Pittwater Life October 2018 Issue

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The Local Voice Since 1991





















Back to

the beach

A day in the life of our

Surf Life Saving Clubs


Our new northern creative hub

few ‘wins’ for Pittwater

A this month, including the

Avalon Annexe being named as

the preferred site for the longawaited

local art space north of

Mona Vale.

It beat out a short list that

included the Avalon Golf Club

House, Avalon Bowling green

and Mona Vale Village Green

(see page 10).

(But gee, doesn’t it take

a while to get some action?

The dedicated creative venue

received a $1m funding pledge

way back in June 2017. It took

Council and the Community

Consultation committee 15

months to shortlist sites. And

a look at the schedule suggests

construction to expand the

annexe won’t commence for at

least another year.)

October is a big month

for creative types, with the

Pittwater Artists Trail and

Newport Sculpture Trail both

scheduled (page 38).

The new Northern Beaches

Hospital is ready to open its

doors on October 30; read

about the state-of-the-art

imaging technology it will offer

(page 44) and also the new

direct community bus link

that will shuttle patients with

appointments to and from the

hospital (page 18).

Volunteer surf lifesavers will

be back on the beaches from

the October long weekend; we

take a look at just one of our

great clubs, Bilgola, and the

great folks behind the scenes

(page 32).

Our pages aren’t all

sweetness and light though;

Council is investigating closing

the Avalon Customer Service

office (Seen, Heard, Absurd

– page 20). Apparently 75

customers a week is not enough

to make it a viable option.

And Nick Carroll reports

on the disturbing subject of

violence directed towards

female surfers in the water

(page 42). – Nigel Wall

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COVER: We’re heading back to the beach! As the Surf

Lifesaving flags go back up across Pittwater for another

summer we check in with the Bilgola Beach crew and learn

about their operations (p32); the Avalon Annexe has been

chosen as the site for the new Creative Space – North (p10);

hear from local producer Allanah Zitserman about her

new movie ‘Ladies In Black’ (p14); the new Northern Beaches

Hospital is ready for its opening on October 30 (p18); and

Angry Anderson tells us he can’t wait to front Rose Tattoo

when they return to Pittwater this month (p62).

also this month

Editorial 3

Pittwater Local News 6-29

Life Stories: Natalie Isaacs 30-31

Feature: Back To The Beach 32-36

Art Life 38-41

Surfing Life 42-43

Health & Wellbeing; Hair & Beauty 44-51

Money 52-53

Finance 54

Law 56-57

Trades & Services 58-60

Showtime 62

Food 66-68

Gardening 70-72

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4 OCTOBER 2018

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Swell of unrest as fishing lockouts scrapped

Scientists have slammed the

Berejiklian Government’s

backflip on fishing lockouts

along the NSW coast as a dangerous

precedent for the local

marine environment.

In late September the Government

committed that there

will be no loss of fishing rights

or access under the proposed

marine park sites put forward

by the NSW Marine Estate Management

Authority (MEMA).

It came after Minister for Primary

Industries Niall Blair said

he had received feedback from

both local communities and

anglers and was confident that

fishing was not the key threat

to offshore sustainability.

But researcher at the University

of NSW and President

of the Underwater Research

Group of NSW, John Turnbull,

said the minister’s announcement

that the Sydney Marine

Park proposal would proceed

without new sanctuary zones

represented the “triumph of political

self-interest and the vocal

minority over scientific reality,

the wishes of the wider community

and the environment”.

“As a marine scientist and

author of the recent paper

on aquatic reserves in the

bioregion, the science clearly

supports the need for sanctuary

zones,” Mr Turnbull said.

“Partial protection – like that

now proposed

by the Minister

– has been

shown to be

no better than



“I and many

like me supported


original proposal,

even though the amount

of sanctuary zone was too low.

At least it was a positive step.

Now, we are being offered mutton

dressed as lamb – a marine

park with no sanctuary zones

is no marine park at all.”

Professor of Marine Ecology,

Ecosystem Security Team,

David Booth, concurred, adding

he feared “that the Minister

appears open to possible

wind-back of hard-won marine

protection elsewhere on NSW

coast, which would be an environmental


Minister Blair said that while

consultation would continue,

he felt it was paramount to allay

the uncertainty and fear the

fishing industry was currently


“I am a keen


and understand

both the

economic and

social values

the industry

brings to our

State,” he said.

“MEMA put

forward this proposal because

they had identified 25 areas

that require better management

to ensure their sustainability.

“What’s now clear is that

their proposed management

methods and in some cases the

sizes of the sites, offered up

a narrow option that unfairly

impacted on low-risk activities,

such as fishing and spearfishing.

“As a result the NSW Government

has taken lockouts off the

table. We are confident there

are many other ways to manage

these sensitive areas, that have

fishers as part of the solution

and we will continue to explore

these options for the rest of the

consultation period. “

“Today’s decision does not

change the fact we are still

working towards a marine park

that protects key marine habitats,

species and the environment

we all know and love.

“In order to manage them

and protect them for future

generations we need an approach

that is accepted and

sustainable for the people of

NSW. I encourage everyone to

continue to have their say as we

work to deliver a final marine

park solution in the coming

weeks.” – Nigel Wall

* Would the proposed changes

have affected Pittwater’s waters?

You be the judge – visit marine.



and examine the

interactive map.

6 OCTOBER 2018

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Bushfire risk delays Ingleside

Release of the revised Precinct Plan

for the development of Ingleside has

been placed on the backburner with

the Department of Planning and Environment

revealing it is carrying out additional

bushfire risk assessments before

further progressing work on the strategy.

Pittwater Life understands the assessments,

based on new guidelines, could

call into question the current planned

scope – or even the final approval – of

the Government’s proposal for 3400 new

dwellings at Ingleside.

The revised Precinct Plan was due to

be tabled by the end of the year following

liaison with stakeholders including Northern

Beaches Council.

But a spokesperson for the Department

of Planning and Environment confirmed

that was a long way off occurring.

“The Department is carrying out a

bushfire risk assessment for Ingleside,”

the spokesperson said. “Once finalised,

we will work with the local council, the

Rural Fire Service (RFS) and technical consultants

to review and, if required, amend

plans for Ingleside.

“Any change to the previously exhibited

plans will need to be discussed with the

community for feedback.

“The safety of people is paramount

when planning for communities. An update

on planning for Ingleside will be provided

to the community later this year.”

The Department’s current assessment

is based around a new draft Planning for

Bushfire Protection Policy released last


On its website the Department notes it

is liaising with Northern Beaches Council

and the RFS in carrying out the assessment

– but Mayor Michael Regan told

Pittwater Life that Council had yet to be


The Department continued:

“A draft Local Character Statement (LCS)

is also being prepared to define the existing

character of the area and capture the

community’s values and aspirations for

the Ingleside Planned Precinct. The draft

LCS will be based on the extensive community

consultation undertaken to date

and will inform the development of the

revised Precinct Plan.

“A decision will be made regarding

the proposed amendment to the State

Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney

Region Growth Centres) 2006 to make

Ingleside a Growth Area. An amendment

to the policy will help to assist Northern

Beaches Council when assessing development

applications prior to rezoning. This

will ensure that the intended planning

outcomes for Ingleside are considered

during the assessment of new buildings

or projects.

“The revised Precinct Plan will form

the basis of the formal planning controls

and contributions schemes. The revised

Precinct Plan will include new material on

energy and water conservation measures

as well as affordable housing.”

The Department spokesperson said

there would be further opportunities for

the community to provide feedback on

the revised Precinct Plan and other documents

during exhibition, prior to finalisation

and approval.

– Nigel Wall


The Local Voice Since 1991

OCTOBER 2018 7


‘Stop overdevelopment whingeing’

NSW Planning Minister

Anthony Roberts says he

is “done” with the term overdevelopment

and disappointed

at councils “whingeing” as he

oversees Sydney’s infrastructure


Speaking during a panel discussion

at ‘Sydney 2050: Today’s

planning for tomorrow’s Sydney’

last month, Mr Roberts said community

opposition to development

needed to be measured

against improvements made.

He told Fairfax Media the metropolitan

area was playing catchup

because past planning policy

had “failed future generations

with our love of the quarter-acre

block” and unwillingness to control

or plan for urban sprawl.

“If you think this government

is obsessed with infrastructure,

that’s why,” he said. “We can’t

live like the 1970s when people

built homes on subdivisions and

then worried about who was

going to build their footpath,

schools or roads.”

He added infrastructure and

services must meet or exceed

housing and population growth.

“Overdevelopment does not

exist – infrastructure failure

exists,” he said. “We needed to

move the dial dramatically and

we did.”

However, concerns about

whether infrastructure can keep

up with the rapid rate of development

remain prevalent across

Local Government Areas.

The State Government recently

deferred the introduction of a

policy aimed at encouraging medium-density

housing in dozens

of councils that were not ready

to address issues of increased

density. The deferral gave Councils

the opportunity to set their

desired zoning preferences.

“One person’s overdevelopment

is another person’s home

and that’s the issue,” Mr Roberts

said. “It’s easy for someone to

say ‘I don’t want more development’

– well, you’re fine, you’ve

got a home... but think about

your children and grandchildren.”

Northern Beaches mayor

Michael Regan attended the

seminar; he told Mr Roberts our

Council wanted to deliver more

housing, but needed other ministers

and departments to provide

supporting infrastructure.

Meanwhile, Mayor Regan told

Pittwater Life the first meeting of

the Avalon Community Reference

Group would be held on

October 17 to discuss the Avalon

Place Plan after its 16 members

were selected last month.

The reference group will work

collaboratively with the community

to prepare the draft place


Mr Regan said the initial

phase, which involved community

engagement, was now

complete, with all the information

and data currently being

compiled into a ‘Spotlight on

Avalon’ document that would

be presented to the reference

group prior to it being publicly


The reference group received

31 nominations from the community.

The Avalon Place Plan is the pilot

placemaking program for the

new council, which will address

Manly next before turning its

focus on Mona Vale. – Nigel Wall


boost for

scan access

Patients on the beaches

will now be able to access


scans for cancer, stroke,

heart and other medical

conditions, with the

Coalition Government

announcing a new MRI

licence for NB Hospital.

Mackellar MP Jason

Falinski said the MRI

machine was expected

to benefit 4,000 patients

locally a year through a

Medicare rebate and provide

an estimated 5,500

services per annum.

The MRI licence was

a positive outcome for

270,000 people on the

Northern Beaches , who

will now have access to

affordable, high-quality

MRI services, said Chief

Executive of Healthcare

Imaging Services Dean


* More info see our

story on page 44.

8 OCTOBER 2018

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Avalon wins nod for new art space

Construction of Pittwater’s new

Creative Space North – involving

the build-out of the Avalon Annexe

building in Dunbar Park – is earmarked

to commence in December next year after

Northern Beaches Council finally laid its

cards on the table about its preferred venue

for the long-awaited community resource.

In the meantime however, Council will

need to raise $1.1 million on top of the $1

million it banked from the NSW Government

for the project, after high renovation

estimates for the optimum scope of the


The Annexe was one of four venues

shortlisted by Council, following input

from its 37-member local advisory group;

it beat out the Clubhouse at Avalon Golf

Club, the Mona Vale Village greenfield site

and Avalon Bowling Green.

A report to Council by the Executive

Manager – Community, Arts and Culture

noted the preferred full-scope fit-out of

the Annexe would see essential facilities

including 140m2 of exhibition space, three

bespoke artist studios, two teaching spaces

and a communal space. Desirable add-ons

would include a café/kiosk, additional

public-access toilets and the potential to

trigger outdoor activations.

It was the winning option as it “meets

GETTING CREATIVE: Council is planning a $2.1 million renovation of the Avalon Annexe.

both the user requirements and location

criteria established through extensive community

engagement... it also has the ability

to be staged should additional funding not

be available immediately, with a reduced

scope able to meet the essential user

requirements and be constructed close to


With the Avalon Annexe currently

utilised as a community centre for hire,

Council maintained its commitment to

minimising the impact on existing hirers,

adding it would investigate options for

relocating existing users.

It also promised artists “affordable rates”

for utilising the new facility.

Mayor Michael Regan told Pittwater Life

Council could investigate utilising the

new space as a ‘satellite’ installation of the

Manly Art Gallery & Museum, with the possibility

of taking exhibitions “on the road”.

Vicki Ratcliff from the Pittwater Artists

Trail said such a dedicated space for the

arts would have a huge impact on the creative

community of Pittwater.

At its September meeting it was recommended

Council endorse the exhibition of

the draft concept design and investigate

additional funding sources.

– Nigel Wall

10 OCTOBER 2018

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NRA demands new

Keoride extension

Residents and community groups north of Mona

Vale are maintaining their pressure on the NSW

Government to provide better bus services to and from

the top end of the peninsula following the decision to not

extend the new B-Line rapid transport to Newport.

They also want the Keoride on-demand transport

service – set up to benefit Pittwater residents from

Narrabeen to Palm Beach by conveying them to their

nearest B-Line bus stop – extended to not only link to the

B-Line but to any E Bus route (meaning pick-ups and dropoffs

at all suburbs north of Mona Vale).

Newport Residents Association (NRA) President Gavin

Butler said his group wanted Transport NSW to schedule

additional Express (E88) buses which he said were the

quickest way to get to the Sydney CBD.

“We want extended hours of operation of these

Expresses, to 10am in the morning and commencing at

3pm in the afternoon,” he said.

“Also, the L90 needs to be retained, with more buses

added so as to increase them to two per hour, all day.”

He said two of the 199 services should be replaced by

the L90, while the L90 and 199 must continue to service

the ‘Newport Loop’ and run to North Avalon or Palm


A spokesperson for local MP Rob Stokes’ office said

Transport NSW was currently looking at Opal Card data

on passenger usage and was expected to deliver its

recommendations before the end of the year. – NW


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OCTOBER 2018 11


Vital youth work acknowledged

When the Avalon Youth Hub

director Justene Gordon joined

Pittwater’s community leaders

at a reception hosted by local MP Rob

Stokes last month she had no idea she

would walk away with a prestigious NSW

Premier’s award.

In a heartfelt speech delivered by Mr

Stokes, Justene – CEO of the Burdekin

Association and the force behind the

Avalon Youth Hub – was bestowed with

the 2018 Pittwater Community Service


“The award was a huge surprise and

it’s very humbling,” Justene told Pittwater

Life. “It’s lovely to be acknowledged

– you don’t do it for the recognition of

course but when something like this happens

it’s really nice,” she said.

Created in response to the high levels

of youth suicide and mental health issues

in the community, the Avalon Youth

Hub was launched earlier this year as an

Intake, Assessment and Referral point

where young people from Year 5 to Year

12 and their carers can drop in, have

a chat to a professional worker and if

necessary be linked with an appropriate

local support service.

The Hub is currently open three days

per week, sharing the space at the Early

Childhood Centre in the Avalon Recreation


Now, almost six months since it

was officially opened, Justene said it

was already clear the community was

embracing the Hub as something more

than a destination for those seeking

professional support, with hundreds

of young people popping in every week

grabbing an icy pole and on Wednesday

afternoons enjoying the free BBQs held

in Dunbar Park.

“The Hub wasn’t originally meant to be

GROUP EFFORT: Justene Gordon (centre) with the Avalon Youth Hub access team.

a place for kids to hang out as such yet

this is what is happening,” Justene said.

“We’re typically seeing 30-40 young

people squished into the space wanting

to connect one-on-one with a youth


“There’s a real desire in the community

for young people and parents to

connect and use services to build resilience...

and it’s only going to grow.”

As the lead agency responsible for

securing funding for the Hub and

coordinating services, the Burdekin Association

and the team is continuing to

conduct extensive consultation with local

youth, schools, parents and local associations

to ensure the community’s needs

are met.

Mr Stokes described Justene as “an

incredibly passionate advocate for our

local youth”.

“The way Justene has been able to help

coordinate our local youth support agencies,

establish new community networks

and start breaking down the barriers

surrounding youth mental health is

extraordinary,” he said.

“We do have serious issues with youth

mental health in our community and

it requires the holistic and sustained

response which Justene is working hard

to establish.

“Since its launch the Avalon Youth Hub

has already become an integral service in

our community and this is a testament

to the enormous efforts of Justene and

many others.

“We’re really fortunate to have people

in our community like Justene who are

prepared to roll up their sleeves, get

involved and be part of an important


– Lisa Offord

12 OCTOBER 2018

The Local Voice Since 1991


Ladies dressed

for big success

It has taken almost a

quarter of a century to

get the tender-hearted

comedy/drama Ladies in

Black from page to big screen

but the timing of its release

couldn’t have been better

says Bilgola-based producer

Allanah Zitserman.

Adapted from the

Madeleine St John novel, the

story set in 1959 explores

the lives of a diverse group

of department store workers

at a time when the impact of

European migration and the

rise of women’s liberation

was about to change Australia


Allanah, who moved to our

neck of the woods with her

partner and children from

Bondi three years ago, was

introduced to the book by

two-time Academy Awardnominated

director Bruce

Beresford who had been

wanting to make the film

since 1994.

“It was an opportunity to

tell an elegant Australian

story that encapsulates the

early stirrings of feminism,

the impact of immigration

on an evolving culture whilst

celebrating fashion, food,

glamour and Sydney,” Allanah

told Pittwater Life.

Ladies in Black is about

love, hope – and the perfect

dress – but it has an

undercurrent of important

themes that continue to

resonate today.

“What’s exciting is that

the messaging is so current

– women are still trying

to achieve full equality

and some people are still

uncomfortable with new

people entering their

country,” Allanah said.

“Audiences will enjoy an

extraordinarily entertaining

film, but also walk away with

ideas that they can reflect

ELEGANT AUSTRALIAN STORY: Ladies In Black has a local connection.

upon and be inspired by.

“I want the audience to be

entertained, to be touched

and to be proud of being


“I also hope that multiple

generations experience the

film together fusing the past

and present, just like the film

does,” she said.

The film, released in late

September and starring

Julia Ormond, Angourie

Rice, Rachael Taylor, Ryan

Corr, Shane Jacobson, Susie

Porter, Alison McGirr, Noni

Hazlehurst and Vincent Perez,

has attracted great reviews.

Allanah’s biggest surprise

so far has been the response

from men who have watched

the film.

“All the blokes that have

seen it so far are deeply

moved by the story and are

connecting to the film in

a very touching way – they

come out of screenings

literally beaming,” she said.

– Lisa Offord

14 OCTOBER 2018

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Book Review

The Single

Ladies of




Joanna Nell,

Hachette $29.99

Writing cover blurbs is

often harder than writing

the novel, especially when

you are constrained to

10 words or less. Local

author, Joanna Nell has hit

the cover quote jackpot

with her debut. “A moving,

funny, heartwarming tale of love and community” sums up

exactly what you are going to get with The Single Ladies of

Jacaranda Retirement Village.

From the very first page you’ll be swept up into the lives of

Peggy Smart and her retirement village neighbours and their

politics, laughing at Nell’s wry characterisations and cheering

Peggy on in her quest for companionship and love.

This novel is bound to be the feel-good book of Christmas

giving as it is a book to love whether you are in your late teens

or into a new century. Guaranteed to be a word-of-mouth hit

well into 2019, make sure you are an early adopter, copies are

in-store now. – Libby Armstrong


The Local Voice Since 1991

OCTOBER 2018 15


$2.45m dredging plan solution

The future of the commuter and daytripper

ferry link between Palm Beach and

Ettalong looks a lot rosier after a solution was

reached over the ongoing funding required to

dredge the troublesome Ettalong Channel and

keep it navigable.

The news comes as a boost to Palm Beach

and offshore businesses which have suffered

a downturn in business while the Channel has

been closed for the past six months.

The NSW Government has announced up

to $2.45 million will go towards an expanded

dredging program in the entrance channel to

Brisbane Water.

This is in addition to a $660,000 Statefunded

dredging contract that is currently

underway and expected to be completed in

coming weeks that would allow ferries and

recreational vessels return to the Ettalong


The NSW Government is contributing $1.225

million, through the Rescuing Our Waterways

program, towards a new long-term solution for

Ettalong Channel; the project will be overseen

by Central Coast Council.

Under the Rescuing Our Waterways

program, councils apply for funding to assist

with dredging projects on a matching dollarfor-dollar

basis with the NSW Government.

This new phase of dredging will see 80,000

cubic metres of sand from the navigation

channel removed, with the intention to

CHANGING CHANNEL: The dredge currenly at work.

relocate it to the nearshore areas of Ettalong,

Ocean and Umina Beaches.

The project will focus on keeping Ettalong

and Box Head Channels open and navigable,

and reducing sand from re-entering the


The current emergency dredging program

involves removal of about 10,000 cubic metres

of sand to provide a channel of 30 metres

width and 2.5 metres depth. A further 10,000

cubic metres will be removed to widen the

entrance opening in an effort to slow the

movement of sand back into the navigational


– NW



On The House. Veteran

journalist Helen Pitt will be

speaking about her new book

The House at 6pm on Thu 4 at

the Avalon Surf Club Bangalley

Bar. Sally from Bookoccino who is

hosting the event says Helen will

share stories of the people behind

the white sails of the worldrenowned

Sydney Opera House

accompanied by a slideshow of

archival materials. Tickets $20,

includes a glass of sparkling wine.

Bookings at bookoccino.com.au

Craft week event. Hear about

sustainable textile practices with

dying and staining techniques

using plants, natural materials

and found objects with artist Sue

Pedley at the Eramboo Artist

Environment, Terrey Hills on Sat 6

from 9.30am-4.30pm and return

home with a bundle of textiles and

fresh ideas. Cost $150; book 9450

2550 or info@eramboo.com.au.

The right words. Learn what

to say when someone you know

is going through a tough time.

This Courageous Communication

Workshop on Tue 9 from 6-8pm at

the Newport Community Centre

is geared for ages 14-24; parents

and guardians welcome. Hosted

by NB Council Youth Support

Services, the facilitator is Lucille

Shackleton founder of Mem

Valora. Free; includes light supper.

Bookings on council’s website.

Newport PS big birthday. It’s

all happening at Newport Public

School on Thu 25 as it celebrates

130 years. Starting at 1pm with

historical displays, a giant reunion

afternoon tea from 4-6pm and

an evening of entertainment from

6pm showcasing the talents of

former students and staff. More

info 9999 3588.

Cemetery tour. See how

you can unearth the secrets of

Mona Vale Cemetery using your

smartphone or iPad at the launch

of a new self-guided historical tour

on Wed 17 from 10.30am-1.30pm.

Free; includes morning tea.

Bookings essential as numbers

limited 9970 1341 or cemeteries@


Appreciate art. Support local

artists at the many special events

being held this month see pages

38-41 for all the details.

16 OCTOBER 2018

The Local Voice Since 1991

New bus fills hospital tran

THE BIG REVEAL: Thousands of locals have taken guided tours of the new NB Hospital.


The missing piece of the new Northern

Beaches Hospital puzzle has

been found, with the New South

Wales Government set to sign off on a

bespoke shuttle bus service that will

convey Pittwater residents to and from

the new hospital campus at Frenchs


Pittwater Life understands a subsidised

community mini-bus will operate

from Mona Vale Hospital and surrounding

areas to assist non-emergency

patients and people unable to arrange

transport to the new hospital.

The dedicated shuttle service is expected

to be up and running in time for the

hospital’s opening on Tuesday October

30 (its official announcement was imminent

as Pittwater Life went to press).

The bus will run on a set timetable

between the hospital campuses at Mona

Vale and Frenchs Forest – with an additional

scope that will allow passengers

to book seats and be picked up and

dropped off at their homes.

Travel frequency is earmarked for

four return shuttles each day, with

prices starting at $6 up to $10 one-way,

depending on the passengers’ concession

eligibility and their pick-up or

drop-off location.

The service will ease concerns, particularly

amongst the elderly community,

about transportation to the new

hospital to attend scheduled specialist

appointments and procedures.

It will fill the gap identified by local

community groups who have been lobbying

the government for a new direct

bus route from Mona Vale through Narrabeen

and the Wakehurst Parkway to

the new hospital.

Meanwhile, thousands of local residents

eager to check out the hospital

before its official opening have come

away with a better appreciation of the

new facility.

Joining a tour of the pristine nine-storey

state-of-the art hospital last month

was Gail Carew of Mona Vale, part of a

group from The Rotary Club of the Upper

Northern Beaches.

“Those of us who went through the

hospital were very impressed with what

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sport gap

we saw… it is quite simply a wonderful,

modern, medical facility for our area

and it was very comforting to learn

about the care that will be provided

there,” Gail said.

Echoing Gail’s sentiments, Helen

Howes who toured the hospital with

19 other members of the Narrabeen

Lakes Probus Club said: “I particularly

like that the public and private wards

are part of the same building – not like

Royal North Shore Hospital where they

are separate – and that there’s not that

much difference between the two except

the private wards have carpet on the

floor and the fittings are slightly nicer…

but that’s nothing really.

“I like that the décor is simple with little

touches like decals on the walls

and that the skylights are painted yellow

introducing a pleasant light into the


“Also the windows go right down to

the floor to make the best of the views.”

Hospital volunteer Fran McKay, who

says she has been waiting for a new

hospital for 56 years, added: “It’s brilliant!

I just hope it stays as lovely as it is

and that it lives up to what they say it is

going to live up to.”

Developed and operated by Healthscope

in partnership with the NSW Government,

the 488-bed hospital will cater

to both public and private patients, with

public patient care funded by the State.

After 20 years, the public portion of

the hospital will revert back to the State,

with Healthscope continuing to provide

services to private patients for a further

20 years before the entire facility is

returned to the State.

– Lisa Offord

Mona Vale rage maintained

community action

A group has called on

locals to rally and march

in a bid to retain acute

services at Mona Vale


Save Mona Vale Hospital

Community Action

Group chairman Parry

Thomas said a rally at

Mona Vale Village Green

from 11am on October

14 was the last chance

for residents to “come

out en masse and make

their feelings known”

before the emergency

department closes and

other services were

shifted to Frenchs Forest

on October 30.

The ‘Giant Rally’ follows

the group’s ‘Big

Picnic’ in September

when around 200 people

gathered near Mona Vale

Hospital to hear speakers

voice concerns about the

future of the facility.

Mr Thomas said The

Save Mona Vale Hospital

group was receiving

“enormous support”

from the community,

with thousands having

signed a new petition to

retain acute services at

the 54-year-old hospital.

He claimed many local

GPs were supporting the

petition and said the

group had also heard

from doctors at the

hospital who “feel unable

to voice their fears


“If our local MP Rob

Stokes wants to save his

political skin in Pittwater

he must save the

emergency department

and other acute services

at Mona Vale Hospital.

“The NSW Health Department’s

own statistics

show that 144 people

needed immediate treatment

on arrival at Mona

Vale Hospital last year,

143 of them for resuscitation.

“If the emergency

department closes there,

will they still be with us

by the time they get to

Frenchs Forest?” – LO


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Photos: www.mozimage.com

Get ready for bushfire season – that’s the reminder from the

NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) who warn that with the entire

state in drought and ongoing warm conditions expected

over the coming months, it’s more important than ever for

residents to be vigilant around their properties. Pittwater

and the Northern Beaches have seen plenty of backburning

over the past weeks – as illustrated by these dramatic drone

photos of a controlled burn at McCarrs Creek – and there

are likely to be more through October (favourable weather

permitting). The RFS reminds locals that the top four tips

for getting ready for bushfire season are to discuss what to

do if a fire threatens your home; prepare your home and get

it ready for bushfire season; know the bushfire alert levels;

and keep all the bush fire information numbers, websites

and smartphone app handy.


A nasty injury to a woman who was struck by an errant

golf ball while she walked along the public path adjoining

the beachfront on the eastern edge of Mona Vale golf

course recently has prompted a flurry of talks between

the club and Northern Beaches Council. General Manager

Environment and Infrastructure Ben Taylor confirmed

Council has met with golf club representatives to investigate

options to mitigate risk including how to minimise the

potential for balls to cross over onto the pathway, which

forms a link in the Coastal walk. Mr Taylor said in the

short term, Council planned to install extra signage to

raise awareness among walkers about golfers on the tee.

Longer term, the intention is to allow vegetation to grow

and shield the shared path. Still in Narrabeen Ward, there’s

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een no reply to Council’s official expression of concern to

the NSW Government regarding a Planning Panel decision

to approve the site at 2 Macpherson Street, Warriewood

for development. In July, Council wrote to the Minister

for Planning Anthony Roberts, Pittwater MP Rob Stokes,

Manly MP James Griffin and Warringah MP Brad Hazzard

requesting that the plan not be made; Council also noted

that the rezoning of Macpherson Street has not yet been

formally made.


The last-minute roadworks at Frenchs Forest in the lead-up

to the opening of the Northern Beaches Hospital on October

30. We know Warringah MP Brad Hazzard is furious about

the delayed and protracted build of the roads, given the

hospital’s concurrent construction. Word has it passage via

Wakehurst Parkway across Warringah Road will be closed

on consecutive weekends up until October 21, with detours

in place. Talk about cutting it thin! Also, in what could be

considered another affront for Pittwater, Northern Beaches

Council is considering closing its Customer Service Office

in Avalon (at the Recreation Centre). Apparently the office

is under-utilized when compared with other offices across

the Local Government Area (just 10% total use compared

to 44% at Manly, 33% at Dee Why and 13% at Mona Vale) –

in real terms we’re talking 75 people / transactions per

week. Council notes Pittwater Ward is the only ward to

have two offices. Coincidentally, it’s also looking to open

a new Customer Service Office at Frenchs Forest. If Avalon

closes, residents needing face-to-face attention will need

to travel to Mona Vale. The upside to the early-days closure

murmurings though is the suggestion the Avalon office

space could be allocated to the Avalon Youth Hub. We’ll

keep you posted.

New waste contract set

to reduce landfill load

Northern Beaches Council

has entered into an innovative

new waste contract

which will integrate and

modernise the whole waste

management system across

the Northern Beaches, providing

next generation technology,

improved service

levels, further cost savings

and a better outcome for the


The new waste collection

service, along with the new

waste processing contract,

will mean a huge increase in

diversion from landfill, with

70% of Northern Beaches

household waste to be recycled

from mid-2019.

Mayor Michael Regan says

the new waste collection

contract will also deliver

further savings which will

again be able to be passed

on the ratepayers over the

coming years. He added it

was a great outcome for service

delivery for residents –

and it comes with an entire

modern and new truck fleet.

The waste processing

contract will see technology

sort recyclables, organics

and food waste from residents’

red bin without the

need to separate these from

other rubbish. This will

ensure as much as possible

is diverted from landfill, recycled

for reuse and turned

into compost for broad acre

agriculture and mine site


Additionally, residents

will continue to benefit from

up to two on-call service

call-outs for bulky goods

per year. Council will also

have a separate metal collection

and work closely with

local community groups to

recover and separate items

of value like furniture,

mattresses and white goods

from kerbside collections.

“We will really be encouraging

everyone to up-cycle,”

said Acting CEO Ben Taylor.

– NW


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Narrabeen Lagoon

bushwalk and paddle

Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon

Catchment have arranged

two low-intensity activities

for participants of all ages in

October. On Saturday October

8, join them for a bushwalk

from Mona Vale Road to

Narrabeen Lagoon, passing

through endangered vegetation

communities of cabbage

palms and paperbarks. Plants

will be identified throughout

the route, which should take

4.5 hours to walk, and you’ll

get to join in some weeding

towards the end (gloves required).

More info and bookings

phone Conny on 0432

643 295. On Sunday October

21, enjoy a relaxing threehour

eco paddle on Narrabeen

Lagoon, taking in the Western

Basin and Deep and Middle

Creeks. (Beautiful Deep Creek

attracts migratory birds from

as far away as Russia!) No previous

kayaking experience is

required and tuition will also

be given. BYO boat, or a hire

kayak can be arranged for you

at cost. Bookings essential;

phone Tony on 0417 502 056

or email tonycarr@ozemail.



Market Day

Warriewood Brook in

Macpherson Street, Warriewood,

is holding their annual

Community Market Day in the

Clubhouse on Saturday October

27 from 10am to 3pm. The

most important event of the

year for the village’s residents,

families and friends

will see goods on sale ranging

from jewellery and dolls, art

and craft work, cards and

home-made cakes to quality

ornaments, handbags, wallets

and children’s toys. Other

events include raffles, lucky

draws, guessing competitions,

tea and coffee, a sausage sizzle

and other tasty food. And

it’s all for a worthy cause – to

provide special facilities for

the 300 residents at the retirement


More road closures

for Frenchs Forest

Work is powering on at

Frenchs Forest in the leadup

to the opening of the

Northern Beaches Hospital on

October 30 with Roads and

Maritime Services announcing

the upgrade is entering the

next major stage of work to

improve Warringah Road and

motorists will need to change

the way they travel through

Frenchs Forest in the coming

month. Wakehurst Parkway

will also be closed in both

directions between Warringah

Road and Frenchs Forest Road

from 8pm Friday 5 October

to 5am Monday 8 October.

Motorists will be detoured via

Warringah Road, Allambie

Road, Frenchs Forest Road and

Forest Way. The spokesperson

said Roads and Maritime

is asking all motorists who

travel through Frenchs Forest

to plan their trips in advance,

consider alternate routes and

use real-time traffic apps to

help find the best route based

on live traffic data. Heavy

traffic conditions are expected

across this weekend while

work is carried out and some

bus routes will be diverted

and have changed stopping

arrangements so customers

are advised to check signs at

bus stops and plan ahead. For

the latest traffic updates call

132 701, visit livetraffic.com

or download the Live Traffic

NSW App.

Probus historian

gives WWI talk

In November 2018, we

commemorate the centenary

of the Armistice that ended

World War I (1914-18). A

creative public program at

the Australian War Memorial

will combine public activities,

displays, installations and

events for the five-week period

from October 5 through to

Remembrance Day on Sunday

November 11. The centerpiece

to the commemorations will

be the installation of 62,000

knitted red poppy flowers on

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the Australian War Memorial’s

grounds. Each poppy

represents an Australian life

lost in The Great War. The

names of those lost will be

individually listed on the

Memorial’s Roll of Honour. To

mark the occasion, Pittwater

Probus welcomes Australian

War Historian Peter Sweeney

as its guest speaker at its next

meeting at Mona Vale Golf

Club on October 9. Peter will

bring his unique insight to

this very special time in our

history. Also, long-time Club

member Geoff Richards will

engage the audience with

a five-minute talk on his

travels through the magic and

beautiful world of Tuscany,

complemented by an array of

photos of this scenic and very

popular part of Italy.

Dutton for dinner

In-the-news federal MP and

Minister for Home Affairs

Peter Dutton will be the guest

speaker at the Spring Dinner

Continued on page 24

Rocking in the Third Age

Narrabeen Baptist Church came alive with the sound of

the recently formed 3rd Age Rock Orchestra last month,

with more than 200 people singing and dancing in the aisles

to rock ’n’ roll music from the 1950s to present day at their

first official performance. The RO has over 30 musicians

and singers and has at its core a group of 11 acoustic

guitarists. Add drums, percussion, bass guitars, lead guitars,

keyboard, flute, recorder, bassoon, trombone and half a

dozen singers and it’s an impressive line-up. All performers

are amateurs and members of the University of the 3rd Age.

The set list included music from Chuck Berry, Little Richard,

Elvis Presley, The Bee Gees, The Beatles, Neil Diamond, the

Eagles, R.E.M., the Travelling Wilburys… even Robbie Williams

and AC/DC! Want to get involved? The Rock Orchestra has

vacancies for a saxophonist, trumpeter, oboe player and cello

player. More info rockorchestra42@gmail.com

*Speaker Rosemary McCulloch will deliver a talk on the history

and development of growing cotton around the world at

the U3A meeting at the Newport Community Centre on October

23 (1.30-3.30pm). More info Mavis Bickerton 9970 7161.


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hosted by the Palm Beach

Branch of the Liberal Party

of NSW on Thursday October

11. Venue for the evening,

hosted by Mackellar MP Jason

Falinski, is Moby Dick’s Whale

Beach; tickets $150; bookings

on 8356 0300.

Chopper to

fight weeds

An unmanned, remotecontrolled


will help Northern Beaches

Council lead the way in local

government in managing

weeds within its boundaries.

Mayor Michael Regan said a

demonstration of the RMAX

Yamaha helicopter had shown

it could help council workers

get to hard-to-access areas like

cliff faces between Palm Beach

and Manly. The RMAX can

deliver precision applications

of chemical herbicides and

pesticides with lowest risk of

overspray and a highly accurate

spray path width of four

metres. “Our area, like a lot of

the east coast, has a problem

with bitou and bone seed

weeds which if not controlled

displace native vegetation and

species and contribute significantly

to land degradation,” Mr

Regan said. Council intends to

apply for funding to hire one

RMAX helicopter to roll out

across the region in late 2018.

Push to extend

Seniors discounts

Businesses providing essential

services, products, and

entertainment across the State

are the target of a renewed

push by the NSW Government

to encourage more businesses

to join the NSW Seniors Card

program. The Government’s

effort over recent years to grow

the program has brought an

unprecedented amount of discounts

for seniors. In 2015 the

Government committed to expanding

the NSW Seniors Card

program and since that time

has increased the number of

participating businesses from

1,600 to more than 5,700, while

adding more than 250,000

new members. Everyday living

discounts range from savings

on energy and phone bills,

education courses, travel insurance,

accommodation, through

to discounts at your local café,

gym, hairdresser, or mechanic.

Businesses who sign up by November

9 will have the chance

to win a $10,000 NSW Seniors

Card advertising package.

Seniors can also win a VISA

Gift card for nominating new

businesses. A recent survey of

35,000 Seniors Card members

revealed NSW seniors are more

likely to try a new business if it

offers a Seniors Card discount

Continued on page 26

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Music club

presents an

‘Exquisite Hour’

The Peninsula Music Club

is hosting a recital by a

new, yet highly acclaimed

trio featuring one of

Australia’s great operatic

talents and spectacular classical guitarists.

Baritone José Carbó has joined forces with emerging

classical guitarists Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi to

form The José Carbó Trio.

Their debut recital L’Heure Exquise (The Exquisite Hour –

named after Reynaldo Hahn’s masterpiece), features music by

Schubert, Faure, Debussy, Verdi and more, reimagined by the

trio and original musical setting of voice and two guitars.

The trio first appeared together at Canberra’s 2015 Voices

in the Forest, after which Carbó invited the guitarists to

collaborate on classical works long close to his heart that,

for the most part, had never been heard with a guitar


The concert on November 9 at St Luke’s Grammar in

Bayview wraps up the trio’s 2018 Australian Tour so it’s sure

to be special. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm concert.

Tickets $25; students (under 17) $10 or free if accompanied

by an adult. Purchase online at peninsulamusicclub.com.au.

Supper will be served after the performance. More info 0407

441 213 or 99991937

Photo: Will Perez Ronderos

Continued from page 24

and almost 70 per cent of seniors

would return to a business

if they offered a Seniors Card

discount. For more info or to

nominate a business to sign up,

visit seniorscard.nsw.gov.au.

Nominate heroes

Nominations are now open for

the annual Northern Beaches

Australia Day awards to be

announced in January 2019.

Residents are encouraged to

nominate outstanding citizens

who have contributed to the

local community in one of six

categories: Citizen of the Year

(16yrs or older), Senior Citizen

of the Year (65yrs or older),

Young Citizen of the Year (16

to 25yrs old), Sportsperson of

the Year and Community Event

of the Year. Up to 15 locals will

also be acknowledged with

Outstanding Community Services

awards. The awards are

an opportunity to acknowledge

local residents and volunteers

who have made an exceptional

contribution to community

life on the Northern Beaches.

Nominations close 5pm Monday

19th November. More info

council website.

No new leads after

Bayview forensic dig

A six-day forensic dig by police

last month failed to shed any

additional information on the

cold case of Bayview mother

Lyn Dawson who disappeared

in 1982.

Homicide police scoured the

surrounds of the former Dawson

home in Gilginga Drive

hoping to uncover a new lead

that would bolster the case for

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charging her husband Chris

Dawson with her suspected


A police spokesperson said

four locations on the property

were targeted, including next

to the swimming pool where a

woman’s cardigan was found

buried in 2000.

No remains or any items of

interest to the investigation

were uncovered during the

latest search. The office of the

Director of Public Prosecutions

is still considering if

it has sufficient evidence to

advance any prosecution.

Music to help

feed farmers

‘Feed The Farmers’ live music

festival – 11 hours of music

featuring some of Australia’s

and the Northern Beaches’

best talent – will be held

in Warriewood this month

to help drought-affected

farmers. The smoke-free and

drug-free, strictly over-18s

event will be held at The

Chinwaggery, 10c Ponderosa

Parade, from 1pm to midnight

on Saturday October 20. Karin

Slade (Catering By Design)

and John O’Neill (O’Neill

Construction) have banded

together and with their strong

family connections with Tamworth

Country Music Festival

have assembled an impressive

list of performers including

James Bundell, FABBA (Abba

tribute), Jodie Crosby (the

Crosby Sisters), Bernie Segedin,

Matt Ross, Yazminidi, Supa

Slims, Anything Goes, Swamp

River Blues Band and more.

Tickets available through

Facebook ‘Feed the Farmers

Live Music Festival’ or phone

9997 5555.

Avalon Sculptor’s

Carlotta project

Australian icon Carlotta will

be immortalised in a 2.5 metre

bronze sculpture which will

be built by renowned Australian

and Avalon local sculptor,

Stephen Glassborow – however

he needs assistance to realise

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Continued from page 27

this dream. Stephen has just

started his fundraising efforts

for the Carlotta Public

Sculpture Project 2018 and

hopes to encourage Sydney’s

philanthropic community and

fans of Carlotta to contribute

to the construction of the final

high bronze sculpture by purchasing

his 80cm maquettes.

Money raised from the sale of

20 limited edition miniatures

(sculpted in clay and finished

in bronze) of the final statue

will fund the major work,

which Stephen hopes will be

a gift to the community and

a nod to the history of Kings

Cross. Carlotta began her

career as an original member

of the long-running Les Girls

cabaret show. Stephen is hoping

to gain permission to allow

for a permanent home for the

statue in Kings Cross. More

info stephenglassborow.com

New Auxiliary Kiosk

at Mona Vale Hospital

Planning works are being

finalised for a new Auxiliary

kiosk at Mona Vale Hospital.

As part of the introduction

of the new 24/7 Urgent Care

Centre, the hospital’s kiosk

will be relocated into a modern,

purpose-built space with

convenient access at the front

of the hospital. “The Auxiliary’s

kiosk has long played a

central role within the hospital

community,” said local MP Rob

Stokes. “The kiosk is an important

meeting point, social

space and convenient service

for staff, patients and visitors

and the Auxiliary volunteers

do an incredible job on behalf

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of our community – so it’s

fantastic they’ll have a new

kiosk as part of the upcoming

infrastructure works.”

Learn to play bridge

Want to boost your brain

power? Then consider learning

to play the game of

bridge. Peninsula Bridge Club

is holding a Beginner’s Course

that runs for six sessions from

Monday October 8 at Nelson

Heather Community Centre,

Jackson Road, Warriewood.

The sessions run from 7-9pm

every Monday; come on your

own or get a friend or partner

involved as well. Players of all

ages are welcome. Course costs

$100; more info phone Susan

Jensen on 0405 061 252 or

email soxfeldt1@gmail.com

Help capture

Our Stories

Northern Beaches Council is

inviting locals to share their

stories and experiences about

heritage locations in the

region. Mayor Michael Regan

said it was important to take

time to appreciate what the

region has beyond stunning

geography and climate. “The

Northern Beaches is renowned

for its beautiful coastline and

diverse landscape, but how

much do we really know about

the heritage that lies on our

doorstep? I’m sure there are

many untold stories that we

want to capture about locations,

and to keep them as


on alert as


on rise

With the flags

set to return to

Pittwater’s beaches

on the October long

weekend, beachgoers

are again being urged to take water safety seriously. The

warning follows the release of the National Coastal Safety

Report which highlighted NSW-specific trends including 39

coastal drownings during 2017/18. The most at-risk groups

were men (89% of total drownings) and swimmers aged

20-29. While fatalities were overwhelmingly male, there

was a spike in the number of women who drowned last

season, with seven deaths recorded. A continuing concern

for surf lifesavers is that almost two thirds of fatal incidents

occurred less than 1km from a lifesaving service – but

outside the patrolled area. For information about patrol

times, weather and beach locations visit the Beachsafe

Website or Download the App.

* Back to the Beach – see page 32.

a permanent record so that

they can be shared with generations

to come.” Two ‘Our

Stories’ events will be held at

Irrawong Reserve on Sunday

28 October from 11am to 2

pm and at Fisherman’s Beach

on Saturday 24 November

from 12pm to 4 pm. More info

Council website.

Taking care

of business

October is NSW Small Business

Month and NB Council is

doing its bit with a series of

free events to get you inspired

to start your own business,

promote your existing one

or help you do business with

Council. Sessions will be

held at Newport Community

Centre on Monday 8 October

from 6-7.30pm and Glen Street

Theatre, Monday 15 October

from 6-7.30pm. Mayor Michael

Regan said: “As Council continues

to invest in our community,

we need a range of

services including trades (electricians,

builders), landscaping,

catering and specialist

consultants.” Attendees will be

given top tips for responding

to Council’s Request for Tenders

and Quotations, and how

to navigate local government

procurement requirements.

* Why you should join your

local Chamber of Commerce –

see page 61.





Dr Ben Brown

What better way to enjoy

the sunshine than to get

out and about in our local

parks and beaches? Our pets

love the outdoors just as much

as we do; however there are

some things we need to keep

in mind to ensure the comfort

and safety of our pets.

Certain breeds of dogs and

cats can be more affected by

the heat, particularly those

with shortened noses, and

narrow airways such as Pugs

and French Bulldogs, and also

those with a heavy coat such

as Huskies and Pomeranian

breeds. It may be of benefit

to consider having any longhaired

dogs or cats clipped by

a groomer over summer as a

preventative measure (this also

makes tick searching easier).

In hot weather try walking

your pets on grass rather than

concrete or hot sand, and

make sure at home there are

areas of shade or shelter where

they can rest and walk about.

You may also wish to put ice

cubes in their water bowl, or

freeze some of their food to

help keep them extra cool.

We always reiterate the

importance of never leaving

pets in the car in hot weather

as well, as pets can overheat

in a matter of minutes; this

has sadly led to the deaths of

otherwise healthy animals.

If there are any signs of

distress such as panting

excessively, breathing quickly,

or unexpected lethargy please

seek veterinary advice as

soon as possible. Heat stress

can unfortunately be fatal if

treatment of the condition is

not sought promptly. Try taking

your dog to the park or on their

walks during the cooler times

of day (early morning or early

evening), and always ensure

there will be access to water

along the way or bring a bottle

with you just in case.

Want tips on how to prepare

for the summer? Feel free to

call our helpful staff anytime.

* Dr Ben Brown, Sydney

Animal Hospitals.


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Life Stories

One in

a million

As the founder and CEO of the movement,

1 Million Women, Natalie Isaacs has

inspired hundreds of thousands of women

to reduce carbon emissions.

Story by Rosamund Burton

Meet flame-haired Natalie Isaacs: Natalie grew up in Brisbane, a couple of “We wanted somewhere that felt like a

she received the 2017 Australian streets from the river, before the family Queenslander and we wanted beach,” she

Geographic’s Conservationist of home was destroyed in the 1974 flood. She says with a smile. Their four children,

the Year Award; 1 Million Women won the was almost 13 years old and remembers Bronte, Jacob, Shea and Isaac all went to

2013 Momentum for Change Award at the going out with her parents and two older Newport Primary and Pittwater High, and

United Nations Framework Convention on brothers to celebrate the week before, Isaac is in Year 11 there now.

Climate Change; and in mid-September because her mother and father had paid “Pittwater has been a beautiful place to

Natalie was one of 22 Climate Trailblazers,

off the house.

bring up all our children, and they have a

and the only Australian, at the Global “We weren’t insured for flooding and deep love of the earth, I believe, because of

Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. lost everything. I don’t think the experience

being here.”

Her book, Every Woman’s Guide to Saving

shaped me,” she reflects, “but it is a Natalie developed three more cosmetic

the Planet, hit the bookshops a few lesson that love is what’s important, not brands for chain stores, which focused on

weeks ago, and I visit her at her home in possessions.”

creating self-confidence in teenage girls.

Newport, where she lives with her husband

After school she moved to London. The Natalie products were high qual-

Murray Hogarth and their youngest Her father suggested that she look for a ity and Australian-made, but these later

son, Isaac. She opens the door dressed in business idea there and bring it back to brands were over-packaged and made

floral pants with a wide leather belt, and Australia. She did courses in aromatherapy, cheaply in China.

a simple green top. With her mane of red beauty and cosmetics, but it was The Body “I sold my soul to the devil,” she admits.

hair, clear complexion and broad smile, Shop that took her interest. While in London

“My obsession was standing in stores

it’s hard to believe this mother of four is in

she watched it grow from one store to watching how much of my product was

her mid-50s – and a grandmother.

seven so home she came with her business taken off the shelves. I didn’t care about

Vibrant oil paintings hang on the walls; idea to create a skincare line. It wasn’t until the quality, just that the product was sold.”

on a long wooden table is a colourful she was in her mid-20s that she made 10 Meanwhile Murray had left journalism

Moroccan tagine pot; and a guitar sits on beauty products and started her cosmetics

and was working at environmental

a chair.

business, which she called Natalie Jane, and company, Ecos Corporation. The company

“The dog has eaten the sofa,” she says then changed to just Natalie.

was also involved in installing free eco

grimacing, as she looks at the ripped

She also met environmental journalist lightbulbs in people’s houses. Because of

fabric and Sancho, the young Labrador and husband-to-be Murray; when he was her sales experience Natalie was asked to

blue heeler cross. “He’s a beautiful dog, so offered a job working on the ABC’s 7.30 help train the light bulb team.

I couldn’t be cross with him.” Sancho and Report in Sydney, Natalie followed him Standing in a room of people celebrating

Roshi, the elderly beagle cavalier, gaze up south, they got married and started their the installation of one million eco light

at her wagging their tails.

family. In early 1993, they moved here. bulbs, she had the epiphany that she could

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e part of this movement, and do something

to reduce CO2 emissions.

“We had just renovated this house, and

without any thought had put in energysucking

halogen downlights all the way

through it,” she recalls. “Now I thought

I’m going to get our energy consumption


She reduced their household energy

consumption by 20 per cent, just by being

vigilant around the house, and describes

feeling so empowered. Then she got the

food waste down by 80 per cent, and

stopped buying fast fashion.

“I had sat at our dinner table with

journalists and environmentalists talking

about climate change and CO2 emissions,

thinking I don’t know about this, so I won’t

say anything, and subsequently I wouldn’t

do anything. But now I realised when it

comes to combating climate change, it

needs us all to take action.”

In 2007 Natalie had the idea of founding

a women’s movement aiming to take

action on climate change through the way

they lived. After her career in cosmetics

working with women was natural to her,

but also, she explains, in high-consuming

economies, like Australia, women make

between 70 and 85 per cent of all the purchasing

decisions that affect a household’s

carbon footprint.

It took two and a half years to get 1

Million Women off the ground and Natalie

emphasises that she was helped by so

many women on the way.

1 Million Women was launched in 2009

and started as a website on which women

signed up to cut one tonne of pollution out

their lives within a year. In the first year

40,000 women signed up to do that, and

now over 300,000 women have successfully

completed the challenge and the 1

Million Women community is now over

800,000 strong.

She believes that a person’s desire to

change their lifestyle and sustain that

change has to come from the heart, and

from a deep love of the earth.

“That love of the earth is what I have

here in Pittwater,” she says. “It’s the calmness

and serenity I feel when I walk on

Bungan or Bilgola Beach, or when I swim

in the rock pool at Mona Vale. It’s the difference

between just loving your environment

to being in love with it. If you truly

love the ocean you have to think about the

amount of plastics we’re buying, because

they’re choking the ocean.”

In Every Woman’s Guide to Saving the

Planet Natalie provides myriad ways to

take climate action, from not buying

vegetables wrapped in plastic or eating

less meat, to how to choose a bank which

doesn’t invest in fossil fuel power stations,

or a superannuation fund which invests in

renewable energy. She also readily admits

her reluctance to make some changes.

“I drove everywhere in a big, gas guzzling

Pajero, and it wasn’t until 2012, when

1 Million Women had been going three

years, that I started taking the E88 to the

city for work.”

In her passionate, but gentle way Natalie

outlines in the book her journey from

being unaware, inactive and “not having

recycling sorted” to the eco amazon she is


“My message to everyone who lives in

this area I love so much,” she concludes,

“is that how we live is a big part of the

solution to climate change. None of us are

perfect, but we just need to keep moving

in the right direction.”

Every Woman’s Guide to Saving the Planet

by Natalie Isaacs is published by ABC

Books (RRP $9.99)

* For more information about 1 Million

Women go to 1millionwomen.com.au or

visit facebook.com/1MillionWomen/

Life Stories



change trailblazer

and author Natalie

Isaacs moved to

Newport 25 years

ago; getting the

1 Million Women

message out

in the media;

with daughter

Bronte circa

1992; the family

love relaxing at

Newport Beach;


son Isaac’s bar

mitzvah at Bungan

Surf Club in 2015.

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to the


The red and yellow flags return to the sand

of Pittwater’s beaches this month; as last

summer’s surf life savers prepared to wind

up activities we visited Bilgola to observe the

wonderful spirit of the club and its volunteers.

Words & Photos by MATT CLEARY

So you wind down off

The Bends and onto

The Serpentine and roll

into the car park at Bilgola

Beach, and it’s almost like

entering another world.

Instantly all thoughts of

work, commuting, traffic

fade to nothing. Instead it’s

palm trees, Norfolk pines,

eucalypts and melaleuca.

There’s a fine little café

where locals eat eggs Benny

and dogs lick water from

well-used bowls. There’s

orange sand and sheer

headlands which frame a

beautiful little beach. A

beach which can kill you.

Yes – red-and-yellow flags

are up again and chances

are you’ll be heading to your

local beach soon. And why

wouldn’t you? Australians

are residents of the world’s

largest island. Ninety per

cent of us live within 40km

of the coast. And the climate

is conducive to going in. We

are beach people. And on this

northern peninsula of Sydney

town, the beach isn’t so much

an outlet or even lifestyle, it’s

a life.

Yet it can also be deadly.

Currents, rips, spinebreaking

shore dumps.

Paradise can be a dangerous

place. And thus our Pittwater

beaches are patrolled by

expert water people and

savers of lives. Step forward

Surf Life Saving Australia

which represents the greatest

volunteer organisation the

world has ever seen. Formed

in 1907 after community

attitudes changed and

people got into the water (yet

knowing how to swim) today

life savers patrol 12,000

beaches and perform nearly

11,000 rescues a year.

We meet President of

Bilgola SLSC, Romilly Madew,

who takes us on a tour. We

see Nippers everywhere. Girls

play touch footy – delicious

squeals of fun. Another

group is reading rips, a little

bit of school on the sand.

By the time they’re 18 these

people will be saving lives in

the surf. And dealing with

stuff not many teenagers

would. Bloody gashes from

surf boards. Spinal injuries.

What they blithely call “Resus”

is the inflation of lungs

to feed oxygen to the brain.

Such experiences enable

these young people. They go

into the world equipped.

We meet Patrol Captain

Levi Broughton-Rouse, a

second-generation life saver,

as so many clubbies here

are. Bilgola SLSC was formed

in 1949. There are families

that crew together, patrol

together. Levi’s father Steve is

a life member. Levi grew up

with dad as patrol captain,

seeing how far he could swim

out to sea attached to a rope

before being winched back in.

We stand under a tent

chatting, with Levi’s eyes

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Quad bike at the ready; home

sweet Surf Club home; Bilgola

volunteers ready for a shift;

practice with the inflatable rescue

boat (IRB); plenty of paddle boards

at the ready; there’s a warning sign

for every occasion...

ever out to sea. The beach

is closed today for high

seas but it’s ingrained: keep

watching. The truism goes

that younger life savers can

be less attentive and thus

be involved in more rescues.

The old guards will tell

you rescues are sexy – but

preventing them is better.

A patrol crew could

perform a dozen rescues on

any given Sunday, or they

could perform none. They use

jet-skis, inflatable boats and

boards. They’ve trialled the

use of drones, with pictures

beamed back into iPad and


Once there was a shore

break at Bilgola and there’d

be “spinals” to deal with.

But the shifting sands have

flattened it some. There does

remain a current so notorious

they’ve given it a name – “The

Newport Express” – which

can suck one away in a flash.

Tourists can go in outside

the flags, waist deep, next

minute they’re being dragged

out and south in a hurry,

flailing and panicking. It’s

an easy mistake for the

inexperienced to make. The

water looks so beautiful. But

there’s movement in it that

experienced eyes can see.

Despite the beach being

closed, people can swim if

they want. The experts will

strongly advise otherwise,

but they will still rescue you

if you get into trouble. And

they will think you’re a dill.

A lot of people around

still on this slightly overcast

Sunday. Surfers. Locals.

Clubbies yarning with each

other. Kids and dogs run

about. There’s old boys

directing traffic, blowing

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whistles. Tourists use the

beach. They come from the

bush, western Sydney, the

Central Coast. There’s holiday

homes embedded in the trees

on the headland. There’s a

house on the beach with a

disco in the basement.

The IRB – “inflatable rescue

boat” – punches through the

waves like a fist, going full

tilt, the only way. Two-person

team, driver and crew. Room

for the patient. Crew sits on

the front acting as ballast,

copping the sea spume in the

face. It looks good fun.

Locals are proud of their

defibrillator – the de-fib –

bought with gold coins from

locals (though it’s said that

several notes fell into the

pot). The old boys joke – “we

chipped in – it’ll be for us!”

They’ve trained themselves

how to use it. Preparation is


There’s a tidy clubhouse

here and a barbecue area

with fence and trestle tables.

Lunchtime means a sausage

sizzle – ultimate Aussie

soul food. Plunger for the

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NIPPER TIME: Kids being schooled

in Beach Flags (above); being mentored

in life saving skills (left);

and learning paddling skills in

Bilgola’s ocean pool (below).

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tomato horse. Onions if

you’re feeling fancy. The

English went to war on cups

on tea. Aussies fuel up with

the snag sanga. On the sand

kids play tug-o-war, touch

footy, dodge ball. Mighty

seas batter the shore. There’s

swimming and boarding

in the ocean pool. A little

fellah goes face first into the

sand. Comes up yowling. Dad

wipes his face with the hem

ABOVE: Does it get any more Aussie

than a barbie by the beach?

(top); kicking back with a coffee.

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of his shirt. Quick pat on the

bum, word in the ear – back

into it.

Sunday afternoons at Billie

they cook steak sandwiches

and sell cold drinks and by

4pm a little rhythm and blues

band gets going. And with

the summer sun going down,

cold drink, barefoot, friends

and family – there is no

better place to be. Great little

community. Gorgeous little

beach. All enclosed from

the world. And all protected

by fit local people who’ve

volunteered to save your life.

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Art Life

Art Life

Studio Bangalley offers

rare family triple treat

Creative types Marian Purvis, Vivian

Christian and Anita Howard are well

known in art circles – ‘relatively’ speaking.

Marian, her sister Vivian and daughter Anita

are preparing to showcase their diverse works

at ‘Studio Bangalley’ at Whale Beach on the

weekend of October 13-14.

Marian, an associate member of the Royal

Art Society, studied at the Datillo-Rubbo Art

School; she has held numerous exhibitions of

her work, including at the Holdsworth Gallery

and has figured in the prestigious Blake,

Sulman and Wynn competitions.

Marian has painted in remote areas of

Australia as well as overseas. She is a sketch

book, video, printmaking and photography


Vivien gained a Diploma of Fine Arts degree

and studied in Italy. She is a member of two

Art Societies and has been awarded two first

prizes in exhibitions.

Vivien’s work has been hung in the

Archibald Prize; she works in watercolour, oil,

acrylic, pastel, printmaking and mixed media.

She says she has many subjects of interest,

especially portraiture.

Anita obtained her art training at the

University of New South Wales (Bachelor

of Education – art) and for many years she

taught art at High School.

She says that her muse is the world around

her and that her choice of medium – drawing,

printmaking, painting or mixed media – depends

upon her intent to express or highlight at the

time, vibrant colours through to delicate details.

All art on show is available for purchase;

open 10am-5.30pm at 13 Surf Rd, Whale

Beach. More info 9974 5676.

Final call for


Organisers say it’s not too

late for artists to become

part of the sixth annual ‘Newport

Sculpture Trail’ which

runs from Friday October 26

to Sunday November 11 in

Newport village.

Emerging and established

artists can still apply

online and respond to the

2018 theme of ‘Spirit’ with

sculpture, performance or

installation art.

The Newport Sculpture

Trail is now part of the

newly formed Totem Arts

Festival which is currently

being developed as a major

long-term contemporary

arts festival to energise

the cultural offerings for

communities on the northern

end of the peninsula.

There will be a curatorial

selection for the winner

(with $1000 prize money) in

addition to a ‘People’s Choice

Award’ ($250).

More info totemartsfestival.


– LO

Craft gifts

for Xmas

Members of the Avalon

Craft Cottage are

heading to St Ives Village in

October for the first of their

Christmas shows.

There will be hundreds of

hand-crafted gifts and cards

for sale, with plenty of bargains

to be had among the

great gift options available.

You’ll find their stall

upstairs near the concierge

desk; open from Oct 22-28.

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Sell your hand-made craft products

Artisans, designers and

other creative types are

being called to take part as

stall-holders in the exciting

new local contemporary craft

and design fair, the Creative

Made Market.

The next ‘Creative Made’

(hosted by Northern Beaches

Council) will be held on Saturday

8 December 2018 at the

newly refurbished Tramshed

Arts and Community Centre in


Council is seeking stallholders

who offer a high standard

of objects and handmade

products; appeal to a range of

interests; and are preferably

local to the Northern Beaches.

Eligible products must be

hand-made art or craft products

made by the seller.

Originally hosted at Creative

Space, North Curl Curl, ‘Creative

Made’ will now cameo at

different locations including


Applications close on

Sunday 30 September. Apply

online at northernbeaches.


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Society’s mixed

media on show

Looking to get in some early

Christmas shopping? Then

head to the Northern Beaches

Art Society’s annual free exhibition

at the Avalon Recreation

Centre on Friday 12th to

Sunday 14th October, where

all works will be on sale.

The talented artists of the

NBAS cover all media – oils,

acrylics, watercolour, mixed

media and pastels – in both

contemporary and traditional styles. This is the 72nd year

they’ve exhibited.

This year’s exhibition judge is respected illustrator, painter

and educator Mike Golding, who will have the daunting task

of awarding the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. All the entries will

also be in the running for the ‘Northern Beaches Council

Award’, as well as the ‘People’s Choice Award’, selected by

the viewing audience. Plus, a raffle for a beautiful painting

by the President June Rodden, will be held.

New members are always welcome to join the NBAS. Information

about the society will be available at the exhibition

or check out the website, where you can also download the

Membership Form: northernbeachesartsociety.org

Nada’s studio open days

Acclaimed local painter

Nada Herman is opening

her home studio at Avalon and

exhibiting over three successive

weekends in October.

The colour and excitement

in Nada’s work reveals

her love of our area and the

beauty found within the bush,

marine life and beaches.

Thick brushes are a necessity

in her style, as well tins of

oil paints and a palette knife.

She says the palette knife creates

a fresh painterly quality

and is perfect for painting wet

over wet without the colours

becoming muddy.

“I adore painting beach

scenes – they are full of subject

matter with their lovely

bathers and the ever-moving

waves, seagulls and sailboats,”

she says.

Open at 62 Chisholm Ave,

Avalon from 10am to 5pm on

Oct 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21; more

info 0414 849 580.

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Snappers a Collective success

The Northern Beaches Photo Collective comprises eight

award-winning photographers; as members of the Australian

Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP), the group meets

once a month to discuss current industry-related issues and acts

as a support network.

“When the owners of the newly established Art Gallery ‘Diversarty’

in Cromer approached us asking if we would be interested

in exhibiting, it seemed like a nice opportunity to showcase our

diverse range of photographic artwork,” said member Pamela


From Conceptual Composite Artworks and Botanical Art to

familiar Northern Beaches scenes and Animal Art, the work is

of the highest standard. Available for sale will be large scale

artworks, as well as smaller mounted prints and greeting cards.

The photographers exhibiting include Carol Gibbons, Noran

Zorlu, Pamela Pauline, Hollie Napper, Tanya Zouev, Peter Sharp,

Bettina Kingma and Angie Chia.

The exhibition, from October 18 through November 3, will be

open from 9am-5pm at 5/161 South Creek Road, Cromer. Opening

Night (October 18) from 6pm until 8pm; all welcome.

For more info 0434 398 014

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Surfing Life

Surfing Life

Increasing dark side to

surfing? Say it isn’t so...

If you’re aggressive towards women in the water, get out – there’s no place for you

You may have read of

this: an incident in

late August at Lennox

Head, the fabled NSW North

Coast surf spot. The incident

involved Mark Thomson, a

56-year-old long-term local

surfer, and 48-year-old

Jodie Cooper, a well-known

Australian ex-pro and regular

nominee for the Australian

Surfing Hall of Fame.

It is currently before the

courts, where police will

allege that after a collision

in the surf, Mark Thomson

assaulted Jodie Cooper by

holding her head underwater

three times in succession,

to the point where Cooper

was allegedly forced to feign

unconsciousness in order

to escape. The incident was

allegedly caught on video by

at least one witness.

As I mentioned, it’s before

the courts, and thus beyond

our judgment for the present.

But reports of the incident

did trigger some thought

about a possible dark side

of one of surfing’s greatest

modern features: the rise in

women’s surfing numbers, at

all levels of the sport, from

the pro ranks to daily go-outs

at beaches across our coasts.

What are these women

seeing and feeling of the

primitive masculine behaviour

that once ruled most

Australian surf zones – and

still does, in some cases? Are

they being targeted by older

men brought up in such surf

zones, in a kind of disturbing

surf version of Australia’s

plague of domestic violence?

I’ve begun some research

on these questions, and the

answers to date are not super

encouraging – at least if

you’re one of those innocent

souls who believe surfing is

essentially good for people.

Almost every woman

I’d talked with prior to

publication told me some

version of a minor horror

story, in which they’ve had to

face a furious man trying to

deny them surfing space in a

very gender-focused manner.

Example one: woman

paddles out at a popular

Sydney beach. Just one

other surfer is in the water,

an early-middle-aged man.

After a brief period, the man

begins snarling: “F**king

women don’t belong in the

surf! F**k ’em! F**k ’em!”

The man begins paddling

around, growing more and

more agitated, continuing to

rant, but never making eye

contact with the woman, who

by now is truly frightened.

with Nick Carroll

CONCERN: Women shouldn’t have to be fearful about surfing alone.

Then another man paddles

out. Seeing and hearing what

is going on, he says to the

agitated man, “You’re not

laying a finger on her, mate.”

The agitated man then begins

trying to punch the interloper.

The woman paddles quickly

to the beach, deeply rattled.

Example two: woman

paddles out at a spot on the

north coast where she’d been

surfing regularly for years.

Middle-aged man “drops in”

on her, yells at her and keeps

surfing. She confronts him,

whereupon he turns ultraaggressive:

“I know where

you live,” he tells her, “I know

what kind of car you drive.”

She paddles in immediately,

terrified – this being a woman

who is not easily terrified

(although she has narrowly

escaped being raped at a

nearby beach). “That idea of

the ultimate stoke being to go

surfing alone?” she says. “For

women, that’s a really scary


Incidents of direct violence

are rarer, perhaps because

publicly hitting or attacking a

woman still carries a serious

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October 3-14: Quiksilver/Roxy Pro, Hossegor, France

October 16-27: MEO Pro presented by Rip Curl, Peniche, Portugal

These events will almost certainly sort out the men’s world championship

this year, if not the women’s. Extraordinary truths now

surround the men’s title. Seven of the eight events on the Championship

Tour so far have been won by Brazilian surfers: Filipe Toledo,

Willian Cardoso, and Gabriel Medina. Only one has been won

by an Australian, Julian Wilson; none by an American or Hawaiian,

while the current world champ, John Florence, is missing in action

with an injured knee. It’s Filipe or Gabriel, and nobody will argue

with either, they’re too good. The women’s is boiling down to a

battle between Steph Gilmore and Hawaii’s Carissa Moore, and we

can’t see that battle being resolved in France; these two classic

surfers will have to wait till Maui in December to sort it out. Watch

on worldsurfleague.com


You know those switchback winds we experienced in September,

northerly one minute, southerly the next? Pretty typical of a normal

September. In a normal October, those winds tend to collapse down

and swing easterly for several days at a time, bringing in plenty of

moisture from the Tasman and by extension from the South Pacific,

along with a lot of sea life, the odd coconut, and more than a few

bluebottles. You never know about this, but it doesn’t feel to me as

if we are about to experience a normal October. Instead I suspect

we’ll see more of what September brought, but with the northerlies

gaining an upper hand over the southerlies. Those northerlies may

eventually begin to channel some rain and unstable weather down

from the approaching SE Asian monsoon, but don’t bet on it in

October. Instead, prepare for a month of weak early summer-type

surf, continued upwelling events, and an occasional long-range

groundswell pulse from remnant winter storms passing Tasmania.

Lord knows I could be wrong, a bombshell may strike, but nah.

Nick Carroll

Surfing Life

taboo for most men. (The

incident alleged to have

occurred at Lennox happened

well away from apparent

public gaze, down the bay

and out of sight of other


But direct surf-related

violence by men against

men has also been on the

decrease in recent years, as

lineup demographics have

changed, and old habits

altered in the process.

None of it alters the impact

of angry older men who, for

whatever reason, decide to

act out on women who’ve

chosen to enter what those

men consider to be their


It’s far from the historical

norm. Many pioneer women

surfers of the 1970s – a

time when surf violence

was far more prevalent than

it is today – have told me

they experienced nothing

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of it, and on the contrary,

found the boys of the day

great company in the water.

Perhaps as the years have

passed, some of those boys

have turned more sour than


And this research is far

from finished. Maybe nothing

like what’s alleged to have

happened at Lennox will

surface in the weeks to come.

And yes, lord knows,


Nonetheless, if you’re a

man who feels impelled to act

violently toward others in the

surf, maybe use the impulse

as a sort of warning, ie, when

you want to hit someone,

go home instead, and have

a good hard look in the

mirror. And if you’re an older

middle-aged man inclined to

aggression of any kind toward

women in the surf, get out of

the surf. Like, really, get out.

There’s no place for it, or you.

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Health & Wellbeing

Beaches patients to benefit

from new high-tech imaging

Health & Wellbeing

Latest-generation equipment

and advanced medical imaging

services for diagnosis,

procedures and treatment are

at the top of the list of high-tech

features of the new NB Hospital.

Situated on the ground floor,

the Medical Imaging Department

will provide 24-hour emergency

imaging, and extendedhours

comprehensive radiology

and nuclear medicine, including

the first 3T MRI unit and the

only paediatric radiologist on

the Beaches, said Imaging Manager

Yolanda Johnstone.

Currently inpatients at Mona

Vale and Manly hospitals need

to be transferred outside of the

hospital by patient transport or

ambulance to receive advanced

imaging examinations and

procedures such as MRIs.

“With the opening of the

new Northern Beaches Hospital

patients will benefit from

the convenience of advanced

imaging services onsite,” Mrs

Johnstone said.

State-of-the-art medial imaging

equipment includes:

n Three low-dose CT scanners

which can create two and

three-dimensional images of

different areas of the body;

n Two MRI scanners (3T and

1.5T) which will investigate or

ADVANCED SERVICES: Imaging Manager Yolanda Johnstone (right) in the hospital’s Medical Imaging Department.

diagnose conditions including

musculoskeletal, neurological

assessment, breast imaging,

non-invasive prostate examinations

and oncology.

n Interventional radiology, targeted

treatment for complex

disease and conditions.

n Five ultrasound suites to

support patients requiring

examination of blood vessels,

abdominal organs, muscles,

tendons, ligaments and joints

and services to obstetrics and

gynaecology patients.

n Two Nuclear Medicine SPECT/

CTs to provide pinpoint information

about the anatomy of

the body and its physiology.

n Three Digital X-Ray rooms

delivering low dose and fast

imaging to treat all ages.

n Bone mineral density and

whole body composition

scanning; and

n 3D mammography services.

“The vast array of high-end

equipment and a wonderful

clinical team allows us to offer a

patient-centric, comprehensive

imaging service for both patients

within the hospital and to

people in the community who

are seeking imaging services,”

Mrs Johnstone said.

Northern Beaches Medical

Imaging is part of Healthcare

Imaging Services (HIS), with

more than 140 imaging sites

across the country. HIS is part of

the Primary Health Care Group.

– Lisa Offord

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Tai chi helps you go with the flow

You may have seen the

effortless flowing movements

of people practising

Tai Chi in your local park

– but have you ever wondered

what it’s all about?

The martial art forms of Tai

chi and qigong – which use the

breath to weave together flowing

movements and meditative

stillness – draw on a body of

wisdom accumulated in China

over thousands of years.

Local teacher Piria Coleman

(right) says Tai chi and qigong

use breath control and the

concentration of the mind to

manipulate the flow of chi (life

force) and vital energy along

the practitioner’s meridian


“Tai chi and qigong use

movement to generate the chi,

emphasising the extreme of yin

and yang in the movements and

the full extension and contraction

of body and limbs and of

chi,” Piria said.

“The movements are fluid

and flowing, soft and supple.

Stillness of mind is blended with

movement of body; the fast

flows into the slow.”

Piria said these art forms triggered

the body’s own natural

self-curative capacities by promoting

the dynamic flow of chi

and blood throughout the body,

gradually but effectively relieving

common tension-related


Piria has studied various

styles of qigong in Australia

since 1996 and has studied tai

chi for 17 years. She says her

style of teaching tai chi and

qigong “advocates the path of

least strain”.

Perhaps most recognised is

the ‘18 Lohan Hands’, based on

Indian yoga, Chinese health exercise

and observations of wild

animals in nature. It consists

of 18 movements based on the

dragon, the tiger, the snake, the

leopard, and the crane.

“Repeated tensing and relaxing

of the limbs builds up a

greater concentration of chi in

the area being exercised,” said

Piria. “When the practitioner finishes

the exercise and relaxes,

the accumulated chi flows to

the organs.”

Piria said benefits of tai chi

and qigong included inducing

relaxation and inner peace;

assisting with resolutions and

solutions; helping to overcome

grief; dissipating anger; easing

anxiety and shyness; and reducing


Piria runs classes for all ages

and abilities. There is a ‘drop-in’

class (well suited to seniors or

beginners) from 2pm-3.30pm

on Saturday afternoons at the

Mona Vale Memorial Hall; cost is

$20 or concession on request.

Also, a 10-week course aimed

at younger, active participants

seeking an alternative to strenuous

styles of yoga kicks off

this month from 3.30pm-5pm

on Sunday afternoons at the

Newport Community Centre;

runs from Sunday 7 October to

Sunday 16 December.

More info phone Piria on

0490 499 963 or visit piriacoleman.com

– Nigel Wall

Health & Wellbeing

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Cosmetic surgery: don’t

fall into the ‘holiday’ trap

Increasing numbers of Australians

are travelling overseas for

surgery. Websites target younger

people and suggest combining

surgery with a holiday.

Patients recount how they

meet their allocated surgeon on

the morning of surgery. They

may also be part of a group.

There is no chance to select

the surgeon, the hospital or

type of device used. Australian

standards suggest a minimum

of two consultations before

cosmetic surgery. Usually only

one post-operative appointment

is schedule before flying home.

This does not ensure good continuity

of care. Post-operative

recovery may be hotel-based

and not in a hospital. Nursing

staff may not be available.

A recent study of 103 patients

showed 1 in 6 experienced

complications. Nine per cent

required subsequent corrective

or reconstructive surgery. Two

deaths and one life-threatening

complication were reported.

A British women died during

corrective surgery four days

after her procedure. Her “surgeon”

has been accused of not

having a licence and operating

at night. A Perth women was

scheduled to have implant

surgery and liposuction to her

thighs and waist. She was woken

after seven hours of surgery

without the implant surgery

being performed. She required

two blood transfusions. She remained

in hospital for a further

four days and required four

more blood transfusions. The

hospital then tried to encourage

her to have the implant surgery

performed. At home she then

developed potentially lifethreatening

blood clots. In total

11 litres of liposuction was performed.

The Australian recommended

maximum is five litres.

Blood for transfusions is often

obtained from paid donors. The

screening process may not be

to Australian standards.

There are no official figures

of complication or adverse

outcomes. There is often very

limited recourse for malpractice

and especially in a foreign

country and foreign legal

system. There is often not even

administrative bodies for health

care complaints. Importantly

neither the hospital nor surgeon

may accept liability.

There is no standard to the

accreditation of the facility,

the competence / qualification

/ training or experience

of the surgeon, anaesthetist

or allied medical staff. Medical

standards, infection control,

implant regulations and control

of equipment may not be to

adequate standards.

This is also complicated by

there being no advice on who

corrects the adverse results,

health insurance issues, repatriation

and repatriation costs.

Almost every Plastic Surgeon

in Australia has been involved

in corrective surgery for these

adverse outcomes. I personally

have had difficulty in obtaining

details, medical records, operative

details, procedure specifics

have all been “lost”. Doctors

have subsequently “left” the

hospital. It has been impossible

with Dr John Kippen

to contact doctors or other staff

at the hospitals. My worst experience

was a patient who has required

22 operations to correct

facial deformities and recurrent

facial infections and granuloma.

These were all performed at her

cost and huge expense to the

Australian Medicare System.

Consider carefully whenchoosing

surgery. Check the

surgeon’s qualification and

ongoing education. Quality

control, medical standards, acceptance

of liability, insurance,

back-up and after-care should

all be considered. This is real

surgery... with real risks.

Our columnist Dr John

Kippen is a qualified, fully

certified consultant specialist

in Cosmetic, Plastic and

Reconstructive surgery.

Australian trained, he also

has additional Australian and

International Fellowships.

Dr Kippen works from custom-built

premises in Mona

Vale. He welcomes enquiries

and questions. Please

contact him via johnkippen.

com.au or by email: doctor@


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Putting your feet first

Your feet house a quarter of the bones in the entire body, yet

we barely give them a second thought… until something goes


Podiatrists can help people of all ages stay active by helping to

keep feet healthy.

As foot health experts, podiatrists are trained to understand the

structure and movement of your feet and lower limbs and to diagnose

and treat foot, ankle, knee, hip and foot pain.

As part of Foot Health Week (15-21 October) experts are encouraging

people to visit a podiatrist if they experience symptoms

including: sore feet; leg pain; painful knees; sore hips; walking

or standing uncomfortably; experiencing leg or foot pain during


Podiatrists can also provide advice on correct footwear to help

support and protect your feet.

So if you are treating yourself to new shoes for the new season,

bear in mind these general tips from the Australian Podiatry Association:

Leather is generally preferred for shoe uppers; however, synthetics

may be preferable for some foot deformities. Synthetic or

rubber are best for the sole as they are often more durable, shock

absorbent and provide better grip.

All shoes, especially walking shoes, should be secured on the feet

with laces, straps or buckles. If your feet have to work to hold your

shoes in place, your foot muscles may be strained.

Pointy shoes can make your toes “claw”. This may affect your

posture. Clenched toes can also cause rubbing, leading to corns

and calluses. Broad-toed shoes allow the toes more room and can

help prevent pressure injuries.

– Lisa Offord

Health & Wellbeing

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Mental health matters

Australians are seeing their

doctor to discuss mental

health ailments more than

any other issue, according

to a new report by the Royal

Australian College of General


The college’s 2018 Health of

the Nation reported a survey

of more than 1,500 GPs ranked

psychological ailments as the

most common cause for a

patient visit (62%), followed by

respiratory conditions (45%),

musculoskeletal issues (43%)

and endocrine and metabolic

problems (36%).

Half of the GPs surveyed

said mental health was the

issue causing them the most

concern for the future.

Mental wellbeing is something

that affects all of us

– half of all Australians are

affected by a mental healthrelated

condition at some

point in our lifetime.

This year’s Mental Health

Month theme – ‘Share the

Journey’ – carries an important

message about talking to your

family and friends, or reaching

out to health professionals

when things get tough.

Research shows that getting

support plays a vital role in

managing and even overcoming

a number of mental health


Talking or listening to others

is the first step… being open

about your own experiences

can also help other people going

through the same thing.

Here are some of the free

events happening on the

northern beaches.

n Northern Beaches Mental

Health Forum, Together on

the Road to Recovery – Wed

3rd from 9am-3.30pm, Dee

Why RSL. Hosted by the Northern

Beaches Mental Health

Working Group, this forum

supports those on their mental

health recovery journey

and their family and friends.

The forum features a range of

informative and inspirational

speakers including those with

lived experience. Free lunch

provided. For more info call

8405 4444.

n Manly Invictus Games Walk

and Talk – Until 31 Oct, Shelly

Beach to Queenscliff Walk.

The Invictus Games Walk and

Talk encourages the community

to get outside – to walk

and talk – with a friend, colleague

or stranger. The route

stretches 2.6km along Manly

beachfront from Shelly Beach

to Queenscliff and is marked

out by a series of ‘conversation

starters’. Grab a mate and

walk some or all of the path.

The mental health initiative

builds on the principle that

physical activity and talking

to someone can positively impact

a person’s mental health

and wellness.

n Mental Health Fair and

Avalon Outdoor Cinema – Sat

20th from 6.30pm at Dunbar

Park. Young people, parents

and carers can learn about

support services then sit back

and enjoy the movie ‘Wonder

Woman’ under the stars! Info:

9970 1629 or youth@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

– Lisa Offord

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Health & Wellbeing

From footpaths to front doors:

book volunteers’ new chapter

The locally created and

nationally embraced

Footpath Library

has linked with a northern

beaches community group

to deliver books to people’s


The Footpath Library (TFL)

has been providing books

to people experiencing

homelessness for more than

14 years.

And now the mobile library

service has extended its

reach by partnering with

Community Care Northern

Beaches (CCNB) to provide

home visits to socially

isolated older people.

At the program launch,

founder and CEO of TFL Sarah

Garnett said she was excited

to extend the mobile library

service to CCNB’s clients and

be able to offer volunteering

opportunities to northern

beaches residents.

Volunteers visit their clients

on a weekly basis, delivering

a batch of interesting books

and spending time discussing

their mutual love of reading.

Not only has it been a

hit with CCNB’s clients but

also the volunteers have

been surprised at how much

they’re enjoying themselves.

“I’m not sure who looks

forward to our weekly gettogethers

more – my clients

or me,” said Gail of Bilgola.

“We are each learning from

the other, from solving the

BOOKS OPEN DOORS: Shelley McConaghy with William from Newport.

problems of the world to

escaping into the fantasy

world of a novel.

“To see their smiles of

welcome and gratitude

each week when I visit is my


Another volunteer, Carolyn,

joined the program when she

retired after 25 years in a

high-pressure role.

“I needed to give back

something to my community

– the opportunity to contact

those who are somehow

isolated in their homes and

share my love of books was

just the tonic,” she said.

TFL Home Visits Program

Coordinator Shelley

McConaghy said CCNB were

keen to see more volunteers

join the program.

Volunteers are required

to use their own vehicle and

have a current driver’s licence

in order to collect books and

visit clients.

Contact Shelley for more

information at mobile_


Donations also accepted



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Hair & Beauty

Latest aging skin counter:

‘Plasma Pen’ technology

with Sue Carroll

We are all going to

show the signs of

aging sooner or later,

regardless of whether we like

it or not. Fortunately, when it

comes to aging skin, stretch

marks, hyperpigmentation,

fine lines and wrinkles, there

is a new kid on the treatment

block: Plasma Pen technology.

Plasma pen devices utilise

the fourth state of matter,

which is plasma. Plasma was

discovered by Sir William

Crookes, an English physicist,

in 1879. The other three more

well-known are solid, liquid

and gas. The plasma energy is

formed through the ionisation

of atmospheric gases

which will stimulate instant

contraction and tightening of

skin fibres. This technology

does not use scalpel or laser

to tighten excess skin, thereby

avoiding all risks inherent to

traditional intervention.

The principle of the plasma

treatment is where the

electrical energy is turned

into an electrostatic energy,

which is then transmitted to

the probe. At about 1mm from

the skin, oxygen and nitrogen

are mixed and the electrostatic

energy produces an arc of

plasma which is discharged

on the surface of the skin

(epidermis). The plasma

causes instant contraction and

tightening of skin fibres, thus

resulting in the reduction of

the surface of the skin.

The treatment does not

touch the skin, it is only the

tiny plasma flash that makes

contact. This contact leaves a

very small superficial brown

carbon spot that looks like a

freckle. There is no heat to the

surrounding skin. These small

spots draw the skin together

in their direct environment

and shrink the excess skin.

A specific pattern is followed

to form a reduction grid. The

result is an improvement to

the firmness and tension of

the skin (lifting effect). Since

plasma energy affects the

deeper dermal layers, the

result is a lifted contour, a

decrease in deep wrinkles,

thicker and firmer skin. Plasma

promotes new collagen protein

which allows the original

collagen protein to strengthen

the skin.

Depending on the size of the

area, and the skin condition

to be treated, this will

determine the length of time

the treatment takes. Plasma

technology will treat skin

laxity, wrinkles, stretch marks,

skin tags and certain types of


Immediately after the

procedure, the treated area

will be quite red and may

be slightly swollen. This can

last from 1-3 days. The small

carbon dots will dry to become

small crusts. These crusts must

not under any circumstance be

picked or scratched off, they

must be left to fall off on their

own which can take anything

from 5-14 days. These

dots can be covered with a

mineral foundation or mineral


Final results may be seen

within 8-12 weeks posttreatment

and may continue

improving a few months after.

Results are cumulative and in

some cases 2-3 treatments

may be required to deliver the

desired results. Depending on

the condition being treated, if

another treatment is required

it may be performed as soon

as six weeks later.

Plasma energy is not

new, but the way it can be

harnessed to assist with skin

irregularities is an amazing

technology. As always skin

health and colour is taken

into consideration before

performing the treatment. To

receive the optimum outcome

for the skin, correct clinical

homecare must be used before

and after the treatment and

the desired results can be


Sue Carroll of Skin

Inspiration has been a qualified

Aesthetician for 33 years.

Sue has owned and

operated successful beauty

clinics and day spas on

the Northern Beaches.



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Business Life: Money

Business Life

Good Can’t someone reason for please going

‘nuts’ get him this down festive from season there?

This When month writing a look about back

over financial what innovation has been one

achieved of the perspectives by the recent I

can change share of with Prime you Minister… is from the

inside The mobile of a fintech went company off in my

which office in one my morning case has in been midrolling

September, out the it fast-growing

was my mother

Acorns who had app. just Since returned launching from

in an Australia extended in stay early in 2016 the the

app old country: now resides “Why on is the Scott smart

phones Morrison of Prime around Minister?” 350,000

Australians, she asked. Well that’s mum, roughly that’s 1.5% a

of tough the population.


If Currently, you’re in the Australian dark about

what politics, I’m talking to borrow about, from Acorns

is Winston a micro Churchill, investment is platform a bit of

or a “riddle, what’s sometimes wrapped inside called a a

‘round-up’ mystery, inside app, the an enigma”. first one

of Even its kind our new in Australia. Prime Minister, Our

firm Scott along Morrison, with our while partners

brought emphasising it out a from clean the pair US of

in hands 2015 to where the media it had been every

established chance gets, for a few is struggling years.

to The articulate app works why in he a is couple in the

of top ways: job. by taking a data

feed On from the issue your spending of how this

accounts came about and many rounding people up the

purchases have many you theories, make to but the my

nearest view is that dollar if and it looks investing like a

these duck and accumulated quacks like balances a duck,

into it’s probably a mix of exchange a duck – or traded in

funds this case listed possibly on the ASX, a turtle, or,

by but you more debiting on that an in amount a minute. or

regular I think the payment answer from to why your

bank we have account a new to PM your lies Acorns much

account. closer to Most home users for those enjoy of the

us who live on the Northern

Beaches as the person most

in the frame for what’s gone

on is Tony Abbott, the Federal

member for Warringah.

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

Abbott’s desire to unseat







in behavioural

been a

finance: work investing progress small since the

amounts spill motion on a to regular remove basis him that

won’t as Prime be missed Minister combined back with

investing September over 2015. an extended It took

period Abbott of until time August to average 2018

into and the markets issue of smoothing the National

out Energy peaks Guarantee, and troughs. or NEG, Of

course to find it both doesn’t a suitable hurt that patsy it

does in the all form of these of Peter things Dutton within

the and framework sufficient of appetite a highly from

colleagues for the transaction

costs involved.

Turnbull is not without

blame here either. Having had

the NEG policy endorsed by

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

the party room he should have

you stood saving his ground for? What against returns the

have hard-right you had? group It’s consisting inherently of

competitive Abbott, Hastie, but when Abetz, it’s Kelly

combined and Christensen. with the This tools group and

information would never that have the crossed app

provides the floor it’s and also by pandering extremely to

informative their demands – as he a regular emboldened user

you them can’t and help lit the but fuse become on

more the bomb informed that blew about up the his

behaviour Prime-ministership. of markets The whether rest,

you of course, are looking is another to or not leaf – in the

modern Australian political


So how have all these

Canberra shenanigans played

out for the member for

with Brian Hrnjak

balance Warringah? of your I’m Acorns sure that account the

rises removal and of falls Turnbull in line with left an the

movements initial warm in fuzzy markets feeling during but

the course inability of of the the trading hard-right day.

group One of to the install challenges their preferred

any candidate finance has app left would them have with

encouraging the unfortunate young moniker people of to

save “the and gang invest who is can’t to remain shoot

relevant straight”. in their eyes. Over

the Closer past year to home a number Abbott’s of

enhancements grip on the seat have of Warringah taken place

following has now come user feedback, under question the

headline following ones a preselection


Found meeting Money where partners a third of – users

can the votes shop online were cast with against brands

such him. as As Bonds, Shaun Dan Micallef Murphy’s, from

BCF, the ABC Uber pointed etc. and out, these Abbott

partners was unopposed usually deposit in this bonus

amounts contest, so or extra one third round of ups the

into members the users voted account; for nobody as

My a better Finance candidate. feature – uses

artificial This backlash intelligence is completely to track

and justified, categorise as Abbott’s spending actions and

calculate are likely free to have cash delivered flow;

Super government fund linkages to Bill Shorten – allows

users at the to next make election. deposits What to a

range this means of industry for people and public who

offer are saving, superannuation investing funds; or

Emerald running a Portfolio business – a is socially set out

responsible in the following portfolio laundry option list

introduced (compiled by following Alan Kohler) member of

feedback; Labor’s proposed tax reforms

Little once in Acorns government: – sub accounts

designed n Restrict to negative allow investment gearing to

on new behalf homes of children only; or other

dependants n Halve the under capital the gains age of tax 18.

discount from 50 per cent to

25 per cent;

n Remove dividend franking

cash refunds;

n Tax all discretionary trust

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distributions at 30 per cent;

n Repeal the company tax cut

for businesses with revenue

of up to $50 million.

Kohler argued in The

Australian newspaper that

this list of proposed changes

under normal circumstances

should make Bill Shorten and

his treasurer Chris Bowen

unelectable. “The worst

thing, and most dangerous

electorally, about the coming

tax revolution is that in many

cases it will hurt low-tomiddle-income

earners, the

people whom Labor purports

to represent and champion,

rather than, or as well as, the

financial elites it claims to be

going after.” The treatment

of Turnbull though puts the

coalition in an extremely weak

position this far out from a

federal election next year.

I think it’s fair to say that

most of us living on the

Northern Beaches understand

that progressive attitudes

regarding climate change,

renewable sources of energy

and same sex marriage are

not only widely accepted but

should be encouraged. To a lot

of us Abbott comes across as

the proverbial “post turtle” –

which is described in popular

culture as “If you see a fence

post with a turtle balanced on

top, that’s a post turtle. You

know he didn’t get up there

by himself. He doesn’t belong

there; you wonder who put him

there; he can’t get anything

done while he’s up there; and

you just want to help the poor

thing down.”

But the federal electorate of

Warringah is not made up of

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just the Northern Beaches or

Manly. The actual boundaries

encompass Mosman, Neutral

Bay, Seaforth, Killarney,

Balgowlah, Allambie,

Forestville and Dee Why –

some heavily conservative

areas are contained within

those lines.

Some commentators have

argued that a well-funded

independent should be

encouraged as a means of

replacing Abbott and his

outdated views, but we’ve

been there before with onedimensional

candidates and

it’s not pretty. I’d argue that

the Liberal Party should clean

up its own mess.

The Liberal Party website

says: “The Organisational

wing is based on the

Party’s paid membership of

supporters. Across Australia,

the Liberal Party has more

than 80,000 members in more

than 2000 branches which are

governed by their respective

State Liberal Party structure

– known as ‘Divisions’.” My

math says on average this

equals 40 members per

branch, the press says

there are 19 branches in

Warringah. Based simply on

the averages and if 30% of

760 members (228 people)

already have the knives

out for Abbott, there may

only need to be 152 people

who would like to see some

change drafted in to get some

movement back towards the


I’m no expert and I’m sure

it’s far more complicated

than that… but what a lovely


Brian Hrnjak B Bus CPA (FPS) is

a Director of GHR Accounting

Group Pty Ltd, Certified

Practising Accountants. Offices

at: Suite 12, Ground Floor,

20 Bungan Street Mona Vale

NSW 2103 and Shop 8, 9 – 15

Central Ave Manly NSW 2095,

Telephone: 02 9979-4300,

Webs: www.ghr.com.au and

www.altre.com.au Email:


These comments are of a

general nature only and are

not intended as a substitute

for professional advice.

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Business Life

Don’t let banks take you

as a ‘mortgage prisoner’

Prisoner’ is

the new catch phrase


in the finance industry

as lenders tighten borrowing

rules on mortgage lending

as the fallout of the royal

commission takes effect. The

result is that many borrowers

are now caught in high-rate

loans and cannot move to a

better option because they

do not qualify under the new

lending policies.

A significant component of

the tighter credit control is the

reporting by borrowers on their

household or “living expenses”.

In addition to typical living

expenses such as groceries,

transport, medical, education

and entertainment, lenders are

seeking more detailed feedback

in areas such as alcohol,

haircare, Netflix subscriptions

and pet care.

Another area of intense

review are loans with ‘interestonly’

repayments. The banks

have tightened lending

conditions on these loans. The

impact has been felt across

the market as interest-only

repayment periods expire

causing customers to transfer

to principal and interest

repayments or stay on highrate

interest-only loans.

So what does this mean

for those of us who have

mortgages on owner-occupied

properties and/or investment


Take control of your

destiny… for you and your

family. A sensible approach

would be to conduct your own

finance check, something that

should be completed every

year – just as your tax return

is completed. It may save you

many dollars.

A few simple tips:

n If you don’t have a personal

budget then compile one; yes

it’s boring but will save you

time and money if you know

how much you spend and on

what. Remember: the banks

will expect it anyway when

you apply.

n Shop around – review your

home and investment loans

every 12 months to ensure

you are getting a fair deal.

n Review your consumer credit

(ie: personal loans, credit

Where to turn when

you face charges

Former prosecutors and Northern Beaches residents Josh

McKenzie and James McLoughlin know going to court can be one

of the most stressful events in a person’s life.

Having worked the public side of the fence for many years, the

pair are opening their own private law practice in Manly on October

1, specialising in criminal law including AVOs, traffic law and bail.

Josh (on left) was formerly the Senior Prosecutor at Manly Court;

he has also spent time in the local detective’s office where he learnt

the craft of investigation for all different types of serious matters.

James was a prosecutor at Local Courts across NSW including

Children’s Courts. More recently, he was a solicitor for the Director

of Public Prosecutions, where he reviewed and handled the

prosecution of some of the state’s most serious crimes.

“We are defence lawyers who are former prosecutors and

investigators – we know exactly how the other side works and that

advantage cannot be underestimated,” said Josh.

“We know there are two sides to every story.”

* McKenzie McLoughlin Law; Suite 109, 53 The Corso, Manly.

More info mmlaw.co or phone 9932 7109.

cards etc.) and if it is getting

on top on you then consider

using equity in your home

to reduce this borrowing. It

is probably costing you 18%

and transferring this debt

to your home loan will be


n If you hold investment

properties then review your

loans – particularly if they

are interest-only repayments

loans. Chances are you are

paying way over the odds

on what is offered in the

market. Be brave, if you can

make principal and interest

repayments on these loans

then do so and you will grow

equity even if the property

value comes off.

n If you are a first home buyer,

do your sums first and

determine your borrowing

capacity before looking at

any property. This will avoid

disappointment when you

fall in love with a home and

can’t afford it. What you can

afford will determine which

suburb you can buy into.

n Don’t just consider interest

rates being offered. Normally

with David Cluning

low-rates are accompanied

with high loan fees. Look

at loan structure and have

your mortgage broker show

you how structuring the loan

“wisely” will save you in the

long run.

n Avoid online mortgage

advisors who only offer you

information and data and not

actual face-to-face advice.

Personal advice has and

will continue to be the most

trusted and valuable.

n Consult a mortgage broker

who will provide you with

independent, unbiased advice.

David Cluning from Victory

Finance Group is a Northern

Beaches-based independent

finance broker with over 30

years’ experience who has

been assisting local individuals,

couples, families and small

business owners for over 12

years. Phone 1300 836 950.

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

Big sell: The notion of

character merchandising

Some months ago, a nephew

texted that he was sitting

with his two daughters and

watching the film ‘The Story of

Ferdinand’ (the bull), which they

were loving – as he had when

he was a small boy and his aunt

had given him the book.

‘The Story of Ferdinand’

by Munro Leaf, drawings by

Robert Lawson, was originally

published in 1936 and this aunt

still gives copies of the book

to relatives and small friends

today. It is interesting that this

literary, non-human fictional

character has now become

immortalised in film.

This is an example of

‘character merchandising’ – one

of the most modern means of

increasing the appeal of goods

and services to customers.

Generally, the term ‘character’

covers fictional humans – for

example ‘James Bond’ – or nonhumans

(such as ‘Ferdinand’,

‘Winnie the Pooh’, ‘Peter Rabbit’,

‘Donald Duck’ and ‘Mickey

Mouse’) and real personalities

or celebrities in film or music

industry, or sports stars.

In the overall context of

merchandising of characters, it

is essential the public at large

will easily recognise personality

features such as name, image,

appearance or voice of a

character, or symbols giving

recognition of such characters.

Fictional characters are

derived from literary works

(such as ‘Pinocchio’), or artistic

works (such as paintings like the

‘Mona Lisa’), or drawings (such

as the panda of the World Wide

Fund), or cinematographic works

(often originating in a literary

work such as ‘Oliver Twist’) or

‘Crocodile Dundee’, or ‘ET’ or


In most cases fictional

characters are regarded as

entertainment and the success

gained by the work depicting

the character leads to new

stories. Some live beyond their

creator and the heirs or the

holders of the publishing rights

may arrange contracts for the

survival of the character in new

stories. For example, books

featuring ‘James Bond’ after the

death of author Ian Fleming.

Other characters are

sometimes referred to as

promotional, advertising and

recognition functions and

feature characters associated

with corporations such as

Johnnie Walker (and Scotch

whisky); the Peugeot lion (cars);

the Michelin Man (tyres); and

mascots created for World Cup

Football or Olympic Games.

Character merchandising can

be defined as the adaptation or

secondary exploitation, by the

creator of a fiction character

or by a real person or by

authorised third parties, of the

essential personality features,

such as the name, image or

appearance of a character in

relation to various goods and/or

services with a view to creating

in prospective customers a

desire to acquire goods with an

image or associated likeness

with that character.

Character merchandising

as an organised system

with Jennifer Harris

originated in the 1930s in the

Walt Disney studios in Burbank,

California, when a department

was established to exploit the

secondary commercialisation

of cartoon characters ‘Mickey’,

‘Minnie’ and ‘Donald’. It was

considered a surprise that in

a short time, the department

succeeded in granting a number

of licences for the manufacture

and distribution of low-priced

mass-market merchandise –

posters, T-shirts, toys, buttons

badges and drinks.

Before the 20th century,

non-commercial secondary

exploitation of the reputation

of a character existed. In Asia,

the religious characters of

‘Ramayana’ – such as Prince

Rama, Vishnu and Sita – have

for centuries been depicted

in the form of sculptures,

puppets and toys. Furthermore,

in the late 19th century some

industrialists created fictional

characters to place on their

goods, or the packaging of their

goods, to generate recognition

of their products. For example,

the ‘Michelin Man’ for tyre

manufacture. At about the same

time, the exploitation of literary

characters began with the works

of Beatrix Potter – namely ‘Peter

Rabbit’ in the form of soft toys

for children, and Lewis Carroll’s

‘Alice in Wonderland’, the

characters of which also became

soft toys and were later adapted

into a motion picture cartoon.

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There are three types of

character merchandising:

First, merchandising

of Fictional Characters –

the oldest-known form of

merchandising. It involves the

use of the essential personality

features, name and image

of fictional characters in the

marketing and/or advertising of

goods and services. Originally,

the practice of character

merchandising, as an organised

system of promotion, developed

as a means of exploiting the

popularity of cartoon characters

and the like.

Character merchandising with

cartoon characters involves

chiefly the use of the name,

image and appearance of the

character. The appearance

may involve two-dimensional

reproduction drawings,

and stickers etc; the threedimensional

reproduction, dolls

and key rings.

Second, Personality

Merchandising – this category

can be subdivided into two

forms. The first involves the

use of essential attributes of

name, image, voice and other

personality features of real

people, which is the true identity

of an individual in the marketing

and or advertising of goods and

services. This is the promotion

of reputational merchandising

of high-profile celebrities on

low-priced mass goods (mugs,

scarves, badges, T-shirts) which

does not emphasise the product

itself but the name or image of

the person reproduced.

The second form arises

where specialists in certain

fields appear in advertising

campaigns in relation to goods

and services, for example

music personalities or sporting

stars. The appeal of this kind

of advertising is that the

personality endorses and

approves the product and the

association, with the product

luring the customer to buy the

tennis shoes or energy drink, or


The third form is image

merchandising – this

involves the use of fictional

film or television characters

in marketing or advertising.

Sometimes the public finds it

difficult to differentiate the real

person from the character they

portray and sometimes there is

a complete association and the

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actor is referred to and known

by the name of the character.

For example, the actor Colin

Firth is widely known as ‘Mr

Darcy’ from the film ‘Pride and

Prejudice’; and Roger Moore and

Sean Connery as ‘James Bond’.

Image merchandising is

marketed with the distinctive

elements of a film or series

being highlighted. For example,

the appearance and dress of the

actor, themed with memorable

aspects of a scene such as the

introductory scenes of James

Bond films ,or the knife scene in

‘Crocodile Dundee’.

So what rights are attached to

a character and who owns them?

Briefly, the rights attached

to a fictional character are

referred to as ‘property rights’

which include economic and

exploitation rights. These

rights permit the use of the

name, image and appearance

of the character and the right

to receive the benefits accruing

from its use and the right to

dispose of it.

Rights attached to real

persons are referred to as

‘personality rights’, or ‘publicity

rights’ and they may derive

the benefits resulting from

the use. These rights may also

attract trademark, copyright or

industrial design protection.

The rights attached to a

fictional character or a fictional

character portrayed by a real

person in connection with image

merchandising are in principle

owned by the creator of the

character, unless the creator

has transferred his rights, was

commissioned to create, or

created them in the course of

his activity for his employer.

In the case of personality

rights, the rights attached to

the real person concerned are

owned by the individual person.

There are substantial

intellectual property rights and

forms of protection available

in character merchandising,

which will be covered in a future


Comment supplied by

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer

Harris & Associates, Solicitors,

4/57 Avalon Parade,

Avalon Beach.

T: 9973 2011. F: 9918 3290.

E: jennifer@jenniferharris.com.au

W: www.jenniferharris.com.au

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Business Life

Trades & Services

Trades & Services


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


Re-sprays a specialty, plus

restoration of your favourite vehicle.

Commercial specialist.


Battery Business

Call 9970 6999

Batteries for all applications. Won’t be

beaten on price or service. Free testing,

7 days.


Avalon Marine Upholstery

Call Simon 9918 9803

Makes cushions for boats, patio and

pool furniture, window seats.


Captain Cook Electrical

Call Blake 0488 843 515

Zero dollars call-out; offering discount

for Senior; 24-hour emergency service.

Family owned and operated.

Eamon Dowling Electrical

Call 0410 457 373

For all electrical, phone, TV and data

needs. Local business. Quality service



Blue Tongue Carpets

Call Stephan 9979 7292

Family owned and run. Carpet, rugs,

runners, timber, bamboo, vinyl, tiles &

laminates. Open 6 days.


Graham Brooks

Call 0412 281 580

Tree pruning and removals. Reports

regarding DA tree management,

arborist reports.

Precision Tree Services

Call Adam 0410 736 105

Adam Bridger; professional tree

care by qualified arborists and tree


Special Branch Tree Services

Call Jason 0439 964 538

Qualified arborist, fully insured;

celebrating 20 years in Avalon and

surrounding areas.


Seabreeze Kitchens

Call 9938 5477

Specialists in all kitchen needs; design,

fitting, consultation. Excellent trades.


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.


Avalon Physiotherapy

Call 9918 3373

Provide specialist treatment for neck &

back pain, sports injuries, orthopaedic


Avalon Physiotherapy

& Clinical Pilates

Call 9918 0230

Dry needling and acupuncture, falls

prevention and balance

enhancement programs.

Avalon Beach Chiropractic

Call Sam 9918 0070

Professional care for all ages. Treatment

for chronic and acute pain,

sports injuries.

Francois Naef/Osteopath

Call Francois 9918 2288

Diagnosis, treatment and prevention for

back pain and sciatica, sports injuries,

muscle soreness, pregnancy-related

pain, imbalance.


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.


Nick Anderson Plumbing

Call Nick 0411 251 256

Specialist in gasfitting, drainage and

plumbing. Complete service, competitive

rates. Local and reliable – free quotes.

Pure Plumbing Professionals

Call 9056 8166

Zero dollars call-out - and you approve

the price before they begin.

24/7 Emergency Service. 10%

pensioner discount.


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

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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.

DISCLAIMER: The editorial

and advertising content in

Pittwater Life has been provided

by a number of sources. Any

opinions expressed are not

necessarily those of the Editor or

Publisher of Pittwater Life and

no responsibility is taken for

the accuracy of the information

contained within. Readers

should make their own enquiries

directly to any organisations or

businesses prior to making any

plans or taking any action.

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Trades & Services


Northern Beaches

Home Tutoring

Call John 9972 1469

1-ON-1 individual tutoring in your

home. All ages and subjects K-Uni.

Qualified tutors. WWC child protection

checked. Since 2009.


Predator Pest Control

Call 0417 276 962


Environmental services at their best.

Comprehensive control. Eliminate all

manner of pests. They provide a 24-

hour service.


Water Warehouse

Call 9913 7988


Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation &

filter supply specialists.


Backyard Cabins

Call 9973 1691

Avoid Council approval; studios,

workshops, cabins, teenage retreats.

Ideal for Airbnb.

Rob Burgers

Call 0416 066 159

Qualified builder provides all carpentry

needs; decks, pergolas, carports,

renos & repairs.


Call Dave 0403 466 350

Specialists is window tinting and glass

coatings. Act now for summer.


your Business

in Trades

& Services



0438 123 096

Trades & Services


Northern Beaches Home Tu tor ing

Call John 9972 1469

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

Qualified tutors. WWC child protection checked. Since 2009.

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Local Call

How Chambers pump

life into local business

Few would argue that the

ambience and character

of our local villages play

a major role in the definition

and feel of Pittwater. We are our

villages – we shop, browse, eat,

drink, relax, seek local medial

assistance... and much more.

Supporting local businesses

– whose owners are more than

likely local themselves – is an

entrenched part of the Pittwater

lifestyle which is something

unique in the Sydney landscape.

And it’s equally important

that local businesses support

each other, says Mona Vale

Chamber of Commerce President

Chris Cavanagh.

“A strong local Chamber of

Commerce helps its members

grow stronger,” says Chris, who

says Mona Vale has more than

60 businesses on its books.

“As a business owner or

operator, you can benefit from

increased customer contact by

forming alliances with local

businesses – you can share

ideas to promote and grow

your business while working together

to promote, protect and

grow our unique environment.”

He added the MVCC had a

strong voice in helping to shape

the local community.

“We liaise with Northern

Beaches Council and statutory

and community bodies on

behalf of its members,” Chris


The Mona Vale Chamber runs

monthly networking events

(second Tuesday of each month,

free for members), where business

owners can hear about the

host’s enterprise, network and

swap ideas while enjoying a few

drinks and light food.

“The snippets of advice I

have received from various

professionals at these evenings

have really helped me,” says

Chris, who operates Minuteman

Press in Mona Vale.

Also, membership also

automatically aligns businesses

with the NSW Business Chamber

and its benefits – including

free advice on areas including

The Local Voice Since 1991

TOP: The Newport Beach Festival fee

is included with local Chamber membership.

RIGHT: MV’s Chris Cavanagh.

legal and marketing, human resources

and health and safety,

to name a few.

Mona Vale Chamber also offers

a 50% discount on stall fees

for Mona Vale Market Day.

Newport Beach Chamber

President Noni Long agrees that

it’s in owners’ interests to let

other people know about it.

“Community grows businesses,”

said Noni, who operates

financial advisory business

Hello Wealth. “To have a voice

for your business and represent

the needs and culture of our

community is a great opportunity.

“Newport Beach Chamber

has an optimistic agenda to

grow businesses and also to

give the next generations a

positive path to follow.”

NBC runs collaborative, creative

networking meetings after

or before hours at a local venue.

“As a group we can raise

concerns and requests with the

Northern Beaches Council with

a view to working together to

create the best outcome for our

community,” said Noni.

She said NBC offered

modern, resourceful mentoring

events to help members

create new possibilities; e-news

updates; posting of events on

their blog; plus a free business

directory listing online. The fee

for the annual Newport Beach

Festival is included.

Avalon Palm Beach Business

Chamber President Sam Garner

said his group helped improve

tourism in the local area, improved

economic growth and

supported community events

to improve the town centre and

its overall ambience.

“While the business chamber

serves as a common voice for

the local businesses, the real

purpose of the Chamber is to

network the local businesses,

encouraging collaboration and

connecting them with the community,”

said Sam, who operates

Avalon Beach Chiropractic.

APBC hosts six networking

events for its members each

year (next one in November).

“As well as organising events

such as the Avalon Market Day,

the Chamber also contributes

large donations for the Avalon

SLSC Christmas Carols, Barrenjoey

High School’s Night

Market, Creative Creatures Film

Festival, The Board Collector’s

Surf Swap and Barrenjoey

High’s Golden Ball,” said Sam.

* October is NSW Small Business

month – to learn more

about your local Chamber of

Commerce visit monavalechamber.org;


org.au; or avalonpalmbeachbusinesschamber.com.au

– Nigel Wall

Eco Corner

A property

can have

its power


throughout the

site through

either singlephase

or threephase


The easiest


Jono Burke

way to find out if your house

or business is single-phase or

three-phase is to check your

meter box for the number

of fuse cartridges (black

rectangle boxes 30mm wide

x 100mm long). Single-phase

meter boxes only contain one

fuse cartridge. Three-phase

meter boxes contain three.

This info is important when

installing solar PV and most

importantly when deciding

that battery storage will play a

part in your home or business.

When installing solar PV,

the inverter controls the

distribution of the energy

which in turn runs through

a net meter, which is threephase.

All three phases at your

property will receive energy


This isn’t the case with

battery storage.

If you have single phase

then the energy stored by the

battery will be distributed to

this phase, across your whole

property, by a single-phase

hybrid battery-ready inverter.

Until recently, the energy

from battery storage to be

distributed across three

phases has only been available

at a payback period that

hasn’t allowed the customer

to re-coup their investment

before the warranty period on

the battery storage concludes.

The battery companies and

inverter companies have now

got together. The price has

reduced considerably. Better

technology has been enabled

allowing the investment to

work financially, on a threephase


Three-phase hybrid batteryready

inverters work across all

three phases for both energy

consumption from the solar

PV and the battery storage.

* Want to know more? Jono

is a Partner with Solar Energy

Enterprises; call 0406 773 772.

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Tatts plan colourful return

Rock ’n’ roll ‘bad boy’

Angry Anderson admits

it’s been a long, long

time since he and Rose Tattoo

have graced a stage on the

Northern Beaches – but says

the band can’t wait to rip into

their opening set at Pittwater

RSL on Saturday October 27.

Speaking to Pittwater Life

from Germany as Rose Tattoo

wound up its European Tour

before their scheduled return

downunder in late September,

Anderson promised an eclectic

mix of material tracking

through the years.

And he added the band

was looking forward to

showcasing their distinct

brand of raw-edged, high

energy hard rock to a whole

new generation of fan –

something he’s noticing more


“We will be playing the first

album and of course selected

tracks from all albums since

then,” he said. “The show

runs about 90 minutes and

we try to cram in the hits

and the most popular songs

audiences have loved over the

years (including Bad Boy For

Love, Rock ’n’ Roll Outlaw,

and We Can’t Be Beaten) – the

‘diehards’ will know every

song and the new audiences

will dance to all the songs.”

He said it was not before

time that the pub/club music

scene was being embraced


“Thank God that some clubs

now are seeing that live music

is something that needs to be

supported so – hallelujah!

“We are getting the old


CAN’T BE BEATEN: Angry Anderson has signed on for five more years.

guard which were around as

kids in the early days and they

are bringing their kids – in fact

we are finding that some of

the new audiences are people

weren’t even born when we

first started out. They are

looking for music that excites

them and finding these bands

through Mum and Dad’s record

collections... we are getting

people from 60s to late teens,

early 20s, and lots more girls.”

He said the surfing culture

of the Northern Beaches

always used to prompt a good

atmosphere when Rose Tattoo

played north of the harbour.

“It’s been a long time...

many, many years” Anderson

said. “In the early days the

thing we loved most about

the Northern Beaches was the

crowds – they used to go off.

“They were very enthusiastic

TATTS THE WAY: Rose Tattoo continue to deliver high-energy rock 'n' roll.

and got involved with a lot of

dancing and singing, whereas

the eastern suburbs tended

to be ‘too cool for school’

and would stand back and

scrutinize us.”

He described the band’s

shows as physically and

visually highly entertaining.

“It is the intensity and the

passion that Rose Tattoo plays

with that the fans expect – it is

not disposable pop.”

Anderson hopes to continue

touring with the band


“We will have done 90-plus

shows by the end of the year,

including two legs in Europe,”

he said.

“There are a few surprises

coming up – we are rerecording,

with the present

line-up, the Tatts’ first album

around the 40th Anniversary

and I have struck an

agreement with our German

and Australian management

to keep touring for the next

five years. God willing that will


“We are also working on

new material to release

through our record company

in Australia Golden Robot

Records sometime in the


* Catch Rose Tattoo live on

Saturday October 27; tickets


– Nigel Wall

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Tasty Morsels


Experimentation and

and our customers really understand,”

adds Viet, who

individuality are the

hallmarks of success for

started in family businesses in

husband-and-wife team Viet Cabramatta and Marrickville in

and Sandy, whose hole-in-thewall

café and bakery ‘Graze Their most popular produce

the 1980s.

n Cakes’ at North Avalon has includes a mouth-watering

built somewhat of a cult status chicken, pork belly or pulled

among discerning foodies the pork banh mi (baguette), or

length and breadth of Pittwater. noodle bowl.

The couple arrived in Avalon “We do pork justice – we

after nine years at Cammeray, source our own pork, prepare

where they mostly catered for

what Sandy describes as a rigid

clientele base.

However, they abandoned

the conservative approach

when they landed north of the

Bends last September and are

thankful locals have embraced

their ad-hoc availability of

tasty treats.

“The main drive when we

started in Avalon was to do

what we know and do rather

than just trying to fit in,” said

Sandy, a former First Class

flight attendant.

“Viet is classically Frenchtrained

in baking – we have an said Viet.

and cure it before roasting,”

in-house philosophy that he He added they owed half

bakes whatever I like to eat! Often

it doesn’t make sense – like – flaky, light and traditional –

their success to their bread

savoury scones with a hint of which is baked on the premises.

chilli – but it tastes fantastic.” Other go-to items include

She said the pair strived New York chocolate chip cookies;

square donuts; Brazillian

to create clean flavors, with

minimal yet good quality ingredients

to come up with “a taste sugarless muffins; vanilla slic-

cheese balls; wholemeal spelt

like grandma’s baking”.

es; Japanese cheesecakes; belly

Making things even more bacon-and-egg (chicharron)

interesting is they control what rolls; rice paper rolls (chicken

they bake, in small batches – or pork) and their ‘Caveman’

meaning it’s often a case of plates. Not to mention the

first-in, best-dressed.

savoury scones.

“We don’t like wastages

The pair also do a roaring

trade in bespoke cakes for

birthdays and other celebrations

– including the ubiquitous

Harry Potter themed


“The cake decorations aside,

ultimately we bake our cakes

to be eaten, so we concentrate

on the flavors by using only

enough sweetness to draw out

natural flavors,” said Sandy.

“All we ask is that anyone interested

give us plenty of time

when ordering a cake!”

Viet said Graze n Cakes

would continue as a work in


“Luckily, Avalon folk have

LEFT: Sandy and Viet with some of

their amazing baked treats. ABOVE:

Crispy Pork Belly Noodle Salad.

adopted us and are really appreciative

of the efforts that

we have put in,” he said. “We

are happy with the hole-in-thewall

and our adopted community

– although our dream

maybe one day is to grow and

produce the foods that we are

currently serving.”

Given they often start work

at 5.30am and don’t leave until

4pm (they close 3pm), what

food do they indulge in away

from work?

“Ha! We always seem to be

running out of time so, our

children determine the foods

for most nights,” said Sandy.

“That can be anything from

home-cooked pastas to instant

noodles, Lucky & Pep’s, Alma,

Wasabi, quiches from La Banette

– even a frozen pizza from


* Graze n Cakes, 3/38

Burrawong Rd, Avalon Beach;

breakfast until 10am, lunch

from 10am. Open six days;

closed Monday. – Nigel Wall

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Dining Guide

Dining Guide

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

Royal Motor

Yacht Club

Salt Cove on Pittwater

46 Prince Alfred

Parade, Newport


Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Mon-Fri from 8.30am

Weekends from 8am


Breakfast from $8-$18

Entrees from $9-$21

Mains from $16-$26

BOOKINGS 9997 5511

RMYC’s restaurant Salt Cove

on Pittwater’s menu has been

updated for 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


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 October

include Geoff Kendall (12th);

Alex Roussos (19th); and Keff

McCulloch (26th).

Don't miss this month's Wine

Appreciation Ladies Lunch on

Wednesday 10th. Speaker and

host is Ben Tolstoshev from The

Lane vineyard in South Australia.

Also in October, catch up with

the Travel View / Cruise View

Travel Club at the meeting in the

lounge bar from 10.30am on

Monday 1st.

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.



Club Palm Beach

1087 Barrenjoey Rd,

Palm Beach


Lunch 11:30am-2.30pm

Dinner 6pm-8.30pm


Lunch and dinner

specials $13.50

BOOKINGS 9974 5566

Head to Club Palm Beach,

located a short stroll from

Palm Beach Wharf, for a huge

month of sport in October.

Catch the AFL (Sept 29) and

NRL (Sept 30) Grand Finals and

rugby's Bledisloe III (Oct 27) on

the big screen.

Melbourne Cup is on

Tuesday Nov 6; watch the race

and enjoy a bucket of prawns

with champagne for $26.50.

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.

Think Metro Mirage for Xmas

Looking to book that endof-year

function or private

Christmas party? Consider

the beautiful 4-star boutique

Metro Mirage Hotel Newport

overlooking Pittwater.

And book any of the packages

below before October 31

and enjoy a complimentary

overnight stay with full buffet

breakfast for two.

Mirage Restaurant with

adjoining terrace offers

magnificent views and is

available from $59 per person

for 15-120 guests, with a

selection of cocktail, two- or

three-course menu packages

and beverage packages.

The Alfresco Poolside Function

area is perfect for more

intimate functions of between

15-60 guests and is available

from $53 per person.

Packages include exclusive

complimentary use of the poolside

function area, including AV

system, an alfresco barbecue

buffet with personal chef, and

separate beverage packages.

Christmas dinner packages

are also available from $53

per person.

More info contact Tracey

Scott on 9997 7011 or email


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Bistro 61

Avalon Beach RSL

1 Bowling Green Lane

Avalon Beach


Open 7 days

Lunch 12pm-2:30pm

Dinner 5:30-8:30pm


Modern Aust / pub food


Meals $8-$30

Specials $12-$15

BOOKINGS 9918 2201

Avalon Beach RSL’s Bistro 61

is a great place to head for

a local meal, offering tasty

modern Australian dishes at

affordable prices.

Head down for their sixth

annual 'Oktoberfest' on

Saturday October 20; there

will be souvenir beer steins,

prizes for best dressed and

an oom pah pah band. Plus,

Shade of Red play from 9pm

in the Surf Lounge.

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 the month – there's

more than $1500 in prizes.

Bistro 61 is open for

breakfast from 9am to

11.30am. Open for lunch

and dinner seven days, with

extensive outdoor dining

areas, Bistro 61 offers a

variety of specials (lunch

and dinner) during the week,

including $12 tacos (Tues),

$15 Chicken Schnitzels (Wed),

2-4-1 pizzas (Thurs), and a

$20 burger + beer (Fri).

Seniors are well catered

for – there are daily Seniors

specials, including beerbattered

flathead – plus

they do a $5 kids meals

on Sundays! (There’s a

playground, too.)

From the menu, chef

Mitch recommends his twist

on nachos – pulled beef and

blackbeans with chipotle,

corn chips, guacamole,

Danish fetta and coriander.

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Members get discounts

on meals purchased.

Membership from $5.50!

The club is licensed, with

no BYO. Bookings online or

call 9918 2201 – large groups


Hong Kong

Chinese Restaurant

332 Barrenjoey Rd,



Dinner Tues-Sun 5pm


Chinese & Asian


Entrees $5-20

Mains $12.90-26.50

*Deliver Whale Beach - Narrabeen

BOOKINGS 9997 4157




Book a table at this

popular Newport eatery in

October and your family is

guaranteed a great night



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.

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Dining Guide

Food Life

Food Life

Cooking on the BBQ – a

great way to unite family


love my kitchen, but I confess I love to use the barbecue.

That extends to cooking on the ‘barbie’ midweek, as it tends

to bring the family together on the deck, making meal time

more social. The neighbours will also pop their heads over the

fence to say hi and comment on the fabulous aromas. So, as

the days grow longer with Daylight Savings kicking into action

again this month, and the weather heating up, it’s time to fire

up that barbecue!

BBQ Bananas with

caramel sauce

Serves 4

4 Cavendish bananas

1/3 cup pecans, toasted,


Vanilla ice cream, to serve

Caramel sauce

1 cup white sugar

1 cup thickened cream, at

room temperature

1. To make the caramel sauce,

pour the sugar into a clean

saucepan over medium

heat. Cook, stirring occasionally

with a wooden

spoon until the sugar melts

and turns deep golden.

Remove from the heat,

carefully pour in the cream

(sugar will spit a little and

turn to toffee). Return

pan to medium-high heat,

cook stirring constantly

for 5-8 minutes until the

toffee dissolves and sauce

is smooth. Simmer gently,

without stirring for 5 minutes

to thicken slightly.

2. Preheat flat barbecue plate

on medium-high. Peel and

split the bananas in half

lengthways (see Janelle’s

Tip). Brush the surface with

a little caramel sauce. Place

a large piece of baking

paper onto the hot barbecue

plate, cook bananas

in batches, cut side down

Janelle’s Tip: Use regular

mince (not lean mince) as the

very low fat in lean mince can

cause your burgers to fall

apart when cooking.

for 3-5 minutes until lightly


3. Place bananas onto serving

plates, drizzle with more

caramel sauce. Sprinkle

with pecans and serve with

ice cream.



Makes 4

with Janelle Bloom

1 small brown onion, peeled,


500g regular beef mince (see

Janelle’s Tip)

1 tbs tomato sauce

1 tbs Worcestershire sauce

3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs

1 egg

2 tbs olive oil

4 slices tasty cheese

4 hamburger buns, split,


baby spinach leaves, crispy onions,

barbecue sauce to serve

Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Adobe Stock

1. Combine onion, mince,

sauces, breadcrumbs, 1

egg and salt and pepper in

a large bowl. Mix until well

combined. Use wet hands to

shape into even patties 2cm

thick (this helps shape the

pattie and form a smooth

surface for even cooking).

Janelle’s Tip: You can

Place onto a plate, cover

leave the bananas in

and refrigerate 30 minutes

their skin to cook – this

or overnight.

helps hold their shape

2. Preheat barbecue plate on

and makes them easier

medium. Brush both sides

to barbecue.

of the patties with oil. Place

onto the hot plate and bar-

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becue for 5 minutes each

side or until lightly charred

and cooked through.

3. Top each pattie with cheese,

cover with the barbecue

hood or a large tray and

cook for 1 minutes or until

cheese melted.

4. Top the bun bases with

spinach, crispy onions,

pattie and drizzle with

barbecue sauce. Sandwich

together with hamburger

bun top and serve.


Beef & mushroom burger –

Dice 125 button mushrooms.

Sauté in some olive oil until

tender. Allow to cool. Add in

step 1 with other ingredients.

Greek lamb burger – replace

the beef mince with lamb

mince. Replace the sauces

with 1tbs Greek salad dressing.

Add 100g crumbled Greek

feta and 2 teaspoons dried

oregano in step 1 with other


Thai chicken burger – replace

the beef mince with chicken

mince, replace the sauces

with sweet chilli and add 2

tablespoons chopped fresh

coriander in step 1.

Crispy onions: Roughly chop

2 brown onions. Place in a

bowl, cover with buttermilk.

Stand 15 minutes. Drain onions

then dust with plain flour

mixed with a little cayenne

pepper. Deep fry in batches

until golden.

Optional extras: Crispy

bacon, fried egg, beetroot,

pineapple rings.



It’s great to barbecue a heap of

different vegetables and serve

them with sausages, chicken or

skewers, or roughly chop them

after they are barbecued to

make a delicious salad.

2 corn cobs, peeled

1 red onion, peeled, cut into


1 white onion, peeled, cut into


4 tbs olive oil

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tbs fresh rosemary leaves,


200g cherry Roma tomatoes,


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1 eggplant, sliced into rounds

1 red capsicum, cut into


1 yellow capsicum, cut into


1 zucchini, sliced lengthways

100g baby spinach leaves


3 tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 tbs red wine vinegar

1 tsp caster sugar

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1. Wash the corn cobs, then

wrap each in a sheet of

damp paper towel. Microwave

on High/100% for 5

minutes. Remove to a plate.

Place the onions in a single

layer on microwave-safe

plate. Cover with damp

paper towel. Microwave on

High/100% for 3 minutes.

2. Preheat the barbecue grill

and flat plate on medium

high. Combine the oil, garlic

and rosemary, season with

salt and pepper. Place the

tomatoes in a bowl, spoon

over 3 teaspoons oil and

toss to coat. Brush the remaining

oil over the remaining


3. Barbecue the corn cobs for

10 minutes, turning often.

Barbecue the eggplant,

capsicum and zucchini on

the grill plate for 4-5 minutes

each side until lightly

charred and tender.

4. Barbecue the tomatoes and

onions on the flat plate for

5-6 minutes, turning occasionally

until tender and

lightly charred.

5. Serve vegetables drizzled

with extra virgin olive oil

Janelle’s Tip: Large, flat-sided

skewers are available from

hardware and barbecue stores.

or roughly chop and place

into a bowl with spinach.

Combine all the vinaigrette

ingredients together and

drizzle over the warm vegetables

just before serving.

Chimichurri chicken


Serves 4

You will need 6 large flatsided

barbecue skewers for

this recipe

1 long green chilli, finely


1 garlic clove, crushed

1 cup flat leaf parsley leaves,


½ cup coriander leaves,


1 tbs thyme leaves

100ml olive oil

1. For the Chimichurri, combine

the vinegar, sugar,

chilli and garlic in a bowl,

season and mix well. Stir

in the herbs. Add the olive

4 large chicken breast fillets, oil in a slow steady stream,


mixing until sauce is well

2 tbs olive oil


1 tsp smoked paprika

2. Gently pound the chicken

Lemon wedges, to serve

breast so they are an even


thickness. Season both

¼ cup red wine vinegar

sides, place on a tray.

¼ tsp caster sugar

Combine the olive oil and

1 long red chilli, finely

paprika and spoon over


the chicken, turning to coat

both sides.

3. Preheat barbecue plate on

medium. Place two chicken

fillets on board, one behind

the other. Press three large,

flat-sided barbecue skewers

(see Janelle’s Tip) through

the two pieces of chicken.

Repeat with remaining

chicken and skewers.

Barbecue 15-20 minutes,

turning after 10 minutes or

until just cooked through.

Remove to a clean board,

cover with foil and allow to

stand 5 minutes.

4. Drizzle over with Chimichurri,

cut the chicken

between the skewers. Serve

with lemon and barbecue


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In Season


Feta and silverbeet gozleme

Makes 4

Food Life

Silverbeet is sometimes

called Chard. It’s related

to spinach but it has a more

intense flavour than spinach.

It’s often overlooked for the

fancier English spinach but

I think it offers a far better

flavour for cooking.


Choose small silverbeet with

fresh, dark-green, glossy

leaves and crisp stalks.

Avoid silverbeet that has

wilted, damaged or yellowing



Store silverbeet, unwashed,

in a storage bag in the

crisper section of your

fridge. It will keep for up to

three days.


Silverbeet is a good source

of vitamins A, C, B6 and

K which is important for

helping blood to clot. It

also contains riboflavin,

folate and minerals such

as potassium, which

helps to regulate blood


Also In Season


Bananas; blueberries;

strawberries; grapefruit;

Australian Valencia

oranges; passionfruit

and pineapples; plus

avocadoes, asparagus,

Asian greens, Broad and

green beans; beetroot;

cucumber, Australian

garlic, fennel, fresh

peas; English spinach

and zucchini.


3¼ cups plain flour, sifted

2 tsp sea salt flakes, crushed

1/3 cup olive oil

360ml lukewarm water

olive oil cooking spray


1 tbs olive oil

1 large brown onion, finely


2 large garlic cloves, crushed

pinch cayenne pepper

½ tsp sweet paprika

1 bunch silverbeet, shredded

200g feta cheese, crumbled

50g tasty cheese, grated

1. For the dough, combine the

flour and salt in a large bowl.

Make a well in the centre.

Combine the oil and water

and pour into the flour. Use

a flat-bladed knife to stir

until combined. Turn onto a

floured surface and knead

until smooth and elastic.

Divide the dough into four

balls. Place on a lightly

floured tray, cover with plastic

wrap and set aside to rest

for 20 minutes.

2. For the filling, heat oil in a

large frying pan over medium

heat. Add the onions

and garlic and cook 3-4

minutes until softened but

not coloured. Transfer to a

bowl and set aside to cool.

Add the cayenne, paprika,

silverbeet, feta and tasty

cheese; stir to combine.

3. Preheat the flat plate of your

barbecue on high until hot.

Roll one piece of dough to

a 3mm thick, 20cm x 30cm

rectangle. Pile one quarter

of the filling onto half of the

dough. Fold over the dough

and press lightly to seal. Repeat

with remaining dough

and filling.

4. Coat both sides lightly with

oil. Reduce barbecue heat

to medium. Place a piece

of baking paper onto the

flat plate; barbecue for

5-8 minutes each side or

until golden. Cut into pieces

and serve with wedges of


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Pittwater Puzzler

Compiled by David Stickley

CLUE: 9 Across

26 A stronghold into which people could

go for shelter during a battle (7)

27 Outdoor cooking unit (8)

28 Twinings products (4)


1 A strip of land projecting into a body of

water (4)

3 The aggregate of small plant and animal

organisms that float or drift in great

numbers in fresh or salt water (8)

8 The reaching or attainment of any object

or condition (7)

9 Crustacean that inhabits mangrove

regions (3,4)

11 Pamphlets (8)

12 Movie featured at the Avalon Outdoor

Cinema & Mental Health Fair, ______

Woman (6)

14 The approach to an action or event (3-2)

15 Event at the Tramshed Arts and

Community Centre in Narrabeen, ______

Made Markets (8)

17 A place of great abundance and wealth


18 Wading bird (5)

21 Soundness of body (6)

23 A large unwieldy system or

organisation, especially one not adapting

to new conditions (8)

25 Activity that takes place in the

Pittwater Uniting Church, for example (7)


1 A local organisation whose goal is

to further the interests of businesses,

_______ of Commerce (7)

2 Body of employees (9)

3 Local member Rob Stokes, for example


4 An organised force equipped for

fighting on land (4)

5 Northern Beaches Council program run

in the school holidays (4,2,3,5)

6 Rowed a boat (5)

7 Pittwater support organisation that

provides a broad range of services

and agencies for young people in one

location (6,5,3)

10 Feathered creature (4)

13 Open to discussion (10)

16 Turning easily from one thing to

another (9)

19 Crowds of people (7)

20 Any kind of public exhibition (4)

22 Main arterial vessel (5)

24 Grand in scale (4)

[Solution page 72]

Pittwater Puzzler

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OCTOBER 2018 69

Garden Life

Garden Life

Delight Moss pots in the make amazing perfect

colours fern and of orchid hydrangeas planters with Gabrielle Bryant

AJapanese lways a favourite

moss pots


were first used in Japan

several Christmas hundred colour, years hydrangeas

ago. They have now





the wonderful


sphagnum balls


that are








make the perfect


in the



ferns and


orchids. They are easy


to water


and stay




for many days. You can


hang them

in the

or keep




on the window sill.


They are very



the older

to make, or you can buy


them on the



either pink






make one you

on the



a small bowl, some


peat moss


and potting

will deepen

mix, some string and



pinks and



First select


your plant; any


small indoor

of aluminium)

trailing plant,


fern or orchid will


love this new

the blues,





remove most of


the soil




the roots.



Mix some






in a bucket with seedraising

never changes.

mix 50:50


and water


it just enough to


be able to squeeze

of every

it into




ball. Take a small








cut four




of string




the diameter,

Mop Heads.

allowing the ends to fall


over the

so many





the bowl


with a thick layer





almost too


difficult to


of the traditional mop heads,




add your



the delicate

mix half way





flowers of




and then






plant in the



paniculata bushes

Cover the roots well with soil and pack them

firmly into the bowl.

Now you can cover the surface with additional

moss. Take the ball from the bowl, tying the

strings over the top with a double knot. Mould

the shape in your hands and with a long piece

of string, wind around and around the ball until

it is a solid shape. You might like to choose a

coloured string or fishing line to wrap the ball,

but whatever you use make sure that it is very

firmly tied off when you finish, making sure that

it doesn’t come undone. You can leave a long

length of string to hang your moss ball or fasten

it off if you want to sit it on a table.

To water, soak the ball in water until

thoroughly wet. It will last for about a week

before water is needed again.

Several different balls of different sizes

Grow Red


Cherry Guava a

sweet surprise

In full flower in my veggie

garden is my Cherry Guava,

for colour

sometimes known a Strawberry

Guava. This delightful





never fails to


produce erb a gardens heavy crop should of be cherry

that can be two metres tall. guavas attractive in early as autumn. well as

The recently introduced

useful It is a small, in the pretty kitchen. tree Red with

smaller growing Picotee rounded, Sorrell (rumex glossy green sanguineus) leaves

varieties with two-tone flower that is recognised only grows as to the about pretty

heads are hard to leave behind

and if you have a semi-

trimmed summer into salad shape leaves; after it fruit-

three leaf metres in a bowl in height. of mixed Keep it

shaded wall, the climbing ing. is a The perennial delicate plant fluffy that flowers

hydrangea petiolaris is just are adds creamy colour white, to the growing veggie close


to garden. the branches. Easy to They grow, are it followed

loves by semi-shade the tangy flavoured, or full

Hydrangeas are forgiving

look fantastic hanging



that are



a shaded

to grow. sweet, sun. The berry-sized, red veins cherry on the red

balcony, in a window






in the



and fruit leaves that have are high given in it vitamin the C.

Just make sure that






you choose

soil. Mulch

are Unlike uncomplimentary the taller-growing name deciduous

‘Bloody yellow Sorrell’. guava that needs


put to grow in the



roots with



they require.


My favourite choice




for tiny



and feed

orchids. cooking, Once the hard fruit to can find, be red eaten

They are grown in





early spring




get raw sorrel straight is readily from the available tree or

are easily removed.




in the





in used in garden in cooking, centres jellies, now. drinks, The

they soon grow new



or in







over sauces plant or will jams. grow into a clump

the outside of the





when in flower

native of You tall, should spear-shaped protect the leaves fruit

orchids also transplant

or cut


the blooms

from the

– they


last from about fruit 300mm fly with high. a fruit It fly will bait.

boards that they



in water.

grown on.

develop tiny green flowers

and brown seeds.




Sorrel loves


soil rich

with compost and regular

‘swing’ water. It is sometimes of Xmas

It grown is time as to a relax feature and bog enjoy

your plant garden. beside ponds. Look at Also, your

outdoor Red Sorrell seating will requirements

in the – garden. the shops If you are don’t full of


amazing want additional chairs and plants tables.

Hanging remove cane the flower egg chairs heads have

been before trendy they for set the seed. past few

years Use and it in now the the kitchen. ‘Swing The

Seat’ lemony is back. flavour Nothing is delicious is more

peaceful in sauces, than added swinging to green in a

seat salads for two, or soups. sheltered Use it from

the sparingly, weather as with the a flavour roof to is

shade strong. from the sun – makes a

great Christmas present too!

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Succulent options

Many succulents have gained favour because they are so easy

to grow, not wanting attention, water or TLC. They are the

perfect plants for a busy life. Somehow the delightful euphorbias

have been overlooked.

Their common name ‘Crown of Thorns’ is ugly. It doesn’t

do justice to the plants that flower continually with little or no

attention. Flowers are red, yellow, white or pink. The Crown of

Thorns has small flowers on

tall, spiky succulent stems.

Now there is the Euphobia

x lomi – called Somona.

Somona has huge

clusters of flowers of

shocking pink, cream,

magenta or white. The

stems are shorter and

more succulent – and the

flowers are sensational.

These plants will grow in

full sun or semi-shade.

Over time they will

produce multiple stems

of colour. They are the

perfect pot plant for those

of us with busy lives.

Lighten your potting load

Plant up pots this month for colour at Christmas. Seedlings

planted into baskets, window boxes, troughs or tubs will

add colour to BBQs and entertaining. Pots can become very

heavy, and if you live in units or townhouses with elevated

verandas, the weight of large pots can cause problems. Start

from the beginning with the lighter-weight pots that are

fibreglass reinforced. They may be slightly more expensive,

but next time that you have to move or lift them you will be

glad that your pots are not terracotta or cement!

‘O’ what

a feeling!

Birds love grevillea ‘Lady

O’. The scarlet spider

flowers smother the arching

stems of Lady O. It is a

drought-hardy shrub that

flowers throughout the year.

It increases in popularity

every season. If trimmed over

a regular time frame it will

develop into a rounded shrub

of approximately 1.5m x 2m

tall. It can easily be hedged

or allowed to grow in a native

bed. Plant Lady O and wait for

the honey eaters and other

small birds to arrive. You won’t

have to wait very long!

Feed grevilleas in spring

with slow-release Bush Tucker,

a fertiliser that has been

specially created for Aussie

native plants.

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Edible flowers for salads

Why not plant some

colour that you can eat?

Flowers in the veggie patch

look good and they also

attract bees.

All traditional kitchen

gardens had flowers as well

as vegetables. Bright and

cheerful, tiny heartsease,

daisy petals, marigolds,

scarlet nasturtiums, bright

blue borage, violets,

sunflower petals, lavender

flowers, strawberry flowers,

rose petals and dianthus –

these can all be eaten.

Use the blooms in salads

or to decorate puddings or

cheesecakes. Add heartsease

or petals to ice cubes for

summer drinks. Fold the

flowers into batter when

making crepes, or just add

them to your salad bowl.

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Garden Life

Jobs this Month


Control bindii in the lawn

now before the seed

heads harden and you

find them in the soles of your

feet! Spray affected areas with

a selective weed killer. Check

with the garden centre if you

have a buffalo lawn before

spraying. Some sprays will kill

grass as well.

Set a trap

The early warm days have

brought back fruit fly. Hang a

Cera Trap fruit fly bait in the

garden to protect your fruit

and veggies. Spray with Eco oil

on a weekly basis for added

protection. Fruit fly can sting

fruit from the earliest days,

long before it ripens. This will

also control the leaf miners.

Be prepared

Check hoses and sprinklers

to be prepared for the hot,

dry summer ahead. Soaker

hoses work well and prevent

unnecessary evaporation. Also

remember to clear gutters and

fallen leaves away from the

house. The bushfire season is

already upon us.

Scatter cliveas

Cliveas are all in flower. Seeds

from last year are ripe and ready

to be planted. This is an easy

way to multiply your plants.

They are very easy to grow –

just have patience. Sometimes

they take a couple of months

to shoot. No need for pots; just

open the seed pods and scatter

them in the garden.

Colour for summer

Plant up seedlings for summer

colour. Petunias, white alyssum,

verbena, dianthus, French

marigolds, trailing lobelia,

bright orange nasturtiums are

all easy to grow in pots or in

the garden. Potted into small

pots by Christmas they will

make wonderful gifts for kids

to take to school.

Attract bees

Remember to spray the veggies

with Bee Keeper. It really works,

bringing the bees to increase

pollination of flowering crops of

fruit and vegetables.

Lawn care

Repair worn patches in the

lawn. Feed the grass with a

granular fertiliser. Sudden

Impact for Lawns is great.

Then top dress bare patches

with a lawn top-dressing soil.

For small patches this can be

bought in 25-litre bags.

Beautiful bulbs

Enjoy the hippeastrum bulbs

that are flowering now. Protect

flowers and buds from snail

damage. Use Multiguard snail

bait that is harmless to birds

and pets. Also, Dahlias are

on the bulb stands now. Plant

them for late summer colour.

Dahlias are great for picking.

Train & climb

If you don’t have space for

climbing plants, train them

up onto a rose wheel as a

weeping standard. Wisteria,

bougainvillea, jasmine or

dipladenias look amazing

grown this way.

Time to mulch

Trim and shape plants in the

garden to keep the new spring

growth compact and mulch

the soil with a thick layer

of cow manure, compost or

sugar cane mulch.

Crossword solution from page 69

Mystery location: MONA VALE


garden beds

for summer...

The forecast is for a long,

hot, dry summer, with

predicted water rationing. Some

preparation now will help your

garden survive. Nothing is more

depressing than to see plants

wilting in heat.

To start, make sure that you

weed the garden thoroughly.

Every weed takes up precious

moisture. Then water the

garden with Wettasoil. You

can buy this ready to use in a

hose-on bottle; this will make

sure that the water soaks into

the garden and doesn’t just

run off the surface.

Finally, mulch the garden

with sugar cane mulch or pea

straw to keep it damp. The

mulch should be about 5cm

thick to do the job properly.

In very dry weather don’t

apply too much fertiliser,

because this will encourage

new growth that will use more

water. It is better to let the

plants slow down.

Watering is important. A

soaker hose under the mulch

will reduce evaporation

caused by the sun. A thorough

soaking weekly is far more

efficient than watering more

frequently for a shorter

time. Frequent watering will

encourage the roots to the

surface where the heat will

damage them. Deep watering

will make the roots go down to

search for moisture where the

ground is cooler.

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Times Past

Local link to Dr Bini’s unique

concrete dome architecture

a balloon on

the ground. Cover it


with wet, reinforced

concrete. Inflate the balloon.

Let the balloon harden. Voila!

– an indestructible concrete

dome built in one day using 20

per cent of the material and

20% of the energy of a normal


A very simplified

description of a very complex

construction method used to

create a Binishell – but not all

of them were indestructible!

Dr Dante Bini is a worldrenowned,


architect who developed a

unique method of building a

dome to enclose large volumes

of open, unobstructed space.

Although the uses ranged

from housing, sporting

arenas, tourist villages,

gymnasiums and storage

facilities, it was as school

buildings which attracted

the interest of the New South

Wales Government in the

1960s. The Department of

Public Works was looking

for a fast and economic

construction method to

provide a variety of multipurpose

centres for school


In 1973 Dr Bini was invited

to Australia to discuss the

possibility that his domes

might be the answer they were


The technique involved

The Local Voice Since 1991

ABOVE: The Bini shell at Pittwater

High School sometime after

completion in 1976.

RIGHT: Black-and-white photo

from 8 September 1986 showing

the collapsed 36-metre diameter

Bini dome at Pittwater High

School (scary stuff!).

an ‘inflatable framework’

he called ‘Pneumoform’.

Initially a nylon membrane

was set up and securely

fastened to a concrete slab; a

remarkable network of steel

springs and reinforcing bars

(‘rebars’) was located over the

‘balloon’. Wet concrete was

applied over the system and

the complete mass was then

inflated by pumping air into

the balloon, raising it to the

required form.

The entire procedure took

three to four hours and

after 36 hours the balloon

was deflated and doors and

windows cut into the dome.

ABOVE: Part of the complex at Narrabeen North Public School.

Narrabeen North Public

School Library was the first

of the Bini domes to be

constructed in NSW and it was

as a three-dome complex, each

dome having a diameter of 18


The Bini dome constructed

at Pittwater High School in

1976 was a much larger 36

metres in diameter. The ‘Kalori

Centre’ as it was called, served

a multitude of uses – dramas,

musicals, concerts, sporting

events, gymnastics and PE

lessons were all conducted in

the dome at regular intervals.

It was recalled as the ‘cultural

and sporting focus of the

whole school’ – sometimes it

was occupied by 1170 people

for school assemblies.

However, on Monday 4

August 1986 at 3.35pm – 10

minutes after school had

finished – the Bini dome

inverted and instantaneously

and dramatically collapsed.

Fortunately it was unoccupied

at the time.

Another large dome at

Fairvale High School, Fairfield,

collapsed in January 1975

whilst under construction

but was successfully rebuilt

and still stands, along with 10

others spread across the state.

Since the first shells were

built in the 1960s, there have

been over 1,600 of them

constructed in 23 countries.

Dr Bini has handed his

company Binisystems over to

his son, Nicolo who continues

to focus on ‘structural

efficiency and minimal use of


In 2014 Dr Bini published

a book appropriately titled

‘Building With Air’.

TIMES PAST is supplied

by local historian

and President of the

Avalon Beach Historical


Visit the Society’s

showroom in Bowling

Green Lane, Avalon


OCTOBER 2018 73

Times Past

Travel Life

Kimberley cruise a voyage of ancient discovery

Even in a country as big as

Australia, the Kimberley

always makes and leaves a

big impression. Its Dreamtime

legends, imposing rock formations

and deep gorges give the

region an otherworldly quality.

Plunging waterfalls offer a cooling

break from the heat. It’s an

ideal place for those seeking

adventure of a truly epic spirit

and something else: time to reflect

on the region’s ancient human history and

consider the wonders of nature in their purest,

most raw forms.

“It’s an ancient land,” says TravelView’s Karen

Robinson. “The Aboriginal record here goes

back tens of thousands of years. The iconic

boab tree doesn’t look real. There are lizards

that look like dragons. It’s a special place – and

the true, lasting measure of the Kimberley is

how it will stay with you long after you leave.”

Karen recommends Silversea’s Silver Discoverer as the perfect

platform for viewing untamed landscapes; and book for their

10-days Darwin to Broome Cruise (departing June 4, 2019) before

November 30 and you’ll receive free round-trip airfares.

“The onboard ambience is warm and friendly, and with just

120 guests, there’s considerable opportunity to meet and

mingle with your expedition team and fellow travellers,” she

said. “After all, one of the greatest joys of an expedition

voyage is the company you meet and keep.”

Then there are the exhilarating experiences ashore.

“Trek through landscapes filled with curious geologic

formations… take a Zodiac right into the mist of a

thundering waterfall… or spot a sand goanna lounging

in the shade of a massive boulder,” Karen said.

To truly experience your destination, Silversea have

assembled a team of experts from all relevant fields.

“You’ll have the opportunity to learn from naturalists,

geologists, biologists, historians,

and ornithologists, all of whom have

the education, research experience and

personal accomplishments to make them

ideal companions for your adventure,” she


“Attend daily briefings and lectures, join

naturalist to seek out the elusive rockwallaby,

receive a briefing from a geologist

as you hike through the most ancient

landscapes, or learn from an anthropologist

about the Indigenous Australians who have

lived in this land for thousands of years.”

More info 9918 4444 or 9999 0444.

* Also, Silversea have great deals on their Bali To Sydney Cruise

departing December 21. Single occupancy supplements start

at only 10%; book by 15 November and enjoy $1,000 onboard

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ad below.

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