Pittwater Life August 2018 Issue

To Your Health. Flood of Complaints. Matt Burke. B-Line U-Turn. Taste of the Beaches.

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‘Slingshot’ rises from ashes<br />

In a remarkable piece<br />

of timing given the<br />

cancellation of the B-Line<br />

extension to Newport,<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> can reveal that<br />

a new charter bus service<br />

is set to trial in <strong>August</strong>,<br />

conveying 40 city workers<br />

non-stop from Newport to<br />

the CBD and back each day,<br />

saving the participants more<br />

than 40 minutes’ travel time<br />

each day.<br />

Slingshot – Chartered<br />

Commute is the brainchild<br />

of Bilgola Plateau resident<br />

Tyson Rose; he has called for<br />

expressions of interest to fill<br />

a privately chartered bus,<br />

with the results set to<br />

determine the ongoing<br />

viability of the route.<br />

The first trial will run<br />

between Newport Beach<br />

Surf Club and the CBD each<br />

day in the week commencing<br />

13th <strong>August</strong>, leaving Newport<br />

7.45am (pulling into Wynyard<br />

8.45am) and departing<br />

Wynyard 5.45pm (arriving<br />

Newport 6.45pm).<br />

Best of all the trial costs<br />

just $46 for a weekly pass.<br />

There is also an early bird<br />

discount of an additional 15%<br />

if people book before the end<br />

of July (while stocks last).<br />

Tyson is also keen to hear<br />

from locals about other<br />

potential routes.<br />

More info bit.ly/Slingshot_<br />

Bookings. (And read Tyson’s<br />

full story and revolutionary<br />

vision for local transport<br />

in next month’s issue of<br />

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4 AUGUST <strong>2018</strong><br />

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Gear shift after B-Li<br />

News<br />

As commuters across<br />

the northern end of<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> come to terms<br />

with the NSW Government’s<br />

decision to ‘tap off’ on its plan<br />

to extend B-Line services from<br />

Mona Vale to Newport, Northern<br />

Beaches Mayor Michael<br />

Regan has launched a bold<br />

bid to have the unused project<br />

funding redirected to pay for<br />

an east-west bus link from Dee<br />

Why to Chatswood.<br />

Other developments following<br />

the end of almost two<br />

years of uncertainty surrounding<br />

the controversial<br />

plan include:<br />

l Disappointed local MP Rob<br />

Stokes hitting out at “scaremongering”<br />

that contributed<br />

to cruelling the project;<br />

l Local residents’ groups demanding<br />

increased frequency<br />

of off-peak bus services<br />

north of Mona Vale;<br />

l A revelation by Transport<br />

for NSW (TfNSW) that the<br />

scope of relocating underground<br />

utility services at the<br />

proposed roundabout site on<br />

the corner of Neptune Road<br />

and Barrenjoey Road played<br />

a pivotal role in the Government’s<br />

backtracking on the<br />

Newport plan;<br />

l Commuters lighting up<br />

social media slamming the<br />

“selfish, self-interested”<br />

opponents of the B-Line extension<br />

who they say rarely<br />

caught bus services anyway;<br />

and<br />

l The release of Government<br />

artist impressions – distributed<br />

to community groups<br />

prior to the plan being<br />

abandoned – that show there<br />

would have been low-impact<br />

on the Newport streetscape<br />

(see below).<br />

Mayor Regan said he was<br />

disappointed the NSW Government<br />

had “given up finding a<br />

solution” for the extension of<br />

the B-Line.<br />

“I think if they had worked<br />

more closely with the community<br />

a compromise could have<br />

been found,” he told <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

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

“I will be writing to the State<br />

Government to ask them to<br />

redirect the funding set aside<br />

for this project to create the<br />

desperately needed east-west<br />

bus link from Dee Why to<br />

Chatswood.<br />

“We know this five-stop<br />

express B-Line-type service is<br />

affordable and with the new<br />

hospital about to open it’s<br />

more necessary than ever.<br />

“Now they have abandoned<br />

the Newport extension and<br />

have freed-up funds, the Government<br />

has no excuse not to<br />

push the go button.”<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> MP Rob Stokes confirmed<br />

additional complexities<br />

identified during the Neptune<br />

Road site investigations earlier<br />

this year had raised the threat<br />

of roadwork disruptions.<br />

“The reality was the complexity<br />

of the underground<br />

utility relocations, and the<br />

timeframes involved, simply<br />

weren’t practical,” Mr Stokes<br />

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

6 AUGUST <strong>2018</strong><br />

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ne U-turn<br />

However, he slammed the<br />

“ridiculous and misleading rumours”<br />

that had been spread<br />

around the community.<br />

“There was no proposal to<br />

build a bus terminal in Newport,<br />

no proposal to remove<br />

rows of trees, no proposal<br />

to construct new car parks<br />

and no proposal to introduce<br />

Clearways,” Mr Stokes said.<br />

“The most disappointing<br />

and mischievous rumour<br />

being peddled around the<br />

community was that the B-Line<br />

would somehow change planning<br />

and development rules –<br />

this is simply not true.”<br />

He said ultimately TfNSW<br />

had taken the time to undertake<br />

the necessary investigations,<br />

did its homework and<br />

listened to the community – as<br />

had been promised by Government<br />

and demanded by locals.<br />

“Nevertheless, I’m determined<br />

to see improvements to<br />

public transport services north<br />

of Mona Vale and I’m strongly<br />

advocating for this,” he added.<br />

In its statement, TfNSW<br />

pledged to “continue to investigate<br />

opportunities to improve<br />

existing bus services north<br />

of Mona Vale to align with<br />

demand and customer travel<br />

patterns between the Northern<br />

Beaches, Lower North Shore<br />

and the Sydney CBD”.<br />

It confirmed work will also<br />

continue along the corridor<br />

from Mona Vale to the Sydney<br />

Continued on page 8<br />

Discussion gets ‘Move’ on<br />

Council’s ‘Move Northern Beaches Transport Discussion Paper’<br />

has entered its next phase with the release of a consultation<br />

report which has collated input from hundreds of surveys and<br />

feedback forms, community drop-ins and commuter pop ups.<br />

Immediate findings include that residents want better public<br />

transport and improved parking to get people out of their<br />

cars and reduce traffic congestion.<br />

Mayor Michael Regan said the Northern Beaches transport<br />

strategy would go to Council for endorsement to be released<br />

for further consultation in late <strong>August</strong>.<br />

“We know traffic and transport are number one concerns<br />

for our community so it is fantastic to be engaging with our<br />

residents on these issues so we have a collective vision for our<br />

future,” Cr Regan said.<br />

“Sitting in traffic makes us all frustrated and we really<br />

need a robust plan for how we will manage our roads and<br />

transport now but also in 10 and 20 years.”<br />

Key themes from the consultation included calls for:<br />

l A better integrated transport that includes more frequent<br />

and reliable public transport – including late at night;<br />

l Better public transport connections to Chatswood and<br />

Macquarie Park;<br />

l Improved ‘Park and Ride’ options – especially as B-Line<br />

parking is often full;<br />

l Increased numbers of safe off-road paths for cyclists and<br />

pedestrians;<br />

l Dedicated Bus Lanes and Clearways;<br />

l Bike carriage spaces on buses (identified by young people);<br />

l More feeder buses to and from the B-Line;<br />

l Well-designed urban development which takes traffic impacts<br />

into account; and<br />

l Increased dedicated motorcycle parking.<br />

News<br />

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News<br />

Continued From page 7<br />

CBD to manage traffic, reliability<br />

of buses and support the<br />

new B-Line bus services.<br />

More than 3,200 new weekly<br />

services to the Northern Beaches<br />

Bus Network kicked off last<br />

November; these included the<br />

introduction of a new, highfrequency<br />

199 service between<br />

Palm Beach and Manly, additional<br />

E88 services between<br />

Avalon Beach and Wynyard,<br />

additional 191 and 192 services<br />

linking Avalon Beach,<br />

Clareville and Bilgola Plateau,<br />

a new E54 route between Mona<br />

Vale and Milsons Point, additional<br />

E60 services between<br />

Mona Vale and Chatswood, additional<br />

156 services between<br />

McCarrs Creek and Mona<br />

Vale, additional E85 services<br />

between Warriewood Valley<br />

and Wynyard and additional<br />

E83 services between Elanora<br />

Heights and Wynyard.<br />

But local residents groups<br />

remain unimpressed.<br />

Palm Beach & Whale Beach<br />

Association (PBWBA) President<br />

Dr Richard West said the<br />

group’s policy was that there<br />

should be an express bus<br />

service from Palm Beach to the<br />

city, with limited stops every<br />

half hour.<br />

“This will give the residents<br />

of North <strong>Pittwater</strong> the same<br />

direct services as the rest of<br />

the residents of the Northern<br />

Beaches – they should not<br />

be forced to change buses or<br />

drive to Mona Vale,” he said.<br />

The Newport Residents<br />

Association (NRA), which<br />

opposed the extension of the<br />

B-Line to Newport, said the<br />

decision to scrap the plan was<br />

“great news for the communities<br />

from Newport to Palm<br />

Beach”.<br />

The results of an online<br />

survey undertaken by the<br />

NRA showed 85% opposition<br />

(from 250 respondents) to the<br />

Newport extension.<br />

“Since mid-2016 when the<br />

NRA first came to hear about a<br />

possible extension the association<br />

considered the benefits<br />

and detriments of any extension<br />

and considered that the<br />

downsides far outweighed the<br />

upsides,” said NRA President<br />

Gavin Butler.<br />

“TfNSW comments that they<br />

have listened to the community<br />

– whether that is the<br />

whole story is irrelevant as the<br />

outcome is what the community<br />

has been saying for over<br />

two years.<br />

“Our next objective is to<br />

improve the bus services for<br />

all communities north of Mona<br />

Vale, which have been degraded<br />

since the introduction<br />

of the B-Line – especially in<br />

non-peak hours – and we have<br />

been advised that new timetables<br />

are to be announced in<br />

September.” – Nigel Wall<br />

In Brief…<br />

n TfNSW presented a draft<br />

concept to construct a<br />

roundabout at the intersection<br />

of Neptune and Barrenjoey<br />

Roads in October 2017.<br />

n The proposal also included<br />

two B-Line bus stops at<br />

the existing northbound<br />

and southbound stops on<br />

Barrenjoey Road at Newport<br />

shops, and a southbound<br />

B-Line stop on Barrenjoey<br />

Road near Newport Beach at<br />

the existing bus stop site.<br />

n Consultation was<br />

undertaken with customers,<br />

residents and community<br />

groups in October 2017.<br />

n Feedback received from the<br />

community and stakeholders,<br />

along with additional<br />

complexities identified<br />

during the site investigations<br />

undertaken earlier this year,<br />

saw TfNSW review options.<br />

n B-Line services are no<br />

longer proposed to extend to<br />

Newport and the construction<br />

of a roundabout at the corner<br />

of Neptune and Barrenjoey<br />

Roads will not proceed.<br />

8 AUGUST <strong>2018</strong><br />

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News<br />

Saving lives – and the planet<br />

The new Northern<br />

Beaches Hospital has<br />

achieved a best practice<br />

rating for sustainability, setting<br />

the scene for it to become<br />

a world-class healing environment.<br />

The hospital at Frenchs<br />

Forest will be the first 4<br />

Star Green Star – Healthcare<br />

Design & As Built-certified<br />

hospital in NSW.<br />

Designed and constructed<br />

and managed by Healthscope<br />

under contract with the NSW<br />

Government, the nine-storey,<br />

488-bed hospital will provide<br />

care for both public and<br />

private patients when it opens<br />

in October.<br />

Responsible for maintaining<br />

the facility’s green credentials<br />

is Northern Beaches<br />

Hospital Director of Operations<br />

and <strong>Pittwater</strong> local Pat<br />

Taurins.<br />

“We applied for the 4 Star<br />

Green Star rating because<br />

there are so many links<br />

between the quality of your<br />

environment and healing and<br />


hospital’s rating is a NSW first.<br />

well-being,” Mr Taurins told<br />

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

“It’s a lengthy process and<br />

a great deal of work involved<br />

but Healthscope feels very<br />

passionately about creating<br />

the best environment possible<br />

for patients, staff, volunteers<br />

and visitors.”<br />

Administered by the Green<br />

Building Council of Australia<br />

(GBCA), Green Star assesses<br />

the sustainable design,<br />

construction and operation<br />

of buildings, fit outs and<br />

communities.<br />

The assessment covers nine<br />

areas: management; indoor<br />

environment quality; energy;<br />

transport; water; materials;<br />

waste; land use and ecology;<br />

and emissions. From this an<br />

overall rating is formulated –<br />

the GBCA’s 4 Star Green Star<br />

rating represents Australian<br />

best practice.<br />

The hospital project team<br />

has been working to achieve<br />

the rating from the outset developing<br />

and following a comprehensive<br />

plan and tracking<br />

and monitoring commitment<br />

to operational sustainability.<br />

As a result, the CBCA says<br />

the hospital is projected to<br />

achieve a 55% reduction in<br />

greenhouse gas consumption<br />

when compared to a benchmark<br />

building.<br />

During construction, 80 per<br />

cent of waste was diverted<br />

from landfill and repurposed,<br />

while environmentally sustainable<br />

materials have been<br />

used throughout to improve<br />

the quality of the indoor<br />

environment.<br />

Constructed using responsibly<br />

sourced steel, concrete,<br />

PVC and joinery and non-toxic<br />

paints and adhesives, the<br />

hospital has been designed to<br />

maximise patient, staff and<br />

visitor comfort and health.<br />

Within the hospital, patients,<br />

staff and visitors will<br />

benefit from high levels of<br />

natural light, indoor air quality,<br />

quality lighting, careful<br />

acoustic design to minimise<br />

noise, spectacular views and<br />

easy access to green outdoor<br />

spaces featuring native plants.<br />

The hospital’s “hi-performance”<br />

façade minimises<br />

heating and cooling power<br />

consumption and high-tech<br />

systems (such as a Co-Gen<br />

system, which generates<br />

electricity from gas and using<br />

waste heat for heating)<br />

employed to increase energy<br />

efficiency.<br />

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‘G’ IS FOR GREEN STAR: NB Hospital’s Director of Operations Pat Taurins.<br />

Other smart energy strategies<br />

include optimising the<br />

orientation of buildings to<br />

minimise unnecessary heat<br />

from the sun and setting up<br />

an extensive electricity and<br />

water metering and reporting<br />

system to track and manage<br />

consumption.<br />

High efficiency fittings<br />

and equipment have been<br />

installed throughout – even<br />

the $3.5 million worth of<br />

sterilising equipment was selected<br />

with the environment<br />

in mind.<br />

“The washers save 30 litres<br />

of water per load, over a year<br />

that’s 50 Olympic sized pools<br />

worth of water that can be<br />

used to water the landscaping<br />

around the hospital,” Mr<br />

Taurins added.<br />

Internationally recognised<br />

advocate and change agent for<br />

sustainability and outstanding<br />

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

community who also happens<br />

to be the CEO of the Green<br />

Building Council of Australia,<br />

Romilly Madew, described the<br />

hospital’s 4 Star Green Star<br />

certification as a “tremendous<br />

achievement”.<br />

“When it starts operating,<br />

Northern Beaches Hospital<br />

will be a leading sustainable<br />

healthcare facility,” Ms Madew<br />

said.<br />

She said having such a<br />

facility in her local area was<br />

“fantastic”.<br />

“It illustrates to the community<br />

that government has<br />

committed to sustainability<br />

leadership and take not only<br />

their care but costs seriously,”<br />

she said.<br />

“With three active kids I<br />

have had my fair share of<br />

trips to hospital… and not<br />

just from those experiences I<br />

know how important it is that<br />

we design these buildings to<br />

be great places to be in.<br />

“No-one wants to be in a<br />

hospital, so let’s make sure<br />

we make them as good as we<br />

can, both to get out as fast<br />

as we can, but also to make a<br />

difficult time less so.”<br />

Ms Madew explained investments<br />

in improved energy<br />

and water performance lower<br />

operating costs resulting<br />

in more money that can be<br />

directed to patient care.<br />

“There is more than two decades<br />

of compelling evidence<br />

demonstrating that green design<br />

not only makes hospitals<br />

more energy-efficient – it also<br />

has huge benefits for patients,<br />

medical staff, general staff,<br />

visitors and the wider community,”<br />

she said.<br />

There is also evidence<br />

green design can help reduce<br />

hospital stays and improve<br />

patient outcomes.<br />

Ms Madew referred to<br />

research from the World<br />

Green Building Council which<br />

showed that incorporating<br />

green design in hospital<br />

infrastructure could deliver<br />

an 8.5% reduction in hospital<br />

stays, 15% faster recovery<br />

rates, a 22% reduction in the<br />

need for pain medication and<br />

an 11% reduction in secondary<br />

infections.<br />

For staff, a green hospital<br />

Continued on page 21<br />

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AUGUST <strong>2018</strong> 11

News<br />

GP urges ‘opt out’ of digital health record<br />

Newport GP Dr Julian Northover<br />

has warned locals to<br />

do their due diligence before<br />

deciding to remain part of the<br />

Federal Government’s new ‘My<br />

Health Record’ – which automatically<br />

stores individuals’<br />

personal health information in<br />

a massive digital database and<br />

places the onus on people to<br />

‘opt out’ of the program rather<br />

than gain their approval to<br />

participate.<br />

A passionate opponent, Dr<br />

Northover said there were<br />

numerous reasons why he had<br />

already opted out (the window<br />

triggered July 16 and runs<br />

through October 15).<br />

“I did not feel I could trust<br />

the government My Health Record<br />

(‘MyHR’) with my personal<br />

health information which I<br />

disclosed in confidence to my<br />

local doctor,” Dr Northover told<br />

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

“Nor did I feel I could trust<br />

the government to not change<br />

the rules about access to my<br />

health data in the future; the<br />

government’s refusal to delete<br />

our records if requested once<br />

they are created; the 900,000-<br />

plus health providers and<br />

administrators with access<br />

rights to MyHR; the 100,000-<br />

plus ‘venerable’<br />

computers accessing<br />

MyHR; the<br />

sharing / cross<br />

match of records<br />

by many government<br />

departments<br />

without my knowledge<br />

or consent;<br />

the potential to<br />

use MyHR to deny<br />

/ reduce access to<br />

health insurance or<br />

life/income insurance;<br />

and the use of MyHR in<br />

any judicial process through<br />

subpoena.”<br />

Dr Northover said other concerns<br />

included the potential<br />

use of MyHR to limit employment<br />

prospects through<br />

‘authorised releases’.<br />

“There’s also the linking of<br />

MyHR to other family members<br />

and peers, as well as to<br />

newer big data tools including<br />

artificial intelligence which<br />

will further interrogate our<br />

OPPOSED: Dr Northover.<br />

records,” he said.<br />

“I do not feel that MyHR is<br />

a prudent thing for society,<br />

where we are at the cusp of<br />

storing genetic<br />

information as<br />

part our patient<br />

records.<br />

“Alarmingly, I<br />

did not feel that<br />

MyHR had been<br />

explained to me<br />

– especially the<br />

costs and risks – in<br />

sufficient detail<br />

(including through<br />

my role as a ‘IT<br />

literate’ general<br />

practitioner).<br />

“And I did not feel that<br />

MyHR will add substantially to<br />

my clinical care as a patient –<br />

nor did I feel that the minimal<br />

patient benefits of emergency<br />

presentations and allergies<br />

justified what we are signing<br />

up to.”<br />

Dr Northover said anyone<br />

old enough to remember the<br />

‘Australia Card’ proposal<br />

would recall the debate it<br />

created and the way it was<br />

“watered down” to the creation<br />

of Tax File Numbers.<br />

“Now we live in a newer<br />

digital age where the level of<br />

interrogation of big data for<br />

government and corporate use<br />

will far exceed anything we<br />

can imagine today.”<br />

He said he did believe however<br />

that further efficiencies<br />

in healthcare information were<br />

required to help better manage<br />

care and its costs – but that the<br />

current format “signs us and<br />

our children to a more onerous<br />

and less-forgiving future”.<br />

“This will become a bigger<br />

story in the media as people<br />

become aware of what they<br />

are getting pushed into,” he<br />

said. “Let’s ‘opt out’ for a better<br />

discussion… and while you’re<br />

at it, the kids too!”<br />

More info can be found at<br />

‘For Sale – Your Privacy and<br />

Your Health Data’ at privacy.<br />

org.au; also read the Australian<br />

Medical Association’s view<br />

ama.com.au/gp-network-news/<br />

my-health-record<br />

* What it means – read Jennifer<br />

Harris’ law column p54.<br />

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Book Review<br />

On the<br />

Right Track<br />

by Penelope Janu<br />

Mira, $29.99<br />

If you fell in love with the<br />

hunky Norwegian Naval<br />

Captain, Per Amundsen,<br />

in Avalon-based Penelope<br />

Janu’s debut novel, In At<br />

the Deep End, wait till you<br />

catch up with his brooding<br />

diplomat/spy brother, Tor,<br />

in her latest novel.<br />

This time Janu swaps<br />

Avalon and the surf,<br />

for country and horses.<br />

Golden Saunders carries a serious riding injury,<br />

and an even greater family scandal on her shoulders.<br />

When Tor Amundsen brings allegations of her father’s<br />

race-fixing and money laundering to her quiet farm life,<br />

she is forced to cooperate with his investigation by her<br />

powerful politician stepfather.<br />

Try as she might to fight a growing attraction, and the<br />

potential Tor has to up-end her life, his way with animals<br />

and children threatens to melt her heart. Did I mention he<br />

is also very handsome? A well-written romantic treat for<br />

readers.<br />

Penelope Janu will be sharing her writing journey<br />

at Beachside Bookshop’s Sunday Salon on Sunday 12<br />

<strong>August</strong>. Call 9918 9918 for info.<br />

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AUGUST <strong>2018</strong> 13

News<br />

New CEO’s engagement promise<br />

New Northern Beaches<br />

Council CEO Ray Brownlee<br />

says he has made it his<br />

mission to improve the organisation’s<br />

customer service<br />

and the way it communicates<br />

and engages with residents,<br />

businesses and visitors.<br />

Mr Brownlee, who was appointed<br />

on July 17 following<br />

a three-month recruitment<br />

process, told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong><br />

he was attracted to apply for<br />

the position on the beaches<br />

as it married with his most<br />

recent experience heading<br />

up Randwick City Council in<br />

Sydney’s east (a role he held<br />

from 2004).<br />

“My experience in senior<br />

executive roles in local government,<br />

focus on customer<br />

service and financial management,<br />

and the leadership<br />

and motivation of a diverse<br />

workforce in a coastal urban<br />

environment, were attributes<br />

that aligned with the direction<br />

of the Northern Beaches<br />

Council,” he said.<br />

“The Northern Beaches<br />

Council has the size and<br />

capacity to deliver the economies<br />

of scale to achieve the<br />

financial savings and benefits<br />

to the community from the<br />

merger process.<br />

“I am very excited to work<br />

with the Mayor and Councillors<br />

to build on the successes<br />

of Council. As the CEO, and<br />

with our staff, we will deliver<br />

high quality services and<br />

facilities to our community.”<br />

Mr Brownlee has more than<br />

30 years’ experience in local<br />

government. Married with<br />

two children and a 14-monthold<br />

grandson, he currently resides<br />

outside of the Northern<br />

Beaches.<br />

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael<br />

Regan said Mr Brownlee<br />

“ticked all the boxes”.<br />

“He has an incredible<br />

breadth of experience, a real<br />

focus on customer service<br />

and delivery and is an exceptional<br />

financial manager,” Cr<br />

Regan said.<br />

“His proven track record was<br />

acknowledged in 2015 when he<br />

was awarded a Public Service<br />

Medal for outstanding public<br />

service in an executive role.<br />

“He is extremely highly<br />

regarded, with demonstrated<br />

ability to influence all levels<br />

of government.<br />

“Plus he is very down to<br />

earth, genuine and peoplefocused<br />

– he will be a great fit<br />

for our community.”<br />

Mr Brownlee was also the<br />

driving force behind the coordination<br />

of partnerships with<br />

public and private entities<br />

which enabled the securing<br />

of transformational infrastructure<br />

development for<br />

metropolitan Sydney and the<br />

greater eastern suburbs such<br />

as the CBD and South East<br />

Light Rail project (currently<br />

under construction).<br />

Mr Brownlee commences a<br />

five-year contract on October 1.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

5THINGS<br />


Pack birthing kits. Zonta<br />

Club of Northern Beaches and<br />

Barrenjoey High School are<br />

organising a day to pack Birthing<br />

Kits for women in developing<br />

countries. All members of the<br />

community invited to help<br />

assemble the kits containing<br />

six simple items on Sat 18 from<br />

1-4pm. A donation of $3 buys<br />

the materials for one kit and the<br />

training program for its delivery.<br />

Contact Margaret on 0416 182<br />

393 or marg.white@me.com to<br />

register your interest.<br />

Free stay at YHA. Spend two<br />

mornings on the weekend of<br />

<strong>August</strong> 24-26 helping to remove<br />

weeds in the beautiful Ku-ringgai<br />

Chase National Park and<br />

be rewarded with two nights<br />

accommodation, two days<br />

of meals (morning teas, BBQ<br />

lunches and evening dinners) and<br />

kayak use at the award-winning<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Youth Hostel. All you<br />

will need is a $20 contribution.<br />

Contact <strong>Pittwater</strong>@yha.com.au or<br />

9999-5748 to register interest.<br />

Car boot sale. <strong>Pittwater</strong> High<br />

School will be full of great stuff<br />

for sale on Sun 5 from 7.30am-<br />

1.30pm with bargains for buyers,<br />

sausage sizzles, drinks and more.<br />

Eco textile workshop.<br />

Young folk (12-18) are invited<br />

to join in a 6-week course with<br />

local textile artist Ivana Taylor<br />

to learn how to up-cycle textile<br />

waste. Participants will learn<br />

traditional techniques including<br />

Japanese Boro stitching, Indian<br />

Kantha stitching and a variety<br />

of contemporary ways to curate<br />

and re-purpose fabric scraps to<br />

create textile pieces. Thursdays,<br />

5-7pm from Aug 9 to Sept 13<br />

at Warringah Mall Library. Cost<br />

$30; info 9942 7999.<br />

Make herbal home<br />

remedies. This workshop in<br />

Avalon on Sat 18 from 10am-1pm<br />

is for anyone wishing to learn<br />

about simple and natural home<br />

remedies for the colder months.<br />

The workshop will be presented<br />

by Julie Gundlach, who has<br />

more than 20 years’ experience<br />

in many areas of health and<br />

wellbeing. See the Permaculture<br />

Northern Beaches website for<br />

more info.<br />

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A flood of<br />

complaints<br />

Special report by Nigel Wall<br />

News<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

has launched a last-ditch<br />

legal bid to overturn a<br />

controversial decision to approve<br />

development on floodprone<br />

land at Warriewood.<br />

It comes as flood expert and<br />

former general manager of <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Council Angus Gordon<br />

slammed the determination<br />

of the Sydney North Planning<br />

Panel – chaired by former NSW<br />

Liberal leader Peter Debnam –<br />

which he said could put lives<br />

at risk and create a future massive<br />

clean-up with ratepayers<br />

left to foot the bill.<br />

Further, local MP Rob Stokes<br />

has made representations to<br />

Minister for Planning Anthony<br />

Roberts to highlight the ramifications<br />

of the panel’s July 4<br />

decision to amend the <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Local Environmental Plan,<br />

which will allow the owner of 2<br />

Macpherson Street, Warriewood<br />

to build 22 dwellings on the site<br />

adjoining the new $6 million<br />

Macpherson St Bridge.<br />

The bridge was planned and<br />

constructed to help manage<br />

flooding upstream from Ingleside;<br />

it opened last December.<br />

At an extraordinary meeting<br />

on July 17, Council resolved to<br />

seek urgent legal advice as to<br />

the prospects of overturning<br />

the decision, as well as write to<br />

the Planning Minister expressing<br />

concern in view of the flood<br />

risk and formally request the<br />

plan not be made.<br />

Mayor Michael Regan told<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> that flooding<br />

in Warriewood Valley was a<br />

serious issue, in part because<br />

of the difficulty in evacuating<br />

people when floods occur with<br />

little warning.<br />

“It is clear that the current<br />

framework doesn’t appropriately<br />

deal with the risk of largescale<br />

flooding and Council and<br />

the community are left to deal<br />

with the risks,” he said.<br />

Angus Gordon is a Civil<br />

Engineer who holds a Masters<br />

Degree in Coastal and Water<br />

Engineering; he has more than<br />

40 years’ experience in flood<br />

issues and management, and is<br />

a former Manager of the Manly<br />

Hydraulics Laboratory, which<br />

specialises in water issues<br />

including flood management.<br />

Mr Gordon said the Macpherson<br />

Street site, set up as a<br />

“buffer” zone in the 20-year<br />

Warriewood Valley housing<br />

strategy, had more than a<br />

century of history of being<br />

severely impacted by flooding.<br />

Photo: Angus Gordon<br />

“In the mid-1990s detailed<br />

flood studies confirmed this,<br />

as have more recent refinements<br />

of these flood studies,”<br />

he said. “I have personally<br />

observed the site significantly<br />

flooded on four occasions and<br />

have made several written representations<br />

on the significant<br />

flooding of the site, both as GM<br />

of the former <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council<br />

and as a community member.”<br />

Graphic photos he took of a<br />

major flooding event in 2013<br />

(below) illustrate the danger to<br />

the community.<br />

“It ends up being the volunteers<br />

such as the SES who have<br />

to risk their lives because of<br />

these thoughtless decisions,<br />

and the rest of the community<br />

that have to pick up the cost,”<br />

he said. “It makes no sense.”<br />

“The developer bought the<br />

land knowing it was flood<br />

prone and zoned with a zeroyield<br />

potential. Any reasonable<br />

professional should have<br />

simply pointed this out to the<br />

developer, just as <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Council did in the past.”<br />

Mr Gordon said the panel<br />

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Photo: All Sky Drones / Jay Platt<br />

PUSH TO OVERTURN: Flood issues expert Angus Gordon stands on the Macpherson Street Bridge at Warriewood; the land adjacent has been given the<br />

all-clear to be developed for housing despite still representing a major flood risk. OPPOSITE: The site during the most recent flooding event in 2013.<br />

had erred by using a ‘1:100<br />

years’ flood level to arrive at<br />

its conclusion of “extremely<br />

low probability of the Probable<br />

Maximum Flood Event” – this<br />

he said was using “old world<br />

terminology”.<br />

“The inquest following the<br />

1997 Thredbo disaster made it<br />

quite clear that it was inappropriate<br />

to use criteria such<br />

as the 1% event where lives and<br />

property are placed at risk by<br />

natural hazards,” he said.<br />

“The Panel’s assertions in<br />

regard of flooding impacts on<br />

the site on property and life<br />

demonstrate the panel did not<br />

have the competence necessary<br />

to make the determination<br />

it made. It knowingly has<br />

placed lives and property in<br />

harm’s way – and this despite<br />

the State Government’s policy<br />

to not allow intensification of<br />

flood prone sites, and the more<br />

modern views on risk and risk<br />

management.”<br />

Mr Gordon further rubbished<br />

the panel’s assertion that, when<br />

filled so that the ground floors<br />

of future dwellings would be<br />

above the ‘Probable Maximum<br />

Flood Event’ height, the land<br />

would not materially affect<br />

other land around it.<br />

“The Panel has completely<br />

neglected the impact on adjacent<br />

properties and properties<br />

downstream,” he said.<br />

“It has been long understood<br />

by flood management professionals<br />

that filling a flood<br />

prone site moves the flood<br />

waters onto adjacent properties<br />

– it is like filling a bucket<br />

to the brim and then dropping<br />

in a couple of bricks; the bucket<br />

overflows and inundates the<br />

surrounding area.<br />

“You don’t have to be very<br />

bright to realise this.<br />

“The Panel clearly didn’t understand<br />

the potential adverse<br />

impacts of their decision on<br />

adjacent properties,” he continued.<br />

“There is an important difference<br />

between understanding<br />

the overall concepts of land use<br />

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planning and on understanding<br />

risk management. Clearly<br />

the Panel lacked the necessary<br />

expertise in risk management.”<br />

Adjacent properties and<br />

properties downstream are<br />

those that may suffer, he said.<br />

“The Panel should have insisted<br />

on an independent ‘run’<br />

on the existing, sophisticated,<br />

computer-based flood model<br />

for Warriewood Valley in order<br />

to properly asses the impacts,”<br />

he continued.<br />

“The Flood model has been<br />

developed and refined over<br />

more than two decades and<br />

clearly shows the site as being<br />

significantly impacted. It would<br />

have been a simple matter to rerun<br />

it to properly assess the potential<br />

impacts of the proposed<br />

development on both the site<br />

in question and surrounding<br />

properties. To not insist on the<br />

proper, and independent, use of<br />

the existing flood modelling is<br />

simply incomprehensible.”<br />

Mr Gordon said there was a<br />

time when there was no flood<br />

insurance and the individuals<br />

impacted by floods had to simply<br />

“wear” the consequences.<br />


Macpherson Street site in 2013<br />

(above) and a long-time resident’s<br />

photo of Warriewood flooding in<br />

the 1940s (right).<br />

“Nowadays the community<br />

ends up wearing the costs of<br />

disasters whether that be<br />

through disaster relief funds<br />

from the State and Federal<br />

Government – which after all<br />

are funded through our taxes –<br />

or from Council funds, funded<br />

through our rates, or through<br />

insurance,” he said.<br />

“Many people don’t realise<br />

that since the insurance industry<br />

introduced flood insurance<br />

(under political pressure), both<br />

the industry and government<br />

realised that the burden of<br />

flood insurance premiums<br />

were often too great on the<br />

individuals most impacted and<br />

so in order to offset this, the<br />

burden has been spread over<br />

many properties.<br />

“That is, many of the community<br />

are actually subsidising<br />

the insurance premiums<br />

of flood prone properties. So<br />

when your taxes, council rates<br />

and insurance premiums rise<br />

in the future you can thank the<br />

Photo: Angus Gordon & supplied<br />

Panel members for doing their<br />

bit to intensify development<br />

that puts lives and property<br />

in harm’s way in Warriewood<br />

Valley, and drains money out of<br />

your hip pocket.”<br />

The Planning Panel’s meeting<br />

lasted 31 minutes. Its determination<br />

noted members made<br />

just one site inspection – in<br />

April 2017, before the bridge<br />

was constructed.<br />

It noted 19 written<br />

submissions<br />

– but tellingly in<br />

its ‘Reasons For<br />

Decision’ it stated<br />

“there were no<br />

speakers from the<br />

community at the<br />

public meeting”.<br />

This drew the ire<br />

of Mayor Michael<br />

Regan, who told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>:<br />

“I understand there were very<br />

few community members in attendance<br />

for the Panel meeting.<br />

I’m concerned that there is not<br />

enough advice or information<br />

making its way to our community<br />

before the Panel makes<br />

important decisions – and why<br />

it seems that a verbal submission<br />

is given more weight than<br />

a written one.”<br />

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Hospital forum concern<br />

Hundreds of people heard of<br />

concerns about the future<br />

of hospital care in the region at<br />

a forum last month.<br />

Prominent doctor Richard<br />

West said NSW Government<br />

claims that is was retaining<br />

a hospital at Mona Vale when<br />

Northern Beaches Hospital<br />

opens were “fraudulent” and<br />

he said the new hospital would<br />

not be able to treat major<br />

trauma cases because it did not<br />

have neurosurgery facilities.<br />

“The problems are, no major<br />

trauma, cardiac surgery has to<br />

be sorted out, and it has to have<br />

a proper stroke unit where patients<br />

can be treated in a timely<br />

fashion,” he said.<br />

A resolution called on the<br />

NSW Government to retain<br />

Mona Vale Hospital in public<br />

hands at a minimum Level 3<br />

hospital with full emergency<br />

department; retain the main<br />

building; upgrade the existing<br />

facilities and that palliative<br />

care and aged care be kept.<br />

In response, a spokesperson<br />

from Northern Sydney Local<br />

Health District told <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong> all acute healthcare<br />

services provided at Manly and<br />

Mona Vale Hospitals would be<br />

available at the new hospital.<br />

“It will also provide more<br />

complex healthcare than is currently<br />

available on the Northern<br />

Beaches with the potential<br />

to provide even more services<br />

in the future,” he said.<br />

“Mona Vale Hospital would<br />

continue to have an important<br />

role in delivering integrated<br />

services that complement those<br />

provided across the Beaches.”<br />

More than 250 staff will<br />

be employed at Mona Vale<br />

Hospital to provide health services<br />

including the urgent care<br />

centre, rehabilitation inpatient<br />

services, inpatient palliative<br />

care unit and geriatric evaluation<br />

and management unit.<br />

“Residents will continue to<br />

have access to Royal North<br />

Shore Hospital which is the<br />

major adult trauma and acute<br />

thrombolysis and clot retrieval<br />

centre for Northern Sydney<br />

region.”<br />

Mona Vale Hospital will also<br />

have a new ambulance station.<br />

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Dredge plea<br />

News<br />

Businesses in Palm Beach<br />

and across <strong>Pittwater</strong> at<br />

Ettalong are hoping a longterm<br />

solution can be found to<br />

the environmental issue that has<br />

shut down ferry services and cut<br />

off the two tourism destinations<br />

for more than two months.<br />

Massive sand build-up near<br />

Little Box Head forced the closure<br />

of the Ettalong Channel in<br />

May, with dredging required to<br />

clear the waterway – the second<br />

time in two years the channel<br />

has required dredging works<br />

to counter tidal flow deposits<br />

of sand.<br />

Ettalong Tourism & Visitor<br />

Information Centre<br />

administrator at Ettalong<br />

Diggers, Kim Cole, said<br />

the southern-tip Central<br />

Coast community was<br />

desperate for the dredging<br />

to begin and the<br />

ferry service to resume, to<br />

arrest a significant downturn<br />

in business.<br />

“It is imperative for the<br />

survival of small business<br />

in our region which is the<br />

lifeblood of our community,”<br />

Ms Cole said.<br />

“The wharf closure has had<br />

a significant financial impact,<br />

with many highlighting a big<br />

drop-off in trade – it has also<br />

had a big effect on commuters,<br />

tradies and students attending<br />

Northern Beaches schools.”<br />

Wolfgang Zichy, owner of the<br />

Re:Publik Cafe and Art Gallery<br />

on Ocean View, said the flow<br />

of visitors had dried up – with<br />

some shops reporting income<br />

loss of more than 50 per cent.<br />

“It’s the businesses that are<br />

in line with people walking to<br />

and from the ferry who are suffering<br />

the most,” he said.<br />

“Also, we hear Patonga is suffering<br />

from the wash around<br />

the wharf and beach and cars<br />

parked everywhere, so that no<br />

visitors there can find a space,”<br />

he said.<br />

Club Palm Beach general<br />

manager John Sinclair noted<br />

Palm Beach businesses had<br />

also been impacted.<br />

“Where we would normally<br />

CLOGGED: An aerial view showing sand build-up.<br />

BUSINESSES SUFFERING: The Ettalong community have rallied.<br />

expect to welcome 20 visitors<br />

to lunch, at the moment we are<br />

picking up maybe two or three.<br />

And where normally 50 to 60<br />

might get off the ferry at Palm<br />

Beach, now it’s around eight.”<br />

The long-term fix remains<br />

up in the air given an ongoing<br />

dispute between Central Coast<br />

Council and the NSW Government<br />

over responsibility to pay<br />

for the dredging.<br />

The Council refuses to accept<br />

the Government’s definition<br />

that it is a ‘local’ waterway<br />

and is demanding the Berejiklian<br />

Government pay<br />

each time the channel<br />

requires work.<br />

But the Government<br />

maintains that as the<br />

waterway does not<br />

contain any State-owned<br />

maritime structure it<br />

is defined as a regional<br />

waterway, with Council<br />

responsible.<br />

The Government has<br />

stumped up for the bill<br />

on each of the past two<br />

occasions, drawing on<br />

emergency funding; it has also<br />

signed a cheque for $660,000<br />

in new emergency funding<br />

– which will enable a more<br />

extensive dredging job this<br />

time around which it’s hoped<br />

will provide a longer window<br />

between incidents and allow<br />

the Government and Council to<br />

strike accord.<br />

In the meantime, at the Government’s<br />

urging, Council has<br />

applied for emergency assistance<br />

under the Rescuing Our<br />

Waterways program, which<br />

would see Government match<br />

contributions from Council.<br />

New dredging works, which<br />

will take approximately five to<br />

eight weeks, were scheduled to<br />

commence in late July, subject<br />

to weather conditions and seas.<br />

Meanwhile, to help “drive”<br />

people to Ettalong, several offshore<br />

businesses have banded<br />

together under the umbrella<br />

Peninsula Tourism Partners<br />

(PTP).<br />

Its first promotional campaign<br />

has seen the introduction<br />

of ‘Peninsula Dollars’ –<br />

distributed by accommodation<br />

provider Accom, the ‘dollars’<br />

provide discounts and special<br />

deals to visitors.<br />

Mr Zichy said PTP would be<br />

working with Fantasea Ferries<br />

to announce further promotions<br />

as soon as the channel<br />

was reopened.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

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Photo: Elise Lockwood<br />

HEARD…<br />

ABSURD…<br />

SEEN…<br />

Wow – what a top acting<br />

performance from the cast of new<br />

movie ‘Palm Beach’, which completed<br />

shooting around <strong>Pittwater</strong> last<br />

month. While the crew were dressed<br />

for July’s bitter cold, Bryan Brown,<br />

Jacqueline McKenzie and Richard<br />

E Grant battled the elements in<br />

beach gear. (Nice Hawaiian shirt<br />

and boardies!) Producers Bryan and<br />

Deb Balderstone, along with director<br />

Rachel Ward, asked <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> to<br />

thank the Palm Beach community<br />

for their warmth and support during<br />

the shoot. “It’s not hard to make<br />

paradise look like paradise,” said<br />

Bryan. The movie is expected to be<br />

released next year.<br />

We’re hearing Council’s ‘cold feet’ over the compulsory purchase<br />

of Pasadena has dropped a couple of degrees to ‘very cold’. Latest<br />

whisper, given a high level of community support for the iconic<br />

venue’s retention, is Dee Why HQ is looking at ways to buy the<br />

property but then utilise and manage the existing structure as a<br />

community resource. Top of the list is that they tip the $1 million<br />

funding for the new northern end arts facility into the acquisition<br />

kitty and rebirth Pasadena as an art gallery/creative space with<br />

restaurant/café. Thoughts? In other news, councilor Rory Amon,<br />

reacting to community sentiment, has launched a #SavePasadena campaign, complete<br />

with ‘Save Ferris’ style T-shirts. Amon says he’s garnered 2000 signatures supporting the<br />

retention of Pasadena, along with 85 per cent support on a Facebook poll. “The forcible<br />

acquisition is a huge financial risk and could cost Council $20 million we don’t have,” Amon<br />

said. Council will consider the issue further at a meeting in early <strong>August</strong>.<br />

The misinformation being generated within our community about local Council and<br />

NSW Government projects. All residents of <strong>Pittwater</strong> deserve better. Let’s do away with<br />

self-interest and make sure all facts are on the table. The withholding of information by<br />

some of our community groups and activists simply staggers us – for example, the lack<br />

of reference to the cheap, on-demand Keoride transport service that links suburbs to the<br />

B-Line. Instead we hear renewed demands for more buses out of peak hours… not exactly<br />

eco-friendly.<br />

Hospital saving<br />

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could create an environment that<br />

reduced stress, measurably improving<br />

performance and delivery of patient<br />

care, she said.<br />

“It also contributes to increased<br />

employee retention which correlates<br />

with reduced turnover, cost savings<br />

and ensuring smoother overall operations,”<br />

Ms Madew said.<br />

“This is really important because<br />

problems with staff retention are consistently<br />

ranked among the top five<br />

issues for hospitals.<br />

“Our doctors, nurses and hospital<br />

administrators are the unsung heroes<br />

of our community... it seems only right<br />

that they should have fantastic places<br />

in which to work.”<br />

Last year the GBCA hosted Gail Vittori,<br />

co-author of ‘Sustainable Healthcare<br />

Architecture’ and co-director<br />

of the Center for Maximum Potential<br />

Building Systems.<br />

According to Ms Vittori, when we get<br />

the balance right with hospitals – considering<br />

clinical needs, social needs<br />

and sustainability – we achieve a “high<br />

performance healing environment”.<br />

She also points out that sustainability<br />

doesn’t just mean saving energy<br />

and water; there needs to be a holistic<br />

approach taking into account factors<br />

such as access to natural light and<br />

open outdoor space – places that give a<br />

sense of connection.<br />

To ensure the facility continues to<br />

shoot for the stars Mr Taurins said<br />

“green issues” would be a big part of<br />

day-to-day business.<br />

“Management and staff throughout<br />

the hospital will have a role to play in<br />

finding smarter ways to look after our<br />

environment,” he said. – Lisa Offord<br />

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Course to attract budding beekeepers<br />

The North Shore Beekeepers’ Association (NSBA) is running<br />

a two-day course for beekeeping beginners on Saturday 25<br />

<strong>August</strong> and Saturday 1 September at its Bee Garden and<br />

Club House in Terrey Hills. Club President Keith Pester says<br />

the course has been designed for complete beginners and<br />

is suitable for people who have or are looking to get either<br />

a traditional (Langstroth) or Flowhive. “Participants have<br />

the opportunity to get hands-on experience opening and<br />

inspecting a beehive,” he said. The course costs $250 for the<br />

two days (9am to 4.30pm) including lunch. The NSBA also<br />

runs other events open to the public including Club Open<br />

Days each month (Sunday 12 <strong>August</strong> and Sunday 16 September<br />

from 11am to 1pm) at 1c Myoora Rd (enter at Par-3 Golf<br />

Course), Terrey Hills. More info and registrations nsbka.org.au.<br />

Dee Why RSL vaults<br />

gymnasts into future<br />

Manly Warringah Gymnastics<br />

Club (MWGC) has a new<br />

bounce in its step following<br />

Dee Why RSL’s latest donation<br />

that has enabled it to<br />

purchase an international<br />

standard competition floor.<br />

MWGC CEO Ian Hardy said<br />

the much-needed acquisition<br />

would allow athletes to<br />

train at top-tier competition<br />

standard for the first time, as<br />

well as permit the Club to host<br />

national level sanctioned competitions<br />

at their now competition<br />

standard gymnasium at<br />

Cromer. MWGC is now one of<br />

the largest sporting clubs on<br />

the Northern Beaches and one<br />

of the most awarded gymnastics<br />

clubs in NSW. They broke<br />

records by having 33 athletes<br />

selected in the 290-strong<br />

State team that contested the<br />

recent Australian Gymnastics<br />

Championships in Melbourne.<br />

Mr Hardy says the club’s objective<br />

was to give every member<br />

the opportunity to reach the<br />

highest level that they were capable<br />

of. “To one child the goal<br />

maybe to do a cartwheel, to<br />

another it maybe to become an<br />

Olympic champion,” he said.<br />

Dee Why RSL have been steady<br />

supporters of MWGC for more<br />

than a decade, donating a total<br />

of $115,000, with an additional<br />

$15,000 committed in <strong>2018</strong>-19.<br />

Feel-good concert<br />

for human rights<br />

The light-hearted, uplifting,<br />

ad-hoc troupe of musicians<br />

Loosely Woven will be giving<br />

a free community concert in<br />

Avalon supporting human<br />

rights on Sunday <strong>August</strong> 12.<br />

Led by Wayne Richmond, the<br />

all-new ‘Feeling Good’ concert<br />

will feature 20 instrumentalists<br />

and singers presenting<br />

a wonderful arrangement of<br />

well-known songs, numbers<br />

that address social injustice<br />

and important issues and<br />

some original pieces all performed<br />

acoustically. “There<br />

are always lots of opportunities<br />

for audience participation<br />

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in a Loosely Woven concert<br />

and when they do it sounds<br />

fantastic for all of us!,” Wayne<br />

said. The concert starts<br />

4pm at the Avalon Baptist<br />

Church. Afternoon tea will<br />

be provided with voluntary<br />

donations to Avalon Amnesty<br />

International Group defending<br />

human rights. More info<br />

kath_moody@hotmail.com or<br />

looselywoven.org.<br />

Rowing challenge for<br />

youth mental health<br />

Avalon Beach Surf Club boaties<br />

are hitting the rowing<br />

machines for 24 hours to<br />

raise awareness and funds<br />

for the charities One Eighty<br />

and Gotcha4<strong>Life</strong> – two groups<br />

focused on providing support<br />

to young adults and opportunities<br />

to openly discuss mental<br />

health. They are rowing for 24<br />

hours to highlight the fact that<br />

mental illness is a 24-hour-aday<br />

health issue and to remind<br />

all that there is support 24<br />

hours of each day too. The<br />

action will take place at Avalon<br />

Beach Surf Club, starting at<br />

10am on (the very apt date of)<br />

18/08/18. Support around the<br />

clock appreciated; go to avalonbeachslsc.com.au<br />

for more<br />

info and to make a donation.<br />

Dr Rip eyes purple<br />

patch at Newport<br />

Surf Scientist and worldrenowned<br />

expert Associate<br />

Professor Dr Rob (Rip) Brander<br />

from UNSW is coming to<br />

Newport on Sunday <strong>August</strong><br />

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visual multi-media presentation<br />

about our beaches. Great<br />

for ages 8 years and up, Dr Rip<br />

shows the journey each tiny<br />

grain of sand takes to reach<br />

the beach and the impact of<br />

massive swells that roll in<br />

during big storms. And the big<br />

highlight… he explains how<br />

deadly rip currents form and<br />

shows you how you can spot<br />

them by throwing dye into the<br />

surf. Starts 3pm. Bookings<br />

and more info at newportsurfclub.com.au<br />

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Annabelle Chauncy @<br />

RMYC Ladies Lunch<br />

Enjoy a two-course lunch and<br />

talk by inspirational leader<br />

Annabelle Chancy OAM the<br />

CEO and Founding Director<br />

of the not-for-profit School for<br />

<strong>Life</strong> Foundation which builds<br />

schools in rural Uganda to<br />

help create sustainable and<br />

productive communities. This<br />

dynamic young woman will be<br />

special guest at The Royal Motor<br />

Yacht Club’s Ladies Lunch<br />

Local awarded ANU<br />

Tuckwell Scholarship<br />

Congratulations to <strong>Pittwater</strong> House<br />

Head Boy Finlay Dennison who has<br />

been awarded one of 25 coveted<br />

Tuckwell Scholarships to study at<br />

the Australian National University<br />

in Canberra – considered the most<br />

transformational undergraduate<br />

scholarship program in Australia.<br />

Established by philanthropists<br />

Graham and Louise Tuckwell,<br />

the scholarship is aimed at<br />

young Australian leaders who<br />

are community-minded as well<br />

as academically gifted. Finlay<br />

is a crew member of Reach – an organisation that conducts<br />

youth-led workshops designed to build confidence and selfawareness.<br />

Proud <strong>Pittwater</strong> House Principal Dr Nancy Hillier<br />

described Finlay as a “great fit” for the Tuckwell program.<br />

on <strong>August</strong> 15 from 12pm.<br />

Tickets $75 members; $80 nonmembers.<br />

Bookings royalmotor.com.au.<br />

Probus delivers<br />

talks at coalface<br />

Coal is the hot topic of the next<br />

meeting of <strong>Pittwater</strong> Probus<br />

at Mona Vale Golf Club on<br />

Tuesday <strong>August</strong> 7. Geologist<br />

and mathematician Tony Osman<br />

will deliver his personal<br />

perspective on coal in Indonesia;<br />

during the 2000s commodities<br />

boom the coal mining<br />

industry was very lucrative as<br />

coal prices were comfortably<br />

high. Many Indonesian companies<br />

and wealthy families<br />

decided to acquire coal mining<br />

concessions in Kalimantan –<br />

thereafter coal became known<br />

as the “new gold”. Tony’s talk<br />

will be complemented by Club<br />

Vice President John Porter<br />

who will discuss “clean coal”<br />

in a five-minute briefing. John<br />

says ‘clean coal’ has been the<br />

‘Holy Grail’ of the fossil fuel<br />

industry for decades. “It is<br />

based on the concept of creating<br />

commercially viable ways<br />

of minimising carbon emissions<br />

from coal-fired electricity<br />

plants, which are considered to<br />

contribute to global warming.”<br />

Visitors welcome; meeting<br />

starts 10am. More info Geoff<br />

Sheppard 0437 274 074.<br />

WIN High Tea and<br />

hear of Seven Seas<br />

Here’s the perfect excuse to<br />

head to the city – the chance<br />

for one lucky couple to win<br />

a ‘High Tea’ at the Langham<br />

Hotel and hear about Regent<br />

Seven Seas Cruises, whose<br />

offerings are considered the<br />

world’s most inclusive luxury<br />

experiences at sea. At this<br />

special presentation you’ll<br />

learn more about the coveted<br />

destinations on their 2020-<br />

21 sailing calendar. Event is<br />

10am-12pm on Tuesday 4 September.<br />

Hosted by Travel View<br />

and Regent. To enter, email<br />

win@pittwaterlife.com.au by<br />

Wednesday <strong>August</strong> 21.<br />

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U3A talk looks<br />

to the heavens<br />

A Brief History of Astronomy<br />

is the ‘eye-catching’ subject<br />

of the next University of the<br />

Third Age Northern Beaches<br />

talk at Newport Community<br />

Centre on Wednesday <strong>August</strong><br />

1. Expert Kevin Murray will examine<br />

how different cultures<br />

through the ages have sought<br />

to measure and explain the<br />

movements of the heavens,<br />

while emphasising the scientific<br />

revolution that led to our<br />

modern understanding of the<br />

universe. Talk 1.30-3.30pm;<br />

all welcome. More info Mavis<br />

Bickerton 9970 7161.<br />

Kick a goal with<br />

local sport grants<br />

Sporting clubs in <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

are being urged to apply for<br />

funds under the NSW Government’s<br />

Local Sport Grant<br />

Program which will provide<br />

up to $50,000 for projects<br />

throughout the community.<br />

The four project types (sport<br />

development, community<br />

sport events, sport access, and<br />

facility development) aim to<br />

increase regular and on-going<br />

sport participation. Clubs<br />

must contribute to their chosen<br />

project either financially<br />

or through the use of voluntary<br />

labour, donated materials,<br />

equipment, or other resources<br />

directly related to the project.<br />

Applications close 24 <strong>August</strong>;<br />

more info sport.nsw.gov.au/<br />

clubs/grants/localsport<br />

Love Your<br />

Book Shop Day<br />

The popular Sunday Salons<br />

at Beachside Bookshop have<br />

a packed calendar in <strong>August</strong>.<br />

This month’s in-store and<br />

library schedule includes:<br />

5 <strong>August</strong> – Belinda Castles,<br />

‘Bluebottle’ (free and in store);<br />

12 <strong>August</strong> – Penelope Janu,<br />

‘On the Right Track’ (free and<br />

in store); 19 <strong>August</strong> – Margaret<br />

Morgan, ‘The Second Cure’<br />

(free and in store); and 26 <strong>August</strong><br />

– Amanda Hampson, ‘The<br />

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Yellow Villa’ (at Avalon Library,<br />

$5). Salons held 3-4pm, including<br />

afternoon tea – bookings<br />

essential on 9918 9918. Plus<br />

it’s ‘Love Your Book Shop Day’<br />

on Saturday 11 <strong>August</strong> and to<br />

celebrate BB are bringing back<br />

their Young Adult Book promotion<br />

– 11% off all teen titles<br />

on Saturday 11 <strong>August</strong>. And<br />

spend $150 in store and you’ll<br />

receive a bonus ‘Keep Cup’.<br />

News<br />

Girl power! Avalon Under-16s<br />

achieve great community goal<br />

A<br />

group of Avalon football players’ off-field conduct<br />

while on tour in Vanuatu last month made local news<br />

headlines… and for all the right reasons. Young women<br />

and parents from Avalon Soccer Club were praised in local<br />

media for their work totally refurbishing a kindergarten<br />

at Matarisu village in north west Efate. In a news item<br />

in the Vanuatu Independent, Lisa Paton explained the<br />

Avalon Soccer Club’s U16s women’s teams had visited the<br />

Pacific Island nation annually since 2012 and had always<br />

given something to local communities such as sporting<br />

equipment and school supplies. “We heard about this<br />

kindy which was in such a state that the kids wouldn’t<br />

come and the teacher left and we wanted to make it good<br />

enough that kids would want to come and the teacher<br />

would come back,” Lisa said. As the picture shows, it was<br />

a job well done. The sporting highlights of the 10-day<br />

tour included several friendly games against local village<br />

sides culminating in matches against Vanuatu’s national<br />

women’s teams in Port Vila.<br />

Creeks in the<br />

Catchment<br />

At the next Friends of Narrabeen<br />

Lagoon forum on Monday<br />

<strong>August</strong> 27, staff members<br />

from Northern Beaches<br />

Council will outline the works<br />

needed to control erosion and<br />

protect against flooding. They<br />

will give information about<br />

the bush regeneration projects<br />

in riparian zones in the catchment.<br />

Venue is Coastal Environment<br />

Centre; from 7pm.<br />

Take things for<br />

‘granted’<br />

Northern Beaches Council has<br />

committed $550,000 to its<br />

Grants Programs for <strong>2018</strong>/19<br />

and is encouraging the<br />

community to apply. The three<br />

grant categories cover a broad<br />

range of interests and sectors<br />

of the community including<br />

Community and Cultural<br />

Development ($240,000 total);<br />

Events ($210,000) and Sports<br />

and Recreation Infrastructure<br />

Grants ($100,000 available<br />

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with a minimum grant value<br />

of $10,000 – last year six<br />

local tennis, rugby, football<br />

and bowling clubs were<br />

successfully awarded a share<br />

of the $100,000 grant). More<br />

info Council website.<br />

Iconic Coast Walk on<br />

track for completion<br />

More than 24km of new<br />

cycleways (off/on road) and<br />

1.7 km of the 9km of walkway<br />

have been completed along<br />

the spectacular Northern<br />

Beaches Coast Walk, on track<br />

to be finished by 2020. The<br />

Coast Walk from Manly to<br />

Palm Beach forms part of<br />

the Connected Communities<br />

Program, a $32.6 million<br />

infrastructure investment,<br />

co-funded through the NSW<br />

Government’s Stronger<br />

Communities Fund. To<br />

date, approximately 20% of<br />

the coastal path has been<br />

completed including sections<br />

at <strong>Pittwater</strong> Road Collaroy<br />

and Narrabeen, Robert Dunn<br />

Reserve Mona Vale, Mona Vale<br />

Golf course, The Boulevarde<br />

and Ross Street Newport,<br />

Bert Payne Reserve, Newport,<br />

Watkins Road Avalon Beach.<br />

The next focus is on North<br />

Narrabeen Headland Reserve<br />

to Robert Dunn Reserve along<br />

Narrabeen Park Parade and<br />

Hillcrest Avenue Mona Vale,<br />

followed by work to Whale<br />

Beach Road from Norma<br />

Road to Florida Road in early<br />

2019. The coastal works are<br />

being complemented by a<br />

series of connected cycling<br />

and walking paths at points<br />

along the route from Manly to<br />

Palm Beach. They connect the<br />

Coastal Walk with areas west<br />

to Frenchs Forest hospital<br />

precinct and Belrose, linking<br />

the B-Line transport hubs<br />

and services to these areas.<br />

Further works are also underway<br />

at missing sections along<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Road Collaroy and<br />

Narrabeen (to be completed in<br />

September); Hillcrest Avenue<br />

Mona Vale (expected to be<br />

completed by December);<br />

and the design and consultation<br />

for Newport to Avalon<br />

beaches.<br />

That’s berry weird!<br />

Who doesn’t love a kooky fruit or<br />

vegetable shape tale? Cue reader<br />

Giulio Vidoni who was amazed to<br />

find this giant butterfly-shaped<br />

strawberry after opening a<br />

punnet he purchased at Aldi at<br />

Warriewood last month. Anyone<br />

else got one? Email readers@pittwaterlife.com.au<br />

Public art push<br />

Council is asking for community<br />

assistance to help make<br />

the Northern Beaches Coast<br />

Walk from Manly to Palm<br />

Beach a uniquely distinct local<br />

attraction. They’re calling for<br />

comment on a strategic plan<br />

to install public art along the<br />

walkway – with a budget of $2<br />

million for pieces over four<br />

years. The 36km walkway is<br />

on track for completion by<br />

2020 (see previous news item).<br />

Council is now exploring ways<br />

to connect people and places<br />

along the way through public<br />

art. As key themes and sites<br />

are identified, Council will<br />

create artist’s briefs to commission<br />

new artworks for the<br />

community to embrace and<br />

enjoy.<br />

For more info and to have<br />

your say visit northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au<br />

Vet<br />

on<br />

call<br />

with<br />

Dr Ben Brown<br />

One of the most common<br />

reasons owners bring<br />

their pets to see our veterinary<br />

staff is because they have<br />

found a lump (or tumour)<br />

somewhere on their animal.<br />

Just like in humans, animals<br />

suffer from many forms of<br />

cancer and sometimes the<br />

first sign can be a lump or<br />

lumps that can be felt within<br />

the skin and fur of our pets.<br />

Tumours are abnormal<br />

growths of cells and can be<br />

benign (non-cancerous) or<br />

malignant (cancerous with<br />

the ability to spread) and<br />

therefore pose different levels<br />

of risk to our pet’s health.<br />

Fortunately, not all tumours<br />

on our pet’s body are<br />

considered a problem but it<br />

can be very difficult to tell<br />

simply based on appearance<br />

and location. All the various<br />

layers and components<br />

of skin and underlying<br />

tissues have the potential<br />

for developing distinctive<br />

tumours. Tumours are usually<br />

small lumps or bumps,<br />

but they also can occur as<br />

hairless, discoloured patches,<br />

rashes, or non-healing ulcers.<br />

Because skin tumours can be<br />

so variable in appearance,<br />

identifying them should be<br />

left to a vet who can perform<br />

an examination and fine<br />

needle aspiration of cells<br />

simply, easily, inexpensively<br />

and relatively pain-free using<br />

a needle and syringe or via a<br />

biopsy.<br />

If the lump or tumour<br />

is found to be a problem<br />

(malignant), we will usually<br />

recommend removal via<br />

surgery. For benign tumours<br />

that are not ulcerated on the<br />

surface and do not affect the<br />

dog’s quality of life, treatment<br />

may not be necessary.<br />

If you have noticed any new<br />

or unusual lumps on or under<br />

your pet’s skin it is important<br />

that you have these checked<br />

by a veterinarian. Drop in to<br />

see either myself or one of our<br />

friendly team who can guide<br />

you through the process.<br />

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Former Wallabies<br />

superstar Matt Burke<br />

is enjoying family<br />

life on the upper<br />

northern beaches as<br />

well as his transition<br />

to sports presenter<br />

for Channel 10.<br />

Story by Matt Cleary<br />

Having<br />

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

a ball<br />

It was May of 2008 when Matt Burke<br />

realised his knee injury would finish<br />

his rugby career. Six months earlier<br />

while playing for Newcastle Falcons in<br />

the north of England he’d ruptured the<br />

anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee<br />

and was told he’d be out for the season. He<br />

did his best with rehab but at 34 years old,<br />

and a veteran of 81 Tests and 232 provincial<br />

matches, he was done and done. And<br />

pining for home.<br />

Because as much as he’d loved Newcastle<br />

– the city, the people, the mates he’d made<br />

playing rugby – the north of England’s<br />

winter can be bleak. And after so long following<br />

rugby seasons around the world – a<br />

wintry existence the opposite of surfers<br />

and cricketers chasing an endless summer<br />

– the idea of living by a beach loomed<br />

large.<br />

And so he and wife Kate began scouring<br />

the Internet for somewhere to live. They’d<br />

sold their place in Willoughby and didn’t<br />

have roots in any particular locale. Options<br />

were open… until they found a place<br />

on the cliff at Bungan Beach. Kate was despatched<br />

home to check it out. Her message<br />

came back: post haste: It’s home.<br />

They’ve been on the northern beaches<br />

ever since.<br />

“I would never have really thought I’d<br />

end up this way,” Burke tells <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong>. “When I was playing rugby, Newport<br />

seemed a long way away! [Laughs] And it<br />

probably still is! But we love it here. Just<br />

love it.”<br />

After five years at Bungan, Burke’s<br />

growing family – which today includes<br />

daughters Hariette, Edie, Giselle and Zsa<br />

Zsa, and a cocker-spaniel called Cooper –<br />

moved across the hill to Newport where<br />

they reside today. Burke says it’s “a pretty<br />

cool place to live”.<br />

Burke was doing commentary work for<br />

Channel 10 during the 2013 British and<br />

Irish Lions series when Ten’s head of sport,<br />

David Barham, asked how he’d feel about<br />

reading the sports news. Burke was taken<br />

aback. He managed words to the effect of:<br />

“I’ve only been here five minutes, I’d feel<br />

like an imposter.”<br />

Barham replied: “If I was coach of the<br />

Wallabies and plucked you out of reserve<br />

grade, would you say to me you weren’t<br />

ready? Or grab it with both hands?”<br />

Well, when you put it like that…<br />

“He said it was a great opportunity and<br />

I could own the job,” says Burke. “It’s been<br />

a lot of fun. I’ve got my rugby background,<br />

obviously, but I’m able to cover all sports.<br />

And it’s led to other things. I’ve done some<br />

radio. It’s opened opportunities.”<br />

Burke looks a natural for television.<br />

Indeed, his mates call him Ron Burgundy.<br />

Yet on day one he was thrown a curve ball.<br />

“It was the Melbourne Cup of 2013 and<br />

the race was won by Gai Waterhouse’s<br />

Fiorente. I was never a horse racing person<br />

and I’d never heard of Fiorente. But I got<br />

the pronunciation and I’m practising<br />

before we went on – Fiorente, Fiorente,<br />

Fiorente.<br />

“Then Sandra Sully’s thrown to me and<br />

I’ve looked down the barrel of the camera<br />

and the little red light’s on and mate, my<br />

heart jumped out of my chest, my hands<br />

went clammy. And I couldn’t spit out<br />

bloody Fiorente! I was like Fonzie when he<br />

couldn’t say sorry! Fi-, Fi-<br />

“I eventually got it out and went a hundred<br />

miles an hour after that.”<br />

He’s been doing it five years since.<br />

“It’s a buzz, live TV. It’s good fun being<br />

in people’s living rooms at 5:45pm, bring-<br />

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ing the sports news. And Sandra’s great to<br />

work with. We’ll be counting down to going<br />

live and she’ll say, ‘Hey Burkey – don’t<br />

stuff up – we’re going live in a sec’.”<br />

On weekends you’ll occasionally find<br />

Burke at The Newport enjoying the beer<br />

garden with like-minded families. He’s<br />

also been sampling the restaurants cropping<br />

up locally. And of course you’ll find<br />

him at the rugby. The game’s in his blood.<br />

Burke played for Eastwood as a young<br />

man and well remembers playing against<br />

Warringah Rats and their fearsome<br />

forward packs which sported such hard<br />

men as Steve Lidbury, Steve Temple, and<br />

Enrique ‘Topo’ Rodriguez. He reckons the<br />

Shute Shield then was almost as good a<br />

standard of rugby as could be played.<br />

“It was almost like a first-class competition,”<br />

according to Burke. “You’d play four<br />

or five games for NSW, three or four Tests<br />

for Australia. So you’d spend most of your<br />

time playing club footy against Test and<br />

state guys. I was only a young pup but<br />

playing against Lidbury and those guys, it<br />

was tough, hard, uncompromising. They<br />

were big strong guys, physically mature. It<br />

was a learning curve!<br />

“But if you went okay it gave you a sense<br />

that you belonged at their level. Those<br />

guys were playing for Australia. And if you<br />

could mix it up and match it, and go okay,<br />

it gave you belief.”<br />

Burke loved playing at Rat Park. Today<br />

he loves watching rugby there. Particularly<br />

the derby game, Warringah v Manly. “The<br />

locals are really into it. It goes to show you<br />

that you’ve got to light the fire at the bottom<br />

and the flames will go up.”<br />

Burke reckons what the derby game<br />

offers is an entertaining, fun day out with<br />

quality rugby sporting that important<br />

ingredient: “tribalism”.<br />

“The Shute Shield is flying and the<br />

rivalries have been a big part of it,” says<br />

Burke. “Randwick has it with Easts. There’s<br />

Norths and Gordon. Eastwood and West<br />

Harbour. And of course Manly and the<br />

Rats. And those games have really hooked<br />

people in. It’s been exceptional. The last<br />

couple of years the grand final has been an<br />

overwhelming success. Last year at North<br />

Sydney Oval was outstanding.”<br />

For Burke, the beauty of club rugby is<br />

its accessibility. He loves taking his kids to<br />

games and admires how the Rats encourages<br />

juniors. “They have gala days and it’s<br />

just good fun, a good initiation for the little<br />

fellahs into the big boys, the next level.<br />

It gives kids that little taste. It’s smart.<br />

“After a match you can hang around the<br />

players. During the game kids can practise<br />

their tackling on the hill, roll down it.<br />

When a big hit goes up the crowd goes up.<br />

When they don’t agree with the referee<br />

they speak their mind. That’s what club<br />

rugby is all about.”<br />

Burke recalls a match against Eastern<br />

Suburbs one year at Woollahra Oval that<br />

illustrates his point. “The rope there at<br />

Woollahra was five metres back from the<br />

sideline, like it was at most grounds,” he<br />

says. “The people in the crowd felt like<br />

they were right on you. And there I was<br />

doing my thing at fullback, barking orders<br />

at the forwards – go here, go there, move<br />

up, go back – when a bloke on the sideline<br />

yells out, “Burke! Bloody pipe down! I’m<br />

trying to watch the game and you’re ruining<br />

my afternoon!’<br />

“[Laughs] And that’s the beauty again<br />

of club footy. Spectators can hear all that<br />

stuff, the chat. It’s the same for players;<br />

they get a buzz out of the crowd being so<br />

close.”<br />

As does Burke to his beach at Newport.<br />

“The beach is a couple hundred metres<br />

away from our house, which is great,” he<br />

says. “The irony is you go away on holiday,<br />

you go to Bali or Fiji or whatever, and you<br />

come back to the beach and think, ‘Why’d<br />

I go there when I have this here? It’s magic.<br />

It’s a walk away.’<br />

“And the locals are great. My daughters<br />

were laughing at me the other day, we<br />

walked the dog, they were on bikes. And<br />

my little one says, ‘Dad, everyone around<br />

here knows you’. And I told her everyone<br />

knows everyone. That’s the great part<br />

about it. You walk down the beach and<br />

have a conversation with anyone. You’re<br />

deemed a local.”<br />

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

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />


OPPOSITE: With daughters<br />

Giselle, 8, and Zsa Zsa, 7<br />

at Newport Oval; on the<br />

Swilcan Burn at St Andrews<br />

GC; with the future King of<br />

England after representing<br />

the Barbarians in 2006;<br />

celebrating his 50th Test<br />

cap in 2001; his final Test<br />

on Australian soil in 2004;<br />

the junior long jumper<br />

representing Hornsby<br />

Little Athletics; showing his<br />

renowned goal-kicking form.<br />

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Our local clubs have always<br />

held a reputation for<br />

offering good value food. But<br />

increased competition from<br />

the next gen of restauranteurs<br />

has seen them step up<br />

a gear. The result? More<br />

sophistication, more variety<br />

on the menu. But still with<br />

the same great value. The<br />

traditional ‘Specials’ remain<br />

– although in addition, the<br />

chefs (some Michelin Star, no<br />

less!) have created dishes that<br />

are ‘extra special’. Great for<br />

friends, families or couples.<br />

Here we present the pick of<br />

our local Clubs’ offerings.<br />

Compiled by Lisa Offord<br />

Special Local Promotion<br />

SEAFOOD PIE: Dee Why RSL.<br />

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Avalon Beach RSL<br />

Recently reinvigorated, this venue boasts a range of offerings and<br />

activities for members and guests of all demographics. Its restaurant<br />

Bistro 61 is open 7 days, offering honest, house-made modern<br />

Australian cuisine with relaxed alfresco seating available. All produce<br />

is locally sourced where possible and the menu changes seasonally.<br />

There’s also a large playground just for kids. There are two bars<br />

over two levels with 20 beers on tap, an extensive wine selection<br />

and creative cocktails. Head Chef Mitch Blundell has over 15 years’<br />

experience on the northern beaches. Membership costs $5.50 per<br />

year (three years just $11).<br />

The Vibe: A relaxed and comfortable, family friendly atmosphere<br />

in the bistro area. The Surf Lounge has a more funky and<br />

young vibe, hosting a variety of entertainment. The club has been<br />

extensively renovated over the past 12 months, including the dining<br />

area, outdoor area and the new 18+ area the Surf Lounge on level<br />

one. They’ve also recently opened a new dedicated function room –<br />

The Stella Room.<br />

Must Try: Their Baked Eggs is a breakfast go-to – two free<br />

range eggs, house-made beans, capsicum, chorizo, Danish fetta and<br />

sourdough. For dinner, order the Lamb Shank Pot Pie (12-hour slow<br />

cooked lamb shanks, winter vegetables, crème fraiche pastry, mash<br />

potato, peas). For functions you can’t go past the Sliders Platter<br />

(pork or beef).<br />

The Specials: Plenty to get excited about for lunch and dinner<br />

– $25 Rib Special Mondays; $12 Tacos Special Tuesdays; $15 Chicken<br />

Schnitzel Special Wednesdays; 2-4-1 Pizzas Thursdays; $20 Burger &<br />

Beer Special Fridays; and $5 Kids Meals Sundays.<br />

Other stuff: Happy Hour 4-6pm Monday, Tuesday & Friday<br />

($4 local schooners, $4 house wines and $4.50 house spirits); $10<br />

cocktails in the Surf Lounge Saturdays from 9-10pm; Badge Draw<br />

Fridays – starts at $1,000 and can go up to $10,000 (from 6.15pm);<br />

new monthly Super Raffle starting <strong>August</strong>. Raffle held on 1 st Sunday<br />

of month – each offering more than $1,500 in prizes.<br />

Royal Motor Yacht Club<br />

Popular RMYC, which has operated on the shore of <strong>Pittwater</strong> at<br />

Newport since 1926, boasts versatile facilities to suit all occasions,<br />

from small intimate groups to large social gatherings. Choose from<br />

the Salt Cove Brasserie (with menu overseen by executive chef<br />

Steve Arena), the Garden Forecourt, Compass Terrace, Water View<br />

Terrace, Lounge Bar and balcony.<br />

The Vibe: Salt Cove Brasserie changes with the seasons, both<br />

in atmosphere and menu. In winter a lit fire, heaters and blankets<br />

add warmth to the ambience. Approaching spring the doors open<br />

to take in the fresh breeze off the bay. Management continually<br />

keep areas fresh and appealing, with furniture upgrades, flowers<br />

and more.<br />

Must Try: Return again and again to ensure you sample each<br />

of their hearty food offerings. Order the Beer Battered Flathead<br />

and amazing super-thick, crunchy chips – the best on the beaches,<br />

so the Club says (there’s a grilled option too). The Rosemary Crusted<br />

Lamb Backstrap has become so popular, it now just changes to<br />

suit the season – in winter that means with mash, steamed greens<br />

and a spectacular shiraz jus. And their generous Salt Cove Fresh<br />

Angus Beef Burger is understandably a crowd-pleaser. Plus the<br />

breakfast menu on weekends offers Eggs Benedict and Pancakes.<br />

The Specials: Always four or more each day, with Fish of<br />

the Day a staple and winter warmer dishes on trend through the<br />

cold months. On Tuesdays (Fame Trivia from 7pm) enjoy Chicken<br />

Schnitzel & Chips for $18 – and pay $15 for a bottle of house wine<br />

(normally $26). Currently they serve a great Sunday BBQ Spit Roast<br />

($18) with accompaniments of corn cobs, coleslaw, salad, jacket<br />

potatoes plus sour cream and chives.<br />

Other stuff: Social Memberships cost $160 (includes 5%<br />

discount on all food and drink). General Membership $620 per<br />

year (one-off $500 Joining Fee). Members Badge Draw is held every<br />

Friday from 7pm; ‘Happy Hour’ Monday to Friday from 5.30pm to<br />

6.30pm; shuttle bus 7 days.<br />

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Palm Beach Golf Club<br />

Located smack bang in the middle of paradise – on one side sits<br />

world famous Palm Beach and on the other <strong>Pittwater</strong> and Lion Island<br />

– this relaxed Club welcomes visitors to share and enjoy its amazing<br />

facilities, including its leisurely nine-hole layout. The Club’s modern<br />

Australian-style restaurant Beach Road Dining is headed by Martin<br />

Brito (formerly Head Chef of Michelin Star Restaurant Nobu London).<br />

Martin’s expansive menu is accompanied by a thoughtfully compiled<br />

wine list, plus there are 12 different beers on tap.<br />

The Vibe: Recently renovated, the Club boasts an open-air balcony<br />

with breathtaking views over the golf course and to Lion Island<br />

by day, while it transforms into an intimate space at night.<br />

Must Try: For starters order Flash Fried Salt & Pepper squid, chili,<br />

sambal with coriander (matched with a glass of Knee Deep sauvignon<br />

blanc). Follow that up with the 300gram Emerald Bay Grass Fed<br />

Sirloin with eschalot garlic butter, paprika-salted chips and mixed-leaf<br />

salad (matched with 2015 d’Arenberg ‘Love Grass’ shiraz). Or if you’re<br />

in the mood for sharing, consider the Hot & Cold Seafood Platter<br />

for two (subject to availability) crammed with Sydney rock oysters,<br />

Queensland king prawns, smoked salmon, grilled barramundi, panko<br />

calamari, battered fish, chips, salad with a selection of sauces. (Pair it<br />

with a bottle of Helens Hill chardonnay from the Yarra Valley that was<br />

recently awarded a 95-point rating from James Halliday.)<br />

The Specials: Kids eat free on Thursdays through Saturday<br />

nights; also the Club hosts a ‘241’ night on Wednesdays which brings<br />

a full house – bookings recommended.<br />

Other stuff: The Club hosts eight band nights per year, with<br />

big names including Barry Leef, The Classic Kings, and Swinging<br />

Sixties drawing up to 300 people who enjoy a fun night of food, wine<br />

and dancing. Also, Beach Road Dining hosts four 5-course Degustation<br />

Dinners per year. The Club is active in the community, regularly<br />

hosting Probus lunches and other community groups from around<br />

Sydney. Social membership is $25; full playing memberships $1350.<br />

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<strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL<br />

Prides itself as the ‘local community club’. Here members and guests can<br />

enjoy four different styles of dining: Glasshouse embraces the farm-totable<br />

approach in its offering that includes aged, wood-fire-grilled steaks;<br />

Nonna’s Kitchen serves authentic handmade pizzas, pastas, salads,<br />

starters and shared tapas plates; Little Bok Choy features extensive tasty<br />

authentic Asian cuisine (awesome noodles, fried rice, stir fries, made-toorder<br />

laksa and Yum Cha with Chinese, Thai and Malay influences); and<br />

Potter’s Cafe (open seven days from 9.30am) is where to head for a coffee<br />

catch-up while letting the kids play in the indoor playground. All for a<br />

membership that starts at $10 a year!<br />

The Vibe: Plenty of variety, from relaxing and intimate, to welcoming<br />

and social. As the name suggests, Glasshouse is sleek and sophisticated.<br />

Gorgeously renovated, Nonna’s Kitchen is a warm and versatile space with<br />

booths to banquet tables, plus a large outdoor terrace where you can enjoy<br />

a glass of wine, dinner and the leafy treetops of Mona Vale. And Potter’s<br />

Café is green, lush and full of natural light.<br />

Must Try: The steaks – cooked in their new wood-fired Josper Grill<br />

which, utilising temperatures in excess of 400 degrees, seals and retains<br />

the flavours. They also hot-smoke seafood and vegetables – yum! The<br />

crispy-skin snapper is a crowd-pleaser, served with bright red, baked truss<br />

tomatoes and a moorish potatoes and olive combo.<br />

The Specials: There’s a Seniors Menu currently on offer and a<br />

variety of daily specials ranging from ‘Marinara Mondays’ to Surf-and-<br />

Turf Thursdays’. Look out for their latest deal – a mouthwatering ‘Sunday<br />

Carvery’ – coming soon.<br />

Other Stuff: The Club stocks a wide range of beverages, from old<br />

classics to new and boutique offerings, including local, international and<br />

craft beers; plus a hand-picked wine list including Sauvignon Blancs from<br />

New Zealand and reds from Margaret River. You can enjoy live music<br />

every weekend, from jazz to acoustic rock – plus great live shows with<br />

top artists. Upcoming shows include ABBALANCHE (<strong>August</strong> 25), Diesel<br />

(September 22) and Rose Tattoo (October 27). Community groups such as<br />

Probus, Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary and Lion’s Club meet and make use<br />

of the Club amenities for free.<br />

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Special Local Promotion<br />

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club<br />

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) is one of the oldest<br />

and most active sailing clubs in Sydney, with year-round sailing<br />

complemented by wholesome, reasonably priced food and<br />

drinks. From a la carte dining and BBQ specials to casual bistro<br />

service there is something for everyone.<br />

The Vibe: The Club has a relaxed, welcoming vibe and<br />

a beautiful setting on the quiet and picturesque <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

Halyards Bistro has stunning views over the marina and is a<br />

perfect spot to relax while the kids play safely in the gated<br />

playground within view of the restaurant.<br />

Must Try: The Chef-cooked BBQ specials featuring lamb,<br />

beef or seafood or go for an intimate dining experience at The<br />

Alfred’s Table on a Friday evening (6-8.30pm), when you can<br />

choose from the a la carte menu (which changes each week)<br />

in a more formal setting with clothed tables, table service and<br />

candles. Bookings are essential. Halyards opens for breakfast<br />

on weekends from 8-11.30am.<br />

The Specials: The Bistro menu offers fresh seafood,<br />

fish and chips, a variety of burgers, pizza and plenty of daily<br />

blackboard specials and weekday specials to complement the<br />

season for example during winter, guests have been enjoying<br />

a pasta and drink special on Thursdays and a roast of the day<br />

and drink special on Fridays. Food is seasonal, tasty and good<br />

value and there is always something new on the menu to suit<br />

all ages.<br />

Other Stuff: The club runs a comprehensive year-round<br />

racing and cruising program for the whole family, with a<br />

range of social events complementing the sailing. Members’<br />

benefits include 20 per cent off prices on food and drinks and<br />

heavily discounted access to Sailfit and the Club Fitness Centre.<br />

Membership is open and ranges from age 6, youth membership<br />

to adults (either boat owning or general membership). Family<br />

membership packages are also available. The club welcomes all<br />

prospective membership enquiries.<br />

Narrabeen RSL<br />

Hidden away in the valley, with bowling greens and surrounded by<br />

mature trees, this laid-back venue feels a world away from some of<br />

the busier Clubs on the beaches. On the food front, be blown away<br />

at the Monsoon Grill (Tuesday – Sunday) which serves a thoughtful<br />

menu of delicious modern Australian offerings. There’s something<br />

for all tastes and levels of hunger.<br />

The Vibe: Think old school RSL served with a squeeze of<br />

hipster cool. The main bar area has looked much the same for<br />

decades – but thankfully ‘retro’ is cool again, so the Club is in<br />

fashion again! They have their own Cocktail Bar too – ‘Sunk’ –<br />

located by the bowling green, which also serves craft beers.<br />

Must Try: Who doesn’t like Tasmanian Crispy Skin Salmon?<br />

Here it’s served with baby potatoes, asparagus, herbed tomatoes<br />

and olive tapenade mayo. Their tender Eye Fillet is partnered<br />

with caramelised onion mash, red wine jus, roasted capsicum<br />

and mint chutney. And their Burger with The Lot, well it has a lot<br />

going for it.<br />

The Specials: They merry-go-round each week. On<br />

Tuesdays it’s the Panko-crumbed Chicken schnitzel with chips<br />

and gravy; on Wednesdays, buy any two main meals and receive<br />

a free dessert; On Thursdays dig into a 2kg bucket of chicken<br />

wings and a pint of beer for $25; and Pizzas are the Friday go-to.<br />

Their ‘family friendly’ persona ramps up on weekends with a<br />

$50 Saturday meal deal comprising T-Bone steak (with chips and<br />

gravy), plus chicken wings, a beef burger and the choice of any<br />

two children’s meals. And on Sundays kids (under 12) eat free all<br />

day with any adult’s meal purchase.<br />

Other stuff: Happy Hour 4-6pm Monday to Friday; Members<br />

Badge Draw 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Thursdays and Fridays. They<br />

host regular musical acts – including two Pete Murray concerts<br />

last month (both sold out). On Friday <strong>August</strong> 14 head down for the<br />

Razza Dazza Sing Song. Club membership is $11 per year – or five<br />

years for $25. What’s stopping you?<br />

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Club Palm Beach<br />

Formerly known as Palm Beach RSL, this welcoming space is conveniently<br />

located a short stroll south from Palm Beach Wharf. Even when<br />

it’s busy you’ll find a nook where you can relax and unwind, and the<br />

staff are as down to earth and friendly as you’ll find anywhere. Membership<br />

costs just $10 per year.<br />

The Vibe: Their popular Barrenjoey Bistro is located at the back<br />

of the Club and adjoins a delightful sun-drenched beer garden with al<br />

fresco dining and accompanying under-shelter tables, plus a peaceful<br />

bird aviary that gives it a back-to-nature feel. You can dine inside as<br />

well. The Club pays homage to its RSL roots with displays of military<br />

collections and memorabilia. There’s a plan to refurbish the auditorium.<br />

Must Try: ‘Cheffie’s Spaghetti’ – perfectly seasoned with a generous<br />

serve of king prawns, garlic, chilli, plump truss tomatoes and a<br />

basil garnish, topped with shards of parmesan. If you’re into offal<br />

their Lamb’s Fry with bacon, mash, peas and onion gravy is a deep,<br />

delightful dish. And the Crumbed Prawns, salad and chips makes a<br />

perfect light lunch. Vegetarians are catered for, with offerings of Polenta<br />

Crusted Pumpkin Risotto Cakes and a Roast vegetable and Goats<br />

Cheese Tart.<br />

The Specials: The Club has earned its reputation as a top-value<br />

eating destination by getting its specials offering just right. For just<br />

$13.50 you can enjoy a different meal Monday to Friday, from traditional<br />

roasts, to rump steak, chicken schnitzel, gourmet home-made pies<br />

and tempura fish and chips.<br />

Other stuff: There’s a Mega Meat raffle every Sunday, plus the<br />

Member’s Badge Draw is held Wednesday and Friday nights (every 30<br />

minutes between 5-7pm). They offer group deals, including ‘Another<br />

Day In Paradise’ – a 30-minute guided tour of Palm Beach plus lunch at<br />

the Club for $13.50 (10 or more); plus ‘Cruising Palm Beach’ – a 1-hour<br />

ferry cruise on <strong>Pittwater</strong> plus lunch at the Club for $25 (10 or more).<br />

The Club has a courtesy bus that makes regular runs Wednesdays, Fridays<br />

and Saturdays between 4.30pm and 9pm; ring to book a pick-up.<br />

Dee Why RSL<br />

Dee Why RSL Club boasts contemporary surroundings and an<br />

expansive menu by executive chef Scott Drinkwater across its six bars,<br />

four restaurants and 13 function spaces. The Club dishes up more than<br />

400,000 main courses each year including bistro classics, Italian, Asian,<br />

and American grill favourites.<br />

The Vibe: The Club opened in 1937 as a venue for returned<br />

service men and women and has stayed true to its roots. Everyone is<br />

welcome.<br />

Must Try: There’s plenty to ponder at the Flame Lounge & Dining,<br />

including the USA Pork Ribs… with secret tequila BBQ sauce; Garlic<br />

Cronut – a garlic-flavoured croissant-doughnut pastry, topped with<br />

garlic butter, rock salt and black pepper; Seafood Pie with fish, king<br />

prawns, calamari, roasted fennel, in semi-dried tomato cream sauce,<br />

topped with brick pastry; and the Grande Brownie Smash – smashed<br />

dark chocolate brownie, with chocolate mousse, vanilla cream and<br />

roasted walnuts. At Aqua Bar & Dining go for the Scaloppine di fungi<br />

– veal, sliced button mushrooms, cream, served with potato and<br />

vegetables; Bolognese, Pea and Parmesan Arancini with Napoli dip; and<br />

Melone & Prosciutto, served with salad leaves and vin cotto. The Bistro<br />

serves a delectable roast pork with crackling and apple sauce (yum);<br />

while you can’t go past the Nasi Goreng at ‘The Asian’.<br />

The Specials: The Bistro hosts ‘Country of Origin’ monthly<br />

food specials. In <strong>August</strong> the focus is Sweden, which will see dishes<br />

like Swedish Meatballs and cheese pie added to the menu. The Club<br />

also celebrates ‘food days’ including World Chocolate Day, National<br />

Milkshake Day and National Burger Day. Aqua Bar & Dining offers daily<br />

specials including: Monday – Winter Warmer, Slow Cooked Italian-Style<br />

Braised Lamb Shanks on Warm Polenta; Tuesday – Tantalising Tower for<br />

Two; Wednesday – All You Can Eat Pizza or Pasta; Thursday – Parmology<br />

(choose from three parmigiana options, chips and side salad). And on<br />

Sunday – Kids Eat Free!<br />

Other Stuff: The Club has a great entertainment calendar<br />

featuring notable line-ups of the best local and international acts, plus<br />

complimentary live music every night. A two-year Membership costs $5.<br />

Special Local Promotion<br />

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

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

Inspiration runs deep<br />

Matt Wilcock of ‘Outfall Art’<br />

and Damian ‘Dooma’ Oswald<br />

of ‘Print My Fish’ draw their<br />

artistic inspiration primarily from<br />

the waters of the Pacific Ocean<br />

and the saltwater that runs in their<br />

veins.<br />

Both are surfers and keen<br />

fishermen; Matt dives for chain on<br />

the ocean floor, creating sculptural<br />

wonders that seem to defy gravity<br />

whilst Dooma practices Gyotaku the<br />

centuries-old Japanese technique of<br />

printing freshly caught fish.<br />

Originally freediving to salvage<br />

old and very heavy chain, Matt has<br />

now incorporated SCUBA to speed<br />

up the process. Once collected he<br />

forges and shapes molten metal<br />

into sculptures that reflect the<br />

elemental nature of the sea and<br />

coast.<br />

His sculptures speak to a deepseated<br />

appreciation of natural form<br />

in a primal material.<br />

“If it’s dangerous, dirty or loud,<br />

I’ll be in the thick of it,” Matt said.<br />

Meanwhile, the age-old<br />

fisherman’s tale of “It was this<br />

big…” doesn’t really wash with<br />

Gyotaku – as its process provides<br />

proof of size and also species right<br />

there in front of you.<br />

Using ink or paint (traditionally<br />

non-toxic, so the subject may then<br />

be eaten or preserved), Dooma<br />

transfers the organic shape and<br />

texture onto Washi or rice paper.<br />

Avalon Art Gallery’s Jennifer<br />

Hill says in Dooma’s skilled and<br />

experienced hands, the detail<br />

and movement captured is<br />

extraordinary.<br />

Dooma and Matt’s works are held<br />

in collections throughout the world<br />

in both commercial settings and<br />

private residences; this month locals<br />

have the chance to view them at an<br />

exhibition at Avalon Art Gallery (in<br />

the Cinema Arcade) from Saturday<br />

<strong>August</strong> 4 through <strong>August</strong> 31.<br />

Opening night is from 6pm on<br />

<strong>August</strong> 4, when you can meet the<br />

artists and hear them talk about<br />

their projects and the fascinating<br />

stories behind their creativity.<br />

It’s cheers to creativity!<br />

Always wanted to try painting<br />

but have reservations “People realise that there is<br />

and coach them through.<br />

about your artistic self? Then no barrier, anyone can enjoy<br />

perhaps you’d like to try the painting and I encourage participants<br />

latest innovation in social art<br />

to leave their judg-<br />

classes – group sessions with ments and misconceptions<br />

a glass of bubbly or wine to about art at the door.<br />

help get the<br />

“This is<br />

creative juices<br />

about giving<br />

flowing.<br />

themselves<br />

Local Reiki<br />

permission to<br />

teacher Jane<br />

play with paint<br />

Hodgett says<br />

and not worrying<br />

she started<br />

about<br />

her social ‘Art<br />

an end result<br />

& Alcohol’<br />

– and they get<br />

evenings two<br />

to go home<br />

years ago to<br />

with an amazing<br />

share her love<br />

painting<br />

of art with<br />

on a canvas!”<br />

people who<br />

Jane’s sessions<br />

would like to paint but were<br />

are generally held on<br />

either too busy to commit to a the fourth Saturday of each<br />

course, or who had always felt month, from 7pm-9.30pm at<br />

that they “couldn’t do it”. her home studio in Mona Vale<br />

“Absolutely anyone can do (next session is <strong>August</strong> 25).<br />

my class – they are strictly for There’s a minimum of 10<br />

fun and no previous experience<br />

people per session (group<br />

is necessary, said Jane. bookings for birthdays and<br />

“Everything is provided – work-bonding sessions also<br />

paints, brushes, table easels, available); cost is $60.<br />

canvas aprons, wine or bubbly;<br />

More info call Jane on 0412<br />

and I provide an image 151 108.<br />

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Getting in the ‘Spirit’ for<br />

Newport Sculpture Trail<br />

Planning is well underway for the Sixth Annual ‘Newport<br />

Sculpture Trail’ to be held later this year.<br />

Co-founder Patsy Clayton-Fry says emerging and established<br />

artists are being invited to respond to the <strong>2018</strong> theme<br />

of ‘Spirit’ with sculpture, performance or installation art.<br />

The ‘Newport Sculpture Trail’ is now part of the newly<br />

formed Totem Arts Festival which is currently being developed<br />

as a major long-term contemporary arts festival to energise<br />

the cultural offerings for communities on the northern<br />

end of the peninsula.<br />

“Working closely with local artists, community groups and<br />

business, a calendar of events has been prepared that will<br />

engage everyone,” said Patsy.<br />

“The festival this year will include pop-up activities and<br />

workshops including waste-to-art sculptures, wearable art,<br />

music and performance art.”<br />

The <strong>2018</strong> Newport Sculpture Trail runs from Friday October<br />

26 to Sunday November 11 in Newport village. Artists are<br />

invited to showcase their works in selected local businesses,<br />

attracting more people to both the businesses and the Newport<br />

village.<br />

There will be a curatorial selection for the winner (prize<br />

money to be announced) in addition to a ‘People’s Choice<br />

Award’ with a cash prize of $500.<br />

All artists, including students, are encouraged to apply,<br />

with the final selection determined by an established curator.<br />

Applications close on 1st September; more info email<br />

totemartsfestival@gmail.com<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

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

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AUGUST <strong>2018</strong> 39

Boating <strong>Life</strong><br />

Boating <strong>Life</strong><br />

Breeze up to sailing info day<br />

Looking to give sailing a go,<br />

or get your kids involved at<br />

a young age at a fun, relaxed<br />

club? Then consider Avalon<br />

Sailing Club which is holding<br />

an information and registration<br />

day for kids on Sunday <strong>August</strong><br />

26th from 10am to 2pm.<br />

With a modest timber<br />

clubhouse on the shore<br />

between Clareville and<br />

Paradise beaches, Avalon SC<br />

is a unique part of <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s<br />

world class sailing heritage.<br />

This year the Club will<br />

celebrate two important<br />

MILESTONES: Avalon Sailing Club is celebrating 80 years since formation and 60 years since its Clubhouse opened.<br />

anniversaries – 80 years since<br />

the formation of the Club and “Avalon is one of those<br />

60 years since the official iconic ‘wooden shed’ sailing<br />

opening of the Clubhouse. clubs which has a wonderfully<br />

“We’re a volunteer-run Club inclusive culture that welcomes<br />

with 400 active members, newcomers – there are no flash<br />

ranging in age from 8 to 88, restaurants, bars or pokies,<br />

with a comprehensive and just the best place for families<br />

professional sailing program to enjoy a BBQ and a drink<br />

catering to all ages and skills,” post-sailing whilst taking in the<br />

said Club Commodore, Jane best views on <strong>Pittwater</strong>.”<br />

Durham.<br />

Friday evenings on the deck<br />

or on the water in Summer<br />

were a popular, family friendly<br />

way to end the working week.<br />

She said the youth program<br />

which runs on Sunday<br />

mornings from September<br />

through to Easter, starts with<br />

Blue Group which is aimed at<br />

beginners aged 7 – 12. (The<br />

Club Nippas & Pacers are used<br />

for this program.)<br />

“Once the basics have been<br />

learnt, the children progress<br />

to the Red and Gold groups<br />

for further instruction and an<br />

introduction to racing.”<br />

Race preparation for State<br />

and National Titles is also<br />

provided. This season there<br />

will be club dinghies available<br />

for season hire, with no<br />

pressure to commit to buying a<br />

boat immediately.<br />

For teenagers and adults,<br />

there is a very active group<br />

sailing Spirals and dedicated<br />

Spiral coaching days with be<br />

run in spring.<br />

“The Club also runs Spring/<br />

Summer school holiday<br />

camps, open to children of<br />

all ages,” Jane said. “Classes<br />

sailed at Avalon include<br />

Nippas, Pacers, Bics, MJs,<br />

Flying 11s & Spirals.<br />

“Planning is also under way<br />

for Adult learn to sail classes<br />

for the coming season. The<br />

emphasis in all these programs<br />

is that sailing is a fun activity<br />

which teaches many skills<br />

and provides opportunities<br />

for a lifetime. There are<br />

many sailors in their 80s who<br />

regularly enjoy cruising and<br />

racing – not many other sports<br />

can claim that!”<br />

The Club also has a healthy<br />

Yacht division and a revamped<br />

racing program for the coming<br />

season will provide a diversity<br />

of events and casual entries<br />

are encouraged.<br />

“Plus the addition of the<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Couta boat fleet to<br />

ASC this season is a great<br />

bonus and the Couta fleet is<br />

always looking for crews,” she<br />

said. “And for those who like<br />

a more relaxed approach, the<br />

Cruising Division organises<br />

lots of great weekends away<br />

and members can also take<br />

advantage of club moorings<br />

dotted around <strong>Pittwater</strong>.”<br />

Blue Group Learn to Sail is<br />

limited to 25 children, and<br />

along with sailing camps,<br />

positions are provided on a<br />

first-come, first-in basis.<br />

For more info regarding<br />

Registration Day or any<br />

club activities, head to their<br />

Facebook page or email info@<br />

avalonsailingclub.com.au<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

40 AUGUST <strong>2018</strong><br />

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

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

A look at the surfers<br />

you never knew existed<br />

First up: The girl from New Jersey who was a Woman’s World Tour trailblazer<br />

A<br />

couple of years ago,<br />

I began scratching<br />

away at a book about<br />

professional surfing. I guess I<br />

was fascinated by a number of<br />

things: the development of pro<br />

sport generally and how surfing<br />

fit into that arc; the way it was<br />

immediately global, unlike<br />

so many other professional<br />

sports, the majority of which<br />

are regional or national by<br />

nature; most of all, the weird<br />

nature of surfing itself, a sport<br />

that thanks to its uniquely<br />

Polynesian roots, in many ways<br />

doesn’t even look like a sport<br />

at all.<br />

Why did surfers decide<br />

to turn pro? And how did<br />

that rebound into its wacky<br />

freewheeling culture?<br />

This is all good stuff for<br />

a book. But what’s really<br />

enlivening it for me and my<br />

co-author Sean Doherty – some<br />

of you will know Sean from<br />

his brilliant biography of the<br />

Queensland legend Michael<br />

Peterson, among other works<br />

– is the way new names are resurfacing<br />

through the research.<br />

People who neither of us knew<br />

existed, yet who were key to<br />

what occurred through the arc<br />

of the tale.<br />

I’ll tell you about a number of<br />

these people over the coming<br />

year, but I want to begin with a<br />

woman named Patti Paniccia.<br />

Recently, pro surfing’s latest<br />

governing body, the World Surf<br />

League, has become interested<br />

in its founders. They even held<br />

an event called the Founders’<br />

Cup, which we wrote about<br />

here a few months ago. The<br />

Founders who appeared at the<br />

event did not include Patti. This<br />

tells you an enormous amount<br />

about professional surfing.<br />

Patti was the daughter of a<br />

New Jersey Italian family whose<br />

father once went away to war.<br />

Patti’s Dad joined the Navy<br />

during WWII and travelled first<br />

to Hawaii, then to California,<br />

where he was based around<br />

Long Beach some time after the<br />

war.<br />

He came back to New Jersey<br />

and told Patti’s mother: “This is<br />

a dump! Come on, there’s better<br />

places in the world.”<br />

The Paniccias moved to<br />

California, where Patti was born.<br />

Thus at the age of 13, in 1967,<br />

Patti found herself hanging out<br />

next to the pier at Huntington<br />

Beach, waiting for people to lose<br />

their boards so she could have<br />

a turn.<br />

Her dad’s building<br />

contractor’s business then<br />

signed up for a job in Hawaii.<br />

The Paniccias moved to a house<br />

at Waialua on Oahu’s North<br />

Shore, a short drive to all the<br />

with Nick Carroll<br />

PIONEERS: Four of the girls on the first Women’s Tour in South Africa in 1976<br />

(from left): Sally Prange, Patti Paniccia, Claudia Bates and Becky Benson.<br />

greatest surf spots on earth.<br />

Patti thinks of Hawaii as part<br />

of the expansion of her life,<br />

in sync with their increasing<br />

prosperity and her growing up.<br />

“I didn’t know any different,”<br />

she told me, “so I just surfed<br />

everywhere. Sunset, Haleiwa,<br />

Laniakea, out front of our<br />

house.” There were hardly any<br />

women doing that. You could<br />

count them on two hands:<br />

Patti’s best surfing friend Sally<br />

Prange, the Benson sisters<br />

Blanche and Becky, Dale Dahlin<br />

who surfed Haleiwa a lot,<br />

and Honolulu’s Lynne Boyer,<br />

who would one day be world<br />

champion.<br />

She doesn’t recall any male<br />

meanness. “Everyone was<br />

real nice to us in the surf. You<br />

fought for your waves, but it’s<br />

not like today.”<br />

All the girls competed in the<br />

Hawaiian Surfing Association<br />

events, when they had enough<br />

money for the entry fee. Patti<br />

worked in Jerry’s Sweet Shop in<br />

Haleiwa, flipping burgers. She’d<br />

have surfed anyway, contests<br />

or not.<br />

In the early 1970s she and the<br />

other girls formed a group they<br />

called the Hawaiian Women’s<br />

Hui. (“Hui” is Hawaiian for club,<br />

or group.) The Hui’s energies<br />

were spent on opening the<br />

door to surfing for girls. They<br />

ran learn-to-surf classes and<br />

ding-fixing classes, and also ran<br />

competitions. Patti became the<br />

Hui’s competition director.<br />

In 1973, as the Hawaiian pro<br />

surfing events began to take<br />

off, the big-time promotor<br />

and former world champ Fred<br />

Hemmings decided to invite a<br />

woman to his keynote event,<br />

the Smirnoff Pro. He chose<br />

Laura Blears Ching. Now Laura<br />

was a good surfer, and the<br />

Women’s Hui respected her,<br />

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10-21/8: WSL CT men’s Billabong Pro, Teahupoo, Tahiti<br />

This event turns the pro year around. Before it, lots of surfers still<br />

kinda had a shot at a world title, or at least a big ranking; after it,<br />

only five or six will be in it. Teahupoo when it’s on epitomises what<br />

we might call the Core Theory of professional surfing, which runs<br />

thus: The waves are the main game. A great surfer will interest<br />

some people, but epic surf gets everyone. In the case of Chopes,<br />

it’ll be the year’s biggest challenge to the young Brazilian surfers<br />

who’ve dominated much of the competition so far. They rip in<br />

normal surf, but Teahupoo is not remotely normal.<br />


I have to say, July did way better than I’d expected. It featured<br />

the best six hours of surf this year, when an unexpected northeast<br />

swell popped up off a short-lived wind-band up near Lennox<br />

Head, and two of the biggest swells of the year, one of which – a<br />

massive southerly – pretty much stripped <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s beaches.<br />

Super fun! And also super cold! I think <strong>August</strong> might begin a trend<br />

away from mega-swells. There might be something significant<br />

early in the month from deep winter storms moving south of<br />

Tassie, but once they’re done, expect a long second half of the<br />

month, with light winds, occasional cold westerlies, and mostly,<br />

very small waves. Sorry.<br />

Nick Carroll<br />

but they also suspected the real<br />

reason Fred had invited Laura<br />

to compete, out of all the girl<br />

surfers in Hawaii, was that Laura<br />

had recently appeared in Playboy<br />

magazine.<br />

They elected Patti to go talk<br />

with Fred about this conundrum.<br />

“Fred was like, ‘Who are you<br />

to be telling me how to run<br />

my business?’” she laughed.<br />

“But I went to lunch with him,<br />

and we kept talking… Maybe it<br />

was some of the Italian in me –<br />

scrappy, is that the word?”<br />

Patti and Fred had plenty<br />

of arguments, but finally he<br />

relented, and asked her to run<br />

the women’s events, which<br />

by 1976 had expanded into<br />

something worth calling a Tour.<br />

So Patti actually founded the<br />

Women’s World Tour. She ran<br />

it that year, then for the next<br />

two years during which the first<br />

women’s pro champion, Margo<br />

Oberg of Kauai, was repeatedly<br />

crowned.<br />

By 1979 Patti had had<br />

enough of running contests<br />

and tours, and decided to<br />

challenge herself. She went<br />

back to California and did Law<br />

at Pepperdine University, and<br />

eventually found her way into<br />

journalism, where she was a key<br />

correspondent for the fledgling<br />

CNN, covering everything from<br />

the Reagan Presidency to the<br />

Rodney King riots in LA. When<br />

CNN sacked her in 1994 after<br />

the birth of her second child,<br />

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she fought a celebrated lawsuit<br />

over the issue of employment<br />

during childbirth, took it to<br />

the Supreme Court, and won.<br />

Subsequently she wrote a<br />

best-selling book, ‘Work Smarts<br />

For Women: The Essential Sex<br />

Discrimination Survival Guide’.<br />

Today Patti is an Adjunct<br />

Professor of Law at Pepperdine,<br />

where she teaches legal theory.<br />

She also still owns the old<br />

family home at Waialua, where<br />

she stays and surfs regularly<br />

through the Hawaiian winter<br />

surf season.<br />

I know of very few ex-pro<br />

surfers who come close to Patti<br />

in terms of achievement in and<br />

beyond the sport, if it really is a<br />

sport. Her efforts began a chain<br />

of events that led directly to<br />

Steph Gilmore’s fantastic recent<br />

win at Jeffreys Bay. But why had<br />

I never heard of her before I<br />

started scratching away at this<br />

book? Simple: no surf mag had<br />

ever published a story about<br />

her, or featuring her, or really<br />

anything about the Hawaiian<br />

women surfers of the time at all.<br />

Surfers of the time thought<br />

they were radical people living<br />

a radical life, and in some<br />

senses they were. But when<br />

it came to seeing women and<br />

men as equals, they were as<br />

conservative as any of their<br />

parents.<br />

More from this mad research<br />

from time to time in coming<br />

months!<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

‘Joint’ initiative to empower locals<br />

We are increasingly<br />

becoming a nation of<br />

dodgy knees and wornout<br />

hips – but before you trade<br />

yours in, there are a few things<br />

you should know.<br />

Dr Paul Miniter, head of the<br />

Northern Beaches Orthopaedic<br />

Centre, has recenty opened<br />

rooms in Mona Vale providing<br />

state-of-the-art assessment and<br />

surgery for all disorders of the<br />

lower limb.<br />

With a special interest in joint<br />

preservation surgery of the<br />

knee and hip as well as injuries<br />

relating to the knee, foot and<br />

ankle, Dr Miniter and team are<br />

passionate about<br />

continuing education,<br />

regularly attending<br />

conferences<br />

and joining other<br />

specialists operating<br />

overseas to learn the<br />

latest advancements<br />

in bone and joint<br />

preservation, alternative<br />

approaches<br />

to complex issues,<br />

pain management<br />

and surgical techniques.<br />

And the public will have the<br />

opportunity to share in Dr<br />

Miniter’s knowledge at a series<br />

of free public health seminars to<br />

be held from next month, with<br />

the first focusing on hips and<br />

knee (details see page 7).<br />

“The aim is to help people understand<br />

whether they need to<br />

be thinking about surgery in the<br />

context of their joint problems<br />

– not all people need a joint<br />

replacement even if their X-rays<br />

look terrible,” Dr Miniter said.<br />

SEMINARS: Dr Miniter.<br />

ADVANCES: New techniques could see replacement surgery postponed.<br />

“During the seminars we’ll<br />

discuss other modalities of<br />

treatment such as exercise,<br />

weight loss and physiotherapy.<br />

“Recovery from surgery will<br />

also be covered off as well as<br />

techniques to preserve joints<br />

from wear and tear.<br />

“Importantly, we will be<br />

welcoming questions to help<br />

people understand whether<br />

they actually need treatment.”<br />

Dr Miniter explained there<br />

were many new techniques that<br />

allowed doctors to recommend<br />

conservative treatment and<br />

even postpone joint replacements<br />

in certain patients.<br />

“Also there have<br />

been many exciting<br />

developments in<br />

joint replacement<br />

allowing people<br />

who have suffered<br />

serious disability<br />

to restore function<br />

and lead active<br />

lives,” he said.<br />

Dr Miniter said<br />

advances in orthopaedic<br />

medicine<br />

and surgical equipment now<br />

allowed for specialists to assist<br />

patients closer to their homes<br />

– in many cases alleviating the<br />

need to travel to major hospitals<br />

for procedures and follow-ups.<br />

“The most exciting development<br />

in my opinion is the<br />

speed of recovery and quality of<br />

results that is seen with modern<br />

surgery,” Dr Miniter said.<br />

“In the USA – and soon here –<br />

up to 70 per cent of treatment is<br />

now done in a day surgery; that<br />

means less risks of complications,<br />

less pain and faster return<br />

to work and activities.”<br />

Dr Miniter starts day surgery<br />

procedures, such as knee and<br />

ankle arthroscopy and reconstruction<br />

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

Day Surgery in Mona Vale<br />

from the first week of <strong>August</strong>.<br />

Dr Miniter undertook postgraduate<br />

medical qualification<br />

at Royal North Shore Hospital.<br />

After graduating as an Orthopaedic<br />

Surgeon he went overseas<br />

for fellowship training in<br />

joint replacement and paediatric<br />

orthopaedics in Scotland.<br />

Over the years Dr Miniter has<br />

formed close associations with<br />

world-renowned orthopaedic<br />

surgeons, allowing for an easy<br />

exchange of professional medical<br />

opinions and ideas.<br />

Each year he shares his surgical<br />

expertise pro-bono, dealing<br />

with an array of orthopaedic<br />

conditions in the very poorest<br />

communities in India and Africa.<br />

Although he has owned a<br />

house in Avalon with wife Kate<br />

for nearly two decades, Dr<br />

Miniter has spent a chunk of<br />

that period in the ACT as a sub<br />

specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon<br />

and teaching medical students.<br />

“I have always wanted to<br />

spend more time on the Northern<br />

Beaches… it feels like I am<br />

coming home,” he said.<br />

For those who are sporty and<br />

whose bones and joints are taking<br />

a pounding in efforts to stay<br />

fit and healthy, it’s good to note<br />

Dr Miniter and The Northern<br />

Beaches Orthopaedic Centre<br />

team also have a particular<br />

interest in treating ankle injury.<br />

“Ankle injury is the most common<br />

sporting injury; up to 20<br />

per cent of people have ongoing<br />

issues with the ankle after<br />

injury,” he said.<br />

Fractures and sprains that<br />

are ignored or aren’t treated<br />

properly when they occur could<br />

lead to long-term chronic problems<br />

such as repeated injury,<br />

ankle weakness and arthritis, Dr<br />

Miniter explained.<br />

“If recovery does not occur<br />

with physiotherapy, strengthening<br />

and mobility exercises,<br />

ankle injury requires specialist<br />

assessment and treatment,” Dr<br />

Miniter said.<br />

“We are always on the lookout<br />

for new avenues to further<br />

speed up recovery and deal with<br />

these complex injuries.”<br />

* Plans are also ‘afoot’ for a<br />

weekly acute sports injury<br />

clinic at <strong>Pittwater</strong> Day Surgery<br />

beginning later this month.<br />

For more info and/or to<br />

reserve your place at the Free<br />

Information Session or sports<br />

injury clinic go to nbocentre.<br />

com.au/infonight or call 1300<br />

901 805. – Lisa Offord<br />

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Free grief and loss course<br />

Everyone experiences loss at some time and grief is a<br />

normal and natural response to loss that can affect every<br />

part of our lives.<br />

Research has shown that grief and loss experienced by caregivers<br />

of a loved one occurs at different stages of the caring<br />

journey, bringing significant emotional stress.<br />

This can be the result of receiving a diagnosis; changes related<br />

to financial circumstances; deterioration of symptoms;<br />

prospects of new treatments; relinquishing of care; imminence<br />

of death; or the death of a loved one.<br />

Everyone experiences grief in their own way – some people<br />

express their grief in private and do not show it in public;<br />

some want to express their grief through crying and talking.<br />

Others may be reluctant to talk and prefer to keep busy and<br />

people may behave differently at different times.<br />

There is no ‘correct’ way to grieve, and no way to ‘fix<br />

it’ but understanding more about what you may be going<br />

through can help.<br />

If you’re grieving, it’s important to know that you’re not<br />

alone and help is available.<br />

Northern Beaches Community Connect is running a free<br />

five-week Grief and Loss Course for Carers commencing on<br />

Monday 6 <strong>August</strong>.<br />

The course focusses on restoration of your emotional functioning<br />

by understanding the theory behind grief, normalising<br />

feelings, engaging in exploration of unique personal experiences,<br />

experiential learning and peer support.<br />

The course will be held on Mondays – 6 Aug, 13 Aug, 20 Aug,<br />

27 Aug, 3 Sep – from 10.30am to 1.30pm at Dee Why RSL Club<br />

(morning tea and light lunch included).<br />

For more information call Robyn on 9931 7777. – LO<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Skin needling treatments<br />

offer rejuvenation benefit<br />

Using small needles to<br />

penetrate the skin is now<br />

well established as a technique<br />

to minimise pore size, tighten<br />

skin, rejuvenate skin texture or<br />

surface, minimise wrinkles, reduce<br />

scars and improve stretch<br />

marks.<br />

The theory is that controlled<br />

needles penetrate the dermis<br />

or strength layer of the skin.<br />

Collagen in this layer is induced<br />

or stimulated to heal. With healing,<br />

more collagen is deposited,<br />

which thickens the skin. All<br />

scars contract, so this contraction<br />

tightens the skin. Thicker<br />

skin appears more youthful.<br />

Another big advantage is the<br />

skin needling allows penetration<br />

of therapeutic products.<br />

Skin is a very effective barrier.<br />

Every day our skin protects<br />

against desiccation, bacteria,<br />

chemicals, toxins and solutions.<br />

Such an effective barrier<br />

makes penetration of skin care<br />

products difficult. We all know<br />

vitamins A, B and C are beneficial<br />

to skin care. However,<br />

getting them into the skin<br />

has been a major limitation in<br />

therapeutic effectiveness. Many<br />

skin care solutions list these<br />

products but the concentration<br />

or form may not allow penetration.<br />

Having thousands of tiny<br />

holes markedly increases this<br />

penetration.<br />

There are two main systems<br />

of commonly used skin<br />

needling – rollers and vertical<br />

needling.<br />

Rollers contain fixed needles,<br />

which as the roller is rolled over<br />

the skin, penetrate the dermis.<br />

Different rollers have different<br />

needle lengths. Generally the<br />

longer needles are used by skin<br />

therapists, with the shorter needles<br />

being used at home. A few<br />

factors limit their use. Smaller,<br />

contoured areas of the face –<br />

such as near the nose, lips or<br />

eyes – may be difficult to reach.<br />

Needle length is not changeable;<br />

the whole roller needs<br />

to be changed. The action of<br />

the roller over the skin may<br />

cause small cuts or flicks as the<br />

needles emerge from the skin,<br />

resulting in linear cuts rather<br />

than needle-shaped punctures.<br />

Vertical needling has sterile,<br />

disposable, spring-loaded<br />

needles attached to a vibrating<br />

wand or stem. By vibrating in<br />

a vertical direction, the needle<br />

tracks are controlled, predictable<br />

and vertical. It is considered<br />

less painful and with faster<br />

healing and repair. Needle<br />

lengths can be altered during<br />

a treatment and vibration<br />

speeds can also be changed.<br />

This allows different areas with<br />

different skin thickness or characteristics<br />

to be treated. Having<br />

a smaller surface area, they<br />

are useful on the nose, near<br />

the eyes and lips. There are 11<br />

needles and the length can be<br />

varied from 0.25 – 2.5mm.<br />

All treatments should be<br />

preceded by a time of optimising<br />

skin health. For rejuvenation,<br />

generally 4-6 treatments<br />

four weeks apart are advised.<br />

For acne scars, 6 treatments<br />

six weeks apart and for stretch<br />

marks up to 10 treatments 4-6<br />

weeks apart. Results are seen<br />

from about four weeks and<br />

improvement continues for 6-12<br />

months. A good post-treatment<br />

with Dr John Kippen<br />

regime is suggested, and<br />

intermittent retreatments are<br />

advised.<br />

Downtime and recovery are<br />

proportional to needle depth<br />

and treatment type. This can<br />

vary from mild redness that<br />

may last a few hours, to quite<br />

marked redness lasting 12-24<br />

hours for more intense treatments.<br />

Small amounts of bleeding<br />

may occur near. (Deeper<br />

treatments are often combined<br />

with topical numbing creams.)<br />

In general, skin needling is<br />

a very popular treatment with<br />

very good results. Pore size can<br />

be reduced, skin rejuvenated,<br />

wrinkles reduced, texture improved<br />

and skin tightened. The<br />

vertical needling gives greater<br />

accuracy over a wider variety of<br />

skin types and allows eyelids,<br />

lips and noses to be treated.<br />

Our columnist Dr John<br />

Kippen is a qualified, fully<br />

certified consultant specialist<br />

in Cosmetic, Plastic and<br />

Reconstructive surgery.<br />

Australian trained, he also<br />

has additional Australian and<br />

International Fellowships.<br />

Dr Kippen works from custom-built<br />

premises in Mona<br />

Vale. He welcomes enquiries<br />

and questions. Please<br />

contact him via johnkippen.<br />

com.au or by email: doctor@<br />

johnkippen.com.au<br />

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‘Specialties’ evolves with family dental<br />

Digital dentistry is not the<br />

future – it’s already very<br />

much in the present with<br />

local specialists leading the way<br />

blending high-tech systems<br />

with traditional dental care and<br />

personal attention.<br />

Highly regarded specialist<br />

prosthodontist Dr Tom Giblin<br />

was an early adopter of modern<br />

dental technology when he<br />

opened his practice in Mona<br />

Vale six years ago.<br />

Often likened to an architect<br />

or engineer of the mouth, a<br />

prosthodontist specialises in<br />

the restoration and replacement<br />

of teeth, planning cases not just<br />

for aesthetics but also for long<br />

term function, durability and<br />

easy maintenance.<br />

Operating out of his state-ofthe-art<br />

premises which boasts<br />

its own dental laboratory for<br />

making crowns, veneers and<br />

dentures in-house, Dr Giblin is<br />

also an educator and is regularly<br />

invited to speak about his<br />

work in Australia<br />

and overseas.<br />

“Being a ‘digital’<br />

practice we have<br />

incorporated the<br />

latest in hightech<br />

equipment,<br />

including 3D<br />

Digital imaging for<br />

implant planning<br />

and diagnosis as<br />

well as the latest in<br />

intraoral scanners<br />

that mean often we<br />

simply take a 3D<br />

scan of your teeth<br />

rather than taking<br />

the traditional putty impressions,”<br />

he explained.<br />

“From there we can digitally<br />

‘mock-up’ your smile for you to<br />

see and try in, or design your<br />

new crowns or veneers using<br />

our powerful design software,<br />

before being milled or 3D<br />

printed and then hand-finished<br />

in our dental laboratory.”<br />

Fast-forward to <strong>2018</strong> and<br />

CHANGE: Dr Tom Giblin.<br />

it’s not only new<br />

technology that’s<br />

enhancing local<br />

patient care… Dr<br />

Giblin’s practice<br />

has evolved – it<br />

is now known as<br />

Northern Dental<br />

Implants & Prosthodontics<br />

and<br />

it also includes a<br />

large family and<br />

general dental service<br />

– Barrenjoey<br />

Dental.<br />

He explained<br />

with our ageing<br />

population and busy lifestyles,<br />

patients now more than ever<br />

covet convenience alongside<br />

quality of care.<br />

“Barrenjoey Dental is focused<br />

on providing honest, high-quality<br />

dental care to our patients<br />

and families,” Dr Giblin said.<br />

“By combining a general practice<br />

with the specialist practice,<br />

we can better serve our patients<br />

by offering affordable, quality<br />

everyday dentistry with specialist<br />

restorative care when it is<br />

needed, all in one location,” Dr<br />

Giblin said.<br />

The respected team at Barrenjoey<br />

Dental include Dr Laura<br />

Siebels and Dr John Lockwood<br />

AM, who provide a broad range<br />

of services from check-ups and<br />

cleans to root canals, fillings<br />

and tooth whitening.<br />

“Laura enjoys all aspects of<br />

dentistry, especially working<br />

with children, as well as root<br />

canal therapy and treating gum<br />

conditions,” Dr Giblin said.<br />

She is studying for a Masters<br />

degree in Orofacial Pain.<br />

“Dr John Lockwood moved<br />

his long-standing practice under<br />

our roof two years ago and<br />

he brings decades of experience<br />

in all aspects of general<br />

dentistry,” Dr Giblin said.<br />

Find the team under one<br />

roof at Shop 1, 1731 <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Rd Mona Vale; P: 9997 1122.<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Fulfilling ‘gap’ year<br />

FROM BELFAST TO AVALON: Dr Ceri Cashell with husband Alisdair Knight,<br />

daughter Izzy and sons Ruairdh and Domhnall.<br />

General Practitioner Dr Ceri Cashell returns to Avalon this<br />

month following a year of working in the UK which she says<br />

revealed differences in the way health provision is delivered<br />

compared to Australia.<br />

“I have had a very busy year working between Belfast and Edinburgh,”<br />

Dr Cashell said. “The volume of work in a day is much<br />

greater in the UK although the types of problems are for the<br />

most part the same as Sydney. And all surgeries offer a maximum<br />

10-minute appointment time.”<br />

She said that professionally she found it hard to have so little<br />

time with her patients.<br />

“And working in lots of different practices meant I lost the<br />

continuity of care that I really valued in Avalon.”<br />

Dr Cashell noted the UK’s National Health Scheme (NHS) had been<br />

very proactive at encouraging patient self-care in minor illness over<br />

the past 15-20 years, with pharmacies often running minor ailment<br />

schemes which avoided the need to see a doctor at all.<br />

“Patients’ health knowledge is similar to what I’ve experienced<br />

in Sydney and varies according to demographic group,” she said.<br />

“However, everything is more protocol-l and guideline-driven in the<br />

UK – and this has encouraged me to update my evidence-based<br />

practice; I have attended several excellent GP update courses.”<br />

The family – including husband Alisdair Knight and kids<br />

Ruairdh, 12, Domhnall, 9, and Izzy, 1 uprooted and returned to<br />

Belfast, Northern Ireland, to spend more time with their parents<br />

as they grew older.<br />

“It has been a very fulfilling year doing things that we have<br />

missed out on living in Sydney,” Dr Cashell said. “Our children<br />

have loved having their Granny Moira around and we have had<br />

lots of wonderful weekends in her mountain cottage with no<br />

WiFi, climbing the Mourne Mountains and mountain biking in<br />

Tollymore Forest.<br />

“We had ski trips to Scotland and the Alps in France as well as<br />

surf camp safaris to the west of Ireland.<br />

“Of course, we missed the blue skies and the beaches but<br />

we were very fortunate to be in the UK for the first four-month<br />

heatwave in over 20 years!” she said. “And a sunny Irish beach is<br />

hard to beat!”<br />

Dr Cashell is looking forward to taking on new patients at<br />

Avalon Family Medical Practice where she will practice Mondays,<br />

Wednesdays and Thursdays.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

Eco Corner<br />

You need<br />

info to<br />

ensure you<br />

get the correct<br />

solar inverter<br />

for your<br />

current and<br />

future needs.<br />

Battery storage<br />

will influence<br />

your decision.<br />

A solar inverter (or PV<br />

with<br />

Jono Burke<br />

inverter) is a type of electrical<br />

converter which converts<br />

the variable direct current<br />

(DC) output of a photovoltaic<br />

(PV) solar panel into a utility<br />

frequency alternating current<br />

AC. This means that when<br />

the sun is out you can use the<br />

power in your house directly<br />

from the solar panels.<br />

But the sun doesn’t shine<br />

24 hours! I am always getting<br />

asked about battery storage as<br />

a way to reduce energy costs.<br />

Along with a solar system that<br />

minimises your costs during<br />

sunlight hours, batteries can<br />

store energy to be used after<br />

the sun goes down.<br />

Household or business<br />

energy usage patterns vary<br />

greatly. You may be using most<br />

of your energy during the day<br />

with a business that is open<br />

during normal hours. You may<br />

have equipment or appliances<br />

running well into the night. It’s<br />

important to determine energy<br />

usage patterns before deciding<br />

whether batteries are a viable<br />

option.<br />

When considering using your<br />

solar system to reduce energy<br />

costs for the entire 24-hour<br />

period you must be aware that<br />

not all solar inverters enable<br />

the DC energy to be converted<br />

into the battery storage. The<br />

solar inverter you choose must<br />

be ‘battery ready’.<br />

You need to get a system<br />

with a hybrid solar inverter<br />

that is compatible with the<br />

battery brand you are planning<br />

on installing. My advice is to<br />

plan for the future and install<br />

a ‘battery ready’ inverter.<br />

Batteries have almost halved<br />

in price in the past 12 months<br />

making them more costeffective<br />

than ever. Plan ahead!<br />

* Jono is a Partner with Solar<br />

Energy Enterprises (see ad p28).<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Rewire your brain<br />

through meditation<br />

Neuroplasticity – the ability to rewire your brain to improve your<br />

wellbeing – continues to be a focus of the scientific world.<br />

And meditation is seen as a key activator for this change, helping<br />

individuals reorganise their brain and its function to help overcome<br />

trauma and disease and deal with depression and addiction.<br />

Neuroplasticity has been thoroughly researched, with hundreds of<br />

scientific articles showing regular meditators were able to grow their<br />

prefrontal cerebral cortex, a part of the brain responsible for paying<br />

attention, emotional regulation and sensory management.<br />

Billabong Retreat founder Paul von Bergen agrees that<br />

mindfulness is an attention-training exercise for the brain.<br />

“It involves deliberately trying to focus on one thing at a time, be<br />

it your breath, your physical sensations in your body or for more<br />

advanced practitioners, the stream of thoughts or emotions coming<br />

into your mind,” he said. “This process activates and therefore grows<br />

the prefrontal cerebral cortex, the part of the brain responsible for<br />

your ability to pay attention. This ‘executive control function’ is the<br />

most evolved part of any primate brain and the part you really want<br />

to be developing.”<br />

Paul said that once your ability to pay attention increases you<br />

will start to notice your stream of consciousness – particularly the<br />

underlying patterns of repetitive thoughts, physical sensations and<br />

emotions that can influence your behaviors and decision-making.<br />

“This ability to be able to observe your thoughts, emotions and<br />

sensations is called meta-cognition and is perhaps the most evolved<br />

of all human brain functions,” he said.<br />

Paul added that once an individual had set the intention to learn<br />

meditation it was important they were realistic with expectations.<br />

“It might take a while to find the right teacher, the right training<br />

or the right method,” he continued. “What’s right for me is not<br />

necessarily right for you.<br />

“This is brain reprogramming and it doesn’t happen overnight.”<br />

Paul runs Mindfulness Training programs at Billabong Retreat<br />

every four weeks; for more info phone (02) 4573 6080 or visit<br />

billabongretreat.com.au<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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Hair & Beauty<br />

Your lymphatic system:<br />

the mirror to skin health<br />

with Sue Carroll<br />

The science of anti-aging<br />

has always been at the<br />

forefront of human<br />

endeavour. Anti-aging has been<br />

linked through the lymphatic<br />

system, which is also known as<br />

the ‘Elixir of <strong>Life</strong>’. The lymphatic<br />

system is a vital component<br />

of our immune system and is<br />

one of the most intriguing and<br />

dynamic relationships the body<br />

possesses.<br />

The lymphatic system is the<br />

body’s drainage mechanism<br />

for collection and disposal of<br />

unwanted waste products. It<br />

is a network of tissues and<br />

organs that help rid the body<br />

of toxins, waste and other<br />

unwanted materials. As part<br />

of the circulatory system<br />

and a vital component of our<br />

immune system, the lymphatic<br />

system comprises a network<br />

of lymphatic vessels that carry<br />

lymph – a fluid containing<br />

infection-fighting white blood<br />

cells – throughout the body.<br />

From an aesthetic<br />

perspective, one of the most<br />

famous practitioners of<br />

lymphatic drainage is Danish<br />

physician Emil Vodder, M.D., and<br />

his wife Estrid who developed<br />

the famous Vodder method and<br />

philosophy of manual lymphatic<br />

drainage (MLD). The Vodders<br />

developed a light, rhythmic<br />

massage with stretching<br />

movements to stimulate lymph<br />

flow throughout the body. In<br />

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1936, this technique started<br />

to become recognised by the<br />

medical community when<br />

the Vodders presented their<br />

findings to the public at a health<br />

and beauty congress in Paris.<br />

Since then, many physicians<br />

and lymphologists have come<br />

up with their own techniques<br />

for stimulating the lymphatic<br />

system, most of which involve<br />

many of the same basic<br />

principles used in the Vodder<br />

method.<br />

Another form of lymphatic<br />

drainage is pressure therapy.<br />

This is where specialised<br />

equipment is programmed<br />

with compressed air to actively<br />

massage the lymphatic<br />

system. The system may be<br />

used alone or in conjunction<br />

with a wrapping technique,<br />

using cosmetic-rich active<br />

ingredients to enhance the<br />

drainage process. Both MLD<br />

and pressure therapy may be<br />

used for treatment on the legs,<br />

abdomen, buttocks, and arms<br />

for both men and women.<br />

A well-functioning lymphatic<br />

system will influence the tone,<br />

colour and clarity of the skin.<br />

As a consequence of the aging<br />

process, our lymphatics become<br />

less active and facial oedema<br />

may occur. Inadequate lymph<br />

activity is directly attributed to<br />

puffiness and dark circles under<br />

the eyes, as well as swelling of<br />

the face and ankles.<br />

Other physical areas of<br />

concern where lymphatic<br />

drainage may be of use are:<br />

n To assist with reducing<br />

puffiness after a long flight;<br />

n To treat acne and rosacea<br />

where the facilitation of<br />

unwanted bacteria and<br />

cellular debris will be drained<br />

away from the pustulous<br />

region;<br />

n To reduce the effects of<br />

bruising after surgery;<br />

n To reduce the appearance of<br />

cellulite;<br />

n To assist with weight loss<br />

programs;<br />

n To reduce the lactic acid after<br />

a strenuous exercise session;<br />

n If water retention is a problem<br />

this will assist to reduce<br />

puffiness along with a good<br />

health/lifestyle program; and<br />

n In conjunction with a doctor<br />

to treat lymphodema.<br />

The vitality of the lymphatic<br />

system mirrors the skin’s health<br />

and ultimately, one’s overall<br />

health. Lymphatic drainage<br />

remains one of the most effective<br />

methods to assist in the<br />

management of problematic<br />

and congestive skin and health<br />

conditions.<br />

Sue Carroll of Skin<br />

Inspiration has been a qualified<br />

Aesthetician for 33 years.<br />

Sue has owned and<br />

operated successful beauty<br />

clinics and day spas on<br />

the Northern Beaches.<br />

info@skininspiration.com.au<br />

www.skininspiration.com.au<br />

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their mobiles on a corporate<br />

plan and I contacted them to<br />

arrange a travel pack for an<br />

overseas trip – the $10 per day<br />

‘all-you-can-eat’ phone deal<br />

are for when firmly you rooted are overseas. in behavioural It<br />

finance: turned out investing that they small don’t allow<br />

amounts corporate on customers a regular to basis access that<br />

won’t travel packs. be missed When combined I asked them with<br />

investing if corporate over customers an extended don’t<br />

period travel overseas of time to the average person was<br />

into gushingly the markets apologetic smoothing and said<br />

out they peaks understood and troughs. my concerns Of<br />

course at which it point doesn’t it was hurt just that easier it<br />

does to give all up. of The these next things day within they<br />

the sent framework a text asking of a highly about my<br />

attractive and functional user<br />

interface – fancy words for the<br />

app looks and feels very cool.<br />

While these principles have<br />

proven to be sound over time<br />

Acorns goes on to provide an<br />

indirect benefit to its users<br />

in the form of education and<br />

improved financial literacy.<br />

Get two or more people in the<br />

room who have an account and<br />

you’ll find out what I mean –<br />

when did you start? What are<br />

customer service experience,<br />

I duly ignored it. The day after<br />

they sent me the text again;<br />

bugger it, I filled it out and gave<br />

them all zeros. The next day<br />

someone from Optus actually<br />

called me… but not to fix the<br />

you problem saving or for? to suggest What returns a work<br />

have around you but had? to apologise It’s inherently and<br />

competitive empathise again but when – Aarrrgh! it’s<br />

combined Thanks, but with get the lost! tools and<br />

information The next encounter that the app was with<br />

provides Woolworths. it’s I also have extremely had one of<br />

informative their branded – as credit a regular cards from user<br />

you the days can’t when help it but churned become out<br />

more many informed frequent flyer about points the to<br />

behaviour now when it of doesn’t markets but whether once a<br />

you month are it looking gives you to 10% or not off – your the<br />

with Brian Hrnjak<br />

balance grocery bill, of your a tangible Acorns feature account<br />

rises in a card and when falls in so line many with of them<br />

movements promise so much in markets but deliver during<br />

the so little. course Lately, of the however, trading this day.<br />

feature One of hasn’t the challenges been working<br />

any properly: finance no app automatic would deduction have<br />

encouraging at the checkout, young which people means to<br />

save a half and hour invest on the is phone to remain with<br />

relevant a call centre. in their After eyes. a week Over I get<br />

the past year an a number email with of an<br />

enhancements official-looking<br />

have taken place<br />

following user case feedback, number the<br />

headline ones thanking being: me<br />

Found Money for partners my enquiry, – users<br />

can shop online saying with brands that the<br />

such as Bonds, management<br />

Dan Murphy’s,<br />

BCF, Uber etc. and team these are still<br />

partners usually investigating<br />

deposit bonus<br />

amounts how and why or extra this occurred round ups and<br />

into that they users will advise account; further once<br />

My their Finance investigations feature have – uses been<br />

artificial completed. intelligence This time to I took track a<br />

and moment categorise to reply, spending thanking and them<br />

calculate for their email, free cash advising flow; that in<br />

Super my view fund the cause linkages of the – allows problem<br />

users was their to make rubbish deposits systems to and a<br />

range that if they of industry don’t expedite and public a $50<br />

offer gift voucher superannuation like they did funds; the last<br />

Emerald time the system Portfolio broke – a I socially would<br />

responsible expedite seeking portfolio a new option card<br />

introduced provider and following new supermarket member<br />

feedback; – the problem was apparently<br />

Little solved Acorns the next – sub working accounts day.<br />

designed The last to encounter allow investment was with<br />

on Origin behalf Energy. of children Where we or other live in<br />

dependants <strong>Pittwater</strong> there under is no the gas age supply of 18.<br />

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to the street so we rely on bottled<br />

gas which in our case comes from<br />

Origin. On the day that delivery<br />

was expected I received a text<br />

saying that delivery had failed<br />

and they would reattempt the<br />

following day. No big deal. The<br />

next day I receive another<br />

text, delivery has failed again.<br />

Fantastic news; this represented<br />

another chance to deal with a call<br />

centre. When I finally navigated<br />

the menu to a human I was told<br />

that our long-standing driver<br />

now considered the site access<br />

too steep in light of their new<br />

workplace health and safety<br />

policy. Ok, I asked, so what was<br />

the point of the text message<br />

about reattempting delivery<br />

the next day – did they expect<br />

the site to magically level itself<br />

overnight? After more circular<br />

discussion I worked out that<br />

Origin had unilaterally withdrawn<br />

the supply of gas due to a policy<br />

change, with no plan of informing<br />

us. So after organising to move<br />

the gas bottles to a new policyfriendly<br />

location I made two more<br />

calls to the call centre to arrange<br />

delivery, each time being assured<br />

that that it would be next day. As<br />

anyone who relies on bottled gas<br />

knows you only call when you<br />

have emptied one cylinder and<br />

switched to the next (which was<br />

weeks ago by this stage) so we<br />

were rapidly spiralling towards a<br />

four-long-haired-girl-householdbathroom-crisis-Armageddon.<br />

The bottles arrived four days<br />

later, barely in the nick of time.<br />

While Willie Nelson implored<br />

mothers not to let their children<br />

grow up to be cowboys, ladies<br />

I’m suggesting it could be worse,<br />

much worse if they wind up<br />

as drones in call centres being<br />

professional apologisers. What<br />

could be worse than being that<br />

person on the end of the line<br />

with absolutely no authority<br />

or resources to fix a problem,<br />

armed only with an internal<br />

training course on how to deal<br />

with difficult people and being<br />

‘recorded for training purposes’?<br />

It will be interesting to see if<br />

our large corporates continue<br />

with this cookie cutter approach<br />

to managing customers and<br />

issues. Corporate Australia<br />

along with many of our large<br />

institutions are facing an ongoing<br />

loss of trust – the following words<br />

were written by Patrick Durkin in<br />

the Australian Financial Review in<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

March this year reporting on the<br />

Edelman Trust Barometer: “Trust<br />

in business slid from 48 to 45 per<br />

cent, government fell from 37 to<br />

35 per cent, media from 32 to 31<br />

per cent and NGOs from 52 to 48<br />

per cent. Australia rates just four<br />

percentage points above Russia,<br />

the world’s least-trusting nation,<br />

and our trust index score places<br />

us in the bottom-third of nations.”<br />

Of course, since then we’ve<br />

had further revelations from<br />

the Banking Royal Commission,<br />

Optus botched the Football World<br />

Cup streaming then botched the<br />

refunds, Woolworths and Coles<br />

upset their customers by selling<br />

them plastic bags they used<br />

to get for free and Bill Shorten<br />

backflipped on small company<br />

tax cuts.<br />

Perhaps to improve trust and<br />

make jobs interesting again<br />

our big businesses could turn<br />

the customer relationship on<br />

its head. Stop listening to those<br />

people with the word strategic in<br />

their job titles, end the ceaseless<br />

rounds of internal meetings, the<br />

obsession with KPIs, targets and<br />

bonus culture and stop hiding<br />

behind the internet.<br />

What if a bank came along that<br />

reinstated the role and status<br />

of the local manager, stopped<br />

trying to sell you stuff every time<br />

you went in there, published the<br />

phone number of the local branch<br />

on their website, kept relationship<br />

managers in their roles for more<br />

than 6 months, put their best<br />

staff who can also speak English<br />

on the end of the enquiry line and<br />

actively rewarded customers for<br />

loyalty and not just those who are<br />

about to walk? We could name<br />

it after an old brand from the<br />

1980s: ‘Mirage Bank’ – too good<br />

to be true.<br />

Brian Hrnjak B Bus CPA (FPS) is<br />

a Director of GHR Accounting<br />

Group Pty Ltd, Certified<br />

Practising Accountants. Offices<br />

at: Suite 12, Ground Floor,<br />

20 Bungan Street Mona Vale<br />

NSW 2103 and Shop 8, 9 – 15<br />

Central Ave Manly NSW 2095,<br />

Telephone: 02 9979-4300,<br />

Webs: www.ghr.com.au and<br />

www.altre.com.au Email:<br />

brian@ghr.com.au<br />

These comments are of a<br />

general nature only and are<br />

not intended as a substitute<br />

for professional advice.<br />

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Business <strong>Life</strong>: Law<br />

Business <strong>Life</strong><br />

Privacy concerns over<br />

new ‘My Health Record’<br />

Last month readers will<br />

have likely seen headlines<br />

or heard television and<br />

radio commentary concerning<br />

My Health Record, being an<br />

online summary of individual’s<br />

health information, such<br />

as medication prescribed,<br />

medical conditions diagnosed,<br />

treatments received, allergies<br />

noted and pathology test<br />

results as for example blood<br />

tests to be held in an eHealth<br />

record.<br />

It is the Federal<br />

Government’s aim to have a<br />

My Health Record for every<br />

Australian at the end of <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

So how has this come<br />

about? And why has there<br />

been so little information<br />

available to warn people that<br />

My Health Record is a system<br />

involving every individual who<br />

on consideration of the issues<br />

involved may choose to ‘opt<br />

out’ of the system but can<br />

only do so between 16th July<br />

and 15th October <strong>2018</strong>?<br />

The government has<br />

not conducted a formal<br />

advertising or information<br />

campaign about this major<br />

change to our health system.<br />

In 2012, the then Labor<br />

government introduced and<br />

passed My Health Records<br />

Act and My Health Records<br />

Regulation. Subsequently<br />

the Coalition government<br />

introduced and passed My<br />

Records Rule in 2016.<br />

ONLINE RECORD: The Government is pushing a digital database model.<br />

The scheme as devised by<br />

the Labor government was to<br />

roll out a voluntary, shared<br />

digital health record for all<br />

Australians. The then Attorney<br />

General, Nicola Roxon said “I<br />

want to make sure we bring<br />

consumers with us in the<br />

e-Health journey by adopting<br />

an ‘opt in’ model allowing<br />

them to choose when to sign<br />

on. I believe that the benefits<br />

of giving the Australian public<br />

the choice as to whether they<br />

participate will be key to the<br />

successful implementation...<br />

I think moving to an ‘opt out’<br />

position would be a serious<br />

mistake.”<br />

At the National Press Club<br />

in May this year the CEO of<br />

the Australian Digital Health<br />

Agency (ADHA), Tim Kelsey<br />

spoke on ‘Your Health in your<br />

with Jennifer Harris<br />

hands – the digital evolution of<br />

health and care in Australia’.<br />

He said that last <strong>August</strong>,<br />

the Council of Australian<br />

Governments unanimously<br />

agreed on a new National<br />

Digital Health Strategy.<br />

This involved three<br />

overriding principles:<br />

n Participation: empower<br />

people to take more control<br />

of their health and care;<br />

n Collaboration: co-design<br />

services with care<br />

professionals and the<br />

community – so that they<br />

serve real need. Always be<br />

evidenced-based and always<br />

listen; and<br />

n Innovation: create platforms<br />

for industry, developers,<br />

entrepreneurs, and<br />

researchers so that their<br />

creativity and businesses can<br />

flourish and health outcomes<br />

in Australia benefit.<br />

In the years since Nicola<br />

Roxon suggested that it<br />

would be a serious mistake to<br />

move to an ‘opt out’ position,<br />

that is precisely what has<br />

happened – and unless you<br />

do so by 15th October <strong>2018</strong><br />

you will automatically have<br />

a digital health record by<br />

the end of the year. Such a<br />

record will be available to your<br />

doctors, hospitals and other<br />

health care providers… such<br />

as physiotherapists to view<br />

your health information, in<br />

accordance with your access<br />

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controls. You are also able to<br />

access it online yourself.<br />

However, concern has and is<br />

being expressed about privacy<br />

and the protection of data.<br />

Security expert Paul Power<br />

has stated “… a centralised<br />

e-Health database accessible<br />

over the internet to more than<br />

100,000 legitimate access<br />

points, each of which has<br />

access to the entire database,<br />

is fundamentally indefensible.”<br />

Insurance companies will not<br />

have access to the data base<br />

and the data can’t be used for<br />

commercial and non-healthrelated<br />

purposes, including<br />

direct marketing to consumers,<br />

insurance assessments, and<br />

eligibility for welfare benefits.<br />

Dr Steve Hambleton from<br />

ADHA has said that strict<br />

safeguards are in place: “I<br />

can absolutely categorically<br />

state that none of the apps<br />

and none of the use of the My<br />

Health Record data will be able<br />

to be sold to third parties –<br />

that’s absolutely prohibited,”<br />

he said.<br />

It certainly is – and<br />

penalties include two years’<br />

imprisonment.<br />

However, in June this year<br />

Australia’s largest online doctor<br />

booking service, Healthengine<br />

– one of My Health Record’s<br />

partner apps – was revealed<br />

as selling and passing on<br />

patient information to third<br />

parties, including law firms.<br />

The Minister Greg Hunt has<br />

ordered an “urgent review” of<br />

the platform and the company<br />

has announced that it would<br />

stop sharing patient data.<br />

It is assumed by the creators<br />

of the seismic shift to the<br />

digital evolution of health<br />

and care in Australia that all<br />

citizens are computer literate<br />

and will be able to negotiate<br />

the system to ‘opt out’ or if<br />

they wish to remain, ‘opt in’,<br />

and that they will choose if<br />

they want their data shared<br />

for research and healthcare<br />

improvement by switching ‘on’<br />

or ‘off’ a ‘Withdraw Consent’<br />

button in their record. The<br />

system is not simple – rather<br />

like that other system MyGov:<br />

almost impossible to navigate.<br />

Similarly, the numerous<br />

Privacy fact sheets published<br />

by the Office of the Australian<br />

Information Commissioner<br />

suggest among other matters<br />

you should “… be aware of<br />

the different access settings<br />

available to you… consider<br />

setting advanced access<br />

controls [and a]… Record<br />

Access Code… talk to your<br />

healthcare providers regularly<br />

about what information they<br />

will be adding to and accessing<br />

from your my Health Record…<br />

ask how they will involve you<br />

in this process… check your<br />

my Health Record access<br />

history regularly… [and] set up<br />

notifications.”<br />

It’s difficult to think that<br />

many people will have time<br />

enough to engage in this<br />

bureaucratic nightmare<br />

of monitoring their health<br />

records, and who else might<br />

have access to them.<br />

Comment supplied by<br />

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer<br />

Harris & Associates, Solicitors,<br />

4/57 Avalon Parade,<br />

Avalon Beach.<br />

T: 9973 2011. F: 9918 3290.<br />

E: jennifer@jenniferharris.com.au<br />

W: www.jenniferharris.com.au<br />

Merger of two<br />

local legal firms<br />

S<br />

tuart Latham Solicitors of Avalon and Matthew<br />

Huntingdon Solicitor & Notary Public of Newport have<br />

merged their legal practices.<br />

With effect from 1 July, Stuart and Matthew have<br />

combined their knowledge and experience with the aim of<br />

achieving high-quality, affordable outcomes for their clients.<br />

“The merger allows both firms to expand, with offices in<br />

Avalon Beach and Newport,” said Stuart.<br />

Stuart’s office will remain at Suite 5, 49 Old Barrenjoey<br />

Road, Avalon Beach; Matthew’s office will remain at Suite 8,<br />

355 Barrenjoey Road, Newport.<br />

“The combined firm will have four practising solicitors,<br />

two paralegals/office managers (who both have law<br />

degrees), plus a law clerk (who is currently completing her<br />

law degree),” said Stuart.<br />

“Our combined practice areas will include Property law,<br />

including conveyancing, leasing and developments; Business<br />

law, servicing small to medium enterprises and covering all<br />

forms of commercial agreements; Estate planning including<br />

Wills, Power of Attorney, Guardianship Appointments &<br />

Testamentary Trusts; Estate Administration including Probate<br />

and Letters of Administration applications; Retirement village<br />

contracts; Notarial services; and Dispute resolution.”<br />

Clients may continue to contact them on their usual<br />

phone numbers and email addresses, and Matthew can now<br />

also be contacted at matthew@stuartlatham.com.au<br />

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Trades & Services<br />


British & Swedish Motors<br />


Avalon Marine Upholstery<br />


The Aqua Clean Team<br />


Modern Colour<br />

Trades & Services<br />

Call 9970 6654<br />

Services Range Rover, Land Rover,<br />

Saab and Volvo with the latest in<br />

diagnostic equipment.<br />

Narrabeen Tyrepower<br />

Call 9970 6670<br />

Stocks all popular brands including<br />

Cooper 4WD. Plus they’ll do all<br />

mechanical repairs and rego<br />

inspections.<br />

Barrenjoey Smash Repairs<br />

Call 9970 8207<br />

barrenjoeysmashrepairs.com.au<br />

Re-sprays a specialty, plus<br />

restoration of your favourite vehicle.<br />

Commercial specialist.<br />

Call Simon 9918 9803<br />

Makes cushions for boats, patio and<br />

pool furniture, window seats.<br />


Eamon Dowling Electrical<br />

Call 0410 457 373<br />

For all electrical, phone, TV, data and<br />

security needs.<br />


Blue Tongue Carpets<br />

Call Stephan 9979 7292<br />

Family owned and run. Carpet, rugs,<br />

runners, timber, bamboo, vinyl, tiles &<br />

laminates. Open 6 days.<br />


Graham Brooks<br />

Call 0412 281 580<br />

Tree pruning and removals. Reports<br />

regarding DA tree management,<br />

arborist reports.<br />

Precision Tree Services<br />

Call Adam 0410 736 105<br />

Adam Bridger; professional tree<br />

care by qualified arborists and tree<br />

surgeons.<br />

Call Mark 0449 049 101<br />

Quality window washing,<br />

pressure cleaning, carpet<br />

washing, building soft wash.<br />

Martin Earl House Wash<br />

Call 0405 583 305<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>-based owner on site at all<br />

times. No travellers or uninsured casuals<br />

on your property.<br />


Avalon Physiotherapy<br />

Call 9918 3373<br />

Provide specialist treatment for neck &<br />

back pain, sports injuries, orthopaedic<br />

problems.<br />

Avalon Physiotherapy<br />

& Clinical Pilates<br />

Call 9918 0230<br />

Dry needling and acupuncture, falls<br />

prevention and balance<br />

enhancement programs.<br />

Avalon Beach Chiropractic<br />

Call Sam 9918 0070<br />

Professional care for all ages. Treatment<br />

for chronic and acute pain,<br />

sports injuries.<br />

Francois Naef/Osteopath<br />

Call Francois 9918 2288<br />

Diagnosis, treatment and prevention for<br />

back pain and sciatica, sports injuries,<br />

muscle soreness and strain, pregnancyrelated<br />

pain, postural imbalance.<br />

Call 0406 150 555<br />

Simon Bergin offers painting and<br />

decorating; clean, tidy, quality detail you<br />

will notice. Dependable and on time.<br />

AJJ Painting & Decorating<br />

Call 0418 116 700<br />

Andrew is a master painter with 30<br />

years’ experience. Domestic and commercial;<br />

reasonable rates, free quotes.<br />


All Foam<br />

Call 9973 1731<br />

Cut to measure quality foam for day<br />

beds, boats, caravans and more. Discounted<br />

prices, reliable local service.<br />

Free measure / quote.<br />

Luxafoam North<br />

Call 9999 5567<br />

Local specialists in all aspects of<br />

outdoor & indoor seating.<br />

Custom service, expert advice.<br />

Essyou Design<br />

Call Susan 0422 466 880<br />

Specialist in day bed and outdoor<br />

areas. Reliable local service. Offering<br />

domestic & commercial.<br />

Leather Hero<br />

Call Leanne 0490 796 012<br />

Specialists in leather cleaning,<br />

revamps, repairs and colour restoration<br />

for lounges, cars and boats.<br />

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Trades & Services<br />


Northern Beaches<br />

Home Tutoring<br />

Call John 9972 1469<br />

1-ON-1 individual tutoring in your<br />

home. All ages and subjects K-Uni.<br />

Qualified tutors. WWC child protection<br />

checked. Since 2009.<br />


Predator Pest Control<br />

Call 0417 276 962<br />

predatorpestcontrol.com.au<br />

Environmental services at their best.<br />

Comprehensive control. Eliminate all<br />

DISCLAIMER: The editorial and advertising<br />

content in <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> has been provided by a<br />

number of sources. Any opinions expressed are<br />

not necessarily those of the Editor or Publisher of<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> and no responsibility is taken for<br />

the accuracy of the information contained within.<br />

Readers should make their own enquiries directly<br />

to any organisations or businesses prior to making<br />

any plans or taking any action.<br />

manner of pests. They provide a 24-<br />

hour service.<br />


Water Warehouse<br />

Call 9913 7988<br />

waterwarehouse.com.au<br />

Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation &<br />

filter supply specialists.<br />


Rob Burgers<br />

Call 0416 066 159<br />

Qualified builder provides all carpentry<br />

needs; decks, pergolas, carports,<br />

renos & repairs.<br />

BlindLight<br />

Call Dave 0403 466 350<br />

Specialists is window tinting and glass<br />

coatings. Act now for summer.<br />

Trades & Services<br />


Northern Beaches Home Tu tor ing<br />

Call John 9972 1469<br />

1-ON-1 individual tutoring in your home. All ages and subjects K-Uni.<br />

Qualified tutors. WWC child protection checked. Since 2009.<br />

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the<br />

good<br />

life<br />

dining<br />

food<br />

crossword<br />

gardening<br />

travel<br />

60<br />

64<br />

67<br />

68<br />

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Showtime<br />

Something for everyone<br />

‘Romantic’ return<br />

One of Australia’s best-loved pianists, Simon<br />

Tedeschi returns to the northern beaches<br />

in a concert of Romantic Classics to sweep you<br />

off your feet.<br />

Joined by Roger Benedict, Sydney Symphony’s<br />

Principal Viola and Director of the SSO Fellows,<br />

Simon and Roger will perform Schubert’s<br />

ever-popular Arpeggione Sonata and Songs<br />

from Winterreise as well as works by Brahms<br />

and Schumann, from their new studio album<br />

for ABC Classics, A Winter’s Tale.<br />

Everyone is invited to enjoy an evening with<br />

two of our finest musicians and some of the<br />

most beautiful music ever written for viola and<br />

piano, at St Luke’s Grammar School Bayview<br />

campus (1977 <strong>Pittwater</strong> Rd).<br />

The concert, brought to us by Peninsula<br />

Music Club, will be held on Friday <strong>August</strong> 17 at<br />

HEADLINE ACTS: ABBALANCHE (left) and Shannon Noll.<br />

Here’s a snapshot of some<br />

of the live shows you can<br />

catch not too far from home<br />

this month…<br />

Shade Of Red. Northern<br />

Beaches locals, Craig ‘Finny’<br />

Finniss, Mike Han and Steve<br />

Buiaroski are the Sydney/<br />

North Coast-based Rock and<br />

Pop Trio, Shade Of Red. Catch<br />

the much-loved local legends<br />

performing songs you just<br />

have to get up and dance to at<br />

Avalon Beach RSL Club on Sat<br />

11 from 9pm-12am.<br />

Bard ‘bad’-aption. Give the<br />

kids a slapstick introduction<br />

to Shakespeare and live<br />

theatre at The Tragedy of<br />

Hamlet; Prince of Skidmark<br />

– an hour-long comedy show<br />

packed with silliness, sword<br />

fights, ghosts, bodily fluids<br />

and spooky stuff. Plus ninjas.<br />

And zombies. On Fri 17 and<br />

Sat 18 at Glen Street Theatre.<br />

Adults at kids’ prices! glenstreet.com.au.<br />

Better be good. Everyone’s<br />

favourite runner-up Shannon<br />

Noll hits Dee Why RSL Club on<br />

Fri 17. Catch Nollsie’s gutsy<br />

voice when he shares music<br />

from his new album Unbroken.<br />

Doors open 7.30pm go to deewhyrsl.com.au<br />

for more info.<br />

Here we go again. Playing to<br />

sell-out crowds since 1995 (and<br />

they say they’re not tired!) the<br />

award-winning totally live Abba<br />

Tribute Show ABBALANCHE<br />

will take you on an entertaining<br />

ride through the hits we all<br />

know so well, with plenty of<br />

crowd participation, sing-along<br />

ballads and dance-floor<br />

hits with a dash of humour.<br />

The group is back at <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

RSL Club on Sat 25. Tickets $25<br />

with limited seating. Call 9997<br />

3833 or go to pittwaterrsl.com.<br />

au for more info.<br />

Singing a different tune.<br />

Known for performing classical<br />

choral music, the wonderful<br />

Manly Warringah Choir<br />

is doing something a little<br />

bit different for its winter<br />

concert this month by lending<br />

its voice to some lighter<br />

pieces. Members of the 100<br />

strong choir and orchestra will<br />

perform a medley from the<br />

all-time favouri te musical West<br />

Side Story, Hebrew love songs,<br />

sonnets and songs from<br />

Shakespeare and a little Jazz<br />

music at the beautiful Cardinal<br />

Cerretti Chapel in Manly. The<br />

concert Love, Peace and all<br />

that Jazz conducted by Dr<br />

Carlos Alvarados will be held<br />

on Sun 26 from 2.30pm. More<br />

info manlywarringahchoir.org.<br />

au or 9953 2443.<br />

Burlesque in the basement.<br />

Walk down the stairs of the<br />

Kave Bar on Barrenjoey Rd<br />

Newport and be transported<br />

to 1920s New York, Chicago,<br />

London or Paris as you enter<br />

the raunchy and raucous cabaret<br />

that is ‘The Cats Meow’.<br />

Sat 25 from 7-11.55pm.<br />

WINTER WARMERS: Tedeschi (left) with Benedict<br />

8pm, doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets $25 and<br />

students $10 (under 16 free when accompanied<br />

by an adult).<br />

Enquires 0407 441 213 or 0413 077 749 (tickets<br />

available at the door). More info peninsulamusicclub.com.au.<br />

Supper will be served after the performance.<br />

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Dining Guide<br />

<strong>August</strong>'s best restaurants, functions, events and reader deals...<br />

Bistro 61<br />

Avalon Beach RSL<br />

1 Bowling Green Lane<br />

Avalon Beach<br />


Open 7 days<br />

Lunch 12pm-2:30pm<br />

Dinner 5:30-8:30pm<br />


Modern Aust / pub food<br />


Meals $8-$30<br />

Specials $12-$15<br />

BOOKINGS 9918 2201<br />

Avalon Beach RSL’s Bistro 61<br />

is a great place to head for<br />

a local meal, offering tasty<br />

modern Australian dishes at<br />

affordable prices.<br />

In <strong>August</strong>, catch the<br />

Surf Lounge Sessions every<br />

Saturday night with free live<br />

music from 9pm.<br />

And now available for free<br />

download – the brand new<br />

Avalon Beach RSL Club App.<br />

Earn rewards, prizes and<br />

member points by logging in<br />

daily.<br />

See what's on, check out<br />

events, view menus and more!<br />

Don't miss the Super Sunday<br />

raffle on the first Sunday of<br />

every month – there's more<br />

than $1500 in prizes to be won.<br />

Bistro 61 is open for<br />

breakfast from 9am to<br />

11.30am. Open for lunch<br />

and dinner seven days, with<br />

extensive outdoor dining<br />

areas, Bistro 61 offers a variety<br />

of specials (lunch and dinner)<br />

during the week, including<br />

$12 tacos (Tues), $15 Chicken<br />

Schnitzels (Wed), 2-4-1 pizzas<br />

(Thurs), and a $20 burger +<br />

beer (Fri).<br />

Seniors are well catered<br />

for – there are daily Seniors<br />

specials, including beerbattered<br />

flathead – plus they<br />

do a $5 kids meals on Sundays!<br />

(There’s a playground, too.)<br />

From the menu, chef<br />

Mitch recommends his twist<br />

on nachos – pulled beef and<br />

blackbeans with chipotle, corn<br />

chips, guacamole, Danish fetta<br />

and coriander.<br />

Members get discounts on<br />

meals purchased. Membership<br />

starts from $5.50.<br />

The club is licensed, with<br />

no BYO. Bookings online or<br />

call 9918 2201 – large groups<br />

welcome.<br />

Barrenjoey<br />

Bistro<br />

Club Palm Beach<br />

1087 Barrenjoey Rd,<br />

Palm Beach<br />


Lunch 11:30am-2.30pm<br />

Dinner 6pm-8.30pm<br />


Lunch and dinner<br />

specials $13.50<br />

BOOKINGS 9974 5566<br />

18 (see ad opposite). Assemble<br />

outside the Club for an 11am<br />

service followed by finger food<br />

lunch (bookings essential).<br />

Barrenjoey Bistro is open<br />

for lunch (11.30am to 2.30pm)<br />

and dinner (6pm to 9pm) seven<br />

days, plus there's a Snack Menu<br />

available 2.30pm-6pm.<br />

The Bistro serves top-value a<br />

la carte meals plus daily $13.50<br />

specials of roasts (Mondays),<br />

rump steak with chips and<br />

salad (Tuesdays), chicken<br />

schnitzel with chips and salad<br />

(Wednesdays), homemade<br />

gourmet pies with chips and<br />

salad (Thursdays) and tempura<br />

fish and chips with salad<br />

(Fridays), except public hols.<br />

The Members’ lucky badge<br />

draw is held Wednesday and<br />

Friday night (every 30 mins<br />

between 5pm-7pm), and<br />

jackpots by $100 each week.<br />

Enjoy Trivia Night from<br />

5.30pm on Wednesdays, plus<br />

Bingo 10am on Fridays.<br />

The club has a courtesy<br />

bus that makes regular runs<br />

Wednesdays, Fridays and<br />

Saturdays from 4.30pm to 9pm.<br />

Ring to book a pick-up.<br />

The Mirage<br />

Restaurant<br />

at Metro Mirage<br />

Hotel Newport<br />

2 Queens Parade West,<br />

Newport<br />


Modern Australian<br />


Breakfast – $25 adults,<br />

$12.50 kids (5-12)<br />

Dinner – entrees<br />

from $7-$17,<br />

Mains from $21-$30,<br />

Desserts from $13-$25<br />

BOOKINGS 9997 7011<br />

Local residents are finding<br />

the peaceful ambience<br />

of The Mirage restaurant<br />

overlooking spectacular<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>, the perfect<br />

waterfront venue to enjoy<br />

breakfast or dinner.<br />

Located in boutique Metro<br />

Hotel Mirage Newport, The<br />

Mirage restaurant is a popular<br />

7-10am seven days a week,<br />

offering a fixed-price full hot<br />

and cold buffet, including a<br />

selection of cereals, seasonal<br />

fruit and freshly made juice,<br />

toast and pastries and<br />

sausages, eggs, has browns,<br />

bacon and tomato served with<br />

the Chef’s Special of the day.<br />

The Mirage restaurant is<br />

also open for dinner from<br />

Monday to Saturday from<br />

5.30pm – 8.30pm and can<br />

be hired, along with all the<br />

hotel’s function rooms, for<br />

private and corporate events<br />

of between 60-110 guests.<br />

Hong Kong<br />

Chinese Restaurant<br />

332 Barrenjoey Rd,<br />

Newport<br />


Dinner Tues-Sun 5pm<br />


Chinese & Asian<br />


Entrees $5-20<br />

Mains $12.90-26.50<br />

*Deliver Whale Beach - Narrabeen<br />

BOOKINGS 9997 4157<br />

Book a table at this<br />

popular Newport eatery in<br />

<strong>August</strong> and your family is<br />

guaranteed a great night<br />

out with a feast for the eyes<br />

and the tastebuds.<br />

Order ahead for their<br />

wonderful Peking Duck which<br />

is offered as a dine-in-only<br />

special Thursdays through<br />

Sundays in Winter.<br />

There are two traditional<br />

courses: Peking Duck<br />

pancakes & duck sang choy<br />

bow (bookings essential;<br />

mention the ad when you call).<br />

This long-established<br />

restaurant on the eastern<br />

side of Barrenjoey Rd has<br />

an extensive menu based<br />

on traditional flavoursome<br />

Cantonese with touches of<br />

spicy Szechuan and other<br />

Asian dishes and fresh<br />

seasonal vegetables.<br />

Entrees start at just $6<br />

while mains are great value<br />

too, starting at $16.80.<br />

Head to Club Palm Beach,<br />

located just a short stroll from<br />

Palm Beach Wharf, for a huge<br />

month of specials in <strong>August</strong>.<br />

The annual Vietnam Vets<br />

Luncheon is on Saturday <strong>August</strong> choice for breakfast from<br />

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The menu ranges from<br />

adventurous, like a Sizzling<br />

Szechuan-style platter of<br />

king prawns and fillets of<br />

chicken, to contemporary,<br />

featuring spicy salt and<br />

pepper king prawns, to<br />

traditional, with favourites<br />

including Mongolian lamb,<br />

Honey king prawns and<br />

Honey chicken.<br />

New dishes are introduced<br />

regularly so check out the<br />

blackboard specials.<br />

The team are only too<br />

happy to home deliver your<br />

meal, with a range that takes<br />

in Narrabeen to the south to<br />

Palm Beach in the north.<br />

Fully licensed or BYO.<br />

Royal Motor<br />

Yacht Club<br />

Salt Cove on <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

46 Prince Alfred<br />

Parade, Newport<br />


Breakfast Lunch & Dinner<br />

Mon-Fri from 8.30am<br />

Weekends from 8am<br />


Breakfast from $8-$18<br />

Entrees from $9-$21<br />

Mains from $16-$26<br />

BOOKINGS 9997 5511<br />

RMYC’s restaurant Salt Cove<br />

on <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s menu has been<br />

updated for winter – but it still<br />

offers affordable meals and<br />

generous servings including<br />

a variety of starters and share<br />

plates, seafood, burgers,<br />

grills, salads, desserts and<br />

woodfired pizza.<br />

You're invited to the RMYC's<br />

special 'Traditional Mexican<br />

Fiesta' night on Thursday<br />

<strong>August</strong> 9. Discover Mexico<br />

through great food at Salt Cove<br />

from 6pm; $55 members, $60<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

non-members, $25 kids (12<br />

and under). Includes a drink on<br />

arrival.<br />

Friday night music kicks off<br />

in the Lounge Bar from 6.30pm.<br />

Great acts in <strong>August</strong> include<br />

Peter Kinch (3rd); Jim Gannon<br />

(10th); Geoff Kendall (17th); and<br />

Phil Simmons (24th).<br />

Catch up with the Travel View<br />

/ Cruise View Travel Club at the<br />

meeting in the lounge bar from<br />

10.30am on Monday 6th.<br />

And don't miss the Ladies<br />

Lunch with Annabelle Chauncy<br />

on Wednesday 15th <strong>August</strong>.<br />

A dynamic leader and social<br />

entrepreneur, over the past nine<br />

years through her foundation<br />

'School For <strong>Life</strong>', Annablle has<br />

built three schools in Uganda<br />

that provide quality education<br />

to 680 students and outreach<br />

to more than 2000 people. Twocourse<br />

lunch from 12 noon ($75<br />

members, $80 non-members).<br />

Trivia is held every Tuesday<br />

night from 7.30pm (great prizes<br />

and vouchers).<br />

Club Boat and Social<br />

memberships are now available<br />

for just $160.<br />

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Tasty Morsels<br />

Wine dinners a corker of an idea<br />

Flash yet sophisticatedly rejuvenated<br />

local hospitality site Park<br />

House have launched a fabulous<br />

Wine Dinner initiative showcasing<br />

unique and interesting wines and<br />

winemakers, matched with outstanding<br />

cuisine created by head<br />

chef Jason Stuart.<br />

The dinners kicked off in July<br />

with guests feasting on a stunning<br />

menu in the Park House private<br />

dining space, The Loft, hosted<br />

by Ben Tolstoshev from The Lane<br />

Vineyard wines.<br />

Canapes were enjoyed on arrival,<br />

followed by a three-course<br />

set menu with perfectly matched<br />

premium wines from The Lane<br />

Vineyard.<br />

Entrée was Tiradito of Hiramasa<br />

Kingfish, Sliced & Marinated<br />

with Chilli Lime, Frozen Avocado<br />

Guacamole (paired with The<br />

Lane Block 1A Chardonnay); the<br />

main comprised Applewood<br />

Smoked Chicken, Charred Cos,<br />

Mushroom, Pumpkin and Humble<br />

Greens (matched with The Lane<br />

19th Meeting Cabernet Sauvignon);<br />

while dessert was a deep<br />

Chocolate, Hazelnut, Date Trifle<br />

(accompanied by The Lane Block<br />

5 Shiraz).<br />

More wine dinners are planned<br />

at Park House over coming<br />

months – stay tuned!<br />

Park House Food and Liquor<br />

holds a big, happy family of<br />

restaurants, pop-up markets, food<br />

trucks, cocktail bars and a brew<br />

bar.<br />

Each has its own distinctive<br />

personality, but the family DNA is<br />

fresh, local and flavoursome.<br />

Park House Food Merchants is<br />

an industrial warehouse of flavours<br />

– big, bold and brazen. With<br />

180 seats, an outdoor cocktail bar,<br />

fireplaces and comfy couches plus<br />

a retractable roof, this gathering<br />

place ensures seamless good<br />

times, rain or shine. The menu’s a<br />

freewheeling Southern California<br />

road trip, infused with Mexican,<br />

Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern<br />

tastes and seasonal ingredients.<br />

Front Yard Brews & Burgers is<br />

where craft beers live – with 40<br />

taps! And then there are the epic<br />

burgers. From the slip-sloppy<br />

delights of the Messy AF, with its<br />

cheese, glazed pulled lamb, slaw<br />

pickles and aioli; to a cracking<br />

glazed crispy southern chicken<br />

spectacular; to a mouthwatering<br />

no-meat burger that ensures<br />

vegetarians can party too.<br />

Outside, Truck Stop (opening<br />

Spring <strong>2018</strong>) will feature a 1950s<br />

Airstream bar and pizza kitchen,<br />

heaps of activities for the kids and<br />

a rolling program of food trucks,<br />

live entertainment, markets and<br />

festivals for all ages to enjoy<br />

together.<br />

Cast your vote in <strong>2018</strong> Fish and Chips Awards<br />

Does <strong>Pittwater</strong> have Australia’s<br />

Best Fish and Chips? – We<br />

think so, but we’ll only get<br />

the gong if the shop opted<br />

to register with the Seafood<br />

Industry Australia competition<br />

and the public gets behind them.<br />

Designed to highlight the<br />

importance of buying fresh, local,<br />

seafood, last year’s Australian Fish<br />

and Chip Awards reeled in more<br />

than 100,000 votes, across 800<br />

stores.<br />

More than 2000 shops have<br />

registered for this year’s fry-off.<br />

There are two categories including:<br />

people’s choice and a judge’s<br />

choice. So whether you like your<br />

fish grilled, battered or crumbed,<br />

from <strong>August</strong> 1 you can vote for<br />

the best fish and chips in the<br />

country.<br />

The winners from each state<br />

and territories will go through to<br />

compete for the national title of<br />

Best Fish and Chips <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

Voting runs from <strong>August</strong> 1 to<br />

September 16, with the national<br />

winner announced on October 15.<br />

For more information and an<br />

oppor –tuna-ty (sorry!) to vote<br />

for your favourite fish and chip<br />

shop visit www.fishandchipsawards.com.au.<br />

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Taste of the<br />

Beaches a fun<br />

foodie festival<br />

The second annual Taste of the Beaches<br />

is back this month – bigger and better<br />

than ever with gastronomical delights and<br />

top-notch wineries all set on the beautiful<br />

backdrop of the <strong>Pittwater</strong> foreshore.<br />

The event will be held on Sunday 19<br />

<strong>August</strong> (11am-5pm) at Winnererremy Bay<br />

(aka Flying Fox Park) in Mona Street, Mona<br />

Vale – hopefully with plenty of beautiful<br />

late winter sunshine.<br />

On offer will be a selection of foods<br />

from some of the Northern Beaches’ finest<br />

local restaurants and cafes, complemented<br />

by local craft beer brewers and wines from<br />

the Mudgee region.<br />

There will also be a selection of<br />

international cuisine including dumplings,<br />

gourmet burgers, paella and sweet treats.<br />

Locals are urged to grab a picnic rug<br />

and soak up one of the most picturesque<br />

settings on the Northern Beaches and<br />

enjoy the free entertainment on offer<br />

including live music and kids’ activities.<br />

Council’s event partner in <strong>2018</strong> is with<br />

the Mudgee Wine Region – the third largest<br />

grape-growing region in NSW and one<br />

of the oldest wine regions in the state.<br />

Visitors will be able to meet wine-makers<br />

and participate in tastings by purchasing a<br />

Tasting Glass and tokens on the day.<br />

The young ones won't be short of<br />

activities to do with KidzKlub setting up<br />

a Kids Activity Zone which includes art<br />

and craft workshops, a photo booth, giant<br />

board games, face painting and an active<br />

area with skipping ropes, stilts, hoop<br />

games and more!<br />

If you want to kick back and have a few<br />

beverages, then Council has transport<br />

covered as well. Leave the car at home and<br />

take advantage the complimentary shuttle<br />

between 11am and 5.30pm – the bus will<br />

do loops from the Corner of Bungan Lane<br />

and <strong>Pittwater</strong> Road, Mona Vale, to the Bay.<br />

(Our tip: Catch the shuttle back to Mona<br />

Vale, book a Keoride and arrange to be<br />

picked up from the B-Line bus stop on<br />

Barrenjoey Rd; they’ll drop you at your<br />

door.)<br />

For more info visit northern beaches.<br />

nsw.gov.au<br />

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Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

For more recipes go to www.janellebloom.com.au<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Ben Dearnley & Benito Martin<br />

Slow cooking ticks boxes<br />

for winter warmer meals<br />

Now we are two thirds of the way through winter, like me<br />

I am guessing you are a little ‘over’ soup and searching<br />

for new warming winter inspiration to keep the family<br />

satisfied. Whether you use a slow cooker, Crock Pot or the oven<br />

long, slow cooking ticks many boxes. Once the prep has been<br />

done you can walk away and allow the rich, warm aroma to fill<br />

the house; plus you can save money by using cheaper cuts and<br />

make enough to freeze for another meal.<br />

Slow-cooked lamb<br />

with chorizo rice<br />

Serves 6<br />

2 chorizo, finely chopped<br />

1 tbs oil<br />

1 brown onion, finely chopped<br />

1 cinnamon stick<br />

2 bay leaves<br />

1 cup basmati rice, rinsed<br />

1¾ cups chicken stock<br />

1 cup drained can chickpeas,<br />

rinsed<br />

1 cup coriander leaves<br />

2kg shoulder of lamb<br />

2 tbs olive oil<br />

1 lemon, rind finely grated,<br />

juiced<br />

2 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

1 cup chicken stock<br />

Janelle’s Tip: You can shred<br />

6 sprigs thyme<br />

1. Preheat oven to 130°C fanforced.<br />

the lamb on a board and toss<br />

Greek yoghurt to serve<br />

Score the top of the it through the rice; spoon into<br />

Chorizo rice<br />

lamb fat in a criss-cross pat-<br />

bowls and serve with yoghurt.<br />

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tern. Combine the olive oil,<br />

lemon rind, 1 tablespoon<br />

juice and garlic. Spoon over<br />

both sides of the lamb,<br />

rubbing into the lamb with<br />

fingertips. Season with salt<br />

and pepper. Pour stock into<br />

roasting pan to cover the<br />

base. Place lamb in pan and<br />

scatter with thyme. Press a<br />

piece of baking paper right<br />

down on the surface of the<br />

lamb. Cover the dish with<br />

tight-fitting lid or 2 layers<br />

heavy duty foil. Cook for 6<br />

hours without removing the<br />

lid or foil.<br />

2. Remove from the oven. Preheat<br />

grill on high. Remove<br />

the lid or foil from the lamb,<br />

put it under the grill 5-7<br />

minutes or until golden and<br />

crisp.<br />

3. Thirty minutes before<br />

the lamb comes out of<br />

the oven, cook the finely<br />

chopped chorizo in a<br />

saucepan over medium<br />

heat, stirring often until<br />

light golden. Remove to<br />

a plate. Add the oil and<br />

onion and cook, stirring<br />

occasionally until soft.<br />

Add the cinnamon and<br />

bay leaves, cook, stirring<br />

until aromatic. Stir in the<br />

rice followed by the stock.<br />

Bring to the boil. Reduce<br />

heat to low, cover tightly<br />

and simmer gently for 15<br />

minutes or until the rice<br />

is tender and all the stock<br />

is absorbed. Remove the<br />

pan from the heat and<br />

set aside, covered, for 5<br />

minutes. Remove the bay<br />

leaves and cinnamon, stir<br />

in the chorizo and chickpeas.<br />

Cover and stand<br />

3 minutes. Stir through<br />

coriander.<br />

4. Spoon rice onto serving<br />

platter, top with lamb and<br />

serve with yoghurt.<br />

with Janelle Bloom<br />

Chicken biryani<br />

Serves 6<br />

2 tbs ghee or vegetable oil<br />

750g chicken thigh fillet,<br />

trimmed, chopped 4cm pieces<br />

2 brown onions, finely<br />

chopped<br />

18 fresh curry leaves<br />

1/3 cup biryani curry paste<br />

1¼ cups basmati rice, rinsed<br />

2½ cups chicken stock<br />

½ cup raisins<br />

2/3 cup salted toasted cashew<br />

nuts<br />

½ cup mint leaves<br />

Minted yoghurt and poppadoms,<br />

to serve<br />

1. Heat half the ghee (or oil)<br />

in a large heavy-based frying<br />

pan over medium-high<br />

heat. Add chicken, cook for<br />

1 minute each side or until<br />

browned. Transfer to a bowl.<br />

2. Reduce heat to medium,

add remaining ghee (or oil)<br />

with the onion and curry<br />

leaves, cook, stirring, for<br />

5 minutes until onion is<br />

softened. Add curry paste,<br />

then cook for 1 minute.<br />

Add rice, stirring to coat in<br />

paste, then add stock and<br />

raisins. Transfer to a slow<br />

cooker, stir in the chicken.<br />

Cover and cook on low for<br />

5-6 hours until almost all<br />

the stock has absorbed.<br />

3. Scatter over with cashews<br />

and mint. Serve with yoghurt<br />

and poppadoms.<br />

NB: If you don’t have a slow<br />

cooker, transfer the mixture<br />

to an ovenproof dish. Stir in<br />

the chicken. Cover with a lid.<br />

Place into a slow oven, 150°C<br />

and cook for 1½-2 hours or<br />

until rice is tender and has absorbed<br />

all the stock. Remove<br />

from the oven, stand covered<br />

for 10 minutes. Scatter over<br />

the cashews and mint. Serve<br />

with yoghurt and pappadoms.<br />

Janelle’s Tips: If you can’t<br />

find biryani curry paste you<br />

can use Balti or Korma. Also,<br />

for minted yoghurt, chop ¼<br />

cup fresh mint leaves and stir<br />

through 1 cup thick, Greekstyle<br />

yoghurt. Season.<br />

Slow-cooked Boston<br />

baked beans<br />

Serves 4<br />

500g dried white beans, rinsed<br />

1 tbs olive oil<br />

1 brown onion, finely chopped<br />

300g speck or bacon, rind<br />

removed, finely chopped<br />

2 tbs tomato paste<br />

¼ cup golden syrup<br />

¼ cup brown sugar<br />

2 tbs Dijon mustard<br />

1 tbs Worcestershire sauce<br />

1 tbs hot chilli sauce<br />

4 cups chicken stock<br />

Toasted sour dough, baby<br />

spinach & poached egg, to<br />

serve.<br />

cooker, transfer the mixture<br />

to ovenproof casserole with a<br />

tight-fitting lid. Cook in a slow<br />

oven 150°C for 3 hours, stirring<br />

once every hour, or until<br />

beans are tender and liquid<br />

has thickened.<br />

Roasted pear<br />

crumbles<br />

Makes 12<br />

¾ cup roasted unsalted peanuts<br />

1 cup self-raising flour<br />

½ cup plain flour<br />

2 tsp ground cinnamon<br />

150g butter, chopped<br />

1 cup brown sugar<br />

½ cup rolled oats<br />

1/3 cup raspberry jam<br />

6 Beurre bosc pears, halved,<br />

cored<br />

Icing sugar & vanilla icecream,<br />

to serve<br />

1. Preheat oven to 180°C fan<br />

forced. Lightly grease a<br />

large baking dish.<br />

2. Put peanuts into a food processor,<br />

process until finely<br />

chopped. Add the flours,<br />

cinnamon and butter. Pulse<br />

until the mixture resembles<br />

coarse breadcrumbs. Remove<br />

to a large bowl. Add<br />

the brown sugar and oats<br />

and use fingers to mix until<br />

crumble starts to form big<br />

clumps.<br />

3. Place the pears into the baking<br />

dish. Spoon a little jam<br />

into the centre of each pear<br />

half. Press crumble mixture<br />

evenly over the surface of<br />

the pears. Bake for 20 minutes<br />

or until pears are just<br />

tender and crumble golden<br />

(if the top begins to brown<br />

too much before pears become<br />

tender, cover loosely<br />

with foil during cooking; it<br />

will depend on the size and<br />

ripeness of your pears).<br />

4. Dust with icing sugar and<br />

serve warm or cold with icecream<br />

if desired.<br />

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1. Place beans in a large bowl.<br />

Cover with cold water.<br />

Place in the fridge to soak<br />

overnight. Drain then rinse<br />

beans. Place in a large<br />

saucepan, cover with cold<br />

water and bring to boil.<br />

Simmer, covered for 30<br />

minutes. Drain.<br />

2. Heat oil in a saucepan. Add<br />

onion and speck, cook 3<br />

minutes until softened. Add<br />

tomato paste, cook stirring<br />

1 minute. Add Golden Syrup,<br />

sugar, mustard, sauces<br />

and stock. Bring to the boil.<br />

Pour into a slow cooker. Stir<br />

in the beans. Cook, covered,<br />

over low heat for 8 hours,<br />

then uncover and cook<br />

for a further hour or until<br />

the mixture is thickened<br />

slightly. Season to taste.<br />

3. Serve on toasted sour<br />

dough with baby spinach<br />

and poached egg.<br />

NB: If you don’t have a slow<br />

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Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

In Season<br />

Chinese broccoli<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Chinese broccoli is also<br />

known as Gai lan and<br />

Chinese Kale. It’s closely<br />

related to broccoli, cabbage<br />

and Brussels sprouts. It has<br />

thick stems and dark green<br />

leaves, both of which are<br />

edible.<br />

Buying<br />

When buying Chinese broccoli,<br />

make sure the leaves<br />

are bright green and not<br />

discolored or wilted. Avoid<br />

bunches that contain insect<br />

damage.<br />

Storing<br />

Store unwashed Chinese<br />

broccoli in a sealed container<br />

or bag, and store in the<br />

fridge for up to five days.<br />

Before using, make sure to<br />

wash well under cold water.<br />

Nutrition<br />

Chinese broccoli is an excellent<br />

source of vitamin A, C<br />

and K. Chinese broccoli is<br />

also a great source of folic<br />

acid, and it contains a high<br />

amount of dietary fibre.<br />

Also In Season<br />

<strong>August</strong><br />

Apples; Bananas;<br />

Grapefruit; Mandarins,<br />

Kiwi Fruit; Australian<br />

Navel, Blood and Cara<br />

Cara Oranges; Tangelos;<br />

Pears; Quince, Rhubarb<br />

and winter Strawberries.<br />

Also shop for Avocados;<br />

Beetroot; Broccolini<br />

and Broccoli; Brussels<br />

sprouts; Chinese Broccoli,<br />

Cauliflower; Celery;<br />

Leeks, Fennel; Jerusalem<br />

Artichokes; Pumpkin;<br />

Sweet Potato; Spinach<br />

& Silverbeet; Kale and<br />

Turnips.<br />

Yum Cha Chinese Broccoli<br />

with Oyster Sauce<br />

Serves 2 (as a side)<br />

1 bunch Chinese broccoli,<br />

ends trimmed, washed<br />

2 tbs oyster sauce<br />

1 garlic clove, crushed<br />

1 tbs soy sauce<br />

1 tsp caster sugar<br />

1 tbs peanut oil<br />

1 tsp sesame oil<br />

Fried shallots & sliced red<br />

chilli, to serve<br />

1. Cut the stems from the<br />

leaves of Chinese broccoli.<br />

Combine the oyster sauce,<br />

garlic, soy and sugar in a<br />

small bowl.<br />

2. Heat a wok over high heat<br />

until very hot. Add the<br />

oil and Chinese broccoli<br />

stems, stir-fry 30 seconds.<br />

Add 1 teaspoon water,<br />

quickly cover the wok.<br />

Cook 20 seconds, shaking<br />

the wok without removing<br />

the lid. Remove the lid,<br />

add the leaves and oyster<br />

sauce mixture. Stir-fry<br />

30 seconds until leaves<br />

wilted. Remove from the<br />

heat. Drizzle with sesame<br />

oil and top with shallots<br />

and chilli.<br />

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<strong>Pittwater</strong> Puzzler<br />

Compiled by David Stickley<br />

CLUE: 2 Down.<br />

29 Author of On The Right Track and In<br />

At The Deep End, _______ Janu (8)<br />

ACROSS<br />

1 One who works for <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>,<br />

perhaps (8)<br />

5 US state that had a big impact on<br />

pioneering lady surfer, Patti Paniccia (6)<br />

10 Making a loud sound (5)<br />

11 The Newport Sculpture Trail is part of<br />

_____ ____ Festival (5,4)<br />

12 Land bordering the ocean, for example<br />

(9)<br />

13 Boat fleet new this season to the Avalon<br />

Sailing Club (5)<br />

14 Shellfish favoured by diners and as bait<br />

for fishermen (6)<br />

15 NSW ski village (7)<br />

17 Structures built out of sand on a beach<br />

(7)<br />

20 Husband or wife (6)<br />

22 An aircraft without a pilot that is<br />

operated by remote control (5)<br />

23 Scenic pedestrian route from Manly to<br />

Palm Beach currently under construction<br />

(5,4)<br />

25 Newport resident and former Wallaby<br />

who reads the sports news for Channel<br />

10 (4,5)<br />

27 First in a series (5)<br />

28 Focus of many churches on the<br />

Northern Beaches (6)<br />

DOWN<br />

1 Take out another subscription (5)<br />

2 A white one seen by a swimmer might<br />

be cause for alarm (7)<br />

3 New CEO of Northern Beaches Council<br />

(3,8)<br />

4 People or things competing in a race,<br />

contest, etc (7)<br />

6 A division of some larger or more<br />

complex organisation (3)<br />

7 Stuck on the bottom of shallow water<br />

(7)<br />

8 Ripe, fit and ready for use (2,6)<br />

9 Thoroughfare like Gladstone or<br />

Beaconsfield in Newport (6)<br />

13 Fundraiser held on <strong>August</strong> 5th for<br />

the <strong>Pittwater</strong> High School Performing<br />

Ensembles 2020 band (3,4,4)<br />

16 Professor or lecturer (8)<br />

18 One employed to locate whales from<br />

a high point on shore (7)<br />

19 Free from danger (6)<br />

20 Breed of cat (7)<br />

21 Service no doubt available at Papillon<br />

Hair in Avalon (7)<br />

24 Jack in cards (5)<br />

26 Main transport service on the<br />

Northern Beaches (3)<br />

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AUGUST <strong>2018</strong> 67

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Delight Postcard in from the Red amazing Centre<br />

colours where nature’s of hydrangeas in harmony with Gabrielle Bryant<br />

AThe lways<br />

‘Red<br />

a favourite<br />

Centre’<br />

for<br />

is a<br />

Christmas wonderful colour, place hydrangeas<br />

to<br />

visit<br />

are<br />

if you<br />

flowering<br />

are a keen<br />

their<br />

heads<br />

gardener<br />

off!<br />

or<br />

They<br />

appreciate<br />

look wonderful<br />

the<br />

beauty<br />

in the<br />

of<br />

garden,<br />

our natural<br />

brightening<br />

flora –<br />

the<br />

as my<br />

semi-shaded<br />

husband and<br />

areas<br />

I recently<br />

and<br />

glowing<br />

discovered.<br />

in the<br />

We<br />

full,<br />

set<br />

protected<br />

out from<br />

sunlight.<br />

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

Once<br />

and after<br />

the older<br />

1600<br />

varieties<br />

kilometres<br />

were<br />

and<br />

either<br />

three<br />

pink<br />

days’<br />

or<br />

blue<br />

driving<br />

depending<br />

through<br />

on<br />

pastures,<br />

the soil,<br />

additional<br />

lush green<br />

lime<br />

country<br />

will deepen<br />

and<br />

the<br />

harsh,<br />

pinks<br />

drought-stricken<br />

and blueing tonic<br />

land,<br />

(sulphate<br />

at Port <strong>August</strong>a,<br />

of aluminium)<br />

we finally<br />

will<br />

heighten<br />

turned north<br />

the blues,<br />

to the<br />

but<br />

desert<br />

the<br />

new<br />

centre.<br />

named varieties will<br />

maintain<br />

No sign<br />

their<br />

of the<br />

colour.<br />

dusty<br />

White<br />

red<br />

never<br />

road that<br />

changes.<br />

I had expected;<br />

There are<br />

the<br />

hydrangeas<br />

road ahead was<br />

of every<br />

in fact<br />

size<br />

finer<br />

from<br />

the<br />

than<br />

tiny<br />

any<br />

dwarf<br />

Expressway.<br />

Piamina<br />

Dead<br />

to the<br />

tall<br />

straight<br />

traditional<br />

we drove<br />

Mop<br />

for<br />

Heads.<br />

a further<br />

With<br />

1000<br />

so<br />

kilometres,<br />

many to choose<br />

passing<br />

from<br />

just<br />

it<br />

a few<br />

is almost<br />

road trains<br />

too difficult<br />

going south<br />

to<br />

decide.<br />

and with<br />

There<br />

the odd<br />

are<br />

caravan<br />

the delicate<br />

lace<br />

ahead.<br />

caps,<br />

The<br />

the<br />

road<br />

huge<br />

in front<br />

blooms<br />

was straight to the horizon.<br />

No sign of civilisation in any<br />

direction, just the endless<br />

cattle grids, a couple of emus,<br />

a huge Wedge Tailed Eagle<br />

feasting on the carcass of a<br />

kangaroo… and silence. We<br />

were entering a new, magical<br />

world of which I knew nothing.<br />

We were now in the red<br />

heart of Australia, a land of<br />

amazing beauty, with fiery<br />

red rocky ranges that turn to<br />

violet at sunset, dry river beds,<br />

red ochre soil, chasms and<br />

canyons that lead to hidden<br />

waterholes, a land of legends<br />

and mythology that has been<br />

of the traditional mop heads,<br />

the cone-shaped flowers of<br />

hydrangea paniculata bushes<br />

passed down over thousands<br />

of years.<br />

As I learn more on the<br />

thousands of plants, insects ,<br />

animals and people that have<br />

that can be two metres tall.<br />

The recently introduced<br />

smaller growing Picotee<br />

varieties with two-tone flower<br />

heads are hard to leave behind<br />

and if you have a semishaded<br />

wall, the climbing<br />

hydrangea petiolaris is just<br />

beautiful.<br />

Hydrangeas are forgiving<br />

plants that are easy to grow.<br />

They like regular water and<br />

any good garden soil. Mulch<br />

the roots with compost to<br />

keep them cool and feed<br />

them in early spring to get<br />

learned to survive the harsh<br />

them going. Grow them in<br />

desert conditions, I wonder<br />

pots, or in the garden; bring<br />

how a desert could ever have<br />

them inside when in flower<br />

been described as dead. Every<br />

or cut the blooms – they last<br />

plant, tree, lizard, bird and<br />

well in water.<br />

Cherry Guava a<br />

sweet surprise<br />

In full flower in my veggie<br />

garden is my Cherry Guava,<br />

sometimes known as a Strawberry<br />

Guava. This delightful<br />

evergreen shrub never fails to<br />

produce a heavy crop of cherry<br />

guavas in early autumn.<br />

It is a small, pretty tree with<br />

rounded, glossy green leaves<br />

that only grows to about<br />

three metres in height. Keep it<br />

trimmed into shape after fruiting.<br />

The delicate fluffy flowers<br />

are creamy white, growing close<br />

to the branches. They are followed<br />

by the tangy flavoured,<br />

sweet, berry-sized, cherry red<br />

fruit that are high in vitamin C.<br />

Unlike the taller-growing deciduous<br />

yellow guava that needs<br />

cooking, the fruit can be eaten<br />

raw straight from the tree or<br />

animal used in has cooking, its part jellies, to play drinks,<br />

this sauces extraordinary jams. chain of<br />

survival. You should protect the fruit<br />

from Every fruit dead fly with log or a fruit burntout<br />

tree stump is home<br />

fly bait.<br />

to<br />

Get into the<br />

‘swing’ of Xmas<br />

It is time to relax and enjoy<br />

your garden. Look at your<br />

outdoor seating requirements<br />

– the shops are full of<br />

amazing chairs and tables.<br />

Hanging cane egg chairs have<br />

been trendy for the past few<br />

years and now the ‘Swing<br />

Seat’ is back. Nothing is more<br />

peaceful than swinging in a<br />

seat for two, sheltered from<br />

the weather with a roof to<br />

shade from the sun – makes a<br />

great Christmas present too!<br />

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lizards , dragons and geckos;<br />

the rocks hide the burrows of<br />

desert rats and snakes; even<br />

the spiders live underground<br />

where it is cool in summer<br />

and warm(er) in the zero<br />

temperatures of the cold<br />

desert winter nights. The<br />

banks of the dry river beds<br />

are home to the burrowing<br />

desert frog, yabbies and fish<br />

spawn that is waiting for the<br />

rain, while the rocky outcrops<br />

provide shelter for the dingos’<br />

dens.<br />

The soft spinifex with its<br />

sticky resin that is used as<br />

a glue; the tall millet grass<br />

whose seeds are used for<br />

flour; the kangaroo grass,<br />

the desert blue grass and the<br />

sand hill cane grass are all<br />

camouflage for the legless<br />

spinifex lizard.<br />

The plant life amazes me<br />

the most. We all read about<br />

the wonderful wildflowers of<br />

Western Australia, but why<br />

don’t we hear of the flowers of<br />

the Red Centre? Even in winter<br />

the prickly wattle, the silver<br />

cassia, the honey grevilleas,<br />

the native violet fuchsias are<br />

in full bloom along the sandy<br />

ridges. The red ochre ground<br />

is covered with the brightly<br />

coloured yellow sunflower<br />

daisies, the aptly named<br />

‘poached egg’ daisies and the<br />

rosy dock is starting to flower.<br />

All the trees have developed<br />

defence mechanisms to<br />

protect themselves from the<br />

harsh conditions. The River<br />

Red wood gums that line<br />

the riverbeds have leathery<br />

leaves with hairs to save them<br />

from the sun; the Desert<br />

Oaks grow tall and straight<br />

with drooping foliage that<br />

protects the trunk from heat<br />

until their roots reach the<br />

water below, then they spread<br />

out into wide shade trees.<br />

The wattles, the long-leafed<br />

Corkwood tree and grevilleas<br />

have straight pencil leaves<br />

with cupped shape to funnel<br />

the water towards the trunk.<br />

And the Red Mulga bush, with<br />

its distinctive curly red bark,<br />

grows in a tulip shape to use<br />

every drop of water available.<br />

The tall white ghost gums<br />

have a white powdery bark<br />

that works as a natural<br />

sunscreen. The young<br />

Ironwood trees have prickly<br />

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foliage to protect them as<br />

they grow, before they grow<br />

into tall, weeping shade<br />

trees. Thick glossy leaves,<br />

wax coatings, thorny foliage<br />

and fine hair all save water<br />

and warmth. Flaky bark is a<br />

protection against fire.<br />

The trees are important to<br />

the fragile eco system. It would<br />

seem many are hosts to food.<br />

The Desert bloodwood has<br />

galls the size of cricket balls<br />

that festoon the branches. The<br />

coating is edible and the grub<br />

inside is a delicacy. The roots<br />

of the Mallee trees are home<br />

to the witchety grubs and it is<br />

said that water can be found<br />

in the roots of the Kurrajong<br />

tree. The more I ask, the more<br />

amazing are the things I find<br />

out.<br />

The trees in the unexpected<br />

woodland areas are home to<br />

the most wonderful bird life.<br />

Tiny blue fairy wrens, painted<br />

finches, the honey eaters, the<br />

crested pigeons, the spinifex<br />

bird, clouds of zebra finches<br />

(to name just a few) that I have<br />

seen live close to the ground,<br />

nesting in shrubs and lowgrowing<br />

bushes. The scarlet<br />

throated mistletoe bird carries<br />

the mistletoe from tree to<br />

tree and the orange chat runs<br />

through the dusky grey salt<br />

bush.<br />

High above, the eagles,<br />

falcons and buzzards<br />

fly, waiting to dive on<br />

unsuspecting prey, and the<br />

black cockatoos circle. The<br />

mulga parrots, the purple<br />

headed Australian ring necks<br />

parrots and the Bourke’s<br />

parrot sit in the trees eating<br />

the eucalyptus flowers and<br />

cracking the nuts with their<br />

powerful beaks.<br />

The colours or silver,<br />

orange, red and olive green<br />

against the relentless dark<br />

blue sky can never be<br />

forgotten. The sound of the<br />

birds, the insects and the<br />

silence are something I will<br />

always remember. I am sure<br />

that this is nothing new to<br />

the many who have been here<br />

before me.<br />

It is a long way to travel<br />

from Sydney, but it is a<br />

journey that every Australian<br />

should make. I wish that I<br />

could be here in a few weeks’<br />

time to see the desert wake<br />

from its winter hibernation as<br />

the wildflowers open and life<br />

begins anew!<br />

My grandfather once told<br />

me that I should never go<br />

to bed until I had learnt<br />

something new during the<br />

day. I would have to live for<br />

a thousand years to know all<br />

about this magical place.<br />

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Jobs this Month<br />

<strong>August</strong><br />

<strong>August</strong> is a busy month;<br />

there is a lot to do to<br />

prepare your garden<br />

for the warmer, growing<br />

months ahead. After the very<br />

wet autumn, winter has been<br />

very cold and mostly dry. It<br />

is time for some TLC; wrap<br />

up warmly, put on your boots<br />

and find your gloves and<br />

secateurs!<br />

Summer vegies<br />

Get the summer veggies<br />

growing. Early tomatoes,<br />

zucchinis, capsicum, silverbeet,<br />

eggplants, lettuce and<br />

cucumbers can all go in now.<br />

Also sow seeds of carrots.<br />

Mix the fine seed with dry<br />

sand before sowing into rows.<br />

Carrots need to be sown into<br />

deep soil that doesn’t have any<br />

fresh cow manure or stones.<br />

Otherwise the carrots will be<br />

stunted or forked. Remember<br />

to rotate the veggies in the<br />

veggie garden. You should<br />

try to have a three-year cycle.<br />

Before you plant add plenty of<br />

compost and cow manure.<br />

Seed cliveas<br />

Cliveas are expensive to buy<br />

but are very easy to grow from<br />

seed. Seeds are ripe now and<br />

ready to harvest if you left the<br />

flowers last spring. Open the<br />

pod and you will find around<br />

6 or 8 seeds inside. Red seeds<br />

will produce red flowers and if<br />

you can find some yellow seed<br />

pods you will have the very<br />

special cream-coloured plants.<br />

Take notice of clivea flowers this<br />

spring and make a note of the<br />

flowers that you like. Crosspollinate<br />

the flowers so that next<br />

winter you can harvest the seeds<br />

that you want.<br />

Stick a fork in it<br />

Our lawns have compacted.<br />

Aerate the ground with a fork<br />

or buy a pair of spiked metal<br />

soles for your shoes – this<br />

makes the task much easier,<br />

as you can stomp around and<br />

do the job. Then feed the lawn<br />

with a hose-on fertiliser. If the<br />

ground is very hard, water first<br />

with Eco-hydrate to help the<br />

water to penetrate the soil.<br />

Super succulents<br />

Spring is the time for ‘babies’.<br />

Succulents grow from just one<br />

leaf! Spread the leaves out on<br />

a dry tray in a warm spot and<br />

within a few weeks you will find<br />

that new plantlets have grown.<br />

Wait until the tiny roots appear<br />

and then place the leaf onto a<br />

tray of seed-raising mix. Once<br />

the roots establish, plant out<br />

your new succulent babies.<br />

Caterpillar warning<br />

The lily caterpillar can destroy your cliveas in<br />

just one night, as they eat their way down the<br />

back of leaves to the heart of the bulbs. At<br />

the first sign of damage, cut off the affected<br />

leaves and put them, caterpillars and all into<br />

a plastic bag in the bin. Spray with Eco oil to<br />

prevent any new infestations.<br />

Bulb care<br />

Spring bulbs, daffodils,<br />

jonquils, snowdrops and<br />

tulips, are finishing as the<br />

weather warms up. Make sure<br />

that you keep feeding and<br />

watering them as they die<br />

down. Resist the temptation<br />

to tidy them before the leaves<br />

shrivel up. This is when they<br />

store the nourishment for next<br />

year’s flowers.<br />

Get the good oil<br />

Protect your citrus trees from<br />

leaf miner and fruit fly. Spray<br />

with Eco oil every fortnight. As<br />

soon as the blossom opens, it<br />

is well worth the investment to<br />

buy a fruit fly trap to protect<br />

your crop.<br />

Perennial problem<br />

Now that spring is around the<br />

corner split up overcrowded<br />

perennials. Gingers,<br />

agapanthus bulbs, gazanias,<br />

phlox, begonias, liriope,<br />

mondo grass can all be divided<br />

now. Also, spray azaleas with<br />

Zayleton to protect them from<br />

petal blight. Petal blight can<br />

destroy the flowers on Azaleas<br />

overnight. In dry conditions,<br />

the flowers will last but one<br />

rainy day can destroy them.<br />

Start a worm farm<br />

If you don’t already have one,<br />

start a worm farm today. The<br />

worms will consume all your<br />

kitchen waste and the liquid<br />

from the farm is the most<br />

amazing fertiliser.<br />

Lime spray<br />

It’s your last chance to spray<br />

lime sulphur on roses, fruit trees<br />

and frangipani to destroy the<br />

fungal spores from last season.<br />

Colour explosion<br />

Replant pots and baskets with<br />

seedlings for summer. Petunias,<br />

alyssum, portulacca, French<br />

marigolds, snapdragons,<br />

pansies and dianthus, give a<br />

brilliant display of colour.<br />

Crossword solution from page 67<br />

Mystery location: WARRIEWOOD<br />

70 AUGUST <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Times Past<br />

Earliest ocean pools<br />

hand-built by locals<br />

Is this the ultimate in<br />

wearable and disposable<br />

swimming costumes?<br />

These five bathing belles<br />

have been photographed in<br />

one of the ‘hand-crafted’<br />

rock pools which existed<br />

at varying times at North<br />

Avalon.<br />

Local permanent residents<br />

and ‘weekenders’ hand-built<br />

several rock pools between<br />

the 1920s through to the<br />

1940s. This one in particular<br />

appears to have been<br />

what later became the<br />

most structurally sound<br />

– and possibly the one<br />

which shows very clearly<br />

as a distinct rectangle<br />

in the accompanying<br />

detail from a 1941 aerial<br />

photo. One early resident<br />

who still lives in Marine<br />

Parade commented that<br />

it was likely this same<br />

pool was later formalised<br />

somewhat, using concrete,<br />

and this created the very<br />

visible rectangle shape.<br />

She also assured me<br />

that if you know where<br />

to look, you can still see<br />

some rocks with a dash of<br />

concrete attached.<br />

This pool is sited almost<br />

directly in front of 19 Marine<br />

Parade, which was built as<br />

a weekender in 1929 and<br />

called ‘Eurota’ (it still stands).<br />

According to Julie Keegan<br />

(nee Pownceby) “… each of<br />

the waterfront houses in<br />

Marine Parade had its own<br />

private rock pool on an<br />

individual council lease”.<br />

Ms Keegan claimed<br />

remnants of several of the<br />

pools were able to be seen<br />

as recently as 10 years ago<br />

and with a low tide and only<br />

a little imagination this<br />

still seems possible. She<br />

recollected “… this is where I<br />

taught myself to swim. After<br />

much practice I discovered<br />

I could dog-paddle without<br />

touching the bottom”.<br />

She also added that after<br />

school she frequently went<br />

down to one of the pools with<br />

her friend Jill Parker to cool<br />

off.<br />

Grace Hopewell remembers<br />

her father purchasing a<br />

house at 5 Marine Parade<br />

into which the family<br />

moved when the Palm Beach<br />

camping area was closed<br />

in 1952. She not only swam<br />

in the pool directly in front<br />

of their house but learnt to<br />

surf at North Avalon. She<br />

was the first woman to ride<br />

a surfboard at North Avalon<br />

and in 1969 won the Women’s<br />

title at Bells Beach.<br />

I was loaned this<br />

fascinating photo many<br />

years ago to copy for the<br />

Avalon Beach Historical<br />

Society. Unfortunately I<br />

didn’t take sufficient details<br />

and since then, the woman<br />

who loaned it has since<br />

passed on. If any early<br />

resident can assist with<br />

identification of the girls in<br />

the photo the Society would<br />

love to hear from you!<br />

TIMES PAST is supplied<br />

by local historian<br />

and President of the<br />

Avalon Beach Historical<br />

Society GEOFF SEARL.<br />

Visit the Society’s<br />

showroom in Bowling<br />

Green Lane, Avalon<br />

Beach.<br />

Times Past<br />

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AUGUST <strong>2018</strong> 71

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Travel <strong>Life</strong>: The Insider<br />

Why short breaks are<br />

important for the soul<br />

It’s funny, but it’s<br />

said native New<br />

Yorkers never<br />

visit the Statue of<br />

Liberty – until they<br />

host visitors! We’re a<br />

big believer the same<br />

notion holds true for<br />

Sydneysiders. Recently<br />

I had occasion to<br />

spread our travel net<br />

broadly across NSW<br />

and the discovery for short<br />

breaks and mini-durationholidays<br />

was remarkable.<br />

Over 10 million visitors<br />

descend on Sydney each year<br />

and NSW Tourism proudly<br />

promotes a fabulous basketfull<br />

of historic places, adventures,<br />

eateries and activities to<br />

consider. Most are less than a<br />

half-day’s drive from our <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

front door.<br />

Mini-stays are good for the<br />

soul. Short, self-drive getaways<br />

come with fringe benefits.<br />

Staying ‘local’ avoids airports:<br />

no regimented check-points, or<br />

meandering lines. We keep our<br />

shoes and belts on.<br />

Sydneysiders are ‘splendidly<br />

surrounded’ by great getaway<br />

options. We’ll drop a few<br />

breadcrumbs, starting with:<br />

Pleasing Port Macquarie!<br />

Recently, with an invitation<br />

from my good pal, Kamahl,<br />

I had occasion to spread my<br />

travel net beyond Sydney’s<br />

suburbs and had a truly<br />

memorable Port Macquarie<br />

experience. Even getting there<br />

was enjoyable – just a little<br />

over four hours up the M1.<br />

(Kamahl headed to Port Mac<br />

for a ‘sold out’ performance at<br />

the city’s famous Glasshouse<br />

Theatre. Check out the Glasshouse<br />

events calendar.)<br />

Bunking Down<br />

We checked into Rydges on<br />

the waterfront; the entire<br />

village and foreshore was at<br />

our doorstep, so we walked<br />

everywhere. We selected the<br />

breakfast inclusive deal and<br />

for dinner, meandered a few<br />

blocks to Bill’s Fishhouse.<br />

Eating Out<br />

I was toted to dinner by<br />

Kamahl... on my birthday! I’d<br />

assumed it was a well-kept secret.<br />

I was wrong. The feel and<br />

fresh food at Bill’s was fabulous,<br />

and as I travel for a living,<br />

I love the rare occasion when I<br />

rock up to be treated like family.<br />

I noted, the same honest<br />

Contacts you need<br />

The best way to find your very own short-break destination is<br />

to simply move your mouse around beforehand. We’ve provided<br />

a short list, and there are numerous ‘walk-in’ locations<br />

for hand-help information and collaterals. Here are a few shortstay<br />

sites you might want to try:<br />

Tourism New South Wales: visitnsw.com<br />

Tourism Port Macquarie NSW: portmacquarieinfo.com.au<br />

Top 10 things to do in Port Macquarie: tripadvisor.com<br />

Hotel Rydges: Rydges.com<br />

Bill’s Fishouse: billsfishhouse.com.au<br />

The Glasshouse Entertainment Centre: glasshouse.org.au<br />

The Koala Hospital: koalahospital.org.au<br />

We love feedback from our readers. Some of our very best<br />

enlightenments come from friends. And if you have any questions,<br />

please ask.<br />

Feel free to drop us an e-mail: readers@pittwaterlife.com.au<br />

attention to all the other tables<br />

surrounding ours.<br />

Foodie heaven<br />

Here you can take a road less<br />

travelled and visit a working<br />

organic market farm where<br />

you can harvest fresh produce,<br />

visit a strawberry farm<br />

and pluck the freshest ripest<br />

berries from the vines, or visit<br />

an oyster lease and sample<br />

plump oysters direct from the<br />

estuaries.<br />

Cultural stuff<br />

The public artworks, artist<br />

galleries and studios scattered<br />

throughout the region will<br />

delight and inspire. Enjoy a diverse<br />

collection of exhibitions,<br />

artist talks, workshops and<br />

education programs to appeal<br />

for all. You can even take a<br />

trail throughout the region and<br />

discover 60 large scale koala<br />

sculptures hand painted by<br />

selected artists.<br />

Koala Hospital<br />

I try to learn something new<br />

each day. This venue delivered<br />

a month’s worth of Sunday<br />

sessions. Dedicated volunteers<br />

are the proud backbone of the<br />

marvellous setting. The Koala<br />

Walk arts are priceless; admission<br />

is free.<br />

Eco wonders<br />

Some of the state’s best<br />

nature experiences are right<br />

here waiting for you. Discover<br />

picturesque river systems, a<br />

coastal rainforest with walking<br />

platforms amongst the trees<br />

and over 40,000 hectares<br />

with Mark Sheehan<br />

of National Parks and State<br />

Forests. Follow walking tracks<br />

with breathtaking views up<br />

and down unspoilt coastlines;<br />

find the perfect spot to enjoy a<br />

picnic alongside waterfalls and<br />

swimming holes; or marvel at<br />

the abundant wildlife.<br />

Shopping<br />

Fabulous boutique and name<br />

brand shops are within a baseball<br />

toss in this town, and I<br />

made some marvellous discoveries<br />

in the well-placed thrift<br />

shops and Vinnies venues.<br />

Eateries along the main drag<br />

run the spectrum, from quick<br />

bites to full-on feasting. Study<br />

the curb-side menus.<br />

The Sunday Stroll<br />

The boulders and rocks that<br />

line the foreshore walkway<br />

have been creatively decorated<br />

by families, overseas visitors<br />

and others and the walk is<br />

simply wonderful. Wear comfy<br />

shoes and tote the camera<br />

along. Go to the 19th century<br />

Tacking Point Lighthouse if<br />

you’re keen, or turn around<br />

and double-back for a completely<br />

different perspective at<br />

the playground.<br />

It’s a Wrap<br />

Next time, we’ll catch up on<br />

whale and dolphin watching,<br />

and I might just tote the<br />

camper and nest for a night<br />

at the Sundowner Breakwall<br />

Holiday Park.<br />

Mark Sheehan is an<br />

entrepreneur and travel<br />

specialist who has helped<br />

build iconic brands such<br />

as TrekAmerica, Insight,<br />

Elite, F2T, Scenic, Trafalgar,<br />

and AmeriCan Adventures.<br />

Mark helped Sir Richard<br />

Branson launch V Australia<br />

(now Virgin Australia), while<br />

penning over 200 travel<br />

guides for onboard Tour<br />

Directors. His best-selling<br />

Know BEFORE You GO Guide<br />

– America Over Easy! Is in<br />

its fifth reprint.<br />

72 JULY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

New Sails heads into Port<br />

After a multi-milliondollar<br />

design and<br />

construction, Sails<br />

Port Macquarie has opened<br />

its doors to reveal a glamourous,<br />

Hamptons style<br />

inspired coastal leisure,<br />

conference and event<br />

destination.<br />

The iconic coastal<br />

Rydges-owned resort has<br />

undergone a stunning<br />

transformation to capitalise<br />

on its riverside location<br />

with 92 guest rooms and<br />

suites, a swimming pool<br />

with entertainment terrace,<br />

private jetty, The<br />

Boathouse Bar & Restaurant,<br />

The Cape Ballroom,<br />

waterfront wedding chapel<br />

and event pavilion and tennis<br />

court.<br />

Wedding, business and<br />

leisure travellers will appreciate<br />

this all-in-one resort, with<br />

its poolside cabanas, alfresco<br />

fire table, cocktails, French<br />

Champagne and oyster bars.<br />

The project architects have<br />

created a stunning fusion<br />

of worlds, with Hamptonsinspired<br />

architecture blending<br />

seamlessly with the lush<br />

coastal surrounds – featuring<br />

fresh, white gables overlooking<br />

the manicured lawns,<br />

tropical gardens and sweeping<br />

water views.<br />

Just four hours’ drive north<br />

of Sydney or a one-hour flight<br />

from Sydney and Brisbane,<br />

Sails Port Macquarie will no<br />

doubt attract plenty of new<br />

wedding and business bookings.<br />

A standout feature is an<br />

impressive three-storey grand<br />

atrium featuring glass elevators<br />

and an atrium bar; while<br />

the Cape Ballroom is a gorgeous<br />

pillar-less event space<br />

designed to cater for up to<br />

600 in a cocktail-style or 300<br />

for a banquet-style event.<br />

The resort is kicking off with<br />

some ‘Winter Warmer’ deals<br />

for couples and families.<br />

Their ‘Luxe Winter Mini<br />

Break for Couples’ includes<br />

a cheese platter and bottle<br />

of bubbly on arrival. Stay<br />

overnight in a King Water<br />

View Room overlooking the<br />

glistening bay (or upgrade to<br />

an Executive Suite). Enjoy a<br />

full buffet breakfast for two in<br />

The Boathouse Bar + Restaurant,<br />

and have some fun with<br />

their solar heated pool and<br />

spa, paddle boards and tennis<br />

courts. There’s also free WiFi,<br />

complimentary off-street parking<br />

and late checkout; from<br />

$274 per night.<br />

The ‘Winter Escape for Families’<br />

features an overnight stay<br />

in a King Garden Suite for up<br />

to 2 adults and 2 children 12<br />

years and under (or upgrade to<br />

a Water View Suite or add<br />

on another rollaway bed).<br />

Everyone will be happy<br />

with the two complimentary<br />

milkshakes and two<br />

cocktails on arrival. Stay<br />

overnight in a King Garden<br />

Suite for up to 2 adults<br />

and 2 children 12 years<br />

and under (or upgrade to a<br />

Water View Suite or add on<br />

another rollaway bed). Fill<br />

up with a full buffet breakfast<br />

for four in The Boathouse<br />

Bar + Restaurant.<br />

Keep the kids busy with<br />

complimentary kids show<br />

bags, solar heated pool<br />

and spa, paddle boards,<br />

tennis courts, in-room<br />

media ports, free WiFi and<br />

kids channel. Also comes with<br />

complimentary off-street parking<br />

and late checkout; from<br />

$289 per night.<br />

More info www.sailsportmacquarie.com.au<br />

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

JULY <strong>2018</strong> 73

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

On track for stellar European experience<br />

The road to<br />

Western Europe<br />

is well-trodden:<br />

London, Paris, Rome<br />

– tick, tick, tick!<br />

But what about the<br />

east? Moscow? St<br />

Petersburg? Warsaw?<br />

Prague? Cities of<br />

intrigue and mystery,<br />

once hidden behind<br />

the Iron Curtain, await<br />

discovery.<br />

With history and<br />

culture as ancient as Roman<br />

times contrasting against the<br />

more recent events of the<br />

20th century – communism,<br />

totalitarian states and now<br />

peace and democracy. Much<br />

of it within our lifetime.<br />

Eastern Europe is filled with<br />

history – recent and distant.<br />

But the region doesn’t hang<br />

its hat purely on history, says<br />

TravelView Avalon’s Sharon<br />

Godden, adding culture has<br />

equal weighting.<br />

“St Petersburg’s Hermitage<br />

tory and culture that drive<br />

people to visit Eastern<br />

Europe it’s the landscapes<br />

and beauty of the cities that<br />

amaze travellers the most.<br />

“That comes as no<br />

surprise once you’ve seen<br />

Prague’s Old Town – more<br />

delightful and smugly<br />

quaint than most French<br />

cities,” she said.<br />

“But it’s not all about the<br />

cities… imagine the green<br />

mountains and forests of<br />

Poland drifting by when<br />

you’re lounging back on a raft<br />

steered down the Dunajec<br />

by an expert paddler. Or<br />

is the world’s second<br />

largest museum, with<br />

the largest collections of<br />

paintings anywhere,” she<br />

said. “With over three<br />

million pieces of artwork<br />

it would take years to see<br />

each piece!”<br />

Sharon added that fans<br />

of performance art were rarely<br />

far from a bucket list treat –<br />

including the Russian ballet,<br />

the Viennese opera, and, for<br />

something different, the folk<br />

dancing of Poland.<br />

Also, while it’s the hissubmitting<br />

to the mesmerising<br />

rhythm of a train – and what<br />

better way to thread the lands<br />

of Eastern Europe together<br />

than with this most romantic<br />

of all transportation types.”<br />

Sharon recommends Constellation<br />

Journeys’ private<br />

train adventure through Eastern<br />

Europe.<br />

“Constellation Journeys has<br />

privately chartered a modern<br />

German engineered train for<br />

a 22-day trip from Moscow to<br />

Berlin,” she said. “Accommodation<br />

is provided in five-star hotels<br />

at each destination. Guests<br />

are treated to fine dining – on<br />

board the train and in the top<br />

restaurants of each city. Luggage<br />

is portered from the train<br />

to your hotel and experienced<br />

Journey Leaders work with local<br />

guides for an unsurpassed<br />

experience of Eastern Europe.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

* Want to know more? Call<br />

TravelView on 9918 4444 or<br />

9999 0444.<br />

74 JULY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

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