Pittwater Life August 2017 Issue

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Local Election Countdown. DAs Process Overhauled. Gallop Poll. Taste of the Beaches.

The Local Voice Since 1991 LOCAL ELECTION COUNTDOWN NEW CANDIDATES SHOW THEIR HANDS DAs PROCESS OVERHAULED IT’S A WIN FOR PITTWATER GALLOP POLL WHAT FUTURE FOR OUR LOCAL HORSES? AUGUST 2017 FREE pittwaterlife New Event Taste of the Beaches FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL HEADS TO MONA VALE * Burger indicative only!


Editorial Latest on the Council election... With little more than six weeks to go before the first Northern Beaches Council election, this month we grill the latest batch of candidates who have announced their intentions to run in our Pittwater and Narrabeen wards. (First up: before you vote, you might want to check what ward you live in, so you can work out which candidates you need to run your eye over – see p9.) The latest election development sees the emergence of the Northern Beaches Community Alliance, which will field independent candidates in Pittwater and Narrabeen wards (so far). Their driving force is former Pittwater Mayor Alex McTaggart – although with Robert Hopton as the focus in Pittwater, and Dr Conny Harris in Narrabeen. Alex believes it’s a time for renewal – read about their push on p18. The Greens have also launched a ticket, while Liberal candidates are days away from confirming. Stay tuned! * * * This month we say a fond farewell to meticulous distribution manager Ray Drury, who worked dilligently for 22 years ensuring you received a copy of Pittwater Life in your letterbox each month. Ray estimates he’s engaged around 750 locals to deliver the magazine during his tenure. Turning 79 this month, Ray is looking forward to spending more time with his wife Joy... and having a few more hits (but fewer shots) on his beloved Palm Beach Golf Course. From all of us at Pittwater Life – a huge thanks, and wishing you many quiet, happy days ahead! Ray hands the distribution baton to John Nieuwenhof and Gill Stokes; if you’re interested in becoming part of our walking team email pitlifewalkers@gmail.com – Nigel Wall The Local Voice Since 1991 AUGUST 2017 3


FREE LOCAL MONTHLY INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTION 32,000 Delivered to householders & businesses throughout the Pittwater area at the beginning of each month. AFFORDABLE RATES & LONG-LIFE EXPOSURE CALL US TO DISCUSS YOUR AD! Tel: 0438 123 096 PO Box 170 Mona Vale 1660 Email: info@pittwaterlife.com.au Website: www.pittwaterlife.com.au Publisher: Nigel Wall Managing Editor: Lisa Offord Graphic Design: CLS Design Photography: iStock Contributors: Rosamund Burton, Gabrielle Bryant, Brian Hrnjak, Jennifer Harris, Nick Carroll, Sue Carroll, Dr. John Kippen, Janelle Bloom, Geoff Searl. Distribution: John Nieuwenhof & Gill Stokes pitlifewalkers@gmail.com Published by Word Count Media Pty Ltd. ACN 149 583 335 ABN 95 149 583 335 Printed by Rural Press Phone: 02 4570 4444 Vol 27 No 1 Celebrating 26 years 18 38 64 WALKERS WANTED To deliver Pittwater Life once a month. Permanent and casual runs in the Pittwater area. Palm Beach, Avalon, Newport, Mona Vale, Bayview, Church Pt, Warriewood, Elanora Heights, Ingleside, Narrabeen. EARN TOP MONEY PAID PROMPTLY! Email: pitlifewalkers@gmail.com thislife COVER: The countdown is on to the first Northern Beaches Council election on September 9 – meet the latest locals to put up their hands to represent (p18); we look at the growing number of Street Libraries connecting communities (p24); Sid Slaven – the Urban Cowboy of the Beaches – is worried about the future of horses on the peninsula (p32); the RMYC has announced the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour yacht race is on again (p41); meet the artist whose new mural work adorns the Pittwater Youth Hostel (p36); and head to the Taste of the Beaches on August 27 (p16). COVER IMAGE (yummo!): Brett Stevens also this month Editorial 3 Pittwater Community News 8-31 Life Stories: Sid Slaven, ‘Urban Cowboy’ 32-35 Art Life 36-37 Surfing Life 38-39 Boating Life 40-41 Health & Wellbeing; Hair & Beauty 42-49 Money & Finance 50-52 Law 54-55 Trades & Services 56-58 Food: Winter-warming soups 64-66 Crossword 67 Gardening Life 68-70 Travel Life 72-74 the goodlife Restaurants, food, gigs, travel and gardening. Also find our regular features on beauty, health, surfing, art, local history, our guide to trades and services, money, law and our essential maps. ATTENTION ADVERTISERS! Bookings and advert material to set for our SEPTEMBER issue MUST be supplied by FRIDAY 11 AUGUST Finished art & editorial submissions deadline: FRIDAY 18 AUGUST The SEPTEMBER issue will be published on WEDNESDAY 30 AUGUST COPYRIGHT All contents are subject to copyright and may not be reproduced except with the written consent of the copyright owner. GST: All advertising rates are subject to GST. 4 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


News ‘Why I’m for the B-Line’ As residents associations and community groups continue to rally, debate and oppose the impact of the B-Line Bus Service and its planned Newport Beach terminus point, other residents hope that their voice in favour of the B-Line is heard. Allan Porter, 73, of Avalon Beach, says it’s important to not let emotion cloud the issue. The 30-years Pittwater resident said the distant parts of the northern beaches remained the same distance from the major urban centres of north and central Sydney – but had become further away in travel time as growth, urbanisation and road usage continued to increase. “That’s progress… that’s life on the northern beaches, where an increasing number of people want to live,” Mr Porter said. “And now there is an improvement on the horizon that has cheered up a lot of people – those who are frequent public transport users, those who see the attraction that improved public transport offers and have long hoped for the benefit of something new.” Mr Porter said that while there had been a lot of “huffing and puffing” about the effect of buses having to turn around, buses were doing that now. “One can be forgiven if they hadn’t noticed,” he said. “Avalon Beach has been a loop for buses to terminate journeys from the city, swing into Avalon Parade, then Old Barrenjoey Road, then Barrenjoey Road to a rest point outside Avalon Beach Surf Club awaiting schedule to commence. “The system works and has done successfully for years as part of the natural environmental integration of people and vehicular movement.” Mr Porter – who describes himself as “old enough to know that things change, experienced enough to know that when something new is proposed there’s frequently objection, and wise enough to know that things seem to sort themselves out very nicely” – noted the schedule of departures from Avalon Beach was currently on average about every 15 minutes. “Although Avalon Beach is not, sadly, the turnaround point for the B-Line, an increase to a scheduled departure of every 10 minutes as is proposed with the B-Line is no big deal no matter where the terminus.” He remains disappointed the red line was run through Avalon Beach as the B-Line terminus. “It’s a pity, as the higher deck of the B-Line buses might have permitted travellers one of the greatest ocean road views in Sydney, not visible from normal vehicles.” As for opposition to proposed schedules for new and existing bus routes servicing the B-Line, he said: “Having been closely associated with the business of the heavy vehicle transport industry, I can say that when an operator has a rig costing big money, he is not going to have it sit idle in car parks or neighbourhood streets. “A commercial vehicle that is not working is loss making. Down-time is eliminated through good scheduling. Getting bums on seats or freight on truck and achieving a satisfactory result is all a matter of research and calculation and I give credit to those who have the knowledge and skills to do this.” He said anyone who had travelled overseas would have favourable opinions on the good public transport systems they had experienced. “I am sure the B-Line will achieve an excellent pass mark and give some welcome evidence that something is happening on the northern beaches that improves our connection to the rest of the world nearby.” – Nigel Wall New course options for Pub2Pub The iconic Pub2Pub Charity Fun Run and Festival celebrates its 25th year of raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities. The event will be staged on Sunday August 27, from 8-10am. Organised by the Rotary Club of Brookvale, the event now has three course options: 13km from Dee Why SLC to Newport SLC; 6km from Warriewood to Newport; and 3km from Mona Vale to Newport. A Family Festival will be held at the Newport Beach finish line with live music, a licensed bar area, international food options and plenty of fun rides and games for the kids. More info visit pub2pub.com.au 6 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


News DAs streamlining a win for Pittwater Residents of the former Pittwater Council area who hold concerns about potentially inappropriate development will now need to lodge fewer objections before the matter is referred for independent judgment. The downgrade from five objections to just three follows Northern Beaches Council’s unification of its Development Assessment services across all three former Council areas, including a review of determination procedures. The amended Development Control Plan (DCP) came into effect on Saturday July 8, with all existing and future applications to now be assessed under its guidelines. Acting General Manager Planning, Place & Community Melissa Messina said the new streamlined system would significantly improve the customer experience. “We now offer a process whereby development applications are referred to one of three determination bodies based on standardised criteria which include cost of works and objections received,” Ms Messina said. She said complex applications would be referred (monthly) to the Northern Beaches Independent Assessment Panel (NBIAP), adding she was confident residents could expect clarity and consistency in the handling of their development applications. “These changes herald a new era for Development Assessment on the Northern Beaches,” she said. Prior to the new system, DAs in Pittwater had been referred to the NBIAP when there was an estimated cost of more than $10 million and where there were “five or more objections that are relevant and remain unresolved”. The new standardised criteria will see the NBIAP ruling on DAs where the estimated cost is greater than $2 million and where there are three or more unresolved objections. The new criteria bring the former Pittwater Council area into alignment with the former Manly Council region, which prior to amalgamation had triggers of three complaints before independent referral. Meanwhile the former Warringah Council required just two objections before independent referral. Chair of community group Pittwater Forever, Craig Boaden, commended Council on the move. “It’s excellent news – any improvement over the previous regulation that makes it easier for residents’ voices to be heard is welcome,” he said. “It’s really heartening to see the new Council helping to promote the voice of the local community in development matters; we are sure it will all be used in a constructive manner.” – Nigel Wall Talking is key to avoiding neighbour rifts The three biggest areas of complaints to Northern Beaches Council involve illegal building works (including fences), dumped waste and parking issues. Council General Manager Planning, Place & Community David Kerr has urged neighbours to communicate to avoid disputes. “If you can, talk to your neighbour about the practical aspects of the problem, how it is affecting you both and what needs to be done to solve it,” David said. “Be courteous and respectful and listen and be prepared to compromise.” Fallen trees, invasive tree roots, barking dogs and late-night parties were other day-to-day annoyances that can lead to ongoing neighbourhood squabbles. 8 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


Be aware of Ward changes With the Northern Beaches Council election around the corner on September 9, many residents remain unsure of which Ward they need to cast their vote in. Boundaries for the Pittwater and Narrabeen Wards in the new Council region are considerably different to the Northern, Central and Southern Wards of the previous Pittwater Council area. Pittwater Ward comprises coastal suburbs from Palm Beach to Mona Vale, plus Scotland Island and the Western Foreshore, Bayview and Church Point, plus Terrey Hills, Duffys Forest and Cottage Point. Narrabeen Ward stretches from the edge of Mona Vale south through North Narrabeen, Narrabeen and Collaroy, plus west through Ingleside, Elanora Heights, Oxford Falls and Cromer. More info: northernbeaches. nsw.gov.au Meanwhile, candidate nominations for the election will be accepted from Monday July 31, with Returning Officers closing the process at noon on Wednesday August 9 in the lead-up to polling day. And community umbrella group Pittwater Forever, representing 18 community groups and their members, has confirmed two public information sessions at the Mona Vale Memorial Hall at which candidates for Council can address electors. The session for candidates for Pittwater Ward is from 6.30pm on Tuesday August 29, with the Narrabeen Ward session from 6.30pm on Tuesday September 5. “Pittwater Forever will invite all candidates seeking election to council from these two Wards to make brief presentations of their policies, and to answer questions from the floor,” Pittwater Forever Chairman Craig Boaden said. “We will also facilitate recruiting volunteers to help independent candidates with things like leafletting, and handing out How to Vote cards at pre-poll and polling stations.” – Nigel Wall News The Local Voice Since 1991 AUGUST 2017 9


Overdevelopment overpl News Community misconceptions about what constitutes ‘overdevelopment’ is threatening compliant proposals and jeopardising the area’s potential growth, according to a local planner. Ursula Lang, who has many years of experience in State and Local government as well as private consultancy, said the label “overdevelopment” was more a slogan used to try to prevent development and maintain the status quo. “It is often used to simply appease neighbour objections,” said Ursula (pictured), a strategic and environmental planning specialist who operates Transformative Planning at Clareville. “Interestingly, these residents are often the same people who demand major improvements to infrastructure, especially public transport, public space, and accessibility, none of which is likely to happen if we are constantly locked in with the status quo. “We see the word ‘overdevelopment’ painted on signs on Mona Vale Road in relation to the Ingleside Release Area, and referred to in resident submissions. “We see it in submissions against Seniors Living developments, secondary dwellings and often on developments which fully comply with Council and State Policies – this does seem like an anomaly,” she said. Ursula noted residents group protests over the Mona Vale Place Plan of 2016, which was developed by the former Pittwater Council and staff, but shelved because of cries of “overdevelopment” – partly because some of the key sites were proposed to be permitted to develop to a 6-storey height limit. “I have asked many people to define ‘overdevelopment’, including Council planners, other professionals and nonprofessionals but most struggle to define what they mean. “It is a word which is generic in meaning, often emotive, highly subjective – and in fact means absolutely nothing,” she said. Regarding Ingleside, Ursula said if the Northern Beaches Council was expected to contribute to providing housing in Metropolitan Sydney – and if we wanted our children to live close to us and afford to buy – then acceptance of a new housing area at a higher density was required. “A certain level of density in a new release area is necessary to support a small shopping centre, to support patronage of new public transport and other infrastructure, and to ensure development with its huge costs of providing roads, water, sewerage, electricity, communications etc, as well as schools, open space and community facilities, is viable,” she said. Otherwise there was no incentive for the developer to invest money. “This is not overdevelopment,” she stressed. “It is a question of getting the new density and the new infrastructure right at a level which makes development feasible.” Regarding Seniors Living developments, Ursula 10 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


ayed? said many residents who were looking to downsize locally would love to live in a compact, wellappointed apartment with no maintenance, close to public transport and shopping facilities and a higher standard of accessibility. She said The Boathouse development on the corner of Hudson Parade and Riverview Road at Clareville (right) was an example of an “overdevelopment” that proved unfounded. “It has six Seniors Living apartments and underground parking and was the subject of residents’ complaints and court action… one wonders what all the fuss was about,” she said, adding she had nothing to do with the project. “This is a really welldesigned development, which snuggles into the corner, beautifully maintained with lovely landscaping. “It’s a totally appropriate infill development which is needed in this area to fulfil a clear demand for people wanting to age in the area, but not necessarily needing to go into supported aged care facilities.” Similarly, she said secondary dwellings were now permissible in parts of Pittwater zoned Environmental Living (formerly zoned residential) and were a great form of infill development on properties where there was sufficient space. “In some cases, compromise is necessary in terms of tree removal and aspirations for tree retention, but it’s unlikely to be justifiably judged as overdevelopment particularly where the property is of a substantial size, and given that a secondary dwelling can only be 25 per cent of the floor area of the main dwelling.” Ursula said it was time the local area was delivered some quality buildings that could be considered “beautiful” in terms of their architectural design – “I struggle to think of more than one in the whole of the former Pittwater Council area” – with generous landscaped public space at ground, foyers with seating, cafes, and the essential lift access not mandated on buildings under four-storeys. “With a new Council soon to be elected, let’s take the opportunity to do planning better,” she urged. “Let’s look at the detail of development proposals carefully, collaborate with both developers, applicants of development proposals, and the community, and not shy away from proper communication, discussions around the table and working out how to get the best planning outcomes with the least environmental impact. “Finally, let’s not hide away behind meaningless words like ‘overdevelopment’.” What Do You Think? Tell us at readers@pittwaterlife.com.au – Nigel Wall News The Local Voice Since 1991 AUGUST 2017 11


High-impact sports ban under review Local sporting groups are cheering a decision by Northern Beaches Council to review the current January to March restriction on high-impact activities at some locations, including North Narrabeen Reserve, to enable pre-season and other sports use. Currently the former Pittwater Council area is out of sync with the rest of the new Council region, which permits activities on all its grass playing fields throughout the year. Acting General Manager Environment & Infrastructure Steve Lawler said Council was endeavouring to address different needs of the community. This included a Masterplan for North Narrabeen Reserve which would accommodate both the markets and sports. “The intent is to have a consistent, single approach across the entire Northern Beaches”, Mr Lawler said. Council announced its detailed sports fields strategy in late July; it provided several solutions to deal with the shortage of sports fields, including upgrades to existing fields, synthetic sports grounds and a new priority allocation system. The 15-year strategy involves building new fields in Warriewood Valley and at Ingleside, while Council will work with schools to facilitate access to their sports grounds for community sports and will install more synthetic surfaces in the southern Council area. At other grounds, Council will install new drainage and lighting. The unused equestrian facility at North Narrabeen Reserve was also the subject of the Council strategy, with the recommendation that the Clive Rogers Equestrian Ground become a shared facility allowing both sports training and community uses like the market. – Nigel Wall News The Local Voice Since 1991 AUGUST 2017 13


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News Sample a Taste of the Beaches smorgasbord of A Northern Beaches restaurants and cafes have teamed up with local boutique brewers and outstanding Mudgee wineries for a new pop-up style food-and-wine festival overlooking Pittwater’s stunning Winnererremy Bay on Sunday 27 August from 11am-5pm. Taste of the Beaches promises sumptuous food paired with craft beers and boutique wines, plus family friendly entertainment, including live music – all in a spectacular waterfront setting. Organised by the interim Northern Beaches Council and timed as an end-ofwinter celebration in the lead-up to the new Council election in September, Taste of the Beaches will feature around 25 stalls featuring regional wines, quality local food and beer as well as plenty of children’s activities and live music. Official tasting glasses will be sold for $5 and tickets from participating wine and beer stalls will be $3 for each tasting. Performers taking the stage include the groovy Black Bird Hum, funky Gang of Brothers and reggaeinspired Kool Vibration. Children can ride the thrilling Flying Fox in the park, plus there will be free face painting, arts and crafts, interactive stalls, a children’s puppet show and more. More info thingstodo. northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au 5THINGS THIS MONTH Young minds big ideas. Do you have an aspiring entrepreneur aged 16-22 in the family? Set them on the right path at this two-and-a-half day conference where they will learn from leading experts on how to create a successful business and make a positive difference. Fri 4 from 5-8.30pm, Sat 5, 8.30am- 5pm and Sun 6, 8.30am. Tickets at youngmindsnb.com.au Birthing kit packing day. The Zonta Club and Barrenjoey High School have joined forces to pack 2000 simple birthing kits to assist women in developing countries to have a safe delivery. All welcome at Barrenjoey High on Sat 5 from 1pm-3pm. ($3 buys the materials for one kit and the training program for its delivery. Make a donation now or on the day.) More info call Margaret 0416 182 393 or marg.white@me.com Citizen science. Be inspired and learn how you can get involved in some exciting research projects and become part of Northern Beaches Council's Citizen Science programs on Thur 17 at 7pm at the Coastal Environment Centre North Narrabeen bookings essential 1300 000 232. Daffodil Day. A national day of hope for a cancer-free future, takes place on Fri, 25 and Cancer Council NSW is encouraging you to support the event by volunteering, buying merchandise or making a donation. To get involved in Daffodil Day 2017, visit daffodilday.com.au. Save the date. Tickets for the northern beaches Melbourne Cup Fundraising Lunch go on sale this month. Hosted by Peninsula Pals for the past 30 years, the event will be held on November 7 in The Grand Ballroom, Manly Pacific Hotel from 11.30-4pm. Tickets $120 includes a two-course lunch and all beverages. There will be prizes, raffles, sweeps, fashions in the field and entertainment with all funds raised supporting the local charities Sunnyfield, BeCentre, SMS Lighthouse and Burdekin Association. Details at peninsulapals.org. 16 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


Election Countdown ‘A time for renewal’ News Interview by Nigel Wall After more than a year of consideration, Avalon community identity Robert Hopton has committed to running for Council as part of the new Northern Beaches Community Alliance of independents. Mr Hopton is a 16-year patrolling member of Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club. Along with two past Presidents – his wife Christine and her successor Richard Cole – he spent six years driving the refurbishment of the Club, in close partnership with members, the community and the Council. “I am a positive and proactive supporter of the Pittwater community and believe I have the skills to help protect this wonderful part of the world and bring new blood to the Council,” he said. “The Northern Beaches Community Alliance provides Former Pittwater Mayor Alex McTaggart will stand as an Independent under the ‘Northern Beaches Community Alliance’ banner in Pittwater Ward at the upcoming Council election, alongside well-known Avalon Beach SLSC identity Robert Hopton. And former Greens candidate Dr Conny Harris will run as the Alliance candidate in Narrabeen Ward, he said. Mr McTaggart, who served on Council for 13 years, said original councillors and community representatives who delivered a successful financial and representative council were fading with age an umbrella for like-minded independent candidates to stand under, share ideas, marketing and electoral issues.” Professionally Mr Hopton has worked in design and architecture for more than 40 years, leading the development of several major projects, including the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Clinic, hospitals, urban planning projects for townships and local neighborhoods plus office buildings and retail projects both in Australia and overseas. With the Council Election on September 9 fast approaching Mr Hopton spoke to Pittwater Life about what the new generation of local independents hoped to achieve if successful… Pittwater Life: Why are you standing and what attracts you about the NBCA ticket? Robert Hopton: My business experience and community engagement means I can represent the residents’ interests in council, bringing focus, clarity and dedication to ensure that Pittwater is protected and that our aspirations as a community are heard and acted on by the Northern Beaches Council. I believe that it is our responsibility to ensure that when we are finished, we have improved and enhanced our habitat for the next generation. Being a Councillor will provide me a platform to do just this. I had been thinking about running for some time before the amalgamation, sharing my thoughts with several people from different parts of our community to see if they thought that I had something to offer. I was overwhelmed with the positive reaction to my suggestions and I am now stepping up. I have been fortunate to have two mentors in my wife Christine and Alex McTaggart. Alex has McTaggart forges new Alliance and that it was “time for renewal”. “There is a need to ignite the passion in our younger generation to preserve and enhance our unique natural environment and carry on the aspirations of our predecessors,” the 67-year-old said. “Council is now an $800 million business – the area takes in three and a half state seats and two federal seats… it’s no longer a place for well-intentioned amateurs. “We need serious candidates, and not individuals using Council as a political stepladder.” Mr McTaggart sees himself as the convinced me that there is a need for renewal if the new Council is going to serve the community well. Alex has spent the past 24 years in politics and is concerned that the representation on the new Council link between the past and the future and intends to work to strengthen local community groups to support the new Council in the decision-making process. “This new council with 270,000 residents is a huge step forward,” he said. Continued on page 22 18 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


may not adequately represent Pittwater should a block from other wards have the power. PL: If elected, what can the residents of Pittwater expect from you on the NB Council? RH: I will be the community’s voice on all issues. I will vigorously debate, apply rigor to the decision-making processes, look for alternative options to be put forward by the Council and make the Council Staff accountable to their Key Performance Indicators. I will protect and enhance our community and our environment. All volunteer organisations are integral to our community – I will use my best endeavors to ensure that they are fairly and accurately represented where needed. Regarding the Surf Life Saving community, I will fight against any proposal to introduce paid life guard services to our beaches, which will minimise the opportunities for our volunteers. I will actively lobby with the Northern Beaches Branch to the State Government for funding. I will focus on our youth and endeavour to ensure that we have support structures in place for any of the disaffected. I will endeavour to provide a pathway for start-up incubators as centres of excellence where we can gain employment and experience, without having to commute to other parts of Sydney. I will encourage the arts community, to build on what already is a vibrant and exciting space; and I will provide a sounding board and a way forward for our sporting community, especially where sports such as netball are in dire straits for playing fields. future of the bigger Council? RH: Staying as Pittwater was not put forward as an option. I voted that the three electorates were split into two, as I thought that the one, large council would create issues at a local level. As a reminder, the Northern Beaches Council as it stands now has a turnover of over $800m per annum. It looks after some 270,000 people who generate some $13.5 billion each year in revenue. This is a large and incredibly important part of the fabric of Sydney and indeed NSW. With only three Councillors representing Pittwater, we must have the ability to shine a spotlight on things that are wrong, to articulate and reason with focus and clarity, and to be able to negotiate with the other councillors. It is imperative that alliances are made and forged, with the three Pittwater Councillors forming an alliance where decisions impact Pittwater. The elected Councillors must have strong connections to Pittwater and be able to bring skill sets to the process, in planning, in community awareness, in business and to help provide surety to the process of local government. Councillors will need to think globally but still respond and act locally. PL: What’s your opinion on the ‘Protect Pittwater’ push to reverse the amalgamation? RH: The Protect Pittwater Group is a part of the community that feels disenfranchised and are disillusioned about the process instigated by the State Government. They are concerned that there will be a return to the old PL: What’s your opinion on the Warringah days where Pittwater Council amalgamation and the was largely ignored. Success- Continued on page 20 ful Council candidates must be representative of the whole community and ensure that the best of the “old” Pittwater Council policies are carried over and continue to be implemented. We need to ensure that there is continual consultation and communication to all parts of our community to instill confidence in the new council. The Northern Beaches Council is a reality. I don’t believe that this will be reversed in the short term. The fact remains that we will have three Councillors to represent the Pittwater [Ward] community, to provide a consistent and clear line of communication between the residents and the Council. These Councillors will need to be able to deal with the other Councillors on the myriad problems and issues that arise in the NBC. Being a single-issue Councillor in my opinion will not provide a full representation for the people of Pittwater. We are concerned about the quality of life, our pristine environment, our rates and services, our youth and the provision of opportunities for employment through the establishment of centres of excellence connected to universities, colleges and businesses. PL: How important is it that the issues and needs of the former Pittwater Council region are articulated? RH: There is a real concern amongst the community that Pittwater will slip back in time to when Warringah ruled and we were ignored. Our elected Councillors need to have a strong and articulate voice at the ‘boardroom table’ to ensure that the community voice is heard and to ensure that there News The Local Voice Since 1991 AUGUST 2017 19


Election Countdown News Continued from page 19 is a continuity of the best processes and policies from the ‘old’ council. I will remind the Council that the Council staff are accountable to the elected Councillors and that major decisions that impact on our way of life that have not been ratified cannot/should not proceed. Our community has ownership, albeit for a relatively brief period, and we need to ensure that we don’t waste this opportunity to provide surety for our community. PL: What are your opinions on things like development of more than three storeys in Pittwater, protection of trees, Mona Vale Hospital… RH: We need to continually enhance our community, to renew and re-invigorate, but this needs to be relevant and within the established and agreed guidelines. If there is a proposal to provide a new urban plan for Mona Vale, you don’t put a completed plan on the table that shows parts of Mona Vale having six-storey buildings without consultation. Of course this will create angst and concern amongst the residents! There is always a need for continual, clear, community consultation… we are the owners. I am firmly against the idea of having the height restrictions lifted to accommodate six storeys. I am firmly for the renewal of our major business hubs in Pittwater ward (Mona Vale, Newport and Avalon Beach) so that they attract and retain businesses, people and tourists to share our wonderful place in the world. I believe that the 10/50 ruling on trees should be revisited – too many of our trees are being taken down, destroying the very fabric of our community. The Mona Vale Hospital precinct has been fought over for many years. The Community has exerted pressure over an extended period to ensure that the area will remain as a health precinct, but we need to keep the pressure on to ensure that it has the facilities that we, the community, need. Long term, it could be connected to a university and develop into a centre of excellence for health and science, whilst continuing to provide outstanding services to the community. PL: What about the B-Line? RH: State issues overlap and impact continually on our lives. We need to ensure that we have ‘With only three Councillors representing Pittwater, we must have the ability to shine a spotlight on things that are wrong.’ very strong and open lines of communication with the three State representatives, so that they hear our voices. The emotions shown by the community over some of the current State Government initiatives have been caused through a total lack of communication and consultation. This need not be the case. The classic example being the B-Line to Newport: no consultation, no drawings showing intent and no options to discuss. I am firmly in favour of enhanced public transport; I am not in favour of the lack of consultation and the lack of communication by the Minister of Transport and his people. The perception in many cases is because we are a peninsula we are at the “end of the line” and the issues of running bus routes and servicing people does not make any economic sense, therefore it will not be considered. This is not good enough. PL: What’s your parting message to the mums and dads and the ‘new’ Pittwater residents, as well as the long-term or multi-generational resident? RH: We should remember that we are blessed to live in such a wonderful part of the world and to enjoy the magical surroundings; look after it and look after yourselves. Especially the young – let them grow strong and free, let them explore the waterways and the National Parks and encourage them to find themselves amongst this magical place. We are a special community in Pittwater; be part of it, give back to it and enjoy your life here. 20 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


Election Countdown Biodiversity protection push Protecting the biodiversity of Pittwater’s unique public transport, and a dedicated bicycle and pedestrian environment will be Northern Beaches Community network. Alliance candidate Dr Conny Harris’ priority should she be In her past Council life Dr Harris chaired many committees, elected to Council in Narrabeen Ward. including the Traffic, Narrabeen Lagoon, and Waste committees. A former Deputy Mayor of Warringah, Dr Harris (right) “Experience and knowledge will be invaluable for the says she will build on her track record which to date transformation period ahead, She told Pittwater Life. “Good includes convincing Kimbriki Tip into eliminating e-waste governance by the first elected council requires strong ties from its landfill and her research into roadkill which led to to the community, an ability to listen, an understanding of the installation of the wallaby fence along the Wakehurst how to operate local government and independence from Parkway. developers and political parties. “It’s crucial that inappropriate development proposals be “Patterns of work, education and even our climate are red flagged,” she said. “Our environment is under threat. changing,” Dr Harris continued. “This means we will Huge roadworks and high-rise developments are spoiling have to adapt and improve the ways we do things too – I the Northern Beaches.” am determined to make the Northern Beaches a healthy, Dr Harris said she wanted the region to be more liveable sustainable and intelligent community where people and and sustainable, with less car dependence, more accessible their families can work and enjoy life.” – Lisa Offord News Continued from page 18 “Pittwater Ward will have three of 15 representatives – we need councillors who can think globally but act locally.” Mr McTaggart was Mayor from 2005 to 2007 and the Independent member for Pittwater in the NSW Parliament from 2005 to 2007 (photo p18). Whilst serving on Council he chaired the Corporate, Legal, Community Services and Natural Environment Portfolios. He was also the President of SHOROC – the regional group of four councils made up of Manly Pittwater, Warringah and Mosman – driving the transformation of the Kimbriki recycling facility to a community-owned company allowing it to evolve into a 21st century waste recovery facility. He said if elected, Alliance members would play an important transition role on the new Council. “We’ll help with the handing over of the ‘corporate’ knowledge of the local community, the issues and the personalities,” he said. “The community position on a particular issue doesn’t come out of an IKEA box, it is always generated out of history, participation and exposure. This is the knowledge we can pass on. “And the 15 councilors as a ‘board of directors’ will be hard to manage – the sheer size of the budget, land size and staff will lead to a lessening of community contact… the easy access of the former Pittwater council will be lost.” The Alliance would offer stability and continuity in a bigger Council, he said. “These two adjoining wards hold the bulk of the environmentally sensitive land and have a common catchment in Narrabeen Lagoon, with all of the environmental and flood issues attached,” he said. “Plus, both wards have relatively low building heights and densities – the previous Councils accepted and supported views. The residents will want to see no change in council policy. Mr McTaggart said candidates standing along party lines was an unhelpful and unwelcome addition to the Local Government process. “Political parties vote in a block on issues – sometimes the vote has nothing to do with the issue and is more about a political position,” he said. “Independents bring a different mindset to the table and that should be a good thing. “If you ask any previous independent councilor they will tell you they came to council because of an issue that affected them and they decided to get on council and right the wrong… this new council will generate plenty of these disaffected residents. “They start out as singleissue councilors but someone 22 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


smart enough to get elected soon adapts to the bigger picture. He said the community held fears about governance under political party lines. “The Liberals want control to promote their development agenda,” he said. “Michael Regan wants to promote his personal political ambitions and the Greens want to promote their NSW political agenda. “And while the councilors fight over side issues, the staff push through their unelected agenda – that’s why you need independents. “At 67 and with six grandchildren I am not seeking a further life in politics – my mission is to hand on the baton.” – Nigel Wall Greens trio launch bid Defending Pittwater from over-development whilst fostering sustainable initiatives will be the mission of any Greens candidate successful in the upcoming council election. Clareville resident Miranda Korzy (right) will head their three-candidates ticket for the Pittwater Ward, along with Avalon’s Pru Wawn and Mona Vale’s Andrew McIntosh. Ms Korzy, a journalist whose family has lived in Avalon since the 1960s, aims to champion the Pittwater community and environment on the new council. “We are at a turning point on the Northern Beaches,” she said. “Our quiet villages and beautiful bushland are under threat from a huge push for development by the state government. “We need Pittwater councillors who will stand up for the community to ensure concrete, high-rise and multi-lane roads don’t take over.” She said with their tradition of grassroots democracy, the Greens would listen to residents and make sure everyone’s voices were beautiful place deserves to be protected and heard. that will happen most effectively at a local “We will also stand up for our community, level. our bushland and beaches at state level, so “I want to support options on council for that local planning – whether for homes, hospitals, public transport or roads – is carried tives.” sustainable living and local community initia- out for all of us, rather than in the interests of Andrew McIntosh said he was concerned developers.” about the impact of climate change locally, An active member of P&C associations at adding he would like to use his professional her kids’ local schools from 2001 until last expertise as an accountant to align council year, Ms Korzy is also secretary of the Protect policy with sustainable goals. Pittwater Association – set up earlier this year “Like anyone with young kids, I want to ensure we can hand over this area we’re entrust- to campaign for the restoration of Pittwater Council. ed with to the next generation intact,” he said. Party colleague and visual arts teacher Pru “That means we need to use sound financial Wawn went to Newport Primary School and management to make it happen. was in the first year to graduate from Barrenjoey High School. is designed to benefit the community and the “The Greens will make sure council policy “I swim at Avalon Beach all year round and environment – rather than developers.” love the trees and the bush,” she said. “Such a – Lisa Offord News The Local Voice Since 1991 AUGUST 2017 23


News New chapters for our street libraries Street libraries continue to be planted in Pittwater as the community embraces the concept of leaving books in distinctive boxes outside homes to share with others. One of the first locals to turn a page was Newport’s Rosemary Puddy (right) who created the Saltpan Point street library the same week she launched her podcast – thebookpodcast.com – which features interviews with Australian women writers. Rosemary’s little dark blue hut attached to the wall on her driveway in Prince Alfred Parade houses books from all genres, from crime to cooking, children’s to YA Fiction and non-fiction. The library was set up around six months ago – with Rosemary saying it’s tricky to estimate how many books had been “borrowed” as the library rules were quite flexible. “On the door it says, ‘take a book, swap a book, or leave a book’ – some weeks they are gone in a few days and other times over a week or two… I take out any that haven’t moved after two weeks,” she explained. Rosemary started the library as a community gesture and a way to get to know people in her street. “I get to chat with anyone who happens to be there when I am coming and going from the house… everyone loves the idea,” she said. “I did put a couple of racier books in the library in my first week – and got two Bibles back in return! Must have thought I needed redemption,” she said with a laugh. Rosemary added street libraries were not just for households, adding any business or club could set one up. “It’s a great way to connect and step outside your reading comfort zone.” Meanwhile in Terrey Hills, you can’t miss the colourful Possum Lodge street library in Burraga Avenue. Curated by Radio Northern Beaches (88.7 and 90.3FM) community program host, artist, and Sydney Wildlife Rescuer Michelle Holmes, the library holds 90 books, with up to half of them moving every week. The library, which cost just $50 for paint and hardware, was built by Michelle’s husband Bill “out of his magic garage of bits and pieces”, with a kindly neighbour supplying Perspex. Michelle said response from the community had been wonderful. “We started with the stand-alone library but soon found people were messaging me and offering books,” Michelle said. “So we included two plastic tubs – one for children and one for more adult books… then soon after came the offer of DVDs. “Two little girls drew thank-you notes and thanked me… their mum said they thought the fairies had built it,” Michelle said. “One man takes a regular walk each week to select a book and a family comes after school because one little man loves cookbooks. “I had a beautiful letter saying how pleased this giver of books was because the books were a collection that belonged to her grandmother and she was happy to know they will now be loved all over again. “It made me quite teary to be the recipient of such emotion.” * For more information on Street Libraries go to streetlibrary.com.au where other local libraries listed include The Tardis at 47 Patrick St, Avalon and A Novel Idea at 1758 Pittwater Rd, Bayview. – Lisa Offord 24 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


Council to close the book on fines? If members of your household remain haunted by the prospect of a hefty fine for long-forgotten and overdue library books, they might soon be able to relax – Northern Beaches Council is planning to investigate whether to follow the City of Sydney Council’s lead and put in place an amnesty on late returns. City of Sydney announced a trial amnesty period last July; in the eight months since, a staggering 67,945 library resources were returned – more than triple the number of overdue items returned in the 12 months prior. Consequently, they have initiated a new system, with fines for overdue book returns shelved until 2021. It reported the trial had resulted in greater levels of customer satisfaction and freed up staff to focus on more positive tasks, rather than administering fines. Under their new system, library memberships will be suspended until an overdue item is returned – an approach they says has been welcomed by its library members. After Pittwater Life brought the results of the City of Sydney amnesty trial to the attention of Northern Beaches Council, Administrator Dick Persson said he would ask Council and library staff to examine the merits of applying the system locally. He noted two-thirds of residents in the broader Northern Beaches Council area were members of a library. “We’re always happy to look at ways of doing things better, and I’m very interested in knowing more about the trial the City of Sydney has conducted,” Mr Persson said. – Nigel Wall News The Local Voice Since 1991 AUGUST 2017 25


Book Reviews News Fluke Lesley Gibbes Working Title Press $24.99 It has been a wonderful winter for whale watching, one of the many pleasures of living on the Northern Beaches. In 2012, Sydney was kept enthralled as for the third time in recorded history, a Southern Right whale gave birth to a calf in the Harbour, and since then other calves have been sighted in this natural nursery. Local author Lesley Gibbes has drawn on the events of one such calf that was separated from its mother and found hiding by a boat, to bring us her latest picture book Fluke. Artist Michelle Dawson brings Lesley’s prose to life with beautiful illustrations and there are lots of whale facts to educate young readers. It’s not too early to start putting books away for Christmas, and Beachside Bookshop has signed copies which makes Fluke even more special. – Libby Armstrong Collisions Janet Austin Pegasus $17.99 The first published work of Clareville resident Janet Austin, this easy-reading novella switches between parallel plotlines before the story converges with impact, as its title suggests. On a visit to her sister, Eve has further confirmation of the unhappy state of her sister Rose’s marriage. Eve finds it hard to put up with her difficult brother-in-law, and urges her sister to give thought to her future. That sets about a chain of events that will affect them all. Meanwhile unhappy teenager Perry struggles for attention at home from his mother and her new partner. When a note is sent home from school, Perry’s mum thinks it is another tale of disappointment regarding her child. Her boyfriend teaches Perry a lesson – which sets the youngster off on his own path of pay-back. Available at Beachside Books or online. – Nigel Wall 26 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


Pittwater News Let loose at Woven community concert Let the local group Loosely Woven led by Wayne Richmond take you on a musical journey at a free community concert in Avalon Baptist Church on Sunday 6 at 4pm. The concert Going Home, named after the opening song from Dvorak’s New World Symphony, includes a wide range of items including modern Australian songs, folk, rock and soul. Amongst the performers this month is a young man from Tanzania who has taught the group two of his own songs. Loosely Woven encourage audience participation in their concerts which are always lots of fun and feature flutes, saxophones, clarinets, trumpet, recorders, harp, concertina, melodicas, glockenspiel, xylophone, guitars, keyboard and percussion. Wayne and his musicians regularly contribute to Amnesty International’s work. Entry is free and the Church at 2 George St supplies a free supper. Donations to Amnesty are voluntary. More info looselywoven.org. Digital boat licences set sail Boaters can now download a digital Boat Driving Licence on their phones, following the rollout of digital boat licences and vessel registrations across NSW. The State Government says it issues more than 23 million licences and permits each year, covering more than 760 different categories. This News Midget submarine wreck dive ballot announced A trial ballot will see selected members of the public permitted to dive 54m to the Japanese midget submarine M24 wreck off Bungan beach headland in November. NSW Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton said the public dive open day would remember the people who died the night the Japanese midget submarines entered Sydney Harbour. “This year marks the 75th anniversary and the only time Sydney has come under attack – it’s a significant moment in Australia’s history,” Ms Upton said. “This dive ballot is a rare opportunity for people to visit an underwater site of international heritage significance in a respectful and sensitive way.” Two groups of six will be chosen from the ballot, to coincide with the 11th anniversary of the M24 site’s discovery. The M24 site is the only remaining midget submarine from the 1942 attack located in situ underwater. It remains the grave for the two Japanese submariners. On 31 May 1942, 21 sailors were killed aboard the navy depot ship HMAS Kuttabul along with six Japanese submariners aboard three midget submarines. The dive will be conducted according to strict protections under federal and state laws – there are penalties of up to $1.1m for disturbing the M24 site. Registrations environment. nsw.gov.au 28 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


means customers could be carrying up to six different government licences or permits in their wallet. It’s hoped the move to a digital platform will not only make it easier for boaters, but also help authorities make the waterways safer. The only exception is for personal watercraft licence holders who need to carry physical licences when out on a jet ski, as photo identification is required. More info www.service.nsw.gov.au. Fundraising starts for next China adventure Following Pittwater High School (PHS) Performing Ensembles’ enormously successful instrumental tour of China in 2016, planning is now underway for a return excursion. PHS Performing Ensembles Committee are fundraising with the goal of taking as many talented and keen performers as possible overseas in 2020 to showcase the musical talent on our Northern Beaches. The Committee is aiming to raise enough funds by 2020 to see their current Year 7 and 8 students and future students experience this amazing opportunity. On Sunday August 6 Pittwater High are holding a Car Boot Sale in the school grounds from 7.30am to 1.30pm to kick-start this initiative – if you’re looking for a bargain, join the fun with coffee, cakes and a sausage sizzle. Anyone interested in booking a boot should visit trybooking.com/PZCM. Polo by the Sea sponsor deals The best party on the Northern Beaches – Polo by the Sea – returns to Hitchcock Park on Saturday January 13, 2018, followed by an epic after party, with mini-bus transfers directly from the polo venue. Organisers have launched a special early-bird deal: Businesses within a 10-kilometre radius of Palm Beach receive a 15% discount on Corporate Hospitality & Sponsorship, if booked prior to September 15. Email info@ poloenterprises.com.au for more details. Tracey gets spicy at Live@Library Northern Beaches literature lovers take note: the Pittwater House School library is scheduling a series of events called Live@Library that will showcase local authors and their work. First up is wellknown local celebrity, Tracey Spicer, who will discuss her book ‘The Good Girl Stripped Continued on page 30 News The Local Voice Since 1991 AUGUST 2017 29


Pittwater News Continued from page 29 Bare’. Tracey will provide an engaging evening of discussion and laughs and will be happy to sign copies of her book (which will be available for purchase on the evening). The event is on Monday August 28 from 7-9pm. Tickets can be purchased via traceyspicer. eventbrite.com.au; bookings essential (adults only – 18 +). – NSW Trustee & Guardian; Carer Wellbeing – Alzheimer’s Australia NSW; and Support services in the local area. The workshop will be held on Friday August 11, from 10.30am-3pm in the Oaks Room, Dee Why RSL Club. Morning tea and lunch included. To book phone Northern Beaches Community Connect on 9931 7777. safety and its recreational use. Features include a new, 26-space accessible carpark, concrete seating platforms, picnic tables and chairs and beach shower as well as custom shade structures and new grassed areas. The upgrade will also control erosion and ensure run-off from the carpark is filtered prior to entering the lagoon. News Alan celebrates 90th with Salt Pan Friends Friends and family of lifetime Salt Pan and Refuge Cove Association volunteer Alan Thompson turned out in force last month to help him celebrate his 90th birthday and honour his volunteer service. Association chairman Robert Vine said Alan had been the “ultimate volunteer” who for 40 years had been involved in the protection of their rights as users of the waterway. “Alan is the source of the Salt Pan Association, the Marine Watch and has served on multiple advisory panels for many years. What life was like as a ‘Blitz kid’ Pittwater Men’s Probus Club member Bryan Pritchard will speak of his memories as a ‘Blitz kid’ during the bombing of London in World War II, and later as a banker in Australia, at the Club’s next meeting on Tuesday August 8. Venue is Mona Vale Golf Club, starting at 10.30am. Visitors welcome; more information from Bill Marshall on 9999 5226. Caring for someone with memory loss? A workshop is being held for carers and families of people with dementia to help them plan for the future. This is an opportunity for carers to improve their knowledge, access a range of support services and connect with others. There will be four presentations from expert speakers: Financial planning – by John Saunders (Pittwater Partnership); Legal Planning New Birdwood Park upgrade complete Locals are flocking back to Birdwood Park, next to Narrabeen Lagoon (below), and enjoying the benefits of a recent $365,000 Council upgrade to facilities. After 30 years of heavy use, the park – one of the Northern Beaches’ most popular recreation areas – had become rundown. The Northern Beaches Council believes the upgrade will greatly improve accessibility, ‘Protect Pittwater’ engages lawyers for council fight Advocates for the former Pittwater Council have engaged a legal team to consider taking the NSW Government to court to recover the council. Protect Pittwater Association president Bob Grace says the group has selected solicitors from the firm Beswick Lynch. “We now have our legal team in place,” Mr Grace said. “We are doing 30 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


this with funding raised from the community – so we must take a responsible approach.” He labelled the fact residents had to spend money to fight to get the former Council back “a disgrace”. “Internal polling by the Council before the mergers showed 89 per cent of Pittwater residents wanted to retain our council.” The group is also circulating a petition calling on the state government to reconstitute Pittwater Council; supporters have already collected more than the 250 signatures needed under the Local Government Act to spark a government inquiry into the amalgamation. Moves for de-amalgamations are also occurring in State Parliament, with a bill put forward in the Upper House by the Shooters, Kids go casual for a serious cancer cause While many mums were getting prepped for Fight On The Beaches’ annual Christmas In July Charity Ball, loads of local kids also had the chance to dress up and support a great cause. Pittwater Community Schools and several state, private and pre-schools hosted a Christmas In July mufti day late last month to support FOTB. All 13 PCS schools were involved, including the high schools, as well as Good Start Kindy in Mona Vale and Newport Kindy. FOTB has raised more than $800,000 over three years to fight for a cure for cancer, with funds raised supporting Australian cancer research while engaging in communitybased early detection and prevention programs. Started by a group of local women who have been impacted by cancer, FOTB has funded five cancer researchers over the past three years. (Pictured starting top row are Madison Everitt (NBCS), Charlie Heaton-Armstrong (MV), Alex Everitt (NBCS), Oliver Heaton-Armstrong (MV); and Jack Parker (CP), Emily Parker (CP) and Isobel Heaton-Armstrong. Fishers and Farmers Party and amended by the Greens passed last month. The bill, supported by all parties except the Coalition, gives residents in forcibly amalgamated councils the right to a plebiscite on de-mergers. It is expected to be presented to the Lower House in early August. Veterans Day for Avalon The inaugural Northern Beaches Veterans and Community Day will be held in Dunbar Park at Avalon on Sunday November 12. The new free event, from 10am-4pm, evolved due to the success of the Avalon Military Tattoo over the past 10 years, the enhanced relationship between RSL Sub- Branches and the community, and to carry on the legacy of Tattoo driving force CDRE Graham Sloper. It will provide an opportunity for younger generations to learn more about past and current conflicts and to meet veterans and serving members of the ADF. The day will feature local schools and community groups showcasing their talents in music, drama and art with a veterans theme, with a stage and live music performances throughout the day. There will also be an ANZAC Biscuit baking competition, a quilting display, plus interactive exhibitions. Funds raised will go towards Veterans organisations, including the Veterans Centre Sydney Northern Beaches. More info email subbranch@ avalonrsl.com.au Vet on call with Dr Ben Brown Periodontal disease is simply disease around the outside of the tooth which, importantly, includes the part of the tooth below the gum line that is not visible to pet owners. Because our pets don’t brush or floss their teeth, they often suffer from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is caused by increasing amounts of dental calculus (or plaque) on the outside of the tooth that harbours bacteria which then infects the tooth below the gum line. This infection results in progressive destruction of the jawbone around the tooth and the periodontal ligament that attaches the tooth to the bone. The only way to accurately diagnose periodontal disease is to take dental x-rays. This is done in a very similar way that a dentist would assess our teeth in a dentistry practice; however, our pets require a general anaesthetic. Unfortunately, the only way to treat advanced periodontal disease is to remove the tooth that is infected, so prevention is much better than cure! The best way to prevent periodontal disease is via removal and prevention of dental calculus (or plaque). Dental calculus is removed from our pets in the same way it is in people – using an ultrasonic dental scaler, the teeth are then polished afterwards to provide additional protection. The best way to prevent the build-up of dental calculus is brushing at home using special pet tooth brushes and tooth paste. There are also preventative dental diets, water additives and dental chews available that also effectively prevent periodontal disease. * This month we are offering free dental health check-ups for your pet – drop in and see us at either of our Sydney Animal Hospitals at Newport or Avalon. News The Local Voice Since 1991 AUGUST 2017 31


Horses roaming the streets have been an intrinsic part of the southern Pittwater community for many decades. But for how much longer? Story by Rosamund Burton Life Stories The Urban Cowboy A bay and a pinto are tethered to a street pole outside Zubi Espresso cafe on Ocean Street in North Narrabeen. Sid Slaven, who owns the horses, and Ted Adams, the owner of the building, reminisce about when Sid taught Ted how to cut a piece of glass back in the 1970s, while Ted’s granddaughter Laura delights in being able to pat the two animals. “Everybody loves the horses, they always draw a crowd,” says the café’s owner Sam Todman, “especially all the kids.” Sid Slaven and Phoebe Custer ride to Zubi Espresso for coffee a couple of times a week. The three of us sit outside on stools, while the horses stand quietly munching carrots. Nicknamed Urban Cowboy by ex-South Sydney footballer Jason Death, Sid (who is nearly 70), has been riding around Warriewood and the North Narrabeen area for the past 25 years. “I’ve never had a riding lesson in my life,” he says, with a glint in his blue eyes, “and it shows!” His aunt had a weekender in Narrabeen, and he used to come to the Northern Beaches every weekend. He worked for a glass company in Parramatta, and lived in Homebush. Then in 1968 the glass company opened a branch at Brookvale, and he moved with his wife to Narrabeen. Before he took up riding he had been a keen water skier, until a mate had a waterskiing accident while in America and was left a paraplegic. When Sid asked him what he was going to do, he replied: “I’m going to buy a horse. Why don’t you buy one?” The friend bought a trotter, and for $800 Sid bought a thoroughbred fresh from the racecourse. “I’ve had a passion for horses ever since,” he says, “despite being bucked off a couple of times.” Sid has owned Dakota, a part Arab horse and part Welsh pony, for 17 years. “I’ve taken him everywhere,” he says. “He could be on the beach today, and tomorrow I could be on a friend’s property at Rylestone chasing cattle, or on top of Mudgee Mountain. He’s a beautiful animal.” Phoebe is riding Sid’s younger stock horse, Ned. Ten years ago Phoebe Custer and her husband moved to Turimetta Headland. “One of the reasons I wanted to buy the house was that from the back I could see the pony club, and the horses cantering around the Clive Rogers Equestrian Ground on Sunday mornings.” Phoebe had grown up riding at Frenchs Forest, but with a young family was unable to own a horse at 32 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE: Sid Slaven on his trusty steed, Dakota, on Narrabeen Beach; riding partner of 10 years Phoebe Custer sits atop Ned; the horses grazing on the headland; Dakota takes a dip heading south towards Curl Curl; beach bliss on the soft sand; a gallop through the lagoon entrance. Life Stories this stage of her life. Soon after they moved into the house, Sid rode up to Turimetta Headland. “I went running over in my pyjamas with carrots, and told him that I used to have horses. ‘Anytime you want someone to come riding with you, let me know,’ I said. To which Sid replied, ‘I’ve got a million of you girls who want to ride my horses.’” However, Phoebe persisted, and when she next saw Sid, she asked him again. This time he invited her for a ride, and since that day, nine years ago, they have ridden Sid’s horses together twice a week. “We jump on and make it part of our day, and part of our life. We ride the horses on the beaches, and in summer we take them swimming in Narrabeen Lake. It’s pretty special,” says Phoebe. Sid has nearly retired now, but still occasionally rides Dakota to someone’s house to give a quote for glazing work. Sometimes he can also be seen at 2am riding around the empty streets, or along the beach at first light. “I just love getting on a horse,” he says. But now he’s worried that his days of riding on the Northern Beaches are numbered. Warriewood Valley used to be full of small farms and market gardens, so there were always paddocks for Continued on page 35 The Local Voice Since 1991 AUGUST 2017 33


Continued on page 35 ‘PARKING’ PERMITTED: Taking a coffee break outside Zubi Espresso Cafe at Narrabeen. horses. But with residential development the agricultural land has been slowly lost. Sid reckons he’s leased about 10 paddocks over the past 25 years. Currently he’s renting one from the Northern Beaches Council before the site is developed. Then he’s unsure where he’ll be able to keep his horses. “There are no paddocks left. There’ll be no horses in Warriewood Valley because there’ll be nowhere to keep them,” he laments. Sid is philosophical about the inevitable advance of progress; however, after the death of his Clydesdale, Sam, at the beginning of July, he is finding it hard to come to terms with the lack of safe paths or verges for horse riders because of the amount of construction work in the area. A young woman who exercises Sam for him, and he were riding along Warriewood Road, and the Clydesdale fell on a slippery driveway and didn’t get up. “Half an hour later my beautiful 20-year Clydesdale was lying on the ground dead,” he recounts. “You’ve got me at a difficult time.” Sid and Phoebe finish their coffees and ride down the road to North Narrabeen Reserve, and I follow behind by bicycle. The south-western section of the reserve is the Clive Rogers Equestrian Ground. Sid remembers polo matches being played here in the mid-1990s and it being a place that people could exercise a horse at any time. We ride down to a locked building that has a faded sign on the side saying, Manly Warringah Pittwater Pony Club. Sid was president of the club for five years until 2010. The club closed at the end of 2015, Sid explains, due to lack of members. The Pittwater Council had stipulated in 2004 that use of the Clive Rogers Equestrian Ground was only permitted through the approval and or membership of the Pony Club. “So now, despite it being an equestrian ground, as far as the Council are concerned, nobody can ride here, because no-one is a member of the Pony Club anymore,” says Sid. “Now there is no provision for anyone who has a horse in Warriewood Valley to actually ride on a piece of grass. The only place the Council allows horses is the road!” Sid says there are only 13 horses left in the valley, and about eight riders. He acknowledges there are horse trails at Duffys Forest and Terrey Hills, but adds: “Because we’re a minority we’re being discriminated against by the Council. We all realise that the era of horses in the valley is coming to an end… but don’t polish us off before it’s all over.” The horses not only bring pleasure to people in the local community, but are also part of the history of the area, Phoebe says. “Sid and his horses are part of the culture of Narrabeen. He’s the original urban cowboy.” To have your say about horses on the Northern Beaches go to www.facebook.com/NorthernBeachesHorses Life Stories The Local Voice Since 1991 AUGUST 2017 35


Art Life Art Life YHA’s brush with mural fame Internationally recognised artist Kim Polomka well and truly left his mark at the Pittwater YHA recently. Visiting family with his 8-year-old son Max last month, Kim created a series of murals to help celebrate the hostel’s 50th year on the Morning Bay Hillside. “This is such a special place and the best digital detox in the world,” he told Pittwater Life. Kim is probably best known for his large-scale murals of colour and whimsy adorning rooftops, walls and alleyways in Colorado Springs where he has been based for 18 years. The Australian-born fine arts trained artist turned his hand to large-scale mural painting shortly after settling in the city, embarking on a mission to “break up the mundane”. Widely credited with softening the city’s streetscape, he has inspired a growing band of artists to create (sometimes controversial) public art, with downtown Colorado Springs experiencing a “mini-Renaissance”. As the photos show, Kim had no It’s not too late to enquire about the timetable and enrol for Term 3 courses at Sydney Art Space, Mona Vale. Convenor Christine Simpson said courses include sculpture workshop, lifeclass for sculpture, drawing, painting, life-drawing, Kids Art Club and HSC: Exploration and Intention. “And a new four-week course starts on Wednesday August 2 – An Introduction to Abstraction with Rachel Carroll using mixed media,” said Christine. SAS will also be offering two fantastic workshops in August, with bookings essential: Get Out of your Mind and into your Art features artist and educator Gitte Backhausen on Sunday August 6 from 10am-4pm. “In this one-day workshop you will be exploring unlocking the psychological blockers to the creative process to get you into your creative flow via drawing, painting and mixed media techniques,” said Christine. Christine herself will oversee the See and Draw Natural Sydney workshop at Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment from 1-4pm on Sunday August 26. “Workshoppers will learn about drawing plein air using medium such as charcoal, pencil and pen to worries embracing and showcasing the beautiful surroundings in our neck of the woods, with colourful depictions in the bathroom. “I wanted to do something that celebrated this wonderful environment and pay homage to the Australian bush,” he said. “What a joy it is to come here and recharge the batteries.” See Kim’s work for yourself at Pittwater YHA – and if you volunteer for two mornings’ bush regeneration on August 25-27, you’ll get two nights’ accommodation with all meals for only $20. Bookings are essential – there’s a $50 non-refundable booking fee, with a $30 refund on arrival. More info 9999 5748 or email Pittwater@yha.com.au August workshops offer great variety explore techniques in hatching, smudging and dotting as you develop planes, depth and form in your drawings,” she said. (Easels, boards, clips, drawing paper and materials will be supplied and you can take home your drawing.) You can check out availability for courses at www. sydneyartspace.com * The Art Space team are now curating the line-up for the Newport Sculpture Trailblazers 2017. All interested sculptors, painters, installation, performance and sound artists are encouraged to send proposals to info@sydneyartspace.com. “Show us what you can do!” Christine urged. (Deadline for proposals is August 25.) 36 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


Art Life Social statements at Knox Art Show More than 500 thoughtprovoking paintings, photographs, sculptures, prints, drawings and ceramic works will be on display at the annual Knox Grammar Art Show from Thursday 3 to Thursday 10 August. The free exhibition will showcase the talents of the School’s Visual Arts students from Years 7 to 12. “The exhibition includes all of our Year 12 Visual Art students’ bodies of works,” said Acting Head Teacher and Art Show Co-ordinator Rachel Smith. “The boys have been busy working The Local Voice Since 1991 over the school holidays to complete their works for the upcoming exhibition.” The students have created works that comment on the environment, politics, social structures and personal issues. An example is Year 12 student Ben Jackson’s provocative and “immersive” photos (above). The exhibition will take place at the Knox Great Hall, Pacific Highway, Wahroonga. Entry is free, with the exhibition open from 9am to 4pm on weekdays and 10am to 2pm on the weekend. More info www.knox.nsw. edu.au – Nigel Wall AUGUST 2017 37


Surfing Life Surfing Life ‘Endless’ possibilities at spot Bruce Brown missed It’s not the most picturesque entry to a renowned surf spot. Fire has swept the coastal hills and ridges between Port Elizabeth and Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. A long, low, curved ridge rises just north of the road, blackened face crowned by bare white granite. Driving past, it feels as if you’re about to be cleaned up by the biggest set ever. Yet eventually the road winds its way out of the hills and over a crest, and still 15 kilometres away, yet instantly recognisable, there it is: J-Bay. The myth. The legend. The spot famously bypassed by film-maker Bruce Brown, who headed further east to Cape St Francis for his big secretspot sequence in ‘Endless Summer’. To coin a phrase, Bruce missed it. But maybe not. Jeffreys is not a summer spot, not unless you’re one of the well-off families from Johannesburg who own the deep Roaring Fortiesplus wind bands that circle the planet, shifting north between June and September and smashing everywhere from southern Australia to Peru to Indonesia and Africa in the process. I was there ostensibly to write about the World Surf League’s mega pro event, the Corona Open in mid-July, but I was more motivated by the surf forecast (epic) and the chance to talk with some of South Africa’s surfing elders about the development of the sport. Jeffreys is where South African surfing had its Woodstock moment. In the early to mid-1960s, surfing focused on the big coastal towns like Cape Town and Durban, both many hundreds of kilometres away from this very minor outpost. The long Jeffreys point was farmland; occasionally passing surfers would camp in the bushes. In 1968 two Australian surfers, Tony Wright and John with Nick Carroll Although far from a modern Byron, Jeffreys Bay in South Africa is the real deal, writes Nick... BEYOND BYRON: Jeffreys Bay bends like a point but breaks on a mixture of rock and sand. Photos: Nick Carroll. expensive real estate high on the hill overlooking the bay, and leave it empty most of the year, waiting for the Christmas break. For a surfer, J-Bay is all about winter, and Batcheldor, arrived by boat in Cape Town. They brought with them the shortboard revolution – an explosive down-shift in board design that occurred in perfect sync with the Summer of Love and the sport’s big moment of cultural change. “John and I thought we were going to the bottom of Africa to surf those magical waves for 12 months or so, until the money ran out,” Tony later told RSA’s surf historian Pat Flanagan. Instead, they helped re-invent surfing, into something faster, lighter and more dramatic. The shorter boards fit South Africa’s waves the way they did Australia’s: like acoustic guitars suddenly turned electric. And nowhere did they fit better than J-Bay. By the early 1970s, Jeffreys was The Spot. Young white South Africans were dropping out, baffling their elders, getting part-time jobs as wharfies, and saving enough to head to J-Bay for the winter 38 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


PL’s AUGUST SURF CALENDAR August 11-22: Billabong Pro Teahupoo From the sublime to the… sublime. That appears to be the life of a professional surfer these days. No sooner are they done surfing the best Jeffreys Bay in many years, than they are forced to fly to Tahiti. Dear oh dear. Teahupoo’s silky smooth fearsome reef break will test the pros as it always does. If it gets J-Bay style swell energy, it’ll bring out a totally different side of the sport – the ability to keep your head screwed on for 10 of the most intimidating seconds of your life. Watch at www.worldsurfleague.com NICK’S AUGUST SURF FORECAST In most years, August is a dud of a month. The full westerly wind band sets up across the south-east of the continent, and dry, cool, clear days follow cold nights, and no surf shows up. It’s pretty and it’s flat. This year? I think not! I think large quantities of surf from numerous directions, as more energy pushes up into the southern Tasman Sea and drives big south swells up the coast, just as it began doing late in July. I also suspect some of that energy may collide with the still surprisingly warm surface waters of the SW Pacific and cause some ructions off northern New Zealand, maybe bringing the tradewind band to life and blasting us with long range easterly swell here and there. All in all, potentially the most surf active August in a long time. Be careful, won’t ya. Nick Carroll months. An old Afrikaans farm became a mythic centre of a new way of life: Kombis in the bushes, bell bottomed jeans, and large quantities of “Durban Poison” marijuana. Very Byron Bay, except for the wave itself. As a surfing experience, Jeffreys is a bit beyond Byron. It bends like a point but breaks on a mixture of rock and sand, causing it to feel way more like a reef. Surfing it, I was reminded of Elizabeth Riddell’s poem, ‘The Surfer’, that great line about the “long muscle of water”. J-Bay is a long muscle that lifts you into another, faster place. Its length and line was a technical challenge for the pros I’d come to watch. But they were seduced by it as much as the kids of the ’70s. Normally, pro surfers flee a location pretty much as soon as they lose, but here, many changed their flights in the other direction, feasting on the wave’s power and speed. They circled the lineup with glazed expressions. “I don’t know how I’m gonna go back to beachbreak surf,” Hawaii’s Sebastian Zietz told me. “I might need some kind of detox!” Jeffrey’s hasn’t become a modern Byron. South Africa’s social and economic distortions The Local Voice Since 1991 were, and still are, too great to permit the rise of such a classic first-world Wellness Nirvana. Besides, the water’s too cold. And maybe the sea life is too sketchy. Twice the event was stalled by the presence of a shark, the second time by a sub-adult Great White that came meandering up the point, tracked by a jet-ski until it disappeared off toward Cape Town. Two afternoons before, I’d watched one around the same size come to the surface just outside Boneyard, J-Bay’s top section. It cruised along in much the same manner, dorsal and tail fin clearly visible. The wind was light, the sun dipping past the inland ranges. More waves were lifting on some reef further out. The shark’s movement seemed in perfect rhythm with it all. Three or four other surfers were waiting with me, but nobody said anything, and we just kept surfing. Nick Carroll is a leading Australian and international surf writer, author, filmmaker and surfer, and one of Newport’s own. Email: ncsurf@ozemail.com.au AUGUST 2017 39 Surfing Life


Boating Life Boating Life Dip your toe in the water at Avalon SC Looking to give sailing a go, or to get your kids involved at a young age but at a relaxed club? Then consider Avalon Sailing Club, which is holding an information and registration day on Sunday August 27. With a modest clubhouse on the shore between Clareville and Paradise beaches, Avalon SC is a unique part of Pittwater’s world-class sailing heritage. Aimed mainly at kids but also catering for their ‘yachtie’ parents, the club – which is celebrating its 80th birthday in 2017 – is driven by the energy and enthusiasm of its 400 active members, who range in age from 8 to 88. “Avalon is one of those iconic wooden shed sailing clubs which has a wonderfully inclusive culture that welcomes newcomers,” said Club captain Ralf Moller. “We provide boats, training and support to promote the love of sailing and we are blessed with a great location.” Ralf says Avalon’s comprehensive and professional sailing program caters to all ages and skills, with sailing always on Sundays through a season that runs from the beginning of September to Easter. “Our Youth program starts with Blue Group, which is aimed at absolute beginners, aged 7-12, who sail in the club’s own Nippas & Pacer,” he said. “Once they have learned the basics they progress to the Red Group to hone their skills, and then onto Gold Group to compete in club races, State and National Regattas.” The club runs learn to sail camps during September and Summer school holidays, open to children of all ages. Plus, adult learn to sail classes for yachts and centreboarders are held throughout the year, typically run over four Saturdays or Sundays. “Don’t be fooled by our relaxed and friendly nature – many current members are seriously good sailors keen to pass on their passion and knowledge,” Ralf said. “Iain Murray is Club Patron, and Jimmy Spithill did his first sailing here.” The Club has a healthy Yacht division, with around 50 yachts – from very fast Etchells, through to well-loved 30- to 40-footers and modern production boats – competing on Sundays for six different series. Also, they host one or two State or National Regattas every Summer, along with the Pittwater Australia Day Regatta. “This is not a plush yacht club with restaurants, bars and pokies, but it does have the best views on Pittwater and a canteen serving local pies, sandwiches, and BBQ plus beer and wine to quench the thirst at the end of a long day in paradise!” Ralf said. Blue Group is limited to 25 children, and along with the summer camps, positions are provided on a first-come basis. More info and early registrations www. avalonsailingclub.com.au Early-bird boat service deal Keen sailor and Marine Engineer Pami KohI, who recently acquired the well-known Mercury dealership at North Narrabeen, knows how important it is for boat owners to prepare their vessels for the coming season. To celebrate his new business, Pami is offering a 10% discount on boat, engine and trailer servicing in August – plus his team will also perform a free Salt-Away engine flush with every service to help reduce corrosion and prolong the life of your engine. “If you are looking at getting your boat in shape for the boating season, now is the best time,” said Pami. “And if you are too busy to come in, call and ask about our special ‘pickup and drop-off’ service.” More info and bookings on 9913 3522. Multi-tasking at Palm Beach show With the warm weather and the start of the new sailing season just around the corner, family-orientated Palm Beach Sailing Club is offering great opportunities for young and older sailors to get the feel of fast, “off the beach” multihulls. Sailing committee spokesman Anthony Duchatel said the club would hold its own scaled-down “boat show” on Saturday August 12 – the weekend after the popular Sydney International Boat Show. “With a few of our sailors looking at turning over their multihulls in time for the new season this is a great opportunity to see some of the boats that some Olympic and Americas Cup sailors cut their teeth on and experience the thrill of ‘off the beach’ multihull sailing,” he said. Anthony said that while not anywhere near the same dimensions as the Sydney event, PBSC would be showcasing the multihulls that frequent the waters of Pittwater including the Weta Trimaran, A Class, F18 and F16 and Hobie 18, 16 and 14s. “Our sailors have competed and podiumed at State, National, World and Olympic events over our long history,” he said. “The multis will be on the beach and available for a sail from noon August 12 from Sandy Beach at the corner of Iluka and Woorak Roads, Palm Beach – come down, have a look and bring your sailing gear.” – Nigel Wall Blue Water Series open Entries open this month for the Club Marine East Coast Blue Water Pointscore Series – the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s premier offshore series conducted along the east coast between September and April which now includes the new Pittwater to Paradise Regatta. The six-part Series includes the Bird Island Race (Category 3) in September; Port Hacking Race (Category 3) in October; Boondelbah Race (Category 2) in November; Pittwater to Paradise Race (Category 2) on January 2 (2018); Pittwater to Sydney Race (Category 3) on March 3; and Pittwater to Newcastle Race (Category 3) in April. More info 9998 3700 or email sailing@ rpayc.com.au 40 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


Race on from Newport to Coffs After a short hiatus, proud host Royal Motor Yacht Club has announced the resumption of ‘the great race’ – the 2017 Pantaenius Newport to Coffs Coast Yacht Race which will start on December 27. RMYC Development Manager and Race Director Rob Brown said substantial repairs to the damaged Marina and Ocean Seawall at Coffs Harbour, which forced the postponement of the classic last year, had now been completed, with all facilities now back fully operational. “Around 40+ boats are expected to race to Coffs, with a more affordable ‘Safety Category 3 Plus’ in place for the race,” said Rob. “Also, the timing of event, starting the day after Boxing Day, will attract a wider cross section of the yachting community, which will enable yacht owners, crew and family to be involved and be able to get back to work early in the New Year, if required.” He said Coffs Harbour Yacht Club was pleased to have the RMYC on board as Race Organisers and were counting down the days to this year’s 37th staging of the race – “… and a big party is being planned to welcome the fleet in Coffs.” Rob added a food and wine festival was being planned, which would utilise the harbour beach foreshore development including a boardwalk adjacent to the beach and grassed areas in front of the Yacht Club. Commodore Chris Lee said it was a privilege to be invited to host the race, and welcomed great Club supporter Pantaenius Sail and Motor Yacht Insurance on board as naming rights partner. “It’s a milestone event for our club and parallels our steady growth in all areas of the club’s activities,” he said. “We are proud to support this iconic race and believe we can add to its appeal with its new format and timing.” Around 230 nautical miles in length, it means yachts can return home easily in a relatively short weather window, which will suit many club racers. More details 9998 5511; details and entry www.royalmotor.com.au - Nigel Wall Boating Life The Local Voice Since 1991 AUGUST 2017 41


Health & Wellbeing Health & Wellbeing New GPs focus is a boost for Mona Vale Mona Vale is enjoying a much-needed boost in general practice healthcare services following the recent opening of Mona Vale Medical Centre, located at the site of the old Commonwealth Bank on Park Street. A privately owned and run practice, the centre offers a bright and vibrant atmosphere – matched by the smiles on the faces of its engaging reception team. Centre operator Peter Carr (pictured) says the “first impressions” generated at front of house is integral to the philosophy behind the practice. “One of the most common complaints you hear about medical centres is the grumpy and rude response that many people experience from reception staff,” he said. “A major focus of our practice is offering patients the customer service that they expect. “Healthcare should not be excused from giving good service, so we will be focusing on giving patients the best service possible. When you come to the practice, expect to see a happy and helpful receptionist!” The new practice already has an impressive number of services under the one roof – with physiotherapy six days per week, a psychologist, Douglas Pathology, dietitian, exercise physiology and denture clinic. GP visits work two ways. “Bulk Billing applies to all patients if you just present to the practice and wait to see a doctor,” Peter explained. “You can request the doctor of your choice, or just first available. “Plus, patients are welcome to leave the practice to do shopping while they progress in the queue if it is busy.” The alternative is to set an appointment time, when an out-of-pocket fee of around $30 applies (appointments can even be made online via the practice website). “The main aim of opening the new centre has been to provide the local community with more general practice services,” Peter said. “The area has grown a lot over the years, but the supply of GPs servicing the area has not grown at the same time. And a lot of the current GP workforce are all close to retirement. “By bringing new GPs to the area, we hope to bring a new level of service to patients on the upper Northern Beaches. “Since opening in March, the practice has certainly done this – with five doctors all new to the area, we are already seeing this benefit the local community.” More info www. monavalemc.com.au Take a deep breath and stop wheezing your way through the winter cold If you have asthma you’d be aware of the range of common symptoms including breathlessness, wheezing, tight chest, persistent cough which are commonly triggered during the colder months. To reduce the likelihood of asthma flaring due to cold, dry air in winter, Asthma Australia recommends you try to help warm and moisten the air before it reaches your airways by concentrating on breathing through your nose… putting a scarf over your mouth and nose when you go outside may also help. Colds and viral infections can also make your asthma worse, even if you are taking your preventer treatment regularly. Asthma Australia says there is some evidence that increasing your preventer treatment as soon as your asthma worsens with a cold can reduce the chance of a flare-up – ask your doctor about this and while you are at it make sure your written asthma action plan is up to date. You can reduce your risk of catching viral infections from family members or other contacts by washing your hands before you eat or touch your face. – LO 42 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


Health & Wellbeing Health & Wellbeing About Face: Information on lifting procedures... Your face is probably the most visible part of your body. Agerelated changes are therefore noticed early. Common changes include changes to the skin colour, consistency and wrinkle patterns; also down-turning of the corner of the mouth, deepening of the folds near the nose and lips and jowls all start to form. Neck contour changes and fat may be deposited under the chin, plus bands and ridges may form in the neck. Surgery addresses structural changes to the face and neck and removes excess skin. Recovery is therefore longer than non-surgical changes. There are numerous different techniques to address these changes and a few may be combined to give optimal results. Less invasive techniques usually have shorter recoveries – but the degree of improvement may be less. Traditional facelifts work to tighten the strong fascial layer in the face known as the SMAS layer – superficial muscular aponeurotic system. This is a strong fibrous layer and tightening this layer gives longer-term results. Sections may be excised, or it may be plicated (folded) to give the lift. Neck muscles are also tightened to improve the neck contour. Less invasive techniques may rely on stitches to lift and hold the tissues in place. Subsequent scar tissue may then hold the new, lifted position. Lifting and tightening the SMAS layer results in excess skin as the facial tissues are lifted. This is carefully removed and fine stitches secure this back in place. The scar lines usually run around the ears and then behind the ears back to the hairline. Often an incision is required in the grove under the chin. Through this incision the neck muscles are tightened. Careful closure and double breasting of this corrects the indentation that is a recognised aging change, and results in a smoother contour. Recovery depends on the amount of work performed. with Dr John Kippen 44 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


Smaller procedures may require as little as a week, while larger, deeper procedures may require a few weeks. It varies between individuals and can even be different from side to side. The most obvious signs are bruising and swelling in the early post-operative period. Facelift surgery may be combined with other procedures such as browlifts, eyelid surgery and fat transfers or liposuction. Surgery may be performed under sedation, twilight or a light general anaesthetic. Local anaesthetic is usually combined to reduce the amount of anaesthetic required and ensure an initial pain-free period. Depending on the procedure, surgery can be performed as a day-only procedure, or an overnight stay. All invasive procedures, including surgery, have risks and complications. These should be thoroughly discussed at the time of your consultation. Surgeons will often give you written information to read and cover the topic in much greater detail than this article. ‘Before’ and ‘after’ photographs of their previous results are also helpful to give you a realistic expectation of outcomes. Usually surgery is well tolerated, with favourable outcomes. Our columnist Dr John Kippen is a qualified, fully certified consultant specialist in Cosmetic, Plastic and Reconstructive surgery. Australian trained, he also has additional Australian and International Fellowships. Dr Kippen works from custom-built premises in Mona Vale. He welcomes enquiries and questions. Please contact him via johnkippen. com.au or by email: doctor@ johnkippen.com.au August campaign: be ‘Medicinewise’ Y ou are likely to hear and read a lot of stories about medicines this month, with the key message encouraging all of us to be ‘Medicinewise’ to help make better health decisions. With Medicinewise Week from August 21-27, here are tips to get the most benefit from your medicines: l Identify your medicnes. Medicines don’t just come in a pill on prescription – they can also be bought over the counter from the pharmacy, supermarket and online. Your medicines may include vitamins, minerals, herbal remedies and nutritional supplements and may come in several forms such as tablets, creams, drops or inhalers. l Always ask ‘why’ before taking any medicine. It is important to know what you’re taking and how it could affect you – and whether a medicine is the best option for you at this stage. l Check the label. Read the packaging for instructions and expiry date. l Tell your doctor, pharmacist or other health professional about all the medicines you are taking. All medicines have possible risks or unwanted side effects, regardless of where you get them or what form they are in and some medications may interact with others. l Identify your medicine by the active ingredient. l Know your medicines routine. Know what to take and refill your prescriptions before they run out. – LO Health & Wellbeing The Local Voice Since 1991 AUGUST 2017 45


Health & Wellbeing Health & Wellbeing Girls: Make Your Move! Young girls are being urged to focus on a healthy lifestyle to boost their self-esteem, enhance their mood and strengthen their mental alertness. ‘Girls Make Your Move’ and Jazzercise have teamed up to give girls around Australia an amazing opportunity to start dancing to generate wellbeing. Shirley Edwards, owner/ operator of Jazzercise at North Narrabeen, said the campaign was about creating positive perceptions of physical activity. “It’s about inspiring, energising and empowering young women to be more active and reinforcing the many benefits of an active life, whether through recreation, sport or incidental physical activity,” Shirley said. “Stay active, sit around less and spend time away from your devices – don’t let go of your physical activity and keep exercise an integral part of your week. “Physical activity helps you stay fit mentally, helps you cope with the ups and downs in life and helps you manage stress and alleviate depression and anxiety. Exercise is good for our health – reducing the risk of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, osteoporosis, colon cancer, obesity and injury. It also helps us sleep better!” Shirley said young women under 21 who have never done Jazzercise before are invited to one month of free, unlimited Jazzercise classes – a dance party workout program that fuses cardio, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, modern dance and more. Sisters Jess and Madi Bidder (pictured) are among the dozens of locals who are already enjoying the benefits of the initiative. Classes are located at Ted Blackwood Youth & Community Centre, Jacksons Road, North Narrabeen. Go to www.australia.gov.au/ girlsmove/jazzercise-offer and download the voucher – bring it along to get started. (Month of free classes must be started before September 30.) More info 9944 7006. 46 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


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Health & Wellbeing Health & Wellbeing Eco Corner Hope you weren’t too daunted by Plastic Free July! It’s vital to remember that every little bit of plastic you refuse to use makes a difference. It’s these small actions that collectively bring about change, as awareness spreads and we move away from single-use plastic. We know it’s hard to be “eco perfect” and aspiring to a state where you can maximise change from unfriendly usage. Our mantra is “don’t let perfect get in the way of good”. Harris Farm Markets, Woolworths and Coles’ decision last month to ban single-use bags will save over 6 billion bags every year! Whilst these supermarkets will still wrap some bananas in plastic, and sell reusable plastic bags, this is a massive saving for the environment. It’s challenging for businesses to reduce their environmental footprint, and more for some industries than others when customers have an expectation of the way their goods should be presented. In retail, it can also be hard to find eco alternatives that protect and keep products pristine for the consumer. At ecodownunder, we’re trialling new eco packaging in our stores and feedback so far has been extremely encouraging. T Often small business wo highly regarded local owners, who are already not-for-profit essential time poor, put sustainability services for women will in the ‘too-hard basket’ and continue to be supported by see it as an additional cost. It council grants for the next doesn’t have to be. In many three years as part of a new ways it’s more important for funding agreement. SMEs to be socially responsible Manly Women’s Shelter as they’re more engaged in will receive an annual grant the community in which they of $61,102 and the Manly operate and can respond to Community Centre $90,349, and support social change. including $10,000 to support Let’s not forget that research its Homeless Outreach Service. has shown that consumers are increasingly seeking out brands which “care”, so it’s good for business too. An eye to a greener future Beckenham Optometrist has implemented further steps to promote its affinity to the ‘Green’ cause and offset increasing wastage world-wide. “The environment on the Northern Beaches is crucial to our quality of life, as is healthy good vision,” says Rowena Beckenham. “We are focussed on reducing our impact on the environment whilst offering good-quality products that will survive the rigours daily life. We back this with frame and lens warranties that are second to none.” Rowena said frequent replacement of product was necessary because the disposable world’s inferior materials and manufacturing techniques didn’t enable re-use. “Poor longevity is adding to the masses of wastes produced each year. According to Green Peace, the average Australian produces 1.5 tonnes of waste in a year and much of this household waste is avoidable – like plastic packaging.” She said Beckenham Optometrist tried to avoid single-use plastic items, which posed a threat to marine life and oceans. “And we sponsor Boomerang Bags, which offers shoppers an alternative to plastic bags,” she said. “This is a fantastic initiative by a passionate group of locals, in the move to ridding Avalon of single-use plastic bags.” Rowena added their glasses and contact lenses were delivered in bags made from 100% recycled paper that could then be used as giftwrapping, and they reused boxes for mailing out jobs to their laboratories. “We offer free re-fills on lens cleaner spray bottles; we work in conjunction with the Lion’s Club to collect patients’ old glasses that would otherwise be thrown out – to be used by people in developing countries; and, if they are still in good condition, we update patients’ new prescription lenses into their old frames.” Rowena said other initiatives customers could embrace to be more environmentally friendly included utilising their new 350-drop capacity preservative-free lubricant bottles that had an expiry date of 6 months; dropping in old glasses (pictured) so they could be recycled for overseas aid projects; and recycling contact lens packaging. “Beckenham strives to: Be Environmentally Conscious, Keep Excess to Naught, and Help Avalon Maximise recycling…” – Lisa Offord Boost for local essential services Northern Beaches Council Administrator Dick Persson said both organisations formed an integral part of the Northern Beaches’ social infrastructure. Manly Women’s Shelter is a community-based, nongovernment organisation that provides emergency accommodation for up to 10 women at any one time and support for homeless and atrisk women who do not have dependent children. It costs $530,000 to run the shelter per year, including the grant from Council. Manly Community Centre is a community-based, nongovernment, charitable, not-for-profit organisation providing residents with access to information, counselling, financial and legal advice, multicultural services and homelessness services. – LO Russell Lamb is the Founder of ecodownunder 48 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


Hair & Beauty Cellulite: understanding annoying dimple effect with Sue Carroll peel skin’… ‘cottage cheese ‘Orange skin’… ‘the mattress phenomenon’… and ‘hail damage’ are all common names for the common concern which afflicts predominantly women, rather than men: cellulite! Cellulite is a connective tissue disorder which often accumulates around the buttocks, thighs, abdomen and arms. It is estimated that up to 90 per cent of women will experience some form of cellulite at some time in their life after puberty. Cellulite will occur more predominantly in women than men primarily because of hormonal differences. In women, fat cells and connective tissue are arranged vertically, whereas in men the tissue is more of a criss-cross structure. Cellulite is the protrusion or cleaving of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue that causes the skin dimpling. While fat is a component of cellulite, it is only part of the story. Fibrous connective tissue adheres skin to the muscle beneath, and as the body ages, this connective tissue contracts and stiffens causing it to pull down or tighten the skin which pushes the fat cells out against the skin. Age also causes the skin to become less elastic, thinner and more likely to sag. This is yet another possible cause of the dreaded cellulite phenomenon, along with genetic factors such as speed of metabolism, distribution of fat under the skin and circulatory levels. There are three grades of cellulite appearance on the skin. Grade 1 is very mild and may only be seen when the skin is squeezed together; there may be a slight ‘orange peel’ appearance. Grade 2 is moderate in appearance and is more severe, with a ‘cottage cheese’ appearance and a slight draping of the skin. Grade 3 (or severe) is more of a lumpy mattress appearance, with deeper depressions and hanging of the skin. While there is no cure for cellulite, a healthy lifestyle and exercise program will go a long way to prevent and reduce it. There are various treatments both at home and in the clinic that may assist. Sue Carroll of Skin Inspiration has been a qualified Aesthetician for 33 years. Sue has owned and operated successful beauty clinics and day spas on the Northern Beaches. info@skininspiration.com.au www.skininspiration.com.au Hair & Beauty The Local Voice Since 1991 AUGUST 2017 49


Business Life: Money Business Life Look out! Get ready for the new financial year... This month we take a brief look at some of the changes and issues you should be aware of as we commence a new financial year. Superannuation changes: I have written about the changes to superannuation rules before but at the start of a new year it is imperative to review and adjust any existing salary sacrifice arrangements to the new lower contribution thresholds. This year the maximum deductible (or pre-tax) amount that can be contributed from all sources regardless of age is $25,000. The maximum that can be contributed from after tax funds is $100,000 per year, or $300,000 using the three-year bring-forward provisions if you are under 65. Over 65s making contributions to super still need to pass a work test of 40 hours over 30 days before contributing and they are not eligible to use the bring-forward provisions. One positive from these changes has been the abolition of the 10% rule for employment income. Employees up to 75 years of age can now make personal deductible contributions up to the overall $25,000 limit; previously they had to show nine times their employment income from other non-employment sources before being eligible to make a deductible contribution. Buying or selling a property over $750,000: In 2016 provisions were introduced to require property vendors to obtain a clearance certificate from the ATO for property sales in excess of $2 million. In the absence of a certificate the purchaser in the transaction was required to remit 10% of the property price to the ATO, where it would sit as a credit until claimed by the vendor in their tax return. This year the value threshold has fallen to $750,000 and the withholding amount has risen to 12.5%. This means just about every property sold around here will be caught in the net. The intent of the legislation is to capture non-reported sales of Australian property by foreign residents; however, the reality is that every property sale falling within the threshold is now complicated by the need to obtain a certificate. The ATO have a service standard of up to 28 days to issue a certificate and vendors need to factor this piece of bureaucracy into their settlement schedule. Tightening of rental deductions 1 – travel expenses for with Brian Hrnjak residential rental property: Our tax system contains a fundamental premise that expenses may be offset against revenues – except it seems where negative gearing (and politics) are concerned. From 1 July 2017, residential property investors will not be able to claim travel expenses associated with the ownership and management of their rental property. The change affects both direct visits to the property for inspections or repairs as well as indirect matters such as travel to attend an owner’s corporation meeting. (Note that this provision and the following one are not yet law.) The precise words from the exposure draft are: “In the 2017- 18 Budget, the Government announced a package of measures designed to reduce pressure on housing affordability. This Schedule implements one of the reforms in the package to disallow travel expenditure deductions relating to residential investment properties. This is an integrity measure to address concerns that some taxpayers have been claiming travel deductions without correctly apportioning costs, or have claimed 50 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


travel costs that were for private purposes. The amendments will provide confidence in the tax system by ensuring tax deductions are better targeted.” Tightening of rental deductions 2 – depreciation of plant and equipment: Also abolished but from budget night on 9 May 2017 is the ability to claim deductions for the depreciation of previously used plant and equipment. Again, quoting from the exposure draft: “The intended effect of these amendments is that certain entities will only be able to deduct the decline in value of depreciating assets used in gaining or producing assessable income from residential premises if the asset is acquired new for that purpose. Broadly, the amendments ensure that entities cannot claim overstated deductions relating to their rental properties by ‘refreshing’ the values of previously used depreciating assets used or installed ready for use in relation to those properties.” The reference above to ‘certain entities’ is that big business (specifically: companies, public offer superannuation funds and unit trusts with 300+ unitholders) will still be able to depreciate their plant and equipment and continue to claim for travel expenses. In both cases it appears it was the mums and dads who were ‘rorting’ the system and who presumably will be happy enough to retain negative gearing in its general form despite the loss of deductibility of these two items. This is rubbish policy, as it runs contrary to fundamental principles of tax law and has its roots in populism. What we don’t know at this point is will the government stop here or is this the start of ‘a death by a thousand cuts’ to negative gearing? Retention of the 20k instant asset write-off: There’s nothing really new here, it obviously keeps testing well in focus groups and is back for another year at least. From the ATO website: “On 9 May 2017, the Government announced an extension to the 2015-16 Budget measure providing an instant asset write-off provision for small business. Small businesses can immediately deduct the business portion of most assets if they cost less than $20,000 and were purchased between 7:30PM on 12 May 2015 and 30 June 2018. This deduction can be used for each asset that costs less than $20,000, whether new or second-hand. You can claim the deduction through your tax return, in the year the asset was first used or installed ready for use.” The franking credit debacle: You may have caught the headlines about the reduction in company taxes – currently 27.5% (down from 30%) for businesses turning over less than $10 million in 2016/17. The government is aiming for a 25% company tax rate across the board; however, this has not been legislated yet. I’ve written about this before. The thing with small business is that most earnings are usually taken out as wages or as dividends and therefore taxed at marginal personal rates, not corporate rates. What people are realising about these tax cuts is that if you paid tax at 30% but only obtain dividend imputation at 27.5%, there is a net 2.5% give back to the government of unused franking credits. In other words, not really a tax cut at all. The problem is starting to be anticipated up the chain, as bigger turnover companies see the potential for this franking credit wastage and shareholders such as large superannuation funds start lobbying the government. If you are in business and use a corporate entity presumably your accountant will be the one grappling with this problem. Be thankful it’s them and not you. Business Life 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. The Local Voice Since 1991 AUGUST 2017 51


Business Life: Finance Business Life Weighing up your options for retirement investment If you want income from your investment portfolio, the choices over the past few years have been narrowed considerably as interest rates have fallen to the lowest level that we can recall. There are effectively three choices currently available. The first is to leave your money in the bank either “at call” or on term deposits. The returns range from 1.5% to around 3% at the five-year mark. Once you step outside the bank-guaranteed security blanket, the risks in fixed interest investing can rise considerably. Another choice is property. In the residential space, the yield after costs for the average Sydney unit is not much better than 3%. Real Estate Investment Trust on the Morgans recommended list are currently yielding between 4-9% and generally have exposure to commercial and/ or industrial property. That is one way to improve earnings. The issue with property in general is that in the short to medium term, valuations may well have peaked. So, whilst the earnings are generally more attractive than cash and fixed term investments, the capital risk needs to be carefully assessed. The third choice is that of high-yielding equities (especially those paying fully franked dividends). Chief amongst this group are the financials, with the four major banks heading the list. The Morgans recommended income portfolio has a weighting of 32% amongst three of the big four, with a further 6% in Macquarie. Telstra also has 6%, with the balance of the portfolio spread amongst nine industrials. The forecast yield is 4.8%, which is close to being fully franked. This income portfolio has no bank hybrids, as the risk/return favours holding physical bank shares in preference. As there is a heavy weighting to banks, telcos with Roger Corrie and utilities, some may prefer diversification into other areas. Regardless of this, the fact remains that in order to achieve a reasonable income stream, investors must be prepared to take on more risk than in days gone by. So a million dollars invested in a bank term deposit would produce a maximum of $30,000 per annum (pa) at current rates. If this were to be redirected to a portfolio of income securities, this amount would rise to $48,000 pa and provide in addition almost $19,000 of imputed tax credits – which in a super fund paying a pension stream, should come back as a refund. That’s a pretty good income stream. If you would like a copy of the Morgans Income portfolio for July, contact Charmaine Riley on 9998 4206. Roger Corrie of Morgans Newport (9998 4201) has been an Investment Adviser for 30 years and established Morgans on the Northern Beaches in 2002. His motto: “The acid test for any investment is to simply ask – would I buy it myself?” (Comment of a general nature only and is not intended as a substitute for professional advice.) 52 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


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Business Life: Law Business Life ‘Foreign Resident’ tax creating public issues Back in 2013, the Commonwealth Government introduced new withholding tax rules to deal with increasing foreign investment in commercial and residential real estate. The rules, designed to stop foreign property owners avoiding capital gains tax, were enacted in February 2016 and introduced with effect from July 1 last year. The name for this legislation – Foreign Resident Capital Gains Tax Withholding Tax – has attracted criticism, as the rules do not operate in line with their name. This has created several issues in public market transactions. First, it is not a withholding tax. There is no statutory obligation to withhold tax from payments of consideration. Instead, there is an obligation on the buyer to pay an amount determined under the rules to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). That amount “can also be treated as withholding payments” and the buyer is “discharged from all liability to pay or account for that amount to any entity” other than the ATO. The Government has failed to deal directly with relevant issues, thus creating unnecessary issues. In the absence of a statutory obligation to withhold, a contractual right must be sought, which is not available in public market transactions, and absolution for the ‘withholding’ does not adequately address the conflict between the requirements of the corporations law and the tax law – especially in the absence of a statutory right to withhold. Second, it does not apply to capital gains tax only. It applies to all income tax on revenue account (for example, disposals by private equity, disposals of inventory and depreciating assets). Third, it does not apply to foreign residents only. Provided there is at least one non-resident, the whole transaction is caught by the rules. There are other issues of concern in dealing with, for example, shares and units and other transactions, but for this article we’ll consider the impact of the legislation on conveyancing and real property transactions. At first, Australian residents buying or selling real property with a market value of $2 million or more needed to obtain a clearance certificate from the ATO to confirm that a 10% withholding amount did not need to be withheld from a with Jennifer Harris transaction. However, as of the July 1 this year, a vendor selling a property worth $750,000.00 or more needs to provide a clearance certificate or face withholding amount of 12.5%. All property transactions with a market value of $750,000 or more will need the vendor and purchaser to consider if they need a clearance certificate. In most cases the market value of the property will be the purchase price. The purchaser has an obligation to withhold when: n Any vendor of the property is a foreign resident; n The property that the purchaser has acquired is a relevant property; n The acquisition is not an excluded transaction; and n The vendor does not provide a clearance certificate or make a relevant declaration. 54 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


Unless an exception applies, the vendor is a relevant foreign resident if any of the following apply: n The purchaser knows the vendor is a foreign resident; n The purchaser reasonably believes the vendor is a foreign resident; n The purchaser does not reasonably believe the vendor is an Australian resident, and either n Has a record about the acquisition indicating that the vendor has an address outside Australia; n Is authorised by the vendor to provide a related financial benefit (for example, make a payment) to a place outside Australia (whether to the vendor or anyone else); and n The vendor has a connection outside Australia of a kind specified in the regulations; The capital gains tax asset to which the transaction relates is taxable Australian real property. A vendor is not a relevant foreign resident if they provide the purchaser with: A valid clearance certificate in transactions involving taxable Australian real property or indirect Australian real property company title interests (even if the vendor is an Australian resident for other income tax purposes); A valid vendor declaration in transactions involving other assets covered by the foreign resident capital gains withholding law. Clearance certificates are valid for 12 months from the date of issue and the vendor may be able to use it for multiple disposals of real property or indirect Australian real property company title interests that occur within that period. The vendor does not have to reapply for a clearance certificate each time they dispose of a property, so long as the clearance certificate is valid. It is prudent for the vendor to make application for a clearance certificate well in advance of settlement and to provide it to the purchaser in a timely fashion to ensure The Local Voice Since 1991 that monies are not withheld on settlement. Matters of finance mortgages and the like could be affected if the clearance certificate is not obtained. A well-organised vendor could obtain a clearance certificate from the ATO prior to putting his property on the market. The introduction of this legislation has been without fanfare and we have found that a lack of awareness of the need to consider the necessity or otherwise of obtaining a clearance has begun to cause problems in some transactions. Where banks and other financial institutions are involved parties to a transaction might find they are unable to settle their transaction because 12.5% has been withheld. Another element which has shown up in the early stages of working with this legislation is the need for vendors to have their taxation affairs in order as they may come under ATO checking as the clearance certificate is sought. The ATO has assured all those involved in property transactions that it is automating the process for issuing clearance certificates. It has advised that if there are data irregularities, e.g. incorrect or incomplete names, some manual processing may be required and the clearance certificate may take 14 to 28 days to issue. There are many elements to be considered with the introduction and implementation of this legislation and there are some teething problems. Remember to consult your lawyer for advice on the ramifications of the legislation as it applies to your situation. 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 AUGUST 2017 55 Business Life


Trades & Services Trades & Services AUTO REPAIRS British & Swedish Motors 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. Barrenjoey Smash Repairs Call 9970 8207 barrenjoeysmashrepairs.com.au Re-sprays a specialty, plus restoration of your favourite vehicle. Commercial vehicle specialist. BOAT SERVICES Avalon Marine Upholstery 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. ELECTRICAL Eamon Dowling Electrical Call 0410 457 373 For all electrical, phone, TV, data and security needs. FLOOR COVERINGS Blue Tongue Carpets Call Stephan 9979 7292 Family owned and run. Carpet, rugs, runners, timber, bamboo, vinyl, tiles & laminates. Open 6 days. FLORISTS Avalon Floral Art Call 9918 2711 Internationally recognized; amazing bouquets and arrangements with freshness guaranteed. GARDENS 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. CLEANING 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 property. MASSAGE & FITNESS Avalon Physiotherapy Call 9918 3373 Provide specialist treatment for neck & back pain, sports injuries, niggling orthopaedic problems. Avalon Physiotherapy & Clinical Pilates Call 9918 0230 Dry needling and acupuncture, falls prevention and balance enhancement programs. Avalon Beach Chiropractic 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 strength. 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. PAINTING 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. 56 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


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Trades & Services PLUMBING Nick Anderson Plumbing Call 0411 251 256 All aspects of plumbing including gasfitting and drainage. Competitive rates, free quotes. UPHOLSTERY Luxafoam North Call 9999 5567 Local specialists in all aspects of outdoor & indoor seating. Custom service and expert advice. Susan Ottowa Call Susan 0422 466 880 Specialist in day bed and outdoor areas. Reliable local service. Domestic & commercial. RENOVATIONS Rob Burgers Call 0416 066 159 Qualified builder provides all carpentry needs; decks, pergolas, carports, renovations and repairs. Underdeck Call Adrian 0417 591 113 Waterproof under your deck and turn the area into usable space all year round. SunSpec Call Dustin 0413 737 934 sunspec.com.au All-aluminium, rust-proof remote-controlled opening roofs & awnings. Beats competitor’s prices. Advertise your Business in Trades & Services section Phone 0438 123 096 DISCLAIMER: The editorial and advertising content in Pittwater Life has been provided by a number of sources. Any opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Editor or Publisher of Pittwater Life and no responsibility is taken for the accuracy of the information contained within. Readers should make their own enquiries directly to any organisations or businesses prior to making any plans or taking any action. Trades & Services PEST CONTROL Predator Pest Control Call 0417 276 962 predatorpestcontrol.com.au Environmental services at their best. Comprehensive control. They provide a 24-hour service. PUMPS & TANKS Water Warehouse Call 9913 7988 waterwarehouse.com.au Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation & filter supply specialists. Askerrobertson Call 0411 956 242 Northern Beaches-based specialists in residential alterations and extensions, and new houses. SECURITY Sure Security Call 1300 55 12 10 Northern Beaches-based specialists in Alarms, Intercoms, Access Control and CCTV Surveillance; solutions to fit your needs. 58 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


the good life dining food crossword gardening travel 60 64 67 68 72 Showtime Prepare as soul is bared at George & Tina tributes If you love Tina Turner you are in for a treat this month with two shows straight from the US in a club near you. As far as tribute shows go, Tina, starring ‘Cookie’ Watkins, is regarded as simply the best! A consummate performer, Cookie is reportedly the closest thing to the real Tina Turner, leaving audiences breathless and wanting more. Her new tribute show allows the audience to savour the saucy effects of Tina’s Higher before a seamless transition to Better Be Good To Me followed by What’s Love Got To Do With It? The evening closes with the high-energy, stand-up hit Proud Mary. Music has been Cookie’s mainstay since the legendary Duke Ellington invited her onstage to perform a few tunes at the age of 14. Career highlights include performing in Broadway musicals such as Hair and work as a session singer for artists including Debbie Harry and Lou Gramm (ex-Foreigner). Cookie became a recording artist in her own right before finding her calling as ‘The World’s Number One Tina Spring Serenade on Father’s Day Manly-Warringah Choir and Orchestra conducted by Dr Carlos Alvarado, with three soloists including Anita Kyle, will present a Spring Serenade concert in the inspiring surroundings of the Cardinal Cerretti Chapel, Manly, early next month. Featuring Schubert’s Mass in G, Elgar’s renowned Serenade for Strings, and Ramirez’s Misa Criolla the concert concludes with a suite of songs from South America. After the performance, the audience has the opportunity to join the choir and orchestra for complimentary drinks and light refreshments on the terrace outside the Chapel. The concert will be held on Sunday September 3 starting at 2.30pm – what a lovely way to celebrate Fathers’ Day! Adults $45, Concessions $40, Students $20, Children under 12 free (with booking). Premium seats $5 extra. Parking opposite in St Paul’s College. Bookings manlywarringahchoir.org.au; phone 9953 2443 or 0432 656 798. Turner Tribute Artist’. You can catch Tina at the Royal Motor Yacht Club on Saturday August 12 and Dee Why RSL on Fri 18 at 8pm. Also at Dee Why RSL this month is the 18+ show George Michael Relived taking yo u on a journey from the early years of Wham! Featuring tight harmonies from some of Sydney’s best singers and a killer band, get set to enjoy the hits we all know such as Faith, Careless Whisper, Fast Love, Outside, Last Christmas, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, I’m Your Man, Freedom and Everything She Wants. This is promoted as a “funky night to remember”, so get ready to dance and sing along. – LO Contact the clubs for bookings and more details: RMYC 9997 5511 or royalmotor.com.au; Dee Why RSL 9454 4000 or deewhyrsl. com.au. The cat in the hat at Belrose See all your favourite Dr Seuss characters including The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie LaBird and Jojo – a little boy with a big imagination – come to life at Glen Street Theatre on August 3-5. Inspired by the much-loved books of Dr Seuss, Seussical is a fantastical, magical musical extravaganza. Here’s your opportunity to take the whole family for a special serving of the zany and colourul production close to home before the super talented LOUD Theatre Company takes the show to the Roslyn Packer Theatre in the city. More info glenstreet.com.au AUGUST 2017 59 Showtime


Dining Guide Dining Guide August’s best restaurants, functions, events and reader deals... Oceanviews Restaurant Shop 4, 120 Narrabeen Park Pde, Warriewood Beach. OPENING HOURS Open 7 days lunch and dinner CUISINE Vietnamese PRICE RANGE Entrees $2-$9.80 Mains $13.80-$19.80 Noodles $13.80 Lunch specials. 1/2 price daily deals. BOOKINGS 9979 9449 BYO All P Book now for a great table for lunch or dinner at this popular Vietnamese eatery. Ocean views across Warriewood Beach may be enjoyed from the restaurant which offers one of the most popular of Asian cuisines. Eat in and take-away meals are available; plus they offer free home delivery for orders over $35. Tantalising lunch specials from $2 to $10.80 include egg custard buns (two for $4.40), Money Bags (four for $5.80), prawn dumplings, fresh rice paper rolls, beef noodle soup, noodles with veggies and chicken, or beef with rice for just $10.80. Chef’s specials include Basil Mint Pork, Honey King Prawns, Sizzling Tofu Hot Pot and Chicken Laksa. Each day there is a half-price deal for evening diners-in (limit of one deal per table of diners). They include: on Thursday satay king prawn for $10.40, on Monday salt and pepper squid for $10.40 and on Saturday lemongrass chicken for $8.90. Prices reduced across the board, as well as lunch specials. Barrenjoey Bistro Club Palm Beach 1087 Barrenjoey Rd, Palm Beach BISTRO OPENING HOURS Lunch 11:30am-2.30pm Dinner 6pm-8.30pm PRICE RANGE Lunch and dinner specials $13.50 BOOKINGS 9974 5566 LIC All P Club Palm Beach will host its Vietnam Veteran’s lunch on Sunday August 13 (bookings essential – see ad right). The Members’ lucky badge draw is held Wednesday and Friday night (every 30 mins between 5pm-7pm), and jackpots by $100 each week. Wednesday and Sunday are meat raffle nights, with a whopping 14 trays to be won. Enjoy Trivia Night from 5.30pm on Wednesdays, plus Bingo at 10am on Fridays. The club’s Barrenjoey Bistro is open for lunch (11.30am to 2.30pm) and dinner (6pm to 8.30pm) seven days. The Bistro serves topvalue a la carte meals plus daily $13.50 specials of roasts (Mondays), rump steak with chips and salad (Tuesdays), chicken schnitzel with chips and salad (Wednesdays), homemade gourmet pies with chips and salad (Thursdays) and fish and chips with salad (Fridays), except public hols. Entrees on the a la carte menu range from $10.50 to $17.50 (mains $14.50 to $25). The club has a courtesy bus which meets the 11am ferry from Ettalong at the Palm Beach Wharf at 11.20am daily, returning on request. It also makes regular runs Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4.30pm to 9pm. Ring to book a pick-up. * The call is out for locals to contribute stories about the Club’s early days. P: 9974 5566. Bistro 61 Avalon Beach RSL 1 Bowling Green Lane Avalon Beach OPENING HOURS Open 7 days Lunch 12pm-2:30pm Dinner 5:30-8:30pm CUISINE Modern Aust / pub food PRICE RANGE Meals $8-$30 Specials $12-$15 BOOKINGS 9918 2201 Visa MasterCard Avalon Beach RSL’s new Bistro 61 is a great place to head for a local meal, offering tasty modern Australian dishes at affordable prices. Bistro 61 has been named to commemorate the opening Book brekkie by the water Enjoy a sumptuous yet healthy buffet breakfast overlooking spectacular Pittwater! Local residents and business people are finding the peaceful ambience of The Mirage restaurant overlooking idyllic Pittwater, the perfect place to start the day. Located in the Metro Mirage Hotel Newport and open for breakfast from 7-10am seven days a week, Mirage Restaurant is the perfect venue for breakfast with friends, an early business meeting with work colleagues or a weekend brunch with the family. At a fixed price of $25 for adults and $15 for children (5-12 years), guests can choose from a full hot and cold breakfast buffet, including a selection of cereals, seasonal fruit and freshly made juices, toast and pastries, sausages, eggs, hash browns, bacon and tomato served with the Chef’s Special of the day. Walk-ins are welcome or call 9997 7011 to book. 60 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


of the Club in 1961. The kitchen – led by experienced Northern Beaches head chef Mitch Blundell, boasts all fresh, house-made meals, with locally sourced ingredients used when possible. Open for lunch and dinner seven days, with extensive outdoor dining areas, Bistro 61 offers a different special (lunch and dinner) every weekday, including $15 rump steak chips and salad (Mon), $12 tacos (Tues), $15 Chicken Schnitzels (Wed), 2-4-1 pizzas (Thurs), and a $20 burger + beer (Fri). Seniors are well catered for – there are daily Seniors specials, including beerbattered flathead – plus they do a $5 kids meals on Sundays! (There’s a playground, too.) From the menu, chef Mitch recommends his twist on nachos – pulled beef and blackbeans with chipotle, corn chips, guacamole, Danish fetta and coriander. Members get discounts on meals purchased. Membership starts from $5.50. 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/ bistro-61 Royal Motor Yacht Club Salt Cove on Pittwater a variety of starters and share plates, seafood, burgers, grills, salads, desserts and woodfired pizza. In August, Friday night entertainment kicks off in the Lounge Bar from 7.30pm. Great acts appearing this month include Rohan Cannon (4th), Gordon Hunte (11th), Geoff Kendall (18th) and Keff McCullough (25th). Trivia is held every Tuesday night from 7.30pm (great prizes and vouchers). Don’t miss the incredible Tina Turner tribute show, performed by US star Cookie Watkins on Saturday August 12. Cookie has made a name for herself as the best in the business at delivering an authentic account of Tina’s career, delivering hits from ‘Nutbush City Limits’ through her later solo years with ‘Simply The Best’ and ‘Private Dancer’. Bookings essential. And don’t forget Club social memberships are available for just $160. Dining Guide 46 Prince Alfred Parade, Newport OPENING HOURS Breakfast Lunch & Dinner Mon-Fri from 8.30am Weekends from 8am PRICE RANGE Breakfast from $8-$18 Entrees from $9-$21 Mains from $16-$26 BOOKINGS 9997 5511 LIC All P RMYC’s restaurant Salt Cove on Pittwater’s menu offers affordable meals and generous servings including The Local Voice Since 1991 AUGUST 2017 61


Dining Guide Dining Guide Little Bok Choy Pittwater RSL 82 Mona Vale Rd, Mona Vale OPENING HOURS Open 7 days Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm (3pm Fri, Sat, Sun) Dinner 5:30-8:30pm (9:30pm Fri, Sat) PRICE RANGE Entrees $6-$20 Mains $12.80-$25 BOOKINGS 9446 9613 Little Bok Choy are still celebrating their first birthday – book now for 10 per cent off your meal (mention the ad left) Have you discovered this hidden gem? Conveniently located inside Pittwater RSL, with plenty of on-site parking and public transport, it’s the ideal location to get together to share great Asian food. With a vast range of menu options, you won’t know where to start in this Asian Fusion restaurant. Some of the secrets of LBC’s finest eats include traditional favourites, like Shao Long Bao – it’s the perfect starter; the juicy mini pork buns will get your taste buds excited for the coming courses. Tuck in to Yum Cha favourites including delicious Prawn Dumplings, BBQ pork buns, Spring Rolls and Thai entrees like Thai Curry Puffs. For mains, all the popular Chinese dishes are included, from Sweet and Sour Pork, Honey Chicken, Sizzling Mongolian Beef and Seafood Stir-fry. Plus, they have plenty of fried rice and fried noodles also available in special kids’ size! Prices are very reasonable – Chinese mains start from $15.80, with gluten free and vegetarian options available. If you prefer Thai, be sure to check out their latest addition – Tom Yum Fried Rice, a modern twist on a classic favourite. And their range of Thai soups, salads, curries and stir fry noodles are fresh and exciting, all prepared by their skilled Thai chef. Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant 332 Barrenjoey Rd, Newport OPENING HOURS Dinner Tues-Sun 5pm CUISINE Chinese & Asian PRICE RANGE Entrees $5-20 Mains $12.90-26.50 *Deliver Whale Beach - Narrabeen BOOKINGS 9997 4157 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 tastebuds. Order ahead for their wonderful Peking Duck which 62 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991 LIC BYO All Avalon’s Sabiang is in Mint condition P is offered as a dine-in-only special Thursdays through Sundays. There are two traditional courses: Peking Duck pancakes & duck sang choy bow (bookings essential; mention the ad when you call). This long-established restaurant on the eastern side of Barrenjoey Rd has an extensive menu based on traditional flavoursome Cantonese with touches of spicy Szechuan and other Asian dishes and fresh seasonal vegetables. Entrees start at just $5 while mains are reasonable too, starting at $12.90. The menu ranges from adventurous, like a Mongolian chicken hot pot, to contemporary, spicy salt and pepper king prawns, to traditional, fillet steak with snow peas and bean sprouts. Home delivery available. Avalon has a new and welcome addition to its diverse restaurant scene – Sabiang Thai near the watch-the-world-go-by corner of Old Barrenjoey Rd and Avalon Parade. The restaurant, which boasts a smart, industrial-style metal interior, soft colours and soothing blackand-white photo prints of trees on its walls, is the latest project of restauranteurs Mint and Kwan of ChaRice Noodlebar in Newport Beach. After seven years in Newport the pair have decided to expand around the bends (while continuing to have a hand in the Newport restaurant they have run for seven years). “Sabiang is a Lao word for ‘food for a trip’ or ‘provisions’,” said Mint (pictured). “It’s a place to stock up and refuel for your journey… when you come to Sabiang you will enjoy eating because we will have so much for you to choose from.” Mint said customers can expect traditional Thai favourites, cooked with authenticity and plenty of flavor, plus dishes with a few twists. “My favourite is a ‘Crying Tiger’ (steak with hot dipping sauce)… and I think diners will also love experiencing things like our Papaya Salad with BBQ Chicken,” she said. Sabiang is licensed but also offers BYO (wine only); to book call 9918 3292. – Nigel Wall


Local Shout-out Jenny honoured with 2017 Pittwater Community gong Environmental and heritage advocate Jenny Harris has been recognised by the state government for her commitment to our unique area. Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes announced Jenny as the recipient of the NSW Government’s 2017 Pittwater Community Service Award. Jenny is actively involved in a variety of community groups including the Duffys Forest Residents Association, Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment and the Duffys Forest Rural Fire Service. Jenny was also integral in the recent listing of Waratah Park, the home of Skippy Branch Lifesaver of the Year, 22-year-old student Lara Boyle, has certainly crammed a lot into her short life as a volunteer lifesaver. The Whale Beach SLSC member, who was raised in Gladesville, was introduced to the surf club by a group of friends while attending Pymble Ladies’ College and quickly become enthralled with what surf life saving had to offer. She has been Chief Training Officer, Patrol Captain and now Club Captain at Whale Beach. She holds the Gold Medallion – the pinnacle of surf life saving awards and is also a jet ski operator for Branch. Lara is already planning the 2017-18 season. “I’ll probably focus on The Local Voice Since 1991 the Bush Kangaroo, on the State Heritage Register and coordinates regular bush regeneration events to help ensure this significant area of our community is preserved for future generations. “Jenny has an amazing passion for our community, our environment and our local heritage,” Mr Stokes said. “I’m continually impressed by the diversity of community initiatives and projects that Jenny is actively involved with. “Jenny typifies many of our wonderful community volunteers who do an enormous amount of work Awarding surf lifesaving’s finest the development of our younger members and making sure we are focussing on our frontline service of lifesaving… ideally develop a NSW women’s leadership network,” she said. Lara described being crowned Branch Lifesaver of the Year at the Northern Beaches Awards of Excellence function at Dee Why RSL Club last month as “just insane”. Newport’s Marty Lynch also was recognised with Life Membership of the Branch at this year’s awards. The Australian beach coach and Newport SLSC member, was one of two awards recognising the Lynch family as son Jake was named Speedo Athlete of the Year. behind the scenes – but seek no gratitude or recognition for their efforts. “Without people such as Jenny who are willing to do the hard work and complete the mundane but necessary tasks – many of the opportunities we often take for granted simply wouldn’t be possible. “The natural areas surrounding Narrabeen Lagoon and Waratah Park help define our community and Jenny’s ongoing efforts have contributed to their formal protection over recent years,” he said. Jenny has also worked closely with other local groups and associations to provide advice on projects, fundraising opportunities and awareness strategies. The award, presented at a community leader’s reception at Mona Vale Golf Club in late July, recognises outstanding voluntary service to the Pittwater community. Bill honoured by France Pittwater Sub-Branch member Bill Mackay has received a huge honour – made a Chevalier in the Order of the Legion of Honour on behalf of the President of the Republic of France. Bill was awarded the 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal and the 1939-45 War Medal, GSM Palestine. His story is a thrilling one. “I joined the 5th Scottish Regiment in 1941, at the age of 16 and transferred to the Parachute Regiment in 1942,” Bill recounted. “I had to get a letter of permission from my mother so I could enlist. I was initially sent to North Africa, where I fought for about two and a half years. “About March 1943, we conducted Long Range Desert Patrols in Jeeps and did numerous jumps in preparation for the invasion of Sicily. I fought in Italy up to June 1944, when we jumped into France with the Americans one week after D-Day.” After fighting in France for a month, he was sent back to Italy to prepare for the invasion of Greece. “Throughout my wartime service I made 37 parachute jumps, with six made into live combat situations,” he said. “Our 5th Scottish was then chosen to be sent to Palestine from 1946-1947, where we were caught up in the Arab War of Independence. Finally, in 1947 I was sent home to Scotland and demobilised. I immediately joined the Territorial Army in Glasgow where I served a further seven years, up to 1954. In 1959, I immigrated to Australia.” AUGUST 2017 63 Local Shout-out


Food Life Food Life Wonderful winter soups you can eat now or freeze for later Just when we were all starting to think we were over the winter ‘hump’, along comes August with its Arctic-cold days and nights. So, here are some wonderful winter soups that will both tingle the taste buds as well as warm the family from top to toe. The best part is these beauties will freeze well – so make a double batch and any leftovers will be perfect for lunch! Sweet potato miso soup Serves 6 2 tbs olive oil 1 brown onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tbs finely grated fresh ginger 1kg sweet potato, peeled, chopped 1 litre chicken stock ¼ cup red miso paste 2 tbs sesame seeds, toasted 3 green onions, finely chopped 1 cup coriander leaves, chopped 1/3 cup yoghurt, to sere 1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the sweet potato. Stir to coat in the onion mixture. 2. Increase heat to high. Add the stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Use the lid to partially cover, simmer for 20 minutes or until sweet potato is very tender. Set aside to cool slightly. Blend or process until smooth. 3. Return the soup to the saucepan. Combine miso paste with ¼ cup cold water, stirring until smooth. Stir into the soup and return soup to a gentle simmer. Taste and season. 4. Combine the sesame seeds, green onions and coriander together. Ladle the soup among serving bowls. Top with a dollop of yoghurt, sprinkle with sesame mixture and serve. Vegetable laksa Serves 4 Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Steve Brown, Benito Martin, Ben Dearnley, Mark O’Meara 1 tbs vegetable oil 3-4 tbs store-bought laksa paste (see jb tip) 2 cups chicken stock 2 x 400ml cans of coconut milk 600g sweet potato or butternut pumpkin, peeled, chopped 1 bunch broccolini, ends trimmed, roughly chopped 2 tbs fish sauce 2 tbs lime juice 2 tbs grated palm sugar 200g rice stick noodles 1 cup coriander leaves 1 small red capsicum, quartered, thinly sliced 1 cup bean sprouts Fried shallots & lime wedges, to serve 1. Heat the oil in a large wok over medium heat. Add the laksa paste and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add the stock, coconut milk and sweet potato or pumpkin. Bring to simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes or until sweet potato is tender. 2. Remove the lid. Add the broccolini and cook for a fur- 64 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


For more recipes go to www.janellebloom.com.au with Janelle Bloom Janelle’s Tip: The flavour and heat of laksa paste can vary; generally, 3 tablespoons is mild. If you like it very spicy add 1 finely chopped red chilli with the paste. 1 tbs Chinese rice wine 1 tbs cornflour 1 tsp sesame oil 2 cups shredded cooked chicken Extra green onions, sliced to serve 1. Place chicken fillets into a large saucepan. Cover with cold water. Bring to simmer; simmer 8 minutes or until chicken cooked through. Remove chicken to a board, cool then shred. Discard water, wipe pan clean. 2. Heat the saucepan over medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil, onions, garlic and ginger, cook stirring for 30 seconds. Add the stock, corn kernels, creamed corn, soy sauce and rice wine. Stir until the soup comes to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, stir the cornflour, sesame oil and 1 tablespoon of cold water together until smooth. Stir in 1 tablespoon of hot soup mixture, then stir into the soup. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly for 3-4 minutes, or until slightly thickened. 4. Add the chicken. Cook a further 1 minute, or until hot. Ladle into bowls, top with green onions and serve. Banana coconut puddings Makes 6 100g butter, softened ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 eggs 1¼ cups self-raising flour, sifted 2 tbs toasted coconut ¾ cup mashed banana (see Tip) 2/3 cup greek style yoghurt Toasted flaked coconut, to serve optional Butterscotch sauce 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar ½ cup thickened cream 1 tsp vanilla extract 25g butter, chopped 1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan-forced. Grease and line base of 6 x ¾-cup capacity ovenproof ramekins or a 6-hole, ¾-cup capacity Texas muffin pan. 2. Beat butter, sugar and cinnamon with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold in the sifted flour and coconut, then gently stir in combined banana and yoghurt. Divide between ramekins or muffin holes. 3. Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in centre of 1 pudding comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack. 4. Meanwhile, combine the butterscotch sauce ingredients in a saucepan. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes over medium heat until sugar has dissolved. Increase heat to mediumhigh, bring to the boil. Simmer for 4 minutes or until sauce has thickened slightly. 5. Pour the warm sauce over the warm puddings, top with coconut and serve. Food Life ther 2 minutes or until bright green and tender. Combine the fish sauce, lime juice and sugar and stir into the laksa; cook 1 minute. 3. Meanwhile, cover the noodles with boiling water and stand 3 minutes until softened. Drain and divide the noodles between bowls. Spoon over the soup. Top with coriander capsicum, bean sprouts and shallots. Serve with lime. Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup Serves 6 3 small chicken breast fillets 1 tbs vegetable oil 4 green onions, chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger 1 litre chicken stock 3 corn cobs, kernels removed 420g can creamed corn 1 tbs soy sauce The Local Voice Since 1991 AUGUST 2017 65


Food Life In Season Fresh Ginger Janelle’s Tip: Use a good-quality, thick, salted caramel sauce (available from supermarkets). Fresh Ginger is described as a root but it is technically a rhinezome (known and used for both its medicinal properties and extensive widespread cooking use all over the world). Australia is one of the world’s most important ginger producers, with the majority coming from farms at Buderim in Queensland. Buying Fresh ginger should feel heavy, have tight, unwrinkled skin and when broken produce a crisp sound. Old ginger will be more fibrous. Young ginger has mild flavour, with a thin papery skin that does not require peeling. The skin of mature ginger is tough and requires peeling. Storage Store fresh unused ginger in a snap lock bag on the bottom shelf of the fridge; it will keep for 2 weeks. Alternatively put it in an airtight container and freeze for up to 6 months. Frozen ginger is easy to grate. Food Life Ginger coconut rice pudding Serves 6 1 cup Sunrice medium grain and milk in a large bowl, rice, rinsed mix well. Pour into the ovenproof dish. Cover tightly Also In Season ½ cup caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla bean paste with a greased foil. Put dish August 1 tbs grated fresh ginger onto a baking tray. Bake for Apples, Bananas, Grapefruit, 2 x 400ml cans of coconut 20 minutes. Remove from Mandarins, Kiwi fruit, milk the oven, stir with a fork to Australian Navel, Blood Nutrition 4 cups full cream milk separate the grains. Cover and Cara Cara Oranges, Ginger has a long history of use 60g butter, chopped and return to the oven. Tangelos, Pears, Quince, in various forms of traditional 3 tbs brown sugar Bake a further 40 minutes. Rhubarb and Strawberries. and alternative medicine. It is 4 beurre bosc pears, quartered, cored remove and discard the 3. Remove from the oven, Also Avocados, Beetroot, loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds, with incredible Broccolini and Broccoli, 1 cup salted caramel sauce, foil. Stir rice again with a Brussels sprouts, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s great for an to serve fork then return to the oven Cauliflower, Celery and un-covered further 25-30 Celeriac, Leeks, Fennel, upset stomach, helps prevent 1. Preheat oven 180°C, fanforced. Grease a 10-cup milk has been absorbed, it minutes or until most of the Jerusalem artichokes; nausea (especially motion and Pumpkin, Sweet potato, morning sickness) and helps capacity ovenproof dish. will continue to cook and Spinach and Silverbeet; plus fight infections, such as flu and 2. Combine the rice, sugar, thicken on standing. Stand Kale. the common cold. vanilla, ginger, coconut milk 15 minutes without stirring. 4. While pudding is standing, melt butter and brown sugar in a large non-stick frying pan over mediumhigh heat. Add pears, cook, turning occasionally 5-10 minutes until tender. Remove from the heat, add caramel sauce and shake to coat the pears. Spoon the pears and caramel sauce over the rice pudding and serve. 66 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


Pittwater Puzzler Compiled by David Stickley of time (7) 26 Someone who embraces an ultrafashionable life-style (6) 27 Selection of alcohol available to drink at Jonah’s in Whale Beach, for example (4,4) 28 Written compositions (6) 29 Perhaps describing a man wanting a shave at The Alley Barber Shop in Newport (8) DOWN 1 Single out (4,2) 2 The first course of a large meal (7) 3 Praise enthusiastically (5) 4 Popular recreation area in Narrabeen that has been upgraded (8,4) 6 A mechanical device for entertainment at a fairground etc (9) ACROSS 1 A person who goes past, especially by chance (6-2) 5 Small park in Bilgola Plateau, Betsy ______ Reserve (6) 9 Location on the western shores of Pittwater in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, ________ Retreat (8) 10 Wine region supporting the Taste of the Beaches event in August (6) 12 Discharge (7) 13 Headed off (7) 14 Electrically powered passenger vehicle that can be found at the Arts & Community Centre in Narrabeen (4) 16 Prominent feature of the Bible Garden in Palm Beach (5,4) 18 A written account of a person’s life, usually by another (9) 20 Cuisine served by the new Sabiang restaurant in Avalon (4) 23 Sunglasses, for example (7) 24 Connected with an intervening period 7 A large open boat used in unloading and loading ships (7) 8 Braced (8) 11 Festival scheduled at the end of the Pub2Pub 2017 Fun Run (6,6) 15 Large Avalon Beach event to be held on Sunday 19 November 2017 (6,3) 17 Someone who habitually lives away from their country, place of work, etc (8) 19 Batsmen who start off an innings (7) 21 Flying business like Qantas or Lufthansa (7) 22 A workplace where metal is worked by heating and hammering (6) 25 One of the earliest houses built on Bilgola Plateau (5) [Solution page 70] Pittwater Puzzler The Local Voice Since 1991 AUGUST 2017 67


Garden Life Garden Life Mini gardens: It’s so easy to add a touch of whimsy with Gabrielle Bryant Gardening can be hard work, so take time out to have some fun, find a shallow bowl and make a miniature landscaped garden. I found an unused bird bath that was ideal. Tiny garden tools, arches, benches and bridges can be found in garden centres which have a great selection. With some imagination, it is amazing the number of tiny plants that you can find in the garden. Tiny rosette succulents can be used to represent agaves; mini mondo grass looks like New Zealand flax; give height with Chinese jade; use brightly coloured golden sedums as ground covers; and miniature pepperomia will trail or climb over fences and rotundas. Collect coloured pebbles, gravel or stones to create paths and mulches in your tiny garden. None of these gardens will remain tiny indefinitely, but with regular attention plants can be replaced; there will always be tiny seedlings or plantlets in the garden to replace those already used. As with any landscape or garden it will need to be maintained and looked after. It’s a great attraction for kids and grandchildren: look carefully and you may even find some fairies lurking in the magic garden that you have created! Spring daisy ground cover Arctotis are sun-loving ground-cover daisies that thrive in well-drained hot spots in the garden. These South African daisies cover banks and slopes with their silver, soft grey leaves and brightly coloured flowers from pale pink to dark cerise, from cream to gold that open to the sun. Once the light fades they close and sleep until the sun rises again the following day. Plant them by the sea or on hot, dry gardens; they need dry, light soil that drains freely – their only problem is from damp and poorly drained soil that will cause mildew and leaf drop. After a week of solid rain and poor light they will look very sad but once the hot dry sun comes back they recover very quickly. I have seen them growing into the sandy beaches looking amazingly bright, colourful and well. 68 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


For you the Pieris Temple bells toll! Pieris Temple Bells, or Lily of the Valley tree, is a small slow-growing shrub that thrives in the semi-shade under trees, where it is sheltered from wind and hot sun. The bright red new leaves in spring turn to a glossy dark green as they mature. The delicate, pendulous tresses of pure white bells decorate the branches in spring. Temple Bells loves to grow mass-planted in borders, as a feature plant or as a delicate, compact shrub in tubs or planter boxes. It is an acidloving plant that grows in the company of azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. Pieris Temple Bells that will grow one-metre tall are a native to the hills of Japan. There are other cultivars of Pieris available – some are smaller and others will grow tall, some have pale pink bells and others are a deeper pink; all of them will grow in cooler districts or in damp but welldrained spots in the gardens here. After planting, keep Pieris well-watered but not in soggy soil. Once the plant is established the watering can be reduced. Mulch well around the roots and feed with Kahoona or a slow-release azalea food now, before the new foliage appears, and again after the flowers finish in early summer. The Local Voice Since 1991 Fragrantflowering specimen tree gold! One of my very favourite trees is the Michelia champaca. As a specimen tree in a lawn it is hard to beat. Grow this tree where it can grow to its full potential. The beautiful Golden Champaca is a fast-growing evergreen tree that has highly fragrant golden flowers in spring. Although the flowers are not flamboyant their perfume in the evening air is fantastic. A member of the magnolia family, this tree will grow in its native Asian environment to 30m tall but in cultivation in domestic gardens it grows to about 10m. The fragrant flowers are delightful when floated in bowls of water inside the house where their sweet scent will fill the air. Spoilt for choice! Wattle they think of next? The Aussie green and gold comes to life outdoors as spring reappears. There is a wattle for every situation, including those that spill down banks – prostrate acacia baileyana (the Cootamundra wattle). Then there is the weeping wattle, acacia cognata Limelight. And the weeping wattle acacia cultriformis Cascade. Small shrubs will grow to only one metre – look for acacia howittii Honey Bun, with the sensational pale cream blossom. Also, there are medium shrubs and those that will grow into stately trees – the ‘Fringe’ wattle, acaia fimbirata and the Golden Wattle, acacia pycnantha. Wattles are our national emblem; as wattle day approaches on September 1, every garden should have one. We all fly the national flag, so why not grow the national flower. AUGUST 2017 69 Garden Life


Garden Life Garden Life Jobs this Month August August is a busy month; there is a lot to do to prepare your garden for the warmer, growing months ahead. After the very wet autumn, winter has been very cold and mostly dry. It is time to don the gloves for some TLC. Stick a fork in it Lawns have suffered. Aerate the ground with a fork, or buy a pair of spiked metal soles for your shoes – this makes the task much easier, as you can stomp around and do the job. Then feed the lawn with a hose-on fertiliser. If the ground is very hard, water first with Eco-hydrate to help the water to penetrate the soil. Seed cliveas Cliveas are expensive to buy but are very easy to grow from seed. Seeds are ripe now and ready to harvest if you left the flowers last spring. Open the pod and you will find around 6 or 8 seeds inside. Red seeds will produce red flowers and if you can find some yellow seed pods you will have the very special cream-coloured plants. Take notice of clivea flowers this spring and make a note of the flowers that you like. Cross-pollinate the flowers so that next winter you can harvest the seeds that you want, Super succulents Spring is the time for ‘babies’. Succulents grow from just one leaf! Spread the leaves out on a dry tray in a warm spot and within a few weeks you will find that new plantlets have grown. Wait until the tiny roots appear and then place the leaf onto a tray of seedraising mix. Once the roots establish, plant out your new succulent babies. Get the good oil Protect your citrus trees from leaf miner and fruit fly. Spray with Eco oil every fortnight. As soon as the blossom opens, it is well worth the investment to buy a fruit fly trap to protect your crop. Summer vegies Get the summer vegies growing. Early tomatoes, zucchinis, capsicum, silverbeet, eggplants, lettuce and cucumbers can all go in now. Remember to rotate the veggies in the vegie garden. You should try to have a three-year cycle. Before you plant add plenty of compost and cow manure. Perennial problem Now that spring is around the corner split up overcrowded perennials. Gingers, agapanthus bulbs, gazanias, phlox, begonias, liriope, mondo grass can all be divided now. Also, spray azaleas with Zayleton to protect them from petal blight. Petal blight can destroy the flowers on Azaleas overnight. In dry conditions, the flowers will last but one rainy day can destroy them. Don’t wait for the flowers to open it will be too late. Caterpillar woes The lily caterpillar can destroy your cliveas in just one night, as they eat their way down the back of leaves to the heart of the bulbs. At the first sign of damage, cut off the affected leaves and put them – caterpillars and all – into a plastic bag in the bin. Spray with Eco oil to Bulb care Spring bulbs, daffodils, jonquils, snowdrops and tulips, are finishing as the weather warms up. Make sure that you keep feeding and watering them as they die down. Resist the temptation to tidy them before the leaves shrivel up. This is when they store the nourishment for next year’s flowers. prevent any new infestations. Start a worm farm If you don’t already have one, start a worm farm today. The worms will consume all your kitchen waste and the liquid from the farm is the most amazing fertiliser. Lime spray It’s your last chance to spray lime sulphur on roses, fruit trees and frangipani to destroy the fungal spores from last season. Colour explosion Replant pots and baskets with seedlings for summer. Petunias, alyssum, portulacca, French marigolds, snapdragons, pansies and dianthus, give a brilliant display of colour. Crossword solution from page 67 Mystery location: CAREEL BAY 70 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


Times Past ‘Trees’ among earliest roots on the Plateau One of the earliest houses built on Bilgola Plateau was the house appropriately called ‘Trees’. It was erected some time after October 1934 when John David Handley and his wife, Nellie May, took possession of two blocks at the top of Plateau Road. The road had only just been formalised from a rough track by overtopping with bitumen in 1929. The house nestles into its site just below the road level and has excellent views over the golf course to Bangalley Head and beyond (and in the 1930s the view would have extended around to Bilgola Beach; trees now create a visual filter to the southeast). Originally the house was one main room, the upper level of timber-framed walls set on a sandstone basement. The upper walls and the roof were clad with split Douglas Fir, with the bark still intact (as shown in the main photo). The roof has since been re-clad with green Marseilles tiles after the original roof cladding deteriorated. (Interestingly, in 1894 Wunderlich became the sole agents in Australia of the imported terracotta tiles from France and claimed proudly they had ‘painted the town red’ but the green tiles ‘harmonised with the dark green of the eucalyptus’.) The use of natural materials such as stone and timber predominate in the structure (internally as well as externally) and like its close neighbour – ‘Stella James House’ by Burley Griffin in 1933 – it harmonises well with the environment. Organic architect extraordinaire, Alexander Stewart Jolly, was working in the area during this period and it was thought he may have had some input or influence in the design of ‘Trees’. He was a master in the use of natural materials and The Local Voice Since 1991 there is no record of him having used made) bricks in any of (manhis buildings. In 1947, Norman Arthur Kingsbury Wallis purchased ‘Trees’ from the Handleys. He obviously loved the garden surrounding the house and maintained it enthusiastically. He won four awards for the garden in the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun Herald’s Garden Competition during the years 1957 to 1964. On 18 February, 1950, he purchased the block next door in Plateau Road and six years later donated this small parcel of land (0.07 hectares) to Warringah Shire Council as ‘Betsy Wallis Reserve’ in memory of his mother who had died in 1949. A memorial seat in the upper area of the reserve has cast into the back-rest the title ‘Betsy’s Corner’ but his mother’s names were Edith Emily. (Maybe ‘Betsy’ was a term of endearment used by his father, Arthur?) Wallis was a fine yachtsman who also received the award of the Royal Naval and Royal Marine Forces Volunteer Reserve Decoration from HRH Queen Elizabeth in December 1958. He died on 17 November, 1965. TIMES PAST is supplied by local historian and President of the Avalon Beach Historical Society GEOFF SEARL. Visit the Society’s showroom in Bowling Green Lane, Avalon Beach. AUGUST 2017 71 Times Past


Travel Life Step off the wharf at Pittwater and onto a luxury Tassie cruise Here’s your chance to ‘join’ the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race – while dodging the discomfort and hardships the rest of the fleet may experience, kicking back in supreme luxury instead! Embark 9am at Palm Beach, Pittwater, on December 26 for a unique two-week small-ship cruise of a lifetime to Tasmania’s southern wilderness. Newport Travel’s Chris Riou explains your journey, aboard the 72-passenger Coral Discoverer, comprises a 6-night Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race special, followed by a 7-night discovery cruise leg of Tasmania’s south and east coast wilderness areas. “You’ll cruise past Barrenjoey Headland to just off North Head, for a grandstand view of the race start, before trailing the yachts on a scenic coastal cruise to Hobart,” Chris said. “On board, you’ll enjoy expert commentary and race legends from on-board lecturer, John Longley AM, a celebrated veteran of five Americas Cup campaigns.” Visit Jervis Bay and Twofold Bay en route and once across Bass Strait, explore the magical Tasmanian coast with Coral Discoverer’s guided shore excursions, by zodiac, hiking or kayak (as conditions permit). “The cruise arrives into Hobart on New Year’s Eve, to join the festivities of race presentations and the launch of Tasmania’s summer Taste festival,” Chris said. “Then you return to the Coral Discoverer for a special New Year’s Eve captain’s dinner and to enjoy the festivities from our prime harbour viewing point.” The second leg of your discovery cruise journey begins on January 1. “You’ll experience the vestiges of Tasmania’s indigenous, maritime, penal and pioneering heritage, including its pristine waters, ancient forests, secret coves and rugged dolomite crags,” said Chris. “You’ll take in the abundant and unique wildlife – both at sea and on land – and skirt Tasmania’s World Heritage wilderness area, unreachable by land, reaching the remote destination of Port Davey.” Chris said the ship for the 2-week cruise is the recently refurbished and state-of-theart, Coral Discoverer, with upgrades to the latest technology ensuring comfortable cruising in open waters. “Plus, her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her an unmatched ability to enter the bays and inlets of Tasmania’s rugged coastline,” Chris said. At meal times, enjoy an outstanding menu of fresh Tasmanian produce, complemented by a specially curated wine list featuring some of Tasmania’s finest varietals. To secure your cabin on this special one-off voyage, call Chris at Newport Travel on 9997 1277 or email chris@newporttravel.com.au – Nigel Wall 72 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991


Help at hand to convert Amex points for travel Redeeming your accrued American Express Membership Rewards points to pay for your next holiday sounds ideal – but how do you do it? The Travel Book at Mona Vale are American Express Membership Rewards Redemption specialists who don’t charge a merchant fee for their service. Agency operator Mike Dungan says his team can help you use your points for all or part of the payment towards any travel booking, including the best available fare with any airline, hotels, cruises, car hire, holiday packages and even travel insurance and foreign exchange. “You can even use your points to upgrade to business or first class, earn frequent flyer points on eligible travel booked and enjoy existing child and infant discounts with no travel restrictions – as long as there’s availability, you can book it,” Mike said. “And you can use your points to purchase travel for anyone.” And if you’re planning a getaway in 2018, consider the Early Bird Deals offered by European specialists Albatross Tours which can save you up to $350 per person. If the convenience of coach touring appeals but you’re put off by the thought of joining an overly large group, Albatross Tours is perfect for you. Albatross Tours are escort The Local Voice Since 1991 experts in small-group coach touring, limiting numbers to 28 travellers to ensure guests receive authentic dining and accommodation experiences that other Tour groups can’t match. The Travel Book consultant Anne Williamson says small groups offer many benefits. “Less time is wasted getting on and off the coach and a more manageable group size leads to a higher level of personal service from your Tour manager,” she said. Being a smaller group, Albatross guests stay in authentic hotels chosen for their style, character and location – which larger groups often cannot consider staying in. “Dining out is also more enjoyable, as we can eat at delightful local restaurants rather than standard, largergroup establishments.” Albatross structure their tours to be more inclusive, with longer stays in captivating cities. All-inclusive sight-seeing excursions and feature dinners plus some completely free days ensure you get to relax. They have exciting new tours in 2018 including 15- days Venice to Rome and Berlin to Munich, plus 10-days Paris to Paris (surrounds). * Albatross Tours are holding an information evening at The Travel Book at 5.30pm on Thursday 31 August; RSVP to 9979 7780 by August 24. – Nigel Wall AUGUST 2017 73 Travel Life


Travel Life Travel Life Star Clippers unfurls its holiday heroes Making new friends is unavoidable aboard the magnificent Royal Clipper, the world’s largest square rigger and the ultimate vessel on which to relax and watch the world go by. One of the three heroes of Star Clippers’ unique sailing adventures, the Royal Clipper combines modern comfort with the grace and elegance of a bygone era. Travel View’s Karen Robinson says it’s a truly extraordinary way to experience the charm of small ports in traditional destinations such as the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. “Boasting 42 sails across five masts with over 5,000 sqm of sail, Royal Clipper has no delusions of grandeur – she is impressive!” said Karen. “Our cruise of discovery across Italy and the Dalmatian Riviera had been sold out for months… we left Civitavecchia, the port for Rome, already making new friends from the 225 other guests that were also anticipating a wonderful 11 days ahead to Venice.” Accompanied with music and a magical sunset, the crew hoisted the sails and everyone raised a toast to their upcoming days of exploration. “We could even lend a hand with the sails if we wished,” Karen said. “Then it was time to get to know our ship and the first thing we noticed was the fantastic deck space, with three pools, and the ship’s most popular gathering place, the Tropical Bar, where even more new friends were made.” Inside, Royal Clipper showcases the age of the original clipper ships but with a modern opulence. “Our cabin was comfortable and well-appointed and the cuisine on board was fresh and fabulous, with open unhurried dining,” she said. Karen said their route negotiated the Pontine Islands and the Amalfi Coast; Taormina with its Greco-Roman theatre and famous Cannoli; Corfu for a taste of Greece; Kotor in Montenegro and medieval Dubrovnik (pictured). The last stage was Venice and sailing past Piazza San Marco in full sail. “We had favourable winds under full sail for a good part of our journey and when the winds didn’t play ball, the ship motored instead,” she said. “But there’s nothing quite like the sense of relaxation you get leaning on the railing on deck as the sails unfurl.” * Want to know more? Travel View Cruise View are holding an info evening on Wed Sept 6 at Long Reef Golf Club (6pm-7.30pm, Oceanview room). RSVP by August 30 on 9999 0444. 74 AUGUST 2017 The Local Voice Since 1991

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