Pittwater Life January 2019 Issue


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Don’t be driven to distraction

You’ve done it... I’ve done

it... heck, we’ve all done

it: used our mobile phones

illegally while driving. And

while damning statistics on

the dangers of distraction

from mobile phone use have

dragged most of us back in

line, many drivers, from teens

to retired folk, still succumb

to the temptation.

Which is why local IT

software professional Remo

Behdasht decided to do

something to change people’s

behaviour and try to make

our roads safer places.

Remo has developed

LifeGift – the world’s first

emotion-based smartphone

distraction alert app for

drivers and pedestrians.

The app is designed to

change driver behaviour

and get the focus back

on the road; and also for

pedestrians, awareness to

their surroundings.

Pittwater Life has partnered

with LifeGift to offer readers a

free three-month trial of this

important innovation. Who

knows? It just might save the

life of a loved one or a friend.

Find out how it all works on

page 10 (and we’d love your

feedback – email readers@


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No question the issue of

allowing dogs to walk

offleash on beaches is one of

the most polarising topics on

the Northern Beaches.

Which is why Northern

Beaches Council has finally

triggered community

consultation on a litmus test

proposal for Station Beach

at Palm Beach that would

see a designated stretch of

foreshore utilised at only

certain times and days during

a 12-month trial period.

Turn to page 8 to read

about the proposal, and hear

the message from dog owners

group Pittwater Unleashed.

And Happy New Year all!

– Nigel Wall

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COVER: Welcome to 2019! Our annual Locals’ Guide (p22)

lists scores of great things to do, food to eat and places to

go – if you’re a resident, you just might discover something

new... and if you’re a visitor (g’day to you!) our humble mag

will update you on everything you need to know about

beautiful Pittwater. Get along to some great gigs this month,

including The Screaming Jets (p10) and GANGgajang (p60);

check out our art exhibitions and sales (p38); Nick Carroll’s

guide to staying safe in the surf (p42) is a must-read; and

take in Janelle Bloom’s easy-entertaining food ideas (p64).

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Life Stories: Author Carolinda Witt 20-21

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Council hounded into acti


An offleash dog trial at

Station Beach on the

Pittwater side of Palm

Beach is closer to reality, with

Northern Beaches Council

ready to assess community

feedback and submissions

when consultation on the

polarising issue concludes on

February 28.

After years of delays and

stonewalling (as reported by

Pittwater Life in November),

Council triggered an online

survey to finally determine

the matter following pressure

from Mayor Michael Regan

and Pittwater Ward Councillor

Alex McTaggart.

The community are urged

to add their voice on the

proposal, which would allow

families with dogs to share

the southern section of Station

Beach at only specified times

of day, with dogs permitted

offleash between Beach Road

and The Boathouse.

Proposed times are 4pm –

10:30am (7 days) and 5:30pm

– 10:30am (Mon – Fri) during

Daylight Saving. The proposed

trial would be for 12 months,

commencing this year.

Mayor Regan said it was

a great opportunity for

residents to let Council know

if they supported having dogs

on Station Beach in a limited


“Many dog-owners would

like to see new areas opened

up on the Northern Beaches so

their dogs can enjoy a swim,”

he said. “We’d love to know if

our community think Station

Beach is a good complement to

the other off-leash beach areas

like Rowland Reserve and Curl

Curl Lagoon.

“We need to balance the

views of our community

as well as consider any

environmental or local impacts

before making a final decision

if the trial will proceed.”

The latest development

has been applauded by local

dog owners group Pittwater

Unleashed (PU), which has

been an advocate for the trial

since the group’s formation

with the mission to deliver

more offleash dog areas in

Pittwater four years ago.

Spokesman Mitch Geddes

said the group had been

chosen to work with Council to

help develop the parameters of

the proposed trial.

“It is fair to say we are the

ones driving the process,

and we are the ones with an

interest in seeing the trial

succeed,” Mr Geddes said.

“We have also done all

the research, and appreciate

the care that must be taken

when balancing competing


He said this meant pressing

for only as much as was


“It is a contentious area,”

he said. “Our agenda is to

see families with dogs regain

access to certain parts of

certain beaches at certain

times of day… we call it the

‘Triple-C Policy’.

“Our aim is to identify a

few locations that are underutilised,

such as Station

Beach, and to make them

available in the mornings and

late afternoon.”

Mr Geddes said it was about

locals activating local open

space for locals.

“Our topography means we

don’t have rolling green fields

to spare,” he said. “And we

also have a need to preserve

bushland for our native


“But what we do have is a

large expanse of foreshore,

and Triple-C means a shared

approach will allow better use

of this.”

Further, Mr Geddes said

carving out the popular part

of the day enable PU to get

what was needed without

there being any observable

change when most people

were out and about.

“The time restrictions

also mean we are able to

manage the number of users

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on on Station Beach

drawn to the area,” he said.

“For instance, it would be

impractical to drive from

Chatswood or Pymble as,

by the time you arrived, the

morning window would be


Mr Geddes said PU hoped

Council would make good

on its June resolution to also

canvass support for offleash

trials at North Palm Beach

(400m north of the Surf

Lifesaving Club), and at South

Mona Vale (an extension of

the existing dog park there).

“For people north of Bilgola

it is a return trip of up to

an hour to take the dog to

Bayview for a splash – and

this isn’t exactly what you’d

call a beach,” he said.

“From Turimetta to

Barrenjoey we have 20

kilometres of coastline, and

not one inch of it is open to

families with dogs.

“Beyond Station Beach, if

the North Palm Beach and

south Mona Vale trials prove

a success, this would mean

families with dogs have

access to 3.5 per cent of this

coastline – and then only at

certain times of day.

“It might not seem like

much, but to us there is a world

of difference between zero per

cent and 3.5 per cent.”

Have your say; visit


– Nigel Wall


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JANUARY 2019 9

New app combats phone


The number of injuries

and deaths from driver

distraction due to

mobile phone use continue

to spiral at an alarming rate,

with latest research showing

it contributes to almost a

quarter of all car accidents.

In NSW the offence carries

a fine of $337 and 5 demerit

points – but regardless,

approximately 25% of

surveyed drivers

report using their

hand-held mobile

phone daily to answer

or make calls, as well

as read text messages,

while 14% report

using their handheld

phone to send a text

message each day.

The frightening

statistics prompted

local IT software

professional and


Remo Behdasht to tackle the

problem – from the heart. He

has developed the disruptor

App ‘LifeGift’, which uses

emotion-based alerts to make

users think again when they

reach for their phones.

It’s the world’s first

emotion-based smartphone

distraction alert app for

drivers and pedestrians.

“Like everyone, I have been

guilty of using my phone

while driving,” Remo told

Pittwater Life. “Whenever I

touched my phone my kids

would say ‘dad

– what are you


Remo said there

was increasing

pressure on people

to stay connected,

with FOMO – ‘the

fear of missing out’ –

always present.

“And when the

boss emails you and

you’re on the road, or

you receive the next

Insta-post, you feel pressure

to reply straight away.”

He explained LifeGift was

designed to change driver

behavior and get the focus

back on the road; and for

pedestrians, awareness to

their surroundings.

Put simply, when a user

interacts with their phone

in the car, they receive a

personalised photo, message

and audio from a friend

or loved one, warning

them to think twice before


LifeGift is designed to be

sent as a gift to people in our

lives who we want to protect

from the dangers of mobile

phone distractions, including

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pedestrians who might be

distracted while listening to

music and looking at their

phones,” he said.

“And when seconds count,

LifeGift can make all the

difference... for example, if

you’re travelling at 40km/h

and you are distracted for

just two seconds, your car

will travel 22 metres without

your eyes on the road.

“A LifeGift could be all

it takes to save the life of

someone important to you.”

Downloading the app

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choose to purchase tokens

and send to loved ones. (Cost

$7.99 for 12 months.)

LifeGift is also keen to

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organisations interested

in utilising its service to

help keep their employees,

members and customers


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– Nigel Wall

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JANUARY 2019 11

Maddie eyes State success


It’s all happening for

Maddie Spencer: Sydney

Northern Beaches Branch

team selection for the first

time, Branch team captain,

State selection and event

organiser for the successful

20 Beaches ocean ski

paddling event.

It took Maddie until the ripe

old age of just 21 to represent

SNB Branch.

And just for good measure

the Branch selectors chose

her as the co-captain with

Nutri Grain ironman and

her Newport clubmate Max


Not only did she prove

a great mentor with the

younger team members

but led from the front with

inspiring performances

as SNB Branch won the

Interbranch trophy again.

She won the open female

board, open ski, paddled the

ski in the open Taplin Relay

victory, was a member of the

winning mixed board relay,

second in the ironwoman to

her Newport clubmate Emily

Doyle and second in the

mixed ski relay with Brooks.

Her outstanding

performances on the crucial

second day of competition

at the Interbranch

Championships on the mid

north coast last month played

a huge part in SNB heading

off the challenge from Sydney


And those performances

also led to NSW selection for

the Interstate Championships,

which will be held at Newport

Beach on January 24.

All this happened just

a week after Maddie won

bronze in the individual open

board final at the world titles

at Glenelg and had she not hit

a ‘pothole’ after being first

off the board, then she may

have even taken silver from

Georgia Miller (Northcliffe)

or the gold from Karlee

Nurthen (Currumbin).

At Aussies in Perth last

April she was beaten in

a blanket finish for the

bronze in the open board

final by Danielle McKenzie

(Northcliffe). So she’s right

up there with the best on the


Maddie started out with

Mona Vale SLSC and still

patrols there with her family.

“I wanted to do ironwoman

and that’s why I went to

Newport because they had

an iron program, Mona Vale

didn’t,” she said.

Maddie teamed with

Georgia Miller and Lara

Moses to win two Aussie open

board titles. Miller has gone

to Queensland, Moses is no

longer competing, while Liv

Heaton and Grace Gurr exited

to Queensland.

Maddie said it never crossed

her mind she’d also leave.

“I have my degree

in Business and Event

Management at ICMS to

complete, and I wanted

to stay at Newport and

help the younger ones

like Emily (Doyle), Madie

(Louw), Alex (Lefevre) and

Sascha (Taurins),” she said.

“They are a tight-knit group

and have so much potential.”

Maddie said training with

the Newport boys squad

helped her development on

the board.

“Doing Molokai (in

Hawaii) made me a lot more

comfortable on the board

and I learnt how to chase the


Of the current Branch

team, forget seniority: Maddie

felt she was one of the least

experienced members in

terms of Interbranch.

“I was surprised that

a number of them first

represented as under-12s

and are still there,” she said.

“You never give up hope that

you’ll represent your Branch

but I have always had so

many strong girls in my age

group that it was hard to get

a break.

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BUSY: Newport’s

Maddie Spencer


“It was such a wonderful

experience. I was just stoked

to be captain. And it was such

a good feeling in camp and

winning on the final day.”

Maddie was event manager

for the resurrected 20

Beaches (ocean ski paddling)

last month. The event clashed

with the Ocean6 series on

December 15. “I will get

back into the swing of board

paddling in the fourth round

at Currumbin on January

11/12,” she said.

“It’s unfortunate I couldn’t

compete at North Wollongong

but I just love what I am doing

outside of board paddling.

“The 20 Beaches was a

massive success. We had

more than 300 entries and

everyone was impressed.”

– John Taylor


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Jets prepare for local landing


ON APPROACH: The Screaming Jets (l-r) Scott Kingman, Paul Woseen, Marc McLeod, Jimi Hocking

and Dave Gleeson will play a collection of iconic Aussie songs plus some of their own.

RSL Clubs are venues renowned for

booking specialist ‘cover’ and ‘tribute

bands’ – but that concept will be

taken to a whole new level when versatile

rockers The Screaming Jets bring their

‘We’ve Gotcha Covered’ tour to the stage at

Pittwater RSL on January 19.

The tour is to support the mid-year

release of the Jets’ eighth album, ‘Gotcha

Covered’, which features the band performing

15 iconic Australian songs spanning

from the 1960s through the late 1990s.

Throw in a select batch of Jets’ classics

and it’s the recipe for a live rock ‘n’ roll

cocktail like no other.

Bass player and principal music director/songwriter

Paul Woseen explained the

process involved the band reaching out to

the masses via the Triple M website, asking

the huge radio audience for feedback on

some tracks and polling whether they’d like

to hear the Jets perform them.

Woseen and fellow band members Dave

Gleeson, Scott Kingman, Marc McLeod and

Jimi Hocking also had a say in selections.

The result is an eclectic mix of standout

Aussie rock, with tracks from artists including

The Easybeats, Flowers (later Icehouse),

Hoodoo Gurus, The Angels, Radio Birdman,

INXS, Dragon and more.

“We had always wanted to do an album of

songs that we listened to and/or played as

we were growing up,” Woseen told Pittwater

Life. “Originally it was going to be songs

from anywhere but we decided that they

should all be by Australian artists.

“There has and is an incredible wealth of

talent in this country, writers and performers

who have influenced not only The

Screaming Jets but countless acts and we

wanted to pay our respects in our own way.

“We stayed true to the melody and lyric

but added our own ‘thang’,” he said. “We

also released a list of songs on the Triple M

website, asking listeners to pick the songs

they would most like to hear us record. We

wanted to make a rockin’ party record.”

Woseen said the tracks he most enjoyed

playing were ‘Wedding Ring’ (The Easybeats),

‘Rock ’n’ Roll Damnation’ (ACDC), and

‘Walls’ (Flowers).

“Wedding Ring is ’60s punk; it motors at

a blistering pace. When I play it, it feels like

I’m driving a ridiculously fast car,” he said.

“Rock ’n’ Roll Damnation was the first

single I ever bought and I love the groove,

while Walls takes me back to playing in my

first band in my mid-teens.

“Plus we’ll be doing a selection of Jets

songs from across the whole catalogue. I

can’t tell you which ones though – it’d spoil

the surprise.”

The band praised Pittwater RSL and other

local venues for reviving live music locally

(also, GANGgajang play Narrabeen RSL in

January – see page 60).

“It’s better than good; it’s brave and necessary,”

Woseen said. “Bands need venues to

play in... people want to see live music.

“Putting on a live show is a risk, a punt

for venue and band alike – nobody knows

how it’s going to go until it’s over.”

He added the Jets had played some “enormous,

hot sticky rock gigs” at Pittwater RSL

over the years.

“They were packed, going off – hopefully

we’ll see more of the same,” he said.

“Although to be totally honest I can’t

remember where and when we played the

Northern Beaches last... must’ve had a

great ‘how the hell did I end up here’ night.

Got to love them!”

There will be no rest for the band in

2019 – after they finish their current covers

tour at the end of February they start a new

schedule of gigs in their Red Hot Summer

Tour 2019.

“Not long after that we’ll be back in the

studio to record another album of new

originals, then off on our 30th anniversary

‘Dirty Thirty’ tour, Woseen said.

What Aussie act would be at the top of

his list to catch live?

“The first band that comes to mind

would be Sunnyboys,” Woseen said. “Dave

and I loved the band... awesome live, great

songs, at one stage I could play every song

off their first two albums.” – Nigel Wall

* Catch The Screaming Jets at Pittwater

RSL on January 19; more info & tickets


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Lagoon eco paddle. This

relaxing 2-3 hour paddle from

1pm on Sun 6 will visit the

Narrabeen Lagoon Western

Basin, Deep and Middle Creeks.

Beautiful Deep Creek attracts

migratory birds from as far away

as Russia! No previous kayaking

experience required, tuition

given. BYO boat, or a hire kayak

can be arranged for you at cost.

Bookings essential. 0417 502 056

or tonycarr@ozemail.com.au

Car boot sale. Find a treasure,

snap up a bargain or sell your

pre-loved items at the Avalon

Car Boot Sale in Dunbar Park

on Sat 19 from 8am-2pm. With

live music, fresh coffee and a

sausage sizzle it’s also great

family outing. Stalls cost $40.

Register on the Northern Beaches

Council website or call 9970 1194.

Sunday Salon. Beachside

Bookstore Avalon is holding a

one-off Sunday Salon on the 20th

with northern beaches author

Sandie Docker, to launch her

second novel with Penguin, The

Cottage at Rosella Cove. Hear

about her journey to a multi-book

contract with a major publisher

over afternoon tea in-store

3-4pm. Free; bookings essential

on 9918 9918.

Phelps book talk. Local

author and actor Peter Phelps

will discuss his book The Bulldog

Track, the personal account of his

grandfather’s incredible survival in

New Guinea during WWII and his

escape by the ‘other Kokoda trail’.

At Avalon Community Library on

Thurs 31 from 6pm. Cost $5.50

including refreshments. Bookings

at the library or call 9918 3013.

Australia Day. With support

from hundreds of volunteers,

NB Council is hosting a raft

of events on January 26 to

‘entertain and instil a sense

of pride’. In our neck of the

woods there will be big BBQ

breakfasts with entertainment

and the presentation of awards

celebrating contributions from

local residents from 8am-12pm

at Lakeside Park Narrabeen and

Bert Payne Reserve, Newport

Beach. The Australia Day

Citizenship Ceremony will be held

at Glen Street Theatre.

Students getting cool for school

students and staff at four schools

Grateful across Pittwater are looking forward to

heading back to the classrooms after the NSW

Government announced they would be among

the state’s 900 first recipients of new air-conditioning


Avalon Public School, Bilgola Plateau PS,

Elanora Heights PS and Narrabeen Sports High

School will receive air conditioning in their

classrooms and libraries as part of a new $500

million initiative.

Local MP Rob Stokes said the new Cooler Classrooms

Program was an investment and commitment

to provide environments where both

students and teachers could best succeed.

“We’ve worked hard to ensure this program is

both economically and environmentally sustainable,

installing solar panels and ‘smart systems’

alongside the new air conditioning units, so

schools can offset any additional energy use and

efficiently heat and cool their classrooms.”

Elanora Heights PS Principal Leesa Martin said:

“Raising the funds for such programs would

have potentially taken many years so we are very

grateful for this financial and project management


She added community-raised funds would

now be available to be re-directed towards future

focused learning initiatives.

“Our staff and students are looking forward to

teaching and learning in comfortable environments

which will directly impact student learning

outcomes – this is an exciting time for our

school community!” she said.

Other Pittwater school principals are encouraged

to apply to the second round of the Fund,

which will open from the start of Term 1.

Mr Stokes also announced more than $4.3

million for additional learning initiatives in Pittwater’s

11 public schools. – Nigel Wall


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Pittwater News


The massive excavation to open the mouth of Narrabeen

Lagoon is now complete (above), greatly reducing the risk

of flooding and ensuring the lagoon is open for public use

over the summer holidays. Council reports the project was

finished ahead of schedule despite recent challenging weather

conditions. Around 50,000m3 of sand from the eastern and

western sides of the Ocean Street Bridge was extracted and

shifted south to refresh the stretch of damaged coastline

between Collaroy to Narrabeen. It’s understood the excavation

will assist to keep the lagoon entrance open for several years

before further works are required.


Hearty congrats to the Royal Motor Yacht Club, Newport who

won 1st prize in the ‘Club Reception in NSW’ category in the

recent Annual Bridal Industry Awards. Significantly, the

award was based on the ratings provided by past brides and

grooms of Australia – each year the ABIA Awards Program

receives 25,000+ wedding registrations, with couples invited

to rate and review their wedding vendors in the ‘Quality

of Product’, ‘Quality of Service’, ‘Attitude of Staff’ and ‘Value

for Money’ over a 12-month nomination period.


Curtain up for BHS

space by end of 2019

Barrenjoey High School

P&C is singing for joy after

being granted funding of

$123,891 through the NSW

Government’s Infrastructure

Grants Program for the fit-out

of the Barrenjoey Community

Performance Space. “It’s

taken us four attempts at

this particular grant over the

years, and finally we were in

a position to tick all the boxes

and receive the funding – you

can imagine our reaction!”

said BCPS Steering Committee

spokeswoman Christy Bishop.

The project has received

wide-ranging support from

the NSW Government and

the surrounding Barrenjoey

community since first

proposed. Earlier funding

contributions plus school

contributions and ongoing

community fundraising

efforts have totalled more

than $437,000 to date. “This

latest grant funding will

enable us to do essential

finishing touches which will

include a complete set of stage

curtains, stage lighting and an

audio system,” said Christy.

Barrenjoey P&C President

Kalinda Hawson said: “We have

an outstanding reputation

in the performing arts, and

it continues to nurture and

foster some incredible talent.

This Performance Space

will provide a purpose-built

venue to further promote and

encourage performers across a

wide range of disciplines, both

from within the school and

from surrounding community

groups.” The building tender

process is currently underway,

with the aim of completing

construction in late 2019.

Action on mobile

devices in schools

Mobile devices will be banned

during school hours in NSW

public primary schools while

high schools will have the

choice to opt in to a ban or

introduce measures to more

tightly restrict the use of

devices during school hours.

Education Minister and local

MP Rob Stokes said the new

measures were in response

showed rising cases of online

bullying, inappropriate

sharing of explicit images

between students, predatory

behaviour from strangers and

unnecessary distraction for

students. Secondary schools

will consider a range of options

to manage devices, ranging

from complete restriction to

promotion of safe, responsible

and informed use. The decision

will be made by individual

schools in consultation with

their communities. Mr Stokes

said the review offered several

approaches that schools

could adopt based on their

circumstances. “We’ll work

with schools to implement

the changes recommended

in the report, helping them

manage the risks and rewards

of using mobile phones inside

the school gates,” Mr Stokes

said. “These changes are about

keeping our schools safe and

protecting the welfare of our

students when they’re in our


More cash for new

Avalon netball courts

Netball players north of

Newport are closer to gaining

much-needed new playing

and practice facilities with the

announcement of a further

$262,454 worth of funding

for new, permanent courts in

Avalon Beach. The top-up takes

the NSW Government’s funding

for the courts to $562,454, with

Northern Beaches Council to

progress construction once

it identifies an appropriate

location based on the ongoing

Avalon Beach Place Plan. “This

project will benefit the entire

northern beaches netball

community,” said local MP

Rob Stokes. “There’s long been

a need for additional netball

courts in Pittwater.”

As Pittwater Life went to print, a large contingent of concerned

Avalon individuals and groups were busy planning a protest

meeting for mid-January to vent their opposition to NB

Say on draft arts &

Council’s current plans for the Coastal Walkway through

creativity strategy

Little Avalon car park at Surfside Avenue. Organisers

Now’s your chance to deliver

requested we publicise the meeting, which is being described

feedback on Council’s draft

as “a revolt against the plans”. Their position is that the

Arts and Creativity Strategy – a

plan should not hinder the beautiful lawn/grassy areas that

shared reference and long-term

exist and have existed for more than 100 years. They say a

vision for the direction of

‘Plan B’ is the answer – and they will produce and present

the arts in our area. Mayor

one to Council in the coming weeks in the hope Council staff

Michael Regan said community

will consider replacing the current one for this contentious

engagement since last May

section of the Coastal Walkway. We’ll post details on our

had identified strong interest

Facebook page when more is known...

to an expert review which

Continued on page 18

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Congrats to local students

Two of Pittwater’s public high schools are justifiably

proud of their 2018 HSC students, with end-of-year

newsletters celebrating outstanding results, well-deserved

individual achievements and congratulations for the

teachers who work so diligently to help our young people

achieve their best.

For the second year running, Barrenjoey High School

received its best results since opening 50 years ago. In 2017,

BHS broke into the top 200 high schools in NSW, placing

161st – this year its ranking jumped to 110.

At BHS, some 98 Year 12 students sat for the HSC across

452 examinations and 21 accelerated Year 11 students sat

their HSC in either PDHPE or Society and Culture.

A total of 63 students’ results (13.9%) were placed in the

top Band 6 while 187 students (41.4%) achieved Band 5 – the

greatest percentage in both bands in the school’s history.

In total, 86.5% of all HSC results were placed in the top

three bands (compared to 69% of the State).

Of all BHS candidates, 36 students received a Band 6 result.

Meanwhile Pittwater High School principal Jane Ferris

reported its 112 HSC students achieved “amazing” results

leading to the school placing 155th in the state.

Of 37 courses studied at PHS, 65% were well above the

state average; analysis showed their Agriculture course

yielded results 9% above the state average, with 29% of students

gaining a Band 6 compared to 7% in the state.

“Indeed, PHS was ranked 7th in the state (for Agriculture)

with only selective schools, agriculture high schools and private

schools ahead of it,” Ms Ferris reported. – Lisa Offord


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in a grass roots level of

involvement in the arts. “We

knew our residents actively

participate in the arts, but were

surprised by the results from a

random phone survey where a

staggering 96% of participants

said they were supportive of

Council’s role in the arts.”

He added there was evidence

which firmly established the

link between the arts and

community wellbeing. The

draft Strategy is an invitation

to collaborate across three

key outcome areas – Better

Places and Spaces, Diverse

Programs and Activations,

and Active Participation and

Engagement. Have your say at


submissions close February 17.

Coastal early

warning system

project launch

Northern Beaches Council is

partnering in a research and

development project to devise a

national Early Warning System

to alert coastal communities

of impending storm-wave

damage, potentially saving

lives and preventing billions

of dollars in property damage,

such as at Collaroy and

Narrabeen Beach (above) which

were severely impacted by

the powerful East Coast Low

storm event in June 2016.

The new collaborative project

will be led by the University

of New South Wales’ Water

Research Laboratory and also

involve agencies including

the Australian Bureau of

Meteorology and the United

States Geological Survey.

The proposed Early Warning

System will comprise a system

for accurately forecasting

potential regional-scale stormwave

damage and beachfront

dunes over-topping, and the

ability to predict local-scale

coastal erosion events referred

to by Coastal Engineers as

‘storm demand’ at known

erosion hotspots. This would

be provided in the form

of high-resolution, rolling

three- to-seven-day real-time

forecasts. Mayor Michael

Regan said the three-year

research project aimed to

emergency decision-making

around our coastal zone. “If

a coastal emergency warning

system had existed in 2016, it

could have alerted emergency

managers to the geographic

distribution and extent of the

storm wave damage, identified

where severe beach erosion

was expected and provided

sufficient time for emergency

measures – including

temporary protection or


Urgent care

upgrade at Mona

Vale Hospital

NSW Health has announced

additional emergency

medicine services for Mona

Vale Hospital. Health Minister

Brad Hazzard confirmed

the upgrade of the hospital’s

Urgent Care Centre so it

now sits at an Emergency

Department level. “And we are

happy to take further advice

from Emergency doctors on

any other changes they think

are necessary,” Mr Hazzard

said. Mona Vale’s Urgent Care

Centre is staffed by emergency

trained doctors and nurses

and manages all patients who

self-present with injuries and

illnesses 24 hours a day. This

includes emergency cases

such as the administration

of adrenalin for patients

with anaphylaxis and antivenin

for snake and spider

bites. Access to X-Ray, CT and

ultrasound is also available.

Meanwhile the concrete

pour has been completed for

the next in a series of new

hospital buildings at Mona

Vale. Work is progressing on

the hospital’s new Support

Services Building which will

accommodate modern kitchen,

laundry, cleaning, staff and

engineering facilities. Some 18

provide tools to better inform truckloads of concrete have

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een poured, totalling over 100

cubic metres. The new building

is being constructed on the

eastern side of the hospital

campus and is part of a series

of upcoming infrastructure

projects that will continue

the transformation and

modernisation of Mona Vale

Hospital. “We’re seeing great

momentum behind essential

building upgrades at Mona

Vale Hospital and we must

ensure this continues,” said

local MP Rob Stokes. “There

will of course be noise and

disruption associated with the

construction works – but these

are essential projects that are

securing the hospital’s future

and ensuring its facilities and

services are brought up to

modern standards.”

Cheap parking plan

for Rowland Reserve

Lower parking fees at Rowland

Reserve in Bayview are on

the agenda for later in 2019,

as Northern Beaches Council

seeks to encourage visitors

to use the carpark rather

than the surrounding streets.

Mayor Michael Regan said the

move was designed to correct

an unexpected rebuff from

the public after Council had

“harmonised” fees and charges

across the three former Council

areas. “The fee increase at

Rowland Reserve appears to

have discouraged people from

using the carpark,” Mayor

January’s PROBUS meeting details

memorable World War II

A tale will be recounted at

the next meeting of Pittwater

Probus Club on Tuesday

January 8. Merv Rosen will

talk about the ‘Krait’ (right)

– a vessel with a fascinating

history that started its days

as a wooden-hulled fishing boat before being used

for ‘Operation Jaywick’, involving a daring raid on Japanese

shipping in Singapore Harbour in 1943 by a group of allied

commandos who demonstrated extraordinary bravery,

resilience and ingenuity. Hear about how this Japanese

fishing boat, now in the possession of the Australian National

Maritime Museum, became one of the most famous Allied

boats in WWII. Meeting starts 10am at Mona Vale Golf Club; all

welcome. Meanwhile writer Jill Bruce is guest speaker at Palm

Beach Probus Club’s next meeting at 9.45am at Club Palm

Beach on Wednesday January 16. All welcome; info 9973 1247.

Regan said. “We want to get the

balance right and encourage

people to use the carpark

provided rather than choosing

to park vehicles and trailers in

local residential streets which

often means residents can’t

park outside their own homes.”

Council plans to lower the

hourly summer rate from $10

currently to $6 and the daily

rate from $40 to $25. Winter

rates would fall to $5 an hour

from $8 and from $35 to $22

per day. Also, the area allocated

for the free one-hour rate will be

doubled. The draft car parking

fees are on public exhibition,

with a report to be presented to

Council in February.

And another thing...

On Australia Day (well,

night to be precise)… there’s

another special screening of

Australia’s greatest silent

movie The Sentimental

Bloke on the big screen at

Pittwater RSL at 7pm, with

live accompaniment by The

Volantinsky Quartet. More

info 9997 3833.

Head back to

Polo by the Sea

Now established as a go-to

event for the cocktail set on

the local summer calendar,

Polo by the Sea returns to

Hitchcock Park in Avalon

on January 12 with horses,

fashion, food, drinks and

more. Organiser Janek

Gazecki promises attendees

an even more luxurious

experience in 2019, with

musical acts set to amplify

the party mood. Tickets range

from $105 to $255; more info






Dr Ben Brown

Owning a new puppy can be

a very exciting (and busy!)

time for pet owners. However,

some crucial health care

measures need to be taken.

Puppies need a balanced,

premium puppy food. Puppies

grow and develop rapidly and

have very different nutritional

requirements to adult dogs.

For example, puppies require

additional calcium and energy

to facilitate proper growth of

bones and muscles, this ratio

of calcium and energy can be

different for small breeds to

large breeds. It’s essential that

you discuss the best nutritional

plan for your puppy with a

trained veterinary professional.

Parasite control is also

important as puppies are more

likely to carry gastrointestinal

worms at this stage in their

life. An all wormer tablet

should be given every 2 weeks

until 12 weeks of age, every

month until 6 months and

then every 3 months for life.

Heartworm prevention is even

more important – the best

way to prevent heartworm is

with injectable medication –

this removes the possibility

of forgetting to give a dose;

one missed heartworm dose

can result in infection. And

tick prevention is a must. The

newer oral tick preventatives

and tick collars are highly

effective and safe. Most of

these products also prevent

fleas for extended periods.

Vaccinations are imperative

to prevent deadly infectious

diseases such as parvovirus,

distemper, hepatitis and

infectious canine cough. During

the vaccination consultation the

vet will complete a full physical

examination to ensure your

puppy is healthy and fit for


We are currently offering

free puppy health checkups

with our vets, free pet

insurance for one month and

a free heartworm injection for

puppies. So drop into one of

our hospitals at Newport or

Avalon with your new fur baby!


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Life Stories

Mona Vale resident Carolinda Witt’s

complicated family history led to a

bombshell revelation that inspired

her to write what would become an

award-winning work of non-fiction.

Story by Rosamund Burton

When her mother died in 2007,

aged nearly 88, it upset Carolinda

Witt that she had no-one

to tell beyond her partner, her children

and her brother, plus a few friends. Her

mother Tonie never knew her father;

she had been brought up believing her

grandmother was her mother. Tonie was

in her 20s and had married Freddy Witt

when her grandmother confessed, having

promised never to reveal the secret,

that Tonie’s “sister” Dora was her real

mother. Dora had been in a Tiller Girls

dance troupe and, when Tonie asked who

her father was, her grandmother said,

“He was just a stage-door Johnny”, and

that Dora had made up the name, Walter

Dicketts, on her birth certificate.

Tonie and Freddy Witt moved to Kenya,

where Carolinda grew up. Their house,

on the edge of the Nairobi National Park,

was on the grounds of the property

once owned by Karen Blixen, author of

Out of Africa. The national park wasn’t

fenced and Carolinda describes hearing

leopards prowling through the garden at

night, and one killing a family dog.

Aged 12, Carolinda remembers staying

in Denmark with Dora and her family.

Her brother and she had a pillow fight

one night, when the grown-ups were out.

Later, the nanny complained to Dora

she had been unable to control the two


“The next morning Dora told my

mother we were like wild animals, and

accused her of being a bad mother,” she

said. “My 10-year-old brother didn’t like

Dora’s tone to Mum.

‘You bloody, Aunty Dora,’ he said, confirming

he was an unruly colonial child.

‘Get out,’ screamed Dora.”

So, the Witt family packed their bags

and left. Dora and Tonie never spoke

again, and Tonie never told Dora she

knew that she was her mother.

From aged 13 Carolinda swam for

Kenya, and would have been in the squad

to train for the 1972 Munich Olympics if

she hadn’t damaged her shoulder. The

Witts moved from Kenya to South Africa,

and then England. Carolinda left secretarial

college at 18, then was, what she

describes as, a “lousy” secretary at the

British High Commission in Barbados,

before crewing on a yacht in the Caribbean.

Back in England she developed a

passion for hot air ballooning, becoming

a commercial pilot and meeting her husband,

a fellow balloonist. With two small

children, they moved to Australia.

(In 1988, Carolinda competed in the

Trans-Australian Balloon Race, flying a

Virgin Jumbo Jet-shaped balloon, and as

a publicity stunt she tethered her balloon

to a barge and flew it under the Sydney

Harbour Bridge.)

Carolinda and her husband separated

30 years ago, and since then she has

been with her partner, Andrew. They

lived in Avalon from 1991 until recently,

when they moved to Mona Vale. For

several years she ran a health food shop

in Avalon. She also developed T5T, a

modern version of an anti-aging yoga

routine known as the Five Tibetans. Her

book T5T The Five Tibetan Exercises was

a bestseller, and T5T is practised around

the world.

It was when Carolinda was rearing her

own children – Holly, Joss and Tess – that

her mother finally told her that Dora

wasn’t her aunt, but in fact her grandmother.

Over the years Carolinda had searched

without success for her lost relations,

then, just days after Tonie died, having

lived in Avalon for the last 15 years of

her life, Carolinda found a man looking

for Dora Viva Guerrier, and her daughter.

“We spoke on Skype, and he said, ‘I’m

Mike Adair. I’m your cousin. We have the

same grandfather, Walter Arthur Charles

Dicketts.’ I said, ‘My grandfather’s name

was made up.’ He told me it wasn’t and

that my mother, who’d been told she was

an only child, had a brother who was

given away at birth. I felt grief stricken

that my mother had never known.”

Carolinda’s uncle, Eric Richard

Dicketts, now in his late 80s, wanted to

meet. However, as Mike Adair told her

that her grandfather had had four wives,

two mistresses and six children, was

a conman and a crook, Carolinda was

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suspicious about this new-found family,

so she asked him to do a DNA test.

“I knocked on the door of his cottage in

Wales, and this ex-RAF pilot, who’d won a

Distinguished Flying Cross in World War

II, opened it with a huge grin. His mannerisms

and humour were identical to my

mother’s. We did our cheek swabs, then

he asked if I’d like a gin and tonic, which

was my mother’s favourite drink.”

Carolinda started researching her

grandfather, and discovered he had

enlisted for World War I aged only 15. He

had several spells in prison for fraudulent

activities, such as hiring Daimlers

and not paying for them, and buying expensive

jewellery with fake cheques. He’d

also had 23 aliases, been extradited from

Austria by British police, and had eloped

and married a 16-year-old girl.

But Walter Dicketts was also a British

double-agent with the code name Celery.

When Carolinda started to unearth details

about his spying activities Carolinda

decided to write a book about Double

Agent Celery, while simultaneously

wracked with self-doubt about her ability

to tell this complexed tale of intrigue and

espionage. But her fear was superseded by

a desire to clear her grandfather’s name.

The synopsis on the front of Celery’s M15

file said that some people believed that

he’d been “turned” by the Germans.

“The pivotal point for me writing the

book was when I knew he was telling the


In 1940, he had met Arthur Owens

at the Marlborough pub in London’s

Richmond and become friends with him.

However, he soon suspected his new

friend was a German sympathiser, so

he reported him to the authorities, little

knowing Owens was both a German and

British spy, and M15’s first double agent,

with the codename Snow.

Then M15 employed Dicketts to spy on

Owens, and also, posing as a British traitor,

to travel to Berlin to build a relationship

with Owens’ contacts in the Abwehr,

Germany’s military intelligence service.

Dicketts underwent five days of interrogation

during which he was plied with alcohol

and also drugged, before he gained

the trust of Snow’s contact, Abwehr Chief

of Air Intelligence, Major Nikolaus Ritter.

Expecting a hero’s welcome by M15,

when he returned to Britain, instead

Dicketts found himself under further

interrogation, as Owens had betrayed

him, telling the Abwehr that he was a

double agent, and telling M15 that he had

defected to Germany and was now spying

on Britain. Eventually, Dicketts’ version of

events was believed. Owens was imprisoned

until the end of the war, and Dicketts

was sent on two further missions.

Entailing thousands of hours of

research, Double Agent Celery took

Carolinda seven years to write before its

publication in 2017. The book launch was

at the Marlborough pub, where Arthur

Owens and Walter Dicketts met. Attending

were esteemed spy writers Michael

Smith, Dr Helen Fry, and Nigel West,

who wrote the foreword, and many of

Dicketts’ ancestors, including his two

youngest sons, Richard and Robert.

“They had only ever felt ashamed of

their father because of his criminal activities,”

Carolinda explains. “And when

Nigel West described him as a patriot,

who, by volunteering to go into Germany

during the war, had put his life on the

line, the men both cried.”

In 2018, Carolinda was awarded the Society

of Women Writers NSW non-fiction

award, and admits she burst into tears

receiving it.

“To have won the prize is fabulous.

But the greatest accomplishment is reuniting

the family, revealing the truth

in a way which hadn’t been done before,

and clearing Walter Dicketts’s name in

history. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity

to do that.”

* Double Agent Celery: M15’s Crooked

Hero by Carolinda Witt is published by

Pen & Sword Books Limited, RRP$65.

eBook $34.

Life Stories



Carolinda; Walter

Dicketts, circa 1949;

family and friends

at the launch of

Carolinda’s book;

flying her Virgin

hot air balloon in

the 80s; on the

swim team in Kenya

(far left); with her

mum Tonie in


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To Do...

Welcome to our

2019 Summer Guide to

beautiful Pittwater and

its surrounds; even if

you’re a local we’re sure

you’ll find something new

to taste, try or explore.

Compiled by Lisa Offord

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Our waterways and bushland

are pristine and most of us are

doing our best to ensure they

stay that way.

Reduce plastic use. Everything

you can do to reduce the use

of single-use plastic helps.

Get yourself a ‘keep’ cup

for your caffeine fix and/or

a reusable water bottle and

remember to take them with

you when you go out. We

have plenty of water stations

(Careel Bay, Avalon Beach,

Newport Beach, Kitchener

Park in Mona Vale and Terrey

Hills Oval) where you can

have a cool drink or fill a

bottle without having to hand

over a cent. Break the habit

of drinking with a straw and

when shopping for food, try

to make an effort to avoid

excess packaging. Boomerang

bags are reusable shopping

bags made to share and to be

used by customers who have

forgotten their own.


The best spot at any of our

beaches during summer is the

north end. There is always a

nor’-east sea breeze and it can

be unpleasant if you’re fully

exposed to its impact. Mona

Vale Basin, North Bilgola, North

Avalon and Whale Beach are

all sheltered and beautiful in

these conditions. While our

beaches are usually beautiful

Beachwatch – the team who

monitor Sydney’s recreational

water quality – say as a

general precaution swimming

at ocean beaches should be

avoided for up to one day

after heavy rainfall or for as

long as stormwater is present.

The most obvious signs of

stormwater pollution are water

discolouration as well as debris

in the water and on the tide


Rock pools

Pittwater has some stunning

ocean rock pools along the

coast at North Narrabeen,

Mona Vale, Newport, Bilgola,

Avalon, Whale Beach and

Palm Beach. Rock pools are

sometimes closed due to rough

seas, renovations and cleaning.

The pools can get a little grotty

between cleans especially

in summer when slime and

grime builds up quickly from

frequent use so time your

swims accordingly. NB Council

publishes the cleaning schedule

on their website.

Ocean swims

The Pittwater Ocean Swim

Series is a brilliant excuse

to take in the beauty of our

beaches with ocean swims at

Bilgola, Newport, Mona Vale

and the Big Swim from Palm

Beach to Whale Beach. (Plus the

Avalon swim, now in April.) If

you complete three of these

swims, you go into a draw for

a chance to win a weekend

in Byron Bay sponsored by

TravelView – see page 25 for


Surf Safety

It goes without saying… but on

behalf of all the surf life savers

we’ll say it again… please

Swim Between The Flags.

Rip Awareness

Before racing into the ocean

it pays to stop, look, and plan

no matter what your age or

ability in the water. This is

the key message a new Surf

Life Saving safety campaign

is taking to Australians

everywhere this summer.

How to spot a rip current

Rips are complex, can quickly

change shape and location,

and at times, are difficult to

see. The things to look for are:

■ Deeper, dark-coloured water.

■ Fewer breaking waves.

■ A rippled surface surrounded

by smooth waters.

■ Anything floating out to

sea or foamy, discoloured,

sandy, water flowing out

beyond the waves.

Rips don’t always show all

these signs at once.

How to survive a rip current

■ Relax – stay calm and float

to conserve your energy.

■ Raise – raise your arm

and attract attention from

lifeguards or lifesavers.

■ Rescue – the lifeguards or

lifesavers will be on their

way to help you.

■ While floating, rip currents

may flow in a circular

pattern and return you to an

adjacent sandbar.

■ You may escape the rip

current by swimming parallel

to the beach, towards the

breaking waves.

■ Reassess your situation.

If what you’re doing isn’t

working, try one of the other

options until you’re rescued

or return to shore.


There are plenty of places to

hire a SUP, kayak or a boat

to explore the shoreline

and waterways. If you are

interested in buying your own

watercraft, Simon at The Life

Aquatic at 42 Darley Street

Mona Vale (thelifeaquatic.com.

au) has loads of SUPs, pedal

boards, kayaks, sailboats and

catamarans and accessories for

sale to help make getting out

on the water as fun and easy as


Swimming Enclosures

If you want to swim in the stillwater

swimming enclosures

in Pittwater, plan ahead. The

enclosures are tidal and usage

may be limited on low tides…

finding a parking spot can also

be tricky. Check out: Paradise

Beach – located at the southern

end of the beach. Access is off

the northern end of Paradise

Avenue, Avalon; Taylors Point

Baths – located at the southern

end of Clareville Beach Reserve.

Access is off Hudson Parade,

Clareville; Bayview Baths – On

Pittwater Road Bayview and

Tennis Court Wharf – you’ll find

this swimming enclosure off

Scotland Island near Pitt View



PB&H River Cruises

Palm Beach & Hawkesbury

River cruises operates the ferry

between Palm Beach, Patonga

Beach, Cottage Point and the

Hawkesbury River cruise to

Bobbin Head. It’s a great few

hours of leisurely cruising.

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Departs 11am, returning

3.30pm. You can also hire

the beautiful 50-foot timber

passenger ferry for private

events. P: 0414 466 635


Operating all day every day,

Fantasea Palm Beach Ferries

have fast cat ferries which

travel between Palm Beach to

Wagstaffe and Ettalong Beach

on the lower Central Coast

peninsula departing roughly

every hour. The journey spans

across four waterways from

Pittwater, Broken Bay; the

entrance to the Hawkesbury

River and Brisbane Waters.

Passing Lion Island between the

heads of Barrenjoey Headland

and Box Head ensures that no

two journeys are ever the same.

You’ll spot plenty of wildlife

along the way too. Ferries also

depart hourly from Palm Beach

to Bennett Wharf, Bonnie Doon,

The Basin, Currawong Beach

and Mackerel Beach. The roundtrip

journey takes about 45

minutes. Locals’ Tip: Try to arrive

at the ferry wharf early. During

the holidays the ferry can get

packed and you will need extra

time to find parking. Also, if

you want a great seat outdoors,

arrive a few minutes before

departure. Timetables on the

website. P: 9974 2411

Church Point Ferry

Jump on a ferry to Scotland

Island, Lovett Bay and Elvina

Bay (departs Church Point

hourly). Scotland Island stops:

Bell, Carols, Eastern and Tennis

Court Wharves. North-facing

STUNNING WALK: The lighthouse on Barrenjoey headland.

Tennis Wharf is a perfect spot

for a picnic. Western Foreshore

stops include: Elvina Bay, Halls

Wharf (access to Morning Bay),

and Lovett Bay.

Public transport

Take a double decker B-Line

bus for a birds-eye view and

a quick trip to the city. The

high-frequency yellow buses

stop at Mona Vale, Warriewood,

Narrabeen, Collaroy, Dee Why,

Brookvale, Manly Vale, Spit

Junction (Mosman), Neutral Bay

and Wynyard. If you are north

of Mona Vale you will be able

to use the 199 service between

Palm Beach and Manly to access

turn-up-and-go B-Line services

at Mona Vale. Locals’ Tip: Utilise

our local on-demand service

‘Keoride’ (details below); check

routes, timetables and plan your

trips on transportnsw.info.

Transport on demand

There are many areas of our

community that aren’t serviced

by buses lucky for us we are

currently taking part in a trial

of an innovative “on-demand

transport model” where you

can order a lift to and from the

nearest B-Line transport hub

at Narrabeen, Warriewood or

Mona Vale. Keoride operates

Mon-Wed 6am-10pm, Thurs and

Fri 6am-11.30pm Saturday 7am-

11.30pm and Sunday 7am-9pm.

A one-way trip costs $3.10,

with concession card holders

(including pensioners, seniors,

students and apprentices)

receiving a 50% discount. To

book, download the ‘Keoride’

app or P: 1800 536 743

Parking at Palmy

If you’re visiting Palm Beach or

taking the ferry over summer,

the best way to get there is by

public transport (transportnsw.

info). If you need to drive,

leave your car in the seasonal

car park at Careel Bay playing

fields and catch the 199 bus

to Palm Beach. The 199 pulls

in every 15 minutes and it’s a

five-minute ride. Pay attention

to the signs as there have

been a few changes to parking

conditions in the Pittwater Park

car park. The Pittwater Park car

park (north) is now a dedicated

car park for vehicles displaying

a Western Foreshore Parking

Permit. Spaces in the Pittwater

Park car park (south) are now

limited to four and eight hours

when you display a Northern

Beaches Beach Parking Permit

or purchase a P Ticket on

weekends and public holidays.

There are a few P5 (five minute)

parking spaces, so travellers

can unload their gear near the

ferry wharf and move their

vehicles to a longer stay area.


Jump on a ferry or take a road

trip to experience another side

of our waterways and great


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Ettalong Beach

Known for its kid-friendly

beach, Ettalong is a quiet

yet humming village by the

sea which hosts great little

shops, art galleries, cafes

(and an art gallery café!), oldworld-charm

village markets,

a supermarket, fresh food

options, restaurants for all

tastes, The Ettalong Diggers

RSL Club (sample the clubs a

brand new summer menu), a

quaint independent cinema

and plenty of accommodation

options including resorts within

a short distance of the ferry

wharf. Pop into the Ettalong

Diggers Visitor Info Centre

where the friendly staff can

assist you with the best things

to do and see in the region, or

check out their Facebook page

to see what’s on before you

head off.


Patonga Beach is a tranquil

seaside village at the southern

end of the Central Coast.

The calm bay is perfect for

swimming, kayaking and

SUPs. Arrive by ferry from

Palm Beach and head to the

new Boathouse Hotel Patonga

for lunch, dinner and/or

drinks. This summer Fantasea

Ferries are operating a special

weekend lunchtime service to

Patonga which will depart Palm

Beach at 12pm for lunch time

guests and depart Patonga

for breakfast guests wishing

to return to Palm Beach. The

journey takes 20 minutes each

way. For afternoon return trips

talk to Boathouse staff for a

courtesy bus to Ettalong for

the ferry back to Palm Beach.

Akuna Bay

Head to d’Albora Marinas

nestled in the heart of Ku-ringgai

Chase National Park on

the Cowan/Hawkesbury River

system. Here you can hire a

boat or cast off on a kayak. If

have our own boat there are

wet berths, hardstand and

a public boat ramp. There’s

some picturesque fishing,

barbeque and picnic spots

plus some fabulous, new and

exciting dining options. See

page 63 for more info or go to




Pittwater boasts some extra

special places for those wanting

to disconnect and enjoy a

NEW ARRIVAL: The Patonga Boathouse Hotel.

simple holiday in a peaceful

natural environment – we’re

taking camping and or basic

rustic accommodation, sketchy

(if any) phone reception, no

shops, cars or TVs. Locals’ Tip: If

you are planning to camp at The

Basin or staying overnight at

Currawong or renting a cottage

at Great Mackeral Beach, for

example, drop your gear at the

ferry wharf and leave your car

in the seasonal long-term cark

park at Careel Bay.

The Basin

Take a short ferry ride from

Palm Beach to one of Sydney’s

most popular camping spots,

The Basin on the western

foreshores of Pittwater Kuring-gai

Chase National Park.

There are places to swim, good

fishing, several walking tracks

and lots of wildlife. A day trip

is a good way to suss out the

camping area for any future

overnight stays, which you will

need to book through NSW

National Parks and Wildlife

Service in advance. Locals’ Tip:

Grab a coffee from the boat

that pulls into the jetty.


Currawong is a heritage-listed,

holiday retreat located at the

northern end of Pittwater,

opposite Palm Beach Wharf

and accessible only by ferry

or boat. There are nine small

cabins – each accommodating

a family of five – plus a fourbedroom

homestead, and a

lodge/meeting room suitable

for small groups. Apart from

swimming, fishing and reading,

there is a nine-hole golf course,

a tennis court, volleyball court,

table tennis, bushwalking

tracks, and kayaks for hire.

More info at currawong.com.

au or P: 9974 4141

Pittwater YHA

Only accessible by ferry or water

taxi from Church Point and

nestled in bushland, Ku-ring-gai

Chase National Park overlooking

Morning Bay, this hostel with

accommodation from only $33

a night is one of Sydney’s best

kept secrets. You’ll need to pack

linen and food as there are no

shops in the national park but

once you are there you can

choose to do very little or keep

busy by exploring the bush

(mountain bikes are welcome),

lookouts, aboriginal engraving

sites and coves or take to the

water on a kayak. Native animals

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and birds are abundant in this

neck of the ‘woods’.



Narrabeen Lagoon is one of

the Northern Beaches’ greatest

natural assets where you can

walk, enjoy a multitude of water

sports, keep the kids happy in

great play areas, enjoy a BBQ or

picnic, relax in a quiet spot and

observe wildlife.

Narrabeen Lagoon Trail

There is a great trail around

the lagoon which will take

you 2-3 hours on foot though

beautiful ecosystems, cultural

heritage and historical sites.

The well-formed track has

no steps and is a shared trail

popular with joggers, hikers,

cyclists, dogs on leads, mums

with prams and families with

kids on bikes. Cyclists are

asked to stick to the left and

pedestrians have right of way.

There are places to peel off to

rest along the way and picnic

areas with toilet facilities

dotted along the circuit. If you

don’t want to tackle the 8.4km

loop in one go, there are five

short walk options (Middle

Creek to Bilarong Reserve

– 2.2km; Bilarong Reserve

to Berry Reserve – 1.2km;

Jamieson Park to South Creek

– 2.3km and South Creek to

Middle Creek – 1.2km). Locals’

Tip: The trail is wheelchair

accessible at Jamieson Park

(off The Esplanade), Berry

Reserve (off Pittwater Road),

Middle Creek Reserve (off

Pittwater Road) and Bilarong

Reserve car parks.

Bilarong Reserve

Bilarong Reserve at North

Narrabeen is an ideal place

for a family picnic. Complete

with bike tracks, a playground

in two halves – a shaded

fenced play area with basic

equipment for toddlers

surrounded by a larger more

adventurous playground – and

fantastic BBQ and table setups,

it ticks a lot of boxes.

Located right next to the

lagoon at North Narrabeen on

the Wakehurst Parkway.


Berry Reserve Market

Set amongst the trees in a

RELAX IN NATURE: Walk around Narrabeen Lagoon Trail.

beautiful lakeside position at

Berry Reserve Narrabeen you

will find more than 80 stalls

offering arts, craft, jewellery,

collectibles, homewares,

fashion food stalls and much

more on Sunday 20 (and every

third Sunday of the month

throughout the year).

Beaches Market

More than 100 stalls of quality,

fresh farmer’s produce,

baked goods, dairy, fish and

deli, jams, spices and honey,

clothes, jewellery and hot

food from around the world.

Re-opens after a short break

over Christmas and New Year

on Friday Jan 11 (and every

Friday of the year) from 8am-

1pm at Pittwater Rugby Park,


Palm Beach Market

Head to Governor Phillip Park

on Sunday 27; browse and buy

quality homewares, fashion and

jewellery, specialist food items

and chow down on great food.

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Frenchs Forest Organic

Food Market

On Sundays the car park at

the Parkway Hotel on Frenchs

Forest Road becomes a

bustling marketplace with

a great selection of fresh

produce including certified

organic to conventional fresh

food, flowers as well as artisan

and lifestyle stalls. Reopens

after a short break on Jan 13

from 8am-1pm (and every

Sunday thereafter).


Here are a few walks you can

take at your leisure to inspire

you. You can discover many

more at nationalparks.nsw.gov.

au. Info on loads of local walks,

including maps, also available

on the Northern Beaches

Council website.

Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Positioned 91m above sea level,

the lighthouse can be reached

by a couple of different walks.

For an easy trek, the 1km

walk offers stunning views on

the way up. Or for those who

are keen for a challenging,

steep yet short hike, take the

Smugglers track to the top –

don’t fear… it isn’t as hard as it

looks. The views at the top are

well worth it. Bring your camera

along to capture the beauty of

the region, with glorious views

of Broken Bay, Ku-ring-gai

Chase National Park as well as

the Central Coast. Locals’ Tip:

Half-hour guided tours of the

lighthouse are conducted every

Sunday 11am–3pm, except in

extreme weather conditions.

Adults $5 per person; child $2.

Meet at the top. NB: No toilets

or drinking water available at

the lighthouse.

Resolute Track

The Resolute Track lies at the

far end of West Head. There

are numerous lookouts,

and the best of the historic

Aboriginal art in the Kurring-gai

Chase National Park

along the way. You can catch

a ferry from Palm Beach to

Great Mackerel Beach wharf

and proceed north along the

beach to enter the bushland

track in the national park, do

a loop and finish back where

you started where you can cool

down with a swim. It’s a 9km

walk; allow around 5 hours.

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Or do the loop the other way

by driving and parking at the

Resolute picnic area at the

end of West Head Road. Locals’

Tip: If you want to see the best

known Aboriginal art site in

the park – Red Hands Cave and

the rock engravings of the

Guringai people, the traditional

owners of this land – it’s an

easy 1km return walk starting

off within 10 minutes of the

picnic area car park.

America Bay Track

One of the more popular

walking tracks in the Kuring-gai

Chase National Park.

Moderate in difficulty, the walk

takes in waterfalls, aboriginal

engravings, scenic lookouts

and an abundance of natural

wildlife. Leave 1-2 hours,

depending on your ability.

Avalon to Narrabeen

Coastal Walk

Beginning at Avalon Beach Surf

Life Saving Club this walk will

take you over Bilgola Head to

Bilgola Beach and around the

southern headland to Newport

Beach. Past Bungan Castle, the

walk drops down to Bungan

Beach, then over Mona Vale

Headland to Bongin Bongin,

Mona Vale and Warriewood

beaches, Turimetta Head

and beach, Narrabeen Head,

Narrabeen lagoon and finishes

at Narrabeen shops. Allow at

least five and a half hours to

cover the 13km distance, with

plenty of stops.

Narrabeen Coastal Walk

You can start this walk at

North Narrabeen pool; it’s a

great leisurely stroll to take

in the wonder of the area.

Start by climbing up the

big brown steps to arrive at

Turimetta headland. There

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are a few tracks to choose

from. The lookout overlooking

North Narrabeen beach is

breathtaking. You can take the

path all the way along to Mona

Vale headland.

Warriewood Wetlands

The Warriewood Wetlands is

the largest remaining sand plan

wetland in the Northern Sydney

area; at 26 hectares it is home

to all sorts of flora and fauna.

There’s a boardwalk stretching

2.4km and trails that can lead

you to waterfalls. Easy to

find (just behind Warriewood

Square) and navigate, with lots

of info signposted.

From the Crown to the

Sea, Newport

Linking four bushland

reserves between Newport

and Bilgola Plateau this

challenging walk has it all.

Starting at the Crown of

Newport reserve, walkers take

on a 300m moderate/steep

trek under the canopy of a

rainforest with its rare plants,

waterfalls and wildlife before

moving into the Attunga

Reserve, a 1000m strenuous

steep climb with incredible

coastline views, followed by

an easy walk through Porter

Reserve winding into Kanimbla

Reserve overlooking Newport.

All up the walk is roughly

1.76km and takes 1-2 hours.



Tram playground

A new playground near the old

tram and café next to Berry

Reserve on Pittwater Road

Narrabeen has all the bells and

whistles you’d expect for tramthemed


Apex Park Mona Vale

Apex Park, across the road

from Mona Vale beach, is a

great spot for families. It has a

huge bike path for the kids to

ride around, plus a playground

and BBQ areas.

Bert Payne Reserve

A handy spot for a picnic

or takeaway, the reserve at

Newport Beach also boasts a

great innovative playground

which provides an inclusive

play space and equipment

suited to children of varying

ages and abilities.

McCarrs Creek Reserve

This is a picturesque location

with the Ku-ring-gai Chase

National Park on the opposite

side. The large grassy area

is great for throwing around

a Frisbee, or for setting up a

game of beach cricket.

Warriewood Valley


Better known as ‘Rocket

Park’ this is a great space

with a range of exciting play

equipment for kids of all ages.

There are BBQs and toilets,

plenty of shade and pleasant

grassy areas. Callistemon Way,


Winnererremy Bay

‘Flying Fox Park’ next to

Pittwater High School in Mona

Vale is still one of the best local

parks for kids. The playground

has a giant climbing structure,

swings and much more to

keep the littlies entertained

for hours. The park also has

BBQs and picnic areas and is

bike-, skateboard- and scooterfriendly.

Robert Dunn reserve

The Robert Dunn reserve near

Mona Vale Hospital takes in

the beautiful scenery of Mona

Vale beach and surrounds, with

benches and seats to sit back

and relax in. It also doubles as

a dog park.


Enjoy a view

Make time to appreciate the

beauty of Pittwater’s majestic

headlands which provide

excellent vantage points for

enjoying the coast and the

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views. Narrabeen Headland

– Peal Place, Warriewood;

Turimetta Headland –

Narrabeen Park Parade,

Warriewood; South Mona Vale

Headland – Narrabeen Park

Parade, Mona Vale; Mona

Vale Headland – Grandview

Parade, Mona Vale; Eastern

end of Hillcrest Avenue, Mona

Vale; Bungan Head – Queens

Parade East, Newport; Newport

Headland – Barrenjoey

Road, Newport; Eric Green

Reserve (access from North

of Newport Beach Carpark);

North Bilgola Headland – The

Serpentine, Bilgola; Bangalley

Head (the highest point on

Sydney’s northern coastline)

– Marine Road, Avalon;

Careel Head – Whale Beach

Road, Avalon; Whale Beach

Headland – Malo Road & The

Strand, Whale Beach Malo

Reserve; Little Head – Whale

Beach Road and Norma Road,

Whale Beach; Palm Beach

Headland – Southern end of

Ocean road, near Rockpool,

Palm Beach; Barrenjoey

Headland – At the end of

Governor Philip Park, Palm


Bible Garden

Situated high on the

escarpment, the Bible Garden

in Mitchell Road, Palm Beach

offers magnificent views

over the ocean, Pittwater

and Barrenjoey. The garden

features every plant mentioned

in the Old and New Testaments

plus a pond, seats, table and a

Bible. All are welcome. Locals’

Tip: Parking can be tricky.

The Baha’i Temple

This beautiful house of

worship with nine hectares

of gardens open to all people

of all beliefs is an ideal

place to find some peace of

mind. A place of prayer and

meditation, the magnificent

nine-sided structure – a

symbol of the unity of the

world’s religions – is the

highest point in the area

and one of seven Baha’i

Temples throughout the

world. There’s a Visitors

Centre (with volunteer guides

available to answer questions),

a bookshop and an open-air

picnic area. The temple is

open to the public from 9am

to 5pm every day. Admission

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is free. A public service is held

every Sunday at 11am; 173

Mona Vale Rd, Ingleside.


Barefoot bowls

Walk the greens at Avalon,

Newport, Mona Vale Bowling

Clubs and Narrabeen RSL

to enjoy barefoot bowls. No

experience necessary. Contact

the clubs for details – and while

you’re at it ask about happy

hours and meal deals.


Don’t just watch it on the telly.

Find some friends, dust off your

tennis gear or borrow some

and book a court at Newport

Community Centre, North

Narrabeen Community and

Tennis Centre, Bayview Tennis

Club, Elanora Park Tennis Club,

Wakehurst Couvret Tennis

Centre, Careel Bay Tennis Club

or Terrey Hills Tennis Club.

Skate Parks

A predominantly street-style

park with a mini bowl and a

refurbished vert ramp, the

Mona Vale Skate Park is a huge

hit with skateboarders, bladers

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and BMX and scooter-users of

all ages and abilities – and their

parents. Situated in Kitchener

Park, the 1800m2 space has

features that allow progression

of skill from beginner to

advanced. You will also find a

great new skate park at Terrey

Hills playing fields with nearly

everything you need including

loads of ledges and rails and a

mini vert ramp off to the side.

Locals’ Tip: At Terrey Hills it can

get uncomfortably hot in the



Boasting three public

courses and some of the best

invitation-only private courses

in Sydney, if golf is your

game you’re in the right spot.

Accessible courses in Bayview

and Mona Vale are 18-hole

courses, while Palm Beach and

Avalon Beach each offer nine

holes of fun and relaxation.

On your bikes

The Terrey Hills BMX Bike Track

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is one of the best in Sydney. The

firm, well-maintained track is

competition standard and open

to all levels. The track is closed

when damp or wet to prevent

damage to the track surface.

You will find it near Garigal

National Park at JJ Melbourne

Hills Memorial Reserve,

Thompson Drive. Contact Manly

Warringah BMX Club for more

info. As you would expect

there are some great tracks for

riders of all levels through bush

around Terrey Hills and the

national park.


Check out The Art Shop in

Mona Vale for all your materials

and helpful advice. There are

some great art workshops run

by talented locals for all ages

to tap into over the summer

months (see our Art section

pages 38-41).

Three Peaks


Professional landscape

photographer Peter Sedgwick

runs a number of different

courses on the northern

beaches where he will teach

you one-on-one how to make

the best use of your camera

with a full day of learning,

catering to your individual

needs. There is also an

advanced course for those

wishing to delve further into

the art of photography. Info

at threepeaksphotography.

com.au. Locals’ Tip: Peter also

runs workshops at other

beautiful locations outside

of Sydney.

Sydney Design School

A leader in interior design

and decoration in Australia,

Sydney Design School offers

fast-paced, practical and

industry-focused courses both

online and on campus (not

too far away at St Leonards)

for people who love interiors

or who want to become a

design professional. If you

are looking to study this

year, pop into their next

info session on Thursday 10

January at 6pm; more info at



Learn the skills and tradition

of quilting or learn to sew

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and create something new

from scratch or repurpose,

reuse and recycle fabrics and

clothing into items such as

quilts bags and wall hangings.

Contact Robyn at her colourful

shop Patchwork on Pittwater

in the Gateway Building, 1

Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale. P:



Art Exhibitions and sales

Many of Pittwater’s talented

artists have exhibitions and

sales in January – see our Art

section on pages 38-41 for

more details. It’s worth the trip

south to explore our nearest

regional art gallery – Manly

Art Gallery & Museum at West

Esplanade which is currently

featuring some delightful

pieces by Ken Done, Ethel

Carrick Fox and Adrian Feints

that capture our beaches

and habour. The exhibition

is part of ‘Destination Sydney

Re-imagined’ which sees the

wonderful Manly gallery team

up with galleries in Mosman

and The Rocks to showcase

artists who have been working

in in our city.

Make the most

the library

There’s something for

everyone at Mona Vale and

Avalon libraries – and not just

books. Activities for kids and

young people from 6-18 years

include the Summer Reading

Club, Coding Workshops,

Reptile Shows, Stained Glass

Craft, Life Drawing and

Polymer Clay Workshops.

There are a few author talks

too suitable for ‘older’ readers.

Bookings essential at the

library desk or via websites.

Summer reading

Opposite Mona Vale Library

you can buy books from

Berkelouw or pop into Avalon’s

new-look Bookoccino in Avalon.

For readers of teen fiction

and great recommendations

for all ages, you can’t go past

Beachside Bookshop on the

corner of Barrenjoey Road

and Avalon Pde, Avalon Beach

(recommended reading p34).

See a movie

If the weather takes a turn for

the worse, or you just need

to escape the summer heat,

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Holiday Reading

I Built No

Schools in Kenya

Kirsten Drysdale

Random House Australia


Whether or not Drysdale is still

friends with the colleague who

“tricked” her into a seemingly

easy gig caring for a wealthy

dementia patient in Nairobi in

2010, we have them to thank for

this hilarious travelogue about a

year spent in misadventure.

Readers will know Drysdale

from her work on The Chaser’s

‘The Checkout’, and she herself

says of her book: “This is not

your standard white-girl-in-

Africa tale. I fed no babies, I built

no schools, I saved no rhinos.”

What she did do was spend a lot

of time fending off her patient’s

marriage proposals, managing

the dynamic between his daughter

and his second wife and their

expectations of her role, and seeing

a fair bit of Nairobi night life.

This is the perfect January

holiday read, especially as you

start reflecting on your own family

gathering over Christmas...

– Libby Armstrong (Beachside

Bookshop Avalon)

Boy Swallows


Trent Dalton

HarperCollins $32.99

Every now and then a book

comes along that I can’t put

down, even whilst drying my

hair in the bathroom. Trent

Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe is

that book. It took my breath away

and left my hair half dried for

the two days it took to finish it.

It is an amazing story of love

and coming of age; magic and

fate and at the end I just said

“Wow” and read it all over again.

Set in Brisbane in the 1980s, it

is a story of a boy called Eli and

his mute brother surviving the

harsh reality of a father who’s

walked away, a drug addicted

mother, a babysitter with a criminal

past and a stepfather who is

embroiled in the violent world of

local drug lord Tytus Broz. It is

magical, humorous, heartbreaking

– if there is one book you

have to read this summer, read

Boy Swallows Universe… and

forget all about the hair. – Sarah

Blundell (Berkelouw Mona Vale).

In Extremis:

The Life of War


Marie Colvin

Lindsey Hilsum

Chatto & Windus, $49.99

War correspondent meets war

correspondent. The result is a

compelling, hard-to-put-down,

biography of one of the most

intrepid reporters of our times.

Marie Colvin, one of the first

female graduates from Yale, reported

from just about every war

zone in the last couple of decades

– Beirut; Chechnya; Palestine;

East Timor. When she wasn’t in

the field she was holding forth at

London soirees in her black cocktail

dress, a drink or cigarette

always in hand. Martha Gellhorn

was her heroine.

Her rich, complicated life is

portrayed by Lindsey Hilsum,

an equally renowned British correspondent,

who was one of the

only journalists in Rwanda at the

time of the genocide.

The book is richer in part

because Colvin was an assiduous

diarist, and Hilsum had access to

her journals, which she weaves

seamlessly into the story.

Marie Colvin lived dangerously,

or recklessly, to report

personal stories about the

victims of war. Doing her job, she

lost an eye in Sri Lanka – a black

eye patch becoming her signature

– and her life in Syria. – Ray

Bonner (Bookoccino Avalon).

After the

Lights Go Out

Lili Wilkinson

Allen & Unwin $19.99

Every January I only read Australian

young adult fiction. Last

year I focused on thrillers and

creepy reads (former Avalon

resident J.C Burke’s The Red

Cardigan being a standout); this

year I’m re-reading a number of

classics and favourites including

Wilkinson’s doomsday survivalist

epic After the Lights Go Out.

Prudence Palmer’s father is a

prepper. He has torn his three

daughters away from their city

lives to prepare for the end of

the world in the isolated mining

community of Jubilee. And

then it happens... but dad’s not

around, and Prudence has to

implement a plan she never

believed necessary.

Dipping back into the novel

to write this review, Wilkinson’s

storytelling talent leaps off the

page. She managed to integrate

several current social themes

and moral conundrums into her

plot, while delivering a terrifyingly

real scenario. At 327 pages,

it’s also a satisfyingly substantial

read. – Libby Armstrong (Beachside

Bookshop Avalon)

catch a film at a local cinema.

Take your pick between Avalon

Cinema, Warriewood Cinema or

United at Collaroy.




Goodwin’s offers beginner

to advanced instruction on

strokes, round robin, games

and match play. Lots of prizes.

Racquets provided if needed.

There are school holiday tennis

camps running throughout

January at Kitchener Park in

Mona Vale. Full and half-day

sessions are available and

lunch is provided on the last

day. Bookings essential. P:

99796772 or 0410 523 726


School holiday programs at the

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

at Newport provide a fun, safe

and affordable introduction

to sailing and the marine

environment. Programs are

tailored to age groups and

conducted in the safety of

Pittwater, under the supervision

of fully qualified instructors.

There is a range of courses for

primary and secondary school

ages available in January, from

beginners’ fun to learning the

finer points of sailing.

Coastal Environment


Children (ages 6-12) love the

Kids on The Coast holiday

programs run at the CEC

Narrabeen. In January,

activities run weekdays from

10am-3pm from Mon 7 to

Thu 24 and include outdoor

experiences such as fossil

hunting, fishing, survival

skills, coastal rangers, marine

biology for kids and nature

inspired art creations. Cost is

$61 per activity. P: 9970 1675


Here’s a handful of destinations

for foodies to check out this

summer. This bunch will appeal

to those who appreciate quality

ingredients, love cooking, or

fake it rather than make it, to

create meals that stand out

from the crowd.

Palm Beach Wine co – iconic

store stocked with fine wines,

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gourmet delights, a deli counter

and homewares so you can

whip up a meal or picnic spread

and dine in style anywhere


Le Petit Marche – New owners

Julien and Michelle are

breathing new life into

this little French market in

Roberston Road Newport by

introducing some amazing

imported wines, quality

charcuterie and Michelin

star quality pates and duck

products, chocolate, pantry

staples, incredible cheeses and

a variety of cured meat. They

also fresh baguettes from their

new deli counter to takeaway

and stock some gorgeous

homewares, books and

candles all with a distinctive

French flavour. Details p63.

Flannerys – With a huge range of

certified organic, chemical free

and natural products, this fresh

food market in Mona Vale stocks

just about everything you will

find in a regular supermarket

the only difference being its

all healthier for you. There’s a

great café onsite too a serving

single origin, fair trade, organic

blends with no extra charge for

STUNNING WATERWAY: Beautiful Pittwater.

coconut, soy and almond milks.

You’ll find the store at 12/14 Park

Street. Locals’ Tip: Pop in for free

Naturopath advice.

Pasadena Pantry & Fresh – This

welcome addition to Church

Point is the run by locals Colin

and Pepe who have the place

stocked with everything you

need and loads of gourmet

treats you’ll want to try

including artisan products,

fresh free organic produce and

a great confectionary range,

plus all the supermarket staples.

They do cheese platters and

hampers which they will deliver

too and there are plans to

introduce some afternoon

grazing sessions on site. Drop

by and say Hola!

Prawn Pod – You’ll see the

distinctive food van parked

in Bayview over the holidays

stocked with the freshest

Australian prawns for you to

take away. Can’t wait to dig in?

You can also buy by the bucket

with cocktail sauce, lemons and

fresh rolls on the spot… all you

need to do is follow the locals’

lead: BYO blanket and drinks.

Check prawnpod.com.au to

confirm location and times.

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His is the Life!

Anyone who says you can’t tracts customers from all over

teach an old (salty sea) dog NSW.

new tricks hasn’t met Simon “Anglers and sailors are

Reffold, one of the lucky few pretty similar – they both love to

among us who has managed to pop in for a chat!” he said.

mix business with pleasure. “We are the NSW distributors

When the avid sailor took for the RS Brand of Sailboats,

over an iconic sailing boat shop and the Hobie Cats, as well as

in Mona Vale two and half years the Sydney dealer for Hobie

ago, he started stocking more Kayaks and Aquayak Kayaks, so

on-the-water ‘toys’ prompting that keeps it pretty interesting.”

a name change to ‘The Life There are heaps of locals paddling

round Pittwater and the

Aquatic’ and a mission to focus

on product knowledge, support harbour in their Hobie Kayaks…

and quality.

and many are on their second

“If we sell it, we know it – we or third, Simon said.

kayak fish, we paddle, we SUP And as you’d expect, when

and we sail – so we like to think not in the store you’ll find

we know what we are talking Simon on or in the water.

about,” said Simon.

The Newport father of three

“We don’t sell cheap, we only manages to sail a lot; he has

sell good, which makes it really campaigned all over the world

easy to give excellent support in various classes such as

– because the companies we Etchells, Star and 505. Plus he

work with support their products



is a veteran of 17 Sydney to

Simon and his team pride “My wife and I go to Bilgola

themselves on helping customers

make the right decision and coffee, I also surf and I get

most mornings for a run, swim

about what to buy.

out on the SUP a fair bit too but

“We will work with our

over summer it’s a bit sporadic,”

customers, including on-water he said.

demonstrations, to figure out “This time of year we are

what is the best,” he said. working all the time but yesterday

I sailed and took The store’s reputation at-


One of Pittwater’s leading

dance schools has taken a

big leap by opening a new stateof-the-art


From 2019, students and the

dedicated team at Dynamite Premiere

Academy in Newport will

also be dancing to their heart’s

content in studios in Mona Vale.

The impressive two-storey

complex at 95 Darley Street,

which boasts three studios

fitted with sprung flooring,

mirrors, wall-mounted barres

and air conditioning, is a dream

come true for DPA Principal

Melissa Mitchell.

“This has been 10 years in

the making for me personally

and a life-long dream of mine to

be able to inspire, nurture and

watch children flourish under

one roof,” Melissa said.

“This wonderful complex will

unite us even more and give

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PERFECT BALANCE: Avid sailor Simon Reffold from The Life Aquatic.

paddling – for work, so it’s

pretty good!”

His favourite spots around


“I am not allowed to tell you

we like to fish the flats for Kingies,


He said for SUPing all of

Pittwater was great in the right

conditions, with Bayview and

Clareville two favourite spots

for a morning paddle.

“For kayaking it’s the same –

we have such amazing waterways

to explore.

Dance dreams come true

LEAP: DPA principal Melissa Mitchell and students and the new facility.

“It’s always great to see all the

Hobies around Scotland Island

pretty much every day!”

Simon sails from the Royal

Prince Alfred, Avalon and Palm


“Offshore Palmy is some of

the best sailing in the world, but

the closeness of the main part

of Pittwater makes it perfect

to pop out for a quick training

session… or just to enjoy the

afternoon,” he said.

– Lisa Offord

* Info thelifeaquatic.com.au

these children the dance family Ballet Interstate Program) one Incorporating the experience

they deserve.”

of the refreshing aspects of DPA of some of Sydney’s leading

With a fine reputation for is the equal emphasis placed dance experts, the carefully

nurturing some of the most on providing a relaxed and fun curated classes ensure preschoolers

talented ballet dancers on the environment for all ages and

have lots of fun whilst

northern beaches (an enviable


also learning the fundamentals

number of the academy’s In other exciting news, DPA of classical ballet (see ad p33).

students are offered coveted has become the official licensee Term 1 commences Feb 4.

scholarships at schools in London,

on the northern beaches for the

– LO

New York, Hong Kong, nationally acclaimed program * More info 9918 8841 or email

France as well as the Australian Ready Set Ballet.


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Art Life

Art Life

A hand-cut

above the rest

Newport artist Julie Hickson says

she has had both a challenging

and exciting year as Artist in Residence

at the Australian PlantBank at

Mount Annan Botanic Gardens.

Julie, who uses a distinctive technique

involving hand-cut stencils, is bringing

her new body of work back home to the

Northern Beaches, showing at Be Brave

Art Space at North Avalon from Thursday

January 3 through Sunday 13.

Well-known in Pittwater for her

stylised native botanic designs and

local beach scenes, Julie’s new oneoff

pieces also involve stencils in

a mix of layered paint washes and

sketched inky details which evolve

into abstracted and reduced stylised


New Year exhibition

“My residency opportunity has been

an education,” Julie recounted to Pittwater

Life. “It reinforced my awareness

has a strong message that the plant diversity on this continent

is vast and unique in the world – while

Artists have always been amplifiers of environment that surrounds us.”

encroaching development has done so

public opinion; when politicians aren’t Jennifer herself uses paint and ink to much in our short tenure to threaten

perceived to be representing the people, it create “water paintings” that she photographs


falls to them to remind the decision-makers

and prints as Archival Limited

Inspired by the gardens and the seed

what our concerns and wishes are. Editions. They are ephemeral works that pods back in the PlantBank laboratory,

“Artists have always taken the opportunity

cannot be kept in their original form and Julie’s research led her to exploring the

to reflect

reflect the tran-

interior landscapes of these nuts, cones

culture’s opinions

sient nature of our and pods using microscope and x-ray

and how those sit in

physical, mental and photography. The result is a unique

relation to the world

emotional states. ode to the inner landscapes of these

at large, through their

Katarina Wells creates

beautiful organic structures. It is as if

art,” said Avalon Art

magic with por-

the artist is coaxing the seed pods to

Gallery’s Jennifer Hill.

celain and clay. Held give up their secrets.

She said the gallery’s

in collections world-

* Opening night drinks are on

2019 New Year

wide, she focuses on Saturday 5 Jan from 5 – 7pm.

Exhibition was a

form, balance and More info podandpod.com.au

great example of this,

harmonious line. Her

highlighting current

inspiration is found

concerns but also

in nature – rocks,

celebrating the world

seedpods, shells and

around us.

sea sponges.

Exhibiting artist

Matt Wilcock’s

Tara Winona paints

connection with the

animals, spectacularly. “My art is an ocean is a bold partnership.

invitation to connect – to nature, to each “Reclaiming huge steel chains from the

other and to the deepest truest parts of ocean floor, Matt creates sculptural lines

ourselves,” she said. “When our eyes meet inspired by water, marine creatures and

with an animal’s, it is magic.”

the human need to be connected with

Her new series ‘Treasures’ highlights water,” said Jennifer.

animals in danger of extinction – the

Plus, this year there is a special guest

paintings, like the animals, fading and artist: Karen ‘Blue’ Stuart.

reducing in intensity (main image).

“Blue creates ceramic underwater

After a few years in Perth, honing her creatures and corals from our reefs, some

style and perfecting her painting skills, vividly coloured, others pale and delicate,”

Karen Hick will be showing her sublime said Jennifer.

beach and seascapes (above).

* The New Year exhibition runs until

“Sometimes we forget how special it January 26; opening night is from 6-8pm

is here,” says Jennifer Hill. “Seeing one on Friday 4 January at Avalon Art Gallery

of Karen’s contemporary landscapes is a in the Cinema Arcade, Avalon Beach.

wonderful reminder of the beauty and wild

– Nigel Wall

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Find the ‘Tiny Doors’

The hunt is on to find all the

miniature public artworks

known as Tiny Doors which

are located throughout the

Northern Beaches!

Tiny Doors is a unique

grant-funded public art project

drawing on the creativity

of local youth aged 12-to-24

years and featuring a series

of unique miniature art pieces

– styled in the form of tiny

doorways and portals – placed

in public spaces.

The project has been

supported by the Northern

Beaches Council Library Service

over the past six months,

with groups of young people

working with professional artists

to create, build and install

Tiny Doors in suburbs.

All the Tiny Doors have

been inspired by a door from

literature or film, including the

Chamber of Secrets Door from

the Harry Potter books, the

door to Narnia from The Lion,

the Witch and the Wardrobe

and the Tardis door from Doctor


There’s also a website with

an interactive map, plus passports

filled with information

to help you in the hunt (available

from Northern Beaches

Libraries (including Mona Vale)

and the Community Library at


Find a door, get a stamp

in your passport and post a

selfie at #tinydoorsnb

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Art Life

Art Life

Results show HSC tutor benefit

Once again, High School art students

looking for guidance navigating through

their Higher School Certificate have

benefited from tutoring offered by local artist

Meredith Rasdall and her Visual Art team.

“We had another fantastic year in 2018, with

students producing some amazing artwork

and in particular Lorcan Brondum winning a

major prize in the northern beaches youth art

prize as well as being highly commended in the

Young Archies at the Art Gallery of NSW,” said


“And HSC students Zoe Brigstocke and Lydia

Prandle have been chosen to exhibit at Manly

Art Gallery’s ‘Express Yourself’ exhibition in


“With HSC tutoring we work closely with

school art teachers to ensure we achieve the

best results for our students, while encouraging

individual expression at all time,” she said.

“We really encourage students to respond in

an individual way, helping them gain confidence

in their artmaking and achieve some

amazing results.”

MRVA runs classes for school-aged children,

high school, HSC students and adults. Teachers

are all university-trained visual arts high school

teachers with over 30 years’ experience, including

HSC body of work marking.

MRVA are taking bookings for children’s

holiday art workshops in January at the Avalon

Rec Centre; a ‘Beach’ canvas painting session

will be held on Wednesday January 16th from

10am-12pm while a ‘Fantastic Birds’ printmaking

workshop is scheduled for Thursday January

17th (cost $50 each).

Meanwhile, Term 1 classes for 2019 begin

on Monday 11th February. Children’s mixed

media classes run Monday to Wednesday from


High School student’s classes run in the evenings

at the Avalon Rec Centre, with HSC and

senior students on Mondays (6.30pm-8.30pm)

and Years 7-10 on Wednesdays (6.30pm-


“Our adult classes are held at the Avalon Sailing

Club on the shores of Pittwater – a beautiful

venue to inspire creativity,” said Meredith.

These sessions run Thursdays 10am-1pm

with an eight-week term (cost includes most


– Nigel Wall

* For all bookings and enquires phone Meredith

on 0402 121 184 or email



dyes shape

fabric of



Textile artist Sally Campbell

returns to Avalon

in January with an all-new

range of creations for 2019

that feature natural dyes.

Sally says working with

flowers, plants and minerals

has provided an inspirational

adventure of late.

“I’ve been able to discover

new colour shades with each

fabric dipping – the results

vary from intense pigments

in silk to a matte finish on

cotton or linen and the

palette changes with time,

fading exquisitely,” she said.

She added this year’s designs

were “very geometric”.

“They include natural

dye throws, quilts, scarves,

cushions, tablewear and

hand-woven, block-printed

clothes,” she said.

“Plus, I have collected

some rare and unique vintage

treasures from the nomadic

Banjara tribe (origins

in Rajasthan), which have

been fashioned from dowry

bags into a contemporary

range of amazing cushions.”

Her clothes collection

includes natural dye shirts,

trousers, artist smocks,

hand-woven dresses, and

slinky slips and nightdresses

in khadi cottons and silk.

“Whether you are seeking

a special throw or a booty of

cushions, you will discover a

little something to treasure,”

Sally said.

Runs January 5-13 at Avalon

Rec Centre. – Nigel Wall

* Info sallycampbell.com.

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Offshore art show

Re:Publik Café and Art Gallery on Ocean View in Ettalong is

celebrating its first year anniversary with a special exhibition

featuring local artists and works from across Australia and New


After 12 months of showing

paintings, sculptures,

ceramics and fibre art, the

café has become renowned

for its amazing art as much

as great food and coffee.

Re:Publik recently completed

a successful two weeks of

‘Waterline’, an exhibition with

more than 60 works from

local artists that included

etchings, prints, sculptures,

works of paper mache.

For the January show,

Art Director Vanessa Ashcroft has chosen prize winning artists

Pamela Honeyfield and Jana Hunt, as well as Margie Carew Reid.

Vanessa has brought a wealth of experience to the café: her

studio in Patonga is bursting with art works (pictured), ready to

be hung in Ettalong Beach and her other gallery, Art Gallery on

Darling in Balmain.

“It has been a wonderful collaboration and we are looking forward

to promoting more local artists in 2019,” said café owner

Catherine McDonald.

* Open daily from 8.30am; private viewing by appointment

on 4311 6842.

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Surfing Life

6 things to reduce risk

in crowded summer surf

with Nick Carroll

Surfing Life

You don’t have to go out. Not ever. Maybe the surf’s too big or too weird... so listen to yourself

ook at that kook! Bloody

“Llearners. So dangerous!”

I must have heard it 100

times. It’s a surfing cliche – the

classic whinge of many experienced

surfers as they watch

a novice struggling with the


Thing is, it’s not true! It’s

not dangerous. We rarely get

in real trouble in the surf when

we’re starting out. I think this

is because the ocean is so awesomely

good at kicking us out

of the water. The real dangers

emerge when we learn to fight


A look at the stats over the

past two decades, both here in

Australia and around the world,

shows us two types of surfers

who are most at risk of serious

injury or death in the surf.

Number one: Middle-aged men.

The main cause of death while

surfing is heart attack. Sixteen

surfers have died this way in

the past three years. Almost all

have been men between the

ages of 40 and 60, sometimes

(but not always) on holiday.

Maybe they’d have had a heart

attack anyway, but because it’s

occurred in a surf zone, where

the person might drown or just

not get help quick enough, it’s

much more dangerous.

Number two: Skilled surfers

who run foul of a situation they

believe to be in their comfort

zone. These are often, but

not always, people charging

extra-mega surf, and they are

massively over-represented in

the serious injury stats. They

may indeed be in their comfort

zone, but when something

goes wrong in that zone, it really

goes wrong.

I kinda think there is a third

category here, but it might not

immediately spring to mind. My

third most dangerous surfer is

the one who is unprepared to

help someone else in a heavy

situation. Not unwilling – unprepared.

It’d be nice if I could convince

us all to do a full CPR/surf

rescue course. Wouldn’t it? *

See below for contacts on that

score. In the meantime, here

are six really simple things you

can do to reduce the risk to

you and others in this crowded

summer of surf.

Wear a legrope. Not just

because your board might hit

a kid in the shorebreak. Want

to know the most common way

that extremely good surfers

die? They hit the bottom at

somewhere like Pipeline and

are knocked unconscious, then

drown. The big difference between

them and the ones who

hit the bottom and are knocked

unconscious and don’t drown

is the legrope. The attached

surfboard “tombstoning” on

the surface instantly tells

everyone else that someone’s

in too deep, and instantly tells

them where to find the person.

Without a legrope, the board

just drifts away, and the person

is underwater with no sign of

what’s happened. It doesn’t

have to be Pipeline either. At

any time, the legrope may turn

into a lifeline.

Oh, and if you are part of

the ‘cooler than’ crew who feel

that leash-free surfing is a style

call or a declaration of your

personal freedom, congratulations

and all, but get over it.

The person you injure with your

lost board may not be you.

Health check. If you’re over

40 years of age, and let’s face

it, more and more surfers are,

you’re coming into the group

which is most over-represented

in surfing deaths – the heart attack

crew. Do yourself a favour,

get yourself properly checked

out. You don’t HAVE to have a

heart attack. And you sure as

hell don’t WANT to have one,

especially in the water.

Fix your board. I’m always

amazed at how often I come

across fellow surfers bleeding,

in or out of the water, thanks to

broken fibreglass. Like, why?

Listen to yourself. You don’t

have to go out. Not ever. Even

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15-17/1: Rip Curl Gromsearch National Finals,

Wollongong NSW

So much fun! So many grommets; 16 and under, 14 and under, 12

and under. It’s the ultimate school holiday carnage. Should be good.

23-26/1: Carve Pro (WSL women’s QS1000), Maroubra, NSW

A lot of good younger women pros-on-the-way in Australia right

now. This event isn’t big enough to draw in the real hotshots, but

that’s a good thing for the younger crew.

On hold: Mavericks Challenge, CA; Eddie Aikau

Invitational, Waimea Bay, HI

Spectacular, powerful, frightening locations; surfers who’ll ride

anything, even if it might kill them. Both these events are kinda

that simple, with deep added layers of history and myth in the

case of the Eddie. A good year in the North Pacific makes it very

likely they’ll both run, so look out.


I’m looking at a long-range chart as I write this. The chart is for

January 1, 2019, and it purports to show a massive tropical cyclone

filling almost the entire Coral Sea, spraying half the Australian east

coast with equal parts rain and very large surf. I don’t know if this

will actually come to pass, though by the time you read this you

definitely will – know that is. But the south-west Pacific surface water

temperatures are off the scale, and the south-east Asian monsoon

keeps pouring crazy quantities of warm moist air on top of it. At

some point it’s gonna blow, but when? In between, expect January

to show us more of December’s form: bursts of heat and north-east

wind, cooler cloudy south-easterlies, and surf mostly of the winddriven

variety, with some fun mornings and late evening glass-offs.

Playful! Just look out for the cyclones.

if your buddies are all going

out. Even if you think people

will make fun of you unless you

go out. If something just seems

off to you about a surf situation,

pay attention to that sixth

sense. Maybe the surf’s too big

for you, maybe it’s awkward or

weird, maybe you don’t have

the right board – you don’t even

need to know exactly why.

Keep your eyes open. There

was a drowning death recently

at Duranbah, on the NSW/

Queensland border, where a

young swimmer was sucked out

through a rip in full view of numerous

surfers. The surfers did

nothing, which was interpreted

as bad attitude in some circles.

I suspect they didn’t even

notice what was happening.

If you’re even a little bit alert,

you’ll pick up on anything unusual

– someone being where

they shouldn’t, perhaps. (You’ll

probably catch more waves too,

by the way.)

Be ready to do something.

You may not be needed in a

surf-induced crisis, but don’t

be the person wallowing

around wondering. One thing

that typically prevents people

from helping in an emergency

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Nick Carroll

is a fear of legalities – that

you might be sued if something

goes wrong. It’s just

not the case. You’re under no

obligation to do anything, but

if you do act, the law provides

for your level of expertise;

you’re only expected to do

what you can, not what a

paramedic or trauma surgeon

can. Just calling 000 or alerting

others can be enough to

make a difference.

* The fact is, we can’t rely on

rescue services. We’re up the

wrong end of the beach, or

we’re in Indonesia, or something.

We have to be our own

safety nets. If you do wanna

skill up, here’s two ways:

Local surf club. The Bronze

Medallion course takes a few

weeks. Most surfers will breeze

through the water skills; you

will learn heaps about water

recovery CPR and how to work

with other people in a critical

situation. Contact your nearest

club or look one up at surflifesaving.com.au

Surfing NSW Runs a course

called Surfers’ Rescue 24/7

through its surf school network.

Look it up at surfingaustralia.


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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

A very important

survey to ‘tick off’

over the summer

Pittwater residents have been

warned to be vigilant in

checking for ticks following recent

heavy rains and periods of

extreme humidity – the “perfect

storm” for increased prevalence

of these dangerous parasites.

New research is being conducted

to help uncover vital information

to help council tackle

the peninsula’s tick problem.

Casey Taylor, of the University

of Sydney, has invited

all residents to participate

in a short online survey

to understand more about

tick occurrence across the

northern beaches.

“The survey will reveal what

wildlife are visiting resident’s

backyards and what wildlife,

backyard features and broader

landscape features might influence

whether people encounter

ticks or not,” Ms Taylor told

Pittwater Life.

“The survey responses will

reveal tick hotspots across the

Northern Beaches – that is, areas

that appear to have higher

rates of tick encounters than

others and we can focus our

future research efforts there.

“The results will also give us

insight into whether the presence

of particular wildlife or

backyard features are associated

with tick occurrence and

we can investigate this further,”

she added.

The survey, part of Ms

Taylor’s PhD, is another

step towards learning

more about these


“We currently have a

poor understanding of

ticks and our research

will fill in major knowledge

gaps, including identifying the

important hosts in the tick life

cycle,” Ms Taylor said

“The information we

gain will contribute to our

growing knowledge of

ticks and will guide future

research efforts.”

Mayor Michael Regan said

the research, partly funded

by council, had an important

public benefit.

“Your responses will help in

developing our understanding

of ticks in the urban environment

and will be important in

helping Council consider tick

management options,” he said.

To complete the survey go

to Council’s website and type

‘ticks’ in ‘search’. – Lisa Offord

What you need to know

Ticks are more troublesome

during the warmer months,

between October and January.

Symptoms from tick bites

range from localised irritation,

severe allergic reactions, tick

paralysis to tick-borne illnesses

Tick related allergy or illnesses

are more likely to occur

from bites of nymph and adult


Dress for the occasion:

n When walking or working

where ticks occur:

n Wear long-sleeved shirts and

long pants;

n Tuck pants’ legs into long


n Wear a wide-brimmed hat;

n Wear light-coloured clothing,

which makes it easier to see


n Brush your clothes to remove

ticks before coming inside;

n Use insect repellent, particularly

ones containing DEET

(such as RID, Tropical RID or

Tropical Aerogard or Bushmans)

or Picaridin (OFF!);

n Use permethrin-treated

clothing when exposed to

ticks (e.g. gardening).

Ticks can wander for up to two

hours looking for a place to

attach. After bushwalking or

being outside in the garden:

n Check your body particularly

behind your ears, scalp,

groin, and armpits;

n Change clothing, placing

unlaundered clothing in a

hot dryer for 20 minutes to

kill any ticks;

n Groom and check pets;

First aid for tick bites

Reduce the risk of tick bites

by following the latest advice

from the Tick-induced Allergies

Research and Awareness (Ti-

ARA) medical research team.

n Do not scratch anything you

can’t see;

n Do not disturb a tick;

n Kill the tick where it is;

n Remove the tick without

compressing it;

n Do this in a safe setting if

you have had a reaction


For ticks you can hardly see

(larval and nymph stage ticks)

“Dab it, don’t grab it!” (Apply

permethrin cream) e.g Lyclear.

For ticks you can see (adult


“Freeze it, don’t squeeze it!”

(Use an ether-containing spray)

e.g. Medi Freeze Tick Off, Medi

Freeze Skin Tag Remover, Wart

Off Freeze, Elastoplast Cold



“Household tweezers are tick


Do not use old fashioned

remedies to kill a tick such as

methylated spirits, alcohol, nail

polish remover or petroleum

jelly. Do not try to burn it or

pull it out with tweezers. These

methods aggravate the tick,

causing it to inject more toxic

saliva into you. – LO

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Reduce sun exposure to

manage pterygium risk

pterygium (pronounced teridge-ee-um)

is a triangular-


shaped lump of tissue with

blood vessels that grow from

the conjunctiva (the thin membrane

that covers the white of

the eye) on to the cornea (the

clear central part of the eye).

They frequently occur in both

eyes, usually on the side of

the eye closer to the nose. A

pterygium is not a cancer. People

sometimes confuse pterygia

with cataracts, but a cataract is

a clouding of the lens inside the

eye and cannot be seen easily

with the naked eye.

The development of pterygia

is strongly associated with

exposure to UV radiation and

hot, dry environments. Surfers,

farmers and those who spend

a lot of time outdoors are more

susceptible, but anyone can

develop a pterygium.

Pterygia are not dangerous,

but they can cause irritation

and redness. They may also

interfere with vision as their

growth can distort the surface

of the eye, and if the pterygium

grows on to the central part of

the cornea it can begin to block

light from entering the eye.

Although a pterygium is

not dangerous, it should be

checked to make sure that it is

not something more serious. If

you have any area of tissue on

or around the eyes that changes

rapidly or that you have not had

checked previously you should

make an appointment with an


In cases where the pterygium

is not actively growing on to

the cornea, protecting the eyes

from UV light will often stabilise

its growth. In many cases, provided

it is not threatening vision

and it remains stable, this may

be all that is required.

If a pterygium causes

discomfort, eye drops and ointments

may be useful and your

optometrist can advise you on

the use of eye drops to assist

in making the eye less red and

more comfortable.

In cases where a pterygium

is actively growing on to the

cornea and threatening to

distort the vision, the only

effective treatment is surgical

removal. This surgery is usually

performed under a local anaesthetic.

It is best to have surgery

before the pterygium progresses

to the point where it interferes

with vision. Your optometrist

can assess the pterygium and

refer you to an eye surgeon as


Optometrists are often

asked if those with pterygia are

suitable for contact lens wear.

Assessment of the individual

situation is important as these

cases may require more regular

contact lens follow-up to monitor

changes in corneal shape

that may indicate progression of

the pterygium and review of the

ongoing suitability of the fit of

the contact lens.

The best way to reduce your

risk of developing a pterygium,

or to slow the progression of an

existing pterygium, is to protect

the eyes from UV exposure. UV

radiation can also cause cataracts

and other eye diseases, as

well as skin cancers, so reducing

exposure is a wise move. The

best ways of doing this are to:

Avoid the sun – UV radiation

with Rowena Beckenham

is strongest between between

10am and 3pm and we all know

that staying out of the sun

between those times will significantly

reduce your UV exposure.

Wear a hat – a broad-brimmed

hat will not only protect your

head from sunburn, but will reduce

by at least half the amount

of UV radiation reaching your


Wear sunglasses – a good pair

of sunglasses will reduce the

amount of UV reaching your

eyes and cut the amount of

glare. Wrap-around sunglasses

are best as they block UV

radiation that can slip around

the sides of conventional sunglasses.

Parents should ensure that

they protect the eyes of babies

and children from ultraviolet

light through the use of hats

and children’s sunglasses that

meet the Australian Standards.

Pterygia can grow back after

they have been surgically removed

so it is important to follow

the recommendations above

for the prevention of pterygia.

Comment supplied by Rowena Beckenham, of

Beckenham Optometrist in Avalon (9918 0616). Rowena

has been involved in all facets of independent private

practice optometry in Avalon for 16 years, in addition

to working as a consultant to the optometric and

pharmaceutical industry, and regularly volunteering in

Aboriginal eyecare programs in regional NSW.

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All fore one on beaches

It’s on again – the annual

Barrenjoey Week of Golf, an

amateur women’s tournament

held every February across seven

Northern Beaches golf courses.

Organisers are calling for

entries for the event, which

runs from February 11 to 15 at

Bayview, Cromer, Long Reef,

Manly, Mona Vale, Monash and

Wakehurst Golf Clubs.

This year marks the 37th staging of the popular week which

has attracted thousands of women golfers, including an anticipated

600 in 2019 from all around Australia (last year women

from 62 different clubs entered).

The event kicks off with individual stroke competitions on the

Monday and Tuesday, with teams of four players on Thursday

and fun foursomes pairings on the Friday.

Top amateur golfers are attracted to the event, which is part

of the Jean Derrin event for low handicappers run by Golf NSW.

As well as the trophies on offer there’s also a major charity

raffle with great prizes donated by golf clubs and local businesses

– with all money going to Manly Warringah Women’s

Resource Centre.

The event presentation is held at Mona Vale Golf Club on

Thursday February 14, including six perpetual trophies presented

by supportive sponsors including Hire a Hubby and Arcadia

Pittwater Private Hospital.

Information and registrations at barrenjoeyweekofgolf.com

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Boost to home

care services

is welcomed

Local aged care experts have

welcomed the Federal Government’s

boost in spending,

including the release of

10,000 home care packages, as

a step in the right direction.

CEO of the not-for-profit community

led organisation CCNB,

Gary Jacobson, explained a

Home Care Package could be a

person’s ticket to independence

and choice to stay at home.

A health and social care organisation

that connects people

to the services they need, CCNB

is a local provider of Home Care

packages, with a charter to

ensure clients have access to independent

and expert information,

advice and guidance.

“People over 65 are often

assessed as eligible for care

but sit in a long queue waiting

for a spot in the service system

to come up… this funding will

hopefully shorten the wait for

care for older Australians and

their families,” Dr Jacobson said.

Professional aged care advocate

and Managing Director of

New Way To Stay, Louise Mace ,

said the push from the government

to focus on helping our

elderly stay at home was what

the sector needed.

“However, the reality is that

with the current waiting list for

Home Care packages standing

at 127,000, it is reasonable to

assume that the boost of 10,000

new packages is unlikely to

meet the growing demand,”

Louise said.

She said the sad truth was

many people were already dying

while they waited for their home

care package to be released.

“Even more frightening is

that some are holding off on

reaching out for essential services

that will keep them safe at

home, while they wait for their

number to be called.”

Louise said New Way To Stay

was seeing families incurring financial

pain themselves, feeling

they had no choice but to pick

up the slack for their ageing

family members, turning to fully

paid private fees to help them

stay at home.

Another issue was the large

number of people suffering the

effects of ageing and declining

health not speaking up to their

support circles – simply because

they were terrified of going into

permanent care.

“Our advice is always to look

at all options and seek appropriate

advice,” Louise said. “If you

can seek the advice financially

and practically to enable you

to put a proactive home care

plan into place, we encourage

you to do so ahead of time and

not in the midst of a health crisis

or by being solely dependent on

waiting for a home care package.”

– Lisa Offord

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Health & Wellbeing

January marks a super

season of Ocean Swims

With Christmas behind us most families

are thinking of relaxing while on

holidays or for some, how to settle

back into work after a few days off.

But there is a growing band of people who

are training hard for the next ocean swim

coming up in

Pittwater. In

fact, throughout

January there is an

ocean swim event

every weekend at

one of our local


The swims, part

of the popular

Pittwater Ocean

Swim Series, are

run by the surf

clubs at Newport

(Jan 6), Bilgola (Jan

13), Mona Vale

(Jan 20) and Whale

Beach aka The Big

Swim (Jan 27).

According to

David Madew, one of the Series organisers

and convenor of the Bilgola ocean swim, the

Pittwater Series has become a magnet for

swimmers not only from local areas but in

growing numbers from regional and interstate

areas as well as overseas countries.

“That means you are more than likely to hear

French, English, Canadian, American, Spanish,

Polish and many other accents at the beach,”

said David.

“Over the years the beauty of Pittwater

beaches has become better known around

Australia and for that matter the world and we

are excited to have so many people visiting. They

usually bring supporters with them and its great

for the clubs and of course the local businesses.

“While the Big Swim from Palm Beach to

Whale Beach set the benchmark, each of the

clubs in the Series has built up its own band

of ocean swimmers who love that they can

enter a swim every weekend in one of the most

beautiful regions in the world.”

These are true ocean swims; each entails

swimming out

through the break,

covering the

distance marked

by the swimming

buoys and then

returning to the

finishing line at

the beach. Ocean

swimmers say

there is no sport

like it, taking on

the challenges

of the ocean and

at the same time

enjoying the


effects of rhythmic


“Like fun runs,

some swimmers take their event very seriously

trying to beat their previous time, while others

are in it for the sheer enjoyment of participating

and the health aspects,” said David.

“Because all the clubs have introduced shorter

swims to their events, we are seeing a new

generation of swimmers having a go at the sport.

Young and old are discovering the exhilaration of

the ocean and its special health benefits.”

Entries for each of the Pittwater Series ocean

swims can be processed at oceanswims.com

Visitors are welcome to come and see

what all the excitement is about at each of

the beaches. Who knows: you might join the

growing band of ocean swimmers or you might

see an overseas relative at the starting line!

– John Guthrie

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Hair & Beauty

Aspire to a radiant look?

Stop tanning your hide!

The Aussie sun and our

preventing trans-epidermal

outdoor lifestyle can

water loss and also resist free

contribute to the longterm

radical transportation. For a

decline of our skin health

and appearance. The impact of

the sun can be immediate, with

sunburn, dryness and itching,

and affect years later with

skin cancer, brown spots, red

discolouration and wrinkles.

To help protect the epidermis

from Ultra Violet harm the

skin is continually producing

melanocytes. However, as we

age the skin loses lots of the

natural resources it needs for

repair. During summer the

skin is in a constant state of

protection, which drains these

natural resources.

Therefore, it becomes

imperative to help replenish

them and support the skin

during summer months. This

is needed both at home with a

regenerative skin care protocol,

along with in-clinic treatments

for a ‘boot camp boost’.

The goal in the treatment

room is to combine both

brightening and skin building

ingredients which will correct

sun damage issues. There

are several skin brightening

enzymes, acids and hydrating

formulations to address both

hyperpigmented and dry,

creepy skin. Some brightening

treatments may include the use

of AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids)

and TCA (Trichloracetic Acid)

blends. This will assist to break

down dead surface cells and

stimulate regeneration.

Adding a peptide peel will

support the correction, repair

and rebuilding of the skin after

the UV degradation. Melanin

suppressant formulations then

work in tandem to brighten,

provide antioxidant and antiinflammatory

support. Once the

skin has been lightly exfoliated

with the above acid cocktails,

it is time to hydrate intensely

with an infusion of hyaluronic

acid, antioxidants, grape seed

hydrating serum and growth

factors via a combination of

both oxygen and a cooling

alginate mask. The skin is left

plump and radiant.

A home care system should

be designed to complement

clinical treatments.

Cooling spritz formulations

contain heavy water (D2O)

which has a heavy molecular

weight. These will deliver

moisture deep into the skin,

potent brightening pigment

control, turn to ingredients

like daisy flower, retinol and

GABA. These may be included

in products such as a scrub,

cleanser, toning lotion and

brightening serum. In addition

to heavy water formulations for

deep hydration, the application

of a hyaluronic serum, grape

seed hydrating serum and

a concentrated brightening

moisturiser can be applied to

put an end to itchy, dull and

peeling skin. Colour correction

is often included in a serum

formulation applied once or

twice a day. This can help

to reduce the brown marks

created after a day’s sun. Finally,

one of the most important steps

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in a daily home care routine

is protection. Mineral-based

blockers like zinc will block UV

rays, while reducing the risk

of skin irritation following a

corrective treatment.

Diagnosing and repairing

sun-damaged skin is not a

‘one-size-fits-all’. There are tools

both at home and in the clinic

which can help you achieve

healthy, radiant, youthful skin.

Sue Carroll of Skin

Inspiration has been a qualified

Aesthetician for 33 years.

Sue has owned and

operated successful beauty

clinics and day spas on

the Northern Beaches.



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Business Life: Money

Business Life

A familiar investment

theme for the New Year

This holiday season in the

absence of a traditional

Santa Claus rally on share

markets, we ask the question:

is it time to buy the banks?

Back in 2015 I wrote an

article about the real reason to

invest in shares, namely, to acquire

a share in a rising income

stream paid back to us in the

form of dividends. This slightly

old-fashioned view might have

come back into favour lately

with the market correction

that has been winding

along since September. I

notice a lot of recent

commentary talking

about how income in

portfolios can be considered

a ‘cushion’

or a ‘safety net’

against market

downturns, and

so it is.

And the shares

most loved by

investors in Australia

for their ability to produce

rising levels of income are the

banks. But in their time on the

market they have also had the

ability to generate tidy levels of

capital growth; the question is

can one or both of these investment

attributes continue?

Using Westpac as a surrogate

for the sector, let me revisit

what I wrote about the bank

in my 2015 article: “If you had

bought Westpac on Friday 13

May 2011 (before it traded exdividend)

for $23.59 per share

you would have received the

following dividends including

franking credits: 2011 – $2.23,

2012 – $2.37, 2013 – $2.77,

2014 – $2.60 and 2015 – $2.69

(allowing for an estimated final

dividend of 95c based on broker

estimates). Respectively, these

amounts represent annual

income returns of 9.5%, 10%,

11.7%, 11% and 11.4% of the

purchase price. In terms of price

history, you would have hated

me for the tip because the value

of those Westpac shares fell to

$17.73 in August 2011 but all

would have been forgiven as

they rose to $40.07 by April of

2015. Currently they are trading

around $31 per share, which is

still a tidy 30% capital return on

the original cost price.”

To bring us up to date

Westpac is currently trading

just over $24 on the ASX which

is more than 20% off its share

price levels in late 2015. What

has been almost comical to

watch, if it wasn’t so important

to people’s wealth, is the

way APRA first directed the

banks with respect to investment

lending and second with

respect to interest only

loans (as I write this on

19 December it was announced

that the cap on

interest only lending is to

be removed). Then we have

a Royal Commission into

financial services which has

been the main

driver for share price declines

in the sector and now we have

the RBA being quoted throughout

the press jaw-boning the

banks into supporting lending

so that the housing market

doesn’t fall into an abyss and

take the economy with it. The

banking sector in this country

represents almost a third of the

entire share market and with

negative headwinds from the

Hayne Royal Commission in

part explains why our market

has lagged.

But I digress; Westpac continued

to pay dividends of $2.69

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including franking for 2016, ’17

and ’18 financial years which in

the example means you would

have continued to earn 11.4%

yield on your original investment

for each of those three

years to now. But that was a

five-year example. Looking at a

much longer time frame, say 15

years between 2003 and 2018,

what was the performance? At

a buy price of $16.25 on 30

June 2003 with over $33 of

dividends and franking credits

during the time frame, you

have an average annual return

of something like 19% p.a. The

reason for choosing a 15-year

time frame is to have a meaningful

benchmark to compare

to such

as the All



at 7.4% p.a.

or the median industry fund

return at 8.1% p.a. over the

same period. It’s no wonder

bank shares have been market


But that was then and this is

now and markets are always

forward looking creatures. Specific

headwinds for the banking

sector are numerous.

The first and foremost is fallout

from the Financial Services

Royal Commission. Banks and

their executives have headlined

the misdeeds: overcharging,

charging the deceased, product

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churning, lending to those who

cannot afford it. The Royal

Commission is due to make its

final report by 1 February 2019,

leaving time for the Banks to

react before interim results are

published in May 2019. As the

Royal Commission concludes,

sentiment should return as the

market has priced in what it

considers are the costs to the

banks in terms of reparations

and reputation arising from the

Royal Commission. Much of the

past growth came from banks

investing in wealth management

businesses – Colonial

First State and CBA, NAB and

MLC, Westpac and BT. It will

be interesting to see where

bank executives see growth

coming from to replace profits

from wealth management and


The second source of worry

is the emergence of new competitors.

On the day I wrote

this article the Financial Review

reported the emergence of

Australia’s first crowd-funded

bank Xinja which has been

granted a limited banking

licence allowing it to accept

deposits from customers and

to call itself a bank in Australia.

In addition to Xinja you will

start to read about names like

Volt Bank, 86 400 and Revolut

entering the Australian market.

These app-based banks lack

any bricks and mortar presence

and interact with customers

by app or web. The so-called

neo-banks are poised to enter

the market following the announcement

of open banking

policy reforms aimed at giving

customers control and ownership

of their data therefore

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making it easier to switch

providers and enhance competition.

Banking will be the first

sector in the economy to experience

this reform followed by

telecoms and energy. It will be

interesting to see what traction

these apps ultimately get in the

local market given that Australians

are early and enthusiastic

adopters of tech or if they do

become a threat will the banks

just buy out the technology

and make it their own?

The third headwind is risks

to business conditions from

local or international factors.

Currently our local business

and property markets are

experiencing the equivalent of

a credit squeeze as banks react

to regulators and fall out from

the Royal Commission. Internationally

markets are experiencing

volatility from concerns

about slowing global growth,

rising interest rates in the US

and trade conditions between

the US and China.

Buying bank shares in the

face of these headwinds is

an assumption that things

can’t get much worse and that

the market has priced in all

variables. With our example of

Westpac trading at 12-month

lows and the current dividend

yield more than 11% p.a. it

could be a compelling proposition

for those who are risk-tolerant.

Given there is a Federal

election due in May with all its

associated uncertainty investors

who are more risk adverse

might accumulate at these

levels or hold off completely

until after interim results are

published in (also in early May)

and the election decided.

Brian Hrnjak B Bus CPA (FPS) is

a Director of GHR Accounting

Group Pty Ltd, Certified

Practising Accountants. Offices

at: Suite 12, Ground Floor,

20 Bungan Street Mona Vale

NSW 2103 and Shop 8, 9 – 15

Central Ave Manly NSW 2095,

Telephone: 02 9979-4300,

Webs: www.ghr.com.au and

www.altre.com.au Email:


These comments are of a

general nature only and are

not intended as a substitute

for professional advice.

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Business Life: Law

Business Life

Your digital assets: who

has access after death?

As we commence 2019

it is assumed that most

readers are digitally connected.

If not part of the 2.2

billion people currently active

on Facebook, then you might

be part of the 170 million-plus

group of users on Spotify.

Similarly, if you are not digitally

on these platforms, then you

are quite likely to be one of the

3 billion-plus people who have a

personal email account. The fact

is that most people now have at

least some items and communications

stored digitally, either

on a tangible electronic device

(such as a laptop or phone) or

on a third party’s server. This

might include for example,

emails, online bank accounts,

social media profiles and photographs.

Whatever the case, this

type of digital footprint means

that you have what are often

referred to as ‘digital assets’.

The question of the definition

of ‘digital assets’ and the laws

that affect access to a person’s

social media accounts and other

digital assets after they die or

become incapacitated became

the basis of a referral by the

New South Wales Attorney

General Mark Speakman to the

New South Wales Law Reform

Commission early last year.

The Attorney said: “In today’s

hyper-connected world, an

unprecedented amount of work

and socialising occurs online, yet

data held in a computer. There is

no additional requirement of an

intention to commit another offence

and no defence of ‘lawful

excuse’, so that the scope of this

offence is quite wide.

n Privacy law: Australian privacy

law does not comprehensively

protect the personal information

contained in digital assets. The

laws generally regulate the handling

of personal and/or health

information by public sector

agencies, not individuals or corporations,

and some laws do not

extend protection to information

of deceased persons.

n Property law: Property rights,

such as the right to use an asset,

to exclude others from using

it, and to transfer it to another

person, may exist in digital assets.

However, these rights may

be allocated to service providers

under the service agreement and

therefore, a digital asset may not

constitute a person’s ‘property’.

n Copyright law: The Commonwealth

Copyright Act 1968

recognises copyright interests

in unpublished works, photographs,

sound recordings and

film recordings, and this interest

lasts for 70 years after the creator’s

death. However, service

agreements often restrict the

intellectual property rights of

users, which can also affect the

entitlements of the user’s successors.

n Succession law: NSW succesfew

of us consider what happens

to our digital assets once we’re

gone or are no longer able to

make decisions.

“This is leading to confusion

and complexity as family,

friends and lawyers are left to

untangle digital asset ownership

issues, applying laws that were

developed long before the arrival

of email, blogs, social media and


The review is considering

relevant New South Wales, Commonwealth

and international

laws, including those relating

to intellectual property, privacy,

contract, crime, estate administration,

wills, succession and

assisted decision making. It is

also scrutinising the policies and

terms of service agreements

of social media companies and

other digital service providers.

“Some social networking

sites allow for an account to be

memorialised or handed over

to an administrator after death,

while others simply close the

account,” the Attorney said. “The

Law Reform Commission will

also look at whether additional

privacy protections are needed in

situations where a person hasn’t

made arrangements for anyone

to take control of their social

media or access their private


At present there is no law in

Australia that directly addresses

the access of trustees or family

members to a person’s digital

assets upon death or incapacity;

Laws which may be considered

in this context include:

n Contract law: Service agreements

often contain access

restrictions and prohibitions

on password sharing which

can impede family members

or trustees from accessing a

person’s digital assets. These

agreements may be enforceable

under ordinary principles of

contract law, even if a user did

not read them or have knowledge

of their terms.

n Private international law:

The proper or governing law of

service agreements is determined

according to the principles

of private international

law. If the proper law is that of a

state without a statutory access

scheme, family members and

trustees may be prevented from

accessing digital assets.

n Criminal law: At the Commonwealth

level and in NSW,

the criminal law prohibits ‘unauthorised

access’ to restricted

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sion law states that a person

may dispose of property in their

will to which they are entitled at

the time of their death. However,

whether a person owns a digital

asset as their ‘property’, and

whether they are entitled to it at

the time of their death, typically

depends on the terms of service


n Estate administration law:

The NSW Probate and Administration

Act 1898 imposes statutory

obligations on executors

and administrators to identify,

collect and distribute a deceased

person’s assets. Executors and

administrators therefore need

access to a person’s digital

assets even if they are not heritable

under a will or the rules of

intestacy, however, they may be

denied access by the terms of

service agreements.

The Law Reform Commission

(LRC) received its terms of

reference at the end of March

and sought preliminary submissions,

and in August published a

Consultation paper and sought

submissions in respect of it by

12 October.

In the consultation paper it is

acknowledged that there is no

standard definition of ‘digital

assets’. Adopting a broad definition

it states “... when we talk

about a ‘digital asset’... we mean

any item of text or media that

has been formatted into a binary

source and over which a person

has some form of rights.”

These examples were given:

n Personal assets – such as

email and email accounts, text

messages, blogs, websites, social

media profiles and accounts,

digital music collections, eBook

collections, digital photographs

and video sharing accounts

(such as You Tube);

n Financial assets – such as

online bank accounts, online

purchasing accounts (such as

Amazon and PayPal) and cryptocurrency;

n Business assets – such as

online store accounts (such

as eBay, Pandora and Spotify),

customer orders, addresses and

payment information;

n Intellectual property rights

– that attach to assets such as

domain names and images and

writing stored on a computer.

n Loyalty program benefits –

like frequent flyer points; and

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n Sports and online gambling


Submissions were received

from a variety of firms, universities,

private individuals and the

NSW Law Society. All had a view

of the definition of ‘digital assets’

but it was a research team

from the University of NSW Law

and Business schools who raised

a number of perhaps interesting

issues – for example the case of

water rights in Australia.

They explained the issue as


‘Water rights are commonly

rights of access rather than

simple proprietary rights in the

thing itself. In NSW, water entitlements

provide the holder with

a share or percentage of water

in a variable consumptive pool.

Meanwhile, water allocations

give more specific content to

entitlements by permitting calculations

of the actual amount

of water which the holder is

entitled to access in a given

‘water year’. These ‘rights’ are

enshrined in legislation but in

NSW they are not deemed to be

property by the relevant legislation

unlike some other states.

In NSW, water access licenses

(WALs) are recorded in a digital

register. An executor of a will

would need to check this register

if WALS were the subject of

testamentary disposition. While

the digitised Torrens register records

rights in physical land, the

digitised WAL register records

rights of access only.

The work of the LRC is still a

work in progress and there are

many other issues to consider,

including overseas developments

in the United States – Revised

Uniform Fiduciary Access

to Digital Assets Act (2015)

enacted by most states – and in

Canada the Uniform Access to

Digital Assets by Fiduciaries Act

(2016). The remit is challenging

and the need for a resolution to

the diversity of issues important

and immediate. The final report

is eagerly waited.

Comment supplied by

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer

Harris & Associates, Solicitors,

4/57 Avalon Parade,

Avalon Beach.

T: 9973 2011. F: 9918 3290.

E: jennifer@jenniferharris.com.au

W: www.jenniferharris.com.au

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Trades & Services

Trades & Services


British & Swedish Motors

Call 9970 6654

Services Range Rover, Land Rover,

Saab and Volvo with the latest in

diagnostic equipment.

Narrabeen Tyrepower

Call 9970 6670

Stocks all popular brands including

Cooper 4WD. Plus they’ll do all

mechanical repairs and rego inspections.

Barrenjoey Smash Repairs

Call 9970 8207


Re-sprays a specialty, plus

restoration of your favourite vehicle.

Commercial specialist.


Battery Business

Call 9970 6999

Batteries for all applications. Won’t be

beaten on price or service. Free testing,

7 days.


Avalon Marine Upholstery

Call Simon 9918 9803

Makes cushions for boats, patio and

pool furniture, window seats.


The Aqua Clean Team

Call Mark 0449 049 101

Quality window washing,

pressure cleaning, carpet

washing, building soft wash.

Housewashing Nthn Beaches

Call Ben 0408 682 525

Pressure cleaning & softwash. Window

& gutter cleaning. $10m insured. Used

by Estate Agents.


Captain Cook Electrical

Call Blake 0488 849 124

Zero dollars call-out; offering discount

for Senior; 24-hour emergency service.

Family owned and operated.

Eamon Dowling Electrical

Call 0410 457 373

For all electrical, phone, TV and data

needs. Local business. Quality service



Blue Tongue Carpets

Call Stephan 9979 7292

Family owned and run. Carpet, rugs,

runners, timber, bamboo, vinyl, tiles &

laminates. Open 6 days.


Graham Brooks

Call 0412 281 580

Tree pruning and removals. Reports

regarding DA tree management,

arborist reports.

Precision Tree Services

Call Adam 0410 736 105

Adam Bridger; professional tree

care by qualified arborists and tree


Special Branch Tree Services

Call Jason 0439 964 538

Qualified arborist, fully insured;

celebrating 20 years in Avalon and surrounding



Seabreeze Kitchens

Call 9938 5477

Specialists in all kitchen needs; design,

fitting, consultation. Excellent trades.


Avalon Physiotherapy

Call 9918 3373

Provide specialist treatment for neck &

back pain, sports injuries, orthopaedic


Avalon Physiotherapy

& Clinical Pilates

Call 9918 0230

Dry needling and acupuncture, falls

prevention and balance

enhancement programs.

Avalon Beach Chiropractic

Call Sam 9918 0070

Professional care for all ages. Treatment

for chronic and acute pain,

sports injuries.

Francois Naef/Osteopath

Call Francois 9918 2288

Diagnosis, treatment and prevention

for back pain and sciatica, sports

injuries, muscle soreness, pregnancyrelated

pain, imbalance.


Modern Colour

Call 0406 150 555

Simon Bergin offers painting and

decorating; clean, tidy, quality detail you

will notice. Dependable and on time.

AJJ Painting & Decorating

Call 0418 116 700

Andrew is a master painter with 30

years’ experience. Domestic and commercial;

reasonable rates, free quotes.


Predator Pest Control

Call 0417 276 962


Environmental services at their best. Comprehensive

control. Eliminate all manner of

pests. They provide a 24-hour service.


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.


Water Warehouse

Call 9913 7988


Rainwater tanks & pumps. Irrigation &

filter supply specialists.

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Backyard Cabins

Call 9973 1691

Avoid Council approval; studios,

workshops, cabins, teenage retreats.

Ideal for Airbnb.

Trades & Services

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Trades & Services


Rob Burgers

Call 0416 066 159

Qualified builder provides all carpentry

needs; decks, pergolas, carports,

renos & repairs.


Call Dave 0403 466 350

Specialists in window tinting

and glass coatings. Act now for


B & RD Williams

Call Brian 0416 182 774

Kitchen and bathroom renovations,

decks, pergolas. Small extensions



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.


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.


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.


Piria Coleman

Call Piria 0490 499 963

Learn Tai Chi and Qigong, gentle forms

of exercise that are both relaxing and

energizing. Group classes; private

training by request. Piriacoleman.com

Trades & Services


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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Players stage a new

‘killer’ production

Shock... intrigue...

suspense... and above

all, comedy – that’s what’s

in store when the Elanora

Players’ huge cast take to

the stage with their new

production ‘The Bold, The

Young and The Murdered’ in


The contemporary play,

written by Don Zolidis,

revolves around the

dysfunctional cast and crew

of a cheesy soap opera, ‘The

Young and the Bold’.

From humble beginnings,

the soap has rocketed to

fame and fortune – however it

has hit more than a flat spot,

with its popularity waning

to the point where drastic

measures need to be taken

to help it regain its previous,

profitable state.

“It begins with the longsuffering

director struggling

desperately with a disgruntled

and self-absorbed cast,

uncooperative crew members

and a pesky new intern to

realise his creative vision,”

said the production’s director,

Robert Longley.

“Faced with flagging

viewership and poor

productivity, he is issued

an ultimatum by the show’s

executive producer: complete

one episode in one night, or

the show dies.”

Locked in the studio

for the night, the underthe-pump

director sets

about attempting to corral

performances from his

charges, only for people to

start dying under mysterious

circumstances. Can the

murderer be found before the

show is literally killed off?

Longley has assembled a

talented cast of 13 actors

plus crew to do justice to this

contemporary comedy.

The play is being

performed at Elanora Heights

Community Centre, 49A

Kalang Rd, Elanora Heights.

Performances on selected

times and dates from 11th

January to 19th January.

For bookings, phone 9979

9694 or email at boxoffice.


(Bookings are strongly

advised as this show is

quickly selling out.)

– Nigel Wall






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Clubs & Pubs

January's best functions, music gigs, events and dining news...

SWELL TIME AHEAD: GANGgajang (Geoff Stapleton, Buzz Bidstrup, Robbie James, Mark Callaghan and Peter Willersdorf).

GANGgajang riding

a new wave of success

Rock and pop music have been hand in

glove with the surfing sub-culture for

decades; in Australia in the late 1970s it

was Midnight Oil who led the way, before

the baton was picked up in the ’80s by

GANGgajang, renowned for their iconic

anthem ‘Sounds of Then (This Is Australia)’.

Makes sense then that the band – cofounded

by Mark ‘Cal’ Callaghan (ex-

Riptides), Graham ‘Buzz’ Bidstrup and the

late Chris Bailey (both ex-The Angels) – are

bringing their distinctive sound to a Northern

Beaches audience at Narrabeen RSL on

January 18 (along with fellow popular ’80s

hitmakers Machinations) as part of their new

‘Surfing Round The World’ Tour.

Bidstrup said the tour was to promote

the band’s new single, released last month

after several years of germination, and which

included the bass line of their friend Bailey

who lost his battle with throat cancer in 2013.

“The song began life as a jam in the

encore of our live set – we played it for

several years before we were asked to record

it for a special film called ‘Delightful Rain’

that featured many other bands and artists

who have had a connection to surf culture,”

he told Pittwater Life.

Earlier this year they revisited the original

files of the recording and now have edited a

new version of the song.

“Of course, Chris is playing bass and it

has been an emotional journey listening to

his playing as I edited the new rhythm track

together,” Bidstrup continued.

“Thanks to modern technology, I’ve

cobbled together a track with new vocals,

guitars, backing vocals and keyboards the

band members have recorded at home.”

Bidstrup explained how GANGgajang’s

music became synonymous with surfing.

“I was the music director for a mid-’80s

Quiksilver film called ‘Mad Wax’ which

featured many of the top surfers of the time

including Tom Carroll, Kong Elkington and

Ross Clarke Jones.

“During the initial meeting to work out

the music for the film, Peter Webb, a friend

of mine who was an artist at Quiksilver, kept

suggesting tracks off GANGgajang’s debut

album for each spot.

“By the time we had finished, all the music

in the film was from GANGgajang! The film

became a cult classic in worldwide surf

areas and this introduced our music to ‘surf

culture’ all around the world.”

As a special bonus, ‘Mad Wax’ will also

screen on the night.

Bidstrup said nowadays the age

demographic at their gigs was “really wide”.

“We have been together for over 30 years

and our music keeps getting played on radio,”

he said. “There has definitely been a situation

where our music has been handed down to a

younger generation, firstly by older siblings

in the ’80s and ’90s and then through older

parents and now grandparents!”

Their ‘Surfing Round The World’ single

was recorded in studios at Freshwater Beach,

where in 1915 the father of modern surfing

– Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku – brought

surfing to Australia.

“The tour and single is dedicated to the

surfers and free spirits of the world – from

the grommets to the pros and to anyone who

has ever waxed a board,” Bidstrup said.

– Nigel Wall

* Catch GANGgajang and Machinations at

Narrabeen RSL on January 18; tickets oztix.



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.

In January, catch the Kerry

Erwin Celebrity Psychic Medium

Show on Wednesday 23rd.

On Australia Day eve catch

the Chisel Barnes tribute show;

free entry, kicks off 8.30pm.

On Australia Day January 26

there's live music with Aussie

Boy & mates (3pm to 6pm) –

and enjoy 1/2 dozen oysters

for $10 all day!

And now available for free

download – the new Avalon

Beach RSL Club App. Earn

rewards, prizes and member

points by logging in daily.

See what's on, check out

events, view menus and more!

Don't miss the Super Sunday

raffle on the first Sunday of

the month – there's more than

$1500 in prizes.

Bistro 61 is open for breakfast

from 9am to 11.30am.

Open for lunch and dinner

seven days, with extensive

outdoor dining areas, Bistro

61 offers a variety of specials

(lunch and dinner) during the

week, including $12 tacos

(Tues), $15 Chicken Schnitzels

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

a $20 burger + beer (Fri).

Seniors are well catered

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for – there are daily Seniors

specials, including beer-battered

flathead – plus they do

a $5 kids meals on Sundays!

(There’s a playground, too.)


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. There

are some great acts in January

see their website for details.

Head down with the family for

the Australia Day Brunch & Boating

Parade on January 26. Starts

9.30am in the Garden Forecourt,

with the Parade from 10.30am.

Book now for the Ladies

Lunch in February; tennis player

Susan Alexander will discuss

her frank, humorous memoir

'A Spanish Love Affair' – follow

her journey from Narrabeen

to centre court at Wimbledon

and the adventure that led her

to Spain. (Sponsored by Travel

View Avalon and Silversea.)

Tickets $65 members,

$75 non-members includes a

2-course lunch with wine.)

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.


Club Palm Beach

Barrenjoey Bistro

1087 Barrenjoey Road,

Palm Beach

In January, head to Club Palm

Beach, located a short stroll

from Palm Beach Wharf, for

hassle-free holiday dining for

the whole family.

There's family trivia every

Wednesday from 7pm, with

great prizes!

Grab some friends and

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enjoy their Cruising Palm Beach

deal, with a cruise on Pittwater

plus traditional lunch at the

club for $25pp. Book now!

Barrenjoey Bistro is open

for lunch (11.30am to 2.30pm)

and dinner (6pm to 9pm) seven

days. 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.


Pittwater RSL

Assorted eateries

82 Mona Vale Rd Mona Vale

There’s some great live

music acts coming to the

Club – including The Screaming

Jets on January 19, plus

The Radiators on February

23; book tickets now on the

club's website.

When dining, there's something

for all tastes and ages

– at Glasshouse chefs stay true

to the story of the local area by

embracing the farm-to tableapproach,

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


For a taste of Asia try Little

Bok Choy for noodles, fried

rice, stir fries and made-toorder


Check the Club’s website

for the latest menus and meal

deals for all eateries.


Dee Why

RSL Club

932 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why

This Month...


Play Dee Why RSL January 26

(sold out) and January 27 –

tickets for their second show



Support GANGgajang at

Narrabeen RSL on January 18;

tickets oztix.com.au

Australia Day

Park House at Mona Vale will

have an all-Aussie line-up of fun

including a lamb spit, Frosty

Fruit cocktail, thong throwing

competition and a pool pawty

(for your furry friends). More

info parkhousefoodandliquor.


Located in the heart of the

Northern Beaches, this club

boasts contemporary surroundings

and an expansive

menu offering across its six

bars, four restaurants and 13

function spaces.

The club also presents

terrific entertainment acts. In

January, shows include Sunnyboys,

plus tributes Forever Rod,

Rob Caudill is Rod Stewart, with

Ashleigh Toole as Cher; ‘Don’t

Dream It’s Over’ A Tribute To

Crowded House and Split Enz;

and The Australian INXS Show.

The Bistro on Level 2 is a

great place for an enjoyable

and affordable lunch or dinner

with classic café and pub-style


At ‘The Asian’, you can

choose from a menu showcasing

a variety of wok dishes

from Hong Kong, Malaysia,

Singapore and Japan.

Enjoy the heart of Italian

culture with antipasto,

pizza, pasta and contemporary

cuisine Italian at Aqua Bar &


‘Flame Lounge & Dining’ is

where the club stakes its reputation

on steaks. Order a predinner

drink from Flame Bar

(Cocktail of the month is Lime

Margarita available Sunday –

Thursday, 5.30 – 7.30pm $10

members price) and relax in

oversize lounge chairs listening

to free live music, seven nights

a week.

Sit down to a special menu

featuring certified Angus and

Wagyu beef, fresh seafood, and

superb lamb. Perfect for everyday

or special occasion dining.

Dee Why RSL offers a twoyear

membership for $5.

Check out their website for

the latest menus and specials.


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Tasty Morsels

To market, to market...

Tasty Morsels

The word is spreading

among Francophiles

and lovers of gourmet food

– boutique destination Le

Petit Marche in Newport has

a new look and expanded

range of delectable treats and

interesting items under the

stewardship of new owners

Julien Flipo and Michelle Worth.

Nestled in the Robertson

Road shopping strip, LPM

(‘The Little Market’) is fastbecoming

a lunchtime staple,

offering what the couple

describe as “truly decedent”

French rolls.

“We have three to choose

from: French butter, blue

cheese, pear and chorizo;

French butter, brie and lomo

(beef tenderloin); and truffle

brie and iberico ham – or you

can build your own!” said Julien.

But it’s a whole lot more


Julien and

Michelle and

their beautifully

curated store.

than a lunchtime



taking over the business

in October the couple have

worked towards making LPM

the go-to destination for all

things interesting and French.

“We sell mainly French

products – 80% of the products

are imported, so you

can’t find anything like this

in the whole of Australia, and

for some items we are the

only ones that stock it in the

southern hemisphere,” said


“You can find French wine,

amazing French cheeses,

books, homewares, traditional

French cakes and treats.

New eatery at

Akuna Bay

As if the relaxing drive and stunningly beautiful National Park

bushland and water views aren’t enough reason to head to

Akuna Bay, now this magnificent hideaway is set to boast an

exciting new bar and eatery, plus boat hire.

‘Shed’ at d’Albora Marina, Akuna Bay, will offer visitors a relaxed

dining experience with a contemporary Italian twist when it opens

in January.

Their menu is themed on rotisserie meats, fresh seafood and


If arriving by boat, call ahead to the marina to secure a berth

while you dine – or why not stay overnight!

Those arriving by road will do so through the National Park and

“New things we have

introduced include amazing

quality charcuterie, and

Michelin star quality pates

and duck products... bit by bit

we are turning the shop into

a deli, slicing amazing cured

meat like iberico ham, lomo,

chorizo, and dried pork loin

in black pepper.”

They also customise hampers

and deliver



knowledge of

cheese stems

from his


in hospitality;

he managed



in France

and Corsica

and later New

Zealand before

moving to Melbourne to work

for celebrity chef Shannon

Bennett at Vue de mond.

“I became the Fromager,

involved in the selection

for the cheese trolley, with

cheese supplied from all over

the world,” he said.

It was in Melbourne that the

couple met – and theirs is a

true French love story.

“We were introduced through

a friend,” Julien said. “Michelle

came one evening for dinner,

I was her waiter and from that

moment on it was love at first

sight – we just celebrated our

six-year anniversary.”

Michelle has no background

in hospitality, rather she has a

strong retail background and

she has her own business as a


“Our strengths and weaknesses

really complement

each other,” said Michelle.

The couple plan to expand

their services over the summer

holiday break.

“We see LPM becoming a

destination where you can

take your time, browse and

find something you didn’t

know you wanted, but have to

have,” she said.

“While shopping in our

store and discovering unique

items, you can practise your

French, enjoy a laugh and

sample something delicious,

as we are constantly doing

ad-hoc tastings.

“We plan to hold wine and

cheese tastings every Saturday

and as we head into the colder

months we will be conducting

cooking classes, cheese and

wine pairings as well as holding

special dinners.”

Added Julien: “We have had

an amazing response since

taking over – we feel incredibly

welcomed into the community

and the support and

feedback has been amazing.

“We are excited to build on

these connections and feel

really grateful to be doing

what we love to do.”

– Nigel Wall

* Find them at 15 Robertson

Rd, Newport.

be treated to scenes of our incredible Australian landscape which

you will then be immersed in once you arrive at Shed Akuna Bay.

For those without their own boats, d’Albora Akuna Bay now has a

small fleet of hire boats; it’s a great way to explore the beauty and

calm waters of Akuna Bay and beyond. (More info – see ad page 8)

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Food Life

Easy entertaining tips...

so you can sit and relax

with Janelle Bloom

Food Life

Recipes: www.janellebloom.com.au Photos: Adobe Stock.

Phew! With Christmas over now it’s time to relax and enjoy

the limited time off we all have before getting back into

routines of work and school. An early morning walk followed

by a beach swim and plenty of down time is how I plan

to spend this month. However, catching up with friends with

good food and drinks is also very high on the to-do list – so

here are some easy, delicious ideas to cover all occasions as

they present. Best wishes for the year ahead!

Smoked salmon

and avocado

bagel with

horseradish cream

Makes 4

100g spreadable cream


¼ cup crème fraiche or sour


1 tbs finely chopped chives

1 tbs horseradish cream

4 bagels, split, toasted

40g salad leaves

1 avocado, sliced

250g smoked salmon

1 cup basil leaves

1 lemon, cut into wedges

Caperberries, to serve

1. Combine the cream cheese,

crème fraiche, chives and

horseradish cream in a

bowl. Season, stirring

gently to combine. Thickly

spread over the base of the


2. Top with salad leaves, avocado,

salmon then basil. Fin-

ish with a squeeze of lemon

juice, then sandwich together

with bagel top. Serve with

caperberries if you like.


feta and rocket

Serves 8

3kg seedless watermelon,


200g creamy feta, cut into


60g baby rocket

1 lime, juiced

1 tbs extra virgin olive oil

1. Cut the watermelon into

3cm cubes. Place into a large

bowl. Add the feta and rocket,

toss gently to combine.

2. Whisk the lime and oil

together, season well with

pepper then pour over

the salad. Toss gently to

coat. Arrange on a serving

platter. Serve with peeled,

cooked prawns, barbecue

seafood or barbecue lamb.

Greek salad


Makes 8

1 loaf sour dough, sliced

2 tbs olive oil

1 garlic clove, halved

Sea salt & freshly ground

black pepper


2 tbs extra virgin olive oil

3 tsp red wine vinegar

3 firm ripe tomatoes,


2 Lebanese cucumbers,

coarsely chopped

1 red onion, halved, thinly


1 small red capsicum,

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2. Add the apple,

peach and berries

followed by sparkling

Pinot Noir and apple

cider. Stir to combine.

3. Ladle the sangria

into chilled glasses

(see Janelle’s Tip)

making sure each

glass gets good mix

of fruit. Top with

mint if you like. Serve


Janelle’s Tip: On a hot

summer’s day, half-fill

glasses with crushed

ice, then ladle over the



1 small yellow capsicum,


150g pitted Greek olives,


200g marinated feta, coarsely


1 tsp dried Greek oregano

Handful micro herbs or baby

rocket, optional

1. Preheat a barbecue grill or

chargrill pan on mediumhigh

heat. Brush both

sides of the bread with oil.

Barbecue for 2 minutes

each side, or until lightly

charred. Remove to a

board; while hot, rub one

side of each piece bread

with the cut side of the

garlic clove.

2. For the topping, whisk the

oil and vinegar together in

a bowl. Add the remaining

ingredients and toss gently

to coat. Spoon onto the

bruschetta. Season with

salt and pepper. Serve.

Sparkling Sangria

Serves 6-8

1 orange, skin washed,


2 tbs raw caster sugar

1 cinnamon stick

60ml brandy

1 apple, quartered, cored,


1 white peach. chopped

200g strawberries, sliced

80g blueberries

750ml bottle chilled sparkling

Pinot Noir, chilled

1½ cups (375ml) chilled

sparkling apple cider

Ice & fresh mint, to serve

1. Thinly slice the orange

then place into a large

bowl, jug or jar. Sprinkle

over the sugar. Muddle

with end of a rolling pin.

Add the cinnamon stick.

Pour over the brandy.

Cover and refrigerate 2


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Food Life

In Season


Nectarines – or ‘nectar of

the Gods’ – are a smoothskinned

variety of peach; they

can be white- or yellow-fleshed.

They are classified as either

free-stoned (meaning once you

cut them in half the stone will

simply slip out) or cling-stoned

(where the firm-textured flesh

clings to the stone). White

nectarines have a moredelicate,

sweeter flavour than

yellow ones.

stacking on top of each

other as this causes fruit

to bruise. Once fruit has softened

store in a plastic bag

in the crisper section of the

fridge for 2 to 3 days.


Simply wash in a sink of cold

water (not under running

water, as this can bruise the

fruit). Pat dry – and enjoy!

Food Life


Selecting can be a difficult;

the signs to look for if the

fruit is ripe are fragrant

aroma when at room temperature,

highly coloured

skin (with no green patches)

and a little ‘give’ when the

fruit is cradled in hand (don’t

squeeze the fruit or you will

bruise it).


Ripe but firm stone fruit will

soften at room temperature

in a light cool spot. Avoid

Also In Season


Apricots; Berries

(Blackberries, Blueberries,

Raspberries &

Strawberries); Cherries;

Grapes, Lychee; Mango;

Nectarines; Peaches and

Pineapple. Also Avocado;

Beans (green & flat);

Cucumbers, Eggplant;

Capsicum; Lettuce; Peas;

Radish, Corn on the cob &


Janelle’s Tip:

If you are short

on time, replace

the home-made

pastry with 4

sheets of frozen,


sweet shortcrust


Macadamia nectarine tarts

Makes 6

150g roasted macadamia nuts

150g butter, softened

¾ cup caster sugar

3 eggs

1/3 cup plain flour

6 yellow nectarines, halved,

stoned, cut into thin wedges

2 tbs white sugar

Icing sugar and vanilla ice

cream, to serve


2 cups plain flour

150g unsalted butter, roughly


1/3 cup caster sugar

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 tbs chilled water

1. To make the pastry, combine

all the ingredients in a

food processor, pulse until

pastry comes together,

adding more water if necessary.

Turn onto a lightly

floured surface, knead

gently until base is smooth.

Cut pastry in half, press

into a round disk and wrap

in baking paper. Chill 15

minutes until firm enough

to roll out.

2. Meanwhile, to make filling,

process macadamia nuts

in a food processor until

finely ground. Add butter

and sugar until pulse until

well combined. Transfer to

a bowl, add eggs, one at a

time, stirring until combined.

Stir in the flour.

3. Lightly grease two large

flat trays. Preheat oven

to 180°C fan forced. Roll

each piece of pastry out

on a lightly floured work

surface until 5mm thick.

Use a 15cm plate as a

guide to cut 3 rounds from

each piece pastry, pressing

together and re-rolling as


4. Spread macadamia mixture

over the pastry rounds.

Top with nectarine slices,

slightly overlapping. Sprinkle

with sugar. Place onto

trays and bake for 30

minutes or until pastry is

golden. Dust with icing

sugar, serve warm or at

room temperature with

vanilla ice cream.

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Pittwater Puzzler

Compiled by David Stickley

19 Track that lies at the far end of West

Head (8)

23 A person who engages in a pursuit

as a pastime rather than a profession (7)

25 Put out the latest edition of Pittwater

Life, for example (7)

26 Someone who works less than the

standard hours (4-5)

28 Revolve rapidly (5)

29 Sport that can be played at Newport

Community Centre (6)

30 Newspaper reporter (8)


1 The movement of money into and out of

a business (4,4)

5 Buildings designed for human

habitation (6)

8 Mental picture (5)

9 One end of the 199 bus route (4,5)

12 Essential environmentally-friendly

item needed by takeaway coffee

drinkers (4,3)

13 The apple version of this is a feature

at Das Bierhaus in Mona Vale (7)

14 Accumulated wealth (8)

16 Secret romance (6)

18 Funny show on TV (6)


1 Summer sport played at Kitchener

Park, Mona Vale (7)

2 Financial record (9)

3 Suburb that hosts an organic food

market every Sunday (7,6)

4 Confirmed in writing (2,5)

5 Christmas fare (3)

6 In water sports, what the S represents

in SUP (5)

7 A learned person, especially in

language, literature, etc (7)

10 (Of vegetation, especially grass)

luxuriant and succulent (4)

11 Fun available at Narrabeen RSL (no

shoes required) (8,5)

15 Wax collector (3)

17 Light metal with symbol A l (9)

18 Don’t go anywhere (4,3)

20 A sovereign of higher rank than a

king (7)

21 Level in an organisation (7)

22 Feature that inspired the theme

of a new playground next to Berry

Reserve (4)

24 Front part of a stage (5)

27 Conditions (3)

[Solution page 70]

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Garden Life

Garden Life

Delight Echinacea more the amazing than just

colours a beautiful of hydrangeas

‘cone flower’

with Gabrielle Bryant



plants are native


lways a favourite for

Christmas to North America colour, where

The Echinacea ‘Sombrero’


are flowering their

they have been used by

pallet of colours is brilliant.

the native American people for

These hardy, compact plants

heads off! They look wonderful

in the garden, brightening

centuries for their medicinal

grow about 50cm tall and will


form clumps about 50cm wide.

the semi-shaded areas and

You won’t find information

These richly coloured flowers

glowing in the full, protected

about its uses amongst old

can be white, yellow, tangerine,

sunlight. Once the older

European herbal remedies

scarlet or deep red. All have the

varieties were either pink or

because it was not extensively

distinctive ‘hedgehog’ middle.

blue depending on the soil,

used until the beginning of the

Cone Flowers are close

additional lime will deepen

20th century.

cousins of the Sun Flower –

the pinks and blueing tonic

Commonly called the ‘Cone

grow them where they get at

(sulphate of aluminium) will

Cherry Guava a

Flower’ its name Echinacea

least six hours of sun each day;

heighten the blues, but the

sweet Snail

comes from the Greek word

they need good drainage and surprise

new named varieties will

for hedgehog, to describe the spiky cone-shaped once established are drought-tolerant.


maintain their colour. White


n full flower in my veggie

seed head that forms after the flower has finished. They will grow in any soil type and are tolerant

never changes. There are

garden is my Cherry Guava,

The wild Echinacea flower heads are creamcoloured

or mauve with dark, tan-coloured

the North American prairies.

of humidity, although their natural habitat is on

hydrangeas of every size from

sometimes known as a Strawberry

Guava. This delightful

a tale of

the tiny dwarf Piamina to the

centres. These are used today to make teas,

You can divide them in autumn or you can

tall traditional Mop Heads.

evergreen shrub never fails to

tablets or throat lozenges to relieve the symptoms collect the seed as it ripens and plant the seeds the tape

With so many to choose from

produce a heavy crop of cherry

of colds and flu (echinacea is a natural antibiotic). in spring; but remember that seed-grown plants


it is almost too difficult to of the traditional mop heads, that can be two metres tall. guavas fter the in early rain that autumn. has

In today’s garden Cone flowers are grown in will not usually be the same as the hybrid varieties

decide. There are the delicate the cone-shaped flowers of The recently introduced

It half-drowned is a small, pretty our tree gardens with

cottage gardens, as a border plant, in pots or that are available in garden centres – these are all

lace caps, the huge blooms hydrangea paniculata bushes smaller growing Picotee rounded, the snails glossy are out green in force, leaves

window boxes. Plant breeders have worked on grown from tissue culture.

varieties with two-tone flower that chomping only grows their way to about through

this very hardy perennial plant and have produced It is fun to grow the seeds – you never know,

heads are hard to leave behind

and if you have a semi-

trimmed Snail bait into containing shape after fruit-

three every metres tasty new in height. leaf in sight. Keep it

some wonderfully bright and exciting new

you might just get a brand new colour!

shaded wall, the climbing ing. metaldehyde The delicate is poisonous fluffy flowers to

Wall baskets to hydrangea beautify petiolaris fences is just are lizards, creamy birds white, and other growing wildlife close


to the branches. They are followed

the dying by the snail. tangy Some flavoured, baits are

I f you have narrow side paths, Hydrangeas or bare timber are forgiving

fences, it

that might eat either the bait or

can be tricky to find a way to cover them.

plants that are easy to grow. sweet, made with berry-sized, iron and cherry bran; these red

Climbers need to be planted into pots or garden beds. If

They like regular water and fruit are very that effective, are high in and vitamin although C.

pathways are paved or concreted, this can be difficult. Half

any good garden soil. Mulch Unlike they will the not taller-growing kill animals they deciduous

may yellow make them guava sick. that needs

baskets attached to the fence can be the answer. Either in

the roots with compost to

full sun or shade, they are easy to maintain.

keep them cool and feed cooking, Saucers the of fruit beer can will be attract eaten

Plant them up with hardy plants that will take little time

them in early spring to get raw and straight drown the from snails, the while tree or

to look after. In full sun, plant trailing geraniums, seaside

them going. Grow them in used crushed in cooking, egg shells jellies, make drinks,

daisies, silver dichondra or succulents that will multiply and

pots, or in the garden; bring sauces an effective or jams. border that will

trail over the rim of the baskets. Or or in more shaded areas,

them inside when in flower discourage You should the protect snails. the fruit

choose from liriope, bromeliads, stag horns or elks, the

or cut the blooms – they last from If you fruit want fly with a completely a fruit fly snailfree,

organic veggie crop then


hardy crucifix orchids, or bird’s nest ferns.

well in water.

On-Guard copper tape is the

Get answer. into Stick the the self-adhesive

tape round the edge of pots

‘swing’ of Xmas

Ior raised beds and it forms a


t is time


to relax






If you


don’t have



at your


garden edges




can apply


– the



gel to







This will last


for two






make sure










in from



for the


past few


and that






is snail-free









them inside

is more







as they won’t

in a


be able






I have trialled















from the sun – makes a

great Christmas present too!

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Root Knot


Root knot nematodes thrive

in sandy soils. These tiny

microscopic worms live and

breed in the soil, laying their

eggs in the roots of plants.

As they hatch and grow,

they deprive the affected

plants of moisture and

food. Slowly the plants turn

yellow, stunted and they die.

Nematodes are a gardener’s

worst enemy. They grow

and breed in warm weather

and long dry spells. Once

discovered be sure to destroy

all affected plants. (For

centuries, gardeners have

carefully practised crop

rotation for two seasons,

leaving a bed fallow for the


Nematodes love tomatoes,

carrots, peas, beans and

capsicums. But other crops –

such as cabbage, cauliflower,

broccoli, bok choy, Brussel

sprouts, kale and radish – all

release a substance into the

soil that kills them. Rotate the

crop in the beds and plant

these varieties thickly. French

marigolds also kill nematodes.

Poinciana a plant

made for the shade

Our shade

tree of the

month has to

be the scarlet



referred to

as the Royal Poinciana, the

spectacular bunches of scarlet

flowers that completely cover

the fernlike, bright green

leaves are unrivalled.

This broad-spreading tree

needs space. Given room, it

grows into a medium sized

tree of 10-12m in height. The

branches of smooth, grey bark

grow out in an almost horizontal

angle, giving this magnificent

tree a wide flat-topped profile. It

is the perfect shade tree.

As the summer flowers

that attract the nectar loving

lorikeets finish, the long brown

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A bed of these, mass planted

over a three-month period, will

work wonders.

Once they’re found there are

several remedies that will help

the soil.

The first thing is to add

plenty of nitrogen, such as

animal manure and compost.

The added nitrogen improves

the soil balance and encourages

other types of nematodes

that will feed on the root knot

nematodes. It is important to

keep the soil as rich and fertile

as possible.

Another way to eradicate

them is with solarisation. Cover

the soil with black plastic and

the heat of the sun will destroy

them (although this will also

kill some of the beneficial


bean-like seed

pods appear.

It is a tree to

be loved my

adults and

children alike.

The sturdy

strong branches make it the

ideal tree for kids to climb.

Grow it on the footpath or in

a lawn. The Poinciana is from

Madagascar. It loves a warm

humid climate.

It will not survive winter

temperatures of less than 7

degrees celsius. Here on the

peninsular it thrives, but loses

its leaves in winter.

It is wonderful to see how

these beautiful trees are

gaining popularity. Many years

ago they were few and far

between, but now they are

frequently planted.

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Garden Life


Jobs this Month

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With Christmas having

rushed by it is now

time to tidy, trim

and feed the garden. Pinch

back summer annuals to

give them one last flush

of flowers before planting

new seedlings in autumn.

But a word of advice: wait

until the cooler days arrive

to move or cut back trees

and shrubs. And if you

have a living Christmas

tree, take it back into the

garden, placing it in the

shade for the first week

until it reacclimatises to the

outdoor conditions. (Trees

can suffer sunburn, just as

people can.)

Safe weeding

Weeds are thriving with the

warm, humid, wet summer

days. Once we used Roundup

as a weed control, but now it

seems that there are some bad

side effects from glyphosate,

use Slasher as a control. This

is an organic weed killer that

is made from plant extract. It

is certified safe and is used as

an organic crop protectant. It

works on dry foliage almost

instantly; weeds are dead

within a couple of hours.



Plumbago is a

shrub that has

been all but

overlooked of

late. The bright

blue flowers

of Royal Cape

are unrivalled.

Keep it well in

control and clip it

regularly. There

is also a white

variety and if you

can find it there is

a pink; although

I haven’t seen a

pink one for sale

for several years.

Flower rebirth

Check out cut flowers. Often

florists use Cordylines as

foliage. They outlast other

flowers in water and if left

they will grow roots. Daisies

will produce roots as well.

Many stems that are sound in

cut flower decorations can be

grown and planted into the

garden. Dip the stems into

cutting powder to encourage

new roots.

Love the lawn

There are still many hot days

ahead. Don’t be tempted to

cut the lawn too short. A very

hot sun will burn the newly

exposed roots.

New veggies

Pull out any veggies that are

finishing; it is not too late for

a last crop of bush beans,

carrots, tomatoes, lettuce or

Asian greens.

Feed me

Keep feeding hibiscus and

bougainvillea with a fertiliser

that is low in nitrogen. Any

rose food or citrus food will

keep the flowers coming.

Gardenias have been amazing

this year; they are hungry

in January. Feed them with

Kahoona and they will flower

again in autumn.

Sweep seeds

Keep fruit fly under control

by sweeping up fallen cocos

palm seeds. If left on the

ground they will begin to

ferment. Palm seeds can cause

accidents. They roll under feet

and cause falls.

Crossword solution from page 67

Mystery location: NARRABEEN

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Times Past


‘silent cop’ at North Avalon.



to our roads’

‘silent cops’?

cops’… ‘submerged

cops’… ‘sleeping


policemen’… ‘poached

eggs’ or ‘traffic domes’ – call

them what you will but they

are becoming rare around the

northern beaches.

Interesting though, one

source of information claimed

that they had their “… origins

from the Northern Beaches

area of Sydney”.

Another source declared – “I

got my driver’s licence in North

Sydney in 1968. I passed ‘first

go’ but my friend nearly missed

out. He referred to the metal

dome in the middle of the road

as a ‘silent cop’. The overly

sensitive testing officer was

not amused and refused the

boy a licence until he correctly

named it a ‘traffic bollard’.”

A ‘silent cop’ was a traffic

management device in the

shape of a yellow ‘flat hat’.

It was in fact a cast metal

dome and in rarer cases, a cast

concrete dome was used.

They were about 400mm

diameter and 125mm tall and

painted a bright yellow and set

in the road surface, sometimes

secured using galvanised

bolts. Some of the more ‘up

market’ versions were set with

reflective glass beads, also

called ‘cats’ eyes’.

The ‘cops’ were located

in the middle of cross-road

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intersections to get drivers

to steer around them when

turning right. They were

also used at ‘T’ intersections

to make drivers entering or

leaving the street stay on the

correct side of the road rather

than cut the corner. A perfect

example of this occurs at the

intersection of Whale Beach

Road and Barrenjoey Road,

North Avalon (top photo).

‘Diamond turns’ were

introduced in the 1970s to

allow approaching vehicles

to turn across an intersection

simultaneously and as a result,

the now redundant ‘cops’ were

removed from cross-road

intersections. The Department

of Main Roads (DMR, the

predecessor to RMS) appear

to have shown some sense by

retaining the ‘cops’ installed at

some ‘T’ intersections.

On the advice of Austroads,

Ku-ring-gai Council removed

all 70 of their ‘cops’, citing the

danger to motorcyclists ‘whose

foot pegs could hit the domes

when cornering’. (I’d have

thought had they taken the

corner correctly, the foot pegs

would not have made contact

with the ‘cops’.)

After around 100 years,

very few ‘cops’ remain on the

northern beaches. One of the

reasons is that they required

the maintenance of a frequent

fresh coat of yellow paint to

be of service in times of poor


The accompanying photo

shows the ‘cop’ which stood at

the Surf Road and Barrenjoey

Road intersection and had lost

all of its yellow.

Interestingly one of the

‘cops’ was available on eBay

recently – with a starting bid

of $200!

TIMES PAST is supplied

by local historian

and President of the

Avalon Beach Historical


Visit the Society’s

showroom in Bowling

Green Lane, Avalon


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Times Past

Travel Life

Travel Life

Luxury golf

tour of ‘China’s


They call it “China’s Hawaii”

for several reasons, not

the least because it’s a catchy

name. But also because it

fits: it’s the same latitude

as Hawaii; it’s well suited

to tourism like Hawaii; and

you can play golf and lie on

the beach with a drink – and

repeat – as you can in Hawaii.

Hainan is about a third the

size of Tasmania and home

to nine million people. Once

a provincial backwater, the

government has opened the

place up to golf tourism. Rory

McIlory and Tiger Woods played

a lucrative exhibition at Mission

Hills’ flagship Blackstone

Course. Their celebrity Pro-Am

has enticed such names as

Jessica Alba, Nicole Kidman and

Michael Douglas. Automatic

visas are granted to citizens of

59 golf-playing countries.

Mission Hills Haikou sports

10 (count ’em) golf courses

designed by American firm

Schmidt-Curley. It’s velvet

carpet laid over volcanic rock.

There’s a course called Lava

Fields. Blackstone was recently

awarded No.1 resort course

and fourth best championship

course in Asia Pacific at the

2018 Asian Golf Awards. It also

won best clubhouse.

The Dunes at Shenzhou

Peninsula has two 18-hole

courses, East and West, and

a composite, and you should

Google it now. The pictures

sell the place better than

words. It’s stunning – like

Barnbougle on the beach.

From March 3-11 of 2019,

Asian specialists China Golf

Experiences will team up with

golf writer Matt Cleary to

present the ‘Two Resort Challenge’,

a 2-ball teams event

with caddies, leaderboards

and competition across four

stunning golf courses – two

at Mission Hills, two at The

Dunes (above). There’s practice

rounds on Blackstone and

Lava Fields. There’ll be fine

prizes and massive banquets.

Tariff is $2680 twin-share,

$3490 single and $1230 for

non-golfing partner and

includes breakfast, Welcome

and Presentation dinners,

internal land transfers and

eight nights’ 5-star luxury accommodation

at Mission Hills

and the Sheraton Shenzhou


* For detail call Matt

Cleary 0422 557 609; email

matt@mcgtours.com; and

check out www.mcgtours.


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Travel Life

Travel Life

New Virtuoso

link opens up

exclusive doors

family owned business clients the kind of exclusive

A managed by Gail Kardash amenities, hotel upgrades and

on the Northern Beaches for experiences you just can’t buy,”

more than 30 years, Travel View said Gail.

Avalon and Collaroy and their “The depth of service we offer

goes well beyond the status

teams have grown a reputation

for creating customised

quo. Once we understand your

itineraries for discerning

individual interests and preferences,

we put our industry

travellers, and a name that’s

become synonymous with knowledge and global Virtuoso

luxury travel.

connections to work.

Now Gail and her team are “Wherever you want to go,

proud to announce they have whatever you want to see we

been invited to join the Virtuoso can arrange it – down to the

network, which will open even tiniest detail.

more doors to a world of extensive

resources at their fingertips ants have years of experience

“Our highly qualified consult-

through Virtuoso’s partnerships in creating wonderful journeys

with boutique hotels, tour providers

and the best in the luxury cruise agents are the best in the

for travellers. Our specialist

and expedition cruise market. industry – no-one knows luxury

“We’ll be able to offer our cruising like us.”


Travel View’s

Gail Kardash.

Gail said the benefits of using

Travel View and their exclusive

Virtuoso connection when looking

to book hotel and resort

accommodation included VIP

treatments and complimentary


“You’ll receive preferred rates

and availability, room upgrades

on arrival plus early check-ins

and late check-outs (all subject

to availability), value-added

amenities, daily breakfast for

two, plus complimentary Wi-Fi,”

said Gail.

Benefits also extend to

cruises, with Travel View

enjoying partnerships with the

world’s leading luxury cruise

lines enabling unique, customised

at-sea experiences.

“These include shipboard

credits, Virtuoso-exclusive

shore excursions, ‘welcome

aboard’ receptions, dedicated

onboard hosts, a private car

with driver, specialty dining and

pre-paid gratuities,” said Gail.

* To celebrate their new Virtuoso

connection, all new Travel

View cruise bookings with

Silversea, Ponant, Seabourn or

Crystal cruises will receive

a $150 dining voucher for

the Royal Motor Yacht Club,

Newport. More information

call Travel View Avalon (9918

4444) or Collaroy (9999 0444);

also, ask about their fun and

informative Travel Club.

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