Pittwater Life April 2018 Issue


Safety First: Reducing risk on Mona Vale Rd. We Will Remember: ANZAC Day. Tina Harrod: Island Life. 40 Years' Courtship: Careel Bay Tennis Club

The Local Voice Since 1991

APRIL 2018























Who’ll take Council’s rudder?

The departure of Northern

Beaches Council CEO

Mark Ferguson less than six

months into the role reveals a

rift between some of the folk

elected to govern us at a local

level and the foot soldiers who

deliver our essential services.

The best candidate for

the job, out of the talent

pool comprising the former

Pittwater, Warringah and

Manly Councils, was effectively

shown the door, resulting in a

confidential-terms payout of

more than $400,000.

Now, while the recruitment

process is undertaken, each

of Council’s three General

Managers will share the duties

of running our mega Council,

rotating on one-month shifts.

One month? We would have

thought that’s hardly enough

time to read the paperwork that

thuds on the desk, let alone

make any meaningful progress.

Heck, the handover from

month to month alone must

take a week of explanation!

* * *

Seems the State Government

is serious about protecting

its investment in the car parks

it has built to encourage use of

public transport, announcing

measures to safeguard abuse.

Users of B-Line car parks,

including Mona Vale and

Warriewood, will receive up

to 18 hours of free parking,

providing they use public

transport within that

timeframe – something that

will be monitored by data

when a new system is installed

requiring they submit their

Opal Card to exit the car park.

This will ensure parking

spaces are reserved for local

commuters rather than be

nabbed by residents or workers

in local shopping districts.

Of course, it could also be the

first step to making us pay for

the privilege.

What, us cynical? – Nigel Wall

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COVER: Persistent lobbying by local environmentalists has

seen the State Government write a cheque for $7.5 million

to fund fauna bridges and underpasses – a Sydney first –

as part of the new Mona Vale Road upgrade (p16); local dog

owners react to Council's offleash park plans (p6); Palm

Beach locals remain unimpressed at the potential loss

of up to 26 car parking spaces in the village (p18); plan

your Anzac Day locally (p30); meet Scotland Island singer

and Church Point Co-Op Club founder Tina Harrod (p32);

and learn about the history of the Careel Bay Tennis Club

which celebrates its 40th anniversary this month (p40).

also this month

Editorial 3

Pittwater Local News 6-29

Anzac Day: Lest We Forget 30-31

Life Stories: Tina Harrod 32-35

Art Life 36-39

Careel Bay Tennis Club's 40th Anniversary 40-41

Local Call 42-43

Surfing Life 44-45

Health & Wellbeing; Hair & Beauty 46-53

Money 54-55

Law 56-57

Food 64-66

Crossword 67

Gardening 68-70

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4 APRIL 2018

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Dog paddle

option urged


Dog owners group

Pittwater Unleashed

is calling on Northern

Beaches Council to focus

on a new dog swimming

option north of Bilgola as a

key deliverable in Council’s

new $400,000 four-year plan

to upgrade unleashed dog

exercise areas.

They say it’s the opportunity

for the new Council to make

good on an undertaking by the

former Pittwater Council to

find a replacement swimming

option following the closure of

Careel Bay in 2003.

And they point to Station

Beach on the Pittwater side of

Palm Beach – a rundown strip

where locals have for decades

run the gauntlet of potential

fines by letting their dogs

roam illegally offleash – as

being the perfect site, given it

was investigated as a trial site

10 years ago before the plan

was shelved on the back of

“bureaucratic misinformation”.

Pittwater Unleashed

spokesperson Mitch Geddes

said a Review of Environmental

Factors for Station Beach had

been commissioned before

Pittwater Council canned the

potential trial in 2014, when it

blamed the NSW Department of

Primary Industries (Fisheries)

for not supporting the idea.

However, a letter from

the Deputy Director DPIF to

former Council Administrator

Dick Persson in 2016 (seen by

Pittwater Life) reveals that the

department did not object to, or

stop, the trial.

Rather, it expressed a

willingness to assist Council

to obtain funding to upgrade

Station Beach, so any

ACTION ‘STATION’: Pittwater Unleashed want a trial at this Palm Beach strip.

POPULAR ONE-OFF: Dogs enjoy playtime next to Rowland Reserve, Bayview.

environmental conditions that

might otherwise stop the trial

from proceeding could be met.

“For people north of Avalon it

is a return trip of up to an hour

to take the dog to Rowland

Reserve at Bayview for a splash

on a hot day, even though you

might have the foreshore at the

end of your street,” Mr Geddes

said. “We say the issues can

be managed, provided there is

fairness and transparency.”

Pittwater Life asked Council’s

General Manager Environment

and Infrastructure Ben Taylor

whether Station Beach would

be reconsidered as an off-lead

swimming option.

Mr Taylor replied: “Council’s

four-year plan to guide

upgrades to its unleashed

dog exercise areas includes

options to spread the use

of high-demand, existing

unleashed dog areas using

a range of strategies. This

includes the promotion of

existing unleashed sites and

investigation of additional land

for unleashed dog areas.”

Meanwhile, Mr Taylor said

the Avalon Beach Reserve

offleash trial, scheduled

to run until July, had been

overwhelmingly supported by


“Council has received twice

as many positive than negative

responses,” he said.

But Pittwater Unleashed

remain unimpressed by the

selection of a section of Avalon

Beach Reserve for the trial.

“Mr Taylor implied the

Avalon dog park trial was in

response to requests from

the community – this is not

the case at all,” Mr Geddes

said. “We have an engaged

membership of more than 2000

and the selection of this space

took us by surprise.”

“It is a case of the tail

wagging the dog, where

someone in the back office

decides what the community

will have, rather than the

community driving the


Mayor Michael Regan said

Council’s four-year plan would

be developed by mid-year, with

draft integrated policy for dog

management and unleashed

dog exercise areas presented

to Council for consideration by

September. – Nigel Wall

6 APRIL 2018

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Building on care


Passionate locals who

spent decades lobbying

for palliative care closer

to home are over the moon

following the establishment

of the Northern Beaches’ first

dedicated inpatient unit for

patients with life-limiting


A new, state-of-the-art,

10-bed Palliative Care Unit

at Mona Vale Hospital will

allow patients who are in

the final stages of their lives

to remain on the beaches

instead of having to go to the

north shore when specialised

hospitalisation is needed.

The unit will be part

of a new building to be

constructed overlooking the

coast on the far-eastern side

of the hospital’s campus.

Unveiling the preliminary

sketches late last month,

Member for Pittwater Rob

Stokes said this was the ideal

location for an increasingly

important inpatient service

FIRST LOOK: An artist’s impression of the new Palliative Care Unit (above) which will be built over the existing helipad

overlooking the coast and water. It will provide an inpatient service not previously available on the Northern Beaches.

that’s never been available on

the Northern Beaches.

“The new unit will take

advantage of the coastal

surrounds and planners will

carefully incorporate this

into the detailed design,” Mr

Stokes said.

“It’s envisaged the new

unit will have a less clinical

look and feel than acute

hospitals – with the aim of

providing a comfortable and

welcoming environment for

patients and their families

during the most difficult and

challenging times.”

The palliative care

inpatient service will be

provided by NSW Health and

will complement the in-home

and community care services

managed by HammondCare.

Friends of Northern

Beaches Palliative Care

President Jo-Ann Steeves

said those individuals who

had worked for decades for a

dedicated space of this type

on the beaches were thrilled

with the news.

“We are, of course,

absolutely delighted – after

all this time!” she said.

“The tyranny of distance

that has precluded complete

palliative care close to home

and family will no longer be

an issue.

“Specialist hospitalisation

for respite and end-of-life

care will be close to loved

ones and blessed by nature’s

gifts from the sea.”

Jo-Ann said the Northern

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Beaches Palliative Care

Inpatient Facility Working

Group, which was formed in

June 2014, would continue

to liaise and meet with

Northern Sydney Local

Health District to contribute

to optimal outcomes for the


The Palliative Care Unit

will be co-located with a

separate 10-bed Geriatric

Unit within the new building,

which will be connected to

the recently constructed

Beachside Rehabilitation


The helipad will be

relocated approximately 100

metres to the north to make

way for the new building with

construction work scheduled

to begin mid-year.

Chief Executive, Northern

Sydney Local Health District

Deb Willcox said the shifting

of the helipad would not

delay the changes scheduled

for Mona Vale Hospital.

“Construction of the

helipad is expected to

commence in mid-2018 and

there will be no impact to

the timeline of works for

the Mona Vale Hospital

redevelopment or patients

requiring air transfer during

that time,” Ms Willcox


Mona Vale Hospital’s role

is being transformed with its

focus shifting to sub-acute,

community health, urgent care

and primary care services.

Emergency and acute care

will be delivered at the new

Northern Beaches Hospital

when it opens in Frenchs

Forest in October.

NSW Health has committed

to providing numerous

health services at a revamped

Mona Vale Hospital site and

is considering potential

co-location opportunities

with other medical service


“The redevelopment team

are working with clinicians

and staff to develop a

detailed design which will

be released in the coming

months,” Ms Willcox said.

“Early works on the site

are scheduled to begin in

mid-2018 and will include

demolition of two existing

demountable buildings

to make way for the

construction of a support

services building and the

reconfiguration of services

such as the Urgent Care


Jo-Ann Steeves thanked

Rob Stokes for his tireless

efforts in getting the project

off the ground.

“With his community in his

heart he has, from the outset,

been a major and persistent

advocate for achievement of

the palliative care inpatient

unit,” Jo-Ann said.

– Lisa Offord


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Earn cash returning bottles, cans

Pittwater’s first ‘Return and Earn’ reverse

vending machine – where residents can

drop off empty drink containers and claim

a 10 cent refund per unit – has opened in


Accessed via the Indoor Sports Centre

carpark off

Jacksons Rd, the

machine accepts

most 150ml to

three-litre drink

containers and

allows users

to transfer

refunds either

to designated

bank accounts,

donate to



or receive a

credit voucher

redeemable for

cash at Woolworths supermarkets.

Container materials eligible for a refund

include glass, plastic, aluminium, steel and

liquid paperboard (cartons).

Containers should be empty, uncrushed,

unbroken and have the original label attached.

(Wine, spirits, cordial and plain milk containers

are not eligible and should continue to be

placed in recycling bins for collection.)

Hours are Monday to Sunday 7am to 10pm,

with the maximum number of containers

per transaction 500.

Word is weekends can be particularly busy,

with queues and parking an issue, so best

aim to return containers during the week.

You can also

take containers

to the North


Newsagent (3/1


Rd) or Danny

Deli Cafe

(26 Avalon

Pde Avalon

Beach) who are

taking overthe-counter





Authority spokesperon said there were now

more than 500 collection points across NSW

with more than 150 million drink containers

having been refunded in just the first three

months of operation.

An interactive map on the Return and

Earn website www.returnandearn.org.au

lists all locations and a full list of eligible


– Lisa Offord

10 APRIL 2018

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New Warriewood car park eases pressure

The opening of the ground floor section of

the new Warriewood commuter car park

last month has already eased pressure on

parking and traffic in Mona Vale.

Around 200 undercover car spaces at

street level are being utilised daily by bus

commuters, including B-Line passengers,

following months of construction adjacent to

Warringah Rugby Park.

Transport NSW reports weather delays are

largely to blame for the delay in completing the

top deck of the car park, which will accommodate

an additional 150 cars per day when construction

is expected to be finished in May.

Residents reported some parking issues at

Mona Vale in recent months, with residents

from neighbouring suburbs using the Mona

Vale hub parking and surrounds while

Warriewood remained under construction.

More info b-line.transport.nsw.gov.au

Movie support

Iconic Aussie actor Bryan

Brown and the awardwinning

cast of his ‘Palm

Beach’ movie project head

into pre-production this

month minus the $25,000

in financial assistance they

asked from Northern Beaches

Council to help fund the

project after councilors

wiped out their request.

However, the team will

still benefit from the

goodwill of locals, with

Council awarding $20,000

worth of in-kind support

to cover parking and the

waiving of location fees for

the potential blockbuster,

which is expected to figure

in Australian Film Awards

(AFI) nominations after its

release in 2019.

The movie, starring

Brown, Sam Neill, Greta

Scacchi and Jacqueline

McKenzie, will be directed

by Brown’s wife

and fellow award-winning

actor Rachel Ward. Brown

will co-produce.

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Surprise find delays

Church Pt car park

The opening of the new

Church Point car park has

been delayed by rain – but

also because Council workers

had to down shovels after

they unexpectedly dug up an

underground storage tank

thought to be a remnant of the

days when the General Store

operated as a petrol station.

The tank had to be removed

in accordance with statutory

requirements which held up

construction while representatives

discussed the appropriate

important next steps and

extraction procedure with

the Environmental Protection

Authority (EPA).

Council’s General Manager

Environment and Infrastructure

Ben Taylor said the opening

of the car park, scheduled

for May, had been pushed back


“An underground storage

tank was uncovered during

critical drainage works,” he

said. “This tank was removed

without incident.”

He added the soil adjacent to

the tank had been tested and

Council had determined there

had been no risk to the nearby


Mr Taylor said the car

park’s Reserved Parking Space

Scheme had been well received

by offshore residents, including

a second round of applications

which closed on March 25.

“After several years of

consultation with the local

community it is exciting to

be offering local residents a

new car park and additional

parking spaces at Church Point

Reserve and Bothams Beach to

help alleviate parking issues in

the area and those wanting to

park overnight,” he said.

He added Council was unable

to release data surrounding

the amount of applications

and remaining spaces

available at this point, as the

process was still underway.

– Nigel Wall


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It’s Newport… but not as we know it

An exhibition casting new

light on the life and work

of pioneering Australian

photographer Frank Hurley,

famous for his shots of the local

landscape, launches at the

Manly Art Gallery & Museum

on April 6.

‘Frank Hurley: Photographer

& Gardener’ reveals

the subject’s early Sydney

and Sydney Harbour photographs,

tourist postcards

and studies of Australian

wildflowers which were his

lifelong passion.

The exhibition is structured

to provide bookends

to Hurley’s life (1885-1962)

with the first focus being

on his photography in and

around Sydney and the

Northern Beaches (including

this incredible photo of

Newport Beach circa 1950s),

and the second being on the

photographs that reflect his

lifelong engagement with

Australian native plants.

Perhaps best known as

the photographer for both

the Mawson and Shackleton

expeditions to Antarctica and

the Ross Smith Flight from

London to Sydney, Hurley has

been described as “one of

Australia’s first multimedia

figures”. He was a photographer,


writer, journalist and radiobroadcaster

who learned how

to maximise the impact of his

work by promoting it globally

through various types of


Hurley spent his final

years (1948-62) living at

Collaroy Plateau from where

he travelled Australia to produce

books, photographs and


More info MAG&M website or

phone 9976 1421.

*More April art exhibitions –

see pages 36-39.


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Mona Vale Rd

upgrade’s new

‘safety first’


The expansion and upgrade

of vital arterial link

Mona Vale Road to four

lanes will include Sydney’s first

vegetated fauna bridges and underpasses

– with the $7 million

investment expected to dramatically

reduce the number

of animal roadkill deaths and

translate to improved safety for

the thousands of motorists who

use the road each day.

The announcement last

month by NSW Roads and Maritime

Services (RMS) of a bridge

and underpass for each of the

East and West sections of the

upgrade as well as an extensive

network of exclusion fencing,

delivers a huge win for local environmentalist

group Pittwater

Natural Heritage Association

(PNHA) who have pushed the

cause for almost seven years.

PNHA members Jacqui Marlow,

Marita Macrae and David

Palmer explained the survival

of animal species importantly

related to their ability to range

widely for food and breeding.

“Research has shown that

without populations being

able to move between bushland

reserves like Katandra

Bushland Sanctuary, Ingleside

Chase Reserve, Garigal National

Park and the much larger Kuring-gai

Chase National Park,

they would eventually become

extinct in some locations,” Mr

Palmer told Pittwater Life.

He said the 6.5km stretch of

Mona Vale Rd from Terrey Hills

to Mona Vale had historically

proven to be a barrier for native

animals, with many deaths

resulting from their trying to

get from one patch of bushland

habitat to another.

“This decision is a win for

both native animals and road

users,” Mr Palmer said. “From a

road user’s perspective, it will

also be an improvement on the

current situation… many car

drivers find it distressing to see

dead animals lying on the road

and there is also the risk of a

car or motorbike being damaged

in a collision with a wallaby,

or a serious collision being

caused by a driver swerving to

avoid an animal.”

Ms Marlow explained community

concern about roadkill

on the Northern Beaches

became a prominent issue in

the early 2000s, prompting the

formation of Northern Beaches

Roadkill Prevention Committee

(NBRPC) in 2005, to address the

native fauna roadkill problem

and raise awareness of wider

conservation issues on the

Northern Beaches.

“One of the major contributions

of the NBRPC was the

collection of data on species,

numbers and location of roadkill

on regional arterial roads,”

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Bridge pic: Marita Macrae

AT LONG LAST: Pittwater Natural

Heritage Association’s Jacqui

Marlow, Marita Macrae and David

Palmer celebrate their win (far

left) which will see fauna bridges

and underpasses built as part of

the Mona Vale Road upgrade. The

vegetated crossing will be similar

to this one in Brisbane (above)

and the underpass will feature

‘fauna furniture’ (top right).

she said. “It soon became

apparent that a consequence

of ongoing native fauna deaths

on roads would be a decline in

local populations, leading to

eventual local extinction.”

The Committee set about

lobbying RMS for action to

reduce roadkill – indeed, over a

period of six years the number

of roadkills on Mona Vale Rd

recorded by NBRPC became so

concerning that RMS commissioned

its own report into options

for reducing roadkill on

the Northern Beaches, including

Mona Vale Rd.

“Its recommendations

included construction of exclusion

fencing and fauna crossing

structures,” Ms Marlow noted.

“So as soon as the Mona Vale

Rd upgrade announcement was

made in 2011, PNHA started

campaigning for fauna crossings.”

Mr Palmer said fauna crossings

were a good example of the

science of road ecology, which

was relatively new but growing

in importance and recognition.

“The effects of roads on the

landscape and its fauna are

well documented and research

is proving that a range of

structures can be designed into

roads to mitigate the damage

they cause to fauna populations,”

Mr Palmer said.

“Research has shown that

when properly designed, underpasses

will be used by a range

of animals including frogs,

mammals such as wallabies,

possums and echidnas, reptiles

such as lizards and snakes and

many species of invertebrates.”

He added the effectiveness of

underpasses could be improved

by the addition of “fauna

furniture” such as structures to

encourage climbing and use.

“However, the optimal

type of fauna crossing is the

vegetated overpass, which will

be used by all the animals

listed previously as well as bats,

arboreal mammals, small birds

and ground dwelling birds – in

other words, almost all native

animal species,” he said.

One of the first major

vegetated fauna overpasses in

Australia was built on Compton

Road in the southern suburbs

of Brisbane in 2005; research

since then had clearly demonstrated

its effectiveness.

However, a major concern

for the PNHA campaigners was

that while early in the planning

process RMS included a major

fauna overpass in the design of

Mona Vale Road West, there was

inadequate provision for fauna

crossings on Mona Vale Road

East, so this became a major

focus for the PNHA team.

Ms Marlow said: “We have

found the current project manager

for the Mona Vale Road upgrade

to be very sympathetic to

our cause – as soon as he came

on board he visited the site with

us, listened to our arguments

and immediately took positive


Local MP Rob Stokes had also

been very helpful in arranging

meetings and making representations

on behalf of the


Mr Stokes announced tenders

to construct the Mona Vale

Road East project would remain

open until April 30.

“An enormous amount of

preliminary work has been

completed over recent years

to reach this point,” Mr Stokes

said. “All local motorists understand

the challenges associated

with the eastern section of

Mona Vale Rd – especially the

inability to overtake slow moving

heavy vehicles uphill.

“The project will include

building additional lanes for

climbing and descending to

improve travel times, as well

as wider shoulders, median

separation and a heavy vehicle

arrester bed to enhance safety.”

He added a three-metre-wide

shared path would be built between

Lane Cove Road East and

Foley Street to improve safety

for pedestrians and cyclists.

– Nigel Wall


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Palm Beach in a spot


Northern Beaches Council

says it will welcome

an application for a

memorial bench from the Palm

Beach Whale Beach Association

to recognise the contribution

of lifetime resident Herminie

Swainston who passed away

suddenly last month (see p71).

Ms Swainston had been a key

liaison representative in the ongoing

consultation with Council

in the design and construction

of the walkway linking Palm

Beach Wharf with Governor

Phillip Park.

Ms Swainston pointed out to

Council that its planned route

at the northern end of the walkway

would see up to nine muchused

car parking spaces, mostly

used by members or visitors to

Palm Beach Golf Club, lost and

the unnecessary narrowing

of Barrenjoey Road at its most

dangerous point (pictured).

But Council said the narrowing

of lanes to 3.8m each was

a Roads and Maritime Services

(RMS) requirement and an

attempt to slow vehicles down

– and a requirement regardless

of the pathway location.

General Manager Environment

and Infrastructure Ben

Taylor told Pittwater Life that

safety was the key factor.

“The northern end of the

walkway will provide the safest

possible path, minimise the

removal of trees and also maintain

parking,” Mr Taylor said.

“We have designed the walkway

to maximise safety of pedestrians

and will also provide

access to the current informal

path as requested by Ms Swainston,”

he continued, adding the

design of the walkway had gone

through several independent

Road Safety Audits as required

by RMS.

“The construction of the

Palm Beach walkway is expected

to be complete in July 2018,

Case #1

a key milestone of our incredible

36-kilometre Palm Beach to

Manly walkway,” he said.

PBWBA member Mitch Geddes

said Ms Swainston believed

the walkway was so important,

and in such a special location,

that it had to be done properly –

“without compromise”.

“Her recent hand-drawn

sketches involved walking up

and down the hill near the

northern end of the walkway

many times with measuring

tape in hand,” Mr Geddes said.

“These sketches helped the

PBWBA understand that Council

was placing the northern

section of the walkway in a

location that would threaten the

continued use of highly-valued

car parking spaces, or would

otherwise cause Barrenjoey

Road to be narrowed here unnecessarily.

“Herminie knew that to properly

understand the issues here

required a formal sketch from

Council showing the walkway

location with respect to property

boundaries and traffic lane


He added her request for a

formal sketch had not been

actioned by Council.

– Nigel Wall

18 APRIL 2018

The Local Voice Since 1991

of bother over parking

Northern Beaches

Council and Palm

Beach residents remain

at loggerheads over parking

availability at the southern

end of the beach adjacent to

‘Kiddies Corner’ with Council

confirming it will press ahead

with its ‘no-parking’ brief

to accompany its rubberstamped

boardwalk project

– despite Council revealing an

apparent ignorance to current

parking operations at the site.

As Pittwater Life reported

last month, concerned locals

fronted Council requesting to

know why up to 17 existing

car parking spaces would be

scrapped when the boardwalk

is constructed along the verge

of the road parallel with the


Stephen Guildford, backed

by the Palm Beach Whale

Beach Association, lobbied

on behalf of the residents at

Council’s February meeting.

Following an approach

by Pittwater Life, Council’s

General Manager Environment

and Infrastructure

Ben Taylor said Council had

identified the ‘Kiddies Corner’

boardwalk on the masterplan

as a method to deliver safe

and inclusive access from the

reserve south of the Pavilion

to the rockpool.

“This area is currently unsafe

for pedestrians unfortunately,

as cars are parking on

the road edge in an area that

is informal and does not meet

RMS guidelines for parking,”

Mr Taylor said.

He added that minimising

parking loss at the site would

be a key consideration when

Council’s design process was

undertaken over the coming


But Mr Guildford refuted

Council’s declaration of

informal parking status, with

photos of current parking

signs supporting a formal

parking set-up.

“We don’t know what they

are talking about,” said Mr

Guildford. “There are currently

signs in place that are

identical to all the rest in

Palm Beach.”

“If the parking is not

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designated ticketed Council

parking, who is banking the


He said three signs denoting

ticketed parking from

6am to 9pm were situated between

the end of the ‘front-on

parking’ opposite the Cabbage

Tree Club to the turning circle

to the south of the strip.

Mr Guildford said residents

would seek further answers,

including how Council could

possibly make up for the loss

of 17 parking spaces.

Commenting further on

the project Ben Taylor said

the community had been

consulted during June and

July 2017, when the landscape

masterplan for Palm Beach

was developed, and would be

further consulted in developing

the detailed designs for

the boardwalk later this year.

But Mr Guildford said: “Users

of the area were totally

unaware of the proposed plan

– as evidenced by the petition

taken during the summer

months which showed that 99

per cent of people who actually

parked on the strip were


Meanwhile, Council will

start the design process for

Stage 2 works, including the

boardwalk, in late 2018.

“Engineering the boardwalk

to withstand coastal hazards,

providing an acceptable

design that is sympathetic

to local area, minimising the

impacts on the environment

Case #2

and parking loss will be key

design considerations,” Mr

Taylor said.

Also, Council will commence

landscape improvements

to the area opposite

Ocean Place next month.

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Main pic: Guy Finlay



Legal eagles have eyes on Pasadena

Northern Beaches Council has stepped

up its campaign to compulsorily

acquire the rapidly transforming Pasadena

property at Church Point, engaging a

specialist legal team to assist the process

and provide specialist planning and

valuation advice.

Council’s move coincides with the

completion of the compulsory six-months

timeline for negotiations with the owner,

opening the door for the next stage of the

complex acquisition process.

Council resolved to commence

negotiations to acquire the Pasadena site

for community use on August 8 last year;

sources told Pittwater Life that by law,

compulsory acquisition cannot commence

until at least six months of negotiations

have been undertaken between the parties.

Council’s General Manager Environment

and Infrastructure Ben Taylor confirmed

the recruitment of the specialist legal

team, adding: “If council are unable to

reach agreement with the current owner,

we intend to proceed with a compulsory

purchase with the aim of returning the

waterfront site to the public for open space

as well as providing suitable building/s to

accentuate public use of the area.”

As for the current renovations being

undertaken by the owners of Pasadena,

including works that would deliver a

restaurant and boutique accommodation,

Council’s General Manager Planning,

Place and Community David Kerr said

construction was based on a 1963 Approval

for which a recent Construction Certificate

had been obtained by a Private Certifier.

He added: “Council will engage with the

community and undertake a masterplan

for the area once the outcome of the

compulsory acquisition is determined.”

Pittwater Life has sought comment

from the owners of Pasadena on several

occasions over past months.

Meanwhile, at the Council’s meeting on February

27, councillors unanimously resolved

to support the concept of a boardwalk on the

‘missing link’ on the Bayview / Church Point

walkway, requesting staff prepare them a

briefing note this month on an approximate

cost for inclusion in the 2018/19 or 2019/20

budgets, as well as any grants which might be

available for the project. – Nigel Wall

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Pittwater’s ‘big wet’ in early March

saw Narrabeen Lagoon’s water

level spike dramatically in just a

24-hour period, with residents on

the edge of the lagoon threatened

by flooding. This prompted a swift

response from Northern Beaches

Council who set about digging a

channel through the sand to ‘drain’

the excess water from the lagoon back out to sea. Council reports the process is only effective

when the water level in the lagoon gets above 1.3 metres above sea level. If the water level isn’t

high enough, the water can’t flow down to the ocean fast enough to clear the sand and keep the

channel open beyond the next tide. This action though seemed to do the trick.


Word on the street is Northern Beaches Council has its sights set on Avalon to test out its

new place-planning process. But rather than basing their plans on the suggestions and

recommendations of the community who live and breathe the village every day, we hear the

place plan will be formulated from

the ‘top down’ – like so many other

masterplans that appear to be

getting thrust on the top end of

the peninsula with little uptake of

the points raised by community

submissions. It was only three

years ago that the local Chamber

of Commerce, Surf Life Saving

Club, residents and community

groups painstakingly compiled

and tabled their recommendations

for an Avalon Place Plan, including

the important issue of pedestrian

access around the village. But back

then Pittwater Council shifted its

attention to the Mona Vale precinct (we all know how that panned out) and Avalon was placed

on the backburner. That is, until last year, when former administrator Dick Persson put it back

on the hob (after fielding complaints from a small group of independent residents). But will the

report tabled in 2015, full of really useful stuff, be used to help formulate the new place plan?

Apparently not. Which seems a massive slap in the face to the folk who live north of the Bends. It

remains to be seen what Council will make of the traffic data it gathered on the Avalon Parade /

Old Barrenjoey Road intersection over summer. Watch this space.


A recent survey by Serviceseeking.com.au revealed that your postcode determines how much

tradies charge for their services – and the variations can be extreme. According to them, the

cheapest Pittwater suburb for tradespeople’s services is Mona Vale, followed by Narrabeen, then

Newport. (Interestingly no other local suburbs were included in the survey.) Apparently the

discrepancy between Mona Vale and Newport can be as much as an 86% increase in the hourly

rate. Anyone out there call BS on that? Or have any horror stories to share?



Local film festival. The wait

is over for Avalon’s Creative

Creatures Film Festival which

will be held at the bowling

club on Sun 8. Gates open

1pm with bands, food and fun.

Films start on the big screen

from 4.45pm. Embrace this

year’s theme and wear red

shoes! It pays to be organised

too with tickets ($10) online at


com.au or at the gates ($15).

Take a plunge. Organisers are

hoping for favourable conditions

on Sun 8 for the Around The

Bends – Newport to Avalon and

the Avalon Beach surf swims

which were originally scheduled

for January but postponed

due to high seas. More info

avalonbeachslsc.com.au or


Give Blood. The Mobile Blood

Service is visiting Mona Vale

Memorial Hall on Wed 11 from

1.30-6.30pm; Thurs 12 from

8.30am-2pm; and Fri 13 from

8.30am-1.30pm. Appointments

13 14 95 or donateblood.com.au

Eco workshop. Learn how to

make eco-cleaning products

such as dishwashing liquid,

household cleaning spray, toilet

cleaner, furniture polish and

natural skin care products from

an experienced team in Avalon

on Sun 15 from 2-5pm. Spaces

limited, bookings and info


Get crafty. ‘Kids’ from 13 to

30 are invited to transform a

comic book, favourite book or

a piece of paper into a unique

hat or pencil case using mod

podge glue. Thurs 19 from 10.30-

11.30am. Cost $5. All materials

provided or BYO comic books or

other paper. Mona Vale Library;

bookings essential 9970 1600.

Deep Creek walk. See and

identify spectacular Sydney

sandstone flora in Autumn

‘blossom’ by joining an organised

walk of the Upper Deep Creek

Catchment. Start 10am at

Terrey Hills on Sat 28 and allow

3 hours. Bring a screwdriver for

some voluntary weeding near

the end of the track. Carpool

required. Bookings essential;

Conny Harris 0432 643 295.

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World’s your oyster

at Uncorked Avalon

new pop-up Semillon &

A Oyster Bar is the highlight

feature at this year’s Uncorked

Avalon Festival at Dunbar Park

on Sunday April 22.

The Festival will bring

together 25 wineries from

the Hunter Valley, providing

a taste of what’s to come at

this year’s Hunter Valley

Food & Wine Festival in May

and June.

The pop-up bar will be

hosted by four of the region’s

leading winemakers and

vignerons who will showcase

Semillon matched with

freshly shucked oysters.

The master classes by

Mount Pleasant Wines,

McLeish Estate Wines,

Tamburlaine Organic Wines

and Tulloch Wines run for

45 minutes and cost $45 per

person (includes a souvenir

Riedel glass, a flight of

Hunter Valley Semillon and

half a dozen oysters).

But you’d better be quick

– each supplier has 20 spots

only (total 80), so be sure to

book in advance.

Hunter Valley region

restaurants and producers

include Bar Coco, Choux

Patisserie, Hunter Valley

Cheese Company, Il

Cacciatore, Inbocca, Miss

Mables, Pimp My Chimney,

Pukara Estate, Rockin

Oysters and The Cellar


Other wineries showcasing

include Allandale, Briar

Ridge, Brokenwood and

Hungerford Hill.

The funky sounds of

Soul Shack Entertainment

will keep guests dancing

throughout the day, which

kicks off at 10.30am and

runs through 5pm.

If you want to skip the

line, a festival glass and

four tasting vouchers can

be purchased online for $26

(Glasses can be purchased on

the day for $10; wine tasting

vouchers $4.)

Oysters will be supplied

by renowned Port Macquarie

supplier Rockin’ Oysters,

who have built a solid

reputation for producing

high-quality, full-bodied

Sydney Rock variety oysters.

PS: Look out for Max, Luke

and the crew from Avalon’s

Oceana Traders who will be

cooking their acclaimed fish

tacos plus Tiger prawns.

More info winecountry.


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Pittwater News

Probus wartime

survivor gives talk

Pittwater Probus Club member

Jay (Jurgen) Claren, who

grew up in Hamburg during

World War II, will give a talk

about what it was like enduring

the Allied forces’ bombing

of Nazi Germany at the club’s

next meeting on April 10. The

five-minute speaker will be

Graham Morely who will detail

his teaching of building craft

in the Solomon Islands. Venue

is Mona Vale Golf Club; starts

10am. More info email geoffsheppard@bigpond.com

Expert gives talk on

small-scale gardens

Highly regarded horticulturist

Libby Cameron is the guest

speaker at the next Palm Beach

Probus Club meeting on April

19. Libby will deliver valuable

insights into “gardening

on smaller scale”. A trained

pharmacist, Libby changed

careers in the 1990s and has

worked ever since in garden

design, as a garden writer and

as a tour leader for Ross Garden

tours. Visitors welcome. More

info phone Patricia Prior on

9973 1247.

Pink Connections

Breast cancer support group

‘Pink Connections’ is inviting

community members to join

them at their meetings at Mona

Vale Golf Club every first Tuesday

of the month. The group

offers face-to-face support for

survivors over a cup of tea or

a lunch, providing an opportunity

for attendees to learn

from each other about improving

and enriching the quality

of their life. More info phone

Fran Hardy 9984 8454 or Judee

Radford 0416 211 902.

Council says:

‘Let there be light!’

Council is accelerating its

sportsfield lighting program,

with up to 26 local sportsfields

across 13 locations targeted

to receive new or upgraded

lighting by June 2020. Locally,

upgrades are planned

for North Narrabeen Reserve

and Newport Oval (pending

community consultation).

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael

Regan said he hoped the

sportsfield lighting program

would be completed two years

ahead of schedule, adding it

would mean greater training

capacity for thousands of

local sports participants. “We

are committed to encouraging

outdoor active play in the

community wherever we can,”

Mayor Regan said. He said the

acceleration would be made

possible by “reprioritising the

focus of staff and implementing

cost-saving initiatives”.

Teens’ chance for

Youth Exchange

Northern Beaches Council

is looking for Youth Ambassadors

aged between 14 and

19 to represent Council in a

Youth Exchange Program, with

applications now open for an

opportunity for six teenagers

to travel to Brewarrina in

outback NSW for a once in a

lifetime experience. Mayor Michael

Regan said the scheme

promoted friendship, respect

and understanding of life at

the beach versus the bush.

“The trip is fully funded and

will give our young people a

taste of what’s it’s like to live

in the bush including a visit to

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Local wins Ocean Swim Series prize

James Campbell, from Avalon Beach, is the lucky winner of

the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series major prize. The 52-yearold’s

name was drawn by random computer draw by Gail

Kardash, owner of TravelView Avalon, one of the proud

sponsors of the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series. James wins

three nights’ accommodation at Bay Royal Apartments Byron

Bay with return airfares for two to Ballina, sponsored by

TravelView, and entry into the Byron Bay Classic on Sunday

May 6. A member of Bilgola and Avalon Beach SLSC clubs,

James is a keen ocean swimmer who took up the sport in his

30s. He was delighted when told of his win, which came in

the fourth Series he’s contested. “It’s a great prize and I am

looking forward to going in the ocean swim up there,” he said.

“Swimming is a great way to keep fit and control your weight

and it is so relaxing.” James added he was looking forward

to swimming the postponed Avalon Beach event ‘Around the

Bends’, on Sunday April 8 (2.5km from Newport to Avalon). The

Pittwater Ocean Swim Series drew over 3,000 swimmers aged

10 to over 80 in 2018, with 234 qualifying for the Byron Bay

prize draw (swimming three or more events). The series raises

much-needed for funds for the Bilgola, Newport, Avalon, Mona

Vale and Whale Beach life saving clubs.

Lightning Ridge, sheep shearing

and fishing on the Barwon

River,” he said. As part of the

exchange, Council recently

hosted four young Aboriginal

teenagers from Brewarrina,

who travelled over 800 kilometres

and enjoyed a jam-packed

itinerary including learning to

surf. “If readers know a local

young person aged 14-19 who

would like to experience life

in a remote community for a

week, then apply now,” Mayor

Regan said. More info or to apply

visit northernbeaches.nsw.

gov.au or email justin.burke@



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Pittwater News


Tour de Cure fundraiser riders

inspire Mona Vale school kids

Students at Mona Vale Public School gave Westpac Tour de

Cure riders a rousing reception when the 80-strong peloton

cycled into the grounds to conclude their fundraiser

last month. On this tour, the cyclists and support crew

covered up to 384km from North Sydney to the Hunter

Valley and Nelson Bay before returning to Sydney via ferry

from Ettalong. Tour de Cure co-founder and Mona Vale

school mum Samantha Hollier-James said they hoped to

have matched last year’s tally of $1 million to fund cancer

research. “We have visited over 100,000 kids in schools

across Australia however leading our peloton into my

daughters Henley and Miller’s school was very emotional

for me,” she said. “Our team said the reception of hundreds

of energised kids was the best reception in Tour de Cure

history. However, it was the special messages I have got

since, of kids asking to ride their bike as they want to be

a Tour de Cure rider one day… even a gorgeous student

requesting to wear his cycling PJs every night since.” More

info tourdecure.com.au

Film fave Babe for

Cinema By The Sea

Everyone’s favourite pig ‘Babe’

hits the big screen at Des

Creagh Reserve North Avalon

on Saturday April 7 as the

feature of this year’s ‘Cinema

By The Sea’. Proudly hosted by

Barrenjoey Montessori School,

gates to the seventh annual

family friendly event open at

5pm with the film starting at

6pm (nice and early for the

littlies). Bring a rug and pack

a picnic or enjoy a sausage

sizzle under the stars. Sponsors

are welcome – show your

support by placing a slide in

the ad reel. Tickets $10 children,

adults $15 or $45 family

package. Phone 9973 1422

or purchase tickets online


au or from the box office on

the night.

Roll up sleeves for

bush regeneration

It’s on again – the annual

Pittwater Youth Hostel Bush

Regeneration weekend from

Friday May 11 through Sunday

May 13. Volunteer for two

mornings’ bush regeneration

and for just a $20 ‘donation’

you’ll enjoy two nights’ accommodation,

plus evening

meals and BBQ lunches,

morning teas, plus the use of

kayaks to relax in downtime.

Alternatively, anyone interested

is invited to head down

for a morning’s bush regen-

eration and enjoy morning

tea, lunch and an afternoon

kayak. Accommodation bookings

are essential; cost is $50

non-refundable booking fee

with a $30 refund on arrival.

More info phone 9999 5748 or

email pittwater@yha.com.au.

Community Garden

Day adds zest

Add some zest to your life

with a free event hosted by

Avalon Community Garden

– located in the grounds

of Barrenjoey High School,

North Avalon – from 10am to

2pm on Sunday April 8. The

‘Healthy You, Healthy Planet’

day will see special guests

speak about their passion

for the planet, for soil, for

plastic-free living, caring

for the Oceans and more.

The garden’s Natural Food

Café will be open all day for

lunch, organic produce, tea,

coffee and cakes, with music

provided by local talent. The

kids are catered for too, with

craft and painting, musical

entertainment, gardening –

and their own café!

Seniors urged to

‘do more together’

Local seniors are being encouraged

to join in celebrations

for the 60th annual NSW

Seniors Festival from Wednesday

4 April through Friday 27

April. The 2018 Seniors Festival

Program lists a host of

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Support advocate

Gailene honoured

Passionate local children’s support

advocate Gailene Keene is the 2018

Pittwater Woman of The Year. Gailene

works with the unique Be Centre

Children’s Charity at Warriewood,

which assists youngsters aged 3-12 who

have experienced challenging personal

experiences. Gailene has devoted her

life to ensure children in some of the

most dire situations are supported. For

more than a quarter of a century she

has worked in key roles with the Cancer

Council, St Lucy’s School and the Starlight

Children’s Foundation. Colleagues say

Gailene goes above and beyond her role at

the Be Centre where she funds the support

of children who parents/carers are in

crisis and cannot afford to pay for services

– more than half of the centre’s 200 clients

each year fall into this category. Along

with her regular duties Gailene recently

creative activities, education

and information sessions, fitness

and exercise programs,

health and wellbeing sessions,

outings, activities and special

events. Northern Beaches

Council has scheduled a calendar

of events, complementing

those run by other groups

and organisations. In all there

will be more than 90 exciting

attractions and activities, all

highlighting the theme ‘Let’s

do more together’. * What’s

happening across Pittwater

see page 46.

National Disability

Insurance Expo

People with disability, their

carers and families are invited

to meet with organisations

that provide NDIS-accredited

services on Wednesday 11

April from 10.30am- 4.30pm

at Dee Why RSL. The free expo

is an important resource, with

visitors provided the opportunity

to speak directly with

staff from the NDIS, Uniting

Local Area Coordination,

Ability Links and Synapse Appeals

Service to find out more

about services or the process

of applying for the NDIS or

preparing for a review or appeal.

As well as exhibitions

from around 50 NDIS service

providers, specialist seminars

will also be held on the day

including: Plans for children

aged 0-8 (11am);

managed a complete fit-out and move

for Be Centre into new fully equipped

premises. In making the presentation at

the Zonta Club’s annual breakfast marking

International Woman’s Day last month,

Local MP Rob Stokes said Gailene was

an incredibly talented and passionate

children’s advocate.

plans for students and adults,

including employment (1pm);

and planning reviews and

appeals (3pm). The NDIS is

being progressively rolled out

across NSW to replace the current

NSW disability support

system and will be operating

state-wide by July 2018. More

info on 9942 2686

Avalon Car boot sale

You are always guaranteed

to spot something unique at

this popular community Car

Boot Sale which will be held

in Dunbar Park on Saturday

April 14 from 8am-2pm. There

will be live music, food – and

plenty of things you didn’t

know you needed to find!





Dr Ben Brown

Just like humans, animals

need greater care in their

senior years. Dogs are

considered seniors when they

reach their 7th birthday, for

cats it is their 10th birthday.

It is important to be aware

of the signs of aging as early

detection is vital.

Some symptoms of aging

may be more obvious, like

an intolerance to exercise or

limited mobility, while others

are more subtle. Monitor your

pet’s eating patterns and body

weight, as obesity can cause

many health issues, including

osteoarthritis and diabetes in

old age. Similarly, if your pet

is too thin it could be having

dental issues, metabolic

disease or certain types of

cancers. Sleeping patterns and

cognitive behaviour are also

things to look out for; a cat

or dog that isn’t aware of its

surroundings or has difficulty

recognising people may be

experiencing early cognitive

dysfunction or dementia. Also,

looking at the condition of

your pet’s coat and how much

your cat is grooming itself can

also be indicative of its health.

A less obvious but just as

important sign of aging is how

much your pet is drinking and

urinating. How much your

pet is or isn’t drinking can be

indicative of many problems,

from endocrine issues to

kidney disease. It’s often

difficult to check, but water

intake should be monitored if

possible. The normal intake for

cats and dogs is approximately

50ml per kg bodyweight per

24hrs, any level above this

warrants a check-up.

Because pets can’t talk to

us and communicate how they

feel, senior pets should have

a routine blood test every

year. This helps to determine

the health of many important

internal organs like the kidneys

and liver and can often be the

first indicator that something

is wrong. Drop into one of our

hospitals this month to discuss

our senior pet health focus.


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ANZAC Services


Lest we forget

This is the final year of Australia’s most important period

of national commemoration – The Centenary of Anzac.

Marking 100 years since our involvement in the First

World War, the Anzac Centenary 2014 to 2018 is a historic

tribute to our original ANZACs and honours the generations

of Australian servicemen and women who have defended our

values and freedoms in wars, conflicts and peace operations

throughout a Century of Service.

Here’s what’s happening locally…

Avalon Beach

Anzac Day in Avalon gets bigger every year with organisers

engaging all members of the community in a range of activities

including school visits and conducting services to include

veterans of all wars.

This years’ march will include local schools, sporting teams

and groups such as Rotary, Zonta and Surf Lifesaving.

And as a one-time initiative all current and ex-serving

women have been invited to march together to highlight the

number of women who have served and who continue to serve.

All march participants will assemble at the Avalon Beach

Public School at 10.45am on Anzac Day for an 11am start

marching through the village to the RSL Club cenotaph.

To accommodate the bigger crowds the Avalon Beach RSL

Club will hold the VIP Sub-Branch lunch at 12pm in a marquee

in Dunbar Park, freeing up the club for the public to utilise

throughout the day.

The club will open at 5am with a dawn service at the

cenotaph at 5.30am, followed by a gold coin donation breakfast.

The commemorative service at the club’s cenotaph will start

at 11.20am.

Two-up in the Surf Lounge has been set to start at midday

and the bistro will be open from 12pm serving a full menu all

day until 8.30pm.

The club will close at midnight.

Also for the first time a poppy wall is being created at the

club in time for Anzac Day with a view to adding to the haul

of knitted and crocheted poppies to make a bigger display for

Remembrance Day.

Avalon Beach RSL Club 1 Bowling Green Lane. P: 9918 2201 or


Palm Beach

Club Palm Beach becomes an adults-only zone all day –

and night – on Anzac Day with a special members lunch,

entertainment and two-up.

The march will commence at 10.45am from Pittwater Park

near Palm Beach Ferry Wharf and finish at the club where

the commemorative service will be held at the cenotaph from


A luncheon featuring comedian and entertainer Peter Dean

will be held from noon (Members of Palm Beach RSL Sub-

Branch Free; Club Members $75 Non-members $85. Bookings

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essential for catering and seating purposes – no tickets will be

sold on the day).

The club will open to the general public (18 years and over) at

11.30am, with two-up from 2-7pm.

Club Palm Beach 1087 Barrenjoey Rd Palm Beach. P: 9974

5566 or clubpalmbeach.com.au

Mona Vale

An Anzac march will be held on Sunday April 22 from

Vineyard Street to the Mona Vale War Memorial in Village Park.

Participants will assemble at the rear of the Police Station

at 12.20pm and commence the march at 12.30pm, with a

commemoration service and wreath laying ceremony at the

memorial at 1pm.

A dawn service will be held on Anzac Day at 5.40am at the

cenotaph located at the rear of Pittwater RSL Club.

Members will assemble in the undercover car park at 5.20am

with the march commencing at 5.30am.

Local military historian and Sub-Branch Member Joe

Crumlin will present the Anzac address.

And breakfast will be available to purchase in the Club after

the service.

Pittwater RSL Club 82 Mona Vale Road Mona Vale. P: 9997 3833


Narrabeen Sub-Branch Members and RSL Club members will

participate in the annual Anzac Sunday march and wreath

laying ceremony, on Sunday April 22.

Participants will assemble in the car park next to the

Narrabeen Terminus from 11am and the march will commence

at 11.30am.

The parade, led by the Manly Warringah Pipe Band, will

proceed along Pittwater Road to the Narrabeen Cenotaph at the

intersection of Pittwater Road and Ocean Street.

For those who may not be able to participate in the march

there will be courtesy bus leaving Narrabeen RSL Club at

10.45am (for the cenotaph).

Narrabeen RSL Club 116 Nareen Parade. P: 9913 8016

Dee Why

A crowd of more than 10,000 is expected to gather at Dee Why

Beach at sunrise on April 25 for a dawn service marking the

final year of the Anzac Centenary period.

There will be an elevated outdoor stage in the heart of the

Ted Jackson Reserve and large screens to allow everyone to

view the proceedings which will commence at 5.30am.

Seating will be available to those who have served or are

unable to stand for long periods of time.

Veterans Centre – Sydney Northern Beaches Manager, Ben

Webb will deliver the ceremony and returned decorated

servicemen Adrian Talbott will present the commemorative


Each attendee will receive a poppy prior to the service to

place on specially created structures as their own personal

tribute (these structures will be transported to Dee Why RSL

where they will be displayed for all to see).

A complimentary shuttle bus will be available from Dee Why

RSL Club to Dee Why Beach from 5am and a return service will

operate from 6.20am.

Dee Why RSL invites everyone to the club to enjoy a $6 hot

breakfast following the service.

Throughout the day there will be activities including two-up

from 12pm, live entertainment and a BBQ in the Peace Garden

with all proceeds going to the Veteran’s Centre – Sydney

Northern Beaches.

Dee Why RSL 932 Pittwater Road Dee Why P: 9454 4000 or


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In tune




Life Stories

On the eve of her new album release,

singer Tina Harrod explains how

living offshore provides peace for

her and daughter Mia.

Story by Rod Bennett

Acclaimed singer Tina Harrod says

walking out onto her Scotland

Island balcony reminds her

that this is where she wants to be. She

says island life is not for everyone but

confesses she loves the disparate group

that makes up this bunch of locals:

builders and bankers, writers and

painters, musicians and council workers,

and more.

“They will go out of their way to help

you… to a degree,” she said. “Of course,

in the end it’s really up to you to manage

your life.”

Tina, who is in her early 50s, is doing

this with the release of her fifth solo

album, City of Longing, on April 4: “I

think that with each new album you’re

chipping away at ideas. I’m very proud of

this record.”

But an offshore lifestyle wasn’t always

as clear cut for the New Zealand-born

back-up singer, turned solo frontwoman.

“My daughter Mia convinced me to

take this place – she is very persuasive,”

Tina said. “At first I was not interested.

I told her ‘it’s by water access only’. I

thought it would be too hard.”

Six years later they are still there and

Tina says it has changed her life.

“Whatever hardships there are I

can put up with because of the peace

of my home, and the strength of the

community – that sense of community is

a key factor.”

She wasn’t a resident of the peninsula

all that long before she was approached

by local photographer and musician

Chuck Bradley, with an idea to bring

quality live music to Church Point on a

regular basis.

From these early utterings, to

the collaboration with the existing

Waterfront General Store & Cafe, the ‘Co-

Op Club’ was born.

“I feel really proud of it, of what we

achieved,” Tina said. “It stands as a

permanent fixture for live music on the

northern beaches. But irrespective of the

location, I wanted it to be a place to hear

quality music. Something decent.

“Good musicians will travel if they

are respected and if it’s an enjoyable


After four years at the creative helm,

booking artists, Tina felt it was time to

leave the role and she passed the baton

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to fellow peninsula performer Kate Lush.

The tranquillity of Tina’s island home

belies a more frenetic past – singing in

bands, constantly touring, being a mum,

and sharing life with the late, great

musician Jackie Orszaczky.

Tina was born into a family with Fijian,

Welsh and Celtic heritage. On the Welsh

side she said her great grandfather had

a beautiful voice. “He could really sing,”

she said. On the Fijian side, the family

used to get together, pick a note and just

naturally harmonise.

She moved to Australia in 1982 at the

age of 17.

“When I was 20 I knew I wanted to sing

professionally but didn’t know what to

do about it,” she said. “I started having

singing lessons with a Catholic nun. She

could see I had no money and didn’t

charge me. I remember her as gentle and


Tina used to answer ads wanting

singers and she saw a lot of live music.

“I was a little different because I

mainly liked listening to the backing

vocals,” she said. “I didn’t want to be up

front. I didn’t really like the sound of my

own voice.”

Gradually that changed and she

developed her own sound.

“The voice can be like a wild animal,”

she said. “You have to tame it and get to

know it. It’s like a life-long relationship.”

The singer says she has been touring

since her early 20s and admits being on

the road is more exciting when you are

younger. “And it was better when there

was a budget,” she said. “With more

prestigious performers you stay in better

places. When you’re on the road on your

own it’s exciting as an artist but can

be hard financially; you might play to

empty rooms and you still have to pay

the band.”

Still, she says there is plenty of fun

and games on the road. “After the gig

there’s all this adrenalin. So you might

go to a party, other times you might go

back to your room. Everyone has their

own thing they like to do.”

Tina has worked closely with the likes

of Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly, Diesel,

Vika & Linda Bull, Katie Noonan, Paul

Grabowsky, The Whitlams, Guy Sebastian

and Thirsty Merc.

Her voice has been likened to Nina

Simone’s and Billie Holliday’s. “Nina was

my favourite,” she said. “I liked how she

could cross-over genres. She could pull

apart any song and put it together again

without losing the essence.”

Tina met Jackie Orszaczky in 1991. She

was, in her words, “a major fan”.

“I’d do my gig and then we’d head to

Kings Cross to see him, and be blown

away by his bass playing and singing,”

she said. “I joined his band in 1993

and was in it for six months before we

became involved.”

Orszaczky passed away 10 years ago.

He and Tina were together 14 years.

The family lived in Erskineville. As

Orszaczky was Hungarian, they would

travel to central Europe every year on


Asked what she misses about him, she

looks thoughtfully at the table where we


“I miss his intellect. He was a well-read

Continued on page 35

Life Stories

CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE: Tina on Church Point Wharf; with daughter

Mia and much-missed partner Jackie Orszaczky; in 1992, shortly before

joining Jackie’s band; filling big boots as a child; a shot for the cover of

her new album ‘City of Longing’; the album cover for Deep Down & Out.

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man. If you couldn’t find Jack

he would be out the back with

his nose in a book, trying to

get away from everything. I

learned a lot from Jack – not

just music.”

She laughs at the memory.

Tina and Mia continued to

live in the inner-city following

Jackie’s passing, moving to

Redfern in 2012. One year

later Tina announced she

“needed to be near water”.

Now she says she cannot

leave. She still doesn’t have a

boat to get to the mainland but

it’s no bother; she is satisfied

taking the ferry or a water taxi.

“At one stage, Mia was going

to school in St Ives and said

she would like to move off the

island,” Tina recalled. “I told

her that we were staying and,

because she pressured me to

move here in the first place,

she should be careful what

she wished for!”

* Tina Harrod’s new album

is called City of Longing and

the launch concert is at The

Basement on Wednesday,

April 11. Tickets are $30 from


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Kicking back with friends during a gig at the

Beach Hotel in Byron Bay; with her sister Bronwyn in the 1980s; with

daughter Mia at the Sziget Festival in Europe in 2007.

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Art Life

Art Life

Hide & Seek art

packs a punch

Whilst working on a

private commission

in 2016, Martin Wales first

started experimenting with

the creative possibilities of

using leatherworking tools to

punch holes into large sheets

of heavy-weight and richly

textured paper.

“This created the

opportunity to effectively

‘draw with light’ by looking

‘through’ the finished

artwork to a bright surface

or window beyond – or

alternatively, placing the

work such that the sun or a

spotlight projects the tracery

of forms onto an adjacent

surface,” Martin said.

Thus was born his most

recent collection of works

– inspired by the imagery

within the poetry of Japanese

haiku master Matsuo Basho,

and by favourite passages

from the Tao Te Ching.

“I seek evocations of

simple, natural forms in these

traditional texts and translate

them into delicate, white

sculptural pieces – enlivened

by the play of light that

pierces them,” he added.

Throughout this same

period Roberta – Martin’s

partner and co-owner of The

Pencil Tin studio in Mona

Vale – who previously worked

primarily in watercolours

and gouache on paper, was

moving toward applying

acrylics to natural timbers.

Roberta discovered the

“exciting” possibility of

using beautiful, old and rare

timbers – Kauri floorboards

and Oregon doors, rescued

from demolished Sydney

homes – as both painting

surface and inspiration.

“By allowing the timbers

to show through the paint

and become a part of each

composition, they add their

own history to the depictions

of domestic objects and

historic environments I have

portrayed with brush and

paint,” she said.

Roberta and Martin’s new

and exciting, free exhibition

Bolt from

the Blue

Liz Cuming’s exhibition ‘Out

Of The Blue’ has special

meaning for the Sydney-based

artist who grew up around

Pittwater’s boating community.

As a young woman Liz fell

in love and became engaged

to the former Commodore of

Ku-ring-Gai Motor Yacht Club,

Bryan Inder, spending time at

his parents’ holiday weekender

at Whale Beach. But the couple’s

love foundered on the eve of

their wedding and they drifted


“It was by coincidence that

my artistic rediscovery of the

commanding, everchanging

vistas of Whale Beach, came

about through unexpected, lifechanging

events,” Liz said.

“40 years later – out of the

blue – our love rekindled and we

are back to enjoying all life can

offer, especially the little house

on the hill at Whale Beach.”

Liz’s reacquaintance came

about nearly three years ago

when she was fundraising

‘Hide & Seek’ opens at the

Creative Space (105 Abbott

Road, North Curl Curl) on

Wednesday 11 April and runs

until Sunday 22 April.

There will be free floor

talks, a workshop and daily

opportunities to engage with

the artists in the gallery.

More info 0412 671 346 or

email martin@thepenciltin.

com.au – Nigel Wall

to build a specially equipped

off-road campervan for a good

friend who had been 40 years an

incomplete quadriplegic.

“I emailed all I could contact,

offering those who donated

$100 their pick of small outback

paintings I had spent painting

‘en plein air’ over the past decade,”

Liz said.

“Bryan responded, and the

rest as they say is history!”

Liz’s seascapes on Belgian

linen capture the texture, movement

and rhythm of the ocean.

View her works at Art2Muse

Gallery in Double Bay from

April 17-30; more info art-

2muse.com.au – NW

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Avalon sees the Light

Avalon Art Gallery owner

Jen Hill is excited to be

presenting her Liquid Light

solo exhibition at her space

in Cinema Arcade, Avalon

from April 7-28.

“I’m fascinated at how

colour and depth are affected

by light play and

the emotional and memory

response that evokes when

viewed by individuals,” Jen

said. “That doesn’t always

mean you’ll feel happy and

joyful… it may mean that

you are required to challenge

or question a certain

thought or ideal – but that

questioning will hopefully

bring you to a place that is

one of satisfaction or maybe

even beauty.”

The exhibition art has

been created with liquid

suspended pigments.

Jen’s works will be accompanied

by pieces from

Northern Beaches ceramic

artist Katarina Wells, whose

work focuses on form, balance

and harmonious line.

She finds inspiration in

nature – rocks, seedpods,

shells, sea sponges… “the

little treasures one finds

when out and about”.

Opening night is 6-8pm

on Saturday April 7; viewings

are Wednesdays through Saturdays

(or by appointment).

More info avalonartgallery.

com.au – Nigel Wall

Sharing the Beauty of

Pittwater and Beyond

Seduced by the beauty of the sky and the ocean, much of

Mona Vale local Pamela Pauline’s photographic artwork

explores the natural landscape and wildlife of Pittwater.

Some of her work can be viewed at the newly opened Arcadia

Pittwater Private Hospital, having supplied all the artworks for

this impressive 5-star facility.

Pamela’s Home Gallery and Studio, aptly named the

‘Exposure House Gallery’ has also just been completed

and Pamela (pictured) is excited to be staging two Autumn

Creative Photography Workshops in her new purpose-built


“My workshops are aimed at photographers wanting to

expand on their knowledge of creative photography and

editing techniques,” said Pamela.

Pauline’s Gallery (open by appointment only) showcases

scenes of beautiful Pittwater and further afield.

As an award-winning photographer and Master of the

Australian Institute of Professional Photography, Pamela has

exhibited in India, China, the United States and Australia and

her artworks are held in public and private galleries across the


More info pamelapauline.com; Instagram:

pamelapaulinephotography; and Facebook.

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Art Life

Art Life

From Coast to Country

The exhibition ‘From

Coast to Country’ at the

Creative Space in North Curl

Curl is a collaboration of four

painters whose works explore

the beauty and vibrancy of

coastal lifestyles and the

remoteness of the interior.

Exhibiting artists are Maggy






and Leon


with works

including oil and acrylic on

canvas, paper, and Xray film.

“The Northern Beaches provide

me with an inexhaustible

source of subject matter: my

affection for its inhabitants,

the majesty of big seas and

big skies,” said Maggy.

Abstractionist, Narrabeen’s

Jenny Lavender has developed

a process of applying

paint to exposed X-ray film

and mark-making into the

surface. “My work becomes a

dialogue with my materials,”

she said.

Margo Harbison lived at

Warriewood when working

in paediatrics at Mona Vale

Hospital. “The view of the

ocean and coastal fringe in

their many


have permeated


artistic soul

for years!”

she said.


Boland says his canvases resonate

with the loneliness and

isolation of life on a remote

property in Northwest NSW.

“My landscapes are imaginary,”

he said. “Where I grew

up, there were no hills and few

trees. Now I satisfy my yearning

by painting them in.”

The exhibition runs at the

Creative Space in North Curl

Curl from April 24 to May 6.

Gift ideas galore

in ACOP return

They’re back – the Artists & Craftsmen of Pittwater (ACOP)

return to Mona Vale this month for the first of four

exhibitions scheduled in 2018 and just in time to buy great

gifts for Mother’s Day.

Refreshed after summer and with renewed creativity, all

artists are excited to be submitting both new and current

artworks in the much sought-after ‘People’s Choice’ award

(where attendees get to vote for their favourite painting).

Items – all hand-made by members – include patchwork,

jewellery, knitting, gifts for babies, girls dresses, silks, timber

bowls (made from Australian timbers), magical felt toys and

play mats, cards, screen printed aprons and tea towels, folk

and decorative art, gift bags, quilling, applique towels, handpainted

porcelain, candles, and silver wire jewellery.

Also, the group will be holding a Jewellery Workshop

on Friday April 20 from 1-4pm where you can make a pair

of earrings for just $10 a set. No bookings required, with

materials provided (for adults and children accompanied by

an adult for the duration of the class).

If you’re interested in joining ACOP they have limited places

available within their art and craft ranks – enquire through the

website or at the sales desk during the exhibition.

The Autumn Exhibition runs from Thursday 19th April

through Saturday 21st April, 9am to 4pm at Mona Vale

Memorial Hall; more info acop.com.au and Facebook.

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The Creative Space at

North Curl Curl will

hold its first curated

exhibition, Invisible Bridges

(produced by Cassia

Bundock) from May 12 to

May 19. Cross-culturalism,

sexuality, spirituality and

knowledge are some of the

themes running through

painting, photography,

video, textiles, collage and

sculpture. Collaborating

artists are Danilo

Brandão, Abbie Hashimoto,

Cyma Hibri, Cassio Leitão,

Fernanda O’Connell, Paula

do Prado, and Louise

Whelan. The exhibition runs

daily from 10am to 4pm;

entry is free. More info


* * *

The Avalon Craft

Cottage members are

busily preparing for their

first showing for 2018

at St Ives Village from

Easter Monday April 2.

Their stall will be situated

downstairs, outside the

Newsagency, and will run

normal business hours

until Sunday 8th April

(closing 4pm). A great

display of woodwork will

be a focus, as well as all

the usual handcrafted

jewellery, baby gifts, handknitted

jackets, booties,

shawls; plus scarves, bed

sox, patchwork quilts, and

screen-printed tea towels.

More info call Rita on

9918 2748.

Workshop autumn

ideas at the SAS

The Autumn Art School

at Sydney Art Space in

April offers many great art

workshops for adults and

children to get their teeth into

– and burn off the chocolate


Convenor Christine Simpson

says areas of interest (for ages

16 and up) include a three-day

sculpture casting intensive

called Body Parts and Found


“Other hot workshops include

Drawing Fundamentals

after Banksy; Experimental

Watercolour; Soapstone Carving;

Relief Printmaking and

Coiled Vessels using Upcycled

Fabrics,” said Christine.

She added two wonderful

workshops for children are

also scheduled – Printmaking,

Painting and Collage (with

the theme ‘Monsters from

the Narrabeen Lagoon’); plus

Fabulous Poms Poms!

For more info and costings

visit sydneyartspace.com or

phone 0402 532 957.

Meanwhile, Christine reminds

regulars that Term

2 coursework kicks off on

Tuesday May 1.

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Careel Bay serves up

40 years of memories

Ah, the 1970s… a time

when neighbours had

time to pitch in and

build community; when progressive

dinner parties served

as fundraisers and when

no-one baulked at the idea of

turning wetlands and a rubbish

dump into tennis courts.

This year The Careel Bay

Tennis Club celebrates its 40th

anniversary with a gala morning

and a nod to all the local

families who made it happen.

The facility in Hitchcock

Park, North Avalon only exists

because of a unique collaboration

between council and the

painstaking efforts (and personal

finances) of local tennis


Two of the Club’s founding

members Kay and Ken

Howarth explained the club’s

history began in 1974 when,

after a series of pubic meetings

lobbying for sporting

facilities, the then Warringah

Council provided a grant of

land encompassing the former

rubbish dump and part of the

Careel Creek wetlands.

A steering committee of

local residents – including the

Howarths – was established to

get things rolling, with work

commencing a year later.

The mangroves were turned

over and work progressed well

but when the official opening

weekend came around things

fell a little flat.

“The Council didn’t know

that the courts needed to be

made from compacted loam,”

Kay said. “The initial surface

was just sand and as a result

the balls would not bounce…

we couldn’t play on them!”

The first loam court was

opened in 1978 and the first

of the Club’s ‘Open Championships’

was played later that

year, with the husband-andwife

combination of John Ebsary

winning the Men’s Singles

title and Betty Ebsary winning

the Ladies Singles.

EARLY DAYS: Careel Bay's first 'clubhouse' was a humble shed (above);

members and kids literally dug deep to help deliver the new Clubhouse,

which opened in 1983 (below). FAMILIAR FACES: Two of the club's founding

members, Kay and Ken Howarth, remain active in the Club today (right).

Kay explained the members

would spend weekends and

any spare time beautifying

and maintaining the facilities.

“It was a different world

back then, we’d have working

bees to clear the land, build

the gardens and lay pavers…

everybody gave their time and

effort and for the first five or

six years everything was run

on a voluntary basis,” Kay


It was no surprise locals

rallied when it came time

to replace the tin shed that

served as the clubhouse with

something a little more accommodating.

Fundraisers were held, including

fashion parades, progressive

dinners and chook

raffles, however it was evident

a larger chunk of money was

needed so several generous

families loaned savings to

cover the shortfall.

The plan for the clubhouse

was chosen from sketches submitted

by Club members – Sue

Stephens was the winner and

local architect Bruce James

drew up the plans – the build

was supported by members

who worked on the courts and

surrounds and later a few additions

and a lower ceiling.

The Clubhouse was opened

in 1983 by then Warringah

Mayor Paul Couvret, with an

exhibition of tennis featuring

local icons Adrienne Avis and

Teresa Stapp together with

Davis Cup player John Alexander

and the Club’s 1983 ‘Men’s

Singles Champion’ Murray


Many of the founding mem-

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Book Review

The Lost

Flowers of

Alice Hart

by Holly Ringland,

Fourth Estate


Debut Australian

author, Holly Ringland,

grew up in a tropical

garden on the coast,

so it’s not surprising

that flowers play an

important role in her

novel. They also have

made for one of the

most beautiful covers

we’ve seen on our

new release shelves

this year.

What makes

Ringland’s compelling story of tragedy,

family secrets and coming of age so special, is how skillfully

she makes the Australian landscape and flora characters in

their own right.

Alice Hart is a survivor, which is important to know going

into this novel, which at times goes to very dark places.

Ringland is a talented storyteller, and her knowledge of native

flora is impressive. If you liked Charlotte Wood’s The Natural

Way of Things or Meredith Ashley’s The Birdman’s Wife, The

Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is one for you. – Libby Armstrong

bers are still active in the Club

today – Ken, 78, is a five-times

Captain and still on the Works

Committee and Kay, 75, is Vice

President again this year and

continues to play a number

of times a week… with their

grandchildren now enjoying

the facilities too.

“There are a few of us who

have been there since day dot

and we still get more fun out

of it than what we put into it,”

Ken said.

The generosity of the founding

families will be recognised

on the Saturday April 21 gala

morning when a commemorative

plaque will be unveiled.

And in another nod to the

past, the Mayor of our Council

plus John Alexander will be

back at Careel Bay participating

in exhibition matches.

Everyone is invited to be

part of the gala morning from

9am-1pm – see ad page 27 for

details. – Lisa Offord

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Local Call

A 'couple

of ideas'

to help you

get creative

Meet Chris Barlow and Ivina Khoo – a

self-confessed ‘kooky’ couple with a

solid advertising and creative pedigree

who like to think outside the square to

deliver results for their clients.

Local Call

Pittwater Life recruited the affable

Avalon-based husband-and-wife team

to design, develop and deliver our

new website, which launched to great acclaim

last month.

“We help businesses look the best they

can with thoughtful design and identity

branding,” said Ivina. “That’s always the

starting point and from there we can develop

effective marketing and communication

strategies – this includes web presence

and direct marketing approaches.”

Chris explained their careers in advertising

often intersected, so it made sense

with their skills sets that they would complement

each other working on projects

together – which led to them forming

‘Kookie Mix Creative’.

“We have the big agency experience (40

years combined) distilled into a dedicated

talented team,” he said. “Clients are getting

inspiring ideas and design – without

the big agency overheads.”

But why ‘Kookie Mix’?

“Creative problem solving requires thinking

outside the obvious,” said Ivina. “And

sometimes the answers are pretty straight

forward but you need to explore many options

to ensure you have the best solution.

“Kooky is a bit out of the ordinary, curious

and eccentric… and why not?

“We apply this thinking to creative

problem solving, with the result being a

range of creative solutions. That, and we

like baking cookies!”

The couple’s connection to the area began

with their marriage on a boat floating

in Pittwater back in 2002.

Time is ripe for Peaches

Independent Avalon boutique Peaches has

closed its doors after nearly 40 years of

outfitting locals with “smart, casual clothes

aimed at the Northern Beaches way of

life” – with owner Susie Fitzgerald and her

sister Gail Cameron saying they are looking

forward to spending more time traveling.

Susie explained Peaches was opened in

1980 by a Canadian, Bonnie Consiglio.

“Bonnie had six daughters and thought

a clothing shop would be a good idea,” she

said. “I started working at Peaches in 1986

and in 1992 Bonnie decided to return to

Canada; however she kept the shop until

1994 which is when I bought it, along with

a friend who unfortunately had to return to

her native Melbourne after just one year.

“I took over her share and have been

the sole owner since, with Gail joining me

shortly after.”

Peaches has always been in the same

location near the pedestrian crossing on

Avalon Parade, and originally included the

shop next door which was called Peaches

Pour Homme, with an opening between the

two premises.

Susie (left, with Gail) said Peaches had

enjoyed a successful final Summer trade.

“Peaches has provided a fabulous lifestyle

for Gail and me… we have met and

made friends with so many lovely people,

who have been so supportive, as have a

lot of people who visit the peninsula every

year,” she said.

“Over the years we have enjoyed visits

from many well-known identities and celebrities

– some of whom held off buying until

they got to Avalon.

“But things are changing in Avalon,” noted

Susie, who has lived in the suburb since

1985. “It is still a lovely, friendly village and

I feel a similar business can do very well by

displaying a little individuality.

“I just hope the locals will continue to

support all our local small businesses.

“We would love to thank all the people

“Living in the inner city at the time, we

were always inspired by the natural surrounds

of the Pittwater area,” said Chris.

“We had always had an affinity with the

green spaces and fresh air.

“Eight years ago, when the time came

to consider where we wanted to raise our

young family, we chose Avalon.”

Ivina said some of their most creative

work has been for some of their smallest


“And it has been great working with the

Pittwater Life team to get their new website

off the ground,” she said. “The clean

design of the site reflects the Pittwater

area and lets the beautiful imagery of the

area speak for itself.”

Check out their work at kookiemix.com

– Nigel Wall

who over the years have been such loyal

customers, such wonderful friends,” she

said, adding thanks to all the previous staff

who worked in Peaches over the years.

“We are now going to retire, enjoy this

beautiful area and travel at home and overseas!”

– NW

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Ben’s ‘Blue’ sky thinking

Mobile mechanic and

Narrabeen local Ben

Murdock is still pinching

himself seven months after

taking control of his own business

which he says is changing

people’s perceptions of the

automotive industry.

Ben runs Blue Toro Mobile

Mechanics, with a territory

covering the whole

of the Northern Beaches.

His services include everything

a standard workshop

mechanic operation offers,

including new car servicing

that won’t void warrantees,

plus repairs and breakdown


The difference is, he

comes to you – saving

time, money and all-round

hassle. Plus, customers

receive a 20,000km, 12-month

warranty on all work.

Ben cut his teeth as an apprentice

at a local dealership and

small workshop before joining the

NRMA where he worked for the

past eight years, gaining in-depth

experience on all makes, models

and problems with vehicles.

Almost 40 years after she

made her first hanging

mosquito net, Kaye Quiney is

closing Ozzie Mozzie Nets at


Kaye, who has occupied several

local shop sites over 36 years,

intends to go back to her true

cottage industry roots, selling

online and arranging pick-ups for

her loyal customers.

She says when the shop closes

this month it will “complete the

circle” after she moved to the area

in 1976, settled down and raised a

family while growing her specialist

business to great reviews.

“I started out with a stall at

Paddington Market… my days

were spent at the beach in the

mornings and at the sewing machine

in the afternoons, sewing

clothing and soft furnishings to

sell at the weekend at my stall,”

she said.

Kaye had sewn for herself

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Ben reasoned the Blue Toro

company would change the

quality of his life while allowing

him to remain passionate about

his chosen career.

“Blue Toro is a family-run

organisation which shares many

of the same values as mine,”

he said. “Mobile mechanics are

becoming increasingly popular,

with most of my customers citing

that they simply don’t have

the time to drop their car to a

workshop and have the hassle

of public transport, organising

alternate transport or waiting

around a shopping centre all

day… my customers love the

convenience mobile servicing


He said vehicle servicing

started from $205, depending

on the type of vehicle and level

of service.

“For breakdowns or

repairs, I provide a free,

no-obligation quote which

is more than competitive

within the market,” he said.

Ben added the majority

jobs were completed on

the same day, within a few

hours, with the exception

of larger jobs where parts

may not be readily assessable

on the same day.

“I love that I get to work in

a different location every

day, meet great people

and help to take hassle out of

people’s lives by taking care

of their vehicles at a time and

place that suits them,” he said.

“And you can’t beat my ‘office’

– I love how friendly people

of the Northern Beaches are.”

More info 0420 851 706.

– NW

Raine &



Forty years after Denis

McDonagh started

the first Raine & Horne

real estate agency in

Avalon, his daughter

Lara Rowell is following

in his footsteps.

Along with wellknown

local real estate

identities Nina and

Slava Sokolov, the trio

have launched the latest

branch of the familiar

black and gold brand,

with their prestige

market territory

including Avalon and

Palm Beach.

Raine & Horne was

involved in subdivisional

sales in Palm

Beach as far back as the

late 19th century.

Formerly of Fine &

Country, Nina, Slava and

Lara will continue to

operate out of the iconic

former Westpac building

on Avalon Parade, with

a Palm Beach office also


New hangout for Ozzie Mozzie

a few different canopy-style dispatching to stores throughout

Mozzie Nets which she hung Australia and New Zealand,” Kaye

from the ceiling using fishing said.

line and wire.

“There was a lot of interest

“I became good friends with from country areas, so I started

Judy Bray, a local architect who a mail order business to supply

had also made some cotton mosquito

remote areas and produced my

nets and we combined our first mail order catalogue in 1990

designs to come up with the first – by then the range had grown

Ozzie Mozzie Net,” she said. to include three styles of Mozzie

“The nets were so popular we Nets, plus bed linen.”

decided to start a business and Kaye opened her first shop on

enthusiastically embarked on the corner of Whale Beach Road

manufacturing the nets for sale and Barrenjoey Road in 1991, operating

– we were lucky enough to have

for 11 years before mov-

a story in Vogue magazine and ing to Old Barrenjoey Rd – and

the product was launched into a the days of the famous ‘Avalon

wider audience.”

Waffle Blankets’.

While Judy withdrew to concentrate

“I will miss seeing the friendly

on her career, Kaye faces and chatting with the lovely

expanded her product offering, customers, many of whom have

making bed linen which she sold become good friends,” Kaye said.


“But it will allow me to spend

“I employed a few friends to more time at the beach with my

help with the production of the grandchildren and visit friends in

bed linen and nets and we were the country.” – Lisa Offord

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Surfing Life

Surfing Life

How surfing leads the

way on equality & parity

It comes as no surprise the professional league’s biggest trend is – women

nies tend to make short-cut surf

gear for women, and malefocused

surf media outlets have

long delighted in running images

of girls and young women

doing frontside bottom turns in

short-cut surf gear.

Now, thanks to the WSL ruling,

women competitors need

no longer concern themselves

that a pic or clip of them doing

such a turn might end up being

chortled over rather than admired

for the technical skill.

It reflects a major trend since

the WSL took pro surfing’s reins

back in 2014.

At the time, the organisation

made it clear it intended

to treat the women pros with

at least as much respect as the

HONOURED: Pam Burridge, Pauline Menczer and Stephanie Gilmore.

with Nick Carroll

The World Surf League

organisation is full of

surprises. Think of the

Surf Ranch wave pool! Five

years ago I don’t think many of

us expected that.

Yet recently, they did

something absolutely nobody

expected them to do. That

nobody in a powerful position

in the sport of surfing has ever

done, in fact.

The WSL has banned photographers

and filmers at their CT

events from recording images

that focus on women’s bums.

It’s a fact that when a surfer

leans into a frontside bottom

turn, a lot can be briefly

revealed about their rear ends.

It’s also a fact that surf compa-

men. Immediately they brought to life as a female pro surfer in

about effective prizemoney decades past.

parity in Championship Tour Recently we got to attend the

events: while the women’s CT Surfing Australia Hall of Fame

is still only half the strength of Awards for 2018. The Awards

the men’s in sheer numbers, revolves around the induction

the prize purses have increased of just one surfer per annum to

to the point that only a year the Hall of Fame itself. This year

ago, women’s world champ it was Pauline Menzcer, and everybody

Tyler Wright actually out-earned

there agreed it’d been a

men’s champ John Florence. long time coming.

(She made over US$300,000, Short, fiery and hilarious,

not counting her many endorsements,

Pauline grew up in Bondi in

which run into the the 1970s, when the joint was


rough as guts. She lost her

It’s a fascinating test case. Dad – a taxi driver – when she

Turns out that if you pay was five years of age, and the

women athletes more, they get family never had any money.

better. In 2018, the women’s She contracted young-onset

CT roster is much stronger rheumatoid arthritis that made

and more competitive than the every day difficult and some

men’s. Tyler recently explained days unbearable. Despite this,

to Pittwater Life why this is and despite having no endorsement

so. “It’s allowed us to invest in

sponsor, she won the

ourselves,” she said. “We can 1993 world pro tour.

hire nutritionists, physiotherapists,

Flanked now onstage by

coaches, and we can fellow greats Pam Burridge

concentrate on getting better. and Stephanie Gilmore, Pauline

It’s given us all the support recounted some tales from her

we need to practice our craft. time on tour. “I’d noticed that in

It’s how being a professional France, people would go crazy

should work.”

for Levis jeans. They’d pay anything

It’s also a staggering contrast

for those jeans. I was in

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To April 8: Rip Curl Pro, men’s and women’s WSL CT, Bells

Beach, Victoria

April 11-22: Margaret River Pro, men’s and women’s WSL

CT, Margaret River, WA

These two double headers may well decide the world champions.

They pretty much did last year. Mick Fanning will be retiring at the

Bells event so it’ll be all about him, until he loses. Once that happens,

the focus will shift to the winners. Watch for returns to form from

the big winners last year, the likes of Owen Wright, John Florence,

Jordy Smith and co, plus some real sparkle from CT newcomers like

Brazil’s Michael Rodrigues. It’s a year of change on the men’s roster,

with Fanning’s departure and the virtual retirement of Kelly Slater

who struggles with recovery from a foot injury first sustained in July

last year. The women’s roster is wide open, with numerous surfers

in full flight. California’s Lakey Peterson won the first event at Kirra in

Queensland but there’s no telling who’ll get these two, everyone’s just

too good. Watch and see at www.worldsurfleague.com


Photo Credit: WSL

It’s been such a dynamic year so far! Like the seasons are crashing

into each other rather than gracefully giving way. I feel April may

go two ways on this score: either give us a rest from this twitchy

activity with a month of gentleness and grace, or sorta up the ante

with a couple of really serious swell events. There is nothing in the

atmospheric trends to indicate one or the other will occur so I guess

it is a gut call. In which case I think I’ll go with the gentleness. Down

the track, late May or June will explode again with east coast lows

and associated close range chaos but my sense is that April will

relax into quiet and beautiful days with varied winds and a general

re-setting of the clock after a quite hectic end to summer. It won’t

be flat, small swells should reach our shores from distal easterly

winds in the SW Pacific and from autumn storms passing south of

Tasmania. But a cold and solid winter awaits us, so get ready.

Nick Carroll

Surfing Life

California, and France was the

next tour stop. I was desperate

to win the contest in California

because if I didn’t win

some prizemoney, I wouldn’t

know how I’d be able to get to

the next tour stop.” She was

sleeping in a tent in a friend’s

backyard at the time.

“I did win some money. Then

I remembered about the jeans.

I went to a discount store and

bought about 100 pairs of

Levi’s jeans and stuffed them

all in my suitcase and board

bag, flew to France, and set

up shop in the carpark at the


She made enough from selling

the jeans to finish the tour

year and win the world title.

Pauline couldn’t get a sponsor

back then because she

didn’t fit the mould. She wasn’t

blonde, she wasn’t tall, she

didn’t care how she looked

anywhere but on a wave. Today

she’d be a superstar.

I thought a bit about Pauline

a few weeks later when I

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paddled out for a surf at my

home break, Newport, and

came upon Holly Wawn. In case

you don’t know, Holly is the

peninsula’s best chance of a

world surfing champion since

Damien Hardman. Her Dad Bill

grew up surfing Newport back

in the 1970s, and Holly grew up

running around on the beach

trying to borrow lost boards in

the Newport shorebreak.

Today, she is this irrepressible

young woman, relaxed and

ripping, and ranked 12th on

the 2018 WSL qualifying rankings,

having already won more

money this year than Pauline

managed in the whole of 1993.

If the World Surf League does

nothing else, it’s given Holly a


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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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

How Pittwater seniors can ‘Do More

The theme of this year’s

Seniors Festival April 4-27

is ‘Let’s Do More Together’.

Northern Beaches Council has

collated activities from Manly

up to Palmy to encourage everyone

to get out… we’ve sifted

through the program (available

to download from their website)

to showcase some of the free

events close to home.

And don’t miss the special

Wellbeing Expo, the official

launch for Seniors Festival 2018

at Dee Why RSL on Friday 6th

from 10am–2pm.

Keynote speaker, SBS television

personality Andrew L. Urban,

will recount his colourful

ventures, followed by presentations

from the experts on the

NBN, My Aged Care and managing

personal finances.

The Expo will feature 40

information stalls ‘expo-sing’

options and benefits to keep

you healthy and wealthy in


Tip: Seniors who attend

before 12.30pm will receive a

bonus $15 lunch voucher

Other special Festival events

include Comedy for a Cause, a

luncheon deal with comedians

Gary Eck, Sam Bowring, Peter

Meisel and Oliver Phommavanh

at The Builders Club Dee Why;

Simple Dreams – The Songs of

Linda Ronstadt at Glen Street

Theatre; and Cinema Comes to

Kimbriki featuring the film A

Plastic Ocean. – Lisa Offord

What’s on in Pittwater

Pioneering Lawyer Learn

about Australia’s first Environmental

Lawyer and first

practising female solicitor in

New South Wales Marie Byles.

On Wed 4 from 1.30-3.30pm at

Newport Community Centre.

Bookings 9970 7161 or mavis.


Creative Leisure Are there

activities you would like to try

but don’t know where to start?

Enjoy a chat and a cuppa with

the folk from Northern Beaches

Creative Leisure and Learning

at Nelson Heather Centre Warriewood

Thurs 5 from 10am-

12pm. Bookings 9913 1474 or


Beginners Tap Dancing Lots

of fun while keeping your mind,

muscles and joints active. Try

tapping on Thurs 5 at 9-10am

at the Avalon Rec Centre. Bookings

8877 5304.

Beginners Yoga Yoga is for

everyone regardless of age or

fitness level. Give it a go on

Mon 9 from 9-10am at Nelson

Heather Centre Warriewood.

Bookings 8877 5304.

Learn About Lawn Bowls An

introduction to the game with

some practice on the green

at Newport on Tues 10 from

2-3.30pm. Bookings 9918 9847

or infodell@bigpond.net.au

Leaving A Digital Legacy

Getting your affairs in order

can be challenging. Avalon

Computer pals will assist you to

create a record of your assets

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and provide tips on managing

your digital legacy. On Tues 10

from 1.30-3.30pm at Newport

Community Centre. Bookings

8064 3574 or apcoordinator@


Home Support Learn how to

apply for Home Care Packages

and/or how a brain exercise

program which is now available

in the home can assist people

living with dementia. Presented

by Home Care Assistance, 2C

Bungan St Mona Vale on Wed

11 from 12-1.15pm includes free

healthy refreshments. Bookings

0430 130 227 or dschaffer@


Make Your Home Comfy

Learn to make your home feel

comfortable during weather

extremes on Wed 11 from

1.30-2.30pm at Nelson Heather

Community Centre Warriewood.

Bookings 9942 2994

Live Your Best Benevolent

Society Ageing Services are

hosting a free lunch and talk on

how you can be assisted to live

at home, showcasing products

to help make life easier. On Wed

11 from 12-2pm at Ted Blackwood

Community Centre, Warriewood.

Bookings 9457 3900

Cyber Security A workshop on

what you can do to reduce the

risk of hackers. Thurs 12 from

2-3pm at Seabeach Gardens

Retirement Village Mona Vale.

Bookings 9979 6517 or ahennessy@baldwincare.com.au

A History Of Astronomy An

entertaining talk to enhance

your passion for star-gazing

on Fri 13 from 1.30-3.30pm at

Nelson Heather Centre, Warriewood.

Bookings 9999 3414

Humanitarian Work Salvation

Army Chaplain Paul O’Keefe

will discuss the challenges of

establishing an orphanage and

medical clinic in Ghana on Tues

17 from 10-11am at Seabeach

Gardens, Mona Vale. Bookings

9979 6517 or a hennessy@


Road Safety Learn what senior

pedestrians and drivers need

to know on Thurs 19 from 10-

11am at Pittwater Village, Mona

Vale. Bookings 0402160252 or


Forgetfulness Or Dementia?

Tips for communicating and understanding

behaviour changes

in a person who had dementia.

On Fri 27 from 10am-12pm at

NBCC, Narrabeen. Bookings

9970 1000 or enquiries@nbcc.


* Healthy ageing tips from local

experts – see page 50.



Over the past

couple of

weeks we have

seen more

people looking

for cold and flu

remedies. So

what can you

do to avoid and

fight off the

cold and flu season?

First, think about boosting

your immunity. Eating a

By Debbie


balanced diet ensures you get

all nutrients needed. Gut health

is super important too. Several

immune-boosting substances

such secretory IgA comes from

the gut. A probiotic can help

boost your gut health along

with prebiotic foods.

Vitamin C and zinc are

important immunity boosters.

Citrus fruits, dark leafy

greens, broccoli, kiwi fruit and

capsicums are a good source of

vitamin C. Zinc can be found in

pepitas, seafood, cashew nuts.

Herbs such as Astragalus,

Siberian ginseng have been

found to boost immunity. (We

love Fusion Health Astra 8

which comes in tablet or liquid


Once a cold or flu hits, keep

up fluids. Hot lemon juice with

Manuka honey is great; add a

sprig of thyme for an antiviral

effect. Chilli, ginger and garlic

will all help chase the cold away

– our hot tip is to grate some

into your hot lemon drink.

Other herbs such as

Andrographis, Echinacea,

Elderflower, Reishi and thyme

have all been used for their

anti-viral, antibacterial immuneboosting

properties. Products

such as Fusion Health Activiral

and Vitamin C 1000 Advanced

are useful. Plus we have plenty

of practitioner-only products.

Flannerys Organic &

Wholefood Market Mona

Vale have friendly, qualified

naturopaths instore that can

speak with you about all of

your health and wellness

needs. Plus, you can book

in for free 15-minute advice

sessions. Visit flannerys.com.

au to secure your spot today or

see us in store.

* Debbie is a naturopath at

Flannerys, Mona Vale

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Transfer a way of doing

yourself ‘fat’ lot of good

With age comes volume

loss – and facial volume

is perceived as youthful. Fat

transfer is one way correct

this volume loss. Cheeks are

a good example of an area

that are popular with volume

replacement; the reintroduced

fat fills and recontours the lost


Fat transfer is a three-step

procedure. Firstly the fat cells

are harvested. Secondly they

are prepared. Thirdly they are

reinjected. This gives a longlasting

result, that is natural

and soft to touch.

Depending on the amount

of fat to be transferred, the

technique can be performed

under local anaesthetic,

sedation (oral or IV) or general

anaesthetic. Local anaesthetic

containing small amounts of

adrenaline is always used.

Adrenaline causes the blood

vessels to shut down or

vasoconstrict, which minimises

bleeding and bruising. Local

anaesthetic reduces pain so the

amount of general anaesthetic,

if used, can be reduced. Local

anaesthetic also ensures a

number of pain-free hours after

the procedure.

The stomach, inner thighs

and inner knees are favoured

as areas to harvest the fat from.

At all times the fat cells are

with Dr John Kippen

preserved by minimising the

trauma and damage to them.

This ensures many viable cells

to use.

Fat cells are prepared in

different ways. The aim is

to remove blood cells, oils,

ruptured fat cells and tissue

fluid from viable, live fat

cell. Cells are centrifuged, or

washed or decanted to allow

this separation.

Prepared fat is then

reinjected as small droplets or

narrow strings. Cheeks, chins,

lips, temples, tear troughs,

eyes, jaw line and hands are

commonly injected. The volume

reinjected at each pass is fairly

small, as the fat cells rely on

obtaining a blood supply from

the surrounding tissue. For

bigger volumes the fat may be

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layered in various tissue planes;

for example, deep to muscle,

superficial to muscle and

then under the skin. Often no

stitches are required because

the punctures used are so


As the fat is taken from

the same person rejection

cannot occur. There is some

degree of absorption of the fat.

This amount is variable. The

resorption takes place slowly.

Usually the procedure needs

to be repeated to obtain full

correction. Repeat procedures

are performed after a number

of months to allow full


Swelling and bruising are

quite common and variable.

Pain is usually mild and related

to the amount of fat used.

Infection is a low risk when

performed in the face. Contour

irregularities, clumping and

lumps may occur and is usually

due to irregular fat absorption;

these can be corrected at the

planned second procedure.

The ideal candidate should

be in good general health and

have realistic expectations.

Smoking can affect the blood

supply and therefore the uptake

of fat. Aspirin-containing

medications, non-steroidal

anti-inflammatories and some

herbal preparations can thin

the blood and make bruising

worse. These should be

avoided for 10 days prior to

the procedure. Both donor and

recipient area should be clean

and free of make-up.

Our columnist Dr John

Kippen is a qualified, fully

certified consultant specialist

in Cosmetic, Plastic and

Reconstructive surgery.

Australian trained, he also

has additional Australian and

International Fellowships.

Dr Kippen works from custom-built

premises in Mona

Vale. He welcomes enquiries

and questions. Please

contact him via johnkippen.

com.au or by email: doctor@


Never too late to exercise

We know physical activity can improve your health no

matter what your age - one of important benefits

of regular exercise for seniors is the role it plays in

maintaining strength and independence.

Fitness expert Ingrid van Baren-Davey, who specialises

in leading exercise programs for over-55s, said as

metabolism naturally slowed with age maintaining a

healthy weight was a challenge.

“Exercise helps increase metabolism and builds muscle

mass, helping to burn more calories,” she said.

Ingrid explained that as we age, our muscle mass begins

to decrease. “Muscle is an essential contributor to our

balance and bone strength; it keeps us strong,” Ingrid said.

Adults aged 65 or older who were generally fit and had

no health conditions that limit their mobility should try to

be active every day.

Ingrid, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the

fitness industry, runs community-based exercise programs

in Warriewood that cater for all abilities including

modified classes for people with health conditions such

as osteoporosis, COPD, MS or Parkinson Disease or

recovering from heart attack or stroke.

She said regular group exercise not only contributed to

balanced health, it had the bonus of providing enjoyment

and social connectedness.

“You get mutual support and you are having fun with

other like-minded individuals… importantly too, scheduled

exercise gets you up and out of the house.”

All people attending Ingrid’s classes are required to fill

out a pre-exercise screening form that needs to be signed

off by their GP. – LO

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Health & Wellbeing

Now hear this

... and step up

to good health

While we are all generally

pretty good at monitoring

our heart health and keeping

an eye out for changes in

our sight and skin, two things

that take a pounding throughout

our lifetime – our feet

and our hearing – are often


Foot care plays an important

role in keeping people…

well, on their feet.

Feet are made up of a

complex network of 28 bones,

33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19

muscles and tendons all working

in unison.

Yet although our feet are

quite possibly the most hardworking

part of our body they

are easily overlooked, said

podiatrist Mark Osborne of

Avalon Podiatry.

“Feet are the foundations

of our body and need to be

treated well to maintain good

health,” Mark said.

As we age, healthy feet

play a vital role in keeping the

whole body healthy.

“Walking is the best exercise

for both your feet and general

health – by maintaining good

mobility, your leg and foot

muscles will be strong, which

in turn helps the blood circulating,”

Mark said.

“When we don’t exercise,

our muscles become weak

and in the elderly this will lead

to a high risk of falls.”

The average person will

walk more than 128,000km

in their lifetime – that’s over

three times the circumference

of the earth.

Little wonder then our feet

become prone to problems.

In fact a recent survey

showed 60 per cent of females

and 32 per cent of males

over 65 were troubled by foot


“Painful and uncomfortable

feet are not a natural part

of growing old, nor are they

something you have to put up

with,” Mark said.

“Foot pain from bunions,

corns and callouses, thickened

toenails and heel pain are

all common foot complaints

treated by a podiatrist.

“Painful feet in the elderly

causes instability and interferes

with the normal foot

function and gait and is a

common reason that leads to


Mark said when it comes to

foot pain, comfortable and appropriate

supportive footwear

was a good place to start.

“Often podiatrists will assess

the patient’s feet and recommend

treatments like padding,

strapping and orthotics

to improve foot function,

eliminate pain and return the

patient to their daily exercise

routines,” he said.

There is also increasing

evidence of the importance

of hearing to overall health,

especially as people age, says

audiologist Emma van Wanrooy

from Pittwater Hearing.

Emma said a recent study

from France found those people

reporting hearing problems

had an increased risk of

disability and dementia.

“In men, there was also a

link between poor hearing and

depression; however the same

links were not found in those

people wearing hearing aids,”

Emma said.

“This suggests that when

hearing loss is treated appropriately,

people are more likely

to remain socially active.”

The incidence of hearing

loss increased with age – up to

70 per cent of people over 70

had some degree of hearing


Emma, who has worked with

adults with acquired hearing

loss for two decades, said it

was quite typical for someone

who developed hearing loss

as they aged to delay doing

anything about their hearing

for 10 years.

“However, the new studies

linking hearing loss to dementia,

mobility and depression

provide good reasons why

everyone should take action

to ensure they hear as well as

possible as they get older,”

she said.

Emma has observed many

reasons why it was important

not to delay hearing assessments.

“A lot of the time people

don’t take action about their

hearing until they are experiencing

multiple health issues,

such as memory problems,

vision or mobility issues and

this can make managing their

hearing loss or a hearing aid a

lot harder,” she said.

“However, if they have worn

hearing aids before these

other health issues arise, then

managing the hearing loss

is already second nature to


Emma recommends regular

hearing assessments because

“hearing loss sneaks up on

you gradually and often

people don’t notice it until

communication is significantly

affected.” – Lisa Offord

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Hair & Beauty

Hair & Beauty

The ins and outs of laser

hair reduction treatments

Now men and women can

undertake laser hair reduction

for various parts

of the body at a moment’s

notice. Forget waxing, shaving

and tweezing – the new technology

for hair reduction will

save you time and money.

Laser hair removal has not

always been the speedy service

it is today. The first generation

of laser hair reduction technology

focused mainly on heating

the hair follicle without the

use of cooling devices that

keep the surface of the skin

comfortable. Still it was generally

considered faster, more

permanent and more convenient

than waxing or electrolysis.

Usually the only candidate for

the early lasers were those with

light skin and dark hair – while

with Sue Carroll

The optimum preparation

for the treatment will involve

shaving the area to be treated

the evening before. This will

ensure less irritation to the skin

and will allow the optimum

heat to penetrate and destroy

the follicle. Do not apply any

lotions or creams the day of the

treatment and stop the use of

all irritating products, such as

scrubs, vitamin A or AHAs, at

least a week before the treatment.

If you have been using

Roaccutane you cannot have

this treatment for a minimum

of 6 months after ceasing its

use. Another important point is

to not use any coconut-based

products in the area to be treated.

This will mean shampoo,

conditioner and body wash, as

the coconut can go down into

the follicle, coat the hair white

and then laser – which has a

target of colour – will see there

is nothing there to treat.

In the Clinic we suggest

not shaving the facial area for

women at all. First, shaving

will remove all blonde hair

which cannot be treated and

therefore a rough stubble may

be the result. Secondly, for

whatever reason, the treatment

does not work! For men this is

not such a huge problem, but

for women they do not want to

be left with a dark beard. (The

downside of this is that more

treatments may be required.)

For a professional laser

hair reduction treatment, it is

important to seek the service

from a professional who has

government accreditation for

laser hair reduction.

those with dark skin took their tion of hair (not the ‘removal’)

chances for a possible result or are hormonal activity, genetics,

a possible disaster with burns

dormant hair follicles and

and skin discolouration.

medications which can possibly

It should be noted that stimulate hair growth.

legally, laser hair reduction It does not matter what machine

should not be termed ‘permanent’

you choose the treatment

hair removal (as it was will only work on the growth

originally). We all have various stage of hair. The three cycles

hair growth cycles; no-one can are the anagen (growth phase);

definitively say they can provide

the catagen (transitional stage)

‘permanent’ hair removal. and the telogen (resting phase).

Other considerations for reduc- Currently no-one can tell how

much hair is in each phase, in

each part of the body, at any

given time. As an example, hair

in the catagen or the best treatable

stage, may be anywhere

from 10-20% at the time of

treatment. The more hair in the

catagen stage when treated,

usually the better the outcome.

Laser hair reduction works

by directing the laser light to

a group of hair follicles, using

enough power to disable or

destroy the root without harming

the surrounding skin. As

there is only a small percentage

of hair in the anagen stage

at any given time, most people

will therefore require 4-8 treatments

for at least a 75% hair reduction.

With the introduction

of chilled laser tips and the use

of chillers the process should

be relatively pain-free.

Time between treatments

may vary initially from 4-6

Sue Carroll of Skin

weeks. When the treatment

Inspiration has been a qualified

Aesthetician for 33 years.

is above the clavicle, the

frequency might be every 4-5

Sue has owned and

weeks, whilst below the clavicle

operated successful beauty

might be every 6 weeks. As

the process continues the time

clinics and day spas on

between will be extended

the Northern Beaches.

(remembering when there is no info@skininspiration.com.au

visible hair in the area, there is www.skininspiration.com.au

nothing to treat).

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Relax and be


Avalon beauty therapist Eileen Campbell has been an

accomplished industry figure for almost 20 years and

she’s now offering one-on-one treatments in her serene

local studio.

“Over 18 years I worked as a beauty therapist followed

by Spa Manager in some of Sydney’s top Urban Day Spas

specialising in facials and skin rejuvenation treatments,”

Eileen said.

“For 10 of those years I had my own very successful

Spas, then I sold my businesses and spent a year at home

before the youngest of my three children went to school.”

Eileen is enjoying the private and personal attention she

is now able to deliver to her clients.

“I have decided to focus on one-on-one treatments in my

boutique salon, enjoying meeting and helping clients with

their skin needs,” she said. “In the salon I perform waxing,

tinting, specialist facials including microdermabrasion, oxygen

facials, peels plus hydrating and collagen treatments.”

This month Eileen is offering a 90-minute ‘E Signature

Facial’ pampering special (see ad this page).

For more info visit eileencampbell.webs.com

You beauty!


skin care

truly Grand

With so many natural skin-loving ingredients at

our disposal it’s no wonder Australian-made

beauty products are popular both here and overseas.

After nearly 20 years’ focussing on the international

market, the Grand Nature brand of skincare

products are now increasingly available in selected

Australian pharmacies – including Pittwater outlets in

Avalon, Newport and Elanora Heights.

Grand Nature face and hand creams champion a

variety of natural ingredients including grape seed

extract, pomegranate, lanolin, sheep placenta,

rose oil, camomile and lavender to target several

different skin care concerns including

dryness, fine lines, skin tone and


The pharmacies are supporting

the Grand Nature products

(see ad page 7) which is priced

affordably and competitively.

More info at grandnatureskincare.com.au

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APRIL 2018 53

Business Life: Money

Business Life

Good A look reason at how for tourism goingis

‘nuts’ changing this the festive Apple season Isle


could have started this article

When writing about

with the financial line: “Eight innovation guys one

walk into of the a bar” perspectives but it would I

can have share been with a joke you in is search from the

inside of a punchline of a fintech as our company muchanticipated

in my motorbike case has been tour of


rolling Tassie started out the fast-growing

with a major

Acorns systems app. breakdown Since launching at Sydney

in Airport Australia and in a lengthy early 2016 pause the

app at an now airport resides pub. on Some the smart four

phones hours later of around we finally 350,000 landed in

Australians, Launceston, that’s sober roughly mind you, 1.5%

of ready the to population. start our long way

’round If you’re the in Apple the dark Isle. about

what For I’m those talking readers about, looking Acorns

is for a the micro regular investment money platform column

or you what’s are in sometimes the right place called as a

‘round-up’ I thought that app, this the visit first to one

of Tasmania its kind highlighted in Australia. some Our

firm fantastic along examples with our partners both good

brought and bad it of out what’s from happening the US

in 2015 our booming where it had tourism been sector.

Eight of for us a set few out years. on this


ride, The all app small works business a couple people

of and ways: as we by stopped taking a data places

feed each from day we your couldn’t spending help but

accounts sprinkle a and little rounding economic up the fairy

purchases dust in service you make stations, to the pubs,

nearest hotels, restaurants dollar and investing and everything

accumulated in between. balances


into Heading a mix of out exchange from Launceston traded

funds up through listed the on the Tamar ASX, Valley or,

by we you overnighted debiting at an Scottsdale amount or

regular before heading payment out from for your the

bank east coast account early to the your next Acorns day.

account. On the road Most to users St Helens enjoy we the

round up feature of Acorns as

it allows them to save while

they spend. As a parent of

teenagers I think I’ve come

to the conclusion that apps

such as Acorns using a blend

of psychology and technology

may be the only effective way

to get modern kids to save

because they sure do know

how to spend.

Acorns works because the

principles underlying its design

came across the town of Derby

around breakfast time. Derby

must sit as one of the best case

studies of transformation from

old to new industry as the town

are evolved firmly from rooted its mining behavioural and

finance: logging background investing small to one

amounts now based on around a regular tourism. basis that

won’t Derby’s be missed history combined was deeply with

investing rooted over tin mining, an extended an activity

period that peaked of time in to the average late 19th

into century. the markets In 1929 the smoothing town experienced

peaks tragedy and troughs. following Of local


course flooding it and doesn’t the hurt collapse that of it a

does dam used all of by these things mine which within

the resulted framework in 14 deaths. of a highly It wasn’t

attractive and functional user

interface – fancy words for the

app looks and feels very cool.

While these principles have

proven to be sound over time

Acorns goes on to provide an

indirect benefit to its users

in the form of education and

improved financial literacy.

Get two or more people in the

room who have an account and

you’ll find out what I mean –

when did you start? What are

until 2015 that the area capitalised

on its natural attributes

and rugged wilderness with

the development of a series of

mountain bike trails. Attracting

you crowds saving of cyclists for? What from returns Tasmania

and you the had? mainland It’s inherently last year


competitive the town also but hosted when a it’s leg of

combined the international with the Enduro tools and World

information Series mountain that bike the app event in

provides April 2017. it’s also extremely

informative The ABC covered – as a regular the story user

you of Derby can’t and help its but transformation

only informed December about the last year,



behaviour noting that of visitor markets numbers whether are

you currently are looking around to 30,000 or not per – the

with Brian Hrnjak

balance of your Acorns account

rises and falls in line with the

movements in markets during

the course of the trading day.

One of the challenges

any finance app would have

encouraging young people to

save and invest is to remain

relevant in their eyes. Over

the past year a number of

enhancements have taken place

following user feedback, the

headline ones being:

Found Money partners – users

can shop online with brands

such as Bonds, Dan Murphy’s,

BCF, Uber etc. and these

partners usually deposit bonus

amounts or extra round ups

into the users account;

My year Finance on the trails feature with – uses visitors

artificial staying on intelligence average four to track to five

and nights categorise in Derby spending and another and

calculate five days free elsewhere cash flow; in Tasmania.

fund The linkages to the – article allows


users is: abc.net.au/news/2017-

to make deposits to a

range 12-26/mountain-bike-trails-

of industry and public

offer driving-major-change-in-der-

by/9276384. Portfolio – a socially

superannuation funds;


responsible Our path then portfolio wound option down

introduced Tasmania’s following famous east member coast

feedback; through St Helens, the Elephant

Little Pass road Acorns at St – Marys sub accounts to

designed Bicheno and to allow veering investment inland on

on the behalf recommendation of children or of other some

dependants other old bikers under via the the age Lake of 18.

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Leake Road to Campbell Town,

Bothwell and New Norfolk

before arriving at Hobart for

a few nights. You only have to

have a quick look around Hobart

to see a vibrant and funky

centre that thrives on tourism

– and not the quaint parochial

country town kind of tourism,

but high-end food, wine and

experiences leveraging the

climate and natural features of

the environment. The MONA

museum of old and new art is

the best example of this transformation

but by no means the

only example.

One of my clients, an abalone

fisherman, pointed out the

gentrification of Hobart coincided

with the development of

MONA and the rise in property

prices coincided with the arrival

of the large cruise ships. There

are properties around Hobart

that locals tell me currently

sell in hours not days, weeks

or months. A look at the ABS

stats confirms the house price

inflation – 13.1% average from

December 16 to December 17,

the highest of any of the eight

capital cities.

We then travelled south of

Hobart to Bruny Island which

has become a highly regarded

foodie destination. Boarding

the car ferry at Kettering

we meandered down to the

lighthouse a trip of some 60

kilometres, half on gravel,

which is no fun on bikes but

worth the drive, with the next

bit of land after the lighthouse

Antarctica. Returning to Hobart

we managed to get caught up

on the road with about 50 to 70

members of the local chapter

of the Devils Henchmen motorcycle

gang, not a problem in

itself but one of our group was

wearing a pink Elmo cover on

his helmet which earned him a

police escort for the last 15km

into Hobart, probably for his

own safety.

From Hobart we set out to

reach the town of Deloraine

but momentum and the desire

for a decent steak took us

all the way to Cradle Mountain

Lodge as they had eight

rooms available – something

that had become an issue

for our group, Tasmania was

pretty much booked out at

this time of year. The alpine

wilderness surrounding Cradle

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Mountain looks positively prehistoric

and teeming with wildlife

right up to the door of the

Lodge. It has taken me a lifetime

to get around to visiting

this part of Australia and I’m

glad I did, it is world class and

unique. What is a shame, however,

is the state of the best

accommodation in the area

– tired and run down. This is

what happens when there is a

lack of competition. Leases in

this area would presumably be

controlled by National Parks

and they would be tightly

regulated and even more

tightly held. Even though the

Lodge was near capacity all

service shut down at 10.30pm,

no television, Wi-Fi limited to

one lounge area… this was old

school thinking and long due

a refurbishment.

The trip out of Cradle Mountain

the next day brought the

only rain of the trip and thankfully

it was a short-lived experience.

I don’t know of anyone

who likes to ride in the rain and

no amount of wet weather gear

stops you getting soaked. Once

the weather cleared we wound

the bikes through the port

towns of Burnie and then

Devonport and finally Launceston

before a flight home.

Six days on bikes riding

through spectacular scenery

on excellent roads (bar the

gravel bits) with hardly a

policeman in sight. Tasmania

is not only a haven for food,

wine and art lovers but also

a haven for those who have

watched the Wild Hogs movie

way too many times.

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

Business Life: Law

Business Life

Promises, promises...

examining Mutual Wills

Late last year we considered

Mutual Wills and whether

the manner in which they

were expressed could be considered

a binding contract.

The Manly Daily and the

weekend metropolitan tabloids

often carry advertisements

which state words to the effect:

“Have you been left out of

a Will... Or named in a Will but

treated unfairly? Is the Will

legally binding, can you challenge

the Will? Perhaps you’re

an Executor needing to defend

a claim?”

This can give rise to consideration

of issues other than

the situation which arises in

just interpreting Mutual Wills in

which, for example, there will

be found to exist a contract

not to revoke without notice

to the other party, which will

be enforced by a Court in the

case of breach by means of a

constructive trust in favour of

the intended beneficiaries.

The issue often comes

down to the question of what

are known as ‘testamentary

promises’ which may best be

illustrated by the observations

of a Justice in the English Court

of Appeal in a decision in 2001

in which he said:

“It is notorious that some

elderly persons of means derive

enjoyment from the possession

of testamentary power, and

from dropping hints, as to their

intentions without any question

to an existing or past fact.

Representations are the

subject of common law estoppel

whereas the enforcement of testamentary

promises are found in

the equitable jurisdiction of the

Court by way of what is known

as “estoppel by encouragement”.

A testamentary promise may

be reflected in a testamentary

contract, which is either a contract

to make a Will supported

by an agreement between the

testator and another party by

which the testator agrees to

make provision for that party

or a third party in consideration

for the promise of doing certain

things – for example living with

the testator and providing care

for the testator’s life, or occupying

a property and renovating it,

or rebuilding it.

Such promises arise throughout

society, particularly in

families where ageing relations

wishing to retain their home

and independence may make

arrangements, often not documented,

for a member of the

family or friend to move in with

the testator and care for them

on the basis that the testator will

reward the family member or

friend with a benefit – usually a

share in the testator’s estate.

Sometimes these arrangements

evolve and lack precision

and clarity, and when examined

by a Court, fail.

A quite common area where

testamentary contracts or promof

estoppel arising.”

Estoppel is a judicial device

in common law legal systems in

which a Court may prevent (or

estop) a person from making

assertions or from going back

on his word. As his honour also

noted, a reasonable person

faced with a representation by a

living person as to his intentions

for his will should “not

count his chickens before they

have hatched”.

A testamentary promise may

arise where a promise is reasonably

understood or intended

to be binding and is acted upon

by the promisee when changing

his or her position, that promise

will no longer be revocable and

can be enforced immediately by

the promisee.

But what is a promise; and can

it be contrasted with a representation

of fact? A promise is conduct

on the part of the promisor,

which creates and encourages

an expectation on the part of

the promisee. A representation

is generally a statement made

by a person directed to another

with the intention that it relates

with Jennifer Harris

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ises are examined is in the rural

community. A son may work

with his father on the continued

development of the family property

to the greatly increased

prosperity of the father. The assumption

that the father would

leave the property to the son on

his death follows, otherwise the

son might not commit to working

on and developing the farm

and it may not be as profitable.

Claims may be made by a son

who has been working on the

farm for a number of years that

he has received a promise he

would be rewarded by inheriting

the farm on his father’s death.

Such a promise can be both

difficult to prove and difficult to

deny if the son has worked for

a long period on the farm and

made considerable improvement

to it at his own expense.

The son may regard his inheritance

as rightfully his. However,

his sisters may think otherwise,

as they consider themselves being

involved in the farm in their

youth and they may have looked

after ageing parents. The sisters

may regard the farm as “family

property” that should belong to

all family members.

In many cases a son may,

after leaving school, join his

father and be trained in the

ways of farming. By the time of

the father’s death the son could

have helped build up the assets

of the farm, frequently doing

much of the heavy work for long

hours with no defined sick leave

or holiday leave and for very low

wages while the father held the

purse strings.

In farming cases it is not uncommon

for a claim for family

provision to be combined with

a claim to enforce a mutual will

or a testamentary contract.

This is complex litigation.

In family provision matters,

the court considers the conflict

between rewarding sons who

have worked on farms and providing

maintenance for other

children. In most cases the

conflict has been resolved in

favour of recognition of farming

sons’ contribution over

other children’s needs. There

are few cases, if any, where

a daughter has taken sole

charge of a farm for a period

of years and has bought a

claim. Non-farming sons, widows

and daughters who have

helped in various ways have

received very small amounts

by way of compensation.

A testamentary promise may

not have the status of a binding

contract but it is reasonable for

the person to whom the promise

has been made to act in reliance

on the interpretation, if they

thereby suffer detriment when

the person who has made the

promise departs from the promise.

The promise may support a

claim of estoppel by encouragement,

or proprietary estoppel,

and thus the promise may be

upheld and the estate estopped

from denying the claim.

There are recent cases where

the Courts have considered

these complex but important issues,

which require careful legal

advice should you wish to make

a claim.

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


Andy McGill

Call Andy 0450 511 250

45 years’ experience in hi fidelity

& muso equipment. Specialising

in old analogue equipment

including amplifiers, speakers &



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 specialist.


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 days.


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 Chiropractic

Call Sam 9918 0070

Professional care for all ages.

Treatment for chronic and acute

pain, sports injuries.

Francois Naef/Osteopath

Call Francois 9918 2288

Diagnosis, treatment and prevention for

back pain and sciatica, sports injuries,

muscle soreness and strain, pregnancy-related

pain, postural imbalance.


Modern Colour

Call 0406 150 555

Simon Bergin offers painting and


Northern Beaches Home Tu tor ing

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.

decorating; clean, tidy, quality

detail you will notice. Dependable

and on time.

Painting & Decorating

Call 0418 116 700

Andrew is a master painter with

30 years’ experience. Domestic

and commercial; reasonable

rates, free quotes.

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 samples.


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.

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Local specialists in all aspects of

outdoor & indoor seating.

Custom service, expert advice.

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Call Susan 0422 466 880

Specialist in day bed and outdoor

areas. Reliable local service.

Offering domestic & commercial.

Leather Hero

Call Leanne 0490 796 012

Northern Beaches-based

specialists in leather cleaning,

revamps, repairs and colour

restoration for lounges, cars

and boats.

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Trades & Services


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.

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Predator Pest Control

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Environmental services at their

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Qualified builder provides all

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Beats competitor’s prices.

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Players tackle Coward’s ‘crazy love’



Set aside the evening

of May 5 – that’s when

Manly-Warringah Choir and

orchestra will present their

‘Strictly Mozart’ program

at the Cardinal Cerretti

Chapel in Manly. Organisers

promise you’ll be entranced

from the moment

the orchestra bursts forth

with the very familiar and

youthfully exuberant opening

sequence of Mozart’s

Symphony No. 25 – indeed

the two main works were

popularised in the film

Amadeus. The Requiem

reflects profoundly on the

beauty and magnificence

of life, as the music ranges

from delicate to thunderous

and everything in

between. It is a work loved

and admired by musicians

and audiences around the

world for over 200 years.

Bookings and info 9953

2443 or manlywarringahchoir.org.au


Amanda (Karen

Pattinson) and Elyot

(Dan Ferris).

Anyone who has ever

been in love will

agree it can sometimes

drive you ‘bonkers’ –

which gets to the heart

of the Elanora Players’

new production of Noel

Coward’s classic ‘Private

Lives’ which premiers its

nine-performance run at

the Elanora Community

Centre on April 20.

Director Sarah Lovesy says

‘crazy love’ is the undeniably

scrumptious theme of the


“The plot outline is intimate,

funny, sensuous and full of

coincidences,” said Sarah. “This

theme interrogates the idea

that ‘do you opt for love that is

safe and comfortable or do you

opt for something that burns

fiercely and brightly but is incredibly

destructive?’… this is a

very contemporary question.”

Elyot and Sibyl are newlyweds

and are on their honeymoon.

Coincidently, Amanda

and Victor are honeymooning

right next door to their suite,

with an adjoining patio. Nothing

too strange about this –

except that Amanda and Elyot

used to be married to each

other a few years back.

“Now they find the moonlight

and their nearness irresistible

and all their romantic feelings

for each other come flooding

back, causing them to abandon

their new spouses,” said

Sarah. “The poor, bereft and

much saner spouses, Sibyl and

Victor, are left to ponder how it

all could have gone so

terribly wrong so horribly

fast.” Into this mix

comes Louise, the French

Maid, whose inability

to speak English and

her incomprehension of

the bizarre occurrences

in the Paris apartment

provide great comedy

(although written in 1930

this production is set in

France in 2018).

The cast are Dan Ferris as

Elyot Chase, Lela Keighley as

Sibyl Chase, Michael McCrann

as Victor Prynne, Karen Pattinson

as Amanda Prynne and

Iwona Abramowicz as Louise

the French maid.

Performance dates are April

20th, 21st, 26th, 27th, 28th at

8pm, with Matinees at 3pm on

21st, 22nd, 28th and on e 11am

show on the 22nd.

Booking on 9982 7364 or


com.au. More info at elanoraplayers.com.au.

– NW

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The club is licensed, with

no BYO. Bookings online or

call 9918 2201 – large groups


Hong Kong

Chinese Restaurant

332 Barrenjoey Rd,



Dinner Tues-Sun 5pm


Chinese & Asian

Honey king prawns and selection of cereals, seasonal

BOOKINGS 9918 2201

Honey chicken.

fruit and freshly made juice,


New dishes are introduced toast and pastries and

Avalon Beach RSL’s Bistro 61 Entrees $5-20

regularly so make sure you sausages, eggs, has browns,

is a great place to head for Mains $12.90-26.50 check out the blackboard bacon and tomato served with

a local meal, offering tasty

*Deliver Whale Beach - Narrabeen specials.

the Chef’s Special of the day.

modern Australian dishes at

The team are only too

The Mirage restaurant is

affordable prices.

BOOKINGS 9997 4157

happy to home deliver your also open for dinner from

The Anzac Day service


meal, with a range that takes Monday to Saturday from

starts 11.20am, followed by


in Narrabeen to the south to 5.30pm – 8.30pm and can

two-up from noon.

Palm Beach in the north. be hired, along with all the

Head down and enjoy the Book a table at this

Fully licensed or BYO. hotel’s function rooms, for

Surf Lounge Sessions – live popular Newport eatery

private and corporate events

music every Saturday night in April and your family is

of between 60-110 guests.

from 9pm. In April, check

guaranteed a great night The Mirage

out Wizards of Oz (7th),

out with a feast for the


Ziggy McNeill (14th), CJ & The

eyes and the tastebuds.

at Metro Mirage More than

Mellows (21st) and Shade of

Order ahead for their

Hotel Newport

wonderful Peking Duck

Red (28th).

surf ’n’ turf

which is offered as a dinein-only

special Thursdays

Check out the new Stella

2 Queens Parade West,

Room, with Kid Kenobi &

Newport at Jonah’s

through Sundays in

Friends on Saturday 28th.


Happy Hour is every

CUISINE Jonah’s is adding a gilt

There are two traditional

edge to midweek dining

Monday, Tuesday & Friday from

Modern Australian

courses: Peking Duck

with a spectacular ‘Meet The


pancakes & duck sang choy

Now open for breakfast


Producers’ dinner on Thursday

bow (bookings essential;

April 19.

from 9am to 11.30am.

Breakfast – $25 adults,

mention the ad when you

The iconic Whale Beach

Open for lunch and dinner

$12.50 kids (5-12)


boutique hotel and restaurant

seven days, with extensive

Dinner – entrees

This long-established

is teaming with Anthony

outdoor dining areas, Bistro

from $7-$17,

restaurant on the eastern

Puharich from Vic’s Premium

61 offers a variety of specials

Mains from $21-$30,

side of Barrenjoey Rd has

Quality Meat and Con

(lunch and dinner) during the

Desserts from $13-$25

an extensive menu based

Nemitsas from Southern Fresh

week, including $12 tacos

on traditional flavoursome

Seafood for a collaborative

(Tues), $15 Chicken Schnitzels

BOOKINGS 9997 7011

Cantonese with touches of

evening, with Executive

(Wed), 2-4-1 pizzas (Thurs), spicy Szechuan and other Local residents are finding Chef Matteo Zamboni

and a $20 burger + beer (Fri). Asian dishes and fresh the peaceful ambience creating a special five-course

Seniors are well catered seasonal vegetables.

for – there are daily Seniors

of The Mirage restaurant degustation menu that

Entrees start at just $6

specials, including beerbattered

flathead – plus they

Pittwater, the perfect

overlooking spectacular

highlights the very best from

while mains are great value

the paddock and the sea.

too, starting at $16.80.

Anthony Puharich has an

do a $5 kids meals on Sundays!

waterfront venue to enjoy

The menu ranges from

established reputation as one

(There’s a playground, too.)

breakfast or dinner.

adventurous, like a Sizzling

of Australia’s leading butchers

From the menu, chef Szechuan-style Platter of

Located in boutique Metro

and entrepreneurs. Few

Mitch recommends his twist king prawns and fillets of Hotel Mirage Newport, The

people share his knowledge

on nachos – pulled beef and chicken, to contemporary, Mirage restaurant is a popular and passion for all things

blackbeans with chipotle, corn

chips, guacamole, Danish fetta

and coriander.

Members get discounts on

featuring spicy salt and

pepper king prawns, to

traditional, with favourites

including Mongolian lamb,

choice for breakfast from

7-10am seven days a week,

offering a fixed-price full hot

and cold buffet, including a

meat. Anthony’s expertise

and enthusiasm has seen him

regularly appear in Australian

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Royal Motor

Yacht Club

Salt Cove on Pittwater

46 Prince Alfred

Parade, Newport


Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Mon-Fri from 8.30am

Weekends from 8am


Breakfast from $8-$18

Entrees from $9-$21

Mains from $16-$26

BOOKINGS 9997 5511

media – culminating in his

own Lifestyle FOOD program,

‘Ask the Butcher’.

Southern Fresh Seafood

source premium seafood

produce from around the

country and New Zealand.

Its customers are chefs and

restauranteurs who share the

same ethos and core values.

Quality is the primary pillar of

their business and developing

sos (27th).

Don't miss the Dancing On The

Ceiling Show on Saturday April 14,

featuring songs from Diana Ross

and Lionel Richie.

Trivia is held every Tuesday

night from 7.30pm (great prizes

and vouchers).

Club social memberships are

available for just $160.



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,

located just a short stroll from

Palm Beach Wharf, for hasslefree

dining in April.

On Anzac Day (April 25), a

close relationships with

fishermen, producers, divers

and the like is integral to the

overall success this boutique

supplier enjoys.

Cost is $140, which

includes a glass of Bollinger

on arrival (sommelier wine

matching $75pp); bookings

essential on 9974 5599 or

email reservations@jonahs.


RMYC’s restaurant Salt Cove

on Pittwater’s menu has been

updated – but it still offers affordable

meals and generous

servings including a variety

of starters and share plates,

seafood, burgers, grills, salads,

desserts and woodfired pizza.

Friday night music kicks off in

the Lounge Bar from 7.30pm. Acts

in April include: Keith Armitage

(6th), Geoff Kendall (13th), Keff

McCulloch (20th) and Alex Rouscommemorative

service will be

held outside from 11am, with the

club then open to the public (with

two-up from 2pm).

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

tempura 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.

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.

Super-Cali burgers are

right in our 'Front Yard'

Pittwater has some of Sydney’s best burgers right in its front

yard – that is, the ‘Front Yard’ of Mona Vale’s new social

hub, Park House. In a short time since launching with a cool

retro-Cal vibe, Park House has quickly established itself as a

go-to destination for laid-back eating and drinking.

Front Yard’s kitchen brings Americana

to the beaches in mouth-watering

style, with big burgers and

stacks of fries on the side.

A recent sampling by Pittwater

Life revealed options galore

– choose from the ‘Old Skool

Single’ one-pattie with cheese,

aioli, pickle, ketchup, tomato and

lettuce, to the loaded-up ‘Shake &

Bacon’ crammed with crisp bacon,

shack sauce, bacon jam, cheese

and tomato. Plus chef has crafted

an epic vegetarian option, the ‘No

Meat Burger’ – a super-tasty, moist,

black bean and zucchini pattie

combined with herbed pickles,

lettuce, tomatoes and just enough

chipotle mayo to bring the heat.

Front Yard also boasts an outdoor brew garden and feature

bar with 40-odd craft beers on tap, plus craft beer flights. And

for the connoisseur they stage ‘Brewer of the Month’ events

and fortnightly ‘Meet the Brewer’ Wednesday nights.

More info parkhousefoodandliquor.com.au

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Food Life

For more recipes go to www.janellebloom.com.au

Food Life

Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Ben Dearnley

Grab the kids and bake

up a storm of memories

Growing up I used to love

the school holidays for

many reasons, including

the release from the daily

school work it provided, to

the time spent with friends –

although my fondest memories

are cooking with my mum, nan

and friends. We would cook up

a storm; yes, we’d make a mess

but that’s all part of the fun!

I urge you to encourage your

kids to cook, as you will make

memories that last a lifetime.

Here are a few of the recipes I

used to make growing up…

Cut-out cookies

Makes 40

200g butter, softened

1 cup caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg yolk

2 tbs milk

2 cups plain flour, sifted

to a wire rack to cool


To decorate

1. Freckle biscuits: Spread

melted dark or milk

chocolate over the biscuits

and sprinkle with hundreds

and thousands. Allow to set.

2. Polka dot biscuits: Spread

melted dark or white

chocolate over the biscuits.

Spoon left-over melted

chocolate into snap-lock bag,

cut small piece off one corner

and pipe polka dots over the

biscuits. Allow to set.

3. Dust the warm biscuits heavily

with drinking chocolate and

set aside to cool.

powder. Pulse until just


3. Roll tablespoons of mixture

into balls. Place onto trays.

Flatten slightly with finger

tips. Using your thumb,

dip into a little flour to

prevent sticking then press

an indent, taking care not

to go all the way through.

Spoon ½ teaspoon of jam

into each hole.

with Janelle Bloom

4. Bake 1 tray at a time for

18-20 minutes or until

light golden around the

edges. Allow to stand on

trays for 5 minutes before

transferring to a wire rack

to cool completely.

Janelle’s Tip: You can use a

mixture of jam flavours so

everyone loves the cookies.

Double choc


Makes 24

200g butter, softened

1 1/3 cups brown sugar

3 eggs, lightly beaten

200g good quality dark

chocolate, chopped (like

Plaistowe), melted

3/4 cup plain flour

½ tsp baking powder

¼ cup cocoa powder

200g good quality white or

milk chocolate, chopped

1 cup walnuts, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 180°C fanforced.

Grease and line 4

baking trays with baking


1. Preheat oven 180°C

2. Beat butter, sugar and

vanilla on high speed in

a mixer for 5 minutes, or

until pale. Add egg yolk

and milk and beat until well

combined. Add flour and stir

with wooden spoon until the

dough comes together.

3. Transfer to a lightly floured

surface. Knead dough until Thumbprint

smooth. Cut dough in half. biscuits

Roll each piece dough out Makes 30

between 2 sheets of baking

paper until 5mm thick (if hot 250g butter, softened

day refrigerate until firm). 3/4 cup icing sugar

4. Using 6cm cutters, cut 1 tsp vanilla extract

shapes out of dough and 1 3/4 cups plain flour

place onto lined trays. ½ cup custard powder

Press leftover dough 1 cup jam

together and repeat.

Refrigerate biscuits for 10- 1. Preheat oven to 180°C fan

15 minutes until firm.

forced. Line 2 baking trays

5. Bake two trays at a time with baking paper.

12-15 minutes or until light 2. Combine butter, sugar and

golden. Allow biscuits

vanilla in food processor.

to cool on trays for 5

Process until well combined.

minutes before transferring Add flour and custard

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Janelle’s Tip:

Brownies are

best cooked in

an oven with

no fan. The

fan will set

the top and

form a crust

preventing the

inside from


conventional (see Janelle’s

Tip). Grease and line 3cmdeep,

16cm x 26cm (base)

slab pan, allowing a 2cm

overhang at both long ends.

2. Beat butter and sugar

on medium speed in a

mixer until just combined.

Add eggs one at a time

beating on low speed

until combined. Add the

chocolate and mix well.

3. Sift the flour, baking

powder and cocoa together

over the chocolate mixture,

stir with a wooden spoon

to combine.

4. Stir in the white or milk

chocolate and walnuts.

Spread into the pan. Bake

35-40 minutes or until a

skewer inserted comes out

with moist crumbs sticking.

Cool completely in the pan.

Cut into squares to serve.


blueberry loaf

Serves 8

2 cups self raising flour

½ cup plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ cup brown sugar

3 very ripe bananas, peeled

2 eggs

1 cup buttermilk

2 tbs light olive oil

1 cup fresh or frozen


1. Preheat oven 170°C fan

forced. Grease and line

8cm x 25cm (base) loaf

pan, allowing overhand at

both long ends.

2. Sift the flours, baking

powder and cinnamon into

a bowl. Stir in the sugar.

3. Mash the bananas with

a fork in a bowl. Add

the eggs, buttermilk,

oil and sugar mix until

well combined. Add the

buttermilk mixture to the

flour mixture. Stir gently

until just combined. Pour

mixture into prepared pan.

Scatter the berries over the

top and poke them into the


4. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour

10 minutes or until a

skewer inserted into the

centre comes out clean; if

the top starts to brown too

much cover loosely with

foil after 40 minutes.

5. Set aside to cool in pan for

10 minutes. Lift onto a wire

rack to cool completely.

Slice and serve. It’s

delicious toasted under a

hot grill!

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Food Life

In Season


Food Life

Considered a superfood,

watercress is often

overlooked when thinking

about leafy greens to add

to a salad. Watercress is a

close cousin to mustard

greens, horseradish,

cabbage and rocket. An

attractive, succulent plant,

watercress bears small,

round, slightly scalloped

leaves, which, in summer,

produce tiny white flowers

that become small pods

with two rows of edible

seeds. Watercress has been

cultivated in Europe, Central

Asia, and the Americas for

millennia for use as both

food and a medicine.

One of the best culinary

aspects of watercress is its

versatility. It can be used as a

salad green (a very nutritious

one!) with Romaine lettuce

or fresh spinach, steamed

and eaten as a vegetable, and

is great when added in soups

to give a subtle, peppery

flavor. It’s also a standard

ingredient for sandwiches in

Britain for both common and

high tea.


Look for fresh, perky

leaves in bunches,

with no

signs of

wilting; the leaves begin to

darken and the stems become

limp as it gets old.


Remove end ties and plunge

the bunch in a large bowl of

iced water. This is a great way

to keep it fresh and crisp for

2-3 days. Before using, place

onto a clean tea towel, draw

the edges together and shake

gently to remove water.


Watercress is a good source

of antioxidants and contains

iron, folic acid, Vitamin B6, A

and C.

Also In Season


Apples – Royal Gala

and Delicious; Bananas;

Figs; Kiwifruit; Limes;

Mandarins (Imperial);

Pears; Passionfruit;

Australian Pomegranate;

Passionfruit and Quince.

Also Asian greens; Green

beans; Broccoli; Broccolini;

Cabbage, Capsicums;

Cauliflower; Fennel,

Potatoes, Pumpkin,

Silverbeet and Spinach.

Roast potato, beetroot and

watercress salad

Serves 6-8 (as side)

1kg washed potatoes, scrubbed

3 tbs olive oil

2 bunches baby beetroot, small leaves reserved

3/4 cup walnut halves, toasted

2 cups picked watercress

¼ cup micro herbs, optional

100g labne, drained (see jb tip)

Horseradish Dressing

60ml extra virgin olive oil

½ lemon, juiced

2 tsp horseradish cream

1. Cut the potatoes into 4cm pieces and put into a saucepan.

Cover with cold water. Add a good pinch salt and bring

to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and boil gently for 10

minutes. Drain. Transfer to a greased roasting pan. Drizzle

with half the oil, season, turn to coat.

2. Preheat oven to 200°C fan forced. Peel and trim the beetroot.

If large cut in half. Arrange in a roasting pan lined

with baking paper. Drizzle with remaining olive oil, season.

Roast potatoes and beetroot together (potatoes on shelf

above the beetroot) for 1 hour or until potatoes are golden

and beetroot tender. Set aside for 15 minutes to cool


3. Arrange potatoes and beetroot on a serving platter. Scatter

over the walnuts, any reserved beetroot leaves, watercress

and micro herbs.

4. Combine all the horseradish dressing ingredients in a bowl,

whisk to combine. Drop spoonfuls of labne over the salad,

pour over the dressing, toss gently. Serve.

Janelle’s Tip: You can buy labne in some supermarkets. To

make your own, spoon 500ml Greek yoghurt into a sieve lined

with muslin or a new Chux. Sit the sieve over a bowl, cover

and refrigerate 4 hours (or overnight if time allows). Discard

the liquid in the bowl – the soft, creamy mixture in the sieve

is labne. Spoon into a jar, cover with olive oil and keep in the

fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Pittwater Puzzler

Compiled by David Stickley

26 Scotland Island resident and singer,

Tina ______ (6)

27 Wine festival to be held in Dunbar

Park in April, Avalon ________ (8)


1 A device of one or more pairs of

conductors separated by insulators

used to store an electric charge (9)

2 The N in PNHA, a group supporting

fauna crossings in the Northern

Beaches area (7)

3 Cuts available at The Meat Emporium

Butchery & Deli in Elanora Heights (1-5)

4 Ignore; overlook (4,2)

6 Status accepted by golfers with a

handicap (5,3)

7 Board a B-line bus, say (3,4)

8 Lines used to tie up boats at

Holmeport Marinas, perhaps (5)

10 Burial chambers (6)

14 An older person, often retired from


1 War memorial at the centre of ANZAC

services (8)

5 Island in the Hawkesbury River near

Brooklyn (6)

9 Club regulars (7)

10 A hob set into a work surface (7)

11 Northern Beaches club celebrating 50

years with a gala day in April (6,3,6)

12 A narrative or story, especially

fictitious and imaginatively treated (4)

13 Palm Beach Ferries destination on the

Central Coast (8)

17 Practise (a play, recital, etc.) for later

public performance (8)

19 Having great ability; clever, skilful (4)

23 Northern Beaches body of water that

has an opening monitored by council (9,6)

24 Tradespeople who offer top

coverage? (7)

25 The distinctive clothing worn by

members of the same body, e.g. by

soldiers, police, and schoolchildren (7)

full-time work, who travels around

the country, living in a caravan or

motorhome (4,5)

15 Chilli used at Mexicano in Narrabeen

and Mona Vale (8)

16 Property and possessions, especially

regarded as having value in meeting

debts, commitments, etc. (6)

18 Sydney’s is considered one of the

best in the world (7)

20 Small owl with white-spotted back

and wings and large dark patches

behind the eyes (7)

21 One after another (2,4)

22 A public building for gambling and

entertainment (6)

23 Direction Pittwater is in relation to

Manly (5)

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Garden Life

Garden Life

Delight Plant Tibouchinas, in the amazing watch

colours the purple of flowers hydrangeas reign

As Always the a favourite days cool for down the

Christmas sunlight colour, changes hydrangeas

autumn are flowering light intensifies their

and the

heads the colours off! They in our look gardens. wonderful

Tibouchinas in the garden, come brightening

into flower with


the huge semi-shaded pink, purple areas or violet and flowers

glowing that stand in out the full, flamboyantly protected against

sunlight. the cool, Once cloudless the older blue skies.

varieties When these were either plants pink were or first

blue introduced depending into on Australia, the soil, nursery

additional man Ken Dunstan lime will from deepen Alstonville

the developed pinks and many blueing cultivars tonic suitable

(sulphate for our climate. of aluminium) ‘Alstonville’ will was the

heighten first to be the released; blues, but it’s the huge

new violet named tree that varieties we see will flowering

maintain everywhere their now. colour. He followed White this

never with the changes. hot pink, There smaller-growing


hydrangeas ‘Kathleen’ and of every ‘Noelene’ size from (after

another tiny dwarf family Piamina member) to with the the








flower as white





many to





pink as

it is almost too difficult to

decide. There are the delicate

lace caps, the huge blooms

it ages, giving a multi-coloured

effect. Next came mauve ‘Jules’, the

one-metre baby of the family for

pots and borders.

In recent years new varieties

have been added; ‘Jazzie’ is a small

shrub with more dainty violet,

white-centered flowers, the mauve

‘Groovy Baby’ that grows just 60cm

tall and ‘Peace Baby’ with white

flowers ideal for pots.

All Tibouchinas are hardy and

easy to grow. They need sun and

protection from wind. They love

general garden conditions, regular

water and respond well to mulching

with cow manure or garden

compost in spring and summer. As

summer fades, Tibouchinas are just


with Gabrielle Bryant

Cherry Guava a

sweet surprise

In full flower in my veggie

garden is my Cherry Guava,

sometimes known as a Strawberry

Guava. This delightful

evergreen shrub never fails to

produce a heavy crop of cherry

guavas in early autumn.

It is a small, pretty tree with

rounded, glossy green leaves

that only grows to about

of the traditional mop heads, that can be two metres tall.

the cone-shaped flowers of The recently introduced

hydrangea paniculata bushes smaller growing Picotee

Fan ‘Flame’ varieties for with two-tone brilliant flower lily colour


heads are hard to leave behind

and if you have a semi-

three metres in height. Keep it

t is bulb time. We all instinctively think mium potting trimmed mix in a into 250mm shape or after 30cm fruiting.

during The delicate the growing fluffy season flowers –


of daffodils and tulips and often quite and water well

shaded wall, the climbing

forget the amazing bulbs and tubers that but never let are the creamy pot sit in white, water.

hydrangea petiolaris is just

growing Feed it close well

are available now and are perfect for our fortnightly with


to the a liquid branches. fertiliser. They are followed

are by readily the tangy available flavoured, online


These tubers

Hydrangeas are forgiving

The ‘Flame Lily’ grows wild in Africa and but may be hard

plants that are easy to grow. sweet, to berry-sized, find in garden cherry centres. red

in parts of Asia. The exquisitely beautiful They are in bulb

They like regular water and fruit that catalogues are high now. in vitamin Order C. in

scarlet and golden-flowering Gloriosa lily advance to be

any good garden soil. Mulch Unlike sure the to get taller-growing them. The deciduous

them yellow to you guava at planting that needs time


will send

twines up a trellis or along a fence. Grown

the roots with compost to

in a pot, it needs a climbing frame to support

the bright green leaves that hang on Gloriosa superba

in early spring.

keep them cool and feed cooking, the fruit can be eaten

them in early spring to get raw straight – the from wild the flame tree lily or

by tendrils on their tips and the profusion – can become

them going. Grow them in used invasive, cooking, it can jellies, be found drinks,

of spider-like flowers.

growing as a

pots, or in the garden; bring sauces weed or where jams. it has naturalised

in coastal

Plant the tuber in the sun where it is sheltered

from the hottest part of the day, or in the cultivated

them inside when in flower You areas should of Queensland, protect the but fruit

or cut the blooms – they last from variety fruit Gloriosa fly with a Rothschildiana

is not invasive.

fruit fly bait.

bright light. For best results grow it in a pre-

well in water.

Get into the

‘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

great Christmas present too!

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Carissa is

the Star of

the desert

Autumn is the best time for

planting new shrubs and

creating new gardens. The soil

is still warm for new roots to

develop before the surge of

spring growth. After the rain it

is sometimes hard to remember

the hot dry summer months.

If you are planting a new

hedge, nothing can cope with the

summer heat and long dry spells

better than Carissa Desert Star.

This bright green shrub is ideal

for clipping into formal shapes,

or let it grow into its natural

shape. It is a dense, spreading

shrub with dark green glossy

leaves that hide the spines below.

Take care when pruning. The

fragrant, pure white, jasminelike,

star-shaped flowers are

scattered over the shrub from

spring to autumn, to be followed

by dark pink berries.

Alliums make spectacular pot plants

Carissa makes a perfect backdrop for

native border of grasses, interspersed

with alliums for colour. It is time now to

buy the bulbs of these wonderful plants.

Ornamental alliums are members of the

onion family.

This is a huge diverse family. There

varieties of every size from the tiny kitchen

garden chives, to the small-growing

burgundy Drumsticks, to the huge violet

Globe Master. The round balls of the flower

heads can be from 3cm to 30cm in diameter.

Once established they are very hardy and

drought tolerant; they appear as if by magic

through the grasses. Alliums are herbaceous

perennials that will die down through the

winter months. Once established they need

little attention and will multiply in number as

the seasons pass.

They can be grown in the garden or as

spectacular pot plants for patios or balcony

gardens, alliums are great in the veggie

garden to attract the bees or grow them to use

as long-lasting cut flowers to bring inside.

Garden Life

Great burgundy foliage

Dark burgundy foliage is hard to find for native gardens.

‘Breynia Ironstone’ is usually found as an understorey small

tree in coastal scrub or forest – breynias have wonderfully soft

weeping foliage.

You can trim them to shape and enjoy the new, red growth,

or train them up as a small standard shrub by pruning back the

lower branches. The dark foliage brightens up shaded areas but

for the best colour grow it in good light or sun. It will grow in

the wild to three metres but in domestic gardens it is a shrub of

1-2m tall and 1m wide.

The pale brown flowers are insignificant and are followed

by brown berries, giving it its common name of ‘Coffee Bush’.

There is also a variegated pink, white and green variety, breynia

nivosa rosea Snow Bush, that comes from the Pacific islands,

but this one is better in warm semi-shade as full sun will burn

the pale colours in the leaves. Breynias are hard to find, if you

can find one to buy you are lucky!

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Garden Life

Garden Life

Jobs this Month


The autumn rains will start

to abate, the warm soil

is damp and the days

are cooling down. It is time to

get gardening and prepare for

winter. Break up the surface

soil and feed the garden. If you

have been filling a compost

bin it should be ready after the

summer heat. Empty it into the

garden and start again with

autumn leaves, kitchen waste

and clippings as you tidy after

the storms. Two smaller bins are

better than one large one: as

each fills, leave it to break down,

don’t add more compost for a

couple of months, and start a

second one. This way you can

rotate the bins as you use the

compost. Gogo Juice watered

into the bins will accelerate the


Plant pea seedlings

If you didn’t sow sweet pea

seeds last month, plant seedlings

now. Grow the taller ones

for picking. They will need

something to climb up. Put

this up at planting time – don’t

wait until the seedlings start to

grow. Netting around bamboo

stakes works well or re-use

your tomato frames from the

summer crop. Dwarf sweet

peas are great in hanging baskets

or pots.

Plant a hedge

The camellia sasanqua hedges

are flowering now. Look

around and identify the variety

that you like. Always buy

new plants with flower if you

can. They are often wrongly

labelled. This is the best

month to plant a new hedge.

Winter vegies

Plant your winter vegetables

now. Cabbages, cauliflowers,

broccolini, peas, spinach,

carrots, parsnips, lettuce and

onions seedlings or seeds are

in the garden centres ready

to plant. If the weather is still

hot, a light covering shade

cloth will protect the seedlings

from the hot sun.

Stop pests

Caterpillars and snails can

destroy seedlings overnight.

Spray with Yates Success to

control the caterpillars and

spread Multiguard pellets to

eliminate the snails.

Citrus care

Citrus trees are all bursting

into new growth after the rain.

Spray weekly with Eco Oil to

prevent the damaging leaf miners

that distort and twist the

new leaves. If already attacked,

prune back the damaged

Plant a slice of ‘Cherry Pie’

Often known as ‘Cherry Pie’ this sweetly fragrant, small,

woody shrub is great for the veggie patch, in a cottage

garden, in large pots or in hanging baskets. The bees love its

vanilla-like fragrance that gives it its name. The heads of tiny

violet flowers sing out against the dark green, crinkled leaves.

There are several other varieties – one has golden leaves

with violet flowers; there is one with pale lilac flowers; and

another with white flowers – but the original violet variety is

the easiest to grow. Once established it looks after itself.

Tip is to prune young plants to keep the compact and

remove the old flowers as they finish.

leaves and put them into the

green bin, not the compost.

Succulent option

It is fun to have outdoor pot

plants on tables and balconies

but they can be a lot of work

for busy lifestyles. Succulents

are the answer. They are very

forgiving if forgotten! They

are easy to grow either in

small pot or mixed together in

large bowls or window boxes.

Love your lawn

Give your lawn some attention

this month. The soil will be

compacted after heavy rains.

Aerate the grass with a garden

fork or hire a spiked roller

before feeding with Sudden Impact

for Lawns. By aerating the

lawn it will allow the oxygen to

the roots that the grass needs

to grow, it will also let the water

and fertiliser soak down.

Annuals swap

Replace summer annuals with

pansies, violas, poppies, snapdragons,

primula, alyssum,

lobelia, or verbena for winter

colour. English marigolds are

good in the vegetable garden

to attract the bees.

Attract bees

Spray the garden with Bee

Keeper; it works wonderfully

well to bring back the bees to

our gardens.

Bulb tip

Wait until next month before

planting spring bulbs, the

weather is still too warm. Keep

the bulbs in the chiller drawer

of your refrigerator until you

plant them.

Crossword solution from page 67

Mystery location: BROKEN BAY

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Farewell to a daughter of Palm Beach

gathering of 300 packed St David’s

A Church Palm Beach on 8 March to

farewell Herminie Swainston, who died on

1 March, aged 81.

Born into the family home high on

Observation Point in 1937, Herminie literally

cast her eye over the Palm Beach locality

for 80 years. When a young child, Herminie

regularly took the ferry to Brooklyn and

then the train to Epping, where the family

had access to their schooling and medical


Herminie spent time on the land in

Merriwa and Tamworth, where she was

employed as Muswellbrook’s first art teacher,

and where she met her husband John; the

couple married in 1966 then set off to

discover parts of the world not yet colonised

by the backpackers of today. This saw them

working as far afield as Papua New Guinea,

but Palm Beach was always home.

In recent times, Herminie shared her

fond recollections of growing up in Palm

Beach – running with her dog from one side

of the tombolo to the other when it was

open space in its natural state, before the

earthworks and introduced plantings. She

also enjoyed riding her horse everywhere,

even in the surf. Herminie’s son Matthew

recounted: “Mum lived life to the full, right

up to her 80s. She would swim out the back

of the waves, then come in and play French

cricket. She became known as ‘Super

Gran’, because she’d be up on the climbing

equipment with the kids.”

Reverend Sturt Young reflected on

Herminie’s commitment to others: “Her

gardening skills and generous heart came to

the fore recently, when we arranged a working

bee in the rectory garden. When younger

hands had done all they could, we’d look

around to see Herminie powering on to get the

job finished.” The church was very important

to Herminie, as were many other causes, like

protecting the Bible Garden.”

Another issue of importance to Herminie

was the Palm Beach Walkway project. The

PBWBA is now hatching a plan to honour

Herminie’s decades of selfless service by

having the clearing at the midway point

of the Palm Beach Walkway named as

“Herminie’s Landing”.

Herminie is survived by her husband

John, their children Paul, Matthew and

Sarah, and seven grandchildren.

– Mitch Geddes


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Times Past

War exercises

on the Bangalley


Times Past

With the possibility of

the Japanese forces

heading down the

east coast of Australia during

World War II, the establishment

of coastal defences, especially

north of Sydney, was


Bangalley Headland (North

Avalon) was no doubt chosen

as an observation post because

it is taller and protrudes

further into the Tasman

Sea than neighbouring

headlands. In early maps of

the area it was even labelled

‘the South Head of Broken

Bay’ because it lies significantly

further to the east than

Barrenjoey Headland.

Mrs Pauline Grieve, who

had ‘Careel House’ built on

the headland in 1932, claimed

that the view up and down

the coast provided ‘the most

wonderful panorama of earth

and sea and sky’.

By December 1941, a coastal

defence post had been established

on Bangalley Headland.

It may have been facilitated as

a consequence of the ‘invasion

exercise’ which occurred

in September 1941 when

hundreds of troops ‘repelled

the enemy’ from Palm Beach

to Frenchs Forest. It was the

culmination of a week of manoeuvres

in which the Navy,

Army and Air Force took part

to test the communications

and co-ordination of the three

services in defence of the


Fred Powderly began his

full-time war service in

the CMF (Civilian Military

Forces) after he enlisted at the

Ashfield Drill Hall on 26 May

1941. It appears no time was

wasted in posting him to the

headland. Photographs taken

by him of several mates at

their ‘Hill Camp at North Avalon’

are reliably dated 1941.

The main photo shows

some of these men constructing

a ‘slit-trench’, commonly

known as a DFP – a defensive

fighting position, which was

reinforced with sand bags.

It is not known whether

DFPs were required on the

headland or it may have

been a training exercise for

‘sappers’. Sappers were field

engineers or ‘tradesmen of

the battlefield’ and known

in rhyming slang as ‘ginger

beers’ (engineers).

The fire on the headland

in late 2017 revealed several

signs of past activity, such as

five large eyebolts secured

apparently randomly into the

sandstone with concrete. It is

thought they may have supported

or ‘stayed’ a flagstaff

or signal mast. A small brick

pit was also revealed – but

there was no sign of the slittrench

which would have been

only of a temporary nature.

An Avalon Beach resident

who now lives on the South

Coast has given the Society

an empty and badly corroded

shell case from a 303 rifle. He

found it while searching the

headland for information for

his thesis for a horticulture

degree in the late 1990s.

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

‘Choose Your Cruise’ is music to the ears

There’s something for all musical tastes

on Cruiseco’s four exclusive music

cruises cruising the South Pacific, roundtrip

from Sydney this year.

Travel View and Cruise View’s Karen

Robinson says the four-star ‘Radiance of the

Seas’ will become the ultimate ‘stage’ for

some of the best international and Australian


If a country vibe is your thing, ‘Cruisin’

Country 8’ (departing 9 October) is all

about the past, present and future.

“Over seven fun-filled nights via Isle of

Pines and Noumea in New Caledonia, you’ll

enjoy dance lessons, song writing and guitar

workshops; not to mention performances

from illustrious country music artists including

John Williamson, Troy Cassar-Daley,

Graeme Connors, Gina Jeffreys (right) and

Sara Storer,” Karen said.

Interior cabins now start from $2,705*

per person, twin share. Oceanview staterooms

start from $3,295* per person, twin


“Nostalgia is on the menu of ‘Rock the

Boat 8’ – featuring an extraordinary list of

iconic rock ’n’ roll and more than 40 live

acts including Foreigner, The Romantics,

Ross Wilson, Russell Morris and Shannon

Noll, coupled with dancing lessons,” said


“It’s an extraordinary seven-night round

trip from Sydney departing 21 October,

now starting from $2,615* per person, twin

share in an Interior stateroom.”

And following the success of 2013’s inaugural

‘Cruise N Groove’ cruise, celebrate on

a trip down memory lane with the best Elvis

tribute artists. ‘Elvis Meets the Legends’ will

celebrate Elvis through the years, over seven

nights aboard ‘Cruise N Groove 2018’.

Departing 6 November, The Ultimate

Tribute Artists include Shawn Klush, Justin

Shandor, Elvis to the Max, Dean Z, Ben

Thompson and more.

Todd McKenney, Teddy Tahu Rhodes

(pictured) plus Tom Burlinson and Rhonda

Burchmore headline the ‘BRAVO’ Cruise of

Performing Arts, departing 13 November for

an eight-night journey via Noumea, Mystery

Island, Vanuatu and Lifou, Loyalty Islands.

Travel View and Cruise View are

members of Cruiseco; for more info on

pricing and cruises plus bookings call

9918 6007 or 9999 0444 or email sales@


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Travel Life

Travel Life

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touring Europe

Hungry for a self-drive adventure? Consider combining

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Self-drive brings you the freedom to explore the cultural

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You have the choice to travel within one country, or get set to

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the south of France, exploring the French Rivera or discovering

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Visit renaulteurodrive.com.au for more information,

conditions and pick-up/drop-off locations, or contact your

travel agent.

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