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Latest on the Council election...<br />

With little more than six<br />

weeks to go before the<br />

first Northern Beaches Council<br />

election, this month we grill<br />

the latest batch of candidates<br />

who have announced their<br />

intentions to run in our<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> and Narrabeen wards.<br />

(First up: before you vote, you<br />

might want to check what ward<br />

you live in, so you can work out<br />

which candidates you need to<br />

run your eye over – see p9.)<br />

The latest election<br />

development sees the<br />

emergence of the Northern<br />

Beaches Community Alliance,<br />

which will field independent<br />

candidates in <strong>Pittwater</strong> and<br />

Narrabeen wards (so far).<br />

Their driving force is former<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Mayor Alex McTaggart<br />

– although with Robert Hopton<br />

as the focus in <strong>Pittwater</strong>, and<br />

Dr Conny Harris in Narrabeen.<br />

Alex believes it’s a time for<br />

renewal – read about their push<br />

on p18.<br />

The Greens have also<br />

launched a ticket, while Liberal<br />

candidates are days away from<br />

confirming. Stay tuned!<br />

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farewell to meticulous<br />

distribution manager Ray<br />

Drury, who worked dilligently<br />

for 22 years ensuring you<br />

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Ray estimates he’s engaged<br />

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Turning 79 this month, Ray<br />

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you many quiet, happy days<br />

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4 AUGUST <strong>2017</strong><br />

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News<br />

‘Why I’m for the B-Line’<br />

As residents associations<br />

and community groups<br />

continue to rally, debate<br />

and oppose the impact of the<br />

B-Line Bus Service and its<br />

planned Newport Beach terminus<br />

point, other residents hope<br />

that their voice in favour of the<br />

B-Line is heard.<br />

Allan Porter, 73, of Avalon<br />

Beach, says it’s important to<br />

not let emotion cloud the issue.<br />

The 30-years <strong>Pittwater</strong> resident<br />

said the distant parts of<br />

the northern beaches remained<br />

the same distance from the<br />

major urban centres of north<br />

and central Sydney – but had<br />

become further away in travel<br />

time as growth, urbanisation<br />

and road usage continued to<br />

increase.<br />

“That’s progress… that’s<br />

life on the northern beaches,<br />

where an increasing number of<br />

people want to live,” Mr Porter<br />

said. “And now there is an improvement<br />

on the horizon that<br />

has cheered up a lot of people –<br />

those who are frequent public<br />

transport users, those who see<br />

the attraction that improved<br />

public transport offers and<br />

have long hoped for the benefit<br />

of something new.”<br />

Mr Porter said that while<br />

there had been a lot of “huffing<br />

and puffing” about the<br />

effect of buses having to turn<br />

around, buses were doing that<br />

now.<br />

“One can be forgiven if<br />

they hadn’t noticed,” he said.<br />

“Avalon Beach has been a loop<br />

for buses to terminate journeys<br />

from the city, swing into<br />

Avalon Parade, then Old Barrenjoey<br />

Road, then Barrenjoey<br />

Road to a rest point outside<br />

Avalon Beach Surf Club awaiting<br />

schedule to commence.<br />

“The system works and has<br />

done successfully for years as<br />

part of the natural environmental<br />

integration of people<br />

and vehicular movement.”<br />

Mr Porter – who describes<br />

himself as “old enough to<br />

know that things change,<br />

experienced enough to know<br />

that when something new is<br />

proposed there’s frequently<br />

objection, and wise enough<br />

to know that things seem<br />

to sort themselves out very<br />

nicely” – noted the schedule of<br />

departures from Avalon Beach<br />

was currently on average about<br />

every 15 minutes.<br />

“Although Avalon Beach is<br />

not, sadly, the turnaround<br />

point for the B-Line, an increase<br />

to a scheduled departure<br />

of every 10 minutes as is<br />

proposed with the B-Line is no<br />

big deal no matter where the<br />

terminus.”<br />

He remains disappointed<br />

the red line was run through<br />

Avalon Beach as the B-Line<br />

terminus.<br />

“It’s a pity, as the higher deck<br />

of the B-Line buses might have<br />

permitted travellers one of<br />

the greatest ocean road views<br />

in Sydney, not visible from<br />

normal vehicles.”<br />

As for opposition to proposed<br />

schedules for new and<br />

existing bus routes servicing<br />

the B-Line, he said: “Having<br />

been closely associated with<br />

the business of the heavy<br />

vehicle transport industry, I<br />

can say that when an operator<br />

has a rig costing big money, he<br />

is not going to have it sit idle<br />

in car parks or neighbourhood<br />

streets.<br />

“A commercial vehicle that<br />

is not working is loss making.<br />

Down-time is eliminated<br />

through good scheduling. Getting<br />

bums on seats or freight<br />

on truck and achieving a<br />

satisfactory result is all a matter<br />

of research and calculation<br />

and I give credit to those who<br />

have the knowledge and skills<br />

to do this.”<br />

He said anyone who had<br />

travelled overseas would have<br />

favourable opinions on the<br />

good public transport systems<br />

they had experienced.<br />

“I am sure the B-Line will<br />

achieve an excellent pass<br />

mark and give some welcome<br />

evidence that something is<br />

happening on the northern<br />

beaches that improves our connection<br />

to the rest of the world<br />

nearby.” – Nigel Wall<br />

New course options for Pub2Pub<br />

The iconic Pub2Pub Charity Fun Run<br />

and Festival celebrates its 25th year of<br />

raising hundreds of thousands of dollars<br />

for local charities. The event will be staged<br />

on Sunday <strong>August</strong> 27, from 8-10am.<br />

Organised by the Rotary Club of<br />

Brookvale, the event now has three<br />

course options: 13km from Dee Why SLC<br />

to Newport SLC; 6km from Warriewood<br />

to Newport; and 3km from Mona Vale to<br />

Newport.<br />

A Family Festival will be held at the Newport<br />

Beach finish line with live music, a licensed<br />

bar area, international food options and<br />

plenty of fun rides and games for the kids.<br />

More info visit pub2pub.com.au<br />

6 AUGUST <strong>2017</strong><br />

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News<br />

DAs streamlining a win for <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Residents of the former <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council<br />

area who hold concerns about potentially<br />

inappropriate development will now need to<br />

lodge fewer objections before the matter is<br />

referred for independent judgment.<br />

The downgrade from five objections to just<br />

three follows Northern Beaches Council’s unification<br />

of its Development Assessment services<br />

across all three former Council areas, including<br />

a review of determination procedures.<br />

The amended Development Control Plan<br />

(DCP) came into effect on Saturday July 8,<br />

with all existing and future applications to<br />

now be assessed under its guidelines.<br />

Acting General Manager Planning, Place<br />

& Community Melissa Messina said the new<br />

streamlined system would significantly improve<br />

the customer experience.<br />

“We now offer a process whereby development<br />

applications are referred to one of three<br />

determination bodies based on standardised<br />

criteria which include cost of works and objections<br />

received,” Ms Messina said.<br />

She said complex applications would be<br />

referred (monthly) to the Northern Beaches<br />

Independent Assessment Panel (NBIAP), adding<br />

she was confident residents could expect<br />

clarity and consistency in the handling of<br />

their development applications.<br />

“These changes herald a new era for<br />

Development Assessment on the Northern<br />

Beaches,” she said.<br />

Prior to the new system, DAs in <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

had been referred to the NBIAP when there<br />

was an estimated cost of more than $10<br />

million and where there were “five or more<br />

objections that are relevant and remain unresolved”.<br />

The new standardised criteria will see the<br />

NBIAP ruling on DAs where the estimated<br />

cost is greater than $2 million and where<br />

there are three or more unresolved objections.<br />

The new criteria bring the former <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Council area into alignment with the former<br />

Manly Council region, which prior to amalgamation<br />

had triggers of three complaints<br />

before independent referral.<br />

Meanwhile the former Warringah Council<br />

required just two objections before independent<br />

referral.<br />

Chair of community group <strong>Pittwater</strong> Forever,<br />

Craig Boaden, commended Council on<br />

the move.<br />

“It’s excellent news – any improvement over<br />

the previous regulation that makes it easier<br />

for residents’ voices to be heard is welcome,”<br />

he said.<br />

“It’s really heartening to see the new<br />

Council helping to promote the voice of the<br />

local community in development matters; we<br />

are sure it will all be used in a constructive<br />

manner.”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

Talking is key<br />

to avoiding<br />

neighbour rifts<br />

The three biggest areas of<br />

complaints to Northern<br />

Beaches Council involve<br />

illegal building works (including<br />

fences), dumped<br />

waste and parking issues.<br />

Council General Manager<br />

Planning, Place &<br />

Community David Kerr<br />

has urged neighbours to<br />

communicate to avoid<br />

disputes.<br />

“If you can, talk to<br />

your neighbour about the<br />

practical aspects of the<br />

problem, how it is affecting<br />

you both and what<br />

needs to be done to solve<br />

it,” David said. “Be courteous<br />

and respectful and<br />

listen and be prepared to<br />

compromise.”<br />

Fallen trees, invasive<br />

tree roots, barking dogs<br />

and late-night parties<br />

were other day-to-day annoyances<br />

that can lead to<br />

ongoing neighbourhood<br />

squabbles.<br />

8 AUGUST <strong>2017</strong><br />

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Be aware of Ward changes<br />

With the Northern Beaches<br />

Council election around<br />

the corner on September 9,<br />

many residents remain unsure<br />

of which Ward they need to<br />

cast their vote in.<br />

Boundaries for the <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

and Narrabeen Wards in the<br />

new Council region are considerably<br />

different to the Northern,<br />

Central and Southern<br />

Wards of the previous <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Council area.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward comprises<br />

coastal suburbs from Palm<br />

Beach to Mona Vale, plus Scotland<br />

Island and the Western<br />

Foreshore, Bayview and Church<br />

Point, plus Terrey Hills, Duffys<br />

Forest and Cottage Point.<br />

Narrabeen Ward stretches<br />

from the edge of Mona Vale<br />

south through North Narrabeen,<br />

Narrabeen and Collaroy,<br />

plus west through Ingleside,<br />

Elanora Heights, Oxford Falls<br />

and Cromer.<br />

More info: northernbeaches.<br />

nsw.gov.au<br />

Meanwhile, candidate nominations<br />

for the election will<br />

be accepted from Monday July<br />

31, with Returning Officers<br />

closing the process at noon on<br />

Wednesday <strong>August</strong> 9 in the<br />

lead-up to polling day.<br />

And community umbrella<br />

group <strong>Pittwater</strong> Forever,<br />

representing 18 community<br />

groups and their members,<br />

has confirmed two public information<br />

sessions at the Mona<br />

Vale Memorial Hall at which<br />

candidates for Council can address<br />

electors.<br />

The session for candidates<br />

for <strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward is from<br />

6.30pm on Tuesday <strong>August</strong> 29,<br />

with the Narrabeen Ward session<br />

from 6.30pm on Tuesday<br />

September 5.<br />

“<strong>Pittwater</strong> Forever will invite<br />

all candidates seeking election<br />

to council from these two<br />

Wards to make brief presentations<br />

of their policies, and to<br />

answer questions from the<br />

floor,” <strong>Pittwater</strong> Forever Chairman<br />

Craig Boaden said.<br />

“We will also facilitate<br />

recruiting volunteers to help<br />

independent candidates with<br />

things like leafletting, and<br />

handing out How to Vote cards<br />

at pre-poll and polling stations.”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

News<br />

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AUGUST <strong>2017</strong> 9

Overdevelopment overpl<br />

News<br />

Community<br />

misconceptions about<br />

what constitutes<br />

‘overdevelopment’ is<br />

threatening compliant<br />

proposals and jeopardising<br />

the area’s potential growth,<br />

according to a local planner.<br />

Ursula Lang, who has many<br />

years of experience in State<br />

and Local government as well<br />

as private consultancy, said<br />

the label “overdevelopment”<br />

was more a slogan used to try<br />

to prevent development and<br />

maintain the status quo.<br />

“It is often used to simply<br />

appease neighbour objections,”<br />

said Ursula (pictured), a<br />

strategic and environmental<br />

planning specialist who<br />

operates Transformative<br />

Planning at Clareville.<br />

“Interestingly, these<br />

residents are often the<br />

same people who demand<br />

major improvements to<br />

infrastructure, especially<br />

public transport, public space,<br />

and accessibility, none of<br />

which is likely to happen if we<br />

are constantly locked in with<br />

the status quo.<br />

“We see the word<br />

‘overdevelopment’ painted<br />

on signs on Mona Vale Road<br />

in relation to the Ingleside<br />

Release Area, and referred to<br />

in resident submissions.<br />

“We see it in submissions<br />

against Seniors Living<br />

developments, secondary<br />

dwellings and often on<br />

developments which fully<br />

comply with Council and State<br />

Policies – this does seem like<br />

an anomaly,” she said.<br />

Ursula noted residents<br />

group protests over the<br />

Mona Vale Place Plan of 2016,<br />

which was developed by the<br />

former <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council and<br />

staff, but shelved because of<br />

cries of “overdevelopment”<br />

– partly because some of the<br />

key sites were proposed to<br />

be permitted to develop to a<br />

6-storey height limit.<br />

“I have asked many people<br />

to define ‘overdevelopment’,<br />

including Council planners,<br />

other professionals and nonprofessionals<br />

but most struggle<br />

to define what they mean.<br />

“It is a word which is<br />

generic in meaning, often<br />

emotive, highly subjective –<br />

and in fact means absolutely<br />

nothing,” she said.<br />

Regarding Ingleside, Ursula<br />

said if the Northern Beaches<br />

Council was expected to<br />

contribute to providing<br />

housing in Metropolitan<br />

Sydney – and if we wanted our<br />

children to live close to us and<br />

afford to buy – then acceptance<br />

of a new housing area at a<br />

higher density was required.<br />

“A certain level of density<br />

in a new release area is<br />

necessary to support a<br />

small shopping centre, to<br />

support patronage of new<br />

public transport and other<br />

infrastructure, and to ensure<br />

development with its huge<br />

costs of providing roads,<br />

water, sewerage, electricity,<br />

communications etc, as well<br />

as schools, open space and<br />

community facilities, is<br />

viable,” she said.<br />

Otherwise there was no<br />

incentive for the developer to<br />

invest money.<br />

“This is not<br />

overdevelopment,” she<br />

stressed. “It is a question<br />

of getting the new density<br />

and the new infrastructure<br />

right at a level which makes<br />

development feasible.”<br />

Regarding Seniors Living<br />

developments, Ursula<br />

10 AUGUST <strong>2017</strong><br />

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ayed?<br />

said many residents who<br />

were looking to downsize<br />

locally would love to<br />

live in a compact, wellappointed<br />

apartment with no<br />

maintenance, close to public<br />

transport and shopping<br />

facilities and a higher<br />

standard of accessibility.<br />

She said The Boathouse<br />

development on the corner<br />

of Hudson Parade and<br />

Riverview Road at Clareville<br />

(right) was an example of<br />

an “overdevelopment” that<br />

proved unfounded.<br />

“It has six Seniors Living<br />

apartments and underground<br />

parking and was the subject<br />

of residents’ complaints and<br />

court action… one wonders<br />

what all the fuss was about,”<br />

she said, adding she had<br />

nothing to do with the project.<br />

“This is a really welldesigned<br />

development, which<br />

snuggles into the corner,<br />

beautifully maintained with<br />

lovely landscaping.<br />

“It’s a totally appropriate<br />

infill development which is<br />

needed in this area to fulfil<br />

a clear demand for people<br />

wanting to age in the area,<br />

but not necessarily needing to<br />

go into supported aged care<br />

facilities.”<br />

Similarly, she said<br />

secondary dwellings were<br />

now permissible in parts of<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> zoned Environmental<br />

Living (formerly zoned<br />

residential) and were a great<br />

form of infill development on<br />

properties where there was<br />

sufficient space.<br />

“In some cases, compromise<br />

is necessary in terms of tree<br />

removal and aspirations for<br />

tree retention, but it’s unlikely<br />

to be justifiably judged as<br />

overdevelopment particularly<br />

where the property is of a<br />

substantial size, and given<br />

that a secondary dwelling can<br />

only be 25 per cent of the floor<br />

area of the main dwelling.”<br />

Ursula said it was time the<br />

local area was delivered some<br />

quality buildings that could<br />

be considered “beautiful” in<br />

terms of their architectural<br />

design – “I struggle to think<br />

of more than one in the<br />

whole of the former <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Council area” – with generous<br />

landscaped public space at<br />

ground, foyers with seating,<br />

cafes, and the essential lift<br />

access not mandated on<br />

buildings under four-storeys.<br />

“With a new Council<br />

soon to be elected, let’s<br />

take the opportunity to do<br />

planning better,” she urged.<br />

“Let’s look at the detail of<br />

development proposals<br />

carefully, collaborate with<br />

both developers, applicants<br />

of development proposals,<br />

and the community, and<br />

not shy away from proper<br />

communication, discussions<br />

around the table and working<br />

out how to get the best<br />

planning outcomes with the<br />

least environmental impact.<br />

“Finally, let’s not hide away<br />

behind meaningless words<br />

like ‘overdevelopment’.”<br />

What Do You Think?<br />

Tell us at<br />

readers@pittwaterlife.com.au<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

AUGUST <strong>2017</strong> 11

High-impact sports<br />

ban under review<br />

Local sporting groups are<br />

cheering a decision by Northern<br />

Beaches Council to review<br />

the current January to March<br />

restriction on high-impact<br />

activities at some locations,<br />

including North Narrabeen<br />

Reserve, to enable pre-season<br />

and other sports use.<br />

Currently the former <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Council area is out of sync<br />

with the rest of the new Council<br />

region, which permits activities<br />

on all its grass playing fields<br />

throughout the year.<br />

Acting General Manager<br />

Environment & Infrastructure<br />

Steve Lawler said Council was<br />

endeavouring to address different<br />

needs of the community.<br />

This included a Masterplan<br />

for North Narrabeen Reserve<br />

which would accommodate<br />

both the markets and sports.<br />

“The intent is to have a consistent,<br />

single approach across<br />

the entire Northern Beaches”,<br />

Mr Lawler said.<br />

Council announced its<br />

detailed sports fields strategy<br />

in late July; it provided several<br />

solutions to deal with the shortage<br />

of sports fields, including<br />

upgrades to existing fields,<br />

synthetic sports grounds and a<br />

new priority allocation system.<br />

The 15-year strategy involves<br />

building new fields in Warriewood<br />

Valley and at Ingleside,<br />

while Council will work with<br />

schools to facilitate access to<br />

their sports grounds for community<br />

sports and will install<br />

more synthetic surfaces in the<br />

southern Council area.<br />

At other grounds, Council<br />

will install new drainage and<br />

lighting.<br />

The unused equestrian<br />

facility at North Narrabeen<br />

Reserve was also the subject of<br />

the Council strategy, with the<br />

recommendation that the Clive<br />

Rogers Equestrian Ground become<br />

a shared facility allowing<br />

both sports training and community<br />

uses like the market.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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Mums’ super snacks<br />

is no half-baked idea<br />

Two northern beaches mums have taken activities and weekend sport, often doesn’t<br />

the hard work out of snack shopping – by leave much time to research the nutritional<br />

reading the fine print on packaging and subsequently<br />

delivering healthy and nutritious on the market in order to find something that<br />

information contained in the many products<br />

products to your<br />

tastes great, has<br />

front door.<br />

health benefits and<br />

Busy parents can<br />

doesn’t contain<br />

now order healthy<br />

any hidden nasties,”<br />

Kylie said.<br />

snacks, “superfood”<br />

blends and<br />

“Our aim is to<br />

prepared snack<br />

provide healthy<br />

boxes through the<br />

products that complement<br />

a fresh<br />

new online business<br />

The Nutritious<br />

food lifestyle.<br />

Pantry.<br />

“We have also<br />

All the foods<br />

created readyto-order<br />

boxes<br />

brought together<br />

by founders Kylie<br />

containing a selection<br />

of snacks and<br />

Dowling and Bec<br />

Lyons have been<br />

healthy options<br />

thoroughly researched, taste-tested and<br />

perfect for kids’ lunch boxes, to take to work<br />

nutritionist-approved.<br />

for that 3pm pick-me-up, or a perfect choice if<br />

Kylie, a mum of three and qualified nutritionist,<br />

explained she and Bec joined forces to The Kids Snack Box, Gluten Free Box, Dairy<br />

you have diet restrictions,” she said.<br />

launch The Nutritious Pantry, knowing all too Free Box and Vegan Box are all available<br />

well how busy life gets.<br />

through thenutritiouspantry.com.au; delivery<br />

“Juggling work, kids at school, after-school is free to the northern beaches. – Lisa Offord<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

AUGUST <strong>2017</strong> 15

News<br />

Sample a Taste of the Beaches<br />

smorgasbord of<br />

A Northern Beaches<br />

restaurants and cafes<br />

have teamed up with<br />

local boutique brewers<br />

and outstanding Mudgee<br />

wineries for a new pop-up<br />

style food-and-wine festival<br />

overlooking <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s<br />

stunning Winnererremy Bay<br />

on Sunday 27 <strong>August</strong> from<br />

11am-5pm.<br />

Taste of the Beaches<br />

promises sumptuous food<br />

paired with craft beers and<br />

boutique wines, plus family<br />

friendly entertainment,<br />

including live music – all in a<br />

spectacular waterfront setting.<br />

Organised by the interim<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

and timed as an end-ofwinter<br />

celebration in the<br />

lead-up to the new Council<br />

election in September, Taste<br />

of the Beaches will feature<br />

around 25 stalls featuring<br />

regional wines, quality local<br />

food and beer as well as<br />

plenty of children’s activities<br />

and live music.<br />

Official tasting glasses will<br />

be sold for $5 and tickets<br />

from participating wine and<br />

beer stalls will be $3 for each<br />

tasting.<br />

Performers taking the<br />

stage include the groovy<br />

Black Bird Hum, funky Gang<br />

of Brothers and reggaeinspired<br />

Kool Vibration.<br />

Children can ride the<br />

thrilling Flying Fox in the<br />

park, plus there will be free<br />

face painting, arts and crafts,<br />

interactive stalls, a children’s<br />

puppet show and more.<br />

More info thingstodo.<br />

northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au<br />

5THINGS<br />


Young minds big ideas.<br />

Do you have an aspiring<br />

entrepreneur aged 16-22 in the<br />

family? Set them on the right<br />

path at this two-and-a-half day<br />

conference where they will learn<br />

from leading experts on how to<br />

create a successful business and<br />

make a positive difference. Fri 4<br />

from 5-8.30pm, Sat 5, 8.30am-<br />

5pm and Sun 6, 8.30am. Tickets<br />

at youngmindsnb.com.au<br />

Birthing kit packing day.<br />

The Zonta Club and Barrenjoey<br />

High School have joined forces<br />

to pack 2000 simple birthing kits<br />

to assist women in developing<br />

countries to have a safe delivery.<br />

All welcome at Barrenjoey High<br />

on Sat 5 from 1pm-3pm. ($3 buys<br />

the materials for one kit and the<br />

training program for its delivery.<br />

Make a donation now or on the<br />

day.) More info call Margaret 0416<br />

182 393 or marg.white@me.com<br />

Citizen science. Be inspired<br />

and learn how you can get<br />

involved in some exciting<br />

research projects and become<br />

part of Northern Beaches<br />

Council's Citizen Science<br />

programs on Thur 17 at 7pm at<br />

the Coastal Environment Centre<br />

North Narrabeen bookings<br />

essential 1300 000 232.<br />

Daffodil Day. A national day<br />

of hope for a cancer-free future,<br />

takes place on Fri, 25 and Cancer<br />

Council NSW is encouraging<br />

you to support the event by<br />

volunteering, buying merchandise<br />

or making a donation. To get<br />

involved in Daffodil Day <strong>2017</strong>, visit<br />

daffodilday.com.au.<br />

Save the date. Tickets for the<br />

northern beaches Melbourne<br />

Cup Fundraising Lunch go on<br />

sale this month. Hosted by<br />

Peninsula Pals for the past 30<br />

years, the event will be held<br />

on November 7 in The Grand<br />

Ballroom, Manly Pacific Hotel<br />

from 11.30-4pm. Tickets $120<br />

includes a two-course lunch<br />

and all beverages. There will be<br />

prizes, raffles, sweeps, fashions<br />

in the field and entertainment<br />

with all funds raised supporting<br />

the local charities Sunnyfield,<br />

BeCentre, SMS Lighthouse and<br />

Burdekin Association. Details at<br />

peninsulapals.org.<br />

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Election Countdown<br />

‘A time for renewal’<br />

News<br />

Interview by Nigel Wall<br />

After more than a year of<br />

consideration, Avalon<br />

community identity<br />

Robert Hopton has committed<br />

to running for Council as part<br />

of the new Northern Beaches<br />

Community Alliance of independents.<br />

Mr Hopton is a 16-year patrolling<br />

member of Avalon Beach<br />

Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving Club. Along<br />

with two past Presidents – his<br />

wife Christine and her successor<br />

Richard Cole – he spent<br />

six years driving the refurbishment<br />

of the Club, in close<br />

partnership with members, the<br />

community and the Council.<br />

“I am a positive and proactive<br />

supporter of the <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

community and believe I have<br />

the skills to help protect this<br />

wonderful part of the world and<br />

bring new blood to the Council,”<br />

he said. “The Northern Beaches<br />

Community Alliance provides<br />

Former <strong>Pittwater</strong> Mayor Alex McTaggart<br />

will stand as an Independent<br />

under the ‘Northern Beaches Community<br />

Alliance’ banner in <strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward at the<br />

upcoming Council election, alongside<br />

well-known Avalon Beach SLSC identity<br />

Robert Hopton.<br />

And former Greens candidate Dr<br />

Conny Harris will run as the Alliance<br />

candidate in Narrabeen Ward, he said.<br />

Mr McTaggart, who served on Council<br />

for 13 years, said original councillors<br />

and community representatives who<br />

delivered a successful financial and representative<br />

council were fading with age<br />

an umbrella for like-minded independent<br />

candidates to stand<br />

under, share ideas, marketing<br />

and electoral issues.”<br />

Professionally Mr Hopton has<br />

worked in design and architecture<br />

for more than 40 years,<br />

leading the development of several<br />

major projects, including<br />

the Victorian Comprehensive<br />

Cancer Clinic, hospitals, urban<br />

planning projects for townships<br />

and local neighborhoods<br />

plus office buildings and retail<br />

projects both in Australia and<br />

overseas.<br />

With the Council Election on<br />

September 9 fast approaching<br />

Mr Hopton spoke to <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong> about what the new generation<br />

of local independents<br />

hoped to achieve if successful…<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>: Why are you<br />

standing and what attracts you<br />

about the NBCA ticket?<br />

Robert Hopton: My business<br />

experience and community<br />

engagement means I can represent<br />

the residents’ interests in<br />

council, bringing focus, clarity<br />

and dedication to ensure that<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> is protected and that<br />

our aspirations as a community<br />

are heard and acted on by the<br />

Northern Beaches Council. I<br />

believe that it is our responsibility<br />

to ensure that when we<br />

are finished, we have improved<br />

and enhanced our habitat for<br />

the next generation. Being a<br />

Councillor will provide me a<br />

platform to do just this. I had<br />

been thinking about running<br />

for some time before the amalgamation,<br />

sharing my thoughts<br />

with several people from different<br />

parts of our community<br />

to see if they thought that I<br />

had something to offer. I was<br />

overwhelmed with the positive<br />

reaction to my suggestions and<br />

I am now stepping up. I have<br />

been fortunate to have two<br />

mentors in my wife Christine<br />

and Alex McTaggart. Alex has<br />

McTaggart forges new Alliance<br />

and that it was “time for renewal”.<br />

“There is a need to ignite the passion<br />

in our younger generation to preserve<br />

and enhance our unique natural environment<br />

and carry on the aspirations of<br />

our predecessors,” the 67-year-old said.<br />

“Council is now an $800 million business<br />

– the area takes in three and a half<br />

state seats and two federal seats… it’s<br />

no longer a place for well-intentioned<br />

amateurs.<br />

“We need serious candidates, and not<br />

individuals using Council as a political<br />

stepladder.”<br />

Mr McTaggart sees himself as the<br />

convinced me that there is a<br />

need for renewal if the new<br />

Council is going to serve the<br />

community well. Alex has spent<br />

the past 24 years in politics and<br />

is concerned that the representation<br />

on the new Council<br />

link between the past and the future<br />

and intends to work to strengthen local<br />

community groups to support the new<br />

Council in the decision-making process.<br />

“This new council with 270,000 residents<br />

is a huge step forward,” he said.<br />

Continued on page 22<br />

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may not adequately represent<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> should a block from<br />

other wards have the power.<br />

PL: If elected, what can the residents<br />

of <strong>Pittwater</strong> expect from<br />

you on the NB Council?<br />

RH: I will be the community’s<br />

voice on all issues. I will vigorously<br />

debate, apply rigor to the<br />

decision-making processes,<br />

look for alternative options to<br />

be put forward by the Council<br />

and make the Council<br />

Staff accountable to their Key<br />

Performance Indicators. I will<br />

protect and enhance our community<br />

and our environment.<br />

All volunteer organisations are<br />

integral to our community – I<br />

will use my best endeavors to<br />

ensure that they are fairly and<br />

accurately represented where<br />

needed. Regarding the Surf <strong>Life</strong><br />

Saving community, I will fight<br />

against any proposal to introduce<br />

paid life guard services to<br />

our beaches, which will minimise<br />

the opportunities for our<br />

volunteers. I will actively lobby<br />

with the Northern Beaches<br />

Branch to the State Government<br />

for funding. I will focus on our<br />

youth and endeavour to ensure<br />

that we have support structures<br />

in place for any of the disaffected.<br />

I will endeavour to provide a<br />

pathway for start-up incubators<br />

as centres of excellence where<br />

we can gain employment and<br />

experience, without having<br />

to commute to other parts<br />

of Sydney. I will encourage<br />

the arts community, to build<br />

on what already is a vibrant<br />

and exciting space; and I will<br />

provide a sounding board and<br />

a way forward for our sporting<br />

community, especially where<br />

sports such as netball are in<br />

dire straits for playing fields.<br />

future of the bigger Council?<br />

RH: Staying as <strong>Pittwater</strong> was<br />

not put forward as an option. I<br />

voted that the three electorates<br />

were split into two, as I thought<br />

that the one, large council<br />

would create issues at a local<br />

level.<br />

As a reminder, the Northern<br />

Beaches Council as it stands<br />

now has a turnover of over<br />

$800m per annum. It looks<br />

after some 270,000 people who<br />

generate some $13.5 billion<br />

each year in revenue. This is a<br />

large and incredibly important<br />

part of the fabric of Sydney and<br />

indeed NSW. With only three<br />

Councillors representing <strong>Pittwater</strong>,<br />

we must have the ability<br />

to shine a spotlight on things<br />

that are wrong, to articulate<br />

and reason with focus and clarity,<br />

and to be able to negotiate<br />

with the other councillors. It is<br />

imperative that alliances are<br />

made and forged, with the three<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Councillors forming<br />

an alliance where decisions<br />

impact <strong>Pittwater</strong>. The elected<br />

Councillors must have strong<br />

connections to <strong>Pittwater</strong> and<br />

be able to bring skill sets to the<br />

process, in planning, in community<br />

awareness, in business<br />

and to help provide surety to<br />

the process of local government.<br />

Councillors will need to<br />

think globally but still respond<br />

and act locally.<br />

PL: What’s your opinion on<br />

the ‘Protect <strong>Pittwater</strong>’ push to<br />

reverse the amalgamation?<br />

RH: The Protect <strong>Pittwater</strong> Group<br />

is a part of the community that<br />

feels disenfranchised and are<br />

disillusioned about the process<br />

instigated by the State Government.<br />

They are concerned that<br />

there will be a return to the old<br />

PL: What’s your opinion on the Warringah days where <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Council amalgamation and the was largely ignored. Success-<br />

Continued on page 20<br />

ful Council candidates must<br />

be representative of the whole<br />

community and ensure that the<br />

best of the “old” <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council<br />

policies are carried over and<br />

continue to be implemented. We<br />

need to ensure that there is continual<br />

consultation and communication<br />

to all parts of our<br />

community to instill confidence<br />

in the new council. The Northern<br />

Beaches Council is a reality.<br />

I don’t believe that this will be<br />

reversed in the short term. The<br />

fact remains that we will have<br />

three Councillors to represent<br />

the <strong>Pittwater</strong> [Ward] community,<br />

to provide a consistent and<br />

clear line of communication<br />

between the residents and the<br />

Council. These Councillors will<br />

need to be able to deal with the<br />

other Councillors on the myriad<br />

problems and issues that arise<br />

in the NBC. Being a single-issue<br />

Councillor in my opinion will<br />

not provide a full representation<br />

for the people of <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

We are concerned about the<br />

quality of life, our pristine environment,<br />

our rates and services,<br />

our youth and the provision of<br />

opportunities for employment<br />

through the establishment of<br />

centres of excellence connected<br />

to universities, colleges and<br />

businesses.<br />

PL: How important is it that the<br />

issues and needs of the former<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Council region are<br />

articulated?<br />

RH: There is a real concern<br />

amongst the community that<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> will slip back in time<br />

to when Warringah ruled and<br />

we were ignored. Our elected<br />

Councillors need to have a<br />

strong and articulate voice at<br />

the ‘boardroom table’ to ensure<br />

that the community voice is<br />

heard and to ensure that there<br />

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News<br />

Continued from page 19<br />

is a continuity of the best<br />

processes and policies from the<br />

‘old’ council. I will remind the<br />

Council that the Council staff<br />

are accountable to the elected<br />

Councillors and that major<br />

decisions that impact on our<br />

way of life that have not been<br />

ratified cannot/should not<br />

proceed. Our community has<br />

ownership, albeit for a relatively<br />

brief period, and we need to<br />

ensure that we don’t waste this<br />

opportunity to provide surety<br />

for our community.<br />

PL: What are your opinions<br />

on things like development<br />

of more than three storeys in<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>, protection of trees,<br />

Mona Vale Hospital…<br />

RH: We need to continually<br />

enhance our community, to<br />

renew and re-invigorate, but<br />

this needs to be relevant and<br />

within the established and<br />

agreed guidelines. If there is<br />

a proposal to provide a new<br />

urban plan for Mona Vale, you<br />

don’t put a completed plan on<br />

the table that shows parts of<br />

Mona Vale having six-storey<br />

buildings without consultation.<br />

Of course this will create<br />

angst and concern amongst<br />

the residents! There is always a<br />

need for continual, clear, community<br />

consultation… we are<br />

the owners. I am firmly against<br />

the idea of having the height<br />

restrictions lifted to accommodate<br />

six storeys. I am firmly<br />

for the renewal of our major<br />

business hubs in <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

ward (Mona Vale, Newport<br />

and Avalon Beach) so that they<br />

attract and retain businesses,<br />

people and tourists to share our<br />

wonderful place in the world. I<br />

believe that the 10/50 ruling<br />

on trees should be revisited<br />

– too many of our trees are<br />

being taken down, destroying<br />

the very fabric of our community.<br />

The Mona Vale Hospital<br />

precinct has been fought over<br />

for many years. The Community<br />

has exerted pressure over<br />

an extended period to ensure<br />

that the area will remain as a<br />

health precinct, but we need to<br />

keep the pressure on to ensure<br />

that it has the facilities that<br />

we, the community, need. Long<br />

term, it could be connected to<br />

a university and develop into a<br />

centre of excellence for health<br />

and science, whilst continuing<br />

to provide outstanding services<br />

to the community.<br />

PL: What about the B-Line?<br />

RH: State issues overlap and<br />

impact continually on our lives.<br />

We need to ensure that we have<br />

‘With only three Councillors representing<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>, we must have the ability to shine<br />

a spotlight on things that are wrong.’<br />

very strong and open lines of<br />

communication with the three<br />

State representatives, so that<br />

they hear our voices. The emotions<br />

shown by the community<br />

over some of the current State<br />

Government initiatives have<br />

been caused through a total<br />

lack of communication and<br />

consultation. This need not be<br />

the case. The classic example<br />

being the B-Line to Newport:<br />

no consultation, no drawings<br />

showing intent and no options<br />

to discuss. I am firmly in favour<br />

of enhanced public transport;<br />

I am not in favour of the lack<br />

of consultation and the lack of<br />

communication by the Minister<br />

of Transport and his people.<br />

The perception in many cases<br />

is because we are a peninsula<br />

we are at the “end of the line”<br />

and the issues of running bus<br />

routes and servicing people<br />

does not make any economic<br />

sense, therefore it will not be<br />

considered. This is not good<br />

enough.<br />

PL: What’s your parting message<br />

to the mums and dads<br />

and the ‘new’ <strong>Pittwater</strong> residents,<br />

as well as the long-term<br />

or multi-generational resident?<br />

RH: We should remember that<br />

we are blessed to live in such a<br />

wonderful part of the world and<br />

to enjoy the magical surroundings;<br />

look after it and look<br />

after yourselves. Especially the<br />

young – let them grow strong<br />

and free, let them explore the<br />

waterways and the National<br />

Parks and encourage them to<br />

find themselves amongst this<br />

magical place. We are a special<br />

community in <strong>Pittwater</strong>; be part<br />

of it, give back to it and enjoy<br />

your life here.<br />

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Biodiversity protection push<br />

Protecting the biodiversity of <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s unique<br />

public transport, and a dedicated bicycle and pedestrian<br />

environment will be Northern Beaches Community network.<br />

Alliance candidate Dr Conny Harris’ priority should she be In her past Council life Dr Harris chaired many committees,<br />

elected to Council in Narrabeen Ward.<br />

including the Traffic, Narrabeen Lagoon, and Waste committees.<br />

A former Deputy Mayor of Warringah, Dr Harris (right)<br />

“Experience and knowledge will be invaluable for the<br />

says she will build on her track record which to date<br />

transformation period ahead, She told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>. “Good<br />

includes convincing Kimbriki Tip into eliminating e-waste governance by the first elected council requires strong ties<br />

from its landfill and her research into roadkill which led to to the community, an ability to listen, an understanding of<br />

the installation of the wallaby fence along the Wakehurst how to operate local government and independence from<br />

Parkway.<br />

developers and political parties.<br />

“It’s crucial that inappropriate development proposals be “Patterns of work, education and even our climate are<br />

red flagged,” she said. “Our environment is under threat. changing,” Dr Harris continued. “This means we will<br />

Huge roadworks and high-rise developments are spoiling have to adapt and improve the ways we do things too – I<br />

the Northern Beaches.”<br />

am determined to make the Northern Beaches a healthy,<br />

Dr Harris said she wanted the region to be more liveable sustainable and intelligent community where people and<br />

and sustainable, with less car dependence, more accessible their families can work and enjoy life.” – Lisa Offord<br />

News<br />

Continued from page 18<br />

“<strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward will have<br />

three of 15 representatives –<br />

we need councillors who can<br />

think globally but act locally.”<br />

Mr McTaggart was Mayor<br />

from 2005 to 2007 and the<br />

Independent member for <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

in the NSW Parliament<br />

from 2005 to 2007 (photo p18).<br />

Whilst serving on Council<br />

he chaired the Corporate,<br />

Legal, Community Services<br />

and Natural Environment<br />

Portfolios.<br />

He was also the President<br />

of SHOROC – the regional<br />

group of four councils made<br />

up of Manly <strong>Pittwater</strong>, Warringah<br />

and Mosman – driving<br />

the transformation of the<br />

Kimbriki recycling facility to<br />

a community-owned company<br />

allowing it to evolve into a<br />

21st century waste recovery<br />

facility.<br />

He said if elected, Alliance<br />

members would play an important<br />

transition role on the<br />

new Council.<br />

“We’ll help with the handing<br />

over of the ‘corporate’<br />

knowledge of the local community,<br />

the issues and the<br />

personalities,” he said. “The<br />

community position on a<br />

particular issue doesn’t come<br />

out of an IKEA box, it is always<br />

generated out of history,<br />

participation and exposure.<br />

This is the knowledge we can<br />

pass on.<br />

“And the 15 councilors as<br />

a ‘board of directors’ will be<br />

hard to manage – the sheer<br />

size of the budget, land size<br />

and staff will lead to a lessening<br />

of community contact…<br />

the easy access of the former<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> council will be lost.”<br />

The Alliance would offer<br />

stability and continuity in a<br />

bigger Council, he said.<br />

“These two adjoining wards<br />

hold the bulk of the environmentally<br />

sensitive land and<br />

have a common catchment in<br />

Narrabeen Lagoon, with all of<br />

the environmental and flood<br />

issues attached,” he said.<br />

“Plus, both wards have relatively<br />

low building heights<br />

and densities – the previous<br />

Councils accepted and supported<br />

views. The residents<br />

will want to see no change in<br />

council policy.<br />

Mr McTaggart said candidates<br />

standing along party<br />

lines was an unhelpful and<br />

unwelcome addition to the Local<br />

Government process.<br />

“Political parties vote in a<br />

block on issues – sometimes<br />

the vote has nothing to do<br />

with the issue and is more<br />

about a political position,” he<br />

said. “Independents bring a<br />

different mindset to the table<br />

and that should be a good<br />

thing.<br />

“If you ask any previous independent<br />

councilor they will<br />

tell you they came to council<br />

because of an issue that affected<br />

them and they decided<br />

to get on council and right the<br />

wrong… this new council will<br />

generate plenty of these disaffected<br />

residents.<br />

“They start out as singleissue<br />

councilors but someone<br />

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smart enough to get elected<br />

soon adapts to the bigger<br />

picture.<br />

He said the community held<br />

fears about governance under<br />

political party lines.<br />

“The Liberals want control<br />

to promote their development<br />

agenda,” he said. “Michael<br />

Regan wants to promote<br />

his personal political ambitions<br />

and the Greens want to<br />

promote their NSW political<br />

agenda.<br />

“And while the councilors<br />

fight over side issues, the<br />

staff push through their<br />

unelected agenda – that’s why<br />

you need independents.<br />

“At 67 and with six grandchildren<br />

I am not seeking a<br />

further life in politics – my<br />

mission is to hand on the<br />

baton.” – Nigel Wall<br />

Greens trio launch bid<br />

Defending <strong>Pittwater</strong> from over-development<br />

whilst fostering sustainable initiatives will<br />

be the mission of any Greens candidate successful<br />

in the upcoming council election.<br />

Clareville resident Miranda Korzy (right)<br />

will head their three-candidates ticket for the<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward, along with Avalon’s Pru Wawn<br />

and Mona Vale’s Andrew McIntosh.<br />

Ms Korzy, a journalist whose family has<br />

lived in Avalon since the 1960s, aims to champion<br />

the <strong>Pittwater</strong> community and environment<br />

on the new council.<br />

“We are at a turning point on the Northern<br />

Beaches,” she said. “Our quiet villages and<br />

beautiful bushland are under threat from a<br />

huge push for development by the state government.<br />

“We need <strong>Pittwater</strong> councillors who will<br />

stand up for the community to ensure concrete,<br />

high-rise and multi-lane roads don’t take<br />

over.”<br />

She said with their tradition of grassroots<br />

democracy, the Greens would listen to residents<br />

and make sure everyone’s voices were beautiful place deserves to be protected and<br />

heard.<br />

that will happen most effectively at a local<br />

“We will also stand up for our community, level.<br />

our bushland and beaches at state level, so “I want to support options on council for<br />

that local planning – whether for homes, hospitals,<br />

public transport or roads – is carried tives.”<br />

sustainable living and local community initia-<br />

out for all of us, rather than in the interests of Andrew McIntosh said he was concerned<br />

developers.”<br />

about the impact of climate change locally,<br />

An active member of P&C associations at adding he would like to use his professional<br />

her kids’ local schools from 2001 until last expertise as an accountant to align council<br />

year, Ms Korzy is also secretary of the Protect policy with sustainable goals.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Association – set up earlier this year “Like anyone with young kids, I want to ensure<br />

we can hand over this area we’re entrust-<br />

to campaign for the restoration of <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Council.<br />

ed with to the next generation intact,” he said.<br />

Party colleague and visual arts teacher Pru “That means we need to use sound financial<br />

Wawn went to Newport Primary School and management to make it happen.<br />

was in the first year to graduate from Barrenjoey<br />

High School.<br />

is designed to benefit the community and the<br />

“The Greens will make sure council policy<br />

“I swim at Avalon Beach all year round and environment – rather than developers.”<br />

love the trees and the bush,” she said. “Such a<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

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News<br />

New chapters for our street libraries<br />

Street libraries continue to be planted in <strong>Pittwater</strong> as the community<br />

embraces the concept of leaving books in distinctive boxes<br />

outside homes to share with others.<br />

One of the first locals to turn a page was Newport’s Rosemary<br />

Puddy (right) who created the Saltpan Point street library the same<br />

week she launched her podcast – thebookpodcast.com – which<br />

features interviews with Australian women writers.<br />

Rosemary’s little dark blue hut attached to the wall on her driveway<br />

in Prince Alfred Parade houses books from all genres, from<br />

crime to cooking, children’s to YA Fiction and non-fiction.<br />

The library was set up around six months ago – with Rosemary<br />

saying it’s tricky to estimate how many books had been “borrowed”<br />

as the library rules were quite flexible.<br />

“On the door it says, ‘take a book, swap a book, or leave a book’<br />

– some weeks they are gone in a few days and other<br />

times over a week or two… I take out any that<br />

haven’t moved after two weeks,” she explained.<br />

Rosemary started the library as a community gesture<br />

and a way to get to know people in her street.<br />

“I get to chat with anyone who happens to be there<br />

when I am coming and going from the house… everyone<br />

loves the idea,” she said.<br />

“I did put a couple of racier books in the library<br />

in my first week – and got two Bibles back in return!<br />

Must have thought I needed redemption,” she said<br />

with a laugh.<br />

Rosemary added street libraries were not just for<br />

households, adding any business or club could set<br />

one up.<br />

“It’s a great way to connect and step outside your<br />

reading comfort zone.”<br />

Meanwhile in Terrey Hills, you can’t miss the colourful Possum<br />

Lodge street library in Burraga Avenue.<br />

Curated by Radio Northern Beaches (88.7 and 90.3FM) community<br />

program host, artist, and Sydney Wildlife Rescuer Michelle<br />

Holmes, the library holds 90 books, with up to half of them moving<br />

every week.<br />

The library, which cost just $50 for paint and hardware, was<br />

built by Michelle’s husband Bill “out of his magic garage of bits and<br />

pieces”, with a kindly neighbour supplying Perspex.<br />

Michelle said response from the community had been wonderful.<br />

“We started with the stand-alone library but soon found people<br />

were messaging me and offering books,” Michelle said. “So we<br />

included two plastic tubs – one for children and one for more adult<br />

books… then soon after came the offer of DVDs.<br />

“Two little girls drew thank-you notes and<br />

thanked me… their mum said they thought the fairies<br />

had built it,” Michelle said.<br />

“One man takes a regular walk each week to select<br />

a book and a family comes after school because one<br />

little man loves cookbooks.<br />

“I had a beautiful letter saying how pleased this<br />

giver of books was because the books were a collection<br />

that belonged to her grandmother and she was<br />

happy to know they will now be loved all over again.<br />

“It made me quite teary to be the recipient of such<br />

emotion.”<br />

* For more information on Street Libraries go<br />

to streetlibrary.com.au where other local libraries<br />

listed include The Tardis at 47 Patrick St, Avalon and<br />

A Novel Idea at 1758 <strong>Pittwater</strong> Rd, Bayview.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

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Council<br />

to close<br />

the book<br />

on fines?<br />

If members of your household<br />

remain haunted by the<br />

prospect of a hefty fine for<br />

long-forgotten and overdue<br />

library books, they might<br />

soon be able to relax –<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

is planning to investigate<br />

whether to follow the City of Sydney Council’s<br />

lead and put in place an amnesty on late returns.<br />

City of Sydney announced a trial amnesty period last<br />

July; in the eight months since, a staggering 67,945 library<br />

resources were returned – more than triple the number of<br />

overdue items returned in the 12 months prior.<br />

Consequently, they have initiated a new system, with fines<br />

for overdue book returns shelved until 2021.<br />

It reported the trial had resulted in greater levels of customer<br />

satisfaction and freed up staff to focus on more positive<br />

tasks, rather than administering fines.<br />

Under their new system, library memberships will be suspended<br />

until an overdue item is returned – an approach they<br />

says has been welcomed by its library members.<br />

After <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> brought the results of the City of<br />

Sydney amnesty trial to the attention of Northern Beaches<br />

Council, Administrator Dick Persson said he would ask<br />

Council and library staff to examine the merits of applying<br />

the system locally.<br />

He noted two-thirds of residents in the broader Northern<br />

Beaches Council area were members of a library.<br />

“We’re always happy to look at ways of doing things better,<br />

and I’m very interested in knowing more about the trial the<br />

City of Sydney has conducted,” Mr Persson said. – Nigel Wall<br />

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Book Reviews<br />

News<br />

Fluke<br />

Lesley Gibbes<br />

Working Title Press<br />

$24.99<br />

It has been a wonderful<br />

winter for whale<br />

watching, one of the<br />

many pleasures of<br />

living on the Northern<br />

Beaches.<br />

In 2012, Sydney was kept<br />

enthralled as for the third<br />

time in recorded history, a<br />

Southern Right whale gave<br />

birth to a calf in the Harbour,<br />

and since then other calves<br />

have been sighted in this<br />

natural nursery.<br />

Local author Lesley Gibbes<br />

has drawn on the events<br />

of one such calf that was<br />

separated from its mother<br />

and found hiding by a boat,<br />

to bring us her latest picture<br />

book Fluke. Artist Michelle<br />

Dawson brings Lesley’s<br />

prose to life with beautiful<br />

illustrations and there are<br />

lots of whale facts to educate<br />

young readers.<br />

It’s not too early to start<br />

putting books away for<br />

Christmas, and Beachside<br />

Bookshop has signed copies<br />

which makes Fluke even more<br />

special. – Libby Armstrong<br />

Collisions<br />

Janet Austin<br />

Pegasus $17.99<br />

The first published work<br />

of Clareville resident Janet<br />

Austin, this easy-reading<br />

novella switches between<br />

parallel plotlines before the<br />

story converges with impact,<br />

as its title suggests.<br />

On a visit to her sister, Eve<br />

has further confirmation of<br />

the unhappy state of her sister<br />

Rose’s marriage. Eve finds it<br />

hard to put up with her difficult<br />

brother-in-law, and urges her<br />

sister to give thought to her<br />

future.<br />

That sets about a chain of<br />

events that will affect them all.<br />

Meanwhile unhappy teenager<br />

Perry struggles for attention at<br />

home from his mother and her<br />

new partner. When a note is<br />

sent home from school, Perry’s<br />

mum thinks it is another tale<br />

of disappointment regarding<br />

her child.<br />

Her boyfriend teaches Perry<br />

a lesson – which sets the<br />

youngster off on his own path<br />

of pay-back.<br />

Available at Beachside Books<br />

or online. – Nigel Wall<br />

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

Let loose at Woven<br />

community concert<br />

Let the local group Loosely<br />

Woven led by Wayne<br />

Richmond take you on a<br />

musical journey at a free<br />

community concert in Avalon<br />

Baptist Church on Sunday 6<br />

at 4pm. The concert Going<br />

Home, named after the<br />

opening song from Dvorak’s<br />

New World Symphony,<br />

includes a wide range of items<br />

including modern Australian<br />

songs, folk, rock and soul.<br />

Amongst the performers this<br />

month is a young man from<br />

Tanzania who has taught the<br />

group two of his own songs.<br />

Loosely Woven encourage<br />

audience participation in<br />

their concerts which are<br />

always lots of fun and feature<br />

flutes, saxophones, clarinets,<br />

trumpet, recorders, harp,<br />

concertina, melodicas,<br />

glockenspiel, xylophone,<br />

guitars, keyboard and<br />

percussion. Wayne and his<br />

musicians regularly contribute<br />

to Amnesty International’s<br />

work. Entry is free and the<br />

Church at 2 George St supplies<br />

a free supper. Donations to<br />

Amnesty are voluntary. More<br />

info looselywoven.org.<br />

Digital boat<br />

licences set sail<br />

Boaters can now download a<br />

digital Boat Driving Licence<br />

on their phones, following the<br />

rollout of digital boat licences<br />

and vessel registrations across<br />

NSW. The State Government<br />

says it issues more than 23<br />

million licences and permits<br />

each year, covering more than<br />

760 different categories. This<br />

News<br />

Midget submarine wreck dive ballot announced<br />

A trial ballot will see selected<br />

members of the public<br />

permitted to dive 54m to the<br />

Japanese midget submarine<br />

M24 wreck off Bungan beach<br />

headland in November. NSW<br />

Heritage Minister Gabrielle<br />

Upton said the public dive<br />

open day would remember<br />

the people who died the<br />

night the Japanese midget<br />

submarines entered Sydney<br />

Harbour. “This year marks<br />

the 75th anniversary and<br />

the only time Sydney has<br />

come under attack – it’s<br />

a significant moment in<br />

Australia’s history,” Ms<br />

Upton said. “This dive ballot<br />

is a rare opportunity for<br />

people to visit an underwater<br />

site of international<br />

heritage significance in a<br />

respectful and sensitive<br />

way.” Two groups of six will<br />

be chosen from the ballot,<br />

to coincide with the 11th<br />

anniversary of the M24<br />

site’s discovery. The M24<br />

site is the only remaining<br />

midget submarine from the<br />

1942 attack located in situ<br />

underwater. It remains the<br />

grave for the two Japanese<br />

submariners. On 31 May<br />

1942, 21 sailors were killed<br />

aboard the navy depot ship<br />

HMAS Kuttabul along with<br />

six Japanese submariners<br />

aboard three midget<br />

submarines. The dive will<br />

be conducted according to<br />

strict protections under<br />

federal and state laws – there<br />

are penalties of up to $1.1m<br />

for disturbing the M24 site.<br />

Registrations environment.<br />

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means customers could be<br />

carrying up to six different<br />

government licences or<br />

permits in their wallet. It’s<br />

hoped the move to a digital<br />

platform will not only make<br />

it easier for boaters, but also<br />

help authorities make the<br />

waterways safer. The only<br />

exception is for personal<br />

watercraft licence holders who<br />

need to carry physical licences<br />

when out on a jet ski, as photo<br />

identification is required. More<br />

info www.service.nsw.gov.au.<br />

Fundraising starts for<br />

next China adventure<br />

Following <strong>Pittwater</strong> High<br />

School (PHS) Performing<br />

Ensembles’ enormously<br />

successful instrumental tour<br />

of China in 2016, planning is<br />

now underway for a return<br />

excursion. PHS Performing<br />

Ensembles Committee are<br />

fundraising with the goal<br />

of taking as many talented<br />

and keen performers as<br />

possible overseas in 2020 to<br />

showcase the musical talent<br />

on our Northern Beaches. The<br />

Committee is aiming to raise<br />

enough funds by 2020 to see<br />

their current Year 7 and 8<br />

students and future students<br />

experience this amazing<br />

opportunity. On Sunday<br />

<strong>August</strong> 6 <strong>Pittwater</strong> High are<br />

holding a Car Boot Sale in the<br />

school grounds from 7.30am<br />

to 1.30pm to kick-start this<br />

initiative – if you’re looking<br />

for a bargain, join the fun with<br />

coffee, cakes and a sausage<br />

sizzle. Anyone interested in<br />

booking a boot should visit<br />

trybooking.com/PZCM.<br />

Polo by the Sea<br />

sponsor deals<br />

The best party on the<br />

Northern Beaches – Polo by<br />

the Sea – returns to Hitchcock<br />

Park on Saturday January<br />

13, 2018, followed by an epic<br />

after party, with mini-bus<br />

transfers directly from the<br />

polo venue. Organisers have<br />

launched a special early-bird<br />

deal: Businesses within a<br />

10-kilometre radius of Palm<br />

Beach receive a 15% discount<br />

on Corporate Hospitality &<br />

Sponsorship, if booked prior<br />

to September 15. Email info@<br />

poloenterprises.com.au for<br />

more details.<br />

Tracey gets spicy<br />

at Live@Library<br />

Northern Beaches literature<br />

lovers take note: the <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

House School library is<br />

scheduling a series of events<br />

called Live@Library that will<br />

showcase local authors and<br />

their work. First up is wellknown<br />

local celebrity, Tracey<br />

Spicer, who will discuss her<br />

book ‘The Good Girl Stripped<br />

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

Continued from page 29<br />

Bare’. Tracey will provide<br />

an engaging evening of<br />

discussion and laughs and will<br />

be happy to sign copies of her<br />

book (which will be available<br />

for purchase on the evening).<br />

The event is on Monday <strong>August</strong><br />

28 from 7-9pm. Tickets can be<br />

purchased via traceyspicer.<br />

eventbrite.com.au; bookings<br />

essential (adults only – 18 +).<br />

– NSW Trustee & Guardian;<br />

Carer Wellbeing – Alzheimer’s<br />

Australia NSW; and Support<br />

services in the local area.<br />

The workshop will be held<br />

on Friday <strong>August</strong> 11, from<br />

10.30am-3pm in the Oaks<br />

Room, Dee Why RSL Club.<br />

Morning tea and lunch<br />

included. To book phone<br />

Northern Beaches Community<br />

Connect on 9931 7777.<br />

safety and its recreational<br />

use. Features include a new,<br />

26-space accessible carpark,<br />

concrete seating platforms,<br />

picnic tables and chairs<br />

and beach shower as well<br />

as custom shade structures<br />

and new grassed areas. The<br />

upgrade will also control<br />

erosion and ensure run-off<br />

from the carpark is filtered<br />

prior to entering the lagoon.<br />

News<br />

Alan celebrates<br />

90th with Salt<br />

Pan Friends<br />

Friends and family of<br />

lifetime Salt Pan and<br />

Refuge Cove Association<br />

volunteer Alan Thompson<br />

turned out in force<br />

last month to help him<br />

celebrate his 90th birthday<br />

and honour his volunteer<br />

service. Association<br />

chairman Robert Vine<br />

said Alan had been the<br />

“ultimate volunteer” who<br />

for 40 years had been<br />

involved in the protection<br />

of their rights as users<br />

of the waterway. “Alan is<br />

the source of the Salt Pan<br />

Association, the Marine<br />

Watch and has served on<br />

multiple advisory panels<br />

for many years.<br />

What life was like<br />

as a ‘Blitz kid’<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Men’s Probus Club<br />

member Bryan Pritchard will<br />

speak of his memories as a<br />

‘Blitz kid’ during the bombing<br />

of London in World War II, and<br />

later as a banker in Australia,<br />

at the Club’s next meeting on<br />

Tuesday <strong>August</strong> 8. Venue is<br />

Mona Vale Golf Club, starting<br />

at 10.30am. Visitors welcome;<br />

more information from Bill<br />

Marshall on 9999 5226.<br />

Caring for someone<br />

with memory loss?<br />

A workshop is being held for<br />

carers and families of people<br />

with dementia to help them<br />

plan for the future. This is<br />

an opportunity for carers to<br />

improve their knowledge,<br />

access a range of support<br />

services and connect with<br />

others. There will be four<br />

presentations from expert<br />

speakers: Financial planning<br />

– by John Saunders (<strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Partnership); Legal Planning<br />

New Birdwood Park<br />

upgrade complete<br />

Locals are flocking back<br />

to Birdwood Park, next to<br />

Narrabeen Lagoon (below),<br />

and enjoying the benefits of<br />

a recent $365,000 Council<br />

upgrade to facilities. After 30<br />

years of heavy use, the park –<br />

one of the Northern Beaches’<br />

most popular recreation areas<br />

– had become rundown. The<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

believes the upgrade will<br />

greatly improve accessibility,<br />

‘Protect <strong>Pittwater</strong>’<br />

engages lawyers<br />

for council fight<br />

Advocates for the former<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Council have engaged<br />

a legal team to consider taking<br />

the NSW Government to court<br />

to recover the council. Protect<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Association president<br />

Bob Grace says the group has<br />

selected solicitors from the<br />

firm Beswick Lynch. “We now<br />

have our legal team in place,”<br />

Mr Grace said. “We are doing<br />

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this with funding raised from<br />

the community – so we must<br />

take a responsible approach.”<br />

He labelled the fact residents<br />

had to spend money to fight to<br />

get the former Council back “a<br />

disgrace”. “Internal polling by<br />

the Council before the mergers<br />

showed 89 per cent of <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

residents wanted to retain our<br />

council.” The group is also<br />

circulating a petition calling<br />

on the state government to<br />

reconstitute <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council;<br />

supporters have already<br />

collected more than the 250<br />

signatures needed under the<br />

Local Government Act to spark<br />

a government inquiry into<br />

the amalgamation. Moves for<br />

de-amalgamations are also<br />

occurring in State Parliament,<br />

with a bill put forward in the<br />

Upper House by the Shooters,<br />

Kids go casual for a<br />

serious cancer cause<br />

While many mums were getting prepped for Fight On The<br />

Beaches’ annual Christmas In July Charity Ball, loads of<br />

local kids also had the chance to dress up and support<br />

a great cause. <strong>Pittwater</strong> Community Schools and several<br />

state, private and pre-schools hosted a Christmas In July<br />

mufti day late last month to support FOTB. All 13 PCS<br />

schools were involved, including the high schools, as well<br />

as Good Start Kindy in Mona Vale and Newport Kindy.<br />

FOTB has raised more than $800,000 over three years to<br />

fight for a cure for cancer, with funds raised supporting<br />

Australian cancer research while engaging in communitybased<br />

early detection and prevention programs. Started by<br />

a group of local women who have been impacted by cancer,<br />

FOTB has funded five cancer researchers over the past<br />

three years. (Pictured starting top row are Madison Everitt<br />

(NBCS), Charlie Heaton-Armstrong (MV), Alex Everitt<br />

(NBCS), Oliver Heaton-Armstrong (MV); and Jack Parker<br />

(CP), Emily Parker (CP) and Isobel Heaton-Armstrong.<br />

Fishers and Farmers Party<br />

and amended by the Greens<br />

passed last month. The bill,<br />

supported by all parties except<br />

the Coalition, gives residents in<br />

forcibly amalgamated councils<br />

the right to a plebiscite on<br />

de-mergers. It is expected to be<br />

presented to the Lower House<br />

in early <strong>August</strong>.<br />

Veterans Day<br />

for Avalon<br />

The inaugural Northern<br />

Beaches Veterans and<br />

Community Day will be held<br />

in Dunbar Park at Avalon on<br />

Sunday November 12. The new<br />

free event, from 10am-4pm,<br />

evolved due to the success of<br />

the Avalon Military Tattoo over<br />

the past 10 years, the enhanced<br />

relationship between RSL Sub-<br />

Branches and the community,<br />

and to carry on the legacy of<br />

Tattoo driving force CDRE<br />

Graham Sloper. It will provide<br />

an opportunity for younger<br />

generations to learn more about<br />

past and current conflicts and<br />

to meet veterans and serving<br />

members of the ADF.<br />

The day will feature local<br />

schools and community groups<br />

showcasing their talents in<br />

music, drama and art with a<br />

veterans theme, with a stage<br />

and live music performances<br />

throughout the day. There<br />

will also be an ANZAC Biscuit<br />

baking competition, a quilting<br />

display, plus interactive<br />

exhibitions. Funds raised will go<br />

towards Veterans organisations,<br />

including the Veterans Centre<br />

Sydney Northern Beaches.<br />

More info email subbranch@<br />

avalonrsl.com.au<br />

Vet<br />

on<br />

call<br />

with<br />

Dr Ben Brown<br />

Periodontal disease is<br />

simply disease around the<br />

outside of the tooth which,<br />

importantly, includes the<br />

part of the tooth below the<br />

gum line that is not visible<br />

to pet owners. Because our<br />

pets don’t brush or floss<br />

their teeth, they often suffer<br />

from periodontal disease.<br />

Periodontal disease is caused<br />

by increasing amounts of<br />

dental calculus (or plaque) on<br />

the outside of the tooth that<br />

harbours bacteria which then<br />

infects the tooth below the<br />

gum line. This infection results<br />

in progressive destruction of<br />

the jawbone around the tooth<br />

and the periodontal ligament<br />

that attaches the tooth to the<br />

bone.<br />

The only way to accurately<br />

diagnose periodontal disease<br />

is to take dental x-rays. This<br />

is done in a very similar way<br />

that a dentist would assess<br />

our teeth in a dentistry<br />

practice; however, our pets<br />

require a general anaesthetic.<br />

Unfortunately, the only way<br />

to treat advanced periodontal<br />

disease is to remove the tooth<br />

that is infected, so prevention<br />

is much better than cure!<br />

The best way to prevent<br />

periodontal disease is via<br />

removal and prevention of<br />

dental calculus (or plaque).<br />

Dental calculus is removed<br />

from our pets in the same<br />

way it is in people – using<br />

an ultrasonic dental scaler,<br />

the teeth are then polished<br />

afterwards to provide<br />

additional protection. The best<br />

way to prevent the build-up of<br />

dental calculus is brushing at<br />

home using special pet tooth<br />

brushes and tooth paste.<br />

There are also preventative<br />

dental diets, water additives<br />

and dental chews available<br />

that also effectively prevent<br />

periodontal disease.<br />

* This month we are<br />

offering free dental health<br />

check-ups for your pet – drop<br />

in and see us at either of our<br />

Sydney Animal Hospitals at<br />

Newport or Avalon.<br />

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Horses roaming the streets have been an intrinsic<br />

part of the southern <strong>Pittwater</strong> community for many<br />

decades. But for how much longer?<br />

Story by Rosamund Burton<br />

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The Urban<br />

Cowboy<br />

A<br />

bay and a pinto are tethered to a street pole outside<br />

Zubi Espresso cafe on Ocean Street in North Narrabeen.<br />

Sid Slaven, who owns the horses, and Ted Adams, the<br />

owner of the building, reminisce about when Sid taught Ted<br />

how to cut a piece of glass back in the 1970s, while Ted’s<br />

granddaughter Laura delights in being able to pat the two<br />

animals.<br />

“Everybody loves the horses, they always draw a crowd,” says<br />

the café’s owner Sam Todman, “especially all the kids.”<br />

Sid Slaven and Phoebe Custer ride to Zubi Espresso for coffee<br />

a couple of times a week. The three of us sit outside on stools,<br />

while the horses stand quietly munching carrots.<br />

Nicknamed Urban Cowboy by ex-South Sydney footballer<br />

Jason Death, Sid (who is nearly 70), has been riding around<br />

Warriewood and the North Narrabeen area for the past 25 years.<br />

“I’ve never had a riding lesson in my life,” he says, with a<br />

glint in his blue eyes, “and it shows!”<br />

His aunt had a weekender in Narrabeen, and he used to<br />

come to the Northern Beaches every weekend. He worked for a<br />

glass company in Parramatta, and lived in Homebush. Then in<br />

1968 the glass company opened a branch at Brookvale, and he<br />

moved with his wife to Narrabeen.<br />

Before he took up riding he had been a keen water skier,<br />

until a mate had a waterskiing accident while in America and<br />

was left a paraplegic. When Sid asked him what he was going<br />

to do, he replied: “I’m going to buy a horse. Why don’t you buy<br />

one?” The friend bought a trotter, and for $800 Sid bought a<br />

thoroughbred fresh from the racecourse.<br />

“I’ve had a passion for horses ever since,” he says, “despite<br />

being bucked off a couple of times.”<br />

Sid has owned Dakota, a part Arab horse and part Welsh<br />

pony, for 17 years.<br />

“I’ve taken him everywhere,” he says. “He could be on the<br />

beach today, and tomorrow I could be on a friend’s property at<br />

Rylestone chasing cattle, or on top of Mudgee Mountain. He’s a<br />

beautiful animal.”<br />

Phoebe is riding Sid’s younger stock horse, Ned. Ten years<br />

ago Phoebe Custer and her husband moved to Turimetta<br />

Headland.<br />

“One of the reasons I wanted to buy the house was that<br />

from the back I could see the pony club, and the horses<br />

cantering around the Clive Rogers Equestrian Ground on<br />

Sunday mornings.” Phoebe had grown up riding at Frenchs<br />

Forest, but with a young family was unable to own a horse at<br />

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OPPOSITE: Sid Slaven<br />

on his trusty steed,<br />

Dakota, on Narrabeen<br />

Beach; riding partner<br />

of 10 years Phoebe<br />

Custer sits atop Ned;<br />

the horses grazing on<br />

the headland; Dakota<br />

takes a dip heading<br />

south towards Curl<br />

Curl; beach bliss on<br />

the soft sand; a gallop<br />

through the lagoon<br />

entrance.<br />

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this stage of her life. Soon after they moved into the house,<br />

Sid rode up to Turimetta Headland.<br />

“I went running over in my pyjamas with carrots, and told<br />

him that I used to have horses. ‘Anytime you want someone to<br />

come riding with you, let me know,’ I said. To which Sid replied,<br />

‘I’ve got a million of you girls who want to ride my horses.’”<br />

However, Phoebe persisted, and when she next saw Sid, she<br />

asked him again. This time he invited her for a ride, and since<br />

that day, nine years ago, they have ridden Sid’s horses together<br />

twice a week.<br />

“We jump on and make it part of our day, and part of our<br />

life. We ride the horses on the beaches, and in summer we take<br />

them swimming in Narrabeen Lake. It’s pretty special,” says<br />

Phoebe.<br />

Sid has nearly retired now, but still occasionally rides Dakota<br />

to someone’s house to give a quote for glazing work. Sometimes<br />

he can also be seen at 2am riding around the empty streets, or<br />

along the beach at first light.<br />

“I just love getting on a horse,” he says.<br />

But now he’s worried that his days of riding on the Northern<br />

Beaches are numbered. Warriewood Valley used to be full of small<br />

farms and market gardens, so there were always paddocks for<br />

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Continued on page 35<br />

‘PARKING’<br />


Taking a coffee break<br />

outside Zubi Espresso<br />

Cafe at Narrabeen.<br />

horses. But with residential development the agricultural land has<br />

been slowly lost. Sid reckons he’s leased about 10 paddocks over<br />

the past 25 years. Currently he’s renting one from the Northern<br />

Beaches Council before the site is developed. Then he’s unsure<br />

where he’ll be able to keep his horses.<br />

“There are no paddocks left. There’ll be no horses in<br />

Warriewood Valley because there’ll be nowhere to keep them,”<br />

he laments.<br />

Sid is philosophical about the inevitable advance of<br />

progress; however, after the death of his Clydesdale, Sam,<br />

at the beginning of July, he is finding it hard to come to<br />

terms with the lack of safe paths or verges for horse riders<br />

because of the amount of construction work in the area. A<br />

young woman who exercises Sam for him, and he were riding<br />

along Warriewood Road, and the Clydesdale fell on a slippery<br />

driveway and didn’t get up.<br />

“Half an hour later my beautiful 20-year Clydesdale was<br />

lying on the ground dead,” he recounts. “You’ve got me at a<br />

difficult time.”<br />

Sid and Phoebe finish their coffees and ride down the road<br />

to North Narrabeen Reserve, and I follow behind by bicycle.<br />

The south-western section of the reserve is the Clive Rogers<br />

Equestrian Ground. Sid remembers polo matches being<br />

played here in the mid-1990s and it being a place that people<br />

could exercise a horse at any time. We ride down to a locked<br />

building that has a faded sign on the side saying, Manly<br />

Warringah <strong>Pittwater</strong> Pony Club. Sid was president of the club<br />

for five years until 2010. The club closed at the end of 2015,<br />

Sid explains, due to lack of members.<br />

The <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council had stipulated in 2004 that use of the<br />

Clive Rogers Equestrian Ground was only permitted through<br />

the approval and or membership of the Pony Club.<br />

“So now, despite it being an equestrian ground, as far as the<br />

Council are concerned, nobody can ride here, because no-one<br />

is a member of the Pony Club anymore,” says Sid. “Now there<br />

is no provision for anyone who has a horse in Warriewood<br />

Valley to actually ride on a piece of grass. The only place the<br />

Council allows horses is the road!”<br />

Sid says there are only 13 horses left in the valley, and<br />

about eight riders. He acknowledges there are horse trails<br />

at Duffys Forest and Terrey Hills, but adds: “Because we’re a<br />

minority we’re being discriminated against by the Council. We<br />

all realise that the era of horses in the valley is coming to an<br />

end… but don’t polish us off before it’s all over.”<br />

The horses not only bring pleasure to people in the local<br />

community, but are also part of the history of the area,<br />

Phoebe says.<br />

“Sid and his horses are part of the culture of Narrabeen.<br />

He’s the original urban cowboy.”<br />

To have your say about horses on the Northern Beaches go<br />

to www.facebook.com/NorthernBeachesHorses<br />

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

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

YHA’s brush with mural fame<br />

Internationally recognised artist Kim<br />

Polomka well and truly left his mark at<br />

the <strong>Pittwater</strong> YHA recently.<br />

Visiting family with his 8-year-old son<br />

Max last month, Kim created a series<br />

of murals to help celebrate the hostel’s<br />

50th year on the Morning Bay Hillside.<br />

“This is such a special place and the<br />

best digital detox in the world,” he told<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>.<br />

Kim is probably best known for his<br />

large-scale murals of colour and whimsy<br />

adorning rooftops, walls and alleyways<br />

in Colorado Springs where he has been<br />

based for 18 years.<br />

The Australian-born fine arts trained<br />

artist turned his hand to large-scale mural<br />

painting shortly after settling in the<br />

city, embarking on a mission to “break<br />

up the mundane”.<br />

Widely credited with softening the<br />

city’s streetscape, he has inspired a<br />

growing band of artists to create (sometimes<br />

controversial) public art, with<br />

downtown Colorado Springs experiencing<br />

a “mini-Renaissance”.<br />

As the photos show, Kim had no<br />

It’s not too late to enquire<br />

about the timetable and<br />

enrol for Term 3 courses at<br />

Sydney Art Space, Mona Vale.<br />

Convenor Christine Simpson<br />

said courses include sculpture<br />

workshop, lifeclass for<br />

sculpture, drawing, painting,<br />

life-drawing, Kids Art Club<br />

and HSC: Exploration and<br />

Intention.<br />

“And a new four-week<br />

course starts on Wednesday<br />

<strong>August</strong> 2 – An Introduction to<br />

Abstraction with Rachel Carroll<br />

using mixed media,” said<br />

Christine.<br />

SAS will also be offering two<br />

fantastic workshops in <strong>August</strong>,<br />

with bookings essential:<br />

Get Out of your Mind and<br />

into your Art features artist<br />

and educator Gitte Backhausen<br />

on Sunday <strong>August</strong> 6 from<br />

10am-4pm. “In this one-day<br />

workshop you will be exploring<br />

unlocking the psychological<br />

blockers to the creative<br />

process to get you into your<br />

creative flow via drawing,<br />

painting and mixed media<br />

techniques,” said Christine.<br />

Christine herself will<br />

oversee the See and Draw<br />

Natural Sydney workshop at<br />

Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment<br />

from 1-4pm on Sunday<br />

<strong>August</strong> 26. “Workshoppers<br />

will learn about drawing plein<br />

air using medium such as<br />

charcoal, pencil and pen to<br />

worries embracing and showcasing the<br />

beautiful surroundings in our neck of<br />

the woods, with colourful depictions in<br />

the bathroom.<br />

“I wanted to do something that celebrated<br />

this wonderful environment and<br />

pay homage to the Australian bush,” he<br />

said.<br />

“What a joy it is to come here and<br />

recharge the batteries.”<br />

See Kim’s work for yourself at <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

YHA – and if you volunteer for two<br />

mornings’ bush regeneration on <strong>August</strong><br />

25-27, you’ll get two nights’ accommodation<br />

with all meals for only $20.<br />

Bookings are essential – there’s a $50<br />

non-refundable booking fee, with a $30<br />

refund on arrival. More info 9999 5748<br />

or email <strong>Pittwater</strong>@yha.com.au<br />

<strong>August</strong> workshops offer great variety<br />

explore techniques in hatching,<br />

smudging and dotting as<br />

you develop planes, depth and<br />

form in your drawings,” she<br />

said. (Easels, boards, clips,<br />

drawing paper and materials<br />

will be supplied and you can<br />

take home your drawing.)<br />

You can check out availability<br />

for courses at www.<br />

sydneyartspace.com<br />

* The Art Space team are now<br />

curating the line-up for the<br />

Newport Sculpture Trailblazers<br />

<strong>2017</strong>. All interested sculptors,<br />

painters, installation, performance<br />

and sound artists are<br />

encouraged to send proposals<br />

to info@sydneyartspace.com.<br />

“Show us what you can do!”<br />

Christine urged. (Deadline for<br />

proposals is <strong>August</strong> 25.)<br />

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

Social statements<br />

at Knox Art Show<br />

More than 500 thoughtprovoking<br />

paintings,<br />

photographs, sculptures,<br />

prints, drawings and<br />

ceramic works will be on<br />

display at the annual Knox<br />

Grammar Art Show from<br />

Thursday 3 to Thursday 10<br />

<strong>August</strong>.<br />

The free exhibition will<br />

showcase the talents of<br />

the School’s Visual Arts<br />

students from Years 7 to 12.<br />

“The exhibition includes<br />

all of our Year 12 Visual Art<br />

students’ bodies of works,”<br />

said Acting Head Teacher<br />

and Art Show Co-ordinator<br />

Rachel Smith. “The boys<br />

have been busy working<br />

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over the school holidays to<br />

complete their works for the<br />

upcoming exhibition.”<br />

The students have created<br />

works that comment on the<br />

environment, politics, social<br />

structures and personal<br />

issues. An example is Year<br />

12 student Ben Jackson’s<br />

provocative and “immersive”<br />

photos (above).<br />

The exhibition will take<br />

place at the Knox Great Hall,<br />

Pacific Highway, Wahroonga.<br />

Entry is free, with the<br />

exhibition open from 9am to<br />

4pm on weekdays and 10am<br />

to 2pm on the weekend.<br />

More info www.knox.nsw.<br />

edu.au – Nigel Wall<br />

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

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

‘Endless’ possibilities at<br />

spot Bruce Brown missed<br />

It’s not the most picturesque<br />

entry to a renowned surf<br />

spot. Fire has swept the<br />

coastal hills and ridges<br />

between Port Elizabeth and<br />

Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.<br />

A long, low, curved ridge<br />

rises just north of the road,<br />

blackened face crowned by<br />

bare white granite. Driving<br />

past, it feels as if you’re<br />

about to be cleaned up by the<br />

biggest set ever.<br />

Yet eventually the road<br />

winds its way out of the hills<br />

and over a crest, and still 15<br />

kilometres away, yet instantly<br />

recognisable, there it is: J-Bay.<br />

The myth. The legend. The<br />

spot famously bypassed by<br />

film-maker Bruce Brown, who<br />

headed further east to Cape<br />

St Francis for his big secretspot<br />

sequence in ‘Endless<br />

Summer’.<br />

To coin a phrase, Bruce<br />

missed it. But maybe not.<br />

Jeffreys is not a summer<br />

spot, not unless you’re one<br />

of the well-off families from<br />

Johannesburg who own<br />

the deep Roaring Fortiesplus<br />

wind bands that circle<br />

the planet, shifting north<br />

between June and September<br />

and smashing everywhere<br />

from southern Australia to<br />

Peru to Indonesia and Africa<br />

in the process.<br />

I was there ostensibly to<br />

write about the World Surf<br />

League’s mega pro event, the<br />

Corona Open in mid-July, but<br />

I was more motivated by the<br />

surf forecast (epic) and the<br />

chance to talk with some of<br />

South Africa’s surfing elders<br />

about the development of the<br />

sport.<br />

Jeffreys is where South<br />

African surfing had its<br />

Woodstock moment. In the<br />

early to mid-1960s, surfing<br />

focused on the big coastal<br />

towns like Cape Town and<br />

Durban, both many hundreds<br />

of kilometres away from this<br />

very minor outpost. The long<br />

Jeffreys point was farmland;<br />

occasionally passing surfers<br />

would camp in the bushes.<br />

In 1968 two Australian<br />

surfers, Tony Wright and John<br />

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Although far from a modern Byron, Jeffreys Bay in South Africa is the real deal, writes Nick...<br />

BEYOND BYRON: Jeffreys Bay bends like a point but breaks on a mixture of rock and sand. Photos: Nick Carroll.<br />

expensive real estate high<br />

on the hill overlooking the<br />

bay, and leave it empty most<br />

of the year, waiting for the<br />

Christmas break. For a surfer,<br />

J-Bay is all about winter, and<br />

Batcheldor, arrived by boat<br />

in Cape Town. They brought<br />

with them the shortboard<br />

revolution – an explosive<br />

down-shift in board design<br />

that occurred in perfect sync<br />

with the Summer of Love and<br />

the sport’s big moment of<br />

cultural change.<br />

“John and I thought we<br />

were going to the bottom of<br />

Africa to surf those magical<br />

waves for 12 months or so,<br />

until the money ran out,” Tony<br />

later told RSA’s surf historian<br />

Pat Flanagan. Instead, they<br />

helped re-invent surfing,<br />

into something faster, lighter<br />

and more dramatic. The<br />

shorter boards fit South<br />

Africa’s waves the way they<br />

did Australia’s: like acoustic<br />

guitars suddenly turned<br />

electric. And nowhere did<br />

they fit better than J-Bay.<br />

By the early 1970s, Jeffreys<br />

was The Spot. Young white<br />

South Africans were dropping<br />

out, baffling their elders,<br />

getting part-time jobs as<br />

wharfies, and saving enough<br />

to head to J-Bay for the winter<br />

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<strong>August</strong> 11-22: Billabong Pro Teahupoo<br />

From the sublime to the… sublime. That appears to be the life of a<br />

professional surfer these days. No sooner are they done surfing the<br />

best Jeffreys Bay in many years, than they are forced to fly to Tahiti.<br />

Dear oh dear. Teahupoo’s silky smooth fearsome reef break will<br />

test the pros as it always does. If it gets J-Bay style swell energy,<br />

it’ll bring out a totally different side of the sport – the ability to keep<br />

your head screwed on for 10 of the most intimidating seconds of<br />

your life. Watch at www.worldsurfleague.com<br />


In most years, <strong>August</strong> is a dud of a month. The full westerly wind<br />

band sets up across the south-east of the continent, and dry, cool,<br />

clear days follow cold nights, and no surf shows up. It’s pretty and<br />

it’s flat. This year? I think not! I think large quantities of surf from<br />

numerous directions, as more energy pushes up into the southern<br />

Tasman Sea and drives big south swells up the coast, just as it<br />

began doing late in July. I also suspect some of that energy may<br />

collide with the still surprisingly warm surface waters of the SW<br />

Pacific and cause some ructions off northern New Zealand, maybe<br />

bringing the tradewind band to life and blasting us with long range<br />

easterly swell here and there. All in all, potentially the most surf<br />

active <strong>August</strong> in a long time. Be careful, won’t ya.<br />

Nick Carroll<br />

months. An old Afrikaans<br />

farm became a mythic centre<br />

of a new way of life: Kombis<br />

in the bushes, bell bottomed<br />

jeans, and large quantities of<br />

“Durban Poison” marijuana.<br />

Very Byron Bay, except for<br />

the wave itself. As a surfing<br />

experience, Jeffreys is a bit<br />

beyond Byron. It bends like a<br />

point but breaks on a mixture<br />

of rock and sand, causing it<br />

to feel way more like a reef.<br />

Surfing it, I was reminded of<br />

Elizabeth Riddell’s poem, ‘The<br />

Surfer’, that great line about<br />

the “long muscle of water”.<br />

J-Bay is a long muscle that lifts<br />

you into another, faster place.<br />

Its length and line was a<br />

technical challenge for the<br />

pros I’d come to watch. But<br />

they were seduced by it as<br />

much as the kids of the ’70s.<br />

Normally, pro surfers flee a<br />

location pretty much as soon<br />

as they lose, but here, many<br />

changed their flights in the<br />

other direction, feasting on<br />

the wave’s power and speed.<br />

They circled the lineup with<br />

glazed expressions. “I don’t<br />

know how I’m gonna go back<br />

to beachbreak surf,” Hawaii’s<br />

Sebastian Zietz told me. “I<br />

might need some kind of<br />

detox!”<br />

Jeffrey’s hasn’t become a<br />

modern Byron. South Africa’s<br />

social and economic distortions<br />

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were, and still are, too great to<br />

permit the rise of such a classic<br />

first-world Wellness Nirvana.<br />

Besides, the water’s too cold.<br />

And maybe the sea life is too<br />

sketchy. Twice the event was<br />

stalled by the presence of a<br />

shark, the second time by a<br />

sub-adult Great White that<br />

came meandering up the point,<br />

tracked by a jet-ski until it<br />

disappeared off toward Cape<br />

Town.<br />

Two afternoons before, I’d<br />

watched one around the same<br />

size come to the surface just<br />

outside Boneyard, J-Bay’s<br />

top section. It cruised along<br />

in much the same manner,<br />

dorsal and tail fin clearly<br />

visible. The wind was light,<br />

the sun dipping past the<br />

inland ranges. More waves<br />

were lifting on some reef<br />

further out. The shark’s<br />

movement seemed in perfect<br />

rhythm with it all. Three<br />

or four other surfers were<br />

waiting with me, but nobody<br />

said anything, and we just<br />

kept surfing.<br />

Nick Carroll is a leading<br />

Australian and international<br />

surf writer, author, filmmaker<br />

and surfer, and one<br />

of Newport’s own. Email:<br />

ncsurf@ozemail.com.au<br />

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

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

Dip your toe in the<br />

water at Avalon SC<br />

Looking to give sailing a go, or to get<br />

your kids involved at a young age<br />

but at a relaxed club? Then consider<br />

Avalon Sailing Club, which is holding<br />

an information and registration day on<br />

Sunday <strong>August</strong> 27.<br />

With a modest clubhouse on the shore<br />

between Clareville and Paradise beaches,<br />

Avalon SC is a unique part of <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s<br />

world-class sailing heritage. Aimed mainly<br />

at kids but also catering for their ‘yachtie’<br />

parents, the club – which is celebrating its<br />

80th birthday in <strong>2017</strong> – is driven by the<br />

energy and enthusiasm of its 400 active<br />

members, who range in age from 8 to 88.<br />

“Avalon is one of those iconic wooden<br />

shed sailing clubs which has a wonderfully<br />

inclusive culture that welcomes newcomers,”<br />

said Club captain Ralf Moller.<br />

“We provide boats, training and support<br />

to promote the love of sailing and we are<br />

blessed with a great location.”<br />

Ralf says Avalon’s comprehensive and<br />

professional sailing program caters to<br />

all ages and skills, with sailing always on<br />

Sundays through a season that runs from<br />

the beginning of September to Easter.<br />

“Our Youth program starts with Blue<br />

Group, which is aimed at absolute beginners,<br />

aged 7-12, who sail in the club’s<br />

own Nippas & Pacer,” he said. “Once they<br />

have learned the basics they progress to<br />

the Red Group to hone their skills, and<br />

then onto Gold Group to compete in club<br />

races, State and National Regattas.”<br />

The club runs learn to sail camps<br />

during September and Summer school<br />

holidays, open to children of all ages.<br />

Plus, adult learn to sail classes for yachts<br />

and centreboarders are held throughout<br />

the year, typically run over four Saturdays<br />

or Sundays.<br />

“Don’t be fooled by our relaxed and<br />

friendly nature – many current members<br />

are seriously good sailors keen to pass<br />

on their passion and knowledge,” Ralf<br />

said. “Iain Murray is Club Patron, and<br />

Jimmy Spithill did his first sailing here.”<br />

The Club has a healthy Yacht division,<br />

with around 50 yachts – from very fast<br />

Etchells, through to well-loved 30- to<br />

40-footers and modern production boats<br />

– competing on Sundays for six different<br />

series. Also, they host one or two State or<br />

National Regattas every Summer, along<br />

with the <strong>Pittwater</strong> Australia Day Regatta.<br />

“This is not a plush yacht club with<br />

restaurants, bars and pokies, but it does<br />

have the best views on <strong>Pittwater</strong> and a<br />

canteen serving local pies, sandwiches,<br />

and BBQ plus beer and wine to quench<br />

the thirst at the end of a long day in<br />

paradise!” Ralf said.<br />

Blue Group is limited to 25 children,<br />

and along with the summer camps, positions<br />

are provided on a first-come basis.<br />

More info and early registrations www.<br />

avalonsailingclub.com.au<br />

Early-bird boat service deal<br />

Keen sailor and Marine Engineer<br />

Pami KohI, who recently acquired<br />

the well-known Mercury dealership<br />

at North Narrabeen, knows how<br />

important it is for boat owners to<br />

prepare their vessels for the coming<br />

season.<br />

To celebrate his new business, Pami<br />

is offering a 10% discount on boat,<br />

engine and trailer servicing in <strong>August</strong><br />

– plus his team will also perform a<br />

free Salt-Away engine flush with every<br />

service to help reduce corrosion and<br />

prolong the life of your engine.<br />

“If you are looking at getting your<br />

boat in shape for the boating season,<br />

now is the best time,” said Pami.<br />

“And if you are too busy to come in,<br />

call and ask about our special ‘pickup<br />

and drop-off’ service.”<br />

More info and bookings on 9913<br />

3522.<br />

Multi-tasking at<br />

Palm Beach show<br />

With the warm weather and the start of<br />

the new sailing season just around the<br />

corner, family-orientated Palm Beach Sailing<br />

Club is offering great opportunities for<br />

young and older sailors to get the feel of<br />

fast, “off the beach” multihulls.<br />

Sailing committee spokesman Anthony<br />

Duchatel said the club would hold its own<br />

scaled-down “boat show” on Saturday<br />

<strong>August</strong> 12 – the weekend after the popular<br />

Sydney International Boat Show.<br />

“With a few of our sailors looking at<br />

turning over their multihulls in time for the<br />

new season this is a great opportunity to<br />

see some of the boats that some Olympic<br />

and Americas Cup sailors cut their teeth on<br />

and experience the thrill of ‘off the beach’<br />

multihull sailing,” he said.<br />

Anthony said that while not anywhere<br />

near the same dimensions as the Sydney<br />

event, PBSC would be showcasing the multihulls<br />

that frequent the waters of <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

including the Weta Trimaran, A Class, F18<br />

and F16 and Hobie 18, 16 and 14s.<br />

“Our sailors have competed and podiumed<br />

at State, National, World and Olympic events<br />

over our long history,” he said. “The multis<br />

will be on the beach and available for a sail<br />

from noon <strong>August</strong> 12 from Sandy Beach at<br />

the corner of Iluka and Woorak Roads, Palm<br />

Beach – come down, have a look and bring<br />

your sailing gear.” – Nigel Wall<br />

Blue Water Series open<br />

Entries open this month for the Club Marine<br />

East Coast Blue Water Pointscore Series –<br />

the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s premier<br />

offshore series conducted along the east coast<br />

between September and April which now includes<br />

the new <strong>Pittwater</strong> to Paradise Regatta.<br />

The six-part Series includes the Bird Island<br />

Race (Category 3) in September; Port Hacking<br />

Race (Category 3) in October; Boondelbah<br />

Race (Category 2) in November; <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

to Paradise Race (Category 2) on January 2<br />

(2018); <strong>Pittwater</strong> to Sydney Race (Category 3)<br />

on March 3; and <strong>Pittwater</strong> to Newcastle Race<br />

(Category 3) in April.<br />

More info 9998 3700 or email sailing@<br />

rpayc.com.au<br />

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Race on from Newport to Coffs<br />

After a short hiatus,<br />

proud host Royal Motor<br />

Yacht Club has announced<br />

the resumption of<br />

‘the great race’ – the <strong>2017</strong><br />

Pantaenius Newport to Coffs<br />

Coast Yacht Race which will<br />

start on December 27.<br />

RMYC Development Manager<br />

and Race Director Rob<br />

Brown said substantial repairs<br />

to the damaged Marina<br />

and Ocean Seawall at Coffs<br />

Harbour, which forced the<br />

postponement of the classic<br />

last year, had now been completed,<br />

with all facilities now<br />

back fully operational.<br />

“Around 40+ boats are<br />

expected to race to Coffs,<br />

with a more affordable ‘Safety<br />

Category 3 Plus’ in place for<br />

the race,” said Rob. “Also,<br />

the timing of event, starting<br />

the day after Boxing Day, will<br />

attract a wider cross section<br />

of the yachting community,<br />

which will enable yacht owners,<br />

crew and family to be<br />

involved and be able to get<br />

back to work early in the New<br />

Year, if required.”<br />

He said Coffs Harbour Yacht<br />

Club was pleased to have<br />

the RMYC on board as Race<br />

Organisers and were counting<br />

down the days to this year’s<br />

37th staging of the race –<br />

“… and a big party is being<br />

planned to welcome the fleet<br />

in Coffs.”<br />

Rob added a food and wine<br />

festival was being planned,<br />

which would utilise the harbour<br />

beach foreshore development<br />

including a boardwalk<br />

adjacent to the beach and<br />

grassed areas in front of the<br />

Yacht Club.<br />

Commodore Chris Lee said<br />

it was a privilege to be invited<br />

to host the race, and welcomed<br />

great Club supporter<br />

Pantaenius Sail and Motor<br />

Yacht Insurance on board as<br />

naming rights partner.<br />

“It’s a milestone event for<br />

our club and parallels our<br />

steady growth in all areas of<br />

the club’s activities,” he said.<br />

“We are proud to support this<br />

iconic race and believe we can<br />

add to its appeal with its new<br />

format and timing.”<br />

Around 230 nautical miles<br />

in length, it means yachts<br />

can return home easily in<br />

a relatively short weather<br />

window, which will suit many<br />

club racers.<br />

More details 9998 5511; details<br />

and entry www.royalmotor.com.au<br />

- Nigel Wall<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

New GPs focus is a<br />

boost for Mona Vale<br />

Mona Vale is enjoying<br />

a much-needed boost<br />

in general practice<br />

healthcare services following<br />

the recent opening of<br />

Mona Vale Medical Centre,<br />

located at the site of the old<br />

Commonwealth Bank on Park<br />

Street.<br />

A privately owned and<br />

run practice, the centre<br />

offers a bright and vibrant<br />

atmosphere – matched by<br />

the smiles on the faces of its<br />

engaging reception team.<br />

Centre operator Peter Carr<br />

(pictured) says the “first<br />

impressions” generated at<br />

front of house is integral to<br />

the philosophy behind the<br />

practice.<br />

“One of the most common<br />

complaints you hear about<br />

medical centres is the grumpy<br />

and rude response that many<br />

people experience from<br />

reception staff,” he said. “A<br />

major focus of our practice<br />

is offering patients the<br />

customer service that they<br />

expect.<br />

“Healthcare should not be<br />

excused from giving good<br />

service, so we will be focusing<br />

on giving patients the best<br />

service possible. When you<br />

come to the practice, expect<br />

to see a happy and helpful<br />

receptionist!”<br />

The new practice already<br />

has an impressive number of<br />

services under the one roof –<br />

with physiotherapy six days<br />

per week, a psychologist,<br />

Douglas Pathology, dietitian,<br />

exercise physiology and<br />

denture clinic.<br />

GP visits work two ways.<br />

“Bulk Billing applies to all<br />

patients if you just present to<br />

the practice and wait to see<br />

a doctor,” Peter explained.<br />

“You can request the doctor<br />

of your choice, or just first<br />

available.<br />

“Plus, patients are welcome<br />

to leave the practice to do<br />

shopping while they progress<br />

in the queue if it is busy.”<br />

The alternative is to set an<br />

appointment time, when an<br />

out-of-pocket fee of around<br />

$30 applies (appointments<br />

can even be made online via<br />

the practice website).<br />

“The main aim of opening<br />

the new centre has been to<br />

provide the local community<br />

with more general practice<br />

services,” Peter said. “The area<br />

has grown a lot over the years,<br />

but the supply of GPs servicing<br />

the area has not grown at the<br />

same time. And a lot of the<br />

current GP workforce are all<br />

close to retirement.<br />

“By bringing new GPs to the<br />

area, we hope to bring a new<br />

level of service to patients on<br />

the upper Northern Beaches.<br />

“Since opening in March,<br />

the practice has certainly<br />

done this – with five doctors<br />

all new to the area, we are<br />

already seeing this benefit<br />

the local community.”<br />

More info www.<br />

monavalemc.com.au<br />

Take a deep<br />

breath and stop<br />

wheezing your<br />

way through<br />

the winter cold<br />

If you have asthma you’d<br />

be aware of the range<br />

of common symptoms<br />

including breathlessness,<br />

wheezing, tight chest,<br />

persistent cough which are<br />

commonly triggered during<br />

the colder months.<br />

To reduce the likelihood of<br />

asthma flaring due to cold,<br />

dry air in winter, Asthma<br />

Australia recommends<br />

you try to help warm and<br />

moisten the air before it<br />

reaches your airways by<br />

concentrating on breathing<br />

through your nose… putting<br />

a scarf over your mouth and<br />

nose when you go outside<br />

may also help.<br />

Colds and viral infections<br />

can also make your asthma<br />

worse, even if you are taking<br />

your preventer treatment<br />

regularly.<br />

Asthma Australia says<br />

there is some evidence that<br />

increasing your preventer<br />

treatment as soon as your<br />

asthma worsens with a cold<br />

can reduce the chance of a<br />

flare-up – ask your doctor<br />

about this and while you are<br />

at it make sure your written<br />

asthma action plan is up to<br />

date.<br />

You can reduce your risk<br />

of catching viral infections<br />

from family members or<br />

other contacts by washing<br />

your hands before you eat or<br />

touch your face. – LO<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

About Face: Information<br />

on lifting procedures...<br />

Your face is probably<br />

the most visible part<br />

of your body. Agerelated<br />

changes are therefore<br />

noticed early. Common<br />

changes include changes to<br />

the skin colour, consistency<br />

and wrinkle patterns; also<br />

down-turning of the corner of<br />

the mouth, deepening of the<br />

folds near the nose and lips<br />

and jowls all start to form.<br />

Neck contour changes and fat<br />

may be deposited under the<br />

chin, plus bands and ridges<br />

may form in the neck.<br />

Surgery addresses<br />

structural changes to the face<br />

and neck and removes excess<br />

skin. Recovery is therefore<br />

longer than non-surgical<br />

changes. There are numerous<br />

different techniques to<br />

address these changes and a<br />

few may be combined to give<br />

optimal results. Less invasive<br />

techniques usually have<br />

shorter recoveries – but the<br />

degree of improvement may<br />

be less.<br />

Traditional facelifts work<br />

to tighten the strong fascial<br />

layer in the face known as<br />

the SMAS layer – superficial<br />

muscular aponeurotic<br />

system. This is a strong<br />

fibrous layer and tightening<br />

this layer gives longer-term<br />

results. Sections may be<br />

excised, or it may be plicated<br />

(folded) to give the lift. Neck<br />

muscles are also tightened<br />

to improve the neck contour.<br />

Less invasive techniques may<br />

rely on stitches to lift and<br />

hold the tissues in place.<br />

Subsequent scar tissue may<br />

then hold the new, lifted<br />

position.<br />

Lifting and tightening the<br />

SMAS layer results in excess<br />

skin as the facial tissues<br />

are lifted. This is carefully<br />

removed and fine stitches<br />

secure this back in place. The<br />

scar lines usually run around<br />

the ears and then behind<br />

the ears back to the hairline.<br />

Often an incision is required<br />

in the grove under the chin.<br />

Through this incision the<br />

neck muscles are tightened.<br />

Careful closure and double<br />

breasting of this corrects<br />

the indentation that is a<br />

recognised aging change, and<br />

results in a smoother contour.<br />

Recovery depends on the<br />

amount of work performed.<br />

with Dr John Kippen<br />

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Smaller procedures may<br />

require as little as a<br />

week, while larger, deeper<br />

procedures may require a<br />

few weeks. It varies between<br />

individuals and can even be<br />

different from side to side.<br />

The most obvious signs are<br />

bruising and swelling in the<br />

early post-operative period.<br />

Facelift surgery may<br />

be combined with other<br />

procedures such as browlifts,<br />

eyelid surgery and fat<br />

transfers or liposuction.<br />

Surgery may be performed<br />

under sedation, twilight or<br />

a light general anaesthetic.<br />

Local anaesthetic is usually<br />

combined to reduce the<br />

amount of anaesthetic<br />

required and ensure an initial<br />

pain-free period. Depending<br />

on the procedure, surgery<br />

can be performed as a<br />

day-only procedure, or an<br />

overnight stay.<br />

All invasive procedures,<br />

including surgery, have<br />

risks and complications.<br />

These should be thoroughly<br />

discussed at the time of<br />

your consultation. Surgeons<br />

will often give you written<br />

information to read and<br />

cover the topic in much<br />

greater detail than this<br />

article. ‘Before’ and ‘after’<br />

photographs of their<br />

previous results are also<br />

helpful to give you a realistic<br />

expectation of outcomes.<br />

Usually surgery is well<br />

tolerated, with favourable<br />

outcomes.<br />

Our columnist Dr John<br />

Kippen is a qualified, fully<br />

certified consultant specialist<br />

in Cosmetic, Plastic and<br />

Reconstructive surgery.<br />

Australian trained, he also<br />

has additional Australian and<br />

International Fellowships.<br />

Dr Kippen works from custom-built<br />

premises in Mona<br />

Vale. He welcomes enquiries<br />

and questions. Please<br />

contact him via johnkippen.<br />

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

johnkippen.com.au<br />

<strong>August</strong> campaign:<br />

be ‘Medicinewise’<br />

Y<br />

ou are likely to hear and read a lot of stories<br />

about medicines this month, with the key message<br />

encouraging all of us to be ‘Medicinewise’ to help make<br />

better health decisions.<br />

With Medicinewise Week from <strong>August</strong> 21-27, here are<br />

tips to get the most benefit from your medicines:<br />

l Identify your medicnes. Medicines don’t just come in a<br />

pill on prescription – they can also be bought over the<br />

counter from the pharmacy, supermarket and online.<br />

Your medicines may include vitamins, minerals, herbal<br />

remedies and nutritional supplements and may come in<br />

several forms such as tablets, creams, drops or inhalers.<br />

l Always ask ‘why’ before taking any medicine. It is<br />

important to know what you’re taking and how it could<br />

affect you – and whether a medicine is the best option<br />

for you at this stage.<br />

l Check the label. Read the packaging for instructions<br />

and expiry date.<br />

l Tell your doctor, pharmacist or other health professional<br />

about all the medicines you are taking. All medicines<br />

have possible risks or unwanted side effects, regardless<br />

of where you get them or what form they are in and<br />

some medications may interact with others.<br />

l Identify your medicine by the active ingredient.<br />

l Know your medicines routine. Know what to take and<br />

refill your prescriptions before they run out. – LO<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Girls: Make Your Move!<br />

Young girls are being<br />

urged to focus on a<br />

healthy lifestyle to<br />

boost their self-esteem,<br />

enhance their mood and<br />

strengthen their mental<br />

alertness.<br />

‘Girls Make Your Move’ and<br />

Jazzercise have teamed up<br />

to give girls around Australia<br />

an amazing opportunity to<br />

start dancing to generate<br />

wellbeing.<br />

Shirley Edwards, owner/<br />

operator of Jazzercise at<br />

North Narrabeen, said the<br />

campaign was about creating<br />

positive perceptions of<br />

physical activity.<br />

“It’s about inspiring,<br />

energising and empowering<br />

young women to be more<br />

active and reinforcing<br />

the many benefits of<br />

an active life, whether<br />

through recreation, sport or<br />

incidental physical activity,”<br />

Shirley said.<br />

“Stay active, sit around less<br />

and spend time away from<br />

your devices – don’t let go<br />

of your physical activity and<br />

keep exercise an integral part<br />

of your week.<br />

“Physical activity helps<br />

you stay fit mentally, helps<br />

you cope with the ups and<br />

downs in life and helps<br />

you manage stress and<br />

alleviate depression and<br />

anxiety. Exercise is good<br />

for our health – reducing<br />

the risk of diseases such as<br />

cardiovascular disease, type<br />

II diabetes, osteoporosis,<br />

colon cancer, obesity and<br />

injury. It also helps us sleep<br />

better!”<br />

Shirley said young women<br />

under 21 who have never<br />

done Jazzercise before are<br />

invited to one month of free,<br />

unlimited Jazzercise classes<br />

– a dance party workout<br />

program that fuses cardio,<br />

resistance training, Pilates,<br />

yoga, kickboxing, modern<br />

dance and more.<br />

Sisters Jess and Madi<br />

Bidder (pictured) are among<br />

the dozens of locals who are<br />

already enjoying the benefits<br />

of the initiative.<br />

Classes are located at<br />

Ted Blackwood Youth &<br />

Community Centre, Jacksons<br />

Road, North Narrabeen.<br />

Go to www.australia.gov.au/<br />

girlsmove/jazzercise-offer and<br />

download the voucher – bring<br />

it along to get started. (Month<br />

of free classes must be started<br />

before September 30.)<br />

More info 9944 7006.<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Eco Corner<br />

Hope you weren’t too<br />

daunted by Plastic Free<br />

July! It’s vital to remember<br />

that every little bit of plastic<br />

you refuse to use makes a<br />

difference. It’s these small<br />

actions that collectively bring<br />

about change, as awareness<br />

spreads and we move away<br />

from single-use plastic.<br />

We know it’s hard to be<br />

“eco perfect” and aspiring to a<br />

state where you can maximise<br />

change from unfriendly<br />

usage. Our mantra is “don’t<br />

let perfect get in the way of<br />

good”. Harris Farm Markets,<br />

Woolworths and Coles’ decision<br />

last month to ban single-use<br />

bags will save over 6 billion<br />

bags every year! Whilst these<br />

supermarkets will still wrap<br />

some bananas in plastic, and<br />

sell reusable plastic bags, this<br />

is a massive saving for the<br />

environment.<br />

It’s challenging for<br />

businesses to reduce their<br />

environmental footprint, and<br />

more for some industries than<br />

others when customers have<br />

an expectation of the way their<br />

goods should be presented.<br />

In retail, it can also be hard<br />

to find eco alternatives that<br />

protect and keep products<br />

pristine for the consumer. At<br />

ecodownunder, we’re trialling<br />

new eco packaging in our<br />

stores and feedback so far has<br />

been extremely encouraging.<br />

T<br />

Often small business<br />

wo highly regarded local<br />

owners, who are already<br />

not-for-profit essential<br />

time poor, put sustainability services for women will<br />

in the ‘too-hard basket’ and continue to be supported by<br />

see it as an additional cost. It council grants for the next<br />

doesn’t have to be. In many three years as part of a new<br />

ways it’s more important for funding agreement.<br />

SMEs to be socially responsible Manly Women’s Shelter<br />

as they’re more engaged in will receive an annual grant<br />

the community in which they of $61,102 and the Manly<br />

operate and can respond to Community Centre $90,349,<br />

and support social change. including $10,000 to support<br />

Let’s not forget that research its Homeless Outreach Service.<br />

has shown that consumers are<br />

increasingly seeking out brands<br />

which “care”,<br />

so it’s good for<br />

business too.<br />

An eye to a greener future<br />

Beckenham Optometrist has implemented<br />

further steps to promote its affinity to the<br />

‘Green’ cause and offset increasing wastage<br />

world-wide.<br />

“The environment on the Northern Beaches<br />

is crucial to our quality of life, as is healthy<br />

good vision,” says Rowena Beckenham. “We are<br />

focussed on reducing our impact on the environment<br />

whilst offering good-quality products<br />

that will survive the rigours daily life. We back<br />

this with frame and lens warranties that are<br />

second to none.”<br />

Rowena said frequent replacement of product<br />

was necessary because the disposable<br />

world’s inferior materials and manufacturing<br />

techniques didn’t enable re-use.<br />

“Poor longevity is adding to the masses of<br />

wastes produced each year. According to Green<br />

Peace, the average Australian produces 1.5<br />

tonnes of waste in a year and much of this<br />

household waste is avoidable – like plastic<br />

packaging.”<br />

She said Beckenham Optometrist tried to<br />

avoid single-use plastic items, which posed a<br />

threat to marine life and oceans.<br />

“And we sponsor Boomerang Bags, which<br />

offers shoppers an alternative to plastic bags,”<br />

she said. “This is a fantastic initiative by a passionate<br />

group of locals, in the move to ridding<br />

Avalon of single-use plastic bags.”<br />

Rowena added their glasses and contact<br />

lenses were delivered in bags made from 100%<br />

recycled paper that could then be used as giftwrapping,<br />

and they reused boxes for mailing<br />

out jobs to their laboratories.<br />

“We offer free re-fills on lens cleaner spray<br />

bottles; we work in conjunction with the Lion’s<br />

Club to collect patients’ old glasses that would<br />

otherwise be thrown out – to be used by<br />

people in developing countries; and, if they are<br />

still in good condition, we update patients’ new<br />

prescription lenses into their old frames.”<br />

Rowena said other initiatives customers<br />

could embrace to be more environmentally<br />

friendly included utilising their new 350-drop<br />

capacity preservative-free lubricant bottles<br />

that had an expiry date of 6 months; dropping<br />

in old glasses (pictured) so they could be recycled<br />

for overseas aid projects; and recycling<br />

contact lens packaging.<br />

“Beckenham strives to: Be Environmentally<br />

Conscious, Keep Excess to Naught, and Help<br />

Avalon Maximise recycling…” – Lisa Offord<br />

Boost for local essential services<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

Administrator Dick Persson<br />

said both organisations formed<br />

an integral part of the Northern<br />

Beaches’ social infrastructure.<br />

Manly Women’s Shelter is<br />

a community-based, nongovernment<br />

organisation<br />

that provides emergency<br />

accommodation for up to 10<br />

women at any one time and<br />

support for homeless and atrisk<br />

women who do not have<br />

dependent children.<br />

It costs $530,000 to run the<br />

shelter per year, including the<br />

grant from Council.<br />

Manly Community Centre<br />

is a community-based, nongovernment,<br />

charitable,<br />

not-for-profit organisation<br />

providing residents with access<br />

to information, counselling,<br />

financial and legal advice,<br />

multicultural services and<br />

homelessness services. – LO<br />

Russell Lamb is<br />

the Founder of<br />

ecodownunder<br />

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Hair & Beauty<br />

Cellulite: understanding<br />

annoying dimple effect<br />

with Sue Carroll<br />

peel skin’…<br />

‘cottage cheese<br />

‘Orange<br />

skin’… ‘the mattress<br />

phenomenon’… and ‘hail<br />

damage’ are all common names<br />

for the common concern which<br />

afflicts predominantly women,<br />

rather than men: cellulite!<br />

Cellulite is a connective<br />

tissue disorder which often<br />

accumulates around the<br />

buttocks, thighs, abdomen<br />

and arms. It is estimated that<br />

up to 90 per cent of women<br />

will experience some form of<br />

cellulite at some time in their<br />

life after puberty.<br />

Cellulite will occur more<br />

predominantly in women<br />

than men primarily because<br />

of hormonal differences. In<br />

women, fat cells and connective<br />

tissue are arranged vertically,<br />

whereas in men the tissue is<br />

more of a criss-cross structure.<br />

Cellulite is the protrusion or<br />

cleaving of subcutaneous fat<br />

within fibrous connective tissue<br />

that causes the skin dimpling.<br />

While fat is a component of<br />

cellulite, it is only part of the<br />

story. Fibrous connective tissue<br />

adheres skin to the muscle<br />

beneath, and as the body ages,<br />

this connective tissue contracts<br />

and stiffens causing it to pull<br />

down or tighten the skin which<br />

pushes the fat cells out against<br />

the skin.<br />

Age also causes the skin to<br />

become less elastic, thinner and<br />

more likely to sag. This is yet<br />

another possible cause of the<br />

dreaded cellulite phenomenon,<br />

along with genetic factors<br />

such as speed of metabolism,<br />

distribution of fat under the skin<br />

and circulatory levels.<br />

There are three grades of<br />

cellulite appearance on the<br />

skin. Grade 1 is very mild and<br />

may only be seen when the skin<br />

is squeezed together; there<br />

may be a slight ‘orange peel’<br />

appearance.<br />

Grade 2 is moderate in<br />

appearance and is more<br />

severe, with a ‘cottage cheese’<br />

appearance and a slight draping<br />

of the skin.<br />

Grade 3 (or severe) is more of<br />

a lumpy mattress appearance,<br />

with deeper depressions and<br />

hanging of the skin.<br />

While there is no cure for<br />

cellulite, a healthy lifestyle and<br />

exercise program will go a long<br />

way to prevent and reduce it.<br />

There are various treatments<br />

both at home and in the clinic<br />

that may assist.<br />

Sue Carroll of Skin<br />

Inspiration has been a qualified<br />

Aesthetician for 33 years.<br />

Sue has owned and<br />

operated successful beauty<br />

clinics and day spas on<br />

the Northern Beaches.<br />

info@skininspiration.com.au<br />

www.skininspiration.com.au<br />

Hair & Beauty<br />

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Business <strong>Life</strong>: Money<br />

Business <strong>Life</strong><br />

Look out! Get ready for<br />

the new financial year...<br />

This month we take a brief<br />

look at some of the changes<br />

and issues you should<br />

be aware of as we commence a<br />

new financial year.<br />

Superannuation changes: I<br />

have written about the changes<br />

to superannuation rules before<br />

but at the start of a new year it<br />

is imperative to review and adjust<br />

any existing salary sacrifice<br />

arrangements to the new lower<br />

contribution thresholds. This<br />

year the maximum deductible<br />

(or pre-tax) amount that can be<br />

contributed from all sources regardless<br />

of age is $25,000. The<br />

maximum that can be contributed<br />

from after tax funds is<br />

$100,000 per year, or $300,000<br />

using the three-year bring-forward<br />

provisions if you are under<br />

65. Over 65s making contributions<br />

to super still need to pass<br />

a work test of 40 hours over 30<br />

days before contributing and<br />

they are not eligible to use the<br />

bring-forward provisions.<br />

One positive from these<br />

changes has been the abolition<br />

of the 10% rule for employment<br />

income. Employees up to 75<br />

years of age can now make personal<br />

deductible contributions<br />

up to the overall $25,000 limit;<br />

previously they had to show nine<br />

times their employment income<br />

from other non-employment<br />

sources before being eligible to<br />

make a deductible contribution.<br />

Buying or selling a property<br />

over $750,000: In 2016 provisions<br />

were introduced to require<br />

property vendors to obtain a<br />

clearance certificate from the<br />

ATO for property sales in excess<br />

of $2 million. In the absence of<br />

a certificate the purchaser in<br />

the transaction was required to<br />

remit 10% of the property price<br />

to the ATO, where it would sit as<br />

a credit until claimed by the vendor<br />

in their tax return. This year<br />

the value threshold has fallen to<br />

$750,000 and the withholding<br />

amount has risen to 12.5%. This<br />

means just about every property<br />

sold around here will be<br />

caught in the net.<br />

The intent of the legislation<br />

is to capture non-reported<br />

sales of Australian property by<br />

foreign residents; however, the<br />

reality is that every property<br />

sale falling within the threshold<br />

is now complicated by the need<br />

to obtain a certificate. The ATO<br />

have a service standard of up<br />

to 28 days to issue a certificate<br />

and vendors need to factor this<br />

piece of bureaucracy into their<br />

settlement schedule.<br />

Tightening of rental deductions<br />

1 – travel expenses for<br />

with Brian Hrnjak<br />

residential rental property:<br />

Our tax system contains a<br />

fundamental premise that<br />

expenses may be offset against<br />

revenues – except it seems<br />

where negative gearing (and<br />

politics) are concerned. From 1<br />

July <strong>2017</strong>, residential property<br />

investors will not be able to<br />

claim travel expenses associated<br />

with the ownership and<br />

management of their rental<br />

property. The change affects<br />

both direct visits to the property<br />

for inspections or repairs<br />

as well as indirect matters such<br />

as travel to attend an owner’s<br />

corporation meeting. (Note that<br />

this provision and the following<br />

one are not yet law.)<br />

The precise words from the<br />

exposure draft are: “In the <strong>2017</strong>-<br />

18 Budget, the Government announced<br />

a package of measures<br />

designed to reduce pressure<br />

on housing affordability. This<br />

Schedule implements one of<br />

the reforms in the package<br />

to disallow travel expenditure<br />

deductions relating to residential<br />

investment properties. This is<br />

an integrity measure to address<br />

concerns that some taxpayers<br />

have been claiming travel deductions<br />

without correctly apportioning<br />

costs, or have claimed<br />

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travel costs that were for private<br />

purposes. The amendments will<br />

provide confidence in the tax<br />

system by ensuring tax deductions<br />

are better targeted.”<br />

Tightening of rental deductions<br />

2 – depreciation of plant<br />

and equipment: Also abolished<br />

but from budget night on 9<br />

May <strong>2017</strong> is the ability to claim<br />

deductions for the depreciation<br />

of previously used plant and<br />

equipment.<br />

Again, quoting from the<br />

exposure draft: “The intended<br />

effect of these amendments is<br />

that certain entities will only<br />

be able to deduct the decline in<br />

value of depreciating assets used<br />

in gaining or producing assessable<br />

income from residential<br />

premises if the asset is acquired<br />

new for that purpose. Broadly,<br />

the amendments ensure that<br />

entities cannot claim overstated<br />

deductions relating to their<br />

rental properties by ‘refreshing’<br />

the values of previously used<br />

depreciating assets used or installed<br />

ready for use in relation<br />

to those properties.”<br />

The reference above to ‘certain<br />

entities’ is that big business (specifically:<br />

companies, public offer<br />

superannuation funds and unit<br />

trusts with 300+ unitholders) will<br />

still be able to depreciate their<br />

plant and equipment and continue<br />

to claim for travel expenses.<br />

In both cases it appears it was<br />

the mums and dads who were<br />

‘rorting’ the system and who presumably<br />

will be happy enough<br />

to retain negative gearing in its<br />

general form despite the loss of<br />

deductibility of these two items.<br />

This is rubbish policy, as it runs<br />

contrary to fundamental principles<br />

of tax law and has its roots<br />

in populism. What we don’t know<br />

at this point is will the government<br />

stop here or is this the start<br />

of ‘a death by a thousand cuts’ to<br />

negative gearing?<br />

Retention of the 20k<br />

instant asset write-off: There’s<br />

nothing really new here, it<br />

obviously keeps testing well in<br />

focus groups and is back for<br />

another year at least. From the<br />

ATO website: “On 9 May <strong>2017</strong>,<br />

the Government announced an<br />

extension to the 2015-16 Budget<br />

measure providing an instant<br />

asset write-off provision for<br />

small business. Small businesses<br />

can immediately deduct the<br />

business portion of most assets<br />

if they cost less than $20,000<br />

and were purchased between<br />

7:30PM on 12 May 2015 and<br />

30 June 2018. This deduction<br />

can be used for each asset that<br />

costs less than $20,000, whether<br />

new or second-hand. You can<br />

claim the deduction through<br />

your tax return, in the year the<br />

asset was first used or installed<br />

ready for use.”<br />

The franking credit debacle:<br />

You may have caught the headlines<br />

about the reduction in<br />

company taxes – currently 27.5%<br />

(down from 30%) for businesses<br />

turning over less than $10 million<br />

in 2016/17. The government<br />

is aiming for a 25% company tax<br />

rate across the board; however,<br />

this has not been legislated yet.<br />

I’ve written about this before.<br />

The thing with small business<br />

is that most earnings are usually<br />

taken out as wages or as<br />

dividends and therefore taxed<br />

at marginal personal rates, not<br />

corporate rates. What people<br />

are realising about these tax<br />

cuts is that if you paid tax at<br />

30% but only obtain dividend<br />

imputation at 27.5%, there is<br />

a net 2.5% give back to the<br />

government of unused franking<br />

credits. In other words, not really<br />

a tax cut at all. The problem<br />

is starting to be anticipated up<br />

the chain, as bigger turnover<br />

companies see the potential<br />

for this franking credit wastage<br />

and shareholders such as large<br />

superannuation funds start lobbying<br />

the government.<br />

If you are in business and use<br />

a corporate entity presumably<br />

your accountant will be the one<br />

grappling with this problem. Be<br />

thankful it’s them and not you.<br />

Business <strong>Life</strong><br />

Brian Hrnjak B Bus CPA (FPS) is a Director of GHR Accounting<br />

Group Pty Ltd, Certified Practising Accountants. Offices at:<br />

Suite 12, Ground Floor, 20 Bungan Street Mona Vale NSW 2103<br />

and Shop 8, 9 – 15 Central Ave Manly NSW 2095,<br />

Telephone: 02 9979-4300, Webs: www.ghr.com.au and<br />

www.altre.com.au Email: brian@ghr.com.au<br />

These comments are of a general nature only and are not<br />

intended as a substitute for professional advice.<br />

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Business <strong>Life</strong>: Finance<br />

Business <strong>Life</strong><br />

Weighing up your options<br />

for retirement investment<br />

If you want income from<br />

your investment portfolio,<br />

the choices over the<br />

past few years have been<br />

narrowed considerably as<br />

interest rates have fallen to<br />

the lowest level that we can<br />

recall.<br />

There are effectively three<br />

choices currently available.<br />

The first is to leave your<br />

money in the bank either “at<br />

call” or on term deposits.<br />

The returns range from 1.5%<br />

to around 3% at the five-year<br />

mark. Once you step outside<br />

the bank-guaranteed<br />

security blanket, the<br />

risks in fixed interest<br />

investing can rise<br />

considerably.<br />

Another choice<br />

is property. In the<br />

residential space, the<br />

yield after costs for the<br />

average Sydney unit is not<br />

much better than 3%. Real<br />

Estate Investment Trust on the<br />

Morgans recommended list<br />

are currently yielding between<br />

4-9% and generally have<br />

exposure to commercial and/<br />

or industrial property. That is<br />

one way to improve earnings.<br />

The issue with property<br />

in general is that in<br />

the short to medium<br />

term, valuations may well<br />

have peaked. So, whilst the<br />

earnings are generally more<br />

attractive than cash and fixed<br />

term investments, the capital<br />

risk needs to be carefully<br />

assessed.<br />

The third choice is that<br />

of high-yielding equities<br />

(especially those paying fully<br />

franked dividends). Chief<br />

amongst this group are the<br />

financials, with the four<br />

major banks heading the list.<br />

The Morgans recommended<br />

income portfolio has a<br />

weighting of 32% amongst<br />

three of the big four, with<br />

a further 6% in Macquarie.<br />

Telstra also has 6%, with<br />

the balance of the portfolio<br />

spread amongst nine<br />

industrials. The forecast<br />

yield is 4.8%, which<br />

is close to being fully<br />

franked.<br />

This income portfolio<br />

has no bank hybrids, as<br />

the risk/return favours<br />

holding physical bank<br />

shares in preference.<br />

As there is a heavy<br />

weighting to banks, telcos<br />

with Roger Corrie<br />

and utilities, some may prefer<br />

diversification into other<br />

areas. Regardless of this, the<br />

fact remains that in order to<br />

achieve a reasonable income<br />

stream, investors must be<br />

prepared to take on more risk<br />

than in days gone by.<br />

So a million dollars invested<br />

in a bank term deposit would<br />

produce a maximum of<br />

$30,000 per annum (pa) at<br />

current rates. If this were to<br />

be redirected to a portfolio<br />

of income securities, this<br />

amount would rise to $48,000<br />

pa and provide in addition<br />

almost $19,000 of imputed<br />

tax credits – which in a<br />

super fund paying a pension<br />

stream, should come back as<br />

a refund.<br />

That’s a pretty good<br />

income stream.<br />

If you would like a copy of<br />

the Morgans Income portfolio<br />

for July, contact Charmaine<br />

Riley on 9998 4206.<br />

Roger Corrie of Morgans Newport (9998 4201) has been an<br />

Investment Adviser for 30 years and established Morgans<br />

on the Northern Beaches in 2002. His motto: “The acid test<br />

for any investment is to simply ask – would I buy it myself?”<br />

(Comment of a general nature only and is not intended<br />

as a substitute for professional advice.)<br />

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Business <strong>Life</strong>: Law<br />

Business <strong>Life</strong><br />

‘Foreign Resident’ tax<br />

creating public issues<br />

Back in 2013, the<br />

Commonwealth<br />

Government introduced<br />

new withholding tax rules to<br />

deal with increasing foreign<br />

investment in commercial<br />

and residential real estate.<br />

The rules, designed to stop<br />

foreign property owners<br />

avoiding capital gains tax,<br />

were enacted in February<br />

2016 and introduced with<br />

effect from July 1 last year.<br />

The name for this<br />

legislation – Foreign Resident<br />

Capital Gains Tax Withholding<br />

Tax – has attracted criticism,<br />

as the rules do not operate<br />

in line with their name. This<br />

has created several issues in<br />

public market transactions.<br />

First, it is not a withholding<br />

tax. There is no statutory<br />

obligation to withhold<br />

tax from payments of<br />

consideration. Instead, there<br />

is an obligation on the buyer<br />

to pay an amount determined<br />

under the rules to the<br />

Australian Taxation Office<br />

(ATO). That amount “can also<br />

be treated as withholding<br />

payments” and the buyer is<br />

“discharged from all liability<br />

to pay or account for that<br />

amount to any entity” other<br />

than the ATO.<br />

The Government has<br />

failed to deal directly with<br />

relevant issues, thus creating<br />

unnecessary issues. In<br />

the absence of a statutory<br />

obligation<br />

to withhold, a<br />

contractual right must<br />

be sought, which is not<br />

available in public market<br />

transactions, and absolution<br />

for the ‘withholding’ does<br />

not adequately address<br />

the conflict between<br />

the requirements of the<br />

corporations law and the<br />

tax law – especially in the<br />

absence of a statutory right<br />

to withhold.<br />

Second, it does not apply<br />

to capital gains tax only.<br />

It applies to all income tax<br />

on revenue account (for<br />

example, disposals by private<br />

equity, disposals of inventory<br />

and depreciating assets).<br />

Third, it<br />

does not apply<br />

to foreign residents<br />

only. Provided there is at<br />

least one non-resident, the<br />

whole transaction is caught<br />

by the rules.<br />

There are other issues of<br />

concern in dealing with, for<br />

example, shares and units<br />

and other transactions, but<br />

for this article we’ll consider<br />

the impact of the legislation<br />

on conveyancing and real<br />

property transactions.<br />

At first, Australian<br />

residents buying or selling<br />

real property with a market<br />

value of $2 million or more<br />

needed to obtain a clearance<br />

certificate from the ATO<br />

to confirm that a 10%<br />

withholding amount did not<br />

need to be withheld from a<br />

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transaction.<br />

However, as of<br />

the July 1 this year, a<br />

vendor selling a property<br />

worth $750,000.00 or more<br />

needs to provide a clearance<br />

certificate or face withholding<br />

amount of 12.5%.<br />

All property transactions with<br />

a market value of $750,000 or<br />

more will need the vendor and<br />

purchaser to consider if they<br />

need a clearance certificate. In<br />

most cases the market value<br />

of the property will be the<br />

purchase price.<br />

The purchaser has an<br />

obligation to withhold when:<br />

n Any vendor of the property<br />

is a foreign resident;<br />

n The property that the<br />

purchaser has acquired is a<br />

relevant property;<br />

n The acquisition is not an<br />

excluded transaction; and<br />

n The vendor does not<br />

provide a clearance<br />

certificate or make a<br />

relevant declaration.<br />

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Unless an exception applies,<br />

the vendor is a relevant<br />

foreign resident if any of the<br />

following apply:<br />

n The purchaser knows the<br />

vendor is a foreign resident;<br />

n The purchaser reasonably<br />

believes the vendor is a<br />

foreign resident;<br />

n The purchaser does not<br />

reasonably believe the<br />

vendor is an Australian<br />

resident, and either<br />

n Has a record about the<br />

acquisition indicating that<br />

the vendor has an address<br />

outside Australia;<br />

n Is authorised by the vendor<br />

to provide a related financial<br />

benefit (for example, make a<br />

payment) to a place outside<br />

Australia (whether to the<br />

vendor or anyone else); and<br />

n The vendor has a<br />

connection outside Australia<br />

of a kind specified in the<br />

regulations;<br />

The capital gains tax asset<br />

to which the transaction<br />

relates is taxable Australian<br />

real property.<br />

A vendor is not a relevant<br />

foreign resident if they<br />

provide the purchaser with:<br />

A valid clearance<br />

certificate in transactions<br />

involving taxable Australian<br />

real property or indirect<br />

Australian real property<br />

company title interests (even<br />

if the vendor is an Australian<br />

resident for other income tax<br />

purposes);<br />

A valid vendor declaration<br />

in transactions involving<br />

other assets covered by the<br />

foreign resident capital gains<br />

withholding law.<br />

Clearance certificates are<br />

valid for 12 months from<br />

the date of issue and the<br />

vendor may be able to use<br />

it for multiple disposals of<br />

real property or indirect<br />

Australian real property<br />

company title interests that<br />

occur within that period.<br />

The vendor does not have<br />

to reapply for a clearance<br />

certificate each time they<br />

dispose of a property, so long<br />

as the clearance certificate is<br />

valid.<br />

It is prudent for the vendor<br />

to make application for a<br />

clearance certificate well in<br />

advance of settlement and to<br />

provide it to the purchaser<br />

in a timely fashion to ensure<br />

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that monies are not withheld<br />

on settlement. Matters of<br />

finance mortgages and the<br />

like could be affected if the<br />

clearance certificate is not<br />

obtained. A well-organised<br />

vendor could obtain a<br />

clearance certificate from<br />

the ATO prior to putting his<br />

property on the market.<br />

The introduction of this<br />

legislation has been without<br />

fanfare and we have found<br />

that a lack of awareness of<br />

the need to consider the<br />

necessity or otherwise of<br />

obtaining a clearance has<br />

begun to cause problems in<br />

some transactions. Where<br />

banks and other financial<br />

institutions are involved<br />

parties to a transaction<br />

might find they are unable<br />

to settle their transaction<br />

because 12.5% has been<br />

withheld.<br />

Another element which<br />

has shown up in the early<br />

stages of working with<br />

this legislation is the need<br />

for vendors to have their<br />

taxation affairs in order as<br />

they may come under ATO<br />

checking as the clearance<br />

certificate is sought.<br />

The ATO has assured all<br />

those involved in property<br />

transactions that it is<br />

automating the process for<br />

issuing clearance certificates.<br />

It has advised that if there<br />

are data irregularities, e.g.<br />

incorrect or incomplete<br />

names, some manual<br />

processing may be required<br />

and the clearance certificate<br />

may take 14 to 28 days to<br />

issue.<br />

There are many elements<br />

to be considered with<br />

the introduction and<br />

implementation of this<br />

legislation and there are<br />

some teething problems.<br />

Remember to consult<br />

your lawyer for advice on<br />

the ramifications of the<br />

legislation as it applies to<br />

your situation.<br />

Comment supplied by<br />

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer<br />

Harris & Associates, Solicitors,<br />

4/57 Avalon Parade,<br />

Avalon Beach.<br />

T: 9973 2011. F: 9918 3290.<br />

E: jenniferha@pacific.net.au<br />

W: www.jenniferharris.com.au<br />

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Trades & Services<br />

Trades & Services<br />


British & Swedish<br />

Motors<br />

Call 9970 6654<br />

Services Range Rover, Land<br />

Rover, Saab and Volvo with the<br />

latest in diagnostic equipment.<br />

Narrabeen Tyrepower<br />

Call 9970 6670<br />

Stocks all popular brands<br />

including Cooper 4WD. Plus<br />

they’ll do all mechanical repairs<br />

and rego inspections.<br />

Barrenjoey<br />

Smash Repairs<br />

Call 9970 8207<br />

barrenjoeysmashrepairs.com.au<br />

Re-sprays a specialty, plus<br />

restoration of your favourite<br />

vehicle. Commercial vehicle<br />

specialist.<br />


Avalon Marine<br />

Upholstery<br />

Call Simon 9918 9803<br />

Makes cushions for boats,<br />

patio and pool furniture,<br />

window seats.<br />

KB Marine<br />

Call Pami 9913 3522<br />

New owner; 10% off engine<br />

and trailer servicing in July.<br />

Free salt-away flush with every<br />

engine service.<br />


Eamon Dowling<br />

Electrical<br />

Call 0410 457 373<br />

For all electrical, phone, TV,<br />

data and security needs.<br />


Blue Tongue Carpets<br />

Call Stephan 9979 7292<br />

Family owned and run. Carpet,<br />

rugs, runners, timber, bamboo,<br />

vinyl, tiles & laminates.<br />

Open 6 days.<br />


Avalon Floral Art<br />

Call 9918 2711<br />

Internationally recognized;<br />

amazing bouquets and<br />

arrangements with freshness<br />

guaranteed.<br />


Graham Brooks<br />

Call 0412 281 580<br />

Tree pruning and removals.<br />

Reports regarding DA tree management,<br />

arborist reports.<br />

Precision Tree Services<br />

Call Adam 0410 736 105<br />

Adam Bridger; professional tree<br />

care by qualified arborists and<br />

tree surgeons.<br />


The Aqua Clean Team<br />

Call Mark 0449 049 101<br />

Quality window washing,<br />

pressure cleaning, carpet<br />

washing, building soft wash.<br />

Martin Earl House Wash<br />

Call 0405 583 305<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>-based owner on<br />

site at all times. No travellers<br />

or uninsured casuals on your<br />

property.<br />


Avalon Physiotherapy<br />

Call 9918 3373<br />

Provide specialist treatment<br />

for neck & back pain, sports<br />

injuries, niggling orthopaedic<br />

problems.<br />

Avalon Physiotherapy<br />

& Clinical Pilates<br />

Call 9918 0230<br />

Dry needling and acupuncture,<br />

falls prevention and balance<br />

enhancement programs.<br />

Avalon Beach<br />

Chiropractic<br />

Call 9918 0070<br />

Professional care for all ages.<br />

Treatment for chronic and acute<br />

pain, sports injuries.<br />

Fix & Flex Pilates /Physio<br />

Call Jen 0404 804 441<br />

Equipment pilates sessions run<br />

by physios. Mona Vale-based.<br />

Help improve posture and reduce<br />

pain while improving core<br />

strength.<br />

Francois Naef/Osteopath<br />

Call 9918 2288<br />

Diagnosis, treatment and<br />

prevention for back pain and<br />

sciatica, sports injuries, muscle<br />

soreness and strain, pregnancyrelated<br />

pain, postural imbalance.<br />


Contrast Colour<br />

Call 0431 004 421<br />

Locals Josef and Richard offer<br />

quality painting services. Tidy,<br />

reliable, they’ll help consult<br />

on the best type of paint for<br />

your job.<br />

Modern Colour<br />

Call 0406 150 555<br />

Simon Bergin offers painting<br />

and decorating; clean, tidy,<br />

quality detail you will notice.<br />

Dependable and on time.<br />

Painting & Decorating<br />

Call 0418 116 700<br />

Andrew is a master painter with<br />

30 years’ experience. Domestic<br />

and commercial; reasonable<br />

rates, free quotes.<br />

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Trades & Services<br />


Nick Anderson Plumbing<br />

Call 0411 251 256<br />

All aspects of plumbing including<br />

gasfitting and drainage.<br />

Competitive rates, free quotes.<br />


Luxafoam North<br />

Call 9999 5567<br />

Local specialists in all aspects<br />

of outdoor & indoor seating.<br />

Custom service and expert<br />

advice.<br />

Susan Ottowa<br />

Call Susan 0422 466 880<br />

Specialist in day bed and outdoor<br />

areas. Reliable local service.<br />

Domestic & commercial.<br />


Rob Burgers<br />

Call 0416 066 159<br />

Qualified builder provides all<br />

carpentry needs; decks, pergolas,<br />

carports, renovations and<br />

repairs.<br />

Underdeck<br />

Call Adrian 0417 591 113<br />

Waterproof under your deck and<br />

turn the area into usable space<br />

all year round.<br />

SunSpec<br />

Call Dustin 0413 737 934<br />

sunspec.com.au<br />

All-aluminium, rust-proof<br />

remote-controlled opening roofs<br />

& awnings. Beats competitor’s<br />

prices.<br />

Advertise your<br />

Business in<br />

Trades<br />

& Services<br />

section<br />

Phone<br />

0438 123 096<br />


editorial and advertising<br />

content in <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong><br />

has been provided by a<br />

number of sources. Any<br />

opinions expressed are<br />

not necessarily those of<br />

the Editor or Publisher<br />

of <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> and<br />

no responsibility is<br />

taken for the accuracy<br />

of the information<br />

contained within. Readers<br />

should make their own<br />

enquiries directly to any<br />

organisations or businesses<br />

prior to making any plans<br />

or taking any action.<br />

Trades & Services<br />


Predator Pest Control<br />

Call 0417 276 962<br />

predatorpestcontrol.com.au<br />

Environmental services at their<br />

best. Comprehensive control.<br />

They provide a 24-hour service.<br />


Water Warehouse<br />

Call 9913 7988<br />

waterwarehouse.com.au<br />

Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation<br />

& filter supply specialists.<br />

Askerrobertson<br />

Call 0411 956 242<br />

Northern Beaches-based<br />

specialists in residential alterations<br />

and extensions, and new<br />

houses.<br />


Sure Security<br />

Call 1300 55 12 10<br />

Northern Beaches-based specialists<br />

in Alarms, Intercoms, Access<br />

Control and CCTV Surveillance;<br />

solutions to fit your needs.<br />

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life<br />

dining<br />

food<br />

crossword<br />

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travel<br />

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Showtime<br />

Prepare as soul is bared<br />

at George & Tina tributes<br />

If you love Tina Turner<br />

you are in for a treat<br />

this month with two<br />

shows straight from the<br />

US in a club near you.<br />

As far as tribute<br />

shows go, Tina, starring<br />

‘Cookie’ Watkins, is<br />

regarded as simply the<br />

best!<br />

A consummate<br />

performer, Cookie is<br />

reportedly the closest<br />

thing to the real Tina<br />

Turner, leaving audiences<br />

breathless and wanting<br />

more.<br />

Her new tribute show<br />

allows the audience to<br />

savour the saucy effects<br />

of Tina’s Higher before<br />

a seamless transition<br />

to Better Be Good To Me<br />

followed by What’s Love<br />

Got To Do With It?<br />

The evening closes with<br />

the high-energy, stand-up hit<br />

Proud Mary.<br />

Music has been Cookie’s<br />

mainstay since the legendary<br />

Duke Ellington invited her<br />

onstage to perform a few<br />

tunes at the age of 14.<br />

Career highlights include<br />

performing in Broadway<br />

musicals such as Hair and work<br />

as a session singer for artists<br />

including Debbie Harry and<br />

Lou Gramm (ex-Foreigner).<br />

Cookie became a recording<br />

artist in her own right before<br />

finding her calling as ‘The<br />

World’s Number One Tina<br />

Spring Serenade<br />

on Father’s Day<br />

Manly-Warringah Choir and Orchestra conducted by<br />

Dr Carlos Alvarado, with three soloists including Anita<br />

Kyle, will present a Spring Serenade concert in the<br />

inspiring surroundings of the Cardinal Cerretti Chapel,<br />

Manly, early next month.<br />

Featuring Schubert’s Mass in G, Elgar’s renowned<br />

Serenade for Strings, and Ramirez’s Misa Criolla the concert<br />

concludes with a suite of songs from South America.<br />

After the performance, the audience has the<br />

opportunity to join the choir and orchestra for<br />

complimentary drinks and light refreshments on the<br />

terrace outside the Chapel.<br />

The concert will be held on Sunday September 3<br />

starting at 2.30pm – what a lovely way to celebrate<br />

Fathers’ Day!<br />

Adults $45, Concessions $40, Students $20, Children<br />

under 12 free (with booking). Premium seats $5<br />

extra. Parking opposite in St Paul’s College. Bookings<br />

manlywarringahchoir.org.au; phone 9953 2443 or 0432<br />

656 798.<br />

Turner Tribute Artist’.<br />

You can catch Tina at<br />

the Royal Motor Yacht<br />

Club on Saturday <strong>August</strong><br />

12 and Dee Why RSL on<br />

Fri 18 at 8pm.<br />

Also at Dee Why RSL<br />

this month is the 18+<br />

show George Michael<br />

Relived taking yo u on a<br />

journey from the early<br />

years of Wham!<br />

Featuring tight<br />

harmonies from some<br />

of Sydney’s best singers<br />

and a killer band, get<br />

set to enjoy the hits we<br />

all know such as Faith,<br />

Careless Whisper, Fast<br />

Love, Outside, Last<br />

Christmas, Wake Me Up<br />

Before You Go-Go, I’m<br />

Your Man, Freedom and<br />

Everything She Wants.<br />

This is promoted as a<br />

“funky night to remember”, so<br />

get ready to dance and sing<br />

along.<br />

– LO<br />

Contact the clubs for<br />

bookings and more<br />

details: RMYC 9997 5511 or<br />

royalmotor.com.au; Dee Why<br />

RSL 9454 4000 or deewhyrsl.<br />

com.au.<br />

The cat in the<br />

hat at Belrose<br />

See all your favourite Dr Seuss<br />

characters including The<br />

Cat in the Hat, Horton the<br />

Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz,<br />

Mayzie LaBird and Jojo – a little<br />

boy with a big imagination<br />

– come to life at Glen Street<br />

Theatre on <strong>August</strong> 3-5.<br />

Inspired by the much-loved<br />

books of Dr Seuss, Seussical is<br />

a fantastical, magical musical<br />

extravaganza.<br />

Here’s your opportunity to<br />

take the whole family for a<br />

special serving of the zany<br />

and colourul production close<br />

to home before the super talented<br />

LOUD Theatre Company<br />

takes the show to the Roslyn<br />

Packer Theatre in the city.<br />

More info glenstreet.com.au<br />

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Dining Guide<br />

Dining Guide<br />

<strong>August</strong>’s best restaurants, functions, events and reader deals...<br />

Oceanviews<br />

Restaurant<br />

Shop 4, 120 Narrabeen Park<br />

Pde, Warriewood Beach.<br />


Open 7 days lunch and dinner<br />


Vietnamese<br />


Entrees $2-$9.80<br />

Mains $13.80-$19.80<br />

Noodles $13.80<br />

Lunch specials.<br />

1/2 price daily deals.<br />

BOOKINGS 9979 9449<br />

BYO<br />

All<br />

P<br />

Book now for a great table for<br />

lunch or dinner at this popular<br />

Vietnamese eatery.<br />

Ocean views across Warriewood<br />

Beach may be enjoyed<br />

from the restaurant which offers<br />

one of the most popular of<br />

Asian cuisines.<br />

Eat in and take-away meals<br />

are available; plus they offer<br />

free home delivery for orders<br />

over $35.<br />

Tantalising lunch specials<br />

from $2 to $10.80 include egg<br />

custard buns (two for $4.40),<br />

Money Bags (four for $5.80),<br />

prawn dumplings, fresh rice<br />

paper rolls, beef noodle soup,<br />

noodles with veggies and<br />

chicken, or beef with rice for<br />

just $10.80.<br />

Chef’s specials include Basil<br />

Mint Pork, Honey King Prawns,<br />

Sizzling Tofu Hot Pot and Chicken<br />

Laksa.<br />

Each day there is a half-price<br />

deal for evening diners-in (limit<br />

of one deal per table of diners).<br />

They include: on Thursday<br />

satay king prawn for $10.40, on<br />

Monday salt and pepper squid<br />

for $10.40 and on Saturday<br />

lemongrass chicken for $8.90.<br />

Prices reduced across the<br />

board, as well as lunch specials.<br />

Barrenjoey<br />

Bistro<br />

Club Palm Beach<br />

1087 Barrenjoey Rd,<br />

Palm Beach<br />


Lunch 11:30am-2.30pm<br />

Dinner 6pm-8.30pm<br />


Lunch and dinner<br />

specials $13.50<br />

BOOKINGS 9974 5566<br />

LIC<br />

All<br />

P<br />

Club Palm Beach will host its<br />

Vietnam Veteran’s lunch on<br />

Sunday <strong>August</strong> 13 (bookings<br />

essential – see ad right).<br />

The Members’ lucky badge<br />

draw is held Wednesday and<br />

Friday night (every 30 mins<br />

between 5pm-7pm), and<br />

jackpots by $100 each week.<br />

Wednesday and Sunday<br />

are meat raffle nights, with a<br />

whopping 14 trays to be won.<br />

Enjoy Trivia Night from<br />

5.30pm on Wednesdays, plus<br />

Bingo at 10am on Fridays.<br />

The club’s Barrenjoey<br />

Bistro is open for lunch<br />

(11.30am to 2.30pm) and<br />

dinner (6pm to 8.30pm) seven<br />

days. The Bistro serves topvalue<br />

a la carte meals plus<br />

daily $13.50 specials of roasts<br />

(Mondays), rump steak with<br />

chips and salad (Tuesdays),<br />

chicken schnitzel with chips<br />

and salad (Wednesdays),<br />

homemade gourmet pies with<br />

chips and salad (Thursdays)<br />

and fish and chips with salad<br />

(Fridays), except public hols.<br />

Entrees on the a la carte<br />

menu range from $10.50 to<br />

$17.50 (mains $14.50 to $25).<br />

The club has a courtesy<br />

bus which meets the 11am<br />

ferry from Ettalong at the<br />

Palm Beach Wharf at 11.20am<br />

daily, returning on request.<br />

It also makes regular runs<br />

Wednesdays, Fridays and<br />

Saturdays from 4.30pm to<br />

9pm. Ring to book a pick-up.<br />

* The call is out for locals<br />

to contribute stories about the<br />

Club’s early days. P: 9974 5566.<br />

Bistro 61<br />

Avalon Beach RSL<br />

1 Bowling Green Lane<br />

Avalon Beach<br />


Open 7 days<br />

Lunch 12pm-2:30pm<br />

Dinner 5:30-8:30pm<br />


Modern Aust / pub food<br />


Meals $8-$30<br />

Specials $12-$15<br />

BOOKINGS 9918 2201<br />

Visa<br />

MasterCard<br />

Avalon Beach RSL’s new<br />

Bistro 61 is a great place<br />

to head for a local meal,<br />

offering tasty modern<br />

Australian dishes at<br />

affordable prices.<br />

Bistro 61 has been named<br />

to commemorate the opening<br />

Book brekkie by the water<br />

Enjoy a sumptuous yet healthy buffet breakfast overlooking<br />

spectacular <strong>Pittwater</strong>!<br />

Local residents and business people are finding the peaceful<br />

ambience of The Mirage restaurant overlooking idyllic <strong>Pittwater</strong>,<br />

the perfect place to start the day.<br />

Located in the Metro Mirage Hotel Newport and open for<br />

breakfast from 7-10am seven days a week, Mirage Restaurant<br />

is the perfect venue for breakfast with friends, an early<br />

business meeting with work colleagues or a weekend brunch<br />

with the family.<br />

At a fixed price of $25 for adults and $15 for children (5-12<br />

years), guests can choose from a full hot and cold breakfast<br />

buffet, including a selection of cereals, seasonal fruit and freshly<br />

made juices, toast and pastries, sausages, eggs, hash browns,<br />

bacon and tomato served with the Chef’s Special of the day.<br />

Walk-ins are welcome or call 9997 7011 to book.<br />

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of the Club in 1961. The<br />

kitchen – led by experienced<br />

Northern Beaches head chef<br />

Mitch Blundell, boasts all<br />

fresh, house-made meals, with<br />

locally sourced ingredients<br />

used when possible.<br />

Open for lunch and dinner<br />

seven days, with extensive<br />

outdoor dining areas, Bistro<br />

61 offers a different special<br />

(lunch and dinner) every<br />

weekday, including $15 rump<br />

steak chips and salad (Mon),<br />

$12 tacos (Tues), $15 Chicken<br />

Schnitzels (Wed), 2-4-1 pizzas<br />

(Thurs), and a $20 burger +<br />

beer (Fri).<br />

Seniors are well catered<br />

for – there are daily Seniors<br />

specials, including beerbattered<br />

flathead – plus they<br />

do a $5 kids meals on Sundays!<br />

(There’s a playground, too.)<br />

From the menu, chef<br />

Mitch recommends his twist<br />

on nachos – pulled beef and<br />

blackbeans with chipotle,<br />

corn chips, guacamole,<br />

Danish fetta and coriander.<br />

Members get discounts on<br />

meals purchased. Membership<br />

starts from $5.50.<br />

The club is licensed, with<br />

no BYO. Bookings online or<br />

call 9918 2201 – large groups<br />

welcome.<br />

Head to Avalon RSL for<br />

APL Poker Tournaments on<br />

Tuesdays and Thursdays.<br />

Visit avalonrsl.com.au/<br />

bistro-61<br />

Royal Motor<br />

Yacht Club<br />

Salt Cove on <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

a variety of starters and<br />

share plates, seafood,<br />

burgers, grills, salads,<br />

desserts and woodfired<br />

pizza.<br />

In <strong>August</strong>, Friday night<br />

entertainment kicks off in<br />

the Lounge Bar from 7.30pm.<br />

Great acts appearing this<br />

month include Rohan Cannon<br />

(4th), Gordon Hunte (11th),<br />

Geoff Kendall (18th) and Keff<br />

McCullough (25th).<br />

Trivia is held every Tuesday<br />

night from 7.30pm (great<br />

prizes and vouchers).<br />

Don’t miss the incredible<br />

Tina Turner tribute show,<br />

performed by US star Cookie<br />

Watkins on Saturday <strong>August</strong> 12.<br />

Cookie has made a name<br />

for herself as the best in the<br />

business at delivering an<br />

authentic account of Tina’s<br />

career, delivering hits from<br />

‘Nutbush City Limits’ through<br />

her later solo years with<br />

‘Simply The Best’ and ‘Private<br />

Dancer’. Bookings essential.<br />

And don’t forget Club social<br />

memberships are available for<br />

just $160.<br />

Dining Guide<br />

46 Prince Alfred<br />

Parade, Newport<br />


Breakfast Lunch & Dinner<br />

Mon-Fri from 8.30am<br />

Weekends from 8am<br />


Breakfast from $8-$18<br />

Entrees from $9-$21<br />

Mains from $16-$26<br />

BOOKINGS 9997 5511<br />

LIC<br />

All<br />

P<br />

RMYC’s restaurant Salt<br />

Cove on <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s menu<br />

offers affordable meals and<br />

generous servings including<br />

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Dining Guide<br />

Dining Guide<br />

Little Bok Choy<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL<br />

82 Mona Vale Rd,<br />

Mona Vale<br />


Open 7 days<br />

Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm<br />

(3pm Fri, Sat, Sun)<br />

Dinner 5:30-8:30pm<br />

(9:30pm Fri, Sat)<br />


Entrees $6-$20<br />

Mains $12.80-$25<br />

BOOKINGS 9446 9613<br />

Little Bok Choy are still<br />

celebrating their first<br />

birthday – book now for<br />

10 per cent off your meal<br />

(mention the ad left)<br />

Have you discovered this<br />

hidden gem? Conveniently<br />

located inside <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL,<br />

with plenty of on-site parking<br />

and public transport, it’s the<br />

ideal location to get together<br />

to share great Asian food.<br />

With a vast range of menu<br />

options, you won’t know where<br />

to start in this Asian Fusion<br />

restaurant. Some of the secrets<br />

of LBC’s finest eats include<br />

traditional favourites, like Shao<br />

Long Bao – it’s the perfect<br />

starter; the juicy mini pork<br />

buns will get your taste buds<br />

excited for the coming courses.<br />

Tuck in to Yum Cha<br />

favourites including delicious<br />

Prawn Dumplings, BBQ pork<br />

buns, Spring Rolls and Thai<br />

entrees like Thai Curry Puffs.<br />

For mains, all the<br />

popular Chinese dishes are<br />

included, from Sweet and<br />

Sour Pork, Honey Chicken,<br />

Sizzling Mongolian Beef and<br />

Seafood Stir-fry. Plus, they<br />

have plenty of fried rice and<br />

fried noodles also available in<br />

special kids’ size!<br />

Prices are very reasonable<br />

– Chinese mains start from<br />

$15.80, with gluten free and<br />

vegetarian options available.<br />

If you prefer Thai, be sure<br />

to check out their latest<br />

addition – Tom Yum Fried Rice,<br />

a modern twist on a classic<br />

favourite. And their range of<br />

Thai soups, salads, curries and<br />

stir fry noodles are fresh and<br />

exciting, all prepared by their<br />

skilled Thai chef.<br />

Hong Kong<br />

Chinese Restaurant<br />

332 Barrenjoey Rd,<br />

Newport<br />


Dinner Tues-Sun 5pm<br />


Chinese & Asian<br />


Entrees $5-20<br />

Mains $12.90-26.50<br />

*Deliver Whale Beach - Narrabeen<br />

BOOKINGS 9997 4157<br />

Book a table at this popular<br />

Newport eatery in July and<br />

your family is guaranteed<br />

a great night out with a<br />

feast for the eyes and the<br />

tastebuds.<br />

Order ahead for their<br />

wonderful Peking Duck which<br />

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LIC<br />

BYO<br />

All<br />

Avalon’s<br />

Sabiang is<br />

in Mint<br />

condition<br />

P<br />

is offered as a dine-in-only<br />

special Thursdays through<br />

Sundays.<br />

There are two traditional<br />

courses: Peking Duck pancakes<br />

& duck sang choy bow<br />

(bookings essential; mention<br />

the ad when you call).<br />

This long-established<br />

restaurant on the eastern<br />

side of Barrenjoey Rd has<br />

an extensive menu based<br />

on traditional flavoursome<br />

Cantonese with touches of<br />

spicy Szechuan and other<br />

Asian dishes and fresh<br />

seasonal vegetables.<br />

Entrees start at just $5 while<br />

mains are reasonable too,<br />

starting at $12.90.<br />

The menu ranges<br />

from adventurous, like a<br />

Mongolian chicken hot pot,<br />

to contemporary, spicy salt<br />

and pepper king prawns, to<br />

traditional, fillet steak with<br />

snow peas and bean sprouts.<br />

Home delivery available.<br />

Avalon has a new and<br />

welcome addition<br />

to its diverse restaurant<br />

scene – Sabiang Thai near<br />

the watch-the-world-go-by<br />

corner of Old Barrenjoey<br />

Rd and Avalon Parade.<br />

The restaurant,<br />

which boasts a smart,<br />

industrial-style metal<br />

interior, soft colours<br />

and soothing blackand-white<br />

photo prints<br />

of trees on its walls, is the latest project of restauranteurs<br />

Mint and Kwan of ChaRice Noodlebar in Newport Beach.<br />

After seven years in Newport the pair have decided to<br />

expand around the bends (while continuing to have a hand<br />

in the Newport restaurant they have run for seven years).<br />

“Sabiang is a Lao word for ‘food for a trip’ or ‘provisions’,”<br />

said Mint (pictured). “It’s a place to stock up and refuel for<br />

your journey… when you come to Sabiang you will enjoy<br />

eating because we will have so much for you to choose from.”<br />

Mint said customers can expect traditional Thai<br />

favourites, cooked with authenticity and plenty of flavor,<br />

plus dishes with a few twists.<br />

“My favourite is a ‘Crying Tiger’ (steak with hot dipping<br />

sauce)… and I think diners will also love experiencing<br />

things like our Papaya Salad with BBQ Chicken,” she said.<br />

Sabiang is licensed but also offers BYO (wine only); to<br />

book call 9918 3292. – Nigel Wall

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Jenny honoured with <strong>2017</strong><br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Community gong<br />

Environmental and heritage<br />

advocate Jenny Harris<br />

has been recognised by the<br />

state government for her<br />

commitment to our unique<br />

area.<br />

Member for <strong>Pittwater</strong> Rob<br />

Stokes announced Jenny<br />

as the recipient of the NSW<br />

Government’s <strong>2017</strong> <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Community Service Award.<br />

Jenny is actively involved<br />

in a variety of community<br />

groups including the Duffys<br />

Forest Residents Association,<br />

Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon<br />

Catchment and the Duffys<br />

Forest Rural Fire Service.<br />

Jenny was also integral in<br />

the recent listing of Waratah<br />

Park, the home of Skippy<br />

Branch <strong>Life</strong>saver of the Year,<br />

22-year-old student Lara<br />

Boyle, has certainly crammed<br />

a lot into her short life as a<br />

volunteer lifesaver.<br />

The Whale Beach<br />

SLSC member,<br />

who was raised in<br />

Gladesville, was introduced<br />

to the surf<br />

club by a group of<br />

friends while attending<br />

Pymble Ladies’<br />

College and quickly<br />

become enthralled<br />

with what surf life<br />

saving had to offer.<br />

She has been<br />

Chief Training Officer,<br />

Patrol Captain and now<br />

Club Captain at Whale Beach.<br />

She holds the Gold Medallion<br />

– the pinnacle of surf life<br />

saving awards and is also a<br />

jet ski operator for Branch.<br />

Lara is already planning<br />

the <strong>2017</strong>-18 season.<br />

“I’ll probably focus on<br />

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the Bush Kangaroo, on the<br />

State Heritage Register and<br />

coordinates regular bush<br />

regeneration events to help<br />

ensure this significant area of<br />

our community is preserved<br />

for future generations.<br />

“Jenny has an amazing<br />

passion for our community,<br />

our environment and our<br />

local heritage,” Mr Stokes<br />

said.<br />

“I’m continually impressed<br />

by the diversity of<br />

community initiatives and<br />

projects that Jenny is actively<br />

involved with.<br />

“Jenny typifies many of<br />

our wonderful community<br />

volunteers who do an<br />

enormous amount of work<br />

Awarding surf<br />

lifesaving’s finest<br />

the development of our<br />

younger members and making<br />

sure we are focussing<br />

on our frontline service of<br />

lifesaving… ideally<br />

develop a NSW<br />

women’s leadership<br />

network,” she said.<br />

Lara described<br />

being crowned<br />

Branch <strong>Life</strong>saver<br />

of the Year at the<br />

Northern Beaches<br />

Awards of Excellence<br />

function at<br />

Dee Why RSL Club<br />

last month as “just<br />

insane”.<br />

Newport’s Marty<br />

Lynch also was recognised<br />

with <strong>Life</strong> Membership of the<br />

Branch at this year’s awards.<br />

The Australian beach coach<br />

and Newport SLSC member,<br />

was one of two awards recognising<br />

the Lynch family as<br />

son Jake was named Speedo<br />

Athlete of the Year.<br />

behind the scenes – but seek<br />

no gratitude or recognition<br />

for their efforts.<br />

“Without people such as<br />

Jenny who are willing to do<br />

the hard work and complete<br />

the mundane but necessary<br />

tasks – many of the<br />

opportunities we often take<br />

for granted simply wouldn’t<br />

be possible.<br />

“The natural areas<br />

surrounding Narrabeen<br />

Lagoon and Waratah Park<br />

help define our community<br />

and Jenny’s ongoing efforts<br />

have contributed to their<br />

formal protection over recent<br />

years,” he said.<br />

Jenny has also worked<br />

closely with other local<br />

groups and associations to<br />

provide advice on projects,<br />

fundraising opportunities<br />

and awareness strategies.<br />

The award, presented<br />

at a community leader’s<br />

reception at Mona Vale<br />

Golf Club in late July,<br />

recognises outstanding<br />

voluntary service to the<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> community.<br />

Bill honoured by France<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Sub-Branch member Bill<br />

Mackay has received a huge honour<br />

– made a Chevalier in the Order of<br />

the Legion of Honour on behalf of the<br />

President of the Republic of France.<br />

Bill was awarded the 1939-45 Star,<br />

Africa Star, Italy Star, France and<br />

Germany Star, Defence Medal and the<br />

1939-45 War Medal, GSM Palestine.<br />

His story is a thrilling one.<br />

“I joined the 5th Scottish Regiment in<br />

1941, at the age of 16 and transferred<br />

to the Parachute Regiment in 1942,”<br />

Bill recounted. “I had to get a letter of permission from my<br />

mother so I could enlist. I was initially sent to North Africa,<br />

where I fought for about two and a half years.<br />

“About March 1943, we conducted Long Range Desert<br />

Patrols in Jeeps and did numerous jumps in preparation<br />

for the invasion of Sicily. I fought in Italy up to June 1944,<br />

when we jumped into France with the Americans one<br />

week after D-Day.”<br />

After fighting in France for a month, he was sent back<br />

to Italy to prepare for the invasion of Greece.<br />

“Throughout my wartime service I made 37 parachute<br />

jumps, with six made into live combat situations,” he said.<br />

“Our 5th Scottish was then chosen to be sent to Palestine<br />

from 1946-1947, where we were caught up in the Arab War<br />

of Independence. Finally, in 1947 I was sent home to Scotland<br />

and demobilised. I immediately joined the Territorial<br />

Army in Glasgow where I served a further seven years, up<br />

to 1954. In 1959, I immigrated to Australia.”<br />

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Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Wonderful winter soups you<br />

can eat now or freeze for later<br />

Just when we were all starting to think we were over the winter<br />

‘hump’, along comes <strong>August</strong> with its Arctic-cold days and<br />

nights. So, here are some wonderful winter soups that will<br />

both tingle the taste buds as well as warm the family from top to<br />

toe. The best part is these beauties will freeze well – so make a<br />

double batch and any leftovers will be perfect for lunch!<br />

Sweet potato<br />

miso soup<br />

Serves 6<br />

2 tbs olive oil<br />

1 brown onion, finely chopped<br />

2 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

1 tbs finely grated fresh ginger<br />

1kg sweet potato, peeled,<br />

chopped<br />

1 litre chicken stock<br />

¼ cup red miso paste<br />

2 tbs sesame seeds, toasted<br />

3 green onions, finely chopped<br />

1 cup coriander leaves,<br />

chopped<br />

1/3 cup yoghurt, to sere<br />

1. Heat the oil in a large<br />

saucepan over medium<br />

heat. Add the onion. Cook,<br />

stirring occasionally, for<br />

5 minutes or until soft.<br />

Add the garlic and ginger<br />

and cook, stirring, for 2<br />

minutes. Add the sweet<br />

potato. Stir to coat in the<br />

onion mixture.<br />

2. Increase heat to high. Add<br />

the stock. Bring to the boil.<br />

Reduce heat to medium-low.<br />

Use the lid to partially cover,<br />

simmer for 20 minutes or<br />

until sweet potato is very<br />

tender. Set aside to cool<br />

slightly. Blend or process<br />

until smooth.<br />

3. Return the soup to the<br />

saucepan. Combine miso<br />

paste with ¼ cup cold water,<br />

stirring until smooth. Stir<br />

into the soup and return<br />

soup to a gentle simmer.<br />

Taste and season.<br />

4. Combine the sesame seeds,<br />

green onions and coriander<br />

together. Ladle the soup<br />

among serving bowls. Top<br />

with a dollop of yoghurt,<br />

sprinkle with sesame mixture<br />

and serve.<br />

Vegetable laksa<br />

Serves 4<br />

Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Steve Brown, Benito Martin, Ben Dearnley, Mark O’Meara<br />

1 tbs vegetable oil<br />

3-4 tbs store-bought laksa<br />

paste (see jb tip)<br />

2 cups chicken stock<br />

2 x 400ml cans of coconut milk<br />

600g sweet potato or butternut<br />

pumpkin, peeled, chopped<br />

1 bunch broccolini, ends<br />

trimmed, roughly chopped<br />

2 tbs fish sauce<br />

2 tbs lime juice<br />

2 tbs grated palm sugar<br />

200g rice stick noodles<br />

1 cup coriander leaves<br />

1 small red capsicum, quartered,<br />

thinly sliced<br />

1 cup bean sprouts<br />

Fried shallots & lime wedges,<br />

to serve<br />

1. Heat the oil in a large wok<br />

over medium heat. Add<br />

the laksa paste and cook,<br />

stirring for 1 minute. Add<br />

the stock, coconut milk and<br />

sweet potato or pumpkin.<br />

Bring to simmer, cover and<br />

cook for 10 minutes or until<br />

sweet potato is tender.<br />

2. Remove the lid. Add the<br />

broccolini and cook for a fur-<br />

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with Janelle Bloom<br />

Janelle’s Tip: The flavour<br />

and heat of laksa paste<br />

can vary; generally,<br />

3 tablespoons is mild. If<br />

you like it very spicy add<br />

1 finely chopped red chilli<br />

with the paste.<br />

1 tbs Chinese rice wine<br />

1 tbs cornflour<br />

1 tsp sesame oil<br />

2 cups shredded cooked chicken<br />

Extra green onions, sliced to<br />

serve<br />

1. Place chicken fillets into a<br />

large saucepan. Cover with<br />

cold water. Bring to simmer;<br />

simmer 8 minutes or until<br />

chicken cooked through.<br />

Remove chicken to a board,<br />

cool then shred. Discard<br />

water, wipe pan clean.<br />

2. Heat the saucepan over<br />

medium-high heat, add the<br />

vegetable oil, onions, garlic<br />

and ginger, cook stirring for<br />

30 seconds. Add the stock,<br />

corn kernels, creamed corn,<br />

soy sauce and rice wine. Stir<br />

until the soup comes to the<br />

boil. Reduce the heat and<br />

simmer for 10 minutes.<br />

3. Meanwhile, stir the cornflour,<br />

sesame oil and 1 tablespoon<br />

of cold water together until<br />

smooth. Stir in 1 tablespoon<br />

of hot soup mixture, then stir<br />

into the soup. Bring to the<br />

boil, stirring constantly for<br />

3-4 minutes, or until slightly<br />

thickened.<br />

4. Add the chicken. Cook a further<br />

1 minute, or until hot.<br />

Ladle into bowls, top with<br />

green onions and serve.<br />

Banana coconut puddings<br />

Makes 6<br />

100g butter, softened<br />

½ cup firmly packed brown sugar<br />

1 tsp ground cinnamon<br />

2 eggs<br />

1¼ cups self-raising flour, sifted<br />

2 tbs toasted coconut<br />

¾ cup mashed banana (see Tip)<br />

2/3 cup greek style yoghurt<br />

Toasted flaked coconut, to<br />

serve optional<br />

Butterscotch sauce<br />

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar<br />

½ cup thickened cream<br />

1 tsp vanilla extract<br />

25g butter, chopped<br />

1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan-forced. Grease and line base of<br />

6 x ¾-cup capacity ovenproof ramekins or a 6-hole, ¾-cup<br />

capacity Texas muffin pan.<br />

2. Beat butter, sugar and cinnamon with an electric mixer<br />

until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well<br />

after each addition. Fold in the sifted flour and coconut,<br />

then gently stir in combined banana and yoghurt. Divide<br />

between ramekins or muffin holes.<br />

3. Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in centre of<br />

1 pudding comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 minutes.<br />

Turn out onto a wire rack.<br />

4. Meanwhile, combine the butterscotch sauce ingredients<br />

in a saucepan. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes over medium<br />

heat until sugar has dissolved. Increase heat to mediumhigh,<br />

bring to the boil. Simmer for 4 minutes or until sauce<br />

has thickened slightly.<br />

5. Pour the warm sauce over the warm puddings, top with<br />

coconut and serve.<br />

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ther 2 minutes or until bright<br />

green and tender. Combine<br />

the fish sauce, lime juice and<br />

sugar and stir into the laksa;<br />

cook 1 minute.<br />

3. Meanwhile, cover the<br />

noodles with boiling water<br />

and stand 3 minutes until<br />

softened. Drain and divide<br />

the noodles between bowls.<br />

Spoon over the soup. Top<br />

with coriander capsicum,<br />

bean sprouts and shallots.<br />

Serve with lime.<br />

Chicken and Sweet<br />

Corn Soup<br />

Serves 6<br />

3 small chicken breast fillets<br />

1 tbs vegetable oil<br />

4 green onions, chopped<br />

1 garlic clove, crushed<br />

2 tsp finely grated fresh<br />

ginger<br />

1 litre chicken stock<br />

3 corn cobs, kernels removed<br />

420g can creamed corn<br />

1 tbs soy sauce<br />

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Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

In Season<br />

Fresh Ginger<br />

Janelle’s Tip: Use a<br />

good-quality, thick,<br />

salted caramel<br />

sauce (available<br />

from supermarkets).<br />

Fresh Ginger is described as<br />

a root but it is technically a<br />

rhinezome (known and used<br />

for both its medicinal properties<br />

and extensive widespread<br />

cooking use all over the world).<br />

Australia is one of the<br />

world’s most important<br />

ginger producers, with the<br />

majority coming from farms<br />

at Buderim in Queensland.<br />

Buying<br />

Fresh ginger should feel<br />

heavy, have tight, unwrinkled<br />

skin and when broken<br />

produce a crisp sound. Old<br />

ginger will be more fibrous.<br />

Young ginger has mild flavour,<br />

with a thin papery skin<br />

that does not require peeling.<br />

The skin of mature ginger is<br />

tough and requires peeling.<br />

Storage<br />

Store fresh unused ginger in<br />

a snap lock bag on the bottom<br />

shelf of the fridge; it will keep<br />

for 2 weeks. Alternatively put<br />

it in an airtight container and<br />

freeze for up to 6 months.<br />

Frozen ginger is easy to grate.<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Ginger coconut rice pudding<br />

Serves 6<br />

1 cup Sunrice medium grain and milk in a large bowl,<br />

rice, rinsed<br />

mix well. Pour into the ovenproof<br />

dish. Cover tightly<br />

Also In Season<br />

½ cup caster sugar<br />

1 tsp vanilla bean paste<br />

with a greased foil. Put dish<br />

<strong>August</strong><br />

1 tbs grated fresh ginger<br />

onto a baking tray. Bake for<br />

Apples, Bananas, Grapefruit,<br />

2 x 400ml cans of coconut 20 minutes. Remove from<br />

Mandarins, Kiwi fruit,<br />

milk<br />

the oven, stir with a fork to<br />

Australian Navel, Blood<br />

Nutrition<br />

4 cups full cream milk<br />

separate the grains. Cover<br />

and Cara Cara Oranges,<br />

Ginger has a long history of use<br />

60g butter, chopped<br />

and return to the oven.<br />

Tangelos, Pears, Quince,<br />

in various forms of traditional<br />

3 tbs brown sugar<br />

Bake a further 40 minutes.<br />

Rhubarb and Strawberries.<br />

and alternative medicine. It is<br />

4 beurre bosc pears, quartered,<br />

cored<br />

remove and discard the<br />

3. Remove from the oven,<br />

Also Avocados, Beetroot,<br />

loaded with nutrients and bioactive<br />

compounds, with incredible<br />

Broccolini and Broccoli,<br />

1 cup salted caramel sauce, foil. Stir rice again with a<br />

Brussels sprouts,<br />

antioxidant and anti-inflammatory<br />

properties. It’s great for an<br />

to serve<br />

fork then return to the oven<br />

Cauliflower, Celery and<br />

un-covered further 25-30<br />

Celeriac, Leeks, Fennel,<br />

upset stomach, helps prevent<br />

1. Preheat oven 180°C, fanforced.<br />

Grease a 10-cup milk has been absorbed, it<br />

minutes or until most of the<br />

Jerusalem artichokes;<br />

nausea (especially motion and<br />

Pumpkin, Sweet potato,<br />

morning sickness) and helps<br />

capacity ovenproof dish. will continue to cook and<br />

Spinach and Silverbeet; plus<br />

fight infections, such as flu and<br />

2. Combine the rice, sugar, thicken on standing. Stand<br />

Kale.<br />

the common cold.<br />

vanilla, ginger, coconut milk 15 minutes without stirring.<br />

4. While pudding is standing,<br />

melt butter and brown<br />

sugar in a large non-stick<br />

frying pan over mediumhigh<br />

heat. Add pears,<br />

cook, turning occasionally<br />

5-10 minutes until tender.<br />

Remove from the heat, add<br />

caramel sauce and shake to<br />

coat the pears. Spoon the<br />

pears and caramel sauce<br />

over the rice pudding and<br />

serve.<br />

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<strong>Pittwater</strong> Puzzler<br />

Compiled by David Stickley<br />

of time (7)<br />

26 Someone who embraces an<br />

ultrafashionable life-style (6)<br />

27 Selection of alcohol available to drink<br />

at Jonah’s in Whale Beach, for example<br />

(4,4)<br />

28 Written compositions (6)<br />

29 Perhaps describing a man wanting<br />

a shave at The Alley Barber Shop in<br />

Newport (8)<br />

DOWN<br />

1 Single out (4,2)<br />

2 The first course of a large meal (7)<br />

3 Praise enthusiastically (5)<br />

4 Popular recreation area in Narrabeen<br />

that has been upgraded (8,4)<br />

6 A mechanical device for entertainment<br />

at a fairground etc (9)<br />

ACROSS<br />

1 A person who goes past, especially by<br />

chance (6-2)<br />

5 Small park in Bilgola Plateau, Betsy<br />

______ Reserve (6)<br />

9 Location on the western shores of<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> in Ku-ring-gai Chase National<br />

Park, ________ Retreat (8)<br />

10 Wine region supporting the Taste of<br />

the Beaches event in <strong>August</strong> (6)<br />

12 Discharge (7)<br />

13 Headed off (7)<br />

14 Electrically powered passenger<br />

vehicle that can be found at the Arts &<br />

Community Centre in Narrabeen (4)<br />

16 Prominent feature of the Bible Garden<br />

in Palm Beach (5,4)<br />

18 A written account of a person’s life,<br />

usually by another (9)<br />

20 Cuisine served by the new Sabiang<br />

restaurant in Avalon (4)<br />

23 Sunglasses, for example (7)<br />

24 Connected with an intervening period<br />

7 A large open boat used in unloading<br />

and loading ships (7)<br />

8 Braced (8)<br />

11 Festival scheduled at the end of the<br />

Pub2Pub <strong>2017</strong> Fun Run (6,6)<br />

15 Large Avalon Beach event to be held<br />

on Sunday 19 November <strong>2017</strong> (6,3)<br />

17 Someone who habitually lives away<br />

from their country, place of work, etc (8)<br />

19 Batsmen who start off an innings (7)<br />

21 Flying business like Qantas or<br />

Lufthansa (7)<br />

22 A workplace where metal is worked<br />

by heating and hammering (6)<br />

25 One of the earliest houses built on<br />

Bilgola Plateau (5)<br />

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Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Mini gardens: It’s so easy<br />

to add a touch of whimsy with Gabrielle Bryant<br />

Gardening can be hard<br />

work, so take time out<br />

to have some fun, find<br />

a shallow bowl and make a<br />

miniature landscaped garden. I<br />

found an unused bird bath that<br />

was ideal. Tiny garden tools,<br />

arches, benches and bridges<br />

can be found in garden centres<br />

which have a great selection.<br />

With some imagination, it<br />

is amazing the number of tiny<br />

plants that you can find in the<br />

garden. Tiny rosette succulents<br />

can be used to represent<br />

agaves; mini mondo grass<br />

looks like New Zealand flax;<br />

give height with Chinese jade;<br />

use brightly coloured golden<br />

sedums as ground covers; and<br />

miniature pepperomia will<br />

trail or climb over fences and<br />

rotundas.<br />

Collect coloured pebbles,<br />

gravel or stones to create<br />

paths and mulches in your tiny<br />

garden. None of these gardens<br />

will remain tiny indefinitely,<br />

but with regular attention<br />

plants can be replaced; there<br />

will always be tiny seedlings<br />

or plantlets in the garden to<br />

replace those already used.<br />

As with any landscape or<br />

garden it will need to be maintained<br />

and looked after. It’s a<br />

great attraction for kids and<br />

grandchildren: look carefully<br />

and you may even find some<br />

fairies lurking in the magic<br />

garden that you have created!<br />

Spring daisy<br />

ground cover<br />

Arctotis are sun-loving<br />

ground-cover daisies that<br />

thrive in well-drained hot spots<br />

in the garden. These South African<br />

daisies cover banks and<br />

slopes with their silver, soft<br />

grey leaves and brightly coloured<br />

flowers from pale pink<br />

to dark cerise, from cream<br />

to gold that open to the sun.<br />

Once the light fades they close<br />

and sleep until the sun rises<br />

again the following day.<br />

Plant them by the sea or on<br />

hot, dry gardens; they need<br />

dry, light soil that drains freely<br />

– their only problem is from<br />

damp and poorly drained soil<br />

that will cause mildew and leaf<br />

drop. After a week of solid rain<br />

and poor light they will look<br />

very sad but once the hot dry<br />

sun comes back they recover<br />

very quickly. I have seen them<br />

growing into the sandy beaches<br />

looking amazingly bright,<br />

colourful and well.<br />

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For you<br />

the Pieris<br />

Temple<br />

bells toll!<br />

Pieris Temple Bells, or Lily<br />

of the Valley tree, is a<br />

small slow-growing shrub<br />

that thrives in the semi-shade<br />

under trees, where it is sheltered<br />

from wind and hot sun.<br />

The bright red new leaves in<br />

spring turn to a glossy dark<br />

green as they mature.<br />

The delicate, pendulous<br />

tresses of pure white bells<br />

decorate the branches in<br />

spring. Temple Bells loves to<br />

grow mass-planted in borders,<br />

as a feature plant or as a delicate,<br />

compact shrub in tubs<br />

or planter boxes. It is an acidloving<br />

plant that grows in the<br />

company of azaleas, camellias<br />

and rhododendrons.<br />

Pieris Temple Bells that<br />

will grow one-metre tall are<br />

a native to the hills of Japan.<br />

There are other cultivars of<br />

Pieris available – some are<br />

smaller and others will grow<br />

tall, some have pale pink bells<br />

and others are a deeper pink;<br />

all of them will grow in cooler<br />

districts or in damp but welldrained<br />

spots in the gardens<br />

here.<br />

After planting, keep Pieris<br />

well-watered but not in soggy<br />

soil. Once the plant is established<br />

the watering can be reduced.<br />

Mulch well around the<br />

roots and feed with Kahoona<br />

or a slow-release azalea food<br />

now, before the new foliage<br />

appears, and again after the<br />

flowers finish in early summer.<br />

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Fragrantflowering<br />

specimen<br />

tree gold!<br />

One of my very favourite<br />

trees is the Michelia<br />

champaca. As a specimen<br />

tree in a lawn it is hard to<br />

beat. Grow this tree where it<br />

can grow to its full potential.<br />

The beautiful Golden<br />

Champaca is a fast-growing<br />

evergreen tree that has<br />

highly fragrant golden flowers<br />

in spring. Although the<br />

flowers are not flamboyant<br />

their perfume in the evening<br />

air is fantastic.<br />

A member of the magnolia<br />

family, this tree will grow in<br />

its native Asian environment<br />

to 30m tall but in cultivation<br />

in domestic gardens it grows<br />

to about 10m. The fragrant<br />

flowers are delightful when<br />

floated in bowls of water<br />

inside the house where their<br />

sweet scent will fill the air.<br />

Spoilt for choice! Wattle they think of next?<br />

The Aussie green and gold<br />

comes to life outdoors as<br />

spring reappears. There is<br />

a wattle for every situation,<br />

including those that spill<br />

down banks – prostrate acacia<br />

baileyana (the Cootamundra<br />

wattle).<br />

Then there is the weeping<br />

wattle, acacia cognata Limelight.<br />

And the weeping wattle acacia<br />

cultriformis Cascade. Small<br />

shrubs will grow to only one<br />

metre – look for acacia howittii<br />

Honey Bun, with the sensational<br />

pale cream blossom.<br />

Also, there are medium shrubs<br />

and those that will grow into<br />

stately trees – the ‘Fringe’ wattle,<br />

acaia fimbirata and the Golden<br />

Wattle, acacia pycnantha.<br />

Wattles are our national<br />

emblem; as wattle day<br />

approaches on September 1,<br />

every garden should have one.<br />

We all fly the national flag,<br />

so why not grow the national<br />

flower.<br />

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Jobs this Month<br />

<strong>August</strong><br />

<strong>August</strong> is a busy month;<br />

there is a lot to do to<br />

prepare your garden<br />

for the warmer, growing<br />

months ahead. After the very<br />

wet autumn, winter has been<br />

very cold and mostly dry. It<br />

is time to don the gloves for<br />

some TLC.<br />

Stick a fork in it<br />

Lawns have suffered. Aerate<br />

the ground with a fork, or<br />

buy a pair of spiked metal<br />

soles for your shoes – this<br />

makes the task much easier,<br />

as you can stomp around and<br />

do the job. Then feed the<br />

lawn with a hose-on fertiliser.<br />

If the ground is very hard,<br />

water first with Eco-hydrate<br />

to help the water to penetrate<br />

the soil.<br />

Seed cliveas<br />

Cliveas are expensive to buy<br />

but are very easy to grow<br />

from seed. Seeds are ripe<br />

now and ready to harvest<br />

if you left the flowers last<br />

spring. Open the pod and<br />

you will find around 6 or 8<br />

seeds inside. Red seeds will<br />

produce red flowers and if<br />

you can find some yellow<br />

seed pods you will have the<br />

very special cream-coloured<br />

plants. Take notice of clivea<br />

flowers this spring and make<br />

a note of the flowers that<br />

you like. Cross-pollinate the<br />

flowers so that next winter<br />

you can harvest the seeds<br />

that you want,<br />

Super succulents<br />

Spring is the time for ‘babies’.<br />

Succulents grow from just one<br />

leaf! Spread the leaves out on<br />

a dry tray in a warm spot and<br />

within a few weeks you will<br />

find that new plantlets have<br />

grown. Wait until the tiny<br />

roots appear and then place<br />

the leaf onto a tray of seedraising<br />

mix. Once the roots<br />

establish, plant out your new<br />

succulent babies.<br />

Get the good oil<br />

Protect your citrus trees from<br />

leaf miner and fruit fly. Spray<br />

with Eco oil every fortnight.<br />

As soon as the blossom<br />

opens, it is well worth the<br />

investment to buy a fruit fly<br />

trap to protect your crop.<br />

Summer vegies<br />

Get the summer vegies<br />

growing. Early tomatoes,<br />

zucchinis, capsicum,<br />

silverbeet, eggplants, lettuce<br />

and cucumbers can all go in<br />

now. Remember to rotate the<br />

veggies in the vegie garden.<br />

You should try to have a<br />

three-year cycle. Before you<br />

plant add plenty of compost<br />

and cow manure.<br />

Perennial problem<br />

Now that spring is around<br />

the corner split up<br />

overcrowded perennials.<br />

Gingers, agapanthus bulbs,<br />

gazanias, phlox, begonias,<br />

liriope, mondo grass can<br />

all be divided now. Also,<br />

spray azaleas with Zayleton<br />

to protect them from petal<br />

blight. Petal blight can<br />

destroy the flowers on<br />

Azaleas overnight. In dry<br />

conditions, the flowers will<br />

last but one rainy day can<br />

destroy them. Don’t wait for<br />

the flowers to open it will be<br />

too late.<br />

Caterpillar woes<br />

The lily caterpillar can<br />

destroy your cliveas in just<br />

one night, as they eat their<br />

way down the back of leaves<br />

to the heart of the bulbs. At<br />

the first sign of damage, cut<br />

off the affected leaves and<br />

put them – caterpillars and<br />

all – into a plastic bag in the<br />

bin. Spray with Eco oil to<br />

Bulb care<br />

Spring bulbs, daffodils,<br />

jonquils, snowdrops and<br />

tulips, are finishing as the<br />

weather warms up. Make<br />

sure that you keep feeding<br />

and watering them as<br />

they die down. Resist the<br />

temptation to tidy them<br />

before the leaves shrivel<br />

up. This is when they store<br />

the nourishment for next<br />

year’s flowers.<br />

prevent any new infestations.<br />

Start a worm farm<br />

If you don’t already have one,<br />

start a worm farm today. The<br />

worms will consume all your<br />

kitchen waste and the liquid<br />

from the farm is the most<br />

amazing fertiliser.<br />

Lime spray<br />

It’s your last chance to spray<br />

lime sulphur on roses, fruit<br />

trees and frangipani to destroy<br />

the fungal spores from last<br />

season.<br />

Colour explosion<br />

Replant pots and baskets with<br />

seedlings for summer. Petunias,<br />

alyssum, portulacca, French<br />

marigolds, snapdragons,<br />

pansies and dianthus, give a<br />

brilliant display of colour.<br />

Crossword solution from page 67<br />

Mystery location: CAREEL BAY<br />

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Times Past<br />

‘Trees’ among earliest<br />

roots on the Plateau<br />

One of the earliest<br />

houses built on Bilgola<br />

Plateau was the house<br />

appropriately called ‘Trees’. It<br />

was erected some time after<br />

October 1934 when John David<br />

Handley and his wife, Nellie<br />

May, took possession of two<br />

blocks at the top of Plateau<br />

Road. The road had only just<br />

been formalised from a rough<br />

track by overtopping with<br />

bitumen in 1929.<br />

The house nestles into its<br />

site just below the road level<br />

and has excellent views over<br />

the golf course to Bangalley<br />

Head and beyond (and in the<br />

1930s the view would have<br />

extended around to Bilgola<br />

Beach; trees now create a<br />

visual filter to the southeast).<br />

Originally the house was<br />

one main room, the upper<br />

level of timber-framed walls<br />

set on a sandstone basement.<br />

The upper walls and the roof<br />

were clad with split Douglas<br />

Fir, with the bark still intact<br />

(as shown in the main photo).<br />

The roof has since been re-clad<br />

with green Marseilles tiles<br />

after the original roof cladding<br />

deteriorated. (Interestingly, in<br />

1894 Wunderlich became the<br />

sole agents in Australia of the<br />

imported terracotta tiles from<br />

France and claimed proudly<br />

they had ‘painted the town red’<br />

but the green tiles ‘harmonised<br />

with the dark green of the<br />

eucalyptus’.)<br />

The use of natural materials<br />

such as stone and timber<br />

predominate in the structure<br />

(internally as well as externally)<br />

and like its close neighbour –<br />

‘Stella James House’ by Burley<br />

Griffin in 1933 – it harmonises<br />

well with the environment.<br />

Organic architect<br />

extraordinaire, Alexander<br />

Stewart Jolly, was working in<br />

the area during this period<br />

and it was thought he may<br />

have had some input or<br />

influence in the design of<br />

‘Trees’. He was a master in the<br />

use of natural materials and<br />

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there is no record of<br />

him having used made) bricks in any of<br />

(manhis<br />

buildings.<br />

In 1947, Norman<br />

Arthur Kingsbury Wallis<br />

purchased ‘Trees’ from<br />

the Handleys.<br />

He obviously<br />

loved the garden<br />

surrounding the<br />

house and maintained<br />

it enthusiastically.<br />

He won four awards<br />

for the garden in<br />

the Sydney Morning<br />

Herald and Sun<br />

Herald’s Garden<br />

Competition during<br />

the years 1957 to<br />

1964. On 18 February,<br />

1950, he purchased<br />

the block next door<br />

in Plateau Road and six<br />

years later donated this small<br />

parcel of land (0.07 hectares)<br />

to Warringah Shire Council<br />

as ‘Betsy Wallis Reserve’ in<br />

memory of his mother who<br />

had died in 1949.<br />

A memorial seat in the<br />

upper area of the reserve has<br />

cast into the back-rest the<br />

title ‘Betsy’s Corner’ but his<br />

mother’s names were Edith<br />

Emily. (Maybe ‘Betsy’ was a<br />

term of endearment used by<br />

his father, Arthur?)<br />

Wallis was a fine<br />

yachtsman who also received<br />

the award of the Royal Naval<br />

and Royal Marine Forces<br />

Volunteer Reserve Decoration<br />

from HRH Queen Elizabeth in<br />

December 1958.<br />

He died on 17 November,<br />

1965.<br />

TIMES PAST is supplied<br />

by local historian<br />

and President of the<br />

Avalon Beach Historical<br />

Society GEOFF SEARL.<br />

Visit the Society’s<br />

showroom in Bowling<br />

Green Lane, Avalon<br />

Beach.<br />

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Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Step off the wharf at<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> and onto a<br />

luxury Tassie cruise<br />

Here’s your chance to ‘join’<br />

the Sydney to Hobart Yacht<br />

race – while dodging the discomfort<br />

and hardships the rest<br />

of the fleet may experience,<br />

kicking back in supreme luxury<br />

instead!<br />

Embark 9am at Palm Beach,<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>, on December 26 for<br />

a unique two-week small-ship<br />

cruise of a lifetime to Tasmania’s<br />

southern wilderness.<br />

Newport Travel’s Chris Riou explains<br />

your journey, aboard the<br />

72-passenger Coral Discoverer,<br />

comprises a 6-night Sydney<br />

to Hobart Yacht Race special,<br />

followed by a 7-night discovery<br />

cruise leg of Tasmania’s south<br />

and east coast wilderness<br />

areas.<br />

“You’ll cruise past Barrenjoey<br />

Headland to just off North Head,<br />

for a grandstand view of the<br />

race start, before trailing the<br />

yachts on a scenic coastal cruise<br />

to Hobart,” Chris said. “On<br />

board, you’ll enjoy expert commentary<br />

and race legends from<br />

on-board lecturer, John Longley<br />

AM, a celebrated veteran of five<br />

Americas Cup campaigns.”<br />

Visit Jervis Bay and Twofold<br />

Bay en route and once across<br />

Bass Strait, explore the magical<br />

Tasmanian coast with Coral<br />

Discoverer’s guided shore excursions,<br />

by zodiac, hiking or<br />

kayak (as conditions permit).<br />

“The cruise arrives into<br />

Hobart on New Year’s Eve,<br />

to join the festivities of race<br />

presentations and the launch<br />

of Tasmania’s summer Taste<br />

festival,” Chris said. “Then you<br />

return to the Coral Discoverer<br />

for a special New Year’s Eve<br />

captain’s dinner and to enjoy<br />

the festivities from our prime<br />

harbour viewing point.”<br />

The second leg of your discovery<br />

cruise journey begins<br />

on January 1.<br />

“You’ll experience the<br />

vestiges of Tasmania’s indigenous,<br />

maritime, penal and<br />

pioneering heritage, including<br />

its pristine waters, ancient forests,<br />

secret coves and rugged<br />

dolomite crags,” said Chris.<br />

“You’ll take in the abundant<br />

and unique wildlife – both at<br />

sea and on land – and skirt<br />

Tasmania’s World Heritage<br />

wilderness area, unreachable<br />

by land, reaching the remote<br />

destination of Port Davey.”<br />

Chris said the ship for the<br />

2-week cruise is the recently<br />

refurbished and state-of-theart,<br />

Coral Discoverer, with<br />

upgrades to the latest technology<br />

ensuring comfortable<br />

cruising in open waters.<br />

“Plus, her shallow draught<br />

and manoeuvrability allow her<br />

an unmatched ability to enter<br />

the bays and inlets of Tasmania’s<br />

rugged coastline,” Chris<br />

said.<br />

At meal times, enjoy an<br />

outstanding menu of fresh<br />

Tasmanian produce, complemented<br />

by a specially curated<br />

wine list featuring some of<br />

Tasmania’s finest varietals.<br />

To secure your cabin on this<br />

special one-off voyage, call<br />

Chris at Newport Travel on<br />

9997 1277 or email<br />

chris@newporttravel.com.au<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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Help at hand to<br />

convert Amex<br />

points for travel<br />

Redeeming your accrued<br />

American Express Membership<br />

Rewards points to pay<br />

for your next holiday sounds<br />

ideal – but how do you do it?<br />

The Travel Book at Mona<br />

Vale are American Express<br />

Membership Rewards Redemption<br />

specialists who don’t<br />

charge a merchant fee for<br />

their service.<br />

Agency operator Mike Dungan<br />

says his team can help<br />

you use your points for all or<br />

part of the payment towards<br />

any travel booking, including<br />

the best available fare with<br />

any airline, hotels, cruises,<br />

car hire, holiday packages<br />

and even travel insurance and<br />

foreign exchange.<br />

“You can even use your<br />

points to upgrade to business<br />

or first class, earn frequent<br />

flyer points on eligible travel<br />

booked and enjoy existing<br />

child and infant discounts with<br />

no travel restrictions – as long<br />

as there’s availability, you can<br />

book it,” Mike said. “And you<br />

can use your points to purchase<br />

travel for anyone.”<br />

And if you’re planning a<br />

getaway in 2018, consider the<br />

Early Bird Deals offered by<br />

European specialists Albatross<br />

Tours which can save you up<br />

to $350 per person.<br />

If the convenience of coach<br />

touring appeals but you’re put<br />

off by the thought of joining<br />

an overly large group, Albatross<br />

Tours is perfect for you.<br />

Albatross Tours are escort<br />

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experts in small-group coach<br />

touring, limiting numbers to<br />

28 travellers to ensure guests<br />

receive authentic dining and accommodation<br />

experiences that<br />

other Tour groups can’t match.<br />

The Travel Book consultant<br />

Anne Williamson says small<br />

groups offer many benefits.<br />

“Less time is wasted getting<br />

on and off the coach and a<br />

more manageable group size<br />

leads to a higher level of personal<br />

service from your Tour<br />

manager,” she said.<br />

Being a smaller group, Albatross<br />

guests stay in authentic<br />

hotels chosen for their style,<br />

character and location – which<br />

larger groups often cannot<br />

consider staying in.<br />

“Dining out is also more<br />

enjoyable, as we can eat at<br />

delightful local restaurants<br />

rather than standard, largergroup<br />

establishments.”<br />

Albatross structure their<br />

tours to be more inclusive,<br />

with longer stays in captivating<br />

cities. All-inclusive sight-seeing<br />

excursions and feature dinners<br />

plus some completely free<br />

days ensure you get to relax.<br />

They have exciting new<br />

tours in 2018 including 15-<br />

days Venice to Rome and<br />

Berlin to Munich, plus 10-days<br />

Paris to Paris (surrounds).<br />

* Albatross Tours are holding<br />

an information evening at<br />

The Travel Book at 5.30pm on<br />

Thursday 31 <strong>August</strong>; RSVP to<br />

9979 7780 by <strong>August</strong> 24.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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Star Clippers unfurls<br />

its holiday heroes<br />

Making new friends is<br />

unavoidable aboard the<br />

magnificent Royal Clipper, the<br />

world’s largest square rigger<br />

and the ultimate vessel on<br />

which to relax and watch the<br />

world go by.<br />

One of the three heroes of<br />

Star Clippers’ unique sailing<br />

adventures, the Royal Clipper<br />

combines modern comfort<br />

with the grace and elegance of<br />

a bygone era.<br />

Travel View’s Karen Robinson<br />

says it’s a truly extraordinary<br />

way to experience the charm of<br />

small ports in traditional destinations<br />

such as the Mediterranean<br />

and the Caribbean.<br />

“Boasting 42 sails across<br />

five masts with over 5,000<br />

sqm of sail, Royal Clipper has<br />

no delusions of grandeur – she<br />

is impressive!” said Karen.<br />

“Our cruise of discovery<br />

across Italy and the Dalmatian<br />

Riviera had been sold out for<br />

months… we left Civitavecchia,<br />

the port for Rome, already<br />

making new friends from the<br />

225 other guests that were also<br />

anticipating a wonderful 11<br />

days ahead to Venice.”<br />

Accompanied with music<br />

and a magical sunset, the crew<br />

hoisted the sails and everyone<br />

raised a toast to their upcoming<br />

days of exploration.<br />

“We could even lend a hand<br />

with the sails if we wished,”<br />

Karen said. “Then it was time<br />

to get to know our ship and<br />

the first thing we noticed was<br />

the fantastic deck space, with<br />

three pools, and the ship’s<br />

most popular gathering place,<br />

the Tropical Bar, where even<br />

more new friends were made.”<br />

Inside, Royal Clipper showcases<br />

the age of the original<br />

clipper ships but with a modern<br />

opulence.<br />

“Our cabin was comfortable<br />

and well-appointed and the<br />

cuisine on board was fresh<br />

and fabulous, with open unhurried<br />

dining,” she said.<br />

Karen said their route negotiated<br />

the Pontine Islands and<br />

the Amalfi Coast; Taormina<br />

with its Greco-Roman theatre<br />

and famous Cannoli; Corfu<br />

for a taste of Greece; Kotor<br />

in Montenegro and medieval<br />

Dubrovnik (pictured).<br />

The last stage was Venice<br />

and sailing past Piazza San<br />

Marco in full sail.<br />

“We had favourable winds<br />

under full sail for a good part<br />

of our journey and when the<br />

winds didn’t play ball, the ship<br />

motored instead,” she said.<br />

“But there’s nothing quite like<br />

the sense of relaxation you<br />

get leaning on the railing on<br />

deck as the sails unfurl.”<br />

* Want to know more?<br />

Travel View Cruise View are<br />

holding an info evening on<br />

Wed Sept 6 at Long Reef Golf<br />

Club (6pm-7.30pm, Oceanview<br />

room). RSVP by <strong>August</strong> 30 on<br />

9999 0444.<br />

74 AUGUST <strong>2017</strong><br />

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