

the flood report can save 2-3

weeks’ preparation time – and

even around $3,000 before

the DA is even lodged.”

Council will arrange oneon-one

information meetings

for residents on request; call

1300 434 434.

* Northern Beaches Living

feature – P29.

Former Pittwater Councillor

Selena Griffith will run as an

independent candidate for the

Pittwater Ward in the upcoming

Council election.

The Elanora Heights resident

and UNSW academic says she

remains disappointed Pittwater

was forced to amalgamate.

“As a ratepayer under the

new Council, I have not seen

any improvement in any services

and my customer-based

interactions with staff revealed

they are still working in silos

reflecting the three former

councils,” she said.

“From my experience advising

on the change process, I do

not believe there has been the

promised success in ‘harmonising’

the three councils.

“There has been a huge

loss of corporate memory, key

knowledge, skills and talent

across the new entity.

“So beyond the crowd-pleaser

parking sticker, I don’t think

any demonstrable benefits have

been delivered to the residents

of former Pittwater, Warringah

or Manly Councils yet.”

Ms Griffith said it was

discouraging to see political

factions forming around

the larger council, which she

believes will make it difficult

for local communities to be


to take

a stand

heard above party positions in


“I am standing to ensure I

can continue the consistent,

independent, community advocacy

I provided in my tenure on

Pittwater Council,” she said.

“I have good relationships

with local community groups

and want to work closely with

them to achieve the continuation

of the values, culture, and

sense of identity our community

fought for and enjoys.

“I want to ensure these values

of community engagement,

environmental protection and

sensible, inclusive development

are not diluted or lost,

but rather strengthened and

support the other communities

across the Northern Beaches.

“I want to help develop a

council which respects, celebrates

and supports its diverse

communities and ensure access

to assets and resources are

equitably distributed.”

Ms Griffith said the September

9 vote was critical to the future

tone of local government.

“The new council will be

laying the foundations for how

our community will be dealt

with and run,” she said. “It is

very important that this forms

independently, without political


Photo: Bettina Kingma

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Take the plastic-free pledge this month

and swap items such as disposable

coffee cups, shopping bags and straws

for reusable alternatives… you might be

surprised where it will take you.

Plastic-free living is about eliminating

single-use and semi-disposable plastic

items from your life, with many people

who become committed also weeding

out other plastic items over time, such as

choosing natural materials over polyester


In time for July, Northern Beaches

Council has launched a multifaceted

campaign to wipe out single-use plastics

on the Northern Beaches and provide more

support for local businesses and the community

to change behaviours.

Northern Beaches Council Administrator

Dick Persson is also lobbying State and Federal

governments and major supermarkets

to bring about sustainable change, such as

a total ban on plastic bags.

Council plans to implement two new

policies that will change the way the organisation,

employees, agents, lessees and

contractors consume SUPs.

A Single Use Plastics Policy will drastically

reduce the procurement of plastics

and help the community to live without

them. Anyone planning to hold an event on

Council land will need to procure sustainable

alternatives to plastics too as they will

be banned under the Event Management


Council’s 1800 staff will also make the

switch to reusable cups for their morning


Also, Council has a great line-up of

plastic-free events including pop-up info

sessions with theatre performers at the

Beaches Market at Pittwater Park on Fridays

June 30 and July 21.

Take the lead from local Sarah Tait who

decided to live without plastic for a year

and share her experience on a blog (wanderlightly.com)

after being confronted with

sea pollution in Tonga.

Almost three years on the habit has

stuck, with Sarah reporting her “lighter”

approach to life has transformed her.

It has also influenced others, such as members

of the northern beaches-based youth

environmental conservation organisation

The Green Team who regularly join forces

with other like-minded groups to clean

beaches, host sustainability events, workshops

and screenings targeting younger

community folk.

The Green Team also shares its youthful

enthusiasm with the ladies behind Avalon

Boomerang Bags, regularly joining the

workshops at Sew Craft Cook, helping to

create the reusable bags for distribution

(check out Avalon Map on page 49 to see

where you can find – and importantly –

return Boomerang Bags).

Avalon Boomerang Bags recently

celebrated its first anniversary, reporting

more than 7,000 hand-made and donated

bags have been borrowed in Avalon alone,

Council says: ‘Ban the bag!’

saving almost half a million plastic bags

from going into landfill.

They say almost 75 per cent of Avalon

retailers are single use plastic bag-free.

Already many local businesses throughout

Pittwater are increasingly doing their

bit to reduce plastic, with many baristas

happy to fill 'keep cups', cafes shunning

plastic straws and retailers making an effort

to reduce packaging.

Russell Lamb, founder of Northern

beaches born business ecodownunder,

is always looking at ways the company

can further minimise its environmental


Russell and the team have been trialling

various ways to reduce plastic use and utilise

eco-friendly packaging since launching

his first earth-friendly bed and bath shop

in Mona Vale in 2003.

He said the Plastic Free July campaign

nudged them to review their efforts to date.

“The plastic-free journey is not easy,”

Russell said.

Especially when you are part of a manufacturing

and supply chain that requires

products to be protected against the elements.

Nevertheless, ecodownunder has taken

several positive steps in-store to reduce


“People don’t seem to mind buying their

towels unwrapped, however it’s a completely

different story when it comes to sheets,”

Russell explained.

So, after a few trials and errors, some

products now come protected in an ‘alternative

plastic’ packaging.

“Customers are also offered the opportunity

to unwrap products in store so we can

recycle packaging and we offer free cotton

shopping bags,” Russell said.

– Lisa Offord


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Beaches get taste

of new foodie event

Expressions of interest are

now open for local restaurants

and cafes to participate as

food stallholders at the new

‘Taste of the Beaches’ Food,

Wine & Brewers Festival.

Stepping into the shoes of

the annual Pittwater Food

and Wine Fair, the festival

organised by NB Council will

run at Winnererremy Bay on

Sun 27 Aug from 11am-5pm.

Info northernbeaches.nsw.


Help Mermaids gear

up for Variety Bash

Support the unstoppable

‘Mermaids of Palm Beach’

– Beryl Driver, Elyse Cole

and Viktorija MacDonnell

– as they prepare to get on

the road again for Variety

– The Children’s Charity,

raising money for and

awareness of children who

are sick, disadvantaged or

have special needs. This

year’s Variety Bash will see

the adventurous trio join

a bunch of other mates

driving pre-1978 cars from

Belmore to Buffalo Creek

in the Northern Territory,

visiting iconic rural towns

and schools over 10 days in

early August. To donate or to

book a seat at the mermaids’

annual fundraising dinner at

Club Palm Beach on Monday

July 24, call 0410 478 897.

‘Great Australians’

Trivia Night

Help the local community

at Zonta Club of Northern

Beaches’ annual Trivia Night

fundraising event on Sat 22

at the Pittwater Memorial

Hall Mona Vale, (6.30pm for

7pm start). The theme this


Champion of Mackellar

Long-serving Easylink volunteer John Wilson is the winner of the first

annual ‘Champion of Mackellar’ award, an initiative of new federal

MP Jason Falinski. Currently the voluntary Chairman of the Board of

Easylink, John has driven groups of senior citizens on mystery social

drives every fortnight during 10 months of every year for the past 12

years. “What an amazing, long-standing, and selfless contribution from

one person, never seeking recognition, just doing their bit every fortnight,”

said Mr Falinski upon presenting the award at The Sands Hotel at

Narrabeen. “I have started the Champion of Mackellar award to recognise

the community groups, the sporting champions, the volunteers; the

people on the Beaches who think beyond themselves, who help others,

and who make this the best place to live.” * Do you know a candidate for

the ‘Champion of Mackellar’? Email info@pittwaterlife.com.au

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year is ‘Famous Australians’

and you can dress according

to the theme (there are best

dressed awards) or just come

as you are. Questions will be

broad and general in nature

with some notable inclusions

regarding – you guessed it

– famous Australians. BYO

glass – drinks and nibbles,

tea, coffee and biscuits will be

available. Bookings essential;

call Tricia 0414 568 414 or

zontanb@gmail.com. Cost

$20pp payable at door.

Grants doubled for

local Surf Clubs

Local Surf Life Saving

Clubs in need of structural

improvements or looking to

further boost their facilities

over the next 12 months will

benefit from a doubling of

the NSW Government’s club

grants to $4 million. Local

surf clubs that have received

funding under this particular

grant program (Surf Club

Facility Grant Program) over

Continued on page 24

Rev up for Unique Vehicle Show

It’s on again – the Unique Vehicle Show at the Royal Motor Yacht

Club on July 23. The Pittwater Motor Enthusiasts Association

will again be out in numbers, contributing to the up to 100

vintage, classic and modern cars, motorcycles, stationary engines

and hot rods on display. All funds raised are for Charity.

Visitors are encouraged to nominate their favourite vehicles for

the award of prizes for the most popular exhibits. To make life

better for others, entrants are asked to donate $10 per entry to

charity and the public are asked for a gold coin donation, all of

which will go direct to Cure Cancer Australia, Bear Cottage, and

Mona Vale Hospital Palliative Care Unit. The PMEA was formed

in 1994 and now has 287 members; they meet fortnightly at

7.30pm on Tuesdays at the Mona Vale Girl Guides hall off Golf

Ave. Next meeting July 11; more info kerryballina@gmail.com


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Pittwater News


Homeless helpers a tight-knit crew

In 2016 Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett were awarded ‘Young

Australians of the Year’ for their social entrepreneurialism. In

2014 these two young men founded the Orange Sky Laundry – a

mobile clothes washing and drying service for the homeless.

This humble beginning has now grown to 12 mobile laundries

which service 96 localities Australia-wide with 800 dedicated

volunteers. The most important aspect of these vans isn’t the

machines they carry but the six orange chairs where those

having their clothes washed sit – a catalyst for great conversation

and communication. Avalon Beach local, Lyn Taylor, saw a

TV program about the Orange Sky laundries and it had a great

impact on her. She organised 12 local knitters to undertake a

project to knit beanies for the homeless. In the first year, 25

beanies were made and Orange Sky was used as a conduit to

disperse the beanies. This year the number of beanies and

fingerless mittens reached 70, distributed throughout Woolloomooloo,

and to the Wayside Chapel and in Martin Place. “Apparently

we are known by those using the laundry service as the

‘Knitting Ladies’!” said Lyn. This project shows just how a local

and her friends can certainly make a difference. – Collette Searl

Continued from page 23

recent years include Avalon

Beach SLSC, North Narrabeen

SLSC, Whale Beach SLSC, South

Narrabeen SLSC and Bungan

Beach SLSC. Grant applications

will be invited from 1 July

this year for funding amounts

of between $35,000 and a

maximum of $350,000 per

financial year or $500,000

across the life of the new

program. This financial year

surf clubs who had previously

already reached the maximum

cap of $400,000 will be eligible

for facility funding again.

The news coincides with

Newport SLSC having flagged

its intention to expand its

footprint; meanwhile a working

group of representatives from

Mona Vale SLSC, residents,

other key stakeholders, NB

Council and design consultants

met late last month to help

shape the design concept for

a long-awaited renewal of the

club building.

Canapes for a cause

Newport Surf Life Saving Club

has introduced an annual

scholarship program for

two young Bronze Medallion

Trainers & Assessors to

travel to East Timor with the

Pittwater Friends of Soibada

in mid-July. The inaugural

winners are Jessica Menzies

and Lauren Budd who will

teach members of the Soibada

community how to apply

First Aid and perform CPR.

Support this initiative at an

evening of food, drinks and

entertainment at Canapes for

a Cause on Sat 8. Tickets $60;

RSVP by June 30. Info 0409

207 907.

Motivation to ‘stand

against normal’

What do you get when you

combine three charismatic

entrepreneurs with a shared

passion for people and

wellbeing? The ‘Stand Against

Normal’ movement. Cafe Racer

owner Jeremy Drayton will

share from personal testimony

his journey back to health

through whole food nutrition.

Local chiropractor Murray

Warmer will provide education

and insight around reducing

pain and stress held in our

body and mind. The night will

conclude with motivational

speaker and wellness coach

Meredith Julliard encouraging

a mindset shift to rethink

what is “normal” and establish

new pathways for change.

Head to Café Racer Wed Aug 2,

6.30pm for a 7pm start; tickets

$35 (first 20 tickets $30).

Retirees' day out

at Dee Why RSL

Sydney Northern Beaches

Branch of the Association

of Independent Retirees

(AIR) will hold an all-day

meeting on Monday, July10 at

10.30am, courtesy Dee Why

RSL Club. Four guest speakers

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will address the meeting,

with finger food lunch

provided. All are welcome but

reservations are essential;

more info or RSVP phone

Brian 9997 1820.

Help needed to

track down family

The Kolednik family is

looking to reconnect with

loved family friends on the

peninsula. They are seeking

information on Jenny and

Gail Maric (maiden names)

who lived on Pittwater Road

at Mona Vale and who are

believed to have attended

Pittwater High between 1970

and 1976. Contact was lost in

the late 1970s. It’s believed

Jenny was married with

two boys (married name

unknown) and possibly still

lives on the northern beaches;

Gail (status unknown)

was last heard of in Spain.

The Kolednik connection

is through relative Stefi

Jarrett’s maiden name.

Contact 0408 424 310 or email


Softball fun in

school holidays

Pittwater Softball Club is

holding a free introductory

clinic for girls and women

on Tuesday July 11 from

9.30am to 12pm at the softball

diamonds behind Rat Park.

Have fun and learn new

skills in ‘Teeball’, ‘Modball’ or

softball; morning tee provided.

Bring a hat, a softball mit (if

you have one) and a smile!

Places limited; register in

advance. Email Stephanie at

stephdene@hotmail.com or

call 0430 283 145.

National Tree Day

Everyone is invited to help

regenerate the Palm Beach

Dunes with native plants and

enjoy a free sausage sizzle

on Sun July 30 from 10am-

1pm. Meet at North Palm

Beach Surf Club, bring some

water and wear long sleeves,

trousers, sturdy shoes and a

hat. Info call the NB Council

on 9942 2766.





Dr Ben Brown

One of the most common

complaints from pe t

owners is the smell of their

pet’s breath. The most

common reason for bad

breath (halitosis) in dogs and

cats is dental disease which

affects 80% of pets by just 3

years of age. This is hardly

surprising considering our

pets don’t brush their own


Without regular brushing,

residual food and bacteria

can form a build-up of

tartar on the teeth. Over

time this tartar then leads

to infection, inflammation

and bleeding of the gums

(gingivitis) and breakdown

of the tooth’s ligamentous

and bony attachments in the

jaw (periodontal disease) via

severe bacterial infection. Both

gingivitis and periodontal

disease are painful conditions

that lead to loss of teeth and

poor quality of life.

Good oral cavity health, just

like in humans, is paramount

to general wellbeing and

longevity in animals. There are

many preventable diseases

that can be linked to poor

dental hygiene such as heart

and kidney disease. Just like

with people, prevention is

better than cure; regular

check-ups, special dental

health diets and dental

treats all help to reduce the

incidence of dental disease.

The signs of dental disease

in dogs and cats can be

subtle. Bad breath is the most

common sign, dogs and cats

may also paw at their mouth,

chatter their teeth, drool and

dribble, have difficulty eating

and may have a preference for

softer foods.

All pets need to have their

teeth checked regularly (just

like people!). Drop in to one of

our Sydney Animal Hospitals

at Newport or Avalon for a

free dental check-up on your

pet during July and August to

discuss the best preventative

dental plan for your furry



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Life Stories

Much-loved local Margaret Molloy’s connection to Little

Lovett Bay extends 45 years; now she’s preparing to

celebrate the 25th anniversary of it being her home.

Story by Rosamund Burton

a water taxi,” says Margaret Molloy when I ring

her about visiting, “the ferry doesn’t stop at Molloy’s


Wharf anymore.” With the exception of Michael

and Lynne Clay at Elvina Bay, Margaret Molloy is the longest

resident of the Western foreshore, and Alex, who operates

the Pink water taxi service from Church Point to Pittwater’s

offshore communities, describes her as “absolute salt of the


She grew up on the NSW South Coast, and wanted her two

sons to have a similar coastal experience. So in 1970 she and

her husband Tom came with a real estate agent to look at a

house on Scotland Island.

“That’s not us,” Margaret told the real estate agent, who then

took them over to look at the boatshed and a block of land on

the foreshore here. “That’s what I call ‘a weekender’,” Margaret

exclaimed when she saw the little wooden building, which she

later described as, “leaning over a lopsided jetty like a drunken

sailor”. They bought the boatshed, and that was the family

weekender until 1992, when Tom and Margaret moved here


The boatshed was washed away twice during that time, and

until they raised the floor it used to get wet every time the tide

came in. But their two boys spent their holidays and weekends

growing up with the bush at the back door and the water on

their doorstep.

“It made them who they are today,” says Margaret. Her

oldest son Scott is a technical officer with the University of

Newcastle who is developing an electrical process to convert

waste materials, such as toxic refrigerator gases, into useful

products. While her younger son, David, operates a yacht

charter business in the Whitsundays.

When Tom and Margaret decided they wanted to make Little

Lovett Bay their permanent home they asked local Lovett Bay

resident architect, Richard Leplastrier, to design a house for

them. In the 1960s Leplastrier worked in Jorn Utzon’s office

assisting with the documentation of the Sydney Opera House,

and shares with Utzon a similar love of creating buildings in

keeping with the surrounding natural world.

“I rang Richard, and he agreed to design it,” Margaret

recounts, “but he said, ‘I’m working on the Opera House and

it’ll be eight years before I can start.’ We were happy to wait

eight years, and when the time came he sat up on the hill for

three weeks doing sketches.” Sadly, Tom Molloy died in August

1993, soon after their 35th wedding anniversary and the

blessing of the house which was finished soon thereafter.

The simple, stylish wooden structure sits on the side of the

hill up from the jetty and boatshed. Flames are licking a couple

of large logs behind the glass window of the wood-burning

stove in the corner of the main room and Margaret’s piano sits

up against the main wall. China cups and plates are arranged

on a large tray, and we sit having morning tea at a round table

overlooking the bay.

“What I love most about Pittwater is the peace,” reflects

Margaret. In the same breath she points out a young wallaby on

the hill behind the house. She goes immediately to the kitchen,

cuts up a carrot, and calls it down to her.

Margaret celebrated her 85th birthday on May 22. “I had my

Pittwater friends in for drinks, about 60 people, and everyone

brought food. One friend came with a large board, and the

figures 8 and 5 made from little marshmallows with a candle

in every one.”

Margaret is the youngest of six children. Her grandfather

owned newspapers and her father inherited the Shoalhaven

News (now the Shoalhavean & Nowra News). One of her

brothers drowned, aged 19, and her father died in 1946.

Margaret was a young teenager and moved with her mother

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to her grandmother’s house in Sydney. Then from 1949 until

she married at the age of 27 she lived with her oldest brother,


She became a fundraiser for The NSW Society for Crippled

Children, joining the Nunyara committee to raise funds for a

meeting room for older children. It was while she was making a

fundraising speech that she caught the eye of Tom Molloy. “We

called this house Nunyara. It’s an Aboriginal word meaning ‘a

place of peace’.

“I married the most marvelous man, and he thought I could

do anything,” says Margaret. As a result, she has never been

afraid to take on a challenge. One was accepting her nephew’s

nomination of her for secretary of the NSW Debating Union.

Soon after, the Salvation Army suggested a prison program

called Rehabilitation Through Education, and for six years she

taught debating in maximum security prisons.

Although she never thought she would become a journalist, she

has written and taught writing for much of her life and is author

of several books, including A Century of Flying Sailors about the

Sydney Flying Squadron. She attended Prince Charles and Lady

Diana’s wedding in St Paul’s Cathedral as a journalist for the

Shoalhaven News, as well as the marriage of Prince Andrew and

Sarah Ferguson. She also represented the Sydney Journalists Club

at the 100th anniversary of the London Press Club.

In 2009 Margaret received an Order of Australia Medal for

her service to the community of West Pittwater, which was

presented to her by the then Governor of NSW, Honorable Marie

Bashir, who said at the presentation: “This is for 55 years of

voluntary service to this great nation of ours.”

She has been a member of West Pittwater Community

Association since 1970 and is considered an integral part of the

Western foreshore.

In the 1990s, the West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade wanted a

boat, but the Rural Fire Service Headquarters were not willing

to give it one, so Margaret became the driving force to raise

$30,000 to build one.

“I was asked to launch it, and when I enquired what the boat

was called, I was told you weren’t allowed to name a fire boat.

Having broken a bottle of champagne, and said, ‘God bless this

craft and all who use her’ I was told to uncover the hatch. There

on the hull was written ‘The Margaret Molloy’.”

“At a meeting years later it was announced that the Rural

Fire Service Headquarters were giving us a new boat. Someone

asked what would happen to the old one and was told, ‘We’re

going to wait until she dies, then put her in it and scuttle it to

make the Molloy fishing hole!’.”

Life Stories

CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE: Margaret with her OAM on the deck of her

home; architect Richard Leplastrier contemplates the design; the house

set back from the converted boatshed; sons Scott and David in the 1970s;

With friends and husband Tom (right) at the blessing of the home; the kids

learning to handle the oars in the early 1970s; and back from a successful

afternoon’s fishing.

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Northern Beaches Living

Home Truths

Lifestyles change and our

tastes evolve; but where

to start when you want to

update the look or your home?

We asked the educators at

Sydney Design School, who

are also practising Interior

Designers, to create the following

cheat sheet for interior

enthusiasts who want to give

their home a refresh.

Unify the space

One of the easiest ways to

create cohesion and flow is to

decide on one colour palette

that you love and then apply

it to all areas of your home.

Do your homework – get on

Pinterest and Instagram or

cut up your favourite interior

magazine to create a simple

palette – and remember to

create balance by combining

lots of neutrals, soft modern

colours and a few unexpected


Focus on functionality

Ask yourself tough questions

about whether your home

is actually working for your

current lifestyle. Can people

move around your living

spaces easily? Do you need

more seating and is it comfortable?

Are all areas of your

home well used? If not, can

they take on a new life? Talk

to everyone who lives in your

home about what works and

what doesn’t.

Declutter your life

Less is so much more! Sell

or give away furniture and

objects that you simply don’t

use or love and give your

most beautiful possessions

the space to truly shine.

Think carefully before you

bring new pieces into your

home – do they bring you joy

and enhance the space? Do

they work with the colour

palette you’ve established for

your home?

Consider all five of

your senses

When we truly engage with a

space our senses are ignited.

Consider how the glow of a

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table lamp, a soft-textured

rug and fresh flowers can

contribute to making an

interior feel welcoming. As

the world outside gets busier,

we’re seeing a trend towards

decorating your home as a

personal retreat rather than a

designer showroom.

Go green

Pot plants can take a lot of love

but they give back with interest!

They not only clean the air

in your home but they bring

a sense of calm and tranquillity.

Think about what foliage

colours and leaf shapes will

enhance your colour scheme

and the space itself. Vary the

scale and type of plants you

use and always get an expert

opinion on which species will

thrive indoors.

If you want to take your

passion for interiors further

go to sydneydesignschool.

com.au to find our more

about studying world-class

interior design and decoration

courses on campus or online.



Shorter, cooler, gloomy days

can highlight how important

natural light is to our

overall wellbeing.

If your home is on the dark

side there are a number of

things you can do to brighten

it up and a simple fix is to

clean windows and existing

skylights or install new ones.

Trevor Williams from

Skylight Design suggests you

“know your house” before you

call him in.

“Know where the dark

spaces are that make you love

the house less,” he said.

“It also helps to have a copy

of house plans and structural

engineering details that may

affect the location of proposed

skylights,” Trevor said.

Don’t let the cold weather

prevent you from taking on

home exterior and maintenance


“In my business, we are very

weather-dependant and in

winter we seem to get less rain

interruptions than in most of

the summer months,” Trevor


“Also, if home improvements

are done in the winter,

then the house is back to

normal and ready to enjoy the


A good-quality louvered

roof is water-tight and can

provide you with cover from

the elements but also gives

you the flexibility to control

the light, provide ventilation

and view the sky when you

want to.

Louvered roofs can easily integrate

with existing architecture

and can be free-standing,

attached or incorporated

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into your current solid roof,

Dustin Weaver from SunSpec


“Our louvre system offers

a range of positions between

open and fully closed, at the

push of a button giving you

the ability to stop anywhere,

perfectly controlling light,

shade and ventilation,” Dustin


“When the louvres are completely

closed, the system is

water-tight, offering complete

protection from the rain,

just as a solid patio covering

would,” he said.



Take steps now to stop

the draughts breezing

through – check around

doors, windows, in between

floorboards, chimneys and

around exhaust fans and seal

up. Get advice from a builder

before conducting any major


Don’t wait for Spring.

Keeping things clean and not

letting dust and dirt build up

can help keep your home in

tip-top shape.

Maintaining your home

by protecting surfaces and

fixing leaks and cracks when

they first appear can prevent

the need for much bigger and

more expensive jobs.

Keep an eye on your roof,

skylights, windows and

keep gutters free and clear

as neglect can lead to leaks,

flooding and major internal


Don’t let your timber deck,

stairs and windows go to rot

so they need to be replaced

when regular TLC can extend

their life by decades.

Having your house professionally

washed will remove

mold as well as grime and

significantly extend the life

of its paint job.

If you are toying with the

idea of a home reno or new

build and you want it done

before the most popular

deadline of the year – Christmas

– get onto the experts


And if it’s a kitchen you

are after, plan now and you’ll

have plenty of time to get

things sorted and beat the

rush, says Collaroy Kitchen’s

Helle Olsen who says she

expects to see more homes

incorporating a new concept

called PITT cooking where

individual burners are built

into benchtops.

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Life’s a Beachcomber

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When local writer Helen

Thurloe first spotted

the house she and her

family would call home for the

next 20-plus years she had no

idea of its place in Australian

suburban architectural history.

“All we knew was that the

house felt good to be in,” she

said. “After living in a doublebrick

semi in the inner-west, it

felt deliciously weightless.

“It felt like we were in the

trees and the sky.”

Helen is the proud owner of a


Designed for

Australian conditions

as rectangular

homes elevated

on stilts with big

panels of floor-toceiling

glass, these

1960s Bauhaus-style

Lend Lease project

homes are now

highly sought-after,

with many people

hungry for information

about where to find them,

their history and how to maintain

or renovate them.

Timely then that Helen’s

thirst for knowledge led her to

research ‘The Beachcomber’

and to develop a website that

celebrates these modern Australian

homes. *

Helen explained at the time

of its release, The Beachcomber

was an “audacious modernist


“It excited new home buyers

with its vast windows onto a

shaded sun-deck, while also

featuring quality architectdesigned

fittings and fixtures,”

she said. The popularity of The

Helen Thurloe has lived in her Beachcomber for almost 25 years; the Avalon Beach resident won

the Multimedia gong at the recent National Trust Heritage awards for her resource website.


throughout the

1960s saw it

evolve into four

versions (Marks

I, II, III & IV) and

there were numerous “copy-cat”

designs by other home builders,

Helen said.

But Beachcombers haven’t

always been admired.

When Helen and her husband

bought their home in Avalon

1995 it had been listed by a

number of agents and on the

market for a long time.

“It wasn’t a popular style

of home to purchase in the

1990s,” she explained. “When

we moved in, a neighbour told

me he called it ‘the television

set’, because it looked like a TV

on legs (this no longer makes

sense with wall-mounted LED

screens but you know what he

meant)… a little bit ‘Jetsons’.”

The features of the home that

first appealed to Helen – the

aspect (the house is perched

high on the block and positioned

to look across the valley

to the ocean) and the clean,

rectangular lines expressed in

the sheltered sundeck and the

10 roof beams with highlight

windows set between them to

always let a slice of light in and

out – stand true today.

Built in 1963 Helen’s home

is both elegantly proportioned

and well built – she and her

family love its sense of space

(despite its small dimensions),

and its practicality.

“On hot days the breeze can

flow right through the house,”

she said. “The carport and the

enclosed space under the main

house are also very handy.”

Any drawbacks?

“The flat roof means there

is no cavity for electricals, so

there are no ceiling lights,”

Helen said.

“Because of its lightweight

construction, it can be cold in

winter, but at least there’s not

too much of it to heat up!”

Eleven Beachcombers were

built in Avalon and there are at

least a dozen more in Pittwater,

from Palm Beach to Warriewood

and from Elanora Heights to


* Helen’s 12-year labour of love

was recognised recently at the

National Trust Heritage Awards

when her website beachcomberhouse.com.au

took out the

Multimedia Award, the judges

commenting: “Mid-century modern

gets a great advocacy tool

in this website. It is informative

and a great resource which will

no doubt grow.” – Lisa Offord

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The NSW Government’s new stamp duty concessions are

expected to support around 24,000 people trying to get a

foot on the property ladder.

The Government announced last month it will help first

homebuyers through a raft of changes, including stamp duty

exemptions, which will save them up to $34,360.

The package includes:

n Abolishing all stamp duty for first homebuyers on

existing and new homes up to $650,000 and stamp duty

discounts up to $800,000. These changes, to be introduced

on July 1, will provide savings of up to $24,740 for first


n Abolishing the stamp duty charged on lenders’ mortgage

insurance, which is often required by banks to lend to first

homebuyers with limited deposits, providing a saving of

around $2,900 on an $800,000 property.


Northern Beaches Council has adopted a series of

policy initiatives to address the pressing issue of

affordable housing locally.

“There is a 10 per cent target for affordable

rental housing in areas like Frenchs Forest and

Ingleside where housing density will increase, and

a commitment to even higher targets where that is

feasible,” said Council Chief Executive Officer Mark


“Affordable rental housing targets for other parts of

the Council area will be established through Council’s

new local housing strategy.

“Eligibility for affordable rental housing will be

based on household income and social or economic

association with the Northern Beaches Council area –

for example key workers who are employed in the area

or those needing access to family support,” he said.

The policy would also see Council work with

registered Community Housing Providers to manage

affordable rental housing delivered through the

development approval process.

Further investigation of other planning incentives

and mechanisms to deliver affordable housing will be

undertaken in association with the State Government,

industry experts and the private sector and Council

will continue to advocate for taxation reforms.

“Consideration would also be given to the

construction of affordable housing on Council-owned

land, where feasible.”


Does your old skylight

look like THIS?

It could become a disaster

in the next big storm...

our garden-




is not a good look;

it’s noisy, hot as

hell in the summer,

and lets your

heating escape in

winter. They are

also notorious for

trapping leaf debris,

which leads to leaks

(a big problem in

gum tree country).

Good news –

the rusty shocker

can be replaced

with a vastly

superior skylight


mess and expense

of re-building or

modifying the light-shaft below.

Even better news – it’s only slightly

more expensive than replacing with

another bubble skylight.

The VELUX FCM skylight can

be installed on an easy-clean

Colorbond flashing tray to suit both

metal and tile roof types, whether

pitched or dead flat.

They’re double-glazed, with


glass to

block heat and UV

in the summer and

retain heat in winter.

They even have a selfcleaning

coating to

reduce maintenance.

All Velux products

have been rigorously

AFTER storm tested – and

even hail tested,

using cricket balls!

The 10-year warranty

gives you that extra


With a size to

match most bubble

skylights and so many

advantages, it seems

like a no-brainer!

If you’d like to arrange a noobligation

assessment of your

old skylights, or even to discuss

options for brightening up your

dark rooms, give Trevor at Skylight

Design a call on 0406 616 306 or

visit www.skylightdesign.com.au.

Licensed and fully insured

skylight specialists.

Avalon-based and proudly local!

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Peninsula Reflections

Owners Bill and Linda agree it can be

confusing choosing the right glazing option

for your artwork and

your budget. “We offer

several options,” says

Bill. “First, there is

standard glass (the most

cost-effective option);

however it imparts a

green colourcast to

your art, and it has

only 45% protection

against UV damage.

Plus it can damage

your art if broken!

Second, non-reflective

glass, which has the

same specifications

as standard glass, is simply etched on one

side only which creates the anti-reflection.

Third, there is acrylic, within which there are

a few different options.” Bill says the main

advantages of any acrylic is its weight (or lack

of), its clarity (there is no

green colourcast), plus it

has more UV protection

than glass. “We offer a

standard acrylic with

65% UV protection, and

a gallery-grade acrylic

with 99% UV protection

in both clear and nonreflective,”

he said.

“Finally, the ultimate

is art glass (right) –

boasting eight times

reduced reflection of

standard glass, its clarity

is stunning. See the true

colour of your framed item; it has 65% UV

protection, and is easier to clean than acrylic.

P: 9979 4488

Rug Revival (AGI)

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Kitchen Centre

After 19 years in the same

premises, passionate owners

John and Helle have moved a

few doors down to Shop 7/8,

1000 Pittwater Road, where

they are proudly revealing

totally new display kitchens

featuring state-of-the-art,

upmarket appliances from

Sub-Zero and Wolf. The

latest trends and materials

from Eurocucina ITALY 2016

are incorporated into their

innovative new designs and

you’ll be amazed at the fresh

new options for benchtops

and cabinetry now on display.

The kitchen, being the hub

of the home, needs to be a

reflection of your needs and

style. With their cabinetry all

custom-designed, your needs

can be met and you are not

locked in to a fixed modular

system. And you know every

project will be handled by the

owner of the business. “We can

include every trade needed in

one contract – we can do that

because we have a full builders

licence, and can even include

structural work,” said Helle.

“When you are not limited to

modular sizes you can get

nicer design lines, like equal

door sizes,” said Helle. Open

six days – Monday to Friday

9am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-

3pm. P: 9972 9300

It’s time to prepare your rugs

for winter’s cooler weather

– rugs collect an incredible

amount of dust and dirt

that cannot be removed

with simple vacuuming.

Plus, general spills and pet

‘accidents’ can lead to very

dirty, smelly rugs. Local

family-owned specialist

business Rug Revival provides

a full wash and restoration

system to completely

rejuvenate your treasured

pieces to prolong their life. It

makes perfect sense that when

you invest in improvements

to your home, your floor

and furniture coverings

aren’t neglected. With over

20 years’ experience and

Certification, co-owner Ian will

provide a complete service.

From beating, shampooing

and power washing, stain

and odour removal, fringe

detailing, complete drying and

grooming, repairs, pick-up and

delivery – Rug Revival does it

all. “We also have a full range

of underlays and non-slip

sprays to prevent your rug

Northern Suburbs Water Filters

This Mona Vale business has specialised in

removing chemicals from your drinking water

since 1994. Owner Jenny Dey says their reverse

osmosis purifiers filter

down to a molecular level

(1,000 times finer than

most filters) removing

all chemicals and

contaminants. Plus they

have optional designer

faucets for home style as

well as Alkalisers. “Our

filters make good sense

economically; they are

inexpensive and only

use water pressure, not

electricity,” says Jenny.

“At just a few cents a litre you can benefit

from peace of mind knowing they can remove

chlorine, ammonia, asbestos, fluoride,

from bunching or moving,”

says co-owner Belinda. “Ask

about our full 12-month stain

warranty when your rugs

have been protected.” Rug

Revival also has a large range

of quality second-hand rugs

for sale – all fully washed and

ready to place on your floor.

Find them at 2/45 Bassett St

Mona Vale. P: 9997 8888

pesticides, herbicides, nitrates, phosphates,

petroleum products, heavy metals – as well

as parasites giardia and cryptosporidium

– all year round at the

touch of a tap!” She adds

it’s important to know

you’re hydrating your

family with clean, healthy

water that’s economical,

environmentally friendly,

easy to use, convenient

and reliable. “So

complement your kitchen

with a stylish, functional

under-sink water filter

for all your drinking, tea,

coffee and cooking water,”

Jenny said. “Drop in and speak to our friendly,

informative team, see our range and have us

tailor a filter to suit your needs.” P: 9979 5855

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Special Local Promotion

Trentwood Building Services

If your home is looking a little rough around the edges, or you

need help to create some more space, or perhaps you’re thinking

of starting from scratch and building a new home, selecting the

right people to do the work is a decision that shouldn’t be rushed

into. Consider Avalon-based Trentwood Building Services – they’ve

been building and renovating homes on the Northern Beaches and

Lower North Shore for more than 20 years. Owner/operator Ian

Brooks says what sets Trentwood apart from others is the value

the team places on building quality relationships with their clients,

as much as the quality of their workmanship. “We are a familyrun

business that offers experience, professionalism and peace

of mind when building precious investments such as new homes,

additions, decking and drainage,” he says. Trentwood Building

Services is a member of the Master Builders Association of NSW.

To see for yourself what the team at Trentwood have been up to

lately, check out trentwoodbuildingservices.com.au. Ian is only

too happy to provide more info or to arrange an estimate of your

project. P: 0411 630 224

Luxafoam North

Luxafoam North has been providing top-quality Australian-made

Dunlop foams to Sydney customers for more than 15 years.

Their reputation for the highest-quality products, outstanding

service and value for money has been the backbone of their

success. The talented team specialise in providing the best

quality foams for use in your home, outdoor areas and boats.

They cut their foams to any size and shape to suit all styles of

seating. From lounge chairs to dining chairs, window seats,

outdoor daybeds, BBQ settings, cane and wicker settings,

you can easily bring new life and comfort to your furniture by

replacing old and worn-out cushions with comfortable and

supportive ones. They are masters at helping you transform

your interior and exterior spaces into beautiful comfortable

areas. They also provide an upholstery service specialising in

custom-made seat covers for your home, marine and outdoor

areas. Rob, who has over 25 years’ experience in creating highquality

covers, thinks outside the square and can provide expert

advice on all aspects of your seating needs. P: 9999 5567

Shades of Pittwater

Jonathan Pretty explains that his experienced team’s desire is to

provide smarter design solutions and inspiration to homeowners

across Pittwater, helping them to design the home of their dreams.

“We offer expert advice to local residents who want to update the

look and feel of their home,” explains Jonathan. “Our interiors

range includes products suitable for any home makeover, and our

expert team will offer a customised experience for each customer.”

Shades of Pittwater offers window furnishings for any home or

lifestyle, including new Modern Roman Shades. Designed with

child safety in mind, Modern Roman Shades feature an innovative

cordless rear design, providing ease of mind for families with

young children and pets. The stylish DUETTE Shades range is

also available – one of the most energy-efficient window covering

ranges. And Shades of Pittwater boasts the entire Luxaflex range.

Take advantage of their mid-year sale which runs until July 18

including 20% off selected Luxaflex window fashions – plus you

can win $5000 towards a Luxaflex makeover. P: 9999 6001

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Northern Beaches Living – Directory

Skylight Design

This is a Northern Beaches-based natural

lighting business with a difference. Coming

from a building background, owner/operator

Trevor can handle the

most complex structural

challenges to ensure

his clients get the wow

factor they’re after, and

he’s always happy to

spend the time to advise

customers on all the

options for the most

cost-effective solution.

The Velux range of

skylights are by far the

best on the market,

and in over a decade

in the business, they

have installed hundreds of them all over

the north shore – but Trevor and his team

can also design and construct custom-made

skylights and architectural glass roof systems

of any shape or size. Skylight Design is also

the Sydney sales and

installation agent for the

amazing new Redi-Lite

solar daylighting system.


Whether your tired old

skylight needs replacing

before it becomes a

leaking liability, your

existing Velux products

need repairs or service,

or you’re considering

new skylights to add

value, light and thermal

efficiency to your home

– a good place to start is www.skylightdesign.

com.au P: 0406 616 306

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Established for more than

three decades, Design

Curtains has decorated

homes across Sydney with an

extensive range of uniquely

beautiful interior and soft

furnishing products. They

showcase a complete range

of window furnishings,

interior soft furnishings,

fabrics, decorative trimmings,

hardware, furniture, decorator

accessories and wallpapers.

You can rest assured you

will be appointing an

interior designer/decorator

that understands your

expectations, has vast

furnishing knowledge, and

can deliver expert advice with

professionalism. Beyond their

core business, their team are

being commissioned to do a

lot of re-upholstery as well as

colour consultations and “de-

Cluttering”. Their dedicated

showroom at Mona Vale

showcases some of the latest

curtain and blind displays and

also stocks one the largest

decorating sample collections

in Sydney. All consultants

are up to date with the latest

global design trends and

colours, which will help to

make your buying decision

easier. They manufacture their

own curtains, so convenient

turnaround times and ‘assured

quality workmanship’ is a

priority. Call them for a free

measure and quote and to

hear their special promotions.

P: 9999 0100

Susan Ottowa

Antique General Store

Here is the perfect fit for the northern

beaches’ relaxed lifestyle. After 30 years

in the same heritage building at North

Narrabeen, Antique General Store know what

customers are looking for and are often able

to help them achieve

that casual coastal

vibe which is always

so popular. This large,

rambling store houses

a treasure trove of

diverse and unique

décor pieces that are

sourced both locally

and overseas. It is a

regular destination

for stylists, designers

and home renovators.

They know they will

generally find exactly

Upholstery and soft

furnishings by Susan Ottowa,

is an affordable and local

Northern Beaches business

specialising in outdoor

and indoor furniture, boat

upholstery and day beds. Take

your time and talk through

your ideas, for a stressfree

styling experience and

outcome. Owner/operator

Susan says her team offers a

wide selection of foam and an

extensive range of designer

fabrics which range from

plain to modern to cater to all

clients’ tastes, from domestic

commissions to commercial

jobs. And all at competitive

prices. “Our aim is to transform

and reinvigorate your muchloved

but perhaps tired

furniture into pieces that sing,

with a fresh new appearance,”

says Susan. Other services

include curtain-making,

cushion design plus screens

and awnings. Complimentary

style advice is included in

the service, to guarantee

you are provided with the

result you envisage – and the

result you want. “We are all

about providing a hassle-free

experience,” she said. “We are

very passionate and handson

about what we do and

welcome your enquiries.”

P: 9973 1731

what they’re looking for; or perhaps they

come looking for inspiration whilst browsing

the many rooms full of vintage, collectables

and eclectic décor items. Run by 10 passionate

dealers, each with diverse interests, the AGS

stock ranges from

traditional to quirky,

rustic to retro, and

includes on-trend

pieces perfect for

that one-of-a-kind

signature touch to

your home. And if you

can’t find exactly what

you’re looking for they

will do their best to

source it for you. Like

them on facebook to

stay updated on latest

stock. P: 9913 7636

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Special Local Promotion

Blue Tongue Carpets

– Northern Beaches Flooring Centre

Winter is here – and with the change of weather often comes a

change in the look and feel of our favourite rooms. Although

carpet is a lovely, soft and cosy option for the bedrooms, timber

floors and the many timber look-alike products are on-trend

for living and family areas. For some there is no alternative to

a beautiful, natural oak floor but for an ever-increasing number

of savvy buyers, the new generation of loose-lay vinyl planks

and tiles are the product of choice. They offer a long list of

advantages: a large variety of timbers, travertine, marble,

brushed concrete and more, with less to spend. (There are

dozens of poor quality copies around, so do your homework.)

The latest advancement comes from Karndean with their new,

mega-size Longboard range. You can view their entire range

plus other big-name brands in the newly furbished showroom.

Stephan, Bryan and Ian are always happy to help out with

samples and friendly advice. “We are the Northern Beaches

centre for flooring, with all of your indoor and outdoor needs

covered,” says Stephan. P: 9979 7292

Backyard Cabins

Northern Beaches-based business Backyard Cabins has been

delivering a wide range of quality built, well-designed and

beautifully finished cabins and cottages since 1990 to nearly a

thousand happy customers Australia-wide.

Specialising in the family-orientated residential market,

Backyard Cabins has solved a vast array of customer requests

generally centred upon the lack of space at home.

Whether it’s a cute cabin or cottage from their country or beach

style range, a customised design of your own or something from

their large portfolio there is a backyard cabin to suit your needs.

Their extensive range will allow you to add that extra bedroom,

studio, granny flat, home office, teenage retreat, rumpus or

work space at a fraction of the cost and time of traditional

renovations. Their detached solutions create flexibility in your

living arrangement and are less intrusive and interruptive in their

construction. You gain that needed space and the possibility of

an extra income off your disused backyard area, while still adding

value to your home. Their helpful and professional team will be

happy to answer any questions. P: 9973 1691

Celebrating 25 Years


Designed for Australian conditions so you can enjoy the

outdoors all year-round with family and friends, Sunspec

opening roofs offer the whole range of positions between open

and fully closed, conveniently operated by a remote control.

Their ingenious roof systems are versatile, easy to use and

clean. The louvered roof mechanism transforms from a solid

waterproof covering to an open garden trellis, or Pergola-style

covering – giving light, ventilation, and views of the clear sky

above. All of this simply at the touch of a button, giving you

complete flexibility of your light and weather control needs for

any outdoor living area; you control your environment! Their

opening roofs are perfect for the home, office, shop, business,

commercial or industrial site. Whether it’s for your back patio,

deck, balcony, courtyard, hotel or restaurant, the team at

SunSpec can design the system perfect for your application.

And SunSpec opening roofs are unmatched in terms of cost,

functionality, warranty period (10 years’ parts and labour) and

performance. P: 0413 737 934

Martin Earl House Washing

Local business owner and operator Martin Earl is celebrating 10

years of keeping the exterior of homes on the Northern Beaches

sparkling clean. The services he offers are ideal if you’re selling,

leasing, pre-painting or for purely putting the sparkle back into

your home. Of the thousands of homes washed over the past

decade, Martin says he has been on site for the entire clean of

every single one! “Home owners rightly expect their most valued

asset to be in safe and professional hands,” he says. “I always

guarantee that I am not just quoting but that I will be there

throughout the entire cleaning process. No casuals, travellers

or uninsured persons will be bought onto your property, he

said. “Customers have peace of mind and importantly are

amazed at the stunning results.” If you require a soft wash to

remove the mould, cobwebs, dirt and grime from the exterior

of your house, or you need your driveway, paths and patios high

pressure cleaned back to their former glory, Martin is offering

a free quote. “This is a local, highly professional, family run

business offering excellent results that ticks all the boxes for

your requirements,” he said. P: 0405 583 305


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Art Life

Art Life

Winter exhibition continues

ACOP’s 50-year celebration

It’s hard to believe the

Artists & Craftsmen of

Pittwater have turned

50! The talented group

continue to celebrate

their Golden Jubilee Year

with a wonderful winter

exhibition and sale at the

Mona Vale Memorial Hall

on July 13-15.

This diverse band are

very proud to have been

continuously representing

local artists and crafts

people on the Northern

Beaches since 1967.

Historically their

exhibitions showcase new

and existing collections

from their members.

The winner of the

April ‘People’s Choice’

Award – Becky Diacono

– will be showing four new works at the

upcoming show. Also, choose from a variety

of mixed media, oils, acrylic, watercolours,

photography and

framed prints among

original works by Linda


Browse felt mermaids

and creatures; glass

terrariums; mosaics;

jewellery; folk and

decorative art,

Australian timber,

hand-crafted burls

from salvaged timber;

porcelain; patchwork

(by Vivien Prince);

knitting and baby gifts

(from Lesley Warren’s

Collection); embroidery;

silk; art cards; glass;

cushions; paper tole

and quilling.

The group welcome

membership enquiries

from local artists.

The ACOP exhibition and sale will be

open from 9am-4pm each day; more info

on facebook and acop.com.au.

Bring out your

creative bent at SAS

Creative treats galore

await at Sydney Art Space

in Mona Vale this month,

including a school holiday Art

Program featuring wonderful

workshops for kids and adults

covering clay hand-building,

drawing, collage, oil pastels,

pom poms, polymer clay

jewellery, beads, koalas and

platypus necklaces, origami,

and watercolour.

“Term 3 kicks off with 10

weeks of creative growth and

exploration on Tuesday July

18 with courses in Sculpture,

Drawing Fundamentals, Oil

Painting, Kids Art Club, Life

Drawing and HSC VAPD,”

says SAS convenor Christine


The art space also offers

themed Art Parties for children

on Sundays from 10am-

12pm and adult art parties

(with a life model or themed),

can also be arranged; bookings


“Sonic Moves, our third

experimental sound night,

will be held at the Kave Bar in

Newport on Wednesday July

26,” Christine said. “These

nights are dedicated to artists

exploring new sounds and

noises via the subversion

and conversion of the artist’s

chosen instrument/s.”

She added members of the

audience are welcome to respond

via drawing or relaxing

and listening “over a fabulous


For more info and availability

on all courses,

workshops and events visit


New wave trio

for Manly

The Manly Art Gallery &

Museum will host a new

wave of thought-provoking

exhibits from July 14 until 3


Opening night for the

exciting trio of exhibitions –

Aura: Repetition, Reproduction

and the Mark of the Artist; Tilt;

and Wildflowers – will be held

on Friday July 21 ahead of a

special series of artist talks.

“Aura is an exciting

collection of wall-based prints,

installations and sculpture from

10 emerging and established

artists,” said gallery senior

curator Katherine Roberts.

“Tilt is a painfully beautiful

installation of ceramics

paintings, sound and digital

prints from Hague-based

Australian artist Belinda Fox

and Melbourne-based Neville

French… they ask ‘Which

way will the world fall?’ in

what is a politically charged


Meanwhile Northern

Beaches local Salvatore Zofrea

will be celebrating the 10th

anniversary of Days of Summer,

with his 40 hand-coloured

woodblock prints shown

at the MAG&M for the first

time, alongside some recent

watercolour paintings. – LO

Nominate for

sculpture walk

Local sculptors of are

being urged to nominate

pieces for the Stony Range

Botanic Garden’s annual

Spring Festival on Sunday

September 10.

Organisers are seeking 20

outdoor artworks for a special

sculpture trail to be installed

along the garden’s 2km

walking track at Dee Why.

Artists are invited to submit

works for display and sale in the

exhibition, which is expected to

attract more than 800 visitors,

by Friday, 7 July. The works

should relate to the Spring

Festival theme of ‘Wild Things’.

For more info or

applications, email Eleanor

Eakins at stonyrange@gmail.

com or phone 9451 1883.

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HIGH ACHIEVER: Gabriel Scanu with Shores’ Stephanie Hammond

A career heading

for great heights

Sydney-based content

creator Gabriel Scanu

knows he bagged a huge

break when networking app

Instagram published a blog

post on his amazing drone

photography and posted a

photo to their account which

reached over 1.2 million likes.

Scanu’s meteoric rise sees

him now shuffle between the

US and his home in Sydney.

It’s been a whirlwind past year

for the 21-year-old, who was

also recently commissioned

by Shores real estate principal

Stephanie Hammond to shoot

bespoke imagery for her new

Avalon-based agency.

“I was always interested in

photography as a kid and was

shooting photos on a DSLR

camera since I was about 12,”

said Gabriel, who photographed

this month’s cover photo of a

lone surfer on Avalon Beach.

“I was introduced to drones

a few years ago… I was blown

away with the convenience

and quality of the results.

Once I started experimenting

and posting my work online

I saw the potential in an area

of photography which up until

that point had been somewhat


A lot of his work is based

around the water and the

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ocean. “Living in Sydney I am

lucky enough to live close

to some amazing beaches,”

he said. “I’ve taken what I’ve

learned shooting at these

locations and have begun

adapting it to different

landscapes around the world.”

Advanced technology

enables him to pilot the drones

while keeping a creative eye.

“I am able to easily fly and

focus on the composition of

my work, thanks to automated

features which keep the drone

stable in the air without having

to use the controls.

“I work a lot on colour after

shooting, as I think it is one of

the most important features of

any image,” he explained.

“I spend a lot of time

highlighting certain tones and

exposures, to make different

aspects of the image ‘pop’.”

Not surprisingly, Gabriel has

some lofty ambitions.

“The best thing about my

job is the variety of projects I

could be commissioned to do

so it’s difficult for me to list a

single dream shoot,” he said.

“However, I’ve always wanted

to travel and shoot lifestyle

content for a large commercial

airline.” – Nigel Wall

* Look out for more great

images in future issues.

JULY 2017 39

Art Life

Surfing Life

Surfing Life

Addicted to youth... but

ad agencies know better

Revealing window into how marketers now see surfing is a surprise for us all


few weeks ago, David

‘DJ’ Jones, the head

local at Newport Beach,

turned 70. DJ didn’t tell me

this, despite the fact that we

were both out the Peak at the

time. He just grinned at me

from the inside position and

went the next set wave.

“It’s his birthday,” another

of the crew told me. We

were both a bit awestruck.

As grommets we’d watched

a twenty-something DJ

ripping apart the Newport

shorebreaks on his sharplooking

yellow pintail.

Somehow, the thought of him

still getting waves off us in

2017 was both heart-warming

and vaguely unbelievable.

Surfing at 70? We’d never

dreamed of it.

Then a couple of weeks

later, on a flat weekend

morning, I leafed through

Sunday Life, the Sun

Herald’s colour magazine,

and had a very weird

moment indeed. For there,

back to back, were two ads

using surfing as a pitch

assist – to pensioners.

One, featuring a stokedlooking

older woman, was

for a superannuation fund

pitching you on managing

your retirement. The

other, featuring a stokedlooking

older man, was for

a charity pitching you on

your “legacy”: suggesting

you remember the charity

in your will, so it gets some

money when you, well, die.

Surfing? Retirement?


This is not coincidental.

It’s a revealing window into

how Australia’s advertising

industry now sees surfing.

And man, it is a long way

from how the surf culture

would like itself to be seen.

DJ’s birthday was only one

reason these ads tweaked

me. Lately, thanks to book

research, I’ve been jammed

up against a very different

time – the late 1960s and

early ’70s, the days when

professional surfing climbed

out of the primeval ooze

and began looking around

for sponsorship.

The corporations who

came sniffing around mostly

didn’t know a thing about

surfing. But their ad agencies

and marketing people swiftly

remedied that.

Smirnoff, who became the

biggest deal in the game for

a few bright years in Hawaii

in the ’70s, commissioned

a report from their

agency. The report makes

fascinating reading. “Why

Targeted: To admen, older surfers are the flavour of the month.

surfing?” it asked, then

answered itself. Surfers, it

said, were social pioneers,

world-changers: “They’re the

seekers, the style setters, the

young ones who will lead us

into the future.”

In Australia, the first

Bells pro event in 1973

was sponsored by Amco

Jeans, a denim label whose

advertising locked directly

on to the cool surfer teenrebel

look. Their print models

looked amazingly like the

teen blond surfers in the

ads for the pimple cream

Clearasil, the cute girl and

her scruffy-hot boyfriend

and their fantastic tagline:

with Nick Carroll

“I got pimples, but I still

got Jimmy Peterson.” Whoa!

Anyway. When the event

promotor Graham Cassidy

was approached by Coca-

Cola Bottlers later in ’73, he

discovered what Coke wanted:

to be in on the ground

floor with a young sport,

unpredictable and brilliant,

and full of blue sky. That’s

us, said Cassidy. And they ate

it up.

Across the board, the

pitch was clearer than

Clearasil. Surfing was young,

cool, adventurous, sexy,

dangerous, and you wished

you were one.

Surfing’s always loved

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that idea of itself. It was

just so damn appealing, and

at the time, it was pretty

much true. As a result, the

surf industry is hopelessly

addicted to Youth; it’s very

uncomfortable with the idea

that a good part of the surf

culture is now populated by

people who can’t remember

where they left their car keys.

They’ll take your money, if

you insist; but the chances

of a surf company actually

pursuing the custom of such

people? Ha!

But while youth-based

surf mags are shutting their

doors and surf garment

sales stalling, mainstream ad

agencies see the whole thing

very differently. They’re not

fooling themselves about the

numbers here. They’ve seen

the research, both public

and private, that shows the

sport’s age range has spread

far beyond the young-anddangerous

demographic; that

in fact right now in Australia,

there’s more surfers over 35

than under, and more surfers

over 50 than under 15.

Surfing may still be young at

heart, but these days, not in


And those older people,

they’re not just surfing –

they’ve got Money.

Which almost certainly

means we’re gonna see

more of the things I saw in

the Sunday Life supplement.

What’s next? Surfing funerals?

Wetsuit-safe incontinence

pads? State government ads

for age-mandated driving

tests, featuring hearty

old folks in Kombis doing

successful reverse parks at


The mind reels. Meanwhile,

I’m just doing what I’ve

always done – thinking about

how to catch up to DJ.

Nick Carroll is a leading

Australian and international

surf writer, author, filmmaker

and surfer, and one

of Newport’s own. Email:


July 12-23: Corona J-Bay Open, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

We probably shouldn’t hype this event, since the last time we got

excited about a WSL CT event was in Fiji in June, and the surf went

flat for a week. Nonetheless! Jeffreys Bay is one of the world’s great

surf spots and while Mick Fanning was almost bitten by a white

shark there two years ago, it probably won’t happen again. It’s a

last chance shot at a world title run for a couple of people, including

Kelly Slater, whose brilliance at the location is renowned. Check

it out online at www.sorldsurfleague.com


I don’t know about you, but I had a very fun June. A lot of different

surf from a lot of different places. It was never massive but I think

consistency beats size in a year like 2017. June was incredibly

similar to most Mays, and thus I’m gonna roll the dice and say July

is gonna be like a lot of Junes – that is, very good, with a twist.

The twist will come in the shape of strong potential for a lateseason

east coast low event, which if it happens, will seriously

disrupt the current sand load on most northern beaches. (It needs

a bit of disrupting right now, which is why I’m hoping it’ll happen.)

Otherwise, July will be a month during which the weather window in

the southern Tasman Sea should swing wide open and send us up

a few servings of strong winter southerly swell. Those swells have

been going nuts in the Indian Ocean lately; it’s just a matter of time

before the long wave trough in the southern upper atmosphere, so

stubbornly locked off to our far west, comes wandering around the

base of the world and sits off eastern Tasmania and gives us some

curry. Have a good time with it.

Nick Carroll

Surfing Life

Celebrating 25 Years

JULY 2017 41

Sporting Life

Beaches brigade in fine touch

Competing for the fourth

consecutive year as a

new representative team,

Northern Beaches Touch Renegades

emulated their performance

of 12 months ago with

a runner-up placing in the Club

Championships table at the NSW

Touch Junior State Cup in Port


“We headed north with a

team in every age group, from

Under-10 boys and girls to Under-18

boys and girls,” recapped

club president Jim Randall.

“There were 1237 games played

over three huge days of competition

from teams all over the state

– it was great fun and our squad

of participants did us proud.”

NBT tallied a combined 100

points, placing behind the strong

Manly club (139 points) and

ahead of western Sydney powerhouse

Parramatta (94 points)

who finished third overall.

“Every one of our teams, from

-10s through to -18s contributed

to the club points,” Jim said. “All

teams made it to a round of 16,

Sporting Life

BLUES BROTHERS: Northern Beaches Touch Renegades’ Under-10 boys

(above, left and below) were huge contributors to the club’s second

placing in the NSW Junior State Cup, as were the Under-10 girls.

with three teams going into a

grand final and three teams

getting to semi-finals – which is

a huge achievement considering

the size of the event and the

large number of teams competing.”

Special mention went to the

club’s biggest achievers, the

youngest of the ‘tribe’ – the Under-10

girls who, under the guidance

of long-serving coach Peter

Smyth emerged as premiers,

convincingly winning their

decider against the strongly

fancied Singleton girls.

“Peter has been in this position

from the very start of Renegades,”

said Jim. “Every year

he has proved to be successful

and there’s a reason why – ask

any of these girls how hard

they trained for this event and

I’m sure they will tell you ‘very

hard!’… their fitness sessions at

trainings would put the Under-

18s to shame!”

The Renegades’ Under-10

boys, coached by Joel Maguire,

also made it to the Grand Final,

only to be defeated by an outstanding

Wests Magpies team.

“The Northern Beaches is

a melting pot of talent with a

bunch of kids who have their

hand in every sport,” Jim said.

“We’re always after new players

and if you want to make touch

football your sport, or add it

to your list of pastimes, don’t

miss out on our representative

trials which will be held within

the first two weeks of the new

competition starting.”

For information on reps and

registrations visit northernbeachestouch.com

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Boating Life

Sailing showcase

for Prince Harry

The Royal Prince

Alfred Yacht

Club helped launch

the 2018 Invictus

Games last month

with a sailing


for Games patron

Prince Harry,

following a request

on the back of their

successful sailing

program with veterans and the

Soldier On Australia charity.

Speaking in front of athletes

and distinguished guests

Prince Harry said: “Sydney will

soon be the custodian of the

Invictus spirit and the focus for

hundreds of men and women

using the Invictus Games to

motivate their recovery from

physical and mental injuries.”

RPAYC Club Coach Tom

Spithill, along with Commodore

Ian Audsley and Integrated

disAbled Sailing Board of

Governors representative

Norm Weaver co-ordinated

an excellent display of sailing

which cemented the earlier

decision announcing the

inclusion of sailing in the

2018 Games (commencing in

October) for the first time.

The RPAYC will also be the

organising authority for the

2018 Games.

Spot a whale – guaranteed!

While living in Pittwater

affords us the

opportunity to spot whales

from the shore (and we all

know at least one person

who can boast seeing

humpbacks breaching

when they look out their

living room window)

there’s nothing like a

close encounter with these

amazing creatures.

Thousands of whales

migrate along our coastline

from May to November.

In Sydney and its

surrounds there are almost

40 vantage points on land

to see humpbacks and

southern right whales – and

in our neck of the woods

Bangalley and Barrenjoey

headlands offer great views

of these marine mammals

in their element.

But seeing them while

you are on the water

is an entirely different

experience and while you

might be lucky to spot a

whale on a regular ferry

trip, or when you are out

in the surf or sailing, when

you book a whale watching

cruise dedicated operators

will pull out all stops to

ensure you will get a closer

look at these charismatic


Good news is you don’t

have to travel into town to join

a tour, with Fantasea Cruising

operating guaranteed whale

watching experiences, with

a marine biologist on board

and complimentary tea and


This winter their

cruises (from Palm Beach

Wharf) are on July 2, 9

and 16 (for the whales’

northern migration) and

October 1, 8 and 15 (their

journey south/home to

Antarctica). The threehour

tours depart 8.45am.

More info phone 9974


Boating Life

Celebrating 25 Years

JULY 2017 43

Young Life

Young Life

TAFE’s life lessons for Jordan

Avalon Beach landscape

gardener Jordan Cahill

says that if he’d dwelt on

the reputation of universities

over TAFE colleges he may not

have chosen the path that’s led

him to the job satisfaction and

success he has experienced in

just a few short years – including

winning the Horticulture

Industry award at the recent

2017 TAFE NSW Student Excellence


The 21-year-old graduated

with his HSC in 2013 before

pursuing an apprenticeship

with Cromer-based outfit The

Garden Makers, finishing his

time recently.

Jordan says his fascination

with landscape construction

and horticulture began when

he studied earth and environmental

science for his HSC.

With a keen eye for design and

arts, he considered studying

interior design or architecture,

but decided he wanted to be

able to build “what my mind


“My TAFE (technical and

further education) experience

from day one was amazing,”

he said. “The perception is

that TAFE is looked down

upon by big universities and

employers, however some of

the most necessary training

and job possibilities come out

of a TAFE education.

“My teachers were like

friends to me, always mentoring

me to become the best

tradesman possible. They

teach you the guidelines and

ways in which to do something,

however give you the

potential to work out your

own methods to do things

your way.

“It was a perfect benchmark

for my career in the industry,

and I would definitely recommend

it to anyone.”

At TAFE Jordan showed

exemplary job skills in the

classroom and through his

workplace-based assessments.

He also competed in the World-

Skills Australia 2016 national

competition where, together

with his team partner, he was

awarded a silver medal.

Jordan said the best thing

about his job was seeing a job

progress from day one to the

completion, and realising the

potential of any outside space.

Having finished a Certificate

III in Landscape Construction,

Jordan says he’s eager to pursue

qualifications in landscape

design or architecture.

“I would also like to keep

building job sites with professionals

and work with some

respectful clients which will

hopefully see me growing

to build my own landscape

company one day, or become

a successful representative in

the landscaping industry,” he


“My goal is to not only be

the best in the industry, yet

give the best, and train and

educate the future students to

make sure they are getting the

best training possible and are

giving back the best results

to improve the industry over

time.” – Nigel Wall

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Health & Wellbeing

Building self-esteem

through creativity

It’s never been easy being a teenager. Along

with schoolwork, family relationships and

‘fitting in’, young people now have social

media to contend with. For many, life can be

very stressful indeed.

As a professional counsellor who is also

raising a family of young men, Shar Votano

is acutely aware of what our teens (and

younger) are experiencing.

“As a community we are all very concerned

about the mental health of

our young people, building

self-esteem, engaging with

others, having healthy

boundaries and being

resilient for what they face in

our everyday world,” she said.

“Raising a family of young

men on the Northern Beaches

has highlighted how unique

the journey of adolescence is

for each individual and how

much we as parents, teacher,

carers and counsellors can

assist them though our

support in many varied

ways… it does take a village!”

Shar has created a peaceful

and discreet space for her

practice in Warriewood offering locals of

all ages the opportunity to engage with

professional counsellors, helping people

adjust to major events, understand thoughts

and actions plus find ways to reduce stress

and enhance emotional wellbeing.

With a background as a high school visual

arts teacher, natural therapist and health and

wellbeing consultant, Shar practises a holistic

model of counselling.

“Acknowledging the importance of balance

in body, mind and spirit is very much the

core belief of how I approach the counselling

ART THERAPY: A positive step.

process,” Shar explained.

Shar said that while her practice was

predominantly set up as a unique healing

space for private counselling for individuals,

she now also facilitates events and

workshops for teens and children to provide

healthy connections to others and also to


These school holidays Shar will be running

a series of art-based therapy workshops

(for ages 12-16) that focus

on building self-esteem,

resilience and mindfulness. *

“Engaging in thoughtprovoking

activities, working

with others, problem

solving, discussing emotions

and feelings and the

creative process, I believe, is

conducive to wellbeing and

health in all people of all

ages,” she said.

“For teenagers in

particular, those years

of cognitive and physical

development where they

are finding their sense

of self and place in the

world, can be isolating and


“They need an arsenal of strategies to

navigate this time and this is why we have

much discussion in the workshops around

coping strategies – and when and how to

reach out if you need to,” she said.

* Holiday workshops – activities include

painting, drawing, sculpture, yoga,

meditation and music from 9am-4pm on

July 6, 7, 8 and 13, 14 and 15. Cost $80 a

day; info goodcounsel.net.au or call 0409

253 277.

– Lisa Offord

$7 million

boost for

seniors living

Expect to see a rollout of

local programs helping to

tackle elder abuse, ease cost

of living pressures for older

people, and enable more seniors

to become tech savvy.

Minister for Ageing Tanya

Davies said the 2017-18 Budget

will enable the NSW Government

to help make communities

more inclusive, accessible

and safe for older people.

“People in NSW are living

longer and we want to make

sure all people, regardless of

age or ability, can lead active,

independent, healthy lives

with access to their community,”

Mrs Davies said.

Budget highlights for older

people are $6.5 million to continue

to implement the NSW

Ageing Strategy, including:

n $1 million for the Liveable

Communities Grants Program

delivering innovative ways to

make our communities more

accessible and inclusive;

n More than $600,000 toward

the Elder Abuse Helpline and

Resource Unit, every year giving

more than 10,000 people

across NSW access to support

and resources on elder abuse;

n $500,000 to expand the

digital literacy program Tech

Savvy Seniors, including the

creation of 3,500 new training

places for older people across

the state; and

n $500,000 to continue the

NSW Seniors Card program,

giving 1.5 million card holders

access to more discounts on

living and entertainment. – LO

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

A smashing way to unwind

The Greeks sure know how to have a

good time – there’s a word for their

boundless joy, passion and enthusiasm;

it’s called ‘kefi’ and it mostly means everything

associated with positive emotions.

Their spirit of feeling good even extends

to the tradition of plate smashing, something

local restauranteur Effie Hatgis embraces at her

new Clareville restaurant ‘Ouzo’ on Friday and

Saturday nights, along with Greek dancing.

Effie explains she wanted to bring a real

Greek experience to the beaches after moving

to Avalon four years ago.

“My parents owned a taverna on the island

of Lesvos where I helped during the summer

period,” she said.

Since opening last December she has been

flooded with support from locals who have

enjoyed dining on her rustic Greek cuisine

including dishes of moussaka, kleftico, roast

lamb and lots of seafood recipes like stuffed

calamari with ouzo, sultanas, and fresh herbs

(soups and legume dishes also feature through

the winter months).

Immediately plate smashing and dancing

were added to the menu too – Effie said it was

incredible to see customers embracing the

mood, even timid diners.

“We had one lovely lady watching who asked

if she could smash a plate; she dropped it to

the tiles, it smashed and she said it felt so


“You could say it’s an almost therapeutic

feeling, and the beautiful sound from the

smashed plates and music also reminds

them of holidays in Greece and of course the

dancing, the famous movie ‘Zorba the Greek’.

However, plate smashing can put a dent

in your crockery stocks – which is why Effie

recently appealed for donations of old plates

for smashing.

“Plus I have customers bring us all old plates

in order to have the experience in smashing

them,” she said.

If your future dinner plans include dinner at

Ouzo on a Friday or Saturday night, you might

want to think about bringing your own stash of

plates along… you’re guaranteed a smashing

good time.

– Nigel Wall

Fit for a


career on



ittwater-based lifeguards

from the Australian

Lifeguard Service report last

patrol season was busy with

more than a million people

flooding our beaches.

A spokesperson confirmed

the team charged with

patrolling nine locations

on the Northern Beaches

made more than 78,000

preventative actions in 2016-

17 (more than 20,000 more

than the previous season) and

carried out 360 rescues (twice

as many compared to the

previous season); while total

first aids remained stable.

The ALS team is conducting

reviews, planning training

programs, inspecting

equipment and recruiting new

lifeguards, with many coming

from local surf clubs.

“We’re always on the hunt

for new talent,” said ALS NSW

Lifeguards Operation Manager

Oliver Munson.

Applicants for lifeguard

positions will participate in

a vigorous fitness and skills

session ahead of the season

to ensure that they are in peak

physical and mental condition.

ALS Pittwater covers North

Palm Beach, Palm Beach,

Whale Beach, Avalon, Bilgola,

Newport, Bungan, Mona Vale,

and Warriewood.

Visit lifeguards.com.au for

more information. – LO

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Lens quality: what you

don’t see really matters

Whilst lenses may all

look the same, there

are vast differences

in quality affecting vision,

visual comfort, UV protection,

aesthetics and progression of

vision problems.

Many people in our local

area might not be using the

right lens for their vision. This

can have a major impact on

people’s quality of life as the

lens selection decision will ultimately

determine how well and

comfortably you will see.

We know that for our customers,

the focus is often on

the frame selection process.

You see your frames every day;

we love frames and selecting

the best frame for our patients

is a really satisfying part of

our role. However, seeing out

of your frames, in some cases,

is something you do all day

every day. Our focus is looking

after getting the best lens for

you and ensuring the vision

improvement aspect of an eyewear

purchase is perfect for an

individual’s requirements.

Not all prescription lenses are

created equal, and there is no

one-size-fits-all approach to selecting

the type of prescription

lens for each patient. It’s what

you don’t see that matters.

Technological advances have

significantly improved the

optics and clarity of lenses,

particularly in the progressive

lens area and in response to

with Rowena Beckenham

the evolving dilemma of digital

eyestrain. Embracing the latest

technology in measuring

and fitting lenses allows us

the freedom to choose from

the widest lens ranges and

customise these to provide

exceptional vision.

* As part of the ‘Lenses are

clear. Lens quality isn’t’ campaign,

Rowena is urging people

to consider their current lenses.

Is your vision and quality of

your sight not what it could be?

Comment supplied by Rowena Beckenham, of

Beckenham Optometrist in Avalon (9918 0616). Rowena

has been involved in all facets of independent private

practice optometry in Avalon for 16 years, in addition

to working as a consultant to the optometric and

pharmaceutical industry, and regularly volunteering in

Aboriginal eyecare programs in regional NSW.

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Implants – for more than just a smile

Think dental implants and most people would

consider it a procedure to improve the shape

of the mouth, or to restore the natural look of

a smile. But it’s so much more than that, says

specialist prosthodontist Dr Thomas Giblin.

A dental implant – the

replacement of the natural tooth

root or bone anchor with a titanium

screw that fuses to the bone – has

wide-reaching benefits other than


“Tooth loss causes bone loss; this

can lead to a structural change in

the face and affect oral functions,

including speech and chewing,” Dr

Giblin said.

“For older patients this can affect

food digestion – an associated

problem that’s definitely not on their

radar and not what they need in their lives.”

He said dental implants helped to maintain

bone density, promoting a more youthful

appearance, and ensuring and increasing stability.

It also helped improve the speech of patients.

“It’s not just an older person’s procedure

too; often it is required to treat and correct the

effects of trauma-related accidents, including

the loss of a tooth or teeth while playing sport

or indulging in any active pastime such as

mountain biking,” he said.

“And there’s still a bit of a mindset that when

you hit 60 you won’t be around for long but the

reality is most people will live to your 90s – so

you have 30 more years of having to eat.”

Dr Giblin manages the whole implant case

from start to finish, including

consultation, treatment plan,

dental lab and long-term

maintenance. He says implants

have a good success rate of

between 96 and 99 per cent.

Dr Giblin graduated in Dentistry

from Sydney University with

Honours in 2004. In 2007, after

a stint in private practice, he

completed a three-year Advanced

Prosthodontics Residency at the

University Of Texas Health Science

Centre in San Antonio – one of the

leading programs in the USA.

In the US, he gained a broad education in

all aspects of dentistry, including advanced

implant, cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry.

Since returning, he has worked in several

locations before establishing Northern Dental

Specialties as a centre of dental excellence for

the Northern Beaches.

Find Dr Giblin and his experienced team at

Shop 1, 1731 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale; phone

9997 1122.

Eco Corner

The Challenge is on! Plasticfree

July is here. Commit

to making changes that will

reduce the amount of singleuse

plastic you throw away.

Your actions may even become

a habit of a lifetime!

War on Waste (WOW)

has educated and engaged

us about the state of waste in

our households. Full credit to

the ABC for getting behind the

issue and reminding us that

we’re the world’s fifth largest

producer of municipal waste.

It left many of us baffled about

how we have got to this state

of plastic consumption. Was it

consumer or producer-led?

Post WOW, a 400% jump

in sales of reusable coffee

cups for Aussie company

KeepCups demonstrates

that we can change. WOW

reminded us that it’s up to us

as individuals to change. We’re

at the stage where solutions

have to be found, in two

areas: removing the plastic

that’s already in the ocean but

perhaps more importantly,

preventing further plastic from

ending up in the ocean.

When plastic was invented,

one of its much-heralded

properties was its durability

– and there lies part of our

problem. It doesn’t break

down. It becomes brittle,

breaks up into micro plastics

which are mistaken for food

by marine animals eventually

ending up on our plates.

Removal is a must. But we

must also stop the flow of

plastic into the ocean. A recent

survey by Ocean Cleanup

studied over 40,000 rivers

and identified 20 as being

responsible for over two

thirds of global plastic in the

sea. Most of these rivers are in

Asia, but it’s not just an Asian

problem. Pollution has no

respect for borders.

Refuse, Reuse or

Recycle. When

there’s no

alternative to

plastic, be sure

to use it again.

Russell Lamb is

the founder of


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New PCYC an awesome space

The Northern Beaches’ first PCYC is now

open and even if you don’t have kids it’s

worth a visit to Dee Why to check out the new

architecturally designed space.

Once known as Police Boys Clubs and

launched 80 years ago to empower young

people to reach their potential, PCYC facilities

today are a centre for all ages and the


The awesome-looking state-of-the-art

sport and recreational space on the Kingsway

includes indoor sports courts, multi-purpose

community rooms, a youth drop-in centre,

study area and cafe.

Doors opened late last month with a range

of activities to tap into including school holiday

programs and opportunities for all ages to

participate in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo, play table

tennis or badminton and join ladies and men’s

basketball, netball, Super 5 netball and futsal

competitions. (There’s an opening special of

15% off PCYC activities in the month of July).

Northern Beaches Council Administrator Dick

Persson said the $26 million facility opposite

the council’s Civic Centre also provided muchneeded

additional car parking.

“Council has built this PCYC to deliver more

social, sporting, cultural and recreational

activities for all Northern Beaches young

people, as well as to provide a larger,

integrated carpark that benefits the whole

community,” he said.

He added to encourage residents to inspect

the new facility, Council will be providing free

parking from 29 July to 11 August.

School Holiday Program

PCYC Northern Beaches first school holiday

program for ages 5-12, from 9am-4pm daily

has been discounted to $42.50 per day.

Mon July 11: Swansfit / Multi-Sport – a

Sydney Swans fitness session followed by range

of fun games and sports.

Tues July 12: Laser Warriors – play Laser Tag

with the team from Laser Warriors, followed by

a Mini Olympics.

Wed July 13: Cricket NSW – cricket skills

with the gang from Cricket NSW and play some

sports and games.

Thurs July 14: Football World Cup – kids will

play in a ‘world cup’ tournament.

Fri July 15: Multi-sport Gala Day – kids

will be encouraged to play a range of sports

throughout the day, including basketball,

netball, futsal and more. BBQ lunch included.

For more info or to book, visit pcycnsw.org.

au/northern-beaches or call 0447 434 716.

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Hair & Beauty

High intensity: revival

for skin without a ‘lift’

with Sue Carroll

Putting ageing skin back in

its place without a surgical

facelift is certainly a

possibility today given the

advent of HIFU treatments.

Sagging skin gives us tiredlooking

eyes and distorts

the contours of the face,

particularly at the chin and

neck. High intensity focused

ultrasound – HIFU – lifts and

tightens skin on the face and

body for a non-surgical uplift

of the face and neck and gives

body skin a revival.

HIFU is a high-focused

ultrasound beam that directs

energy to precise points in

the skin to lift and tighten.

Various cartridges are used to

penetrate at different depths

to target collagen. Utilising

ultrasonic energy to penetrate

deep below the skin and fat

layer of the face, gently but

effectively targets connective

tissue. Connective tissue is a

firm, tough layer that supports

the neck and facial contours.

Ageing and the passage of

time cause connective tissue

to droop. HIFU tightens loose

connective tissue, creating

firmness and lifting to areas

of sagging skin.

Good candidates for HIFU

are those with skin that

has relaxed to the point of

looking, and often feeling,

less firm. Typically, those

in their 30s, 40s and older

who have mild to moderate

skin laxity are candidates.

Individual results will vary

based on the degree of laxity

(excess or loose skin), volume

(amount and distribution of

fat), quality (wrinkles or sun

damage), age, health and

lifestyle. The areas that can

be treated include brows, mid

face, neck, décolletage and

body skin.

The HIFU treatment itself

can be uncomfortable and

some people may choose

to take a pain killer prior to

treatment. There is no lasting

pain and the treatment may

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take as little as 30- to 90

minutes, depending on the

size of the area to be treated.

The discomfort ceases as

soon as the beam is moved to

another area and therefore the

procedure is quite tolerable.

There is no downtime

and normal activities may

be resumed immediately

post-treatment. The skin

may appear red immediately

after the treatment but this

quickly settles. Some people

experience swelling and/or

bruising a day or so posttreatment,

and this can be

alleviated by sleeping on an

elevated pillow.

While individual results will

vary, in the first week there

will be a slight lifting and

plumping of fine lines, with

slight tenderness to the touch

and possible tingling or a

numb sensation. One month

post-treatment there is more

of a slight lift, and a tighter

feeling to the skin. Three to

six months post-treatment

the final result will appear

with additional lifting and

tightening, and “better-fitting”

skin should be noticed with

brow elevation, less sagging,

smoother texture and more

even skin tone. Some people

may need a second treatment

eight to 12 weeks after the

first treatment and then a

periodic treatment once or

twice a year.

It is important to remember

that HIFU is an “uplift” and

not a “facelift”. While it is not

a replacement for surgery, it

is a viable option for those

not ready for a facelift, those

looking to prolong the effects

of cosmetic surgery, and those

who simply want to stay ahead

of the game.

Over time, underlying

changes to the skin tissue result

in lines, wrinkles and sagging

skin. HIFU is considered a

revolutionary, non-invasive

uplifting of the face and body

skin that works to renew

collagen in the skin naturally

from the inside out. When

this procedure is combined

with a healthy lifestyle, a

good homecare skin routine

and possibly used with other

modalities (such as injectables

and laser), the outcome is

nothing short of an amazing – a

refreshed, new you… without a

surgical procedure.

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

Time accountants woke

up and smelt the irony

Look up the definition of

irony in the dictionary and

you’ll be referred to the

listing for CPA Australia. Thirty

years is a long time – that’s

how long I’ve been a member

of a professional body that

aspires to be one of if not

the pre-eminent governance

organisation in the country,

CPA Australia.

Since February this year

the CPA brand has been all

over the press… and not in a

good way. To get a handle on

the scope of the problems affecting

the leadership of CPA

Australia first consider these

simple questions:

n Would you expect rank and

file members to be able to

vote for the appointment of

directors to the governing


n Would you as a member

expect to know how much

the directors and key senior

staff are paid?

n Would you expect the

organisation to not compete

with members in the


n Would you expect directors

and senior staff devote the

majority of their time to advancing

member interests?

I think most reasonable

people would answer yes to

all these questions, regardless

of whether they belonged

to a local football club or a

large professional body. These

questions are basics when it

comes to associations. Unfortunately

however in the case

of the national accountants

body it seems that we have

been living in the builder’s

house, or driving the mechanics

car. As far as the press

reports are concerned, members

have taken their eye off

the board and they have been

let down.

For anyone following the

saga through the pages of the

major papers it has been a

long, drawn-out and complicated


From what I understand

matters came to a head in

February of this year when the

CEO of CPA Australia, a fellow

named Alex Malley, questioned

governance standards

at Woolworths over the issue

of the Masters Hardware chain

in an op-ed piece published

in the Australian Financial

Review. This was followed

by the AFR’s Rear Window

columnist, Joe Aston, calling

out what he saw as hypocrisy

and describing Malley as

“Australia’s most accomplished

self-promoter”. This article,

along with further CPA Australia

self-promotion, piqued

the ire of Armidale-based CPA

Brett Stevenson who raised

objections “… about the way

the accounting body marketed

itself, the focus of the marketing

on CEO Mr Malley, the poor

transparency about salaries of

key executives, the promotion

of Mr Malley’s autobiographical

book in the US and a lack

with Brian Hrnjak

of focus on issues close to the

hearts of accountants”. Pretty

much from that point on,

the bean counters were at

war (and if you like to know

what that might look like

feel free to refer to Monty

Python’s famous Accountancy

Shanty: youtube.com/


Like Stevenson, many of us

who regularly travel through

the airport or around town

would notice and/or comment

to our colleagues about

the massive billboards and

placards advertising Malley’s

‘The Naked CEO’ book or ‘In

Conversations’ TV show – our

membership fees at work we

would joke. Unlike Stevenson

we never did anything about it.

And so a soap opera of sorts

played out between February

and May 2017. Stevenson,

leading a dissident faction of

members, demanded access to

member contact information

including email addresses that

was previously available on

the CPA website but removed

without reason. The board

ignored repeated requests for

information about the payment

of director’s fees and senior

executive salaries. Questions

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were raised about the extended

tenure of certain board

members. More questions were

raised about sponsorships paid

by CPA Australia to professional

sporting groups, including

one related to a current director.

There were apparent issues

with membership statistics that

just didn’t add up. And what

appeared to be the final straw

– the board decided to hold the

AGM in Singapore. All these issues

played out for everyone to

read in the pages of the capital

city and national newspapers.

And then quietly, in the

dead of night on 31 May, after

the first State of Origin game

had concluded, the board issued

an email to the members

with a 32-page document

enclosed. The document was

accompanied by a notice advising

early retirement of the

President. What it contained

though was explosive. According

to the board of directors,

the self-promotion of the

CEO is simply a welcome and

effective marketing initiative.

In their view there are no

governance issues of concern,

just opposing points of view. It

is apparently ok to establish

a subsidiary company, lend it

money and then pay another

round of board fees to the

directors even though that

company has lost millions.

It is also ok to pay the CEO,

the head of a member-based

organisation not an ASX-listed

corporation, a salary of almost

$1.8 million per year.

And that’s about when the

abacus hit the fan. Following

the president, independent

directors (former federal liberal

politician Richard Alston

and Kerry Ryan who sits on

the board of the Richmond

AFL Club) quit their posts as

reported by Ben Butler in The

Weekend Australian: “It was a

fortnight ago, and the former

Liberal minister and current

federal president had dialled

in to a meeting of the board of

CPA Australia, where he was

one of two independent directors,

to lay down the law about

how to get the organisation out

of an apparently never-ending

crisis engulfing it and its

controversial chief executive,

Alex Malley. Sources say Alston

delivered a 20-minute “rant”

on the need to bring independent

experts in for a good hard

look at what was going on –

and wrong – inside CPA.”

These three departures

were then rapidly followed by

four more director resignations

up to mid-June, leaving

the organisation without a

quorum for meetings. New

chairman Jim Dickson chose to

support the CEO continuing in

his role even though the AFR

reported that the organisation

was facing an ASIC review

over potential breaches of directors’

duties and the alleged

misuse of members’ money.

Dickson then announced a

three-person review of CPA

Australia headed by former

chief of the Defence Force

Sir Angus Houston, former

federal auditor-general Ian

McPhee and a third member to

be named. The appointments

of Houston and McPhee have

already been challenged by

dissident members, as both

have had involvement with

Malley in the past – Houston

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No room for complacency

as we address New Order

Having travelled solidly

during the first two

weeks of June it’s great

to be back in the sanctity,

security and solitude of

the Northern Beaches of

Sydney. In the business of

stockbroking it’s vital to

have the opportunity to be

able “to leave the screen”

and go on the road so as

to watch the signals and be

able to change investment

course after taking into

consideration what you learn.

What frightens me is that

the more I travel the more I

am convinced that we are in

a very different, and whole

‘New World Order’. The

world used to be separated

by borders and languages,

but now, with the internet

and the acceleration of

connectivity and networks we

are all in it together.

In markets, there are

investors that take risks

without fear, and there are

those who take risks despite

the fear. The changes that

are currently being wrought

upon us are more profound

than we can understand,

because we as humans tend

to overestimate the short-term

impact and underestimate the

long-term impact.

Since I have been writing

these columns I have focused

on the technology companies

and the impact that these

businesses are having

globally. Amazon, Apple,

Facebook, Google, Microsoft

are the companies mentioned

the most and investors who

have followed this investment

strategy are well in front and

in my opinion will continue to

be ahead of the game.

We harp on the view that

the new generation represents

the future of “access over

ownership”, that the ultimate

value of all assets rests on their

ability to produce goods and

services in the future. Where

will growth come from? How

do you encourage people to

save in a low interest rate

environment? Will we continue

to see a hollowing out of

the middle class in western

economies? Why do investors

continue to have a fundamental

misunderstanding of risk?

More questions than

answers... and many

Australians are blinkered

and blissfully unaware of the

challenges that our youth will

face in their future employment

endeavours, in many ways due

to the fact we are lucky enough

to live where we do.

The increases in

connectivity are enabling

new and competitive

businesses to impact like

never before, as the pricing

powers previously enjoyed by

companies and their walled

garden business models

continue to get blown to

bits by new and fractional

players. Network Ten going

broke is no surprise, and now

maybe people will reconsider

our ravings about ‘THE COST

OF FREE’ and its impact on

the future of unemployment

and society in general.

In investment markets, we

used to enjoy some degree of

predictability but these days

we don’t have the faintest clue

what’s going to happen tonight,

next week, next month… or

next year. Left-field events are

more the norm than not.

Algorithmic traders buy

and sell billions of dollars of

with Simon Bond

securities all in the blink of an

eye without the need to see

what’s in plain sight. So much

for playing the long game.

A few weeks ago I was in

the Philippines visiting call

centres. Immediately one

conjures up images of back

office sweatshop businesses

in poor countries taking

Australian jobs, but the new

models of doing business

in emerging markets is like

nothing you have seen before.

One place had 3,000 staff

happily beavering away in

super-modern buildings

with the most sophisticated

software you could imagine.

The Australian businesses

who have set up shop there

is a roll call of names you

would know and deal with

every day. If you closed your

eyes you could have been

in Silicon Valley; and their

artificial intelligence software

developers are world class.

Yes, the jobs in Australia

will continue to disappear

at an increasing rate and

sitting here in the sanctuary

of Newport and surrounds is

an aspirational goal for more

people than you could ever


In the building in Newport

where Morgan’s occupies

space Newportnet Coworking

is currently installing new

internet infrastructure in order

to be future-ready, and also to

provide opportunity to those

who share a view of the future.

On the way is 10,000 mbps

– that’s 1,000 (one thousand)

times the speed of the fastest

available NBN offering. That’s

how we are going to compete!

* Simon Bond is co-director of


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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Continued from page 53

has publicly praised Malley’s

book and McPhee sits with

Malley on another board.

As far as this sorry state of

affairs is concerned I couldn’t

help but recall the quotation:

“The only thing necessary

for the triumph of evil is that

good men should do nothing”

although who originally said

this is in dispute.

With the publicity our

professional body has copped

over the past five months

outsiders might be justified

in thinking that ISIS is better

governed! But we only have

ourselves to blame. The

membership (me included)

are guilty of inaction which

allowed Byzantine changes to

the constitution to pass without

challenge some 10 years

ago. When you go back to first

principles it is this act that allowed

all others to occur as it

removed the direct accountability

of directors to the membership

they are supposed to

serve. In a nutshell, it’s a bad

look for a governance organisation

but it reinforces a thing

or two about human nature.

As a NSW Labor premier once

said: “Always back the horse

named self-interest, son. It’ll

be the only one trying.”

(By the way, members

learned by middle-of-the-night

email on June 23 that Malley

was sacked.)

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

Solar investment: what

happens if covered up?

It is rare to listen to radio,

view TV or read newspapers

without encountering

discussion on renewable

energy – sunlight, wind,

rain, tides and geothermal

heat which are naturally


Renewal technologies

includes solar power and wind

power. It has been defined as

energy from a source that is

not depleted when used.

In the 5th century BC Greek

dramatist Aeschylus wrote

that primitive people had

“neither knowledge of houses

built of bricks and turned

towards the sun nor yet of

work in wood”.

Today on the peninsula

many, many houses look

to the sun through the

installation of solar panels to

provide them with heating,

hot water and electricity.

Solar powered photovoltaic

(PV) panels convert the

sun’s rays into electricity by

exciting electrons in cells

using the photons of light

from the sun.

In April this year, 1.6 million

properties around the country

were assessed as having

photovoltaic (PV) solar power

panels – and this number is

expected to double over the

next several years.

The development of solar

as a source of energy has

grown apace with property

owners, residential and

commercial, installing PV

panels on environmentally

green buildings.

However, what happens

when direct sunlight is

partially or completely

obscured by unchecked

vegetation growth or

development on nearby


Most states have some

planning and development

controls that regulate solar

access but legal regimes

that regulate planning and

development do not provide

any explicit protection of

solar access to a building.

In NSW, some planning

laws which control the

construction of schools

or TAFE buildings and

new residential flats

include a requirement

for overshadowing of

neighbouring buildings to

be limited only so much as

to allow for a minimum of

three hours of solar access to

principal private open spaces

between 9am and 3 pm on

the winter solstice (21st June).

So what are the rights

of owners of solar panels

to protection from

overshadowing of panels and

living spaces by both trees

and adjoining developments?

Litigants have brought their

disputes to courts in NSW,

Victoria, South Australia and

with Jennifer Harris

Western Australia during the

past few years. From these

cases, some legal principles

have emerged.

In NSW in 2015 the Land and

Environment Court held that

trees could be the subject of a

height restriction if sufficient

proof is provided that the

overshadowing compromises

the passive solar heating of

a neighbouring property. In

an earlier judgment in the

same court it was held that a

development can be ordered

to be modified if an alternate

design would result on

greater solar access to a solardesigned


While in the Victorian Civil

and Administrative Tribunal

in 2012, a loss of sunlight to a

solar array, resulting in a total

loss of energy generation

greater than 50%, was held to

be unreasonable.

Elsewhere the Civil and

Administrative Tribunal has


n Solar panels which have

been poorly placed are

unlikely to attract protection

from overshadowing by

adjacent development;

n Additional heating and

cooling costs of less than

$100 a year that would be

experienced through lost

efficiency in a solar passive

designed home are grounds

to order a neighbouring

development to be modified

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to eliminate overshadowing;

n The term ‘solar access’

could be defined as

‘sunlight onto walls and

other surfaces of a house’.

Last year in the Environment

Resources and Development

Court of South Australia

a developer appealed

against a decision by the

Corporation of the City of

Adelaide which had refused

development consent for a

four-storey residential flat

building on the grounds

that it was found to be

of excessive bulk and

scale with consequential

failure to minimise impacts

of overshadowing. The

residents of a small

development called

Christy Walk, 27 units

of medium density with

emphasis on nature and

people-friendly urban

development, withstood

the plans of the developers.

Christy Walk is a place

of shared green spaces

and community gardens

available for all residents.

If the development had

been approved, the PV solar

collectors and solar hot

water systems would have

been largely overshadowed

and would have greatly

diminished the amount of

electricity which could be

generated, thus affecting

hot water and heating of

the units. The community

gardens would have been

cast into shadows.

In evaluating shadowing,

planners tend to look at

shadowing as at the solstice,

which is considered a worstcase

scenario. However, an

interesting aspect of the

evidence adduced in this

case was from an architect

who, using software, was

able to provide diagrams of

shadowing of the proposed

four-storey development

over the units and gardens

of Christie Walk throughout

the year so that the effect

of overshadowing could be

evaluated. This, together with

the ability of the solar systems

to quantify output, meant

the residents could quantify

in monetary terms and in

terms of electricity generation

measured, how much they

were likely to lose.

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The parties to this

development have continued

beyond the litigation to try to

find a solution to the desire of

new development alongside

the residents of Christie Walk.

The developers have now

submitted plans for another

four-storey apartment block

which is stepped back on

the eastern and southern

boundaries and allows for

much greater protection for

the residents PVs and solar

hot water. Unfortunately

the community garden will

suffer as it will be heavily


In attempting to find a

mutually acceptable solution

the residents suggested to

the developers the possibility

of transferring their PV panels

to the roof of the new fourstorey

development. However,

the law was unhelpful as it

would involve a complex

system of cross easements

(an area not settled at


In California 40 years ago,

laws were introduced that

protect homeowners’ access

to the sun. Now, 36 states

and the US Virgin Islands

protect solar access in

varying degrees but only 15

have easement laws that stop


Boulder Colorado sets

limits on shading with what

is described as a ‘solar fence’

extending up to 8m around

a boundary in summer,

shielding neighbours.

In Australia, the rights of

solar panel owners are not

protected and the owners of

passive heating designs are

under-protected under existing

laws. It therefore appears

timely for State Parliaments

to legislate to modernise the

law through introduction of

a solar easements permits

system in developed areas

and strengthened subdivision

planning requirements in new


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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Business Life

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 July.

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

or uninsured casuals on your



Avalon Physiotherapy

Call 9918 3373

Provide specialist treatment

for neck & back pain, sports

injuries, niggling orthopaedic


Avalon Physiotherapy

& Clinical Pilates

Call 9918 0230

Dry needling and acupuncture,

falls prevention and balance

enhancement programs.

Avalon Beach


Call 9918 0070

Professional care for all ages.

Treatment for chronic and acute

pain, sports injuries.

Fix & Flex Pilates /Physio

Call Jen 0404 804 441

Equipment pilates sessions run

by physios. Mona Vale-based.

Help improve posture and reduce

pain while improving core


Francois Naef/Osteopath

Call 9918 2288

Diagnosis, treatment and

prevention for back pain and

sciatica, sports injuries, muscle

soreness and strain, pregnancyrelated

pain, postural imbalance.


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

Simon Bergin offers painting

and decorating; clean, tidy,

quality detail you will notice.

Dependable and on time.

Painting & Decorating

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

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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.


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

remote-controlled opening roofs

& awnings. Beats competitor’s


Advertise your

Business in


& Services



0438 123 096


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content in Pittwater Life

has been provided by a

number of sources. Any

opinions expressed are

not necessarily those of

the Editor or Publisher

of Pittwater Life and

no responsibility is

taken for the accuracy

of the information

contained within. Readers

should make their own

enquiries directly to any

organisations or businesses

prior to making any plans

or taking any action.

Trades & Services


Predator Pest Control

Call 0417 276 962


Environmental services at their

best. Comprehensive control.

They provide a 24-hour service.


Water Warehouse

Call 9913 7988


Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation

& filter supply specialists.


Call 0411 956 242

Northern Beaches-based

specialists in residential alterations

and extensions, and new



Sure Security

Call 1300 55 12 10

Northern Beaches-based specialists

in Alarms, Intercoms, Access

Control and CCTV Surveillance;

solutions to fit your needs.

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Couples comedy: (Back row) Timothy Burt, Matthew Burke, Chis Richardson

and Sue Whittaker; (Front row) Chantel Ciano and Huw Jones.

Wacky play mixes

up space and time

The work of the Elanora

Players’ favourite

playwright Alan Ayckbourn

gets another curtain call

in July with the talented

ensemble presenting the

wacky comedy How The

Other Half Loves at the

Elanora Community Centre.

Ayckbourn, who rose to

fame in the 1970s, holds his

audience with the quirk of

playing games with space

and time. He overlaps two

distinct households: one, the

posh, upper-class Fosters;

the other, the messy, middleclass


Production director Kerrie

King explains How The

Other Half Loves concerns

three couples: Frank and

Fiona Foster; Bob and Teresa

Phillips; William and Mary


“Frank employs both

Bob and William and is

considering promoting

the latter,” she said. “Bob

is having an affair with

Frank’s wife Fiona and is in

constant conflict with his

own wife, Teresa. She feels

Bob is neglecting her while

she raises their baby and is

suspicious of his actions and

phantom phone-calls made

to the house.





Winner of the 2016

Sydney International

Piano Competition of

Australia Andrey Gugnin

returns to Australia in

July to deliver a national

tour in celebration of

The Competition’s 40th


Local music lovers

don’t have far to travel to

see the talented Russian;

he will be performing

an afternoon recital for

Peninsula Music Club in

Bayview and everyone is


Gugnin was the most

impressive performer

in the prestigious

competition, taking out

four prizes in addition to

his overall first placing.

“Since his stunning

Sydney win he has been

in high demand around

the world as a soloist,

chamber musician and

festival artist,” said PMC

President Janice Tuynman.

The Bayview concert

is part of a tour of six

Australian states and

territories offering

performances including

Bach, Schubert,

Shostakovich, Desyatnikkov

and Stravinsky.

After graduating from

the Tchaikovsky Moscow

State Conservatory

in 2010, Gugnin was

invited to be a regular

participant of the Moscow

Philharmonic Society

program for promising

young artists – ‘The 21st

Century Stars’.

You can see this

wonderful musician

perform at 2.30pm on July

23 at St Luke’s Grammar

School Bayview Campus,

1977 Pittwater Road

(afternoon tea served after

the performance). Tickets

$25; more info 0407 441

213 or peninsulamusicclub.


“When he returns late,

she confronts him about

his actions and he lies that

he has been comforting

work associate William, who

believes his wife Mary is

having an affair.”

In the play’s most famous

scene, Ayckbourn ups the

ante by showing the hapless

Featherstones, used as

alibis to cover an adulterous

fling between Fiona Foster

and Bob Phillips, being

invited to dinner by each

family on successive nights.

“The joke is that both

parties are shown in the

same theatrical time, with

the Featherstones swivelling

between the two events,”

Kerrie said.

“Our wonderful cast

includes a few favourites,

namely Chris Richardson

and Matthew Burke. We

welcome back Huw Jones,

Chantel Ciano and Sue

Whittaker and newcomer

Timothy Burt, with the

busy and meticulous

Jan Adamson as Stage


Performance dates are

July 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 at

8pm; matinees at 3pm on

July 8, 9 and 15

plus 11am on July 9.

Bookings on 9979 9694.

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Dining Guide

Dining Guide

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



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




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 stories about the

early days. Phone 9974 5566.

Bistro 61

Avalon Beach RSL

1 Bowling Green Lane

Avalon Beach

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/


Head to Club Palm Beach,


conveniently located just

a short stroll from Palm Open 7 days

Beach Wharf, for great meal Lunch 12pm-2:30pm

specials in July.

Dinner 5:30-8:30pm Little Bok Choy

There’s a special encore CUISINE

Pittwater RSL

screening of Tim Bonython’s Modern Aust / pub food

‘The Big Wave Project’ on

82 Mona Vale Rd,

Mona Vale

Saturday July 8 – tickets are PRICE RANGE

available online at asmf.net. Meals $8-$30

au; don’t miss out!

Specials $12-$15 OPENING HOURS

There won’t be a better

Open 7 days

BOOKINGS 9918 2201

venue to soak up the great

Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm

atmosphere of ‘The Decider’ – Visa MasterCard

(3pm Fri, Sat, Sun)

State of Origin III – on July 12.

Dinner 5:30-8:30pm

The Members’ lucky badge

(9:30pm Fri, Sat)

Avalon Beach RSL’s new

draw is held Wednesday and

Bistro 61 is a great place PRICE RANGE

Friday night (every 30 mins

to head for a local meal,

between 5pm-7pm), and

Entrees $6-$20

offering tasty modern

jackpots by $100 each week.

Mains $12.80-$25

Australian dishes at

Wednesday and Sunday affordable prices.

BOOKINGS 9446 9613

are meat raffle nights, with a Bistro 61 has been

whopping 14 trays to be won.

Little Bok Choy are still

named to commemorate

Enjoy Trivia Night from

celebrating their first

the opening of the Club

5.30pm on Wednesdays, plus

birthday – book now for

in 1961. The kitchen – led

Bingo at 10am on Fridays.

10 per cent off your meal

by experienced Northern

The club’s Barrenjoey

(mention the ad left)

Beaches head chef Mitch

Bistro is open for lunch Blundell, boasts all fresh,

Have you discovered this

(11.30am to 2.30pm) and house-made meals, with

hidden gem? Conveniently

dinner (6pm to 8.30pm) seven locally sourced ingredients

located inside Pittwater RSL,

days. The Bistro serves topvalue

a la carte meals plus Open for lunch and dinner and public transport, it’s the

used when possible.

with plenty of on-site parking

daily $13.50 specials of roasts seven days, with extensive ideal location to get together

(Mondays), rump steak with outdoor dining areas, Bistro to share great Asian food.

chips and salad (Tuesdays), 61 offers a different special With a vast range of menu

chicken schnitzel with chips (lunch and dinner) every options, you won’t know where

and salad (Wednesdays), weekday, including $15 to start in this Asian Fusion

homemade gourmet pies with rump steak chips and salad restaurant. Some of the secrets

chips and salad (Thursdays) (Mon), $12 tacos (Tues), $15 of LBC’s finest eats include

and fish and chips with salad Chicken Schnitzels (Wed), traditional favourites, like Shao

(Fridays), except on public 2-4-1 pizzas (Thurs), and a Long Bao – it’s the perfect


$20 burger + beer (Fri). starter; the juicy mini pork

Entrees on the a la carte Seniors are well catered buns will get your taste buds

menu range from $10.50 to for – there are daily Seniors excited for the coming courses.

$17.50 (mains $14.50 to $25). specials, including beerbattered

Tuck in to Yum Cha

The club has a courtesy

flathead – plus favourites including delicious


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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.

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





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.



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.

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 Laksa.

Each day there is a halfprice

deal for evening diners-in

(limit of one deal per table of


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.

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


In July, Friday night

entertainment kicks

off in the Lounge Bar

from 7.30pm. Great acts

appearing this month

include Peter Kinch (7th),

Geoff Kendall (14th), Keff

McCullough (21st) and Phil

Simmons (28th).

Trivia is held every

Tuesday night from 7.30pm

(great prizes and vouchers).

Don’t miss the ‘One

Night Only’ Bee Gees Show

on Saturday July 15. It’s a

walk through the golden

hits of the Brothers Gibb,

with great costumes

reliving the different eras

of their incredible career;

bookings essential.

The Unique Vehicle

Show is on Sunday July

23, featuring more than

80 vintage cars, classics,

motorcycles and more.

Entry by gold coin donation.

Club social memberships

are available for just $160.

Dining Guide

BOOKINGS 9979 9449




Book a table at this popular

Newport eatery in July and

your family is guaranteed

a great night out with a

feast for the eyes and the


Order ahead for their

wonderful Peking Duck

which is offered as a dinein-only

special Thursdays

through Sundays.

There are two traditional

Celebrating 25 Years

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.

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Food Life

Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Steve Brown; Ben Dearnley & Benito Martin

Mid-year festive feast

with a modern twist

Can you believe it has been six months since Christmas?

Which of course means there are six months to go before

the next Christmas! But why wait that long for your next

festive celebration – the chilly winter weather is the perfect

excuse to celebrate Christmas in July! Start with warm mulled

wine, enjoy a hot roast with all the trimmings, then finish your

meal with a delicious traditional hot pudding laden with rum

and brandy butter. Invite your friends around and consider it a

practice run for the family come December 25!

Tomato tarts

Makes 24

200g soft goats cheese,


200g Solanato tomatoes,


½ cup basil pesto

Micro cress, to serve

Extra virgin olive oil, to serve

Parmesan pastry

1¼ cups plain flour

50g parmesan cheese, finely


100g butter, chilled and


1 egg yolk

1-2 tbs iced water

1. For the parmesan pastry,

process the flour, parmesan

and butter until mixture

resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Add the egg yolk and 1 tablespoon

water and process until

the dough comes together,

adding remaining water if

necessary. Turn the dough

onto a lightly floured surface

and knead lightly until

smooth. Press into a square.

Roll the pastry out between 2

sheets baking paper to 20cm

x 30cm rectangle. Refrigerate

15 minutes.

2. Preheat oven and large flat

baking tray to 200°C fanforced.

Remove top sheet

baking paper. Piece pastry

all over with a fork then cut

pastry into 5cm squares.

Lift the pastry squares, still

on baking paper onto the

hot tray. Bake 12-15 minutes

or until golden and cooked

through. Set aside to cool.

3. Spread goats cheese over

the base of each pastry

square. Top with a tomato.

Spoon over a little pesto

and season with salt and

pepper. Scatter over the

micro-cress, drizzle with a

little extra virgin olive oil

and serve.

Peppered beef

with gourmet


Serves 6

60g butter, melted

3 teaspoon Dijon mustard

600g mixed mushrooms,

thickly sliced (like Buttons,

Swiss Brown, Shiitaki and


4 eschallots, peeled, thinly


1 tbs pink peppercorns

1 tbs black peppercorns

2 tbs thyme leaves

1 tbs olive oil

2 x 600g pieces fillet beef,


with Janelle Bloom

eschallots over the base of

a large roasting pan, season

with salt and pepper.

2. Pound the peppercorns in a

mortar with the pestle until

coarsely ground. Add the

thyme leaves and sprinkle

onto a piece baking paper.

Brush beef with oil roll in

pepper mixture. Tie the

beef at 3cm intervals with

un-waxed string.

3. Heat a non-stick frying pan

over high heat. Add one

beef fillet and cook, turning

occasionally, for 5 minutes

or until it is browned all

over. Place beef on a rack

over the mushrooms. Repeat

with remaining piece beef.

Roast for 20 minutes for

medium, or until cooked to

your liking.

4. Cover and allow to stand

for 15 minutes to rest. Slice

the beef and spoon over the

mushrooms and pan juices.


1. Preheat oven 190°C fanforced.

Combine the butter

and mustard in a bowl,

add the mushrooms and

eschallots and stir to coat.

Spoon the mushrooms and

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Apple cider

mulled wine

Serves 6

500ml apple cider

750ml fruity red wine

(such as a merlot)

2 cups water

½ tsp nutmeg

6 cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

1/4 cup caster sugar

1 apple, quartered, thinly


1. Combine all the ingredients

in a large saucepan.

Stir over medium

heat for 10 minutes

until sugar dissolves

and wine just comes to

the simmer.

2. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat.

Strain, divide among

heatproof serving

glasses. Serve.

Potato hash

Serves 6

1.5kg baby red delight potatoes

150g chopped ham

6 green onions, thinly sliced

2 cups grated cheddar

1/3 cup shredded basil leaves

100g butter, melted

3 tbs olive oil

1 tsp Dijon mustard

2 tbs small basil leaves, to serve

1. Put the potatoes into a

saucepan. Cover with cold

water. Add a good pinch

salt, bring to the boil

uncovered. Reduce heat to

medium, simmer 20 minutes

until just tender. Drain then

transfer to a flat baking tray.

2. Use a potato masher to

squash the potatoes. Transfer

to a large bowl. Add the

ham, onions, cheddar and

basil, Season, toss to combine.

Combine the butter, oil

and mustard.

3. Preheat oven 220°C fanforced.

Spoon half the butter

mixture into an 22cm (base)

non-stick ovenproof frying

pan. Spoon potato mixture

into the pan, pressing down

to compact the hash. Drizzle

over the remaining butter

mixture. Place the pan over

medium heat and cook for

15 minutes. Transfer the pan

to the oven, cook further 30

minutes or until golden and

crispy around the edges.

4. Scatter over basil leaves.


Rum and raising

Christmas pudding

Serves 10

300g raisins, chopped

200g sultanas

250g pitted dates, chopped

200g dried dessert figs,


200ml dark rum

1/3 cup Golden Syrup

1 tsp mixed spice

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground nutmeg

200g butter, at room


1 cup dark brown sugar

3 eggs, at room temperature

1 cup plain flour, sifted

3 cups fresh white breadcrumbs

Brandy butter

250g unsalted butter, at room


1 1/3 cups pure icing sugar

1/3 cup brandy

1. Combine the raisins, sultanas,

dates and figs in a

large heatproof bowl. Heat

rum and Golden Syrup in

a saucepan over high heat

until hot, stir in the spices.

Pour over the dried fruit. Stir

to combine. Cover and set

aside at room temperature

for 24 hours if time


2. Grease and

line base

of 8-cup




butter and sugar in a large

bowl of an electric mixer

until pale. Add eggs, one

at a time, mixing well after

each one added.

3. Stir half of the flour into

butter mixture and the remaining

half into the fruit.

Stir in the breadcrumbs and

fruit into butter mixture.

Mix well. Spoon into pudding


4. Place a circle of baking paper

right down on surface

of the pudding mixture.

Cover the bowl with a sheet

of baking paper and two

layers of foil. Secure with

string. Fold the foil up

over the string to ensure it

doesn’t touch the water during


5. Place upturned saucer in

the bottom of a large saucepan.

Stand pudding on the

saucer. Pour boiling water

into the saucepan to come

halfway up basin. Cover

saucepan with lid and boil

over medium-high heat for

3½ hours, adding more boiling

water every 30 minutes.

Turn the pudding out, serve

warm with brandy butter.

6. For the Brandy butter; beat

the butter in a small bowl of

an electric mixer until

pale. Add sugar, and

beat until light and

fluffy. Gradually

pour in brandy,

beating on low

speed until


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In Season


Food Life

Although considered

‘trendy’, Kale is a versatile

vegetable worth buying. This

leafy green vegetable belongs

to the Brassica family, a

group of vegetables including

cabbage, Brussels sprouts

and broccoli.


Look for kale with dark

bunches that have small to

medium leaves. Avoid kale

with brown or yellow leaves.


Store unwashed in a plastic

bag in the coldest part of the

fridge up to 4 days.

Also In Season


Apples, Bananas, Custard

apples, Dates, Mandarins,

Nashi, Australian Navel

and Cara Cara Oranges,

Pears, Quince, Rhubarb

and winter Strawberries.

Also Avocados,

Beetroot, Broccolini

and Broccoli, Brussels

sprouts, Cauliflower,

Leeks, Fennel, Jerusalem

Artichokes, Kale,

Butternut Pumpkin,

Sweet Potato, Spinach &

Silverbeet; and Turnips.


Kale is a great source of fibre

and contains vitamins A, C

and K.

Chicken &

kale stir-fry

Serves 4

6 large kale leaves, washed,


3 tsp sesame oil

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2cm piece ginger, peeled,


500g chicken breast fillet,

trimmed, thinly sliced

2 tbs peanut oil

125g snow peas, trimmed,

thinly sliced

1 tbs fish sauce

1 tbs grated palm sugar

1 lime, juiced

½ cup Thai basil leaves

½ cup roasted salted cashew


Steamed rice or noodles, to


1. Remove the centre stem

from the kale, tear leaves

into smaller pieces. Combine

sesame oil, lemongrass,

garlic and ginger in

a bowl. Add chicken, stir to


2. Heat the wok over high heat

until hot. Add 2 tsp oil and

swirl to coat the wok. Add

one quarter of the chicken,

stir-fry for 30 seconds until

sealed. Remove to a clean

bowl. Repeat with oil and

chicken in three batches.

3. Add remaining oil with kale

and snow peas, stir-fry

1 minute. Return all the

chicken and any juices to

the wok. Add combined fish

sauce, palm sugar and lime

juice, stir-fry 30 seconds.

Remove from heat, scatter

over the basil and cashews.

Serve over rice or noodles.

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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 Plodder, one who takes their time (9)

26 Under discussion (2,5)

27 Plant developer – one that works

hard? (7)

28 Your children can make and fly this

on July 10 at the Coastal Environment

Centre, North Narrabeen (4)

29 To daze or bewilder by distracting

noise (4)

30 Manoeuvres undertaken by yachts on

Pittwater (5)


1 Cuisine available at Ouzo in Clareville (5)

4 See 22-down

6 Small inlet near where Newport Wharf

sits, Heron ____ (4)

10 Holds office (7)

11 Continual, permanent or lasting (7)

12 Those, generally, who frequent

Elizabeth Park, perhaps? (9)

13 Reptile that goes into a form of semihibernation

called brumation during

winter (5)

14 A physical slice of Pittwater Life (4)

15 Form of guaranteed income (7)

17 Former Pittwater resident, the ‘Sailing

Granny’, ___ Gash (3)

18 Small marine echinoderms with a

spherical or flattened spiny shell (7)

20 One may be spotted out to sea from

the Northern Beaches (4)

24 Two intersection upgrades on Mona

Vale Road and Forest Way are part of the

_____ Points Program (5)


1 Winner of the 2016 Sydney International

Piano Competition of Australia, who will

be performing a recital for Peninsula

Music Club in Bayview (6)

2 Surround entirely (7)

3 National Park that Barrenjoey Head is

part of (2-4-3,5)

4 Hopefully how you feel after a

holiday (6)

5 Class of narrow-beam full-keel

yacht designed and built on the

Central Coast (8)

7 Paperwork originating in Japan (7)

8 The ability to notice small details (5,3)

9 Northern Beaches Council school

holiday program (4,2,3,5)

16 Large whale with long flippers that

may be seen travelling off the Northern

Beaches (8)

17 IMO (2,1,3,2)

19 A person transported to the

British colonies to serve out a prison

sentence (7)

21 One of biggest targets of the current

War on Waste (7)

22 & 4-across Quirky construction

overlooking Avalon Beach built by

architect Alexander Stewart Jolly

in 1929 (6,4)

23 Coastal areas (6)

[Solution page 70]

Pittwater Puzzler

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Garden Life

Garden Life

Sow fresh seeds now and

gain head start for spring with Gabrielle Bryant

Seedlings are expensive to buy, so get

sowing now to have seedlings ready

in time for planting when spring


Make sure that the seeds you sow are

fresh. Seeds, like all perishables, have a

use-by date on the back of the packet.

Once this date is reached the germination

rate will be poor.

Some seed can be sown directly into

the garden – read the instructions carefully

on the packet. Others should be sown

into pots or punnets. Summer seedlings

of tomatoes, basil, capsicum, egg plants,

beans and zucchini or petunias and other

summer flowering annuals, should be

sown in August or September, but if you

sow them now and protect them from the

cold you will be ready to plant them out

as soon as the weather warms up.

Always use a good-quality seed-raising

mix. Water it well before planting the

seed, making sure that the water has

soaked right through. New mix often

repels the water. Press the seeds firmly

into the surface and then cover with a

fine layer of mix.

Cover the pot or punnet with a sheet

of glass or plastic until they germinate.

Once the tiny shoots appear, keep the

seedlings warm. Yates make a minigreenhouse

lid that fits a seedling tray. It

works well as it has vents in the top that

can be opened during the day to prevent

condensation. Make sure that the tray is

in good light, but not direct sun. After

planting, water sparingly with a mist

spray – keep the soil moist but not wet.

Once the tiny plants appear, select the

strongest and thin them out, keeping just

the number that you want. As the plants

grow, harden them off. Once big enough

they can be pricked out into small pots

waiting for spring to arrive.

Larger seeds such as beans, zucchini,

pumpkins or squash, that would normally

be planted into the ground, can be sown

in pairs into jiffy peat pots. This helps

avoid planting shock when they are put

pot-and-all into the veggie garden.

Last, never fertilise seedlings before

they germinate. Once they have four

leaves, water with a weak seaweed solution

at weekly intervals. Fertilise the

plants once they are in the ground.

Get a Moonlight

Velvet glow


ere’s a new look

for an old favourite:

Moonlight Velvet

is a hybrid form of

the much-loved silver

ground cover Lambs’


The huge,

elongated velvety

leaves grow in hot

dry sunny places,

or in dry semishade.

The leaves

are so soft that it

is difficult to resist

the temptation to

stroke them.

The salt-hardy

silvery plants glow

in the evening

light. It is a brilliant

plant for seaside gardens. As an evergreen perennial, Moonlight

Velvet makes a wonderful border.

It must be grown in very well-drained soil. It hates wet, cold

feet and high humidity. It looks great in the garden or in pots,

either on its own or mixed with colourful summer annuals. It

will grow just 40cm tall and form into a clump 50cm wide that

can easily be divided.

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for your


Usually thought of as easy,

maintenance-free trees,

frangipani do need some care

this time of the year. In recent

times, frangipani have become

the victims of frangipani rust, a

fungal disease that can defoliate

the trees in late summer, severely

affecting the strength of the

trees. Rust appears as a brown

dust on the back of the leaves.

This dust falls to the ground

and the spores carry the disease

into the next season. The fallen

leaves must be cleaned up from

the ground and disposed of into

the rubbish bin.

Next: the earth beneath and

the trees, that are now bare,

should be sprayed with lime sulphur

to kill any spores that have

fallen. Once cleaned, it is time

to prune and shape the trees to

keep them compact. Frangipanni

trees can be cut back by 25%

to 50%. New shoots will appear

from the trimmed ends. The

more shoots, the more flowers!

There are frangipani trees for

all spaces… dwarf, semi-dwarf

and full size. Dwarf will only

grow to a maximum of two

metres tall.

Recently I have heard several

promotions for evergreen frangipani.

However, they are not suitable

for Sydney gardens. They

need the warmth of Queensland

to thrive. South of Brisbane

they will struggle. It is always

tempting to try and there may

be the occasional tree that will

survive, but it is the exception

that proves the rule.

Evergreen frangipani are

expensive, but very beautiful.

If you buy one you must be

prepared that it may not survive

the Sydney winters.

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On-Poinsettia for winter colour

It is hard to beat the

cheerful scarlet colour of

poinsettia trees in winter.

The fiery red bracts light up

the winter cold.

Poinsettias are associated

with Christmas table

decorations, but their

natural flowering time is

winter. The colour swirls

begin to develop once the

daylight hours are shorter

than the night. The ones

that are sold for Christmas

are grown under artificial

lights to trick the plants.

The old-fashioned single

plants grow tall and need

to be cut back hard each

year after the flowers are

finished, but the darkerleafed

doubles that are sold

in the florist shops are a

dwarf variety. Planted out

into the garden they quickly

recover from their party

time ordeal and flourish

into a compact bushy shrub

that is a delight in the cold

winter gloom.

They will grow in full sun

or semi-shade, kept in a

large tub, under a window or

in a shrubbery. If you keep

your poinsettia in a large

pot you can bring it back

inside for a second time.

I often wonder why they

are not used more often in

landscaped gardens, they

are such easy shrubs to


Daphne ‘Perfume Princess’ an acid queen

Daphne, which was very much

a plant of the ’50s, has always

had a reputation of being difficult

to grow – it hates cultivation.

For many years daphne was not

easily found, after it was attacked

by a virus disease. But breeders

worked hard to develop a hardy variety.

A nurseryman in New Zealand crossed two

varieties, with the most amazing results. He

produced a daphne with an unbelievable number

of huge, fragrant flowers that appear along

the length of the stems, sheltered

by bright green glossy leaves. It’s a

variety that is tough, disease resistant

and highly fragrant.

The sweet smell of the daphne

flowers will fill the garden from midwinter

to early summer. The soft pink

flowers fade to white as they age.

This amazing daphne will grow in full sun,

but prefers a lightly shaded position in a welldrained

soil. Feed it with Kahoona, as it is a

plant that likes a slightly acidic soil.

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Garden Life

Jobs this Month


Garden Life

It has been a long, wet

winter but just wait….

Spring is not very far

away! Remember, heavy rain

compacts the soil. Once the

dry days return the surface

hardens and the water runs

off. It’s important to turn the

surface and water with Eco

Hydrate, before mulching with

garden compost or sugarcane

mulch to repair the damage.


There’s nothing worse than

bindii in the lawn; spray this

month to eliminate bindii

before the seed heads mature

in summer. Always check

with a salesperson about the

chemical that you use, as

some grasses are sensitive to


Close the gaps

New season lilliums,

hippeastrums, iris and

summer annuals are on the

bulb stands now. Fill in any

gaps for some summer colour.

Rose care

Prune your roses this month.

Cut back any dead or twiggy

growth. Open the centre of

the bush to avoid branches

that overlap. Always prune so

that the new shoots will grow

outwards. Then clear any

fallen leaves from the earth

beneath and spray with lime

sulphur to kill any residual

spores of black spot. Feed

your bushes with Sudden

Impact for Roses.

Bridle passion

Time to train your

passionfruit vine. Cut it back

by 50% to encourage new

shoots. The flowers and fruit

are only produced on new

growth. If you let the vine go

it will soon get out of hand.

Orchid attention

Cymbidium orchids are in full

flower. As the flower spikes

finish, trim them back, feed

the plants and move them

back into a semi-shade area for

summer. However, if they need

repotting wait until next month.

Moving moments

It is a busy time in the

garden. Move any trees or

shrubs that are in the wrong

place. Spray with drought

shield before digging them

up. This will help to reduce

transplanting shock. Water

the plants into their new

home with a weak solution of

seaweed mixture.

The great divide

This is the best month

for lifting and dividing

summer perennials, gingers,

agapanthus, iris, liriope,

mondo grass, day lilies and


Potted colour

Brilliantly coloured kalanchoes

are flowering now for fantastic

winter colour. Enjoy them in

pots while they flower then

plant them out into the garden

in hot sunny spots. They

are easy to grow and very

forgiving for busy gardeners. If

a piece breaks off just stick the

Snail trails

Watch out for tiny snails that

will climb up into your snow

peas and eat the flowers as

they grow. They are hard to

control. A saucer of beer will

attract them but not the ones

high up. Hand-pick them

from the vines each morning

and spread some Multi guard

pellets beneath. The snails

breed under compost and

mulch. Keep the soil clear

under the plants. An upsidedown

watermelon peel will

catch some at night.

broken end into the soil and

it will grow! Careful though –

they will rot if you give them

too much TLC and water.

Lure leaf miner

Watch out for leaf miner on

the new leaves of your citrus

trees. Purchase a leaf miner

lure to hang in the tree and

spray regularly with Eco Oil.

Trumpet cover

If you have a fence or garden

shed to cover, plant a bright

orange trumpet vine, they are

vigorous vines that will soon

do the job.

Crossword solution from page 67

Mystery location: SAND POINT

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Times Past

Windows of

the Soul in





Stewart Jolly

was an architect

who possessed many

talents. He was also

a fine stone mason,

artist, author, poet,

sculptor and woodworker.

His excellence as

an organic architect is

unquestionable and no

better illustrated than

by the cabin he designed

and built overlooking

Avalon Beach for Colonel

Lionel Hurley – ‘Loggan

Rock’ (log and rock).

Douglas Anderson, in

the thesis for his Bachelor

of Architecture in 1965,

commented that the “cabin

harmonises well in colour,

texture and form, with the

surrounding bush. All the

materials used are natural,

mostly taken directly

from the site and are used

with as little treatment or

preparation as possible.

It shows him as a creative

artist working in terms of

pure organic architecture”.

Some of the windows

in the cabin have been

treated in a unique and

almost romantic fashion,

especially the bank of four

in the south-east elevation.

Jolly has taken more-formal

structural timbers and

created a rugged frame and,

within that frame, fixed

thin branches from nearby

trees. Glass was cut to fit

the irregular shapes created

between the branches and

the individual frames.

It was then fixed to the

wooden components using

pins and putty.

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Looking through the

windows from inside the

cabin creates the impression

and doubt that you could in

fact be outside in the bush.

The roof is a simple hipped

roof composed mostly

of timbers left in their

natural state, many with the

bark still intact. The roof

covering is timber shingles

extending out over the main

entrance from the northwest.

Originally a section

of this roof was formed

around a small tree. Rather

than remove an apparently

healthy tree, Jolly chose to

“build a hole” in this roof so

that the tree could continue

to live ‘in situ’.

To some sympathisers

(like myself) it looks as

though some giant’s hand

has simply pushed the

structure up and out of the


However, to some

observers and critics it

looked as though Jolly

had thrown the stones

together randomly – but

nothing could be further

from the truth. Jolly’s

plans, elevations and

renderings confirm the

cabin was constructed

faithfully according to that


The cabin is listed

on the State Heritage

Inventory – “Loggan

Rock, its furniture and

garden is a rare record

of the uniqueness of

a culture in place and

time which focused

on a heightened

appreciation of organic forms

and natural materials”.

TIMES PAST is supplied

by local historian

and President of the

Avalon Beach Historical


Visit the Society’s

showroom in Bowling

Green Lane, Avalon


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Travel Life

‘New’ improved way to self-drive Europe

If you’ve ever booked a hire

car for use overseas only to

turn up and find there’s no

car available, or record of the

booking, you’ll know the bad

taste it can leave in your mouth

at the start of what was intended

to be a relaxing holiday.

Now you can take the uncertainty

out of your European

self-drive vacation with a

great-value deal from Renault

Eurodrive – with a brand-new

vehicle for lease for durations

of 21 days to six months.

Renault Eurodrive continues

to prove one of the most costeffective

and inclusive self-drive

holiday options for Australians

visiting Europe; for example 28

days cruising in a new car (including

all insurance), is priced

from just $1499.

“We have many clients who

come back and book their

holidays using one of the lease

vehicles from Renault,” said Paul

Hodges, General Manager Leasing

at Driveaway Holidays. “The

UP CLOSE: The wonders of Europe are easily accessible by road.

average lease duration is 52

days and put simply, our clients

love the fact they can select the

exact model from the extensive

range, every car is delivered

new and tax free from the factory

and there are no hidden

expenses or insurance costs

added on collection.”

Paul added that everything

is prepared and paid for in

Australia and at the end of the

lease period the car is simply

returned on the agreed date.

Renault then sell the cars on the

second-hand market in Europe

via the Renault Dealer Network.

Bigger discounts apply for

longer leases of more than 90


“All of the cars are the latestrelease

models and feature European

GPS systems included

in the cost,” Paul said.

“In terms of value for

money, this leasing offer is a

wise choice; it’s simple-to-use,

all-inclusive and hassle-free

motoring for anyone looking

at a holiday in Europe for

three weeks plus.”

He said every vehicle was

delivered direct from the factory

and included full comprehensive

insurance and, best

of all, a zero excess insurance


Rates include unlimited

kilometres, no charge for an

additional driver, full factory

warranty and back-up from a

24-hour assistance service.

Their 29 Delivery and

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can be used and all collections

and returns within France are

free of delivery fees (for deliveries

or collections outside

of France, such as Germany,

Italy, Spain, Portugal a small

fee applies). This provides

great options for holidaymakers

who for example may wish

to collect their car in Paris and

leave the car at Rome at the

end of their holiday.

More info www.renaulteurodrive.com.au

or call 1300

55 11 60. – Nigel Wall

Cape Kidnappers escape

Complement your next NZ golf getaway with complete comfort

at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, set on a 6,000-acre sheep and

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a host of activities available from golf and spa treatments to touring,

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EXPERT ADVICE: Anne Williamson knows the ins and outs of world travel.

Anne excited about

her next chapter

at The Travel Book

Anne Williamson knows

the keys to a successful

career in the travel industry

– she has built her outstanding

reputation as a consultant

over 30 years by understanding

her clients’ travel needs

and building a strong bond

of trust.

Anne, who joins Mike Dungan’s

team as lead consultant

for The Travel Book at Mona

Vale this month, says the devil

is in the detail when it comes

to ensuring her clients fulfill

their expectations and their


“The planning of a holiday is

an exciting time for customers

and I love to offer many

options and share my experiences

of the places I have

visited, as well as revealing the

important tips I have acquired

first-hand,” said Anne.

“Planning individual, bespoke

itineraries is a what I

really enjoy – airfares, tours,

accommodation, rail, cruises

and all the detail that goes

with that.

“Sorting it all for the client is

what it’s all about for me – and

most importantly also sourcing

the best deals.

“Then I can’t wait to hear

how things went, and soak up

the feedback on their return

so I can add it for next time.”

Overseas travel may seem

a glamourous perk but Anne

says visiting as many places

both far and wide proves

invaluable for compiling an

important ‘memory bank’ of

travel information.

“I have taken every opportunity

to travel, in both Australia

and to a variety of overseas

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destinations including the

UK and Europe, South Africa,

South America, the USA and

Hawaii,” said Anne.

“My specialist Asian destinations

include Hong Kong, Singapore,

Thailand and Bali and

the Maldives, and across the

Pacific including Fiji, Vanuatu

and the Cook Islands.”

With cruises experiencing a

boom world-wide, Anne adds

she knows all the ins and outs

of lines including P&O, Princess,

Holland American and

Royal Caribbean.

“And last year I experienced

small ship luxury with APT,

travelling up the Adriatic

Coast Line and visiting magical

Croatia which opened my

eyes to this very special part

of the world,” she said.

The Travel Book is a specialist

in worldwide retail holidays

and cruises plus SME business

travel and events. As an

American Express agent TTB

does not charge cardholders

a merchant fee and rewards

them with the opportunity

to convert their Membership

Rewards points for travel.

Find them at 17/20 Bungan St,

Mona Vale; contact Anne on

9979 7780. – Nigel Wall

* APT has left no course

uncharted in creating a range

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journeys – there are 200

different travel experiences

in all, from cruising tranquil

estuaries and mighty rivers to

traversing storybook scenery

by land and rail. Book early to

secure the best Superdeal offer

available. Superdeal offers are

strictly limited and will sell out!

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Travel Life

Travel Life

Plot a short course around

Oz and enjoy cruising luxury

Too time-poor to retrace

Matthew Flinders’ steps

and circumnavigate Australia

but still want to experience the

raw beauty of our great continent

from the sea? Cruiseco

have the solution; the leading

provider of cruising options

in Australia and New Zealand

has announced two shorter

voyages, on the full 40-night

Australian circumnavigation

charter voyage aboard Ponant’s

magnificent L’Austral departing

Sydney on January 25.

“Exclusively designed for

Cruiseco, the new Sydney to

Fremantle shorter voyage will

cruise to some of Australia’s

most breathtaking destinations

such as Wineglass Bay; the

awe-inspiring Twelve Apostles

in Port Campbell, Victoria (with

an option to view this natural

phenomenon from the sky);

Kangaroo Island and Port Lin-

coln in South Australia,” said

Travel View’s Sharon Goddard.

“Plus there’s a visit to the moving

National ANZAC Centre in

Albany, Western Australia.”

Reduced fares for the cruise,

which also departs January 25,

start from $11,630 for the first

guest and $5,815 for the second

guest (Deluxe stateroom).

The second shorter cruise

– 26 nights with a Tropical

Australia itinerary – embarks in

Fremantle on February 8,

taking in the highlights of the

second part of this stunning

itinerary, concluding in Sydney.

“Added highlights include

Darwin and the Northern

Territory with optional tours

to Kakadu and its surrounds,”

said Sharon.

Its reduced fares start from

$19,435 for the first guest and

$9,718 for the second guest.

Accommodating guests within

132 cabins, L’Austral remains

true to the Ponant philosophy

of creating a unique atmosphere,

with a subtle blend of

luxury and wellbeing.

“It’s amazing – guests will

encounter a chic and elegant

yacht-like ambiance, refined

and personalised service, as

well as gastronomic traditional

French and international cuisine,”

said Sharon.

Cruiseco was the first to

charter an Australian circumnavigation

back in October

2005, which sold out in less

than a week. Likewise, Sharon

says the three new unique

voyages will fill quickly at the

reduced prices.

Each voyage is accompanied

by a specialist expedition team

to provide insights into the

history of each port, as well

as flora, fauna and stunning

landscapes via Zodiac tours.

Full voyage fares now start

from $29,900 for the first

guest and $14,950 for the

second guest in a Deluxe


As a cruise specialist agency

of Cruiseco, Travel View Cruise

View can book these fascinating

voyages; call 9918 4444 or

9999 0444. – Nigel Wall

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