Pittwater Life November 2018 Issue

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The Local Voice Since 1991

COMING TO

YOUR RESCUE

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF

OUR MARINE VOLUNTEERS

MISSING ‘LINK’

NEW HOSPITAL BUS

PLANS REVEALED

OFFLEASH

DOG TRIAL

WHY WON’T COUNCIL

TAKE THE LEAD?

WONDERS

OF SCIENCE

BOB MORAN & HIS

‘DISCOVERY SHED’

NOVEMBER 2018

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PITTWATER PADDLE

GREAT BREKKIE IDEAS

MARKET

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NARRABEEN, MONA VALE & NEWPORT


Editorial

Silver lining to Pasadena saga

The saga over the compulsory

acquisition of the Pasadena

site at Church Point attracted

plenty of press in 2018; not all

of it was complimentary, as

ratepayers were left wondering

if they had been sold a pup by

the previous administrator.

But finally a great outcome.

After backing out of the deal

after the owner refused its

offer, Council went cap in hand

to local MP Rob Stokes to see if

he could secure the allocated

funding for Pasadena – believed

to be more than $5 million

– for other council projects.

(Credit here to Narrabeen Ward

Councillor Rory Amon for

getting the ball rolling.)

In late October, Mr Stokes

announced $2.5 million of

the kitty for Pasadena would

be deposited into Council

coffers to help pay for the

redevelopment of the Mona Vale

Surf Life Saving Club.

Even better, we hear there

will be more announcements

of funding for other Council

projects in coming months.

* * *

October’s wild, wet and

windy weather saw more

delays in the dredging at

Ettalong but we hear ferry

services between Palm Beach

and Ettalong are expected to be

finished by mid November.

Terrigal MP Adam Crouch

says the dredging contractor,

Fantasea Cruising and the

Department of Industry are

doing everything possible

to see services recommence.

Let’s hope everything’s back to

normal before the December

peak visitor period.

* * *

Our villages will come to life

with markets and festivals

in Mona Vale, Avalon, Newport

and Narrabeen in coming

weeks.

Get out there and enjoy these

fun-filled days – but also pop

into the local shops and help

support our businesses in the

run up to Christmas. They need

your help! – Nigel Wall

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The Local Voice Since 1991

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF

OUR MARINE VOLUNTEERS

MISSING ‘LINK’

NEW HOSPITAL BUS

PLANS REVEALED

OFFLEASH

DOG TRIAL

WHY WON’T COUNCIL

TAKE THE LEAD?

WONDERS

OF SCIENCE

BOB MORAN & HIS

‘DISCOVERY SHED’

+ GLENN SHORROCK

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of dawn to meet the volunteers who work around the clock

assisting Marine Rescue NSW (page 26); we reveal full

details on the story we broke last month about the new NB

Hospital shuttle bus (page 8); local Chambers of Commerce

voice their concerns about the difficulties faced by local

businesses (page 10); meet engineer Bob Moran, who takes

us on a tour of the collection of technological wonders that

comprise his ‘Discovery Shed’ (page 32); and check out the

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Feature: Day In The Life Of... Marine Rescue 26-29

Surfing Life 30-31

Life Stories: Bob Moran 32-33

Art Life 34-36

Avalon Market Day Guide 37-40

Health & Wellbeing; Hair & Beauty 42-49

Money 50-51

Law 52-54

Trades & Services 56-58

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News

Council has ‘dropped offleash lead’

Dog-owners advocacy group Pittwater Unleashed has accused

Northern Beaches Council of unnecessarily delaying the

introduction of an off-leash dog trial at Palm Beach’s Station Beach

which it says should have been settled by staff months ago.

The community group is furious that Council has wasted time

and money assigning a Council staff member to

oversee the project, only to stonewall the plan at

the 11th hour.

At a meeting on June 26, Council resolved to

trigger a public consultation process within 12

weeks, subject to there being no unresolvable

barriers to do so, presented in any Government

Agency correspondence response to the

proposed trial.

The site for the proposed trial involves the

Pittwater foreshore commencing 80 metres

north of Beach Road and finishing at the Boathouse

Wharf, 630 metres south of National Park

lands.

Pittwater Unleashed, whose charter is to

deliver “a voice for dog owners promoting a ‘Fair

Share’ open space policy across the Northern

Beaches Local Government Area” said Council

had pointed to considerations requested by the

NSW Lands Department in September as the

reason for the additional delay.

Given “environmental sensitivities” NSW

Lands had requested a Review of Environmental

Factors (REF) be undertaken.

But Pittwater Unleashed spokesman Mitch

Geddes said there was no reason for Council

to be commissioning further studies given

a 50-page REF and Biodiversity Assessment had already been

undertaken by the former Pittwater Council, at a reported cost

of $15,000. According to Mr Geddes, the previous REF had been

“misplaced” by Council in 2014, but is now available for all to see.

“The work is already done, and it is high time we let the

community see the findings, by way of the formal consultation

process,” he said.

At its June meeting Council also invited the Executive Committee

of Pittwater Unleashed to help develop the parameters for the

Station Beach trial prior to its projected September public exhibition

commencement.

Preparations for the trial had progressed to the point where a

draft sign had been prepared for the site to outline the conditions

and scope of the trial (pictured).

Following discussion with Pittwater Unleashed, the parameters

of the trial propose a 12-month timeframe, with restrictions

between 4.00pm to 10.30am (Eastern Standard Time) and 5.30pm

to 10.30am (Daylight Savings Time).

Mr Geddes said: “The Department of Lands

already had its go when it demanded the first

REF. The conduct of Lands, and other departmental

officers at that time has recently been

called into question, and is the subject of an

investigation by Environment Minister Gabrielle

Upton and Lands Minister Paul Toole.

“Imposing new delays and cost duplication

at this late stage is not a good look, especially

when one of the laughable suggestions is that

we consider taking the dogs back to Careel

Bay!

“Council needs to get on with the job of

delivering for the community by activating

this stretch of underutilised foreshore, and by

not getting caught up in endless bureaucratic

circles.”

General Manager Environment and Infrastructure

Ben Taylor told Pittwater Life: “We

know off leash dog parks are an important

topic for the community and Council is committed

to providing improved spaces for our

four-legged friends.

“Council has now received feedback about a

trial off-leash dog area on Station Beach from

a range of Government agencies including the

NSW Government’s Department of Industry.

“This feedback identifies the need for environmental research

prior to proceeding with any trial.

“The next steps are that Council will work with the government

to meet their requirements prior to conducting any community

consultation.”

While the commencement date for public exhibition is currently

up in the air, Council CEO Ray Brownlee had set a meeting with

Pittwater Unleashed for late October.

“He’s only been here five minutes, and is already onto this. We

take this as a very good sign – that he won’t cop these costly delay

tactics,” Mr Geddes said.

– Nigel Wall

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News

Shuttle provides ‘easy’

link to new hospital

Not-for-profit community transport operator

Easylink says it’s proud to be helping

patients and visitors travel to the new Northern

Beaches Hospital with a brand new bus offering

regular, scheduled weekday services as well as

tailor-made, door-to-door shuttles.

Their new bus will shift into gear on October

30, the day the hospital opens, with its specially

adapted vehicle running

between Mona Vale Hospital

and NB Hospital.

Its first departure leaves

Mona Vale at 7.45am and its

last return from Northern

Beaches Hospital commences

3pm.

Member for Pittwater

Rob Stokes said the new shuttle bus was more

affordable than taxis and a fantastic option for

individuals who experienced mobility issues.

“One-way fares will start at a concession rate

of $6 for registered customers and up to $10 for

full-fare passengers,” Mr Stokes said.

Susan Watson, General Manager of Easylink,

told Pittwater Life the team was excited to be able

to provide an essential service for people from

the northern end of the peninsula who may find

it difficult to get to the new hospital.

“We believe this shuttle will be very popular

– in fact we have already received our first bookings,”

she said.

“Easylink will provide ‘transport with care’ in

our brand new accessible vehicle… we can pick

passengers up from the bus stop or their home

and ensure they arrive at the hospital and home

again safely.”

Easylink asks all passengers

intending to travel

to book at least two days in

advance (carers travel free).

The service will run

initially as a trial for 12

months.

Bookings can be made

by calling 9919 0700 with

payment made on the day of travel to the driver,

or alternatively passengers can open an account

with Easylink. (More info easylink.com.au)

Meanwhile, locals have slammed new public

bus services announced by Transport for NSW in

October to access the NB Hospital, with no direct

route via the Wakehurst Parkway and Pittwater

residents required to change buses at Dee Why

to get to Frenchs Forest.

Go to transportnsw.info or use the Trip Planner

or look up a bus route online. – Lisa Offord

Timetable

Mona Vale Community

Health Centre

Departs 7.45am, 9.45am,

12pm, 2.30pm

Northern Beaches Hospital

Departs 8.30am, 10.30am,

12.30pm, 3pm

Costs

If you’re registered with My

Aged Care, transport disadvantaged

(temporarily or

permanently), or referred

by local private hospitals,

the shuttle costs are:

$6 each way from Mona

Vale Hospital Community

Health Centre;

$8 each way from home (up

to 5km from MV Hospital);

$10 each way from home

(more than 5km from MV

Hospital).

For NDIS, HCP customers:

$10 each way from Mona

Vale Hospital Community

Health Centre

$15 each way from home

For private customers:

$10 each way from Mona

Vale Community Health

Centre

NB: Carers travel free.

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Pasadena funds

in redistribution

State Government funding

originally earmarked for

the compulsory acquisition of

the Pasadena site at Church

Point will be redirected to

other Northern Beaches

Council projects following

the scrapping of the planned

purchase.

First to benefit is the Mona

Vale Surf Life Saving Club,

with Member for Pittwater Rob

Stokes announcing a further

$2.5 million to assist with the

building upgrade, in addition

to $1.4 million allocated to the

project last year.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael

Regan said Council was

currently preparing a DA for

the surf club site with a view

to being “shovel-ready” by mid

next year.

More announcements are

pending on where the balance

of the residual funding for

Pasadena will be allocated.

Mr Stokes explained the

funding was part of the NSW

Government’s ‘Stronger Communities

Fund’, provided to

progress key local projects in

partnership with Council.

“This generational upgrade

of Mona Vale will ensure the

surf club continues to provide

outstanding community services

into the future,” he said.

“Improvements to Mona

Vale Surf Club have been

sought for many years but

funding has always been an

issue.”

Surf club upgrades at Newport

and Long Reef are also

being supported as part of the

‘Stronger Communities Fund’.

Mayor Regan added: “It’s

fantastic that Council has

been able to secure this funding

and we thank the state

government for their contribution.

“The community overwhelmingly

support the concept

design for the new club

and will be excited to know it’s

now fully funded.”– Nigel Wall

News

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News

Chambers slam council fee hikes

Local Chambers of Commerce

have slammed Northern

Beaches Council’s fee increases

for outdoor seating space for cafes

and restaurants, saying they

are jeopardising businesses

and slowly stripping villages of

their vibrancy and character.

The Newport Residents Association

has also weighed in,

highlighting the recent closure

of the patisserie in Robertson

Road after its owner blamed the

Council’s fees increase, on top

of escalating rent, as the reason

for shutting his business after

more than 16 years.

After taking the patisserie

closure and the fee hikes in

general up with Council, NRA

President Gavin Butler said the

group was “disturbed” at the

staff response that: “We do not

have authority to change the

charges as they are set…”

Pittwater Ward Councillor

Alex McTaggart intends to run

a notice of motion at Council’s

November meeting, calling for

a complete review of outdoor

seating, including charges.

Further, at the first Avalon

Place Plan meeting, appointed

Community Reference Group

members called for an independent

economic assessment

of business in Avalon village,

noting a decline in activity.

Council’s new fees for 2018-19

included fee hikes of up to 20%

for some regions of Pittwater.

Council’s Acting General

Manager Environment and

Infrastructure Todd Dickinson

said Council used external valuers

to provide pricing advice on

outdoor dining to ensure fees

fairly reflected the market.

“Each location is benchmarked

against other like areas

and valuations take into account

factors including centre

size, traffic and more,” he said.

“Changes to outdoor dining

licence fees in the 2018/2019

Budget were proposed in

line with external valuations

received. Increases are not

uniform across the area.”

Newport Chamber of Commerce

President Noni Long said

Newport and Pittwater’s businesses

needed a “fair go”.

“They need to be heard, they

need commitment and they

definitely need assistance based

on the reality of economic

times,” Ms Long said. “Without

that, how are we supposed to

redevelop our vibrant village

centres?”

She noted that while Council

was actively seeking community

feedback on how to improve

and promote its suburbs, they

hadn’t listened to raw business

feedback.

Also, she questioned how

council’s independent valuers

recommended an almost 15%

fee hike for Newport.

Avalon Palm Beach Business

Chamber President Sam Garner

said Avalon was experiencing

a high turnover of businesses,

mostly due to high costs and a

lack of utilisation.

“The Avalon and Palm Beach

area has rent comparable to the

Sydney CBD – the increase in

Council fees for outdoor space

makes it even harder for these

small businesses to succeed,”

Mr Garner said.

“Currently our chamber is

focussed on improving the

town centre’s atmosphere and

increase ambience, so clearly if

cafes are forced to stop using

outdoor space due to increased

fees, this will not benefit our

cause.”

Mona Vale Chamber of

Commerce President Chris

Kavanagh said his members

were disappointed that the NSW

Government caveat on council

rate increases post-amalgamation

has not been extended to

increases in council fees and

charges.

“A significant number of

businesses depend on council

areas such as footpaths outside

their businesses for advertising,

merchandising and seating,”

he said. “Our recent survey

of businesses in Mona Vale

indicates that the proposed fee

increases may affect businesses

decisions about expansion.”

He added council fee increases

might be more palatable if

accompanied by a commensu-

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ate improvement in services

delivered to the community.

“Health and safety issues in

Mona Vale need to be addressed

and the parking situation in the

Mona Vale shopping precinct is

unacceptable.

“It is the Chamber’s view that

council should not increase fees

at a rate more than the Consumer

Price Index (CPI) unless there

is a direct and tangible increase

in benefit to the community.”

Pittwater’s suburbs are hardest

hit by increases in the Local

Government Area (fees based

on per square metre of usage).

Palm Beach is most affected

locally, with owners forking out

20% more per annum. Other

increases include North Narrabeen

(15%), Avalon (13%), Mona

Vale (10%) and Narrabeen (7%).

Narrabeen Ward Councillor

Rory Amon told Pittwater Life:

“If the Council’s valuation is

wrong, it’s wrong… if there’s

a problem, businesses need to

contact councillors direct and

lobby us. Councillors represent

you, not staff.”

Meanwhile Council has

announced it will continue to

sponsor the privately managed

‘Northern Beaches Local Business

Awards’ for the next three

years.

“Council’s investment in

these awards reflects our

commitment to supporting

economic growth, innovation

and the sustainability of our local

businesses,” Mayor Michael

Regan said. – Nigel Wall

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News

Book Review

Lenny’s Book

of Everything

Karen Foxlee,

Allen & Unwin;

PB $19.99, HB $27.99

Get the tissues ready. Lenny

Spink’s brother Davey has

been born with a rare form

of gigantism so you know

what is likely to transpire.

But be prepared to have

your heart filled before it

is broken, as Australian

author Karen Foxlee crafts

a beautiful tale of sibling

championship and pluck, with plenty of

wry comedic moments too.

Early readers who got their hands on advanced reading copies

were addicted to this story, and Foxlee’s incredible writing. The

American ’70s setting is an important backdrop, magnifying the

schoolyard prejudice Davey faces, and the battle the family faces

for treatment.

Lenny and Davey, inspired by their regular subscriptions

to a build-it-at-home encyclopaedia, have grand dreams for

a future we know is foggy. But there is always hope. Lenny’s

Book of Everything joins, and perhaps even surpasses our stock

favourites of Out of My Mind, Wonder and Counting By 7. I know,

a big call. Get a copy and you’ll understand why.

– Libby Armstrong

6THINGS

THIS MONTH

Grab a free plant. All the family

are invited to North Narrabeen to

do some weeding and planting

and help restore Turimetta

Headland on Sun 4 from 8am-

12pm. There will also be free

native plants for residents to take

home. More info 9970 1363 or

9970 1390.

All aboard the Business

Bus. NSW Government Business

Connect Advisors will be parked

outside the Mona Vale Memorial

Hall from 9am-3pm on Mon 5

offering free personalised support

on how to start, grow or innovate

your business. To book call 1300

134 359 or visit industry.nsw.gov.

au/businessconnect for more

info.

Preservation talk. Hear

from Council’s new CEO Ray

Brownlee on his vision for the

local government area at the

Avalon Preservation Association’s

(51st) AGM from 7pm on Mon 5 at

Avalon Bowling Club. Members,

new members and guests

welcome. Join the APA for $10 a

year. More info 9918 8881.

An ‘Exquisite Hour’. The

Peninsula Music Club is hosting

a recital by a highly acclaimed

trio featuring one of Australia’s

great operatic talents, baritone

José Carbó and spectacular

classical guitarists. The concert

starts 8pm on Fri 9 at St Luke’s

Grammar in Bayview. Tickets

$25; students (under 17) $10

or free if accompanied by

an adult. Purchase online at

peninsulamusicclub.com.au.

Silent Night. Avalon Bowlo will

screen The Sentimental Bloke,

the classic Australian silent film,

first screened 100 years ago.

Local film producer Bill Leimbach

will introduce the film and live

musical accompaniment by The

Volatinsky Quartet from 7pm on

Sat 17. Tickets $28.59 through

eventbrite.

Remembrance Day. This year

marks the 100th anniversary

of the Armistice which ended

World War I. Avalon RSL, Palm

Beach RSL, Pittwater RSL,

Dee Why RSL and the War

Veterans, Collaroy Plateau are all

conducting community services

on Sun 11 Nov. Check websites.

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News

Paddle for a

worthy cause

Entries for the annual

Pittwater Paddle have

steadily grown from

the inaugural event in 2014

and organisers are planning

for a big splash for the fifth

edition, with up to 150

paddlers expected to meet

on Sunday November 4 for

races to and around Scotland

Island.

Organised by Northern

Beaches Interchange (NBI),

individual entry is open via

the website pittwaterpaddle.

org.au to those aged 12 and

over competing with kayaks,

SUPs, racing skis, surf skis,

sea kayaks, paddleboards

(traditional prone) and the

Stand-Up Pedal Board in the

Hobie Eclipse. Team entry

is open to SLSC surf boats,

double skis and double

kayaks.

In addition to the 8.4km

Pittwater Paddle from

Winnererremy Bay around

Scotland Island and the

shorter 3.6km Pittwater

Family Paddle to the island

and return option, a new

1km sprint race will give the

fittest the chance to test their

sprint stamina and speed on

flat-water.

NBI is a local organisation

that provides support

services and group

recreational activities for

people living with a disability.

Funds raised via registration

fees and more importantly

individual and team

sponsorship is vital, says

Pittwater Paddle race director

John Brockhoff, whose son

uses NBI’s services.

“My son’s gained enormous

benefit mixing with his

peers and those on a

similar journey through

the opportunities NBI has

created. I’m forever in their

debt for providing those

opportunities.

“For the non-elite paddler

the scenic course can be

challenging, depending on

the wind and tides, and for

the serious competitors it’s

the perfect training run and

family morning next to Flying

Fox Park and the dog-friendly

Winnererremy Bay.

“Whichever end of

the paddling spectrum

participants represent,

it’s an event where waterloving

Northern Beaches

residents and other paddlers

come together to support a

healthy outdoor activity and

the amazing work of NBI,”

Brockhoff added.

Registration for the

Pittwater Paddle is open at

pittwaterpaddle.org.au and

early entry is encouraged, and

will help with planning. Local

MP Rob Stokes, a previous

competitor, was one of the

first to put his name down.

BYO paddle craft and if you

are keen but short of a ride,

drop into The Life Aquatic at

Mona Vale, the event’s major

sponsor. – Lisa Ratcliffe

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SEEN…

While a headcount of 3,000 touted by some was more than a

touch exaggerated there’s no denying the spirit of the community

turnout at the Save Mona Vale Hospital rally last month.

Attendees called for the hospital’s Emergency Department,

Maternity and other acute services to be retained after the

opening of the new Northern Beaches Hospital on October 30.

Credit to Pittwater MP Rob Stokes for turning up and engaging

with a crowd that contained many less-than-flattering signs

waved his way.

HEARD…

It seemed no sooner had the rally dispersed that Mr Stokes pulled

on the pads and went in to bat for the most contentious of the

‘lost’ Mona Vale Hospital services – its Emergency Department.

“My job is to listen to our community and take action – that’s why

I’m calling on health authorities to make further enhancements

to ensure an Emergency Department will continue as part of the

redevelopment and modernisation of Mona Vale Hospital,” Mr

Stokes said. He added he had held talks with senior health officials

and Health Minister Brad Hazzard to investigate ways in which

“planned emergency medicine at Mona Vale Hospital might be

further enhanced.” He emphasised the new Urgent Care Centre

would fulfil a similar role to the existing Emergency Department

at Mona Vale, whilst specialist emergency services will now be at

Frenchs Forest, which was still a lot closer than Royal North Shore

(which ambulances currently convey patients to). Alas, Mr Stokes

appeared to be bowled first ball by the Health Minister, with Mr

Hazzard immediately shutting down the suggestion. Meanwhile,

Save Mona Vale Hospital Chairman Parry Thomas thanked Mr

Stokes for “finally acknowledging” the need for a genuine emergency

department at Mona Vale. “However, it must be backed up

by operating theatres, an intensive care unit and other associated

services such as nuclear medicine – which are all in place.”

ABSURD…

The ‘ghost town’ vibe about stretches of our villages, including

Newport and Avalon, with more shopfronts with ‘for lease’ signs

than we can recall. As we report on page 10, the local Chambers of

Commerce have raised concerns about high rents, increased Council

fees and ‘underutilisation’. The latter is perhaps a kind way of

suggesting local businessess could do with more support. How

about we all try to do our bit when we can?

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News

Golf clubhouse arts push

Community intervention

has seen Northern Beaches

Council include the Avalon Golf

Clubhouse as one of two venue

options for the new Creative

Space – North, a dedicated

exhibition and studio space for

artists.

Having narrowed its focus

to the Avalon Annexe, Council

staff were preparing to recommend

the Dunbar Park location

to councillors for public exhibition

before a submission from

local arts advocate Ros Marsh.

Now both the Annexe and

the Clubhouse are being publicly

exhibited, with comments

due to close on November 11.

Ms Marsh told Pittwater Life

the Avalon Beach Arts and

Cultural Precinct Group had

looked at the possibility of

tendering for vacant spaces at

the Golf Club in 2014 as a community

art/cultural venue but

were unable to meet lease costs.

“The tendered areas still remain

largely unused,” she said.

“We always believed this was

a great community asset with

fabulous potential.”

She added the Avalon Preservation

Association supported

the location, providing the concept

was sensitive to existing

users (golfers) and the building.

Local artist and Frenchs Forest

Ward Councillor Penny Philpott

was also in favour.

“We understand the golf

course management lease is up

for renewal in 2019; we would

hope that Council’s intention

is to continue the function of

the golf course,” Ms Marsh said.

“We see the establishment of

the Creative Space as cementing

the longevity of the golf

course and its profitability.”

She said there were many

reasons why the golf club was a

preferable venue.

“Apart from location, the

existing building and club have

all requisite infrastructure

operating – parking, disabled

parking, disabled and other toilets,

and showers, a commercial

kitchen, café, scenic view and

ambiance,” she said.

“It also has 90 square metres

of potential maker spaces and

additional store rooms, a relaxing

lounge area of around 40

square metres, plus 60 square

metres of scenic dining space

that could have uses as venue

or exhibition space.”

She added that green space

adjacent to the north could

allow most of Council’s $1-2m

budget to go to a new twostorey

space.

“We don’t follow the logic

in the concept plans Council

has produced (see Your Say on

Council’s website),” she added.

“We have suggested to Council

that we have a lot of local

expert architects, engineers,

builders, curators, creatives

who may be happy to volunteer

for a working group to get the

best value outcome.

“In fact, we have sought the

advice of a prominent Northern

Beaches architect and his view

is to maintain the integrity of

the existing Clubhouse upper

level (pictured),” Ms Marsh said.

“It would be a simple structure

with some accents of the

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existing heritage features. The

concepts we have proposed

provide significantly more

exhibition space, more maker

spaces that can cater to a wide

range of creative pursuits and

a venue that can be used for

many more purposes and cater

for very large groups.

Commenting on Council’s assertion

that the Clubhouse did

not meet important ‘location’

criteria, Ms Marsh said Creative

Space – North would service the

immediate population (some

27,000 residents) and its exhibitions

should attract the wider

NBC community and tourists.

“The golf course has main

road visibility, it’s close to the

Coastal Walk, bus stops and

lends itself to a perimeter

walkway which could link to

the Coast Walk and Village.

“We think it will provide improved

amenity with potential

to improve the bottom line of

the golf course... it will be a

win-win for the golfers, creatives

and the community.”

Councillor Penny Philpott

said the Golf Clubhouse offered

a more interesting and adaptable

gallery and studio space.

“With careful design there

would be ample area for muchneeded

studio spaces for artists

with ‘heavy’ materials such as

welders, carvers and ceramicists;

while artists who work

in ‘softer’ mediums such as

painters and weavers can also

be catered for,” she said.

* Attend the Council ‘pop-up’

at Avalon Golf Clubhouse on

November 3 from 10am-12pm;

comment on Council website by

November 11. – Nigel Wall

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Pittwater News

Experience thrills of

catamaran sailing

Palm Beach Sailing Club’s

annual Open Day on Saturday

November 3 will provide visitors

with the experience of an

exciting sail on a catamaran.

You will also be able to try

out the latest kayaks, pedalboards,

SUPs and surfboards

from ‘Pittwater SUP Central’

– The Life Aquatic in Mona

Vale. On the day members

will be on the beach (Sand

Point, Palm Beach) with their

boats rigged and ready to take

you out for a spin on beautiful

Pittwater. Just bring your

swimmers and your sense

of fun! And grab a bite to eat

from the BBQ. Organisers

want everyone to come down

and give it a try. The club has

a policy to encourage and

support sailors at all levels,

from young beginner sailors

to Grand Masters. Their members

range from the inexperienced

to world champions

and Olympic medallists.

Pittwater High Car Boot Sale

U3A takes a deep

dive in the Snowies

Learn of some incredible

deeds involving divers in the

1960s working on the Snowy

Mountains project when U3A

member David Strike presents

his ‘The Men From Snowy’

talk at Newport Community

Centre on Tuesday November

27 from 1.30-3.30pm. David

explains: “Early in 1961, the

Snowy Mountains Authority

had a major problem in the

Lake Eucumbene Dam. A leak

P

ittwater High School is hosting its fourth annual

car boot sale on November 11, to help raise

funds to send their talented music students to tour

America in 2020. The event will provide an enjoyable

outing for both the stallholders and shoppers who

come to find a bargain. Car spots will be generous

in size, and the native bushland setting will add to the ambience – not to mention the great

jazz tunes PHS Junior Stage Band belts out from 10am. (The band will respectfully honour the

100th anniversary of the end of World War I at 11am). Shoppers strolling through the sea of

bargains can also enjoy breakfast or lunch from the BBQ, as well as coffee and cake. If you wish

to declutter or sell your own handcrafted goods, go to trybooking.com/UICI – or drop down

between 7.30am and 1.30pm to soak up the atmosphere and go home with some great bargains.

had developed in a sealing

device at the entrance to the

Lake diversion tunnel and

the only practical method of

checking the trouble was by

diver inspection. The job was

in 260 feet and although the

Royal Australian Navy Clearance

Divers had only worked

regularly to depths around

100 feet, these were the only

divers capable of the attempt.

The work was protracted and

done in freezing conditions.

The perseverance of the divers

in the face of nitrogen narcosis

and decompression stoppages

was nothing short of Spartan.”

All welcome; more info 9970

7161.

Beaches vet offers

assistance in Brazil

Sydney Animal Hospitals

Northern Beaches owner Dr

Ben Brown recently spent time

as a volunteer with US charity

‘World Vets’ in northern Brazil,

providing free veterinary

services to shelter animals

and free training for local

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vets. World Vets Mission is to

improve the health and wellbeing

of animals by providing

veterinary aid and training

in developing countries and

by providing disaster relief

worldwide, their programs

span 46 countries on six continents.

The team of seven vets

completed 506 surgical operations

in four days, making it

the most successful World Vets

expedition in history (see his

story page 25).

Lagoon Friends in

transport discussion

Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon

will host their fourth and final

forum for the year on Monday

November 26, looking at transport

Issues in the Narrabeen

Lagoon Catchment area – from

past to present to implications

of future transport options

for this area. Speakers will be

Richard Mitchell, the president

of the Manly Warringah Pittwater

Historical Society, and

Malcolm Raymond. Starts 7pm

at Coastal Environment Centre.

Free event, but donation

towards expenses appreciated.

Tickets and info email@narrabeenlagoon.org.au

or text 0402

974 105. Also, Conny Harris

will lead a walk of exploration

from Garigal National Park

to Morgan Road on Sunday

November 18. Takes 3.5 hours,

some weeding along the way;

bookings essential 0432 643

295.

Malek delivers a

Golden Age recital

Acclaimed international concert

pianist Christopher Malek

will continue the grand tradition

of piano music when he

performs a recital ‘The Golden

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Continued from page 21

Age of Piano’, for Wyvern

Music Forestville on Sunday

11 November at 4pm at OLGC

Catholic Church. Renowned for

the poetic quality of his interpretation

and extraordinary

virtuosity, Malek will perform

piano classics by Mozart, Schubert,

Chopin and Liszt. Tickets

$25 ($20 concession); $15 students

(under-16s free). Address:

9 Currie Rd, Forestville. More

info 9416 5234 or wyvernfmca.

org.au

create a site-specific body of

work. They will also receive a

$3,000 allowance for materials.

At Eramboo, a six-month

residency that provides free

non-residential studio space

awaits filling, with a $2,000 allowance

for materials. A bonus

is the residents will be able to

tap into the professional development

support and networks

that Eramboo provides. The

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Artists residencies

for creative types

Northern Beaches Council is

inviting talented local artists

to apply for its 2019 Artists

in Residence Program at the

Kimbriki Resource Recovery

Centre and the Eramboo

Artist Environment, both

located in Terrey Hills. Under

Council’s program, two artists

at Kimbriki will have

free access to a nine-month,

non-residential studio space to

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Artists in Residence Programs

provide opportunities for local

artists across practices including,

but not limited to visual

arts, sculptural, jewellery,

installation, print making,

screen, digital, mixed media

or photography to develop new

work in their own dedicated

studio space at either Kimbriki

or Eramboo. At the end

of their residency, artists are

provided opportunities to

present their work in a public

space, prominent location, or

an exhibition space. The 2018

Kimbriki artists in residence,

Angela van Boxtel and Colin

Razor, recently farewelled

their nine-month stays with

a presentation of the artwork

they produced in a special

exhibition at Creative Space

– North Curl Curl; meanwhile

the 2018 Eramboo resident artist,

Michelle Perrett, presented

her body of work – Porcelian

Flowers – at Eramboo in

September. Applications close

5pm, Monday 12 November;

apply Council website.

Gardens on point

The former editor of Our

Gardens, Patricia Prior, will

give a Power Point presentation

of gardens of note, both

here and overseas, at the next

meeting for Palm Beach Probus

on Wednesday morning, 21st

November at Club Palm Beach;

visitors welcome; enquiries

9973 1247.

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Ready for the fun of the fairs...

Tell the friends and family: Pittwater’s

‘Market Month’ is back! Here’s what’s

coming to a village near you:

Mona Vale Market Day – Find your favorite

stalls at Mona Vale Village Park (above) when

it comes alive with a carnival-like atmosphere

from 10am-4pm on Sunday November 4.

Brought to you by the Mona Vale Chamber

of Commerce, this event has grown from

strength to strength since first staged in 2013

when more than 7000 people flocked to enjoy

a vibrant day out.

With clear skies the long-range forecast

(fingers crossed), this year’s Market Day looks

set to be the best so far – with more variety

among the 110 stalls .

The precinct will feature great food, activities,

pumping music and better amusements – and

in addition to the stalls selling jewellery,

clothing, homewares, crafts and collectors’

items, local businesses will also be getting

involved, offering their own great pre-

Christmas bargains. (Renata from RitzyRocks

will be there, with her unique Venetian

‘Millifiore’ watches!) More Market Day info

monavalechamber.org

Newport Beach Festival – The village will be

filled with colour and excitement on Sunday

November 25, with more than 200 stalls,

international food, kids’ rides, live music and

entertainers as well as Christmas sales at

local shops. And of course, there will be an

appearance from Santa Claus. Supported by

the Newport Beach Chamber of commerce.

More info newportbeachfestival.com.au

Avalon Beach Market Day – Sunday November

18 (see special 4-page guide P37-40). Sponsored

by the Avalon Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Narrabeen Lakes Summerfest – Returns to

Berry Reserve this year, on the weekend of

December 1-2. More than 140 stalls selling

fresh produce and items for Christmas gifts,

plus food. Plenty for the kids, including rides

and activities. Not to mention the sensational

Saturday night fireworks! (See ad P16.)

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Self-guided tours of

Mona Vale Cemetery

Northern Beaches Council

has developed a self-guided

history tour of heritage-rich

Mona Vale Cemetery; the tour

can be accessed on Council’s

website using a smart phone

or iPad, taking participants

on a two-hour stroll through

this historic cemetery, first

consecrated as a burial ground

in 1905. The tour is based on

the Journal of Local History

(Volume 8) published by the

Manly Warringah and Pittwater

Historical Society in 2004 to

commemorate the centenary of

the cemetery. While a printed

version will soon be available

on site, you can now view the

tour via council’s website from

the comfort of your home. The

tour profiles around 30 local

identities including author

and playwright Morris West

(‘The Devil’s Advocate’), pioneer

James Booth and the early 20th

Century photographer Euphemia

Baker. Several prominent

people who passed away since

2005 also feature, including

the much-loved teacher, community

activist and Pittwater

councillor, the late Mayor Harvey

Rose. (Council is welcoming

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submissions for consideration

by its historical panel about interesting

people interred in the

cemetery.) Info Council website

or email cemeteries@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

Seniors fitness on

Probus agenda

At the next Pittwater Probus

Club meeting at Mona Vale Golf

Club on Tuesday November

13, hear from physiotherapist

Andrew Daubney, a passionate

golfer who believes in a holistic

approach to metabolic and

musculoskeletal dysfunction.

Andrew has developed his reputation

in spinal rehabilitation,

low back pain and postural

correction. He has a specific

interest in golf biomechanics.

Andrew will be joined by club

member Wes Harder who will

talk about the major medical

complaints of seniors and the

need to get them checked out.

All welcome; starts 10am.

‘Double agent’ author

for Avalon Library

Hear local award-winning author

Carolinda Witt discuss her

amazing book ‘Double Agent

Celery’ at Avalon Community

Library from 6pm on Thursday

November 22. The book is

about Carolinda’s grandfather

Walter Dicketts, who was a

British spy in WWI and WWII.

Carolinda won the non-fiction

prize at the Society of Women

Writers Presentation Ceremony

at the State Library last month.

She says the book will appeal

to not just those interested in

history, but also the many people

who now investigate their

personal histories, searching

out their family trees, or doing

DNA testing. “My grandfather,

Double Agent Celery, lived an

incredible life that most people

would be astounded to hear,”

she told us. Bookings at the

library or call 9918 3013; $5 entry

includes wine and cheese.

Marine compliance

operations continue

Police have promised ongoing

marine compliance operations

heading into summer to ensure

safety on our waterways. The

operations target vessel safety,

safe navigation, speeding,

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Ocean

Swims every

Sunday in

January

There will be an

ocean swim every

Sunday in January,

thanks to the annual

Pittwater Ocean Swim

Series involving local surf clubs. The

ocean swims bonanza starts with the Newport Pool to Peak

on Sunday 6 January, with 400m, 800m and 2km courses.

Then it’s Bilgola’ s turn on Sunday 13 January with 800m

and 1.5km swims. They will be followed by Mona Vale on 20

January with a 900m and a 2.2km swim (from Warriewood to

Mona Vale). Finally there is the Big Swim on Sunday January

27, with the traditional 2.5-2.8km swim (Palm Beach to Whale

Beach) and the Big Little Swim (an 800m swim for those

who find the traditional swim too long). Meanwhile Avalon

have moved their swim date to Sunday 14 April, when they

will have 1km and 1.5 km as well as the challenging 2.5km

swim from Newport to Avalon. One of the organisers of the

Pittwater Ocean Swim Series, Rob Berry, says the swims

attract thousands of entrants to the Pittwater region. “The

series is good for local businesses and for the participating

surf clubs, the ocean swims are very important fund raisers,

helping to purchase essential life-saving equipment,” Rob

said.” He added each participating club had included shorter

swims to their traditional long events, to cater for people of

all ages and those who would like to try ocean swimming.

“It’s a fast-growing sport that is great for your health,

regardless of your age... the Newport Pool to Peak swim

is only two months away – so it’s time to start swimming

training!” Entries and info oceanswims.com

alcohol and drug-related crime

and anti-social behaviour. A

recent multi-venue screening

across the state, including on

Pittwater and in Broken Bay,

saw police conduct more than

470 marine random breath

tests and six marine mobile

drug tests. Additionally, more

than 480 vessel checks were

conducted with 13 boating

infringement notices issued.

The operation also included

fisheries checks and boat

ramp, wharf and marina patrols.

Marine Area Commander,

Detective Superintendent Mark

Hutchings, said further operations

would be conducted.

“Police will continue to ensure

everyone is safe this boating

season by targeting unsafe,

dangerous and anti-social

behaviour on the waterways,”

he said. “One of the most important

messages to all water

users is to wear a life jacket; it

will save your life.”

Anyone with information about

marine compliance issues is

urged to contact Crime Stoppers:

1800 333 000; information

in strict confidence.

Gambling harm

minimisation plan

Northern Beaches Council

has adopted the Gambling

and Poker Machine Harm

Management Policy and Plan,

which is designed to limit the

negative impact of electronic

gaming machines (EGMs) on

our community. Acting Chief

Executive Officer David Kerr

said Council’s focus would be

on advocacy and community

education. “We believe by working

with the State Government

and local clubs, we can help

minimise the harm caused by

poker machines,” Mr Kerr said.

“We will look at how we can

complement other activities

and get a strong message to

our community about how

much harm these machines

can do, and also provide guidance

on where people can turn

should they find themselves

heading down a difficult path.”

Council’s plan calls for continued

lobbying of State and

Federal Ministers to do more to

reduce harm. The plan will be

in force to 2023, with a review

scheduled for that year.

Vet

on

call

with

Dr Ben Brown

Recently I had the pleasure

of volunteering in South

America with a world-wide

veterinary charity called

World Vets which provides

international veterinary aid

to poor communities around

the world. Our team of seven

vets and support staff set

up a makeshift veterinary

hospital in northern Brazil,

working with a local animal

welfare group to provide free

veterinary services to the poor

in the local community. Over

the course of our four-day

campaign, the team completed

more than 500 successful

surgeries in less-than-ideal

conditions with minimal

equipment and technology.

The treatment that was

provided included desexing

to assist in the control of the

stray dog population and to

reduce the spread of Rabies

and Transmissible Venereal

Tumours, (TVT), a disease

exotic to Australia, spread

dog to dog by sexual contact.

The team also provided

free chemotherapy for dogs

affected by TVT and supplied

medication so these animals

will soon be cancer-free.

Not all the surgeries that

were performed were routine.

I was fortunate enough to be

able to perform emergency

surgery on a beautiful dog

named Mel (which means

‘honey’ in Portuguese) who

had a ruptured diaphragm

from a previous car accident

whilst she was living on the

streets. Mel has made a

dramatic recovery and was also

desexed during the procedure,

to prevent unwanted litters in

the future which will also help

her be healthier and happier.

If you would like to learn

more about the work Sydney

Animal Hospitals does with

World Vets, drop in to speak

to our staff. There is also a

donation box at our hospital

– or you can donate online at

www.worldvets.org.

* Dr Ben Brown, Sydney Animal

Hospitals.

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A Day In

The Life Of...

Marine

Rescue

Special Feature

They’re the guardian angels of our waterways – the volunteers

who work through the day and night to ensure all are safe

and accounted for. But to continue their good work they also

need our help. Words & Photos by Rosamund Burton

Pamela Sayers is standing

in the moonlight when

I pull up at the gates of

the Marine Rescue Terrey Hills

radio base at 5.15am on the

Friday of the October long

weekend. She takes me inside

the building where ex-Qantas

pilot, 70-year-old Sandy

Howard, sits alone in front of a

bank of computer screens. He

has been here since 1.30am.

This volunteer-run radio base

in bushland just off Mona Vale

Road not only operates 24/7 for

Sydney waters, but overnight

monitors radio calls from

boats along much of the NSW

Coastline. It is the first point of

contact for vessels in distress

and sometimes the only line

of communication between a

boat in trouble and the rescue

vessel.

“We’ve been listening to

calls to 18 Marine Rescue NSW

radio bases up and down the

coast overnight, and now we’re

handing them back,” Sandy

explains. At that moment, the

telephone rings.

“Marine Rescue, Sandy

speaking.”

“Forster’s gone,” he says

to Pamela after a brief

conversation. She has sat down

to answer a second call.

“That was Evans Head taking

back their radio,” she says.

At 5.30am, a white ‘Scotty’

trots into the base.

“Hello Bronte,” say Sandy

and Pamela. The dog, an

unofficial visitor, is followed

by her owner, watch officer

Merrilyn Little, as well as radio

operator Helen Manifold, and

new volunteer Neil Chugg.

Although not yet fully trained

in the radio, navigation,

weather and operational

procedures, Neil has already

cooked plenty of sausages at

fundraising barbeques.

Marine Rescue receives

financial support from the

NSW Government and boating

community but, to ensure

the organisation continues to

have the resources it needs

to operate, all its volunteers

need to undertake fundraising

activities.

“I did two hours’

administration work this

morning,” Sandy says. “Then

from 4 o’clock it got busy with

fishermen going out.” He is

interrupted by the loud blare

of a claxon. “That’s the signal a

boat wants to log on.”

Marine Rescue operates a

free ‘Log On’ safety service for

yachts and other boats sailing

up and down the NSW coast,

or cruising or fishing in their

local waters, as well as for

smaller recreation craft such as

kayakers and paddle boarders.

“We’re now asking people to

download the Marine Rescue

app and log on via that,” Sandy

said. “But whether people log

on via the telephone, radio or

app they must remember to log

off when they get off their craft,

otherwise we’ll start searching

for them.”

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Sandy recalls he was on duty

last year when a man rang

saying there was a yacht under

sail 10 miles off the coast with

nobody on board. Three Marine

Rescue vessels, one water police

vessel and two helicopters

started searching for the sailor,

until the water police received

a text saying he’d fallen out of

the boat on the northern side of

Broken Bay and swum ashore.

The volunteers here range

in age from mid-30s to their

80s, and include a wheelchairbound

volunteered for 10 years.

“I come from a family of

water people,” she explains.

“My father was in the navy and

both my grandfathers were

professional fishermen.” Since

joining, Merrilyn has taken up

sailing.

“One of the guys here wanted

crew, and now four men and I

share two boats.” She says the

camaraderie at Marine Rescue

is what makes the experience,

as well as the opportunity to

help people.

strokes, dehydration – and

often bodies are found floating

in the water.”

It’s just after 8am when I

arrive at the Cottage Point base.

Friday is a training day, and

Unit Commander Paul Millar

is there with Don Smallwood,

Mike Evans, John Aitken and

Rob Cumings.

“Because we’re wearing

a uniform a lot of people

think we’re paid, but we’re all

volunteers,” Paul says. “This

base receives NSW government

member. Seventy-three “We get a lot of medical funding of $21,000 a year

how to manoeuvre the dinghy

year-old Merrilyn Little has emergencies – heart attacks, towards running the unit and

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Volunteers

Don Smallwood, Paul Millar, Mike

Evans and John Aitken; Broken Bay

HQ; Sandy Howard nears the end of

his ‘graveyard’ shift at Terrey Hills;

John Aitken at the wheel of ‘Cottage

Point 30’; Pamela Sayers; Merrilyn

Little and Bronty; Sandy Howard.

maintaining the boats. But our

fuel bills alone are between

$32,000 and $35,000 a year

and maintenance costs from

$15,000 to $18,000.”

This base holds raffles and

sausage sizzles at Woolworths

in Mona Vale and Narrabeen, as

well as at Cottage Point to raise

extra funds.

“If we do an ‘assist’ we ask

people to consider making a

donation to cover the fuel burnt

to come and assist them, and

bring them back safely,” Paul

explains, “and mostly people

are happy with that. Some

people are very generous with

donations, and they make up

for the ones who promise and

don’t deliver.”

As we talk, Richard Nyland

and David Hukins, two

prospective members, appear

at the office door. David, 53, an

engineer, has recently started

his own business and is keen

to volunteer as he enjoys being

on the water. Richard, also 53,

has a share in a yacht moored

at Bayview, and explains he is

“looking for meaningful things

to do” having retired. One of

the appeals of volunteering

with Marine Rescue is that it

will make him more confident

and competent on the water,

he says.

The training required for

boat crew includes a Sea

Survival Certificate, First

Aid Certificate, obtaining

a VHF Radio Licence and a

Boat Licence, as well as the

Marine Rescue firefighting

qualification.

It’s a sunny day with flat

water and little breeze and

we climb abroad the 12-metre

vessel ‘Cottage Point 30’ and,

with John Aitken at the helm,

head up towards Lion Island.

“Even if there isn’t a call-out

we patrol the local waters,” Paul

explains. “We make that choice,

although it costs us in fuel.

We do a lot of towing, jumpstarting,

and assist when boats

run onto rocks or out of fuel.”

Someone spots a large object

in the water ahead. A couple

of men think it’s a dead whale

but drawing closer we see it’s

a deflated rubber dinghy. Paul,

Mike and Rob haul it aboard.

“Head into Little Pittwater,”

commands Paul, and John

slowly turns the wheel. A small

powerboat is moored in the

bay, and as the crew discuss

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onto the shore, the man on

the powerboat offers to push

it onto the shore with his boat.

Paul throws him the painter,

John puts the vessel into

reverse, and we move away.

“That was an assist,” says

Paul. “Floating in the channel

that dinghy could have been

problematic for other vessels,

particularly at night when it

might not be seen.”

At 2pm, I meet 47-year-old

Narraweena resident Jimmy

Arteaga at Marine Rescue

Broken Bay, in Bayview’s

Rowland Reserve. Jimmy, who

sails, scuba dives and was

a navel cadet as a teenager,

has recently become the unit

commander. Originally from

Ecuador he came with his

family to Australia aged six,

and previously volunteered for

the SES.

The Broken Bay unit has

been in existence for more

than 75 years, Jimmy explains,

operating formerly as the

Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol,

before the amalgamation in

2009 of that organisation

with Australian Volunteer

Coast Guard Association and

the marine fleet of the NSW

Volunteer Rescue Association

into one organisation, Marine

Rescue NSW.

Jimmy tells me that in

addition to their regular patrols

and any assists they make, this

unit provides sea safety for

the ocean swims, such as The

Big Swim from Palm Beach to

Whale Beach, and the Avalon

Beach Surf Swim, and also

the Royal Motor Yacht Club’s

paddleboard competitions.

We walk down to the water’s

edge, and he points out the

Marine Rescue pontoon and

‘Broken Bay 30’, the 28 foot

CLOCKWISE TOP: The ‘Cottage Point 30’ crew haul in a deflated rubber

dinghy spotted drifting in Pittwater – it could have proven hazardous to

boats; Marine Rescue NSW volunteers Don Smallwood; and Jimmy Arteaga.

Steber, on a mooring just

out from the shore. “In three

years the Steber will need to

be replaced, which will cost

over $1 million, and the unit

has to come up with 40% of the

funding,” he says.

The unit has 80 members,

60% of whom are retirees, and

the rest ranging in age from

17 to 60. They hold a weekly

sausage sizzle, and also run

raffles.” Two of its leading

supporters are Johnson Bros

Mitre 10, Mona Vale, who

provide prizes for the raffles,

and the Royal Motor Yacht Club,

which helps with discounted

fuel and vessel maintenance.

It’s 4pm when I get home, and

as I start to relax into the long

weekend the Marine Rescue

volunteers at Terrey Hills are

beginning to take back radio

control of the bases along the

NSW coast for the night.

Whether due to the wind or

the tide, a problem with a sail,

a dragging anchor, an engine

failure, or a person overboard,

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MODEL RESCUES: Office decorations at Marine Rescue Broken Bay.

suddenly a vessel can run into

trouble on the water, and the

work of our Marine Rescue

volunteers is truly invaluable.

Footnote: Over the October

long weekend the Terrey Hills

radio base received 295 radio or

phone communications, and 84

vessel voyages were logged onto

their system. On the Saturday

the Cottage Point Unit received

a call from a Bowrider. The

family of three from Geelong

had bought the boat the day

before, and were exploring the

Hawkesbury, when a southerly

gusting up to 30 knots came

through. A large cruiser came

close to them at Parsley Bay

and swamped their vessel.

They bailed out the boat, and

Marine Rescue Cottage Point

took the mother and 13-yearold

daughter aboard, and the

father followed in the wake of

CP31 back to Akuna Bay. Over

the weekend Cottage Point

Unit also towed two boats,

and assisted a yacht, which

had dragged anchor and gone

aground on the rocks at Bobbin

Head. Broken Bay Unit did four

assists, towing three boats.

* To volunteer for, donate to,

or ‘Log On’ to Marine Rescue

go to marinerescuensw.com.au

or phone 9450 2468.

Special Feature

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Surfing Life

Surfing Life

Crackingly good: Just

who are the Brazil nuts?

It’s no exaggeration to say

that in professional surfing –

men’s at least – Brazil is the

new Australia.

The brilliant and remorseless

Gabriel Medina leads the

world rankings, and is a clear

favourite to repeat his 2014

world title win come the

Pipeline event in Hawaii in

December. He’s just a handful

of points ahead of his even

more brilliant yet not quite so

remorseless fellow countryman

Filipe Toledo. Trailing a tiny bit

in fourth place is Italo Ferreira.

Between them, this trio has won

six of the nine Championship

Tour events of this year so far.

Eleven of the world’s top

34 male pros are Brazilian,

a number likely to increase

in 2019, as a wave of young

qualifiers move up the rankings.

Only one Australian surfer,

Julian Wilson, has any hope of

unseating Gabriel or Filipe this

year, and Julian isn’t part of any

trend. Aside from him, only two

Australians have even made a

final this year.

For a lot of slightly stunned

Aussie surf fans, it’s as if

Gabriel and co have come

out of nowhere. How did the

Brazilians get so good so fast?

The answer is, they didn’t.

Today’s world-beaters are

generations down the track

with Nick Carroll

The development of this South American powerbase is the least-told story in world surfing...

from the first wave of Brazilian

surfers. Yet in contrast to

Australia’s possibly over-told

surfing history, the story of

Brazil’s beginnings is the

sport’s least-known tale.

Where no story is known,

stories spring up. Australian

traveller Peter Troy told of

introducing surfing to Brazil on

a trip to Rio de Janeiro in the

late 1960s. In fact, Brazilians

had been surfing since at least

the late 1930s. Photos exist

from the time of a Customs

official from Santos in southern

Brazil, riding little waves on

a solid redwood board. Who

knows where the board came

from? Maybe Customs had

impounded it.

People surfed here and there

through the years. By 1959, for

instance, a bunch of Rio surfers

were building their own boards

out of plywood. But surfing

in Brazil never experienced a

‘Gidget moment’ – that sudden

explosion of baby-boomer

surf lust that drove the sport

in other nations. One reason is

that Brazil’s modern history is

radically unlike Australia’s. In

the ’60s and ’70s, the nation

was governed by a military

dictatorship, covertly supported

by the US as a bulwark against

Communism. The dictatorship

bred some economic success,

BRILLIANT AND REMORSELESS: Brazil’s Gabriel Medina gets some air.

and stifled dissent.

In 1970, there might have

been a thousand surfers on

all Brazil’s 8000-kilometre

coastline. Most of them lived

either in Rio or in Sao Paulo,

separated by 300km of lush

undeveloped coast. That coast,

and a particularly beautiful

surf zone in its centre named

Ubatuba, became Brazil’s Byron

Bay – the secret paradise those

surfers could make their own.

One of the thousand was a

guy named Paulo Issa. In 1972

Paulo took it upon himself to

organise the first “national

championship” in Ubatuba. It

was “national” in the sense that

anyone who showed up could

go in it. The winner was Rico de

Souza, who was part of the Rio

contingent. The rivalry between

Rio and Sao Paulo surfers –

Cariocas and Paulistas – fired

up the rest of the decade and

beyond.

In Australia and Hawaii, the

first surf contests were called

“meets” and “rallies”. The

Ubatuba contest evolved into

a kind of festival. Pretty soon,

this growing little surf culture

had allied with the Tropicalia

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PL’s NOVEMBER SURF CALENDAR

12-24/11: WSL men’s: Hawaiian Pro, Haleiwa, Hawaii

25/11-6/12: WSL men’s: Vans World Cup, Sunset Beach,

Hawaii

First two events of the fabled Hawaiian Triple Crown. They’re always

intense, always a bit feral, a last couple of chances for surfers

to qualify for the big leagues next year. They also often feature the

most complex and challenging surf of the tour year. Totally worth

watching if you have the time @ worldsurfleague.com

8-13/11: WSL women’s: Port Stephens Toyota Pro, NSW

A fascinating event, bringing the top women competitors and

young qualifiers together at a slightly out-of-sync moment. Could

be a great chance for Newport’s Holly Wawn to put the boot in to

her fellow super-grommets.

NICK’S NOVEMBER SURF FORECAST

Photo: WSL

They say an El Niño event is preparing itself. 70% chance, they

say. Well there’s El Niños and there’s El Niños, and I suspect this

one may not be the killer drought-maker of legend. Heck, October

almost killed the drought on its own. Expect some drying trend

in November, maybe a bit less of the classic soaking easterlies of

the past month, but still with plenty of tropical moisture streaming

down the monsoon line and falling here and there over NSW. Lots

of varying wind shifts, southerlies, northerlies, all that stuff, and

plenty of variety in surf conditions, with a possible surprise cut-off

low or two arising from the collision between these two influences.

Be flexible! Look for the best sandbars and play with ’em. Later in

November we might see a brief return to dry August-style westerly

winds and sudden extraordinary very non-August heat, but we don’t

reckon this will last. Classic Aussie summer coming up.

musical movement, Brazil’s

great artistic response to

the dictatorship. By 1975 the

festival had shifted north, past

Rio to the then-small town of

Saquarema, where it blew up

into what attendees have called

“the Brazilian Woodstock”.

Surfers rode all day, music

played all night, and thousands

of young people who wanted

a piece of this new life came

to town, turning Saquarema

upside down.

Meanwhile, Rico de Souza,

who like a lot of the country’s

surfers at the time came from

a wealthy family, travelled to

Hawaii for the winter surf and

became close to Randy Rarick,

organiser of the first World Pro

Tour. Randy heard Rico’s tales

of Saquarema and suggested

he put together a tour event.

Rico got together with Nelson

Machado, owner of one of Rio’s

first surf shops, and by 1976

Brazil was a pro tour stop.

It was an epic stop, by

the way. Some of the stories

would turn your hair white,

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Nick Carroll

and possibly did in a few

travelling surfers’ cases. But it

was up-and-down, in lock-step

with Brazil’s transition to full

democracy. No contests were

held between 1982 and 1985,

which isolated Brazilian surfers

from international influence

and put a big dent in the

country’s surfing development.

But now, huh. Brazilian

surf journalist and historian

Reinaldo Andraus says he

thinks there’s a million people

surfing in Brazil on a day-today

basis, many more than in

Australia.

Despite this, Ubatuba

remains a beautiful backwater.

The coast is too hilly for major

roads, and the freeway between

Rio and Sao Paulo runs inland.

It’s like Byron, if Byron had

stayed that way.

And the Carioca/Paulista

rivalry is still alive. Filipe and

Italo are Rio boys; Gabriel

and Brazil’s other great world

champ, Adriano de Souza (no

relation), are from the other

side. They’ll carry their own

history into Pipeline.

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A voyage

of Discovery

Life Stories

cure for boredom is curiosity.

There is no cure for curiosity.’

‘The

This Dorothy Parker quote faces

me as I walk into the ‘Discovery Shed’. The

unprepossessing exterior of the industrial

building in Mona Vale doesn’t prepare me

for the technological treasure trove inside.

Engineer, Bob Moran, who turned 80 in

September, has been driven by curiosity

his entire life, and his collection is testimony

to that.

He opens a door into a huge factory

space, pointing out pieces of old aircraft,

including a 1935 RAF biplane joystick, and

a 1930s-telephone exchange he salvaged

from Kimbriki tip three years ago.

Bob was born in Randwick. While at

Coogee Primary School he collected fossils;

he admits he’s been a collector for as long

as he can remember. He studied production

engineering at Sydney Technical College

(now TAFE NSW’s The Sydney Institute

of Technology). When he and his New

Zealander wife Jill married 54 years ago

they moved to Collaroy Plateau, and have

been on the Northern Beaches ever since,

currently living on Narrabeen Lake.

“My wife doesn’t have a mechanical

mind, but she’s very supportive... without

Jill I wouldn’t exist,” he says.

In 1970, Bob co-founded a company,

which built special-purpose machines

and gem cutting equipment. He sold that

business and two years later established

Precision Dynamics, a company that made

packaging equipment. Alongside this

Bob, with his insatiable curiosity for how

mechanisms worked and why, collected

objects, many of which he found discarded

beside the road.

In 1988 when the Powerhouse Museum

moved to Ultimo, it advertised it would be

running a steam tram down Harris Street.

“On that morning Jill and I went down to

the Powerhouse,” Bob recounts. “I walked

up to the front desk with a steam indicator,

and asked if the museum would like it. A

man called Ross Goodman overheard me.

‘I don’t believe this,’ he said. ‘We can’t

run the steam engine, because we haven’t

got a steam indicator to set the timing of

the engine.’ So, I gave it to him.”

Ten years later an employee of Bob’s at

Precision Dynamics met Ross Goodman,

and Ross asked him if he knew anyone

who might quote on building a replica

of a section of Difference Engine No 1, a

giant steam-driven computer designed by

English mathematician, Charles Babbage,

in 1833, to print error-free mathematical

tables. The employee replied: “My boss is

silly enough to quote on anything.”

Whether he was silly or a sage, it took

Bob in a direction he never anticipated. As

Bob was a precision machinist the Powerhouse

Museum curator Matthew Connell

asked him to quote on building a working

replica of this reference portion, the

original of which is in the London Science

Museum, explaining that the Powerhouse

Local engineer Bob Moran

hopes his remarkable

collection of scientific

wonders will endure for

decades to come.

Story by Rosamund Burton

hoped to get funding to build it.

The museum couldn’t raise the funding,

but the steam-driven computer had

captured Bob’s imagination and he was

determined to construct it. The quest

brought him in contact with Allan Bromley,

Associate Professor of Computer at the

University of Sydney and a world authority

on Babbage. Bob was asked to illustrate a

paper Allan Bromley wrote on Difference

Engine No 1, and having completed the

illustration for the paper, Bob proceeded to

draw, with Allan’s guidance, the entire machine.

There were few dimensions on Babbage’s

original drawings, and many of the

drawings were lost, so it wasn’t believed

that this machine could be re-constructed;

but Bob used the known dimensions of the

segment of Difference Engine No 1 which

Babbage had built to set up a grid, and then

scaled the rest of the machine objects to fit

this grid.

We walk around a wall panel and

mounted on an Australian red cedar base

is the reference portion of Difference

Engine No 1, which Bob built. But Bob kept

building, going on to make an outline of

the complete machine to scale – in front of

us are hundreds of interlocking cogs and

wheels, and cylinders, all of which Bob cut

by hand, on a huge wooden stand. “You

won’t see this anywhere else in the world.”

Allan Bromley, who died in 2002, was

also a collector, and several pieces in Bob’s

collection were formerly owned by him,

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including a section of the ‘Totalisator’, invented

in 1913 by Australian computing pioneer, Sir

George Julius, to record bets and calculate the

changing odds and dividends at the racecourse.

This section of the shed is a journey through

the history of the computer. Bob points out

a small part of SILLIAC, the University of

Sydney’s first computer. “Early computers were

monstrous – the size of this building,” he says.

He shows me a 1965 computer, the programs

for which were punched onto tape. “And this pianola,”

he says, sitting on the stool in front of it,

“also works on punch tapes.” A lively tune fills

the cavernous space, as Bob pumps the wooden

pedals and the paper slowly rolls around.

Several computers are on display, including

the PDP-8, thought by many to be Australia’s

oldest working computer. Also, the world’s first

‘luggable’ computer (weighing 17kg) and the

first laptop – an archaic-looking Dulmont Magnum

– designed and built in Australia.

Bob and Jill have two children, but neither

have followed in his footsteps career-wise. Son

Scott and daughter Toni are both health care

professionals. So, in 2010, Bob sold the operating

part of Precision Dynamics and the following

year the Discovery Shed was established. (It

ran for several years as a shed for blokes interested

in fixing old technology and machinery.)

Bob also worked for a year as a volunteer for

Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools (SMiS),

a CSIRO initiative, visiting primary schools.

On the upper floor, alongside an Edison

cylinder phonograph and an early sewing

machine, is Bob’s collection of more than 20

early typewriters, including one dating from

1881, plus a hand-held one used by a Reuters

World War I correspondent on horseback, and a

Wagner-Underwood (circa 1897), which featured

in the film, ‘Moulin Rouge’.

“My wife calls me a hoarder, but I think

there’s a distinction between hoarding and

collecting. I have collected them,” he explains,

“because they all have different mechanisms,

so all these designs are a timeline.”

Now foremost in Bob’s mind is what happens

to his collection next. He wants to pass

it on, and the Discovery Shed has been visited

by prominent people from both Australia and

overseas, who are interested in different pieces.

Having lived on the Northern Beaches for more

than 50 years, he would like the collection to

be in a local museum, so it can be seen in its

entirety for many generations to come. But it

doesn’t have a new home yet.

“It’s an eclectic collection,” Bob admits, “but

it’s important because it has the potential to

arouse curiosity, and when this happens there

is no ending.”

* For more info or to visit the Discovery

Shed call 9997 2222 or email bob.moranj@

gmail.com

Life Stories

SCIENCE IN ACTION: Bob Moran hopes the eclectic

collection of items in his ‘Discovery Shed’ will continue

to arouse curiousity in future generations.

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Art Life

Art Life

Dickerson’s best,

figuratively speaking

Artist Robert Dickerson’s significant contribution to figurative

art in Australia is being celebrated at Manly Art Gallery and

Museum (MAG&M) until December 2.

In collaboration with the Dickerson Gallery, MAG&M’s ‘Against

the Tide’ exhibition brings together paintings, studies and

graphics sourced exclusively from private collections.

A self-taught painter, Robert Dickerson was a founding member

of ‘The Antipodeans’ art movement in the 1950s, which included

fellow famous Australian artists Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd,

David Boyd, John Brack, John Perceval and Clifton Pugh. He was

still painting into his 90s when he passed away in 2015.

The exhibition will also feature ‘Poets Paint People’ – an hour

of poems read by three poets (Les Wicks, Brooke Emery and Jennifer

Dickerson) surrounded by the paintings of Robert Dickerson

(2-3pm on Sunday 11 November).

* More info council’s website.

Getting crafty

for Christmas

Creative

gift ideas

for Xmas

The creative team from the

Artists & Craftsmen of Pittwater

will showcase their final

sale of the year at the Mona

Vale Memorial Hall for three

days from Friday November 9.

Their hand-made items

make great Christmas gifts, including

ornaments to hang on

trees. They also have gifts of

convenient size and pliability

perfect for posting interstate

or overseas, including embroidered

towels, knitted toys,

and paper tole-framed works.

Summer sun dresses for

girls 1-6 will prove popular, as

well as beautiful gifts for babies,

hand-painted gift cards,

gift bags and gift tags.

And there are lots of ideas

for end-of-year presents for

teachers and friends, like needle-felted

dolls and playmats,

patchwork quilts, cushions,

French-style aprons, screenprinted

linens and porcelain.

Jewellery, silk scarves and

wooden gifts also for sale.

This year every visitor is

encouraged to vote for their

favourite display in the ACOP

People’s Choice Craft Award.

Meanwhile, the ACOP artists

have enjoyed a great sales response

in 2018 and with new

artists recently joining, this

sale will boast great diversity.

(Newcomer Vanessa Georgesen,

who has a background in

pottery, sculpture and screen

printing, brings a modernist

style of Mixed Media.)

Other artists’ works include

acrylics and watercolours,

many featuring northern

beaches locations.

Sale on Fri 9 (3-6pm) and

weekend 10 & 11 (9am-4pm).

More info acop.com.au

The Avalon Craft Cottage

members are holding their

huge three-day Christmas

Show at the Avalon Recreation

Centre from Thursday Nov 22

to Sat 24 open 10am-4pm.

Browse and purchase

beautiful craftwork including

handmade cards; Australian

timber work; jewellery; colorful

patchwork; hand-knitted

baby blankets, bootees and

bonnets; girls’ dresses; soft

toys; pure silk wall hangings

& scarves; screen-printed tea

towels & bags; hand-knitted

scarves, bed socks & beanies

and trendy fabric buckets; plus

painted flower pots and succulent

gardens.

Transform your Christmas

table into a riot of colour with

bunting and decorations!

The Cottagers have been an

institution around the Northern

Beaches since opening in

Avalon in 1969 – next year the

group will be celebrating their

50th birthday.

More info on facebook or at

avaloncraftcottage.com.au.

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Market Days for Mixed Palette

Mixed Palette Art School is

showcasing the works of

their talented artists at both

the Mona Vale and Avalon

Market Days this month.

First up is their exhibition

and sale of diverse works by

local artists at Mona Vale Memorial

Hall on Sunday November

4; there’s something for

all, with the style and subject

matter varying from contemporary

abstraction, landscape,

portraiture and still life.

Mixed Palette will also stage

their 14th annual Art Exhibition

in Avalon Recreation Centre

in conjunction with Avalon

Market Day. Opening night will

be on Friday 16th from 6.30-

9pm (free admission and all

welcome).

The exhibition continues Sat

17th and Sun 18th (both days

9am-4pm).

Debby Waters and Lorrie

Morgan will be running the

exhibition, which will represent

an eclectic mix of paintings,

jewellery, ceramics and wall

hangings. There will also be a

silent auction of two original

Aboriginal paintings, each with

letters of authenticity.

Mixed Palette runs mixed

media art classes for all ages

– as well as art parties and

workshops.

* Interested in being part

of the exhibition? Contact

Debby on 0409 278 591 or

Lorrie on 0412 141 852.

Turn love of renovation

into a great new career

Do you find renovating

enormously

satisfying? Are

friends always complimenting

you on

your interior style?

Interior design is an

exciting career path

for creatives – and

the industry is growing

every year. Government

stats show

a steady increase

in the number of

professional Interior

Designers over the past five years, with that trend expected

to continue into 2022 and beyond.

“We can see from our internship program and careers

placement service that there is a strong demand for welltrained

interior design graduates,” said Amanda Grace,

Director of Sydney Design School (pictured). “Our students

work on real projects with real clients and earn industryrecognised,

accredited qualifications. Our alumni have a 98%

employment rate – the demand isn’t slowing!”

SDS is putting out a challenge to interiors enthusiasts

to roll up their sleeves and get creative. As part of their

free Open Day this month you’re invited to build a sample

board – which could win you a place in their sellout two-day

Interior Decoration Workshop.

“Open Day is an opportunity to chat with our Careers

Coach, meet practising Interior Designers and Architects

(who teach at the School) and be inspired by an impressive

exhibition of student work,” said Amanda. “You’ll be guided

through our variety of career and short courses, as well as

flexible study options for learning part time, in the evening

or online.”

Join SDS at their St Leonards campus on Saturday 3 Nov

starting at 10am. Register at sydneydesignschool.com.au

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Art Life

Art Life

Portraits to keep

our memories alive

Fresh from some

successful

showings and a

brief departure

from his usual

artistic focus,

Avalon artist Phil

Meatchem says

he is happy to be

‘back on the tools’

in the lead up to

the festive season.

Phil has had

a busy year so

far, continuing

his success

in national

competitions,

and holding his own unique

exhibition – Karokature –

with much local attention.

Moving away from the stylised

creations seen in his rock

and roll caricatures, Phil says

is keen to get back to the

more traditional portraits and

landscape artistry of where

his heart belongs – and he

wants locals to come along

for the ride.

“Traditional painting is

becoming less and less

common in society,” said Phil.

“People forget how special it is

to have a one-of-a-kind artwork

sitting in their house.

“I want to create timeless

heirlooms for people and help

them keep their memories alive

and current.”

Phil says he loves engaging

with clients and their families

to create these pieces and is

just as happy working from

photographs supplied or

photos he can take himself – a

perfect way to gift someone a

beautiful surprise to mark an

iconic occasion. (Pictured is one

of his recent commissions.)

“Working from photos gives

me flexibility, and means I can

devote myself to ensuring I’ve

captured the subject in their

most-loved form.”

Phil has started taking

orders for Christmas, and with

a wide array of sizing options,

he is more than happy to work

with you to get your ideal gift

sorted.

He says he doesn’t “just do

people”, knowing that family

pets and favourite places have

a special hold on people’s

hearts too.

You can catch Phil at

Avalon Market Day on Sunday

November 18 as he exhibits

a collection of his works – be

quick though, as all his pieces

in last year’s show sold out.

– Nigel Wall

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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18

Avalon ushers

new era of fun

Avalon Beach Market Day returns this year on Sunday 18

November from 9am to 4pm when the main streets of

Avalon Beach village and Dunbar Park will be alive with

amazing music, fabulous food, fantastic fashion and fun for all

the family!

There will be an array of market stalls selling fashion, jewellery

and crafts as well as gourmet food stalls. And our local

clubs and charities will be working hard to raise funds for their

worthy causes.

Since taking over managing the markets, Vanessa Tiernan

(Avalon local event manager who owns Roobarb and Company)

has been committed to ensuring that the stallholders and products

come from the local area. This year, more than 50 per cent

of the stalls come from the local area and the northern beaches.

The Annual Dog Show

A constant of market day, the annual Avalon Market Day Dog

Show will be held on the main

stage commencing 9.30am!

Proudly sponsored by the local

team from Sydney Animal Hospital

Northern Beaches.

This year we welcome

respected journalist and ABC

News presenter, Juanita Phillips,

as our MC. Joining her on

the panel of judges are The

Hon Greg Combet AM, The

Hon Rob Stokes MP, Northern

Beaches Mayor Michael Regan,

and Australian actress Toni

Pearen.

Bring your pooch down

on the day to partake in fun

categories of Best Trick, Fancy Dress – and Waggiest Tail!

avalon

market day

Fun for the Kids

The carnival rides are back again – this

year they will be located on Old Barrenjoey

Road, outside Avalon Public School. There

will also be an assortment of Show Bags

filled with lots of goodies.

Live music

John Stone has arranged a spectacular line-up of local school

bands, dance troupes, musicians and fantastic bands (for the

full entertainment schedule see page 40). The main streets of

Avalon Beach village will be filled with music.

Stop by the Dunbar Park stage to support the local school

bands from Avalon Public School, Maria Regina Catholic, Bilgola

Public School and Barrenjoey High School. Mona Vale Music has

also arranged a fantastic line-up of young local talent on the

Avalon Parade stage.

Food, food

& more food

Dunbar Park will be the place

to head to grab a bite from of

the many fabulous food stalls.

We are pleased to welcome

local food stalls – Tothy Bros

Deli (Palm Beach), Highbrations

Organics (Avalon), Sotto Sopra

(Newport), Bliss Bowls (Mona

Vale) and Azteca Taqueria

(Frenchs Forest).

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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18

avalon

market day

Stage 1 – X Roads

9am: Night Owls

9.30am:

10.15am:

11am:

11.10am:

12pm:

12.10pm:

1pm:

2pm:

3pm:

Dog Show

Hot Robert

Ariana Dance

Gavin Libotte Quartet

The Big Sing

Nativo Soul

Kat Lush Band

Dominic Breen Band

Sassafraz

Stage 2 – Dunbar Park

9am: Avalon Public School

10am:

11am:

11.30am:

12.30pm:

1pm:

1.30pm:

2.15pm:

3pm:

Bilgola Public School

Maria Regina Catholic School

Barrenjoey High School

The Rions

Cleopatra & Flynn

Scoot the Loot

Ella Couston & Meg Mulcahy

Village Big Band

Stage 3 – Bistro Boulevard

9am: Eden and Darcy

9.15am:

9.30am:

9.45am:

10am:

10.20am:

10.40am:

11am:

11.15am:

11.30am:

11.45am:

12pm:

12.30pm:

1pm:

1.30pm:

2pm:

2.30pm:

3pm:

3.30pm:

Josie Duncan

Emma & Momo

Josh Aristead & Euan Bates

Ella Ward-Flusk

Grace McAdam & Johnny Austen

Riley Holt

Kasey Cramer

Fifi Archibald

Milana Gerrard

Arielle Vallis

Lillian Hellmann

Maddie Walker

Tiana Mannell

Abbey Gatwood

Natalie & Julia

Lachie Bates Trio

Brown Betty

Little Jay Biggs

(Lilla, Ben, Jack and Alley)

ALL PHOTOS: Hunter Manuel

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Health & Wellbeing

How small changes can

make a big impact on

your bowel cancer risk

Health & Wellbeing

While smoking, being

overweight and

drinking too much

are known risk factors for

bowel cancer, new Australian

research has revealed how the

combination of all three can

be devastating… especially

in men.

A study involving 370,000

Australians has found current

rates of smoking, overweight

and obesity and excessive

alcohol consumption could

lead to 45,000 cases of bowel

cancer over the next 10 years.

“Combined, these factors

will be responsible for one in

four future bowel cancers –

even more so for men (37 per

cent of bowel cancers) than

women (13 per cent),” said

study leader, Associate Professor

Claire Vajdic, Head of the

Cancer Epidemiology Research

Unit at UNSW’s Centre for Big

Data Research in Health.

Meanwhile local specialist

Dr Stuart Pincott (pictured)

said early detection, being

aware of signs and symptoms,

which may indicate a

problem, and talking to your

GP were vital in improving

survival from bowel cancer.

The colorectal surgeon,

who operates at Dee Why

Endoscopy Unit which offers

open access Endoscopy/Colonoscopy,

said some of the

early signs of bowel cancer

included bleeding from

the bowel, loss of weight,

abdominal pain, change in

bowel habit or unexplained

tiredness.

“It is important if you notice

these symptoms that you

should feel comfortable to

report them to your family

doctor,” Dr Pincott said.

“There are many different

causes for these symptoms,

most of which are not serious…

your doctor will make

a thorough assessment and

advise of further investigations

or treatments.”

Associate Professor Vajdic

said that if people adopted a

healthy lifestyle and changed

their behaviours accordingly,

a large proportion of the anticipated

future burden identified

in the team’s research

could be avoided.

The research findings were

the first to identify that more

bowel cancers were caused

by overweight or obesity and

excessive alcohol consumption

in men than in women,

A/Professor Vajdic said.

“Hormones and differences

in body fat distribution, particularly

excessive fat around

the stomach, likely contribute

to the higher body fatnessrelated

risk in men. We also

know that men drink more

alcohol than women, which

increases their bowel cancer

risk,” she said.

The researchers also found

an interesting interplay between

smoking and alcohol:

the bowel cancer burden

attributable to smoking was

significantly exacerbated by

excessive alcohol consumption

and vice-versa.

“This means that the future

bowel cancer burden would

be markedly lower if current

and former smokers did not

drink excessive alcohol,” A/

Professor Vajdic said.

The study findings make

a case to support everybody

– but men in particular

– to achieve and maintain a

healthy weight to prevent

bowel cancer.

And the results also sug-

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gest more resources should

go into encouraging people to

use the free bowel cancer test

sent in the mail to all Australians

over 50, through the

National Bowel Cancer Screening

Program.

The simple test can detect

bowel cancer in its earliest

stages, often before there are

any symptoms.

Research collaborator, Julie

Marker, has survived bowel

cancer three times over the

past 17 years

“Any action you can take to

prevent or detect bowel cancer

early might save you from

the battle I’ve had,” she said.

“I’d encourage men and

women – but especially men

– to adopt a healthy lifestyle

and participate in bowel

cancer screening to reduce

their risk.”

“GPs and other health

professionals should target

prevention and screening

advice to their patients, using

insights from this research.”

Bowel cancer is the second

most common cause of cancer

deaths in Australia and

around 80 Australians die

from the disease every week.

Dr Pincott added that while

bowel cancer was a very common

disease, if caught early,

up to 90 per cent of bowel

cancers could be successfully

treated.

“The best way to detect

bowel cancer is by colonoscopy

– a common day surgery

procedure that examines

the entire lining of the large

bowel and can detect cancers

before symptoms have even

Get growing for

Decembeard

Registrations are now open

for Decembeard an event

hosted by Bowel Cancer

Australia which encourages

men to grow a beard or

some chin stubble in the final

month of the year to raise

awareness and funds for

bowel cancer. More info at

bowelcanceraustralia.org.

developed,” he said.

Performed by specialist

surgeons and gastroenterologists

while the patient is

asleep under a light anaesthetic,

the procedure takes

about 20 minutes.

“Colonoscopy can detect

many different disease processes

such as polyps, cancer,

diverticular disease, haemorrhoids

and inflammatory

bowel disease and during the

procedure the doctor can take

biopsies of any abnormalities,

remove polyps or treat haemorrhoids,”

Dr Pincott said.

“Colonoscopy is also recommended

for screening for

bowel cancer in people who

have a positive test from the

National Bowel Cancer Screening

Program.

“It is also commonly advised

for people at increased

risk for bowel cancer due to

a family history of polyps,

bowel cancers or when families

are affected by certain

rare genetic syndromes.”

– Lisa Offord

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Make use of your

optical benefits

Many of us spend a considerable

amount on private

health insurance and the rule

is, if you don’t use the entitlements,

you lose them. So

accessing hard-earned dollars

in the form of optical benefits

is a worthwhile activity, and

the right advice with tailored

eyewear and eyecare recommendations

will maximise

entitlements.

Just a few of the ways you

can use your optical benefits

this year:

Contact Lenses – suitable to

wear to the beach with regular

sunglasses to catch up on summer

reading. With the latest

technologies in contact lenses,

optometrists can prescribe a

contact lens solution for almost

any prescription.

Ever feel you take your sunnies

off to see clearer in the

distance or for reading your

phone? Prescription sunglasses

enable clear vision with

crucial UV and glare protection

at the same time.

Do you find yourself in front

of digital screens most of the

day? A simple solution with

digital eyewear will help alleviate

the strain on your eyes and

enable clearer more comfortable

vision.

Your glasses are the first

thing people look at when

they engage with you; they set

the tone and style of how you

present to the world… so what

is your style and are you ready

for a new look from our handpicked

range of frames?

Or are you looking forward

with Rowena Beckenham

to losing yourself in a book, or

taking up model boat building

or intricate origami? A specific

pair of reading glasses can

provide clear vision and an

extra level of comfort for your

eyes.

Now, did you know that vision

is responsible for around

90% of the information we use

for driving. Optometrists will

assess your vision to ensure

maximum road safety with appropriate

driving eyewear.

Elite sportsperson or just

keen to give it a go? Sport-specific

eyewear can enhance both

your comfort and performance

on the field, as well as ensuring

safety in the case of an

accident.

And finally, the stress of

losing or breaking your glasses

can be irritating if you don’t

have a back-up pair. Now’s the

time to claim a spare pair with

your optical extras.

Use these ideas to make

the most of your optical

extras before they expire on

December 31!

Comment supplied by Rowena Beckenham, of

Beckenham Optometrist in Avalon (9918 0616). Rowena

has been involved in all facets of independent private

practice optometry in Avalon for 16 years, in addition

to working as a consultant to the optometric and

pharmaceutical industry, and regularly volunteering in

Aboriginal eyecare programs in regional NSW.

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Ageing well at

home – that

sounds like a plan!

Media reports highlighting

accusations of abuse need to think now about how

“So given that likelihood we

and neglect in nursing homes and where we want to live

and the announcement of a when that time comes… don’t

Royal Commission into aged wait for a crisis to occur.”

care investigating the scandalplagued

sector have encour-

knowledge sooner rather than

Seeking out aged care

aged many families to start a later was vital in order to protect

not just those in the later

conversation about ageing and

the need to plan for the future. stages of their lives but also

People of all ages are thinking

more seriously about age-

so often left with the responsi-

to protect the families who are

ing, says professional agedcare

advocate, Clareville’s when they occur said Louise.

bilities of managing problems

Louise Mace.

First port of call should be

“We and our parents and the Australian Government’s

grandparents are far more likely

than previous generations to can provide you with infor-

My Aged Care website which

live well into old age and with mation about the types of

old age, health decline is virtually

inevitable,” said Louise. Louise said if you or

services available.

someone

you know was showing

signs of struggling to live independently,

it was wise to book

an Aged Care Assessment

Team (ACAT) to start the process

of applying for subsidised

help at home.

But be warned you’ll need to

join a queue – Department of

Health figures show as of June

there were more than 121,000

senior Australians waiting to

access home care support.

“Once the ACAT assessment

is done, they will determine

needs and match it to a score

from level 1 through to 4, with

4 being the highest care need

package.

“The ACAT is also only one

part of the process… think

of it as your passport into

government-funded care,”

Louise said.

The next step was the

means test through Centrelink,

which determines eligibility.

Louise, who is the founder

and managing director of New

Way To Stay (newwaytostay.

com.au), a boutique consultancy

which helps ageing Australians

stay at home, advises

not to rule out private care

arrangements.

“Sometimes the results of

a means test with Centrelink

can mean that you might be

just as well off with privately

paying options, outside of the

government system,” she said.

– Lisa Offord

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Journey toward

‘Zero Suicides’

People in distress and

communities impacted by

suicide or associated mental

health challenges will have

more support than ever before.

The government recently

announced $90 million to

deliver new suicide prevention

initiatives and better coordination

between the various support

providers and agencies to

ensure no-one slips through

the cracks.

NSW Health Minister Brad

Hazzard said communities

at high risk of suicide would

benefit from eight new or

expanded initiatives from next

year including:

n New support services for

people bereaved by suicide

– to prevent ‘clusters’ of

further suicides, especially

among young people;

n Resilience building within

local communities – engage

communities to participate

in suicide prevention;

n Improved after care services

– ensuring all people who

have been admitted to

hospital following a suicide

attempt have access to follow

up care and support;

n Alternatives to presenting to

the Emergency Department

if in distress;

n Programs to eliminate

suicide attempts by people

in care;

n Expanded community mental

health outreach teams;

n Additional counsellors for

people in regional and rural

areas; and

n Improved data collection

and distribution.

What kind of support

do local parents want?

Most parents will manage the

grief associated with extraordinary

loss through their usual

support networks.

Others may need a little

extra assistance.

With this in mind, a small

committee of dedicated local

services including The Avalon

Youth Hub, The Burdekin Association,

Mission Australia,

CatholiCare, Lifeline, Headspace,

and Family Drug Support

has been formed.

The committee wants to

plan a range of support options

for those parents who

might benefit from some additional

help explained Emerick

Kovacs from the Avalon Youth

Hub.

And the committee needs

your help encouraging parents

to complete a brief electronic

survey.

“In the interest of ensuring

that support options are

a good fit with what parents

believe they would find most

helpful, the committee is

keen to canvass the ideas of

parents,” Mr Kovacs said.

“Local services are very confident

that with the views and

input from parents, a range of

relevant support options will

be made available.”

The survey can be found on

The Avalon Youth Hub website

at avalonyouthhub.org.au

(click on the ‘Community

Outreach’ and then ‘Family

Support’ tabs and follow the

‘survey monkey’ link) or go to

the Hub’s Facebook page.

* If you or someone you

know needs crisis support

call Lifeline 13 11 14,

MensLine Australia 1300 78

99 78, or Kids Helpline 1800

55 1800. For support and

information services phone

the NSW Mental Health Line

on 1800 011 511. – LO

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Hair & Beauty

Care for your neck and

present your best look

The skin on the neck is

in conjunction with the

a telltale to how old we

MicroNeedling procedure.

really are. I always suggest

Fractional Laser – stimulates

to clients that when they treat

the skin on their face, they take

the same products and regime

down to their neck and chest or

decollete. This way the exposed

areas look more uniform in

colour and texture.

The skin on the neck suffers

the same environmental

onslaughts as the face, only it

is far thinner and more fragile.

The neck skin has fewer oil

and moisture glands and this

can be one of the contributing

factors to dry, crepey and heavy

horizontal lines.

The neck can be rejuvenated

both topically with products

and with clinical treatments. Sun

damage is a contributing factor

to the breakdown of collagen

and elastin of the neck. Broad

spectrum sunscreen should be

applied every 3-4 hours.

Clinical treatments may be

combined or used as standalone

methods. Remember, it

has taken a long time to get to

an older appearance and rarely

will one treatment provide

desired results. Here are some

options:

Fat Freezing – with a mini

handpiece can help to reduce

the double chin. The shape of

the jaw line and the amount

of fat present will determine if

one or two applicators will be

required. This procedure may

be repeated after 12 weeks.

IPL Photorejuvenation –

uses selective light energy to

assist with the reduction of

both pigmentation and red

capillaries. One of the most

common conditions IPL can

treat is Poikiloderma of Civatte,

which appears on each side

of the neck with red-brown

pigmentation along with a

vascular component.

HIFU Ultrasound – these

treatments stimulate the soft

tissue of the neck down to the

lower dermal layers and provide

both a smoother and firmer

appearance.

MicroNeedling – penetrates

the skin barrier to depths

that can be customised,

depending on the severity of

skin laxity and crepiness. A

cocktail of hyaluronic serum,

growth factors and peptides

are used to treat sun damage,

scars, fine lines and crepiness

cell turnover and is capable

of minimising and eliminating

skin concerns including sun

damage, poor skin tone, fine

lines and wrinkles. By creating

micro treatment zones in the

dermal layer of the skin, the

body’s natural healing process

is activated to create healthy,

new skin.

Plasma energy – can address

the irregularities of colour,

texture and tone of the neck.

A small amount of downtime

is normal; more than one

treatment is often suggested.

Other professional treatments

available to treat the signs of

ageing of the neck are chemical

peels using Vitamin A, Jessner’s

Peel or TCA. Blended chemical

with Sue Carroll

peels are gentle enough for

this fragile area and may help

to reduce skin discolouration,

strengthen skin and increase

cellular turnover.

Homecare product

consideration should address

reducing redness and

pigmentation, along with deep

hydration for the neck which

has fewer sebaceous glands and

reduced moisture retention.

Sue Carroll of Skin

Inspiration has been a qualified

Aesthetician for 33 years.

Sue has owned and

operated successful beauty

clinics and day spas on

the Northern Beaches.

info@skininspiration.com.au

www.skininspiration.com.au

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Business Life: Money

Business Life

Good Market reason watch: for taking going

‘nuts’ stock this of ripples festive to season routs

This When month writing we about look at

recent financial falls innovation on local one

and of the global perspectives markets… I

can Ever share since with I’ve you had is anything from the

inside to do with of a fintech investment company

which markets in my – and case that’s has been from

rolling 1987 – out falling the fast-growing

markets

Acorns never seem app. Since to reduce, launching calm,

in diminish, Australia scale-down in early 2016 or the even

app condense. now resides Falling on markets the smart

phones only ever of seem around to 350,000 collapse,

Australians, crash, plummet, that’s nose roughly dive 1.5%

of and the plunge. population. Well, that’s what

they If you’re do according the dark to about the

what media I’m anyway. talking about, Acorns

is a October micro investment has seen a platform return

or of what’s volatility sometimes to local and called a

‘round-up’ global share app, markets the first but one

of it’s its not kind the in first Australia. time this Our

firm year. along Putting with things our partners into

brought context it we out have from seen the three US

in standout 2015 where corrections it had been during

established 2018; the first for a one few started years. in

January The app and works saw in falls a couple of about

of 5%, ways: followed by taking soon a after data with a

feed dip in from March your of spending 5%, and most

accounts recently in and the rounding first weeks up the of

purchases October with you a make fall of to about the

nearest 9%. dollar and investing

these Peak accumulated to trough this balances calendar

into year a our mix share of exchange market traded has

funds traded listed in the on range the ASX, between or,

by 5,724 you in debiting April and amount 6,373 in or

regular August. payment (It is interesting from your to

bank note that account the to ASX your 200 Acorns has

account. never been Most able users to regain enjoy the

its peak value of 6,800 first

achieved in November 2007.)

Looking at likely causes

for this year’s dips, the last

two are fully correlated to

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

interest rate decisions of

the US Federal Reserve. The

first one in January was in

response to a positive US jobs

number and more importantly

signs that wages growth was

gaining momentum, a pointer

are to inflation firmly rooted and ultimately, in behavioural

finance: you guessed investing it, interest small rate

amounts rises. on a regular basis that

won’t Let’s be pause missed to combined remember with

investing that interest over rates an extended in the US

period have only of time recently to average started

into a process the markets of normalisation

smoothing

out after peaks almost and 10 troughs. years of Of

course accommodative it doesn’t hurt policy. that The it

does reason all the of these US central things bank within

the has framework seen fit to of normalise a highly

rates is that the US economy

is doing exceptionally well

with Gross Domestic Product

increasing at annual rate of

4.1% for the second quarter.

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

So, with this latest wave

of volatility came also a

predictable media reaction

and headlines using words

like ‘market rout’. The wealth

editor of one normally

sensible daily national

you newspaper saving for? even What suggested returns

have that investors you had? It’s looking inherently for safe

competitive havens should but consider when it’s cash,

combined gold and hedge with the funds. tools and

information The decision that to the head app for

provides the exits it’s is an also important extremely

informative one investors – as a regular but carries user

you its own can’t costs help if but you become get it

more wrong. informed While there about is the little

behaviour doubt that of markets were whether

you toppy, are especially looking to in or tech not – the

shares, company earnings

have been growing and

economic outlook positive

but as we all know things can

change and change quickly.

with Brian Hrnjak

balance Reading of your the advice Acorns to account move

rises into cash, and falls gold in or line hedge with the

movements funds is frankly in markets bizarre during when

the you course consider of the that trading cash might day.

only One achieve of the challenges between 2% and

any 3%, finance albeit with app certainty. would have Gold

encouraging yields nothing young on top people of to

save introducing and invest currency is to remain and

relevant commodity in their risk eyes. into Over a

the portfolio. past year Hedge a number funds, of well,

enhancements what are hedge have funds? taken Just place

following recently in user Australia feedback, we the have

headline witnessed ones the being: spectacular

Found demise Money of ‘alternative partners asset’ – users

can manager shop online Blue Sky with Alternative brands

such Investments. as Bonds, Earlier Dan Murphy’s, this year

BCF, Warren Uber Buffett etc. and closed these out his

partners decade-long usually million deposit dollar bonus bet

amounts that an index or extra fund round (S & ups P 500

into Index) the would users account; beat a pool of

My hedge Finance funds feature – it did, – uses 125.8%

artificial to 36%. (The intelligence million to went track to

and charity categorise by the way.) spending and

calculate Buffett free was cash quoted flow; on CNN

Super after collecting fund linkages on the – allows bet:

users “Making to make money deposits on the to stock a

range market of does industry not and require public

offer great superannuation intelligence, a degree funds;

Emerald in economics Portfolio a – familiarity a socially

responsible with Wall Street portfolio jargon. option What

introduced investors then following need member instead

feedback; is an ability to both disregard

Little mob fears Acorns – enthusiasms

sub accounts

designed and to focus to allow on a investment few simple

on fundamentals.”

behalf of children or other

dependants If you are under nervous the about age of 18.

the current state of markets

don’t let me get in your way

of going to cash or doing

whatever allows you to sleep

soundly at night; financial

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planning, no matter what

anybody says, is equal parts

investment analysis and

psychology. Time frames and

investment horizons are what

count when you are investing

in assets that rise and fall

and if you don’t have a five

to seven-year investment

horizon in front of you, you

have no place investing in

shares.

But if you do still have a

stomach for shares, property

and things that rise and fall

well there are other things

that can buffer you from

volatility.

First things first, review

your existing holdings; if

you were lucky enough to tip

into CSL or Ramsay Health

Care 10 years ago you could

have tipped out during that

time having made ten times

your money – did you? Taking

profits is part of active

management and ensures

that no single holding

dominates. These high price/

earnings shares tend to get

hit hardest when markets turn

negative so pruning in the

good times is good practice.

Make sure your holdings

are of the highest quality –

what we know following 2008

is that while all shares may

fall in unison during a crisis

it’s the quality shares (biggest

market cap and/or best in

category) that fall the least

and rebound the fastest.

Be diversified – adequate

diversification is described

as the only ‘free lunch’ in

portfolio management. Many

Australian investors are

biased towards bank shares –

these have taken a belting of

about 20% since the start of

the year mainly on the back

of the Royal Commission plus

they rise and fall with the

market. Investors that have

held international shares

have experienced volatility

but have been rewarded with

market growth and gains

from currency appreciation in

the US dollar.

Check your income

generation – yield in a

portfolio, particularly one

used to support a pension,

provides a buffer when unit

prices are down. During the

GFC for example the dividend

on Westpac shares dipped by

only 20% for one year before

rebounding back to pre-GFC

levels. Income can be sourced

from shares as well as a range

of other listed securities

including: government

bonds, corporate secured

debt, hybrid securities and

commercial real estate.

Brian Hrnjak B Bus CPA (FPS) is

a Director of GHR Accounting

Group Pty Ltd, Certified

Practising Accountants. Offices

at: Suite 12, Ground Floor,

20 Bungan Street Mona Vale

NSW 2103 and Shop 8, 9 – 15

Central Ave Manly NSW 2095,

Telephone: 02 9979-4300,

Webs: www.ghr.com.au and

www.altre.com.au Email:

brian@ghr.com.au

These comments are of a

general nature only and are

not intended as a substitute

for professional advice.

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Business Life: Law

Business Life

The laws of nature, of

neighbours... and trees

Recently when visiting

friends, the car was parked

in their driveway and as

we greeted one another our

host rushed to ask that the

car be moved lest it become

another victim of a very large

eucalyptus of the ghost gum

type, whose branches hung over

the driveway from the house

next door.

It was explained that the tree,

some 40 metres in height, had

begun dropping very heavy

limbs from the top of the tree

and was a potential danger.

Our host explained that he

was having discussions with his

neighbour with a view to them

together arranging to have the

tree examined by an arborist

and an application made to the

local council for permission to

trim and reduce the tree and

make it safe. Photographic

evidence of fallen branches

over the driveway and lawn had

been shown to the neighbour.

However, some reluctance

concerning responsibility was

being encountered as the

neighbour had pointed out that

the limbs were not hanging over

his property, they were entirely

over our friend’s property.

Disputes between neighbours

can be extremely stressful,

often expensive, and difficult to

resolve.

A willingness to communicate

and come to some agreement

is essential with a realisation

that like so many aspects of

the law, a willingness to reach a

compromise is desirable.

Mediation is an excellent

alternative to legal action. It is

especially useful where you are

finding it difficult to talk directly

with your neighbor, or progress

is slow and where conflict has

become entrenched, or the

problem is escalating.

Mediation through Community

Justice Centres (CJC) is a free

confidential service. If you

contact the service it will contact

the other party and offer

mediation. If the other party is

agreeable a suitable time and

place is arranged. Two trained

mediators attend a session which

can last upwards of two hours. If

required, further sessions can be

scheduled. There are no waiting

lists.

Community Justice Centres

are established under the

Community Justice Centres Act

1983 and are administered by

the NSW Department of Justice.

Although the CJC system is

widely used, approximately

1500 disputes annually with an

80% success rate, it is not always

the solution.

Insofar as trees are

concerned, local councils are

responsible for protecting trees

through their Tree Preservation

Orders (TPOs) in terms of the

Environmental Planning and

Assessment Act 1979.

TPOs can prohibit ring

barking, cutting down, lopping,

removing, injuring or willful

destruction of specified trees

without council consent.

In the majority of council

areas, most trees on both

public and private property are

protected.

with Jennifer Harris

However, council has no

authority to act in disputes

between neighbours. This is why

it is desirable that even if you

are wanting to prune only 10% of

overhanging branches, to obtain

your neighbour’s consent and to

follow the process set out by the

council.

Tree removal which the council

will not permit may be briefly

summarised as follows:

n Tree work without the

signature of the owner or their

agent on application;

n Removing healthy, stable trees

or trees for views;

n Removing trees for solar

access, leaves, bird droppings

or damage to sewer pipes or

built structure;

n Removing trees for allergies

unless they can be medically

supported by a specialist

doctor;

n Removal of trees for fences,

footpaths or driveways;

n Removal of trees in bushland

or vegetation without a permit;

n Removal of trees where they

do not meet the criteria of the

permit.

Damaging or removing

trees illegally is considered a

serious offence. The Land and

Environment Court can impose

fines of up to $1.1 million, plus a

daily fee if the offence continues

and the offender may be directed

to plant trees and vegetation and

maintain them.

If the neighbour does not

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agree to remove or prune a tree,

contact the CJC and if mediation

does not achieve a resolution

then seek legal advice if you

have not already done so – and

seek advice in terms of the Tree

(Disputes between Neighbours

Act 2006) aka ‘Trees Act’.

The Trees Act replaced the

somewhat complicated common

law action of nuisance which

had to be taken to the Supreme

Court. The Trees Act is cheaper

and simpler. An application can

now be made to the Land and

Environment Court for orders

concerning a neighbour’s tree or

trees that cause or are likely to

cause harm, or trees that form

high hedges obstructing sunlight

or views.

The Trees Act is divided into 2

major parts:

Part 2 – dealing with orders

relating to damage to

property;

Part 2A (introduced in 2010)

– dealing with orders

concerning obstruction

of sunlight or views by

trees that form a hedge.

There has over time been

some debate as to whether

the Court has jurisdiction

or power to make any order

under the Trees Act. It has

been determined that the tree

in question must be on land

adjoining that of the applicant’s

and can include land across

a public roadway from the

applicant or properties that

adjoin diagonally, having only

a corner post in common. (See

P Baer Investments Pty Ltd v

University of NSW [2007] LEC.128

and Cavalier v Young [2011] NSW

LEC1080)

The Act defines ‘tree’ as

including bamboo and vines

as well as any woody perennial

plant (shrub) or plant that

resembles a tree.

The practice of the court in

any action under the Trees Act is

to make a site visit. The Court’s

Commissioner, hearing the case

together with the parties and

any experts involved in the case,

attend the applicant’s property

to inspect the problem tree to

better understand the evidence.

Experts such as arborists,

engineers, architects or builders

in providing their evidence are

bound by the Court’s Expert

Witness Code of Conduct

The Court has established

some Tree Dispute Principles.

In Black v Johnson [No 2] [2007]

NSW LEC 513 it dealt with the

issue where the neighbour’s tree

had damaged the applicant’s

home or risked injuring people

around the home and, applying

the Tree Dispute Principle

applicable to the facts of this

case, decided who should pay

for the tree work or repairs.

Insofar as a claim of risk

of injury there must be some

evidence of the likelihood of

injury, not just an apprehension

or fear of injury. And damage

to property must similarly have

evidence – preferably expert

evidence to demonstrate to the

Court the claim – which is where

this article began and where the

resolution of the problem of the

ghost gum will occur.

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

Business Life: Law

Where there’s a will, there’s also a ‘wish’

Having practised as a solicitor on the

Northern Beaches for the past 25 years,

Wills & Wishes’ Jock Kennedy says he has

witnessed his fair share of stories when it

comes to people ageing and dying.

“Inevitably there are recurring themes,”

Jock tells Pittwater Life.

“Like the case where an estranged child is

left out of the Will, so he/she challenges the

Will, costing the estate a small fortune and

further dividing the remainder of the family.

“Or the couple (married or de facto)

with no children who die without having

made Wills and, because of the law

relating to intestacy and joint tenancy

property, their combined assets end up

with only one of their respective families

– for example the wife’s siblings and the

husband’s siblings miss out.”

The elderly feature often.

“Such as an elderly widow with early

onset dementia, but a generous demeanour,

who is taken financial advantage of by

the unconscionable conduct, or abuse of a

power, by a family member,” Jock said.

“Or the elderly person being kept alive,

bed-ridden and subject to ongoing procedures

and pain because of the medical

fraternity’s duty of care and the wishes of

the family – but not their own wishes.”

Jock explains there is a fix for every

problem: “Discuss it, plan it and most

importantly document it,” he said.

Jock says a Will is essential.

“Having even a simple Will means that

you appoint the people you want to

manage your estate and you decide who

receives it,” he said. “Without a Will, the

decision is made for you by the law and

can lead to all kinds of unfairness.”

Also, an Enduring Power of Attorney

and an Enduring Guardian is a must to

cover your loss of capacity.

“Again, it lets you decide who manages

your financial affairs and makes decisions

about your personal care.”

‘Wishes’, he explains, deals with “the

personal stuff”. It includes:

An Advance Care Directive, which is

prepared with the assistance of your GP

and is an essential document. It is a must

if you want to have a say in how your

life is managed in the event of certain

illnesses or accidents. Do you want to be

resuscitated if your quality of life is likely

to be extremely poor?

If your Will establishes trusts (called

Testamentary Trusts), it is a good idea to

arm your trustee with an Expression of

Wishes to help them manage the trust. For

example, “I would like my home not to be

sold until my youngest child turns 25”.

Finally, there is ‘The Wish List’ that

documents how you want to plan your

own farewell, be it large or small, to

guide your family/friends to deliver the

send-off you desire.

“This is a unique addition that Wills &

Wishes has designed to complement the

total estate planning package,” Jock said.

He concluded: “Finally, my own story

where my siblings and I didn’t know

what our mother wanted as her send-off

and whether she wanted her ashes to be

spread in Wales, or here in Australia – the

jury is still out.” – Nigel Wall

* More info visit willsandwishes.com.au

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Trades & Services

Trades & Services

AUTO REPAIRS

British & Swedish Motors

Call 9970 6654

Services Range Rover, Land Rover,

Saab and Volvo with the latest in

diagnostic equipment.

Narrabeen Tyrepower

Call 9970 6670

Stocks all popular brands including

Cooper 4WD. Plus they’ll do all

mechanical repairs and rego inspections.

Barrenjoey Smash Repairs

Call 9970 8207

barrenjoeysmashrepairs.com.au

Re-sprays a specialty, plus

restoration of your favourite vehicle.

Commercial specialist.

BATTERIES

Battery Business

Call 9970 6999

Batteries for all applications. Won’t be

beaten on price or service. Free testing,

7 days.

BOAT SERVICES

Avalon Marine Upholstery

Call Simon 9918 9803

Makes cushions for boats, patio and

pool furniture, window seats.

CLEANING

The Aqua Clean Team

Call Mark 0449 049 101

Quality window washing,

pressure cleaning, carpet

washing, building soft wash.

Martin Earl House Wash

Call 0405 583 305

Pittwater-based owner on site at all

times. No travellers or uninsured casuals

on your property.

Housewashing Nthn Beaches

Call Ben 0408 682 525

Pressure cleaning & softwash. Window

& gutter cleaning. $10m insured. Used

by Estate Agents.

ELECTRICAL

Captain Cook Electrical

Call Blake 0488 849 124

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

guaranteed.

FLOOR COVERINGS

Blue Tongue Carpets

Call Stephan 9979 7292

Family owned and run. Carpet, rugs,

runners, timber, bamboo, vinyl, tiles &

laminates. Open 6 days.

GARDENS

Graham Brooks

Call 0412 281 580

Tree pruning and removals. Reports

regarding DA tree management,

arborist reports.

Precision Tree Services

Call Adam 0410 736 105

Adam Bridger; professional tree

care by qualified arborists and tree

surgeons.

Special Branch Tree Services

Call Jason 0439 964 538

Qualified arborist, fully insured;

celebrating 20 years in Avalon and surrounding

areas.

KITCHENS

Seabreeze Kitchens

Call 9938 5477

Specialists in all kitchen needs;

design, fitting, consultation. Excellent

trades.

MASSAGE & FITNESS

Avalon Physiotherapy

Call 9918 3373

Provide specialist treatment for neck &

back pain, sports injuries, orthopaedic

problems.

Avalon Physiotherapy

& Clinical Pilates

Call 9918 0230

Dry needling and acupuncture, falls

prevention and balance

enhancement programs.

Avalon Beach Chiropractic

Call Sam 9918 0070

Professional care for all ages. Treatment

for chronic and acute pain,

sports injuries.

Francois Naef/Osteopath

Call Francois 9918 2288

Diagnosis, treatment and prevention for

back pain and sciatica, sports injuries,

muscle soreness, pregnancy-related

pain, imbalance.

PAINTING

Modern Colour

Call 0406 150 555

Simon Bergin offers painting and

decorating; clean, tidy, quality detail you

will notice. Dependable and on time.

AJJ Painting & Decorating

Call 0418 116 700

Andrew is a master painter with 30

years’ experience. Domestic and commercial;

reasonable rates, free quotes.

PEST CONTROL

Predator Pest Control

Call 0417 276 962

predatorpestcontrol.com.au

Environmental services at their best. Comprehensive

control. Eliminate all manner of

pests. They provide a 24-hour service.

PLUMBING

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

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the price before they begin. 24/7

Emergency Service. 10% pensioner

discount.

PUMPS & TANKS

Water Warehouse

Call 9913 7988

waterwarehouse.com.au

Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation &

filter supply specialists.

RENOVATIONS

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.

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

RENOVATIONS CONT.

BlindLight

Call Dave 0403 466 350

Specialists in window tinting and

glass coatings. Act now for summer.

RUBBISH REMOVAL

One 2 Dump

Call Jason 0450 712 779

Seven-days-a-week pick-up service

includes general household rubbish,

construction, commercial plus vegetation.

Also car removals.

TUITION

Northern Beaches

Home Tutoring

Call John 9972 1469

1-ON-1 individual tutoring in your

home. All ages and subjects K-Uni.

Qualified tutors. WWC child protection

checked. Since 2009.

UPHOLSTERY

All Foam

Call 9973 1731

Cut to measure quality foam for day

beds, boats, caravans and more. Discounted

prices, reliable local service.

Free measure / quote.

Luxafoam North

Call 9999 5567

Local specialists in all aspects of

outdoor & indoor seating.

Custom service, expert advice.

Essyou Design

Call Susan 0422 466 880

Specialist in day bed and outdoor

areas. Reliable local service. Offering

domestic & commercial.

Leather Hero

Advertise your

Business in Trades

& Services section

Phone 0438 123 096

Call Leanne 0490 796 012

Specialists in leather cleaning,

revamps, repairs and colour restoration

for lounges, cars and boats.

Trades & Services

TUITION

Northern Beaches Home Tu toring

Call John 9972 1469

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

Qualified tutors. WWC child protection checked. Since 2009.

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Showtime

Glenn is on his way!

The beaches’ pre-summer

heat is set for a ‘cool

change’ when Aussie popular

music legend Glenn Shorrock

takes to the stage at Dee Why

RSL on Friday November 30.

With a career as a singer

and songwriter spanning

more than 40 years – most

famously as the front man

for ’70s and ’80s hitmakers

Little River Band, Shorrock

says he can’t wait to delve

into his broad body of work,

including songs from his days

with The Twilights, Axiom

and of course LRB.

Shorrock’s return to

performing coincides with the

release of his autobiography,

‘Now Where Was I’ last June,

which he wrote after the

release of his last solo album

‘Rise Again’ in 2016.

‘I had a good lie down and

now I’m ready to go again,”

Glenn told Pittwater Life.

Shorrock began singing

with the Twilights in 1962,

achieving success with

hits including ‘Needle in a

Haystack’ and ‘Young Girl’,

before the group disbanded

in 1969.

Axiom with Brian Cadd

followed, with hits including

‘Little Ray of Sunshine’,

before Glenn helped form

Little River Band. The group

cracked the lucrative US

market in 1976 with a string

of top 10 hits, a success

echoed around the world with

songs including ‘Help Is On

Its Way’, ‘Shut Down Turn Off’

and ‘Reminiscing’.

He said he gets a real

thrill performing the classic

sailing anthem ‘Cool Change’:

“I wrote it and it continues

to connect with people –

something folks on the

northern beaches certainly

appreciate.

“I have been blessed

with a long and successful

career and I’m doing some

of my best work right at the

moment,” he said, adding he

had recently spent time in the

studio re-recording some LRB

classics.

Shorrock paid tribute to

our local RSLs and their

renewed investment in live

music, which he said was

appreciated immensely by his

contemporaries.

And if he had to name one

of those contemporaries as

someone he’d go to see live

himself?

“I have many friends who I

respect and admire so I can’t

pick one at the expense of

the others... oh okay – maybe

Wendy Matthews!”

* Tickets $35; more info

deewhyrsl.com.au

– Nigel Wall

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Tasty Morsels

Tasty Morsels

Newport ready

for a ‘baking’

hot summer

For more than

30 years from

the late 1960s,

383 Barrenjoey

Rd was the local

Newport bakery/pie

shop – now the site

has returned to its

grainy roots and the

tantalising aromas of

fresh-baked bread,

pies and coffee are

emanating from its

doors again.

The old ‘Surf Side

Pie Shop’, which started in

1968 and was taken over by

locals Lachie and Jan Hayes

in the mid-’70s, has been

‘reimagined’ – with David

Cummings and wife Bindy

(pictured) opening their

Bowan Island Bakery.

David established Sydney’s

original sourdough bakery

in 1989. After travelling

the world in the 1980s and

discovering sourdoughs and

other artisan breads in many

countries, he started baking

his own breads and pies in

a small garage in Hunters

Hill, selling the products at

Balmain and Glebe Markets

before setting up his first

baking enterprise in Drummoyne.

ents and premium Australian

flours.

“We do not use any artificial

additives or preservatives –

our sourdoughs are nourished

with a unique 85-year

old starter, or ‘mother

culture’, which gives them a

refined maturity in flavour,

a beautiful soft crumb and a

depth of rustic colours and a

blistered crust,” he said. “Our

“We moved to the Northern

Beaches over 30 years ago

and have brought up our four

children here,” he said. “We

have been wanting to bring

Bowan to this glorious part of

the world for years.”

David said customer feedback

suggested “nearly everyone”

graced Lachie’s counter

regularly – so many, in fact,

they’ve named a ‘Lachie’ pie

after him.

“The pies and sausage rolls

have been flying out the door,

as have the acai bowls, especially

the take-away option for

the teens,” said David. “And

our famous Christmas mince

pies will be on the counter imminently.”

He explained the team

sourced only quality ingredigoal

is to delight our customers

with our products – some

are healthy, and some are

indulgent... but all are treats!”

Passionate about coffee,

David has created Bowan

Island Bakery’s own blend.

“It combines seven singleorigin

beans, harmonising

sweet-spiced South American

caramels, earthy African

chocolates and lush citrus

Sumatran kickers,” he said.

David added that with such

a history and connection to

the site, they looked forward

to finding ways to work with

the community, including the

inspirational Sam Bloom and

her family, to help raise funds

for spinal cure charities.

(Cam Bloom fell in love with

his wife-to-be Sam – Lachie’s

daughter – whilst she was

serving him a pie.)

“The Newport vibe is awesome,”

he said. “Feels like

home – we’re blessed.”

– Nigel Wall

Cup runneth over at Jonah’s

Celebrate Melbourne Cup at Jonah’s on November 6 surrounded by

panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean from The Terrace balcony

overlooking Whale Beach (left).

Be greeted with a glass of Champagne Bollinger on arrival and enjoy a

three-course lunch inspired by the Spring menu, designed by Executive

Chef Matteo Zamboni. The Champagne Bollinger Bar will be flowing, along

with fashion shows by AQWA Women and live music throughout the day.

Dress for ‘fashion on the field’ for a chance to win Best Dressed prizes

offered by Jonah’s partners Bollinger, AQWA, Molton Brown, Vittoria coffee

and more.

$185 per person; bookings essential.

Also, Jonah’s is partnering with Henschke cellars for an exclusive wine

lovers’ affair featuring a five-course degustation dinner on Thursday November

1. Wine aficionados and enthusiasts will appreciate this unique

opportunity to celebrate the Henschke family’s 150 years of wine making

combined with the elegant ambience of the Jonah’s dining room.

* More info 9974 5599 or enquiries@jonahs.com.au

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Dining Clubs Guide

Clubs Guide

November's best Club functions, concerts, events and meal deals...

Royal Motor

Yacht Club

Salt Cove on Pittwater

46 Prince Alfred

Parade, Newport

OPENING HOURS

Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Mon-Fri from 8.30am

Weekends from 8am

PRICE RANGE

Breakfast from $8-$18

Entrees from $9-$21

Mains from $16-$26

BOOKINGS 9997 5511

RMYC’s restaurant Salt Cove

on Pittwater’s menu has been

updated for spring – but it

still offers affordable meals

and generous servings including

a variety of starters

and share plates, seafood,

burgers, grills, salads, desserts

and woodfired pizza.

Friday night music kicks

off in the Lounge Bar from

6.30pm. Great acts in November

include Sarah Paton (2nd);

Jim Gannon (9th); Keff McCulloch

(16th); Geoff Kendall (23rd)

and Alex Roussos (30th).

Melbourne Cup Luncheon

is on Tuesday November 6

(from 12 noon to 4pm). Enjoy

a three-course lunch with

sparkling wine on arrival and

entertainment from Emily

Garth ($80 members, $90 nonmembers).

Bookings essential.

Also in Novemberr, catch up

with the Travel View / Cruise

View Travel Club at the meeting

in the lounge bar from

10.30am on Monday 5th.

Book now for Christmas Day

lunch in the Top Deck Function

Room ($125 adults, $50 kids

5-12, $30 kids 3-4) or Garden

Forecourt ($115 adults, kids'

prices as above). Enjoy a sumptuous

buffet with seafood and

traditional Christmas fare.

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.

Barrenjoey

Bistro

Club Palm Beach

1087 Barrenjoey Rd,

Palm Beach

BISTRO OPENING HOURS

Lunch 11:30am-2.30pm

Dinner 6pm-8.30pm

PRICE RANGE

Lunch and dinner

specials $13.50

BOOKINGS 9974 5566

Head to Club Palm Beach,

located a short stroll from

Palm Beach Wharf, for a

special Remembrance Day

service on November 11.

It's 100 years since the

Armistace that ended World

War I; there will be ceremony

at the Club from 11am.

Melbourne Cup is on

Tuesday Nov 6; watch the race

and enjoy a bucket of prawns

with champagne for $26.50.

There's live raceday coverage

on the big screen plus sweeps

and onsite TAB facilities.

'Cruising Palm Beach' is a

great outing for groups of 10

or more – it includes a cruise

around Pittwater followed by

lunch at the Club for just $25

per person.

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 topvalue

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),

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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.

Bistro 61

Avalon Beach RSL

1 Bowling Green Lane

Avalon Beach

OPENING HOURS

Open 7 days

Lunch 12pm-2:30pm

Dinner 5:30-8:30pm

CUISINE

Modern Aust / pub food

PRICE RANGE

Meals $8-$30

Specials $12-$15

BOOKINGS 9918 2201

Avalon Beach RSL’s Bistro 61

is a great place to head for

a local meal, offering tasty

modern Australian dishes at

affordable prices.

Surf Lounge music

sessions in November kick

off 8.30pm on Saturdays,

including Isaiah B Brunt Trio

(3rd), Ziggy McNeil (10th) and

NativoSoul (17th).

Thinking Christmas party

or function? Their new Stella

Room is the ideal venue.

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.

Here's a great new way to

start the week – 'Wine Not

Monday' – with $15 bottles

of wine, $5 Peronis and $10

pasta and pizzas.

Bistro 61 is open for

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breakfast from 9am to

11.30am. Open for lunch

and dinner seven days, with

extensive outdoor dining

areas, Bistro 61 offers a

variety of specials (lunch

and dinner) during the week,

including $12 tacos (Tues),

$15 Chicken Schnitzels (Wed),

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

$20 burger + beer (Fri).

Seniors are well catered

for – there are daily Seniors

specials, including beerbattered

flathead – plus

they do a $5 kids meals

on Sundays! (There’s a

playground, too.)

From the menu, chef

Mitch recommends his twist

on nachos – pulled beef and

blackbeans with chipotle,

corn chips, guacamole,

Danish fetta and coriander.

Members get discounts

on meals purchased.

Membership from $5.50!

The club is licensed, with

no BYO. Bookings online or

call 9918 2201 – large groups

welcome.

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Food Life

Quick & healthy options

to help you start the day

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the

day. At a conference I attended recently about healthy

eating, I learnt it’s just as important to mix up what

we eat at breakfast time to keep our body and metabolism

guessing – a bit like exercising. So here are a couple of great

ideas to suit all occasions – for an ideal breakfast on-the-go;

make-ahead; and also a 'quick fix'. Also, these options will

leave you more time at the beginning of a busy day, so you

won’t start your morning stressed out!

with Janelle Bloom

Food Life

Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Adobe Stock. Poached eggs Steve Brown; stevebrownphotography.com

Strawberry

smoothie

Makes 2

200g fresh strawberries,

hulled, chopped

1 banana, peeled, chopped

1 cup Greek natural yoghurt

1 cup reduced fat milk

6 large ice cubes

2 tsp LSA

2 tsp honey

1. Put all the ingredients into

a blender and blend until

thick and smooth. Pour into

chilled glass and serve.

Variations: Replace the banana

with 1 chopped mango, 2 cans

of pear halves or 200g fresh or

frozen raspberries.

Health Tip: LSA is made from

ground linseeds, sunflower seeds

and almonds. It’s rich in protein,

which helps to keep blood-sugar

levels balanced and curb sugar

cravings. Once opened, store

in an airtight jar in the fridge or

freezer to keep fresh.

Janelle’s Tip:

Muesli will keep

for a month

in an airtight

container.

Homemade

toasted muesli

Makes 4 cups

¼ cup honey

¼ cup maple syrup

¼ cup light olive oil or coconut

oil

3 cups traditional rolled oats

¼ cup quinoa

½ cup bran flakes

1 cup mixed seeds (sunflower,

pepita, sesame, linseeds)

½ cup flaked coconut

1 cup nuts (almonds, pecans,

macadamia)

1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan

forced. Lightly grease a

large, deep roasting pan.

Combine honey, maple

syrup and oil in a small

saucepan. Warm over

medium heat until honey

has melted.

2. Combine remaining

ingredients in the roasting

pan. Pour over warm

honey mixture. Mix

until well coated. Spread

mixture evenly over base

of the pan. Bake for 30

minutes, stirring every 10

minutes, or until golden

and toasted. Set aside to

cool completely; muesli

will form into clusters on

cooling. Transfer to an

airtight container until

ready to serve.

3. Serve with milk, a

little honey and summer

berries.

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

Janelle’s Tip:

Loaf is delicious

toasted and

served topped

with scrambled,

poached or a

soft boiled egg.

Zucchini loaf

Serves 6

2 cups self raising flour

2 tbs brown sugar

2 tsp ground cinnamon

½ cup buttermilk

2 eggs

½ cup extra light olive oil

1¼ cup shredded cheddar

cheese

2 tbs chopped fresh chives

1 cup grated zucchini

1. Preheat oven to 180°C fan

forced. Grease and Line a

20 x 10cm (base) loaf pan.

2. Combine the flour, sugar

and cinnamon in a large

bowl. Using a fork, whisk

together the buttermilk,

eggs and oil. Pour into

the flour mixture, stir to

combine. Don’t over-mix

the batter.

3. Stir in the cheese, chives

and zucchini. Spoon into

prepared loaf pan. Bake for

50-60 minutes or until a

skewer inserted in the centre

of the bread comes out

clean. Serve warm spread

with ricotta or cream

cheese.

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Poached eggs with

Worcestershire

mushrooms

Serves 2

4 fresh, free range eggs, at

room temperature

Hot buttered toast to serve

Worcestershire mushrooms

30g butter

400g mixed mushrooms,

sliced

3 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1. To poach the eggs, half-fill

a deep (at least 6cm deep)

wide frying pan with water.

Bring to a simmer over medium-high

heat. Crack 1 egg

onto a saucer. Slide egg into

the water, then gently stir

the water to form a gentle

whirlpool until the egg starts

to float. Repeat with remaining

eggs. Simmer, without

stirring, for 3 minutes.

Remove with a slotted spoon

to a clean tea towel.

2. Meanwhile, for the Worcestershire

mushrooms, melt

butter in a frying pan

over high heat, add the

mushrooms and sauté 3-4

minutes or until tender. Add

Worcestershire sauce, cook

1 minute.

Janelle’s Tip:

You can add

a teaspoon of

white vinegar

to the simmering

water if

your eggs are

not really fresh.

This will help

to set the white

quickly.

3. Spoon the mushrooms onto

toast, top with eggs, season

and serve.

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Food Life

In Season

Australian

Food Life

Garlic

Garlic is a staple in every

cook’s kitchen. Garlic

has no aroma until cut. Once

the cell walls are disturbed

(chopped, crushed etc) a

sulphur compound is released.

This compound is destroyed

when heated and that’s why

cooked garlic is milder to eat

and less potent on the breath.

Availability

Although available yearround,

the Australian season

is at its peak from October

through to the end of April.

Preparation

Separate the cloves from

the head. Place a clove on a

chopping board and place

the flat side of a large knife

on top. Press down lightly to

crush the clove; this makes

it easier to peel.

Buying

When buying garlic, look

for heads that are heavy

for their size, enclosed in

dry, papery layers. Avoid

any with soft spots or that

are sprouting. Sprouting is

an indicator that the garlic

is old. Sometimes garlic

will start to sprout once

you bring it home. It’s not

harmful to eat, but should

be removed using a small

sharp knife

Storage

Store in a cool dry place

for up to 1 month (do not

refrigerate).

Nutrition

Garlic has high levels of

vitamin C, vitamin B6, and

manganese, and selenium

which is a powerful antioxidant.

As garlic is generally

consumed in small quantities

it supplies only a small

amount of our daily recommended

intake of nutrients.

Cooking tip

Be careful not to cook past

golden brown, or it will

become bitter.

Also In Season

November

Look out for Asian Greens;

Hass Avocadoes; Broad

beans & Green beans;

Beetroot; Fresh Peas;

Aussie Garlic, Green Onions

and Silverbeet while the

top fruit buys are Bananas,

Blueberries, Strawberries

and Pineapple.

Margherita pizza

Serves 4

1 head garlic

2 tbs extra virgin olive oil

2 large flatbread or pizza bases

3/4 cup tomato passata

2 large, ripe tomatoes, sliced

2 cups grated mozzarella

1 cup basil leaves

1. Preheat oven to 180°C fan

forced. Cut 1cm off the top of

garlic to expose cloves. Place

garlic in a piece greased foil.

Drizzle with 2 teaspoons of

the oil, sprinkle with salt and

pepper. Wrap tightly in the

foil. Bake 30 minutes or until

garlic is soft. Cool. Gently

squeeze garlic cloves from

skin into a bowl. Stir in the

remaining oil.

2. Put two large baking trays

into the oven, increase oven

to 220°C fan forced. Spoon

the garlic oil evenly over

both flatbreads or pizza

bases.

3. Spoon over the passata

then top with tomatoes and

mozzarella. Transfer pizzas

the hot baking trays and

bake 10 minutes or until

base is golden and crisp.

Scatter over the basil. Season

and serve.

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Pittwater Puzzler

Compiled by David Stickley

CLUE: 20 Down

ACROSS

1 Groups of kangaroos (4)

3 Features of older houses that run around

the outside (8)

9 Weather monitoring equipment that was

very much in play during October (4,5)

11 Do what you do (5)

12 Legendary bushranger (3,5)

13 Registered trademark for rigid-hulled

inflatable boats (6)

14 Golf club (4)

15 Leafy growth much sought after during

the hot summer months (5,4)

17 Former Governor of NSW after which a

significant parkway was named (9)

19 The garden of a house (4)

22 A publication’s supplementary

advertising (6)

23 Ingleside’s St Sava is described as this

kind of Serbian church (8)

25 Source of petrol, diesel, and other

fuels commonly (5)

26 Old computer unit needed to access

large amounts of data (4,5)

27 Describing the Holiday Park in

Narrabeen (8)

28 An unwanted plant (4)

DOWN

1 & 8-down Invaluable service to ensure

the safety of all boat users (6,6)

2 Construction company like Peninsula

Homes in Warriewood (7)

4 A goal that brings scores level (9)

5 A space allocated for a specific

purpose (4)

6 Treasure trove collected by local

engineer Bob Moran (9,4)

7 A person serving in or having served in

an army (7)

8 See 1-down

10 Legendary Aussie popular music

identity who will perform at Dee Why RSL

on Friday November 30 (5,8)

16 A major division of the animal

kingdom, with segmented bodies and

jointed appendages (9)

17 An odd or fanciful notion (6)

18 Bird and a type of sailing dinghy (7)

20 Cabernet sauvignon, shiraz or claret,

for example (3,4)

21 Add more rooms to a house (6)

24 Distributors of cash on the Northern

Beaches (1,1,2)

[Solution page 70]

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Garden Life

Garden Life

Delight Flamenco in hibiscus the amazing makes

colours brilliant of stamp hydrangeas of colour

Lush,

Always tropical

a favourite

Hawaiian

for

hibiscus were in

Christmas demand in colour, the ’80s hydrangeas

and ’90s but as the ‘new

look’ and

are

trend

flowering

towards

their

low maintenance

heads

became

off!

popular,

They look

their

wonderful

popularity waned. The

Hawaiian

in the

hibiscus

garden,

were

brightening

grafted plants grown by

the

specialist

semi-shaded

nurseries,

areas

but many

and

of these nurseries

glowing closed as in clipped the full, hedges protected and strap-leaved plants

sunlight. took over Once and hibiscus the older were hard to buy.

varieties The huge were flowers either of pink the older or hibiscus lasted

blue just one depending day and the on shrubs the soil, needed constant

additional care. The warm, lime will tropical deepen gardens of the northern

the beaches pinks are and boosted blueing by tonic a flash of colour – and

(sulphate nothing can of compete aluminium) with will bright, spectacular

heighten flowers of the blues, new flamboyant but the Flamenco hibiscus.

new They named will flower varieties continuously will for nine months

maintain of the year, their with colour. blooms White that will last on the

never bushes changes. for up to There five or are six days before they

hydrangeas fade. The compact of every plants size are from great for pots,

the mass tiny planting dwarf in Piamina garden to beds the or even as a low

tall hedge traditional in the full Mop sun. Heads. If space is limited, plants

With that have so many been to trained choose as from standards are available.

it is They almost look too stunning difficult as focal to points of in the garden traditional mop Hibiscus heads, have few

that

problems.

can be two

They

metres

should

tall.

decide. beds, or There in tubs are on the sunny delicate balconies the or patios cone-shaped be flowers cut back of by a third The recently in late spring, introduced as they

lace with caps, colourful the petunias, huge blooms white allysum hydrangea or trailing, paniculata flower bushes on new growth. smaller Feed growing with a Picotee fertiliser that

silver dichondra growing underneath. There are will promote flowers varieties – I use with Sudden two-tone Impact flower for

nine different colours to choose from: white, plus Roses. Their only heads problem are is hard the hibiscus to leave beetle behind

the bright and if green you have leaves a semi-

and

pinks, yellows, salmon, tangerine and scarlet. that eats holes in

Their huge, single, frilly petalled blooms lives in the flower shaded buds. (Granular wall, the BugKilla climbing from

have dark centres.

Richgro will control hydrangea these irritating petiolaris insects.) is just

beautiful.

Hydrangeas are forgiving

Little Angel

plants

daisies

L

that are easy to grow.

ow-growing borders

They

add colour.

like regular

Little

water

Angel

and

is a

tight, compact plant

any

that

good

will easily

garden

adapt

soil.

to

Mulch

any

sunny position. It will gradually

the roots

carpet

with compost

the garden

to

edge with rosettes of bright

keep them

green

cool

leaves.

and

The

feed

large,

pure white, yellow-centred

them

daisies

in early

will

spring

appear

to

all

get

through the summer months.

them going. Grow them in

Little Angel makes a

pots,

great

or

border;

in the

it

garden;

will grow

bring

between pavers or down

them

the

inside

centre

when

of a driveway.

in flower

Pick the flowers and add

or

them

cut the

to

blooms

bunches


of

they

scarlet

last

geraniums for Christmas

well

table

in water.

decorations.

with Gabrielle Bryant

Christmas

bush that’s

a ‘Cracker’

New Zealand Christmas

Bush is an old favourite

for seaside gardens. The

soft, grey foliage is salttolerant

and tough. In the

past few years there have

Cherry been many new Guava varieties a

sweet

under cultivation.

surprise

All are

Ifantastic hedging plants for

n

salt

full

or

flower

as wind

in my

breaks.

veggie

garden

The newest

is my Cherry

newcomer

Guava,

is

sometimes

Metrosideros

known

Fire

as

Cracker.

a Strawberry

Fire Cracker

Guava. This

has

delightful

all the

evergreen

hardiness

shrub

of its

never

parentage

fails to

produce

but is quite

a heavy

different

crop of

in

cherry

guavas

appearance.

in early

Fire

autumn.

Cracker

is

It

a

is

perfect

a small,

name

pretty

for

tree

the

with

rounded,

explosion

glossy

of colour

green

in

leaves

the

that

new

only

leaves:

grows

bright

to about

yellow,

three

gold,

metres

pink and

in height.

scarlet

Keep

that

it

trimmed

cover the

into

dark

shape

green

after

and

fruiting.

gold

The

variegation

delicate fluffy

of the

flowers

older

are

leaves.

creamy white, growing close

to the

Grown

branches.

as a hedge

They are

that

followed

is

clipped,

by the

the

tangy

amazing

flavoured,

colours

sweet,

will dazzle

berry-sized,

you. It

cherry

can reach

red

fruit

a height

that are

of

high

three

in

metres

vitamin

and

C.

Unlike

grow

the

to be

taller-growing

two metres

deciduous

wide

if left

yellow

as an

guava

informal

that needs

shrub.

cooking,

This is a

the

Christmas

fruit can be

bush

eaten

that

raw

is grown

straight

for

from

its

the

leaves

tree

alone.

or

used

I have

in cooking,

never seen

jellies,

one

drinks,

flower.

sauces or jams.

You should protect the fruit

from fruit fly with a fruit fly bait.

Get into the

‘swing’ of Xmas

It is time to relax and enjoy

your garden. Look at your

outdoor seating requirements

– the shops are full of

amazing chairs and tables.

Hanging cane egg chairs have

been trendy for the past few

years and now the ‘Swing

Seat’ is back. Nothing is more

peaceful than swinging in a

seat for two, sheltered from

the weather with a roof to

shade from the sun – makes a

great Christmas present too!

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Spice things

up with

turmeric

Not only is turmeric great for

aches and pains, arthritis and

rheumatism, it is a delightfully

decorative plant in the garden.

Turmeric is a member of the

ginger family, native to India and

Pakistan.

The attractive, tall, bright

green leaves that can grow up

to a metre in height, are perfectly complemented by

the spikes of pure white flowers that can be tinged with pink.

Turmeric grows from knotty rhizomes under the ground.

The new growth appears every spring and then dies down

in winter. This is when the spice can be harvested. The orange

rhizomes can be used freshly grated or in a dried, powdered

form. It is used extensively in curries as a spice, for colouring

dye and as a tea for aches and pains.

Turmeric is easy to grow in warm humid conditions. Plant the

rhizomes (I got mine from a fresh vegetable organic health food

shop) in good, rich soil that drains well. The plants love plenty

of water – but not ‘wet feet’.

Their natural habitat is dappled light at the edge of subtropical

rain forests. The plants will grow in full shade but will

produce a higher yield with some sunlight.

If space is a problem, turmeric makes a very attractive pot

plant indoors, in a sunny window, or grown outside.

Flannel flowers:

short but so sweet

The soft, velvety flowers of

the native Flannel flowers

appear every year in late spring

along the road sides, from

crevices in the rocky kerbs and

in the stony soil under the gum

trees in the bush.

Flannel flowers are shortliving

plants, lasting just a

couple of years. Seeds are

hard to find and germinate

erratically, but established

plants are in garden centres,

potted. These amazing silver/

grey native plants love full sun

or semi-shade; they will grow in

any well-drained soil (they hate

‘wet feet’).

If your garden is damp or

your soil is heavy clay, they

will suffer from root problems

and fungal disease. You will

have to mound up the soil with

additional sand; or better still,

grow them in pots.

They don’t need native

potting mix – any good potting

mix will do. When planting,

remove the plants from their

pot very carefully with as little

disturbance to the root ball as

possible. Flannel flowers hate

their roots to be disturbed.

Make sure you tip-prune the

plants on a regular basis to

keep them bushy. The more

tips, the more flowers you

will get. Water them in with a

seaweed solution at the time of

planting, and feed with a waterbased

fertiliser every three or

four weeks. (Eco-Aminogrow

is an organic fertiliser that is

great for native plants.)

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Garden Life

Jobs this Month

Garden Life

October yielded rain,

rain... and more rain!

We needed the water –

but maybe not quite so much.

Time now to repair the garden

– and control the weeds! Get

on top of weeds before they

get out of control; Slasher is

a non-selective, non-residual

weed killer that will work in

hours if sprayed on a sunny

day. It is a natural product

made from plant oils that is

completely safe to use. It will

kill weeds, moss, algae and

lichen. Then cover the earth

with a thick mulch of compost

or sugarcane mulch.

Aerate lawns

Lawns have suffered from

heavy rain. Aerate the grass

with the tynes of a garden

fork. If you have a large area,

hire a spiked roller to do the

job. Lightly top-dress with

lawn topdressing any bare

patches and sprinkle with

seed. Check with the garden

centre for compatibility of the

seed with the grass that you

have.

Trim time

Cut back the old canes of

ornamental gingers to make

space for the new growth to

pop up. Also, remove seed

heads of agapanthus flowers

before the seeds stray into the

bush. Trim back bottlebrushes

and grevilleas after flowering

to promote new healthy

growth. Feed native plants

with Bush Tucker fertiliser.

Attract bees

Encourage the bees to your

veggie garden. Spray with

Bee Keeper every week.

Bee Keeper is a natural bee

attractant that will encourage

bees to forage and maximise

pollination of flowering crops.

Purple reign

November is a month of

mauve haze in the garden,

with jacarandas in flower.

Nothing is more beautiful

than a purple carpet of fallen

flowers – but beware if they

rain continues they will

become very slippery. Sweep

them up on a regular basis.

Pet watch

Brunfelsias, Yesterday, Today

and Tomorrow are flowering

now. These shrubs are tough

and reliable garden plants that

deserve a place in any garden;

but beware if you have a dog

– the seeds that follow are

poisonous.

Miner problems

Watch out for leaf miner and

November

fruit fly on citrus and fruiting

trees. A fruit fly lure will

attract the male fruit fly and

Eco oil sprayed at fortnightly

intervals will control the leaf

miner that curls and distorts

the new leaves.

Aphid control

Aphids in the garden love new

shoots – a yellow sticky trap

will keep them under control.

Be careful where you hang the

sticky trap. The glue is very

strong; it will trap small birds

and lizards as well as aphids!

Veggie crops

Plant follow-up crops of

beans, tomatoes, carrots

Prepare for colour

Pull out the last of the spring

flowering annuals and replant with

petunias, dahlias, alyssum, lobelia,

nasturtiums, salvia and French

marigolds for summer colour.

and silver beet in the veggie

garden. Keep planting every

three or four weeks for

ongoing harvests through

summer.

Crossword solution from page 67

Mystery location: BAYVIEW

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Times Past

Study of women in community

Women of all ages are

a vital component

of any community.

Avalon Beach has seen many

remarkable women contribute

to its fabric and over many

years. To illustrate, this month

we look at three women

from different eras with very

different experiences…

Catherine Collins and her

husband Jeremiah sailed

from County Cork, Ireland, on

board the ‘Elphinstone’ with

their nine children in 1839.

The Collins family

established a large dairy farm

covering the whole of North

Avalon, on land rented from

the Reverend Father Therry at

35 pounds per year. Therry,

who had also come from Cork,

had received grants in the area

totalling 1380 acres.

In the ‘wilds of Pittwater

Catherine helped establish and

run the farm, educated the

children, and grew vegetables

and crops for the family and

animals. According to one

caller in 1861, the interior

of the cottage, which had an

earthen floor, “was the very

beau ideal of cleanliness and

care”. With little opportunity

to take Mass at Careel Bay,

she once walked (via Lane

Cove Road) to Sydney for Mass

because she didn’t like riding.

Grace Wickham came with

her husband Stan and their

two young children, Lois

and ‘Mac’ in 1924 to take up

the tenancy of Mr Small’s

‘new general store’. After a

disagreement, the Wickham’s

ERAS APART: Local achievers Brenda Kable, Catherine Collins and Grace Wickham.

built their own store in 1934

on the diagonally opposite

corner (now Chambers

Cellars). While Stan was out

delivering orders, Grace

ran the store, as well as the

post office within the store,

redirected phone calls to

locals, sold groceries, handled

holiday lettings, was the agent

for the Bank of NSW, raised

and educated her children and

as a nurse, acted as the interim

GP until Dr Sanders arrived

in the 1950s. Grace was also a

keen bowler and a foundation

member of the Avalon Beach

Women’s Bowling Club.

Tragically, while on duty

in the shop, she took the

telegram which notified her

of the death of her son while

flying in France for the RAF

in 1939.

Brenda Kable was one of

those many women who, with

their family, settled in Avalon

Beach post-WWII. Brenda had

previously found it necessary

to spend much of her time in

ships. Her husband Garvon

was a Sargeant Navigator in

the RAAF and then in the

Naval Fleet Air Arm. Trips

to England, Melbourne and

the USA with two of her

later four children, required

many school changes,

understanding their needs

and without forming any

lasting friendships. However

she turned travels into

exciting adventures, making

the most of sightseeing and

educational opportunities.

After settling into Avalon

Beach in 1955 she supported

her husband in his work with

the APT and then started the

Avalon Community Library in

1983. In 1998 she was awarded

an OAM for her work with the

Pangloss Circle, settling new

migrants into Australia.

TIMES PAST is supplied

by local historian

and President of the

Avalon Beach Historical

Society GEOFF SEARL.

Visit the Society’s

showroom in Bowling

Green Lane, Avalon

Beach.

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Travel Life

Travel Life

Open golf odyssey

There are golfing trips – and there are

golfing trips. The team at GOLFSelect,

one of Australia’s premier golf holiday

organisers, have put together a package

which is mind-blowingly good.

In July 2019, join hosts Gary Lisbon and

Matthew Ridge on an escorted tour to

Northern Ireland and Scotland to coincide

with the Open Championship at worldrenowned

Royal Portrush GC.

This tour includes: Playing Royal

Portrush the week after the Open; two

rounds on the World #1 course Royal

County Down in Northern Ireland; the

Ailsa Course at Turnberry (above); Royal

Troon; historic Prestwick (host of the first

Open); Royal Belfast; and Portstewart.

(More golf available for keen golfers.)

Accommodation is top-end – the

Bushmills Inn with its famous distillery

for Royal Portrush; the exclusive Slieve

Donard Hotel at the foot of the Mourne

Mountains for Royal County Down; in

Belfast the Titanic Hotel; and the five-star

Trump Turnberry for the Scottish courses.

Over 13 nights, with luxury transfers and

limited to just 16 places, it truly is a rare

golf opportunity open to singles, couples

and non-golfing partners. Places filling fast

– more info golfselect.com.au – Nigel Wall

Sydney

to Hobart

in style

Here’s your

chance to experience

the nautical

tradition that is

the 74th Sydney

to Hobart inter- national yacht race

– but in luxury rather than the Spartan

existence of a crew!

Embarking in Palm Beach on December

26, soak up the excitement of the start

from the Coral Discoverer’s vantage point

off Sydney’s North Head. Watch the fleet

sail past as you hear from the on-board

analyst Tony Carpenter.

The cruise hugs the south coast and

crosses Bass Strait with the trailing fleet.

Enjoy the scenic rugged Tasmanian coast

with the opportunity to join the expedition

team on several guided shore excursions

to Tasmania’s scenic parks.

Coral Discoverer arrives in Hobart on

New Year’s Eve, when you will join the

festivities of the big race’s presentations

and see in the New Year, before disembarking

on January 1.

* More info coralexpeditions.com or call

1800 079 545.

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Up close with timeless treasures of Europe

Silversea is taking guests closer to the

timeless treasures of Europe with the

choice of three exclusive offers for its

2019 European Collection.

Travel View’s Karen Robinson says their

incredible offers enable guests to experience

a rich diversity of itineraries across

Silversea’s ever popular 2019 European

Collection, showcasing the authentic

beauty of the Mediterranean, Northern

Europe and the British Isles.

“Offering an unparalleled variety of destinations,

guests will get closer than ever to

the eternal romance of Europe,” she said.

In 2019, Silversea will visit 13 countries

in the Mediterranean encompassing Iberia,

the Western Mediterranean, Italy, the

Adriatic and the Eastern Mediterranean.

“Guests will have the option to travel

aboard Silver Shadow or Silver Whisper,

two of the most intimate ultra-luxury

cruise ships in the Mediterranean, or

Silver Spirit,” Karen said.

In Northern Europe and the British

Isles, a number exciting of itineraries

offer guests the chance to discover The

Baltic, the Norwegian Fjords and North

Cape, the British Isles, Iceland, and the

Atlantic Coast.

Karen said Silversea was committed to

unlocking new destinations and travelling

to more ports than any other cruise line.

Late departures and overnight stays in

iconic destinations such as Monte Carlo

and Portofino would also allow guests

more time to explore and immerse themselves

in local cultures during their travel

experience.

Highlights in the Mediterranean

include: Silversea Shadow’s 2019 Mediterranean

Grand Voyage, which will

see her spend 47 days visiting the best

destinations in the region; The Grand Prix

Cruise, a specialised 5-day round trip to

Nice aboard Silver Shadow, taking in the

glamour of the Monaco Grand Prix and;

two Opera voyages which will see two

soloists from the Accademia Teatro alla

Scala of Milan deliver exclusive performances

from the world’s most magical

operas.

“Notable itineraries in Northern Europe

and the British Isles in 2019 include sailing

through Tower Bridge to the heart of

London; two culinary voyages featuring

special menus, cooking demonstrations

and guided visits to local markets and; a

wine voyage, travelling between Barcelona

and London with the opportunity to

enjoy lectures from world-class experts,

with tastings and optional private tours,”

Karen said.

“Silversea vessels are specifically

designed to allow guests to disembark

closer to town, maximising the amount of

time spent exploring.”

She added small islands off the UK

coast which were not accessible to other

ships offered Silversea guests unique

cruising experiences such as sailing

through the Kiel Canal, or small ports

such as Portimao, Amalfi, Trapani, Patmos,

Hvar and Hydra.

More info 9918 4444 or 9999 0444.

Travel Life

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NOVEMBER 2018 73


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Travel Life

Talk the walk: Luxury Camino journey

Travelling the Camino is an exciting

journey and one that’s generating a

lot of interest among travellers looking

for an inspirational getaway; taking the

journey with Captain’s Choice allows

you to experience it with everything

considered and included – even the

luxury of a vehicle to whisk you

onwards at any point, so you can really

enjoy the experience at your own pace.

Following a path of ancient scallop

shells, where adventure and the divine

connect, you can walk the most magnificent

legs of the Camino Francés with

expert guides.

“Commencing in Saint Jean Pied de

Port, the historical starting point in

France, Captain Choice’s Crux of the

Camino 21-day journey gives you the

opportunity to trek more than 200

kilometres spread out over 11 walking

days. This qualifies us for the

Compostela, a certificate that attests

our effort,” says Karen Robinson from

Travel View.

By day, take full advantage of the astonishing

landscape by having a picnicstyle

lunch – with your toughest decision

being which meadow to enjoy it in.

Your taste buds will also be pampered

at Michelin-starred restaurants like

Frank Gehry’s Hotel Marqués De Riscal.

At night your weary limbs will gratefully

rest in luxury stays from paradors and

monasteries to fine hotels.

Also, the comfort of a courtesy

vehicle is at your disposal. At any point,

you may choose to stop walking. The

vehicle will chauffeur you directly to

your hotel, no questions asked. Trailing

the group closely, it also serves as a

mobile refreshment station, stocked

with nibbles, sandwiches and drinks.

(Even wine, if you are so inclined.)

“The Camino is a chameleon, displaying

different shades of beauty in each

season. It’s a must-do experience for

everyone,” says Karen.

She added a special three-day architectural,

cultural and culinary pre-tour

in San Sebastian was also available.

* Join Travel View for an information

evening on 28 November from 6pm;

RSVP by 18 November. Call to secure

your spot – Avalon 9918 4444 or Collaroy

9999 0444.

74 NOVEMBER 2018

The Local Voice Since 1991

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