Pittwater Life June 2019 Issue


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Solar future begins at home

An increase in residential

solar energy uptake is

one of the main non-essential

service objectives of Northern

Beaches Council.

Mayor Michael Regan

tells us that Council’s draft

Environment and Climate

Change Strategy has a target of

converting 30,000 more homes

to solar by 2038. But to do that,

Council knows it needs to break

down the barriers that are

preventing locals from pushing

the button on their solar panel


Although take-up has

increased 200% over the past

six years, 80% of suitable

residences still don’t have solar.

Almost half of the carbon

emissions in our local

government area come from

residential electricity, so the

potential upside for Pittwater,

and indeed the planet, is huge.

One of the mooted ways

that Council could assist home

owners is to help facilitate

connections with local


They’re leading by example

too – by the end of June,

Council will have installed

390kw of solar panels on 35 of

its buildings.

* * *

It’s early days yet but hot off

the press comes word that

Queenwood School at Mosman

has entered into an agreement

to acquire land at Ingleside

to build sports fields and

facilities which it intends to

use for students but also make

available to local sporting and

community groups.

The school plans to buy the

land, on Mona Vale Road, from

a developer who had intended

to build residences there as

part of the new Ingleside

development strategy, only to

be stymied when approval was

scrapped following potential

bushfire concerns.

If it goes ahead it will be

a much-needed resource for


– Nigel Wall

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Solar future is ours to see


Northern Beaches Mayor

Michael Regan has

charged Council staff

to find ways to reduce barriers

and dramatically raise

domestic solar energy uptake

to meet its draft Environment

and Climate Change Strategy

target of 30,000 more homes

hooked up to renewable energy

options by 2038.

Mayor Regan said that

although solar panel installations

had increased 200%

over the past six years, 80% of

suitable residences still didn’t

have solar.

He noted there were around

100,000 homes located on

the Northern Beaches, of

which 8,222 had solar panels.

There was also a further

59,100 freestanding or semidetached

housing which were

more suitable for the installation

of solar panels.

“The community is crying

out for ways to significantly

reduce energy bills and to

reduce their carbon footprint.

Blackouts continue and yet

there is technology such as

batteries that can prevent this

happening,” the Mayor said.

“The Northern Beaches has

annual carbon emissions

of approximately 2 million

tonnes of CO2-e, and of that,

48% is from residential electricity

compared to approximately

20,000 tonnes from

council operations. Clearly,

the community is where we

must target reducing emissions

to have maximum impact

on our carbon emission

reduction across the Northern

Beaches. In doing so, we could

help a lot of people to slash

their electricity bills.”

He said Council’s Sunspot

online tool (with more than

150 hits per week) and ‘Our

Energy Future’ strategy had

been well utilised so far, and

a variety of renewable energy

council information nights

for residents have been very

well attended.

However, the community’s

enthusiasm for renewable energy

did not always translate

into action, prompting Council

to seek to investigate and

identify the barriers that exist

to prevent current community

uptake of solar systems.

“This financial year we’ve

hosted four fully booked-out

solar info sessions,” Mayor

Regan said. “To date this has

converted to 417 requests for

quotes – yet we have only seen

seven actual installations,

equivalent to 58kW of solar.

“What a great impact we

could make into the 2million

tonnes of Co2 produced each

year on the Northern Beaches

if more people got on board.

Not to mention help to reduce

those increasing power bills.

“The NSW Government says

the average Sydney household

can save up to $900 a year

just by installing a 4-kilowatt

solar system. Plus it can be

paid off in less than five years

through lower energy bills. So

what’s stopping people?

“To meet the targets that

will be proposed in the draft

Environment and Climate

Change Strategy we would require

a further 30,000 homes

to uptake renewable energy

options by 2038.

“It is critical that we identify

the barriers to our community

solar uptake and be able

to formulate a strategy to

increase the uptake and aim to

even surpass 30,000 homes.

“As a Council we need to

know what the barriers to

people investing in solar are,

so we can see what we can do

to create innovative solutions

to overcome the barriers.”

The Mayor said some in the

community were keen to see

Council help facilitate connections

between local suppliers

and interested community

members, while others have

suggested we help with an

online directory.

“But we are in the early

stages of starting these conversations

with the communi-

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NOT THROUGH THE ROOF: Council wants to see an increase in the modest conversion to solar energy on the beaches.

ty – so far we’ve had lots of interesting

feedback about why

people do and don’t make

that up-front investment.

“It’s fantastic to be getting

such a great response from

people sharing their views

and experiences.

“And of course, at Council

we are doing our bit too – by

the end of June, Council will

have installed 390kw of solar

panels on 35 of Council’s


Although the official survey

period closed in May, the

Mayor said he was happy for

people to email him directly

with their ideas or reasons

why they do/don’t have solar;

email him at mayor@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

Council is currently preparing

a report outlining the

barriers, the approach and a

proposed target for residential

solar panel installations;

it’s anticipated the report will

be tabled by August.

– Nigel Wall


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JUNE 2019 7


on goals

in Avalon


Hundreds of netballers

north of the bends are

celebrating a win with

plans for four hardcourts to be

constructed at Avalon Beach

Reserve before the end of the


The propsed site (pictured)

was selected following a

review of available locations

and details thrashed out in

consultation with community

groups that included Pittwater

Peninsula Netball Club,

Newport Breakers, Avalon

SLSC, Avalon PS and the Avalon

Place Plan Working Group.

The green-colour courts

designed to blend in with

the surrounds, will have

removable posts and built to

car park standards so they

can be used as overflow car

parking for events such as

Avalon Market Day and allow

for helicopters to land in

emergency situations.

Australian Standard floodlighting

will be installed and

a bridge built over the creek

to connect the courts.

And in a nod to those who

like to bounce and shoot, a

half basketball court has also

been added as part of the


The netball court proposal

states that “competition on

Saturdays was not appropriate

at this location” – meaning the

site will likely service as a social

and practice facility only.

The two clubs that operate

in the northern end of the

Pittwater Ward – Pittwater Peninsula

Netball and Newport

Breakers – have more than

500 members combined and

currently need to use grass

courts or car parks to train,

without Australian Standard


Council intends to install

the concept plans onsite,

while locals can also view the

proposal and have ‘Your Say’

through the Council website

until July 14.

Once the exhibition closes,

Council will issue a tender for

design and construction of

the netball courts.

Mayor Michael Regan said:

“The popularity of netball has

been growing and this facility

will be a great addition to

the area, complementing the

proposed new netball and

multi-use courts in Warriewood


“Work is expected to commence

in the coming months

and weather dependent, is

due for completion later on

this year.”

The project budget is

$562,000, funded by the State

Government. A condition of

the State Government Grant is

that the project is completed

by 31 December 2019.

Meanwhile, the Mayor told

Pittwater Life the Avalon Place

Plan was progressing well,

in consultation with the My

Place: Avalon Community

Reference Group.

“The Snapshot and Community

Engagement Report

were released in April and we

are about to start analysing

the results of the Dunbar Park

and Playground survey which

ran throughout April and

May,” Mr Regan said.

“We’ll be conducting more

consultation at a special

event on Old Barrenjoey Rd

on Saturday 27 July – we’ll be

temporarily closing the road,

holding displays, entertainment

and workshops and

encouraging our community

to consider what we can do

with our public spaces that is

a little outside the box.

“Making sure the community

have a chance to feed into

the preparation of the plan is

our top priority,” he said.

It is expected a draft plan

will be ready for further consultation

later this year.

– Lisa Offord

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Pittwater’s tech savvy-iors

If you are in your 50s, 60s and

beyond there is no doubt you

have more questions about

your phone, tablet, computer or

new TV than can be answered.

You have probably also learnt

it’s sometimes easier to keep

quiet rather than cop another

eye-roll from the younger set

when you just don’t get it!

So when word got out about

Avalon-based TV producer

Georgie Lewin’s ability to

patiently walk people through

their digital lives it didn’t take

long for her to realise the power

of her efforts, switch careers

and launch a new business.

It all began a few years ago

with a simple observation

about her grandparents’ pay

TV bill.

After one cup of tea, Georgie

was renegotiating their cable

package to include a better service

at a significant discount,

then she set about streamlining

their telco service.

What started with Georgie’s

own grandparents quickly

moved on to their friends, who

wanted help with everything

from setting up a Facebook

account to understanding how

to use Skype and Uber, Netflix

and order grocery deliveries.

“The clients and the questions

kept on coming... it really

hit me, as a ‘Millennial’, using

all these services had become

second nature to me but for

many others, they were intimidating

and scary,” Georgie said.

So in 2017, Grandaids was


Grandaids specialises in

helping baby boomers (and

beyond) with every question

around smartphones, tablets,

laptops and digital TVs.

The 34-year old and her team

have assisted more than 200

people with their individual

tech-related questions, primarily

in their own homes.

She said the online world

was becoming a jungle, with

constant technological updates

and changes.

“It’s a place of hard-tounderstand

call centres, busy

help desks, time-poor family

members and costly after-sales

‘service’,” she said.

“It can be challenging to find

patient and available people

who can calmly and clearly step

someone through technological

hurdles with understanding.

I’ve ended up creating a business

to offer people personal

technology sessions, at a time

and location that suits them.

“We work to the individual’s

style of learning and match

each client with an experienced,

patient and understanding

Grandaids ‘mentor’.

“That mentor researches


Georgie Lewin

each client’s technical particulars

and needs, walking

them through short, medium

and long-term digital goals


She said every situation was

different and her team adapted


“We want to leave our clients

feeling confident with their

new-found skills and able to enjoy

their time online,” she said.

“Technology has a lot to offer

in making life more fun and

making tasks simpler, but if

you don’t understand it and feel

lost, it can be absolutely distressing.

Like anything else it’s

something you need to learn.”

Grandaids can also help

educate clients about internet

security, identity theft and

password protection.

Georgie said the most common

requests from clients


n Help with basic navigation

of smart phones (eg helping

to make text bigger on the


n Streaming programs over the

internet (eg The Crown on

Netflix or catch up ABC on

ABC iView);

n Bundling phone bills and getting

the best deals (Georgie

says they have saved people

hundreds and sometimes

thousands of dollars when it

comes to honing in on their

phone/internet/Foxtel bill


n Helping to declutter email

folders; and

n Sorting photos (saving to the

cloud, moving photos from

the phone to the computer,

creating photo books).

Georgie said her greatest

reward was helping people.

“We helped bundle a 90-yearold

lady’s phone and internet

bill, taking her monthly payment

from a staggering $350

to $150 per month. She had a

number of ‘bells and whistles’

she didn’t know about – as

well as active accounts for old


“And recently we helped a

70-year-old lady from Bayview

with setting up WhatsApp,

enabling her to also do video

calling from her phone. She is

now able to keep in touch with

her family in South Africa and

see them when they chat.”

Grandaids is a network

partner of the Australian

Government Be Connected

initiative and services clients

on the Northern Beaches and

across Sydney; also it recently

expanded to the Newcastle


– Lisa Offord

* For info about setting up a

consultation, contact Grandaids

on 0408 850 432 or

email info@grandaids.com.au

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Meet the new wave


Kirk Watson is legally

blind, yet he still surfs

every week on his native

Northern Beaches, with

the help of support workers

like Daniel O’Connor. As he

says, it certainly puts your

own life in perspective.

Daniel O’Connor is as Irish

as his name suggests; and

when he’s out catching waves

with mate Kirk, on Australia’s

best beaches, it feels a long

way from the grey skies of

home. Though as he explains

in his broad Irish brogue,

he’s still doing what he loves

most: helping people with

challenges to experience the

things they love.

It started for Dan 15 years

ago when he took a gap year

from Uni in his native Ireland.

He joined his uncle in Disability

Support and found he

had a real affinity for it. He

enjoyed the challenge and the

bonds formed with people he

helped. One experience that

stays long in his memory is

helping a quadriplegic man

to reach the top of one of

Ireland’s highest mountain on

his 50th birthday.

“Myself and some other

guys trained all Summer and

we built a stretcher with a

motorbike wheel on it. It was


Watson with his

support worker

Daniel O’Connor.

a typically wet and wild Mayo

day, but we carried this guy

to the top of Croagh Patrick

and helped him achieve his


When he came to Australia,

Dan continued in the Disability

Sector and has worked with

many different people with

different challenges; physical,

mental and behavioural. All

of them puts his own life in


“People with real challenges

often approach life with such

energy and enthusiasm, that

it makes you wonder why

you’re worrying about small

things in your own life. I

guess it teaches you resilience

and a better attitude.”

Through an app called

‘Hireup’ Kirk came across

Dan. The app puts people requiring

support in touch with

carers in the same area with

similar interests. Kirk and his

wife reviewed a number of potential

people and contacted

Dan. The two of them have

been surfing ever since.

They head to more secluded

beaches and ensure that conditions

aren’t too dangerous.

Dan’s main jobs are to help

Kirk with calling the waves and

ensuring he has a clear run

with no potential for collisions.

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of support recruits

Kirk is a native of the

Northern Beaches and surfed

in his youth, but his sight

gradually deteriorated in his

20s and 30s. He still has a feel

for the surf though and is a

great surfer.

“It’s awesome to see him out

there,” says Dan. “He now has

a support team of other surfers

too. I get to go out probably

twice a month with Kirk, but

he gets to surf every week. We

share time in the car on the

way to the beach too and have

become good friends. It’s the

connections formed and the

relationships that really make

this so enjoyable.”

For Kirk himself, it’s given

him the freedom to enjoy his

passion for surfing, after getting

to a point where he could

no longer see the waves. A

father who works full-time in

Federal Government, Kirk now

gets out on the water as often

as his schedule will allow: “As

well as Dan, I now have four

other guides via Hireup that

I surf with, so I can usually

find someone to go out with.”

Dan says there is a massive

shortage of Disability Support

workers and increasingly there

are opportunities to help in our

local community. The National

Disability Insurance Scheme

(NDIS) has been controversial

and not necessarily popular,

but it has done away with some

red tape and put the control

back into the hands of people

needing support.

“If you need someone to

take you to a concert on a

Friday, then platforms such

as Hireup can help with that.”

And as Dan also explains,

you don’t need to be heavily

qualified to help either: “You

need a Police Check, a Working

With Children check and

also a First Aid certificate. But

no formal training is needed;

many students do it or people

doing it as a second job.”

If you want to experience the

joys of helping someone yourself,

then check out Hireup.

For Kirk, it’s been a godsend:

“I just love the water and nothing

can beat catching waves.”

As for Dan, he’s helped people

to sing and play guitar, but

would like to go on to bigger

and better things: “I’d love to

help someone sail across the

Pacific. Or maybe get someone

to Everest Base Camp. That

would be cool.”

– Rob Pegley

* More info visit hireup.com.au


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PLAN: An artist’s impression of the (now abandoned) Ingleside development north of the Bahai Temple.

Queenwood school has bought the land on Mona Vale Road and intends to transform it into playing fields.

New Ingleside sports fields plan

Following the abandonment of the Ingleside

Precinct plan due to heightened bushfire

concerns, Queenwood School for Girls at Mosman

has announced it has entered into an

agreement to acquire land in Ingleside with

the intention of transforming it into sports

fields and facilities for students and the local


The six-hectare site at 169 and 169a Mona

Vale Road has been purchased from the Sunland

Group limited. A school spokesperson

said Queenwood intended to develop the site

into playing fields, indoor and outdoor courts,

function rooms and a car park.

She said the site was critical in meeting students’

sporting requirements as Queenwood’s

campuses were constrained and it was not

viable to acquire land in the area surrounding

its campus location.

Queenwood wants to make the courts and

playing fields available to the local community

outside of school use, and will work with

Northern Beaches Council and local sporting

clubs and community groups to allow access.

There are no public sports facilities at Ingleside

at present.

“The school expects to use the facilities

mainly on weekday afternoons and Saturday

mornings, so there will be ample opportunities

for the community to use the site,” the

spokeswoman said.

Following completion of the design of the

sporting facilities, the school will enter the

appropriate planning process with the hope

of having the first facilities accessible from


The school already hosts sports on the

northern beaches via its leased Oxford Falls

tennis facilities.

A spokesman for Northern Beaches Council

said it was too early for Council to comment

on the matter as a Development Application

had yet to be lodged and approval process yet

to be undertaken.

– Nigel Wall

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They’re Your

Guiding Stars…

From Erksineville to Estonia, fans flock to see

Summer Bay. Many squeal with delight at spotting

a cast member; most want to sing the theme

tune on the bus; some even propose to their

loved ones. Four ladies from the Northern Beaches

are there to witness it all and help make the

tours even greater. Story by Rob Pegley


Trips to the Blue Mountains

and the Northern

Beaches were originally

Flamin’ Galah’s core business,

until constant questions about

Summer Bay inspired the

owner Al Wilson to specialise

in a Home and Away tour. He

won the pitch to Channel 7 to

become the official licensee

three years ago, and that allowed

him to buy a larger bus

and employ specialist guides:

Tania, Elke, Lisa and Holly – all

from the Northern Beaches, all

fans, and all with a previous

connection to the show.

Tania says it’s her dream

job: “It has given me the opportunity

to share my stories

with our customers and meet

some wonderful people from

all over the world. I love being

able to come home from work

with sand on my feet.”

In the earlier years their

customers were mainly from

the UK, Ireland, Belgium,

Norway, New Zealand... even

Estonia. Since Channel 7 began

promoting the tour on-air

every night in October though,

they have seen a massive

influx of interstate Australians

and people from outer Sydney.

And they’ve pretty much been

fully booked: that’s 27 passengers,

five days per week.

It’s not uncommon still

though for customers to

arrive in Australia and head

straight to Summer Bay, suffering

jet lag.

People join the tour at The

Rocks or at Mona Vale, and the

Home and Away theme tune



Avis outside her

cottage (AKA the

Morgan’s house);

the whir of the

cameras always

gets the phones

out; a typical tour

group enjoys

their day out;

and guides (left

to right) Tania

Seager, Elke, Lisa

Gaupset and

Holly Lyons.

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is usually sung on the bus. A

visit to the North Palm Beach

Surf Club which has featured

in the show for more than 31

years, is an obvious highlight,

as is Alf’s Bait Shop and the

exterior of The Pier Diner (aka

The Boathouse).

Photos, re-creating scenes,

and video messages all help to

make a memorable experience;

and there is a drive past the

exteriors of character homes.

Filming tends to take place

early in the week and although

they can’t guarantee photos

with the cast, fans are always

thrilled when the opportunity

arises. Occasionally cast members

will jump on the bus: “The

squeals of delight can be heard

in Avalon,” Tania laughs.

Spontaneous reactions are

hard to control.

“Sometimes we are instructed

to be quiet, so we don’t

interrupt filming,” explains

Avalon local Holly. “My bus

must’ve been told this about

five times one day before we

arrived. We quietly took our

spots to watch a scene being

shot. The moment Ray (Alf)

stepped out, though, the tour

gave him a spontaneous,

noisy round of applause. I was

worried we’d be in trouble

for stopping filming, but Ray

turned around with a big

smile and waved. It’s not every

day Alf gets a standing ovation

on location.”

One man proposing to his

fiancé also received a standing

ovation, as Tania recalls: “We

often get honeymooners on

the tour and many customers

are celebrating anniversaries

and birthdays. We have even

had a couple of proposals

and luckily I managed to

capture them on video. One

was at the end of the pier and

when all the diners at The

Boathouse realised what was

happening, they stood up clapping

and cheering the happy

couple... luckily she said ‘Yes’!”

One of the guides, Elke,

even lives in a cottage used

in the show; the Morgan’s

house. Filming has been done

outside and inside Elke’s cabin

– which was home to Ziggy

and Brody and the location

for their emotional break-up

scenes… Justin and Leah had

their first kiss in the front

garden…and the garage has

recently been used by Mason

and Raffy to produce medical


The guides’ connections

to the show go way beyond

property though – three of

them have worked behind the

scenes for years either writing

scripts, promoting or designing

for the show. Partners

and sons have variously also

filmed or created for Australia’s

longest-running drama. It’s

almost a show in its own right.

The tour has become a

wonderful day out for families

who enjoy sharing their

memories about watching the

show with their children and

grandparents. And it’s not

unusual to meet children who

have been named after characters

like Brax.

Special needs customers

come from far and wide; and

one school group from Dubbo

had never seen the ocean

before. “The sheer joy of jumping

in the waves was wonderful

to witness.” Recalls Tania,

“and they were also very

excited to meet Alf.”

Lisa perhaps sums up the

joy of her job best of all: “I get

to spend days watching Australia’s

longest and best loved

drama being filmed in the

most stunning location whilst

showing excited fans around

iconic Summer Bay!”

The Guiding Stars

Tania Seager

With Channel 7 since 1994.

Tania spent 11 years creating

‘behind the scene’ videos for

‘Home and Away’ and producing

the website and social

media pages; her first interview

was with Chris Hemsworth!

Elke Avis

Grew up a real-life Summer Bay

local. Elke lives in the home

used on the show as the Morgan

House. It gives her a unique

insight into the wonders of

location filming and she has a

bit of a soft spot for the Morgan


Lisa Gaupset

Began as a Cadet Graphic

Designer for magazines such as

Cleo and Cosmopolitan, before

moving to broadcast design

with Channel 7 in 1989. She

worked designing promos and

titles for shows including ‘Home

and Away’.

Holly Lyons

A television drama writer,

her first broadcast credit

was for ‘Home and Away’ in

1999. After working in the UK

on shows such as Emmerdale,

she returned to Summer Bay’s

script department in 2011 for

several years, before becoming

a freelance writer for the show.


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Election ’19 spotlight:


The voters of Mackellar

have placed their faith

in incumbent MP Jason

Falinski, returning the Liberal

candidate for a second term

following the federal election

on May 18.

At the time of going to print,

and with 83 per cent of the

vote counted (but no pre-poll

votes), Mr Falinski had easily

avoided the fate that befell his

Liberal colleague Tony Abbott

in Warringah, with the former

Prime Minister unceremoniously

dumped by voters in favour

of Independent candidate

Zali Steggall.

In Mackellar, Mr Falinski

was tracking a 2.47% swing in

the primary vote, increasing

his support to 53.64% on the

2016 federal election result.

However, after preferences,

the two-party preferred vote

showed Mr Falinski polled

63.75% of votes to Labor candidate

Declan Steele’s 34.26%;

this represented a 2% swing

against Mr Falinski.

Labor’s Mr Steele recorded

16.7% of the primary vote,

with first-time Independent

candidate Alice Thompson

polling 12.7% and The

Greens’ Pru Wawn polling

almost 11%. Suzanne Daly

(Sustainable Australia) polled

2.46%, David Lyon (United

Australia Party) 2.29 and

Gary Levett (Christian Democratic

Party) 1.37%.

Snapshots of booth results

revealed Ms Thompson

garnered primary support

nudging 20% in Avalon, Avalon

Beach and Bilgola Plateau,

while Mr Steele secured the

two-party preferred win at

Dee Why North (52%).

Pittwater Life asked the

candidates to reflect on the


Jason Falinski

– Liberal

Mr Falinski thanked the

SECOND TERM: Jason Falinski increased the Liberals’ local primary vote.

people of Mackellar for placing

their trust in him for a

second term.

“We showed our vision for

a modern, forward-looking,

tolerant and welcoming community

that values fairness, rewards

hard work and provides

opportunity for all,” he said.

“Young people and, in particular,

first-time voters endorsed

our message of lower

taxes, a stronger economy,

more jobs and practical, Liberal

action on climate change.

“They overwhelmingly

rejected Labor, the Greens

and their independent-front

groups’ high spending, high

taxing rhetoric of division.

“I’d like to thank my campaign

team, the hundreds of

volunteers that dedicated their

time throughout the campaign

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How Mackellar voted

and most of all my family –

without your ongoing support

we wouldn’t have achieved the

nearly 3% swing towards the

Liberal Party in Mackellar.

“There is no such thing as

a break in this job and I will

continue to build on the things

we have achieved over the

last three years. Traffic- busting

projects like the Beaches

Link Tunnel and future rail

corridors are essential to ease

congestion on the beaches.

“And I promise to continue

to fight for lower taxes, a secure

retirement and improved

lifestyle for the beaches.”

Declan Steele

– Labor

Mr Steele said he spent the

Saturday election night “...

stunned into silence, with too

much beer in hand”.

“The result was devastating

to us and for many people hoping

for this election to be a new

start for Australia,” he said.

“But curiously, what was

meant to happen across the

country did happen here in

Mackellar – we achieved a

2% swing to us - as high as

13% in Bilgola Plateau – and

we won the Dee Why North

and Town Hall booths! In an

area that’s been so faithful

to the Liberal Party, this is

HEARTENED: Labor’s Declan Steele.

an amazing result.

“People on the Northern

Beaches are no longer seeing

themselves in the Liberal

Party’s actions and policies,

and seeing the Labor Party

as the party of the Australia

they know and that gave them

so much.

“I owe this all to my team

and volunteers, many of whom

had never volunteered for a

political campaign, let alone

a Labor one. They made thousands

of voters reappraise us

and swung many once-loyal

Liberals to our side. I can’t

thank them enough.”

Alice Thompson

– Independent

Ms Thompson said she was

“tremendously proud” of the

result, given in just a few

weeks her team built to a

strong network of volunteers

who achieved 13 per cent of

the primary vote.

“This was up against the

cashed-up major parties,” she

said. “With more time and

experience, I’m confident this

can grow as there is appetite

for better politics and local


“I’ve learned that good,

honest politics will find

it increasingly difficult

to compete with the dirty

tactics, scare campaigns and

sophisticated publicly funded

voter-profiling and targeting

software employed by the

major parties in elections,”

she continued.

“In contrast, a genuine, open

grassroots campaign enabled

me to have hundreds of

conversations with residents,

businesses and community

groups. We discovered there

was more that unites us than

divides us, particularly a common

concern for the environment

and the future for our


Ms Thompson said she


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would continue to foster these

collaborations established

over the campaign, provide

strong advocacy and keep

government accountable for

the Northern Beaches.

“I’d like to say a very

personal thank you to all

the volunteers, donors, supporters

and voters who got

behind this campaign. In a

very short, energetic burst we

made a significant dent in our

local and national political

landscape. It goes to show

PROUD & WISER: Alice Thompson.

what is possible when we

stand up and work together.”


Pru Wawn

– The Greens

Ms Wawn said The Greens were

proud to be the only party in

Mackellar with a comprehensive,

independently costed plan

for climate action – with a target

of 100 per cent renewable

energy by 2030, no new fossil

fuels and 180,000 green jobs.

“I’m delighted all our

Greens Senators are on track

to be returned to Parliament,

including the wonderful

Mehreen Faruqi here in

NSW,” she said. “In fact, The

Greens’ Senate vote was up

2.6 per cent nationally, which

is a swing of more than 25 per

cent across Australia.

“The re-election of the Morrison

Government is a major

setback because we’ve only 10

years to avert the irreversible

effects of the climate crisis and

the Coalition is determined to

open new coal mines.

“However, our Greens senators

will continue to hold the

government to account and

fight for issues like climate action,

environmental protection,

an end to political donations

and a federal corruption watchdog

– which would change the

nature of politics in Australia.

“We will continue campaigning

for this on the ground

locally and for other issues that

affect our community – including

protecting our local trees

and wildlife, an end to offshore

seismic testing and to sort out

problems at Mona Vale and

Northern Beaches Hospitals.”

– Nigel Wall



Save the date. Buy tickets ($35)

to next month’s Stayin Alive Disco

Party Fundraiser supporting

clean water for women’s birthing

clinics in Timor Leste to be held at

Avalon Beach RSL Sat July 6 go

to avalonrsl.com.au for details.

Art sale. Pittwater Artists Trail

Winter exhibition at the Newport

Community Centre opens Sat 8

until Tues 11. For more details go

to our Arts section pages 38-40.

Quit Plastic. Find out where

to start if you want to reduce

plastic at this free workshop at

the Coastal Environment Centre

(CEC) Narrabeen on Sat 8 from

2-4pm. Local authors Clara and

Louise will show you how to

break old habits around the home

and where to source plastic-free

alternatives. Book online through

the CEC.

Repair café. Electrical

technicians from The Bower

Reuse and Repair Centre will

help you fix small electrical

appliances from lamps to stereo

equipment, vintage desk fans

and radios to remote control cars

for free! If it can’t be fixed, it will

be safely recycled. Bookings for

the workshop at North Curl Curl

Community Centre on Sat 15 from

10am-2pm essential; go to NB

Council website or call 9942 2732.

Author talk. Award-winning

journalist Wendy Frew will discuss

her new book Leane Times at

Avalon Community Library on

Sun 16 at 3pm. More information

at the library or call 9918 3013.

Seniors show. Catch one

of Australia’s leading live

entertainers, the multi-awardwinning

vocalist described as a

‘beautiful baritone with a taste

of tenor’, Stephen Fisher-King,

in a free show for seniors in the

Pittwater RSL Auditorium on Mon

24 from 11am-12.30pm. RSVP

9997 3833.

Yoga & Happiness. Want to

reduce anxiety and stress and

improve your optimism? Sign up

for the Art of Happiness Program

in Mona Vale. It’s all about

breathing practices. Course runs

June 21-23 at Guringai Yoga

Shala; contact Jo Kelly 0417 267

194 or jo@artofliving.org.au

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Council pleading for


Northern Beaches Council

has sought an extension

of the deferral from the

application of the State Government’s

new Medium Density

Housing Code for another 6 to

12 months to enable staff to

complete its crucial Local Housing

Strategy (LHS).

Local Housing Strategies

must be prepared by all Sydney

Councils and are critical to the

development of new Local Environmental

Plans by 2021 and

to meet dictated State Government

housing targets.

Council is currently preparing its LHS,

which it anticipates completing by March


Mayor Michael Regan said Northern

Beaches Council was one of several Local

Governments which had sought the

extension, in order to adequately prepare

for much-needed expanded medium

density housing across the Northern

Beaches’ 35-kilometre-long region.

“Sensible planning is the key to providing

more options for affordable housing

across the Northern Beaches,” Mayor

SPLIT DECISION: Artist’s impression of a dual dwelling on a single block.

Regan said. “This is why we supported

the State Government’s proposals last

November to cap the number of units in

boarding house developments.”

He added any planning to comply

with the Medium Density Housing Code

should be done in the context of an overarching


“We want to make sure this is done

first, so any changes are done in an

integrated and strategic way and with

community consultation.”

Member for Pittwater and Planning

and Public Spaces Minister,

Rob Stokes, told Pittwater Life

the Medium Density Housing

Code was designed to allow for

two-storey terraces in areas

zoned for apartments.

“Last year, the Northern

Beaches Council raised concerns

that the impact of the

Code on poorly drafted planning

controls from the former

Manly and Pittwater Councils

would have enabled more intensive

development in certain

areas than the community had

anticipated,” he said.

“The council requested more time to

fix its planning controls, which are currently

being finalised.”

Mr Stokes said it was an example of a

strong council working collaboratively

with the NSW Government to provide

greater housing diversity whilst ensuring

that new development aligns with

community expectations.

“We need to facilitate housing development

that matches housing demand, and

consciously create a beautiful, complex,

layered and vibrant city.”

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more time on density

In Parliament, Mr Stokes noted in a Private

Members Statement that he had been

made aware of many community-minded

retired couples who were keen to redevelop

their homes into two or three terraces,

providing a more appropriate, smaller

home for them, as well as a similar housing

choice for one or two other families.

“Not only would such a redevelopment

provide more housing and more choice,

but also it would provide a retirement

income for couples, either in

rental or capital revenue,” Mr

Stokes said.

“A local architect, local

builders and tradies also would

benefit from the opportunity

to provide more housing in the

local community.”

Yet, he said, thousands of

local retiree homeowners were

prohibited from turning a

large home into two or three

smaller terraces, despite the

fact that such terraces might

have a similar floor space ratio,

height and bulk, as the existing

dwelling, and might have a far

higher standard of design and

environmental performance.

“To make matters worse, currently

owners could negotiate with their

neighbours, also retirees, and lodge an

application for a unit block under State

environmental planning policies promoting

housing built exclusively for the aged

or infirm, or, alternatively, exclusively

for certain designated classes of renters,”

he continued.

“But retirees do not want either of those

‘MISSING MIDDLE: Terrace housing with provision for parking at the rear.

rigid categories of housing that would

permit a far larger development than they

want. They just want the flexibility to

build a couple of smaller homes on a site

that currently permits a single large one.”

He said the example provided a

powerful story to explain why it was so

important to provide a ‘missing middle’

of housing choice to homeowners and

homebuyers alike.

“If we do not meet the need for lowerdensity

attached housing, we

will inevitably create a city

(and Northern Beaches region)

that is divided – spatially and

socially – between those with

land and those without, those

with resources and those without,

and those with access to

private open space and those


“The city I envisage is a just

city, with opportunities for all

sorts of housing to cater for

all sorts of families in all sorts

of areas – not a two-tone city

split between unit towers and

endless sprawl.”

– Nigel Wall


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NB Council’s plan

to remove six

trees from the

Clareville Shops /

Hilltop Road precinct.

It follows an

investigation into

the large spotted

gum tree that fell

and crushed cars

parked outside

the shops in early

February. Council

said investigation

revealed that the

tree had internal

decay that was

not visually obvious.

Given the

concerns raised

over other trees,

they triggered

testing to determine

their structural


This found three

trees had unacceptable decay and required removal. Two

others needed to be removed due to poor canopy structure

and because they would become unnaturally exposed to wind

loading once the first trees were removed. One more tree

(above) was deemed unstainable in its location. Four of the six

trees will be replanted with advance specimens of the same

species. No doubt not everyone will be pleased – but when you

consider serious injury or even fatality was averted by blind

luck in February, it’s the right action.


The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has announced that

from July 10, it will no longer be sending its mobile van around

the bends to Avalon and will instead service the far northern

beaches from Mona Vale only. The ARCBS told Pittwater Life

it wished to thank donors north of Newport and hoped they

would continue their active support while also promoting the

importance of giving blood to the broader community. “The

Blood Service regularly reviews its operations to ensure we are

best meeting patient and donor needs. This is so we are best

placed to continue to provide the blood and blood products

that all Australians need,” a spokesman said. The Mona Vale

mobile blood unit will be in town on July 11, 12 and 13.


The reason Ausgrid have not being undertaking repairs or

maintenance across Pittwater of late is due to industrial action

following the tragic death of a linesman in North Sydney in

early April. We hear all work is on ‘Pause’ until the results of an

investigation into the fatality. Indefinite delays are expected,

with no ‘live’ work undertaken. We empathise with all concerned,

but in itself the delay presents safety issues for locals. In the

meantime, drive and cross the road carefully, people. Also this

month, Avalon resident Lisa Rayner wants to know why the creek

at Careel Bay has been allowed to become so heavily polluted. “It

really smells. I feel sorry for the people who live right

near the creek

and I feel sorry

for the poor ducks

living in the

stagnant water,”

she reports. “The

creek is full of

garbage – a lot

of it plastic. I

filled a huge

box of garbage

cleaning up only

a two-metresquare


it contained 18

bottles... and

four bongs.”

She has asked

Council to clean

up the creek;

but to those who

are responsible

for the litter in

the first place,

how about some

pride in your


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Pittwater News

Probus Clubs update

Pittwater Probus Club

reports that in March,

member John Harston

was fortunate to visit and

enjoy the delights of Sri

Lanka. The deadly terrorist

bombings that occurred

over Easter have been of

great significance to him;

he thought that perhaps he

should defer his upcoming

scheduled Club talk on

the country. However, he

has decided to go ahead

as planned in order to try

to lift some of the despair

surrounding Sri Lanka by

highlighting its special and

enduring attractions. John

will speak at the next Club

meeting from 10am at Mona

Vale GC on Tuesday June 11.

Visitors welcome; more info

Geoff Sheppard 0437 274

074. Meanwhile Palm Beach

Probus Club’s guest speaker

in June is David Rosenberg, a

former American intelligence

officer. He worked at the

highly secret Joint Defence

Facility Pine Gap for 18 years

and will give an insider’s

account of what happens

behind those locked gates in

the Australian desert. More

recently David was the

technical and creative

consultant on the first ABC

TV/Netflix co-production

Pine Gap which premiered

at the Adelaide Festival. The

Club’s next meeting is at

9.30am at Club Palm Beach

on Wednesday June 15. More

info 9973 1247.

Survival study tips

For HSC students

High-profile psychologist

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg’s

‘Surviving Year 12’ seminar

at the Youth Services Expo

at Oxford Falls this month is

designed to prepare parents

and students for final

school years by providing

practical tips and strategies

from applied psychological

research. Students will

learn strategies to study

smarter and deal with stress

and anxiety; they’ll also

gain an understanding of

effective goal setting and

how they can keep things in

perspective so they can enjoy

the final year of school. Dr

Carr-Gregg is the author

of 14 best-selling books,

broadcaster and a specialist

in parenting, adolescents

and the use of technology

for mental health. The event

will take place at Oxford

Falls Grammar School with

support information and

stalls by relevant local

services (6pm-6.30pm) and

presentation by Dr Carr-

Gregg (6.30-8pm). Tickets

are free but limited, so book

your place now through

eventbrite. For more info

go to NB Council website

or contact the Youth

Services Team youth@


Fresh preserve talk

Learn how to preserve your

fruit and vegetables at a free

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for rescued


There were emotional scenes

at Palm Beach recently when a

rock fisherman who was saved

from drowning by local surf

lifesavers returned to meet

his rescuers. Sydney Northern

Beaches Duty Officer Doug Lucas

recounts that in early April,

Mr Hong Li of Chatswood was

rock fishing about 200 metres

south of Palm Beach headland

when a wave washed him into

the water; he was not wearing a

lifejacket and quickly got into

trouble. Lifesavers including

Support Ski 1 (driven by Dylan

Kovacevich) supported by the

Palm Beach IRB were alerted by

members of the public on the

nearby head. Dylan, a member

of the SNB Branch Support

Operations, said he found Mr

Li lying motionless on his back,

unconscious and gurgling.

Dylan pulled him by one arm

onto the jet ski and returned to

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shore, where Palm Beach volunteer

lifesavers had oxygen

and a defibrillator on standby.

“It really was touch and go...

he really just got lucky,”

Doug said. Last month Mr

Li, his wife and two children

returned to pay tribute to the

lifesavers who saved his life.

Mr Li said he was a regular

rock fisherman but stated he

was not a good swimmer and

had no memory of the incident.

He was very emotional,

hugging several of the lifesavers

involved in his rescue. As

a result of the incident Mr

Li spent 10 days in hospital

and is still suffering kidney

damage from the amount of

saltwater that he swallowed.

Doug presented Mr Li with a

PFD (Personal Floatation Device)

for his next fishing trip.

Mr Li told the crew he would

pass this safety message onto

his friends. In return Mr Ligave

those involved red wine,

which in Chinese culture represents

the meaning of good

luck. “It’s not often we receive

thanks such as this and we

are so pleased for Mr Li and

his family,” said Doug. – NW


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New Hospital Inpatient

Building work started

Work recently

commenced on the

next new inpatient

building at Mona Vale

Hospital, which accommodate

a specialist

10-bed inpatient

geriatric medical unit

and a dedicated 10-

bed inpatient palliative care unit – the first of its type on the

Northern Beaches. Local MP Rob Stokes said work is expected

to be completed in mid-2020. The project will join other infrastructure

works recently completed or planned at Mona Vale

Hospital, including the construction of a new 10-bed inpatient

drug and alcohol rehabilitation unit, a new support services

building, renovations to the Urgent Care Centre building and

the introduction of the hospital’s first permanent ambulance

station. “Various new buildings have been constructed at Mona

Vale Hospital in recent years and this next one is among the

most important,” Mr Stokes said. “Our community has been

lobbying for a dedicated inpatient palliative care unit for many

years – so to see this project become a reality will be fantastic.”

He added there was currently a buzz of construction activity

at the hospital, with multiple infrastructure projects nearing

completion and more about to get underway. Other infrastructure

projects completed at Mona Vale Hospital in recent years

include the new Community Health Services building in 2016,

the Beachside Rehabilitation Unit in 2014 and the expansion of

the palliative care outpatient building in 2012.

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workshop on Wednesday

June 26 from 6.30pm-

8.30pm at the Lakeview Hall

Tramshed in Narrabeen.

Presented by Margaret

Mossakowska who runs the

sustainable Moss House in

Denniston; Margaret will

demonstrate traditional

preserving techniques, with

plenty of time to answer your

questions and taste test as

well. Recipes will be provide

– just bring an apron! Info

9942 2732. Bookings through

NB Council Website.

Mental health next

forum ‘Big Idea’

The ‘Big Ideas Forum’ is

a new quarterly event

at Glen Street Theatre

aimed at engaging the

local community in the

robust exchange of ideas.

The Big Ideas Forum is

an opportunity to engage

with people you might

not otherwise meet, hear

opinions you might not

otherwise hear, and come

away from the experience

an active participant in

democracy, rather than a

passive observer. In June,

the conversation turns to

mental health. Add your

voice to a conversation with

guest panellists including

Gus Worland (TV & radio

presenter and founder of

Gotcha4Life); Katie Acheson

(CEO of Youth Action); Mitch

Wallis (founder of Heart on

my Sleeve); and Paris Jeffcoat

(Northern Beaches Young

Citizen of the Year and

co-founder of One Eighty).

Forum starts 6.30pm on

Wednesday June 19. Tickets

$10; more info Glen Street

Theatre website.

Help stop nappies

heading to landfill

Did you know a baby will

go through between 4,000

and 6,000 nappies before

they are toilet trained? This

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Book Review



& The


Neil Grant

Allen & Unwin


Rudra Solace likes

surfing with his mates,

and isn’t so keen on

his father’s plans

to bring him into

the family fishing

business run from

their home in Patonga.

When his grandmother arrives from India, and a dark family

secret is unearthed, Rudra and his mother must leave Australia

on a dangerous journey to Bengal. Here Rudra is challenged

by unsettling family history and cultural differences as he

searches for a true sense of identity.

Grant largely wrote The Honeyman & The Hunter from a cafe

on Macmasters Beach, which gives the Australian setting for

the story a distinctly local feel.

This beautifully crafted novel deals with some big issues

around belonging, especially from a teen perspective of

straddling two very different cultures. Expect to see this novel

pop up on young adult prize lists over the coming year.

– Libby Armstrong


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will cost parents around

$3,000 – for just one child! By

comparison, modern cloth

nappies only cost between

$500 and $1,000 per baby

– and it keeps nappies out

of landfill! An informative

free reusable nappy

workshop will be held at

Mona Vale Library on June

Saturday June 22 (starts

10am) – it is perfect for

expectant parents with time

to work out what options

will work best for them

and their babies. Parents

of toddlers not yet toilet

trained are also welcome.

More info and bookings

email wasteeducation@


Great Global

Greyhound walk

This year’s local ‘Great Global

Greyhound Walk’ will take

place from Jamieson Park at

Narrabeen from 8.30am on

Sunday June 9. Organised

by the charity Greyhound

Walks and with assistance

from the Northern Beaches

Greyhound Walking Group,

the event brings together

greyhounds and other

sighthounds, with their

owners, to raise awareness

of the breed and show the

public what wonderful pets

they make. Greyhound

Walks aims to socialise

greyhounds and lurchers and

promote awareness of retired

Stunning ways to ‘Tie The Knot’ locally

Northern Beaches Weddings

& Events has a fresh look and

feel, launching its new website

and a series of showcases to

help couples from any location

find everything they need to

hold a wedding or event on our

beautiful Northern Beaches with


The new owner of Northern

Beaches Weddings & Events Liz

Trembath said the website was

designed to provide a place for

couples to quickly and easily

search for reputable suppliers for

their wedding or special event, and

to raise awareness of the Northern

Beaches to couples locally and across

the world as the perfect wedding and

events destination.

The next intimate wedding showcase

will take place at Metro Mirage Hotel

Newport on Sunday June 16.

“We’ve been forming relationships

face to face with couples and local

wedding specialists for more than

19 years through highly attended

wedding expos, and most recently

unique intimate events that showcase

the best of what the Northern Beaches

has to offer,” said Liz.

“Forging new connections online

through our stunning new website and

social media provides a way for couples

to find and research our extensive

range of business partners anywhere,

anytime – and they have the added

benefit of meeting up at regular local

wedding planning events.”

The NBWE website incorporates

the full spectrum of renowned local

wedding suppliers including venues

and accommodation, flowers and

styling, celebrants, photography,

bridal dresses and more. Browsers can

search suppliers easily by category,

and gain destination inspiration and

planning information to make their

wedding day a success. The cleverly

designed website also allows couples

to create a personalised experience

and bookmark their favourite

suppliers so that upon returning to

the site they can log in and

view their very own wedding

pin board full of inspirational

images, information and

contact details of their selected

suppliers, making planning

for a dream Northern Beaches

wedding so much easier.

Upcoming wedding expo

information and details on other

special events for couples are

promoted on the site, so wedding

and event planners can combine

desktop research with the

opportunity to meet with suppliers in a

social setting.

At the ‘Tie The Knot’ showcase on

June 16, couples with their friends

and families are invited to take in

the spectacular panoramic Pittwater

views, check out the impressive

private terrace, wharf, and jetty at the

Metro Mirage Hotel Newport and meet

an array of hand-picked Northern

Beaches Weddings & Events specialists

to ensure their wedding journey is

smooth sailing.

For more info and to register for

upcoming free events visit nbwe.com.

au. Suppliers looking to promote their

business through the website or at

upcoming events can do so on the

website or by emailing liz@nbwe.com.au.

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greyhounds as family pets.

Volunteer walk organiser Toni

Barnes said: “We are hoping

for a big turnout of local

greyhounds, sighthounds

and all other breeds. The idea

is to raise awareness and

promote them as wonderful

pets once their racing days

are over. Greyhounds love

human company, walk nicely

on the lead and contrary to

popular belief, they don’t

require much exercise –

just two 20-minute walks

a day. They really are 70kg

couch potatoes!” More info



Cash injection for

local sports facilities

Re-elected Mackellar MP

Jason Falinski has announced

the federal government will

invest more than $300,000

to upgrade multiple sporting

facilities across Pittwater,

including Newport Oval

and Bayview Golf Club, to

encourage physical activity in

the region. He said as part of

the nation’s first sports plan

– Sport 2030 – the Coalition

had set a goal to reduce

inactivity across the nation

by 16 per cent by 2030. Mr

Falinski said improvements

would be made to encourage

people to participate in

community sport. “It’s a huge

win for our community,”

Mr Falinski said. The

investment includes $160,000

for sportsground lighting

upgrade at Newport Oval

to meet current Australian

Standards for training and

match practice; and $140,372

for Bayview Golf Club’s

installation of sustainable

solar panels to enhance the

usability of existing club

facilities. “The improvements

to Newport Oval include

smart controls and energy

efficient LED lights,” Mr

Falinski said. “At Bayview, the

solar panels will help reduce

greenhouse emissions,

helping the club to remain

viable, deliver additional

lighting for pathways and

tracks and provide safe and

active spaces for members

and the community.”

Archie floating

his rubbish plan

Remember Archie Mandin?

He’s the Northern Beaches

youngster building a wave

of momentum to rid the

coastline of plastic debris.

Barrenjoey High’s Archie,

13, has raised nearly $15,000

– with the support of about

20 children from five

different schools – which

helped ensure two hi-tech

Seabins were installed at

Church Point’s Homeport

Marinas and Newport’s

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht

Club last month. The unit

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acts as a floating garbage

bin, which skims the surface

of the water by pumping

water into the device. The

bins trap floating debris,

macro and micro plastics

and even micro fibres. “We

got our first bins in, which

is really good, and now we

are on a roll,” Archie said.

“Only three months ago we

started collecting money, so

to see the first bins going

in, is a real step in the right

direction – we all do care!”

You can support Archie’s

fundraiser for more bins

on the Northern Beaches at


Council’s first

batch of worm

farms ‘exhausted’

Northern Beaches Council has

been swamped with requests

for free worm farms and

compost bins under its latest

‘War on Waste’ environmental

initiative – so much so that

Council’s initial stocks were

exhausted just two weeks

after commencement in mid-

May! However, Council says

residents can still register

their interest for any future

extension of the program.

Over 2300 orders were lodged

in just two days, in almost

equal numbers of worm

farms and compost bins.

‘How to’ videos are available

online – demonstrating how

to get the most from your

compost bin or worm farm.

“We all have a duty to reduce

our footprint and compost

bins and worm farms are a

great way to avoid sending

food scraps and garden waste

to landfill,” Mayor Michael

Regan said. “According to

the EPA, more than a third

of the contents of an average

red lid garbage bin in NSW is

wasted food – around $3,800

worth for every household.

We can all shop better and

reduce what we throw out but

of course, there will always

be some food waste that we

can’t avoid.” He said a worm

farm on your verandah or a

compost bin in your backyard

was a relatively easy way to

help the environment plus it

produced environmentally

friendly, natural fertiliser

that your garden and pot

plants will love. “And kids

love a worm farm – and they

can learn about how to help

to better our environment

literally in their own backyard

– how good is that? With our

new waste service coming

online in July and a concerted

effort by our community

to get on board the war on

waste, this is a great time

to get involved.” More info

Council website.

Several special events

are being held across the

peninsula commencing in

June as part of the 2019 Gaimariagal

Festival & NAIDOC


The Gai-mariagal Festival,

founded in 2001, aims

to raise awareness of

Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander people living in the

Northern Sydney region. The

festival started on Sorry Day

(Sunday 26 May) and will

continue through to the end

of NAIDOC Week (the second

week in July).

The festival involves

Councils and numerous

reconciliation and

community groups

hosting events including

workshops, art exhibitions,

performances, films, talks

and more.

You can download the

festival brochure from

the Gai-mariagal Festival

website; meanwhile, here’s

what is happening locally:

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Aboriginal culture and heritage

Terrey Hills

Singing Up Country: Spirit

and Land Sunday June 2,

4.30-8pm St Anthony in the

Fields Church 46 Myoora

Rd, Terrey Hills. A special

night sharing culture, song,

dance and stories featuring

Tim Gray, Michael Birk and

statesman of Jazz, Johnny

Nicol. Includes sausage sizzle

and soups. Cost: $30. General

Admission; $20 Concession;

Children under 13 free. RSVP

by Sunday 2 June. Enquiries

Anne Lanyon 0408 279 871 or

email annelanyon@gmail.com


Together We Walk: Katandra

Bushland Sanctuary, Sunday

June 16 from 10am-3pm

Lane Cove Rd, Ingleside.

Walk with your guide Karen

Smith and discover how

Aboriginal people used this

remarkable area. You will

learn about the abundance

of bush tucker available and

may see remains of ancient

camp sites. Along the way

you can also discover the

different native animals

calling the sanctuary home

and finish the walk with a

bush tucker lunch. Cost $10

per person. Enquiries Jillian

Macintyre 1300 434 434 or



Avalon Community Library

NAIDOC Week celebration

is on Tuesday July 9 from

2-4pm. Julie Janson, Dale

Kentwell and Sally Mayman

will discuss their books

and poetry. Julie will open

the session with a smoking

ceremony. Afternoon tea

included. Cost $5 per

person. RSVP by Friday

July 5. Enquiries Leonie

Seaton 0422 492 600,


or avalonlibrary.org.au





Dr Ben Brown

One of the most common

complaints from pet

owners is the smell of their

pet’s breath. The most

common reason for bad

breath (halitosis) in dogs and

cats is dental disease which

affects 80 per cent of pets by

just three years of age. This is

hardly surprising considering

our pets don’t brush their

own teeth!

Without regular brushing,

residual food and bacteria

can form a build-up of

tartar on the teeth. Over

time this tartar then leads

to infection, inflammation

and bleeding of the gums

(gingivitis) and breakdown

of the tooth’s ligamentous

and bony attachments

in the jaw (periodontal

disease) via severe bacterial

infection. Both gingivitis

and periodontal disease are

painful conditions that lead

to loss of teeth and poor

quality of life.

Good oral cavity health, just

like in humans, is paramount

to general wellbeing and

longevity in animals. There

are many preventable

diseases that can be linked to

poor dental hygiene such as

heart and kidney disease. Just

like with people, prevention

is better than cure, regular

check-ups, special dental

health diets and dental

treats all help to reduce the

incidence of dental disease.

The signs of dental disease

in dogs and cats cat be

subtle. Bad breath is the most

common sign, dogs and cats

may also paw at their mouth,

chatter their teeth, drool and

dribble, have difficulty eating

and may have a preference

for softer foods.

All pets need to have their

teeth checked regularly (just

like people!). Drop in to one

of our hospitals at Newport

or Avalon for a free dental

check up on your pet during

June and July and to discuss

the best preventative dental

plan for your furry friend!


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Life Stories

He may have accumulated a swag

of Air Miles over the years,

but away from work his home

life has simply inched its way up the

Peninsula: 17 kilometres from Beacon

Hill to Bayview, to be precise.

Born and raised in the old Warringah

Shire, Brady was schooled at Beacon

Hill – Infants, Primary and High –

before becoming a Manly Boy in his

20s. “A great place to be in your 20s,”

he adds with his infectious smile. When

marriage came (more on that later…),

followed by a family, it was time to

head north to the peace and quiet of

Pittwater. It’s been home to veteran ‘A

Current Affair’ reporter Brady and his

family for 20 years now – initially in

Church Point and now Bayview.

Just don’t refer to it as the Northern


“It was a shame we were forced

into amalgamation,” Brady laments.

Pittwater was well run and in no debt.

As ratepayers we were all very happy

for this to continue forever. This end

of the peninsula is very different to

the rest; places such as Manly with its

tourism, nightlife and commerce. But

I’m a realist and there was an agenda

for less government and it was a fight

we were not going to win.”

As a journalist and reporter, Brady

knows his politics, and he has strong

views of his environment. Mona

Vale hospital is another topic that’s

carefully considered.

“Sure, I wanted it [Mona Vale

Hospital] to remain… it was only five

minutes from home! Let alone all those

on the far northern end of Pittwater,

in Palm Beach and Avalon. But at the

same time we got a brand new state

of the art hospital in the centre of the

northern beaches, in place of a rundown

and worn out one. In a job where

I’ve covered thousands of protests,

sometimes you just have to realise

you’ve lost the good fight and move


He follows up on the new hospital with

the intelligence and impartiality you’d

expect of a man who’s worked over 30

years at the coalface of current affairs.

“Yes, it’s [Northern Beaches Hospital]

had some teething problems, but

we don’t get much infrastructure

on the Northern Beaches, so let’s all

appreciate and enjoy our billion dollar

new hospital. Some countries and

communities would give their eye teeth

for what we now have.”

Brady is aware of how fortunate he’s

been in his job when it comes to travel;

and rather than turned his head, it’s

cemented his love affair with home:

“My career has taken me all over the

world and to every corner of Australia.

Over the last 40 years I’ve seen the best

– and the worst – places in our country;

and yet I choose to remain in the place

I was born. It says a lot about why I

believe we truly do live in the best part

of the country. And I’ve got to say with

a little bias that Pittwater is the best of

the best.”

As a consequence of home life – like

many of us on the Beaches – going on

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Brady Halls recounts

his career chasing

villains and

lotharios on camera;

proposing to his

wife on Live TV,

and travelling the

world in pursuit of

bizarre stories.

Story by Rob Pegley

Life Stories

holiday almost seems a waste of time


“My wife Debbie, and the children

(Jett 16, Indiana 12) and I, try to

get away at the end of the year on a

family holiday. Usually overseas. But

it’s strange, because we sometimes

question the worth of it. After all we

have beaches, restaurants, waterways,

cinemas, hiking trails and everything

else you enjoy on a holiday… all within

five minutes of our front door.”

The family had a boat on Pittwater for

a while; kayaks are next on the shopping

list in the coming months. And Brady is

happiest just pottering locally: “Coffee

on a Saturday morning in Mona Vale,

shopping and takeaway for dinner.

Simple pleasures in a lovely community.”

But then when you work in television,

the sanctuary of simple pleasures and

a quiet community is perhaps just what

you need:

“It’s a hectic schedule” Brady agrees,

“working against the clock to the

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: With Debbie, who he

proposed to on air, on their wedding day in 1998;

on holiday with Debbie, Indiana and Jett; ‘Thank

you very much!’ – Brady dressed as The King

outside the gates of Graceland (but of course!);

and posing outside his workplace of 30 years.

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show’s deadline. It’s a 24/7 world,

because you just don’t know what

news or current affairs story is going

to break from one day to the next.

I’ve lost track of how many times

over the decades I’ve had to cancel

appointments because of a last-minute

story I’ve had to cover.”

Brady’s career started in the late

’70s at radio 2CH as an office boy. “I

was bloody good at it!” he laughs. “I

was desperate to get into the media

and I was going to make my mark. I

must have licked stamps like no-one

else because a year later I was given a

cadetship in the newsroom to begin a

career in journalism.”

In the early ’80s he moved to television

with TEN’s Eyewitness News. In 1990 he

switched to the Nine Network, where he’s

remained for almost 30 years. He admits

that his first gig with Wide World of

Sports was a challenge to say the least.

“I’ve never been much into sport,”

he shares, “And Ken Sutcliffe and the

late great Max Walker didn’t help.

Often they’d ask me live on air after I’d

read some final score details a curly

question about a particular sport,

knowing I wouldn’t have a clue. I just

about bluffed my way through; they

were funny times.”

Stints on Nine News, Sydney Extra,

The Midday Show, and The Today Show

followed. And even a spot on the ’90s

Sex series.

For the past 20 years though it’s as

a reporter on prime-time’s A Current

Affair that Brady is best known. The

show is sometimes controversial and

maligned; looked down on by sections

of the public and media, but Brady is

proud of its work.

“There are few shows on TV that have

lasted as long as ACA. We may not be

everyone’s cup of tea but we try to do

stories that will appeal to a wide range

of viewers. And more than a million

people every night seem to like what

they see.”

I suggest that fitness and bravery

are sometimes needed for the

quintessential villain-chase with jerky

camera work and wild audio.

“Yes! I’ve chased my fair share of

crooks over the years, although I’ve

slowed up a bit as those years go on!

I’ve never really been afraid of anyone;

I think a camera, sound and lights

seem to do the trick with those who

would normally be aggressive.”

Then Brady gets serious, espousing

the positives that ACA contributes to


“We try to right wrongs; try to get

outcomes for people who have been

ignored. Over the years we have

highlighted many Australians who are

doing it tough and I for one can vouch

that our viewers are the most generous.

ACA has raised millions of dollars for

people in need.”

He recalls one story in particular: “I

talked to a dying mum at Collaroy who

had three little kids and a husband who

was blind. They had a huge mortgage

and faced a bleak future. Until we did

a yarn and raised over $1.2 million

dollars for them.”

In a 40-year career, perhaps the most

bizarre story of Brady’s TV career is the

one he starred in, rather than reported on.

“It was 21 years ago and I asked

Debbie to marry me on LIVE television.”

Debbie was an editor in the

newsroom at Channel 9 when she first

caught Brady’s attention – and in a

fairly provocative way. “I was a reporter

on the Midday Show at the time. I

was doing a live cross to Kerri-Anne

Kennerley one day about an erotica

exhibition at the Sydney Museum. (The

oldies on the Midday Show loved saucy

stories). Anyway Kerri-Anne asked me

why there were chocolate Crunchie bar

wrappers in a display behind me. The

curator butted in and didn’t flinch,

saying they were used by some people

as condoms! The audience broke out in

laughter and all I could say was ‘back to

you Kerri-Anne in the studio’.”

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WIDE WORLD OF BRADY: Halls’ work has taken him

all around the world, while he’s also very much at

home filling in as program anchor; one of the most

bizarre stories he’s covered was the independent

‘Principality of Hutt River’, 595km north of Perth.

That’s him being ‘dubbed with the sword’ by HRH

Prince Leonard to confirm his ‘knighthood’.

When Brady returned to his desk that

afternoon there was a box of Crunchies

on his desk with a note saying ‘from


Even so, I, ahem, propose… that it

was still a ballsy move for someone

who knows how unpredictable Live TV

can be?

“I was very confident she’d say

yes. Let’s face it, very few of us don’t

discuss such a thing before popping

the question to some degree. But

asking live on air… what the hell was I

thinking? It was on that Midday Show

again while she was at work. Luckily

she snatched the ring and said ‘yes’

straight away.”

Would he do it again?

“Hindsight is a wonderful thing and

I do wish sometimes I could wind back

the clock; perhaps 21 years on it looks

a bit cringe-worthy. Mind you, at the

time, everyone loved it.”

Most importantly, Debbie.

As for the future, Brady has plans to

combine his career with his favourite

way of relaxing. Although as ever, his

sense of humour is not far away… “I’d

be more than happy to make coffees in

a Mona Vale café in my semi-retirement.

And chase down the street any

customers who bolted without paying

while filming on my iPhone… just for

old times’ sake!”

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Art Life

Art Life

Take in the Orb Weaver’s View

Melinda Moran’s exhibition

‘The Orb Weavers Web’

featuring extraordinary, artistic

and breathtakingly beautiful

nature photography is the

Winter feature exhibition at

Eye Doctors Mona Vale.

Melinda explains that each

of her finished photographs

capture a kind of fairy-tale

and decorative pattern.

“Like Christmas decorations

on a tree, each bauble

captivates and tantalises the

viewer,” said Melinda.

Using a special lens,

Melinda spends many hours

capturing the exact

image she wants

through a pinhole

sized water-drop on

a spiders’ web. Each

image is carefully

selected and many

hours of painstaking

waiting and

experimentation are

thrown into the mix.

“My work has

various landscape themes,

through water droplets, light

drawings, rhythm and stills

photography,” she said.

The ‘Orb Weavers’ series

captures a suspended matrix

of water droplets on magical

spiders’ webs.

“It is amazing to look into

It’s on again! Pittwater Artists Trail’s annual

Group Exhibition opens on Friday 7 June from

6-8pm at Newport Community Centre, continuing

over the long weekend 8-10 June from


Now in its ninth year, the

2019-2020 Trail launches on

June 7 with an opening speech

by Channel 7 TV presenter

Monique Wright.

There will be an auction of

artworks on the night, with

all proceeds going to support

local charity One Eighty.

Artists making their Trail

debut this year include Jan

Cristaudo, with her distinctive

abstract style; Stef Tarasov

(pictured), who paints in oils in a fresh and contemporary

way; and ceramicist Jennifer Everett

who has a diverse body of work comprising

sculptural pieces and functional ware.

Ben Waters is new to the Trail after returning

water droplets

of various sizes,

comparable to

pinheads, or as

small as the tip

of a pin,” Melinda

explained. “A looking

glass, through

natures water, has

beautifully created,

multiple mini landscapes.

Again, my

childhood played a significant

part in my creation of this

concept, with memories of

my sister Michelle carrying

me around on her right hip to

introduce me to all the fairies

and spiders that lived in Pop’s

garden and under the house.

“To circle back in time is

to revisit special places, write

anecdotes of that happy places

and photograph them... I love

photography and landscapes.”

Melinda has also designed

and built what she calls the

‘Melindascope’ – an apparatus

(a bit like a kaleidoscope) to

view many of her captured and

beautiful images. She will have

it at the exhibition for handson

(eyes on) visitor experience.

“I use the principles of physicist

Sir David Brewster, who

invented the kaleidoscope,

and view these angles when I

do this work.” – Nigel Wall

* You can view Melinda’s work

at Eye Doctors Mona Vale

from June 3; open Monday-

Friday 9am-5pm.

Trailers to showcase collective works

to Avalon from Lord Howe Island. Lisa Brummer

has also recently moved to the Pittwater

area and brings her edgy, large-scale abstract


Sculptor Victoria Norman,

who is known for her store

‘Made In Design’ in Mona

vale, will be opening up her

working studio to visitors on

the Trail later in the year when

she will be joined by Ally


The Trail also welcomes

Helen Drew, Eleanor Amiradaki,

David Jones, and Sophie


Featuring 21 established

and emerging artists this

Group Exhibition is an opportunity to meet all

of the Trail members in one place ahead of the

October 2019 and March 2020 Open Studio

Weekends. Visit pittwaterartiststrail.com.au to

view the artists’ profiles.

Focus your

eyes on

the Prize

The Northern Beaches Art

Prize is on again – with

a prize pool of $27,000 on

offer, it is the region’s most

prestigious art competition,

with a history spanning over

50 years.

The prize is open to

all permanent Australian

residents, aged 10 and over.

It represents a marvellous

opportunity to exhibit your

creative talents, while being

rewarded for your efforts.

There are four categories:

General, Small Sculpture,

Waste-to-Art, and Youth.

Entries are now open and

close on Monday 24 June,

and can be completed online

via the Northern Beaches

Council website.

Mayor Michael Regan said

the competition continued

to play an integral role in

showcasing the incredible

talent of local artists within

our own cultural community.

“It’s amazing the calibre of

entries from people who may

not normally feel inclined to

enter art competitions,” he


Last year’s General

category winner Jacquie

Maynard said winning the

competition boosted her


“Having worked on my

own for many years, it was

really good to have my art

acknowledged by others.

It was a great feeling to be

chosen from some hundreds

of entries.

“It was even better that

both the judges asked to

buy my winning painting on

the night, and one of them

did! I encourage all wouldbe

artists, young and old, to

have a go,” she said.

The competition’s

successful entries will be

displayed at the Creative

Space in North Curl Curl from

August 9-18 for General and

Small Sculpture, and August

30 to September 8 for Wasteto-Art

and Youth.

– NW

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The Apple Isle is Tabitha’s new muse

Tabitha Higgins has been working as a

jeweller for 25 years – 18 of which she

spent living in Avalon, building a strong and

loyal customer base before her recent move

to the Apple Isle.

“Now I have set my workshop up here in

Tasmania and continue to create, while staying

in touch with my Avalon Village friends

– there is so much inspiration for me here,”

Tabitha said.

Tabitha said she works with her customers

to design and make bespoke handmade,

one-off pieces, often using gemstones

that already belong to her clients

but also sourcing interesting and unusual

gemstones and conflict-free Australian


“It is easy to collaborate with clients from

the Northern Beaches and other places, as

I email designs and we talk through the

process on the phone,” she said. “In fact, I

am currently making pieces that will go to

the UK and New Zealand.”

Tabitha trained as a jeweller and silversmith

in Sheffield in England before migrating

to Australia; during her time in Avalon

she was twice a finalist in the Jewellers

Association of Australasia awards.

“While in Avalon I opened my gallery,

1000 degrees C (next to the cinema). I sold

my own work plus more than 100 different

Australian contemporary jewellers’ and

glass artists’ works.

“In five years before leaving I was working

from a studio above Bistro Boulevard,”

she said. “As well as making jewellery I also

taught weekly jewellery-making classes…

many of my students continue to make


“The service I offer is personal and

tailored to suit each client individually,”

she explained. “I talk through what kind of

thing my client is wanting and then draw up

some design options and we collaborate in

developing their piece of jewellery.

“Often the pieces I make contain some

symbolism for my client, sometimes literally

– for example, I made a pendant with Palm

Beach sand inside as a gift from sons to

their mother as the family holidayed in Palm

Beach every year.

“Also, a 50th wedding anniversary necklace

that subtly brought in details of the

family generations. And if something more

traditional such as a solitaire diamond ring

is wanted, I will do that too.” – Nigel Wall

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Looking great on paper

Artist in Residence at Eramboo

Artist Environment in

Terrey Hills, Gloria Florez, is

holding a special exhibition

from 15 to 23 June to showcase

work produced during

her six-month residency.

‘Forest Ambassadors’, sponsored

by Northern Beaches

Council, will highlight her

passion for preserving the

natural environment, demonstrated

through her prints and

hand-made paper techniques,

designed to draw attention to

the endangered Pittwater Spotted

Gum Forest.

It will also feature the artistic

fruits of her workshops with

children from the Cromer

Public School after school care


Eramboo, nestled on the

edge of the Kuringai National

Park, has been a haven for

creativity for decades. The

annual residencies provide a

peaceful sanctuary for artists

in the middle of the bush, using

the natural surroundings

as inspiration.

Northern Beaches Council

and Eramboo Artist Environment

provide a six-month

residency that provides free

non-residential studio space at

Eramboo in Terrey Hills, with

the bonus of tapping into the

professional development support

and networks Eramboo

provides, plus a $2000 allowance

for materials.

Gloria’s exhibition at 304

McCarrs Creek Rd Terrey Hills

runs from 10am-4pm Friday

June 14 through Sunday June

23. More info eramboo.com.au

– Nigel Wall

Act quickly

for Manly

Arts Festival

Northern Beaches Council

is calling for expressions

of interest to be a part of

the exciting line-up of talent

at this year’s Manly Arts

Festival – but you’d better be

quick as the deadline closes

5pm on Sunday June 2!

Now in its 26th year,

the Festival will run from

September 6-29; it is wellknown

for its eclectic mix

of exciting events featuring

prominent musicians, performers

and visual artists

in venues such as artist

studios, Manly Art Gallery &

Museum, the Creative Space

at Curl Curl and Glen Street


Each year Council joins

forces with artists and cultural

organisations with the

support of local businesses

to develop a creative and entertaining

arts program for

our residents and visitors.

Artists, musicians, performers,

arts organisations

and the community are

invited to participate in the

festival by running their own

events to celebrate the creative

activity on the Beaches.

Venues such as galleries,

cafes, restaurants, surf

clubs, community centres

and other spaces are also

invited to host and/or

organise arts-related events

during the Festival.

To apply for participation

in the Festival, go to Council’s


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Surfing Life

Surfing Life

Helicopter surf parents

have eyes on the prize

It’s all the rage in the US right now... could it be heading to a beach near you soon?

Recently I spent some

time in Southern

California, doing what we

surf writers laughably refer

to as “research”. Indeed the

best part of this “research”

typically involves spending as

much time as possible in the

water, observing my fellow

surfers, trying to understand

various curves and trends as

they emerge, and sort of as a

by-product, catching as many

waves as I can.

I did some other research

too, on land, at the world’s

biggest surfboard show,

Boardroom in San Diego, and

dug up a few things that blew

my mind. But I might just save

them up for now, because

what I saw in the water really

intrigued me.

In short: a lot of kids. Like,

a lot.

This was at Lower Trestles

just south of San Clemente.

Lowers is a cobblestone/sand

point that makes the very

most of California’s classic

summertime south swell. The

wave is playful, good quality

and consistent. It’s also kind

of a haul to get to; the break

is surrounded by State park

and the nearest parking lot is

a long mile’s walk, or a little

further by bike.

Local high and “middle”

schools (middle schools carry

kids from what we call Year 5 to

Year 10) typically start classes a

little after 7.30am. This usually

rules out much of a grommet

population at Lowers.

Nonetheless, every morning

I surfed, most of the inside

zone was being swarmed by

grommets of middle school

age, yapping and nipping away

at every wave they could find.

I was stoked! I enjoy the hell

out of surfing with grommets,

perhaps because a big piece

of me still is one. Though not

with Nick Carroll

CROWDED HOUSE: At Lower Trestles, gaggles of grommets (top right) give the local crowd a run for their money.

all the older crew, some of

whom I’ve been surfing with

at Lowers on and off for 30

years, shared my enthusiasm.

“They’re getting all the waves!

We can’t paddle like that

anymore,” they grumbled.

But I was still a bit baffled

at how these kids could be

out surfing when everyone

else their age was off doing

Civics classes or something.

Then I learned something.

These kids have the morning

off because they are being


They surf in the morning,

when the conditions are best,

then head home for lunch

before an afternoon of math

with a parent or a smart local

college student.

Around 100 families in

San Clemente are doing it.

Convinced their grommets

are the next Kelly Slater,

they are investing serious

money and energy in trying to

make it come true. Coaches,

agents, surfboard quivers,

gym programs, training trips

overseas, contest programs laid

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1-9/6: WSL CT Margaret River Pro, WA

Fourth double header of the year at the pointy end of the sport.

This event caused a lot of angst for the WSL and its regional

backer Tourism WA after two shark encounters a few kilometres

up the coast caused it to be cancelled. The event was later completed

at Uluwatu in Bali. This time it’s later in the year, which

means colder and more exposed to WA’s epic weather. It’ll either

be a nightmare, or all time. Watch at www.worldsurfleague.com

out years in advance, the lot.

Small industries are

cropping up around them.

The World Surf League’s

veteran North American

general manager, Meg

Bernardo, told me it’s

basically the New Black

in Californian surfing. “I

probably spend half my

time on calls with parents or

coaches or agents, trying to

help them work out the best

path forward for their kids,”

she said. “More than half my

time! It’s new to them – they

don’t know which events the

kids should be focusing on.

Juniors, qualifying series, how

to move through all that.”

I heard of one Mum (well,

Mom) who drops her two boys

as close to Lowers as you can

drive, before sunrise, then bolts

home and watches the Lowers

surf-cam on her big-screen TV

all morning, making sure she

doesn’t miss a ride. Helicopter

surveillance parenting!

There’s Little League

surfing parents in Australia

too, but not on this scale.

These parents see a big

payday down the track

somewhere. But after five

days of surfing with the home

schooling grommets of San

Clemente, something struck

me: do they have any idea?

Like, the kids are pretty

competent, and they’re

having a blast. But Kelly Slater

number two, they ain’t. Great

surfers are cut from different

cloth entirely. They’re driven,

dangerous people. They put

their cards on the table very

early, whether their parents

want them to or not. At these

grommets’ age, world champ

Gabriel Medina was scoring

double-10s in world junior

championship finals. Prior

world champ John Florence

was surfing maxed out

Pipeline. The late great Andy

Irons was already on the

cover of the biggest surf mag

in the world. Mark Occhilupo

was already being nicknamed

‘Raging Bull’ as he destroyed

an earlier generation on the

Aussie leg of the pro tour.

Kelly himself was on the US

team and just five years away

from his first world crown.

And so forth.

Then there’s the raw

numbers. According to the

California-based Surf Industry

Manufacturers’ Association

(SIMA), there’s about two

and a half million surfers in

the mainland US. And on the

WSL’s Championship Tour,

there’s five full-time pros

from the mainland US – boys

and girls.

That gives you about a twoin-a-million

shot, just to get

13-16/6: NSW Surfmasters Titles, Boomerang Beach NSW

This event is eagerly awaited by the State’s crustiest wave-riders.

It’s open to surfers between the ages of 35 and 60-plus and has

a bunch of different divisions for both men and women. Adults

behaving like children! It’s a great thing. Still time to register

online if you want. www.surfingaustralia.com


Here’s where I should probably be claiming great change in the

offing. A shift in regional weather. A breaking down of the incredibly

persistent high pressure over the Taman Sea, such that we get a

bang from the Southern Ocean storms currently hammering Indo

and the South Pacific. It’d make sense if that occurred; on the

Australian east coast, this has been one of the quietest Mays of the

century. Change is due. But, well, I’m sorry, I just can’t see it. Winters

like the one we’re entering often stay quiet for ages. The high sits out

there, forming and re-forming, and the big storms drift out past New

Zealand before flaring, and Tahiti and Mexico get way more than

their share. It always breaks eventually, along with the rain drought

that accompanies it. Not in June though. Brace for more of those

super inconsistent barely head-high southerly swells, light winds,

and maybe even an off-season easterly tradewind swell as a down

payment from Huey on a (hopefully) more active spring

to the starting line.

I worry about the manic

parents of San Clemente. I

feel as if someone should tell

them what their kids’ coaches

won’t. Pro surfing’s not a

career path, it’s an off-thescale

super-skill, like being an

astronaut or something. Why

not forget all that stuff and

just let them go surfing? Let

them enjoy it and develop it

as an awesome thing to do all

their lives, but don’t bet their

actual lives on it. Because

Nick Carroll

trying to be KS Mk 2 is not

really in their ballpark. If it

was, well then, it’d already be

out of your hands.

Then I thought, hang on.

Maybe these kids know

this already. Maybe they’re

doing what kids have been

doing forever – tricking their

parents into letting them surf

more than they should.

In which case, I hope this

column doesn’t get to San

Clemente. I don’t wanna blow

their cover.

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Health & Wellbeing

On the move... and growing

ne-stop-shop’ medical

‘Opractices offering the

gamut of services are few and

far between across Pittwater

now Gilbert Collins Medical Practice

in Mona Vale has expanded

to fit the bill, and in new rooms

just a few metres from their old

space in 20 Bungan Street.

Principals Ethel Gilbert and

Fiona Collins have worked tirelessly

to establish their practice

as a community medical hub for

families and patients of all ages

since opening two years ago.

“We’re locals, involved in

community events and activities

and we know that service

is of paramount importance,”

said Ethel. “Our focus is to

work as a team to support the

community’s needs.”

Accordingly, Ethel and Fiona

set about building out their

service offering to encompass

myriad medical requirements.

The result is a team that specialises

in general practice but also

boasts support from in-house

practitioners in areas of podiatry,

diet, Pilates and rehabilitation,

psychology and audiology.

“Not to mention Sonya our

beautiful, friendly nurse would

do anything for anyone!” added


Meet their new team:

Vanessa Griffiths

– Podiatrist

A warm and friendly podiatrist

who really enjoys working in

the team environment at Gilbert

Collins Medical Practice, Vanessa

has over 20 years’ experience in

all aspects of podiatry, including

ONE-STOP SHOP: The team at Gilbert Collins Medical Practice in Mona Vale are settling into their new rooms.

diabetic health care, paediatric

assessments, custom-made orthoses,

stance and gait analysis

and general footcare.

Louise Perkins

– Dietitian

Louise is an Accredited Practising

Dietitian, continuing to

grow her specialist nutrition

service and specialising

in nutrition for children

and their families, including

feeding therapy, and with

adolescent and adult clients in

gastroenterology, disordered

eating and weight concern.

Carrie Sammut

– Pilates & Rehab

Carrie is a certified Polestar

Pilates rehabilitation and

movement specialist; she offers

personalised and private

Pilates sessions that focus on

everyday efficient movement.

Natasha van der Wall

– Child & Adolescent


A psychologist with 20

years’ experience across a

range of clinical settings specific

to child development and

family support, Natasha is

committed to helping children

and young people adjust to the

challenges of childhood and

development within their major

contexts of school, family

and friendships.

“Such challenges may

include parent-child relationships,

bereavement and loss

(including parent separation),

anxiety/worry, development

and learning, social skills, coping

with change, self-esteem

and emotional health, and

behaviour management,” she


Emma van Wanrooy

– Audiologist

Emma van Wanrooy is looking

forward to bringing Avalonbased

Pittwater Hearing’s

high level of hearing care to

the Mona Vale community.

Her services include hearing

assessments for children and

adults and rehabilitation for

hearing impairment, including

Hearing Aids and Cochlear


Louise Adams

– Adult psychologist

Louise is a very experienced

clinical psychologist

with twenty years in clinical

practice. She is the author

of ‘Mindful Moments’ which

is about discovering selfcompassion

in every day. Louise

works with individuals

and groups and deals with a

wide range of issues. Louise

regularly speaks to the

media regarding health and

wellbeing issues, and regularly

presents professional

training workshops around

Australia. Louise’s passion is

to help people learn how to

‘treat themselves well’ and to

increase self-compassion.

– Lisa Offord

* Find Gilbert Collins in their

new rooms at Suite 7, 20

Bungan St, Mona Vale; call

8914 7988.

Photo: Daisy Stockbridge

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Pop-up event’s

Wellness focus

Anyone who is interested in

staying well, staying strong

and feeling supported

should consider a community

presentation at Warringah

Mall this month.

Focusing on the importance

of wellness, followed by a

discussion on what wellness

means to you, guests will be invited

to share experiences and

insights with an opportunity to

contribute ideas and solutions

to getting the most out of life.

The interactive event will

be followed by the launch of

the CCNB Wellness Umbrella

Directory which will provide a

platform to connect locals to

resources and services in the


Event is June 18 from 10am-

12pm at the Warringah Mall

Community Room. Coffee and

cake will be served.

RSVP by Tuesday June 11

to Elizabeth.Wyatt@ccnb.


All smiles about Newport shift

Dr Damian Shanahan has

been in dental

practice in Newport since

the mid-1990s – now he and

his expanding team are settling

into their bright

and spacious new rooms at

326-330 Barrenjoey Road.

In 2006, Dr Shanahan

invested heavily in Newport

by purchasing the dental

practice in which he was working

– and Beach Dentists was

born. Since then, Dr Shanahan

has diversified his surgery, introducing

new and innovative

techniques and broadening

his scope of practice.

“Having trained extensively

with world leaders in dental

implants, sleep apnoea and

dento-facial aesthetics, Beach

Dentists is able to offer clients

and patients an advanced and

vast array of general health

treatments, having adopted a

holistic approach to all things

dental,” he said.

BRIGHT LOCAL FUTURE: Dr Damian Shanahan (right) and his team.

Warrick Edwards joined

the team in 2017, bringing

extensive experience

in dental and general oral

health; he is devoted to his

mission statement for the

prevention of oral disease.

And the team’s latest

addition Dr Natalie Taoum

who joined Beach Dentists in

April, says she can’t wait to

bring her modern enthusiasm

to Newport.

Conveniently located at

ground level, Beach Dentists’

new surgery features state-ofthe-art

equipment with modern

lines and luxury appointments.

Plus, the surgery’s use

of digital equipment means

treatment can be diagnosed

more quickly – and importantly,

with reduced radiation.

Find them at Suite 4, 326-

330 Barrenjoey Rd, Newport;

call 9999 1714.

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Breast reduction: things

you should be aware of

Breast reductions are

commonly performed

with generally very

favourable results. Larger

breasts may contribute to

poor posture, shoulder, neck

and back pain, rashes under

the breasts and may also limit

exercise. Bra selection may

also be difficult and cause

grooving on the shoulders.

Reducing the size and weight

of breasts may improve these

conditions but cannot be


There are many techniques

of breast reduction. These are

selected by assessing breast

and chest parameters, size of

reduction and scar tendency.

Mastopexy or breast lift is

a very similar procedure.

In breast lift the remaining

breast tissue is rearranged to

create a breast cone. Skin is

removed and then redraped.

With breast reduction both

skin and breast tissue is

removed and the remaining

breast tissue is used to create

a breast cone to allow closure.

Larger breasts may also be

associated with a degree of

droop. The nipple position

is determined by using three

parameters: The position of

the infra-mammary fold (the

fold where breast meets chest

wall) projected forwards; the

midpoint of the humerus or

arm bone; and a set distance

from either the midpoint of

the collar-bone or the base of

the neck. This distance varies

with the height of the person.

Once the correct position has

been established a keyhole

shape pattern is drawn

around this point. Depending

on the width of the lines and

the length determines the

amount of reduction.

Breasts that are unequal or

asymmetrical can be made to

be more equal.

A common misconception is

that the nipple is removed and

replaced. This is usually not

the case. The nipple is kept on

a pedicle of tissue. This allows

inflow of blood and nerve

supply keeping the nipple

alive and sensate. By keeping

continuity with the nipple

and the breast ducts, breast

feeding may be possible.

Surgery is performed under

general anaesthetic. Local

anaesthetic may also be

used to minimise bleeding

and bruising and reducing

the amount of general

anaesthetic required. The use

of drains or drainage tubes

depends on the surgeon.

Surgeons will also decide

on the length of hospital

stay – usually overnight only.

Smaller reductions may be

performed as day surgery.

The tendency is now

to reduce the amount of

scarring. This is usually the

horizontal portion of the

anchor shaped scar that may

already be hidden in the

infra-mammary fold. There

is a visible scar around the

areolar and a vertical scar

downwards from the areolar

to the infra-mammary fold.

Larger areolar are usually

reduced. Liposuction of the

lateral parts, under the arm,

may be combined as this

reduces tissue in this area,

the axillary tail, and does

not introduce more scarring.

Scar management or looking

after the scar is important.

Each surgeon will guide you

through this to try to optimise

the final scar.

The excised tissue is

weighed to try to get breasts

with Dr John Kippen

as equal as possible but

there will always be minor

differences in size, shape

and projection. Bra size is

used as a guide only as cup

size varies with different bra

manufacturers. Any tissue

that is removed is sent for

histological examination to

exclude breast cancer or

other breast disease. Benign

cysts are a common finding

at the time of surgery.

Many women tolerate

this procedure very well

and are happy with the

results. As always, careful

consultation with your

surgeon optimizes realistic

expectations and ensures a

thorough understanding of

the procedure and steps to

full recovery.

Our columnist Dr John

Kippen is a qualified, fully

certified consultant specialist

in Cosmetic, Plastic and

Reconstructive surgery.

Australian trained, he also

has additional Australian and

International Fellowships.

Dr Kippen works from custom-built

premises in Mona

Vale. He welcomes enquiries

and questions. Please

contact him via johnkippen.

com.au or by email: doctor@


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Foot care in bulk

In a move that will greatly benefit locals with

ongoing foot health issues, Avalon podiatrist Evan

Johnstone has announced he is now bulk billing

all Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) referrals from


Evan said the move would assist people with

illnesses and conditions that required ongoing

care such as diabetics and those with chronic foot


“It will also help people who are not able to care

for their feet – for example those who suffer from

Parkinson’s disease and also the elderly,” Evan said.

The Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC) requires a

referral from GP; it allows five Medicare rebates per

year for allied health professions which includes


Evan said he will now bulk bill all doctor referrals

under the Enhanced Primary Care plan scheme,

with no gap charged.

“The initiative is designed to assist prevention,

by monitoring and treating patients before more

serious complications occur,” he said.

“For example, preventing serious complications

from diabetes such as ulcers or maintaining quality

of life in the elderly.”

For more info on the Enhanced Primary Care plan

visit health.gov.au.

Evan Johnstone Podiatry can be found at Shop

9/25 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon. – NW

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Avalon GP practices merge

Where there were once two, now there is one...

Following the retirement from fulltime practice by Dr

Peter Saxon Williams, the Avalon Family Medical Practice has

undergone renovation as part of its amalgamation with 50

Avalon Parade Medical Clinic.

From mid-June, the incorporated practice will operate as

Avalon Family Medical Practice, at the existing address of 54

Avalon Parade.

The new practice will be privately operated by eight doctors – Dr

Ceri Cashell, Dr Jeff Cavanaugh, Dr Sharron Davis, Dr John Eccles,

Dr Michelle Howland, Dr Paul Klemes, Dr Peter Lorenz, Dr Virginia

Solomon – along with a fulltime nurse and reception staff.

The two practices have been Avalon landmarks for more

than 30 years. The new practice will have access to all records

from both practices.

All doctors welcome new and existing patients.

For appointments call 9918 3586.

Help for women in

developing countries

Zonta Club of Northern

Beaches is hosting an

afternoon to assemble

Birthing Kits for women in

developing countries.

With community support

(volunteers welcome) the

group plans to pack 2000

kits to assist the survival of

mothers and babies around

the world.

By providing a clean

birthing kit and training in

how to use it, hundreds of

thousands of mothers will

have the resources to reduce


Birthing Kits are

assembled under the

auspices of the Birthing Kit

Foundation (Australia) – the

not-for-profit organisation

that provides birthing kits

and education in clean

birthing practices and with

the help of organisations like

Zonta distributes more than

200,000 kits annually.

Each kit contains six

disposable components:

n Soap to wash the birth

attendant’s hands and the

mother’s perineum;

n Plastic sheet to prevent the

mother and newborn coming

into contact with the ground

or an unhygienic surface;

n Gloves to cover the birth

attendants’ hands and

provide protection from

infections such as HIV for

carers and care recipients;

n Gauze to wipe clear the

newborn baby’s eyes, and to

clean the mother’s perineum

prior to giving birth;

n Cord ties to cleanly tie the

umbilical cord; and

n Sterile blade to cut the

umbilical cord and reduce

risk of newborn tetanus and


Each kit costs $3 covering

the contents and the

education program that is

part of the distribution.

You can help by making a

tax-deductible donation via

the Zonta Club of Northern

Beaches Facebook page, or

on the day.

For full details of the

Birthing Kit Program see the

BKFA website at bkfa.org.au

The Packing Day will run

on Saturday June 15 from

1pm in the Barrenjoey High

School Hall.

Contact Margaret on

0416 182 393 or email

marg.white@me.com if

you are able to assist,

or you would like more

information. – LO

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Focus on

bowel cancer

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness

Month, an annual campaign that

aims to shine a light on Australia’s

second deadliest cancer.

An initiative of Bowel Cancer

Australia, activities throughout

June also serve to help raise

funds for the charity dedicated to

the prevention, early diagnosis,

research and the best care for

everyone affected by the disease.

One in 13 Australians will be

diagnosed with bowel cancer in their

lifetime. 15,604 Australians will be

diagnosed with the disease this year.

Bowel cancer claims the lives of

103 Australians every week – but

it’s one of the most treatable types

of cancer if found early.

Learn more at


– LO

Stemming suicide

Would you like to lend your voice

to suicide prevention in the

Northern Beaches community?

Consider becoming a part of ‘Our

Voice in Action’ – a program for

people with a lived experience of

suicide who are ready to explore

opportunities to be involved in

suicide prevention activities.

A free two-day training program

is offered for those with a lived

experience of suicide – through

having experienced suicidal

thoughts, survived a suicide attempt,

cared for someone through suicidal

crisis, or bereaved through suicide.

Training on the northern beaches

has been organised on June 21 and

22, led and facilitated by Roses

In The Ocean and supported by

Northern Beaches Council.

See rosesintheocean.com.au for

more details.

Danger signs as flu season hits

Health authorities are urging families

to get children vaccinated against

the potentially deadly flu after a rise

in the number of influenza cases and

an alarming number of deaths already

recorded this year.

NSW Health’s Director of Communicable

Diseases, Dr Vicky Sheppeard, said in late

May that data showed 37 people had died

since January from flu-related illnesses

and the number of confirmed cases were

also up.

“The best weapon against flu is

vaccination and right now is the best time

to have it as the flu season is already

here,” Dr Sheppeard said.

“In line with last year’s reports, the

latest analysis includes Births, Deaths and

Marriages and flu notification data, which

demonstrates that there were 37 deaths in

people with confirmed flu this year, between

January and 19 May, which reflects the early

unseasonal flu numbers we have seen.”

Deaths in aged-care outbreaks have

increased from nine to ten this year to date.

The report showed 1320 confirmed flu

cases for the week ending 19 May – higher

than the 979 notifications in the previous

week – confirming flu season was now

upon us.

Dr Sheppeard said it was important

to get flu shots as soon as possible as it

took about two weeks for the vaccine to

provide full protection and children under

nine years of age having the shot for the

first time required two doses, one month


“Children are particularly susceptible to

flu so parents and carers are being urged

to take up the offer of the free flu vaccine

for children aged from six months up to

five years,” she said.

Flu symptoms include cough, fatigue,

muscle aches and high fever.

“There are ample supplies of influenza

vaccine and we urge parents of children

under 5 years of age and others vulnerable

to influenza to visit their GP as soon as

possible,” Dr Sheppeard said.

Flu shots are also free under the

National Immunisation Program, for

pregnant women, people over 65 years

of age, Aboriginal people and those

with medical conditions such as asthma,

diabetes and heart problems.

Vaccination is the best protection

against flu but to help prevent its spread,

cough and sneeze into your elbow, clean

your hands regularly and stay home when


– Lisa Offord

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Hair & Beauty

Seeing ‘red’: sensitive

skin... or is it rosacea?

with Sue Carroll

Our skin is our largest

such as mandelic arginine, clinic to reduce the rosacea

and one of the most

beta hydroxy acids, stem flare ups.

reactive organs in

cells, sea buckthorn oil,

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our body. It will respond to

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hibiscus acid, vitamins,

both skin conditions. It is

factors such as emotions,

minerals and flower extracts paramount to eliminate the

cosmetics, medications, foods

such as chamomile, purple aggressors and triggers and

and the environment. The

coneflower and cornflower to stimulate cell turnover

term sensitive skin can often

and edelweiss. These are and strengthen the skin both

be used when the condition

but a few ingredients that internally and externally

presented is actually rosacea,

successfully treat rosacea in order to restore skin to

and vice versa. Understanding

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the two skin conditions

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usually makes it easier to treat

inflammation, nourish, soothe, Sue Carroll of Skin

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both inside and outside the continuous reddening are skin. IPL can also be added in

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or disturbance to the skin will There is much research

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the skin may be extreme able to release itself from

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as air conditioning, heating, mite which is substantially

the sun, heavy pollution higher in those suffering from

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immunity and health issues certain cosmetics, extreme

at a cellular level along with a temperatures, drugs, sunlight

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can also be the basis for a for acne rosacea.

sensitive skin.

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centralised facial redness, but there is not a one-sizefits-all

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answer. To restore

expanded capillaries, papules and strengthen either skin

and pustules, and fibroplasia. condition there are some

Rosacea can appear in three topical ingredients that will

stages of progression. Blushing assist in this process. These

or flushing is part of the first may include one of or a

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Business Life

A few quick takeaways

from the federal election

Less than a fortnight after

the Federal election

we look to see if there

are any useful takeaways

from the poll. And what a

cliffhanging election outcome

it was – it was political history

for so many reasons. I’ll

admit that up until about 9pm

on Saturday I was convinced

that Bill Shorten would be

our next Prime Minister. The

only argument consistently

contrary to this came from

my better half who works

with women and who was

adamant that Shorten was

especially disliked by women

and therefore unelectable. But

it was my honest expectation

that Labor would secure a

majority in the lower house

and then probably have to

deal with a hostile senate

to get their tax programs


Consistent with this

expectation, a check of the

betting odds on TAB on Friday

showed a price of $5.50 for

the Coalition and less than

$1.20 for Labor. I’m not much

of a punter and didn’t back

the Coalition, it seemed to

me like throwing money away

with Labor on unbackable

Winx-like odds. But after what

we were led to believe in the

media, polls and pundits,

what happened after 9pm

on Saturday night was the

equivalent of Winx

breaking down

in the straight at


A few


about this



n The electorate

(eventually) gets

it right. With

this outcome all

former Prime

Ministers are

now out of the

parliament which

translates to

greater stability so

that leaders can

lead instead of

looking over their


n Political parties

will no longer

release reams of

detailed policy

material before

elections. Speaking on ABC

radio after this election,

John Hewson described his

thousand-page Fightback!

policy from 1993 as the

longest suicide note in

political history; Labor might

be inclined to agree after

what just happened to them;

n This election is the first

time we’ve heard the term

‘Quiet Australian’. In his

speech Morrison referred to

NO TEARS FOR TONY: Warringah certainly made a statement electing

Zali Steggall. So should the Libs now bring her ‘into the tent’?

them as the people who: “…

have their dreams, they have

their aspirations, to get a

job, to get an apprenticeship,

to start a business, to meet

someone amazing, to start

a family, to buy a home, to

work hard and provide the

best you can for your kids, to

save for your retirement.” I

suspect we may hear lot more

about these Quiet Australians

over the next term of

with Brian Hrnjak

the Morrison


n In the internet

era traditional

polls are

rubbish. This is

something we

already knew

from Brexit and

Trump in 2016.

The reasons are

complex and

in part due to

technical issues

such inadequate

sample sizes and

the migration

from landlines to

mobile phones.

Basically, cheap

polls give cheap

results. There is

also the problem

of the polling

effect known

by a variety of

names (Bradley /

Shy Tory / Silent

Majority) where people say

one thing to polls, usually

the most virtuous choice, to

get them off the phone or

out of our faces and do the

complete opposite on voting

day. Read: Everybody Lies by

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz for

a far better explanation than I

can give;

n Morrison should factor

in more advertising into

his future re-election

Advertise your



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udget. Whatever the Clive

Palmer effect was on the vote

outcome this time, it’s very

unlikely that Mr Palmer will

be offering to drop another

$50 odd million in three

years’ time and I’ll be happy

to never, ever hear that song


n Tanya Plibersek is someone

who can identify the kiss of

death when she sees it. After

being endorsed by both Bill

Shorten and Julia Gillard

for the Labor leadership

she has refused to run and

left it to Anthony Albanese

who has already denounced

and started shredding the

negative gearing and franking

credit policies in the media

barely two days after the


n On that topic, it was good

to see shadow treasurer Chris

Bowen excusing himself from

the leadership group. Not

only was he the architect of

many of the policies Labor

took to the election but he

sold them with such smooth

lines like: “If you don’t like

them don’t vote for us”, all

the while managing to achieve

a 6% swing against himself in

the previously safe Labor seat

of McMahon.

n Last – and this is a big

one, and contentious – Zali

Steggall should now be

brought into the tent. If

a local member can quit

their party and become an

independent, why can’t the

reverse happen? Of course,

she would have to want and

agree to such a move, but the

cross benches are a lonely

place when one party has a

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majority, particularly for a

candidate who may have a

career in mind beyond the

initial protest action. Do the

right thing Libs and offer to

automatically pre-select her

for Warringah.

Listening to a few of the

pundits the day after, Paul

Kelly of The Australian

described the outcome of

this election as something

like what happened in the

vote following World War II. I

can’t confirm that, but I can

recall what happened in 1993

following the loss by John

Hewson to Paul Keating. All

the talk of taxes and dividing

the country was there in 1993

as it was in 2019. But it was

both ironic and poetic at

the same time to hear Peter

Dutton quote the famous line

said by Keating on the stage

of the Bankstown Sports Club

in 1993 as he secured the seat

of Dickson in Queensland in

2019: “This is the sweetest

victory of all.” Especially so

given that Keating had urged

voters to “Drive a political

stake through Peter Dutton’s

dark heart” on election eve.

On the Monday following

the election as I write this

the share market has put

on almost 120 points as

uncertainty leaves the stage

and things start returning to

normal. I’d expect to see an

improvement in real estate

auction clearances from

the first Saturday following

the election – activity is

already starting to return. It’s

been a brutal 5 weeks of

campaigning, thankfully it’s

now over and we can all get

back to work.

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: Money

Business Life

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Business Life: Law

Business Life

Purchasing property

& conveyancing Part II

Our previous article

concluded by querying

whether in purchasing a

property you need to consider

purchase by private treaty or

auction. Probably the most

common way to purchase a

residential property in New

South Wales, being a house or

apartment, is by private treaty.

Private treaty is where the

vendor has decided to sell,

arranged for their solicitor to

prepare a contract for sale and

place it in the hands of their

chosen real estate agent who

will manage the process of the

sale. This includes the vendor

being offered an agency agreement

– i.e. an agreement/contract

between the vendor and

the real estate agent in which

the agent is appointed, usually

exclusively, to represent the

vendor for a nominated commission

and term to market

and find purchasers for the


The agent cannot bring the

property to market (i.e. show it

to the public) without first being

in possession of a Contract

for Sale for the property. The

agent organises photography

of the property, advises the

vendor on the presentation i.e.

the appearance of the property,

advertises the property

and organises inspections

of the property. These days

advertising can be by press, in

newspapers or glossy magazines,

and on the internet.

The reach of the average

agent is quite extensive and

well beyond interstate and

national shores. The agent

estimates a likely price that is

considered the property will

bring. This will be nominated

in the Agency Agreement and

whether an indication of that

price is revealed in advertising

is a matter for discussion and

decision between the vendor

and the agent.

A sale by private treaty may

go on indefinitely, with the

agent advertising it or seeking

expressions of interest by

nominating a particular date by

which offers must be submitted.

Most agency agreements

are for an initial period of three

months. At the end of the

initial period, if the property is

still on the market, the agency

agreement will drift on unless

the vendor wishes to terminate

it and perhaps try another

agent. Should this be the case

the vendor must terminate the

agreement in writing.

Buying at auction can be a

much more stressful method

of purchasing. As with private

treaty, the agent will have a

copy of the Contract for Sale

for the purchaser to examine

and obtain a copy for their

solicitor to review and advise

on its terms. The solicitor can

negotiate in advance of the

auction amendments to the

contract particularly to the

with Jennifer Harris

special conditions (i.e. conditions

specially drafted) so that

as well as the standard printed

conditions the vendor’s solicitor

has usually inserted special

conditions which may cover

improvements, or sheds, or the

swimming pool etc.

Purchase by auction can be

daunting. Your solicitor will

likely advise to arrange for all

inspections e.g. building and

pest reports on the property

to be completed and reviewed

before you make an offer to

purchase – because unlike

purchase by private treaty,

where the purchaser may take

advantage of what is known as

‘the cooling off period’ (usually

a period of five business days

from exchange in which the

purchaser can change their

mind as to whether they wish

to proceed), once the hammer

falls at an auction the purchaser

is bound to proceed if the bid is


One method of purchase

which clients from time to

time undertake is purchase by

buying ‘Off the Plan’. This is

a much-debated method and

from time to time ends in litigation.

Purchasing ‘Off the Plan’

is not risk-free. Builders and

developers often raise capital

for their development by

selling units or townhouses

before they are built. They can

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e a way for purchasers to get

a reduced price and even a

capital gain before settlement.

However, this depends on the

market which may go down as

well as up, so the purchaser

may lose money.

The contract for an ‘Off

the Plan’ building needs very

careful review. The purchaser

pays a deposit and waits for

the building to be erected. The

builder/developer has use of

the purchaser’s funds, quite

often for an indeterminate

period. Unlike the situation in

Japan where it is extremely

unusual for a project to overrun

a deadline, here overruns are

quite common and purchasers

are kept waiting well beyond

the projected and promised

finish. Added to which, part of

the contract has a large section

devoted to ‘fixtures and

fittings’. The purchaser must

be meticulous in inspecting the

completed property. Clients

are advised to list defects and

omissions prior to settlement

so that these issues can be

raised with the builder/developer.

(In a recent couple of examples,

clients found there were

no power points in the kitchen

or bathroom. A more notorious

case involved a purchaser

who bought an apartment ‘off

the plan’ on the promise of

180-degree water views. However

when the property was

completed the purchaser found

that a wall obstructed the view

altogether. He demanded the

return of his deposit on the

basis that the sale was void.

The builder/developer refused.

Eventually the New South Wales

Court of Appeal ruled in the

purchaser’s favour. It held that

the purchaser had relied on

the agent’s misrepresentation

when deciding to purchase, so

the contract was void and it ordered

the builder/developer to

return the purchaser’s deposit.)

In reviewing the contract

your solicitor will not only look

at reports of inspections and

so on, they will also look to see

what is included in the sale.

Unless the contract specifically

states otherwise, the property

will be sold ‘in the state in

which you find it’. And that

means any ‘fixtures’ are automatically


A fixture is usually defined

as something ‘affixed’ to the

property – i.e. is part of the

property such as a stove and

kitchen and bathroom fixtures.

Refrigerators can often be debated.

If it is not built into the

kitchen and can be moved it is

wise to note that it is excluded

because it only needs to be

unplugged. Other items which

may be debated are removable

floor coverings and an aboveground

swimming pool.

There is a list of inclusions

and exclusions on the front

cover of the Contract for Sale

– it is very wise to check to see

what the vendor considers is

included in the sale. These matters

can be negotiated by solicitors

for vendor and purchaser.

Also on the front cover of the

contract is a place to nominate

the type of ownership the

purchaser/s are contemplating.

Couples usually purchase

as Joint Tenants, which means

they own the whole property

jointly and if one person dies

the other is immediately entitled

to the whole property.

The other type of ownership

is Tenants in Common. Business

partners or people not

closely related usually choose

to purchase a share in a property

as a tenant in common

which means they each own

a share in the property. That

share can be dealt with by each

party separately.

Finally, owning a property

means having ‘title’ to it. Generally

when you purchase a

property in NSW you get one

of the following:

Freehold – which gives ownership

over the land and buildings

on that land;

Strata Title – which usually

applies to apartments or

townhouses and gives you

the rights to airspace in your

apartment or townhouse;

Company Title – where you

purchase ‘shares’ in a company

and this in turn entitles you to

the use of an apartment;

Community Title – which can

work in combination with Strata

Title on large developments

and with other owners give

rights to common land; and

Leasehold – which means you

have ownership over the land

and buildings for a certain period

of time (often 99 years).

This two-part series on

purchasing property and conveyancing

has provided a brief

outline of issues purchasers

are advised to consider before

they actually exchange and

purchase a property. There are

many other matters to consider,

but these articles have

sought to outline the process

up to exchange.

* Should readers wish to

contact the writer concerning

purchasing or sale of property,

our hours of business

are 9am – 5pm, Monday to

Friday. Call 9973 201.

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

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ALL IN THE FAMILY: Yuri and Valerie with children Natalie and George are playing St Luke’s Bayview on June 23.

Here’s an opportunity to When they migrated to Chamber Music Scholarship

catch an entertaining mix Australia in the late 1950s, which will enable her to

of musical talents to delight they could not work as

perform in Paris and Milan

all ages at a special Sunday performing artists, and

later this year.

afternoon performance in eventually they built up a

Valerie, Yuri, George and


successful fashion embroidery Natalie will present a unique

Pianist Valerie Forbes- business in Sydney.

blend of classical and popular

Mavridis, husband Yuri

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Mavridis (bass baritone) and and Fairleine, worked as a includes the music of Bizet,

their children George (tenor) solicitor and secretary, to JS Bach, Verdi, Saint-Saëns,

and Natalie (violinist) are bring up their six children Puccini, Gottschalk, and the

playing a concert entitled ‘A after they migrated to

irrepressible ‘Fats Waller’.

Handful of Keys’ on June 23. Australia in 1964.

Catch the family performing

Residents of Newport for With a strong tradition on June 23 at 2.30pm at the

the past 30 years, Valerie and of music in their family

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Yuri say if their parents had bloodlines, Yuri and Valerie Bayview Campus Pittwater Rd

failed the strict criteria of the were classically trained and Bayview.

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

TWO SETS, TWO HOURS: Dragon (with co-founder and bass player

Todd Hunter second from right) play Pittwater RSL on Saturday June 8.

Catch the Best of Dragon


Beach RSL

Bistro 61

1 Bowling Green Lane

Avalon Beach

Avalon Beach RSL’s Bistro 61

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Bistro 61 is open for breakfast

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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 June, including

Jack Evans (7th); Sarah Paton

(14th); Alex Roussos (21st); and

Bernie Segedin (28th).

Book now for the Ladies

Lunch on Wednesday June 12 –

Avalon author Dianah Chorlton

will talk through the writing

process of her eclectic thriller

'The Vanishing Of Venice'. Dianah

was inspired to write the

novel after visiting the popular

tourist venue; her plot involves

the murder of tourists by the

local Brotherhood of Priests,

to end the 'mass invasion'.

Tickets $50 include a 2-course

meal plus drink on arrival.

Bookings essential 9997 5511.

Trivia every Tuesday night

from 7.30pm (great prizes and

vouchers – 12 years plus).

Club Boat and Social memberships

are now available for

just $160.


It’s been three years since Old Enough’, ‘Still In Love’,

Aussie-based Kiwi rock band ‘Rain’ and ‘Young Years’.

Dragon has ventured to the Todd attributes the

Peninsula but the members enduring popularity of Dragon

are excited to be returning and other iconic Aussie-scene

this month with an expansive bands to a more discerning

gig at Pittwater RSL on

local musical public.

Saturday June 8.

“I think Australian audiences

Co-founder and bass player are becoming more musically

Todd Hunter told Pittwater literate and are not locked in

Life that the quartet have been to music from their own era,”

playing solidly since they last he said.

hit Pittwater, getting bookings “In the 1960s you either

for the widest range of events liked the Beatles or the


Stones... now, people’s

“Because we love playing so loyalties are to songs, not

much our aim is to play every bands.”

weekend and that’s what we Todd reflected on how he

have been doing,” Todd said. got into the business, and

“We’ve played everything what keeps him going – at the

Club Palm Beach

Barrenjoey Bistro

to country pubs and clubs, “Well, at the age of six I got

1087 Barrenjoey Road,

and we have just finished the to play with my uncle’s rock

Palm Beach

‘Red Hot Summer Tour’. band in New Zealand,” he

from WOMAD in New Zealand age of 67.

“Plus we have a new album recalls. “It was so loud and the

In June, make your way to

of new songs called ‘Life Is A crowd was rambunctious and

Club Palm Beach, located a

Beautiful Mess’ which you can everyone had huge smiles on

short stroll from Palm Beach

hear on iTunes or any other their faces.

Wharf, for great dining for

streaming platform.”

“I looked around and

the whole family.

The Pittwater RSL show is thought ‘right, this is what I’m

Head down to watch State

part of their ‘Best of Dragon gonna do with my life’. And

of Origin I (June 5) and II


I did.

(June 23) and enjoy half-price

“We play two sets in a

“I will keep doing it for

schooners of Carlton during

two-hour show, where we as long as it’s fun, and it

game time.

play Dragon songs that are certainly still is so far!”

Also, enjoy a Works Burger

constantly requested in the He added the band had

and schooner for just $15

first set and all the more wellknown

started writing for a new

every Friday in June.

songs in the second,” album with the intention of

Every Wednesday there's

Todd explained.

starting its recording in July.

family trivia from 7pm, with

“And we’ll include some

– Nigel Wall Royal Motor

great prizes!

cover songs from the UK from * Catch Dragon at

Grab some friends and

Yacht Club

the 1980s... just for fun.” Pittwater RSL on Saturday

enjoy their Cruising Palm

That means hits including June 8. Tickets at reception Salt Cove on Pittwater Beach deal, with a cruise on

‘April Sun In Cuba’, ‘Are You or pittwaterrsl.com.au 46 Prince Alfred

Pittwater plus traditional

Parade, Newport

lunch at the club for $25pp.

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Book now!

Barrenjoey Bistro is

open for lunch (11.30am to

2.30pm) and dinner (6pm

to 9pm) seven days. The

Bistro serves top-value a la

carte meals plus daily $13.50

specials of 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

There are some awesome

live music acts coming to

Pittwater RSL Club in upcoming

months – including

Diesel and The Angels in

July and Mental As Anything;

book tickets now on

the club's website.

Dragon take to the stage

with a two-hour gig on June

8; book now!

Hungry? There's something

for all tastes and ages

at Pittwater RSL. At Glasshouse

chefs stay true to the

story of the local area by

embracing the farm-to tableapproach,

focusing on where

food comes from and how

it is grown and shaping the

way they cook and create.

Open for lunch from 12pm

and dinner from 5.30pm 7

days a week.

Or relax on the 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

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menu is available weekends

and public holidays from

12pm to 5pm.

Nonna’s Kitchen boasts a

menu full of delicious and authentic

Italian 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 madeto-order


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. In

June, catch: Mark Vincent with

the Serenade Orchestra (2nd,

$49); The Mersey Beatles (for

the first time in Australia –

8th, $45); George Michael

Relived (22nd, $25); Absolutely

80s (28th, $35); plus

the hilarious Confetti & Chaos

Dinner + Show (29th, $79).

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 &


‘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


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

Park House continues to

build a name for its great

food offerings, with a

variety of experiences and

spaces in June.

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...

Mid week party

The DJs are back on Wednesdays

from 9pm at Park House

with the best of electronic

pop, hip hop, party tunes and

“straight up bangers”. Line-up

features Tori Levett (May 29),

Clueless (June 5) and Jezabel

(June 12). Details Facebook.

Still got the Blues

Catch Los Skeletone Blues

playing their fabulous new

album (cover above) Prawnfootin’

at Kave Bar Newport

on Sat 8 from 9pm. Ten great

new original songs.

Absolutely ’80s

Relive your youth at Dee

Why RSL on Fri 28 with some

of Australia’s favourite pop

icons: Uncanny X Men’s Brian

Mannix, Kids in the Kitchen’s

Scott Carne, Boom Crash

Opera’s Dale Ryder & The

Models’ Sean Kelly and TripleJ

DJ Maynard. Tickets ($35) at


NLB at the Co-Op

New house band featuring

Narelle Lewis with her soulful

Gospel voice. Co-Op Club

Church Point on Sun 30 from

3pm. Bookings 9979 6633.

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Tasty Morsels

Berkelo our



Tasty Morsels

Stroll down the northern side

of Bungan Street at Mona

Vale and you can’t help but

stumble upon the surprising

new food destination Berkelo;

owner Tom Eadie, who grew up

in Mona Vale, describes it as a

long-fermented sourdough bakery

and cafe with Single Origin

coffee serving breakfast and

lunch as well as loaves of bread

and pastries.

Tom opened his first Berkelo

location at Brookvale in 2016,

adding shopfronts at Mona

Vale and Mosman last year.

Tom says he decided to open

his own bakery while working

as the executive chef for The

Boathouse Group.

“I wanted to simplify things

and focus on making the best

loaf of sourdough bread possible,”

he said. “We offer people

better choices for their health.

We make everyone’s favourite

bakery items with the best

ingredients possible.”

Hence, Tom brought together

a team of passionate chefs who

work to create food that is made

with no additives and a respect

for traditional baking processes.

“We offer about seven staple

sourdough breads, from our

Signature Sourdough to a

Lemon Myrtle + Fruit loaf,” Tom

said. “Those loaves are available

daily in the cafe or to pre-order

online and pick up in-store.

“Alongside the bread offering,

we have seeded crackers,

individual banana breads (both

gluten free), plus croissants,

tarts and many seasonal specials.

All of Berkelo’s breads are

made with unbleached 100%

Australian stoneground flour

and the best of sustainable and

organic ingredients.”

They do not use commercial

yeast in the breads; rather

they are naturally leavened – a

process that takes more than

18 hours and makes the bread

more easily digestible and


“We do not use refined sugar

and sweeteners in our kitchen,

replacing those with rapadura

sugar and honey,” Tom added.

“And our recent purchase of a

flour mill means we are freshly

grinding more of our flour and

therefore making a fresher loaf

of bread that is full of nutrition.”

When customers eat in,

they can choose from breakfast

and lunch items such

as Berkelo’s special take on

Sydney’s favourite avocado

toast – ‘Avocados in Mona Vale’

– with house-made fermented

vegetable, boiled egg and thick

slices of sourdough.

With a heavy focus on seasonal

ingredients, their menu

changes as the weather does. A

local favourite right now is the

‘McBerkelo’ – their sourdough

bun topped with organic bacon,

a fried egg and a house-made

tomato relish.

“As a cafe business, we really

serve the range; we have new

mothers in with their toddlers

and pre-school children, right

up to grandparents stopping by

after their morning swim,” said

Tom, who is happy to be back

serving the local community of

friendly, familiar faces.

“As we are close to Mona Vale

Public School, families drop past

for breakfast on their way to the

school day and mothers grab

afternoon tea before collecting

the kids in the afternoon.”

Tom said Berkelo’s pantry

range was expanding all the


“At the moment you will find

housemade ‘Good Mite’ – our

healthy take on Vegemite –

fresh, local honey and some

items curated from friendly

businesses who we feel will add

to our customers’ food experience

back home,” he said.

“Additionally, our fridges

are always stocked with our

fermented vegetables (many

of which are from the Berkelo

garden, located in Terrey Hills),

house-churned butter and

our own house-made, bottled


The Terrey Hills garden also

provides fresh, local produce

to use across their salads and

sandwiches – you might also

find some of this produce for

sale within the shop from time

to time.

Catering and food workshops

are also ‘on the menu’.

“By popular demand, we have

started catering events with a

range of canapés-style menus,”

Tom said. “These feature a

range of sweet and savoury

items including quiches,

biscuits, sausage rolls and our

unique seeded crackers topped

with various vegetables and

herbs, or a fresh fish option.

“We also run monthly

sourdough baking workshops

(from our Brookvale location)

as well as fermentation courses

and fun community education

nights on health-related topics.”

– Nigel Wall

* Berkelo is open from 6am-

2pm Mon-Sat and 6:30am-

1pm on Sun. Find them at 1/7

Bungan St, Mona Vale; more

info 9997 2876.

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Find Solace in Ingleside

local ‘mumpreneur’ is filling a need

A for a sustainable community hub

following the shelved Ingleside draft

rezoning and the long-awaited Mona Vale

Road upgrade.

The newly opened café Solace serves

Fairtrade and organic coffee, a wide

selection of tea and seasonal street food

from its striking black and white vintage


The café is in the heart of the former

redevelopment area, which was scrapped

last year after the NSW government elevated

the bushfire threat to the proposed

Ingleside Precinct.

The Mona Vale Road upgrade has put

semi-rural Ingleside on the map, and the

café has been a team effort of members

of the local community keen to bring

isolated residents of the area together.

The space is bike and dog-friendly, with

an enclosed kids’ zone, an organic edible

garden – and a free pantry for those in


“We’re excited to offer a unique

Perched upon the cliff top

at Whale Beach, Jonah’s

Restaurant and Boutique Hotel

is arguably the Northern

Beaches’ most glamorous

destinations, with its outdoor

terrace providing spectacular

views of the Pacific Ocean.

As winter rolls around,

their fireplace is lit, transforming

the bar and dining

room into an incredibly inviting,

warm setting.

Their exceptional food and

wine offering created by Executive

Chef Matteo Zamboni in

collaboration with Restaurant

Manager Mauro Ferrari and

Head Sommelier Niels Sluiman

has some new additions for

the cooler months. The twoand

three-course à la carte

menu is heavily influenced by

Zamboni’s Italian background

featuring fresh, house-made

pastas, seafood, meat dishes

and flavourful sides with a selection

of irresistible desserts.

New items on the menu for

Winter include seared pork

belly with scallops and celeriac,

as well as a hearty gnocchi

dish with pancetta, rosemary,

outdoor cafe serving up seasonal street

food from garden to plate,” says owner,

Ingleside’s Melinda Chiew, who grew up

in nearby Church Point.

“Mums, Dads and grandparents are

welcome to bring their children and dogs,

and meet neighbours they may usually

never see. The Free Pantry has also

become quite a tourist attraction. People

and charity organisations have been

stopping to donate and/or take items for

those in need.”

The fare is designed to be nutritiously

delicious and Asian inspired, with offerings

such as low-gluten Bao burgers,

Jun kombucha and Kefir superfood


“Our food is artisan, organic and

homegrown where possible, and locallysourced

to reduce food miles and

increase freshness,” Melinda says. “We

have almost zero food waste, as 99% of

food waste is placed into our compost

or worm farm, which in turn is providing

rich fertiliser and nourishment to improve

and Parmigiano Reggiano.

The menu has retained the

signature Jonah’s Frutti di

Mare seafood platter for two,

served on a three-tiered timber

and slate stand, featuring

the finest seafood available

to market daily such as king

prawns, sashimi, freshly

shucked oysters and more.

Indulge in matched wines

to accompany your meal and

get a taste of Jonah’s multi

award-winning wine selection,

recently ranked by the UK as

the World’s Best Wine List.

Jonah’s Restaurant is open

for breakfast, lunch and dinner,

seven days a week.

Or if you’re feeling in need of

some pampering and luxury,

escape the city (or our local

suburbs) and relax in the

peace and quiet of Jonah’s

our edible organic garden.”

“We want to offer the Northern Beaches

community a clean-eating (real food, no

junk) comfort-cuisine that is ethicallysourced.

Free range, Fairtrade and sustainability

are important to us.”

The café is in association with Narrabeen

Baptist Church, who owns the

‘Church on the Hill’ site on which Solace

is situated.

* Find Solace at 280 Powderworks

Road, Ingleside.

Winter warmers at Jonah's

secluded oasis for a cosy

winter stay.

Their special Winter package

includes a glass of Champagne

Bollinger on arrival;

three course à la carte dinner;

overnight accommodation in

an Ocean Retreat Room; full à

la carte breakfast plus gift on

departure – all for $896.

* More info 9974 5599 or


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Food Life

These 'Winter Warmers'

are guaranteed to please

The cold weather has come a little too quickly for me!

However, the one positive about the cooler conditions

is staying indoors and cooking heart-warming food

and enjoying it with family and friends. Here are some of my

favourites – I hope they become yours too!

Potato & leek soup

Serve 4-5

2 tbs olive oil

2 tbs butter

3 leeks, trimmed, halved,

washed, thinly sliced

1 garlic clove, crushed

750 potatoes (desiree or

golden delight, sebago or

coliban), peeled, chopped

400g can cannellini beans,

drained, rinsed

4 cups vegetable or chicken


½ cup thickened cream

Crispbread or toasted Turkish

bread, to serve

1. Heat oil and butter in

a large saucepan over

medium heat. Add leeks,

cook, stirring often, for

5-6 minutes until leeks are

tender. Remove ¼ cup for

serving. Add the garlic and

potatoes and cook, stirring

often, for 6 minutes.

2. Add the cannellini beans

and stock; season with

pepper. Bring to the boil.

Partially cover; reduce

heat to medium and

cook 20 minutes, stirring

occasionally or until

potatoes are tender.

3. Blend or puree soup

until smooth. Return to

pan over low heat. Stir in

cream; taste and season.

Warm the reserved leeks

in a small frying pan or the

microwave. Spoon the soup

into warm bowls or mugs.

Top with warm leeks. Serve.

with Janelle Bloom

Slow-cooked Beef

Massaman curry

Serves 6

2kg beef chuck steak,

trimmed, cut into 5cm pieces

¼ cup vegetable oil

2 brown onions, finely


3 garlic cloves, crushed

¼ cup desiccated coconut

½ cup Massaman curry paste

400ml can coconut milk

½ cup beef stock

1 cinnamon stick

700g coliban or desiree

potatoes, peeled, chopped

(5cm chunks)

2 tbs finely grated palm sugar

(or brown sugar)

2 tbs fish sauce

1 tbs lime juice

Steamed rice and salted

roasted peanuts, to serve

1. Preheat oven 130°C fan

forced. Season beef with

salt and pepper, add 2

tablespoon oil and stir

to coat well. Heat an

ovenproof casserole dish

(see tip) over a high heat.

Add one third of the beef;

cook, stirring occasionally,

for about 4 minutes, or until

browned. Remove to a bowl.

Repeat twice with remaining


2. Reduce heat to medium.

Add remaining oil with the

onion and garlic to same

hot dish. Cook, stirring

occasionally 4 minutes until

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soft. Add coconut and curry

paste. Cook, stirring 1

minute until fragrant. Stir in

the coconut milk, stock and

cinnamon then return the

beef. Bring to simmer.

3. Press a piece baking paper

right down onto the surface

of the curry. Cover with lid.

Cook for 3 hours. Stir in the

potatoes. Cook for a further

1 hour. Remove from the

oven. Stir in combined

sugar, fish sauce and lime

juice. Remove cinnamon.

Serve with rice and roasted


Janelle’s Tips: If sauce is

little thin, strain the sauce

into a saucepan, simmer the

sauce over medium-high

heat for 5 minutes to thicken

slightly then pour back over

the beef and potatoes.

Also, if you don’t have a

cast iron casserole ovenproof

casserole dish, cook Step 1

and 2 in a frying pan, then

transfer curry to ovenproof

casserole and finish Step 3 in

the oven.

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Macaroni Cheese


Serves 4-6

50g butter, chopped

¼ cup plain flour

2 cups milk

¾ cup grated tasty cheese

¾ cup grated mozzarella

400g dried macaroni


2 tbs olive oil

1 brown onion, finely


2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 tbs tomato paste

500g beef mince

2 x 400g cans crushed


2 tsp dried mixed herbs

1. For the Bolognese: heat oil in

a large saucepan. Add onion

and garlic. Cook, stirring

occasionally, until soft. Add

tomato paste. Cook for 1

minute. Add mince, cook,

stirring occasionally, until

mince has changed in colour.

Add tomatoes and herbs.

Bring to boil. Simmer for

about 10 minutes, or until

sauce has thickened. Season.

2. Meanwhile, melt the butter

in a saucepan over high

heat. Add the flour and

cook, stirring constantly

for 1 minute. Remove

from heat, add the milk,

whisking with a balloon

whisk constantly until

smooth. Return saucepan

to heat and cook, stirring

constantly with a wooden

spoon, until sauce comes to

the boil. Season.

3. Preheat oven to 200°C fan

forced. Cook macaroni in a

large saucepan of boiling,

salted water following

packet directions until al

dente. Drain and stir into the

Bolognese. Spoon into a 12-

cup capacity ovenproof dish.

4. Stir ½ of the tasty cheese

and ½ cup mozzarella

into the white sauce then

pour over the macaroni

Bolognese. Top with

remaining tasty and

mozzarella. Place onto an

ovenproof tray and bake for

20 minutes or until bubbling

around the edges. Serve.

Mocha self-saucing


Serve 4

1½ cup self-raising flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1 tbs espresso coffee powder

½ cup brown sugar, firmly


2 eggs

2/3 cup full cream milk

80g butter, melted, cooled

Icing sugar & vanilla ice

cream, to serve


¼ cup cocoa powder

1 cup brown sugar, firmly


2¼ cups boiling water

1. Preheat oven 170°C fan

forced. Sift flour and cocoa

powder together into a

large bowl. Stir in espresso

and brown sugar. Make a

well in the centre. Whisk

eggs and milk together. Add

to flour mixture with the

butter. Stir until combined.

Spoon into a greased 10-

cup capacity, ovenproof

dish. Smooth the top.

2. To make sauce, sprinkle

combined sifted cocoa and

sugar evenly over batter. Pour

the boiling water slowly over

the back of a metal spoon to

cover cocoa mixture.

3. Place on an ovenproof

tray and bake 30-35

minutes, or until the cake

is cooked and sauce runny

underneath. Dust with icing

sugar, serve with ice cream.

Janelle’s Tip: You don’t have

to add the espresso coffee

powder; if you prefer, just use

the chocolate.

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Food Life

In Season


Mandarin oranges are a

small, loose-skinned

variety of the common

orange, typically

sweeter and less


Food Life

than the larger

oranges. Thought to have

originated in India, they

travelled across China where

they picked up the name

“mandarin” varieties.


Choose fruit that feels heavy

for their size with glossy

unblemished skin. Look

out for the Low Seed Honey

Murcott variety of mandarin:

these are seedless and easy

to peel, while the Nova

and Sunburst varieties are

fabulous to juice.


Keep stored loose in the

crisper section of the fridge

for up to 10 days.


Mandarins are valuable

sources of flavonoid

antioxidants like naringenin,



They are A good

source of vitamin C.

One large mandarin will

provide the daily need for

vitamin C. Mandarins are

also a source of vitamin A,

potassium and xanthophyll –

a natural pigment which acts

as an antioxidant, protecting

organ systems and conditions

such as heart disease and

kidney damage.

Also In Season


Apples (Pink Lady, Jazz and

Kanzi are my pick for eating)

while Golden Delicious are

best cooking apple; Bananas;

Custard apples; Navel and

Cara Cara oranges; Pears;

Passionfruit; Quince and

Rhubarb. Also Avocados;

Beetroot; Broccolini and

Broccoli; Brussels sprouts;

Cauliflower; Eggplant; Leeks;

Fennel; Potatoes; Pumpkin;

Sweet potato; Swedes;

Turnips and Onions.

Citrus Poppyseed cake

Serves 8

125g butter, softened

1 cup caster sugar

3 eggs

1 cup self-raising flour

½ cup plain flour

½ cup desiccated coconut

½ cup Greek-style yoghurt

2 mandarins, rind finely

grated, halved, juiced

¼ cup poppy seeds


1 1/3 cup icing sugar

1 tbs mandarin juice

2-3 tsp lemon juice

1. Preheat oven to 180°C fan

forced. Grease and line

the base and sides of a

10cm x 22cm (base) loaf

pan, allowing the sides to


2. Beat the butter, sugar

and mandarin rind with an

electric mixer until pale.

Add the eggs, 1 at a time,

beating well after each

addition. Sift the flours

together then add to the

butter mixture with the

coconut. Stir to combine.

Fold in the yoghurt then 1/3

cup of mandarin juice. Stir in

the poppy seeds. Spoon into

the prepared pan. Smooth

the top. Bake for 1 hour or

until a skewer inserted in the

centre comes out clean. Set

in the pan for 10 minutes

then cool completely on a

wire rack.

3. Combine the icing sugar

and m andarin juice, adding

enough lemon juice to make

a thick icing. Pour the icing

over the cake. Allow to set

before serving.

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Pittwater Puzzler

Compiled by David Stickley


26 Like an exercise book page or a

good suit (5)

27 Business started by Avalon local,

Georgie Lewin, that provides help with

technology for seniors (9)

28 A large quantity or number (6)

29 Laugh at in a not nice way (6)


1 Something you might pick up from

45 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach (6)

5 Be of service (6)

9 Tasmania, in other words (5,4)

10 Throwing game in which the

terms maximum, checkout and

double top are used (5)

12 As an exchange or reciprocal

action (2,6)

13 Fine-woolled sheep (6)

15 Broadcasting medium that

20-across can be seen on (10)

16 Mass or lump; colloquial term for

the mouth (3)

18 A sticky or slimy substance (3)

20 Pittwater local who is a reporter

on Channel Nine’s ‘A Current Affair’


23 Hillcrest, Seabeach and Golf are

all this type of thoroughfare in Mona

Vale (6)

24 The refusal of trade unions to

work on environmentally and socially

objectionable projects (5,3)


2 In general, what you can buy from

Splice Boutique in Newport (7)

3 One of the venues for the upcoming

Manly Arts Festival, ________ Space in

Curl Curl (8)

4 The expedient to which one turns

when all others have failed (4,6)

5 A defined region like Pittwater (4)

6 One of the world’s great harbours (6)

7 Water-based activity enjoyed by

many on the Northern Beaches (7)

8 The new member for Warringah (4,8)

11 The entertainment industry (4,8)

14 Fabulous place (10)

17 Office machine used to destroy

unwanted or confidential documents


19 Pacific island region (7)

21 Solicited the votes of members of a

legislative body (7)

22 Association that helps girls develop

their skills in a safe environment while

having fun and finding friends, Girl

______ (6)

25 A long time (4)

[Solution page 72]

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Garden Life

Garden Life

Delight Watch Australian in the amazing natives

colours exploding of into hydrangeas colour!

The Always warmth a favourite has finally for

Christmas gone out colour, of the sun hydrangeas

that June are flowering is here, and their our


heads lush tropical off! They gardens look are wonderfuing

in the the result garden, of the brightening

onset of


the colder semi-shaded winter nights. areas However, and

glowing as the tropical in the gingers full, protected die

sunlight. down, the Once frangipani the older trees lose

varieties their leaves were and either hibiscus pink or

blue also cease depending to bloom. on the soil,

additional But the Australian lime will deepen native

the trees pinks and shrubs and blueing come into tonic life!

(sulphate These include of aluminium) Kangaroo paws, will

heighten grevilleas, the wattles, blues, boronia, but the

new Geraldton named wax, varieties banksias will and

maintain violet hardenbergias.

their colour. White

never For many changes. years There plant are growers

have worked of every at developing size from


the new, tiny improved dwarf Piamina varieties to of the native

traditional trees and shrubs. Mop Heads. Each year


With gardeners so many are given to choose more from and

it more is almost plants too choose difficult from. to

decide. Stunning There this are winter the are delicate

lace the Expo caps, Gold the trees huge in blooms Bungan

Street at Mona Vale. The

brilliant, acid yellow flowers

smother the bright green

leaves. Xanthostemon Expo

Gold was developed and

released in Queensland for

Expo 88. It is a slow-growing

tree, perfect for street planting.

Now, 30 years on, the trees

look amazing in winter light.

Grevilleas are beautiful,

hardy shrubs that come in all

sizes, from the tall-growing

tree grevillea robusta to the

delicate, small pink grevillea

Pinkie Pettite. (If your space is

limited, weeping grevilleas will

thrive in pots.)

with Gabrielle Bryant

Ideas for




Now that winter is here bring

your hanging plants inside.

Cherry Guava a

Indoor hanging baskets take

sweet space but the surprise

effect stunning;

Ithey n full will flower bring in the my indoors veggie alive.

Choose garden your is my container Cherry carefully. Guava,

sometimes Wire baskets known with as fibre a Strawberry

are great Guava. out-

This delightful


evergreen doors but impractical

inside. a heavy crop of cherry

shrub never fails to


guavas They drip in water.

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

early autumn.

Some It is smaller

the cone-shaped flowers of The recently introduced

a small, pretty tree with

rounded, pots have glossy clipon

saucers only grows and

hydrangea paniculata bushes smaller growing Picotee

green leaves

that varieties with two-tone flower

to about

three larger metres plastic

heads are hard to leave behind

and if you have a semi-

into shape after fruit-

in height. Keep it

trimmed baskets are

ing. available The delicate with

shaded wall, the climbing

fluffy flowers

are water-well

hydrangea petiolaris is just creamy white, growing close

to bases.


the branches. They are followed

Plastic by pots the tangy are

Hydrangeas are forgiving


Weeping grevilleas are ing


its way



are easy

rockeries, sweet, light but

to grow.

berry-sized, ceramic cherry red

grafted. The rambling, groundhugging

varieties are grafted flowerbeds


They like



bare earth



and fruit hanging that baskets are high in vitamin C.

any good garden

and spilling

soil. Mulch

over Unlike are heavy the and taller-growing deciduous

need yellow very strong guava that needs

onto a tall upright trunk. At banks,

the roots





blue dampiera


this time the weeping branches










A shy cooking, hooks for the hanging.

straight Plant stands from the tree or

fruit can be eaten

are festooned with bright, plant,

them in








get raw

spider-like flowers that thrill amazing

them going.






in used are great in cooking, as they jellies, drinks,

the honey-eating birds. Their carpeting

pots, or in


the garden;

but for



sauces are both or moveable

You and should strong protect enough the for fruit


size is easily controlled and can






a pot





be pruned to any shape. silvery-leaved

or cut the blooms


– they


last from heavy fruit hangers. fly with If you a fruit use fly plant bait.

Across the ground, wind-


well in water.

Silver – it is gorgeous. stands, make sure that you balance

the baskets on each side,

otherwise they will tip over!

Get into the

Also, the macramé holders

‘swing’ of the 1970s are of back! Xmas They are

Iquick t is time and easy to relax to make and – enjoy look

for your patterns garden. on the Look internet at your or

outdoor buy them seating ready-made. requirements

Look – for the cascading shops are plants full of

amazing for your baskets; chairs and try the tables. new

Hanging tiny pink-and-cream, cane egg chairs trailing have

been Callisia trendy (top). In for the the bright past light few

years of a north-facing and now the room ‘Swing there

Seat’ are flowering is back. basket Nothing plants is more

peaceful that will enjoy than some swinging warmth in a in

seat Winter, for like two, the sheltered bronze leaves from of

the begonia weather Cleopatra with a that roof glisten to

shade against from pink flowers the sun in – spring. makes a

great Christmas present too!

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Make your own

A-Grade compost

– and save cash

Council has delivered shiny new red bins to every household.

They look smart but many have not noticed that they are

substantially smaller than the old ones. It is time to recycle

more and reduce our household waste. The perfect way is to

create more compost for the garden. It is surprising how many

things will soon rot away to make wonderful mulch and food

for the garden.

Now that winter is here and there is less to do in the garden,

it is a great time to make a compost heap that will recycle most

of your garden rubbish and your kitchen scraps.

If you fill your green bin then all you are doing is supplying

the compost material to the tip, and you will buy it back at a

high price in bags – so why not use it yourself? All vegetable

peelings, cooked veggies, fruit, egg shells, tea leaves, coffee

grounds, used vegetable cooking oil and vegetarian food

scraps can go in.

Although you can recycle meat scraps, be careful as they

can attract rats and mice. Invest in a small paper shredder and

recycle old newspapers, the never-ending shopping brochures

and letters. (Even Pittwater Life!) They will soon break down.

You can even add the dust from the vacuum bag!

Good compost is made with both soft green material and

chopped dry twigs and other material. It has to be both, so

as to prevent the compost becoming too wet and then smelly.

Grass clippings, fallen leaves, dead flowers, weeds (that don’t

have seed heads) and small dry twigs, used potting mix and

summer annuals can be recycled this way.

Find a suitable spot in a shaded area of the garden. You can

form a framework with a circle of wire netting or buy a black

plastic compost bin. Compost needs oxygen and air.

Tumblers are a good way of turning it but once they are

full you can’t add to them until the compost has matured,

so you will need more than one. It’s much better to invest

in a spiral metal compost turner and to turn your compost

weekly by hand.

Layer the compost with green and dry waste alternately; to

speed it up you can add some cow manure, blood and bone

or a small dressing of garden lime. If it gets too moist add

more shredded paper. Once the bin or heap is full it should be

ready in about six months, just in time to mulch the garden

for the summer heat. Start the next one and it will be ready for

autumn planting.

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Out of Africa but

still at home

It comes as no surprise that

all South African plants thrive

in Australian conditions and

have become part of our

much-loved gardens. Many of

our loved eucalypts, wattles,

cliveas and agapanthus are

equally at home, either in

coastal Sydney sandstone or

the sandstone of Table Mountain.

Not the least of these is

the protea family – so closely

related to our own waratahs.

The families were divided

more than 140

million years

ago when the

continent of


split. The huge

number and

range of proteas

caused the

botanists in the

19th century to

name the family

Protea, after

the Greek god

Proteus who

could change his shape as he


The leaves of this shrub

resemble those of the Oleanders,

neriums. Nerifolia means

foliage resembling that of the


Protea nerifolia was the first

of this family to be discovered.

It is a very tough and hardy

shrub that loves the harsh, dry

sandy conditions of the coast.

It thrives in tough salty winds.

The huge pink flower heads

are trimmed with fine black

hairs around the edges of long

shell pink bracts that surround

the soft, creamy-white inner


The flowers are long-lived

and are great for indoor

decoration. The seed heads

are germinated by insects and

birds and, as with so many

Australian native plants, these

South African shrubs will only

release the seed when burnt

by fire. Seed-grown proteas

can vary hugely in colour and

shape, from

the palest pink

to the deepest


The fringe

of fine hair

can be black

or any colour

to the palest

creamy white.


grown Proteas

are grown from

cuttings, and

the amazing

diversity of shape and colour

has led to many new-named


Proteas are easy to grow if

they are left alone. Avoid any

chemical fertiliser and once

established avoid any additional

water through the hot

humid days of summer. Keep

the plants dry to avoid fungal

disease. Instead of excess

water, keep the roots cool with

a mulch of gravel or stones.

Proteas must have good drainage

and sandy soil to thrive.

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Garden Life

Jobs this Month


Garden Life

Watch your cliveas

carefully, for the rampant

lily caterpillars

that can destroy the plants in

just a few days. Usually these

caterpillars disappear as the

days cool down, but not this

year. Cut off and put the

infested leaves into a plastic

bag into the general waste

bin. Not the greenery bin.

Also, watch out for the white

cabbage moth. Eggs soon

hatch and the bright green

caterpillars can destroy your

crop of cabbages and caulies

overnight. Spray with Yates

Success Ultra for control.

Lovely liliums

Pot up baskets and tubs with

liliums and over-plant with

cheerful pansies to warm the

winter days. Liliums come in

many shapes and sizes. Read

the packet carefully before

you buy. Some are good in

pots and other taller growing

ones are better in the garden.

Feed with a bulb fertiliser in

spring and mulch the roots

well to keep them cool.

guard pellets. A feed with

Strikeback for Orchids will

improve the flowers. This can

be purchased as a granule or

as water-soluble liquid.

Cut the grass

Native grasses are looking

shabby. Cut them right back

now to keep the plants tidy

and so that you can appreciate

the new growth in spring.

On the move

June is the best month to

move trees and shrubs in

the garden before they grow

again in Spring. Spray the

plants with Yates Drought

Shield before moving. This

will reduce transplant shock.

The good oil

To protect the new shoots

on your citrus trees from the

disfiguring leaf miners Spray

with Eco Oil every week. Mix

the oil with Eco Neem. Eco

Neem is a natural product

that when absorbed into the

sap of the tree will attack

the insects from inside the


Give a spray

Spray dormant roses for

blackspot, frangipani for

rust and fruit trees, after the

branches are bare, with Lime

Sulphur. This will kill the fungal

spores that could cause

damage again in spring.

Spray both the bark and the

Spike protection

Protect the flower spikes on

your cymbidium orchids from

snails and slugs with Multisoil

underneath to kill any

fallen spores.

Mite be a problem

The tell-tale brown patches on

camellia and sasanqua leaves

are from Tea mites. The problem

can be fixed with granular

Bug Killa but wait until the

flowers are finished. The new

growth will be free of marking.

Bug Killa is an insecticide

that invades the plants and it

will kill the bees, so it should

only be used on plants that

will not flower in the near

future. It lasts for several

months in the sap.

Fried egg flowers

If you have space for a very

slow-growing small tree that

could be trimmed to remain

as a hedging plant, plant a

gordonia. As the flowers fall,

they always face upwards,

just like huge fried eggs on

the grass below.

Crossword solution from page 69

Mystery location: PITTWATER

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Times Past

Guiding the

way for girls

in Mona Vale

According to


information (but

received from two separate

sources) the 1st Mona Vale

Guides was formed in May

1930, registered in February

1931 but closed in 1934.

They met in Mona Vale

Park, or across Park Street in

Mona Vale Public School if the

weather was inclement. Miss

Iris Hill from Cremorne was

the first Captain. No other

information has turned up

for this early era of guiding

activity in Mona Vale.

Interestingly, in January

1939 the first ever

International Ranger Moot

(assembly for debate) was

held at Mona Vale in the Quest

Haven School between Darley

Road East and Seabeach

Avenue. The building was

originally known as Brock’s

Folly and later as La Corniche.

The Girl Guides’ Association

of New South Wales organised

the moot which was opened

by the Commissioner for

Rangers in NSW, Miss

I H Meek; 130 rangers

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participated but strangely

there is no mention of any

local participation.

The 1A Mona Vale Guides

began in 1950 with meetings

held in St John’s Church Hall.

At one of their meetings,

some Guide leaders were

playing the game called

‘Beetle’. The Vicar inadvertently

saw it as a form of gambling

and requested the girls move

to alternate premises. They

relocated to the local public

school (and possibly the

Community Hall) until 1961

when the Girl Guides’ Hall was

built on its present site (main).

The ‘Avalon News’ of

November 1957 records the

dissatisfaction expressed by

the Mona Vale Girl Guides at

Warringah Shire Council’s

decision to refuse a grant of

land for a hall.

Their persistence over the

next four years paid off and

on 25 February 1961 the Shire

President, Councillor W Berry,

laid the Foundation Stone at

the Dedication Service. Many

hands made light work and

the Guide Hall was officially

opened on 22 April, 1961.

A new Ranger ‘den’ was

added to the Guide Hall in

1968, to provide a separate

meeting place for the small

Rangers’ unit. The first

Ranger unit was begun in

February 1962 by Betty

Hassan but initially with only

one Ranger, Marcia Andrews

(nee Longley).

Unfortunately on 1 August

1987 the hall was all but burnt

to the ground by vandals and

camping equipment and other

contents of the hall were also

destroyed. The new Guide Hall

was opened in December 1988.

The first recipient of the

Queen’s Guide Award in Mona

Vale was Judith Heaton of 1A

St John’s Mona Vale Guides in


These days they run three

‘units’ for girls and young

women – ‘Junior Guides’ for

7- to 10-year-olds, ‘Guides’

for girls aged 10 to 14; and

‘Senior Guides’ for girls aged

14 to 18. Enquiries can be

made to 0403 556 131.

* Thanks to Marcia Andrews

for assistance with this article.

TIMES PAST is supplied

by local historian

and President of the

Avalon Beach Historical


Visit the Society’s

showroom in Bowling

Green Lane, Avalon


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Times Past

Travel Life

Travel Life

Ponant offers cultural discoveries

From the idyllic shores and archipelagos of the

Caribbean Sea to the fabulous pre-Columbian sites

of Latin America, PONANT invites you to enjoy a complete

change of scenery.

“From November through April 2020 you have the

choice of 31 cruises travelling through 26 countries

in Latin America and the Caribbean on ‘cleanship’

certified ships that are respectful of the environment

in national parks and nature reserves,”

said Travel View’s Karen Robinson.

There are eight luxury expedition

cruises on which to discover mysterious

Chilean Fjords, the great Orinoco river

and national parks of Central America;

18 ports of call enabling access to

UNESCO World Heritage Sites; and eight

major pre-Columbian era sites.

“PONANT is designing exceptional

voyages for guests with an emphasis on cultural discoveries and

encounters with local populations, in the refined comfort of the

world’s latest generation small ships,” said Karen.

“You can discover the Yucatan Peninsula, which combines the

charm of Mexican culture with the fascination of Mayan treasures,

or you will have the chance to view phenomenal Mayan heritage

sites: Chichen Itza, Tulum, Palenque, Uxmal or the archaeological

site of Edzna on the Yucatan Peninsula.

“Then there’s Lamanai in Belize, Tikal in Guatemala… endless

opportunities to explore cities renowned for their preservation of

some of the world’s most historic sites.”

Karen said spellbinding land-based and

underwater flora and fauna provided a

standout complementary experience.

“The turquoise circles of the Great Blue

Hole in Belize, Panama’s Pearl Islands, the

islands of the Gulf of California or the coral

reefs on the coast of Mexico are just a fraction

of the underwater gems,” she said.

“The array of botanical gardens and

national parks in Costa Rica, Lake Atitlan

and the volcanic areas of Guatemala or

Nicaragua will immerse you in the world

of luxury plant life and ever-contrasting


Among the remarkable historical cities

on the itinerary are the citadel of Campeche

and the vibrant Merida in Mexico,

the fortresses of Omoa in Salvador or San

Felipe in Guatemala, the historical centres

of Antigua Guatemala, Belize City, Granada

in Nicaragua or Panama.

“These cities, whose architecture is an electric mix of Spanish,

French, English and Italian influence, will let you retrace colonial

histories. Without doubt PONANT in Latin America and the Caribbean

is a rich blend of history, culture and relaxation.”

* Avalon Travel View is renovating in June; for more info call

the team at their Long Reef agency (9999 0444).

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