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The Weekly Times - 14th February, 2018


2 THE WEEKLY TIMES Wednesday 14 February, 2018 W I N ! with TW T! L ane Cov e T heatre’ s new musical play V icki Two TWT readers can win double passes to opening night of Lane Cove Theatre Company’s new musical play Vicki on Friday February 23 at The Performance Space: St Aidan’s, 1 Christina Street, Longueville at 7.30pm. The work of local Lane Cove writer/composer Rodney Ivan Stewart (Devil May Care, Melody), VICKI is a tale of four survivors of a nuclear attack: a poet, a painter, a scientist and a robot. During three weeks of zany, serious and amusing life together in a nuclear fall-out shelter, they discuss art, science, logic, love, lust, feelings, reason – and, yes, a nuclear explosion! Featuring the talents of Cayden Richards, Lucy Nielson, Cerise Kofoed and Laura Bucci, Vicki is directed by long-time Sydney actor-director Shane Bates (Genesian, Phoenix Theatre companies), with musical direction from Vincent Fortado. This very funny, melodic and entertaining tale is performed over just three performances on February 23 and Saturday February 24 @ 7.30pm and Sunday February 25 @ 2pm. Tickets $27 or $22 concession. Bookings: www. More information at TO WIN go to our website - au - and click on the WIN STFF tab and fill out the entry form; or write your name, address and phone number on the back of an envelope and send to TWT Lane Cove Theatre, PO Box 123, Ryde 1680. Entries close 9am Monday February 19 and winners published February 21. Macquarie Singers seeks new members As Macquarie Singers begins a 51st year, the muchloved community choir is entering a new phase. Formerly known as Macquarie University Singers, Macquarie Singers was established in 1967 - the year Macquarie University first opened to students. Throughout its 50 year history, the choir provided the soundtrack to many university events and gave university students, staff, alumni, and general community the chance to sing a range of choral music which spanned centuries and all musical styles. Now, Macquarie Singers is inviting singers of all ages and backgrounds to help start a new chapter for the choir as one of the region’s largest community ensem- Shop 81, 1-55 West Pde, West Ryde (Next to Bus Exchange Taxi Stand, Entrance to Train Station) WEST RYDE DENTURE CLINIC FOR ALL YOUR DENTURE NEEDS ■ Free consultation ■ Full/partial dentures ■ Flexible/metal dentures ■ Implant retained dentures/overdentures ■ Repairs – while you wait ■ Same day relines ■ Impact® mouthguards bles. ‘There is no age limit and no audition,’ says Principal Conductor Sarah Penicka- Smith. ‘If you love to sing, come along to a rehearsal. While all voice types are welcome, tenors will be especially cherished, according to long-term choir member Bryan Cox. Macquarie Singers specialise in traditional choral repertoire and starts 2018 with a concert of Romantic jewels on Saturday June 30 in Turramurra Uniting Church at 4pm including music from Beethoven, Brahms, Faure, Puccini, and Schubert. Choristers will learn to sing in three languages as well as working with a professional string orchestra and soloists for the June performance. Rehearsals are on Monday nights in the Trinity Chapel, Robert Menzies College at 136 Herring Road North Ryde from 7pm to 9.30pm. New members welcome from February 26. Inquiries Megan Dunn: email or check website: Ryde Lantern Club goes on Ryde Lantern Club will hold its monthly meeting next Monday February 19 at St Anne’s Centre, Church Street, Ryde at 9.30am. Morning tea served before a quick business meeting followed by a light lunch. Members and visitors are requested to bring along a personal baby or youth photo for a Guessing Competition. President Rosemary would like all Op Shop customers and supporters to know that there is life after the closure of the very popular Op Shop. The Club will continue to raise much needed funds for the Royal Institute for Deaf ■ Veterans affairs welcome ■ No referrals necessary ■ Emergencies home visits ■ Payment plan options available ■ On the spot health fund rebates 100% Australian Made 9807 1205 & Blind Children at North Rocks. First of the fund raisers is a Crazy Whist Day to be held March 19 in St Anne’s Centre. All welcome. Further information contact president Rosemary 9809 4979 or publicity officer Judy 9808 1016. Support group for parents PFLAG (Support Group for Parents/Family/Friends of Lesbian & Gay Children) meet on the fourth Saturday each month at “175” (formerly Wesley Lodge Motel), 175 Hawkesbury Road Westmead at 2pm. Next meet February 24. Offstreet parking available. For further information phone Judy 0439 466 125 or check website: Living with Less Workshop Need help to reduce the clutter in your office Want to be more organised, create more desk space and don’t know what to do with unwanted items Learn proven techniques from the experts at Living with Less to get, and stay, organised in your home at a FREE workshop on Thursday February 15 in the Terrace Function Room, Lane Cove Community Hub at 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove from 6pm Your Chamber of Commerce Meets EPPING: Chamber inquiries President Tony Hackett 9869-8900; 0418 413 226 or secretary Betty Ockerlander 8876-5888. EASTWOOD: Meet second Monday each month. Next meeting March 12. Inquiries president Vic Tagg 0412 369 510 or secretary Steve Colquhoun 9874-0221. GLADESVILLE: Meet third Tuesday each month. Next meeting February 20 at the Hunters Hill Club, 12-20 Madeline Street, Hunters Hill at 6pm. Inquiries secretary Maria Zappia o401 158 307 or email: maria. zappia@mortgagechoice. RIVERSIDE BUSINESS: Meet first Monday each month. Inquiries Marcella Letteri 9952-8498. WEST RYDE: Inquiries President Nora Etmekdjian 0417 699 955. DRUMMOYNE: Meet first Wednesday each month. Next meeting March 7. Inquiries Secretary Alex Elliott 0438 774 323 or Vice President Paul Harcombe 0438 089 900. Range of m em orab il ia at C anada B ay M u seu m LOCAL history buffs will have plenty of interesting items to view when they visit the City of Canada Bay Museum at 1 Bent Street Concord. The Museum features a collection that has been sourced from all over the City and ranges from 1915 to the 1970s. Included in the collection are items that uniquely represent the history of the City of Canada Bay, such as Arnott’s and Bushells memorabilia. Many items can be found at the Museum including an extensive collection of toys, material from World War I and II, fashion, household and oce items, silver and china collections, sports memorabilia, local industry items such as the Victor mowerand the brass fire fighters helmet. Museum is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. Admission is FREE (donations welcome). Group visits by arrangment. Formore information contact the Museum on 9744 8528 or visit the Concord Heritage Society. to 8pm. Light refreshments available. Biographical Database Lane Cove Historical Society meet Tuesday February 27 in Lane Cove Library at 7pm. This month’s guest speaker is Malcom Sainty AM. Malcolm was instrumental in creating the online ‘Biographical Database Australia’ (BDA). The BDA houses Australian historical records which are easily accessible from your home computer. Find out what it’s all about, how you can use it and why. For more information phone 0418 276 365 or check website: www.carisbrookhouse. com Enhance your retirement Probus Club of Hunters Hill meets on the first Tuesday each month at the Hunters Hill Club, Madeleine Street, Hunters Hill at 9.30am. On March 6 come along and meet new friends and enjoy morning tea; April 3: Guest speaker is Monte Dwyer - former Today Show and ABC weatherman turned freelance journalist, author, videographer, singer and songwriter now travelling the country in search of Australian stories; May 1 speaker is retired Mounted Police Commissioner Don Eyb. Inquiries 9817-5434. Pensioners & Superannuants Gladesville-Hunters Hill Ryde branch of NSW Combined Pensioners & Superannuants Association will hold their first meeting for 2018 next Monday February 19 at Gladesville RSL Community Club at 10.30am. Speaker is Ryde Hunters Hill Community Transport manager Virginia Coy. All new members welcome. Inquiries Ron Gee 9809-3066. Learn to play Bridge LOOKING for an inexpensive way to keep mentally fit, have fun and make friends Hunters Hill Bridge Club have organised Beginner bridge lessons commencing Thursday March 8 for six weeks at the Bridge Club in Henley Community Centre, Crown Street, Henley from 1pm to 3.15pm. Cost $120 for six lessons includes workbook and light refreshments. Bridge is a great social game with opportunities to play locally and also to travel. Gladesville-Ryde Physi students Abby and Lucy (pictured) were awarded Junior Zone Finalists in 2017. Diamond Anniversary for Ron and Patricia FORMER Gladesville Sporties director Ron Collyer and wife Patricia of Ryde will reach a milestone this month when they celebrate their Diamond Wedding anniversary. The popular couple are pictured after their marriage on February 24, 1958 in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Waterloo and have spent the past six decades residing in North Ryde, Lake Macquarie and Ryde. Ron was a talented fullback with Gladesville- Ryde Football Club in the NSW Soccer Association, Northside United and Polonia before joining the Gladesville Ravens in 1961. He was also an accomplished sailor and former Abbotsford 12ft Skiffs Sailing Club champion in 1964 and 1965 on his boat Waratah. Ron, a NSW representative, also won a Masters Coastal Championship in 1988 and a Grand Masters title in 1991 in the laser class and in 1972 was chosen on the Australian team to compete at the 12ft Skiffs Interdominion series in New Zealand. Both Ron and Patricia are also keen lawn bowlers with Gladesville Mens and Women’s Bowling Clubs. They have two daughters Louise and Elizabeth and two grandsons Thomas and Daniel. They’ll celebrate the occasion with family and friends. Annual events such as bridge congress, bridge tours and even cruises todestinations both in Australia and overseas offer opportunities for all standard of players. Carol Sheldrake is an ABF Calling all Former Scouts & Guides Keep Alive the Spirit of Scouting & Guiding with the St George’s Guilds meeting at historic “Addington” 813 Victoria Road Ryde Sydney Guild meets Tuesdays: Inquiries Doris Carrall 0425 223 628 John F Booth AM 9807 6666 Visitors welcome but RSVP for seating & catering. SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18 2pm - 4pm Special exhibitions of Scouting, Girl Guide and Guild memorabilia on display Open Days 3rd Sunday February-November Admission FREE - Afternoon Teas served Inquiries: Doris Carrall 0425 223 628 Lyn Donald 0402 256 920 Ron Paton 0418 408 323 St George’s Guilds in Australia accredited bridge teacher and will guide you through understanding the basics of bridge. To register contact Carol Sheldrake by email: or phone 0438 619 780.

O H K M celebrate 63 years wedded bliss on Monday. argaret C ooper better half of P eter C ooper celebrates Tuesday same day as Ian M ax ted of Beecroft younger son of Ev a and the late F rank M ax ted of North Ryde and father of M ic h ael , Reb ec c a and H ayl ey and hubby of G ina. H arol d H il l Junior formerly of Bird Street East Ryde and son of the late H arol d and M ol l y H il l celebrates 68. Former Ryde Councillor J ef f S al v estro-M artin turns 55 next Wednesday same day as H el ga G er- eroth celebrates in Munich and C ath erine B rewer in Sydney. Happy daze all. m G M M Wednesday 14 February, 2018 THE WEEKLY TIMES 3 M New GMs at Ryde & Canada Bay BY OUR CIVIC ROUNDSMAN CANADA BAY New General Managers have been appointed at City of Ryde and Canada Bay Councils. GEORGE DEDES is the City of Ryde new General Manager and PETER GAINSFORD is the new GM at Canada Bay. GEORGE DEDES General Manager, City of Ryde Council. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO. JB’s World A P P Y V A L EN TI N E’ S D A Y to all young lovers and to those who can remember ... * * * H U N TERS H I L L residents are all urged to attend next Tuesday February 20 Public Meeting in Hunters Hill Town Hall to demand immediate remediation of the Nelson Parade radium contamination site. SEE PAGE 5. * * * SORRY TO hear of the passing of G ordon J ardine of North Ryde at 97 beloved ex-serviceman hubby of ex-servicewoman l ive Jar dine. Funeral is tomorrow 10.30am Thursday February 15 at Camellia Chapel Macquarie Park Crematorium. Same day tomorrow at 11am is funeral of K en “C h ook ” H enstoc k former TWT sales manager and former Sydney Tech High School Old Boys Union organisor at Christadelphian Assembly Hall Oatley. Details Page 19. * * * D E’ A N N H ES P E (pictured) heads This Week’s Birthday Honours List celebrating Sunday with family and friends. D e’ ann is a former president of Eastwood Chamber of Commerce and longtime chairman of Eastwood’s Granny Smith Festival committee and was Mrs Australia 2000 for the Forget-Me-Knot Foundation. A lifelong supporter of worthwhile activities. I am so proud that our Australian of the year is Professor Michelle Simmons. This accolade is much deserved for her pioneering work in quantum computing. It places into sharp focus the rapid change that is about to dawn. It is also a powerful reminder that we cannot leave the non tech savvy people behind. Allow me to give some background as to why I love technology so much. I am not a Buddhist, but I love much of their beliefs. Such as their formulation of the Golden Rule: what I do to others I do to myself. Ergo; if I hate others, I hate myself. If I love others, I love myself. This is on the premise that we are all intrinsically connected. I am a believer in the interconnected power of the internet of things. By this measure I guess that makes me a digital Buddhist. In order to reach our Nirvana, we need to accelerate our path to digitalisation. I am often asked to give speeches to governments, businesses and not for profits about digital transformation. I have summarised this transformation into 8D’s; Data, Digital, Direct, Display, Dissect, DNA, Victor Member For Ryde Dominello MP Minister for Finance, Services and Property GEORGE DEDES, pictured left, has served as Acting General Manager for several months and was unanimously appointed by councillors last Tuesday. Ryde Mayor Clr Jeronme Laxale says Mr Dedes is the perfect fit and will start immediately. e is one of five people to have served in the ob in the last eight years. is appointment ill bring about stability to the ity of yde hich has had three different eneral anagers in the space of to years since the dran out council mergers issue began,” the ayor said. romoting internally ill also ensure continuity for ouncil and its operations. uring his time as cting eneral anager r edes has demonstrated that he is the perfect fit to lead the operations of the ity of yde and oversee ey proects that are planned for and beyond. n addition, r edes leadership, communication and service delivery sills have strengthened the commercial focus of ouncil, improving service delivery for the yde community in an environment of continuous change.” r edes has more than years of eperience in senior public service at both local and state government levels. e has ored ith the ity of yde since and is highly regarded as an engineer. J oh n P eter M orrisb y formerly of Cressy Road Ryde and S im on H arrop of Eastwood share birthdays today on St Valentine’s Day. Ru Z h ou our TWT Miss Eastwood Granny Smith Festival Queen in 2010 faces 31 candles on her birthday cake tomorrow while El iz a F raz er 2009 Granny Smith Festival Queen runner-up turns 29. H az el M yers formerly of West Ryde when she was the West Ryde Chamber of Commerce “Angel” and original Granny Smith Apple mascot for the annual Granny Smith Festival, and now resident at D r J oh n nigh t’ s Vimiera Village Eastwood, will face 74 candles on her birthday cake on Friday. Also celebrating Friday is A ndreas Z ol l m ann formerly of Epping and Beecroft and now St Hubert’s Island with his better half the delightful Ingeborg. P h il H al dem an who was one of the original Good Guys on Radio 2SM when it ruled the airwaves and served as an Alderman on Hunters Hill Council when we called him A l derm an H al dem an the Mayor Woolwich will receive his OBE on Saturday, not necessarily from The Queen, but equally impressive as Over Bloody Eighty. Somewhat younger J o- h annes Eic h m eyer son and heir of our U l rik e Eic h m eyer B ooth will celebrate in Vienna with his bride J ana from the Czech Republic with family and friends. L iz z ie G rah am daughter of former Ryde M ayor P e- ter G rah am O A M and the late B essie G rah am faces 35 candles on her birthday cake on Sunday same day as M F I G G k M L D u Trev or ax ted elder son of Ev a and the later rank ax ted of North Ryde and brother of an who is married to JB’s niece Gorgeous eorgina il es ax ted of Beecroft. El aine and es nc an of Ryde Road Gladesville Defence and 3D. I will expand on each of these D’s in future pieces. For those who ask why the ambitious and determined drive to digital, the answer is contained in 3 words; quality of life. P ETER G A I N S - F O RD a c iv il engineer f rom th e f orm er L eic h - h ardt C ou nc il repl ac es G ary S awyer as G eneral M anager at C anada B ay and h as b een wel c om ed b y M ayor A ngel o Tsirek as. “ I am pl eased to annou nc e th at M r P eter ainsf ord wil l repl ac e M r G ary S awyer, wh o is retiring af ter el ev en years as G eneral M anager with th e C ity of C anada B ay C ou nc il and ov er 4 0 years serv ic e in th e pu b - l ic sec tor, ” M ayor Tsirek as said. “ Th is is a wonderf u l opportu nity f or P eter. “ H e tak es ov er th e l eadersh ip of C ou nc il in a strong position b u t f ol - l owing a tim e of c h ange and u nc ertainty. “ I am su re th e staf f wil l j oin m e to m ak e h im wel - c om e as we m ov e into a period of stab il ity wh ere we c an b u il d on del iv ering great serv ic es f or ou r c om m u nity. * * * BUMPER STICKER: Why do women live longer than men? Because they don’t have a wife! * * * Digital can improve the quality of life. This is measured in part by the amount of time we absorb doing the things we want to do. Time with family or alone. Time going to the beach or the bush. Time playing cricket or netball. Time having a meal or a drink. If we sleep 8 hours a day. Shower and prepare for work, breakfast and lunch an hour a day. Travel in traffic 2 hours a day. Work 8 hrs a day. Allow 1 hour per day for administrative domestic home duties, such as correspondence and paying bills. It doesn’t leave much for quality time. About 17% per week day. Increasingly businesses and governments will be rewarded for increasing the percentage of quality time. The fact that Service NSW consistently receives 98% satisfaction level, is evidence of the desire for citizens to have their lives de-cluttered with information and process. Digital is also a great enabler. When I visited the Dharavi slums in India, I witnessed the poorest of the poor having access to mobile phones. Smart phones that can measure health and improve outcomes. That can provide education resources and improve outcomes. That can provide a voice to the voiceless and improve outcomes. -K eep Smiling! -J OHN F B OOT H PETER GAINSFORD, General Manager, Canada Bay Council “ Th e oth er c ou nc il l ors and I are l ook ing f orward to work ing with h im . ” M r G ainsf ord h as an B A and a D egree in C iv il Engineering. H e started at L eic h - h ardt C ou nc il as an apprentic e in M arc h 1 9 8 3 and rose th rou gh th e rank s in C orporate S erv ic es and A sset M anagem ent to b ec om e D irec tor Ryde City Mowers Someone from the slums praising or bucketing a service on trip advisor has the same voice on this platform. This is a wonderful thing. In the years that I have been in government, I have also borne witness to digital miracles. I have seen quadriplegics move their chairs through the power of thought. I have seen breakthroughs in medicine that have been underpinned by data and analytics. Cochlear implant’s, bionic eyes to name a few. When other people are in pain, we are all in pain. As we accelerate to this next level, it gives us an opportunity. To bring hope to the most disempowered, To bring hope to the most disabled. In this digital journey, we will continue to make discoveries and we will allocate our public resources far more intelligently to those in need. This is why we must sympathetically accelerate our transformation in the digital age. 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