Pittwater Life May 2018 Issue

Care Factor - Meet the Hospital's New 'Urgency Team'. Good Sport. Minding Own Business. University of Warriewood?

Care Factor - Meet the Hospital's New 'Urgency Team'. Good Sport. Minding Own Business. University of Warriewood?


Create successful ePaper yourself

Turn your PDF publications into a flip-book with our unique Google optimized e-Paper software.

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

FREE<br />

pittwaterlife<br />

CARE<br />

FACTOR<br />

















Editorial<br />

The story that keeps on giving<br />

It might seem like we’re<br />

flogging a dead horse with<br />

our ongoing coverage of the<br />

Pasadena saga (no disrespect<br />

to the property or its owners<br />

intended) but it’s a tale of such<br />

intrigue (see page 20) that it<br />

demands attention.<br />

The latest chapter involves<br />

the developer contacting<br />

Northern Beaches Councillors,<br />

hoping to clear up the<br />

“misinformation” that’s been<br />

circulated by Council staff and<br />

the media.<br />

At the same time, Council<br />

have added a bespoke page<br />

to their website to inform the<br />

community of their position,<br />

and the status of their pursuit<br />

of compulsory acquisition.<br />

Further, they say the clock<br />

is now officially ticking on a<br />

six-months consultation period,<br />

with talks aimed at ultimately<br />

delivering the Pasadena title<br />

deed to Dee Why.<br />

Then we have the West<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Association weighing<br />

in on the matter, with their<br />

legal advice suggesting recent<br />

renovation of the space is<br />

illegal.<br />

If that weren’t enough<br />

the owner has signaled his<br />

intention to open for business<br />

in the coming weeks… watch<br />

these pages again next month!<br />

* * *<br />

We are often contacted<br />

by locals who have<br />

expressed surprise at Council<br />

plans and activations in their<br />

area that they say they have<br />

known nothing about – often<br />

until after the deadline for<br />

community feedback.<br />

While we endeavor to address<br />

matters within the timeframe<br />

of our monthly publication<br />

deadline, there is a way you can<br />

keep abreast of Council’s plans<br />

– go to the ‘Have Your Say’<br />

page on their website and then<br />

‘Register Your Interest’. You’ll<br />

be updated by the Community<br />

Engagement Team on ways to<br />

contribute locally. – Nigel Wall<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 3





32,000<br />

Delivered to householders<br />

& businesses throughout<br />

the <strong>Pittwater</strong> area at the<br />

beginning of each month.<br />


RATES &<br />



CALL<br />

US TO<br />


YOUR AD!<br />

Tel: 0438 123 096<br />

PO Box 170<br />

Mona Vale 1660<br />

Email:<br />

info@pittwaterlife.com.au<br />

Website:<br />

www.pittwaterlife.com.au<br />

Publisher: Nigel Wall<br />

Managing Editor: Lisa Offord<br />

Graphic Design: CLS Design<br />

Photography: iStock / Staff<br />

Contributors: Rosamund<br />

Burton, Gabrielle Bryant, Matt<br />

Cleary, Brian Hrnjak, Jennifer<br />

Harris, Nick Carroll, Janelle<br />

Bloom, Sue Carroll, Dr. John<br />

Kippen, Geoff Searl.<br />

Distribution:<br />

John Nieuwenhof & Gill Stokes<br />

pitlifewalkers@gmail.com<br />

Published by<br />

Word Count Media Pty Ltd.<br />

ACN 149 583 335<br />

ABN 95 149 583 335<br />

Printed by Rural Press<br />

Phone: 02 4570 4444<br />

Vol 27 No 10<br />

Celebrating 26 years<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

CARE<br />

FACTOR<br />

















MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

FREE<br />

pittwaterlife<br />

21<br />

30<br />

66<br />


WANTED<br />

To deliver <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong><br />

once a month.<br />

Permanent and casual runs<br />

are available now in:<br />

Palm Beach, Avalon,<br />

Newport, Mona Vale,<br />

Bayview & Church Point.<br />


Email:<br />

pitlifewalkers@gmail.com<br />

thislife<br />

COVER: Mona Vale Hospital is getting a new Urgent Care<br />

Centre that will remain active on site when other services<br />

are transferred to the new Northern Beaches Hospital in<br />

October (page 14); actor Bryan Brown leaks us the plotline<br />

of his new film 'Palm Beach' which commences shooting<br />

locally this month (page 8); read how a satellite university<br />

campus on the upper peninsula would relieve students<br />

of stress (page 21); meet Mick Pawley and learn about his<br />

incredible contribution to the youth of Cambodia (page<br />

30); and read what you can do when an ageing loved one<br />

refuses care (page 44). COVER IMAGE: Andrea Francolini<br />

also this month<br />

Editorial 3<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Local News 6-29<br />

<strong>Life</strong> Stories: Mike Pawley 30-33<br />

Art <strong>Life</strong> 34-37<br />

Local Call 40<br />

Young <strong>Life</strong> 41<br />

Surfing <strong>Life</strong> 42-43<br />

Health & Wellbeing; Hair & Beauty 44-53<br />

Money & Finance 54-57<br />

Law 58-59<br />

Food 66-68<br />

Crossword 69<br />

Gardening 70-72<br />

Times Past 73<br />

the goodlife<br />

Restaurants, food, gigs, travel and gardening.<br />

Also find our regular features on beauty, health, surfing,<br />

art, local history, our guide to trades and services, money,<br />

law and our essential maps.<br />


Bookings & advertising material to set for<br />

our JUNE issue MUST be supplied by<br />

FRIDAY 11 MAY<br />

Finished art & editorial submissions deadline:<br />

FRIDAY 18 MAY<br />

The JUNE issue will be published<br />

on WEDNESDAY 30 MAY<br />


All contents are subject to copyright and may not be reproduced except with the<br />

written consent of the copyright owner. GST: All advertising rates are subject to GST.<br />

4 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Does Council have a du<br />

News<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward Councillor<br />

Alex McTaggart says<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

needs to think carefully<br />

before making any decision<br />

to expand its provision of<br />

childcare services across the<br />

new council region.<br />

“It’s a debate that has to be<br />

had: Is it Council’s business to<br />

implement and run childcare<br />

services – or is it their role to<br />

plug the gaps?” he said.<br />

Councillor McTaggart was<br />

a member of the former <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Council in 2013, when<br />

it made the controversial decision<br />

to close its only Daycare<br />

Centre at Warriewood and<br />

outsource other council-run<br />

childcare services.<br />

The former Council’s decision<br />

was made after careful<br />

analysis of the childcare<br />

environment, which staff<br />

determined had changed<br />

dramatically since the 1990s,<br />

with the introduction of<br />

Federal Government subsidies<br />

making it no longer a more affordable<br />

option for ratepayers<br />

with families.<br />

Councillor McTaggart’s call<br />

comes as Northern Beaches<br />

Council pencils in childcare<br />

as an agenda issue in its first<br />

term, with staff focusing<br />

on what has been inherited<br />

across the 37-kilometre territory.<br />

Council’s long day care and<br />

pre-school services provide a<br />

combination of full and part<br />

time positions, filled by over<br />

nearly 900 children aged six<br />

weeks to five years. The family<br />

day care team support 60<br />

educators to provide education<br />

and care within their<br />

homes to around 450 children<br />

aged up to 12 years. Vacation<br />

care cater for over 2,000 children<br />

through school holiday<br />

care.<br />

Costs at Council’s six Daycare<br />

Centres from Manly to<br />

Narrabeen range from $121-<br />

$136 per day for 0-2 years,<br />

$111 to $126 for 2-3 years, to<br />

$96-$116 for 3-5 years.<br />

NB Council’s General<br />

Manager Planning Place and<br />

Community David Kerr said<br />

Council was proud to offer<br />

the highest quality, professional<br />

care which consistently<br />

exceeded quality standards<br />

to be rated above other local<br />

providers.<br />

“At this time, our strategic<br />

direction for our children’s<br />

services is yet to be determined<br />

by the elected Council,”<br />

he said. “As the organisation<br />

matures there will be<br />

opportunities to discuss the<br />

demands and needs of our<br />

community with Council.”<br />

Councillor McTaggart<br />

explained: “The childcare environment<br />

changed dramatically<br />

over past 20 years – if<br />

you look back to the 1980s<br />

and 1990s, not many private<br />

spaces offered long day care.<br />

“Back then there may have<br />

been 275 places, with <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Council contributing just<br />

35 at Warriewood.<br />

“Five years ago though there<br />

were more than 1000 places<br />

being offered privately.”<br />

He said the decision to vacate<br />

the childcare space came<br />

as a reaction to the Federal<br />

Government’s taking responsibility<br />

for the affordability of<br />

childcare via heavy subsidies<br />

since the 1990s.<br />

“Consequently Council<br />

didn’t need to play that role,”<br />

Councillor McTaggart said.<br />

“That’s when the former <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Council questioned<br />

why it was in the business,<br />

especially when its contribution<br />

was only a drop in the<br />

ocean.<br />

“And now, although it’s still<br />

provided based on means<br />

testing, there’s no way to<br />

determine the most-needy,<br />

which was a pillar of the former<br />

Council-led provision of<br />

the service.”<br />

He said when looking at the<br />

childcare facilities footprint<br />

across the Northern Beaches<br />

Council region, the question<br />

remained as to why Council<br />

6 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

ty of Care?<br />

should remain in the childcare<br />

business – although<br />

children with special needs<br />

was a motivator.<br />

“Is there a need for more<br />

placements in <strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward?<br />

Perhaps there should be a<br />

serious consideration around<br />

special needs kids – private<br />

providers are generally reluctant<br />

to take on special needs<br />

children, due to the extra<br />

costs involved,” he said.<br />

“This is an area where<br />

Council should step up to the<br />

plate, investing in an integrated<br />

centre with a good balance<br />

of staff to manage requirements.”<br />

He added the comparatively<br />

much smaller area of the former<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Council further<br />

justified the dissolution of<br />

Council-run childcare in 2013<br />

– along with an important<br />

realisation and shift in focus.<br />

“We identified we were<br />

underinvesting in youth<br />

services – so that’s where we<br />

reinvested, in things like the<br />

Mona Vale Skate Park.”<br />

Opened in 2016, he<br />

said the park was conceived<br />

with the input<br />

of local youth, with an<br />

inclusive ‘partnership’<br />

methodology applied<br />

right through the<br />

process that instilled<br />

a sense of ownership<br />

among the area’s<br />

youth.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Council<br />

also appointed a group of<br />

youth consultants, who were<br />

trained and inducted as casual<br />

staff and met once a month<br />

to provide guidance, ideas<br />

and to help events for young<br />

people. (Northern Beaches<br />

Council has just reintroduced<br />

a rebranded Youth Advisory<br />

Group initiative.)<br />

“The issues involved with<br />

providing childcare are not<br />

straightforward – they have a<br />

level of complexity that must<br />

be considered,” he continued.<br />

Councillor McTaggart said<br />

that while it appeared there<br />

remained no great need to<br />

have Council-run childcare<br />

in <strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward, a look at<br />

the working habits of locals<br />

showed where Council perhaps<br />

should be looking to<br />

maintain or expand services.<br />

“The new transport discussion<br />

paper shows 43 per cent<br />

of locals travel south and<br />

out of the area for work. And<br />

a portion of the 52 per cent<br />

living and working in the NB<br />

Council region travel to their<br />

place of work outside of the<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward,” he said.<br />

“It makes sense then to<br />

look at places like Narrabeen<br />

and suburbs on other traffic<br />

corridors as venues – it would<br />

add a level of convenience in<br />

that working mums and dads<br />

would be able to drop off and<br />

collect their children as part<br />

of their routines, and would<br />

reduce the panic involved in<br />

trying to make closing times<br />

of local facilities should they<br />

not have grandparents or a<br />

support network handy.”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 7

Brown drops Palmy plot<br />

News<br />

he Big Chill’ meets ‘The<br />

‘TBest Exotic Marigold<br />

Hotel’ – that’s the way Aussie<br />

acting icon Bryan Brown<br />

describes his production<br />

team’s new movie ‘Palm<br />

Beach’ which commences<br />

shooting on location around<br />

the top end of the peninsula<br />

in late <strong>May</strong>.<br />

Brown’s actor partner<br />

Rachel Ward will direct the<br />

film, written by Joanna<br />

Murray-Smith, which also<br />

stars Sam Neill, Jacqueline<br />

McKenzie, Greta Scacchi and<br />

US actor Richard E. Grant<br />

(Pulp Fiction).<br />

Brown, who lived with his<br />

family at Whale Beach for 11<br />

years before moving away<br />

two decades ago, revealed a<br />

few plot secrets exclusively to<br />

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

“There are 11 characters,<br />

including four couples and<br />

three younger adults,” Brown<br />

said. “Three of the men are<br />

Sam, Richard and I – we used<br />

to be in a band when we were<br />

younger, along with Roxy, our<br />

singer.<br />

“The group had a minor hit,<br />

which bonded them, but they<br />

all went in different directions<br />

– one stayed in music, one<br />

got into art and one became a<br />

journalist.<br />

“Roxy died; she had a<br />

daughter that they all looked<br />

after her – and she arrives<br />

with her new beau.”<br />

SAND BETWEEN THEIR TOES: Four great Australian actors are about to hit Palm Beach.<br />

Brown said the four-week<br />

shoot would focus on a<br />

house and locations in and<br />

around Palm Beach, with a<br />

further two weeks shooting<br />

at locations including The<br />

Basin, Barrenjoey Lighthouse,<br />

Avalon and Rose Bay.<br />

He added that although<br />

he and Ward had been out<br />

of the area for 20 years, he<br />

observed that not too much<br />

has changed.<br />

“We still have our fibro<br />

cottage, although I note<br />

the garage Totally Tom’s at<br />

Avalon (17 Old Barrenjoey<br />

Rd) has gone… and there are<br />

better coffee shops, and more<br />

of them!<br />

“Of course, money has come<br />

into some places, whether<br />

you agree with that or not,<br />

but once you get around the<br />

bends it’s the same beautiful<br />

place it’s always been.<br />

“The peninsula is such an<br />

extraordinary place on its<br />

own… it sets up so its beauty<br />

can’t change.”<br />

Brown said one of the most<br />

exciting aspects of the project<br />

had been the support from<br />

locals in the lead-up to shooting.<br />

“Any time we have<br />

needed help, everyone has<br />

been so enthusiastic and<br />

accommodating… we’re<br />

looking forward to telling a<br />

Palm Beach story – we can’t<br />

wait, it’s a ripper story to<br />

tell!”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

8 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

News<br />

Business unusual if parking scrapped<br />

The man responsible for<br />

teaching more than<br />

50,000 local kids how<br />

to surf at the Kiddies’ Corner<br />

break at Palm Beach says<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

should rethink its decision to<br />

take away up to 20 parking<br />

places along the beachfront.<br />

As reported previously in<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>, Council intends<br />

to push ahead with its boardwalk<br />

rejuvenation along the<br />

popular strip, with its plan to<br />

reduce the amount of parking<br />

taking both residents and visitors<br />

by surprise.<br />

Manly Surf School operator<br />

Matt Grainger has a commercial<br />

agreement with Council<br />

to run his business at Palm<br />

Beach. He currently parks his<br />

equipment trailer along the<br />

beachfront strip, which provides<br />

easy access to the sand<br />

for kids and adults carrying<br />

his learner surfboards.<br />

However, Mr Grainger is concerned<br />

Council’s plan will have<br />

a huge impact not just on his<br />

ability to deliver a convenient<br />

service, but also on safety and<br />

the aesthetic of the area.<br />

“No-one from Council has<br />

contacted us about this – if it<br />

goes ahead we will have to park<br />

300 metres away from where<br />

we used to park,” he said. “We<br />

have over 50 surfboards. It is<br />

going to be difficult for the<br />

kids to walk the boards all the<br />

way to the corner.”<br />

Mr Grainger said he had<br />

operated at Palm Beach since<br />

1997, with his team responsible<br />

for around 52,500 kids learning<br />

to surf at the iconic beach.<br />

“Kiddies Corner is special<br />

because it has safe waves to<br />

learn on,” he said. “It has safe<br />

parking as well, as the kids exit<br />

the car straight onto the beach<br />

– if they change that I think it<br />

is going to make the area more<br />

unsafe as families will have to<br />

walk further from the corner.<br />

“Council should rethink<br />

their plan, as it is unworkable<br />

and goes against what the<br />

local Palm Beach, Whale Beach<br />

and Avalon folk want. And<br />

less parking will create a huge<br />

amount of problems for the<br />

local community and people<br />

visiting.<br />

“At the moment the Kiddies<br />

Corner parking configuration<br />

works perfectly for all involved<br />

within the community at large.<br />

I can’t see why you would want<br />

to change it.”<br />

Kiddies Corner is the preferred<br />

beach of Elanora couple<br />

Shane and Kelly Casey and<br />

their daughter Sienna, 10, and<br />

son Isaac, 7, who opt to drive 10<br />

kilometres to enjoy its privacy<br />

and proximity to the sand.<br />

Elanora’s Kelly Casey with kids and<br />

friend (above); Manly Surf School<br />

instructor Shane Conwell (right).<br />

“It is a great, safe spot for the<br />

kids to swim and surf and has<br />

so much to offer for the family<br />

with nearby cafes,” said Shane.<br />

“We always try to park by the<br />

beach for its easy access without<br />

having to cross roads with<br />

the kids – it’s very convenient<br />

and we have never felt unsafe.”<br />

Shane said the family would<br />

be disappointed if Council removed<br />

parking along the strip.<br />

“I agree they should rethink<br />

it as it will increase pressure<br />

10 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

on parking, which may make<br />

us reconsider visiting if unable<br />

to park so close to the beach,”<br />

he said. “I’m sure many other<br />

families feel the same way.<br />

“It would be nice to see council<br />

consider alternate options<br />

to maintain this as a great family<br />

destination.”<br />

Council’s design process for<br />

the site will commence later<br />

this year. – Nigel Wall<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 11

News<br />

Council’s 20-year transport strategy<br />

Northern Beaches <strong>May</strong>or Michael<br />

Regan says he’s open to extending<br />

the popular Council-funded ‘Hop,<br />

Skip & Jump’ bus that currently operates<br />

in Manly to other regions across the peninsula<br />

– but only if the NSW Government<br />

were to put its hand in its pocket to fund<br />

the broader service.<br />

<strong>May</strong>or Regan said initiatives including<br />

the successful hyper-local bus service,<br />

plus the NSW Government’s on-demand<br />

transport trial, needed to be considered<br />

as a way of easing traffic on the beaches.<br />

He was commenting while releasing<br />

Move: Northern Beaches Transport Discussion<br />

Paper – a 20-year strategy, with<br />

10-year formulation, aimed at stimulating<br />

community input to help drive<br />

tangible solutions by 2038.<br />

<strong>May</strong>or Regan said traffic congestion<br />

was crippling the Northern Beaches,<br />

with the biggest challenge its residents’<br />

dependency on cars.<br />

“Public transport usage is below other<br />

parts of Sydney, despite buses and now<br />

the B-Line,” he said. “In 2016, 18 per<br />

cent of our residents used public transport<br />

to commute to work, while private<br />

vehicle usage (as driver and passenger)<br />

was 60 per cent.<br />

“However, this is low compared to<br />

GRIDLOCK: Council says increased traffic<br />

congestion is crippling the Northern Beaches.<br />

Greater Sydney where 23 per cent commuted<br />

via public transport and 58 per<br />

cent by private vehicle.”<br />

He added more than half Northern<br />

Beaches households had more than two<br />

motor vehicles and three out of five local<br />

residents used a car to get to work.<br />

“Traffic will only get worse unless we<br />

improve public and active transport options<br />

and links, so the community has a<br />

reason to get out of their cars,” he said.<br />

“The purpose of this discussion paper<br />

is to spark conversation and gather ideas<br />

to feed into a transport strategy and<br />

related transport plans in support of<br />

our advocacy to the NSW Government<br />

and transport providers to improve our<br />

transport network.<br />

“Northern Beaches Council is now in a<br />

unique position – our size and strategic<br />

capacity make us a capable advocate,<br />

and partner with, the NSW Government<br />

agencies and transport providers. We are<br />

a strong voice for our community and can<br />

influence transport outcomes for our area.<br />

“The transport strategy will set the<br />

framework and directions to strengthen<br />

these relationships and ensure Council has<br />

a seat at the table when important regional<br />

transport decisions are being made.”<br />

<strong>May</strong>or Regan said there were opportunities<br />

to better integrate future growth<br />

and transport corridors.<br />

“Future land release areas at Ingleside<br />

and Warriewood Valley provide the opportunity<br />

to plan sustainable, connected,<br />

vibrant and attractive communities,”<br />

he said.<br />

“The successful development of these<br />

communities is also dependent on State<br />

Government and Council infrastructure<br />

to deliver public transport, new supportive<br />

technology, road upgrades and active<br />

travel options.”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

* You can read the Transport Discussion<br />

Paper on the Council’s website.<br />

12 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Urgent Care<br />

boost for<br />

Mona Vale<br />

News<br />

Fears that Mona Vale<br />

Hospital will not be<br />

equipped to treat urgent<br />

medical cases when the New<br />

Northern Beaches Hospital<br />

opens later this year have<br />

been quashed with the announcement<br />

that construction<br />

works on a new Urgent<br />

Care Centre providing<br />

treatment 24 hours a day will<br />

commence soon.<br />

Delivering the news and<br />

fronting the campaign to educate<br />

locals about the role of<br />

the new Mona Vale Hospital<br />

Urgent Care Centre (UCC) is<br />

the familiar face of the hospital’s<br />

Director of Emergency<br />

Medicine, Dr Andy Ratchford.<br />

Dr Ratchford explained the<br />

UCC would be located within<br />

the footprint of the current<br />

Emergency Department and<br />

would begin operating when<br />

acute services were moved<br />

to the new Northern Beaches<br />

Hospital in Frenchs Forest<br />

when it opened in October.<br />

He said staff at the UCC<br />

would provide treatment for<br />

minor injuries and illnesses<br />

24 hours a day, seven days a<br />

week.<br />

“Medical and nursing<br />

staff at Mona Vale Hospital’s<br />

Urgent Care Centre will offer<br />

a convenient walk-in service,<br />

treating minor fractures,<br />

cuts and burns and medical<br />

conditions such as mild<br />

asthma and chest infections,”<br />

Dr Ratchford said.<br />

The UCC will be supported<br />

by X-ray facilities to assist<br />

with the management of<br />


Emergency Department nursing staff Michelle Link and Ellie-Rose Williams.<br />

minor fractures and dislocations,<br />

plus pharmacy and<br />

pathology services.<br />

“The Mona Vale Hospital<br />

Urgent Care Centre will cover<br />

the gap in services between<br />

general practice and emergency<br />

departments by providing<br />

treatment not always offered<br />

by GPs and especially after<br />

hours, including fracture<br />

management, plastering and<br />

suturing,” Dr Ratchford added.<br />

“Patients with more<br />

14 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

serious or life-threatening<br />

conditions should call triple<br />

zero (000) or present to the<br />

new 50 space Emergency<br />

Department at Northern<br />

Beaches Hospital when it<br />

opens. It will treat patients<br />

with conditions requiring<br />

more complex treatment and<br />

emergency care.”<br />

Avalon GP John Eccles<br />

welcomed the announcement,<br />

noting the plan for the<br />

Urgent Care Centre at Mona<br />

Vale Hospital had long been a<br />

key feature of the redevelopment<br />

of health services on<br />

the Northern Beaches.<br />

Allaying some concerns<br />

that residents needing emergency<br />

care would be disadvantaged<br />

when acute services<br />

were shifted from Mona Vale<br />

Hospital, Dr Eccles said it<br />

wouldn’t “change anything”<br />

as the majority of northern<br />

beaches patients with more<br />

serious conditions requiring<br />

ambulance transfer to hospital<br />

were currently not treated<br />

locally.<br />

In the event of a heart<br />

attack for example, ambulances<br />

have for some time<br />

bypassed Mona Vale Hospital<br />

for Royal North Shore<br />

Hospital, where higher-level<br />

emergency medical services<br />

were available.<br />

“The fact is the bigger<br />

hospitals have all the specialists<br />

in the building – smaller<br />

hospitals have to call them<br />

in,” Dr Eccles said.<br />

“It is great for the area<br />

that there will be a betterdesigned<br />

facility for trauma<br />

and urgent care at Mona Vale<br />

and also a new larger hospital<br />

that’s nearer than ‘North<br />

Shore’ that will have the specialist<br />

medical units on site<br />

for more complex cases.”<br />

As part of the planning for<br />

the Mona Vale Hospital Urgent<br />

Care Centre, clinicians<br />

examined similar facilities<br />

across the state, including<br />

the Wauchope District<br />

Memorial Hospital’s Urgent<br />

Care Centre on the mid-north<br />

coast.<br />

“It was really helpful to<br />

speak with the doctors and<br />

nurses about the model of<br />

care and day-to-day operation<br />

of the Wauchope centre, as we<br />

prepare to provide a similar<br />

service later this year,” Dr<br />

Ratchford said.<br />

The Mona Vale Hospital<br />

UCC will be sited adjacent to<br />

a specialist 10-bed Short Stay<br />

Unit designed to accommodate<br />

patients that may require<br />

extended medical observation<br />

before being admitted or<br />

discharged.<br />

And with a helipad and a<br />

new onsite ambulance facility<br />

in the wings, the Mona<br />

Vale Urgent Care Centre will<br />

have the capacity to transfer<br />

patients for more specialised<br />

care if necessary.<br />

The new high-level Northern<br />

Beaches Hospital will<br />

officially open its doors to<br />

patients on October 30, with<br />

a state-of-the-art Emergency<br />

Department, critical care<br />

services including intensive<br />

care, 14 operating theatres,<br />

two cardiac catheter labs and<br />

procedural rooms.<br />

The nine-storey building,<br />

which has its own helipad<br />

for emergency transport, will<br />

house nearly 500 beds and<br />

provide medical, surgical and<br />

mental health services and<br />

maternity, paediatrics, renal<br />

and cancer care specialties,<br />

to name a few.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

Always call triple zero (000)<br />

for an ambulance if someone<br />

is seriously injured or in<br />

need of urgent medical help.<br />

From October Mona Vale<br />

Hospital’s Urgent Care Centre<br />

will manage all patients who<br />

self-present and ambulances<br />

will transport patients in<br />

need of high-level care directly<br />

to the new NB Hospital.<br />

Attend UCC at MV for:<br />

Minor fractures or injuries,<br />

minor illnesses including<br />

infections and rashes, mild<br />

asthma or chest infection,<br />

minor burns or scalds, minor<br />

cuts needing stitching or<br />

glue, minor sports injuries<br />

including sprains and<br />

strains, wound review, minor<br />

head injury, bites or stings,<br />

mild stomach pain, migraine,<br />

skin infections.<br />

Attend ED at NBH for:<br />

Heart attack or chest pain,<br />

serious head or neck injury,<br />

unable to breath, stroke,<br />

experiencing a seizure, motor<br />

vehicle accidents, heavy<br />

bleeding, severe burns,<br />

severe stomach pain, serious<br />

mental health issues, pregnancy<br />

complications, serious<br />

allergic reactions.<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 15

Falinski urges development freeze<br />

Mackellar MP Jason Falinski<br />

is calling for the shelving<br />

of large-scale development<br />

approvals across the Northern<br />

Beaches Council region until<br />

major infrastructure and transport<br />

projects – both current<br />

and scheduled – are completed<br />

over the next few years.<br />

“There has been a lot of<br />

discussion recently about overdevelopment<br />

and the lack of<br />

infrastructure on the Northern<br />

Beaches,” Mr Falinski said.<br />

“Most recently, Northern<br />

Beaches Council under <strong>May</strong>or<br />

Michael Regan, as well as the<br />

previous administrator Dick<br />

Persson, have approved more<br />

and more apartments and<br />

boarding houses – Dee Why is a<br />

prime example.<br />

“Now is the time we need to<br />

plan and build the infrastructure<br />

and transport that the<br />

Peninsula needs – not scrapping<br />

plans.<br />

“Previous Governments, especially<br />

under Bob Carr, forced<br />

councils in our area to prepare<br />

for an extra 100,000 people,<br />

SPEAKING OUT: Jason Falinski (right) opening the new <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Day Surgery with State MP Rob Stokes and Dr Frank Elsworth.<br />

while closing two schools and a<br />

TAFE. Being Labor, it goes without<br />

saying they did not propose<br />

to spend a single dollar on<br />

transport and infrastructure.<br />

“If you think the Labor Party<br />

of today has changed, think<br />

again – Luke Foley has vowed to<br />

scrap the Beaches Tunnel, stating<br />

that ‘the needs... of Western<br />

Sydney must come before those<br />

of 300,000 Northern Beaches<br />

residents’.”<br />

Mr Falinski said the Northern<br />

Beaches area contained three<br />

of the most congested roads in<br />

Australia – Warringah Road, for<br />

example, had been rated by an<br />

Infrastructure Australia report<br />

as the third worst road in the<br />

country.<br />

“Billions of dollars of Federal<br />

Government support has been<br />

provided to the NSW Government<br />

to build a plethora of<br />

badly needed infrastructure,”<br />

he continued.<br />

“From the $100 million spent<br />

on Mona Vale Hospital, to the<br />

billion-dollar Northern Beaches<br />

Hospital. The B-Line – which<br />

was opposed by Labor and at a<br />

local level by its former premier<br />

Barry Unsworth… Warringah<br />

Road and the Mona Vale Road<br />

widening which is scheduled to<br />

commence shortly. All of these<br />

projects when completed will<br />

make a difference.”<br />

He added that for too long<br />

the Northern Beaches had been<br />

used as a “dumping ground”<br />

by previous Governments and<br />

unelected bureaucrats.<br />

“I implore Northern Beaches<br />

Council to put further development<br />

on hold until these projects<br />

are completed,” he said.<br />

“I will not stop advocating<br />

for the Northern Beaches<br />

and construction of major<br />

infrastructure and transport<br />

projects before development.”<br />

Mr Falinski said he would<br />

talk more on the issue following<br />

the delivery of the Federal<br />

Budget on <strong>May</strong> 8. – Nigel Wall<br />

16 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

6THINGS<br />


News<br />

International food market.<br />

Head to Mona Vale Village<br />

Park from 5-10pm on <strong>May</strong><br />

11 for the inaugural Aussie<br />

Night Markets featuring a wide<br />

variety of scrumptious-looking<br />

street food and retail stalls. In<br />

a reinvigoration of Mona Vale,<br />

they’re booked in to return on the<br />

second Friday of each month!<br />

New Skate Park. The<br />

Terrey Hills skate park will be<br />

officially opened on Sat 12 with<br />

giveaways, food, skate and<br />

scooter coaching, live music and<br />

art from 1-4pm. Free!<br />

Wipe library fees. Libraries<br />

will waive your library fees in<br />

exchange for in-date canned<br />

goods from Mon 14 to Fri 25.<br />

One can will see $1 struck off<br />

your overdue fees! Cans will be<br />

distributed by Street Mission<br />

to disadvantaged people in the<br />

community.<br />

Darts showdown. The Sydney<br />

Darts Beaches Challenge is<br />

coming to Narrabeen RSL on Sat<br />

19 from 7-11pm. This exhibition<br />

darts match will be played<br />

out on stage with top players<br />

from Sydney battling alongside<br />

the star guest pro player and<br />

Aussie World Cup star, Kyle ‘The<br />

Original’ Anderson. Tickets and<br />

more info through Eventbrite.<br />

Have a ball. Save the date Sat<br />

2 June and buy tickets for the<br />

Northern Beaches Women’s<br />

Shelter Gala Dinner at Manly<br />

Pavilion. Theme is the 1920s<br />

and the evening promises to<br />

be one filled with glamour, fine<br />

food and wine and auctions<br />

raising money to support<br />

services that struggling women<br />

need to survive. More info<br />

manlywomensshelter.org.au<br />

Local Aborginal history.<br />

Meet and listen as descendants<br />

of the Garigal Clan talk of their<br />

history. What is the history<br />

of the local Clan? Who were<br />

they? What evidence is there of<br />

Aboriginal people in this area?<br />

The evening on <strong>May</strong> 28 is hosted<br />

by Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon<br />

Catchment as one of their<br />

quarterly informative forums at<br />

the Coastal Enivronment Centre.<br />

Bookings: Judith 9905 2135 or<br />

email@narrabeenlagoon.org.au.<br />

18 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Pasadena: It’s<br />

protagonists<br />

at 10 paces!<br />

News<br />

The owner of Pasadena at<br />

Church Point – subject of<br />

a controversial ‘tug-ofwar’<br />

with Northern Beaches<br />

Council over its proposed<br />

compulsory acquisition – has<br />

reached out to local Councillors<br />

to “correct misinformation”<br />

relating to works on the<br />

waterfront lot which he expects<br />

to reopen in mid-<strong>May</strong>.<br />

At the same time, the legal<br />

team for the West <strong>Pittwater</strong> Association<br />

has outlined why the<br />

works should be deemed illegal.<br />

And Council has launched a<br />

dedicated Pasadena page on its<br />

website to deliver ratepayers its<br />

position.<br />

Also, Council appears to<br />

accept it has not entered into<br />

formal negotiations to buy the<br />

site, recently posting: “We have<br />

now engaged acquisition specialists<br />

and valuers to progress<br />

the acquisition process and will<br />

soon be commencing formal<br />

negotiations with the owner<br />

which will occur over a period<br />

of at least 6 months.”<br />

Plans for the 160-seat restaurant<br />

and 10-room boutique<br />

accommodation have polarised<br />

opinion of locals.<br />

Pasadena was purchased at<br />

auction by the company Altius<br />

Pty Ltd in 2012. Following the<br />

rejection of several DAs since<br />

2012, in September last year<br />

Altius was issued a construction<br />

certificate based on 1961<br />

development consent.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> understands Altius<br />

director Paul Peterkin has<br />

emailed councillors saying that<br />

before the site’s Construction<br />

Certificate was issued, Altius<br />

met with the interim Council<br />

in January last year to explain<br />

what works would be carried<br />

out – and that Council had not<br />

objected.<br />

Mr Peterkin says Council only<br />

started to question the validity<br />

of the construction certificate,<br />

which was based on 1960s<br />

consent, in March.<br />

Last month <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong><br />

reported that Council had engaged<br />

a specialist legal team to<br />

assist the process, following the<br />

expiry of the compulsory sixmonth<br />

negotiations timeframe.<br />

However, Mr Peterkin alleges<br />

Council has not made a genuine<br />

attempt to facilitate acquisition<br />

negotiations because it had<br />

failed to obtain or present a<br />

valuation to Altius. Further, if<br />

such a valuation were obtained<br />

this month (<strong>May</strong>), Mr Peterkin<br />

suggests the earliest Council<br />

CENTRE OF ATTENTION: Pasadena at Church Point could open this month.<br />

could issue an acquisition notice<br />

would be November <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

Opponents point out that in<br />

December 2016, the current<br />

proposal was submitted as a<br />

DA, reviewed by an Independent<br />

Review Panel and refused.<br />

The 1963 assertion was denied<br />

on grounds of public interest<br />

and lack of parking.<br />

However, Mr Peterkin asserts<br />

long-standing car parking issues<br />

at Church Point have not<br />

been brought about because<br />

of the uncertainty surrounding<br />

Pasadena. He believes that<br />

meeting the private needs of<br />

the offshore community should<br />

not come at the expense of the<br />

broader community.<br />

Meanwhile, recent work on<br />

Pasadena should be deemed<br />

‘illegal’ on two accounts, according<br />

to a Senior Counsel<br />

acting for the three <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

residents’ groups (West <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Community Association,<br />

Scotland Island Residents’<br />

Association and Church Point<br />

Friends), calling into question<br />

the validity of the privately issued<br />

construction certificate.<br />

West <strong>Pittwater</strong> Community<br />

Association Vice President<br />

Nicholas Cowdrey said: “It is a<br />

travesty that these works are<br />

continuing under the pretext<br />

of a complying approval dating<br />

back to 1963. Notwithstanding<br />

legal advice that the approval<br />

was superseded the same year<br />

and the ‘existing use’ rights<br />

abandoned in 2008.”<br />

Mr Cowdrey said the Senior<br />

Counsel’s advice concluded that<br />

the existing use (motel/guest<br />

house, etc plus restaurant and<br />

shops) had been abandoned<br />

(since 2008) and could not be<br />

relied upon by the developer.<br />

So, any work or operation directed<br />

towards such uses was<br />

prohibited under the EPA Act,<br />

he said.<br />

Council’s website further<br />

states: “... we have engaged<br />

acquisition specialists and valuers<br />

to progress the acquisition<br />

process and have no plans to<br />

change course.” – Nigel Wall<br />

20 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Satellite Uni campus plan<br />

Northern Beaches Council’s administration<br />

offices at Vuko Place<br />

in Warriewood could be transformed<br />

into a vibrant satellite university<br />

campus under a bold plan spearheaded<br />

by <strong>May</strong>or Michael Regan.<br />

<strong>May</strong>or Regan told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> that<br />

Council was actively looking to get “skin<br />

in the game”, inviting expressions of interest<br />

from the higher education industry<br />

to access and potentially<br />

repurpose the former<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Council offices<br />

at Warriewood as well<br />

as other Council-owned<br />

buildings such as the<br />

Seaforth Village Community<br />

Centre, Dee Why<br />

Library and Civic Centre.<br />

“The three former<br />

Councils made efforts<br />

to secure a university<br />

but now with one<br />

Council for the Northern<br />

Beaches, there is an opportunity<br />

to make this<br />

idea a reality,” <strong>May</strong>or<br />

Regan said.<br />

“It’s something that<br />

will benefit the whole<br />

of the Northern Beaches<br />

– ultimately the more<br />

students we can keep in the area, the<br />

better it will be for the economy.<br />

“It will keep cars off the road and it will<br />

keep people living and spending locally.<br />

“We’re looking at anyone who wants a<br />

presence; we have buildings that would<br />

serve as the perfect sites.”<br />

<strong>May</strong>or Regan added he believed a<br />

satellite campus was the obvious entry<br />

point for a tertiary provider on the<br />

Northern Beaches, but added the opportunities<br />

thereafter were endless.<br />

“Who knows what might happen from<br />

overseas?”<br />

<strong>May</strong>or Regan said Council understood<br />

the NSW Department of Planning & Environment<br />

was exploring the potential<br />

of locating a university campus near the<br />

new Northern Beaches Hospital, as part<br />

of the Frenchs Forest ‘Planned Precinct’.<br />

ARTIST’S IMPRESSION: How the Council Chambers at Warriewood may look as a Uni.<br />

“With the new Frenchs Forest Hospital<br />

coming on line soon, such a campus<br />

could potentially support medical sciences,<br />

nursing and medicine, amongst<br />

other disciplines.<br />

“However, this may be several years<br />

away and in the meantime it may be feasible<br />

to create a satellite campus of an<br />

existing university for them to establish<br />

a presence on the Beaches.”<br />

Vuko Place in Warriewood, with its<br />

proximity to the B-Line, is ideally located<br />

to attract local students currently<br />

travelling more than four hours a day to<br />

institutions such as Macquarie University,<br />

the University of Western Sydney,<br />

the University of Sydney, UTS and the<br />

University of NSW.<br />

Avalon resident Elisa Flanet, who<br />

has just started a degree in nursing at<br />

Sydney University, said<br />

she would consider<br />

changing institutions if<br />

her chosen course was<br />

offered at a university<br />

closer to home, or on a<br />

satellite campus.<br />

The 18-year-old attends<br />

university three<br />

days a week, often starting<br />

at 9am and finishing<br />

at 6pm before commencing<br />

the long trek home.<br />

“My commute from<br />

home is usually two and<br />

a half hours, meaning<br />

I often have to get up<br />

at 5:30am and don’t get<br />

back until 8:30pm,” Elisa<br />

said. “Having a university<br />

campus based on<br />

the northern beaches<br />

would cut five hours of travel out of my<br />

day, which I could use productively to<br />

complete uni work and assignments.<br />

“If Nursing was offered at a university<br />

closer to home I would definitely consider<br />

changing institutions as it would<br />

just give me so much more time and I<br />

believe the same case applies to many<br />

university students situated on the<br />

Northern Beaches.” – Nigel Wall<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 21

News<br />

SEEN…<br />

It’s been a few years in the<br />

making – and largely due<br />

to hounding of the State<br />

Government by stakeholders<br />

and Mackellar MP Jason<br />

Falinski – but the Academy<br />

of Sport and Recreation at<br />

Narrabeen has unveiled<br />

its new $1.2 million track,<br />

grandstand and amenities<br />

makeover. Sydney Pacific<br />

Athletic Club (SPAC) lobbied<br />

the government to resurface<br />

the track after it deteriorated<br />

to the point of being unsafe<br />

for use by the tens of<br />

thousands of local and out-ofarea<br />

athletes, including more<br />

than 90 school groups, who<br />

used it each year. MP Falinski<br />

started a petition which<br />

garnered 1000 signatures in support of the repair, prompting action<br />

from NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres. SPAC President Robert<br />

McEntyre said users were grateful for the concerted efforts of the<br />

local community in bringing awareness to the issue.<br />

HEARD…<br />

Last month we reported hearing that Council was looking to kick off its new place planning<br />

processes, with Avalon first cab off the rank. Also the concern a report compiled by the Chamber<br />

of Commerce, Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving Club, residents and community groups and tabled with the former<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Council in 2015 would not be used to help shape the new vision. Potential crisis averted!<br />

Peter <strong>May</strong>mans from the Avalon Preservation Society tells us they have had reassurance from<br />

Council that the place plan will commence soon – “and will involve full community consultation<br />

and embrace the Avalon Vision project that we led and participated in”.<br />

ABSURD…<br />

Someone at Northern Beaches Council obviously didn’t think this one through: proposing to<br />

replace the grass along the Bilgola Beach foreshore, between the car park and sand, with… astro<br />

turf! This from a Council that prides itself on its approach to minimising plastic use! Did they<br />

consider microbeads and the ocean just metres away? Obviously not. But credit to Council: as<br />

soon as a wave of incredulity spread across the local community the proposed astro turf was<br />

ditched from the Council website’s artist’s impression image and grass reinstated. (Nothing more<br />

to see people! Move along!)<br />

22 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

News<br />

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

New focus for<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Forever<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Forever, the umbrella<br />

group for 12 prominent<br />

community-based organisations<br />

representing residents<br />

across <strong>Pittwater</strong>, has a new<br />

name – <strong>Pittwater</strong> Community<br />

Alliance (PCA) – and a new<br />

strategic direction. Chairman<br />

Craig Boaden said his<br />

group had taken stock of the<br />

environment, reviewed their<br />

strategic plans and refocused<br />

their energies following the<br />

local government election last<br />

September. “The new <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Community Alliance is<br />

determined to work constructively<br />

with others, including<br />

the Northern Beaches Council,<br />

for the benefit of all <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

residents,” he said. “We will<br />

be talking to Northern Beaches<br />

Council and to the NSW<br />

government on a regular basis<br />

to actively ensure our goals<br />

are achieved. The Alliance<br />

will also be alert to the wide<br />

range of opportunities for<br />

improving local government<br />

on the Northern Beaches.”<br />

PCA’s mission statement can<br />

be found at pittwaterforever.<br />

wordpress.com/<br />

Protect <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

community forum<br />

Local community group<br />

Protect <strong>Pittwater</strong> are holding<br />

a community forum on<br />

Thursday <strong>May</strong> 3 at <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

RSL. The subject is ‘Where<br />

Are We Now’ – a look at the<br />

performance of the Northern<br />

Beaches Council and discussion<br />

on the status of the<br />

group’s objective to break<br />

away from the amalgamated<br />

Get ready to marvel at whales up close<br />

W<br />

ith whales already sighted off our coast Fantasea are gearing up<br />

for a massive season of whale-watching out of their Palm Beach<br />

base. Their 3-hour Sunday cruises aboard their 23-metre catamaran<br />

coincide with the annual Humpback whale migration North to warmer<br />

waters. It makes a great school holiday activity – listen to their expert<br />

host educate all onboard about these fascinating creatures; and<br />

enjoy wildlife photo opportunities and the chance to see these majestic<br />

animals up close. Plus, you’ll get to visit the local seal colony at<br />

Barrenjoey headland on your return to the wharf. Complimentary tea<br />

and coffee is offered onboard and snacks are available for purchase.<br />

Northern Migration Cruise dates are 17th and 24th June and 1st and<br />

8th July. Southern Migration Cruises on 30th September and 7th and<br />

14th October. More info and bookings fantasea.com.au<br />

Council and revert to <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

governance. Speakers<br />

include former councillor Bob<br />

Grace, Labor’s local government<br />

spokesman Peter Primrose<br />

and the Greens’ David<br />

Shoebridge; 7-9pm.<br />

Beaches fundraisers<br />

dance up a storm<br />

The second annual Stars of<br />

the Beaches dance gala at<br />

Miramare Gardens, Terrey<br />

Hills, raised nearly $50,000<br />

for Cancer Council NSW last<br />

month. Twelve local business<br />

people, community leaders<br />

and cancer survivors paired<br />

with local dance instructors<br />

to deliver a routine in<br />

a selected genre. ‘Judges’<br />

Choice’ was awarded to Active<br />

Networks’ Editor-In-Chief Kate<br />

Hutchinson for her throwback<br />

hip-hop routine which<br />

included high fives from the<br />

crowd and confetti cannons.<br />

‘People’s Choice’ was awarded<br />

to grandmother and company<br />

director Ann Doughan who<br />

danced a “spicy samba number”<br />

and was top fundraiser<br />

with $6,674.<br />

Writer’s Festival talk<br />

Sydney Morning Herald Young<br />

Novelist of the Year Jennifer<br />

Down will give a talk at Glen<br />

Street Theatre on Sunday 6<br />

<strong>May</strong> as part of this year’s Sydney<br />

Writers’ Festival. Jennifer’s<br />

first novel ‘Our Magic Hour’<br />

was shortlisted for the NSW<br />

Premier’s Award for New Writing<br />

and highly commended in<br />

the 2017 Victorian Premier’s<br />

Literary Awards. Join her as<br />

she discusses her new book,<br />

‘Pulse Points’, a wrenching collection<br />

of short stories, in precise<br />

and beautiful prose that<br />

explore the lives of mourners,<br />

survivors and perpetrators in<br />

small dusty towns, glittering<br />

exotic cities and slow, droll<br />

suburbs. Starts 2pm, cost $15;<br />

more info glenstreet.com.au or<br />

9975 1455.<br />

Walk to beat<br />

bladder cancer<br />

Family and friends of local<br />

mum of two and nutrition-<br />

24 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

ist Anna Lynch, who lost her<br />

battle with bladder cancer<br />

less than 12 months ago, are<br />

continuing her mission to<br />

create greater awareness of<br />

the disease. The inaugural<br />

‘Anna’s Walk’ will be held on<br />

Sunday <strong>May</strong> 27 to remember<br />

Anna’s grace, beauty, positivity<br />

and determination and<br />

raise money to fund BEAT<br />

Bladder Cancer Australia Inc,<br />

a new group formed to help<br />

educate the community and<br />

promote awareness, support,<br />

treatment and research. The<br />

3.75km walk from North<br />

Narrabeen Rock Pool to Mona<br />

Vale Surf Club will start at<br />

3pm and will take about an<br />

hour. To register for the walk<br />

and for more info, or to donate,<br />

go to annaswalk.org.au<br />

Seniors gain<br />

Airbnb incentive<br />

New social connections and<br />

additional income are among<br />

the benefits waiting for<br />

seniors across the State as the<br />

NSW Government partners<br />

with home sharing platform<br />

Airbnb. In an Australian-first<br />

pilot program lasting six<br />

months, NSW Seniors Card<br />

holders will receive a $100<br />

cash reward when they sign<br />

up as an Airbnb host and successfully<br />

complete their first<br />

booking of three nights or<br />

more. More info seniorscard.<br />

nsw.gov.au.<br />

Points of interest<br />

for Probus in <strong>May</strong><br />

The culture and scenery of<br />

Bhutan will be the topic of a<br />

talk by <strong>Pittwater</strong> Probus Club<br />

member Ken Plumb at their<br />

next meeting at Mona Vale<br />

Golf Club on <strong>May</strong> 8. Ken will<br />

speak on his extensive travels<br />

to the little-known country<br />

which is nestled in the foothills<br />

of the Himalaya Mountains.<br />

The meeting’s ‘5-minute<br />

speaker’ is Colin Sutton who<br />

will detail his life’s work with<br />

medical implant devices and<br />

their evolution and use. Meeting<br />

commences 10am; all welcome.<br />

Meanwhile ‘Memories<br />

of a childhood in Scotland<br />

during WWII’ is the subject<br />

of speaker Jean Middlemost<br />

at the <strong>May</strong> meeting of Palm<br />

Beach Probus at Club Palm<br />

Beach from 9.30am on <strong>May</strong> 16.<br />

More info 9973 1247. And Avalon<br />

Beach Ladies Probus welcomes<br />

Lucilla Ronai, the Paper<br />

Conservator at the Australian<br />

National Maritime Museum,<br />

as its speaker at their meeting<br />

at Club Palm Beach on <strong>May</strong> 1.<br />

Meeting commences 10am;<br />

more info 0416 182 393.<br />

Mona Vale Road<br />

East work warning<br />

Motorists being advised of<br />

continuing work on the new<br />

Mona Vale Road East upgrade<br />

between Ingleside and Mona<br />

Vale, involving further survey<br />

and investigation work, as<br />

well as geotechnical and<br />

utility investigation. The<br />

work from 7am to 6pm on<br />

weekdays, excluding public<br />

holidays, is expected to be<br />

completed by the end of <strong>May</strong>,<br />

weather permitting. RMS<br />

says that to reduce impact on<br />

motorists and for the safety<br />

of workers, there may also<br />

be occasional night work on<br />

weeknights between 6pm and<br />

Continued on page 26<br />

Tram Number 1753 back on track<br />

It’s been a long and<br />

colourful journey for<br />

1930s-era Tram ‘Number<br />

1753’ which has been<br />

rebirthed and now sits<br />

proudly on iron tracks<br />

beside busy <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Road in Narrabeen<br />

as the drawcard for<br />

the Tramshed Arts &<br />

Community Centre.<br />

Northern Beaches <strong>May</strong>or<br />

Michael Regan said the<br />

former Warringah Council<br />

paid $3,000 for the tram<br />

in 2014, having found its<br />

dilapidated shell in the<br />

Sydney Tramway Museum in<br />

Glebe. He said it was decided<br />

to resurrect the old tram<br />

and incorporate it into the<br />

Tramshed Arts & Community<br />

Centre for the delight of the<br />

community and visitors. “Trams ran along <strong>Pittwater</strong> Road<br />

from Manly to Narrabeen from 1913 to 1939 – the old Number<br />

1753, R-class tram, formerly trundled between North Sydney<br />

and The Spit Bridge, transporting countless passengers from<br />

1933 until it rattled to a halt finally in June 1958,” <strong>May</strong>or<br />

Regan said. “Number 1753 was then sold off in 1959 for the<br />

princely sum of £60, to an apple orchardist from Bilpin – to be<br />

used for sleeping accommodation.” After purchase, Council’s<br />

trades staff teamed with volunteer members of The Forest<br />

Community Men’s Shed and set to work restoring Tram<br />

1753 to its former glory. “The Men’s Shed members worked<br />

tirelessly on the tram’s restoration for 12 months. Council<br />

staff undertook contaminant removal, the electrical works<br />

and exterior painting, amongst other things. Between them,<br />

they’ve all done a terrific job of restoring the tram. It looks<br />

just great.” The Community Centre is also undergoing a major<br />

refurbishment and will soon be open to the community for<br />

a wide range of arts, leisure, health and fitness activities –<br />

and includes a café, outside which the tram now sits. The old<br />

tram’s authentic two-tone green-and-cream exterior paintwork<br />

and its timber-panelled interior have been faithfully restored<br />

– complete with 1950s adverts plugging ‘PK’ chewing gum and<br />

reminders to passengers to renew their TV Licences at a cost<br />

of ‘£5 per year’. “Tram 1753 is both a delightful reminder of a<br />

by-gone era and of the need for public transport to play a vital<br />

part in addressing tomorrow’s transport needs, too. A must to<br />

visit,” said <strong>May</strong>or Regan.<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 25

News<br />

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

Recognising Aboriginal history and survival<br />

striking new piece of interpretive signage<br />

that honours thousands of years<br />

A<br />

of Aboriginal history and cultural diversity<br />

has been unveiled at Mona Vale Library, an<br />

installation Northern Beaches <strong>May</strong>or Michael<br />

Regan says marks a positive step towards<br />

acknowledging local Aboriginal heritage.<br />

“Monuments and signs celebrating European<br />

history dominate the local landscape.<br />

This new educational sign acknowledges<br />

the Aboriginal people who have lived here<br />

for thousands of years,” <strong>May</strong>or Regan said.<br />

The brightly coloured 600 x 450mm display<br />

acknowledges the Aboriginal clans belonging<br />

to the Northern Beaches, including the<br />

Garigal, Cannalgal and Kay-ye-my peoples,<br />

and references tens-of-thousands of years<br />

of Aboriginal history and<br />

continuing heritage. The<br />

incorporated artwork features<br />

both contemporary<br />

and historical design elements,<br />

including a vibrant<br />

and colourful painting by<br />

contemporary local Aboriginal<br />

artist Jessica Birk.<br />

The artwork combines<br />

traditional ‘dot painting’<br />

and Western techniques, positioned together<br />

on a surf-board motif in a gesture to today’s<br />

Northern Beaches lifestyle. Ms Birk’s painting<br />

sits alongside an interesting account of<br />

the life of the Aboriginal man Bungaree,<br />

a prominent regional in<br />

the early 1800s. The sign<br />

was designed under the<br />

guidance of the Budawa<br />

Aboriginal Signage Group,<br />

which obtained a $2,000<br />

grant under the Northern<br />

Beaches Council’s Community<br />

Building Partnership<br />

Program to undertake the<br />

initiative.<br />

Photo Credit: KAREN WATSON<br />

Continued from page 25<br />

7am. For the safety of motorists,<br />

cyclists and workers,<br />

lane closures and on-road cycling<br />

detours may be in place<br />

during parts of the work. For<br />

the latest traffic updates you<br />

can download the Live Traffic<br />

NSW App, visit livetraffic.com<br />

or call 132 701.<br />

Dredge fund<br />

Govt assistance<br />

The State Government is<br />

encouraging local coastal<br />

councils to apply for a share<br />

of $1.5 million in government<br />

funding for essential dredging<br />

projects. The funding will<br />

allow coastal councils to apply<br />

for up to 50 per cent of the<br />

cost of dredging operations<br />

and pre-dredging studies for<br />

their local waterways. It’s the<br />

latest round of the Government’s<br />

Rescuing Our Waterways<br />

program offering $6<br />

million over four years to help<br />

councils with dredging costs,<br />

ensuring continued enjoyment<br />

of coastal foreshores for com-<br />

26 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

mercial and recreational users.<br />

Just last month Northern<br />

Beaches Council triggered an<br />

emergency response to flooding<br />

by Narrabeen Lake which<br />

saw council staff clear sand<br />

and create a channel between<br />

the ocean and the lagoon.<br />

Sport clubs awarded<br />

defibrillator grants<br />

Eight local sporting clubs<br />

have been allocated Automatic<br />

External Defibrillators (AEDs)<br />

as part of the NSW Government’s<br />

$4 million Local Sport<br />

Defibrillation Program. Avalon<br />

Beach Bowling and Recreation<br />

Club, Mona Vale Bowling Club,<br />

Narrabeen Lakes Sailing Club,<br />

North Narrabeen Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving<br />

Club, Palm Beach Surf <strong>Life</strong><br />

Saving Club, <strong>Pittwater</strong> Aquatic<br />

Club, South Narrabeen Surf<br />

<strong>Life</strong> Saving Club and Whale<br />

Beach Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving Club<br />

are amongst 430 successful<br />

applicants across NSW who<br />

will receive up to 50 per cent<br />

of the defibrillator cost, training<br />

and maintenance. Local<br />

MP Rob Stokes said early access<br />

to CPR and defibrillation<br />

could influence cardiac arrest<br />

survival rates by up to 75<br />

percent. “<strong>Pittwater</strong> is a sporting<br />

paradise and I’m delighted<br />

several local clubs have been<br />

awarded funding,” Mr Stokes<br />

said. “The club members<br />

responsible for these applications<br />

should be commended<br />

for their efforts in helping<br />

increase their club’s capacity<br />

to provide life-saving intervention,<br />

not only for fellow club<br />

members – but also the wider<br />

community.”<br />

Mateship shines<br />

in Nullabor drama<br />

In an outstanding display<br />

of good sportsmanship and<br />

Aussie mateship, Jeff Nesbitt,<br />

Ashley Cardiff and son Blake,<br />

while towing Avalon Beach<br />

SLSC’s surfboats to the Australian<br />

SLSA Titles in Perth,<br />

turned back after crossing<br />

the Nullabor Plains to help<br />

out opposition surfboat<br />

competitors from Warrie-<br />

Continued on page 28<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 27

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

News<br />

Make a positive change<br />

Want to volunteer but not sure where to start? Then a<br />

visit to the Northern Beaches Volunteer Expo is a must.<br />

Now in it’s the ninth year, the expo at Dee Why RSL brings<br />

together more than 30 organisations showcasing a variety of<br />

volunteer roles.<br />

Northern Beaches Community Connect Volunteer Recruitment<br />

Program Coordinator Vesna Perisic said every year<br />

around 300 people attend the expo to learn first-hand more<br />

about the range of volunteer opportunities available.<br />

Some of the organisations involved include Dial a Mum,<br />

Artibility, Wires, Sailability and Home Library Services.<br />

“This year a special feature of the expo will be a celebration<br />

of volunteers and their pets with a display of beautiful<br />

photographs by Jeff Dawson and accompanying stories by<br />

local journalist Susan Milne,” Vesna said.<br />

“The display will showcase volunteers and their devoted<br />

furry friends, some of them with their own “volunteer”<br />

roles, such as those that visit residents of nursing homes or<br />

act as companion animals to those with special needs.”<br />

The Volunteer Expo will be held in the showroom at Dee<br />

Why RSL on Wednesday <strong>May</strong> 23 from 10am-2pm with free<br />

tea and coffee available.<br />

The expo is part of our areas celebration of National Volunteer<br />

Week (<strong>May</strong> 21-27) an annual event acknowledging the<br />

contribution of the six million Australians who volunteer<br />

their time.This year’s theme is Give a little. Change a lot.<br />

See this month’s <strong>Life</strong> Story on pages 30-31 to see the farreaching<br />

impact one man’s decision to volunteer has had…<br />

the benefits of volunteering work both ways. – Lisa Offord<br />

Continued from page 27<br />

wood SLSC who had broken<br />

down in the middle of the<br />

Nullabor – a round trip of an<br />

extra 200km for the Avalon<br />

boys. After Warriewood broke<br />

down exactly half way across,<br />

they drove back 100km to<br />

pick them up plus their boat<br />

and drove 100km back to<br />

Eucla. We hear in the morning<br />

a tow truck driver drove<br />

the Warriewood crew back to<br />

their car, then continued east<br />

back to Ceduna where the car<br />

was left for repairs. Meantime<br />

they bought another car<br />

and drove back across the<br />

Nullarbor to pick up their<br />

boat. Considering this was<br />

their sixth straight day of<br />

driving, it was a pretty good<br />

effort all round!<br />

Creative Film<br />

Festival wows<br />

The 5th Northern Beaches<br />

Creative Creatures Film Festival<br />

at Avalon Beach Bowling Club<br />

on April 8 was a resounding<br />

success, with an estimated<br />

1500-strong<br />

crowd (right) enjoying<br />

22 short films made<br />

by locals and out-ofarea<br />

entrants. Judge<br />

Rebel Penfold-Russell<br />

said Euan Harris’<br />

Gold Willbe winning<br />

entry (Under-16 category)<br />

‘The Parable<br />

of Kurt and Vince’<br />

showed heart and that the<br />

film maker “has what it takes<br />

to further his career in film<br />

making”. Remarkably, the Gold<br />

Willbe winner in the over-16<br />

years category, Jackson Baker,<br />

wrote, directed and created his<br />

own music score for his film<br />

‘Revive’. Festival founder Katy<br />

Young said other notable films<br />

included ‘Uber Driver’ by Milo<br />

Cullen Blakey (Silver Willbe –<br />

Under-16); and ‘The Applicant’<br />

by Niall Connan Jackson (Silver<br />

Willbe – Over-16). Director<br />

Stephan Elliott made special<br />

mention of Bronze Willbe winner<br />

‘Flying High’ by Luke and<br />

Max Bibby. The afternoon/even-<br />

28 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

ing raised $1,300 for <strong>Life</strong>line<br />

Northern Beaches. All winning<br />

films together with the winners<br />

of the People’s Choice Awards<br />

can be found at creativecreaturesfilmfestival.com.au<br />

Rotary Golf Day<br />

The Rotary Club of Upper<br />

Northern Beaches is inviting<br />

men and women to sign up<br />

for their third annual Charity<br />

Golf Day at Bayview Golf Club<br />

on Friday 18 <strong>May</strong>, with proceeds<br />

going to the charitable<br />

projects of the Rotary club.<br />

“Golf experience is entirely<br />

optional,” said club President<br />

Tamara Sloper-Harding.<br />

“The event will appeal to<br />

the golfing enthusiast as<br />

well as the casual player.<br />

We’re planning a great day<br />

out for everyone. “The 18-<br />

hole event will follow the<br />

popular 4-ball Ambrose<br />

format, in which each player<br />

can participate regardless<br />

of skill level. The day begins<br />

with golf registration and<br />

a light breakfast at 7:30am<br />

followed by a shotgun start at<br />

8:30am. The event wraps up<br />

with a hearty BBQ lunch<br />

at 1:30pm. Players can register<br />

as individuals or as<br />

foursomes. The full breakfast-golf-and-lunch<br />

package<br />

costs $160. Or you can<br />

register for just golf for $100<br />

or just lunch for $65. Sponsorship<br />

packages are available<br />

for the event. Golf Day<br />

proceeds will go to <strong>Life</strong>line<br />

Northern Beaches, Be Centre<br />

and other projects of Upper<br />

Northern Beaches Rotary.<br />

More info rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org<br />

Delayed swims a<br />

wave of success<br />

Conditions were perfect for<br />

the second Newport to Avalon<br />

‘Round The Bends’ swim and<br />

the 26th annual Avalon Beach<br />

Surf Swim on April 8. This<br />

year’s delayed staging boasted<br />

a combined 378 competitors<br />

who enjoyed light winds,<br />

smooth seas, warm water, and<br />

a sunny 29-degree day. Organisers<br />

report the oldest competitor<br />

in the 2.5-kilometere<br />

‘Round the Bend’s swim was<br />

an “88-year-young” man, while<br />

81-year-old Virginia Head of<br />

Avalon Beach SLSC also completed<br />

the swim. Avalon Beach<br />

SLSC provided plenty of water<br />

safety, supported by IRBs from<br />

Newport and Whale Beach<br />

and three Marine Rescue<br />

vessels, while SLS volunteers<br />

acted as observers on North<br />

Bilgola. ‘Round the Bends’ line<br />

honours went to Carl Sorenson<br />

(13-15 years) who came first,<br />

Ashley Brown (40-49 years)<br />

second and Chris Wilson (20-<br />

29 years) third.<br />

Vet<br />

on<br />

call<br />

with<br />

Dr Ben Brown<br />

Australians love their cats,<br />

and more households are<br />

getting cats each year. But,<br />

compared to dogs, cats still<br />

aren’t getting the care they<br />

need and deserve. Regular<br />

veterinary care is the best way<br />

to keep your cat healthy and<br />

happy. There are almost 4<br />

million pet cats in Australia, but<br />

they are less likely to receive<br />

regular health checks than<br />

dogs. In 2016, approximately<br />

80 per cent of dogs were<br />

examined by a vet at least<br />

once, but this was the case for<br />

only 65 per cent of cats.<br />

Many feline veterinary<br />

specialists recommend a<br />

minimum of one annual<br />

wellness examination for<br />

cats, with more frequent<br />

examinations for senior and<br />

geriatric patients, or those cats<br />

with medical or behavioural<br />

conditions. Cats are masters<br />

at hiding illness and injury and<br />

their more sedentary nature,<br />

compared to dogs, means that<br />

signs of disease may be harder<br />

to detect. Cats are also very<br />

susceptible to kidney disease<br />

because their kidneys contain<br />

less nephrons, the functional<br />

tissue of the kidney, than other<br />

species. They are also adapted<br />

to living in the desert and<br />

conserving water by producing<br />

highly concentrated urine,<br />

this can make them more<br />

susceptible to acute kidney<br />

failure related to ingestion<br />

of toxins. Cats are also very<br />

susceptible to a special type<br />

of dental disease called feline<br />

odontoclastic resorptive<br />

lesions, which causes painful<br />

cavities in their teeth.<br />

So to make sure your feline<br />

friend stays in tip-top shape,<br />

take advantage of our free<br />

pick-up and drop-off services<br />

for your cat in the months of<br />

<strong>May</strong> and June. Our qualified vet<br />

nurses will collect your cat from<br />

your house, ensure they receive<br />

a full health check-up and then<br />

return them home for you –<br />

all FREE of charge! Contact<br />

our hospitals at Newport and<br />

Avalon to make a booking.<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 29

Good<br />

sport<br />

Mike Pawley was told he’d<br />

never be content until he<br />

started helping others. So<br />

the peninsula retail identity<br />

started a charity in Cambodia.<br />

The result? ‘Happy Days’…<br />

Story by Matt Cleary<br />

<strong>Life</strong> Stories<br />

So you pitch up for a coffee with Mike<br />

Pawley in the café next to his Mona<br />

Vale sports store, turn on the tape<br />

recorder and say, “Mike Pawley – nice to<br />

meet you”. And within 20 seconds he’s<br />

given you his life story.<br />

“I grew up in Lagoon Street, Narrabeen.<br />

I went to Narrabeen Primary, Manly Boys<br />

High School, Sydney University.<br />

“I taught mathematics for 15 years<br />

and then started my own business<br />

selling sporting goods. I’ve had shops<br />

for the last 40 years. I have five in Manly<br />

Warringah.<br />

“I played cricket for Manly for 20 years,<br />

there were 616 first grade wickets, which<br />

is top-10 all time. I played for New South<br />

Wales. Captained Manly to a first grade<br />

premiership.<br />

“I’ve been broke several times. I’ve had<br />

three goes at marriage. I’m 73. I’ve lived<br />

up and down the peninsula and I’m not<br />

going anywhere else.”<br />

And then he looks over the rim of<br />

his cup, half-smiles and raises an<br />

eyebrow. Anything else?<br />

And of course there is. Because Mike<br />

Pawley has led a life. The blokes at<br />

golf were lining up to offer tales. He’s<br />

known by sports folks up and down the<br />

peninsula. If you’re a parent, chances<br />

are he’s fitted your child in shoes. If the<br />

northern beaches has a sports store,<br />

Mike Pawley’s is it.<br />

As a boy Pawley played cricket and<br />

rugby league like his father, Lionel, a<br />

first grader for Eastern Suburbs. He<br />

enjoyed the surf though he didn’t have<br />

a board – in the ’60s few did. He’d swim<br />

and fish in Narrabeen lagoon. And he’d<br />

play never-ending cricket matches with<br />

his pals in the street using garbage bin,<br />

fence paling and tennis ball.<br />

Manly Cricket Club took him in.<br />

Manly Leagues Club helped him through<br />

university with a bursary. As a young<br />

grade cricketer Pawley played against<br />

Neil Harvey, Richie Benaud and Norm<br />

O’Neill. He played cricket against the<br />

Chappell brothers, and dismissed all<br />

three in an exhibition match with his<br />

left-arm finger spinners. And he played<br />

against Jeff Thomson – and survived.<br />

In 1973 Thomson turned up at Manly<br />

Oval a week after he’d felled – and<br />

almost killed – Mosman’s 18-year-old<br />

opening bat Greg Bush. Thomson was<br />

mad about being left out of the NSW<br />

team and his opening partner was future<br />

fellow Test man, Lenny Pascoe. Pawley<br />

says “everyone was petrified”.<br />

“He was greased lightning, Thommo,<br />

and also he was very… talkative [smiles].<br />

He had a lot to say, he and Lenny. It was<br />

all ‘I’m gonna f***in’ knock you’re f***in’<br />

head off, f***in’ kill ya, I’ll see ya after<br />

the game behind the toilets, I’m gonna<br />

belt the s**t outta ya’. But after the game<br />

we’d have a drink. We were friends.<br />

“But we were so scared that day. So<br />

everyone threw the bat. Slips couldn’t<br />

catch the ball. Thommo hit the sight<br />

30 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

screen on the full a few times. We got 247<br />

off 24 overs at a time when no-one was<br />

thrashing the ball. There were no helmets,<br />

no covers on the wickets. It was very scary.<br />

But he’s a really good friend now.”<br />

From 1969 through to 1974 Pawley<br />

would play 11 games for NSW doing<br />

his best in competition with fellow<br />

spinners Kerry O’Keeffe, Peter Philpott<br />

and Johnny Gleeson. In ’73/74 Pawley<br />

was 12th man for every game bar one,<br />

bowling one over and taking one for<br />

none. Manly won the premiership with<br />

Pawley as captain. He took 56 wickets at<br />

an average of 8.<br />

In 1975 he began running cricket<br />

coaching clinics. He says teaching is his<br />

gift. Through the coaching he began<br />

selling cricket equipment, which led to<br />

sports gear. He sold to clubs and schools.<br />

He opened his first shop, at Balgowlah,<br />

in 1978.<br />

“It was cricket gear to start off with and<br />

then it became other sports,” says Pawley,<br />

who has an oval at North Curl Curl named<br />

in his honour. “A lot of that business has<br />

now gone online, and most of my business<br />

is now footwear. Last month we sold 600<br />

pairs of shoes, mainly football boots and<br />

netball shoes. And that business won’t all<br />

go online one day, because people have got<br />

to get fitted.”<br />

Pawley opened stores in St Ives and<br />

Hornsby but they didn’t work out. His<br />

brand remains iconic on the northern<br />

beaches. “People will go to shopping<br />

centres or their nearest shop. And if they<br />

can find what they want, and the price<br />

is okay, they’re happy. We’ve survived on<br />

service, product, and availability – and<br />

easy parking,” Pawley says.<br />

Pawley has survived Rebel Sports,<br />

Paul’s Warehouse and the online<br />

shopping phenomena. He’s been married<br />

three times. He is close to his three<br />

children and granddaughter Jessica, who<br />

all live locally. In 2004 Pawley’s house<br />

was burned down. A year later he got<br />

cancer. He’s battled dark times. One day,<br />

on a visit to Vietnam, a Buddhist told<br />

him he’d never be happy until he helped<br />

other people. Pawley took it to heart. And<br />

begat a great legacy.<br />

“I started running a charity with my<br />

wife, Suzanne, six years ago when we<br />

visited Cambodia on holiday. We started<br />

Happy Days Cambodia, a school with<br />

500 secondary school kids in it, and two<br />

primary schools with 250 and 250 kids.<br />

“We contribute $100,000 a year to<br />

the welfare of all those people, to their<br />

health and education. Because what we<br />

all know is the fast track out of poverty<br />

is through education.”<br />

Since 2011 Pawley – who received the<br />

Order of Australia Medal from then NSW<br />

Governor Marie Bashir in 2013 – has<br />

visited Cambodia upwards of 20 times.<br />

Manly Cricket Club is a supporter. Manly<br />

cricketers Tim Cruickshank and Adam<br />

Crosthwaite have visited the schools.<br />

Pawley is looking to run a golf day at<br />

Long Reef to raise funds. One Manly CC<br />

benefactor kicks in $25,000 each year.<br />

Pawley says he was deeply affected<br />

by his first and subsequent trips to<br />

Cambodia. “I grew up through the<br />

Vietnam War time, and it was always on<br />

the television. And I’d always wanted<br />

to visit. On that first trip I said to our<br />

Continued on page 33<br />

<strong>Life</strong> Stories<br />

CLOCKWISE: More than 1000 Cambodian children from illiterate families<br />

are supported at three village schools near Angkor Wat; receiving his OAM<br />

from former Governor of NSW Marie Bashir in 2013; thanks for donated<br />

bicycles; a new water pump (they cost $300 each); named in his honour!<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 31

Continued from page 31<br />

guide, all these monuments<br />

and bridges are great. But<br />

we want to see how people<br />

live. And he took us to North<br />

West Cambodia near Angkor<br />

Wat, where people are living<br />

in absolute destitution and<br />

poverty. It’s an area where Pol<br />

Pot and genocide occurred in<br />

the 1970s.<br />

“Cambodia is the most<br />

bombed country in history,<br />

more so than Germany.<br />

Cambodia has more amputees<br />

from landmines than any<br />

other country in the world. It’s<br />

suffered incredibly. It has 15<br />

million people and the most<br />

corrupt Government in the<br />

world.”<br />

He pauses, takes another<br />

sip of coffee. And says: “Now<br />

you have it all.”<br />

No, Mike. We do not. The<br />

Pawley story has many layers.<br />

And it lives on. All power to it.<br />


out and clowning around in-store;<br />

Mike’s favourite photo – with a<br />

village dad, 25 years Mike’s junior,<br />

who survived the Pol Pot regime’s<br />

program of genocide; thanks from<br />

a Happy Days schoolgirl; students<br />

from Stella Maris College witness<br />

Cambodian conditions first-hand.<br />

* To help Happy Days<br />

Cambodian Village<br />

School Inc charity visit<br />

mikepawleysports.com.au<br />

and click on the Happy Days<br />

Charity link.<br />

<strong>Life</strong> Stories<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 33

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

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

Snap decision a great idea<br />

Looking for something different as a<br />

Mother’s Day gift this year? Consider<br />

giving mum a gift voucher for a oneon-one<br />

day of photography tuition.<br />

Professional landscape photographer<br />

Peter Sedgwick says although many<br />

people own a digital camera, plenty<br />

are unsure how to use it correctly.<br />

“The best way to improve the results<br />

that you are getting from your photography,<br />

and to enjoy it more, is to learn<br />

how to use your camera properly,” said<br />

Peter. “If you own an SLR camera, or<br />

one of the amazing compact cameras<br />

that are available today, then you have<br />

the ability to control every function that<br />

the camera uses to create an image.”<br />

Peter says that if you are taking<br />

photos with the camera settings left on<br />

‘Auto’ mode, then you are missing out<br />

on the pleasure of participating in the<br />

making of a beautiful image.<br />

“When you look at stunning landscape<br />

photography, showing nature in<br />

all its rich, vibrant colours and sharp<br />

clarity, I am sure you feel a little envious<br />

of those images and wonder how<br />

they are achieved.<br />

“Part of the answer is that the photographers<br />

have taken themselves out to<br />

beautiful places – in itself one of the best<br />

reasons to pursue photography – but<br />

most importantly, the camera has to be<br />

set up to correctly capture the light.”<br />

You will learn all about the correct<br />

use of your camera’s functions by attending<br />

one of Peter’s courses. He also<br />

runs 2- and 3-day workshops, away to<br />

beautiful locations outside of Sydney.<br />

“These trips have taken us to the<br />

Blue Mountains, the South Coast or to<br />

the beautiful waterfalls and rainforests<br />

of the mid north coast,” he said.<br />

All of Peter’s tuition is one on one,<br />

but should you wish to bring along a<br />

friend or partner, they can come along<br />

at half price.<br />

Peter will be displaying his photography<br />

at Warriewood Square (in front of<br />

Quiksilver), from April 30 through <strong>May</strong><br />

13; more info<br />

threepeaksphotography.com.au<br />

Set your creative<br />

spirit free for a Day<br />

A<br />

s part of their free Open Day on June 2,<br />

Sydney Design School are putting out a<br />

challenge to budding interior designers: “Roll<br />

up your sleeves and get creative with us!”<br />

Their ‘Designer for a Day’ initiative is a popup<br />

which invites you to develop a personal<br />

mood board using inspirational images, fabric<br />

swatches and paint colours to convey your<br />

own style. And if you photograph<br />

your mood board<br />

and post it to Instagram on<br />

the day, you’ll go into the<br />

running to win a place in<br />

a fantastic two-day Masterclass<br />

in Interior Decoration.<br />

“We love the opportunity<br />

to show that our school<br />

is an amazing community<br />

that hums with creativity,”<br />

said Director Amanda<br />

Grace. “We have a personal<br />

and unique approach to<br />

education, delivered in a<br />

boutique design studio<br />

environment.”<br />

Amanda’s team of educators,<br />

who are also practising interior designers<br />

and decorators, will be on hand to answer<br />

questions and give advice.<br />

Also, the school’s Careers Coach will give insight<br />

into this growing area of employment.<br />

Don’t miss Amanda’s presentation from<br />

10.30-11am. She’ll be sharing information on<br />

the career and short courses on offer, along<br />

with the flexible learning options. You can be a<br />

designer for more than just one day!<br />

The Sydney Design School is located at<br />

2/40 Oxley Street, St Leonards. Open day is<br />

Saturday 2 June (10am-12pm); register to attend<br />

online at sydneydesignschool.com.au<br />

34 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Gerry a whiz in ‘kitschen’<br />

Former Mambo Graphics<br />

artist Gerry Wedd is<br />

showcasing his hand-built and<br />

wheel-thrown ceramics in the<br />

exhibition ‘Kitschen Man’ at<br />

Manly Art Gallery & Museum<br />

until <strong>May</strong> 20.<br />

From his beginnings at the<br />

kitchen table, guided by his<br />

mother’s hobby obsession,<br />

through to formal training at<br />

University of South Australia<br />

and his studio tenancy at the<br />

JamFactory, Wedd draws his<br />

craft out of his own inspirations,<br />

interest and experiences.<br />

His works brim with a dry<br />

wit and shift from the humorous<br />

to darkly disturbing.<br />

“Whether willow pattern<br />

submerged in political jibes,<br />

classic urns decorated with<br />

lyrical portraits, or garniture<br />

figurines poised in confrontational<br />

narratives, Gerry’s work<br />

is truly ‘a day at the beach –<br />

with a smash of home-baked<br />

reality pie in your face for<br />

good measure’,” exhibition curator<br />

Margaret Hancock-Davis<br />

said. More info 9976 1421.<br />

Newport prelude to<br />

Artists Trail studio visits<br />

Save the date: <strong>Pittwater</strong> Artists Trail will commence its new<br />

<strong>2018</strong> year with its calendar-favoured June long weekend<br />

Art Exhibition at Newport Community Centre.<br />

They’ll boast more than 20 artists on the trail, with professional<br />

artworks range from photography, sculpture and<br />

glasswork to ceramics, design ware, jewellery and a plethora<br />

of painting subjects and styles.<br />

Since its launch in 2011 it has become a solid artistic feature<br />

of the <strong>Pittwater</strong> community.<br />

“With 50 per cent new artists on this year’s trail the variety,<br />

breadth and depth of artists provides for a stunning exhibition,”<br />

said committee member Fiona Verity.<br />

The best thing is it provides a chance to get out over the<br />

weekend and view the talent that resides in the <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

region all in one area – so you can decide who you would like<br />

to visit in their individual studio spaces during the October<br />

<strong>2018</strong> and March 2019 studio openings.<br />

The Newport Community Centre exhibition will run June<br />

9-11, opening from 10am to 4pm daily. For more information<br />

on the artists and their works go to pittwaterartiststrail.<br />

com.au and also find them on Facebook and Instagram.<br />

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

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 35

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

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

Help at hand for students’ HSC works<br />

Conceiving, preparing and<br />

finalising major art works<br />

for the Higher School<br />

Certificate can be a daunting<br />

process but thankfully local students<br />

have some experienced<br />

‘sounding boards’ to call on to<br />

help them maximise results.<br />

University-trained high school<br />

visual arts teacher Meredith<br />

Rasdall, who has 30 years’ experience<br />

(including HSC marking)<br />

and has tutored students<br />

for more than 15 years, says<br />

students need to work consistently<br />

throughout the year to<br />

take panic out of the equation.<br />

“They need to and keep up<br />

good communication with their<br />

art teacher throughout the process,”<br />

Meredith said. “The final<br />

pulling together of the work is<br />

the most important part and<br />

can make or break a work. That<br />

means deciding what to include<br />

and what to discard – sometimes<br />

less is more, so guidance<br />

and advice is very important.”<br />

Also a practising artist who<br />

exhibits in solo and group<br />

shows, Meredith runs HSC classes<br />

on Mondays 6.30pm-8.30pm<br />

at Avalon Rec Centre, with HSC<br />

body of work day workshops<br />

every holidays. She is also available<br />

for one-on-one tutoring.<br />

“My students consistently<br />

achieve Band 6s and are often<br />

chosen for Artexpress,” she<br />

said. “Mentoring Year 12<br />

students is the most rewarding<br />

part of my job; I love to<br />

build students’ confidence and<br />

watch them fly!”<br />

Fellow local Monica Boardman<br />

(left) boasts extensive<br />

knowledge as an art historian<br />

and teacher of critical and historical<br />

studies amongst her 20<br />

years’ experience.<br />

Monica offers tuition in<br />

artmaking and theory. She said<br />

submitted artworks needed to<br />

demonstrate sustained practice,<br />

a connection to the art world<br />

and a refined level of technical<br />

application. “The works need to<br />

be underpinned with a strong<br />

concept,” she said.<br />

Monica said the difference<br />

between a good work and a<br />

standout work was often simply<br />

attention to detail.<br />

“Clear articulation of ideas<br />

and skills can transform works.”<br />

Monica thrives on keeping<br />

up with the students she has<br />

helped through the years.<br />

“It’s wonderful – these students<br />

both boys and girls have<br />

a great life filled with creativity<br />

and critical thinking,” she said.<br />

“Careers in Visual Arts offer a<br />

platform for self-expression,<br />

travel, meaningful existence<br />

and access to a whole world of<br />

ideas. I love catching up with<br />

them and seeing their success<br />

on social media.”<br />

And her best advice for Year<br />

11 and 12 art students at this<br />

time of year?<br />

“Keep at it! Often students<br />

who may not have fully explored<br />

their ideas realise that<br />

their body of work is missing<br />

something, they are not sure<br />

now if they are doing the right<br />

artwork or if their concept is<br />

strong enough,” she said.<br />

“If this is the case, reflect and<br />

reconsider meaning through<br />

content areas of Visual Arts<br />

such as the frames; or better<br />

still, seek a tutor’s advice.”<br />

* Contact Meredith at meredith.rasdall@westnet.com.au<br />

and Monica on 0414 338 137.<br />

36 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

TALENT: Meredith’s<br />

student Onnie<br />

Seabrook’s HSC work.<br />

Four responses to ‘Craving’<br />

Curator of Eramboo’s ‘Constant<br />

Craving’ exhibition, Dr Therese<br />

Kenyon, established her theme after<br />

noting that humans seem to be<br />

inexplicably driven by desires.<br />

“Once our needs have been met,<br />

our wants tend to go into overdrive,<br />

yet we are never truly satisfied or<br />

fulfilled,” she said.<br />

Artists Christine Simpson, Bernadette<br />

Meyers, Annette Kelsey and Lachlan<br />

Chang have responded with respective<br />

interpretations of ‘Desire’, ‘Solitude’,<br />

‘Acceptance’ and ‘Preservation’.<br />

In Simpson’s ‘Desire’, former<br />

material possessions have been<br />

largely repurposed and reimagined<br />

as other ‘Objects of My Desire’,<br />

purveying a cycle for craving beauty<br />

“in the tangible realm”. Simpson has<br />

worked with textile reassembly and<br />

the dyeing, coating, stitching and<br />

perforating of paper.<br />

Meyers constantly craves ‘Solitude’<br />

in nature, noting the things she<br />

loves the most “cannot be insured or<br />

replaced on eBay if lost or stolen”.<br />

She observes that she is a chronic<br />

collector of things from nature<br />

that cannot necessarily be bought:<br />

feathers, shells, sea glass, sea<br />

urchins, driftwood, pebbles, insect<br />

wings, leaves, petals, seed pods,<br />

photographs, quotes and memories.<br />

Kelsey observes that our cravings<br />

for attention and ‘Acceptance’ have<br />

reached epidemic proportions in<br />

a skewed world that informs you<br />

immediately if you are ‘liked’ via social<br />

media. Kelsey has documented her own<br />

journey from recognizing her craving<br />

for acceptance to arriving at a solution,<br />

through poetry and mixed media.<br />

Chang’s installation and series<br />

of photographs deal with the need<br />

for ‘Preservation’. The outcome is a<br />

response to constant consumerism<br />

in everyday life. Chang transforms<br />

the space through a collection of<br />

objects, discarded furniture, vintage<br />

preserving jars and found natural<br />

materials. The audience is invited to<br />

take a seat, become immersed within<br />

the work, and contemplate our future.<br />

Showing Saturday 28 April,<br />

Sunday 29 April, Saturday 5 <strong>May</strong>,<br />

Sunday 6 <strong>May</strong>, 10am-4pm. More<br />

info eramboo.com.au<br />

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

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 37

Local Promotion<br />

Thanks Mum!<br />

Consider these great gift ideas for Mother’s Day<br />

Utopia Lingerie<br />

Help Mum to feel special with the gift of luxurious sleepwear or lingerie<br />

from this spacious, specialist shop at Narrabeen. Owner Julia recommends<br />

the nighties range, from silk chemises to full-length cotton<br />

jerseys to keep older bones warm. Brands include Ginia Silk, Wacoal and<br />

they stock classical favourite sleepwear brand Givoni and Schrank.<br />

“With winter fast approaching, consider treating mum to a pair of<br />

gorgeous, comfortable slippers from Grosby,” said Julia. “Our lingerie<br />

includes beautiful lace bra and brief sets in all price ranges and various<br />

sizes, with quality brands Simone Perele, Freya, Fantasie, Heidi Klum,<br />

Pleasure State, Fayreform, Lovable, Berlei, Jockey and Triumph.” Utopia<br />

also stock lounge wear and Kaftans, plus French perfumed artificial<br />

flowers and many other types of gifts. If you’re not quite sure what<br />

Mum might like, relax – Utopia offer gift vouchers to ensure stressfree<br />

shopping. Plus for a limited time they have a sale of all stock with<br />

discounts of between 10% and 50% off. “And we have trained bra<br />

fitters in-store so you get the service and the discount, what could be<br />

better!” said Julia. Utopia Lingerie was situated at Warriewood Square<br />

for 10 years – now you’ll find them on <strong>Pittwater</strong> Road at Narrabeen (in<br />

between The Sands and the 7/11, opposite Bunnings). P: 9913 7091<br />

Sabi Japanism<br />

The word ‘Japanism’ is derived from ‘Japonisme’, meaning the influence<br />

of Japanese art, fashion and aesthetics on Western culture –<br />

essentially it is taking Japanese aesthetics but applying to everyday<br />

objects, in this case porcelain. Yuko has been in Avalon with her Sabi<br />

Japanism store for over a year now. During that time Sabi has extended<br />

its range from beautiful and contemporary Japanese Ceramics<br />

to include Japanese-inspired clothing and accessories (Origami<br />

earrings). Ceramic ware still forms the core of what Sabi is about.<br />

An example is its elegant tableware, including plates and bowls<br />

designed in collaboration with Dutch artisans to produce the world<br />

renowned ‘1616’ range – highlighting simple lines for everyday use.<br />

All ceramics are sourced from Arita in Kyushu province of Southern<br />

Japan, where local potters follow traditional techniques dating back<br />

400 years to craft these elegant pieces. Production is still heavily<br />

labour-intensive and all finishing is done by hand. P: 0430 238 850<br />

Billabong Retreat<br />

Billabong Retreat is a magical eco-retreat offering affordable wellness and<br />

relaxation short-breaks situated just 45 minutes from Sydney’s CBD, yet feeling<br />

like a million miles away. Visit to unwind, be pampered, learn simple wellness<br />

techniques and enjoy delicious wholefood organic cooking. Each retreat<br />

includes twice-daily workshops introducing all aspects of yoga, mindfulness<br />

and meditation and they’re suitable for any level of experience or fitness.<br />

The delicious spa cuisine is all-included and offers organic meals made from<br />

wholefood ingredients locally sourced from producers. Accommodation<br />

includes tree-house ensuite cabins with private balconies overlooking the<br />

water, some with outdoor roll-top bath, and guests can enjoy the stunning<br />

aqua therapy magnesium mineral swimming pool and a<br />

range of private spa treatments. Abundant with colourful<br />

native wildlife, you can spot hundreds of bird species,<br />

albino-faced black wallabies, lace monitors, deer, microbats,<br />

water lizards and at night the whole place throbs to<br />

the chorus of frogs and cicadas. For more info check out<br />

billabongretreat.com.au. P: 02 4573 6080<br />

Nothing Butt<br />

Lingerie<br />

Nothing Butt Lingerie on<br />

Bungan St in Mona Vale have a<br />

new range of winter sleepwear<br />

from favourites such as<br />

Givoni, Florence Broadhurst,<br />

Schrank, Billy Dream and<br />

French Country as well as new<br />

label Project Rem. Store owner<br />

Chris says Silks from Ginia,<br />

Simply Silk and Envy will make<br />

lovely Mother’s Day gifts on<br />

<strong>May</strong> 13. “Jockey are offering<br />

floral gift bags this year,” she<br />

said. “And Simone Perele have<br />

lace lingerie sets in red, navy,<br />

aqua and blush which are very<br />

special.” Berlei’s Barely Lace<br />

sets now come in black, ivory,<br />

navy, red and blush pink. “We<br />

have a range of bras and<br />

briefs from Triumph, Berlie,<br />

Playtex, Bendon with fashion<br />

sets from Pleasure State,<br />

Palindrome and Heidi Klum.” A<br />

real drawcard is their summer<br />

sleepwear from Schrank<br />

and Givoni – on sale at 50%<br />

off with 50% also off selected<br />

bras and briefs. Chris added<br />

gift vouchers as well as gift<br />

wrapping were always available.<br />

“Let us help you with a<br />

gift to spoil mum on Mother’s<br />

Day!” P: 9999 1462<br />

38 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Book Review<br />

The Yellow Villa<br />

By Amanda Hampson<br />

Penguin Viking $32.99<br />

RitzyRocks<br />

Renata of RitzyRocks has a beautiful<br />

gift idea for this Mother’s<br />

Day – give your mother, wife or<br />

partner a vibrant, timeless piece of<br />

Italy. “These beautiful watches are<br />

directly from Venice and the watch<br />

face is surrounded in the traditional<br />

pattern of millefiori, meaning<br />

one thousand flowers,” said Renata.<br />

The watch has a leather band<br />

and comes with a warranty. Renata<br />

has a variety of colours including<br />

black, blue, pink, violet, red and<br />

yellow with a silver or gold watch<br />

face. These watches are priced<br />

at just $55 (plus express postage<br />

to your door of $12). RitzyRocks’<br />

millefiori watches can be found at<br />

ritzyrocks.com.au under the heading<br />

“something unusual”. Or if you<br />

are after something in particular,<br />

Renata invites you to contact her.<br />

P: 0403 282 800<br />

Avalon’s very own bestselling author Amanda<br />

Hampson’s new book The Yellow Villa is out<br />

now and makes the perfect gift for Mother’s<br />

Day. Get it for your wife, daughter, mother, or<br />

grandmother, you could even buy it for all four!<br />

Mia and Ben make their dream of owning<br />

a villa in France a reality, but things in their<br />

picturesque village turn out to be not as they<br />

seem after they are befriended by Susannah<br />

and Dominic, an older English couple who<br />

have secrets to hide.<br />

If you loved The French Perfumer or<br />

The Olive Sisters then this is the book for you .<br />

Amanda’s signature wit, keen sense of character and astute storytelling shine<br />

through on every page, much like the morning sun in Mia and Ben’s villa.<br />

There will be signed copies at Beachside Bookshop. – Danica Beaudoin<br />

Divine Balance<br />

As we approach Mother’s Day, it’s not only a time of honouring mothers,<br />

but the energy of nurturing within ourselves. The pace of modern life can<br />

deplete us in so many ways, and often it starts with forgoing self-care.<br />

This is particularly relevant for mothers who are often in a constant state<br />

of giving their energy out without necessarily filling back up again. The<br />

beauty of a healing session with Divine Balance is the sanctuary that is<br />

provided by deep relaxation. In this relaxed state, the body undergoes its<br />

own repair and rejuvenation, accompanied by energy healing and crystal<br />

therapy. Owner Shelley is also a polarity therapist, and her partner Jason<br />

is an Aboriginal Medicine Man with inherited abilities. Their clients can<br />

choose from either a single-practitioner healing with either one of them,<br />

or they can opt to have Shelley and Jason work simultaneously. “Quite<br />

often clients fall into a deep sleep and receive all the benefits of a rest,<br />

along with an hour of energy work,” said Shelley. “They have described<br />

feelings of being held lovingly by the divine mother, where they effortlessly<br />

release old, stuck energies and emotions without judgment. This<br />

can take the form of yawning, sighing, tears, or twitching. Contact Shelley<br />

to arrange a bit of TLC for the special mum in your life – or to honour<br />

Avalon Uncovered<br />

To help celebrate Mother’s Day Madeleine and<br />

the staff at Avalon Uncovered have sourced<br />

many beautiful gifts to help make every mother<br />

feel special, feminine and loved. From the everpopular<br />

100% pure mulberry silk pillow cases<br />

and eye-masks to the new range of sleepwear<br />

from Sanctuary Studio and Chateau including<br />

the highest quality cotton voiles, their products<br />

will ensure mothers feel spoilt and pampered.<br />

For something totally luxurious, don’t forget to<br />

check out their beautiful collection of silk slips,<br />

pyjama sets and matching camisole/shorts from<br />

Simone Perele and Ginia. Of course, for the<br />

more energetic mums, their diverse collection<br />

of activewear – from Dharma Bums, Running<br />

Bare, Lorna Jane and the recently introduced<br />

Melbourne company Jaggad – is proving very<br />

popular. The friendly staff at Avalon Uncovered<br />

pride themselves on making every customers’<br />

in-store experience enjoyable and rewarding;<br />

they’re dedicated to help ensure every gift chosen<br />

is done with care and attention to detail. As<br />

a special promotion leading up to Mother’s Day,<br />

every gift purchased will go into the draw for a<br />

gorgeous luxury sleep kit from The Goodnight<br />

Co including a silk pillow case and eye mask,<br />

essential oils and more worth over $160! Gift<br />

vouchers and free gift-wrapping services available.<br />

P: 0419 822 844<br />

the nurturer within yourself. Gift vouchers available. P: 0412 919 136<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 39<br />

Local Promotion

Local Call<br />

Starting a<br />

new chapter<br />

Local Call<br />

Avalon’s Bookoccino is<br />

entering a new chapter<br />

with original owners<br />

Margaret and Roger confident<br />

the place they worked so hard<br />

for will remain in safe hands.<br />

Recently stepping away after<br />

25 years of running the unique<br />

bookstore and café, Margaret<br />

said the concept was simple –<br />

to create a warm, relaxed place<br />

where people could come to<br />

engage with the written word.<br />

“I remember clearly the first<br />

day, and the first book we sold<br />

– everything was done on a<br />

ledger,” Margaret said.<br />

“The journey has been long,<br />

and not always easy, but over<br />

the years I have met the most<br />

wonderful people and of course<br />

I’ve read some fantastic books!”<br />

Margaret said the most enjoyable<br />

aspect of her business<br />

was the people she has met<br />

along the way and the hope<br />

their intelligence and insight<br />

has given her.<br />

“Being able to engage with<br />

thoughtful people who care<br />

deeply about our culture and<br />

our direction is just wonderful,”<br />

she said.<br />

Margaret’s fondest memory?<br />

“When we first opened, Tom<br />

Keneally wrote us a poem,<br />

which I really treasure and<br />

we’ve always had incredible<br />

guests over the years – Spike<br />

Milligan (very eventful, not<br />

in a good way); Jackie Collins;<br />

Stan Grant; and just recently<br />

Geoffrey Robertson.”<br />

New owners Sally Tabner<br />

(who has worked alongside<br />

Margaret the past four years)<br />

PARTNERS IN CRIME FICTION: Sally Tabner and Ray Bonner.<br />

and author and Pulitzer Prize<br />

winning journalist from<br />

the The New York Times Ray<br />

Bonner are looking forward<br />

to meeting more people and<br />

getting more involved with the<br />

community.<br />

Sally said people often have<br />

very particular interests and<br />

requests, so it was “a pleasure”<br />

to match them perfectly to a<br />

book.<br />

“When someone passes<br />

by and lets me know how<br />

much it meant to them, or to<br />

their friend, that is the best<br />

reward.”<br />

Sally said she and Ray were<br />

excited to introduce a loyalty<br />

program and have many other<br />

plans for getting great books<br />

into people’s hands.<br />

“We want our shop to be full<br />

of stories and smiles.”<br />

This month Bookoccino is<br />

celebrating local literature<br />

with three local authors – Sally<br />

Seltman, Jonathan King and<br />

Amanda Hampson. For more<br />

info or to book tickets call<br />

9973 1244 or ask in-store.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

40 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Young <strong>Life</strong><br />

LITTLE LEARNERS: Cottage Pre-School Children with their books.<br />

New age of powerful learners<br />

As schools wrestle with<br />

how to best prepare<br />

their students for a<br />

rapidly changing world, there<br />

has been growing awareness<br />

that young people need more<br />

than traditional basic skills to<br />

prepare them for the world<br />

beyond school.<br />

A recent project at St Luke’s<br />

Grammar School, Bayview<br />

showed it is never too early to<br />

start helping a child to learn<br />

how to be powerful learners;<br />

they believe children need help<br />

to develop an understanding of<br />

how they can learn effectively<br />

and have confidence in their<br />

capacity to embrace new challenges.<br />

Shirley Meares, one of the<br />

early childhood educators at St<br />

Luke’s Bayview, uses everyday<br />

situations to help pre-schoolers<br />

see that they are capable of<br />

solving problems and taking<br />

on new challenges.<br />

Twice a week the Cottage<br />

Pre-school class go to the<br />

library to borrow books. One<br />

day, two children decided they<br />

wanted the same book, part of<br />

the well-known Hairy Maclary<br />

series by Lynley Dodd.<br />

“Their teacher asked: ‘I<br />

wonder whether you could<br />

find some other books like<br />

this you could borrow?’” said<br />

Jodie Bennett, Head of Junior<br />

School. “A quick scan of the<br />

shelves showed the pair that<br />

there was, indeed, others like<br />

it. More little learners gathered<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

to see what had gained the<br />

attention of the group. Soon<br />

all the books in this collection<br />

had been borrowed and the<br />

students were comparing the<br />

stories they had found.”<br />

This was the start of a learning<br />

journey through the works<br />

of Lynley Dodd.<br />

“Together the students<br />

identified all the picture<br />

books written by the author,”<br />

Ms Bennett said. “They knew<br />

how many books there were<br />

about dogs, how many about<br />

cats, about cats and dogs and<br />

books about other animals.<br />

They noticed that Scarface<br />

Claw often appears in the<br />

background of many of the<br />

stories, even when he is not a<br />

featured character.<br />

“They delighted in the magical<br />

language that characterises<br />

the stories. ‘Cacophony’, for<br />

example, became a favourite<br />

word for describing the noise<br />

in the classroom whenever play<br />

became over-enthusiastic.”<br />

Class representatives<br />

presented a proposal for the<br />

purchase of new books for the<br />

library. They developed an outline<br />

of the books they would<br />

like added, having confirmed<br />

these titles were currently<br />

available for purchase and with<br />

details of how much the order<br />

would cost.<br />

“The students wrote and<br />

illustrated their own books<br />

about their favourite characters,<br />

sharing them with family<br />

and friends during an open<br />

afternoon.”<br />

This inquiry showed the<br />

little learners what it was like<br />

to dive deeply into an area of<br />

interest.<br />

“Each step in the journey<br />

was driven by a desire to know<br />

more. Most of all, they saw a<br />

purpose for developing core<br />

skills. They wanted to learn to<br />

read and write so they could<br />

develop and share their own<br />

stories. Surely, a love of learning<br />

and a sense of confidence<br />

that they can ask and answer<br />

questions are the foundation<br />

stones that will equip our<br />

learners well into their schooling<br />

journey.”<br />

St Luke’s is having an<br />

Open Day at their Bayview<br />

Campus on Thursday <strong>May</strong> 10,<br />

9-11.30am (K to Year 6). More<br />

info 9979 5755.<br />

Roo in<br />

the Glen<br />

The popular children’s book<br />

character, Josephine the dancing<br />

Kangaroo, is bounding to<br />

Glen Street in <strong>May</strong>.<br />

Josephine Wants to<br />

Dance is a brand new<br />

Australian musical bringing<br />

to life a tale about a bush<br />

kangaroo and based on the<br />

much-loved book by Jackie<br />

French and Bruce Whatley. Josephine<br />

is about a kangaroo<br />

who loves to dance, but also<br />

teaches kids to dream and<br />

believe in themselves.<br />

The show is perfect for<br />

children aged 4 to 9-years of<br />

age and their families who<br />

are urged to come bounding,<br />

prancing, swirling and<br />

twinkle-toe twirling to Glen<br />

Street for a hilarious time.<br />

Dates are <strong>May</strong> 2-5,<br />

10.30am and 1pm daily;<br />

tickets $22 single, Family<br />

pass of 5 $85. Children<br />

under 2 free (seated on<br />

lap). More info glenstreet.<br />

com.au or 9975 1455.<br />

PCYC Band Night<br />

Kingswood and The Delta<br />

Riggs headline an all-ages<br />

band night at the PCYC<br />

Northern Beaches, Dee Why<br />

on Friday <strong>May</strong> 4.<br />

The no-alcohol event is for<br />

all ages, with security and no<br />

pass-outs.<br />

Tickets ($25) include free<br />

membership to the PCYC for<br />

a year.<br />

There will also be free<br />

end-of-night transport, with<br />

buses running to Manly and<br />

Mona Vale.<br />

More info Eventbrite.com.au<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 41<br />

Young <strong>Life</strong>

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

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

Cancel that! The trouble<br />

with WSL risk avoidance<br />

A big pro event’s cancellation puts the sport under a microscope...<br />

So, back to my semi-favourite<br />

subject, professional<br />

surfing. Early in <strong>May</strong>, the<br />

World Surf League is planning<br />

to hold its first open-to-thepublic<br />

event at their prize<br />

possession, the Kelly Slater<br />

Wave Company wave pool in<br />

Lemoore, California. (You may<br />

have read our account of this<br />

pool back in January.)<br />

The event is called the<br />

Founders’ Cup and it features a<br />

two-day team competition between<br />

a selected field of Championship<br />

Tour surfers, along<br />

with entertainment of various<br />

kinds. Tickets are on sale for<br />

between US$99 (for one day’s<br />

attendance) to a slightly eye<br />

watering US$9,800 (for three<br />

days, including accommodation,<br />

VIP treatment, post-event<br />

concert, and an hour of surfing<br />

time in the Pool itself).<br />

I’m not sure how ticket sales<br />

are going. But it better be a<br />

success. Because the WSL is<br />

losing its traditional audience<br />

– if not yet in numbers, then in<br />

trust.<br />

The Founders’ Cup follows<br />

hard on the heels of a disastrous<br />

double header CT event<br />

cancellation at Margaret River,<br />

Western Australia. The event<br />

was cancelled halfway through<br />

both men’s and women’s<br />

rounds after a shark attacked<br />

two surfers in quick succession<br />

near Gracetown, around 10<br />

kilometres north of Margaret.<br />

with Nick Carroll<br />

DANGEROUS CONDITIONS: And we’re not talking about Margaret River’s surf.<br />

(One surfer was seriously people, the major sponsors of<br />

injured, the other escaped with the event, found themselves in<br />

minor cuts.)<br />

the awkward position of having<br />

The shock value of a CT<br />

spent a couple of million<br />

cancellation is huge. It’s barely dollars to promote their key<br />

ever happened. You’d have to tourist attraction as the shark<br />

go back to the early 1990s to attack capital of the known<br />

find an event being cancelled Universe. Needless to say, they<br />

at this stage of proceedings. and the WA State government<br />

(That was the Quiksilver Pro in were furious. State tourism<br />

Biarritz, France, when no waves minister Paul Papalia told the<br />

showed up.)<br />

ABC he thought the WSL was<br />

It stunned many core surfers,<br />

putting its whole business in<br />

both locally and world-<br />

jeopardy.<br />

wide. While there was a degree The event still has a year left<br />

of understanding, the general<br />

on its contract, but whether it<br />

response seemed to be in survives even that long remains<br />

modern social media parlance: to be seen. If it’s booted, it<br />

WTF?<br />

joins a short but eminent list of<br />

You could debate the relative<br />

CTs to exit the tour, including<br />

risk of shark attack in the the tour’s crown jewel, the<br />

area all day, but the fact is that Pipeline Masters – bumped<br />

while Gracetown has seen several<br />

from the 2019 CT after the WSL<br />

fatal shark attacks on surf-<br />

couldn’t negotiate a planned<br />

ers over the years, nobody’s date change with the Honolulu<br />

ever been attacked at Margaret<br />

City and County.<br />

River in over 50 years of This is kinda like losing<br />

continual surfing at the spot. Wimbledon because the ATP<br />

And plenty of people, including<br />

decided they wanted to hold it<br />

several CT pros, spent the in January.<br />

days following the cancellation <strong>May</strong>be the most telling thing<br />

surfing it without incident. about the Margaret River cancellation<br />

Meanwhile, the WA tourism<br />

was how it occurred.<br />

42 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991


11-20/5: Oi Rio Pro, Saquarema, Brazil<br />

This double header men’s and women’s WSL CT marks a return to<br />

world championship competition after the Margaret River cancellation.<br />

Saquarema isn’t a great surfing location but the WSL will be<br />

hoping for some good days in order to re-set what now seems a<br />

compromised title race on both scores.<br />

25-27/5: <strong>2018</strong> Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles, Bells<br />

Beach, VIC<br />

One of the coolest events on the Australian surfing scene. Doesn’t<br />

draw huge competitor numbers but there’s open mens and womens,<br />

masters, juniors and a longboard division. There’ll also be an<br />

Elders Expression Session in honour of the founders of this event<br />

and other Indigenous surf initiatives.<br />


Wow, this summer just won’t go away. Or will it? You can never be<br />

sure (see main column), but I have my doubts. The tradewind band<br />

in the south-west Pacific just keeps looping on down into temperate<br />

latitudes. It keeps raining in the Northern Rivers and not here. Deep<br />

low pressure passes south of us without ever smacking us with a<br />

real chill. At some point it has to blow up in our faces. Possibly not in<br />

<strong>May</strong> though. Instead we should get a very fractured and changeable<br />

month of surf and weather, as the seasons continue to struggle with<br />

each other. Lots of surf should arise from this struggle, maybe off<br />

slightly displaced East Coast Lows (a bit too far north), extremely<br />

powerful polar lows (a bit too far south), and broken wind bands<br />

much closer to our coastline (horrible onshore gales). Water should<br />

remain pretty warm though.<br />

The tour pros were called<br />

into a meeting, which was<br />

pitched to them as a chance to<br />

canvass views on whether or<br />

not to proceed. But when they<br />

arrived, they were simply told:<br />

the event’s off. The directive<br />

came from the very top of the<br />

WSL food chain in far off NYC,<br />

owners Dirk and Natasha Ziff.<br />

It’s telling because it tells<br />

you just where all the power is<br />

in pro surfing right now.<br />

The WSL is trying to drive<br />

huge change across professional<br />

surfing. Its key investors<br />

have spent hundreds of<br />

millions of dollars in the past<br />

four years trying to make<br />

sense of our fabulously looney,<br />

romantic, scary sport. Now it’s<br />

time to cash in, and they’re<br />

determined to use that wave<br />

pool as the mechanism.<br />

I can totally see how it might<br />

look good from an office in<br />

Santa Monica or New York.<br />

The pool makes surfing look<br />

like other sports. You can<br />

charge for entry – maybe even<br />

US$9,800! You can run events<br />

on time to the second, as long<br />

as the machine doesn’t break<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

Nick Carroll<br />

down. You can set camera angles,<br />

shut out the opposition,<br />

and broadcast exactly as and<br />

when you choose. And thus,<br />

you control the risk. There’s<br />

no risk of a shark attack, that’s<br />

for sure.<br />

Trouble is: surfing is all<br />

about risk. It’s uncertain,<br />

unpredictable, even dangerous<br />

at times. It’s a tangle with<br />

the world, it fails to adhere to<br />

deadlines, it’s different every<br />

single day. That’s the source<br />

of all its great moments in history,<br />

competitive and otherwise.<br />

That’s why we love it.<br />

Yet it’s just what the WSL is<br />

trying to avoid. It’s beginning<br />

to look like they’re afraid of<br />

the ocean. And that, for pro<br />

surfing, would be game over.<br />

As one person I know said<br />

recently: “I expect pro surfers<br />

to go places I won’t.”<br />

Nick Carroll is a leading<br />

Australian and international<br />

surf writer, author, filmmaker<br />

and surfer, and one<br />

of Newport’s own. Email:<br />

ncsurf@ozemail.com.au<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 43<br />

Surfing <strong>Life</strong>

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Handle with care: When<br />

Special report by Lisa Offord<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

It can be frustrating to see an elderly<br />

loved one refuse or resist care when you<br />

are concerned about their wellbeing and<br />

safety… so how do you best approach this<br />

challenging issue?<br />

Owner-Care Manager Home Care Assistance<br />

Delia Schaffer said first and foremost<br />

it was important to recognise that loved<br />

ones in need of care were often suffering<br />

one or more losses – loss of physical or<br />

mental health, loss of spouse, loss of lifestyle…<br />

friends… independence.<br />

“Resistance to care is quite common in<br />

situations of loss, often associated with<br />

strong emotions that an elderly loved one<br />

may be feeling: anger about needing help,<br />

fear of losing privacy, distress from multiple<br />

changes at once, fear of new routines or<br />

financial worries,” Delia said.<br />

“Also, the nervous system, like most bodily<br />

systems, tends to deteriorate with age or<br />

from diseases common in older age – this<br />

often leads to a reduced capacity to cope<br />

with change.<br />

“Memory loss, mental health issues,<br />

lack of insight, or a more formal diagnosis,<br />

would make it difficult for an elderly loved<br />

one to understand why they need help.<br />

“A stubborn character can also be the<br />

cause in some cases.”<br />

Delia said often concerns for safety and<br />

wellbeing, or concerns about a dishevelled<br />

home, drove adult children to offer extra<br />

care to an elderly parent.<br />

But improved safety or cleanliness was<br />

not always what an elderly loved one was<br />

interested in.<br />

“Improved cleanliness can be perceived as<br />

a threat in fact, if it means that their belongings<br />

will be moved around,” she said.<br />

“We have observed a few times, after a<br />

‘care worker trial’ (involving an elderly parent<br />

obligingly agreeing to a request by their<br />

PATIENCE: It often takes time to talk with an aged loved one about the need for care in the home.<br />

adult children), that the parent refused to<br />

have further ‘domestic assistance’ because<br />

they didn’t like finding things in different<br />

spots after the care worker visit.”<br />

Care workers also commonly observed<br />

distress when they tried to move clutter.<br />

“Not uncommonly, they need to wait a number<br />

of weeks until a rapport has been built<br />

and then they need to discuss in detail with<br />

care recipients exactly what they can move<br />

and where it can be moved to.<br />

If done patiently and with respect, a cleaner<br />

home could be a benefit of care.<br />

“However, a domestic assistance visit can<br />

be perceived as a disaster, depending on the<br />

personality of your elderly loved one, and<br />

may not be an ‘easy-sell’.”<br />

Research shows most Australians aged 60<br />

and over would prefer to stay in their own<br />

homes as they age.<br />

“Therefore staying home longer will often<br />

be the most compelling motivation for an<br />

elderly loved one to accept care,” Delia said.<br />

She added it was important for elderly<br />

adults to be aware that if they did go into<br />

hospital for any reason in the future, hospital<br />

discharge teams had a duty of care to<br />

ensure patients had sufficient care arrangements<br />

at home before releasing them.<br />

“Elderly patients who can demonstrate<br />

that they have had care workers visiting<br />

them in the home for an ongoing period<br />

prior to hospitalisation, may have an easier<br />

time getting released to home, rather than<br />

getting released to residential care – after<br />

hospitalisation for a fall, for example.”<br />

Avoiding a fall in the first place, that could<br />

lead to hospitalisation or residential care,<br />

44 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

loved ones refuse help<br />

can be common ground for an elderly loved<br />

one to agree to some trial services.<br />

“Risks of hospitalisations that are widely<br />

known, such as falls, and any services to<br />

reduce those risks, can mutually be seen as<br />

a reason for accepting care,” Delia said.<br />

“Accepting a handy service to come into<br />

the home for installation of bars in the bathroom<br />

can be a good starting point.”<br />

She added that seeking input from an<br />

elderly loved one, with an aim of making an<br />

honest assessment of what minimum help<br />

was needed to enable them to remain living<br />

at home, would ensure the care recipient<br />

experienced a real benefit from any services<br />

they agreed to.<br />

Having the conversation<br />

The team at Community Connect Northern<br />

Beaches (CCNB) provides independent and<br />

impartial information, advice and guidance<br />

to support people access the health and<br />

community care systems.<br />

CCNB’s work with older people, their<br />

families and communities focuses on linking<br />

them to the support they require to live well<br />

in their chosen community.<br />

Families and friends played a pivotal role<br />

in identifying need for care.<br />

“Often older people are good at hiding<br />

their needs and older people themselves are<br />

best placed to give information, advice and<br />

guidance to another,” they said.<br />

“Often we ask people who have used care<br />

and seen the benefits to speak with others<br />

to share their experiences.”<br />

The team suggested attending relevant<br />

social groups or information sessions and<br />

leaving information about ‘planning ahead’<br />

and the range of services available handy<br />

and said it was helpful to say that government<br />

today was really looking at ways to<br />

keep older people at home longer – the end<br />

game is to avoid hospital or nursing home.<br />

The team offered the following conversation<br />

starter: “So, your preference is to stay<br />

at home for as long as possible? Then let us<br />

help you to achieve this. There’s a range of<br />

support services available which can support<br />

your independence and maintain your<br />

lifestyle in your own home.”<br />

And if you aren’t comfortable raising the<br />

subject?<br />

“You can also ask the GP to speak with an<br />

older person and encourage them to accept<br />

a referral.”<br />

Delia Schaffer says before discussing the<br />

need for care, it can be beneficial to mentally<br />

prepare with an attitude of respect and<br />

dignity for your elderly loved one.<br />

“Leave the conversation for a time when<br />

you both are relaxed and there is sufficient<br />

time to listen to each other,” Delia said.<br />

“Making space and time for two, four<br />

or even six conversations is important,<br />

because finding out your elderly loved one’s<br />

preferences, fears and worries usually takes<br />

a series of conversations.”<br />

Significantly, it was important to approach<br />

an elderly loved one without any preconceived<br />

notions of what’s best for them.<br />

And another tip: “Music interventions<br />

have been shown to significantly reduce<br />

care-resistance in dementia patients in nursing<br />

homes in some small studies, so it may<br />

be worthwhile to play your elderly loved<br />

ones some favourite music before your<br />

conversations.”<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 45

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Why clear driving<br />

vision is crucial<br />

A<br />

car’s most important<br />

safety feature is YOU.<br />

As drivers, we are very<br />

focused on safety… it’s a musthave.<br />

Whilst we are concerned<br />

about our car’s safety features,<br />

we often don’t think about<br />

the major influential factor<br />

in crashes: human error. We<br />

know that vision is the most<br />

important sense for making<br />

decisions on the road and<br />

that uncorrected vision is a<br />

contributor to crash risk.<br />

Vision is responsible for<br />

around 90 per cent of the<br />

information we use for<br />

driving, which is why even<br />

a small change in vision is<br />

cause for concern.<br />

How do you know if<br />

you might be at risk? Ask<br />

yourself if you experience<br />

any of the following:<br />

n Trouble recognising details<br />

on road signs or number<br />

plates?<br />

n Difficulty judging the<br />

distance of oncoming<br />

vehicles, particularly at<br />

night?<br />

n Trouble seeing clearly in<br />

changing light conditions,<br />

e.g. from day to dusk to<br />

night?<br />

n Visual sensitivity to<br />

oncoming headlights?<br />

n Need to move your head to<br />

see in side mirrors or read<br />

your dashboard clearly?<br />

with Rowena Beckenham<br />

n Reluctance to drive at<br />

night or in unfamiliar<br />

environments?<br />

n Uncertainty and lack of<br />

confidence behind the<br />

wheel?<br />

There are simple solutions<br />

to these concerns and<br />

a comprehensive eye<br />

examination will provide the<br />

answers to your concerns<br />

as well as strategies to<br />

maintain ongoing vision safety<br />

with driving, keeping you<br />

confident and prepared for all<br />

conditions.<br />

People often only come and<br />

see us when things start to get<br />

blurry or they have to hold a<br />

book closer to their face. The<br />

fact is one in four Australians<br />

are at risk of losing all or<br />

part of their vision due to eye<br />

disease – nearly half of these<br />

wait until their eyes deteriorate<br />

before getting them checked.<br />

Some 4.1 million Australians<br />

have not had their eyes tested<br />

recently and approximately<br />

one million have never had<br />

an eye exam. They may be<br />

putting themselves – or others<br />

– at risk on the road.<br />

Comment supplied by Rowena Beckenham, of<br />

Beckenham Optometrist in Avalon (9918 0616). Rowena<br />

has been involved in all facets of independent private<br />

practice optometry in Avalon for 16 years, in addition<br />

to working as a consultant to the optometric and<br />

pharmaceutical industry, and regularly volunteering in<br />

Aboriginal eyecare programs in regional NSW.<br />

Natural<br />

Approach<br />

A good<br />

night’s<br />

sleep is not<br />

only important<br />

for our energy<br />

levels but our<br />

sleep quality<br />

contributes<br />

to our mood,<br />

hormonal<br />

By Jean<br />

Jarrett<br />

balance, detoxification, weight<br />

management and can assist<br />

in prevention of chronic<br />

illness such as diabetes and<br />

cardiovascular disease. Here<br />

are my 5 best tips that can<br />

work towards helping you<br />

achieve a restoring and blissful<br />

sleep every night.<br />

1. Exercise in the morning<br />

helps reset cortisol levels<br />

which leads to improved<br />

stress management during<br />

the day and better sleep.<br />

2. Morning sunlight can boost<br />

your energy and reinforce<br />

your body’s circadian sleepwake<br />

cycle.<br />

3. Avoid eating 2 hours before<br />

bed and avoid stimulants<br />

such as caffeinated tea and<br />

coffee after lunch, limit to<br />

one or two per day. Be aware<br />

some medications contain<br />

caffeine and alcohol can<br />

also be a stimulant, 1 glass<br />

of wine may be relaxing but<br />

2 or more can result in a<br />

restless sleep.<br />

4. Ensure your bedroom has a<br />

relaxing atmosphere, avoid<br />

working in your bedroom<br />

and invest in a comfortable<br />

bed and pillows.<br />

5. Wind down your day with<br />

a bedtime routine that<br />

includes activities you find<br />

relaxing. Begin 1 hour before<br />

your planned sleep time<br />

and be at approximately the<br />

same time each night.<br />

Flannerys have a range<br />

of products that can assist<br />

with helping you sleep well,<br />

including magnesium for your<br />

baths, calming essential oils,<br />

sleepy time tea and vitamins.<br />

If you suffer sleep issues<br />

book in for a free advice<br />

session with one of our<br />

naturopaths who can help you<br />

improve your wellbeing – visit<br />

flannerys.com.au<br />

* Jean is a naturopath at<br />

Flannerys, Mona Vale.<br />

46 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Showing parents<br />

the stuff dreams<br />

are made of<br />

Michele was finding<br />

things a “little challenging”<br />

– her 16-month-old<br />

daughter Jenny was refusing<br />

to sleep and the single working<br />

mum was understandably<br />

exhausted.<br />

“I was a new mum and I was<br />

struggling so it was more than<br />

a relief to discover there was<br />

someone who I could turn to<br />

who could help us get the sleep<br />

we both needed,” Michele said.<br />

Responding to a Facebook<br />

post, Michele contacted the<br />

Northern Beaches’ new child<br />

sleep consultant, Scarlet Jahn,<br />

for guidance.<br />

“Scarlet visited us, she drew<br />

up a plan, took me through all<br />

the steps and gave me the tools<br />

and support I needed to help<br />

Jenny get to sleep and sleep<br />

through the night,” she said.<br />

Within a week, things<br />

started to fall into place and<br />

within 10 days, Michele said<br />

daughter Jenny had settled into<br />

a good sleep routine.<br />

And now five months down<br />

the track when night falls, a<br />

restful night’s sleep is no problem<br />

for this busy mum<br />

and bub.<br />

Scarlet said Michele and<br />

Jenny’s story was far from<br />

uncommon.<br />

A childhood educator,<br />

Scarlet decided to train as a<br />

baby sleep consultant after<br />

hearing the frustrations of<br />

many sleep-deprived parents<br />

from all ages, experience and<br />

backgrounds, desperate for<br />

help with their little ones.<br />

“I could see the impact that<br />

sleep has not only on the child<br />

but the family as a whole and<br />

that there was a real need for<br />

quality advice,’ Scarlet said.<br />

Fully trained and certified<br />

as an infant and child sleep<br />

consultant, Scarlet launched<br />

Little Z’s Sleep Therapy, providing<br />

tailor-made sleep programs<br />

which are implemented via<br />

correspondence and in-home<br />

consultations for those wanting<br />

face-to-face interaction.<br />

She also offers group chats<br />

and night nanny services.<br />

Importantly, Scarlet deploys a<br />

wide range of sleep techniques.<br />

“When working with families<br />

I take a wholistic approach,<br />

taking into account the child’s<br />

needs, the parents beliefs and<br />

the environment.<br />

“I don’t apply a ‘one-size-fitsall<br />

approach’… because there<br />

isn’t,” she said.<br />

The most common sleep<br />

problems Scarlet sees in<br />

children are multiple and early<br />

wake-ups and the inability to<br />

self-settle.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 47

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Day surgery readies for boom<br />

Local surgeons and practitioners are<br />

readying for increased patient numbers<br />

following the $6 million renovation of<br />

the <strong>Pittwater</strong> Day Surgery in Mona Vale.<br />

The new, expanded surgery, which<br />

was officially opened in early April by<br />

founder Dr Frank Elsworth and local State<br />

and Federal MPs Rob Stokes and Jason<br />

Falinski, has seen its Mona Vale floorspace<br />

quadruple.<br />

When it closed for construction in<br />

November the day surgery accommodated<br />

12 surgeons and one theatre – it now<br />

boasts 25 surgeons on its books and three<br />

state-of-the-art operating theatres.<br />

Dr Elsworth said the development<br />

had been planned to take into account<br />

the trend in the US, where two thirds<br />

of procedures were conducted in day<br />

surgeries.<br />

“Currently one third of procedures in<br />

Australia are carried out in day surgeries<br />

but we anticipate that number to rapidly<br />

rise,” he said.<br />

Dr Elsworth said he and staff were proud<br />

to deliver locals an improved facility which<br />

would enable them to undergo more<br />

treatments locally than ever before.<br />

PROUD: Dr Frank<br />

Elsworth in one<br />

of the new PDS<br />

theatres.<br />

Safety was an imperative that had been<br />

well and truly delivered over its 18-year<br />

history.<br />

“We have performed 17,000 surgeries<br />

in 17 years since opening in 2000,” Dr<br />

Elsworth said. “The general transfer rate (to<br />

hospital) for day surgeries is around 0.5%<br />

– in that time we were required to transfer<br />

just two patients, or 0.085%.”<br />

He said there were many reasons why<br />

day surgeries were proving more popular,<br />

including improvements in surgical and<br />

anaesthetic techniques.<br />

“Also, there is less risk of infection, easier<br />

access, it’s a less formal environment, and<br />

it’s quicker.”<br />

He added there was a much less cost<br />

to health funds and government than in<br />

hospital treatment.<br />

The surgery has added endoscopy,<br />

expanded eye surgery, urology and<br />

general surgery to its existing surgery<br />

service offering of plastic, eye, dental,<br />

maxillofacial, and ear, nose and throat<br />

(ENT), gynaecology and orthopaedics.<br />

Mackellar MP Jason Falinski said the<br />

expansion was a great outcome for the<br />

Northern Beaches.<br />

“It will bring much-needed medical<br />

procedures closer to patients,” he said.<br />

“The three new operating theatres, making<br />

it possible for 25 surgeons and 30 staff to<br />

work, will lower hospital waiting times and<br />

reduce the need for locals to travel outside<br />

of the peninsular for medical procedures.”<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> MP Rob Stokes added:<br />

“Together with the ongoing investment at<br />

Mona Vale Hospital and the new private<br />

hospital on Daydream Street, the <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Day Surgery emphasises Mona Vale’s role<br />

as a major local health hub.” – Nigel Wall<br />

48 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Health & Wellbeing<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 49

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Balanced approach<br />

to falls prevention<br />

We all ‘trip up’ when getting around sometimes,<br />

and many of us have experienced<br />

a tumble, recovered from the episode<br />

quickly, and – apart for some initial embarrassment<br />

– not thought too much about it.<br />

However, what many of us fail to recognise is<br />

how serious a trip and a fall could be – especially<br />

as we age.<br />

The research paints a<br />

grim picture: falls are the<br />

second leading cause of<br />

accidental or unintentional<br />

injury deaths worldwide.<br />

One in three elderly people<br />

in Australia fall every<br />

year and it is expected this<br />

statistic will only increase<br />

as the population ages.<br />

Ten years ago, two<br />

thirds of our population<br />

aged 65 and over who had<br />

a fall sustained at least<br />

one fracture and in the same period (2007-2008),<br />

16,868 of elderly falls resulted in hip fractures<br />

and a hospital admission.<br />

Physiotherapist Jessica Osorno Caro from Avalon<br />

Physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates explained<br />

that as we age our reaction time and leg strength<br />

dramatically diminish, which in turn affects<br />

our balance and ability to negotiate obstacles,<br />

thereby increasing our risk of falls.<br />

“There are other factors too which may result<br />

in an increased risk of falling including a decrease<br />

in visual and hearing abilities, the intake<br />

of multiple medications and certain health conditions,”<br />

Jessica added.<br />

Injuries from falls reduce mobility by decreasing<br />

confidence, activity levels, independence and<br />

can have an effect on community participation.<br />

“Often patients don’t regain their ability to live<br />

in their own homes and are admitted into aged<br />

care,” she said.<br />

Research shows an appropriate program with<br />

leg strength, tailored balance tasks and education<br />

makes a big impact in reducing falls.<br />

The good news is you are never too old to<br />

learn how to help stay on your feet and Jessica<br />

will soon be offering evidence-based balance<br />

and falls prevention classes in Avalon to show<br />

you how.<br />

“The strongest<br />

predictors of falls are<br />

abnormalities of the<br />

walking pattern and abnormalities<br />

of balance,”<br />

Jessica said.<br />

“As people with reduced<br />

or impaired physical<br />

function are more<br />

likely to fall, an appropriate<br />

exercise program is<br />

important to reduce this<br />

risk of falling,” she said.<br />

Originally from Colombia,<br />

Jessica has lived in Australia for a decade<br />

– her interest in balance and falls prevention was<br />

sparked when completing her Masters of Physiotherapy<br />

at Sydney University.<br />

Since joining the team at Avalon Physiotherapy<br />

and Clinical Pilates, Jessica identified a need for<br />

falls prevention classes locally, as the nearest<br />

option for people with balance difficulties living<br />

north of the bends was in Mona Vale.<br />

Clients will be assessed and placed into classes<br />

structured with a warm-up, lower limb (legs)<br />

strength exercises and balance specific exercises.<br />

“The level of difficulty of each of the exercises<br />

will depend upon the level of physical and mental<br />

ability of the attendees and the medical conditions<br />

they are dealing with.”<br />

Additionally, the classes will have an educational<br />

component covering falls prevention issues<br />

such as environmental factors.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

Home<br />

Hazards<br />

Most falls in people over<br />

the age of 65 happen<br />

around the home. Here are<br />

some simple things you<br />

can do to make your home<br />

safer.<br />

Floors: Secure rugs or<br />

remove them. Have nonslip<br />

floors and remove<br />

clutter and cords from<br />

walkways. Mark any<br />

changes in floor surfaces<br />

and levels in your home<br />

with high contrast tape.<br />

Bathroom: Install grab rails<br />

in the bath and shower<br />

and next to the toilet if<br />

necessary. Use non-slip<br />

mats.<br />

Kitchen: Mop up spills<br />

straight away. Get help to<br />

rearrange cupboards and<br />

shelves so there’s no need<br />

to reach or climb to access<br />

things stored up high.<br />

Lighting: Use adequate<br />

lighting in all rooms and<br />

near steps and stairs and<br />

ensure light switches are<br />

in easy to reach places.<br />

Use plug-in nightlights and<br />

have movement sensitive<br />

lights in hallways, near<br />

stairs and between the<br />

bedroom and bathroom.<br />

Steps and stairs: Mark<br />

edges of steps clearly. Use<br />

slip resistant strips and<br />

install (and use) handrails.<br />

Garden: Make sure paths<br />

are even and free of moss.<br />

Pack away tools and take<br />

care when using the hose.<br />

50 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Screen now, not later<br />

If you are over 50 years of age<br />

you would have received a<br />

bowel cancer screening kit in the<br />

mail; however, chances are you<br />

haven’t yet used it.<br />

Incredibly, only 36 per cent<br />

of people in NSW are doing<br />

the simple test – the rest of us<br />

are apparently “too busy” to<br />

spend just a few minutes doing<br />

something that could potentially<br />

save our life.<br />

Professor David Currow, Chief eating habits, data from the<br />

Cancer Officer and CEO of the NSW Cancer Registry shows that<br />

Cancer Institute NSW, urged almost 60 per cent of people<br />

people to use their free, homedelivered<br />

test kit as soon as they cancer find out it has already<br />

in Northern Sydney with bowel<br />

receive it in the mail as early spread by the time they are<br />

detection is critical.<br />

diagnosed, reducing the chances<br />

“Bowel cancer can be<br />

of successfully treating it.<br />

successfully treated in 90 per On average, 572 people in<br />

cent of cases if it is detected Northern Sydney are diagnosed<br />

early so please don’t leave these with bowel cancer each year<br />

kits in your drawer or wait until and 194 die from the disease<br />

you are experiencing symptoms,” annually.<br />

Professor Currow said.<br />

According to the Cancer<br />

A bowel screening kit is used Institute, people who participate<br />

to detect bleeding from your in the National Bowel Cancer<br />

lower bowel, which is often not Screening Program are almost<br />

visible; the test is completed in twice as likely to have their<br />

your home and returned in the cancer detected at the earliest<br />

mail for processing.<br />

stage, when it is most treatable.<br />

“This is a free, quick and<br />

For many people, by the time<br />

simple screening test you can do they experience symptoms of<br />

in the privacy of your own home bowel cancer, the cancer has<br />

and will give you the best chance already spread to areas outside<br />

against bowel cancer – or even the bowel, when survival rates<br />

prevent it entirely.”<br />

drop to 72 per cent.<br />

Australia has one of the<br />

The free National Bowel<br />

highest rates of bowel cancer Cancer Screening Program mails<br />

in the world – around one in 23 kits to people 50-74 years every<br />

Australians will develop bowel two years. For more information<br />

cancer in their lifetime.<br />

visit cancerinstitute.org.au or<br />

Even though residents of the call the National Bowel Cancer<br />

Northern Beaches are mostly Screening Program infoline on<br />

health-conscious and with good 1800 118 868.<br />

What you<br />

can do...<br />

Bowel cancer is one of<br />

the most preventable<br />

cancers and people of all<br />

ages can take action to<br />

reduce their risk.<br />

Personal and lifestyle<br />

factors associated with<br />

an increased risk of<br />

bowel cancer include:<br />

n Overweight and<br />

obesity;<br />

n Lack of physical<br />

activity;<br />

n High intake of<br />

some foods such as<br />

processed meat;<br />

n High alcohol<br />

consumption; and<br />

n Smoking.<br />

Other risk factors include<br />

a personal history of<br />

bowel polyps and family<br />

history of bowel cancer.<br />

It is also important to<br />

know the symptoms<br />

of bowel cancer, these<br />

include:<br />

n Bleeding from the<br />

rectum;<br />

n Anaemia;<br />

n Changes in bowel<br />

habit;<br />

n Abdominal pain or<br />

cramping;<br />

n Bloating;<br />

n Weight loss; and<br />

n Unexplained tiredness<br />

or fatigue.<br />

People with a family<br />

history should see their<br />

doctor for an assessment<br />

of risk and advice about<br />

management options.<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 51

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

New level of ‘Core’ fitness<br />

If you’re tired of typical gym<br />

classes, sick of not seeing<br />

results and unable to commit<br />

to lengthy treadmill sessions,<br />

consider a groundbreaking<br />

new flexible workout that’s<br />

landed in Mona Vale.<br />

The stylish, spacious new<br />

Core9 club is not like traditional<br />

gyms. With sessions starting<br />

every three minutes, no bookings<br />

needed, a personal trainer<br />

and nutritional support inclusive<br />

with all memberships, it<br />

offers no-excuses conditioning<br />

training for those who want to<br />

work out smarter, not harder.<br />

Owner and fitness expert<br />

Sam Theyers (right) says: “I<br />

have been in the industry<br />

20 years, have run over 800<br />

clubs around the world and<br />

Core9 for me is the first brand<br />

to challenge the industry to<br />

change.”<br />

Sam says his experience and<br />

observations are that traditional<br />

gym offerings are not working.<br />

“Gym numbers are growing<br />

in Australia yet the public are<br />

getting more overweight and<br />

unhealthy,” he said. “I believe<br />

Core9 has begun the change<br />

that is required. Mona Vale<br />

Core9 has adopted the belief<br />

that if we look after our members,<br />

the members will look<br />

after us, and they do.”<br />

Core9’s is “fitness reimagined”,<br />

with a regime combining<br />

gymnastics exercises,<br />

kick-boxing fundamentals and<br />

military training techniques for<br />

a full-body functional workout.<br />

“There’s no such thing as<br />

being late for a session, no<br />

such thing as ‘sorry we are fully<br />

booked’, no such thing as training<br />

alone with no help – this<br />

philosophy continues into the<br />

gym itself too.”<br />

Core9 recognises that rigid<br />

times, lengthy training sessions<br />

and the additional expense of<br />

paying for personal training<br />

and or nutrition support are<br />

serious de-motivators.<br />

“The average gym has a<br />

success rate of 18% when it<br />

comes to members getting<br />

results, with the average<br />

member of a traditional<br />

gym attending on average<br />

2x per week across<br />

the globe – Core9<br />

has a monstrous<br />

success rate of over<br />

80% (world leading)<br />

and the average<br />

attendance of our<br />

members is over<br />

3.5x per week.”<br />

Importantly,<br />

there were no ‘member<br />

acquisition’ roles<br />

in the business model.<br />

“Its unique approach<br />

offers people of all fitness<br />

levels the most efficient,<br />

effective and personalised<br />

way to challenge themselves,<br />

enhance their health, and become<br />

stronger and fitter.”<br />

More info call 0499 994 672<br />

52 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Hair & Beauty<br />

Shaving tips to help stop<br />

aggravation of the skin<br />

with Sue Carroll<br />

With a little knowledge,<br />

men can learn to<br />

recognise and address<br />

the common skin concern<br />

called PFB – or Pseudofolliculitis<br />

Barbae. Don’t worry: it is a not<br />

a new contagious disease. PFB<br />

is a foreign body inflammatory<br />

reaction involving papules and<br />

pustules on the beard area – the<br />

lower face and neck – of men.<br />

Typically, there are groups of<br />

small, red or pigmented bumps<br />

on the beard area that may flare<br />

with repeated shaving, and PFB<br />

tends to be worse with very<br />

curly or kinky hair.<br />

Since men have more facial<br />

hair, which is also toughened by<br />

testosterone, this along with the<br />

accompanying ingrown hairs,<br />

is one of the most common<br />

skin issues for men. Ingrown<br />

hairs occur when the end of the<br />

hair shaft is cut, resulting in an<br />

inflammatory response such<br />

as redness, itchiness, and/or a<br />

raised infected area.<br />

Treatment for PFB depends<br />

on its severity. Treatment<br />

specifications include shaving<br />

protocols, skin care ingredients<br />

and regimens, laser therapy and<br />

possible prescriptive remedies.<br />

An effective starting place to<br />

treat PFB is to grow the beard<br />

out for about 30 days to eliminate<br />

ingrown hairs; if lifestyle<br />

and work environment allow<br />

for this. Also, changing shaving<br />

practises will improve the condition.<br />

This involves stopping<br />

shaving altogether; shaving<br />

less frequently; shaving with<br />

one- or two-blade shavers only;<br />

shaving in the direction of the<br />

hair growth; avoiding stretching<br />

the skin while shaving; using<br />

hair clippers as an alternative<br />

to shaving, as they do not cut<br />

the hair as close to the skin as a<br />

razor does; and avoiding using<br />

needles, toothpicks or tweezers<br />

to dislodge stubborn hair<br />

tips (as this will cause greater<br />

irritation and can cause greater<br />

irritation and further damage).<br />

The shave itself assists with<br />

the reduction of PFB:<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

n Start with cleansing the skin<br />

with a good pH balanced<br />

cleansing gel, used with warm<br />

water. Massage for a few minutes<br />

with warm water which<br />

will soften the skin allowing<br />

the hair to be removed with<br />

greater ease.<br />

n Pump 2-3 drops of your shave<br />

oil onto your finger tips and<br />

massage with fingertips,<br />

adding more water when<br />

necessary.<br />

n Take the time to invest in a<br />

good reusable DE razor and<br />

badger hair brush which will<br />

enhance the shave experience.<br />

Prepare your razor by<br />

heating it in hot water – hot<br />

steel cuts more efficiently.<br />

n Place a small amount of shave<br />

gel into a shave cup and<br />

whip into a light foam with<br />

a slightly damp badger hair<br />

brush. Brush onto bearded<br />

area. The choice of a good<br />

pH balanced shave gel can<br />

reduce the possibility of skin<br />

irritation and blockages such<br />

as pimples and PFB.<br />

n A good place to start is with<br />

the sideburns. Be sure to<br />

shave WITH the direction<br />

of the beard grain in short<br />

strokes. Work systematically,<br />

one section at a time, instead<br />

of jumping from side to side.<br />

Remember to rinse your razor<br />

between strokes with hot<br />

water. Leave the lip and chin<br />

area for last as this allows the<br />

hair to soften longer.<br />

n For an even closer shave, reapply<br />

the shave gel. Hold skin<br />

firmly with the other hand and<br />

shave across (not the opposite<br />

direction) the grain forming<br />

a criss-cross pattern. NEVER<br />

shave against the grain.<br />

n When finished, rinse with cool<br />

water and pat skin dry. Apply<br />

toning lotion with a gauze<br />

square which will help to<br />

remove last traces of shaving<br />

gel and dry skin. To calm and<br />

hydrate the skin apply an<br />

anti-oxidant support serum<br />

followed by sunscreen.<br />

Male grooming no longer<br />

starts and finishes with a shave,<br />

the application of your wife’s or<br />

mother’s moisturising cream, a<br />

spray of deodorant and a splash<br />

of after shave lotion. Although<br />

usually not regarded as a serious<br />

medical problem, PFB can<br />

be painful, embarrassing and<br />

can cause cosmetic disfigurement.<br />

The papules can lead to<br />

scarring, post-inflammatory<br />

hyperpigmentation, secondary<br />

infection and keloid formation –<br />

an overgrowth of fibrous tissue<br />

or scars.<br />

By following an appropriate<br />

shaving technique, the use of<br />

pH balanced products along<br />

with the possibility of a laser<br />

treatment, PFB can be controlled<br />

and/or eradicated, resulting in a<br />

completely smooth complexion.<br />

Sue Carroll of Skin<br />

Inspiration has been a qualified<br />

Aesthetician for 33 years.<br />

Sue has owned and<br />

operated successful beauty<br />

clinics and day spas on<br />

the Northern Beaches.<br />

info@skininspiration.com.au<br />

www.skininspiration.com.au<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 53<br />

Hair & Beauty

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

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

Good Look Bill: reason I just for can’t going see<br />

‘nuts’ this working this festive out season for us<br />

with Brian Hrnjak<br />

When This month writing some about thoughts on round are used up when feature you of lodge Acorns your as tax attractive and functional user balance of your Acorns account<br />

Labor’s financial foreshadowed innovation policy one it return. allows them to save while interface – fancy words for the rises and falls in line with the<br />

to end of the perspectives refund of franking I they Now spend. for a simple As a parent worked of app looks and feels very cool. movements in markets during<br />

can credits share on company with you shares. is from Now, the teenagers example: if I a think company I’ve come makes While these principles have the course of the trading day.<br />

inside before of you a glaze fintech over company and turn to $10,000 the conclusion profit and that pays apps $3,000 proven to be sound over time One of the challenges<br />

which straight in to my the case Food has pages, been let me such in company as Acorns tax it using keeps a $7,000 blend Acorns goes on to provide an any finance app would have<br />

rolling tell you out that the is precisely fast-growing what the of retained psychology earnings and technology<br />

to distribute<br />

indirect benefit to its users encouraging young people to<br />

Acorns politicians app. want Since you launching to do but I’ll to be its the shareholders. only effective The way may<br />

in the form of education and save and invest is to remain<br />

in make Australia you a promise in early here 2016 and the now to shareholders get modern collect kids $7,000 to save of improved financial literacy. relevant in their eyes. Over<br />

app that this now will resides be easy on to the understand.<br />

smart because dividends they and sure they also do know receive an Get two or more people in the the past year a number of<br />

of around 350,000 how entitlement to spend. to $3,000 of franking room who have an account and enhancements have taken place<br />

phones<br />

Australians, First some that’s nuts and roughly bolts: 1.5% what credits. Acorns If the works shareholders because the are in you’ll find out what I mean – following user feedback, the<br />

of is a the franking population. credit? Franking principles the 30% tax underlying bracket they its pay design no when did you start? What are headline ones being:<br />

credits If you’re are a in record the dark of tax about paid more tax on the dividend. If they<br />

Found Money partners – users<br />

what<br />

by a company<br />

I’m talking<br />

on their<br />

about,<br />

profits<br />

Acorns<br />

are in a higher bracket they pay a<br />

can shop online with brands<br />

is<br />

after<br />

a micro<br />

those<br />

investment<br />

profits are paid<br />

platform<br />

to top up level of tax between 30%<br />

such as Bonds, Dan Murphy’s,<br />

or<br />

shareholders<br />

what’s sometimes<br />

as a dividend.<br />

called<br />

Only<br />

a<br />

and their actual bracket. If they puts an end to the last situation<br />

BCF,<br />

the days<br />

Uber<br />

before<br />

etc. and<br />

this<br />

these<br />

system was<br />

‘round-up’ app, the first one<br />

profitable companies that pay are in a lower tax bracket or they described above – where a taxpayer<br />

receives a refund of frank-<br />

amounts once in the or hands extra of round the company ups<br />

partners<br />

introduced<br />

usually<br />

dividends<br />

deposit<br />

were<br />

bonus<br />

taxed<br />

of its kind in Australia. Our<br />

tax are able to distribute franking pay no tax at all they get a cash<br />

firm along with our partners<br />

credits. The franking credits themselves<br />

are intangible – they’re not the current rules.<br />

what types of situations give rise My the shareholder. Finance feature It was – the uses Hawke<br />

refund from the tax office – under ing credits. This begs the question into and a the second users time account; in the hands of<br />

brought it out from the US<br />

in 2015 where it had been<br />

cash – but they are valuable to the The proposal announced by Bill to an excess of franking credits artificial and Keating intelligence government to track that<br />

established for a few years.<br />

tune of 30 cents in the dollar and Shorten a few weeks ago basically or a refund of tax? The main and introduced categorise dividend spending imputation and<br />

The app works in a couple<br />

ones as I mentioned are when the calculate in 1987 but free in a cash limited flow; format<br />

of ways: by taking a data<br />

recipient of the franking credits Super similar fund to what linkages Shorten – wishes allows to<br />

feed from your spending are firmly rooted in behavioural you<br />

is in<br />

saving<br />

a low or<br />

for?<br />

no tax<br />

What<br />

position<br />

returns<br />

– for users return to to. make It was deposits the Howard to a and<br />

accounts and rounding up the finance: investing small<br />

have<br />

example<br />

you<br />

a<br />

had?<br />

superannuation<br />

It’s inherently<br />

fund range Costello of government industry and that public fully<br />

purchases you make to the amounts on a regular basis that competitive<br />

that is in pension<br />

but when<br />

phase<br />

it’s<br />

(paying offer implemented superannuation the system funds; we have<br />

nearest dollar and investing won’t be missed combined with combined<br />

out pensions<br />

with<br />

to members)<br />

the tools and<br />

or Emerald today. Double Portfolio taxation – a of socially dividends<br />

was viewed portfolio as bad option policy<br />

these accumulated balances investing over an extended information<br />

someone whose<br />

that<br />

income<br />

the app<br />

is below responsible<br />

into a mix of exchange traded period of time to average provides the tax free it’s threshold. also extremely introduced because it discourages following member companies<br />

funds listed on the ASX, or, into the markets smoothing informative There’s even – as another a regular more user feedback; to pay out earnings as dividends,<br />

by you debiting an amount or out peaks and troughs. Of you important can’t help question but become we should Little encourages Acorns companies – sub accounts to raise<br />

regular payment from your course it doesn’t hurt that it more ask before informed going about on and the that is: designed more debt to than allow equity investment and it discourages<br />

behalf share of children ownership. or other<br />

bank account to your Acorns does all of these things within behaviour what was the of intended markets purpose whether on<br />

account. Most users enjoy the the framework of a highly you of franking are looking credits to in or the not first – the dependants So if the goal under of the system age of 18.<br />

place? The purpose behind is to end the double taxation of<br />

franking credits was, as part of company profits, consider this<br />

the wider system of dividend example that will arise if Bill<br />

imputation, to end the double Shorten gets his wish:<br />

taxation of company dividends. In Taxpayer 1: Operates a small<br />

consulting business under an ABN<br />

and earns $10,000 per year net,<br />

he has no further obligation for<br />

tax because his income is below<br />

the tax free threshold;<br />

Taxpayer 2: Is our company<br />

owner from the example above<br />

– she earns the entire $7,000 dividend<br />

and nothing else. Under Bill<br />

Shorten’s proposal she won’t receive<br />

a refund of franking credits<br />

and is $3,000 per year worse off<br />

than someone with the equivalent<br />

taxable non-dividend income – an<br />

effective 30% tax rate for someone<br />

in a zero tax situation.<br />

Seems unfair because it is unfair.<br />

Many small business people<br />

56 54 DECEMBER MAY <strong>2018</strong> 2017<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

entering retirement can find<br />

themselves retaining a company<br />

with a few residual assets or a<br />

property and paying modest<br />

dividends going forward. The<br />

alternative is to wrap up their<br />

affairs which may involve capital<br />

gains tax or stamp duty. The<br />

same situation above applies to<br />

people who own shares in ASX<br />

listed companies.<br />

Most of the debate concerning<br />

this issue has been framed<br />

around the superannuation<br />

environment, in particular how it<br />

may affect self-managed funds.<br />

Self-managed funds are especially<br />

affected by these proposed<br />

changes because they have limited<br />

members and the whole fund<br />

(normally just mum and dad) can<br />

find themselves in a tax-free position<br />

because they are paying pensions<br />

to all members. If the fund<br />

invests in Australian shares it may<br />

have no taxable earnings to offset<br />

the franking credits earned from<br />

dividends. Previously the fund<br />

would have received a refund of<br />

these credits but this will cease<br />

under the Shorten proposal.<br />

This is in contrast to, say, an<br />

industry fund with thousands<br />

of members some of whom will<br />

be in pension phase and many<br />

of whom will be in accumulation<br />

(taxable) phase. The industry fund<br />

will use excess franking credits<br />

from the pensioner accounts to<br />

offset tax from the accumulators<br />

– when you think about it<br />

this is a pretty Bolshie situation<br />

if you are the pensioner member<br />

invested in Australian shares and<br />

your franking credits go to others<br />

in the fund who didn’t take the<br />

same investment risk that you did.<br />

It reinforces my view that the only<br />

fund built to profit members is a<br />

self-managed fund.<br />

Having promised that I would<br />

keep things simple… once you<br />

start introducing tax thresholds<br />

and superannuation I struggle to<br />

find the language to make these<br />

things widely understandable.<br />

From my experience in public<br />

practice dividend imputation is<br />

one of the least understood topics<br />

and I have no doubt that this was<br />

a factor in the policy development<br />

process – it’s a complex issue, lets<br />

create a perception that it only<br />

affects the wealthy, no-one will<br />

comprehend the impact until after<br />

we get in.<br />

The reality is this proposed<br />

change affects a wide cross sec-<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

tion of society because Australia<br />

is a nation that embraces small<br />

business, share ownership and<br />

self-managed superannuation.<br />

When the opposition announced<br />

this policy there was an<br />

immediate backlash in the media.<br />

Shorten’s attempt to appease the<br />

anger by excluding pensioners<br />

(mind you only those pensioners<br />

as at 28 March <strong>2018</strong>, future pensioners<br />

are affected) and charities<br />

is text book realpolitik but it<br />

exposes the opposition as a party<br />

willing to sell out middle Australia.<br />

The truly wealthy will have<br />

accumulation accounts in their<br />

superannuation funds they can<br />

use to offset the unused franking<br />

credits generated by their<br />

fully stocked $1.6 million pension<br />

accounts. For those in between<br />

and that’s anyone who’s not a<br />

pensioner – by definition assets in<br />

super of more than $556,500 for<br />

singles and $837,000 for couples<br />

– can go sing.<br />

Of course there are a couple<br />

of strategies you can employ<br />

to minimise the effect of these<br />

proposed changes, things such as<br />

re-organisation of the asset mix<br />

in your fund or including your children<br />

in your fund to soak up the<br />

franking credits on a family basis.<br />

The best defence, however, would<br />

be to stop this atrocious piece of<br />

policy from ever becoming law<br />

– firstly because it weakens the<br />

system of dividend imputation<br />

and restores in part the double<br />

taxation of dividends. Secondly<br />

because it is patently unfair to<br />

small business owners, shareholders<br />

and superannuants who have<br />

planned their retirement based<br />

on long-established rules only to<br />

have the goal posts moved.<br />

Brian Hrnjak B Bus CPA<br />

(FPS) is a Director of GHR<br />

Accounting Group Pty<br />

Ltd, Certified Practising<br />

Accountants. Offices at:<br />

Suite 12, Ground Floor, 20<br />

Bungan Street Mona Vale<br />

NSW 2103 and<br />

Shop 8, 9 – 15 Central Ave<br />

Manly NSW 2095,<br />

Telephone: 02 9979-4300,<br />

Webs: www.ghr.com.au and<br />

www.altre.com.au Email:<br />

brian@ghr.com.au<br />

These comments are of a<br />

general nature only and are<br />

not intended as a substitute<br />

for professional advice.<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 55<br />

Business <strong>Life</strong>

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

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

‘A little bird told me’: The<br />

new world of instant risk<br />

It’s very interesting to go back<br />

over time and review what<br />

we have written in previous<br />

columns in order to garner the<br />

“benefit of hindsight”. I recently<br />

re-read a number of these<br />

columns to get a sense of how<br />

far we have come, and what<br />

may come next.<br />

Apart from our ongoing<br />

rantings about the future of Facebook<br />

over the past two years<br />

(and don’t say<br />

you weren’t<br />

warned) our<br />

fixation has been<br />

on the lack of understanding<br />

of RISK in the<br />

investment markets.<br />

In the stockbroking business<br />

we see our main aim as being<br />

able to “save people from<br />

themselves” and we continually<br />

bang the table about the<br />

unknowns and left field events<br />

that we all know lurk in the<br />

shadows, but we just don’t<br />

know their timing.<br />

In October 2016 we described<br />

risk as set out below:<br />

“The Oxford English Dictionary<br />

cites the earliest use of the<br />

word in English (in the spelling<br />

of risque from its French<br />

original, ‘risque’ as of 1621), and<br />

the spelling as risk from 1655.<br />

It defines risk as: Exposure to the<br />

possibility of loss, injury, or other<br />

adverse or unwelcome circumstance;<br />

a chance or situation<br />

involving such a possibility.”<br />

Oh how far we have come?<br />

Now we have risk on steroids;<br />

risk today looms like a tarantula<br />

that is ever-present, waiting in<br />

the shadows not necessarily<br />

to cause injury but certainly to<br />

cause fright.<br />

And, sadly, this is now the<br />

world we live in. The volatility<br />

that we knew and thought we<br />

had bade farewell to is back…<br />

and back with a vengeance.<br />

Overseas markets can and<br />

see swings of 5 per cent or<br />

more in a night. You can go to<br />

bed at night and the Dow Jones<br />

Index of 30 stocks can be down<br />

500 points, and when you wake<br />

up in the morning the Dow<br />

may be up 500 points. Who<br />

knows? And that’s the<br />

worry.<br />

According<br />

to all<br />

reports, the US<br />

economy is doinably<br />

well,<br />

remarkto<br />

improve, and<br />

China is invigorating<br />

its domestic economy<br />

better than most people<br />

realise. The emerging markets<br />

continue to emerge. BUT – and<br />

it’s a big BUT – when you have<br />

Europe<br />

continues<br />

the President of The United<br />

States prowling the halls of The<br />

White House sending ‘Tweets’<br />

ensuring market mayhem, it<br />

becomes all the more difficult<br />

to predict anything.<br />

So, what to do in an investment<br />

environment such as<br />

with Simon Bond<br />

this? The old saying of “when in<br />

doubt stay out” has never been<br />

more appropriate in this situation<br />

and those who attempt<br />

“to trade from their kitchen<br />

tables” run the risk of incurring<br />

significant loss.<br />

Stand by for regulation of<br />

Big Tech – it’s not a matter of if<br />

but when – and when the great<br />

unwind begins, those who are<br />

over-exposed will struggle to<br />

get out. Facebook is a monopoly<br />

and monopolies cannot last.<br />

Donald Trump’s not-so-subtle<br />

attacks on Amazon are just the<br />

beginning. Google has already<br />

begun preparing and they are<br />

ahead of the pack.<br />

The Big Tech names have<br />

been the big performers and<br />

the risk of regulation now<br />

looms large. It won’t come out<br />

of the US, it will come from<br />

Europe; and my expectation is<br />

that when it happens the fines<br />

will be in the TENS of Billions.<br />

It’s not a matter of if but<br />

when. Stay astute, stay alert<br />

and stay solvent.<br />

NewportNet co-director Simon Bond has been actively involved<br />

in all aspects of Stockbroking since 1987. His focus is on how<br />

technology is changing the investment landscape, demographic<br />

trends and how they influence equity markets.<br />

56 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

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

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 57

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

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

Signing non-disclosure<br />

agreements under focus<br />

In the 14 months since Donald<br />

Trump was inaugurated<br />

as the 45th President of the<br />

United States of America there<br />

has not been a day without a<br />

headline mentioning him. He<br />

must be the most consistently<br />

reported and commented-upon<br />

President ever – and it appears<br />

unlikely to abate.<br />

Until now Donald Trump has<br />

been a most unlikely subject<br />

for this column; that is, until<br />

the arrival of adult film actress<br />

and director Stephanie Clifford<br />

(also known as Stormy<br />

Daniels) and Playboy model<br />

Karen McDougal. Both these<br />

ladies have recently given extensive<br />

media interviews and<br />

in the case of Ms Clifford, a<br />

much-publicised ‘60 Minutes’<br />

interview.<br />

Both had previously signed<br />

non-disclosure agreements,<br />

being settlements concerning<br />

their sexual encounters with<br />

Donald Trump.<br />

In Clifford’s case she signed<br />

the non-disclosure agreement,<br />

was paid, and agreed not to<br />

talk about the matter. On the<br />

other hand, McDougal sold<br />

the rights to her story of her<br />

affair with Trump to American<br />

Media Incorporated (AMI), the<br />

publisher of tabloid magazines<br />

such as the National Enquirer.<br />

It was a legal arrangement in<br />

which one sells one’s story<br />

in order to quash it in a deal<br />

known as “catch and kill’.<br />

Both women, perhaps<br />

emboldened by the Harvey<br />

Weinstein publicity, have approached<br />

a court to declare the<br />

non-disclosure deeds void.<br />

Documents which protect<br />

confidentiality are referred to<br />

by various names, for example:<br />

Deed of Confidentiality, Non-<br />

Disclosure Deed or Confidentiality<br />

Agreement. They are essentially<br />

the same document,<br />

usually a commercial agreement<br />

between two<br />

Here, binding promises of confidentiality<br />

are quite common.<br />

In the US several states,<br />

including Florida, Washington,<br />

and Louisiana had, prior<br />

to the Weinstein-led #MeToo<br />

movement, introduced what<br />

is known as “sunshine in<br />

litigation” – a reference to the<br />

famous Justice Louis Brandeis’s<br />

statement that sunlight is “the<br />

best of disinfectants” – legisla-<br />

tion which prohibits conparties<br />

or companies where<br />

the parties agree to protect the<br />

confidential information of one<br />

or both parties.<br />

Employment contracts and<br />

many varieties of legal agreement<br />

are used in business, one<br />

example being in the protection<br />

of intellectual property<br />

as progressive disclosure of<br />

the essence of information is<br />

made to a prospective partner<br />

or distributor a non-disclosure<br />

agreement will issue at each<br />

stage of revelation of the product.<br />

Such agreements are also<br />

issued in legal settlements,<br />

which may be negotiated prior<br />

to issues between parties escalating<br />

into full scale litigation.<br />

fidentiality provisions if they<br />

conceal ‘public hazards’ such<br />

as danger to general health<br />

and safety.<br />

While Clifford and McDougal<br />

have declared that their<br />

confidentially agreements<br />

concerned consensual sex with<br />

Trump, Harvey Weinstein has<br />

been revealed as a person who<br />

entered into multiple nondisclosure<br />

agreements with<br />

victims of his alleged sexual<br />

harassment and abuse. In this<br />

way he ensured that his victims<br />

were bound to silence, made<br />

more so by the fact that he was<br />

acknowledged as a very powerful<br />

presence in the entertainment<br />

industry.<br />

One effect of the Weinstein<br />

with Jennifer Harris<br />

scandals has been a move to<br />

re-examine non-disclosure<br />

agreements as being a method<br />

to coerce people and support a<br />

power imbalance.<br />

Since #MeToo, New York,<br />

California and several other<br />

states have introduced legislation<br />

prohibiting confidentiality<br />

clauses in deeds that have the<br />

effect of concealing discrimination<br />

or harassment. An interest-<br />

ing example to this thinking<br />

occurred in December 2017<br />

when Congress passed one<br />

taxation bill which provided<br />

for a provision disallowing a<br />

deduction for “any settlement<br />

or payment related to sexual<br />

harassment or sexual abuse<br />

if such settlement or payment<br />

is subject to a non-disclosure<br />

agreement”.<br />

With their media disclosures<br />

and lawsuits Clifford and Mc-<br />

Dougal combined with the #Me-<br />

Too campaign have attracted<br />

national attention to their cause<br />

and the use and effect of non<br />

– disclosure agreements and<br />

their enforceability.<br />

McDougal’s claim contends<br />

that an agreement that has<br />

the effect of coercing a person<br />

not to speak out on matters of<br />

public concern violates ‘foundational<br />

tenets of our system of<br />

government, including freedom<br />

of expression and conscience<br />

and freedom of the press.’<br />

Added to the interest in this<br />

matter has been a report in the<br />

58 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Washington Post that Donald<br />

Trump’s senior White House<br />

members have signed confidentiality<br />

agreements, which<br />

has raised the query as to<br />

whether they might be enforceable,<br />

if not unconstitutional.<br />

There are varied and specific<br />

arguments in the Clifford and<br />

McDougal litigation which go to<br />

whether, in Clifford’s case, she<br />

freely entered the non-disclosure<br />

agreement. And McDougal<br />

claiming a misunderstanding in<br />

signing her agreement.<br />

Both women allege that they<br />

received funds which may<br />

have circumvented federal<br />

campaign-finance law, because<br />

payments were unreported expenditures<br />

by, or contributions<br />

to, Trump’s campaign, intended<br />

to influence the election.<br />

Non-disclosure agreements<br />

were widely discussed in<br />

Australia in July last year in the<br />

case of Amber Harrison, a former<br />

Channel Seven executive<br />

assistant and Seven CEO Tim<br />

Worner concerning an extramarital<br />

affair.<br />

Harrison had agreed at the<br />

end of 2016 to leave Seven on<br />

the condition that the company<br />

pay her in instalments a total<br />

of $427,418 including $100,000<br />

for “alleged injury, including<br />

loss of professional standing<br />

and reputation”.<br />

A Deed of Agreement<br />

required Ms Harrison not to<br />

speak about the affair with Tim<br />

Worner or anything that would<br />

bring her former employer into<br />

disrepute.<br />

However, when Seven missed<br />

a payment Ms Harrison believed<br />

the agreement had broken<br />

down. She therefore went public<br />

about the affair on Twitter and<br />

Seven went to the Supreme<br />

Court and sought a permanent<br />

suppression order in terms<br />

of the Deed of Agreement i.e.<br />

not to speak about the affair<br />

or Channel Seven which might<br />

bring Seven into disrepute.<br />

Eventually negotiations<br />

broke down. Ms Harrison was<br />

left without legal representation,<br />

funds, and an order in<br />

the terms sought by Seven and<br />

a huge award of costs (which<br />

only recently Seven have decided<br />

not to enforce).<br />

While there has been debate<br />

to disallow the enforcement<br />

of non-disclosure agreements<br />

there is, we would suggest, a<br />

possibility that to abolish them<br />

would have the effect of taking<br />

away the bargaining leverage of<br />

less powerful parties in a dispute.<br />

Without a legally enforceable<br />

undertaking/promise to<br />

keep the issue out of the public<br />

eye, many powerful people may<br />

prefer to take their chances defending<br />

themselves in Court or<br />

in the media. Victims seeking<br />

redress could be left worse off,<br />

as their only bargaining chip<br />

– the possibility of silence – is<br />

removed.<br />

n Since preparing this column<br />

it has been reported<br />

that President Trump’s<br />

lawyers are seeking at least<br />

$US20 million in damages<br />

from Clifford (Stormy Daniels)<br />

for violation of the nondisclosure<br />

agreement.<br />

Comment supplied by<br />

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer<br />

Harris & Associates, Solicitors,<br />

4/57 Avalon Parade,<br />

Avalon Beach.<br />

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

E: jennifer@jenniferharris.com.au<br />

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

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

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 59

Trades & Services<br />

Trades & Services<br />


Andy McGill<br />

Call Andy 0450 511 250<br />

45 years’ experience in hi fidelity<br />

& muso equipment. Specialising<br />

in old analogue equipment<br />

including amplifiers, speakers &<br />

turntables.<br />


British & Swedish<br />

Motors<br />

Call 9970 6654<br />

Services Range Rover, Land<br />

Rover, Saab and Volvo with the<br />

latest in diagnostic equipment.<br />

Narrabeen Tyrepower<br />

Call 9970 6670<br />

Stocks all popular brands<br />

including Cooper 4WD. Plus<br />

they’ll do all mechanical repairs<br />

and rego inspections.<br />

Barrenjoey<br />

Smash Repairs<br />

Call 9970 8207<br />

barrenjoeysmashrepairs.com.au<br />

Re-sprays a specialty, plus<br />

restoration of your favourite vehicle.<br />

Commercial specialist.<br />


Avalon Marine<br />

Upholstery<br />

Call Simon 9918 9803<br />

Makes cushions for boats, patio<br />

and pool furniture, window<br />

seats.<br />


Eamon Dowling<br />

Electrical<br />

Call 0410 457 373<br />

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

data and security needs.<br />


Blue Tongue Carpets<br />

Call Stephan 9979 7292<br />

Family owned and run. Carpet,<br />

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

tiles & laminates. Open 6 days.<br />


Graham Brooks<br />

Call 0412 281 580<br />

Tree pruning and removals.<br />

Reports regarding DA tree management,<br />

arborist reports.<br />

Precision Tree Services<br />

Call Adam 0410 736 105<br />

Adam Bridger; professional tree<br />

care by qualified arborists and<br />

tree surgeons.<br />


The Aqua Clean Team<br />

Call Mark 0449 049 101<br />

Quality window washing,<br />

pressure cleaning, carpet<br />

washing, building soft wash.<br />

Martin Earl House Wash<br />

Call 0405 583 305<br />

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

all times. No travellers or uninsured<br />

casuals on your property.<br />

Housewashing Northern<br />

Beaches<br />

Call Ben 0408 682 525<br />

Pressure cleaning and soft wash;<br />

window & gutter cleaning. Used<br />

by local real estate agencies.<br />


Avalon Physiotherapy<br />

Call 9918 3373<br />

Provide specialist treatment for<br />

neck & back pain, sports injuries,<br />

orthopaedic problems.<br />

Avalon Physiotherapy<br />

& Clinical Pilates<br />

Call 9918 0230<br />

Dry needling and acupuncture,<br />

falls prevention and balance<br />

enhancement programs.<br />

Avalon Beach Chiropractic<br />

Call Sam 9918 0070<br />

Professional care for all ages.<br />

Treatment for chronic and acute<br />

pain, sports injuries.<br />

Francois Naef/Osteopath<br />

Call Francois 9918 2288<br />

Diagnosis, treatment and prevention for<br />

back pain and sciatica, sports injuries,<br />

muscle soreness and strain, pregnancy-related<br />

pain, postural imbalance.<br />


Modern Colour<br />

Call 0406 150 555<br />

Simon Bergin offers painting and<br />

decorating; clean, tidy, quality<br />

detail you will notice. Dependable<br />

and on time.<br />

AJJ Painting & Decorating<br />

Call 0418 116 700<br />

Andrew is a master painter with<br />

30 years’ experience. Domestic<br />

and commercial; reasonable<br />

rates, free quotes.<br />

Interior &<br />

Exterior Colour<br />

Call 0417 236 577<br />

Deborah is a local colour and<br />

interior design/decorating consultant<br />

with over 30 years’ experience.<br />

One-hour colour consultation with<br />

spec and samples.<br />


All Foam<br />

Call 9973 1731<br />

Cut to measure quality foam for day<br />

beds, boats, caravans and more.<br />

Discounted prices and reliable local<br />

service. Free measure and quote.<br />

Luxafoam North<br />

Call 9999 5567<br />

Local specialists in all aspects of<br />

outdoor & indoor seating.<br />

Custom service, expert advice.<br />

Essyou Design<br />

Call Susan 0422 466 880<br />

Specialist in day bed and outdoor<br />

areas. Reliable local service.<br />

Offering domestic & commercial.<br />


Northern Beaches Home Tu tor ing<br />

Call John 9972 1469<br />

1-ON-1 individual tutoring in your home. All ages and subjects K-Uni.<br />

Qualified tutors. WWC child protection checked. Since 2009.<br />

Leather Hero<br />

Call Leanne 0490 796 012<br />

Northern Beaches-based<br />

specialists in leather cleaning,<br />

revamps, repairs and colour<br />

restoration for lounges, cars<br />

and boats.<br />

Advertise<br />

your Business<br />

in Trades<br />

& Services<br />

section<br />

Phone<br />

0438 123 096<br />

60 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Trades & Services<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 61

Trades & Services<br />


Northern Beaches<br />

Home Tutoring<br />

Call John 9972 1469<br />

1-ON-1 individual tutoring<br />

in your home. All ages and<br />

subjects K-Uni. Qualified tutors.<br />

WWC child protection checked.<br />

Since 2009.<br />

Eliminate all manner of pests.<br />

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


Water Warehouse<br />

Call 9913 7988<br />

waterwarehouse.com.au<br />

Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation<br />

& filter supply specialists.<br />

DISCLAIMER: The editorial and advertising content in <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong><br />

has been provided by a number of sources. Any opinions expressed<br />

are not necessarily those of the Editor or Publisher of <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong><br />

and no responsibility is taken for the accuracy of the information<br />

contained within. Readers should make their own enquiries directly<br />

to any organisations or businesses prior to making any plans or<br />

taking any action.<br />


Predator Pest Control<br />

Call 0417 276 962<br />

predatorpestcontrol.com.au<br />

Environmental services at their<br />

best. Comprehensive control.<br />


Rob Burgers<br />

Call 0416 066 159<br />

Qualified builder provides all<br />

carpentry needs; decks, pergolas,<br />

carports, renons & repairs.<br />

Trades & Services<br />

Advertise<br />

your Business<br />

in Trades<br />

& Services<br />

section<br />

Phone<br />

0438 123 096<br />

Underdeck<br />

Call Adrian 0417 591 113<br />

Waterproof under your deck and<br />

turn the area into usable space<br />

all year round.<br />

TILING<br />

WM Tiling Services<br />

Call Wally 0452 449 4494<br />

wmtiling.com.com.au<br />

Bathroom renovations, supply<br />

and install. Quality, guaranteed<br />

work. Call to arrange quote.<br />

62 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

the<br />

good<br />

life<br />

dining<br />

food<br />

crossword<br />

gardening<br />

travel<br />

64<br />

66<br />

69<br />

70<br />

74<br />

Showtime<br />

Learn the story<br />

behind the music<br />

The fascinating story of<br />

one of the most influential<br />

composers and innovators<br />

of the 19th century will be<br />

showcased in an innovative<br />

concert in Bayview in June.<br />

John Field: Inventing ‘Night<br />

Music’ shines a light on the life<br />

and music of Irish composer<br />

and pianist John Field.<br />

In this unforgettable<br />

afternoon of music, Irish<br />

diplomat and raconteur Richard<br />

O’Brien and acclaimed pianist<br />

Tamara-Anne Cislowska (above)<br />

share the stage weaving the<br />

story of Field’s life into the<br />

audience’s experience of the<br />

music.<br />

Performed to great acclaim at<br />

venues such as the Melbourne<br />

Recital Centre O’Brien’s<br />

storytelling accompanied<br />

by Cislowska’s unerring<br />

musicianship has captivated<br />

audiences around Australia.<br />

Field’s Nocturnes influenced<br />

Chopin, Schumann and Liszt<br />

among others.<br />

He lived the last 30 years of<br />

his life in Russia and fostered<br />

a new school of Russian<br />

pianism that can be seen in the<br />

compositions of Tchaikowsky,<br />

Scriabin and Rachmaninov.<br />

This special concert,<br />

organised by Peninsula Music<br />

Club, is sure to appeal to wide<br />

audience – while you may<br />

be new to the story expect<br />

to hear music that is not<br />

unfamiliar.<br />

The concert will be held at<br />

St Luke’s Grammar School,<br />

Bayview Campus on Sunday<br />

3rd June at 2.30pm; doors<br />

open 2pm.<br />

Single tickets are $25. More<br />

info 0407 441 231 or 0413 077<br />

749; peninsulamusicclub.com.au<br />

Afternoon tea will be served<br />

after the performance.<br />

Sydney Film Festival action<br />

The full program for the 65th Sydney Film Festival is<br />

revealed this month and if the sneak peak of the line-up is<br />

anything to go by we are certainly in for a treat… even if we<br />

have to go into the city! The festival will be opened by sidesplittingly<br />

funny New Zealand film ‘The Breaker Upperers’<br />

at the State Theatre on Wed 6 June followed by 11 days of<br />

screenings of more than 250 films across Sydney (nearest<br />

venue to us is the Hayden Orpheum Cremorne). Tickets,<br />

flexipasses and subscriptions are on sale now. Call 1300 733<br />

733 or visit sff.org.au.<br />

High notes<br />

Show off – Give your mum<br />

a night out with tickets to<br />

a show. Dee Why RSL has<br />

some great acts scheduled<br />

in <strong>May</strong> which would make<br />

perfect (early) Mother’s Day<br />

gifts including The Australian<br />

Bee Gees Show on Fri 4,<br />

every mum’s favourite Mark<br />

Vincent on Wed 9 – and if you<br />

dare/or are feeling particularly<br />

cheeky, the hilarious<br />

Menopause The Musical on<br />

Thurs 10. Details at deewhyrsl.com.au.<br />

Funky beats – The Avalon<br />

Beach RSL presents the seven-piece<br />

funk, soul, rhythm<br />

and blues group Vicky Turner<br />

Band on Sat 12. The beachesbased<br />

group showcases a<br />

great blend of material from<br />

the Mowtown era to classic<br />

rock and funk so wear your<br />

dancing shoes. From 9-12pm.<br />

Musical theatre – Strictly<br />

Song and Dance is a colourful,<br />

high-energy show, featuring<br />

three talented performers<br />

delivering highlights from<br />

the greatest musical theatre<br />

productions of all time (think<br />

Phantom of the Opera, Les<br />

Misérables, The Wizard of<br />

Oz, Chicago and Strictly Ballroom<br />

to name a few) on Tues<br />

15 at 11am at Glen Street<br />

Theatre.<br />

Here is the voice – You<br />

may remember Nic Jeffries<br />

(pictured) from the popular<br />

Channel 9 television program<br />

The Voice. Also a formidable<br />

sax player, Nic will be<br />

bringing his rich and soulful<br />

sound to The Co-Op Club at<br />

the Waterfront General Store<br />

Church Point on Sat 20 from<br />

3.30-6.30pm. Call 99796633<br />

to book a table.<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 63<br />


Dining Guide<br />

Dining Guide<br />

<strong>May</strong>'s best restaurants, functions, events and reader deals...<br />

Bistro 61<br />

Avalon Beach RSL<br />

1 Bowling Green Lane<br />

Avalon Beach<br />


Open 7 days<br />

Lunch 12pm-2:30pm<br />

Dinner 5:30-8:30pm<br />


Modern Aust / pub food<br />


Meals $8-$30<br />

Specials $12-$15<br />

BOOKINGS 9918 2201<br />

Avalon Beach RSL’s Bistro 61<br />

is a great place to head for<br />

a local meal, offering tasty<br />

modern Australian dishes at<br />

affordable prices.<br />

Book a table for lunch on<br />

Mother's Day and enter their<br />

'Mum's Mega Raffle' with more<br />

than $1000 in prizes to be<br />

won.<br />

There will be hampers for<br />

mum, plus beauty treatments,<br />

gift vouchers and more.<br />

Music in <strong>May</strong> (9pm-12am)<br />

includes Coast & Ocean<br />

(Saturday 5th) and the Vicky<br />

Turner Band (Saturday 12th).<br />

And don't forget to check<br />

out their new Stella Room!<br />

Happy Hour is every<br />

Monday, Tuesday & Friday from<br />

4-6pm.<br />

Now open for breakfast<br />

from 9am to 11.30am.<br />

Open for lunch and dinner<br />

seven days, with extensive<br />

outdoor dining areas, Bistro<br />

61 offers a variety of specials<br />

(lunch and dinner) during the<br />

week, including $12 tacos<br />

(Tues), $15 Chicken Schnitzels<br />

(Wed), 2-4-1 pizzas (Thurs),<br />

and a $20 burger + beer (Fri).<br />

Seniors are well catered<br />

for – there are daily Seniors<br />

specials, including beerbattered<br />

flathead – plus they<br />

do a $5 kids meals on Sundays!<br />

(There’s a playground, too.)<br />

From the menu, chef<br />

Mitch recommends his twist<br />

on nachos – pulled beef and<br />

blackbeans with chipotle, corn<br />

chips, guacamole, Danish fetta<br />

and coriander.<br />

Members get discounts on<br />

meals purchased. Membership<br />

starts from $5.50.<br />

The club is licensed, with<br />

no BYO. Bookings online or<br />

call 9918 2201 – large groups<br />

welcome.<br />

Hong Kong<br />

Chinese Restaurant<br />

332 Barrenjoey Rd,<br />

Newport<br />


Dinner Tues-Sun 5pm<br />


Chinese & Asian<br />


Entrees $5-20<br />

Mains $12.90-26.50<br />

*Deliver Whale Beach - Narrabeen<br />

BOOKINGS 9997 4157<br />

LIC<br />

BYO<br />

All<br />

Book a table at this popular<br />

Newport eatery in April and<br />

your family is guaranteed<br />

a great night out with a<br />

feast for the eyes and the<br />

tastebuds.<br />

Order ahead for their<br />

wonderful Peking Duck which<br />

is offered as a dine-in-only<br />

special Thursdays through<br />

Sundays in Autumn.<br />

There are two traditional<br />

courses: Peking Duck<br />

pancakes & duck sang choy<br />

bow (bookings essential;<br />

mention the ad when you call).<br />

This long-established<br />

restaurant on the eastern<br />

side of Barrenjoey Rd has<br />

an extensive menu based<br />

on traditional flavoursome<br />

Cantonese with touches of<br />

spicy Szechuan and other<br />

Asian dishes and fresh<br />

seasonal vegetables.<br />

Entrees start at just $6<br />

while mains are great value<br />

too, starting at $16.80.<br />

The menu ranges from<br />

adventurous, like a Sizzling<br />

Szechuan-style platter of<br />

king prawns and fillets of<br />

chicken, to contemporary,<br />

featuring spicy salt and<br />

pepper king prawns, to<br />

traditional, with favourites<br />

including Mongolian lamb,<br />

Honey king prawns and<br />

P<br />

New dishes are introduced<br />

regularly so check out the<br />

blackboard specials.<br />

The team are only too<br />

happy to home deliver your<br />

meal, with a range that takes<br />

in Narrabeen to the south to<br />

Palm Beach in the north.<br />

Fully licensed or BYO.<br />

Barrenjoey<br />

Bistro<br />

Club Palm Beach<br />

1087 Barrenjoey Rd,<br />

Palm Beach<br />


Lunch 11:30am-2.30pm<br />

Dinner 6pm-8.30pm<br />


salad (Thursdays) and tempura<br />

fish and chips with salad<br />

(Fridays), except public hols.<br />

The Members’ lucky badge<br />

draw is held Wednesday and<br />

Friday night (every 30 mins<br />

between 5pm-7pm), and<br />

jackpots by $100 each week.<br />

Enjoy Trivia Night from<br />

5.30pm on Wednesdays, plus<br />

Bingo 10am on Fridays.<br />

The club has a courtesy<br />

bus that makes regular runs<br />

Wednesdays, Fridays and<br />

Saturdays from 4.30pm to 9pm.<br />

Ring to book a pick-up.<br />

The Mirage<br />

Restaurant<br />

at Metro Mirage<br />

Hotel Newport<br />

2 Queens Parade West,<br />

Newport<br />


Modern Australian<br />


Breakfast – $25 adults,<br />

$12.50 kids (5-12)<br />

Dinner – entrees<br />

from $7-$17,<br />

Mains from $21-$30,<br />

Desserts from $13-$25<br />

BOOKINGS 9997 7011<br />

Local residents are finding<br />

Lunch and dinner<br />

the peaceful ambience<br />

specials $13.50<br />

of The Mirage restaurant<br />

overlooking spectacular<br />

BOOKINGS 9974 5566<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>, the perfect<br />

Head to Club Palm Beach, waterfront venue to enjoy<br />

located just a short stroll from breakfast or dinner.<br />

Palm Beach Wharf, for Mother's Located in boutique Metro<br />

Day lunch on <strong>May</strong> 13.<br />

Hotel Mirage Newport, The<br />

Enjoy a special menu from Mirage restaurant is a popular<br />

11.30am through 3pm – no choice for breakfast from<br />

bookings taken.<br />

7-10am seven days a week,<br />

Enjoy a round-trip cruise on offering a fixed-price full hot<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> followed by lunch at and cold buffet, including a<br />

the club ($25pp groups of 10+). selection of cereals, seasonal<br />

Barrenjoey Bistro is open fruit and freshly made juice,<br />

for lunch (11.30am to 2.30pm) toast and pastries and<br />

and dinner (6pm to 9pm) seven sausages, eggs, has browns,<br />

days, plus there's a Snack Menu bacon and tomato served with<br />

available 2.30pm-6pm.<br />

the Chef’s Special of the day.<br />

The Bistro serves top-value a The Mirage restaurant is<br />

la carte meals plus daily $13.50 also open for dinner from<br />

specials of roasts (Mondays), Monday to Saturday from<br />

rump steak with chips and 5.30pm – 8.30pm and can<br />

salad (Tuesdays), chicken be hired, along with all the<br />

schnitzel with chips and salad hotel’s function rooms, for<br />

(Wednesdays), homemade private and corporate events<br />

Honey chicken.<br />

gourmet pies with chips and of between 60-110 guests.<br />

64 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Royal Motor<br />

Yacht Club<br />

Salt Cove on <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

46 Prince Alfred<br />

Parade, Newport<br />


Breakfast Lunch & Dinner<br />

Mon-Fri from 8.30am<br />

Weekends from 8am<br />


Breakfast from $8-$18<br />

Entrees from $9-$21<br />

Mains from $16-$26<br />

BOOKINGS 9997 5511<br />

RMYC’s restaurant Salt Cove<br />

on <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s menu has been<br />

updated – but it still offers<br />

affordable meals and generous<br />

servings including a variety<br />

of starters and share plates,<br />

seafood, burgers, grills, salads,<br />

desserts and woodfired pizza.<br />

This month, treat mum to a<br />

special Mother's Day breakfast,<br />

lunch or dinner at the RMYC on<br />

Sunday <strong>May</strong> 13.<br />

A Champagne Buffet Breakfast<br />

is available from 8am-11am ($25<br />

members, $28 non-members, $15<br />

kids).<br />

Or enjoy Buffet Lunch in the<br />

Top Deck function room, feasting<br />

on king prawns, oysters, fish,<br />

roast chicken and beef, salads and<br />

a variety of yummy desserts ($85<br />

members, $90 non-members,<br />

kids $30).<br />

Buffet bookings essential.<br />

Or for a more formal gettogether,<br />

there's a set-menu Lunch<br />

(12pm-3pm) and Dinner (5.30pm-<br />

9pm) at Salt Cove on <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

(bookings appreciated but not<br />

essential).<br />

'A Tribute To Family Legends'<br />

on Saturday <strong>May</strong> 12 features the<br />

talents of all-girl group Audio<br />

Vixens who will play hits from the<br />

likes of The Bee Gees, The Everly<br />

Brothers, The Beach Boys, The<br />

Capenters, The Andrews Sisters<br />

and more.<br />

Trivia is held every Tuesday<br />

night from 7.30pm (great prizes<br />

and vouchers).<br />

Club social memberships are<br />

available for just $160.<br />

Food Merchants Feast!<br />

Looking for something out of the ordinary for Mother’s Day?<br />

Head to Food Merchants within Parkhouse Food & Liquor<br />

at Mona Vale for a sumptuous three-course house feast with<br />

inspired Southern California flavours. Leave it to the talented<br />

chefs to bring you a taste of everything!<br />

The great new space is the perfect retreat to spoil mum – plus<br />

every booking will receive a Palm Beach Collection candle and a<br />

beautiful posy of flowers.<br />

It’s great value at just $55 per person, with kids $15. Bookings<br />

recommended.<br />

Also, look out for their new ‘Truck Stop’ which will be open on<br />

weekends, featuring a rotation of food trucks serving delectable<br />

delights. It’s an awesome new outdoor space featuring hand ball<br />

courts, snooker, croquet, ping pong tables, pizzas – the perfect<br />

location for everyone.<br />

More info parkhousefoodandliquor.com.au<br />

Dining Guide<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 65

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

For more recipes go to www.janellebloom.com.au<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Steve Brown & Benito Martin<br />

Rice is nice – but which<br />

one to use, and when?<br />

Over the Easter weekend a lively discussion was held around<br />

a friend’s table regarding the various and many rice varieties<br />

on supermarket shelves – in particular, what variety<br />

should be served with what cuisine! I tried to stay neutral, so as<br />

not to upset the host, but it was clear from the conversation there<br />

was some confusion, which is what inspired me for this month’s<br />

column.<br />

For the record, long grain is an all-purpose rice with a generic<br />

flavour. It is the most forgiving rice to cook and suits all cuisines.<br />

It’s the best rice to use when twice cooking – for example,<br />

fried rice (boiled, cooled then stir-fried).<br />

Jasmine originated in Thailand and is commonly used in<br />

Southeast Asian cooking. It is a long grain variety with a floral<br />

aroma and a soft, sticky texture. Use when serving Thai, Vietnamese,<br />

Indonesian or Malay.<br />

Basmati originated from the foothills of the Himalayas in<br />

northern India and Pakistan. Its long, thin grain has a fragrant,<br />

nutty flavour; it should be used when serving Indian.<br />

Arborio is a medium grain rice that should always be used<br />

when cooking risotto. And it’s the only rice that doesn’t require<br />

washing before cooking.<br />

Butter chicken<br />

Serves 4-5<br />

800g chicken thigh fillets, cut<br />

into 3cm pieces<br />

½ cup roasted salted cashews<br />

1 cup basmati rice, rinsed<br />

2 cups chicken stock<br />

60g ghee (see Janelle’s Tip)<br />

1 brown onion, finely chopped<br />

¼ tsp ground cardamom<br />

2 tsp sweet paprika<br />

¼ tsp ground cinnamon<br />

1 cup tomato passata<br />

300ml thickened cream<br />

coriander leaves & lime<br />

wedges, to serve<br />

Marinade<br />

½ small lemon, juiced<br />

½ cup greek-style yoghurt<br />

1 tsp ground turmeric<br />

2 tsp garam masala<br />

½ tsp chilli powder<br />

1 tsp ground cumin<br />

1 tbs grated fresh ginger<br />

2 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

1. Combine all the marinade<br />

ingredients in a ceramic<br />

bowl. Add chicken and stir<br />

to coat. Cover and refrigerate<br />

2 hours (or overnight if<br />

time permits). Process cashews<br />

until finely ground.<br />

2. Put rice and 1½ cups stock<br />

into a saucepan, bring to<br />

the boil over high heat.<br />

Reduce heat to low, cover<br />

and simmer 15 minutes until<br />

rice has absorbed the stock.<br />

Stand without removing the<br />

lid 10 minutes.<br />

3. Melt the ghee in a wok over<br />

medium heat. Add the onion<br />

and spices, cook, stirring for<br />

5 minutes until soft. Stir in<br />

the ground cashews. Reduce<br />

heat to low, add the passata<br />

and remaining ½ cup stock.<br />

Bring to the simmer. Stir in<br />

the chicken and marinade.<br />

Simmer, uncovered for 20<br />

minutes. Stir in cream and<br />

simmer a further 15 minutes,<br />

until chicken is cooked<br />

through and sauce reduced<br />

slightly.<br />

4. Scatter with coriander.<br />

Serve with rice and lime<br />

wedges.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: Ghee is<br />

traditionally used for cooking;<br />

you will find it near the<br />

Indian ingredients in the<br />

supermarket. Once opened,<br />

keep stored in the fridge. You<br />

can use vegetable oil as a<br />

replacement if you like.<br />

Fried rice<br />

Serves 4 as main<br />

with Janelle Bloom<br />

2 cups long grain rice, rinsed<br />

1 tbs Shao Hsing wine<br />

1 tbs oyster sauce<br />

1 tbs soy sauce<br />

1 tsp white sugar<br />

3 tsp Maggi seasoning (see<br />

Janelle’s Tip)<br />

1 tbs peanut oil<br />

2 eggs, lightly beaten<br />

1 brown onion, halved, thinly<br />

sliced<br />

2 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

1 long red chilli, thinly sliced<br />

2 rashers bacon, chopped<br />

2 lap chong sausages, sliced<br />

66 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

(See Janelle’s Tip)<br />

250g green prawns, peeled,<br />

deveined, roughly chopped<br />

4 green onions, thinly sliced<br />

1 red capsicum, diced<br />

1/3 cup frozen peas<br />

1. Combine the rice and 3<br />

cups cold tap water in a<br />

medium saucepan. Bring<br />

to the boil. Reduce heat to<br />

low, cover and simmer for<br />

12-15 minutes or until small<br />

craters appear in surface of<br />

the rice. Remove from heat.<br />

Stand covered for 5 minutes.<br />

Rinse then drain well.<br />

Spread out onto a baking<br />

tray. Refrigerate, uncovered<br />

for 2 hours or until cold.<br />

Combine cooking wine,<br />

sauces, sugar and seasoning<br />

together.<br />

2. Heat a wok over medium<br />

heat until hot. Add 1 teaspoon<br />

oil and swirl to coat<br />

wok. Add the egg, swirl to<br />

form a thin omelette. Cook<br />

for 30 seconds or until egg<br />

sets. Slide onto a board.<br />

Roll up omelette. Set aside.<br />

3. Reheat the wok over high<br />

heat. Add remaining oil<br />

with onion, garlic, chilli, bacon<br />

and sausage. Stir-fry for<br />

2 minutes. Add the prawns.<br />

Stir-fry for 1 minute or until<br />

prawns turn pink. Add the<br />

rice, green onions, capsicum,<br />

peas and combined<br />

sauce. Stir-fry until rice is<br />

heated through. Slice the<br />

omelette and stir into rice.<br />

Serve with chilli soy on the<br />

side.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: You will find<br />

Maggie seasoning with all the<br />

spices in the supermarket,<br />

and sausage where Asian<br />

ingredients are located.<br />

Lemongrass<br />

beef stir-fry<br />

Serves 4<br />

3 tbs peanut oil<br />

1 tbs lemongrass paste<br />

1 long red chilli, finely<br />

chopped<br />

1 tbs grated fresh ginger<br />

600g beef fillet, trimmed,<br />

thinly sliced<br />

1 bunch choy sum, ends<br />

trimmed, leaves and stems<br />

separated<br />

150g snow peas, thinly sliced<br />

100g green beans, trimmed,<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

cut into 3cm lengths<br />

1 tbs Shao Hsing Chinese<br />

cooking wine<br />

Jasmine rice, cooked to serve<br />

1. Combine 1 tablespoon oil,<br />

lemongrass, chilli and ginger<br />

in a ceramic bowl. Add<br />

the beef, stir to coat.<br />

2. Cut choy sum leaves and<br />

stems into 3cm lengths.<br />

Heat a wok over high heat<br />

until hot. Add 2 teaspoons<br />

oil and swirl to coat the<br />

wok. Add one-third of the<br />

marinated beef, stir-fry for<br />

2 minutes or until browned.<br />

Transfer to a large plate.<br />

Repeat, in 2 more batches,<br />

with oil and remaining beef,<br />

reheating the wok between<br />

batches.<br />

3. Add the remaining oil to the<br />

wok, with choy sum stems,<br />

stir-fry 1 minute. Add snow<br />

peas and beans, stir-fry 1<br />

minute. Add Shao Hsing<br />

wine, cover for 30 seconds.<br />

Return the beef and any<br />

juices to the wok. Stir-fry for<br />

1-2 minutes or until the beef<br />

is warmed through. Stir in<br />

the choy sum leaves. Serve<br />

with Jasmine rice.<br />

Oven-baked risotto<br />

Serves 4<br />

600g sweet potato, peeled, cut<br />

into 3cm pieces<br />

1 tbs olive oil<br />

50g butter<br />

2 chorizo, chopped<br />

1 large leek, halved, thinly<br />

sliced<br />

1 garlic clove, crushed<br />

a plate. Cover and set aside.<br />

1½ cups Arborio rice<br />

Add leek and garlic to the<br />

4 cups chicken stock<br />

pan, cook, stirring constantly<br />

50g parmesan, finely grated<br />

for 2 minutes.<br />

¼ cup chopped flat leaf<br />

3. Stir in the rice, cook while<br />

parsley<br />

stirring for 1 minute. Add<br />

the stock and bring to the<br />

1. Preheat oven to 220°C fan<br />

boil. Cover with a tightfitting<br />

lid or foil. Transfer ri-<br />

forced. Scatter the sweet<br />

sotto to the oven and bake,<br />

potato over a baking tray.<br />

stirring every 10 minutes,<br />

Drizzle with the oil, season.<br />

for 30 minutes.<br />

Roast for 20 minutes until<br />

4. After 30 minutes stir in the<br />

golden and tender.<br />

chorizo and sweet potato.<br />

2. Reduce oven to 180°C fan<br />

Cover and return to the<br />

forced. Melt butter in a<br />

oven for 8 minutes or until<br />

large flameproof dish over rice is tender and absorbed<br />

medium heat. Add chorizo, all the stock. Remove from<br />

cook for 5 minutes or until the oven, stir through the<br />

light golden. Use a slotted parmesan and parsley.<br />

spoon to remove chorizo to Serve.<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 67<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong>

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

In Season<br />

Rhubarb<br />

Rhubarb, raspberry white<br />

chocolate croissant cake<br />

Serves 6-8<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

The Chinese call rhubarb<br />

“the great yellow” (dà<br />

huáng); they have used<br />

rhubarb root for medicinal<br />

purposes for thousands of<br />

years. Rhubarb is related<br />

to sorrel and buckwheat.<br />

Its stalk is fleshy and tart,<br />

while its leaves contain<br />

high levels of oxalic acid<br />

which makes them toxic.<br />

Remove and discard leaves<br />

before cooking! Although<br />

rhubarb is not a true fruit,<br />

in the kitchen it is usually<br />

prepared as if it were. Most<br />

commonly, the stalks are<br />

cooked with sugar and used<br />

in pies, crumbles and other<br />

desserts.<br />

Buying<br />

Look for rhubarb with glossy,<br />

crisp, bright red stalks – the<br />

more intense the colour, the<br />

sweeter the fruit. Avoid limp<br />

stalks, or stalks with bruising.<br />

Storage<br />

Fresh rhubarb perishes<br />

quickly at room temperature<br />

so it’s best stored, unwashed<br />

and uncut, in a snap lock bag<br />

in the fridge. Once cooked<br />

rhubarb will keep 4-5 days in<br />

the fridge or up to 6 months<br />

in the freezer.<br />

Nutrition<br />

Rhubarb contains some fibre,<br />

calcium, vitamins C, A and K,<br />

magnesium, potassium, manganese<br />

and a little iron.<br />

Also In Season<br />

<strong>May</strong><br />

Apples –look out for Kanzi<br />

and Jazz; Bananas; Custard<br />

apples; Dates; Grapes;<br />

Kiwi Fruit; Mandarins;<br />

Oranges – Navel; Pears;<br />

Pomegranates; Quince and<br />

Rhubarb. Also Avocados;<br />

Bok Choy; Broccolini and<br />

Broccoli; Brussels sprouts;<br />

Cabbage; Cauliflower;<br />

Eggplant; Fennel; Kale;<br />

Ginger; Leeks; Spinach and<br />

Sweet potato.<br />

8 croissants, cut into four<br />

crossways (see Janelle's Tip)<br />

2 eggs<br />

½ cup caster sugar<br />

1/3 cup thickened cream<br />

¼ cup ground almonds (almond<br />

meal)<br />

2 tablespoons flaked almonds<br />

2/3 cup frozen raspberries<br />

150g white chocolate,<br />

chopped<br />

Double cream to serve<br />

Stewed rhubarb<br />

600g rhubarb, washed,<br />

trimmed<br />

2 tbs white sugar<br />

½ tsp vanilla bean paste<br />

1. Cut rhubarb into 1½cmthick<br />

pieces. Place into a<br />

heatproof, microwave-safe<br />

bowl with the water clinging<br />

from washing. Add<br />

sugar, stir to coat. Cover,<br />

microwave on High/100%<br />

for 5 minutes. Carefully remove<br />

the cover, stir. Cover<br />

again and cook further 3-5<br />

minutes or until stewed.<br />

Stir in vanilla. Set aside to<br />

cool.<br />

2. Lightly grease base and<br />

sides 6cm deep, 20cm<br />

(base) springform pan.<br />

Arrange croissants, cut<br />

surface facing up over the<br />

base of the pan, making<br />

sure the base is completely<br />

covered. Combine eggs,<br />

sugar, cream and ground<br />

almonds in a bowl. Whisk<br />

with a fork until combined.<br />

Pour half over the croissants.<br />

Allow to stand 10<br />

minutes to absorb the egg<br />

mixture.<br />

3. Carefully spread 1 cup of<br />

stewed rhubarb over the<br />

croissants. Top with half<br />

the raspberries and half<br />

the chocolate. Top with<br />

remaining croissants.<br />

Pour over remaining egg<br />

mixture and allow to stand<br />

10 minutes.<br />

4. Preheat oven 180°C fan<br />

forced. Poke the remaining<br />

raspberries and white<br />

chocolate between croissants.<br />

Sprinkle the top with<br />

flaked almonds. Place onto<br />

a lined baking tray. Bake 30<br />

minutes or until set. Stand<br />

15 minutes before releasing<br />

sides. Serve warm with<br />

thick cream.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: Day-old croissants<br />

are best for this recipe.<br />

If using frozen, allow them<br />

to thaw then stand room<br />

temperature for 1 day.<br />

68 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Puzzler<br />

Compiled by David Stickley<br />

ACROSS<br />

1 A small recess opening off a larger room<br />

(6)<br />

4 Wide landscape view (8)<br />

9 Administrative centre of the local<br />

government area of Northern Beaches<br />

Council (3,3)<br />

10 Small bits of coloured paper thrown by<br />

wedding guests at the bride and groom (8)<br />

12 North Avalon’s “hole in the wall” (2,8,4)<br />

14 Those having a dip on the Northern<br />

Beaches (7)<br />

16 Small umbrella (7)<br />

17 Division of geological time (3)<br />

18 Summaries of academic and work<br />

histories (7)<br />

20 A surfboard about 2.5 metres in<br />

length, propelled by a paddle (4,3)<br />

22 Stretch of sand just north of Collaroy<br />

(9,5)<br />

26 Shipwreck survivor (8)<br />

27 Black and white bird (6)<br />

29 Common beachwear for those wishing<br />

to keep their budgie smugglers under<br />

wraps (8)<br />

30 Etival is the only one in Palm Beach (6)<br />

24 DOWN<br />

DOWN<br />

1 Financial assistance (3)<br />

2 The best part of anything (5)<br />

3 Any conveyance for transporting<br />

people, goods, etc., especially on land (7)<br />

5 A coral island consisting of a circular<br />

belt of coral enclosing a central lagoon<br />

(5)<br />

6 A person appointed or elected to some<br />

position of responsibility and authority<br />

in the public service, or in some<br />

corporation, society, or the like (7)<br />

7 Zealous workers for a cause, especially<br />

a political cause (9)<br />

8 The largest of the world’s continents<br />

(4)<br />

11 A large quantity or number (6)<br />

12 Residential area like Palm Beach,<br />

Newport or Avalon (6)<br />

13 Quite advanced in years (6)<br />

15 Body of water lapping the Northern<br />

Beaches (6,3)<br />

16 Family behind the Happy Days<br />

Cambodia charity (6)<br />

19 Half woman, half fish (7)<br />

21 Vigorous and animated (7)<br />

23 A couple or pair (5)<br />

24 iPhone maker (5)<br />

25 Sign of a healing wound (4)<br />

28 Dine at the Beach House, Avalon, for<br />

example (3)<br />

[Solution page 72]<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Puzzler<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 69

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Delight Give a gift in that the amazing lasts a lot<br />

colours longer than of hydrangeas<br />

Mother's Day with Gabrielle Bryant<br />

Always a favourite for All mothers deserve with cactus will look<br />

Christmas colour, hydrangeas<br />

are flowering their<br />

on Mother’s Day. If your mum likes a<br />

special treatment after themselves.<br />

heads off! They look wonderful<br />

Treat your mum with challenge give her a<br />

in the garden, brightening<br />

a gift that will give raised vegetable garden<br />

the semi-shaded areas and<br />

pleasure for the weeks in kit form, or a readymade<br />

glowing in the full, protected<br />

ahead.<br />

veggie pod for<br />

sunlight. Once the older<br />

Gardening mums love the balcony. For a more<br />

varieties were either pink or<br />

nothing more than a living<br />

relaxing present give<br />

blue depending on the soil,<br />

plant. Cyclamen (left) a water fountain or<br />

additional lime will deepen<br />

will flower for the colder tabletop water feature so<br />

the pinks and blueing tonic<br />

months to come. Moth that she can relax to the<br />

(sulphate of aluminium) will<br />

orchids are sensational, sound of water. Cherry Guava a<br />

heighten the blues, but the<br />

chrysanthemums can Seeds, herb kits, mushroom<br />

farms, secateurs,<br />

sweet surprise<br />

new named varieties will<br />

be planted out into the<br />

I<br />

maintain their colour. White<br />

garden to flower again hand trowels or watering n full flower in my veggie<br />

never changes. There are<br />

next autumn. Peace lilies, cans may seem basic garden is my Cherry Guava,<br />

hydrangeas of every size from<br />

pink begonias, pots of but are all welcomed by sometimes known as a Strawberry<br />

Guava. This delightful<br />

the tiny dwarf Piamina to the<br />

tiny yellow jonquils or gardening mums.<br />

tall traditional Mop Heads.<br />

scarlet anthuriums are all And if all else fails take evergreen shrub never fails to<br />

With so many to choose from<br />

flowering now.<br />

your mother for a day produce a heavy crop of cherry<br />

it is almost too difficult to of the traditional For working mop heads, mothers, that can out be to the two nearest metres garden tall. guavas in early autumn.<br />

decide. There are the delicate the cone-shaped glass terrariums flowers of planted The recently centre! introduced<br />

It is a small, pretty tree with<br />

lace caps, the huge blooms hydrangea paniculata bushes smaller growing Picotee rounded, glossy green leaves<br />

varieties with two-tone flower that only grows to about<br />

heads are hard to leave behind<br />

and if you have a semi-<br />

trimmed Silver into shape Falls after fruit-<br />

three metres in height. Keep it<br />

New alternative to Murraya hedging<br />

shaded wall, the climbing ing. The delicate fluffy flowers<br />

Radermachera Summerscent naturally dense foliage. They<br />

hydrangea petiolaris is just are a creamy hanging<br />

white, growing close<br />

is a dwarf cousin of the can be clipped as a hedge or<br />

beautiful.<br />

to the branches. They are followed<br />

wonder<br />

by the tangy flavoured,<br />

China Doll tree that has been be left to grow in their natural<br />

Hydrangeas are forgiving<br />

a favourite indoor plant for shape. Summerscent will work<br />

plants that are easy to grow. sweet, Dichondra berry-sized, Silver cherry Falls red is<br />

many years. Once China Dolls as a screening plant in far<br />

They like regular water and fruit that often are sold high in in hanging vitamin C.<br />

are planted in the ground they less time than other hedging<br />

any good garden soil. Mulch Unlike baskets. the taller-growing It is an easy-togrow<br />

yellow plant guava with that glistening needs<br />

deciduous<br />

will grow into huge trees but plants. Alternatively, it can be<br />

the roots with compost to<br />

Summerscents (right) grow trimmed to a single trunk until<br />

keep them cool and feed cooking, silver, trailing the fruit foliage. can be eaten<br />

no more than 3m tall, and it is a metre tall and then left<br />

them in early spring to get raw straight In a basket from it the will tree spill or<br />

they are quickly replacing the to branch out as a small street<br />

them going. Grow them in used down, in cooking, cascading jellies, over drinks, the<br />

Murrayas as hedging plants in tree. As an added bonus Summerscent<br />

has fragrant pale<br />

pots, or in the garden; bring sauces edge or with jams. long stems of<br />

coastal gardens from the Gold<br />

them inside when in flower small You should kidney-shaped protect the silver fruit<br />

Coast down to Sydney.<br />

cream flowers for most of the<br />

or cut the blooms – they last from leaves. fruit It fly is with often a fruit overlooked<br />

as a ground cover<br />

fly bait.<br />

They are fast growing with summer months.<br />

well in water.<br />

plant (above). It is so easy<br />

Get to grow, into it will the soon cover<br />

dry, poor soil.<br />

‘swing’ of Xmas<br />

I<br />

Once established, it<br />

t<br />

only<br />

is time<br />

needs<br />

to relax<br />

to be<br />

and<br />

watered<br />

enjoy<br />

your<br />

after<br />

garden.<br />

long dry<br />

Look<br />

spells.<br />

at your<br />

outdoor<br />

Silver Falls<br />

seating<br />

is undemanding.<br />

It<br />

requirements<br />

Like its cousin the China<br />

–<br />

will<br />

the shops<br />

cover root-filled<br />

are full of<br />

Doll, Radermachera Summerscent<br />

is a great indoor plant Hanging<br />

amazing<br />

soil under<br />

chairs<br />

trees,<br />

and<br />

spill<br />

tables.<br />

over<br />

rockeries,<br />

cane<br />

grow<br />

egg<br />

down<br />

chairs<br />

the<br />

have<br />

but without the sun it will not been<br />

centre<br />

trendy<br />

of driveways<br />

for the past<br />

or<br />

few<br />

flower.<br />

years<br />

tumble<br />

and<br />

out<br />

now<br />

of<br />

the<br />

pots.<br />

‘Swing<br />

This very welcome newcomer<br />

will grow in sun or peaceful<br />

Seat’<br />

The<br />

is back.<br />

best way<br />

Nothing<br />

to make<br />

is more<br />

it<br />

spread<br />

than<br />

quickly<br />

swinging<br />

is to layer<br />

in a<br />

shade, and once established seat<br />

the<br />

for<br />

trails<br />

two,<br />

of<br />

sheltered<br />

silver. It will<br />

from<br />

is drought-tolerant. It doesn’t the<br />

root<br />

weather<br />

from the<br />

with<br />

base<br />

a roof<br />

of the<br />

to<br />

like wet feet and grows best in shade<br />

leaves.<br />

from the sun – makes a<br />

good soil.<br />

great Christmas present too!<br />

72 70 DECEMBER MAY <strong>2018</strong> 2017<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Take the<br />

Nodding<br />

challenge<br />

Sometimes it is fun to<br />

take on a challenge, and<br />

if you are lucky enough<br />

to find a plant of the<br />

Nodding Clerodendrum<br />

– clerodendrum nutans –<br />

don’t miss out.<br />

It is a slow-growing<br />

tropical plant that has<br />

sprays of pure white<br />

flowers that contrast<br />

against the dark green<br />

glossy leaves in summer. It<br />

will grow in the semi shade,<br />

out of the hot midday sun.<br />

It will grow in the garden<br />

away from the wind that<br />

would damage its brittle<br />

foliage but I believe that<br />

this very beautiful plant is<br />

better grown in a large pot,<br />

where it can be fed and<br />

watered regularly. It can be<br />

grown as an indoor plant in<br />

a very light room.<br />

Prepare poppies for 100<br />

years of remembrance<br />

If you plant your poppies now<br />

they will flower in time for<br />

the 100 years commemoration<br />

of World War I in November.<br />

Mr Fothergills<br />

seeds have released,<br />

in partnership<br />

with Legacy,<br />

a packet of scarlet<br />

Flanders Poppy<br />

seeds. For every<br />

packet sold, Mr<br />

Fothergills will donate<br />

50c to Legacy.<br />

Check the garden<br />

centre but if you<br />

cannot find them<br />

you can buy them<br />

from Mr Fothergills<br />

online.<br />

Flanders Poppies make a<br />

brilliant display in late spring,<br />

in pots or in mass displays.<br />

Their huge scarlet flowers<br />

with black centres have become<br />

the symbol of remembrance.<br />

Scatter the seed lightly over<br />

damp soil and press down<br />

firmly, or sow the seeds in a<br />

seedling tray and plant them<br />

out when strong<br />

enough to handle.<br />

The seed is very<br />

fine; to make the<br />

seeds easier to<br />

handle, mix the<br />

seeds with some<br />

dry sand before you<br />

sow them (they will<br />

germinate quickly).<br />

Thin out the seedlings<br />

to space 20cm<br />

apart. Once they<br />

begin to flower you<br />

will have a display<br />

for many weeks until<br />

the summer heat arrives.<br />

Poppies love full sun; feed<br />

them with a slow-release<br />

fertiliser and you will be well<br />

rewarded. To keep the flowers<br />

coming, remove the old flowers<br />

as they finish.<br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Let the cat out of the grass<br />

It’s fun to have a project for the kids that works fast. Sprouting<br />

seeds and grass heads are great but nothing is more fun than<br />

growing seeds in water beads.<br />

Water beads are the perfect medium for germinating seeds.<br />

They can be coloured with food colouring as they swell in the water.<br />

Packets of beads can easily be found in plant shops or online.<br />

Nothing grows quicker than cat grass (above). All cats love<br />

to nibble grass that they will find outside, but if you have an<br />

indoor cat, keep your cat happy with home-grown cat grass.<br />

The seed will germinate in just a few days. If you don’t have a<br />

cat, any seeds can be grown the same way: cress, bean sprouts,<br />

alfalfa, mustard, mung beans or peas.<br />

If you add a complete fertiliser to the water, use water beads<br />

to grow culinary herbs hydroponically on a sunny window sill.<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 71

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Jobs this Month<br />

<strong>May</strong><br />

Now that the weather<br />

has started to cool<br />

down a little, plant<br />

out your spring flowering<br />

bulbs. If you are planting<br />

them into pots layer the<br />

bulbs at different depths to<br />

prolong the flowering time.<br />

Use bulb fibre potting mix<br />

for the best results. Some<br />

pansy or alyssum seedlings<br />

will brighten the pots before<br />

the bulbs appear, without<br />

affecting the growth of the<br />

bulbs.<br />

Move orchids<br />

Move cymbidium orchids<br />

into the sun. They are<br />

beginning to make flower<br />

spikes and need bright light<br />

or winter sun to develop the<br />

buds. Watch out for snails<br />

though – protect them with<br />

Multiguard snail bait.<br />

Dose citrus<br />

While the soil is still warm<br />

give your citrus trees a dose<br />

of fertiliser before winter.<br />

Spray fortnightly with Eco oil<br />

to protect the foliage from<br />

leaf miner and citrus bugs.<br />

Not too wet<br />

Make sure that pot plants<br />

are not sitting saucers full of<br />

water. Plants need less water<br />

when they are dormant in<br />

winter. Cold wet roots will rot.<br />

Compost call<br />

Autumn leaves make<br />

wonderful compost. Keep<br />

filling the compost bin with<br />

leaves, twigs, veggie scraps<br />

and shredded paper. Water<br />

with GoGo Juice to help the<br />

compost break down.<br />

Mind your peas<br />

Sweet Peas are shooting<br />

up now. Make sure they<br />

have something strong to<br />

climb up. A bamboo tripod<br />

wrapped with chicken wire<br />

or wound with string works<br />

well. A lattice on the fence<br />

or an archway makes a good<br />

base. If you haven’t planted<br />

seeds it is not too late for<br />

seedlings.<br />

Worm alert<br />

If the rains come before the<br />

weather cools, watch out for<br />

Army Worm in the lawn. Dead<br />

patches are tell-tale signs.<br />

Apply Professor Mac’s 3 in 1.<br />

It is a natural insecticide, a<br />

wetting agent and a fertiliser<br />

to control the grubs.<br />

Seasonal change<br />

Autumn colours define the<br />

seasons. Deciduous trees give<br />

summer shade and winter<br />

sun. Check out the trees<br />

around that are losing their<br />

leaves. Take note of colour<br />

and size before you buy bare<br />

trees next month.<br />

Cull tomatoes<br />

The very warm autumn has<br />

prolonged the tomato season<br />

and some are still fruiting.<br />

But if you want to plant winter<br />

crops you will have to pull<br />

Camellia care<br />

It is time to disbud camellias.<br />

Where the flower buds are<br />

multiple gently twist them<br />

off leaving just a single<br />

flower. Sometimes camellias<br />

are very enthusiastic. Single<br />

flowers can open fully.<br />

Overcrowded buds can open<br />

as misshapen flowers.<br />

tomatoes out now. Otherwise<br />

your new crops of peas,<br />

broccolini, spinach, silver<br />

beet and other winter veggies<br />

won’t be ready to harvest by<br />

the time the weather warms<br />

up in spring.<br />

Space for seedlings<br />

Leave some space in the<br />

vegetable garden for flower<br />

seedlings. Primula, pansies,<br />

marigolds, sweet William,<br />

stock, nasturtiums and snap<br />

dragons will attract the bees.<br />

Crossword solution from page 69<br />

Mystery location: CLAREVILLE<br />

72 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Times Past<br />

Avalon’s sea cave is more<br />

than just a hole in the wall<br />

You could be excused for<br />

thinking that Avalon<br />

has/had three ‘Holes<br />

in the Wall’ if you include<br />

the Sea Cave (or ‘The Ovens’)<br />

with St Michael’s Arch and<br />

St Michael’s Cave at North<br />

Avalon.<br />

The Reverend Father Therry<br />

knew of (and named) both the<br />

latter two – but he wouldn’t<br />

have known of the sea cave.<br />

He would have needed to be<br />

on the deck of the SS ‘Collaroy’<br />

as she steamed past Careel<br />

Head on Easter Monday, 21<br />

April 1862. He was on his way<br />

to the wharf at Careel Bay to<br />

deliver the inaugural lecture<br />

of the season in St Michael’s<br />

Cave to 250 members of the St<br />

Benedict’s Society.<br />

Careel Head lies to the north<br />

of Bangalley Headland and at<br />

its base, at sea level, constant<br />

erosion has created two sea<br />

caves. The northern sea cave is<br />

large, with an entrance about<br />

10 metres across and 2 metres<br />

across at the ‘wet section’. It is<br />

10 metres high and about 100<br />

metres deep!<br />

However, it pales when compared<br />

to the more southerly<br />

‘monster’.<br />

Leaving the minor cave and<br />

heading south, an incredible<br />

roar greets the intrepid caver<br />

or fisherman from around a<br />

corner, even with a relatively<br />

calm sea and a low tide. Big<br />

T-Rex would be proud of the<br />

noise emanating from a mouth<br />

far bigger than his! This<br />

mouth has measurements of<br />

30 metres across the entrance<br />

and the height inside is greater<br />

than a 10-storey building.<br />

The escarpment from North<br />

Avalon to Whale Beach is made<br />

up of almost vertical cliffs,<br />

with the foreshore sloping to a<br />

varying degree. Within the escarpment<br />

are a number of vertical<br />

doleritic dykes, especially<br />

the most visible one through<br />

the apex of St Michael’s Cave.<br />

PHOTO: John Davis<br />

Just like the forces which<br />

formed St Michael’s Cave,<br />

molten rock forced its way<br />

up through cracks in Careel<br />

Head to form a similar dolerite<br />

dyke. The molten rock<br />

rises from deep within the<br />

Earth and forms thin vertical<br />

sheets that punctuate the<br />

sedimentary geology. It is<br />

claimed that this intrusion<br />

occurred during the Jurassic<br />

era – around 170 million<br />

years ago.<br />

Geologists claim that St<br />

Michael’s Cave would have<br />

eroded faster once the sea levels<br />

fell due to the action of the<br />

wind-blown sand over time.<br />

There have been many<br />

claims that smuggling occurred<br />

in earlier years in both<br />

St Michael’s Cave and the sea<br />

caves. However, the wave that<br />

is generated as a swell enters<br />

the narrowing sea cave is<br />

anything but welcoming and<br />

a wooden boat would soon be<br />

belted to splinters.<br />

TIMES PAST is supplied<br />

by local historian<br />

and President of the<br />

Avalon Beach Historical<br />

Society GEOFF SEARL.<br />

Visit the Society’s<br />

showroom in Bowling<br />

Green Lane, Avalon<br />

Beach.<br />

Times Past<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2018</strong> 73

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Take in glaciers & volcanoes<br />

on luxury ‘Ring of Fire’ Cruise<br />

Crystal Cruise’s enticing<br />

22-night ultra-luxury<br />

voyage from Tokyo to San<br />

Francisco via Russia’s Kamchatka<br />

Peninsula in <strong>May</strong> next<br />

year will take in some of the<br />

world’s most stunning views –<br />

including Avacha Bay and surrounding<br />

volcanic mountains,<br />

followed by the glaciers and<br />

fjords of Alaska.<br />

Travel View Cruise View’s<br />

Karen Robinson says that with<br />

the scenery come countless<br />

opportunities for wildlife<br />

watching, a wide variety of<br />

outdoor activities and the<br />

chance to explore the various<br />

cultures in the area.<br />

“One of the highlights of<br />

this unique and charming itinerary<br />

aboard the prestigious<br />

six-star Crystal Symphony is<br />

going to Petropavlovsk,” Karen<br />

said. “Petropavlovsk’s claim<br />

to fame isn’t necessarily the<br />

city itself, but the remarkable<br />

scenery that surrounds it.”<br />

She explained the peninsula<br />

is part of the Ring of Fire, the<br />

string of volcanoes that encircle<br />

the Pacific. Here there are<br />

68 active volcanoes, providing<br />

outstanding opportunities for<br />

exploration and adventure.<br />

“Visitors might soak in the<br />

hot springs, soar over the<br />

volcanoes via helicopter, see<br />

the Valley of the Geysers or<br />

discover Nalichevsky Nature<br />

Park,” Karen said.<br />

Cruiseco’s generous<br />

25-night fly, cruise and stay<br />

packages (departing <strong>May</strong><br />

26) in a Deluxe Oceanview<br />

stateroom, start from $14,995<br />

per person, twin share;<br />

they include Economy Class<br />

international airfare from<br />

Sydney to Tokyo and return<br />

from San Francisco to Sydney,<br />

plus two nights pre- and one<br />

night post-cruise opulent<br />

hotel accommodation.<br />

Private car transfers between<br />

port, hotel and airport<br />

in Tokyo and San Francisco;<br />

onboard gratuities; port<br />

charges; government fees and<br />

air taxes are also included.<br />

“Voted the prestigious<br />

luxury travel award for<br />

World’s best large-ship cruise<br />

line, consecutively for the past<br />

10 years, indicates Crystal<br />

Cruises dedication to delivering<br />

a six-star experience on<br />

every cruise,” Karen said.<br />

“Following a recent multimillion<br />

dollar redesign, the<br />

Crystal Symphony has been<br />

transformed into a sanctuary<br />

of refined style and cutting<br />

edge technology, maintaining<br />

her undisputed status as the<br />

World’s best.”<br />

* Join Travel View for an<br />

information evening on<br />

Wednesday 30 <strong>May</strong> from<br />

5-7pm. Call to secure your<br />

spot – Avalon 9918 4444 or<br />

Collaroy 9999 0444<br />

74 MAY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

80,000 Reasons *<br />

To Advertise In<br />

IN JUNE...<br />

A TASTE OF PITTWATER <strong>2018</strong><br />



Don’t miss the opportunity to advertise your business<br />

and reach a HUGE audience in <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>!<br />

PHONE 0438 123 096!<br />

*Independent Readership Claim based on 2 ½ readers per copy.

Hooray! Your file is uploaded and ready to be published.

Saved successfully!

Ooh no, something went wrong!