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

In a remarkable piece

of timing given the

cancellation of the B-Line

extension to Newport,

Pittwater Life can reveal that

a new charter bus service

is set to trial in August,

conveying 40 city workers

non-stop from Newport to

the CBD and back each day,

saving the participants more

than 40 minutes’ travel time

each day.

Slingshot – Chartered

Commute is the brainchild

of Bilgola Plateau resident

Tyson Rose; he has called for

expressions of interest to fill

a privately chartered bus,

with the results set to

determine the ongoing

viability of the route.

The first trial will run

between Newport Beach

Surf Club and the CBD each

day in the week commencing

13th August, leaving Newport

7.45am (pulling into Wynyard

8.45am) and departing

Wynyard 5.45pm (arriving

Newport 6.45pm).

Best of all the trial costs

just $46 for a weekly pass.

There is also an early bird

discount of an additional 15%

if people book before the end

of July (while stocks last).

Tyson is also keen to hear

from locals about other

potential routes.

More info bit.ly/Slingshot_

Bookings. (And read Tyson’s

full story and revolutionary

vision for local transport

in next month’s issue of

Pittwater Life.)

* * *

Community group Protect

Pittwater is still keen

to hear from residents who

would like to recall their

memories of Mona Vale

Hospital, to create a record

for posterity – and they would

particularly like to hear from

anyone born in the hospital.

For more info phone 0439

788 867.

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COVER: With the B-Line extension to Newport scrapped,

what’s next for transport north of Mona Vale (p7); read

how the new Northern Beaches Hospital will help save

the planet while also helping save lives (p10); Council

is desperately trying to overturn a NSW Government

Planning Panel decision for Warriewood that could see

lives placed at risk (p16); what have we ‘Heard’ that’s

going down locally this month (p21)?; and read about the

Federal Government’s controversial ‘My Health Record’

digital database plan – and how it affects you (p54).

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Pittwater Local News 6-29

Life Stories: Matt Burke 30-31

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Art Life 38-39

Boating Life 40

Surfing Life 42-43

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4 AUGUST 2018

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Gear shift after B-Li


As commuters across

the northern end of

Pittwater come to terms

with the NSW Government’s

decision to ‘tap off’ on its plan

to extend B-Line services from

Mona Vale to Newport, Northern

Beaches Mayor Michael

Regan has launched a bold

bid to have the unused project

funding redirected to pay for

an east-west bus link from Dee

Why to Chatswood.

Other developments following

the end of almost two

years of uncertainty surrounding

the controversial

plan include:

l Disappointed local MP Rob

Stokes hitting out at “scaremongering”

that contributed

to cruelling the project;

l Local residents’ groups demanding

increased frequency

of off-peak bus services

north of Mona Vale;

l A revelation by Transport

for NSW (TfNSW) that the

scope of relocating underground

utility services at the

proposed roundabout site on

the corner of Neptune Road

and Barrenjoey Road played

a pivotal role in the Government’s

backtracking on the

Newport plan;

l Commuters lighting up

social media slamming the

“selfish, self-interested”

opponents of the B-Line extension

who they say rarely

caught bus services anyway;


l The release of Government

artist impressions – distributed

to community groups

prior to the plan being

abandoned – that show there

would have been low-impact

on the Newport streetscape

(see below).

Mayor Regan said he was

disappointed the NSW Government

had “given up finding a

solution” for the extension of

the B-Line.

“I think if they had worked

more closely with the community

a compromise could have

been found,” he told Pittwater


“I will be writing to the State

Government to ask them to

redirect the funding set aside

for this project to create the

desperately needed east-west

bus link from Dee Why to


“We know this five-stop

express B-Line-type service is

affordable and with the new

hospital about to open it’s

more necessary than ever.

“Now they have abandoned

the Newport extension and

have freed-up funds, the Government

has no excuse not to

push the go button.”

Pittwater MP Rob Stokes confirmed

additional complexities

identified during the Neptune

Road site investigations earlier

this year had raised the threat

of roadwork disruptions.

“The reality was the complexity

of the underground

utility relocations, and the

timeframes involved, simply

weren’t practical,” Mr Stokes

told Pittwater Life.

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ne U-turn

However, he slammed the

“ridiculous and misleading rumours”

that had been spread

around the community.

“There was no proposal to

build a bus terminal in Newport,

no proposal to remove

rows of trees, no proposal

to construct new car parks

and no proposal to introduce

Clearways,” Mr Stokes said.

“The most disappointing

and mischievous rumour

being peddled around the

community was that the B-Line

would somehow change planning

and development rules –

this is simply not true.”

He said ultimately TfNSW

had taken the time to undertake

the necessary investigations,

did its homework and

listened to the community – as

had been promised by Government

and demanded by locals.

“Nevertheless, I’m determined

to see improvements to

public transport services north

of Mona Vale and I’m strongly

advocating for this,” he added.

In its statement, TfNSW

pledged to “continue to investigate

opportunities to improve

existing bus services north

of Mona Vale to align with

demand and customer travel

patterns between the Northern

Beaches, Lower North Shore

and the Sydney CBD”.

It confirmed work will also

continue along the corridor

from Mona Vale to the Sydney

Continued on page 8

Discussion gets ‘Move’ on

Council’s ‘Move Northern Beaches Transport Discussion Paper’

has entered its next phase with the release of a consultation

report which has collated input from hundreds of surveys and

feedback forms, community drop-ins and commuter pop ups.

Immediate findings include that residents want better public

transport and improved parking to get people out of their

cars and reduce traffic congestion.

Mayor Michael Regan said the Northern Beaches transport

strategy would go to Council for endorsement to be released

for further consultation in late August.

“We know traffic and transport are number one concerns

for our community so it is fantastic to be engaging with our

residents on these issues so we have a collective vision for our

future,” Cr Regan said.

“Sitting in traffic makes us all frustrated and we really

need a robust plan for how we will manage our roads and

transport now but also in 10 and 20 years.”

Key themes from the consultation included calls for:

l A better integrated transport that includes more frequent

and reliable public transport – including late at night;

l Better public transport connections to Chatswood and

Macquarie Park;

l Improved ‘Park and Ride’ options – especially as B-Line

parking is often full;

l Increased numbers of safe off-road paths for cyclists and


l Dedicated Bus Lanes and Clearways;

l Bike carriage spaces on buses (identified by young people);

l More feeder buses to and from the B-Line;

l Well-designed urban development which takes traffic impacts

into account; and

l Increased dedicated motorcycle parking.


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Continued From page 7

CBD to manage traffic, reliability

of buses and support the

new B-Line bus services.

More than 3,200 new weekly

services to the Northern Beaches

Bus Network kicked off last

November; these included the

introduction of a new, highfrequency

199 service between

Palm Beach and Manly, additional

E88 services between

Avalon Beach and Wynyard,

additional 191 and 192 services

linking Avalon Beach,

Clareville and Bilgola Plateau,

a new E54 route between Mona

Vale and Milsons Point, additional

E60 services between

Mona Vale and Chatswood, additional

156 services between

McCarrs Creek and Mona

Vale, additional E85 services

between Warriewood Valley

and Wynyard and additional

E83 services between Elanora

Heights and Wynyard.

But local residents groups

remain unimpressed.

Palm Beach & Whale Beach

Association (PBWBA) President

Dr Richard West said the

group’s policy was that there

should be an express bus

service from Palm Beach to the

city, with limited stops every

half hour.

“This will give the residents

of North Pittwater the same

direct services as the rest of

the residents of the Northern

Beaches – they should not

be forced to change buses or

drive to Mona Vale,” he said.

The Newport Residents

Association (NRA), which

opposed the extension of the

B-Line to Newport, said the

decision to scrap the plan was

“great news for the communities

from Newport to Palm


The results of an online

survey undertaken by the

NRA showed 85% opposition

(from 250 respondents) to the

Newport extension.

“Since mid-2016 when the

NRA first came to hear about a

possible extension the association

considered the benefits

and detriments of any extension

and considered that the

downsides far outweighed the

upsides,” said NRA President

Gavin Butler.

“TfNSW comments that they

have listened to the community

– whether that is the

whole story is irrelevant as the

outcome is what the community

has been saying for over

two years.

“Our next objective is to

improve the bus services for

all communities north of Mona

Vale, which have been degraded

since the introduction

of the B-Line – especially in

non-peak hours – and we have

been advised that new timetables

are to be announced in

September.” – Nigel Wall

In Brief…

n TfNSW presented a draft

concept to construct a

roundabout at the intersection

of Neptune and Barrenjoey

Roads in October 2017.

n The proposal also included

two B-Line bus stops at

the existing northbound

and southbound stops on

Barrenjoey Road at Newport

shops, and a southbound

B-Line stop on Barrenjoey

Road near Newport Beach at

the existing bus stop site.

n Consultation was

undertaken with customers,

residents and community

groups in October 2017.

n Feedback received from the

community and stakeholders,

along with additional

complexities identified

during the site investigations

undertaken earlier this year,

saw TfNSW review options.

n B-Line services are no

longer proposed to extend to

Newport and the construction

of a roundabout at the corner

of Neptune and Barrenjoey

Roads will not proceed.

8 AUGUST 2018

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Saving lives – and the planet

The new Northern

Beaches Hospital has

achieved a best practice

rating for sustainability, setting

the scene for it to become

a world-class healing environment.

The hospital at Frenchs

Forest will be the first 4

Star Green Star – Healthcare

Design & As Built-certified

hospital in NSW.

Designed and constructed

and managed by Healthscope

under contract with the NSW

Government, the nine-storey,

488-bed hospital will provide

care for both public and

private patients when it opens

in October.

Responsible for maintaining

the facility’s green credentials

is Northern Beaches

Hospital Director of Operations

and Pittwater local Pat


“We applied for the 4 Star

Green Star rating because

there are so many links

between the quality of your

environment and healing and


hospital’s rating is a NSW first.

well-being,” Mr Taurins told

Pittwater Life.

“It’s a lengthy process and

a great deal of work involved

but Healthscope feels very

passionately about creating

the best environment possible

for patients, staff, volunteers

and visitors.”

Administered by the Green

Building Council of Australia

(GBCA), Green Star assesses

the sustainable design,

construction and operation

of buildings, fit outs and


The assessment covers nine

areas: management; indoor

environment quality; energy;

transport; water; materials;

waste; land use and ecology;

and emissions. From this an

overall rating is formulated –

the GBCA’s 4 Star Green Star

rating represents Australian

best practice.

The hospital project team

has been working to achieve

the rating from the outset developing

and following a comprehensive

plan and tracking

and monitoring commitment

to operational sustainability.

As a result, the CBCA says

the hospital is projected to

achieve a 55% reduction in

greenhouse gas consumption

when compared to a benchmark


During construction, 80 per

cent of waste was diverted

from landfill and repurposed,

while environmentally sustainable

materials have been

used throughout to improve

the quality of the indoor


Constructed using responsibly

sourced steel, concrete,

PVC and joinery and non-toxic

paints and adhesives, the

hospital has been designed to

maximise patient, staff and

visitor comfort and health.

Within the hospital, patients,

staff and visitors will

benefit from high levels of

natural light, indoor air quality,

quality lighting, careful

acoustic design to minimise

noise, spectacular views and

easy access to green outdoor

spaces featuring native plants.

The hospital’s “hi-performance”

façade minimises

heating and cooling power

consumption and high-tech

systems (such as a Co-Gen

system, which generates

electricity from gas and using

waste heat for heating)

employed to increase energy


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

Other smart energy strategies

include optimising the

orientation of buildings to

minimise unnecessary heat

from the sun and setting up

an extensive electricity and

water metering and reporting

system to track and manage


High efficiency fittings

and equipment have been

installed throughout – even

the $3.5 million worth of

sterilising equipment was selected

with the environment

in mind.

“The washers save 30 litres

of water per load, over a year

that’s 50 Olympic sized pools

worth of water that can be

used to water the landscaping

around the hospital,” Mr

Taurins added.

Internationally recognised

advocate and change agent for

sustainability and outstanding

member of the Pittwater

community who also happens

to be the CEO of the Green

Building Council of Australia,

Romilly Madew, described the

hospital’s 4 Star Green Star

certification as a “tremendous


“When it starts operating,

Northern Beaches Hospital

will be a leading sustainable

healthcare facility,” Ms Madew


She said having such a

facility in her local area was


“It illustrates to the community

that government has

committed to sustainability

leadership and take not only

their care but costs seriously,”

she said.

“With three active kids I

have had my fair share of

trips to hospital… and not

just from those experiences I

know how important it is that

we design these buildings to

be great places to be in.

“No-one wants to be in a

hospital, so let’s make sure

we make them as good as we

can, both to get out as fast

as we can, but also to make a

difficult time less so.”

Ms Madew explained investments

in improved energy

and water performance lower

operating costs resulting

in more money that can be

directed to patient care.

“There is more than two decades

of compelling evidence

demonstrating that green design

not only makes hospitals

more energy-efficient – it also

has huge benefits for patients,

medical staff, general staff,

visitors and the wider community,”

she said.

There is also evidence

green design can help reduce

hospital stays and improve

patient outcomes.

Ms Madew referred to

research from the World

Green Building Council which

showed that incorporating

green design in hospital

infrastructure could deliver

an 8.5% reduction in hospital

stays, 15% faster recovery

rates, a 22% reduction in the

need for pain medication and

an 11% reduction in secondary


For staff, a green hospital

Continued on page 21


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GP urges ‘opt out’ of digital health record

Newport GP Dr Julian Northover

has warned locals to

do their due diligence before

deciding to remain part of the

Federal Government’s new ‘My

Health Record’ – which automatically

stores individuals’

personal health information in

a massive digital database and

places the onus on people to

‘opt out’ of the program rather

than gain their approval to


A passionate opponent, Dr

Northover said there were

numerous reasons why he had

already opted out (the window

triggered July 16 and runs

through October 15).

“I did not feel I could trust

the government My Health Record

(‘MyHR’) with my personal

health information which I

disclosed in confidence to my

local doctor,” Dr Northover told

Pittwater Life.

“Nor did I feel I could trust

the government to not change

the rules about access to my

health data in the future; the

government’s refusal to delete

our records if requested once

they are created; the 900,000-

plus health providers and

administrators with access

rights to MyHR; the 100,000-

plus ‘venerable’

computers accessing

MyHR; the

sharing / cross

match of records

by many government


without my knowledge

or consent;

the potential to

use MyHR to deny

/ reduce access to

health insurance or

life/income insurance;

and the use of MyHR in

any judicial process through


Dr Northover said other concerns

included the potential

use of MyHR to limit employment

prospects through

‘authorised releases’.

“There’s also the linking of

MyHR to other family members

and peers, as well as to

newer big data tools including

artificial intelligence which

will further interrogate our

OPPOSED: Dr Northover.

records,” he said.

“I do not feel that MyHR is

a prudent thing for society,

where we are at the cusp of

storing genetic

information as

part our patient


“Alarmingly, I

did not feel that

MyHR had been

explained to me

– especially the

costs and risks – in

sufficient detail

(including through

my role as a ‘IT

literate’ general


“And I did not feel that

MyHR will add substantially to

my clinical care as a patient –

nor did I feel that the minimal

patient benefits of emergency

presentations and allergies

justified what we are signing

up to.”

Dr Northover said anyone

old enough to remember the

‘Australia Card’ proposal

would recall the debate it

created and the way it was

“watered down” to the creation

of Tax File Numbers.

“Now we live in a newer

digital age where the level of

interrogation of big data for

government and corporate use

will far exceed anything we

can imagine today.”

He said he did believe however

that further efficiencies

in healthcare information were

required to help better manage

care and its costs – but that the

current format “signs us and

our children to a more onerous

and less-forgiving future”.

“This will become a bigger

story in the media as people

become aware of what they

are getting pushed into,” he

said. “Let’s ‘opt out’ for a better

discussion… and while you’re

at it, the kids too!”

More info can be found at

‘For Sale – Your Privacy and

Your Health Data’ at privacy.

org.au; also read the Australian

Medical Association’s view



* What it means – read Jennifer

Harris’ law column p54.

12 AUGUST 2018

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Book Review

On the

Right Track

by Penelope Janu

Mira, $29.99

If you fell in love with the

hunky Norwegian Naval

Captain, Per Amundsen,

in Avalon-based Penelope

Janu’s debut novel, In At

the Deep End, wait till you

catch up with his brooding

diplomat/spy brother, Tor,

in her latest novel.

This time Janu swaps

Avalon and the surf,

for country and horses.

Golden Saunders carries a serious riding injury,

and an even greater family scandal on her shoulders.

When Tor Amundsen brings allegations of her father’s

race-fixing and money laundering to her quiet farm life,

she is forced to cooperate with his investigation by her

powerful politician stepfather.

Try as she might to fight a growing attraction, and the

potential Tor has to up-end her life, his way with animals

and children threatens to melt her heart. Did I mention he

is also very handsome? A well-written romantic treat for


Penelope Janu will be sharing her writing journey

at Beachside Bookshop’s Sunday Salon on Sunday 12

August. Call 9918 9918 for info.


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AUGUST 2018 13


New CEO’s engagement promise

New Northern Beaches

Council CEO Ray Brownlee

says he has made it his

mission to improve the organisation’s

customer service

and the way it communicates

and engages with residents,

businesses and visitors.

Mr Brownlee, who was appointed

on July 17 following

a three-month recruitment

process, told Pittwater Life

he was attracted to apply for

the position on the beaches

as it married with his most

recent experience heading

up Randwick City Council in

Sydney’s east (a role he held

from 2004).

“My experience in senior

executive roles in local government,

focus on customer

service and financial management,

and the leadership

and motivation of a diverse

workforce in a coastal urban

environment, were attributes

that aligned with the direction

of the Northern Beaches

Council,” he said.

“The Northern Beaches

Council has the size and

capacity to deliver the economies

of scale to achieve the

financial savings and benefits

to the community from the

merger process.

“I am very excited to work

with the Mayor and Councillors

to build on the successes

of Council. As the CEO, and

with our staff, we will deliver

high quality services and

facilities to our community.”

Mr Brownlee has more than

30 years’ experience in local

government. Married with

two children and a 14-monthold

grandson, he currently resides

outside of the Northern


Northern Beaches Mayor Michael

Regan said Mr Brownlee

“ticked all the boxes”.

“He has an incredible

breadth of experience, a real

focus on customer service

and delivery and is an exceptional

financial manager,” Cr

Regan said.

“His proven track record was

acknowledged in 2015 when he

was awarded a Public Service

Medal for outstanding public

service in an executive role.

“He is extremely highly

regarded, with demonstrated

ability to influence all levels

of government.

“Plus he is very down to

earth, genuine and peoplefocused

– he will be a great fit

for our community.”

Mr Brownlee was also the

driving force behind the coordination

of partnerships with

public and private entities

which enabled the securing

of transformational infrastructure

development for

metropolitan Sydney and the

greater eastern suburbs such

as the CBD and South East

Light Rail project (currently

under construction).

Mr Brownlee commences a

five-year contract on October 1.

– Nigel Wall



Pack birthing kits. Zonta

Club of Northern Beaches and

Barrenjoey High School are

organising a day to pack Birthing

Kits for women in developing

countries. All members of the

community invited to help

assemble the kits containing

six simple items on Sat 18 from

1-4pm. A donation of $3 buys

the materials for one kit and the

training program for its delivery.

Contact Margaret on 0416 182

393 or marg.white@me.com to

register your interest.

Free stay at YHA. Spend two

mornings on the weekend of

August 24-26 helping to remove

weeds in the beautiful Ku-ringgai

Chase National Park and

be rewarded with two nights

accommodation, two days

of meals (morning teas, BBQ

lunches and evening dinners) and

kayak use at the award-winning

Pittwater Youth Hostel. All you

will need is a $20 contribution.

Contact Pittwater@yha.com.au or

9999-5748 to register interest.

Car boot sale. Pittwater High

School will be full of great stuff

for sale on Sun 5 from 7.30am-

1.30pm with bargains for buyers,

sausage sizzles, drinks and more.

Eco textile workshop.

Young folk (12-18) are invited

to join in a 6-week course with

local textile artist Ivana Taylor

to learn how to up-cycle textile

waste. Participants will learn

traditional techniques including

Japanese Boro stitching, Indian

Kantha stitching and a variety

of contemporary ways to curate

and re-purpose fabric scraps to

create textile pieces. Thursdays,

5-7pm from Aug 9 to Sept 13

at Warringah Mall Library. Cost

$30; info 9942 7999.

Make herbal home

remedies. This workshop in

Avalon on Sat 18 from 10am-1pm

is for anyone wishing to learn

about simple and natural home

remedies for the colder months.

The workshop will be presented

by Julie Gundlach, who has

more than 20 years’ experience

in many areas of health and

wellbeing. See the Permaculture

Northern Beaches website for

more info.

14 AUGUST 2018

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A flood of


Special report by Nigel Wall


Northern Beaches Council

has launched a last-ditch

legal bid to overturn a

controversial decision to approve

development on floodprone

land at Warriewood.

It comes as flood expert and

former general manager of Pittwater

Council Angus Gordon

slammed the determination

of the Sydney North Planning

Panel – chaired by former NSW

Liberal leader Peter Debnam –

which he said could put lives

at risk and create a future massive

clean-up with ratepayers

left to foot the bill.

Further, local MP Rob Stokes

has made representations to

Minister for Planning Anthony

Roberts to highlight the ramifications

of the panel’s July 4

decision to amend the Pittwater

Local Environmental Plan,

which will allow the owner of 2

Macpherson Street, Warriewood

to build 22 dwellings on the site

adjoining the new $6 million

Macpherson St Bridge.

The bridge was planned and

constructed to help manage

flooding upstream from Ingleside;

it opened last December.

At an extraordinary meeting

on July 17, Council resolved to

seek urgent legal advice as to

the prospects of overturning

the decision, as well as write to

the Planning Minister expressing

concern in view of the flood

risk and formally request the

plan not be made.

Mayor Michael Regan told

Pittwater Life that flooding

in Warriewood Valley was a

serious issue, in part because

of the difficulty in evacuating

people when floods occur with

little warning.

“It is clear that the current

framework doesn’t appropriately

deal with the risk of largescale

flooding and Council and

the community are left to deal

with the risks,” he said.

Angus Gordon is a Civil

Engineer who holds a Masters

Degree in Coastal and Water

Engineering; he has more than

40 years’ experience in flood

issues and management, and is

a former Manager of the Manly

Hydraulics Laboratory, which

specialises in water issues

including flood management.

Mr Gordon said the Macpherson

Street site, set up as a

“buffer” zone in the 20-year

Warriewood Valley housing

strategy, had more than a

century of history of being

severely impacted by flooding.

Photo: Angus Gordon

“In the mid-1990s detailed

flood studies confirmed this,

as have more recent refinements

of these flood studies,”

he said. “I have personally

observed the site significantly

flooded on four occasions and

have made several written representations

on the significant

flooding of the site, both as GM

of the former Pittwater Council

and as a community member.”

Graphic photos he took of a

major flooding event in 2013

(below) illustrate the danger to

the community.

“It ends up being the volunteers

such as the SES who have

to risk their lives because of

these thoughtless decisions,

and the rest of the community

that have to pick up the cost,”

he said. “It makes no sense.”

“The developer bought the

land knowing it was flood

prone and zoned with a zeroyield

potential. Any reasonable

professional should have

simply pointed this out to the

developer, just as Pittwater

Council did in the past.”

Mr Gordon said the panel

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Photo: All Sky Drones / Jay Platt

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

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.

had erred by using a ‘1:100

years’ flood level to arrive at

its conclusion of “extremely

low probability of the Probable

Maximum Flood Event” – this

he said was using “old world


“The inquest following the

1997 Thredbo disaster made it

quite clear that it was inappropriate

to use criteria such

as the 1% event where lives and

property are placed at risk by

natural hazards,” he said.

“The Panel’s assertions in

regard of flooding impacts on

the site on property and life

demonstrate the panel did not

have the competence necessary

to make the determination

it made. It knowingly has

placed lives and property in

harm’s way – and this despite

the State Government’s policy

to not allow intensification of

flood prone sites, and the more

modern views on risk and risk


Mr Gordon further rubbished

the panel’s assertion that, when

filled so that the ground floors

of future dwellings would be

above the ‘Probable Maximum

Flood Event’ height, the land

would not materially affect

other land around it.

“The Panel has completely

neglected the impact on adjacent

properties and properties

downstream,” he said.

“It has been long understood

by flood management professionals

that filling a flood

prone site moves the flood

waters onto adjacent properties

– it is like filling a bucket

to the brim and then dropping

in a couple of bricks; the bucket

overflows and inundates the

surrounding area.

“You don’t have to be very

bright to realise this.

“The Panel clearly didn’t understand

the potential adverse

impacts of their decision on

adjacent properties,” he continued.

“There is an important difference

between understanding

the overall concepts of land use

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planning and on understanding

risk management. Clearly

the Panel lacked the necessary

expertise in risk management.”

Adjacent properties and

properties downstream are

those that may suffer, he said.

“The Panel should have insisted

on an independent ‘run’

on the existing, sophisticated,

computer-based flood model

for Warriewood Valley in order

to properly asses the impacts,”

he continued.

“The Flood model has been

developed and refined over

more than two decades and

clearly shows the site as being

significantly impacted. It would

have been a simple matter to rerun

it to properly assess the potential

impacts of the proposed

development on both the site

in question and surrounding

properties. To not insist on the

proper, and independent, use of

the existing flood modelling is

simply incomprehensible.”

Mr Gordon said there was a

time when there was no flood

insurance and the individuals

impacted by floods had to simply

“wear” the consequences.


Macpherson Street site in 2013

(above) and a long-time resident’s

photo of Warriewood flooding in

the 1940s (right).

“Nowadays the community

ends up wearing the costs of

disasters whether that be

through disaster relief funds

from the State and Federal

Government – which after all

are funded through our taxes –

or from Council funds, funded

through our rates, or through

insurance,” he said.

“Many people don’t realise

that since the insurance industry

introduced flood insurance

(under political pressure), both

the industry and government

realised that the burden of

flood insurance premiums

were often too great on the

individuals most impacted and

so in order to offset this, the

burden has been spread over

many properties.

“That is, many of the community

are actually subsidising

the insurance premiums

of flood prone properties. So

when your taxes, council rates

and insurance premiums rise

in the future you can thank the

Photo: Angus Gordon & supplied

Panel members for doing their

bit to intensify development

that puts lives and property

in harm’s way in Warriewood

Valley, and drains money out of

your hip pocket.”

The Planning Panel’s meeting

lasted 31 minutes. Its determination

noted members made

just one site inspection – in

April 2017, before the bridge

was constructed.

It noted 19 written


– but tellingly in

its ‘Reasons For

Decision’ it stated

“there were no

speakers from the

community at the

public meeting”.

This drew the ire

of Mayor Michael

Regan, who told Pittwater Life:

“I understand there were very

few community members in attendance

for the Panel meeting.

I’m concerned that there is not

enough advice or information

making its way to our community

before the Panel makes

important decisions – and why

it seems that a verbal submission

is given more weight than

a written one.”

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Hospital forum concern

Hundreds of people heard of

concerns about the future

of hospital care in the region at

a forum last month.

Prominent doctor Richard

West said NSW Government

claims that is was retaining

a hospital at Mona Vale when

Northern Beaches Hospital

opens were “fraudulent” and

he said the new hospital would

not be able to treat major

trauma cases because it did not

have neurosurgery facilities.

“The problems are, no major

trauma, cardiac surgery has to

be sorted out, and it has to have

a proper stroke unit where patients

can be treated in a timely

fashion,” he said.

A resolution called on the

NSW Government to retain

Mona Vale Hospital in public

hands at a minimum Level 3

hospital with full emergency

department; retain the main

building; upgrade the existing

facilities and that palliative

care and aged care be kept.

In response, a spokesperson

from Northern Sydney Local

Health District told Pittwater

Life all acute healthcare

services provided at Manly and

Mona Vale Hospitals would be

available at the new hospital.

“It will also provide more

complex healthcare than is currently

available on the Northern

Beaches with the potential

to provide even more services

in the future,” he said.

“Mona Vale Hospital would

continue to have an important

role in delivering integrated

services that complement those

provided across the Beaches.”

More than 250 staff will

be employed at Mona Vale

Hospital to provide health services

including the urgent care

centre, rehabilitation inpatient

services, inpatient palliative

care unit and geriatric evaluation

and management unit.

“Residents will continue to

have access to Royal North

Shore Hospital which is the

major adult trauma and acute

thrombolysis and clot retrieval

centre for Northern Sydney


Mona Vale Hospital will also

have a new ambulance station.


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Dredge plea


Businesses in Palm Beach

and across Pittwater at

Ettalong are hoping a longterm

solution can be found to

the environmental issue that has

shut down ferry services and cut

off the two tourism destinations

for more than two months.

Massive sand build-up near

Little Box Head forced the closure

of the Ettalong Channel in

May, with dredging required to

clear the waterway – the second

time in two years the channel

has required dredging works

to counter tidal flow deposits

of sand.

Ettalong Tourism & Visitor

Information Centre

administrator at Ettalong

Diggers, Kim Cole, said

the southern-tip Central

Coast community was

desperate for the dredging

to begin and the

ferry service to resume, to

arrest a significant downturn

in business.

“It is imperative for the

survival of small business

in our region which is the

lifeblood of our community,”

Ms Cole said.

“The wharf closure has had

a significant financial impact,

with many highlighting a big

drop-off in trade – it has also

had a big effect on commuters,

tradies and students attending

Northern Beaches schools.”

Wolfgang Zichy, owner of the

Re:Publik Cafe and Art Gallery

on Ocean View, said the flow

of visitors had dried up – with

some shops reporting income

loss of more than 50 per cent.

“It’s the businesses that are

in line with people walking to

and from the ferry who are suffering

the most,” he said.

“Also, we hear Patonga is suffering

from the wash around

the wharf and beach and cars

parked everywhere, so that no

visitors there can find a space,”

he said.

Club Palm Beach general

manager John Sinclair noted

Palm Beach businesses had

also been impacted.

“Where we would normally

CLOGGED: An aerial view showing sand build-up.

BUSINESSES SUFFERING: The Ettalong community have rallied.

expect to welcome 20 visitors

to lunch, at the moment we are

picking up maybe two or three.

And where normally 50 to 60

might get off the ferry at Palm

Beach, now it’s around eight.”

The long-term fix remains

up in the air given an ongoing

dispute between Central Coast

Council and the NSW Government

over responsibility to pay

for the dredging.

The Council refuses to accept

the Government’s definition

that it is a ‘local’ waterway

and is demanding the Berejiklian

Government pay

each time the channel

requires work.

But the Government

maintains that as the

waterway does not

contain any State-owned

maritime structure it

is defined as a regional

waterway, with Council


The Government has

stumped up for the bill

on each of the past two

occasions, drawing on

emergency funding; it has also

signed a cheque for $660,000

in new emergency funding

– which will enable a more

extensive dredging job this

time around which it’s hoped

will provide a longer window

between incidents and allow

the Government and Council to

strike accord.

In the meantime, at the Government’s

urging, Council has

applied for emergency assistance

under the Rescuing Our

Waterways program, which

would see Government match

contributions from Council.

New dredging works, which

will take approximately five to

eight weeks, were scheduled to

commence in late July, subject

to weather conditions and seas.

Meanwhile, to help “drive”

people to Ettalong, several offshore

businesses have banded

together under the umbrella

Peninsula Tourism Partners


Its first promotional campaign

has seen the introduction

of ‘Peninsula Dollars’ –

distributed by accommodation

provider Accom, the ‘dollars’

provide discounts and special

deals to visitors.

Mr Zichy said PTP would be

working with Fantasea Ferries

to announce further promotions

as soon as the channel

was reopened.

– Lisa Offord

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Photo: Elise Lockwood




Wow – what a top acting

performance from the cast of new

movie ‘Palm Beach’, which completed

shooting around Pittwater last

month. While the crew were dressed

for July’s bitter cold, Bryan Brown,

Jacqueline McKenzie and Richard

E Grant battled the elements in

beach gear. (Nice Hawaiian shirt

and boardies!) Producers Bryan and

Deb Balderstone, along with director

Rachel Ward, asked Pittwater Life to

thank the Palm Beach community

for their warmth and support during

the shoot. “It’s not hard to make

paradise look like paradise,” said

Bryan. The movie is expected to be

released next year.

We’re hearing Council’s ‘cold feet’ over the compulsory purchase

of Pasadena has dropped a couple of degrees to ‘very cold’. Latest

whisper, given a high level of community support for the iconic

venue’s retention, is Dee Why HQ is looking at ways to buy the

property but then utilise and manage the existing structure as a

community resource. Top of the list is that they tip the $1 million

funding for the new northern end arts facility into the acquisition

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

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

reacting to community sentiment, has launched a #SavePasadena campaign, complete

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

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

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

said. Council will consider the issue further at a meeting in early August.

The misinformation being generated within our community about local Council and

NSW Government projects. All residents of Pittwater deserve better. Let’s do away with

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

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

of reference to the cheap, on-demand Keoride transport service that links suburbs to the

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


Hospital saving

lives and planet

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could create an environment that

reduced stress, measurably improving

performance and delivery of patient

care, she said.

“It also contributes to increased

employee retention which correlates

with reduced turnover, cost savings

and ensuring smoother overall operations,”

Ms Madew said.

“This is really important because

problems with staff retention are consistently

ranked among the top five

issues for hospitals.

“Our doctors, nurses and hospital

administrators are the unsung heroes

of our community... it seems only right

that they should have fantastic places

in which to work.”

Last year the GBCA hosted Gail Vittori,

co-author of ‘Sustainable Healthcare

Architecture’ and co-director

of the Center for Maximum Potential

Building Systems.

According to Ms Vittori, when we get

the balance right with hospitals – considering

clinical needs, social needs

and sustainability – we achieve a “high

performance healing environment”.

She also points out that sustainability

doesn’t just mean saving energy

and water; there needs to be a holistic

approach taking into account factors

such as access to natural light and

open outdoor space – places that give a

sense of connection.

To ensure the facility continues to

shoot for the stars Mr Taurins said

“green issues” would be a big part of

day-to-day business.

“Management and staff throughout

the hospital will have a role to play in

finding smarter ways to look after our

environment,” he said. – Lisa Offord


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Course to attract budding beekeepers

The North Shore Beekeepers’ Association (NSBA) is running

a two-day course for beekeeping beginners on Saturday 25

August and Saturday 1 September at its Bee Garden and

Club House in Terrey Hills. Club President Keith Pester says

the course has been designed for complete beginners and

is suitable for people who have or are looking to get either

a traditional (Langstroth) or Flowhive. “Participants have

the opportunity to get hands-on experience opening and

inspecting a beehive,” he said. The course costs $250 for the

two days (9am to 4.30pm) including lunch. The NSBA also

runs other events open to the public including Club Open

Days each month (Sunday 12 August and Sunday 16 September

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

Course), Terrey Hills. More info and registrations nsbka.org.au.

Dee Why RSL vaults

gymnasts into future

Manly Warringah Gymnastics

Club (MWGC) has a new

bounce in its step following

Dee Why RSL’s latest donation

that has enabled it to

purchase an international

standard competition floor.

MWGC CEO Ian Hardy said

the much-needed acquisition

would allow athletes to

train at top-tier competition

standard for the first time, as

well as permit the Club to host

national level sanctioned competitions

at their now competition

standard gymnasium at

Cromer. MWGC is now one of

the largest sporting clubs on

the Northern Beaches and one

of the most awarded gymnastics

clubs in NSW. They broke

records by having 33 athletes

selected in the 290-strong

State team that contested the

recent Australian Gymnastics

Championships in Melbourne.

Mr Hardy says the club’s objective

was to give every member

the opportunity to reach the

highest level that they were capable

of. “To one child the goal

maybe to do a cartwheel, to

another it maybe to become an

Olympic champion,” he said.

Dee Why RSL have been steady

supporters of MWGC for more

than a decade, donating a total

of $115,000, with an additional

$15,000 committed in 2018-19.

Feel-good concert

for human rights

The light-hearted, uplifting,

ad-hoc troupe of musicians

Loosely Woven will be giving

a free community concert in

Avalon supporting human

rights on Sunday August 12.

Led by Wayne Richmond, the

all-new ‘Feeling Good’ concert

will feature 20 instrumentalists

and singers presenting

a wonderful arrangement of

well-known songs, numbers

that address social injustice

and important issues and

some original pieces all performed

acoustically. “There

are always lots of opportunities

for audience participation

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in a Loosely Woven concert

and when they do it sounds

fantastic for all of us!,” Wayne

said. The concert starts

4pm at the Avalon Baptist

Church. Afternoon tea will

be provided with voluntary

donations to Avalon Amnesty

International Group defending

human rights. More info

kath_moody@hotmail.com or


Rowing challenge for

youth mental health

Avalon Beach Surf Club boaties

are hitting the rowing

machines for 24 hours to

raise awareness and funds

for the charities One Eighty

and Gotcha4Life – two groups

focused on providing support

to young adults and opportunities

to openly discuss mental

health. They are rowing for 24

hours to highlight the fact that

mental illness is a 24-hour-aday

health issue and to remind

all that there is support 24

hours of each day too. The

action will take place at Avalon

Beach Surf Club, starting at

10am on (the very apt date of)

18/08/18. Support around the

clock appreciated; go to avalonbeachslsc.com.au

for more

info and to make a donation.

Dr Rip eyes purple

patch at Newport

Surf Scientist and worldrenowned

expert Associate

Professor Dr Rob (Rip) Brander

from UNSW is coming to

Newport on Sunday August

26 with his award-winning

visual multi-media presentation

about our beaches. Great

for ages 8 years and up, Dr Rip

shows the journey each tiny

grain of sand takes to reach

the beach and the impact of

massive swells that roll in

during big storms. And the big

highlight… he explains how

deadly rip currents form and

shows you how you can spot

them by throwing dye into the

surf. Starts 3pm. Bookings

and more info at newportsurfclub.com.au

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Continued from page 25

Annabelle Chauncy @

RMYC Ladies Lunch

Enjoy a two-course lunch and

talk by inspirational leader

Annabelle Chancy OAM the

CEO and Founding Director

of the not-for-profit School for

Life Foundation which builds

schools in rural Uganda to

help create sustainable and

productive communities. This

dynamic young woman will be

special guest at The Royal Motor

Yacht Club’s Ladies Lunch

Local awarded ANU

Tuckwell Scholarship

Congratulations to Pittwater House

Head Boy Finlay Dennison who has

been awarded one of 25 coveted

Tuckwell Scholarships to study at

the Australian National University

in Canberra – considered the most

transformational undergraduate

scholarship program in Australia.

Established by philanthropists

Graham and Louise Tuckwell,

the scholarship is aimed at

young Australian leaders who

are community-minded as well

as academically gifted. Finlay

is a crew member of Reach – an organisation that conducts

youth-led workshops designed to build confidence and selfawareness.

Proud Pittwater House Principal Dr Nancy Hillier

described Finlay as a “great fit” for the Tuckwell program.

on August 15 from 12pm.

Tickets $75 members; $80 nonmembers.

Bookings royalmotor.com.au.

Probus delivers

talks at coalface

Coal is the hot topic of the next

meeting of Pittwater Probus

at Mona Vale Golf Club on

Tuesday August 7. Geologist

and mathematician Tony Osman

will deliver his personal

perspective on coal in Indonesia;

during the 2000s commodities

boom the coal mining

industry was very lucrative as

coal prices were comfortably

high. Many Indonesian companies

and wealthy families

decided to acquire coal mining

concessions in Kalimantan –

thereafter coal became known

as the “new gold”. Tony’s talk

will be complemented by Club

Vice President John Porter

who will discuss “clean coal”

in a five-minute briefing. John

says ‘clean coal’ has been the

‘Holy Grail’ of the fossil fuel

industry for decades. “It is

based on the concept of creating

commercially viable ways

of minimising carbon emissions

from coal-fired electricity

plants, which are considered to

contribute to global warming.”

Visitors welcome; meeting

starts 10am. More info Geoff

Sheppard 0437 274 074.

WIN High Tea and

hear of Seven Seas

Here’s the perfect excuse to

head to the city – the chance

for one lucky couple to win

a ‘High Tea’ at the Langham

Hotel and hear about Regent

Seven Seas Cruises, whose

offerings are considered the

world’s most inclusive luxury

experiences at sea. At this

special presentation you’ll

learn more about the coveted

destinations on their 2020-

21 sailing calendar. Event is

10am-12pm on Tuesday 4 September.

Hosted by Travel View

and Regent. To enter, email

win@pittwaterlife.com.au by

Wednesday August 21.

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U3A talk looks

to the heavens

A Brief History of Astronomy

is the ‘eye-catching’ subject

of the next University of the

Third Age Northern Beaches

talk at Newport Community

Centre on Wednesday August

1. Expert Kevin Murray will examine

how different cultures

through the ages have sought

to measure and explain the

movements of the heavens,

while emphasising the scientific

revolution that led to our

modern understanding of the

universe. Talk 1.30-3.30pm;

all welcome. More info Mavis

Bickerton 9970 7161.

Kick a goal with

local sport grants

Sporting clubs in Pittwater

are being urged to apply for

funds under the NSW Government’s

Local Sport Grant

Program which will provide

up to $50,000 for projects

throughout the community.

The four project types (sport

development, community

sport events, sport access, and

facility development) aim to

increase regular and on-going

sport participation. Clubs

must contribute to their chosen

project either financially

or through the use of voluntary

labour, donated materials,

equipment, or other resources

directly related to the project.

Applications close 24 August;

more info sport.nsw.gov.au/


Love Your

Book Shop Day

The popular Sunday Salons

at Beachside Bookshop have

a packed calendar in August.

This month’s in-store and

library schedule includes:

5 August – Belinda Castles,

‘Bluebottle’ (free and in store);

12 August – Penelope Janu,

‘On the Right Track’ (free and

in store); 19 August – Margaret

Morgan, ‘The Second Cure’

(free and in store); and 26 August

– Amanda Hampson, ‘The

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Yellow Villa’ (at Avalon Library,

$5). Salons held 3-4pm, including

afternoon tea – bookings

essential on 9918 9918. Plus

it’s ‘Love Your Book Shop Day’

on Saturday 11 August and to

celebrate BB are bringing back

their Young Adult Book promotion

– 11% off all teen titles

on Saturday 11 August. And

spend $150 in store and you’ll

receive a bonus ‘Keep Cup’.


Girl power! Avalon Under-16s

achieve great community goal


group of Avalon football players’ off-field conduct

while on tour in Vanuatu last month made local news

headlines… and for all the right reasons. Young women

and parents from Avalon Soccer Club were praised in local

media for their work totally refurbishing a kindergarten

at Matarisu village in north west Efate. In a news item

in the Vanuatu Independent, Lisa Paton explained the

Avalon Soccer Club’s U16s women’s teams had visited the

Pacific Island nation annually since 2012 and had always

given something to local communities such as sporting

equipment and school supplies. “We heard about this

kindy which was in such a state that the kids wouldn’t

come and the teacher left and we wanted to make it good

enough that kids would want to come and the teacher

would come back,” Lisa said. As the picture shows, it was

a job well done. The sporting highlights of the 10-day

tour included several friendly games against local village

sides culminating in matches against Vanuatu’s national

women’s teams in Port Vila.

Creeks in the


At the next Friends of Narrabeen

Lagoon forum on Monday

August 27, staff members

from Northern Beaches

Council will outline the works

needed to control erosion and

protect against flooding. They

will give information about

the bush regeneration projects

in riparian zones in the catchment.

Venue is Coastal Environment

Centre; from 7pm.

Take things for


Northern Beaches Council has

committed $550,000 to its

Grants Programs for 2018/19

and is encouraging the

community to apply. The three

grant categories cover a broad

range of interests and sectors

of the community including

Community and Cultural

Development ($240,000 total);

Events ($210,000) and Sports

and Recreation Infrastructure

Grants ($100,000 available

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with a minimum grant value

of $10,000 – last year six

local tennis, rugby, football

and bowling clubs were

successfully awarded a share

of the $100,000 grant). More

info Council website.

Iconic Coast Walk on

track for completion

More than 24km of new

cycleways (off/on road) and

1.7 km of the 9km of walkway

have been completed along

the spectacular Northern

Beaches Coast Walk, on track

to be finished by 2020. The

Coast Walk from Manly to

Palm Beach forms part of

the Connected Communities

Program, a $32.6 million

infrastructure investment,

co-funded through the NSW

Government’s Stronger

Communities Fund. To

date, approximately 20% of

the coastal path has been

completed including sections

at Pittwater Road Collaroy

and Narrabeen, Robert Dunn

Reserve Mona Vale, Mona Vale

Golf course, The Boulevarde

and Ross Street Newport,

Bert Payne Reserve, Newport,

Watkins Road Avalon Beach.

The next focus is on North

Narrabeen Headland Reserve

to Robert Dunn Reserve along

Narrabeen Park Parade and

Hillcrest Avenue Mona Vale,

followed by work to Whale

Beach Road from Norma

Road to Florida Road in early

2019. The coastal works are

being complemented by a

series of connected cycling

and walking paths at points

along the route from Manly to

Palm Beach. They connect the

Coastal Walk with areas west

to Frenchs Forest hospital

precinct and Belrose, linking

the B-Line transport hubs

and services to these areas.

Further works are also underway

at missing sections along

Pittwater Road Collaroy and

Narrabeen (to be completed in

September); Hillcrest Avenue

Mona Vale (expected to be

completed by December);

and the design and consultation

for Newport to Avalon


That’s berry weird!

Who doesn’t love a kooky fruit or

vegetable shape tale? Cue reader

Giulio Vidoni who was amazed to

find this giant butterfly-shaped

strawberry after opening a

punnet he purchased at Aldi at

Warriewood last month. Anyone

else got one? Email readers@pittwaterlife.com.au

Public art push

Council is asking for community

assistance to help make

the Northern Beaches Coast

Walk from Manly to Palm

Beach a uniquely distinct local

attraction. They’re calling for

comment on a strategic plan

to install public art along the

walkway – with a budget of $2

million for pieces over four

years. The 36km walkway is

on track for completion by

2020 (see previous news item).

Council is now exploring ways

to connect people and places

along the way through public

art. As key themes and sites

are identified, Council will

create artist’s briefs to commission

new artworks for the

community to embrace and


For more info and to have

your say visit northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au





Dr Ben Brown

One of the most common

reasons owners bring

their pets to see our veterinary

staff is because they have

found a lump (or tumour)

somewhere on their animal.

Just like in humans, animals

suffer from many forms of

cancer and sometimes the

first sign can be a lump or

lumps that can be felt within

the skin and fur of our pets.

Tumours are abnormal

growths of cells and can be

benign (non-cancerous) or

malignant (cancerous with

the ability to spread) and

therefore pose different levels

of risk to our pet’s health.

Fortunately, not all tumours

on our pet’s body are

considered a problem but it

can be very difficult to tell

simply based on appearance

and location. All the various

layers and components

of skin and underlying

tissues have the potential

for developing distinctive

tumours. Tumours are usually

small lumps or bumps,

but they also can occur as

hairless, discoloured patches,

rashes, or non-healing ulcers.

Because skin tumours can be

so variable in appearance,

identifying them should be

left to a vet who can perform

an examination and fine

needle aspiration of cells

simply, easily, inexpensively

and relatively pain-free using

a needle and syringe or via a


If the lump or tumour

is found to be a problem

(malignant), we will usually

recommend removal via

surgery. For benign tumours

that are not ulcerated on the

surface and do not affect the

dog’s quality of life, treatment

may not be necessary.

If you have noticed any new

or unusual lumps on or under

your pet’s skin it is important

that you have these checked

by a veterinarian. Drop in to

see either myself or one of our

friendly team who can guide

you through the process.


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Former Wallabies

superstar Matt Burke

is enjoying family

life on the upper

northern beaches as

well as his transition

to sports presenter

for Channel 10.

Story by Matt Cleary


Life Stories

a ball

It was May of 2008 when Matt Burke

realised his knee injury would finish

his rugby career. Six months earlier

while playing for Newcastle Falcons in

the north of England he’d ruptured the

anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee

and was told he’d be out for the season. He

did his best with rehab but at 34 years old,

and a veteran of 81 Tests and 232 provincial

matches, he was done and done. And

pining for home.

Because as much as he’d loved Newcastle

– the city, the people, the mates he’d made

playing rugby – the north of England’s

winter can be bleak. And after so long following

rugby seasons around the world – a

wintry existence the opposite of surfers

and cricketers chasing an endless summer

– the idea of living by a beach loomed


And so he and wife Kate began scouring

the Internet for somewhere to live. They’d

sold their place in Willoughby and didn’t

have roots in any particular locale. Options

were open… until they found a place

on the cliff at Bungan Beach. Kate was despatched

home to check it out. Her message

came back: post haste: It’s home.

They’ve been on the northern beaches

ever since.

“I would never have really thought I’d

end up this way,” Burke tells Pittwater

Life. “When I was playing rugby, Newport

seemed a long way away! [Laughs] And it

probably still is! But we love it here. Just

love it.”

After five years at Bungan, Burke’s

growing family – which today includes

daughters Hariette, Edie, Giselle and Zsa

Zsa, and a cocker-spaniel called Cooper –

moved across the hill to Newport where

they reside today. Burke says it’s “a pretty

cool place to live”.

Burke was doing commentary work for

Channel 10 during the 2013 British and

Irish Lions series when Ten’s head of sport,

David Barham, asked how he’d feel about

reading the sports news. Burke was taken

aback. He managed words to the effect of:

“I’ve only been here five minutes, I’d feel

like an imposter.”

Barham replied: “If I was coach of the

Wallabies and plucked you out of reserve

grade, would you say to me you weren’t

ready? Or grab it with both hands?”

Well, when you put it like that…

“He said it was a great opportunity and

I could own the job,” says Burke. “It’s been

a lot of fun. I’ve got my rugby background,

obviously, but I’m able to cover all sports.

And it’s led to other things. I’ve done some

radio. It’s opened opportunities.”

Burke looks a natural for television.

Indeed, his mates call him Ron Burgundy.

Yet on day one he was thrown a curve ball.

“It was the Melbourne Cup of 2013 and

the race was won by Gai Waterhouse’s

Fiorente. I was never a horse racing person

and I’d never heard of Fiorente. But I got

the pronunciation and I’m practising

before we went on – Fiorente, Fiorente,


“Then Sandra Sully’s thrown to me and

I’ve looked down the barrel of the camera

and the little red light’s on and mate, my

heart jumped out of my chest, my hands

went clammy. And I couldn’t spit out

bloody Fiorente! I was like Fonzie when he

couldn’t say sorry! Fi-, Fi-

“I eventually got it out and went a hundred

miles an hour after that.”

He’s been doing it five years since.

“It’s a buzz, live TV. It’s good fun being

in people’s living rooms at 5:45pm, bring-

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ing the sports news. And Sandra’s great to

work with. We’ll be counting down to going

live and she’ll say, ‘Hey Burkey – don’t

stuff up – we’re going live in a sec’.”

On weekends you’ll occasionally find

Burke at The Newport enjoying the beer

garden with like-minded families. He’s

also been sampling the restaurants cropping

up locally. And of course you’ll find

him at the rugby. The game’s in his blood.

Burke played for Eastwood as a young

man and well remembers playing against

Warringah Rats and their fearsome

forward packs which sported such hard

men as Steve Lidbury, Steve Temple, and

Enrique ‘Topo’ Rodriguez. He reckons the

Shute Shield then was almost as good a

standard of rugby as could be played.

“It was almost like a first-class competition,”

according to Burke. “You’d play four

or five games for NSW, three or four Tests

for Australia. So you’d spend most of your

time playing club footy against Test and

state guys. I was only a young pup but

playing against Lidbury and those guys, it

was tough, hard, uncompromising. They

were big strong guys, physically mature. It

was a learning curve!

“But if you went okay it gave you a sense

that you belonged at their level. Those

guys were playing for Australia. And if you

could mix it up and match it, and go okay,

it gave you belief.”

Burke loved playing at Rat Park. Today

he loves watching rugby there. Particularly

the derby game, Warringah v Manly. “The

locals are really into it. It goes to show you

that you’ve got to light the fire at the bottom

and the flames will go up.”

Burke reckons what the derby game

offers is an entertaining, fun day out with

quality rugby sporting that important

ingredient: “tribalism”.

“The Shute Shield is flying and the

rivalries have been a big part of it,” says

Burke. “Randwick has it with Easts. There’s

Norths and Gordon. Eastwood and West

Harbour. And of course Manly and the

Rats. And those games have really hooked

people in. It’s been exceptional. The last

couple of years the grand final has been an

overwhelming success. Last year at North

Sydney Oval was outstanding.”

For Burke, the beauty of club rugby is

its accessibility. He loves taking his kids to

games and admires how the Rats encourages

juniors. “They have gala days and it’s

just good fun, a good initiation for the little

fellahs into the big boys, the next level.

It gives kids that little taste. It’s smart.

“After a match you can hang around the

players. During the game kids can practise

their tackling on the hill, roll down it.

When a big hit goes up the crowd goes up.

When they don’t agree with the referee

they speak their mind. That’s what club

rugby is all about.”

Burke recalls a match against Eastern

Suburbs one year at Woollahra Oval that

illustrates his point. “The rope there at

Woollahra was five metres back from the

sideline, like it was at most grounds,” he

says. “The people in the crowd felt like

they were right on you. And there I was

doing my thing at fullback, barking orders

at the forwards – go here, go there, move

up, go back – when a bloke on the sideline

yells out, “Burke! Bloody pipe down! I’m

trying to watch the game and you’re ruining

my afternoon!’

“[Laughs] And that’s the beauty again

of club footy. Spectators can hear all that

stuff, the chat. It’s the same for players;

they get a buzz out of the crowd being so


As does Burke to his beach at Newport.

“The beach is a couple hundred metres

away from our house, which is great,” he

says. “The irony is you go away on holiday,

you go to Bali or Fiji or whatever, and you

come back to the beach and think, ‘Why’d

I go there when I have this here? It’s magic.

It’s a walk away.’

“And the locals are great. My daughters

were laughing at me the other day, we

walked the dog, they were on bikes. And

my little one says, ‘Dad, everyone around

here knows you’. And I told her everyone

knows everyone. That’s the great part

about it. You walk down the beach and

have a conversation with anyone. You’re

deemed a local.”

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OPPOSITE: With daughters

Giselle, 8, and Zsa Zsa, 7

at Newport Oval; on the

Swilcan Burn at St Andrews

GC; with the future King of

England after representing

the Barbarians in 2006;

celebrating his 50th Test

cap in 2001; his final Test

on Australian soil in 2004;

the junior long jumper

representing Hornsby

Little Athletics; showing his

renowned goal-kicking form.

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Our local clubs have always

held a reputation for

offering good value food. But

increased competition from

the next gen of restauranteurs

has seen them step up

a gear. The result? More

sophistication, more variety

on the menu. But still with

the same great value. The

traditional ‘Specials’ remain

– although in addition, the

chefs (some Michelin Star, no

less!) have created dishes that

are ‘extra special’. Great for

friends, families or couples.

Here we present the pick of

our local Clubs’ offerings.

Compiled by Lisa Offord

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Avalon Beach RSL

Recently reinvigorated, this venue boasts a range of offerings and

activities for members and guests of all demographics. Its restaurant

Bistro 61 is open 7 days, offering honest, house-made modern

Australian cuisine with relaxed alfresco seating available. All produce

is locally sourced where possible and the menu changes seasonally.

There’s also a large playground just for kids. There are two bars

over two levels with 20 beers on tap, an extensive wine selection

and creative cocktails. Head Chef Mitch Blundell has over 15 years’

experience on the northern beaches. Membership costs $5.50 per

year (three years just $11).

The Vibe: A relaxed and comfortable, family friendly atmosphere

in the bistro area. The Surf Lounge has a more funky and

young vibe, hosting a variety of entertainment. The club has been

extensively renovated over the past 12 months, including the dining

area, outdoor area and the new 18+ area the Surf Lounge on level

one. They’ve also recently opened a new dedicated function room –

The Stella Room.

Must Try: Their Baked Eggs is a breakfast go-to – two free

range eggs, house-made beans, capsicum, chorizo, Danish fetta and

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

cooked lamb shanks, winter vegetables, crème fraiche pastry, mash

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

(pork or beef).

The Specials: Plenty to get excited about for lunch and dinner

– $25 Rib Special Mondays; $12 Tacos Special Tuesdays; $15 Chicken

Schnitzel Special Wednesdays; 2-4-1 Pizzas Thursdays; $20 Burger &

Beer Special Fridays; and $5 Kids Meals Sundays.

Other stuff: Happy Hour 4-6pm Monday, Tuesday & Friday

($4 local schooners, $4 house wines and $4.50 house spirits); $10

cocktails in the Surf Lounge Saturdays from 9-10pm; Badge Draw

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

new monthly Super Raffle starting August. Raffle held on 1 st Sunday

of month – each offering more than $1,500 in prizes.

Royal Motor Yacht Club

Popular RMYC, which has operated on the shore of Pittwater at

Newport since 1926, boasts versatile facilities to suit all occasions,

from small intimate groups to large social gatherings. Choose from

the Salt Cove Brasserie (with menu overseen by executive chef

Steve Arena), the Garden Forecourt, Compass Terrace, Water View

Terrace, Lounge Bar and balcony.

The Vibe: Salt Cove Brasserie changes with the seasons, both

in atmosphere and menu. In winter a lit fire, heaters and blankets

add warmth to the ambience. Approaching spring the doors open

to take in the fresh breeze off the bay. Management continually

keep areas fresh and appealing, with furniture upgrades, flowers

and more.

Must Try: Return again and again to ensure you sample each

of their hearty food offerings. Order the Beer Battered Flathead

and amazing super-thick, crunchy chips – the best on the beaches,

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

Lamb Backstrap has become so popular, it now just changes to

suit the season – in winter that means with mash, steamed greens

and a spectacular shiraz jus. And their generous Salt Cove Fresh

Angus Beef Burger is understandably a crowd-pleaser. Plus the

breakfast menu on weekends offers Eggs Benedict and Pancakes.

The Specials: Always four or more each day, with Fish of

the Day a staple and winter warmer dishes on trend through the

cold months. On Tuesdays (Fame Trivia from 7pm) enjoy Chicken

Schnitzel & Chips for $18 – and pay $15 for a bottle of house wine

(normally $26). Currently they serve a great Sunday BBQ Spit Roast

($18) with accompaniments of corn cobs, coleslaw, salad, jacket

potatoes plus sour cream and chives.

Other stuff: Social Memberships cost $160 (includes 5%

discount on all food and drink). General Membership $620 per

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

Friday from 7pm; ‘Happy Hour’ Monday to Friday from 5.30pm to

6.30pm; shuttle bus 7 days.

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Palm Beach Golf Club

Located smack bang in the middle of paradise – on one side sits

world famous Palm Beach and on the other Pittwater and Lion Island

– this relaxed Club welcomes visitors to share and enjoy its amazing

facilities, including its leisurely nine-hole layout. The Club’s modern

Australian-style restaurant Beach Road Dining is headed by Martin

Brito (formerly Head Chef of Michelin Star Restaurant Nobu London).

Martin’s expansive menu is accompanied by a thoughtfully compiled

wine list, plus there are 12 different beers on tap.

The Vibe: Recently renovated, the Club boasts an open-air balcony

with breathtaking views over the golf course and to Lion Island

by day, while it transforms into an intimate space at night.

Must Try: For starters order Flash Fried Salt & Pepper squid, chili,

sambal with coriander (matched with a glass of Knee Deep sauvignon

blanc). Follow that up with the 300gram Emerald Bay Grass Fed

Sirloin with eschalot garlic butter, paprika-salted chips and mixed-leaf

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

in the mood for sharing, consider the Hot & Cold Seafood Platter

for two (subject to availability) crammed with Sydney rock oysters,

Queensland king prawns, smoked salmon, grilled barramundi, panko

calamari, battered fish, chips, salad with a selection of sauces. (Pair it

with a bottle of Helens Hill chardonnay from the Yarra Valley that was

recently awarded a 95-point rating from James Halliday.)

The Specials: Kids eat free on Thursdays through Saturday

nights; also the Club hosts a ‘241’ night on Wednesdays which brings

a full house – bookings recommended.

Other stuff: The Club hosts eight band nights per year, with

big names including Barry Leef, The Classic Kings, and Swinging

Sixties drawing up to 300 people who enjoy a fun night of food, wine

and dancing. Also, Beach Road Dining hosts four 5-course Degustation

Dinners per year. The Club is active in the community, regularly

hosting Probus lunches and other community groups from around

Sydney. Social membership is $25; full playing memberships $1350.

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Pittwater RSL

Prides itself as the ‘local community club’. Here members and guests can

enjoy four different styles of dining: Glasshouse embraces the farm-totable

approach in its offering that includes aged, wood-fire-grilled steaks;

Nonna’s Kitchen serves authentic handmade pizzas, pastas, salads,

starters and shared tapas plates; Little Bok Choy features extensive tasty

authentic Asian cuisine (awesome noodles, fried rice, stir fries, made-toorder

laksa and Yum Cha with Chinese, Thai and Malay influences); and

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

catch-up while letting the kids play in the indoor playground. All for a

membership that starts at $10 a year!

The Vibe: Plenty of variety, from relaxing and intimate, to welcoming

and social. As the name suggests, Glasshouse is sleek and sophisticated.

Gorgeously renovated, Nonna’s Kitchen is a warm and versatile space with

booths to banquet tables, plus a large outdoor terrace where you can enjoy

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

Café is green, lush and full of natural light.

Must Try: The steaks – cooked in their new wood-fired Josper Grill

which, utilising temperatures in excess of 400 degrees, seals and retains

the flavours. They also hot-smoke seafood and vegetables – yum! The

crispy-skin snapper is a crowd-pleaser, served with bright red, baked truss

tomatoes and a moorish potatoes and olive combo.

The Specials: There’s a Seniors Menu currently on offer and a

variety of daily specials ranging from ‘Marinara Mondays’ to Surf-and-

Turf Thursdays’. Look out for their latest deal – a mouthwatering ‘Sunday

Carvery’ – coming soon.

Other Stuff: The Club stocks a wide range of beverages, from old

classics to new and boutique offerings, including local, international and

craft beers; plus a hand-picked wine list including Sauvignon Blancs from

New Zealand and reds from Margaret River. You can enjoy live music

every weekend, from jazz to acoustic rock – plus great live shows with

top artists. Upcoming shows include ABBALANCHE (August 25), Diesel

(September 22) and Rose Tattoo (October 27). Community groups such as

Probus, Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary and Lion’s Club meet and make use

of the Club amenities for free.

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Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) is one of the oldest

and most active sailing clubs in Sydney, with year-round sailing

complemented by wholesome, reasonably priced food and

drinks. From a la carte dining and BBQ specials to casual bistro

service there is something for everyone.

The Vibe: The Club has a relaxed, welcoming vibe and

a beautiful setting on the quiet and picturesque Pittwater.

Halyards Bistro has stunning views over the marina and is a

perfect spot to relax while the kids play safely in the gated

playground within view of the restaurant.

Must Try: The Chef-cooked BBQ specials featuring lamb,

beef or seafood or go for an intimate dining experience at The

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

choose from the a la carte menu (which changes each week)

in a more formal setting with clothed tables, table service and

candles. Bookings are essential. Halyards opens for breakfast

on weekends from 8-11.30am.

The Specials: The Bistro menu offers fresh seafood,

fish and chips, a variety of burgers, pizza and plenty of daily

blackboard specials and weekday specials to complement the

season for example during winter, guests have been enjoying

a pasta and drink special on Thursdays and a roast of the day

and drink special on Fridays. Food is seasonal, tasty and good

value and there is always something new on the menu to suit

all ages.

Other Stuff: The club runs a comprehensive year-round

racing and cruising program for the whole family, with a

range of social events complementing the sailing. Members’

benefits include 20 per cent off prices on food and drinks and

heavily discounted access to Sailfit and the Club Fitness Centre.

Membership is open and ranges from age 6, youth membership

to adults (either boat owning or general membership). Family

membership packages are also available. The club welcomes all

prospective membership enquiries.

Narrabeen RSL

Hidden away in the valley, with bowling greens and surrounded by

mature trees, this laid-back venue feels a world away from some of

the busier Clubs on the beaches. On the food front, be blown away

at the Monsoon Grill (Tuesday – Sunday) which serves a thoughtful

menu of delicious modern Australian offerings. There’s something

for all tastes and levels of hunger.

The Vibe: Think old school RSL served with a squeeze of

hipster cool. The main bar area has looked much the same for

decades – but thankfully ‘retro’ is cool again, so the Club is in

fashion again! They have their own Cocktail Bar too – ‘Sunk’ –

located by the bowling green, which also serves craft beers.

Must Try: Who doesn’t like Tasmanian Crispy Skin Salmon?

Here it’s served with baby potatoes, asparagus, herbed tomatoes

and olive tapenade mayo. Their tender Eye Fillet is partnered

with caramelised onion mash, red wine jus, roasted capsicum

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

going for it.

The Specials: They merry-go-round each week. On

Tuesdays it’s the Panko-crumbed Chicken schnitzel with chips

and gravy; on Wednesdays, buy any two main meals and receive

a free dessert; On Thursdays dig into a 2kg bucket of chicken

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

Their ‘family friendly’ persona ramps up on weekends with a

$50 Saturday meal deal comprising T-Bone steak (with chips and

gravy), plus chicken wings, a beef burger and the choice of any

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

day with any adult’s meal purchase.

Other stuff: Happy Hour 4-6pm Monday to Friday; Members

Badge Draw 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Thursdays and Fridays. They

host regular musical acts – including two Pete Murray concerts

last month (both sold out). On Friday August 14 head down for the

Razza Dazza Sing Song. Club membership is $11 per year – or five

years for $25. What’s stopping you?

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Club Palm Beach

Formerly known as Palm Beach RSL, this welcoming space is conveniently

located a short stroll south from Palm Beach Wharf. Even when

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

staff are as down to earth and friendly as you’ll find anywhere. Membership

costs just $10 per year.

The Vibe: Their popular Barrenjoey Bistro is located at the back

of the Club and adjoins a delightful sun-drenched beer garden with al

fresco dining and accompanying under-shelter tables, plus a peaceful

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

well. The Club pays homage to its RSL roots with displays of military

collections and memorabilia. There’s a plan to refurbish the auditorium.

Must Try: ‘Cheffie’s Spaghetti’ – perfectly seasoned with a generous

serve of king prawns, garlic, chilli, plump truss tomatoes and a

basil garnish, topped with shards of parmesan. If you’re into offal

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

delightful dish. And the Crumbed Prawns, salad and chips makes a

perfect light lunch. Vegetarians are catered for, with offerings of Polenta

Crusted Pumpkin Risotto Cakes and a Roast vegetable and Goats

Cheese Tart.

The Specials: The Club has earned its reputation as a top-value

eating destination by getting its specials offering just right. For just

$13.50 you can enjoy a different meal Monday to Friday, from traditional

roasts, to rump steak, chicken schnitzel, gourmet home-made pies

and tempura fish and chips.

Other stuff: There’s a Mega Meat raffle every Sunday, plus the

Member’s Badge Draw is held Wednesday and Friday nights (every 30

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

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

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

ferry cruise on Pittwater plus lunch at the Club for $25 (10 or more).

The Club has a courtesy bus that makes regular runs Wednesdays, Fridays

and Saturdays between 4.30pm and 9pm; ring to book a pick-up.

Dee Why RSL

Dee Why RSL Club boasts contemporary surroundings and an

expansive menu by executive chef Scott Drinkwater across its six bars,

four restaurants and 13 function spaces. The Club dishes up more than

400,000 main courses each year including bistro classics, Italian, Asian,

and American grill favourites.

The Vibe: The Club opened in 1937 as a venue for returned

service men and women and has stayed true to its roots. Everyone is


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

including the USA Pork Ribs… with secret tequila BBQ sauce; Garlic

Cronut – a garlic-flavoured croissant-doughnut pastry, topped with

garlic butter, rock salt and black pepper; Seafood Pie with fish, king

prawns, calamari, roasted fennel, in semi-dried tomato cream sauce,

topped with brick pastry; and the Grande Brownie Smash – smashed

dark chocolate brownie, with chocolate mousse, vanilla cream and

roasted walnuts. At Aqua Bar & Dining go for the Scaloppine di fungi

– veal, sliced button mushrooms, cream, served with potato and

vegetables; Bolognese, Pea and Parmesan Arancini with Napoli dip; and

Melone & Prosciutto, served with salad leaves and vin cotto. The Bistro

serves a delectable roast pork with crackling and apple sauce (yum);

while you can’t go past the Nasi Goreng at ‘The Asian’.

The Specials: The Bistro hosts ‘Country of Origin’ monthly

food specials. In August the focus is Sweden, which will see dishes

like Swedish Meatballs and cheese pie added to the menu. The Club

also celebrates ‘food days’ including World Chocolate Day, National

Milkshake Day and National Burger Day. Aqua Bar & Dining offers daily

specials including: Monday – Winter Warmer, Slow Cooked Italian-Style

Braised Lamb Shanks on Warm Polenta; Tuesday – Tantalising Tower for

Two; Wednesday – All You Can Eat Pizza or Pasta; Thursday – Parmology

(choose from three parmigiana options, chips and side salad). And on

Sunday – Kids Eat Free!

Other Stuff: The Club has a great entertainment calendar

featuring notable line-ups of the best local and international acts, plus

complimentary live music every night. A two-year Membership costs $5.

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Art Life

Art Life

Inspiration runs deep

Matt Wilcock of ‘Outfall Art’

and Damian ‘Dooma’ Oswald

of ‘Print My Fish’ draw their

artistic inspiration primarily from

the waters of the Pacific Ocean

and the saltwater that runs in their


Both are surfers and keen

fishermen; Matt dives for chain on

the ocean floor, creating sculptural

wonders that seem to defy gravity

whilst Dooma practices Gyotaku the

centuries-old Japanese technique of

printing freshly caught fish.

Originally freediving to salvage

old and very heavy chain, Matt has

now incorporated SCUBA to speed

up the process. Once collected he

forges and shapes molten metal

into sculptures that reflect the

elemental nature of the sea and


His sculptures speak to a deepseated

appreciation of natural form

in a primal material.

“If it’s dangerous, dirty or loud,

I’ll be in the thick of it,” Matt said.

Meanwhile, the age-old

fisherman’s tale of “It was this

big…” doesn’t really wash with

Gyotaku – as its process provides

proof of size and also species right

there in front of you.

Using ink or paint (traditionally

non-toxic, so the subject may then

be eaten or preserved), Dooma

transfers the organic shape and

texture onto Washi or rice paper.

Avalon Art Gallery’s Jennifer

Hill says in Dooma’s skilled and

experienced hands, the detail

and movement captured is


Dooma and Matt’s works are held

in collections throughout the world

in both commercial settings and

private residences; this month locals

have the chance to view them at an

exhibition at Avalon Art Gallery (in

the Cinema Arcade) from Saturday

August 4 through August 31.

Opening night is from 6pm on

August 4, when you can meet the

artists and hear them talk about

their projects and the fascinating

stories behind their creativity.

It’s cheers to creativity!

Always wanted to try painting

but have reservations “People realise that there is

and coach them through.

about your artistic self? Then no barrier, anyone can enjoy

perhaps you’d like to try the painting and I encourage participants

latest innovation in social art

to leave their judg-

classes – group sessions with ments and misconceptions

a glass of bubbly or wine to about art at the door.

help get the

“This is

creative juices

about giving



Local Reiki

permission to

teacher Jane

play with paint

Hodgett says

and not worrying

she started


her social ‘Art

an end result

& Alcohol’

– and they get

evenings two

to go home

years ago to

with an amazing

share her love


of art with

on a canvas!”

people who

Jane’s sessions

would like to paint but were

are generally held on

either too busy to commit to a the fourth Saturday of each

course, or who had always felt month, from 7pm-9.30pm at

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

“Absolutely anyone can do (next session is August 25).

my class – they are strictly for There’s a minimum of 10

fun and no previous experience

people per session (group

is necessary, said Jane. bookings for birthdays and

“Everything is provided – work-bonding sessions also

paints, brushes, table easels, available); cost is $60.

canvas aprons, wine or bubbly;

More info call Jane on 0412

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Getting in the ‘Spirit’ for

Newport Sculpture Trail

Planning is well underway for the Sixth Annual ‘Newport

Sculpture Trail’ to be held later this year.

Co-founder Patsy Clayton-Fry says emerging and established

artists are being invited to respond to the 2018 theme

of ‘Spirit’ with sculpture, performance or installation art.

The ‘Newport Sculpture Trail’ is now part of the newly

formed Totem Arts Festival which is currently being developed

as a major long-term contemporary arts festival to energise

the cultural offerings for communities on the northern

end of the peninsula.

“Working closely with local artists, community groups and

business, a calendar of events has been prepared that will

engage everyone,” said Patsy.

“The festival this year will include pop-up activities and

workshops including waste-to-art sculptures, wearable art,

music and performance art.”

The 2018 Newport Sculpture Trail runs from Friday October

26 to Sunday November 11 in Newport village. Artists are

invited to showcase their works in selected local businesses,

attracting more people to both the businesses and the Newport


There will be a curatorial selection for the winner (prize

money to be announced) in addition to a ‘People’s Choice

Award’ with a cash prize of $500.

All artists, including students, are encouraged to apply,

with the final selection determined by an established curator.

Applications close on 1st September; more info email


– Lisa Offord

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Boating Life

Boating Life

Breeze up to sailing info day

Looking to give sailing a go,

or get your kids involved at

a young age at a fun, relaxed

club? Then consider Avalon

Sailing Club which is holding

an information and registration

day for kids on Sunday August

26th from 10am to 2pm.

With a modest timber

clubhouse on the shore

between Clareville and

Paradise beaches, Avalon SC

is a unique part of Pittwater’s

world class sailing heritage.

This year the Club will

celebrate two important

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

anniversaries – 80 years since

the formation of the Club and “Avalon is one of those

60 years since the official iconic ‘wooden shed’ sailing

opening of the Clubhouse. clubs which has a wonderfully

“We’re a volunteer-run Club inclusive culture that welcomes

with 400 active members, newcomers – there are no flash

ranging in age from 8 to 88, restaurants, bars or pokies,

with a comprehensive and just the best place for families

professional sailing program to enjoy a BBQ and a drink

catering to all ages and skills,” post-sailing whilst taking in the

said Club Commodore, Jane best views on Pittwater.”


Friday evenings on the deck

or on the water in Summer

were a popular, family friendly

way to end the working week.

She said the youth program

which runs on Sunday

mornings from September

through to Easter, starts with

Blue Group which is aimed at

beginners aged 7 – 12. (The

Club Nippas & Pacers are used

for this program.)

“Once the basics have been

learnt, the children progress

to the Red and Gold groups

for further instruction and an

introduction to racing.”

Race preparation for State

and National Titles is also

provided. This season there

will be club dinghies available

for season hire, with no

pressure to commit to buying a

boat immediately.

For teenagers and adults,

there is a very active group

sailing Spirals and dedicated

Spiral coaching days with be

run in spring.

“The Club also runs Spring/

Summer school holiday

camps, open to children of

all ages,” Jane said. “Classes

sailed at Avalon include

Nippas, Pacers, Bics, MJs,

Flying 11s & Spirals.

“Planning is also under way

for Adult learn to sail classes

for the coming season. The

emphasis in all these programs

is that sailing is a fun activity

which teaches many skills

and provides opportunities

for a lifetime. There are

many sailors in their 80s who

regularly enjoy cruising and

racing – not many other sports

can claim that!”

The Club also has a healthy

Yacht division and a revamped

racing program for the coming

season will provide a diversity

of events and casual entries

are encouraged.

“Plus the addition of the

Pittwater Couta boat fleet to

ASC this season is a great

bonus and the Couta fleet is

always looking for crews,” she

said. “And for those who like

a more relaxed approach, the

Cruising Division organises

lots of great weekends away

and members can also take

advantage of club moorings

dotted around Pittwater.”

Blue Group Learn to Sail is

limited to 25 children, and

along with sailing camps,

positions are provided on a

first-come, first-in basis.

For more info regarding

Registration Day or any

club activities, head to their

Facebook page or email info@


– Lisa Offord

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Surfing Life

Surfing Life

A look at the surfers

you never knew existed

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


couple of years ago,

I began scratching

away at a book about

professional surfing. I guess I

was fascinated by a number of

things: the development of pro

sport generally and how surfing

fit into that arc; the way it was

immediately global, unlike

so many other professional

sports, the majority of which

are regional or national by

nature; most of all, the weird

nature of surfing itself, a sport

that thanks to its uniquely

Polynesian roots, in many ways

doesn’t even look like a sport

at all.

Why did surfers decide

to turn pro? And how did

that rebound into its wacky

freewheeling culture?

This is all good stuff for

a book. But what’s really

enlivening it for me and my

co-author Sean Doherty – some

of you will know Sean from

his brilliant biography of the

Queensland legend Michael

Peterson, among other works

– is the way new names are resurfacing

through the research.

People who neither of us knew

existed, yet who were key to

what occurred through the arc

of the tale.

I’ll tell you about a number of

these people over the coming

year, but I want to begin with a

woman named Patti Paniccia.

Recently, pro surfing’s latest

governing body, the World Surf

League, has become interested

in its founders. They even held

an event called the Founders’

Cup, which we wrote about

here a few months ago. The

Founders who appeared at the

event did not include Patti. This

tells you an enormous amount

about professional surfing.

Patti was the daughter of a

New Jersey Italian family whose

father once went away to war.

Patti’s Dad joined the Navy

during WWII and travelled first

to Hawaii, then to California,

where he was based around

Long Beach some time after the


He came back to New Jersey

and told Patti’s mother: “This is

a dump! Come on, there’s better

places in the world.”

The Paniccias moved to

California, where Patti was born.

Thus at the age of 13, in 1967,

Patti found herself hanging out

next to the pier at Huntington

Beach, waiting for people to lose

their boards so she could have

a turn.

Her dad’s building

contractor’s business then

signed up for a job in Hawaii.

The Paniccias moved to a house

at Waialua on Oahu’s North

Shore, a short drive to all the

with Nick Carroll

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

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

greatest surf spots on earth.

Patti thinks of Hawaii as part

of the expansion of her life,

in sync with their increasing

prosperity and her growing up.

“I didn’t know any different,”

she told me, “so I just surfed

everywhere. Sunset, Haleiwa,

Laniakea, out front of our

house.” There were hardly any

women doing that. You could

count them on two hands:

Patti’s best surfing friend Sally

Prange, the Benson sisters

Blanche and Becky, Dale Dahlin

who surfed Haleiwa a lot,

and Honolulu’s Lynne Boyer,

who would one day be world


She doesn’t recall any male

meanness. “Everyone was

real nice to us in the surf. You

fought for your waves, but it’s

not like today.”

All the girls competed in the

Hawaiian Surfing Association

events, when they had enough

money for the entry fee. Patti

worked in Jerry’s Sweet Shop in

Haleiwa, flipping burgers. She’d

have surfed anyway, contests

or not.

In the early 1970s she and the

other girls formed a group they

called the Hawaiian Women’s

Hui. (“Hui” is Hawaiian for club,

or group.) The Hui’s energies

were spent on opening the

door to surfing for girls. They

ran learn-to-surf classes and

ding-fixing classes, and also ran

competitions. Patti became the

Hui’s competition director.

In 1973, as the Hawaiian pro

surfing events began to take

off, the big-time promotor

and former world champ Fred

Hemmings decided to invite a

woman to his keynote event,

the Smirnoff Pro. He chose

Laura Blears Ching. Now Laura

was a good surfer, and the

Women’s Hui respected her,

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

This event turns the pro year around. Before it, lots of surfers still

kinda had a shot at a world title, or at least a big ranking; after it,

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

we might call the Core Theory of professional surfing, which runs

thus: The waves are the main game. A great surfer will interest

some people, but epic surf gets everyone. In the case of Chopes,

it’ll be the year’s biggest challenge to the young Brazilian surfers

who’ve dominated much of the competition so far. They rip in

normal surf, but Teahupoo is not remotely normal.


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

the best six hours of surf this year, when an unexpected northeast

swell popped up off a short-lived wind-band up near Lennox

Head, and two of the biggest swells of the year, one of which – a

massive southerly – pretty much stripped Pittwater’s beaches.

Super fun! And also super cold! I think August might begin a trend

away from mega-swells. There might be something significant

early in the month from deep winter storms moving south of

Tassie, but once they’re done, expect a long second half of the

month, with light winds, occasional cold westerlies, and mostly,

very small waves. Sorry.

Nick Carroll

but they also suspected the real

reason Fred had invited Laura

to compete, out of all the girl

surfers in Hawaii, was that Laura

had recently appeared in Playboy


They elected Patti to go talk

with Fred about this conundrum.

“Fred was like, ‘Who are you

to be telling me how to run

my business?’” she laughed.

“But I went to lunch with him,

and we kept talking… Maybe it

was some of the Italian in me –

scrappy, is that the word?”

Patti and Fred had plenty

of arguments, but finally he

relented, and asked her to run

the women’s events, which

by 1976 had expanded into

something worth calling a Tour.

So Patti actually founded the

Women’s World Tour. She ran

it that year, then for the next

two years during which the first

women’s pro champion, Margo

Oberg of Kauai, was repeatedly


By 1979 Patti had had

enough of running contests

and tours, and decided to

challenge herself. She went

back to California and did Law

at Pepperdine University, and

eventually found her way into

journalism, where she was a key

correspondent for the fledgling

CNN, covering everything from

the Reagan Presidency to the

Rodney King riots in LA. When

CNN sacked her in 1994 after

the birth of her second child,

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she fought a celebrated lawsuit

over the issue of employment

during childbirth, took it to

the Supreme Court, and won.

Subsequently she wrote a

best-selling book, ‘Work Smarts

For Women: The Essential Sex

Discrimination Survival Guide’.

Today Patti is an Adjunct

Professor of Law at Pepperdine,

where she teaches legal theory.

She also still owns the old

family home at Waialua, where

she stays and surfs regularly

through the Hawaiian winter

surf season.

I know of very few ex-pro

surfers who come close to Patti

in terms of achievement in and

beyond the sport, if it really is a

sport. Her efforts began a chain

of events that led directly to

Steph Gilmore’s fantastic recent

win at Jeffreys Bay. But why had

I never heard of her before I

started scratching away at this

book? Simple: no surf mag had

ever published a story about

her, or featuring her, or really

anything about the Hawaiian

women surfers of the time at all.

Surfers of the time thought

they were radical people living

a radical life, and in some

senses they were. But when

it came to seeing women and

men as equals, they were as

conservative as any of their


More from this mad research

from time to time in coming


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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

‘Joint’ initiative to empower locals

We are increasingly

becoming a nation of

dodgy knees and wornout

hips – but before you trade

yours in, there are a few things

you should know.

Dr Paul Miniter, head of the

Northern Beaches Orthopaedic

Centre, has recenty opened

rooms in Mona Vale providing

state-of-the-art assessment and

surgery for all disorders of the

lower limb.

With a special interest in joint

preservation surgery of the

knee and hip as well as injuries

relating to the knee, foot and

ankle, Dr Miniter and team are

passionate about

continuing education,

regularly attending


and joining other

specialists operating

overseas to learn the

latest advancements

in bone and joint

preservation, alternative


to complex issues,

pain management

and surgical techniques.

And the public will have the

opportunity to share in Dr

Miniter’s knowledge at a series

of free public health seminars to

be held from next month, with

the first focusing on hips and

knee (details see page 7).

“The aim is to help people understand

whether they need to

be thinking about surgery in the

context of their joint problems

– not all people need a joint

replacement even if their X-rays

look terrible,” Dr Miniter said.

SEMINARS: Dr Miniter.

ADVANCES: New techniques could see replacement surgery postponed.

“During the seminars we’ll

discuss other modalities of

treatment such as exercise,

weight loss and physiotherapy.

“Recovery from surgery will

also be covered off as well as

techniques to preserve joints

from wear and tear.

“Importantly, we will be

welcoming questions to help

people understand whether

they actually need treatment.”

Dr Miniter explained there

were many new techniques that

allowed doctors to recommend

conservative treatment and

even postpone joint replacements

in certain patients.

“Also there have

been many exciting

developments in

joint replacement

allowing people

who have suffered

serious disability

to restore function

and lead active

lives,” he said.

Dr Miniter said

advances in orthopaedic


and surgical equipment now

allowed for specialists to assist

patients closer to their homes

– in many cases alleviating the

need to travel to major hospitals

for procedures and follow-ups.

“The most exciting development

in my opinion is the

speed of recovery and quality of

results that is seen with modern

surgery,” Dr Miniter said.

“In the USA – and soon here –

up to 70 per cent of treatment is

now done in a day surgery; that

means less risks of complications,

less pain and faster return

to work and activities.”

Dr Miniter starts day surgery

procedures, such as knee and

ankle arthroscopy and reconstruction

at the expanded Pittwater

Day Surgery in Mona Vale

from the first week of August.

Dr Miniter undertook postgraduate

medical qualification

at Royal North Shore Hospital.

After graduating as an Orthopaedic

Surgeon he went overseas

for fellowship training in

joint replacement and paediatric

orthopaedics in Scotland.

Over the years Dr Miniter has

formed close associations with

world-renowned orthopaedic

surgeons, allowing for an easy

exchange of professional medical

opinions and ideas.

Each year he shares his surgical

expertise pro-bono, dealing

with an array of orthopaedic

conditions in the very poorest

communities in India and Africa.

Although he has owned a

house in Avalon with wife Kate

for nearly two decades, Dr

Miniter has spent a chunk of

that period in the ACT as a sub

specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon

and teaching medical students.

“I have always wanted to

spend more time on the Northern

Beaches… it feels like I am

coming home,” he said.

For those who are sporty and

whose bones and joints are taking

a pounding in efforts to stay

fit and healthy, it’s good to note

Dr Miniter and The Northern

Beaches Orthopaedic Centre

team also have a particular

interest in treating ankle injury.

“Ankle injury is the most common

sporting injury; up to 20

per cent of people have ongoing

issues with the ankle after

injury,” he said.

Fractures and sprains that

are ignored or aren’t treated

properly when they occur could

lead to long-term chronic problems

such as repeated injury,

ankle weakness and arthritis, Dr

Miniter explained.

“If recovery does not occur

with physiotherapy, strengthening

and mobility exercises,

ankle injury requires specialist

assessment and treatment,” Dr

Miniter said.

“We are always on the lookout

for new avenues to further

speed up recovery and deal with

these complex injuries.”

* Plans are also ‘afoot’ for a

weekly acute sports injury

clinic at Pittwater Day Surgery

beginning later this month.

For more info and/or to

reserve your place at the Free

Information Session or sports

injury clinic go to nbocentre.

com.au/infonight or call 1300

901 805. – Lisa Offord

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Free grief and loss course

Everyone experiences loss at some time and grief is a

normal and natural response to loss that can affect every

part of our lives.

Research has shown that grief and loss experienced by caregivers

of a loved one occurs at different stages of the caring

journey, bringing significant emotional stress.

This can be the result of receiving a diagnosis; changes related

to financial circumstances; deterioration of symptoms;

prospects of new treatments; relinquishing of care; imminence

of death; or the death of a loved one.

Everyone experiences grief in their own way – some people

express their grief in private and do not show it in public;

some want to express their grief through crying and talking.

Others may be reluctant to talk and prefer to keep busy and

people may behave differently at different times.

There is no ‘correct’ way to grieve, and no way to ‘fix

it’ but understanding more about what you may be going

through can help.

If you’re grieving, it’s important to know that you’re not

alone and help is available.

Northern Beaches Community Connect is running a free

five-week Grief and Loss Course for Carers commencing on

Monday 6 August.

The course focusses on restoration of your emotional functioning

by understanding the theory behind grief, normalising

feelings, engaging in exploration of unique personal experiences,

experiential learning and peer support.

The course will be held on Mondays – 6 Aug, 13 Aug, 20 Aug,

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

(morning tea and light lunch included).

For more information call Robyn on 9931 7777. – LO

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Health & Wellbeing

Skin needling treatments

offer rejuvenation benefit

Using small needles to

penetrate the skin is now

well established as a technique

to minimise pore size, tighten

skin, rejuvenate skin texture or

surface, minimise wrinkles, reduce

scars and improve stretch


The theory is that controlled

needles penetrate the dermis

or strength layer of the skin.

Collagen in this layer is induced

or stimulated to heal. With healing,

more collagen is deposited,

which thickens the skin. All

scars contract, so this contraction

tightens the skin. Thicker

skin appears more youthful.

Another big advantage is the

skin needling allows penetration

of therapeutic products.

Skin is a very effective barrier.

Every day our skin protects

against desiccation, bacteria,

chemicals, toxins and solutions.

Such an effective barrier

makes penetration of skin care

products difficult. We all know

vitamins A, B and C are beneficial

to skin care. However,

getting them into the skin

has been a major limitation in

therapeutic effectiveness. Many

skin care solutions list these

products but the concentration

or form may not allow penetration.

Having thousands of tiny

holes markedly increases this


There are two main systems

of commonly used skin

needling – rollers and vertical


Rollers contain fixed needles,

which as the roller is rolled over

the skin, penetrate the dermis.

Different rollers have different

needle lengths. Generally the

longer needles are used by skin

therapists, with the shorter needles

being used at home. A few

factors limit their use. Smaller,

contoured areas of the face –

such as near the nose, lips or

eyes – may be difficult to reach.

Needle length is not changeable;

the whole roller needs

to be changed. The action of

the roller over the skin may

cause small cuts or flicks as the

needles emerge from the skin,

resulting in linear cuts rather

than needle-shaped punctures.

Vertical needling has sterile,

disposable, spring-loaded

needles attached to a vibrating

wand or stem. By vibrating in

a vertical direction, the needle

tracks are controlled, predictable

and vertical. It is considered

less painful and with faster

healing and repair. Needle

lengths can be altered during

a treatment and vibration

speeds can also be changed.

This allows different areas with

different skin thickness or characteristics

to be treated. Having

a smaller surface area, they

are useful on the nose, near

the eyes and lips. There are 11

needles and the length can be

varied from 0.25 – 2.5mm.

All treatments should be

preceded by a time of optimising

skin health. For rejuvenation,

generally 4-6 treatments

four weeks apart are advised.

For acne scars, 6 treatments

six weeks apart and for stretch

marks up to 10 treatments 4-6

weeks apart. Results are seen

from about four weeks and

improvement continues for 6-12

months. A good post-treatment

with Dr John Kippen

regime is suggested, and

intermittent retreatments are


Downtime and recovery are

proportional to needle depth

and treatment type. This can

vary from mild redness that

may last a few hours, to quite

marked redness lasting 12-24

hours for more intense treatments.

Small amounts of bleeding

may occur near. (Deeper

treatments are often combined

with topical numbing creams.)

In general, skin needling is

a very popular treatment with

very good results. Pore size can

be reduced, skin rejuvenated,

wrinkles reduced, texture improved

and skin tightened. The

vertical needling gives greater

accuracy over a wider variety of

skin types and allows eyelids,

lips and noses to be treated.

Our columnist Dr John

Kippen is a qualified, fully

certified consultant specialist

in Cosmetic, Plastic and

Reconstructive surgery.

Australian trained, he also

has additional Australian and

International Fellowships.

Dr Kippen works from custom-built

premises in Mona

Vale. He welcomes enquiries

and questions. Please

contact him via johnkippen.

com.au or by email: doctor@


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‘Specialties’ evolves with family dental

Digital dentistry is not the

future – it’s already very

much in the present with

local specialists leading the way

blending high-tech systems

with traditional dental care and

personal attention.

Highly regarded specialist

prosthodontist Dr Tom Giblin

was an early adopter of modern

dental technology when he

opened his practice in Mona

Vale six years ago.

Often likened to an architect

or engineer of the mouth, a

prosthodontist specialises in

the restoration and replacement

of teeth, planning cases not just

for aesthetics but also for long

term function, durability and

easy maintenance.

Operating out of his state-ofthe-art

premises which boasts

its own dental laboratory for

making crowns, veneers and

dentures in-house, Dr Giblin is

also an educator and is regularly

invited to speak about his

work in Australia

and overseas.

“Being a ‘digital’

practice we have

incorporated the

latest in hightech


including 3D

Digital imaging for

implant planning

and diagnosis as

well as the latest in

intraoral scanners

that mean often we

simply take a 3D

scan of your teeth

rather than taking

the traditional putty impressions,”

he explained.

“From there we can digitally

‘mock-up’ your smile for you to

see and try in, or design your

new crowns or veneers using

our powerful design software,

before being milled or 3D

printed and then hand-finished

in our dental laboratory.”

Fast-forward to 2018 and

CHANGE: Dr Tom Giblin.

it’s not only new

technology that’s

enhancing local

patient care… Dr

Giblin’s practice

has evolved – it

is now known as

Northern Dental

Implants & Prosthodontics


it also includes a

large family and

general dental service

– Barrenjoey


He explained

with our ageing

population and busy lifestyles,

patients now more than ever

covet convenience alongside

quality of care.

“Barrenjoey Dental is focused

on providing honest, high-quality

dental care to our patients

and families,” Dr Giblin said.

“By combining a general practice

with the specialist practice,

we can better serve our patients

by offering affordable, quality

everyday dentistry with specialist

restorative care when it is

needed, all in one location,” Dr

Giblin said.

The respected team at Barrenjoey

Dental include Dr Laura

Siebels and Dr John Lockwood

AM, who provide a broad range

of services from check-ups and

cleans to root canals, fillings

and tooth whitening.

“Laura enjoys all aspects of

dentistry, especially working

with children, as well as root

canal therapy and treating gum

conditions,” Dr Giblin said.

She is studying for a Masters

degree in Orofacial Pain.

“Dr John Lockwood moved

his long-standing practice under

our roof two years ago and

he brings decades of experience

in all aspects of general

dentistry,” Dr Giblin said.

Find the team under one

roof at Shop 1, 1731 Pittwater

Rd Mona Vale; P: 9997 1122.

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Health & Wellbeing

Fulfilling ‘gap’ year

FROM BELFAST TO AVALON: Dr Ceri Cashell with husband Alisdair Knight,

daughter Izzy and sons Ruairdh and Domhnall.

General Practitioner Dr Ceri Cashell returns to Avalon this

month following a year of working in the UK which she says

revealed differences in the way health provision is delivered

compared to Australia.

“I have had a very busy year working between Belfast and Edinburgh,”

Dr Cashell said. “The volume of work in a day is much

greater in the UK although the types of problems are for the

most part the same as Sydney. And all surgeries offer a maximum

10-minute appointment time.”

She said that professionally she found it hard to have so little

time with her patients.

“And working in lots of different practices meant I lost the

continuity of care that I really valued in Avalon.”

Dr Cashell noted the UK’s National Health Scheme (NHS) had been

very proactive at encouraging patient self-care in minor illness over

the past 15-20 years, with pharmacies often running minor ailment

schemes which avoided the need to see a doctor at all.

“Patients’ health knowledge is similar to what I’ve experienced

in Sydney and varies according to demographic group,” she said.

“However, everything is more protocol-l and guideline-driven in the

UK – and this has encouraged me to update my evidence-based

practice; I have attended several excellent GP update courses.”

The family – including husband Alisdair Knight and kids

Ruairdh, 12, Domhnall, 9, and Izzy, 1 uprooted and returned to

Belfast, Northern Ireland, to spend more time with their parents

as they grew older.

“It has been a very fulfilling year doing things that we have

missed out on living in Sydney,” Dr Cashell said. “Our children

have loved having their Granny Moira around and we have had

lots of wonderful weekends in her mountain cottage with no

WiFi, climbing the Mourne Mountains and mountain biking in

Tollymore Forest.

“We had ski trips to Scotland and the Alps in France as well as

surf camp safaris to the west of Ireland.

“Of course, we missed the blue skies and the beaches but

we were very fortunate to be in the UK for the first four-month

heatwave in over 20 years!” she said. “And a sunny Irish beach is

hard to beat!”

Dr Cashell is looking forward to taking on new patients at

Avalon Family Medical Practice where she will practice Mondays,

Wednesdays and Thursdays.

– Nigel Wall

Eco Corner

You need

info to

ensure you

get the correct

solar inverter

for your

current and

future needs.

Battery storage

will influence

your decision.

A solar inverter (or PV


Jono Burke

inverter) is a type of electrical

converter which converts

the variable direct current

(DC) output of a photovoltaic

(PV) solar panel into a utility

frequency alternating current

AC. This means that when

the sun is out you can use the

power in your house directly

from the solar panels.

But the sun doesn’t shine

24 hours! I am always getting

asked about battery storage as

a way to reduce energy costs.

Along with a solar system that

minimises your costs during

sunlight hours, batteries can

store energy to be used after

the sun goes down.

Household or business

energy usage patterns vary

greatly. You may be using most

of your energy during the day

with a business that is open

during normal hours. You may

have equipment or appliances

running well into the night. It’s

important to determine energy

usage patterns before deciding

whether batteries are a viable


When considering using your

solar system to reduce energy

costs for the entire 24-hour

period you must be aware that

not all solar inverters enable

the DC energy to be converted

into the battery storage. The

solar inverter you choose must

be ‘battery ready’.

You need to get a system

with a hybrid solar inverter

that is compatible with the

battery brand you are planning

on installing. My advice is to

plan for the future and install

a ‘battery ready’ inverter.

Batteries have almost halved

in price in the past 12 months

making them more costeffective

than ever. Plan ahead!

* Jono is a Partner with Solar

Energy Enterprises (see ad p28).

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Rewire your brain

through meditation

Neuroplasticity – the ability to rewire your brain to improve your

wellbeing – continues to be a focus of the scientific world.

And meditation is seen as a key activator for this change, helping

individuals reorganise their brain and its function to help overcome

trauma and disease and deal with depression and addiction.

Neuroplasticity has been thoroughly researched, with hundreds of

scientific articles showing regular meditators were able to grow their

prefrontal cerebral cortex, a part of the brain responsible for paying

attention, emotional regulation and sensory management.

Billabong Retreat founder Paul von Bergen agrees that

mindfulness is an attention-training exercise for the brain.

“It involves deliberately trying to focus on one thing at a time, be

it your breath, your physical sensations in your body or for more

advanced practitioners, the stream of thoughts or emotions coming

into your mind,” he said. “This process activates and therefore grows

the prefrontal cerebral cortex, the part of the brain responsible for

your ability to pay attention. This ‘executive control function’ is the

most evolved part of any primate brain and the part you really want

to be developing.”

Paul said that once your ability to pay attention increases you

will start to notice your stream of consciousness – particularly the

underlying patterns of repetitive thoughts, physical sensations and

emotions that can influence your behaviors and decision-making.

“This ability to be able to observe your thoughts, emotions and

sensations is called meta-cognition and is perhaps the most evolved

of all human brain functions,” he said.

Paul added that once an individual had set the intention to learn

meditation it was important they were realistic with expectations.

“It might take a while to find the right teacher, the right training

or the right method,” he continued. “What’s right for me is not

necessarily right for you.

“This is brain reprogramming and it doesn’t happen overnight.”

Paul runs Mindfulness Training programs at Billabong Retreat

every four weeks; for more info phone (02) 4573 6080 or visit


– Nigel Wall

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Hair & Beauty

Your lymphatic system:

the mirror to skin health

with Sue Carroll

The science of anti-aging

has always been at the

forefront of human

endeavour. Anti-aging has been

linked through the lymphatic

system, which is also known as

the ‘Elixir of Life’. The lymphatic

system is a vital component

of our immune system and is

one of the most intriguing and

dynamic relationships the body


The lymphatic system is the

body’s drainage mechanism

for collection and disposal of

unwanted waste products. It

is a network of tissues and

organs that help rid the body

of toxins, waste and other

unwanted materials. As part

of the circulatory system

and a vital component of our

immune system, the lymphatic

system comprises a network

of lymphatic vessels that carry

lymph – a fluid containing

infection-fighting white blood

cells – throughout the body.

From an aesthetic

perspective, one of the most

famous practitioners of

lymphatic drainage is Danish

physician Emil Vodder, M.D., and

his wife Estrid who developed

the famous Vodder method and

philosophy of manual lymphatic

drainage (MLD). The Vodders

developed a light, rhythmic

massage with stretching

movements to stimulate lymph

flow throughout the body. In

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1936, this technique started

to become recognised by the

medical community when

the Vodders presented their

findings to the public at a health

and beauty congress in Paris.

Since then, many physicians

and lymphologists have come

up with their own techniques

for stimulating the lymphatic

system, most of which involve

many of the same basic

principles used in the Vodder


Another form of lymphatic

drainage is pressure therapy.

This is where specialised

equipment is programmed

with compressed air to actively

massage the lymphatic

system. The system may be

used alone or in conjunction

with a wrapping technique,

using cosmetic-rich active

ingredients to enhance the

drainage process. Both MLD

and pressure therapy may be

used for treatment on the legs,

abdomen, buttocks, and arms

for both men and women.

A well-functioning lymphatic

system will influence the tone,

colour and clarity of the skin.

As a consequence of the aging

process, our lymphatics become

less active and facial oedema

may occur. Inadequate lymph

activity is directly attributed to

puffiness and dark circles under

the eyes, as well as swelling of

the face and ankles.

Other physical areas of

concern where lymphatic

drainage may be of use are:

n To assist with reducing

puffiness after a long flight;

n To treat acne and rosacea

where the facilitation of

unwanted bacteria and

cellular debris will be drained

away from the pustulous


n To reduce the effects of

bruising after surgery;

n To reduce the appearance of


n To assist with weight loss


n To reduce the lactic acid after

a strenuous exercise session;

n If water retention is a problem

this will assist to reduce

puffiness along with a good

health/lifestyle program; and

n In conjunction with a doctor

to treat lymphodema.

The vitality of the lymphatic

system mirrors the skin’s health

and ultimately, one’s overall

health. Lymphatic drainage

remains one of the most effective

methods to assist in the

management of problematic

and congestive skin and health


Sue Carroll of Skin

Inspiration has been a qualified

Aesthetician for 33 years.

Sue has owned and

operated successful beauty

clinics and day spas on

the Northern Beaches.



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Business Life: Money

Business Life

Good ‘Customer reason service’? for going Now

‘nuts’ there’s this a contradiction!

festive season

When This month writing some about first-hand

accounts financial of innovation customer one

service, of the as perspectives practised by I

can larger share companies: with you I recently is from the

inside had the of pleasure a fintech of company finishing a

which book with in my the case provocative has been title

rolling of ‘Bullshit out Jobs the fast-growing

– A Theory’

Acorns by David app. Graeber Since who launching is

in an Australia Anthropology in early professor 2016 the

app out of now the resides London on School the smart of

phones Economics. of around Graeber’s 350,000 core

Australians, premise is that that’s contrary roughly to a 1.5%

of prediction the population. made by economist

J M If Keynes you’re in 1930 the dark that about by

what century’s I’m talking end we about, would all Acorns be

is enjoying a micro a investment 15-hour work platform week,

or nearly what’s 40% sometimes of the modern called a

‘round-up’ workforce spends app, the their first days one in a

of range its kind of soul-sapping Australia. full-time Our

firm jobs they along secretly with our believe partners do

brought not need it to out be from performed. the US Jobs

in corporate 2015 where law, it had academic been and

established health administration, for a few years. human

resources, The app public works relations, in a couple

of telemarketing ways: by taking and, a yes, data even

feed financial from services your spending all potentially

accounts fall into the and category rounding of what up the

purchases Graeber calls you ‘Bullshit make to jobs’. the

nearest Do read dollar this and book investing if you

these want to accumulated have a laugh balances while also

into enjoying a mix a thought-provoking

of exchange traded

funds look at listed modern on work the ASX, – especially or,

by aspects you debiting such as how an amount society or

regular undervalues payment jobs from that directly your

bank benefit account mankind to – your such Acorns as

account. teaching, nursing Most users or caregiving enjoy the

round – and elevates up feature those of jobs Acorns that as

it mainly allows shuffle them paper to save around while or

they contain spend. the word As a ‘strategic’ parent of in

teenagers the title. Bear I think mind, I’ve come however,

to that the Graeber’s conclusion views that are apps not

such mainstream as Acorns economics using a and blend are

of highly psychology debatable. and technology

may And be it the was only pure effective coincidence way

to that get during modern the kids month to I save had

because Graeber’s they book sure fresh do know

how in my to mind spend. I managed

to Acorns have three works close because the

principles encounters underlying with its design

what I suspect is

the pinnacle of all

useless occupations

– the call centre


The first encounter was

with Optus – I have one of

their mobiles on a corporate

plan and I contacted them to

arrange a travel pack for an

overseas trip – the $10 per day

‘all-you-can-eat’ phone deal

are for when firmly you rooted are overseas. in behavioural It

finance: turned out investing that they small don’t allow

amounts corporate on customers a regular to basis access that

won’t travel packs. be missed When combined I asked them with

investing if corporate over customers an extended don’t

period travel overseas of time to the average person was

into gushingly the markets apologetic smoothing and said

out they peaks understood and troughs. my concerns Of

course at which it point doesn’t it was hurt just that easier it

does to give all up. of The these next things day within they

the sent framework a text asking of a highly about my

attractive and functional user

interface – fancy words for the

app looks and feels very cool.

While these principles have

proven to be sound over time

Acorns goes on to provide an

indirect benefit to its users

in the form of education and

improved financial literacy.

Get two or more people in the

room who have an account and

you’ll find out what I mean –

when did you start? What are

customer service experience,

I duly ignored it. The day after

they sent me the text again;

bugger it, I filled it out and gave

them all zeros. The next day

someone from Optus actually

called me… but not to fix the

you problem saving or for? to suggest What returns a work

have around you but had? to apologise It’s inherently and

competitive empathise again but when – Aarrrgh! it’s

combined Thanks, but with get the lost! tools and

information The next encounter that the app was with

provides Woolworths. it’s I also have extremely had one of

informative their branded – as credit a regular cards from user

you the days can’t when help it but churned become out

more many informed frequent flyer about points the to

behaviour now when it of doesn’t markets but whether once a

you month are it looking gives you to 10% or not off – your the

with Brian Hrnjak

balance grocery bill, of your a tangible Acorns feature account

rises in a card and when falls in so line many with of them

movements promise so much in markets but deliver during

the so little. course Lately, of the however, trading this day.

feature One of hasn’t the challenges been working

any properly: finance no app automatic would deduction have

encouraging at the checkout, young which people means to

save a half and hour invest on the is phone to remain with

relevant a call centre. in their After eyes. a week Over I get

the past year an a number email with of an

enhancements official-looking

have taken place

following user case feedback, number the

headline ones thanking being: me

Found Money for partners my enquiry, – users

can shop online saying with brands that the

such as Bonds, management

Dan Murphy’s,

BCF, Uber etc. and team these are still

partners usually investigating

deposit bonus

amounts how and why or extra this occurred round ups and

into that they users will advise account; further once

My their Finance investigations feature have – uses been

artificial completed. intelligence This time to I took track a

and moment categorise to reply, spending thanking and them

calculate for their email, free cash advising flow; that in

Super my view fund the cause linkages of the – allows problem

users was their to make rubbish deposits systems to and a

range that if they of industry don’t expedite and public a $50

offer gift voucher superannuation like they did funds; the last

Emerald time the system Portfolio broke – a I socially would

responsible expedite seeking portfolio a new option card

introduced provider and following new supermarket member

feedback; – the problem was apparently

Little solved Acorns the next – sub working accounts day.

designed The last to encounter allow investment was with

on Origin behalf Energy. of children Where we or other live in

dependants Pittwater there under is no the gas age supply of 18.

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to the street so we rely on bottled

gas which in our case comes from

Origin. On the day that delivery

was expected I received a text

saying that delivery had failed

and they would reattempt the

following day. No big deal. The

next day I receive another

text, delivery has failed again.

Fantastic news; this represented

another chance to deal with a call

centre. When I finally navigated

the menu to a human I was told

that our long-standing driver

now considered the site access

too steep in light of their new

workplace health and safety

policy. Ok, I asked, so what was

the point of the text message

about reattempting delivery

the next day – did they expect

the site to magically level itself

overnight? After more circular

discussion I worked out that

Origin had unilaterally withdrawn

the supply of gas due to a policy

change, with no plan of informing

us. So after organising to move

the gas bottles to a new policyfriendly

location I made two more

calls to the call centre to arrange

delivery, each time being assured

that that it would be next day. As

anyone who relies on bottled gas

knows you only call when you

have emptied one cylinder and

switched to the next (which was

weeks ago by this stage) so we

were rapidly spiralling towards a


The bottles arrived four days

later, barely in the nick of time.

While Willie Nelson implored

mothers not to let their children

grow up to be cowboys, ladies

I’m suggesting it could be worse,

much worse if they wind up

as drones in call centres being

professional apologisers. What

could be worse than being that

person on the end of the line

with absolutely no authority

or resources to fix a problem,

armed only with an internal

training course on how to deal

with difficult people and being

‘recorded for training purposes’?

It will be interesting to see if

our large corporates continue

with this cookie cutter approach

to managing customers and

issues. Corporate Australia

along with many of our large

institutions are facing an ongoing

loss of trust – the following words

were written by Patrick Durkin in

the Australian Financial Review in

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March this year reporting on the

Edelman Trust Barometer: “Trust

in business slid from 48 to 45 per

cent, government fell from 37 to

35 per cent, media from 32 to 31

per cent and NGOs from 52 to 48

per cent. Australia rates just four

percentage points above Russia,

the world’s least-trusting nation,

and our trust index score places

us in the bottom-third of nations.”

Of course, since then we’ve

had further revelations from

the Banking Royal Commission,

Optus botched the Football World

Cup streaming then botched the

refunds, Woolworths and Coles

upset their customers by selling

them plastic bags they used

to get for free and Bill Shorten

backflipped on small company

tax cuts.

Perhaps to improve trust and

make jobs interesting again

our big businesses could turn

the customer relationship on

its head. Stop listening to those

people with the word strategic in

their job titles, end the ceaseless

rounds of internal meetings, the

obsession with KPIs, targets and

bonus culture and stop hiding

behind the internet.

What if a bank came along that

reinstated the role and status

of the local manager, stopped

trying to sell you stuff every time

you went in there, published the

phone number of the local branch

on their website, kept relationship

managers in their roles for more

than 6 months, put their best

staff who can also speak English

on the end of the enquiry line and

actively rewarded customers for

loyalty and not just those who are

about to walk? We could name

it after an old brand from the

1980s: ‘Mirage Bank’ – too good

to be true.

Brian Hrnjak B Bus CPA (FPS) is

a Director of GHR Accounting

Group Pty Ltd, Certified

Practising Accountants. Offices

at: Suite 12, Ground Floor,

20 Bungan Street Mona Vale

NSW 2103 and Shop 8, 9 – 15

Central Ave Manly NSW 2095,

Telephone: 02 9979-4300,

Webs: www.ghr.com.au and

www.altre.com.au Email:


These comments are of a

general nature only and are

not intended as a substitute

for professional advice.

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Business Life: Law

Business Life

Privacy concerns over

new ‘My Health Record’

Last month readers will

have likely seen headlines

or heard television and

radio commentary concerning

My Health Record, being an

online summary of individual’s

health information, such

as medication prescribed,

medical conditions diagnosed,

treatments received, allergies

noted and pathology test

results as for example blood

tests to be held in an eHealth


It is the Federal

Government’s aim to have a

My Health Record for every

Australian at the end of 2018.

So how has this come

about? And why has there

been so little information

available to warn people that

My Health Record is a system

involving every individual who

on consideration of the issues

involved may choose to ‘opt

out’ of the system but can

only do so between 16th July

and 15th October 2018?

The government has

not conducted a formal

advertising or information

campaign about this major

change to our health system.

In 2012, the then Labor

government introduced and

passed My Health Records

Act and My Health Records

Regulation. Subsequently

the Coalition government

introduced and passed My

Records Rule in 2016.

ONLINE RECORD: The Government is pushing a digital database model.

The scheme as devised by

the Labor government was to

roll out a voluntary, shared

digital health record for all

Australians. The then Attorney

General, Nicola Roxon said “I

want to make sure we bring

consumers with us in the

e-Health journey by adopting

an ‘opt in’ model allowing

them to choose when to sign

on. I believe that the benefits

of giving the Australian public

the choice as to whether they

participate will be key to the

successful implementation...

I think moving to an ‘opt out’

position would be a serious


At the National Press Club

in May this year the CEO of

the Australian Digital Health

Agency (ADHA), Tim Kelsey

spoke on ‘Your Health in your

with Jennifer Harris

hands – the digital evolution of

health and care in Australia’.

He said that last August,

the Council of Australian

Governments unanimously

agreed on a new National

Digital Health Strategy.

This involved three

overriding principles:

n Participation: empower

people to take more control

of their health and care;

n Collaboration: co-design

services with care

professionals and the

community – so that they

serve real need. Always be

evidenced-based and always

listen; and

n Innovation: create platforms

for industry, developers,

entrepreneurs, and

researchers so that their

creativity and businesses can

flourish and health outcomes

in Australia benefit.

In the years since Nicola

Roxon suggested that it

would be a serious mistake to

move to an ‘opt out’ position,

that is precisely what has

happened – and unless you

do so by 15th October 2018

you will automatically have

a digital health record by

the end of the year. Such a

record will be available to your

doctors, hospitals and other

health care providers… such

as physiotherapists to view

your health information, in

accordance with your access

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controls. You are also able to

access it online yourself.

However, concern has and is

being expressed about privacy

and the protection of data.

Security expert Paul Power

has stated “… a centralised

e-Health database accessible

over the internet to more than

100,000 legitimate access

points, each of which has

access to the entire database,

is fundamentally indefensible.”

Insurance companies will not

have access to the data base

and the data can’t be used for

commercial and non-healthrelated

purposes, including

direct marketing to consumers,

insurance assessments, and

eligibility for welfare benefits.

Dr Steve Hambleton from

ADHA has said that strict

safeguards are in place: “I

can absolutely categorically

state that none of the apps

and none of the use of the My

Health Record data will be able

to be sold to third parties –

that’s absolutely prohibited,”

he said.

It certainly is – and

penalties include two years’


However, in June this year

Australia’s largest online doctor

booking service, Healthengine

– one of My Health Record’s

partner apps – was revealed

as selling and passing on

patient information to third

parties, including law firms.

The Minister Greg Hunt has

ordered an “urgent review” of

the platform and the company

has announced that it would

stop sharing patient data.

It is assumed by the creators

of the seismic shift to the

digital evolution of health

and care in Australia that all

citizens are computer literate

and will be able to negotiate

the system to ‘opt out’ or if

they wish to remain, ‘opt in’,

and that they will choose if

they want their data shared

for research and healthcare

improvement by switching ‘on’

or ‘off’ a ‘Withdraw Consent’

button in their record. The

system is not simple – rather

like that other system MyGov:

almost impossible to navigate.

Similarly, the numerous

Privacy fact sheets published

by the Office of the Australian

Information Commissioner

suggest among other matters

you should “… be aware of

the different access settings

available to you… consider

setting advanced access

controls [and a]… Record

Access Code… talk to your

healthcare providers regularly

about what information they

will be adding to and accessing

from your my Health Record…

ask how they will involve you

in this process… check your

my Health Record access

history regularly… [and] set up


It’s difficult to think that

many people will have time

enough to engage in this

bureaucratic nightmare

of monitoring their health

records, and who else might

have access to them.

Comment supplied by

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer

Harris & Associates, Solicitors,

4/57 Avalon Parade,

Avalon Beach.

T: 9973 2011. F: 9918 3290.

E: jennifer@jenniferharris.com.au

W: www.jenniferharris.com.au

Merger of two

local legal firms


tuart Latham Solicitors of Avalon and Matthew

Huntingdon Solicitor & Notary Public of Newport have

merged their legal practices.

With effect from 1 July, Stuart and Matthew have

combined their knowledge and experience with the aim of

achieving high-quality, affordable outcomes for their clients.

“The merger allows both firms to expand, with offices in

Avalon Beach and Newport,” said Stuart.

Stuart’s office will remain at Suite 5, 49 Old Barrenjoey

Road, Avalon Beach; Matthew’s office will remain at Suite 8,

355 Barrenjoey Road, Newport.

“The combined firm will have four practising solicitors,

two paralegals/office managers (who both have law

degrees), plus a law clerk (who is currently completing her

law degree),” said Stuart.

“Our combined practice areas will include Property law,

including conveyancing, leasing and developments; Business

law, servicing small to medium enterprises and covering all

forms of commercial agreements; Estate planning including

Wills, Power of Attorney, Guardianship Appointments &

Testamentary Trusts; Estate Administration including Probate

and Letters of Administration applications; Retirement village

contracts; Notarial services; and Dispute resolution.”

Clients may continue to contact them on their usual

phone numbers and email addresses, and Matthew can now

also be contacted at matthew@stuartlatham.com.au

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Trades & Services


British & Swedish Motors


Avalon Marine Upholstery


The Aqua Clean Team


Modern Colour

Trades & Services

Call 9970 6654

Services Range Rover, Land Rover,

Saab and Volvo with the latest in

diagnostic equipment.

Narrabeen Tyrepower

Call 9970 6670

Stocks all popular brands including

Cooper 4WD. Plus they’ll do all

mechanical repairs and rego


Barrenjoey Smash Repairs

Call 9970 8207


Re-sprays a specialty, plus

restoration of your favourite vehicle.

Commercial specialist.

Call Simon 9918 9803

Makes cushions for boats, patio and

pool furniture, window seats.


Eamon Dowling Electrical

Call 0410 457 373

For all electrical, phone, TV, data and

security needs.


Blue Tongue Carpets

Call Stephan 9979 7292

Family owned and run. Carpet, rugs,

runners, timber, bamboo, vinyl, tiles &

laminates. Open 6 days.


Graham Brooks

Call 0412 281 580

Tree pruning and removals. Reports

regarding DA tree management,

arborist reports.

Precision Tree Services

Call Adam 0410 736 105

Adam Bridger; professional tree

care by qualified arborists and tree


Call Mark 0449 049 101

Quality window washing,

pressure cleaning, carpet

washing, building soft wash.

Martin Earl House Wash

Call 0405 583 305

Pittwater-based owner on site at all

times. No travellers or uninsured casuals

on your property.


Avalon Physiotherapy

Call 9918 3373

Provide specialist treatment for neck &

back pain, sports injuries, orthopaedic


Avalon Physiotherapy

& Clinical Pilates

Call 9918 0230

Dry needling and acupuncture, falls

prevention and balance

enhancement programs.

Avalon Beach Chiropractic

Call Sam 9918 0070

Professional care for all ages. Treatment

for chronic and acute pain,

sports injuries.

Francois Naef/Osteopath

Call Francois 9918 2288

Diagnosis, treatment and prevention for

back pain and sciatica, sports injuries,

muscle soreness and strain, pregnancyrelated

pain, postural imbalance.

Call 0406 150 555

Simon Bergin offers painting and

decorating; clean, tidy, quality detail you

will notice. Dependable and on time.

AJJ Painting & Decorating

Call 0418 116 700

Andrew is a master painter with 30

years’ experience. Domestic and commercial;

reasonable rates, free quotes.


All Foam

Call 9973 1731

Cut to measure quality foam for day

beds, boats, caravans and more. Discounted

prices, reliable local service.

Free measure / quote.

Luxafoam North

Call 9999 5567

Local specialists in all aspects of

outdoor & indoor seating.

Custom service, expert advice.

Essyou Design

Call Susan 0422 466 880

Specialist in day bed and outdoor

areas. Reliable local service. Offering

domestic & commercial.

Leather Hero

Call Leanne 0490 796 012

Specialists in leather cleaning,

revamps, repairs and colour restoration

for lounges, cars and boats.

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Trades & Services


Northern Beaches

Home Tutoring

Call John 9972 1469

1-ON-1 individual tutoring in your

home. All ages and subjects K-Uni.

Qualified tutors. WWC child protection

checked. Since 2009.


Predator Pest Control

Call 0417 276 962


Environmental services at their best.

Comprehensive control. Eliminate all

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to any organisations or businesses prior to making

any plans or taking any action.

manner of pests. They provide a 24-

hour service.


Water Warehouse

Call 9913 7988


Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation &

filter supply specialists.


Rob Burgers

Call 0416 066 159

Qualified builder provides all carpentry

needs; decks, pergolas, carports,

renos & repairs.


Call Dave 0403 466 350

Specialists is window tinting and glass

coatings. Act now for summer.

Trades & Services


Northern Beaches Home Tu tor ing

Call John 9972 1469

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

Qualified tutors. WWC child protection checked. Since 2009.

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Something for everyone

‘Romantic’ return

One of Australia’s best-loved pianists, Simon

Tedeschi returns to the northern beaches

in a concert of Romantic Classics to sweep you

off your feet.

Joined by Roger Benedict, Sydney Symphony’s

Principal Viola and Director of the SSO Fellows,

Simon and Roger will perform Schubert’s

ever-popular Arpeggione Sonata and Songs

from Winterreise as well as works by Brahms

and Schumann, from their new studio album

for ABC Classics, A Winter’s Tale.

Everyone is invited to enjoy an evening with

two of our finest musicians and some of the

most beautiful music ever written for viola and

piano, at St Luke’s Grammar School Bayview

campus (1977 Pittwater Rd).

The concert, brought to us by Peninsula

Music Club, will be held on Friday August 17 at

HEADLINE ACTS: ABBALANCHE (left) and Shannon Noll.

Here’s a snapshot of some

of the live shows you can

catch not too far from home

this month…

Shade Of Red. Northern

Beaches locals, Craig ‘Finny’

Finniss, Mike Han and Steve

Buiaroski are the Sydney/

North Coast-based Rock and

Pop Trio, Shade Of Red. Catch

the much-loved local legends

performing songs you just

have to get up and dance to at

Avalon Beach RSL Club on Sat

11 from 9pm-12am.

Bard ‘bad’-aption. Give the

kids a slapstick introduction

to Shakespeare and live

theatre at The Tragedy of

Hamlet; Prince of Skidmark

– an hour-long comedy show

packed with silliness, sword

fights, ghosts, bodily fluids

and spooky stuff. Plus ninjas.

And zombies. On Fri 17 and

Sat 18 at Glen Street Theatre.

Adults at kids’ prices! glenstreet.com.au.

Better be good. Everyone’s

favourite runner-up Shannon

Noll hits Dee Why RSL Club on

Fri 17. Catch Nollsie’s gutsy

voice when he shares music

from his new album Unbroken.

Doors open 7.30pm go to deewhyrsl.com.au

for more info.

Here we go again. Playing to

sell-out crowds since 1995 (and

they say they’re not tired!) the

award-winning totally live Abba


will take you on an entertaining

ride through the hits we all

know so well, with plenty of

crowd participation, sing-along

ballads and dance-floor

hits with a dash of humour.

The group is back at Pittwater

RSL Club on Sat 25. Tickets $25

with limited seating. Call 9997

3833 or go to pittwaterrsl.com.

au for more info.

Singing a different tune.

Known for performing classical

choral music, the wonderful

Manly Warringah Choir

is doing something a little

bit different for its winter

concert this month by lending

its voice to some lighter

pieces. Members of the 100

strong choir and orchestra will

perform a medley from the

all-time favouri te musical West

Side Story, Hebrew love songs,

sonnets and songs from

Shakespeare and a little Jazz

music at the beautiful Cardinal

Cerretti Chapel in Manly. The

concert Love, Peace and all

that Jazz conducted by Dr

Carlos Alvarados will be held

on Sun 26 from 2.30pm. More

info manlywarringahchoir.org.

au or 9953 2443.

Burlesque in the basement.

Walk down the stairs of the

Kave Bar on Barrenjoey Rd

Newport and be transported

to 1920s New York, Chicago,

London or Paris as you enter

the raunchy and raucous cabaret

that is ‘The Cats Meow’.

Sat 25 from 7-11.55pm.

WINTER WARMERS: Tedeschi (left) with Benedict

8pm, doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets $25 and

students $10 (under 16 free when accompanied

by an adult).

Enquires 0407 441 213 or 0413 077 749 (tickets

available at the door). More info peninsulamusicclub.com.au.

Supper will be served after the performance.

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Dining Guide

Dining Guide

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

Bistro 61

Avalon Beach RSL

1 Bowling Green Lane

Avalon Beach


Open 7 days

Lunch 12pm-2:30pm

Dinner 5:30-8:30pm


Modern Aust / pub food


Meals $8-$30

Specials $12-$15

BOOKINGS 9918 2201

Avalon Beach RSL’s Bistro 61

is a great place to head for

a local meal, offering tasty

modern Australian dishes at

affordable prices.

In August, catch the

Surf Lounge Sessions every

Saturday night with free live

music from 9pm.

And now available for free

download – the brand new

Avalon Beach RSL Club App.

Earn rewards, prizes and

member points by logging in


See what's on, check out

events, view menus and more!

Don't miss the Super Sunday

raffle on the first Sunday of

every month – there's more

than $1500 in prizes to be won.

Bistro 61 is open for

breakfast from 9am to

11.30am. Open for lunch

and dinner seven days, with

extensive outdoor dining

areas, Bistro 61 offers a variety

of specials (lunch and dinner)

during the week, including

$12 tacos (Tues), $15 Chicken

Schnitzels (Wed), 2-4-1 pizzas

(Thurs), and a $20 burger +

beer (Fri).

Seniors are well catered

for – there are daily Seniors

specials, including beerbattered

flathead – plus they

do a $5 kids meals on Sundays!

(There’s a playground, too.)

From the menu, chef

Mitch recommends his twist

on nachos – pulled beef and

blackbeans with chipotle, corn

chips, guacamole, Danish fetta

and coriander.

Members get discounts on

meals purchased. Membership

starts from $5.50.

The club is licensed, with

no BYO. Bookings online or

call 9918 2201 – large groups




Club Palm Beach

1087 Barrenjoey Rd,

Palm Beach


Lunch 11:30am-2.30pm

Dinner 6pm-8.30pm


Lunch and dinner

specials $13.50

BOOKINGS 9974 5566

18 (see ad opposite). Assemble

outside the Club for an 11am

service followed by finger food

lunch (bookings essential).

Barrenjoey Bistro is open

for lunch (11.30am to 2.30pm)

and dinner (6pm to 9pm) seven

days, plus there's a Snack Menu

available 2.30pm-6pm.

The Bistro serves top-value a

la carte meals plus daily $13.50

specials of roasts (Mondays),

rump steak with chips and

salad (Tuesdays), chicken

schnitzel with chips and salad

(Wednesdays), homemade

gourmet pies with chips and

salad (Thursdays) and tempura

fish and chips with salad

(Fridays), except public hols.

The Members’ lucky badge

draw is held Wednesday and

Friday night (every 30 mins

between 5pm-7pm), and

jackpots by $100 each week.

Enjoy Trivia Night from

5.30pm on Wednesdays, plus

Bingo 10am on Fridays.

The club has a courtesy

bus that makes regular runs

Wednesdays, Fridays and

Saturdays from 4.30pm to 9pm.

Ring to book a pick-up.

The Mirage


at Metro Mirage

Hotel Newport

2 Queens Parade West,



Modern Australian


Breakfast – $25 adults,

$12.50 kids (5-12)

Dinner – entrees

from $7-$17,

Mains from $21-$30,

Desserts from $13-$25

BOOKINGS 9997 7011

Local residents are finding

the peaceful ambience

of The Mirage restaurant

overlooking spectacular

Pittwater, the perfect

waterfront venue to enjoy

breakfast or dinner.

Located in boutique Metro

Hotel Mirage Newport, The

Mirage restaurant is a popular

7-10am seven days a week,

offering a fixed-price full hot

and cold buffet, including a

selection of cereals, seasonal

fruit and freshly made juice,

toast and pastries and

sausages, eggs, has browns,

bacon and tomato served with

the Chef’s Special of the day.

The Mirage restaurant is

also open for dinner from

Monday to Saturday from

5.30pm – 8.30pm and can

be hired, along with all the

hotel’s function rooms, for

private and corporate events

of between 60-110 guests.

Hong Kong

Chinese Restaurant

332 Barrenjoey Rd,



Dinner Tues-Sun 5pm


Chinese & Asian


Entrees $5-20

Mains $12.90-26.50

*Deliver Whale Beach - Narrabeen

BOOKINGS 9997 4157

Book a table at this

popular Newport eatery in

August and your family is

guaranteed a great night

out with a feast for the eyes

and the tastebuds.

Order ahead for their

wonderful Peking Duck which

is offered as a dine-in-only

special Thursdays through

Sundays in Winter.

There are two traditional

courses: Peking Duck

pancakes & duck sang choy

bow (bookings essential;

mention the ad when you call).

This long-established

restaurant on the eastern

side of Barrenjoey Rd has

an extensive menu based

on traditional flavoursome

Cantonese with touches of

spicy Szechuan and other

Asian dishes and fresh

seasonal vegetables.

Entrees start at just $6

while mains are great value

too, starting at $16.80.

Head to Club Palm Beach,

located just a short stroll from

Palm Beach Wharf, for a huge

month of specials in August.

The annual Vietnam Vets

Luncheon is on Saturday August choice for breakfast from

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The menu ranges from

adventurous, like a Sizzling

Szechuan-style platter of

king prawns and fillets of

chicken, to contemporary,

featuring spicy salt and

pepper king prawns, to

traditional, with favourites

including Mongolian lamb,

Honey king prawns and

Honey chicken.

New dishes are introduced

regularly so check out the

blackboard specials.

The team are only too

happy to home deliver your

meal, with a range that takes

in Narrabeen to the south to

Palm Beach in the north.

Fully licensed or BYO.

Royal Motor

Yacht Club

Salt Cove on Pittwater

46 Prince Alfred

Parade, Newport


Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Mon-Fri from 8.30am

Weekends from 8am


Breakfast from $8-$18

Entrees from $9-$21

Mains from $16-$26

BOOKINGS 9997 5511

RMYC’s restaurant Salt Cove

on Pittwater’s menu has been

updated for winter – but it still

offers affordable meals and

generous servings including

a variety of starters and share

plates, seafood, burgers,

grills, salads, desserts and

woodfired pizza.

You're invited to the RMYC's

special 'Traditional Mexican

Fiesta' night on Thursday

August 9. Discover Mexico

through great food at Salt Cove

from 6pm; $55 members, $60

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non-members, $25 kids (12

and under). Includes a drink on


Friday night music kicks off

in the Lounge Bar from 6.30pm.

Great acts in August include

Peter Kinch (3rd); Jim Gannon

(10th); Geoff Kendall (17th); and

Phil Simmons (24th).

Catch up with the Travel View

/ Cruise View Travel Club at the

meeting in the lounge bar from

10.30am on Monday 6th.

And don't miss the Ladies

Lunch with Annabelle Chauncy

on Wednesday 15th August.

A dynamic leader and social

entrepreneur, over the past nine

years through her foundation

'School For Life', Annablle has

built three schools in Uganda

that provide quality education

to 680 students and outreach

to more than 2000 people. Twocourse

lunch from 12 noon ($75

members, $80 non-members).

Trivia is held every Tuesday

night from 7.30pm (great prizes

and vouchers).

Club Boat and Social

memberships are now available

for just $160.

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Tasty Morsels

Wine dinners a corker of an idea

Flash yet sophisticatedly rejuvenated

local hospitality site Park

House have launched a fabulous

Wine Dinner initiative showcasing

unique and interesting wines and

winemakers, matched with outstanding

cuisine created by head

chef Jason Stuart.

The dinners kicked off in July

with guests feasting on a stunning

menu in the Park House private

dining space, The Loft, hosted

by Ben Tolstoshev from The Lane

Vineyard wines.

Canapes were enjoyed on arrival,

followed by a three-course

set menu with perfectly matched

premium wines from The Lane


Entrée was Tiradito of Hiramasa

Kingfish, Sliced & Marinated

with Chilli Lime, Frozen Avocado

Guacamole (paired with The

Lane Block 1A Chardonnay); the

main comprised Applewood

Smoked Chicken, Charred Cos,

Mushroom, Pumpkin and Humble

Greens (matched with The Lane

19th Meeting Cabernet Sauvignon);

while dessert was a deep

Chocolate, Hazelnut, Date Trifle

(accompanied by The Lane Block

5 Shiraz).

More wine dinners are planned

at Park House over coming

months – stay tuned!

Park House Food and Liquor

holds a big, happy family of

restaurants, pop-up markets, food

trucks, cocktail bars and a brew


Each has its own distinctive

personality, but the family DNA is

fresh, local and flavoursome.

Park House Food Merchants is

an industrial warehouse of flavours

– big, bold and brazen. With

180 seats, an outdoor cocktail bar,

fireplaces and comfy couches plus

a retractable roof, this gathering

place ensures seamless good

times, rain or shine. The menu’s a

freewheeling Southern California

road trip, infused with Mexican,

Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern

tastes and seasonal ingredients.

Front Yard Brews & Burgers is

where craft beers live – with 40

taps! And then there are the epic

burgers. From the slip-sloppy

delights of the Messy AF, with its

cheese, glazed pulled lamb, slaw

pickles and aioli; to a cracking

glazed crispy southern chicken

spectacular; to a mouthwatering

no-meat burger that ensures

vegetarians can party too.

Outside, Truck Stop (opening

Spring 2018) will feature a 1950s

Airstream bar and pizza kitchen,

heaps of activities for the kids and

a rolling program of food trucks,

live entertainment, markets and

festivals for all ages to enjoy


Cast your vote in 2018 Fish and Chips Awards

Does Pittwater have Australia’s

Best Fish and Chips? – We

think so, but we’ll only get

the gong if the shop opted

to register with the Seafood

Industry Australia competition

and the public gets behind them.

Designed to highlight the

importance of buying fresh, local,

seafood, last year’s Australian Fish

and Chip Awards reeled in more

than 100,000 votes, across 800


More than 2000 shops have

registered for this year’s fry-off.

There are two categories including:

people’s choice and a judge’s

choice. So whether you like your

fish grilled, battered or crumbed,

from August 1 you can vote for

the best fish and chips in the


The winners from each state

and territories will go through to

compete for the national title of

Best Fish and Chips 2018.

Voting runs from August 1 to

September 16, with the national

winner announced on October 15.

For more information and an

oppor –tuna-ty (sorry!) to vote

for your favourite fish and chip

shop visit www.fishandchipsawards.com.au.

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Taste of the

Beaches a fun

foodie festival

The second annual Taste of the Beaches

is back this month – bigger and better

than ever with gastronomical delights and

top-notch wineries all set on the beautiful

backdrop of the Pittwater foreshore.

The event will be held on Sunday 19

August (11am-5pm) at Winnererremy Bay

(aka Flying Fox Park) in Mona Street, Mona

Vale – hopefully with plenty of beautiful

late winter sunshine.

On offer will be a selection of foods

from some of the Northern Beaches’ finest

local restaurants and cafes, complemented

by local craft beer brewers and wines from

the Mudgee region.

There will also be a selection of

international cuisine including dumplings,

gourmet burgers, paella and sweet treats.

Locals are urged to grab a picnic rug

and soak up one of the most picturesque

settings on the Northern Beaches and

enjoy the free entertainment on offer

including live music and kids’ activities.

Council’s event partner in 2018 is with

the Mudgee Wine Region – the third largest

grape-growing region in NSW and one

of the oldest wine regions in the state.

Visitors will be able to meet wine-makers

and participate in tastings by purchasing a

Tasting Glass and tokens on the day.

The young ones won't be short of

activities to do with KidzKlub setting up

a Kids Activity Zone which includes art

and craft workshops, a photo booth, giant

board games, face painting and an active

area with skipping ropes, stilts, hoop

games and more!

If you want to kick back and have a few

beverages, then Council has transport

covered as well. Leave the car at home and

take advantage the complimentary shuttle

between 11am and 5.30pm – the bus will

do loops from the Corner of Bungan Lane

and Pittwater Road, Mona Vale, to the Bay.

(Our tip: Catch the shuttle back to Mona

Vale, book a Keoride and arrange to be

picked up from the B-Line bus stop on

Barrenjoey Rd; they’ll drop you at your


For more info visit northern beaches.


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Food Life

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

Food Life

Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Ben Dearnley & Benito Martin

Slow cooking ticks boxes

for winter warmer meals

Now we are two thirds of the way through winter, like me

I am guessing you are a little ‘over’ soup and searching

for new warming winter inspiration to keep the family

satisfied. Whether you use a slow cooker, Crock Pot or the oven

long, slow cooking ticks many boxes. Once the prep has been

done you can walk away and allow the rich, warm aroma to fill

the house; plus you can save money by using cheaper cuts and

make enough to freeze for another meal.

Slow-cooked lamb

with chorizo rice

Serves 6

2 chorizo, finely chopped

1 tbs oil

1 brown onion, finely chopped

1 cinnamon stick

2 bay leaves

1 cup basmati rice, rinsed

1¾ cups chicken stock

1 cup drained can chickpeas,


1 cup coriander leaves

2kg shoulder of lamb

2 tbs olive oil

1 lemon, rind finely grated,


2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 cup chicken stock

Janelle’s Tip: You can shred

6 sprigs thyme

1. Preheat oven to 130°C fanforced.

the lamb on a board and toss

Greek yoghurt to serve

Score the top of the it through the rice; spoon into

Chorizo rice

lamb fat in a criss-cross pat-

bowls and serve with yoghurt.

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tern. Combine the olive oil,

lemon rind, 1 tablespoon

juice and garlic. Spoon over

both sides of the lamb,

rubbing into the lamb with

fingertips. Season with salt

and pepper. Pour stock into

roasting pan to cover the

base. Place lamb in pan and

scatter with thyme. Press a

piece of baking paper right

down on the surface of the

lamb. Cover the dish with

tight-fitting lid or 2 layers

heavy duty foil. Cook for 6

hours without removing the

lid or foil.

2. Remove from the oven. Preheat

grill on high. Remove

the lid or foil from the lamb,

put it under the grill 5-7

minutes or until golden and


3. Thirty minutes before

the lamb comes out of

the oven, cook the finely

chopped chorizo in a

saucepan over medium

heat, stirring often until

light golden. Remove to

a plate. Add the oil and

onion and cook, stirring

occasionally until soft.

Add the cinnamon and

bay leaves, cook, stirring

until aromatic. Stir in the

rice followed by the stock.

Bring to the boil. Reduce

heat to low, cover tightly

and simmer gently for 15

minutes or until the rice

is tender and all the stock

is absorbed. Remove the

pan from the heat and

set aside, covered, for 5

minutes. Remove the bay

leaves and cinnamon, stir

in the chorizo and chickpeas.

Cover and stand

3 minutes. Stir through


4. Spoon rice onto serving

platter, top with lamb and

serve with yoghurt.

with Janelle Bloom

Chicken biryani

Serves 6

2 tbs ghee or vegetable oil

750g chicken thigh fillet,

trimmed, chopped 4cm pieces

2 brown onions, finely


18 fresh curry leaves

1/3 cup biryani curry paste

1¼ cups basmati rice, rinsed

2½ cups chicken stock

½ cup raisins

2/3 cup salted toasted cashew


½ cup mint leaves

Minted yoghurt and poppadoms,

to serve

1. Heat half the ghee (or oil)

in a large heavy-based frying

pan over medium-high

heat. Add chicken, cook for

1 minute each side or until

browned. Transfer to a bowl.

2. Reduce heat to medium,

add remaining ghee (or oil)

with the onion and curry

leaves, cook, stirring, for

5 minutes until onion is

softened. Add curry paste,

then cook for 1 minute.

Add rice, stirring to coat in

paste, then add stock and

raisins. Transfer to a slow

cooker, stir in the chicken.

Cover and cook on low for

5-6 hours until almost all

the stock has absorbed.

3. Scatter over with cashews

and mint. Serve with yoghurt

and poppadoms.

NB: If you don’t have a slow

cooker, transfer the mixture

to an ovenproof dish. Stir in

the chicken. Cover with a lid.

Place into a slow oven, 150°C

and cook for 1½-2 hours or

until rice is tender and has absorbed

all the stock. Remove

from the oven, stand covered

for 10 minutes. Scatter over

the cashews and mint. Serve

with yoghurt and pappadoms.

Janelle’s Tips: If you can’t

find biryani curry paste you

can use Balti or Korma. Also,

for minted yoghurt, chop ¼

cup fresh mint leaves and stir

through 1 cup thick, Greekstyle

yoghurt. Season.

Slow-cooked Boston

baked beans

Serves 4

500g dried white beans, rinsed

1 tbs olive oil

1 brown onion, finely chopped

300g speck or bacon, rind

removed, finely chopped

2 tbs tomato paste

¼ cup golden syrup

¼ cup brown sugar

2 tbs Dijon mustard

1 tbs Worcestershire sauce

1 tbs hot chilli sauce

4 cups chicken stock

Toasted sour dough, baby

spinach & poached egg, to


cooker, transfer the mixture

to ovenproof casserole with a

tight-fitting lid. Cook in a slow

oven 150°C for 3 hours, stirring

once every hour, or until

beans are tender and liquid

has thickened.

Roasted pear


Makes 12

¾ cup roasted unsalted peanuts

1 cup self-raising flour

½ cup plain flour

2 tsp ground cinnamon

150g butter, chopped

1 cup brown sugar

½ cup rolled oats

1/3 cup raspberry jam

6 Beurre bosc pears, halved,


Icing sugar & vanilla icecream,

to serve

1. Preheat oven to 180°C fan

forced. Lightly grease a

large baking dish.

2. Put peanuts into a food processor,

process until finely

chopped. Add the flours,

cinnamon and butter. Pulse

until the mixture resembles

coarse breadcrumbs. Remove

to a large bowl. Add

the brown sugar and oats

and use fingers to mix until

crumble starts to form big


3. Place the pears into the baking

dish. Spoon a little jam

into the centre of each pear

half. Press crumble mixture

evenly over the surface of

the pears. Bake for 20 minutes

or until pears are just

tender and crumble golden

(if the top begins to brown

too much before pears become

tender, cover loosely

with foil during cooking; it

will depend on the size and

ripeness of your pears).

4. Dust with icing sugar and

serve warm or cold with icecream

if desired.

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1. Place beans in a large bowl.

Cover with cold water.

Place in the fridge to soak

overnight. Drain then rinse

beans. Place in a large

saucepan, cover with cold

water and bring to boil.

Simmer, covered for 30

minutes. Drain.

2. Heat oil in a saucepan. Add

onion and speck, cook 3

minutes until softened. Add

tomato paste, cook stirring

1 minute. Add Golden Syrup,

sugar, mustard, sauces

and stock. Bring to the boil.

Pour into a slow cooker. Stir

in the beans. Cook, covered,

over low heat for 8 hours,

then uncover and cook

for a further hour or until

the mixture is thickened

slightly. Season to taste.

3. Serve on toasted sour

dough with baby spinach

and poached egg.

NB: If you don’t have a slow

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Food Life

In Season

Chinese broccoli

Food Life

Chinese broccoli is also

known as Gai lan and

Chinese Kale. It’s closely

related to broccoli, cabbage

and Brussels sprouts. It has

thick stems and dark green

leaves, both of which are



When buying Chinese broccoli,

make sure the leaves

are bright green and not

discolored or wilted. Avoid

bunches that contain insect



Store unwashed Chinese

broccoli in a sealed container

or bag, and store in the

fridge for up to five days.

Before using, make sure to

wash well under cold water.


Chinese broccoli is an excellent

source of vitamin A, C

and K. Chinese broccoli is

also a great source of folic

acid, and it contains a high

amount of dietary fibre.

Also In Season


Apples; Bananas;

Grapefruit; Mandarins,

Kiwi Fruit; Australian

Navel, Blood and Cara

Cara Oranges; Tangelos;

Pears; Quince, Rhubarb

and winter Strawberries.

Also shop for Avocados;

Beetroot; Broccolini

and Broccoli; Brussels

sprouts; Chinese Broccoli,

Cauliflower; Celery;

Leeks, Fennel; Jerusalem

Artichokes; Pumpkin;

Sweet Potato; Spinach

& Silverbeet; Kale and


Yum Cha Chinese Broccoli

with Oyster Sauce

Serves 2 (as a side)

1 bunch Chinese broccoli,

ends trimmed, washed

2 tbs oyster sauce

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 tbs soy sauce

1 tsp caster sugar

1 tbs peanut oil

1 tsp sesame oil

Fried shallots & sliced red

chilli, to serve

1. Cut the stems from the

leaves of Chinese broccoli.

Combine the oyster sauce,

garlic, soy and sugar in a

small bowl.

2. Heat a wok over high heat

until very hot. Add the

oil and Chinese broccoli

stems, stir-fry 30 seconds.

Add 1 teaspoon water,

quickly cover the wok.

Cook 20 seconds, shaking

the wok without removing

the lid. Remove the lid,

add the leaves and oyster

sauce mixture. Stir-fry

30 seconds until leaves

wilted. Remove from the

heat. Drizzle with sesame

oil and top with shallots

and chilli.

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Pittwater Puzzler

Compiled by David Stickley

CLUE: 2 Down.

29 Author of On The Right Track and In

At The Deep End, _______ Janu (8)


1 One who works for Pittwater Life,

perhaps (8)

5 US state that had a big impact on

pioneering lady surfer, Patti Paniccia (6)

10 Making a loud sound (5)

11 The Newport Sculpture Trail is part of

_____ ____ Festival (5,4)

12 Land bordering the ocean, for example


13 Boat fleet new this season to the Avalon

Sailing Club (5)

14 Shellfish favoured by diners and as bait

for fishermen (6)

15 NSW ski village (7)

17 Structures built out of sand on a beach


20 Husband or wife (6)

22 An aircraft without a pilot that is

operated by remote control (5)

23 Scenic pedestrian route from Manly to

Palm Beach currently under construction


25 Newport resident and former Wallaby

who reads the sports news for Channel

10 (4,5)

27 First in a series (5)

28 Focus of many churches on the

Northern Beaches (6)


1 Take out another subscription (5)

2 A white one seen by a swimmer might

be cause for alarm (7)

3 New CEO of Northern Beaches Council


4 People or things competing in a race,

contest, etc (7)

6 A division of some larger or more

complex organisation (3)

7 Stuck on the bottom of shallow water


8 Ripe, fit and ready for use (2,6)

9 Thoroughfare like Gladstone or

Beaconsfield in Newport (6)

13 Fundraiser held on August 5th for

the Pittwater High School Performing

Ensembles 2020 band (3,4,4)

16 Professor or lecturer (8)

18 One employed to locate whales from

a high point on shore (7)

19 Free from danger (6)

20 Breed of cat (7)

21 Service no doubt available at Papillon

Hair in Avalon (7)

24 Jack in cards (5)

26 Main transport service on the

Northern Beaches (3)

[Solution page 70]

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Garden Life

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direction, just the endless

cattle grids, a couple of emus,

a huge Wedge Tailed Eagle

feasting on the carcass of a

kangaroo… and silence. We

were entering a new, magical

world of which I knew nothing.

We were now in the red

heart of Australia, a land of

amazing beauty, with fiery

red rocky ranges that turn to

violet at sunset, dry river beds,

red ochre soil, chasms and

canyons that lead to hidden

waterholes, a land of legends

and mythology that has been

of the traditional mop heads,

the cone-shaped flowers of

hydrangea paniculata bushes

passed down over thousands

of years.

As I learn more on the

thousands of plants, insects ,

animals and people that have

that can be two metres tall.

The recently introduced

smaller growing Picotee

varieties with two-tone flower

heads are hard to leave behind

and if you have a semishaded

wall, the climbing

hydrangea petiolaris is just


Hydrangeas are forgiving

plants that are easy to grow.

They like regular water and

any good garden soil. Mulch

the roots with compost to

keep them cool and feed

them in early spring to get

learned to survive the harsh

them going. Grow them in

desert conditions, I wonder

pots, or in the garden; bring

how a desert could ever have

them inside when in flower

been described as dead. Every

or cut the blooms – they last

plant, tree, lizard, bird and

well in water.

Cherry Guava a

sweet surprise

In full flower in my veggie

garden is my Cherry Guava,

sometimes known as a Strawberry

Guava. This delightful

evergreen shrub never fails to

produce a heavy crop of cherry

guavas in early autumn.

It is a small, pretty tree with

rounded, glossy green leaves

that only grows to about

three metres in height. Keep it

trimmed into shape after fruiting.

The delicate fluffy flowers

are creamy white, growing close

to the branches. They are followed

by the tangy flavoured,

sweet, berry-sized, cherry red

fruit that are high in vitamin C.

Unlike the taller-growing deciduous

yellow guava that needs

cooking, the fruit can be eaten

raw straight from the tree or

animal used in has cooking, its part jellies, to play drinks,

this sauces extraordinary jams. chain of

survival. You should protect the fruit

from Every fruit dead fly with log or a fruit burntout

tree stump is home

fly bait.


Get into the

‘swing’ of Xmas

It is time to relax and enjoy

your garden. Look at your

outdoor seating requirements

– the shops are full of

amazing chairs and tables.

Hanging cane egg chairs have

been trendy for the past few

years and now the ‘Swing

Seat’ is back. Nothing is more

peaceful than swinging in a

seat for two, sheltered from

the weather with a roof to

shade from the sun – makes a

great Christmas present too!

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lizards , dragons and geckos;

the rocks hide the burrows of

desert rats and snakes; even

the spiders live underground

where it is cool in summer

and warm(er) in the zero

temperatures of the cold

desert winter nights. The

banks of the dry river beds

are home to the burrowing

desert frog, yabbies and fish

spawn that is waiting for the

rain, while the rocky outcrops

provide shelter for the dingos’


The soft spinifex with its

sticky resin that is used as

a glue; the tall millet grass

whose seeds are used for

flour; the kangaroo grass,

the desert blue grass and the

sand hill cane grass are all

camouflage for the legless

spinifex lizard.

The plant life amazes me

the most. We all read about

the wonderful wildflowers of

Western Australia, but why

don’t we hear of the flowers of

the Red Centre? Even in winter

the prickly wattle, the silver

cassia, the honey grevilleas,

the native violet fuchsias are

in full bloom along the sandy

ridges. The red ochre ground

is covered with the brightly

coloured yellow sunflower

daisies, the aptly named

‘poached egg’ daisies and the

rosy dock is starting to flower.

All the trees have developed

defence mechanisms to

protect themselves from the

harsh conditions. The River

Red wood gums that line

the riverbeds have leathery

leaves with hairs to save them

from the sun; the Desert

Oaks grow tall and straight

with drooping foliage that

protects the trunk from heat

until their roots reach the

water below, then they spread

out into wide shade trees.

The wattles, the long-leafed

Corkwood tree and grevilleas

have straight pencil leaves

with cupped shape to funnel

the water towards the trunk.

And the Red Mulga bush, with

its distinctive curly red bark,

grows in a tulip shape to use

every drop of water available.

The tall white ghost gums

have a white powdery bark

that works as a natural

sunscreen. The young

Ironwood trees have prickly

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foliage to protect them as

they grow, before they grow

into tall, weeping shade

trees. Thick glossy leaves,

wax coatings, thorny foliage

and fine hair all save water

and warmth. Flaky bark is a

protection against fire.

The trees are important to

the fragile eco system. It would

seem many are hosts to food.

The Desert bloodwood has

galls the size of cricket balls

that festoon the branches. The

coating is edible and the grub

inside is a delicacy. The roots

of the Mallee trees are home

to the witchety grubs and it is

said that water can be found

in the roots of the Kurrajong

tree. The more I ask, the more

amazing are the things I find


The trees in the unexpected

woodland areas are home to

the most wonderful bird life.

Tiny blue fairy wrens, painted

finches, the honey eaters, the

crested pigeons, the spinifex

bird, clouds of zebra finches

(to name just a few) that I have

seen live close to the ground,

nesting in shrubs and lowgrowing

bushes. The scarlet

throated mistletoe bird carries

the mistletoe from tree to

tree and the orange chat runs

through the dusky grey salt


High above, the eagles,

falcons and buzzards

fly, waiting to dive on

unsuspecting prey, and the

black cockatoos circle. The

mulga parrots, the purple

headed Australian ring necks

parrots and the Bourke’s

parrot sit in the trees eating

the eucalyptus flowers and

cracking the nuts with their

powerful beaks.

The colours or silver,

orange, red and olive green

against the relentless dark

blue sky can never be

forgotten. The sound of the

birds, the insects and the

silence are something I will

always remember. I am sure

that this is nothing new to

the many who have been here

before me.

It is a long way to travel

from Sydney, but it is a

journey that every Australian

should make. I wish that I

could be here in a few weeks’

time to see the desert wake

from its winter hibernation as

the wildflowers open and life

begins anew!

My grandfather once told

me that I should never go

to bed until I had learnt

something new during the

day. I would have to live for

a thousand years to know all

about this magical place.

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Garden Life

Garden Life

Garden Life

Jobs this Month


August is a busy month;

there is a lot to do to

prepare your garden

for the warmer, growing

months ahead. After the very

wet autumn, winter has been

very cold and mostly dry. It

is time for some TLC; wrap

up warmly, put on your boots

and find your gloves and


Summer vegies

Get the summer veggies

growing. Early tomatoes,

zucchinis, capsicum, silverbeet,

eggplants, lettuce and

cucumbers can all go in now.

Also sow seeds of carrots.

Mix the fine seed with dry

sand before sowing into rows.

Carrots need to be sown into

deep soil that doesn’t have any

fresh cow manure or stones.

Otherwise the carrots will be

stunted or forked. Remember

to rotate the veggies in the

veggie garden. You should

try to have a three-year cycle.

Before you plant add plenty of

compost and cow manure.

Seed cliveas

Cliveas are expensive to buy

but are very easy to grow from

seed. Seeds are ripe now and

ready to harvest if you left the

flowers last spring. Open the

pod and you will find around

6 or 8 seeds inside. Red seeds

will produce red flowers and if

you can find some yellow seed

pods you will have the very

special cream-coloured plants.

Take notice of clivea flowers this

spring and make a note of the

flowers that you like. Crosspollinate

the flowers so that next

winter you can harvest the seeds

that you want.

Stick a fork in it

Our lawns have compacted.

Aerate the ground with a fork

or buy a pair of spiked metal

soles for your shoes – this

makes the task much easier,

as you can stomp around and

do the job. Then feed the lawn

with a hose-on fertiliser. If the

ground is very hard, water first

with Eco-hydrate to help the

water to penetrate the soil.

Super succulents

Spring is the time for ‘babies’.

Succulents grow from just one

leaf! Spread the leaves out on

a dry tray in a warm spot and

within a few weeks you will find

that new plantlets have grown.

Wait until the tiny roots appear

and then place the leaf onto a

tray of seed-raising mix. Once

the roots establish, plant out

your new succulent babies.

Caterpillar warning

The lily caterpillar can destroy your cliveas in

just one night, as they eat their way down the

back of leaves to the heart of the bulbs. At

the first sign of damage, cut off the affected

leaves and put them, caterpillars and all into

a plastic bag in the bin. Spray with Eco oil to

prevent any new infestations.

Bulb care

Spring bulbs, daffodils,

jonquils, snowdrops and

tulips, are finishing as the

weather warms up. Make sure

that you keep feeding and

watering them as they die

down. Resist the temptation

to tidy them before the leaves

shrivel up. This is when they

store the nourishment for next

year’s flowers.

Get the good oil

Protect your citrus trees from

leaf miner and fruit fly. Spray

with Eco oil every fortnight. As

soon as the blossom opens, it

is well worth the investment to

buy a fruit fly trap to protect

your crop.

Perennial problem

Now that spring is around the

corner split up overcrowded

perennials. Gingers,

agapanthus bulbs, gazanias,

phlox, begonias, liriope,

mondo grass can all be divided

now. Also, spray azaleas with

Zayleton to protect them from

petal blight. Petal blight can

destroy the flowers on Azaleas

overnight. In dry conditions,

the flowers will last but one

rainy day can destroy them.

Start a worm farm

If you don’t already have one,

start a worm farm today. The

worms will consume all your

kitchen waste and the liquid

from the farm is the most

amazing fertiliser.

Lime spray

It’s your last chance to spray

lime sulphur on roses, fruit trees

and frangipani to destroy the

fungal spores from last season.

Colour explosion

Replant pots and baskets with

seedlings for summer. Petunias,

alyssum, portulacca, French

marigolds, snapdragons,

pansies and dianthus, give a

brilliant display of colour.

Crossword solution from page 67

Mystery location: WARRIEWOOD

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Times Past

Earliest ocean pools

hand-built by locals

Is this the ultimate in

wearable and disposable

swimming costumes?

These five bathing belles

have been photographed in

one of the ‘hand-crafted’

rock pools which existed

at varying times at North


Local permanent residents

and ‘weekenders’ hand-built

several rock pools between

the 1920s through to the

1940s. This one in particular

appears to have been

what later became the

most structurally sound

– and possibly the one

which shows very clearly

as a distinct rectangle

in the accompanying

detail from a 1941 aerial

photo. One early resident

who still lives in Marine

Parade commented that

it was likely this same

pool was later formalised

somewhat, using concrete,

and this created the very

visible rectangle shape.

She also assured me

that if you know where

to look, you can still see

some rocks with a dash of

concrete attached.

This pool is sited almost

directly in front of 19 Marine

Parade, which was built as

a weekender in 1929 and

called ‘Eurota’ (it still stands).

According to Julie Keegan

(nee Pownceby) “… each of

the waterfront houses in

Marine Parade had its own

private rock pool on an

individual council lease”.

Ms Keegan claimed

remnants of several of the

pools were able to be seen

as recently as 10 years ago

and with a low tide and only

a little imagination this

still seems possible. She

recollected “… this is where I

taught myself to swim. After

much practice I discovered

I could dog-paddle without

touching the bottom”.

She also added that after

school she frequently went

down to one of the pools with

her friend Jill Parker to cool


Grace Hopewell remembers

her father purchasing a

house at 5 Marine Parade

into which the family

moved when the Palm Beach

camping area was closed

in 1952. She not only swam

in the pool directly in front

of their house but learnt to

surf at North Avalon. She

was the first woman to ride

a surfboard at North Avalon

and in 1969 won the Women’s

title at Bells Beach.

I was loaned this

fascinating photo many

years ago to copy for the

Avalon Beach Historical

Society. Unfortunately I

didn’t take sufficient details

and since then, the woman

who loaned it has since

passed on. If any early

resident can assist with

identification of the girls in

the photo the Society would

love to hear from you!

TIMES PAST is supplied

by local historian

and President of the

Avalon Beach Historical


Visit the Society’s

showroom in Bowling

Green Lane, Avalon


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Travel Life

Travel Life: The Insider

Why short breaks are

important for the soul

It’s funny, but it’s

said native New

Yorkers never

visit the Statue of

Liberty – until they

host visitors! We’re a

big believer the same

notion holds true for

Sydneysiders. Recently

I had occasion to

spread our travel net

broadly across NSW

and the discovery for short

breaks and mini-durationholidays

was remarkable.

Over 10 million visitors

descend on Sydney each year

and NSW Tourism proudly

promotes a fabulous basketfull

of historic places, adventures,

eateries and activities to

consider. Most are less than a

half-day’s drive from our Pittwater

front door.

Mini-stays are good for the

soul. Short, self-drive getaways

come with fringe benefits.

Staying ‘local’ avoids airports:

no regimented check-points, or

meandering lines. We keep our

shoes and belts on.

Sydneysiders are ‘splendidly

surrounded’ by great getaway

options. We’ll drop a few

breadcrumbs, starting with:

Pleasing Port Macquarie!

Recently, with an invitation

from my good pal, Kamahl,

I had occasion to spread my

travel net beyond Sydney’s

suburbs and had a truly

memorable Port Macquarie

experience. Even getting there

was enjoyable – just a little

over four hours up the M1.

(Kamahl headed to Port Mac

for a ‘sold out’ performance at

the city’s famous Glasshouse

Theatre. Check out the Glasshouse

events calendar.)

Bunking Down

We checked into Rydges on

the waterfront; the entire

village and foreshore was at

our doorstep, so we walked

everywhere. We selected the

breakfast inclusive deal and

for dinner, meandered a few

blocks to Bill’s Fishhouse.

Eating Out

I was toted to dinner by

Kamahl... on my birthday! I’d

assumed it was a well-kept secret.

I was wrong. The feel and

fresh food at Bill’s was fabulous,

and as I travel for a living,

I love the rare occasion when I

rock up to be treated like family.

I noted, the same honest

Contacts you need

The best way to find your very own short-break destination is

to simply move your mouse around beforehand. We’ve provided

a short list, and there are numerous ‘walk-in’ locations

for hand-help information and collaterals. Here are a few shortstay

sites you might want to try:

Tourism New South Wales: visitnsw.com

Tourism Port Macquarie NSW: portmacquarieinfo.com.au

Top 10 things to do in Port Macquarie: tripadvisor.com

Hotel Rydges: Rydges.com

Bill’s Fishouse: billsfishhouse.com.au

The Glasshouse Entertainment Centre: glasshouse.org.au

The Koala Hospital: koalahospital.org.au

We love feedback from our readers. Some of our very best

enlightenments come from friends. And if you have any questions,

please ask.

Feel free to drop us an e-mail: readers@pittwaterlife.com.au

attention to all the other tables

surrounding ours.

Foodie heaven

Here you can take a road less

travelled and visit a working

organic market farm where

you can harvest fresh produce,

visit a strawberry farm

and pluck the freshest ripest

berries from the vines, or visit

an oyster lease and sample

plump oysters direct from the


Cultural stuff

The public artworks, artist

galleries and studios scattered

throughout the region will

delight and inspire. Enjoy a diverse

collection of exhibitions,

artist talks, workshops and

education programs to appeal

for all. You can even take a

trail throughout the region and

discover 60 large scale koala

sculptures hand painted by

selected artists.

Koala Hospital

I try to learn something new

each day. This venue delivered

a month’s worth of Sunday

sessions. Dedicated volunteers

are the proud backbone of the

marvellous setting. The Koala

Walk arts are priceless; admission

is free.

Eco wonders

Some of the state’s best

nature experiences are right

here waiting for you. Discover

picturesque river systems, a

coastal rainforest with walking

platforms amongst the trees

and over 40,000 hectares

with Mark Sheehan

of National Parks and State

Forests. Follow walking tracks

with breathtaking views up

and down unspoilt coastlines;

find the perfect spot to enjoy a

picnic alongside waterfalls and

swimming holes; or marvel at

the abundant wildlife.


Fabulous boutique and name

brand shops are within a baseball

toss in this town, and I

made some marvellous discoveries

in the well-placed thrift

shops and Vinnies venues.

Eateries along the main drag

run the spectrum, from quick

bites to full-on feasting. Study

the curb-side menus.

The Sunday Stroll

The boulders and rocks that

line the foreshore walkway

have been creatively decorated

by families, overseas visitors

and others and the walk is

simply wonderful. Wear comfy

shoes and tote the camera

along. Go to the 19th century

Tacking Point Lighthouse if

you’re keen, or turn around

and double-back for a completely

different perspective at

the playground.

It’s a Wrap

Next time, we’ll catch up on

whale and dolphin watching,

and I might just tote the

camper and nest for a night

at the Sundowner Breakwall

Holiday Park.

Mark Sheehan is an

entrepreneur and travel

specialist who has helped

build iconic brands such

as TrekAmerica, Insight,

Elite, F2T, Scenic, Trafalgar,

and AmeriCan Adventures.

Mark helped Sir Richard

Branson launch V Australia

(now Virgin Australia), while

penning over 200 travel

guides for onboard Tour

Directors. His best-selling

Know BEFORE You GO Guide

– America Over Easy! Is in

its fifth reprint.

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New Sails heads into Port

After a multi-milliondollar

design and

construction, Sails

Port Macquarie has opened

its doors to reveal a glamourous,

Hamptons style

inspired coastal leisure,

conference and event


The iconic coastal

Rydges-owned resort has

undergone a stunning

transformation to capitalise

on its riverside location

with 92 guest rooms and

suites, a swimming pool

with entertainment terrace,

private jetty, The

Boathouse Bar & Restaurant,

The Cape Ballroom,

waterfront wedding chapel

and event pavilion and tennis


Wedding, business and

leisure travellers will appreciate

this all-in-one resort, with

its poolside cabanas, alfresco

fire table, cocktails, French

Champagne and oyster bars.

The project architects have

created a stunning fusion

of worlds, with Hamptonsinspired

architecture blending

seamlessly with the lush

coastal surrounds – featuring

fresh, white gables overlooking

the manicured lawns,

tropical gardens and sweeping

water views.

Just four hours’ drive north

of Sydney or a one-hour flight

from Sydney and Brisbane,

Sails Port Macquarie will no

doubt attract plenty of new

wedding and business bookings.

A standout feature is an

impressive three-storey grand

atrium featuring glass elevators

and an atrium bar; while

the Cape Ballroom is a gorgeous

pillar-less event space

designed to cater for up to

600 in a cocktail-style or 300

for a banquet-style event.

The resort is kicking off with

some ‘Winter Warmer’ deals

for couples and families.

Their ‘Luxe Winter Mini

Break for Couples’ includes

a cheese platter and bottle

of bubbly on arrival. Stay

overnight in a King Water

View Room overlooking the

glistening bay (or upgrade to

an Executive Suite). Enjoy a

full buffet breakfast for two in

The Boathouse Bar + Restaurant,

and have some fun with

their solar heated pool and

spa, paddle boards and tennis

courts. There’s also free WiFi,

complimentary off-street parking

and late checkout; from

$274 per night.

The ‘Winter Escape for Families’

features an overnight stay

in a King Garden Suite for up

to 2 adults and 2 children 12

years and under (or upgrade to

a Water View Suite or add

on another rollaway bed).

Everyone will be happy

with the two complimentary

milkshakes and two

cocktails on arrival. Stay

overnight in a King Garden

Suite for up to 2 adults

and 2 children 12 years

and under (or upgrade to a

Water View Suite or add on

another rollaway bed). Fill

up with a full buffet breakfast

for four in The Boathouse

Bar + Restaurant.

Keep the kids busy with

complimentary kids show

bags, solar heated pool

and spa, paddle boards,

tennis courts, in-room

media ports, free WiFi and

kids channel. Also comes with

complimentary off-street parking

and late checkout; from

$289 per night.

More info www.sailsportmacquarie.com.au

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Travel Life

On track for stellar European experience

The road to

Western Europe

is well-trodden:

London, Paris, Rome

– tick, tick, tick!

But what about the

east? Moscow? St

Petersburg? Warsaw?

Prague? Cities of

intrigue and mystery,

once hidden behind

the Iron Curtain, await


With history and

culture as ancient as Roman

times contrasting against the

more recent events of the

20th century – communism,

totalitarian states and now

peace and democracy. Much

of it within our lifetime.

Eastern Europe is filled with

history – recent and distant.

But the region doesn’t hang

its hat purely on history, says

TravelView Avalon’s Sharon

Godden, adding culture has

equal weighting.

“St Petersburg’s Hermitage

tory and culture that drive

people to visit Eastern

Europe it’s the landscapes

and beauty of the cities that

amaze travellers the most.

“That comes as no

surprise once you’ve seen

Prague’s Old Town – more

delightful and smugly

quaint than most French

cities,” she said.

“But it’s not all about the

cities… imagine the green

mountains and forests of

Poland drifting by when

you’re lounging back on a raft

steered down the Dunajec

by an expert paddler. Or

is the world’s second

largest museum, with

the largest collections of

paintings anywhere,” she

said. “With over three

million pieces of artwork

it would take years to see

each piece!”

Sharon added that fans

of performance art were rarely

far from a bucket list treat –

including the Russian ballet,

the Viennese opera, and, for

something different, the folk

dancing of Poland.

Also, while it’s the hissubmitting

to the mesmerising

rhythm of a train – and what

better way to thread the lands

of Eastern Europe together

than with this most romantic

of all transportation types.”

Sharon recommends Constellation

Journeys’ private

train adventure through Eastern


“Constellation Journeys has

privately chartered a modern

German engineered train for

a 22-day trip from Moscow to

Berlin,” she said. “Accommodation

is provided in five-star hotels

at each destination. Guests

are treated to fine dining – on

board the train and in the top

restaurants of each city. Luggage

is portered from the train

to your hotel and experienced

Journey Leaders work with local

guides for an unsurpassed

experience of Eastern Europe.

– Nigel Wall

* Want to know more? Call

TravelView on 9918 4444 or

9999 0444.

74 JULY 2018

The Local Voice Since 1991

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