Pittwater Life May 2018 Issue


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MAY 2018






















The story that keeps on giving

It might seem like we’re

flogging a dead horse with

our ongoing coverage of the

Pasadena saga (no disrespect

to the property or its owners

intended) but it’s a tale of such

intrigue (see page 20) that it

demands attention.

The latest chapter involves

the developer contacting

Northern Beaches Councillors,

hoping to clear up the

“misinformation” that’s been

circulated by Council staff and

the media.

At the same time, Council

have added a bespoke page

to their website to inform the

community of their position,

and the status of their pursuit

of compulsory acquisition.

Further, they say the clock

is now officially ticking on a

six-months consultation period,

with talks aimed at ultimately

delivering the Pasadena title

deed to Dee Why.

Then we have the West

Pittwater Association weighing

in on the matter, with their

legal advice suggesting recent

renovation of the space is


If that weren’t enough

the owner has signaled his

intention to open for business

in the coming weeks… watch

these pages again next month!

* * *

We are often contacted

by locals who have

expressed surprise at Council

plans and activations in their

area that they say they have

known nothing about – often

until after the deadline for

community feedback.

While we endeavor to address

matters within the timeframe

of our monthly publication

deadline, there is a way you can

keep abreast of Council’s plans

– go to the ‘Have Your Say’

page on their website and then

‘Register Your Interest’. You’ll

be updated by the Community

Engagement Team on ways to

contribute locally. – Nigel Wall

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COVER: Mona Vale Hospital is getting a new Urgent Care

Centre that will remain active on site when other services

are transferred to the new Northern Beaches Hospital in

October (page 14); actor Bryan Brown leaks us the plotline

of his new film 'Palm Beach' which commences shooting

locally this month (page 8); read how a satellite university

campus on the upper peninsula would relieve students

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incredible contribution to the youth of Cambodia (page

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4 MAY 2018

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Does Council have a du


Pittwater Ward Councillor

Alex McTaggart says

Northern Beaches Council

needs to think carefully

before making any decision

to expand its provision of

childcare services across the

new council region.

“It’s a debate that has to be

had: Is it Council’s business to

implement and run childcare

services – or is it their role to

plug the gaps?” he said.

Councillor McTaggart was

a member of the former Pittwater

Council in 2013, when

it made the controversial decision

to close its only Daycare

Centre at Warriewood and

outsource other council-run

childcare services.

The former Council’s decision

was made after careful

analysis of the childcare

environment, which staff

determined had changed

dramatically since the 1990s,

with the introduction of

Federal Government subsidies

making it no longer a more affordable

option for ratepayers

with families.

Councillor McTaggart’s call

comes as Northern Beaches

Council pencils in childcare

as an agenda issue in its first

term, with staff focusing

on what has been inherited

across the 37-kilometre territory.

Council’s long day care and

pre-school services provide a

combination of full and part

time positions, filled by over

nearly 900 children aged six

weeks to five years. The family

day care team support 60

educators to provide education

and care within their

homes to around 450 children

aged up to 12 years. Vacation

care cater for over 2,000 children

through school holiday


Costs at Council’s six Daycare

Centres from Manly to

Narrabeen range from $121-

$136 per day for 0-2 years,

$111 to $126 for 2-3 years, to

$96-$116 for 3-5 years.

NB Council’s General

Manager Planning Place and

Community David Kerr said

Council was proud to offer

the highest quality, professional

care which consistently

exceeded quality standards

to be rated above other local


“At this time, our strategic

direction for our children’s

services is yet to be determined

by the elected Council,”

he said. “As the organisation

matures there will be

opportunities to discuss the

demands and needs of our

community with Council.”

Councillor McTaggart

explained: “The childcare environment

changed dramatically

over past 20 years – if

you look back to the 1980s

and 1990s, not many private

spaces offered long day care.

“Back then there may have

been 275 places, with Pittwater

Council contributing just

35 at Warriewood.

“Five years ago though there

were more than 1000 places

being offered privately.”

He said the decision to vacate

the childcare space came

as a reaction to the Federal

Government’s taking responsibility

for the affordability of

childcare via heavy subsidies

since the 1990s.

“Consequently Council

didn’t need to play that role,”

Councillor McTaggart said.

“That’s when the former Pittwater

Council questioned

why it was in the business,

especially when its contribution

was only a drop in the


“And now, although it’s still

provided based on means

testing, there’s no way to

determine the most-needy,

which was a pillar of the former

Council-led provision of

the service.”

He said when looking at the

childcare facilities footprint

across the Northern Beaches

Council region, the question

remained as to why Council

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ty of Care?

should remain in the childcare

business – although

children with special needs

was a motivator.

“Is there a need for more

placements in Pittwater Ward?

Perhaps there should be a

serious consideration around

special needs kids – private

providers are generally reluctant

to take on special needs

children, due to the extra

costs involved,” he said.

“This is an area where

Council should step up to the

plate, investing in an integrated

centre with a good balance

of staff to manage requirements.”

He added the comparatively

much smaller area of the former

Pittwater Council further

justified the dissolution of

Council-run childcare in 2013

– along with an important

realisation and shift in focus.

“We identified we were

underinvesting in youth

services – so that’s where we

reinvested, in things like the

Mona Vale Skate Park.”

Opened in 2016, he

said the park was conceived

with the input

of local youth, with an

inclusive ‘partnership’

methodology applied

right through the

process that instilled

a sense of ownership

among the area’s


Pittwater Council

also appointed a group of

youth consultants, who were

trained and inducted as casual

staff and met once a month

to provide guidance, ideas

and to help events for young

people. (Northern Beaches

Council has just reintroduced

a rebranded Youth Advisory

Group initiative.)

“The issues involved with

providing childcare are not

straightforward – they have a

level of complexity that must

be considered,” he continued.

Councillor McTaggart said

that while it appeared there

remained no great need to

have Council-run childcare

in Pittwater Ward, a look at

the working habits of locals

showed where Council perhaps

should be looking to

maintain or expand services.

“The new transport discussion

paper shows 43 per cent

of locals travel south and

out of the area for work. And

a portion of the 52 per cent

living and working in the NB

Council region travel to their

place of work outside of the

Pittwater Ward,” he said.

“It makes sense then to

look at places like Narrabeen

and suburbs on other traffic

corridors as venues – it would

add a level of convenience in

that working mums and dads

would be able to drop off and

collect their children as part

of their routines, and would

reduce the panic involved in

trying to make closing times

of local facilities should they

not have grandparents or a

support network handy.”

– Nigel Wall


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MAY 2018 7

Brown drops Palmy plot


he Big Chill’ meets ‘The

‘TBest Exotic Marigold

Hotel’ – that’s the way Aussie

acting icon Bryan Brown

describes his production

team’s new movie ‘Palm

Beach’ which commences

shooting on location around

the top end of the peninsula

in late May.

Brown’s actor partner

Rachel Ward will direct the

film, written by Joanna

Murray-Smith, which also

stars Sam Neill, Jacqueline

McKenzie, Greta Scacchi and

US actor Richard E. Grant

(Pulp Fiction).

Brown, who lived with his

family at Whale Beach for 11

years before moving away

two decades ago, revealed a

few plot secrets exclusively to

Pittwater Life.

“There are 11 characters,

including four couples and

three younger adults,” Brown

said. “Three of the men are

Sam, Richard and I – we used

to be in a band when we were

younger, along with Roxy, our


“The group had a minor hit,

which bonded them, but they

all went in different directions

– one stayed in music, one

got into art and one became a


“Roxy died; she had a

daughter that they all looked

after her – and she arrives

with her new beau.”

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

Brown said the four-week

shoot would focus on a

house and locations in and

around Palm Beach, with a

further two weeks shooting

at locations including The

Basin, Barrenjoey Lighthouse,

Avalon and Rose Bay.

He added that although

he and Ward had been out

of the area for 20 years, he

observed that not too much

has changed.

“We still have our fibro

cottage, although I note

the garage Totally Tom’s at

Avalon (17 Old Barrenjoey

Rd) has gone… and there are

better coffee shops, and more

of them!

“Of course, money has come

into some places, whether

you agree with that or not,

but once you get around the

bends it’s the same beautiful

place it’s always been.

“The peninsula is such an

extraordinary place on its

own… it sets up so its beauty

can’t change.”

Brown said one of the most

exciting aspects of the project

had been the support from

locals in the lead-up to shooting.

“Any time we have

needed help, everyone has

been so enthusiastic and

accommodating… we’re

looking forward to telling a

Palm Beach story – we can’t

wait, it’s a ripper story to


– Nigel Wall

8 MAY 2018

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Business unusual if parking scrapped

The man responsible for

teaching more than

50,000 local kids how

to surf at the Kiddies’ Corner

break at Palm Beach says

Northern Beaches Council

should rethink its decision to

take away up to 20 parking

places along the beachfront.

As reported previously in

Pittwater Life, Council intends

to push ahead with its boardwalk

rejuvenation along the

popular strip, with its plan to

reduce the amount of parking

taking both residents and visitors

by surprise.

Manly Surf School operator

Matt Grainger has a commercial

agreement with Council

to run his business at Palm

Beach. He currently parks his

equipment trailer along the

beachfront strip, which provides

easy access to the sand

for kids and adults carrying

his learner surfboards.

However, Mr Grainger is concerned

Council’s plan will have

a huge impact not just on his

ability to deliver a convenient

service, but also on safety and

the aesthetic of the area.

“No-one from Council has

contacted us about this – if it

goes ahead we will have to park

300 metres away from where

we used to park,” he said. “We

have over 50 surfboards. It is

going to be difficult for the

kids to walk the boards all the

way to the corner.”

Mr Grainger said he had

operated at Palm Beach since

1997, with his team responsible

for around 52,500 kids learning

to surf at the iconic beach.

“Kiddies Corner is special

because it has safe waves to

learn on,” he said. “It has safe

parking as well, as the kids exit

the car straight onto the beach

– if they change that I think it

is going to make the area more

unsafe as families will have to

walk further from the corner.

“Council should rethink

their plan, as it is unworkable

and goes against what the

local Palm Beach, Whale Beach

and Avalon folk want. And

less parking will create a huge

amount of problems for the

local community and people


“At the moment the Kiddies

Corner parking configuration

works perfectly for all involved

within the community at large.

I can’t see why you would want

to change it.”

Kiddies Corner is the preferred

beach of Elanora couple

Shane and Kelly Casey and

their daughter Sienna, 10, and

son Isaac, 7, who opt to drive 10

kilometres to enjoy its privacy

and proximity to the sand.

Elanora’s Kelly Casey with kids and

friend (above); Manly Surf School

instructor Shane Conwell (right).

“It is a great, safe spot for the

kids to swim and surf and has

so much to offer for the family

with nearby cafes,” said Shane.

“We always try to park by the

beach for its easy access without

having to cross roads with

the kids – it’s very convenient

and we have never felt unsafe.”

Shane said the family would

be disappointed if Council removed

parking along the strip.

“I agree they should rethink

it as it will increase pressure

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on parking, which may make

us reconsider visiting if unable

to park so close to the beach,”

he said. “I’m sure many other

families feel the same way.

“It would be nice to see council

consider alternate options

to maintain this as a great family


Council’s design process for

the site will commence later

this year. – Nigel Wall


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MAY 2018 11


Council’s 20-year transport strategy

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael

Regan says he’s open to extending

the popular Council-funded ‘Hop,

Skip & Jump’ bus that currently operates

in Manly to other regions across the peninsula

– but only if the NSW Government

were to put its hand in its pocket to fund

the broader service.

Mayor Regan said initiatives including

the successful hyper-local bus service,

plus the NSW Government’s on-demand

transport trial, needed to be considered

as a way of easing traffic on the beaches.

He was commenting while releasing

Move: Northern Beaches Transport Discussion

Paper – a 20-year strategy, with

10-year formulation, aimed at stimulating

community input to help drive

tangible solutions by 2038.

Mayor Regan said traffic congestion

was crippling the Northern Beaches,

with the biggest challenge its residents’

dependency on cars.

“Public transport usage is below other

parts of Sydney, despite buses and now

the B-Line,” he said. “In 2016, 18 per

cent of our residents used public transport

to commute to work, while private

vehicle usage (as driver and passenger)

was 60 per cent.

“However, this is low compared to

GRIDLOCK: Council says increased traffic

congestion is crippling the Northern Beaches.

Greater Sydney where 23 per cent commuted

via public transport and 58 per

cent by private vehicle.”

He added more than half Northern

Beaches households had more than two

motor vehicles and three out of five local

residents used a car to get to work.

“Traffic will only get worse unless we

improve public and active transport options

and links, so the community has a

reason to get out of their cars,” he said.

“The purpose of this discussion paper

is to spark conversation and gather ideas

to feed into a transport strategy and

related transport plans in support of

our advocacy to the NSW Government

and transport providers to improve our

transport network.

“Northern Beaches Council is now in a

unique position – our size and strategic

capacity make us a capable advocate,

and partner with, the NSW Government

agencies and transport providers. We are

a strong voice for our community and can

influence transport outcomes for our area.

“The transport strategy will set the

framework and directions to strengthen

these relationships and ensure Council has

a seat at the table when important regional

transport decisions are being made.”

Mayor Regan said there were opportunities

to better integrate future growth

and transport corridors.

“Future land release areas at Ingleside

and Warriewood Valley provide the opportunity

to plan sustainable, connected,

vibrant and attractive communities,”

he said.

“The successful development of these

communities is also dependent on State

Government and Council infrastructure

to deliver public transport, new supportive

technology, road upgrades and active

travel options.”

– Nigel Wall

* You can read the Transport Discussion

Paper on the Council’s website.

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Urgent Care

boost for

Mona Vale


Fears that Mona Vale

Hospital will not be

equipped to treat urgent

medical cases when the New

Northern Beaches Hospital

opens later this year have

been quashed with the announcement

that construction

works on a new Urgent

Care Centre providing

treatment 24 hours a day will

commence soon.

Delivering the news and

fronting the campaign to educate

locals about the role of

the new Mona Vale Hospital

Urgent Care Centre (UCC) is

the familiar face of the hospital’s

Director of Emergency

Medicine, Dr Andy Ratchford.

Dr Ratchford explained the

UCC would be located within

the footprint of the current

Emergency Department and

would begin operating when

acute services were moved

to the new Northern Beaches

Hospital in Frenchs Forest

when it opened in October.

He said staff at the UCC

would provide treatment for

minor injuries and illnesses

24 hours a day, seven days a


“Medical and nursing

staff at Mona Vale Hospital’s

Urgent Care Centre will offer

a convenient walk-in service,

treating minor fractures,

cuts and burns and medical

conditions such as mild

asthma and chest infections,”

Dr Ratchford said.

The UCC will be supported

by X-ray facilities to assist

with the management of


Emergency Department nursing staff Michelle Link and Ellie-Rose Williams.

minor fractures and dislocations,

plus pharmacy and

pathology services.

“The Mona Vale Hospital

Urgent Care Centre will cover

the gap in services between

general practice and emergency

departments by providing

treatment not always offered

by GPs and especially after

hours, including fracture

management, plastering and

suturing,” Dr Ratchford added.

“Patients with more

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serious or life-threatening

conditions should call triple

zero (000) or present to the

new 50 space Emergency

Department at Northern

Beaches Hospital when it

opens. It will treat patients

with conditions requiring

more complex treatment and

emergency care.”

Avalon GP John Eccles

welcomed the announcement,

noting the plan for the

Urgent Care Centre at Mona

Vale Hospital had long been a

key feature of the redevelopment

of health services on

the Northern Beaches.

Allaying some concerns

that residents needing emergency

care would be disadvantaged

when acute services

were shifted from Mona Vale

Hospital, Dr Eccles said it

wouldn’t “change anything”

as the majority of northern

beaches patients with more

serious conditions requiring

ambulance transfer to hospital

were currently not treated


In the event of a heart

attack for example, ambulances

have for some time

bypassed Mona Vale Hospital

for Royal North Shore

Hospital, where higher-level

emergency medical services

were available.

“The fact is the bigger

hospitals have all the specialists

in the building – smaller

hospitals have to call them

in,” Dr Eccles said.

“It is great for the area

that there will be a betterdesigned

facility for trauma

and urgent care at Mona Vale

and also a new larger hospital

that’s nearer than ‘North

Shore’ that will have the specialist

medical units on site

for more complex cases.”

As part of the planning for

the Mona Vale Hospital Urgent

Care Centre, clinicians

examined similar facilities

across the state, including

the Wauchope District

Memorial Hospital’s Urgent

Care Centre on the mid-north


“It was really helpful to

speak with the doctors and

nurses about the model of

care and day-to-day operation

of the Wauchope centre, as we

prepare to provide a similar

service later this year,” Dr

Ratchford said.

The Mona Vale Hospital

UCC will be sited adjacent to

a specialist 10-bed Short Stay

Unit designed to accommodate

patients that may require

extended medical observation

before being admitted or


And with a helipad and a

new onsite ambulance facility

in the wings, the Mona

Vale Urgent Care Centre will

have the capacity to transfer

patients for more specialised

care if necessary.

The new high-level Northern

Beaches Hospital will

officially open its doors to

patients on October 30, with

a state-of-the-art Emergency

Department, critical care

services including intensive

care, 14 operating theatres,

two cardiac catheter labs and

procedural rooms.

The nine-storey building,

which has its own helipad

for emergency transport, will

house nearly 500 beds and

provide medical, surgical and

mental health services and

maternity, paediatrics, renal

and cancer care specialties,

to name a few.

– Lisa Offord

Always call triple zero (000)

for an ambulance if someone

is seriously injured or in

need of urgent medical help.

From October Mona Vale

Hospital’s Urgent Care Centre

will manage all patients who

self-present and ambulances

will transport patients in

need of high-level care directly

to the new NB Hospital.

Attend UCC at MV for:

Minor fractures or injuries,

minor illnesses including

infections and rashes, mild

asthma or chest infection,

minor burns or scalds, minor

cuts needing stitching or

glue, minor sports injuries

including sprains and

strains, wound review, minor

head injury, bites or stings,

mild stomach pain, migraine,

skin infections.

Attend ED at NBH for:

Heart attack or chest pain,

serious head or neck injury,

unable to breath, stroke,

experiencing a seizure, motor

vehicle accidents, heavy

bleeding, severe burns,

severe stomach pain, serious

mental health issues, pregnancy

complications, serious

allergic reactions.


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MAY 2018 15

Falinski urges development freeze

Mackellar MP Jason Falinski

is calling for the shelving

of large-scale development

approvals across the Northern

Beaches Council region until

major infrastructure and transport

projects – both current

and scheduled – are completed

over the next few years.

“There has been a lot of

discussion recently about overdevelopment

and the lack of

infrastructure on the Northern

Beaches,” Mr Falinski said.

“Most recently, Northern

Beaches Council under Mayor

Michael Regan, as well as the

previous administrator Dick

Persson, have approved more

and more apartments and

boarding houses – Dee Why is a

prime example.

“Now is the time we need to

plan and build the infrastructure

and transport that the

Peninsula needs – not scrapping


“Previous Governments, especially

under Bob Carr, forced

councils in our area to prepare

for an extra 100,000 people,

SPEAKING OUT: Jason Falinski (right) opening the new Pittwater

Day Surgery with State MP Rob Stokes and Dr Frank Elsworth.

while closing two schools and a

TAFE. Being Labor, it goes without

saying they did not propose

to spend a single dollar on

transport and infrastructure.

“If you think the Labor Party

of today has changed, think

again – Luke Foley has vowed to

scrap the Beaches Tunnel, stating

that ‘the needs... of Western

Sydney must come before those

of 300,000 Northern Beaches


Mr Falinski said the Northern

Beaches area contained three

of the most congested roads in

Australia – Warringah Road, for

example, had been rated by an

Infrastructure Australia report

as the third worst road in the


“Billions of dollars of Federal

Government support has been

provided to the NSW Government

to build a plethora of

badly needed infrastructure,”

he continued.

“From the $100 million spent

on Mona Vale Hospital, to the

billion-dollar Northern Beaches

Hospital. The B-Line – which

was opposed by Labor and at a

local level by its former premier

Barry Unsworth… Warringah

Road and the Mona Vale Road

widening which is scheduled to

commence shortly. All of these

projects when completed will

make a difference.”

He added that for too long

the Northern Beaches had been

used as a “dumping ground”

by previous Governments and

unelected bureaucrats.

“I implore Northern Beaches

Council to put further development

on hold until these projects

are completed,” he said.

“I will not stop advocating

for the Northern Beaches

and construction of major

infrastructure and transport

projects before development.”

Mr Falinski said he would

talk more on the issue following

the delivery of the Federal

Budget on May 8. – Nigel Wall

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International food market.

Head to Mona Vale Village

Park from 5-10pm on May

11 for the inaugural Aussie

Night Markets featuring a wide

variety of scrumptious-looking

street food and retail stalls. In

a reinvigoration of Mona Vale,

they’re booked in to return on the

second Friday of each month!

New Skate Park. The

Terrey Hills skate park will be

officially opened on Sat 12 with

giveaways, food, skate and

scooter coaching, live music and

art from 1-4pm. Free!

Wipe library fees. Libraries

will waive your library fees in

exchange for in-date canned

goods from Mon 14 to Fri 25.

One can will see $1 struck off

your overdue fees! Cans will be

distributed by Street Mission

to disadvantaged people in the


Darts showdown. The Sydney

Darts Beaches Challenge is

coming to Narrabeen RSL on Sat

19 from 7-11pm. This exhibition

darts match will be played

out on stage with top players

from Sydney battling alongside

the star guest pro player and

Aussie World Cup star, Kyle ‘The

Original’ Anderson. Tickets and

more info through Eventbrite.

Have a ball. Save the date Sat

2 June and buy tickets for the

Northern Beaches Women’s

Shelter Gala Dinner at Manly

Pavilion. Theme is the 1920s

and the evening promises to

be one filled with glamour, fine

food and wine and auctions

raising money to support

services that struggling women

need to survive. More info


Local Aborginal history.

Meet and listen as descendants

of the Garigal Clan talk of their

history. What is the history

of the local Clan? Who were

they? What evidence is there of

Aboriginal people in this area?

The evening on May 28 is hosted

by Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon

Catchment as one of their

quarterly informative forums at

the Coastal Enivronment Centre.

Bookings: Judith 9905 2135 or


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Pasadena: It’s


at 10 paces!


The owner of Pasadena at

Church Point – subject of

a controversial ‘tug-ofwar’

with Northern Beaches

Council over its proposed

compulsory acquisition – has

reached out to local Councillors

to “correct misinformation”

relating to works on the

waterfront lot which he expects

to reopen in mid-May.

At the same time, the legal

team for the West Pittwater Association

has outlined why the

works should be deemed illegal.

And Council has launched a

dedicated Pasadena page on its

website to deliver ratepayers its


Also, Council appears to

accept it has not entered into

formal negotiations to buy the

site, recently posting: “We have

now engaged acquisition specialists

and valuers to progress

the acquisition process and will

soon be commencing formal

negotiations with the owner

which will occur over a period

of at least 6 months.”

Plans for the 160-seat restaurant

and 10-room boutique

accommodation have polarised

opinion of locals.

Pasadena was purchased at

auction by the company Altius

Pty Ltd in 2012. Following the

rejection of several DAs since

2012, in September last year

Altius was issued a construction

certificate based on 1961

development consent.

Pittwater Life understands Altius

director Paul Peterkin has

emailed councillors saying that

before the site’s Construction

Certificate was issued, Altius

met with the interim Council

in January last year to explain

what works would be carried

out – and that Council had not


Mr Peterkin says Council only

started to question the validity

of the construction certificate,

which was based on 1960s

consent, in March.

Last month Pittwater Life

reported that Council had engaged

a specialist legal team to

assist the process, following the

expiry of the compulsory sixmonth

negotiations timeframe.

However, Mr Peterkin alleges

Council has not made a genuine

attempt to facilitate acquisition

negotiations because it had

failed to obtain or present a

valuation to Altius. Further, if

such a valuation were obtained

this month (May), Mr Peterkin

suggests the earliest Council

CENTRE OF ATTENTION: Pasadena at Church Point could open this month.

could issue an acquisition notice

would be November 2018.

Opponents point out that in

December 2016, the current

proposal was submitted as a

DA, reviewed by an Independent

Review Panel and refused.

The 1963 assertion was denied

on grounds of public interest

and lack of parking.

However, Mr Peterkin asserts

long-standing car parking issues

at Church Point have not

been brought about because

of the uncertainty surrounding

Pasadena. He believes that

meeting the private needs of

the offshore community should

not come at the expense of the

broader community.

Meanwhile, recent work on

Pasadena should be deemed

‘illegal’ on two accounts, according

to a Senior Counsel

acting for the three Pittwater

residents’ groups (West Pittwater

Community Association,

Scotland Island Residents’

Association and Church Point

Friends), calling into question

the validity of the privately issued

construction certificate.

West Pittwater Community

Association Vice President

Nicholas Cowdrey said: “It is a

travesty that these works are

continuing under the pretext

of a complying approval dating

back to 1963. Notwithstanding

legal advice that the approval

was superseded the same year

and the ‘existing use’ rights

abandoned in 2008.”

Mr Cowdrey said the Senior

Counsel’s advice concluded that

the existing use (motel/guest

house, etc plus restaurant and

shops) had been abandoned

(since 2008) and could not be

relied upon by the developer.

So, any work or operation directed

towards such uses was

prohibited under the EPA Act,

he said.

Council’s website further

states: “... we have engaged

acquisition specialists and valuers

to progress the acquisition

process and have no plans to

change course.” – Nigel Wall

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Satellite Uni campus plan

Northern Beaches Council’s administration

offices at Vuko Place

in Warriewood could be transformed

into a vibrant satellite university

campus under a bold plan spearheaded

by Mayor Michael Regan.

Mayor Regan told Pittwater Life that

Council was actively looking to get “skin

in the game”, inviting expressions of interest

from the higher education industry

to access and potentially

repurpose the former

Pittwater Council offices

at Warriewood as well

as other Council-owned

buildings such as the

Seaforth Village Community

Centre, Dee Why

Library and Civic Centre.

“The three former

Councils made efforts

to secure a university

but now with one

Council for the Northern

Beaches, there is an opportunity

to make this

idea a reality,” Mayor

Regan said.

“It’s something that

will benefit the whole

of the Northern Beaches

– ultimately the more

students we can keep in the area, the

better it will be for the economy.

“It will keep cars off the road and it will

keep people living and spending locally.

“We’re looking at anyone who wants a

presence; we have buildings that would

serve as the perfect sites.”

Mayor Regan added he believed a

satellite campus was the obvious entry

point for a tertiary provider on the

Northern Beaches, but added the opportunities

thereafter were endless.

“Who knows what might happen from


Mayor Regan said Council understood

the NSW Department of Planning & Environment

was exploring the potential

of locating a university campus near the

new Northern Beaches Hospital, as part

of the Frenchs Forest ‘Planned Precinct’.

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

“With the new Frenchs Forest Hospital

coming on line soon, such a campus

could potentially support medical sciences,

nursing and medicine, amongst

other disciplines.

“However, this may be several years

away and in the meantime it may be feasible

to create a satellite campus of an

existing university for them to establish

a presence on the Beaches.”

Vuko Place in Warriewood, with its

proximity to the B-Line, is ideally located

to attract local students currently

travelling more than four hours a day to

institutions such as Macquarie University,

the University of Western Sydney,

the University of Sydney, UTS and the

University of NSW.

Avalon resident Elisa Flanet, who

has just started a degree in nursing at

Sydney University, said

she would consider

changing institutions if

her chosen course was

offered at a university

closer to home, or on a

satellite campus.

The 18-year-old attends

university three

days a week, often starting

at 9am and finishing

at 6pm before commencing

the long trek home.

“My commute from

home is usually two and

a half hours, meaning

I often have to get up

at 5:30am and don’t get

back until 8:30pm,” Elisa

said. “Having a university

campus based on

the northern beaches

would cut five hours of travel out of my

day, which I could use productively to

complete uni work and assignments.

“If Nursing was offered at a university

closer to home I would definitely consider

changing institutions as it would

just give me so much more time and I

believe the same case applies to many

university students situated on the

Northern Beaches.” – Nigel Wall


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It’s been a few years in the

making – and largely due

to hounding of the State

Government by stakeholders

and Mackellar MP Jason

Falinski – but the Academy

of Sport and Recreation at

Narrabeen has unveiled

its new $1.2 million track,

grandstand and amenities

makeover. Sydney Pacific

Athletic Club (SPAC) lobbied

the government to resurface

the track after it deteriorated

to the point of being unsafe

for use by the tens of

thousands of local and out-ofarea

athletes, including more

than 90 school groups, who

used it each year. MP Falinski

started a petition which

garnered 1000 signatures in support of the repair, prompting action

from NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres. SPAC President Robert

McEntyre said users were grateful for the concerted efforts of the

local community in bringing awareness to the issue.


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

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

of Commerce, Surf Life Saving Club, residents and community groups and tabled with the former

Pittwater Council in 2015 would not be used to help shape the new vision. Potential crisis averted!

Peter Maymans from the Avalon Preservation Society tells us they have had reassurance from

Council that the place plan will commence soon – “and will involve full community consultation

and embrace the Avalon Vision project that we led and participated in”.


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

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

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

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

soon as a wave of incredulity spread across the local community the proposed astro turf was

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

to see people! Move along!)

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Pittwater News

New focus for

Pittwater Forever

Pittwater Forever, the umbrella

group for 12 prominent

community-based organisations

representing residents

across Pittwater, has a new

name – Pittwater Community

Alliance (PCA) – and a new

strategic direction. Chairman

Craig Boaden said his

group had taken stock of the

environment, reviewed their

strategic plans and refocused

their energies following the

local government election last

September. “The new Pittwater

Community Alliance is

determined to work constructively

with others, including

the Northern Beaches Council,

for the benefit of all Pittwater

residents,” he said. “We will

be talking to Northern Beaches

Council and to the NSW

government on a regular basis

to actively ensure our goals

are achieved. The Alliance

will also be alert to the wide

range of opportunities for

improving local government

on the Northern Beaches.”

PCA’s mission statement can

be found at pittwaterforever.


Protect Pittwater

community forum

Local community group

Protect Pittwater are holding

a community forum on

Thursday May 3 at Pittwater

RSL. The subject is ‘Where

Are We Now’ – a look at the

performance of the Northern

Beaches Council and discussion

on the status of the

group’s objective to break

away from the amalgamated

Get ready to marvel at whales up close


ith whales already sighted off our coast Fantasea are gearing up

for a massive season of whale-watching out of their Palm Beach

base. Their 3-hour Sunday cruises aboard their 23-metre catamaran

coincide with the annual Humpback whale migration North to warmer

waters. It makes a great school holiday activity – listen to their expert

host educate all onboard about these fascinating creatures; and

enjoy wildlife photo opportunities and the chance to see these majestic

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

Barrenjoey headland on your return to the wharf. Complimentary tea

and coffee is offered onboard and snacks are available for purchase.

Northern Migration Cruise dates are 17th and 24th June and 1st and

8th July. Southern Migration Cruises on 30th September and 7th and

14th October. More info and bookings fantasea.com.au

Council and revert to Pittwater

governance. Speakers

include former councillor Bob

Grace, Labor’s local government

spokesman Peter Primrose

and the Greens’ David

Shoebridge; 7-9pm.

Beaches fundraisers

dance up a storm

The second annual Stars of

the Beaches dance gala at

Miramare Gardens, Terrey

Hills, raised nearly $50,000

for Cancer Council NSW last

month. Twelve local business

people, community leaders

and cancer survivors paired

with local dance instructors

to deliver a routine in

a selected genre. ‘Judges’

Choice’ was awarded to Active

Networks’ Editor-In-Chief Kate

Hutchinson for her throwback

hip-hop routine which

included high fives from the

crowd and confetti cannons.

‘People’s Choice’ was awarded

to grandmother and company

director Ann Doughan who

danced a “spicy samba number”

and was top fundraiser

with $6,674.

Writer’s Festival talk

Sydney Morning Herald Young

Novelist of the Year Jennifer

Down will give a talk at Glen

Street Theatre on Sunday 6

May as part of this year’s Sydney

Writers’ Festival. Jennifer’s

first novel ‘Our Magic Hour’

was shortlisted for the NSW

Premier’s Award for New Writing

and highly commended in

the 2017 Victorian Premier’s

Literary Awards. Join her as

she discusses her new book,

‘Pulse Points’, a wrenching collection

of short stories, in precise

and beautiful prose that

explore the lives of mourners,

survivors and perpetrators in

small dusty towns, glittering

exotic cities and slow, droll

suburbs. Starts 2pm, cost $15;

more info glenstreet.com.au or

9975 1455.

Walk to beat

bladder cancer

Family and friends of local

mum of two and nutrition-

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ist Anna Lynch, who lost her

battle with bladder cancer

less than 12 months ago, are

continuing her mission to

create greater awareness of

the disease. The inaugural

‘Anna’s Walk’ will be held on

Sunday May 27 to remember

Anna’s grace, beauty, positivity

and determination and

raise money to fund BEAT

Bladder Cancer Australia Inc,

a new group formed to help

educate the community and

promote awareness, support,

treatment and research. The

3.75km walk from North

Narrabeen Rock Pool to Mona

Vale Surf Club will start at

3pm and will take about an

hour. To register for the walk

and for more info, or to donate,

go to annaswalk.org.au

Seniors gain

Airbnb incentive

New social connections and

additional income are among

the benefits waiting for

seniors across the State as the

NSW Government partners

with home sharing platform

Airbnb. In an Australian-first

pilot program lasting six

months, NSW Seniors Card

holders will receive a $100

cash reward when they sign

up as an Airbnb host and successfully

complete their first

booking of three nights or

more. More info seniorscard.


Points of interest

for Probus in May

The culture and scenery of

Bhutan will be the topic of a

talk by Pittwater Probus Club

member Ken Plumb at their

next meeting at Mona Vale

Golf Club on May 8. Ken will

speak on his extensive travels

to the little-known country

which is nestled in the foothills

of the Himalaya Mountains.

The meeting’s ‘5-minute

speaker’ is Colin Sutton who

will detail his life’s work with

medical implant devices and

their evolution and use. Meeting

commences 10am; all welcome.

Meanwhile ‘Memories

of a childhood in Scotland

during WWII’ is the subject

of speaker Jean Middlemost

at the May meeting of Palm

Beach Probus at Club Palm

Beach from 9.30am on May 16.

More info 9973 1247. And Avalon

Beach Ladies Probus welcomes

Lucilla Ronai, the Paper

Conservator at the Australian

National Maritime Museum,

as its speaker at their meeting

at Club Palm Beach on May 1.

Meeting commences 10am;

more info 0416 182 393.

Mona Vale Road

East work warning

Motorists being advised of

continuing work on the new

Mona Vale Road East upgrade

between Ingleside and Mona

Vale, involving further survey

and investigation work, as

well as geotechnical and

utility investigation. The

work from 7am to 6pm on

weekdays, excluding public

holidays, is expected to be

completed by the end of May,

weather permitting. RMS

says that to reduce impact on

motorists and for the safety

of workers, there may also

be occasional night work on

weeknights between 6pm and

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Tram Number 1753 back on track

It’s been a long and

colourful journey for

1930s-era Tram ‘Number

1753’ which has been

rebirthed and now sits

proudly on iron tracks

beside busy Pittwater

Road in Narrabeen

as the drawcard for

the Tramshed Arts &

Community Centre.

Northern Beaches Mayor

Michael Regan said the

former Warringah Council

paid $3,000 for the tram

in 2014, having found its

dilapidated shell in the

Sydney Tramway Museum in

Glebe. He said it was decided

to resurrect the old tram

and incorporate it into the

Tramshed Arts & Community

Centre for the delight of the

community and visitors. “Trams ran along Pittwater Road

from Manly to Narrabeen from 1913 to 1939 – the old Number

1753, R-class tram, formerly trundled between North Sydney

and The Spit Bridge, transporting countless passengers from

1933 until it rattled to a halt finally in June 1958,” Mayor

Regan said. “Number 1753 was then sold off in 1959 for the

princely sum of £60, to an apple orchardist from Bilpin – to be

used for sleeping accommodation.” After purchase, Council’s

trades staff teamed with volunteer members of The Forest

Community Men’s Shed and set to work restoring Tram

1753 to its former glory. “The Men’s Shed members worked

tirelessly on the tram’s restoration for 12 months. Council

staff undertook contaminant removal, the electrical works

and exterior painting, amongst other things. Between them,

they’ve all done a terrific job of restoring the tram. It looks

just great.” The Community Centre is also undergoing a major

refurbishment and will soon be open to the community for

a wide range of arts, leisure, health and fitness activities –

and includes a café, outside which the tram now sits. The old

tram’s authentic two-tone green-and-cream exterior paintwork

and its timber-panelled interior have been faithfully restored

– complete with 1950s adverts plugging ‘PK’ chewing gum and

reminders to passengers to renew their TV Licences at a cost

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

by-gone era and of the need for public transport to play a vital

part in addressing tomorrow’s transport needs, too. A must to

visit,” said Mayor Regan.


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Pittwater News

Recognising Aboriginal history and survival

striking new piece of interpretive signage

that honours thousands of years


of Aboriginal history and cultural diversity

has been unveiled at Mona Vale Library, an

installation Northern Beaches Mayor Michael

Regan says marks a positive step towards

acknowledging local Aboriginal heritage.

“Monuments and signs celebrating European

history dominate the local landscape.

This new educational sign acknowledges

the Aboriginal people who have lived here

for thousands of years,” Mayor Regan said.

The brightly coloured 600 x 450mm display

acknowledges the Aboriginal clans belonging

to the Northern Beaches, including the

Garigal, Cannalgal and Kay-ye-my peoples,

and references tens-of-thousands of years

of Aboriginal history and

continuing heritage. The

incorporated artwork features

both contemporary

and historical design elements,

including a vibrant

and colourful painting by

contemporary local Aboriginal

artist Jessica Birk.

The artwork combines

traditional ‘dot painting’

and Western techniques, positioned together

on a surf-board motif in a gesture to today’s

Northern Beaches lifestyle. Ms Birk’s painting

sits alongside an interesting account of

the life of the Aboriginal man Bungaree,

a prominent regional in

the early 1800s. The sign

was designed under the

guidance of the Budawa

Aboriginal Signage Group,

which obtained a $2,000

grant under the Northern

Beaches Council’s Community

Building Partnership

Program to undertake the


Photo Credit: KAREN WATSON

Continued from page 25

7am. For the safety of motorists,

cyclists and workers,

lane closures and on-road cycling

detours may be in place

during parts of the work. For

the latest traffic updates you

can download the Live Traffic

NSW App, visit livetraffic.com

or call 132 701.

Dredge fund

Govt assistance

The State Government is

encouraging local coastal

councils to apply for a share

of $1.5 million in government

funding for essential dredging

projects. The funding will

allow coastal councils to apply

for up to 50 per cent of the

cost of dredging operations

and pre-dredging studies for

their local waterways. It’s the

latest round of the Government’s

Rescuing Our Waterways

program offering $6

million over four years to help

councils with dredging costs,

ensuring continued enjoyment

of coastal foreshores for com-

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mercial and recreational users.

Just last month Northern

Beaches Council triggered an

emergency response to flooding

by Narrabeen Lake which

saw council staff clear sand

and create a channel between

the ocean and the lagoon.

Sport clubs awarded

defibrillator grants

Eight local sporting clubs

have been allocated Automatic

External Defibrillators (AEDs)

as part of the NSW Government’s

$4 million Local Sport

Defibrillation Program. Avalon

Beach Bowling and Recreation

Club, Mona Vale Bowling Club,

Narrabeen Lakes Sailing Club,

North Narrabeen Surf Life Saving

Club, Palm Beach Surf Life

Saving Club, Pittwater Aquatic

Club, South Narrabeen Surf

Life Saving Club and Whale

Beach Surf Life Saving Club

are amongst 430 successful

applicants across NSW who

will receive up to 50 per cent

of the defibrillator cost, training

and maintenance. Local

MP Rob Stokes said early access

to CPR and defibrillation

could influence cardiac arrest

survival rates by up to 75

percent. “Pittwater is a sporting

paradise and I’m delighted

several local clubs have been

awarded funding,” Mr Stokes

said. “The club members

responsible for these applications

should be commended

for their efforts in helping

increase their club’s capacity

to provide life-saving intervention,

not only for fellow club

members – but also the wider


Mateship shines

in Nullabor drama

In an outstanding display

of good sportsmanship and

Aussie mateship, Jeff Nesbitt,

Ashley Cardiff and son Blake,

while towing Avalon Beach

SLSC’s surfboats to the Australian

SLSA Titles in Perth,

turned back after crossing

the Nullabor Plains to help

out opposition surfboat

competitors from Warrie-

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Make a positive change

Want to volunteer but not sure where to start? Then a

visit to the Northern Beaches Volunteer Expo is a must.

Now in it’s the ninth year, the expo at Dee Why RSL brings

together more than 30 organisations showcasing a variety of

volunteer roles.

Northern Beaches Community Connect Volunteer Recruitment

Program Coordinator Vesna Perisic said every year

around 300 people attend the expo to learn first-hand more

about the range of volunteer opportunities available.

Some of the organisations involved include Dial a Mum,

Artibility, Wires, Sailability and Home Library Services.

“This year a special feature of the expo will be a celebration

of volunteers and their pets with a display of beautiful

photographs by Jeff Dawson and accompanying stories by

local journalist Susan Milne,” Vesna said.

“The display will showcase volunteers and their devoted

furry friends, some of them with their own “volunteer”

roles, such as those that visit residents of nursing homes or

act as companion animals to those with special needs.”

The Volunteer Expo will be held in the showroom at Dee

Why RSL on Wednesday May 23 from 10am-2pm with free

tea and coffee available.

The expo is part of our areas celebration of National Volunteer

Week (May 21-27) an annual event acknowledging the

contribution of the six million Australians who volunteer

their time.This year’s theme is Give a little. Change a lot.

See this month’s Life Story on pages 30-31 to see the farreaching

impact one man’s decision to volunteer has had…

the benefits of volunteering work both ways. – Lisa Offord

Continued from page 27

wood SLSC who had broken

down in the middle of the

Nullabor – a round trip of an

extra 200km for the Avalon

boys. After Warriewood broke

down exactly half way across,

they drove back 100km to

pick them up plus their boat

and drove 100km back to

Eucla. We hear in the morning

a tow truck driver drove

the Warriewood crew back to

their car, then continued east

back to Ceduna where the car

was left for repairs. Meantime

they bought another car

and drove back across the

Nullarbor to pick up their

boat. Considering this was

their sixth straight day of

driving, it was a pretty good

effort all round!

Creative Film

Festival wows

The 5th Northern Beaches

Creative Creatures Film Festival

at Avalon Beach Bowling Club

on April 8 was a resounding

success, with an estimated


crowd (right) enjoying

22 short films made

by locals and out-ofarea

entrants. Judge

Rebel Penfold-Russell

said Euan Harris’

Gold Willbe winning

entry (Under-16 category)

‘The Parable

of Kurt and Vince’

showed heart and that the

film maker “has what it takes

to further his career in film

making”. Remarkably, the Gold

Willbe winner in the over-16

years category, Jackson Baker,

wrote, directed and created his

own music score for his film

‘Revive’. Festival founder Katy

Young said other notable films

included ‘Uber Driver’ by Milo

Cullen Blakey (Silver Willbe –

Under-16); and ‘The Applicant’

by Niall Connan Jackson (Silver

Willbe – Over-16). Director

Stephan Elliott made special

mention of Bronze Willbe winner

‘Flying High’ by Luke and

Max Bibby. The afternoon/even-

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ing raised $1,300 for Lifeline

Northern Beaches. All winning

films together with the winners

of the People’s Choice Awards

can be found at creativecreaturesfilmfestival.com.au

Rotary Golf Day

The Rotary Club of Upper

Northern Beaches is inviting

men and women to sign up

for their third annual Charity

Golf Day at Bayview Golf Club

on Friday 18 May, with proceeds

going to the charitable

projects of the Rotary club.

“Golf experience is entirely

optional,” said club President

Tamara Sloper-Harding.

“The event will appeal to

the golfing enthusiast as

well as the casual player.

We’re planning a great day

out for everyone. “The 18-

hole event will follow the

popular 4-ball Ambrose

format, in which each player

can participate regardless

of skill level. The day begins

with golf registration and

a light breakfast at 7:30am

followed by a shotgun start at

8:30am. The event wraps up

with a hearty BBQ lunch

at 1:30pm. Players can register

as individuals or as

foursomes. The full breakfast-golf-and-lunch


costs $160. Or you can

register for just golf for $100

or just lunch for $65. Sponsorship

packages are available

for the event. Golf Day

proceeds will go to Lifeline

Northern Beaches, Be Centre

and other projects of Upper

Northern Beaches Rotary.

More info rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org

Delayed swims a

wave of success

Conditions were perfect for

the second Newport to Avalon

‘Round The Bends’ swim and

the 26th annual Avalon Beach

Surf Swim on April 8. This

year’s delayed staging boasted

a combined 378 competitors

who enjoyed light winds,

smooth seas, warm water, and

a sunny 29-degree day. Organisers

report the oldest competitor

in the 2.5-kilometere

‘Round the Bend’s swim was

an “88-year-young” man, while

81-year-old Virginia Head of

Avalon Beach SLSC also completed

the swim. Avalon Beach

SLSC provided plenty of water

safety, supported by IRBs from

Newport and Whale Beach

and three Marine Rescue

vessels, while SLS volunteers

acted as observers on North

Bilgola. ‘Round the Bends’ line

honours went to Carl Sorenson

(13-15 years) who came first,

Ashley Brown (40-49 years)

second and Chris Wilson (20-

29 years) third.





Dr Ben Brown

Australians love their cats,

and more households are

getting cats each year. But,

compared to dogs, cats still

aren’t getting the care they

need and deserve. Regular

veterinary care is the best way

to keep your cat healthy and

happy. There are almost 4

million pet cats in Australia, but

they are less likely to receive

regular health checks than

dogs. In 2016, approximately

80 per cent of dogs were

examined by a vet at least

once, but this was the case for

only 65 per cent of cats.

Many feline veterinary

specialists recommend a

minimum of one annual

wellness examination for

cats, with more frequent

examinations for senior and

geriatric patients, or those cats

with medical or behavioural

conditions. Cats are masters

at hiding illness and injury and

their more sedentary nature,

compared to dogs, means that

signs of disease may be harder

to detect. Cats are also very

susceptible to kidney disease

because their kidneys contain

less nephrons, the functional

tissue of the kidney, than other

species. They are also adapted

to living in the desert and

conserving water by producing

highly concentrated urine,

this can make them more

susceptible to acute kidney

failure related to ingestion

of toxins. Cats are also very

susceptible to a special type

of dental disease called feline

odontoclastic resorptive

lesions, which causes painful

cavities in their teeth.

So to make sure your feline

friend stays in tip-top shape,

take advantage of our free

pick-up and drop-off services

for your cat in the months of

May and June. Our qualified vet

nurses will collect your cat from

your house, ensure they receive

a full health check-up and then

return them home for you –

all FREE of charge! Contact

our hospitals at Newport and

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Mike Pawley was told he’d

never be content until he

started helping others. So

the peninsula retail identity

started a charity in Cambodia.

The result? ‘Happy Days’…

Story by Matt Cleary

Life Stories

So you pitch up for a coffee with Mike

Pawley in the café next to his Mona

Vale sports store, turn on the tape

recorder and say, “Mike Pawley – nice to

meet you”. And within 20 seconds he’s

given you his life story.

“I grew up in Lagoon Street, Narrabeen.

I went to Narrabeen Primary, Manly Boys

High School, Sydney University.

“I taught mathematics for 15 years

and then started my own business

selling sporting goods. I’ve had shops

for the last 40 years. I have five in Manly


“I played cricket for Manly for 20 years,

there were 616 first grade wickets, which

is top-10 all time. I played for New South

Wales. Captained Manly to a first grade


“I’ve been broke several times. I’ve had

three goes at marriage. I’m 73. I’ve lived

up and down the peninsula and I’m not

going anywhere else.”

And then he looks over the rim of

his cup, half-smiles and raises an

eyebrow. Anything else?

And of course there is. Because Mike

Pawley has led a life. The blokes at

golf were lining up to offer tales. He’s

known by sports folks up and down the

peninsula. If you’re a parent, chances

are he’s fitted your child in shoes. If the

northern beaches has a sports store,

Mike Pawley’s is it.

As a boy Pawley played cricket and

rugby league like his father, Lionel, a

first grader for Eastern Suburbs. He

enjoyed the surf though he didn’t have

a board – in the ’60s few did. He’d swim

and fish in Narrabeen lagoon. And he’d

play never-ending cricket matches with

his pals in the street using garbage bin,

fence paling and tennis ball.

Manly Cricket Club took him in.

Manly Leagues Club helped him through

university with a bursary. As a young

grade cricketer Pawley played against

Neil Harvey, Richie Benaud and Norm

O’Neill. He played cricket against the

Chappell brothers, and dismissed all

three in an exhibition match with his

left-arm finger spinners. And he played

against Jeff Thomson – and survived.

In 1973 Thomson turned up at Manly

Oval a week after he’d felled – and

almost killed – Mosman’s 18-year-old

opening bat Greg Bush. Thomson was

mad about being left out of the NSW

team and his opening partner was future

fellow Test man, Lenny Pascoe. Pawley

says “everyone was petrified”.

“He was greased lightning, Thommo,

and also he was very… talkative [smiles].

He had a lot to say, he and Lenny. It was

all ‘I’m gonna f***in’ knock you’re f***in’

head off, f***in’ kill ya, I’ll see ya after

the game behind the toilets, I’m gonna

belt the s**t outta ya’. But after the game

we’d have a drink. We were friends.

“But we were so scared that day. So

everyone threw the bat. Slips couldn’t

catch the ball. Thommo hit the sight

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screen on the full a few times. We got 247

off 24 overs at a time when no-one was

thrashing the ball. There were no helmets,

no covers on the wickets. It was very scary.

But he’s a really good friend now.”

From 1969 through to 1974 Pawley

would play 11 games for NSW doing

his best in competition with fellow

spinners Kerry O’Keeffe, Peter Philpott

and Johnny Gleeson. In ’73/74 Pawley

was 12th man for every game bar one,

bowling one over and taking one for

none. Manly won the premiership with

Pawley as captain. He took 56 wickets at

an average of 8.

In 1975 he began running cricket

coaching clinics. He says teaching is his

gift. Through the coaching he began

selling cricket equipment, which led to

sports gear. He sold to clubs and schools.

He opened his first shop, at Balgowlah,

in 1978.

“It was cricket gear to start off with and

then it became other sports,” says Pawley,

who has an oval at North Curl Curl named

in his honour. “A lot of that business has

now gone online, and most of my business

is now footwear. Last month we sold 600

pairs of shoes, mainly football boots and

netball shoes. And that business won’t all

go online one day, because people have got

to get fitted.”

Pawley opened stores in St Ives and

Hornsby but they didn’t work out. His

brand remains iconic on the northern

beaches. “People will go to shopping

centres or their nearest shop. And if they

can find what they want, and the price

is okay, they’re happy. We’ve survived on

service, product, and availability – and

easy parking,” Pawley says.

Pawley has survived Rebel Sports,

Paul’s Warehouse and the online

shopping phenomena. He’s been married

three times. He is close to his three

children and granddaughter Jessica, who

all live locally. In 2004 Pawley’s house

was burned down. A year later he got

cancer. He’s battled dark times. One day,

on a visit to Vietnam, a Buddhist told

him he’d never be happy until he helped

other people. Pawley took it to heart. And

begat a great legacy.

“I started running a charity with my

wife, Suzanne, six years ago when we

visited Cambodia on holiday. We started

Happy Days Cambodia, a school with

500 secondary school kids in it, and two

primary schools with 250 and 250 kids.

“We contribute $100,000 a year to

the welfare of all those people, to their

health and education. Because what we

all know is the fast track out of poverty

is through education.”

Since 2011 Pawley – who received the

Order of Australia Medal from then NSW

Governor Marie Bashir in 2013 – has

visited Cambodia upwards of 20 times.

Manly Cricket Club is a supporter. Manly

cricketers Tim Cruickshank and Adam

Crosthwaite have visited the schools.

Pawley is looking to run a golf day at

Long Reef to raise funds. One Manly CC

benefactor kicks in $25,000 each year.

Pawley says he was deeply affected

by his first and subsequent trips to

Cambodia. “I grew up through the

Vietnam War time, and it was always on

the television. And I’d always wanted

to visit. On that first trip I said to our

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Life Stories

CLOCKWISE: More than 1000 Cambodian children from illiterate families

are supported at three village schools near Angkor Wat; receiving his OAM

from former Governor of NSW Marie Bashir in 2013; thanks for donated

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

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Continued from page 31

guide, all these monuments

and bridges are great. But

we want to see how people

live. And he took us to North

West Cambodia near Angkor

Wat, where people are living

in absolute destitution and

poverty. It’s an area where Pol

Pot and genocide occurred in

the 1970s.

“Cambodia is the most

bombed country in history,

more so than Germany.

Cambodia has more amputees

from landmines than any

other country in the world. It’s

suffered incredibly. It has 15

million people and the most

corrupt Government in the


He pauses, takes another

sip of coffee. And says: “Now

you have it all.”

No, Mike. We do not. The

Pawley story has many layers.

And it lives on. All power to it.


out and clowning around in-store;

Mike’s favourite photo – with a

village dad, 25 years Mike’s junior,

who survived the Pol Pot regime’s

program of genocide; thanks from

a Happy Days schoolgirl; students

from Stella Maris College witness

Cambodian conditions first-hand.

* To help Happy Days

Cambodian Village

School Inc charity visit


and click on the Happy Days

Charity link.

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MAY 2018 33

Art Life

Art Life

Snap decision a great idea

Looking for something different as a

Mother’s Day gift this year? Consider

giving mum a gift voucher for a oneon-one

day of photography tuition.

Professional landscape photographer

Peter Sedgwick says although many

people own a digital camera, plenty

are unsure how to use it correctly.

“The best way to improve the results

that you are getting from your photography,

and to enjoy it more, is to learn

how to use your camera properly,” said

Peter. “If you own an SLR camera, or

one of the amazing compact cameras

that are available today, then you have

the ability to control every function that

the camera uses to create an image.”

Peter says that if you are taking

photos with the camera settings left on

‘Auto’ mode, then you are missing out

on the pleasure of participating in the

making of a beautiful image.

“When you look at stunning landscape

photography, showing nature in

all its rich, vibrant colours and sharp

clarity, I am sure you feel a little envious

of those images and wonder how

they are achieved.

“Part of the answer is that the photographers

have taken themselves out to

beautiful places – in itself one of the best

reasons to pursue photography – but

most importantly, the camera has to be

set up to correctly capture the light.”

You will learn all about the correct

use of your camera’s functions by attending

one of Peter’s courses. He also

runs 2- and 3-day workshops, away to

beautiful locations outside of Sydney.

“These trips have taken us to the

Blue Mountains, the South Coast or to

the beautiful waterfalls and rainforests

of the mid north coast,” he said.

All of Peter’s tuition is one on one,

but should you wish to bring along a

friend or partner, they can come along

at half price.

Peter will be displaying his photography

at Warriewood Square (in front of

Quiksilver), from April 30 through May

13; more info


Set your creative

spirit free for a Day


s part of their free Open Day on June 2,

Sydney Design School are putting out a

challenge to budding interior designers: “Roll

up your sleeves and get creative with us!”

Their ‘Designer for a Day’ initiative is a popup

which invites you to develop a personal

mood board using inspirational images, fabric

swatches and paint colours to convey your

own style. And if you photograph

your mood board

and post it to Instagram on

the day, you’ll go into the

running to win a place in

a fantastic two-day Masterclass

in Interior Decoration.

“We love the opportunity

to show that our school

is an amazing community

that hums with creativity,”

said Director Amanda

Grace. “We have a personal

and unique approach to

education, delivered in a

boutique design studio


Amanda’s team of educators,

who are also practising interior designers

and decorators, will be on hand to answer

questions and give advice.

Also, the school’s Careers Coach will give insight

into this growing area of employment.

Don’t miss Amanda’s presentation from

10.30-11am. She’ll be sharing information on

the career and short courses on offer, along

with the flexible learning options. You can be a

designer for more than just one day!

The Sydney Design School is located at

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

Saturday 2 June (10am-12pm); register to attend

online at sydneydesignschool.com.au

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Gerry a whiz in ‘kitschen’

Former Mambo Graphics

artist Gerry Wedd is

showcasing his hand-built and

wheel-thrown ceramics in the

exhibition ‘Kitschen Man’ at

Manly Art Gallery & Museum

until May 20.

From his beginnings at the

kitchen table, guided by his

mother’s hobby obsession,

through to formal training at

University of South Australia

and his studio tenancy at the

JamFactory, Wedd draws his

craft out of his own inspirations,

interest and experiences.

His works brim with a dry

wit and shift from the humorous

to darkly disturbing.

“Whether willow pattern

submerged in political jibes,

classic urns decorated with

lyrical portraits, or garniture

figurines poised in confrontational

narratives, Gerry’s work

is truly ‘a day at the beach –

with a smash of home-baked

reality pie in your face for

good measure’,” exhibition curator

Margaret Hancock-Davis

said. More info 9976 1421.

Newport prelude to

Artists Trail studio visits

Save the date: Pittwater Artists Trail will commence its new

2018 year with its calendar-favoured June long weekend

Art Exhibition at Newport Community Centre.

They’ll boast more than 20 artists on the trail, with professional

artworks range from photography, sculpture and

glasswork to ceramics, design ware, jewellery and a plethora

of painting subjects and styles.

Since its launch in 2011 it has become a solid artistic feature

of the Pittwater community.

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

breadth and depth of artists provides for a stunning exhibition,”

said committee member Fiona Verity.

The best thing is it provides a chance to get out over the

weekend and view the talent that resides in the Pittwater

region all in one area – so you can decide who you would like

to visit in their individual studio spaces during the October

2018 and March 2019 studio openings.

The Newport Community Centre exhibition will run June

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

on the artists and their works go to pittwaterartiststrail.

com.au and also find them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Art Life

Art Life

Help at hand for students’ HSC works

Conceiving, preparing and

finalising major art works

for the Higher School

Certificate can be a daunting

process but thankfully local students

have some experienced

‘sounding boards’ to call on to

help them maximise results.

University-trained high school

visual arts teacher Meredith

Rasdall, who has 30 years’ experience

(including HSC marking)

and has tutored students

for more than 15 years, says

students need to work consistently

throughout the year to

take panic out of the equation.

“They need to and keep up

good communication with their

art teacher throughout the process,”

Meredith said. “The final

pulling together of the work is

the most important part and

can make or break a work. That

means deciding what to include

and what to discard – sometimes

less is more, so guidance

and advice is very important.”

Also a practising artist who

exhibits in solo and group

shows, Meredith runs HSC classes

on Mondays 6.30pm-8.30pm

at Avalon Rec Centre, with HSC

body of work day workshops

every holidays. She is also available

for one-on-one tutoring.

“My students consistently

achieve Band 6s and are often

chosen for Artexpress,” she

said. “Mentoring Year 12

students is the most rewarding

part of my job; I love to

build students’ confidence and

watch them fly!”

Fellow local Monica Boardman

(left) boasts extensive

knowledge as an art historian

and teacher of critical and historical

studies amongst her 20

years’ experience.

Monica offers tuition in

artmaking and theory. She said

submitted artworks needed to

demonstrate sustained practice,

a connection to the art world

and a refined level of technical

application. “The works need to

be underpinned with a strong

concept,” she said.

Monica said the difference

between a good work and a

standout work was often simply

attention to detail.

“Clear articulation of ideas

and skills can transform works.”

Monica thrives on keeping

up with the students she has

helped through the years.

“It’s wonderful – these students

both boys and girls have

a great life filled with creativity

and critical thinking,” she said.

“Careers in Visual Arts offer a

platform for self-expression,

travel, meaningful existence

and access to a whole world of

ideas. I love catching up with

them and seeing their success

on social media.”

And her best advice for Year

11 and 12 art students at this

time of year?

“Keep at it! Often students

who may not have fully explored

their ideas realise that

their body of work is missing

something, they are not sure

now if they are doing the right

artwork or if their concept is

strong enough,” she said.

“If this is the case, reflect and

reconsider meaning through

content areas of Visual Arts

such as the frames; or better

still, seek a tutor’s advice.”

* Contact Meredith at meredith.rasdall@westnet.com.au

and Monica on 0414 338 137.

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TALENT: Meredith’s

student Onnie

Seabrook’s HSC work.

Four responses to ‘Craving’

Curator of Eramboo’s ‘Constant

Craving’ exhibition, Dr Therese

Kenyon, established her theme after

noting that humans seem to be

inexplicably driven by desires.

“Once our needs have been met,

our wants tend to go into overdrive,

yet we are never truly satisfied or

fulfilled,” she said.

Artists Christine Simpson, Bernadette

Meyers, Annette Kelsey and Lachlan

Chang have responded with respective

interpretations of ‘Desire’, ‘Solitude’,

‘Acceptance’ and ‘Preservation’.

In Simpson’s ‘Desire’, former

material possessions have been

largely repurposed and reimagined

as other ‘Objects of My Desire’,

purveying a cycle for craving beauty

“in the tangible realm”. Simpson has

worked with textile reassembly and

the dyeing, coating, stitching and

perforating of paper.

Meyers constantly craves ‘Solitude’

in nature, noting the things she

loves the most “cannot be insured or

replaced on eBay if lost or stolen”.

She observes that she is a chronic

collector of things from nature

that cannot necessarily be bought:

feathers, shells, sea glass, sea

urchins, driftwood, pebbles, insect

wings, leaves, petals, seed pods,

photographs, quotes and memories.

Kelsey observes that our cravings

for attention and ‘Acceptance’ have

reached epidemic proportions in

a skewed world that informs you

immediately if you are ‘liked’ via social

media. Kelsey has documented her own

journey from recognizing her craving

for acceptance to arriving at a solution,

through poetry and mixed media.

Chang’s installation and series

of photographs deal with the need

for ‘Preservation’. The outcome is a

response to constant consumerism

in everyday life. Chang transforms

the space through a collection of

objects, discarded furniture, vintage

preserving jars and found natural

materials. The audience is invited to

take a seat, become immersed within

the work, and contemplate our future.

Showing Saturday 28 April,

Sunday 29 April, Saturday 5 May,

Sunday 6 May, 10am-4pm. More

info eramboo.com.au

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Local Promotion

Thanks Mum!

Consider these great gift ideas for Mother’s Day

Utopia Lingerie

Help Mum to feel special with the gift of luxurious sleepwear or lingerie

from this spacious, specialist shop at Narrabeen. Owner Julia recommends

the nighties range, from silk chemises to full-length cotton

jerseys to keep older bones warm. Brands include Ginia Silk, Wacoal and

they stock classical favourite sleepwear brand Givoni and Schrank.

“With winter fast approaching, consider treating mum to a pair of

gorgeous, comfortable slippers from Grosby,” said Julia. “Our lingerie

includes beautiful lace bra and brief sets in all price ranges and various

sizes, with quality brands Simone Perele, Freya, Fantasie, Heidi Klum,

Pleasure State, Fayreform, Lovable, Berlei, Jockey and Triumph.” Utopia

also stock lounge wear and Kaftans, plus French perfumed artificial

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

Mum might like, relax – Utopia offer gift vouchers to ensure stressfree

shopping. Plus for a limited time they have a sale of all stock with

discounts of between 10% and 50% off. “And we have trained bra

fitters in-store so you get the service and the discount, what could be

better!” said Julia. Utopia Lingerie was situated at Warriewood Square

for 10 years – now you’ll find them on Pittwater Road at Narrabeen (in

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

Sabi Japanism

The word ‘Japanism’ is derived from ‘Japonisme’, meaning the influence

of Japanese art, fashion and aesthetics on Western culture –

essentially it is taking Japanese aesthetics but applying to everyday

objects, in this case porcelain. Yuko has been in Avalon with her Sabi

Japanism store for over a year now. During that time Sabi has extended

its range from beautiful and contemporary Japanese Ceramics

to include Japanese-inspired clothing and accessories (Origami

earrings). Ceramic ware still forms the core of what Sabi is about.

An example is its elegant tableware, including plates and bowls

designed in collaboration with Dutch artisans to produce the world

renowned ‘1616’ range – highlighting simple lines for everyday use.

All ceramics are sourced from Arita in Kyushu province of Southern

Japan, where local potters follow traditional techniques dating back

400 years to craft these elegant pieces. Production is still heavily

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

Billabong Retreat

Billabong Retreat is a magical eco-retreat offering affordable wellness and

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

like a million miles away. Visit to unwind, be pampered, learn simple wellness

techniques and enjoy delicious wholefood organic cooking. Each retreat

includes twice-daily workshops introducing all aspects of yoga, mindfulness

and meditation and they’re suitable for any level of experience or fitness.

The delicious spa cuisine is all-included and offers organic meals made from

wholefood ingredients locally sourced from producers. Accommodation

includes tree-house ensuite cabins with private balconies overlooking the

water, some with outdoor roll-top bath, and guests can enjoy the stunning

aqua therapy magnesium mineral swimming pool and a

range of private spa treatments. Abundant with colourful

native wildlife, you can spot hundreds of bird species,

albino-faced black wallabies, lace monitors, deer, microbats,

water lizards and at night the whole place throbs to

the chorus of frogs and cicadas. For more info check out

billabongretreat.com.au. P: 02 4573 6080

Nothing Butt


Nothing Butt Lingerie on

Bungan St in Mona Vale have a

new range of winter sleepwear

from favourites such as

Givoni, Florence Broadhurst,

Schrank, Billy Dream and

French Country as well as new

label Project Rem. Store owner

Chris says Silks from Ginia,

Simply Silk and Envy will make

lovely Mother’s Day gifts on

May 13. “Jockey are offering

floral gift bags this year,” she

said. “And Simone Perele have

lace lingerie sets in red, navy,

aqua and blush which are very

special.” Berlei’s Barely Lace

sets now come in black, ivory,

navy, red and blush pink. “We

have a range of bras and

briefs from Triumph, Berlie,

Playtex, Bendon with fashion

sets from Pleasure State,

Palindrome and Heidi Klum.” A

real drawcard is their summer

sleepwear from Schrank

and Givoni – on sale at 50%

off with 50% also off selected

bras and briefs. Chris added

gift vouchers as well as gift

wrapping were always available.

“Let us help you with a

gift to spoil mum on Mother’s

Day!” P: 9999 1462

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Book Review

The Yellow Villa

By Amanda Hampson

Penguin Viking $32.99


Renata of RitzyRocks has a beautiful

gift idea for this Mother’s

Day – give your mother, wife or

partner a vibrant, timeless piece of

Italy. “These beautiful watches are

directly from Venice and the watch

face is surrounded in the traditional

pattern of millefiori, meaning

one thousand flowers,” said Renata.

The watch has a leather band

and comes with a warranty. Renata

has a variety of colours including

black, blue, pink, violet, red and

yellow with a silver or gold watch

face. These watches are priced

at just $55 (plus express postage

to your door of $12). RitzyRocks’

millefiori watches can be found at

ritzyrocks.com.au under the heading

“something unusual”. Or if you

are after something in particular,

Renata invites you to contact her.

P: 0403 282 800

Avalon’s very own bestselling author Amanda

Hampson’s new book The Yellow Villa is out

now and makes the perfect gift for Mother’s

Day. Get it for your wife, daughter, mother, or

grandmother, you could even buy it for all four!

Mia and Ben make their dream of owning

a villa in France a reality, but things in their

picturesque village turn out to be not as they

seem after they are befriended by Susannah

and Dominic, an older English couple who

have secrets to hide.

If you loved The French Perfumer or

The Olive Sisters then this is the book for you .

Amanda’s signature wit, keen sense of character and astute storytelling shine

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

There will be signed copies at Beachside Bookshop. – Danica Beaudoin

Divine Balance

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

but the energy of nurturing within ourselves. The pace of modern life can

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

This is particularly relevant for mothers who are often in a constant state

of giving their energy out without necessarily filling back up again. The

beauty of a healing session with Divine Balance is the sanctuary that is

provided by deep relaxation. In this relaxed state, the body undergoes its

own repair and rejuvenation, accompanied by energy healing and crystal

therapy. Owner Shelley is also a polarity therapist, and her partner Jason

is an Aboriginal Medicine Man with inherited abilities. Their clients can

choose from either a single-practitioner healing with either one of them,

or they can opt to have Shelley and Jason work simultaneously. “Quite

often clients fall into a deep sleep and receive all the benefits of a rest,

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

feelings of being held lovingly by the divine mother, where they effortlessly

release old, stuck energies and emotions without judgment. This

can take the form of yawning, sighing, tears, or twitching. Contact Shelley

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

Avalon Uncovered

To help celebrate Mother’s Day Madeleine and

the staff at Avalon Uncovered have sourced

many beautiful gifts to help make every mother

feel special, feminine and loved. From the everpopular

100% pure mulberry silk pillow cases

and eye-masks to the new range of sleepwear

from Sanctuary Studio and Chateau including

the highest quality cotton voiles, their products

will ensure mothers feel spoilt and pampered.

For something totally luxurious, don’t forget to

check out their beautiful collection of silk slips,

pyjama sets and matching camisole/shorts from

Simone Perele and Ginia. Of course, for the

more energetic mums, their diverse collection

of activewear – from Dharma Bums, Running

Bare, Lorna Jane and the recently introduced

Melbourne company Jaggad – is proving very

popular. The friendly staff at Avalon Uncovered

pride themselves on making every customers’

in-store experience enjoyable and rewarding;

they’re dedicated to help ensure every gift chosen

is done with care and attention to detail. As

a special promotion leading up to Mother’s Day,

every gift purchased will go into the draw for a

gorgeous luxury sleep kit from The Goodnight

Co including a silk pillow case and eye mask,

essential oils and more worth over $160! Gift

vouchers and free gift-wrapping services available.

P: 0419 822 844

the nurturer within yourself. Gift vouchers available. P: 0412 919 136

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Local Promotion

Local Call

Starting a

new chapter

Local Call

Avalon’s Bookoccino is

entering a new chapter

with original owners

Margaret and Roger confident

the place they worked so hard

for will remain in safe hands.

Recently stepping away after

25 years of running the unique

bookstore and café, Margaret

said the concept was simple –

to create a warm, relaxed place

where people could come to

engage with the written word.

“I remember clearly the first

day, and the first book we sold

– everything was done on a

ledger,” Margaret said.

“The journey has been long,

and not always easy, but over

the years I have met the most

wonderful people and of course

I’ve read some fantastic books!”

Margaret said the most enjoyable

aspect of her business

was the people she has met

along the way and the hope

their intelligence and insight

has given her.

“Being able to engage with

thoughtful people who care

deeply about our culture and

our direction is just wonderful,”

she said.

Margaret’s fondest memory?

“When we first opened, Tom

Keneally wrote us a poem,

which I really treasure and

we’ve always had incredible

guests over the years – Spike

Milligan (very eventful, not

in a good way); Jackie Collins;

Stan Grant; and just recently

Geoffrey Robertson.”

New owners Sally Tabner

(who has worked alongside

Margaret the past four years)

PARTNERS IN CRIME FICTION: Sally Tabner and Ray Bonner.

and author and Pulitzer Prize

winning journalist from

the The New York Times Ray

Bonner are looking forward

to meeting more people and

getting more involved with the


Sally said people often have

very particular interests and

requests, so it was “a pleasure”

to match them perfectly to a


“When someone passes

by and lets me know how

much it meant to them, or to

their friend, that is the best


Sally said she and Ray were

excited to introduce a loyalty

program and have many other

plans for getting great books

into people’s hands.

“We want our shop to be full

of stories and smiles.”

This month Bookoccino is

celebrating local literature

with three local authors – Sally

Seltman, Jonathan King and

Amanda Hampson. For more

info or to book tickets call

9973 1244 or ask in-store.

– Lisa Offord

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LITTLE LEARNERS: Cottage Pre-School Children with their books.

New age of powerful learners

As schools wrestle with

how to best prepare

their students for a

rapidly changing world, there

has been growing awareness

that young people need more

than traditional basic skills to

prepare them for the world

beyond school.

A recent project at St Luke’s

Grammar School, Bayview

showed it is never too early to

start helping a child to learn

how to be powerful learners;

they believe children need help

to develop an understanding of

how they can learn effectively

and have confidence in their

capacity to embrace new challenges.

Shirley Meares, one of the

early childhood educators at St

Luke’s Bayview, uses everyday

situations to help pre-schoolers

see that they are capable of

solving problems and taking

on new challenges.

Twice a week the Cottage

Pre-school class go to the

library to borrow books. One

day, two children decided they

wanted the same book, part of

the well-known Hairy Maclary

series by Lynley Dodd.

“Their teacher asked: ‘I

wonder whether you could

find some other books like

this you could borrow?’” said

Jodie Bennett, Head of Junior

School. “A quick scan of the

shelves showed the pair that

there was, indeed, others like

it. More little learners gathered

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to see what had gained the

attention of the group. Soon

all the books in this collection

had been borrowed and the

students were comparing the

stories they had found.”

This was the start of a learning

journey through the works

of Lynley Dodd.

“Together the students

identified all the picture

books written by the author,”

Ms Bennett said. “They knew

how many books there were

about dogs, how many about

cats, about cats and dogs and

books about other animals.

They noticed that Scarface

Claw often appears in the

background of many of the

stories, even when he is not a

featured character.

“They delighted in the magical

language that characterises

the stories. ‘Cacophony’, for

example, became a favourite

word for describing the noise

in the classroom whenever play

became over-enthusiastic.”

Class representatives

presented a proposal for the

purchase of new books for the

library. They developed an outline

of the books they would

like added, having confirmed

these titles were currently

available for purchase and with

details of how much the order

would cost.

“The students wrote and

illustrated their own books

about their favourite characters,

sharing them with family

and friends during an open


This inquiry showed the

little learners what it was like

to dive deeply into an area of


“Each step in the journey

was driven by a desire to know

more. Most of all, they saw a

purpose for developing core

skills. They wanted to learn to

read and write so they could

develop and share their own

stories. Surely, a love of learning

and a sense of confidence

that they can ask and answer

questions are the foundation

stones that will equip our

learners well into their schooling


St Luke’s is having an

Open Day at their Bayview

Campus on Thursday May 10,

9-11.30am (K to Year 6). More

info 9979 5755.

Roo in

the Glen

The popular children’s book

character, Josephine the dancing

Kangaroo, is bounding to

Glen Street in May.

Josephine Wants to

Dance is a brand new

Australian musical bringing

to life a tale about a bush

kangaroo and based on the

much-loved book by Jackie

French and Bruce Whatley. Josephine

is about a kangaroo

who loves to dance, but also

teaches kids to dream and

believe in themselves.

The show is perfect for

children aged 4 to 9-years of

age and their families who

are urged to come bounding,

prancing, swirling and

twinkle-toe twirling to Glen

Street for a hilarious time.

Dates are May 2-5,

10.30am and 1pm daily;

tickets $22 single, Family

pass of 5 $85. Children

under 2 free (seated on

lap). More info glenstreet.

com.au or 9975 1455.

PCYC Band Night

Kingswood and The Delta

Riggs headline an all-ages

band night at the PCYC

Northern Beaches, Dee Why

on Friday May 4.

The no-alcohol event is for

all ages, with security and no


Tickets ($25) include free

membership to the PCYC for

a year.

There will also be free

end-of-night transport, with

buses running to Manly and

Mona Vale.

More info Eventbrite.com.au

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Surfing Life

Surfing Life

Cancel that! The trouble

with WSL risk avoidance

A big pro event’s cancellation puts the sport under a microscope...

So, back to my semi-favourite

subject, professional

surfing. Early in May, the

World Surf League is planning

to hold its first open-to-thepublic

event at their prize

possession, the Kelly Slater

Wave Company wave pool in

Lemoore, California. (You may

have read our account of this

pool back in January.)

The event is called the

Founders’ Cup and it features a

two-day team competition between

a selected field of Championship

Tour surfers, along

with entertainment of various

kinds. Tickets are on sale for

between US$99 (for one day’s

attendance) to a slightly eye

watering US$9,800 (for three

days, including accommodation,

VIP treatment, post-event

concert, and an hour of surfing

time in the Pool itself).

I’m not sure how ticket sales

are going. But it better be a

success. Because the WSL is

losing its traditional audience

– if not yet in numbers, then in


The Founders’ Cup follows

hard on the heels of a disastrous

double header CT event

cancellation at Margaret River,

Western Australia. The event

was cancelled halfway through

both men’s and women’s

rounds after a shark attacked

two surfers in quick succession

near Gracetown, around 10

kilometres north of Margaret.

with Nick Carroll

DANGEROUS CONDITIONS: And we’re not talking about Margaret River’s surf.

(One surfer was seriously people, the major sponsors of

injured, the other escaped with the event, found themselves in

minor cuts.)

the awkward position of having

The shock value of a CT

spent a couple of million

cancellation is huge. It’s barely dollars to promote their key

ever happened. You’d have to tourist attraction as the shark

go back to the early 1990s to attack capital of the known

find an event being cancelled Universe. Needless to say, they

at this stage of proceedings. and the WA State government

(That was the Quiksilver Pro in were furious. State tourism

Biarritz, France, when no waves minister Paul Papalia told the

showed up.)

ABC he thought the WSL was

It stunned many core surfers,

putting its whole business in

both locally and world-


wide. While there was a degree The event still has a year left

of understanding, the general

on its contract, but whether it

response seemed to be in survives even that long remains

modern social media parlance: to be seen. If it’s booted, it


joins a short but eminent list of

You could debate the relative

CTs to exit the tour, including

risk of shark attack in the the tour’s crown jewel, the

area all day, but the fact is that Pipeline Masters – bumped

while Gracetown has seen several

from the 2019 CT after the WSL

fatal shark attacks on surf-

couldn’t negotiate a planned

ers over the years, nobody’s date change with the Honolulu

ever been attacked at Margaret

City and County.

River in over 50 years of This is kinda like losing

continual surfing at the spot. Wimbledon because the ATP

And plenty of people, including

decided they wanted to hold it

several CT pros, spent the in January.

days following the cancellation Maybe the most telling thing

surfing it without incident. about the Margaret River cancellation

Meanwhile, the WA tourism

was how it occurred.

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

This double header men’s and women’s WSL CT marks a return to

world championship competition after the Margaret River cancellation.

Saquarema isn’t a great surfing location but the WSL will be

hoping for some good days in order to re-set what now seems a

compromised title race on both scores.

25-27/5: 2018 Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles, Bells

Beach, VIC

One of the coolest events on the Australian surfing scene. Doesn’t

draw huge competitor numbers but there’s open mens and womens,

masters, juniors and a longboard division. There’ll also be an

Elders Expression Session in honour of the founders of this event

and other Indigenous surf initiatives.


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

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

in the south-west Pacific just keeps looping on down into temperate

latitudes. It keeps raining in the Northern Rivers and not here. Deep

low pressure passes south of us without ever smacking us with a

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

May though. Instead we should get a very fractured and changeable

month of surf and weather, as the seasons continue to struggle with

each other. Lots of surf should arise from this struggle, maybe off

slightly displaced East Coast Lows (a bit too far north), extremely

powerful polar lows (a bit too far south), and broken wind bands

much closer to our coastline (horrible onshore gales). Water should

remain pretty warm though.

The tour pros were called

into a meeting, which was

pitched to them as a chance to

canvass views on whether or

not to proceed. But when they

arrived, they were simply told:

the event’s off. The directive

came from the very top of the

WSL food chain in far off NYC,

owners Dirk and Natasha Ziff.

It’s telling because it tells

you just where all the power is

in pro surfing right now.

The WSL is trying to drive

huge change across professional

surfing. Its key investors

have spent hundreds of

millions of dollars in the past

four years trying to make

sense of our fabulously looney,

romantic, scary sport. Now it’s

time to cash in, and they’re

determined to use that wave

pool as the mechanism.

I can totally see how it might

look good from an office in

Santa Monica or New York.

The pool makes surfing look

like other sports. You can

charge for entry – maybe even

US$9,800! You can run events

on time to the second, as long

as the machine doesn’t break

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Nick Carroll

down. You can set camera angles,

shut out the opposition,

and broadcast exactly as and

when you choose. And thus,

you control the risk. There’s

no risk of a shark attack, that’s

for sure.

Trouble is: surfing is all

about risk. It’s uncertain,

unpredictable, even dangerous

at times. It’s a tangle with

the world, it fails to adhere to

deadlines, it’s different every

single day. That’s the source

of all its great moments in history,

competitive and otherwise.

That’s why we love it.

Yet it’s just what the WSL is

trying to avoid. It’s beginning

to look like they’re afraid of

the ocean. And that, for pro

surfing, would be game over.

As one person I know said

recently: “I expect pro surfers

to go places I won’t.”

Nick Carroll is a leading

Australian and international

surf writer, author, filmmaker

and surfer, and one

of Newport’s own. Email:


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Health & Wellbeing

Handle with care: When

Special report by Lisa Offord

Health & Wellbeing

It can be frustrating to see an elderly

loved one refuse or resist care when you

are concerned about their wellbeing and

safety… so how do you best approach this

challenging issue?

Owner-Care Manager Home Care Assistance

Delia Schaffer said first and foremost

it was important to recognise that loved

ones in need of care were often suffering

one or more losses – loss of physical or

mental health, loss of spouse, loss of lifestyle…

friends… independence.

“Resistance to care is quite common in

situations of loss, often associated with

strong emotions that an elderly loved one

may be feeling: anger about needing help,

fear of losing privacy, distress from multiple

changes at once, fear of new routines or

financial worries,” Delia said.

“Also, the nervous system, like most bodily

systems, tends to deteriorate with age or

from diseases common in older age – this

often leads to a reduced capacity to cope

with change.

“Memory loss, mental health issues,

lack of insight, or a more formal diagnosis,

would make it difficult for an elderly loved

one to understand why they need help.

“A stubborn character can also be the

cause in some cases.”

Delia said often concerns for safety and

wellbeing, or concerns about a dishevelled

home, drove adult children to offer extra

care to an elderly parent.

But improved safety or cleanliness was

not always what an elderly loved one was

interested in.

“Improved cleanliness can be perceived as

a threat in fact, if it means that their belongings

will be moved around,” she said.

“We have observed a few times, after a

‘care worker trial’ (involving an elderly parent

obligingly agreeing to a request by their

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

adult children), that the parent refused to

have further ‘domestic assistance’ because

they didn’t like finding things in different

spots after the care worker visit.”

Care workers also commonly observed

distress when they tried to move clutter.

“Not uncommonly, they need to wait a number

of weeks until a rapport has been built

and then they need to discuss in detail with

care recipients exactly what they can move

and where it can be moved to.

If done patiently and with respect, a cleaner

home could be a benefit of care.

“However, a domestic assistance visit can

be perceived as a disaster, depending on the

personality of your elderly loved one, and

may not be an ‘easy-sell’.”

Research shows most Australians aged 60

and over would prefer to stay in their own

homes as they age.

“Therefore staying home longer will often

be the most compelling motivation for an

elderly loved one to accept care,” Delia said.

She added it was important for elderly

adults to be aware that if they did go into

hospital for any reason in the future, hospital

discharge teams had a duty of care to

ensure patients had sufficient care arrangements

at home before releasing them.

“Elderly patients who can demonstrate

that they have had care workers visiting

them in the home for an ongoing period

prior to hospitalisation, may have an easier

time getting released to home, rather than

getting released to residential care – after

hospitalisation for a fall, for example.”

Avoiding a fall in the first place, that could

lead to hospitalisation or residential care,

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loved ones refuse help

can be common ground for an elderly loved

one to agree to some trial services.

“Risks of hospitalisations that are widely

known, such as falls, and any services to

reduce those risks, can mutually be seen as

a reason for accepting care,” Delia said.

“Accepting a handy service to come into

the home for installation of bars in the bathroom

can be a good starting point.”

She added that seeking input from an

elderly loved one, with an aim of making an

honest assessment of what minimum help

was needed to enable them to remain living

at home, would ensure the care recipient

experienced a real benefit from any services

they agreed to.

Having the conversation

The team at Community Connect Northern

Beaches (CCNB) provides independent and

impartial information, advice and guidance

to support people access the health and

community care systems.

CCNB’s work with older people, their

families and communities focuses on linking

them to the support they require to live well

in their chosen community.

Families and friends played a pivotal role

in identifying need for care.

“Often older people are good at hiding

their needs and older people themselves are

best placed to give information, advice and

guidance to another,” they said.

“Often we ask people who have used care

and seen the benefits to speak with others

to share their experiences.”

The team suggested attending relevant

social groups or information sessions and

leaving information about ‘planning ahead’

and the range of services available handy

and said it was helpful to say that government

today was really looking at ways to

keep older people at home longer – the end

game is to avoid hospital or nursing home.

The team offered the following conversation

starter: “So, your preference is to stay

at home for as long as possible? Then let us

help you to achieve this. There’s a range of

support services available which can support

your independence and maintain your

lifestyle in your own home.”

And if you aren’t comfortable raising the


“You can also ask the GP to speak with an

older person and encourage them to accept

a referral.”

Delia Schaffer says before discussing the

need for care, it can be beneficial to mentally

prepare with an attitude of respect and

dignity for your elderly loved one.

“Leave the conversation for a time when

you both are relaxed and there is sufficient

time to listen to each other,” Delia said.

“Making space and time for two, four

or even six conversations is important,

because finding out your elderly loved one’s

preferences, fears and worries usually takes

a series of conversations.”

Significantly, it was important to approach

an elderly loved one without any preconceived

notions of what’s best for them.

And another tip: “Music interventions

have been shown to significantly reduce

care-resistance in dementia patients in nursing

homes in some small studies, so it may

be worthwhile to play your elderly loved

ones some favourite music before your


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Health & Wellbeing

Why clear driving

vision is crucial


car’s most important

safety feature is YOU.

As drivers, we are very

focused on safety… it’s a musthave.

Whilst we are concerned

about our car’s safety features,

we often don’t think about

the major influential factor

in crashes: human error. We

know that vision is the most

important sense for making

decisions on the road and

that uncorrected vision is a

contributor to crash risk.

Vision is responsible for

around 90 per cent of the

information we use for

driving, which is why even

a small change in vision is

cause for concern.

How do you know if

you might be at risk? Ask

yourself if you experience

any of the following:

n Trouble recognising details

on road signs or number


n Difficulty judging the

distance of oncoming

vehicles, particularly at


n Trouble seeing clearly in

changing light conditions,

e.g. from day to dusk to


n Visual sensitivity to

oncoming headlights?

n Need to move your head to

see in side mirrors or read

your dashboard clearly?

with Rowena Beckenham

n Reluctance to drive at

night or in unfamiliar


n Uncertainty and lack of

confidence behind the


There are simple solutions

to these concerns and

a comprehensive eye

examination will provide the

answers to your concerns

as well as strategies to

maintain ongoing vision safety

with driving, keeping you

confident and prepared for all


People often only come and

see us when things start to get

blurry or they have to hold a

book closer to their face. The

fact is one in four Australians

are at risk of losing all or

part of their vision due to eye

disease – nearly half of these

wait until their eyes deteriorate

before getting them checked.

Some 4.1 million Australians

have not had their eyes tested

recently and approximately

one million have never had

an eye exam. They may be

putting themselves – or others

– at risk on the road.

Comment supplied by Rowena Beckenham, of

Beckenham Optometrist in Avalon (9918 0616). Rowena

has been involved in all facets of independent private

practice optometry in Avalon for 16 years, in addition

to working as a consultant to the optometric and

pharmaceutical industry, and regularly volunteering in

Aboriginal eyecare programs in regional NSW.



A good


sleep is not

only important

for our energy

levels but our

sleep quality


to our mood,


By Jean


balance, detoxification, weight

management and can assist

in prevention of chronic

illness such as diabetes and

cardiovascular disease. Here

are my 5 best tips that can

work towards helping you

achieve a restoring and blissful

sleep every night.

1. Exercise in the morning

helps reset cortisol levels

which leads to improved

stress management during

the day and better sleep.

2. Morning sunlight can boost

your energy and reinforce

your body’s circadian sleepwake


3. Avoid eating 2 hours before

bed and avoid stimulants

such as caffeinated tea and

coffee after lunch, limit to

one or two per day. Be aware

some medications contain

caffeine and alcohol can

also be a stimulant, 1 glass

of wine may be relaxing but

2 or more can result in a

restless sleep.

4. Ensure your bedroom has a

relaxing atmosphere, avoid

working in your bedroom

and invest in a comfortable

bed and pillows.

5. Wind down your day with

a bedtime routine that

includes activities you find

relaxing. Begin 1 hour before

your planned sleep time

and be at approximately the

same time each night.

Flannerys have a range

of products that can assist

with helping you sleep well,

including magnesium for your

baths, calming essential oils,

sleepy time tea and vitamins.

If you suffer sleep issues

book in for a free advice

session with one of our

naturopaths who can help you

improve your wellbeing – visit


* Jean is a naturopath at

Flannerys, Mona Vale.

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Showing parents

the stuff dreams

are made of

Michele was finding

things a “little challenging”

– her 16-month-old

daughter Jenny was refusing

to sleep and the single working

mum was understandably


“I was a new mum and I was

struggling so it was more than

a relief to discover there was

someone who I could turn to

who could help us get the sleep

we both needed,” Michele said.

Responding to a Facebook

post, Michele contacted the

Northern Beaches’ new child

sleep consultant, Scarlet Jahn,

for guidance.

“Scarlet visited us, she drew

up a plan, took me through all

the steps and gave me the tools

and support I needed to help

Jenny get to sleep and sleep

through the night,” she said.

Within a week, things

started to fall into place and

within 10 days, Michele said

daughter Jenny had settled into

a good sleep routine.

And now five months down

the track when night falls, a

restful night’s sleep is no problem

for this busy mum

and bub.

Scarlet said Michele and

Jenny’s story was far from


A childhood educator,

Scarlet decided to train as a

baby sleep consultant after

hearing the frustrations of

many sleep-deprived parents

from all ages, experience and

backgrounds, desperate for

help with their little ones.

“I could see the impact that

sleep has not only on the child

but the family as a whole and

that there was a real need for

quality advice,’ Scarlet said.

Fully trained and certified

as an infant and child sleep

consultant, Scarlet launched

Little Z’s Sleep Therapy, providing

tailor-made sleep programs

which are implemented via

correspondence and in-home

consultations for those wanting

face-to-face interaction.

She also offers group chats

and night nanny services.

Importantly, Scarlet deploys a

wide range of sleep techniques.

“When working with families

I take a wholistic approach,

taking into account the child’s

needs, the parents beliefs and

the environment.

“I don’t apply a ‘one-size-fitsall

approach’… because there

isn’t,” she said.

The most common sleep

problems Scarlet sees in

children are multiple and early

wake-ups and the inability to


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Health & Wellbeing

Day surgery readies for boom

Local surgeons and practitioners are

readying for increased patient numbers

following the $6 million renovation of

the Pittwater Day Surgery in Mona Vale.

The new, expanded surgery, which

was officially opened in early April by

founder Dr Frank Elsworth and local State

and Federal MPs Rob Stokes and Jason

Falinski, has seen its Mona Vale floorspace


When it closed for construction in

November the day surgery accommodated

12 surgeons and one theatre – it now

boasts 25 surgeons on its books and three

state-of-the-art operating theatres.

Dr Elsworth said the development

had been planned to take into account

the trend in the US, where two thirds

of procedures were conducted in day


“Currently one third of procedures in

Australia are carried out in day surgeries

but we anticipate that number to rapidly

rise,” he said.

Dr Elsworth said he and staff were proud

to deliver locals an improved facility which

would enable them to undergo more

treatments locally than ever before.

PROUD: Dr Frank

Elsworth in one

of the new PDS


Safety was an imperative that had been

well and truly delivered over its 18-year


“We have performed 17,000 surgeries

in 17 years since opening in 2000,” Dr

Elsworth said. “The general transfer rate (to

hospital) for day surgeries is around 0.5%

– in that time we were required to transfer

just two patients, or 0.085%.”

He said there were many reasons why

day surgeries were proving more popular,

including improvements in surgical and

anaesthetic techniques.

“Also, there is less risk of infection, easier

access, it’s a less formal environment, and

it’s quicker.”

He added there was a much less cost

to health funds and government than in

hospital treatment.

The surgery has added endoscopy,

expanded eye surgery, urology and

general surgery to its existing surgery

service offering of plastic, eye, dental,

maxillofacial, and ear, nose and throat

(ENT), gynaecology and orthopaedics.

Mackellar MP Jason Falinski said the

expansion was a great outcome for the

Northern Beaches.

“It will bring much-needed medical

procedures closer to patients,” he said.

“The three new operating theatres, making

it possible for 25 surgeons and 30 staff to

work, will lower hospital waiting times and

reduce the need for locals to travel outside

of the peninsular for medical procedures.”

Pittwater MP Rob Stokes added:

“Together with the ongoing investment at

Mona Vale Hospital and the new private

hospital on Daydream Street, the Pittwater

Day Surgery emphasises Mona Vale’s role

as a major local health hub.” – Nigel Wall

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Health & Wellbeing

Balanced approach

to falls prevention

We all ‘trip up’ when getting around sometimes,

and many of us have experienced

a tumble, recovered from the episode

quickly, and – apart for some initial embarrassment

– not thought too much about it.

However, what many of us fail to recognise is

how serious a trip and a fall could be – especially

as we age.

The research paints a

grim picture: falls are the

second leading cause of

accidental or unintentional

injury deaths worldwide.

One in three elderly people

in Australia fall every

year and it is expected this

statistic will only increase

as the population ages.

Ten years ago, two

thirds of our population

aged 65 and over who had

a fall sustained at least

one fracture and in the same period (2007-2008),

16,868 of elderly falls resulted in hip fractures

and a hospital admission.

Physiotherapist Jessica Osorno Caro from Avalon

Physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates explained

that as we age our reaction time and leg strength

dramatically diminish, which in turn affects

our balance and ability to negotiate obstacles,

thereby increasing our risk of falls.

“There are other factors too which may result

in an increased risk of falling including a decrease

in visual and hearing abilities, the intake

of multiple medications and certain health conditions,”

Jessica added.

Injuries from falls reduce mobility by decreasing

confidence, activity levels, independence and

can have an effect on community participation.

“Often patients don’t regain their ability to live

in their own homes and are admitted into aged

care,” she said.

Research shows an appropriate program with

leg strength, tailored balance tasks and education

makes a big impact in reducing falls.

The good news is you are never too old to

learn how to help stay on your feet and Jessica

will soon be offering evidence-based balance

and falls prevention classes in Avalon to show

you how.

“The strongest

predictors of falls are

abnormalities of the

walking pattern and abnormalities

of balance,”

Jessica said.

“As people with reduced

or impaired physical

function are more

likely to fall, an appropriate

exercise program is

important to reduce this

risk of falling,” she said.

Originally from Colombia,

Jessica has lived in Australia for a decade

– her interest in balance and falls prevention was

sparked when completing her Masters of Physiotherapy

at Sydney University.

Since joining the team at Avalon Physiotherapy

and Clinical Pilates, Jessica identified a need for

falls prevention classes locally, as the nearest

option for people with balance difficulties living

north of the bends was in Mona Vale.

Clients will be assessed and placed into classes

structured with a warm-up, lower limb (legs)

strength exercises and balance specific exercises.

“The level of difficulty of each of the exercises

will depend upon the level of physical and mental

ability of the attendees and the medical conditions

they are dealing with.”

Additionally, the classes will have an educational

component covering falls prevention issues

such as environmental factors.

– Lisa Offord



Most falls in people over

the age of 65 happen

around the home. Here are

some simple things you

can do to make your home


Floors: Secure rugs or

remove them. Have nonslip

floors and remove

clutter and cords from

walkways. Mark any

changes in floor surfaces

and levels in your home

with high contrast tape.

Bathroom: Install grab rails

in the bath and shower

and next to the toilet if

necessary. Use non-slip


Kitchen: Mop up spills

straight away. Get help to

rearrange cupboards and

shelves so there’s no need

to reach or climb to access

things stored up high.

Lighting: Use adequate

lighting in all rooms and

near steps and stairs and

ensure light switches are

in easy to reach places.

Use plug-in nightlights and

have movement sensitive

lights in hallways, near

stairs and between the

bedroom and bathroom.

Steps and stairs: Mark

edges of steps clearly. Use

slip resistant strips and

install (and use) handrails.

Garden: Make sure paths

are even and free of moss.

Pack away tools and take

care when using the hose.

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Screen now, not later

If you are over 50 years of age

you would have received a

bowel cancer screening kit in the

mail; however, chances are you

haven’t yet used it.

Incredibly, only 36 per cent

of people in NSW are doing

the simple test – the rest of us

are apparently “too busy” to

spend just a few minutes doing

something that could potentially

save our life.

Professor David Currow, Chief eating habits, data from the

Cancer Officer and CEO of the NSW Cancer Registry shows that

Cancer Institute NSW, urged almost 60 per cent of people

people to use their free, homedelivered

test kit as soon as they cancer find out it has already

in Northern Sydney with bowel

receive it in the mail as early spread by the time they are

detection is critical.

diagnosed, reducing the chances

“Bowel cancer can be

of successfully treating it.

successfully treated in 90 per On average, 572 people in

cent of cases if it is detected Northern Sydney are diagnosed

early so please don’t leave these with bowel cancer each year

kits in your drawer or wait until and 194 die from the disease

you are experiencing symptoms,” annually.

Professor Currow said.

According to the Cancer

A bowel screening kit is used Institute, people who participate

to detect bleeding from your in the National Bowel Cancer

lower bowel, which is often not Screening Program are almost

visible; the test is completed in twice as likely to have their

your home and returned in the cancer detected at the earliest

mail for processing.

stage, when it is most treatable.

“This is a free, quick and

For many people, by the time

simple screening test you can do they experience symptoms of

in the privacy of your own home bowel cancer, the cancer has

and will give you the best chance already spread to areas outside

against bowel cancer – or even the bowel, when survival rates

prevent it entirely.”

drop to 72 per cent.

Australia has one of the

The free National Bowel

highest rates of bowel cancer Cancer Screening Program mails

in the world – around one in 23 kits to people 50-74 years every

Australians will develop bowel two years. For more information

cancer in their lifetime.

visit cancerinstitute.org.au or

Even though residents of the call the National Bowel Cancer

Northern Beaches are mostly Screening Program infoline on

health-conscious and with good 1800 118 868.

What you

can do...

Bowel cancer is one of

the most preventable

cancers and people of all

ages can take action to

reduce their risk.

Personal and lifestyle

factors associated with

an increased risk of

bowel cancer include:

n Overweight and


n Lack of physical


n High intake of

some foods such as

processed meat;

n High alcohol

consumption; and

n Smoking.

Other risk factors include

a personal history of

bowel polyps and family

history of bowel cancer.

It is also important to

know the symptoms

of bowel cancer, these


n Bleeding from the


n Anaemia;

n Changes in bowel


n Abdominal pain or


n Bloating;

n Weight loss; and

n Unexplained tiredness

or fatigue.

People with a family

history should see their

doctor for an assessment

of risk and advice about

management options.

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

New level of ‘Core’ fitness

If you’re tired of typical gym

classes, sick of not seeing

results and unable to commit

to lengthy treadmill sessions,

consider a groundbreaking

new flexible workout that’s

landed in Mona Vale.

The stylish, spacious new

Core9 club is not like traditional

gyms. With sessions starting

every three minutes, no bookings

needed, a personal trainer

and nutritional support inclusive

with all memberships, it

offers no-excuses conditioning

training for those who want to

work out smarter, not harder.

Owner and fitness expert

Sam Theyers (right) says: “I

have been in the industry

20 years, have run over 800

clubs around the world and

Core9 for me is the first brand

to challenge the industry to


Sam says his experience and

observations are that traditional

gym offerings are not working.

“Gym numbers are growing

in Australia yet the public are

getting more overweight and

unhealthy,” he said. “I believe

Core9 has begun the change

that is required. Mona Vale

Core9 has adopted the belief

that if we look after our members,

the members will look

after us, and they do.”

Core9’s is “fitness reimagined”,

with a regime combining

gymnastics exercises,

kick-boxing fundamentals and

military training techniques for

a full-body functional workout.

“There’s no such thing as

being late for a session, no

such thing as ‘sorry we are fully

booked’, no such thing as training

alone with no help – this

philosophy continues into the

gym itself too.”

Core9 recognises that rigid

times, lengthy training sessions

and the additional expense of

paying for personal training

and or nutrition support are

serious de-motivators.

“The average gym has a

success rate of 18% when it

comes to members getting

results, with the average

member of a traditional

gym attending on average

2x per week across

the globe – Core9

has a monstrous

success rate of over

80% (world leading)

and the average

attendance of our

members is over

3.5x per week.”


there were no ‘member

acquisition’ roles

in the business model.

“Its unique approach

offers people of all fitness

levels the most efficient,

effective and personalised

way to challenge themselves,

enhance their health, and become

stronger and fitter.”

More info call 0499 994 672

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Hair & Beauty

Shaving tips to help stop

aggravation of the skin

with Sue Carroll

With a little knowledge,

men can learn to

recognise and address

the common skin concern

called PFB – or Pseudofolliculitis

Barbae. Don’t worry: it is a not

a new contagious disease. PFB

is a foreign body inflammatory

reaction involving papules and

pustules on the beard area – the

lower face and neck – of men.

Typically, there are groups of

small, red or pigmented bumps

on the beard area that may flare

with repeated shaving, and PFB

tends to be worse with very

curly or kinky hair.

Since men have more facial

hair, which is also toughened by

testosterone, this along with the

accompanying ingrown hairs,

is one of the most common

skin issues for men. Ingrown

hairs occur when the end of the

hair shaft is cut, resulting in an

inflammatory response such

as redness, itchiness, and/or a

raised infected area.

Treatment for PFB depends

on its severity. Treatment

specifications include shaving

protocols, skin care ingredients

and regimens, laser therapy and

possible prescriptive remedies.

An effective starting place to

treat PFB is to grow the beard

out for about 30 days to eliminate

ingrown hairs; if lifestyle

and work environment allow

for this. Also, changing shaving

practises will improve the condition.

This involves stopping

shaving altogether; shaving

less frequently; shaving with

one- or two-blade shavers only;

shaving in the direction of the

hair growth; avoiding stretching

the skin while shaving; using

hair clippers as an alternative

to shaving, as they do not cut

the hair as close to the skin as a

razor does; and avoiding using

needles, toothpicks or tweezers

to dislodge stubborn hair

tips (as this will cause greater

irritation and can cause greater

irritation and further damage).

The shave itself assists with

the reduction of PFB:

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n Start with cleansing the skin

with a good pH balanced

cleansing gel, used with warm

water. Massage for a few minutes

with warm water which

will soften the skin allowing

the hair to be removed with

greater ease.

n Pump 2-3 drops of your shave

oil onto your finger tips and

massage with fingertips,

adding more water when


n Take the time to invest in a

good reusable DE razor and

badger hair brush which will

enhance the shave experience.

Prepare your razor by

heating it in hot water – hot

steel cuts more efficiently.

n Place a small amount of shave

gel into a shave cup and

whip into a light foam with

a slightly damp badger hair

brush. Brush onto bearded

area. The choice of a good

pH balanced shave gel can

reduce the possibility of skin

irritation and blockages such

as pimples and PFB.

n A good place to start is with

the sideburns. Be sure to

shave WITH the direction

of the beard grain in short

strokes. Work systematically,

one section at a time, instead

of jumping from side to side.

Remember to rinse your razor

between strokes with hot

water. Leave the lip and chin

area for last as this allows the

hair to soften longer.

n For an even closer shave, reapply

the shave gel. Hold skin

firmly with the other hand and

shave across (not the opposite

direction) the grain forming

a criss-cross pattern. NEVER

shave against the grain.

n When finished, rinse with cool

water and pat skin dry. Apply

toning lotion with a gauze

square which will help to

remove last traces of shaving

gel and dry skin. To calm and

hydrate the skin apply an

anti-oxidant support serum

followed by sunscreen.

Male grooming no longer

starts and finishes with a shave,

the application of your wife’s or

mother’s moisturising cream, a

spray of deodorant and a splash

of after shave lotion. Although

usually not regarded as a serious

medical problem, PFB can

be painful, embarrassing and

can cause cosmetic disfigurement.

The papules can lead to

scarring, post-inflammatory

hyperpigmentation, secondary

infection and keloid formation –

an overgrowth of fibrous tissue

or scars.

By following an appropriate

shaving technique, the use of

pH balanced products along

with the possibility of a laser

treatment, PFB can be controlled

and/or eradicated, resulting in a

completely smooth complexion.

Sue Carroll of Skin

Inspiration has been a qualified

Aesthetician for 33 years.

Sue has owned and

operated successful beauty

clinics and day spas on

the Northern Beaches.



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Business Life: Money

Business Life

Good Look Bill: reason I just for can’t going see

‘nuts’ this working this festive out season for us

with Brian Hrnjak

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

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

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

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.

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

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

rolling tell you out that the is precisely fast-growing what the of retained psychology earnings and technology

to distribute

indirect benefit to its users encouraging young people to

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in the form of education and save and invest is to remain

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

app that this now will resides be easy on to the understand.

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

of around 350,000 how entitlement to spend. to $3,000 of franking room who have an account and enhancements have taken place


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profitable companies that pay are in a lower tax bracket or they described above – where a taxpayer

receives a refund of frank-

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of its kind in Australia. Our

tax are able to distribute franking pay no tax at all they get a cash

firm along with our partners

credits. The franking credits themselves

are intangible – they’re not the current rules.

what types of situations give rise My the shareholder. Finance feature It was – the uses Hawke

refund from the tax office – under ing credits. This begs the question into and a the second users time account; in the hands of

brought it out from the US

in 2015 where it had been

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

established for a few years.

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

The app works in a couple

ones as I mentioned are when the calculate in 1987 but free in a cash limited flow; format

of ways: by taking a data

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or Emerald today. Double Portfolio taxation – a of socially dividends

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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

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,

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

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

behalf share of children ownership. or other

bank account to your Acorns does all of these things within behaviour what was the of intended markets purpose whether on

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.

place? The purpose behind is to end the double taxation of

franking credits was, as part of company profits, consider this

the wider system of dividend example that will arise if Bill

imputation, to end the double Shorten gets his wish:

taxation of company dividends. In Taxpayer 1: Operates a small

consulting business under an ABN

and earns $10,000 per year net,

he has no further obligation for

tax because his income is below

the tax free threshold;

Taxpayer 2: Is our company

owner from the example above

– she earns the entire $7,000 dividend

and nothing else. Under Bill

Shorten’s proposal she won’t receive

a refund of franking credits

and is $3,000 per year worse off

than someone with the equivalent

taxable non-dividend income – an

effective 30% tax rate for someone

in a zero tax situation.

Seems unfair because it is unfair.

Many small business people

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entering retirement can find

themselves retaining a company

with a few residual assets or a

property and paying modest

dividends going forward. The

alternative is to wrap up their

affairs which may involve capital

gains tax or stamp duty. The

same situation above applies to

people who own shares in ASX

listed companies.

Most of the debate concerning

this issue has been framed

around the superannuation

environment, in particular how it

may affect self-managed funds.

Self-managed funds are especially

affected by these proposed

changes because they have limited

members and the whole fund

(normally just mum and dad) can

find themselves in a tax-free position

because they are paying pensions

to all members. If the fund

invests in Australian shares it may

have no taxable earnings to offset

the franking credits earned from

dividends. Previously the fund

would have received a refund of

these credits but this will cease

under the Shorten proposal.

This is in contrast to, say, an

industry fund with thousands

of members some of whom will

be in pension phase and many

of whom will be in accumulation

(taxable) phase. The industry fund

will use excess franking credits

from the pensioner accounts to

offset tax from the accumulators

– when you think about it

this is a pretty Bolshie situation

if you are the pensioner member

invested in Australian shares and

your franking credits go to others

in the fund who didn’t take the

same investment risk that you did.

It reinforces my view that the only

fund built to profit members is a

self-managed fund.

Having promised that I would

keep things simple… once you

start introducing tax thresholds

and superannuation I struggle to

find the language to make these

things widely understandable.

From my experience in public

practice dividend imputation is

one of the least understood topics

and I have no doubt that this was

a factor in the policy development

process – it’s a complex issue, lets

create a perception that it only

affects the wealthy, no-one will

comprehend the impact until after

we get in.

The reality is this proposed

change affects a wide cross sec-

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tion of society because Australia

is a nation that embraces small

business, share ownership and

self-managed superannuation.

When the opposition announced

this policy there was an

immediate backlash in the media.

Shorten’s attempt to appease the

anger by excluding pensioners

(mind you only those pensioners

as at 28 March 2018, future pensioners

are affected) and charities

is text book realpolitik but it

exposes the opposition as a party

willing to sell out middle Australia.

The truly wealthy will have

accumulation accounts in their

superannuation funds they can

use to offset the unused franking

credits generated by their

fully stocked $1.6 million pension

accounts. For those in between

and that’s anyone who’s not a

pensioner – by definition assets in

super of more than $556,500 for

singles and $837,000 for couples

– can go sing.

Of course there are a couple

of strategies you can employ

to minimise the effect of these

proposed changes, things such as

re-organisation of the asset mix

in your fund or including your children

in your fund to soak up the

franking credits on a family basis.

The best defence, however, would

be to stop this atrocious piece of

policy from ever becoming law

– firstly because it weakens the

system of dividend imputation

and restores in part the double

taxation of dividends. Secondly

because it is patently unfair to

small business owners, shareholders

and superannuants who have

planned their retirement based

on long-established rules only to

have the goal posts moved.

Brian Hrnjak B Bus CPA

(FPS) is a Director of GHR

Accounting Group Pty

Ltd, Certified Practising

Accountants. Offices at:

Suite 12, Ground Floor, 20

Bungan Street Mona Vale

NSW 2103 and

Shop 8, 9 – 15 Central Ave

Manly NSW 2095,

Telephone: 02 9979-4300,

Webs: www.ghr.com.au and

www.altre.com.au Email:


These comments are of a

general nature only and are

not intended as a substitute

for professional advice.

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Business Life

‘A little bird told me’: The

new world of instant risk

It’s very interesting to go back

over time and review what

we have written in previous

columns in order to garner the

“benefit of hindsight”. I recently

re-read a number of these

columns to get a sense of how

far we have come, and what

may come next.

Apart from our ongoing

rantings about the future of Facebook

over the past two years

(and don’t say

you weren’t

warned) our

fixation has been

on the lack of understanding

of RISK in the

investment markets.

In the stockbroking business

we see our main aim as being

able to “save people from

themselves” and we continually

bang the table about the

unknowns and left field events

that we all know lurk in the

shadows, but we just don’t

know their timing.

In October 2016 we described

risk as set out below:

“The Oxford English Dictionary

cites the earliest use of the

word in English (in the spelling

of risque from its French

original, ‘risque’ as of 1621), and

the spelling as risk from 1655.

It defines risk as: Exposure to the

possibility of loss, injury, or other

adverse or unwelcome circumstance;

a chance or situation

involving such a possibility.”

Oh how far we have come?

Now we have risk on steroids;

risk today looms like a tarantula

that is ever-present, waiting in

the shadows not necessarily

to cause injury but certainly to

cause fright.

And, sadly, this is now the

world we live in. The volatility

that we knew and thought we

had bade farewell to is back…

and back with a vengeance.

Overseas markets can and

see swings of 5 per cent or

more in a night. You can go to

bed at night and the Dow Jones

Index of 30 stocks can be down

500 points, and when you wake

up in the morning the Dow

may be up 500 points. Who

knows? And that’s the



to all

reports, the US

economy is doinably



improve, and

China is invigorating

its domestic economy

better than most people

realise. The emerging markets

continue to emerge. BUT – and

it’s a big BUT – when you have



the President of The United

States prowling the halls of The

White House sending ‘Tweets’

ensuring market mayhem, it

becomes all the more difficult

to predict anything.

So, what to do in an investment

environment such as

with Simon Bond

this? The old saying of “when in

doubt stay out” has never been

more appropriate in this situation

and those who attempt

“to trade from their kitchen

tables” run the risk of incurring

significant loss.

Stand by for regulation of

Big Tech – it’s not a matter of if

but when – and when the great

unwind begins, those who are

over-exposed will struggle to

get out. Facebook is a monopoly

and monopolies cannot last.

Donald Trump’s not-so-subtle

attacks on Amazon are just the

beginning. Google has already

begun preparing and they are

ahead of the pack.

The Big Tech names have

been the big performers and

the risk of regulation now

looms large. It won’t come out

of the US, it will come from

Europe; and my expectation is

that when it happens the fines

will be in the TENS of Billions.

It’s not a matter of if but

when. Stay astute, stay alert

and stay solvent.

NewportNet co-director Simon Bond has been actively involved

in all aspects of Stockbroking since 1987. His focus is on how

technology is changing the investment landscape, demographic

trends and how they influence equity markets.

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Business Life: Law

Business Life

Signing non-disclosure

agreements under focus

In the 14 months since Donald

Trump was inaugurated

as the 45th President of the

United States of America there

has not been a day without a

headline mentioning him. He

must be the most consistently

reported and commented-upon

President ever – and it appears

unlikely to abate.

Until now Donald Trump has

been a most unlikely subject

for this column; that is, until

the arrival of adult film actress

and director Stephanie Clifford

(also known as Stormy

Daniels) and Playboy model

Karen McDougal. Both these

ladies have recently given extensive

media interviews and

in the case of Ms Clifford, a

much-publicised ‘60 Minutes’


Both had previously signed

non-disclosure agreements,

being settlements concerning

their sexual encounters with

Donald Trump.

In Clifford’s case she signed

the non-disclosure agreement,

was paid, and agreed not to

talk about the matter. On the

other hand, McDougal sold

the rights to her story of her

affair with Trump to American

Media Incorporated (AMI), the

publisher of tabloid magazines

such as the National Enquirer.

It was a legal arrangement in

which one sells one’s story

in order to quash it in a deal

known as “catch and kill’.

Both women, perhaps

emboldened by the Harvey

Weinstein publicity, have approached

a court to declare the

non-disclosure deeds void.

Documents which protect

confidentiality are referred to

by various names, for example:

Deed of Confidentiality, Non-

Disclosure Deed or Confidentiality

Agreement. They are essentially

the same document,

usually a commercial agreement

between two

Here, binding promises of confidentiality

are quite common.

In the US several states,

including Florida, Washington,

and Louisiana had, prior

to the Weinstein-led #MeToo

movement, introduced what

is known as “sunshine in

litigation” – a reference to the

famous Justice Louis Brandeis’s

statement that sunlight is “the

best of disinfectants” – legisla-

tion which prohibits conparties

or companies where

the parties agree to protect the

confidential information of one

or both parties.

Employment contracts and

many varieties of legal agreement

are used in business, one

example being in the protection

of intellectual property

as progressive disclosure of

the essence of information is

made to a prospective partner

or distributor a non-disclosure

agreement will issue at each

stage of revelation of the product.

Such agreements are also

issued in legal settlements,

which may be negotiated prior

to issues between parties escalating

into full scale litigation.

fidentiality provisions if they

conceal ‘public hazards’ such

as danger to general health

and safety.

While Clifford and McDougal

have declared that their

confidentially agreements

concerned consensual sex with

Trump, Harvey Weinstein has

been revealed as a person who

entered into multiple nondisclosure

agreements with

victims of his alleged sexual

harassment and abuse. In this

way he ensured that his victims

were bound to silence, made

more so by the fact that he was

acknowledged as a very powerful

presence in the entertainment


One effect of the Weinstein

with Jennifer Harris

scandals has been a move to

re-examine non-disclosure

agreements as being a method

to coerce people and support a

power imbalance.

Since #MeToo, New York,

California and several other

states have introduced legislation

prohibiting confidentiality

clauses in deeds that have the

effect of concealing discrimination

or harassment. An interest-

ing example to this thinking

occurred in December 2017

when Congress passed one

taxation bill which provided

for a provision disallowing a

deduction for “any settlement

or payment related to sexual

harassment or sexual abuse

if such settlement or payment

is subject to a non-disclosure


With their media disclosures

and lawsuits Clifford and Mc-

Dougal combined with the #Me-

Too campaign have attracted

national attention to their cause

and the use and effect of non

– disclosure agreements and

their enforceability.

McDougal’s claim contends

that an agreement that has

the effect of coercing a person

not to speak out on matters of

public concern violates ‘foundational

tenets of our system of

government, including freedom

of expression and conscience

and freedom of the press.’

Added to the interest in this

matter has been a report in the

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Washington Post that Donald

Trump’s senior White House

members have signed confidentiality

agreements, which

has raised the query as to

whether they might be enforceable,

if not unconstitutional.

There are varied and specific

arguments in the Clifford and

McDougal litigation which go to

whether, in Clifford’s case, she

freely entered the non-disclosure

agreement. And McDougal

claiming a misunderstanding in

signing her agreement.

Both women allege that they

received funds which may

have circumvented federal

campaign-finance law, because

payments were unreported expenditures

by, or contributions

to, Trump’s campaign, intended

to influence the election.

Non-disclosure agreements

were widely discussed in

Australia in July last year in the

case of Amber Harrison, a former

Channel Seven executive

assistant and Seven CEO Tim

Worner concerning an extramarital


Harrison had agreed at the

end of 2016 to leave Seven on

the condition that the company

pay her in instalments a total

of $427,418 including $100,000

for “alleged injury, including

loss of professional standing

and reputation”.

A Deed of Agreement

required Ms Harrison not to

speak about the affair with Tim

Worner or anything that would

bring her former employer into


However, when Seven missed

a payment Ms Harrison believed

the agreement had broken

down. She therefore went public

about the affair on Twitter and

Seven went to the Supreme

Court and sought a permanent

suppression order in terms

of the Deed of Agreement i.e.

not to speak about the affair

or Channel Seven which might

bring Seven into disrepute.

Eventually negotiations

broke down. Ms Harrison was

left without legal representation,

funds, and an order in

the terms sought by Seven and

a huge award of costs (which

only recently Seven have decided

not to enforce).

While there has been debate

to disallow the enforcement

of non-disclosure agreements

there is, we would suggest, a

possibility that to abolish them

would have the effect of taking

away the bargaining leverage of

less powerful parties in a dispute.

Without a legally enforceable

undertaking/promise to

keep the issue out of the public

eye, many powerful people may

prefer to take their chances defending

themselves in Court or

in the media. Victims seeking

redress could be left worse off,

as their only bargaining chip

– the possibility of silence – is


n Since preparing this column

it has been reported

that President Trump’s

lawyers are seeking at least

$US20 million in damages

from Clifford (Stormy Daniels)

for violation of the nondisclosure


Comment supplied by

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer

Harris & Associates, Solicitors,

4/57 Avalon Parade,

Avalon Beach.

T: 9973 2011. F: 9918 3290.

E: jennifer@jenniferharris.com.au

W: www.jenniferharris.com.au

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Trades & Services

Trades & Services


Andy McGill

Call Andy 0450 511 250

45 years’ experience in hi fidelity

& muso equipment. Specialising

in old analogue equipment

including amplifiers, speakers &



British & Swedish


Call 9970 6654

Services Range Rover, Land

Rover, Saab and Volvo with the

latest in diagnostic equipment.

Narrabeen Tyrepower

Call 9970 6670

Stocks all popular brands

including Cooper 4WD. Plus

they’ll do all mechanical repairs

and rego inspections.


Smash Repairs

Call 9970 8207


Re-sprays a specialty, plus

restoration of your favourite vehicle.

Commercial specialist.


Avalon Marine


Call Simon 9918 9803

Makes cushions for boats, patio

and pool furniture, window



Eamon Dowling


Call 0410 457 373

For all electrical, phone, TV,

data and security needs.


Blue Tongue Carpets

Call Stephan 9979 7292

Family owned and run. Carpet,

rugs, runners, timber, bamboo, vinyl,

tiles & laminates. Open 6 days.


Graham Brooks

Call 0412 281 580

Tree pruning and removals.

Reports regarding DA tree management,

arborist reports.

Precision Tree Services

Call Adam 0410 736 105

Adam Bridger; professional tree

care by qualified arborists and

tree surgeons.


The Aqua Clean Team

Call Mark 0449 049 101

Quality window washing,

pressure cleaning, carpet

washing, building soft wash.

Martin Earl House Wash

Call 0405 583 305

Pittwater-based owner on site at

all times. No travellers or uninsured

casuals on your property.

Housewashing Northern


Call Ben 0408 682 525

Pressure cleaning and soft wash;

window & gutter cleaning. Used

by local real estate agencies.


Avalon Physiotherapy

Call 9918 3373

Provide specialist treatment for

neck & back pain, sports injuries,

orthopaedic problems.

Avalon Physiotherapy

& Clinical Pilates

Call 9918 0230

Dry needling and acupuncture,

falls prevention and balance

enhancement programs.

Avalon Beach Chiropractic

Call Sam 9918 0070

Professional care for all ages.

Treatment for chronic and acute

pain, sports injuries.

Francois Naef/Osteopath

Call Francois 9918 2288

Diagnosis, treatment and prevention for

back pain and sciatica, sports injuries,

muscle soreness and strain, pregnancy-related

pain, postural imbalance.


Modern Colour

Call 0406 150 555

Simon Bergin offers painting and

decorating; clean, tidy, quality

detail you will notice. Dependable

and on time.

AJJ Painting & Decorating

Call 0418 116 700

Andrew is a master painter with

30 years’ experience. Domestic

and commercial; reasonable

rates, free quotes.

Interior &

Exterior Colour

Call 0417 236 577

Deborah is a local colour and

interior design/decorating consultant

with over 30 years’ experience.

One-hour colour consultation with

spec and samples.


All Foam

Call 9973 1731

Cut to measure quality foam for day

beds, boats, caravans and more.

Discounted prices and reliable local

service. Free measure and quote.

Luxafoam North

Call 9999 5567

Local specialists in all aspects of

outdoor & indoor seating.

Custom service, expert advice.

Essyou Design

Call Susan 0422 466 880

Specialist in day bed and outdoor

areas. Reliable local service.

Offering domestic & commercial.


Northern Beaches Home Tu tor ing

Call John 9972 1469

1-ON-1 individual tutoring in your home. All ages and subjects K-Uni.

Qualified tutors. WWC child protection checked. Since 2009.

Leather Hero

Call Leanne 0490 796 012

Northern Beaches-based

specialists in leather cleaning,

revamps, repairs and colour

restoration for lounges, cars

and boats.


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Northern Beaches

Home Tutoring

Call John 9972 1469

1-ON-1 individual tutoring

in your home. All ages and

subjects K-Uni. Qualified tutors.

WWC child protection checked.

Since 2009.

Eliminate all manner of pests.

They provide a 24-hour service.


Water Warehouse

Call 9913 7988


Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation

& filter supply specialists.

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Predator Pest Control

Call 0417 276 962


Environmental services at their

best. Comprehensive control.


Rob Burgers

Call 0416 066 159

Qualified builder provides all

carpentry needs; decks, pergolas,

carports, renons & repairs.

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Call Adrian 0417 591 113

Waterproof under your deck and

turn the area into usable space

all year round.


WM Tiling Services

Call Wally 0452 449 4494


Bathroom renovations, supply

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Learn the story

behind the music

The fascinating story of

one of the most influential

composers and innovators

of the 19th century will be

showcased in an innovative

concert in Bayview in June.

John Field: Inventing ‘Night

Music’ shines a light on the life

and music of Irish composer

and pianist John Field.

In this unforgettable

afternoon of music, Irish

diplomat and raconteur Richard

O’Brien and acclaimed pianist

Tamara-Anne Cislowska (above)

share the stage weaving the

story of Field’s life into the

audience’s experience of the


Performed to great acclaim at

venues such as the Melbourne

Recital Centre O’Brien’s

storytelling accompanied

by Cislowska’s unerring

musicianship has captivated

audiences around Australia.

Field’s Nocturnes influenced

Chopin, Schumann and Liszt

among others.

He lived the last 30 years of

his life in Russia and fostered

a new school of Russian

pianism that can be seen in the

compositions of Tchaikowsky,

Scriabin and Rachmaninov.

This special concert,

organised by Peninsula Music

Club, is sure to appeal to wide

audience – while you may

be new to the story expect

to hear music that is not


The concert will be held at

St Luke’s Grammar School,

Bayview Campus on Sunday

3rd June at 2.30pm; doors

open 2pm.

Single tickets are $25. More

info 0407 441 231 or 0413 077

749; peninsulamusicclub.com.au

Afternoon tea will be served

after the performance.

Sydney Film Festival action

The full program for the 65th Sydney Film Festival is

revealed this month and if the sneak peak of the line-up is

anything to go by we are certainly in for a treat… even if we

have to go into the city! The festival will be opened by sidesplittingly

funny New Zealand film ‘The Breaker Upperers’

at the State Theatre on Wed 6 June followed by 11 days of

screenings of more than 250 films across Sydney (nearest

venue to us is the Hayden Orpheum Cremorne). Tickets,

flexipasses and subscriptions are on sale now. Call 1300 733

733 or visit sff.org.au.

High notes

Show off – Give your mum

a night out with tickets to

a show. Dee Why RSL has

some great acts scheduled

in May which would make

perfect (early) Mother’s Day

gifts including The Australian

Bee Gees Show on Fri 4,

every mum’s favourite Mark

Vincent on Wed 9 – and if you

dare/or are feeling particularly

cheeky, the hilarious

Menopause The Musical on

Thurs 10. Details at deewhyrsl.com.au.

Funky beats – The Avalon

Beach RSL presents the seven-piece

funk, soul, rhythm

and blues group Vicky Turner

Band on Sat 12. The beachesbased

group showcases a

great blend of material from

the Mowtown era to classic

rock and funk so wear your

dancing shoes. From 9-12pm.

Musical theatre – Strictly

Song and Dance is a colourful,

high-energy show, featuring

three talented performers

delivering highlights from

the greatest musical theatre

productions of all time (think

Phantom of the Opera, Les

Misérables, The Wizard of

Oz, Chicago and Strictly Ballroom

to name a few) on Tues

15 at 11am at Glen Street


Here is the voice – You

may remember Nic Jeffries

(pictured) from the popular

Channel 9 television program

The Voice. Also a formidable

sax player, Nic will be

bringing his rich and soulful

sound to The Co-Op Club at

the Waterfront General Store

Church Point on Sat 20 from

3.30-6.30pm. Call 99796633

to book a table.

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Dining Guide

Dining Guide

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

Bistro 61

Avalon Beach RSL

1 Bowling Green Lane

Avalon Beach


Open 7 days

Lunch 12pm-2:30pm

Dinner 5:30-8:30pm


Modern Aust / pub food


Meals $8-$30

Specials $12-$15

BOOKINGS 9918 2201

Avalon Beach RSL’s Bistro 61

is a great place to head for

a local meal, offering tasty

modern Australian dishes at

affordable prices.

Book a table for lunch on

Mother's Day and enter their

'Mum's Mega Raffle' with more

than $1000 in prizes to be


There will be hampers for

mum, plus beauty treatments,

gift vouchers and more.

Music in May (9pm-12am)

includes Coast & Ocean

(Saturday 5th) and the Vicky

Turner Band (Saturday 12th).

And don't forget to check

out their new Stella Room!

Happy Hour is every

Monday, Tuesday & Friday from


Now open for breakfast

from 9am to 11.30am.

Open for lunch and dinner

seven days, with extensive

outdoor dining areas, Bistro

61 offers a variety of specials

(lunch and dinner) during the

week, including $12 tacos

(Tues), $15 Chicken Schnitzels

(Wed), 2-4-1 pizzas (Thurs),

and a $20 burger + beer (Fri).

Seniors are well catered

for – there are daily Seniors

specials, including beerbattered

flathead – plus they

do a $5 kids meals on Sundays!

(There’s a playground, too.)

From the menu, chef

Mitch recommends his twist

on nachos – pulled beef and

blackbeans with chipotle, corn

chips, guacamole, Danish fetta

and coriander.

Members get discounts on

meals purchased. Membership

starts from $5.50.

The club is licensed, with

no BYO. Bookings online or

call 9918 2201 – large groups


Hong Kong

Chinese Restaurant

332 Barrenjoey Rd,



Dinner Tues-Sun 5pm


Chinese & Asian


Entrees $5-20

Mains $12.90-26.50

*Deliver Whale Beach - Narrabeen

BOOKINGS 9997 4157




Book a table at this popular

Newport eatery in April and

your family is guaranteed

a great night out with a

feast for the eyes and the


Order ahead for their

wonderful Peking Duck which

is offered as a dine-in-only

special Thursdays through

Sundays in Autumn.

There are two traditional

courses: Peking Duck

pancakes & duck sang choy

bow (bookings essential;

mention the ad when you call).

This long-established

restaurant on the eastern

side of Barrenjoey Rd has

an extensive menu based

on traditional flavoursome

Cantonese with touches of

spicy Szechuan and other

Asian dishes and fresh

seasonal vegetables.

Entrees start at just $6

while mains are great value

too, starting at $16.80.

The menu ranges from

adventurous, like a Sizzling

Szechuan-style platter of

king prawns and fillets of

chicken, to contemporary,

featuring spicy salt and

pepper king prawns, to

traditional, with favourites

including Mongolian lamb,

Honey king prawns and


New dishes are introduced

regularly so check out the

blackboard specials.

The team are only too

happy to home deliver your

meal, with a range that takes

in Narrabeen to the south to

Palm Beach in the north.

Fully licensed or BYO.



Club Palm Beach

1087 Barrenjoey Rd,

Palm Beach


Lunch 11:30am-2.30pm

Dinner 6pm-8.30pm


salad (Thursdays) and tempura

fish and chips with salad

(Fridays), except public hols.

The Members’ lucky badge

draw is held Wednesday and

Friday night (every 30 mins

between 5pm-7pm), and

jackpots by $100 each week.

Enjoy Trivia Night from

5.30pm on Wednesdays, plus

Bingo 10am on Fridays.

The club has a courtesy

bus that makes regular runs

Wednesdays, Fridays and

Saturdays from 4.30pm to 9pm.

Ring to book a pick-up.

The Mirage


at Metro Mirage

Hotel Newport

2 Queens Parade West,



Modern Australian


Breakfast – $25 adults,

$12.50 kids (5-12)

Dinner – entrees

from $7-$17,

Mains from $21-$30,

Desserts from $13-$25

BOOKINGS 9997 7011

Local residents are finding

Lunch and dinner

the peaceful ambience

specials $13.50

of The Mirage restaurant

overlooking spectacular

BOOKINGS 9974 5566

Pittwater, the perfect

Head to Club Palm Beach, waterfront venue to enjoy

located just a short stroll from breakfast or dinner.

Palm Beach Wharf, for Mother's Located in boutique Metro

Day lunch on May 13.

Hotel Mirage Newport, The

Enjoy a special menu from Mirage restaurant is a popular

11.30am through 3pm – no choice for breakfast from

bookings taken.

7-10am seven days a week,

Enjoy a round-trip cruise on offering a fixed-price full hot

Pittwater followed by lunch at and cold buffet, including a

the club ($25pp groups of 10+). selection of cereals, seasonal

Barrenjoey Bistro is open fruit and freshly made juice,

for lunch (11.30am to 2.30pm) toast and pastries and

and dinner (6pm to 9pm) seven sausages, eggs, has browns,

days, plus there's a Snack Menu bacon and tomato served with

available 2.30pm-6pm.

the Chef’s Special of the day.

The Bistro serves top-value a The Mirage restaurant is

la carte meals plus daily $13.50 also open for dinner from

specials of roasts (Mondays), Monday to Saturday from

rump steak with chips and 5.30pm – 8.30pm and can

salad (Tuesdays), chicken be hired, along with all the

schnitzel with chips and salad hotel’s function rooms, for

(Wednesdays), homemade private and corporate events

Honey chicken.

gourmet pies with chips and of between 60-110 guests.

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Royal Motor

Yacht Club

Salt Cove on Pittwater

46 Prince Alfred

Parade, Newport


Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Mon-Fri from 8.30am

Weekends from 8am


Breakfast from $8-$18

Entrees from $9-$21

Mains from $16-$26

BOOKINGS 9997 5511

RMYC’s restaurant Salt Cove

on Pittwater’s menu has been

updated – but it still offers

affordable meals and generous

servings including a variety

of starters and share plates,

seafood, burgers, grills, salads,

desserts and woodfired pizza.

This month, treat mum to a

special Mother's Day breakfast,

lunch or dinner at the RMYC on

Sunday May 13.

A Champagne Buffet Breakfast

is available from 8am-11am ($25

members, $28 non-members, $15


Or enjoy Buffet Lunch in the

Top Deck function room, feasting

on king prawns, oysters, fish,

roast chicken and beef, salads and

a variety of yummy desserts ($85

members, $90 non-members,

kids $30).

Buffet bookings essential.

Or for a more formal gettogether,

there's a set-menu Lunch

(12pm-3pm) and Dinner (5.30pm-

9pm) at Salt Cove on Pittwater

(bookings appreciated but not


'A Tribute To Family Legends'

on Saturday May 12 features the

talents of all-girl group Audio

Vixens who will play hits from the

likes of The Bee Gees, The Everly

Brothers, The Beach Boys, The

Capenters, The Andrews Sisters

and more.

Trivia is held every Tuesday

night from 7.30pm (great prizes

and vouchers).

Club social memberships are

available for just $160.

Food Merchants Feast!

Looking for something out of the ordinary for Mother’s Day?

Head to Food Merchants within Parkhouse Food & Liquor

at Mona Vale for a sumptuous three-course house feast with

inspired Southern California flavours. Leave it to the talented

chefs to bring you a taste of everything!

The great new space is the perfect retreat to spoil mum – plus

every booking will receive a Palm Beach Collection candle and a

beautiful posy of flowers.

It’s great value at just $55 per person, with kids $15. Bookings


Also, look out for their new ‘Truck Stop’ which will be open on

weekends, featuring a rotation of food trucks serving delectable

delights. It’s an awesome new outdoor space featuring hand ball

courts, snooker, croquet, ping pong tables, pizzas – the perfect

location for everyone.

More info parkhousefoodandliquor.com.au

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Food Life

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

Food Life

Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Steve Brown & Benito Martin

Rice is nice – but which

one to use, and when?

Over the Easter weekend a lively discussion was held around

a friend’s table regarding the various and many rice varieties

on supermarket shelves – in particular, what variety

should be served with what cuisine! I tried to stay neutral, so as

not to upset the host, but it was clear from the conversation there

was some confusion, which is what inspired me for this month’s


For the record, long grain is an all-purpose rice with a generic

flavour. It is the most forgiving rice to cook and suits all cuisines.

It’s the best rice to use when twice cooking – for example,

fried rice (boiled, cooled then stir-fried).

Jasmine originated in Thailand and is commonly used in

Southeast Asian cooking. It is a long grain variety with a floral

aroma and a soft, sticky texture. Use when serving Thai, Vietnamese,

Indonesian or Malay.

Basmati originated from the foothills of the Himalayas in

northern India and Pakistan. Its long, thin grain has a fragrant,

nutty flavour; it should be used when serving Indian.

Arborio is a medium grain rice that should always be used

when cooking risotto. And it’s the only rice that doesn’t require

washing before cooking.

Butter chicken

Serves 4-5

800g chicken thigh fillets, cut

into 3cm pieces

½ cup roasted salted cashews

1 cup basmati rice, rinsed

2 cups chicken stock

60g ghee (see Janelle’s Tip)

1 brown onion, finely chopped

¼ tsp ground cardamom

2 tsp sweet paprika

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup tomato passata

300ml thickened cream

coriander leaves & lime

wedges, to serve


½ small lemon, juiced

½ cup greek-style yoghurt

1 tsp ground turmeric

2 tsp garam masala

½ tsp chilli powder

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tbs grated fresh ginger

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1. Combine all the marinade

ingredients in a ceramic

bowl. Add chicken and stir

to coat. Cover and refrigerate

2 hours (or overnight if

time permits). Process cashews

until finely ground.

2. Put rice and 1½ cups stock

into a saucepan, bring to

the boil over high heat.

Reduce heat to low, cover

and simmer 15 minutes until

rice has absorbed the stock.

Stand without removing the

lid 10 minutes.

3. Melt the ghee in a wok over

medium heat. Add the onion

and spices, cook, stirring for

5 minutes until soft. Stir in

the ground cashews. Reduce

heat to low, add the passata

and remaining ½ cup stock.

Bring to the simmer. Stir in

the chicken and marinade.

Simmer, uncovered for 20

minutes. Stir in cream and

simmer a further 15 minutes,

until chicken is cooked

through and sauce reduced


4. Scatter with coriander.

Serve with rice and lime


Janelle’s Tip: Ghee is

traditionally used for cooking;

you will find it near the

Indian ingredients in the

supermarket. Once opened,

keep stored in the fridge. You

can use vegetable oil as a

replacement if you like.

Fried rice

Serves 4 as main

with Janelle Bloom

2 cups long grain rice, rinsed

1 tbs Shao Hsing wine

1 tbs oyster sauce

1 tbs soy sauce

1 tsp white sugar

3 tsp Maggi seasoning (see

Janelle’s Tip)

1 tbs peanut oil

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 brown onion, halved, thinly


2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 long red chilli, thinly sliced

2 rashers bacon, chopped

2 lap chong sausages, sliced

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(See Janelle’s Tip)

250g green prawns, peeled,

deveined, roughly chopped

4 green onions, thinly sliced

1 red capsicum, diced

1/3 cup frozen peas

1. Combine the rice and 3

cups cold tap water in a

medium saucepan. Bring

to the boil. Reduce heat to

low, cover and simmer for

12-15 minutes or until small

craters appear in surface of

the rice. Remove from heat.

Stand covered for 5 minutes.

Rinse then drain well.

Spread out onto a baking

tray. Refrigerate, uncovered

for 2 hours or until cold.

Combine cooking wine,

sauces, sugar and seasoning


2. Heat a wok over medium

heat until hot. Add 1 teaspoon

oil and swirl to coat

wok. Add the egg, swirl to

form a thin omelette. Cook

for 30 seconds or until egg

sets. Slide onto a board.

Roll up omelette. Set aside.

3. Reheat the wok over high

heat. Add remaining oil

with onion, garlic, chilli, bacon

and sausage. Stir-fry for

2 minutes. Add the prawns.

Stir-fry for 1 minute or until

prawns turn pink. Add the

rice, green onions, capsicum,

peas and combined

sauce. Stir-fry until rice is

heated through. Slice the

omelette and stir into rice.

Serve with chilli soy on the


Janelle’s Tip: You will find

Maggie seasoning with all the

spices in the supermarket,

and sausage where Asian

ingredients are located.


beef stir-fry

Serves 4

3 tbs peanut oil

1 tbs lemongrass paste

1 long red chilli, finely


1 tbs grated fresh ginger

600g beef fillet, trimmed,

thinly sliced

1 bunch choy sum, ends

trimmed, leaves and stems


150g snow peas, thinly sliced

100g green beans, trimmed,

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cut into 3cm lengths

1 tbs Shao Hsing Chinese

cooking wine

Jasmine rice, cooked to serve

1. Combine 1 tablespoon oil,

lemongrass, chilli and ginger

in a ceramic bowl. Add

the beef, stir to coat.

2. Cut choy sum leaves and

stems into 3cm lengths.

Heat a wok over high heat

until hot. Add 2 teaspoons

oil and swirl to coat the

wok. Add one-third of the

marinated beef, stir-fry for

2 minutes or until browned.

Transfer to a large plate.

Repeat, in 2 more batches,

with oil and remaining beef,

reheating the wok between


3. Add the remaining oil to the

wok, with choy sum stems,

stir-fry 1 minute. Add snow

peas and beans, stir-fry 1

minute. Add Shao Hsing

wine, cover for 30 seconds.

Return the beef and any

juices to the wok. Stir-fry for

1-2 minutes or until the beef

is warmed through. Stir in

the choy sum leaves. Serve

with Jasmine rice.

Oven-baked risotto

Serves 4

600g sweet potato, peeled, cut

into 3cm pieces

1 tbs olive oil

50g butter

2 chorizo, chopped

1 large leek, halved, thinly


1 garlic clove, crushed

a plate. Cover and set aside.

1½ cups Arborio rice

Add leek and garlic to the

4 cups chicken stock

pan, cook, stirring constantly

50g parmesan, finely grated

for 2 minutes.

¼ cup chopped flat leaf

3. Stir in the rice, cook while


stirring for 1 minute. Add

the stock and bring to the

1. Preheat oven to 220°C fan

boil. Cover with a tightfitting

lid or foil. Transfer ri-

forced. Scatter the sweet

sotto to the oven and bake,

potato over a baking tray.

stirring every 10 minutes,

Drizzle with the oil, season.

for 30 minutes.

Roast for 20 minutes until

4. After 30 minutes stir in the

golden and tender.

chorizo and sweet potato.

2. Reduce oven to 180°C fan

Cover and return to the

forced. Melt butter in a

oven for 8 minutes or until

large flameproof dish over rice is tender and absorbed

medium heat. Add chorizo, all the stock. Remove from

cook for 5 minutes or until the oven, stir through the

light golden. Use a slotted parmesan and parsley.

spoon to remove chorizo to Serve.

MAY 2018 67

Food Life

Food Life

In Season


Rhubarb, raspberry white

chocolate croissant cake

Serves 6-8

Food Life

The Chinese call rhubarb

“the great yellow” (dà

huáng); they have used

rhubarb root for medicinal

purposes for thousands of

years. Rhubarb is related

to sorrel and buckwheat.

Its stalk is fleshy and tart,

while its leaves contain

high levels of oxalic acid

which makes them toxic.

Remove and discard leaves

before cooking! Although

rhubarb is not a true fruit,

in the kitchen it is usually

prepared as if it were. Most

commonly, the stalks are

cooked with sugar and used

in pies, crumbles and other



Look for rhubarb with glossy,

crisp, bright red stalks – the

more intense the colour, the

sweeter the fruit. Avoid limp

stalks, or stalks with bruising.


Fresh rhubarb perishes

quickly at room temperature

so it’s best stored, unwashed

and uncut, in a snap lock bag

in the fridge. Once cooked

rhubarb will keep 4-5 days in

the fridge or up to 6 months

in the freezer.


Rhubarb contains some fibre,

calcium, vitamins C, A and K,

magnesium, potassium, manganese

and a little iron.

Also In Season


Apples –look out for Kanzi

and Jazz; Bananas; Custard

apples; Dates; Grapes;

Kiwi Fruit; Mandarins;

Oranges – Navel; Pears;

Pomegranates; Quince and

Rhubarb. Also Avocados;

Bok Choy; Broccolini and

Broccoli; Brussels sprouts;

Cabbage; Cauliflower;

Eggplant; Fennel; Kale;

Ginger; Leeks; Spinach and

Sweet potato.

8 croissants, cut into four

crossways (see Janelle's Tip)

2 eggs

½ cup caster sugar

1/3 cup thickened cream

¼ cup ground almonds (almond


2 tablespoons flaked almonds

2/3 cup frozen raspberries

150g white chocolate,


Double cream to serve

Stewed rhubarb

600g rhubarb, washed,


2 tbs white sugar

½ tsp vanilla bean paste

1. Cut rhubarb into 1½cmthick

pieces. Place into a

heatproof, microwave-safe

bowl with the water clinging

from washing. Add

sugar, stir to coat. Cover,

microwave on High/100%

for 5 minutes. Carefully remove

the cover, stir. Cover

again and cook further 3-5

minutes or until stewed.

Stir in vanilla. Set aside to


2. Lightly grease base and

sides 6cm deep, 20cm

(base) springform pan.

Arrange croissants, cut

surface facing up over the

base of the pan, making

sure the base is completely

covered. Combine eggs,

sugar, cream and ground

almonds in a bowl. Whisk

with a fork until combined.

Pour half over the croissants.

Allow to stand 10

minutes to absorb the egg


3. Carefully spread 1 cup of

stewed rhubarb over the

croissants. Top with half

the raspberries and half

the chocolate. Top with

remaining croissants.

Pour over remaining egg

mixture and allow to stand

10 minutes.

4. Preheat oven 180°C fan

forced. Poke the remaining

raspberries and white

chocolate between croissants.

Sprinkle the top with

flaked almonds. Place onto

a lined baking tray. Bake 30

minutes or until set. Stand

15 minutes before releasing

sides. Serve warm with

thick cream.

Janelle’s Tip: Day-old croissants

are best for this recipe.

If using frozen, allow them

to thaw then stand room

temperature for 1 day.

68 MAY 2018

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Pittwater Puzzler

Compiled by David Stickley


1 A small recess opening off a larger room


4 Wide landscape view (8)

9 Administrative centre of the local

government area of Northern Beaches

Council (3,3)

10 Small bits of coloured paper thrown by

wedding guests at the bride and groom (8)

12 North Avalon’s “hole in the wall” (2,8,4)

14 Those having a dip on the Northern

Beaches (7)

16 Small umbrella (7)

17 Division of geological time (3)

18 Summaries of academic and work

histories (7)

20 A surfboard about 2.5 metres in

length, propelled by a paddle (4,3)

22 Stretch of sand just north of Collaroy


26 Shipwreck survivor (8)

27 Black and white bird (6)

29 Common beachwear for those wishing

to keep their budgie smugglers under

wraps (8)

30 Etival is the only one in Palm Beach (6)



1 Financial assistance (3)

2 The best part of anything (5)

3 Any conveyance for transporting

people, goods, etc., especially on land (7)

5 A coral island consisting of a circular

belt of coral enclosing a central lagoon


6 A person appointed or elected to some

position of responsibility and authority

in the public service, or in some

corporation, society, or the like (7)

7 Zealous workers for a cause, especially

a political cause (9)

8 The largest of the world’s continents


11 A large quantity or number (6)

12 Residential area like Palm Beach,

Newport or Avalon (6)

13 Quite advanced in years (6)

15 Body of water lapping the Northern

Beaches (6,3)

16 Family behind the Happy Days

Cambodia charity (6)

19 Half woman, half fish (7)

21 Vigorous and animated (7)

23 A couple or pair (5)

24 iPhone maker (5)

25 Sign of a healing wound (4)

28 Dine at the Beach House, Avalon, for

example (3)

[Solution page 72]

Pittwater Puzzler

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MAY 2018 69

Garden Life

Garden Life

Delight Give a gift in that the amazing lasts a lot

colours longer than of hydrangeas

Mother's Day with Gabrielle Bryant

Always a favourite for All mothers deserve with cactus will look

Christmas colour, hydrangeas

are flowering their

on Mother’s Day. If your mum likes a

special treatment after themselves.

heads off! They look wonderful

Treat your mum with challenge give her a

in the garden, brightening

a gift that will give raised vegetable garden

the semi-shaded areas and

pleasure for the weeks in kit form, or a readymade

glowing in the full, protected


veggie pod for

sunlight. Once the older

Gardening mums love the balcony. For a more

varieties were either pink or

nothing more than a living

relaxing present give

blue depending on the soil,

plant. Cyclamen (left) a water fountain or

additional lime will deepen

will flower for the colder tabletop water feature so

the pinks and blueing tonic

months to come. Moth that she can relax to the

(sulphate of aluminium) will

orchids are sensational, sound of water. Cherry Guava a

heighten the blues, but the

chrysanthemums can Seeds, herb kits, mushroom

farms, secateurs,

sweet surprise

new named varieties will

be planted out into the


maintain their colour. White

garden to flower again hand trowels or watering n full flower in my veggie

never changes. There are

next autumn. Peace lilies, cans may seem basic garden is my Cherry Guava,

hydrangeas of every size from

pink begonias, pots of but are all welcomed by sometimes known as a Strawberry

Guava. This delightful

the tiny dwarf Piamina to the

tiny yellow jonquils or gardening mums.

tall traditional Mop Heads.

scarlet anthuriums are all And if all else fails take evergreen shrub never fails to

With so many to choose from

flowering now.

your mother for a day produce a heavy crop of cherry

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.

decide. There are the delicate the cone-shaped glass terrariums flowers of planted The recently centre! introduced

It is a small, pretty tree with

lace caps, the huge blooms hydrangea paniculata bushes smaller growing Picotee rounded, glossy green leaves

varieties with two-tone flower that only grows to about

heads are hard to leave behind

and if you have a semi-

trimmed Silver into shape Falls after fruit-

three metres in height. Keep it

New alternative to Murraya hedging

shaded wall, the climbing ing. The delicate fluffy flowers

Radermachera Summerscent naturally dense foliage. They

hydrangea petiolaris is just are a creamy hanging

white, growing close

is a dwarf cousin of the can be clipped as a hedge or


to the branches. They are followed


by the tangy flavoured,

China Doll tree that has been be left to grow in their natural

Hydrangeas are forgiving

a favourite indoor plant for shape. Summerscent will work

plants that are easy to grow. sweet, Dichondra berry-sized, Silver cherry Falls red is

many years. Once China Dolls as a screening plant in far

They like regular water and fruit that often are sold high in in hanging vitamin C.

are planted in the ground they less time than other hedging

any good garden soil. Mulch Unlike baskets. the taller-growing It is an easy-togrow

yellow plant guava with that glistening needs


will grow into huge trees but plants. Alternatively, it can be

the roots with compost to

Summerscents (right) grow trimmed to a single trunk until

keep them cool and feed cooking, silver, trailing the fruit foliage. can be eaten

no more than 3m tall, and it is a metre tall and then left

them in early spring to get raw straight In a basket from it the will tree spill or

they are quickly replacing the to branch out as a small street

them going. Grow them in used down, in cooking, cascading jellies, over drinks, the

Murrayas as hedging plants in tree. As an added bonus Summerscent

has fragrant pale

pots, or in the garden; bring sauces edge or with jams. long stems of

coastal gardens from the Gold

them inside when in flower small You should kidney-shaped protect the silver fruit

Coast down to Sydney.

cream flowers for most of the

or cut the blooms – they last from leaves. fruit It fly is with often a fruit overlooked

as a ground cover

fly bait.

They are fast growing with summer months.

well in water.

plant (above). It is so easy

Get to grow, into it will the soon cover

dry, poor soil.

‘swing’ of Xmas


Once established, it



is time


to relax

to be







long dry



at your


Silver Falls


is undemanding.



Like its cousin the China


the shops

cover root-filled

are full of

Doll, Radermachera Summerscent

is a great indoor plant Hanging


soil under















but without the sun it will not been



of driveways

for the past













This very welcome newcomer

will grow in sun or peaceful



is back.

best way


to make

is more






is to layer

in a

shade, and once established seat







silver. It will


is drought-tolerant. It doesn’t the



from the



a roof

of the


like wet feet and grows best in shade


from the sun – makes a

good soil.

great Christmas present too!

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Take the



Sometimes it is fun to

take on a challenge, and

if you are lucky enough

to find a plant of the

Nodding Clerodendrum

– clerodendrum nutans –

don’t miss out.

It is a slow-growing

tropical plant that has

sprays of pure white

flowers that contrast

against the dark green

glossy leaves in summer. It

will grow in the semi shade,

out of the hot midday sun.

It will grow in the garden

away from the wind that

would damage its brittle

foliage but I believe that

this very beautiful plant is

better grown in a large pot,

where it can be fed and

watered regularly. It can be

grown as an indoor plant in

a very light room.

Prepare poppies for 100

years of remembrance

If you plant your poppies now

they will flower in time for

the 100 years commemoration

of World War I in November.

Mr Fothergills

seeds have released,

in partnership

with Legacy,

a packet of scarlet

Flanders Poppy

seeds. For every

packet sold, Mr

Fothergills will donate

50c to Legacy.

Check the garden

centre but if you

cannot find them

you can buy them

from Mr Fothergills


Flanders Poppies make a

brilliant display in late spring,

in pots or in mass displays.

Their huge scarlet flowers

with black centres have become

the symbol of remembrance.

Scatter the seed lightly over

damp soil and press down

firmly, or sow the seeds in a

seedling tray and plant them

out when strong

enough to handle.

The seed is very

fine; to make the

seeds easier to

handle, mix the

seeds with some

dry sand before you

sow them (they will

germinate quickly).

Thin out the seedlings

to space 20cm

apart. Once they

begin to flower you

will have a display

for many weeks until

the summer heat arrives.

Poppies love full sun; feed

them with a slow-release

fertiliser and you will be well

rewarded. To keep the flowers

coming, remove the old flowers

as they finish.

Garden Life

Let the cat out of the grass

It’s fun to have a project for the kids that works fast. Sprouting

seeds and grass heads are great but nothing is more fun than

growing seeds in water beads.

Water beads are the perfect medium for germinating seeds.

They can be coloured with food colouring as they swell in the water.

Packets of beads can easily be found in plant shops or online.

Nothing grows quicker than cat grass (above). All cats love

to nibble grass that they will find outside, but if you have an

indoor cat, keep your cat happy with home-grown cat grass.

The seed will germinate in just a few days. If you don’t have a

cat, any seeds can be grown the same way: cress, bean sprouts,

alfalfa, mustard, mung beans or peas.

If you add a complete fertiliser to the water, use water beads

to grow culinary herbs hydroponically on a sunny window sill.

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MAY 2018 71

Garden Life

Garden Life

Jobs this Month


Now that the weather

has started to cool

down a little, plant

out your spring flowering

bulbs. If you are planting

them into pots layer the

bulbs at different depths to

prolong the flowering time.

Use bulb fibre potting mix

for the best results. Some

pansy or alyssum seedlings

will brighten the pots before

the bulbs appear, without

affecting the growth of the


Move orchids

Move cymbidium orchids

into the sun. They are

beginning to make flower

spikes and need bright light

or winter sun to develop the

buds. Watch out for snails

though – protect them with

Multiguard snail bait.

Dose citrus

While the soil is still warm

give your citrus trees a dose

of fertiliser before winter.

Spray fortnightly with Eco oil

to protect the foliage from

leaf miner and citrus bugs.

Not too wet

Make sure that pot plants

are not sitting saucers full of

water. Plants need less water

when they are dormant in

winter. Cold wet roots will rot.

Compost call

Autumn leaves make

wonderful compost. Keep

filling the compost bin with

leaves, twigs, veggie scraps

and shredded paper. Water

with GoGo Juice to help the

compost break down.

Mind your peas

Sweet Peas are shooting

up now. Make sure they

have something strong to

climb up. A bamboo tripod

wrapped with chicken wire

or wound with string works

well. A lattice on the fence

or an archway makes a good

base. If you haven’t planted

seeds it is not too late for


Worm alert

If the rains come before the

weather cools, watch out for

Army Worm in the lawn. Dead

patches are tell-tale signs.

Apply Professor Mac’s 3 in 1.

It is a natural insecticide, a

wetting agent and a fertiliser

to control the grubs.

Seasonal change

Autumn colours define the

seasons. Deciduous trees give

summer shade and winter

sun. Check out the trees

around that are losing their

leaves. Take note of colour

and size before you buy bare

trees next month.

Cull tomatoes

The very warm autumn has

prolonged the tomato season

and some are still fruiting.

But if you want to plant winter

crops you will have to pull

Camellia care

It is time to disbud camellias.

Where the flower buds are

multiple gently twist them

off leaving just a single

flower. Sometimes camellias

are very enthusiastic. Single

flowers can open fully.

Overcrowded buds can open

as misshapen flowers.

tomatoes out now. Otherwise

your new crops of peas,

broccolini, spinach, silver

beet and other winter veggies

won’t be ready to harvest by

the time the weather warms

up in spring.

Space for seedlings

Leave some space in the

vegetable garden for flower

seedlings. Primula, pansies,

marigolds, sweet William,

stock, nasturtiums and snap

dragons will attract the bees.

Crossword solution from page 69

Mystery location: CLAREVILLE

72 MAY 2018

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Times Past

Avalon’s sea cave is more

than just a hole in the wall

You could be excused for

thinking that Avalon

has/had three ‘Holes

in the Wall’ if you include

the Sea Cave (or ‘The Ovens’)

with St Michael’s Arch and

St Michael’s Cave at North


The Reverend Father Therry

knew of (and named) both the

latter two – but he wouldn’t

have known of the sea cave.

He would have needed to be

on the deck of the SS ‘Collaroy’

as she steamed past Careel

Head on Easter Monday, 21

April 1862. He was on his way

to the wharf at Careel Bay to

deliver the inaugural lecture

of the season in St Michael’s

Cave to 250 members of the St

Benedict’s Society.

Careel Head lies to the north

of Bangalley Headland and at

its base, at sea level, constant

erosion has created two sea

caves. The northern sea cave is

large, with an entrance about

10 metres across and 2 metres

across at the ‘wet section’. It is

10 metres high and about 100

metres deep!

However, it pales when compared

to the more southerly


Leaving the minor cave and

heading south, an incredible

roar greets the intrepid caver

or fisherman from around a

corner, even with a relatively

calm sea and a low tide. Big

T-Rex would be proud of the

noise emanating from a mouth

far bigger than his! This

mouth has measurements of

30 metres across the entrance

and the height inside is greater

than a 10-storey building.

The escarpment from North

Avalon to Whale Beach is made

up of almost vertical cliffs,

with the foreshore sloping to a

varying degree. Within the escarpment

are a number of vertical

doleritic dykes, especially

the most visible one through

the apex of St Michael’s Cave.

PHOTO: John Davis

Just like the forces which

formed St Michael’s Cave,

molten rock forced its way

up through cracks in Careel

Head to form a similar dolerite

dyke. The molten rock

rises from deep within the

Earth and forms thin vertical

sheets that punctuate the

sedimentary geology. It is

claimed that this intrusion

occurred during the Jurassic

era – around 170 million

years ago.

Geologists claim that St

Michael’s Cave would have

eroded faster once the sea levels

fell due to the action of the

wind-blown sand over time.

There have been many

claims that smuggling occurred

in earlier years in both

St Michael’s Cave and the sea

caves. However, the wave that

is generated as a swell enters

the narrowing sea cave is

anything but welcoming and

a wooden boat would soon be

belted to splinters.

TIMES PAST is supplied

by local historian

and President of the

Avalon Beach Historical


Visit the Society’s

showroom in Bowling

Green Lane, Avalon


Times Past

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Travel Life

Travel Life

Take in glaciers & volcanoes

on luxury ‘Ring of Fire’ Cruise

Crystal Cruise’s enticing

22-night ultra-luxury

voyage from Tokyo to San

Francisco via Russia’s Kamchatka

Peninsula in May next

year will take in some of the

world’s most stunning views –

including Avacha Bay and surrounding

volcanic mountains,

followed by the glaciers and

fjords of Alaska.

Travel View Cruise View’s

Karen Robinson says that with

the scenery come countless

opportunities for wildlife

watching, a wide variety of

outdoor activities and the

chance to explore the various

cultures in the area.

“One of the highlights of

this unique and charming itinerary

aboard the prestigious

six-star Crystal Symphony is

going to Petropavlovsk,” Karen

said. “Petropavlovsk’s claim

to fame isn’t necessarily the

city itself, but the remarkable

scenery that surrounds it.”

She explained the peninsula

is part of the Ring of Fire, the

string of volcanoes that encircle

the Pacific. Here there are

68 active volcanoes, providing

outstanding opportunities for

exploration and adventure.

“Visitors might soak in the

hot springs, soar over the

volcanoes via helicopter, see

the Valley of the Geysers or

discover Nalichevsky Nature

Park,” Karen said.

Cruiseco’s generous

25-night fly, cruise and stay

packages (departing May

26) in a Deluxe Oceanview

stateroom, start from $14,995

per person, twin share;

they include Economy Class

international airfare from

Sydney to Tokyo and return

from San Francisco to Sydney,

plus two nights pre- and one

night post-cruise opulent

hotel accommodation.

Private car transfers between

port, hotel and airport

in Tokyo and San Francisco;

onboard gratuities; port

charges; government fees and

air taxes are also included.

“Voted the prestigious

luxury travel award for

World’s best large-ship cruise

line, consecutively for the past

10 years, indicates Crystal

Cruises dedication to delivering

a six-star experience on

every cruise,” Karen said.

“Following a recent multimillion

dollar redesign, the

Crystal Symphony has been

transformed into a sanctuary

of refined style and cutting

edge technology, maintaining

her undisputed status as the

World’s best.”

* Join Travel View for an

information evening on

Wednesday 30 May from

5-7pm. Call to secure your

spot – Avalon 9918 4444 or

Collaroy 9999 0444

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