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Editorial

We wish you a Merry Christmas

If this month’s cover image

looks a little familiar,

chances are you are one of

the scores of locals who have

already purchased ‘Beyond The

Bends – Barrenjoey’s Best Bites’.

It’s a cookbook with a

difference, compiled with

input from teachers and

students of Barrenjoey High

School, both past and present.

Turn to page 12 to read all

about it and learn where you

can buy your copy locally.

And a big thanks to project

manager Sally Mayman for

offering us her image for our

magazine this month.

* * *

Our story in November

on bureaucratic delays

in progressing the proposal

for an off-leash dog trial at

Station Beach at Palm Beach

struck a chord, with Northern

Beaches Council announcing

a consultation period for

comment (closes February 28).

The proposed trial is for

a 12-month period in 2019

and will be dependent on

the outcomes of further

environmental assessments

currently being undertaken.

Council will hold pop-up info

sessions at Palm Beach GC on

November 29 and December 1;

if you miss those you can head

to Council’s online survey.

* * *

Easylink reports only modest

passenger numbers in the

first weeks of operating their

shuttle to the new NB Hospital.

Only 15 passengers used

the service in the first three

weeks... which would suggest

there isn’t a great demand for

a direct bus link, or else people

simply don’t know about it.

If the latter, tell your friends!

* * *

We wish all our readers and

advertisers a happy and

safe Christmas and holiday

season – thanks for your kind

words of support, too.

We look forward to bringing

you some great surprises in

2019. Stay tuned! – Nigel Wall

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Road upgrade

priority squabble

News

Local MP Rob Stokes has

questioned community

group opposition to the Roads

and Maritime Services’ scheduling

of the much-needed

Mona Vale Road upgrade

which has given priority to

the eastern section of the

project, between Foley St at

Mona Vale and Manor Road at

Ingleside.

Mr Stokes announced the

successful tenderer for the

$140 million job last month,

with works slated to commence

in February with a

completion date in 2022.

The project will involve

building additional climbing

and descending lanes to

improve travel times, and the

introduction of median separation

and a heavy vehicle arrester

bed to help address the

road’s tragic crash history.

Community group Friends

of Mona Vale, while supporting

the upgrading of Mona

Vale Road, have demanded

the western section of the

project be done first, arguing

works will only worsen

the bottleneck at the Baha’i

Temple / Powderworks Road

intersection.

“Vehicles travelling up

Mona Vale Road will arrive

at that location quicker,” a

spokesman said. “This together

with the existing traffic

coming up Powderworks

Road from Narrabeen will be

a far worse bottleneck than is

presently the case. Additional

traffic delays, driver frustration

and reduced safety will

result.”

The group maintain that

their requests for an additional

meeting with the RMS

to discuss the issue were met

with refusal.

“We have also had discussions

with Rob Stokes…

no-one will listen to common

sense that it is obvious that

Mona Vale Road ‘West’ must

be upgraded first.”

Mr Stokes countered: “We’ve

seen too many accidents on

this section of road and it

must be fixed.

“Our community was very

vocal following the petrol

tanker accident in 2013 (pictured)

that this section of the

road be prioritised.

“Both sections of the road

need to be completed – but

we’ve got to start at one end

and this section has the greatest

safety concerns.

“The project is funded, the

contract is awarded and we’re

ready to go… I can’t understand

why some people want

to stop this safety upgrade

from proceeding.”

Further, the RMS has noted

that the western section of the

project also requires a significant

amount of fill to be used

as part of construction, whilst

the eastern section requires

the removal of a significant

amount of fill.

A spokesman said ordering

the project in the current way

would allow the fill from the

eastern section to be transported

to the western section

for re-use, maximising efficiencies

and cost benefit.

– Nigel Wall

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Plan to connect Newport with Avalon

Locals are being urged to view and

comment on Northern Beaches

Council’s vision for safely connecting

the villages of Avalon and Newport

for pedestrians and cyclists before the

deadline for public submissions closes

on Sunday December 2.

Mayor Michael Regan said the proposed

new pedestrian and cycle link

would unlock extraordinary views of

the coast and enable safe cycling and

pedestrian access between the two villages;

draft plans are available to view

on Council’s website.

The proposed design includes

sections of shared cycle/pedestrian

path (including from Neptune Rd to

The Serpentine – although concept

diagrams pictured appear to indicate

a separate carriageway near Bilgola

Beach), some on-road cycleway (following

The Serpentine), and sections

of elevated boardwalk and concrete

pedestrian path.

The link would involve The Serpentine,

Eric Green Reserve and

Barrenjoey Road, as well as the existing

pedestrian connection behind the Bilgola

beachfront.

The plan has met with support from

the Newport Residents Association, who

said they expected construction to have

minimal effect on traffic on the one-road

link between Newport and Palm Beach.

“We discussed the plan at our November

meeting and the consensus was that

it was a good plan to be supported,” said

NRA President Gavin Butler.

“Although, we question the photo

montage on the website which indicates

a shared footpath on the map

plan but has an illustration of a

cyclist on what appears to be Barrenjoey

Rd, which should not be correct.

“We acknowledge that there may be

delays during construction but would

hope that can be managed properly.”

Mayor Regan said the Northern

Beaches Coast Walk was on track to

be completed by 2020.

“We’re hoping it will be the best

walkway in Australia taking in spectacular

coastal views from Manly to

Palm Beach which will be accessible

for not only locals, but visitors and

tourists,” he said.

“The Newport to Avalon Pedestrian

and Cycle Link forms just one part of

Northern Beaches Council’s ambitious

$32.6 million Northern Beaches

Coast Walk infrastructure investment

partnership with the NSW Government.”

If you wish to make a comment, head

to ‘Your Say’ on Council’s website.

Council held drop-in sessions for the

public at both Avalon and Newport in

November.

– NW

News

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News

Ingleside back to square one

Residential development

plans for 3500 dwellings

at Ingleside will not

proceed after an independent

bushfire risk assessment

found the 2016 draft plan

would put future residents in

danger.

Late in November, both the

NSW Department of Planning

and Environment (DPE) and

Northern Beaches Council

agreed that continuing with the

draft plan in its current form

would introduce unacceptable

risk to the community.

The Department says appropriate

evacuation measures

must be in place for current

and future residents – especially

in the context of other

nearby areas such as Elanora

Heights, Warriewood, Bayview

Additional bus services

north of Mona Vale will

start on December 2.

An additional 15 weekday

E88 express services will operate

across the week between

North Avalon and Wynyard.

Weekday morning E88

times departing North Avalon

will now include 8.16am and

8.36am.

In the evening, weekday

E88 services from Wynyard to

North Avalon will be extended,

with an additional service

at 8.07pm.

NOT HAPPENING:

Any revised plan

for Ingleside will

likely not include

a village hub.

and Church Point.

A future evacuation assessment,

as well as consultation

with landowners, will help

determine whether any further

development could safely

exist in the area.

Further, any development

would need to be at a much

lower scale and the DPE would

need a guarantee that the

road network could handle

the extra development in the

event of an evacuation.

Northern Beaches Council

CEO Ray Brownlee said safety

of the community always had

to come first.

“Presented with the indepth

bushfire investigations

by the State Government, it

was immediately clear that

the current plans for development

at Ingleside are simply

not viable,” he said.

“We understand this may

be a disappointment for some

of our residents, but we don’t

see that we have a choice. We

must put current and future

residents’ safety first and we

support the State Government’s

plan to do further

investigation to see what, if

any, development is possible

in the precinct,” he said.

Local MP Rob Stokes

commented: “Whatever the

ultimate outcome is going

to be – residents in Ingleside

simply want a decision to be

made so they can get on with

their lives.

“This issue has been dragging

on for more than 60

years.” – Nigel Wall

More buses to fill B-Line void

‘Teething’

or other?

Our health district’s Annual

Public Meeting is sure to

generate considerable debate

about hospitals in our area.

Set down for Friday Dec 7,

the Northern Sydney Local

Health District Annual Public

Meeting will be held in the

Kolling Building Auditorium

at Royal North Shore Hospital,

Reserve Road, St Leonards.

Members of the community

are invited to attend. But you

need to act now as RSVPs

close Nov 28; email NSLHD-

AreaCommunications@

health.nsw.gov.au or phone

9463 1722.

Since taking first patients

on Oct 30 the new 488-bed

Northern Beaches Hospital has

been marred by accounts of

systemic failures, understaffing,

shortages of basic supplies,

alarming stories from

patients and reports from

doctors/staff about concerns

for patient and staff safety.

Save Mona Vale Hospital

chairman Parry Thomas said

a vote of no confidence by

senior doctors in the NBH

medical director Dr Louise

Messara and resignation of

CEO Deborah Latta days after

the official opening clearly

showed issues were more than

“teething problems”.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard

has reportedly given

operator Healthscope until

mid-December to fix issues.

Mr Thomas said problems

at the new facility could be

eased in part if acute services

were reopened at Mona Vale

Hospital as part of a networked

hospital model.

He said his group had

warned the State Government

that the new hospital would

attract larger numbers than

expected due to its catchment

extending to the North Shore.

“Healthscope and the

government have clearly been

broadsided by the number of

patients,” Mr Thomas said.

“Mona Vale Hospital should be

reimagined as part of a network

of hospitals serving the

northern beaches restoring a

fully-functioning emergency

Some 31 additional L90

services will operate across

the week between Palm Beach

and Wynyard.

Weekday L90 services from

Wynyard to Palm Beach will

restart again after the evening

peak, with new services

at 9.15pm, 10.15pm, 11.15pm

and 12.15am.

Weekday L90 services from

Palm Beach to Wynyard will

be extended beyond 3.10pm,

with additional services at

4.10pm and 5.10pm.

On Saturday evenings, L90

services departing Wynyard

will be extended from

11.33pm to 12.33am.

Late-night 188 services

will continue to operate after

midnight from the city to

Avalon Beach until the early

hours.

Plan your trip at trans-

department, surgery, ICU and

maternity.” – Lisa Offord

portnsw.info

10 DECEMBER 2018

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Recipe for celebration

News

It’s been more than two years

in the making, bringing

together the best ingredients

– youth, experience, taste, passion,

heart and soul - to create

something truly special.

‘Beyond The Bends – B arrenjoey’s

Best Bites’ is a creative

collaboration of 200 students

and staff and 20 parents, both

past and present, celebrating

Barrenjoey High School’s 50th

Anniversary.

With 250 full-colour pages,

the glossy tome is not simply a

catalogue of favourite recipes,

it’s designed as a keepsake

of the stories and food that

connects the community and

celebrates a unique part of the

world, explained school parent,

commercial photographer

and BHS artist in residence

Sally Mayman.

Residents of Pittwater for

20 years, Sally and husband

Gerry’s two sons, Jim and

Tom, attended BHS.

When Tom was in his final

year at Avalon Primary both

Gerry and Sally were involved

in photographing ‘Avalon

Food’, the popular primary

school cookbook, so with Tom

approaching the end of high

school and with many of the

original team now at Barrenjoey,

Sally thought the time

right to create a cookbook for

the high school.

The school community came

on board by sharing their

family-favourite recipes and

the stories behind them, then

students, staff and parents

worked together to cook, style

and photograph them.

“The students were fantastic,

their enthusiasm infectious

and their ideas invaluable,”

Sally said.

“The school Technology and

Applied Studies staff, led by

Caryn Harrington, were wonderful…

it was a great collaboration,

they constantly juggled

classes so as many students as

possible could be involved.”

Caryn said students from

Years 8, 9, 10, 11 and even a

few HSCers pitched in, cooking,

trouble-shooting recipes,

learning how to plate-up and

garnish and assisting with

photography.

“The kids loved it… I don’t

think there was one student

who wasn’t inspired by the

process,” Caryn said.

The English department also

helped with name brainstorming

sessions, with a Year 7

class coming up with the title.

“We all loved this as the

book is designed to be given

to our young people as they

leave home and go beyond the

bends,” Sally said.

“The name also locates our

community and captures the

feeling we all have when coming

home around those bends.”

Sally said there were many

favourite moments during the

book’s production and lots of

laughter.

“There is a lovely positive

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energy generated when a

group of women work creatively

together.

“We bounced ideas around,

learned new skills and solved

each other’s parenting challenges!”

It probably comes as no

surprise that one of the most

popular recipes is ‘Bowsher’s

Bites’ – a recipe which comes

from the BHS Principal’s

Aunty Pat.

“It looks lovely and is quite

unique with an interesting

mix of sweet, salty and sour

flavours,” Sally said.

The project was generously

supported by 30 local businesses,

who made printing it possible,

with design supplied by

Emma Long (Penguin Graphics)

and Petra Timmermann.

The coffee table book costs

$35 and is available from

Barrenjoey HS, Beachside

Bookshop, Bookoccino, Rust,

Avalon Village Meats, Rusti Fig

and Graze n Cakes.

“In the true spirit of our

community, these wonderful

businesses are making no

mark-up on the cookbook over

summer, with all proceeds going

to Barrenjoey High School.

“Please support them – and

shop local this Christmas,”

said Sally. – Lisa Offord

News

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News

Signing off from Currawong

This will be the

last Christmas at

Currawong for beach

cottage managers Russell

and Wendy Worthington

who have been caretakers

of the now Heritage-listed

destination for the past 11

years.

Northern Beaches Council

are currently poring over

applicants to succeed the

Worthingtons, who will depart

the offshore haven in March.

The transition coincides

with the announcement

the State Government has

allocated a further $1.68

million to support Council

with the refurbishment

of the historic cottages,

following an initial grant of

$1 million.

The funds have been

provided to Council through

the NSW Government’s

Stronger Communities

Fund and have been made

available from leftover

funds that were previously

allocated for the acquisition

of the Pasadena site at

Church Point.

Russell said he and Wendy

would miss the idyllic

location but were looking

forward to some welldeserved

time off.

“We’ll miss living in such

a beautiful part of the world,

but we have been on 24/7

call – in 11 years we’ve had

about eight weeks’ holiday!”

he said. “We manage one

night a week off – at these

times our caretaker stands

in for us.”

Russell said duties have

involved “everything outside

of major maintenance”.

“That includes bookings

and enquiries, cleaning

all accommodation and

maintaining cabins to

the best of our ability,

greeting guests and

transporting luggage to their

accommodation, looking

after the grounds, mowing,

weed control, basic first aid,

tick removal and buying

supplies,” Russell said.

One of their unusual

responsibilities has involved

the local fauna: “We have had

to do some snake relocating

and moving and burying

dead wallabies.”

The couple observed that

the “average” Currawong

guest in their time has been

a resident of the Northern

Beaches, with children up

until young teenage years.

“And group bookings are

very popular – Currawong

can accommodate up to 70

people,” he said.

Wendy said the funniest

incident involved helping a

well-known TV personality

retrieve his Hobie Cat which

had taken off from the beach

in a sudden gust of wind

because the sails had been

left up.

“We spotted it out in the

centre of Pittwater going at

great knots, while trying to

run it down in a 20-year-old

tinny with a 15HP engine,”

she said. “Fortunately the

passing water taxi spotted

it was a runaway and pulled

it in until we got there,

otherwise it was going to do

some serious damage on the

other side!”

As for their next steps,

the couple hope to embark

on some travel and do some

volunteer work “once we get

used to being back in the

suburbs”.

Local MP Rob Stokes said

the Currawong cottage

upgrades would ensure the

accommodation was more

inviting and comfortable

– but would still provide

opportunities for families

and conference groups to

switch off in a natural and

historic waterfront setting.

Meanwhile, Council has

chosen Currawong as the

site for an innovative project

that will see drinking water

produced from air using

solar energy.

The project uses SOURCE

Hydropanels to produce

clean drinking water for

the resort, which currently

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BACK TO REALITY: Managers Russell and Wendy Worthington are retiring.

relies on rainwater and has

no reticulated water supply.

(Council partnered with Zero

Mass Water, producer of the

SOURCE Hydropanels used in

the project.)

Mayor Michael Regan

said the installation and

technology could have farreaching

benefits for the

Northern Beaches.

“So far, the installation at

Currawong shows positive

results… this technology

means drinking water will

be available in places with

unreliable or no water supply

at all, substantially reducing

the cost of servicing these

areas and mitigating the need

for plastic bottled water.”

– Nigel Wall

News

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6THINGS

THIS MONTH

News

Eyes peeled. It must be

summer ’coz ‘Percy’ the Prawn

Pod has been spotted around

Pittwater. You’ll find the distinctive

food van parked in Bayview over

the holiday season stocked with

fresh Australian prawns for you

to take away or – if you can’t wait

to tuck in – by the bucket, with

cocktail sauce, lemons and fresh

rolls to enjoy in situ overlooking

the water. Go to prawnpod.com.

au to confirm location and times.

Musical concert. Singers and

instrumentalists from local group

Loosely Woven will present a

new program of songs including

Christmas tunes on Sunday

2 from 4pm at Avalon Baptist

Church. Free afternoon tea.

Voluntary donations to Avalon

Amnesty International welcome.

More info looselywoven.org or

0417 069 472.

Christmas market. The annual

Mona Vale Xmas Market is on

Sunday 9 in Village Park from

9am-5pm with a great mix of

stalls, food and music – perfect

for gift shopping.

Diabetes & daily life. The new

medical clinic Osana Narrabeen

is hosting a free (healthy!)

morning tea and presentation for

anyone who wants to know more

about diabetes; on Tues 11 from

10am-11am. Bookings are

essential narrabeen@osana.care

or 13 93 55.

Doggy paddle. Be a part of

local tradition and support the

annual Scotland Island dog

race celebrating its 44th year on

Christmas Eve (Mon 24). The race

starts “around” 6pm from Bell

Wharf – the finish line is at the

Church Point Ferry Wharf.

NYE fireworks. You don’t have

to make the trek into town to

enjoy a great lightshow to bring

in the New Year. The Bayview

fireworks display at 9pm and

midnight are presented by local

businesses with support from

Council – you can enjoy the

display from outdoor vantage

points including Rowland

Reserve, Winnererremy Bay and

Dearin Reserve or clubs such as

Royal Motor Yacht Club. There

will be an exclusion zone in place

around Rowland Reserve.

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Two tribes,

one beach

The local ‘Battle of the Bends’ is seriously good fun...

because it’s not too serious at all, writes Matt Cleary

News

In these vexed and oft-divided

modern times, there’s

something cool and reassuring

that people can organise

healthy competition with one

another for no other reason

than it’s a good idea. ‘The

Battle of the Bends’ is such an

idea. Like many ideas it began

over beer. But like only the

very good ones, it outlived the

hangover.

The BOTB is the annual surf

competition between Newport

Plus Boardriders (NPB) and

North Avalon’s Surfriders Association

(NASA). Neighbours,

mates, old school chums, their

fine little contest, now in its

fourth iteration, determines

a year’s worth of bragging

rights, talking points, and

banter, the stuff of this sporting

life.

We’re nestled on a pathway

between the dunes on

Newport Beach, buttressed by

those familiar, sheer headlands

that jut into the sea.

Bacon and eggs are bubbling

on the barbecue, cool tunes

pump from a fine big speaker,

and little kids tool about barefoot

on the sand, annoying

their dads and saying funny

things into the microphone.

Surfers here in their colours:

black T-shirts with the club

motifs; sleeveless denim jackets;

daggy surf chic. Mainly

20-somethings though the

odd old boy. Newport Plus

(‘Plus’ because they have let

in surfers from Avalon) was

formed in 1975 by such as

the Carroll brothers, multiple

world champion Tom, and

Nick, a prolific surf writer

and contributor to this very

journal.

Nick runs out, drawn to

surf against David ‘Hammo’

Hammond, the two pitched

against one another because

they’re considered similar in

style. The heats are organised

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FROM FAR LEFT: Newport’s Harry Musgrove

(blue) shreds a turn on the way to winning the

BOTB final against NASA’s Chris Salisbury (red);

the crew gather to tell tall stories and celebrate;

‘TC’ (blue) styling across the face; but it wasn’t

enough to better the wily Rob Bain (red).

Photos: Newport Plus Boardriders

thus. Big powerful goofy footers

surf against big powerful

goofy footers. And so on.

The heats are judged by

these very clubmen, scores

based on speed, difficulty of

manoeuvre, and style. And

marking on style is “subjective,”

according to organiser

Chris Salisbury. “And if the

judges are off you, you’re no

chance!” he jokes.

Quite hard to see the action

early; the sunlight glistening

off the sea turns the surfers

into black wraiths on a frothy

golden pond. Yet by 11 o’clock

the marquee heat – the great

Tom Carroll versus another

old gun, Rob Bain, who once

beat Kelly Slater in G-Land,

Indonesia. Still a presence

about ‘TC’, the old man of the

sea and Newport local. He’s

all salty goodness, orange and

white beard, with that chunky,

low centre of gravity reminiscent

of David Warner, Cooper

Cronk, and Maradona.

And their heat is a beauty,

both men going wave for wave

in the three- to four-foot swell.

Carroll owns it early but Bain

catches a right-hander all the

way to the beach and steals

it. Each heat wins the club

a point. Winning the final’s

worth three points. Which organiser

Harry Musgrove does

for Newport, though NASA’s

five-point lead heading into

holds firm.

And you think: good luck to

these surfing dudes. The vibe

is very cool, it’s not overtly

competitive, there’s applause

for skills from all. They’re all

mates. And as the beer goes

down in the early evening, it’s

a bit like that ad for Corona,

somewhere you’d rather be.

Someone suggests a party

at one of the boys’ houses.

Everyone agrees it’s a good

idea. Their hangovers may say

otherwise.

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‘House’ proud

News

The faithful reimagining of

Palm Beach icon Barrenjoey

House will be unveiled in

December – the latest offering

from husband-and-wife team

Andrew and Pip Goldsmith.

The couple run the Boathouse

Group, which has a string of

coastal-styled eateries and venues

across the northern beaches

including The Boathouse and

Home Store at Palm Beach and

Moby Dicks at Whale Beach.

This year has been huge for

the group; they also bought

The Patonga Hotel which

reopened in their colours in

early November.

Andrew told Pittwater Life

they felt lucky to be Barrenjoey

House’s new custodians and

added that Patonga, an idyllic

coastal fishing village, was a

perfect location for a Boathouse.

“We are really excited to mix

what we do in the cafes with a

waterside Hotel and an outdoor

beer garden,” he said.

“We talk about our product

being about the ‘whole experience’.

We love the ferry to Patonga

– we have two little kids, so

have always enjoyed travelling

over to Patonga. You feel a million

miles from everywhere.”

Why such great success over

the past decade?

“We’ve tried to create venues

where people feel both welcome

and relaxed,” said Pip. “We aim

for our guests to feel like they

are on holidays. We also aim

for the look and presentation to

evolve over the years.”

“We are lucky to have a team

of over 450 people who help to

make The Boathouse what it is

today,” added Andrew. “I am not

sure if you will see anything

new from us for a while... we

have a long list of things we

are working on to improve our

existing venues.”

But can there ever be ‘too

much of a good thing’?

“That’s a very good question.”

said Andrew. “Each venue

and its offering is different.

Our bakery at The Boathouse

Home store sells a small range

of bread and cakes, however

at the same time prepares the

cakes and bread for our venues.

The Bakery also supplies fresh

pasta, flatbread dough and wed-

ding cakes for the Group.

“Moby Dicks offers sitdown

weddings, whereas The

Boathouse Palm Beach offers

canapé-style weddings and

events. Whale Beach Deli is a

smaller offering, and is a more

local, all-day brunch-style of

venue.

“Anything new that we have

added since opening 10 years

ago has aimed to complement

our existing venues.”

So, what does Andrew order

for breakfast?

“I always order in abundance...

the fruit platter is

perfect for sharing, and I think

it’s hard to go past the classics –

house-made banana bread and a

bacon and egg roll!” – Nigel Wall

NEW ADDITION:

The Patonga Hotel

Boathouse is the

latest venue in Pip

and Andrew Goldsmith’s

portfolio; it

features all the cool

styling associated

with their other

eateries plus a stunning

waterfront

location. The Group

will also unveil the

new Barrenjoey

House this month.

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Mateship on the beaches

There will be banter and

good-natured ribbing at the

start of the ocean swims at Pittwater

beaches in January.

The annual summer series

kicks off at the Newport

Pool to Peak ocean swims on

Sunday 6 January followed by

Bilgola (13 Jan), Mona Vale (20

Jan) and The Big Swim (Palm

Beach to Whale Beach – 27

Jan). Avalon have moved their

swims to Sunday 14 April.

According to one of the organisers

John Guthrie, a lot of

the regular ocean swimmers

know each other and renew

friendships at the starting line.

“There’s a real feeling of

mateship among the men and

women and boys and girls who

compete regularly, particularly

amongst the older swimmers,”

John said. “They may not know

each other by name but they

enjoy getting together to talk

about the swims they are going

to do over summer.

“They also study the ocean

conditions together and talk

about where the rips might be

and the best place to enter.”

Volker Klemm, a member of

the Pittwater Series committee,

said that while a lot of the

swimmers were quite competitive

in their approach the

general atmosphere was good

natured.

“Ocean swimming is a growing

sport and now that the

clubs have introduced shorter

swims, the younger swimmers

are able to compete – and of

course, many of them are very

fast swimmers,” he said.

“The shorter swims have

introduced many pool swimmers

to the joys of swimming

in the ocean and once they get

more confidence, many graduate

to the longer swims.”

Both John and Volker agree

that the friendly spirit of the

swims can also be seen at the

finish line and at the club barbecues

where swimmers talk

about their experiences.

“Then it flows onto the many

coffee shops where you will

see swimmers and their families

relaxing after their event.”

Entries oceanswims.com

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SEEN… HEARD…

Seething Avalon residents are wondering whether Northern

Beaches Council has forgotten about its trial of an off-leash

dog park in Central Rd, which signage indicated should have

finished in July. The small area of fenced-off park (well, except

for the broken bits) is in extremely poor condition due to

traffic and rain erosion. Indeed, despite full sun it is mostly a

dirt/mud bowl. Said one disgruntled resident: “If a member of

council lived here it would never have even been considered…

what an eyesore!” We put the concerns to Council; seems they

haven’t forgotten, with Mayor Michael Regan telling us repairs

are on the agenda. “Council has planned repairs to commence

mid-December,” he said. “The offleash- dog park’s future is

scheduled to be considered at council’s December meeting.

We will consider whether or not to make it permanent and if

so, what improvements need to be made. The trial area will

remain off-leash until a decision is made.” Hmm. We’re pretty

sure what improvements need to be made…

Are you a collector? Avalon Beach Red Cross Shop has been

gifted a wonderful collection of 200 Matchbox ‘Models of

Yesteryear’ by a local resident who wants to see them go to a

good home. All models are in pristine condition in original

boxes. The collection includes Limited Edition models, like

the much soughtafter

Arnott’s Sao

Biscuits Van. The

models range in

price from $20 to

$80 – although

complete purchase

would be ideal. If

you’re interested,

call the Shop on

9918 0952.

ABSURD…

Why has it taken five years for any authority to act in the

interests of residents near McCarrs Creek Reserve who have

had to put up with unacceptable noise from hundreds of

drum-tapping partygoers at a regular pop-up event held on

the first Saturday of every month? The revelry and incessant

drumming from the ‘Castle Drumming’ Facebook group spans

3pm until the early hours, with camping overnight (illegal).

Council and the police know about it, but nothing official has

been done. Yet. Narrabeen Ward Councillor Rory Amon has

asked Council to write to the police to determine what action

can be taken regarding any unlawful behaviour. Council staff

have also been asked to report back in February about next

steps. But for now, the beat goes on…

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Best on the beach

Avalon Surf Life Saving Club’s success in being awarded

National Surf Life Saving Club of the Year didn’t happen

overnight.

Publicity Officer Roger Sayers said credit had to be given

to the Club’s board which had developed a strategic plan for

sustainable membership, finances, and efficiently carrying

out very worthwhile community service in a responsible

manner – all while having fun.

“The entire club is a single entity, from the juniors

through to Life Members, with everyone sharing successes

and supporting each other,” Roger said. “We are an integral

part of the local community, running community events,

and having connections with the local high school and primary

schools and the local board riding club.”

He added the Club had a long history of innovations,

starting with the IRB developed at the club in 1969, through

to more recently the Youth Development Program, aimed at

retaining younger members after nippers and before they

were old enough to get their Bronze medallion.

“We welcome new members – provide a worthwhile community

service, learn new skills, get fit, make new friends,

and have fun.”

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Keoride operating

hours extended

Revolutionary public transport

service Keoride has

extended its operating hours.

The new hours will see cars

operating until 11.30pm on

Thursdays, Fridays (previously

10pm) and Saturdays (previously

only 7pm); and until

9pm on Sundays (previously

5pm). There is no change to

the 6am-10pm Monday to

Wednesday hours. Keoride

allows commuters in Pittwater

to book a vehicle at a time

that suits them, connecting

their home address or designated

local pick up point to

the nearest B-Line transport

hub at Mona Vale, Warriewood

or Narrabeen. The on-demand

transport trial has delivered

38,000 trips since it began in

November 2017. “Keoride has

revolutionised public transport

in Pittwater,” said local

MP Rob Stokes. “Our community’s

particularly hilly geography

makes access to some

streets and areas impossible

for traditional buses. “I’m

Cruise to a day at the Gosford races

delighted Keoride’s operating

hours have been extended later

into the evening to provide

further benefits and transport

options for residents.”

Keoride trip costs a flat fee

of $3.10 per trip (or $1.55

for concession card holders).

Bookings through the Keoride

app, online keoride.com.au or

by calling 1800 536 743.

Pittwater Paddle

record shattered

Australian Stand-Up-Paddle

champion James Casey

H

ere’s a great way to keep the holiday celebrations going

between Christmas and the New Year – cruising to a day at

the Gosford Races with Fantasea on Friday December 28. The

prestigious meeting is part of the Tooheys Central Coast Carnival,

with the feature races on the card being the Group 3 Belle of

the Turf Stakes and the Listed Gosford Guineas. It’s also Gritty Pretty Ladies Day (more info

theentertainmentgrounds.com.au). Get some friends together and book now – cost is just $55,

which includes a cruise from Palm Beach Wharf to Gosford (departing 10.30am), then a coach

transfer from nearby Central Coast Leagues Club (short walk from wharf – ladies advised to

“pack your flats”) to the track. Return same from 6.30pm, arriving back at Palmy 8.15pm. $10

admission fee to the racecourse payable on arrival. Bookings essential on 9974 2413.

(right) not only shattered the

Northern Beaches Interchange

Pittwater Paddle fastest course

time by 4.5 minutes, but it was

the first time a SUP has beaten

the entire field in the annual

8.4km race. An ideal spring

morning with light winds and

flat seas greeted competitors

as they made their way from

Winnererremy Bay, Mona Vale

around Scotland Island and

back. Casey, a first-timer who

competes internationally and

finished third in this year’s

gruelling 51km Molokai 2

Oahu ocean event, was pushed

hard by another first-timer,

Chris Wilson, in his debut

Ski race. Winner of the Prone

Paddle event, Mona Vale

SLSC’s Luka Monnock, satisfyingly

beat his paddle coach

to the finish, and Charles

Adams proved too strong

in the Kayak event. Double

SUP honours went to Jason

Kennett and Brett Barber and

father and daughter duo of

Guyren and Geordie Smith

won the male and female Ski

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sprint respectively. For the

Hon Rob Stokes, being part

of Pittwater Paddle is about

getting his race fitness and

experience up for the bigger

surf club carnivals over the

summer. “It’s a great race and

a great course around Scotland

Island; there’s something

for the elite and the hackers

like myself, there’s something

for everyone. Being part of the

event is the ideal way to support

NBI, a great cause.” Full

results pittwaterpaddle.org.au

– Lisa Ratcliffe

Share your stories

of life on the Beaches

Local history buffs and residents

interested in preserving

our community’s heritage have

a unique opportunity to help

Council with the development

of a Thematic History for the

Northern Beaches which will

provide a framework for the future

identification, assessment

and management of heritage

places. Council has created an

online platform where you can

share any story. But hurry –

submissions close December

16. More info on Council’s

website or contact Council’s

Heritage Planner on 9942 2662.

Performance

space funding boost

The celebrations for Barrenjoey

High School’s 50th anniversary

continue, with the State Government

announcing a further

$174,000 for the construction

of a Community Performance

Space at the school. The top-up,

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announced by local MP Rob

Stokes, brings the Government’s

total contribution to

$1.234 million. Mr Stokes

said that when completed,

the performance space would

provide the school community

with an incredible asset to help

promote and encourage future

generations of performers.

“Barrenjoey’s P&C Association

is passionate about seeing their

vision for this project become

a reality – so I’m delighted the

NSW Government has been

able to provide the funding

boost it needs to see it delivered,”

he said.

Bayview boating

facilities upgraded

Northern Beaches Council has

completed a major upgrade of

boating facilities at Rowland

Reserve, Bayview, with new

access pontoons installed at

the northern and southern

boat ramps to provide recreational

boat users with a safe

and more efficient means of

embarking and disembarking

watercraft. As well, improvements

have been made to the

parking areas for boat trailers

and an additional wash-down

space for boats has been

created along with measures

to prevent pollutants from

the wash-down space entering

Winnererremy Bay. The

works were made possible

by a State Government grant

of $566,000, under the NSW

Boating Now funding program.

In 2015 Council was

awarded $1million by the NSW

State Government, under the

NSW Boating Now funding

program to undertake a series

of improvements to boating

facilities in the area. Mayor

Michael Regan said the facilities

upgrade had improved the

safety and functionality of

this important regional centre

while minimising the environmental

impact of its use.

Cottage Point crew

launch rescue vessel

Boating safety on Pittwater

has been boosted in the leadup

to summer with the State

Government unveiling Marine

Rescue NSW’s new, $328,000

Sailfish catamaran. With two

modern and fully equipped

rescue vessels able to be rapidly

deployed in an emergency,

the volunteers from Marine

Rescue Cottage Point (featured

in last month’s issue of

Pittwater Life) are now better

equipped than ever to keep

a watchful eye on our local

waterways. The vessel’s arrival

coincided with the 50th anniversary

of the Cottage Point

unit, which was originally part

of the Australian Volunteer

Coast Guard Association,

one of three rescue services

that merged to form MRNSW

in 2009. Cottage Point Unit

Commander Paul Millar said

the unit had performed 117

rescue missions over the last

boating season that brought

350 people home safely to

their families. “Our crews are

Funding for foreshore and pedestrian upgrades

Local MP Rob Stokes has

announced further NSW

Government funding of $920,000

to Northern Beaches Council to

progress foreshore and pedestrian

improvements at three key Pittwater

locations – the Palm Beach (South)

Landscape Masterplan, Careel Bay

Foreshore Masterplan (Stage 2) and

the Hudson Parade Footpath Project

between Clareville Beach and

Taylors Point (pictured). This follows

$1 million provided to Council last

year. The additional funds have

been made available from funding

previously allocated to Council

for the proposed acquisition of

the Pasadena site at Church Point.

“Pedestrian, landscaping and

foreshore improvements are not

only aesthetically pleasing – they

also help improve access, safety

and usability,” Mr Stokes said.

“These projects have been desired

for many years – so it’s great to see

Council making them happen.” The

projects are being delivered with the

support of community associations

including the Palm Beach and

Whale Beach Association, Careel Bay

Pittwater Protection Association and

the Clareville and Bilgola Plateau

Residents’ Association.

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trained and ready to help boaters

wherever and whenever

we’re needed,” he said.

President recalls his

days on the Snowy

Pittwater Probus President

John Harston will take the

microphone at the Club’s next

meeting at Mona Vale Golf

Club on Tuesday December

11 to deliver a talk entitled ‘A

Young Engineer’s Life on the

Snowy Mountains Project in

the 1950s and 1960s’. John

joined the Snowy Mountains

Authority in 1959, having

been recruited in the UK. He

was assigned to the Upper

Tumut Works and worked on

the T2 underground Power

Station. John’s address will

provide insight into his work

and life in the mountains and

later in SMA’s head office in

Cooma. His talk will be supplemented

by photos from the

day, both work and personal.

All welcome, starts 10am.

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Drop off unwanted bikes at Kimbriki

Kimbriki Resource

Recovery Centre is

partnering with not-forprofit

charity Bikes 4

Life to reuse unwanted

bikes with bold plans to

divert over 500 bikes from

landfill every year. Bikes

4 Life collects, restores

and provides bicycles

to marginalised and

impoverished communities

around the world. The

group moved into its new

home at Kimbriki last

month, with plenty of space

for them to sort and repair

bikes collected in Council

clean-ups or dropped

off to the site. Sara Roe

from Bikes 4 Life’s Sydney

operation said their work

was invaluable. “In remote

communities a bicycle is not

only a means of transport to

places of employment and

education but can provide

many with access to remote

sources of food, water,

medicine and shelter,”

she said. To date, Bikes 4

Life’s Sydney workshop

alone have provided over

2000 bikes to various

disadvantaged communities

in Cambodia, Africa,

Central Australia and

Thailand since 2014, while

operations in Melbourne

and Brisbane have donated

over 4,000 bikes to various

communities in need.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood

of Bikes 4 Life so

we’re also calling out for

people to help with our

bike workshops,” Sara said.

“Our workshops are fun

and suitable for people of

all ages and backgrounds,

and no bike experience is

needed as we have a number

of roles for our volunteers.”

Interested in volunteering?

Email sara@bikes4life.com.

au. * Bikes 4 Life will be

holding a bike drop-off day

at Kimbriki on Sunday 9

December from 9am – 3pm.

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Continued from page 29

Botanic Gardens talk

University of the Third Age

member Lorraine Emerson

will conduct a talk on the Royal

Botanic Gardens at the next

meeting at Newport Community

Centre on Wednesday

December 5. Opened in 1816,

the gardens are the oldest

scientific institution in

Australia and one of the most

important historic botanical

institutions in the world.

Runs from 1.30-3.30pm; all

welcome. More info Mavis

Bickerton 9970 7161

Ocean Swim

date changes

Organisers of the Pittwater

Ocean Swim Series wish to

alert participants of two major

date changes. Frustrating,

recurring cancellations of the

annual Bilgola ocean swim due

to bad weather or dangerous

surf have prompted a changed

of date from early December

to mid-January. Event Director

for Bilgola SLSC David Madew

said their ocean swim will

now be on Sunday January

13 – taking the day that was

the Avalon Beach swim date

which has moved to April 14.

Further, Avalon SLSC’s Volker

Klemm explained: “We found

a great interest when we

introduced our ‘Around-The-

Bends’ swim from Newport to

Avalon in April 2018. So the

Club decided to also hold the

annual 800-metre and I.5 km

at Avalon on the same day –

this ensures the large number

of volunteers needed for starts

and finishes along with plenty

of qualified lifesavers for

water safety.” Meanwhile the

Newport swim is on January 6;

Mona Vale on January 20; and

The Big Swim (Palm Beach to

Whale Beach) on January 27.

Mona Vale Hospital

building works

Construction works are underway

at Mona Vale Hospital

as part of the next phase of

major infrastructure improve-

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ments. Ground works have

commenced for a modern

Support Services Building to

accommodate new kitchen,

laundry, cleaning, waste, staff

and engineering services.

Work is also underway to

relocate the helipad. The

repositioned helipad will enable

a new inpatient building

to be constructed on the fareastern

side of the hospital.

The new inpatient building

will accommodate a dedicated

Palliative Care Unit and a

specialist Geriatric Evaluation

and Management Unit.

Other new hospital buildings

recently constructed at Mona

Vale Hospital include the

Community Health Service

Building in 2016, the Beachside

Rehabilitation Unit in

2014 and the expansion of

the Palliative Care Outpatient

Unit in 2013. “There’s a flurry

of construction activity underway

and we’ll soon see the

next new hospital buildings

start to emerge,” local MP Rob

Stokes said.

Council

investigates

bushland

destruction

Council is

investigating the

destruction of bushland

at a new subdivision at

Warriewood. Northern

Beaches Mayor Michael Regan

said Council staff were

investigating the property

at 41 Warriewood Road and

would provide more details

once further evidence has

been gathered. “Council is

aware of what appears to

be significant damage to

bushland at a property on

Warriewood Road,” he said.

“I’m shocked at the damage

caused by these works.

Serious questions must be

asked how works in this

precious bushland area can

be justified in contrary to the

conditions of their DA.” He

added staff were undertaking

an investigation as to the

authorisation of works and

exploring all options within

Photo: John Illingsworth

their power to address the

serious issue. “Thank you to

the community for reporting

this matter to Council as

protecting our environment

relies on the community and

Council working together in

partnership,” he said. Council

officers have reviewed

footage of the area and have

raised serious concerns with

the site owner about these

works. “The Council and the

community have spent many

years seeking to maintain

creek line corridors free

of development and kept

in as natural condition as

possible as development in

the Warriewood Valley has

progressed,” Mayor Regan

said. “This recent work is

contrary to the planning

objectives for the area and we

are taking this matter very

seriously.”

Vet

on

call

with

Dr Ben Brown

We all know how important

tick prevention is for our

dogs in summer – but what

about heartworm disease? Is

your dog protected?

Heartworm in dogs is a

potentially fatal disease that

is transmitted from infected

to uninfected dogs by

mosquitoes. These mosquitoes

inject a number of tiny worms

into the dog’s body which then

mature into adult heartworm

over six months. These worms

settle inside the chambers

of the heart and interfere

with the flow of blood. Adult

heartworm infection causes

heart failure which can result

in serious illness and death.

Heartworm disease is difficult

and expensive to treat so

prevention is better than cure!

According to the Australian

Heartworm Advisory Panel,

year-round heartworm

protection is recommended

for every dog Australiawide.

Therefore, just as we

vaccinate pets against deadly

viral diseases, heartworm

prophylaxis is an important

cornerstone of preventative

care. Whilst monthly

heartworm preventatives

have been demonstrated

to be effective any lapse in

treatment puts patients at

higher risk. Recent research

showed that complacency

around heartworm prevention

has resulted in dogs testing

positive, in fact around 40%

of dogs diagnosed with

heartworm are on owner-given

monthly preventatives.

The easiest way to avoid

forgetting heartworm

medication is to use annual

heartworm prevention given

by injection at the time of

vaccination (lasts for 12

months). Give us a call to

discuss your dog’s heartworm

prevention to make sure they

are adequately protected

leading into summer. We

are currently offering a FREE

heartworm test with every yearround

heartworm prevention

injection (see our ad p16).

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Actress, academic, journalist,

parliamentarian and grazier... the

Hon Dr Elisabeth Kirkby OAM boasts

a remarkable lifetime resume.

Story by Rosamund Burton

No limit to

Life Stories

achievement

Scrambling up her steep back garden

on the Western Foreshore’s Morning

Bay is about the only place that

97-year-old, The Hon Dr Elisabeth Kirkby

OAM, doesn’t go. She travels to Sydney

weekly, staying in her apartment at

Potts Point, has just returned from the

70th birthday celebrations of former

Australian Democrat Senator Meg Lees

in Adelaide, and makes regular trips to

Asia and Europe.

This remarkable nonagenarian has

been an actress, journalist, parliamentarian

and grazier – all before deciding

to enter the realms of academia. Having

taken the ferry to Halls Wharf I walk

along the bush track to Morning Bay and

follow her clear instructions to come

down through her neighbours’ garden,

hers being overgrown, to her backdoor.

She is sitting in her study in front of a

large computer screen. Later she tells me

she reads six online newspapers every

day including The Sydney Morning Herald,

The New York Times, The Guardian

and The Conversation.

Five years ago, aged 92, Elisabeth

Kirkby became Australia’s oldest PhD,

having written a thesis about the impact

of the Depression in Australia from an

historical and social perspective.

“After years of being pushed to the

limits and under constant criticism, it

felt a wonderful achievement,” she says.

“I didn’t think I could do it, but I did.”

However, she admits that the graduation

ceremony was “all a bit untidy” as

she was given a huge bouquet of flowers

when she walked onto the platform at

the University of Sydney.

“I was clutching my mortar board in

one hand, the bouquet with the other,

and trying to shake hands with the vice

chancellor and take the certificate.”

Born in Bolton in Lancashire in 1921,

Elisabeth grew up in an 18th century rectory

on the moors. She remembers electricity

being installed, and the labourers

on the nearby farm cutting hay with

scythes. Even as a child she knew she

wanted to be an actress, and at the start

of World War II she was working with

the Manchester Repertory Theatre. When

she turned 21 she was called up to the

Auxiliary Territorial Service. She joined

‘Stars in Battledress’, a military entertainment

unit, and appeared in Terrence

Rattigan’s play, Flare Path, which toured

army camps in Southern England.

Elisabeth was performing at the Manchester

Library Theatre in a play written

by a leading gynaecologist, Tex Rickard.

Rickard’s registrar Derek Llewellyn-

Jones, who later wrote the women’s

health bestseller Everywoman, came to

see the play. Elisabeth and he married

and they moved to Singapore with her

son Tony, as Llewellyn-Jones had been

asked to work in a practice there. Twelve

months later they moved to Kuala Lumpur,

where they lived for 12 years, and

had two children, Deborah and Robert.

Having done some broadcasting work

for the BBC in England, Elisabeth worked

for Radio Malaya, writing and producing

radio plays and features.

In the large book case, she points out a

biography of Singapore’s founding father,

Lee Kuan Yew. Because her family and

she arrived in Sydney within a couple of

days of Singapore becoming independent

of Malaysia, she was asked by the ABC to

do an op ed about the sovereign citystate

and its future.

She tells me that Malcolm Turnbull’s

recent farewell reminded her of Lee

Kuan Yew’s emotional farewell to the

Federation of Malaysia.

“When Malcolm Turnbull picked up his

grandson and carried him out, I thought

that will go down in history, because it

was such a moving moment.”

Newly arrived in Australia, in 1965 she

asked to audition as an ABC newsreader

to be told by the head of the news division:

“Don’t be silly. Who’s going to listen to

a woman reading the news.” However,

she did work as a freelancer for the ABC,

hosting a radio program called ‘Morning

Call’, and also, lugging her 18-kilogram

portable reel-to-reel recorder, doing

documentaries on issues such as housing

and education. She also appeared in

acting roles, including in the early 1970s

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as Lucy Sutcliffe in the classic soap opera

Number 96, which made her a household

name.

It was Colin Mason, head of the ABC

talks and features unit, who persuaded

her to join the new centrist parliamentary

party, the Australian Democrats.

Kirkby became a candidate, standing for

a bi-election in Cessnock in 1978, and

three years later was elected to the New

South Wales Legislative Council.

Her children were all adult by then:

Tony was well-established in his acting

career; Deborah, who had also trodden

the boards, had married Larry Eastwood

(who featured in the September issue

of Pittwater Life), had her daughter,

Gemma, and was a film accountant; and

Robert was a psychiatrist and working

in England. It was also at this time that

Llewellyn-Jones and she separated.

Kirkby went on to become the Australian

Democrats’ New South Wales state

leader for many years, and the longestserving

Australian Democrat member of

parliament before she retired in 1998.

In 1995, she had bought about 800

acres near Temora, and now in her late

70s moved from parliament to paddocks,

growing arable crops and producing fine

wool. She also served as a councillor on

the Temora Shire Council for four years.

“In the 2004 council elections I was

not re-elected,” she recounts, “so I strode

about the kitchen thinking... ‘now what

do I do?’” She decided on a degree in

history through Charles Sturt University’s

distance education program. This

was followed by an honours degree, the

sale of her property and a move back to

Sydney.

She enrolled at the University of

Sydney to do a master’s degree, but after

four months her tutor, Emeritus Professor

Greg Patmore, had other plans.

“’You’re not going to do a master’s,

you’re going to do a doctorate,’ he said.

‘Don’t be silly,’ I replied. ‘Yes, you are.

Come with me and I’ll re-enrol you.’ He

took me to the registrar’s office and

registered me as a PhD student.”

In 2012, she was awarded the Medal of

the Order of Australia for service to the

Parliament of NSW, to the community of

Temora and to the performing arts. The

same year she moved to Morning Bay,

next door to daughter Deborah and sonin-law

Larry. When two years ago they

sold their house and moved to Avalon to

be nearer their daughter and grandchildren,

Elisabeth decided to stay.

She describes the past few years living

in Morning Bay as “perhaps the happiest

in my life. I love being on the water and

the quiet,” she says. But she certainly

isn’t leading a quiet life. In addition to

enjoying seeing her grandchildren and

great-grandchildren growing up, she

is writing a paper about the establishment

of Federation and has been in the

Mitchell Library going through boxes of

handwritten correspondence by Deakin,

Parkes and Barton. She attends lectures

and seminars at the University of Sydney,

is a regular theatre-goer and keeps

up with friends across the world.

When asked what the recipe is for such

a rich and fulfilling life at the age of 97,

she says it’s having a passion, in her case

history and politics, and the good luck to

have good health to follow it.

Life Stories

CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE: At home in Morning Bay;

wearing her AOM with pride; with sons Robert and Tom;

a 1970s publicity photo; wearing her mortar board to

accept her PhD; on stage in ‘The Devil’s Advocate’ in the

’70s; with her Rhodesian Ridgeback pups near Morisett.

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Carols & Church Services 2018

THE CHRIST

Getting together with family and

friends to sing carols and celebrate

the true meaning of Christmas

remains an important tradition.

In December, Pittwater is once again

privileged to boast three free major local

events to warm hearts (and vocal chords)

and grow the bond of community…

AT THE BEACH

The hugely popular Carols at the Beach,

hosted by Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving

Club, will be held on Saturday December

8. The relaxed event on the grass outside

the club brings our community together for

a night of singing – led by the sensational

Jubilation Choir – celebration and fireworks

all set against the spectacular backdrop of

Avalon Beach (pictured). The evening also

includes a market-style food fair from 4pm,

a visit by Santa and other special guests.

This event supports the club to purchase

much-needed rescue equipment.

WHAT: Carols at the Beach

WHERE: Avalon Beach SLSC

WHEN: Sat Dec 8 from 4pm; carols from

6-9pm

IN THE PARK

The free fun begins at 6.30pm in Village

Park Mona Vale on Saturday December 15

when the precinct comes alive with music

and song with a line-up of local superstars

leading the audience in the traditional

tunes. Presented by The Rotary

Club of Upper Northern Beaches in partnership

with Pittwater Uniting Church,

the Carols in the Park organisers promise

a wonderful evening for the hundreds of

families who choose this event to share

the Christmas spirit. There will be food

and refreshments available and free lollies

for the kids. And Santa will make his

usual appearance, arriving in spectacular

fashion! More info rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org

WHAT: Carols in the Park

WHERE: Village Park, Mona Vale

WHEN: Sat Dec 15 from 6.30pm

BY THE LAKE

Carols by the Lake 2018 hosted by The

Link Church is on the 22nd of December

at 7pm (with pre-entertainment from

6pm) at Lakeside Park, North Narrabeen.

It will be another great evening with

carols, food trucks, Santa, fireworks

and more! Get there early to claim your

spot – bring family, friends and your

best singing voice! It will be better than

ever; organisers have added extra sound

speakers to cover the whole park and

encourage people to BYO your own water

bottle as they will have water stations

positioned at the event along with other

initiatives to make this event environmentally

sustainable. Donations will be

received on the night to support the

Community Foodcare Program assisting

those in need this Christmas on the

Northern Beaches. More info link.org.au

WHAT: Carols by the Lake

WHERE: Lakeside Park, North Narrabeen

WHEN: Sat Dec 22; pre-entertainment

from 6pm for 7pm start.

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MAS SPIRIT

CHURCH SERVICES 2018

Contact

ANGLICAN

Barrenjoey Churches

– Palm Beach

1079 Barrenjoey Rd

Christmas Eve

8pm Carols by Candlelight

Christmas Day

8am Christmas Celebration

Barrenjoey Churches

– Avalon Beach

1 Kevin Ave

Christmas Eve

4pm Family Fair

5pm Family Celebration

Christmas Day

9.30am Christmas Celebration

Mona Vale Anglican Church

– St John’s

1624 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale

Sunday 23

9am Service of Lessons and Carols

5.30pm ‘Ignite’ Café Church (followed

by family BBQ)

7.30pm Carols by Candlelight

Christmas Eve:

5.30pm Family Service

Christmas Day

8am Holy Communion

10am Family Service

Sunday 30

8am Holy Communion

10am Family Service

5:30pm “Ignite” Service & celebration

meal

Narrabeen Anglican Church

– St Faith’s

5-9 Clarke St

Sun 23

8.30am Traditional Lessons and

Carols

Christmas Eve

4pm Family Celebration

6pm Family Celebration

8pm Christmas Service with Communion

Christmas Day

9.30am Family Service

Warriewood Anglican

Church

Auditorium at Warriewood Brook

6-14 Macpherson St

Christmas Day

9.30am Christmas Service

Newport Anglican

Foamcrest Ave, Newport (next to

Post Office)

Sun 9

4.30pm-8pm Carnival & Carols

Christmas Eve

6pm Children’s Christmas Play

Christmas Day

8am Holy Communion Service

9.30am Family Christmas Celebration

CATHOLIC

Sacred Heart Mona Vale

1 Keenan St

Christmas Eve

5pm Children’s Mass in Sacred

Heart School Grounds

9pm Sacred Heart School Grounds

Midnight Mass (Carols from

11.30pm)

Christmas Day

8am, 9.30am, 6pm (Croatian Mass)

Maria Regina Avalon

7 Central Rd

Christmas Eve

6pm Children’s Mass

9pm Mass of the Night (Carols from

8.30pm)

Christmas Day

9am Mass

St Joseph’s, Narrabeen

21 Lagoon St

Christmas Eve

6pm Family Mass

Midnight Mass (Carols from

11.30pm)

Christmas Day

9.30am Mass

St Rose, Collaroy Plateau

4 Rose Ave

Christmas Eve

5pm Family Mass

8pm Christmas Vigil

church websites for any

updates and more information.

Christmas Day

8am Mass

BAPTIST

Avalon Baptist Church

2 George St

Christmas Day

9am Christmas Service

UNITING

Avalon Beach Uniting

Church

44 Bellevue Ave

Christmas Day

8.30am Christmas Service

Pittwater Uniting Church

Warriewood

10 Jubilee Ave

Christmas Eve

5pm Musical Service

9pm Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Day

9am Christmas Service

PRESBYTERIAN

Pittwater Presbyterian

Church Newport

Robertson Rd

Christmas Eve

8pm Carols by Candlelight service

Christmas Day

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Gift Guide

Shopping local presents a great range

of ideas for Christmas gift giving

Ecodownunder

Beautifully designed new collections

are in store at Ecodownunder in

Avalon and Mona Vale. You’ll love the

new colours and styles for summer

which will impress your Christmas

guests. Plus they have a selection of

great gifts for family and friends for

any budget. Their cotton and linen

sheets, gorgeous quilt covers and

towels are made from pure natural

fibres and either certified organic or

made using their signature eco cotton,

free of synthetics, harsh chemicals and toxic dyes. Everything

you need to dress your bed plus they have a range of terrifically soft and super absorbent bath

towels (Shore Collection 5 for $50 / Luxury Organic Bath Towel Pack $96) plus classic striped beach

towels in vibrant summer colours ($20) or super huge tassel beach towels in cool grey or seaglass

stripe ($39). Organic cotton Turkish style towels are a must-have accessory for summer days out

($19). As their name suggests, Ecodownunder focus on sustainability; they have removed all single-use

packaging from their stores but you’ll receive a reusable bag perfect for gift-giving with your purchase.

Sign up and get $20 off your first order online, or purchase instore. ecodownunder.com.au

Newport

New Pot

Summer is always the season

when Pittwater looks

its best, in flower and in a

blaze of blooming beauty.

Boutique homeware store

Newport New Pot, which

opened in Newport on the

east side of Barrenjoey Road

in June, has everything

you need to showcase this

beauty, both inside the

home and out. Owner Lin

says: “There’s a joy we get

from this beauty, the creativity

it offers us – whether

it’s working with passionate

colours or subtle hues.

At Newport New Pot, we

source must-have statement

pieces that will fill you and

your home with joy... you

will be amazed!” Browse

their large range of flower

pots, Scandinavian-style

simple and elegant pendant

lights, unique pieces of

wooden furniture, wall

decorations – and freshest,

greenest top-quality

plants. Choose something

at Newport New Pot and it

might be the only piece in

Australia. A distributor of

luxe brand PTMD, Newport

New Pot imports all its

home decor products from

PTMD in Amsterdam, where

all products are designed

and built with passion by

artists. It’s the perfect local

store if you want to stand

out from the gift-giving

crowd. P: 0423 388 333

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The Art Shop

The Art Shop Mona Vale is an independent art and design supplies

store serving and supporting the arts community in Pittwater and

the Northern Beaches. Along with an extensive range of materials

for artists, designers, students and children The Art Shop is packed

full of interesting and unusual gifts for every age and every stage of

art making to make Christmas shopping this year a pleasure and a

delight. Their Christmas range includes gift sets of paints, coloured

pencils, pastels, sketching materials, Posca pens, Copic markers

along with studio easels, table easels and portable easels. They

stock a large range of sketching and watercolour journals, stunning

handmade and handprinted papers, nature-inspired craft materials

and a collection of books to instruct, inspire and bring creative

ideas to life. For Christmas shopping with a creative edge take some

time to browse in this peaceful, cool and colourful space inside

the arcade at 20 Bungan Street Mona Vale. If choosing is hard, gift

vouchers for any amount are available. Open Mon-Sat. P: 9979 6559

Three Peaks

Photography

Here’s a unique gift idea – photography

tuition with professional

landscape photographer

Peter Sedgwick. Peter says the

best way to achieve better

photos, and to enjoy photography

more, is to learn how

to use your camera properly.

“Why own a wonderful camera,

but not use all of its capabilities?” he says. Peter runs one-on-one

courses on the northern beaches; they comprise a full day of learning, and catering to your individual

photography needs. ‘Understanding your Digital Camera’ is suitable for beginners and intermediate

photographers. There is also an Advanced Course for those who already understand the settings, but

would like to delve further into the art of photography. Also, Peter runs two- and three-day workshops

away at beautiful locations outside of Sydney, where you can completely immerse yourself in nothing

but photography. Tuition is one on one, but should you wish to bring along a friend or partner, they

can come along at half price. Peter will be displaying his Landscape Photography at Warriewood Shopping

Centre, in front of the new JB Hifi store, from December 3 to December 24; gift certificates can be

purchased from the stall. More info threepeaksphotography.com.au

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Avalon Uncovered

Having recently celebrated their first year in business, the team remain

focused on providing a high-quality range of well-known and

unique and independent lingerie, sleepwear and activewear labels.

Madeleine, Lauren and Di are all experienced bra-fitters, ensuring

each customer receives a warm and caring service. With an extensive

supplier catalogue, they also pride themselves on individual

customer orders to ensure a personalised and local touch – minimising

the stress of having to travel too far! For Christmas they

have a beautiful range of lingerie from Simone Perele, Palindrome,

Calvin Klein and Wacoal as well as luxury silk and cotton nightwear

by Ginia and Fashionata. Key colour combinations range from soft

neutral blush tones through to stunning navy, deep charcoal and

vintage red. For the active woman, their always popular leggings

and crop tops by Dharma Bums and Running Bare, in gorgeous

floral and tropical prints, are firm favourites. Pretty and affordable

stocking-filler ideas include stylish cosmetic bags, totes and robes

from Sanctuary Studio, as well as silk pillow cases and eye-masks

from The Goodnight Co. Free gift-wrapping all year round (plus

gift vouchers). Their online store (avalonuncovered.com.au) is also

regularly updated to help choose the perfect gift. P: 0419 822 844

RitzyRocks

Renata of RitzyRocks has a

beautiful, colourful Christmas

gift idea for you – consider it

‘timeless beauty’. Give that

special person in your life

something unique from the

RitzyRocks collection – or

perhaps it may be time to

pamper yourself? Renata has a

collection of beautiful watches

direct from Venice in Italy – the

watch face is surrounded in the

traditional pattern of millefiore

(meaning one thousand flowers).

This unique timepiece has

a leather band and comes with

a warranty. Renata has a variety

of coloured watch bands with a

silver or gold watch face. These

watches are only $55 (plus

express postage to your door

of $12). Act now – Renata will be

at the Mona Vale Village Xmas

Market on Sunday December 9

at Village Park. Want to know

more? Her watches can be found

at ritzyrocks.com.au under the

heading ‘something unusual’.

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Natcha Thai Massage & Spa

Send your special loved one back in time this Christmas with a Gift Certificate from Natcha

Thai Massage & Spa at Mona Vale. Let them experience the wonders and benefits of more

than 2000 years of Thailand’s traditional healing system. Natcha’s invigorating massage

therapies embrace the most effective Thai Massage techniques. Their heavenly hands and

aromatic oils loosen tight muscles, improve circulation, soothe the mind, nurture the spirit

and promote overall wellbeing. You’ll

feel your muscles being kneaded and

the tension seep away, leaving you in a

state of sublime relaxation. In December

Natcha is offering 90 minutes of Deep

Tissue Massage for just $125. Or a great

gift idea: a Family Package – choose any

type of massage for 90 minutes, five

times over 12 months for just $500 – a

saving of $125! Find Natcha between

MGS Physio and The Art Shop; Shop

11/20 Bungan St, Mona Vale. Open Monday

to Saturday from 9am-7pm (convenient

for after work). P: 9979 5318

Antique General Store

If you’re looking for unique Christmas gifts

this year, and if you long to avoid crowded

shopping malls, then head to North Narrabeen

and browse through the Antique

General Store. You’ll find an amazing array

of diverse and unique gifts – on-trend

décor pieces, jewellery, silver, furniture,

collectables, and all things vintage. Their

10 specialist dealers have been stocking

up for Christmas so there’s something

for everyone, from traditional to quirky,

and at prices to suit your budget. If

you’re expecting house guests or a large

crowd on Christmas Day, you’ll find all the extra

seating, tables, cutlery and china you may need. And why not treat yourself to that perfect,

one-of-a-kind piece, which will give your home that ‘signature’ touch? Make Christmas

shopping a relaxing experience this year. Visit the Antique General Store – whether

shopping for Christmas gifts or adding to the décor of your home, you’ll find something

truly special. Like them on facebook and stay updated on their latest stock. Find them at

2 Warraba Road, North Narrabeen (cnr Powderworks Road). P: 9913 7636

Beachside

Bookshop

Beachside Bookshop makes the

process of buying your books as

enjoyable as they are to read. Every

title has been hand-selected by

owner Libby Armstrong and team

with the reader in mind, which

makes your job easier at Christmas.

Give the team a few clues about

your gift recipient to benefit from

their book-matching service. Recognised

as experts in young adult and

children’s books, the Beachside’s

team also has at hand a quality

range of adult fiction and nonfiction

titles – including a growing

cookbook collection. As voracious

readers (and cooks!) themselves,

Beachside’s booksellers have great

recommendations for any situation,

with a particular passion for leisure

reading. A destination for local

and visiting authors, the shop has

several titles hand-signed by their

author, perfect for gifting. Drop in

for a copy of the free Kids’ Reading

Guide 2018-2019 and take advantage

of Beachside’s expert advice

and service, plus free customer

parking at the door. P: 9918 9918

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Mona Vale Shoe Repairs

Theirs is a 200-year-old family tradition, that

provides a platinum service and quality leather

products. Original ‘boot

maker’ Tom Mastroianni

opened his business

in Mona Vale in 1972.

His grandfather, father

and nephew Dominic

all learned the ancient

craft of the cobbler.

Tom was known for his

excellent craftsmanship;

no item – whether

a handbag, shoes or

any leather good – was

too difficult to repair.

When Tom died in 2011,

Tom’s son-in-law Vince decided to continue the

business and offer the same quality and friendly

service. Joining Vince, Dominic was taught by

Tom from the age of 17. Following Tom’s business

formula in shoe repairs and leather goods

products, Vince and

Dominic have continued

to grow the

business, offering a

range of quality leather

goods imported from

Italy. They specialise in

quality Italian leather

men’s and ladies’

shoes, belts and a

variety of handbags

and wallets – all ideal

for special Christmas

gifts. They also stock a

unique, wide range of

leather care products and umbrellas, plus a fast

key cutting service! Find them at 2/17 Bungan St

Mona Vale. P: 9997 5328

Nothing Butt Lingerie

This inviting Mona Vale boutique has lots of beautiful summer lingerie

and sleepwear for gift-giving for all ages, with Chris and her team happy

to help with your selection. Summer has ushered in lovely vibrant sleepwear

by Orientique and Billy Dream. Chris says that for mature ladies,

Givoni and Schrank always please along with some Florence Broadhurst

prints. “Yuu sleepwear is soft and easy to wear,” she says. “Ginia and

Simply Silks make very special gifts. French Country sleepwear is one of

our most popular for everyday or special gifts. And Pleasure State, Heidi

Klum and Palindrome have launched great new colours for this summer.”

This season Palindrome and Simone Perele have released ultra-luxurious

lingerie sets in satin and laces in beautiful pastels as well as ever-popular

black. There are also triangle lace bras and briefs in red, black, white

and aqua. Berlei have brought out great colours in their lace bras and

briefs, as well as usual black and ivory. Triumph and Berlei everyday bras

are always available in sports, maternity, post-surgery and non-wired

bras. “We have trained bra fitters in store at all times and we provide gift

wrapping as well as Gift Vouchers,” Chris added, wishing all customers

a happy Christmas and New Year. Selected lingerie is on sale at 50% off

and off-season sleepwear year-round. P: 9999 1462

Gift Guide

The Life Aquatic

Christmas is always huge for

Simon Reffold and the crew at

The Life Aquatic. “Pretty much

every five minutes we have

someone popping in or calling

to talk about how they can get

out on the water!” said Simon.

“It’s busy, but we love it – where

else do you get to spend the

day helping people do something

fun?” The Life Aquatic

only stocks quality brands like Hobie Kayaks, SUPs and

Cats, Aquayak Kayaks, Go Pro Cameras and gear, Rooster and Gill sailing gear and they are the only

Northern Beaches distributor of Yeti Coolers. This summer, as well as the ever-popular Kayaks, Hobie

have really focussed on some excellent Stand Up Paddle boards – with a range of super high-quality

inflatable SUPs and the new Heritage (which looks great) is less than $1000! The new Aquayak Kayaks

are also great… really well-priced kayaks, that are Australian made – including the kids’ Banjo Kayak,

just $249! “We can’t keep up with the Yeti Gear at this time of year,” said Simon. “People are evangelical

in their praise of it! They are clearly the best coolers in the world and their range of drink bottles

and keep cups blow people away”. Find them at 42 Darley St Mona Vale. P: 9979 1590

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Peninsula Reflections

Stuck for Christmas gift

ideas? Give the gift of

memories! Bring in that

special photo, or memento

of a holiday and have

it framed professionally

for a truly unique gift for

a loved one. Or come and

purchase a gift certificate

for those last-minute gift

decisions. The team at

Peninsula Reflections in

Warriewood are specialists

in unique design

trends to guarantee your

artwork, or photos, or

memorabilia are presented

to create that WOW factor. Bill and Linda will

assist you to find a framing solution that suits

the art, your tastes as well as your budget. Not

only do they concentrate on design and decor,

they are fully trained in

museum-quality archival

framing, which means

your treasured items are

preserved for generations

to come. “Natural tones

and understated comfort

colours are popular at the

moment,” said Bill. “Also,

for children’s art ‘anything

goes’. Bright and bold

colours that complement

the piece are popular.”

However, he adds that

anything that matches

your taste and preference

is far more important than

a passing fad. So bring in your special piece

and they will frame it for your special someone,

for a truly special gift. Find them at Suite 2102,

4 Daydream St, Warriewood. P: 9979 4488

Gift Guide

Richards Shoes

It is clear to see why Richards Shoes is a popular destination

for families on the northern beaches. The spacious store has

a great range of shoes for everyone, with brands perfect for

the coastal lifestyle including Birkenstock, Taos, Gino Ventori

and Diana Ferrari (for ladies); Florsheim, Merrell and Rockport

(for men); and Clarks and Bobux (for the kids). And with

owner Rod Hiscocks – whose family has been in the footwear

industry for three generations – and his experienced

staff, you know you will not only come out with a great-looking

pair of shoes but with the correct fitting. Rod says their

most popular gift purchases for Christmas are Birkenstocks

for men, women and kids in many styles and colours – and

when you mention this promotion in Pittwater Life you’ll

receive a 10% discount! “Plus, if you’re purchasing shoes as

a Christmas gift you get peace of mind, knowing we have an

old-fashioned, full refund or exchange policy,” said Rodney.

“And we’d like to wish all our loyal customers a merry

Christmas and thank them for their support.” Find them

at Shop 4, 3 Bungan St Mona Vale. P: 9999 6065

Poca Camera Bag

Do you wish you could take your camera on more

outings, but are worried you don’t have an easy way

to carry it? The durable and lightweight Poca is the

answer. What does Poca mean? Poca (‘Poh-ka’) is

Scotts Gaelic for bag – in this case a camera bag that’s

perfect for all photographers, from the occasional

snapper to serious lens folk. Functional yet stylish,

the Agile Messenger Camera bag from Poca Designs

is lightweight and water resistant. It combines a

tough-wearing outer bag and separate inner padded

camera case. The bags come in three sizes. The largest

bag will fit a DSLR camera and four lenses, yet still

only weighs a tiny 715g. The Agile Messenger range

has been designed here on the Northern beaches with

day trips in mind – street photography, bushwalking,

even family days at the beach. It’s the ideal gift for

anyone who likes to take their camera with them. You

can grab yours now at pocadesigns.com and if you

order by December 18 they guarantee delivery for

Christmas anywhere in Sydney.

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Surfing Life

Surfing Life

Gift ideas from surf

culture’s wild fringes

Christmas is nearly here – this may help if you’re stuck for stuff to get...

For the stupidly rich...

A DAY AT THE

WSL SURF RANCH

You’ve read about it, you’ve

seen the video clips, you’ve

heard the rumours and

possibly thought a few

up yourself. But the really

astounding thing about the

WSL Surf Ranch, the wave

machine driven and partly

designed by Kelly Slater

and a team of ex-Universal

Studios theme park experts,

is that it actually exists,

and can be ridden… by you!

Yep, the Ranch, about three

hours’ drive north of LA, has

regular “revenue days” when

the pool and its services

are hired out to individuals

or groups – lifeguards,

hospitality, on-the-spot

40-board quiver and all. Stay

overnight at the nearby Tachi

Hotel and Casino, then spend

the day at the pool, being

fed and watered, shown the

ropes of the place, and riding

the 400-metre-long machinegenerated

wave, just like the

big-time pros! Now it costs,

oh yeah it does, eye-watering

sums by most human

calculations, and from what

we hear, all the 80-plus

“revenue days” for 2019 are

booked. But who are we to

say? Maybe you could just

offer an extra 10 grand or

such, and bump someone!

COST: US$55,000, via WSL,

Santa Monica, CA USA

For someone who needs

a new board...

AL MERRICK FLYER

Can I tell you a story? A bit

over 20 years ago I stole one

of Kelly Slater’s boards. Well, I

borrowed it, but I did not want

to give it back. It was a board

that became famous later for

its airspray art, featuring a frog

halfway down the throat of a

stork. The frog’s forearms were

still visible and its hands were

wrapped around the stork’s

throat, preventing the stork

from swallowing the frog. Off

to the side, Kelly had written,

‘Never Give Up!’ But that had

nothing to do with why I wanted

to keep the board. I wanted it

because it was magic. Incredibly

simple, quite short, with a

slightly widened tail block and

a clean flat single concave

running back between the fins.

It had no particular high point,

yet it did anything you could

think of – and back then, in his

footloose early 20s, Kelly could

think of a LOT.

Anyway, he somehow

extracted it from my grasp,

took it home to his designer

Al Merrick, and today, if you

go down to the peerless

with Nick Carroll

For ’80s retro lovers...

TOWN&COUNTRY

In the late 1970s and early

’80s, nowhere in the surfing

world was hotter than Oahu’s

South Shore. This was Hawaii

in summertime, the antithesis

of its scary winter months. A

scene exploding with sunlight,

tradewinds, beautiful little

reef breaks, bright colours,

incredible ripping, plate lunches,

and a logo straight out of

Eastern Mysticism 101. Yin and

Yang, Town&Country. So clever.

They had all the best young

surfers, like Dane Kealoha and

the incredible Martin Potter with

his slashed neon board sprays,

and they set up networks

worldwide, and sold their gear

and their boards, all with that

logo. Then over time, the South

Shore went out of style, the big

Aussie surf companies took the

reins, and T&C retreated into

their roots. Well, they’re back

now, so are the bright colours

and most of all, so is that epic

logo. Not very much of anything

is cooler right now. The full Yin/

Yang boardshorts are way ahead

of the curve.

COST: T&C T-shirts $49,95,

boardshorts $79.95, at Glass

Avenue, Barrenjoey Road,

Newport Beach.

Onboard surfboard store in

Darley Street, Mona Vale, you

can see a rack full of its direct

descendants. This is the Al

Merrick Flyer rack, it’s tucked

away in the second window

bay sorta half behind a pillar,

and if you had to have one

board in Sydney for the rest

of your natural days, a Flyer

might just top the list. Kelly

and Al worked it pretty much

straight off that frog board

nearly 20 years ago and it

boasts the same simple lines,

the same slightly wider than

usual back end, and the same

lovely balance. Thanks

to its width,

For parents or

the Flyer will

sub-teens...

let you get

LEUS BEACH

away with a

TOWELS

tiny bit less

In the past five years,

Californian surf

volume, and

fashion has targeted

its lack of

the margins with huge

complication

success. Stance socks

makes it

are one example,

extremely easy

another might be

to get to know.

Leus. These postironic

beach towel

There’s more

dazzling boards

designers have hit

in the shop,

a nerve in anyone

but there isn’t

who needs a towel

anything more

and a minor statement all in

functional.

one. Beach towels might be the

COST: $885 at Onboard Store, classic Christmas gift; Leus lets

16 Darley St Mona Vale

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PL’s DECEMBER SURF CALENDAR

8-20/12: Billabong Pipe Masters, Pipeline, Oahu

One of the last great pro contests still standing, as the surf industry

companies continue their steady withdrawal from sponsoring

major pro events and the World Surf League tries with limited

success to replace them. Pipe is the gold standard though, the day

it goes will be the day the tour dies a horrid death, and that’s far

from happening this year, as the powerful uber-competitor Gabriel

Medina advances on his second world crown, with seemingly only

the ultra-calm Julian Wilson able to stop him. Julian has a winning

record on Gabriel, especially in finals; trouble is, for him, if they

meet in the final that’ll mean Gabriel’s already world champ. Epic

in any case though. Watch it at worldsurfeague.com

NICK’S DECEMBER SURF FORECAST

The non-El Niño rolls on magnificently. We haven’t had as normal

a spring as this passing one for years and years. Rain, wind and

surf in many forms kept things super lively in November and should

continue into mid-December we suspect, with unpredictable bumps

of swell from a number of directions, day-to-day wind changes,

and all sorts of associated carnage. I do think the back end of the

month will begin to soften, with standard long warm days and NE

seabreezes followed by cooler SE changes, some low cloud, and not

nearly as much surf. It’s take what you can get at this time of year, so

do that, and enjoy the break everyone!

Nick Carroll

you give something a

tiny bit more.

COST: $45 at Beach

Without Sand outlets;

Avalon, Mona Vale, Palm

Beach.

For readers...

RICHO: THE TERRY

RICHARDSON

STORY by Terry

Richardson with

Rob Reynolds

OCEAN RULES: THE

BIKINI COLLECTIVE

by Kate McMahon

These two self-published

books are worlds apart, yet

they kind of talk to each

other in funny ways. Richo,

now moving into his 60s, is

a working class man from

Corrimal who at his peak in

the 1970s and ’80s was one

of the world’s most gracefully,

artistically skilled surfers. He

learned to fight as a kid, then

learned to dance on waves. His

story gets to the core of why

Australian surfers dominated

those years; the world was

loose enough for them to surf

all day, every day, until they

were so good, so individual,

almost nobody could stand

in their way. Richo’s toughnut

background means he

struggles to see himself as

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being

any kind of

superstar and it’s not

till he’s off tour and into the

masters age groups that he

wins a world title. His heart

shines through the whole

book. By contrast, Ocean

Rules is a semi-fictional work,

very influenced by Kate’s own

experiences, that explores the

lives of a bunch of teenage girls

just getting into pro surfing.

They’re where Richo was in

1974; the world’s so different

today for them, yet their hunger

for adventure and an unusual

life feels the same as Terry’s

was. Dad and daughter double

bill, these two.

ORDER: Online – Terry at

richosurfshop.com.au / Ocean

Rules from Amazon, Booktopia

and other online retailers.

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Art Life

Art Life

Mick’s travelling sale to

stave off development

Northern Beaches artist

Mick Glasheen is taking

his exhibition, Drawing on the

Land – GARIGAL COUNTRY,

on the road from Palm Beach

to Pasadena.

First held in the Newport

Community Centre last year,

Mick is staging this exhibition

in three reserves on the Northern

Beaches over three weekends

in December – to raise

money to help the community

to hopefully buy the endangered

littoral rainforest above

Porter Reserve, Newport, so

that it may be integrated into

the adjoining Attunga and Porter

Reserves.

“There has been much

community concern about the

possible development of this

bushland that is presently for

sale as an ‘Exclusive Gated

Community Development of 6

Luxurious Homes’,” said Mick.

Mick said so far local residents

had raised $75,000 and

he was hoping to push this to

at least $100,000 with sales

from the travelling exhibition.

The exhibition will begin in

the Governor Phillip Park, Palm

Beach over the weekend of

December 1-2, before moving

to Porter Reserve, Newport on

December 8-9 before winding

up proceedings on the

waterfront outside the newly

renovated Pasadena at Church

Point on December 15-16.

“The paintings will be displayed

outdoors on easels and

works on paper in a specially

constructed pop-up art gallery,”

said Mick.

The art work is the result of

20 years of painting the bush

landscapes of the northern

beaches – evoking the Aboriginal

presence in the land.

To make the paintings,

Mick has developed a unique

process of working with different

media and technologies:

Drawings done on site in the

bush with pen and ink on large

scrolls of paper are digitally

scanned and printed on paper,

then taken back on site and

worked on in colour with paint

and oil pastel, scanned and

printed again on large format

canvases, worked on again

with paint and oil pastel before

finally a digital file is created to

be experienced in 360 3D virtual

reality, with 360 surround

sound bird music.

Featured are large-scale

panoramic paintings of Aboriginal

rock engraving sites in

the Kur-Ing-Gai National Park

– such as the iconic ‘Emu in

the Milky Way’ and ‘Rainbow

Snake’ sites off the Elvina

track.

Also showing will be ‘Dancing

with Strangers’, Mick’s first

History painting – depicting

the first encounter of Europeans

with Aboriginal people

on the shores of Pittwater in

March, 1788 when they both

danced together.

The exhibition will begin at

2pm on Saturday December 1

in Governor Phillip Park, Palm

Beach with a smoking ceremony,

with the official opening

by eminent Yuin Elder, Uncle

Max Dulumunmun Harrison.

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Thar Be Leafy Dragons!

Carolyn Hampson says the first time

she saw a Sea Dragon in the wild, its

beauty made her cry.

The talented Scotland Island artist

returns to the rooms of Eye Doctors

Mona Vale in December for an exclusive

summer exhibition residency.

“When I returned from a Scuba trip to

Rapid Bay in South Australia earlier this

year with photos of Leafy Sea Dragons,

my best friend

asked me ‘are

they real?’,”

Carolyn said.

“There are so many amazing and

astonishing creatures that most of us

will never see, and never know existed.

And they are a wonderful artistic

inspiration.”

She explained Leafy Sea Dragons

used to be found in the waters off South

Eastern NSW but are now only found

in South Australia (habitat loss and

poaching caused the NSW Government

to declare them a Protected Species in

the 1990s).

“This body of work is inspired by

those wonderful little dragons, those

magical fragile wonders whose survival

hangs by a thread,” she said.

“Dragons, seahorses and pipefish have

their fathers to thank for carrying and

caring for the eggs, and the sight of a

male seahorse giving birth is something

you can never forget – I seek to honour

fathers.”

Carolyn describes her works as

“colourful and full of whimsy”.

There are dragons,

seahorses, whales, a few

birds… even a mermaid,”

she said. “They will

appeal to those who

love colour and

unique artworks that

bring joy.”

A self-taught

painter,

Carolyn’s

works are oils

on timber – “My

husband is the one who

taught me to use power

tools, although he never

expected the way I would

apply those skills,” she said.

Carolyn said that in addition to

raising money for Dr Kwon Kang’s

valuable work in Myanmar, she sought

to encourage people to love the ocean

and the wonders it contained, to fight

to save it and its creatures, and to see

the lives of wonderful animals valued as

most precious.

“My hope is that our children’s

children get to live in a world with a

living ocean.”

* You can view ‘Thar Be Dragons’

at Eye Doctors Mona Vale, Level 3,

20 Bungan St, Monday to Friday from

December 1. – Nigel Wall

‘NOMADIC’

finds home

Abstract artist Jan Cristaudo describes

her latest solo exhibition NOMADIC

as “a visual journey of travel, places and

experiences”.

“This exhibition is about the past

couple of years’ travelling to various

countries, from my home on Pittwater to

Portugal, Morocco, Lord Howe Island and

into Australia’s hidden outback,” Jan said.

“As artists we all have our own way

of painting and interpreting the subject

matter and with each of my exhibitions,

I do try to extend myself that little bit

more in terms of bringing something different

into my work, which I feel is always

exciting and challenging.

“As an abstract artist I see colour first,

then shape and form,” she explained.

This body of work is abstract and will

include works on paper framed, under

glass and mounted; also works on canvas

with oil and charcoal in various sizes.

NOMADIC runs from December 5-23 at

the Incinerator Art Space, 2 Small St, Willoughby;

open 10am – 4pm Wednesday to

Sunday. More info Jancristaudo.com.au

* For information about Jan’s popular

workshops call The Art Shop Mona Vale

on 9979 6559.

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Art Life

Art Life

Celebrating 10 years

in Mona Vale ‘Patch’

Robyn Evans opened her

colourful shop Patchwork

On Pittwater in Mona Vale 10

years ago with a simple plan:

she wanted to teach and pass

on the skills and traditions of

quilting.

“I started with one room,

which is the shop, and had

a table in the corner for

teaching,” Robyn recalls. “As

our classes grew, we quickly

realised we needed a separate

teaching room, we then

moved our teaching area in to

a separate studio.”

Robyn said that although

the patchwork craft had

always been popular, it had

undergone a revival with the

modern quilt movement.

“Patchwork is a craft where

traditional and modern sit side

by side and we love both at

Patchwork On Pittwater,” she

said. “There are always new

things to learn which keep our

craft fresh and interesting.”

Robyn said sewing, quiltmaking

or any type of slow

stitching could be very

therapeutic, with crafters coming

together with a common

interest.

“Of course, the social side of

this craft is just as important

as the sewing side – there is

nothing as enjoyable as time

spent in the company of likeminded

others.”

One of the great benefits

of the craft was the increased

interest in repurposing, reusing

and recycling of fabrics

and clothing into items such

as quilts, bags and wall hangings,

she said.

“We recently made a quilt

for a lady using all the wonderful

tea towels she had collected

on her travels around

Australia with her husband.

It’s now his 60th birthday

present from her to go in their

caravan.”

Patchwork On Pittwater runs

classes for beginners, bagmaking,

machine quilting and

sashiko/boro stitching and applique.

Being a Bernina agent,

they have Bernina machines

and accessories.

“We offer a sewing machine

PASSING ON SKILLS: Robyn Evans

service and repairs available

to all sewing machines,” said

Robyn. “We are lucky enough

to have the services of two

long arm quilters. We stock

an extensive range of fabrics,

including liberty, reproduction

and original feed sacks from

the US. There is an extensive

range of bag hardware and we

stock patterns for cushions,

quilts and clothes including

Tessuti patterns and Aurifil

and rassant threads.”

Robyn says her shop,

located on Level 4 of the Gateway

Building (1 Mona Vale Rd),

appeals to anyone who loves

fabric, whether a patchworker,

quilter or sewer.

“We have people of all

ages visit us and come to our

classes. Lift access to the 4th

floor makes it easy to get to

and there is plenty of parking,

both underneath the building

and in the council carpark

behind us; we are also on the

bus line.

“Our studio has a lovely

peaceful atmosphere and

we run weekly sit and sew

mornings. We also have a big

interest in learning sewing and

quilting, with some of our local

school girls attending our

Saturday classes.” – NW

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Art Life

Art Life

Sydney’s ‘beating heart’ revealed

Manly Art Gallery & Museum,

Mosman Art Gallery and

S. H. Ervin Gallery are showcasing

130 key works by nine

important Australian artists to

celebrate the spirit of Sydney

in a new exhibition Destination

Sydney Re-imagined.

The nine artists whose

exploration of our city form

this exhibition are Ken Done,

Adrian Feint, Ethel Carrick-Fox,

Nicholas Harding, Michael

Johnson, Robert Klippel, Roy

De Maistre, Wendy Sharpe and

Jeffrey Smart.

The galleries have collaborated

again due to

the oustanding success

of the 2015-16 exhibition,

Destination Sydney, which

attracted record attendances

of 75,000 people.

This exhibition has

been curated by art historian

Lou Klepac working

with representatives of the

three public galleries who

have chosen the works.

Katherine Roberts, Senior

Curator at Manly Art Gallery &

Museum, said the exhibition

revealed Sydney in all its glory

and its complexity and the way

artists respond to it as their

subject, as their inspiration

and as their muse.

“Its aim is to showcase

the beating heart of Sydney

through the eyes of artists,”

she said. “It also aims to highlight

the regional galleries play

in contributing to the cultural

life of the city.”

At Manly, work

by Ken Done, Adrian Feint and

Ethel Carrick-Fox will feature,

with 12 paintings by each of

the artists drawn from the

gallery and public and private

collections around the country.

“The pieces are united by

water, highlighting the beach

and harbour, with Pittwater

featuring quite a bit,” Katherine

said.

To get the full experience

of the exhibition, Katherine

encourages art lovers to visit

all three galleries… starting

with Manly of course!

Destination Sydney

Re-imagined

7 Dec 2018- 17 March 2019

Manly Art Gallery &

Museum

West Esplanade Reserve,

Manly. Admission: Free.

Open 10am – 5pm Tuesday

to Sunday. Closed Monday

and public holidays;

mgnsw.org.au

Artists: Ken Done, Adrian

Feint and Ethel Carrick-Fox.

Mosman Art Gallery

Cnr Art Gallery Way and

Myahgah Road Mosman.

Admission: Free. Open 10am

– 5pm 7 days. Closed public

holidays; mosmanartgallery.

org.au Artists: Michael

Johnson, Robert Klippel and

Roy de Maistre.

S. H. Ervin Gallery

Watson Road, Observatory

Hill, The Rocks. Admission:

$12/$10/$4. Open 11am – 5pm.

Closed Monday and public

holidays; shervingallery.com.

au Artists: Nicholas Harding,

Wendy Sharpe and Jeffrey

Smart.

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Support ‘gifted’ makers

Looking for a unique or creative

gift idea that will stand

out this Christmas? Then head

to the ‘Creative Made’ makers

market at the Tramshed Arts

and Community Centre in Narrabeen

from 9am on Saturday

December 8.

The market, now in its

fourth year, has become a

destination for contemporary

craft and design in the region;

the event is about supporting

local makers and providing a

platform to showcase and sell

their work.

As well as being a great

day out, Creative Made puts

a spotlight on the abundance

of talent on the Northern

Beaches.

“Give a gift this Christmas

that is unique, hand-made

and know you’re supporting

the local creative community.”

Said Northern Breaches Mayor

Michael Regan.

You can browse a wide variety

of carefully curated stalls

(more than 40) selling handcrafted

jewellery, homewares,

illustrations, candles, skincare

and more.

There will also be live music,

coffee and food, as well as free

gift wrapping; runs until 3pm.

More info northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

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Health & Wellbeing

New clinic’s healthcare

Health & Wellbeing

An innovative new medical

clinic where patients

pay an annual membership

of $150, have longer,

more frequent GP consultations

and access a dedicated

team of other health professionals

under the same roof

has opened on our doorstep.

Osana in Narrabeen is one of

a handful of modern clinics trialling

a new model of general

practice where each patient is

assigned a GP, Care Manager

and Health Assistant with the

aim of focusing on prevention

rather than symptom relief.

Founded by Australian GP

Dr Kevin Cheng, the Osana

mission is to keep patients

healthy and out of hospital –

its aim is to see patients when

they are well, not just when

they are sick.

“Our proactive approach

focuses on preventing health

issues before they arise and

keeping patients healthy,

happy and well,” Dr Cheng

told Pittwater Life.

Dr Cheng, who has a special

interest in chronic disease

management, explained that

under our current health system,

GPs were under pressure

to see more patients to fund

the running of their practice

and this could affect the time

they would like to spend with

their patients.

“With Osana’s model, GPs

are on a salary instead of

being paid per consultation,

which allows them to spend

more time per patient,” Dr

Cheng said.

Patients also have access to

allied health services on site,

such as dietary advice, physiotherapy,

exercise physiology

and psychology with complimentary

video, phone, email

support, home visits, and transport

to the clinic when needed.

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Dr Kevin Cheng, founder of innovative new medical clinic Osana at Narrabeen;

inside the modern practice on Pittwater Road; health professionals will complement care given by GPs.

The clinic operates on a

membership model, with an

annual fee of $150 (concessions

apply) – and no additional

out-of-pocket costs for

patients.

GP and allied health consultations

are charged to

Medicare, and membership

includes the Care Manager

and Health Assistant, as well

as educational workshops and

community activities.

The clinic will also host

weekly education classes and

group activities to encourage

locals to be active in their

health.

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evolution

To measure the success of

the new healthcare model,

Dr Cheng said funding had

been raised “from social

investors” to open Osana

clinics across Sydney, with the

venues tested and evaluated

by independent university

researchers.

“The clinics will not be

financially viable during the

test phase but they can be

long term if we can demonstrate

reduced hospital

admissions and attract funding

from hospital payers (the

State Government and health

insurers),” he said.

Osana clinics have been

launched at Narrabeen,

Cremorne and Woollahra with

plans for a fourth clinic in

Western Sydney next year.

The Osana hypothesis

A new movement called

value-based healthcare is

gaining traction abroad – the

philosophy behind this is

designing healthcare to focus

on value, rather than volume.

“By building models of care

that chronic disease patients

need in order to keep them

healthy, happy and where

possible, out of the costly

hospital system, we can improve

the sustainability of our

health system over the long

term,” Dr Cheng explained.

“Many GPs have the belief

that if they had more funding,

or were able to spend

more time with patients, then

we would get better health

outcomes.

“Osana’s hypothesis is

exactly that – if we invest

more to deliver a model that

patients need, rather than

be constrained by current

funding, then patients and the

health system will benefit over

the long run.” – Lisa Offord

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Plastic surgery myths &

what you need to know

There are many myths surrounding

cosmetic surgery.

Probably the most important

is that cosmetic surgery is not

“real” surgery and there are

less risks. This is not true. All

surgery has risk, scars and complications.

These need to be

carefully discussed and understood.

A careful risk to benefit

ration must be assessed.

Another common misconception

is that ‘Cosmetic Surgeons’

are Plastic Surgeons fully

trained as a specialist Plastic

and Reconstructive Surgery.

This is also not true. In Australia,

any doctor with a base

medical degree can perform

surgery and call themselves a

“cosmetic surgeon”.

However, it takes eight to

ten years of specialist training

to become a qualified Plastic

Surgeon and have your training

recognised by The Royal Australasian

College of Surgeons

(RACS), the only legitimate,

professional body, accredited

to train Specialist Surgeons.

Only these surgeons can use

the letters FRACS, Fellow of

the Royal Australasian College

of Surgeons, after their name.

This is the same College that

trains other specialist surgeons

such as neurosurgeons, cardiac

surgeons or orthopaedic

surgeons. The Royal Australasian

College of Surgeons also

requires and monitors ongoing

medical education, ensuring

specialists continue to provide

the highest standards of professional

care.

Only fully trained and

registered specialist plastic

and reconstructive surgeons

who are Fellows of RACS can

join the Australian Society of

Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the

Australian Society of Aesthetic

Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). Having

a background in reconstructive

surgery enhances the

understanding of and ability to

perform cosmetic surgery.

Oculoplastic Surgeons are

Opthalmology trained and

Facial Plastic Surgeons are Ear,

Nose and Throat trained. They

are not Plastic Surgeons.

The belief that plastic surgery

does not result in scars is also

not true. If the skin is cut with

a scalpel or a laser, it heals

with a scar. Plastic Surgeons

are skilled in concealing scars,

using instruments to place scars

in hidden areas and looking

after scars to try to optimise

the outcome. They can manage

scars with active and conservative

treatments.

Bad scars can still result.

Certain areas of the body are

more prone to poor scars. Good

scars in one area of the body

does not imply that all scars will

be good. Scars can be thick,

lumpy (hypertrophic or keloid)

or stretched and wide. Scars

can retain colour and be pink or

purple. Scars usually improve

over time and an improvement

may be seen for up to two

years, sometimes longer.

Fat cells removed at liposuction

come back, or come back

with Dr John Kippen

in other areas? This is not true.

Liposuction procedures permanently

remove fat cells from the

body. If the patient was to gain

weight, the remaining fat cells

increase in size. Loss of weight

has the opposite effect.

Liposuction is good for

weight loss? No – as for all surgery,

the patient should be at

or near their idea body weight.

Liposuction is ideal for localised

fatty deposits resistant to

weight loss and exercise. Being

close to your ideal body weight

has been shown to reduce

surgery risks.

Last, cosmetic surgery is not

“just for women”. The American

Society of Aesthetic Plastic

Surgeons’ research shows a

273% increase in men seeking

cosmetic procedures between

1997 and 2013.

Our columnist Dr John

Kippen is a qualified, fully

certified consultant specialist

in Cosmetic, Plastic and

Reconstructive surgery.

Australian trained, he also

has additional Australian and

International Fellowships.

Dr Kippen works from custom-built

premises in Mona

Vale. He welcomes enquiries

and questions. Please

contact him via johnkippen.

com.au or by email: doctor@

johnkippen.com.au

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Dentist all smiles

as he makes move

After 35 years working in

the same surgery, Newport

dentist Anthony Hooper

has moved to modern premises

on the other side of the

street… well, Barrenjoey

Road actually.

A graduate from Sydney

University, Dr Hooper worked

on the central coast and in

London before settling in

Newport in 1983.

“During the past 30 years

there have been enormous

changes in some areas of

dentistry, especially with

computer records, scanning

technology and excellent

advances in resin/ceramic

restorative techniques,” Dr

Hooper said.

But some things stay the

same, such as the importance

of regular check-ups

and continuity of care.

“I still enjoy the hands-on

aspect of being a dentist

whether it’s providing routine

dental care and maintenance

through to more complex cosmetic

cases,” Dr Hooper said.

“I especially get great satisfaction

of being part of the

community, treating generations

of families over long

periods of time and helping

them achieve excellent dental

outcomes.

“I look forward to providing

ongoing dental care for

years to come.”

Dr Hooper previously

worked out of premises

above Larx on the corner of

Bramley Ave and Barrenjoey

Road.

“I am very excited about

joining Dr Helen Tang’s

highly motivated, well-trained

and friendly team in a new

modern environment,” Dr

Hooper said.

“Newport Medical Dental

also has the added bonus of

being on the ground floor,

with no steps.” – LO

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Health & Wellbeing

Vital role the brain

plays in our hearing

Health & Wellbeing

Ever wondered where the term “selective

hearing” comes from? It’s probably a

reference to the involvement of our brain in

hearing.

“The ear detects sound, the auditory nerve

transmits sound, and the

brain perceives sound,”

explains audiologist

Emma van Wanrooy from

Pittwater Hearing who says

understanding how the

brain is involved in hearing

can help us to understand

hearing disorders and how to

treat them.

“The brain uses

information about the

relative location of speech

versus the noise to help

focus on the speaker that

we want to listen to in a

noisy situation,” said Emma.

“It also performs a filtering

process by comparing the

noise detected by each ear,

to filter out the noise and

‘boost’ the voice we want

to listen to.” She adds that

people who have normal

hearing but difficulty hearing

in noise, may have what is

known as an Auditory Processing Disorder.

On filtering unimportant sounds, she said

that if we were consciously aware of every

sensation that was picked up by our bodies all

the time, we would be completely overwhelmed.

“Therefore, the brain makes decisions about

what we need to be made consciously aware

of,” Emma said. “We are not conscious of the

sensation of our clothes on our skin all the

time – just as we are not always conscious of

sounds that are constant or normal, like an air

conditioner, or the fridge humming. Our brain

knows they are unimportant, and doesn’t draw

our consciousness to them.” This also explains

how we can sleep through noise at night, but a

mother will always be woken by their sleeping

baby. “Our brain knows this

is an important sound that

we need to be made aware

of… likewise, we will often

notice our name being called

even when in a different

conversation in a noisy

party.”

Have you ever noticed a

ringing or buzzing in your

ears? This can often happen

when you are in a very quiet

room, or after a loud music

concert.

“For most people, this is

only a temporary noise and

disappears quickly, but for

some people it can become

an issue known as tinnitus,”

said Emma. “It is commonly

theorised that tinnitus is

the brain’s reaction to an

absence of sound.”

She said the good news

is the brain has been found

to be very adaptable and

trainable – it is possible for the brain to change

the way it processes sound.

“There are brain training programs that have

been found by research to remediate Auditory

Processing Disorders in children,” Emma said.

“The brain can learn to use the sound from a

Hearing Aid or Cochlear Implant to hear well in

most situations. The brain can also be trained

to not pay attention to Tinnitus.” – Lisa Offord

* More info email Emma at info@

pittwaterhearing.com.au

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Health & Wellbeing

Getting the point

of acupuncture...

Used for centuries in Chinese

medicine, acupuncture

involves the insertion

of fine needles into specific

points along the body’s energy

pathways (meridians) to

resolve imbalances and maintain

unobstructed flow of vital

energy (Qi) throughout the

body. By stimulating and regulating

the body’s self-healing

mechanisms, acupuncture

aims to support immune

function, regulate hormones,

increase blood flow, aid tissue

repair, decrease inflammation

and provide analgesia for

drug-free pain relief.

Acupuncturist and herbalist

at Beaches Health & Wellness

in Newport, Laura Seymour,

says research shows that acupuncture

can be effective in

the treatment of a wide range

of conditions, including knee

osteoarthritis, chronic lower

back pain, headaches and allergic

rhinitis.

“The most common complaints

I see in the clinic are

chronic pain, reproductive

and gynaecological issues, insomnia,

digestive complaints,

anxiety and depression,” said

Laura, who holds a BHthSc

(Chin Med).

“I am often asked ‘What is

the difference between acupuncture

and dry needling?’

– both modalities involve the

insertion of fine needles to

specific points in the body,

but there are vast differences.

“Acupuncturists study for

a minimum of four years, are

registered with the Chinese

Medicine Board of Australia

and follow a holistic approach

by balancing mind, body and

spirit.”

Laura said dry needling was

a 48- to 72-hour course, which

simply focused on painful muscle

areas and was commonly

practised by physiotherapists,

chiropractors and osteopaths.

“There’s a common misconception

that acupuncture is

painful,” she continued. “But

acupuncture doesn’t usually

cause discomfort or pain, although

some may experience a

slight sting or achy sensation.

“Acupuncture needles are not

much bigger than a strand of

hair, so please don’t let the needles

put you off! I used to have

a fear of needles, so trust me, it

ain’t that scary – you may even

find it to be quite relaxing.”

Beaches is an Allied Health

clinic offering osteopathy,

acupuncture and Chinese

herbal medicine. More info on

instagram @laura_seymour_

acupuncture or 9979 7799.

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Hair & Beauty

A smoother, brighter &

better you for summer

with Sue Carroll

Regardless of your

every social occasion (sunscreen applied every 3

fast-fix, feel-good

(and you will be the hours) will always be the staple

goal – radiant skin

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of a time efficient, healthy skin

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Maintaining and care routine.

– there is a beauty

boosting homecare This time of year is filled with

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is so important, merriment and joy and to keep

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even when the party your body and skin in optimum

in the Clinic. When you

finishes at dawn. It health and revealing radiance,

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is always easier to indulge yourself with a little

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maintain the skin, holiday decadence both at

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retrieve it from the

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Business Life: Money

Business Life

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‘nuts’ is in the this sights festive of season Labor

When With a writing federal about election

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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

Labor’s health insurance rebate

changes in 2012 or the Liberal’s

changes to age pension thresholds

in 2017. The interesting

thing with Shorten is that he is

approaching the next election

with a series of policies

that are little more than barely

disguised attacks on middle

are Australia. firmly rooted in behavioural

finance: I have briefly investing mentioned small

amounts these Labor on a election regular basis promises

in be previous missed combined articles; there with

that

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investing are five main over an ones: extended

period 1. Restrict of time negative to average gearing to

into new the homes markets only; smoothing

out 2. Remove peaks and dividend troughs. franking Of

course cash it refunds; doesn’t hurt that it

does 3. Tax all all of discretionary these things trust within

the distributions framework of at a 30 highly per cent;

4. Repeal the company tax cut

for businesses with revenue

of up to $50 million; and

5. Halve the capital gains tax

discount from 50 per cent to

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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 –

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25 per cent.

With the space available

we’ll only consider the first

two items. Items 3 and 4

are straight out attacks on

thousands of small businesses,

the changes foreshadowed

for trusts means that many

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informative of negative gearing – as a regular changes user on

you dwelling can’t prices help but even become worse.

more informed about the

behaviour Restrictions of markets to whether

you negative are looking gearing to or not – the

Negative gearing is not so much

a tax policy in Australia as it is

a form of religion practised by

more than 1.2 million of us. The

last person that tried to tinker

with Brian Hrnjak

balance with the of policy your was Acorns Paul account Keating

rises and that and pretty falls in much line with ended the

movements in tears. Labor’s in markets proposal during is to

the allow course negative of the gearing trading only day. on

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finance will have app their would current have situa-

any

encouraging tions grandfathered. young people The Labor to

save policy and will invest also affect is to remain the ability

relevant to negative in their gear eyes. shares Over which

the may past impact year on a number about 80,000 of

enhancements more people. have taken place

following The rationale user feedback, for the policy the

headline according ones to Labor being: treasury

Found spokesman Money Chris partners Bowen – is users to

can “put shop first home online buyers with brands on a level

playing as Bonds, field Dan with Murphy’s, investors”

such

BCF, and “bringing Uber etc. and the dream these of

partners owning a usually home back deposit in to bonus reach

amounts of many ordinary extra round Australians”. ups

into All good the users motherhood account; stuff;

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artificial this goal intelligence by dropping to the track price

and of homes, categorise all of spending them. and

calculate Removing free a cash layer flow; of buyers,

Super in this fund case investors, linkages – from allows the

users property to make market deposits will adversely to a

range affect of prices industry and it and will public affect

offer the price superannuation of both new funds; and

Emerald second-hand Portfolio dwellings. – a socially

responsible Something portfolio like 70% option of the

introduced 1.2 million taxpayers following member who

feedback; negative gear only do so with a

Little single Acorns property. – sub This accounts statistic is

designed relevant to understanding allow investment the

on impact behalf of of the children Labor policy or other on

dependants the majority under of property the age investors.

The wealthiest, presum-

of 18.

ably those with multiple dwellings,

will be able to offset their

gearing losses with any income

gains on their other properties

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or shares.

So those with multiple

properties, some negative and

some positively geared, will

still be able to go and negatively

gear another dwelling or

two provided they can offset

those investment losses against

their other investment income.

Seriously, this Labor policy

actually skews the benefits to

the wealthiest investors in the

market! First home buyers will

likely benefit through a fall in

house prices but for all others

– the majority of investors

with only a single property

and those people happy to

store wealth in their homes for

security of the future – will be

negatively affected.

The removal of dividend

franking cash refunds

I had previously written that

our system of dividend imputation

had its genesis in the

Campbell Inquiry in the 1980s

to address the double taxation

of dividends. The dividend

imputation system was in part

implemented by Paul Keating

in the late 1980s and fully

implemented by Peter Costello

in 2001 to the current level

and is now under threat by Bill

Shorten to revert to the original

Keating model which did not

allow for the refund of excess

franking credits.

The Labor proposal is to

eliminate the cash refund of

excess franking credits usually

received by those earning an

income below the tax-free

threshold or superannuation

funds where all members

are in pension phase and the

earnings of fund are therefore

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tax free. After an initial public

outcry, the policy was quickly

amended to exclude pensioners

or self-managed superannuation

funds that had an age

pension eligible member as

at the policy date of 28 March

2018.

With these amendments in

place let’s look at who this

policy targets now. Firstly,

any couple with more than

$848,000 or singles with more

than $564,000 in super or assets

apart from the home. People

with assets below these

thresholds may qualify for an

age pension and therefore be

exempt. It also impacts illness

affected couples with assets

over $564,000 as a surviving

spouse is unlikely to qualify for

the aged pension. At the other

end of the spectrum, couples

with more than $3.2 million

in super or singles with more

than $1.6 million now have

their tax-free pensions capped

with the excess held in taxable

accumulation accounts and

here’s the rub: their franking

credits won’t be lost, they’ll go

towards paying the tax on their

accumulation accounts.

These proposed Labor policy

initiatives to negative gearing

and franking credit refunds

have been presented to the

electorate as if they are reining

in some form of wild and profligate

incentives enjoyed by

the top end of town. In effect

what they do is harm ordinary

middle-income earners saving

for their eventual retirement

and create ongoing uncertainty

in our taxation and superannuation

system through constant

rule changes.

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

Understanding ‘capacity’

and effect of decisions

It has been noticeable in

2018 that mental health

has become a subject much

analysed and debated. It has

emerged as a subject from

obscurity to frank discussion.

It is quite common for mental

capacity to be raised as an

issue when consideration

is being given a person’s

motives in pursuing a course

of action.

Conduct so analysed frequently

turns on a consideration

of an individual’s capacity.

There are three different

types: legal capacity, mental

capacity and physical capacity.

The question of capacity

is often of concern to lawyers

in their practise.

There is a basic common

law presumption that every

adult person has mental capacity

to make their own decisions.

However, in some cases

solicitors may have doubts as

to whether their client has the

required legal level of mental

capacity.

There can be many reasons

for doubt – the client may

have an intellectual disability,

an acquired brain injury or

a mental illness. And as the

number of older people in the

community increases, so does

the likelihood that an older

person may have an age-related

cognitive disability such

as Alzheimer’s disease, which

have the ability to communicate

their decisions.

It is argued that it is very

rare for a person to lack

capacity for all decisions and

if so, it is likely that they have

a severe cognitive disability,

or they are in a coma. It is

said that more often than not

a person will lack capacity in

making one sort of decision

only. For example, a personal

decision as to where to live

may be made but not a financial

decision as to whether to

sell their house. On the other

hand, a simple financial decision

about shopping may be

made but not a more complex

decision about purchase and

sale of shares.

Solicitors are not expected

to be experts in mental

capacity assessments of their

clients. However, they can

be involved in carrying out

a ‘legal’ assessment of their

client’s mental capacity which

involves:

Making a preliminary assessment

of mental capacity

by looking for warning signs

‘triggers’ or ‘red flags’ by

questioning and observation;

If in doubt, seeking a clinical

consultation or formal evaluation

of the client’s mental

capacity by a clinician with

expertise in cognitive capacity

assessment; and

Making a final legal judgimpairs

their mental capacity

to make decisions.

So, what is capacity? Generally,

people who have capacity

are able to make decisions

about things that affect their

daily lives, such as:

n Where to live;

n What to buy;

n What support or services

they need; and

n When to go to the doctor.

And insofar as issues that

have legal consequences:

n Making a Will;

n Getting married;

n Entering into a contract;

and

n Consenting to have medical

treatment.

When a person has capacity,

they can manage

and decide what is best for

themselves and they are able

to understand the facts involved,

understand the main

choices and can weigh up the

consequences of the choices

and understand how the consequences

affect them, and

with Jennifer Harris

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ment about mental capacity

for the particular decision or

transaction.

From time to time, professional

assessors – such as

psychogeriatricians, psychiatrists

and psychologists – refer

patients to solicitors with

a request that the solicitor assist

the patient to ensure their

affairs (such as a Will, Power

of Attorney and Guardianship)

are in order and in place as

the patient is suffering ‘onset

dementia’, and at that stage

they can still make decisions

concerning testamentary

matters but that in due course

they will be unable to do so.

There are several key principles

when considering a

client’s mental capacity:

n Always assume a person

has mental capacity;

n Mental capacity, as noted

above, is decision-specific;

Mental capacity is fluid and

can fluctuate over time and

in different situations. Even

when a person lacked the ability

to make a specific decision

in the past, they may recover

to be able to make the decision

later. Other factors such

as stress, grief, depression,

reversible medical conditions

or hearing or visual impairments

may also affect a person’s

decision-making mental

capacity;

Don’t assume a person

lacks capacity based on

appearances e.g. their age,

disability or behaviour. Mental

capacity should not be assessed

solely on the basis of:

n the way a person looks

n the way a person presents

n the way a person communicates

n a person’s impairment

n the way a person acts or

behaves

Assess the person’s

decision-making ability, not

the decision they make. The

client may make a decision

which is considered unwise

or reckless but that does not

mean they lack mental capacity.

Many people take chances

or make ‘bad decisions’. The

question is does the client

understand the nature and

effect of the document – such

as a Will, Power of Attorney or

Guardianship – at the time it

is made?

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Respect a person’s privacy

– that is, a client must consent

to their personal information

being provided to others; andsubstitute

decision-making is

a last resort. This may arise

when everything possible

has been done to support the

client to make a decision. It

may be that one will use nonverbal

communication, visual

aids photographs, symbols,

drawings, or other alternative

formats. It may become

necessary to obtain a communication

assessment from

a speech therapist or other

professional.

It is often difficult to know

when a client’s mental capacity

may be an issue. On some

occasions a member of the

family may comment that a

parent is acting out of character

or is becoming confused

about things easily understood

in the past and their

memory is not as good as

previously – or more seriously,

they are losing language and

social skills. When the solicitor

observes these ‘warning bells’

it is essential to consider the

client’s capacity.

Raising the issue with a client

is a sensitive subject and

the suggestion that they may

be suffering a loss of capacity

may be frightening and stigmatising

to most people, and

many clients can be offended

and defensive when the issue

is raised. However, a formal

assessment is often considered

an ‘insurance policy’ for

the client and can be viewed

as protecting them against

possible future challenges to

the validity of the documents

being executed or the transaction

involved. In taking this

course, the client can work

with the solicitor and any

medical professional to whom

they are referred to achieve

recognition, or otherwise, of

their testamentary capacity.

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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mechanical repairs and rego inspections.

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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, pregnancyrelated

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

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.

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Trades & Services

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.

BlindLight

Call Dave 0403 466 350

Specialists in window tinting and

glass coatings. Act now for summer.

RUBBISH REMOVAL

One 2 Dump

Call Josh 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

Luxafoam North

Call 9999 5567

Local specialists in all aspects of

outdoor & indoor seating.

Custom service, expert advice.

Essyou Design

Call Susan 0422 466 880

Specialist in day bed and outdoor

areas. Reliable local service. Offering

domestic & commercial.

Leather Hero

Call Leanne 0490 796 012

Specialists in leather cleaning,

revamps, repairs and colour restoration

for lounges, cars and boats.

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.

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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Narrabeen braces to

turn into Funkytown

Pseudo Echo front man Brian

Canham says the best thing

about being the sole original

member in the band’s current

line-up is that it “keeps the

overall average age way down

– LOL!”

The band, which rocketed

to fame in the mid-1980s with

a string of hits including ‘A

Beat For You’, ‘Listening’ and

(arguably their signature tune)

a rock-driven version of Lipps

Inc’s ‘Funkytown’, hit Pittwater

on December 14 when they

take to the stage at Narrabeen

RSL alongside fellow ’80s

favourites, 1927.

These days Canham (second

from right) says the band plays

gigs most weekends, including

festivals, multi-band-lineup

concerts, plus their own

headline shows.

Their set at Narrabeen

RSL will basically comprise a

snapshot of the band’s 30-odd

year history.

“It entails all of the songs

that were hits for us over the

years, plus some of the more

popular album tracks... and

even a few period covers that

we transform into our ‘Pseudo

Echo’ sound,” Canham told

Pittwater Life.

“The finale being ‘Funky

Town’, plus full-on jamming

at the end with some real

surprises... obviously it’s the

big hits that get the crowd up

and dancing...”

Canham said the current

line-up comprised himself,

Matty Ray (keytar – remember

them?), Cameron Smith (drums)

and James Mudd (keytar and

backing vocals).

“They are really enthusiastic

and youthful, average age

around 30,” the 56-year-old

laughed.

“But most of all, these

guys are all great mates, and

definitely in it for the right

reasons... they love being part

of Pseudo Echo, and perform

with passion, and I think that

is way more important than

being an ‘original’ member.”

Canham said Pseudo Echo

and other groups like 1927

owed local clubs a debt of

gratitude for their renewed

support of local live music.

“It’s fantastic... with the state

of the recording industry, it’s

a good thing that there are so

many live venues active,” he

said.

He added the band was

working on a few new things,

including some resurrected,

original old demo recordings

which could prompt a new

tour.

“I’m also working on a book

in collaboration with my wife

Raquel who manages the

band, and is our personal

photographer too... so the book

will not only be about my life

journey, but also feature a lot of

Raquel’s photography featuring

band in a very candid manner.”

So, will the two groups

merge on the night and

belt out some tunes as a

‘supergroup’?

“So far we haven’t done any

joint performances, but we are

definitely talking about it... so

who knows, by then there may

be something we do together...

Eric (Weidemann, 1927) said

it’s on his bucket list to sing a

song with Pseuds!”

– Nigel Wall

* Catch Pseudo Echo and

1927 at Narrabeen RSL on

Friday December 14; tickets

narrabeenrsl.com

Great gigs

in Newport

Some of the acts at the Kave

Bar in December:

n The On and Ons – threepiece

who have credits

including support slots for

Radio Birdman(!); Dec 1.

n Kate Lush Trio – kicking up

a Funk/Blues storm; Dec 7.

n The Replacements –

interpretive classic rock; Dec 8.

n Red Herrings – smooth

‘saxy’ grooves; Dec 13.

n CJ Raggatt Band – swinging

Blues; Dec 14.

n Electric Avenue – ’60s-’80s

covers; Dec 15.

n Open Mic night – every

Wednesday.

Full listing kavebar.com.au

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Clubs, Pubs & Eats

December's best Club functions, concerts, events and dining news...

Summer on the

menu at Jonah’s

Jonah’s Whale Beach has just launched its mouth-watering

new summer menu, featuring dishes heavily influenced by

Executive Chef Metteo Zamboni’s Italian background using

seasonal local ingredients.

With two- and three-course offerings, the menu includes a

wide variety of fresh, house-made pastas with 10 entrèes, 10

mains, flavourful sides and a selection of desserts.

Dishes include tagliolini with spanner crab, roasted cherry

tomatoes and spicy prawn oil, as well as goat cheese tortelloni

with macadamia, burnt butter and sage (pictured top) .

The menu has retained the signature Jonah’s Frutti di Mare

seafood platter for two, served on a three-tiered timber and

slate stand. Its delicate flavours, enhanced by the salty air and

ocean surroundings that span from the restaurant windows,

create the sensory experience that Jonah’s is renowned for.

And Head Sommelier Niels Sluiman’s tips? The 2015

Hochkirch Maximus Pinot Noir, from a small boutique winery in

Henty, Victoria, to accompany the spice, and rich flavours of the

confit duck and shitake mushroom gnocchi. And Lucia, a sweet

wine from Krinklewood in the Hunter Valley, that’s a blend of

Verdelho and Semillon and a perfect match for the lemon tart

dessert with fresh raspberries and mascarpone cream.

Jonah’s Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and

dinner, seven days a week; full menu jonahs.com.au

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Avalon

Beach RSL

Bistro 61

1 Bowling Green Lane

Avalon Beach

Avalon Beach RSL’s Bistro

61 is a great place to head

for a local meal, offering

tasty modern Australian

dishes at affordable prices.

Don't miss the Xmas

Bash on Saturday December

15, with Kid Kenobi & Mark

Dynamix + Owen (Hi-Fi DJs).

Final Release tickets on sale

now – see the club's website.

Have some fun at the

Karaoke Xmas Party event

on December 21 – it's free

entry!

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

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.

The Local Voice Since 1991

Membership from $5.50!

The club is licensed, with

no BYO. Bookings online

or call 9918 2201 – large

groups welcome.

Opening hours: Open 7 days.

Lunch 12pm-2:30pm; Dinner

5:30-8:30pm.

Price range: Meals $8-$30;

Specials $12-$15.

Bookings: 9918 2201

Club Palm

Beach

Barrenjoey Bistro

1087 Barrenjoey Road,

Palm Beach

In December, head to Club

Palm Beach, located a short

stroll from Palm Beach

Wharf, and win a Christmas

feast in their Monster Ham

and Turkey raffles.

The raffles are on

from 2pm on Sundays

in December through to

Christmas.

Tuck into chef's special

Christmas Group Meal Deal

with traditional fare and

desert for just $21.50pp.

The Directors' Shout is on

Friday 21 Dec from 4.30pm

– remember to bring your

membership badge!

And grab some friends

and enjoy their Cruising

Palm Beach Xmas deal, with

a cruise on Pittwater plus

traditional lunch at the club

for $30pp. Book now!

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), 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.

Opening hours: Lunch

11:30am-2.30pm; Dinner

6pm-8.30pm.

Price range: Lunch and

dinner specials $13.50.

Bookings: 9974 5566

Royal Motor

Yacht Club

Salt Cove on Pittwater

46 Prince Alfred

Parade, Newport

RMYC’s restaurant Salt Cove

on Pittwater’s menu has

been updated for summer –

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

6pm. Great acts in December

include Sarah Paton (7th);

Geoff Kendall (14th); Keff

McCulloch (21st); and Alex

Roussos (28th).

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.

Celebrate New Year's Eve

with dinner in the Top Deck

Function Room ($125pp,

adults only dinner). The

entertainment kicks off from

7.30pm with great classic

rock/pop from 'Audio Vixen'.

Also in December, catch

up with the Travel View /

Cruise View Travel Club at

the meeting in the lounge

bar from 10.30am on Monday

3rd.

Trivia is held every Tuesday

night (except Dec 24) from

7.30pm (great prizes and

vouchers – 12 years plus).

Club Boat and Social

memberships are now

available for just $160.

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

Pittwater RSL

Assorted eateries

82 Mona Vale Rd Mona Vale

There’s something for

all tastes and ages – at

Glasshouse chefs stay true

to the story of the local

area by embracing the farmto

table-approach, focusing

on where food comes from

and how it is grown and

shaping the way they cook

and create. Open for lunch

from 12pm and dinner from

5.30pm 7 days a week.

Or relax on the lush

terrace and enjoy family

friendly food and great

coffee from 9.30am from

Potter’s café while kids play

in the indoor playground.

Potter’s café menu is available

weekends and public holidays

from 12pm – 5pm.

Nonna’s Kitchen boasts

a menu full of delicious and

authentic pizzas, pastas,

salads and starters to leave

you full and happy.

The space is warm and

versatile with intimate

booths to banquet tables

for large groups or families.

There is also a large

outdoor terrace where you

can enjoy your meal with a

glass of wine overlooking

the treetops of Mona Vale.

Open for lunch Thursday

to Sunday from 12pm and

dinner Wednesday to Sunday

from 5.30pm.

For a taste of Asia try

Little Bok Choy for noodles,

fried rice, stir fries and

made-to-order Laksa.

Check the Club’s website

for the latest menus and

meal deals for all eateries.

Opening Hours: Club open

7 days. Breakfast from

9.30am; lunch from 12pm;

dinner from 5.30pm.

Price range: Breakfast items

from $7.50; Lunch from

$18.50 (burgers); Dinner

(pastas) from $15.

Bookings: 9997 3833

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Tasty Morsels

Tasty Morsels

Pasadena’s ‘Fresh’ new faces

Longtime offshore resident asking if was still interested – I

Colin Pitstock is flying the had a quick chat with Pepe and

flag for the newly refurbished we said, ‘we sure are!’.”

Pasadena at Church Point,

Colin drew inspiration for

having opened a large

the shop’s fit-out and feel from

upmarket (yet reasonably travelling around Australia

priced) delicatessen/

visiting “trendy little towns”

supermarket to service

and their amazing delis and

the offshore community, markets.

“mainlanders”, boaties and Colin says PPF boasts a

day-trippers alike.

whirlwind variety of stock.

The spacious Pasadena

“We have a lot of artisan

Pantry & Fresh, on the street products including gelato,

front at Church Point, includes bread, curry pastes, mustards,

an eclectic offering, ranging relishes, jams, pasta, Asian

from staple goods to gourmet produce, olives, dips, salamis,

foods – and there are plans for plus cheese from all

a bottle shop, too.

around the world in

The store has an environmentally

friendly, sustainable rie,” he said.

locals since opening in

our special fromage-

focus and has just introduced “We have meat

spring.

a convenient Online Store allowing

customers to “click, pay organic, fruit and

many compliments about

that’s free range and

“We have received so

and pick-up”.

veg when possible

our range and the way the

Having worked in the food sourced directly from

store looks, in particular

industry for many years, Colin the farmer – the same

our cheese range... we

jumped at the chance to open goes with our eggs

put a lot of thought into

PP&F with his chef partner Pepe. – and amazing range

the PP&F and it makes it

“Five years ago sailing with of confectionary,

all worthwhile.”

a friend, I said the Pasadena where possible locally

cleaning, knife sharpening.

New for summer, Colin plans

would be a great place for a sourced.

“We also do hampers: day

to deliver to The Basin for holidaying

campers and boaties,

gourmet deli/supermarket with “We have things you might hampers for boats, overnight

a great range of products, as for need for everyday life – milk, hampers for city escapes, BBQ

as well as introducing some

all the locals onshore and off butter, bread, chips, drinks... hampers.”

grazing afternoons on site.

there was nothing,” Colin said. we also sell bait, gas Swap N Colin said he and Pepe were

“Stop in and say Hola!” he

“Fast forward and I got a call Go, Sodastream refills, ice, dry thrilled by the feedback from

said.

– Nigel Wall

Small yet simply de-Vine

The concept of small bars – places to catch Pork Shoulder Lasagna; and Mushroom and

up with friends in a relaxed setting, while Ricotta Lasagna.

enjoying a glass of wine and some bar snacks “The idea behind Paddock & Vine was to

or something more substantial – has been build a sociable and relaxed venue for those

embraced on the beaches over the past 12 who enjoy catching up with friends over a glass

months.

of wine and some delicious European share

In Mona Vale, the stylish and always evolving plates – whether it be some flatbread and

Paddock & Vine has been drawing a steady hummus, or a duck liver pate, or our delicious

and appreciative raft of customers thanks to baked gnocchi, we’re sure you will be happy,”

its innovative menu additions and interesting said Johhny.

wine list.

“Unlike our food, the wine list is mainly Australian

Owned and operated by Johnny Tavernese

as we believe this country makes some

and Harry Dodson, Paddock & Vine boasts of the best. We keep our wine list small, as we

a modern, sleek interior with fine lines and like to change things up often.

décor.

“And we are fully licensed, so if it’s just a

It’s the perfect venue to unwind with a glass of wine you’re after, without having to

glass of wine (they are fully licensed) or graze order a meal, this is the place for you!”

through their eclectic mix of tapas and share Find them at Shop 8, 3 Bungan St Mona Vale.

plates.

– Nigel Wall

Their $15 Pasta Nights (Wednesdays and * Paddock & Vine is offering Pittwater Life

Thursdays) rotate through lovingly prepared readers a special deal in December – simply

options including Beef Cheek Ragu with Fettuccine;

mention their ad for 10% off your total bill.

their ‘signature’ Baked Gnocchi (pictured); (See ad on P22; offer ends January 1.)

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Food Life

Serving up a mix of old

and new for Christmas

December is all about getting ready for Christmas. It is just

one day… but an entire month is dedicated to getting prepared

for it, and without question food plays a big part of it.

I don’t know about you but we like to share the venue around and

all contribute to the enormous spread found at the Bloom Family

Table. For us it’s always a mix of traditional and Aussie; we just

can’t let the hot turkey and glazed ham go (and why would you!).

I hope you enjoy browsing this mix of the old and the new. Merry

Christmas all – stay safe on the roads and in the surf. X Janelle.

with Janelle Bloom

Food Life

Recipes: www.janellebloom.com.au Photos: Adobe Stock. Roast Turkey Photo: bendearnleyphotography.com

Roast turkey with

bacon, pine nut &

currant stuffing

Serves 10

6kg fresh or thawed frozen

turkey, cleaned

100g butter, melted

2 tbs olive oil

4 rashers bacon

Bacon, pine nut & currant

seasoning

60g butter, chopped

¼ cup olive oil

250g bacon, rind removed,

chopped

2 large brown onions, finely

chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

¾ cup currants

5 cups breadcrumbs, made

from stale bread

1/3 cup thyme leaves

¾ cup pine nuts, toasted

key legs together with unwaxed

string and tuck the

neck flap under the wings.

Combine the melted butter

and oil, brush generously all

the turkey. Lay bacon over

breast. Place turkey on a

roasting rack, breast side up

in the roasting pan. Cover

completely with baking

paper and secure the entire

roasting pan with foil.

4. Roast for 1 hour. Remove

turkey from the oven, baste

with remaining butter mixture.

Re-cover and roast for

a further 1½ hours, basting

every 30 minutes.

5. Remove the foil and baking

paper. Baste the turkey with

the pan juices (this helps to

colour the turkey) and roast,

uncovered, for a further 25-

30 minutes or until golden

and just cooked through.

The juices will run clear

when the thickest part of the

turkey thigh is pierced with

a skewer. Remove the turkey

from the pan and place on a

warmed serving plate. Cover

loosely with foil and set aside

to rest for at least 30 minutes

before carving. Reserve the

pan juices to make the gravy.

21cm (base) loaf pan on 200C

(no fan) or 180C fan forced for

25-30 minutes or until firm in

the centre and golden around

the edges.

1½ cups Sicilian olives, pitted,

finely chopped

1 large lemon, rind finely

grated, juiced

4 tbs extra virgin olive oil

3 tbs chopped fresh parsley

2 tbs chopped capers

1 garlic clove, crushed

Chilli lime dipping sauce

1 cup white sugar

½ cup mirin

2 limes, juiced

2 tbs fish sauce

4 tbs sweet chilli sauce

4 tbs coriander leaves,

chopped

1. For the stuffing: cook the

butter, oil, bacon, onions

Barbecue Prawns

and garlic in a frying pan

over medium heat for 10

with 3 dipping

minutes, stirring occasionally

sauces

until onion softens.

Serves 10

Transfer to a large bowl. Stir

in the currants. Set aside to

4kg uncooked large prawns

cool 15 minutes. Add the

(about 40), in the shell

breadcrumbs, thyme and

Fresh herbs, crusty bread and

pine nuts. Mix until well Janelle’s Tip #1: If using a frozen

lemon wedges to serve

combined. Season. Cool

turkey, transfer it from the Chilli tomato sauce

completely before stuffing freezer to the fridge two days 400g can diced tomatoes

the turkey.

before cooking to thaw. Fill the ¼ cup brown sugar

1. Heat a barbecue grill on

2. Place the oven rack in the turkey with the stuffing just ¼ cup apple cider vinegar

high heat. Brush prawns

lowest position of the oven before cooking it. Tip #2: The 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce with a little olive oil. Barbecue

in batches for two

so the turkey will sit in the stuffing should come together 1 tbs Dijon mustard

centre. Preheat oven 160°C when you squeeze it in a ball 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped minutes each side. Remove

fan forced. Select a 4-5cm but not feel wet and gluggy. If 2 tsp ground coriander

to a platter.

deep roasting pan a little wet, add more breadcrumbs; 2 tsp ground cumin

2. For the chilli tomato sauce,

larger than the turkey. if dry and crumbly, add a little 1 tsp dried chilli flakes

blend or process the tomatoes

3. Loosely stuff the turkey with oil. Tip #3: The stuffing can be Salsa verde mayo

until smooth. Transfer to

cooled stuffing. Tie the tur- cooked in a greased 10cm x ½ cup whole egg mayonnaise a saucepan, stir in the remain-

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ing ingredients. Bring to the

boil, stirring over medium

heat. Remove to a bowl.

3. For the salsa verde mayo,

combine all the ingredients

in a bowl, season.

4. For the chilli lime dipping

sauce, combine the

sugar and mirin in a small

saucepan. Stir over medium

heat until the sugar has

dissolved. Remove from the

heat, stir in remaining ingredients.

Set aside to cool.

5. Serve the barbecued prawns

with all three dipping

sauces, crusty bread and

lemon wedges.

Janelle’s Tip: Prawns are best

barbecued in their shell; it helps

to prevent overcooking. If you

like you can split them lengthways,

leaving the tails intact.

De-vein and remove the heads

before cooking. Cook these two

minutes, shells side down, then

just one minute, flesh side down.

Grilled peaches,

rocket and

burrata salad

Serves 10

8 firm, ripe peaches, halved,

stones removed

1 tbs olive oil

1 tbs coconut sugar

120g baby rocket

½ cup roasted hazelnuts,

chopped

2 x balls burrata cheese

¼ cup olive oil

Dressing

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tbs red wine vinegar

1 tsp Dijon mustard

2 tsp maple syrup

Sea salt and freshly ground

black pepper

1. Preheat the barbecue grill

on medium heat. Brush

the cut side of the peaches

with oil and sprinkle with

coconut sugar. Barbecue cut

side down for 3-5 minutes,

or until lightly charred.

Remove to a tray.

2. Scatter the rocket over base of

a large salad bowl. Top with

peaches and hazelnuts. Tear

the burrata into pieces and

scatter over the salad.

3. Combine all the dressing

ingredients in a bowl, whisk

until well combined. Spoon

over the salad, toss gently

and serve.

Janelle’s Tip: Burrata is a fresh,

Italian Buffalo milk cheese made

from mozzarella and cream.

The outer shell is firm mozzarella,

while the inside is soft

creamy texture. It’s available

from larger supermarkets and

Harris Farm. You can use 150g

bocconcini instead if you like.

Rocky Road ice

cream cake

Serves 10

200g packet butternut cookies

¼ cup desiccated coconut

80g butter, melted

2 litres chocolate ice-cream

100g mini mallows

½ cup each dark choc and

caramel bits

2/3 cup salted roasted peanuts,

roughly chopped

Topping

200g good quality dark chocolate

(like club)

100ml thickened cream

Extra 50g mini mallows

Extra ½ cup each dark choc

and caramel bits

1. Invert the base of a 22cm

(base) round springform

pan, then lock in place.

Grease and line base with

baking paper.

2. Process biscuits until finely

crushed. Add the coconut

and butter. Process until

combined. Press over base

and three-quarters of the

way up side of prepared

pan. Refrigerate while preparing

filling.

3. Place ice-cream in a large

bowl. Stand at room

temperature for about 10

minutes, or until softened.

Stir in the mallows, dark

and caramel bits and peanuts.

Spoon into prepared

pan. Smooth the top. Cover

and freeze six hours (or

overnight) until firm. Just

before serving, melt the

dark chocolate and cream

in a microwave-safe bowl

in one-minute bursts, stirring

until smooth. Remove

ice-cream from the freezer.

Remove the side of pan and

lining paper. Transfer to a

serving plate. Scatter the

mini mallows and dark and

caramel bits over the top.

Drizzle with a little chocolate

sauce. Cut into pieces

and serve with remaining

sauce.

Janelle’s Tip: Caramel bits are

in the baking aisle with choc

bits. If they are not available,

replace them with chopped

caramel Werthers.

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Food Life

In Season

Food Life

Strawberries

It’s been tough for our

strawberry farmers lately,

so let’s get behind them

and ensure we buy and use

plenty of fresh Australian

Strawberries over summer.

The sight and sweet aroma

of fresh berries in the shops

is a sign the warmer months

are here. Though strawberries

are available all year round,

they are abundant in spring/

early summer and therefore

reasonably priced. Strawberries

are a member of the rose

family and not surprisingly,

lots of people rate it their

favourite fruit.

Buying

Size and colour are not true

indicators of flavour – bigger

does not always mean better.

Try to smell the fruit: an

intense fragrance is a good

indicator of flavour. Check

the base of the container;

there should be no juice oozing

in the base and no sign of

bruising or mould.

Storage

Berries are one of the most

perishable of all fresh produce.

At home, take the time

to open the punnet and check

there are no soft or damaged

berries; if so discard

any as they will encourage

the speedy deterioration of

the remaining berries. Place

unwashed berries (water will

speed up deterioration) onto

a plate, lined with a paper

towel. Cover loosely with

paper towel and cling wrap.

Store on the lowest shelf in

the fridge and eat as soon as

possible. (Rinse before use.)

Nutrition

Strawberries are low in

calories and fats but a rich

source of health-promoting

phyto-nutrients, minerals,

and vitamins C, B complex

group and contains both

vitamin A and E.

Also In Season

December

In December, look out

for Apricots, Raspberries,

Blueberries, Blackberries,

Strawberries, Cherries,

Lychees, Mangoes,

Watermelon, Peaches,

Nectarines and Pineapple.

Also, Hass Avocadoes,

Beetroot, Green & Butter

Beans; red, yellow and

orange Capsicum, Qukes

and Cucumber, Radish,

Corn and Tomatoes.

Summer berry trifle

Serves 10

12 sponge finger biscuits

100g packet meringue kisses

¾ cup freshly squeezed orange

juice

¼ cup orange-flavoured

liqueur

375g strawberries, sliced

200g blueberries

600ml thick vanilla custard

300ml thickened cream

1∕ 3 cup caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

extra strawberries and blueberries

to serve

1. Roughly chop four sponge

finger biscuits. Scatter them

over the base or a 9-cup

capacity trifle dish. Lightly

crush one-third of the

meringue kisses and scatter

over the sponge biscuits.

Combine the orange juice

and liqueur, spoon onethird

over the biscuits and

meringues. Top with half

the strawberries and half

the blueberries. Spoon over

half the custard. Repeat

these layers.

2. Roughly chop the remaining

sponge finger and meringues

and scatter over the

custard. Cover and refrigerate

four hours.

3. Just before serving, whip

the cream, sugar and vanilla

together until thick. Spoon

over the trifle. Top with

extra berries and serve.

Janelle’s Tip #1: You can

use all orange juice if you

don’t want to use liqueur. It’s

also delicious with a 50/50

mix of cool espresso coffee

and Kahlua. Tip #2: You can

replace the meringue kisses

with home-made or purchased

pavlova.

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Pittwater Puzzler

Compiled by David Stickley

CLUE: 23 Down

December, _________ Carols (9)

31 Away from land (8)

32 The first B in BOTB (6)

ACROSS

1 Traditional fare consumed on December

25 (6)

4 Northern Beaches annual contemporary

craft and design fair, ________ Made (8)

10 Location of the Baha’i Temple and

Powderworks Road intersection (9)

11 Coral organism (5)

12 Avoid or escape (a duty etc) (3,3,2)

13 Close-fitting headwear mainly worn in

winter (6)

15 The M in MET, who have 14 new jet

skis to ensure safer waterways across

NSW (6)

16 Works by _______ can be seen in

4-across Space in North Curl Curl (7)

19 Label on clothing (3)

20 To exhaust in strength or endurance

(7)

22 Emblem flag (6)

24 Five years ago, aged 92, Elisabeth

______ became Australia’s oldest PhD (6)

26 Conditionally released from prison

(2,6)

29 No doubt a cut of steak you can get

at Avalon Village Meats (1-4)

30 Event at Village Park Mona Vale in

DOWN

1 One’s special interest or concern (5)

2 Series of boat races – not an

uncommon sight on Pittwater (7)

3 Senior businessman (9)

5 Water grass (4)

6 iPhone maker (5)

7 Scotland and Sanctuary, for example

(7)

8 Source of coffee in Palm Beach, 2108

________ (8)

9 20 laps of Palm Beach Rockpool (9)

14 Splendid display (9)

17 Stretch of water lapping the Northern

Beaches (6,3)

18 Loud crested parrot (8)

21 Branch of a main road (4-3)

23 A young (and inexperienced) surfer

(7)

25 Hardwood tree (5)

27 Come after (5)

28 Permanent skin mark (4)

[Solution page 78]

Pittwater Puzzler

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Garden Life

Garden Life

Delight Summer in ushers the amazing

days

colours of the fragrant of hydrangeas garden

with Gabrielle Bryant

AJust lways

a few

a favourite

weeks to

for

fail as Christmas approaches.

go

Christmas

and Christmas

colour,

will

hydrangeas

The huge glossy green leaves

be here:

are

it’s

flowering

a time of

their

festoon over wires and chains,

heads

hot sun,

off!

warm

They

evenings

look wonderful

cover fences and climb up

and

in

time

the

to

garden,

relax. Sitting

brightening

verandah posts. It is a tropical

the

outside

semi-shaded

is always made

areas

more

and

climber that is often grown

glowing

enjoyable

in

with

the

the

full,

fragrance

protected

inside in colder climates; the

sunlight.

of summer.

Once

With

the

plenty

older

of

waxy flowers are a florist’s

varieties

planning,

were

you can

either

enjoy

pink or

delight in wedding bouquets.

blue

evenings

depending

in the garden

on the soil,

The evening air is filled with a

additional

with heady

lime

perfume

will deepen

magical scent. The dark green

the throughout pinks and the blueing tonic

variety will grow into a sturdy

(sulphate summer months. of aluminium) will

plant; for a smaller space the Cherry Guava a

heighten As November the blues, but the

variegated more delicate variety is perfect.

sweet surprise

new approached named star varieties will

As the stephanotis finishes the frangipani

I

maintain jasmine came their into colour. White

blooms will appear. It always takes some time n full flower in my veggie

never flower. changes. It has been There are

for the trees to recover from winter chills but garden is my Cherry Guava,

hydrangeas flowering this of year every size from

by February the flowers will be tumbling into a sometimes known as a Strawberry

Guava. This delightful

the as never tiny dwarf before. Piamina to the

coloured carpet beneath the trees.

tall The traditional recent rain and Mop Heads.

If you only have a small space, grow the

evergreen shrub never fails to

With following so many heat has to choose from

miniature Murraya Min-a Min; it will flower with a produce a heavy crop of cherry

it provided is almost perfect too difficult growing to conditions. of Grow the traditional as fragrant mop heads, pure white that blossom can be throughout two metres summer. tall. guavas in early autumn.

decide. a ground There cover, are clip the it into delicate a hedge or the let cone-shaped it climb Min-a flowers Min of has all the The qualities recently of introduced

the much loved It is a small, pretty tree with

lace over caps, the fence. the huge The November blooms flowers hydrangea will last a paniculata tall-growing bushes Murraya smaller that is growing used for Picotee hedging, rounded, glossy green leaves

few more days before they fade, making way for but will only grow varieties 1m tall. Clip with the two-tone tiny leaves flower into that only grows to about

the sensational stephanotis.

shape or let it grow heads into a are less hard formal to shrub. leave behind

and and balconies. if you have a semi-

trimmed into shape after fruit-

It is three metres in height. Keep it

Creamy stephanotis flowers appear without just perfect for pots

shaded wall, the climbing ing. Mellow

The delicate fluffy flowers

hydrangea petiolaris is just are creamy white, growing close

Low-maintenance Rock Lilies

beautiful.

to out the branches. with They are followed

by the tangy flavoured,

Arthropodiums – commonly called New Zealand Rock Lilies – are

Hydrangeas are forgiving

tough hardy plants that grow in dry shady coastal areas with

plants that are easy to grow. sweet, Lavender

berry-sized, cherry red

little or no attention once they are established.

They like regular water and fruit that are high in vitamin C.

Some varieties grow tall but Te Puna grows to just 40cm. Its delicate,

any good garden soil. Mulch Unlike the taller-growing deciduous

yellow guava that needs

Meerlo

arching white flowers appear in late spring on sprays that stand tall

the roots with compost to

above the foliage.

M

keep them cool and feed cooking, erlot the is fruit a soft can red be wine. eaten It

Arthropodiums are great for low-maintenance gardens. Mass-planted

them in early spring to get raw straight is a strange from the name tree to or give

they add a lush tropical effect to difficult spaces, beside the path, on top

them going. Grow them in used a variegated in cooking, lavender jellies, drinks, plant.

of a retaining wall or under trees.

pots, or in the garden; bring sauces The only or jams. similarity that I can

Pick the flowers to ensure more keep coming and mulch well with leaf

them inside when in flower see You is should the wonderfully protect the soft fruit

litter of compost at the time of planting. All they require is a feed of allpurpose

fertiliser in spring and late summer.

or cut the blooms – they last from foliage fruit of fly this with newly a fruit released fly bait.

well in water.

plant.

Lavender Meerlo is a

Get delightful into small the shrub for

full sun. The pale grey leaves

‘swing’ are edged with of creamy Xmas

It yellow; is time they to relax are perfect and enjoy

your for pots garden. or in Look the garden, at your

outdoor plus lavender seating Meerlo requirements

is less – picky the shops than are other full of

amazing lavenders chairs regarding and tables. soil and

Hanging conditions. cane egg chairs have

been It trendy prefers for good the drainage past few

years and full and sun now to the provide ‘Swing the

Seat’ on-going is back. supply Nothing of lavender is more

peaceful blue flowers. than swinging This variety in a

seat is more for two, tolerant sheltered of high from

the humidity, weather drought with a roof and to heat

shade than from older the varieties. sun – makes a

great Christmas present too!

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Easy way to decorate pots

It is school holidays and the kids are home.

Get them to put down their phones and desert

their computers and take them for a walk to find

interesting seed and leaves to decorate pots.

You will need coloured spray paint, some ribbons,

gum nuts, palm seeds, silky oak seed, hakea seeds

or casuarina seeds… all make great decorations.

Make sure that you use waterproof paint and a

hot glue gun as glue. Craft glue will dissolve with

water. If you use poster paints, cover with a clear

Estapol once the paint is dry. Paint ribbons are

very easy to use. There very pretty ones available

for Christmas wrapping.

I roll the seeds in a saucer of clear PVA wood

glue, then let the glue semi-dry before shaking

the seeds in glitter.

Decorated pots make wonderful table

decorations and presents when potted up with

herbs or potted colour. If you planted seedlings

last month, they will be ready for Christmas; if

not, for just a few dollars, the garden centres

are full of colourful bloomers, snap dragons,

petunias, dahlias and impatiens.

Green thumb gift ideas

Gardeners are the easiest

people to please with

gardening gifts. All the essential

tools are always welcome. Hand

trowels, hand forks, gloves,

secateurs, seeds, fertilisers,

novelty sprinklers, even a spray

bottle of Eco oil will always be met

with appreciation. For plant lovers

there are scarlet anthuriums,

orchids, poinsettias, begonias,

hanging baskets of instant colour,

flowering gardenias and huge

bunches of NSW Christmas bush.

A Yates Garden Guide is one

of the best ideas for the new

gardener. For the veggie gardener, a Bee House

that will attract the

native bees would

be a great gift.

Just one bee can

pollinate 2000

flowers each day.

Garden centres

have wonderful

hangers, wind chimes and dreamcatchers to

decorate the garden, small statues and table water

features, solar lanterns and path lights, the choice

is there for the buying.

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Garden Life

Jobs this Month

Garden Life

It is amazing how much

damage can be caused

by just one very hot

day when plants are not

hardened after winter.

Mercifully the rains came to

heal the damage! Now that

the plants are regrowing

you can trim back damaged

tips, feed and water well

and all shrubs will grow

back in no time. But look

out for caterpillars in the

garden. They can devour

new foliage overnight.

Spray with Yates’ success

– this spray is harmless to

beneficial insects and birds.

Mulch sweet

mulch

Sugar cane mulch or pea

straw, as a mulch in the

garden, will work as a blanket

to maintain the moisture and

keep the weeds at bay over the

holiday break.

Shock of colour

Decorate your house with

flowering pots of hydrangeas.

Florists sell them in every

colour: white, pink, blue or

bi-colour with white edges, tall

growing or dwarf. Hydrangeas

will reward you with flowers

every year at Christmas. Once

the flowers finish, plant them

out into the garden.

Aggie watch

Agapanthus flowers (not

a native) are finishing; the

seeds germinate easily. Cut

off the seed heads and put

them into the green bin to

prevent them straying into

the bush. Also, clean up

fallen palm seeds. They are

painful for bare feet and roll

underfoot, potentially causing

falls if you are wearing shoes.

Check tomatoes

Check tomatoes daily for the

first sign of mildew. Remove

all the bottom leaves as they

begin to yellow and put them

in the bin. A weekly spray with

Eco fungicide should prevent

mildew damage. Better to

prevent mildew than to try to

control it later.

December

Lawn length

Resist the temptation to

cut the lawn too short. So

often I have seen lawns cut

short before a holiday. The

gardener thinks that it will

take longer to grow back –

then we have a heat wave

and the newly exposed lower

foliage and the roots burn.

Better to let the grass grow a

bit long than to kill it!

Beware of bugs

Watch out for Orange Citrus

bugs. Remember that they can

spray a very toxic liquid when

angry or disturbed. Always

wear gloves when dealing with

them and protect your skin

and eyes.

Bargain or not?

Plants go on sale at the end

of this month. It is always a

temptation to browse through

them. Sometimes you will

find true bargains, when the

reduced price is because

the flowers are finished, or

the foliage is damaged from

insects or windburn. But to buy

other you will be throwing your

money away. Beware the large

super-advanced plants that

have roots showing from the

holes in the bottom of the pot.

These plants are heavily ‘pot-

bound’ and usually take many

months to recover. A smaller,

healthy plant would be much

better value. Plants that have

missed out on water may never

survive.

Indoor + outdoor

Before you go on holiday, place

indoor plants into the bath or

in the shower recess. Clustered

together they will produce

humidity the will keep the

going. Water them well before

you leave and sit them on a

wet towel. Plants protected

like this should be Okay for

a couple of weeks. Outdoor

pots and tubs can be kept alive

by filling a 2-litre soft drink

bottle with water and turning

it upside down with the neck

firmly in the soil. It will take

several days to empty.

Crossword solution from page 75

Mystery location: STATION BEACH

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Times Past

The Godmothers of Avalon

FOUNDERS: The first

four ‘Godmothers’ (l-r) Dawn

Herman, Des Allen, Elaine Barnes

and Judy Cooper at Dawn’s

home ‘Hy Brasil’. FRIENDSHIP: A

group of ‘Godmothers’ shortly

before disbanding.

nothing short of astounding.

Some 11 years after

registration, at a special

meeting convened to discuss

their future, it was decided

and announced by their

founder and president, Dawn

Herman on 22 August 1984,

that the organisation should

be wound up.

However, the wish that “the

friendship of the Godmothers

built up over the years should

continue” was unanimously

supported by all.

The following sentence

appeared in a ‘Brief

History of the

Godmothers of Avalon’

folder compiled by Barbara

Armstrong in 2005: “A group

of women concerned with the

present and future welfare of

children.”

This statement is a far too

simplified expression of the

wonderful results achieved by

this amazing group of women.

At a meeting in the Avalon

Playtime Kindergarten in

1969, mothers were told that

the ‘kitty’ had approximately

$3,000 in excess funds – ‘excess’

because the kindergarten had

everything it needed.

The next morning, Dawn

Herman received a phone

call from the Director of

the Kindergarten Union of

NSW suggesting she might

be interested in the plight of

the Ashfield Infants Home.

Rather than donate the money

to another kindergarten, this

might be a more appropriate

way of allocating the excess

funds.

Dawn, her husband Ted, Des

Allen and Judy Cooper visited

the home which cared for 30

children under the age of 5.

They were appalled at the lack

of amenities – “… babies in the

nursery, ranging from 3 weeks

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to 6 months of age were

lined up in fruit boxes,

like fruit in a fruit shop,

with no nappies but with

gentian violet on their little

bottoms and name tags for

identification.”

Dawn, Des, Judy, Elaine

Barnes (and later Gaenor

Spencer) put their collective

“feet to the floor” and as a

result, the ‘Godmothers of

Avalon’ was off and running

as a registered charity in June

1973.

Fundraising was ferocious

and very successful and by

1974 the group had swelled

to 40; by 1981, there were 123

‘Godmothers’.

In 1974, Christmas toys were

gifted to 60 underprivileged

children in the Manly-

Warringah area. Interstate

activity also followed, with

parcels of books for the School

of the Air in Alice Springs,

before the Godmothers went

international with baby

clothing for hurricane victims

in Fiji.

Their achievements,

including the massive

amounts of money

raised and distributed to

underprivileged children

and the construction of

‘Grandma’s Refuge’ at Terrey

Hills in 1980/1982, were

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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Times Past


Travel Life

Travel Life

Western Mediterranean a ‘Star’ attraction

Star Clippers’ flagship 5-masted vessel,

the Royal Clipper, recently set sail

from Cannes on her last voyage of the

Western Mediterranean summer season,

before heading off to the sunnier waters

of the Caribbean.

Newport Travel’s Chris Riou was one

of the almost 200 passengers on board

(the maximum capacity is 227 guests

and 106 crew, but since there were many

solo travellers onboard the ship was full

without reaching capacity).

“You may have seen the Royal Clipper

on TV documentaries, recorded in the

Guinness Book of Records as the largest

square-rigged sailing ship in service,”

said Chris. “Thanks to hi-tech powered

controls, her impressive 5,202 square

metres of sails can be handled by a crew

of just 20!

“Our first sailaway from Cannes on

the Cotes d’Azur was emotional and

memorable, setting the tone for the trip

to come – the hoisting of the sails by the

crew was carefully choreographed, with

changing coloured laser lighting on the

sails enhancing the display.”

They were bound for Portofino on the

Italian Riviera, and some less-visited

ports and islands on the French Riviera,

like the islands of Corsica and Porquerolles.

Being a tall-ship it anchored in

sheltered bays, sails down, with guests

taken ashore by tender boat to explore

or simply enjoy the beach and the ship’s

water sports facilities.

Shore excursions were organised

for some of the ports of call, such as a

coach trip up into the coastal mountains

of Corsica to visit the cobblestoned, mediaeval

villages perched high on hilltops,

ABOVE: Corsican villages. BELOW LEFT: Setting sail at sunset. BELOW RIGHT: St Tropez back alleys.

safely away from pirate and conqueror

invasions!

“For other ports, we were free to

wander or hire bicycles to get around,”

said Chris.

Life on board could be described as

comfortable, low-key and friendly with all

the services of a larger cruise ship,” she

added. “Just don’t expect broadway-style

shows for entertainment and a choice of

fine-dining restaurants, but rather spectacular

sunrises, a relaxing piano bar,

Captain’s story-telling time and a single

3- to 4-star quality restaurant serving

international cuisine for all tastes.”

Want more info? Phone Chris on

9997 1277 or email chris@newporttravel.com.au

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Discover European

small ship cruising

Set sail to discover Celtic and

Gaelic lands of romance and

legends on board Ponant’s

Le Boreal, which embodies

the subtle alliance of luxury,

intimacy and wellbeing.

“The coasts of the English

Channel and the Irish Sea

are romantic and wild lands,

evocative of the myths and

legends forged by the people

of the North, with cliffs battered

by the waves, flowery

moor lands and mysterious

castles,” said Travel View’s

Sharon Godden.

“You’ll enjoy ports of call inaccessible

to larger ships and

inspire your spirit with visits

to UNESCO-listed sites such

as the Giant’s Causeway – a

massive geological formation

featuring over 40,000 basalt

columns – and the Jurassic

Coast, famous for its exceptional

panorama composed

of spectacular rock formations,

lush hills, wild inlets

and gorgeous sand or pebble

beaches.”

Also, experience the Isles of

Scilly, a strange little archipelago

whose landscapes seem

to have come straight out of

Enid Blyton’s famous story,

The Rockingdown Mystery.

“Here, long sandy beaches

stand alongside green fields,

while ruins of old castles stand

proud on hilltops,” said Sharon.

“The Inner Hebrides will

welcome you with Tobermory,

a charming fishing port with

multi-coloured houses whose

distillery produces a renowned

single malt, and Iona, the cradle

of Christianity in Scotland

where the famous Book of

Kells was written.” (Solo savings

available.)

Sharon said Ponant cruises

delivered a refined atmosphere,

in the spirit of a private

yacht.

“You can discover the

treasures of the land by sea on

board luxurious yachts that are

built on an intimate, human

scale, which is a far cry from

the current industry trend of

gigantism,” she said. “French

crew, expertise, attentive

service, gastronomy: set sail

in a luxurious environment

and enjoy a travel experience

that is simultaneously authentic

and sophisticated.”

She added Ponant had

designed itineraries rich in encounters

and discovery all over

the world: mooring in the heart

of secret bays in the Mediterranean,

sailing between the

majestic icebergs of Antarctica,

expeditions to the remote

lands of Alaska, or island-hopping

in the Caribbean.

* More information call

Travel View Avalon (9918

4444) or Collaroy (9999

0444); also, give them a call

and ask about their fun and

informative Travel Club.

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Travel Life

Travel Life

Crystal’s clear,

unparalleled

luxury at sea

Experience the beauty of

the Mediterranean aboard

the most luxurious of ships:

the award-winning Crystal

Serenity (pictured in Venice).

“Book and prepare to have

every wish catered to, with

Crystal’s renowned six-star

service and a rich roster of

all-inclusive amenities,” said

Travel View’s Karen Robinson.

“Everything from specialty

dining and the finest pour of

select wines, champagnes and

premium spirits to engaging

enrichment and Broadwaystyle

entertainment is

included in your voyage – and

complimentary, unlimited Wi-

Fi means it’s easier than ever

to share your adventures with

friends and family all around

the world, too.”

Karen said the ‘Crystal

Experience’ had been “reimagined”,

adding a greater depth

to passenger relaxation and

enjoyment.

“Expansive and gorgeous,

brand new butler-serviced

suites and penthouses have

replaced a number of staterooms,

effectively reducing

the ship’s guest capacity and

increasing Crystal Serenity’s

service and space ratios to

rank with the highest in the

industry,” Karen said.

“And whether you choose to

travel in a suite or a stateroom,

you’ll discover all the

comforts of home – from

plush beds wrapped in the finest

of linens to state-of-the-art

interactive TVs and high-tech

automation.”

From your own private window

on the world (all suites

and most staterooms feature

private verandah), you can discover

the enchanted wonder

of iconic European destinations

each day.

Then there’s the ‘Decadent

Dining’ and ‘Culinary Delights’,

said Karen.

“Authentic yet inventive…

creative yet classic – the culinary

experience with Crystal

is simply exceptional,” she

said. “From the extraordinary

cuisine of celebrity chef, Nobu

Matsuhisa, to the inventive

menus created by Crystal’s own

acclaimed culinary team, dining

aboard Crystal Serenity promises

to delight and surprise even

the most discerning palate.”

* Want to know more?

Call Travel View Avalon

(9918 4444) or Collaroy

(9999 0444); also, give them

a call and ask about their fun

and informative Travel Club.

82 DECEMBER 2018

The Local Voice Since 1991

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