Pittwater Life May 2019 Issue


2019 Federal Election. Mackellar Candidates. Author Meg Keneally. National Volunteer Week. Help our Farmers. Dog Water Parks. Vanessa Amorosi. Retro Van Fun.

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Mackellar battle lines drawn

Here we go again! Barely

two months on from the

NSW State Election, Pittwater

residents are heading back to

the polling booths to cast their

votes for the seat of Mackellar

in the 2019 Federal Election on

May 18.

We know how difficult it is

for you to juggle democracy

sausages with candidates’

flyers, so to make things

easier we’ve compiled an

all-you-need-to-know guide to

each candidate: who they are,

what they stand for, and what

they’re promising.

Seven candidates are

running: incumbent Liberal

MP Jason Falinski, Labor’s

Declan Steele, the Greens’

Pru Wawn, Independent

Alice Thompson, the United

Australia Party’s David

Lyon, Sustainable Australia’s

Suzanne Daly and the

Christian Democrat Party’s

Greg Levett.

(As we neared going to press

Dr Daly and Mr Levett were

late nominations, so we were

unable to interview them for

this issue. However, you can

read about Newport local Dr

Daly and her campaign pitch

at sustainableaustralia.org.au.

For more info on the Fred Nile

Group visit cdp.org.au.)

Our special Federal Election

guide starts on page 34.

* * *

Also this month, we

feature a host of locals

and their interesting stories:

inspirational Newport mum

Sam Bloom is urging people

to get behind the Wings For

Life World Run (page 12);

to coincide with National

Volunteers Week we reflect on

Michael Mannington’s 10 years

as a volunteer community

photographer (page 18); and

Meg Keneally – Thomas’

daughter – talks about growing

up with her famous dad and

the steps that have led to the

release of her first solo novel,

Fled (page 32). Have a great

month all! – Nigel Wall

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COVER: We hear from the candidates contesting the seat

of Mackellar at the 2019 Federal Election on May 18 (page

34); NB Council is researching dog water parks with an eye

on future local offleash walking needs (page 6); the NSW

Government and Council are teaming up to try to buy

developer-owned land and leave it as greenspace (page 16);

to help kick off Volunteers Week we look at the work of

photographer Michael Mannington (page 18); meet the locals

having fun restoring retro vans (page 20); and Meg Keneally

talks about carving her own career after co-authoring four

books with dad Tom (page 32). COVER IMAGE: Sharon Green.

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Life Stories: Author Meg Keneally 32-33

Federal Election Special: Meet the candidates 34-39

Art Life 40-41

Surfing Life 42-43

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Law 54-55

Trades & Services 56-58

Clubs & Pubs 60-61

Food 64-66

Crossword 67

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4 MAY 2019

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Dog water parks to make s

After decades of local

government inaction,

Pittwater dog owners

could soon be spoilt for choice

about where to walk their pets

offleash – with the prospect of

bespoke ‘dog water parks’ even

being mooted by Northern

Beaches councillors.

Last month Council rubberstamped

a fenced-off section

of Avalon Beach Reserve as a

permanent offleash dog area

following extensive community

consultation and an almost

year-long trial.

Also, Council is currently

poring over environmental assessments

relating to the proposed

12-month offleash trial

at Station Beach, which had

received 90 per cent support

from the community when the

consultation period ended at

the end of February.

At its March meeting, Council

voted to have staff prepare

them a report with options “on


An example of

a water park

in the US.

providing a park with water

features for dogs, with a range

of water supplies, from innovative

to traditional”.

The initiative was led by

deputy mayor Sue Heins and

Frenchs Forest Ward councilor

Penny Philpott.

Dog water parks are popular

in inland areas of the UK, USA

and in European countries

including Spain.

Cr Heins told Pittwater Life:

“The thought pattern is we

have 21 beaches and that number

won’t increase, but people

will always want to have water

facilities for their dogs and for

their dogs to be able to swim.

We are going to need to start

thinking differently about

what else can do.”

She said it would be an

“extreme extravagance” to contemplate

building water parks

in the immediate future.

“But down the track in five

to 10 years there is going to be

a real pressure on our natural


She agreed some of the

parks overseas were “really

over the top – with swimming

pools and toys and floating devices

for dogs and people and

all kinds of interesting things”.

Cr Heins doesn’t believe

dog water parks would replace

dogs’ access to beaches.

“I think it’s as an addition –

the pure joy of a dog swimming

in waterways is very

special,” she said.

Pittwater Unleashed spokesman

Mitch Geddes said: “It

is very reassuring to have

the Deputy Mayor acknowledge

the pressing need for

restoring some balance to our

open space policy, but we are

unaware of any call from the

public for facilities of the kind

contemplated here.

“If we were in Arizona or Ne-


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ines for non-safety related parking offences


vada, we could well understand

the desperation that would

lead to such complicated ideas

to help cool the dogs. But this

is coastal Sydney, with over 42

kilometres of foreshore bounding

the residential parts of our

Pittwater Ward alone. Our needs

are far more simply met at the

end of our streets.”

The Avalon Beach Reserve offleash

park trial received mixed

reviews, prompting Council to

promise a stronger focus on

the site, which is to receive new

seating, extra landscaping and

a drinking fountain.

Mayor Michael Regan said

Council had worked to balance

the interests of dog owners with

those of nearby residents.

“In response to community

feedback, it will be maintained

to a high standard and more

regular ranger visits have been

requested to provide feedback

and advice on appropriate use,”

he said. – Lisa Offord

Lower fines not an option for Council

across the Northern Beaches will not be

reduced – despite the NSW Government handing

Councils the power to amend penalty rates.

At Council’s April meeting, after a voting tie,

Mayor Michael Regan used his casting vote to

lock in the standard $112 rate for

52 offences, with Council deciding

not to ‘opt in’ and fall in line with

the Government’s proposal.

A staff briefing noted that had

Council decided to lower its fines

it would have lost $1.5 million in

revenue per annum, with infringements

dropping to $80 each.

Narrabeen Ward Councillor Rory

Amon was one of seven Councillors

in favour of reducing fines,

along with Pittwater Ward’s Alex

McTaggart and Kylie Ferguson.

Cr Amon told Pittwater Life: “For

years, residents have complained to Councils

about the punitive and excessive nature of parking

fines. In response to residents’ complaints,

Councils have long pointed the finger at the

State Government claiming ‘they set the fine...

blame them, not us’.

“Well, at long last, the State Government has

listened, allowing Councils to reduce fines.”

He said the decision to maintain the status

quo on parking fines was another example of an

imbalance in Council’s pursuit of revenue.

“In 2018, our Council issued nearly 65,000

parking fines for $8 million in revenue and issued

eight littering fines for $2,250,” he said.

“This Council is addicted to parking fines. We

need to shift our organisational focus.

“Reducing the fine amount encourages this,

as well as showing the community

we are acting in good faith.”

The decision to hold parking

fines at current levels comes as

Council resolved to adopt the

IPART-allowed household rate

increase of 2.7 per cent despite a

push by Cr Amon and five other

Councillors to reduce that percentage

increase in the new financial

year’s draft budget.

Council’s draft budget, which

Mayor Regan described as “responsible”,

includes almost $100

million for major projects within

its total $439 million spending.

“We pushed for a rate increase of only 1.79 per

cent, noting that the Consumer Price Index was

1.8 per cent,” Cr Amon said.

He said rates were now set to increase $4.5

million next year, on top of $4 million last year.

“Over the next 10 years, rates are set to

increase by 43% or $65 million from pre-amalgamation

levels,” he said.

– Nigel Wall

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‘Picnic in the Dark’ success

Northern Beaches Council has agreed to allocate

$50,000 towards the public lighting

work required for the Barrenjoey Headland

and the sand isthmus to be designated an

Urban Night Sky Place.

The council has also

resolved to set up a working

group for the project,

which will include the NSW

National Park and Wildlife

Service, local businesses and

Palm Beach Whale Beach

Residents Association.

The idea for a Palm Beach

Urban Night Sky Place was

Marnie Ogg’s, winner in

2018 of the International

Dark Sky Association’s ‘Dark

Sky Defender’ award.

To raise awareness of

the importance of preserving

the night sky, Marnie

organised the ‘Picnic in the

Dark’ function which was held near North

Palm Beach Surf Club on March 30. The event,

which was attended by 250 people, not only

supported Earth Hour, but also raised funds

for the Australasian Dark Sky Alliance.

Marnie highlighted the detrimental effects

of light pollution and how to preserve the dark

night sky. Astronomer Greg Quicke, known

STARRY NIGHTS: North Palm Beach.

as ‘Space Gandalf’, from the WA’s Kimberley region,

and Astronomer and media personality,

Fred Watson, got the crowd star gazing, while

the North Astronomical Society members had

their telescopes set up for

some closer views.

After urban ecologist

from Sydney University,

Joanna Hadock, talked

about the different species

of microbat in the Sydney

region, a cloud of the

tiny creatures flew past.

Lindy Mitchell regaled the

crowd with the captivating

story about a white whale,

before Avalon’s acapella

choir Night Owls capped

the night with a melodious

finale. And for those who

didn’t bring a picnic, North

Palm Beach Surf Club provided

food and drinks.

Other events to raise awareness of Pittwater’s

precious dark night sky include Twilight Golf

at Palm Beach Golf Club on July 20, for the 50th

Anniversary of the first moon landing, and on

September 23 a moonlight walk to Barrenjoey

Lighthouse with NSW National Park and Wildlife

Service rangers.

– Rosamund Burton


parking fees

will ease


Parking fees at Rowland

Reserve in Bayview have been

slashed by up to 40 per cent

and the number of free onehour

parking spaces doubled

from 28 to 54.

Council has lowered the

summer rate from $10 to

$6 per hour and the daily

rate from $40 to $25. Winter

rates (effective May 1) will

also fall; down to $5 an hour

from $8 and from $35 to $22

per day.

Council’s aim is to encourage

visitors to the popular recreational

spot to park in the

areas provided and not clog

up the surrounding streets.

Rowland Reserve’s growing

popularity with dog-walkers,

anglers, boaties and other

recreational users prompted

the decision to double the

free one-hour parking space


– LO

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Newport rides King tide


It took Michael King 37

years to taste gold medal

success again as a boat

sweep at the Australian Surf

Life Saving Championships.

While sweeping the Newport

junior men’s crew to

victory at Aussies at Moana

Beach in South Australia in

1982 was special, this one on

the Gold Coast in April was

even more memorable.

Why? It just so happened

that the Newport under-23 female

crew (Thunder) created

club history.

“I have had some really

good women’s crews over 22

years, won state and worlds

but couldn’t crack it at the

Aussies,” said the Newport

SLSC Life Member.

But this all changed when

Claudia Harris joined Abby

Ballesty and Tara Doyle, who

both won a state title in their

first year as under-19s two

years ago, and Meagan Barr.

And to think the four university

students have another

two years together rowing in


While Michael is passionate

about the sport and has been

since his late father (Bert

King OAM) introduced him to

surf boats as a 15-year-old, he

can’t help but sing the praises

of the four girls.

“As students and working

part-time as well, they fit in

training and work exceptionally

hard at that and are a

great inspiration for me,”

Michael said.

“All season we came either

first, second or third at every

carnival we competed. It was

quite remarkable.

“There’s no way I feel like I

am 62. I certainly like to challenge

myself and with other

people in the surf.”

Michael said he always

lived in hope that he’d win

another gold medal at Aussies

before the day arrived

when he would become “just

a spectator” at surf boat


“I consider myself very

fortunate to have stayed involved

for so long,” he said. “I

started sweeping in my early

20s. It’s (surf boat racing) a

wonderful thing.”

In three generations of

Kings over 70 years, the late

Bert King, and Michael’s son

Lachlan and daughter Zoe,

have won Aussie medals in

surf boats – but Michael is the

only one to have won gold.

Michael does have one

regret though – he said he

was disappointed he couldn’t

get to see club member Max

Brooks become the new

Australian open ironman

champion on the final day of

Aussies at Broadbeach.

“I was in the boat area

naturally but word soon

travelled about Max’s result,”

Michael said.

“It was a massive achievement.

I have known Max since

he was five. He’s such a nice

young bloke, always has been

and the same goes for his

younger brother Charlie.”

Max would have been at

long odds to win the ironman

after his indifferent season.

But despite sickness and,

more recently, a lower back

injury, Max said he always

felt “he was ready to go”.

“I felt the race would come

down to the ski (second leg),”

Max said after the greatest

moment in his career.

All Queenslanders would

have been hoping for the

great Shannon Eckstein

(Northcliffe) to finish his

career with a ninth Aussies


But Brooks, who has always

said he would never cross

the border like several New

South Wales athletes have to

concentrate on the iron, took

it to Eckstein in the ski leg.

“I was lucky enough to get

a great board wave, so I really

attacked the transition and

was then fortunate to sneak

out on the ski and sit on

Shannon’s wash,” Brooks said.

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LONG TIME WAITING: Sweep Michael King and his Newport Thunder crew

(left to right) Abby Ballesty, Meagan Barr, Claudia Harris and Tara Doyle.

The surfing gods weren’t

kind to Eckstein on the ski

and Brooks got through. But

then Brooks had a battle with

TJ Hendy (Surfers Paradise) in

the swim leg.

Brooks’ never-say-die attitude

saw him catch Hendy on

a wave but, little did he know,

Eckstein had come back into

the picture.

“I knew it would come

down to a sprint finish and I

said to myself, ‘I am not going

to lose this’.”

Brooks was Newport’s

standout at the Aussies.

Apart from gold in the iron,


he won a silver in the open

ski relay with teammates

Mitchell Trim and Jayke Rees,

a bronze in the surf teams

with his brother Charlie, Ollie

Signorini and Jackson Borg.

He almost gave Newport a

bronze in the board relay but

was just pipped by a nose in

the run to the line by Cudgen

Headland. He also finished

sixth in the board final.

Newport’s other gold medal

in opens came on the sand

where Blake Drysdale took

out the open flags for a third

time in succession.

That gave Drysdale the

treble for the 2018-19 season

– Worlds, State and Aussies.

It was a big Aussies, too, for

Palm Beach boat sweep Stephen

Cox. His under-23 male

crew of Alex Polly, Marcus

Greene, Dugald Shannon and

Harrison Tuit won gold. He

also picked up a bronze with

the under-23 female crew of

Gabriela Chubb, Lucy Courtenay,

Grace Shipway and Nicola


The celebrations didn’t stop

after ‘Mad Monday’ for Coxy

– he became a father for the

second time. – John Taylor


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Global race... with no finish line

Reckon you’d be hard pressed to find a

busier woman than Sam Bloom.

With three growing boys, she still

somehow finds enough hours in the day to

inspire others through speaking engagements;

support the best-selling book about

her journey to recovery ‘Penguin Bloom’

and collaborate on the story’s film adaptation;

train and represent our country in

international sporting competitions and

bring home the gold, all the while promoting

and participating in fundraising events

to find a cure for spinal cord injury.

Sam is one of five global ambassadors

for the Wings For Life World Run – an App

race where runners and wheelchair participants

take off at event locations around the

planet at exactly the same moment.

There is no finish line; instead the finish

line catches up with participants with a

virtual ‘Catcher Car’ chasing runners along

the course until each one is caught – the

last man and woman to be caught are

declared Global Champions.

This year’s event, starting at 9pm on

May 5, includes a course along the foreshore

from Manly to Shelley Beach.

Sam’s family participated in their first

Wings For Life World Run last year around

Sydney Harbour.

“The buzz before and during the race

Photo: Cameron Bloom

IN TRAINING: Sam Bloom and son Noah prepare

for the Wings For Life World Run on May 5.

with everyone’s head torch on is so amazing,”

Sam said. “It’s a run for everyone no

matter what your fitness level – you can

walk or run but the most important thing

is to just turn up and it’s only $15 with

100% going to the charity.”

The Blooms have backed the not-for-profit

spinal cord research foundation Wings

For Life since 2013 after Sam suffered

devastating injuries on a family holiday in


“Finding a cure will be the greatest day

for millions of people around the world,”

Sam said.

The best-selling book ‘Penguin Bloom’

featuring stunning photographs shot by

Sam’s husband Cameron, captures the

remarkable story of how an injured bird

helped the family heal and celebrate life.

“We decided before publishing our book

to donate 10 per cent of our royalties to

Wings For Life,” Sam said. “With the book

now in over 13 languages, we are proud to

have contributed in a meaningful way.”

No doubt there will be more opportunities

to pull in vital funds for research with

a second book and a movie underway.

Driven by powerhouse production team

Naomi Watts, Bruna Papandrea, and Emma

Cooper, it will see Watts starring as Sam.

Sam, who is an Executive Producer, said

casting for the boys and Cameron’s character

was progressing well and heads of

departments had been locked in, with filming

on the northern beaches set to begin in

a matter of months.

“We are definitely excited... it is so lovely

to have three caring and talented Australian

female producers, they are all mothers

and have been incredibly inclusive.

“Our director Glendyn Ivin has recently

spent time with us and we look forward to

collaborating with him and the actors.”

– Lisa Offord

* More info on the Wings For Life Word

Run and to register visit wingsforlifeworldrun.com/au/en/app-run-manly/

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$100m capital works boon

Northern Beaches Council has released

its 2019/20 draft budget for community

comment, including total expenditure of $439

million and almost $100 million in the kitty for

capital works.

Staff project that Council is on target to

achieve an estimated $161.6 million in savings

over 10 years – exceeding the NSW State Government’s

promised target of $76.3 million from the


Debt will continue to be paid down, with the

repayment of $5m in loans in 2019/20, bringing

the repayments since amalgamation to $58m,

reducing loans from $90m to $32m.

Mayor Michael Regan said the draft budget

had a focus on renewal of assets, as well as significant

environment protection initiatives and

improvement of roads and footpaths.

“This is a responsible draft budget which will

position Council to continue to provide improvements

for the community, with significant ongoing

investment in capital projects and maintenance

of assets,” Mayor Regan said.

“Over $99m will be invested in new and

renewed assets including surf clubs, creative

spaces, playgrounds and sportsfields.

“Our incredible Coast Walk from Manly to

Palm Beach will continue to take shape with

another $3.1m investment. This includes $0.79m

for art works along the trail.”

Council is seeking community feedback on the

draft budget and the Delivery Program which

specifies all the major work that Council will

undertake over the next four years.

The public exhibition period is open until Sunday

May 26; Roadshows will be staged on Monday

May 6 (6-7.30pm) in the Mona Vale Library

Meeting Room; and Thursday May 9 (6-7.30pm) at

the Coastal Environment Centre, North Narrabeen.

– NW



Author talk. Enjoy a glass

of bubbles and some light

refreshment as Amanda Hampson

gives you a taste of what to

expect from her new book Sixty

Summers. Sun 5 from 5.30-7pm

at Avalon Library. Call 9918 3013

to reserve a spot.

Get cosy. Find out about all the

many simple things a household

can do to keep warm in winter

without costing the earth at

this free seminar on Wed 16

from 6.30-8.30pm at Nelson

Heather Community Centre in

Warriewood. Book through the

NB Council website.

Fire up. Fire & Rescue NSW

(FRNSW) will hold its annual

Open Day on Sat 18 with fire

stations across the State giving

visitors a personal glimpse into

the vital service with safety

demonstrations, tours and plenty

of activities for the kids. Contact

your local station for more info.

Keep chooks. Learn about

keeping backyard chickens. Not

only do these feathered friends

make great pets, they love your

food waste and they give you

fresh eggs. Two free sessions

at the Coastal Environment

Centre Narrabeen on Saturday

18, 10.30am-1.30pm or 2pm-

5pm. Bookings essential.

More info wasteeducation@


Dig this. Join Pittwater Natural

Heritage Association restoring

Duffys Forest’s endangered

ecological community and help

conserve a precious plant near

the Baha’i Temple, Ingleside

on Mon 27 from 8.30am-12pm.

Meet at the picnic shelter, wear

long trousers, long-sleeved shirt

and enclosed shoes. More info


Discover design. Do you have

your eye on a career change or

want to learn the best way to

make the most of your space?

Check out Sydney Design

School’s Open Day on Sat 25

(details on page 40).

Free movie The Aboriginal

Support Group is hosting a

screening of ‘Spear’ on Mon

13 at 7.30pm at the Mona Vale

Memorial Hall. Info 9982 1425.

14 MAY 2019

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Tale of two greenspaces


Locals are celebrating recent

outcomes aimed at ensuring

two Pittwater sites

earmarked for development are

retained as greenspaces.

At Newport, the State Government

and Northern Beaches

Council have committed to a

$4.5 million war chest to try to

purchase a 10,000m2 plot of

developer-owned land at Hillside

Road above Porter Reserve.

And at Bayview, community

group Bayviewlife.org says

residents are cautiously relieved

that an appeal by the developer

of a proposed seniors housing

project on Bayview Golf Course

has been refused by the Land

and Environment Court.

Waterbrook Bayview Pty Ltd

took Council to court after its

DA was refused by Council and

also the Sydney North Planning


Waterbrook wanted to build

85 serviced self-care units in

seven three-storey buildings.

The proposal also included

an integrated golf course

upgrade and provided for revegetation

of the surrounding golf

course to improve the flora and

fauna corridors that would connect

the upper catchment of the

course with the lower portion of

the course and Bayview.

After its DA was refused on

site compatibility grounds,

Waterbrook wanted the LEC

to allow amendment to the

Site Compatibility Certificate

(SCC); Council argued that the

existing SCC (which expired on

March 27) did not certify that

the proposed development was

compatible with the surrounding

land uses and also argued

that the LEC did not have the

power to emend the SCC.

The LEC agreed with Council.

As the DA has now been

refused again, and the SCC has

expired, any further action by

Waterbrook could require a

completely new application.

Bayviewlife.org spokesman

Chris Fletcher told Pittwater

Life: “The case ran for a near

record-breaking five years,

embracing all three levels of

planning authority... it has been

massive draw on community


“It was totally wrong from the

start. The proposed development

site is a ‘High Priority

Wildlife Corridor’.

“While obviously delighted

with the court’s decision, what

seemed of equal importance

was the triumph of the legal

process over vested interests.

“Australia’s a wonderful

country but collectively we’ve

got a pretty poor record when

it comes to urban habitat conservation.

Koalas for example,

probably Australia’s most

recognised and best-loved native

animal, thrived along the

Northern Beaches well into the

1970s. Now they’re extinct!

“But there’s already a plan

afoot to reintroduce them: so

much to do… but we are much

encouraged by many of Council’s

initiatives and interaction

with the community... many of

the Draft Priorities in Council’s

draft TOWARDS 2040 are really


Meanwhile a spokesperson

for Waterbrook said the

company was assessing future

options for Waterbrook Bayview.

“The recent decision at the

Land and Environment Court

was unfortunately due to a legal

technicality. The merits of the

proposal were not taken into

consideration,” the spokesperson

said. “Understandably we

are very disappointed, as the

interest from Northern Beaches

retirees for this style of senior

housing has been significant.”

In March, local MP Rob Stokes

issued a pre-election promise

to work with Northern Beaches

Council to help secure the

Hillside Road, Newport, site

under the NSW Government’s

$340 million Open Spaces and

Greener Sydney package.

Mr Stokes told Pittwater Life:

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The littoral rainforest above

Porters Reserve at Newport.

“This is an important step for

the community to secure this

environmentally significant

land in public ownership.

“Residents and community

groups have correctly identified

the importance of this area and

the reasons it should be retained

and preserved,” he said.

The land is a corridor extension

to other important local

habitat and biodiversity rich

areas, containing a significant

littoral rainforest and adjoins

the Bilgola Escarpment which

comprises Council-owned land

including Attunga Reserve,

Hewitt Park, Hamilton Estate

and Porter Reserve.

Mayor Michael Regan said:

“We know people in our community

love spending time

outdoors, in our local parks

and reserves and exploring our

magnificent environment. This

commitment will go a long way

to improving this lifestyle.

“Purchase of the land is an

opportunity for Council to

protect a valuable natural asset

from development in a prominent


“Council is still actively pursuing

the property on Hillside

Road in Newport, which would

also require an investment

from the State Government.”

– Nigel Wall


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our volunteers


Who better to illustrate the passion,

enthusiasm and support of our local

volunteers than the man behind these

images, photographer Michael Mannington?

It’s been 10 years since Michael (pictured)

f ounded Volunteer Photography,

providing free professional

photography services

to local charity, community

and sporting groups.

And to mark this

milestone and the fact the

service has evolved from

a simple idea of taking

pictures of volunteers as

mementos to now also capturing

and providing highquality

images for not-forprofits

to use in internal

communications, media,

advertising and in exhibitions,

the service now has a

new name – Community Photography.

Michael, who worked as a professional photographer

in the 1960s before taking a different

career path, only set about exploring the world

of digital photography in his retirement.

“Somebody mistakenly took me for a working

pro and asked if I could photograph a group of

volunteers at work,” he told Pittwater Life.

“One shoot led to another and introduced me

to the amazing world of volunteering and its

prodigious contribution to our society.”

By the end of his first year in 2009, Michael

had completed 20 shoots. The following year

the work doubled, and now a decade on, Michael

and a small band of highly skilled photographers

cover more than 100 shoots each year.

Community Photography recently notched

up its one-thousandth assignment and has

published more than 100,000 images covering

a broad range of events, not-for-profits and the

people that make them tick,

including visiting dignitaries

and senior politicians.

Michael said that

recognising the value of

photographing volunteers

came in his second year of

service when shooting for

Foodbank, Australia’s largest

food relief organisation.

“A volunteer showed the

photo I took of him to his

daughter and grandchildren

and to his amazement

the photo created an immediate

reaction of astonishment

as they had no idea

what granddad had been doing every Tuesday

for the past 10 years!” he said.

Although often called on to work further

afield, Michael and the team prefer to focus

close to home on the Northern Beaches… a place

with so many wonderful volunteers.

“Recording volunteer contributions for individual

volunteers and for their future generations

makes our work rewarding,” he said.

– Lisa Offord

* May 20-26 is National Volunteer Week. To

find out more about how you can contribute

check out the Northern Beaches Volunteer

Expo at Dee Why RSL on May 22; more info

9931 7777.

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FINE FOCUS: For the past 10 years

Michael Mannington has offered his services

voluntarily, photographing local

charity, community and sporting events.

His selfless work saw him named the

Pittwater Citizen of the Year in 2015.


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A new awakening

for tired retro vans

Did you hear about the Englishman

and the Welshmen

who bought an old caravan?

It’s not as much of a joke as it

sounds, as the Brits are now

starting their own business on

the northern beaches bringing

tired old caravans to life.

Rob and Rich had been mates

for over a decade, when an idea

came to them a couple of years

ago. As Rob explains, it was a

perfect storm of conversations,

experiences and dreams.

“I was working in the media

in a management role, but was

always a fan of retro things and

making things. I had a thing

for Op Shops – I used to collect

second hand and antiquated

books, and old vinyl records,”

Rob said. “That extended into

retro ornaments and art; I just

liked the feel of old things.

Eventually I bought a cheap

mid-century chest of drawers

and repaired them, and I was

hooked on restoration.

“Rich had a painting and

decorating business and I

envied him the freedom he

seemed to have, and that he

spent his days being physical

and creative.”

Rich continues: “I’d seen

Rob’s efforts making furniture

and art and collecting retro

stuff online. I liked the idea of

us doing a project together. We

used to meet for coffee every

week for a chat and one Saturday

we were discussing Tiny

Living and the projects we’d

seen on Lifestyle TV.

“Then I saw an old caravan

advertised on Facebook for

$2000 and had a brainwave. Rob

and I took out a thousand bucks

each from the ATM, drove to the

Central Coast and bought this

old, battered van.”

Rob and Rich have restored

six vans over the past two years

and sold them all at a profit.

Often the vans are stripped

back completely and rebuilt –

new kitchen, bedroom and living

area – all styled in a modern

way with hints of vintage about


The vans typically take

around three months to restore,

just working on Saturdays. For

Rob it provides a welcome relief

to sitting at a desk all week as

he embraces his “inner tradie”.

Both the Retro Van Lads enjoy

getting the radio blasting and

chatting as they work.

Up until now the vans have

been parked in driveways

and worked on when the sun

is out; now though, the boys

have rented warehouse space

and taken things up a level. As

Rich says, the demand seems

to be there for retro ‘tiny living’.

“We’ve sold all of the vans

within a week and people seem

to like the stylish vans we’re

creating,” he said. “We want

to see if we can do more vans,

working more often, and satisfy

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Mates Rob (left) and Rich are building a reputation

for their top-quality caravan restorations across the northern beaches.

the demand for them. People

take them on holiday, but also

use them for AirBnB or just as a

spare room.”

Rob has his sights set on

even bigger projects, including

myriad custom/themed vans.

“We’d love to turn a caravan

into an old English pub! Bar,

chairs, tables and dart board.

Park it in the backyard and

have our own home away from


* More info Instagram: those_

retro_van_boys; 0422 219 300

(Rich), 0431 835 446 (Rob).

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The Newport war memorial in

Trafalgar Park now shines at

night, with Northern Beaches

Council restoring lights in

time for this year’s ANZAC Day

dawn service. We understand

council was approached to

restore lighting in time for the

Centenary of ANZAC last year;

when that didn’t occur and

another proposed deadline of

mid-2018 passed, organisers

of this year’s service were understandably

a little concerned

local families may have needed

to gather around a torch on

our nation’s most important day of commemoration. As per Commonwealth law and protocol, all

war memorials are to be lit by night. After another reminder late March, council rallied and the

job was done in the nick of time.


In what grateful and relieved

Palm Beach locals are

celebrating as a huge win for

common sense, we understand

our Council staff have

revised their ambitions for

the wholescale beautification

and landscaping work

at south Palm Beach. The

proposed boardwalk along

to Kiddies’ Corner, which

would have seen as many as

25 car parking spots wiped

out, has been put on hold,

perhaps even for good. We

approached Council staff to

confirm the works status.


At a time when more and more businesses are closing their doors across Pittwater, village café

and restaurant owners are bracing for another round of Council fee increases for their outdoor

dining spaces. We reported last year that fees were hiked up to 20%. In its draft budget for

2019/20, Council is proposing to raise fees in Avalon another 13% (year-on-year) to $375 (per

square metre, per year); Mona Vale 9% to $375; Newport 15% to $350; and Palm Beach 17% to

$345. Meanwhile the Consumer Price Index is just 1.8%. In three years’ time our businesses will

have incurred 50% increases. What gives?

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dollar footpath

upgrade plan

Northern Beaches Council

has adopted ‘WALK’ – a

plan to fill missing links

in footpaths across the

Northern Beaches and to

build new paths to encourage

more people to walk more

and use their car less. Under

the plan, missing sections in

footpaths and new paths will

be constructed according to

priority. Design work will

commence on the highest

priority locations soon and

construction will commence

in the next financial year.

Work has been prioritised

on the basis of delivering

better connections to

schools, local destinations

and public transport. The

full delivery of the high

and medium priority

network is expected to take

approximately 14 years

and is expected to cost $42

million ($3 million a year).

Mayor Michael Regan said

the safety of pedestrians,

both young and old, was

a key consideration in

developing the walking plan.

“Council took into account,

for example, the width of a

path so older residents can

freely move around their

neighbourhoods, whether it

be walking or on a mobility


Whale watching

fun for families

Thar’ she blows! With whales

already sighted off our

coastline local specialists

Fantasea are preparing

for yet another massive

season of whale-watching,

conveniently operating out

of their Palm Beach base (and

also Ettalong). Their threehour

Sunday cruises aboard

their 23-metre catamaran

coincide with the annual

Humpback whale migration

North to warmer waters. It

makes a family activity –

listen to their expert host

educate all onboard about

these fascinating creatures;

and enjoy wildlife photo

opportunities and the chance

to see these majestic animals

up close. Plus, you’ll get to

visit the local seal colony

at Barrenjoey headland on

your return to the wharf.

Complimentary tea and

coffee is provided onboard

and snacks are available

for purchase. Northern

Migration Cruise dates

commence Sunday June 22.

Southern Migration Cruises

will operate in September

and October. More info and

bookings fantasea.com.au

Marine radio club

a real lifesaver

Invited dignitaries and

visitors to the recent

Marine Rescue Terrey Hills

Open Day were provided

with a rare insight into

the workings of this

well-oiled machine, boat

safety presentations, flare

demonstrations and a tour

of the radio room. Visitors

heard last year MRNSW

crews launched 2,802

rescue missions, including

841 in response to lifethreatening


The Terrey Hills radio

base was open 24 hours a

day, making and receiving

30,500 calls – these included

boaters calling in for help

in emergencies or Logging

On and Off, navigation

warnings, radio checks

and weather forecasts and

warnings. Volunteers need

your help to provide this

world-class rescue service –

one of the easiest ways for

boaters to support Marine

Rescue Terrey Hills is by

joining the unit’s radio club

known as the Marine Rescue

Safety Service. There is a

joining fee of $25 and the

subscription is $40 a year

or $100 for three years.

Each radio club member

is provided with a unique

radio call sign that makes

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Cookbook helping our farmers

Here’s a great way you can support our struggling, droughtaffected

men, women and children on the land: Farmer is a

heartwarming collection of recipes and stories from some of

Australia’s best loved chefs, foodies and farmers. Contributors

(including our very own Janelle Bloom) donated their

resources (a book like this usually costs in excess of $100,000

to produce), with all proceeds from the sale going to Country

Women’s Association of Australia to distribute to Australian

Farmers in need. You can get a taste of the recipes in Janelle’s

Food column on page 64. And you can purchase a copy from

Beachside Bookshop Avalon or Berkelouw Books Mona Vale.

Also booktopia.com.au and amazon.com.au


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it quicker and easier to

Log On, a free e-magazine

subscription and exclusive

discounts on safety, boating

and fishing gear. Call the

unit on 9450 2468, drop

in at the radio base at the

Volunteer Services Centre

in Thompson Driver (off

Kamber Road) Terrey Hills

or email mrss.terreyhills@


Tips to buy &

sell online

Do you have stuff in your

cupboards or garage that

have served you well but

haven’t been needed for a

while? Instead of putting

them out for collection

where they will end up in

landfill give your much-loved

items a chance to be used

and cherished by another

person and you might make

some extra cash to boot!

Book up to two places to

learn how to buy and sell

online in this free workshop

hosted by NB Council at

Warringah Mall Library

on May 7 from 1-2.30pm.

More info wasteeducation@


Mona sun-safe win

Congratulations to Mona

Vale Surf Life Saving Club

for winning the inaugural

Mate Against Melanoma

$7000 Sun Safety Club

Challenge competition for

Surf Life Saving Clubs in

NSW. All clubs had to enter

a short video on how they

were being sun safe in the

community and including

all ages of club members.

View their winning video

at mam.org.au (news and

events Sun Safety Club


Probus club news

Electrical engineer Gunter

Schaule will deliver a

talk on the discovery and

early use of electricity at

the next Pittwater Probus

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Club meeting at Mona Vale

Golf Club on Tuesday May

14. Gunter, who was employed

in setting up the cyber

network of undersea cables

and satellites with Teleglobe

Canada and OTC Australia,

will speak about generators,

their costs, future supply

and demand and electricity

storage. Meeting commences

10am, visitors welcome; more

info Geoff Sheppard 0437

274 074. The guest speaker

at Palm Beach Probus’

meeting at Club Palm Beach

on Wednesday May 15 is Ron

Humperson, whose talk is

called ‘Seniors v Computers’.

Ron is a former RAF

pilot whose second career

was with IBM. His interest

in computers has continued

in his retirement and

he understands the

problems many older

people have with modern

technology. Visitors welcome;

meeting starts 10.30am. More

info 9973 1247.

5 Lands Walk

Make a diary note to join the

5 Lands Walk celebration

on the Central Coast on

Piano pair in classic concert

Wyvern Music Forestville is presenting two rising talents

of the Australian piano scene – Maggie Wang and Rieko

Makita – performing some of the greatest piano music

by Bach, Chopin, Liszt and Ravel as well as Beethoven’s

remarkable Appassionata Sonata. The concert starts 4pm

on Sunday May 26 at 4pm at Our Lady of Good Council

Catholic Church, Forestville. Award-winning pianist and

Sydney Conservatorium of Music graduate Maggie Wang

is an active soloist and chamber musician, performing

regularly at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Lunchtime

Concert Series. Rieko Makita is an emerging pianist

who has performed as a soloist in the Sydney Opera

House Concert Hall, SOH Utzon Room, City Recital Hall

and Chatswood Concourse. Tickets at the door (including

refreshments) $25 (full), $20 (concessions), children

under 16 free. More info 9416 5234.

Saturday June 22 with

cultural programs, dancing,

art exhibitions and more

spread across Macmasters

Beach, Copacabana, Avoca

Beach, North Avoca and

Terrigal. Highlights include

the infusion of Aboriginal

and Scottish culture with

didgeridoo and pipe bands;

Welsh singers and a return

of the Girrakool Blues

Festival Band Competition;

sculptural installations; a

Spanish-style community

fair and more. There’s a

free bus service on hand

to transport you to each

location. Fantasea ferries

depart Palm Beach for

Ettalong starting 7am, with

last return ferry 6.15pm.

More info 5landswalk.com.

au and fantasea.com.au

Permaculture tours

It’s a big month for

Permaculture Northern

Beaches, who are holding

an afternoon of activities

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New use for old plastic bags

As we reported in March, Newport-founded recycling

innovator Plastic Forests is tackling the country’s plastic

recycling crisis head-on. Its latest product launch is the

‘Mini Wheel Stop’, the first Australian-made recycled product

for inside the home made entirely from mixed plastic

film. Managing Director David Hodge says it could enable

8.8 million kilograms of plastic film waste to be diverted

from landfill – which equates to 12 per cent of the total

plastic waste Australia exported to Malaysia last year! Mini

Wheel Stop is designed as a parking marker for the garage

floor, enabling car owners to stop guessing whether they

are parking in the right spot, and preventing damage to the

car, walls and belongings. Each Mini Wheel Stop is made

in Australia from the equivalent of 155 plastic bags (at 5g/

bag), using mixed plastic film waste that was previously

being exported to Asian countries for recycling. Check

them out at plasticforests.com.au

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at an inspiring garden at

Mona Vale on International

Permaculture Day on Sunday

May 5. Enjoy a permaculture

garden tour packed with

ideas, including edibles,

natives, and aquaponics

(from 1pm); a practical

workshop on making biochar

(2pm); followed by firing up

the cob pizza oven (from

3pm). Bring toppings for

pizzas or other food and

drinks to share. Biochar

improves soil productivity,

crop yields, reduces soil

acidity and the need for

chemical fertilizers and

pesticides. More info


com. PNB will also hold a

guided Bush Tucker Tour

at Narrabeen on Saturday

May 25 (10.30am – 12.30pm),

focusing on traditional

bush plants and their uses

as both food and medicine.

The tour will be conducted

by Jess Sinnott of the

Aboriginal-run and -owned

Koori Kinnections. Wear

comfortable clothing and

shoes and bring a bottle of

water and a weather proof

jacket and/or hat. Limited

places; cost $40 ($30 PNB

members). Bookings dryden.


Win personalised

‘Rake’ voicemail

Actor, writer and Pittwater

all-round good guy Richard

Roxburgh has donated a

very special auction item

to this year’s Northern

Beaches Women’s Shelter’s

(NBWS) Gala Fundraiser

on Saturday May 25: the

voice of his beloved ‘Rake’

character, the incorrigible


Senator Cleaver Greene.

The winning bidder will

walk away with a never-tobe-repeated,


outgoing voicemail message

with Roxburgh in character

as Greene, offering a

humorous explanation of

the phone owner’s inability

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Mother’s Day Gift ideas

to take the call. Online

bidding is already open,

with NBWS is taking early

bids ahead of the black-tie

event at Manly Pavilion.

NBWS President Rosy

Sullivan said: “It’s a bit of

fun, but the fundraising

cause couldn’t be more

serious. We’ve supported

well over 400 homeless

women since 2010 – 120

in 2018 alone. We’re a

small community-funded

charity and the Gala’s

our cornerstone annual

fundraiser. We pitched the

idea through Richard’s

management and Richard

personally replied the

very next day – now I’m

President of the Richard

Roxburgh Fan Club too!”

Keen to make a bid? Email


au from now until the Gala.

Carl wins


Avalon Beach SLSC’s

27th annual surf swims

comprised three events

again this year – the 2.5km

Newport to Avalon Swim and

the 1.5km and 1km swims

around Avalon Beach itself.

Carl Sorenson, 17, won the

third annual Newport to

Avalon Beach Swim for the

second year in a row. He took

just 29 minutes to swim the

2.5km course – then backed

up and won the 1.5km swim!

Second place went to John

De Mestre, a regular on the

ocean swims circuit who

has previously swum the

English Channel and major

events in Hawaii. Avalon

Beach SLSC’s Ashley Brown

was third. Runner-up in

the 1.5km swim Peter Thiel

also won the 1km swim. The

Avalon Beach swims were the

final event in this season’s

Pittwater Ocean Swim Series,

which drew more than 3000

entrants. This year’s ‘lucky

draw’ prize winner for

people who swam in 3 of the

5 beach events was Annette

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Stumped about what to give Mum on

Sunday May 12? Here are some thoughts…

Lingerie & Sleepwear

Nothing Butt Lingerie in Mona Vale have

beautiful new season sleepwear just in time

for Mother’s Day. Owner Chris says labels

include Givoni, Florence Broadhurst, French

Country, Schrank and Orientique, with

leisurewear from Billy Dream and Jockey

Weekend. Special silk nighties are available

from Simply Silk and Envy, with lace bodysuits

from Palindrome. There are luxury robes from

Givoni and French Country. Yuu have designed

great new prints and colours as well as the

popular lace-top nighties in black and other

prints and colours. They also stock everyday

bras from Triumph, Berlei and Playtex with

selected styles from Bendon and

Loveable plus selected styles and colours from Simone

Perele, Triumph Florale, Pleasure State, Heidi Klum

and Palindrome. Sports, maternity and post-surgery

bras are also in stock. Chris and her team are happy

to help with your gift ideas and gift wrapping and

gift vouchers are always available.

Avalon Uncovered have plenty of beautiful

items to spoil mum. Owner Madeleine says their

new stock from Wanderluxe Sleepwear features

a complimentary eye mask with each pyjama set

and night shirt and features lightweight properties

and luxuriously soft feel, whilst their ever-popular

premium modal nightgowns and pyjama sets

from Love & Lustre have been restocked in a

gorgeous soft pastel pink and navy. The team

offer a free gift-wrapping service and are only too

happy to offer advice to help choose that perfect

gift. Bonus – all purchases will go into the draw for

one lucky mum to receive a $200 gift voucher to

spend at Avalon Uncovered.



Sixty Summers

Amanda Hampson

Penguin Books $32.99

Disgruntled with the turn their lives

have taken turning 60, Maggie, Rose

and Fern decide to recapture the

spontaneity of their early 20s by

recreating their epic backpacking tour

of Europe.

Conceptually it sounds like a good

idea, but once they hit the road,

they quickly learn the impact of

the intervening decades on their individual outlook on life,

financial status and friendship.

True to Hampson’s signature style of witty down-to-earth

narrative, she again explores issues of disenchantment

and resentment, without hitting her reader over the head.

Readers will relate, laugh, and possibly even be contacting

their friends to organise similarly life-shaping journeys.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Avalon Library is launching

Sixty Summers on Sunday 5 May 5.30pm. Beachside

Bookshop will be selling copies at the event so you can get a

personalised copy for gifting. Phone 9918 3013 for details.

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Gray of South Turramurra

– she won flights for two

with three nights’ luxury

accommodation at Byron Bay

and entry in the Byron Bay

Ocean Classic.

Big ideas for


Locals are being urged

to get involved in the

NSW Government’s My

Community Project grant

program, which provides

an opportunity for anyone

to propose a community

project that will enhance

their local area. The $24.4

million program will deliver

community-driven projects

valued between $20,000

and $200,000 across the

State. Examples of projects

could include community

gardens, safe and inclusive

playgrounds, walking paths

or ramps to improve access,

and community events.

Individuals who propose

a project must develop the

idea with a sponsor – such

as Council, schools or P&C

associations, incorporated

Progress and Residents’

associations, or registered

charities – who can assist

with expertise and help

deliver the project. Local

MP Rob Stokes said anyone

with a project idea should

contact an eligible sponsor

to see if they were willing

to support the project,

then visit the program

webpage to complete the

application and submit

it by 2pm on Wednesday

15 May. Applicants and

sponsors will be notified

if their project progresses

to the public vote.

More info nsw.gov.au/


Rotary Club Golf Day

The Rotary Club of Upper

Northern Beaches is inviting

men and women to sign

up for their fourth annual

Charity Golf Day at Mona

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Vale Golf Club on Friday May

24. All proceeds will go to

the charitable projects of

the Rotary club. The 18-hole

event will follow the popular

4-ball Ambrose format,

in which each player can

participate regardless of

skill level. Registration and a

light breakfast from 6.30am,

followed by a shotgun start at

8am. A snack and drinks cart

will be available on the course

during the morning, as well

as novelty events. The event

wraps up with a hearty twocourse

lunch at 1pm. Players

can register as individuals

or as foursomes. The full


package costs $160. Or you can

register for just golf for $100 or

just lunch for $65. Sponsorship

packages are available for the

event. Groups that will benefit

include Lifeline Northern

Beaches, Veterans Centre

Sydney Northern Beaches

and Be Centre. Register


org; more info 0417 236 982.

Local Hayden takes on world

Jiu Jitsu is more than just martial arts; it fosters confidence,

self-esteem, leadership skills, friendship, discipline and focus.

Hayden Ferguson, 11, has competed in Brazilian JiuJitsu for

just 14 months and already has a remarkable collection of

medals; 35 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze. Impressively, Hayden

is ranked fifth Australia-wide, first in ACT, third in NSW, and

first at PanPacs, a prestigious event in Melbourne. Master

Dioganes Da Silva has trained Hayden for the past three years

at Warriewood. Hayden’s dedication and achievements have

landed him the opportunity to fight for the IBJJF World Title in

Las Vegas on August 24. If you are interested in helping Hayden

achieve his goal, visit gofundme.com/HaydeninVegas.





Dr Ben Brown

Australians love their cats,

and more households

are getting cats each year.

But, compared to dogs,

cats still aren’t getting the

care they need and deserve.

Regular veterinary care is

the best way to keep your

cat healthy and happy. There

are almost 4 million pet cats

in Australia, but they are

less likely to receive regular

health checks than dogs. In

2016, approximately 80%

of dogs were examined by

a vet at least once, but this

was the case for only 65% of

cats. This disturbing trend

is leading many veterinary

professionals to ask pet

owners: “Have we seen your

cat lately?”

Many feline veterinary

specialists recommend a

minimum of one annual

wellness examination for

cats, with more frequent

examinations for senior

and geriatric patients, or

those cats with medical or

behavioural conditions. Cats

are masters at hiding illness

and injury and their more

sedentary nature, compared

to dogs, means that signs

of disease may be harder to

detect. Cats are also very

susceptible to kidney disease

because their kidneys contain

less nephrons, the functional

tissue of the kidney, than

other species. They are

also adapted to living in

the desert and conserving

water by producing highly

concentrated urine, this

can make them more

susceptible to acute kidney

failure related to ingestion

of toxins. Cats are also very

susceptible to a special type

of dental disease called feline

odontoclastic resorptive

lesions, which causes painful

cavities in their teeth and can

result in the loss of teeth.

So, to make sure your

feline friend stays in tip top

shape, call your local Sydney

Animal Hospitals for an appt,

to discuss your cat needs.


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Ready to


her own


Life Stories

Having gained experience

teaming with famous

author dad Thomas, Meg

Keneally is now ready to

fly solo as a storyteller.

Story by Rosamund Burton

With the publication in March

of The Ink Stain – the fourth

book in the Monsarrat series of

whodunits set in penal stations she has

co-authored with her renowned father,

Tom Keneally – and her first solo novel,

Fled, in April, 52-year-old Meg Keneally

is realising a long-held dream.

“I’ve always been a scribbler,” she

admits. “I’ve got piles of notebooks,

in which I’ve written my thoughts, or

dashed off paragraphs, that make no

sense to anyone but me.” In her early

20s she worked as a journalist for The

Irish Times in Dublin, and on returning

to Sydney for The Daily Telegraph,

before a stint in production at 2UE

Radio, and starting her own public

relations company focusing on financial


She sold that when got pregnant with

her son, Rory, now 19, and the same

year decided to write a novel.

“I received feedback that it needed

more work, so I put it away. I wrote a

second novel a year later and put that

aside too. I thought I’ve given this a go, it

hasn’t worked out, but at least I won’t die

wondering, and it’s time to move on.”

Meg and her husband Craig had

their second child, daughter Alex, and

juggling two children and a corporate

role took all her time.

Then in 2014 her father approached

her with the idea of co-writing a series

of books about a gentleman convict,

Hugh Monsarrat, who goes from

penal station to penal station solving

murders with his Irish housekeeper, Mrs

Mulrooney. Tom, having had the idea

for 10 years, and written 30,000 words

of a first draft, suggested they write it


Their agent liked the story, but after

reading a couple of chapters said that

the familiar and dominant voice of

Booker Prize winner, Tom Keneally, and

the tentative new voice of his daughter

were confusing. It was suggested that,

taking the key aspects of the characters

and the story, Meg re-write the first

draft from scratch, before Tom and

she worked on it together. The result

was The Soldier’s Curse, set in Port

Macquarie. This was followed by The

Unmourned, centring around the Female

Factory in Parramatta, where Meg’s

maternal great-great grandmother

had been interned; The Power Game,

based on Maria Island, before The Ink

Stain, focusing on press freedom and

corruption in the Sydney office of the

NSW Governor.

“It’s been like a masterclass working

with Dad on these,” says Meg. “He makes

suggestions, which to him seem simple,

but make all the difference. He’s taught

me to ‘look under the bonnet’ of a book

and see the mechanical elements, which

are pushing the story forward and

fleshing out the characters.”

Until Tom and Judy Keneally moved to

Manly 10 years ago they lived in Bilgola,

and prior to that Clareville where they

moved to when Meg was six years old.

Apart from several years in America,

Meg and her younger sister Jane grew

up in Pittwater. Meg went to Avalon

Primary and Barrenjoey High, then

attended St Luke’s Grammar School at

Dee Why.

Her childhood memories include

being taught to fish by her grandfather

at The Basin, and because their

Clareville house backed onto bushland,

regular visits to their backyard by

koalas, possums... and snakes.

Her parents were friends with

Jervis and Bridget Sparks, who lived

in the Keeper’s Cottage on Barrenjoey

Headland, and every Easter the Keneally

family used to visit.

“The cottage had no running water,

or electricity, but it was a magical place

to me, full of nooks and crannies. We

stayed there a few times, and Jane and I

would lie in our sleeping bags on a board

attached to chains, like on a ship.”

When Meg was about seven years old

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the Keneallys travelled around America

in a van for six months. It was then Tom

told Meg the story of Mary Bryant, the

Cornish highway woman and First Fleet

convict, who was the only female to

successfully escape the colony, sailing

5,000 kilometres in an open boat with

her two young children, husband and

several other men from Sydney to


While researching for The Soldier’s

Curse Meg and Tom were sitting in a

riverside pub in Port Macquarie, having

a glass of wine, and Tom said with a

wink: “Someone should write a book

about Mary Bryant.” Remembering

the story from her childhood Meg

researched it.

“It just took hold of me, and wouldn’t

leave me alone.” The result is her

beautifully written page-turning novel

about Jenny Trelawney, based on the

extraordinary life of Mary Bryant.

“It feels very different being a solo

novel,” says Meg. “Both in an exciting

way and also in a slightly nervousmaking

way. You feel quite exposed

when it’s out there for everyone to

judge, but I’m very proud of it.”

Equally proud is her father who over

many years has not only recognised his

daughter’s desire to be a writer, but also

her potential. He described it as “a great

privilege and an exceptional experience”

when he launched the book at Lindfield

Books, sporting a straw hat with a

homemade Fled band.

“You have carried this child around

on your shoulders, seen her fall, taken

her to children’s concerts and circuses,

and it’s so extraordinary to find a

serious novelist emerging from all that.”

Meg has an incredible work ethic.

Six days a week, after only four or five

hours’ sleep, she rises at 2am, and

does corporate consulting work until 7

o’clock, followed by breakfast with the

family before they head their respective

ways, and some form of exercise – the

gym, a walk, or occasionally a dive.

Meg used to be a part-time a SCUBA

diving instructor, but due to her

writing commitments has given this

up. However, whenever she has a free

moment she leaves her home in North

Balgowlah to submerge herself in

Manly’s aquatic reserve at Cabbage Tree


Every day from 10.30am to 3.30pm

she sits down to write, and during the

first draft stage puts down a staggering

4,000 words a day, which impresses

even the prolific writer, Keneally senior.

Meg admits it hasn’t been an easy

journey. She has written in total three

novels, which she says will never be

published, because they’re not good

enough. She philosophically regards

those as her “practice runs”, although is

painfully aware of the numerous hours

she spent on them.

But, now, she’s well and truly in

her stride. Fled has been optioned for

film and she’s written the screenplay.

Also, she’s nearly finished writing her

next book, The Wreck, based on the

Dunbar shipwreck off Sydney Heads,

and a modern-day female archaeologist

obsessed with its sole survivor. Whether

co-written with Tom, or alone, Meg

Keneally’s captivating reads are finding

their way onto bookshelves in both

Australia and overseas.

* Fled by Meg Keneally is published by

Echo (RRP $29.99); The Ink Stain by

Meg and Tom Keneally is published by

Penguin Random House Australia (RRP

$32.99). Meg Keneally is speaking at

the Sydney Writers Festival (29 April –

5 May); more info swf.org.au

Life Stories

CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE: Meg Keneally at home with the four books she co-authored

with her father Thomas, plus her breakout novel Fled; watching lovingly as Tom takes the

pedestal to launch Fled; on her father’s shoulders in the 1970s; helping dad on the promo

trail; the Keneallys ‘walking on water’; introducing son Rory to Bilgola pool in 2000.

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Battle lines

drawn for


Compiled by Nigel Wall & Lisa Offord

2019 Federal NSW Election Special

No sooner has the dust settled on the outcome of the NSW State

Election than we now turn our attention to the 2019 Federal Election.

In our local seat of Mackellar, six candidates have put up their

hands to attempt to unseat Jason Falinski (elected in 2016), with

sharp-focused local as well broader external issues a part of all the

candidates’ campaign platforms. Economic management, lower

taxes and a push to retain and improve our standard of living is the

cornerstone of the Liberals’ campaign. Meanwhile, climate change

policy, the prospect of a sitting Member in opposition, and the

delivery of local health services and transport are pivotal issues

being pushed by the contenders. Over the following pages we give

candidates their voice, to help you make an informed opinion before

you fill out your ballot papers on Saturday May 18...

Jason Falinski

Liberal Party

“I have stood with the on the Beaches which employ

community of Collaroy and thousands of people locally,

together we succeeded in our and I am proud to have secured

tax relief and increased

fight against excessive clearway


the instant asset write-off for

His CV

Born and raised on Sydney’s “And I secured nearly $1.5 these businesses.”

Northern Beaches, Mr Falinski

grew up in Belrose and to local sporting fields, in His Pitch

million for various upgrades

attended Our Lady of Good addition to more than $1 million

for the resurfacing of the anyone but the Liberals was

Mr Falinski said a vote for

Counsel Primary School at

Forestville, before completing Narrabeen athletics track, and “in essence a vote for a Bill

his secondary education at St $1.9 million for Long Reef Surf Shorten Labor Government”.

Ignatius’ College, Riverview. Life Saving Club to upgrade “And my fear for communities

Having lived in Mackellar for their clubhouse.”

in Mackellar is the

more than 25 years, he and his Mr Falinski said this was in consequences of a Shorten

wife Nichola are proud to be addition to more than $1.5 million

worth of grants provided “The Labor Party have an-

Government,” he said.

raising their young daughter in

LIBERALS: Jason Falinski


to more than 80 local community

nounced they will raise $387 education, as this Liberal Gov-

What He’s Delivered organisations and schools billion in new taxes – this inernment

has done.

over the past three years, such cludes taxes on retirees, home “I believe that Australians

Mr Falinski said his focus since as the upgrade to Barrenjoey owners, renters, workers and who have worked hard and

being elected in 2016 had High School.

small businesses.”

played by the rules their entire

been to work hard to achieve “Also, I am the only candidate

He said the election pro-

lives should be able to enjoy a

local outcomes.

in favour of the Beaches vided clear choices: the choice safe and secure retirement.

“The Liberal Government Link Tunnel and I am proud to of lower taxes or higher taxes, “And importantly, as a modern

has increased funding for have secured federal funds towards

and the choice of a strong

liberal I also understand

schools in Mackellar by 52

this significant project, economy or a weaker economy. that growing our national

per cent per student and we which will ease congestion, Mr Falinski said he believed prosperity means very little

will be opening a fund of cut out up to 40 sets of traffic in lower taxes because it was in the long run if we do not

$200,000 available to schools lights, and reduce travel times the individuals and not “faceless

ensure our environment is

in the electorate for local projects,”

on the Northern Beaches by up

bureaucrats” who knew protected and preserved.”

he said.

to 100 minutes.

how best to spend their money. He said local issues that

“We have increased our He said he found the most rewarding

“I believe in a stronger constituents continued to raise

record funding for hospitals

part of being in politics economy because it is only with him included congestion

by a further 50 per cent and I was being able to secure outcomes

through sound economic man-

and transport; the cost of liv-

succeeded in getting a Medicare

which tangibly benefited agement that governments are ing; and a better future.

licence for the life-saving people in the community. able to have record spending

“The Liberal Party is doing

MRI machines at Northern “There are some 40,000 plus

in healthcare, transport, a great deal in this space

Beaches Hospital.

small and family businesses infrastructure and lifelong by investing in transport

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infrastructure, legislating

lower taxes, and boosting our

existing Emissions Reduction

Fund with a further $2 billion

Climate Solutions Fund (bringing

our total investment in the

fund to $4.55 billion), ensuring

we are on track to meet our

obligations under the Paris

Agreement,” he said.

“This campaign, I will be

promoting these achievements

while also highlighting

just how Labor’s policies will

adversely affect residents.”

He said more than 10,000

Mackellar residents would

be hit by Labor’s Retiree Tax

and 8,576 Mackellar residents

would be hit by Labor’s Housing


“Bill Shorten poses the

greatest threat to Australia’s

economy in a generation,

and his ill-conceived policies

threaten our 27 years of consecutive

economic growth.”

On issues external to Mackellar,

Mr Falinski said that for

the first time in over a decade,

Australia was now “back in the


“With a surplus of $7.1 billion,

a reduction in debt, trade

surpluses, record spending,

over one million new jobs created,

and a tightening of the

gender pay gap, everything

that should be up is up... and

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everything that should be

down is down.”

He added that a growing

economy enabled government

to guarantee increased

funding for schools, hospitals,

medicines and roads.

“Importantly we have managed

to do this without raising

taxes or raiding the hardearned

savings of retirees,”

he said.

“Our legislated tax cuts will

mean 10 million Australians

will have more money in their

own pockets, with 75,380 taxpayers

in Mackellar benefiting

from tax relief in 2018-19.

“It would be terrible to

see a return to the bad old

days when Labor, the Greens

and Independents governed

together, when debt went up,

waste went up, congestion

went up, promises went up.

“And what did we get for it?

Nothing; they sold transport

corridors, increased development,

and sold two schools

and a TAFE.”

Mr Falinski said Liberal Governments

tended to talk about

the economy a lot “for good


“We understand that strong

economies allow governments

to invest more money into better

services and solutions such

as better services in mental

health and more money to

tackle the challenges of climate

change,” he said.

“I am proud of how much

we have achieved... and I know

we still have more to do.”

Declan Steele


His CV

Although born in Wahroonga,

Mr Steele has lived at Collaroy

his entire life. His early education

was at Collaroy Public

School and he completed his

HSC at Manly Selective campus.

He is currently in his third

year of a Business Administration

degree at Macquarie


His Pitch

Mr Steele said Labor’s positive

policies for the future would,

when fully implemented,

result in a “much fairer Australia”.

“The people of Mackellar

have been neglected because

Mackellar has become such a

safe seat for the Liberals,” he


“I will be campaigning to

take real action on climate

change; to fix our schools,

including more than $14 million

in additional funding for

local public schools; protect

Medicare and invest $2.3

billion to reduce out-pocket

costs for cancer treatment;

reverse Scott Morrison’s cuts

to the ABC and build a strong

economy that works for all.

“I will work to stop cuts to

local schools, TAFEs and universities,

to give our children

the best start in life. And I will

stand up for you to ease the

cost of living for local families,

by putting downward pressure

on electricity prices.”

He said a local issue that

had not been adequately

addressed by the incumbent

government was the apparent

lack of care to ensure that the

Wakehurst Parkway became

a safe and flood-proof road,

providing ready access to the

Northern Beaches Hospital.

“The lack of an improved

East-West public transport

service, from Dee Why to

Chatswood, is another area

of neglect that should be addressed

so that access to the

Northern Beaches Hospital is

enhanced,” he said.

He added that the absence

of an effective energy policy

by the incumbent government

could lead to increased coastal

erosion and exacerbate flooding

in Warriewood Valley.

“The distant future with the

Liberals in charge could mean

we will no longer be able to

live here but merely become

visitors able to view the

flooded landscape.”

Housing affordability was a

big issue in Mackellar, he said.

“This was an affordable

housing area until the 1970s,

but now it is rare for a house

to sell for under $1,000,000.

“An end to negative gearing

on existing dwellings will help

promote the supply of new

dwellings and help improve

the affordability of housing

to first home buyers, levelling

the playing field.”

Mr Steele said broader

campaign issues related to

economic management.

“The Liberals’ plan to cut

taxes to the big banks and big

companies will not help the

average Australians on lower

LABOR: Declan Steele

and middle incomes,” he said.

“Labor’s tax plan, which will

give a bigger and fairer tax

deal to those on lower and

middle incomes, is preferable

to the Liberals’ plan for this


He said rewarding the big

banks and large companies

was not the way to achieve a

fairer Australia.

On economic policy, he said

he favoured the restoration

of penalty rates of pay and a

“reasonable” increase in a living


“This will result in a boost to

our economy and reduce the

economic burden on those of

modest incomes.”

He said Labor’s plan to

deliver real action on climate

change through a strong focus

on renewable energy was far

superior to the Liberals’ lack

of real action in this area.

Additionally, Mr Steele said

a Bill Shorten Labor Government

would blitz hospital

waiting lists.

“We believe in more money

for hospitals, not multinationals,”

he said. “Hospital waiting

lists have increased significantly

since the Liberals were

elected in 2013. During this

time, as Treasurer, Scott Morrison

cut $715 million from

Australia’s hospitals – now as

Prime Minister, he is planning

to cut a further $2.8 billion

from public hospitals if he

wins the next election. ”

Also, Labor would invest

$2.3 billion in Medicare, building

the biggest cancer care

package in Australian history.

“And crucially, as part of

Labor’s $2.8 billion Better Hospitals

Fund we will dedicate

$250 million to help reduce

elective surgery waiting lists

in public hospitals.”

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Pru Wawn


Her CV

Pru Wawn grew up and has

lived most of her life on the

Northern Beaches. A high

school teacher for more than

35 years, she’s also a mother,

a long-standing Greens member

and an activist. Having

campaigned on environmental

and social justice issues for

many years, she has travelled

to sites across NSW to

see first-hand – and protest

against – fossil fuel mining on

prime farm land.

In the local community,

she’s actively involved in a variety

of groups. As P&C President

at Barrenjoey High for a

couple of years, she gained a

grant of more than $50,000

to refurbish a dilapidated art

space and found a site for the

Avalon Community Garden

within the school grounds.

Ms Wawn is also a member

of the Protect Pittwater committee

– working for council

de-amalgamation – and has

actively supported the ‘Save

Mona Vale Hospital’ campaign.

Her Pitch

Ms Wawn says her top priority

will be action on climate

change and transitioning to a

renewable economy by 2030,

as well as a focus on environmental


“Time is running out to take

serious and forceful action to

combat climate change,” she

said. “I want to be part of the

solution at the highest level.

As a mother and a teacher (until

recently), I can’t help but be

aware of young people’s concerns

about climate change,

environmental degradation

GREENS: Pru Wawn

and the loss of biodiversity – I

understand the science, which

means I get the urgency for a

massive response, ASAP.”

She said the Greens had

a comprehensive and fully

costed plan to phase-out coal

mining and exports – and

to create a jobs boom in the

renewable energy exports.

“And we need a national

waste strategy and effective

regulation of land clearing,

invasive species and air pollution

– with increased community

access to justice when

things go wrong.”

In Mackellar, she said

residents were angry about

the Liberals’ handling of the

National Broadband Network,

along with issues such as

health, gas and oil exploration

off the coast and the forced

council amalgamation.

“I’m still fuming over what

the Liberals have done to

Australia’s national broadband

infrastructure,” Ms Wawn said.

“Fibre rollout costs are even

cheaper now thanks to new

technology, while the Liberal’s

inferior NBN is an expensive

disaster that’s holding back

local business.

“Another significant fail

is the Federal Government’s

handling of hospitals on

the Northern Beaches. The

Coalition’s privatisation

agenda has cost us acute

services at two public

hospitals, replaced by a

dysfunctional, privately

operated hospital at Frenchs

Forest. The Greens will do

everything in our power to

bring the Northern Beaches

Hospital into public hands.

“I’m also appalled by the

threat of seismic testing and

future oil and gas drilling off

our coastline. The Greens are

strongly opposed to this because

of the damage it would

cause the environment. Neither

do I want to see gas rigs

along our coastline and dread

the possibility of spills.

“In local government, I’m

disgusted with the Coalition’s

attitude to local councils and

demergers. The Greens want

the Australian Constitution

amended to safeguard the

existence of local government,

so that State Governments

can’t disempower local councils

– demerging or abolishing

them at will.”

Ms Wawn said she was

proud of the Greens’ welldeveloped

policies that benefit

the whole community and

were publicly available.

“They are fully costed by the

Parliamentary Budget Office

and are science-based,” she

said. “We refuse donations

from corporations, so can

represent people and the

environment – rather than

those who would buy political


External to Mackellar,

she said the Greens were

concerned Australia’s minerals

and farms were being

controlled by a web of influence

that benefitted foreign


“They spend millions on

lobbying, which has led to a

lack of progress on climate

and environmental policy,” she

said. “The Greens continue

to push for transparency and

donations reforms, to restore

power to the community over

policy making.”

She added the Greens would

move to ban corporate donations

to end the influence of

big business on politicians;

fund free university and TAFE

courses by cutting fossil fuel

subsidies; and ‘close the


“I want to see humane treatment

of refugees,” she said.

“The Greens believe Australia

should be a good neighbour,

improving trust and wellbeing

in our region with increased

foreign aid. We need politics

driven not by fear – but by

hope and compassion.”

Alice Thompson


Her CV

Local resident Alice Thompson

has extensive experience

across both the government

(for 20 years) and private sectors.

She was a senior advisor

to former PM Malcolm Turnbull

for cities, infrastructure,

regional development, local

government and territories.

Most recently she was Director

KPMG – economic analysis

and business cases for infrastructure

projects, industry

development strategies, local

government advisory; she

resigned at the end of last

year to focus on running for


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Her Pitch

Ms Thompson said she made

the decision to stand as an

Independent because she

could no longer support the

Liberal party that was now

“dominated by the right”.

“They will not provide the

leadership and certainty on

climate change and energy

that our economy needs,” she

said. “The chaotic knifing of

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

reinforced they are more

focused on internal politics

than building a stable and

secure economy.”

She said she had seen representation

becoming narrower

as parties promoted career

politicians who had followed

the same pathway: “from the

right private schools and universities,

into unions or young

liberals, with business or party

ties, sometimes via local government

and then pre-selected

into seats”.

Ms Thomson said Liberal,

Labor and Greens voters alike

had told her they were willing

to get behind a candidate that

represented the “sensible centre”

to help shift politics.

INDEPENDENT: Alice Thompson

On local issues, Ms Thompson

said sitting MP Jason Falinski’s

status as a backbencher

while holding down a safe seat

was a liability for Mackellar.

“This means he is unable to

get the attention of the Prime

Minister on issues important

to this community,” she said.

“Mr Falinski may be rebranding

himself as a ‘modern liberal’,

but he answers to a party that’s

been hijacked by the right.

“He is early in his career and

would naturally seek promotion

so I’d say it’s unlikely Mr

Falinski would cross the floor

when the position of this community

conflicts with the party


She added his influence

would be even weaker if Labor

won government.

Conversely, an Independent

would get a “seat at the table

where decisions are made”.

“I would answer directly

to this community, and hold

both parties to account,” she

said. “I will be a far more

powerful advocate for this

community, particularly with

a Bill Shorten government. In

my experience, even majority

governments are keen to work

constructively with the cross

bench because they know they

may need their help in the


Local issues she is focusing

on include health, transport

and the environment.

Ms Thompson opposes the

downgrading of services at

Mona Vale Hospital.

“While it’s a State Government

issue, it affects many

people in this community,

including my own family, and

it’s worth the fight,” she said.

“It will be difficult to restore

services, and I will work with

the NSW Government, community

groups and clinicians

on what can be done.”

She acknowledged that

transport was also a State

Government issue.

“But with three of the most

congested corridors in the

nation, it’s impacting the national

economy,” she said. “If

we get transport right, it will

help practically every person

who lives here, whether you

are in a bus, ute or car.

“In big cities like Sydney, we

know the solution to congestion

will always be better public

transport and more cycling

and pedestrians.

“I support the benefits of

the Beaches Tunnel, but I’ll be

keeping government accountable

for getting the planning

right. For a massive public

investment, it must stack up.”

She added that it would be

highly unlikely that a Labor

government would provide

funding for the tunnel.

“As a priority we need to

identify other projects that

they will support, otherwise

we will continue to be stuck

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in traffic. A package of road

upgrades including intersection

upgrades, traffic light

sequencing, bus prioritisation,

smart use of technology, bike

and pedestrian infrastructure

can get our existing road

networks moving faster at a

fraction of the cost and risk of

the Beaches Tunnel.”

Ms Thompson said issues

external to Mackellar that

needed addressing included

climate change, a recalibration

of local representation in general,

and ensuring integrity in


“We need stronger action

on climate change and a plan

to manage the transition from

coal to clean energy,” she said.

“This is becoming urgent as

the nation’s coal-fired power

plants are reaching their commercial

end of life.

“Action starts with doing

something and currently neither

party is doing enough on

climate change.

“If elected I will work across

parties to secure a bi-partisan

approach to climate action

and energy policy. The first

step is to review Commonwealth

environmental approvals

for Adani.”

On local representation she

said: “There is a feeling that

the major parties are not listening

or leading. That’s why

voters are deserting the major

parties for Independents and

minor parties.

“I’m not just a protest vote

– with my skills and experience

I know how government

works and how to leverage the

power of an Independent. If

elected I will get things done

for the people of Mackellar.”

David Lyon

United Australia Party

His CV

Mr Lyon has spent most of his

career in computer software

in the fields of accounting,

finance, manufacturing and

insurance. He has been a frequent

traveller to both Europe

and Japan where he has taken

a great interest in their High

Speed train systems.

His Pitch

Mr Lyon said the United Australia

Party advertised for people

who wanted to ‘Make Australia

Great’ and he put up his

hand as he loves the Northern

Beaches, having lived for a

time at Whale Beach.

“I feel confident that I can

really improve the transport

issues on the Northern

Beaches, as the situation has

only gotten worse and more

congested under the Liberal

Party over the past 20 years,”

he said. “I’d look to resolve

these issues with federal funding

and toll-free tunnel and

bridge solutions.”

Transport, putting money

UAP: David Lyon

back in residents’ pockets and

relief for small business were

issues he would campaign on.

“While the Liberal Party

has been proposing a tunnel,

unfortunately it’s most likely

to be costly like most of the

other tunnels or toll roads in

Sydney,” he said. “That will

mean that the total commuting

cost on a return trip to

the city by car will be $18 or

thereabouts, plus fuel.”

He said he would look to

work at a federal level to

source a Tunnel Boring Machine

(TBM) to help deliver a

toll-free tunnel for the Northern

Beaches and cut down

commuting time and costs.

Mr Lyon said the UAP wished

to make home loan interest tax

deductible, meaning couples

with a combined income of

$150,000 and a $1m mortgage

would be approximately

$15,000 better off each year.

“Our other improvement

would be to make PAYG payments

for Small Business

payable in arrears, freeing up

millions of dollars and dramatically

improving the amount of

disposable income.” – NW & LO

2019 Federal NSW Election Special

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Art Life

Art Life

Gallery turns page on

stunning artists’ books

Art lovers, bibliophiles and anyone

who relishes beauty and human

creativity will be excited by the scores

of stunning artists’ books soon to go

on exhibition at Manly Art Gallery &


More than 40 artists’ books from

around the world, all selected for the

2019 Library Artists’ Book Awards, are

featured in the unique exhibition, which

will run from 2 May to 9 June.

Included in the exhibition is artist

Elaine Camlin’s work called ‘Spatial

Investigations’. It is a ‘meander book’

featuring linocuts printed on special

Awagami fine art paper.

Jill Carter-Hansen said her work

‘Passages’ begins “as a secret box

containing two folding books formed from

a collage of more than 30 of my handmade

prints, watercolour and hand-written

texts together with excerpts from my

poetry as experiences relating to my life”.

Since first being launched in 2011,

the biennial Library Artists’ Book Award

has attracted entries from around the

world, confirming its status as a globally

recognised event.

This year Council teamed up with

eminent Sydney based artist Geoff

Harvey to make the selection from the

library’s permanent collection.

“Artists’ books are spectacular works

of art in themselves – a work of art in

book form,” Northern Beaches Mayor

Michael Regan said.

“They are creative and surprising

and use lots of different techniques to

create a story or send a message to their


The books might include items like

scrolls, fold-outs, concertinas or even

loose items contained in a box, as well as

bound printed sheets of all kinds.

“This exhibition is a lovely

collaboration between Council’s library

team and curators at the Manly Art

Gallery and Museum, creating something

special for Gallery visitors.”

– Nigel Wall

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Down By The River, Darling...

‘Travelogue’ reveals

the surreal McCoy

kaleidoscope of colourful

A travels across Australia is

the focus of a new exhibition

at the Waterline Art Gallery in


Artist Cheryl McCoy says the

works in her solo exhibition ‘A

Travelogue – Journeys Across

Country’ were inspired by the

extraordinary, rich diversity of

the bush, waterways and the

harsh desert.

Primarily a printmaker,

Central Coast-based Cheryl is

the President of The Makers

Studio and an advocate for its

strong local arts community.

‘Travelogue’ has captured

the “unforgiving” Australian

landscape: water flowing

through bare rocks, ghost

gum trees, plain landscape

with trees, and the ubiquitous

blue sky.

“I tried to provide a glimpse

into Australia’s vastness and

Visual artist

and poet

Teena McCarthy

is holding her

poignantly titled

exhibition ‘Down

By The River,

Darling...’ at the Manly Art

Gallery & Museum from May

3 through June 9.

McCarthy says her work

documents her family’s

displacement and Aboriginal

Australians’ loss of culture

and “hidden” history.

She says she uses wit, humour

and pathos

to explore her

own identity.

This exhibition

is part of the

2019 Gai-mariagal

Festival and

Head On Photo Festival.

The exhibition opening on

Saturday May 4 (2-4pm) will

be conducted by the curator,

writer, artist and activist,

Djon Mundine OAM.

An artist performance and

talk will be held on Sunday

May 26 (3-4pm) – NW

want the viewer to ask themselves

about the relationship

to country,” said Cheryl.

This is the fourth exhibition

at Waterline, the boutique

gallery housed within the

Re:Publik Café. It runs until

mid-May and is open daily

from 9am.

* Interested in a placement

in future exhibitions?

Contact the Waterline curator

on 0414 220 855.

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Surfing Life

Surfing Life

Is our ‘brand’ new day

the end of an industry?

Big surf companies used to own the world. Now, they can’t quite even own their sport

Recently I have had several

conversations with a

man named Doug ‘Claw’

Warbrick. I enormously

enjoy these conversations,

as I do with anybody who

was born before me. Claw

has been around for some

considerable time before

my generation of surfers.

Born and briefly raised on

the Queensland Sunshine

Coast, he was moved by

his family as a boy to the

Melbourne suburbs, and

evolved over time to become

one of a handful of people

who founded a classic surf

company. In this case, the

Torquay-based surfboard

and wetsuit maker Rip Curl.

That was 1969. This

year, Rip Curl is celebrating

its 50th anniversary. The

company commissioned

a book from the highly

regarded surf writer Tim

Baker, packed it full of the

best photos to be found,

and flew staff in from

around the world for a

huge Easter party at the

company’s marquee event,

the Bells Beach Rip Curl Pro.

It’s a great time for Claw

and his fellow original, Brian

Singer, who amazingly still

head the company they


But it hides a different

story – one Claw alluded to

during one of our chats. He

spoke about the big Easter

contest at Bells, and how the

baby Rip Curl had bet the

farm on sponsoring it for the

first time back in 1973. “But

you know,” he said, “there

may come a time when we’re

not there any more.”

What did he mean, I

asked. “Just that,” he said.

“Nothing lasts forever. A day

will come when things will

change, and it may not be

too long away.”

Was he hinting to me that

his company was finally on

the sales block?

Of Australia’s ‘Big Three’

original surf companies,

Rip Curl is the last of the

holdouts, the only one not

to lose its way in the morass

of modern finance. All three

were founded around the

same time, at the murky

end of the old ’60s hippie

days, when many small surf

companies and their owners

were trying to work out how

to make a living from their

surf stoke.

But while its old

compadres, Quiksilver and

Billabong, were eventually

pulled apart by the

sharemarket and ended

up in the tender embrace

of US private equity, “the

Curl” fended off all attempts

at seduction into public


Instead, it ran a tight ship,

stuck to quality in its key

product (wetsuits), and has

survived all the wild and

woolly shifts in fashion retail

and financial crises of the

past decade.

Today it stands almost

alone in a market that

now rewards function over

with Nick Carroll

GO TO... WOE?:

One of the

earliest Rip

Curl logos

circa 1969 (far

left) and the

brand’s most

recent offering


fashion – which pretty much

describes Rip Curl’s product


But it’s a market where

growth seems invisible.

When you go surfing these

days, it may seem as if

there’s a lot more people in

the water, but it isn’t leading

to product flying off surf

shop racks. Media company

Australian Surf Business,

which does a regular survey

of the nation’s surf shopping

habits, was recently thrilled

to report a mere 3% decline

in sales in February, yearon-year.

They were thrilled

because it was the smallest

decline in ages. Much of last

year, the figures were in the

-10 to -15% range.

This was unimaginable

even 10 years ago. Back

then, the Big Three owned

everything they touched.

Even post-GFC, Quiksilver

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13-25/5: Corona Bali Protected, Keramas Beach, Bali

This third of the World Surf League’s double headers for 2019 will

have a heck of an act to follow. Last year’s Keramas event was

a highlight of the year, with the sizzling Italo Ferreira winning

with an extraordinary display of acrobatics in perfect smooth

waves, and the Californian Lakey Peterson taking the lead in the

women’s. It may also have something to follow from the prior

event at Bells, whereas of writing a huge swell was predicted to

strike in the last two days of the event.

31/5: Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles, Bells Beach, Vic

This event seems to go from strength to strength each year and

is eagerly awaited by the Wautharong people, traditional custodians

of the Bells coastline and associated lands.


Everyone is talking about it. “It” being the sand load on eastern

Australian beaches right now. In the long term, this sand load is our

greatest protection against climate change. In the short term, it is a

tell. It tells us of changes to come, soon. Right now there is too much

sand on Pittwater’s beaches. Four months of minimal surf action

has caused many thousands of tonnes of sand to migrate from

beyond the shoreline up on to the exposed beaches, burying rocks,

stormwater drains, flotsam, crustaceans, human garbage, and much

else besides. This sand load is normally a signal that some sort of

colossal storm surf is in the immediate offing, and I wish I could

leap aboard this train, but you know what, I am not seeing it. I think

this will be one of those rare Mays when no such colossus arises,

and instead we are left with a sort of pseudo-May, involving bursts

of light autumn offshore winds, cold grey windless flat days, and

an awful desire among the populace to go to Indonesia as soon as

possible. If I am right, May will see mostly small surf, a few flat days,

and occasional blips of energy from the east and south, with the

sand load left to await some future Apocalypse. Sorry.

Surfing Life

Nick Carroll

was turning over almost

two billion dollars globally.

Billabong was a bit off that,

but possibly even more

profitable. Rip Curl looked

almost small by comparison.

Between them, the three

ran almost all the world’s

major professional surfing

events, covering the $50

million bill almost without

blinking. They had hundreds

of surfers on their team

sponsorship rolls, paid

annual stipends into global

do-good foundations, and

had their names on every

surf movie, magazine,

boardriding club, and

surfing legend going.

The idea of decline

couldn’t have seemed

further away.

But now? The former Big

Two still sell product, but

their grip on the culture

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has waned, if not dissipated

altogether. Their surf teams

have shrunk, their surf

shop empires collapsed,

and their big tour events

are owned by an American

billionaire. Most tellingly,

their physical presence on

the world’s beaches now

takes a back seat to others:

big gun surfboard makers

like Firewire and Channel

Islands, and a bunch of

young upstart clothing and

wetsuit producers, most

of whom have no desire to

turn a billion dollars – they’ll

settle for an OK living.

Being Big, in surfing, is

so far out of fashion now it

seems like a fever dream. In

some lights, it almost looks

like 1969 again.

In that context, a sale of

the last Big standing might

make a kind of poetic sense.

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Get fit and ready for the slopes

If you are planning on hitting types of exercise,” she said.

prepare and recover each day

the slopes this year it’s time “Ultimately a lack of preparation

you are on the slopes.

to get warmed up to make the

best of the Aussie ski season,

which… would you believe?

starts next month.

To help improve your skiing

performance and to prevent

muscle strains, pains and

can mean a far less

enjoyable trip to the slopes.”

Jen said an effective skiing

pre-conditioning program

should include four components:

strength, flexibility,

balance, and endurance.

Balance & Proprioception –

Try to include balancing on

unstable surfaces and with

your eyes closed to work on

your proprioception. Proprioception

is your body’s

positional sense and working

on this is one of the best

aching joints it is important

to start preparing for your Exercise at home

preventative measures when

ski trip at least two to three

months beforehand, said local

physiotherapist Jen Smith.

Muscle fatigue and lack of

strength and flexibility can

lead to poor skiing technique,

especially towards the end of

the day and this can result in a

significantly greater injury risk

Jen, from Fix and Flex Pilates

& Physiotherapy in Warriewood,


“Injuries are also commonly

attributed to the fact that skiing

and snowboarding use completely

different muscle groups

to other, more conventional

Strength – When starting a

strength program, you should

always make sure that each

exercise is done with the correct

body alignment.

Examples of good skiing

strength exercises include:

n Squats (especially on an

unstable surface such as a

BOSU), progressing to single

leg (pictured above right);

n Jumping squats;

n Lunges;

n Crab walking with a


n Step-downs;

n Bridges (double and single leg);

n Calf raises; and

n ‘4 Point’ kneeling opposite

arm and leg extensions.

Flexibility – Mobility exercises

and stretches of the lower

body such as the calves and

muscles surrounding the hips

are important to include in

any preparation program.

A foam roller and/or spikey

massage ball are great to help

maintain flexibility and they

can also be packed and taken

away with you to help you

it comes to injury, additionally

helping to improve your reaction

speed when falling.

Endurance – The fitter you

are, the longer you will enjoy

your day on the slopes. You

can build up your general cardiovascular

fitness with any of

these activities: brisk walking

(including hills), running,

stairs, cycling, swimming,

cross trainer, skipping rope.

If you need professional

advice, the physiotherapists at

Fix and Flex can develop an individualised

targeted program

utilising specialised equip-

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ment to target all the muscles

needed for skiing while also

improving your flexibility, balance

and proprioception.

In the Pilates studio

Reformer exercises – Scooter,

Skating, Adductor Slide, Feet

in Straps, Footwork, and Calf

Raises (pictured above right).

CoreAlign exercises – Skating,

Adductor Slide, Downhill

Ski, Squat Shuffles, & Curtsey.

Wunda Chair exercises – Forward

Lunges, Sideways Lunges

and Standing Leg Pumps on a

balance disc.

Experts say it is important

to not only complete an appropriate

preparation program

but also to do some basic

warm-up and cool-down exercises

and stretches each day

that you are on the slopes.

“If you are worried about any

tightness or discomfort, booking

in with an on-site physiotherapist

or massage therapist

would be worthwhile to reduce

the likelihood of injury occurring

from any highlighted

problem area,” Jen said.

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Health & Wellbeing

How modern Digital Life

is causing eye strain woe

Australians are leading

world consumers of

tablets, smartphones and

computers, with 80% now

owning and using a smartphone.

Australians spend an

average of 10 hours a day on

internet-connected devices.

Collectively, we look at our

smartphones more than 440

million times a day and 75%

of us regularly engage in

multi-tasking across multiple

screens and devices. This

places a significant stress

and fatigue on our eyes and

posture – although many may

not even be aware of it.

‘Digital’ has become an

inseparable part of everything

we do. It has changed

the way we work, learn, shop,

socialise and relax; however,

our eyes are not accustomed

to the changes of the modern

life and it is causing a real

strain on many of us. The

proliferation of devices and

growing usage rates creates

the question: how will our

vision adapt?

In response, Beckenham

Optometrist is launching

a local campaign to create

awareness in the community

that Digital Eye Strain can be

at the root of strained eyes,

neck and shoulder pain as

well as headaches – and that

there are simple solutions to

ease the strain.

Digital Eye Strain is the

physical eye discomfort felt

by as many as 65% of individuals

after two or more

hours in front of a digital

screen. Those using two or

more devices simultaneously

are at higher risk. Symptoms

can include one or more of

the following and the statics

represent the frequency of

reported symptoms:

n 35% Neck, Shoulder and

Back Pain;

n 32% Eye Strain;

n 28% Blurred Vision;

n 27% Headache; and

n 27% Dry Eyes.

Why does it occur?

n Our eyes are focusing

more intensively, switching

frequently between devices

and adjusting to increasingly

smaller, pixelated characters

and bright, glowing screens.

n Digital devices are backlit

and emit blue-violet light that

can cause strain and discomfort

and is linked to disrupted

sleeping patterns.

n A new reading zone in ultra

near vision has evolved with

the smartphone, placing even

greater demands on our eyes.

n The normal blinking rate

is often reduced from 17 or

more blinks a minute to 8-10

blinks, reducing tear production,

making your eyes feel

dry and uncomfortable.

n Our posture has changed

as we lean toward our screens

and/or slouch in our chairs,

putting a strain on the neck

and back.

This growing epidemic is

affecting 2 in 3 people – and

we see this in our practice

every day. What people may

not realise is that they don’t

have to live with the strain –

we can prescribe the latest

lens technologies that help to

eliminate glare, filter out blue

light and prevent vision fatigue.

We look at your unique

digital environment, device

usage and the work you do to

prescribe a highly personalised

solution that will take the

pressure off your eyes.

with Rowena Beckenham

If you wear prescription

glasses currently, a dedicated

computer pair will combat

Digital Eye Strain and deliver

postural benefits as your

focus will be optimised for

closeup work and screen


As part of its ‘Digital Eye

Strain’ campaign we are

urging people, regardless of

whether they currently wear

glasses, to take the time and

recognise whether they have

Digital Eye Strain symptoms.

Understanding the impact of

digital device usage on an

individual’s eyes is one aspect

that optometrists will discuss

with you as part of the practice’s

thorough 360° comprehensive

eye consultation.

Beckenham Optometrist

has been operating in Avalon

for 20 years; find us at 15 Old

Barrenjoey Rd Avalon.

* Sources: Ernst & Young

(2016) – Digital Australia;

Deloitte (2015) – Mobile Consumer

Survey; Nielsen (2015)

– Mobile Rating Report; Eyes

Overexposed: The Digital

Device Dilemma, 2016 Digital

Eye Strain Report (USA);

Computer Vision Syndrome

Affects Millions, J. Brody,

NY Times May 30, 2016; and

Eyes Overexposed: The Digital

Device Dilemma, 2016

Digital Eye Strain Report


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Free seminars for guys & gals

Two free healthy living

events targeting men and

women only are being held

in Pittwater this month:

For Men

What does it mean to be a

man today, and what will it

mean tomorrow? This will

be explored at a night with

the blokes at Avalon Beach

Surf Life Saving Club on

Wednesday 8.

Organisers say: “It’s time

we got in a room to have

a no-holds-barred, honest,

open conversation about

the state of man; face the

stats and create a space to

explore how we can look

after ourselves, our mates

and families better while

carving out our own version

of the Aussie man.”

A BBQ from 6pm will be

followed by two hours of

conversation exploring

where traditional

masculinity has taken us

and what tomorrow’s man

might look like.

This ‘Tomorrow Man’ event

is suitable for 16 years and

over (under 16 supervised)

supported by One Eighty

and Gotcha4life.

Contact: workshops@


For women

Local physiotherapist

Sharmine Dewhurst is

hosting a Women’s Health

charity event on Saturday

19 at Mona Vale Surf

Life Saving Club. The

event will comprise eight

presentations and a light

lunch with lectures from 12-

2.30pm including:

n Women’s Health

Physiotherapy /

Understanding Your

Core and Pelvic floor –

with Sharmine Dewhurst,


n Post-traumatic Stress

Disorder – Linda Elliot,

Clinical Psychologist;

n Exercise and Diabetes

–Fitness Instructor, Suset


n Relationships and

Intimacy – Angelica

Bilibio, Clinical


n Hormonal Imbalance –

Jane Miles, Naturopath;

n Eczema and Allergies –

Belle Oneile, Naturopath;

n Sleep Disorders – Glynis

Howard, Sleep Consultant;


n Exercising with Prolapse

– Alison Frendin, Fitness


Book through Trybooking.

Donations to the Sydneybased

charity organisation

‘A Girl & Her World’


Contact beachesphysio@


– LO

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Health & Wellbeing

We have healthy hearts

People living on the Northern Beaches have

some of the state’s most healthy hearts with

a heart disease death rate of about 57 out of

every 100,000 people.

According to data from the Heart Foundation,

Sydney’s Outer West and Blue Mountains

region has the metropolitan area’s highest rate

of death from heart disease. The death rate in

this region is about 86 out of every 100,000

people, which is well above the NSW state average

(about 67 out of every 100,000 people).

The Sydney metropolitan region with the lowest

heart disease mortality rate is North Sydney

and Hornsby (48 out of 100,000).

Other Sydney regions with a heart disease

death rate below the NSW state average

include the Eastern Suburbs (49), Sutherland

(50), Inner West (56) and Ryde (57).

As reported in Pittwater Life last month Australians

aged 45 years and over and Indigenous

Australians from 30 years can now see their GP

for a new Medicare-funded Heart Health Check

to reveal their risk heart attack and stroke.

“Heart disease is the single biggest killer in

NSW, yet we know that many heart attacks and

strokes can be prevented by managing key risk

factors like high blood pressure, cholesterol

and other lifestyle choices,” said Heart Foundation

CEO NSW Kerry Doyle.

“Heart disease is not always obvious – having

a heart attack could be your first sign. Don’t wait

for chest pain, it could be too late. Get the vital

tests you need by visiting your doctor for a Heart

Health Check.”

– LO




It is important to

understand dementia

to not only reduce your

risk but also be able to

help those living with

the condition.

Join Geriatric Medicine

Specialist Susan Kurrle

at a seminar on Monday

20 from 6-7pm at

Pittwater RSL Club to

learn more.

Discover practical

ways to reduce your risk

of developing dementia;

hear how you and your

loved ones can age well;

find out what you can

do to help make our

community dementia

friendly and become

a ‘dementia friend’.

Bookings and more info

Sydney North Health

Network on 9432 8250

or events@snhn.org.au

Mental Health

First Aid help

Learn what to look for,

what to say and what

to do when faced with a

person in crisis. Hosted

by the Rotary Club of

Dee Why Warringah this

course, held on four

Monday nights May

6, 13, 30 and 27 from

6-9pm at Dee Why RSL,

covers helping adults

in mental health crisis

situations and/or in the

early stage of mental

health problems.

Conducted by a

professional Mental

Health First Aid trainer,

the course covers

panic attacks, acute

stress reaction, suicidal

behaviours and acute

psychotic behaviour.

Manual provided.

Participants must

attend all four Monday

nights to receive a

certificate. Cost $90;

contact Chris Taylor for

more info 0403 460 674

or 4taylors@optusnet.


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Health & Wellbeing

TEAM EFFORT: Physiotherapist Samantha Mills, registered nurse Ellie

Bitmead, clinical lead Dr Deb Hawkins and Dr Tony Bernard.

Busy times at UCC

An average of 350 people a week have been treated at Mona

Vale Hospital’s Urgent Care Centre in the six months since

the service became available, with just under 14 patients a

week requiring transfer by ambulance to other facilities.

A Northern Sydney Local Health District spokesperson said

around 50 people a day were presenting at the 24-hour Urgent

Care Centre (UCC) which offered medical, nursing and allied

support for minor injuries and illnesses.

The UCC was put in place in October when the Mona Vale

Hospital Emergency Department was closed and acute services

transferred to the Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest.

Having undergone refurbishment, Mona Vale Hospital

General Manager Jacqui Edgley said the team was now able to

provide care for patients in larger, well-equipped consultation

and treatment areas.

“The centre includes five consultation rooms, along with a

treatment bay including two beds, a plaster room and x-ray

and CT facilities,” Ms Edgley said.

There are also dedicated areas for the allied health team and

the pathology services.

“The feedback from the community has been positive, with

residents welcoming the range of services offered and the

expertise and dedication of the Urgent Care Centre team,” she


The team provides medical and nursing care for a range of

minor injuries and illnesses, including fracture management,

plastering and suturing.

“A large number of the recent presentations to the 24-hour

centre have been for fractures, sprains and cuts, as well as

surfing and other sporting injuries.

“Our team of physiotherapists is also offering a wonderful

service and wide-ranging support, including treatment for

those with muscular conditions and minor sporting injuries,”

she added.

Ms Edgley wanted to reaffirm that patients with lifethreatening

conditions, such as a heart attack, should call

triple zero (000).

– Lisa Offord

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Hair & Beauty

Shining the light: when

to use IPL and Lasers

with Sue Carroll

In the aesthetic profession

the treatments available, the

today there are many devices

options and combinations of

used to assist in treating a

therapies suitable for your skin

range of cosmetic medical

conditions and concerns you

concerns. These skin concerns

are more likely to make a better

may include excess hair growth,

decision on both the clinic,

acne and its related scarring,

clinician and treatment you

uneven texture (including fine

choose to have. To have a happy

lines and wrinkles), vascular

professional skin marriage with

lesions, skin discolouration

your clinician, it is imperative

and the removal of unwanted

to ask and understand your

tattoos. A variety of lasers

requirements, and their’s.

and IPL technologies can be

used alone or in conjunction

Sue Carroll of Skin

with each other to provide the

Inspiration has been a qualified

optimum result. The first step is

Aesthetician for 33 years.

to have an understanding of the ability to be able to treat a wider post-care.

Sue has owned and

technology, and the second step variety of skin conditions is There are many excellent

operated successful beauty

is to know what questions to ask possible. For instance, when clinics which provide

clinics and day spas on

your treating professional. treating hair removal IPL will exceptional results. Equally (and

The main difference between provide a result for certain skin unfortunately) there are many

the Northern Beaches.

Lasers (Light Amplification and hair types, but a diode laser more who are under-skilled, info@skininspiration.com.au

by Stimulated Emission of will treat all skin / hair colours. over-promise and under-deliver. www.skininspiration.com.au

Radiation) and IPL (Intense 3. When making your enquiries When you are well informed on

Pulsed Light) is the wavelength. make sure you have your

IPL targets multiple wavelengths concerns addressed before the

in the infrared and visible light treatment. Providing knowledge

spectrum, as opposed to lasers and education regarding the

that are directed at one specific treatment will assist with a more

wavelength. As a general rule IPL favourable outcome. If you need

delivers less energy than lasers to ask more questions after

but both modalities can be used your initial consultation, these

alone or together to treat the need to be answered fully to

same skin conditions.

make sure you feel confident

When you are considering a with the clinician and clinic you

laser, IPL, Radio Frequency or have chosen. Post-treatment

ultrasound treatment, there are a home care protocols are equally

few questions to consider before important as the pre-treatment

your treatment. Unfortunately, instructions and should be

these treatments in Australia provided.

today are not heavily regulated, 4. An at-home skin care protocol

and therefore the onus is on you is a must to ensure optimum

to do the research and ensure results and a longer-lasting

you are going to a clinic that is result. For instance, fractional

safe and reputable.

laser treatments will result in

1. Make sure your clinician is dry and possibly flaky skin for

qualified in Australia. Going at least a week post-treatment.

a step further, international Hydrating and nourishing

qualifications ensure another home care is essential before

level of knowledge and skills. and after this particular

Clinicians should have up-to-date treatment. Before and after a

qualifications in Australia and treatment for pigmentation a

should have regular, ongoing pigment inhibiting serum and

training in treatments and safety. 30+ sunscreen is an absolute

2. When there is a variety of must to ensure no rebound

equipment available in a clinic, discolouration post-treatment.

such as IPL, fractional laser, This means not only does the

Q switch YAG, diathermy, clinic have to be professional

ultrasound, nano fractional but you the client needs to be

needling or diode laser, the fully compliant with pre- and

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Health Hair & Wellbeing Beauty

Business Life: Money

Business Life

Time for millennials to

‘toughen up, buttercup’?

with Brian Hrnjak

This month we look at the

only show in town – the

federal election. Mind

you it’s only the end of Week

One of campaigning and as I

sit down to write this the guns

are momentarily quiet with a

suspension of hostilities for


For quite a few years now

to get some semblance of

balance in my daily news I’ve

had to pad out my Sydney

Morning Herald subscription

with the Australian Financial

Review and The Australian – or

what I regard as surrogates for

the left, centre and right wing

points of view, respectively.

A scan of these suggests the

Libs had a good first week but

it’s a long haul to May 18 and

anything can happen… just ask outcomes. Kehoe in the AFR on In the same article Kehoe remove the ability to offset

a bloke named John Hewson. 18 April wrote: “An Australian reported, “Labor’s tax

property losses against wages

The theme that emerged male born in 1890 was

crackdowns on negative

income for a time between

from the first week of

expected to live to 47. By 1962, gearing, capital gains,

1985 and 1987 but the decision

campaigning across most life expectancy for men had superannuation, dividend was reversed after rents shot

media was a view that this increased to 68. By 2014, it had franking credits and family up in the wake of the changes.

election was not being pitched reached 80. So elderly people trusts are part of what Shorten Capital gains tax was

as a class war but rather one will be living much longer – argues is ending the

introduced in 1985 with

reflecting an apparent conflict leaving a larger tax burden on ‘intergenerational bias in indexation of the cost base by

between generations – the old a smaller share of the working our tax system’ and stopping CPI as a feature. The Howard

versus the young. Certainly population. In 1975, there were the ‘war on young people’. government modified it to the

John Kehoe and Christopher 7.3 people aged between 15 ‘You deserve better than a current 50% discount after

Joye both writing in the AFR and 64 for every Australian tax system which deepens 1999 – that’s 20 years ago.

drew attention to this.

aged 65 and over. By the time inequality and entrenches

Keating introduced

We have understood for the 2015 Intergenerational intergenerational unfairness compulsory super in 1992;

many years the combined Report appeared, that has against Australian young everyone in politics since has

effects of the postwar

fallen to about 4.5. By 2055, people,’ Shorten told the Labor tinkered with the system –

population bubble

it is projected to nearly halve faithful before the Easter those of us who practice in

and improved medical

again to 2.7.”


the area need to read press

But are these things that releases from both sides of

Shorten rallies against antiyoung

government as much as we


read the legislation to know

As a kid growing up in the what’s going on!

70s and 80s I can recall our Dividend franking I’ve

tax system taking on most of written about previously but

these features as part of the once again introduced by

Hawke / Keating government Keating, modified by Howard.


Our current system which

Negative gearing was includes refundable franking

really always a feature of the credits has been in place for

tax system, whether applied around 20 years.

to shares or property the

Family trusts have their

ability to match deductible inception from the time of

expenditure against assessable the Crusades and are part

income is really more of a of the common law fabric of

fundamental accounting Australia. As well as a means

principle. Paul Keating did of protecting assets they are a

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legitimate and commonly used

form of business structure.

While I will put my hand

up to receiving a pre-HECs

university education I don’t

specifically recall any of these

tax policies preventing me from

changing jobs to improve my

salary or saving for a deposit

to buy a house. I do however

recall the 1987 stock market

crash followed by a rather

nasty recession in 1990/91 and

locking in home loan rates at

something like 12 or 13 per cent.

Which naturally makes one

worry about the resilience

of the younger generation,

that they somehow need the

protection of the opposition

leader’s policies. But as a

window into our modern times,

the SMH’s ‘Good Weekend’

carried a powerful article over

the Easter long weekend about

how the new school bullies

are the parents: “… reports of

parents going straight to the

state education department

if a teacher failed to hang a

child’s unfinished work in the

classroom, rifling through

teachers’ desks, and asking

for extra roles to be created in

the school play because their

child had missed out. They are

staging sit-ins, hatching couplike

plots to topple principals,

and tailgating educators in the

car park. There are parents

who undermine through gossip,

often online, others with

threats of legal action. And

some are persistent, vexatious

complainers, who pen 10-page


Then there was Andrew

Hornery’s article in the SMH

about Instagram influencers

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and in particular one standout:

a 21-year-old named Jessie

Taylor (that’s her doing her,

well, thing on the opposite

page) who called 911 to report

her deleted Instagram account

to the Los Angeles Police

Department – comparing

the loss of her social media

account to a murder. Wow,

maybe these millennials really

are different.

So, could that be what this

election is all about? Is Shorten

pandering to all the helicopter

parents out there who would

happily sacrifice their house

prices and retirement savings

so that little Tarquin can afford

his or her own place down

the street from mummy and

daddy? For heaven’s sake I’d

rather get Wayne Swan back

into parliament for a good oldfashioned

class war any day!

Maybe if the ‘snowflake

generation’ understood that

having $1.6 million in super is

not an extraordinary cost to

them – it costs the economy

no more than a single age

pensioner receiving around

$25,000 per year from the

Government, roughly the

amount of tax foregone on

a $100,000 taxable income

assuming the self-funded

retiree had been able to earn

a 6.5% return. The other thing

they might consider is that all

of that super money and all of

those homes held by the baby

boomers (considered those born

between 1946 and 1964) – are

going to start transitioning to

them over the next 10 years. As

we remind our retirees from

time to time, the last sound you

hear will be your child’s voice

saying, turn that machine off.

Brian Hrnjak B Bus CPA (FPS) is

a Director of GHR Accounting

Group Pty Ltd, Certified

Practising Accountants. Offices

at: Suite 12, Ground Floor,

20 Bungan Street Mona Vale

NSW 2103 and Shop 8, 9 – 15

Central Ave Manly NSW 2095,

Telephone: 02 9979-4300,

Webs: www.ghr.com.au and

www.altre.com.au Email:


These comments are of a

general nature only and are

not intended as a substitute

for professional advice.

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Business Life: Law

Business Life

Insights into purchasing

property & conveyancing

Much has been written

about the property

boom over the past

three years. Depending on

which “expert” you read, the

nation is in a housing downturn

and unlikely to recover for

some time. On the other hand,

some parts of the country

remain relatively untouched

by the downturn in prices

achieved. Properties are still

selling well above reserves,

so it is difficult to assess the


It appears that the Banking

Royal Commission and the possible

change of federal government

this month and proposed

changes to negative gearing

and capital gains arrangements

is affecting movements in the

property market.

This seems reflected in the

more-than-usual listings for

this time of year of properties

on the market, as people

restructure their property

portfolio arrangements.

In this regard it could be said

to be a becoming a ‘buyer’s

market’ as anxious vendors

wish to offload second or

investment properties.

To purchase a property is

often the largest financial

decision a person will make. So

what is the process; and what

are the considerations and

steps involved once you have

decided on the location and a

house or unit which appeals?

You will presumably have

been introduced to the property

by a real estate agent

representing the vendors. The

agent will be able to provide

you with a copy of the Contract

for sale for you to examine and

have examined by a solicitor or

conveyancer; or if you engage

this writer and her practice you

engage both as this practice

has both solicitor and conveyancer

available for clients.

So what is conveyancing?

Conveyancing is the legal process

of buying and selling land,

with or without a building on

the land. A Contract should not

be considered ‘standard’ as

no two contracts are ever the

same. It is therefore essential

that the Contract is reviewed

before you take steps to sign

and exchange it. Once a Contract

is signed and exchanged

it is usually very difficult and

expensive to amend or rescind.

The purpose of having the

Contract reviewed is to ensure

that the terms of the contract,

which in the case of a ‘standard’

one means that they have

been in use for a long time, are

fair to both buyer and seller.

However, a seller does not

have to include these terms

and instead may choose to

include terms in the contract

which favours themselves

at the purchaser’s expense.

That is why the first step your

solicitor will do is to make sure

that the Contract for sale isn’t

just legal, but that it is also fair

to you the purchaser. As you

have decided to buy, among

many decisions to be made is

whether to engage a solicitor

or a conveyancer to handle the

conveyance. Many purchasers

treat conveyancing as a simple

with Jennifer Harris

‘tick the box’ exercise which

can be done quite cheaply – say

for a few hundred dollars plus


As properties on the peninsula

more often than not attract

prices in excess of one million

dollars plus the review of the

Contract and the conveyance is

vital because if you do not obtain

a clear unencumbered title

you have nothing: no property,

no security and nothing against

which a bank or lending institution

will advance funds.

Clients often ask about the

difference between a Conveyancer

and a Solicitor.

A conveyancer has completed

a course of study and is licensed

to do certain legal work

in relation to property transactions

such, as:

n A sale or lease of land

n A sale of business

n The grant of a mortgage or

other charge on property.

A licensed conveyancer with

an unrestricted licence may

work on residential and commercial

property, conveyancing

such as the preparation

of documents such as leases

and contracts, giving advice

on documents, preparing and

advising on mortgages, the sale

of businesses and the sale of

rural property.

A conveyancer is not authorised

to carry out work for the

purpose of:

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n A non-residential mortgage

exceeding $7 million;

n Commencing or maintain

legal proceedings;

n Establishing a corporation

or varying the memorandum

or articles of association of a


n Creating, or varying or extinguishing

a trust;

n Preparing a testamentary


n Giving investment taxation or

financial advice;

n Investing money.

A solicitor is a fully qualified

lawyer and can offer a broad

range of legal services as in

those noted above which the

conveyancer who is specialised

in property transactions cannot;

but if during a property transaction

an issue outside of the

conveyancer’s expertise arises,

the solicitor can advise and take

steps to resolve the issue.

A review of the contract for

sale involves examination of

documents the most common

of which are:

n A zoning certificate;

n A drainage diagram showing

any sewer lines;

n A copy of the certificate of


n A copy of the plan of the


n Copies of any documents

showing easements (the right

of someone else to cross or

use the land), rights of way,

restrictions, covenants, etc.

(Checking should also look

for a Compliance or Non-

Compliance certificate NSW

Swimming pool register; a

survey; a building certificate;

a homeowner’s warranty

insurance certificate for any

renovations done at the


Contracts for sale of Strata

units or town houses should

also have attached:

n A copy of the property certificate

and strata plan; and

n A copy of the by-laws concerning

the use of common


If on examination the contract

is not in your interests, your solicitor

or conveyancer will negotiate

with the vendor’s solicitor

to get it changed. You may be

advised to have various inspections

of the property done and

reports obtained before you

reach the stage of making an

offer to purchase. All may look

well to you, but as when you

exchange contracts you take the

property “as you find it” you will

have agreed to any structural

defects, pest infestations or

other defects which may have

escaped you. A building inspection

and/or pest inspection – or

if purchasing a strata property

a Strata inspection – may cost a

few hundred dollars but better

before you commit than many

thousands of dollars after taking

possession, and possibly in

the years to come.

You may buy by private

treaty or at an auction; this

will be explained in Part 2 of

this subject in next month’s


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

casuals on your property.


Pavecrete – All Concrete


Call Phil 0418 772 799


Established locally 1995. Driveways

plus – Council Accredited. Excavation



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


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.

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Avalon Physiotherapy

Call 9918 3373

Provide specialist treatment for neck &

back pain, sports injuries, orthopaedic


Fix + Flex Pilates & Physio

Call Jen 0404 804 441

Private & Group Equipment Pilates &

Physio sessions (max 3 per class).


Modern Colour

Call 0406 150 555

Simon Bergin offers painting and

decorating; clean, tidy, quality detail you

will notice. Dependable and on time.

AJJ Painting & Decorating

Call 0418 116 700

Andrew is a master painter with 30

years’ experience. Domestic and commercial;

reasonable rates, free quotes.


Predator Pest Control

Call 0417 276 962


Environmental services at their best.

Comprehensive control. Eliminate all

manner of pests. They provide a 24-

hour service.


Nick Anderson Plumbing

Call Nick 0411 251 256

Specialist in gasfitting, drainage and

plumbing. Complete service, competitive

rates. Local and reliable – free quotes.

Pure Plumbing Professionals

Call 9056 8166

Zero dollars call-out – and you approve

the price before they begin. 24/7 Emergency

Service. 10% pensioner discount.

Advertise your

Business in


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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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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.

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clubs & pubs 60










Comedy to fore as TWO

become 14 on stage

Masterfully constructed,

Jim Cartwright’s timeless

comedy ‘TWO’ introduces

14 colourful characters – all

played by real-life couple

Brian Meegan and Kate


Set in the local pub, the

audience for this Ensemble

Theatre Production at the

Glen Street Theatre in May

will meet all the regulars, a

misfit crowd of eccentric and

hilarious individuals.

There’s Moth, who loves

Maud (and every other

woman) fervently; Mrs Iger,

with her passion for quiet,

strong men; possessive Roy,

jealous of anybody who looks

at Lesley (even the darts

players); Alice and Fred and

their Elvis obsession; and the

landlord and landlady who

struggle with an unspoken


By turns funny, heartwarming

and poignant, TWO

promises to be a lively night

at the local in the company of

two of our most accomplished

and versatile actors.

Brian Meegan and Kate

Raison have previously

worked together in ‘Wrong

For Each Other’ and ‘Ninety’

and are delighted to be

working together again.

“There are two of us, and

two in the play,” says Kate.

“The story centres on the

landlady and landlord who

work in a rural pub and all the

fascinating characters that

frequent it.

“We are so lucky to be able

to play all those characters.

It’s a very funny piece, a

comedy that’s also extremely

heartfelt. It’s a joy for us to


Director Mark Kilmurry

described playwright Jim

Cartwright as a master at

balancing comedy with the


“TWO is one of his finest

plays… I am thrilled to be

working with Kate and Brian.

It’s perfect casting, and a

perfect play,” he said.

TWO’S COMPANY: Brian Meegan and Kate Raison.

TWO runs from Tuesday

May 7 through May 12; times

are Tuesday 7pm (Opening

Night, ticket includes postshow

drinks), Wednesday

11am and 8pm, Thursday and

Friday 8pm, Saturday 2pm

and 8pm, and Sunday 5pm.

Tickets from $32 (children) to

$67 adults (35 & under $35).

More info glenstreet.com.au

or 9975 1455. – Nigel Wall

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Clubs & Pubs

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



to Shine

It’s a case of “third time’s a

charm” for singer songwriter

Vanessa Amorosi, who will

showcase hits from her early

years as well as her latest

single and other new material

at her solo gig at Pittwater

RSL on Saturday May 11.

Vanessa burst onto the

scene in 1999 with an array of

catchy hits including ‘Have A

Look’, ‘Absolutely Everybody’

and ‘Shine’, and was thrust

in front of a worldwide

audience when she delivered

a powerhouse performance

to close the Sydney 2000


After her second album

release in 2002 she took

a break, returning in 2008

with the gold-selling album

Somewhere In The Real World

and its hit single ‘Perfect’. This

was followed up by the album

Hazardous and her first No.1

hit, ‘This Is Who I Am”.

After many years in Los

Angeles, where she linked

professionally with Annie

Lennox’s Eurythmics offsider,

songwriter and guitarist Dave

Stewart, Vanessa is back

performing on the local scene.

She’s just finished the ‘Red

Hot Summer Tour’ with a

who’s who of Aussie music

icons, as well as a series of

shows with ex-Noiseworks

front man Jon Stevens. Next

is her solo shows – and a

stopover on the Northern


On her new single ‘Heavy

Lies The Head’, she told us:

“It’s a brutally honest track

that I’ve wanted to make my

whole career. It’s my first solo

single in almost a decade, so I

wanted to showcase some of

the influences I’ve had in the

last several years.”

She describes the

opportunity to sing solo again

as “a return to my happy

place and also the chance to

showcase some of the music

I’ve been working on in the

last seven years”.

She’s entering the shows on

a performance high, having

shared the stage with some of

the biggest names in Aussie

music over past months.

“It was simply incredible

to be on stage with John

Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite,

Jon Stevens, Thirsty Merc and

Dragon,” she said. “Although

we were all playing separately,

backstage was always a jam


She says meeting Dave

Stewart was a definitive

moment in her career.

“Dave is amazing and an

absolute great guy. He heard

me singing in a session one

day – he understood me and

the limits I wanted to test in

music,” she said.

“We have recorded a gospel

/ soul album together… it was

such an enjoyable experience

– we recorded it in Memphis

in the original studio that Al

Green recorded in.”

Vanessa said that album

– as well as a country music

album – will be out soon.

But for now, she’s looking

forward to her upcoming

live shows: “Pittwater here I

come!” she said. – Nigel Wall

* Buy any two tickets to

see Vanessa at Pittwater

RSL on May 11 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 May, including

Braden Evans (3rd); Keff

McCullough (10th); Eric Lewis

(17th); Lloyd Bowden (24th)

and Alex Roussos (31st).

There's still time to book

for the 2019 RMYC Golf Day

at Mona Vale GC on May 10.

Cost is $175pp for golf, lunch

and show (supporting Beyond


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 May, head to Club Palm

Beach, located a short stroll

from Palm Beach Wharf, for

great dining for the whole


Treat mum to lunch in the

Bistro on Mother's Day with a

set menu (no bookings).

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

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plus daily $13.50 specials of

roasts (Mondays), rump steak

with chips and salad (Tuesdays),

chicken schnitzel with

chips and salad (Wednesdays),

homemade gourmet

pies with chips and salad

(Thursdays) and tempura fish

and chips with salad (Fridays),

except public hols.

The Members’ lucky badge

draw is held Wednesday and

Friday night (every 30 mins

between 5pm 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

The Local Voice Since 1991

There are some awesome

live music acts coming to

Pittwater RSL Club in upcoming

months – including

Dragon in June and Diesel

and The Angels in July;

book tickets now on the

club's website.

Vanessa Amorossi takes to

the stage with her solo show

on May 11.

Hungry? There's something

for all tastes and ages

at Pittwater RSL – it's the

ideal venue for a hassle-free

Mother's Day lunch for the

whole family. At Glasshouse

chefs stay true to the story of

the local area by embracing

the farm-to table-approach,

focusing on where food

comes from and how it is

grown and shaping the way

they cook and create. Open

for lunch from 12pm and

dinner from 5.30pm 7 days

a week.

Or relax on the lush terrace

and enjoy family friendly

food and great coffee from

9.30am from Potter’s café

while kids play in the indoor

playground. Potter’s café

menu is available weekends

and public holidays from

12pm 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.

Don't miss two of Australia's

leading opera and musical

theatre stars David Hobson

and Marina Prior in 'The 2 Of

Us' on May 8. And book now

to catch The Australian Bee

Gees Show on May 10. Plus,

larrakin comedian Jimeoin

takes to the stage on May 17

with his show 'Result!'.

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



Park House

Food Merchants

2 Park St, Mona Vale

She's been your biggest

supporter all your life,

so treat mum to a special

lunch at Park House, with

a beautiful three-course

shared banquet with dishes

like harissa-spiced chicken

and slow-cooked lamb.

There will be three seating

times: 11.30am, 12 noon

and 2.30pm; adults $55, children

$15. Book online now!

Every day their Restaurant

menu offers mouth-watering

dishes such as Californian-inspired


Burrata that bursts with

flavour and Snapper Ceviche

drizzled with jalapeño oil.

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 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


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...

DY’s music comp

Join in all the excitement of Dee

Why RSL’s live and local music

talent competition with up to

$3,000 in cash and prizes to be

won. Heats in the Flame Lounge

this month; if you’re an up-andcoming

musician aged 12 to 30,

book in. deewhyrsl.com.au

Harry Potter Trivia

Wands at the ready! Park House

in Mona Vale is hosting a Harry

Potter trivia special on May 14.

Starts 7pm with great prizes.



Philip Foxman (Supernaut),

Dom White (When Saturday

Comes), Pete Marley (Nature

Strip) and Colin Sevitt (Big

Merino) are Distant Drum.

Check out this group’s debut

(and free) performance in the

Surf Lounge at Avalon Beach

RSL on Friday 17 from 9pm.


All that jazz

Don’t miss the Autumn Jazz

season at the Avalon Beach

Bowling club featuring some

awesome acts on Wednesday

nights from 7pm. Details avalonbowlingclub.com.au

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Dining Clubs & Guide Pubs

Tasty Morsels

Tasty Morsels

Who’s batter than the rest?

Fish and chip shops across ing loyal customers from far remains cholesterol-free.” or crumbed); they have a $15

Pittwater are queuing up to and wide.

Over at Lakeside Fish Market, hot food special in May (see ad

stand out from the pack in the

third annual Australian Fish and

Chip Awards.

Seafood aficionados started

casting their votes over Easter

– but hurry, you only have until

Friday May 31 before organisers

haul in their nets and sort

through the votes to determine

the winners at State and National


Ocean Masters at Newport,

Mona Vale Seafood and Lakeside

Fish Market at North Narrabeen

are among those who

have their “fries on the prize”.

Ocean Master owner Emma

Chedid is a second-generation

local fish-and-chipper, with

“Our fish is delivered fresh

from the markets every day

and all our food preparation is

done on site, with nothing precooked,”

Emma explains.

“Each and every order is

cooked fresh when ordered,

with our battered fish freshly

dipped in our exclusive

seasoned light

batter – and

this doesn’t

just apply to our

fish, we hand-cut our

potato scallops and

make our salads as


Emma added she

made it a priority to

Phil and family have just returned

to running the shop solo

for the first time

in 13 years.

page 27).

And fresh from a top-12 finish

at State level last year Mona

Vale Seafood’s Joe and Jessica

are hoping to go a

few places “batter”.

They’ve owned the

shop for five years

and are proud of

the reputation they

have established for

their outstanding

fish, chips and


Voting is free

and easy online at fishandchipsawards.com.au

– and

you can follow the results on

the Australian Fish and Chips

her family having first opened source Australian produce

Awards Facebook site facebook.

Ocean Master in North Narrabeen

in the late 1970s.

always cook in top-grade rice

best fish and chips?

– Nigel Wall

whenever possible and


Who makes Pittwater's com/catchoftheyear

Emma says hard work and a

secret batter recipe has helped

make Ocean Master a ‘destination’

fish and chip shop, attractbran


“As no meat products are

cooked in the oils – only seafood

and gluten-free chips – it

He says they too source only

the freshest produce and cook

to order (either grilled, battered

* Where’s your favourite local

fish and chippery? Tell us at


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Food Life

Food Life

Let's do our bit to help

out our battling farmers

Tandoori chicken

Serves 4

¾ cup (200g) Greek-style


1/3 cup (80ml) tandoori paste

3 large garlic cloves, crushed

2cm piece ginger, peeled,


1½ teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons ground coriander

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon garam masala

½ teaspoon ground chilli

8 chicken thigh fillets,


Warm naan bread and salad

leaves, to serve

Apple and mint raita

1 Lebanese cucumber, peeled,

halved lengthways

1 granny smith apple, peeled

1 cup (260g) Greek-style


2 tablespoons chopped fresh


This month we’re proud to showcase some of the content

from ‘Farmer’, a stunning book I had the privilege

of contributing to. It is a heartwarming collection of

recipes and stories – a great mix by some of Australia’s best

loved chefs, foodies and farmers. Everyone contributed their

time and resources for free (a book like this usually costs in

excess of $100k to produce). All proceeds from the sale (after

production costs) are going to Country Women’s Association

of Australia to distribute to Australian Farmers in need. So if

you only buy one cookbook this year, or you’re looking for the

ultimate Mother’s Day gift, then please support this project

by purchasing a copy from Beachside Bookshop Avalon;

Dymocks, Collins Booksellers, Berkelouws and Harry Hartog.

Also booktopia.com.au and amazon.com.au

with Janelle Bloom

Spinach & fetta pie

Serves 4

¼ cup (60ml) olive oil, plus

extra for greasing

2 bunches English spinach,

roughly chopped

2 red onions, finely chopped

10 button mushrooms, thinly


1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley

leaves, finely chopped

6 garlic cloves, crushed

10 eggs, lightly beaten

400g fetta, crumbled

½ cup (125ml) pouring cream

½ cup (50g) grated cheddar

Salad greens, to serve

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Lightly brush a large

ovenproof frying pan with

olive oil.

1. Combine the yoghurt,

tandoori paste, garlic,

grated ginger, salt and

spices in a large ceramic

dish. Add the chicken

thighs and turn to coat.

Cover and refrigerate for 2

hours or overnight, if time


2. Preheat the oven to 250°C.

Place the well-coated chicken

on a lightly greased wire rack

inside a roasting tin. Cook

for 18–20 minutes, until the

chicken is cooked through

and slightly charred.

3. Meanwhile, to make the

raita, use a teaspoon to

scrape out and discard the

cucumber seeds. Coarsely

grate the cucumber and

apple, then squeeze out the

excess moisture and transfer

to a bowl. Stir in the yoghurt

and mint and season with

salt and pepper. Cover and

chill until required.

4. Serve the tandoori chicken

with the apple and mint

raita, naan bread and salad


(Recipe Janelle Bloom;

photography Nicky

Ryan @nickyryanphoto;

styling Kristen Wilson @

stylemrswilson & Yael

Grinham @wastingtimewell;

Photo chef Annie Logue

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2. Steam the spinach until

just wilted. Drain well and

place in a large bowl. Mix

in the onion, mushrooms,

parsley and garlic.

3. Whisk the eggs, fetta,

cream and olive oil in a

separate bowl. Season

with salt and pepper.

Add to the spinach and

mushroom mixture and

quickly mix together.

Pour the mixture into the

frying pan and sprinkle

with the grated cheddar.

Cover with a sheet of

baking paper.

4. Bake the pie for 30

minutes, then remove the

baking paper. Bake for a

further 20 minutes, until

golden brown.

5. Serve with some simple

salad greens.

(Recipe Erica Dibden


photo Joe Filshie @

joefilshie; styling Georgie

Dolling @propcoop_syd;

Wendy Quisimbing; @



sponge cake

Serves 8–10

4 eggs

¾ cup (165g) caster sugar

¾ cup (90g) wheaten cornflour

2 tablespoons custard powder

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

½ teaspoon bicarbonate of


1/3 cup (110g) raspberry jam

300ml thickened cream,


Icing sugar, for dusting

(Recipe Cathie Lonnie; photo

Oliver Ford @oliverford;

styling Kate Murdoch @

murford; photo chef Sarah

Jane HalletT @sjhallett01)

Steve Webber’s

Honey Ginger Snaps

Makes 12-16

150g butter

¼ cup (90g) honey

1½ cups (225g) plain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 teaspoons ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground


½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 tablespoons thinly sliced

crystallised ginger

1 tablespoon raw sugar

1. Preheat the oven to

180°C. Line three baking

trays with baking paper.

2. Combine the butter and

honey in a saucepan

over low heat. Stir until

the butter melts and

the mixture begins to

bubble. Remove the pan

from the heat.

3. Sift the flour, baking

powder and spices

together, then stir into

the honey mixture until


4. Roll tablespoons of

the mixture into balls

and place on the trays,

leaving room for the

biscuits to spread. Using

your thumb, make an

indent in the centre

of each biscuit. Top

each with a sliver of

crystallised ginger and

a sprinkle of raw sugar.

Bake for 10 minutes, until

golden. Cool the honey

snaps on the trays.

(Recipe Steve Webber;

photo joe Filshie @

joefilshie; styling Georgie

Dolling @propcoop_syd;

Wendy Quisimbing; @


Food Life

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1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Grease and flour two deep

20cm round cake tins.

2. Beat the eggs and caster

sugar in a small bowl with

an electric mixer for about

8 minutes, until thick,

creamy and doubled in

volume. Transfer to a large

bowl. Gently fold in the

triple-sifted dry ingredients.

3. Divide the batter evenly

between the tins and bake

for 20 minutes. Immediately

turn the sponges out onto a

wire rack lined with baking

paper to cool.

4. Sandwich the sponges

with jam and cream. Serve

dusted with icing sugar.

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Food Life

In Season


Food Life

Eggplant (also known as

aubergine) are a fruit, not

a vegetable. They get their

name from their shape (the

most common variety, eggshaped

in appearance). Best

known for their use in baba

ghanoush (middle eastern

dip) Moussaka (Greek lamb

bake), parmigiana (Italian)

and caponata (Sicilian

vegetable), they are available

in many shapes, sizes and



Select eggplant that are

medium in size (unless the

recipe states otherwise) with

shiny, smooth, wrinkle-free

skin. They should feel heavy.

Check there are no holes near

or under the stem, as this

suggests worms.


Store in a freezer or storage

bag in the crisper section of

the fridge for up to 5 days.


They are more than

90% water but contain

reasonable amount Vitamin

C. The purple colour is due

to presence of bioflavonoids

which are powerful


Also In Season


Apples; banana; custard

apples; dates, lemons;

oranges (Navel); pears;

pomegranates; quince and

rhubarb. Also avocados; bok

choy; broccolini and broccoli;

Brussels sprouts; cabbage;

cauliflower; eggplant; fennel;

kale; ginger; spinach and

sweet potato.

Eggplant Rolls

Makes 16

2 large eggplant

3 tbs olive oil

2 tomatoes, quartered

200g fresh ricotta

1 tbs zaatar spice

150g feta, crumbled

½ cup (about 80g) pitted

mixed olives, chopped

2 tbs chopped flat leaf parsley

2 tbs chopped basil

extra virgin olive oil & parsley

leaves, to serve

1. Preheat a chargrill pan or

barbecue grill on mediumhigh.

Cut each eggplant

lengthways into 8 thin

slices. Brush each side with

olive oil. Cook for 3-4 minutes

on each side or until

charred and tender. Set

aside to cool slightly.

2. Discard the seeds and from

tomato, dice the flesh. Beat

the ricotta and zaatar until

well combined. Add the

feta, olives, tomato and

herbs. Season well. When

eggplant is cooled but still

soft, spread a heaped tablespoon

of ricotta mixture

at the end of 1 slice and

roll up to enclose. Continue

with remaining eggplant

and ricotta mixture. Set


3. Drizzle with extra virgin

olive oil, season well and

scatter with parsley leaves.

Serve with crusty bread.

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Pittwater Puzzler

Compiled by David Stickley

23 Book available from Beachside

Bookshop in Avalon featuring a

heartwarming collection of recipes

and stories with proceeds to CWA (6)

24 Under the effects of calming drugs


27 Fuss, busy activity; trouble,

difficulty (3)

28 One licensed to do certain

legal work in relation to property

transactions (11)

29 One Central Coast destination of

Palm Beach Ferries (8)

30 Set phrases (6)


1 An instrument for pounding or

grinding, especially a small club-like

kitchen utensil used in conjunction

with a small bowl or mortar (6)

4 Decisive event happening across

Australia this May (8)

10 Daughter of a famous Australian

writer who released her first solo

novel, Fled, in April (3,8)

11 A ridge of sand, usually just below

the surface of the water (3)

12 Community centre in Warriewood,

Nelson _______ (7)

13 Loop or knot made by a needle (6)

15 A large public exhibition (10)

17 These are planned to be reduced

by Northern Beaches Council for

parking at Rowland Reserve in

Bayview (4)

19 Scatters seed (4)

20 Information, especially of a

biased or misleading nature, used to

promote a political cause or point of

view (10)


1 Small, usually unbound booklets or

leaflets containing information (9)

2 Summation sign in maths, a Greek

letter (5)

3 Bloodsuckers sometimes picked up

on muddy trails (7)

5 Plant with showy flowers (4)

6 Burial chambers (6)

7 Occurring after one item, event, etc.,

and before another (2,7)

8 Direction, generally, of Pittwater

from Port Jackson (5)

9 An area of land under the

jurisdiction of the federal government,

distinguished from a state by its

limited self-government (9)

14 Describing vegetable scraps and

green waste in a broken-down state (9)

16 Motorised craft commonly seen on

Pittwater (9)

18 Principles of behaviour (9)

21 Palm Beach boat-builder WJG or

‘Old Man _______’ (7)

22 Implement used by the unsure

crossword solver, maybe (6)

23 Shark meat, as food (5)

25 A dashboard gauge in common

terms (5)

26 An unknown author (4)

[Solution page 70]

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MAY 2019 67

Garden Life

Garden Life

Delight Old favourites in the amazing signal a

colours return to of great hydrangeas indoors

with Gabrielle Bryant

Visit the



It is too warm on the Northern

Beaches to reliably grow rhododendrons,

although there are

several bushes around that defy

the rules. Indeed, the moretropical

vireya rhododendrons

Cherry Guava a

sweet thrive here. surprise

The Always 1950s a favourite furnishings for

Christmas are back, colour, complete hydrangeas

with are spike-legged flowering their

heads tables off! and They chairs, look the wonderful

and in orange the garden, colouring, brightening the


the enamel semi-shaded cookware, areas and and the

glowing indoor plants in the of full, yesterday. protected

sunlight. And why not? Once Indoor the older plants

varieties add a special were look either and pink serve or

blue a purpose. depending on the soil,

additional They breathe lime will and deepen create

the oxygen pinks into and air-conditioned

blueing tonic

(sulphate rooms. They of aluminium) have proven will relaxative

qualities the blues, – and but they

new look named fantastic. varieties will


maintain All the old their favourites colour. White are

never doing changes. the rounds There again, are including

the fiddle of every leaf size ficus, from


the umbrella tiny dwarf trees, Piamina hanging to the

tall baskets traditional in macramé Mop Heads. hangers,

Boston so many ferns, to choose dracaenas, from


it cordylines is almost and too peace difficult lilies, to

decide. peperomias There and are pileas. the delicate Mix

lace these caps, foliage the plants huge blooms with

the newer passion that are

moth orchids and you’ll get a

wonderful display.

With every comeback there

is always a newcomer. The

most fashionable plant of

the moment is the Chinese

Money Plant – pilea peperomiodes

(right). It has many

other names around the

world, including the Spaceship

plant, the Pancake

plant, the Mirror Glass plant

and the Missionary plant. (In

China it is thought to bring

good fortune, friendship and

wealth to the household.)

This compact plant is per-

In Native full flower to south-east in my veggie Asia,

they garden love is dappled my Cherry shade Guava, and

sometimes protection from known wind. as These a Strawberry

surface-rooted Guava. This shrubs delightful need

evergreen mulch to keep shrub roots never cool fails and to

produce damp. Their a heavy roots crop must of not cherry

guavas be exposed in early to direct, autumn. hot sun.

of the traditional mop heads, that can be two metres tall.

Although It is a small, they pretty like to tree be damp,

the cone-shaped flowers of The recently introduced


rounded, vireyas should glossy never green have leaves wet

hydrangea paniculata bushes smaller growing Picotee

that feet; only good grows drainage to about is essential.

varieties with two-tone flower

three Vireyas metres come in height. in a variety Keep of

heads are hard to leave behind

and if you have a semi-



trimmed colours and into sizes. shape White, after pink,

ing. orange, The crimson, delicate fluffy scarlet flowers and

shaded wall, the climbing

are yellow creamy flowers white, can growing brighten

hydrangea petiolaris is just

close the


to shadiest the branches. corner of They the are garden. followed

But you by must the tangy prune flavoured, your vireya

Hydrangeas are forgiving

plants that are easy to grow. sweet, regularly; berry-sized, also remove cherry spent red

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

any good garden soil. Mulch Unlike bushes the lightly, taller-growing always leaving deciduous

sufficient yellow foliage guava for that the needs plant

the roots with compost to

keep them cool and feed cooking, to grow. the fruit can be eaten

them in early spring to get raw Vireyas straight need from a slightly the tree acid or

fect for window sills, desks, Importantly, it is the perfect

plant for beginners! It is

them going. Grow them in used soil, the in cooking, same as jellies, azaleas. drinks, Avoid

coffee tables and bench tops.

pots, or in the garden; bring sauces feeding or with jams. poultry manure

The bright green, shiny, coinshaped

leaves are what gives peperomias and pileas – and

undemanding, as are all the or

them inside when in flower You mushroom should protect compost the – cow fruit

or cut the blooms – they last from manure fruit or fly homemade with a fruit compost fly bait.

it its name.

very easy to grow.

is ideal.

well in water.

Vireyas grow well in pots, but

make sure that the drainage is

Get into the

good. When potting, add coarse

‘swing’ pine bark, vermiculite of Xmas or perlite

Ito t is a premium time to relax potting and mix enjoy to

keep your it garden. light and Look open. at Don’t your be

outdoor tempted seating to ‘overpot’. requirements

go just – one the size shops larger are than full the of


amazing existing pot chairs and and keep tables. the soil

Hanging level the same cane as egg the chairs existing have

been root ball. trendy Keep for the the pot past raised few on

years pot feet, and or now sit it the on a ‘Swing saucer of

Seat’ gravel is to back. ensure Nothing good drainage. is more

peaceful It may appear than swinging that Vireyas in a

seat are fussy for two, but if sheltered you keep from to the

the required weather conditions, with a roof they to are

shade tough and from easy the to sun grow. – makes a

great Christmas present too!

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Listen and

learn about

Elephant Ears

Elephant Ears are the most

dramatic plants, from

the huge alocasia (that is

the Giant taro plant) to the

colourful, smaller-growing

colocasias and the delicate

caladiums from South America.

They are all members of

the same family.

While the taller-growing,

green alocasias will live outside

in the winter, all these

varieties are better grown

in pots so that they can be

brought inside for the wet

cold winter months. Don’t be

alarmed if they die down for

winter; avoid keeping them

too wet and they will pop up

again from the tubers under

the soil, as soon the weather

warms up.

Their colourful leaves are

unrivalled: green, black,

striped, pink, purple and

silver. The varieties are

endless. Fast-growing, they

multiply in the pots, quickly

forming large clumps. In early

spring the plants can be

easily divided and the tubers

will quickly grow back into

leaf. Grow them in protected

corners where the sun won’t

burn the delicate leaves. For

added colour and dramatic

effect they are unbeaten.

Garden Life

How to make Mum’s day

As Mother’s Day approaches, florists and garden centres are

filling with wonderful displays of flowering pots of (clockwise

from top) cyclamen, miniature roses, chrysanthemums and

Peace lilies, plus begonias and orchids… it’s so hard to choose!

All mothers love flowers; there will be something for every

budget. Busy working Mums love terrariums and succulents

that look after themselves. Traditional Chrysanthemums may

be hard to find but there are plenty of miniature-flowering

ones in pots. They are always good value in the garden after

the flowers have finished.

Why not go for an outing and visit your local garden centre,

with coffee and breakfast on the way?

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Garden Life

Jobs this Month


German ivy

If you have a fence

to cover that needs

a non-invasive,

fast-growing easy

creeper, nothing

can beat German

Ivy. Its dark glossy

green leaves are a

perfect backdrop to

the bright primrose

yellow daisy


Garden Life

Move cymbidium orchids

into good light.

They are beginning

to make flower spikes and

need bright light or winter

sun to develop the buds. You

have waited for a year for

the spikes to develop – don’t

let marauding snails destroy

them overnight. Protect your

flower spikes with Multiguard

snail bait.

Grubby affair

After the rain in March the

lawn grubs are now on the

rampage. At the first signs

of dead patches in the grass,

apply Professor Mac 3 in 1. It

is an organic insecticide combined

with a wetting agent

and fertiliser.

Bulbs go ‘on’

It’s time to plant spring

flowering bulbs now that the

weather has cooled down. If

you are planting them into

pots use bulb fibre potting

mix for the best results.

Overplant with some cheerful

pansy, viola or alyssum

seedlings to grow while you

are waiting for the bulbs to

appear. This does not inhibit

the growth of the bulbs.

Feed Citrus

It’s your last chance to feed

citrus trees before winter.

Protect any new growing tips

against leaf miner and citrus

bugs with Eco neem and Eco

oil mixed together as a fortnightly


Water watch

Now that the weather has

cooled down make sure that

pot plants are not sitting in

saucers full of water. Plants

need less water when they are

dormant in winter. Cold, wet

roots will rot.

Compost tip

Autumn is the time to fill your

compost bins, fallen leaves

make wonderful compost.

Water with GoGo Juice to help

the compost break down.

Keep a bin in the kitchen to

save veggie scraps and invest

in a paper shredder. These

things all break down into

great compost. Never add any

meat, egg, fish or dairy scraps

to your bin. These things

attract rats and mice. Water

with GoGo Juice to help the

compost break down.

pillar control. The caterpillars

will stop eating straight away

but may still be present for

a couple of days. The good

thing is that although the

plants look terrible, once the

damaged leaves are removed

they will recover.

Raising peas

Sweet Peas are shooting up

now. Make sure that they

have something strong to

climb up. A bamboo tripod

wrapped with chicken wire

or wound with string works

well. A lattice on the fence

or an archway makes a good

base. If you haven’t planted

seeds you can buy seedlings

now. Check the labels there

are many different varieties,

some are dwarf, for pots and

baskets, and some will grow

180cm tall.

Bare essentials

A garden without any

deciduous trees may give

summer shade but it will also

lack the excitement changing

seasons brings. Check out the

trees around that are losing

their leaves. Next month the

garden centres will be full of

bare trees and shrubs. Make

a note of the trees around

that give autumn colour, so

that next month when you are

Clivea care

The lily caterpillar is about

again, destroying clivea plants

overnight. Remove any that

you can and then spray with

Eco Neem. It is a great caterconfronted

with a display of

bare branches you will know

which tree to buy.

Winter crops

Before you plant winter crops

of peas, broccolini, spinach,

silver beet and other winter

veggies, turn the soil and add

plenty of compost, a wetting

agent, a complete fertiliser

and a dressing of super phosphate.

Good preparation now

will be well repaid at harvest

time! Water in new seedlings

with Seasol.

Buds of May

Check out your camellia

bushes, where the flower

buds are multiple; gently twist

them off, leaving just a single

flower. Overcrowded buds can

open as misshapen flowers.

Crossword solution from page 67

Mystery location: STAPLETON PARK

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Times Past

GIVEN THE SLIP: The yacht on the

slip in the right of the main

picture, dated 1946, is ‘Mistral’;

the overall picture shows the three

wharves in the 1950s, Goddards

being the most distant one.

Goddards gone

but not forgotten

Unless you have been a

Palm Beach local for

many years, you would

need a vivid imagination to

place this wharf and boatbuilding

complex at the

northern end of Iluka Road,

number 118.

Aged two years old, William

Reuben Goddard was brought

to Sydney by his parents

George and Eliza in 1849.

The family settled in North

Sydney around Lavender Bay

where, in later years, William

(known to most as ‘Billy’)

spent his apprenticeship as a

builder of small craft with Mr

W. Dunn of Lavender Bay.

Around 1870, life changed

in several directions for then

22-year-old ‘Billy’. He married

Bridget Darcy and their first

child, William Joseph, was

born in 1871 (according to

BDM NSW it was the first of

nine pregnancies).

Soon after, he decided to

build his own boat-building

shed in Berry’s Bay, where

he designed as well as built

small craft, including model

boats, for 40 some years.

Although he died in 1916

(leaving four sons and two

daughters) by this time his

eldest son, William Joseph,

had spent some time as a

‘motor launch builder’ at

Rose Bay before he headed

north to Pittwater.

Apparently in 1917 young

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‘Billy’ purchased land near

the present-day golf links, in

the vicinity of Waratah Street,

Palm Beach. The ‘Reliance’ in

1919 and the ‘Falcon’ (later

‘Elvina’) c.1928 were both

products of this site. They

were ‘skidded’ down to the

water on greased timbers

with the assistance of block

and tackle. It was around

this time WJG or ‘Old Man

Goddard’ built the complex in

the picture.

In 1942 Walter Dendy, the

GM of the Port Jackson and

Manly Steamship Company

(PJMSC) purchased the entire

Goddard’s Wharf, boatshed,

the store, the liquor licence

and the ferry service.

Between 1945 and 1947

the Company also built three

new ferries for the Pittwater

services: the ‘Rambler Star’,

the ‘Currawong Star’ and the

‘West Head’.

During World War II,

Sydney’s ‘back door’ was

opened when Singapore fell to

the Japanese. ‘Chick’ Witchard

who had worked as a yard

hand for WJ Goddard and

got his coxwain’s ticket, was

ordered by the authorities to

take the ‘Falcon’ and tow all

the pleasure craft in Pittwater

up to ‘Crosslands’ at the end

of Berowra Waters to prevent

them being commandered by

the Japanese.

In 1960, PJMSC bought

the Goldthorpe and Smith

boatshed and moved

operations around Sand Point

to that shed.

John Witchard recalled that

soon after the move,

the downstairs level

of the old store was

glassed in and Joern

Utzon set up drawing

boards in there to

work on drawings of

the Opera House.

Around the same time, surfer

Jeff Andrews from Dee Why

rode a shore break by the wharf,

kicked up by a freak north-east

weather pattern. Apparently

it was published as the front

cover of one of the leading

surfing mags of the time.

*Thanks to both John

Witchard and Peter Verrills for

assistance with this article.

TIMES PAST is supplied

by local historian

and President of the

Avalon Beach Historical


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Travel Life

Muse back soon

to inspire again

Silversea Cruises is celebrating

the end of Silver Muse’s

successful inaugural season

in Australia and New Zealand

– the iconic, flagship vessel is

the largest and most luxurious

vessel in Silversea’s fleet and

her arrival in February marked

the first time in 10 years that

Silversea had deployed a brand

new ship in the region, with

guests were thrilled to enjoy a

variety of thrilling itineraries

encompassing 25 maiden calls

throughout Australia and New


However, guests have but a

short wait to reacquaint with

her, with Silver Muse returning

Downunder in 2019/20 and

staying for more four months

(late November to end of

March) offering a selection of

10 voyages between Australia,

New Zealand and – new for

2019/20 – the South Pacific

islands of Fiji, Vanuatu and

New Caledonia.

It will be Silversea’s longest

Australia and New Zealand

season to date.

To commemorate the arrival

of Silver Muse to Australian

waters, Silversea also announced

a campaign to support

Australia’s drought-stricken

farmers and their families

via Rural Aid which has so far

generated over $30,000.

During her three months

here, the ship welcomed

onboard more than 2,000

day-visitors for a series of

exclusive lunch, dinner and

cocktail party events – marking

Silversea’s biggest ever inaugural

program – with more than

1,500 gourmet desserts, 4,200

scallops and 5,000 glasses of

French Champagne consumed.

Travel View’s Karen Robinson

says the 596-guest vessel

offers uncompromising levels

of comfort, service and quality

for the world’s most discerning


“Onboard Silver Muse,

guests experience enhanced

small ship intimacy, spacious

all suite accommodations,

expansive outdoor spaces

and the most comprehensive

choice of dining options at

sea with eight venues, including

specialty choices such as

Kaiseki and Indochine, plus

24-hour complimentary dining

options throughout the

ship,” Karen said, adding the

all-suite vessel carried guests

in all-inclusive luxury with

butler service in all suites.

“The cruising community

enjoyed a magical three

months celebrating the arrival

of Silver Muse, including more

than 3,000 guests – two

thirds of whom were from

overseas,” she said.

“A highlight was when Silver

Muse met with Silver Whisper

in Sydney Harbour on the

morning of February 2 – it was

the first time in 20 years that

two of Silversea’s vessels had

met in the Harbour City.”

– Nigel Wall

*For more info contact Travel

View Avalon (9918 4444) or

Collaroy (9999 0444).

Travel Life

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Travel Life

Relax, sail and explore Indonesia

Often when it’s time to plan our next holiday

adventure, we envisage experiencing

something different from the ‘every day,’

perhaps visiting some place exotic, warm

and relaxing.

Unique and seldom-visited destinations

are mostly farther away than we would like,

especially when looking for a short winter’s

getaway; however, anchored just off our very

own north coast is Indonesia, an intriguing

destination boasting more than 17,000 islands,

many of which you may not have even

heard of. Bali springs to mind when we think

of Indonesia, but Bali is simply a needle in a

haystack of extraordinary cultural and tropical

diversions ready to be uncovered.

Travel View’s Karen Robinson said not

only is Indonesia a unique destination, how

you choose to discover its treasures can also

be an exceptional experience: for example,

aboard the tall ship Star Clipper, offering you

a unique sailing adventure like no other.

“Accommodating an intimate 170 guests,

Star Clipper sails the beautiful Indonesian archipelago

between June and August, making

it the perfect escape from Sydney’s winter,”

Karen said. “Cruises are 7-, 10- and 11-nights,

and one of my favourites is the 10-night

cruise, departing 31

July 2019, round-trip

from Bali, just a short

flight away.

“This cruise encompasses

the best

of the sun-laden Gili

Islands and Komodo

National Park, to see

the famous dragons

and much more. The itinerary includes every

day in a magical tropical destination, leaving

one day at sea to indulge in the grandeur of

relaxing and sailing aboard Star Clipper.

“This is definitely a sun, sea and sand holiday

experience, where you’ll swim in warm,

clear waters, enjoy great snorkelling, or

optional scuba diving, or stroll and discover

secluded islands.”

As a special bonus, Star Clipper and Travel

View are offering a free 5-Star Alila Resort

package. When you book on the July 31st

Indonesia archipelago cruise, you can select

from three free Alila resort packages at

either the Alila Seminyak, Ubud or Manggis –

with a total added value of around $1,000.

* For more info contact Travel View Avalon

(9918 4444) or Collaroy (9999 0444).

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