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Editorial

How to turn back plastic tide

There’s more focus now than

ever on cutting down our

reliance on single-use plastic –

and in ‘Plastic Free July’ we are

all encouraged to modify our

(mostly bad) habits.

With the major supermarkets

withdrawing single-use plastic

bags there isn’t a better time to

turn awareness of plastic waste

into action.

Organisers of Plastic Free July

say their aim is to empower

Australians to “choose to

refuse” and collectively

contribute by making small

changes to their day-to-day

actions.

It is estimated each of us

produces 565kg of household

waste every year – and 20

million tonnes goes to landfill

in Australia alone. Although

plastic waste stockpiles on

land it often leads to problems

“downstream”. In fact, it is

estimated that if unchecked,

there will be more plastic in the

ocean than fish by 2050!

Paying attention to the

‘Big Four’ is the first step to

helping save the planet: plastic

shopping bags; plastic bottles;

straws; and takeaway food

containers and coffee cups.

To help inspire you, turn to

page 32 to learn how a group

of eco-conscious locals live

without plastic.

* * *

Pittwater Life has always

been proud to support our

creative community; this month

we launch a new sponsorship of

the Pittwater Artists Trail.

Every month readers will get

the chance to win an original

artwork, or classes donated by

PAT members. Turn to page 43!

* * *

Clarification: In last month’s

story on Pasadena we

referenced “Scotland Island’s

Nicholas Cowdery”. Although a

resident Mr Cowdery does not

represent Scotland Island; he is

the Vice President of the West

Pittwater Association. – NW

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COVER: Learn what locals are doing to minimise plastic

usage and waste (p32); hear why people are increasingly

embracing Keoride, Pittwater’s new on-demand

transport option (p10); we reveal the new Northern

Beaches Hospital with a collection of exclusive photos

(p18); local fundraising legend Beryl Driver recounts

her 20 years’ involvement with the NSW Variety Bash

(p28); and meet local photographer Pamela Pauline,

whose art is helping deliver a sense of serenity at the

new Arcadia Pittwater private hospital (p40).

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Pittwater Local News 6-27

NB Hospital: Exclusive first look 18

Life Stories: Beryl Driver 28-31

Special Feature: Life Without Plastic 32-37

Northern Beaches Living 38-39

Art Life 40-43

Surfing Life 44-45

Health & Wellbeing; Hair & Beauty 46-51

Money 52-53

Law 54-55

Showtime 59

Food 64-66

Gardening 68-70

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Council warns of ‘highly

volatile’ recycling market

News

Local councillors have

been briefed about

the escalating costs of

recycling and its current

and ongoing implications for

Northern Beaches Council.

In a memo seen by Pittwater

Life, Council’s Executive

Manager Waste Management

& Cleansing, Natascha

Schultz, referenced reports

some Councils in Queensland

and NSW had chosen to

landfill recyclables generated

from domestic kerbside collections

due to costs being a

third or more cheaper.

She explained the ‘China

Sword Policy’ had impacted

on the recycling industry

worldwide.

“For many years recycling

agencies here and overseas

contracted with Chinese companies

to receive and process

recyclable materials,” Ms

Schultz wrote. “The demand

for this market was such it

resulted in a rapid expansion.

Combined with competitive

pricing mechanisms China

became the preferred processor

for Australasia, Europe

and America.

“As a direct result of

China’s prohibition on the

‘Break the mould’ on bad plastic habits

Northern Beaches Council wants the

community to break bad habits,

re-think how we live without using unnecessary

disposable plastic items and

join the plastic-free revolution.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan

said Council urged residents to stop using

the ‘big four’ single-use plastic items

and swap them for more sustainable

ones as part of Plastic Free July.

“Disposable plastic water bottles,

straws, takeaway coffee cups and plastic

bags are used for only a few minutes

but are made from material that does

not break down,” Mayor Regan said.

“Did you know that every piece of plastic

ever made still exists? That fact is

just shocking.

“Unfortunately, plastic ends up in our

waterways and oceans having a devastating

effect on our marine ecology. It

is getting so bad that scientists predict

by 2050, there will be more tonnes of

plastic than fish. It’s a no-brainer – everyone

needs to get on board.

“Our local ‘Swap This for That’ initiative

helps you re-think simple everyday

decisions by being more conscious while

shopping, eating and drinking, on your

way to work or while out and about. It’s

a great initiative that complements the

global Plastic Free July campaign.”

* Special ‘Living Without Plastic’ feature

– see page 32; also, for Council’s

plastic-free initiatives visit northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

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importation of recyclables

and the progressive decline

of the glass and plastics

recycling market from 2016,

significant costs have and

continue to be incurred by

Kimbriki Environmental

Enterprises’ (KEE) recycling

partners.”

However, partner URM had

confirmed that none of the

recyclable material collected

in the NBC area was being disposed

of at landfill, she said.

But URM had received a

notice to increase pricing and

had written to KEE and Council

in relation to the increased

processing costs and was

seeking to vary the current

pricing.

“Both KEE and Council will

need to cover the uplift in

fees to ensure that recyclables

collected under the three current

contracts for Northern

Beaches Council continue to

be collected, transported and

processed,” Ms Schultz said.

She noted the NSW Government

had announced a $47M

support package, with $9.5M

earmarked for infrastructure

projects and the remainder to

support local councils.

“Negotiations are continuing

with respect to both the

shared value arising from

container deposit legislation

and the continued acceptance

and processing of recyclables

collected on behalf

of NBC. It is noted that the

declining recycling market

is highly volatile and should

be considered as a daily

proposition.

“Recognition of the higher

processing costs incurred by

our recycling partners is key

to this continued acceptance

as will be the proposed measures

touted by government

and business.” – Nigel Wall

More B-Line

response

time demand

The Newport Residents

Association is calling

on Transport NSW to

allow locals 60 days to

assess the Review of

Environmental factors

concerning the proposed

extension of the B-Line

to Newport when the

long awaited, delayed

document is finally

released in the next few

months.

The NRA have labelled

the current 14-day timeframe

for public comment

as “unreasonable”.

Meanwhile a group of

unaffiliated residents

are planning to stage

a march from Newport

to Mona Vale protesting

against the proposed

extension of the B-Line.

The July 21 protest will

commence at 2pm at the

Newport Beach Surf Club;

more info 0479 123 260.

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News

Pittwater place plan priority

Elizabeth Brown knows her

role as Place Co-ordinator

for the Pittwater Ward villages

of Mona Vale, Newport and

Avalon will see her in the firing

line of passionate residents looking

to air multiple opinions – but

insists it’s an essential part of

her job to connect places, people

and Northern Beaches Council.

Since starting the newly created

role in August last year,

Elizabeth says she has met more

than 200 residents across the

three villages – including more

than 100 in Avalon – which has

helped her to start developing a

data base and knowledge of the

ward, the places within it and a

strong sense of local issues.

First village on Elizabeth’s

busy agenda is Avalon Beach; so

far she has developed an Avalon

Town Centre snapshot document

and will be working closely

with Council’s Strategic Place

Planning team on the engagement

process for the new ‘My

Place: Avalon’ project (formerly

the Avalon Place Plan).

At the same time she is continuing

to build her contacts in

Newport Village and Mona Vale

Town Centre.

Elizabeth lives at Collaroy –

something she believes helps

her stay neutral and avoid bias

in her dealings with locals and

assessment of the Pittwater

villages.

She is also an important “eye

on the ground” for Council,

helping identify any ‘quick

fixes’ required, such as broken

footpaths, benches or identifying

graffiti.

The most common issue

raised by residents so far?

“Parking,” she said without

STAKEHOLDER INVOLVEMENT: Elizabeth Brown with Newport Beach

Chamber’s Karen Bond, Avalon Palm Beach’s Sam Garner, Mona Vale’s

Chris Kavanagh and Northern Beaches Council Mayor Michael Regan.

hesitation.

Mayor Michael Regan said

Avalon was selected as the

Council’s first ‘My Place’ village

subject because it was “ready to

go and a project the former Pittwater

Council would have liked

to have done”.

“We’re keen to engage local

businesses and residents in a

very personal way away from

politics,” Mayor Regan said.

“We’re equally as passionate

as the residents to roll out these

projects to create foundations

for these villages, so the residents

can take ownership.”

Council’s Acting General

Manager, Planning Place and

Community Kylie Walshe

explained the ‘My Place: Avalon’

project had four broad phases:

Project initiation and data gathering;

Plan development; Plan

finalisation; and Plan implementation.

“A Place Plan aims to create

places designed for people, attract

the right uses to the right

places, provide a focal point for

employment and deliver highquality

urban design outcomes,

improve connectivity in and

around the centre – especially

for pedestrians – and recognise

the importance of streets as

community spaces and destinations,”

Ms Walshe said.

“We have already undertaken

a range of data collection and

research, including the review

of existing studies and documents

from a broad range of

sources/ stakeholders including

Avalon Preservation Association

and Clareville and Bilgola

Plateau Resident Association in

order to gain a broad understanding

of Avalon and relevant

issues from a community

perspective.”

Ms Walshe said once collated,

the results from the PlaceScore

survey that closed on June 24

would provide valuable data

on what the community cared

about and valued in village

centres.

“This information will allow

us to understand what aspects

make a village centre enjoyable

and pleasant places to visit and

spend time,” she said.

“Knowing what is important

and what the Avalon community

cares about will guide

Council in planning for the

future of Avalon in a way that

reflects the community’s values

and meets its needs.

“The heart of the process is

to inspire and stimulate the

community to work together to

create a greater Avalon.”

Ms Walshe said upcoming

community engagement included

stakeholder workshops on

June 30 and July 4, followed by

pop-up stalls running through

to July 28 (specific dates and

times to be confirmed – check

Council’s website).

“We’ve also undertaken PX

Assessments of Avalon Village

– PX Assessments give the community

the opportunity to rate

their own places in real time

revealing what is contributing

positively or negatively to their

experience of Avalon Village,”

she explained. “The assessments

have been undertaken

by face to face surveying with

community members since late

May and closed in the last week

of June.”

Also, an online forum is seeking

community feedback on

workshop questions, she said.

“And we will be establishing

the Avalon Community Reference

Group to guide the ‘My

Place: Avalon’ project, with calls

for nomination commencing in

late July.” – Nigel Wall

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Transport pick-me-up

News

On-demand transport

driver Bill Andronicos

says he loves his

work – because the customers

he transfers to B-Line bus

hubs from suburbs north of

Narrabeen love the service he

provides.

Semi-retiree Bill, 60, has been

‘chauffeuring’ for provider

Keoride ever since the NSW

Government kicked off the

innovative trial, designed to

seamlessly connect people in

Pittwater with the new B-Line

service, with a three-month

term on November 26 last year.

Three months became six

and now the program is pushing

into another term – with its

overwhelming success mounting

pressure on the Government

to introduce the service

full-time.

With fares from homes to B-

Line bus stops (and return journeys)

priced at just $3 ($1.50 for

students and Seniors) every day

from 6am to 10.15pm, Keoride’s

fleet of new, small SUVs has

been in hot demand.

Bill says he has plenty of

regular customers who book

rides from outlying suburbs including

Palm Beach, Clareville,

Bilgola Plateau and Newport

– but notes he also has “two or

three first-timers” each day.

“It’s mostly by word of

mouth,” says Bill as he took

Pittwater Life on a sample run

north of the Bilgola Bends.

“Once people try it they can’t

believe how good it is. I had a

guy today, took him from Palm

Beach to Mona Vale. He works

in the city, has a parking spot

in Phillip Street but prefers to

get the B-Line as it’s no headache,

it’s quicker saving him 90

minutes a day, plus he’s able to

plug in his device and work for

an hour.

“It frees up their cars, so his

wife and children can use them

if they need to.

“Then in the afternoon he

can have a few drinks after

work, get the B-Line back to

Mona Vale and have a Keoride

vehicle waiting to drop him

back home!

“I had another guy who said

he was waiting for the B-Line

and transport trial to kick into

action before he sold his house

at Castle Hill and moved to

the beaches – he now lives in

Bilgola and has a faster trip to

his work in the city.”

Bill estimates “99%” of customers

are repeat users.

“We also get a lot of university

students,” he continued.

“Like the mum who used to

have to drive her daughter

from Whale Beach to Mona Vale

so she could catch the bus to

Macquarie University – now it

doesn’t matter what time her

daughter has to go to uni, she

can book a Keoride to Mona

Vale, then a ride back home

when she returns.”

Operator Keolis Downer says

Keoride encourages the use

of public transport by providing

connections from people’s

homes or designated local pickup

points to B-Line bus stops

in Mona Vale, Narrabeen and

Warriewood, using GoGet car

share vehicles.

Keolis Downer spokesperson

Segolene Deeley said passenger

numbers had increased steadily

since launch, with many customers

re-booking the service

almost daily.

“Keoride saw a 10% increase

in customers between March

and April,” Ms Deeley said.

“Through May we had carried

more than 8,000 passengers

in total – with around 1300 of

them added in the final two

weeks of the month.”

She said majority bookings

came from the Mona Vale area.

“In April, 22% of customers

were travelling from Avalon

to the Mona Vale B-Line, and

14% from Bilgola Plateau to

the Mona Vale B-Line,” Ms

Deeley said.

To improve the passenger

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experience and increase

comfort, eight new Toyota

Rav4 vehicles replaced smaller

Corolla cars at the beginning

of June; each has been decked

out in special Keoride livery to

make them more recognisable

to customers.

Northern Beaches local Bill

Andronicos is one of 21 drivers

on their books. He works

three days a week, with shifts

between five and eight hours.

“I thought why not?” Bill

said. “I like driving and I don’t

mind having a chat. I know the

area and it’s a pretty nice place

to drive around!”

Local MP Rob Stokes said

the success of the Keoride trial

to date showed that public

transport could be delivered in

a more personalised way.

“Many areas of our community

are inaccessible by

traditional buses – so this new

option enables residents to request

public transport to their

door at a time that best suits

them,” Mr Stokes said.

“This service isn’t designed

to replace traditional buses –

but rather to complement them

and help make access to our

local bus network easier for

more people.

“Running buses on loops to

every area of community isn’t

practical. This personalised service

enables public transport to

be provided exactly where and

when it’s needed.” – Nigel Wall

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News

Eateries in outdoor

dining fee rise pain

Local café and restaurant

owners who lease Councilowned

space for customer

seating fear ongoing proposed

fee increases for outdoor

dining could threaten their

viability.

Their cause has been taken

up by local residents groups

and chambers of commerce

who are fearful of the impact

on small businesses and the

atmosphere of our villages.

Several café owners, who

commented on condition they

were not named, told Pittwater

Life they could face increases

of as much as 20%.

“They told us it’s because we

haven’t had an increase in so

long; we have to like it or lump

it,” one said.

Another pointed to their

outdoor seating area, noting

few customers willing to brave

the winter cold – even though

it was a sunny day.

The Newport Residents

Association has written to

Council, noting its proposal to

increase Outdoor Dining Fees

for a second time in two years.

“We ask how will this proposed

increase assist small

business plus help in the

development of vibrant village

centres?” President Gavin

Butler said.

“These businesses should

be encouraged, not penalised

– we believe this proposed

increase should be scrapped.”

Pittwater suburbs are hardest

hit by Council’s proposed

increases, Pittwater Life can

reveal.

Analysis of Council’s Draft

Fees and Charges 2018/19

document reveals a rollercoaster

of fee variations, based

on charges per square metre

per year, across the Northern

Beaches Council region.

Palm Beach is a case in

point, with owners facing an

increase of nearly 20% on their

current $250 base rate to $295.

North Narrabeen cafes face

a hike of more than 15% from

$240 to $280, while Newport

is bracing for an almost 15%

increase ($265 to $305). Avalon

is staring at a 13% increase

(from $290 to $330).

Fees for Narrabeen are

slated to rise 7% from $365 to

$390, while Mona Vale faces a

10% increase ($310 to $340).

Whale Beach and Warriewood

would face new introductory

fees of $260.

Many eatery owners outside

the former Pittwater area have

fared better – with the majority

section of the Manly CBD

(The Corso) not in line for any

rise on its fee of $1275.

Draft rises for North Balgowlah,

Brookvale, Frenchs Forest,

Narraweena are less than 2%

($310 to $315) while Freshwater

jumps just 4.5% (from $430

to $450).

Frenchs Forest Shopping

Centre is in line for a 7% increase

($360 to $390).

Council’s Acting General

Manager Environment and

Infrastructure Todd Dickinson

told Pittwater Life that

Council used external valuers

to provide third party pricing

advice on outdoor dining to

ensure fees fairly reflected the

market.

“Each location is benchmarked

against other like

areas and valuations take

into account relevant factors

including centre size, traffic

and more,” he said.

“Changes to outdoor dining

licence fees in the 2018/2019

Budget have been proposed in

line with external valuations

received. Increases are not

uniform across the area and

the total proposed increase

recommended by the third

party valuer has not been applied.”

Council is currently reviewing

resident and small business

feedback on the proposed

fees.

– Nigel Wall

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Book Review

Addicted?

How Addiction

affects every one

of us and what we

can do about it

By Matt Noffs &

Kieran Palmer

Harper Collins

$32.99

As the grandson of Ted

Noffs, founder of the

Wayside Chapel, and

the Ted Noffs Foundation,

Matt grew up with

a front-row seat to the

impact of addiction.

Over the past few

decades, working at the Foundation alongside coauthor

Kieran Palmer, Matt has honed his ability to understand

the drivers of addiction and in this new book the pair

offer a number of practical tools to help manage dependencies

such as alcohol and drugs, through to smartphones and

coffee.

Addicted? is also a fascinating and accessible insight into

the history of how addiction has been created in different

cultures. It’s a great resource for every household given its

down-to-earth style and advice, but buying it on the basis

of the chapter on smartphones alone is a must. Beachside

Bookshop has limited signed copies. – Libby Armstrong

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News

Staff help needed for

next federal election

The Australian Electoral due to the sheer size of the some point within the next 12

Commission (AEC) is asking country and the sparsity of the months and we’re calling on

Pittwater residents to sign up

to help deliver the next federal

election in the Mackellar electorate.

Mackellar covers an area of

233km2 and contains 42 polling

places that will be staffed

by 519 paid temporary electoral

workers on election day.

In total, 80,000 people will be

needed across Australia to help

deliver the next federal election,

and the AEC has identified

Mona Vale as one of the key

areas to bolster ahead of time.

While the date for the next

election is not yet known, the

AEC is asking people to register

their interest in working now.

Holding elections in Australia

is a particular challenge

population in rural areas – not

to mention having to assemble

a crew for just one day’s work.

Tom Rogers, AEC Commissioner,

said federal elections

rank as Australia’s largest

peacetime events.

“With more than 8,000 polling

places spread throughout

Australia, the AEC has to

employ around 80,000 temporary

staff from across the

country to staff each polling

place. As such, it is crucial we

ensure the necessary preparations

are underway well

ahead of the election period

so that every Australian has

the opportunity to have their

say,” he said.

“There will be an election at

Pittwater residents to register

their interest for election work

now so they can help their local

community in the Mackellar

electorate as part of this unique

event.

“There are 519 positions in

Mackellar across 42 polling

places that we need to fill to ensure

the election runs smoothly.

Election work is a thoroughly

rewarding experience and a

great opportunity to contribute

to the local area.”

All temporary election roles

are paid and full training

is provided. Those wishing

to register their interest in

working at the next election,

or wanting more information,

should visit aec.gov.au.

6THINGS

THIS MONTH

Young writers competition.

Students up to and including

Year 12 are encouraged to write

an original story using this year’s

theme words ‘tiny door’ for a

chance to be published as an

author in a Library eBook. Entries

close Wed 8 August. Details on

the Council website, at your local

library, or call 9942 2449.

Work with wool. Kids can warm

up their fingers these winter school

holidays at Mona Vale Library

learning how to use wool and

found objects to make colourful

decorations. On Wed 11 from

10.30-11.30am. For ages 6-12.

Cost $7, bookings only; 9970 1600.

Weaving workshop. Join

Karleen Green at a workshop

to create your own small coiled

basket using lomandra grass

and learn about natural dying

techniques that you can try at

home. Karleen will also share

stories about Aboriginal weaving

traditions and how baskets, Dilly

bags and other woven objects

have been used throughout history

at the Coastal Environment Centre

on Sat 21 from 2pm-5pm. Cost

is $25 or $20 for Permaculture

Northern Beaches Members.

Bookings essential; contact

taradubs@gmail.com.

Have a ball. Secure tickets

to the annual Christmas in July

Charity Ball and make a positive

difference in the fight against

cancer. Organised by the Fight

On The Beaches community

fundraising group, the ball will be

held at Miramare Gardens, Terrey

Hills on Fri July 27. More info

fightonthebeaches.com.

Avalon Car Boot Sale. Get

down to Dunbar Park on Sat 21

from 8am-2pm and find a treasure

or two. The sale is embracing

Plastic Free July so bring your

reusable water bottle and coffee

cup and help do your bit to end

plastic pollution. Music, roving

performers, food and a surprise

celebrity appearance, too!

Dig this. Keep your eye out for

local events celebrating Australia’s

biggest tree planting and nature

care event – Schools Tree Day on

July 27 and National Tree Day on

July 29. Find a site or register at

treeday.planetark.org.

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News

Medium Density Code deferral

Northern Beaches

Council has been

granted a lastminute

deferral on parts

of the NSW Government’s

Low Rise Medium Density

Housing Code following

representation by Mayor

Michael Regan and Pittwater

MP Rob Stokes.

The Code, which will

come into effect on July 6

and was made under State

Environmental Planning

Policy (Exempt and

Complying Development),

permits attached and

detached dual occupancies,

multi-dwelling housing,

and manor houses, and

the subdivision of such

developments, as complying

development where those

uses are currently permitted

under Council’s Local

Environmental Plans (LEPs).

Mayor Regan said the danger

for residents was that had the

Code been triggered across the

northern beaches as scheduled

with the rest of NSW, it could

have resulted in higher density

development than currently

permissible under Council’s

controls – particularly in low

density R2 zones such as

across Pittwater.

“The medium density

housing code has the

potential to create ad-hoc,

unplanned development

that would have impacted

on our ability as Council to

maintain the local character

THE ‘MISSING MIDDLE’: Northern Beaches Council will investigate low-rise medium density options.

of our neighbourhoods

and put further pressure

on infrastructure and

transport,” Mayor Regan said.

“And it can be a disaster for

residents. One day you wake

up to find a notice in your

letterbox for a development

next door. You have no say,

no recourse and neither does

your Council.

“This opportunity now

gives us the chance to plan

properly for medium density

in a way that is in keeping

with our local area and

supports residents.”

The Government’s 12

months deferral is subject

to NB Council submitting

a Planning Proposal aimed

to “rectify local planning

controls to meet the strategic

intent of each Council area”.

Local MP Rob Stokes said

Pittwater’s environment and

distance from the CBD meant

that unit blocks were generally

an inappropriate form of

housing for the region.

“Instead, we need to look

at terraces and townhouses

to allow for more homes,

particularly for older people

looking to downsize and

younger families who can’t

afford a detached home on a

big block,” he said.

“This is an opportunity for

Council to have a close look

at the most appropriate areas

in our community where

our future housing diversity

needs can be met.”

Mayor Regan added he

was pleased NSW Minister

Anthony Roberts was

listening to concerns about

development, infrastructure,

affordable housing and

transport across the northern

beaches.

“We look forward to

working with the Minister

and our State MPs to ensure

we get planning right on the

northern beaches, now and

for future residents,” he said.

“Our ability to have greater

influence like this at the state

level is a positive outcome of

our new size and capacity as

a larger council.” – Nigel Wall

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Healthy progress

News

It’s flooded with natural light and

filled with state-of-the-art equipment;

and although its beds and soft furnishings

have yet to be installed, there is

a distinct sense of comfort and purpose

that purveys throughout the new Northern

Beaches Hospital.

Our exclusive tour in late June revealed

attention to detail inspired by worldclass

hospital design and best practice.

Every material used in construction,

the colours and surfaces in the ninestorey

building have been meticulously

researched.

Considered touches such as muted

beach tones and ocean-themed murals

on walls, rounded edges on built-in

furniture and ceiling lights positioned so

they won’t shine on patients’ faces, won’t

be lost when the 488-bed hospital fills

with people in just a few months’ time.

And it’s apparent the layout of wards,

workstations, operating theatres and

equipment are the result of consultation

with medical, nursing, allied health and

support staff to ensure an environment

conducive to optimal service delivery

and patient care.

Take, for example, the 24/7 Emergency

Department (ED). Comprising 50 treatment

spaces, the large, ground floor area

is divided into several zones including

assessment, adult, paediatrics, resuscitation,

short stay and mental health assessment

(which has a dedicated lift to the

mental health unit on Level 3).

Imaging equipment is easily accessed

on the ground floor level and within the

ED and an electronic monitoring system

will link to Medical Records.

Adjacent to the ED is a bulk-bill GP

Medical Centre, sited to help minimise

the number of non-emergency patients

who present to the ED. When a patient

presents to the emergency area they will

be able to self-select which service they

wish to enter – a patient can easily be

transferred between the two depending

on the type of care they need.

The hospital will be opening its doors

to both public and private patients on

October 30.

You can check out the hospital yourself

when tours start in September; send an

email to enquiries@northernbeacheshospital.com.au

for more information.

* And if you are interested in

volunteering opportunities at the

hospital, register your interest

before July 11 at volunteering@

northernbeacheshospital.com.au.

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Our tour of the

new NB Hospital

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE:

The striking profile of the

ED located on the Frenchs

Forest Rd side of the

hospital; the hospital foyer

features modern wooden

styling for a pleasing

aesthetic and also good

acoustics; modern lighting

and natural light are major

features of the huge

interior; an aerial view to

Pittwater; a pastel palette

used in the corridors; the

hospital’s meeting rooms

are named after places

across the Northern Beaches;

the stunning vertical

garden feature by the main

entrance; a state-of-the-art

hybrid theatre provides

diagnostic high-definition

imaging while also allowing

clinicians to perform

myriad surgical procedures.

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News

SEEN…

Well, that ‘escalated’ quickly! Seems the NSW Government

has lifted its self-imposed six-month embargo on advertising

on the sides of the new B-Line bus fleet in a move that will

boost the state’s coffers and, State Transit tells us, help pay

for maintenance and repair. What a shame. We don’t mind the

wavy blue motif depicting surf to city on the double-decker

buses. It generates a sense of identity. The new norm? Twostorey

advertising ‘sleeves’. Boo! Imagine the stink the good

folk of Newport will kick up about the prospect of these giant

billboards cruising up and down the village centre, should the

B-Line be extended beyond Mona Vale, as is expected.

HEARD…

The restaurant at

iconic Barrenjoey

House has traded

hands, with

flavour-of-the

decade hospitality

operators The

Boathouse Group

taking over from

well-known

couple Brendan

and Jenny Barry.

Boathouse owner

Andrew Goldsmith told Pittwater Life Barrenjoey House would

be “re-energized” over July and August with maintenance,

repair and interior updates, before re-opening in September

with a core lunch and dinner trade. Locals needn’t worry about

BH losing its identity – Goldsmith promised the Group would

afford the building great respect, adding it was his “personal

favourite Palm Beach destination”. We hear the new menu will

feature simple, fresh, contemporary classics, delivered by “a

fresh mindset, fresh team and fresh ingredients”. All well and

good – but will they keep the ‘French 75’ champagne cocktail on

the menu is what we want to know…

ABSURD…

Speaking of alcohol and Palm Beach, seems the locals are

among Sydney’s worst offenders for drink driving – according to

Bureau of Crime and Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) figures.

Apparently 3% of licence-holders were booked for DUI in the

period 2013-18 – with eight individuals nabbed in the 12 months

to April this year. Avalon and Newport didn’t fare well either,

with 2.4% and 2.3% of licence-holders respectively busted in

the five-year period. Bayview were our best behaved, with 1.4%

blowing positive. Let’s all think twice, hey?

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Pittwater News

News

July Probus talks

Past President of the Manly

Warringah Pittwater Historical

Society and former

Wallabies tourist Jim Boyce

is the guest speaker at the

next meeting of Pittwater

Probus at Mona Vale Golf Club

on Tuesday July 10. In 1963,

Jim was selected to play with

the Wallabies touring side to

South Africa. On this tour, he

and the other players were

shocked by their exposure to

the injustices of the apartheid

regime. Throughout the tour,

Jim and the other players were

exposed to the arrogance of

white Springboks supporters,

officials, politicians and police

– as well as the everyday oppression

of the South African

black and non-white majority.

Jim’s talk will address the history

of commercial buildings

on the northern beaches. Also,

club member Roman Zwolenski

will talk about being in the

military ballot to go to Vietnam.

Roman will share his expectation

of being sent which,

however, did not eventuate.

Years later, Roman visited Vietnam

and he will reflect on the

aftermath of the war. Meeting

starts 10am; more info 0437

274 074. Meanwhile visitors

are also welcome to join Palm

Beach Probus members to hear

naval architect, John Jeremy,

speak about Cockatoo Island

and its history. Their meeting

is on Wednesday 20th July at

Club Palm Beach, commencing

at 9.45am. More info 9973

1247.

Dee Why RSL shows

Resilience strength

Last April Dee Why RSL

Club hosted their ‘Resilience

Month’, raising a total

of $196,420 for the Sydney

Northern Beaches Veteran

Centre to help further assist

ex-service men and women

and their families post their

time in the military. The funds

were raised by donating $1

from each main meal sold at

the Club throughout April; all

proceeds from the $6 Anzac

Breakfast, the Peace Garden

Sausage Sizzle, donations at

two-up and donation boxes located

in the club on Anzac Day

and through the major event

– The Resilience Luncheon on

April 13 – which was hosted by

TV veteran Ray Martin.

Testing the water

at Bayview Baths

Northern Beaches Council

intends to push ahead with

further water testing at

Bayview Baths as a prelude

to possible refurbishment.

Council adopted a recommendation

to participate in

another round of water testing

with Sydney Water and the

Office of Environment and

Heritage at the site in 2018/19.

Should this testing prove successful,

Council has resolved

to work collaboratively with

the community and funding

agencies to secure grant funding

for future refurbishment.

NB Mayor Michael Regan said

testing in October and November

2016 indicated that water

quality was generally suitable

for swimming in dry weather.

“It’s good news, as these results

mean the Baths are still

in contention as a swimming

location, and so refurbishment

may be considered,” he said,

although adding the Baths required

a significant upgrade to

improve the facility. Bayview

Baths received a ‘good’ rating

in the 2016/17 Beachwatch

report, largely due to it being

a dry year, following a ‘poor’

rating in the two prior years.

Council follows the Beachwatch

recommendation for

estuarine swimming areas affected

by stormwater outflows,

which says swimming should

be avoided for up to three days

following rainfall.

Expert gives tips on

wild food foraging

Wild food expert Diego Bonetto

will be the guest speaker at

the next meeting of Permaculture

Northern Beaches on

Thursday July 26. Learn about

the most common species

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growing in your garden, along

the green belts and in parks

and reserves – every plant has

a story! Find out how these

‘wild foods’ have been used

for food, craft and natural

remedies. Discover ways to

safely harvest from the urban

‘wild’ and enrich your diet

with vitamins and minerals.

Organisers say there will also

be a swap table for any items

from your garden, or items to

reuse for others. Organic teas

and coffees available; bring a

plate of food to share. Meeting

is from 7.15pm at the Nelson

Heather Centre, Jacksons

Road, North Narrabeen. (A sea

foraging workshop will be arranged

for later this year.)

Call for Memories

of Mona Vale Hospital

Pittwater residents have

launched a project to record

memories of Mona Vale Hospital,

creating a social history

showing the facility’s significance

to the area. Protect

Continued on page 24

Gatsby-themed gala a success for Women’s Shelter

Last month’s sold-out Northern Beaches

Women’s Shelter Annual Gala raised

around $130,000 to support homeless

women across the region. More than 240

people attended the ‘Roaring ’20s’ themed

event, which highlighted greater community

awareness of the Shelter and its work

on the Northern Beaches. “Hundreds of

women right across the Northern Beaches

continue to find themselves homeless due

to domestic violence, financial trouble, drug

or alcohol abuse, or mental health issues,”

said the Shelter’s Acting President, Rosy

Sullivan. “The NBWS provides a safe haven

for these women. We offer more than just

a roof over their heads and a warm bed to

sleep in. We are helping to break the cycle

of homelessness, by linking women with

the right services, offering employment

and financial assistance and much needed

emotional support to help them rebuild their

lives and rejoin the community.” Formerly

the Manly Women’s Shelter, the non-profit,

charitable organisation was recently

renamed to reflect its growing reach across

the peninsula. Since the Shelter first opened

its doors in 2010, it has supported more than

350 women to rebuild their lives.

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Pittwater News

News

Continued from page 23

Pittwater president Bob Grace

said the group was calling on

residents from Palm Beach to

Narrabeen and in the offshore

communities to get in touch

about their experiences and

treatment at the hospital.

He added local filmmaker

John Illingsworth would film

interviews to create an archive

of the hospital’s history. “We

want to hear the stories of new

lives, lives saved and what the

hospital means to locals,” Mr

Grace said. “Patients, doctors,

nurses, other staff and volunteers

will all have stories –

medical treatment in Pittwater

was a different kettle of fish

before Mona Vale was built

and we want to pay tribute to

the hospital which has been an

integral part of our community

for over 50 years.” Protect

Pittwater is also organising a

film night and public forum

at Mona Vale Memorial Hall on

Wednesday July 18, from 7pm

to 9pm. To volunteer to be interviewed

for the film history

phone 0439 788 867.

Rural Fire Brigade

equipment boost

The West Pittwater, Mackerel

Beach, Coasters Retreat and

Scotland Island brigades of

the NSW Rural Fire Service

(RFS) have been boosted by

new equipment made available

under the RFS Association’s

Grant Scheme. West Pittwater

Brigade Captain, Andrew

Cutler, said the acquisition of

two thermal imaging cameras

would be invaluable to the

brigades when fighting fires

or assisting other agencies in

search activities. “The cameras

will be included in the equipment

on the two boats the

brigades use when attending

structural and bush fires or

assisting in searches,” Mr

Cutler said. These boats and

their equipment are essential

to the brigades as most of the

buildings and areas the brigades

cover are only accessible

by water. The thermal imaging

cameras enable the crews to

quickly identify where the major

heat areas of a fire are located

and provides much more

accurate information to better

assign resources and identify

potential risks to crews.

Mackellar aged care

Budget injection

The Federal Government’s

$5 billion aged care budget

injection will deliver significant

benefits for Mackellar,

says local member Jason

Falinski who visited Anglicare’s

Marcus Loan House

in Warriewood with Aged

Care Minister Ken Wyatt last

month. Mr Falinski said the

budget increased home and

residential care options and

provided more choice and

certainty for local older Australians

and their families.

“The Government invested

more than $116 million in

Mackellar aged care services

in 2016-17, including $107

million for residential aged

care, $1.1 million for transition

care, $5.3 million for

home care and $2.9 million

in the Commonwealth Home

Support Program.” Other

budget highlights included

increasing home care packages

from 87,000 to 151,000

so older Australians could

live in their own homes for as

long as they can; $60 million

in capital grants for new and

expanded aged care facilities;

$102.5 million commitment

to older Australians’ mental

health; an online aged care

provider comparison system;

health, career and finance

checks for 45- and 65-yearolds

for future planning; and

pensioners will be able to

earn $7,800 per year without

affecting their pension. “We

want the more than 28,000

people aged over 65 and their

families in Mackellar to live

longer, happier and healthier

lives,” Mr Falinski said. As at

30 June 2017, there were 20

residential aged care facili-

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ties with 1,869 places operating

in Mackellar.

Council scoops up

pair of awards

Northern Beaches Council

was acknowledged in two

separate honours presented

at the 2018 NSW Local Government

Excellence Awards

last month. The awards

presented were in the Community

Partnerships and

Collaboration category, and

separately, The Col Mills

Scholarship which is given to

a younger professional drawn

from the local government

sector. The Community Partnerships

and Collaboration

award (for communities with

a population over 60,000)

was presented in recognition

of the widely-praised

Northern Beaches Council /

Dee Why PCYC Project. The

$26 million Dee Why PCYC

facility on the Kingsway opposite

Council’s Civic Centre

was opened in June 2017

Continued on page 26

Cruising Christmas in July

With Australia’s British and European heritage, there’s a strong attachment

to the tradition of celebrating Christmas in cold weather. That’s why there’s

‘Christmas in July’, which is also known as Yulefest or Yuletide in Australia.

So that means hearty food like roasts, and warm drinks in front of fireplaces.

Fantasea Cruising have collaborated with Club Palm Beach to create a Winter

Cruise experience around Pittwater followed by a delicious Traditional hot

Christmas Roast lunch (turkey and ham) with pudding – for just $30 per person

(groups of 10 or more). Christmas in July will be on offer from Monday to

Sundays for the month of July. For bookings call Club Palm Beach on 9974 5566.

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Pittwater News

News

Continued from page 25

As happy as a dog… in mud

The trial of the small off-leash dog walking area at Avalon

Beach Reserve parklands on Central Road may still

have a month to run but locals are already unconvinced

it represents an ongoing option. The park turf and and its

temporary fencing has taken a battering over the past few

months, with June’s ‘big wet’ turning the grounds into a

muddy quagmire requiring the turf to be replaced. Dog

walkers report that although well-used, the small space

cannot handle the volume of dogs and they are concerned

it will require maintenance every month. A report will be

presented to the Council regarding the future use of the

location when the trial expires on July 31.

to deliver enhanced social,

sporting, cultural and recreational

options for Northern

Beaches’ youth, as well as to

provide an integrated carpark

close to public transport. The

2018 Col Mills Scholarship

was presented to Northern

Beaches Council’s Project

Manager (Environment & Infrastructure),

Russell Peake,

who works on a wide range of

Council’s environment and

infrastructure projects. In

the citation accompanying

his Scholarship, Russell was

described as “a bright, young

professional, a future leader

and a well-deserved recipient

of the scholarship.”

State assists Councils

The recent NSW budget contained

several allocations by

the State Government aimed

at continuing the support of

local councils to enable better

delivery of key services,

facilities and infrastructure to

their communities. Minister

for Local Government, Ms Gabrielle

Upton, noted highlights

included: $98 million to help

councils to deliver services

and facilities for their local

communities; $79 million to

help pensioners make ends

meet by subsidising council

rates and charges; $31 million

over 10 years for low interest

loans so councils can invest

in infrastructure to address

housing affordability; $15 million

so councils could provide

better facilities through the

Local Infrastructure Renewal

Scheme; and $7 million to assist

councils to prepare plans

of management for Crown

lands.

Winter author

discussions

Beachside Bookshop at Avalon

Beach is introducing a

series of intimate Sunday afternoon

events with local authors

over the winter months,

commencing on Sunday July

29 with Caroline Beecham,

author of ‘Maggie’s Kitchen’

and now ‘Eleanor’s Secret’.

The ‘Sunday Salons’ will be

held over an afternoon tea

from 3-4pm in the shop and

is free. Limited capacity, so

bookings essential at info@

beachsidebookshop.com or

call 9918 9918.

Christian School

marks 40 years

It began with a vision to instill

in children a view of the world

the way God sees it – and 40

years later that vision remains

a core value for Covenant

Christian School. ‘Covie’

started with a class of 19 and

one teacher in a hired church

hall in Terrey Hills – there are

now almost 900 students from

all over the northern beaches

attending at the purpose builtschool

in Belrose. “Today’s

students and those from

that very first class might be

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separated by four decades,

societal changes, unfathomable

advances in technology

and the providence of infrastructure

but they have this in

common: they have been, and

will be, taught God’s word as a

seamless part of their curriculum,”

principal Bill Rusin said.

“This educational philosophy

impacts what you’re saying,

how you’re saying it, and how

you teach.”

$1.5m to help youth

The NSW Government is

urging local organisations to

apply for a share of $1.5 million

to support projects that

improve youth participation

in the community. The program

provides one-off grants

between $10,000 and $50,000

to not-for-profit organisations

and local councils for

youth-led and youth-driven

community projects.

Projects previously selected

aim to upskill young

people to provide them with

greater opportunities for

employment in a number of

sectors, including hospitality,

events planning or

media. Since the program

was launched in 2012, Youth

Opportunities has provided

$9 million in funding to 177

projects across NSW. Applications

for grants under

this year’s program close on

Monday 16 July. More info:

youth.nsw.gov.au/youthopportunities/

Blues out for

Avalon blood

Throughout the State of Origin

series the NSW Blues and

Queensland Maroons have

taken the competition offfield

and are ‘Out for Blood’

– encouraging fans to get out

and donate for their state.

The distinctive NSW Blues

Mobile Donation Centre will

be at Bowling Green Lane,

Avalon on Fri 29 June and Sat

30 June from 9am-2pm both

days. To make an appointment

call 13 14 95.

Amnesty film event

Amnesty International

maintains the detention of

Asylum Seekers is a form of

torture and is used to deter

other refugees from attempting

to come to Australia. The

film Chauka Please Tell Us

The Time is a unique record

of life inside detention on

Manus Island. This thoughtprovoking

film is being

shown at Avalon Baptist

Church on Sun July 1 at 5pm.

Free entry and free supper

but voluntary donations to

Amnesty are welcome.

Support for Soibada

This month a group of local

volunteers are once again

heading to the village of

Soibada in Timor Leste to

continue the work begun 10

years ago by the students

at Avalon’s Maria Regina

Catholic Primary School. As

the children grew, so did

the project, which has now

become the registered charity

The Pittwater Friends of

Soibada and to involve local

government several schools,

community groups, Rotary

and surf clubs. The key objective

of the organisation is to

support sustainable development

in the region by helping

to implement projects initiated

by the people of Soibada

to improve their daily lives

and their future. Visit pittwaterfriendsofsoibada.org.au

to

find out how you can support

this great work.

Award for local

medical design

A local family business with

a huge global presence has

won an Australian Good Design

award for a medical instrument

used by specialists

to treat skin conditions. The

Terrey Hills-based company

Dermapenworld was presented

with the award for the

Dermapen4 micro-needling

instrument in a category

that has recognised iconic

brands such as Cochlear and

ResMed.

Vet

on

call

with

Dr Ben Brown

Is your pet showing signs of

slowing down? If you have

seen your pet slowing down

over the winter months, if

could be a sign that they

could be suffering from

arthritis.

Arthritis is a painful

condition characterised by

the progressive degeneration

of cartilage in the joints of

the body.

Arthritis affects up to 25%

of dogs and 90% of senior

cats. Signs that your pet

could be suffering from

arthritis include stiffness

after laying down, being

slow on walks, limping, pain

when being touched, muscle

wasting and lethargy.

There are many things

which we can do to help our

pets feel more comfortable

when suffering from arthritis,

including medications

including non-steroidal anti

inflammatories.

Cartrophen injections can

also make your pet feel more

comfortable by stimulating

new cartilage production and

helping to lubricate the joint

surfaces.

There are certain diets

such as Hills J/D which

contains omega-3 fatty acids,

glucosamine and chondroitin

and anti-oxidants which has

been shown to help preserve

joint cartilage.

Other supplements

such as Joint Guard are

also beneficial in helping

prevent ongoing cartilage

degeneration.

Weight management is

also essential in helping with

arthritis as there will be less

stress on your pet’s joints.

If you have noticed any of

these signs in your pet, drop

into one of our hospitals at

Newport or Avalon to discuss

with one of the vets how best

to help manage your pet’s

arthritis and keep your pet

comfortable.

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Driver’s

Seat

There’s no stopping Beryl

Driver and her fellow

‘Mermaids’ who are about

to buckle up and head off

on a 20th Variety Bash for

kids in need.

Story by Rosamund Burton

Life Stories

After turning 85 in May, Beryl Driver

had to do the compulsory NSW

driving test to retain her licence.

She passed with ease; now this Order of

Australia Medal and Australia Day Award

recipient is preparing to head off in August

on her 20th NSW Variety Bash. With

friends Elyse Cole, doing her 11th bash,

and Viktorija McDonell, on her 14th, Beryl

is driving 4440 kilometres on mostly dirt

roads from Bonnyrigg in Western Sydney

to Braitling, a suburb of Alice Springs.

Beryl’s Holden station wagon, its blue

panels painted with brightly coloured

mermaids, is parked outside her home on

Bilgola Plateau. And she is in the kitchen

making sausage rolls for the annual

Variety fundraising event she holds at Currawong.

Beryl Driver has had a lifelong passion

for cars. Back in the 1970s her son Michael

bought her a 1969 Plymouth Barracuda,

and she spent many years at classic car

shows with it. Because she’s always wanted

to do the Redex Trial, but never had the opportunity,

in 1999 a friend’s son suggested

she should do the Bash. A week later Michael,

who is a motor mechanic, had found

her a car – a meticulously restored 1963

EH Holden then owned by Warriewood

publisher, David Scott.

At the time Beryl looked after her four

grandchildren every day, so she took them

with her to his office.

“He wanted $20,000 for the car. I sat

across the table from him with my little

grandkids and said, ‘I really want to do

the bash. I’ll be the first woman with an

all-female crew, but I’m only on a pension.

I’ve got $3000 and not another cent to my

name.’”

David Scott told her to ring him tomorrow.

“When I rang his secretary said, ‘David’s

sitting here with one thumb up and one

thumb down.’ ‘What does that mean?’ I

asked. ‘Get your $3000 and come here as

quick as you can before he changes his

mind.’”

Beryl was born in Leeton and moved to

Mona Vale when she was two. Aged five

she went to Mona Vale School, but after the

first morning there decided she didn’t like

school and walked home. Soon after she

went with her parents to Glen Davies, near

Lithgow, as her father had a trucking business,

and he got a contract to build a road.

Beryl’s mother cooked for the 300 workers.

“She had a 22 rifle, and used to shoot

rabbits to feed the men, and I used to drag

along the hessian bags full of rabbits.”

Beryl eventually started school aged

eight when the Glen Davies contract

finished and the family moved to Bondi,

then left aged 14, after her Intermediate

Certificate, to care for her mother when

she broke her spine.

Beryl’s father wouldn’t let her use the

car, until she could drive a truck and semitrailer.

When she got her licence she used

to take the semi-trailer to dances at Rose

Bay, and at the end of the night drop home

all her friends. She met her husband, Brian

Driver, at high school. They married when

she was 19 and he was 21 and had three

children, Michael, Bruce and Stacey.

A friend who worked in the fire brigade

with Beryl’s husband, and whose wife had

just left him, asked if his two daughters,

aged 5 and 6, could stay with the Drivers

over the school holidays.

“He brought the girls up, then left the

fire brigade and disappeared for seven

years.” Three years later her husband ran

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off, leaving her with the five children, and

working three jobs to make ends meet. Susie

O’Brien, the youngest of the two girls,

and Beryl still see each other nearly daily.

“She’s just like my own daughter.”

These girls weren’t the only children

to find their way into Beryl’s home. If

children had nowhere to go, due to trouble

at home, or after a broken marriage, they

came to live in the small house on Bilgola

Plateau.

In 1999 Beryl Driver and Kit Moore,

dressed as mermaids, and with a lighthouse

flashing on the roof of the EH

Holden, became the first female team to

ever do the NSW Variety Bash. With Beryl’s

commitment to supporting children doing

the bash made perfect sense, as it’s one of

the biggest fundraisers for the children’s

charity, Variety, and visiting schools is the

focus of the 10-day drive.

Beryl drove the EH Holden for the next

eight years, until her son Bruce, who is a

welder by trade, said 2006 would have to

be her last Bash, because the rusty body

couldn’t be welded any more. The Bash

had reached Huondon in Queensland,

when Beryl told another driver, Gordon

Douglas, that this was her last year, as she

couldn’t afford another vehicle.

“Beryl,” he said, “you’ve got to keep

doing the Bash, you’re an inspiration to us

all.” That evening Gordon showed Beryl an

immaculate-looking 1974 Holden station

wagon.

“It’s yours,” he said, handing her the

keys.

It transpired that the exterior of the

vehicle was in good shape, but it had

mechanical problems, so all the parts

from the first EH Holden went into the new

one. The result was a rust-free body and a

working vehicle, and 12 years later it’s still

going. But because the bash cars have to be

at least 30 years old, they break down frequently,

so the Mermaids of Palm Beach,

Bash Number 2108, travel well prepared.

“We carry a spare radiator, two axles,

two spare wheels and tyres, and three

big plastic containers full of other spare

parts.”

She became involved in Bush to Beach

when Jack Cannons, one of the heads of

the Bash, founded it in 2005, organising

through South Narrabeen SLSC for

children from Brewarrina to come to the

beach for the week. Beryl became friendly

with Les and Joyce Doole, the indigenous

couple coordinating the program in

Brewarrina. Wanting to help the community

further she collected clothes for

both children and adults, and furniture

for a women and children’s safe house,

and made regular trips to Brewarrina with

donations.

Beryl was very close to the Gonsalves

family and lived in a house on the waterfront

next to boatshed for 42 years. She

weathered several severe storms, and

knew one was imminent on 5 June 2016.

By the time she had packed a few belongings

waves were breaking on the toilet

block in the wharf car park.

“I saw green water coming over the car,

and thought when it breaks, I’m finished,

because it’ll take the car with it. I put my

foot down, and shot out onto the road.

Next morning there were 12 cars written

off in that car park.”

The house collapsed, and her bed, furni-

Continued on page 30

Life Stories

CLOCKWISE FROM

OPPOSITE: Long-time car

enthusiast Beryl Driver at

home at Bilgola, making

ready for her 20th NSW

Variety Bash in August;

trusty EH Holden – ‘Car

2108’ – heads off-road; Beryl

on her wedding day; with

her Mermaid friends Elyse

Cole and Viktorija McDonell;

the Variety Bash provides

the opportunity to meet

and help local indigenous

children.

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JULY 2018 29


Continued from page 29

ture and belongings were swept away. So,

she has returned to Bilgola Plateau, where

she lived when she married and was bringing

up her family.

Member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski,

recently made a speech in Federal Parliament

about Beryl Driver, describing her as

“a Mackellar icon… and a truly inspirational

woman who has given everything

she has to those in need even at her own

detriment.” Ever since David Scott sold her

the car he has been asking her to write a

book about her life.

“It’s been a wonderful 85 years,” she

says, “but I haven’t got time – I’m too busy

living it.”

Footnote: You can meet Beryl and the

Palm Beach Mermaids and check out car

2108 when Federal MP Jason Falinski

hosts a sausage sizzle fundraiser at

Winnererremy Bay Playground Mona

Vale on Sun 29 from 12.30-2pm. Also, the

major fundraising dinner will be held

at Palm Beach RSL on Mon 30 from 7pm.

Dinner and entertainment $45 per head.

All proceeds go to Variety the Children’s

Charity. For tickets call 0410 478 897 or

Club Palm Beach on 9974 5566 or pop into

Pronto Cafe Palm Beach.

Life Stories

* To make a donation go to

2018varietyb2bbash.everydayhero.com/

au/car-2108

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Beryl’s former home at Palm Beach before

it was destroyed by a storm; receiving her Order of Australia Medal;

toasting with The Mermaids at Cape York; with her beloved 1969

Plymouth Barracuda; and car 2108’s journey to Broom, when Beryl tipped

a container of water from the Pacific Ocean into the Indian Ocean.

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Cover Feature

Life

without

plastic

With China’s recent

announcement that it

will no longer accept

Australia’s waste for

recycling, and the ABC’s

War on Waste program

highlighting that the

contents of recycling bins

in some regions end up

in landfill, people are

looking at what they can

do to reduce their use of

plastics. For Plastic Free

July, Pittwater Life met

residents who are focused

on being part of the

solution rather than the

problem. Special report +

pics by Rosamund Burton


Helga Pike

’ve always been very

“I aware of not using

unnecessary plastic, but

particularly lately,” says

79-year-old Helga Pike. As

the oldest active member of

the Bayview Bei Loon Dragon

Boating team at Bayview, and

a daily swimmer in the Avalon

ocean pool, she is only too

conscious of the detrimental

effect plastics are having on

our oceans and sea life.

Helga buys very little

plastic, because she buys

predominantly fresh food,

shopping at the Friday

Beaches Markets at Rat Park,

and Avalon Organics, where

she buys unpackaged dried

fruit and nuts. She doesn’t

buy meat in plastic trays from

the supermarket, choosing

instead to shop from the

butcher, because the meat is

only in a very thin plastic bag

and wrapped in paper.

“I do like carbonated

water, so I used to buy

bottles of that, but now

I’ve got a SodaStream,”

she says. She rushes over

to the kitchen to make

me a carbonated water,

dropping in slices of

lime from the garden,

and it tastes delicious.

Her other new purchase

is a silicone lid as an

alternative to cling film

for sealing food (right).

She admits she buys

her milk in a plastic

bottle and doesn’t want

to go back to the days

when she first came with her

parents from Amsterdam as

a 10-year-old to the Northern

Beaches, and the milkman put

milk in a billycan.

“Birds often flipped off the

lid, or there was debris in it,”

she recalls.

Helga loves blueberries

and raspberries and is

frustrated she can only

buy them in plastic

containers.

“In my lifetime, I

would love to see them

presented in more

eco-friendly packaging,

like cardboard, but I’m

not going to stop eating

them.”

But whenever possible

Helga makes the choice

to avoid or reduce the

use of plastic, and

her Avalon Heights

neighbour, Kim Swaby,

says she has the least

rubbish of anyone she

knows.

“On weekly red bin nights,

she has one little bag at the

bottom of her rubbish bin.”

Celebrate

plastic-free

There’s little doubt

the vibrant and

environmentally conscious

groups on the northern

beaches are leading the way

towards a single-use-plasticsfree

community.

For the first time ocean

conservation charity Living

Ocean will host a huge day

of beach cleans, great food,

live music, workshops, face

painting, films and so much

more to showcase all the great

work our community is doing

in order to live a Plastic Free

Life.

Everyone is invited to

Barrenjoey High School, off

Tasman Road in Avalon, from

10am-4pm on Saturday 28 July

for a day of love for our planet.

Hear from the discussion

panel of community and

environmental leaders as they

get stuck into the plastics

situation.

Take part in the hands-on

Bees Wax Wraps workshop

and make your own nonplastic

food wraps or make

Boomerang Bags, or learn how

to recycle efficiently.

Walk through the Avalon

Community Garden and visit

the chooks.

There will be educational

demonstrations and ecofriendly

stalls selling things

such as sustainable t-shirts or

zero-waste reusable wooden

cutlery sets.

Meet the dedicated folks

from Living Ocean, Wander

Lightly, Sea Shepherd,

Surfrider, Green Team, Take 3,

Kimbriki, Wander Lightly and

more. – Lisa Offord

Cover Feature

Café culture has an appetite for change

When Surfrider Foundation

Australia’s Ocean Friendly

program rep Rowan Hanley took on the

gig of encouraging businesses to take

action to reduce single-use plastics she

knew cafes, food providers and bars

up our way would be quick to get on

board.

Since April, Rowan has been able

to certify more than 22 northern

beaches businesses that have set

high standards of environmental

accountability and sustainability to

protect the planet.

To be accredited as Ocean Friendly,

businesses must not use polystyrene,

plastic take-away packaging or

containers, plastic bags, plastic cutlery,

plastic straws, plastic water bottles;

and they must also adhere to the

proper recycling practices appropriate

to their local areas.

Other sustainable practices are also

encouraged but are not mandatory

such as discounts for customers who

bring their own keep cups, water

conservation efforts, energy efficient

appliances and sustainable food

procurement.

Rowan says it seems that customers

appreciate businesses that not only

do things well but have “soul and

purpose” and they respond in kind

with patronage.

Businesses interested in becoming

Ocean Friendly are encouraged

to send an email to operations@

surfrider.com.au or rhanley@

surfrider.org.au.

– LO

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Kane, Mavournee, Ivy & Beau Georgeson

The Georgeson family, Kane

and Mavournee, and their

daughter, Ivy, and son, Beau,

live in Avalon. At first glance

their spacious family home

seems no different to any

other. However, four-year-old

Ivy doesn’t show me a range

of plastic toys, but instead a

basket of ceramic shapes she

made with her grandmother,

and a large white wooden

doll’s house (bottom left)

containing only wooden

furniture. In two-year-old

Beau’s room is a big basket

full of wooden building

blocks, with ‘Beau’ and ‘Ivy’

carved on them, which Kane

made.

“The kids do have some

plastic toys, but they have

mostly been given to us,”

Kane explains, “or are

second hand from Vinnies.”

The Georgesons have a

box of organic fruit and veg

delivered weekly from The

Organic Scarecrow.

“Blueberries are a great

treat, because we only get

them in our produce box

when they’re in season, or

we go fruit picking,” says

Mavournee.

Their large pantry

cupboard is filled with glass

jars (below right).

“We try to use all glass

jars, but when we run out

I use Tupperware,” says

Mavournee. “We’ve been

given a lot of Tupperware, as

I’m a big accepter of things.”

Mavournee is doing a

Bachelor of Sustainability

through the University of

New England, and admits

that she has been inspired

by Bea Johnson’s book, Zero

Waste Home. The decisions

she makes are based not

only on not using plastic,

but also using items which

would otherwise go to

waste.

They buy their dried

foods, such as rice, flour,

sugar, salt and pulses, and

also herbs and spices, at

either Scoop at Mona Vale

or The Source Bulk Foods

in Warriewood. When

they buy meat, they take

a Pyrex container for it

to the butcher. As a cake

decorator by profession,

Mavournee enjoys cooking

and happily makes all

their food from scratch.

When it comes to nappies

they’ve used a combination

environmentally friendly

disposals and cloth ones.

Kane admits that he isn’t

someone who likes change

but is pleasantly surprised

to find reducing their use of

plastic requires very little

extra effort.

“Lining the bin with

newspaper is no harder than

putting a plastic bag in.”

With their two young

children, they are

determined to make

conscious choices, and this

extends to Kane’s irrigation

business for residential

gardens. The cylinders for

his wire he returns to the

supplier and are reused,

and he’s found an outlet

which recycles old poly pipe.

However, he’s still searching

for a company that can

recycle hard plastic taps

and materials which are a

combination of metal and

plastic.

“Those are under the

house in five big cardboard

boxes, until I can figure out

what to do with them.”

Cover Feature

Be consistent in your focus on the Big Four

There are plenty of ways to reduce

waste and its impact on the

environment – the best part is you don’t

have to make a drastic change to make an

impact… you just have to be consistent.

If you haven’t already, start by

reducing the use of the ‘Big Four’ we

can’t ignore – plastic bags, plastic bottles,

takeaway coffee cups and plastic straws.

Need a plan?

Take your own shopping bags – keep

them by the front door, in the car or

folded up in your handbag so you

don’t forget them. If you find yourself

at the register without a bag and you

buy too many goods to carry, ask the

store for a box rather than fall into the

habit of buying those heavier reusable

plastic bags, which will eventually end

up in landfill.

Carry a reusable coffee cup – many

cafes will reward your effort by giving

you a discount on their brew.

Use a reusable water bottle – there

are plenty of cold-water re-fill stations

to utilise while you are out and

about. Say no to plastic straws and

cutlery – BYO stainless steel reusable

straws and eco-friendly utensils.

– LO

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Cover Feature

Sarah Tait

My final visit is to 41-yearold

New Zealand-born Sarah

Tait in Newport. In October

2014, she went on a yoga retreat

to a small Tongan island with

Avalon-based yoga teacher,

Denby Sheather. Finding a large

sheet of polystyrene floating

in the ocean, while on a boat

whale watching, promoted a

group conversation about the

Great Pacific Garbage Patch and

marine pollution. Sarah woke

at 4am the following morning

resolving to stop using plastic

for a year and write a blog

about it (wanderinglightly.com).

“On 1 January 2015, I went

plastic-free, and my rule was, if

I did get any, I had to keep it.”

In her kitchen cupboard, she

had 182 food items packaged

in single-use plastic, so bought

bundles of glass jars from op

shops, and transferred all the

food items into those. She didn’t

use teabags, explaining that

most teabags, although they

look like paper, are woven with

a fine plastic, or the edges are

sealed with a layer of plastic.

When I mention that sometimes

I baulk at the cost of

an item in a bulk food store,

because I know I can buy it in

a plastic bottle in the supermarket

for a sixth of the price,

Sarah replies:

“I’ve found reducing plastic

you’re more mindful about

what you buy. That first year I

was a real purist, and I saved

so much money. Partly because

I wasn’t buying packaged food

and instead making my own.”

Sarah has continued to be

a minimal user of plastic, but

admits that sometimes her

partner Dwane and she buy potato

chips or corn thins, which

come in a plastic wrapper. However,

they both keep containers

in their cars, so if they decide

to get takeaway they ask for the

meal to be put in those. Also,

Sarah takes her own containers

to delicatessens.

In her bathroom, she shows

me their bamboo-handled

toothbrushes, and a shampoo

soap bar.

“I rinse my hair with cider

vinegar, and if it feels a bit dry

I rub some coconut oil on the

ends,” she explains.

Then she holds up her metal

razor, and says the packet of

blades cost $5 and lasts her a

year.

She used to make her own

toothpaste, but now buys it,

and recycles the tubes through

TerraCycle, which offers free

recycling of dental products, as

well as hair and beauty products

and coffee capsules.

However, she does make, and

sell, her own her natural deodorant.

She also sells reusable

metal straws which come with

a cleaner, plus chopsticks and

wooden cutlery sets made from

recycled wood by local communities

in Indonesia (above).

For anyone trying to use less

plastic Mavournee suggests

starting with the big four –

plastic bags, straws, coffee

cups and plastic bottles.

“My partner has a reusable

coffee cup, and gets a coffee

every day, so that’s 300-odd

takeaway cups a year saved. I

think it’s about doing what you

can and what works for your

lifestyle,” says Sarah.

Boomerang Bags’ new direction

After two years of creating

thousands of re-useable

Boomerang Bags for local

shoppers in Avalon to borrow

and share and finding many

don’t make it back, volunteers

are now making more bags for

supporters to call their own.

Carrying the logo “bought to

support” an increasing number

of bags are now made for sale

at markets and community

stalls. Boomerang Bags

always welcomes volunteers

to ‘sew’ the seeds of change

by providing a sustainable

alternative to plastic bags.

If you can’t sew there are

other ways to get involved and

if you want to learn how to

sew there are plenty of patient

people willing to teach you.

Volunteers meet at the Avalon

Community Centre on Tuesdays

from 11am-3pm – if you can’t

attend during the day there are

kits available to take away and

do in your own time.

For further info contact

boomerangbagsavalon@

hotmail.com or phone Laurel

0410 608 315. – LO

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What a difference

a year makes...

Over the past 12 months Northern

Beaches Council has adopted policies to

reduce single-use plastics and reduce waste

within the organisation and the wider

community.

Currently Council’s Coastal Environment

Centre is driving an innovative program

to eliminate single-use plastic in school

canteens and significantly cut the amount

of waste schools produce across the

northern beaches.

Major supermarkets have now stopped

offering single use plastic bags to shoppers

and pledged to reduce plastic wrap on fruit

and vegies, meat and poultry and replace

packaging with recycled and renewable

materials.

Customers can now drop soft plastics

at supermarket ‘REDcycle’ bins so the

material can be converted into products

including outdoor furniture and road base.

To reduce litter from drink containers,

return and earn Reverse Vending Machines

have popped up at Warriewood near the

indoor sports centre and at Pittwater RSL

Club, Mona Vale where people can receive

a 10-cent refund for each empty glass, cans

and plastic container deposited. – LO

Cover Feature

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JULY 2018 37


Beaches Living

Warm up to winter

When winter bites we

naturally spend more

time inside, rearranging

interiors to add warmth to

our home, planning improvements

and tackling those

necessary jobs that are often

put off when sunny days and

blue skies demand we enjoy

the great outdoors

To help take the chill off

the season we’ve brought together

some tips and a directory

of local experts who can

help you create a home that’s

functional, warm and bright.

Compiled by Lisa Offord

Focus on

what works

Is your home working for you?

The specialists at Sydney Design

School suggest you start by asking

some tough questions about

whether your home fits your

current lifestyle such as;

Can people move around

your living spaces easily?

Do you need more seating

and is it comfortable?

Are all areas of your home

well used?

And if not, can they take on

a new life?

Be productive and sort

through cupboards, shelves

and storage areas and declutter

– sell or donate furniture

and objects you don’t use or

love and in return allow your

most beautiful possessions

the space to shine.

Think carefully before you

bring new pieces into your

home – do they bring you joy

and enhance the space? Do

they work with your home’s

colour palette?

Speak to an interior designer

or book yourself into a

course so you can achieve the

look and feel you want without

making mistakes along

the way.

Comfort rules

Take stock of how you heat

your home and how your

home retains the heat.

Use passive design principles

to increase comfort and

reduce energy use.

Assess insulation in the

roof, walls and floor and take

steps to stop draughts breezing

through – check around

doors, windows, in between

floorboards, chimneys and

around exhaust fans and seal

up.

To save energy, zone your

home and only heat the rooms

you are using, closing doors

to prevent heat escaping into

unused spaces.

It also pays to keep your

blinds open during the day

to allow sunshine to warm up

your rooms before the temperature

drops at night.

At night, use heavy curtains

to block draughts and insulate

your windows from the cold.

And check your ventilation

is up to scratch; the last thing

you want in winter is constant

condensation on your windows

and damp and mould on

your walls and ceilings.

You can instantly add

warmth to a room by introducing

layers of plush textiles in

fluffy faux fur, luxe velvets

and wool.

Things like cushions,

throws, sheepskins, floor rugs

and heavy curtains in a blend

of different materials will

instantly add an element of

cosiness to a home.

Simply overlapping rugs on

floors and adding cushions

and chunky knit throws on

sofas, chairs and beds are

not only bang on trend but

can also prevent heat from

escaping.

Take the coldness off bare

walls with framed photographs

and artwork you love.

Light candles, switch to

low-wattage bulbs in side and

floor lamps and string up interesting

lights to provide yet

another layer of warmth and

ambiance in your home.

It’s cool to

work now

Maintaining your home and

contents by protecting surfaces,

replacing and repairing

worn fixtures and furnishings

and fixing leaks and cracks

when they first appear can

prevent the need for much

bigger and more expensive

jobs.

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Don’t wait for spring! Even

the simple act of keeping

furniture, floors and fixtures

clean and not letting dust and

dirt build up will help keep

your home in tip-top shape.

Regular TLC – yes even

outside in the colder months –

will pay off in the long run.

Check your roof, skylights,

windows and keep gutters

free and clear as neglect can

lead to leaks, flooding and

major internal damage.

Make sure you get advice

from a builder before conducting

any major work.

Having the exterior of your

house professionally washed

HEATING

yourhome.gov.au/energy/

heating-and-cooling

INTERIORS

Sydney Design School

sydneydesignschool.com.au

9437 1902

Antique General Store

antiquegeneralstore.com.au

9913 7636

Peninsula Reflections

Custom framing and gallery

4 Daydream St Warriewood

peninsulareflections.com.au

9979 4488

AWNINGS, BLINDS

AND CURTAINS

SunSpec

Opening roofs and awnings

sunspec.com.au

0413 737 934

Shades of Pittwater

1731 Pittwater Rd Mona Vale

shadesofpittwater.luxaflex.

will remove mould as well as

grime and significantly extend

the life of its paint job.

And if your home is on the

‘dark side’ simply cleaning

windows, skylights, louvered

roofs or replacing old ones can

instantly brighten things up.

A good-quality louvered

roof can give you the flexibility

to control the light, provide

ventilation and view the sky

when you want to.

Bring new life to furniture

by having leather furniture

and fabric covers professionally

cleaned and replacing

uncomfortable cushion inserts

with new supportive ones.

com.au

9999 6001

HOUSEWASHING

The Aqua Clean Team

Call Mark 0449 049 101

Martin Earl House Wash

Call Martin 0405 583 305

UPHOLSTERY

Leather Hero

0490 796 012

Luxafoam North

luxafoamnorth.com.au

9999 5567

Essyou Design

0422 466 880

Avalon Marine Upholstery

9918 9803

FLOOR COVERINGS

Blue Tongue Carpets

Showroom – 1 Polo Ave

Mona Vale

9979 7292

Rug Revival

Heating can dry out leather

and cause cracks – a thorough

clean and condition can address

this issue.

Thinking of the bigger

picture? Winter is a great time

to plan major renovations

and updates to kitchens and

bathrooms – flick through

magazines and websites and

visit showrooms for inspiration.

And if you want your home

in the best shape it can be for

spring and summer beat the

rush and line up your tradies

now.

For more info and local services

contact…

aglcarpetservices.com.au

9997 8888

Karavan

373 Barrenjoey Rd Newport

0412 259 268

KITCHENS

Collaroy Kitchen Centre

Showroom - 1000 Pittwater

Rd Collaroy

collaroykitchen.com.au

9972 9300

Northern Suburbs

Water Filters

Showroom – 6/20 Bungan St

Mona Vale

9979 5855

BUILDER

Renovations and repairs/all

carpentry needs

Rob Burgers 9973 1455 or

0416 066 159

Eco Corner

How

refreshing

to walk into a

major super

market in

late June

to discover

their singleuse

plastic

bags have

with

Jono Burke

disappeared! If the biggest

businesses in Australia can

help make a difference to our

environment then we should

all follow their leads.

The consumption of nonrenewable

sources like oil,

gas and coal is increasing at

an alarming rate. The time

has come to look at other

renewable sources of energy

i.e. solar, wind and geothermal

energy.

The main benefit of solar

energy is that it does not

produce any pollutants and

is one of the cleanest sources

of energy. It requires low

maintenance and the systems

are easy to install. The only

limitation is that it cannot be

used at night and the amount

of sunlight that is received on

earth depends on location,

time of day, time of year, and

weather conditions. Australia is

the sunburnt country so there’s

plenty of sun to go around!

The main components of

a solar system are the solar

panels, used to capture the

energy and the solar inverter,

which in turn is used to convert

the energy from DC (Direct

Current) to AC (Alternating

Current) in your property.

Inverters now have the

ability to convert the energy

ready for storage, most

commonly into Lithium

batteries that have become

cost-effective. This allows the

solar energy you are producing

to power your property

through the night time hours

when there is no sunlight.

The technology is as good

as it has ever been and the

payback periods have reduced

dramatically (some cases

down to two years) to make

going solar a cost-effective

investment for your family or

business. So start saving the

planet, one roof at a time…

* Jono is a Partner with Solar

Energy Enterprises

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Art Life

Art Life

Curate escape

Mona Vale photographer

Pamela Pauline says

curating the northern

beaches’ new private hospital

Arcadia Pittwater with 70 pieces

of her artwork was one of the

most challenging yet rewarding

experiences of her career.

Pamela’s works cover the

rooms and corridors of three

floors at the hospital which

opened in February. They

include scenes of water, birds,

trees and other flora and fauna.

Pamela approached the

directors of the hospital with

a proposal after hearing they

were looking to install artworks.

They approved, and she then

met with the hospital’s Interior

Design Team at Billard Leece.

“We worked closely to select

the photos and it helped me understand

their colour scheme,

so that I could ensure that my

works were coordinated and

enhanced their design,” she

said. “Thereafter the selection

was curated with the purpose of

illuminating the extraordinary

beauty of Pittwater’s natural

environment.”

The word ‘Arcadia’ played a

role in the curation.

“Arcadia in old Greek means

‘a vision of pastoralism and harmony

with nature’,” Pamela said.

“As such, the artworks selected

for this facility were congruent

with this vision, offering patients

a sense of connectivity to

nature, facilitating

a reprieve from

their discomfort

and a sense of

wellness and

hope.”

She purposefully

veered away

from images of negativity, or

those with too much energy

such as powerful storm fronts

or crashing waves.

“The works are 100 per cent

photographic, but myriad

processing techniques are used

to create the final piece,” she

said. “Of course, there are also

images that just capture an

incredible moment in time.”

The lobby, banquette and

meeting rooms showcase large

Arcadia in old

Greek means

‘a vision of

pastoralism’

works printed onto metal and

encased in an artbox frame.

The lobby features a smooth,

long-exposure wave in a triptych

comprised of three 1.5m x

1m prints on metal.

“For the banquette artwork,

we used a triptych again, with

three 1m x 1m prints on metal

of the beautiful rocks down at

Flint and Steel

Beach at West

Head,” said

Pamela.

The other

works in the

hospital have

been printed

onto canvas. They are generally

grouped in themes along

corridors – ocean pools as you

walk towards the pool and gym;

birds in trees in another corridor;

sailboats and ocean scenes

in another.

“The feedback received

suggests that using one artist

throughout provides a sense of

continuity, calm and cohesion,”

said Pamela.

“I have been thrilled to receive

several emails from patients

and visitors to the hospital commenting

about their pleasure in

viewing the artworks. During

my visits, I have enjoyed engaging

with patients – their curiosity

and affinity with the images

has been heartwarming.”

Arcadia Pittwater Director

Dr Harry Pannu said Pamela’s

artworks were chosen because

they wanted bespoke photos

of local landscape, fauna and

flora to suit the hospital and its

northern beaches location.

“We reviewed Pamela’s previous

work and found that her

artistic touch created a sense of

serenity and calmness to the patients

of the hospital,” Dr Pannu

said. “It is also fantastic to be

able to showcase the talents of

a local northern beaches artist.”

* You can view Pamela’s other

works in her new home studio/

gallery on Mona Vale headland

(by appointment only); she is

also offering creative workshops

in the studio. More info

0412 234 675.

– Nigel Wall

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Arts and crafts on show

Members of the Artists and Craftsmen of

Pittwater are hunkered in their studios

painting and creating new work for their next

exhibition and sale at Mona Vale Memorial Hall

on July 19-21.

Two new artists who have joined their number

will exhibit – Patricio Polanski will take the

art viewer on a colourful storytelling journey

with his vibrant acrylic paintings, while Carol

Altman who has won awards at the St Ives

Show will be exhibiting oil paintings depicting

beach and landscapes.

Popular artist Linda Joyce, who was a finalist

in the Hunters Hill Art Show this year, will be

bringing her amazingly

detailed work

to the winter exhibition.

Linda has

also won many of

the ACOP ‘People’s

Choice’ art awards.

Organisers

promise a diverse

collection from

their other team

of artists, with oil

paintings, acrylic

art, water colour

and mixed media all at affordable prices.

Meanwhile, crafters will display patchwork,

jewellery, porcelain, wooden burls, handpainted

art cards and wooden gifts, quilling,

knitted baby wear and toys, felted toys and

play mats, silk scarves, paper tole, children’s

clothing (including new designs by Ruth),

cushions, folk art, silver wire jewellery, glass,

felt mermaids and creatures for children,

embroidery plus a few Christmas-themed

items for sale. (Great to send overseas or to

celebrate ‘Christmas in July’).

The exhibition and sale is open each day

(Thursday through Saturday) from 9am-4pm.

More info on Facebook or www.acop.com.au

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Art Life

Art Life

Coco warms

to career

Coco Tully was still studying at

Sydney Design School when she

decided to launch her own business

Cote Interiors in Manly.

A former fashion buyer and merchandiser,

Coco graduated with a

Diploma in Interior Design and Decoration

from SDS in December 2017.

“When I decided to change

careers and study interior design, I

just assumed I would work for someone else for a few years to

learn the ropes,” Coco said.

But towards the end of her course at SDS she had what she

described as a “bit of an Aha! moment”.

“I asked myself why I was putting off my ultimate goal when

I was already armed with a comprehensive design education

and business knowledge from my previous career,” she said.

Coco was amazed at how much she has learnt in the past 18

months about design, about business and about herself.

“When I enrolled, I didn’t know how to read a technical

drawing and now I can whip one up in AutoCAD.

“I can also tell you about Australian Trademark laws,

accounting platforms, and tile slip ratings – things I knew

absolutely zero about before,” she said.

Sydney Design School is currently taking enrolments for its

next major intake starting July 23 (see ad p41). – LO

Towering presence

series of assemblages

A expressing fascination with

the architecture of religious

worship is the focus of inventive

Sydney sculptor Geoff Harvey’s

latest exhibition at the

Manly Art Gallery & Museum.

Opening on July 13, Harvey’s

works – all made from

recycled materials – reference

distinctive Christian domes

and columns of Western sacred

architecture, with others

evocative of Eastern philosophy

with slender minarets and

finely proportioned towers.

MAG&M senior curator Katherine

Roberts said all conveyed

a dignity and clarity

of proportion that

transcended

the materials’

humble

origins.

“Together

in this

installation

they speak

of an overriding humanity,” she

said.

Much of what Geoff makes

comes from the streets and

beaches of the Manly area,

courtesy of his long-time friend

and local resident Rudi Wolf.

“Like Geoff, Rudi has a passion

for recycling materials and

during his daily walks he often

picks up unusual things he

knows Geoff may use in his art

practice,” said Ms Roberts.

“They are both pleased that

instead of becoming landfill

these objects have been reinvented

as art.”

Geoff Harvey has appeared

in numerous group exhibitions

in Australia,

England and

USA including

Sculpture by the

Sea, Sydney.

More info on

the Council

website or

9976 1421.

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It’s ‘still’

rock ’n’ roll

Artist Phil Meatchem

is looking forward to

“rocking” the local community

with his innovative solo

exhibition ‘


Surfing Life

Surfing Life

Make a critical incident

safety net your priority

The Indo surfari follow-up: here’s what to do to protect yourself on a trip...

Last month’s piece on

the perils of travelling

to remote Indonesian

surf zones drew a lot of

responses. Like, a LOT.

Many people recounted their

experiences and those of

others, either stuff they’d

witnessed or just heard about

through the coconut wireless.

One of the issues with

assessing surf travel risk in

this part of the world is the

lack of statistical evidence;

not even travel insurance

companies keep detailed tabs

on such things. We tallied the

responses, matched them up

with our own research, and

came up with five deaths in

the past six years, two being

surf guides who drowned on

duty. Also a very broad and

rather magnificent collection

of injuries/illnesses,

including loss of eyes, neardisembowellings,

severe head

injuries, heart attacks, broken

bones (compounded and

otherwise), dislocations, and

the classic dengue fevers and

malarias.

Talking with resort owners

and operators revealed a

different picture: one in which

some boats and camps are

well-resourced in safety and

care, but are relied upon in

emergencies by other, less-

organised operators, who run

on luck and the good graces

of their betters. As Gavan

Clark, a former paramedic

and long-time surfer who

now runs a first aid training

program for Indo surf guides,

says: “The cowboys end up

relying on the established

operators to get them out of

trouble.”

Some resorts hire specialist

trainers like Clark and his

team to coach their guides in

lifeguard skills and help them

stock up on gear like oxygen

and defibrillators; others even

provide free accommodation

for doctors or paramedics

who want a surf holiday. And

some third parties are trying

to make a difference. Surfing

Doctors, an organisation of

around 40 docs worldwide,

have set up an infirmary at

the renowned Grajagan surf

camp in eastern Java – but it’s

at the surfing docs’ expense.

Further north, at Lagundri

Bay on the island of Nias,

Australian ophthalmology

specialist Dr Raf Ghabrial

is helping drive the set-up

of a not-for-profit medical

clinic to service locals and

travelling surfers alike. (You

can help by donating funds to

friendsofnias.org).

This is all great stuff;

WIPEOUT WOES: Don’t get caught out when surfing overseas.

Lagundri and Grajagan have

seen some horrendous

injuries and deaths over the

years. But it’s far from the

norm, and no rules, either

within the travel industry or

local governments, govern

the supply of such training or

expertise.

Here are a few tips for you

or any of yours who might

be planning such a trip:

with Nick Carroll

Get good travel insurance.

This is a must. It should

cover medical evacuation

from remote places (many

insurance policies only work

within 25 kilometres of a

significant town) and should

have no cap on medical

expenses. Pay the extra.

Do your homework. Make

sure you know how prepared

(or not) your resort or boat

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PL’s JULY SURF CALENDAR

July 2-13: Corona Open J-Bay, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

Last year this was the best event on the WSL Championship Tour.

Best surf, best single wave ridden, best win from Brazil’s Filipe

Toledo. When it’s on fire, Jeffreys Bay is an overwhelming surf

experience: big, broad, fast, hollow, technically challenging, and

not without consequences, as even Kelly Slater can attest. (Another

feature of last year was Kelly breaking his foot in a wipeout, an

injury from which he is yet to fully recover.) This year it’s a double

header, with a long overdue women’s CT added to the program;

it’s also the tour’s hinge event, being sixth out of 11 stops on the

CT. Super critical in other words. But there’s two big risks at J-Bay.

One – sharks – we all know about courtesy of Mick Fanning’s 2015

moment. The other is inconsistency. The joint pumped last year

for 11 days straight, but its coastal angle and shadowing behind

Cape St Francis further west means it’s just as likely to be flat.

Here’s hoping it isn’t.

NICK’S JULY SURF FORECAST

The Bureau of Meteorology thinks this will be a dry winter. Me, I think

the end of June may mean the onset of a colossal and frightening

flat spell. Sydney has not had a real winter flat spell for many, many

years, not since the winter of 1979, in fact. Back then it went flat at

the start of June and nothing happened until the end of July. I mean,

it literally was flat for almost two months. This may well occur again

from the beginning of July through to the end of August, when it

looks as if a succession of long-range westerly wind fronts will pass

across south-eastern Australia, bringing cool dry winds, relatively

warm conditions, and very little opportunity in the way of swell.

Truly, truly I hope this does not happen and instead we experience a

continuation of June, an energetic and explosive month during which

all kinds of weather nonsense happened and several big swells

landed on our doorstep. But I can’t see June turning into July. Get

ready for a very boring surf month.

Nick Carroll

Surfing Life

operator is in case of an

emergency, or just a small

injury for that matter. Can

they pull off a medical

evacuation in a crisis? The

way things are at present,

your research and your

choice will come back to you,

not to them.

Take your own stuff. A

simple but useful first aid

kit can be found at many

pharmacies or online. Surf

travel agents often stock kits;

they’ll happily point you to

one of the numerous surf first

aid kits available from various

websites. Expect to pay $60 to

$80 for a good one.

Stay hydrated. This is a big

one for surfers coming from

a cool Aussie winter straight

into equatorial climes. Beer

won’t do it. Drink a lot of

water, especially early in the

day before you do too much

surfing, and when you’re not in

the water, stay out of the sun.

The Local Voice Since 1991

Listen to the guides. A lot

of injuries happen when

surfers overstep their limits

in unfamiliar surfing territory.

A good guide knows when

to encourage a client and

when to advise discretion.

Don’t do something you know

you can’t do just because

someone else on your trip can

do it – or worse, because your

mates egg you on.

Most of all: make it an issue.

Let booking agents, resorts,

charters, owners and guides

know that a critical incident

safety net is part of your trip

decision and really matters to

you. Every person we’d talked

with by Pittwater Life’s press

time told us they thought

the main factor in change

will prove to be customer

pressure. The more surfers

demand better crisis care on

trips, the more resorts and

charters will feel encouraged

to provide it.

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Dragon boaters fire

up for good cause

Angie O’Reilly, a member

of Bei Loon Dragon

Boat Club and Pittwater

Pinks, was diagnosed with

high-grade breast cancer in

2002 and given a 65 per cent

chance of not making five

years.

Angie, whose

treatment over a

12-month period included

two surgeries,

seven months

of chemotherapy

and seven weeks of

radiotherapy, said

she was determined

to beat the odds

and to be around

“way longer” than

five years.

“So here I am

nearly 16 years

later, stronger than

ever.”

She credits Dragons Abreast

Australia and dragon boating

for “giving me my life back –

and I am fitter than I have ever

been, both in mind and body.”

Angie explained she was introduced

to dragon boating in

2004 by her Breast

Care Nurse.

“A study undertaken

in Canada in

1996 determined

that upper body

exercise and, in

particular, dragon

boating was not

only safe but

beneficial to breast

cancer survivors

both physically

and, equally as

important, psychologically,”

Angie

said.

She said Dragon

Boating for breast cancer survivors

began in Australia with the

organisation Dragons Abreast

Australia (DAA) in 1998.

Angie has been paddling for

13 years and will be competing

in two International events

this month. The first is an International

Breast Cancer Paddlers

Commission Festival in

Florence, Italy with 24 of her

breast cancer survivor teammates

which will see some

200 crews (4,000+) individuals

from all over the World.

Then she’s off to the Club

Crew World Championships in

Szeged, Hungary, where the

Bei Loon over-40s Women’s

crew qualified alongside only

two other Australian crews to

join a total 500 crews from

across the world. The team of

23 paddlers will be competing

against 14 other international

crews over race distances of

200m, 500m and 2000m.

In preparation, the Bei Loon

Ladies have undertaken a gruelling

program which includes

four ‘on water’ training session

per week.

Steve McKeogh, Bei Loon’s

Head Coach, said: “This team

has made a huge commitment,

right from the start of

the season. It has been an

inspirational journey already,

before we even leave home.

“The competition overseas

is going to be tough, we’re

up against teams with a huge

membership base and a

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history of being very strong

at this level of competition.

Having earned the honour of

representing Australian clubs

and racing alongside them

means there are no losers

at this World event and the

chance of a huge achievement

if we can beat them!”

When she’s not training

and competing, Angie works

to spread the word about

the Dragons Abreast Festival

which will be held on Saturday

October 20 at Darling

Harbour.

The festival’s Corporate and

Community Challenge, involving

hundreds of passionate

people of all ages, gender and

fitness levels racing 12-metre

dragon boats, is the major

fundraiser for DAA which helps

thousands thrive in their lives

after breast cancer treatment.

Businesses and community

groups are encouraged to

get together a group of 16-24

people, enter a team and get

training – if you have never

paddled there’s plenty of support

to show you how.

For more information go

to dragonsabreastfestival.

com.au

– Lisa Offord

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Next Gen contact lenses:

seeing without specs

Patients over 40 love contact

lenses, but losing flexibility

in reading vision presents some

challenges.

The latest technology in

multifocal contact lens designs

can keep those needing reading

glasses free from specs for most

daily activities. Imagine driving

to a restaurant and then reading

a menu in dim lighting without

the need to pull out readers and

show your age.

People love contact lenses for

convenience, lifestyle and providing

excellent vision. For some

the advantage of visual clarity

becomes a challenge when they

reach their 40s and experience

the onset of presbyopia (problems

focussing at near). Suddenly

their spectacle-free world

is invaded by reading glasses.

For many of my patients, multifocal

contact lenses provide

a solution that allows them to

continue to enjoy freedom from

everyday spectacle wear.

But not all multifocal contact

lenses are equal…

Just like spectacles, multifocal

contact lenses come in a variety

of designs and technologies

that can suit each individual

patient differently. Each design

may interact differently with the

brain and eyes, and the material

may interact differently with the

ocular surface.

Each patient’s visual processing,

ergonomics and lifestyle

is different. Certain designs

work better for certain patients.

Sometimes it’s trial and error. I

use simple language to illustrate

the difference between multifocal

spectacle lenses: “Not every

shoe or pair of pants fits the

same. They may all be the same

size, but some will feel more

comfortable than others. Our

job is to find the right fit.” It’s

similar with multifocal contacts;

we can find the right lenses for

individuals with great vision and

comfort all day.

The lifestyle questionnaire we

use for all patients is particularly

helpful in perfecting multifocal

prescriptions. The questionnaire

asks about work and hobbies,

so we know how reliant an individual

is on detailed, up-close

vision versus the need for sharp

distance vision. For example,

one patient may love to do embroidery

as a hobby and use a

computer all day at work, therefore

having high near demands,

while another patient may be on

the road driving a lot for work

with Rowena Beckenham

requiring superb distance vision.

I ask progressive spectacle

wearers if they have heard of

multifocal contact lenses, pointing

out from their lifestyle form

where in their lives I think they

could benefit from contacts that

allow them to see both near and

far. On the Northern Beaches

this often relates to sporting

and outdoor pursuits, such as

reading on the beach, the computer,

on a bike and the need

to see clearly into the distance,

or when out walking and being

able to read a menu or Sunday

paper in a coffee shop without

the need to carry reading specs

with them.

Thinking about what you do

in your activities for work and

leisure enables optometrists to

customise a solution and provide

a whole new way of solving

vision concerns.

Comment supplied by Rowena Beckenham, of

Beckenham Optometrist in Avalon (9918 0616). Rowena

has been involved in all facets of independent private

practice optometry in Avalon for 16 years, in addition

to working as a consultant to the optometric and

pharmaceutical industry, and regularly volunteering in

Aboriginal eyecare programs in regional NSW.

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Help needed

to pack Kits

Zonta Club of Northern

Beaches and Barrenjoey

High School are organising

a day to pack Birthing Kits for

women in developing countries.

Volunteers plan to pack 2000

kits made up of six simple items

assembled into a small bag, explained

Zonta Northern Beaches

Club President Margaret White.

And members of the community

are invited to help.

“With an estimated 385,000

women dying annually in

childbirth, many from infections

acquired during childbirth, there

is a great need for these birthing

kits,” Margaret said.

By providing a clean birthing

kit and training in how to use

it, these mothers will have the

resources to reduce infection.

Birthing Kits are assembled

under the auspices of the Birthing

Kit Foundation (Australia)

– the not-for-profit, non-government

organisation that provides

birthing kits and education in

clean birthing practices.

Margaret said BKFA originated

from the Zonta Clubs of

Adelaide Hills and had grown

to be supported by Zonta Clubs

across Australia.

Well over 100,000 kits are

assembled and distributed each

year.

Each kit contains six disposable

components:

n Soap to wash the birth attendant’s

hands and the

mother’s perineum;

n Plastic Sheet to prevent the

mother and newborn coming

into contact with the ground

or an unhygienic surface;

n Gloves to cover the birth attendants’

hands and provide

protection from infections

such as HIV for carers and

care recipients;

n Gauze to wipe clear the newborn

baby’s eyes, and to clean

the mother’s perineum prior

to giving birth;

n Cord ties to cleanly tie the

umbilical cord; and

n Sterile blade to cut the umbilical

cord and reduce risk of

newborn tetanus and sepsis.

A donation of $3 buys the

materials for one kit and the

training program for its delivery.

You can help by making a donation

on the day.

For full details of the Birthing

Kit Program see the BKFA website

at.bkfa.org.au

The Packing Day will run on

Saturday August 5 from 1-4pm

at Barrenjoey High School.

* Contact Margaret on 0416

182 393 or email marg.white@

me.com if you are able to

assist or you would like more

information.

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Hair & Beauty

Cooler months best time

to rejuvenate your skin

with Sue Carroll

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After the summer sun’s

destruction of our skin,

the tell-tale signs of

brown hyperpigmentation and a

red capillary blush are scattered

all over our facial and body skin.

Take heart – the cooler months

are the best time to refresh and

rejuvenate your skin using IPL

(Intense Pulsed Light) Photofacial.

This treatment is also

known as Photorejuvenation.

IPL, which uses light photons

to rejuvenate skin, is the world’s

most popular skin rejuvenation

treatment. In contrast to

laser resurfacing, IPL does not

injure the skin’s surface and

has a much shorter recovery

time. IPL primarily addresses the

skin’s tone, texture and reduces

the brown pigmentation and

redness that create a dull, aged

complexion. IPL is a treatment

that delivers pulses of light to

the targeted areas, such as

brown pigment and red cells in

the skin. The light is converted

to heat energy, which fades

those specific targets resulting

in a more even, brighter complexion

with less discolouration.

People who have had IPL treatments

once or twice a year over

a decade have healthier, more

radiant skin with often less skin

cancer than those who do not

have treatments.

IPL is used on sun-damaged

skin to even out a range of skin

issues, such as skin discolouration,

texture, pigmentation, distended

capillaries, facial rosacea

or redness and poikiloderma

of Civatte. IPL will also complement

other rejuvenation skin

procedures such as laser resurfacing,

skin needling, microdermabrasion

and dermal fillers.

Most clients who have IPL

tolerate the treatment with minimal

discomfort. The sensation

of the treatment can be likened

to the snapping of a few rubber

bands at the one time. For those

who are sensitive, a numbing

cream mat be applied about 30

minutes prior to the treatment.

This will reduce the discomfort

by about 60-70%. The treatments

are designed to work

over multiple visits, which may

be from 1 -3 treatments over a

couple of months. Most people

will see improvement in the removal

of capillaries and freckles

within two weeks of their first

treatment. Deeper redness and

brown discolouration will take

2-3 treatments to see significant

improvement.

For some people the side

effects of the IPL treatment may

include swelling and redness of

the treated area. This may last

for a few days and up to a week

in some cases. When darker

brown pigmentation is treated,

scattered brown crusts resembling

dark coffee granules may

occur and will take 7-12 days

to slough off. A very important

point to remember is that IPL

treats what it sees at the time of

treatment and does not prevent

new discolouration from forming.

Following an IPL treatment,

sunscreen is a must in order

to reduce the occurrence of

pigmentation and distended

capillaries. Ten to fourteen days

post-treatment it is advisable

to attend the clinic for a deep

exfoliation treatment such as a

microdermabrasion or Jet Peel.

This is then followed with a

hydrating infusion with either

oxygen therapy or a relaxing

facial treatment. These posttreatments

ensure the optimum

result for the skin and any

follow-up treatments can then

be customised for individual

needs.

Intense Pulsed Light is a

procedure rather than a relaxing

treatment. The results of the IPL

treatment will reveal a brighter,

healthier complexion. When the

prescribed home care products

are used diligently morning

and night, this will enhance the

results of the IPL treatment to

reveal a healthy and definitely

rejuvenated complexion.

Sue Carroll of Skin

Inspiration has been a qualified

Aesthetician for 33 years.

Sue has owned and

operated successful beauty

clinics and day spas on

the Northern Beaches.

info@skininspiration.com.au

www.skininspiration.com.au

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Business Life

Good Tax Dept reason does for laundry going

‘nuts’ on simply this festive massive season scale

When This month writing marks about the start

of financial the 2018 tax innovation season one

and of with the the perspectives media I

can reaching share saturation with you point is from about the

inside the problem of a fintech of overclaiming company

which expenses in my we case revisit has a few been of the

rolling fundamentals out the about fast-growing including

Acorns clothing app. expenses Since on launching tax returns.

in According Australia in to early data 2016 from the

app ATO, now work-related resides on clothing the smart and

phones laundry claims of around have 350,000 risen 20%

Australians, over the past that’s five years, roughly with 1.5%

of something the population. like six million people

claiming If you’re nearly in the $1.8 dark billion about in

what expenses I’m talking last year about, – that’s Acorns about

is $300 a micro per head investment per year. platform What

or sticks what’s in the sometimes Commissioner’s called a

‘round-up’ craw is the fact app, that the those first one

of numbers its kind represent in Australia. around Our half

firm the workforce along with apparently our partners having

brought to wear a it uniform, out from protective the US

clothing 2015 where or occupation-specific

it had been

established clothing. for a few years.

The Commissioner app works in a may couple very

of well ways: be onto by taking something a data here

feed because from from your where spending I sit in Mona

accounts Vale it doesn’t and rounding really feel up to me the

purchases like half the you workforce make to is the getting

nearest about in dollar uniforms, and hi-vis investing or steel

these caps and accumulated we’ve had construction

balances

into going a on mix for of months exchange in the traded

funds building. listed I suspect on the the ASX, problem or,

by has you its roots debiting in two an main amount places or –

regular the first payment being the from ever-expanding your

bank compliance account industry to your and Acorns the

account. second being Most a long-standing users enjoy the tax

round up feature of Acorns as

it allows them to save while

they spend. As a parent of

teenagers I think I’ve come

to the conclusion that apps

such as Acorns using a blend

of psychology and technology

may be the only effective way

to get modern kids to save

because they sure do know

how to spend.

Acorns works because the

principles underlying its design

myth about what you can claim.

Anyone who’s ever had

anything to do with the

compliance industry, and I’m

talking work health and safety

here, knows that you can never

have enough hi-vis vests, eye

protection, hearing protection

are

or sun

firmly

protection,

rooted in

etc.

behavioural

Sun

finance:

protection

investing

is now almost

small

a

amounts on a regular basis that

universal claimable for anyone

won’t be missed combined with

who on a sustained basis is

investing over an extended

required to be in the sun for all

period of time to average

or part of the day (ATO words)

into the markets smoothing

and this item alone could easily

out peaks and troughs. Of

course

impact the

it doesn’t

returns

hurt

of millions

that it

of

does

workers.

all of

The

these

growth

things

in claims

within

the driven framework by this avenue of a highly is therefore

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

hardly surprising… just look at

a the ATO’s occupation-specific

guides and many of them will

refer to protective clothing and/

or sun protection so for the

Commissioner to be upset about

growth in claims in this regard

might well be considered an own

you goal. saving for? What returns

have The you second had? issue, It’s inherently the tax

competitive myth factor, is but really when the it’s problem

combined child. Tax like with any the other tools business and

information has a mythological that the element app –

provides every industry it’s also does. extremely Compare

informative it to that classic – as medical a regular myth: user

you “… no can’t worries, help that but become mole will be

more fine it informed has a hair about growing the out of

behaviour it”, the tax equivalent of markets is: whether “… no

you worries, are looking anyone can to or claim not for – the

with Brian Hrnjak

balance laundry of work your clothes Acorns just account keep

rises it under and $150.” falls No, in line you with can’t; the it’s

movements a myth. The other in markets myth that during goes

the hand course in glove of with the trading the laundry day.

claim One is of the the $300 challenges substantiation

any threshold finance for app work-related would have

encouraging expenses. young people to

save To and give invest you some is to examples: remain

relevant my oldest in son their is an eyes. apprentice, Over

the wears past year an employer-supplied

a number of

enhancements uniquely branded have uniform taken (shirt, place

following trousers) to user work feedback, each day. the He

headline keeps steel ones capped being: boots at

Found the workshop. Money Each partners day his – users

can uniform shop needs online to with be laundered brands

such in a separate as Bonds, wash Dan because Murphy’s, of

BCF, the grease Uber etc. and and oil. He these can claim

partners the actual usually cost of deposit laundry bonus in his

amounts return based or extra on expense round receipts, ups

into or he the can users elect account; to claim the $150

My reasonable Finance basis feature amount. – uses He can

artificial also claim intelligence the cost of his to track boots

and as protective categorise clothing spending (assuming and

calculate he could ever free find cash the flow; receipt in

Super his car). fund linkages – allows

users On the to make other deposits hand, I work to a in

range office and industry get about and public in RM

offer Williams superannuation boots and what funds; some

Emerald have kindly Portfolio described – a as socially smart

responsible casual clothing. portfolio Occasionally option I will

introduced put on a suit. following Because member what I wear

feedback; to work is regular clothing and

Little neither Acorns protective – sub nor accounts uniform,

designed I don’t get to to allow claim investment for either its

on purchase behalf cost of children or laundry. or other

dependants An architect under who the undertakes age of 18.

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egular site visits is not be able to

claim the cost or laundry of his or

her everyday clothing but is able

to offset the cost of steel capped

boots, hard hat and hi-vis vest

that live in the back of the car for

such eventualities.

A hairdresser required by her

employer to wear plain black

pants and a black t-shirt to work

each day cannot claim the cost

of purchase, laundry or if the

clothing becomes damaged in

any way. Yes, it does seem harsh

but it’s the way the ATO interpret

the legislation and I grabbed

this example directly from the

occupation guide.

The ATO released their own

examples in the lead up to

tax time to showcase types of

incorrect claims including:

An advertising manager who

claimed $1,854 for clothing

purchased at popular fashion

retail stores to wear at company

work functions and awards

nights. Her claim was disallowed

in full and a penalty issued for

failing to take reasonable care;

A car detailer who claimed

over $20,000 of work-related

laundry expenses over two

years calculating the expenses

at the rate of $227 per hour

because he valued his personal

time. His deductions were

disallowed with no penalties

applied because of a voluntary

disclosure made before the

ATO’s audits progressed, and;

A lab technician who claimed

$2,500 for the cost of purchasing

protective boots and laundering

his work uniform but failed to

keep any receipts to verify his

claim, resulting in a reduction to

$144, using the ATO’s reasonable

basis.

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The ATO have a problem and

it’s one they cannot simply audit

their way out of. With six million

taxpayers making clothing

specific claims the only way to

attack the problem is going to be

via education, press releases and

the occasional flaming of a tax

payer and/or their tax agent if

they facilitated an incorrect claim.

So last words to the ATO…

the following three ‘golden

rules’ are from their press

release and should be your safe

harbour if followed but you are

unlucky enough to be audited:

The best way to get your

clothing and laundry claims right

is to follow the three golden rules.

Only claim if:

n You paid for it yourself and you

weren’t reimbursed;

n You were required to wear

a uniform that’s unique and

distinct to your employer,

protective or occupation

specific clothing; and

n You’ve got a record that

demonstrates how you

calculated your claim.

You cannot claim a deduction

for normal clothes, even if your

boss told you to wear them or

you only wear them to work.

And there’s no such thing as a

standard deduction or a safe

amount – if it doesn’t meet the

three golden rules, then don’t

claim it.

And I include this final line

from their press release as

a stern warning (but mainly

because it is the most Australian

thing ever written about

taxation):

Telling us you thought it was ok

because your mate makes those

claims or the shop assistant told

you it’s deductible won’t help you

in the case of an audit.

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:

brian@ghr.com.au

These comments are of a

general nature only and are

not intended as a substitute

for professional advice.

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Business Life: Law

Business Life

History & workings of

Australian Class Actions

Radio recently carried

a report that a

prominent legal firm

was investigating whether to

commence a class action. It

is not uncommon to hear and

read such reports. So, what is

a class action?

Generally it is defined as a

court proceeding where the

claims of a large group – or

‘class’ – of people are brought

by one or a small number of

named class representatives

against the same respondents.

These actions were

introduced in Australia in

1992 and have developed

since that time due mainly to

the availability of litigation

funding. Readers who

currently listen to 2GB may

have heard advertisments on

behalf of a named litigation

funder and a law firm directed

to investors in ANZ shares

between certain dates, and

an invitation to contact the

law firm and funder to join

an action about to be taken

against ANZ.

In 1992 class actions were

mainly concerned with product

liability and consumer issues

or migration claims.

In Australia there are

regimes for representative

proceedings in both the

Federal courts and the

State Supreme Courts. New

South Wales, Victoria and

Queensland have regimes

which copy that of the Federal

Court. Other states have

different models.

The requirements for a class

action to be commenced are

generally stated:

n 7 or more people must

have claims against the same

person/s;

n The claims should be, or be

in respect of, or arise out of,

the same or similar or related

circumstances; and

n The claims should give rise

to at least one substantial

common issue of law or fact.

In 2014 the Full Federal

Court held that when

commencing a class action

against multiple respondents

there is no requirement for

every group member to

have a claim against every

respondent. All that is

required is that seven or more

persons as well as the class

representatives have a claim

against the same respondent.

Actions may be

characterised as ‘opt in’ or

‘opt out’. The ‘opt in’ model

requires potential class

members to indicate positively

that they want to be part of

the group on whose behalf

the claim is being made – ie,

if they do not opt in, they will

with Jennifer Harris

not become members of the

class and will not be bound by

the final judgment or approved

settlement.

The opt-out model, which is

generally the Australian regime

model, means that all potential

claimants who fall within the

definition of the class become

members of the class on the

filing of the claim whether they

are aware of it or not. It follows

that they will all be bound by

the judgment of the Court

or any approved settlement

unless they opt out of the

proceedings before a date

which is fixed by the Court. All

class members will be notified

of the action and their right to

opt out.

Of course, before

commencing a class action one

must consider how Australian

Courts consider a class to be

defined. It is viewed that only

those claimants who have

retained a legal firm and/or

entered into an arrangement

with a litigation funder are able

to be members of the class.

These classes are described

as ‘closed’ as all members

are identified to the legal firm

and/or the litigation funder.

The effect of a ‘closed class’ is

to change the opt-out system

into an opt-in system for class

actions.

It is argued that closed

classes are attractive to

third party litigation funders

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ecause they provide greater

certainty as to risk and the

number of claimants in the

class and the returns the

funder if successful will likely

achieve. It is also suggested

that closed classes encourage

settlement.

When settlement is

reached between the class

representative on behalf

of the class it requires

approval by the Court. The

Court considers whether the

proposed settlement is fair

and reasonable compromise

of the overall claims. In 2013

the Court held that a proposed

settlement sum between group

members was not fair and

reasonable.

A distinction between

the situation in America

and Australia is that here

lawyers and the profession

cannot enter into contingency

fee arrangements – i.e. an

arrangement whereby in

America lawyers can charge

fees based on a percentage

of their client’s recovery from

the litigation is not available to

Australian lawyers.

There is a gap which

is filled by non-legal

entities and commercial

organisations known as

third party litigation funders,

established to fund class

actions. These organisations

have been involved in

funding cases such as:

n Product liability – claims,

drug liability, dangerous

drugs;

n Defective Medical devices

– hip implants, stents,

defibrillators;

n Toxic chemicals – asbestos,

lead in toys, oil spills;

n Vehicle recalls and Defects –

basic injury, car defect injuries,

motor cycle defects;

n Dangerous foods – food

poisoning, food recalls;

n Dangerous baby and

children’s products – lead in

toys, drop-side cribs, airsoft

guns;

n Dangerous consumer

products, tobacco smoking

injury dangers.

The categories of claims

seem to be growing and in

future it is suggested that

potential claims will arise in

the following:

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n Claims by residents and

businesses following disasters

such as bushfires and

floods – see the $700 million

distributed in December 2016

and 2017 to the Black Sunday

Bushfire class action;

n Claims by creditors against

directors/advisors of failed

companies;

n Franchisee claims;

n Claims by investors in

Managed Investment Schemes;

Claims against trustees of

Superannuation Funds and;

n Cartel claims.

Most cartel actions are now

funded by third parties and the

trend is continuing. However,

the market is becoming

crowded. And with specialist

law firms the threat of multiple

competing class actions in

respect of the same issues

are an ever-increasing risk,

problem for both insurers and

insureds alike.

In a recent Federal Court

case this year the Court had to

consider whether more than

two open class actions would

be allowed to proceed. It was

decided only one class action

would proceed and the other

two permanently stayed. The

decision being based on the

group members making up

the class and the allegations

of the competing proceedings

both being ‘substantially the

same’ – such that each class

action could be compared with

each other.

Finally, if a claim is

successful, the third party

litigation funder receives

its money back, together

with a share of the amount

awarded which is normally

between 20 per cent and 40

per cent depending on the

size of the case, the timing of

the settlement and the costs

incurred.

Class actions are becoming

a major action before the

courts. It is to be hoped that

those who sign up to be part

of a case are well rewarded.

Comment supplied by

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer

Harris & Associates, Solicitors,

4/57 Avalon Parade,

Avalon Beach.

T: 9973 2011. F: 9918 3290.

E: jennifer@jenniferharris.com.au

W: www.jenniferharris.com.au

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Trades & Services

Trades & Services

AUTO REPAIRS

British & Swedish Motors

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.

Barrenjoey Smash Repairs

Call 9970 8207

barrenjoeysmashrepairs.com.au

Re-sprays a specialty, plus

restoration of your favourite vehicle.

Commercial specialist.

BOAT SERVICES

Avalon Marine Upholstery

Call Simon 9918 9803

Makes cushions for boats, patio and

pool furniture, window seats.

ELECTRICAL

Eamon Dowling Electrical

Call 0410 457 373

For all electrical, phone, TV, data and

security needs.

FLOOR COVERINGS

Blue Tongue Carpets

Call Stephan 9979 7292

Family owned and run. Carpet, rugs,

runners, timber, bamboo, vinyl, tiles &

laminates. Open 6 days.

GARDENS

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.

CLEANING

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 Beaches

Call Ben 0408 682 525

Pressure cleaning and soft wash; window

& gutter cleaning. Used by local

real estate agencies.

MASSAGE & FITNESS

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.

PAINTING

Modern Colour

Call 0406 150 555

Simon Bergin offers painting and

decorating; clean, tidy, quality detail

you will notice. Dependable and on

time.

AJJ Painting & Decorating

Call 0418 116 700

Andrew is a master painter with 30

years’ experience. Domestic and commercial;

reasonable rates, free quotes.

Interior & Exterior Colour

Call 0417 236 577

Deborah is a local colour and interior

design/decorating consultant with over

30 years’ experience. One-hour colour

consultation with spec and samples.

UPHOLSTERY

All Foam

Call 9973 1731

Cut to measure quality foam for day

beds, boats, caravans and more. Discounted

prices, reliable local service.

Free measure / 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.

TUITION

Northern Beaches Home Tu toring

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.

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TUITION

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.

PEST CONTROL

Predator Pest Control

Call 0417 276 962

predatorpestcontrol.com.au

Environmental services at their best.

Comprehensive control. Eliminate all

manner of pests. They provide a 24-

hour service.

PUMPS & TANKS

Water Warehouse

Call 9913 7988

waterwarehouse.com.au

Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation &

filter supply specialists.

RENOVATIONS

Rob Burgers

Call 0416 066 159

Qualified builder provides all carpentry

needs; decks, pergolas, carports,

renos & repairs.

BlindLight

Call Dave 0403 466 350

Specialists is window tinting and glass

coatings. Act now for summer.

TILING

WM Tiling Services

Call Wally 0452 449 449

wmtiling.com.au

Bathroom renovations, supply and

install. Quality, guaranteed work. Call

to arrange quote.

Trades & Services

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Showtime

‘Accused’ puts verdict

in hands of audience

Elanora Players’ latest

production The Accused

is a murder mystery

with an intriguing twist – the

courtroom drama, written by

Lord Jeffrey Archer, ends with

the audience acting as jury to

deliver the verdict, whereupon

one of two specially written

end scenes is triggered before

the final curtain falls.

“Audience members sit as if

they were in attendance at a

hearing in London’s Old Bailey

court and their verdict decides

which way the play ends,” said

director Kerrie King.

‘The Accused’ unfolds with

eminent surgeon Dr Patrick

Sherwood charged with

murdering his wife with drugs

obtained by his ‘supposed’

mistress, Jennifer Mitchell.

Dr Sherwood’s fate is left

in the hands of the audience:

Did Dr Sherwood murder his

wife? Was Jennifer Mitchell his

mistress? Which of his alibis

should the audience believe?

Is the accused a victim or

a murderer? Was it a heart

attack, or a crime of passion?

POINTS OF LAW: Susan Boyd, Jan Adamson and Bill Akhurst in character.

And ultimately, is the accused

a victim… or a murderer?

“The choice will keep you

on the edge of your seats and

at the end of the ‘trial’ you

will be asked to deliver your

verdict of guilty or not guilty,”

said Kerrie.

“Once the majority votes

are counted and the verdict

delivered, the play will

continue with one of two

different endings – only then

will you discover the truth.”

The production will

be performed at Elanora

Community Centre from July

13 to 21 – 8pm on July 13; 3pm

and 8pm July 14; 11am and 3pm

July 15; 8pm July 16 and 17; and

3pm and 8pm on July 18.

Complimentary wine and

cheese will be served on

opening night.

* Early bookings are urged;

more info 9979 9694

or boxoffice.elanora@

bigpond.com – Lisa Offord

Beaches return for Wendy Matthews

There are few recording artists

Wendy is looking forward to

in Australia who come close to

engaging with the audience at

Wendy Matthews and her stunning

Pittwater RSL.

credentials: seven ARIAs, 19 hit

“Yes of course, it’d be so rude

singles, and seven gold or multiplatinum

not to! We do songs that I hope

selling albums that see

people know and remember, as

her music in more than 1 million

well as a few new ones and some

Australian homes.

of the songs have little stories

And lucky us – Wendy is

as to how they came about,” she

returning to the northern beaches

said.

after many years, performing all

“The more you live the actual

her hits and more at Pittwater RSL

words, the more a song becomes

on Saturday July 28.

part of the fabric that makes

“When I go to a concert, I go to

you. When you record a song

mainly hear the songs I love, so I

that means something to you,

don’t bombard the audience with

it has no choice but to stay that

a whole lot of new material – although we do a way and grow with you. That’s the great thing

few pieces from the last few albums that people about songs, they can transport you to a

may not have heard,” she told Pittwater Life. specific moment in time.

Wendy takes songs from every genre and “Living in Sydney for 20 years, then moving

makes them her own; from jazz to blues, from to the country, I have lovely memories of

rock to gospel, from soul to outright infectious friends and adventures on the Northern

pop (‘Let’s Kiss’) and then, of course, there Beaches, so I’m looking forward to getting

are the beautiful ballads such as ‘The Day You back there.”

Went Away’.

More info pittwaterrsl.com.au – Nigel Wall

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Dining Guide

Dining Guide

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

Bistro 61

Avalon Beach RSL

1 Bowling Green Lane

Avalon Beach

OPENING HOURS

Open 7 days

Lunch 12pm-2:30pm

Dinner 5:30-8:30pm

CUISINE

Modern Aust / pub food

PRICE RANGE

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 III on the big

screen on Wednesday July 11;

it will be live and loud – with

$5 schooners between 7.30-

9.30pm. Plus there's a 2018

Blues jersey raffle – and $10

'Blues Burgers' from Bistro 61.

And now available for free

download – the brand new

Avalon Beach RSL Club App.

Earn rewards, prizes and

member points by logging in

daily.

See what's on, check out

events, view menus and more!

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

welcome.

Barrenjoey

Bistro

Club Palm Beach

1087 Barrenjoey Rd,

Palm Beach

BISTRO OPENING HOURS

Lunch 11:30am-2.30pm

Dinner 6pm-8.30pm

PRICE RANGE

Lunch and dinner

specials $13.50

BOOKINGS 9974 5566

$4 schooners during Happy

Hour (from kick-off)!

And don't miss Christmas in

July (see ad opposite).

Barrenjoey Bistro is open

for lunch (11.30am to 2.30pm)

and dinner (6pm to 9pm) seven

days, plus there's a Snack Menu

available 2.30pm-6pm.

The Bistro serves top-value a

la carte meals plus daily $13.50

specials of roasts (Mondays),

rump steak with chips and

salad (Tuesdays), chicken

schnitzel with chips and salad

(Wednesdays), homemade

gourmet pies with chips and

salad (Thursdays) and tempura

fish and chips with salad

(Fridays), except public hols.

The Members’ lucky badge

draw is held Wednesday and

Friday night (every 30 mins

between 5pm-7pm), and

jackpots by $100 each week.

Enjoy Trivia Night from

5.30pm on Wednesdays, plus

Bingo 10am on Fridays.

The club has a courtesy

bus that makes regular runs

Wednesdays, Fridays and

Saturdays from 4.30pm to 9pm.

Ring to book a pick-up.

The Mirage

Restaurant

at Metro Mirage

Hotel Newport

2 Queens Parade West,

Newport

CUISINE

Modern Australian

PRICE RANGE

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

the peaceful ambience

of The Mirage restaurant

overlooking spectacular

Pittwater, the perfect

waterfront venue to enjoy

breakfast or dinner.

Located in boutique Metro

Hotel Mirage Newport, The

Mirage restaurant is a popular

7-10am seven days a week,

offering a fixed-price full hot

and cold buffet, including a

selection of cereals, seasonal

fruit and freshly made juice,

toast and pastries and

sausages, eggs, has browns,

bacon and tomato served with

the Chef’s Special of the day.

The Mirage restaurant is

also open for dinner from

Monday to Saturday from

5.30pm – 8.30pm and can

be hired, along with all the

hotel’s function rooms, for

private and corporate events

of between 60-110 guests.

Hong Kong

Chinese Restaurant

332 Barrenjoey Rd,

Newport

OPENING HOURS

Dinner Tues-Sun 5pm

CUISINE

Chinese & Asian

PRICE RANGE

Entrees $5-20

Mains $12.90-26.50

*Deliver Whale Beach - Narrabeen

BOOKINGS 9997 4157

Book a table at this popular

Newport eatery in July and

your family is guaranteed

a great night out with a

feast for the eyes and the

tastebuds.

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.

Head to Club Palm Beach,

located just a short stroll from

Palm Beach Wharf, for a huge

month of specials in July.

Watch State of Origin III on

the big screen on July 11 with choice for breakfast from

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The menu ranges from

adventurous, like a Sizzling

Szechuan-style platter of

king prawns and fillets of

chicken, to contemporary,

featuring spicy salt and

pepper king prawns, to

traditional, with favourites

including Mongolian lamb,

Honey king prawns and

Honey chicken.

New dishes are introduced

regularly so 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.

Royal Motor

Yacht Club

Salt Cove on Pittwater

46 Prince Alfred

Parade, Newport

OPENING HOURS

Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Mon-Fri from 8.30am

Weekends from 8am

PRICE RANGE

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 for winter – 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.

You're invited to the RMYC's

special 'The Flavours Of India'

night on Thursday July 12.

Discover India through food and

wine at Salt Cove from 6pm; $55

members, $60 non-members,

$25 kids (12 and under).

Friday night music kicks off

in the Lounge Bar from 6.30pm.

Great acts in July include Keith

Armitage (6th); Geoff Kendall

(13th); Antoine (20th); and Keff

McCulloch (27th).

Book now for the sensational

Michael Jackson and Prince

Show on Saturday 14th July

featuring all the hits of the

late, great singers of the 1980s

and '90s; there's also a special

guest tribute to the music of

Cyndi Lauper, Madonna and

Advertise

in our

Dining

Guide!

Phone

0438 123 096

Blondie – it'll be a great night

of nostalgia and fun; tickets are

$25 members and $30 nonmembers.

And enquire about 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.

Dining Guide

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Tasty Morsels

Sophistic

For a meal to warm the

cockles this month, Mirage

Restaurant in the boutique

waterfront Metro Mirage Hotel

Newport is offering Pittwater’s

best-value dining experience –

and a weather-protected water

view.

Open for dinner from

Monday to Saturday from

5.30pm, guests can enjoy

the sophisticated new winter

menu created by Head Chef

Raul Farnea which combines

his passion for modern

Australian cuisine with a love

of fresh seafood and local

produce.

“Entrees and mains

options include a daily soup

and hearty stew special;

mushroom and speck tart on

taleggio cheese fondue with

Quick serve of Americana

What do you get when you combine a

classically trained chef who has worked

in fine dining establishments in New York City,

with a hospitality expert schooled in the world

of convenience food?

Welcome to Chriso’s at Narrabeen, an independent

outlet “fast” making its name across the

northern beaches for its mouth-watering and

generous offerings of ribs, chicken wings, burgers

and pizzas among other wicked food treats.

Couple Erika Carballo and Chris Milloy (above)

have built a steady clientele since opening their

doors in August last year. They restyled the

interior of the space on Pittwater Road to blend

elements of Australiana with an American roadhouse

or diner. Diners can eat in, take-away or

have their orders home-delivered.

“Chris and I have a love for all things old

Sydney and NYC,” explained former New

Yorker Erika, who was schooled at the former

French Culinary Institute in New York. “We’ve

got a few old school advertisements on our

walls and some iconic pictures referencing

NYC and Sydney. We’ve also some famous

American licence plates and we play classic

1980s early 1990s movies on our big screen –

and of course, 1950s and Doo-wop music on

our jukebox!”

Chriso’s has several other points of difference

that set it apart from the ‘usual suspects’

– namely a full range of tasty comfort food

entrees, mains and even desserts.

They serve a whopping New York-style pizza

in 16- and 18-inch options – although it’s dinein

only, until they manage to source boxes big

enough for take-away!

“Our supreme and meat lovers are the

most-ordered pizzas,” said Erika. “And our

slow-cooked hickory rib racks are consistently

selling out, as we make a limited amount of

those per day.

“We’ve also introduced a Burger of the

Month – this month it’s a Buttermilk fried

chicken served with bacon, parmesan garlic

aioli, shaved parmesan, lettuce and tomato

(pictured top).

“And our ‘Dirty Burger’ (doubly Wagyu beef

patties, cheese, bacon, fried onion, BBQ sauce,

mayo, lettuce and tomato) seems to be a challenge

a lot of our customers enjoy taking on!”

And if you still have room you might like to

consider their ‘Sweet Tooth’ pizza comprising

house-made custard, marshmallows, chocolate

chips, Tim Tams, caramel and chocolate

sauce – it’s a Kids Party favourite on weekends

(bookings only).

Chriso’s home deliver to Collaroy, Narrabeen,

Elanora Heights, Warriewood and Mona

Vale. Or call 9913 8045 to order; more info

www.chrisos.com.au

* Chriso’s have a special offer for July and

August (see ad page 13). – Nigel Wall

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ated winter value

walnuts; house-smoked duck

breast, pickled grapes and

crunchy kale; spicy glazed

grilled chicken with pearl

cous cous and burnt orange;

sirloin steak with bush herbs;

and an Indian curry board

with vegetables, dhal, raita,

basmati rice and pappadam,”

said Raul.

A tantalising choice

of fresh seafood dishes

includes herb-stuffed

crumbed prawns, preserved

lemon and witlof salad; blue

swimmer crab ravioli in a

bisque sauce; and market

fish roasted on lemon

myrtle leaves with pickled

baby beetroot and roasted

heirloom tomatoes.

Mirage has also introduced

a popular special from its

sister venue, The Palace Hotel

Sydney – lightly crumbed

chicken breast fillet topped

with ratatouille, crispy bacon,

mozzarella and parmesan

with garden salad and crispy

golden fries.

The delicious choice of

desserts includes Mirage’s

signature sticky date pudding

with butterscotch sauce

and vanilla ice cream; apple

strudel with whipped cream;

chocolate parfait with berry

coulis: pavlova with rhubarb

jam; and a cheese selection

with dried fruits, lavosh and

crackers.

* Book your table now (and

enquire about overnight

accommodation); more info

9997 7011 or metrohotels.

com.au.

Here’s to you,

Mrs Robertson!

New small bar ‘Mrs Robertson’ is a much-anticipated, welcome

addition to the local hospitality scene.

On the roundabout in Robertson Road at Newport, it’s

the brainchild of locals Patrick Moroney and his wife Tanya

(above), who tapped into the need for something other than

a pub or club when considering gathering with friends.

“The market has too many pubs and not enough quiet

venues for the more discerning and [cough] mature among

us!” said Patrick.

“Mrs Robertson is the kind of place we think locals will

want to come to again and again – it’s intimate, personable

and welcoming, with just the right hint of funky and cool

without being intimidating.”

Patrick said Mrs Robertson, which seats up to 20 patrons,

“makes you feel comfortable, is impeccably stylish, and has

hospitality down to an a fine art.”

Our recent visit revealed a truly relaxed vibe, in no small

part to the eclectic, warm styling (courtesy of Tanya) and

excellent acoustics that help divide the small space into

individual sanctuaries that are still connected to the overall

character of the bar.

“We have an excellent, decently priced drinks list and delicious

morsels of food so you can stretch that ‘little drink’ to

an extended, delightful evening listening to an unobtrusive

but groovy music playlist.”

Wines are available by the glass or the bottle, with gourmet

cheese and meat plates to complement. They also serve

cocktails.

Patrick said that as a bonus, Mrs Robertson would soon

be offering ‘laneway learning’.

“We’re aiming to deliver an innovative mix of talks, teachings

and workshops on a range of topics including foraging,

French wines, and the fine art of conversation,” he said.

“The evenings will be full of good wine and laughter.

“Plus, keep an eye out for Mrs Robertson’s ‘Flight Nights’

which will be departing soon to many of the world’s leading

wine regions.”

Mrs Robertson is open 4-8pm Wed-Thurs; 3.30-10.30pm

Fri-Sat and 1-6pm Sun.

– NW

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Food Life

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

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Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Mark O’Meara; Benito Martin

Cook up a French storm

to celebrate Bastille Day

July 14 is Bastille Day. The date marks the beginning of

republican democracy and the end of tyrannical rule in

France. A military parade takes place along Champs-Elysee

avenue. It is the oldest military parade in the world, having

first taken place on Bastille Day in 1880. Thereafter – as only

the French know how to do – family and friends gather for a

feast. While it’s summer in the northern hemisphere, some of

the classic French recipes they serve up to mark the occasion

are perfect for our southern hemisphere winter! Try these –

and celebrate. Vive la difference!

Beef bourguignon

Serves 6

8 small French shallots, peeled

8 thyme sprigs

4 fresh bay leaves (or 2 dried)

250ml red wine

1 cup beef stock

20g butter

300 g button mushrooms

Paris mash & sourdough, to

serve

speck, cook 2-3 minutes until

starts to colour. Remove

to a plate.

2. Add 1 tablespoon oil and

one quarter of the beef.

Cook 1-2 minutes until

browned all over, remove

to a plate. Repeat in three

batches with oil and remaining

beef. Add remaining oil,

followed by carrot, celery,

leek and shallots. Sauté for

5 minutes.

3. Return the speck and beef

to pan. Add the thyme, bay

leaves, wine and stock.

Bring to the boil. Reduce

the heat to very low, cover

and cook for 1 hour.

4. Melt butter in a frying pan

over high heat. Add mushrooms,

cook 2-3 minutes

until light golden. Stir the

mushrooms into the beef,

cover and simmer a further

45 minutes or until the beef

is tender. Remove the bay

leaves, taste and season.

5. Serve with the Paris mash

and sourdough.

Roasted garlic

Paris mash

Serves 6

1 head garlic

1 tbs extra virgin olive oil

1kg floury potatoes (like

sebago or coliban), scrubbed,

unpeeled

½ cup full cream milk

200ml pouring cream

150g butter, at room temperature

Sea salt and freshly ground

white pepper

with Janelle Bloom

from the skin onto a board

and mash with a fork.

2. Place the potatoes in a large

saucepan of salted water,

bring to the boil and cook

15 minutes or until tender;

drain. While hot, hold 1 potato

in a tea towel and peel

with a knife. Repeat with

remaining potatoes. Mash

or pass through a mouli or

potato ricer back into the

warm pan over low heat.

3. Heat the milk and cream

together in a small saucepan

until almost boiling. Pour

over the potato beating

with a wooden spoon until

smooth. Add the butter in

batches, stirring until fluffy.

Stir in the garlic. Season to

taste with salt and white

pepper.

4. Serve immediately or press

a piece of baking paper onto

the surface to prevent a skin

from forming.

1. Preheat oven to 180°C fanforced.

1.5 kg braising beef (like

Cut 1cm from the top

chuck, rump or topside), cut

of a garlic bulb to expose

into large chunks

the individual garlic cloves,

5 tbs extra virgin olive oil

place on a sheet foil. Discard

250g speck, diced

the top. Drizzle over the oil Janelle’s Tip: To reheat

2 carrots, halved lengthwise,

then wrap the garlic bulb in mash, add a little hot

cut into 4cm pieces

1. Season beef with salt and foil. Roast for 45-50 minutes. milk, beating constantly

2 celery stalks, chopped

pepper. Heat a large heavybased

Discard foil. Set the garlic with a wooden spoon

1 leek, halved lengthwise,

pan over medium-

aside for 5 minutes to cool. until heated through.

thinly sliced

high heat until hot. Add Squeeze the garlic flesh

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Cauliflower Gratin

Serves 6

1 large head cauliflower

60g butter, chopped

¼ cup plain flour

1 litre full cream milk

2 cups grated Gruyère cheese

1. Break the cauliflower into

medium-size florets. Drop

them into a large saucepan

of boiling salted water. Cook

for 3 minutes (cauliflower

should still be firm). Drain

well; transfer to a lightly

greased 6-cup capacity baking

dish.

2. Preheat the oven to 180°C

fan-forced.

3. Heat a saucepan over medium

heat. Add the butter

and stir until melted. Add

the flour, cook stirring for

3-4 minutes, making sure it

doesn’t colour. Remove from

the heat. Pour in the milk,

whisking with a balloon

whisk constantly. Return to

the heat, stir until sauce just

comes to the boil. Simmer,

stirring often for about 6

minutes.

4. Add 1½ cups of the cheese,

whisking until melted and

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smooth. If the sauce thickens

too much, thin it out

with a little more milk. Season.

Pour the sauce evenly

over the cauliflower. Sprinkle

with remaining cheese.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, or

until the top is light golden.

Stand a few minutes before

serving.

Madeleines

(Makes 24)

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3/4 cup plain flour

¼ teaspoon baking powder

3 eggs, at room temperature

2/3 cup caster sugar

1 lemon, rind only, finely

grated

60g unsalted butter, melted

and cooled

icing sugar & hot chocolate,

to serve

1. Preheat oven to 200°C fanforced.

Grease 2 x 12-hole

madeleine pans. Sift the

flour and baking powder

together three times.

2. Combine the eggs, sugar mixture into prepared holes.

and lemon rind into bowl or Bake 8-10 minutes or until

an electric mixer. Whisk 5-6 golden and cakes spring

minutes on high until thick, back when pressed in the

pale and doubled in volume. centre. Stand for 2 minutes

Gently fold in the flour mixture

in the pan before removing

followed by the butter to a wire rack to cool.

until just combined.

4. Dust with icing sugar and

3. Spoon tablespoons of

serve with hot chocolate.

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In Season

Lemons

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Although Australiangrown

lemons are

available all year round

they are at their peak June

through to the end of

August. There are three main

varieties: Lisbon, Eureka and

Meyer. Lisbon are the most

common. They have smooth,

bright yellow skin and a tart

flavour. Eureka lemons are

larger than other varieties

(usually found across our

backyards); they have a thick,

rough skin and are more

acidic. And Meyer lemons

are a natural hybrid (cross)

between a lemon and orange,

so they are sweeter with a

slight orange skin colour.

Buying

Always choose lemons that

have a brightly coloured

skin and feel heavy for their

size. Avoid any with wrinkled

or soft, bruised skin.

Storing

Keep lemons for up to a

week at room temperature.

They will keep for 3-4 weeks

loose in the crisper part of

the fridge.

Nutrition

Lemons are a good source of

vitamin C, contain vitamin

B6 and dietary fibre.

Also In Season

July

Apples, Bananas, Custard

apples, Dates, Mandarins,

Nashi, Australian Navel

and Cara Cara Oranges,

Pears, Quince, Rhubarb

and winter Strawberries.

Also Avocados,

Beetroot, Broccolini

and Broccoli, Brussels

sprouts, Cauliflower,

Leeks, Fennel, Jerusalem

Artichokes, Kale,

Butternut Pumpkin, Sweet

Potato, Spinach and

Silverbeet; and Turnips.

Lemon delicious

Makes 6

80g butter, at room temperature

1 cup caster sugar

1 lemon, rind finely grated

3 eggs, separated

3/4 cup self-raising flour

2 cups milk

160ml freshly squeezed

lemon juice (4-5 lemons)

icing sugar

thickened cream or ice

cream, to serve

1. Preheat oven to 180°C fanforced.

Grease 6 x 1¼ cup

capacity ovenproof ramekins

or cups and place

into a roasting pan.

2. Beat sugar, butter and

lemon rind with an electric

mixer until pale and

creamy. Add egg yolks

one at a time, beating well

after each addition. Add

flour and milk alternately

in batches and beat to a

smooth batter. Stir in the

lemon juice.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk

egg whites with a pinch

of salt to stiff peaks. Stir

in one third of the egg

whites to lighten the

batter, then gently fold in

the remaining egg whites

until just combined.

Divide among ramekins

or cups.

4. Pour enough boiling water

into the roasting pan to

come halfway up the side

of the ramekins or cups.

Bake for 30-35 minutes

or until light golden. Dust

with icing sugar and serve

with cream or ice cream.

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Pittwater Puzzler

Compiled by David Stickley

CLUE: 21 DOWN

ACROSS

1 A project that generates a continuous

flow of money (4,3)

5 Wave close to shore (7)

9 Place in a grave at Mona Vale Cemetery,

for example (5)

10 Early PM (9)

11 Types of snake, yes, or essentially ugly

looking things? (8)

12 Pickling solution (5)

14 Break out suddenly or dramatically (5)

16 A system for networking computers (8)

18 A flat loaf of Italian bread made with

olive oil and topped with salt, herbs etc (8)

20 Sly looks (5)

24 Firearm with long barrel (5)

25 A very hot day (8)

27 Criminals hopefully thwarted by

groups of wooden posts painted white

and red once located on Barrenjoey

Headland (9)

29 Russian spirit (5)

30 Any of several varieties of Australian

parakeet with brightly coloured

plumage, first observed at Rose Hill near

Sydney (7)

31 In a state of rest or inactivity (7)

DOWN

1 Cuisine served by Hong Kong

Restaurant in Newport (7)

2 A complete meal with limited options

offered by a restaurant at a fixed price

(3,4)

3 Community event held every three

months in Avalon where unwanted items

can be sold (3,4,4)

4 Strip of coastline overlooked by Jonah’s

restaurant (5,5)

5 Tub for washing (4)

6 Wax collector (3)

7 A shared on-demand transport service

on the Northern Beaches (7)

8 One who holds a lease (6)

12 Bilgola Plateau resident taking part

in her 20th NSW Variety Bash in August

(5,6)

13 Elanora Players’ latest production (3,7)

15 Sports official in short (3)

17 Sailor; bitumen (3)

19 Timber remnants (7)

21 Australian animal that adorns the fivecent

piece (7)

22 Domestic helper (7)

23 Australian sand island (6)

26 Preliminary or testing stage of a

software or hardware product (4)

28 Cosmetic preparation (3)

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Garden Life

Garden Life

Delight Freshen in up the homes amazing with

colours glowing of indoor hydrangeas greenery with Gabrielle Bryant

AAlthough lways a favourite

it is a busy

for

time

Christmas outside colour, in the garden, hydrangeas

it is

are

still

flowering

cold. It is

their

fun

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off!

a project

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that

wonderful

can be

carried

in the

out

garden,

inside

brightening

where it is

the

warm.

semi-shaded areas and

glowing

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in

plants

the full,

not

protected

only look

sunlight.

good, they

Once

have

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also

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been

varieties

proven that

were

they

either

clean

pink

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or

air.

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depending

why they

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of aluminium)

flower pots

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so look

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around

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new

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named

house and

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find some

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maintain

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colour. White

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or desk organisers

of every

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decide.

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There

Peace

are the

lilies,

delicate

lace

African

caps,

violets,

the huge

orchids

blooms

and

anthuriums love good light.

Hanging baskets of ferns or

pots of maiden hair fern thrive

in the bathroom. Potted herbs

look good on the kitchen

window sill. In a darker

situation the Victorians knew

what to plant: the Cast Iron

Plant, aspidistra, Mother in

Law’s tongue or Parlour palms

were amongst the favourites.

Still on indoors, Terrariums

that were so popular in the

’70s have made a spectacular

comeback. They are very easy

to make and once done take

very little time to maintain.

First, find a suitable glass

of the traditional mop heads,

the cone-shaped flowers of

hydrangea paniculata bushes

container. Tall vases, round

fish bowls, fish tanks or glass

domes will all work well.

The most important factor

is the potting medium.

To start, add a layer sand,

then a layer of fine gravel or

decorative stones (if you have

several colours you can layer

them). Next comes a thin layer

of crushed charcoal. This is

important to filter the water

and keep the roots free from

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

fungus and mould. Finally, add

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a thick layer of potting mix. (I

Hydrangeas are forgiving

use seed raising mix as it has

plants that are easy to grow.

a finer texture for a small pot.)

They like regular water and

Firm the soil by pressing it

any good garden soil. Mulch

well down before you begin to

the roots with compost to

plant your miniature garden.

keep them cool and feed

Now you are ready

them in early spring to get

to choose your plants!

them going. Grow them in

Remember that the tiny plants

pots, or in the garden; bring

will soon fill out, so don’t

them inside when in flower

over-plant. Ferns are ideal,

or cut the blooms – they last

miniature African violets do

well in water.

Cherry Guava a

sweet surprise

In full flower in my veggie

garden is my Cherry Guava,

sometimes known as a Strawberry

Guava. This delightful

evergreen shrub never fails to

produce a heavy crop of cherry

guavas in early autumn.

It is a small, pretty tree with

rounded, glossy green leaves

that only grows to about

three metres in height. Keep it

trimmed into shape after fruiting.

The delicate fluffy flowers

are creamy white, growing close

well, to the small branches. parlour They palms are followed

for by the height tangy and flavoured, the tiny,

are

great

creeping sweet, berry-sized, peperomias cherry will red soon

act fruit as that a ground are high cove, in vitamin if you C.

can Unlike find the them taller-growing small growing deciduous

yellow orchids, guava moth that orchids needs

native

or cooking, oncidiums the fruit love can the be humid eaten

conditions.

raw straight from the tree or

used Terrariums in cooking, create jellies, a very drinks,

moist sauces environment or jams. so choose

plants You should carefully, protect buy them fruit as

tubes from fruit or take fly with cuttings a fruit and fly bait.

wait for them to grow.

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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Time to

go potty!

I

t is still cold outside but

you get ahead with spring

veggies if you start them off

inside. Mr Fothergills’ seeds

have made a range of veggies

and herbs that are ready

to go. Inside the pots are soil

and seeds ready to plant.

All you need is water!

These plastic pots have

clear plastic lids to make

them into mini glass

houses. Start your basil and

tomatoes now and they will

be ready to plant out next

month.

Bottlebrush bushes make

great hedges but can get

untidy if not looked after.

They are great where there

is space for them to spread

out but not so good in narrow

spaces.

New from Ozbreed is

the callistemon called

Slim. True to its name, the

scarlet-flowering shrub

produces masses of huge

red brushes on a tall

narrow plant. It can grow

to a height of 3m but is

just 1.3m wide.

It is the perfect native

shrub for hedging or can

be trimmed to a column

shape as an accent plant

or it can be grown in a

large tub by the front door.

Trimmed just a couple

of times each year, it will

flower from early spring

into summer and autumn.

The foliage naturally grows

right to ground level and

the old flowers are selfcleaning.

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As the days shorten the

brightly coloured Kalanchoes

explode into singing

colours of scarlet, yellow,

orange, pink, white or cerise.

Through the cold winter days

they give cheerful colour

in the garden, but once the

flowering finishes they need

some attention to make them

flower again next year.

They are often thrown

away, mistakenly, when the

old flower stems brown off.

Cut the old stems back to

two or three leaves above the

growing point to encourage

new growth. The plant

will thicken up with more

flowering tips for next year.

Kalanchoes have thick, fleshy

leaves that store the water.

They need water when they

are growing but after cutting

the plants back reduce the

water until the weather warms

up and new shoots appear.

Too much water at this stage

will kill the plants.

Better than a ‘Slim’

chance of great hedge

Exploding colours of Kalanchoe

In spring you can take

cuttings. Cut stems that have

at least three pairs of leaves

below the tip. Cut off the

bottom two pairs. The new

roots will appear from the

node that is where the leaf

was joined. Let the cuttings

dry for 24 hours before

planting. First dip the ends

into rooting hormone powder

then plant into seed raising

mix.

Don’t water for a couple

of weeks, once the cutting

appears to be firm in the soil

then you can start to water it.

Too much moisture will make

the cutting rot. They root very

easily if you keep them dry.

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Garden Life

Jobs this Month

July

Garden Life

We needed the rain in

June – although maybe

not quite so much.

The heavy rain has compacted

the soil. Aerate your lawn

and beds with a garden fork,

before adding new compost

or mulch.

Miner problem

New growth on citrus trees is

a target for leaf miner, so keep

up the regular sprays routine

of Eco oil. It is time to buy a

new leaf miner lure to hang in

the tree.

Snail watch

Cymbidium orchids are

flowering now. Marauding

snails can destroy the

flower spikes overnight. Use

Multiguard pellets to keep the

snails under control. Bring the

orchids inside while they are

flowering to enjoy the display.

Also, tiny snails are climbing

up vegetables and hibiscus.

Pick them off by hand or

entice that back to ground

level with a saucer of beer.

Fruiting tip

Train passionfruit this month.

The fruit is only produced

on new growth. Cut the

vines back by 50 per cent to

encourage new shoots.

Transplant time

It is cold outside but time

to keep busy. This is the

month to move any trees or

shrubs that are in the wrong

place. Spray the plants with

Yates’ Drought Shield the

week before you dig them

up. This will help to prevent

transplanting shock.

Prune roses

Time to prune your roses.

Cut back any weak or twiggy

growth and open up the

middle of the bushes. Always

prune back to an outward

pointing shoot, so that the

bush remains open. This will

reduce the congestion of the

leaves in summer and help

to prevent black spot. After

pruning spray your bushes

with lime sulphur to clean up

any fungal spores from the

previous season.

Buy bulbs

It’s not too late to plant liliums

and hippeastrum bulbs for

Bronze Glow for Xmas

It may be winter but you

can get ready for Christmas

now! Last year the

West Australian Woolly

Bush was sold as an indoor

Christmas tree. It is a

dense pale grey shrub that

responds well to trimming

into shape.

Adenothus Silver Streak

has soft, velvety grey leaves

and the new Bronze Glow

has the wonderful bronze

tips on the new growth.

The natural shape is like

a Christmas tree and with

summer flowers. If you buy

them now make sure that the

bulbs are still firm without any

signs of new leaves.

Lift & divide

Lift and divide gingers,

agapanthus, iris, mondo

grass, liriope, gazanias and

a little help to thicken the

foliage it looks spectacular

when it is decorated.

Buy a plant now and start

to shape it. Like all native

shrubs it is fast-growing.

Feed it with the slowrelease

fertiliser called Bush

Tucker. This is specially

formulated food for native

trees and shrubs. Woolly

Bush won’t do well as an

indoor plant, so make sure

to put it back outside in the

fresh air and sunlight after

the 12 days of Christmas.

any other garden perennials

now. Also, Geranium plants

need a tidy up. Take new

cuttings to replace any plants

that have become woody and

old.

Seeds & seedlings

Tomato seeds are ready to be

planted out next month. Also,

make sure that your sweet pea

seedlings have a strong frame

to climb up.

Crossword solution from page 67

Mystery location: HEADLAND

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Times Past

Sentry deception a

smuggler deterrent

Working day and night,

seven days a week,

outside and in all

types of weather conditions

certainly wouldn’t attract too

many job applicants today!

The ‘employee’ in this

case was a wooden effigy

of a military officer. He was

dressed in an orthodox,

scarlet swallow-tail coat,

capped with a plumed

infantry hat and drawn

sword, “correctly dressed

in the conspicuous uniform

of the red coats”, so that he

could be clearly seen from

anywhere in Broken Bay.

This fellow stood on

Barrenjoey Headland during

the latter half of the 19th

century as a deterrent to

smugglers (Smugglers Track,

right). Goods, especially rum,

were being landed in Broken

Bay to avoid paying Customs

duty in Sydney. Subsequently

in 1843, a Customs Station

was established in the lee of

the headland on the Pittwater

side of the isthmus.

Alexander Ross became

the fourth Coast Waiter in

January 1854. It was he,

according to Jervis Sparks,

who had cleverly fashioned

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the soldier almost entirely

from a single log which

formed the head, body

and legs. “The arms were

made from thick branches

inserted into augured holes.

It was brightly painted with

a red coat, white trousers,

a fashionable full-black

military moustache and an

old black hat.”

Ross stated that since an

officer couldn’t remain on

duty all the time, an effigy

would provide him with

some down-time. (Other more

cynical observers stated that

it also gave Ross time for

cards and a tot of confiscated

rum with his fellow officers.)

Several reports claim that

the effigy stood in front of a

cave, erect and not far from

the lighthouse.

In his ‘A Century of Yachting’

R. H. Goddard wrote that

“… before the fire of 1912,

old groups of wooden posts

painted white and red, as if

to represent ‘red coats’, were

dotted over the hillside of

Barrenjoey. At a distance they

certainly looked like military

sentries (below).”

They also looked like

military sentries to some

skippers of passing vessels.

Apparently the drawn sword

was an acknowledged sign

of a signal of distress (see

illustration) and on one

occasion a captain tacked

into Pittwater to offer

assistance. After his crew

stopped laughing when it

was discovered the soldier

was wooden, the captain

complained bitterly to

the authorities. Ross was

cautioned, but laughing

himself, “… continued to

paint his soldiers, hoping

to trap another gullible

captain.”

Although Jervis said he

made a reproduction of

the soldier for one of the

Pittwater Festivals of the

1990s, no photo exists of his

creation.

A report in ‘The Bulletin’

stated that the soldier

remained on duty until the

late 1800s when “… white

ants ate his legs from under

him and he collapsed.”

TIMES PAST is supplied

by local historian

and President of the

Avalon Beach Historical

Society GEOFF SEARL.

Visit the Society’s

showroom in Bowling

Green Lane, Avalon

Beach.

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Times Past


Local Call

Local Call

We love the night

(market) life!

When Kiwis Sam Adams

and Phaly My moved to

Sydney three years ago

they – quite literally – spotted

a gap in the market, providing

them with the opportunity to

launch a new business.

Newly arrived from Auckland,

with two little kids in tow,

the young family were keen to

explore the local night market

scene.

“We loved going to night markets

back home and would go

to at least five or six a month,”

Sam explained. “It was a great

night out for our too little ones

– we didn’t want to be stuck at

home but having a young family

also ruled out going to the pubs

or clubs, so the night markets

were a great fit for us.

“When we started looking for

night markets in Sydney we really

struggled to find something

similar… that’s when the wheels

started turning and we thought

that the Sydneysiders were really

missing out on such a good

family experience,” he said.

After a year of research and

planning and trying to get the

concept off the ground, Sam

and Phaly were given their ‘first

shot’ just over 18 months ago.

GOOD FOOD, GREAT FUN: Aussie NightMarkets are a

great monthly addition to the Pittwater scene.

There are

now 10 Aussie

NightMarkets

boasting the best street food

from around the globe, with

kids’ entertainment and shopping,

held in different locations

across NSW on most nights

of the week – with the latest

launched in Mona Vale.

“We have had many requests

to come out this way (as well

as a few other destinations) but

thankfully the local Council

was willing to work with us to

get the concept off the ground

in Mona Vale and we were able

to make it work,” Sam said.

The markets feature a

wonderful mix of what Sam

describes as the “hottest food

vendors and food trucks on the

scene”.

With more than 30 food vendors

on site, locals can sample

a wide range of international

food flavours, with dedicated

dessert vendors dishing out

sweet treats as well.

These markets cater to all the

family – there are amusement

rides and games for the kids

and a boutique retail section

filled with quality goods and

services.

“We also bring in tables and

chairs for a nice sit-down meal

and a bit of music to create the

atmosphere,” Sam said.

“The park’s Amphitheatre

provides a great natural seating

area which overlooks the entire

event – a great place to head

if you miss out on grabbing a

table on the night,” he said

The Aussie NightMarkets

are held in Mona Vale Village

Park on the second Friday of

every month from 5pm until

10pm (weather dependent).

Check out the Facebook page

for announcements – kids’ rides

sometimes can’t be operated in

high winds and the food trucks

and cars can’t get access to the

grounds in damp conditions.

Sam said they are always on

the lookout for new stallholders

– visit aussienightmarkets.com.

au for more info.

This month’s market is on

Friday 13. – Lisa Offord

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Travel Life

Educational tour of post-war Japan

World War II was without

doubt the defining

event of the 20th century –

it realigned the balance of

power both in Europe and

in Asia and established the

United States as a global

superpower. Indeed, the repercussions

of the war and

its aftermath still reverberate

today. Which makes Ponant’s

‘Legacy of World War

II’ cruise – following in the

wake of US General Douglas

MacArthur who journeyed to accept the Japanese

surrender in 1945, departing September 27, 2019 – a

truly unique and educational getaway.

“The ports of call on this intriguing 14 days/13

nights voyage from China to Japan introduce passengers

to the rich historical and cultural diversity of

the western Pacific,” said Travel View’s Karen Robinson.

“You’ll experience some 5,000 years of Chinese

history collected in the National Palace Museum in

Taipei; the unique crafts and music of the people

of Ishigaki; the legacy of the Ryuku kingdom represented in the

UNESCO World Heritage Shuri Castle on Okinawa; the samurai

houses of Chiran; the Fujisan Sengen shrine in the foothills of

Mt. Fuji; the Kumano Shinto shrines near Shingu – these are just

some of the fascinating places you may visit along

our way from Hong Kong to Osaka.”

As cruise members explore the natural and

cultural heritage of the distant past of islands

visited, they will also attend to a more recent

chapter in their history.

“Special guest lecturers, James Bradley and

Philip Hurst, will guide passengers in an exploration

of the origins and conduct of the war and

consider with them just how World War II shaped

the world in which we live,”

Karen said.

On August 6, 1945, the US detonated

an atomic bomb over the

Japanese city of Hiroshima – one

of the ports of call on this tour.

Three days later they dropped

a second atomic bomb on the

Japanese city of Nagasaki. Japan

surrendered to the Allied forces

on August 15 and the surrender

ceremony was held on September

2, aboard the US Navy battleship

USS Missouri, in Tokyo Bay. – NW

* To learn more about this trip

(departs September 27, 2019) attend an exclusive presentation

at Long Reef GC from 4.30pm to 6pm on Wednesday

25 July. Bookings essential; RSVP by 20 July on 9999 0444.

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Travel Life

Travel Life: The Insider

Stuff you must do before

heading to the airport...

Visiting the USA is a

GREAT idea! And there’s

never been a better time

to take off!

We’re pleased to provide tips

to help pave the way to the

holiday of a lifetime in the USA.

Move the ‘mouse’, before you

leave the house – and remember

to save this issue for future

reference; you’ll thank us later.

For starters, comprehensive

travel insurance is a must! We

suggest your buy travel insurance

from your local agent,

read the fine print and be sure

the premiums you pay will deliver

when needed in coverage.

Getting good comprehensive

travel insurance is possibly

the most important part of

packing for a holiday. Knowing

you’re ‘covered’ for flight

alterations, ‘deductibles’ for

accidentally driving the hire

car into the ‘drink,’ missing

luggage, theft, and (on

occasion) dropping that new

camera into the Grand Canyon.

An example? I chipped a tooth

consuming a bowl of Bubba

Gump Shrimp’s clam chowder.

Ouch! If you do need to use

any policy cover while away,

call the provider first-up, and

open a claim. While medical

attention in the USA is arguably

the best in the world the

first question any practitioner

is going to ask is “what’s your

coverage, please?”

Do homework online – but

when it comes to making your

purchases, march into your

travel agent and take a seat.

If you do need help later, your

travel professional can assist.

The best way to save money

is to shop before you put the

key card in the hotel door.

Plan to shop around while

still at home; short-list the

‘must-do’ items on the holiday

agenda and capture significant

savings. When you’re ready,

Did You Know!?

Australians are among the most

prolific and pleasantly resilient

travellers in the world. No matter

who is running the political

show, or the ebb and flow of

exchange rates, Australia continues its love affair

with America, breaking all records for ‘vacation’ invasions.

Over 1.4 million Australians lingered longer than any other

long-haul visitors in the world last year. And visitors to the

USA from ‘the lucky country’ return to the USA with incredible

loyalty. About three trips on average in a lifetime. Remarkable.

The traditional Australian’s trip to the US is, according to

statistics, 22.9 days in duration and highlighted by access to

incredible shopping opportunities. Shopping still puts Australians

at the top of the class for purchases. Australians continue

to rank shopping as the No.1 activity – 91% by last survey – and

nowadays not just running shoes, linens, and blue jeans are going

into the shopping trolley/cart. Australians are toting home

lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, chainsaws, new luggage, golf

clubs and vintage motorcycles and cars, to mention only a few.

highlights in hand, head for a

local travel guru and… ‘book

’em, Danno!’.

Pay the bulk of trip costs in

Australian dollars instead of

US Greenbacks when you ‘get

there’. Leaving hotel bookings

or car hire until the last minute

is no longer a reliable path

to savings. Planning can be

almost as much fun as going

along – enjoy the journey.

Use your own funds in the

USA with access to ATMs. Load

your ATM account before you

go, clear your credit cards.

Don’t tote along any Aussie

currency – unless you’re keen

to show the locals how bills are

a different size and colour.

Some nuggets of gold:

n Study pass options available

before leaving. When you buy

multi-attraction passes you’ll

save both money and, tons of

time!

n In major cities, nail down a

CityPass, which will include entries

and admissions to all the

key regional attractions. These

fabulous passes also save

huge chunks of time waiting

in lines. Go right to the front

and wave your VIP pass and

you’re in! These pre-purchased

passes will wind up saving the

clever traveller at least 50% of

the box office tariff. And you’ll

spend more time in attractions,

rather than waiting in

queues.

n Upgrade your current phone

for ‘roaming’ or consider buying

a new toss-away phone

with Mark Sheehan

while in the USA. Phone service

providers in Australia will

charge an international ‘roaming

fee’ for overseas use of

your own equipment. Ask your

provider for their best shot at

providing coverage. Crucially,

confirm you’ve got a good bit

of data to download so you

can use the GPS and maps now

available everywhere.

n Contact your bank and let

them know it’s you, using your

credit cards overseas. It’s a

sign of the times: your first

credit card purchase in the USA

goes as smooth as a baby’s

posterior, only to be abruptly

‘declined’ the next time you

buy a second round at the

bar. The message ‘contact

your bank’ is almost always,

guaranteed. Plan ahead – make

a pre-departure call into your

bank, or call the credit card

company to alert them of your

travel plans, and it should be

smooth sailing when flashing

the plastic. Without fear of

rejection.

n The Japanese business community

has a saying, based

on the iconic Samurai Battle

Creed, called the ‘Five Ps’:

Proper Planning Prevents Poor

Performance! Start planning

early, and you’ll be pleasantly

pleased with the results when

you finally do take off. Remember

to drop us a postcard!

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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