Pittwater Life March 2018 Issue


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Newport knows the B-Line drill

Three months after the

B-Line’s launch, the

Government has announced

three days of geotechnical

surveys to help determine if

the intersection of Barrenjoey

Road and Neptune Road at

Newport is a viable location for

a roundabout and the possible

northernmost B-Line terminus.

Transport NSW informs

us that night drilling will

be conducted around the

intersection on March 6,

followed by day drilling on

March 7 and 8, to collect data

and soil samples to inform

the Review of Environmental

Factors (REF) that’s being

prepared. Surveys will also

be conducted through the

Newport Beach car park.

The REF will be ready for

assessment after Easter and

then placed on public display,

with the community invited to

make submissions.

Oh, if you see the Roads

Department camping in the car

park, don’t fret: coincidentally,

they are undertaking drainage

maintenance on a section

of Barrenjoey Rd near The


* * *

This month we look at the

development issue that’s

polarizing the peninsula: the

planned seniors living units on

a portion of Bayview Golf Club.

On the one hand we

have residents who say the

development would destroy

Pittwater’s highest-priority

wildlife corridor. On the other

are restoration ecologists

recruited by the developer

who claim no such corridor

currently exists – but whose

Environmental Assessment

Report and landscaping

recommendations, if

implemented along with any

approved DA, would increase

connectivity and provide an

environmental gain of 10:1.

Council certainly has a job

on its hands…

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COVER: The proposal to build a seniors living

development on a parcel of Bayview Golf Club land has

sparked debate about the best environmental outcome

for Pittwater (p20); residents are concerned an off-leash

dog park trial in Avalon has been set up to fail (p6);

there are more parking dramas on the horizon for

Palm Beach (p12); our man Matt Cleary goes behind the

scenes as the Warringah Rats prepare to defend their

Shute Shield rugby title in 2018 (p30); and weigh up the

pros and cons of solar energy installation (p53).

COVER IMAGE: Jack Fontes

also this month

Editorial 3

Pittwater Local News 6-29

Special Feature: Running With The Rat Pack 30-33

Life Stories: Tom Burlinson 34-35

Art Life 36-39

Young Life 41

Surfing Life 42-43

Boating Life 44

Hair & Beauty; Health & Wellbeing 45-52

Money 53-55

Law 56-57

Food 64-66

Crossword 67

Gardening 68-70

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Off-leash park danger warning

Dog owners say a new trial

of a fenced, off-leash

area at the north-western

section of Avalon Beach

Reserve has been “set up to

fail”, while a local veterinarian

and animal behaviourist

has warned of the dangers of

injury to both dogs and people

from potential fights in the

small, enclosed space.

A Northern Beaches Council

meeting last August resolved

that Avalon Beach Reserve

would be declared an unleashed

dog exercise area on a

trial basis for six months; the

trial commenced in February

and will conclude in July.

General Manager Environment

and Infrastructure Ben

Taylor said the trial was a

response to requests from the

community for more and improved

off-leash dog exercise


“In May and June 2017,

Council sought community

feedback on new unleashed

areas including one at Avalon

Beach Reserve,” Mr Taylor

said. “In response, Avalon

Beach Reserve was selected as

a trial site.”

Mr Taylor added the Avalon

trial was part of a range

of initiatives that Council

was considering to improve

unleashed dog exercise areas

across the Northern Beaches.

However, Ben Brown from

Sydney Animal Hospital,

Newport and Avalon, said

in most cases these types of

dog parks were only suitable

for well-socialised dogs with

sound foundation skills which

included responding to basic


“Often owners of fearful

and fear-aggressive animals

make the mistake of assuming

that merely increasing

exposure to people and

other dogs will improve the

problem, although this does

occasionally happen, many

animals can simply become

more sensitised and reactive –

and the problem gets worse,”

Mr Brown said.

“This response is made

more likely when the (already)

fearful animal is forced to be

in close proximity to other

animals and people.”

Avalon dog owners approached

by Pittwater Life said

the fenced park – 30 metres

by 90 metres – was inadequate

for an off-leash trial.

“It’s a farce – my dog is too

big for that space,” said one

owner (name withheld).

Others said they were unaware

of the trial – but added

they would not use the facility

because of its closed-in set-up

and the fearful nature of their


Council will review the

amount of use, comments

from users and nearby residents

before determining the

future of the site.

The trial coincides with

Council employing two fulltime

animal management

officers in a bid to solve dogrelated

disputes. – Nigel Wall

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Car park ballot reminder

Offshore residents are being

reminded that applications

to secure a long-term

reserved parking space in the

new Church Point car park

close on Sunday March 4.

The two-level carpark located

on McCarrs Creek Road

is scheduled to open later this

month; it will allocate 68 reserved

parking spaces on its

top level to eligible residents

through a ballot system for a

two-year term. Cost is $4,939

per year, paid quarterly.

The lower level will be a

Pay and Display carpark;

it will also be available for

Church Point Permit holders


The reserved spaces will

be issued via an Expression

of Interest consisting of up

to four rounds. First round

applications will give priority

to permanent offshore

property owners who reside

at Scotland Island, Elvina Bay,

Lovett Bay, Morning Bay and

Douglas Estate who are existing

holders of a Church Point

parking permit.

If not exhausted in the

first round, three additional

rounds will be conducted. A

waiting list will be created if

demand exceeds allocation.

General Manager Environment

and Infrastructure Ben

Taylor admitted demand for

parking at Church Point had

been particularly difficult for

both mainland and offshore


“Too often we hear stories

of offshore residents coming

home and spending hours

trying to park, having to walk

kilometres to their car, or

even giving up and staying

with friends nearby,” he said.

“After several years of

consultation with the local

community it is exciting to be

offering some certainty.”

The ballot will be selected

from the eligible applications

at random by a system

under the supervision of the

Northern Beaches Office of

Integrity and Complaints

Resolution. – Nigel Wall


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No pining for plastics

Surfrider Foundation is rolling

out a new program to

certify and encourage local

businesses that are making a

difference to our ocean, waves

and beaches.

Passionate protectors of

our playground, the not-forprofit

sea-roots organisation

is hoping the free Ocean

Friendly program will reduce

the excessive plastic entering

our waterways by stopping the

pollution at its source.

Surfrider Northern Beaches

Rowan Hanley explained

by implementing six simple

changes that eliminate unnecessary

single-use plastics,

Surfrider will certify and

promote the business on its

website, social media and community


“Plastic pollution in our

oceans and on beaches is a

critical issue that breaks our

hearts, but it is an issue that we

can fix in our own backyard…

indeed, we have a responsibility

to do so,” Rowan said.

“We are hoping the program

will make a significant difference

to the cleanliness of our

local beaches as well as gradually

encouraging consumer

and business habits to become

more sustainable.”

The first Northern Beaches

Ocean Friendly business is

4 Pines in Newport, which is

single-use-plastics-free and

sets incredibly high standards

of social and environmental

performance, accountability

and sustainability.

Receiving the accreditation

certificate last month 4 Pines

Sustainability Officer Kiera

Murphy said: “It’s not about doing

extra things, it’s just about

doing things differently.”

To qualify for Surfrider

Ocean Friendly certification,

establishments must implement

six compulsory criteria:

1. No polystyrene foam use;

2. No single-use plastic straws;

3. Reusable tablewear issued

for dine-in and non-plastic

utensils for takeaway food;

4. No water sold in plastic


5. No plastic bags offered; and

6. Proper recycling practices.

PLASTIC NOT FANTASTIC: 4 Pines Sustainability Officer Kiera Murphy, Surfrider

Northern Beaches’ Rowan Hanley and Brendan Donohoe (President)

and 4 Pines Venue Manager Chris Owen.

There is also the option to

adopt extra practices, including

discounts to customers

who bring in reusable cups,

bags or containers; energy-efficient

lighting and energy star

appliances; vegetarian/seafood

sustainable options and water

conservation efforts.

The Surfrider Ocean Friendly

program will begin in earnest

on the Northern Beaches from

April, with a special focus on

Avalon where its vibrant and

environmentally conscious

groups are already working in

earnest towards becoming a

successful single-use-plasticsfree


Local business owners

interested in accreditation can

contact Surfrider Foundation

Australia via operations@surfrider.org.au

– Lisa Offord

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Sam riding

next chapter


Newport’s Sam Bloom has

taken up surfing again,

with her sights set on a

spot in the Australian Adaptive

Surfing Team.

With a little instruction from

former world champion surfer

Tom Carroll and with husband

Cameron and son Noah not far

from her side, the avid sportswoman

caught her first wave

on an adaptive surfboard just

before Christmas.

A champion kayaker who

represented Australia in the Paracanoe

World Championships

in Milan in 2015, Sam will compete

for a place on the national

surfing team later this year.

Meanwhile in between

training, working and raising

their three boys – Rueben, 16,

Noah, 14 and Oli, 12 – Sam and

Cameron are telling their story

of love and hope to audiences

around Australia so beautifully

captured in their book Penguin


A fixture in many homes not

only here but around the world,

the book is an extraordinary

tale of how a magpie chick

dubbed Penguin helped the

Blooms cope with the aftermath

of the terrible accident in 2013

that left Sam paralysed and

deeply depressed.

As Sam says: “A wild bird

brought me back to life… it’s a

strange and painful story, but

also a happy one.”

Through Cameron’s stunning

photographs, words by Bradley

Trevor Greive and a message

from Sam, Penguin Bloom is

one of those unique books

Photo Credit: Cameron Bloom

treasured by all ages connecting

with people on many different


The book is also set to become

a feature film produced

by Reece Witherspoon, Bruna

Papandrea, Emma Cooper and

Naomi Watts (who will also play

the role of Sam).

When Pittwater Life caught up

with Cameron recently, screenwriter

Shaun Grant’s script

had been completed and the

producers were in discussions

with a prominent director.

“It’s all moving pretty quickly…

we’re not letting it lead

our lives but it will be exciting

when filming gets underway,”

Cameron said.

Cameron said he and Sam

were still coming to grips with

how the book has been embraced

around the globe (more

than 100,000 copies have been

sold in Germany alone).

In particular Sam’s message

at the back of the book has

resonated with so many people,

inspiring them to write to her

and connect with her.

“We are incredibly grateful…

and it’s a bit overwhelming having

people email from all over

the world to get in touch but it’s

one of the nice things to come

from the book,” Cameron said.

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“Just last night we got this

lovely email from a woman

in Germany whose mother

had a spinal cord injury only

a year ago – she is a quadriplegic

now and she said our

book has kept her going, it has

given her hope.

“I think having an injury

like that you feel so alone and

can’t express what it’s like to

anyone unless they have been

there themselves. So the book

has given people something

tangible… they no longer feel

alone and realise that better

days are ahead.”

The success of the book has

also provided a substantial contribution

to research into spinal

cord injury with a percentage

of the royalties from the sale

of each copy of Penguin Bloom

supporting the work currently

underway at leading charities

such as SpinalCure Australia

and Wings For Life.

Sam and Cameron will talk


Sam Bloom

enjoying the

waves with

son Noah

about love, nature, depression,

family, friendship and hope accompanied

by beautiful images

and video at the RMYC Ladies

Lunch, sponsored by Travel

View Avalon and Silversea, on

Wednesday 28th March.

* Tickets are $65 members,

$70 non-members and include

a two-course lunch from 12pm.

Bookings essential 9997 5511.

Signed copies of Penguin

Bloom available on the day.

– Lisa Offord



a surfing



young Tom Carroll

did more than surf

when he was on the

World Tour in the ’80s –

he took loads of photos

and in doing so captured

the time like no other.

Hidden in boxes in his

Newport home for more

than 30 years, Tom’s

film negatives have been

given a new life in his

first photo exhibition.

The images are a window

into pro surfing’s

history from a unique

perspective and access –

‘Occy’, Richards, Curren

and Thomson just some

of the famed names in

the frame.

The exhibition is at

SUNSTUDIOS in Alexandria

until March 8 (8am-

6pm weekdays, 8am-4pm

weekends) before relocating

to Torquay, Victoria

for the Bells Beach Pro.


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Residents have requested Northern Beaches Council revisit

their landscaping masterplan for the ‘Kiddies Corner’ area

of Palm Beach, including a proposed boardwalk, after learning

up to 20 much-needed beachside parking spaces will be lost.

Locals say Council representatives have signaled an intention

to do away with existing parking arrangements along the strip –

despite no mention of it in the plan that was approved last August

following the conclusion of the community consultation period.

Stephen Guildford, a resident of Palm Beach for 37 years, addressed

the Council meeting on February 27 to request the issue

of parking and the viability of a boardwalk be reassessed.

“As part of this plan it is intended to stop the beachside parking

which is already at a premium… we cannot afford to lose 17 or

more parking spaces,” Mr Guildford said, adding the strip included

two disabled spaces which were often utilised by the elderly.

He said Council had failed to communicate their intention to

stop parking along the beachfront on the masterplan.

“How could this be commented upon if it is not shown?” he said.

Mr Guildford told Pittwater Life a petition objecting to the loss

of parking had attracted more than 500 signatures from residents

and young families from out of the area who frequented the

beach due to its safety and easy access.

“The most often asked question was ‘why?’ and ‘where are we going

to park?’ he said. “Responses ranged from outrage to disbelief.

“A high volume of the users of this strip are young families

with children who come to Kiddies Corner precisely because it is

safer than other local beaches.

“They can unload their children directly onto the beach, where

they can swim and surf under the watchful eye of their parents.”

He said the area was adequately signposted as a 10kph ‘shared

Photo Credit: Guy Finlay

zone’, with pedestrian right of way and numerous speed humps.

“Council has raised some safety concerns although they are

somewhat vague,” he continued.

“There have been no recorded incidents and everything works

just fine – and always has done,” he said. “Everyone respects the

rights of walkers and pram pushers who would continue to walk

down the road as they have always done.”

He said “99 per cent” of petition signees were unaware of the


Mr Guildford added it was a widely held view that the proposed

building of a boardwalk along the low-lying section of beach

would be extremely costly, both to build and maintain, and prove


“It would quickly become covered in sand, which would render

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Photo Credit: Guy Finlay

LEFT: Parking on the beach side of

the road at Kiddies Corner is set

to be scrapped. ABOVE & BELOW:

Boardwalk maintenance could prove

costly given shifting sand and storm

events, such as this one in 2016.

it unusable,” he said.

“Wave action during a

combination of high tides and

increasingly common winter

storm events – like the devastating

one in June 2016 – would

scour away sand from around

supporting pillars, affect the

natural movement of the sand

and damage a boardwalk, with

costly ongoing maintenance.”

Mr Guildford said that currently,

while cars appeared to

be parked on the beach, buried

beneath the sand were the bitumen and hard rock foundations of

previous attempts to hold back the tides.

“If this road edge were properly formed and stabilised, on top

of this existing foundation a wider solid platform would be created

allowing continuation of parking along this strip.”

He added the masterplan approved last August had been driven

by former administrator Dick Persson, with no representation

from duly elected councilors.

Palm Beach Whale Beach Association President Dr Richard West

told Pittwater Life that while the association was supportive of

Council’s plans to landscape the beach, given the significant community

concern the proposed reduction in parking had generated,

it agreed Council should revisit the plan for Kiddies Corner.

Comment from Council was not available as Pittwater Life went

to press. – Nigel Wall


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Living Ocean Tale. With

four decades at the coalface,

Associate Professor in

Marine Climate Risk and

Deputy Director of the Marine

Research Centre at Macquarie

University Ian Goodwin has

plenty to share at a free talk

titled ‘A Climate Change

Odyssey’; at Avalon Bowling

Club on Thurs 1 from 7pm.

Colour Run. Barrenjoey High

is kick-starting its 50th year

celebrations with a colour run

and a giant inflatable obstacle

course backed with booming

music on Barrenjoey Oval on

Fri 9. Sessions for all school

ages – kindy to Year 12. Entry

$10; bookings essential via


Barefoot Ball. Be quick to

snap up the few remaining

tickets for this premier blacktie

barefoot charity event on

Newport Beach on Sat 24 from

6pm. Hosted by Newport Surf

Life Saving Club with catering

by hatted restaurant Sotto

Sopra and music from the Kate

Lush band, this wonderful

evening raises money for

Cystic Fibrosis Community

Care. Details eventbrite.com.au

Clean the lagoon. Meet

at the Narrabeen Woolies

carpark for an induction by

the NB Council team at 8am

and collect your free gloves

and bags (the first 100 to turn

up will also get a free hat). If

you want to be on the water

bring your kayak or SUP;

if you want to work on the

ground you’ll need to wear

covered footwear. This great

community event is on Sun 25

from 8am-11am.

Composting workshop.

Learn about composting and

worm farming and how simple

actions can make a huge

contribution to cutting back on

food waste and greenhouse

gas emissions and maintaining

a healthy lifestyle at 7.15pm

on Thurs 29 at Nelson Heather

Centre Nth Narrabeen. Brought

to you by Permaculture

Northern Beaches. Entry by

donation. Bring a container if

you want some worm castings.

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Tap into red shoes for Festival

Red shoes are the signature item

that will be featured in entries in

the upcoming Creative Creatures

Film Festival which returns to the

Avalon Bowling Club on April 8 after a

year’s hiatus.

In fact, festival organiser and founder

Katy Young has requested all audience

members wear red shoes, to get in

the spirit while viewing the impressive

schedule three-minute films.

Katy says judges for this year’s films

– which are in the running to win cash

from a combined $4000 prize pool as

well as the coveted ‘Willbe’ trophies –

are director/producer team Stephan

Elliott and Rebel Penfold Russell

(‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’), Lucy

Durack (who plays Glinda in the current

stage production of ‘The Wizard of

Oz’), Christian Byers (who played Stevie

Wright in the recent TV mini-series

‘Friday on My Mind’), local actor Peter

Phelps and casting manager Allison


“The gates open at 1pm and there

will be fabulous local talent supplying

food and tunes including Mexican

from Azteca Taqueria and brilliant

burgers from Cafe Rukus,” said Katy.

“Local bands Backbeat, Liquid Time

and Nativosoul will play up until

the films commence at 5pm,

projected onto the huge outdoor

LED screen.”

This year’s festival opening

are courtesy of designer The

Kingdom of Ludd and DOP

Steven Murray, unearthing

an array of local talent and

set to the Angus and Julia

Stone tune ‘Yellow Brick


Katy said prize money

was made up from ticket

sales, with 10% of proceeds

donated to Lifeline

Northern Beaches; the

festival Gold Sponsor is St

George Bank.

Tickets for this 1pm-8pm

event are available online

now ($10) at creativecreaturesfilmfestival.com.au


$15 at the door. Free entry for

children under 5. – Nigel Wall


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It will sadden many foodies across the peninsula to learn that popular

café owner Cassie Starr is selling up her gluten-free establishment

at Newport and heading north – “to eat wheat”. Effervescent Cassie,

who opened her Kalinya Rd café more than three years ago, has taken

to advertising her business on a blackboard with typical tongue-incheek

humour. She also has a bottle of French champagne ready to

hand over to the new buyer. Cassie told Pittwater Life she’s enjoyed

her time at Newport where she’s made many lifelong friends but is

looking forward to a move to Queensland. Anyone interested in continuing

Cassie’s gluten-free legacy should contact her at GFC Cafe.


Wondering what happened to the $3 million boost to

the Pittwater arts scene trumpeted by administrator

Dick Persson in May 2017? Seems there’s been a lot of

discussion by working groups who are investigating

sites for a dedicated art space in the former Pittwater

and the plan for a Public Art Trail (PAT), featuring pieces

like the Sea Nymphs at Manly (pictured). We tried to

get any of the nine members on the PAT to talk about

progress but confidentiality agreements with Council

prevented them. Ditto the advisory group investigating

the art space, which has a budget of $1 million. We did

hear from Council’s General Manger Planning Place

and Community David Kerr, who said: “The projects are substantially underway and both groups

have been working with community stakeholders, progressively planning the delivery of both

projects. As there are complexities to the projects, once the plans are developed they will then go

to Council for approval. It is hoped that this will occur in the second half of this year.” It should

be remembered there’s been a push for a dedicated art space for ages. We hear it’s not the $1

million budget causing delay, but rather a dearth of sites. Prior to Council amalgamation creative

types were eyeing space at the Avalon Golf Club. Could it still be in the mix?

We also hear our local wildlife volunteers and enivronmentalists have had a win with the

redevelopment of Mona Vale Rd, with the State Government approving a fauna crossing for

the eastern section. It’s being heralded as a win-win for the area, with improved connectivity

between bushland for animals and by association improved safety conditions for motorists.


Flustered and worried locals are concerned that developers are bypassing Northern Beaches

Council and opting for Private Certifiers to approve DAs and carry out critical stage inspections

during construction, which are a requirement to ensure the building work is in accordance

with the development consent and legislative requirements. The owners of a certain

building in Newport are caught in the middle of a battle between the developer and Council

via the Land and Environment Court regarding non-compliance issues with a building development

consent. We’ve been told Council have requested several discrepancies be rectified,

which could potentially cost the owners thousands of dollars and jeopardise the safety and

security of the many retirees who have called it home for the past 18 months. The owners

and rate payers ask: “Where is Council during the building stage? Why isn’t Council ensuring

that developers are held accountable through construction stage?”

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Hidden gardens revealed


Shhh… don’t tell the others!

Read on to discover a special

deal to see the pros’ designs…

Garden groupies are in for treat

this month with 13 usually

private spaces containing the

work of some of Sydney’s leading

landscape designers and architects

opening their “doors” – many for the

first and only time – to the public.

The Hidden Design Festival

showcases our city’s talented garden

makers, with two of the gardens

featured in this year’s event right on

our doorstep.

And as a special deal for locals

Pittwater Life readers can buy singleentry

tickets to the two gardens in

Bayview for only $8 per head at each

gate on the weekend of March 10-11.

Fans of Michele Shennen’s work will

be delighted to discover this year she’s

showing her very own garden called


Michele, who has notched more than

35 years in the industry, describes the

space, which is carved out of bush, on a

slope, as a “crazy challenge”.

Only six years old, it comprises many

sections from formal zones flanked in

sandstone to “wilder” areas, a pizza

oven maple garden, sculpture garden,

productive vegie beds and a place for

her new chickens.

“There’s a lot to discover and

upkeep… it is a garden that either keeps

me young or ages me quicker, I am not

sure!” Michele said.

Why ‘wabi-sabi’? Michele says it

is Japanese, describing a thought of

transience and simplicity, finding

beauty in humble imperfection.

The other “hidden garden” in our

area ‘Coomalong’ is a welcoming

one-acre space designed around

natural rock outcrops and huge

native trees with magnificent views

overlooking Pittwater.

Lovingly developed by owners

Sue and Peter Glasson, the eclectic

gardens include an enchanting

Japanese-style garden designed by

Ken Lamb which incorporates an

existing pond with waterfall and

features granite pathways, lanterns,

rocks and typical Japanese plantings.

‘Coomalong’ boasts plenty of

places to pause and take in the

surroundings plus a carefully designed

vegetable garden and aviaries.

* Hidden Design Festival is on March

10-11. Tickets allowing entry to all 13

gardens are $55 supporting the Go

Foundation. Bayview Gardens each $8

a head for Pittwater Life readers. Info

hiddendesignfestival.com – Lisa Offord

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Bayview bust-up


Special report by Nigel Wall

Ask the local residents

and they say the Development

Application before

Northern Beaches Council

to build 95 retirement living

units on the northwestern parcel

of the Bayview Golf Course

will result in the destruction of

Pittwater’s largest high-priority

wildlife corridor if approved.

But ask Bayview Golf Club

and the Restoration Ecologist

responsible for the conservation

component of the proposal

before Council and they will

tell you the DA represents a

unique opportunity to increase

the environmental sustainability

of the course’s land – and

create a wildlife corridor that

currently exists in name only.

Bayview Golf Club course

manager David Stone says opponents

referencing the wildlife

corridor on the site are off

the mark – maintaining it has

been an arbitrary concept only

for more than 20 years and

that an approved DA would

allow the applicant to fund and

establish a true wildlife corridor

– increasing the flora and

fauna connectivity between the

thick bushland to the north

and the shores of Pittwater to

the east.

These are the conflicting

views Northern Beaches Council

faces as it tries to weigh up

what looms as a litmus test for

future developments involving

environmentally sensitive areas

of the upper Northern Beaches.

The site in question comprises

2ha of the Bayview Golf

Club’s land north of Cabbage

Tree Rd. The parcel currently

hosts four golf holes; the DA

involves two of the tree-lined

holes making way for the new

units, by applicant/developer

Waterbrook Bayview Pty Ltd,

ABOVE: Aerial view of the section

of Bayview Golf Course where

approval is being sought for construction

of 95 seniors living units.

LEFT: Ecologist Dr Anne Clements

photographed these fledgling Powerful

Owls after identifying their

nesting location (yellow circle).

which would be built within the

existing tree canopy, with some

trees removed before replanting

with increased numbers.

It’s not the first time the

development has been pitched

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over seniors site

However, residents group Restoration Ecologist Dr

Bayview Life remain unconvinced

the changed DA is any as consultant for Bayview Golf

Anne Clements, who is acting

better than the former plan. Club and who has prepared a

They are resolutely opposed to comprehensive Environmental

the DA. And they dispute the Assessment Report for Council,

applicants’ improved connectivity


the residents’ passion for their

told Pittwater Life she admired

Spokesperson Chris Fletcher environment.

told Pittwater Life their objections

were based on the former why conservation activities

“Communities are the reason

Pittwater Council’s Habitat and occur,” Dr Clements said. “The

wildlife corridors conservation extent of this conservation

strategy (1995), which they said plan would not be as great as it

identified threats to habitats is had the community not been

and corridors in Pittwater and as active as they have been, nor

identified areas for priority the Council as responsive to


community concerns.”

“Maps showed that major But she urged opponents to

habitat areas existed in the look beyond the issue of the

Bayview/Ingleside/Warriewood retirement village construction

area,” Mr Fletcher said, echoing

the group’s submission environmental benefit in the

and first consider the potential

to Northern Beaches Council.


“Bayview Golf Course was

Dr Clements said reviewing

identified as a high-priority

the history of the golf course

location for maintaining and

provided an insight into its

enhancing fauna habitat and

current environmental status.

“Bayview Golf Club land is a

movement. The report urged

golf course and has been used

‘thickening of fairway vegetation’

– not destruction.”

since 1924 for playing golf,” she

said. “As a result of the historic

Mr Fletcher added there had

clearing, golf-related landform

been a steady loss of native

modifications and drainage

vegetation and habitats as urbanization

continued through-

changes, plus maintenance of

the course, the Bayview Golf

out the council area in the 23

Club land is actually considered

to be a blockage to native

years since.

“The golf club should be

flora and fauna movement.

playing its part in this work,”

“The occurrence of native

he said. “Creating a massively

vegetation is restricted to

destructive retirement village

land unsuitable for golf – for

and then dressing it up with

example land too close to road

an elaborate landscape rescue

boundaries or too steep to play

package which will take many,

golf – and to narrow, between-

many years to reach maturity

is not the answer.” Continued on page 22

to Council, with a DA rejected

in 2015.

Since then Waterbrook resubmitted

with a plan that had 19

fewer apartments, and which

it says makes improvements

to tree scape and landscaping,

involves significantly less

visual impact, ‘future-proofs’

the golf course and results in

an environmental gain of 10:1

– largely on the back of its “real

and proper establishment of

the wildlife corridors”.


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Bayview bust-up over seniors site Continued from page 21

fairway strips with top-dressed

and mown turf.”

Dr Clements said opponents

had incorrectly interpreted the

referenced 1995 Habitat and

wildlife corridors conservation

strategy – maintaining it actually

identified the extensively

cleared golf course land as a

fauna movement barrier to the

peninsula from Ku-ring-gai

Chase National Park, Katandra

Sanctuary and Bayview.

She agreed that thickening

of vegetation was needed to

increase the bushland connectivity

– but said the submitted

landscaping plan provided for


“The conservation component

of the proposal is to

increase the environmental

sustainability of the land, as

well as increasing the flora and

fauna connectivity consistent

with the Pittwater 21 Development

Control Plan,” Dr Clements


“The strategy includes

retention and enhancement of

avifauna and microbat habitats

– including retaining tree

hollows, planting feed tree for

prey for the Powerful Owl and

for native insects for bats.”

One of the main areas of

residents’ objections involves

the impact on animals including

Powerful Owls around the

development site – Dr Clements

said that although owls had

been observed in trees within

the proposed construction

zone that was not where they


“We have identified fledglings

at the northern course

boundary and that’s where

they nest,” she said. “But planting

feed tree for prey for the

owls will encourage the adults

to hunt for food and return it

to their young.”

Dr Clements said the plan

was to stabilise at least 1ha

of erodible slopes by excavating

and relocating sandstone

slabs to provide flora and

fauna habitat and encourage

the re-establishment of ferns

and rainforest. Moist rocky

outcrops on the slopes were

designed to provide habitat for

native fauna, especially frogs.

The placed sandstone slabs

would also form and channel

a water course that would run

from the top of the land parcel

across a fairway and down

the periphery of the building

site. The water is existing, but

currently dissipates across the

broad area of the slope.

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LEFT: The site (yellow) and broader

Bayview course boundary, showing

a lack of connectivity to Pittwater.

ABOVE: A tree hollow on the site.

Reconstructed water courses

on the lower land would mimic

the natural flow to Pittwater.

Also, existing waterbodies

would be connected to the

downstream natural waterway

of the main Cahill Creek; and

a series of weirs would be built

and maintained to protect the

freshwater habitat from current

regular saltwater intrusions.

Dr Clements said the

removal of 139 trees on the

proposed retirement village

site would be offset by 3000

additional trees, which would

see a proposed increase in area

from approximately 4.44ha of

“degraded patches” to 11.9ha

of “connected, restored and

re-established” ecosystems of

the listed Coastal Floodplain


“I see Bayview as an opportunity

to address environmental

issues – and that’s what it

should be,” she said.

Bayview Golf Club course

manager David Stone said the

purpose of the proposed development

of the aged care facility

was to provide the resources to

do things that a not-for-profit

Northern Beaches, locals’ golf

club could not hope to afford.

“That includes future-proofing

the course from climate

change by raising flood-prone

areas, especially those below

sea level, to make the course

more playable more of the

time,” he said. “And a positive

by-product is lessening flood

events for the Club’s neighbours.”

He added it was an opportunity

to retire the Club’s debt,

which at $1.65m was a fraction

of the value of the Club’s

land and buildings .

“The land was sold for $10m

plus the substantial cost of

future-proofing the golf course

from flooding, plus the substantial

cost of the works that support

the environmental gain of

10:1,” Mr Stone said. “Negotiated

since 2013, this is a good deal

for the Club, which will use the

proceeds to improve the tees,

bunkers and greens of the golf

course, retire debt and create an

endowment for posterity.”

Local MP Rob Stokes, a critic

of the original DA, told Pittwater

Life: “Whilst a number of

changes have been made since

the original proposal, I appreciate

that concerns remain

regarding the placement and

height of the proposed buildings.

I expect these issues to be

carefully examined during the

assessment process.”

Bayview Life’s Chris Fletcher

concluded: “Despite the

elaborate and professionally

produced landscape plan we

cannot accept that the scheme

‘seeks to build on the significant

landscape character

traits of Pittwater’ and that the

plan will ‘ensure that fauna

corridors are created through

the strategic placement of local


“These claims belie the fact

that about 2ha of existing

green space will be permanently

transformed into an urban

precinct, and more than 100

trees will be sacrificed.

“We believe the likelihood of

new fauna corridors being created

is remote.” – Nigel Wall

* Read more at northernbeachescouncil.com.au


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Dos and don’ts of attending court

Peninsula lawyer Chris Kalpage has assisted

hundreds of locals negotiate the

stressful court appearance process for

more than three decades. Over the course of

his career he’s noted where defendants have

come undone when dealing with authority

– and says there are some simple guidelines

to follow, should you find yourself before a

court, that will assist in “obtaining the best


Chris’ services range from criminal and

traffic law, including drink driving. The

nature of the business sees him available 24

hours a day, seven days a week.

First, he urges clients to not leave the assessment

of their case to the last minute.

“It may be human nature to put things in

the ‘too hard basket’ and to procrastinate, but

you are doing yourself a disservice,” he said.

“There are times when I would get a call from

a prospective client the evening before a court

appearance, or on the day of the court appearance

when the prospective client has turned

their mind to their problem only to realise

that it is far more complicated than they first


Second, if you do consult with a lawyer,

Chris says you should make sure you do

everything asked of you, so the lawyer can be

thoroughly prepared and the best case can be

presented on your behalf.

“If you do not understand something, get

your lawyer to explain it to you,” he said. “I

have seen cases where a client has not understood

something that has happened in court

and then subsequently done something that

has got them in deeper trouble.”

Chris said arriving at the court on time was


“Talk to your lawyer and confirm a time and

place of meeting before court and ensure that

you are there early,” he said. “The situation is

stressful enough without running late due to

some unforeseen circumstance that may have

easily been avoided.”

Personal appearance was crucial.

“Ensure that you are well dressed, wearing

the neatest attire you can afford,” he said. “If

you have a suit wear it, or even a shirt with a

collar… it is not that difficult.

“The number of times I have seen people

in court with shorts and t-shirt or singlet is


He added going to court was like a job

interview – “someone is going to be making

a decision that will impact upon you and you

should ensure that you are creating the best


Last, Chris advised against getting into

arguments with the magistrate or prosecutor.

“Again, try to concentrate on the relevant

issues. That does not mean not putting one’s

case forcefully – but getting into an unnecessary

argument with the prosecutor or police

officers on a personal level may result in an

adverse result if they have any discretion to

exercise in your case.”

He said often where there were multiple

charges, discretion could be exercised in a

defendant’s favour in trying to get charges

dropped and proceeding with lesser charges;

often the police officer in charge and the

Prosecutor would be involved in this process.

Chris said getting into a personal argument

with a Magistrate or Judge, apart from

potentially having serious consequences, was

“just stupid”.

“Whether you like it or not, show respect for

the institution – it is the playing field that you

are on and a little respect shown towards the

institution and the Magistrate or Judge does

not harm your case.”

Chris offers home meetings on request, and

a free initial telephone conversation (see page

56 for contact details). – Nigel Wall

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Barrenjoey scholar

Congratulations to Rachel

Birrell, who graduated from

Barrenjoey High last year after

performing outstandingly

well in her HSC. Rachel won a

Women in Engineering Scholarship

with the University of

Technology, Sydney. When

Rachel attended the Ceremony

earlier this year to accept

her $10,000 scholarship she

was told her application was

the most outstanding and

subsequently awarded the

IT Cooperative Scholarship,

a four-year, $66,000 scholarship.

Poppy wall for Avalon

A poppy wall is being created

at Avalon RSL in time for

Anzac Day and everyone can

be a part of it. You can join

the friendly group of poppy

makers who meet at the club

or you can donate knitted or

crocheted poppies (there are

lots of patterns online) to the

club anytime. If you are not

creative you can still help out

by donating red wool. Vice

President of the Avalon RSL

Sub Branch Tamara Sloper-

Harding said the project

would continue throughout

the year with the aim of adding

to the growing haul of

handmade poppies to make

a bigger display for Remembrance

Day. Phone the club

on 9918 2201 for more info.

Enjoy Narra Lagoon

eco-paddle day

Take part in a Narrabeen Lagoon

eco-paddle from 1pm on

Saturday March 31 and admire

the dozens of black Swans that

have taken up residence on the

lagoon. As you explore Sydney’s

newly proclaimed Narrabeen

State Park with Friends


French-inspired hair salon opens

The owner of one of the inner city’s chic boutique hair salons has

opened a second salon in the heart of Avalon. Having garnered a

loyal clientele in her flagship studio Papillon Hair in Paddington,

local Deborah Grevett (pictured) said she had long dreamt of having

another space closer to home. “I love the beachside, small town community,

I love that it has style and groove,” Deborah said. “I will enjoy

doing hair here as it’s a real mix of bright blondes and fabulous

brunettes with the chic French bob. Most of all beach hair is my hair,

like effortless Parisian hair!” Located in Garden Court, Avalon Pde,

where the John Adams salon was prior to his retirement, the space

has undergone a fresh French-inspired refit. To celebrate the opening

clients will receive a 25 per cent discount for the first two appointments,

when the first appointment is made by March 31.

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of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment’s

former president Tony

Carr you’ll cruise along the

astonishing Deep Creek, which

attracts migratory birds from

as far away as Russia, and Middle

Creek, which has been the

subject of a substantial remediation

program. You’ll also get

to experience an extraordinary

piece of history from pre-World

War II. It’s an easy three-hour

paddle with a break. Suitable

for first timers – tuition given.

Kayak hire $68pp. Email tonycarr@ozemail.com.au

or phone

0417 502 056.

Plant Giveaway

Grab a free native plant and

provide a habitat for local wildlife

and while you are there

lend a hand to the locals and

Bushcare volunteers who are

doing a fabulous job restoring

the coastal rainforest area

at Mona Vale Basin on Sun 25

8.30am-12.30pm. Tools and

morning tea provided. Wear

closed-in shoes, hat and comfortable

clothing. Info sonja.



Unpatrolled beaches,

pools safety review

Unpatrolled Council areas

such as Narrabeen Lagoon will

undergo a safety audit to

ensure beach-goers can access

life-saving equipment during

emergency situations. Mayor Michael

Regan said it was prudent

to consider what could be put in

place at non-patrolled beaches

or ocean pools that might help

save a life. “We may need to

consider additional monitoring

during peak periods or just

make sure there is a way for

people to call nearby lifeguards

quickly in an emergency – such

as duress alarms. These are

already installed at a number

of our ocean pools and it would

be good to review where they

are and if there are any gaps.”

He added other medical devices

like defibrillators could also

be life savers when in the right

place at the right time.

Probus drug

gangs talk

Pittwater Probus is holding

their annual general meeting

at their next gathering at Mona

Vale Golf Club on Tuesday

March 13. The guest talk – ‘My

Life In Crime’ – will be delivered

by former police commander

Bev Wallace who will detail her

work and experiences dealing

with Middle Eastern drug gangs

in Sydney’s west. Meeting starts

10am; all welcome. More info

email Geoff geoffsheppard@


Clean Up Australia

Day registrations

Get involved in Clean Up Australia

day on Sunday 4 March

– running for 27 years, this

environmentally focussed day

brings the community together

to remove rubbish before it

damages our parks, bushland,

waterways and oceans. It’s

predicted by 2025, as much as

250 million tonnes of plastic

Continued on page 28


cycling skills

Want to improve your

cycling and skills

awareness? Join cycling

coach Sarah Anne Evans

for a workshop to help

you build confidence and

knowledge on your bike.

It covers checking your

bike, bike handling skills,

riding safely and cycling

laws. This is a practical

workshop including using

a local shared path. You

must have your own

bike and an approved

helmet. Held Wednesday

March 7, 10am-1pm at

the Cromer Community

Centre; bookings essential

9976 1619 or roadsafety@




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Pittwater News

Continued from page 27


Midget submarine wreck dive

Ten lucky people dived into an important

part of Australia’s history last month when

they were granted permission to descend 54

metres to the seabed east of Bungan Head to

the site of the Japanese midget submarine


The divers were the first members of the

public permitted access after a ballot last

year to commemorate the events of 1942

when three Japanese midget submarines

entered Sydney Harbour.

Maritime archaeologist and Director

of Heritage Operations at the Office of

Environment and Heritage Tim Smith said

up until this point access to the area around

the wreck – the only remaining midget

submarine from the 1942 attack located in

situ underwater – was granted to only a few


The Collaroy resident, who has managed

the wreck since it was discovered by a group

of recreational divers in 2006, said the ballot

was held to trial public interest in seeing the

site in a controlled and sensitive way.

More than 300 divers registered in the

ballot, suggesting there may be more

opportunities in the future for the public

to connect with this site of international

heritage significance.

The submarine is a protected

Commonwealth Government Historic

Shipwreck and is also listed on the NSW

State Heritage Register and remains the

grave for two Japanese submariners.

There are penalties of up to $1.1 million

for disturbing the M24 site. – Lisa Offord

as 250 million tonnes of

plastic could make its way to

the ocean – plastic bags, food

wrappers and drink bottles

are some of the commonly

collected items during the

clean-up. Last year, hundreds

of community volunteers and

Northern Beaches Council’s

waste management staff

collected almost nine tonnes

of rubbish across 82 Clean

Up Australia Day sites on the

beaches. Numerous events

already registered across the

Beaches including Narrabeen

Rock Pool, Bayview, as well

as our offshore communities.

Registrations remain open

– more info cleanupaustraliaday.com.au

Loosely Woven set

to ‘Fly Away’

Local music group Loosely

Woven will give a free community

concert in Avalon

on Sunday March 11. Led by

Wayne Richmond, 21 instrumentalists

and singers will

perform their new concert

‘Fly Away’ – a celebration

of the volunteer group’s 23

years of support for Amnesty

International. Audience

participation is encouraged

which always contributes

lots of fun. Enjoy this musical

treat while supporting

human rights causes. Starts

4pm at the Avalon Baptist


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Help for parents

who are living in ‘L’

Are you supervising your son

or daughter who are on their

‘Ls’ and learning to drive?

Then you might want to

consider attending Council’s

free ‘Helping Learner Drivers’

workshop on Wednesday

March 21. This workshop

aims to increase the confidence

and knowledge of

supervisors of learner drivers

– and thereby flow it on to the

young drivers themselves.

The two-hour workshop provides

practical advice about

supervising learner drivers;

completing the Learner driver

log book; understanding the

benefits and safety aspects of

supervised on-road driving

experience; and understanding

of licence conditions for

learners and provisional

licence holders. Runs 6.30-

8.30pm at the Dee Why Civic

Centre. More info Karen Menzies

9942 2447.

Funds Available To

Support Active Kids

Parents are being reminded to

take advantage of the NSW Government’s

Active Kids rebate

when registering their children

for sport programs this year.

The NSW Government will

contribute $100 for every

school-aged child towards

the cost of sports registration

or fees for physical activities

such as swimming, dance and

athletics. Over $200 million

has been allocated towards

the scheme over the next four

years. “The rebate is able to be

claimed throughout the year –

so parents have the flexibility

of using it for either summer

or winter sports,” local MP Mr

Stokes said. Parents can register

online with Service NSW to

receive their $100 voucher to

provide to their approved sport

or physical activity club.

Team awarded for

Whale Beach rescue

Congrats to the 25-strong

team of Whale Beach surf lifesavers

whose quick thinking

to prevent a double drowning

in the lead-up to Christmas

saw them honoured with the

prestigious NSW Rescue of the

Month Award for December.

The team rescued two men

aged in their 20s, visitors to

the area, who were swept off a

sandbank into a powerful rip.

One of the men was retrieved

unconscious from the ocean

floor and given CPR; both

men survived after being

taken to hospital. “It’s huge

for the club and hopefully

puts Whale Beach on the map

but what it really brought

home for us is the importance

of lifesavers on the beach and

how we need to have the skills

because you never know when

they can be called upon,”

said Patrol 9 Captain Suzy

Bownes. Lifesavers honoured

were: Suzy Bownes, Iain

Bownes, Angus Bownes, Oliver

Bownes, Sophie Rothery,

Liam George, Jack Bregenhoj,

Lachlan Williams, Sydney

Robertson, Sally Collier, Tom

Sanderson, Nicholas Dijohn,

Lara Boyle, Alexander Burchett,

Max Zagorski, Archie

Elliott, Angus Kellaway, Dylan

Gay, Oscar Press, Edward

Harrison, William Harte, Ben

Rothery, Barney Allen, Harrison

Penn, Maddie Zagorski.

Enjoy classical concert

Wyvern Music Forestville will

open its 2018 concert series on

Sunday March 4 with a concert

entitled ‘Last Rose of Summer’

by Ensemble Aspherical

(comprising flute, harp, violin

and viola). Formed in 2017 by

four leading Sydney classical

musicians – including Avalon

resident and former Principal

Flute of the Sydney Symphony

Orchestra, Janet Webb – Ensemble

Aspherical combines

the vibrancy and warmth of

the violin and viola strings

with the ethereal qualities of

the flute and harp to create

sounds and evoke images for

the listener both congenial and

colourful. The program will

also include a Concerto a 4 by

Vivaldi, a Serenade by Reger

with Last Rose of Summer on

the harp as the centre-piece.

Concert starts 4pm at Our

Lady of Good Counsel Catholic

Church, Forestville; tickets $25

(full), $20 concession, children

under 16 free. More info wyvern.fmca.org.au





Dr Ben Brown

Have you ever wondered why

some dogs seem ‘snappy’

when approached by other dogs

and people? These dogs are not

just having a bad day…

Growling, lunging and

barking at unfamiliar dogs and

people is very typical of fear

aggression in dogs. This is

not so much a trait within the

animal but rather an abnormal

response that the animal has to

something in the environment

– in this case other dogs and


This fearful response is made

more likely when the (already)

fearful and anxious animal is

placed in an area where it is

forced to be in close proximity

to other animals and people.

Small or overcrowded dog

parks are a common trigger.

The unwanted behaviour is

often subsequently reinforced

when owners pat the dog or the

person/other dog withdraws

after the fearful dog reacts,

thus creating an incentive for

the fearful dog to continue the

unwanted behaviour.

Often owners of fearful and

fear aggressive animals make

the mistake of assuming that

merely increasing exposure

of the dog to people and

other dogs will improve the

problem; although this does

occasionally happen many

animals simply become more

sensitised and reactive and the

problem gets worse. In most

cases these types of behaviours

can be avoided by ensuring

dogs are well socialised from

a young age and learn sound

foundation skills i.e. orienting

to the owner regardless of their


Once fear aggression

becomes a problem, special

behavioural modification

training is needed to help the

dog feel more comfortable in

unfamiliar surroundings with

unfamiliar people and pets.

Medications are sometimes

used to decrease levels of

anxiety to help with this training

so that these pets cannot

endanger themselves and other

animals and people in public.


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Running with the


We go behind the scenes of a gruelling pre-season

training session with the Shute Shield premiers.

Can they defend the title in 2018? By Matt Cleary.

The grandstand at Pittwater

Rugby Park on

the North Narrabeen

Reserve – known now and

forever as ‘Rat Park’, amen

– looks from the back like a

hangar for Sopwith Camels.

It’s wide, rounded, a giant

corrugated-iron shed. Within

there’s a gym, office, function

room and bar. And it is not

flash. But it is Rat Land. Soul

Town. HQ and home of your

Warringah Rats.

We’re in the gym where the

clink of weights accompanies

banter and thumping bass

beats. There’s Rats in the gym

this hot Tuesday afternoon,

big bodies, pushing steel.

Some of these guys have

known Super Rugby contracts.

Others have turned out for

clubs in Japan or Italy or the

south of France, half their

luck. The game offers opportunities

for the troubadour.

The club toured Chile last preseason.

And also Orange.

I ask after general manager,

Luke Holmes. “He’s just

getting needled,” comes the

reply. “He’ll be out soon.” It’s

very ‘rugby’ – the guy running

the show is a player, a clubman,

a grunt like the rest of

them, doing what he must to

get on the paddock.

The core of a rugby club –

the players, coaches and volunteers

– could be upwards of

150 people who all know each

other. It’s a ‘tribe’ of sorts,

a micro-community that

represents a larger one. People

buy in with different levels

of emotional attachment.

But everyone feels part of it.

And while it all filters up to

first grade and 2017’s famous

premiership, everyone felt

they contributed. The thirds

won the comp, too. As did the

women’s team, ‘the Ratettes’.

And so to sideline of the

training ground and a yarn

with the “old boys”, these

ageless clubmen and crusty

demons of dirt who’ve been

around forever. We meet

Richard Harris, ‘Dicky’ to

all. The first grade manager

is a chatty cove in a Panama

hat who doesn’t wear shoes.

Young blokes wouldn’t know

– or perhaps even care – how

old he is. They mightn’t even

know his actual name. But

that’s okay. Young blokes love

the old blokes.

It was love that the club

leaned on when they suffered

the unimaginable

heartache of losing Lachlan

Ward, 25, who died while

playing fifth grade against

Gordon in June of last year.

No-one knew he’d passed,

though teammates were worried.

The family turned up at

Royal North Shore Hospital

hopeful. There to meet them

was club doctor Tom Harwood


Warringah Rats will never forget

the joys of triumph, nor the tears

of loss, experienced in 2017. The

squad is committed to going backto

back in 2018 – and have put in

plenty of hard yards in preparation.

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Photos: Matt Cleary; Warringah RC

– also head of Emergency at

RNS – who relayed the terrible

news. He stayed with the family

a month. Love did its best.

People rallied. The NSWRU

and ARU sent people. Holmes,

through his church, had

counsellors at the ground for

anyone who wanted a yarn. The

old boys got everyone together.

Coach Darren Coleman put his

credit card over the bar. They

talked it out. There are no rules

on grief. A message from the

counsellors was that it could

hit you days or weeks afterwards.

And so talk they did.

And they cried it out. And they

held the Ward family tight.

In the weeks that followed

Lachlan’s father Murray was

offered the gig of first grade

assistant manager. He wasn’t

ready. Couple weeks later

Murray’s son, Sam, first grade

vice-captain, suggested to

Dicky that maybe you could

ask the old man again. Harris

did. Today Murray Ward’s

job is, effectively, be Murray

Ward. He hangs out the jumpers

for first grade. Has a yarn

with the boys as they come

into the shed. He drinks a tinnie

in the bar afterwards. It’s

rugby holding its own close

after unimaginable loss. But

people can empathise. And

they can love. You get teary

thinking about it.

No tears at training today

but plenty of sweat and a

little blood. There’s sacks

of footballs, water bottles,

cones, dodge-’em sticks, a

whiteboard with plays on it.

It’s nearly 6pm and still close

to 30 degrees. Pre-season for

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Running with the Rats Continued from page 31

a footy player means to sweat

many buckets.

The players run shuttles, up

and back, running and running,

sweating for Australia.

Dicky Harris stands sideline,

shoe-less, pointing out players

who’ve come from everywhere.

There’s Sam Needs of

South West Rocks, off to play

for Seawaves of Japan.

There’s Baxter King from

Taranaki via Western

Force. Dicky picked him

up at the airport. The

Force didn’t do that in

Perth. Stiffed him for a

job, too.

Richard Munchow

came from Darwin and

Penrith Panthers U/20s,

a tidy mover. Another

gun: Max Girdler of

Avalon, played Australia

U/20s. There’s Harry

Jones, a big lump with

pony-tail and beard,

shades of Khal Drogo

in Game of Thrones.

“He’d be a No.8?” I

ask Dicky about Jones’


“No, mate,” smiles

Dicky. “Winger.”

“Jesus,” I reply.

“Yes,” says Dicky.

No mistaking the positional

choice of the chunky

man in the green polo shirt,

Emanuele Fuamatu, for he is

the size of a refrigerator. He

threw shot put for Samoa in

the 2012 London Olympics.

He is studying international

TRUE COLOURS: Other clubs are green with envy!

relations and law at Sydney

University. He gets no change

from 140kg.

Other end of the spectrum

is a thin dude with blonde-grey

hair, five-eighth Myles Dorrian.

The 35-year-old has played

pro rugby for London Irish,

Coventry and across the UK,

contracts lined up by coach

Coleman, a man he’d

never met. When Dorrian

came back to Sydney he

became a Rat, introduced

himself. When gun No.10

Hamish Angus went

down late last season,

Dorrian filled the breach,

experience writ large.

And there’s Dave

Feltscheer, the superfine

fullback. Not a

lot of him. Most of it

beard. But you want

some entertainment on

a Saturday afternoon?

Get down to Rat Park

and watch the No.15 for

Warringah. The Rats

scored a try in the derby

game against Manly in

2014, length-of-the-field,

must’ve gone through 30

sets of hands. Feltscheer

would’ve touched it upwards of

20 times.

And so they run and run,

and run some more, and they

blow like bellows. If it were

cold they couldn’t be seen for

breath-fog. But it’s still close

to 30C so it’s lungs afire stuff.

Not much banter now. These

are hot, hard yards.

The 70-odd players are divided

up into four sectors. In

one Coleman runs an attacking

drill. Dorrian holds up

the white board, points to it.

“Jerry is here, here and here,”

he doesn’t say. There is talk of

“green zones” and “zing” and

“Rangi”. Whatever that means,

they all nod along, privy to

the intelligence, commercialin-confidence.

There’s a defensive drill and

big blokes go hard at each other,

driving shoulders into lower

ribs, physical, jolting stuff.

At another there’s three men

leaping over one another, like

Chinese acrobats. And in the

fourth zone they just continue

to run. And run, and run…

The club had a video made of

their 2017 run into the grand

final and beyond, and late last

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year put on a fleet of buses for

players and supporters, and

went off to the Chauvel Theatre

in Paddington to watch it. And

there were cheers and tears as

Sam Ward scored a try and was

chaired off the field pointing

to the sky clutching a photo of

his brother. The club wrapping

arms around their brother. Doing

their best.

All power to them as they

defend their title in 2018. Go

the Rats.

* Warringah Rugby Club

memberships come with

heaps of benefits. Don’t

miss the opportunity to get

your home day pass for the

season, parking privileges,

Rats paraphernalia,

and exclusive invites to

networking opportunities

and events. Choose from

Platinum ($200), Premium

($160) or Hillbillies ($160)

memberships. More info



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Life Stories

Tom Burlinson started his working

life as an actor before his childhood

love of classic crooning launched

an entirely new career.

Story by Rosamund Burton

loved Frank Sinatra since I was

a toddler,” says 62-year-old Tom


Burlinson, arguably most famous

for his lead role in the 1981 film ‘The

Man From Snowy River’. “My parents had

an album called ‘A Swingin’ Affair’ on

the front of which was Frank Sinatra in

his fedora. I’d say to Mum: ‘Play the man

in the hat!’”

Sitting on the L-shaped sofa in his

home at Newport with the family

dachshund Coco at his feet, Tom is

talking about his life-long love of Frank

Sinatra, and his new show, ‘Swing That

Music’, which makes its world premiere

at the State Theatre on April 21.

With English parents and born in

Canada, Tom came to Australia aged

nine. His parents separated six months

later, his mother taking his two younger

sisters back to England, and his older

sister and he remaining with his father,

who then remarried.

The family moved to Bayview when

Tom was 12, when he enrolled at

Pittwater High. It was during his last

years at school that he rediscovered

‘A Swingin’ Affair’ in his father’s record


“I fell in love with it all over again

and became an avid Sinatra fan,” he

recalls. “I studied how he breathed, how

long he held notes, and his distinctive


After school, he went to the National

Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), and

then worked in the theatre, and on

1970s TV soapie ‘The Restless Years’,

before, aged 24, auditioning for the role

of Jim Craig in ‘The Man From Snowy

River’. At his audition was the director,

the producer and executive producer,

and Sigrid Thornton, who had already

been cast as Jessica.

“I explained I had only sat on a horse

three times in my life, and was told,

‘Don’t worry about that!’”

When he was given three scenes to

read, he asked for 15 minutes alone, and

learnt the words. Not having to keep

looking at the script enabled him to

make eye contact with Sigrid Thornton.

“One of her lines was, ‘I must look a

sight,’ and I replied, ‘You look beautiful’,

which was true, and she blushed.

Immediately, it was obvious we had a

natural chemistry.”

Having been offered the part, he

received the full script, and reading it

saw: ‘And then Jim Craig rides down the


“I’m thinking, ‘Don’t worry about

that!’ I have to look as if I’ve been riding

horses all my life.”

He joined a riding school at Terrey

Hills, then rode all day every day in the

high country of Victoria where the film

was shot. He befriended Charlie Lovick,

a fourth-generation cattleman, only six

years older than him, who owned the

buckskinned horse, Denny, which was

cast as ‘the small and weedy beast’.

“Charlie was a natural teacher, and

we became very close,” Tom explains.

“Whenever I had to do a horseback scene

on camera I’d look at Charlie after the

shoot, and he’d go, ‘That’ll do,’ or, ‘Better

have another go.’”

The climax of the film comes

when ‘The Man’ rides down the steep

mountain. Tom convinced the director

that he, not his double – rodeo rider

Gerald Egan – should do the ride.

“Denny and I were on top of the

hill, and I was shaking as I waited for

the call, ‘Action’. We did eight takes

of the terrible descent that day, and

it’s the moment in the film everyone


‘The Man from Snowy River’ was a

phenomenal box office success. And

Tom went on to play racehorse stable

hand Tommy Woodcock in ‘Phar Lap:

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Heart of a Nation’ – also a huge hit –

and to work in Australia, America and


At the end of the 1980s he wrote a

song about Frank Sinatra’s impact on

him, calling it ‘The Man in the Hat’. He

had a big band arrangement done of

the song, and recorded it, not knowing

what he would do with it. But he gave

an audio cassette of the recording to

Channel Nine’s ‘Midday Show’ host Ray

Martin, who asked him to sing the song

on the show.

“I had never sung professionally

before, let alone on national television,

so I was as nervous as a cat.”

Soon after, Tom heard about a miniseries

called ‘Sinatra’ being produced by

Tina Sinatra, Frank’s youngest daughter,

at Warner Brothers in Los Angeles. Tina

Sinatra needed someone to sing the

voice of her father as a young man, so

she asked Tom to fly to LA to audition.

He sang songs such as ‘Stormy

Weather’ and ‘Begin the Beguine’, and, he

reminisces: “Tina sat there with tears

in her eyes. That afternoon she rang me

and said, ‘Tom, I want you to do this

job for me.’ So, there I was, untrained,

singing the voice of one of the most

recognisable voices of 20th century

popular music.” The series won the

Golden Globe Award for best mini-series

of the year and was seen by 30 million


When it became known back in

Australia that the man from Snowy

River could sing, Tom was offered the

lead role in the musical ‘How to Succeed

in Business Without Really Trying’. This

was another turning point in his life, as

he met Mandy Carnie, a dancer in the

show, and they fell in love and married.

In 2001, when Mandy was pregnant

with their second child, they needed

to move from their small townhouse

at Mosman. Remembering his own

upbringing on Pittwater, and believing

this area to be “one of the best

residential areas for family life in the

world”, Mandy and he started looking

for a home here and fell in love with

their current Newport home. Seventeen

years later their oldest daughter, Mia,

has just finished her HSC; their son,

Guy, is in Year 11 at Pittwater High; and

their youngest daughter, Rikki, is at

Newport Primary. And having been “a

triple threat” – as singer, dancer and

actress, performing in major musicals

such as Sweet Charity and A Chorus

Line – Mandy has turned her focus to

personal tr aining, running the ‘Perfect

Fit’ fitness studio at Newport.

While appearing in ‘How to Succeed in

Business Without Really Trying’ Tom also

met trumpeter Ralph Pyl who lives on

Bilgola Plateau. He told Tom that if he

ever wanted to do a show about Frank

Sinatra that “he had the band”. In 1998

Tom did 12 performances of ‘Frank –

A Life in Song’, accompanied by the

Sydney All Star Big Band, at the Seymour

Centre. Since then Tom and Ralph have

not only toured the country with that

show, and subsequent Frank Sinatra

ones, but also shows celebrating Frank

Sinatra’s contemporaries.

“When I’m asked for advice by people

starting in the business I always say:

‘Give every opportunity 100 per cent

effort, because you never know how

one thing might lead to another.’” With

the 17-piece Sydney All Star Big Band,

spectacular dancers, and starring

jazz singer Emma Pask, trombonist Ed

Wilson and Tom himself, 100 per cent

effort is certainly going into ‘Swing

That Music’.

* Tickets on sale now for ‘Swing That

Music’ at the State Theatre on Saturday

April 21; visit swingthatmusic.com.au

Life Stories



says Newport

has been the

ideal location to

raise a family;

in performer

mode; one of his

earliest roles – as

a Roman Gladiator,

complete with

lollypop; on

set as The Man

from Snowy

River in 1981;

the fresh-faced

School Captain

of Pittwater High

in 1973; and

inhabiting the

Sinatra persona

while performing

in ‘Frank – A Life

in Song’ in 1998.

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Art Life

Art Life

Mali shares top HSC art prize

Barrenjoey High School student Mali prominent artist and Pittwater local Joshua

Hole’s creative processes and hard work Yeldham late last month – will showcase

during the HSC last year have been recognized,

with the talented artist sharing the students from local secondary schools

the work of more than 40 HSC Visual Art

Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society Youth until Sunday April 1.

Art prize for her stunning work which

Other Pittwater region students included

features as part of the gallery’s Express are Michaela Curnow, Georgia Klemes and

Yourself 2018 exhibition.

Georgia Westwood (all Barrenjoey HS),

Judges spent more than two hours deliberating

and commented: “The standard Luke’s), Isabella Curtis (Pittwater HS) and

Olivia Heaton and Eleanor Gordon (St

was very high across the exhibition, and Resmine Sionemale (Narrabeen SH).

making the selections was very challenging

– so much so we were unable to sepa-

praised the ongoing outstanding quality

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan

rate some artists for each prize pool.” of the artworks which this year range from

Mali shared the $3000 prize with

multi-media and digital pieces to sculpture,

graphics and drawing.

Thomas Carr (The Forest High School)

and Zac Mrakovcic (St Augustine’s College), “Express Yourself reflects the artistic

with her work ‘Prophetic Marine Forms’ strength of emerging young artists on the

comprising sea creatures (pictured) and Northern Beaches as well as the quality of

objects made from plastic pollution displayed

in a vitrine based on 19th century Statements are displayed alongside the

our schools,” he said.

museum displays.

artworks describing the inspirations and

The $5000 Theo Batten Youth Art

influences that informed the works and

Award was split between Isabella Seeto

(NBSC Freshwater Senior Campus) are encouraged to vote for their favour-

the students’ creative journeys. Visitors

and Kyle Levett (St Paul’s Manly).

ite artwork in the People’s Choice award.

Express Yourself – which was opened by More info NB Council website.

‘Little Black Swan’

Kerrie using her art

to help conservation

Artist Kerrie Swan says she gets

huge inspiration for her works

living in the sleepy beachside village

of Scotts Head near Macksville on

the NSW north coast.

A lover of the ocean, the marine

world, animals and travel, most

of Kerrie’s work – which is known

collectively as Little Black Swan Art –

is ocean-themed or animal-related.

Kerrie is the Autumn guest artist

exhibiting in the rooms of Eye

Doctors Mona Vale from March 1

through the end of May.

“I am passionate about

conservation,” said Kerrie. “I paint

my emotions and the vibrant colours

I see – and I especially love colour!

“I try to capture the feelings I

experience and bring that to my

audience. I want people to feel

like they are drifting along in

the current when they view my

underwater scenes. I hope they

will connect to the beauty of the

amazing animals and environments

in which they live.”

Also, Kerrie created ‘Little

Tusker Designs’ after embarking

on an emotional trip to Africa in

2014 with a small group of animal


“The total proceeds of sales from

these designs are shared between

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

(DSWT) and The Askari Project,”

said Kerrie. “The DSWT in Kenya

rescues and cares for orphaned

elephants who have lost their

mothers through poaching.

“My art presently sponsors eight

animals in their care.”

The Australian-formed Askari

Project raises funds for The Tsarvo

Trust, also in Kenya, to protect the

last great Tuskers in the world.

They provide trained rangers, aerial

surveillance and rapid response

veterinary teams in the fight against


View Kerrie’s work 9am to 5pm

work in EDMV rooms on Level 3, 20

Bungan Street, from 9am to 5pm

Monday to Friday. – Nigel Wall

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Two artists… One journey

Established landscape duo

Debbie Mackinnon and Mike

Staniford unveil their latest

body of work in the free exhibition

entitled ‘Two artists, One

journey’, which showcases a

powerful body of work inspired

from their travels through Spain

and Italy.

Running from 7 March to

28 March at ME Artspace in St

Leonards, the artworks blend

their experiences and memories

to create stunning landscape

pieces that are enhanced by

their stay at locations such as

remote Andalusia and on a

mountain farm in rural Italy.

In their artworks, huge skies

meet complex layered horizons.

“When every other form of

distraction is taken away and

you exist in an environment of

evocative landscape, you can’t

help but become wholly committed

to painting”, says Mike,

who left his role as an International

creative director to focus

on his art alongside Debbie.

Debbie and Mike’s work holds

a deep connection with the places

they have been. “Our time

drawing and painting in Spain

and Italy were very exploratory.

It had such a lasting effect on

us that we have become different

artists because of it”, says

Ms Mackinnon.

Debbie is the founder of ME

Artspace, where she runs painting

workshops every week. She

has also been nominated for

awards including the Northern

Beaches Art Prize. Mike is a

finalist in the Adelaide Perry

Drawing Prize 2018.

* Exhibition runs 7 March

(opening night) through 28

March – 11am-4pm Tuesday to

Friday; 10am-2pm Saturday.

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Art Life

Art Life

Martine's glimpse of

underwater Shimmer

Sydney painter Martine Emdur is renowned for capturing the

magic and mystery of the underwater world – and she is currently

enjoying her first exhibition in a public gallery with ‘Shimmer’

on display at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum until April 1.

“I am very excited about the show and it couldn’t be more appropriate

that it is staged on the shores of Sydney Harbour, my

muse of the past 20 years,” Martine said.

“There is both great beauty and mystery offered up by the

sea… I understand that locals feel drawn to the sea for the same

reasons I do and I hope that the paintings resonate with other

coastal dwellers, together with those who visit the seaside.”

Curator Katherine Roberts said Shimmer presented a mix of

dark, moody paintings (including ‘Soleful’ and ‘Limelight’ – oil

on linen).

“They evoke a sense of voyeurism as the viewer catches a

fleeting act of intimacy; a connection otherwise concealed by

the ocean,” Katherine said. “Other works hold a more joyous and

playful tone. Under full sun, the saturation of colour of the sea

and the swimmers (in their cozzies) evokes a quintessentially

Australian summer theme.

“Buoyancy and the fact that the weight of the world is

stripped away is central to her work and yet the foreboding

aspect of being immersed in the vastness of the ocean provides

the duality that makes her work particularly engaging.”

* Join Martine in conversation with curator Katherine Roberts

on Sunday 11 March from 3-4pm to learn about the development

of Martine’s ideas and her life as an artist (no bookings


Pittwater trail

gets a March on

It’s on again in March – the

Pittwater Artists Trail,

celebrating the alliance

of talented artists who

collectively open their studios

to the public on select

weekends each year creating a

‘Trail’ for art lovers.

Visitors can engage with

the artists, see how they work

and what inspires them, buy

beautiful, original artworks or

perhaps enroll in one of the

courses offered by several of

the artists on the Trail.

The PAT’s inaugural Open

Studio weekend was held

in 2011 and the group have

been going from strength

to strength ever since.

This month, don’t miss the

opportunity to spend a day (or

even two) discovering original

works on Saturday 10th and

A stitch in time...

See some amazing patchwork at the annual Avalon Quilters

Exhibition on Fri 9 and Sat 10 at Avalon Uniting Church in

Bellevue Ave; entry $5. Also, don’t forget to be in the draw

for ‘Touching Stars’, a 1930s Vintage quilt purchased in

the US – you can by raffle tickets ($2 each or 3 for $5) at

Avalon Fabrics and Craft, Cottage Quilts Warriewood or

at Patchwork on Pittwater in Mona Vale. Proceeds to the

Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.

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Sunday 11th, from 10am-5pm.

The weekend heralds the

renewed and expanded

network of inspiring studio

locations on offer in this

year’s Pittwater Artists Trail.

It provides opportunities

to watch ceramicists, fibre

and glass artists, painters,

jewellers and sculptors

producing their artwork. As

the studio doors are thrown

open, you will be invited

to see “behind the scenes”

and learn about individual

processes and practice.

You are encouraged to plan

your own route from Elanora

to Clareville and Terrey Hills to

Newport, with up to 17 artists

across 11 locations to visit.

(And if you are an artist who

lives on the Northern Beaches,

have visited the Trail and would

like to apply to join in 2018-’19,

check out their website – it

also contains a map and artist

details for the March weekend.)

More info pittwaterartiststrail.com.au

– Nigel Wall

Art Life

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Young Life

Local students awarded

$20,000 in scholarships

Narrabeen Sports High

School Captain Hayley

Creed is one of 14

exceptional northern beaches

students to be given a financial

boost as they study for this

year’s HSC.

Dee Why RSL recently

awarded Year 12 students from

eight secondary schools a total

of $20,000 through its increasingly

popular School Scholarship


At a reception for family and

friends last month Club President

and retired schoolteacher

Graeme Liddell commented

on the exceptional standard of

more than 50 written applications

this year.

“All students are to be congratulated

for the way in which

they addressed the criteria of

academic excellence, extracurricular

activities, sport and

contributions to school and

community,” Mr Liddell said.

Hayley has a busy year ahead

juggling study with multiple

high-level sport commitments,

volunteer work and school

leadership duties.

The 17-year-old from Warriewood

told Pittwater Life the

$1400 scholarship would be

One of the world’s bestknown

parent educators,

Steve Biddulph, will be

presenting two live talks at

Pittwater House School in


‘Raising Boys’ will be

hosted on Wednesday 14th

March and ‘Raising Girls’ on

Thursday 15th March; each

talk will provide practical,

helpful and entertaining

information designed to

assist parent and guardians

to help their children.

The ‘Raising Boys’ talk

covers: how to raise boys to

be safe, happy and confident;

the importance of Dads and

what to do if you’re a single

Mum. It will also explore the

three stages of boyhood.

The Local Voice Since 1991

WINNING CREED: President Dee Why RSL Club Graeme Liddell, Narrabeen

Sports High's Hayley Creed and Dee Why RSL Vice President Mark Rendell.

put towards extra tutoring to

help keep her on track with her


Other successful recipients

of this year’s scholarships


Valentino Blasini, Mitch

Horner, Christopher Howteinfat,

Katherine Jones, Rhiannon Marshall-Witte,

Natalie Patterson,

Nicholas Zaunders from Manly

Selective Campus; Emily Doyle

from Davidson High School;

Rachel Hosemans from Killarney

Heights High School; Paula

Latu from Cromer Campus;

Kasey Lewis from Mackellar

Girls; Caroline Ng from Monte

and Alessandro Todisco from St

Paul’s Catholic College.

* Online applications for

the 2019 School Scholarship

Program will be open in the

second semester of this year

go to www.dyrsl.com.au for

more information.

Expert Biddulph's school talks

The ‘Raising Girls’ talk

provides information on

how to raise your daughter

to be strong and free in a

world that tries to ‘box-in’

females. Girls’ mental health

issues will also be addressed

and practical, powerful and

moving stories will be shared.

* The Steve Biddulph

‘Raising Boys’ visit is

sponsored by Krav Maga;

tickets are available for $35

at pittwaterhouse.com.au.

Shout out to

the Girls

Random House


Criticised for the lack of

books promoting positive

female role models for

young readers, it is as if the

industry has over-corrected

and we now have a deluge

of ‘girl’ books.

But that’s not a bad

thing. The runaway success

of Good Night Stories for

Rebel Girls has meant

more women are being

written about and their

achievements recognised.

Just in time for

International Women’s Day,

50 Australian women will

be celebrated in Shout Out

to the Girls. From Cathy

Freeman to Julia Gillard

this book is a celebration of

women in all fields, from all

walks of life, and from past

and present.

* Bring this review into

Beachside Bookshop on

Thursday 8 March to get

10% off a copy, and help

shine the spotlight on our

homegrown achievers. –

Libby Armstrong

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Young Life

Surfing Life

Surfing Life

Come on in, the water’s

... well, too darn hot!

What should we watch if we want to understand surf?

Can I bore you for a column?

I don’t know… maybe

you’ll find this boring,

maybe not. But how often does

the water surface temperature

off Pittwater beaches hit 24.8

degrees Celsius?

I will tell you! Never. Never

in my surfing life has the water

here been this warm.

Offshore water temperatures

are higher even than

that. But they frequently reach

25 degrees these days. It’s the

coastal temps that are coming

as a shock – or maybe the

reverse of a shock. You don’t

dive in to a skin-tingling feeling

of refreshment right now,

that’s for sure.

It’s coming as a bigger

shock since through November

last year, temperatures

stayed stubbornly LOW, rarely

budging above 19 and sometimes

shrivelling to 17 – colder

than a typical mid-winter.

Strange things are occurring.

In the second-last week

of February, our beaches were

suddenly struck by an influx

of small jellyfish. Not stingers,

rather a prune-shaped

jelly, almost fully transparent,

pumping itself along with two

halves of its body. Millions of

’em. They were all gone in a


The surface warmth has

brought humidity, yet weirdly

GITA MOVE ON: Greenmount at Coolangatta unfurls during February’s cyclone.

enough, almost no rain. Low

cloud comes in overnight with

the dying sea breeze, and settles

on the coast. The air feels

wet, yet the garden stays dry.

You wake exhausted, go down

to the beach for a refreshing

swim, and remember, nup, it

isn’t refreshing right now.

I watch this stuff closely as

an adjunct to the surfing obsession,

trying to pick up clues

on how weather is evolving

in our swell “windows” – the

areas of ocean big and broad

enough to provide us with significant

surf. (I say “weather”

because surf relies on weather,

not necessarily climate. Surf

arises from wind on the water

somewhere. Climate is at a

remove from that.)

Our local warmer water is

tangentially related to a much

vaster pool of warm surface

water to our east and north.

This pool of 25-degree-plus

water stretches way out into

the southwest Pacific, my very

favourite swell window. It’s

been pouring energy into the

atmosphere for months via

the easterly tradewind band,

which runs from east of Tahiti

all the way (sometimes) to the

south-east Queensland coast.

Every now and then in a

year like this, something

reaches into that tradewind

band and sets off a kind of

bomb. This year it’s been a

pulse of atmospheric energy

associated with the northern

monsoon. The pulse wanders

around the Equator, touching

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down in mid-Pacific every 30

to 40 days.

It last touched down at

the end of the first week of

February. The result was

Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita.

TC Gita migrated west from

near Tahiti, blew apart Tonga,

missed Fiji and New Caledonia

by the atmospheric equivalent

of a hairs-breadth, and ended

up scaring the citizens of

Wellington, NZ half to death

when it went post-tropical and

swamped the city.

Gita also joined forces with

the easterly tradewind belt to

create a series of spectacular

groundswells. We kinda

missed out, being a touch too

far south for the swell angle.

But Queensland’s Kirra Point

didn’t miss anything. While Pittwater

suffered under roaring

Photo Credit: Greenmount image: richardgoldnerimages.com

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11-22/3: WSL Championship Tour: Quiksilver and Roxy

Pros, Snapper Rocks, Qld

The World Surf League commences the last of its full-year championship

seasons in the most traditional fashion possible, with a

double header on the Goldie. This sweaty epic of an event may

not start 2019: the WSL plans a complete re-vamp of its schedule,

beginning in February and ending in September, rather than with the

renowned December showdown at Pipeline. The schedule is yet to

be released, so we can’t give you more detail. We can make a few

calls about this year though: the waves will be fun but not epic Gitastyle,

you’ll see the eventual world champs in the semi-finals, and

the women’s will be gnarlier and more competitive than the men’s.


Hopefully this isn’t redundant given the entire preceding column! I

think March will mark a distinct change of season for this coastline.

Sometimes you see the change and sometimes you don’t, and this

year I think we’ll see it – a turn toward cooler days, less humidity

but perversely more rain, and a fair bit of surf, mostly coming from

the southern angle off southerly gales near Tasmania and southern

NZ. In between those south angled swells it’ll be pretty darn quiet,

with clean mornings, light to moderate afternoon seabreezes, and

not much surf at all. This may begin to change again late in the

month with the firing up of the southwest Pacific, but we may not

see much from that until early April. I say ride what you see, and

enjoy the warm water, it’ll be around for a while.

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Surfing Life

northeast winds and a classic

late-summer bluebottle invasion,

our friends to the north

had the time of their surfing


To be completely frank, it

made Kelly’s pool (the subject

of last month’s column) look

like, well, a pool.

On a climate scale, a lot of

this is to be expected. Meteorologists

were calling out a La

Niña event as early as August

last year, and La Niña always

means warmer water in the

western Pacific.

But La Niña is also supposed

to mean rainfall, for

us. Hasn’t happened. Forecasts

for higher than average

rainfall in eastern Australia

have had to be revised, then

revised again, always down.

Now, La Niña has officially

decayed, and they reckon

we’re in for a drought. This

is why as a surfer, I try to put

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climate aside, and just watch

for weather.

Anyway, TC Gita was a

safety valve of sorts for all

that warmwater-driven energy,

and the southwest Pacific will

be quiet for a while, surf-wise

at least.

But the Pacific heat will

re-build in coming weeks, and

will begin looking for something

to do.

That monsoon pulse is due

back in mid-Pacific in the third

week of March. It may be a

bit late for the WSL’s opening

events (see calendar), but it

won’t be too late for the rest

of us.

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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Boating Life

Photo: Lori Wilson


Open Day

The Avalon Sailing Club

and the Couta Association

NSW are hosting an Open

Day on Saturday 24 March

for families to check out

what the club has to offer

for kids and adults. The

club’s committee invites locals

to enjoy a trial sail on

a family friendly Coutaboat

– “the prettiest sailing boat

you will see on Pittwater!”

Hours are 10am-4pm.

More info Larry Eastwood

0417 244 406.

Yes harm, if no foul!

Pittwater is unique with its

rocky shorelines, intertidal

mudflats, mangroves and saltmarshes

each having a different

impact on the health of boat


If you own a boat you already

know how important it is to

antifoul annually.

A fouled hull can cause

serious problems affecting

a vessel’s performance and


Applying an antifouling paint

to the hull of your boat prevents

the attachment of fouling

organisms such as barnacles,

weed and slime.

With no antifoul your hull will

become a breeding ground for

all types of marine life and the

longer the growth is there the

harder it will be to get off ...

prevention is the key.

Owners should check the

underwater coating of their

vessels, if they’re not active,

every couple of months and if

‘fouling’ is starting to settle,

they should give the area a

wipe down or scrub depending

on what type of product

has been used, says Northern

Beaches-based yacht coating

expert Kane Barfoot.

With more than 25 years’ experience

in paint application in

the yachting industry, the technical

sales representative for

International Paints explained

antifouling paints worked by

delivering a controlled, steady

release of biocide (such as copper)

from the paint surface into

the microscopic layer of water

next to the hull.

It is this layer of biocide that

stops the fouling from settling.

“Modern antifouling paints

are specifically formulated to

release just the right amount

of biocide to keep the surface

clean throughout the season,

without the need to scrub your

boat,” Kane added.

While some may try doing the

job themselves it’s generally a

task best left to the experts.

Kane recommended avoiding

getting the job done in cold and

wet times of the year, as these

conditions can sometimes affect

application of any product used.

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Hair & Beauty

Time to come clean: How

do you wash your face?

with Sue Carroll

Summer is now over, even

gauze and toning lotion to

though it may not feel like

ensure all makeup and debris

it as we are still dealing

is removed thoroughly and the

with heat and humidity. While

pH of the skin is returned to

every season brings a new set

its normal level of between 4.5

of challenges for the skin, the

and 5.

end of summer and the start of

For skin fitness and health, the

autumn usually sees a depletion

cleansing routine is the starting

of hydration in the skin and a

block for proper care every

dulled complexion. The first

morning and night. Skin, it’s for

area of skin fitness is cleansing

life… we are only given one, so

and if this is not performed

give it the care it deserves.

correctly the aftermath of

summer will be heightened.

Sue Carroll of Skin

You may think it simple to Know Your Skin Type – and then cleanse the skin with Inspiration has been a qualified

Aesthetician for 33 years.

wash your face; you reach for Choosing a cleanser for your the cleanser. If you do not have

soap in the shower – stop, don’t skin type can be daunting. The a makeup remover and you

Sue has owned and

do it! There is a huge margin of internet is constantly booming have thick, heavy makeup on,

operated successful beauty

error when it comes to washing with suggestions of the latest perform a double cleansing

clinics and day spas on

your face, so it is important to

and greatest products making it routine: wash with the first

the Northern Beaches.

make sure you are performing

hard to weed through what you application, rinse and then

this twice-daily exercise

really need and what you will wash again with the second info@skininspiration.com.au

correctly. There are four things

like. Not to mention your best application. Follow with your www.skininspiration.com.au

you should know:

friend’s advice, and all those TV

infomercials! Knowing what your

Say No to Bar Soap – You

skin needs is essential. Make

might cringe at the idea of

time to speak with your beauty

purchasing something other

therapist, which will often not

than the soap you buy from

cost you a thing except your

the supermarket or health

time. The therapist will ask

food store. But washing your

questions about your lifestyle,

face with that bar of soap can

your skin concerns and will

do more harm than good.

be able to customise the right

Bar soaps contain a high pH


(they are very alkaline which

Stick to a Routine – We all get

leaves the skin squeaky clean;

crazy and we all get lazy. If you

sometimes they are similar to

are washing your face too little,

dishwashing liquid) which can

or too much, you’ll start to see

destroy and irritate the outer

those negative effects on your

layer of skin. In addition, bar

skin. Instead of cutting corners

soap can dry the surface of the

and hoping it will get you

skin, which can cause breakouts, through, stick to a routine, like

wrinkles and create a breeding cleaning your teeth twice a day.

ground for bacteria and other Your face can be washed either

germs. Instead, choose a wash at the basin or in the shower,

or cleanser that is suited to remembering never to have the

your skin condition, one that full force of the hot streaming

is not too harsh with alcoholbased

shower pounding onto your

ingredients. It must be skin. Dehydration and bright

pH balanced and if you have red capillaries may be the result

an oily skin tending towards and then further skin treatments

breakouts, it must not contain such as IPL to remove the

coconut-based ingredients (they redness and oxygen treatments

are comedogenic and will cause to hydrate the skin will follow.

pimples, milia and sebaceous Removing Makeup – We are

hyperplasia). A prescribed all guilty of trying to cut corners

cleanser may be a little more with a quick splash of water

expensive than the soap bar or a wipe with a baby wipe.

initially, but your skin will thank Remove makeup either with a

you for it.

specialised makeup remover

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Health & Wellbeing

BreastScreen’s dedicated home on

Health & Wellbeing

BreastScreen NSW has

a dedicated home on

the northern beaches

with mammogram screening

services now offered in a

brand new facility located

opposite Warringah Mall.

Part of a new purpose-built

Community Health Centre,

the in-house BreastScreen

unit will be able to screen up

to 40 women a day in a more

formal setting than locals are

used to when attending the

mobile vans that have serviced


However, for those who

prefer closer to home, the

BreastScreen van will continue

to visit Warriewood regularly.

BreastScreen is one of 22

preventative and community

health services including

adult and community mental

health services and an oral

health service with specialist

paediatric dentists housed in

the new facility.

On the B-Line and with

ample on-site parking the

$50-million, purpose-built

Brookvale Community Health

Centre and its 200-plus staff

– many of them local – is the

latest boost to health care on

the Northern Beaches.

At the official opening

last month State Minister for

Health Brad Hazzard said the

centre was part of the NSW

Government’s commitment

of $100 million in community

health facilities for the

Northern Beaches region,

as part of the $600 million

Northern Beaches health

service redevelopment.

Mr Hazzard said community

health centres played a vital

role in our health system by

keeping people fit and well –

and out of hospital.

The new centre is the third

community health facility

delivered to the Northern

Beaches in recent years,

complementing the Dalwood

Child and Family Health

Centre in Seaforth and the

Community Health Centre at

Mona Vale Hospital.

Services at the Brookvale

centre include:

n BreastScreen NSW;

n Child and Family Health;

n Child and Youth Mental


n Chronic and Complex Care;

n Community Adult Mental


n Community Drug and


n Health Promotion;

n Northern Sydney Home

Nursing Service;

n Oral Health; and

n Community Rehabilitation

and Aged Care.

A spokesman confirmed the

services currently available

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at Mona Vale Community

Health Centre would

continue to be provided and

these included:

n Acute Post Acute Care;

n Adult mental health;

n Adult Occupational Therapy;

n Adult Physiotherapy;

n Carer Support;

n Child and Family Health;

n Child and Youth Mental


n Chronic disease and


n Community drug and


n Community nursing;

n Early Childhood Health


n Oral Health;

n Paediatric occupational


n Paediatric Physiotherapy;

n Paediatric speech


n Podiatry; and

n Rehabilitation and Aged

Care. – Lisa Offord

Caring for

our carers

If you or someone you

know is caring for a

loved one it’s important

to know support and

guidance is not far

away. Northern Beaches

Community Connect

runs several support

groups throughout the

year specifically for

people caring for others

with dementia or mental

health issues; general

carers and a male carers

group. All groups meet

once a month for two

hours in a sharing

confidential environment

where people can talk

openly and without

judgement about their

concerns. To find out

more contact 9931

7751 or email anak@



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Healing at cellular level

In her former demanding full-time role

in anaesthetics and intensive care, and

as a mother of three young boys, local

doctor Jasmina Dedic-Hagan admits it

was a point in her life where she was

struggling to keep up.

“I was tired, sleep-deprived, waking up

achy and battling brain fog,” the newest

member of the Avalon Wholistic Medical &

Dental Centre revealed.

“At about the same time my son was

experiencing severe eczema and a conventional

approach was not working for either

of us.”

With an academic record including an

honours degree in Molecular Biology and

Genetics from Sydney Uni, a PHD in Molecular

Biology from ANU and a medical degree

from the University of Melbourne, it was

natural for Dr Dedic-Hagan (pictured) to

investigate further.

“I came across functional medicine, an

approach that seeks to find the root cause

of illness, understand its molecular basis

and provide personalised care,” she said.

“This appealed to me as I had background

in genetics and molecular biology and believed

that what we experience as a myriad

of different symptoms has its origins at a

cellular level.”

Dr Dedic-Hagan spent the following two

years training with the Institute of Functional

Medicine in the US and finding ways

to implement what she was learning in her

general practice.

“Every patient has a story and their life experiences,

environment and genetics impact

their health,” she explained. “I take these

elements into account and tailor a personalised

treatment to optimise outcomes.”

Dr Dedic-Hagan said she particularly enjoyed

working with women who were going

through the challenging phase of their lives

that involved juggling work and family.

“These women work incredibly hard and

often become very depleted, physically as

well as emotionally,” she said. “It is very

rewarding when I see that improvements

in their health lead to happier families and

healthier communities.”

Prior to joining the Avalon practice Dr

Dedic-Hagan worked across Sydney and

also on the Northern Beaches as a part of a

Palliative Care team.

“I always felt that working on the beaches

was something special – I enjoyed working

within a close-knit community, in a beautiful

environment, with people who love to live

life their way,” she said.

Family aside, these days Dr Dedic-Hagan

does make sure she carves out some time

for herself, which usually means yoga, a

bike ride or swim. A former elite alpine

skier, her perfect holiday still includes challenging

mountains with plenty of snow.

– Lisa Offord

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Looking out for

glaucoma signs

World Glaucoma Week

falls this month… so

what is glaucoma? It

is the name given to a group

of eye diseases where vision

is lost due to damage to the

optic nerve. Approximately

300,000 Australians have

glaucoma, and generally

there are no symptoms or

warning signs in the early

stages of this eye condition.

The loss of sight is gradual

and a considerable amount

of peripheral (side) vision

may be lost before there is an

awareness of any problem.

The primary problem in

glaucoma is damage to the

optic nerve. Intraocular pressure

is the fluid pressure

inside the eye, and the level

of eye pressure at which there

is progressive damage to an

optic nerve varies between

people: some individuals

with high eye pressures do

not develop nerve damage,

while others with normal eye

pressure develop progressive

nerve damage.

The best way to protect

your sight from glaucoma is to

have your eyes tested.

Glaucoma cannot be selfdetected,

and many people

affected by glaucoma may not

be aware of any vision loss.

It is important to remember

that while it is more common

as we get older, glaucoma

can occur at any age. Unfor-

tunately there is currently no

cure for glaucoma and vision

cannot be regained, although

early detection and adherence

to treatment can halt or

significantly slow progression.

Treatment is usually really

simple and involves using

drops in the eyes.

Important facts around

the disease: currently 50 per

with Rowena Beckenham

cent of people with glaucoma

remain undetected and firstdegree

relatives of people

with glaucoma have an up to

tenfold increased risk of developing

the disease

So the lesson this March is:

Talk to relatives and see your

optometrist for a comprehensive

eye examination that will

detect glaucoma.

Comment supplied by Rowena Beckenham, of

Beckenham Optometrist in Avalon (9918 0616). Rowena

has been involved in all facets of independent private

practice optometry in Avalon for 16 years, in addition

to working as a consultant to the optometric and

pharmaceutical industry, and regularly volunteering in

Aboriginal eyecare programs in regional NSW.

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Arcadia ticks recovery boxes

his is like a hotel!” is the sets a world-class standard “Some of the patients have gram involving a morning and

“Tuniversal observation of never before seen in Australia

already endured long periods afternoon physiotherapy and

patients and visitors attending

Pittwater’s new private hospital

in Warriewood.

The purpose-built boutiquestyle

Arcadia Pittwater began

taking patients last month

and within the first fortnight

was operating with an average

occupancy of 20 ‘guests’.

Developed by Arcadia

Health Care, operators say

– it essentially runs like

a hotel for patients providing

a setting for medical teams to

deliver individualised treatment


Most patients at the fully accredited

sub-acute facility are

admitted to improve mobility

post surgery, or following an

injury, a medical condition, or

as part of their palliative care

of hospitalisation and are the

ones that greatly appreciate

the difference in accommodation

and amenity standards

offered by Arcadia Pittwater,”

a spokesperson said.

Testimonials from three local

residents who were transferred

to the facility to complete

post-surgery recovery

as rehabilitation in-patients,

hydrotherapy treatment, were

overwhelmingly positive.

While the three patients

raved about the staff, the

treatment services in the spa

and gym and quality of the

food, most importantly they

reported favourable outcomes,

successfully improving

in wellness to enable their

return home two to four days

the facility in Daydream Street treatment.

admitted for a two-week pro-

ahead of schedule. – NW

Women set to inspire on

their International Day

Two of Australia’s outstanding sports

stars will be speaking at local breakfasts

marking International Women’s

Day early this month.

In Pittwater, wheelchair basketball

player, sailor and Member of Parliament

Liesl Tesch AM will address hundreds of

guests at a breakfast at the Royal Prince

Alfred Yacht Club.

Liesl became an incomplete paraplegic

after a mountain bike accident at the

age of 19. She competed in wheelchair

basketball at five paralympics, winning

three medals before shifting her focus

to sailing, winning a gold medal at the

2012 Paralympics in London and another

gold at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

Last year Liesl was elected Member for

Gosford in the New South Wales Legislative

Assembly – she will speak of her life

story before the Pittwater Woman of the

Year is announced.

The event, organised by Zonta Club

of Northern Beaches, will be held on

Wednesday March 7 from 7am-9am.

Tickets cost $45 bookings essential

at pittwateriwdbreakfast@gmail.com or

contact Sue on 0407 850 860.

Three-time Olympic athlete and

Australian 200m record holder Melinda

Gainsford-Taylor AM will be speaking at

Manly Golf Club on Thursday March 8

(hosted by Northern Beaches Council).

A mother of two and media commentator,

Melinda coaches and mentors

aspiring athletes through her Explosive

Speed Clinics and is also a National

Selector for Track and Field.

Melinda is also an ambassador for

the Can Too Foundation encouraging

people to get fit and raise funds for

cancer research – there will be a raffle

and opportunity to donate to Can Too

at the breakfast in Balgowlah from 7am-

9am. Tickets $45 book via NB Council


– LO

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Time to think flu vaccine

Local GP Ethel Gilbert

says April is the month

to book vaccinations

to protect against the flu

virus, reminding parents

that the Government is now

supplying all children aged

6 months to five years with

free vaccine.

Dr Gilbert said two new,

enhanced flu vaccines would

also be free for people

over-65, in a bid to prevent

a repeat of last year’s horror

season, with chronic disease

patients also to benefit from

the free program.

Meanwhile Gilbert

Collins Medical Practice

has expanded its team and

services to meet the growing

health needs of the local


“Our focus remains on

delivering comprehensive

general practice healthcare

in-house,” Dr Gilbert said. “We

provide shared antenatal care

services, all immunisations

including childhood

immunisations, influenza for

all ages and are an accredited

Yellow Fever Clinic.

“We also provide

contraceptive services,

childhood and elderly health

checks, men’s health checks

and management of long

term illness.”

Dr Ainslie Maddock has

recently joined the team – a

local with a wide range of

GP experience, Dr Maddock

trained in Sydney and worked

in Dee Why for four years.

She is looking forward to

helping new patients of all


Also new to the rooms

at 20 Bungan Street is

psychologist Louise Adams,

who has 20 years in clinical


Louise sees people from

all walks of life for many

kinds of issues. She uses

cognitive behaviour therapy,

mindfulness and selfcompassion

training, and

ACT techniques to help her

clients learn to take care of

themselves and to become

their own therapist.

In addition to general

psychological issues, Louise


is an expert in the space

of treating people with

eating disorders, body

image problems, and people

struggling with weight, all

from a non-diet perspective.

Louise also trains other

health professionals

and regularly presents

professional training

workshops around Australia.

She is the author of

‘Mindful Moments’ which

is about discovering selfcompassion.

Online bookings gilbertcollinsmedicalpractice.com.


– Lisa Offord EXPERT: Psychologist Louise Adams.

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Business Life: Money

Cutting through hype

on home solar power

Not keen on burning fossil

fuels to create the electricity

for your house and

thinking about solar? Already

got solar panels on your roof

and are wondering about

installing batteries to store

power? Want to say goodbye to

expensive power suppliers and

take responsibility for your own

power? Or maybe you just want

to read a bit more about solar,

to try to cut through all the hype

and misinformation. Read on…

Most of us don’t like burning

fossil fuels to make electricity.

There are myriad reasons why

we do it – efficiency, immediacy,

convenience… even questionable

political agendas. But the

sun provides a viable alternative.

The sun is an extremely

powerful nuclear reactor (it’s

been burning for 4.6 billion

years) some 149,600,000km

from earth. Light takes eight

minutes to get here from there.

It’s a sensible place for a nuclear

reactor and it is going to run

smoothly for about another five

billion years. Nobody charges

you anything for the energy that

you can freely collect from this

reactor; putting up some solar

panels will only have a positive

effect on global warming; solar

panels pay back the energy/pollution

created in making them

within weeks (contrary to myths

spread by fossil fuel fanciers).

Prices are falling, payback in

maybe 3-4 years. The case for

solar panels is compelling.

So how much solar power do

you need? A good starting point

is to find out your daily power

consumption from the last couple

of electricity bills. A frugal

4-person house without a pool

might need about 20kwh of

power per day. (20 kilowatts for

an hour, 1 kilowatt for 20 hours

etc) per day. Add 50% for a pool

or spa, add another 50% for

aircon and non-frugal families.

Then you need to size your

solar system. A 5kw system is

pretty much standard nowadays,

as a starting point (usually

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around 20 panels). That means,

theoretically, it will put in 5kw

per hour in peak sun conditions

and, when the sun hits the

panels less than 90 degrees, or

when there is a bit of cloud or

pollution, or when the neighbour’s

tree has dropped sap on

your panels, the production will

be much less. In fact, the realworld

output of a solar install

is typically around 80% of the

rated output at best, with occasional

glimpses of better. Also,

in the real world, you might get

five times your system’s rated

output per day in summer, and

three times in winter (if lucky).

So, bottom line, a 5kw system

might just about produce 25kw

in summer – enough to run a

2-person house with a pool,

but this ignores inefficiencies,

clouds, bird poo, losses through

heat, resistance, losses through

charging and power conversion.

In winter, you’ll need 60% more

in the way of solar panels to

get similar output, so the 5kw

isn’t going to be enough unless

you are especially frugal. So fit

as much solar as you can and

keep in mind that when the sun

isn’t out you’ll still be buying

power from your electricity

supplier, and they will be paying

you half as much, per Kwh, for

spare power from your panels

that you send to them in the

daylight… which is why some

people like the idea of batteries,

and where it gets really

complicated, especially working

out what sort of energy storage

system will suit you.

If you have enough solar

power to run everything during

the day, and also enough spare

solar power to fully recharge

batteries, replacing the power

you took from them last night,

then your batteries only need to

get you from dusk to dawn (so

you use the dishwasher, washing

machine, pool pumps and

other power-hungry appliances

during peak sunshine, and not

all at the same time).

In that case, you might want

to consider one of the fancy

lithium batteries that fits onto

your wall and has quite small

capacity that you’ll use, every

evening, to get you through the

‘shoulder’ charging period so

you only buy your power at offpeak


(A caution, though. Look at

cost versus savings, the payback

period, expected service life and

also take a look at how much

power one of these units can

supply. I’m in the battery business

and I haven’t seen one of

these that reliably pays back in

less than 8 years, or one of the

single packs that can handle the

dishwasher, washing machine

and aircon running together

without pulling power from the

grid so, at the moment, they’re

not a universal solution, and an

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8-year payback on a product

that might last 10 years is not

compelling, either.)

If you want independence

from the grid, but are happy to

stay attached and pay a small

service fee every quarter, just in

case you need it, then it’s a bigger

system, bigger money, and

battery selection is critical.

There’s a bit of choice here

but, for simplicity and unless

you live in a submarine or warship,

it comes down to lead acid

(cheaper) or lithium (longer lasting),

with a few zany technologies

emerging around the edge.

My personal preference is to

use 2-volt lead acid batteries

(also used in forklifts) wired

together in series to output 48

volts, with some clever technology

to take power from the

solar panels into the batteries,

and then to convert battery

power into something suitable

for the house. There are good

arguments in favour of lithium

batteries, and for more expensive

types of lead acid battery.

Make sure you talk to someone

who knows, not just someone

with an opinion.

What about cost and payback

for a self-sufficient battery system?

Well into five figures and

if you live in a house with a reliable

grid connection, the case

won’t stack up on economic

grounds alone because, if it did,

everyone would be doing it. Payback

in about 6 years is about

achievable at the moment, for

some, so there has to be more

to it than saving a few dollars,

and it comes down to helping

heal Mother Earth.

In that case, you might just

want to harness and store all

that lovely wireless power from

the perfectly safe nuclear reactor

at the centre of our solar

system. If so, I hope this has

piqued your interest.

* Clive is the co-owner of

Battery Business, based at the

Warriewood office. Read more

at batterybusiness.com.au

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Business Life

Good Corporate reason tax for losses going&

‘nuts’ bias? this A, B, festive Cee in season yah... with Brian Hrnjak

In When one go this writing month about we canvass

the financial issues innovation of corporate one it cable allows to Australian them to save businesses while interface – fancy words for the rises and falls in line with the

round taxation up arrangements feature of Acorns appli-

as attractive and functional user balance of your Acorns account

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can bias share at the with ABC… you I will is from gladly the teenagers the national I think broadcaster I’ve come into While these principles have the course of the trading day.

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which I’m one in of my those case middle has been aged such conflict as Acorns with proposed using a government

blend Acorns goes on to provide an any finance app would have

rolling white guys out the who fast-growing

thinks the only psychology policy. and technology of

indirect benefit to its users encouraging young people to

Acorns interesting app. stuff Since on launching TV is to be may Here’s be the an only introductory effective part way in the form of education and save and invest is to remain

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improved financial literacy. relevant in their eyes. Over

to salvage they sure it from do know the ABC Get two or more people in the the past year a number of

app also now inclined resides to defend on the what smart to because

phones me are these of around two worthy 350,000 media how website to spend. on the morning of 14 room who have an account and enhancements have taken place

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of $106.4 billion, the flying BCF, on the Uber dubious etc. and tax these practices

‘round-up’ app, the first one

mid-February when the ABC’s

of its kind in Australia. Our

chief economics correspondent tax for close to 10 years.

tax on that bounty since 2009, amounts ‘double Irish or extra Dutch round sandwich’ ups

firm along with our partners

Emma Alberici (ex-‘Lateline’) The period roughly coincides thanks to Australia’s generous into or ‘marketing the users account; offices’ located

brought it out from the US

set local media outlets and with Mr Joyce’s tenure at the tax concessions, depreciation My in low-taxing Finance feature Singapore, – uses she

in 2015 where it had been

politicians into spin when she helm of Australia’s flag carrier. provisions and the ability to artificial probably intelligence would have to had track a

established for a few years.

called out a range of normal Despite generating income offset company losses against and minor categorise spat with spending the Treasurer and

The app works in a couple

past and future profits.

calculate that would free have cash been flow; that. I

of ways: by taking a data

New analysis by the ABC Super gather fund it was linkages her bitter – allows attack

feed from your spending are firmly rooted in behavioural you reveals saving Qantas for? is What not returns alone – its users on Qantas to make that deposits led to her to a savaging

of in industry the wider and media. public

accounts and rounding up the finance: investing small

have tax behaviour you had? is It’s consistent inherently with range

purchases you make to the amounts on a regular basis that competitive about 380 of but Australia’s when it’s largest offer Alberici superannuation not only called funds; into

nearest dollar and investing won’t be missed combined with combined companies. with ATO the corporate tools and tax Emerald question Portfolio the corporate – a socially citizenship

of Qantas portfolio but in option particular

these accumulated balances investing over an extended information transparency that data the – confirmed app responsible

into a mix of exchange traded period of time to average provides in email exchanges it’s also extremely with company

representatives – as a regular – reveals user feedback; CEO Joyce, contrasting the rise

introduced the salary of following its high-profile member

funds listed on the ASX, or, into the markets smoothing informative

by you debiting an amount or out peaks and troughs. Of you about can’t one help in five but of become the country’s

Little of his Acorns total remuneration – sub accounts pack-

regular payment from your course it doesn’t hurt that it biggest informed companies about the have more

designed age to the to (lack allow of) investment corporate

bank account to your Acorns does all of these things within behaviour paid no tax of for markets at least whether

past on taxes behalf paid of by children his company. or other This

account. Most users enjoy the the framework of a highly you three are years.’ looking to or not – the dependants is all good populist under the stuff age which of 18.

I mention above that I

the Australian Financial Review

salvaged the article from the (AFR) editorial on 15 February

ABC’s website – I didn’t realise noted as putting the ABC into

at the time that I was salvaging a ‘zany alliance’ with Senator

anything but a few days later Pauline Hanson with shared

the article was gone, completely

views on tax cuts to corporate

removed and in its place Australia.

was just a photo of Qantas CEO The problem is that Alberici

Alan Joyce.

unfairly and viciously called

Alberici’s original article out Qantas for not paying tax

absolutely went to town on a while it was still clawing back

range of foreign corporates prior period losses. She either

such as American Express, didn’t know the difference

Barclays Bank and JP Morgan

between income and profit or

Chase. She reserved a chose deliberately to confuse

particular dose of venom for the issue to her readers – not

Goldman Sachs, dredging up a good look either way for a

the old Rolling Stone magazine chief economics correspondent.

description of them being “the

The same tax rules that

great vampire squid wrapped apply to mum and dad business

around the face of humanity”. owners also apply to Qantas

Maybe if she had stopped – you can carry forward prior

there or had kept her focus tax losses into the future, you

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can depreciate plant – whether

that plant is a car or an A380

aircraft – it’s just on a much

bigger scale. The fact that our

national broadcaster attacked

our national flag carrier makes

it look like the emu attacking

the kangaroo on the coat of

arms – when everyone has

finished beating each other

up it’s not a great look for the


The AFR in part editorialised

on the Alberici article as


‘The ABC lives off the taxes of

others, which might explain its

own lack of grip on the subject.

This week it launched a blitz

against the Turnbull government’s

proposed company tax

cut under the headline claim

that one in five companies

don’t pay tax anyway, so none

deserved a tax cut. Exhibit A in

this fallacy was Qantas, which

hasn’t paid profits tax for

years, even as the airline managed

to double the pay of its

chief executive Alan Joyce. Qantas

is indeed profitable again,

thanks to the perseverance of

Mr Joyce for which he’s been

well rewarded (as have super

savers who own Qantas shares).

But for years Qantas was under

existential threat: a bitter lockout

and grounding, circling

corporate raiders, then a horror

$2.8 billion net loss in 2014 and

calls for Mr Joyce’s head. The

airline is still writing off those

losses off. It may resume paying

tax next year.’

The AFR’s Joe Aston also

called out the ABC’s claim that

“one in five of Australia’s top

companies has paid zero tax

for the past three years” citing

“freely available data produced

by the Australian Taxation Office

showed that 32 of Australia’s

largest 50 companies paid

$19.33 billion in company tax in

the 2015-16 year, further noting

the other 18 paid nothing because

they lost money or were

carrying over previous losses”.

As someone who doesn’t

frequent inner city cafes but

who wants to continue to

enjoy the ABC, I see a couple

of issues raised by the Alberici

article. The first one is the

issue of editorial and management

control – surely this

article with its factual errors

and opinion as analysis purely

and simply breached the

ABC’s editorial guidelines. Secondly

and more importantly,

Alberici’s now demonstrated

anti-business posture consistent

with radical left wing

student politics has caused

reputational damage to her

employer by leaving a smoking

gun for those on the right

wing side to double down on

claims of editorial bias.

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:


These comments are of a

general nature only and are

not intended as a substitute

for professional advice.

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Business Life: Law

Business Life

Exploring the powers

of a Royal Commission

The headlines have dominated

all media and general

conversation over the

past several years. There have

been problems with the banks,

with their aggressive sales-driven

culture, which emphasises

profit at all costs.

There appears to have been

a flawed compliance structure –

and no-one in a senior position

has been held accountable.

The Commonwealth Bank’s

financial advisers were found

to have misled its customers

and recommended speculative

investments which resulted in

them loosing hundreds of millions

of dollars. Commonwealth

Bank financial planners were

also accused of forging signatures,

overcharging fees and

creating unauthorised investment

accounts for customers

without their permission.

Other banks – i.e. Westpac,

ANZ and NAB – were also caught

up in litigation and complaint.

A Senate inquiry in 2014

exposed bank practices and

culture and stirred calls for a

Royal Commission. Momentum

for a Royal Commission built

over the next several years,

with resistance from the banks,

Prime Ministers both past and

present, and the Treasurer. Late

last year these matters came to

a head with the banks writing to

the Prime Minister requesting an

inquiry to address uncertainty

in the financial sector. In light

of the request and acknowledging

pressure, the Government

announced it would recommend

to the Governor General

to appoint a Royal Commission

into the banks and to appoint “a

distinguished serving or former

judicial officer to lead the commission”.

A budget for the Commission

of $75 million has been

provided and the commission

is to report by February 2019.

The Commission has now been

established and began hearings

last month.

Over the past six years, several

high-profile Royal Commissions

have inquired into a range

of important issues, including

sexual abuse, home insulation

and trade unions.

Royal Commissions, appointed

by royal warrant, at the

instigation of government (State

or Federal) have served an

important role of informing successive

governments, both in an

inquisitorial and policy context.

They are an option for responding

to a crisis and a call for action,

as well as a mechanism for

developing public policy.

Public inquiries have a long

history in Commonwealth and

Westminster democracies such

as the United Kingdom, Australia,

Canada and New Zealand.

Australia has a long history

in the use of public inquiries. In

fact, while still a penal colony,

Australia’s first inquiry was the

appointment by the Secretary

of Colonies of J. T. Bigge in 1819

to report on the state of the new

colony and in particular the

administration of Governor


As each of the colonies

gained self-government,

public inquiries, mainly in

the form of Royal Commissions,

were regularly

appointed. In New South

Wales they investigated native

police, charities and the

civil service; in Queensland

defence, local government,

sugar industry, and mining

accidents and in Victoria Education,

factory regulation and the

Murray River. After federation

the States have continued to appoint

Royal Commissions.

After federation, the Commonwealth

established a first

Royal Commission in 1902 over

the transportation of troops

from South Africa.

Royal Commissions attract

much media and public attention.

They live stream their public

hearings, and their proceedings

are followed in print and

on radio, television and online


How and why is a Royal Commission

likely to be established?

As noted above Government,

not parliament, establishes a

Royal Commission and Royal

Commissions conduct themselves


Governments write the terms

of reference governing and

with Jennifer Harris

directing Royal Commissions

terms to which the Royal Commission

may publicly request

amendments to permit it to

investigate other issues.

It is suggested that a Royal

Commission may be established

if the following elements

are present:

n There is a crisis involving a

loss of public trust;

n The scope of the inquiry is

defined to quite specific issues

and the risk of opening up

other areas is low;

n The costs of the inquiry (establishing

and conducting it, and

considering and implementing

its recommendations) are justifiable

compared to the costs

of doing nothing;

n The outcomes of the Commission

are manageable; and

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n The timing of the Commission

ties in with the government’s

agenda and the electoral


Royal Commissions have

wide-ranging powers and if

appearing before it, it is wise to

fully understand their extent.

The powers are found in the

relevant legislation – e.g. Royal

Commissions Act 1902 (Cth),

Royal Commissions Act 1923

(NSW), Inquiries Act 2014 (Vic),

the specific letters patent and

terms of reference for that

inquiry and any relevant practice


If called before an inquiry to

give evidence it should be considered

whether it represents

an opportunity to positively

engage with the Commission

and present draft recommendations

in the hope that they

appeal to the Commissioner

and be adopted and endorsed.

Unlike our Courts, the rules of

evidence do not necessarily


As someone who has appeared

before at least seven

Royal Commissions and Inquiries

over the years, representing

journalists and media interests,

the opportunity does not always

present. The Commission has

coercive statutory powers to

require witnesses to attend,

or documents to be produced

– documents in this instance

means all electronic records or

devices – an inevitability in so

far as journalists are concerned

goes to the issue of revealing

sources. The ever-present dilemma

is one of management of

this issue, as failure to address

it can mean the journalist and

their organisation being dealt

with for contempt.

The hearings of the Commission

are public hearings. Differing

from court proceedings,

the Commissioner and Counsel

Assisting will determine who

and in what order witnesses are

called to give evidence. Generally

corporations or business

entities seek to be legally represented,

as may individuals. This

is not an automatic right and is

at the discretion of the Commissioner.

An application for leave

to appear must be made to the

Commissioner in doing so this

may mean liaising with Counsel

Assisting the Commission and

lawyers for the Commission.

If you would like to participate

in a Commission, it is usually

open to interested parties to

provide a written submission or

participate in private hearings or

community or expert consultations.

A Royal Commission is not a

judicial body and cannot prosecute.

Findings made by a Royal

Commission are not binding on

any other body and have no authoritative

legal value. However,

a report from a Royal Commission

can have a substantial impact

on government and society.

It is likely that the banking

Royal Commission will attract

a large volume of submissions

and public interest. We await

with interest Commissioner

Hayne’s deliberations and report

in February 2019.

Comment supplied by

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer

Harris & Associates, Solicitors,

4/57 Avalon Parade,

Avalon Beach.

T: 9973 2011. F: 9918 3290.

E: jennifer@jenniferharris.com.au

W: www.jenniferharris.com.au

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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



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



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 property.


Platinum Turf Solutions

Call Liam 0412 692 578

Specialists in turf supply &

installation, lawn care & cylinder

mowing, full lawn construction,

turf renovations, maintenance.


Avalon Physiotherapy

Call 9918 3373

Provide specialist treatment for

neck & back pain, sports injuries,

orthopaedic problems.

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.

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.

Painting & Decorating

Call 0418 116 700

Andrew is a master painter with

30 years’ experience. Domestic

and commercial; reasonable

rates, free quotes.

Interior &

Exterior Colour

Call 0417 236 577

Deborah is a local colour and

interior design/decorating

consultant with over 30 years’

experience. One-hour colour

consultation with spec and



All Foam

Call 9973 1731

Cut to measure quality foam

for day beds, boats, caravans

and more. Discounted prices

and reliable local service. Free

measure and quote.

Luxafoam North

Call 9999 5567

Local specialists in all aspects of

outdoor & indoor seating.

Custom service, expert advice.

Esyou Design

Call Susan 0422 466 880

Specialist in day bed and outdoor

areas. Reliable local

service. Offering domestic &


Modern Colour

Leather Hero

Call 0406 150 555

Simon Bergin offers painting

and decorating; clean, tidy,

quality detail you will notice.

Dependable and on time.

Call 0490 796 012

Northern Beaches-based specialists

in leather cleaning, revamps,

repairs and colour restoration for

lounges, cars and boats.

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Northern Beaches

Home Tutoring

Call John 9972 1469

1-ON-1 individual tutoring

in your home. All ages and

subjects K-Uni. Qualified tutors.

WWC child protection checked.

Since 2009.

Eliminate all manner of pests.

They provide a 24-hour service.


Water Warehouse

Call 9913 7988


Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation

& filter supply specialists.

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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.


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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 remotecontrolled

opening roofs & awnings.

Beats competitor’s prices.

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World-renowned artists

simply music to our ears


Australian flautist

Jane Rutter (will

perform a fascinating

concert in Bayview

next month.

With several number

one albums and

ARIA nominations

under her belt Jane –

awarded the prestigious

French medal

Chevalier des Arts et

Lettres in 2016 – is a

classical trailblazer

who has devoted her

life to French flute


In the concert Jane Rutter

Flute Spirits and the Four

Seasons, Jane plays 12 different

solo Gold, Silver, Bamboo Classical

and Ethnic Flutes.

Works include ‘Spring: The

Four Seasons’ by Vivaldi, Indian

Ragas, Irish melodies linking

poetry by Rumi, Patrick White

and Anaïs Nin, and pieces by

Debussy, Devienne, Vaughan-

Williams, Irving Berlin and Ross

Edwards Flute Spirits – mystically

connecting the Australian

Dreamtime, European Classical

music and the universal appeal

of the flute.

The concert is the first of

four performances brought to

us this year by The Peninsula

Music Club.

Jane Rutter Flute Spirits and

the Four Seasons will be held

at St Luke’s Grammar School,

Bayview Campus, 1977 Pittwater

Rd on Friday April 6 at 8pm

– doors open at 7.30pm.

Other concerts in the 2018

program are:

John Field inventing Night

Music featuring

pianist Tamara-Anna

Cislowska (June 3);

Pianist Simon

Tedeschi and

Sydney Symphony’s

Principal Viola Roger

Benedict performing

works from their

new album for ABC

Classics (August 17);


L’Heure Exquise

featuring baritone

Jose Carbo and

guitarists Andrew

Blanch and Ariel

Nurhedi (Nov 9).

A season ticket to the fourconcert

series is $80. Single

event tickets ($25) are also

available. Students under 18 admitted

free when accompanied

by an adult.

A feature of the Peninsula

Music Club Concerts are the

suppers served after each performance,

when you can meet

the artists.

Info and bookings peninsulamusicclub.com.au


9972 3556 or 9999 1937 or

0407 441 213 – Lisa Offord








Around the clubs

Talented acoustic “fingerstyle”

guitarist Ziggy McNeill is back at

Avalon Beach RSL due to popular

demand. You can catch the 25-yearold

northern beaches local in the Surf

Lounge on Saturday March 3 from

8.30pm-11pm; phone 9918 2201.

Shows at Dee Why RSL this month

include Queen – The Magic Tour,

starring Thomas Crane and his band

Bohemian Rhapsody on Friday 16,

8pm (doors open 7.30pm, tickets

$35); also, an afternoon of Ireland’s

best live music and dance, performed

by leading singers and dance

champions – Eireborne celebrates

modern music and pushes Irish

choreography to the limits fusing

it with contemporary jazz, tap and

ballet (for all ages on Sunday 18 from

4pm; doors open 3.30pm with tickets

from $25); and The Divine Miss M – a

tribute to Bette Midler (Friday 23 at

8pm; tickets $25).

The Mercy –

Movie Ticket


We’re thrilled to offer

readers the opportunity

to win a double pass

to see new film The Mercy

in cinemas from March 8.

Academy Award winner

James Marsh directs this

incredible, true story of

amateur sailor Donald

Crowhurst (played by

Academy Award winner

Colin Firth) and his

attempt to win the first

non-stop, single-handed

round-the-world yacht

race in 1968.

The story details Crowhurst’s

dangerous solo

voyage and the struggles

he confronted on the epic


Pittwater Life has five

double passes to give

away. Send your name and

contact details to win@


Winners will be selected

on March 8 and notified

by email. Good Luck!

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Dining Guide

Dining Guide

March's best restaurants, functions, events and reader deals...

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

blackbeans with chipotle,

corn chips, guacamole,

Danish fetta and coriander.

Members get discounts

on meals purchased.

Membership starts from


The club is licensed, with

no BYO. Bookings online or

call 9918 2201 – large groups


Riva Bar &


8/57 Avalon Pde,

Avalon Beach


Lunch 11.30am-2.30pm Thur-Sun

Dinner 5.30-9.30pm Tues-Sat

whole duck (or half duck per

person) with port braised

cabbage, Cointreau sauce and

green shallot and potato blinis.

Plus all vegan, vegetarian,

gluten-free, nut allergy or

other special requirements

can be catered for with

advance notice.

Kids meals Including Fish

and Chips, Pasta or Chicken

and Chips) are $12. BYO every

night! Phone 9918 4007.

Special of the day.

The Mirage restaurant is

also open for dinner from

Monday to Saturday from

5.30pm – 8.30pm and can

be hired, along with all the

hotel’s function rooms, for

private and corporate events

of between 60-110 guests.

Avalon Beach RSL’s Bistro

61 is a great place to head

Royal Motor

for a local meal, offering


Yacht Club

tasty modern Australian

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dishes at affordable

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Mains from $16-$26

includes Ziggy McNeill (3rd)

(ex Berowra Waters Inn) - Breakfast – $25 adults,

and it's BYO every night. $12.50 kids (5-12)

BOOKINGS 9997 5511

and CJ & The Mellows (10th).

The lunch special in Dinner – entrees

RMYC’s restaurant Salt

Happy Hour is every

March is Fish of the Day plus from $7-$17,

Cove on Pittwater’s menu

Monday, Tuesday & Friday

a glass of Checkerboard Mains from $21-$30,

offers affordable meals and

from 4-6pm.

Sauvignon Blanc for $29. Desserts from $13-$25 generous servings including

Now open for breakfast

Or tuck into entrees

from 9am to 11.30am.

a variety of starters and share

including Kingfish

BOOKINGS 9997 7011

Open for lunch and

plates, seafood, burgers,

Carpaccio, lime, chilli

Local residents are finding

dinner seven days, with

grills, salads, desserts and

vinaigrette and pickled the peaceful ambience

extensive outdoor dining

woodfired pizza.

cucumber and watercress of The Mirage restaurant

areas, Bistro 61 offers a

Friday night music kicks off

salad, or Crispy-skin Pork overlooking spectacular

variety of specials (lunch

in the Lounge Bar from 7.30pm.

Belly with port-braised

Pittwater, the perfect

and dinner) during the

Acts in March include: Keff

cabbage and apple and waterfront venue to enjoy

week, including $12

McCullough (2nd), Krishna (9th),

saffron puree (both ($16). breakfast or dinner.

tacos (Tues), $15 Chicken

Geoff Kendall (16th) and Jesse

Mains include Crispy

Schnitzels (Wed), 2-4-1

Located in boutique


Skin Barramundi, black

pizzas (Thurs), and a $20

Metro Hotel Mirage Newport, Don't miss the Crazy Classic

rice, prawn and peas with

burger + beer (Fri).

The Mirage restaurant is a Hits Show on Saturday March

citrus vinaigrette (pictured),

Seniors are well catered

popular choice for breakfast 17, featuring songs from the

Baby Chicken stuffed

for – there are daily Seniors

from 7-10am seven days a

with pistachios, porcine

1950s through the 1980s, plus

specials, including beerbattered

flathead – plus

full hot and cold buffet,

week, offering a fixed-price

and brioche served with

humour, stories and faudience

mushroom sauce, and

participation. Members $25;

they do a $5 kids meals 8-hours Slow-cooked Glazed

including a selection of non members $30.

on Sundays! (There’s a

Wagyu Beef Brisket, truffle cereals, seasonal fruit and Trivia is held every Tuesday

playground, too.)

mashed potato, speck and freshly made juice, toast night from 7.30pm (great

From the menu, chef

Mitch recommends his twist

on nachos – pulled beef and

wild mushroom.

The dinner menu also

boasts a sharing platter of

and pastries and sausages,

eggs, has browns, bacon and

tomato served with the Chef’s

prizes and vouchers).

Club social memberships

are available for just $160.

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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 March and

your family is guaranteed

a great night out with a

feast for the eyes and the


Order ahead for their

wonderful Peking Duck which

is offered as a dine-in-only

special Thursdays through

Sundays in Autumn.

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 $6

while mains are great value

too, starting at $16.80.

The menu ranges from

adventurous, like a Sizzling

Szechuan-style Platter of king

prawns and fillets of chicken,

to contemporary, featuring

spicy salt and pepper king

prawns, to traditional, with

favourites including Mongolian

lamb, Honey king prawns and

Honey chicken.

New dishes are introduced

regularly so make sure you

check out the blackboard


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The team are only too

happy to home deliver your

meal, with a range that takes

in Narrabeen to the south to

Palm Beach in the north.

Fully licensed or BYO.



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

Head to Club Palm Beach,

conveniently located just a

short stroll from Palm Beach

Wharf, for hassle-free dining

in March.

Barrenjoey Bistro is open

for lunch (11.30am to 2.30pm)

and dinner (6pm to 9pm) seven

days, plus there's a Snack Menu

available 2.30pm-6pm.

The Bistro serves top-value

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.

The Members’ lucky badge

draw is held Wednesday and

Friday night (every 30 mins

between 5pm-7pm), and

jackpots by $100 each week.

Enjoy Trivia Night from

5.30pm on Wednesdays, plus

Bingo 10am on Fridays.

Cruise Palm Beach Mon-Fri,

when groups of 10 or more

pay just $25 for a cruise on

Pittwater plus lunch.

The club has a courtesy

bus that makes regular runs

Wednesdays, Fridays and

Saturdays from 4.30pm to

9pm. Ring to book a pick-up.

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Dining Guide

Food Life

Sharing at the table over

the Easter long weekend

with Janelle Bloom

Food Life

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

The end of this month

ushers in the Easter

break we have all been

waiting for (well, I certainly

have). I look forward to sharing

great food with family

and friends around the long

table on the back deck. Here is

some of the food I am looking

forward to serving up – happy


Olive Focaccia

Serves 4

1¼ cups warm water

2 tsp (7g sachet) instant dried


1 tsp caster sugar

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

3 cups plain flour

3 tsp sea salt flakes

2 tbs fresh rosemary leaves

1 cup pitted kalamata olives

1. Combine the water, yeast,

sugar and 2 tablespoons

of oil in a bowl. Mix well.

Combine flour and 1 tsp

salt in the large bowl of an

electric master. Add yeast

mixture. Using the doughhook,

beat on low speed

until the dough comes


2. Increase the speed to medium

and beat for 8 minutes

or until smooth and elastic.

Cover the bowl with plastic

wrap and a tea towel, set

aside in a warm place for

45 minutes or until dough

doubles in size.

3. Preheat oven to 200°C fan

forced. Grease a 20 x 30cm

pan. Punch the dough

down with your fist; knead

for 2 minutes or until

smooth. Press into the pan.

Cover with plastic wrap and

a tea towel and set aside in

a warm place for 15 minutes

or until dough doubles

in size.

4. Use your finger to press

dimples into the dough.

Brush the top with the

remaining oil. Press the

olives into the dough and

sprinkle over rosemary and

remaining salt. Bake for 20-

30 minutes or until golden.

Serve warm or at room

temperature with dips.

Barbecue T-Bone

with tomato

chilli jam

Serves 4 (Not Good Friday!)

4 thick cut (400g each) t bone


2 tbs olive oil

1 tbs dried pink peppercorns,


1 tsp sea salt flakes, crushed

Tomato chilli jam

2 red banana chillies, seeds

removed, roughly chopped

2 birdseye red chillies, seeds

in, roughly chopped

1 small red onion, roughly


2 garlic cloves, chopped

5 medium (600g) ripe

Short history of chocolate eggs & hot cross buns

Eggs have been associated with the Christian

festival of Easter, which celebrates the death

and resurrection of Christ, since the early days

of the church. However, Christian customs connected

with Easter eggs are also adaptations of

ancient pagan practices related to spring rites.

The earliest Easter eggs were hen or duck

eggs decorated at home in bright colors with

vegetable dye and charcoal. The Victorians

had cardboard, ‘plush’ and satin covered

eggs filled with Easter gifts and chocolates;

handmade chocolate Easter eggs date from the

early 19th century.

It wouldn’t be Easter without the Easter

Bunny, which appears to have originated in

Germany in the 17th century. Known as the

‘Easter Hare’, this mythical character distributed

eggs to children who had been wellbehaved,

in the same vein as Santa Claus. (Like

eggs, rabbits have a long symbolic association

with fertility.)

And then there’s the hot cross bun – an

English tradition dating from medieval times,

the spiced sweet bread is topped with a cross

made from flour paste to signify the crucifixion

of Christ.

tomatoes, peeled, halved,

seeds removed

1½ cups white sugar

1 tsp sea salt

½ cup red wine vinegar

1 cup water

1. To make the Tomato chilli

jam: Process the chillies,

onion and garlic until

finely chopped. Transfer

to a medium, heavy-based

saucepan. Roughly chop

the tomatoes and add to

the saucepan with the

sugar, salt, vinegar and

water. Stir over medium

heat for 10 minutes or until

the sugar has dissolved.

Increase the heat to

medium-high and boil

gently for 35-40 minutes

until thick and jam-like.

Spoon into a sterilised jars,

seal and allow to cool.

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2. Preheat a barbecue over

high heat until hot. Brush

both sides of the steaks

with olive oil. Season with

pink peppercorns and

salt, pressing on with

finger tips. Reduce heat to

medium-high, add steaks

and cook, for 5 minutes

each side for medium-rare

or until cooked to your

liking. Remove to a board,

spread a spoonful of jam

over each steak, cover

loosely and set aside to

rest for at least 5 minutes.

Serve with extra tomato

chilli jam on the side.

Cajun spiced


Serves 4 (as a side)

2 bunches broccolini,


2 tbs olive oil

1-2 tbs Cajun spice mix

1 lemon, halved

½ cup whole egg mayonnaise

1 tbs chipotle sauce

1. With the water clinging

to the broccolini, place

into a snap lock bag in a

single layer. Microwave for

1 minute on High/100%.

Carefully drain, pat dry with

paper towel, then arrange

on a tray. Drizzle over the

oil, sprinkle with spice mix,

turning to coat.

2. Preheat the barbecue plate

to medium heat. Add the

broccolini and lemons,

cut side down. Barbecue

for 4 minutes, turning the

broccolini often until lightly

charred. Then transfer to

a tray.

3. Combine the mayonnaise

and chipotle. Serve

broccolini drizzled with

mayonnaise and barbecue

lemon on the side.

3cm deep, 16.5cm x 26cm

slab pan.

2. Combine the flour, brown

sugar and coconut in a

bowl. Add butter, mix well.

Press mixture over the

base of the prepared pan.

Bake 10-15 minutes or until

light golden.

3. Combine the condensed

milk, golden syrup and

butter in an 8-cup capacity

heatproof, microwave-safe

Pyrex bowl. Microwave,

uncovered for 3-4 minutes

on High/100%, whisking

every minute until light

golden and thickened

slightly. Pour the warm

caramel over the warm

base. Bake a further 10-12

minutes or until the edges

are deep golden. Set aside

to cool 1 hour.

4. Combine the chocolate

and cream in a heatproof,

microwave-safe bowl.

Microwave uncovered

in 1-minute bursts on

High/100%, stirring every

minute with a metal spoon

until smooth. Spread over the

room temperature caramel.

Cut into pieces once set.

Variation Tip: Add 1 cup

roasted chopped hazelnuts to

the caramel before pouring

over the base in Step 3.

Food Life

Janelle’s chocolate

caramel slice

Makes 18

1 cup plain flour

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup desiccated coconut

125g butter, melted

Caramel filling

395g can sweetened

condensed milk

2 tbs golden syrup

50g butter, chopped

Chocolate topping

200g good quality dark

chocolate (like Plaistowe and


¼ cup pouring cream

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1. Preheat oven 170°C, fan

forced. Line base and sides

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Food Life

In Season


Food Life

The carrot is a root

vegetable, usually orange

in colour but also a red-white

blend, with a crisp texture

when fresh. The edible part

of a carrot is a taproot. It is a

domesticated form of the wild

carrot Daucus carota, native

to Europe and southwestern



Choose carrots that have a

bright colour, feel firm and

heavy. Never buy, limp carrots

with cracked or discoloured

skin or those that are sprouting.


Store unwashed carrots, loose

in the crisper section of your

fridge. Use within five days of


Also In Season


Bananas; fresh Dates & Figs;

Grapes; Kiwifruit; Limes;

Nashi; Valencia oranges;

Papaw; Passionfruit; Plums.

Also Asian greens; Green

Beans; Broccoli; Broccolini;

Carrots; Capsicums;

Cucumbers; Eggplant; Kale;

Sweet corn; & Zucchini.


Carrots are an excellent source

of beta carotene, which is converted

to vitamin A in the body.

The deeper the orange colour,

the higher the beta carotene

content. They also contain fibre

(especially when unpeeled),

vitamin K, potassium, folate,

magnesium, vitamin E and zinc.

Cooking destroys some of the

vitamins of many vegetables,

but you can absorb more beta

carotene from cooked carrots

than from raw ones.

Little carrot cakes

Makes 12

2 eggs

2/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

2/3 cup light olive oil

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

1 cup self-raising flour

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

250g carrots, peeled, grated

3/4 cup hazelnuts, roasted, chopped

1 tbs cinnamon sugar, to serve

cream cheese frosting

250g cream cheese, at room temperature

1 cup icing sugar mixture

1. Preheat oven 180°C fan forced. Grease 12 x 1/3 cup capacity

muffin holes.

2. Beat eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla with an electric mixer until

thick and creamy. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and

cinnamon over the egg mixture then stir gently to combine.

Fold in the carrot and hazelnuts. Spoon into muffin

holes so they are three-quarters full.

3. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the

centre comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 minutes before

turning out onto a wire rack to cool.

4. Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add

icing sugar, beating until thick. Spread frosting over top

the cakes. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Serve.

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Pittwater Puzzler

Compiled by David Stickley

acoustic “fingerstyle” guitarist Ziggy

McNeill in March (6,5,3)

26 Marsh plant (5)

27 Rodeo ring? (6)


2 The mid-morning break in primary

school, also called recess (9)

3 Put into the required order (7)

4 A slight or indirect indication or

suggestion (4)

5 No doubt a feature of The Parkway

Hauntings (5,5)

6 With “Life” we have a local residents

group concerned about changes to

wildlife corridors (7)

7 Local boy Tom Burlinson’s new show,

'_____ That Music' (5)

8 One happy to go halves (6)

10 Red shoes are the signature item

that will be featured in entries in the

upcoming Creative Creatures ____


1 Ostentatious display (6)

5 Sailing manoeuvres (5)

9 15-across school celebrating its 50th

year in 2018 (10,4)

11 15-across secluded spot, Scotland

______ (6)

12 A long horizontal timber connecting

upright posts, supporting a floor, or the

like (8)

14 Basic offering from Lasse and the

crew at Avalon Village Meats in Avalon

Beach (5)

15 With “Life” we have a great local

publication (9)

17 Organiser; planner (9)

19 Sailing class (5)

21 Systematic investigation towards

increasing the sum of knowledge (8)

23 Not filled or occupied (6)

25 Venue where you can see talented

Festival (4)

13 Having relevance (10)

16 An arm of the southern Pacific

Ocean between southeastern Australia

and New Zealand (6,3)

17 A natural body of running water

flowing on or under the earth (6)

18 Sporting feature found many times

on St Matthews Farm Reserve in Cromer


19 An animal skin made smooth and

flexible by removing the hair and then

tanning (7)

20 Warringah rugby players (4)

22 Leading performers (5)

24 Charity event held on Newport

Beach, Barefoot ____ (4)

[Solution page 70]

Pittwater Puzzler

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Garden Life

Garden Life

Delight Frangipanis in the – the amazing stars of

colours summer of sun, hydrangeas sea & surf

Always a favourite for

Christmas colour, hydrangeas

are flowering their

heads off! They look wonderful

in the garden, brightening

the semi-shaded areas and

glowing in the full, protected

sunlight. Once the older

varieties were either pink or

blue depending on the soil,

additional lime will deepen

the pinks and blueing tonic

(sulphate of aluminium) will

heighten the blues, but the

new named varieties will

maintain their colour. White

never changes. There are

hydrangeas of every size from

the tiny dwarf Piamina to the

tall traditional Mop Heads.

With so many to choose from

it is almost too difficult to

decide. There are the delicate

lace caps, the huge blooms

Frangipani flowers cast a

tropical spell over the garden

as they produce their

waxy sprays of star-shaped

blooms through the hottest

months of the year.

From white to pink, apricot,

yellow, gold or ruby red, their

fragrant flowers, two-toned or

striped, are a symbol of summer

sun, sea and surf.

of the traditional mop heads,

the cone-shaped flowers of

hydrangea paniculata bushes

Frangipanis are easy to grow

– but don’t underestimate

the size that they attain. A

frangipani should be planted

carefully in a spot where it can

develop to its full potential.

Frangipanis should be grown

in the full sun out in the open

where they will eventually

reach a height of up to five metres,

with a five-metre canopy.

that can be two metres tall.

The recently introduced

smaller growing Picotee

varieties with two-tone flower

heads are hard to leave behind

and if you have a semishaded

wall, the climbing

hydrangea petiolaris is just


They make wonderful shade

Hydrangeas are forgiving

trees that will let the sunlight

plants that are easy to grow.

through when they lose their

They like regular water and

leaves in winter. They grow

any good garden soil. Mulch

slowly and can be trimmed

the roots with compost to

back in the dormant months.

keep them cool and feed

Frangipanis grow well in

them in early spring to get

pots and are great for balcony

them going. Grow them in

gardens, but don’t expect

pots, or in the garden; bring

them to grow very big.

them inside when in flower

These magical trees look

or cut the blooms – they last

great around pools but keep

well in water.

far enough away so that the

falling flowers that look so

good on grass don’t get into

the water.

Hold back the water when

the tree is dormant, but in

summer your tree will respond

to regular water. Feeding is not

necessary but a good mulch

of cow manure in spring will

improve the flowers.

In the hot humid months

watch out for rust on the

leaves. It appears on the

underside of the leaf like a fine

brown dust. If it gets bad it will

defoliate the tree. At the first

with Gabrielle Bryant


your new


vegie patch

It is time to make a harsh decision.

Late-summer veggies

may still be producing capsicum,

egg plants, tomatoes

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them sweet grow on surprise

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‘swing’ of Xmas

It is time to relax and enjoy

your garden. Look at your

outdoor seating requirements

– the shops are full of

amazing chairs and tables.

Hanging cane egg chairs have

been trendy for the past few

years and now the ‘Swing

Seat’ is back. Nothing is more

peaceful than swinging in a

seat for two, sheltered from

the weather with a roof to

shade from the sun – makes a

sign spray, with Eco Fungicide. great Christmas present too!

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The dangers of planting

around boundary fences

Be careful when you plant

trees or shrubs against

boundary fences. Innocentlooking

plants can become a

nightmare 10 years down the


If you plant trees or shrubs,

check the height and girth of

the trunk that they will reach

when fully grown – they may

get too big and knock the

fence over.

Don’t always believe the

labels on “indoor plants” –

these are dimensions if the

plants stay in small pots. The

innocent China Doll is labelled

as 1.5m! It will grow more than

20m high when planted in the


Many hedging plants – murrayas,

lilypilies, waterhousias…

even sasanquas – if left

untrimmed will grow into fullsized

trees. Make sure that the

branches will not overhang your

neighbour’s gutters and that as

the tree grows it will not push

the fence or allow the roots to

invade and damage pipes, pushing

up paving. This could cost

you money to repair.

Palms can cause more trouble

than they are worth. The fronds

are heavy and damage gardens

underneath when they fall.

Creepers that look pretty

when they flower can become

invasive as they find their way

between the timber palings and

sucker on the other side. Jasmine

and the orange pyrostegia

are notorious for this.

If your plants go over the

fence tell your neighbour

nicely that they can hand the

offending foliage back to you

and you will put it in your

green bin. This should avoid

the frustration of foliage being

thrown back at you.

Privacy is important to all of

us, but don’t take your neighbour’s




in the dark

Diamonds in the Dark are a revolutionary new breed of

Crepe myrtles. The darkest purple leaves dress the bare

winter branches in early spring and are followed by a dazzling

display of colour from early summer to autumn.

Scarlet, deep crimson, hot pink, the palest pink or white

sprays of crinkled flowers look stunning against the almost

black leaves. Now you don’t need to envy the purple-leaved

prunus trees that do so well in colder climates, but won’t survive

our tempestuous weather and heatwave days.

You can have summer shade and winter sun when the leaves

fall as the temperature cools with these dazzling newcomers.

Crepe Myrtles, largerstroemias, prefer an acid soil that is

well drained but will grow in any garden soil. Water them well

when first planted but once established they are hardy, undemanding


The Diamonds in the Dark are small trees, ideal for large

pots or specimen trees. They can be mass-planted for hedging

or trimmed to fence height for privacy. They will grow just

three metres tall and two metres wide if they are not cut. Prune

them in late winter, before the stunning new growth appears,

to thicken the plant.

The flowers appear in the new season’s wood. Feed in spring

and early summer with Kahoona or a complete fertiliser.

Garden Life

African Tulip

tree has a

sinister secret

The huge scarlet goblets of the

African Tulip Tree (Spathodia

campanulata) flowers are glowing

against the summer skies. These

exquisitely beautiful rainforest

trees are almost classed as a noxious

weed in northern Queensland, but in Sydney the cooler

climate makes them a spectacular garden tree if you have room.

There are these trees in Pittwater that I have watched grow for

the past 30 years and they have never caused a problem. It is too

cold for the seed to become invasive. However there is a sinister

problem that they are responsible for. The huge flowers attract the

birds, bats and bees. As the nectar of the older flowers ferments

it is poisonous to Australian native bees and kills them. These are

the bees that we all try to attract to our gardens as pollinators,

think before you plant one of these spectacular trees.

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Garden Life

Jobs this Month

Garden Life


If you have worn tracks or

damaged spots on your lawn,

try patching with the new

Hydro Mousse Liquid Lawn. This

is a product that sprays grass

seed that is coated to keep the

seed moist. You can see where

you have sprayed. It is similar

to the seed sprayers that coat

the banks beside the road. Fill

the hose attachment with liquid

lawn mousse and grass seed,

then spray the damaged areas.

Nothing could be simpler.

Leave the foliage

After the scorching hot days

plants and shrubs have suffered.

Keep the water up but

resist the temptation to remove

damaged foliage. Wait until the

weather cools and signs of new

growth appear. The damaged

leaves give shade protection to

the recovering growth.

Fertiliser tip

Have you ever been frustrated

with hose-on spray fertilisers

or other spray-on products? Try

the new Seasol Spraymate. It

can be bought online, directly

from Seasol. Gone will be the

leaky bottles, the kinked hoses.

The on-off Spray mate will

make life easy. It will fit any

hose-on bottle of fertiliser or

weed killer. Just remember to

rinse thoroughly if you change


Help the trees

Trees are suffering from the

drought and the heat. Push a

one-metre piece of plastic pipe

on the perimeter drip line of

the canopy into the ground.

Use this to deep-water the tree

on a weekly basis.

Fruit protection

As paw paws, cherry guavas,

grapes and other fruits ripen,

cover the plants and trees with

bird netting to keep the possums

and birds away.

Orchid care

Orchids have had a rough

time with the heat and sun.

Grow them outside, hanging

under trees in baskets or

on the fence under shade.

Catteleyas and phaleanopsis,

dendrobiums and oncidiums

will all grow under trees

through summer but they

will not tolerate temperature

change or sun. Autumn

brings new growth, flowers

and restores a constant

temperature. Feed them this

month with StrikeBack for

Orchids for a new round of

flowers. Make sure that your

cymbidiums are back in the

full sun. They are making

their flower spikes now for


Go for citrus

Autumn is a good time to plant

new citrus trees. Choose the

new tree for shape. If the tree

has fruit, resist the temptation

to leave it on. Remove all the

existing fruit when you plant.

Your new tree will need all its

energy to grow and develop

a strong framework. Young

trees should not be allowed to

produce a crop for two years

after planting.

Bulb warning

Look for spring bulbs in the

garden centres. Make sure that

the bulbs have not started to

shoot. If they have, DON’T buy

them. An amazing selection of

bulbs are available online.

Plant now

Look around the garden:

Autumn is the best time for

planting. The ground is warm,

you can water to keep the soil

moist and if you plant now, the

newcomers will have time to

establish new roots before the

winter cold. All in readiness for

a quick getaway in spring.

Have a Heart

The silver-leafed Sea Heart

(brunnera) will brighten up a

shady spot in the garden. It

is a low-growing, clumping

plant with huge heartshaped

silvery leaves that

are heavily patterned with

bright green veins. It looks

good all year round and in

spring will delight you with

a display of bright blue

flowers. It looks great when

used as a border plant.

Crossword solution from page 67

Mystery location: BANGALLEY HEAD

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Times Past

Early days

of Newport

Public School

Some 130 years ago

Newport Public School

began as the Mona Vale

Provisional School. Although

an application for a school had

been made back in 1887, it was

declined. However, on Monday

April 30, 1888, the school

began in a tent – with water

for the students having to be

retrieved from a well nearby

and carried back in buckets.

A fascinating excerpt from

the Sydney Mail and New

South Wales Advertiser recounts

a journey from Manly

to Newport in June 1890:

‘… we arrive at the top of

the cliffs, where we make a

detour round Bushranger’s

hill, on a very picturesque

road, and leave at right angles

the main Barrenjoey road, to

a short run to our destination.

A very interesting sight

here for townspeople is the

Public school, as sketched,

a kind of building which is

rarely seen except up country.

Here, under canvas, the Public

school teacher instructs the

young hopefuls in the mysteries

of arithmetic, elementary

physiology, etc. A reading lesson

on the latter subject was

being conducted at the time

of our visit, and very

appropriate too.’

Miss Elizabeth

Giles (formally Lizzie

Noble Giles) was the

first teacher and only

23 years old at the

time. She had commenced

her career

on April 29, 1881 as a

pupil teacher at Christ

Church C of E Infants.

In 1971, when Mr R.

M. Bowie wrote a his-

tory of the school, a ‘tattered

register’ was still

in existence. It listed the

first enrolments – the

two Scott children – as

the first male and the

first female registered.

Also enrolled were two

members of the Boulton

family and 11 members

of the Bulfin family, ranging

from 14-year-old twins down

to young Lillie Bufin at 2

years and 6 months.

After the new Telegraph

Office at Newport was opened

in December 1888, the party

of guests adjourned to Bulfin

‘s Newport Hotel. After dinner

Christmas prizes were presented

to some ‘students of

Newport public school, which

has been open for about six

months, and is under the

supervision of Miss Giles’.

Some residents contributed

to prizes, one a watch

given to ‘the most efficient

pupil’. Misses Bulfin and Scott

presented Miss Giles with a

gold bracelet and a ‘smelling


In June 1910, Mrs Hogue,

wife of the then Minister for

Education, visited Newport

The school building was erected

in 1890 but demolished in 1968;

a class photo from 1925 showing

champion sculler Neville Fox

(second from left in front row)

and Roly Jeffrey (middle of middle

row), an early builder who

grew up in Newport.

Public School to unfurl a flag

which had been received

from Newport on the Isle of

Wight. The flag was a ‘Union

Jack of large dimensions,

beautifully worked in silk

and bearing the Newport

arms in its centre’. It was

received in return for a

flag previously sent

some months earlier. Three

cheers were given for

the flag and pupils from

Mona Vale and Narrabeen

schools joined in to sing a

number of patriotic songs.

TIMES PAST is supplied

by local historian

and President of the

Avalon Beach Historical


Visit the Society’s

showroom in Bowling

Green Lane, Avalon


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Travel Life

Travel Life

Ponant’s new ‘Blue Eye’ to the future

It’s an exciting year for small

expedition ships specialist

PONANT which is upgrading its

luxury fleet with four new ‘Explorer’

class vessels – as well as

introducing an incredible worldfirst

multi-sensory underwater

lounge where passengers can

truly immerse themselves in the

aquatic experience.

Travel View’s Sharon Godden

said PONANT – the only French

cruise line to sail to little-known,

remote lands that are inaccessible

to larger ships – would introducing

the Le Lapérouse and

Le Champlain vessels this year,

followed by Le Bougainville and

Le Dumont-d’Urville in 2019.

“The four new stars of PO-

NANT’s fleet pay tribute to

the great French explorers,”

explained Sharon. “In keeping

with PONANT’s philosophy,

each ship combines a

limited guest capacity, sleek

design, cutting-edge technology

and of course respect for

the environment.”

She said the

new additions

would enable PO-

NANT to offer an

even wider range

of destinations.

“These new


yachts boast

elegantly designed

staterooms, spacious

suites with

bay windows, lounge areas

opening onto the outside, infinity

pool, panoramic view sauna,

a modular marina platform to

enjoy water activities and a fleet

of Zodiac,” Sharon said.

“Their design and size are the

guarantee of a unique cruising

experience in comfort

and elegance.”

The new additions

to the fleet

will be equipped

with a multi-sensory


space called ‘Blue Eye’, designed

by renowned French

architect and oceanographer

Jacques Rougerie.

“Rougerie’s vision enables

guests to perceive and feel

the underwater universe

through three innovative

concepts,” she said.

“The Blue Eye lounge

space’s graphical references

evoke cetaceans and jellyfish

– this inspiration is evident in

the lines of the lounge, the

furniture and the fittings. All

focus is drawn towards the two

portholes, shaped like the eye

of a cetacean looking out upon

the subaquatic


“And the

mural décor

disappears to

make way for

the integrated

digital screens

projecting the

images filmed

live by three

underwater cameras,” Sharon

added. “Placed at the ship’s

strategic points, these cameras

enable guests to witness, for example,

the spectacle of dolphins

playing in the bow waves. It’s an

incredible experiential addition.”

* For more information on

PONANT’s new ships call 9918


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Offering peace of

mind on insurance

Travel insurance is a vital

piece of “luggage” you

should not forget when travelling

– but which type and level

of insurance is best for the

individual has long been a vexing


Travel View Cruise View

Avalon principal Gail Kardash

says while most travellers are

aware they should not travel

overseas without insurance,

they remain unaware that the

most expensive or cheapest

plans don’t always offer the

best options.

She says that’s where travel

consultants can assist.

“Travel Agents usually are

trained in multiple companies

all offering different cover,”

Gail said. “Also they are updated

periodically as travel insurance

companies are constantly

amending and changing their

inclusions and exclusions, as

world events change.”

Providers could check your

destination, travel spend, preexisting

medical situations

and even take into consideration

activities you are planning

– for example, hiring a

car when travelling, she said.

Gail said there were important

considerations when

choosing a policy.

“You should take out your

plan as close as you can to

purchasing your travel and

make sure you have taken out

adequate cancellation cover

(as it is not always offered

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automatically),” she said.

“Declare any Pre-existing

medical conditions, and make

sure you choose a cover with

unlimited medical expenses.”

Gail said it was vital to

check whether the policy covered

any adventure activities

that you may be planning – for

example skiing or diving.

“And if you are intending

to take computers, mobile

phones etc, check they are

covered,” she said.

Choosing the right cover

for the country where you will

be spending most time was

important too.

“Keep your policy and the

24-hour emergency number at

hand,” Gail said. “If you have

something lost or stolen a

police report helps speed up

the claim – additionally, not

lodging in time can result in

no claim, usually 30 days after

your trip ends.”

Gail said a key benefit of

liaising with a travel agent

when arranging insurance was

that should any unfortunate

incidents occur whilst overseas,

the consultant would

know where you are and how

to reach you, and had your

flight and travel arrangements

on hand, with the authority to

alter and change if necessary.

“We will also assist with any

claims on your return,” she said.

* For more information call

Avalon 9918 4444 or

Collaroy on 9999 0444.

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Travel Life

Travel Life

Travel Life

Croatian and Tuscan treasures revealed

Picture yourself immersing in

idyllic country settings across

Italy and Croatia, including

ancient towns and picturesque

coastlines, as you take in the

unique cultures and sample

local cuisine with Back-Roads


Travel View consultant Karen

Robinson says the small-group

touring specialists encourage

you to do more than just “see”

a destination, but also experience

the scenery, architecture,

food and people that make the

destinations truly unique.

“Whether you are a history

buff, a passionate foodie, or

prefer to kick back and relax

while winding through breathtaking

scenery, Back-Roads

Touring’s leisurely paced itineraries

allow you to choose the

way you travel,” said Karen.

You’ll experience the fascinating

history and fine architecture

of Italy on their Tuscan Treats

tour, where you will spend

seven days as a culinary connoisseur

exploring the rocky

coastline and almond-coloured


“Stroll through the postcard

town of Cinque Terre, visit the

famous Leaning Tower of Pisa

and try some local gelato in San

Gimignano,” said Karen. “You’ll

also attend authentic wine tastings

in Fattoria San Donato and

roll up your sleeves in Tuscany

for an exclusive cooking class

where you will be guided by

skilled chefs in making Tuscan


She said anyone looking to

explore Europe by sea should

investigate their relaxing eightdays

Croatian Islands Sailing


“Sail the azure seas in a

luxury motor yacht that takes

you to arguably some of the

most diverse and most beautiful

parts of Croatia – Central

Dalmatia,” said Karen. “You will

encounter the divine beaches of

the Croatian Islands with crystal

blue water and look back on

the spectacular backdrop of the

rugged mountain side from the

comfort of your yacht.”

The tour visits a new destination

each day, including the

stunning Krka Waterfalls, the

cliffs of Kornati National Park

and also Telašcica National Park;

there’s swimming, snorkelling

and also a wine-tasting tour at

the famous Bibish Winery.

Back-Roads Touring offers

unforgettable tours with

experienced tour leaders who

are dedicated to delivering a

truly authentic experience, with

their vast collection of unique

personal stories that marry

perfectly with their knowledge

and passion.

Tuscan Treats starts at

$2,850pp, twin share; Croatian

Islands Sailing starts at

$3,699pp, lower deck.

* For more info on Back-Roads

experiences phone 9918 4444.

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