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Editorial

New Council one year on...

Seems like only yesterday the

hot topic of local discussion

focused on impending Council

amalgamation; so can you

believe it’s more than two years

since Pittwater Council was

rolled into an interim Northern

Beaches Council – and one year

this month since we elected our

new councillors?

Certainly the Pittwater end

of the new Council region has

fared well, mostly courtesy

of funding set aside by the

State Government to ease the

process of combining three

into one. Whether the delivery

of infrastructure and services

continues at a rapid pace

remains to be seen, but most

locals we’ve sounded out agree

more is being done than in

recent memory.

An example is the Palm

Beach walkway, which

opens in the first week of

September. Locals have been

crying out for easy, safe

pedestrian access to Governor

Phillip Park for decades.

What else has been achieved?

We asked the six Pittwater and

Narrabeen ward councillors,

plus Mayor Michael Regan, to

reflect on Council’s first year.

See page 12.

* * *

Last month we reported on

the sand blockage which

forced the closure of the

Ettalong Channel and cut

ferries from Palm Beach.

The latest word from

government is that three weeks

of stop-start dredging has been

completed but several more

weeks’ work is required – with

more delays due to bad weather

expected.

We also reported on the

massive impact this is having to

businesses both in Palm Beach

and Ettalong, as well as workers

and school students.

To find out status of

dredging, visit industry.nsw.

gov.au and search ‘Ettalong

Channel’. – Nigel Wall

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COVER: The new Northern Beaches Hospital is recruiting

from the local area for a raft of roles (page 6); our ecoconscious

Council is considering investing in an allelectric

car fleet for its workforce (page 8); plus, one year

in, has Council – and in particular our Pittwater and

Narrabeen ward councillors – lived up to election promise

(page 12)?; read the story of local award-winning building

designer Larry Eastwood (page 26); also, we visit the

community gardens of Avalon and Newport and meet

the interesting folk who help tend and nurture these

fascinating plots. COVER IMAGE: Pamela Pauline.

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Pittwater Local News 6-25

Life Stories: Larry Eastwood 26-27

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Art Life 36-39

Surfing Life 42-43

Health & Wellbeing; Hair & Beauty 44-51

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Law 54-55

Trades & Services 56-58

Showtime 59-60

Food 66-68

Gardening 70-72

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News

‘Sadness mixed with excitement’

The impact of changes to local health

services has not been lost on Mona Vale

Hospital’s Director of Nursing and Midwifery

Jacqui Edgley (pictured right).

Which is why it is perhaps comforting to

learn Ms Edgley has been appointed Mona

Vale Hospital’s General Manager and from

November will lead a team of more than

250 staff as the campus is transformed.

Ms Edgley has been at Mona Vale Hospital

for 11 years and the Director of Nursing

and Midwifery for the past six years.

“Mona Vale has been a really lovely place

to work; it’s always had a great culture and

certainly over the last five to six years we’ve

been providing excellent patient care,” the

Narrabeen resident told Pittwater Life.

“Now we have the opportunity to make

sure our great team spirit and the desire to

provide this excellent patient care continues

as we transform.”

Ms Edgley, who had wanted to be a nurse

since age six, said she had always worked to

provide outstanding care.

When acute services such as emergency

and surgery transfer to the Northern

Beaches Hospital, Mona Vale Hospital will

continue to provide a range of existing and

new health services in new thoughtfully

designed, purpose-built facilities alongside

the Rehabilitation Unit and Community

Health Centre.

“I’m looking forward to Mona Vale Hospital

continuing to offer valuable healthcare

services to the community,” Ms Edgley said.

“Our dedicated and experienced staff

will continue to provide aged care and

rehabilitation, community health, and palliative

care... these services offer wonderful

support to so many people.”

Ms Edgley will be involved in the establishment

of the new services including the

region’s first inpatient palliative care unit

which will be built overlooking the coast.

“It will be great to see the 10-bed service

provided locally, so that families won’t need

to travel outside the area during very challenging

times,” she said.

“Patients will receive support from a

multi-disciplinary team, including nursing

and allied health professionals, palliative

medicine specialists and local GPs.”

Kiosk remains open

Great news for staff, patients and visitors

– Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary

volunteers tell us they will continue

to sell coffee, tea, sandwiches, drinks,

snacks, newspapers and sweets at the

current Kiosk site until it is relocated

near Coronation St in the New Year.

The new building will also house a 10-

bed Geriatric Evaluation and Management

Unit, which will offer co-ordinated care for

elderly people with complex health needs.

“It’s for patients who need a short burst

of specialist support and it will involve

a comprehensive medical assessment,

tailored treatments and an integrated care

plan. It’ll have a significant impact on many

people and improve their independence.”

Recently named one of the top 50 women

in the NSW public sector, Ms Edgley was

previously a nurse manager of the emergency

department at Westmead Hospital

and the Deputy Director of Nursing at Bulli

Hospital.

With a little more than two months to go

before acute services and a large number

of staff move to Frenchs Forest, Ms Edgley

described the mood as generally positive.

“We have gone through a lot of change

and I think we have done well to get

through it,” she said. “Of course there are

pockets of grief and that’s to be expected

but the spirit at the moment is good.

“We are a team and we are not going to be

the same team so of course we are going to

be sad but now people can see the positives

such as the new facilities and the benefits

to patients and the community, that sadness

is mixed with excitement,” she said.

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Construction of a new support services

building at Mona Vale Hospital accommodating

kitchens, laundry, cleaning, waste,

and staff facilities commenced late August.

The State Government has also announced

work will start on relocating the

hospital’s helipad to make way for the

new palliative care and geriatric unit. The

emergency building will be refurbished to

provide a 24/7 Urgent Care Centre. – LO

Locals’ jobs outlook healthy

Qualified locals are

being encouraged

to apply for jobs at the

new Northern Beaches

Hospital.

Up to 800 staff from

Mona Vale and Manly hospitals

have received offers

to move across to the new

hospital in Frenchs Forest

however there are still

hundreds of positions

that need to be filled

by the time the facility

opens on October 30.

Operated by Healthscope,

the nine-storey,

488-bed hospital will care

for public and private

patients housing 14 operating

theatres, a 50-space

emergency department

(with a GP medical centre

on site), critical care services

including intensive

care; digital imaging and

diagnostic facilities and

maternity, paediatrics,

renal, cancer care and

mental health services to

name a few.

The focus has been

on advertising jobs locally,

explained Northern

Beaches Hospital Human

Resources manager Caroline

Page.

“As we move from a

state-of-the-art but empty

building to one filled

with remarkable people

our message is simple –

it’s people who make a

hospital,” she said.

“One of the many

advantages of recruiting

locally is that staff are

invested in the success of

the hospital.”

The current recruitment

focus is finding

staff to work in the

operating theatres headed

by Interventional Suite

Manager Vanessa Burke,

a long-time Northern

Beaches resident.

“We are recruiting theatre

managers, nurses and

support staff, anaesthetic

nurses, recovery nurses

and scrub scouts, theatre

orderlies, theatre cleaners

and sterilising technicians,”

Ms Page said.

Full time, part time and

casual positions are available

across all areas.

Eventually there would

be more than 1,300

staff working at the new

hospital, making it one

of the peninsula’s biggest

employers.

“This is incredible job

creation with career development

opportunities

that would otherwise not

exist,” Ms Page said.

To learn more or apply

for positions go to northernbeacheshospital.com.

au/careers.

*Want to get a look at the

new Northern Beaches

Hospital before it starts

filling with patients next

month? Register your

interest for a guided tour

on Saturday 29 September.

Email enquiries@

northernbeacheshospital.

com.au – but you need to

get your details in quick,

as tours fill up fast.

– Lisa Offord

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News

Taking charge of car fleet future

Northern Beaches Council could

become the first Australian local

government body to invest in

a fully electric car fleet under a plan

steered by Mayor Michael Regan.

Council staff are currently undertaking

a feasibility study on the proposal,

which will be presented to councillors

for consideration before

Christmas.

Cr Regan told Pittwater Life investigating

the take-up of an electric

car fleet made economic sense

given the spiraling cost of fuel.

He added it would also reaffirm

Council’s position as a responsible

environmental player.

“Currently we have a variety

of light fleet vehicles including

sedans, SUVs and PHEVs (plug-in

hybrid electric vehicles) which are

used by our library and children’s

services staff as well as rangers,” he

said. “These amongst other vehicles are

the vehicles we would look to replace.”

He said it made sense to pursue full electric

vehicle options when a car could travel

beyond 400 kilometres on just one charge.

Currently two million electric cars

are in use around the world – a tenfold

increase over the past five years and

representative of around one per cent of

annual new car sales.

Two thirds of the world’s electric cars

are on roads in the US, Japan and China,

with the latter having the greatest number

at more than 650,000.

A recent report in the national media

stated that up to seven models of full

electric vehicles will be available from

early 2019. Further, Volkswagen, the

world’s biggest car manufacturer, is

targeting three million electric car sales

per year by 2025.

“Rising fuel prices and servicing costs

will continue to impact on the costs

of maintaining Council’s fleet and so

Council has the opportunity to look

to procuring full electric vehicles to

ensure that costs can be kept to a minimum,”

Cr Regan said.

He added he understood some manufacturers

were keen to negotiate

with organisations to establish

‘early adopters’ to drive demand

for the vehicles up in the market

and bring pricing down.

“We need to proactively engage

with the manufacturers early and

test the market to see what advantages

there are to evolving our

fleet into a more balanced one,

with less reliance on now highcost

fossil fuels and minimum

ongoing service costs,” he said.

“Council would need to consider

the full business case but with the

range of full electric sedans and SUVs

now beyond 400km on one charge, and

potentially zero servicing costs, it may

well be time to consider a bulk purchase.”

Council will also explore dedicating

more charging stations across the region

to support not only electric cars, but

electric bikes and scooters. – Nigel Wall

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News

Successful ‘Slingshot’ to CBD

Organisers of independent CBD bus shuttle

‘Slingshot’ are evaluating a plan to implement

a fulltime service following a successful

trial last month.

More than 20 local commuters signed up for

the trial, which saw them bused

via an express route from Newport

Beach Surf Life Saving Club

to the Wynyard bus rank.

Project manager and Bilgola

resident Tyson Rose, said Slingshot

shaved more than 15 minutes

off the usual trip to the CBD;

passengers also had the benefit

of plugging in to USB ports and

working from their seats.

“The main benefit is that

passengers get to access the bus

lane but without the bus stops –

which we’ve estimated will save

them 30 to 40 minutes per day

and up three hours per week,”

Tyson told Pittwater Life.

“For the trial, we left Newport

at 7.46am and got to our destination at 8.47am,”

he said. “To give you some idea of the efficiency,

the E88 bus that left Newport at the same time

was still at the McDonald’s at Cremorne when we

arrived at Wynyard.”

Tyson is a Global Innovation Strategist who

works for Innovation Consultancy Tricky Jigsaw,

which is behind the project.

TRIAL THUMBS-UP: Tyson and

happy Slingshot commuters.

“I have actually wanted to run Slingshot for

about four years since I first misunderstood the

proposal for the B-Line – thinking that it filled

up at one stop and then B-Lined it to the city,

without stopping,” Tyson said.

“When I finally realised that

the B-Line was just another

limited stops bus service, I asked,

‘why, in a world with Uber and

AirBnB, can’t we use technology

to organise communities

of people who share the same

commute?’”

He said his team was now

evaluating three approaches.

“First is to self-fund a continuation

of the express route from

Newport to the CBD, and then

other services,” Tyson said.

“There is also the consideration

that we apply for subsidies

from government, and private

grants. Or we can create a platform

to allow organisations in

each suburb – for example, RSLs – to put their

own services on for their community, easily and

risk-free.”

Local Adam Spilstead, who was the first person

to register for the free trial, said: “It was hard

getting the regular bus home after such a quick

and flowing trip in… we need to get this up and

running.”

– Nigel Wall

New clearways

from Mona Vale

Plans to improve traffic flow

from Mona Vale to The Spit

are in full swing, with Roads

and Maritime Services (RMS)

engaging with the community

on new weekend and extended

weekday clearways.

The action aims to ease

congestion along the busy Barrenjoey

and Pittwater Roads

corridor, which carries more

than 60,000 vehicles each day.

RMS will work with Northern

Beaches Council and businesses

to find local business

parking solutions, whereupon

clearways can then be implemented.

Motorists are already enjoying

faster trips along Mona

Vale Rd through St Ives after

clearways were implemented,

with time savings of up to 46

per cent.

Community members and

businesses along the corridor

are invited to register their

details by emailing clearways@

rms.nsw.gov.au to be part of

the community engagement for

this project.

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Bayview units

saga not over

Developer Waterbrook says

it will push ahead with its

controversial proposal to build

95 retirement living units on

the north-western parcel of

Bayview Golf course – despite

the Sydney North Planning

Panel refusing its application

outright at its determination

meeting in August.

The State Government panel

slapped down Waterbrook’s

proposal on six grounds,

including that the “typology,

scale, bulk and height of the

proposal is not compatible

with the existing and future

character of the area” and that

“the impacts on biodiversity

are substantial and adverse”.

But in a letterbox drop to local

residents Waterbrook Managing

Director Kevin Ryan said

the company would “continue

to pursue an approval”.

“While we are naturally

disappointed by the planning

panel’s decision, we are not

disheartened,” Mr Ryan wrote.

“We would like to thank the

Bayview community for their

overwhelming support of this

project, which was displayed

by the sheer weight of submissions

to council in favour of

Waterbrook Bayview.

“As far as we are concerned

[it] met all the required criteria,

with overwhelming evidence

from our top-tier consultants

and advisors.

“We are confident our

proposal is a complaint [sic]

development that will provide

long-term rewards and opportunities

for the broader Bayview

community… as always,

we will keep you informed of

the process and the timing.”

Bayview Golf Club General

Manager Rob McLeod told Pittwater

Life it would be “business

as usual” for the club.

It’s understood the club’s

agreement with Waterbrook

involved a $10 million sale

NEXT STEPS: Developer Waterbrook will try again with its proposal.

price for the land, plus the cost

of future-proofing the course

from flooding – but that the

deal was contingent on the

development proceeding.

“Whilst the panel determination

was disappointing we

believe that ultimately the

provision of additional seniors

housing and a much improved

golf course would be a boon for

the Northern Beaches community,”

Mr McLeod said.

“Bayview Golf Club will continue

business as usual while

working towards this outcome

which we firmly believe is in

the best interests of all parties

involved and of substantial environmental

and social benefit

to our community.”

Spokesperson for residents

group Bayview Life, which campaigned

against the proposal,

rebuffed Mr Ryan’s claim that

the Planning Panel “ignored…

overwhelming community support

in favour of the project”.

“There were 160-plus individual

objections, mainly personal

testimonies of local residents

with long-term knowledge and

a deep concern for the threat

this application represents to

Pittwater’s ecology, and most of

whom are first-hand witnesses

of the many threatened species

and biodiversity therein,” he

said.

– Nigel Wall

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Full of promi

Reflecting on its first anniversary, has the

new Northern Beaches Council lived up to

expectation? Special report by Nigel Wall

One year on since their election, our councillors are

unanimous that much has been achieved – but agree

much more remains to be done.

As might be expected given affiliations and political alliances,

our new Council is far from a united, cohesive unit – as

more than one councillor from the Pittwater and Narrabeen

wards told us.

Drilling down to a personal level, have the candidates we

elected to the northern wards of council fulfilled their preelection

promises?

Pittwater Life approached our six councillors and asked them

to comment on their work to date, in particular addressing

their “pitches” to the community in September 2017...

Pittwater Ward

News

Alex McTaggart

His Election Pitch:

“There are three key issues

– protecting and enhance

the natural environment

and our village

lifestyle; managing

the spectre of housing

and population

density; and opposing

a return to the bad

old days of developerdriven

culture.

“How Pittwater

residents deal with

the ‘new reality’ of the amalgamated

council will be crucial…

confrontation will lead to chaos.

“We must demand good

governance from the mayor,

councillors and council staff

and insist on an open, consultative

council which

involves community

and gives ownership

of the decisionmaking

process to

the community.

“The Government’s

Greater

Sydney Commission

20-year population

increase with 3,400 dwellings

in the first five years is a moving

projection, not a target –

that’s not good enough! We will

work to ensure realistic numbers

are set and the necessary

infrastructure is provided.”

One Year In:

Councillor McTaggart said his

observation was that the Pittwater

ward community was

“getting on with it”.

“The Palm Beach & Whale

Beach Association is being

proactive on beach improvements

at south Palm Beach,

responsive to the walkway

around Whale Beach, parking

issues in Pittwater Park and

bus changes,” he said.

The Avalon Preservation

Association is involved in the

Avalon Place Planning processes,

as is CBPRA, and new

residents un-aligned are also

attending.

“Newport residents have

galvanised against the B-Line

are involved in the potential

Hillside acquisition; groups

in Mona Vale are working to

redefine the direction of the

original Mona Vale place plan;

and Bayview and offshore

residents have squared-off

over Pasadena – so all in all

people are returning to the

general discussion.”

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se?

However, he said Council

was “falling down” around

the “big picture debate”.

“Staff are operating under

delegation, mostly on the

former Warringah psyche,”

he said. “We’ve not had the

in-house discussion on how

we deal with public land, what

value is placed on community

versus the need to have assets

pay their way, and whether

our role is to subsidise projects

and services that are the

responsibility of the state.”

Kylie Ferguson

Her Election Pitch:

“We (Liberals) are pro-Pittwater

and all things aimed at enhancing

the region’s

wonderful mix

of community,

environment and

unique beauty –

both natural and

built.

“We promote

long-term investment

rather than

short-term financial gain. We

welcome and encourage those

who bring to the peninsula a

vision, which is aligned to Pittwater’s

existing qualities and

evolving them respectfully for

future generations.

Continued on page 14

‘We’re engaging with community’

Since amalgamation in May

2016, Council has been

working hard not only to

integrate but to transform

the three very different

Councils into one unique

entity. It’s taken some time

to imbed new structures,

identify efficiencies and get

a brand new elected Council

across everything we need

to know.

Now though we are in

a strong financial position

with a $436 million

budget forecast for 2018/19

of which $109 million is

allocated specifically to

building and improving

infrastructure. The community

is starting to notice the

benefits.

I am proud of the sheer

volume and breadth of

work the new Council gets

through every day. Despite a period of immense

organisational change, we have managed

to get some long-awaited infrastructure

projects in Pittwater off the ground or complete,

like the Church Point carpark, Macpherson

St bridge upgrade, and concepts for a new

surf club for Mona Vale. Plus we are working

with the community to identify our priorities

for the next 10 years through our Community

Strategic Plan.

Transport is a major issue to community

and our transport strategy – a roadmap for

action and advocacy on moving in, out and

around the Northern Beaches for the next

20 years and beyond – is soon to go before

Council.

We are engaging with the community; looking

at how we can make our town centres,

villages and streets better

places to work and play.

Consultation has already

begun at Avalon and Mona

Vale will be the next point

of focus.

The provision of services

and infrastructure for the

community has included the

single parking sticker for

all of the Northern Beaches;

$32 million in grant funding

for the 36km coastal

walkway from Palm Beach

to Manly, plus surf club and

sports field upgrades; also

an additional $21million

in funding towards projects

including Wakehurst

Parkway flood mitigation,

Currawong Beach Heritage

refurbishment, Scotland

Island wastewater feasibility

study and the planning for

the Newport SLSC refurbishment.

And more.

Our new size and capacity has allowed us to

have greater influence in our advocacy with

the State Government which is delivering additional

funding, services and infrastructure

that was not possible before.

We have also been successful in getting

traction with the State Government on some

of their unworkable planning rules around

medium density housing and boarding houses

and we continue to call for more moratoriums

and reviews so we can get better planning

outcomes for our neighbourhoods.

The future is bright and our communities

will continue to be strengthened and enhanced.

It is a privilege and very humbling to

be part of shaping the future of this extraordinary

place.

– Michael Regan

News

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News

Continued from page 13

“We aim to help facilitate

ongoing improvements in infrastructure

in Pittwater, while

fighting against inappropriate

over-development. Common

sense and the needs of the community

must be balanced.

“It’s crucial that we consult

with the community on big

issues and sustainability should

be at the centre of everything.”

One Year In:

“We had some projects that were

underway and have since been

completed such as the Church

Point Car Park and the Macpherson

Street Bridge Upgrade,” Cr

Ferguson said. “We continue to

deliver the Palm Beach Walkway,

and the Coastal Walk from

Manly to Palm Beach.

“We have implemented

several Strategic Reference

Groups, to gain community

input, help share future directions

and support the Community

Strategic Plan Goals

– these involve Community

and Belonging; Economic and

Smart Communities; Environment;

Partnerships and Participation;

Places for People;

and Transport and Travel.”

She said the “pressing

issues” she was engaged in

involved urban development,

youth and mental health,

public transport, offshore/

onshore parking, footpaths

and upgrading the heritage

cottages at Currawong.

“As part of ensuring we

look long-term, for the future

generation we need to continue

to have a focus on the

youth, what issues they face,

and what emotional support

is available for their physical

and mental wellbeing,” she

said. “It’s good to get some

wins on the board like the

opening of Avalon Youth Hub

and Terrey Hills Skate Park.”

Ian White

His Election Pitch:

“We want to take the best

things about the former

Pittwater Council. For example,

I would like to see more

innovations like the rotational

energy fund (where savings in

electrical costs by using new

energy-saving technology was

banked and the money used to

fund more energy savings).

“We will address the infrastructure

deficit in the Pittwater

Ward. Pittwater

Council, although

well run, struggled to

pay for much of its

infrastructure. Low

housing density and

poorly constructed

1940s cut-and-fill

roads meant that

much of the infrastructure

budget had to be

spent on road repair rather

than building footpaths, gutters,

cycleways and other basic

infrastructure.

“My team believes that

limited strategic high-density

housing should be considered

as a solution for areas along

the beaches that attract more

business and new residents,

but accept that the natural

environment north of Mona

Vale should be preserved for

everyone to enjoy and highrise

should not dot the skyline.”

One Year In:

Councillor White claimed the

elected Council was not operating

as a unified body.

“Having 15 councillors, and a

number of them aligned to major

political parties with their

own particular agendas, is very

different and can be

challenging – meetings

can sometimes

be adversarial rather

than collaborative,”

he said.

“As a non-aligned

independent, I

continue to vote with

conscience on every

single issue. Unfortunately,

there have been instances of

inappropriate and deceptive use

of social media by some councillors

– this has not helped in

building a unified team.”

On the positives, he said

Council’s relationship with

the State Government had

changed.

“They now ask how we’d

like things to be done,” he

said. “Pittwater Council was

very small and was pretty

much told what was going to

happen.”

Cr White added Pittwater

had done very well financially

out of amalgamation.

“The government allocated

$30 million to capital works

for the new council and $23

million of that has been spent

in Pittwater,” he said.

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Book Review

The Missing

Pieces of Sophie

McCarthy

By B.M. Carroll, Michael

Joseph, Penguin $32.99

Author acknowledgements are

an amazing insight into the

connectivity of the writing

world. B.M. Carroll and Liane

Moriarty have both expressed

gratitude to each other in

their respective September

2018 releases. Along with

editor and author pal,

Dianne Blacklock (also thanked) the three form a formidable

powerhouse in contemporary Australian fiction.

The Missing Pieces of Sophie McCarthy, a gripping

psychological drama set in Sydney, is Carroll’s first book

with Penguin, and under the moniker B.M. (she’s previously

authored eight novels under her name, Ber Carroll). This new

publishing agreement brings her talent to a wider audience.

Sophie McCarthy is an ambitious perfectionist who thanks

to a serious accident has lost her confidence. Her efforts

to rebuild her life and her high-flying career are narrated

by herself, family, co-workers and her new partner and his

family. It’s complicated, it’s engrossing and a lot of lines get

blurred. In short, excellent leisure reading.

B.M. Carroll is the last guest author at Beachside Bookshop’s

Sunday Salon on September 2; more info 9918 9918.

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Pasadena ‘irregularities’ slammed

Northern Beaches Council and Crown Lands

NSW have failed to protect planning laws

in Pittwater with a series of irregularities by

both authorities in the management of the

Pasadena development at Church Point, a residents

group claims.

The comment by Church Point Community

Projects Association Inc (CPCP) follows the

decision by CPCP, Pasadena developer Altius

Pty Ltd and the Minister Administering Crown

Lands to settle a case currently before the

courts.

It also follows the resolution of the “compulsory

acquisition” saga, with Council

discharging its responsibility following Altius’

rejection of its purchase offer for Pasadena

which concluded official negotiations in early

August.

Nicholas Cowdery QC said there had been

“official inaction” by both Northern Beaches

Council and Crown Lands NSW in the current

Pasadena development. He added the recent

retrospective approval of certain activities on

Crown lands leased by Altius, was “a questionable

action”.

“There has been a lack of transparency and

continuing legal uncertainty over the Pasadena

site, and the development and use of the

adjacent Crown land foreshore,” he said.

“Altius has been able to carry out building

works for a year unhindered since the Northern

Beaches Council resolution to acquire

NO SALE: Pasadena will remain in private ownership.

the Pasadena in August 2017. Since then the

Northern Beaches Council and Crown Lands

NSW have sat and watched this development

unfold without taking any action.

“The Northern Beaches Council and Crown

Lands NSW have failed in their duty to the local

community and failed to protect Pittwater

planning laws and due process of land management,”

he continued.

“Altius now has a 25-year lease for prime

Crown land and is paying a meagre $16,200

pa, or $312 a week, the cost of three reserved

car spaces in the new Church Point carpark.

How did authorities allow this to happen?”

He added CPCP did not have the resources to

continue to a final determination.

An official opening date for the completed

Pasadena has yet to be announced.

6THINGS

THIS MONTH

Attention young shots.

Great news for filmmakers aged

12-24: The 24/7 Youth Film

Festival is back for its 17th year.

Get along to the launch and info

night on Wed 5 from 6-8pm at

the Civic Centre Pittwater Rd

Dee Why where you’ll get a head

start on this years’ comp with

tips from industry professionals

and free pizza!

Shine a torch on nature.

Search for the creatures that

come out to play after dark in

the Warriewood Wetlands. This

free family activity on Fri 7 from

6-7.45pm is suitable ages 7

and up. Bookings through the

Coastal Environment Centre

essential 1300 000 232.

Reef Walk. Organised walks

around Long Reef Aquatic

Reserve with expert guides are

held once a month throughout

the year. The next walk is

scheduled for Sun 9 from 12.30-

2.30pm, weather permitting.

Free. Bookings essential

longreefwalks@gmail.com

YOUth OK Fundraiser.

Pittwater Rugby Club is hosting

a big night for the Youth Off The

Streets Foundation and One

Eighty Avalon on Wed 12 at the

Park House Mona Vale starting

at 6pm. Tickets $100 per head

with food and drinks included

youthok.com.au/events

DIY furniture repair.

Woodwork experts will show you

the latest ideas and techniques

for repairing and up-cycling

pre-loved furniture at a workshop

brought to you by The Bower’s

Re-use and Repair Centre and

Permaculture Northern Beaches

on Sat 22 from 1pm-6pm. Cost

$50 bookings essential. Email

cathy_natoli@hotmail.com.

All that jazz. Want to be part

of the Manly Jazz Festival on

Sept 28 – Oct 1? Volunteers are

needed to fill several positions

including working with the

events team to set up signage

and equipment and surveying

festival goers to get feedback

about event experiences.

Volunteering at an event such as

this is great for the CV! More info

and applications via Northern

Beaches Council website.

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News

SEEN…

Congrats to all concerned for their roles in helping Avalon

Beach SLSC snare the coveted ‘State Club of the Year’

award at the Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence at

Darling Harbour in late August (right). It was the first time

the Club has been successful; this year no other Northern

Beaches Clubs were nominated. It has been an outstanding

year for the Club under the past President Richard Cole

and they continue to go from strength to strength under

new President Ash Cardiff.

HEARD…

The entire Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation at

Narrabeen has been earmarked for possible redevelopment

– with an Australian Institute of Sport-type facility, complete

with International-standard hotel accommodation at the top of

the wish list. We hear the NSW Office of Sport has funded the

development of a masterplan for the future use of the site, which

should be completed by the end of October. A range of local and

external stakeholders,

including local sporting

groups and Northern

Beaches Council, met

in July to discuss the

masterplan. Among

suggestions was a ‘hub

and spokes’ sports

model for the Northern

Beaches, with the

revamped site becoming

the ‘hub’ with highperformance

facilities

for a range of sports

including track and field, plus an indoor convertible velodrome

/ athletics track, with the ‘spokes’ being more specific sporting

venues such as hockey fields and basketball courts. Linking to a

Sydney-based university and providing offsite campus services

for schools is also on the blackboard. While the government has

the cash for the masterplan, no funding for any construction is

currently available. Stay tuned.

ABSURD…

We all love a feel-good community announcement. That is, until

any holes are found. It was exactly a year ago that the State

Government and Northern Beaches Council collaborated to

announce a new, purpose-built community performance space

would be constructed within Mona Vale Public School. But we’re

hearing the project has hit a massive funding brick wall – with

cost projections that could be out by as much as $15 million on

original sums! Seems like the plan for a 1000-seat theatre will

need a massive rethink by the project committee. Here’s hoping

the curtain goes up in some form. Meantime, we wonder what

other ‘isn’t it great!’ announcements are up against it?

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Baker bunch take the cake

for Barrenjoey connection

PERFECT ATTENDANCE: Jackson, Merryn, Chelsey and Rohan Baker (with Saffy) outside Barrenjoey HS.

This family takes the cake to really appreciate how special the beaches and spent every

for having a connection to this area is.”

free moment at the beach – and

Barrenjoey High School, which Rohan, 56, a research scientist

didn’t spend much time think-

celebrates its 50th anniversary

with a PhD in Human ing about school or study.”

this year.

Genetics, explained that to this With Ian Bowsher as Principal,

Meet Rohan Baker, his wife day the couple’s core group

a strong leadership team

Chelsey and their children of close friends are from BHS, and great teachers, the school

Merryn and Jackson – each with many living in the area keeps going from strength to

spent a full six years of their and their kids attending Barrenjoey

strength, Chelsey added.

secondary education at the

too.

“We’re strong advocates for

beloved school.

Currently in her Honours public education and we feel

Adding to the mix is the fact Year of an Advanced Science our kids have benefited from

that Rohan’s older sister Tracey degree in Analytical Chemistry growing up with friends who

and younger sister Sharyn both at UNSW, Merryn, 21, “loved her are not just at the same school

attended BHS; his older brother BHS years”. And after completing

but are also neighbours,” she

Russell did the sound system

the HSC last year, Jackson, said. “We think that makes for

for many school dances in the 19, is enjoying a gap year strong friendship ties as they

canteen and their parents Val before he too goes to UNSW. mature and go out into the

and Joe Baker were heavily involved

Chelsey and Rohan say the world – they have that core of

in the P&C, helping raise school these days seems a close childhood friends, as Roh

funds and lobbying for a hall. world away from the time when and I still do.

Chelsey is a proud local they rolled up wearing ‘Jesus’ “It’s lovely to have that

through and through – the sandals and desert boots and lifetime connection of shared

first baby born in Mona Vale lugging square hessian backpacks

experiences and love of this

Hospital in June 1964, she grew

over one shoulder. special part of the world… we

up in Avalon and met Rohan as Apart from more trees and feel very privileged.”

a young teen.

other physical improvements

– Lisa Offord

“Yes, Roh and I were childhood

over the years, the most impor-

* Barrenjoey High School’s

sweethearts,” reveals tant change the couple have Golden Ball celebrating its 50

Chelsey, who graduated Year 12 witnessed is the greater value years is on Saturday September

in 1981. “We met at Barrenjoey placed on a good education,

29. Tickets $100 include a

and started going out when I Chelsey said.

three-course meal by Rukus,

was 15 and Roh had just left to “It was all very rough and licensed bar by Sotto Sopra,

go to Uni. We’ve lived and travelled

ready and life was much less live bands and a memorabilia

all over the world but we structured and simpler in the exhibition. Phone 9918 8811

always come back to Avalon – I ’70s,” Chelsey said.

or book through trybooking.

think you have to move away “Most kids ‘hitched’ around com/WDBC

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Pittwater News

Picnic push to save

Mona Vale Hospital

Community groups are launching

a last-ditch bid to save Mona

Vale Hospital, with a family

picnic to be held on Sunday 16

September from 11.30am to

2.30pm at Robert Dunn Reserve

(behind the Hospital). Organiser

Pip Rey said everyone was

invited to attend and show

support. “We want to see people

whose lives were saved there,

who were born there or who

have been patched up there

over the years,” she said. “It will

be a statement about the importance

of our local, community

hospital and also a day of fun,

with family friendly entertainment,

such as pony rides and

music.” The picnic follows a

public meeting in July which

drew attention to the risks

associated with the closure of

Mona Vale Hospital and showed

strong support to keep Mona

Vale Hospital as a Level 3 hospital,

with emergency, surgery

and in-patient beds, she said.

More info 0411 517 035.

Council seeks advice

on community centres

They are among the mostloved

Council amenities in

day-to-day use – but are we

really getting the best use

out of the Northern Beaches’

neighbourhood community

centres? Northern Beaches

Council wants our community

to identify additional

opportunities, so all residents

can enjoy the centres

to their full potential now

and into the future. Mayor

Michael Regan said: “Northern

Beaches community centres

are hubs of social activity and

lifelong learning. We want

you to tell us what you think

about the centres – are the

right facilities available in the

right locations? What do you

love about your community

centre – and what gaps do

we need to address?” Council

community centres host children’s

activities, community

support groups, performing

arts groups, education and

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News

New General Manager is ready to set sail at the Alfreds

The Royal Prince Alfred

Yacht Club has appointed

Craig Evans as its new General

Manager, succeeding Suzanne

Davies who leaves the RPAYC

after 12 years. Craig – who

topped a field of 70 applicants

– has been CEO of the Cruising

Yacht Club of South Australia

(CYCSA) for 13 years and

prior was an elected Board

Member of that Club for

three years. Craig has a focus

on building and improving

member facilities and services

and during his tenure at the

CYCSA his many achievements

included assisting in the design

and project management of an

entirely new marina facility, a

significant clubhouse upgrade

and increased member

satisfaction and growth.

Craig said: “It is a wonderful

Club with a great sailing

history and I look forward to

continuing and contributing

to this history by growing

member participation at RPAYC

in our sport. Pittwater is a

magnificent waterway and I

can’t wait to interact with it

on a regular basis”. He and

wife Julie will attend RPAYC

Opening Day celebrations on

Saturday 1 September.

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Photo: Advanced Life.

SMILE!: Teachers of Newport PS dressed as they would have been in 1888.

Remember days of the old school yard

There will be plenty of talking and lots of laughter at Newport

Public School next month when the oldest school on the

northern beaches celebrates its 130th Anniversary. A huge

celebration will be held on Thursday Oct 25 with current and

former students, teachers, staff, families and volunteers all invited

to share the special day. One of the event organisers, Trina Jones

(class of 1977), explained the day would have three components

commencing at 1pm with a display of projects created by current

students. “Each year is working on a project studying the history of

the school and the area, including the production of a broadsheet

newspaper, photo exhibition, art installation and the recreation

of school classrooms under canvas tents circa 1888,” Trina said.

From 4-6pm the school is hosting a giant Reunion Afternoon Tea

complete with photographs and memorabilia highlighting the past

130 years. “We are delighted to be welcoming back some special

guests including a former student who is 93 years young!” Trina

said. The day will culminate in an evening of entertainment from

6pm showcasing the talents of former students and staff, with

stalls offering a variety of food and beverages.

More info and to register interest 9999 3588 or email newportps130@yahoo.com.

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News

Last chance to whale watch in 2018

Spring sees Humpback Whales begin their annual

migration southbound from the warmer tropical waters

of Queensland, having bred and given birth. It’s an exciting

time to go whale watching from Pittwater and see young

calves and mothers swim together. Humpback whales

migrate around 5000km on average – one of the longest

migratory journeys of any mammal on Earth. Fantasea

Cruising has scheduled three final Whale Watching Cruises

for 2018 (three hours duration) leaving Palm Beach (8.45am)

and Patonga (9.15am); dates are Sunday 30th September;

Sunday 7th October; Sunday 14th October. It’s a great school

holidays activity – hear an educational talk, plus visit the

local seal colony at via Barrenjoey headland. And they offer

a ‘whale watching guarantee’ – if no whales are spotted,

you can return for free. Adult tickets $65; kids $30. Family

passes available. More info 9974 2411 or fantasea.com.au

Continued from page 20

personal development, health,

relaxation and fitness, sports

and seniors’ activities among

other things. Council is

proposing to conduct on-line

surveys, host focus groups

with key stakeholders, have

consultations with current

community centre patrons,

and is holding pop-up information

stalls to engage with

the public. Attend a dropin

session or complete the

on-line survey. See Council’s

website. Comments close 28

September.

Manly Arts Festival

celebrating 25 years

The 25th annual Manly Arts

Festival will ignite the Northern

Beaches from September 7

with an eclectic mix of exciting

events featuring prominent

musicians and visual artists –

with a highlight being Manly

Art Gallery & Museum’s exhibition

‘Octennial: Reg Mombassa

& Peter O’Doherty’ (see our

feature on page 36). This will

include Mombassa’s iconic

allegorical landscapes and

O’Doherty’s studies of deceptively

mundane domestic and

suburban Australian scenes as

well as a Music Lounge series

of live music concerts. Manly

Arts Festival began in 1994 and

has since grown into one of

the State’s leading communitybased

arts festivals, attracting

more than 15,000 visitors each

year. The official launch will

take place at MAG&M (close

by Manly Wharf) on Friday 7

September, from 6 – 8pm. More

info 9976 1421; follow on Twitter

@manlyartsfest

Poland focus for

Country Women

His Excellency Micolpodiejski,

Ambassador for Poland, is the

main speaker at the Country

Women’s Association Manly

2018 International Day Lunch

on Friday, September 21

from 12 noon at the Manly

Skiff Club. The theme of the

afternoon will be Poland – the

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country of study for the CWA

in 2018. (The ambassador’s

wife Barbarapodiejska will

also attend.) Tickets are $50

(to be booked and paid for

in advance); more info Edna

Fairley on 9997 5038 or email

efairley@optusnet.com.au

Narrabeen bridge

path proposal

Northern Beaches Council is

seeking community feedback

on the aesthetic elements of

the design of a proposed pedestrian

and cycle path along

Pittwater Road over the Narrabeen

Lagoon. The section of

path across the Pittwater Road

Bridge has been identified as a

bottleneck and safety hazard

for cyclist and pedestrians.

The proposed multi-use path

will be two and a half metres

wide and will be located to

the west of the existing road

bridge. The new pedestrian

and cycle path is likely to be

open for use in 2020. More For

info and to have your say visit

northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

Weekend opening to

help pay permits

Northern Beaches Council will

open customer service centres

at Mona Vale on Saturday 1

September from 9am to 12pm.

The extended opening hours

are to assist residents pay for

beach parking permits and

other special parking permits,

which are due for renewal, and

to conduct other Council business.

Permits for Bayview’s

Rowland Reserve, Church

Point Reserve and Palm

Beach’s Woorak Reserve/Iluka

Park as well as beach parking

permits in general cannot be

purchased online. The Saturday

opening hours will mean

greater flexibility for residents

who wouldn’t have to fit in

a trip to Council during the

working week.

Vital funding for

buffer bush reserve

Dundundra Falls Reserve at

Terrey Hills has been awarded

NSW Government funding to

assist with the protection of

its spectacular native bushland.

Local MP Rob Stokes said

a grant of $77,505 had been

provided to help preserve and

enhance the reserve’s native

vegetation and fauna habitat.

Dundundra Falls Reserve covers

38 hectares of Crown Land

and is carefully managed by

an enthusiastic and passionate

group of local volunteers and

expert bush regenerators.

Sports injury seminar

Are you suffering pain from

a sporting injury? Have you

been ‘managing’ your injury

while continuing to play out

the netball, league, union,

soccer or basketball seasons?

Northern Beaches sports

injury surgeon Dr Paul Miniter

is holding a free information

seminar on Septem ber 19.

Learn the signs and symptoms

associated with acute injury of

the lower limb – including the

knees and ankles – and your

next-steps management plan.

Seminar is from 7-8pm at Pittwater

Day Surgery. Limited

places; more info nbocentre.

com.au/sportsnight

Probus and U3A talks

Well-known entertainer

and dual MO Award winner

Johnny Pace (Channel Ten’s

Celebrity Game) is the guest

speaker at the next Pittwater

Probus Club meeting at Mona

Vale Golf Club on September

11. Born in England, Johnny

gained his experience in live

performances in concerts,

cabaret and television. He

will talk about the value of

‘putting humour to work’.

Meanwhile the meeting’s fiveminute

speaker will be Club

Member and adventurer/trekker

Fred Murray-Walker who

in retirement has travelled

to many unusual places. His

talk will be on his sailing boat

crossing of the Atlantic Ocean

from Gibraltar to the Caribbean.

Meeting starts 10am;

all welcome. More info Geoff

Sheppard 0437 274 074. Palm

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Pittwater News

Continued from page 23

Beach Probus’ speaker at their

meeting at Club Palm Beach on

Wednesday 19 September, is

Greg van Borssum, an Australian

assistant director, actor

and stuntman known for his

work as a consultant for the

films Mad Max and Fury Road.

Visitors welcome; enquiries

on 9973 1247. Marriage celebrant

Wendy Bull will speak

about ‘Weddings – wicked,

wonderful and wild’ at the

University of the Third Age

Northern Beaches meeting at

Newport Community Centre

on Wednesday 5 September.

Wendy explains that while

most weddings are enjoyable

and wonderful affairs, there

are always those hilarious

and even disastrous moments

when events don’t quite

work. Runs 1.30pm-3.30pm;

all welcome. On Tuesday 25

September Sue Martin will

speak on the importance of

arranging your affairs in the

digital world. More info Mavis

Bickerton 9970 7161.

All that jazz is

back at Manly

Australia’s longest running

jazz festival – Manly Jazz –

returns to Manly Beach on the

long weekend of 29 September

– 1 October, with more than

100,000 visitors expected to

enjoy the diversity of music

with roots ranging from New

Orleans jazz to funk, Latin, fusion,

blues, gospel and swing.

Now in its 41st year, Manly Jazz

will showcase young local musicians

alongside professional

national and international acts.

The family friendly event will

have performances in multiple

indoor and outdoor venues,

with accompanying food stalls.

For more info visit northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

Margaret Makin: true

Mackellar Champion

Prominent community advocate

Margaret Makin has been

awarded the 2018 ‘Champion

of Mackellar’ honour by local

Federal MP Jason Falinski.

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Ms Makin’s local contribution

includes founding the Bayview

Church Point Residents’ Association

and acting as President

for many years, to being an

integral part of the Bayview

Baths Heritage nomination.

Margaret also founded the

Northern Beaches Garden Club

and has been a strong advocate

for the local environment,

being on the Pittwater Council

Natural Environment Reference

Group for 20 years.

Tracey Spicer for

Zonta fundraiser

Author, journalist and broadcaster

Tracey Spicer is the

guest speaker at The Zonta

Club of Northern Beaches’

fundraising advocacy dinner

at Dee Why RSL on October

11. Tracey is renowned for the

courage of her convictions,

passion for social justice, and

commitment to equality. Event

starts 6.45pm; ‘Early Bird’

tickets (before October 1) $70.

Email zontanb@gmail.com or

phone Marg 0416 182 393.

Devotional music in an inspiring setting

T

he acoustically spectacular and architecturally distinct

Bahá’í Temple at Ingleside will host 80 singers from

Australia, Europe, the US and New Zealand on Sunday

September 9 with the performance of two sacred choral

concerts. Commencing at 11am and 1.30pm, the choir will sing

15 songs a cappella in seven languages including English, Maori,

French, Japanese, Arabic, Spanis, and Persian. Interspersed

between prayers and readings from the world’s major religions,

all songs will draw their lyrics and inspiration the theme of

‘hope and happiness’. The free concerts are part of the eighth

annual Sydney Sacred Music Festival, to be held over the first

three weekends of September. The Festival draws inspiration

from the Baha’i sacred writings, including the quotation: “We,

verily, have made music as a ladder for your souls, a means

whereby they may be lifted up unto the realm on high.” More

info bahaichoralfestival.org.au

Vet

on

call

with

Dr Ben Brown

Just like many humans,

animals can also suffer from

seasonal allergies, particularly

in springtime. Dogs and, less

commonly, cats can react

to allergens in the air or via

direct contact that can cause

health problems in a similar

way to humans with seasonal

hay fever. In pets we call this

‘atopy’ or environmental

allergies which is caused

by the immune system

overreacting to a substance in

the environment.

The most common sign

of this type of allergy in pets

is itchy skin, particularly the

feet, in the ‘armpits’ and in

the groin region. Dogs will

often scratch, lick or chew

these areas and subsequently

introduce bacteria and fungus

into the superficial skin layers

causing an infection which

further increases the itch.

Other common manifestations

of allergies are itchy or infected

ears and eyes. Animals can

also suffer from allergies to

certain types of food that

can also cause itchy skin and

can occur concurrently with

environmental allergies. It

is important to distinguish

between these types of

allergies as the treatment is

very different for each type.

Antihistamines are usually

not very effective in treating

allergies in pets. An important

part of treatment is resolving

secondary skin infections

using medicated shampoos

and sometimes antibiotics

and/or antifungal medication.

Many pets will also require

special medication to block

the signalling system within

the skin that triggers the itch

rather than suppressing the

immune system. Blood and

skin tests can be used to

determine the source of the

allergy and to desensitise the

animal to prevent ongoing

issues related to the allergy.

If your pet has itchy skin

drop in and ask our team for

some advice to help control

this frustrating problem.

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Set builder, building designer

and boat restorer… Larry

Eastwood cites personal

reinvention as the prompt

for his many and varied

accomplishments.

Story by Rosamund Burton

As happy

Life Stories

as Larry

Larry Eastwood was living in a bedsit of the Nimrod Theatre Company and its A Town Like Alice, as well as other films

above a garage in Essex in his final first employee. The theatre was a converted

stables in Kings Cross, the now Stables and Crocodile Dundee 2. Film critic David

including Phar Lap, The Empty Beach

year of theatre production when he

received a letter from Richard Wherrett. Theatre, and he built the seats, the sets, Stratton describes him as “Australia’s most

Wherrett, who went on to be the founding

set up the lighting and sold the tickets. distinguished production designer”.

director of the Sydney Theatre Com-

It was in the early days of the Nimrod Larry had a dream to have a house on

pany, had taught at the East 15 Acting Theatre that he met actress Deborah the water with a jetty and admits with a

School, where Larry was a student. Now Llewellyn-Jones. It is the willowy Deborah, laugh: “I was always half a million short.”

back in Australia Wherrett wrote to say with Roedie, their Staffie, who emerges But in the mid-’90s he bought a fibro

that he was starting a theatre company from their tin house on stilts on Paradise shack at Morning Bay on the Western

with John Bell and Ken Horler, that “there Avenue at Clareville, and moments later Foreshore and did it up. Then a few years

was nobody practical amongst the founders”

Larry drives down the steep driveway. later, drawing on his architectural skills,

and needed him.

“I don’t like ordinary houses,” he tells Larry built Deborah and his dream home.

“Four weeks later just before Christmas

me, while making coffee in the galley-

“It was important to me that it looked

I landed at Sydney airport, got style kitchen of this unusual dwelling like it belonged on the edge of the

in the car, and came all the way up to among the tall spotted gums.

National Park, so I built this very simple

Whale Beach, where Richard Wherrett Forty years ago, Deborah and he

but detailed open plan post-and-beam

with some mates had rented a cottage. I bought a block of land on Chisholm house out of hardwood, with just two

ran down to the beach and straight into Avenue, above Clareville Beach, and Larry bedrooms, and a boatshed right on the

the water and,” says Larry. “I have never built a house.

water’s edge, which was the office. This

looked back.”

“It was a tin shack on steel poles, not was going to be my last house.”

After he left school Larry’s father had unlike this,” he recounts, “with panoramic In 2006, he entered it into the Pittwater

found him a job in an architect’s office views of both the ocean and Pittwater.” Council’s Urban Design Awards. “One of

in London. Every morning he caught the The couple came up here from the eastern the judges was architect Peter Stutchbury

train from Beaconsfield to Paddington suburbs for weekends. Larry was designing

and when he came to Morning Bay and

Station, and sat in an attic room drafting,

sets and doing production manage-

saw the house he said, ‘Somebody is go-

until a friend suggested he join him at ment for plays at the Nimrod, and also the ing to love this building a hundred years

East 15. Lured by the prospect of “gorgeous

Belvoir and the Sydney Theatre Company, from now,’” Larry recounts, his eyes

young actresses” and the licensed and he had also embarked on a career swelling with emotion. “It won an award

bar, he started a course in theatre production

in the film business, which was to last and I was very humbled by it, because I’m

– set and lighting design.

30 years. He was art director for the film not a qualified architect, I’m a building

When he arrived in Sydney in 1970 he Newsfront, produced by David Elfick, and designer.” Because of that house Larry

was 22 years old. He became a co-founder did production design for the mini-series got commissions to design several other

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houses, including the Butterfly House on

Scotland Island.

Larry and Deborah lived at Morning Bay,

and Deborah’s mother, Elizabeth Kirkby,

who is now 98, bought the house next

door. Then two years ago, they decided to

move back to the mainland to be nearer

their daughter, Gemma, and their grandchildren,

Zara and Darcy. Their house had

been on the market for only three days,

when pub mogul Justin Hemmes, owner

of The Newport, bought it.

Larry and Deborah initially rented the

Paradise Avenue house, and have recently

bought it.

“I’m nearly 70. I thought I was retired

and I’ve just taken out the largest mortgage

I’ve ever had in my life,” Larry says

with a smile. He has put in a DA to build

a jetty and a boatshed, a DA to divide the

block of land, and a DA to make alterations

to this house – and a DA to divide

the block of land to pay for it all.

After a career in theatre and film

design, and architectural design he has

recently entered the boat building world,

with plans to restore a 1900 42-foot yacht

called ‘Petrel’.

He shows me the hull model, and then

from the verandah points out the sleek

classic wooden yacht on a mooring.

“She was built and designed by the New

Zealand yacht designer Arch Logan and

made of kauri. The restoration of it would

be a $400,000 job if done professionally,

so I’m going to do it myself.”

Three years ago, he set up a wooden

boat building school in Mona Vale, because

he wanted to learn more about wooden

boat building. With what he calls “other

grey-haired old farts” and under the guidance

of boat builder Simon Sadubin and

shipwright Ian Smith, they built timber

boats. However, this business enterprise

lost money, so he closed the school, but

plans to re-open it when the Paradise Avenue

building projects are complete.

Larry has had a life-long love of timber

boats and is president of the Couta Boat

Association’s NSW chapter. He has also

just become Vice-Commodore of Avalon

Sailing Club, and there are plans for Pittwater’s

fleet of Couta boats to race at the

weekends out of the Avalon Sailing Club.

“The one thing I learnt at Morning Bay

was community,” Larry says. “Deborah

and I knew virtually everybody on the

Western Foreshore, because we’d get

together for fire shed dinners, and everyone

looked after each other. We loved that

community.”

He believes that Avalon Sailing Club,

with its huge shed on the waterfront, is

totally underused, and he wants to see

it utilised more for community events

– sailing and others. He’s also keen to

instigate a regular classic yacht fleet race

on Pittwater.

I marvel at this man’s many accomplishments,

his delight in the numerous

projects he’s currently juggling, and

wonder how he can achieve so much.

“The key is to keep reinventing yourself,”

he concludes, “that’s what gives you

energy.”

Life Stories

CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE: On the balcony

of his Clareville home; three generations on a

day out at Barrenjoey Headland; at Towlers Bay

House for Sydney Magazine in 2007; the moment

Larry learned he was runner-up in the Couta

Nationals; sailing his beloved Couta; with his

grandson Darcy; a night out with Deborah.

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Special Feature

Garden

parties

Meet the sustainability-minded folk who first sowed

the seeds and now continue to nurture Pittwater’s

community gardens. Special report by Rosamund Burton.

Avalon Community Garden

Walking up a narrow path past a

paw paw tree, a cluster of citrus

trees and a chicken enjoying a

dust bath, I reach a long wooden table,

in the middle of Avalon Community

Garden, around which nine people are

gathered for morning tea. Mugs are

handed around, along with homemade

banana bread, and spread out on the

table is freshly picked produce for people

to take home – chillies, carrots, spinach,

lettuces, herbs and lavender.

Seventy-six-year-old Heath Blanshard

has been involved in the garden since

it was set up nine years ago. The group

of gardeners approached Ian Bowsher,

headmaster of Barrenjoey High, to see if

some land could be made available for a

community garden. He offered them this

mound, which had been created from

building rubble in the 1980s when the

school hall was built.

“We laid carpet over the ground for

nine months to kill the kikuyu grass,

lantana and the other weeds,” explains

Heath.

From the outset they started making

lots of compost to improve the soil.

“Every day we pick up a bag of leftover

vegetable leaves from Avalon Organics,

we get coffee grounds from Café Relish

and Alfonso’s Café at North Avalon, and

horse manure from Ingleside. Also, Prodjuice,

a juicing company in Warriewood

brings us their pulp.”

Sunday morning is when the members

garden together, each maintaining

various sections, but the garden is open

every day outside school hours, and during

the week people are rostered daily to

water and feed the chooks.

Heath looks after “the enclosure” – a

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW: Avalon Community Garden has been operating at Barrenjoey High School for nine years, thanks to the dedicated

efforts of volunteers like their president Tim Seaton (opposite left), Shanti Mors (below left), Heath Blanshard (above left) and Tom Oliver (above right).

domed structure covered in netting

which protects the plants from being

eaten by rabbits or possums.

She pulls up a large daikon radish,

while deftly swooshing out a chicken

that is eating a rocket plant.

She explains that the members share

the garden’s produce, with people taking

what they feel is fair.

“We’re not taking home a great deal,

but we don’t mind that,” she said.

“It’s about the environment and growing

produce locally.”

The president of the community garden

is 32-year-old Tim Seaton, who grew up in

Avalon and went to Barrenjoey High; he is

now an educator at the Coastal Environment

Centre.

After attending a permaculture course

four years ago, learning about food, soil

and sustainable agriculture, it became a

passion for him. Tim joined the garden in

2016; when he is not gardening here, he

is working in his small garden at home or

listening to podcasts and reading books

on these topics.

He used to be a commercial bee

keeper, and with his brother Joel had 30

hives and sold honey to local businesses

and at the markets. He emphasises the

crucial role that bees play in the garden,

pointing out the ‘bee hotel’ he has made.

Eventually, he plans to buy a property

and live off the grid.

“The garden’s a great spot to test what

I’m learning,” says Tim. “I see the ability

to grow our own food as the most valuable

skill.”

Shanti Mors, 34, who I find turning the

compost, joined the community garden

last October.

“The social aspect is one of the best

parts – chatting to people with similar

interests, he says.” He shows me a bed

of Warrigal greens, and says he’s keen

to cultivate more native plants including

native yams.

Twenty-five-year-old, Tom Oliver, the

vice president, became a member of the

garden when he returned to Australia

two years ago after cycling from Alaska

to California and working on natural

building projects and regenerative agricultural

farms along the way.

“I had an epiphany one day, and

realised that I’m literally made of the

soil and the nutrients from the soil, so I

became curious to know how soil works.

Then I thought it was common sense to

understand how to grow food.”

Tom looks after “the back block” –

once an overgrown slope, which is now

being terraced.

“It doesn’t look much to the eye, but

most of the vegetation is edible,” he says,

picking some potato vines for me to try.

Tom moved to the Northern Beaches at

the age of nine, and currently lives in an

apartment block in South Avalon.

“I find it very cathartic spending time

in the garden,” he says. “Also, I’ve met

members of the community I would

never have bumped into, and it’s an opportunity

to interact with the older age

group, who have taught me a lot.”

Membership of Avalon Community

Garden is $25 for a single, and $40 for

a family or household per annum. Visit

avaloncommunitygarden.wordpress.

com for more details.

Continued on page 30

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Special Feature

Newport Community Garden

The following Saturday I visit

Newport Community Garden at

Woolcott Reserve off Gladstone

Street. The council-owned block, explains

the community garden treasurer

Karen Bond, could have been sold off

and become another block of units, but

the neighbours signed a petition for it to

become a community garden instead.

A year after it was established, there

was talk of turning it into self-managed

allotments, and that’s when Karen,

Valerie Long and Camila Cantoli became

involved.

“We said we need it to be a community,”

explains 32-year-old Argentinianborn

Camila (top left), who is garden

secretary. “We wanted people to work

together, rather than each of us having

our own plot.”

Newport Community Garden has now

been going for three years and has 12

members, five of whom are working in

the garden when I visit. On the second

Sunday of each month all members are

asked to come along, to undertake big

projects, such as plantings, or building

more beds.

All the beds are covered in white netting,

under which are growing an abundance

of green vegetables including kale,

broccoli and coriander. Valerie Long, the

president, and Karen, both in their mid-

50s, are prepping the beds to get the PH

levels right for the upcoming planting,

while a kookaburra watches them with a

beady eye.

“None of us really knew a lot about

gardening,” admits Karen (above right),

her hands deep in the soil, “so we’re all

learning together.” She tells me that native

bees are pollinating their crops and

explains they have plans for an orchard,

and have already planted lemons and

limes as well as a finger lime. Next to go

in will be pomegranate and guava trees.

Bunnings donated some beds and

tools, and the garden also received two

grants from the then Pittwater Council:

one for $2,500 to build the garden shed,

and the second grant of $17,000 for more

garden beds, soil, netting, and an irrigation

system.

“The council has been so supportive,”

explains Camila, “and the garden

couldn’t have been established so quickly

if it wasn’t for the help we’ve had.”

Maree Nutt and Garrick Transell are

both turning the compost.

“Turning the compost is my favourite

job,” says Maree. “I run a small charity

and I’m managing people all day. I love

coming to the garden because here I’m a

worker bee.”

Garrick has lived on the corner of

Woolcott Street for eight years; he only

found the community garden several

months ago because he saw a baby

alpaca being walked on a lead up the

street. Intrigued, he followed the longnecked

woolly mammal, befriended it

and its owners, and also discovered the

garden.

Although less established than Avalon

Community Garden, Newport is steadily

increasing its reach and membership. A

few elderly people are starting to come

and sit in the space, and a group of

mothers are keen to do some gardening

with their kids. A growing number of the

local community bring their compost

here every week, and the garden also

gets coffee grounds from Zubi Bar.

“We have a lot of fun, and the membership

is growing organically, in a happy

and relaxed way,” says Camila.

Whether it’s pursuing a passion for

sustainability, growing food or being

with like-minded people, “once you start

coming to the garden,” she says, “you

want to come more and more.”

Newport Community Garden is $30

per annum and a $20 set-up fee for the

first year. For further info email newportcommunitygardenau@gmail.com

or

visit facebook.com/newportcg

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Bayview

‘cave’ is

House of

the Year

This remarkable

home leaning

back into a

rocky hillside

has been

named the

2018 Australian

House of

the Year.

WINNER: In addition

to the pool

the home boasts a

rootop courtyard

with vast bushland

views. The

landscape-driven

design features

exposed concrete,

steel and brickwork

and practical

yet stylish details.

Home Special

Cabbage Tree House – a Peter Stutchbury

Architecture design – has been

selected as the 2018 Australian House

of the Year by a panel of leading industry

experts for its “timeless qualities, impressive

sculptural forms and connection to place”.

“It is a house through which one can

reconnect with nature – not as a museum

piece, but as a home to be lived in,” the

jurors said.

Now in its eighth year, the prestigious

Houses Awards recognises the most outstanding

examples of Australian residential

architecture and design while encapsulating

the true authenticity of home.

This year 477 entries in nine categories

were submitted.

Cabbage Tree House also picked up the

award for best new house over 200sq/m.

More pics and the complete list of winners

and commendations is available on the

Houses Awards website. – Lisa Offord

Photos: Michael Nicholson

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HOME

HELP

Freshen up your home to greet the new

season. Short on time, or the job’s too tricky to

DIY? Make the transition to spring a breeze by

focussing on the tasks that can be done and

dusted by the pros. Compiled by Lisa Offord

Home Special

Exterior clean

What might look like a house

that’s in disrepair and begging

for a paint job, might just need

a good wash. Professional

exterior cleaning services

recommend house washing on

a seasonal basis. Most exterior

cleaning companies will also

take care of the front fence,

paths, stairs, decks, paving,

clear the gutters and help make

your windows sparkle too! (See

our Trades & Services section

for the best local specialists).

Upholstery, floors

& window coverings

Simply throwing open the windows

and letting in some fresh

air and cleaning your home

like you mean it will make

your house so much more

inviting. But if you want your

home sweet home to smell and

feel really fresh, get flooring,

carpets, rugs, curtains and

soft furnishings professionally

cleaned and/or replaced.

With so many products and

styles to choose from knowing

exactly what to do with your

floors can, well, floor you. Stephan

Lofting from Blue Tongue

Carpets - Northern Beaches

Flooring Centre offers independent

advice and personal

service that simply can’t be

matched. As the “Commander

in Chief” of this family-run

business Stephan, who has

been in the industry for more

than 40 years, will come to

your home to provide advice,

measurements and estimations

on carpets, vinyl planks and

tiles and timber and laminate

flooring. Visit bluetonguecarpets.com

or call 9979 7292

or pop into the showroom at

Unit 2/1 Polo Ave Mona Vale.

Susan Ottowa specialises

in transforming and reinvigorating

indoor and outdoor

furniture into pieces that sing

Free solar advice session

Northern Beaches Council will hold another free information

evening for those wishing to go solar at home, following the

overwhelming response to the first session in July.

The session will be held on Tuesday 18 September from

6.30-8.30pm at the PCYC in Dee Why.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said it was

clear there was strong demand for information about how

solar power worked and the energy savings that could be

achieved.

“These sessions help demystify the publicity around solar

power and battery storage and that is probably why they are

so popular,”

Mayor Regan said. “Residents can go to this free session

to get advice on whether solar energy is right for their home

and how to best go about installing it.”

Council works with Our Energy Future, an initiative founded

by a group of councils, to provide the workshops.

For more info and to book in for this session visit

northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

with a fresh new appearance.

By repairing or replacing the

fabric, and/or foam with expert

care Susan and the team will

help bring life back to your

existing furniture. With a wide

selection of foam, an extensive

range of designer fabrics and

complimentary styling advice

Susan can help you to achieve

the feel you are after. Susan

also makes curtains and blinds

at competitive prices. More

info 0422 466 880.

Leather lounge looking a

little worse for wear? Perhaps it

could do with a colour restoration.

To keep leather looking great

it needs to be cleaned approximately

every three months to

remove not only the dirt you

can see but the also the grime

you can’t, such as perspiration,

body oils and perfumes.

Leather also needs regular

conditioning to replace lost

moisture and a protective antisoiling

barrier to help it go the

distance. When leather is new,

it has the protection of the

manufacturers coatings, which

lasts about five years.

Keeping upholstery leather

in good condition is largely

about first maintaining the

original coatings then, when

wear and tear occur, reinstating

them said Leanne Jurd from

Leather Hero. Leanne said her

leather restoration process

begins with a thorough hand

detail to remove all traces of

dirt, grime and residues. She

uses leather pigments (and

sometimes dyes) mixed with

a hardwearing carrier cream

(containing organic waxes)

that is applied by hand to the

entire surface of your leather

upholstery to restore ageing

coatings. The effect is a semiopaque

colour coating that

effectively minimises the visibility

of imperfections, unifies

the overall colour and protects

the underlying leather. More

info leatherhero.com.au

Revamp outside

living and the pool

Check the barbie, the outdoor

furniture, ensure cushions are

dust- and mould-free and give

decks and outdoor entertaining

areas the once-over – if

repairs are in order, book in

the experts now.

Restoring your pool interior

and surrounds can take your

backyard from looking tired

and neglected, to a sparkling

resort-style sanctuary where

you want to spend hours of

quality time. Aussie company

and northern beaches-based

Colormaker Industries, which

celebrates its 60th birthday this

year, is an industry leader in the

manufacture of LUXAPOOL interior

and poolside paving paints.

They report the latest trends

in swimming pool colours are

finishes that will give pool areas

a natural look.

Darker pool colours including

black help the water to

reflect the natural surrounds.

These darker colours absorb

more heat than lighter colours,

to keep the water temperature

up. Monochrome colours are

also on trend, with white pool

interiors and black surrounds.

And pairing pool colours

with natural landscaping like

sandstone and greenery can

give the area a luxurious feel.

Also, refreshing your pool

surrounds will make a big

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difference to the look of your

pool area. This can be as easy

as resurfacing the existing

coping and paving to create a

fresh look.

Another advantage of waterbased,

rubberised Poolside

& Paving paint is the non-slip

effect it gives – wet areas

around the pool will be safer

when children are running

around. For more info and

paint colour guides, head to

luxapool.com.au

Greening your home

There’s no need for a tree change or sea change – Permaculture

has made a shift to the suburbs. Join hundreds of locals

at Dee Why RSL next month to hear from a panel of experts

on how to downshift and retrofit houses, gardens and lifestyles

to be more sustainable and resilient.

The October 9 special event on Eco Retrofitting the Suburbs

will feature: David Holmgren one of the founders of

permaculture, a leading ecological thinker, teacher, respected

writer and speaker who promotes permaculture as a realistic

pathway to sustainability and a powerful way of life; Jo

Gillies, founder and director of Archisoul Architects who will

discuss design efficiencies for existing buildings and how do

an eco-friendly retrofit; and the inspiring host of the ABCs

Gardening Australia Costa Georgiadis. All ages welcome.

Bookings essential permaculturenorthernbeaches.org.au.

A donation of $5 is recommended as entry fee.

Eco Corner

Battery

storage

options affect

how you will

make the right

decision on

solar needs.

A solar

inverter or PV

inverter, is a

with

Jono Burke

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 during the day,

when the sun is out, you can

use the power in your house

directly from the solar panels.

Of course the sun doesn’t

shine 24 hours a day! With this

in mind, more and more I am

getting asked about battery

storage as a way to continue

to reduce your energy costs.

Along with a solar system that

minimises your energy costs

during sunlight hours batteries

can store energy to be used

after the sun goes down.

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 viable.

All good solar installers can

help you with this by simply

looking at your electricity bill.

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’.

If you want a system that

is ‘battery ready’ then you

need to get a system with

a hybrid solar inverter that is

compatible with the battery

brand you are planning on

installing. The hybrid solar

inverter converts both the

solar panels’ and the batteries’

DC power to AC.

Batteries have almost halved

in price in the last 12 months.

* Jono is a Partner with Solar

Energy Enterprises.

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Art Life

Brothers blowing

an artistic trumpet

Art Life

Brothers Chris and Peter

O’Doherty will never

escape being recognised

as members of iconic Aussie

chart-topping band Mental As

Anything – nor do they want

to – but today the pair are more

well known in the arts scene.

What most don’t know is

their connection to Avalon and

the beach village’s influence on

their careers after their family

emigrated from New Zealand in

the late 1960s.

In September the pair will

present ‘Octennial’ – a unique

exhibition at the Manly Art

Gallery & Museum (MAGM)

combining their recent and

early art works as well as a

series of concerts with another

of their musical projects, the

band Dog Trumpet as well

as specially assembled blues

‘supergroup’ The Pinks.

Octennial, which runs from

September 7 through October

14, is a headline exhibit at this

year’s Manly Arts Festival.

Both Chris – aka Reg

Mombassa – and Peter

have been making art since

childhood. ‘Reg’ is recognised

for his iconic allegorical

landscapes and grotesque

comic figures as well as for his

work for the street clothing

brand Mambo. As a painter,

Peter is known for his unique

evocative studies of deceptively

mundane domestic and

MUSIC AND ART: Brothers Peter and Chris (aka Reg Mombassa) O’Doherty.

suburban Australian scenes and

interior studies.

MAGM curator Ross

Heathcote said as creative

individuals, both Reg and Pete

struck a remarkable balance

between their visual art output

and their musical output.

“This showing of their

paintings and graphics presents

an irresistible vehicle for music

programming at the gallery,”

Ross said.

“We are making a short

doco film to accompany the

exhibition, and that project

has been a wonderful insight

into the working processes and

habits of both artists.

“In any given day Peter will

spend the morning painting

– currently on one of his

evocative suburban landscapes

– and then he’ll drift into his

music room in the afternoon

to record or tweak a new song,

or guitar parts with Reg.

“And Reg is similarly

productive and disciplined,

painting and drawing daily,

in his attic or anywhere he

is. He is of course as equally

well-known for his dream-like

allegorical landscapes as he is

for his audacious and satirical

graphic works for Mambo and

elsewhere.

“The works of both artists

delve into serious themes that

are both moving and amusing,

providing an accessible and

engaging exhibition.”

The O’Doherty brothers told

Pittwater Life they held fond

memories of their affinity with

Pittwater.

“My family arrived in Sydney

from New Zealand in 1968 and

we settled first in Avalon where

I finished primary school and

then went on to Barrenjoey

High,” said Peter.

Reg worked as a builder’s

labourer and house painter

on houses that his father built

in Avalon and Church Point,

as well as on the Royal Motor

Yacht Club at Newport.

Those beginnings helped

them frame their artistic focus

on suburbia and the lines of

buildings – a popular theme in

their works.

“As our father was a

carpenter/builder we

experienced the planning

and building of houses first

hand, so that has infused itself

into the painting subjects,”

explained Peter.

“It’s also partly because

dwellings are central aspects

of human existence,” added

Reg. “Also, in the suburbs and

cities buildings dominate the

landscape.”

Their experience of the upper

northern beaches has also

proven naturally inspirational,

with Reg having done many

coastal landscapes featuring

beaches and headlands.

“I like the portion of coastline

between north Newport and

Avalon for the steep and bushcovered

hills and headlands

plunging into the ocean from

that section of winding road,”

he said.

Peter recalled the early days

of the Mentals, playing private

parties at Avalon and Bilgola

and then the local pubs and

clubs. Dog Trumpet have also

played at Avalon and Palm

Beach RSLs as well as the

Co-Op at Church Point (where

they take to the stage again on

Sunday September 2).

His favourite spot on the

beaches?

“I’m biased so I suppose I’d

say around the Avalon area

where I spent my growing up

years being a ratbag, learning to

play guitar and hanging round

the beach with other ratbags,”

he said. “It was a good place to

be a teenager in the 1970s!”

Reg said combining art with

music to form an exhibition

seemed appropriate as they

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Art Life

TOP: An example of Peter O’Doherty’s evocative, surreal urban landscapes

(Malabar Back Lane West, 2017). ABOVE: Reg Mombassa’s harder-edged,

vibrant work (Organism field shrine, east Auckland, 1991).

had both spent their adult

lives working as musicians

and artists.

Peter agreed: “For both of

us the principal things we’ve

done have been related to art

and music so we thought we’d

present two sides of the same

coin. Though we’re both fulltime

visual artists we never

stop writing, recording and

playing gigs with our band

Dog Trumpet.”

So where to creatively from

now?

“I am still working on

developing my painting using

the built environment as a

central theme with an eye to

geometry and abstraction,”

said Peter.

“I am currently working

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on some drawings of robots,

pondering the possibility

that with the advent of the

technological singularity (when

robots achieve full artificial

general intelligence and

nanotechnology is also fully

realised) robots will enslave us

or kill us all,” said Reg.

– Nigel Wall

n Octennial will be opened by

Midnight Oil lead singer Peter

Garrett from 6pm on Friday

September 7. Join the artists

for a special ‘In Conversation’

session 2-3pm on September

22. Reg and Pete’s MAG&M

Music Lounge sessions feature

Dog Trumpet from 7pm on

Friday September 14. Other

dates and info visit the NB

Council website.

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Art Life

Art Life

Fascination prompts

duo’s creative look at

Architecture of Birds

Artists Helen Mackay

and Claire Armstrong

are fascinated by

birds – and happen to both

have current bodies of work

with feathered

friends as subjects.

“Whether

we’re listening

to their song or

watching them

fly through

the skies,

people regularly

attribute

poetic licence

to birds,” said

Claire. “Through lyrics, poetry,

literature, dance, sculpture and

painting we admire, envy, imagine

and even lament them.”

Claire says she sees their

habitats being lost and

honours them with emotive

and thought-provoking portraiture,

trying to capture

their character

and individual

personalities,

hoping this will

raise awareness

of the

need to protect

and preserve a

place for them

within our

world.

A bird’s

sheer physicality;

the perfection of a feather;

the aerodynamic precision of

a wing; the tensile strength

of a beak – these things come

to Helen’s mind

when, on her

walks around

Clareville she

happens upon a

grounded birds

nest.

“Birds are the ultimate

builders and

architects,” said

Helen. “Nests that

can be so diaphanous

and tenuous

withstand almost

all weather, seldom

destroyed but

merely dislodged

from their resident

tree.

“Using any appropriate materials

they can find in nature

and then bits and pieces we

leave behind, they are skilfully

woven into structures that

work harmoniously within

their environment – maybe we

humans could learn a thing or

two from them.”

* Catch the pair’s evocative

exhibition at Avalon Art Gallery

in the Cinema Arcade; it

opens 6-8pm on Friday 14th

September with a special talk

given by Jacqui Marlow of

The Pittwater Natural Heritage

Association for the protection

of the Powerful Owl.

Back by popular demand

Northern beaches

artist Laurie

McKern is returning

to the rooms

of Eye Doctors

Mona Vale as their

feature exhibition

artist for Spring.

Laurie will

exhibit a different,

retrospective

series of original

artworks created

over the course

of two years. The

works illustrate

Laurie’s love of

different medium

including etchings,

acrylics and oils (image shown is The Storm Tree, an original

etching on paper).

Laurie says her restless nature impels her to experiment with

different media, with her love of storytelling, sense of humour

and harmonious use of colour at the core of her works.

You can view her stunning work on Level 3, 20 Bungan Street

Mona Vale from 9am-5pm Mon-Fri.

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Precious metal gives

Studio form to Embellish

The theme for Silver Plus

Studio’s 2018 exhibition

and sale of new work – Embellish

– provided the members

scope to explore a rich array

of texture, materials and form

in precious metal.

Embellishment has a double

meaning. Throughout history

jewellery has been used to

embellish

the wearer,

beautifying

their physical

appearance

or enhancing

their social

standing.

The objects

themselves are

also embellished. Pieces can

be two or three-dimensional,

can involve colour or texture,

or be inspired by the study of

natural forms.

Every piece in the exhibition

is made by hand, fusing

the skill and creativity of

its maker. Brenda Coleman

incorporates urchin shell cast

in sterling silver with gold leaf

and semi-precious stones.

Margaret Illy creates delicate

pieces inspired by nature; and

Susan Peacock has wrapped

silver around pebbles and

pearls in pieces inspired by

tidal pools. Christine Sadler

has cast hand-crocheted discs

in sterling silver, while Heidi

Francis marries metals such as

copper, nickel

and sterling

silver in striking

geometric

designs.

All of this

work and

more is presented

over

one weekend

(15/16 September) at the

stunning setting which Silver

Plus Studio enjoys at Ingleside

(Granma’s Refuge, 4 Tumburra

St). Exhibition is open 10am-

4pm both days, launch at

11am on Saturday with morning

tea provided.

* More info 0405 561 718

or email Silverplus.studio@

gmail.com

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Young Life

HancyPancy is all smiles

Newport’s Susan

Hancy had toyed

with the idea of

writing a children’s

book about crocodiles

for ages yet it took

two very good reasons

for the IT project manager

to finally take the

plunge.

“The seed was

planted in my mind

years ago after a

croc-spotting boat trip

down the Daintree

River,” Susan said.

“Despite their ferociousness,

I think that the saltwater croc

is one of the most incredibly fascinating

and beautiful creatures on the planet

and I wanted to share my admiration and

respect… and I wanted the story to be

fun and at the same time educational.”

Susan’s first book ‘The Crocodile

Who Found His Smile’, started as a

story for her own children.

“It was only when I was expecting my

twin bubs in late 2016 I had some quiet

time to put pen to paper.”

Encouraged by her partner, Susan explored

how to get the book published.

“It is hard! Unless you are already a

published author or

a celebrity the doors

are pretty much

closed.”

So she was understandably

thrilled to

be offered a contract

by UK publisher

Austin Macauley who

launched the book,

illustrated by Susan’s

friend Ann Snell, earlier

this year.

Susan, who writes

under the name HancyPancy,

now hopes to

bring her other stories

about Great White sharks, echidnas,

possums and kookaburras to life.

And whenever she is lucky enough

to get her twin toddlers to sleep at

the same time, she’s trying to write a

children’s novel.

‘The Crocodile Who Found His Smile’

is available at Beachside Bookshop in

Avalon or www.hancypancy.com.

‘HancyPancy’ will be the guest at

Avalon Community Library’s Storytime

on Wednesday September 12 from

10.30am; you can also catch the author

signing copies of her book at Palm

Beach Markets on Sunday 23rd. – LO

Rovers celebrate 100th anniversary

September marks the official 100th

birthday of Rovers, the section of

Scouts Australia for young adults aged

18-25. Rovers have been a part of the

local community since the section’s

very beginnings in 1918. Over the past

100 years, generations of Rovers have

been active in adventurous activities,

personal development and community

service, including providing leadership

to younger Scouts. Today, the

Rover section of Scouts Australia is as

vibrant as ever, with several thousand

male and female Rovers across the

country. In the Sydney North Region,

there are 14 local Rover ‘Crews’, offering

young people a fantastic mix of

adventure, challenge, social interaction

and a wealth of unique opportunities.

Local Crews include Mona Vale,

Forest and Platabeen (Narrabeen).

More info roverinfo.com

Teens catch a brake

A

new program aimed at positively changing

driver behavior and supporting safer driving

in teenagers who are very new to driving has

been successfully trialled by St Luke’s Grammar

School.

The ‘Year 12 Safe Driver Challenge’ saw

students download an App that enabled them

to track and record how safely they were driving

over a seven-week period, with Northern Beaches

local Cassie Hargreaves the winner.

Carolyn Batterton, from App cr eator UbiCar,

explained mobile telematics technology automatically

measured and rated each of the participating

students’ road trips on phone distraction,

speeding, acceleration, braking and cornering.

“US-based studies show a 35 per cent reduction

in phone distraction as well as 20 per cent

less hard braking and at-risk speeding within 30

days of using telematics technology,” she said.

“We are hoping to see similar trends in Australia

over comparable periods.”

Said Cassie: “The App has encouraged me to

drive more safely. I am purposely driving carefully,

to get my scores higher. The app also provides

an ‘ubistore’, where points can be used to

get discounts from stores, which also incentivises

me to get my score higher!”

Cassie was handed a cheque for $1000 which

she donated to the Lighthouse Foundation

that helps homeless teens.

– NW

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Surf Life Saving

Whaley shed shifts into new gear

After more than half a

century of patience and

negotiations, Whale Beach

Surf Lifesaving Club’s Boat and

Gear Shed has finally been upgraded

– thanks to a combination

of grants from local, State

and Federal government.

Project manager Rob Berry

explained that in 1966 a violent

storm with huge seas hit the

NSW coast in 1966.

“It severely damaged the

stone boat and gear shed built

on the rise of the sand hills,” he

said. “In 1974, another savage

storm collapsed this stone and

concrete slab shed.

In between these storm

events, Whale Beach SLSC Club

asked the then Warringah Council

to assist with approval and

construction of a new ‘shed’.

“This was a difficult process

as where the new building was

to be sited, the land was partly

owned by the Club and partly

UPGRADE: The new boat and gear

shed which had been in desperate

need of refurbishment after it was

originally damaged in 1966 (right).

on Crown land managed by the

Council,” said Rob. “The Club

met in the main the construction

costs but because of the Crown

land a lease with peppercorn

rent had to be established.”

Whale Beach SLSC main building

is on land bought by the

volunteer members in 1950.

More money was raised

and the Clubhouse built to be

proudly owned by the members.

Photo: Mick O’Flynn

The other Northern Beaches

Life Saving Club buildings are

Council-owned facilities, except

for Palm Beach. Now 44 years

on, the Whale Beach Boat and

Gear Shed has been upgraded

thanks to Grants from the NSW

Govt. Community Building Partnership,

a Stronger Communities

Grant through the office of

Jason Falinski and funding from

Northern Beaches Council.

“We are very happy about the

prompt response for help from

the Council,” said Rob. “The new

floor went down quickly and

was finished ahead of schedule.”

The renovation included

new electrical wiring and

lighting, interior paint-out, a

ground-back and resurfaced

floor and new modern storage

units for the rescue and

training gear. The concrete

slab roof provides a covered

area for training and social

activities.

“With IRBs and ATVs now

requisite rescue gear and our

growth in membership, we had

struggled to store and care

for all the gear,” reports Club

President Andrew Pearce. “Now

we have an excellent facility with

thanks to the cooperation and

financial help from Council.”

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Surfing Life

Surfing Life

Judging: The man who

first made sense of it all

If pro surfing was to flourish, you had to pick winners... but how?

Still here on the strange

and wayward antecedents

of professional surfing. I

can’t help it. I have too many

stories to tell.

This one is about a man

named Jack Shipley, and how

he set out to make sense of

the only thing – aside from

money, and surfers – that was,

and is, absolutely essential to

pro surfing’s existence. To wit:

the judging.

Surfing! The weirdest sport

imaginable. No starting line,

no finish line. Was it even a

sport? Only if you could pick a

winner. Only if people believed

it when you did.

Jack was a US Air Force brat

whose Dad’s final posting was

the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

This was 1961. The day after

the Shipleys arrived, Jack’s

Dad took Jack and his sister

down to Waikiki, rented them

surfboards, and left them

there for the day, in the care of

one of Hawaii’s great surfing

families, the Napoleons.

By the time Jack’s Dad came

back, Jack was completely

hooked. He spent the next

few years surfing and semibumming

around Oahu’s south

shore, driving a $125 Ford

wagon and working in various

surfboard shops and factories.

You didn’t need much to get

by on Oahu in those days:

cheap rent, cheap food, one

surfboard, and if there were

10 people surfing a spot, you

came in for a while to ease the

crowd.

All the same, Jack was

a tiny bit ambitious. He

developed skills as a frontroom

surfboard salesman,

went to work for the island’s

biggest boardmaker, and met

a young surfer-shaper there

named Gerry Lopez. They hit it

off, left that boardmaker, and

down the track, set up their

own label, naming it Lightning

Bolt.

Jack never thought to be a

judge, though. That was Dick

Brewer’s idea. In 1966, Brewer,

later to be recognised as the

greatest surfboard designer

ever, recruited Jack to help

judge a club teams contest at

a place called Chuns on the

North Shore. He told Jack:

“Shipley, you’re never gonna

make it as a famous surfer,

but you have a curious mind,

and you’re intelligent. I think I

know what you might be good

at.”

But what did “good” even

mean? At Chuns, the judges

sat well apart from each other,

and never discussed a thing.

Waves were scored from 0 to

20, one numeral at a time.

with Nick Carroll

TIMES HAVE CHANGED: Judges now work with replays to arrive at scores.

And because surfing was still

so young and uncertain of

itself, there was no agreed-on

criteria at all – nothing a judge

could fall back on in order

to assess or justify a score.

The whole thing depended

on the personal reputations

of the panel members and

their assumed knowledge

of surfing… good, bad, and

indifferent.

The surfers were way more

accepting of decisions back

then – everyone knew it was a

work in progress. But when the

money showed up, the judges

knew the results had to be

believable, and they knew they

had to work on it, because

who else would?

By 1972, when the first big

pro events were springing

up in Oahu, Jack was running

the panel. He remembers it

all beginning to make sense

around this time, for an

unexpected reason: the heats

were crowded! Six or eight

surfers all in at once, many

of them truly spectacular

riders, all catching waves one

after the other. At a place like

Sunset Beach, four or five

surfers might be up at once.

This forced the panel to look

closely at the critical points

in each ride: the takeoff, the

first turn, what happened

when the surfer engaged with

the true steeps and curve of

the wave. A judge might miss

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PL’s SEPTEMBER SURF CALENDAR

Sept 6-9: WSL Surf Ranch Pro, Lemoore, California

Pro surfing takes it first real step into the world of artificial wave

generation at this event, held at the Kelly Slater designed Surf

Ranch wave pool in California’s Central Valley. This is a men’s and

women’s world pro championship ranked event, which means it

will count toward this year’s world pro titles. It puts a lot more acid

on the pool surfing environment than did May’s Founders Cup

non-ranked team event. The big question is, will a pool event on

tour actually work? Or will it put an asterisk next to the name of

the winner, and maybe, next to the world champs for 2018? Maybe

it will be boring beyond belief, maybe it will be a decider. Watch at

worldsurfleague.com

NICK’S SEPTEMBER SURF FORECAST

Photo: WSL

It’s not only about drought. August featured the longest flat spell of

the century so far – three weeks of nothing over a foot. That all began

to break down in the last week of the month, along with the arrival of

a small quantity of rain. Neither rain nor surf was a full-scale droughtbreaker,

but they both presage change. I reckon the Southern Hemi

will throw the switch to whatever we think of as Spring about two

weeks earlier than normal this year. The result for us should be less

of the whole westerly-wind-sunniness motif and more wind shifts

from north to south and back again, with more coastal cloud and

occasional rain. Surf should be equally fractured, maybe not as

cruelly flat, but very up and down and not always covering itself in

glory. Watch for dramatic shifts in water temp too, as occasional

north-east gales whip up cold water from down the column.

some in-betweeny stuff, but

if you concentrated on the

major points of a ride, you

knew you’d see a surfer’s best

efforts.

In this way, Jack and his

crew began assembling the

bones of an actual judging

criteria – asking the surfers,

explaining it back where they

could. Ideas arose: closest to

the curl, length of ride, critical

positioning, speed, style,

flow. Good ideas stuck, bad

ones were tossed. Others just

vanished as surfers evolved

their skills.

Jack was helped by the

sheer simplicity of the times.

There was no video review,

no stalled decision-making,

no angry coaches waiting

to complain. It all happened

right there, in the moment.

This put a huge onus on a

judge’s memory for what

had occurred during a heat;

without a powerful memory,

one ride could never be

compared with another. (This

sounds silly, until you try to

recall exactly what someone

said to you 20 minutes ago.)

Even today, when Jack voices

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Nick Carroll

approval of a fellow judge, he

usually says: “Great memory.

GREAT memory.”

Since that first day at Chuns,

Jack has seen the evolution

of an actual pro sport. He’s

judged a total of 40 Pipe

Masters events, including 25

as head judge, and travelled

the world numerous times

both to oversee judging panels

and just to sit on panels

himself. He’s been threatened

and praised ad infinitum. His

son Dave has gone on to a pro

judging career himself with the

World Surf League.

Judges now work with

one-on-one heats, video

replay, head-judge oversight,

a 0-10 spread with decimals

(making it effectively 0-100),

and a tightly honed criteria

that nevertheless still

confuses the hell out of many

spectators, so razor edge

are modern performance

margins. Viewers, even

highly experienced surfers,

are baffled at times: If both

surfers are so good, how come

one of them won?

The answer’s the same as

when Jack started: Because if

it’s a sport, someone has to.

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Health & Wellbeing

From here to maternity

Health & Wellbeing

Expecting or planning a

pregnancy? You may rest

a little easier knowing the

newest maternity services in

NSW are close to home.

Northern Beaches Hospital

Director of Nursing Moran Wasson

says the new hospital is set

to assist in 2,500 births a year,

supporting women throughout

their entire pregnancy.

“The facilities at Northern

Beaches Hospital are exceptional

and we have had fantastic

feedback from mums who

will birth at the hospital and

have already been onsite for a

tour,” Ms Wasson said.

“We have wonderful midwives

and obstetricians coming

across from Manly and Mona

Vale Hospitals and we have

added to the team because of

course we will be providing a

much larger service and caring

for many more mums and

babies.”

Ms Wasson said people who

had toured the large luxurious

birthing suites, rooms and

facilities were impressed with

what they had seen and learnt

about the care that will be

provided, including access to

high-tech facilities if they were

needed.

“Hundreds of mums are

booked in and we anticipate

the number will increase rapidly

after we open,” she said.

“People like the facility and

the technology but also the

way that we will be caring for

mum, bub and families.”

The state-of-the-art facilities

are a welcome addition to

the area, providing access to

a level of care not previously

available on the beaches.

As an example, currently

women who go into labour on

the Northern Beaches prior

to 34 weeks of pregnancy or

who develop complications are

transferred to larger hospitals

– usually Royal North Shore

Hospital.

And babies who are born

prematurely elsewhere who require

hospital care can only be

transferred to hospitals closer

to home when they reach 34

weeks.

“For the first time on the

Northern Beaches, we will be

able to care for babies from

32 weeks because we will have

the set-up, the technology and

the staffing to do this from our

Special Care Nursery,” Ms Wasson

said.

With the look and feel of a

hotel, the maternity section of

the hospital is made up of a

20-bed private ward and a 20-

bed public ward.

There are five public and five

private birthing rooms – each

with a bath for pain relief during

labour.

Three of the rooms also have

water baths for women who

choose to birth in water.

Birthing services are located

on the same floor as the Special

Care Nursery and Paediatric

ward to provide a familyfocused

approach to care.

“We understand that every

one of our expectant mums

will have different needs and

expectations and we will make

every effort to care for and

support them, their baby and

family throughout the pregnancy,

labour and after birth,”

Ms Wasson said.

“Whether you are a public or

a private patient, we will take

the very best care of you at this

hospital.”

Book online and sign up for

a tour of the birthing facilities

at northernbeacheshospital.

com.au

For more info email nbhbirthing@healthscope.com.au

– Lisa Offord

Lest we forget: learn about dementia

Poor public understanding of dementia

is providing a significant obstacle to

best treatment, with a new paper showing

that education about this common condition

needs to be drastically accelerated.

A new report by Flinders University

researchers shows that most of us still believe

dementia is a normal and non-preventable

part of ageing, despite decades

of public awareness campaigns about the

potential for dementia prevention.

In particular, the general public underestimates

the importance of cardiovascular

health and regular exercise to the

prevention of dementia, even though it

has been proven as the single most powerful

influencer of brain health.

There are now more than 425,000 Australians

living with dementia (55% females,

45% males), and dementia is the second

leading cause of death of Australians, according

to current ABS statistics.

Also, the new research found people

also tended to endorse poorly supported

risk-reduction strategies such as taking

vitamin supplements, ahead of more effective

but time-consuming and energetic

strategies, such as exercise regimes.

These problems are outlined in the

paper, ‘What does the general public

understand about prevention and treatment

of dementia? A systematic review of

population-based surveys’.

* In September, attend a free Living Well

With Dementia event hosted by Community

Care Northern Beaches; CCNB

Occupational Therapist Debra Milligan will

talk about falls prevention and changes in

the home to ensure it is safe.

The event will be held at Dee Why RSL

on 27 Sept from 11am-1pm. Info 1300 002

262 or ccnb@ccnb.com.au – LO

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All that Jazzercise

There aren’t many crazes that stand the test

of time but Jazzercise the dance fitness

program that started nearly half a century ago

is as popular as ever on the Northern Beaches.

And the picture (right) pretty much illustrates

why – check out the lady second from

the right… that’s Shirley Edwards, a Jazzercise

instructor for nearly 40 years and would you

believe a grandmother of six who is about to

celebrate a “significant” birthday?

Shirley attended her first Jazzercise class in

mid-1980, was immediately hooked, and a few

months later trained to be an instructor.

The one-hour Jazzercise program is a

high-intensity dance workout with cardio and

strength training suitable for all ages and fitness

levels.

But don’t make the mistake of picturing

a group of ladies wearing fluoro leotards,

legwarmers and headbands grooving to an

’80s beat (not that there’s anything wrong with

that!).

“The program has evolved over the 38 years

I have been teaching with fresh choreography

and hit music playlists that keeps the participants

motivated and enthusiastic,” Shirley said.

Shirley says Jazzercise is as important to her

as eating and sleeping.

“It has kept me fit and agile through the

FIT FOR LIFE: Narrabeen Jazzercise instructors Katrina,

Kate, Shirley and her daughter Nicola.

years of motherhood and now as a grandmother,”

she said. “It ignites your mood and is

the best medicine as I believe a strong body

and mind helps maintain a healthy perspective

on life.”

Shirley has taught children as young as

eight to ladies over 80 years old, with classes

consisting of women from many generations,

interests and backgrounds.

Now with a team of instructors assisting her

at Narrabeen – her daughter Nicola and former

students Kate and Katrina – Shirley says she

will always be in involved in Jazzercise.

“Once a Jazzerciser, always a Jazzerciser,” she

said.

– LO

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Winds of change usher

in ‘dry eye’ discomfort

August-September is westerly

wind season and with the

winds come many more patients

with irritated eyes.

People with dry eye may

not present with “dry” eyes.

Symptoms include burning and

foreign-body sensations, irritation,

and excess tearing. These

symptoms are often exacerbated

by heating, wind, low

humidity, or prolonged periods

of reading. The symptoms usually

occur because there is an

imbalance in the tear film.

The tear film is made up

of three layers: a mucus layer

that forms the base of the tear

film and binds the tears to the

surface of the eye; the middle

layer is watery and forms the

bulk of the thickness of the tear

film; and the top layer is an oily

film that coats the surface and

prevents evaporation.

Diagnosing the area of the

tear film that is affected is

crucial for prescribing the right

treatment. This may be in the

form of drops that support a

particular layer of the tear film,

nutritional supplements and

environmental modifications,

tear duct treatment and possibly

even referral for lid surgery.

Isolating if the irritation is based

on allergy or infection is also important

in solving the problem.

Tear supplements or dry eye

drops are many and varied and

the most common work only

the watery part of the tear film.

While this may temporarily

soothe, diagnosing the cause is

crucial for a long-term solution.

Dry eyes can also result from

other health concerns and

some medications prescribed

for unrelated issues. Common

conditions linked to dry eye

include rheumatoid and arthritic

with Rowena Beckenham

conditions, autoimmune conditions,

chronic inflammatory gut

concerns and thyroid issues.

Medications that impact tear

function include some antidepressants

and acne medications.

Your optometrist can

diagnose the cause of dry eye

with the aid of a slit lamp biomicroscope,

temporary tear film

dyes and modern photographic

techniques to analyse the tear

film.

Comment supplied by Rowena Beckenham, of

Beckenham Optometrist in Avalon (9918 0616). Rowena

has been involved in all facets of independent private

practice optometry in Avalon for 16 years, in addition

to working as a consultant to the optometric and

pharmaceutical industry, and regularly volunteering in

Aboriginal eyecare programs in regional NSW.

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Eyes Doctors team grows

Respected Ophthalmologist

and clinical lecturer

at the University of Sydney,

Dr Edwina Eade, has joined

Eye Doctors Mona Vale.

With extensive experience

in treating all eye conditions,

Dr Eade has a special

interest in lacrimal or tear

duct surgery, the management

of skin cancers and

reconstructive surgery

around they eye (such as

eyelid surgery), using scar

less and minimally invasive

techniques.

Dr Eade said she became

interested in Ophthalmology

as a medical student at the

University of Sydney where

she found the background science interesting

and enjoyed learning the surgical skills.

After completing a Masters degree and specialist

training at Sydney Eye Hospital, Dr Eade

spent two years in the UK, the US and then

Melbourne learning specialist surgical skills in

plastic surgery around the eye.

Dr Eade conducts her

surgeries at Pittwater Day

Surgery, Chatswood Private

Hospital and Castlecrag

Private Hospital and was

recently appointed as a

Visiting Medical Officer

(VMO) at the new Northern

Beaches Hospital opening

late October.

Currently living on

the north shore Dr Eade

and her young family are

searching for a home on

the beaches to be closer

to the Eye Doctors Mona

Vale consulting rooms in

Bungan Street.

“I love ophthalmology

as a speciality,” Dr Eade

said. “I have joined a great practice and enjoy

seeing the local patients and providing services

to the community that have not been available

previously.”

Dr Eade also gives of her time to improve the

lives of people in Cambodia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka

and Myanmar. – Lisa Offord

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

At a loss? Steps to future-proof your hearing

Hearing loss can occur at

birth, but its incidence

becomes more common

as we age. Around two in

1000 babies are born with

a hearing loss, and approximately

50 per cent of

people over the age of 50

have a hearing loss, with

most of these being of a

mild level.

So what causes hearing

loss, and what can be

done to prevent it?

Unfortunately, some of

it is not preventable, says

audiologist Emma van

Wanrooy from Pittwater

Hearing.

“Deterioration of the hair

cells inside the Cochlea

(inner ear) is a common part

of the ageing process,” Emma

said. “Sometimes genetics

can make you more prone to

age-related hearing loss – often

hearing loss is a combination of

factors, not just aging alone.”

However, some causes of

BOOST: Foods like bananas, avocadoes and salmon can help maintain good hearing.

hearing loss are preventable,

so being aware of how to look

after your hearing can help to

minimise the degree of hearing

loss you will experience

as you age.

Health: Hearing loss is often

associated with other health

issues such as diabetes, or

cardiovascular disorders. “A

healthy diet and exercise are

good for your hearing, as well

as for your general health,”

Emma said. Folate and Potassium

levels have been found to

be related to age-related hearing

loss. Foods that can help to

maintain good hearing health

include bananas, avocado,

spinach, salmon, and beans.

Noise Exposure: We all know

that loud noise can damage

our hearing, and often we

think about music through

headphones or earbuds as

being the greatest threat.

However, the National Acoustic

Laboratories measured people’s

exposure to noise in daily

life and found that the loudest

levels of noise recorded were

in nightclubs, using chainsaws,

listening to live music and in

fitness classes. “The impact of

noise exposure is accumulative,

so the more noise you are

exposed to in one day, the

greater your risk of hearing

damage,” Emma said.

“The website knowyournoise.nal.gov.au

enables

you to enter the sounds

you are exposed to in a

day, and gives you information

about your risk of

hearing damage.”

Cold Water: Did you know

that cold gushes of water

into your ear can lead to

bony growths in your ear,

known as exostoses, or

‘surfer’s ear’? If these

bony growths are large

enough, they can block

your ear canal and affect

your hearing. “While

surgery is possible to

remove them, prevention is a

far better idea, with less risk

to your hearing,” Emma said.

“Using earplugs when swimming

or surfing will stop the

cold water gushing into your

ears; custom-made ear plugs

are available if the generic versions

don’t fit well.”

Virus and Medications: Some

medications can cause hearing

loss, especially with extended

use. “Some viruses can also

cause a hearing loss,” Emma

said. “In cases of sudden hearing

loss, sometimes steroids

can help to minimise the hearing

loss. In these cases, you

should seek advice from your

GP as soon as possible.”

If you have any questions

or concerns about

your hearing contact Emma

and Michelle at Pittwater

Hearing; more info info@pittwaterhearing.com.au

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Health & Wellbeing

Exercise for your mind

Experts agree it’s important to keep

your mind active as you age – whether

it be crosswords, reading, study

or even learning a new language.

A relatively new ‘university’ aimed at

keeping retired folk stimulated and connected

is playing its role by supplying an

important service.

The University of the Third Age, which

originated in France 45 years ago, hit

Australian shores in 1984, with chapters

expanding around Sydney and now

including the Northern Beaches where

‘students’ attend regular meetings at the

Newport Community Centre.

Northern Beaches President Rosemary

McCulloch explained the word ‘university’

was used in its original sense – that

of a group of people coming together to

pursue learning for its own sake.

“No qualifications are required, none

are awarded and there are no examinations,”

Rosemary said. “Members are in

the Third Age – our ‘First Age’ is childhood,

our ‘Second Age’ is the mid part

of our lives, with the responsibilities of

Dig deep for charity

There will be all hands on

deck – or should we say

in the sand – when the Big

Dig Treasure Hunt is held in

September.

A morning of swashbuckling

family fun has been

organised at Newport Beach

on Sunday 9th with all ages

encouraged to dress up as

pirates and dig deep… for

charity.

A donation of $5 kids, $10

teens and $30 adults will

allow entry into an age-specific

area of the beach where

career and family.

“Our Third Age is the best time of our

lives, a time when we are free to explore,

learn, and share knowledge.”

U3A recognises the immense resources,

skills, experience and enthusiasm

possessed by older people.

“Course Leaders are all members of

U3A who draw on their personal experience

in setting up courses and individual

members can be both learners and

teachers, giving their services freely,”

Rosemary said. “Occasionally guest

speakers are invited from the general

population.”

Sydney U3A is established as a fully independent,

non-political, non-sectarian,

non profit-making organisation.

“The Association aims to bring

together people in retirement or semiretirement

and provide affordable and

intellectually stimulating programs of

learning and the social contacts arising

from them,” Rosemary said.

Course Books are sent out in January

and June to all members prior to the

participants will be able to

search for tokens that can be

traded for prizes.

The adult area will also

boast ‘Pirate Gold’ such as

‘Drive a BMW for a Weekend’,

courtesy Col Crawford BMW,

and a Sydney harbour cruise

for two, courtesy Travel View

Avalon.

Registration is from 8.30am

with the fun continuing until

1pm – there will be a BBQ and

other attractions set up in the

Bert Payne Reserve.

Presented with the support

of Newport Surf Lifesaving

Club, The Big Dig is a

fundraiser for the Rotary Club

of Upper Northern Beaches,

helping to support local

organisations including the

Be Centre, Lifeline Northern

Beaches, the Veterans Centre

Sydney Northern Beaches and

the Palliative Care Centre at

start of each of the two semesters. They

outline all courses, talks and other

events offered.

The Northern Beaches region currently

offers courses in subjects including art,

craft, literature, music appreciation and

lessons, history and philosophy, games

and book clubs.

Membership is open to anyone who

has retired or is semi-retired; new

membership subscription is $70 (annual

renewal $60). More info sydneyu3a.org

– Nigel Wall

Mona Vale Hospital.

Tickets to dig can be

purchased on-site or through

trybooking.

For details, go to rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org

or contact Liz on 0412 007

068 and bigdig@rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org.

– Lisa Offord

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Hair & Beauty

Easy steps to ‘spring’ into

your great summer body

with Sue Carroll

Renewal and spring cleaning

are always top of

mind this time of year. We

turn our attention to discarding

the old to make way for

the new and shedding the

dull of winter in exchange

for the vibrant, youthfulness

of spring. As crucial as this

renewal process is for nature,

it is just as necessary for our

skin and body. With summer

just around the corner, many

of us resolve to get into shape

for the summer ‘swimsuit

reveal’. Unfortunately, there is

no easy fix and a combination

of at-home and in-clinic treatments

need to be utilised to

provide the best possible you.

Try the following:

Calm down – Anxiety produces

extra cortisol, a hormone

that encourages the body to

store fat. Deep breathing exercises

performed every day this

spring and summer will assist

in combating stress.

‘Light’ reading – Scientists

have increasingly demonstrated

the effectiveness of

light, particularly infrared,

near-infrared light and LED, in

managing a variety of medical

conditions, including aching

muscles and joints and aging

skin. The light used in the

treatment is non-harmful and

scientists believe can cause

positive effects to the skin’s

collagen production. Due to

the heating, the treatment results

in sweating out of toxins

and fat tissue being liquified.

Grow strong – Do strength

training workouts twice a

week. The more muscle you

have, the faster your metabolism

and the more calories you

burn all day long.

Minimise downtime – While

invasive procedures like liposuction

are suitable in certain

circumstances, demand is

growing for non-invasive alternatives

that require minimal

downtime. Fat freezing is one

such treatment where areas of

the body can be frozen and fat

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cells destroyed and removed

from the body permanently.

Sleep more – Your skin and

body restore themselves while

you sleep. Applying active

products to the surface of

the face and body before bed

can increase their absorption,

revealing smoother and more

hydrated skin.

Tune in – Radiofrequency skin

tightening stimulates collagen

and will often smooth contour

irregularities, and the appearance

of cellulite, as well

as improving the appearance

of stretch marks. Experience

a series of RF treatments to

achieve the optimum results.

Lay off sugar – Sugar is singlehandedly

one of the biggest

causes of premature ageing

throughout the whole body.

Lymphatic drainage – Either

manual or with pressotherapy,

can achieve a considerable

reduction in the appearance of

cellulite, reduce the discomfort

of fluid retention and assist

with a weight loss program.

Give it a spray – Skip the tanning

at the beach or the almost

obsolete solarium and achieve

the honey glow of your dreams

with a professional spray tan.

Full body focus – Microdermabrasion

and peeling treatments

gently reveal smooth, soft,

radiant skin, from head to toe.

Nutrients – Just as our bodies

need support from nutrients

to function, so does our

skin. Peptides, essential fatty

acids, growth factors, and

amino acids, which we know

are necessary in facial applications,

also work wonders on

the body.

HIFU – High Intensity Focused

Ultrasound can tighten and

tone the skin. Two treatments

are usually required, spaced

about 3 months apart to

achieve the best possible tone

of the skin.

Stay hydrated – Making

sure the body is adequately

hydrated both internally and

externally is essential if you

want to get the most from

both your home, gym and in

clinic treatments.

Plasma Pen – This is one of

the best in-clinic treatments

for the appearance of stretch

marks. Depending on the

colour present (white, grey,

silver, red or purple) this will

determine the number of treatments

required.

With swimsuit season

around the corner, today is the

best time to start your promise

you have been making to yourself

all year, the best version

of you that you can be. I often

refer to the health jigsaw puzzle;

this is the perfect example

of it, where multiple modalities

are available, clicking one

piece at a time, to help you be

the best YOU.

Sue Carroll of Skin

Inspiration has been a qualified

Aesthetician for 33 years.

Sue has owned and

operated successful beauty

clinics and day spas on

the Northern Beaches.

info@skininspiration.com.au

www.skininspiration.com.au

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Business Life: Money

Business Life

Good Dollar reason for dollar: for looking going

‘nuts’ at superannuation this festive season in 2018

This When month writing we look about at

superannuation financial innovation from one

a of post-Haynes the perspectives Royal I

can Commission share with point you of is view… from the

inside Over the of past a fintech few years company our

which focus on in superannuation my case has been has

rolling been oriented out the towards fast-growing the

Acorns government. app. Since Frequent launching rule

in changes Australia were in the early order 2016 of the

day

app – to contributions, now resides on to the pensions smart

phones and most of recently around to 350,000 how much

Australians, we can have in that’s super roughly overall. 1.5%

of But the since population. the commencement of

the If Haynes you’re in Royal the Commission,

dark about

what or more I’m correctly, talking about, the Financial Acorns

is Services a micro Royal investment Commission, platform we

or may what’s never sometimes look at superannuation

called a

‘round-up’ the same way app, again. the first one

of With its kind the in fifth Australia. round of Our hearings

firm in August along being with focussed our partners on

brought superannuation it out from we start the to US

in see 2015 the word where ‘misconduct’ it had been

established being used alongside for a few the years. word

‘superannuation’ The app works as in often a couple as

of my ways: teenagers by taking use the a data word

feed ‘awesome’ from your to describe… spending well, just

accounts about anything. and rounding up the

purchases The source you of make the misconduct to the

nearest has been dollar pretty and much investing far and

these wide with accumulated the major balances banks

into singled a mix out of for exchange extra special traded

funds mention. listed While on their ASX, level or, of

by misconduct you debiting has been an amount shown or to

regular be at the payment stratospheric from end your of the

bank scale we account should to maybe your Acorns pause and

account. consider if Most any of users this is enjoy really the

round up feature of Acorns as

it allows them to save while

they spend. As a parent of

teenagers I think I’ve come

to the conclusion that apps

such as Acorns using a blend

of psychology and technology

may be the only effective way

to get modern kids to save

because they sure do know

how to spend.

Acorns works because the

principles underlying its design

a surprise as (we as a society)

collectively handed a massive

pool of money to a small number

of what are basically sales-driven

are organisations firmly rooted to look in behavioural

after. Even

finance: the squeaky-clean investing industry small funds

amounts have had to on account a regular and basis squirm that

won’t over the be use missed of members combined funds with

investing on advertising over campaigns an extended and

period corporate of time schmoozing to average while

into the main the markets industry smoothing

watchdogs

out and peaks regulators and were troughs. accused Of by

course the Commission it doesn’t of hurt a ‘lack that of’ it

does conduct all of rather these than things out-and-out within

the mis-conduct. framework of a highly

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

In any case it leaves the

average person scanning

the landscape while trying

to accumulate savings for

you retirement saving in for? a skittish What returns frame

have of mind. you It’s had? not, It’s however, inherently an

competitive excuse to do but nothing when because it’s

combined economics with a simple the tools fact and

information always holds that true the – time app is

provides money. I have it’s also always extremely argued

informative three main – as heads a regular of user

you consideration can’t help when but become thinking

more about informed superannuation: about the returns,

behaviour expenses and of markets taxation whether – get the

you mix of are these looking three to elements or not – the right

with Brian Hrnjak

balance and chances of your are the Acorns outcome account will

rises be favourable. and falls in line with the

movements in markets during

the Returns course of the trading day.

The One first of step the towards challenges maximising

any returns finance is to app understand would have what

encouraging kind of investor young are, people and to this

save is all about and invest understanding is to remain your

relevant tolerance in to their risk which eyes. Over is another

the way past of describing year a number the tendency of

enhancements for investment markets have taken to rise place

following and fall. user feedback, the

headline It is unlikely ones that being: most people’s

Found goals for Money their retirement partners – savings users

can would shop be met online by with a lifetime brands of

such sitting as in Bonds, cash or Dan term Murphy’s, deposits

BCF, but there Uber are etc. quite and a these few people

partners out there usually that will deposit knowingly bonus

amounts trade security or extra for higher round ups

into returns; the they users have account; a level of selfawareness

Finance that feature should – mean uses no

My

artificial regrets later intelligence life. Conversely to track

and there categorise are those that spending happily and

calculate have all equities free cash portfolios flow; and

Super market fund bumps linkages along the – allows way are

users just a temporary to make deposits setback. to Not a

range surprisingly of industry most people and public are

offer somewhere superannuation in the middle funds; and

Emerald the best way Portfolio to work – out a socially what

responsible you are is to portfolio do a bit of option research.

introduced (I’d suggest following a good place member to

feedback; start is to read the ASIC guide to

Little goals and Acorns risk – tolerance sub accounts on their

designed Moneysmart to allow website investment before you

on tackle behalf any of online children risk tolerance or other

dependants calculators.) under the age of 18.

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Armed with a decent

understanding of your risk profile

you can then go shopping for a

fund and naturally you should

choose the best one with the

range of investment choices to

fulfil your risk profile, investment

goals and lifestyle requirements.

Expenses

Following on from above,

we have now entered the

realm of expenses or what it

costs to invest and run your

fund. Superannuation, like any

product, comes at a cost and

the cheapest may not be the

best to meet your needs. The

pricing of superannuation also

has a variable component that

changes the more you have in

your account.

If you haven’t already, you

should check through the MyGov

site to see what superannuation

accounts you currently hold

and work towards consolidating

them. Because of the effect of

fixed fees, a single low-cost fund

is always cheaper to maintain

than two low-cost funds.

For those starting out or

with low balances the hierarchy

of costs for a superannuation

fund is likely to be: industry

funds such as Hostplus or

Australian Super; new breed

Fintech providers such as Raiz*;

superannuation platforms such

as HUB24 or Macquarie Wrap;

retail super funds offered by the

Banks or AMP; and finally, a selfmanaged

super fund.

The ‘best’ fund is a very

personal choice; some people

are driven by a wide investment

choice, others by a complete lack

of complexity, some are driven

to have the latest technology

and some by where they can

obtain adequate insurance cover.

Typically, you’ll find most people

with smaller balances choose

the low-cost, low-frills end of the

hierarchy.

Self-managed funds allow

couples or families to consolidate

balances and are popular for

large account balances (north of

$500,000) as they often have a

substantial fixed component to

their pricing and are therefore

cheaper to operate (as a

percentage) the more funds are

invested.

Whether you choose an

industry or a self-managed

superannuation fund, taking

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time to read and understand

the periodic statements issued

by your fund are the key to

understanding performance,

returns and fees.

Taxation

By investing through

superannuation you are

accessing one of the few (legal)

avenues to achieve a permanent

taxation difference between

your marginal rate of tax and

the 15% rate applicable inside

a fund. Once your funds are

in super, with a bit of luck and

longevity you may never pay tax

on that money again.

But there are a raft of

taxation considerations inside

of every superannuation

fund that relate to matters

such as investment choices,

the decision to start or end

a pension, member balances

and ages. With recent changes

to superannuation thresholds

many larger funds have moved

back to paying some level of tax

on earnings and with that there

may be a fresh need to look at

expenses – such as depreciation

on property for the first time in

years.

Ignoring the taxation

aspects of superannuation

can completely negate the

positives you may achieve by

having good returns or low

fees. Ideally all three factors

are in equilibrium to get the

best possible outcome. Your

fund should be invested at the

extreme end of your risk profile –

not below, at the lowest possible

cost to achieve your goals

and preferences and reviewed

each year or with changing

circumstances for taxation

opportunities.

Brian Hrnjak B Bus CPA (FPS) is

a Director of GHR Accounting

Group Pty Ltd, Certified

Practising Accountants. Offices

at: Suite 12, Ground Floor,

20 Bungan Street Mona Vale

NSW 2103 and Shop 8, 9 – 15

Central Ave Manly NSW 2095,

Telephone: 02 9979-4300,

Webs: www.ghr.com.au and

www.altre.com.au Email:

brian@ghr.com.au

These comments are of a

general nature only and are

not intended as a substitute

for professional advice.

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Business Life: Law

Business Life

How social media can

be a terrifying medium

As readers settle in to read

Pittwater Life it is likely

that before doing so you

will have checked at least one

of the many social media sites

– Facebook, Linkedin Instagram

or Twitter – as you tend to do

throughout the day. Social

media has had, and is having,

an impact on every part of our

society – not only in business,

the legal profession but also

life at its most personal level

as people share their most

intimate thoughts and feelings.

Business operators surveyed

have identified reputational

damage from online attacks or

criticism as a primary risk.

Private Detectives (or Professional

Investigators, as they

are known today) find that

confidential information which

previously would have been

very difficult to obtain can now

be obtained from social media

sites, as well as entirely new

information from analysis of

data, which makes social media

a vital investigative tool.

Insurance companies dedicated

to ensuring that fraudulent

claims are not paid out

look carefully at the claimant’s

digital footprint. On an industry

level, companies have begun

introducing their own forms

of vigilantism by ‘mapping

out’ the types of activities and

areas where fraudulent claims

are most likely to be filed and

circulating the data among

themselves.

Police maintain a social media

presence and Government and

community groups are anxious

about the use of social media

for criminal or terrorist activities,

while the Commonwealth

Government has legislated to

protect children from

cyberbullying attacks derived

mainly from social

media.

The legal profession

has recognised the use

of sites such as Facebook

and Twitter and

its extensive use by

academics and lawyers;

also many courts (such

as the Supreme Court

and District Courts of

New South Wales) have

their own Twitter accounts for

publication of court information

and judgments.

So what is social media? It’s

a vast topic which has evolved

over the last 40 years and is still

evolving. The most common

forms of social media are as follows

(and it is by no means an

exhaustive list):

Facebook – A popular, free

social networking website that

allows registered users to create

profiles, upload photos and

video, send messages and keep

in touch with friends family and

colleagues.

In 2016, there were more

than 1.5 billion active users on

Facebook. It is said to be currently

the world’s most popular

social networking website, even

though it does not have access

to the vast Chinese market. In

Australia there are around 15

million active monthly users of

Facebook.

LinkedIn – A social networking

site designed specifically for

the business community. The

aim of the site is to allow registered

members to establish and

document networks of people

known to them and who they

trust professionally.

A LinkedIn ‘members profile

page’ emphasises skills, employment

history and education

and contains network news and

updates. Network members are

known as ‘connections’. Unlike

other free social networking,

LinkedIn requires connections to

have a pre-existing relationship.

TripAdvisor – Is a platform

with Jennifer Harris

which encourages feedback

from consumers and is the

major source of reputational

damage claims and complaints.

There are now entire websites

dedicated to reputation protection

for restaurants, hotels

or businesses which receive

bad reviews, with such critical

reviews a fertile source of

defamation actions.

Instagram – An online

mobile photo-sharing,

video-sharing and social

networking service that

enables its users to take

pictures and videos,

and share them either

publicly or privately as

well as through a variety

of other social networking

platforms, such as

Facebook or Twitter.

Twitter – A ‘tweet’ is a post

on Twitter in which 140-character

updates advise of what is going

on in the posters’ lives which

they consider are interesting

or amusing to their contacts or

followers. Twitter allows people

to post from their phones short

updates and often about things

that irritate them, like road rage

and politics. On Twitter more

than 7,000 ‘tweets’ are sent out

every second – and these can be

retweeted.

Twitter has become the daily

or sometimes hourly method of

communication to the world by

US President Donald Trump. By

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many it is considered an inappropriate

and unconventional

way for a president to express

his thoughts. However, it seems

rare that a Trump tweet does

not receive worldwide coverage.

Selfie – A ‘selfie’ is a photograph

taken of oneself, usually

taken via a smartphone and

shared via social media.

Interestingly, the American

Psychiatric Association has

officially added ‘Taking Selfies’

to their list of mental disorders.

This complaint now sits beside

disorders such as schizophrenia,

and Bipolar disorder. The

Association’s definition of Selfies

is “... the obsessive compulsive

desire to take photos of

one’s self and post them on social

media as a way to make up

for the lack of self-esteem and

to fill a gap in intimacy”. (Gosh!

Kevin Rudd, Malcolm Turnbull?

Surely not…)

So much of social media is

unfiltered as people discuss

their private thoughts and

lives and provide a more-orless

permanent record of their

activities.

This can be risky in some

contexts and investigators and

insurance companies are now

using social media as a valuable

tool, to find people and to

check on a claimant’s activities.

Tagging a link can create a

link to a profile. On Facebook,

you can tag a photo or a post to

show who’s in the photo or post

a status update to show who you

are with. If you tag a friend in

your status update, anyone (say

an investigator) who sees that

update can click on your friend’s

name and go to that profile.

A person who makes a personal

injury claim may exaggerate

their symptoms. They may

claim injuries which are clearly

contradicted by social media.

A plaintiff claimed major

psychological injury from a car

accident. However, her Facebook

and Twitter accounts indicated

that she had read books,

attended events, had gone out

with friends and taken a holiday

as well as been able to present a

paper for International Women’s

Day. This was at odds with her

statement that she had not been

able to speak in public after

the accident. (Frost v Kourouche

[2014] NSW CA.)

Similarly in Victoria, another

personal injury claim was

also defeated when the claim

for alleged brain injury and

depression was contradicted

by evidence of the plaintiff’s

active engagement on social

media, which included evidence

of socialising without physical

difficulties and engaging in

“prolific conversations” to be

likely to be inconsistent with her

claims. (Munday v Court [2013]

VSCA 65.)

So how should one treat

social media? If in business, a

prudent course would be to be

circumspect and careful and

to make a distinction between

business and pleasure, between

private and public matters. And

if in doubt? Stay offline!

Comment supplied by

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer

Harris & Associates, Solicitors,

4/57 Avalon Parade,

Avalon Beach.

T: 9973 2011. F: 9918 3290.

E: jennifer@jenniferharris.com.au

W: www.jenniferharris.com.au

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Trades & Services

Trades & Services

AUTO REPAIRS

British & Swedish Motors

Call 9970 6654

Services Range Rover, Land Rover,

Saab and Volvo with the latest in

diagnostic equipment.

Narrabeen Tyrepower

Call 9970 6670

Stocks all popular brands including

Cooper 4WD. Plus they’ll do all

mechanical repairs and rego inspections.

Barrenjoey Smash Repairs

Call 9970 8207

barrenjoeysmashrepairs.com.au

Re-sprays a specialty, plus

restoration of your favourite vehicle.

Commercial specialist.

BATTERIES

Battery Business

Call 9970 6999

Batteries for all applications. Won’t be

beaten on price or service. Free testing,

7 days.

BOAT SERVICES

Avalon Marine Upholstery

Call Simon 9918 9803

Makes cushions for boats, patio and

pool furniture, window seats.

ELECTRICAL

Eamon Dowling Electrical

Call 0410 457 373

For all electrical, phone, TV and data

needs. Local business. Quality service

guaranteed.

FLOOR COVERINGS

Blue Tongue Carpets

Call Stephan 9979 7292

Family owned and run. Carpet, rugs,

runners, timber, bamboo, vinyl, tiles &

laminates. Open 6 days.

GARDENS

Graham Brooks

Call 0412 281 580

Tree pruning and removals. Reports

regarding DA tree management,

arborist reports.

Precision Tree Services

Call Adam 0410 736 105

Adam Bridger; professional tree

care by qualified arborists and tree

surgeons.

CLEANING

The Aqua Clean Team

Call Mark 0449 049 101

Quality window washing,

pressure cleaning, carpet

washing, building soft wash.

Martin Earl House Wash

Call 0405 583 305

Pittwater-based owner on site at all

times. No travellers or uninsured casuals

on your property.

MASSAGE & FITNESS

Avalon Physiotherapy

Call 9918 3373

Provide specialist treatment for neck &

back pain, sports injuries, orthopaedic

problems.

Avalon Physiotherapy

& Clinical Pilates

Call 9918 0230

Dry needling and acupuncture, falls

prevention and balance

enhancement programs.

Avalon Beach Chiropractic

Call Sam 9918 0070

Professional care for all ages. Treatment

for chronic and acute pain,

sports injuries.

Francois Naef/Osteopath

Call Francois 9918 2288

Diagnosis, treatment and prevention for

back pain and sciatica, sports injuries,

muscle soreness, pregnancy-related

pain, postural imbalance.

Advertise your

Business in Trades

& Services section

Phone

0438 123 096

PAINTING

Modern Colour

Call 0406 150 555

Simon Bergin offers painting and

decorating; clean, tidy, quality detail you

will notice. Dependable and on time.

AJJ Painting & Decorating

Call 0418 116 700

Andrew is a master painter with 30

years’ experience. Domestic and commercial;

reasonable rates, free quotes.

UPHOLSTERY

All Foam

Call 9973 1731

Cut to measure quality foam for day

beds, boats, caravans and more. Discounted

prices, reliable local service.

Free measure / quote.

Luxafoam North

Call 9999 5567

Local specialists in all aspects of

outdoor & indoor seating.

Custom service, expert advice.

Essyou Design

Call Susan 0422 466 880

Specialist in day bed and outdoor

areas. Reliable local service. Offering

domestic & commercial.

Leather Hero

Call Leanne 0490 796 012

Specialists in leather cleaning,

revamps, repairs and colour restoration

for lounges, cars and boats.

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Trades & Services

TUITION

Northern Beaches

Home Tutoring

Call John 9972 1469

1-ON-1 individual tutoring in your

home. All ages and subjects K-Uni.

Qualified tutors. WWC child protection

checked. Since 2009.

PEST CONTROL

Predator Pest Control

Call 0417 276 962

predatorpestcontrol.com.au

Environmental services at their best.

Comprehensive control. Eliminate all

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number of sources. Any opinions expressed are

not necessarily those of the Editor or Publisher of

Pittwater Life and no responsibility is taken for

the accuracy of the information contained within.

Readers should make their own enquiries directly

to any organisations or businesses prior to making

any plans or taking any action.

manner of pests. They provide a 24-

hour service.

PUMPS & TANKS

Water Warehouse

Call 9913 7988

waterwarehouse.com.au

Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation &

filter supply specialists.

RENOVATIONS

Rob Burgers

Call 0416 066 159

Qualified builder provides all carpentry

needs; decks, pergolas, carports,

renos & repairs.

BlindLight

Call Dave 0403 466 350

Specialists is window tinting and glass

coatings. Act now for summer.

Trades & Services

TUITION

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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the

good

life

Showtime

The

‘Fury’

is out

dining

food

crossword

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66

69

Elanora Players’ latest

production ‘Fury’ is a

compelling contemporary

Australian drama by eminent

playwright Joanna Murray-

Smith. It centres on the

experience of married couple,

Alice and Patrick, struggling

to understand the actions

of their once “beautiful” boy

Joe, as he becomes his own

person, with his own ideas,

value and beliefs – which are

radically different from theirs.

On the eve of receiving a

global humanitarian award

for her work in neuroscience,

Alice and Patrick (an

accomplished but not yet

recognised novelist) are drawn

into their own drama when

Joe’s teacher Warren arrives

to tell them that there is video

footage of their son and Joe’s

mate, Trevor, involved in

criminal behaviour.

“A meeting between the two

boys’ parents reveals the gulf

between the pairs’ views on

many issues besides childraising

practices,” explains

EMOTIONS FLARE: Alice (Nola Bartola) and Joe (Kane Davies).

director Jen Davidson, whose

production ‘Hotel Sorrento’

delighted audiences in 2017.

“More subtly, it reveals

divergences between the

views of husband and wife on

each side of the divide.

“While the outspoken attitude

of Trevor’s father Bob seems

reflected in his son’s actions

(and his wife Annie’s timidity),

Joe’s father Patrick is at a loss

to understand his own son’s

attitude. When Alice slips up

and calls the boys “idiots” for

getting caught, the audience

is forced to question what she

really finds important.”

Against this background

appears Rebecca, a student

journalist whose apparently

innocuous interviews of a

celebrity’s family seem to hint

at something deeper.

“The characters represent

an insightful cross section of

Australian views and opinions

being spouted across the

country and the impact on

families of powerful emotions

like fury, forgiveness, hate and

love,” said Jen.

‘Fury’ features some new

members, including Nola

Bartolo (Alice), Tony Beck

(Patrick), Kane Davies (Joe)

and Luke Denny (Bob) plus

much-loved favourites Chris

Richardson (Annie), Matt Burke

(Warren) and Gillian Cooper

(Rebecca). (NB: There is a

language warning!)

Dates are Fri Oct 5 at 8pm;

Sat Oct 6 at 3pm and 8pm;

Sun Oct 7 at 11am and 3pm;

Thurs 11 Oct at 8pm; Fri 12

Oct at 8pm; and Sat 13 Oct at

3pm and 8pm.

Recent performances have

sold out quickly so early

bookings advised; bookings

9979 9694 or email

boxoffice.elanora@bigpond.

com.au – Nigel Wall

Showtime

gardening

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Diesel gig a gas, gas, gas

Showtime

Choosing which guitar

to play often proves as

problematic for soul

singer and songwriter Diesel

as choosing which hit to

perform from his impressive

17-album body of work.

When Diesel (aka Mark

Lizotte) hits the stage at

Pittwater RSL on September

22 he’ll be accompanied

by long-time touring band

members Lee Moloney (drums)

and Richie Vaz (bass) – and

a diverse collection of eight

guitars.

He says fans can expect

a bit of everything on his

current tour, which celebrates

Diesel 30 – The Greatest Hits.

“I will always try to get

through as many records

of mine as possible at any

show – with 17 titles now it’s

a challenge!” he told Pittwater

Life. “I try to show as much

light and shade… it can get

quite raucous, for want of a

better word!”

Diesel rose to prominence

in the late-1980s, first with

Johnny Diesel & The Injectors

(with hits including Don’t

Need Love, Cry In Shame),

before dominating FM radio

in the 1990s with the likes of

Man Alive, Come To Me and

Tip Of My Tongue.

“There was a period after

the first album where I needed

to make a departure from

the musical train of thought

I was on,” he said. “This

Acrobatics in the Glen

Internationally renowned ensemble Circa

Contemporary Circus will tumble into

the auditorium of Glen Street Theatre

with its five-star favourite ‘Humans’ from

4 – 9 September.

The acclaimed production has been

performed worldwide with seasons selling

out in Italy, Belgium and Romania. They’ve

also had crowds flock to their show at

the legendary Glastonbury Festival and

Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Circa has

grown to become a phenomenal success

across 39 countries, with its edgy and

refreshing take on circus combined with

acrobatic virtuosity and the sensibility of

contemporary dance and theatre.

Created by Artistic Director Yaron

Lifschitz and the Circa ensemble,

60

gave me enough time to find

ways to reinvent some of the

songs I started with and I’ve

been doing this ever since –

thankfully I don’t have any

songs that I really don’t want

to play!”

Diesel’s connection with

Pittwater dates to 1987 when

he first crossed the Nullabor

from Perth and found himself

playing at Palm Beach RSL.

“It was raining hard and I

remember thinking how lush

it looked,” he said. “I also

remember the audience being

very responsive to us, but I

‘Humans’ will see 10 acrobats take

the audience on a stirring journey that

celebrates what it means to be fiercely

human by testing the physical limits of

their bodies.

Mr Lifschitz described ‘Humans’ as a

powerful, joyous and immediate work.

“Through a breathtaking combination

of aerial trapeze, acrobatics,

contortionism, impossible shapes and

more, ‘Humans’ challenges the audience

to reflect on their lives, their loved ones

and the burdens they carry,” he said.

“With incredible strength and integrity,

the acrobats connect each moment

seamlessly with the next, in a thrilling

and heart-stopping performance

that explores how our bodies, our

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had been told this would be

the case.”

Diesel says local music

artists are appreciative of the

venues who are opening their

doors and encouraging more

live music.

“Any venue that

acknowledges the importance

of music in bringing the

community together is on the

right track,” he said.

“It’s a part of our cultural

landscape that needs to be

nurtured and cared for, for

future generations.

“I was told by many when

we arrived in Sydney in ‘87

that we missed the best

period and Sydney was now

‘winding down’ but that didn’t

seem to be the case for us.

“I’ve never subscribed to the

‘good old days’ mentality, I

prefer to think good days are

potentially always on offing…

having said that, I have

witnessed many venues close

doors to music.

“There seems to be far too

much emphasis on property

development (especially in the

greater Sydney area) and less

on what makes a community

feel like a community – like

music venues!”

Diesel plans to compile a

live album, with a release date

of early next year, then work

on a new album for release

before the end of 2019.

* Catch Diesel at Pittwater

RSL on September 22 –

tickets pittwaterrsl.com.au

or dieselmusic.com.au

WIN

Diesel tickets

Want to win a double

pass to see Diesel at

Pittwater RSL on Saturday

September 22? To be in the

running simply email win@

pittwaterlife.com.au and

tell us your favourite Diesel

song, and why. Entries

close Friday September 14.

connections and our aspirations all form

part of who we are.

“The show has been met with great

success internationally and we cannot wait

to present it at Glen Street Theatre.” – NW


Tasty Morsels

Mexican street food sensation

El Gusano Taqueria, a small, family ence, we have created our signature

owned restaurant in the heart of salsa plate – seven house-made salsas

Collaroy Beach, continues to wow and sauces that offer our customers an

diners with its authentic Mexican dining opportunity to experiment with Mexican

textures, flavours and spices to cre-

experience, complete with a selection

of authentic Mexican street food dishes, ate their own individualised tacos,” he

made with fresh, local produce.

said. “This is what happens when you

Co-owner Colin Church says El eat in any neighbourhood of Mexico.”

Gusano takes inspiration from Mexican Among their other standouts is the

popular culture – the posters, the Mexican

slang, the iconic masked figures of popular dish on the menu) compris-

Ceviche Tostada (possibly the most

the Lucha Libre and with vivid colours ing spicy chipotle mayo, topped with

of the colonial-style courtyards.

fresh prawn and snapper ceviche

Colin’s love for Mexico’s food, culture

and history can be traced to his Colin said he spent months search-

garnished with a slice of avocado.

several years living in and travelling ing for the right ingredients, perfecting

around the country.

recipes and sourcing inspiration to

AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE: El Gusano's Ceviche Tostada

(above) and signature salsa plate (below).

“Whenever I was back in Australia, achieve a menu, a brand and a customer

experience to deliver his vision.

I was always disappointed, when going

to Mexican restaurants, that the “Our intention is to provide an

authenticity of Mexican food was lost, experience – dining at El Gusano

due to a lack of understanding of true Taqueria is more than just good food,

Mexican cuisine and flavours,” he explained.

“Mostly the Mexican food we and for those who are fortunate

we take our customers on a journey,

find in Sydney is highly influenced by enough to have been to Mexico,

other cuisines, modernised or adapted through food, we help them relieve

to accommodate the Australian palate.” the memories they created.

Colin said the true experience of Find them at 4 Collaroy Street, Collaroy.

Bookings 9043 1217

eating a taco comes with a soft corn

tortilla, which is rolled or folded

around a variety of fillings. These tacos * SPECIAL OFFER: Exclusive to

are generally eaten without utensils, Pittwater Life readers, El Gusano are

and garnishes – like salsas, sauces and offering a 25% discount* when you

salads – are usually made available for bring them a copy of this article.

the diner to “individualise” their tacos. (*Up to $25 in value, not applicable

“To allow for that authentic experi-

on Taco Tuesday.)

Five-star Jonah’s

into its 90th year

Jonah’s at Whale Beach is in

its 90th year of opera tion

and as the celebrated

property marks this

milestone, it is decades of

experience that has cemented

the iconic northern beaches

property as a benchmark

five-star venue for A la carte

dining, a special occasion

function, a decadent wedding

venue or for an overnight stay

in one of the 11 luxuriously

appointed rooms – all of

which have breathtaking

views of Whale Beach and The

Pacific Ocean.

Jonah’s spectacular cliff top

terrace and garden sets the

tone for an intimate experience

for pre-dinner drinks,

whether it be hand-crafted

cocktails, French champagne,

a cleansing ale or a selection

from the 1600 offerings on

the celebrated wine list which

was awarded Best Wine List in

Australia in 2017 by Gourmet

Traveller Wine.

Jonah’s guests choose from

a menu designed and executed

by Executive Chef Matteo Zamboni

and his kitchen brigade.

The modern Australian food

has Italian influences, with

Matteo drawing on his heritage

and his previous experiences

from Michelin Star and Hatted

properties around the globe.

The boutique hotel is

complemented by 11 elegant

ocean retreat rooms that have

been recently renovated and

decorated in a neutral palette

with gold accents inspired by

the natural elements of this

stunning coastal location.

Rooms feature world luxury

series King size beds, automatic

curtains, an indulgent

mini-bar and private balcony

where taking in the 180-degree

views over the Pacific

Ocean is the hardest thing

you have to do.

Discover Jonah’s at

jonahs.com.au or call 9974

5599 to book a site visit.

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Dining Guide

Dining Guide

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

Bistro 61

Avalon Beach RSL

1 Bowling Green Lane

Avalon Beach

OPENING HOURS

Open 7 days

Lunch 12pm-2:30pm

Dinner 5:30-8:30pm

CUISINE

Modern Aust / pub food

PRICE RANGE

Meals $8-$30

Specials $12-$15

BOOKINGS 9918 2201

Avalon Beach RSL’s Bistro 61

is a great place to head for

a local meal, offering tasty

modern Australian dishes at

affordable prices.

In September, head down

for their special 'Wine Not

Mondays' – with $15 bottles of

wine (selected), $5 Peronis, $10

pastas and $10 pizzas.

And now available for free

download – the new Avalon

Beach RSL Club App. Earn

rewards, prizes and member

points by logging in daily.

See what's on, check out

events, view menus and more!

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 beer-battered

flathead – plus they do a $5

kids meals on Sundays! (There’s

a playground, too.)

From the menu, chef

Mitch recommends his twist

on nachos – pulled beef and

blackbeans with chipotle, corn

chips, guacamole, Danish fetta

and coriander.

Members get discounts on

meals purchased. Membership

starts from $5.50.

The club is licensed, with

no BYO. Bookings online or

call 9918 2201 – large groups

welcome.

Barrenjoey

Bistro

Club Palm Beach

1087 Barrenjoey Rd,

Palm Beach

BISTRO OPENING HOURS

Lunch 11:30am-2.30pm

Dinner 6pm-8.30pm

PRICE RANGE

Lunch and dinner

specials $13.50

BOOKINGS 9974 5566

Head to Club Palm Beach,

located just a short stroll from

Palm Beach Wharf, for a huge

month of sport in September.

Catch the Wallabies, plus

there's the AFL (Sept 29) and

NRL (Sept 30) Grand Finals live

on the big screen.

Treat Dad to a tasty lunch on

Sept 2 with a special menu!

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.

Hong Kong

Chinese Restaurant

332 Barrenjoey Rd,

Newport

OPENING HOURS

Dinner Tues-Sun 5pm

CUISINE

Chinese & Asian

PRICE RANGE

Entrees $5-20

Mains $12.90-26.50

*Deliver Whale Beach - Narrabeen

BOOKINGS 9997 4157

LIC

BYO

All

Book a table at this

popular Newport eatery in

September and your family

is guaranteed a great night

out.

Make vow to attend Wedding Expo

Couples will find

everything they need to

create a once-in-a-lifetime

wedding experience at

award-winning waterfront

reception venue Metro Mirage

Hotel Newport’s free Spring

Wedding Expo on Sunday 16

September from 12-3pm.

Overlooking picturesque

Pittwater with views to Kuring-gai

National Park, the

Wedding Expo will feature

live music, sparkling wine,

delicious canape tastings

and a wide range of suppliers

with whom to discuss happy

couple requirements.

Marriage celebrants,

event stylists, florists,

photographers, letter

lighting, wedding

stationers, wedding

cakes, videographers,

makeup artists, music and

entertainment specialists will

be available on site.

Couples will be afforded

the opportunity to view the

hotel’s stunning waterfront

ceremony terrace and

reception venue decorated in

full wedding style – and those

who book their wedding

on the day of the Expo will

receive an exclusive Expoonly

special.

The venue also provides

the perfect place for the

bridal party to stay and

prepare for the wedding,

and for couples to spend

their wedding night. Plus,

book one of their packages

and you’ll receive a

complimentary one-night stay

in the bridal spa suite, with

French champagne and full

breakfast.

* Go online to register to

attend the Wedding Expo on

metrohotels/expo. For more

info on weddings at Metro

Mirage Hotel Newport, call

Lindy Dean on 9997 7011

or email mirageevents@

metrohg.com.

P

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Order ahead for their

wonderful Peking Duck which

is offered as a dine-in-only

special Thursdays through

Sundays in Spring.

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.

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

and Honey king prawns.

New dishes are introduced

regularly so check out the

blackboard specials.

Royal Motor

Yacht Club

Salt Cove on Pittwater

farmers.

Or the $18 Sunday Spit Roast,

with $5 going to farmers.

Save the date! Book your

ticket to the 'From Black Tie to

Boots on the Bay' fundraiser

on October 5 – featuring a

'Moonshine' bar, country cake

stall, bootscooting, pop-up

food, 'Adopt a Cow' and more!

Tickets $65 members.

Friday night music kicks off

in the Lounge Bar from 6.30pm.

Great acts in September include

Paul Brown (7th); Geoff Kendall

(14th); Jim Gannon (21st); and

Antoine (28th).

And don't miss The Eagles

Show on Saturday 15 September,

delivered by Australia's most

authentic tribute band.

Also in September, catch up

with the Travel View / Cruise

View Travel Club at the meeting

in the lounge bar from 10.30am

on Monday 3rd.

Trivia is held every Tuesday

night from 7.30pm (great prizes

and vouchers – 12 years plus).

Club Boat and Social

memberships are now available

for just $160.

Dining Guide

46 Prince Alfred

Parade, Newport

OPENING HOURS

Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Mon-Fri from 8.30am

Weekends from 8am

PRICE RANGE

Breakfast from $8-$18

Entrees from $9-$21

Mains from $16-$26

BOOKINGS 9997 5511

RMYC’s restaurant Salt Cove

on Pittwater’s menu has been

updated for spring – 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.

Get behind RMYC's 'Pittwater

to Paddock' campaign to

support our drought-affected

farmers. Try the 'Parma for

a Farmer for $18, with $3

from every purchase going to

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Narrabeen Ward

Rory Amon

His Election Pitch:

“A Liberal Party council will

work to bring rates down and

cut costs before hitting

rate-payers.

“We need to provide

better infrastructure

and public transport.

We will oppose

new developments

which do not have adequate

infrastructure

in place to cope with

any growth in population. We

will work with the NSW Government

to ensure continued

investment in infrastructure

and public transport.

“We cannot make a success

of Council by trying to drive it

through the rear-view mirror.

Irrespective of your views

on amalgamation, we need to

make this council work.”

lors, which was disappointing,”

he said. “This has set

back the amalgamation process,

but I am confident new

CEO Ray Brownlee

is up to the task of

maximising all possible

efficiencies.”

He said the Liberals

campaigned for

lower rates and had

warned of likely rate

rises.

“Sure enough,

with Mayor Regan

and his political party controlling

Northern Beaches

Council, they have raised

rates by $4m this year and

propose to raise them by

$45m over 10 years, despite

over $140m in surpluses

forecast.”

Cr Amon, who donated

$5000 of his councillor wage

to 12 local community grants,

said he and his fellow Liberal

councillors across the Council

region were pleased with their

contributions and achievements,

including slashing the

$150,000 Mayoral ‘slush fund’;

One Year In:

Cr Amon said amalgamation

was still a work in progress.

“Our former CEO was

forced out by the Mayor and

his political party of Councilsaving

Pasadena at Church

Point from demolition and

Council being exposed to $20

million of financial risk; and

ensuring the one Northern

Beaches Parking sticker

remained.

Sue Heins

Her Election Pitch:

“We need to create a solid and

sound foundation for our new

council based on

transparency, good

governance and

respect.

“We want common

sense and transparency

to be reflected in

a new council, along

with financial sustainability

to provide

the services and infrastructure

needed now and for future

generations.

“We regard community consultation

as vital and, believing

that compromise can only be

reached when different perspectives

are put forward, we would

like to introduce a regular

meeting point where residents

can bring their concerns, ask

questions and be heard.

“Our wish list to work

through includes giving the

business community a voice

at council, determining a firm

direction for more sporting

fields; protecting our biodiversity;

supporting local lifesaving;

facilitating a stronger

voice for local youth; and upgrading

council playgrounds.”

One Year In:

Councillor Heins

said her objectives

– a solid and sound

foundation for the

new Council based

on good governance

– had not changed.

“That’s why I put

my hand up to be on

the Audit & Risk Committee,”

she said. “Working alongside

two other Councillors, I want

to ensure that the Council

will have a robust system that

works on identifying challenges

and importantly tests

its processes to constantly im-

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prove the way it delivers and

identifies all risks including

financial sustainability.”

She said she had put

forward a notice of motion

to review the organisational

structure which would now be

done in collaboration with the

new CEO who would be able

to look at the Council with

“fresh eyes”.

A member of the Economic

and Smarter Communities

Strategic Reference Group,

she said she was “impatiently

waiting” for the small business

workshops to begin.

Vincent DeLuca

His Election Pitch:

“We will fight to protect the

needs and interests of all

our residents, our

environment and

community; stop

pushes for increased

high rise development;

ensure Mona

Vale Hospital is not

privatised or sold off;

build a cultural centre,

aquatic centre,

community centre hubs with

actual essential services; have

a review for more off-leash dog

walking and swimming areas;

widen the Narrabeen bridge;

ensure free parking for ratepayers

at beaches and parks is

maintained.”

One Year In:

Cr DeLuca said the most

pressing issue for Council was

a lack of transparency and accountability

for expenditure

of ratepayers’ money.

“I believe the amalgamation

has been an absolute

failure in that it was supposed

to reduce rates and

fees however the counter has

occurred and our residents

have been slammed with massive

increases and services

decreased in certain parts of

the Norther Beaches, he said.

He said there seemed to be

a “sad culture of arrogant dismissal”

of people’s concerns.

“I was particularly saddened

when my motion was

defeated to have planning

panel hearings held outside

business hours and moved

from during working hours

to at night or on weekends to

facilitate residents being able

to have their say on developments,”

he said. “This makes

a mockery of community

consultation because people

who work are unable to attend

the panel meetings.”

Personally, he was pleased

to work with

residents to stop

the proposed commercialisation

by

Council staff of Narrabeen

Swimming

Clubhouse.

“This was a huge

issue for the local

community and

would have set a

precedent for future commercialisation

of Council facilities,”

he said.

He said a brief snapshot of

complaints he received from

the community included a

lack of transparency and accountability

at Council, objections

to certain developments,

the need for community

infrastructure and services,

general routine maintenance

requests as well as serious

traffic and pedestrian risks.

Cr DeLuca said youth suicide

on the Northern Beaches

remained a huge problem

that needed to continue to be

addressed.

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Food Life

Food Life

Spring produce affords

us meal options reboot

September is such a beautiful time of year; it’s ideal for

long beach walks, long Sunday lunches with family and

friends and a reboot for our cooking routine. There are

more fruit and vegetable choices and plenty of fresh herbs

on offer. So pop into the produce shops or supermarkets

scattered around our coastal villages and build your meals

around what our farmers and growers are producing.

3. For the katsu sauce, combine

all ingredients in a

small saucepan. Boil gently,

stirring occasionally for 2

minutes or until slightly

thickened.

4. Cut each chicken fillet in

half horizontally to form 2

thinner fillets. Dust chicken

in seasoned flour. One at

a time, dip into eggs then

crumbs, pressing to coat

evenly.

5. Heat enough oil in a large,

frying pan to shallowfry,

over a medium-high

heat. Add chicken. Cook

2-3 minutes each side, or

until golden and cooked

through. Serve with katsu

sauce and chips.

Janelle’s Tip: This dish is

great when served with

coleslaw!

with Janelle Bloom

Potato, avocado

and herb salad

Serves 6 (as side)

1.5kg small washed potatoes,

unpeeled

1 large avocado, chopped

3/4 cup flat leaf parsley leaves

½ cup mint leaves

½ cup basil leaves

2 tsp each chia seeds &

toasted pumpkin & sunflower

seeds

Dressing

1 long green chilli, finely

chopped

¼ cup finely chopped pitted

green olives

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tbs white wine vinegar

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp honey

1. Put the potatoes in a large

Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Mark O’Meara, Steve Brown & Benito Martin

Chicken Katsu

with chips

Serves 4

1 tsp mustard powder

1. Place a large oven tray into

the oven and preheat oven

and tray to 220°C fan-forced.

750g Golden Delight potatoes, 2. Cut the potatoes into thick

unpeeled, scrubbed

wedges. Put in a saucepan

Olive oil cooking spray

and cover with cold water.

3 large chicken breast fillets Bring to the boil over high

½ cup plain flour

heat. Boil 1 minute, then

2 eggs, lightly beaten

drain well. Remove hot tray

1½ cups panko crumbs

from the oven and line with

Vegetable oil, for shallow

baking paper. Arrange the

frying

potatoes, in a single layer,

Katsu sauce

on the tray. Spray with olive

¼ cup soy sauce

oil, turn potatoes over and

2 tbs Worcestershire sauce repeat with oil. Roast in

2 tbs tomato sauce

oven, turning once, for 25-

2 tsp caster sugar

30 minutes or until golden.

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saucepan of salted water

and bring to the boil over

high heat. Boil gently for

25-30 minutes or until the

potatoes are just tender.

Drain well.

2. Combine all the olive dressing

ingredients in a large

bowl. Add hot potatoes and

stir to coat. Season with salt

and pepper and set aside to

cool to room temperature.

3. Just before serving, add the

avocado and fresh herbs

and toss gently to combine.

Spoon onto a board or platter.

Combine all the seeds

and sprinkle over the salad.

Serve. Great with barbecue

steak, chicken or sausages.

Hoisin Beef and

Broccolini Stir-Fry

Serves 4

750g beef rump or porterhouse

steak, trimmed, thinly

sliced across the grain

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 tbs vegetable oil

2 bunches broccolini, ends

trimmed, halved crossways

150g snow peas, topped

1/3 cup hoisin sauce (Lee Kum

Kee brand)

Cooked jasmine rice to serve

1. Toss beef and garlic in a

bowl.

2. Heat a large wok over high

heat until very hot. Add 1

teaspoon of the oil and swirl

to coat wok. Add one third

of beef. Stir-fry for about 1

minute, or until just cooked.

Remove to a plate. Repeat

with remaining beef in two

batches.

3. Add remaining oil with the

broccolini and snow peas.

Stir fry for 1 minute. Add 2

tsp water, cover with a lid

and cook for 1 minute, or

until bright green; then uncover.

Add sauce and return

the beef. Stir-fry until hot

and sauce is boiling. Serve

over rice.

Janelle’s Tip: If you like things

a little spicy you can stir 1

tablespoon sriracha into the

hoisin sauce.

Pear, raspberry &

coconut bread

Serves 8

2 large pears, peeled, quartered,

cored

1 lemon, juiced

3/4 cup caster sugar

¼ cup cold tap water

2 cups self raising flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

3/4 cup flaked coconut

1 cup milk

2 eggs

125g fresh or frozen raspberries

1 tbs white sugar

1. Combine pears, lemon

juice, ¼ cup caster sugar

and water in a saucepan

over medium-high heat and

bring to the boil. Reduce

heat to medium and boil

gently, partially covered

for 10 minutes until pears

are just tender. Set aside to

cool for 30 minutes in syrup

(see Janelle’s Tip). Drain and

roughly mash the pears with

a fork.

2. Preheat oven to 160°C fanforced.

Grease and line 7cm

deep, 13.5 x 24cm (base)

loaf pan with baking paper.

3. Sift the flour, bicarbonate

of soda and cinnamon into

a large bowl. Stir in the

coconut and remaining ½

cup caster sugar. Combine

the milk and eggs in a jug

and pour into the flour

mixture. Add the roughly

mashed pear and stir gently

to combine.

4. Spoon batter into loaf pan,

scatter over the raspberries

and poke them into the

mixture using your fingertips.

Smooth the surface and

sprinkle with white sugar.

Bake 45-50 minutes or until a

skewer inserted into the centre

comes out clean. Stand in

the pan for 10 minutes then

lift onto a wire rack.

5. Slice and serve warm, or

toast and serve with butter.

Food Life

Janelle’s Tips: While this

bread is fantastic using fresh

pears it also works well with

canned pears – just make sure

they are well-drained and buy

Australian! Also, this bread

freezes really, really well. I

slice it, wrap each slice in

plastic then foil, and freeze

individually.

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Food Life

Food Life

In Season

Coriander

In my experience coriander is

arguably the most polarising

herb in the world – you either love

it, or you hate it.

Also known as cilantro (or

Chinese parsley), coriander is

so versatile; the entire plant

– including roots, stems,

leaves and seeds – can be used

in cooking. It looks very similar

to flat leaf parsley, but once you

smell coriander there’s no mistaking

its aroma.

Buying

Coriander is sold all year

round. Look for bunches

with bright-green, perky

leaves, with firm stems and

roots.

Storing

Wash roots,

stems and

leaves thoroughly

in cold water to

remove dirt. Stand

upright in a glass containing

2cm water, cover loosely

with a plastic bag and refrigerate

for up to five days. Alternatively,

wrap in damp paper towel and

store in a sealed plastic bag or

airtight container in the fridge.

Nutrition

Coriander is a good source of

dietary fibre, vitamins A, C, E,

K, calcium, iron, potassium,

and magnesium. It’s very low in

saturated fat and cholesterol, and

the caloric value is nearly nonexistent.

Also In Season

September

Grapefruit, Mandarins,

Australian Blood and

Cara Cara Oranges,

Tangelos, Papaya,

Pineapples, Blueberries

and Strawberries. Also

Broad and Green Beans;

Beetroot; Cauliflower;

Carrots (look out for

bunches of coloured

baby carrots), Australian

Garlic, Spring Onions and

fresh Peas.

Thai salmon cakes with

peanut coriander sauce

Serves 6

500g skinless fresh salmon

fillets, pin-boned, chopped

3 tbs red curry paste

1½ tbs fish sauce

1 egg white

1 tbs cornflour

1/3 cup shredded coconut

60g (12) green beans,

trimmed, thinly sliced

1 cup coriander leaves,

chopped

peanut oil, for shallow-frying

lime wedges to serve

Peanut coriander sauce

1 bunch coriander

¼ cup roasted salted peanuts

2 tsp grated palm sugar

3cm piece ginger, peeled,

grated

1 garlic clove, crushed

3 tbs peanut oil

1 lime, juiced

½ cup Greek yoghurt

1. To make the sauce: Place

coriander roots, stalks,

leaves and peanuts into a

food processor. Process

until finely chopped. Add

sugar, ginger, garlic, oil

and lime juice; pulse to

combine. Remove to a

bowl, stir in the yoghurt.

Cover and refrigerate until

ready to serve.

2. Combine the salmon, curry

paste, fish sauce, egg

white, cornflour and coconut

in a food processor.

Pulse until well combined.

Transfer to a bowl. Stir in

the beans and coriander.

Shape mixture into patties

using wet hands.

3. Heat oil in a frying pan

over medium-high heat.

Cook salmon cakes, in

batches, for 2-3 minutes

each side or until golden

and cooked through.

Serve warm or at room

temperature with peanut

coriander sauce.

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Pittwater Puzzler

Compiled by David Stickley

CLUE: 1 ACROSS

30 In a position behind, in nautical terms

(6)

ACROSS

1 Peppery salad plant that Americans call

arugula (6)

4 Co-founder of the Nimrod Theatre

Company and resident of Clareville, Larry

________ (8)

10 Shared growing space – Avalon and

Newport both have one (9,6)

11 Swimming facility built into the

shoreline (4,4)

12 A narrow channel of the sea joining two

larger bodies of water (6)

14 Sheep’s coat (6)

15 Ride standing on the nose-end of a

surfboard with the toes of both feet

dangling over the edge (4,3)

18 Short form of the sport that contains

three disciplines (3)

19 Harness racer (7)

21 Still in existence (6)

24 Place of business (6)

26 Artist like Victor Cusack who once

lived at Church Point (8)

27 Local history book written by Guy

Jennings (3,7,5)

29 Artist Chris O’Doherty is also known

as Reg ________ (8)

DOWN

1 A list of a person’s criminal convictions

(6)

2 Arousing or provoking laughter (7)

3 A set of tools, machines, clothes,

instruments, etc necessary for a

particular purpose (9)

5 One, some or several (3)

6 A short treatise in pamphlet form

especially on a religious subject (5)

7 An experienced sailor (3,4)

8 Giving money to charity (8)

9 Approximately the greatest width of

Barrenjoey Head (9)

13 Professional superintendence of

children (5,4)

16 Some members of the Northern

Beaches Writers’ Group no doubt (9)

17 Basically or despite appearances to

the contrary (2,6)

20 Wrong, mistaken or irrelevant (3,4)

22 Taboo (3,4)

23 A stick or pencil of coloured chalk,

wax, etc used for drawing (6)

25 Crab’s claw (5)

28 Skimpy nightwear? (3)

[Solution page 72]

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Garden Life

Garden Life

Delight How to grow in the a amazing bumper

colours crop of terrific of hydrangeas tomatoes with Gabrielle Bryant

Spring

Always a

means

favourite

it’s tomato

for

Christmas time! There colour, are tomatoes hydrangeas

available

are

in

flowering

every colour,

their

heads

size and

off!

shape:

They

black

look wonderful

ones,

red,

in

orange

the garden,

and yellow

brightening

ones…

the

tall-growing

semi-shaded

and dwarf

areas and

– it

glowing

can be very

in the

confusing

full, protected

when

sunlight.

one has to

Once

choose.

the older

Whichever

varieties

tomato you

were

decide

either

to

pink

grow,

or

blue

the preparation

depending

is

on

the

the

same.

soil,

additional

Read the labels

lime will

carefully

deepen

to

the

check

pinks

the

and

growth

blueing

habit

tonic

and

(sulphate

height of fully

of aluminium)

grown plants.

will

heighten

Some extra

the blues,

care now

but

will

the

new

be well

named

rewarded.

varieties

If you

will

are

maintain

growing tomatoes

their colour.

in pots,

White

never

each plant

changes.

will need

There

a 40cm

are

hydrangeas

pot to do well.

of

Choose

every size

dwarf

from

the

varieties

tiny dwarf

that will

Piamina

not need

to the

a

tall

climbing

traditional

frame.

Mop Heads.

With

Make

so many

sure that

to choose

you use

from

a

it

potting

is almost

mix

too

that

difficult

is labelled

to

for

decide.

vegetables

There

and

are

herbs.

the delicate

All potting

lace caps,

mixes

the

are

huge

slightly

blooms

different.

Before you plant out the

seedlings, add the stakes for

future support. This will avoid

root damage that can occur if

you stake the plants when they

are well established. Tomatoes

need plenty of sun – at least

six hours a day (the more the

better).

If you are planting the seedlings

into the ground, prepare

the soil well in advance. Tomatoes

need good drainage and

a rich soil. Sandy soils need

additional compost, while clay

soils will need the addition of

some liquid dolomite or clay

breaker; if the drainage is

of the traditional mop heads,

the cone-shaped flowers of

hydrangea paniculata bushes

poor you will need to raise the

bed with an edging by about

15cm. Tomatoes that are too

wet or in too much shade will

be easily attacked by fungal

diseases.

Always plant the seedlings

deeply in the soil. You can

plant them with the soil covering

the stem up to the first set

of leaves. New roots will form

from the stem that is covered

giving the seedling a stronger

root system. As the plant

grows remove the bottom

leaves allowing plenty of air

flow above the soil.

that can be two metres tall.

The recently introduced

smaller growing Picotee

varieties with two-tone flower

Tomatoes need plenty of fertiliser.

Water the newly planted

heads are hard to leave behind

and if you have a semishaded

wall, the climbing

seedling with Seasol and then

with a liquid fertiliser every

hydrangea petiolaris is just

two weeks. Water regularly

beautiful.

and once the seedlings are

Hydrangeas are forgiving

established mulch around the

plants that are easy to grow.

plants with sugar cane mulch.

They like regular water and

Additionally a slow-release pelleted

fertiliser for veggies will

any good garden soil. Mulch

the roots with compost to

keep them growing.

keep them cool and feed

Once fruit is formed hang a

them in early spring to get

fruit fly bait in the bush. The

them going. Grow them in

small cherry-sized tomatoes

pots, or in the garden; bring

don’t get attacked like the fullsized

tomatoes do, but still

them inside when in flower

or cut the blooms – they last

watch out.

well in water.

Fill in gaps

with eency

White Spider

Shady places in the garden

can be hard to fill. The variegated

fatsia japonica ‘Spider

White’ is just what is needed.

Its huge leaves of pale cream

and Cherry bright green Guava light up the a

darker corners of the garden

sweet surprise

under trees, in speckled sun,

Iin n semi-shade full flower in or my filtered veggie light.

garden Spider is White my Cherry is a foliage Guava,

plant sometimes that will known grow as into a Strawberry

rounded Guava. This shrub delightful a metre

a compact,

tall. evergreen It is easy shrub to grow never and fails has to

few produce problems; a heavy it is crop pest-resistant,

guavas heat-tolerant, in early autumn. loves water

of cherry

in It the is summer a small, pretty months, tree but with

where rounded, the glossy soil is green drier it leaves will

still that happily only grows wait to for about rain.

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

used in cooking, jellies, drinks,

sauces or jams.

You should protect the fruit

from fruit fly with a fruit 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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Versatile winter roses

Hellebores are called

Christmas Roses in

the northern hemisphere,

but given they flower here

through the colder months

the name seems wrong, so

they are commonly called

Winter Roses.

Hellebores come from

Europe, parts of Asia and the

Balkans. They thrive in semishade;

they love the sun in

winter and enjoy shade from

the hot summer sun. They

are perfect planted under

deciduous trees.

Once established, they

are undemanding and easy

to care for, tolerating dry

spells and growing well in

damp spaces. Hellebores are

loved for their elegance, their

decorative leaves and their

long-lasting winter colour

when there is not much

colour in the garden.

Flowers range from the

purest white that fades to

pink and then pale green,

through all shades of dusty

pink to the darkest plum.

If you grow them in pots,

you can bring them inside to

a dmire the flowers and take

them back outside for the

summer months. The flowers

last well when picked and

are often used by florists in

mixed arrangements.

Gerberas

in colourful

revival

Gerberas were popular

garden plant many years

ago. The old-fashioned

varieties were hardy and

easy to grow. Over time, with

new varieties developed for

the cut flower market, they

became tricky and prone

to disease, resulting in a

fall from popularity. They

were sold as pot plants for

indoors only.

The recently introduced

Garvinea gerberas have restored

the gerbera family’s

reputation. With flowers that

are bigger, brighter these

plants are once again tough,

hardy and easy to grow.

In full sun or semi-shade,

they flower for nine months

of the years with huge, daisy-like

flowers in hot pink,

yellow or bright orange.

Garden Life

Divide and conquer perennials

If you haven’t already done so it is not too late to divide and

rejuvenate perennial plants in the garden. It is an easy job; dig

up clumps of border plants that have become overgrown and

need a facelift. Carefully tease the roots apart, discarding the

old, woody plants.

Clean and trim any broken roots and remove old leaves. Soak

the new divisions in a solution of Seasol for 24 hours. Before replanting,

add some compost to the garden and dig into the soil.

Dip the roots into cutting powder and replant into the garden.

Keep well-watered until new growth appears.

If you have more new plants than you need, pot them up into

4-inch pots, using seed-raising potting mix, and they will be

ready for the next school fete.

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Garden Life

Jobs this Month

September

Garden Life

September is a busy month

in the garden. The cold

weather is gone and there

are many jobs to be done. One

of the pressing jobs is to cut

back poinsettias as the flowers

finish. They can be cut back

hard. You will be rewarded

next winter with additional

flower stems. Poinsettia

cuttings root very easily if you

want additional plants.

Blight on azaleas

Azaleas are wonderful this

month. The flowers love the dry

days. Petal blight can still be a

problem if you water the bushes

from overhead. As a precaution,

continue to spray the bushes

with Yates Zaleton every two

weeks. Petal blight can destroy

the flowers overnight.

Spray for Bindii

Spray your grass with a bindii

killer to get rid of the bindies

before the flowers set seeds

that will stick into the soles of

bare feet in summer.

Watch for slugs

The weather has been very dry

but slugs and snails are hiding

in cool spots; don’t be fooled –

they come out at night and can

devour your seedlings. Use

Multiguard to control them.

Water check

Check out your watering system

and make sure that there

are no corners that miss out

on water. Watering systems

need adjusting as shrubs

grow. Remember: we are in for

a very dry summer.

Prune Hibiscus

Prune back hibiscus this

month. To keep them compact

and healthy they should be cut

back by one third, removing

any weak or spindly growth.

They will soon grow back.

Feed them with a mulch of

cow manure and a slow-release

fertiliser. Keep hibiscus

beetle away with granular

Richgro’s Bug Killa – this is

great for ornamentals but

should never be used on vegetables

or fruit that you eat.

Cut Hydrangeas

Look after your hydrangeas.

Cut them back to a double

bud to shape the bush. Some

of the newer varieties grow

thick new shoots from ground

level. If you want to improve

the colour of the flowers,

water in garden lime for

pink flowers and sulphate of

aluminium (sold as Blueing

Tonic), for blue flowers. White

flowers can’t be changed.

Trap ease

A yellow sticky pad will help to

control the aphids and flying

insects in the garden. Hang

the trap as high as possible –

the glue is so strong that even

tiny lizards will get caught.

Lawn care

It is a good month to repair

lawn damage. New turf will establish

quickly this month and

bare patches can be over-sown

Attract bees

Plant a pyrostegia

‘orange trumpet

vine’ on the fence

near your vegetable

garden to bring the

bees. Also good

is to plant scarlet

nasturtiums, orange

French marigolds,

purple lavender,

bright blue borage

in the garden. The

more bees, the more

successful fruiting

vegetables will be.

with seed. Try to get your

grass identified before patching,

to make sure that turf or

seed matches your lawn. Take

a sample to a turf supplier for

identification it you are not

certain of the variety.

Sow seeds

Sow vegetable seeds – beans,

cabbage, carrots, capsicum,

chillies, onions, zucchini, eggplants,

tomatoes, cucumbers,

lettuce and silver beet and

radishes can all go in now.

Get ‘hang’ of it

Hanging baskets are back in

fashion – try potting mixed

flowers and herbs together.

Parsley looks very pretty with

scarlet nasturtiums and yellow

marigolds.

Crossword solution from page 67

Mystery location: CAREEL BAY

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Times Past

Newport’s ocean

pools quartet

After last month’s look

at the rock pools of

North Avalon, we

thought we would venture

south to examine the

Newport Beach rock pools

where there have been four

pools in 100 years.

Newport Surf Club member

Mr A. Ross contacted

Warringah Shire Council

(WSC) in December 1918

concerning the proposed

construction of “rock

baths” at the northern end

of Newport Beach. Council

replied that “work would

be commenced as soon as

possible”.

Only four years later the

surf club again had to contact

the council to advise that

“the floor of the northern

rock pool was in a dangerous

condition and that the nearby

cliff was also unsafe”. It’s

possible that some of the cliff

face ended up in the pool,

creating the irregular floor of

the pool.

According to Guy Jennings

in his ‘The Newport Story’,

the WSC built three rock

pools at Newport Beach in

the early 1900s. Two were

built at the northern end and

one at the southern end. This

photo taken in 1930 (main)

shows what was most likely

the first rock pool

built at the northern

end. It’s possible

that the second pool

at the northern end

was then built, well

away from the cliff

face – in fact about 50

metres to the east out

on the rock shelf. Two

walls of this second

pool still stand and

are not only clearly

visible but also

accessible but only on

a very low tide with a

low swell.

The materials

used to construct

this pool were a

combination of small

rocks and concrete

with two substantial and

visible reinforcing rods,

15mm in diameter, used to

strengthen the structure.

(Lack of awareness of the

ferocity of the waves led to

the destruction of both pools

and it’s surprising anything

remained of the remnants

after the severe pounding the

east coast suffered in May

1974.)

A public meeting was held

on Saturday 4 October 1924

requesting that the Council

construct yet another pool,

this time at the southern

end of the beach. It took 16

months of toing and froing

with them until the new pool

was agreed to. The tender for

construction was awarded

on 12 December 1925 to Mr

T Birmingham of Botany

for “535 pounds and 12

shillings”.

On Saturday 30 January

1925, the new pool measuring

115 feet (35 metres) long and

50 feet (15 metres) wide was

officially opened with a huge

swimming carnival which

included some interstate

swimmers.

The remains of the fourth

pool, south of the present

pool, are clearly visible in a

1941 aerial photo and more

recently via a drone.

TIMES PAST is supplied

by local historian

and President of the

Avalon Beach Historical

Society GEOFF SEARL.

Visit the Society’s

showroom in Bowling

Green Lane, Avalon

Beach.

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Travel Life

Travel Life

Moorish splendour in the Mediterranean

There is a certain pleasure

that comes with

cruising aboard a smaller

ship that hosts an average

of just 350 guests, says

Travel View’s Sharon Godden

– who cites the ‘Aegean

Odyssey’ as a case in point.

“She is no ‘floating city’

but instead a welcome reprieve

from the larger mega

liners that are so common

today,” said Sharon. “Offering

a more intimate and personalised experience, the ship’s

size means she can easily navigate inland waterways, like

Spain’s Guadalquivir River and the Norwegian Fjords, as

well as the smaller Mediterranean ports and islands.”

Delivering destination-rich itineraries selected in conjunction

with noted historians, Voyages to Antiquity prides

itself on the fact that once you’re onboard there is very

little extra to pay for. Included in your cruise fare are shore

excursions, hotel stays as per the itinerary, wine and beer

with dinner onboard, gratuities and more. Plus, an amazing list

of expert guest speakers who will connect you to the destinations

before you even go ashore.

“A popular itinerary for 2019 is the Grand Aegean and Mediterranean

voyage from Athens to Seville,” said Sharon. “The Aegean

Odyssey will spend more time in each destination and will overnight

in port in Sorrento and Livorno – ultimately giving you less

days at sea and more time for you to enjoy the wonders

of the city before you.”

Starting your holiday with two nights’ hotel stay in

the Greek capital of Athens, home of the iconic Parthenon,

visit the historic sites of the Peloponnese Peninsula,

including the ruins of ancient Sparta and Olympia,

plus the ancient site of the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi.

Cruise on to the island of Corfu and visit a 15th century

church, then on to Dubrovnik for a walking

tour around this walled city. “Make your way

around the stunning Amalfi Coast; explore

the tragic ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Discover the Italian capital of Rome and the

Renaissance treasures of Florence and Pisa,

home of the iconic Leaning Tower.”

Making time for a stop in Elba, Napoleon’s

isle of exile, you then cruise the Lavezzi Isles

and the Maddalena Archipelago in the Strait

of Bonifacio, to Spanish Menorca, Majorca

and Gibraltar. Visit Moorish Palaces and try

some sherry in Cadiz, then enter the mouth of

the Guadalquivir River and cruise through the

Andalusian countryside to romantic Seville.

“Voyages to Antiquity delivers a truly pioneering range of

inclusive voyages and land tours that are filled with the most

historic and stunning ports-of-call to be found across Europe,”

said Sharon.

* For more info contact TravelView Avalon; phone 9918 4444

or email sales@ travelview.net.au

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