Pittwater Life August 2017 Issue


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

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Latest on the Council election...

With little more than six

weeks to go before the

first Northern Beaches Council

election, this month we grill

the latest batch of candidates

who have announced their

intentions to run in our

Pittwater and Narrabeen wards.

(First up: before you vote, you

might want to check what ward

you live in, so you can work out

which candidates you need to

run your eye over – see p9.)

The latest election

development sees the

emergence of the Northern

Beaches Community Alliance,

which will field independent

candidates in Pittwater and

Narrabeen wards (so far).

Their driving force is former

Pittwater Mayor Alex McTaggart

– although with Robert Hopton

as the focus in Pittwater, and

Dr Conny Harris in Narrabeen.

Alex believes it’s a time for

renewal – read about their push

on p18.

The Greens have also

launched a ticket, while Liberal

candidates are days away from

confirming. Stay tuned!

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This month we say a fond

farewell to meticulous

distribution manager Ray

Drury, who worked dilligently

for 22 years ensuring you

received a copy of Pittwater Life

in your letterbox each month.

Ray estimates he’s engaged

around 750 locals to deliver the

magazine during his tenure.

Turning 79 this month, Ray

is looking forward to spending

more time with his wife Joy...

and having a few more hits

(but fewer shots) on his beloved

Palm Beach Golf Course.

From all of us at Pittwater Life

– a huge thanks, and wishing

you many quiet, happy days


Ray hands the distribution

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and Gill Stokes; if you’re

interested in becoming part

of our walking team email


– Nigel Wall

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COVER: The countdown is on to the first Northern

Beaches Council election on September 9 – meet the latest

locals to put up their hands to represent (p18); we look

at the growing number of Street Libraries connecting

communities (p24); Sid Slaven – the Urban Cowboy of the

Beaches – is worried about the future of horses on the

peninsula (p32); the RMYC has announced the Pittwater

to Coffs Harbour yacht race is on again (p41); meet the

artist whose new mural work adorns the Pittwater Youth

Hostel (p36); and head to the Taste of the Beaches on

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4 AUGUST 2017

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‘Why I’m for the B-Line’

As residents associations

and community groups

continue to rally, debate

and oppose the impact of the

B-Line Bus Service and its

planned Newport Beach terminus

point, other residents hope

that their voice in favour of the

B-Line is heard.

Allan Porter, 73, of Avalon

Beach, says it’s important to

not let emotion cloud the issue.

The 30-years Pittwater resident

said the distant parts of

the northern beaches remained

the same distance from the

major urban centres of north

and central Sydney – but had

become further away in travel

time as growth, urbanisation

and road usage continued to


“That’s progress… that’s

life on the northern beaches,

where an increasing number of

people want to live,” Mr Porter

said. “And now there is an improvement

on the horizon that

has cheered up a lot of people –

those who are frequent public

transport users, those who see

the attraction that improved

public transport offers and

have long hoped for the benefit

of something new.”

Mr Porter said that while

there had been a lot of “huffing

and puffing” about the

effect of buses having to turn

around, buses were doing that


“One can be forgiven if

they hadn’t noticed,” he said.

“Avalon Beach has been a loop

for buses to terminate journeys

from the city, swing into

Avalon Parade, then Old Barrenjoey

Road, then Barrenjoey

Road to a rest point outside

Avalon Beach Surf Club awaiting

schedule to commence.

“The system works and has

done successfully for years as

part of the natural environmental

integration of people

and vehicular movement.”

Mr Porter – who describes

himself as “old enough to

know that things change,

experienced enough to know

that when something new is

proposed there’s frequently

objection, and wise enough

to know that things seem

to sort themselves out very

nicely” – noted the schedule of

departures from Avalon Beach

was currently on average about

every 15 minutes.

“Although Avalon Beach is

not, sadly, the turnaround

point for the B-Line, an increase

to a scheduled departure

of every 10 minutes as is

proposed with the B-Line is no

big deal no matter where the


He remains disappointed

the red line was run through

Avalon Beach as the B-Line


“It’s a pity, as the higher deck

of the B-Line buses might have

permitted travellers one of

the greatest ocean road views

in Sydney, not visible from

normal vehicles.”

As for opposition to proposed

schedules for new and

existing bus routes servicing

the B-Line, he said: “Having

been closely associated with

the business of the heavy

vehicle transport industry, I

can say that when an operator

has a rig costing big money, he

is not going to have it sit idle

in car parks or neighbourhood


“A commercial vehicle that

is not working is loss making.

Down-time is eliminated

through good scheduling. Getting

bums on seats or freight

on truck and achieving a

satisfactory result is all a matter

of research and calculation

and I give credit to those who

have the knowledge and skills

to do this.”

He said anyone who had

travelled overseas would have

favourable opinions on the

good public transport systems

they had experienced.

“I am sure the B-Line will

achieve an excellent pass

mark and give some welcome

evidence that something is

happening on the northern

beaches that improves our connection

to the rest of the world

nearby.” – Nigel Wall

New course options for Pub2Pub

The iconic Pub2Pub Charity Fun Run

and Festival celebrates its 25th year of

raising hundreds of thousands of dollars

for local charities. The event will be staged

on Sunday August 27, from 8-10am.

Organised by the Rotary Club of

Brookvale, the event now has three

course options: 13km from Dee Why SLC

to Newport SLC; 6km from Warriewood

to Newport; and 3km from Mona Vale to


A Family Festival will be held at the Newport

Beach finish line with live music, a licensed

bar area, international food options and

plenty of fun rides and games for the kids.

More info visit pub2pub.com.au

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DAs streamlining a win for Pittwater

Residents of the former Pittwater Council

area who hold concerns about potentially

inappropriate development will now need to

lodge fewer objections before the matter is

referred for independent judgment.

The downgrade from five objections to just

three follows Northern Beaches Council’s unification

of its Development Assessment services

across all three former Council areas, including

a review of determination procedures.

The amended Development Control Plan

(DCP) came into effect on Saturday July 8,

with all existing and future applications to

now be assessed under its guidelines.

Acting General Manager Planning, Place

& Community Melissa Messina said the new

streamlined system would significantly improve

the customer experience.

“We now offer a process whereby development

applications are referred to one of three

determination bodies based on standardised

criteria which include cost of works and objections

received,” Ms Messina said.

She said complex applications would be

referred (monthly) to the Northern Beaches

Independent Assessment Panel (NBIAP), adding

she was confident residents could expect

clarity and consistency in the handling of

their development applications.

“These changes herald a new era for

Development Assessment on the Northern

Beaches,” she said.

Prior to the new system, DAs in Pittwater

had been referred to the NBIAP when there

was an estimated cost of more than $10

million and where there were “five or more

objections that are relevant and remain unresolved”.

The new standardised criteria will see the

NBIAP ruling on DAs where the estimated

cost is greater than $2 million and where

there are three or more unresolved objections.

The new criteria bring the former Pittwater

Council area into alignment with the former

Manly Council region, which prior to amalgamation

had triggers of three complaints

before independent referral.

Meanwhile the former Warringah Council

required just two objections before independent


Chair of community group Pittwater Forever,

Craig Boaden, commended Council on

the move.

“It’s excellent news – any improvement over

the previous regulation that makes it easier

for residents’ voices to be heard is welcome,”

he said.

“It’s really heartening to see the new

Council helping to promote the voice of the

local community in development matters; we

are sure it will all be used in a constructive


– Nigel Wall

Talking is key

to avoiding

neighbour rifts

The three biggest areas of

complaints to Northern

Beaches Council involve

illegal building works (including

fences), dumped

waste and parking issues.

Council General Manager

Planning, Place &

Community David Kerr

has urged neighbours to

communicate to avoid


“If you can, talk to

your neighbour about the

practical aspects of the

problem, how it is affecting

you both and what

needs to be done to solve

it,” David said. “Be courteous

and respectful and

listen and be prepared to


Fallen trees, invasive

tree roots, barking dogs

and late-night parties

were other day-to-day annoyances

that can lead to

ongoing neighbourhood


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Be aware of Ward changes

With the Northern Beaches

Council election around

the corner on September 9,

many residents remain unsure

of which Ward they need to

cast their vote in.

Boundaries for the Pittwater

and Narrabeen Wards in the

new Council region are considerably

different to the Northern,

Central and Southern

Wards of the previous Pittwater

Council area.

Pittwater Ward comprises

coastal suburbs from Palm

Beach to Mona Vale, plus Scotland

Island and the Western

Foreshore, Bayview and Church

Point, plus Terrey Hills, Duffys

Forest and Cottage Point.

Narrabeen Ward stretches

from the edge of Mona Vale

south through North Narrabeen,

Narrabeen and Collaroy,

plus west through Ingleside,

Elanora Heights, Oxford Falls

and Cromer.

More info: northernbeaches.


Meanwhile, candidate nominations

for the election will

be accepted from Monday July

31, with Returning Officers

closing the process at noon on

Wednesday August 9 in the

lead-up to polling day.

And community umbrella

group Pittwater Forever,

representing 18 community

groups and their members,

has confirmed two public information

sessions at the Mona

Vale Memorial Hall at which

candidates for Council can address


The session for candidates

for Pittwater Ward is from

6.30pm on Tuesday August 29,

with the Narrabeen Ward session

from 6.30pm on Tuesday

September 5.

Pittwater Forever will invite

all candidates seeking election

to council from these two

Wards to make brief presentations

of their policies, and to

answer questions from the

floor,” Pittwater Forever Chairman

Craig Boaden said.

“We will also facilitate

recruiting volunteers to help

independent candidates with

things like leafletting, and

handing out How to Vote cards

at pre-poll and polling stations.”

– Nigel Wall


The Local Voice Since 1991

AUGUST 2017 9

Overdevelopment overpl



misconceptions about

what constitutes

‘overdevelopment’ is

threatening compliant

proposals and jeopardising

the area’s potential growth,

according to a local planner.

Ursula Lang, who has many

years of experience in State

and Local government as well

as private consultancy, said

the label “overdevelopment”

was more a slogan used to try

to prevent development and

maintain the status quo.

“It is often used to simply

appease neighbour objections,”

said Ursula (pictured), a

strategic and environmental

planning specialist who

operates Transformative

Planning at Clareville.

“Interestingly, these

residents are often the

same people who demand

major improvements to

infrastructure, especially

public transport, public space,

and accessibility, none of

which is likely to happen if we

are constantly locked in with

the status quo.

“We see the word

‘overdevelopment’ painted

on signs on Mona Vale Road

in relation to the Ingleside

Release Area, and referred to

in resident submissions.

“We see it in submissions

against Seniors Living

developments, secondary

dwellings and often on

developments which fully

comply with Council and State

Policies – this does seem like

an anomaly,” she said.

Ursula noted residents

group protests over the

Mona Vale Place Plan of 2016,

which was developed by the

former Pittwater Council and

staff, but shelved because of

cries of “overdevelopment”

– partly because some of the

key sites were proposed to

be permitted to develop to a

6-storey height limit.

“I have asked many people

to define ‘overdevelopment’,

including Council planners,

other professionals and nonprofessionals

but most struggle

to define what they mean.

“It is a word which is

generic in meaning, often

emotive, highly subjective –

and in fact means absolutely

nothing,” she said.

Regarding Ingleside, Ursula

said if the Northern Beaches

Council was expected to

contribute to providing

housing in Metropolitan

Sydney – and if we wanted our

children to live close to us and

afford to buy – then acceptance

of a new housing area at a

higher density was required.

“A certain level of density

in a new release area is

necessary to support a

small shopping centre, to

support patronage of new

public transport and other

infrastructure, and to ensure

development with its huge

costs of providing roads,

water, sewerage, electricity,

communications etc, as well

as schools, open space and

community facilities, is

viable,” she said.

Otherwise there was no

incentive for the developer to

invest money.

“This is not

overdevelopment,” she

stressed. “It is a question

of getting the new density

and the new infrastructure

right at a level which makes

development feasible.”

Regarding Seniors Living

developments, Ursula

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said many residents who

were looking to downsize

locally would love to

live in a compact, wellappointed

apartment with no

maintenance, close to public

transport and shopping

facilities and a higher

standard of accessibility.

She said The Boathouse

development on the corner

of Hudson Parade and

Riverview Road at Clareville

(right) was an example of

an “overdevelopment” that

proved unfounded.

“It has six Seniors Living

apartments and underground

parking and was the subject

of residents’ complaints and

court action… one wonders

what all the fuss was about,”

she said, adding she had

nothing to do with the project.

“This is a really welldesigned

development, which

snuggles into the corner,

beautifully maintained with

lovely landscaping.

“It’s a totally appropriate

infill development which is

needed in this area to fulfil

a clear demand for people

wanting to age in the area,

but not necessarily needing to

go into supported aged care


Similarly, she said

secondary dwellings were

now permissible in parts of

Pittwater zoned Environmental

Living (formerly zoned

residential) and were a great

form of infill development on

properties where there was

sufficient space.

“In some cases, compromise

is necessary in terms of tree

removal and aspirations for

tree retention, but it’s unlikely

to be justifiably judged as

overdevelopment particularly

where the property is of a

substantial size, and given

that a secondary dwelling can

only be 25 per cent of the floor

area of the main dwelling.”

Ursula said it was time the

local area was delivered some

quality buildings that could

be considered “beautiful” in

terms of their architectural

design – “I struggle to think

of more than one in the

whole of the former Pittwater

Council area” – with generous

landscaped public space at

ground, foyers with seating,

cafes, and the essential lift

access not mandated on

buildings under four-storeys.

“With a new Council

soon to be elected, let’s

take the opportunity to do

planning better,” she urged.

“Let’s look at the detail of

development proposals

carefully, collaborate with

both developers, applicants

of development proposals,

and the community, and

not shy away from proper

communication, discussions

around the table and working

out how to get the best

planning outcomes with the

least environmental impact.

“Finally, let’s not hide away

behind meaningless words

like ‘overdevelopment’.”

What Do You Think?

Tell us at


– Nigel Wall


The Local Voice Since 1991

AUGUST 2017 11

High-impact sports

ban under review

Local sporting groups are

cheering a decision by Northern

Beaches Council to review

the current January to March

restriction on high-impact

activities at some locations,

including North Narrabeen

Reserve, to enable pre-season

and other sports use.

Currently the former Pittwater

Council area is out of sync

with the rest of the new Council

region, which permits activities

on all its grass playing fields

throughout the year.

Acting General Manager

Environment & Infrastructure

Steve Lawler said Council was

endeavouring to address different

needs of the community.

This included a Masterplan

for North Narrabeen Reserve

which would accommodate

both the markets and sports.

“The intent is to have a consistent,

single approach across

the entire Northern Beaches”,

Mr Lawler said.

Council announced its

detailed sports fields strategy

in late July; it provided several

solutions to deal with the shortage

of sports fields, including

upgrades to existing fields,

synthetic sports grounds and a

new priority allocation system.

The 15-year strategy involves

building new fields in Warriewood

Valley and at Ingleside,

while Council will work with

schools to facilitate access to

their sports grounds for community

sports and will install

more synthetic surfaces in the

southern Council area.

At other grounds, Council

will install new drainage and


The unused equestrian

facility at North Narrabeen

Reserve was also the subject of

the Council strategy, with the

recommendation that the Clive

Rogers Equestrian Ground become

a shared facility allowing

both sports training and community

uses like the market.

– Nigel Wall


The Local Voice Since 1991

AUGUST 2017 13

Mums’ super snacks

is no half-baked idea

Two northern beaches mums have taken activities and weekend sport, often doesn’t

the hard work out of snack shopping – by leave much time to research the nutritional

reading the fine print on packaging and subsequently

delivering healthy and nutritious on the market in order to find something that

information contained in the many products

products to your

tastes great, has

front door.

health benefits and

Busy parents can

doesn’t contain

now order healthy

any hidden nasties,”

Kylie said.

snacks, “superfood”

blends and

“Our aim is to

prepared snack

provide healthy

boxes through the

products that complement

a fresh

new online business

The Nutritious

food lifestyle.


“We have also

All the foods

created readyto-order


brought together

by founders Kylie

containing a selection

of snacks and

Dowling and Bec

Lyons have been

healthy options

thoroughly researched, taste-tested and

perfect for kids’ lunch boxes, to take to work


for that 3pm pick-me-up, or a perfect choice if

Kylie, a mum of three and qualified nutritionist,

explained she and Bec joined forces to The Kids Snack Box, Gluten Free Box, Dairy

you have diet restrictions,” she said.

launch The Nutritious Pantry, knowing all too Free Box and Vegan Box are all available

well how busy life gets.

through thenutritiouspantry.com.au; delivery

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


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Sample a Taste of the Beaches

smorgasbord of

A Northern Beaches

restaurants and cafes

have teamed up with

local boutique brewers

and outstanding Mudgee

wineries for a new pop-up

style food-and-wine festival

overlooking Pittwater’s

stunning Winnererremy Bay

on Sunday 27 August from


Taste of the Beaches

promises sumptuous food

paired with craft beers and

boutique wines, plus family

friendly entertainment,

including live music – all in a

spectacular waterfront setting.

Organised by the interim

Northern Beaches Council

and timed as an end-ofwinter

celebration in the

lead-up to the new Council

election in September, Taste

of the Beaches will feature

around 25 stalls featuring

regional wines, quality local

food and beer as well as

plenty of children’s activities

and live music.

Official tasting glasses will

be sold for $5 and tickets

from participating wine and

beer stalls will be $3 for each


Performers taking the

stage include the groovy

Black Bird Hum, funky Gang

of Brothers and reggaeinspired

Kool Vibration.

Children can ride the

thrilling Flying Fox in the

park, plus there will be free

face painting, arts and crafts,

interactive stalls, a children’s

puppet show and more.

More info thingstodo.




Young minds big ideas.

Do you have an aspiring

entrepreneur aged 16-22 in the

family? Set them on the right

path at this two-and-a-half day

conference where they will learn

from leading experts on how to

create a successful business and

make a positive difference. Fri 4

from 5-8.30pm, Sat 5, 8.30am-

5pm and Sun 6, 8.30am. Tickets

at youngmindsnb.com.au

Birthing kit packing day.

The Zonta Club and Barrenjoey

High School have joined forces

to pack 2000 simple birthing kits

to assist women in developing

countries to have a safe delivery.

All welcome at Barrenjoey High

on Sat 5 from 1pm-3pm. ($3 buys

the materials for one kit and the

training program for its delivery.

Make a donation now or on the

day.) More info call Margaret 0416

182 393 or marg.white@me.com

Citizen science. Be inspired

and learn how you can get

involved in some exciting

research projects and become

part of Northern Beaches

Council's Citizen Science

programs on Thur 17 at 7pm at

the Coastal Environment Centre

North Narrabeen bookings

essential 1300 000 232.

Daffodil Day. A national day

of hope for a cancer-free future,

takes place on Fri, 25 and Cancer

Council NSW is encouraging

you to support the event by

volunteering, buying merchandise

or making a donation. To get

involved in Daffodil Day 2017, visit


Save the date. Tickets for the

northern beaches Melbourne

Cup Fundraising Lunch go on

sale this month. Hosted by

Peninsula Pals for the past 30

years, the event will be held

on November 7 in The Grand

Ballroom, Manly Pacific Hotel

from 11.30-4pm. Tickets $120

includes a two-course lunch

and all beverages. There will be

prizes, raffles, sweeps, fashions

in the field and entertainment

with all funds raised supporting

the local charities Sunnyfield,

BeCentre, SMS Lighthouse and

Burdekin Association. Details at


16 AUGUST 2017

The Local Voice Since 1991

Election Countdown

‘A time for renewal’


Interview by Nigel Wall

After more than a year of

consideration, Avalon

community identity

Robert Hopton has committed

to running for Council as part

of the new Northern Beaches

Community Alliance of independents.

Mr Hopton is a 16-year patrolling

member of Avalon Beach

Surf Life Saving Club. Along

with two past Presidents – his

wife Christine and her successor

Richard Cole – he spent

six years driving the refurbishment

of the Club, in close

partnership with members, the

community and the Council.

“I am a positive and proactive

supporter of the Pittwater

community and believe I have

the skills to help protect this

wonderful part of the world and

bring new blood to the Council,”

he said. “The Northern Beaches

Community Alliance provides

Former Pittwater Mayor Alex McTaggart

will stand as an Independent

under the ‘Northern Beaches Community

Alliance’ banner in Pittwater Ward at the

upcoming Council election, alongside

well-known Avalon Beach SLSC identity

Robert Hopton.

And former Greens candidate Dr

Conny Harris will run as the Alliance

candidate in Narrabeen Ward, he said.

Mr McTaggart, who served on Council

for 13 years, said original councillors

and community representatives who

delivered a successful financial and representative

council were fading with age

an umbrella for like-minded independent

candidates to stand

under, share ideas, marketing

and electoral issues.”

Professionally Mr Hopton has

worked in design and architecture

for more than 40 years,

leading the development of several

major projects, including

the Victorian Comprehensive

Cancer Clinic, hospitals, urban

planning projects for townships

and local neighborhoods

plus office buildings and retail

projects both in Australia and


With the Council Election on

September 9 fast approaching

Mr Hopton spoke to Pittwater

Life about what the new generation

of local independents

hoped to achieve if successful…

Pittwater Life: Why are you

standing and what attracts you

about the NBCA ticket?

Robert Hopton: My business

experience and community

engagement means I can represent

the residents’ interests in

council, bringing focus, clarity

and dedication to ensure that

Pittwater is protected and that

our aspirations as a community

are heard and acted on by the

Northern Beaches Council. I

believe that it is our responsibility

to ensure that when we

are finished, we have improved

and enhanced our habitat for

the next generation. Being a

Councillor will provide me a

platform to do just this. I had

been thinking about running

for some time before the amalgamation,

sharing my thoughts

with several people from different

parts of our community

to see if they thought that I

had something to offer. I was

overwhelmed with the positive

reaction to my suggestions and

I am now stepping up. I have

been fortunate to have two

mentors in my wife Christine

and Alex McTaggart. Alex has

McTaggart forges new Alliance

and that it was “time for renewal”.

“There is a need to ignite the passion

in our younger generation to preserve

and enhance our unique natural environment

and carry on the aspirations of

our predecessors,” the 67-year-old said.

“Council is now an $800 million business

– the area takes in three and a half

state seats and two federal seats… it’s

no longer a place for well-intentioned


“We need serious candidates, and not

individuals using Council as a political


Mr McTaggart sees himself as the

convinced me that there is a

need for renewal if the new

Council is going to serve the

community well. Alex has spent

the past 24 years in politics and

is concerned that the representation

on the new Council

link between the past and the future

and intends to work to strengthen local

community groups to support the new

Council in the decision-making process.

“This new council with 270,000 residents

is a huge step forward,” he said.

Continued on page 22

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may not adequately represent

Pittwater should a block from

other wards have the power.

PL: If elected, what can the residents

of Pittwater expect from

you on the NB Council?

RH: I will be the community’s

voice on all issues. I will vigorously

debate, apply rigor to the

decision-making processes,

look for alternative options to

be put forward by the Council

and make the Council

Staff accountable to their Key

Performance Indicators. I will

protect and enhance our community

and our environment.

All volunteer organisations are

integral to our community – I

will use my best endeavors to

ensure that they are fairly and

accurately represented where

needed. Regarding the Surf Life

Saving community, I will fight

against any proposal to introduce

paid life guard services to

our beaches, which will minimise

the opportunities for our

volunteers. I will actively lobby

with the Northern Beaches

Branch to the State Government

for funding. I will focus on our

youth and endeavour to ensure

that we have support structures

in place for any of the disaffected.

I will endeavour to provide a

pathway for start-up incubators

as centres of excellence where

we can gain employment and

experience, without having

to commute to other parts

of Sydney. I will encourage

the arts community, to build

on what already is a vibrant

and exciting space; and I will

provide a sounding board and

a way forward for our sporting

community, especially where

sports such as netball are in

dire straits for playing fields.

future of the bigger Council?

RH: Staying as Pittwater was

not put forward as an option. I

voted that the three electorates

were split into two, as I thought

that the one, large council

would create issues at a local


As a reminder, the Northern

Beaches Council as it stands

now has a turnover of over

$800m per annum. It looks

after some 270,000 people who

generate some $13.5 billion

each year in revenue. This is a

large and incredibly important

part of the fabric of Sydney and

indeed NSW. With only three

Councillors representing Pittwater,

we must have the ability

to shine a spotlight on things

that are wrong, to articulate

and reason with focus and clarity,

and to be able to negotiate

with the other councillors. It is

imperative that alliances are

made and forged, with the three

Pittwater Councillors forming

an alliance where decisions

impact Pittwater. The elected

Councillors must have strong

connections to Pittwater and

be able to bring skill sets to the

process, in planning, in community

awareness, in business

and to help provide surety to

the process of local government.

Councillors will need to

think globally but still respond

and act locally.

PL: What’s your opinion on

the ‘Protect Pittwater’ push to

reverse the amalgamation?

RH: The Protect Pittwater Group

is a part of the community that

feels disenfranchised and are

disillusioned about the process

instigated by the State Government.

They are concerned that

there will be a return to the old

PL: What’s your opinion on the Warringah days where Pittwater

Council amalgamation and the was largely ignored. Success-

Continued on page 20

ful Council candidates must

be representative of the whole

community and ensure that the

best of the “old” Pittwater Council

policies are carried over and

continue to be implemented. We

need to ensure that there is continual

consultation and communication

to all parts of our

community to instill confidence

in the new council. The Northern

Beaches Council is a reality.

I don’t believe that this will be

reversed in the short term. The

fact remains that we will have

three Councillors to represent

the Pittwater [Ward] community,

to provide a consistent and

clear line of communication

between the residents and the

Council. These Councillors will

need to be able to deal with the

other Councillors on the myriad

problems and issues that arise

in the NBC. Being a single-issue

Councillor in my opinion will

not provide a full representation

for the people of Pittwater.

We are concerned about the

quality of life, our pristine environment,

our rates and services,

our youth and the provision of

opportunities for employment

through the establishment of

centres of excellence connected

to universities, colleges and


PL: How important is it that the

issues and needs of the former

Pittwater Council region are


RH: There is a real concern

amongst the community that

Pittwater will slip back in time

to when Warringah ruled and

we were ignored. Our elected

Councillors need to have a

strong and articulate voice at

the ‘boardroom table’ to ensure

that the community voice is

heard and to ensure that there


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Continued from page 19

is a continuity of the best

processes and policies from the

‘old’ council. I will remind the

Council that the Council staff

are accountable to the elected

Councillors and that major

decisions that impact on our

way of life that have not been

ratified cannot/should not

proceed. Our community has

ownership, albeit for a relatively

brief period, and we need to

ensure that we don’t waste this

opportunity to provide surety

for our community.

PL: What are your opinions

on things like development

of more than three storeys in

Pittwater, protection of trees,

Mona Vale Hospital…

RH: We need to continually

enhance our community, to

renew and re-invigorate, but

this needs to be relevant and

within the established and

agreed guidelines. If there is

a proposal to provide a new

urban plan for Mona Vale, you

don’t put a completed plan on

the table that shows parts of

Mona Vale having six-storey

buildings without consultation.

Of course this will create

angst and concern amongst

the residents! There is always a

need for continual, clear, community

consultation… we are

the owners. I am firmly against

the idea of having the height

restrictions lifted to accommodate

six storeys. I am firmly

for the renewal of our major

business hubs in Pittwater

ward (Mona Vale, Newport

and Avalon Beach) so that they

attract and retain businesses,

people and tourists to share our

wonderful place in the world. I

believe that the 10/50 ruling

on trees should be revisited

– too many of our trees are

being taken down, destroying

the very fabric of our community.

The Mona Vale Hospital

precinct has been fought over

for many years. The Community

has exerted pressure over

an extended period to ensure

that the area will remain as a

health precinct, but we need to

keep the pressure on to ensure

that it has the facilities that

we, the community, need. Long

term, it could be connected to

a university and develop into a

centre of excellence for health

and science, whilst continuing

to provide outstanding services

to the community.

PL: What about the B-Line?

RH: State issues overlap and

impact continually on our lives.

We need to ensure that we have

‘With only three Councillors representing

Pittwater, we must have the ability to shine

a spotlight on things that are wrong.’

very strong and open lines of

communication with the three

State representatives, so that

they hear our voices. The emotions

shown by the community

over some of the current State

Government initiatives have

been caused through a total

lack of communication and

consultation. This need not be

the case. The classic example

being the B-Line to Newport:

no consultation, no drawings

showing intent and no options

to discuss. I am firmly in favour

of enhanced public transport;

I am not in favour of the lack

of consultation and the lack of

communication by the Minister

of Transport and his people.

The perception in many cases

is because we are a peninsula

we are at the “end of the line”

and the issues of running bus

routes and servicing people

does not make any economic

sense, therefore it will not be

considered. This is not good


PL: What’s your parting message

to the mums and dads

and the ‘new’ Pittwater residents,

as well as the long-term

or multi-generational resident?

RH: We should remember that

we are blessed to live in such a

wonderful part of the world and

to enjoy the magical surroundings;

look after it and look

after yourselves. Especially the

young – let them grow strong

and free, let them explore the

waterways and the National

Parks and encourage them to

find themselves amongst this

magical place. We are a special

community in Pittwater; be part

of it, give back to it and enjoy

your life here.

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Biodiversity protection push

Protecting the biodiversity of Pittwater’s unique

public transport, and a dedicated bicycle and pedestrian

environment will be Northern Beaches Community network.

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

elected to Council in Narrabeen Ward.

including the Traffic, Narrabeen Lagoon, and Waste committees.

A former Deputy Mayor of Warringah, Dr Harris (right)

“Experience and knowledge will be invaluable for the

says she will build on her track record which to date

transformation period ahead, She told Pittwater Life. “Good

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

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

the installation of the wallaby fence along the Wakehurst how to operate local government and independence from


developers and political parties.

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

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

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

the Northern Beaches.”

am determined to make the Northern Beaches a healthy,

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

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


Continued from page 18

Pittwater Ward will have

three of 15 representatives –

we need councillors who can

think globally but act locally.”

Mr McTaggart was Mayor

from 2005 to 2007 and the

Independent member for Pittwater

in the NSW Parliament

from 2005 to 2007 (photo p18).

Whilst serving on Council

he chaired the Corporate,

Legal, Community Services

and Natural Environment


He was also the President

of SHOROC – the regional

group of four councils made

up of Manly Pittwater, Warringah

and Mosman – driving

the transformation of the

Kimbriki recycling facility to

a community-owned company

allowing it to evolve into a

21st century waste recovery


He said if elected, Alliance

members would play an important

transition role on the

new Council.

“We’ll help with the handing

over of the ‘corporate’

knowledge of the local community,

the issues and the

personalities,” he said. “The

community position on a

particular issue doesn’t come

out of an IKEA box, it is always

generated out of history,

participation and exposure.

This is the knowledge we can

pass on.

“And the 15 councilors as

a ‘board of directors’ will be

hard to manage – the sheer

size of the budget, land size

and staff will lead to a lessening

of community contact…

the easy access of the former

Pittwater council will be lost.”

The Alliance would offer

stability and continuity in a

bigger Council, he said.

“These two adjoining wards

hold the bulk of the environmentally

sensitive land and

have a common catchment in

Narrabeen Lagoon, with all of

the environmental and flood

issues attached,” he said.

“Plus, both wards have relatively

low building heights

and densities – the previous

Councils accepted and supported

views. The residents

will want to see no change in

council policy.

Mr McTaggart said candidates

standing along party

lines was an unhelpful and

unwelcome addition to the Local

Government process.

“Political parties vote in a

block on issues – sometimes

the vote has nothing to do

with the issue and is more

about a political position,” he

said. “Independents bring a

different mindset to the table

and that should be a good


“If you ask any previous independent

councilor they will

tell you they came to council

because of an issue that affected

them and they decided

to get on council and right the

wrong… this new council will

generate plenty of these disaffected


“They start out as singleissue

councilors but someone

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smart enough to get elected

soon adapts to the bigger


He said the community held

fears about governance under

political party lines.

“The Liberals want control

to promote their development

agenda,” he said. “Michael

Regan wants to promote

his personal political ambitions

and the Greens want to

promote their NSW political


“And while the councilors

fight over side issues, the

staff push through their

unelected agenda – that’s why

you need independents.

“At 67 and with six grandchildren

I am not seeking a

further life in politics – my

mission is to hand on the

baton.” – Nigel Wall

Greens trio launch bid

Defending Pittwater from over-development

whilst fostering sustainable initiatives will

be the mission of any Greens candidate successful

in the upcoming council election.

Clareville resident Miranda Korzy (right)

will head their three-candidates ticket for the

Pittwater Ward, along with Avalon’s Pru Wawn

and Mona Vale’s Andrew McIntosh.

Ms Korzy, a journalist whose family has

lived in Avalon since the 1960s, aims to champion

the Pittwater community and environment

on the new council.

“We are at a turning point on the Northern

Beaches,” she said. “Our quiet villages and

beautiful bushland are under threat from a

huge push for development by the state government.

“We need Pittwater councillors who will

stand up for the community to ensure concrete,

high-rise and multi-lane roads don’t take


She said with their tradition of grassroots

democracy, the Greens would listen to residents

and make sure everyone’s voices were beautiful place deserves to be protected and


that will happen most effectively at a local

“We will also stand up for our community, level.

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

that local planning – whether for homes, hospitals,

public transport or roads – is carried tives.”

sustainable living and local community initia-

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


about the impact of climate change locally,

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

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

year, Ms Korzy is also secretary of the Protect policy with sustainable goals.

Pittwater Association – set up earlier this year “Like anyone with young kids, I want to ensure

we can hand over this area we’re entrust-

to campaign for the restoration of Pittwater


ed with to the next generation intact,” he said.

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

Wawn went to Newport Primary School and management to make it happen.

was in the first year to graduate from Barrenjoey

High School.

is designed to benefit the community and the

“The Greens will make sure council policy

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

love the trees and the bush,” she said. “Such a

– Lisa Offord


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New chapters for our street libraries

Street libraries continue to be planted in Pittwater as the community

embraces the concept of leaving books in distinctive boxes

outside homes to share with others.

One of the first locals to turn a page was Newport’s Rosemary

Puddy (right) who created the Saltpan Point street library the same

week she launched her podcast – thebookpodcast.com – which

features interviews with Australian women writers.

Rosemary’s little dark blue hut attached to the wall on her driveway

in Prince Alfred Parade houses books from all genres, from

crime to cooking, children’s to YA Fiction and non-fiction.

The library was set up around six months ago – with Rosemary

saying it’s tricky to estimate how many books had been “borrowed”

as the library rules were quite flexible.

“On the door it says, ‘take a book, swap a book, or leave a book’

– some weeks they are gone in a few days and other

times over a week or two… I take out any that

haven’t moved after two weeks,” she explained.

Rosemary started the library as a community gesture

and a way to get to know people in her street.

“I get to chat with anyone who happens to be there

when I am coming and going from the house… everyone

loves the idea,” she said.

“I did put a couple of racier books in the library

in my first week – and got two Bibles back in return!

Must have thought I needed redemption,” she said

with a laugh.

Rosemary added street libraries were not just for

households, adding any business or club could set

one up.

“It’s a great way to connect and step outside your

reading comfort zone.”

Meanwhile in Terrey Hills, you can’t miss the colourful Possum

Lodge street library in Burraga Avenue.

Curated by Radio Northern Beaches (88.7 and 90.3FM) community

program host, artist, and Sydney Wildlife Rescuer Michelle

Holmes, the library holds 90 books, with up to half of them moving

every week.

The library, which cost just $50 for paint and hardware, was

built by Michelle’s husband Bill “out of his magic garage of bits and

pieces”, with a kindly neighbour supplying Perspex.

Michelle said response from the community had been wonderful.

“We started with the stand-alone library but soon found people

were messaging me and offering books,” Michelle said. “So we

included two plastic tubs – one for children and one for more adult

books… then soon after came the offer of DVDs.

“Two little girls drew thank-you notes and

thanked me… their mum said they thought the fairies

had built it,” Michelle said.

“One man takes a regular walk each week to select

a book and a family comes after school because one

little man loves cookbooks.

“I had a beautiful letter saying how pleased this

giver of books was because the books were a collection

that belonged to her grandmother and she was

happy to know they will now be loved all over again.

“It made me quite teary to be the recipient of such


* For more information on Street Libraries go

to streetlibrary.com.au where other local libraries

listed include The Tardis at 47 Patrick St, Avalon and

A Novel Idea at 1758 Pittwater Rd, Bayview.

– Lisa Offord

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to close

the book

on fines?

If members of your household

remain haunted by the

prospect of a hefty fine for

long-forgotten and overdue

library books, they might

soon be able to relax –

Northern Beaches Council

is planning to investigate

whether to follow the City of Sydney Council’s

lead and put in place an amnesty on late returns.

City of Sydney announced a trial amnesty period last

July; in the eight months since, a staggering 67,945 library

resources were returned – more than triple the number of

overdue items returned in the 12 months prior.

Consequently, they have initiated a new system, with fines

for overdue book returns shelved until 2021.

It reported the trial had resulted in greater levels of customer

satisfaction and freed up staff to focus on more positive

tasks, rather than administering fines.

Under their new system, library memberships will be suspended

until an overdue item is returned – an approach they

says has been welcomed by its library members.

After Pittwater Life brought the results of the City of

Sydney amnesty trial to the attention of Northern Beaches

Council, Administrator Dick Persson said he would ask

Council and library staff to examine the merits of applying

the system locally.

He noted two-thirds of residents in the broader Northern

Beaches Council area were members of a library.

“We’re always happy to look at ways of doing things better,

and I’m very interested in knowing more about the trial the

City of Sydney has conducted,” Mr Persson said. – Nigel Wall


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Book Reviews



Lesley Gibbes

Working Title Press


It has been a wonderful

winter for whale

watching, one of the

many pleasures of

living on the Northern


In 2012, Sydney was kept

enthralled as for the third

time in recorded history, a

Southern Right whale gave

birth to a calf in the Harbour,

and since then other calves

have been sighted in this

natural nursery.

Local author Lesley Gibbes

has drawn on the events

of one such calf that was

separated from its mother

and found hiding by a boat,

to bring us her latest picture

book Fluke. Artist Michelle

Dawson brings Lesley’s

prose to life with beautiful

illustrations and there are

lots of whale facts to educate

young readers.

It’s not too early to start

putting books away for

Christmas, and Beachside

Bookshop has signed copies

which makes Fluke even more

special. – Libby Armstrong


Janet Austin

Pegasus $17.99

The first published work

of Clareville resident Janet

Austin, this easy-reading

novella switches between

parallel plotlines before the

story converges with impact,

as its title suggests.

On a visit to her sister, Eve

has further confirmation of

the unhappy state of her sister

Rose’s marriage. Eve finds it

hard to put up with her difficult

brother-in-law, and urges her

sister to give thought to her


That sets about a chain of

events that will affect them all.

Meanwhile unhappy teenager

Perry struggles for attention at

home from his mother and her

new partner. When a note is

sent home from school, Perry’s

mum thinks it is another tale

of disappointment regarding

her child.

Her boyfriend teaches Perry

a lesson – which sets the

youngster off on his own path

of pay-back.

Available at Beachside Books

or online. – Nigel Wall

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Pittwater News

Let loose at Woven

community concert

Let the local group Loosely

Woven led by Wayne

Richmond take you on a

musical journey at a free

community concert in Avalon

Baptist Church on Sunday 6

at 4pm. The concert Going

Home, named after the

opening song from Dvorak’s

New World Symphony,

includes a wide range of items

including modern Australian

songs, folk, rock and soul.

Amongst the performers this

month is a young man from

Tanzania who has taught the

group two of his own songs.

Loosely Woven encourage

audience participation in

their concerts which are

always lots of fun and feature

flutes, saxophones, clarinets,

trumpet, recorders, harp,

concertina, melodicas,

glockenspiel, xylophone,

guitars, keyboard and

percussion. Wayne and his

musicians regularly contribute

to Amnesty International’s

work. Entry is free and the

Church at 2 George St supplies

a free supper. Donations to

Amnesty are voluntary. More

info looselywoven.org.

Digital boat

licences set sail

Boaters can now download a

digital Boat Driving Licence

on their phones, following the

rollout of digital boat licences

and vessel registrations across

NSW. The State Government

says it issues more than 23

million licences and permits

each year, covering more than

760 different categories. This


Midget submarine wreck dive ballot announced

A trial ballot will see selected

members of the public

permitted to dive 54m to the

Japanese midget submarine

M24 wreck off Bungan beach

headland in November. NSW

Heritage Minister Gabrielle

Upton said the public dive

open day would remember

the people who died the

night the Japanese midget

submarines entered Sydney

Harbour. “This year marks

the 75th anniversary and

the only time Sydney has

come under attack – it’s

a significant moment in

Australia’s history,” Ms

Upton said. “This dive ballot

is a rare opportunity for

people to visit an underwater

site of international

heritage significance in a

respectful and sensitive

way.” Two groups of six will

be chosen from the ballot,

to coincide with the 11th

anniversary of the M24

site’s discovery. The M24

site is the only remaining

midget submarine from the

1942 attack located in situ

underwater. It remains the

grave for the two Japanese

submariners. On 31 May

1942, 21 sailors were killed

aboard the navy depot ship

HMAS Kuttabul along with

six Japanese submariners

aboard three midget

submarines. The dive will

be conducted according to

strict protections under

federal and state laws – there

are penalties of up to $1.1m

for disturbing the M24 site.

Registrations environment.


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means customers could be

carrying up to six different

government licences or

permits in their wallet. It’s

hoped the move to a digital

platform will not only make

it easier for boaters, but also

help authorities make the

waterways safer. The only

exception is for personal

watercraft licence holders who

need to carry physical licences

when out on a jet ski, as photo

identification is required. More

info www.service.nsw.gov.au.

Fundraising starts for

next China adventure

Following Pittwater High

School (PHS) Performing

Ensembles’ enormously

successful instrumental tour

of China in 2016, planning is

now underway for a return

excursion. PHS Performing

Ensembles Committee are

fundraising with the goal

of taking as many talented

and keen performers as

possible overseas in 2020 to

showcase the musical talent

on our Northern Beaches. The

Committee is aiming to raise

enough funds by 2020 to see

their current Year 7 and 8

students and future students

experience this amazing

opportunity. On Sunday

August 6 Pittwater High are

holding a Car Boot Sale in the

school grounds from 7.30am

to 1.30pm to kick-start this

initiative – if you’re looking

for a bargain, join the fun with

coffee, cakes and a sausage

sizzle. Anyone interested in

booking a boot should visit


Polo by the Sea

sponsor deals

The best party on the

Northern Beaches – Polo by

the Sea – returns to Hitchcock

Park on Saturday January

13, 2018, followed by an epic

after party, with mini-bus

transfers directly from the

polo venue. Organisers have

launched a special early-bird

deal: Businesses within a

10-kilometre radius of Palm

Beach receive a 15% discount

on Corporate Hospitality &

Sponsorship, if booked prior

to September 15. Email info@

poloenterprises.com.au for

more details.

Tracey gets spicy

at Live@Library

Northern Beaches literature

lovers take note: the Pittwater

House School library is

scheduling a series of events

called Live@Library that will

showcase local authors and

their work. First up is wellknown

local celebrity, Tracey

Spicer, who will discuss her

book ‘The Good Girl Stripped

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Continued from page 29

Bare’. Tracey will provide

an engaging evening of

discussion and laughs and will

be happy to sign copies of her

book (which will be available

for purchase on the evening).

The event is on Monday August

28 from 7-9pm. Tickets can be

purchased via traceyspicer.

eventbrite.com.au; bookings

essential (adults only – 18 +).

– NSW Trustee & Guardian;

Carer Wellbeing – Alzheimer’s

Australia NSW; and Support

services in the local area.

The workshop will be held

on Friday August 11, from

10.30am-3pm in the Oaks

Room, Dee Why RSL Club.

Morning tea and lunch

included. To book phone

Northern Beaches Community

Connect on 9931 7777.

safety and its recreational

use. Features include a new,

26-space accessible carpark,

concrete seating platforms,

picnic tables and chairs

and beach shower as well

as custom shade structures

and new grassed areas. The

upgrade will also control

erosion and ensure run-off

from the carpark is filtered

prior to entering the lagoon.


Alan celebrates

90th with Salt

Pan Friends

Friends and family of

lifetime Salt Pan and

Refuge Cove Association

volunteer Alan Thompson

turned out in force

last month to help him

celebrate his 90th birthday

and honour his volunteer

service. Association

chairman Robert Vine

said Alan had been the

“ultimate volunteer” who

for 40 years had been

involved in the protection

of their rights as users

of the waterway. “Alan is

the source of the Salt Pan

Association, the Marine

Watch and has served on

multiple advisory panels

for many years.

What life was like

as a ‘Blitz kid’

Pittwater Men’s Probus Club

member Bryan Pritchard will

speak of his memories as a

‘Blitz kid’ during the bombing

of London in World War II, and

later as a banker in Australia,

at the Club’s next meeting on

Tuesday August 8. Venue is

Mona Vale Golf Club, starting

at 10.30am. Visitors welcome;

more information from Bill

Marshall on 9999 5226.

Caring for someone

with memory loss?

A workshop is being held for

carers and families of people

with dementia to help them

plan for the future. This is

an opportunity for carers to

improve their knowledge,

access a range of support

services and connect with

others. There will be four

presentations from expert

speakers: Financial planning

– by John Saunders (Pittwater

Partnership); Legal Planning

New Birdwood Park

upgrade complete

Locals are flocking back

to Birdwood Park, next to

Narrabeen Lagoon (below),

and enjoying the benefits of

a recent $365,000 Council

upgrade to facilities. After 30

years of heavy use, the park –

one of the Northern Beaches’

most popular recreation areas

– had become rundown. The

Northern Beaches Council

believes the upgrade will

greatly improve accessibility,

‘Protect Pittwater

engages lawyers

for council fight

Advocates for the former

Pittwater Council have engaged

a legal team to consider taking

the NSW Government to court

to recover the council. Protect

Pittwater Association president

Bob Grace says the group has

selected solicitors from the

firm Beswick Lynch. “We now

have our legal team in place,”

Mr Grace said. “We are doing

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this with funding raised from

the community – so we must

take a responsible approach.”

He labelled the fact residents

had to spend money to fight to

get the former Council back “a

disgrace”. “Internal polling by

the Council before the mergers

showed 89 per cent of Pittwater

residents wanted to retain our

council.” The group is also

circulating a petition calling

on the state government to

reconstitute Pittwater Council;

supporters have already

collected more than the 250

signatures needed under the

Local Government Act to spark

a government inquiry into

the amalgamation. Moves for

de-amalgamations are also

occurring in State Parliament,

with a bill put forward in the

Upper House by the Shooters,

Kids go casual for a

serious cancer cause

While many mums were getting prepped for Fight On The

Beaches’ annual Christmas In July Charity Ball, loads of

local kids also had the chance to dress up and support

a great cause. Pittwater Community Schools and several

state, private and pre-schools hosted a Christmas In July

mufti day late last month to support FOTB. All 13 PCS

schools were involved, including the high schools, as well

as Good Start Kindy in Mona Vale and Newport Kindy.

FOTB has raised more than $800,000 over three years to

fight for a cure for cancer, with funds raised supporting

Australian cancer research while engaging in communitybased

early detection and prevention programs. Started by

a group of local women who have been impacted by cancer,

FOTB has funded five cancer researchers over the past

three years. (Pictured starting top row are Madison Everitt

(NBCS), Charlie Heaton-Armstrong (MV), Alex Everitt

(NBCS), Oliver Heaton-Armstrong (MV); and Jack Parker

(CP), Emily Parker (CP) and Isobel Heaton-Armstrong.

Fishers and Farmers Party

and amended by the Greens

passed last month. The bill,

supported by all parties except

the Coalition, gives residents in

forcibly amalgamated councils

the right to a plebiscite on

de-mergers. It is expected to be

presented to the Lower House

in early August.

Veterans Day

for Avalon

The inaugural Northern

Beaches Veterans and

Community Day will be held

in Dunbar Park at Avalon on

Sunday November 12. The new

free event, from 10am-4pm,

evolved due to the success of

the Avalon Military Tattoo over

the past 10 years, the enhanced

relationship between RSL Sub-

Branches and the community,

and to carry on the legacy of

Tattoo driving force CDRE

Graham Sloper. It will provide

an opportunity for younger

generations to learn more about

past and current conflicts and

to meet veterans and serving

members of the ADF.

The day will feature local

schools and community groups

showcasing their talents in

music, drama and art with a

veterans theme, with a stage

and live music performances

throughout the day. There

will also be an ANZAC Biscuit

baking competition, a quilting

display, plus interactive

exhibitions. Funds raised will go

towards Veterans organisations,

including the Veterans Centre

Sydney Northern Beaches.

More info email subbranch@






Dr Ben Brown

Periodontal disease is

simply disease around the

outside of the tooth which,

importantly, includes the

part of the tooth below the

gum line that is not visible

to pet owners. Because our

pets don’t brush or floss

their teeth, they often suffer

from periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is caused

by increasing amounts of

dental calculus (or plaque) on

the outside of the tooth that

harbours bacteria which then

infects the tooth below the

gum line. This infection results

in progressive destruction of

the jawbone around the tooth

and the periodontal ligament

that attaches the tooth to the


The only way to accurately

diagnose periodontal disease

is to take dental x-rays. This

is done in a very similar way

that a dentist would assess

our teeth in a dentistry

practice; however, our pets

require a general anaesthetic.

Unfortunately, the only way

to treat advanced periodontal

disease is to remove the tooth

that is infected, so prevention

is much better than cure!

The best way to prevent

periodontal disease is via

removal and prevention of

dental calculus (or plaque).

Dental calculus is removed

from our pets in the same

way it is in people – using

an ultrasonic dental scaler,

the teeth are then polished

afterwards to provide

additional protection. The best

way to prevent the build-up of

dental calculus is brushing at

home using special pet tooth

brushes and tooth paste.

There are also preventative

dental diets, water additives

and dental chews available

that also effectively prevent

periodontal disease.

* This month we are

offering free dental health

check-ups for your pet – drop

in and see us at either of our

Sydney Animal Hospitals at

Newport or Avalon.


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Horses roaming the streets have been an intrinsic

part of the southern Pittwater community for many

decades. But for how much longer?

Story by Rosamund Burton

Life Stories

The Urban



bay and a pinto are tethered to a street pole outside

Zubi Espresso cafe on Ocean Street in North Narrabeen.

Sid Slaven, who owns the horses, and Ted Adams, the

owner of the building, reminisce about when Sid taught Ted

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

granddaughter Laura delights in being able to pat the two


“Everybody loves the horses, they always draw a crowd,” says

the café’s owner Sam Todman, “especially all the kids.”

Sid Slaven and Phoebe Custer ride to Zubi Espresso for coffee

a couple of times a week. The three of us sit outside on stools,

while the horses stand quietly munching carrots.

Nicknamed Urban Cowboy by ex-South Sydney footballer

Jason Death, Sid (who is nearly 70), has been riding around

Warriewood and the North Narrabeen area for the past 25 years.

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

glint in his blue eyes, “and it shows!”

His aunt had a weekender in Narrabeen, and he used to

come to the Northern Beaches every weekend. He worked for a

glass company in Parramatta, and lived in Homebush. Then in

1968 the glass company opened a branch at Brookvale, and he

moved with his wife to Narrabeen.

Before he took up riding he had been a keen water skier,

until a mate had a waterskiing accident while in America and

was left a paraplegic. When Sid asked him what he was going

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

one?” The friend bought a trotter, and for $800 Sid bought a

thoroughbred fresh from the racecourse.

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

being bucked off a couple of times.”

Sid has owned Dakota, a part Arab horse and part Welsh

pony, for 17 years.

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

beach today, and tomorrow I could be on a friend’s property at

Rylestone chasing cattle, or on top of Mudgee Mountain. He’s a

beautiful animal.”

Phoebe is riding Sid’s younger stock horse, Ned. Ten years

ago Phoebe Custer and her husband moved to Turimetta


“One of the reasons I wanted to buy the house was that

from the back I could see the pony club, and the horses

cantering around the Clive Rogers Equestrian Ground on

Sunday mornings.” Phoebe had grown up riding at Frenchs

Forest, but with a young family was unable to own a horse at

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OPPOSITE: Sid Slaven

on his trusty steed,

Dakota, on Narrabeen

Beach; riding partner

of 10 years Phoebe

Custer sits atop Ned;

the horses grazing on

the headland; Dakota

takes a dip heading

south towards Curl

Curl; beach bliss on

the soft sand; a gallop

through the lagoon


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this stage of her life. Soon after they moved into the house,

Sid rode up to Turimetta Headland.

“I went running over in my pyjamas with carrots, and told

him that I used to have horses. ‘Anytime you want someone to

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

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

However, Phoebe persisted, and when she next saw Sid, she

asked him again. This time he invited her for a ride, and since

that day, nine years ago, they have ridden Sid’s horses together

twice a week.

“We jump on and make it part of our day, and part of our

life. We ride the horses on the beaches, and in summer we take

them swimming in Narrabeen Lake. It’s pretty special,” says


Sid has nearly retired now, but still occasionally rides Dakota

to someone’s house to give a quote for glazing work. Sometimes

he can also be seen at 2am riding around the empty streets, or

along the beach at first light.

“I just love getting on a horse,” he says.

But now he’s worried that his days of riding on the Northern

Beaches are numbered. Warriewood Valley used to be full of small

farms and market gardens, so there were always paddocks for

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Taking a coffee break

outside Zubi Espresso

Cafe at Narrabeen.

horses. But with residential development the agricultural land has

been slowly lost. Sid reckons he’s leased about 10 paddocks over

the past 25 years. Currently he’s renting one from the Northern

Beaches Council before the site is developed. Then he’s unsure

where he’ll be able to keep his horses.

“There are no paddocks left. There’ll be no horses in

Warriewood Valley because there’ll be nowhere to keep them,”

he laments.

Sid is philosophical about the inevitable advance of

progress; however, after the death of his Clydesdale, Sam,

at the beginning of July, he is finding it hard to come to

terms with the lack of safe paths or verges for horse riders

because of the amount of construction work in the area. A

young woman who exercises Sam for him, and he were riding

along Warriewood Road, and the Clydesdale fell on a slippery

driveway and didn’t get up.

“Half an hour later my beautiful 20-year Clydesdale was

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

difficult time.”

Sid and Phoebe finish their coffees and ride down the road

to North Narrabeen Reserve, and I follow behind by bicycle.

The south-western section of the reserve is the Clive Rogers

Equestrian Ground. Sid remembers polo matches being

played here in the mid-1990s and it being a place that people

could exercise a horse at any time. We ride down to a locked

building that has a faded sign on the side saying, Manly

Warringah Pittwater Pony Club. Sid was president of the club

for five years until 2010. The club closed at the end of 2015,

Sid explains, due to lack of members.

The Pittwater Council had stipulated in 2004 that use of the

Clive Rogers Equestrian Ground was only permitted through

the approval and or membership of the Pony Club.

“So now, despite it being an equestrian ground, as far as the

Council are concerned, nobody can ride here, because no-one

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

is no provision for anyone who has a horse in Warriewood

Valley to actually ride on a piece of grass. The only place the

Council allows horses is the road!”

Sid says there are only 13 horses left in the valley, and

about eight riders. He acknowledges there are horse trails

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

minority we’re being discriminated against by the Council. We

all realise that the era of horses in the valley is coming to an

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

The horses not only bring pleasure to people in the local

community, but are also part of the history of the area,

Phoebe says.

“Sid and his horses are part of the culture of Narrabeen.

He’s the original urban cowboy.”

To have your say about horses on the Northern Beaches go

to www.facebook.com/NorthernBeachesHorses

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Art Life

Art Life

YHA’s brush with mural fame

Internationally recognised artist Kim

Polomka well and truly left his mark at

the Pittwater YHA recently.

Visiting family with his 8-year-old son

Max last month, Kim created a series

of murals to help celebrate the hostel’s

50th year on the Morning Bay Hillside.

“This is such a special place and the

best digital detox in the world,” he told

Pittwater Life.

Kim is probably best known for his

large-scale murals of colour and whimsy

adorning rooftops, walls and alleyways

in Colorado Springs where he has been

based for 18 years.

The Australian-born fine arts trained

artist turned his hand to large-scale mural

painting shortly after settling in the

city, embarking on a mission to “break

up the mundane”.

Widely credited with softening the

city’s streetscape, he has inspired a

growing band of artists to create (sometimes

controversial) public art, with

downtown Colorado Springs experiencing

a “mini-Renaissance”.

As the photos show, Kim had no

It’s not too late to enquire

about the timetable and

enrol for Term 3 courses at

Sydney Art Space, Mona Vale.

Convenor Christine Simpson

said courses include sculpture

workshop, lifeclass for

sculpture, drawing, painting,

life-drawing, Kids Art Club

and HSC: Exploration and


“And a new four-week

course starts on Wednesday

August 2 – An Introduction to

Abstraction with Rachel Carroll

using mixed media,” said


SAS will also be offering two

fantastic workshops in August,

with bookings essential:

Get Out of your Mind and

into your Art features artist

and educator Gitte Backhausen

on Sunday August 6 from

10am-4pm. “In this one-day

workshop you will be exploring

unlocking the psychological

blockers to the creative

process to get you into your

creative flow via drawing,

painting and mixed media

techniques,” said Christine.

Christine herself will

oversee the See and Draw

Natural Sydney workshop at

Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment

from 1-4pm on Sunday

August 26. “Workshoppers

will learn about drawing plein

air using medium such as

charcoal, pencil and pen to

worries embracing and showcasing the

beautiful surroundings in our neck of

the woods, with colourful depictions in

the bathroom.

“I wanted to do something that celebrated

this wonderful environment and

pay homage to the Australian bush,” he


“What a joy it is to come here and

recharge the batteries.”

See Kim’s work for yourself at Pittwater

YHA – and if you volunteer for two

mornings’ bush regeneration on August

25-27, you’ll get two nights’ accommodation

with all meals for only $20.

Bookings are essential – there’s a $50

non-refundable booking fee, with a $30

refund on arrival. More info 9999 5748

or email Pittwater@yha.com.au

August workshops offer great variety

explore techniques in hatching,

smudging and dotting as

you develop planes, depth and

form in your drawings,” she

said. (Easels, boards, clips,

drawing paper and materials

will be supplied and you can

take home your drawing.)

You can check out availability

for courses at www.


* The Art Space team are now

curating the line-up for the

Newport Sculpture Trailblazers

2017. All interested sculptors,

painters, installation, performance

and sound artists are

encouraged to send proposals

to info@sydneyartspace.com.

“Show us what you can do!”

Christine urged. (Deadline for

proposals is August 25.)

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Art Life

Social statements

at Knox Art Show

More than 500 thoughtprovoking


photographs, sculptures,

prints, drawings and

ceramic works will be on

display at the annual Knox

Grammar Art Show from

Thursday 3 to Thursday 10


The free exhibition will

showcase the talents of

the School’s Visual Arts

students from Years 7 to 12.

“The exhibition includes

all of our Year 12 Visual Art

students’ bodies of works,”

said Acting Head Teacher

and Art Show Co-ordinator

Rachel Smith. “The boys

have been busy working

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over the school holidays to

complete their works for the

upcoming exhibition.”

The students have created

works that comment on the

environment, politics, social

structures and personal

issues. An example is Year

12 student Ben Jackson’s

provocative and “immersive”

photos (above).

The exhibition will take

place at the Knox Great Hall,

Pacific Highway, Wahroonga.

Entry is free, with the

exhibition open from 9am to

4pm on weekdays and 10am

to 2pm on the weekend.

More info www.knox.nsw.

edu.au – Nigel Wall

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Surfing Life

Surfing Life

‘Endless’ possibilities at

spot Bruce Brown missed

It’s not the most picturesque

entry to a renowned surf

spot. Fire has swept the

coastal hills and ridges

between Port Elizabeth and

Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.

A long, low, curved ridge

rises just north of the road,

blackened face crowned by

bare white granite. Driving

past, it feels as if you’re

about to be cleaned up by the

biggest set ever.

Yet eventually the road

winds its way out of the hills

and over a crest, and still 15

kilometres away, yet instantly

recognisable, there it is: J-Bay.

The myth. The legend. The

spot famously bypassed by

film-maker Bruce Brown, who

headed further east to Cape

St Francis for his big secretspot

sequence in ‘Endless


To coin a phrase, Bruce

missed it. But maybe not.

Jeffreys is not a summer

spot, not unless you’re one

of the well-off families from

Johannesburg who own

the deep Roaring Fortiesplus

wind bands that circle

the planet, shifting north

between June and September

and smashing everywhere

from southern Australia to

Peru to Indonesia and Africa

in the process.

I was there ostensibly to

write about the World Surf

League’s mega pro event, the

Corona Open in mid-July, but

I was more motivated by the

surf forecast (epic) and the

chance to talk with some of

South Africa’s surfing elders

about the development of the


Jeffreys is where South

African surfing had its

Woodstock moment. In the

early to mid-1960s, surfing

focused on the big coastal

towns like Cape Town and

Durban, both many hundreds

of kilometres away from this

very minor outpost. The long

Jeffreys point was farmland;

occasionally passing surfers

would camp in the bushes.

In 1968 two Australian

surfers, Tony Wright and John

with Nick Carroll

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

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

expensive real estate high

on the hill overlooking the

bay, and leave it empty most

of the year, waiting for the

Christmas break. For a surfer,

J-Bay is all about winter, and

Batcheldor, arrived by boat

in Cape Town. They brought

with them the shortboard

revolution – an explosive

down-shift in board design

that occurred in perfect sync

with the Summer of Love and

the sport’s big moment of

cultural change.

“John and I thought we

were going to the bottom of

Africa to surf those magical

waves for 12 months or so,

until the money ran out,” Tony

later told RSA’s surf historian

Pat Flanagan. Instead, they

helped re-invent surfing,

into something faster, lighter

and more dramatic. The

shorter boards fit South

Africa’s waves the way they

did Australia’s: like acoustic

guitars suddenly turned

electric. And nowhere did

they fit better than J-Bay.

By the early 1970s, Jeffreys

was The Spot. Young white

South Africans were dropping

out, baffling their elders,

getting part-time jobs as

wharfies, and saving enough

to head to J-Bay for the winter

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August 11-22: Billabong Pro Teahupoo

From the sublime to the… sublime. That appears to be the life of a

professional surfer these days. No sooner are they done surfing the

best Jeffreys Bay in many years, than they are forced to fly to Tahiti.

Dear oh dear. Teahupoo’s silky smooth fearsome reef break will

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

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

your head screwed on for 10 of the most intimidating seconds of

your life. Watch at www.worldsurfleague.com


In most years, August is a dud of a month. The full westerly wind

band sets up across the south-east of the continent, and dry, cool,

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

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

numerous directions, as more energy pushes up into the southern

Tasman Sea and drives big south swells up the coast, just as it

began doing late in July. I also suspect some of that energy may

collide with the still surprisingly warm surface waters of the SW

Pacific and cause some ructions off northern New Zealand, maybe

bringing the tradewind band to life and blasting us with long range

easterly swell here and there. All in all, potentially the most surf

active August in a long time. Be careful, won’t ya.

Nick Carroll

months. An old Afrikaans

farm became a mythic centre

of a new way of life: Kombis

in the bushes, bell bottomed

jeans, and large quantities of

“Durban Poison” marijuana.

Very Byron Bay, except for

the wave itself. As a surfing

experience, Jeffreys is a bit

beyond Byron. It bends like a

point but breaks on a mixture

of rock and sand, causing it

to feel way more like a reef.

Surfing it, I was reminded of

Elizabeth Riddell’s poem, ‘The

Surfer’, that great line about

the “long muscle of water”.

J-Bay is a long muscle that lifts

you into another, faster place.

Its length and line was a

technical challenge for the

pros I’d come to watch. But

they were seduced by it as

much as the kids of the ’70s.

Normally, pro surfers flee a

location pretty much as soon

as they lose, but here, many

changed their flights in the

other direction, feasting on

the wave’s power and speed.

They circled the lineup with

glazed expressions. “I don’t

know how I’m gonna go back

to beachbreak surf,” Hawaii’s

Sebastian Zietz told me. “I

might need some kind of


Jeffrey’s hasn’t become a

modern Byron. South Africa’s

social and economic distortions

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were, and still are, too great to

permit the rise of such a classic

first-world Wellness Nirvana.

Besides, the water’s too cold.

And maybe the sea life is too

sketchy. Twice the event was

stalled by the presence of a

shark, the second time by a

sub-adult Great White that

came meandering up the point,

tracked by a jet-ski until it

disappeared off toward Cape


Two afternoons before, I’d

watched one around the same

size come to the surface just

outside Boneyard, J-Bay’s

top section. It cruised along

in much the same manner,

dorsal and tail fin clearly

visible. The wind was light,

the sun dipping past the

inland ranges. More waves

were lifting on some reef

further out. The shark’s

movement seemed in perfect

rhythm with it all. Three

or four other surfers were

waiting with me, but nobody

said anything, and we just

kept surfing.

Nick Carroll is a leading

Australian and international

surf writer, author, filmmaker

and surfer, and one

of Newport’s own. Email:


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Surfing Life

Boating Life

Boating Life

Dip your toe in the

water at Avalon SC

Looking to give sailing a go, or to get

your kids involved at a young age

but at a relaxed club? Then consider

Avalon Sailing Club, which is holding

an information and registration day on

Sunday August 27.

With a modest clubhouse on the shore

between Clareville and Paradise beaches,

Avalon SC is a unique part of Pittwater’s

world-class sailing heritage. Aimed mainly

at kids but also catering for their ‘yachtie’

parents, the club – which is celebrating its

80th birthday in 2017 – is driven by the

energy and enthusiasm of its 400 active

members, who range in age from 8 to 88.

“Avalon is one of those iconic wooden

shed sailing clubs which has a wonderfully

inclusive culture that welcomes newcomers,”

said Club captain Ralf Moller.

“We provide boats, training and support

to promote the love of sailing and we are

blessed with a great location.”

Ralf says Avalon’s comprehensive and

professional sailing program caters to

all ages and skills, with sailing always on

Sundays through a season that runs from

the beginning of September to Easter.

“Our Youth program starts with Blue

Group, which is aimed at absolute beginners,

aged 7-12, who sail in the club’s

own Nippas & Pacer,” he said. “Once they

have learned the basics they progress to

the Red Group to hone their skills, and

then onto Gold Group to compete in club

races, State and National Regattas.”

The club runs learn to sail camps

during September and Summer school

holidays, open to children of all ages.

Plus, adult learn to sail classes for yachts

and centreboarders are held throughout

the year, typically run over four Saturdays

or Sundays.

“Don’t be fooled by our relaxed and

friendly nature – many current members

are seriously good sailors keen to pass

on their passion and knowledge,” Ralf

said. “Iain Murray is Club Patron, and

Jimmy Spithill did his first sailing here.”

The Club has a healthy Yacht division,

with around 50 yachts – from very fast

Etchells, through to well-loved 30- to

40-footers and modern production boats

– competing on Sundays for six different

series. Also, they host one or two State or

National Regattas every Summer, along

with the Pittwater Australia Day Regatta.

“This is not a plush yacht club with

restaurants, bars and pokies, but it does

have the best views on Pittwater and a

canteen serving local pies, sandwiches,

and BBQ plus beer and wine to quench

the thirst at the end of a long day in

paradise!” Ralf said.

Blue Group is limited to 25 children,

and along with the summer camps, positions

are provided on a first-come basis.

More info and early registrations www.


Early-bird boat service deal

Keen sailor and Marine Engineer

Pami KohI, who recently acquired

the well-known Mercury dealership

at North Narrabeen, knows how

important it is for boat owners to

prepare their vessels for the coming


To celebrate his new business, Pami

is offering a 10% discount on boat,

engine and trailer servicing in August

– plus his team will also perform a

free Salt-Away engine flush with every

service to help reduce corrosion and

prolong the life of your engine.

“If you are looking at getting your

boat in shape for the boating season,

now is the best time,” said Pami.

“And if you are too busy to come in,

call and ask about our special ‘pickup

and drop-off’ service.”

More info and bookings on 9913


Multi-tasking at

Palm Beach show

With the warm weather and the start of

the new sailing season just around the

corner, family-orientated Palm Beach Sailing

Club is offering great opportunities for

young and older sailors to get the feel of

fast, “off the beach” multihulls.

Sailing committee spokesman Anthony

Duchatel said the club would hold its own

scaled-down “boat show” on Saturday

August 12 – the weekend after the popular

Sydney International Boat Show.

“With a few of our sailors looking at

turning over their multihulls in time for the

new season this is a great opportunity to

see some of the boats that some Olympic

and Americas Cup sailors cut their teeth on

and experience the thrill of ‘off the beach’

multihull sailing,” he said.

Anthony said that while not anywhere

near the same dimensions as the Sydney

event, PBSC would be showcasing the multihulls

that frequent the waters of Pittwater

including the Weta Trimaran, A Class, F18

and F16 and Hobie 18, 16 and 14s.

“Our sailors have competed and podiumed

at State, National, World and Olympic events

over our long history,” he said. “The multis

will be on the beach and available for a sail

from noon August 12 from Sandy Beach at

the corner of Iluka and Woorak Roads, Palm

Beach – come down, have a look and bring

your sailing gear.” – Nigel Wall

Blue Water Series open

Entries open this month for the Club Marine

East Coast Blue Water Pointscore Series –

the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s premier

offshore series conducted along the east coast

between September and April which now includes

the new Pittwater to Paradise Regatta.

The six-part Series includes the Bird Island

Race (Category 3) in September; Port Hacking

Race (Category 3) in October; Boondelbah

Race (Category 2) in November; Pittwater

to Paradise Race (Category 2) on January 2

(2018); Pittwater to Sydney Race (Category 3)

on March 3; and Pittwater to Newcastle Race

(Category 3) in April.

More info 9998 3700 or email sailing@


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Race on from Newport to Coffs

After a short hiatus,

proud host Royal Motor

Yacht Club has announced

the resumption of

‘the great race’ – the 2017

Pantaenius Newport to Coffs

Coast Yacht Race which will

start on December 27.

RMYC Development Manager

and Race Director Rob

Brown said substantial repairs

to the damaged Marina

and Ocean Seawall at Coffs

Harbour, which forced the

postponement of the classic

last year, had now been completed,

with all facilities now

back fully operational.

“Around 40+ boats are

expected to race to Coffs,

with a more affordable ‘Safety

Category 3 Plus’ in place for

the race,” said Rob. “Also,

the timing of event, starting

the day after Boxing Day, will

attract a wider cross section

of the yachting community,

which will enable yacht owners,

crew and family to be

involved and be able to get

back to work early in the New

Year, if required.”

He said Coffs Harbour Yacht

Club was pleased to have

the RMYC on board as Race

Organisers and were counting

down the days to this year’s

37th staging of the race –

“… and a big party is being

planned to welcome the fleet

in Coffs.”

Rob added a food and wine

festival was being planned,

which would utilise the harbour

beach foreshore development

including a boardwalk

adjacent to the beach and

grassed areas in front of the

Yacht Club.

Commodore Chris Lee said

it was a privilege to be invited

to host the race, and welcomed

great Club supporter

Pantaenius Sail and Motor

Yacht Insurance on board as

naming rights partner.

“It’s a milestone event for

our club and parallels our

steady growth in all areas of

the club’s activities,” he said.

“We are proud to support this

iconic race and believe we can

add to its appeal with its new

format and timing.”

Around 230 nautical miles

in length, it means yachts

can return home easily in

a relatively short weather

window, which will suit many

club racers.

More details 9998 5511; details

and entry www.royalmotor.com.au

- Nigel Wall

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

New GPs focus is a

boost for Mona Vale

Mona Vale is enjoying

a much-needed boost

in general practice

healthcare services following

the recent opening of

Mona Vale Medical Centre,

located at the site of the old

Commonwealth Bank on Park


A privately owned and

run practice, the centre

offers a bright and vibrant

atmosphere – matched by

the smiles on the faces of its

engaging reception team.

Centre operator Peter Carr

(pictured) says the “first

impressions” generated at

front of house is integral to

the philosophy behind the


“One of the most common

complaints you hear about

medical centres is the grumpy

and rude response that many

people experience from

reception staff,” he said. “A

major focus of our practice

is offering patients the

customer service that they


“Healthcare should not be

excused from giving good

service, so we will be focusing

on giving patients the best

service possible. When you

come to the practice, expect

to see a happy and helpful


The new practice already

has an impressive number of

services under the one roof –

with physiotherapy six days

per week, a psychologist,

Douglas Pathology, dietitian,

exercise physiology and

denture clinic.

GP visits work two ways.

“Bulk Billing applies to all

patients if you just present to

the practice and wait to see

a doctor,” Peter explained.

“You can request the doctor

of your choice, or just first


“Plus, patients are welcome

to leave the practice to do

shopping while they progress

in the queue if it is busy.”

The alternative is to set an

appointment time, when an

out-of-pocket fee of around

$30 applies (appointments

can even be made online via

the practice website).

“The main aim of opening

the new centre has been to

provide the local community

with more general practice

services,” Peter said. “The area

has grown a lot over the years,

but the supply of GPs servicing

the area has not grown at the

same time. And a lot of the

current GP workforce are all

close to retirement.

“By bringing new GPs to the

area, we hope to bring a new

level of service to patients on

the upper Northern Beaches.

“Since opening in March,

the practice has certainly

done this – with five doctors

all new to the area, we are

already seeing this benefit

the local community.”

More info www.


Take a deep

breath and stop

wheezing your

way through

the winter cold

If you have asthma you’d

be aware of the range

of common symptoms

including breathlessness,

wheezing, tight chest,

persistent cough which are

commonly triggered during

the colder months.

To reduce the likelihood of

asthma flaring due to cold,

dry air in winter, Asthma

Australia recommends

you try to help warm and

moisten the air before it

reaches your airways by

concentrating on breathing

through your nose… putting

a scarf over your mouth and

nose when you go outside

may also help.

Colds and viral infections

can also make your asthma

worse, even if you are taking

your preventer treatment


Asthma Australia says

there is some evidence that

increasing your preventer

treatment as soon as your

asthma worsens with a cold

can reduce the chance of a

flare-up – ask your doctor

about this and while you are

at it make sure your written

asthma action plan is up to


You can reduce your risk

of catching viral infections

from family members or

other contacts by washing

your hands before you eat or

touch your face. – LO

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

About Face: Information

on lifting procedures...

Your face is probably

the most visible part

of your body. Agerelated

changes are therefore

noticed early. Common

changes include changes to

the skin colour, consistency

and wrinkle patterns; also

down-turning of the corner of

the mouth, deepening of the

folds near the nose and lips

and jowls all start to form.

Neck contour changes and fat

may be deposited under the

chin, plus bands and ridges

may form in the neck.

Surgery addresses

structural changes to the face

and neck and removes excess

skin. Recovery is therefore

longer than non-surgical

changes. There are numerous

different techniques to

address these changes and a

few may be combined to give

optimal results. Less invasive

techniques usually have

shorter recoveries – but the

degree of improvement may

be less.

Traditional facelifts work

to tighten the strong fascial

layer in the face known as

the SMAS layer – superficial

muscular aponeurotic

system. This is a strong

fibrous layer and tightening

this layer gives longer-term

results. Sections may be

excised, or it may be plicated

(folded) to give the lift. Neck

muscles are also tightened

to improve the neck contour.

Less invasive techniques may

rely on stitches to lift and

hold the tissues in place.

Subsequent scar tissue may

then hold the new, lifted


Lifting and tightening the

SMAS layer results in excess

skin as the facial tissues

are lifted. This is carefully

removed and fine stitches

secure this back in place. The

scar lines usually run around

the ears and then behind

the ears back to the hairline.

Often an incision is required

in the grove under the chin.

Through this incision the

neck muscles are tightened.

Careful closure and double

breasting of this corrects

the indentation that is a

recognised aging change, and

results in a smoother contour.

Recovery depends on the

amount of work performed.

with Dr John Kippen

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Smaller procedures may

require as little as a

week, while larger, deeper

procedures may require a

few weeks. It varies between

individuals and can even be

different from side to side.

The most obvious signs are

bruising and swelling in the

early post-operative period.

Facelift surgery may

be combined with other

procedures such as browlifts,

eyelid surgery and fat

transfers or liposuction.

Surgery may be performed

under sedation, twilight or

a light general anaesthetic.

Local anaesthetic is usually

combined to reduce the

amount of anaesthetic

required and ensure an initial

pain-free period. Depending

on the procedure, surgery

can be performed as a

day-only procedure, or an

overnight stay.

All invasive procedures,

including surgery, have

risks and complications.

These should be thoroughly

discussed at the time of

your consultation. Surgeons

will often give you written

information to read and

cover the topic in much

greater detail than this

article. ‘Before’ and ‘after’

photographs of their

previous results are also

helpful to give you a realistic

expectation of outcomes.

Usually surgery is well

tolerated, with favourable


Our columnist Dr John

Kippen is a qualified, fully

certified consultant specialist

in Cosmetic, Plastic and

Reconstructive surgery.

Australian trained, he also

has additional Australian and

International Fellowships.

Dr Kippen works from custom-built

premises in Mona

Vale. He welcomes enquiries

and questions. Please

contact him via johnkippen.

com.au or by email: doctor@


August campaign:

be ‘Medicinewise’


ou are likely to hear and read a lot of stories

about medicines this month, with the key message

encouraging all of us to be ‘Medicinewise’ to help make

better health decisions.

With Medicinewise Week from August 21-27, here are

tips to get the most benefit from your medicines:

l Identify your medicnes. Medicines don’t just come in a

pill on prescription – they can also be bought over the

counter from the pharmacy, supermarket and online.

Your medicines may include vitamins, minerals, herbal

remedies and nutritional supplements and may come in

several forms such as tablets, creams, drops or inhalers.

l Always ask ‘why’ before taking any medicine. It is

important to know what you’re taking and how it could

affect you – and whether a medicine is the best option

for you at this stage.

l Check the label. Read the packaging for instructions

and expiry date.

l Tell your doctor, pharmacist or other health professional

about all the medicines you are taking. All medicines

have possible risks or unwanted side effects, regardless

of where you get them or what form they are in and

some medications may interact with others.

l Identify your medicine by the active ingredient.

l Know your medicines routine. Know what to take and

refill your prescriptions before they run out. – LO

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Girls: Make Your Move!

Young girls are being

urged to focus on a

healthy lifestyle to

boost their self-esteem,

enhance their mood and

strengthen their mental


‘Girls Make Your Move’ and

Jazzercise have teamed up

to give girls around Australia

an amazing opportunity to

start dancing to generate


Shirley Edwards, owner/

operator of Jazzercise at

North Narrabeen, said the

campaign was about creating

positive perceptions of

physical activity.

“It’s about inspiring,

energising and empowering

young women to be more

active and reinforcing

the many benefits of

an active life, whether

through recreation, sport or

incidental physical activity,”

Shirley said.

“Stay active, sit around less

and spend time away from

your devices – don’t let go

of your physical activity and

keep exercise an integral part

of your week.

“Physical activity helps

you stay fit mentally, helps

you cope with the ups and

downs in life and helps

you manage stress and

alleviate depression and

anxiety. Exercise is good

for our health – reducing

the risk of diseases such as

cardiovascular disease, type

II diabetes, osteoporosis,

colon cancer, obesity and

injury. It also helps us sleep


Shirley said young women

under 21 who have never

done Jazzercise before are

invited to one month of free,

unlimited Jazzercise classes

– a dance party workout

program that fuses cardio,

resistance training, Pilates,

yoga, kickboxing, modern

dance and more.

Sisters Jess and Madi

Bidder (pictured) are among

the dozens of locals who are

already enjoying the benefits

of the initiative.

Classes are located at

Ted Blackwood Youth &

Community Centre, Jacksons

Road, North Narrabeen.

Go to www.australia.gov.au/

girlsmove/jazzercise-offer and

download the voucher – bring

it along to get started. (Month

of free classes must be started

before September 30.)

More info 9944 7006.

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Health & Wellbeing

Eco Corner

Hope you weren’t too

daunted by Plastic Free

July! It’s vital to remember

that every little bit of plastic

you refuse to use makes a

difference. It’s these small

actions that collectively bring

about change, as awareness

spreads and we move away

from single-use plastic.

We know it’s hard to be

“eco perfect” and aspiring to a

state where you can maximise

change from unfriendly

usage. Our mantra is “don’t

let perfect get in the way of

good”. Harris Farm Markets,

Woolworths and Coles’ decision

last month to ban single-use

bags will save over 6 billion

bags every year! Whilst these

supermarkets will still wrap

some bananas in plastic, and

sell reusable plastic bags, this

is a massive saving for the


It’s challenging for

businesses to reduce their

environmental footprint, and

more for some industries than

others when customers have

an expectation of the way their

goods should be presented.

In retail, it can also be hard

to find eco alternatives that

protect and keep products

pristine for the consumer. At

ecodownunder, we’re trialling

new eco packaging in our

stores and feedback so far has

been extremely encouraging.


Often small business

wo highly regarded local

owners, who are already

not-for-profit essential

time poor, put sustainability services for women will

in the ‘too-hard basket’ and continue to be supported by

see it as an additional cost. It council grants for the next

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

ways it’s more important for funding agreement.

SMEs to be socially responsible Manly Women’s Shelter

as they’re more engaged in will receive an annual grant

the community in which they of $61,102 and the Manly

operate and can respond to Community Centre $90,349,

and support social change. including $10,000 to support

Let’s not forget that research its Homeless Outreach Service.

has shown that consumers are

increasingly seeking out brands

which “care”,

so it’s good for

business too.

An eye to a greener future

Beckenham Optometrist has implemented

further steps to promote its affinity to the

‘Green’ cause and offset increasing wastage


“The environment on the Northern Beaches

is crucial to our quality of life, as is healthy

good vision,” says Rowena Beckenham. “We are

focussed on reducing our impact on the environment

whilst offering good-quality products

that will survive the rigours daily life. We back

this with frame and lens warranties that are

second to none.”

Rowena said frequent replacement of product

was necessary because the disposable

world’s inferior materials and manufacturing

techniques didn’t enable re-use.

“Poor longevity is adding to the masses of

wastes produced each year. According to Green

Peace, the average Australian produces 1.5

tonnes of waste in a year and much of this

household waste is avoidable – like plastic


She said Beckenham Optometrist tried to

avoid single-use plastic items, which posed a

threat to marine life and oceans.

“And we sponsor Boomerang Bags, which

offers shoppers an alternative to plastic bags,”

she said. “This is a fantastic initiative by a passionate

group of locals, in the move to ridding

Avalon of single-use plastic bags.”

Rowena added their glasses and contact

lenses were delivered in bags made from 100%

recycled paper that could then be used as giftwrapping,

and they reused boxes for mailing

out jobs to their laboratories.

“We offer free re-fills on lens cleaner spray

bottles; we work in conjunction with the Lion’s

Club to collect patients’ old glasses that would

otherwise be thrown out – to be used by

people in developing countries; and, if they are

still in good condition, we update patients’ new

prescription lenses into their old frames.”

Rowena said other initiatives customers

could embrace to be more environmentally

friendly included utilising their new 350-drop

capacity preservative-free lubricant bottles

that had an expiry date of 6 months; dropping

in old glasses (pictured) so they could be recycled

for overseas aid projects; and recycling

contact lens packaging.

“Beckenham strives to: Be Environmentally

Conscious, Keep Excess to Naught, and Help

Avalon Maximise recycling…” – Lisa Offord

Boost for local essential services

Northern Beaches Council

Administrator Dick Persson

said both organisations formed

an integral part of the Northern

Beaches’ social infrastructure.

Manly Women’s Shelter is

a community-based, nongovernment


that provides emergency

accommodation for up to 10

women at any one time and

support for homeless and atrisk

women who do not have

dependent children.

It costs $530,000 to run the

shelter per year, including the

grant from Council.

Manly Community Centre

is a community-based, nongovernment,


not-for-profit organisation

providing residents with access

to information, counselling,

financial and legal advice,

multicultural services and

homelessness services. – LO

Russell Lamb is

the Founder of


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Hair & Beauty

Cellulite: understanding

annoying dimple effect

with Sue Carroll

peel skin’…

‘cottage cheese


skin’… ‘the mattress

phenomenon’… and ‘hail

damage’ are all common names

for the common concern which

afflicts predominantly women,

rather than men: cellulite!

Cellulite is a connective

tissue disorder which often

accumulates around the

buttocks, thighs, abdomen

and arms. It is estimated that

up to 90 per cent of women

will experience some form of

cellulite at some time in their

life after puberty.

Cellulite will occur more

predominantly in women

than men primarily because

of hormonal differences. In

women, fat cells and connective

tissue are arranged vertically,

whereas in men the tissue is

more of a criss-cross structure.

Cellulite is the protrusion or

cleaving of subcutaneous fat

within fibrous connective tissue

that causes the skin dimpling.

While fat is a component of

cellulite, it is only part of the

story. Fibrous connective tissue

adheres skin to the muscle

beneath, and as the body ages,

this connective tissue contracts

and stiffens causing it to pull

down or tighten the skin which

pushes the fat cells out against

the skin.

Age also causes the skin to

become less elastic, thinner and

more likely to sag. This is yet

another possible cause of the

dreaded cellulite phenomenon,

along with genetic factors

such as speed of metabolism,

distribution of fat under the skin

and circulatory levels.

There are three grades of

cellulite appearance on the

skin. Grade 1 is very mild and

may only be seen when the skin

is squeezed together; there

may be a slight ‘orange peel’


Grade 2 is moderate in

appearance and is more

severe, with a ‘cottage cheese’

appearance and a slight draping

of the skin.

Grade 3 (or severe) is more of

a lumpy mattress appearance,

with deeper depressions and

hanging of the skin.

While there is no cure for

cellulite, a healthy lifestyle and

exercise program will go a long

way to prevent and reduce it.

There are various treatments

both at home and in the clinic

that may assist.

Sue Carroll of Skin

Inspiration has been a qualified

Aesthetician for 33 years.

Sue has owned and

operated successful beauty

clinics and day spas on

the Northern Beaches.



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Business Life: Money

Business Life

Look out! Get ready for

the new financial year...

This month we take a brief

look at some of the changes

and issues you should

be aware of as we commence a

new financial year.

Superannuation changes: I

have written about the changes

to superannuation rules before

but at the start of a new year it

is imperative to review and adjust

any existing salary sacrifice

arrangements to the new lower

contribution thresholds. This

year the maximum deductible

(or pre-tax) amount that can be

contributed from all sources regardless

of age is $25,000. The

maximum that can be contributed

from after tax funds is

$100,000 per year, or $300,000

using the three-year bring-forward

provisions if you are under

65. Over 65s making contributions

to super still need to pass

a work test of 40 hours over 30

days before contributing and

they are not eligible to use the

bring-forward provisions.

One positive from these

changes has been the abolition

of the 10% rule for employment

income. Employees up to 75

years of age can now make personal

deductible contributions

up to the overall $25,000 limit;

previously they had to show nine

times their employment income

from other non-employment

sources before being eligible to

make a deductible contribution.

Buying or selling a property

over $750,000: In 2016 provisions

were introduced to require

property vendors to obtain a

clearance certificate from the

ATO for property sales in excess

of $2 million. In the absence of

a certificate the purchaser in

the transaction was required to

remit 10% of the property price

to the ATO, where it would sit as

a credit until claimed by the vendor

in their tax return. This year

the value threshold has fallen to

$750,000 and the withholding

amount has risen to 12.5%. This

means just about every property

sold around here will be

caught in the net.

The intent of the legislation

is to capture non-reported

sales of Australian property by

foreign residents; however, the

reality is that every property

sale falling within the threshold

is now complicated by the need

to obtain a certificate. The ATO

have a service standard of up

to 28 days to issue a certificate

and vendors need to factor this

piece of bureaucracy into their

settlement schedule.

Tightening of rental deductions

1 – travel expenses for

with Brian Hrnjak

residential rental property:

Our tax system contains a

fundamental premise that

expenses may be offset against

revenues – except it seems

where negative gearing (and

politics) are concerned. From 1

July 2017, residential property

investors will not be able to

claim travel expenses associated

with the ownership and

management of their rental

property. The change affects

both direct visits to the property

for inspections or repairs

as well as indirect matters such

as travel to attend an owner’s

corporation meeting. (Note that

this provision and the following

one are not yet law.)

The precise words from the

exposure draft are: “In the 2017-

18 Budget, the Government announced

a package of measures

designed to reduce pressure

on housing affordability. This

Schedule implements one of

the reforms in the package

to disallow travel expenditure

deductions relating to residential

investment properties. This is

an integrity measure to address

concerns that some taxpayers

have been claiming travel deductions

without correctly apportioning

costs, or have claimed

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travel costs that were for private

purposes. The amendments will

provide confidence in the tax

system by ensuring tax deductions

are better targeted.”

Tightening of rental deductions

2 – depreciation of plant

and equipment: Also abolished

but from budget night on 9

May 2017 is the ability to claim

deductions for the depreciation

of previously used plant and


Again, quoting from the

exposure draft: “The intended

effect of these amendments is

that certain entities will only

be able to deduct the decline in

value of depreciating assets used

in gaining or producing assessable

income from residential

premises if the asset is acquired

new for that purpose. Broadly,

the amendments ensure that

entities cannot claim overstated

deductions relating to their

rental properties by ‘refreshing’

the values of previously used

depreciating assets used or installed

ready for use in relation

to those properties.”

The reference above to ‘certain

entities’ is that big business (specifically:

companies, public offer

superannuation funds and unit

trusts with 300+ unitholders) will

still be able to depreciate their

plant and equipment and continue

to claim for travel expenses.

In both cases it appears it was

the mums and dads who were

‘rorting’ the system and who presumably

will be happy enough

to retain negative gearing in its

general form despite the loss of

deductibility of these two items.

This is rubbish policy, as it runs

contrary to fundamental principles

of tax law and has its roots

in populism. What we don’t know

at this point is will the government

stop here or is this the start

of ‘a death by a thousand cuts’ to

negative gearing?

Retention of the 20k

instant asset write-off: There’s

nothing really new here, it

obviously keeps testing well in

focus groups and is back for

another year at least. From the

ATO website: “On 9 May 2017,

the Government announced an

extension to the 2015-16 Budget

measure providing an instant

asset write-off provision for

small business. Small businesses

can immediately deduct the

business portion of most assets

if they cost less than $20,000

and were purchased between

7:30PM on 12 May 2015 and

30 June 2018. This deduction

can be used for each asset that

costs less than $20,000, whether

new or second-hand. You can

claim the deduction through

your tax return, in the year the

asset was first used or installed

ready for use.”

The franking credit debacle:

You may have caught the headlines

about the reduction in

company taxes – currently 27.5%

(down from 30%) for businesses

turning over less than $10 million

in 2016/17. The government

is aiming for a 25% company tax

rate across the board; however,

this has not been legislated yet.

I’ve written about this before.

The thing with small business

is that most earnings are usually

taken out as wages or as

dividends and therefore taxed

at marginal personal rates, not

corporate rates. What people

are realising about these tax

cuts is that if you paid tax at

30% but only obtain dividend

imputation at 27.5%, there is

a net 2.5% give back to the

government of unused franking

credits. In other words, not really

a tax cut at all. The problem

is starting to be anticipated up

the chain, as bigger turnover

companies see the potential

for this franking credit wastage

and shareholders such as large

superannuation funds start lobbying

the government.

If you are in business and use

a corporate entity presumably

your accountant will be the one

grappling with this problem. Be

thankful it’s them and not you.

Business Life

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

Group Pty Ltd, Certified Practising Accountants. Offices at:

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

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

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

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

These comments are of a general nature only and are not

intended as a substitute for professional advice.

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Business Life: Finance

Business Life

Weighing up your options

for retirement investment

If you want income from

your investment portfolio,

the choices over the

past few years have been

narrowed considerably as

interest rates have fallen to

the lowest level that we can


There are effectively three

choices currently available.

The first is to leave your

money in the bank either “at

call” or on term deposits.

The returns range from 1.5%

to around 3% at the five-year

mark. Once you step outside

the bank-guaranteed

security blanket, the

risks in fixed interest

investing can rise


Another choice

is property. In the

residential space, the

yield after costs for the

average Sydney unit is not

much better than 3%. Real

Estate Investment Trust on the

Morgans recommended list

are currently yielding between

4-9% and generally have

exposure to commercial and/

or industrial property. That is

one way to improve earnings.

The issue with property

in general is that in

the short to medium

term, valuations may well

have peaked. So, whilst the

earnings are generally more

attractive than cash and fixed

term investments, the capital

risk needs to be carefully


The third choice is that

of high-yielding equities

(especially those paying fully

franked dividends). Chief

amongst this group are the

financials, with the four

major banks heading the list.

The Morgans recommended

income portfolio has a

weighting of 32% amongst

three of the big four, with

a further 6% in Macquarie.

Telstra also has 6%, with

the balance of the portfolio

spread amongst nine

industrials. The forecast

yield is 4.8%, which

is close to being fully


This income portfolio

has no bank hybrids, as

the risk/return favours

holding physical bank

shares in preference.

As there is a heavy

weighting to banks, telcos

with Roger Corrie

and utilities, some may prefer

diversification into other

areas. Regardless of this, the

fact remains that in order to

achieve a reasonable income

stream, investors must be

prepared to take on more risk

than in days gone by.

So a million dollars invested

in a bank term deposit would

produce a maximum of

$30,000 per annum (pa) at

current rates. If this were to

be redirected to a portfolio

of income securities, this

amount would rise to $48,000

pa and provide in addition

almost $19,000 of imputed

tax credits – which in a

super fund paying a pension

stream, should come back as

a refund.

That’s a pretty good

income stream.

If you would like a copy of

the Morgans Income portfolio

for July, contact Charmaine

Riley on 9998 4206.

Roger Corrie of Morgans Newport (9998 4201) has been an

Investment Adviser for 30 years and established Morgans

on the Northern Beaches in 2002. His motto: “The acid test

for any investment is to simply ask – would I buy it myself?”

(Comment of a general nature only and is not intended

as a substitute for professional advice.)

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Business Life

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Business Life: Law

Business Life

‘Foreign Resident’ tax

creating public issues

Back in 2013, the


Government introduced

new withholding tax rules to

deal with increasing foreign

investment in commercial

and residential real estate.

The rules, designed to stop

foreign property owners

avoiding capital gains tax,

were enacted in February

2016 and introduced with

effect from July 1 last year.

The name for this

legislation – Foreign Resident

Capital Gains Tax Withholding

Tax – has attracted criticism,

as the rules do not operate

in line with their name. This

has created several issues in

public market transactions.

First, it is not a withholding

tax. There is no statutory

obligation to withhold

tax from payments of

consideration. Instead, there

is an obligation on the buyer

to pay an amount determined

under the rules to the

Australian Taxation Office

(ATO). That amount “can also

be treated as withholding

payments” and the buyer is

“discharged from all liability

to pay or account for that

amount to any entity” other

than the ATO.

The Government has

failed to deal directly with

relevant issues, thus creating

unnecessary issues. In

the absence of a statutory


to withhold, a

contractual right must

be sought, which is not

available in public market

transactions, and absolution

for the ‘withholding’ does

not adequately address

the conflict between

the requirements of the

corporations law and the

tax law – especially in the

absence of a statutory right

to withhold.

Second, it does not apply

to capital gains tax only.

It applies to all income tax

on revenue account (for

example, disposals by private

equity, disposals of inventory

and depreciating assets).

Third, it

does not apply

to foreign residents

only. Provided there is at

least one non-resident, the

whole transaction is caught

by the rules.

There are other issues of

concern in dealing with, for

example, shares and units

and other transactions, but

for this article we’ll consider

the impact of the legislation

on conveyancing and real

property transactions.

At first, Australian

residents buying or selling

real property with a market

value of $2 million or more

needed to obtain a clearance

certificate from the ATO

to confirm that a 10%

withholding amount did not

need to be withheld from a

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However, as of

the July 1 this year, a

vendor selling a property

worth $750,000.00 or more

needs to provide a clearance

certificate or face withholding

amount of 12.5%.

All property transactions with

a market value of $750,000 or

more will need the vendor and

purchaser to consider if they

need a clearance certificate. In

most cases the market value

of the property will be the

purchase price.

The purchaser has an

obligation to withhold when:

n Any vendor of the property

is a foreign resident;

n The property that the

purchaser has acquired is a

relevant property;

n The acquisition is not an

excluded transaction; and

n The vendor does not

provide a clearance

certificate or make a

relevant declaration.

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Unless an exception applies,

the vendor is a relevant

foreign resident if any of the

following apply:

n The purchaser knows the

vendor is a foreign resident;

n The purchaser reasonably

believes the vendor is a

foreign resident;

n The purchaser does not

reasonably believe the

vendor is an Australian

resident, and either

n Has a record about the

acquisition indicating that

the vendor has an address

outside Australia;

n Is authorised by the vendor

to provide a related financial

benefit (for example, make a

payment) to a place outside

Australia (whether to the

vendor or anyone else); and

n The vendor has a

connection outside Australia

of a kind specified in the


The capital gains tax asset

to which the transaction

relates is taxable Australian

real property.

A vendor is not a relevant

foreign resident if they

provide the purchaser with:

A valid clearance

certificate in transactions

involving taxable Australian

real property or indirect

Australian real property

company title interests (even

if the vendor is an Australian

resident for other income tax


A valid vendor declaration

in transactions involving

other assets covered by the

foreign resident capital gains

withholding law.

Clearance certificates are

valid for 12 months from

the date of issue and the

vendor may be able to use

it for multiple disposals of

real property or indirect

Australian real property

company title interests that

occur within that period.

The vendor does not have

to reapply for a clearance

certificate each time they

dispose of a property, so long

as the clearance certificate is


It is prudent for the vendor

to make application for a

clearance certificate well in

advance of settlement and to

provide it to the purchaser

in a timely fashion to ensure

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that monies are not withheld

on settlement. Matters of

finance mortgages and the

like could be affected if the

clearance certificate is not

obtained. A well-organised

vendor could obtain a

clearance certificate from

the ATO prior to putting his

property on the market.

The introduction of this

legislation has been without

fanfare and we have found

that a lack of awareness of

the need to consider the

necessity or otherwise of

obtaining a clearance has

begun to cause problems in

some transactions. Where

banks and other financial

institutions are involved

parties to a transaction

might find they are unable

to settle their transaction

because 12.5% has been


Another element which

has shown up in the early

stages of working with

this legislation is the need

for vendors to have their

taxation affairs in order as

they may come under ATO

checking as the clearance

certificate is sought.

The ATO has assured all

those involved in property

transactions that it is

automating the process for

issuing clearance certificates.

It has advised that if there

are data irregularities, e.g.

incorrect or incomplete

names, some manual

processing may be required

and the clearance certificate

may take 14 to 28 days to


There are many elements

to be considered with

the introduction and

implementation of this

legislation and there are

some teething problems.

Remember to consult

your lawyer for advice on

the ramifications of the

legislation as it applies to

your situation.

Comment supplied by

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer

Harris & Associates, Solicitors,

4/57 Avalon Parade,

Avalon Beach.

T: 9973 2011. F: 9918 3290.

E: jenniferha@pacific.net.au

W: www.jenniferharris.com.au

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Business Life

Trades & Services

Trades & Services


British & Swedish


Call 9970 6654

Services Range Rover, Land

Rover, Saab and Volvo with the

latest in diagnostic equipment.

Narrabeen Tyrepower

Call 9970 6670

Stocks all popular brands

including Cooper 4WD. Plus

they’ll do all mechanical repairs

and rego inspections.


Smash Repairs

Call 9970 8207


Re-sprays a specialty, plus

restoration of your favourite

vehicle. Commercial vehicle



Avalon Marine


Call Simon 9918 9803

Makes cushions for boats,

patio and pool furniture,

window seats.

KB Marine

Call Pami 9913 3522

New owner; 10% off engine

and trailer servicing in July.

Free salt-away flush with every

engine service.


Eamon Dowling


Call 0410 457 373

For all electrical, phone, TV,

data and security needs.


Blue Tongue Carpets

Call Stephan 9979 7292

Family owned and run. Carpet,

rugs, runners, timber, bamboo,

vinyl, tiles & laminates.

Open 6 days.


Avalon Floral Art

Call 9918 2711

Internationally recognized;

amazing bouquets and

arrangements with freshness



Graham Brooks

Call 0412 281 580

Tree pruning and removals.

Reports regarding DA tree management,

arborist reports.

Precision Tree Services

Call Adam 0410 736 105

Adam Bridger; professional tree

care by qualified arborists and

tree surgeons.


The Aqua Clean Team

Call Mark 0449 049 101

Quality window washing,

pressure cleaning, carpet

washing, building soft wash.

Martin Earl House Wash

Call 0405 583 305

Pittwater-based owner on

site at all times. No travellers

or uninsured casuals on your



Avalon Physiotherapy

Call 9918 3373

Provide specialist treatment

for neck & back pain, sports

injuries, niggling orthopaedic


Avalon Physiotherapy

& Clinical Pilates

Call 9918 0230

Dry needling and acupuncture,

falls prevention and balance

enhancement programs.

Avalon Beach


Call 9918 0070

Professional care for all ages.

Treatment for chronic and acute

pain, sports injuries.

Fix & Flex Pilates /Physio

Call Jen 0404 804 441

Equipment pilates sessions run

by physios. Mona Vale-based.

Help improve posture and reduce

pain while improving core


Francois Naef/Osteopath

Call 9918 2288

Diagnosis, treatment and

prevention for back pain and

sciatica, sports injuries, muscle

soreness and strain, pregnancyrelated

pain, postural imbalance.


Contrast Colour

Call 0431 004 421

Locals Josef and Richard offer

quality painting services. Tidy,

reliable, they’ll help consult

on the best type of paint for

your job.

Modern Colour

Call 0406 150 555

Simon Bergin offers painting

and decorating; clean, tidy,

quality detail you will notice.

Dependable and on time.

Painting & Decorating

Call 0418 116 700

Andrew is a master painter with

30 years’ experience. Domestic

and commercial; reasonable

rates, free quotes.

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Trades & Services


Nick Anderson Plumbing

Call 0411 251 256

All aspects of plumbing including

gasfitting and drainage.

Competitive rates, free quotes.


Luxafoam North

Call 9999 5567

Local specialists in all aspects

of outdoor & indoor seating.

Custom service and expert


Susan Ottowa

Call Susan 0422 466 880

Specialist in day bed and outdoor

areas. Reliable local service.

Domestic & commercial.


Rob Burgers

Call 0416 066 159

Qualified builder provides all

carpentry needs; decks, pergolas,

carports, renovations and



Call Adrian 0417 591 113

Waterproof under your deck and

turn the area into usable space

all year round.


Call Dustin 0413 737 934


All-aluminium, rust-proof

remote-controlled opening roofs

& awnings. Beats competitor’s


Advertise your

Business in


& Services



0438 123 096


editorial and advertising

content in Pittwater Life

has been provided by a

number of sources. Any

opinions expressed are

not necessarily those of

the Editor or Publisher

of Pittwater Life and

no responsibility is

taken for the accuracy

of the information

contained within. Readers

should make their own

enquiries directly to any

organisations or businesses

prior to making any plans

or taking any action.

Trades & Services


Predator Pest Control

Call 0417 276 962


Environmental services at their

best. Comprehensive control.

They provide a 24-hour service.


Water Warehouse

Call 9913 7988


Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation

& filter supply specialists.


Call 0411 956 242

Northern Beaches-based

specialists in residential alterations

and extensions, and new



Sure Security

Call 1300 55 12 10

Northern Beaches-based specialists

in Alarms, Intercoms, Access

Control and CCTV Surveillance;

solutions to fit your needs.

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Prepare as soul is bared

at George & Tina tributes

If you love Tina Turner

you are in for a treat

this month with two

shows straight from the

US in a club near you.

As far as tribute

shows go, Tina, starring

‘Cookie’ Watkins, is

regarded as simply the


A consummate

performer, Cookie is

reportedly the closest

thing to the real Tina

Turner, leaving audiences

breathless and wanting


Her new tribute show

allows the audience to

savour the saucy effects

of Tina’s Higher before

a seamless transition

to Better Be Good To Me

followed by What’s Love

Got To Do With It?

The evening closes with

the high-energy, stand-up hit

Proud Mary.

Music has been Cookie’s

mainstay since the legendary

Duke Ellington invited her

onstage to perform a few

tunes at the age of 14.

Career highlights include

performing in Broadway

musicals such as Hair and work

as a session singer for artists

including Debbie Harry and

Lou Gramm (ex-Foreigner).

Cookie became a recording

artist in her own right before

finding her calling as ‘The

World’s Number One Tina

Spring Serenade

on Father’s Day

Manly-Warringah Choir and Orchestra conducted by

Dr Carlos Alvarado, with three soloists including Anita

Kyle, will present a Spring Serenade concert in the

inspiring surroundings of the Cardinal Cerretti Chapel,

Manly, early next month.

Featuring Schubert’s Mass in G, Elgar’s renowned

Serenade for Strings, and Ramirez’s Misa Criolla the concert

concludes with a suite of songs from South America.

After the performance, the audience has the

opportunity to join the choir and orchestra for

complimentary drinks and light refreshments on the

terrace outside the Chapel.

The concert will be held on Sunday September 3

starting at 2.30pm – what a lovely way to celebrate

Fathers’ Day!

Adults $45, Concessions $40, Students $20, Children

under 12 free (with booking). Premium seats $5

extra. Parking opposite in St Paul’s College. Bookings

manlywarringahchoir.org.au; phone 9953 2443 or 0432

656 798.

Turner Tribute Artist’.

You can catch Tina at

the Royal Motor Yacht

Club on Saturday August

12 and Dee Why RSL on

Fri 18 at 8pm.

Also at Dee Why RSL

this month is the 18+

show George Michael

Relived taking yo u on a

journey from the early

years of Wham!

Featuring tight

harmonies from some

of Sydney’s best singers

and a killer band, get

set to enjoy the hits we

all know such as Faith,

Careless Whisper, Fast

Love, Outside, Last

Christmas, Wake Me Up

Before You Go-Go, I’m

Your Man, Freedom and

Everything She Wants.

This is promoted as a

“funky night to remember”, so

get ready to dance and sing


– LO

Contact the clubs for

bookings and more

details: RMYC 9997 5511 or

royalmotor.com.au; Dee Why

RSL 9454 4000 or deewhyrsl.


The cat in the

hat at Belrose

See all your favourite Dr Seuss

characters including The

Cat in the Hat, Horton the

Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz,

Mayzie LaBird and Jojo – a little

boy with a big imagination

– come to life at Glen Street

Theatre on August 3-5.

Inspired by the much-loved

books of Dr Seuss, Seussical is

a fantastical, magical musical


Here’s your opportunity to

take the whole family for a

special serving of the zany

and colourul production close

to home before the super talented

LOUD Theatre Company

takes the show to the Roslyn

Packer Theatre in the city.

More info glenstreet.com.au

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Dining Guide

Dining Guide

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



Shop 4, 120 Narrabeen Park

Pde, Warriewood Beach.


Open 7 days lunch and dinner




Entrees $2-$9.80

Mains $13.80-$19.80

Noodles $13.80

Lunch specials.

1/2 price daily deals.

BOOKINGS 9979 9449




Book now for a great table for

lunch or dinner at this popular

Vietnamese eatery.

Ocean views across Warriewood

Beach may be enjoyed

from the restaurant which offers

one of the most popular of

Asian cuisines.

Eat in and take-away meals

are available; plus they offer

free home delivery for orders

over $35.

Tantalising lunch specials

from $2 to $10.80 include egg

custard buns (two for $4.40),

Money Bags (four for $5.80),

prawn dumplings, fresh rice

paper rolls, beef noodle soup,

noodles with veggies and

chicken, or beef with rice for

just $10.80.

Chef’s specials include Basil

Mint Pork, Honey King Prawns,

Sizzling Tofu Hot Pot and Chicken


Each day there is a half-price

deal for evening diners-in (limit

of one deal per table of diners).

They include: on Thursday

satay king prawn for $10.40, on

Monday salt and pepper squid

for $10.40 and on Saturday

lemongrass chicken for $8.90.

Prices reduced across the

board, as well as lunch specials.



Club Palm Beach

1087 Barrenjoey Rd,

Palm Beach


Lunch 11:30am-2.30pm

Dinner 6pm-8.30pm


Lunch and dinner

specials $13.50

BOOKINGS 9974 5566




Club Palm Beach will host its

Vietnam Veteran’s lunch on

Sunday August 13 (bookings

essential – see ad right).

The Members’ lucky badge

draw is held Wednesday and

Friday night (every 30 mins

between 5pm-7pm), and

jackpots by $100 each week.

Wednesday and Sunday

are meat raffle nights, with a

whopping 14 trays to be won.

Enjoy Trivia Night from

5.30pm on Wednesdays, plus

Bingo at 10am on Fridays.

The club’s Barrenjoey

Bistro is open for lunch

(11.30am to 2.30pm) and

dinner (6pm to 8.30pm) seven

days. The Bistro serves topvalue

a la carte meals plus

daily $13.50 specials of roasts

(Mondays), rump steak with

chips and salad (Tuesdays),

chicken schnitzel with chips

and salad (Wednesdays),

homemade gourmet pies with

chips and salad (Thursdays)

and fish and chips with salad

(Fridays), except public hols.

Entrees on the a la carte

menu range from $10.50 to

$17.50 (mains $14.50 to $25).

The club has a courtesy

bus which meets the 11am

ferry from Ettalong at the

Palm Beach Wharf at 11.20am

daily, returning on request.

It also makes regular runs

Wednesdays, Fridays and

Saturdays from 4.30pm to

9pm. Ring to book a pick-up.

* The call is out for locals

to contribute stories about the

Club’s early days. P: 9974 5566.

Bistro 61

Avalon Beach RSL

1 Bowling Green Lane

Avalon Beach


Open 7 days

Lunch 12pm-2:30pm

Dinner 5:30-8:30pm


Modern Aust / pub food


Meals $8-$30

Specials $12-$15

BOOKINGS 9918 2201



Avalon Beach RSL’s new

Bistro 61 is a great place

to head for a local meal,

offering tasty modern

Australian dishes at

affordable prices.

Bistro 61 has been named

to commemorate the opening

Book brekkie by the water

Enjoy a sumptuous yet healthy buffet breakfast overlooking

spectacular Pittwater!

Local residents and business people are finding the peaceful

ambience of The Mirage restaurant overlooking idyllic Pittwater,

the perfect place to start the day.

Located in the Metro Mirage Hotel Newport and open for

breakfast from 7-10am seven days a week, Mirage Restaurant

is the perfect venue for breakfast with friends, an early

business meeting with work colleagues or a weekend brunch

with the family.

At a fixed price of $25 for adults and $15 for children (5-12

years), guests can choose from a full hot and cold breakfast

buffet, including a selection of cereals, seasonal fruit and freshly

made juices, toast and pastries, sausages, eggs, hash browns,

bacon and tomato served with the Chef’s Special of the day.

Walk-ins are welcome or call 9997 7011 to book.



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of the Club in 1961. The

kitchen – led by experienced

Northern Beaches head chef

Mitch Blundell, boasts all

fresh, house-made meals, with

locally sourced ingredients

used when possible.

Open for lunch and dinner

seven days, with extensive

outdoor dining areas, Bistro

61 offers a different special

(lunch and dinner) every

weekday, including $15 rump

steak chips and salad (Mon),

$12 tacos (Tues), $15 Chicken

Schnitzels (Wed), 2-4-1 pizzas

(Thurs), and a $20 burger +

beer (Fri).

Seniors are well catered

for – there are daily Seniors

specials, including beerbattered

flathead – plus they

do a $5 kids meals on Sundays!

(There’s a playground, too.)

From the menu, chef

Mitch recommends his twist

on nachos – pulled beef and

blackbeans with chipotle,

corn chips, guacamole,

Danish fetta and coriander.

Members get discounts on

meals purchased. Membership

starts from $5.50.

The club is licensed, with

no BYO. Bookings online or

call 9918 2201 – large groups


Head to Avalon RSL for

APL Poker Tournaments on

Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Visit avalonrsl.com.au/


Royal Motor

Yacht Club

Salt Cove on Pittwater

a variety of starters and

share plates, seafood,

burgers, grills, salads,

desserts and woodfired


In August, Friday night

entertainment kicks off in

the Lounge Bar from 7.30pm.

Great acts appearing this

month include Rohan Cannon

(4th), Gordon Hunte (11th),

Geoff Kendall (18th) and Keff

McCullough (25th).

Trivia is held every Tuesday

night from 7.30pm (great

prizes and vouchers).

Don’t miss the incredible

Tina Turner tribute show,

performed by US star Cookie

Watkins on Saturday August 12.

Cookie has made a name

for herself as the best in the

business at delivering an

authentic account of Tina’s

career, delivering hits from

‘Nutbush City Limits’ through

her later solo years with

‘Simply The Best’ and ‘Private

Dancer’. Bookings essential.

And don’t forget Club social

memberships are available for

just $160.

Dining Guide

46 Prince Alfred

Parade, Newport


Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Mon-Fri from 8.30am

Weekends from 8am


Breakfast from $8-$18

Entrees from $9-$21

Mains from $16-$26

BOOKINGS 9997 5511




RMYC’s restaurant Salt

Cove on Pittwater’s menu

offers affordable meals and

generous servings including

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Dining Guide

Dining Guide

Little Bok Choy

Pittwater RSL

82 Mona Vale Rd,

Mona Vale


Open 7 days

Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm

(3pm Fri, Sat, Sun)

Dinner 5:30-8:30pm

(9:30pm Fri, Sat)


Entrees $6-$20

Mains $12.80-$25

BOOKINGS 9446 9613

Little Bok Choy are still

celebrating their first

birthday – book now for

10 per cent off your meal

(mention the ad left)

Have you discovered this

hidden gem? Conveniently

located inside Pittwater RSL,

with plenty of on-site parking

and public transport, it’s the

ideal location to get together

to share great Asian food.

With a vast range of menu

options, you won’t know where

to start in this Asian Fusion

restaurant. Some of the secrets

of LBC’s finest eats include

traditional favourites, like Shao

Long Bao – it’s the perfect

starter; the juicy mini pork

buns will get your taste buds

excited for the coming courses.

Tuck in to Yum Cha

favourites including delicious

Prawn Dumplings, BBQ pork

buns, Spring Rolls and Thai

entrees like Thai Curry Puffs.

For mains, all the

popular Chinese dishes are

included, from Sweet and

Sour Pork, Honey Chicken,

Sizzling Mongolian Beef and

Seafood Stir-fry. Plus, they

have plenty of fried rice and

fried noodles also available in

special kids’ size!

Prices are very reasonable

– Chinese mains start from

$15.80, with gluten free and

vegetarian options available.

If you prefer Thai, be sure

to check out their latest

addition – Tom Yum Fried Rice,

a modern twist on a classic

favourite. And their range of

Thai soups, salads, curries and

stir fry noodles are fresh and

exciting, all prepared by their

skilled Thai chef.

Hong Kong

Chinese Restaurant

332 Barrenjoey Rd,



Dinner Tues-Sun 5pm


Chinese & Asian


Entrees $5-20

Mains $12.90-26.50

*Deliver Whale Beach - Narrabeen

BOOKINGS 9997 4157

Book a table at this popular

Newport eatery in July and

your family is guaranteed

a great night out with a

feast for the eyes and the


Order ahead for their

wonderful Peking Duck which

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Sabiang is

in Mint



is offered as a dine-in-only

special Thursdays through


There are two traditional

courses: Peking Duck pancakes

& duck sang choy bow

(bookings essential; mention

the ad when you call).

This long-established

restaurant on the eastern

side of Barrenjoey Rd has

an extensive menu based

on traditional flavoursome

Cantonese with touches of

spicy Szechuan and other

Asian dishes and fresh

seasonal vegetables.

Entrees start at just $5 while

mains are reasonable too,

starting at $12.90.

The menu ranges

from adventurous, like a

Mongolian chicken hot pot,

to contemporary, spicy salt

and pepper king prawns, to

traditional, fillet steak with

snow peas and bean sprouts.

Home delivery available.

Avalon has a new and

welcome addition

to its diverse restaurant

scene – Sabiang Thai near

the watch-the-world-go-by

corner of Old Barrenjoey

Rd and Avalon Parade.

The restaurant,

which boasts a smart,

industrial-style metal

interior, soft colours

and soothing blackand-white

photo prints

of trees on its walls, is the latest project of restauranteurs

Mint and Kwan of ChaRice Noodlebar in Newport Beach.

After seven years in Newport the pair have decided to

expand around the bends (while continuing to have a hand

in the Newport restaurant they have run for seven years).

“Sabiang is a Lao word for ‘food for a trip’ or ‘provisions’,”

said Mint (pictured). “It’s a place to stock up and refuel for

your journey… when you come to Sabiang you will enjoy

eating because we will have so much for you to choose from.”

Mint said customers can expect traditional Thai

favourites, cooked with authenticity and plenty of flavor,

plus dishes with a few twists.

“My favourite is a ‘Crying Tiger’ (steak with hot dipping

sauce)… and I think diners will also love experiencing

things like our Papaya Salad with BBQ Chicken,” she said.

Sabiang is licensed but also offers BYO (wine only); to

book call 9918 3292. – Nigel Wall

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Jenny honoured with 2017

Pittwater Community gong

Environmental and heritage

advocate Jenny Harris

has been recognised by the

state government for her

commitment to our unique


Member for Pittwater Rob

Stokes announced Jenny

as the recipient of the NSW

Government’s 2017 Pittwater

Community Service Award.

Jenny is actively involved

in a variety of community

groups including the Duffys

Forest Residents Association,

Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon

Catchment and the Duffys

Forest Rural Fire Service.

Jenny was also integral in

the recent listing of Waratah

Park, the home of Skippy

Branch Lifesaver of the Year,

22-year-old student Lara

Boyle, has certainly crammed

a lot into her short life as a

volunteer lifesaver.

The Whale Beach

SLSC member,

who was raised in

Gladesville, was introduced

to the surf

club by a group of

friends while attending

Pymble Ladies’

College and quickly

become enthralled

with what surf life

saving had to offer.

She has been

Chief Training Officer,

Patrol Captain and now

Club Captain at Whale Beach.

She holds the Gold Medallion

– the pinnacle of surf life

saving awards and is also a

jet ski operator for Branch.

Lara is already planning

the 2017-18 season.

“I’ll probably focus on

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the Bush Kangaroo, on the

State Heritage Register and

coordinates regular bush

regeneration events to help

ensure this significant area of

our community is preserved

for future generations.

“Jenny has an amazing

passion for our community,

our environment and our

local heritage,” Mr Stokes


“I’m continually impressed

by the diversity of

community initiatives and

projects that Jenny is actively

involved with.

“Jenny typifies many of

our wonderful community

volunteers who do an

enormous amount of work

Awarding surf

lifesaving’s finest

the development of our

younger members and making

sure we are focussing

on our frontline service of

lifesaving… ideally

develop a NSW

women’s leadership

network,” she said.

Lara described

being crowned

Branch Lifesaver

of the Year at the

Northern Beaches

Awards of Excellence

function at

Dee Why RSL Club

last month as “just


Newport’s Marty

Lynch also was recognised

with Life Membership of the

Branch at this year’s awards.

The Australian beach coach

and Newport SLSC member,

was one of two awards recognising

the Lynch family as

son Jake was named Speedo

Athlete of the Year.

behind the scenes – but seek

no gratitude or recognition

for their efforts.

“Without people such as

Jenny who are willing to do

the hard work and complete

the mundane but necessary

tasks – many of the

opportunities we often take

for granted simply wouldn’t

be possible.

“The natural areas

surrounding Narrabeen

Lagoon and Waratah Park

help define our community

and Jenny’s ongoing efforts

have contributed to their

formal protection over recent

years,” he said.

Jenny has also worked

closely with other local

groups and associations to

provide advice on projects,

fundraising opportunities

and awareness strategies.

The award, presented

at a community leader’s

reception at Mona Vale

Golf Club in late July,

recognises outstanding

voluntary service to the

Pittwater community.

Bill honoured by France

Pittwater Sub-Branch member Bill

Mackay has received a huge honour

– made a Chevalier in the Order of

the Legion of Honour on behalf of the

President of the Republic of France.

Bill was awarded the 1939-45 Star,

Africa Star, Italy Star, France and

Germany Star, Defence Medal and the

1939-45 War Medal, GSM Palestine.

His story is a thrilling one.

“I joined the 5th Scottish Regiment in

1941, at the age of 16 and transferred

to the Parachute Regiment in 1942,”

Bill recounted. “I had to get a letter of permission from my

mother so I could enlist. I was initially sent to North Africa,

where I fought for about two and a half years.

“About March 1943, we conducted Long Range Desert

Patrols in Jeeps and did numerous jumps in preparation

for the invasion of Sicily. I fought in Italy up to June 1944,

when we jumped into France with the Americans one

week after D-Day.”

After fighting in France for a month, he was sent back

to Italy to prepare for the invasion of Greece.

“Throughout my wartime service I made 37 parachute

jumps, with six made into live combat situations,” he said.

“Our 5th Scottish was then chosen to be sent to Palestine

from 1946-1947, where we were caught up in the Arab War

of Independence. Finally, in 1947 I was sent home to Scotland

and demobilised. I immediately joined the Territorial

Army in Glasgow where I served a further seven years, up

to 1954. In 1959, I immigrated to Australia.”

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Food Life

Food Life

Wonderful winter soups you

can eat now or freeze for later

Just when we were all starting to think we were over the winter

‘hump’, along comes August with its Arctic-cold days and

nights. So, here are some wonderful winter soups that will

both tingle the taste buds as well as warm the family from top to

toe. The best part is these beauties will freeze well – so make a

double batch and any leftovers will be perfect for lunch!

Sweet potato

miso soup

Serves 6

2 tbs olive oil

1 brown onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tbs finely grated fresh ginger

1kg sweet potato, peeled,


1 litre chicken stock

¼ cup red miso paste

2 tbs sesame seeds, toasted

3 green onions, finely chopped

1 cup coriander leaves,


1/3 cup yoghurt, to sere

1. Heat the oil in a large

saucepan over medium

heat. Add the onion. Cook,

stirring occasionally, for

5 minutes or until soft.

Add the garlic and ginger

and cook, stirring, for 2

minutes. Add the sweet

potato. Stir to coat in the

onion mixture.

2. Increase heat to high. Add

the stock. Bring to the boil.

Reduce heat to medium-low.

Use the lid to partially cover,

simmer for 20 minutes or

until sweet potato is very

tender. Set aside to cool

slightly. Blend or process

until smooth.

3. Return the soup to the

saucepan. Combine miso

paste with ¼ cup cold water,

stirring until smooth. Stir

into the soup and return

soup to a gentle simmer.

Taste and season.

4. Combine the sesame seeds,

green onions and coriander

together. Ladle the soup

among serving bowls. Top

with a dollop of yoghurt,

sprinkle with sesame mixture

and serve.

Vegetable laksa

Serves 4

Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Steve Brown, Benito Martin, Ben Dearnley, Mark O’Meara

1 tbs vegetable oil

3-4 tbs store-bought laksa

paste (see jb tip)

2 cups chicken stock

2 x 400ml cans of coconut milk

600g sweet potato or butternut

pumpkin, peeled, chopped

1 bunch broccolini, ends

trimmed, roughly chopped

2 tbs fish sauce

2 tbs lime juice

2 tbs grated palm sugar

200g rice stick noodles

1 cup coriander leaves

1 small red capsicum, quartered,

thinly sliced

1 cup bean sprouts

Fried shallots & lime wedges,

to serve

1. Heat the oil in a large wok

over medium heat. Add

the laksa paste and cook,

stirring for 1 minute. Add

the stock, coconut milk and

sweet potato or pumpkin.

Bring to simmer, cover and

cook for 10 minutes or until

sweet potato is tender.

2. Remove the lid. Add the

broccolini and cook for a fur-

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with Janelle Bloom

Janelle’s Tip: The flavour

and heat of laksa paste

can vary; generally,

3 tablespoons is mild. If

you like it very spicy add

1 finely chopped red chilli

with the paste.

1 tbs Chinese rice wine

1 tbs cornflour

1 tsp sesame oil

2 cups shredded cooked chicken

Extra green onions, sliced to


1. Place chicken fillets into a

large saucepan. Cover with

cold water. Bring to simmer;

simmer 8 minutes or until

chicken cooked through.

Remove chicken to a board,

cool then shred. Discard

water, wipe pan clean.

2. Heat the saucepan over

medium-high heat, add the

vegetable oil, onions, garlic

and ginger, cook stirring for

30 seconds. Add the stock,

corn kernels, creamed corn,

soy sauce and rice wine. Stir

until the soup comes to the

boil. Reduce the heat and

simmer for 10 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, stir the cornflour,

sesame oil and 1 tablespoon

of cold water together until

smooth. Stir in 1 tablespoon

of hot soup mixture, then stir

into the soup. Bring to the

boil, stirring constantly for

3-4 minutes, or until slightly


4. Add the chicken. Cook a further

1 minute, or until hot.

Ladle into bowls, top with

green onions and serve.

Banana coconut puddings

Makes 6

100g butter, softened

½ cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 eggs

1¼ cups self-raising flour, sifted

2 tbs toasted coconut

¾ cup mashed banana (see Tip)

2/3 cup greek style yoghurt

Toasted flaked coconut, to

serve optional

Butterscotch sauce

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

½ cup thickened cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

25g butter, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan-forced. Grease and line base of

6 x ¾-cup capacity ovenproof ramekins or a 6-hole, ¾-cup

capacity Texas muffin pan.

2. Beat butter, sugar and cinnamon with an electric mixer

until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well

after each addition. Fold in the sifted flour and coconut,

then gently stir in combined banana and yoghurt. Divide

between ramekins or muffin holes.

3. Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in centre of

1 pudding comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 minutes.

Turn out onto a wire rack.

4. Meanwhile, combine the butterscotch sauce ingredients

in a saucepan. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes over medium

heat until sugar has dissolved. Increase heat to mediumhigh,

bring to the boil. Simmer for 4 minutes or until sauce

has thickened slightly.

5. Pour the warm sauce over the warm puddings, top with

coconut and serve.

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ther 2 minutes or until bright

green and tender. Combine

the fish sauce, lime juice and

sugar and stir into the laksa;

cook 1 minute.

3. Meanwhile, cover the

noodles with boiling water

and stand 3 minutes until

softened. Drain and divide

the noodles between bowls.

Spoon over the soup. Top

with coriander capsicum,

bean sprouts and shallots.

Serve with lime.

Chicken and Sweet

Corn Soup

Serves 6

3 small chicken breast fillets

1 tbs vegetable oil

4 green onions, chopped

1 garlic clove, crushed

2 tsp finely grated fresh


1 litre chicken stock

3 corn cobs, kernels removed

420g can creamed corn

1 tbs soy sauce

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Food Life

In Season

Fresh Ginger

Janelle’s Tip: Use a

good-quality, thick,

salted caramel

sauce (available

from supermarkets).

Fresh Ginger is described as

a root but it is technically a

rhinezome (known and used

for both its medicinal properties

and extensive widespread

cooking use all over the world).

Australia is one of the

world’s most important

ginger producers, with the

majority coming from farms

at Buderim in Queensland.


Fresh ginger should feel

heavy, have tight, unwrinkled

skin and when broken

produce a crisp sound. Old

ginger will be more fibrous.

Young ginger has mild flavour,

with a thin papery skin

that does not require peeling.

The skin of mature ginger is

tough and requires peeling.


Store fresh unused ginger in

a snap lock bag on the bottom

shelf of the fridge; it will keep

for 2 weeks. Alternatively put

it in an airtight container and

freeze for up to 6 months.

Frozen ginger is easy to grate.

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Ginger coconut rice pudding

Serves 6

1 cup Sunrice medium grain and milk in a large bowl,

rice, rinsed

mix well. Pour into the ovenproof

dish. Cover tightly

Also In Season

½ cup caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

with a greased foil. Put dish


1 tbs grated fresh ginger

onto a baking tray. Bake for

Apples, Bananas, Grapefruit,

2 x 400ml cans of coconut 20 minutes. Remove from

Mandarins, Kiwi fruit,


the oven, stir with a fork to

Australian Navel, Blood


4 cups full cream milk

separate the grains. Cover

and Cara Cara Oranges,

Ginger has a long history of use

60g butter, chopped

and return to the oven.

Tangelos, Pears, Quince,

in various forms of traditional

3 tbs brown sugar

Bake a further 40 minutes.

Rhubarb and Strawberries.

and alternative medicine. It is

4 beurre bosc pears, quartered,


remove and discard the

3. Remove from the oven,

Also Avocados, Beetroot,

loaded with nutrients and bioactive

compounds, with incredible

Broccolini and Broccoli,

1 cup salted caramel sauce, foil. Stir rice again with a

Brussels sprouts,

antioxidant and anti-inflammatory

properties. It’s great for an

to serve

fork then return to the oven

Cauliflower, Celery and

un-covered further 25-30

Celeriac, Leeks, Fennel,

upset stomach, helps prevent

1. Preheat oven 180°C, fanforced.

Grease a 10-cup milk has been absorbed, it

minutes or until most of the

Jerusalem artichokes;

nausea (especially motion and

Pumpkin, Sweet potato,

morning sickness) and helps

capacity ovenproof dish. will continue to cook and

Spinach and Silverbeet; plus

fight infections, such as flu and

2. Combine the rice, sugar, thicken on standing. Stand


the common cold.

vanilla, ginger, coconut milk 15 minutes without stirring.

4. While pudding is standing,

melt butter and brown

sugar in a large non-stick

frying pan over mediumhigh

heat. Add pears,

cook, turning occasionally

5-10 minutes until tender.

Remove from the heat, add

caramel sauce and shake to

coat the pears. Spoon the

pears and caramel sauce

over the rice pudding and


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Pittwater Puzzler

Compiled by David Stickley

of time (7)

26 Someone who embraces an

ultrafashionable life-style (6)

27 Selection of alcohol available to drink

at Jonah’s in Whale Beach, for example


28 Written compositions (6)

29 Perhaps describing a man wanting

a shave at The Alley Barber Shop in

Newport (8)


1 Single out (4,2)

2 The first course of a large meal (7)

3 Praise enthusiastically (5)

4 Popular recreation area in Narrabeen

that has been upgraded (8,4)

6 A mechanical device for entertainment

at a fairground etc (9)


1 A person who goes past, especially by

chance (6-2)

5 Small park in Bilgola Plateau, Betsy

______ Reserve (6)

9 Location on the western shores of

Pittwater in Ku-ring-gai Chase National

Park, ________ Retreat (8)

10 Wine region supporting the Taste of

the Beaches event in August (6)

12 Discharge (7)

13 Headed off (7)

14 Electrically powered passenger

vehicle that can be found at the Arts &

Community Centre in Narrabeen (4)

16 Prominent feature of the Bible Garden

in Palm Beach (5,4)

18 A written account of a person’s life,

usually by another (9)

20 Cuisine served by the new Sabiang

restaurant in Avalon (4)

23 Sunglasses, for example (7)

24 Connected with an intervening period

7 A large open boat used in unloading

and loading ships (7)

8 Braced (8)

11 Festival scheduled at the end of the

Pub2Pub 2017 Fun Run (6,6)

15 Large Avalon Beach event to be held

on Sunday 19 November 2017 (6,3)

17 Someone who habitually lives away

from their country, place of work, etc (8)

19 Batsmen who start off an innings (7)

21 Flying business like Qantas or

Lufthansa (7)

22 A workplace where metal is worked

by heating and hammering (6)

25 One of the earliest houses built on

Bilgola Plateau (5)

[Solution page 70]

Pittwater Puzzler

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Garden Life

Garden Life

Mini gardens: It’s so easy

to add a touch of whimsy with Gabrielle Bryant

Gardening can be hard

work, so take time out

to have some fun, find

a shallow bowl and make a

miniature landscaped garden. I

found an unused bird bath that

was ideal. Tiny garden tools,

arches, benches and bridges

can be found in garden centres

which have a great selection.

With some imagination, it

is amazing the number of tiny

plants that you can find in the

garden. Tiny rosette succulents

can be used to represent

agaves; mini mondo grass

looks like New Zealand flax;

give height with Chinese jade;

use brightly coloured golden

sedums as ground covers; and

miniature pepperomia will

trail or climb over fences and


Collect coloured pebbles,

gravel or stones to create

paths and mulches in your tiny

garden. None of these gardens

will remain tiny indefinitely,

but with regular attention

plants can be replaced; there

will always be tiny seedlings

or plantlets in the garden to

replace those already used.

As with any landscape or

garden it will need to be maintained

and looked after. It’s a

great attraction for kids and

grandchildren: look carefully

and you may even find some

fairies lurking in the magic

garden that you have created!

Spring daisy

ground cover

Arctotis are sun-loving

ground-cover daisies that

thrive in well-drained hot spots

in the garden. These South African

daisies cover banks and

slopes with their silver, soft

grey leaves and brightly coloured

flowers from pale pink

to dark cerise, from cream

to gold that open to the sun.

Once the light fades they close

and sleep until the sun rises

again the following day.

Plant them by the sea or on

hot, dry gardens; they need

dry, light soil that drains freely

– their only problem is from

damp and poorly drained soil

that will cause mildew and leaf

drop. After a week of solid rain

and poor light they will look

very sad but once the hot dry

sun comes back they recover

very quickly. I have seen them

growing into the sandy beaches

looking amazingly bright,

colourful and well.

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For you

the Pieris


bells toll!

Pieris Temple Bells, or Lily

of the Valley tree, is a

small slow-growing shrub

that thrives in the semi-shade

under trees, where it is sheltered

from wind and hot sun.

The bright red new leaves in

spring turn to a glossy dark

green as they mature.

The delicate, pendulous

tresses of pure white bells

decorate the branches in

spring. Temple Bells loves to

grow mass-planted in borders,

as a feature plant or as a delicate,

compact shrub in tubs

or planter boxes. It is an acidloving

plant that grows in the

company of azaleas, camellias

and rhododendrons.

Pieris Temple Bells that

will grow one-metre tall are

a native to the hills of Japan.

There are other cultivars of

Pieris available – some are

smaller and others will grow

tall, some have pale pink bells

and others are a deeper pink;

all of them will grow in cooler

districts or in damp but welldrained

spots in the gardens


After planting, keep Pieris

well-watered but not in soggy

soil. Once the plant is established

the watering can be reduced.

Mulch well around the

roots and feed with Kahoona

or a slow-release azalea food

now, before the new foliage

appears, and again after the

flowers finish in early summer.

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tree gold!

One of my very favourite

trees is the Michelia

champaca. As a specimen

tree in a lawn it is hard to

beat. Grow this tree where it

can grow to its full potential.

The beautiful Golden

Champaca is a fast-growing

evergreen tree that has

highly fragrant golden flowers

in spring. Although the

flowers are not flamboyant

their perfume in the evening

air is fantastic.

A member of the magnolia

family, this tree will grow in

its native Asian environment

to 30m tall but in cultivation

in domestic gardens it grows

to about 10m. The fragrant

flowers are delightful when

floated in bowls of water

inside the house where their

sweet scent will fill the air.

Spoilt for choice! Wattle they think of next?

The Aussie green and gold

comes to life outdoors as

spring reappears. There is

a wattle for every situation,

including those that spill

down banks – prostrate acacia

baileyana (the Cootamundra


Then there is the weeping

wattle, acacia cognata Limelight.

And the weeping wattle acacia

cultriformis Cascade. Small

shrubs will grow to only one

metre – look for acacia howittii

Honey Bun, with the sensational

pale cream blossom.

Also, there are medium shrubs

and those that will grow into

stately trees – the ‘Fringe’ wattle,

acaia fimbirata and the Golden

Wattle, acacia pycnantha.

Wattles are our national

emblem; as wattle day

approaches on September 1,

every garden should have one.

We all fly the national flag,

so why not grow the national


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Garden Life

Jobs this Month


August is a busy month;

there is a lot to do to

prepare your garden

for the warmer, growing

months ahead. After the very

wet autumn, winter has been

very cold and mostly dry. It

is time to don the gloves for

some TLC.

Stick a fork in it

Lawns have suffered. Aerate

the ground with a fork, or

buy a pair of spiked metal

soles for your shoes – this

makes the task much easier,

as you can stomp around and

do the job. Then feed the

lawn with a hose-on fertiliser.

If the ground is very hard,

water first with Eco-hydrate

to help the water to penetrate

the soil.

Seed cliveas

Cliveas are expensive to buy

but are very easy to grow

from seed. Seeds are ripe

now and ready to harvest

if you left the flowers last

spring. Open the pod and

you will find around 6 or 8

seeds inside. Red seeds will

produce red flowers and if

you can find some yellow

seed pods you will have the

very special cream-coloured

plants. Take notice of clivea

flowers this spring and make

a note of the flowers that

you like. Cross-pollinate the

flowers so that next winter

you can harvest the seeds

that you want,

Super succulents

Spring is the time for ‘babies’.

Succulents grow from just one

leaf! Spread the leaves out on

a dry tray in a warm spot and

within a few weeks you will

find that new plantlets have

grown. Wait until the tiny

roots appear and then place

the leaf onto a tray of seedraising

mix. Once the roots

establish, plant out your new

succulent babies.

Get the good oil

Protect your citrus trees from

leaf miner and fruit fly. Spray

with Eco oil every fortnight.

As soon as the blossom

opens, it is well worth the

investment to buy a fruit fly

trap to protect your crop.

Summer vegies

Get the summer vegies

growing. Early tomatoes,

zucchinis, capsicum,

silverbeet, eggplants, lettuce

and cucumbers can all go in

now. Remember to rotate the

veggies in the vegie garden.

You should try to have a

three-year cycle. Before you

plant add plenty of compost

and cow manure.

Perennial problem

Now that spring is around

the corner split up

overcrowded perennials.

Gingers, agapanthus bulbs,

gazanias, phlox, begonias,

liriope, mondo grass can

all be divided now. Also,

spray azaleas with Zayleton

to protect them from petal

blight. Petal blight can

destroy the flowers on

Azaleas overnight. In dry

conditions, the flowers will

last but one rainy day can

destroy them. Don’t wait for

the flowers to open it will be

too late.

Caterpillar woes

The lily caterpillar can

destroy your cliveas in just

one night, as they eat their

way down the back of leaves

to the heart of the bulbs. At

the first sign of damage, cut

off the affected leaves and

put them – caterpillars and

all – into a plastic bag in the

bin. Spray with Eco oil to

Bulb care

Spring bulbs, daffodils,

jonquils, snowdrops and

tulips, are finishing as the

weather warms up. Make

sure that you keep feeding

and watering them as

they die down. Resist the

temptation to tidy them

before the leaves shrivel

up. This is when they store

the nourishment for next

year’s flowers.

prevent any new infestations.

Start a worm farm

If you don’t already have one,

start a worm farm today. The

worms will consume all your

kitchen waste and the liquid

from the farm is the most

amazing fertiliser.

Lime spray

It’s your last chance to spray

lime sulphur on roses, fruit

trees and frangipani to destroy

the fungal spores from last


Colour explosion

Replant pots and baskets with

seedlings for summer. Petunias,

alyssum, portulacca, French

marigolds, snapdragons,

pansies and dianthus, give a

brilliant display of colour.

Crossword solution from page 67

Mystery location: CAREEL BAY

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Times Past

‘Trees’ among earliest

roots on the Plateau

One of the earliest

houses built on Bilgola

Plateau was the house

appropriately called ‘Trees’. It

was erected some time after

October 1934 when John David

Handley and his wife, Nellie

May, took possession of two

blocks at the top of Plateau

Road. The road had only just

been formalised from a rough

track by overtopping with

bitumen in 1929.

The house nestles into its

site just below the road level

and has excellent views over

the golf course to Bangalley

Head and beyond (and in the

1930s the view would have

extended around to Bilgola

Beach; trees now create a

visual filter to the southeast).

Originally the house was

one main room, the upper

level of timber-framed walls

set on a sandstone basement.

The upper walls and the roof

were clad with split Douglas

Fir, with the bark still intact

(as shown in the main photo).

The roof has since been re-clad

with green Marseilles tiles

after the original roof cladding

deteriorated. (Interestingly, in

1894 Wunderlich became the

sole agents in Australia of the

imported terracotta tiles from

France and claimed proudly

they had ‘painted the town red’

but the green tiles ‘harmonised

with the dark green of the


The use of natural materials

such as stone and timber

predominate in the structure

(internally as well as externally)

and like its close neighbour –

‘Stella James House’ by Burley

Griffin in 1933 – it harmonises

well with the environment.

Organic architect

extraordinaire, Alexander

Stewart Jolly, was working in

the area during this period

and it was thought he may

have had some input or

influence in the design of

‘Trees’. He was a master in the

use of natural materials and

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there is no record of

him having used made) bricks in any of



In 1947, Norman

Arthur Kingsbury Wallis

purchased ‘Trees’ from

the Handleys.

He obviously

loved the garden

surrounding the

house and maintained

it enthusiastically.

He won four awards

for the garden in

the Sydney Morning

Herald and Sun

Herald’s Garden

Competition during

the years 1957 to

1964. On 18 February,

1950, he purchased

the block next door

in Plateau Road and six

years later donated this small

parcel of land (0.07 hectares)

to Warringah Shire Council

as ‘Betsy Wallis Reserve’ in

memory of his mother who

had died in 1949.

A memorial seat in the

upper area of the reserve has

cast into the back-rest the

title ‘Betsy’s Corner’ but his

mother’s names were Edith

Emily. (Maybe ‘Betsy’ was a

term of endearment used by

his father, Arthur?)

Wallis was a fine

yachtsman who also received

the award of the Royal Naval

and Royal Marine Forces

Volunteer Reserve Decoration

from HRH Queen Elizabeth in

December 1958.

He died on 17 November,


TIMES PAST is supplied

by local historian

and President of the

Avalon Beach Historical


Visit the Society’s

showroom in Bowling

Green Lane, Avalon


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Times Past

Travel Life

Step off the wharf at

Pittwater and onto a

luxury Tassie cruise

Here’s your chance to ‘join’

the Sydney to Hobart Yacht

race – while dodging the discomfort

and hardships the rest

of the fleet may experience,

kicking back in supreme luxury


Embark 9am at Palm Beach,

Pittwater, on December 26 for

a unique two-week small-ship

cruise of a lifetime to Tasmania’s

southern wilderness.

Newport Travel’s Chris Riou explains

your journey, aboard the

72-passenger Coral Discoverer,

comprises a 6-night Sydney

to Hobart Yacht Race special,

followed by a 7-night discovery

cruise leg of Tasmania’s south

and east coast wilderness


“You’ll cruise past Barrenjoey

Headland to just off North Head,

for a grandstand view of the

race start, before trailing the

yachts on a scenic coastal cruise

to Hobart,” Chris said. “On

board, you’ll enjoy expert commentary

and race legends from

on-board lecturer, John Longley

AM, a celebrated veteran of five

Americas Cup campaigns.”

Visit Jervis Bay and Twofold

Bay en route and once across

Bass Strait, explore the magical

Tasmanian coast with Coral

Discoverer’s guided shore excursions,

by zodiac, hiking or

kayak (as conditions permit).

“The cruise arrives into

Hobart on New Year’s Eve,

to join the festivities of race

presentations and the launch

of Tasmania’s summer Taste

festival,” Chris said. “Then you

return to the Coral Discoverer

for a special New Year’s Eve

captain’s dinner and to enjoy

the festivities from our prime

harbour viewing point.”

The second leg of your discovery

cruise journey begins

on January 1.

“You’ll experience the

vestiges of Tasmania’s indigenous,

maritime, penal and

pioneering heritage, including

its pristine waters, ancient forests,

secret coves and rugged

dolomite crags,” said Chris.

“You’ll take in the abundant

and unique wildlife – both at

sea and on land – and skirt

Tasmania’s World Heritage

wilderness area, unreachable

by land, reaching the remote

destination of Port Davey.”

Chris said the ship for the

2-week cruise is the recently

refurbished and state-of-theart,

Coral Discoverer, with

upgrades to the latest technology

ensuring comfortable

cruising in open waters.

“Plus, her shallow draught

and manoeuvrability allow her

an unmatched ability to enter

the bays and inlets of Tasmania’s

rugged coastline,” Chris


At meal times, enjoy an

outstanding menu of fresh

Tasmanian produce, complemented

by a specially curated

wine list featuring some of

Tasmania’s finest varietals.

To secure your cabin on this

special one-off voyage, call

Chris at Newport Travel on

9997 1277 or email


– Nigel Wall

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The Local Voice Since 1991

Help at hand to

convert Amex

points for travel

Redeeming your accrued

American Express Membership

Rewards points to pay

for your next holiday sounds

ideal – but how do you do it?

The Travel Book at Mona

Vale are American Express

Membership Rewards Redemption

specialists who don’t

charge a merchant fee for

their service.

Agency operator Mike Dungan

says his team can help

you use your points for all or

part of the payment towards

any travel booking, including

the best available fare with

any airline, hotels, cruises,

car hire, holiday packages

and even travel insurance and

foreign exchange.

“You can even use your

points to upgrade to business

or first class, earn frequent

flyer points on eligible travel

booked and enjoy existing

child and infant discounts with

no travel restrictions – as long

as there’s availability, you can

book it,” Mike said. “And you

can use your points to purchase

travel for anyone.”

And if you’re planning a

getaway in 2018, consider the

Early Bird Deals offered by

European specialists Albatross

Tours which can save you up

to $350 per person.

If the convenience of coach

touring appeals but you’re put

off by the thought of joining

an overly large group, Albatross

Tours is perfect for you.

Albatross Tours are escort

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experts in small-group coach

touring, limiting numbers to

28 travellers to ensure guests

receive authentic dining and accommodation

experiences that

other Tour groups can’t match.

The Travel Book consultant

Anne Williamson says small

groups offer many benefits.

“Less time is wasted getting

on and off the coach and a

more manageable group size

leads to a higher level of personal

service from your Tour

manager,” she said.

Being a smaller group, Albatross

guests stay in authentic

hotels chosen for their style,

character and location – which

larger groups often cannot

consider staying in.

“Dining out is also more

enjoyable, as we can eat at

delightful local restaurants

rather than standard, largergroup


Albatross structure their

tours to be more inclusive,

with longer stays in captivating

cities. All-inclusive sight-seeing

excursions and feature dinners

plus some completely free

days ensure you get to relax.

They have exciting new

tours in 2018 including 15-

days Venice to Rome and

Berlin to Munich, plus 10-days

Paris to Paris (surrounds).

* Albatross Tours are holding

an information evening at

The Travel Book at 5.30pm on

Thursday 31 August; RSVP to

9979 7780 by August 24.

– Nigel Wall

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Travel Life

Travel Life

Travel Life

Star Clippers unfurls

its holiday heroes

Making new friends is

unavoidable aboard the

magnificent Royal Clipper, the

world’s largest square rigger

and the ultimate vessel on

which to relax and watch the

world go by.

One of the three heroes of

Star Clippers’ unique sailing

adventures, the Royal Clipper

combines modern comfort

with the grace and elegance of

a bygone era.

Travel View’s Karen Robinson

says it’s a truly extraordinary

way to experience the charm of

small ports in traditional destinations

such as the Mediterranean

and the Caribbean.

“Boasting 42 sails across

five masts with over 5,000

sqm of sail, Royal Clipper has

no delusions of grandeur – she

is impressive!” said Karen.

“Our cruise of discovery

across Italy and the Dalmatian

Riviera had been sold out for

months… we left Civitavecchia,

the port for Rome, already

making new friends from the

225 other guests that were also

anticipating a wonderful 11

days ahead to Venice.”

Accompanied with music

and a magical sunset, the crew

hoisted the sails and everyone

raised a toast to their upcoming

days of exploration.

“We could even lend a hand

with the sails if we wished,”

Karen said. “Then it was time

to get to know our ship and

the first thing we noticed was

the fantastic deck space, with

three pools, and the ship’s

most popular gathering place,

the Tropical Bar, where even

more new friends were made.”

Inside, Royal Clipper showcases

the age of the original

clipper ships but with a modern


“Our cabin was comfortable

and well-appointed and the

cuisine on board was fresh

and fabulous, with open unhurried

dining,” she said.

Karen said their route negotiated

the Pontine Islands and

the Amalfi Coast; Taormina

with its Greco-Roman theatre

and famous Cannoli; Corfu

for a taste of Greece; Kotor

in Montenegro and medieval

Dubrovnik (pictured).

The last stage was Venice

and sailing past Piazza San

Marco in full sail.

“We had favourable winds

under full sail for a good part

of our journey and when the

winds didn’t play ball, the ship

motored instead,” she said.

“But there’s nothing quite like

the sense of relaxation you

get leaning on the railing on

deck as the sails unfurl.”

* Want to know more?

Travel View Cruise View are

holding an info evening on

Wed Sept 6 at Long Reef Golf

Club (6pm-7.30pm, Oceanview

room). RSVP by August 30 on

9999 0444.

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