Pittwater Life June 2018 Issue


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Still some unhappy campers

Local residents group Protect

Pittwater says it will not

give up the fight to force the

NSW Government to return our

local government to its former

Pittwater boundary. But is it a

pipe dream, or could it happen?

Last month Protect Pittwater

lodged their petition, carrying

almost 3000 signatures, with

the office of the Minister for

Local Government Gabrielle

Upton. But what now?

We asked the question of Ms

Upton, whose office replied:

“Under the Local Government

Act, an appropriate minimum

number of residents may

lodge a boundary adjustment

proposal with the Minister.

“Any proposal submitted will

receive an initial assessment by

the Office of Local Government

to determine if it is a valid

proposal under the Act.

“There is then a procedure

under the Act for a proposal

to be referred for examination

and report after which the

Minister will make a decision

on whether to recommend a

boundary adjustment to the


We’ll keep you posted.

* * *

Woolworths have informed

us their supermarkets

in Avalon, Narrabeen and

Warriewood will go single-use

plastic bag free from June 20.

Customers will need to bring

their own bags, or they can

purchase reusable bag options

starting from 15c.

That sounds great – unless

the 15c reusable option is

plastic. Memo Woolworths (and

Coles): selling plastic bags that

take the place of free plastic

bags is not the solution to

reducing plastic usage.

A reminder: if you are

shopping in Avalon and have

forgotten your reusable bag,

pick up a Boomerang bag from

any of the outlets in the village.

Find them on our Avalon Map

(page 51). – Nigel Wall

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(page 32); hear why Protect Pittwater want the former

Council back (page 6); our naturally deteriorating

coastland is in the spotlight with a warning about the

ongoing danger of falling rocks around headlands on

the northern beaches (page 10); the Palm Beach & Whale

Beach Association celebrates 100 years of looking after

locals (page 14); and find out why you should think

twice before heading off on a 'surfari' (page 44).

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Demerger group rallies


Fresh from delivering their

council demerger proposal

to the NSW Government

last month, resident activist

group Protect Pittwater Association

(PP) is now

focused on gathering

information they say

will prove the failings

of the new Northern

Beaches Council and

strengthen their

case for returning to

the former Pittwater

Council boundary.

Around 60 members

– who protested

outside State Parliament

House wearing T-shirts

with the message ‘Splittwater’ –

lodged their case with the office

of Local Government Minister

Gabrielle Upton, along with a

petition inked with nearly 3000


PP President Bob Grace, a

former Pittwater councillor,

said the group would take

all legal means available to

‘NOT UP TO SCRATCH’: The ‘Splittwater’ crew, led by Bob Grace, protest at Parliament House.

have the State

Government reinstate



“Last time it took 25 years, so

we are ready for a long haul if

necessary,” Mr Grace said.

“We are gathering information

on the reduced services,

poor response times, failure

to follow proper processes and

failure to return calls, emails

and letters – this will show

the Premier that the Council

is a large, clumsy bureaucracy

unable to deliver the type of

service we received under Pittwater


He said there were many

examples of poor management

that were hampering Council’s

ability to deliver timely services

and responses, including a poor

performance by waste services


“Services are regularly late,

sometimes days late, and the

trucks are in such a rush they

often spill waste on the road

and drop the bins in such a way

that they partially block roads.”

He added the former Pittwater

Council “went to considerable

lengths” to monitor the

condition of the roads and

undertake repairs before problems


“Now if you drive around you

will see just how many roads

are showing the telltale cracks

which are the precursor to

major road damage.

“Similarly, where Pittwater

Council was very active in

removing weeds and invasive

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species, such as privet, the park

lands are progressively deteriorating

due to lack of care.”

Regarding complaints Council

had dropped off its quality

and frequency of ocean pool

maintenance, Mr Grace said

Council officers had said they

didn’t have enough staff any

more in that area of Council.

“Further, Northern Beaches

Council recently proposed

a walkway into Narrabeen

Lagoon but was blissfully

unaware of the only remaining

black swan habitat and failed

to carry out the consultation

necessary that would have

identified this,” he said.

“As one ex-Pittwater Council

Officer, who recently left

Council for a job elsewhere

said: ‘We used to be focused on

outcomes, but now with such

a large, clumsy bureaucracy

with so many levels of management,

we are now focused on

process… and we don’t do that

well anyway.’

“Our questions is, how come

we have three and a half State

Members and two Federal Members

– but only one supposedly

local council?” – Nigel Wall

... And the Council’s response

On customer service: General Manager Customer and Corporate

Helen Lever said responsive customer service was a

priority, with a Customer Service Charter involving the return

of calls within two business days.

“Council is investing in customer services including a new

customer service call centre at Mona Vale. If there are examples

of failure to return calls, please pass them on for us to


On road conditions: Acting General Manager Environment

and Infrastructure Todd Dickinson said a proactive road asset

monitoring program was in place to identify and correct issues

as early as possible. “When we get requests, our maintenance

crews now work out of three geographical depots which allows

for quicker response times. Residents can report any issues

with road condition and they will be assessed and addressed.”

On vegetation management: Mr Dickinson said Council has

maintained the same level of service in regards to bushland

maintenance and weed removal. “Bushland regeneration contracts

have continued unchanged over the past two years.”

On aquatic/park maintenance: Mr Todd Dickinson said

there had been no changes to the schedule, practises and

methods of rockpool cleaning across the Northern Beaches

following amalgamation. “We continue to carry out a high

standard of aquatic maintenance across all beaches.”

On Narrabeen Lagoon: Mr Dickinson said the design and

consideration of the proposed aquatic boardwalk was based

on it being the most environmentally sensitive option to

address the poor and unsafe terrestrial route in this area.

“Land-based solutions would have had irrevocably negative

impacts on the riparian area,” he said. “The proposal has been

identified as having no impact on black swan habitat.” – NW


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Quick lesson in flu prevention

Twenty six teachers and

admin staff at Barrenjoey

High lined up to get a flu

vaccination late last month

after organising for registered

nurse immuniser Cath

Tancred (above), who delivered

jabs in a series of clinics in the

YouSave Chemist in Avalon,

to do the same at the school.

This was the first year the

pharmacy held flu clinics instore.


owner Simon Herfort said

he was encouraged by the

positive response from locals,

with 150 people getting their

flu shot in the chemist citing

convenience and price as motivating

factors. The four initial

clinics were so well received

the pharmacy team put on

three extra sessions and now

plans to extend this important

flu prevention program next

year. Barrenjoey High Principal

Ian Bowsher said he was

proud to see the teachers and

staff being proactive about

their health as immunisation

not only helped protect them

against influenza but helped

reduce the risks of students

coming down with this highly

contagious viral infection.

* Turn to page 46 for our

experts’ tips on how to beat

colds and flu with winter.

– Lisa Offord

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Rock falls are an ‘ong


LOOK OUT BELOW: Large chunks of the failing cliff face and a Google Earth view of the Whale Beach site.


warning about the

dangers posed by an

unstable rock shelf

situated near the Whale Beach

Ocean Pool has prompted

Northern Beaches Council to

urge residents and visitors to

exercise caution around all

coastal areas from Palm Beach

to Manly.

Exploration geologist and

published author Peter Vanderspuy

alerted Pittwater Life to

the danger following a recent

visit, noting significant rock

falls having taken place over

the past decade.

“The subject is the safety

– or not – of the cliff face adjacent

to the Whale Beach ocean

pool, particularly for pedestrians

on the rock platform to the

immediate south of the pool,”

said Mr Vanderspuy, who is

a Fellow of the Australasian

Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

“There are a few Council

signs alerting people to the

danger of falling rocks. However,

I consider the danger to

be such that, at the very least,

more signs should be erected,

particularly on the rock platforms

about 100 metres to the

south of the ocean pool – this

area is frequented by fishermen

as well as beachgoers and

their families.”

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oing danger’: expert

He noted the cliff

towering over the ocean

pool was reinforced with

rock bolts which were

clearly visible. “I regard

the pool area itself to be

reasonably safe,” he said.

However, he said

reference to Google Earth

images clearly showed

the dominant features of

the local geology – a very

well-developed parallelogram

pattern of joints (or


“It is the presence of

these joint systems within

the 30-metre cliff to the

south of the pool that

causes the cliff face to shed

rocks from time to time,” he


“There is no means of predicting

when rockfalls will occur

or how severe they may be.

Anyone walking through this

area can see the results of past

rock falls – from small stones

to car-sized boulders.

“A number of the large

rocks on this rock shelf have

fallen since 2007, when I first

documented the area, so the

danger is ongoing and not just


“For this reason, Council

should be encouraged to erect

appropriate signs to delineate

a ‘no-stopping’ area close to

the cliffs, to prompt visitors to

move through this dangerous

area as speedily as possible

and not to use it as a picnic or

a play area.”

He added few people would

have the geological background

to appreciate the danger

that the cliff presented.

“As a practising professional

geologist I have more than 50

years of relevant experience

in this type of geology,” Mr

Vanderspuy said. “I make it my

habit to transit the subject area

as rapidly as I can and encourage

all others to do the same.”

The warning draws attention

to other Northern Beaches

Council region beaches and

headlands which experience

ongoing rock falls and erosion

– such as Avalon, whose

northern headland suffered a

rock collapse in 2017.

Acting Northern Beaches

General Manager Todd Dickinson

said Council engaged geotechnical

engineers to monitor

and assess the safety of cliffs

and headland rock-slopes,

particularly after intense or

prolonged high rainfall.

“Public safety is our primary

concern,” Mr Dickinson said.

“Council takes a range of

actions to manage potential

hazards including installation

of protective structures, rock

bolting, shotcreting, fencing,

rock fall netting and warning

signage as required.”

He added current warning

signs at and around the Whale

Beach Ocean Pool were consistent

with the current recommendations

of geotechnical


“We encourage people to

exercise caution around all

coastal areas.” – Nigel Wall


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Book Review


Belinda Castles

Allen & Unwin


Just before Christmas

Day 1994, Charlie

Bright moves his family

into a hastily bought

fibro shack clinging to

the cliffs above Bilgola

Beach. It is the end of

that year that many of

us remember for the

fires in early January,

and in Vogel Winner,

Belinda Castles’ tautly

drawn prose, we can

almost smell that

smoke still lingering in the air months later.

A dark family secret is born, and Bluebottle deftly

swings between that scorching Christmas, and 20 years

later when Charlie’s three children and wife are living in

various homes scattered across Avalon.

Northern Beaches based Castles’ new novel is an ode to

our home here, and all the secrets that smoulder below

its surface. While some of her depictions and terminology

for 1994 jar with this reader’s recollections, the way she

has captured our beaches and village, and delivered an

engrossing work of fiction, shines through.

– Libby Armstrong

Success grows at the

Chelsea Flower Show

Northern beaches-based

start-up, Vegepod, flew the

flag in the UK recently as special

guests at the world’s most

prestigious garden and flower

show, the Royal Horticulture

Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.

The edible raised garden

bed company was invited

to exhibit inside the famed

Discovery Hall, testament

to interest in their product

around the globe.

The invitation came off the

back of Vegepod’s successes in

2017 where they won Australian

Business Awards for both

Product Innovation and Product

Excellence and their 2016

Shark Tank win for their ability

to turn every thumb green.

Created by beaches locals

with an office at Terrey Hills,

the company’s mission is to

enable everyone to grow some

of their own produce at their

home or community space,

wherever the location and

whatever the situation.

HOME GROWN: The Vegepod team

celebrate at Chelsea Flower Show.

Vegepod features include a

micro-climate and pest controlling

canopy, mist spray irrigators,

self-watering reservoirs

underneath the soil, stands

and trolleys, food-safe materials

and a no-tool assembly.

All reports indicate the

show was a success for the

team (after all, who can resist

a blow-up kangaroo?) and has

provided a great platform for

the official launch of Vegepod


– Lisa Offord

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Neighborhood watch: 100


The Palm Beach & Whale

Beach Association – the

peninsula’s oldest community

organisation – has

vaulted into its second century

of local residents representation

with a call for a pedestrian

walkway to link Careel Bay

with the Palm Beach Village.

The proposed ambitious

footpath upgrade was among

several agenda items targeted

by PBWBA President Dr Richard

West at the Association’s

100-year celebration Annual

General Meeting at Club Palm

Beach last month.

Other hot topics at the meeting,

attended by local MP Rob

Stokes and Northern Beaches

Council Mayor Michael Regan,

included the challenge of

dealing with the new, bigger

Council; the retention of Pittwater’s

Local Environment

Plans; the walkway from Palm

Beach Wharf to Governor Phillip

Park; the boardwalk along

the beachfront and the loss

of valuable parking spots (see

page 17); parking and traffic

flow hassles on Whale Beach

Road; short-term housing

leases (‘party houses’); buses

and the B-Line; Pittwater Park

parking strategy; the Manly

to Palm Beach Coastal Walk;

and disruption to regular ferry

services to Ettalong due to high

sand levels.

Launched in 1918 when it

was called The Palm Beach Progress

Association, the group

was renamed The Palm Beach

Association in 1944 before it

amalgamated with the Whale

Beach Preservation Society in

1998, finally becoming The

Palm Beach & Whale Beach Association

Inc. in 2005.

Dr West said early progress

included lobbying hard for

polling booths in Palm Beach

in 1920, paying 26 pounds

and 3 shillings for repairs to

Sunrise Road in 1922, and most

importantly, in 1925, proposing

that the strip of land from

Pittwater to Ocean Beach be

dedicated as a public park,

subsequently named Governor

Phillip Park.

“There have been many

achievements but the major

one has been to preserve our

environment and enhance the

natural beauty of the area and

protect its residential amenity,

as stated in our charter,” Dr

West said.

“We have unspoiled beaches,

almost entirely single-dwelling

houses, no high rise, magnificent

waterways, Pittwater,

Governor Phillip Park, Barrenjoey

Lighthouse… how lucky

we are.”

This was in stark contrast

to the suburbs to the south, he


He explained the PBWBA was

a not-for-profit, non-political

organisation of volunteer owners

and residents who were

passionate about keeping the

area unique “and keeping the


local Council and State Government


“Our main function is to preserve

and enhance the natural

beauty of the area and protect

its residential amenity. We do

this through communication

with the Council regarding

development and building

applications, making submissions

on relevant issues and

being represented on various

local government and other


“We must continue to work

the with NSW Government

and the Northern Beaches

Council to ensure that the

unique character of this area is

maintained for future generations.

It can only be described

as paradise – we will continue

fighting on the beaches to keep

it this way.”

Dr West said the Association

believed priority should be

given for a walkway along Barrenjoey

Road between Careel

Head Road and Iluka Road,

with a call for the State Government

to provide financial


“It is almost impossible

to walk along this stretch,”

he said. “Indeed, there is a

lack of footpaths throughout

Palm Beach and Whale Beach

and this is made worse by

encroachments on the nature


“I believe it is a is beyond

the capacity of the Northern

Beaches Council and should

be a joint project with the

NSW Government – after all,

the provision of footpaths is a

very basic requirement and the

major cause of road deaths in

NSW is pedestrians being run

over by vehicles.”

Regarding Barrenjoey

Headland, which he described

as “the Jewel in the Crown

of Pittwater”, he advised

that NSW National Parks and

Wildlife Service had requested

a meeting with the Association

regarding the final plans for

connection of water and sewerage

to the lighthouse area. He

added that with increasing

number of visitors, the need

for water and sewerage was


On the issue of traffic on

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years of serving residents

Whale Beach Road, Dr West

said Council had proposed to

install ‘No Parking 7am-5pm

7 Days” restrictions along

sections between Norma and

Rayner Roads – restricting

parking in the south-bound

direction only. However, given

the 717 School Bus was often

unable to negotiate the narrow

road due to parked vehicles on

both sides, Council had taken

subsequent resident feedback

onboard and acknowledged the

proposed restrictions should

apply to northbound traffic

rather than southbound. He

said an amended proposal was

put to NBC Traffic Committee

on 1 May.

Regarding Council’s proposal

to construct a section

of the Manly to Palm Beach

Coastal Walk along Whale

Beach Road, from Norma Road

to the steps down to the Palm

Beach ocean pool, Dr West said

residents generally supported

the construction of a one-metre

footpath, a six-metre-wide road

with traffic calming measures,

the maximisation of on-street

parking, and the installation

of guttering where appropriate.

He added the Association

strongly supported the residents’


Dr West said the B-Line

from Mona Vale to the city had

been a success for commuters

living south of Mona Vale,

however those living north

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PHOTO: Jay Platt / ASD


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were severely disadvantaged by

reduced services.

He added the PBWBA supported

the Newport Residents

Association’s opposition to

the proposed construction

of a roundabout at Neptune

Street and Barrenjoey Road as

the turnaround point for any

extension of the B-Line beyond

Mona Vale.

The Association noted Council’s

resolution of 28 November

2017 that the Palm Beach

Parking Demand Strategy be

adopted as policy and be reviewed

by 30th April 2018.

“That review has not taken

place,” he lamented. “Over

the busy summer, Easter and

school holidays periods, we

have received a great deal of

community feedback regarding

the ongoing parking and traffic

issues in Palm Beach.

“We and the community

believe that parking availability

in Pittwater Park and the

wharf precinct is still heavily

weighted in favour of the Western

Foreshores residents and

Central Coast commuters. It is

vital that Council acts upon the

advice of its own advisors…

while some strategies have

been put in place all need to

be implemented as a matter of

urgency, particularly the timed

parking in Pittwater Park.”

He said Palm Beach business

was suffering due to the

cancellation of ferry services

between the peninsula and

Ettalong, caused by high sand

levels. “Many residents of the

Woy Woy peninsula rely on this

ferry service to travel to work

and our community has seen

a drop in tourism due to the


He added Gosford Council

and the NSW Government

“keep passing the buck” on

who is responsible for dredging

the Brisbane Waters channel.

“This problem must be

addressed ASAP.”

Finally, he said the association

was working through the

“challenges’ of dealing with the

new larger Council.

“We now have 15 councillors

across five wards,” he

said. “Pittwater ward has three

councilors and the Narrabeen

Ward has three in part of the

old Pittwater Council area.

“The essential thing is that

the Local Environmental Plans

for Pittwater be retained.”

Northern Beaches Mayor

Michael Regan said he valued

Council’s partnership with the

local resident associations such

as the PBWBA.

“Councils would not be able

to work effectively without

the input from our resident

associations,” Mayor Regan

said. “They play a very important

role in keeping Council

informed about local issues,

particularly emerging ones.

Welcome surprise

Seven car parking spaces residents

were told would be lost

in Council’s redevelopment of

the snaking approach to Palm

Beach have been reinstated.

Dr West paid credit to

Council for their flexibility in

retaining the parking along the

walkway, something championed

by local Herminie Swainston

before she passed away in


Council is considering an

application from residents to

name a bench at the midpoint

in the walkway between Palm

Beach Wharf and the Golf Club

‘Herminie’s Landing’.

I certainly appreciate getting

to know residents in the local

communities through their

meetings and also enjoy learning

about the history of the


“Through the associations,

Council gains extra insight into

what residents are truly passionate

about – and they don’t

hold back from keeping us accountable

for the decisions we

make, which is a good thing.”

– Nigel Wall

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Trip-up for boardwalk

The controversial plan to build a boardwalk

and scrap existing parking along the beachfront

at the southern end of Palm Beach will be

revisited following community pressure that

prompted intervention by local Councillors.

As reported in previous months, Council’s approved

landscaping plan for Palm Beach involves

a boardwalk that will extend as far south as the

‘Kiddies Corner’ strip of the beach. Residents

discovered that although not on the masterplan,

Council intended to reclaim up to 17 parking


A petition with more than 500 signatures

objecting to the boardwalk and the consequent

reduction in parking was presented to Council.

At the May Council meeting, Narrabeen

ward councilor Rory Amon presented a motion

requesting a halt to the progression of

the construction of the boardwalk, pending

further community consultation and a followup

briefing to councillors. The motion was

seconded by Stephen Guildford on behalf of

Palm Beach residents, with support from

Pittwater ward councillors Alex McTaggart

and Kylie Ferguson.

Opponents say the major point of contention

is the loss of parking (with the PBWBA

supporting the Landscaping Plan in principle),

with Councillor Amon commenting: “It was not

apparent from the publicly exhibited plans that

the boardwalk would result in the removal of up

to 17 valuable parking spaces.”

It’s understood that the area has scope for

parking or the boardwalk – not both.

“The removal of the parking is the main issue

and the boardwalk secondary,” said Councilor


In reply to Council staff’s assertion that parking

in the area was unsafe and did not meet RMS

guidelines, he said: “If this parking is illegal,

Council are taking money off people to park


Councilor Amon said he was amazed Council

did not have statistics on pedestrian accidents or

near misses reported at Kiddies Corner, or a letter

from RMS to confirm the area did not meet

formal safety requirements for parking.

Councillor Ferguson added: “I don’t want to

lose any parking. Kiddies Corner is named Kiddies

Corner because it’s the place to take your

kiddies to dump them safely on the beach.”

Councillor McTaggart said his preference

would be to scrap the extension of the boardwalk.

“This is about the use by locals, not over

Christmas when everywhere is inundated, this

is about yesterday, today, tomorrow, this is about

how our people live and we want the amenity to

be as good as we can get it,” he said.

“Taking away the parking and building a

boardwalk isn’t what the community is telling

us it wants.”

– NW



Family fun night market. All

you’d expect at a market plus

a Night Sky Tour and special

guests celebrating music over the

years organised by John Stone

at Barrenjoey High on Fri 15 from

5pm. Deets on BHS facebook and


World Oceans Day movie.

Get along to a free screening

of ‘Chasing Coral’ on Fri 8 from

6pm at the Coastal Environment

Centre, Nth Narrabeen. The movie

taps into the collective will and

wisdom of a self-proclaimed coral

nerd, top-notch camera designers

and renowned marine biologists

as they record coral bleaching.

Bookings essential; NB Council

website or 9970 1386.

Greyhound global walk.

Greyhound families around the

world have organised walks on

Sun 10 to raise awareness of the

breed, sighthounds and their

cousins. Join the local event

organised by Toni Barnes and the

Northern Beaches Greyhound

Walking Group who will stroll

along the banks of Narrabeen

Lagoon meeting at Jamieson

Park at 8am. More info NBGWG

facebook page.

Chemical cleanout. Dispose

of poisons, pesticides, solvents

and household cleaners, pool

chemicals, motor fuels, acids,

fluorescent globes and tubes,

paint and paint-related products,

gas bottles, batteries and motor

and cooking oils safely and for

free at the Environment Protection

Authority Household Chemical

CleanOut drop-off point near

Mona Vale Surf Club on Sat 23

and Sun 24 from 9am-3.30pm.

More info 131 555 or EPA website.

Sustainable living.

Permaculture Northern Beaches

is hosting a two-day workshop

covering organic gardening,

sustainable housing, soil, site

analysis, permaculture design

and zoning. You will receive an

Introduction to Permaculture

certificate and a copy of Bill

Mollison’s book ‘Introduction to

Permaculture’. Held at the Coastal

Environment Centre on Sat 23

& Sun 24 from 9.30am-4.30pm;

$315 members, $350 other. Email



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‘Cold feet’ on Pasadena?


Northern Beaches Council

staff have been set the

task of compiling a

wish list of local projects for

the funding allocated to the

acquisition of the Pasadena

site at Church Point, should

the compulsory purchase fall


It comes after Council’s

legal advisors deemed recent

improvements to Pasadena


At the May Council meeting,

councillors shifted their gaze

from the contentious development

to other possible uses of

the cash – although they are

aware they first need to negotiate

with the State Government

who made its funding pledge

based solely on buying Pasadena

and returning the area to

the community.

Meanwhile, supporters of the

Pasadena purchase plan say

they are surprised by Council’s

new fallback position and the

outcome of its legal advice.

They urged Council to push

ahead with its original plan.

While acknowledging the

resolution and process to

acquire Pasadena remained

in place, Council resolved to

set up a meeting with local

MP Rob Stokes to discuss any

contingency plan for the State

Government funding tied to

the acquisition of the Pasadena

site in the event the site doesn’t

end up in Council’s hands.

Councillor Rory Amon said:

“There is a risk that the acquisition

of Pasadena will not

proceed given recent developments

on site – we are ensuring

that Council is ready and has

a contingency plan so we can

re-allocate state funds to other

important local projects.”

Spokesmen for the West

Pittwater Association, Church

Point resident Rob Jeffress

and Scotland Island’s Nicholas

Cowdery QC, said: “Council’s

resolution would appear to

suggest that it is has cold feet

and that it is backtracking

on its commitment made on

7 August 2017 to acquire the

Pasadena site for the benefit of

the community and for public


The pair said Council’s legal

advice was at odds with theirs.

“The lack of a legal foundation

for the current development

works and intended use

of the site and adjoining Crown

land lowers the value of the

site and makes Council acquisition

a more viable prospect,”

they said.

“We strongly urge that the

Pasadena site be acquired

and that the waterfront

Crown lands be returned to the


“This is a once-in-a lifetime

opportunity for the Northern

Beaches Council and the NSW

Government to showcase

its vision for Pittwater. This

landmark site must be retained

for the public benefit for all,

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and not exclusively for individual

commercial use.”

Council’s Acting General

Manager Environment and Infrastructure,

Todd Dickinson,

said Council had investigated

the validity of the works currently

being undertaken at the

Pasadena in relation to the construction

certificate obtained

by the owner in late 2017.

“Council considers works

undertaken in accordance with

the construction certificate are

lawful because the original approvals

for a motel, shops and

restaurant granted in 1961 and

1963 remain in force,” he said.

He said Council’s intention to

acquire the land had no bearing

on the lawfulness of the

owner’s actions.

“Council will pay compensation

to the owner for the acquired

land as assessed under

the Just Terms Act.

“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 six

months (unless agreement is

reached sooner).” – Nigel Wall


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Boom gates have been installed at the revamped Mona Vale

B-Line car park (right), with drivers required to use Opal

cards to enter and exit. The new set-up allows users up to

18 hours of free parking only if they tap on and tap off on

public transport during that time. Which is great… unless

you are a parent dropping off your kids for cubs or scouts.

Or a scout leader. Transport NSW worked quickly to rectify

the situation. Hence, there’s a 20-minute grace period for

entering and exiting, plus key personnel have had their

number plate details lodged so they can use the car park

without an Opal Card. Crisis averted.


The NSW Government is set to announce an overhaul of

key Clearway lanes across the northern beaches, introducing

24-hour Clearways in some places. The move will free up the

transport corridor from Mona Vale to Manly Vale in particular.

One stretch believed to be on the list is between Darley Street

East and Golf Avenue at Mona Vale (below), which is clogged

with parked pars during afternoon peak hour. Another is

outside the Mona Vale Post Office (meaning business owners

would need to park elsewhere to retrieve their PO Box contents).


Locals fined for parking in the middle section of Newport’s

Foamcrest Avenue car park remain furious with Council for

not sorting out correct signage and educating rangers about

specifics. Northern Beaches Council owns 66.6% of the site

and allows users three hours of free parking. But the other

33.3% – in the middle of the block – is owned by Woolworths.

There is just one ambiguous parking restrictions sign. We

took the matter up with Council. A spokesperson said: “The

management of car park operations and enforcement in

relation to the Newport car park in Foamcrest Ave is under

review. In the meantime, any infringements issued will be

referred to Council’s Internal Adjudication Panel for review.

We will notify recipients of infringements of the outcome.” Or

Council could just install unambiguous signage. Simple really.

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Life Aquatic


Pittwater’s many hundreds

of boaties and

yachties are spoiled

for choice when it comes to

facilities to help them enjoy

and fuel their passion – but

even some of the most avid

would be unaware our region

boasts one of the most unique

waterfront clubs anywhere in


It’s the Pittwater Aquatic

Club, a co-operative set-up

tucked away by the water at

Winnererremy Bay at Mona

Vale that will celebrate its

centenary in 2024.

The PAC is remarkable for

many reasons, not the least

its operational structure; it

also embraces sustainability,

with 24 solar panels supplying

most of the Club’s power

and a state-of-the-art automated

water treatment system

to clean the water when

washing down and defouling

boats – ensuring the wastewater

meets or is better than

Sydney Water standards.

The Club also has its own

rainwater tanks, obtained via

Government grant allocation.

PAC comprises a maximum

400 members and historically

has had a long waiting list,

although current Commodore

Casey Van Dyke said the

mostly usual five-year term

had been reduced to around

two years due to retirements

within its fraternity.

“The limit to 400 members

ensures there are plenty of

facilities always available for

member use,” said Mr Van

Dyke. “Use of Club facilities

is for members only and we

operate as a co-op with no

paid staff and run entirely by

volunteers. In fact, the only

paid subcontractors mow the

lawns and clean the clubhouse.”

He said this helped foster a

great spirit and camaraderie

between the members.

Mr Van Dyke, the proud

owner of a converted trawler,

said the Club had a higher

ratio of recreational moorings

available for members use

than most boating clubs.

“However just like our forefathers

who had the foresight

to provide really good facilities,

the club has an application

in for additional moor-

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HIDDEN GEM: Pittwater Aquatic Club at Winnererremy Bay

at Mona Vale runs as a co-operative, with its 400 members

each helping out to keep things motoring smoothly.

ings for recreational bays in

Pittwater, The Basin, Refuge

and Americas Bay.”

Access to the water and

boat maintenance are well

catered for, with two slips and

a boat ramp on site.

“One takes boats up to 20

tons like my trawler and the

other takes boats up to 7 ton,”

Mr Van Dyke said. “Slipping is

done by a volunteer operator

who is trained and certified to

carry out this function.”

He said members were

allocated three or four days’

use of the slip and they could

attend three times for one day

in a year at no extra slipping


“It’s great for sailors who

like to have the hull of their

boat smooth and


There is also a

sailing division

which conducts a

relaxed race on Pittwater

the first Sunday

of the month.

The PAC has

secure storage yard across

the road from the main Club

ground which accommodates

39 trailer boats – a handy

facility given recent Government-imposed


on parking trailers on local

roads. Importantly owners

of yachts on trailers do not

need to lower their masts, as

power lines between the yard

and the Club have been put


Other facilities

include work pontoons and

berths, dinghy and runabout

storage and the modern Clubhouse

with stunning views. It

holds various social functions

each year, including Christmas

lunch, mostly at no cost to

members. Members can also

hire the venue for rates that

represent exceptional value.

Mr Van Dyke explained the

PAC started as a rowing club

in 1924, with competitions

against other rowing clubs

around Sydney; it originally

occupied premises near the

current Bayview Tennis Club


In 1958 it was temporarily

located on Rowland Reserve

and rebirthed as a club

catering for various sorts of

watercraft, before it purchased

its present site in 1962

for around just 1200 pounds.

Its formation as a co-operative

came in 1967.

“All club members are

shareholders of the Club and

have a vested interest in having

good systems which function

well,” Mr Van Dyke said.

“Our members meet

several times a year

to put their ideas forward

and we have an

active Board of nine

volunteer Directors,

each of whom manage

a specific area of club


“The fact that most

members own a boat

provides a great pool

of ideas and experience

and we benefit

hugely from that, both

in knowledge gained and savings

on expenses.

“The PAC culture is about

good boating facilities at an

affordable cost, achieved

through collaboration. Consequently,

a marina berth’s

cost is typically one third of a

Commercial marina’s rates.”

* More information Google

Pittwater Aquatic Club’ and

follow the link to their website.

– Nigel Wall


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Bold new vision for Mona Vale

Surf Club – your input welcome

Comment on approved concept plans for a revitalised,

sleek Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club are open until

Monday June 4. The plans are the result of a successful

collaboration between NB Council, Mona Vale Surf Life Saving

Club and the appointed working group. The proposed

design will keep a similar footprint to the current building

while also approximately doubling the current floor area

and include tenancies for both a restaurant and a café. It

will also address current storage issues and improve the accessibility

and overall useability of the surf club. Mona Vale

SLSC President Bryce Munro said: “Our members are thrilled

to finally have a new club because the existing club is well

past its use by date.” Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan

said he was pleased the shared vision for the Club had been

made a reality thanks to Council merger savings. View online


Rookie author talk

Northern Beaches debut

author, Sandie Docker, will

speak about her path to

being published – the ups,

the downs and the funny moments

in between – at Pittwater

House Library on Monday

25 June. Sandie has recently

signed with one of the largest

publishing houses – Penguin

Random House – for a threebook

deal. Her first novel,

‘The Kookaburra Creek Café’

is currently in the bookshops

and selling fast. Tickets $12

include refreshments; 6.30pm

for 7pm start @ 70 South

Creek Road, Collaroy.

Probus makes waves

Pioneering big wave surfer

Ric Friar and his wife Wendy

are the keynote speakers at

the next meeting of Pittwater

Probus Club on June 12. The

couple will start with a short

video on his big surf wave

riding experiences; Ric will

also discuss his near drowning

off Newport Reef, followed

by stories of his rakish life in

‘Swinging’ London during the

1960s. The meeting’s ‘5-minute

speaker’ is Tony Mestrov who

will recount his experience in

filming the aftermath of Cyclone

Tracy while working for

Channel 10 in Sydney. Meeting

starts 10am; all welcome.

Funding boost

for sporting clubs

Local sports clubs are richer

to the tune of almost $50,000

thanks to recent NSW Government

funding. Local MP Rob

Stokes said the allocation

included $20,000 for Pittwater

Baseball Club to assist with

the construction of a new

clubhouse at North Narrabeen

Reserve (additional to $80,000

previously allocated by the

NSW Government); $10,000

for Palm Beach Sailing Club to

upgrade its rescue boat facility;

$7,000 for Surf Life Saving

Northern Beaches to improve

equipment storage; $5,000 for

The Royal Motor Yacht Club at

Newport to support the 2018

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Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Festival;

$4,000 for Newport Junior

Rugby Club to support a junior

rugby sevens event; and $3,600

for Pittwater Pinks Dragon

Boat Team to purchase new

personal floatation devices.

“Grassroots sporting organisations

are an integral part of our

community and every dollar

they raise directly benefits local

residents,” Mr Stokes said.

Avalon survey to

help shape future

A short survey is Northern

Beaches Council’s first step

in an extensive consultation

program with the Avalon community

over the development

of a plan for the village. Mayor

Michael Regan said the survey

takes a new approach – guiding

residents through a series of

questions about the characteristics

of an ‘ideal’ town centre.

“This will give us a great insight

into not only what Avalon residents

value about where they

live now, but what they value if

you strip everything back,” he

said. “For Avalon this is the first

step in a broader engagement

process which will involve a

series of visioning workshops,

online activities and establishing

a Community Reference

Group.” He added the aim was

to develop a plan for Avalon

with the Avalon community

that captured and reflected the

aspirations of community and

set out a program of enhancements

that would make Avalon

an even more special place.

The ‘Care Factor’ survey takes

around five minutes to complete

and is open until Sunday

24 June. Starting with Avalon,

Council plans to survey all

villages and hubs in the region

in the future. More info on the

Council website.

Library membership

turns a new page

A new, fully integrated online

catalogue system to provide

seamless access to all Councilowned

library collections

and services on the Northern

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Continued from page 25

Beaches will be launched on

June 5. With just one library

card, members will now be able

to borrow, return and access

all services at any of Northern

Beaches Council’s six library

branches, from Pittwater to

Manly and in between. Existing

library card PINs will be reset

to a secure four-digit number

based on the library patron’s

date of birth. Customers who

did not provide a date of birth

will be notified by the online

system and can easily change

their PINs at any of the Council

libraries. For more info, or to

get help accessing your account

with your new, secure fourdigit

PIN number, contact your

favourite Library branch.

Vale ‘Big Mike’

Once upon a very long time

ago, Avalon was quite an outpost

– but for a few pioneering

individuals with young

families this very undeveloped

area was, as it is now for we

locals, the ‘Centre of Their

Universe’. One such individual

was Dr Michael John Wilkie

Young, dentist, father of four,

grandfather to seven and great

grandfather to six. The home

he brought his wife Robin

and family to in 1962 was on

Whale Beach Road and happily

it has the same view today as

it had then. After working in

Manly and then the city, Dr

Young set up his practice in

MacMillan Court Avalon from

1980 through 2003. Dr Young

– or ‘Big Mike’ – created a very

happy Dental Practice, with

dental nurses over the years

including Lois, Sally and Sue.

He and his family enjoyed all

the area had to offer, from its

glorious Pittwater, great surf

beaches, beautiful golf courses

and clubs including Royal

Prince Alfred Yacht Club,

Avalon and Palm Beach RSL

and Palm Beach Golf Club. He

and Robin moved to Hobart

in 2003 where he continued

to practice as a Dentist until

the age of 85. ‘Big Mike’ is now

resting peacefully… and back

in the centre of his universe.

– Katy Young

5 Lands walk

It’s on again – the annual

5 Lands Walk, a day-long

festival on June 23 taking in

glorious McMasters Beach,

Copacabana, Avoca Beach,

North Avoca, Terrigal. Take

a walk along 10km of the

Central Coast’s spectacular

coastline where you’ll enjoy

food, live music and dance

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Get onboard as a

sailing volunteer

Royal Motor Yacht Club is

putting out another call for

locals who would like to spend

some time on the water as

one of the club’s yacht racing

volunteers. Sailing Master

James Hill said the job wasn’t

to pull the sheets and call out

‘Hard to Starboard Skipper’ but to be

a crew and helper aboard the club’s starter’s boat. “It’s lots

of fun and doesn’t require too much physical exertion, but it

does have its moments of excitement,” he said. “People with

a bit of free time either on a Saturday, Sunday or Monday, or

Friday evenings is what’s required.” Whilst winter is the quieter

time of the year, yacht racing continues and the RMYC is

keen to get new recruits in time for the busy summer season.

“It helps if you do have some sailing knowledge but it’s not

essential,” said James. “There are various positions on the

starter boats, such as time-keeping and scribing that don’t

need sailing knowledge. As well, the club constantly upskills

its volunteers, so they can do their jobs more proficiently.”

Those who become regular volunteers are entitled to various

benefits including being a guest at the Prize and Volunteers

Dinner Night. Age is no barrier; more info 9997 5511.

from multi-cultural communities,

plus Aboriginal ceremonies

and whale watching,

Art and photo exhibitions,

plus sculptures on the beach

and at surf clubs. There will

be return shuttles between

Ettalong Wharf and Terrigal.

Ferry timetables to and from

Ettalong Wharf as well as registrations

at 5landswalk.com.

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Narrabeen makeover

Clever design and landscaping has

resulted in a major transformation

of Narrabeen’s commuter precinct.

Works throughout the precinct adjacent

to Berry Reserve – funded by the NSW

Government’s B-Line project – included

the construction of new amenities,

landscaping, new pedestrian plaza,

installation of CCTV, undercover bicycle

storage, extra lighting, new basketball

area and a redesigned car park with

around 40 additional spaces. Local MP

Rob Stokes said the new facilities and

extensive landscaping had revitalised

the area and transformed it into a

modern and more user-friendly space.

“To be frank, the area was ugly and

unpleasant – the old amenities block

(top) was a blight on the whole area,” he

said. “An injection of funds and some

clever design and landscaping (bottom)

was exactly what this area needed.”

Community Building

Partnership Program

Local community and sporting

groups are being encouraged

to apply for funds under the

NSW Government’s 2018 Community

Building Partnership

Program – with $330,000 set to

be distributed to communityled

infrastructure projects

in Pittwater. Almost 50 local

projects have been supported

by this program since 2011

– including the expansion of

the Northern Beaches Indoor

Sports Centre at Warriewood;

playground improvements at

Narrabeen Community Kindergarten;

walkway improvements

on Scotland Island; Marine

Rescue’s upgraded wharf

at Cottage Point; Pittwater

High School’s security fence

upgrade; improvements to

local surf clubs; construction

of a walkway alongside Mona


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Vale Golf Club; Narrabeen

Sports High School’s synthetic

playing field; accessibility

improvements at Currawong;

and the upcoming construction

of a new community

performance space at Barrenjoey

High School. Applications

will be accepted until 5pm on

15 June; more info communitybuildingpartnership.nsw.


Cyclist safe space

passing permanent

Local motorists are being

reminded that after a successful

two-year trial the Minimum

Passing Distance Rule

has been made permanent

to improve the safety of both

cyclists and drivers. The Minimum

Passing Distance Rule

requires drivers to leave a safe

space when passing cyclists,

placing safety at the forefront

of people’s minds. Under the

rule drivers who pass cyclists

must leave a distance of at

least one metre when the

speed limit of 60km/h and

below and at least 1.5 metres

where the speed limit is above

60km/h. Motorists who don’t

comply will receive a $330 fine

and loss of two demerit points.

Some exemptions to the road

rules are in place for drivers

to assist them comply with the

Minimum Passing Distance

Rule. This includes drivers being

permitted to cross centre

lines when passing a cyclist

– but only if they have a clear

view of any approaching traffic

and it is safe to pass.


Festival reboot

Northern Sydney’s longest

running Indigenous cultural

celebration is relaunching

as the Gai-mariagal Festival.

Northern Beaches Council’s

Acting Chief Executive Officer

Ben Taylor said the 2018

Festival, formerly known as

the Guringai Festival, marks

a major turning point in the

event’s 17 year history. “The

name change signifies recognition

of the true custodians

of the region and a newfound

understanding of the land

we all live and work on, the

traditional homelands of the

Gai-mariagal.” He added it

was still the same festival,

with the same unique collaboration

of Councils, organisations

and community groups

working together to co-ordinate

activities and celebration

of First Peoples’ culture and

heritage in Northern Sydney.

The Festival runs through to

the end of NAIDOC Week on

Sunday 15 July.





Dr Ben Brown

Does your pet need a

breath of fresh air?

One of the most common

complaints from pet owners is

the smell of their pet’s breath.

And the most common reason

for bad breath (halitosis) in

dogs and cats is dental disease

– which affects 80% of pets by

just three years of age. This is

hardly surprising considering

our pets don’t brush their own


Without regular brushing,

residual food and bacteria can

form a build-up of tartar on the

teeth. Over time this tartar then

leads to infection, inflammation

and bleeding of the gums

(gingivitis) and breakdown

of the tooth’s ligamentous

and bony attachments in the

jaw (periodontal disease) via

severe bacterial infection. Both

gingivitis and periodontal

disease are painful conditions

that lead to loss of teeth and

poor quality of life.

Good oral cavity health, just

like in humans, is paramount

to general wellbeing and

longevity in animals. There are

many preventable diseases that

can be linked to poor dental

hygiene such as heart and

kidney disease. Just like with

people, prevention is better

than cure, regular check-ups,

special dental health diets and

dental treats all help to reduce

the incidence of dental disease.

The signs of dental disease

in dogs and cats cat be

subtle. Bad breath is the most

common sign; dogs and cats

may also paw at their mouth,

chatter their teeth, drool and

dribble, have difficulty eating

and may have a preference for

softer foods.

All pets need to have their

teeth checked regularly (just

like people!). Drop in to one

of our hospitals at Newport or

Avalon for a free dental checkup

on your pet during June and

July and to discuss the best

preventative dental plan for

your furry friend!


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Life Stories

First-hand experience led former

Pittwater Councillor Kay Millar on a

quest to ensure our local area gained

much-needed inpatient palliative care.

Story by Rosamund Burton

“My husband died aged 38 from

bowel cancer,” Kay Millar

says. It was only six weeks

from Bill Millar’s diagnosis to death. The

couple had been married three years, and

had an 18-month old son and Kay’s twin

daughters from her previous marriage.

The big man, who used to fill their home

with laughter, faded away. Eventually he

became so weak Kay was unable to get

him to the bathroom, so she rang Mona

Vale Hospital and asked to bring him in.

She was told that he would have to go to a

palliative care unit at either Wahroonga or


“I was so stressed out I was

hallucinating when I was driving,” she

explains. The thought of travelling to the

North Shore with three children during his

final days was unthinkable. Fortunately,

an oncologist friend of hers had the

foresight just to ring an ambulance. It took

Bill to Mona Vale Hospital where he died

two days later, on New Year’s Day, 1983.

It was during a chance conversation 30

years later with Jo-Ann Steeves, President

of the Friends of Northern Beaches Palliative

Care, when Kay learnt that Cora

Adcock Palliative Care Cottage, on the

Mona Vale Hospital grounds, only provides

outpatient services. Like many Northern

Beaches residents, she assumed it took patients

overnight, and only discovered then

there still wasn’t that facility at Mona Vale.

“I couldn’t believe it. I thought, ‘This

could be me all over again – not having

somewhere for my husband to go for those

last few days.’”

Kay Millar had become a Pittwater

councillor in 2012, and in July 2014 she

brought a Notice of Motion for an inpatient

palliative care unit on the Northern

Beaches. A unit had been approved in

the mid-1990s, but with a change of

government it never eventuated.

With the new Northern Beaches Hospital

opening scheduled for October, it was the

ideal time to earmark part of the Mona

Vale Hospital site for sub-acute care. A

working group was formed in 2014, which

included retired palliative care physician,

Dr Yvonne McMaster; Dr Phillip Macaulay,

current palliative care physician, nurses,

Eileen Gordon and Gail Carew and Kylie

Ferguson, a previous Pittwater Councillor

and now Northern Beaches Councillor;

Jo-Ann Steeves, and HammondCare

community nurses based in Cora Adcock

Cottage. Local MP Rob Stokes has also

provided a staff member to support the


Deb Willcox, CEO of Northern Sydney

Local Health District, recently asked the

working group to write a wish list for the

unit, so members of the working group

are visiting and talking to directors of

other units in Sydney about possible

options such as a treatment room offering

massage therapy and spa baths, a large

communal kitchen, and even some rooms

with double beds.

“The working group has pushed

for the unit to be site-specific, taking

advantage of the ocean view and the north

easterly breeze,” Kay explains, “and we’re

advocating that every room has access to

a deck, and that the bed can be pushed

out onto it. As a Northern Beaches resident

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being able to smell and hear the ocean

feeds the soul.”

However, Kay is concerned that under

the current plans it is under the same roof

as an aged care facility; and that there are

only 10 beds.

“The working group asked for a 15-bed

unit, and now we’re advocating for 12

beds, so if it’s full the ratio will be one

trained specialist nurse to four patients.”

Another concern is that, as the unit will

be run by Northern Sydney Health, and

the non-for-profit charity HammondCare

operates the outpatients, there won’t be

the optimum continuity of care.

Kay Millar came to the Northern Beaches

in 1953 as a young child and lived at


“My father was a charming man, but

he was an alcoholic and tried to kill us

several times,” she calmly recounts, “so

aged eight I moved with my mother and

brother to Mosman.”

Twice in the 1950s she lived at Dalwood

Children’s Home in Seaforth. Although she

doesn’t give much detail about her time

there, only saying that child care was very

different then, she was obviously deeply

unhappy. “I don’t think I ever got over it.”

She recalls picking pyjama tops and

bottoms from two big cylinders, and not

being allowed to match them up. “It’s

made me OCD about matching things,” she


Her mother was allocated a housing

commission unit but, unable to endure

sharing a tiny room with her brother, Kay

left home aged 15. At 17 she married and

five years later had the twins. She had two

young toddlers when she and her husband

separated and subsequently divorced. She

bought a cottage in Mona Vale opposite Bill

Buckle’s car yard. Bill Millar, who worked

in the yard, used to watch this single

woman coming and going, and the day she

got a flat tyre, he rushed over to fix it.

When Bill was bedbound and dying his

friend, Peter Thompson, the local butcher

in Mona Vale, brought him the newspaper

and had a chat every afternoon.

“Pete promised Bill that he’d always

keep an eye out for us. Because Bill died so

suddenly I didn’t have the money to pay

for the funeral and Pete paid for it.”

Several years later Peter’s marriage

ended and subsequently Kay and he

became a couple, remaining together

for 23 years. All her children called him

Dad and regarded him as their father.

However, his business failed in the late

’80s. Lost were not only his four shops,

but also the house Kay and he had built

together and their cars. Pete had a heart

attack from the stress, and Kay developed

type one diabetes. She believes he never

recovered from this and it precipitated

their separation. Pete, too, has sadly now

passed away.

“I’ve been in this house for 12 years,”

says Kay casting her eyes around the

immaculate open plan living room of her

home in Warriewood.

“My whole life I’ve been like sea grass

at the bottom of the ocean, going with the

flow and struggling to survive, and now I

don’t have to do that. I’m on my own and

for the first time in my life I feel safe.” She

feels blessed, she says, especially having

five beautiful granddaughters, and with

her three children happily married.

Since 1993 Kay has held administrative

roles in schools, working at both Pittwater

and Narrabeen High. Now she is the

administrative and business manager

at a local primary school. It is seeing

several school mums and dads in a similar

tragic situation to Bill and hers, that has

strengthened her resolve to strive for a

palliative care facility which meets the

needs of every age group. One can only

admire this resilient woman who, because

of her own experience, is determined to

provide a better solution for others.

Life Stories



poses on the

helipad at Mona

Vale Hospital; her

son aged five;

the toddler with

her mother; with

late husband Bill,

twin daughters

and infant son (18

months before Bill

passed); with NSW

Minister for Health

Brad Hazzard,

Manly MP James

Griffin and Mona

Vale Hospital

Auxillary members

Eileen Gordon

and Gail Carew; a

pensive Kay aged

13 – two years

before she moved

out of home.

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A Taste of our

Along with preparing

your crucial coffee first

thing in the morning,

local café proprietors have

been focusing on their food


offerings – sourcing the

best produce and dreaming

up healthy new dishes and

tasty treats to get us through


Pittwater’s new season

menus and blackboard

specials offer a clever

selection of nutritious and

‘naughty but nice’ options to

warm the heart and soul.

A look at some of the food

on offer over the coming

months revealed colour is

king, with generous serves

of bright fruit and vegies

and stunning edible flowers

bursting from beautiful bowls

or stacked to the heavens,

daring you to dig in.

Protein continues to have

its day in the sun, pulled and

shredded and stuffed into

fresh rolls, bursting from

burgers and at the heart of

delicious soups, pies and

other traditional winter


Here’s what will be ‘hot’

on a plate and in a coffee

cup near you...

People are more conscious

now than ever before of what

they put into their bodies,

says Adam Cummings from

Forage Wholefoods & Grocer

in Clareville.

“There are only a handful

of cafés on the northern

beaches that share our

food philosophy – we serve

naturally produced nourishing

meals… food is perfect the

way it is, it doesn’t need to be


Adam explained he and his

team aimed to show people

that nourishing foods could

still be modern and tasty – for

winter, expect to see some

old-fashioned ‘warmers’ with

a twist.

“We use organic produce,

cook with unrefined oils and

fats, ethically raised pasturefed

and finished meats,

pickles, ferments and organic

dairy,” he said.

“We are preservative- and

refined sugar-free and we

make all dressings, sauces,

marinades in-house.

“We even make our own

nut milk and coconut milk

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fresh each day to serve as an

alternative to dairy!”

Adam said Forage (he

also operates The Nook

at Elanora) worked closely

with great suppliers who

ensured the café and organic

grocer wholefoods store was

provided with some of the

best produce on the market,

such as real bread lovingly

baked by Berkelo, ethically

raised meats from Shiralee

organic meats, DVine By

Nature Raw Treats and all

organic produce from eco


On the coffee front, local

business Barrel One supplies

Solera Blend and rotating

single origin espresso and

filter roast beans that are

ethically and sustainably


Many local cafes are

increasingly putting an

emphasis on healthy eating,

observes Alberto Fuerte from

Caffeine Villains in Newport.

“With cafe staples such as

Avo Smash, Acai and so on we

as cafe owners try to do our

bit for our local clientele and

for the people who see us as

a destination,” said Alberto,

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who runs the café with wife


“Personally speaking, we

ensure our offerings cater

to most dietary needs but

without exclusivity and that

means we offer healthy dishes

but also have burgers and

sandwiches for those who are

wanting that little something


With a focus on simple, consistent.

honest cooking with a hint “We use ST. ALi from

of flair, Alberto said partner Melbourne for our house

Barbara’s CV Benny had fast coffee for that reason,” he

become a crowd favourite. said. “They are market leaders

“It’s a unique take on the and are at the forefront

traditional Eggs Benedict – it’s of specialty coffee in this

a dish that makes you think country; we love working with

about what you are eating people who are innovative

and is visually stunning on the and not scared to push the

plate.” he said.

boundaries,” he said.

And on the subject of

Shaun Pereira from Rukus

plates… most of the ceramics in Newport agrees there is

used in the café come from a strong movement towards

Melbourne company Made In clean, colourful foods that are


diverse and vibrant.

“They source these

“The Vegan, vegetarian and

beautifully handcrafted pieces gluten-free diets are shaping

from Japan and work with the cafe menus all over Sydney

artists to sell them all over and there is now a need for

the world,” Alberto explained. these cafes to not only offer

“Our customers love the but excel when delivering

coffee cups they drink out of – these food items,” Shaun said.

they’re aesthetically beautiful At Rukus, food is a mix

and have a smooth lip surface of organic, healthy salads,

to drink from.”

contrasted with the hugely

Alberto said it was vital popular Rukus Burger (an

that any café’s coffee offering American-style cheeseburger

was not only on-point, but

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Cafe Feature

Continued from page 33

with all the trimmings) and

‘Lump of Coal’ Charcoal Bacon

& Egg Roll.

“Our winter menu will

feature warming salad bowls

that are vegan-friendly – think

Spicy Mexican Burrito Bowls!”

All fresh produce comes

from the guys at Avalon’s

Organics who deliver organic

fresh fruit and vegetables to

Rukus every day straight from

the markets.

Jeremy Drayton from Café

Racer Co in Mona Vale agreed

customers had an expectation

of healthier choices.

“You’ll always see a lot of

colour in our food,” Jeremy

said. “Meredith from Project

Live Well said to me last week

‘if your diet is all white in

colour you know your not

investing in your health’ (her

favourite is the Buddha bowl

sometimes topped with some


As the season changes Café

Racer will be returning to

some great nourishing soups

and comfort food.

There is never a better time

to enjoy a hot chocolate and

arguably the best place on the

beaches to indulge in one is at

boutique chocolaterie Lindsay

& Edmunds in Warriewood.

There are seven hot

chocolate flavours to choose

from in the café, where

you can also watch coowner

and chocolatier Peter

Edmunds working with one

of the world’s finest quality

couverture chocolates: the

Cafe Feature

Caffeine Villains Espresso Bar

Husband-and-wife team Alberto and Barbara have

19 and 12 years of top-level industry experience

respectively – Alberto as a manager and head

barista, Barbara as a former Head Chef. Having

helped other businesses owners succeed, now it’s

their turn! While Alberto attends to the front of

house and makes creamy specialty ST. ALi coffee,

Barbara dishes up beautiful, full-on-flavour allday

breakfasts and lunchtime staples including

Avo Smash, Bacon & Egg Rolls and their new local

crowd favourite, the CV Benny – a unique take on

Eggs Benedict that sees the muffin replaced by

brown rice wrapped in seaweed, with a topping

of their house-cured smoked salmon. Other go-to

dishes include burgers and salads.

7/331-335 Barrenjoey Rd, Newport, 2106

P: 0418 944 861

Facebook Caffeine Villains

Open: 7am – 3.30pm weekdays (closed Tues);

7am – 2.30pm Sat-Sun

The Greedy Goat

Looking for a laid-back, rustic and quirky café at

the northern tip of the peninsula? Head to The

Greedy Goat, the first cafe when arriving in Palm

Beach. “If you missed the goat on the hedge,

you missed us!” say owners Vicki and Annika.

The GG’s tasty, home-cooked fare, plus delicious

coffee from Allpress, is a favourite with the

locals and a hit with day trippers too. Their go-to

breakfast dishes include tasty corn zucchini &

shallot fritters with bacon and tomato chutney, as

well as crisp potato rosti. Plus they offer a daily

$20 lunch special (from 12pm, including coffee),

which attracts customers from near and far –

simply phone ahead to find out their dish of the

day! The GG also offer a selection of homemade

cakes and brownies and their must-try flourless

peach and strawberry slice. ‘Greedy’ is good!

1031 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach

P: 9974 2555

Open: 8am-2.30pm seven days.

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single origin Fairtrade organic

chocolate made by Belcolade.

As sweet as it is, chocolate

isn’t the only thing offered

in the café which also serves

up toasted paninis and six

different daily salads, a range

of gourmet pies, a different

soup every day of the week

and great coffee.

Peter worked with specialist

roaster Quattro Coffee to

create a signature blend

‘Fourth Farm’. “It provides us

with a strong well-rounded

flavour with a slight chocolate

finish,” he said

Good coffee is extremely

important, but good coffee

without consistency is just as

bad as bad coffee Peter says.

“We make sure that every

customer receives our best

cup, no matter how busy we


At Palm Beach, interesting,

wholesome, home-style

cooked foods and weekday

specials cater to locals’ tastes.

Everything at Pronto

Creative Foods is made on the

premises and in winter owner

Stacey Driver offers two to

three soup selections daily,

porridge with seasonal stewed

fruits, tarts, quiches, fritters

and much more including

their own chutney and jam.

Stacey uses Italian-brand

Molinari coffee.

“Established in 1876, this

brand has it down pat with

good body and aroma,” she


Food at The Greedy Goat is

also cooked on the premises,

utilising quality fresh local


Co-owner Vicki Monteith

says during winter, locals

love the $20 per person lunch

special of the week, which

includes a cup of clean and

sweet-tasting Allpress coffee.

ZUBI Newport co-owner

Steve Hulley says most people

on the Northern Beaches are

simply looking for food that is

fresh and nutritious.

Above all, he says locals

expect to be fuelled by good

coffee and at ZUBI (Narrabeen,

Newport and Bilgola) Campos

coffee reigns.

“It’s what keeps us

moving… you can’t start your

day without good coffee,”

says Steve.

At The Marina Cafe at

Church Point the team always

stick to the philosophy of

making delicious “real” food.

“We do a small menu that

changes four-five times a year

to take advantage of what is in

season,” says Jonathan Brailey.

“We don’t restrict ourselves

to one style of cooking and

we make everythig in-house

except for the bread.”

Cakes, tarts, cookies, jams,

marmalade, relishes, curry

pastes, pasta, granola and

icecream are all house-made.

And their coffee? That comes

from Allpress because “we

believe they are the best”.

It comes as no suprise The

Marina Cafe also does a lot of

seafood. The new winter menu

will be launched this month.

– Lisa Offord

Café Racer Co

Two years in and this welcoming space above

Village Green at Mona Vale continues to service

busy daily trade from 6am and field lots of

catering enquiries. Jeremy and his friendly

team have new breakfast and lunch choices

and there are always blackboard specials.

Campos Organic coffee is integral to their

business – and the proof of its quality and

popularity comes with a quick glance at the

convenient Café Racer coffee window which is

busy most of every morning. If you have a little

more time, relax and enjoy breakfast (inside

or outside) or settle in for lunch and savour

offerings like sumptuous Prawn Linguini with

garlic, chilli and white wine. Their colourful

and healthy Buddha Bowls remain a local fave.

With a change in season comes a change in

customer choice and expectation – Café Racer

is putting soups back on the blackboard,

with some winter warmers and other specials

options as fresh produce and customer

wants dictate. Their menu changes are a

collaborative effort – it’s all about key staff and

the kitchen responding to customers’ requests

and utilising the freshest in-season produce.

Also, be sure to check out their new furniture

and feature pieces, including their amazing

living green wall (by Kyora landscapes). And

if you can’t avoid ‘taking care of business’

there’s free WiFi available. At night Cafe Racer

transforms into a flexible function and event

space suitable for 45 or more guests; it’s

candle and softly lit, licensed (until midnight)

and full of great food and drink options,

including the popular canapes menu. Plus

they have a PA for functions and speeches:

think birthdays, engagements… even surprise

parties. Enquire now!

Cafe Feature

1 Park Street, Mona Vale, 2103

P: 9999 4483


Open: 6am to 4pm Mon-Fri;

6am to 3.30pm Sat/Sun

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Pronto Creative Food

In the mood for a tasty breakfast away from

the madding crowd? Head to Pronto at Palm

Beach – quick smart! You’ll be treated to

warming breakfast and lunch options including

freshly baked muffins, a variety of egg dishes

including Turkish eggs scrambled with onion,

capsicum and paprika. Try their ‘world famous’

chicken and mushroom pies. And their coffee

(Molinari) is a go-to for locals. Stacey Driver,

Pronto’s proprietor for 33 years, says she’ll

be offering two to three soup options daily

through winter, as well as porridge with stewed

fruits, plus quiches, fritters and more. Try the

in-house chutneys and jams. And the coffee and

cake combos (including orange & almond and

Lumberjack apple, date & coconut options) are

outstanding. They also cater for parties.

Pronto Creative Food

1095 Barrenjoey Rd, Palm Beach, 2108

P: 9974 5695

Cafe Feature


Rukus at Newport continues to make a noise

on the local cafe scene! The food is a mix of

organic, healthy salads, contrasted with their

famous Rukus Burger (an American-style

cheeseburger with all the trimmings) and their

‘Lump of Coal’ Charcoal Bacon & Egg Roll. Rukus’

winter menu will feature vegan-friendly, warming

salad bowls – think Spicy Mexican Burrito

Bowls! Matt, Tom and Shaun have created a

relaxed, welcoming and unpretentious vibe. With

outdoor seating, it’s perfect for enjoying

(Rukus roasted) coffee and food with friends, or

catching up on work. Plus, their space in Avalon,

Rukus By Night, with mouthwatering tapas-style

bar food and fruity cocktails in an all-outdoor

courtyard, will reopen in spring!

5c/7 Robertson Rd, Newport, 2106

P: 0422 984 612

Instagram @rukuscafe

Open: 7 days 6am to 4pm (3pm closed Sun)

Forage Wholefoods Café

Adam and team opened Forage at Clareville eight

months ago as a second venture into the cafe

world, having opened The Nook Wholefoods at

Elanora (which they continue to run) three years

ago. Set amongst foliage with Pittwater glimpses

and a huge undercover outdoor deck, Forage is a

wholefoods cafe and organic grocery. They serve

delicious food made with wholesome, sustainable

and organic ingredients. Says Adam: “We also

have a strong passion for coffee, serving white

coffee on biodynamic dairy milks or our housemade

dairy alternative nut milk and coconut milk.

Our black coffee changes weekly with rotating

single origin espresso and filter roasts all from

our local supplier Barrel One.” Next door they

offer fresh, certified organic produce, staples,

eco-cleaning products and more.

Shop 1 – 1/5 Hilltop Rd, Clareville, 2107

Forage Wholefoods on facebook

Open 7am to 3pm, Tues-Sun (closed Mon).

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With three locations between North Narrabeen

and Bilgola Beach, ZUBI has Pittwater covered.

ZUBI Newport (owned/operated by Steve Hulley

and Sam Todman) just celebrated its seventh

year; it’s the largest site amongst the trio of

gourmet espresso bars made complete with its

comfortable rustic vibe of recycled timbers and

cabinetry with communal bench, lounge and the

favourite go-to alfresco rear courtyard. Not to

mention friendly staff! Here you can often enjoy

a Sunday morning with live music, amongst leafy

surrounds and native birds. Recently licensed,

with patio covering and fire pit, ZUBI Newport

now offers its space to hire for functions and

catering. It’s perfect for any-sized engagement

party, milestone birthday or product launch.

Instagram: @zubi_bars

Open: 6am-3pm

ZUBI at Billy’s – 9918 2038

Newport – 9999 1519

Narrabeen – 9913 1343

Lindsay & Edmunds

Practically hidden down a side street in the

Warriewood Business Park, walk across the little

wooden bridge into the Lindsay & Edmunds

chocolaterie and you’d think you just stepped

into a boutique in Paris. This award-winning

chocolatier specialises in fine, handmade

organic Fairtrade chocolates, using the best

Belgian single origin couverture. And their

production kitchen is on full display from the

café! Says co-owner Peter Edmunds: “We use

only the best ingredients with a creative flair.

As unashamedly coffee snobs, we worked

closely with our specialist, Quattro Coffee, to

create a signature blend with a slight chocolate

finish.” Not a coffee fan? One of their seven hot

chocolate flavours may appeal. Food includes a

gourmet range of salads, panini, pies and soups.

Cafe Feature

5/3 Apollo St, Warriewood, 2102

P: 9979 2666

Open 6.30am to 4.30pm, Mon-Fri

The Marina Café

This stylish space located on the picture-perfect

shores of Pittwater delivers restaurant-style food

in a relaxed café setting. Their team has a passion

for working with market-fresh produce to create

modern Australian dishes with an emphasis on

seafood. They make everything in-house (except

the bread) including ice creams, sweet treats,

plus jams and relishes. Enjoy delicious freshly

prepared dishes such as Chargrilled Swordfish

with green papaya salad, chilli jam and nam

jim. The café is open for breakfast and lunch,

seven days with dinner Fridays and Saturdays.

They take reservations along with larger group

bookings plus they cater for private functions. It’s

fully licensed with a great selection of wines and

beers… and a few cocktails too!

1856 Pittwater Road, Church Point

P: 997 3487

Open: 8am-3pm (B’fast & lunch) 7 days

6-9pm (dinner) Sat / Sun

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Art Life

Art Life

Given the rock star treatment

Avalon artist and

2017 Archibald

Prize finalist Phil

Meatchem is excited

about his upcoming solo

exhibition beginning June

29th at Be Brave Artspace

in Avalon – a collection of

works depicting some of

the artist’s favourite rock

’n’ roll icons from past and

present in “stylized” form,

titled ‘

Northern Beaches art prize

Calling all artists – you have

until Sunday June 24 to enter

the Northern Beaches Art

Prize and make your talents

known to the wider world!

The Northern Beaches Art

Prize (formerly the Warringah

Art Prize) is open to all Australian

residents as young as

10 years of age.

With more than $24,00

in prizes on offer, it is the

region’s most prestigious art


Run by Northern Beaches

Council, the competition

has four main categories:

General; Small Sculpture;

Waste to Art; and Youth.

Entries can be completed via

the Northern Beaches Council


There’s an entry fee of

$35 for the first submission

and $25 for every additional

entry (up to a maximum of 3

entries). Seniors and students

$15 per submission.

Call the Council if you have

any queries.

Art Life

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Art Life

Snapshots of our

Beaches history

Art Life

Something special is

brewing for history and

nostalgia buffs – the

Avalon Beach Historical

Society is celebrating its 35

years with a massive ‘9th

Great Historical Photographic

Exhibition’ over the June long


The exhibition will see the

entire space of the Avalon

Recreation Centre’s main hall

taken up by photographs,

still and ‘moving’, illustrating

many different eras and

aspects of the history of the

Northern Beaches.

Organiser Geoff Searl said

30 double-sided display stands

would carry over 1,000 A4-size

photos, while a monitor will

screen many short, compiled

video clips covering the 1930s

to the 1970s.

“Another monitor will

roll through over 500 still

photographs for those happy

to sit for a while,” said Geoff,

adding the exhibition would


some all-time favourite

subjects such as ‘The Hole in

the Wall’, ‘Shark’, ‘The Mudlarks

of McCarrs Creek’, ‘Clareville

Torpedo Base’, and ‘Surfboats’.

“However, new topics will

provide increased interest

such as ‘The Newport Hotel’,

‘The Arrival of the Mal’ and

‘Surfing at North Av’, ‘Bilgola

House’, ‘the Aborigines

of Avalon Beach’, ‘Sally of

the Basin’ and the ‘Stewart

Towers’,” he said.

On display also will be an

1:12 scale model of the Inner

Tower on Barrenjoey Headland

(1868-1881), constructed by

local David Lyall.

“Some of our stunning and

original framed panoramas

will also be on display, two of

EARLY NEWPORT: Heading down what we now call Newport Hill, pre-1920.

EARLY PALM BEACH: Four years after Barrenjoey House was built.

them over two metres long,”

said Geoff.

There’s plenty of wow

factor, including these shots

of early Newport and Palm

Beach that go back a century.

“Heading north down

Barrenjoey Road and into

Newport is a very different

experience these days to

when the photo ‘On the road

to Barrenjoey’ was taken,”

noted Geoff. “Judging by the

tracks towards the bottom

of Newport Hill, it was a one

cart/vehicle-wide track –

however, during this apparent

winter’s day (pre-1920), the

narrowness certainly wouldn’t

have posed a problem… and

note the barrenness of Bilgola

Plateau in the background.”

Geoff said the photo

of Palm Beach was a

reproduction of a postcard

in his collection which was

reliably dated November,


“Barrenjoey House was built

in 1923 by Albert Verrills as a

guest house and restaurant and

it was the first place in Palm

Beach to connect to a telephone

– the number was ‘Palm Beach

1’,” he said. “Barrenjoey Road is

now more formalised from the

original track.”

Geoff said selected framed

photos would be available

for sale and the late Jervis

Spark’s excellent book, ‘The

Red Light of Palm Beach’ – the

second in his trilogy – would

be available for sale at less

than half price.

“We will also have for

sale, ‘long neck’ (empty!)

beer bottles collected over

several years from Taylor’s

Point pool, nearly all date-

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embossed on the base

– ‘for the person who has

everything’ as a birthday


“We’re sure both locals and

folk from further afield will

enjoy this collected history of

the northern beaches,” he said.

* From June 9-11, open 10am-

5pm; Avalon Recreation

Centre at 59a Old Barrenjoey

Road (wheelchair accessible).

More info 0439 292 566.

– Nigel Wall

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Art Life

Strokes making

figurative sense

Northern Beaches artist Laurie McKern

uses harmonious colour in a variety of

mediums to express her love of people,

textiles, romance, and retro themes in a modern

voice – and over winter you can view her evocative

works in a specially curated exhibition in

the rooms of Eye Doctors Mona Vale.

A figurative artist working in oils, oil pastel, en-

AGE OF INNOCENCE: Country summer swim.

Art Life

IN SEARCH OF GRASSHOPPERS: Geese on the march.

caustic, pyrography and printmaking, Laurie says

her restless nature impels her to experiment with

different media, with her love of storytelling,

sense of humour and harmonious use of colour

at the core of her works.

Laurie is the co-founder of Gallery Cats Studios

Sydney, an art school/studio/gallery, and

her personal studio.

Though predominantly a figurative artist, in

this series of works showing at 20 Bungan St,

Mona Vale, Laurie has also included still lifes

and landscapes. All works are created with oil

pastels or oil pastels-encaustic wax.

View Laurie’s works 9am-5pm Monday to

Friday from June 1 through August; for more

info on Laurie visit lauriemckern.com.au

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Surfing Life

Surfing Life

Inconvenient risk of that

surfing trip of a lifetime

Why you should think carefully before going on an Indo surfari...

So back in mid-May I was

talking with a mate of mine

who’d recently returned

from a surf camp on an island

off Sumatra, Indonesia. It’s a wellregarded

resort – wi-fi, powerboats,

good food, all that stuff.

After surfing hard for several

days, my mate fell on a small

wave, hit the reef, and suffered

a serious facial injury. Bad

cut, lost teeth, fortunately not

knocked unconscious.

Guess what? The well-regarded,

well-appointed surf camp had NO

first aid gear. None. Not in the

powerboat, not at the resort.

The managers were swift to

get my mate back to the Sumatran

mainland and a hospital, but

that was all they could do. Be-

yond that, my mate had to rely

on good fortune in the shape

of a couple of paramedics, who

were also surfing at the resort

and could render assistance.

He left his own traveller’s first

aid kit with the resort.

Over the next three months,

as the Indo surf season takes

off, my mate’s story, and worse,

will be repeated many times.

Thousands of Australian, American

and Brazilian surfers will

travel to the Mentawai chain,

Lombok, Sumbawa and other

parts of the archipelago, hoping

for the waves of their dreams.

Dozens, maybe hundreds,

will come back with minor to

significant injuries. Maybe a

half-handful will come back to

PITFALLS: Beautiful it may be but the

Mentawis is a remote location hours

from serious medical assistance.

with Nick Carroll

grieving families, in a box.

The risks are obvious. Hard

lava-coral reefs rarely faced by

most Australians; remote locations

hours from serious medical

help; and a clientele who

are increasingly in the magic Everything took a distant second

50 to 60-year age bracket most

place for Darren Longbot-

identified with heart attack. tom, too. Ten years ago Darren

Yet the lack of safety backup and his brother Dylan were

at these resorts is surf tourism’s

among the best surfers from

nasty little secret. Travel the NSW South Coast – Dylan

insurance is always mandated, with his spectacular big-wave

but otherwise, safety is never rep and Darren with his growing

mentioned in the brochures or surf shop business.

websites associated with these Then came one of those May

resorts. There’s not even a voluntary

Indo surf trips, and an after-

code of conduct. Instead noon surf with mates at Thun-

it’s left to the discretion of ders, a break in the southern

resort and boat charter owners, Mentawais.

some of whom are much more What happened during and

on the case than others, but after that surf is the subject of a

none of whom you can select soon-to-be-released book called

on that basis.

‘Beyond The Break’, co-authored

It’s part of the culture of Indo by Darren and writer Tim

surf exploration. The surfers Rushby-Smith, in which Darren

who pioneered these breaks describes falling on to the reef

in the 1970s and ’80s, walking at Thunders and coming up

into Grajagan for two weeks completely disoriented. He had

with a bag of rice or borrowing no clue what was wrong until

local fishermen’s outboarddriven

minutes later, as a crew mem-

canoes to check a reef ber on a jetski rushed him back

around the bend from the village,

to the boat he and his friends

weren’t putting safety too had chartered.

high on the list.

Darren looked up and saw his

Neither do most of us today. left leg flopping about in space

Everything takes a distant second

above him, and realised he

place to surf trip froth. couldn’t feel a thing.

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1-9/6: WSL CT Corona Bali Pro plus CT event 3 completion

The World Surf League is always going on about “historical” stuff.

Well this is one for the history books. The WSL will hold not just

a full double header Championship Tour event at Keramas on

Bali’s east coast – it will follow the event with a completion of the

cancelled Margaret River Pro, now to be held at Uluwatu on Bali’s

southern peninsula’s western edge. For sure and undoubtedly the

only time this has been done. Who knows how it will pan out? Vast

sums will be expended in the process, we are sure of that, though

some of those sums will have already been invested in the tour by

Tourism WA – costs and expenses of a CT event have to be lodged

well ahead of time by the sponsor, and are non-refundable in the

case of a cancellation. Which means WA is paying for a contest in

Bali! Anyway, watch at worldsurfleague.com


This year is ridiculous. May fundamentally turned into August.

Cool westerly wind bands, some southerlies, and not a sign of the

ancient May ritual of the East Coast Low explosion. There was

surf, but none of the raging monstrous cut-off low variety we’ve

come to expect from this time of year. I think now this is not a

year to expect such action. June’s basically the last throw of the

dice for ECLs, but I suspect nothing such will arise; instead there

should be a continuance of May, with most surf coming from the

southern quadrant out of deep cold-weather polar lows hurtling past

Tasmania, and relatively mild conditions reigning supreme in the

Sydney area at least. I also suspect that water temps along the coast

will plummet and this may evolve into the chilliest winter in many

years. Stay warm, and go to Fiji if at all possible, because in years

like this, Fiji pumps.

“I had just experienced an

enormous moment in my life,”

he writes, and he isn’t kidding.

Darren had broken the C4

and C5 vertebrae in his neck.

He was just at the start of an

epic and horrendous journey,

including a ride across open

water strapped to the underside

of a tiny helicopter, as a

volunteer doctor whom they’d

contacted almost by accident

rushed to get him to Singapore

and safety.

Darren survived the ordeal.

But he never went back to

Thunders. He lives back down

the south coast, with wife

Aimee and daughter Bowie,

running two surf shops from

his wheelchair.

His book may focus the

minds of more resort managers

on the need to step up their

safety games, though it usually

takes a real disaster unfolding

before their own eyes to

prompt that. Four years ago I

was surfing a sandbar location

north of the Mentawai chain

when a tour group showed

up and jumped in. Within an

hour, one of the group was

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Nick Carroll

on a makeshift spinal-support

board fashioned out of a surfboard,

being carried to a calm

water area for evacuation. Like

Darren, he’d broken his neck –

unlike Darren, the break hadn’t

slipped on to the spinal cord.

The resort manager was so

shaken he later spent several

months on Queensland’s Gold

Coast doing a full suite of rescue

and CPR/first-aid courses

through a local surf club. His

camp is now possibly the only

Indo surf resort boasting oxygen

and a defibrillator in case

of heart attack.

But maybe Darren’s book

will make a difference where it

counts: with the customers.

If surf travel clients begin

demanding some level of safety

backup along with their barrels,

who knows? If one less box is

flown home, it’ll be worthwhile.

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

Beat the bugs this cold an

Health & Wellbeing

No need to tell you it’s

cold and flu season and

there’s no doubt you’ll

be reaching for the tissues

over the next few months.

There are however some

simple things you can do to

reduce the spread of colds

and flu and manage those

all too familiar symptoms of

a runny nose, cough, sore

throat, headache and fever.

We asked Avalon GP Jasmina

Dedic-Hagan and local

pharmacist Simon Herfort for

their advice.

The Doctor

Dr Dedic-Hagan from Avalon

Wholistic Medical & Dental

Centre practises functional

medicine – an approach

to medicine that seeks to

understand the root cause

of illness, understand its

molecular basis and provide

personalised care.

She says when she thinks

of the winter season and the

respiratory infections that

it brings to her practice she

thinks of the 19th century

battle between Pasteur

who dedicated his life to

eradicating germs and

Bernard who claimed that

it was the ‘terrain’, not the

microbe, that mattered more.

“While I do not hesitate to

fight the microbe, when that

is necessary, I do my best to

help my patients prepare their

bodies – the ‘terrain’ – for the

winter season,” Dr Dedic-

Hagan said.

Here are some of the

doctor’s tips:

Sleep well and don’t push

yourself too hard

Sleep deprivation, stress and

overtraining drive up levels

of stress hormone cortisol.

This hormone suppresses

your immune system and

makes you vulnerable to a

host of respiratory viruses.

A good eight hours sleep,

walks in nature, meditation

and yoga will help lower

your cortisol.

Let food be your medicine

Add abundance of colourful

fruit and vegetables to your

diet, they are rich in vitamins

and minerals that support

your immune system.

Make use of spices that have

antimicrobial properties –

garlic, clove, oregano, thyme,

cinnamon, and cumin.

Rinse and gargle

If your sinuses give you

trouble every winter, get in

early: gargle and do sinus

washes with salty water twice

per day. Studies have found

up to 40% decrease in upper

respiratory tract infections in

people who do this.

Prime your immune system

Consider supplements that

act as immunomodulators.

There is evidence that

larch arabinogalactan and

Astragalus increase the body’s

potential to defend against

common cold. Sufficient

Vitamin D, C and A as well as

Zinc are required for optimal

immune function.

If you are in a high-risk

group, get a flu vaccine

Influenza is a severe

illness and some people are

particularly vulnerable to

serious complications. They


n People over 65 years of age

n Children under 5 years of


n Pregnant women

n People with chronic health

conditions such as severe

asthma, lung disease or

other illness that lowers

their immunity; and

n Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander persons.

If you belong to one of those

groups, you can access a free

influenza vaccine.

The pharmacist

Pharmacies are often the first

port of call for people wanting relief

from cold and flu symptoms.

Avalon pharmacist and

YouSave Chemist owner Simon

Herfort said taking a few simple

precautions (including having a

flu shot) could help you and others

stay healthy this winter.

“Common sense hygiene

will help prevent the spread of

colds and flu,” Simon said. This


Cleaning hands. Wash your

hands thoroughly with soap or

clean with an alcohol-based hand

sanitizer especially if you are

around people who are sick, or

after coughing, sneezing or blowing

your nose.

Cover up sneezes. Sneeze or

cough into your elbow instead

of your hands or cover your face

with a tissue when you cough or

sneeze then throw tissues away.

Stay at home if sick. Avoid close

contact with other people to

prevent them getting sick. If you

think you may have the flu and

you need to see a health professional

phone ahead so they can

take precautions to reduce the

risk to other people.

There are of course several

over-the-counter medicines that

can be helpful in relieving symptoms;

however they won’t necessarily

help you get better faster,

said Simon.

“Cold and flu tablets and

products like nasal sprays can

help you feel human for a period

of time and enable you to func-

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d flu season

tion however they may in fact

prolong the illness by allowing

you to push through rather than

resting and allowing the body

to recover,” he said.

There were a number of

products available in pharmacies

to strengthen the immune

system to help fight viruses

and reduce the severity of


“The Practitioner Only

BioCeuticals ArmaForce can

be taken preventatively or in

the midst of an infection – it

is very popular and repeat

patronage is testament to its

success,” Simon said.

Another product Simon said

was worth mentioning was

the anti-viral and anti-bacterial

throat gargle Betadine, which

helped treat and provided relief

for sore throats.

“For those who are unwell

with cold or flu the most important

advice is to get plenty

of rest and drink lots of fluids,”

he said.

– Lisa Offord

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Health & Wellbeing

Take your

walks... on

the wild side

Widely regarded as man’s

best medicine, a daily walk

is one of the easiest ways to improve

or maintain your health.

Studies show that walking

for an average of 30 minutes a

day can lower the risk of heart

disease, stroke and diabetes.

Brisk walking helps manage

weight and can reduce

blood pressure and cholesterol


Regular walking also improves

balance and coordination

and aids sleep.

It doesn’t matter where you

walk and you don’t need to

walk at a vigorous intensity for

health or aerobic benefits.

However, it has been shown

walking in the great outdoors

is better for your overall health,

says trek expert and health

crusader Di Westaway.

The northern beaches local

and CEO of Wild Women On Top

and Coastrek said countless

studies showed walks in nature

relieved stress and did wonders

for your mental wellbeing.

Walking with others can also

build a sense of belonging.

So what’s stopping you?

Finding a stunning coastal

walk or bush track in Pittwater

is easy enough – but sometimes

our busy lifestyles can make it

difficult to get out there.

If walking doesn’t come

naturally, Di suggests making

a commitment with a friend to

meet up regularly to move.

Ready to take it to another

level? Train for a long walk, add

extra motivation by signing up

for an organised event where

you’ll be doing something good

for others by raising money

along the way, or make a goal

to get fit for a hiking adventure.

See wildwomenontop.com

for inspiration and check out


for more info.

Sensible shoes

The one thing you need to

walk well is a pair of shoes.

We spoke to local podiatrists

Mark Osborne and Evan

Johnstone for tips to help you

choose the right shoes for you.

Mark, from Avalon Podiatry,

said feet were naturally prone

to overuse injuries due to the

sheer amount of steps we take

each day.

“Quite simply, we need the

right shoes to keep our feet

happy,” Mark said.

He explained that when your

feet are exposed to increased

forces, the strain on foot muscles,

joints and bones are magnified

by poor foot mechanics.

“Our feet will suffer overuse

injuries if there is excessive

pronation (rolling in/arch collapsing)

or not enough shock

absorption (excessive supination),

however good footwear

can protect our feet from these

damaging forces.”

Evan (Evan Johnstone Podiatry)

said: “Generally, if you

have flat feet or you pronate

excessively, you should look for

a ‘supportive’ shoe (which often

contains extra-firm density

midsole underneath the arch); if

you have a high arch or you are

a supinator you should look for

a ‘neutral’ or cushioned shoe.”

The type of footwear you

need depends on the type of

walking you do.

“For example, if you are doing

trail or bush walking, you will require

a stiffer-soled shoe to cope

with the uneven ground,” Mark

said. “Walking on flat footpaths

or road walking will require

more shock absorption.”

Shoes should be comfortable

and not require breaking in.

“Your shoes should have

sufficient room at the toe box

(a finger width space from your

longest toe to the end of the

shoe when standing) and match

your foot width,” Mark said.

“Generally, walking shoes

should have good cushioning,

some arch support and preferably

light weight with laces to

allow you to adjust support.”

Importantly your shoes

should include features that

help control biomechanical


“Aim for a sturdy heel box,

a firm outsole that only bends

across the ball of your foot

area,” Mark said.

Evan added that if you suffer

from arthritis within the feet, a

walking shoe with a rocker bottom

sole will take the load off

the painful joints.

“If you suffer from heel or

Achilles tendon pain, a shoe

with a large heel to toe drop

>10mm (height difference between

the back and front of the

shoe) or a wedge will help.

“If you wear orthotics and

you are looking for new walking

shoes take your orthotics to

try in the shoe… particularly for

hiking boots which can often

be narrow,” Evan said.

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How chemical peels can

smooth out irregularities

Chemical peels are

treatments designed to

reduce the appearance of

irregularities on the skin’s

surface and reveal a smooth,

revitalised texture through

regenerating and resurfacing

the skin. They remove the

top layers of the skin, help to

stimulate collagen remodelling,

reduce tonal discoloration,

improve skin texture and

hydration, reduce congestion

and improve the overall

appearance of the skin.

Various strengths and types

of chemical peels are available

and a skin consultation is necessary

to ensure the appropriate

peel treatment is selected

for your specific skin concerns.

Anyone with the following

skin conditions would benefit

from this treatment: people

with Acne or congested skin;

sun-damaged skin; ageing skin;

hyperpigmented skin; or dull

and lifeless skin.

There are, however, some

situations when chemical peels

are not suitable. These include

not being performed within

two weeks of having an injectable

dermal fillers, waxing,

depilatory creams, electrolysis,

laser or IPL in the area to be

treated. Also, this treatment

is never performed on facial

warts or lesions.

Further, peels are not recommended

for clients who:

n Are pregnant or lactating;

n Are allergic to aspirin and

other salicylates;

n Have had surgery or cryosurgery

within the previous 6

weeks to the treated area;

n Have herpes simplex (cold


n Have had a prior reaction to

chemical peels, or microdermabrasion;

n Have had recent radiation

treatment for cancer;

n Are sunburnt or have had

significant sun exposure two

days prior to treatment; or

n Have used Accutane used

within the past 6 months

The possible side effects of

skin peels include:

n Skin may peel for 5-7 days

following the treatment;

n A tingling or burning sensation

may be felt during the

application of the peel;

n The skin may appear slightly

pink and feel tight immediately

following the peel treatment;

with Dr John Kippen

n Sun protection must be worn

and reapplied following the

treatment – this is important

due to increased sensitivity to

UV light in the 1- to 10-day period

following a chemical peel.

Our columnist Dr John

Kippen is a qualified, fully

certified consultant specialist

in Cosmetic, Plastic and

Reconstructive surgery.

Australian trained, he also

has additional Australian and

International Fellowships.

Dr Kippen works from custom-built

premises in Mona

Vale. He welcomes enquiries

and questions. Please

contact him via johnkippen.

com.au or by email: doctor@


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Health & Wellbeing

New Hub to support youth

The Avalon Youth Hub – a

go-to service for young

people and their carers in

need of support for a range of

concerns – has entered its first

full month of operation with

strong community backing.

At its recent emotional

launch event, hundreds joined

those involved in getting the

project off the ground and up

and running in response to an

alarming rise in youth suicide

and mental health issues in the

Pittwater area.

The overarching aim of the

hub is to engage and strengthen

the community by providing

a space staffed by professionally

trained workers where young

people (12-24) and their carers

can be connected to health and

support services in our area.

Those instrumental in establishing

the Hub include Justene

Gordon, CEO of The Burdekin

Association and Ian Bowsher,

Principal of Barrenjoey High

School, who connected at a

meeting a little over a year ago.

“The Avalon Youth Hub is

here because Ian asked that

something be done,” Justene


Mr Bowsher has now been

appointed Patron of the Avalon

Youth Hub, in recognition

of his role in establishing a

permanent youth service in the

Pittwater area.

He said the launch of the

youth hub on the 18th of May

was a special day for all.

“I think our voices will now

finally be heard and I think our

kids’ voices will permanently be

heard, which is really important

PATRON: Ian Bowsher.

to me, and to you,” Mr Bowsher


“As a principal of a school

where one in four – 25% of

students – are suffering in one

way or another throughout

their times in high school and

in primary school, where youth

ill health and homelessness is

on the rise, alcohol issues are

on the rise… there are a list of

concerns that we have.

“I dream this Hub becomes a

place where people are willingly

prepared to talk about these

issues rather than them being

dealt with in the shadows.

“I think the concern we have

when someone is having ill

health, and not knowing where

to send them, can be undone

by this particular project.”

Mr Bowsher paid tribute to

all who made the hub possible

– including community, health

and education representatives

and local, state and federal

leaders – who have come together

with one objective.

“That’s a rare thing to get all

those people in the same room

to contribute their time and

their energy towards one end.

“I applaud all of those people

for their contribution… I think

that, in the long run, we’ll be

able to normalise the conversation

around ill health for our

young people so, I thank you.”

The Avalon Youth Hub is

based at the early Childhood

Centre in the Recreation Centre

and currently open three afternoons

a week; there are hopes

it will operate every day of the

week and possibly weekends.

Extensive community consultation

will be conducted to

ensure the hub is responsive to

the needs of the community.

Service providers are also

able to book consulting space

at the Hub to offer onsite support

to clients – indeed this will

be the first time many of these

services have been able to offer

a point of contact in Pittwater.

Groups include Mission

Australia, Community Care

Northern Beaches (CCNB), The

Burdekin Association, Catholic

Care – Drugs and Alcohol support

and Family Referral Service

and Streetwork.

(Special mention to Pittwater

ward councillor Kylie Ferguson

who lobbied for Council funds

to help support the service.)

Avalon Youth Hub is open

12-5pm Mondays, and 3-5pm

on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Contact: 0487 936 875 or email


or facebook.

* Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800

* Lifeline 13 11 14

– Lisa Offord



Good gut

bacteria can

help to boost

and maintain

our immunity,

with 70% of

our immune


coming from

our gut.

Secretory IgA is a type of

antibody which acts as our

first-line defence against gut

By Debbie


pathogens like bacteria, food

proteins, parasites, fungi,

toxins and viruses. It is closely

linked to the gut microbiota.

If there is an imbalance of gut

bacteria, Secretory IgA levels

will be altered.

Gut health is negatively

affected by stress, illness,

poor diet, antibiotics and

other medications, plus

environmental toxins such as

pesticides. These elements

may lead to leaky gut allowing

pathogens to pass easily into

the blood system. Poor gut

health is linked to chronic

disease, allergies and lowered


What can you do?

n Protect, heal and seal the

gut wall. Nutrition Cares

Gut Relief mix contains

glutamine, slippery elm,

curcumin and aloe vera to

soothe, heal, seal and repair

the gut wall barrier.

n Probiotics, in particular

Lactobacillus plantarum

and lactobacillus

paracasei species, have been

found to boost immune

function and can be found in

Healthy Essentials Probiotic

10 65+ billion.

n Eat fermented foods, such

as kombucha, kimchi and


n Eat foods rich in prebiotics,

including organic leafy

vegetables, garlic, onions,

asparagus, artichoke,

porridge oats and legumes

and bananas.

If you feel that your immunity

is low and it needs a boost,

come and speak with our

qualified Naturopaths for the

best free advice on all of your

health needs.

* Debbie is a qualified

Naturopath at Flannerys,

Mona Vale

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Mermaids’ Variety Club magic

Keep your eyes peeled over

the next few months for

community events supporting

the Mermaids of Palm Beach

led by Beryl Driver who are

taking their Holden for another

bash to raise funds for Variety

– the Children’s Charity.

This will be amazing 85-yearold

Beryl’s 20th Australian

Variety bash.

In August she and great

friends Elyse Cole and Viktorija

MacDonnell will leave Bonnyrigg

for Braitling, covering 4,400km

over 10 days supporting rural

towns and schools and seeing

the efforts of their fundraising

with a range of much-needed

equipment provided to organisations

along the way.

The three local women have

notched 10 bashes together

and their long-standing commitment

to helping children

through the Variety Club and

participating in its annual bash

is unparalleled.

Trailblazer Beryl holds the

dual distinction of being the

first woman and the oldest person

to participate in a Variety

bash. She got involved at age

65 because “I love cars and it

was something I always wanted

to do”.

Each year the Palm Beach

Mermaids hold their major

fundraisers at Currawong and

Palm Beach RSL.

And this year Federal MPs

Jason Falinski and Tony Abbott

are hosting a community BBQ

on Sunday June 10 at Winnererremy

Bay Playground in

Mona Vale from 12.30-2pm.

with proceeds from a $5 sausage

sizzle benefiting Variety

Club and The Mermaids team.

RSVP essential via Eventbrite

or by calling Mr Falinski’s

office on 8484 0300.

A Night with the blokes

The youth-led charity One

Eighty is hosting a ‘Night

With The Blokes’ exploring

what it means to be a man

today and tackling the question

what do we want tomorrow’s

man to look like?

Triple M Grill Team /

Gotcha4Life Co-Founder Gus

Worland and Tomorrow Man

Founder Tom Harkin will

facilitate a casual and honest

conversation exploring where

the current ‘man code’ has

taken us, and the hopes for

the future.

Here’s the blurb… ‘The tide

is changing for men young

and old and the out-dated

stereotype is leaving some of

our mates, dads, sons, uncles,

teammates, workmates and

brothers stranded without

the tools for a healthy life. It’s

time we got in a room to have

a no-holds-barred conversation

about the state of man,

face the stats and create room

to flex the stereotype.’

The free event will be

held on Monday June 4 from

7-9pm at Avalon Beach SLSC.

Places are limited; RSVP via

Eventbrite Tomorrow Man

Avalon or contact info@oneeighty.org.au.


for carers

CCNB and Carers NSW

are working together

to provide a free Carer

Wellbeing group for

carers of people living

with a disability, mental

illness, drug and alcohol

dependency, chronic

condition or frail aged.

The Carer Wellbeing group

is a five-week program for

adult carers in NSW.

The group will allow

carers to:

n Strengthen resilience with

coping strategies;

n Learn about assertive


n Identify how to set healthy


n Explore loss & grief in the

caring role;

n Hear from other carers in a

similar caring role;

The program will be held

from Wednesday July 25,

weekly, for five consecutive

weeks from 10am-12pm at

the Brookvale Community

Centre, 2 Alfred Road,


Call Carers NSW

Carerline 1800242636 for

further information or to


About CCNB

CCNB is a not-for-profit,


organisation providing

impartial information, advice

and guidance to support

people to access health and

community services.

Its focus is to support

people, their families and

carers to navigate the health

and social care systems to

access the services they

require, when they require


Clarification: Experts from

CCNB were quoted in a story

last month on what to do

when a loved one refuses

care. In that story CCNB was

referred to as “Community

Connect Northern Beaches”

– CCNB is Community Care

Northern Beaches.

You can learn more

about CCNB community

care + wellbeing via the

website ccnb.com.au.

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Hair & Beauty

Wonder what your skin

care does? Here’s the rub!


have just returned from an

amazing Skin Care Symposium

in Colorado. The new

knowledge that was flowing

freely between like-minded

skin care professionals was

inspiring. Even with newfound

information I realised

why going back to basics with

your home care regime is so

important – particularly when

you might be paying a fortune

for cutting edge treatments,

and feeling you are not getting

the results you were hoping to

achieve. So here’s an explanation

of the important elements

of skin care:

Cleansers & Scrubs – Purify

& Exfoliate. For skin to accept

nutrients it must be free of

surface residue and makeup.

Always apply cleanser with

dampened hands to your face

and neck and work into the skin

for several minutes. To remove

your cleanser a soft facial cloth

is helpful when used with lukewarm

water. Buffing grains or

a scrub are very beneficial for a

deeper cleanse and to exfoliate

gently. Be cautioned not to

over-scrub the skin, as this may

upset the protective layer and

create sensitivity.

Lotions & Toners – Balance

& Restore. A great toner will do

what the name implies. A good

toning lotion will be enriched

with nutrients to help additional

healing and support. The best

way to use the toner will be

with a gauze square, which will

gently exfoliate and remove last

traces of makeup and debris.

Correctives – Repair & Rejuvenate.

Whatever your skin care

problem – acne, premature aging,

dry skin or discolouration

– the use of corrective products

such as beta acid, Vitamin C,

vitamin A, or AHAs will assist

with smoothing and keeping

the skin fresh in appearance.

Serums – Build and

Strengthen. When you start to

use customised serums loaded

with beneficial growth factors,

essential oils, stem cells,

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vitamins, antioxidants, peptides

and anti-glycation ingredients,

the skin metamorphosis of

building and strengthening will

begin. Intelligent ingredients

take skin care to a whole new

level as they communicate with

our cells to assist with producing

healthy hydrated skin.

Moisturisers & Hydrators –

Revitalise & Nourish. Decades

of marketing have influenced

our understanding of the

purpose of a moisturiser – if it is

laying on the surface, how will it

possibly be providing water hydration

that retains itself in the

epidermis? Moisture and protection

nutrients are designed to

absorb and provide valuable

hydration and plumping of the

skin beyond the surface.

Post Care Support – Restore

& Soothe. After surgery, laser

and deep peels, post-care topicals

are imperative. Providing

protective, soothing relief to

traumatised skin, post-care also

adds antiseptic and antibacterial

support, reduces inflammation

and itching and encourages

cell renewal and wound repair.

Sun Protection – Hydrate &

Defend. Slow ageing is in your

hands. Consider that sun exposure

causes 90% of wrinkling

– then consider wearing a sunscreen

daily. One of the most

critical protection products and

pro-youth supports available

today is sunscreen.

Enzymes & Masks –

Renew & Pamper. Weekly home

care enzymes give skin a light

surface exfoliation and provide

good maintenance between

professional visits. Enzymes are

proteins that digest dead cells,

giving the skin a smoother,

more polished appearance. Nutrient

based masks freshen and

plump skin or give additional

antibacterial and oil reducing

support, depending on the skin

type and tolerance. Masks will

provide different benefits to the

skin depending on the compounds

and base used.

Before undertaking serious

clinical treatments such as IPL,

CO2 Laser, Fractional Laser,

Skin Needling, Progressive,

Mid Depth and Deep Peels, it is

extremely important to build

the strength of the skin so it

is able to heal and regenerate.

Imagine if you were attending

a physical boot camp and only

eating bread and water. The

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body may complete the first day

or so with physical exertion but

over time it will barely be able

to cross the finishing line. The

same applies to home care for

your skin. Treat it with the purest

quality skin nutrition, loaded

with active ingredients and very

few waxes and fillers, and it will

return the favour by glowing

with health.

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 ‘Need reason to know’ for guide goingfor

‘nuts’ the end this of festive financial season year

This When month writing brings about us

to financial the close innovation of the one

2017/18 of the perspectives financial I

can year, share so we with take you a brief is from the

inside look at of what a fintech needs company to

which happen in in my the case lead has up been

rolling to 30 June out the to maximise fast-growing

Acorns your superannuation

app. Since launching

in opportunities.

Australia in early 2016 the

app First now and resides foremost, on the smart

phones the key of thing around if you 350,000 are

Australians, intending to that’s maximise roughly 1.5%

of your the superannuation


opportunities If you’re in the is dark to get about your

what contributions I’m talking in about, on time, Acorns

is which a micro means investment cash in platform the

or hands what’s of sometimes your fund before called a

‘round-up’ 30 June and app, not the sometime first one

of after. its kind Electronic in Australia. payment Our

firm methods along such with as our BPay partners warn

brought that payments it out from made the after US a

certain 2015 where time of it day had can been take

established up to two business for a few days years.

to The arrive. app If works you intend a couple on

of mailing ways: cheques by taking Australia, a data

feed standard from mail your delivery spending time

accounts is now “up and to rounding two business up the

purchases days longer you than make priority” to the

nearest with priority dollar being and investing defined

these as “1 - accumulated 4 business days balances

into depending a mix of on exchange destination”. traded

funds The 30th listed of on June the falls ASX, on or,

by a Saturday you debiting this an year, amount so be or

regular aware of payment processing from cut- your offs

bank if the account deduction to your is absolutely Acorns

account. required Most in this users period. enjoy the

round As a reminder up feature the of Acorns as

it contribution allows them caps to save applicable while

they for this spend. year As are: a parent of

teenagers Concessional I think Contributions

I’ve come

to (eg: the tax conclusion deductible that or apps salary

such sacrifice as Acorns contributions) using a blend

of This psychology year the concessional

and technology

may contributions be the only cap effective is $25,000 way

to from get all modern sources. kids When to save

because checking they your sure individual do know

how limits, to make spend. sure to look

for Acorns lagged works payments because from the

principles the start of underlying the year and its design

payments for life cover that

may in fact be classified as

superannuation contributions.


Contributions (eg: from

after tax sources)

The limits for 2017/18 for nonconcessional


are up to $100,000 per year

or $300,000 using the threeyear

bring forward provisions

for those under 65. Over-65s

are cannot firmly take rooted advantage in behavioural of

finance: the bring investing forward small provisions

amounts and need on to a pass regular a work basis that

won’t test of be 40 missed hours combined a 30- with

investing day period over before an extended being

period eligible of to time contribute. to average If your

into superannuation the markets smoothing

balance was

out $1.6 peaks million and or troughs. more at Of 30

course June 2017, it doesn’t you cannot hurt that make it

does further all non-concessional

of these things within

the contributions; framework you of a highly may,

attractive and functional user

interface – fancy words for the

app looks and feels very cool.

While these principles have

proven to be sound over time

Acorns goes on to provide an

indirect benefit to its users

in the form of education and

improved financial literacy.

Get two or more people in the

room who have an account and

you’ll find out what I mean –

when did you start? What are

however, continue to make

concessional contributions.

A few other things to

keep in mind when

considering superannuation


The Government super


you The saving co-contribution for? What returns is still

have around. you You had? need It’s inherently to earn

competitive below $51,813 but to when receive it’s any

combined benefit and with the the maximum tools and

information benefit ($500) that is the obtained app

provides by people it’s earning also extremely below

informative $36,813 who – as can a regular contribute user

you $1,000 can’t from help after but become tax sources.

more The list informed of hurdles about are the – you

behaviour need to be of aged markets under whether 71,

you be able are looking to pass to the or work not – test the

with Brian Hrnjak

balance of your Acorns account

rises and falls in line with the

movements in markets during

the course of the trading day.

One of the challenges

any finance app would have

encouraging young people to

save and invest is to remain

relevant in their eyes. Over

the past year a number of

enhancements have taken place

following user feedback, the

headline ones being:

Found Money partners – users

can shop online with brands

such as Bonds, Dan Murphy’s,

BCF, if over Uber 65, etc. earn and at these least 10%

partners of assessable usually income deposit from bonus

amounts employment or extra (including round ups selfemployment),

the users account; and be eligible


My to contribute Finance feature up to $1,000 – uses of

artificial non-concessional intelligence contribution.

to track

and Contribution categorise splitting spending and

calculate You can still free split cash your flow;

Super concessional fund linkages superannuation – allows

users contributions to make with deposits your to a

range spouse. of There industry are and lots public of

offer reasons superannuation why you might funds; do

Emerald this but the Portfolio key driver – a socially is

responsible usually one portfolio partner having option

introduced a much higher following balance member than

feedback; the other – for example one

Little spouse Acorns is approaching – sub accounts the

designed $1.6 million to allow transfer investment balance

on cap behalf and the of children other is or below. other

dependants In this case it under makes the sense age of to 18.

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split to maximise what can be

held most efficiently within

superannuation. Another

case may be that one partner

is older and approaching

Centrelink age; splitting

contributions with a younger

spouse may keep some assets

away from the assets test and

improve Centrelink outcomes

for a period. Alternatively, a

younger spouse could allocate

contributions to an older

spouse as they will receive

earlier access to benefits under

the superannuation rules. You

can only split up to 85% of your

concessional contributions,

the remaining 15% being held

aside for contributions tax.

Spouse contributon

tax offset

This has been around for a

while but worth restating: if

a member of a couple has

an income below $37,000

a contributing spouse may

receive a tax offset, which is

worth more than a deduction,

of $540 by making a $3,000

contribution to their spouse’s

superannuation fund. The

benefit phases out completely

by the time receiving spouse

earns $40,000.

There are a few new

superannuation provisions

commencing from 1 July

2018 that you should also be

aware of:

Downsizer contributions

Downsizer rules allow an

individual to use the proceeds

of the sale of their main

residence to make ‘downsizer

contributions’ of up to

$300,000 (or $600,000 for

a couple) into super. The

eligibility hurdles are: aged

over 65 with no maximum

age, sale contract exchanged

after 1 July 2018, home owned

by you or spouse for 10 or

more years, sale proceeds

exempt or partially exempt

from capital gains tax, the

provision of a downsizer form

to your fund at the time of

or before contributing, the

contribution is made within

90 days of settlement and

you have not claimed this

concession before.

Interestingly this benefit

is not a classified as a nonconcessional

contribution and

can still be made even if your

super balance is over $1.6


First Home Saver Scheme

Contributors to the First Home

Super Saver (FHSS) scheme

can commence withdrawals of

voluntary contributions from

1 July 2018 to assist with the

purchase of a new home.

Carry forward of

Concessional Contributions

From 1 July 2018 you will be

able to ‘carry-forward’ the

unused portion of your annual

concessional contributions

cap. You can access the

unused concessional

contributions cap on a

rolling basis for five years

but amounts carried forward

that have not been used after

five years will expire.

The first year in which

you can access unused

concessional contributions is

2019-20. You will only be able

to carry forward the unused

concessional contributions cap

if your total superannuation

balance at the end of 30 June

of the previous financial year

is less than $500,000.

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:


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Business Life: Law

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High fashion and the

protection of an industry

Last month many readers

enjoyed the touching,

‘good news story’ of the

wedding of Prince Harry and

Meghan Markle. Since last

November when their engagement

was announced speculation

built to the 19th May – a

beautiful English spring day at


So much occurred in the lead

up to the wedding which was

distracting but there was one

consistent element about which

writers and commentators alike

speculated – the identity of the

designer and style of the gown

to be worn by the bride.

Reviews of the gowns of royal

brides from Queen Victoria

to Zara Tindall were discussed.

And it was noted that Queen

Victoria had begun the fashion

for brides to wear white.

Press coverage from around

the world noted the Hollywood

transatlantic flavor of the occasion

and the number of red

carpet celebrities who attended.

As soon as the bride arrived,

commentators were dissecting

the Givenchy gown – from the

French fashion house designed

by Clare Waight Keller, Englishborn

and the first female

artistic director of Givenchy. A

designer and house that had

not been mentioned in the

fashion industry list of favourites

prior to the wedding.

The gown universally praised

was described as “made of

method for worldwide design


Clare Keller and Givenchy, as

designer of Meghan’s wedding

gown, will automatically benefit

from unregistered design rights

in Europe protecting the appearance

of the garment. The

European Union (EU) unregistered

design right is particularly

important because it protects

surface decoration. The UK

unregistered design right only

protects shape and configuration

– i.e. how different parts of

a design are arranged together.

EU-wide, unregistered design

rights tend to be highly valued

by the fashion industry because

they afford owners protection for

products with a seasonal shelf

life. There is a 12-month ‘grace

period’ from when a design is

first made available to the public

to allow brands to ‘test’ the

popularity of the design before

committing to a formal registration.

This allows designers to

launch their collections on the

catwalk, or during meetings with

third parties, without fear of losing

their protection.

If as an Australian designer

you want to promote your designs

on the catwalks of Tokyo,

New York, Paris or Milan the

protection you have in Australia

will not necessarily prevent

someone in another country

from copying your design.

Although the principles of

design protection may be simiexclusive

double-bonded silk

cady, the slim-cut dress was

created with six placed seams.

The demure boat neckline

framed Meghan’s shoulders,

while the slim three-quarterlength

sleeves add a note of

refined modernity and reserved


The embroidered veil featured

the flora of each of the 53 Commonwealth

countries, including

the golden wattle of Australia.

Each flower was worked flat

in three dimensions to create

a unique and delicate design.

(It was reported that those

who worked on the veil spent

hundreds of hours meticulously

sewing and washing their

hands every 30 minutes to keep

the tulle and threads pristine.)

As soon as the bride appeared

at St George’s chapel,

commentators were speculating

as to how long it would

take for copycat designers

to have replica versions of

the gown available in shops

around the world. As of the

Monday morning after the Saturday

wedding, a Melbourne

designer had on display a replica

low-cost version for sale.

Design registration systems

are generally the same from

country to country but there

is no universal or blanket

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lar in other countries the actual

laws may differ.

A design is protected in Australia

if it is registered under

the Designs Act 2003. Unless

your garment is classified as ‘a

work of artistic craftsmanship’

under the Copyright Act only a

registered design will give you

enforceable rights for up to a

maximum of 10 years to commercially

use, license, sell or

protect your design.

A design is the overall appearance

of a product that

makes it unique. In fashion

this includes the shape pattern

and ornamentation on a garment.

This can be as simple

as a sleeve with ruffles or the

silhouette of a couture gown

by, for example De La Renta

– the label worn by Meghan

Markle’s mother. A design does

not include the feel or texture

of the material.

Under the Design Act 2003,

a design is registerable if it

passes the test of being ‘new’

and ‘distinctive’; that is it must

not be identical or substantially

similar to any other design

previously disclosed anywhere

in the world including the

internet. If you have registered

your design you have a legally

enforceable right over it.

Before deciding to apply for

registration it is necessary to

consider the market and your

ability to effectively exploit

the design, the benefits of

protection and the strength of

your rights in the jurisdiction in

which it is registered. These are

of course commercial Considerations

and will depend on the

strength of your business and

the importance of the design.

There are strategies for

applying for a design in an

overseas country but it would

be wise to obtain legal advice

before disclosing the design.

The disclosure in one country

may jeopardise your ability

to protect the same design in

other countries. Seek advice on

how to proceed.

It is crucial to obtain a priority

date – a concept in intellectual

property law where the

first to apply for registration of

a design is given preference.

This means if two people apply

for registration for the same or

similar design the person with

the earliest priority date is given

precedence. In so doing the

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registration will protect your

commercial identity, brand and


Australia is a signatory to the

International Convention for the

Protection of Industrial Property

– known as the Paris Convention.

It has approximately 100

members including Italy, France,

Japan and the USA. This treaty

enables what is known as a

convention application to be

made, that is recognition of

prior registration.

In Australia some well-known

fashion houses and brands

habitually register all or many of

their new designs. For example,

Zimmerman has registered

designs. (Readers may recall

the $495 Roman Day white

broaderie anglaise dress worn

by Catherine Duchess of Cambridge

on Manly Beach in 2014.)

Another Australian fashion

brand using design protection

overseas is Finders Keepers.

It sells in prestigious retailers

worldwide. Finders Keepers

produces 11 collections

annually, each defined by a

distinctive print, shape or style.

The company maintains that

registering their designs is an

essential part of protecting

their commercial identity and

therefore securing their viability.

It has a firm policy of registering

designs to discourage

other brands from using their

products without permission.

For small designers, given the

fast turnover of products in the

industry, design registration is

not considered to be a commercially

feasible form of protection.

But intellectual property is

considered to be a very valuable

asset for those in the fashion

industry and an important differentiating

factor between one

designer and the next.

It may be enough for Clare

Keller and Givenchy to rely on

the EU unregistered rights or

the enormous prestige of being

chosen to create the wedding

gown of the year for the Duchess

of Sussex.

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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Business Life

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


Northern Beaches

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


Northern Beaches Home Tu tor ing

Call John 9972 1469

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

Qualified tutors. WWC child protection checked. Since 2009.

decorating; clean, tidy, quality

detail you will notice. Dependable

and on time.

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.

Leather Hero

Call Leanne 0490 796 012

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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has been provided by a number of sources. Any opinions expressed

are not necessarily those of the Editor or Publisher of Pittwater Life

and no responsibility is taken for the accuracy of the information

contained within. Readers should make their own enquiries directly

to any organisations or businesses prior to making any plans or

taking any action.


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.

Trades & Services


your Business

in Trades

& Services



0438 123 096


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

and install. Quality, guaranteed

work. Call to arrange quote.

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A tribute to pop, a cello

showcase & all that jazz

The big-name shows are

coming back to Pittwater

RSL and in June there are

two great performances to be

a part of.

On Saturday 9 you can step

back in time and enjoy Frankie

Valli & The Four Seasons and

The Beach Boys Tribute Show

knowing you are also helping

to save little lives with proceeds

from the night supporting Red

Nose Day.

This production features a

live band of talented musicians

and entertainers delivering

great vocals and harmonies

and choreographed routines.

The show brings together

two of the most exciting

groups in pop music history

showcasing the Frankie Valli

& The Four Seasons hits such

as Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,

Walk Like a Man, Grease and of

course... Oh What a Night! And

we dare you not to sing when

you read the titles of some of

the Beach Boys hits that will be

covered in the second half of

the show such as Fun, Fun ,Fun,

Surfin’ USA, Help Me Rhonda

and I Get Around.

This great tribute show

draws in big crowds wherever

it plays so don’t delay getting


The show runs from 7.30-

11pm; tickets are only $20 or

$15 for members.

The other great show coming

to Mona Vale this month

features the internationally

acclaimed jazz musician – our

very own James Morrison.

Always on the move,

teaching, touring and recording

around Australia and the world,

it’s great to have James back

on the beaches at the Pittwater

RSL Auditorium on Saturday

30th, from 8pm.

The James Morrison Quintet

performance is reserved

seating. General admission

$85, members $75.

Book your tickets at Pittwater

RSL reception or call 9997

3833 or go to the website


If classical music is more

BACK ON BEACHES: The multi-talented jazz muscian James Morrison.

your cup of tea head to the

OLGC Catholic Church on Sun

June 3 for 4pm when talented

14-year-old Sydney cellist

Bennett Tsai gives his debut

performance for Wyvern Music

Forestville with his father

pianist Joshua Tsai.

Tickets at the door; full $25,

$20 students $15 children and

under 16 free. Info wyvern.

fmca.org.au or 9416 5234.

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Dining Guide

Dining Guide

June'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.

This month, catch State

of Origin Game I on the big

screen on Wednesday June 6,

followed by Game II on June 24.

All games live and loud – with

$5 schooners between 7.30-

9.30pm. Plus there's a 2018

Blues jersey raffle each game

– and $10 'Blues Burgers' from

Bistro 61.

Follow our Socceroos

through their 2018 World Cup

campaign with every game live!

Matches versus France (June

16), Denmark (June 21) and

Peru (June 27).

Bistro 61 is 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 June 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 Winter.

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 a huge Located in boutique Metro

month of specials in June. Hotel Mirage Newport, The

Watch State of Origin I on Mirage restaurant is a popular

the big screen on June 6 and choice for breakfast from

get your chance to win 2 tickets 7-10am seven days a week,

to Game II on June 24! Plus $4 offering a fixed-price full hot

schooners during Happy Hour and cold buffet, including a

(from kick-off)!

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 you're invited to

'A Taste of Italy'! Discover Italy

through food and wine at Salt

Cove from 6pm on June 14; cost

is $55 for members, $60 nonmembers

and $25 for kids 12

and under. Includes a drink on

arrival, Bruschetta, Pasta, Pizza,

Tiramisu and more!

Friday night music kicks off

in the Lounge Bar from 7.30pm.

Great acts in June include Alex

Roussos (1st), Paul Brown (8th),

Keff McCulloch (15th) and Eric

Lewis (22nd).

Don't miss inspirational

special guest Lisa Blair who

will deliver a captivating talk

on Friday June 29. Lisa was the

first woman to sail solo around

Antarctica – hear her thrilling

story from 6pm; bookings a

must. Cost is $20 members ($25

non-members) with kids 15 and

under free.

And book now for RMYC's

special 'Priscilla – Queen Of The

Desert' outing to catch the glam

stage musical at the Capital

Theatre on Tuesday July 17.

Hurry – there's limited seating.

Tickets $60, with bus seats $30

(inc champagne and nibbles).

Trivia is held every Tuesday

night from 7.30pm (great prizes

and vouchers).

Club Boat and Social

memberships are now available

for just $160.

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Dining Guide

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

Food Life

Flavour, colour, nutrients

from winter crop meals

It’s a fact we all tend to eat heavier, protein-intense meals

during winter – but it may surprise you to learn that a variety

of abundant winter crops can offer great flavour, colour,

nutrients and versatility to our meals. Here are some of the

delicious ways to boost the family’s consumption of vegetables

at dinner time over the coming winter months.

Chicken &

mushroom nachos

Serves 4

300g button, cup or flat mushrooms

1 tbs olive oil

1 brown onion, finely chopped

40g sachet fajita seasoning

300g chicken mince

300g jar Mexican tomato salsa

230g bag tortilla strips

1 cup grated tasty cheese

smashed avocado, sour cream,

chopped pickled jalapeno &

chopped fresh coriander, to


1. Preheat oven to 180°C fanforced.

Line a baking tray

with baking paper. Finely

chop the mushrooms by

hand or put in a food processor;

use pulse button to

finely chop.

2. Heat oil in a saucepan over

medium heat. Add onion

and seasoning, cook for 3

minutes until soft. Increase

heat to high, add mushrooms

and mince, cook,

stirring, for 10 minutes until

browned. Add salsa and

bring to a simmer. Reduce

heat to low, simmer 15

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minutes or until the sauce


3. Arrange tortilla strips over

base of tray. Sprinkle threequarters

of the cheese

over strips. Top with mince

mixture. Sprinkle with

remaining cheese. Bake for

10 minutes or until cheese

has melted.

4. Serve, topped with avocado,

sour cream, chopped pickled

jalapeno and coriander.

Winter roast


Serves 6 (as side)

800g red skin potatoes,

peeled, cut into 4cm pieces

3 tbs olive oil

1kg butternut pumpkin,

peeled, cut into 4cm pieces

2 red onions, cut into wedges

1 head garlic, cloves separated,

skin on

1 large lemon, halved

3 tbs chopped flat leaf parsley

a large saucepan of cold

salted water. Bring to the

boil over high heat. Reduce

heat to medium, partially

cover the pan. Simmer for

10 minutes until potatoes

are just tender when tested

with a skewer. Drain.

2. Return the potatoes to hot

saucepan. Gently shake the

saucepan over low heat for

1 minute to remove any remaining

moisture. Remove

pan from the heat. Cover

the saucepan and shake vigorously

to roughen surface

of the potatoes.

3. Pour oil into a large roasting

pan and place in oven

for 3 minutes or until hot.

Working quickly, add potatoes,

pumpkin, onions and

garlic to the hot oil. Turn

to coat. Squeeze over the

lemon, return pan to the

oven and roast for 45 minutes,

turning the vegetables

twice, until crisp and golden.

Scatter over the parsley,

season with salt. Serve with

pan fried chicken, sausages

1. Preheat oven to 200°C fan

forced. Place potatoes in or roast lamb.

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to a simmer, adding more

stock if required at this

stage to reach the consistency

you desire. Swirl

through the coconut cream

if using. Scatter over the

toasted coconut and serve

with tortillas.

Apple &


free form tart

Serves 8

1/3 cup caster sugar

2/3 cup roasted macadamia


40g butter, softened

1 egg yolk

4 golden delicious, pink lady

or jazz apples, peeled, quartered

2 tbs white sugar

Thick cream, to serve


1½ cups plain flour

1/3 cup caster sugar

125g butter, chilled, cubed

1. For the pastry, combine all

the pastry ingredients in

a food processor. Process

until mixture resembles fine

breadcrumbs. Add 2 tablespoons

iced water and pulse

until pastry just comes

together. Turn onto a lightly

floured surface. Knead gently

until base of pastry is

smooth. Shape into a round

disk. Wrap in baking paper

and chill if required (usually

not necessary in cool winter


1. Place a large, flat tray into

oven. Preheat oven and tray

to 200°C fan forced. Roll the

pastry out between sheets

of baking paper to a 30cm

round. Remove the top

sheet of baking paper.

1. Process the sugar and macadamia

nuts together until

nuts are finely chopped.

Add butter and egg yolk,

process until mixture comes

together. Spread the mixture

over the pastry leaving

a 1cm boarder around the


1. Cut the apples into wedges,

sprinkle over the sugar so

all are well coated. Arrange

over the macadamia mixture.

Fold the pastry over

the apples, leaving most

exposed. Lift the tart onto

the hot tray, still on the paper.

Bake for 25-30 minutes

or until pastry is golden

and crisp. Serve warm or

at room temperature, with

thick cream.

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Spinach &

cauliflower soup

Serves 4-6

2 tbs olive oil

2 brown onions, halved, thinly


1 garlic clove, crushed

¼ (about 250g) cauliflower,

trimmed, chopped

4-5 cups chicken or vegetable


30g butter

2 bunches English spinach

leaves, washed, shredded

¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg

1 lemon, rind finely grated,


4 tbs coconut cream, optional

2 tbs flaked coconut, toasted

to serve

Pan fried tortilla, to serve

1. Heat the olive oil in a large

saucepan over a mediumlow

heat. Add the onions

and garlic and cook slowly,

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stirring often for 10 minutes

or until soft (but not coloured).

Add the cauliflower

and cook 5 minutes.

2. Add 4 cups of the stock, increase

the heat to medium

and simmer gently, uncovered

for about 10 minutes

or until the cauliflower is


3. Meanwhile, melt the butter

in a large frying pan over

medium heat. Add spinach

and sauté for 2-3 minutes

or until it just starts to wilt;

add the nutmeg and lemon

rind and toss to combine.

Add the sauteed spinach

to the cauliflower mixture,

remove from the heat.

Cool 5 minutes. Blend or

puree the soup in batches

until smooth. Return to the


4. Add 2 tablespoons of the

lemon juice and season to

taste. Bring the soup back

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Food Life

In Season


Pears are the second-most

cultivated fruit (after

apples) in subtropical parts

of the world. Australian

pears were cultivated from

South Africa, with the

majority of pears grown

in Victoria around the

Shepparton region. Pears’

sizes and shapes vary from

small (paradise pear) to

large (Packham) and round,

apple-shape (like nashi),

to slender, elongated (like

Beurre Bosc).


Different to most fruit, pears

ripen from the inside out.

Pears are best purchased free

from cuts and bruises, firm

and allowed to ripen at room

temperature. Not all pears

change colour as they ripen,

so skin colour is not a good

guide either. Similar to an

avocado, gently press the stem

area – it should ‘give’ under

gentle pressure.


Unripe pears should be stored

in a single layer in a fruit

basket at room temperature

out of direct sunlight. Once

ripe, store in a single layer in

an open plastic bag (starved of

oxygen pears will start to rot

quickly from the core) on the

lowest shelf in the fridge for

up to 3 days.


They are an excellent source

of vitamin C. They are rich in

important antioxidants, flavonoids,

and dietary fiber. Also

they are sodium-free, fat-free,

and cholesterol-free.

Also In Season


Apples – Pink Lady, Jazz

and Kanzi are my pick

for eating, while Golden

Delicious are the best

cooking apple; Banana;

Custard Apples; Navel

and Cara Cara Oranges;

Mandarins; Passionfruit;

Quince and Rhubarb.

Also: Avocados; Beetroot;

Broccolini and Broccoli;

Brussels sprouts;

Cauliflower; Eggplant;

Leeks, Fennel; Potatoes,

Pumpkin; Sweet Potato,

Swede, Turnips and Onions.

Honey spice roasted pears and apples

Serves 4

2 vanilla beans, split (see

Janelle’s Tip)

50g butter, chopped

¼ cup honey

¼ tsp each ground nutmeg

and cinnamon

3 golden delicious apples

3 Beurre Bosc pears

Ricotta cream

125g wedge fresh ricotta

2 tbs honey

2 tsp vanilla bean paste

1. Preheat the oven and

a large roasting pan to

220°C fan forced.

2. Scrape the seeds from

the vanilla beans with

a teaspoon. Combine

the butter, honey, spice,

vanilla seeds and beans

in a small saucepan over

medium heat. Heat for 3-4

minutes until the butter

is hot. Remove from the


3. Cut the apples and pears

into quarters and remove

the core and seeds.

Remove the hot tray from

the oven, place a sheet

baking paper over the

base, then add the apples

and pears. Remove the

vanilla pods from the

pan, then pour the warm

butter mixture over the

fruit and toss to coat all

the fruit. Roast for 15-20

minutes, turning twice,

until golden and only just


4. For the ricotta cream,

combine the ricotta, honey

and vanilla in a bowl.

Using an electric hand

mixer, beat the ricotta until

light and creamy. Serve

with the warm fruit.

Janelle’s Tip: If you don’t

have actual vanilla beans

don’t fret – just use a little

vanilla bean paste or extract.

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Pittwater Puzzler

Compiled by David Stickley

CLUE: 4 Down


1 Roads going around a town or its centre

to provide an alternative route for through

traffic (8)

5 Artist’s workroom (6)

10 Newport Beach Skin & Beauty, for

example (5)

11 The state of your digestive system (3,6)

12 Location of Phil Meatchem’s solo

exhibition in late June (2,5,8)

13 Cheese with red rind (4)

14 Global leisure activity (7)

17 Mobile phone insert (3)

19 You should have a regular one at

The Newport Doctor, for example (5-2)

20 Specific area of a council (4)

23 2-down residence built in 1923 by

Albert Verrills (10,5)

25 Money or means of raising money (9)

26 Rhythmic throbbing (5)

27 The H in Pittwater YHA (6)

28 Grows like a pufferfish (8)


1 Active, energetic people (4,4)

2 The PB in PBWBA, a non-political

organisation of local volunteer owners

and residents (4,5)

3 Property of a regular beachgoer,

perhaps (6)

4 Manly Warringah rugby league team,

The Sea ______ (6)

6 Any thing or person greatly valued or

highly prized (8)

7 A triangular tract of deposited earth,

alluvium, etc., at the mouth of a river,

formed by its diverging outlets (5)

8 A mineral of clay and ferric oxide, used

as a pigment varying from light yellow to

brown or red (5)

9 The world of celebrities (7)

14 Former name of the Kimbriki Resource

Recovery Centre (3)

15 The marine, estuarine, and freshwater

fish Mugil cephalus of southern Australia


16 A list or plan of intended events,

times, etc. (8)

17 Something that forms a matter of

thought, discourse, investigation, etc (7)

18 Lethargy (8)

21 Time of year, like winter (6)

22 Place of worship (6)

23 A place allotted to a ship at anchor or

at a wharf (5)

24 Scented flowers (5)

[Solution page 70]

Pittwater Puzzler

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Garden Life

Garden Life

Delight Versatile in roses: the amazing how you

colours can choose of hydrangeas

the right one with Gabrielle Bryant


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display in the garden nothing

can beat the clusters of the

floribunda rose flowers which

are so good for mass planting.

As a feature, the

weeping standard roses are

spectacular; also, standard

roses grafted on tall trunks

look great with annuals or

small perennial plants below.

Sunny banks can be covered

with ground cover roses.

Heritage roses only flower

in late spring but reward you

with a stunning display of

brightly coloured rose hips in


After you choose your perfect

of the traditional mop heads,

the cone-shaped flowers of

hydrangea paniculata bushes

rose, make sure that the plant

has not started to grow in the

bag. Plants that have been too

long inside air-conditioned

shops are weakened, with pale

soft new growth.

Before planting, take the

rose from the bag and trim

any damaged roots with sharp

secateurs and soak your new

rose in a bucket of water for

an hour.

Prepare the ground by

that can be two metres tall.

The recently introduced

smaller growing Picotee

varieties with two-tone flower

heads are hard to leave behind

and if you have a semishaded

wall, the climbing

hydrangea petiolaris is just

digging in plenty of compost


and manure. Dig a hole that is

Hydrangeas are forgiving

at least 30cm across and make

plants that are easy to grow.

a small mound in the centre

They like regular water and

of the hole. Spread the roots

any good garden soil. Mulch

carefully over the mound so

the roots with compost to

that the graft will be at soil level

keep them cool and feed

and backfill half the hole. Then

them in early spring to get

water thoroughly with Seasol

them going. Grow them in

before filling in the rest of the

pots, or in the garden; bring

hole. Roses are tough – but a

them inside when in flower

little extra care at planting time

or cut the blooms – they last

will be well rewarded.

well in water.


Cherry Guava



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way evergreen for charities shrub to never raise fails funds. to

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raises guavas money in early to autumn. make the lives

of It disadvantaged a small, pretty or sick tree Aussie with

children rounded, a glossy little bit green easier. leaves

that As only a fundraiser grows to this about year

Knight’s three metres Roses in in height. South Keep Aus-itralia

trimmed has into released shape the after very fruit-

beautiful ing. The delicate pale pink fluffy rose flowers called

Butterfly are creamy Kisses. white, Part growing of the close

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sweet, Butterfly berry-sized, Kisses is cherry a hardy red

and fruit disease-resistant that are high in vitamin rose C.

that Unlike will the repeat taller-growing flowering deciduous

summer. yellow guava The dark that needs green


leaves cooking, complement the fruit can the be highly eaten

perfumed raw straight double from the soft tree pink or

flowers. used in cooking, The bush jellies, will grow drinks,

about sauces 1m or jams. tall and 1m wide.

Buy You it should from protect garden the centres fruit

or from order fruit this fly with exquisite a fruit rose fly bait.

online at knightsroses.com.au

Get into the

‘swing’ of Xmas

It is time to relax and enjoy

your garden. Look at your

outdoor seating requirements

– the shops are full of

amazing chairs and tables.

Hanging cane egg chairs have

been trendy for the past few

years and now the ‘Swing

Seat’ is back. Nothing is more

peaceful than swinging in a

seat for two, sheltered from

the weather with a roof to

shade from the sun – makes a

great Christmas present too!

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Brighten the cold winter days

with colourful native plants.

As the introduced European and

other exotic plants in the garden

slow down waiting for spring,

many of the native shrubs come

to life.

Grevillea Crackles (above)

gives a brilliant display of fiery

orange and scarlet flowers from

autumn to late spring. Perfect

as a hedge or grown in a mixed

native garden bed, it is a favourite

of the honeyeaters and

attracts the native bees.

Gardens are getting smaller

and need smaller plants where

space is a problem. The tiny

grevillea Pinky Petite is low

Slipper fits

Lady Slipper Orchids (right),

are easy to grow and often

forgotten. Unlike the more

exotic tree-hugging, epiphytic

moth orchids and cattleyas

that have gained so much

popularity, Lady Slipper orchids

grow in the ground.

They make wonderful pot

plants for indoors or out.

There are 60 different 'Paphiopedilum'

orchids – from the

colder climate of the Himalayas

to the warmth of the

South China Sea. You can tell

which will grow in the cooler

or warmer temperatures from

the foliage colour; those that

have plain green strappy

leaves will grow in the cool

and those with mottled leaves

need the hotter climate.

All Lady Slipper orchids

have the distinctive flowers

with the pouched front petal

and horizontal side petals

that are crowned by a huge

hooded petal above. The flowers

last for several weeks.

The colours vary: the cooler

climate varieties are earthy

shades of yellows greens

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growing; it will spread about

1m across with a height of just

30cm. The abundant, soft pink

flowers show off against the

soft grey foliage. Plant it in a

tub or use it as a ground cover.

The silver leaves of the variegated

coast rosemary, Westringia

Smokey (right), sparkle in

the winter light. Smokey is the

perfect backdrop for the glowing


Aussie native plants work well

in any garden. Mix and match

them with your summer tropical

garden for a garden that works

year-round. Feed native trees

and shrubs with Bush Tucker

fertiliser for healthy plants.

and browns, while those

from warmer climates can be

two-toned purples, burgundy,

violet, pink or cream.

Cymbidium orchid mix is the

perfect potting medium for

slipper orchids. Often grown

as indoor houseplants, Lady

Slipper Orchids will happily live

outside in a sheltered position

and flower like clockwork

every winter. Feed them with

Strike Back for Orchids to keep

them growing and bring them

in when they are in flower for

winter colour.

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Jobs this Month


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Watch your cliveas

carefully for

the rampant lily

caterpillars that can destroy

the plants in just a few days.

Cut off and put the infested

leaves into a plastic bag

into the general waste bin.

Not the greenery bin! Still

on pests, the white cabbage

moth will lay eggs on your

cabbages, cauliflowers

and broccoli plants. Spray

with Yates Success to

protect the seedlings from

the caterpillars. Last, as

the flower spikes on your

cymbidium orchids appear,

protect them from snails and

slugs with Multiguard pellets.

Buy bulbs

This is the month to buy

lilium bulbs. Make sure that

the bulbs are firm, and that

they have not started to

shoot new leaves. There are

three main groups of liliums:

the first to flower are the

Asiatic lilies, then the pure

white November Lilies that

flower for Christmas. These

are followed by the trumpet

lilies and finally the oriental

lilies. There are hundreds of

liliums to choose from. Read

the packet carefully for size

and season. Liliums are easy

to grow in well-drained soil

or pots. Feed with a bulb

fertiliser in spring and mulch

the roots well to keep them


Moving month

June is the best month to

move trees and shrubs in

the garden before they grow

again in spring. Spray the

plants with Yates Drought

Shield before moving. This

will reduce transplant shock.

Good fruit

If you are looking for fruiting

trees, citrus or ornamental

deciduous trees, go to your

garden centre this month.

Buy the trees while they are

dormant. Make sure if the

trees are bare-rooted that

the roots have been kept

covered and have not been

allowed to dry out. Citrus

trees need protection from

leaf miner that will attack the

new leaves. Spray with Eco Oil

every week. If the problem is

severe mix the oil with Eco

Neem to fix it.

Bring your ‘dead spot’ back to life

Most gardens have a

‘dead spot’ along the

southern side of the house.

Side paths in the shade can

be difficult to manage.

Ferns can be the answer.

Silver Ladies, often called

Dwarf Tree ferns, are fastgrowing,

elegant ferns. The

arching bright green fronds

Yes peas!

Give your climbing peas and

sweet peas a strong frame to

support them as they grow.

Sulphur solution

Lime Sulphur is a great

weapon to have in the

garden when plants have

lost their leaves. Spray roses

for blackspot, frangipani for

rust and fruit trees after the

branches are bare. This will

kill the fungal spores that

would cause damage again in

Spring. If shrubs have been

badly affected spray the soil

beneath as well.

Confidor cure

The tell-tale brown patches

on camellia and sasanqua

form perfect crowns. Grow

them against a wall, in pots

or nestle them between

large stones or boulders.

Interspaced with

Birds Nest ferns and

low-growing coloured

impatiens, they will bring

a garden ‘dead spot’ back

to life.

leaves are from Tea mites.

The problem can be fixed

with Confidor – although wait

until the flowers are finished.

The damaged leaves can’t

be repaired, but the new

growth will be free of marking.

Confidor is an insecticide that

invades the plants and it kills

the bees, so it should only be

used on plants that will not

flower in the near future. It lasts

for several months in the sap.


Pot up baskets and tubs with

cheerful pansies to warm the

winter days; cut back native

grasses now to keep the plants

tidy so that you can appreciate

the new leaves in spring; and

sweep up fallen leaves and

put them in the compost

bin. Home-made compost

is a valuable addition to the


Crossword solution from page 67

Mystery location: BILGOLA

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Times Past

Tracing the riddle of

the Avalon tribesman

This engraving

made from

a sketch by

Captain John Hunter

in 1791 was titled

‘Aboriginal Woman

and Child at Broken


According to

Hunter’s diary: “They

arrived at Pitt Water

that afternoon… one

of the boat crews

discovered a naked

young Aboriginal

woman hiding in the

grass not far from

their tents. She was

very much frightened

but unable to flee

from them because

she was weak and

lame after an attack

of the smallpox.”

Sadly, with the Europeans

came a series of epidemics,

especially smallpox to which

local Aborigines (like this

lady) had no immunity.

Losses were astronomical

– with about half the population

of Aborigines between

Broken Bay and Botany Bay

dying from the diseases.

Lieutenant David Collins

wrote of the horrific sight of

the putrid bodies lining the

path from Manly north “not a

vestige on the sand was to be

found of human foot”.

In the late 1950s and early

1960s, a sand supply company

was given permission to

‘mine’ sand from the North

Avalon dune system. A story

in the Sun Herald newspaper

on 27 September 1959 was

titled ‘The Riddle of the

Avalon Tribesman – Skeleton

in the Sacred Sands’.

During excavations a

skeleton was revealed and

upon examination at the City

Morgue, it was determined to

be that of an Aboriginal male.

Apparently two of the upper

teeth were missing and that

was significant enough for the

claim to Aboriginal heritage.

The initiation ceremony

for the young Aboriginal

male was known as ‘Yoo-long

Erah-ba-diang’ (that’s what it

sounded like to the Europeans

anyway). Most records

and diaries mention the

knocking out of one canine

tooth only.

Detective Murdoch of

the Collaroy Police Station

said that many Aboriginal

skeletons had been found as

the result of sand movement

by wave action, especially

around Long Reef. He also

mentioned that the skeleton

found at Avalon Beach

was the farthest one

north, at that stage.

(It’s possible that the

individual may have

also succumbed to the

smallpox, as did the

lady in the lithograph.)

Another revelation

of a skeleton occurred

in 2005 at Narrabeen

when construction

workers were digging

to lay a pipeline. Unlike

the skeleton at Avalon

Beach, which was

estimated to be around

100 years old, this one

was dated at 4,000 years.

An interesting thing

was that archaeologists

determined that the

man was most likely

murdered, probably

speared for a transgression.

There were several entry

points for spears into the

body and a huge slice into the

cranium from an axe which

brought about that conclusion.

TIMES PAST is supplied

by local historian

and President of the

Avalon Beach Historical


Visit the Society’s

showroom in Bowling

Green Lane, Avalon


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Travel Life

Travel Life

Silversea offers golden Asia perspective

Travelling to Asia’s mystical

lands can be as overwhelming

as it is intriguing – although

venturing there with Silversea allows

you the chance to unlock the

mystery in the utmost comfort,

says Travel View’s Karen Robinson.

“Aboard their small, luxury ships

you’ll see to the best of this enigmatic

region, surrounded by highly

adept staff, dedicated to fulfilling

your every whim,” Karen said. “This

is far more than a holiday... it’s more than

rice paddies and powdery beaches. Together

you’ll experience the wonders that have

drawn travellers to Asia for centuries.”

It’s a world of infinite diversity, from the

hum of spiritual devotion to the cacophony

of street life. Passengers cover every

fascinating culture and mesmerizing

landscape, from the gleam of towering

skyscrapers to the canopy of verdant jungles.

“There is not one word to define the melting pot of culture,

people and religion that is Asia,” Karen continued. “Silversea’s

voyages take on a full spectrum of this diverse continent, with

journeys rich in emotion and sensation. This is where you’ll be

humbled by towering mountains, awed by ornate temples, and

captivated by authentic customs.”

Silversea’s Asian Collection enrichment voyages

combine modern luxury and divine cuisine from the

wonderful chefs of The Peninsula Hotels. On board

you’ll delight in cooking demonstrations and regionally

inspired cuisine, plus enjoy an assortment of epicurean

activities ashore. Many voyages also feature

overnights, late-night departures and even multiplenight

stays in exciting locales like Osaka, Beijing,

Shanghai and Bangkok, which means plenty of time

to explore and expand your perspective.

“You will experience authentic dining

and local night life in some of the

most iconic destinations in Asia – all at

your own pace,” Karen said. “Nothing

can prepare you for the epic discoveries

awaiting you in Asia – they must be

experienced first-hand.

“You’ll arrive in Japan just in time for

the cherry blossoms to bloom. Indonesian

islands like beautiful Bali promise

sparkling sunsets and stress-dissolving

days of beach bliss. Super-modern Singapore

will impress, while Jakarta delivers a thrill for all of the

senses. This is the Silversea difference.”

– Nigel Wall

* Join Travel View for an information evening on 27 June

from 5-7pm (RSVP by June 17). Call to secure your spot –

Avalon 9918 4444 or Collaroy 9999 0444

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Travel Life

Travel Life: The Insider

Shining the light on the

perfect NYC getaway...

I’ve repeatedly won life’s

lottery, being able to travel

widely, while on the same

journey making home-front

ends meet happily. I’m majorly


My professional career has

been anchored in the travel

industry. I’ve spent some significant

time flying at 35,000

feet sampling airline tail-feathers,

kicking the tyres on all

types of tours and nomadically

nesting in hotel rooms across

the globe. Sharing snap-shots

of my travels with my Pittwater

neighbours is invigorating.

To kick off my special ‘Insider’

travelogues in Pittwater

Life I’m taking a bite out of the

Big Apple – New York City. (FYI:

I’m originally a Long Island and

New York City lad, who happily

commutes between two

remarkable continents: In Oz,

we’re anchored on Hollywood

Lane, Newport. And in the

great USA, the ‘Empire State’

of New York. Please feel free in

future to send me a postcard;

we love getting mail on Hollywood


Dorothy from The Wizard

of Oz clicked her ruby slippers

together three times and told

her pet pooch Toto: “There’s

no place like home, there’s no

place like home!”

Clearly, Dorothy never spent

a night at Hotel Beacon in NYC,

or she’d have most certainly

changed her mind. (Toto too –

pets welcomed!)

Talk about location; I love

going ‘home’ to the Hotel Beacon

in the core of New York’s

‘Big Apple’. In a vibrant city that

boasts over eight million locals,

settling in at the Beacon is simply

as good as it gets. Nested

on Broadway on the corner of

75th Street, the property is surrounded

by fabulous eateries

– far too many to mention. The

Beacon’s ‘backyard’ is only a

baseball toss from the famous

Dakota Building address of

the rich and famous, as well

as ‘Strawberry Fields’, Central

Don’t Miss…

There’s so much more

of New York to explore.

Shuffle off to Buffalo

and witness 720,000

gallons a second

cascade over brutally

beautiful Niagara Falls.

Stop along the way,

in the wild Catskill

Mountains, to help count the more than 15,000 bears roaming

there. Linger longer on loveable Long Island and sleep among

the celebrities who play along ‘Dune Road’. Spend a night in a

Great Gatsby castle and sail, fish, bike and hike at some of New

York State’s iconic public parks and beaches. Shopping is King

across the ‘Empire State’. Bring an empty suitcase (and plenty of

plastic!). Take a peek at nycgo.com (search ‘Long Island’).

with Mark Sheehan

Park, not to mention marvellous


If you plan to tackle a sandwich

from the five-boroughsfamous

Fairway Deli across

Broadway, best invite a hungry

friend along to help you finish.

Or, do what the locals do and

ask for a doggie bag and save

the rest for later.

Getting around couldn’t be

easier from the Beacon’s front

door; a remarkable NY Subway

System is a skinny block away,

NY Transit busses ply Broadway

round the clock, Yellow

Taxis scurry constantly, and

going ‘walkabout’ for the window

shopping is easy-peasy.

Surprisingly, a sweet onebedroom

suite idles around

the same price as a standard

Manhattan hotel room

‘double-double’ – but its

full kitchen is a spectacular

bonus and betters even

B&Bs for making guests feel

right at home. The hotel

features a full gym as well as

an Australian-inspired pub.

Check the listings next door

for concerts at the historic

Beacon Theatre: Enjoy a Fleetwood

Mac concert at the same

time your ‘delicates’ are drying

in the hotel’s laundry (we did!).

It’s estimated New Yorkers

drink two million cups of coffee,

every 28 minutes, which

goes a long way to explaining

why its natives speak

swiftly, and from the hip. The

neighbourhood surrounding

the Beacon hosts eight iconic

Starbucks. Enjoy a different

coffee stop for an entire week,

with one left in reserve.

Tip of the Month: To truly

appreciate any holiday destination,

it pays to linger longer;

take opportunities to rub

elbows with the locals and

use your accent to advantage.

You’ll enjoy some significant

‘celebrity status’. Practise

your best “G’day Mate” before

you fly and take a nice-sized

address book along for the

trip – you’ll be needing it for all

the great folks you’ll encounter

along the way. Travel Happy!

Mark Sheehan is an

entrepreneur and travel

specialist who has helped

build iconic brands such

as TrekAmerica, Insight,

Elite, F2T, Scenic, Trafalgar,

and AmeriCan Adventures.

Mark helped Sir Richard

Branson launch V Australia

(now Virgin Australia), while

penning over 200 travel

guides for onboard Tour

Directors. His best-selling

Know BEFORE You GO Guide

– America Over Easy! Is in

its fifth reprint.

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