Pittwater Life April 2019 Issue


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Seismic testing: what dangers?

What are the duties and

responsibilities of our

local government?

Should it concentrate

on core essential services

to ratepayers? Or should

Council’s brief extend to

broader community concerns?

We pose this question in the

background of some of our

elected Councillors lobbying to

have all future offshore oil and

gas exploration banned.

It’s a noble undertaking. It

comes as Living Ocean has

again highlighted concerns

about the effects of seismic

testing – pulses of compressed

air that essentially create sonic

booms – on marine life.

We’ve looked into this issue

extensively. First, it’s true that

the company that holds the

lease to an offshore territory

extending from Newcastle to

Manly – PEP11 – has flagged its

intention to apply for approval

for 3D seismic tests.

The good news for

opponents though is that it’s

not a given and it could be

up to 12 months before they

submit documents seeking


That doesn’t take away

from the dangers the testing

might pose to our marine


After all, would you want an

air gun blasted next to your


Turn to page 14 for more.

* * *

Stop Press! Just as we were

sending this issue to print

we received a plea from reader

Gaye Fleming asking us to

try to help her find her silver

anniversary bracelet, lost at

Palm Beach on March 25.

Obviously Gaye has

a significant emotional

attachment to the bracelet and

is posting a reward should

anyone come forward with it.

If you found something

that sounds like it fits the bill

contact her at gaye1fleming@

gmail.com. Fingers crossed!

– Nigel Wall

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COVER: Council’s appointed arts consultation committee

members reveal why they think Mona Vale is the right

fit for the new Creative Arts Space North (page 6); meet

the Warringah Rats’ new head coach Mark Gerrard (page

8); some Northern Beaches councillors want oil and gas

exploration off the NSW coast banned – we look at the effects

any seismic testing undertaken may have on marine life

(page 14); the proposed offleash dog trial at Station Beach

is closer following 90% community support (page 16); and

ex-NRL star Mark Gasnier talks about settling in Avalon with

his family (page 36). COVER IMAGE: Angus Benham – Gusha

also this month

Editorial 3

Pittwater Local News 6-35

Life Stories: Former NRL star Mark Gasnier 36-37

Art Life 38-41

Surfing Life: The Vissla Shaper’s Shack 42-43

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Law: Fairness in Franchising 56-57

Trades & Services 58-60

Showtime 61

Clubs & Pubs 62-63

Tasty Morsels; Local Call 64-65

Food 66-68

Gardening 70-72

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Mona Vale ‘always’

on Art Space canvas


Northern Beaches Council’s

decision to concentrate

key facilities for the

new Creative Arts Space North

at Mona Vale Civic Centre has

drawn fire from the Avalon

Preservation Association and

other opponents who maintain

the site was never part of the

consultation process.

The APA are livid that a

section of the Avalon Golf

Clubhouse has been relegated

to back-up status comprising

just two artist studios and

a teaching space after it was

flagged as one of Council’s two

preferred options (along with

the Avalon Annex in Dunbar

Park) last September.

APA President Peter Mayman

said the selection made a

mockery of Council’s community

engagement process.

“This is a slap in the face

not only for Avalon residents,

but for everyone living from

Newport north to Palm Beach,”

he said.

However, Pittwater Life

understands Mona Vale Civic

Centre has been on the radar

as a potential Arts Space site

for several years having first

been spruiked by the former

Pittwater Council.

A NB Council spokesperson

said: “The idea for a creative

arts space in Mona Vale was

originally mooted in a draft

plan by the former Pittwater

Council and following amalgamation,

it became part of the

Northern Beaches Council’s

draft Mona Vale Place Plan in

September 2016.

“The plan proposed for

the potential future conversion

of the existing Council

administration building in

Mona Vale to a collective artist

‘in-residence’ facility to

include retail, exhibition and

workshop space.”

Further, members of the consultation

committee involved in

flagging and assessing the options

available confirmed Mona

Vale Civic Centre had in fact

been at the forefront of early

discussions; however, given

it housed Council staff at the

time, it was never progressed.

Since then, Council has

flagged its intention to relocate

staff to its Warriewood offices,

freeing up the venue for a new


Consultation committee

member and local artist

Martin Wale explained: “Early

in the consultation process,

the Working Group of approximately

20 enthusiastic arts

community members and supporters

were asked to suggest

possible venues that met our

many criteria for a successful

northern Creative Space.

“I proposed (with photographs,

location maps and pro/

con analysis) numerous potential

sites or buildings in Mona

Vale – of which the Civic Centre

was (whilst at that time still

fully occupied by Council staff)

by far the best option, meeting

almost all the adopted criteria

for success... and already a

Council property!

“There were always strong

and sometimes conflicting

opinions within the group as to

the most appropriate ‘village’ to

situate the new Creative Space,

but I have always firmly believed

that the Mona Vale town

centre is the only truly viable

location for a facility of this

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nature to be successful across

all the necessary functional


Mr Wale said Council’s endorsement

of re-purposing the

Mona Vale Civic Centre was the

best possible news for the arts


“With my 30 years of professional

exhibition experience

– conceiving, programming,

curating, designing,

creating, lighting, managing

– I know that the best exhibition

in the world is a failure

without a large and wide audience,”

he said.

“To ensure visitation from

more than just seasoned arts

supporters, we need a centre

that is highly visible, with

constant pedestrian traffic and

close to all amenities such as

transport links, free parking,

coffee shops and other cultural,

educational or recreational

offerings such as parks, shopping,

community hall, library,

schools, gyms, etc.

“I, and many others, greatly

look forward to the opportunity

to work with Council to

ensure this is an outstanding

creative hub and exhibiting

centre not just for our

enthusiastic local community

but also regional, national and

international visitors.”

Cassia Bundock, who operates

the Paulista Gallery at

Bayview, said that over many

meetings over 18 months,

the consultation committee

established a set of criteria

taking into consideration

the group’s professional and

personal experiences within

the arts.

She added decisions relating

to locality were usually debatable

within communities.

“There were a few contested

sites, however Mona Vale Civic

Centre ticked most of those

criteria,” she said. “Furthermore,

it ticked two crucial

criteria which are visibility and


She said Council’s Creative

Space at North Curl Curl was

a good example of a beautiful

site with great facilities but

poor visibility and accessibility,

making its existence little

known by the community at


“Mona Vale has become the

centre of Pittwater – nearly all

brands of supermarkets and

banks are there, services, shopping,

eateries and most importantly

it has today an efficient

public transport scheme,” she

said. “The Civic Centre stands

in the middle of all of these


“Transport is indispensable

for an art centre if it seeks to

attract a wider and varied audience

– a key component of any

successful creative enterprise.”

Ms Bundock said she was

excited by the repurposing announcement.

“It has the potential to put

a lot of creative energy and

vibrancy into the heart of our

community and to become a

valuable asset.”

Meanwhile, the APA is demanding

the proposal be withdrawn

or not approved, and

moreover, that the Creative Art

Space North be approved for

construction in Avalon as previously

approved by Council.

It noted with “extreme

dismay” the approval to spend

up to $4. million on the Mona

Vale Civic Centre, rather

than at Avalon as previously

discussed, saving $2 million of

ratepayers’ funds.

– Nigel Wall

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Rats ‘Mark’ new era

Mark Gerrard didn’t want

to coach. Not at first,

anyway. After seven years in Japan

as player and captain-coach of NTT

Shining Arcs and Toyota Shuttles,

and a career as rugby troubadour,

he was looking forward to returning

to the northern beaches for a dose

of normality.

He’d play the odd game

for Warringah Rats and Narrabeen

Sharks, and watch his kids run

about on the beach. And repeat.

But after coaching his son’s

u/14s, Gerrard felt the itch. It never

leaves a rugby man. And now he’s

club coach of Warringah. And a bit

nervous about it.

“It’s all a bit new to me,” he

smiles. “But when the chance came

to establish a rugby program here,

to be a part of the club, to build

something, it was just a great


Gerrard says he and the club are

all about community. They want

to nurture feeder clubs, bring in

local juniors, and inspire locals

to support them. And they want

to bring back those who have

left. Case in point is backrower

Jack Hayson, who’s been training

with Melbourne Rebels and playing

with Randwick. Gerrard says Rats

supporters will enjoy watching

the 22-year-old play.

“Jack is an open-side flanker

but he can play all three spots in

the back row,” says Gerrard. “He

reached out to us early in the year

and we’ve been in constant contact

since. I’m looking forward to

helping him with his rugby.”

Gerrard says the Rats will

play open rugby under his

stewardship with a big focus on little

things. He says if players do simple

things well it sets a foundation for

open rugby. “It’s also about making

better decisions. It won’t be perfect

early – I hope it is! But it’ll probably

take guys a little while to get what

we’re aiming for.”

Gerrard’s time in Japan

should place him in good stead

to coach the Rats. In overseeing

squads of up to 60 players who

spoke different languages, he learned

patience and respect for culture.

“In Japanese rugby you have

guys from South Africa, Samoa... the

Philippines. Marrying these

cultures up to create a

positive environment was

ultimately really rewarding.

“And that’s what I want to

create here: a positive environment

which helps blokes grow as players

and individuals. We want new

blokes to learn from older ones.

We want positive culture on and

off the pitch. We want standards

that are player driven and upheld.”

And he wants the Hill at Rat Park

full of ‘Hillbillies’.

“Our old boys have created

something quite unique there on

the hill,” smiles Gerrard. “Other

clubs have supporter groups.

But our guys wanted to create a

great atmosphere for us to play

in and an uncomfortable one for the

opposition. It’s already a long drive

north for most clubs. Then it’s not

very welcoming when they get here!


– Matt Cleary

* Warringah play their first

game – in ‘Rivalry Round’ on

Saturday April 6 at Rat Park –

against Norths, the club they beat

in the grand final of 2017 and

whom they knocked out in last

year’s semi. Get there if you can!

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Businesses effecting sea change

Scores of local businesses

are getting rid of the major

single-use plastic ocean polluters

from their operations

to become certified as ‘Ocean


The award-winning Surfrider

Ocean Friendly program, which

aims to encourage businesses

to reduce their plastic litter

load and stop excessive plastic

from entering our waterways,

is being rolled out on the

beaches in earnest.

The program certifies and

promotes restaurants, cafes,

canteens and other food and

beverage outlets that are making

a difference to the health

of our oceans by eliminating

polystyrene packaging, plastic

straws, plastic cutlery, plastic

water bottles, plastic bags, and

embracing proper recycling

and waste reduction practices.

Surfrider’s Rowan Hanley

told Pittwater Life the team

aimed to certify 100 Ocean

Friendly venues by the end of

the year.

“The success of Ocean

Friendly lies in that it is

easy,” Mrs Hanley explained.

“Businesses do not have to be

perfect… we don’t ask that they

eliminate every piece of plastic

from their operations.”

Mrs Hanley said it was

heartening to see that most

businesses on the Northern

Beaches were already taking

steps to reduce their plastic

footprint, with a high level of

awareness in the community

about ocean plastic pollution.

“The main stumbling blocks

seem to be the provision of

single-use plastic water bottles

and plastic straws but interestingly

once a business gets rid

of them, nobody notices and

they get extra love for being

‘Ocean Friendly’,” she said.

At this stage of the program,

Surfrider was targeting venues

close to the coastline.

“We know that if plastics are

out of the beachside businesses,

there is less plastic waste on

our beaches… it’s that simple,”

Mrs Hanley said.

Barrenjoey High School’s

Sandbar Café and Graze N

Cakes in Avalon are two of the

latest venues in Pittwater to

gain Ocean Friendly accreditation.

The BHS Sandbar Café, which

is run by students learning

the trade, had already initiated

sustainable practices and it

wasn’t difficult for it to meet

the Ocean Friendly criteria, Mrs

Hanley said.

“Their newly created volunteer

student Sustainability

Group is bursting with ‘can do’

ideas and is aiming towards a

carbon-neutral, energy-saving

school, with their next goal being

an Ocean Friendly canteen.”

Graze N Cakes’ husbandand-wife

team Viet and Sandy

moved to Avalon from the city

only a few years ago because

they wanted open space and a

sense of community.

Along with no single-use

plastics, their food waste goes

to the community gardens and

they give discounts for BYO


“We live near beautiful

beaches, we don’t want to add

any litter,” Sandy said.

Other local Ocean Friendly

certified businesses in Pittwater

include: 4 Pines Public

House, Blatchfords Kitchen,

Alma Avalon, Flynn’s Café and

Bar, Alfonsos Café at Elvina,

Swell Café, Moonlight Social

House, Zubi cafes, Highbration

Organics and Hello Huey


* To find out more about the

Ocean Friendly program go

to surfrider.org.au/ocean_

friendly – Lisa Offord

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Independent in the mix Warriewood

Urban planning, transport

and infrastructure

expert Alice Thompson has

announced she will stand as

an Independent candidate in

Mackellar in the upcoming

federal election in May.

Ms Thompson served as

a senior advisor to former

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

on cities, infrastructure,

regional development and local

government. She’s worked

for both Liberal and Labor

governments in a career spanning

more than 15 years.

“People aren’t getting the

leadership they want from

the major parties,” says Alice.

“But I’ve seen firsthand how

Independent MPs can negotiate

for their electorates, more

effectively than a backbencher

– and that’s why I’m running.”

Ms Thompson lives in

Elanora Heights with her

partner Matthias, an engineer

and urban designer, and their

boys aged 7 and 8.

Her career started at the

Australian Bureau of Statistics.

She worked for the Major

Cities Unit of Infrastructure

Australia, and as director of

economic policy in the NSW

Department of Premier and


She joined KPMG in 2017

as national lead for cities and

regions as part of the firm’s

transport and economics

practice, resigning late last

year to run for politics.

Alice was born and raised

in Canberra and studied at

the Australian National University

where she gained a BA

degree in Population Studies

and a BSc in Geography. She

also holds an MA in International

Law and International

Relations from UNSW Sydney.

A keen sailor, as a teenager

she raced the NS-14 dinghy

class and was a sailing instructor

on the side.

She invites members of

the public to drop by her

campaign office at 7 Bungan

Street, Mona Vale.

traffic alert

Council is alerting residents

it is undertaking

works this month to replace

the deteriorating underground

stormwater culverts

on a small section of Jacksons

Road in Warriewood,

near the entrance to the

Northern Beaches Indoor

Sports Centre.

From Monday 15 April to

Monday 6 May (weather permitting),

traffic lanes will

be reduced to one lane and

the two-way flow controlled

by temporary traffic lights

at the site.

With some unavoidable

disruption, Council recommends

motorists take alternative

routes during this

construction period.

These necessary maintenance

works have been

scheduled over the school

holidays to reduce the

impact to local residents

and also shoppers to the adjacent

Warriewood Square.

– LO

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Performance space near

Construction contracts are

set to be awarded in coming

weeks for Barrenjoey High

School’s new Community

Performance Space.

The NSW Government has

provided more than $1.2 million

towards the project which

has been led by the school’s

P&C Association and supported

by Northern Beaches


Barrenjoey High School has

an outstanding reputation of

producing exceptionally talented

performing artists and

this dedicated new space will

support this to continue.

“This will provide amazing

benefits for the school and the

wider community,” re-elected

local MP Rob Stokes said.

“Barrenjoey’s P&C has done

an outstanding job highlighting

the opportunities this new

space will provide – and we’re

now only weeks away from

seeing it become a reality.

“By partnering with Northern

Beaches Council we can

also work to ensure it becomes

a genuine educational and

community facility.

“Barrenjoey High School has

a proud reputation as a leader

in performing arts education

and this type of dedicated

space will support this into

the future.

“This project is a great

example of the school community

and the government

working together and I’m

really looking forward to construction

getting underway,”

Mr Stokes said.


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What effects do seismic


Living Ocean has renewed

its call for the

Federal Government to

ban seismic testing by oil and

gas exploration companies off

Australian waters to eliminate

the risk of dangers to marine


It comes as Asset Energy,

the owner of the PEP11 exploration

lease which stretches

from at least five kilometres

off the coast from Newcastle

to Manly, said it was compiling

pre-application work on

planned 3D seismic testing

to follow up its 2D testing off

Newcastle in April 2018, which

at its closest point was 20km

offshore of Norah Head.

Asset Energy must submit

its application and gain approval

from the independent

regulator, National Offshore

Petroleum Safety and

Environmental Management

Authority (NOPSEMA), before


Seismic surveys map the seabed

using intense, low-frequency

sound signals that penetrate

kilometres into the Earth’s

crust. They are used to map

the geological structure of the

seafloor, using an array of air

guns that are slowly towed up

and down, generating intense,

low-frequency acoustic signals

every 8-10 seconds (every 20-30

metres) through the release of

highly compressed air (like an

air gun).

“The cost and risk to marine

ecosystems of seismic testing

is little understood, however

overwhelming evidence

is emerging that all forms

of activity in our oceans are

inflicting devastating harm

at every level of life within

marine environments,” said

Living Ocean President Robbi


“There are scientific papers

all over the planet regarding


“Living Ocean has been

conducting research into

cetacean behaviour off our

coast here for many years

and in 2004 we successfully

lobbied NOPSEMA to re-schedule

2D seismic testing away

from the Humpback migration

period, as the provisions were

entirely inadequate.

“It’s a huge and complex

subject and the science of seismic

testing is still largely unknown.

This is due to several

factors – one, it hasn’t been

done and two it’s inconclusive

as there is no baseline study to

prove the before and after.

“However, the evidence is

staring to pour in.”

In September 2017, a study

by the Institute for Marine and

Antarctic Studies at Curtin

University found noise from

seismic air guns significantly

increased mortality in invertebrates

and bivalves, such as


HOW IT’S DONE: A still from drone footage of seismic testing off Newcastle in

2018. The small disturbance on the surface of the water is the seismic pulse.

The study noted bivalves

performed a diversity of roles

within the ecosystem, including

“improving water quality

through reduction of turbidity,

increasing light availability

for underwater plants; and

exerting both top-down and

bottom-up control on phytoplankton,

ameliorating the

anthropogenic nutrient inputs

that drive eutrophication in

coastal waters”.

“Following a field-based

air gun exposure regime,

exposed scallops were found

to have significantly increased

mortality rates plus disrupted

behavioral patterns and reflex

responses, both during and

following exposure,” the study


“These results indicate that

air gun exposure has a harmful

impact on scallops and

raises concern over the impact

on bivalves, due to their global

ecological and economic importance.”

“Among marine invertebrates,

bivalves would seem to

be particularly vulnerable, as

their... habit leaves little capacity

to avoid the waterborne

and groundborne energy of

seismic signals.”

An article in the Canadian

Journal of Zoology reported

that seismic surveys amplified

normal noise levels by 100%,

disturbing the communication,

navigation and eating

habits essential to the survival

of marine wildlife.

Some evidence suggested

sonic waves could also damage

fish with air bladders and

cause fish and other marine

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tests have?

species to temporarily migrate

away from the affected area.

Any new seismic testing off

the Newcastle coast remains at

least 12 months away.

Toby Foster, Director of

Asset Energy, told Pittwater

Life: “It’s certainly our intention

to make an application

for 3D seismic testing for PEP

11… at the moment we’re still

preparing an environmental

plan, in consultation with our


“No doubt once the plan is

prepared it will be listed for

public comment.

“There’s no certainty on

a time frame but we have

flagged it as part of our works

program for the year which

expires February 2020.”

Meanwhile at Northern

Beaches Council’s March meeting,

councillors Natalie Warren

and Alex McTaggart submitted

a Notice of Motion calling

for Council to make a formal

submission to the Federal

Government to request that

future offshore oil and gas

exploration on the NSW Coast

from the Northern Beaches

in Sydney to Newcastle be


In response, Liberal Councillor

Rory Amon told Pittwater

Life: “This Council spends

more time debating motions

about Adani and offshore gas

exploration than we do about

reducing rates and improving

“This motion is nothing but

political grandstanding – it is

an abuse the Council chamber.

Residents expect us to stick

to our ‘knitting’ and focus

on roads, rates, rubbish and


“While this is an issue of

concern to residents, so is

our national debt and related

inter-generational theft... none

of these issues should come

before Council because we

have no control on them.

“To Councillors who want

to tackle these issues, run for

Federal Parliament.”

Mackellar MP Jason Falinski

said it was disappointing that

Asset Energy had hinted at

exploration before they’d even

lodged an application with the

Independent Regulator.

He noted that NOPSEMA

could not accept an environmental

plan that did not

demonstrate that the activity

was safe and the required

consultation with stakeholders

had been undertaken.

He added: “Northern Beaches

Council should be more

focused on reducing our rates

and providing better waste

services before theorising

what may or may not happen.”

* Following a sell-out

screening at the Avalon Cinema

recently, Living Ocean will

screen Sonic Sea at Cremorne

Orpheum Cinema on 1 April.

Bookings advised: Orpheum.

waste services.

com.au – Nigel Wall

PHOTOS: YouTube.

Election 2019: fourth

term for Rob Stokes

Rob Stokes has been re-elected Member for Pittwater and will

serve his fourth term after it was confirmed on March 25

that the Berejiklian Government would govern with a majority.

At the time of Pittwater Life going to press, and with 80.9 per

cent of the vote counted, Mr Stokes had tallied 72.2 per cent of

the preference vote – down 5.7 per cent on the Liberals’ 2015

vote, when they enjoyed a 27.9 per cent victory margin.

Mr Stokes’ primary vote suffered a nine per cent dent at the

2019 polls.

After preferences, the best-performed other Pittwater candidate

was Labor’s Jared Turkington with 27.8 per cent; however,

Mr Turkington’s primary vote was down by 0.05 per cent.

The Greens’ Miranda Korzy had polled 15 per cent of the

primary vote – 2.5 per cent more than Labor.

Five other candidates stood in Pittwater – all newcomers – attracting

around 14.5 per cent of all votes.

These were Suzanne Daly (Sustainable Australia) with 3.7 per

cent; Michael Newman (Keep Sydney Open) 3.1 per cent; Natalie

Matkovic (Animal Justice) 2.7 Per cent; Stacie Mitchell (Australian

Conservatives) 2.7 per cent; and Stewart Matthews (Independent)

2.2 per cent.

Miranda Korzy congratulated Mr Stokes on his win and

thanked residents who put their faith in The Greens.

“There’s no runners-up prize at an election, however, the

issues haven’t changed – so there’s much to be done,” Ms Korzy


“On local concerns, we still have a dysfunctional hospital too

far away from the coastal strip and have lost Pittwater Council.

“We’ll continue to raise public awareness and campaign –

both in the lead up to the Federal election and beyond – for

broader concerns like urgent and effective climate action.”

Rob Stokes told Pittwater Life: “It is very humbling to receive

the support of my community to serve us all in the NSW Parliament

over the next four years.

“I am very grateful to the 160 local volunteers who turned

out to support me on the election booths, and very aware of my

duty to speak up for current and future generations of Pittwater


Mr Stokes was Minister for Education prior to the election; it’s

not known whether he will vacate that portfolio and be reassigned

duties in Ms Berejiklian’s new cabinet. – Nigel Wall


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family confused by the

signs announcing details of

trial – Pittwater Unleashed

says many have seen these

and thought the trial was

already underway.

Dog trial fetches positives

Northern Beaches Council is a step closer

to rubber-stamping a trial of off-leash

dog walking at Station Beach at Palm

Beach after receiving an overwhelmingly

in-favour response during the submissions


Following the closure of consultation at the

end of February, Council revealed it received

a staggering 3,524 online survey submissions

and 50 letter submissions, with raw data showing

support of around 90%.

Additionally, some of the ‘Do Not Support’

submissions were from individuals who insisted

the off-leash status should apply 24/7.

CEO Ray Brownlee told Pittwater Life that

Council would continue to collate the large

numbers of ‘Your Say’ and review environmental

assessments related to the trial.

“We will consider the outcomes of the

Review of Environment Factors and other

research,” Mr Brownlee said.

“Once complete, a report will be considered

by the elected Council as to whether the proposed

trial will proceed.”

The proposed trial would run for 12 months

within a specified area of Station Beach at

the following proposed times only: 4pm to

10:30am, seven days a week during Australian

Eastern Standard Time; and 5:30pm to

10:30am, Monday to Friday during Australian

Eastern Daylight Time (summer).

Pittwater Unleashed spokesman Mitch

Geddes said dog owners were buoyed by the

strong expression of support.

“It appears to reflect the respective standing

of the community groups who have been vocal

in this debate,” he said.

“We understand there is a small grouping

speaking out against the idea of sharing this

stretch of foreshore, but that’s precisely why

the section next to the golf course has been


“Families with dogs here would be hundreds

of metres away from the nearest waterfront

properties. Owners of those properties

could still think of the beach area in front

of their houses as their own private space,

but the idea of unofficial private ownership

would not extend to the section of foreshore

hundreds of metres away from their weekenders.”

He added that for more than 10 years the record

had clearly shown that NSW Agencies had

held no objection to the trial proceeding.

“Even DPI-Fisheries, which is the peak

agency with respect to seagrass protection, has

repeatedly confirmed it does not object to the

trial,” Mr Geddes said.

“Now that the record also confirms the local

community is overwhelmingly supportive, we

look forward to Council pressing ahead with

the trial without further delay.”

Comment was sought from the local Protect

Palm Beach group.

– Nigel Wall

May Gibbs display. Only a

few days left to see this great

travelling exhibition at Mona Vale

Library (until April 4), celebrating

100 years since May Gibbs’ iconic

gumnut characters found their

way into our homes and hearts.

Seniors road safety. Make

sure you and/or loved ones are

fit and ready to hit the road at an

interactive session discussing

the easiest place to park to pick

up a friend, roundabouts, road

rules, the safest cars, crossing

the road wisely and lots more at

War Vets Narrabeen on Wed 3

from 9.15-11am. Free; includes

afternoon tea and the chance to

win a lucky door prize. Contact

council’s road safety officer on

9976 1619 for more info or email



Craft cottage. Avalon Craft

Cottage members will be at

Warriewood Square outside

Kmart for one week from April 1

selling a variety of hand-made

goods. Go to avaloncraftcottage.

com.au for more info.

Aqua Ninja is back. Kids will

be pumped to learn Aqua Ninja

is returning to Pittwater RSL

on Sunday 14 for Round 2! The

event will run all day 10am-6pm

with inflatables suitable for ages

3-16. Tickets are $15; book at

reception or 9997 3833 or go to


Creative support. Capturing

high-quality images will help with

grant applications, competitions

and promoting artworks. Learn

the fundamentals of taking great

photos of your work for portfolio

ready images. Contact creative@


to book your space for a free

professional development session

– Creative Toolkit: Pocket-powered

Portfolio – Photographing your

artwork on Wed 17 April, 6 – 8pm

at Tramshed Arts & Community

Centre 1395A Pittwater Rd,


School holidays sorted.

Don’t leave everything until the

last minute… book kids (6-12

years) into the holiday program

at the Coastal Environment

Centre Narrabeen; more info

1300 000 232.

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Bid for a ‘classic’ bargain


Attention classic car buffs: the

largest collection of vehicles

in the Southern Hemisphere is

going up for auction this month with

most cars completely unreserved –

and all starting at $1.

The owner of the classic car

collection at the Gosford Museum

has decided to sell up one of the

best collections in the world, having

appointed Lloyds as exclusive

worldwide auctioneer.

It’s expected multiple vehicles in

the collection of more than 200 cars,

bikes and memorabilia located in

an old Bunning’s building will top

$1 million, with estimates the total

collection will sell for in excess of $30


Cars within the collection include

an extensive range of classic and

vintage cars and motorcycles such as

European, Australian and American

classic cars, featuring Ferraris,

Aston Martins, Porsches, Volkswagen

Kombis, Fords and Holdens.

“This impressive collection of

classics is highly important to

motoring enthusiasts and collectors

and because there is such a wide

range of cars we are expecting

thousands of people to show up – even

more than for the Brock Collection

Auction we ran in October last year,”

said Lee Hames, Chief Operations

Officer for Lloyds Auctions.

Former Formula 1 World Champion

Alan Jones has a great passion for

European classics and is one of the

Museum’s biggest fans.

“This collection is one to never

be forgotten, it is extremely special

and admired by many collectors

and enthusiasts out there including

myself and I for one am very excited

to be a part of this collections journey

and passing on these cars to the next

custodians,” he said.

The collection is now open for

bidding online and will go up for

auction on site in a simulcast live and

online event on the weekend of April


“We are extremely humble to

be able to offer this incredible car

collection,” said Mr Hames. “Interest

is already pouring in, with strong

bidding already commencing online.”

More info lloydsauctions.com.au

– Nigel Wall

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Book Review

Gravity Is

The Thing

Jaclyn Moriarty

Pan Macmillan


Slipping between the

covers of a Jacyln Moriarty

novel is one of life’s true

pleasures. Her writing is

magical and intelligent,

her main characters are

quick witted and multidimensional

and her

plots take quirky and

unexpected turns.

In her first adult novel

for years, Moriarty introduces us to Abigail Sorensen, owner

of The Happiness Cafe, single mother to Oscar, and sister of

Robert, who disappeared on her 16th birthday. Abigail is also

the recipient of regularly mailed chapters of ‘The Guidebook’,

an extremely odd self-help book.

On her 35th birthday she is invited to a retreat with the

mysterious authors, setting off a chain of events as her

life becomes entangled with those of her fellow Guidebook

recipients, and her quest to find Robert steps up a gear.

Gravity Is The Thing will appeal to readers who love

John Irving’s earlier work, and definitely adults who have

loved Jacyln’s Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte

Mettlestone. Interestingly she was writing both books at the

same time. – Libby Armstrong


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Newport filip for Aussies


It didn’t matter that Georgia

Miller had started a new life

in Queensland and their

‘main man’ Max Brooks was

just a spectator at the NSW Surf

Life Saving Championships.

Newport SLSC still has incredible

depth – and was top club in

NSW for the sixth year in a row.

And their juniors the week

before almost pulled off what

many thought might be impossible

with just 38 athletes attending

the State Age Championships

at Blacksmiths Beach

in Newcastle. Newport fell just

four points short in the point

score from toppling Newcastle’s

new golden club, Cooks Hill.

In the opens, Newport

amassed 525 points – 166

points ahead of second-placed

Wanda, with Elouera and Manly

LSC equal on 245 points.

Even with Nutri Grain ironman

Brooks recovering from

a hip injury, Jackson Borg

stepped up and won the ironman

and Mitchell Trim finally

got the monkey off his back

when he won the single ski in

style on the final day of the

championships (March 10).

Newport fell short in the

men’s Taplin Relay but have

their chance to gain revenge

over their great Sydney Northern

Beaches rivals Manly at the

Aussies on the Gold Coast early

in April. But they’ll also have

to overcome the might of the

Queensland clubs at Broadbeach

and hope Max Brooks

is on deck for the challenge


For Borg, he said the iron victory

at Blacksmiths was a real

confidence booster.

“That was my first State,”


Newport’s Jackson

Borg (left) in a sprint

finish with Manly’s

Harrison Stone in the

open board relay.

he said proudly. “I started off

the season strongly. I felt I was

really good up until worlds (in

Adelaide) and was still feeling

not that bad but then the

results weren’t coming.

“Credit to my Newport teammates

keeping my mind on it

and making sure I rocked up to

every training session.

“I always feel I can go up

against Kendrick (Louis), Jay

(Furniss) and Max (Brooks). I

am really looking forward to

the Aussies.”

Borg also combined with

Ollie Signorini, Charlie Brooks

and young Zach Morris to take

out the open surf teams.

While Trim may have been

the male star in the opens with

five gold medals and a silver,

Zach Morris certainly made his

presence felt. He’s certainly a

kid on the rise. There’s not a lot

of him (physique wise) but, boy,

he sure has stamina.

Zach, who recently turned

17, took out the surf race,

ironman, single ski and dead

heated in the board in the

under-17s and was a member of

the winning ski relay with Finn

Askew and Braden Newling in

his age group.

He was part of Newport’s

Lifesaver Relay team that took

gold, a member of the open

surf teams victory and was

also given the chance to paddle

in the open board relay with

Charlie Brooks and Jackson

Borg. Newport were just pipped

for the gold by Manly with Harrison

Stone edging out Borg in

the sprint finish.

Zach still won seven gold


One of his younger brothers

Mitch cleaned up in the

under-15s in the water, taking

the treble – surf race, ironman

and board.

Newport have some fantastic

talent in this age group, especially

with Mitch’s twin brother

Jake, Bailey Clues and Lee

Melbourn who have had their

last year in juniors.

And just for good measure

there’s Joel Piper to add to a

very hot group.

With Georgia Miller now

competing for Northcliffe, who

would Newport turn to in the


Emily Doyle, 17, didn’t

win one of the big events but

Photo: Kemble Cowan

she did finish second in both

the surf race and ironwomen in

opens. Observers note Emily’s

definitely getting stronger

but it must be remembered she

is still very inexperienced on

the ski.

Newport also have Sascha

Taurins and Madie Louw coming

through and the young

Doyle twins, Kimberley and


On the beach, Newport’s

current Aussie champion Blake

Drysdale was too strong for the

opposition in the open flags,

while he won another gold

medal in the mixed open beach

relay team with wife Laura,

Jake Lynch and Bethany Pate.

While Newport athletes

excelled in the water, Palm

Beach were tops in the surfboat


Sweep Peter Spence was

proud as punch and said it was

the club’s best ever results at

the State titles – four golds and

two silvers.

Spence swept the Patriots

(open female crew) and Projects

(reserve male) to victories and

the Patriots in the boat relay,

which Palmy also won.

Another of Palmy’s sweeps,

Stephen Cox, had a carnival

to remember. He swept the

Plumbers to victory in the

under-19 final and in the boat

relay win, while he also had

two seconds with both the under-23

male crew (Peppers) and

under-23 female crew (Peaches).

Mona Vale Snow Whites (open

female), Newport Thunder

(under-23 female) and Avalon

Beach Chanels (under-19 female)

all won bronze medals.

– John Taylor

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Guide to 2019 ANZAC Day services

Pittwater RSL

Sunday April 14

ANZAC Sunday March and Service

– The March will commence

in Vineyard Street Mona Vale.

Attendees are asked to assemble

and form up on Vineyard Street

at the rear of the Police Station

at 12.20pm and commence in

March order at 12.30pm. The

Commemoration Service and

Wreath laying Ceremony will

take place at the Mona Vale War

Memorial at 1pm.

Thursday April 25

ANZAC Day Dawn Service –

Dawn Service from 5.30am at

the Cenotaph located at the rear

of the Pittwater RSL Club. The

Members will assemble for

the March in the undercover

Disabled Car Park at 5.20am

and the March will commence

at 5.30am. Breakfast will be

available to purchase in the Club

after the service (a large turnout

is expected again this year). Wet

weather alternatives have been

arranged, please contact Pittwater

RSL Club on 9997 3833.

Avalon Beach RSL

Thursday April 25

March and Services – The Club

will host a Dawn Service at

5.30am at the Club’s Cenotaph

in Dunbar Park. All welcome;

followed by a gold coin donation

and breakfast at Avalon

Beach RSL Club. Participants

in the March are asked to

gather outside Avalon Public

School at 10.30am with the

Commemoration Service at

Dunbar Park around 11am. All

welcome. Traditional Two-up

commences 12 noon, held

in the Surf Lounge at Avalon

Beach RSL Club (18+ only).

Palm Beach RSL

Thursday April 25

ANZAC Day March & Service

– The sub-branch urges

attendees to meet in Pittwater

Park at 10.30am; the march to

Club Palm Beach commences

10.45am. A commemorative

service will be conducted

outside the Club at 11am. The

Members and ticket-holders

lunch will start at 12 noon,

when the Club will also be

opened to the public (18+ only).

Traditional Two-up starts at



Thursday April 25

Last year, when a couple of old

friends from Newport finally

bought their dream of an Anzac

Day Dawn Service back to

the Newport Cenotaph, they

counted on their families and

a few friends to attend. When

over 800 people of all ages

packed the Cenotaph in Trafalgar

Park, they knew that it

was a tradition the community

clearly wanted to continue. The

last time that an Anzac Day

service was held in the park

was in 1966.

The Newport Anzac Day

Dawn Service from 5.30am

will commence to the haunting

sounds of a young bagpiper

playing Flowers in the Forest,

followed by a commemoration

service and local children reading

the prayers and playing the

Last Post. Local community

groups and families are invited

to lay wreaths.

There will be a community

gathering at the Newport

Bowling Club from 12 noon to

which everyone is invited.

RSL Lifecare

Thursday April 25

The War Vets Dawn Service –

The ANZAC Address will be

given by Brigadier Allan Murray

CSM (Ret’d); it commences

6am, Cenotaph, 90 Veterans

Parade Narrabeen (with road

closure around vicinity from

5:15am). All are invited to

share in their free community

breakfast (sausage sandwich)

following the Dawn Service.

Narrabeen RSL

Sunday April 14

ANZAC Sunday March – Participants

in the annual ANZAC

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Sunday March and Wreath Laying

Ceremony should assemble

in the car park at Narrabeen

Terminus (Berry Reserve) from

11am and the march will commence

at 11.30am sharp. The

parade will be led by the Warringah

Pipe Band and proceed

south along Pittwater Road

to the Narrabeen Memorial

Cenotaph, at the intersection

of Pittwater Road and Ocean

Street. A Wreath Laying ceremony

and ANZAC Service will

be held at the Cenotaph. The

general community is invited

to come along and watch the

ANZAC March along Pittwater

Road from 11.30am and attend

the Wreath Laying ceremony

and ANZAC Service at the


Dee Why RSL

Thursday April 25

Dee Why Beach ANZAC Dawn

Service – As the sun begins

to rise over Dee Why Beach,

over 10,000 men, women and

children are expected to gather

together for the ANZAC Dawn

Service at Ted Jackson Reserve.

With an elevated outdoor stage

positioned in the heart of the

reserve, and large screens that

allow attendees to view the

service no matter where they

are standing, Veterans Centre

– Sydney Northern Beaches

Centre Manager, Ben Webb will

deliver a powerful ceremony

that will allow attendees to

reflect and pay their respects

to all the men and women who

have served or are currently

serving to protect our freedom.

As the veil of darkness lifts,

Gwen Cherne, a young widow

of an Australian Special Forces

soldier, will deliver a commemorative

address with the

Australian and New Zealand

national anthems to be sung

by Jay Laagaia. There will be

seating reserved for those who

have served or are unable to

stand for long periods of time.

Each attendee will receive a

poppy prior to the service that

they will be able to place on

specially created structures

as their own personal tribute.

These structures will be

transported back to Dee Why

RSL after the service for all to

enjoy. A complimentary shuttle

bus will be available

from the Club to

Dee Why Beach

from 5am and a

return service will

commence from

6.20am. Following

the service the Club

will host a $6 hot



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In the lead up to delivering

its draft budget for 2019-

20 next month, Northern

Beaches Council has revealed

it has spent more than $25

million in the Pittwater Ward

alone over the past three


The announcement follows

renewed calls from some

community groups to continue

the push to demerge from

Northern Beaches Council.

De-amalgamation also

was a key policy adopted by

majority of candidates who

challenged Rob Stokes at the

NSW Election in March.

NB Council Mayor Michael

Regan said that since 2016,

Council had been able to

invest tens of millions of

dollars in capital works in the

north of its Local Government


“The money has been used

to renew and repair ageing

infrastructure, complete

existing projects and provide

new facilities for our community,”

Mayor Regan said.

“Over $9.8 million in new

coastal walks, $2 million

in building upgrades, $2

million has been invested

in footpaths, $2.7 million in

road resheeting, $4 million in

our wharves, and more than

$2.9 million on storm water


“Plus around $550,000 on

upgrading sportsfields and a

further $720,000 on upgrading

reserves like Governor

Phillip Park and Bert Payne


He added Council was

proud to be able to get a new

Mona Vale surf club close to

shovel-ready and complete the

works on the Church Point

Carpark and Cargo Wharf.

“Many millions of dollars

of investment, just in capital

projects alone is delivering

great outcomes for the community

and there is more to

come as we prepare for the

next financial year.”

The President of the Palm

Beach & Whale Beach Association,

Dr Richard West, said

locals at the top end of the

peninsula were most appreciative

of the work Council

had put in.

“Council has achieved more

in the past three years than

we’ve seen in the past 20

years,” he said.

“It’s outstanding that we

now have the long-awaited

walkway from Palm Beach

Wharf to Governor Phillip

Park – this has been on the

drawing board for many

years but now we have it and

it is a great asset to locals

and visitors to the area and

it will increase visits to the

jewel in the crown which is

Pittwater’s $25m boon

Barrenjoey and Palm Beach.”

Dr West said landscaping on

the beachfront was progressing;

“… they have listened to

us – it’s simple and they have

kept it in character with the

rest of Palm Beach, which is


He said the emphasis on access

and walkways had been

an important development, as

had action on parking.

Pittwater Park has been

upgraded and the timed parking

now allows locals much

better access to facilities,” Dr

West said.

He said the Association

would continue to push for

the long-term objective of a

walkway from Careel Bay to

Palm Beach.

“This is a major project

which will need input from

the state and federal governments;

however, we believe

Council is putting in some

preliminary work now.”

Comment was also sought

from the Newport Residents


– Nigel Wall


Ward works


New Footpaths & Bike Plan

Estimated value $2,035m

New Traffic works

Estimated value $845,000

Bus Stop Renewals

Palm Beach Heritage

Bus Shelter $40,000

Road Resheeting:

Estimated value $2.71m

(Streets included McCarrs Creek Rd,

Church Point; Attunga Rd, Newport;

Avalon Pde & Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon

Beach; Ocean Rd, Palm Beach.)

Kerb & Gutter Renewals

Estimated value $226,000

(Streets included Irrubel Rd, Newport;

Avalon Pde, Avalon Beach; Whale Beach

Road, Whale Beach.)

Footpath Renewals

Estimated value $400,000

(Streets included Plateau Rd, Bilgola;

Central Ave & Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon


Car Park renewals

Estimated value $260,000

Church Point

Wharf extension $1.7m

Scotland Island

Estimated value $580,000

(Road & drainage)

Foreshore upgrades

Estimated value $1m

Sportsfield upgrades

Estimated value $550,000

(Including Fencing and Drainage,

Careel Bay; Porters Reserve & Newport

Oval lights and irrigation, Newport.)

Reserves upgrades

Estimated value $720,000

Playground upgrades

Estimated value $505,000

Wharf upgrades

Estimated value $4m

(Including; Mackerel Beach; Church

Point Cargo Wharf; Paradise Beach

wharf; Rolands Reserve Boating Facility.)

* Data supplied by NB Council

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Haneef, the innocent doctor accused of being a terrorist in 2007.

But the major focus was on ‘The Teacher’s Pet’, Thomas’ 16-part

podcast that probed the disappearance of Bayview mum Lynette

Dawson in 1982; her husband Chris Dawson was subsequently

charged with her murder late last year, although her body has not

been found. ‘The Teacher’s Pet’ won Thomas (along with producer

and former Savage Garden guitarist Slade Gibson) his second Gold

Walkley Award last year. The podcast has been listened to by more

than 38 million people. * Go to Bookoccino.com.au for April event.

PHOTO: Surfrider Foundation



Barrenjoey High School students jumped (in) at the chance to

help with Surfrider Foundation’s Clean Up Australia Day event

in Sydney Harbour last month. School Vice-Captain Zoe Kemp

(pictured) joined classmates off Bennelong Point to filter and collect

garbage and plastic. While the paddlers attended to removing

rubbish from the surface of the water, a separate team of free

divers plunged to the harbor floor to collect even more garbage.

This year was the 30th anniversary of Clean Up Australia,

founded by Ian Kiernan who passed away last October. Zoe is a

volunteer for Living Ocean, Sea Shepherd and is BHS’ Sustainability

Group Leader). If you’d like to volunteer to help conserve and

improve our water environment, contact Living Ocean (livingocean.org.au).


Walkley Award-winning journalist Hedley Thomas, creator of the

podcast ‘The Teacher’s Pet’, in entertaining discussion with Pulitzer

Prize-winning journalist and Bookoccino co-owner Ray Bonner at

a sold-out event at Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club last month.

The pair, who became close friends after meeting in 2005, shared

stories of their investigative reporting – including Thomas’ portfolio

of bring-to-justice projects such as Queensland’s notorious ‘Dr

Death’ (Dr Jayant Patel) and the flawed police pursuit of Mohamed


Last month we revealed a company is advertising its telegraph

poles posters service (on telegraph poles) across the Northern

Beaches. Prompted, Narrabeen Ward Councillor Rory Amon requested

NB Council’s position. The reply? “Council has not previously

made contact with [the company] regarding advertising on

telegraph poles. Rangers are not currently tasked to proactively

identify and action bill poster advertising. They do however

respond and take action to remove bill posters and other general

advertising from Council assets such as trees, fencing and traffic

signs/poles. There are limited powers available to Council to

address bill posting on telegraph poles as these are not Council

assets. Whilst there are specific penalties (fines) available in

relation to littering, it is considered that these laws would only

apply to posters on buildings or poles when they fall off or are

likely to fall off and create litter. It is however an offence to

intentionally affix a placard or paper on any premises where it

is in view from a public place, unless consent has been obtained.

This offence carries a maximum penalty of 4 penalty units

($440) upon conviction. There are however, currently no penalty

infringements available to Council for this offence. As such no

fines have been issued by Council in the last financial year relating

to bill posting.” Sigh. Looks like they’re here to stay. We tried!

PHOTO: Tony Sernack

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Pittwater News

Demountables on

outer at Mona Vale

Returned local member

Rob Stokes has announced

a major upgrade of Mona

Vale Public School that

will remove demountables

and provide more places

for local students in new

air-conditioned classrooms

and upgraded core facilities.

In addition, the works will

deliver a new multi-purpose

performance centre, which

will be available for use

by the school and wider

community. The new centre

will provide specialised

music rooms, dance studios

and a theatre performance

space. Some $2.5 million has

already been provided to the

Northern Beaches Council

to kick start the community

performance space at Mona

Vale Public School. Mr

Stokes said he was thrilled

that the major upgrade was

being delivered for the

increasing number of young

families in the area.

Station Beach set

for canoe racing

Hundreds of elite paddlers

will be making their way to

Palm Beach on Saturday April

27 for the NSW State Titles

in marathon outrigger canoe

racing. It will be the inaugural

year Australian Outrigger

Canoe Racing Association’s

(AOCRA) NSW Zone OC6 State

Titles are held in the waters

surrounding beautiful Pittwater.

Pittwater Outrigging

Racing Club are expecting

hundreds of paddlers from

across NSW to compete in OC6

races (in six-man canoes) off

Station Beach on the Pittwater

side of Palm Beach.

Teams across the State have

been building towards this

title, with many completing

the 25km Sydney Harbour

Challenge last February.

Competitors are expected to

range from juniors aged 10 all

the way through to Platinum

Masters (70 years and above).

More info aocra.com.au

Students excited as

‘Narra Goes Green’

Bilgola Plateau and Narrabeen

North Public Schools are

among six Northern Beaches

schools who will share

$10,000 worth of funding

from Council’s Eco Schools

Grants for 2019, to be used

to part or fully fund schoolbased

initiatives in Waste

Reduction and Sustainability

Education. Bilgola Plateau and

Narrabeen North will undertake

waste reduction initiatives

– with Narrabeen North

already off and running

with its ‘Narra Goes Green’

project which principal Ryan

Shepheard said would target

reducing the overall waste

created by the school and its

canteen. “The project will run

through to the end of the year

and is being led by dedicated

and passionate teachers who

are excited to work with

children to reduce waste and

improve our sustainability

practices,” Mr Shepheard said.

Narrabeen North PS’ strate-

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gies will include replacing

single-use plastic with reusable

containers and utensils;

purchasing additional transparent

waste-specific bins to

replace current general waste

bins; purchasing plants and

seeds to grow the school’s

own sustainable produce for

their canteen through student

gardening programs; and purchasing

supplies for compost

and Eco-warrior programs

such as dolomite, mulch and

gardening gloves. “The overall

aim is to support our local

schools and in turn our local

community in implementing

sustainable practices,” Mayor

Michael Regan said. The Eco

Schools Grants form just one

strand of Council’s $560,000

community grant program for


Military reading

on offer at Club PB

Members of Club Palm Beach

interested in Australia’s

military history now have

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Easter Church Services

Mona Vale Anglican: Good Friday (Hope for the

Lost) – 8am & 10am. Easter Sunday (Communion) –

8am & 10am; Ignite (Youth Church) 5.30pm. More info


St David’s Palm Beach: Maundy Thursday (18 April)

– 7pm for A Service of Quiet Reflection. Good Friday

(Prayer Book Service) – 9.30am. Easter Sunday (Prayer Book

Service) – 9.30am.

St Mark’s Avalon Beach: Good Friday (Family

Communion) – 9am. Easter Sunday (Family Celebration) –

9am. More info Barrenjoey.church/easter

Newport Anglican: Good Friday – 9.30am. Easter Sunday

– 9.30am.

Sacred Heart Mona Vale: Second Rite of Reconciliation

(11 April) – 7.30pm. Holy Thursday (18 April) – 7.30pm.

Good Friday (Stations of the Cross; Modern) – 10am;

Celebration of The Lord’s Passion – 3pm. Easter Saturday

(Vigil) – 7.30pm. Easter Sunday – 8am, 10am, 4pm

(Croatian), 6pm (Soul Mass).

Maria Regina Avalon: Good Friday (Stations of the

Cross; Traditional) – 10am; Celebration of The Lord’s

Passion – 3pm. Easter Saturday (Vigil, family) – 6pm. Easter

Sunday – 9am. More info pittwaterparish.org

C3 Church Avalon: Easter Sunday – 10am for a 1-hour

service at the Avalon Recreation Centre to hear a message

of hope with hot cross buns, a jumping castle, face

painting and an Easter egg dash afterwards.


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access to the Sub-Branch

‘Military Reference Library’

located at the southern end

of the ‘Exhibits Gallery’ and

within the confines of the

‘Veterans’ Retreat’ at the

RSL Sub-Branch office. This

Library of exclusively Military

Biography, Non-Fiction and

Reference Literature is among

the best on the Northern

Beaches. Initially the opening

hours will be from 10am to

1pm every Saturday, which

will be reviewed based on

interest and patronage. Books

and other literature may be

perused at leisure in the adjacent

lounge, with coffee and

refreshments available from

the Bar. Items that are available

on an ‘on-loan’ basis are

free of charge. Note: a current

Club Palm Beach Members ID

will be required.

BCPRA meeting

Bayview Church Point Residents

Association, established

in 1907 and one of the oldest

continuously active community

groups on the Northern

Beaches, is looking to welcome

new and current members

at its upcoming Annual

General Meeting which will

feature presentations by Pittwater

Ward Councillors and

a Q&A session. President Ken

Wallace said the BCPRA was

committed to preserving the

natural beauty of the unique

local environment, while

balancing this with the need

for controlled development.

Akuna Bay Open Day

Been to Akuna Bay lately? On the

weekend of April 13-14, d’Albora

Marinas Akuna Bay is holding an

Open Day in beautiful Ku-ringgai

Chase National Park. Experience

their revamped facilities,

including the new restaurant,

SHED – a relaxed dining experience

with a contemporary twist

and the perfect spot for a long

lunch overlooking the Marina and National Park. There will

be several family fun activities across the weekend, including

the opportunity to get aboard a Rural Fire Service truck,

some tasty Easter lamb on the spit, a kid’s marshmallow

roasting station and special school holiday menu at SHED.

Make a full day of it and hire a boat – Akuna Bay now has a

small fleet of hire boats which is a great way to explore the

beautiful and calm waters of Akuna Bay and beyond. More

info 9986 2235 (SHED) or 9486 3000 (Marina office); dalboramarinas.com.au/events

“We are currently represented

by a keen and active committee

who are actively engaged

in wide range of local issues,

and are always looking for

fresh ideas,” Mr Wallace said.

The BCPRA Committee meets

monthly, and on behalf of

members, maintains liaison

with Northern Beaches

Council and other relevant

authorities, and to ensure a

coordinated voice on wider

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local matters, actively liaises

with other Pittwater Community

Associations. The BCPRA

Annual General Meeting is on

Tuesday 30 April at Bayview

Yacht Racing Association

(BYRA) clubhouse, 1842 Pittwater

Road, Bayview. From

7pm for 7.30pm start. Family

membership $25; enroll at

bcpra.wordpress.com. Enquiries


Choir in triple treat

of classic composers

Triple treat Haydn, Mozart

and Beethoven all lived in Vienna

in the late 18th century,

and had a strong influence on

each other’s work. But were

they friends? Manly-Warringah

Choir poses the question

as it prepares to showcase

their concert ‘Haydn and

Friends’ at Manly’s elegant

Cerretti Chapel on Sunday

May 5. As usual, the choir will

be conducted by the charismatic

Dr Carlos Alvarado,

with the return also of the

quartet of young soloists who

performed in December: Georgia

Melville, Elanora Heights

resident Celeste Haworth

(pictured), Nathan Bryon and

Hayden Barrington. The main

choral work for this concert

will be Haydn’s Nelson Mass.

Mozart’s Te Deum (composed

when he was only 13 and on

his way to Italy) will also be

performed. Tickets $20-$45

(plus $5 for premium seats).

Bookings manlywarringahchoir.org.au

or 9938 3375.

Probus speakers

Guest speaker at Pittwater

Probus Club this month is

member Graham Selleck,

who 53 years ago was appointed

by Qantas to manage

the travel needs of the former

Sultan of Brunei Omar

Ali Saifuddien, as well as

his sons and daughters, for

a period of two years. At the

time the Sultan was regarded

the richest man in the world.

Graham’s role included escorting

this Muslim Monarch

to and through countries

around the globe and facing

the challenges of cultural differences

along the way. Graham’s

association with the

Royal family embraced being

a guest at a Royal wedding

and attending the Coronation

of the Crown Prince, now the

notorious current Sultan Hassanal

Bolkiah who has been

on the throne for 51 years.

Meeting commences 10am

on Tuesday April 9 at Mona

Vale GC; all welcome. Palm

Beach Probus Club’s April

guest speaker is local veterinary

surgeon Dr Howard

Ralph, widely known for his

work in saving and treating

native animals. Meeting

starts 9.30am on April 17 at

Club Palm Beach.

Federal grants to

reduce energy costs

Mackellar MP Jason Falinski

says community organisations

and small businesses will get

help to reduce their power

bills and their carbon footprint

through the Liberal Government’s

Energy Efficient Communities

Program. Funding is

available in two streams: Community

Organisations – grants

of up to $12,500 for eligible

community organisations is

available for funding of smallscale

solar energy generation

and storage projects. Small

Businesses – grants of up to

$20,000 will be available for

small businesses. (High-energy

using businesses may receive

up to $25,000.) Mr Falinski

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Swim ‘Around The Bends’

Every day, thousands travel around the often maligned

Bilgola Bends. The real challenge though is to swim around

the bends – and that’s what several hundred swimmers will

do on April 14 when the third inaugural ‘Around The Bends’

Ocean Swim is conducted by Avalon Beach SLSC.

Participants will dive into the surf at Newport, swim out,

around the first headland, across Bilgola Beach, another

headland and along past the coastline cliffs and into Avalon

Beach – a distance of 2.6 km.

Event organiser Volker Klemm said they were expecting

double the 177 competitors who turned up last year, with

ages from 12 up to early 80s.

On the same day, Avalon will hold its rescheduled

800-metre and a 1.5km swims. These popular in-the-bay

swims attract close to 500 swimmers.

The Avalon events are the last in the Pittwater Ocean

Swim Series for 2018/2019,.

Last year, the male ‘Around The Bends’ winner was 15-yearold

Carl Sorenson (pictured) in a time of 30.08; with Camille

Reed in the 30+ age group being first female in a time of 36.10.

More info oceanswims.com

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encouraged community groups

like Men’s Sheds, community

centres, women’s associations,

Rural Fire Brigades, community-owned

child care centres,

sports clubs, Scout or Guide

groups and surf lifesaving

clubs on the Beaches to apply.

“These grants are part of the

Liberal Government’s $3.5 billion

Climate Solutions Package,

which will reduce greenhouse

gas emissions and ensure we

meet our 2030 Climate Commitments,”

he said. “We are focused

on developing practical

ways of working with people

rather than taxing them – by

supporting solar generation,

reducing emissions and helping

community groups and

small businesses manage their

power bills.” Apply at jasonfalinski.com.au

Billowing beauty of

classic yacht regatta

It was all smiles and lots of

shining varnish as the Royal

Motor Yacht Club recently

held its 4th Annual Classic

Yacht Regatta. A somewhat

reduced fleet faced the

starters gun this year;

however the quality of the

boats and the competition on

Pittwater was outstanding.

RMYC Sailing Division

Manager, Jaz Rowntree, said

a building north-easter on

both days delivered just

the right amount of wind to

get the aging but beautiful

yachts around the course.

Day One saw the fleet sail

the longer course from

Newport around Lion Island

and back via a few mark

turns, while Sunday saw

the shorter inside Pittwater

course chosen. The sleek and

very fast 5.5 class yachts

dominated both the 7-strong

non-spinnaker division

and the 3-boat spinnaker

division. Antares (Martin

and Anna Cross) took line

honours both days in the

non-spinnakers whilst the

equally sleek Skagerak

(pictured, Bob Stoddard) was

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unchallenged for first place

in Spinnaker division. The

latter got the gun both days

– but missing a mark on day

one saw official line honours

then go to old Sydney Hobart

racer Fare Thee Well (Clive

Gregory). Stand-out boat for

sheer beauty was the newly

restored 6-metre Judith Pihl

(Phillip Pryke) whilst the

cutest was little 19th century

yawl Killala (Mark Hunter).

RMYC Sailing Master James

Hill says the club’s Sailing

Division has now taken over

the event and will be starting

early to build the numbers

for next year. Apart from

old pre-1975 ocean racers

and Admiral’s Cuppers the

club hopes to attract more of

the 5.5 metres, Rangers and

6-metre boats. It also will run

separate divisions for Couta

and Jubilee classes. More

info Jaz Rowntree on 9998


Oxford Falls Grammar

in ‘Camino’ Program

Oxford Falls Grammar School’s

newly badged Camino Program

is leading academically gifted

and talented students on a

journey out of their comfort

zones into uncharted terrain,

designed to captivate the

imagination and inspire

new levels of thinking

and innovation. It takes its

name from the Camino de

Santiago in northwestern

Spain, a network of pilgrim

trails on which travellers

undergo spiritual journeys

of reflection and personal

growth. The Camino Program

commences in Kindergarten

with the early identification

of students who are in need

of academic extension. From

Kindergarten through to Year

2, these students are catered

for through small groups that

encourage them to question,

probe, imagine and reflect

in areas such as writing,

philosophical thinking,

Mathematics and Science. From

Years 3 to 6, the aims of the

Camino Program are primarily

realised through dedicated

Extension classes. Senior

School Core and Mathematics

Extension classes will continue

to roll out so that by 2021 the

Camino Program will extend

the most academically able

students through to Year 10. “It

is inspiring to see wonderment

and awe in the eyes of the

learner and a student’s hunger

to feast upon complexity,” said

Mrs Roslynne Todd, Head of

Gifted and Talented K-12.

Loosely Woven’s

musical comedy

Renowned Pittwater music

group Loosely Woven will

perform a free community

concert at Avalon Baptist

Church on Sunday 14 April

from 4pm. Led by the inspirational

Wayne Richmond,

the group will perform

Gilbert and Sullivan’s musical

comedy ‘Trial by Jury’, as

well as highlights from other

G&S productions. They will

be accompanied by an eightmember

orchestra with violins,

flutes, trumpets, cello

and piano. Voluntary donations

will be accepted with

thanks, with all proceeds to

Amnesty International. Free

afternoon tea. More info Kath

Moody on 0417 069 472;






Dr Ben Brown

Just like humans, many older

pets can suffer from heart

disease. Heart disease in

pets (especially dogs) is most

often due to changes to the

heart valves that can occur

over time as pets age. This

can lead to leakage and back

flow of blood towards the

lungs, which causes fluid to

accumulate in the lungs – this

process is called congestive

heart failure. Affected pets

will often be weak and have

shortness of breath and an

increased respiratory rate.

To make matters worse,

as the heart valve disease

worsens the heart attempts

to compensate by increasing

the muscle mass of the heart

to pump more effectively. This

adaptation is not beneficial as

it leads to thickening of the

walls of the heart and reduced

contractility of the ventricles

as well as abnormal heart

rhythms (called arrhythmias)

due to poor conduction of

electrical signals through the

heart muscle. This process

means that cardiac disease

often becomes more severe

over time.

Congestive heart disease

due to valve problems can

be fatal so it is important

for pet owners to have their

pet’s heart checked regularly

– especially older animals.

One of the earliest symptoms

of heart disease in pets is an

abnormal heart sound (called

a heart murmur). Studies have

shown that dogs with a heart

murmur and an enlarged

heart will benefit from heart

medications. Pets that start

these medications early have

been shown to live longer and

have a better quality of life

compared to pets that start

medical therapy later – early

diagnosis is essential for a

long and happy life!

If you have a senior pet take

advantage of our free senior

pet health checks this month

at our hospitals at Newport

and Avalon and have your

pet’s heart health checked.


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Life Stories

Former NRL star, now

Fox Sports rugby league

analyst Mark Gasnier was

lured north by Pittwaterraised

wife Claudine – and

he couldn’t be happier.

Story by Matt Cleary

Mark Gasnier was playing rugby

union in Paris when the home

of his dreams appeared on the

Avalon housing market. The agent at the

local LJ Hooker was adamant – the place

would not last. It was 2009 and things

were bubbling. He knew he had to act

fast. So he pressed the button – buy, buy,

buy. He would work out how to tell his

wife later...

“When we were looking up this

way my wife [Claudine] was keen on

Newport, Mona Vale – she’s born and

bred in Newport. But whenever I’d been

over to surf I’d always loved Avalon. So

we – I should say I! [Laughs] – narrowed

the search down to Bilgola, Avo, Palmy.

An opportunity came up to buy a place,

and the rest is history!

“I remember when I told her, I was all

excited. She says, ‘S*** – not the bloody

Bends!’ [Laughs] Eight years on she’s the

biggest Avalon advocate there is.”

Yet it would be two years before they

moved in. Training with the Dragons

was in Wollongong. That was no-one’s

idea of a sensible commute.

End of 2011, Gasnier retired from

rugby league after 175 games with St

George Illawarra Dragons across 11

years. Outside two years in France with

Stade Francais, Wollongong and Jubilee

Avenue in Kogarah was all he knew. But

he also knew that Avalon (“or Bilgola,

Whale or Palmy”) it would one day be.

“I’ve always loved it up here. And

always had a real thing for Avalon. The

best way to sum it up – and a bunch of

people have said it to me – is that you

feel like you’re on holiday here. It’s a

really nice lifestyle. People ride bikes.

Drop the kids at school. Get a coffee. It’s

a lovely, ‘villagey’ sort of feel.”

Gasnier and Claudine have three

children: Kalani (7), Havana (6) and

Buddy (2). The older two kids attend

Avalon Public School. Kalani, true to

the Hawaiian roots of his name, has

inherited his father’s surfing bug. The

pair will surf North Avalon or push each

other onto waves at Palmy’s ‘Kiddies’

Corner’. Other times they’ll explore the


“Without wanting to encourage

anyone to move over [Laughs], it’s just

such a great place to live. But more than

the beaches, the scenery, what I most

love is the community. Really good feel.

Down-to-earth people.”

Like many Avalon locals, Gasnier has

other’s perceptions and misconceptions

to overcome. He admits he had his own.

“Mates of mine think we’re living

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among hippies!” he laughs. “And

yuppies. And hippy-yuppies! But again,

they’ve only got to spend five minutes

up here. It’s a very laidback, downto-earth

feel. The majority of people

I’ve met, second and third generation

people, they’re salt of the earth.

“Admittedly I had my perceptions to

overcome. Though nothing drastic, like

it’s the northern beaches’ Nimbin!”

Asked about a “typical Beaches

moment”, Gasnier describes

conversations with locals that are

immediately picked up again months

later. “And they’ll recite it word for

word,” he marvels. “And everyone is

friends of friends of friends. It’s like

everyone went to school together. It’s

unbelievable. It’s like a big country


Gasnier can be found in Chill Bar for

coffee, The Newport for a Sunday beer

(“It’s set up great for the kids”) and The

Boathouse if he’s entertaining visitors.

He works as a rugby league analyst for

Fox Sports, commuting to Artarmon, the

city and airport. He says the latter two

venues are a fair hike but he’s rarely in

peak hour traffic. On weekends in NRL

footy season he’s heading to a ground in

Sydney or to somewhere else on a plane.

Footy season? Couldn’t come soon

enough for the NRL which has known an

off-season of black eyes. Gasnier shakes

his head like most everyone else. He’s

a fan as much as pundit and wants the

on-field action to crawl out from the

shadow of off-field malfeasance.

“We’ll talk about it [on the television

shows], of course – you couldn’t not.

There’s always something that pops up,

unfortunately. The beauty of my job

at Fox is I’m probably more about the

footy. You have to talk about the other

stuff but I try not to focus on it. Or

dwell on it, would be a better word.”

The footy? Gasnier believes season

2019 will see many teams in the top

eight who were not there in 2019. He has

high hopes for Newcastle, thinks North

Queensland will rise post-Thurston,

and says the Roosters and Storm should

again feature at the pointy end of the


And he wouldn’t be surprised if

Manly is up there among them, nipping

at heels.

“They have a really good core of

senior guys. Particularly in attack –

you’ve got the Trbojevic boys, DCE [Daly

Cherry-Evans] and Api Korisau. Martin

Taupau is the strongest bloke in the

comp, draws guys in, offloads. There

was a period over a month last year

when Manly’s attack was the best in the


“They do need to fix their defence.

And [new coach] Des Hasler would know

that. And that’ll be the first thing the

players would see at training under Des.

“My only issue with Manly is depth

– there’s not a lot. The issues around

the salary cap have put a restriction on

them there. Des would know that, too.

But he’s got [Noel] ‘Crusher’ Cleal back.

And I reckon they’ll sit around eighth

or ninth all season. And then a late run

into the eight? I wouldn’t be surprised.

“Others have written them off. I

wouldn’t be among them.”

Outside of footy and the occasional

surf Gasnier used to enjoy golf –

although three kids have seen his clubs

go into hiatus. Over summer he played

a little bit in the local touch footy

competition and helped raise money for

the Avalon Bulldogs.

“Other than that I wouldn’t say I had

any real hobbies,” he smiles. “A surf

with the boy is about as far as I go now.”

Life Stories

CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE: The Gasnier clan having fun in Pittwater; Mark in NRL playing

days for St George Illawarra; scoring a try for Stade Francais during his rugby union stint in

France in 2008; cycling around Paris with Claudine; the junior league star (that’s him with

the blonde mop top); dinner with the Eiffel Tower in the background; happy times in Paris.

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Art Life

Art Life

Wonderful ways to workshop

Sydney Art Space has

enjoyed a great start to

2019 with sculpture workshop

courses on Tuesday evenings

and Friday afternoons currently

full and on waitlist for Term

2. New to their coursework

schedule for Term 2 will be Oil

Painting on Monday evenings

from 6-9pm with artist and

educator Kate Wilkie.

Latest news is that Sydney

Art Space is now registered for

the government’s Creative Kids

Program and you can claim this

rebate from Term 2 for HSC

and Kids Art Club coursework.

HSC private tuition is running

every second Saturday morning

and currently there is one place

available. The last HSC session

for Term 1 is April 6.

Kids Art Club is on Wednesday

afternoons from 3.30-

5.30pm, with the children

currently painting and handbuilding

in clay.

Drawing Fundamentals will

run on Wednesday mornings

for Term 2 from 9.30am-

12.30pm; it will include a visit

to the Art Gallery of NSW for a

special drawing session. Life

Drawing will run for five sessions

in Term 2 on Thursday

evenings 6.30-8.30pm.

And they have a fabulous

line-up of art workshops for

adults and children over the

April School Holidays, including

hand-building in clay, drawing,

painting, collage, assemblage,

eco dyeing and weaving.

More info sydneyartspace.com

Coast Walk Public

Art Strategy on show

Council says it is closer to

delivering major public

art projects for the Northern

Beaches Coast Walk, with the

Coast Walk Public Art Strategy

going on exhibition.

The plan is the culmination

of extensive community engagement


collaboration by

Council and heritage


with local

arts, heritage

and environmental


groups and



Beaches Mayor

Michael Regan

said public art

will complement the spectacular

outlook and environment

along the 36-kilometre

walkway, due for completion

in 2020.

It’s anticipated the walk

would resemble a permanent

‘Sculpture By The Sea’-type

experience, showcased annually

in the eastern suburbs

between Bondi and Tamarama

and also in Cottelsoe in WA


“The Coast Walk is a

unique, world-class walking

experience for both the local

community and visitors,” said

Mayor Regan. “We want the

public art along the walk to

reflect the heritage, the natural

landscape and the cultural

significance of the area.

“Community engagement

has been an important platform

in developing the draft

Coast Walk Public Art Strategy,

with the main objective being

to understand what the community

wants the Coast Walk

to provide in the long term as

an interactive experience.”

In the initial

stages, arts

and heritage

experts were

involved in a

scoping study

of the coastline

to identify

themes, concepts,



key locations

for creative


Council will soon call for

expressions of interest from

artists with a view to commissioning

artworks for this

environmentally sensitive

coastal area.

The draft Strategic Plan

provides guidance for Council

to deliver high quality public

artworks at various sites along

the walkway, stretching from

Manly to Palm Beach.

Two million dollars over

four years has been allocated

to the project from Council’s

Merger Savings Fund.

*To have your say on the

plan visit northernbeaches.

nsw.gov.au. It will also be

available for viewing at all

Council’s libraries, main offices

and arts venues such

as the Glen Street Theatre.

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Life’s a beach ‘In Full Colour’


solo show ‘In Full Colour’ by Monique Tyacke and a group show

titled ‘Take Me Back’ are exciting, free out-of-area exhibitions

planned at the Sydney Road Gallery at Seaforth this month.

‘In Full Colour’ showcases a collection of paintings that portray

the human form in the natural landscape, capturing beautiful

scenes in and around Sydney’s northern beaches.

Working on canvas and wood panels, Monique plays with light

and shadow, using a unique colour palette to illustrate the emotion

of the people within the landscape.

“Simplifying finer details of the land, I leave enough of a representation

for the viewer to interpret the painting in an engagingly

graphic way,” she said.

‘Take Me Back’ explores passing moments and memories. The

Gallery artists reminisce on memories of youthful discovery and

adventure through an explorative use of line, shape and colour.

“These works are an expression of where I come from. An appreciation

of my childhood and respect for my heritage,” said Tracy

Dickason, ceramist.

“I celebrate the abundance of nature in my works to create a

sense of connection to the ancients that first picked reeds from the

river, roots from the earth and

wove them together,” said

Catriona Pollard, sculptural

fibre artist.

The exhibition will include

a collection of unique paintings,

sculptures and ceramics;

all works for sale.

Dates are Thursday 28

March – Sunday 28 April;

for more information visit


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Art Life

Art Life

Different shades to Autumn show

Becky Diacono’s new collection

of vibrant and exciting pastel

artworks will be a highlight of

the first exhibition for 2019 by

eclectic creative group Artists &

Craftsmen of Pittwater.

Their autumn exhibition at

Mona Vale will feature Becky’s

distinctive abstract florals and

figurative works, all of which

will be for sale.

Becky also works in porcelain

and has added a modern collection

of tea light holders to her


She studied art at the

University of Minnesota in the

USA, and studied various craft

and art courses in Los Angeles,

including soft pastels and


Becky first learned about

porcelain painting while living

in Kenya. She studied porcelain

painting in Kenya for three

years, and continued to study

upon returning to Sydney.

She has since experimented

with creating her own shapes

and forms from raw porcelain

clay, and fires them in her own

kiln. Over the years, she has

won several awards at the Royal

Easter Show

There will also a diverse

collection of artworks by the

groups talented members for

sale, including oils, mixed media,

acrylic, pastel and screen


Linda Joyce will present her

renowned framed art prints,

many featuring Australian birds

and outback scenes.

While visiting their exhibition

ACOP invite you to vote for

your favourite artwork in the

‘People’s Choice’ art award – it’s

a great way to engage

with the art and express your

creative outlook by voting and

supporting the artists.

“Our designers and crafters

have been busy over the summer

replenishing their collections,”

said Kathy Dallamico.

“The range is extensive, from

hand felting, jewellery, glass,

knitting and children’s toys,

screen printed homewares,

hand-made aromatherapy candles

set in vintage vessels, gifts

for babies and cotton dresses

for children, silk scarves, paper

tole, art cards and hand painted

gift bags, ideal for Easter chocolates

or Mother’s Day gifts.”

ACOP’s Autumn Exhibition

will be held at Mona Vale Memorial

Hall (next to the library)

from 9am-4pm on Friday 26th

April through Sunday 28th April

More info acop.com.au or Facebook

and Insta acop1967.

– Nigel Wall

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Surfing Life

Surfing Life

Surfboard magic show

enthralls Manly crowd

Unique scenes during the recent Vissla Sydney Surf Pro

The Shapers Shack, on the

promenade above North

Steyne Beach at Manly, NSW

Australia, is a one-off, as far as

I’m aware.

Something like it occurs at

the Boardroom Show in Del

Mar, California every year,

when well-known surfboard

shapers take on a public

challenge to reproduce some

legendary surfboard or other.

But Boardroom isn’t on a

beach. It definitely isn’t on a

beach in the middle of a major

pro surfing contest.

The Shack is a feature of the

Vissla Sydney Surf Pro, and

it’s the second year Vissla has

installed a pop-up surfboard

factory in public. The theory

being that it helps ground the

event in actual surf culture,

rather than the slightly baffling

mix of art, skating, and notsuper-good

pop music that

was such a hallmark of this

contest’s predecessor, the late

lamented Australian Open.

Shapers work away in

the Shack, while the young

hopefuls of the competitive

surfing world pop off air

moves in North Steyne’s warm

soft beachbreaks.

Surfboards were a theme

of the event from day one,

coincidentally perhaps,

or perhaps not. On the

first morning, a special

GREAT SHAPE: Gunther Rohn (left) and Darren Handley at Manly.

presentation was made to

Mark Richards: the Midget

Farrelly Lifetime Achievement

Award, something developed

by the Farrelly family and

Surfing NSW following Midget’s

death two years ago. Kelly

Slater presented the award to

MR, and as they made their

speeches, it became clear that

one of the big connections

between the three surfers

wasn’t their world titles

but their shared affinity for

surfboards. Kelly told a story

about MR making him a board,

which he still had; MR told a

story about all the foam blanks

he’d bought from Midget’s

Surfblanks business, and

how inhaling the pineapple

perfume scent Midget imbued

in the foam gave him a feeling

of confidence in the board he

was about to make. Even more

symmetrically, the board MR

made for Kelly was cut from a

Midget blank.

If surfboards connect our

greats, can they not connect

us all?

On the other hand,

surfboard shapers really are

different people. Things are

in their heads that we other

humans can’t quite cotton

on to. Sam Egan, the great

Newcastle shaper (and father

of famed ex-pro Luke), came

up to the Shack and got into

a lengthy conversation with

Freshwater longboard expert

Steve O’Donnell about power

planers. “I just got one of those

with Nick Carroll

Accurate planers,” Sam told

Steve, naming a little-known

hand-made instrument from

Western Australia. “Luke picked

it up for me. Man, it does those

long cuts soooo well. Powerful!

Never tears the blank.

“It’s already ate a pair of


Steve laughed, and I

thought, what did he just say??

Sam gestured downward

with one hand. “I let it hang

down there, having a rest. It

just took the shorts.”

The planer ripped his pants

off! My God the risks these

men run.

Luke Daniels, a younger

shaper, was in the Shack’s

shaping bay at that moment,

scraping away at a blank and

visibly enjoying himself in the

process. Eventually he brought

it out, still in need of some

finishing along the rail but

otherwise a nicely balanced

little board. People milled

around while he stood it on its

nose and showed it off. “I’m not

sure what the boys are gonna

do with it,” he said, “maybe

glass it?” He glanced over to the

glassing pod a few yards away,

where the boards were being

coated with fibreglass and

epoxy bio-resins, and with luck,

later on, surfed out front.

Gunther Rohn, of Lennox

Head, was next. This was

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April 3-13: WSL CT double header, Snapper Rocks, Qld

The world championship opening round for both men and women.

There’s a lot of story threads here just waiting to be picked

up: Kelly Slater’s last tour year, the brilliant Brazilian push, some

great rookies coming into play, and a new team in charge of the

whole thing’s appearance on broadcast. It’s all slightly intensified

by this year’s late start; the WSL has pushed it back to fit with

a late start to the Bells event at Easter. As always though, the

whole show will depend on surf, and while solid surf is expected

immediately pre-event, it’s a bit hard to call further in. Watch at

worldsurfleague.com or on Fox Sports.

April 17-27: WSL CT double header, Bells Beach, VIC

Number two, right on the heels of number one. This is the latest

Easter in many years and while that usually signals fantastic surf,

the slow turning of seasons may mean a few dead days on the Surf

Coast. Let’s just wait and see.


I think I am supposed to have a crystal ball for this job. Instead I have

the fabulous services of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric

Administration, which not only detects everything happening in the

lower atmosphere and ocean surfaces of the globe, but feeds it all

into gigantic mega super computers and lets AI software do the

rest. Even with all that, it still only sees a week or so ahead with any

certainty, but that’s enough for a long-term surf watcher to pick up

on trends, and right now, the trend is kind of backwards. Autumn

is upon us, but it isn’t really, not yet. April will very likely feel more

like February: unseasonally warm and humid, some instability

(thunderstorms etc), possibly a black nor-easter at some point, and

a wobbly array of surf focused awkwardly across the Australian east

coast. Expect sluggish easterly swells, maybe a dramatic southerly

or two, weak sea-breezes, and generally a feeling of being out-ofseason.

There’s a real bomb of a month out there somewhere but

April probably isn’t it.

Nick Carroll

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a treat. Gunther is an

underground design legend,

the equivalent of a great

session musician. He pulled

down a pre-shape of a model

he calls the Lazy Wilfred, a fullnosed

squashtail with a clean,

plain-ish vee bottom. Did he

know a Lazy Wilfred? “I do

actually. He used to work for

me,” Gunther said dryly.

He played with the Lazy

Wilfred for a while, pointing out

fin positions and explaining

the value of a vee in a wider

board – “helps tip it from rail

to rail”. He then started in

on a 5’11” Timmy Patterson

design. Timmy is a Californian

designer who has a trans-Pacific

exchange deal with Gunther,

and who designs board for

the Brazilian superstar Italo

Ferreira. I asked Gunther if this

was an Italo Special and he just

grinned. “There’s a lot of tail

curve here,” he said. “I guess he

needs that, for the ends of his


People began paying

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attention. I wondered if

they knew what they were

seeing. Italo Ferreira is the

most brilliantly electric and

creative surfer in the world

right now, a serious world title

threat in 2019, and here was

a board Italo might just as

well be about to ride. Was that

something you could convey

to people as they strolled by

on the Manly promenade on

a sunny Friday, all bikinis and

sunglasses and composedly

relaxed appearance?

But like I said, Gunther is

good. As he worked, he talked

the small crowd through the

purpose of concave, and

through the need for a rail to

achieve transition from soft to

razor-hard smoothly, so as to

preserve speed and not blunt

the waterflow.

Waterflow? It’s like any other

kind of flow, really. “You put

something into a board, you’ve

gotta take something out,”

he said, and for a moment, it

sounded like Zen wisdom.

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Time to think flu shot

As we have seen from the unusual outbreaks

of flu cases over the summer

months, influenza seasons and severity are


The one thing health experts do know is

that vaccination is the most important measure

to prevent influenza and

its complications. And once

again local pharmacies as

well as GPs are gearing up to

provide flu shots to reduce

the impact of flu on our


Annual vaccination is recommended

for anyone six

months of age and older.

Australians most at risk of

getting sick when flu strikes

are able to access free

influenza vaccines through the Government’s

National Immunisation Program.

Those eligible for a free flu shot under

the National Immunisation Program include

people 65 years and over, pregnant women,

those who suffer chronic conditions as well

as, for the first time, all Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islander People from 6 months of age.

If you are not eligible under the program

you can purchase the vaccine.

Influenza is a major cause of illness in

the Australian community, and in some

cases can result in death said the Australian

Government’s Chief Medical Officer Professor

Brendan Murphy.

Prof Murphy explained

the more people who are

vaccinated, the less likely

that the flu will spread in

the community.

“It important to get the

flu shot each year, as the

virus changes each year,” he

said. “In addition we know

that the protection provided

by the previous year’s vaccine

diminishes over time.”

Most people will develop

immunity within two to three weeks of vaccination.

“Experts have advised there is recent

evidence suggesting that protection following

influenza vaccination may begin to wane.

“As influenza usually occurs from June,

with the peak around August, vaccinating

from mid-April 2019 will allow people to

develop immunity before influenza transmission

is at its peak.”

– Lisa Offord

Reducing the

spread of flu

It is important to exercise good

infection control – hand washing,

avoiding social situations – and to

see your GP as soon as you have

symptoms because flu treatment is

available if diagnosed early.

To minimise the spread of infection,

take on board these simple tips – and

make sure all the young folk in your

house are encouraged do the same!

Sneeze into your elbow

Sneeze into your elbow instead of

your hands, or cover your face with a

tissue when you cough or sneeze and

throw used tissues in a rubbish bin.

Clean your hands

Wash your hands thoroughly and

often. Wash hands for at least 10

seconds, especially after coughing,

sneezing or blowing your nose, or use

an alcohol-based hand rub.

Stay at home if sick

If you are sick with flu, stay at home

and avoid close contact with other

people to prevent them from also

becoming sick and keep sick children

away from school and other activities.

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Funded heart

health checks

Life-saving Medicare-funded

heart health checks will be

available from your GP from

April 1.

The Heart Foundation

advises all Australians over

45 years old to have a Heart

Health Check – for Indigenous

Australians, the checks should

start at 35.

The specialised health

check for those at risk of the

nation’s biggest killer, heart

disease, could involve your

GP or health practitioner

taking blood tests to check

cholesterol and glucose levels,

checking your blood pressure

and asking you about your

lifestyle and your family’s

heart health history.

Once your doctor or health

practitioner has your test results,

ask them for your report

which will state if you have high

(more than 15%); moderate (10-

15%) or low-risk (less than 10%)

of a heart attack or stroke.

According to the Heart

Foundation at least 51 Australians

die from heart disease

every day.

Routine screening with

Heart Health Checks that

leads to better treatment for

people at risk, could prevent

76,500 heart attacks and

strokes over the following five

years and 9,100 deaths, said

the Heart Foundation’s Chief

Medical Adviser, cardiologist

Professor Garry Jennings.

One of the most important

things you can do to reduce

the risks of heart disease is

to take charge of your health,

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seek advice from your GP and

other health practitioners and

be informed.

Not sure what questions

to ask your doctor? These

suggestions from the Heart

Foundation (heartfoundation.

org.au) might help.

Family history

n Does my family history

mean I’m at more risk?

n If I feel palpitations in my

heart beats, should I get it


Blood pressure

n What should my blood pressure


n How often should I have my

blood pressure checked?


n What do my cholesterol

levels mean? What should my

cholesterol levels be?


n What changes can I make to

maintain healthy blood pressure

and cholesterol levels?

n How much physical activity

should I be doing and what?


n Do I need to take medicines

and what do they do? Are

there any side effects?


n Do I need to see another

health professional, such as

a dietit ian, physical activity

professional or cardiologist?

* More information will be

available in the lead up to

Healthy Heart Week (28 April

through 4 May) when the

Heart Foundation and health

professionals will focus on

the importance of having a

Heart Health Check. – LO

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Health & Wellbeing

The link between breast

implants and ill health

with Dr John Kippen

Health & Wellbeing

As noted in a previous

article there is

an association

between breast implants

and anaplastic large cell

lymphoma. Increasingly there

appears to be an association

with breast implants and

general ill health. This

has been termed ‘Breast

Implant Illness’. A variety of

symptoms that overlap with

other conditions preclude

a single definitive test. As

awareness has increased,

the prevalence has also

increased. Several celebrities

have suffered with this

condition, and there are a

number of support groups.

The exact mechanism

of causation is not fully

understood. Equally removing

the implants and capsule may

resolve some or all symptoms.

This may be a rapid and

complete resolution or a slow

improvement over some time.

Some people may have little

change. Fortunately, most do

improve – and usually quite


The crucial surgical

principle is to remove the

implants and all of the

capsule. This is termed “en

bloc” removal and termed

explant surgery. Removal is

difficult in three main areas:

First, if the implants were

TREATMENT: Removing implants may resolve some or all symptoms.

placed deep to the muscle or

in a dual plane pocket, then

the back surface, against the

ribs, is often quite adherent

and stuck down. Second, the

apex of the pocket, when

under the muscle, is close to

the nerve and blood supply to

the muscle. Third, the armpit,

or axilla, is close to the nerve

and blood vessels that supply

the arm and hand.

As mentioned, it is

imperative to remove all of

the capsule. Using refillable

syringes and small injections,

the tissue planes can be

dissected by fluid before

surgical dissection proceeds

to remove the capsule.

After surgery there is often

a degree of droop of the

remaining breast. Multiple

factors influence this: initial

breast size, implant size,

duration of implants, pregnancy

number, breast feeding, breast

size change with pregnancy or

breast feeding and base skin

elasticity. The worst case is

small initial breasts, expanded

with large implants, over a long

time with multiple pregnancies

and breast feeding where the

breasts increased during this

time. Using electro-cautery, at

the time of surgery, an attempt

can be made to reduce the

pocket size and tighten the

tissue. A lift procedure may

be required, usually meaning

additional scarring. Surgery

may also reveal pre-existing


Most surgeons will consider

using draining tubes and

some form of compression

or binder. This helps seal and

close the old pocket space.

Surgery is usually performed

under general anaesthetic

in a hospital. Removal or

explant surgery is often

considered more difficult than

implant surgery. Women with

Breast Implant Illness often

have a diffuse, non-specific

inflammatory zone at the

interface between the breast

tissue and capsule. This

makes establishing a surgical

plane and therefore removal,

more difficult.

At the time of consultation

the condition and surgery

will be fully explained. A

likely procedure and the

risks involved can also be


Our columnist Dr John

Kippen is a qualified, fully

certified consultant specialist

in Cosmetic, Plastic and

Reconstructive surgery.

Australian trained, he also

has additional Australian and

International Fellowships.

Dr Kippen works from custom-built

premises in Mona

Vale. He welcomes enquiries

and questions. Please

contact him via johnkippen.

com.au or by email: doctor@


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Palliative care boost

The planned palliative care facilities at Mona Vale

Hospital will be enhanced by a $10 million boost

from the NSW Government to improve end-of-life care for


The first of its type on the northern beaches, a new

10-bed unit has been designed to take advantage of Mona

Vale Hospital’s peaceful location overlooking the ocean

and will enable people to be cared for closer to home in a

comfortable environment during the final stages of illness.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Member for Pittwater

Rob Stokes announced the extra funding last month.

“This additional investment will ensure the design and

fit-out of the new inpatient unit will be of the highest

standard and comfort,” Mr Stokes said.

Mr Hazzard said the NSW Government’s strong

economic management had enabled it to make record

investments to support palliative care patients, including

$45 million for an extra 100 palliative care nurses and

other palliative care improvements announced in March.

Supported by palliative care specialists, the dedicated

inpatient unit will operate 24 hours, seven days a week

with a patient-centred approach encouraging family and

carer involvement.

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Health & Wellbeing

INSPIRING WOMEN: Zonta club volunteers at Pittwater’s International Women’s Day breakfast were on the receiving

end this year, each presented with a single yellow rose, the organisations floral emblem symbolising peace.

Zonta honoured for service

The recipient of this year’s

Pittwater Woman of the Year

award has notched up hundreds

of years of service and advocacy.

How? For the first time the

award was presented to jointrecipients

- and the very people

who volunteer to organise

the popular annual event as

a fundraiser – the wonderful

women from the Zonta Club of

Northern Beaches.

The club’s 28 members–

who have 300 years of

service between them – were

recognised for their work

empowering women locally and

further afield.

The prestigious award,

presented by local MP Rob

Stokes at an International

Women’s Day Breakfast for

200 people at the Royal Prince

Alfred Yacht Club last month,

was accepted by Club President

Bernardine Guy.

“This is one of the most

energetic, passionate and

effective volunteer groups in our

community,” Mr Stokes said.

“With the loyal assistance

of countless supporters

throughout our community – the

group has been able to directly

assist women in our local area,

as well as in remote corners of

the world.

“There’s no time wasting or

hidden agendas with this group

– they simply raise funds, raise

awareness and provide support.

“The work they do to fund,

prepare and dispatch birthing

kits to women in developing

countries is not only inspiring

– it’s also a powerful way of

connecting communities at

opposite sides of the world.

“This award is a great

way to acknowledge their

inspirational efforts and the

positive messages they spread

throughout our community,”

he said.

GP Erin returning to Newport

There’s a familiar face

doing the rounds of

Newport – the Newport

Doctor’s surgery is

thrilled to announce GP

Erin Noonan is back,

having first worked at the

practice 10 years ago.

Dr Noonan, who has

worked on the beaches

since 2006, enjoys

all aspects of general

practice, particularly the

privilege of caring for

Launched in 1975, Zonta Club

of Northern Beaches supports

our local community through

projects that include providing

study grants to help further

education; high school student

grants; assisting women

and children who have been

affected by domestic violence

by supporting the work of

local agencies; and making

Breast Care Cushions which are

distributed to local hospitals.

Zonta International has

30,000 members in 65

countries – November 8, 2019

marks the organisation’s

centennial anniversary.

This year, the International

Women’s Day Breakfast

incorporating the Pittwater

Woman of the Year award,

raised an impressive $7819 – a

great boost for Zonta to help

continue to provide muchneeded


– Lisa Offord

whole families in the local

community where she has

lived since childhood.

Her special interests

include women’s health,

preventative, paediatric

and adolescent health.

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Health & Wellbeing

Care to focus on

health and wellbeing?

Four events are being held locally this month to help arm

people with information which may assist when facing

challenging times.

Advance care planning

Who would you want to speak

for you if you were very unwell

and not able to communicate

your preferences to others? What

would you want them to say?

Advance Care Planning helps

to ensure that your loved ones

and your doctors know what

your health and personal preferences

really are… and that can

give everyone some peace of

mind. An information session

about Advance Care Planning

presented by Palliative Care

Clinical Nurse Kelly Arthurs,

followed with conversation and

morning tea, will be held at the

Cora Adcock Palliative Care Cottage

at Mona Vale Hospital on

Tuesday April 2 at 10am.

To rsvp email gmarr@hammond.com.au

or phone 0434

309 724 and leave a message.

Herbal first aid

Permaculture Northern

Beaches is holding a hands-on

Herbal First Aid workshop for

anyone wishing to learn about

simple, natural ways to take

care of their own health and

the health and well-being of

their families and friends.

Participants will make safe

and simple natural herbal remedies

to prepare for common

first aid emergencies using

ingredients commonly found

stored in kitchen cupboards

and growing in the garden.

Expert Julie Gundlach, who

has 20 years’ experience in

many areas of health and

wellbeing with qualifications

including Advanced Classical

Herbal Medicine, Clinical Aromatherapy,

and Psychotherapy will

present the workshop on Saturday

April 6 from 8.30-9.30pm.

Cost is $25 for members

and $30 for non-members.

For bookings email


Dementia workshop

Are you caring for someone

with memory loss? Northern

Beaches Community Connect

is holding a free workshop

for Carers of people with

dementia to help plan for the

future. This is an opportunity

for Carers to improve their

knowledge, access a range of

support services and connect

with others.

The workshop will be held

at Dee Why RSL on Wednesday

April 10 from 10.30am-3pm

with presentations by expert

speakers from Centrelink Financial

Information Services; NSW

Trustee & Guardian; Dementia

Australia NSW and Carers Program

and Your Side.

Morning tea and lunch included.

Bookings 9931 7777.

Youth Hub open day

Locals are invited to learn

more about The Avalon Youth

Hub and the services provided

to young people at Dunbar

Park on Wednesday April 10

from 3-5pm. As well as a youth

services expo, the hub will be

hosting a variety of activities

as part of National Youth

Week celebrations including

a BBQ, music, bubble soccer

and outdoor games. Free. Keep

in the loop on Facebook and


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Hair & Beauty

More than skin deep: how

you can age with attitude with Sue Carroll

Beauty is more than skin

effectively, without pain and Science has also had excellent

deep when it comes to the

downtime. The benefits of results with the BIOPTRON in

health and appearance

light extend beyond a sense treating Seasonal Affective

of your skin. True skin

of comfort and wellbeing. Disorder. BIOPTRON can be

transformation is possible when

Light is an essential part of our used at both home, in the

we combine various modalities,

natural biological systems and doctor’s office and the skin

such as topical skin care, diet,

its absence can have serious clinic.

lifestyle and new methods of

effects on our body and the Life is about change, and

external skin treatment. In this

normal physiological processes through positive influences our

issue we will look at a few areas

within it. BIOPTRON can

skin can maintain its health and

you may not have considered

improve the microcirculation, radiance, revealing the best

previously – assisting you to

reinforce the human defence version of ourselves.

“age with attitude”.

system, stimulate regenerative

In order to resist premature

and reparative processes of

Sue Carroll of Skin

ageing, heal and thrive, the

the entire organism, promote Inspiration has been a qualified

skin needs a range of nutrients.

wound healing and relieves

Aesthetician for 33 years.

When your body is not getting three treatments. A radiant, pain or at least decreases its

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enough of the nutrients it needs hydrated and healthy skin intensity. Specific skin disorders

operated successful beauty

for good health and radiant will be revealed after the first that may be assisted with the

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skin, it may reveal this through treatment.

use of light therapy are mucosal

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of the hair, skin, nails and brain Consuming sugar, particularly psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.

functioning. Omega 3 and refined sugar, is one of the

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need to be supplied through a When we consume sugar, in

healthy diet. Omega 3 and 6 will all its forms, it attaches itself

assist the skin by moisturising to our proteins and fats in the

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supple, hydrated and smooth, bad news is that sugar has an

will assist with the healing and affiliation for dermal proteins.

anti-inflammatory protective The byproducts of glycation

layer of the skin, prevent skin stiffens connective tissue,

congestion and breakouts, creates inflammation, wrinkles

and will make cell walls more and sagging. The perfect sugar

permeable ensuring nutrients storm is exacerbated when

can be absorbed and waste to smoking, drug use, lack of

be removed. Natural sources of exercise, prolonged UV damage

Omega 3 and 6 can be found in and stress are added to the

unrefined cold-pressed flax and cocktail. By eliminating refined

safflower seeds and fatty fish sugar, and keeping the complex

such as sardines.

carbohydrates in our diet,

At the intersection between will supply the much-needed

beauty and technology comes glucose to fuel cellular activity

a new treatment from the USA throughout the body and skin

called Rezenerate Nano-facial. to assist with maintaining its

Rezenerate will work well on natural youthfulness and tone.

fine lines, signs of ageing, Being consistent with a healthy

blemishes, malnourished skin, balanced diet can help to

uneven skin tone and texture. counteract the negative effects

This new treatment is pain-free of refined sugar consumption.

and has very limited downtime, Drawing on over 30 years

with only a little pink colour of science, the BIOPTRON

after the treatment for 24 light therapy system is

hours. Rezenerate treatment for emerging as a successful

optimum results is performed and complementary method

once every two weeks for of treating skin disorders

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Business Life: Money

Business Life

Workplace laws: so what

is smart casual anyway?

with Brian Hrnjak

This month we look which complies with the

today can find themselves in a

through some of the requirements under the Fair

vicious cycle with casual jobs:

issues of being an Work Act. The owners were

low interest rates have fuelled

employer… As a parent of a further annoyed as they can

house prices and rentals to the

houseful of older kids, let me easily see their staff on social

point where many more kids

briefly take stock: daughter 1 media posting about the

are staying at home. This keeps

is in fulltime employment as festivals they attended on the

their living cost low and they

is her boyfriend; daughter 2 weekend so the ‘illness’ is

relish the higher hourly rates

is studying and employed on more likely to be a hangover

and flexibility of casual work or

casual basis as is her boyfriend; or lack of sleep.

the gig economy. This in turn

daughter 3 is at school and The existence of these

makes it difficult for them to

paid cash for a Saturday

certificates was news to me

borrow funds or sign a lease

morning job, Son 1 is a fulltime but some easy Googling and

to enter the property market.

apprentice and son 2 is at uni sure enough, a pharmacist can

Employers will naturally

with a casual job. Dinner at our issue a certificate, for a modest

encourage any situation that

place can be like a gathering of handling fee. As you’d expect

maximises their flexibility and

the full bench of the industrial the Doctors association chimed

minimises complexity. Maybe


into the story to suggest this

the only way out of the cycle is

It was interesting then was encroaching onto their turf

to start wrapping their lunch in

to me on the drive in to and fair enough to an extent –

road maps?

work to listen to Sabra Lane I’m sure a trained pharmacist

But here we are less

on ABC AM interviewing a can attest to someone with an

than two months out from

couple of small business apparent or visible condition our industrial laws are

the federal election and

operators about the

being unfit for work but I’d time locked. The mere

industrial relations is a

increasing casualisation have to agree with the docs talk of reform fires up the well telegraphed reform

of their workforce. The when it comes to mental health ideological warriors from area for a potential Labor

issue stemmed from

or internal conditions. ACTU both sides of politics who Government. Spurred on by

the use of absence from secretary Sally McManus was jump to quoting excerpts the ACTU there is clearly a

work certificates issued asked her opinion, being that: from either the Accord of ‘Whitlam-esque’ agenda afoot

by pharmacists. Both the pharmacists should be able Hawke’s days or Workchoices to undo anything put in place

businesses interviewed were to issue certificates because of the Howard era. Employers by two successive Liberal

large hair salons and some underpaid workers can’t afford on the other hand have Governments since 2013 and

roles had been entirely medical advice. I would have no other choice than to be return significant power back

replaced by casuals because thought it less expensive to pragmatic and find a line of to the union movement.

if they don’t turn up for work, visit a bulk billing doctor for best fit no matter what the The press has already been

they don’t get paid. The a medical certificate than a prevailing rules or who the full of articles discussing

owners argued they often pharmacist who charges the political masters may be. policy outlines on matters

had staff not attending $25 going rate.

By way of example, daughter such as increases to

work on the days around

But all of this ignores the 2 works for a large local minimum wages through

weekends and presenting real problem. Our society hospitality business, her the introduction of a ‘living

with a pharmacist’s certificate is changing rapidly, and starting time might change wage’, having a statutory

from 7am to 10am on half definition of casual

an hour’s notice depending employment, changes

on the weather forecast. She to industrial bargaining

accepts it as part of the deal as processes, changes to labour

she loves her job, the people hire arrangements and

she works with and it fits in skilled migration… the list

with her studies. I’m probably goes on. More concerningly

more ‘bolshie’ than she is in the union movement has

this regard as I believe they signalled the desire to

should give her more notice exert their muscle via

as she has arranged her day industry superannuation

around a 7am start instead of funds to direct capital away

hanging around the house in from investing into those

her uniform waiting until 10am companies they deem to have

to arrive.

‘poor labour practices’ which

It may be a function of our presumably means anything

current economic climate, not to their standard rather

but it seems to me that kids than anything illegal.

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The Sydney Morning

Herald reported the living

wage announcement on 14

March as follows: “Labor’s

pledge to introduce a ‘living

wage’ could make Australia›s

minimum income the highest

in world, an analysis of OECD

data reveals. The figures

come a day after Opposition

Leader Bill Shorten pledged to

update Australia›s workplace

laws to allow the Fair Work

Commission to set the

minimum wage at a level

that would ensure no fulltime

worker lives in poverty,

as demanded by the union

movement. The Australian

Council of Trade Union wants

this figure to be set at 60 per

cent of the median full-time

wage – or $852 a week – within

two years, with an initial 6

per cent jump of $43 a week

to $762.20 this year for the

2.23 million Australian workers

on minimum or award wages.”

If I was running for

election, I’d make the same

promise, it’s pure electoral

gold much like Bob Hawke’s

“no child will be living in

poverty” statement during the

1987 campaign.

But here’s the problem:

take a restaurant currently

delivering through Uber Eats

that wants to put on a fulltime

kitchen hand. The cost

of the $43 mentioned in the

newspaper is just a headline

number. The restaurant

owner has to gross that

amount up for super, workers

compensation insurance and

allow for sick and holiday

pay. By this stage the $43

headline amount is closer

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to $60. Add in the margin

for Uber Eats that number

jumps to $84 and adding

GST sees you at close to $93

– that’s about $50, or 116%

up from where you started.

He needs $93 of additional

sales every week, almost

another $5,000 per year to

fund the $43. Which is fine

if sales are rising but if sales

are falling the restaurateur

may in the alternative just

sack a casual waiter or he

may even consider becoming

a ‘dark kitchen’ where he has

no front-of-house staff and

just cooks from an industrial

unit somewhere using Uber

Eats as his distribution

network. Either way – and

I have no problem with the

arguments advanced for

the social and/or economic

merits of lifting minimum

wages – it is a policy initiative

that is likely to cost jobs. If

it is accompanied by a range

of changes that also reduce

flexibility such as how we

define casual work, then

there may be problems

ahead in certain industries

and particularly in the youth

employment market.

Something that all political

parties would do well to

remember is that enterprise

doesn’t just happen, it is

fine balance of applied risk,

capital and know how that

allows business to exist in the

first place. In times like now

when technological change is

rampant, governments should

have as their focus ways to

unburden business as much

as possible while maintaining

protection for the vulnerable.

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

Business Life

Business Life: Money

Brokers’ win on trail commissions

Federal treasurer Josh

Frydenberg has announced

the Liberal Coalition Government

will not support removing

ongoing broker revenue

streams and trail commission

flows – one of Commissioner

Hayne’s recommendations

following the recent Royal

Commission into the Banks.

The announcement has

been met with relief by local

mortgage brokers.

A group of brokers recently

met with Federal MP for Mackellar

Jason Falinski to explain

their concerns with the recommendation.

Anthony Landahl, Managing

Director of Equilibria Finance

who represents a group of

mortgage brokers on the

Northern Beaches, said the

potential changes to the mortgage

broker industry following

the Royal Commission could

have had a disastrous effect

on everyday consumers.

POSSIBLE EFFECT: Auction rates.

“The potential reforms

being discussed – of moving

from the traditional provider

pays to a consumer pays

model and removing ongoing

remuneration structures for

brokers – if enacted, could

have made the mortgage

broker channel unsustainable,”

he said.

“With brokers now writing

over 60 per cent of all Australian

home loans this would

have a massive impact on

competition and choice, driving

consumer back to the ‘Big

4’, removing smaller lenders

from the market and restricting

access to credit.

“The impact would not only

be felt by consumers across

the area, but also the many

mortgage broking small business

along the Peninsula.

“We met with Mr Falinski

and he was very supportive

of retaining competition

and choice as well as small

business across the Northern

Beaches – with the majority

of brokers being small family

business, and it seems the

message is getting out there

and being heard now,” Mr

Landahl said.

Mr Falinski welcomed the

meeting with local industry

representatives and ensured

he would fight to get the balance


“Mortgage brokers provide

competition, superior consumer

outcomes and choice in

the banking sector, competition

we need,” he said.

“With the release of the

recommendations we (the

Liberal party) announced that

we don’t support the move to

a consumer-pays system and

on March 12, following further

consultation with the broking

industry, Treasurer Josh

Frydenberg announced we did

not support removing ongoing

broker revenue streams and

trail commission flows.

“It’s an announcement I also

welcome – many families on

the Beaches rely on Mortgage

Brokers to provide more

choice for home loans, professional

advice and to take the

stress out of onerous research

and getting bogged down in


“We need to restore trust

across the financial sector,

and we will be doing that in

conjunction with the mortgage

brokers,” Mr Falinski said.

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Business Life: Law

Business Life

Review findings offer

fairness in franchising

For many budding business

entrepreneurs, owning and

operating their own business

is a dream come true. To

be in charge of your own business,

to build and grow it, is an

ambition many nurture.

It may be especially inviting

if you can link up with a local

and or international name with

a business model which helps

you establish and operate

the business. Such a model, a

franchise, if it is a store you are

going to operate can help you

find a site in a good location to

attract customers. A merchandising

team will plan the store

layout. You will be trained by

the company and the company

will deal with the suppliers of

products you will sell and the

company will provide advertising

and promotional support.

Gross profits may be shared.

When you open for business it

looks a shiny new concern. 7-

Eleven petrol and convenience

stores found around Australia

and globally are an example of

such a franchise. But beyond

that franchises take many forms

including mowing, fencing,

cleaning and gardening.

The attraction of a franchise

is that it generally has low startup

costs, provides an exclusive

territory and referrals and support

and training.

From time to time there has

been media examination of

various franchise arrangements,

which have caused concern at

the practices and conduct of

some franchisors to the detriment

of their franchises.

Federal parliament has long

been interested in this business

sector, having inquired

into franchising in 2008 and

then last year the same Joint

Committee on Corporations

and Financial Services was

tasked to inquire into:

(a) The operation and effectiveness

of the Franchising Code

of Conduct, including the disclosure

document and information

statement, and the Oil Code of

Conduct, in ensuring full disclosure

to potential franchisees

of all information necessary to

make a fully informed decision

when assessing whether to enter

a franchise agreement, including

information on:

(i) Likely financial performance

of a franchise and worsecase


(ii) The contractual rights

and obligations of all parties,

including termination rights and

geographical exclusivity;

(iii) The leasing arrangements

and any limitations of the

franchisee’s ability to enforce

tenants’ rights; and

(iv) The expected running

costs, including cost of goods

required to be purchased

through prescribed suppliers.

(b) The effectiveness of

dispute resolution under the

Franchising Code of Conduct

and the Oil Code of Conduct;

(c) The impact of the Australian

consumer law unfair

contract provisions on new, renewed

and terminated franchise

agreements entered into since

2012 November 2016, including

whether changes to standard

franchise agreements have


(d) Whether the provisions

of other mandatory industry

codes of conduct, such as the

Oil Code, contain advantages

or disadvantages relevant to

franchising relationships in

comparison with terms of the

Franchising Code of Conduct;

(e) The adequacy and opera-

with Jennifer Harris

tion of termination provisions in

the Franchising Code of Conduct

and the Oil Code of Conduct;

(f) The imposition of restraints

of trade on former franchisees

following the termination of a

franchise agreement;

(g) The enforcement of

breaches of the Franchising

Code of Conduct and the Oil

Code of Conduct and other

applicable laws, such as the

Competition and Consumer Act

2010, and Franchisors; and

(a) Any related matter.

When the committee last inquired

into franchising in 2008,

it found that some franchisors

were behaving opportunistically,

but that the issues were

relatively isolated. In the most

recent report of the committee

‘Fairness in Franchising’ released

in March they found “... by contrast,

the evidence to this inquiry

indicates that the problems,

including exploitation in certain

franchise systems, are systemic.

Resolving systematic issues requires

a much broader and more

comphrensive approach. The

committee is therefore proposing

substantial changes to the

Franchising Code of Conduct

(Franchising Code), to the sections

of the Oil Code of Conduct

(Oil Code) that relate to franchising,

as well as to responsibilities

and powers of the regulator.’

The review commenced in

March 2018 and received 406

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submissions – 80% of which

were from franchisees. Four

franchise systems were the

focus of many complaints.

Franchising is said to be a

$170 billion business in Australia.

In 2016, franchising was

estimated to contribute approximately

9% of gross domestic

product. As a business structure,

franchising has a substantial

power imbalance between

franchisors and franchisees;

this imbalance is inherent to the

structure, given that the franchisor

owns the business model

and has control over operations

and franchisee contracts, as well

as in many cases their tenancy.

Unlike many other businesses,

franchising is governed by its

own code and legislation.

Not all franchise agreements

are the same; but the franchise

agreement is typically

a standard-form, long-term

contract between the franchisor

and franchisee. It is significant

that the franchise agreement is

designed by the franchisor. It is,

therefore, designed to protect

the franchisor’s interests and

place most of the commercial

risks, burdens and responsibilities

on the franchisee.

The report of the committee

at 369 pages is comprehensive

and contains more than 70

recommendations. It points to

major structural and cultural

issues in the industry and contends

that substantive reform

is required to alleviate industry

issues which are painted as systemic

and pervasive. It is recognised

that majority of franchise

systems would not identify with

this characterisation of their sector;

it is however clear that the

whole sector has been tarnished

by the revelations in the inquiry

and responsible members of the

franchise community will have

to work to a solution.

Part of the report dealt

with evidence of bullying and

intimidation by franchisors.

In fact, it received allegations

of franchisors interfering with

people who made submissions

to or appeared as witnesses at

the inquiry.

The report said “…the Senate

has long regarded interference

with witnesses as the most serious

of all possible contempts.”

The inquiry highlighted potential

attempts to interfere with

witnesses, including a letter sent

by franchisor Foodco warning

its Muffin Break and Jamaica

Blue franchisees it would take

legal action against anyone who

made “unsubstantiated defamatory

claims” against it. Foodco

said at the time it supported the

inquiry and “strongly refuted’

that the letter was intended to

discourage franchisees from

taking part.

The committee’s report said

more than half the submissions

provided by franchisees to the

inquiry were confidential.

“In many cases, franchisees

stated that they feared retaliation

from franchisors in spite

of protections available under

parliamentary privilege,” the

report said.

Amongst the key recommendations

are the following:

n Establish a ‘Franchising Taskforce’

to examine the feasibility

and implementation of the committee’s


n Marketing funds: the committee

recommended greater

transparency and accountability

with regard to marketing funds;

with reporting quarterly.

n Disclosure of financial information:

recommended extensive

additional disclosure of financial

information in the context of

sales of existing franchised

businesses, including two years’

Business Activity statements.

n Extend existing Whistleblower

Protections to protect franchisees

reporting on breaches.

n Unfair contract terms laws:

suggests that all franchise

agreements should be deemed

to be standard small business

contracts etc.

It is too early for the Government

and Opposition to respond

to the recommendations, but

as the recommendations were

unanimous it is hoped they will

advance without dissention.

If readers have issues

concerning franchising or the

report, contact the writer.

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


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.

Martin Earl House Wash

Call 0405 583 305

Pittwater-based owner on site at all

times. No travellers or uninsured

asuals on your property.


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 surgeons.


Seabreeze Kitchens

Call 9938 5477

Specialists in all kitchen needs; design,

fitting, consultation. Excellent trades.


Avalon Physiotherapy

& Clinical Pilates

Call 9918 0230

Dry needling and acupuncture, falls

prevention and balance

enhancement programs.

Francois Naef/Osteopath

Call Francois 9918 2288

Diagnosis, treatment and prevention

for back pain and sciatica, sports

injuries, muscle soreness, pregnancyrelated

pain, imbalance.

Avalon Physiotherapy

Call 9918 3373

Provide specialist treatment for neck &

back pain, sports injuries, orthopaedic


Avalon Beach Chiropractic

Call Sam 9918 0070

Professional care for all ages. Treatment

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for chronic and acute pain, sports injuries.


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



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.





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Rob Burgers

Call 0416 066 159

Qualified builder provides all carpentry

needs; decks, pergolas, carports, renos

& repairs.

B & RD Williams

Call Brian 0416 182 774

Kitchen and bathroom renovations, decks,

pergolas. Small extensions specialist.


One 2 Dump

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.


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

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Publisher of Pittwater Life and

no responsibility is taken for

the accuracy of the information

contained within. Readers should

make their own enquiries directly

to any organisations or businesses

prior to making any plans or

taking any action.

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

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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Odd Couple presented

with neat gender twist

Rehearsals are in full swing

for Elanora Players’ April

showcase, which will deliver a

female version of Neil Simon’s

heartwarming and humorous

play, ‘The Odd Couple’.

In this entertaining

ensemble production directed

by Vicki Castorina, six female

friends meet each week for a

game of Trivial Pursuit. This

diverse group uses this time

to play, gossip, share their

experiences, seek resolutions

to the problems in their lives,

over-share their personal

dilemmas and in general

enjoy each other’s company.

The play opens in Olive’s

very dishevelled apartment

with the game well underway;

the banter is fiery as game

rules are ignored.

Old times are remembered

and pondered and during

this lull, concern is raised for

the missing sixth member of

the team, Florence, who is

never late.

After a few frantic phone

calls they discover Florence

and her husband have split

and she is possibly wandering

the city alone, or worse. The

discussion concerning her

fate is at fever pitch when

the doorbell rings – Flo has


‘ODD’ GOINGS ON: (L-R) Sue Whittaker, Iwona Abramowicz and Wendy Knight.

The evening ends with Olive

inviting Florence to move

in with her to help alleviate

her own loneliness. Florence

is overwhelmed with this

gesture and gleefully accepts

with promises of the great

improvements she can make

to Olive’s lifestyle and living

conditions! Thus the Odd

Couple is created!

To this mix of six females

the author has added

two Spanish single males,

occupants of the apartment

building. A dinner date is

arranged which leads to a

scene of laughter, tears and


This play is filled with

comedy, fun and action as it

explores friendships and how

opposites can attract – just

not under the same roof!

The ensemble includes

Chris Richardson, Nola

Bartolo, Wendy Knight,

Sue Whittaker, Iwona

Abramowicz, Sandra Muscat-

Bowers, Robert Longley and

newcomer Lee Sarich.

Performances are at 49A

Kalang Road, Elanora

Heights from April 20-27.

Book now on 9979 9694 to

avoid disappointment or

email boxoffice.elanora@







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Dining Clubs & Guide Pubs

Clubs & Pubs

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

Choirboys run

to our paradise

Aussie rock favourites

Choirboys are looking

forward to their long-awaited

return to the Northern

Beaches and their gig at

Pittwater RSL on Saturday 27


The four-piece band,

who formed in 1979 and

featured as major players

in the early ‘80s pub scene

before striking fame with hits

including ‘Run To Paradise’

(a current classic rock FM

radio favourite), ‘Boys Will Be

Boys’ and ‘Never Gonna Die’,

have played more than 100

shows around Australia since

their last appearance locally

in 2017.

Bassist Ian Hulme, who

grew up in Mona Vale and

linked with Brookvale-based

lead vocalist Mark Gable

after the pair figured in

separate bands that often

played at the Royal Antler

Hotel in Narrabeen, said the

audience could expect all

the favourites, plus some

surprise covers.

“We will probably throw

in a Creedence Clearwater

Revival song too, as we’ve

just finished recording six

Creedence songs,” he told

Pittwater Life.

“We’ve got lots of stuff

planned – we released an

instrumental album (1965)

recently, and also a live

album. Plus we are writing

material for a new album due

out soon.”

Age hasn’t wearied the

band, who play up to 40

gigs a year across Australia –

often with barely a moment’s

rest between engagements.

“We’ve flown from Sydney

to Broken Hill for a Saturday

gig, then driven from

midnight to Mildura – that

was crazy dangerous – flown

from there on the Sunday

morning to Melbourne, then

Sydney, then hopped in a car

and driven to Wollongong for

a 1pm show!” he said.

Is he surprised by the

audience demographic


“I’m surprised by the

demographic in the mirror!”

he said. – Nigel Wall

* Buy any two tickets to

see Choirboys at Pittwater

RSL on April 27 and receive

a third ticket free! Go to

pittwaterrsl.com.au; Promo



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.

Take advantage of their


DAY. This brand new weekly

promotion includes $5 drinks

all day for members, plus a

$15 Roast Meal special (lunch

and dinner) and $10 chicken

wings available to all!

Have some fun with friends

at Karaoke in the Surf Lounge

on the last Friday of every

month; entry is free, commences

from 8pm with great

prizes to win.

And now available for free

download – the new Avalon

Beach RSL Club App. Earn

rewards, prizes and member

points by logging in daily.

See what's on, check out

events, view menus and more!

Don't miss the Super Sunday

raffle on the first Sunday

of the month – there's more

than $1500 in prizes.

Bistro 61 is open for breakfast

from 9am to 11.30am.

Open for lunch and dinner

seven days, with extensive

outdoor dining areas, Bistro

61 offers a variety of specials

(lunch and dinner) during the

week, including $12 tacos

(Tues), $15 Chicken Schnitzels

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

and a $20 burger + beer (Fri).

Seniors are well catered

for – there are daily Seniors

specials, including 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 autumn menu

is now available, offering af-

fordable meals and generous

servings including a variety

of starters and share plates,

seafood, burgers, grills, salads,

desserts and woodfired


Friday night music kicks off

in the Lounge Bar from 5.30pm

to 8.30pm. There are some

great acts in April, including

Jack Evans (5th); Sarah Paton

(12th); Alex Roussos (19th);

and Michelle Little (26th).

Book now for the 2019 RMYC

Golf Day at Mona Vale GC on

May 10. Cost is $175pp for

golf, lunch and show. (Proudly

supporting Beyond Blue.)

Also book for Mother's Day

breakfast or lunch on Sunday

May 12. Choose from an a la

carte breakfast menu or treat

mum to a fabulous 3-course

lunch (in the Top Deck Function

Room) with champagne

on arrival. There's also a kids'

buffet & dessert bar.

Trivia is held every Tuesday

night from 7.30pm (great

prizes and vouchers – 12 years


Club Boat and Social memberships

are now available for

just $160.


Club Palm Beach

Barrenjoey Bistro

1087 Barrenjoey Road,

Palm Beach

In April, head to Club Palm

Beach, located a short stroll

from Palm Beach Wharf, for

great dining for the whole


Book your tickets now

for this year's ANZAC Day

Luncheon on April 25 (Two-up

starts 2pm this year!).

Every Wednesday there's

family trivia from 7pm, with

great prizes!

Grab some friends and

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

top-value a la carte meals

plus daily $13.50 specials of

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oasts (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 to 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

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There are some awesome

live music acts coming

to Pittwater RSL Club in

upcoming months – including

Vanessa Amorosi in May

and Dragon in June; book

tickets now on the club's


Boom Crash Opera and

Taxi Ride hit the stage on

Saturday March 30.

Plus The Choirboys will

'run to paradise' and deliver

a knockout set on Saturday

April 27. Book now!

Hungry? There's something

for all tastes and ages

at Pittwater RSL – 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 to 5pm.

Nonna’s Kitchen boasts a

menu full of delicious and authentic

pizzas, pastas, salads

and starters.

The space is warm and

versatile with intimate booths

to banquet tables for large

groups or families. There is

also a large outdoor terrace

where you can enjoy your

meal with a glass of wine

overlooking the treetops of

Mona Vale. Open for lunch

Thursday to Sunday from

12pm and dinner Wednesday

to Sunday from 5.30pm.

For a taste of Asia try Little

Bok Choy for noodles, fried

rice, stir fries and made-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

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. Book

now to catch The Black Sorrows

on April 12, fronted by

Aussie music 'living legend'

Joe Camilleri.

The Bistro on Level 2 is

a great place for an enjoyable

and affordable lunch or

dinner with classic café and

pub-style food.

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 & Dining.

‘Flame Lounge & Dining’ is

where the club stakes its reputation

on steaks. 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.


Park House

Food Merchants

2 Park St, Mona Vale

Have you visited Food

Merchants Restaurant?

The Park House team

get many booking requests

along the lines of,

“That section at the back…

with the fireplaces.” Well,

that space is their Restaurant

and a part of the

venue that some have not

yet experienced. As you

walk in, there’s an instant

feeling of cosiness and a

whimsical vibe.

The menu offers mouthwatering

dishes such as Californian-inspired


Burrata that bursts with

flavour and Snapper Ceviche

drizzled with jalapeño oil.

But the real stand outs are

the dishes that hero the

freshest locally sourced Australian

seafood and meats.

From local waters, favourites

include Spaghetti

Prawns with mint, parsley,

chilli, butter and lemon; and

Whole Snapper with asparagus

and white miso hollandaise


If you are someone who

loves your steak, you will

be impressed with their

seasonal selection from the

grill. Sourced from areas

including Armidale and the

Riverina and showcasing

exceptional breeds such

as the Hereford-Angus

Cross, the meat cuts on offer

include eye fillet, rump and

classic lamb cutlets.

By now, you should be

salivating – and if not, that’s

where dessert comes in; the

lime tart brûlée is served

with in-house sour cream

Chantilly and pistachio

praline. It’s a perfect balance

of flavours to top off a

memorable evening in Food

Merchants Restaurant.

Looking for the perfect

‘hump day’ inspiration

to get you through the week?

Perhaps their $1.50 oyster

night on Wednesdays is just

what you are looking for!

Get in touch to ask about

Restaurant bookings.


This Month...

Crazy Ride

Two Aussie legends Boom

Crash Opera and Taxiride will

deliver a stacked playlist of

’90s pub rock favourites at

Pittwater RSL on Sat March 30

from 9.30pm. Tickets $45 at

reception, or on 9997 3833 or

online at pittwaterrsl.com.au

Mark Vincent

Enjoy an afternoon listening to

the soaring vocals of Australia’s

most beloved tenors Mark

Vincent at Dee Why RSL on

Sun 7 from 4pm. Tickets $49


Backbeat back

Local favourites Backbeat

featuring Jeff Longhurst, John

Stone, Tim Barber and Josh

Wiles will be at Avalon Beach

RSL on Fri 12 from 9pm with

another eclectic set-list that

ranges from laidback ballads

to full tilt rock n’ roll. Free.

House music

Park House Mona Vale is

partnering with local party

crew Crate Diggers to put on a

big one for Easter Thursday 18

April. BYO rabbit mask! Details

at parkhousefoodandliquor.


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Dining Clubs & Guide Pubs

Tasty Morsels

Merchant on the move

Tasty Morsels

It’s an exciting month for

lovers of Vietnamese cuisine

south of the bends,

with Mekong Merchant

owners Tony Rose and partner

Phuong set to open a

new eatery in Mona Vale to

complement their successful

Avalon restaurant.

The couple say they are

ready to take the next step

in their hospitality ambitions,

having fine-tuned the distincour

tive shop and operation they

opened in Central Road in

BOWL YOU OVER: Mekong Merchant's

mouth-watering chicken

September 2017.

They’ve learned to follow the and noodle salad (above); Tony

‘KISS’ model – ‘Keep It Simple,

Stupid’ – focusing on key diner

favourites and classic Vietnamese

staples such as traditional

produce- and flavor-packed

Banh My, rice paper rolls, Pho

and noodle soups and salads.

“When we first opened we

tried to do everything... we

were opening at 6am and doing

coffee and breakfast banh my,”

explained Tony.

“We soon learnt that Avalon

was very well catered for in the

early hours and the coffee and

breakfast market was a tough

nut to crack. Lunch was our

thing, so we fine-tuned based

on customer feedback, opened

from 10am-3pm, seven days

and extended into dinner during


“We have learnt that by having

a smaller, simpler offering

of popular dishes, we have a

higher turnover of produce

which enables us to cook fresh

every day.”

Phuong explained that in

Vietnam most food vendors do

one dish only – and do it very


“An example is a lady who

had a tiny shop near my old

house in Saigon,” she said.

“Every day she made 50 bowls

crab noodle soup, which meant

when it was sold, she closed.

“Maybe it was the environment

that contributed to the

experience, but I still think it

was up there with the best soup

I ever had.

“We do salads, banh my, rice

paper rolls and spring rolls plus

our Pho. We do four meats plus

marinated tofu all cooked

and Phuong have made traditional

decor a focus of their eateries.

in-house every day.

“All our meats are marinated

overnight. The pork belly (our

signature) goes in the oven at

8am and is ready at 10am –

preparation starts at 7.45am.

“It’s a bit more complex than

the crab noodle soup lady! But

It’s still simple and fresh.”

One of the distinctive features

of their eateries is the vibrant

décor, sourced by Phuong.

“Phuong recently travelled to

Saigon to source more items

for the Mona Vale fit-out,” said

Tony. “We love the old French

colonial-inspired art, along with

the communist propaganda art.

It’s such an interesting contrast

and often provokes comment

and reaction from customers.

“We also use old handmade

fish traps as pendant lights and

traditional handmade cement

tiles on the floor.”

“Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

and Hanoi still have a lot of old

French colonial buildings. Many

of these old buildings have been

renovated and become cafes,

bars and restaurants.

“The high ceilings, ornate

staircases, huge casement

windows and 100-year-old tile

floors are a restauranteur’s

dream as they have inherent

character and ooze history."

Theirs is an interesting backstory.

Tony is an airline pilot

who went overseas for work

after the collapse of Ansett

in 2002. He lived in Avalon

through 1980s and ’90s before

moving to Seoul to work for

Asiana. In 2005 he moved to

Saigon to work for Vietnam

Airlines, which is where he and

Phuong met.

“Phuong was studying traditional

Vietnamese cooking and

working in the film industry.

But her love of traditional

Vietnamese culture and cuisine

soon took priority and her first

restaurant blueprint was already

taking shape!”

However, those plans were

put on hold, as Tony was on the

move again – this time to Abu


“Our son was born in Abu

Dhabi in 2009 and as he approached

school age, our priorities

were changing, and we

decided that Avalon was where

we wanted to be.”

Mekong Merchant Mona Vale

will open at 5/1 Waratah Street

“around Easter”.

“Mona Vale will operate under

the same business model as

Avalon – the menu will be the

same but the premises are

smaller (22 seats) so we expect

more takeaway,” said Tony.

“The vibrancy and feel of

Mona Vale has always appealed

to us. Although well supplied

with quality food establishments

and an existing Vietnamese

presence, we’re confident

that we can offer something

different and should be able to

carve out a small piece of the

lunch market.”

The couple are planning

menu additions.

“I’m always coming up with

new ideas for the menu and

Phuong is very quick to stamp

‘rejected!’ on my proposals,”

said Tony. “However, the Vietnamese

version of steak and

chips served on a sizzling hot

plate with pate and a fried egg

is something we talk about.

“And with the colder months

approaching our Kampuchian

Pork and prawn plus chicken

noodle soups will make an appearance

soon.” – Nigel Wall

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Local Call

Get cozy on the inside

As the warmer months winter, but light and fresh in interior design for Beachwood:

come to an end, now’s the the summer when the house is “We all get excited when new

time that we often retreat into

our homes – the girls at furniture

and homewares shop

Beachwood in Avalon have

their fingers on the pulse of

what everyone is looking for to

make their homes cozy.

“Autumn is a popular time

to be thinking about fabulously

comfortable sofas, cushions

and throws, as well as table

lamps and candles that are

perfect for creating a homely

feel,” explained manager Jodie


“There is a lot of demand

for our locally made sofas,

custom made to the size,

shape and colour for every

space, while the warm tones of

Beachwood’s timber furniture

provide such a wonderful base

for layering – they’re cozy in

opened up.”

Filled with artworks, lighting,

cushions and other gorgeous

and irresistible things

that keep the locals popping

in, Beachwood has been part

of the community for more

than 25 years.

Jodie said the team had lots

of fun with customers choosing

fabrics for curtains and


“Light, open weaves in

whites and greys with a heavily

linen curtain behind gives

versatility all year round,”

she said. “We are now working

with a local curtain maker

who is meticulous and have

now installed a range of

curtains at our showroom in


Adds Florence, who does the

curtains and blinds are installed

and see those beautiful

fabrics up and hanging. The

customer does too!

“I’ve just come back from a

month in France, seeing family,

with renewed inspiration

and enthusiasm for creating

interiors with character and


Beachwood has also recently

expanded its showroom in

Warriewood to include a growing

number of handcrafted

tables, made using recycled

timbers and traditional methods

of carpentry.

“We have been making

tables for 25 years and remain

focused on offering customers

unique handcrafted and wellpriced

pieces,” said Jodie. “We

have just set up another work-

Celebrating 25 years in Mona Vale

Bungan Street Mona Vale

specialist business Northern

Suburbs Water Filters is

celebrating its 25th anniversary

this year – with owner

Jenny Dey observing that

although the filter systems

required to remove chemicals

from drinking water may have

changed over that time, the

end result remains the same:

that is, a healthier, better quality

and tasting water for your


Jenny and husband Bruce

started the business in 1994

(with Bruce now a specialist

manufacturer of industrial

water systems). Jenny says that

back then, filters were often

a simple system sitting on

your kitchen counter – today,

with the focus on healthier

lifestyles, plumbing a filter in

under the sink has become a

normal fixture in the kitchen.

Jenny says her background

in pathology (microbiology) –

isolating microscopic Giardia –

“is increasingly relevant today

as removing Giardia is one of

the three big reasons people

want to install a water filter”.

CHEERS TO OUR SILVER ANNIVERSARY: Owner Jenny Dey (on right) with

her team (l-r) Marita Wilkinson, Levi Cameron and Jan Dowling.

“When we started in 1994 it

was due to concern both about

the quality and taste of our tap

water, and the future stress

on the supply from increased

population, industry, mining

and agriculture,” Jenny


“Tap water requires regular,

large doses of chemicals

including chlorine, caustic

soda, carbon dioxide, sodium

hydroxide and sulphuric acid,

to disinfect, clarify and pHstabilise


Jenny said the business

shop and have a wonderful

collection of old timbers that

are waiting to be turned into a

piece of art for the home.

“It is the quality combined

with the perfect array of beautiful

and functional items that

has created our strong and

loyal following.”

* Beachwood is having its

annual four-day Easter sale

from 9am-4pm on April 20-

23; 1/8 Ponderosa Parade,


continued to grow, as customers

were even more health conscious

– and health informed

– than they were 25 years ago.

“With food allergies on the

rise, people are being proactive

about their health and

removing chemicals is very

important to them,” she said.

She added the health benefits

of removing chemicals

ranged from increased energy

levels and weight control to rehydrated

skin, improved sleep

patterns and a decrease in the

prevalence of headaches.

Northern Beaches Water

Filters stocks a full range of

filters for the home, travel,

boat, tank water and office,

with filters readily installed to

new or existing kitchens.

“We offer full installation on

our products, which gives our

customers confidence that the

job will be done properly,” said


She invites all past customers

to drop by to say hi and

welcomes enquiries from

anyone wanting to know more

about their filters and health

benefits. – Nigel Wall

Local Call

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Food Life

Guide to a stay-at-home

Easter brunch for family

with Janelle Bloom

Food Life

Recipes: www.janellebloom.com.au Photos: Adobe Stock; sweet potato split – Ben Dearnley

Easter, Anzac Day and school holidays all make April a little

disruptive to the routine we have all just settled back into. It

can be hot and humid, or cold and wet, so I like to plan our

Easter brunch with family and friends at home. Here is some easy

food we hope inspires you to enjoy sharing.

Fish Pie

Serves 6

80g (1 cup) finely grated


3 cups plain flour

250g chilled butter, diced

1 egg yolk

3-4 tbs iced water

1 egg, beaten

3 tsp sesame seeds


2 tbs olive oil

1 leek, halved, thinly sliced

750g boneless firm white fish

fillets, cut into 2cm pieces

1 lemon, rind grated, juiced

½ cup sour cream

2 egg yolks

1½ cups cooked rice

2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled,


¼ cup chopped parsley leaves

1. To make the pastry,

combine the parmesan,

flour and butter in a food

processor. Pulse until the

pastry resembles fine

crumbs. Add egg yolk and

2 tablespoons of the iced

water; pulse until pastry

comes together, adding

more water if necessary.

Turn onto a lightly floured

benchtop. Lightly knead the

pastry until base is smooth.

Divide pastry in half, shape

into two discs, wrap baking

paper and refrigerate for

30 minutes to rest.

2. Meanwhile, to make the

filling, heat the oil in a

frying pan over medium

heat. Add leek, cook

stirring 4 minutes until

soft. Add fish, cover and

cook 5 minutes, stirring

occasionally until fish

is just cooked through.

Remove from heat. Add

lemon rind, squeeze over

the lemon juice, season

and set aside to cool.

3. Combine sour cream and

egg yolks in large bowl.

Add the rice, mix well. Add

fish mixture, hard boiled

eggs and parsley. Mix until

well combined.

4. Preheat the oven to 200˚C

fan forced. Roll one half

of the pastry out between

baking paper to ½cm

thick. Place a 25cm dinner

plate upside down over

the pastry and use to cut a

25cm round. Place on the

lightly greased baking tray

(keep un-used pastry).

5. Spoon the filling into the

centre of the pastry and

spread it out towards

the edge, leaving a 3cm

border all the way around.

Brush the border lightly

with beaten egg. Roll the

remaining pastry slightly

smaller than the base of

the pie (about 24cm) and

gently place it over the

filling. Bring the base up

to meet the top, pressing

edges together to seal

pastry edge.

6. Press party trimmings

together. Roll out to ½cm

thick and cut decorative

shapes. Brush the pie with

egg, sprinkle edge with

sesame seeds and decorate

with pastry trimmings.

7. Make a couple of small

slits in the top to allow the

steam to escape. Bake oven

for 35-40 minutes until the

pastry is golden brown

and the filling is hot. Serve

warm or cold.

Sweet potato splits

with chimichurri

Makes 6

6 x250g sweet potato,

unpeeled, scrubbed

1 tbs olive oil

¾ cup thick Greek-style



¼ cup red wine vinegar

¼ tsp caster sugar

1 long red chilli, deseeded,

finely chopped

1 long green chilli, deseeded,

finely chopped

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 cup continental parsley

leaves, chopped

½ cup coriander leaves,


1 tbs thyme leaves

100ml olive oil

1. Preheat oven 200°C fan

forced. Pierce the sweet

potato at least 8 times with

a fork. Rub the skins all

over with oil and season

with salt and freshly

ground black pepper.

2. Put onto an oven tray and

roast 40-55 minutes or

until they are tender all the

way through to the centre.

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

3. Meanwhile for the

chimichurri, combine

the vinegar, sugar, chilli

and garlic in a bowl,

season and mix until well

combined. Stir in the herbs.

Add the olive oil in a slow

steady stream, mixing until

sauce is well combined.

4. Split the sweet potatoes

down the centre with

a sharp knife and ease

open. Spoon in dollops of

yoghurt and drizzle over

the chimichurri.

2 Lebanese cucumber,

quartered lengthways,


½ small red onion, thinly


1 small red capsicum,


1 small orange or yellow

capsicum, chopped

¾ cup kalamata olives

150g pieces Greek feta

1. Whisk oil, lemon rind,

2 tablespoons lemon

juice, garlic and oregano

together. Season well.

2. Combine tomato,

cucumber, onion, capsicum

and olives in a large bowl.

Cut one-third of the feta

off and crumble over the

salad, toss gently. Place

the remaining feta into the

centre of the salad. Drizzle

over the dressing just

before serving.


Easter cake

Serves 6-8

125g butter, chopped

150g dark cooking

chocolate, chopped

1¼ cups caster sugar


/ 3 cup water

½ cup cocoa powder

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1½ cups self-raising flour

1 cup buttermilk


250g butter, chopped, at

room temperature

2 tbs cocoa powder

1½ cups icing sugar mixture

200g dark cooking

chocolate, melted, cooled


/ 3 cup Maltesers

1. Preheat oven 160C fan

forced. Grease a 22cm

round cake pan. Line

base and side with baking


2. Combine butter,

chocolate, sugar and

water in a large saucepan

over a low heat. Stir until

butter and chocolate

are melted and sugar is

dissolved. Transfer to a

large bowl. Add cocoa to

the warm mixture, whisk

until smooth. Cool 10


3. Whisk eggs into chocolate

mixture. Add flour

and buttermilk, in two

batches, whisking until

smooth. Pour into prepared


4. Bake for 1 hour, or until

a skewer inserted into

the centre comes out

clean. Stand in pan for 15

minutes. Transfer to a wire

rack to cool.

5. For frosting, beat butter

with an electric mixer until

pale. Sift the cocoa and

icing together then add

to butter in two batches,

beating until smooth.

Add chocolate. Beat until


6. Cut cake in half

horizontally. Place the base

onto cake plate. Spread

over half the frosting. Top

with Maltesers. Sandwich

with cake top. Spread

remaining frosting over the

top of the cake. Cut into

wedges to serve.

Janelle’s Tip: You can

replace the Maltesers with

small Easter eggs!

Food Life

Greek salad

Serves 6

3 tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 lemon, rind finely grated,


1 garlic clove, crushed

2 tsp dried Greek oregano

3 ripe tomatoes, chopped

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Food Life

In Season

Kiwi Fruit

Food Life

With as much potassium

as a banana and

more Vitamin C than an

orange, kiwi fruit is healthy,

delicious and versatile!


Ripe kiwi fruit should be

firm, but not hard. They

should have a sweet floral

aroma. The skin should

not appear broken and the

kiwi should give slightly

to gentle pressure at stem

end. Warning: Avoid soft

kiwi fruit!


Refrigerate unpeeled, ripe

fruit loose in crisper drawer

for 3-5 days.

To ripen, leave at room

temperature for 2-3 days

or until it gives to gentle


Janelle’s Tip: To speed up

ripening, place in a loosely

sealed paper bag with an

apple, banana, or pear and

keep at room temperature

until ripe.


Thou the skin is edible most

of us prefer to peel it. Cut

the ends off first, then turn

the kiwi upright and use

the sharp knife or vegetable

peeler to cut off the skin in

long strips, following the

curve of the fruit.


One cup of kiwi fruit is an

excellent source of vitamins C

and K and a significant source

of folate and potassium.

Also In Season


Apples; avocados;

custard apples; kiwi fruit;

fresh Australian dates &

pomegranates; grapes; limes;

pears; passionfruit; tamarillo;

bok choy; green beans;

capsicum; cauliflower; kale;

fennel; pumpkin; silverbeet;

spinach; sweet potato;


Breakfast sundae

Makes 4

150g piece fresh ricotta

2 tbs honey

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

1 cup Greek yoghurt

1 1/3 cups toasted granola

4 large kiwi fruit, peeled,


1. Beat the ricotta, honey and

vanilla with hand mixer

until smooth. Fold in the


2. Spoon ¼ cup granola

into the base of four tall

glasses. Top each with 2

tbs ricotta mixture then

chopped kiwi fruit. Top

with another 2 tablespoons

ricotta then more

kiwi fruit. Sprinkle with

1 tablespoon granola.


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Pittwater Puzzler

Compiled by David Stickley

24. A successful stroke bringing a ball

out of a bunker etc (8)

26. A small exclusive bunch of people

with a common interest (2-5)

27. A formal or professional judgment

expressed, especially in law (7)

28. Creative group, based in Avalon,

that sells a variety of hand-made

goods around the Northern Beaches



1. Neil Simon play presented by

Elanora Players in April (3,3,6)

9. Level of government represented

by Jason Falinski in the electoral

division of MacKellar (7)

10. A document certifying the

successful completion of a course of

study (7)

11. A person connected by blood or

marriage (8)

12. Fr George Kolodziej’s position in

the Catholic Parish of Pittwater (6)

13. Snakelike fish (3)

14. Fox League commentator and

Pittwater resident (4,7)

17. Early ANZAC ceremony held in

multiple places across the Northern

Beaches (4,7)

20. A substance in a condition in

which it has no definite boundaries

or fixed volume, but will fill any

space (3)

22. Hamburger additions for hungry

eaters (3,3)


1. The regulated movement of traffic

in opposite directions on the same

stretch of road at different times of

the day (5,4)

2. A mistake in writing or printing,

especially one noted in a list in a book


3. One who rescues, or, perhaps,

someone who works for Uber Eats (9)

4. Programmer’s output (4)

5. Match officials needed in cricket

and AFL (7)

6. Not bound together, as papers or

flowers (5)

7. Measurement of the type of

acceleration that causes a perception

of weight (1-5)

8. Christian festival celebrated in April

in 2019 (6)

15. A pole bearing a sign that gives

directions or shows the way (9)

16. Suburban home of the Sydney

Bahá’í Temple (9)

17. An isolated fact that is considered

separately from the whole (6)

18. Short stay on a journey (4-3)

19. Foreign objects (7)

21. Espionage (6)

23. Trimming gardening tool (5)

25. Organisers of the Walk for Water

world record attempt on April 7 (4)

[Solution page 72]

Pittwater Puzzler

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Garden Life

Garden Life

Delight ‘Hedge’ your in the bets amazing when

colours it comes of to hydrangeas

screen choice with Gabrielle Bryant

AAutumn lways a favourite is the best for time to plant new trees flowers in summer, scarlet-flowered bottle

Christmas and shrubs; colour, the soil hy-idrangeas March are heavy flowering rain but their it is still warm from quas (pictured) that flower in autumn and – for

damp after the brushes that bring the birds, Camellia sasan-

heads the summer off! They sun. look wonderful

With in the the garden, shortening brightening days new roots will grow, Indian hawthorn. Before deciding, check the

hard seaside conditions – nothing beats the

the ready semi-shaded to give your areas plants and a head start as soon height that the plants will reach.

glowing as spring in arrives. the full, If privacy protected is a problem after Prepare the soil, dig down into the earth and

sunlight. renovations, Once or in the a new older home, hedges are the work in plenty of compost and slow-release fertiliser

before digging a hole to plant. (Never put

varieties answer. They were are either easy pink to establish or and you can

blue vary the depending height to on your the needs soil, with a sharp pair fertiliser into the bottom of the hole, the roots

additional of clippers. lime will deepen

need to be encouraged to spread out in search of

the Hedges pinks and are more blueing environmentally tonic friendly than nourishment.)

(sulphate metal fences of aluminium) or concrete walls. will You can choose Tall hedging plants should be planted approximately

90cm apart, but low-growing Buxus

Cherry Guava a

heighten between flowering the blues, shrubs but the and evergreen ones,

exotics or natives. The choice is endless.

or smaller shrubs should be at 50cm intervals. sweet surprise

new named varieties will


maintain Choose their carefully colour. before White planting a hedge. Ask advice when you buy plants from garden n full flower in my veggie

never Amongst changes. the most There popular are are the Lilli pillis centre staff.

garden is my Cherry Guava,

hydrangeas (choose a variety of every that size will resist from the psyllids

Start to clip your new hedge as soon as you sometimes known as a Strawberry


Guava. This delightful

the that tiny distort dwarf the Piamina leaves), the to the Viburnum emerald plant it. This will encourage bushy growth from

tall gem traditional with its huge Mop shiny Heads. green leaves, that have the bottom. Don’t let the plants grow tall and evergreen shrub never fails to

With wonderfully so many orange-scented to choose from clusters of white leggy before you trim them.

produce with a heavy some crop of cherry

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


It is a small, pretty tree


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



lace caps, the huge blooms hydrangea paniculata bushes smaller growing Picotee rounded, ometimes glossy there green is no leaves room

varieties with two-tone flower that to only plant grows a hedge. to about Outside a

heads are hard to leave behind

and if you have a semi-

trimmed bour, on into a balcony, shape after or at fruit-


three side window metres in next height. to a Keep neigh-


shaded wall, the climbing ing. end The of a delicate veranda, fluffy you flowers can get

hydrangea petiolaris is just are your creamy privacy white, by using growing one close of


to the the many branches. decorative They panels are followed

that are by available the tangy now. flavoured,

Hydrangeas are forgiving

plants that are easy to grow. sweet, Most berry-sized, are made of cherry steel, red with

They like regular water and fruit patterns that are stamped high in out vitamin to let C.

any good garden soil. Mulch Unlike the light the and taller-growing sunlight through. deciduous

You yellow can choose guava from that needs rust col-

the roots with compost to

keep them cool and feed cooking, oured metal, the fruit powder-coated

can be eaten

them in early spring to get raw coloured straight louvres, from the timber tree or lattice

or in bamboo cooking, panels. jellies, drinks,

them going. Grow them in used

pots, or in the garden; bring sauces And or if you jams. want to add

them inside when in flower

greenery, You should you protect can hang the baskets

from fruit fly the with screens a fruit – fly voila! bait.


or cut the blooms – they last from

well in water.

Get into the

‘swing’ of Xmas

It is time to relax and enjoy

your garden. Look at your

outdoor seating requirements

– the shops are full of

amazing chairs and tables.

Hanging cane egg chairs have

been trendy for the past few

years and now the ‘Swing

Seat’ is back. Nothing is more

peaceful than swinging in a

seat for two, sheltered from

the weather with a roof to

shade from the sun – makes a

great Christmas present too!

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Every home should

have a Citrus tree

You can plant citrus in

the garden, or grow

them in a pot. Some

varieties grow larger than

others and are more suited

to garden planting.

Make sure that you buy

trees that are grafted; they

will fruit at a younger age,

be true to type, have a

better root system and be

more disease-resistant.

The most popular varieties

for the backyard garden are

Eureka lemons, Washington

navels oranges, Tahitian

limes, Imperial mandarins,

Marsh grapefruit and the

round cumquats. (Cumquats

make a great hedge in the

full sun.)

If you have space, the

native Australian finger

limes (pictured)

are delicious for

cooking – but make sure to

plant them away from hightraffic

areas, as they grow

tall and are very spikey.

Citrus trees need full sun

and very good drainage.

Check the drainage before

planting. Dig the hole and

fill it with water; if it takes

more than 20 minutes to

drain away, the position is

not right for your tree. Also,

always make the hole twice

the size of the pot.

Gently tease the roots

before planting and backfill

around the tree, making

sure that the graft is above

the ground at the same

level as it was in the pot.

Wait for a few weeks before

fertilising your new tree,

giving it time to settle in.

Citrus trees grow

well in pots. There

are dwarf


oranges, lemons,

lemonades, limes,

mandarins and grapefruits

trees especially developed

for pot growing. Eventually

they will require a large tub

or half wine barrel – but

never plant a small tree into

a pot that is too large.

Always repot into a pot

just one size bigger and

work up to the final size.

When repotting, choose a

top-quality potting mix that

has both a wetting agent

and fertiliser mixed in.

Even though they are pots,

dwarf citrus still need full

sun all day. Potted citrus are

better fed more frequently

with organic fertilisers

than annual chemical food.

(Chemicals can build up in

the soil over time.)

Sprinkle of

‘Gold Dust’

Aucuba japonica – or ‘Gold

Dust’ – is an old-fashioned favourite

that is back in popularity.

It is a slow-growing shrub

that is perfect as a backdrop to

other acid-loving plants.

Grow it along a fence line

behind azaleas and hydrangeas,

with camellias, behind gardenias

or as a specimen shrub on its


It will respond well to shaping

that will thicken up the growth;

the colour improves with good

light but protect it from the hottest


The flowers are insignificant

but the bright red berries that

follow in winter are cheerful in

the winter light.

Garden Life

New life from cut flowers

You can make the most of cut flowers by

turning them into garden plants – cut flowers

often wilt and die in a matter of days, but

many floral arrangements have foliage mixed

in as fillers to complement the flowers.

Often if you remove spent flowers and trim

back excessive foliage, the stems will make

roots in water. Cordylines, daisies and other

plants that have woody stems will grow.

Change the water frequently and add a small amount of

cutting powder to the water. Soft new stems won’t work. This

is a very cheap way of adding plants to your garden and pots!

When you move the cuttings from water to soil, dip the cutting

into the cutting powder once again, before planting.

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Jobs this Month

Garden Life


Excessive rain has created

some problems. The

heavy downpours have

washed away top soil and

as the surface dries, it

hardens. Turn the soil and

add new organic fertiliser

and compost. Gogo juice

will help to replenish any

lost nutrients. Replace lost

mulch as you prepare for

winter. Weeds are springing

up everywhere. Control them

with Slasher, the organic

weed killer that is harmless

to the environment.

Snails on move

Watch out for excessive numbers

of snails and caterpillars

after the rain. Use Multiguard

snail bait or place saucers of

beer around threatened seedling,

and spray plants with

Yates Success to control the


Sweet timing

It is not too late for Sweet

Peas. Grow the taller varieties

for picking. They will need

support that should be erected

at the time of planting. A

tripod of bamboo works well,

or you can grow them over a

frame or archway. Remember

that tall-growing sweet peas

can reach a height of two metres.

Smaller Bijou varieties are

perfect for hanging baskets

and pots, but the stems are

too short for picking.

Lawn care

Our lawns need some help.

Aerate the compacted grass

after the heavy rain and feed

your grass for the last time

before winter.

Planting checklist

It is still too early to plant

spring bulbs but don’t leave

it too late to buy them. The

popular varieties are still in

the stores now but will soon

run out. Keep the bulbs in the

crisper drawer of the refrigerator

until next month. Replace

summer annuals with pansies,

violas, English marigolds,

primulas, cineraria, alyssum,

poppies and lobelia for winter

colour. Also, plant some snapdragons

in the veggie patch

and use the flowers in your


‘Level’ headed

It is a good idea to check the

pH of your soil before planting

new seedlings and shrubs.

Most plants need a pH level of

6.5 to 7. The pH is the acidity

or alkalinity of the soil. Many

garden problems can be

corrected by the addition of

lime to increase the pH level

Purple splash & Guzmanias

Fill some gaps or plant a border with Purple splash (left).

This delightful small plant will give colour and fill gaps in

the garden all year round. It grows in sun or part shade to

a height of just 30cm. It is undemanding and easy to grow.

It looks great in mixed pots of colour or in wall baskets on

the fence.

Usually sold as indoor plants, guzmanias and bromeliads

(right) make excellent garden plants for semi-shade

or under trees. They flower throughout the winter months

with colour that lasts for many weeks. They multiply and

naturalise but never become invasive.

or sulphate of aluminium to

lower it. It is easy to check on

line the pH level that is best

for your garden. A pH metre

is a worthwhile investment

for keen gardeners. Once

you know your soil type your

plants will thrive.

Balloon flowers

Get the kids to plant some

Balloon flowers (platycodon).

They can be white, pink, lavender

or purple in colour. They

are easy to grow in the garden

or in pots. The unopened buds

swell into balloon shaped

balls before opening into huge

open flowers. If the buds are

squeezed gently, they make a

popping noise like a balloon.

They prefer cooler weather

so some afternoon shade will

protect them from the hottest


Happy herbs

Gone are the days of plastic

packaging – Mr Fothergills

have released a range of

ready-to-grow herbs in environmentally

friendly paper

packaging. Try them on the

kitchen window sill and use

the herbs in your cooking.

Crossword solution from page 69

Mystery location: REFUGE COVE

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Times Past

HISTORY: This aerial shot from 1942 locates the

marquee for religious services in Old Barrenjoey Road to

the south of the present-day Chambers Cellars; St Marks

Church, prior to demolition in 1981, with South Avalon

headland behind (photo loaned by the Rector Sturt Young).

St Marks’ ‘marquee’ non-event

Times Past

The earliest register of

Divine Service of St

Marks Church, Avalon

Beach, recorded that meetings

were held in the homes of the

Wickham and Kernot families

in Avalon Parade in the 1920s.

Services in the late 1930s

were held in the lounge room

(later ‘Ibiza’) adjacent to the

general store built by Grace

and Stan Wickham in 1934 and

now occupied by Chambers


The illness of Mrs

Wickham’s mother in 1942

made the closing of the living/

lounge room for Church

services imperative. More as

a stop-gap measure, it was

decided to purchase a large

second-hand marquee-style

tent and erect it on land that

later became the Avalon

Cinema. It was hoped that

the large Christmas camping

population might join in, so

the tent was furnished with

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chairs, forms, a desk and a

cabinet organ. The first service

was to be held by the new

Rector, the Rev. Mr Pattison.

As the congregation made

for this new venue on the

morning of 20 December to

attend the first Church tent

service, they were greeted with

the news that “the tent had

been blown to smithereens”.

A good old southerly buster

had been too much for the

aged canvas and the tent sides

“flapped flag-like in the stiff

wind”, exposing the furniture

to the storm. Everyone chipped

in to salvage the contents

and of course the service was

abandoned for the day.

Mr Small provided the use of

his small real estate office (the

present and original entrance

to Avalon’s organics) for

services. Unfortunately, only

three people could sit abreast,

which meant there was no

room for either piano or organ

so Mrs Dorothy Marshall

accompanied the hymns on

her violin.

The first meeting of the

Avalon Beach Church of

England Building Committee

took place after the evening

service of 27 April 1941. A

petition was sent to the Prime

Minister John Curtin seeking

permission to build a Church,

since WWII had seriously

curtailed building supplies

and activities.

Permission was granted and

on 23 October 1943, His Grace

the Archbishop of Sydney, the

most Reverend H.W.K. Mowell,

officially opened the new brick

Church at 3pm. In front of

a large crowd the following

Clergy attended – Archdeacon

Johnstone (who had previously

laid the foundation stone in

July that year, the Revds. A.T.

Pattison, Boyce R. Horsley and

the Architect, G. Feltham.

The first marriage in

the new Church was on 10

December 1943 between June

Linton and John Ryves and

as was custom, a bible was

presented to the couple.

The ‘Parish Messenger’

reported in March 1946 that

the people of Avalon Beach had

wiped out the Church debt.

By 1981 numbers had

swelled and the current

Church replaced the earlier


Services can be found on the

website of Barrenjoey Anglican

Churches/St Marks.

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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Travel Life

Travel Life

Insider's story on

Sri Lanka beauty

Situated off the south-eastern

tip of India, Sri Lanka is

enriched with cultural history,

wildlife, vegetation, waterfalls,

tropical beaches and ancient

monuments. This combination

makes Sri Lanka one of the

most beautiful and diverse

destinations you will ever find.

Travel View’s Gail Kardash

and husband Guy recently

experienced the ‘Pearl of the

Ocean’ with Insider Journeys,

coming away with an extensive

‘must-do’ list.

“At the top is a visit to Kandy

– the last capital of the ancient

kings’ era of Sri Lanka,” said

Gail. “The city lies among hills

on the Kandy plateau, with

tropical plantations, mainly tea.

“Kandy is home to the

Temple of the Tooth – one

of the most sacred places of

worship in the Buddhist world

which was declared a world

heritage site in 1988.”

Gail said the iconic slow,

scenic train trip to nearby

Nuwara Eliya, winding through

famous Ceylon tea plantations,

gave the opportunity to see the

colourful tea pickers at work.

A visit to the old Galle fort on

the south-west coast revealed

a magnificent architectural

heritage and blending.

“The fort was built in

1588 by the Portuguese,

then extensively fortified by

the Dutch from 1649,” Gail

explains. “It is a historical,

archaeological and architectural

heritage monument, which

even after more than 423

years maintains a polished

appearance, due to extensive

reconstruction work – it now

shares space with fabulous

hotels, restaurants and

jewellers creating beautiful

pieces from precious Sri Lankan

gems including emeralds and

sapphires.” (She recommends

‘High Tea’ at the fort.)

On the west coast, Yala

National Park allows the

opportunity to spot leopard,

elephant and deer, hyena, sloth

bear, crocodile and numerous

varieties of birds including

preening peacock.

“Also, Sri Lanka boasts

incredible scenic coastlines,

with southern seaside resorts

located in Weligama, Tangalle

and Hikkaduwa where Insider

finishes its tour, leaving a couple

of days to relax,” said Gail.

Sri Lanka’s incredibly diverse

cuisine – shaped by many

historical and cultural factors –

is a standout.

“Foreign traders brought new

food items and influences from

southern India in particular,

while Indonesian and Dutch

influences permeate as well,”

said Gail.

She said Insider Journeys

provided the perfect way to

explore, offering options from

small group journeys up to 16

people, to private itineraries.

* Want to learn more? Have

a coffee with Gail in Avalon

(9918 4444) or Collaroy

(9999 0444).

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