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Coast Walk Art Plan Surprise. Where Were You? - Locals Remember The Moon Walk. Bryan Brown & Rachel Ward. Discuss The Making Of 'Palm Beach'. Plus: Station Beach Dog Walk Trial Latest.

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WHERE WERE YOU? – LOCALS REMEMBER THE MOON WALK 50 YEARS ON

BRYAN BROWN & RACHEL WARD DISCUSS THE MAKING OF ‘PALM BEACH’

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Editorial

First man on moon 50 years on

If you are old enough to

remember the momentous

event, can you recall where

you were when Neil Armstrong

and Buzz Aldrin landed on the

moon and embarked on the

first walk on the lunar surface,

and how you felt at the time?

We put that to some of

Pittwater’s ‘elders’ and received

an eclectic response indeed.

And you don’t need to have

been born by July 20, 1969 to

appreciate musician and pilot

John Morrison’s hilarious tale

of how he and brother James

tried to beat Apollo 11 to the

moon – very nearly with dire

consequences. See page 16.

* * *

The mix-up at Northern

Beaches Hospital that saw

surgeons remove a healthy

section of a patient’s bowel

instead of the diagnosed precancerous

growth has raised

more questions about the

beleaguered new hospital.

Labor have already triggered

a parliamentary enquiry into

the hospital, prompting Health

Minister Brad Hazzard to

defend the facility, saying “...

these challenges will continue

to some degree – as happens

with all new hospitals”.

Mr Hazzard described the

parliamentary enquiry as a

“cynical exercise” undertaken

by the Labor Party.

In light of the latest incident

we think all Pittwater residents

deserve to feel better about any

hospital stay they may require

there in the near future.

Hopefully the enquiry can

make all sleep a little easier.

Politicians included.

* * *

Avalon Beach SLSC have

done it again! Congrats to

all concerned following their

Sport NSW Community Club of

the Year Award.

It completes a fantastic

trifecta after the Club won both

State and National SLSA Surf

Life Saving Club of the Year

Gongs.

– Nigel Wall

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COVER: Pittwater is earmarked for the lion’s share of art

installations across the new Northern Beaches Coast Walk

– find out where they’ll be (p10); Bryan Brown and Rachel

Ward reveal the inside goss on their new movie Palm Beach

which opens in cinemas next month (p12); where were you

when man walked on the moon in 1969? Locals recount their

stories (p16); learn the best tips for sprucing up your home

and getting it ready for the next selling season (p32); find out

about the plays and concerts happening this month (p60);

and follow Janelle Bloom’s recipes for the best chocolate

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News

Ingleside ‘biobank’ eco win

Pittwater has notched

another important ecowin

with the announcement

Northern Beaches Council

has entered a ‘biobanking’

agreement with the State

Government to help fund

the ongoing conservation of

the ecologically important

Ingleside Chase Reserve.

The biobanking agreement

is the first of its type for

Council. Negotiated with the

NSW Office of Environment

and Heritage, the agreement

means a biobank site will

be established at Ingleside

to help manage the land for

conservation.

Ingleside Chase Reserve

is a 70-hectare bushland

reserve owned and managed

by Council and is located on

the Warriewood Escarpment

between Warriewood,

Ingleside and Elanora Heights.

The arrangement will

enable Council to continue its

important work conserving

the Reserve.

Under the biobanking

agreement, Council receives

credits calculated on the

vegetation type and fauna

species present. These credits

can be sold to developers, for

example, looking to offset

their environmental impact.

This generates funds for

Council for the environmental

management of the site on an

ongoing basis.

“Ingleside is home to

many endangered species

of threatened plants and

animals. The Reserve is

critical to the region’s

biodiversity and it is vital it

be maintained, but this does

require significant ongoing

funding,” said Mayor Michael

Regan.

“The biobanking agreement

provides an opportunity to

secure a substantially larger

budget to continue to manage

the Reserve.”

Apart from protecting

threatened plants and

animals, Council’s work at

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Ingleside includes reducing

the impact of weeds and feral

animals, and minimising

the human impact to

improve water quality in the

Narrabeen, Fern and Mullet

Creek catchments.

The initiative comes as

green and open spaces

were boosted in the NSW

Government’s 2019-20 Budget

delivered last month.

Planning and Public Spaces

Minister and Pittwater MP

Rob Stokes said $162 million

would be used to upgrade

existing government-owned

land and buy new land for

public parklands, increase

the tree canopy across Sydney

and build more inclusive

playgrounds, as a follow-up

to the government’s election

commitment to create wellconnected

communities with

quality local environments.

“We’re committed to

creating outdoor living rooms

right across Sydney so more

people can get outdoors and

enjoy easy access to fantastic

public spaces wherever they

live,” Mr Stokes said.

“We are planning for open

space more strategically –

through improvements to

land we already own and by

buying up forgotten land

across Sydney to create new

parks, playgrounds, green

links and cycleways between

existing open spaces.”

The budget devoted $9

million to improve open space

in Frenchs Forest, with new

green connections, linking

the local community to

nearby bushland corridors.

Funding has also been set

aside to continue building

inclusive playgrounds

across NSW through the

Government’s Everyone Can

Play initiative.

“We’re also committed to

planting more trees to boost

Sydney’s urban tree canopy,

with more than $36 million

allocated to create greener

and cooler environments,” Mr

Stokes said.

The funding will help build

on the 149,000 trees already

planted by the community

through the ‘Five Million

Trees for Greater Sydney’

program.

– Nigel Wall

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Fears new dog buffer

zone is ‘unworkable’

News

Dog walkers group Pittwater Unleashed

says it is wary of ‘uncalled

for’ recommendations included in

the environmental review of the proposed

and long-awaited off-leash dog trial at Station

Beach.

The independent Review of Environmental

Factors (REF), detailing the potential

impacts of the proposed 12-month trial, is

now on public exhibition. Public submissions

in response to the REF close at 3pm

on Friday 12 July; thereafter Council will

consider a report about the proposed trial

at its July meeting.

Pittwater Unleashed spokesman

Mitch Geddes said the 121-page

document included several areas

of concern to those supporting the

trial – including an ‘unworkable’

three-metre buffer zone inside the

offshore seagrass bed.

“Notwithstanding the green light

given to the trial by the updated

REF, there are a few matters which

serve to unnecessarily complicate

things and add to costs,” he said.

Northern Beaches Council has

proposed a trial arrangement

that would allow people to take

their dogs for a walk and a swim

off-leash along a section of Station

Beach – bound to the east by Palm

Beach Golf Club and to the west

by Pittwater Estuary – at specified

times and days.

Northern Beaches CEO Ray

Brownlee said the REF would

inform Council and help with its

decision on the proposed trial.

“The review document gives a

detailed description, takes into

account relevant planning controls,

examines the existing environment

in the vicinity of the proposed trial

area, as well as potential impacts and any

mitigation measures that must be taken,”

he said.

“It follows a period of extensive community

consultation on the nature and scope

of the proposed trial.”

However, Pittwater Unleashed is concerned

about the reduced scope of the trial

area, as recommended in the REF. The revised

trial area would cut 30 metres’ use at

the southern end of Station Beach, and include

an on-leash buffer zone some 50 metres

short of the originally planned northern

boundary at The Boathouse Wharf.

Reasons given for the southern boundary

amendment included proximity to houses

and associated noise mitigation (the nearest

house is 155 metres away), as well as closest

point to seagrass beds.

“The southern end should not be shortened

by 30 metres – there is already a

50-metre on-leash buffer zone in place at

the southern tip of the proposed trial area

and shortening the area would take out

access to the only large tree around which

needs to be included as this is where the

dogs can get some shade (see image),” said

Mr Geddes.

“And the northern end should run right

up to The Boathouse so the elderly can sit

on the bench from the proposed landscaped

area and watch kids playing with

RECOMMENDED: Diagram included in the REF on Council’s website.

their dogs – it loses its connection and

purpose if the dogs are running around offleash

50 metres away.”

A section of the REF reads: “Council

should take the minimum width buffer

zone from the edge of the seagrass bed

landward of three metres in making any decisions

regarding allowing human and dog

activities in the area off Station Beach.

“If dog swimming/activity is permitted

then… a straight boundary line (should)

be placed three metres from the edge of

the seagrass bed closest to the beach and

running parallel to the beach the length of

the proposed dog swimming area… dog

activity (should) be allowed east of this line

only, i.e. between the line and the beach, at

any time of the tide.”

But Mr Geddes said the suggested buffer

was too restrictive and would not work.

“As long as there is half a metre of depth

over the seagrass, this is enough water for

the dogs to swim without any problems,”

he said.

“We know that for over 10 years the State

Government agencies have had no objection

to the trial proceeding, and we also

know via the original REF and the updated

REF that the experts have no problem with

the trial proceeding – and we know that the

broader community is overwhelmingly onboard

for the trial, given the 90% approval

during Council’s consultation.”

He said the group was disappointed

with some of the input

from the Department Primary

Industries-Fisheries, which said

had turned the focus on the issue

of impact on seagrass “on its

head”.

“DPI-Fisheries only ever asked

for a survey of the Posidonia species

at the start of the trial, and

again at the end,” Mr Geddes said.

“The focus was Posidonia, and

two surveys were requested.

“Last-minute involvement within

DPI-Fisheries has turned this on its

head, going against the views previously

expressed. It now includes

convoluted suggestions to include

broadening the focus from Posidonia,

to include the more rampant

Zostera and proposes using a

large control area, and conducting

detailed surveys each month,

including a search for seahorses…

that’s just ‘mission creep’.”

He said this would likely see a

basic $10,000 monitoring exercise

“blow out to well over $100,000”.

“This is money Pittwater

Unleashed would rather see used

by our Council to install the ‘random rock’

revetment along the edge of the golf course

– which would protect the interests of the

golfers, who do not want to see the 3rd, 4th

and 5th fairways washed away in the next

big storm – as well as protect the interests

of DPI-Fisheries, who do not want to see

continued release of the dumped sediment

over the seagrass meadow during storm

events.”

He added it would also improve the

amenity of the area, with golfers on one

side of the revetment, and families with

dogs on the other.

To view the REF and lodge a submission

(by July 12) visit Council’s website.

– Nigel Wall

* What do you think? Email us at readers@pittwaterlife.com.au

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Lion’s share of Coast Walk

News

It’s been revealed most of

the sites earmarked for

more than $2 million worth

of public art projects across

the Northern Beaches will be

installed in our neck of the

woods.

Plans reveal up to 30 works

of art reflecting the cultural,

heritage and natural significance

of our area will be

placed along the 36-kilometre

Northern Beaches Coast Walk

over the next three years – with

seven of 10 “priority sites”

between Narrabeen and Palm

Beach.

The Coast Walk – on track

to be completed before 2020 –

includes 8km of new footpaths,

boardwalks, stairs and tracks,

linking Palm Beach to Manly.

Northern Beaches Mayor

Michael Regan said the experience

for users would be

enhanced significantly by the

high-quality art and sculptures.

“The artworks will add

further vibrancy to the walk,

as well as draw a direct connection

between the villages,

beaches and headlands,’’ he

said.

Council documents show

artworks along the walk

would cost between $100,000

to $250,000 to develop and

install, although some may be

cheaper.

Council will preference the

design and fabrication of artworks

to Northern Beaches artists

and there is the possibility

of some artworks being created

by groups of artists and community

groups such as youth

groups and schools.

Sites have been selected

by the Coast Walk Pubic Art

Working Group and through

extensive community engagement.

A leader in the arts and culture

sector and President of the

Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Society John Pearson praised

council’s professional, considered

approach to the project.

“What’s really impressive

ART THOUGH BEAUTIFUL: Turimetta Headland Reserve is among seven

local sites earmarked for art installations along the new Coastal Walk.

is the public consultation and

significant feedback from community

engagement that has

been taken on board,” he said.

“There is a strategic focus

which has perfectly selected

sites for public art to go on and

there will be a proper curatorial

oversight reflecting best

practice.

“And that’s important

because not only is it an opportunity

for local artists to be

engaged but also significant

Australian artists to potentially

be engaged as well.”

Plans show integrated

artworks such as sculptures,

murals, plantings, symbols

or roundels embedded in the

walkway and design elements

such as seating, fences, bol-

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art is for Pittwater

lards and plantings will be

delivered in two stages, with

priority sites in the Pittwater

area at North Narrabeen Rockpool

and surrounds; Turimetta

Headland Reserve; Mona Vale

South Headland (Robert Dunn

Reserve); Mona Vale North

(Headland); Little Av (South

Avalon Headland); Bangalley

Park; and Pittwater Park [Palm

Beach].

Other stage one sites include

Dee Why and Long Reef

headlands and Collaroy Beach

(South).

The second stage will include

artworks and headland markers

at Observation Point (Palm

Beach); Avalon Beach Reserve;

Newport Beach Reserve; Bilgola

Headland; Mona Vale SLSC;

Warriewood SC; Long Reef

SLSC; Dee Why Rock Pool and

surrounds; Freshwater Beach

Reserve; Queenscliff Headland

(Freshwater Park); and Manly

SLSC.

Other potential local program

sites (subject to funding)

include Whale Beach Reserve,

Newport Beach Reserve,

Bungan Castle [Headland] and

Apex Park, Mona Vale.

Temporary art and cultural

programs will also play an important

part of the Coast Walk

public art strategy.

Council’s allocation of $2

million over four years to

fund permanent public art

works along the Coast Walk

has been boosted by a grant

for $200,000 for Indigenous

artworks and signage.

Also, Council has given the

green light for an app to be

developed that will guide the

community along the walk,

highlighting areas of natural

and heritage significance as

well as providing commentary

on artworks.

Additionally, Council is

offering a once in a lifetime opportunity

for suitably qualified

and experienced artists and

arts project teams to join the

new Northern Beaches Public

Art – Artist Panel.

Panel artists would be given

the chance to develop integrated

artworks for sites along the

Coast Walk and other potential

local public art projects.

Mayor Regan said: “To be a

part of a permanent gallery

along our extraordinary coastline

will be a real achievement

for artists who are successful

in gaining a commission.”

Artists will need to apply

through the tender process.

A Public Art Selection Panel,

made up of curators and arts

professionals, will review the

submissions to appoint successful

artists.

Artists must submit applications

outlining their artistic

approach, credentials and

qualifications, their ability to

undertake the work, a record of

their previous completed public

artworks, fee proposals and

references.

The Public Art, Artist Panel

Tender closes at 2pm on July

25; register at Council’s E-

Tendering portal. – Lisa Offord

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Palm Beach

wows on the

big screen

News

Award-winning actor couple Bryan

Brown and Rachel Ward say they’d

be thrilled to hear what locals

think of their latest film ‘Palm Beach’

which opens in cinemas in August.

The movie was shot over six weeks

from May last year, directed by Ward and

featuring a stellar cast including Brown,

Sam Neil, Jacqueline McKenzie, Greta

Scacchi and Richard E Grant. It opened

the 2019 Sydney Film Festival last month

to critical acclaim – not least due to Bonnie

Elliott’s stunning cinematography

that championed the local area.

Brown told Pittwater Life all involved

were ecstatic with the finished product,

adding the final cut was the film they

wanted to make.

“We set out to tell a story that would

resonate with over-50s – that doesn’t

mean it can’t be enjoyed by other people

but I did want to tell a story about my

generation and the things that people

handle,” he said.

“And I did want to set it in a location

that was one of the great locations in

Australia – I think Palm Beach has never

looked better.”

Added Ward: “I am thrilled… you never

know if what interests you and pinches a

nerve with you will resonate. Essentially

you are dancing in the dark. It feels like

we turned the lights on and lots of people

are dancing with us.

“I think we all had a good idea of

where we wanted this film to land… we

wanted to share and celebrate some of

the good life that we have on our shoreline.

Although we’ve set our film in a

house and location in the pinnacle of

fabulousness, a lot of Australians share

its plenty and will identify with the

lifestyle. It also gives us a wonderfully

paradoxical position to share our woes.”

A dramatic comedy, the plot involves a

group of lifelong friends (the men were

members of a moderately successful

1970s band) who gather in Palm Beach to

celebrate a special birthday. From there,

bonhomie soon gives way to the messy

realities of life, with secrets revealed and

relationships fracturing.

Brown described the movie as a blend

of ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ and

the 1983 cult classic, ‘The Big Chill’.

“I saw Exotic Marigold Hotel just after I

had been thinking about a story like this

and I remember all the characters were

older characters dealing with things...

whether it was loneliness, the loss of

someone, relationships...

“In the same way, this film is dealing

with people who have known each other,

people who have had relationships, people

who are dealing with ends of careers

and questioning what that means.

“And ‘The Big Chill’ aspect was once

again a group of people who know each

other, discussing themselves and the

world. And the soundtrack is a big, big

deal, as it was in ‘The Big Chill’ – we have

Otis Redding, Frank Sinatra, The Easybeats,

Donovan… it’s a big part of the film

for the audience.”

Ward said another “tone template” for

her included contemporary French movies

and the current series superhit, ‘Big Little

Lies’.

“Palm Beach explores the universal

themes that many of us are struggling

with – retirement, children going their

own way, envy, dashed expectations,

long-term relationships, health and

friendship – to name a few,” she said.

“I think French movies always exalt in

beauty and have much less antipathy for

depicting middle class lives.

“And ‘Big Little Lies’ was the tone I

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GREAT ACT: Bryan

Brown, Jacqueline

McKenzie and

Richard E Grant

(left) dressed for

summer during the

cold movie shoot.

BEAUTIFUL: The

crisp cool days on

Pittwater provided

stunning colour and

light (top right).

TEAMWORK: Director

Rachel Ward

with cinematographer

Bonnie Elliott

(right). WHAT A

VIEW: The Palm

Beach ‘hero’ house

provided a jawdropping

backdrop

(below).

was after – people seemingly having a

good life but riddled with their own personal,

existential dramas. The juxtaposition

of people in paradise having the

usual woes is often funny as well as sad.

Also, ‘It’s Complicated’ and ‘Something’s

Gotta Give’.”

Shooting a summer-themed movie in

cold months presented challenges.

“The actors were dressed for summer,

in and out of water and picnicking in

what turned out to be many blisteringly

cold days,” Ward said.

“They did a brilliant job defying the

weather but at the end of each take they

were bleating for their puffers!”

Brown shrugs and says: “That’s what

they pay you for. It was cold – particularly

when we went across to The Basin,

it happened to be a very windy day but

you would never know looking at the

screen and I have dealt with far worse

things than that.

“We went swimming at Palmy for the

movie and the temperature of the water

is pretty good all year round, really.

“Even though it was a bit cold I thought

we did pretty well – it could have rained

the whole time and then we would have

been in trouble.”

Ward said the Pittwater vista was crucial

in telling the tale.

“We needed to set up Bryan’s character

as someone who had been very successful,

so the house and view had to be

knockout,” she said. “One of our themes

is envy, so again the vista had to be

downright enviable.

“We were locals many years ago but

I never saw Pittwater from the position

of our ‘hero’ house – shooting up there

(above Palm Beach) was knockout. The

actors and crew nearly fell over when

they came there the first time.”

How did they spend their time off-set?

“The Boathouse got a fair few breakfasts

when we were working nightshift,

and The Greedy Goat, we were down

there for eggs quiet often,” said Brown.

“It was great to wander around Avalon

too – people wandered up and they were

very interested in the fact were making a

movie called Palm Beach. The next time I

wander around there, I hope they will be

telling me what they think of it.”

– Nigel Wall

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Sustainability stars

It’s pretty clear Pittwater has embraced

efforts to reduce single-use plastic for the

good of the planet, so this July we shine the

light on a few initiatives that are raising the

sustainability bar. By Lisa Offord

News

Lighting upgrades at

buildings, carparks and

sports fields, heating and

cooling system improvements

as well as installation of solar

panels on depots has led to

Northern Beaches Council

receiving Bronze Partner status

from the NSW Government’s

Sustainability Advantage

program.

The program also took

into account Council’s

efforts to measure resource

use and waste generation

and to develop strategies

and initiatives to embed

sustainability through all of

Council’s business units.

The Sustainability Advantage

Recognition Scheme provides

public acknowledgement of the

sustainability achievements of

member institutions.

Since joining in October

2016, Council has been working

towards achieving Bronze

Partner status.

Council plans more solar PV

installations, implementation

of new community waste

services, accelerated streetlight

improvements and a new

environment strategy, with

plans to achieve Silver Partner

status.

businesses to reduce their volunteers have been visiting

usage of single plastics.

food and beverage venues

Swap for good

The ‘Swap for Good’ program encouraging them to be singleuse-plastic

free.

provides a range of support for

NB Council has launched a local businesses including oneon-one

Program co-ordinator Rowan

new campaign designed to

guidance, sustainable Hanley told Pittwater Life the

encourage and support local procurement guides, online group aims to accredit the TOP

networking hubs and webinars 100 Ocean Friendly Venues by

as well as a list of suppliers of the end of the year.

sustainable materials.

“It is heartening to see

Mayor Michael Regan is that most businesses on the

urging businesses to embrace Northern Beaches are already

the movement away from doing some things to reduce

single-use plastic bags, bottles, their plastic footprint as there

straws and coffee cups and is a high level of awareness in

lids and use sustainable

the community around ocean

alternatives instead.

plastic pollution,” Rowan said.

“With everyone doing their “Our volunteers are warmly

bit, we can collectively make a received and generally

huge difference to the volume businesses are interested in

of plastics polluting our

what we have to offer.”

waterways and oceans and The success of Ocean

adding to landfill,” he said. Friendly lies in that it is easy.

Businesses can sign up to “We don’t ask that they

the Swap for Good program on eliminate every piece of plastic

Council’s website.

from their operations, but

The Swap for Good

get rid of the major singleuse

Sustainable Solutions Expo

plastic ocean polluters –

will be held from 5pm on polystyrene packaging, plastic

Monday July 1 at Harbord straws, plastic cutlery, plastic

Diggers, showcasing suppliers water bottles, plastic bags –

of sustainable materials

and we ask that they embrace

for hospitality and retail proper recycling and waste

industries, independent

reduction practices.”

packaging bodies and recycling * Artist Angela van Boxtel

businesses.

produced ‘Missing Drop’

(pictured) to raise awareness

Ocean Friendly

about plastics use; fashioned

Council’s Swap for Good in the shape of a water drop

campaign sits nicely alongside and made from plastic water

the award-winning Surfrider bottles, it was unveiled at the

Foundation’s Ocean Friendly ‘Swap for Good’ launch at Cafe

accreditation scheme, where Racer in Mona Vale.

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Hair care that’s not costing the earth

When Deborah Grevett opened

Papillon Hair in Avalon a year

and a half ago she introduced a

range of eco-friendly practices to

become Pittwater’s first ‘Sustainable

Salon’.

The salon uses natural products,

reuses and recycles as much as

possible and aims for 95 per cent of

waste to be saved from landfill.

“We built our own in-house bins

and have a hole in the ground where

we sweep hair,” Deborah said. “Foil,

plastic, paper, hair and chemical

waste is all recycled correctly.”

The team received training and

information from a salon-specific

waste recovery service, Sustainable

Salons, which collects and recycles hair, paper, plastics, metals

including aluminium foil, chemicals, razors and hairdressing

tools from hair, beauty and dog grooming businesses around

the country.

“All plastic is melted down and turned into the NBN plastic

protective covers, or into park benches that will last for

hundreds of years,” Deborah said.

“The hair that we send off is turned in hair booms – all the

hair goes into a giant stocking-like sock that can be used to

help clean up oil spills.”

Deborah said staff embraced the waste reduction and

recycling concept wholeheartedly.

“Most of us already recycle at

home and managing the salon waste

this way is actually easier than not

recycling, it’s all organised and so

much cleaner,” she said.

“We now only have the tiniest

waste bag of rubbish per day and

the amount of recycling we are

doing makes us all so happy, it’s

very rewarding.”

There is a small $2 ‘green fee’ for

all clients – but there hasn’t been a

customer who hasn’t contributed,

for the good of the planet.

The fee goes to Sustainable Salons

to help cover costs for the bin

collection.

All proceeds from repurposing

salon materials in Australia are donated to OzHarvest to

distribute meals for those in need.

Avalon beauty salon Facial Impressions recently joined the

program and there are now 30 salons on the northern beaches

that are part of the Sustainable Salon network.

“Knowing our waste is all recycled or only re-used within

Australia makes us satisfied in knowing it’s all going to a good

cause,” Deborah said.

“We’re proud to be making a difference to ensure that

our waterways are cleaner, rubbish tips less full and our

environment saved for future generations to come,” she said.

– Lisa Offord

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Walking on

the Moon

News

Fifty years ago on July 20, 1969,

Apollo 11 mission commander Neil

Armstrong became the first person

to set foot on the moon. His words to

mark the milestone – “It’s one small step

for man... one giant leap for mankind” –

will be remembered forever.

For those old enough to recall, that

winter’s day in Australia will similarly

never be forgotten.

Here’s what some of Pittwater’s ‘elders’

had to say about arguably the greatest of

human achievements.

Compiled by Nigel Wall

Bronwyn Bishop

Mackellar MP 1994 – 2016

“Ryan Gosling in the recent Hollywood

movie ‘First Man’ brought it all back.

Man was about to land on the moon and

I could watch it on my television in my

own home!

“So I was glued to the TV and

watched in awe as the Eagle module

landed and Neil Armstrong planted

himself on the moon. (‘Step’ seems

too dainty a word and yet his famous

words still resonate.)

“But my overall thoughts were of the

sheer achievement of the human mind,

the courage and dedication of the individual

men who undertook this extraordinary

voyage and the huge team behind

the mission. (Reminds me that we were

spared being drawn into a black hole

with the Liberals winning the federal

election...)

“I was and remain proud of their

achievement and full of anticipation for

what the next 50 years may hold – as

long as we put our energies into the positive

and abandon the negative.”

Brady Halls

Channel 9 Reporter

“I have recently researched and shot a

10-minute story on the moon landing. In

my story (which will air on ‘A Current Affair’

in early July), I went back to my old

school, Beacon Hill Primary.

“I also went to Parkes and Canberra

to our telescopes, and spoke to workers

involved on that day 50 years ago.

“Me? I was in Mr Ferris’ 4th Class in July

1969 – I was nine years old. I vividly recall

we were all brought up to the library at

BHPS by our teachers to watch the landing.

“I was standing against the wall, and

I remember looking over at my teacher

on the other side of the room as all the

students sat silently glued to the 1960s

black-and-white TV out front.

“As Neil Armstrong came down the ladder

and touched the surface, I looked over

to see my teacher crying. As a nine-yearold

I was puzzled and didn’t quite understand

why. But 50 years on… I now do.

“What a memorable moment! One I

shall never forget… I feel lucky I was alive

to witness it, as it is certainly one of the

greatest achievements in human history.

“I’m sure some kids at my old school

will be doing the same in the coming

decades, watching as a man or woman

one day steps foot on Mars.”

Professor Fred Watson

Astronomer-at-Large

Department of Industry,

Innovation and Science

“I remember in the lead-up that hopes

were very high for a successful mission,

given NASA’s successes of the previous

seven years with the Mercury, Gemini

and early Apollo flights. Everyone was

very confident. Also, the 1968 release

of the movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

made the prospects of human habitation

of space within a few decades entirely

believable. We thought we were on the

brink of a new era of human space travel.

It was extremely exciting.

“On the day, I was living in Newcastleupon-Tyne

in northern England, working

for a company that built specialised

telescopes for astronomy. One of the

projects I was working on was a space

telescope to be flown on an uncrewed

satellite called TD1A, which was eventually

launched in 1972. I and my colleagues

in the lab lived and breathed the

Apollo missions.

“Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk took

place in the late evening UK time on

Sunday 20 July, and I spent the entire

day in my flat glued to the TV. I think the

BBC ended its live transmission before

the moonwalk took place, and I went to

bed at about 12.45am, but was up at 6am

to watch a recording of the moonwalk.

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I stayed tuned for the rest of the day to

catch the lunar module lift-off and docking

with the command module.

“I remember feeling totally captivated

by the entire mission, as were all my

colleagues. We were acutely aware that

history had been made, and that this was

one of humankind’s greatest achievements.

No-one begrudged NASA and

the Americans the kudos, and Neil’s ‘we

come in peace for all mankind’ struck a

chord with us all.

“Last, I had and elderly and very

grumpy great-aunt, who was an early

Apollo-denier. My mother told me a few

days after the moon landing that my

Aunt had stumbled across a TV documentary

that showed endoscopic images

of a medical procedure, and began cursing

‘that damn Moon thing again’!”

John Morrison

Musician & Pilot

“My interest in aviation goes back to

early childhood dreams of flying to

GIANT LEAP: Neil

Armstrong’s photo of

fellow astronaut Buzz

Aldrin standing on

the moon during the

Apollo 11 mission on

July 20, 1969.

the moon, and during the Gemini and

Apollo Missions, I travelled with the

American astronauts every step of the

way. My brother James and I decided to

launch our own mission to the moon in

1969, believing that we could get there,

but would need a lift to get back home.

We planned to meet the Apollo astronauts

on the moon and come home with

them. We had a plan. James was two and

a half years younger than I and at the

age of six, he had complete faith in his

wise old brother’s idea to build a rocket

and began to help me gather all of the

necessary materials for a trip of this

magnitude.

“A tea chest was found for the command

module, large plastic bags and elastic

bands for storing oxygen, heavy-duty

tracksuit pants and gum-boots which

we had fashioned together to make what

must have looked like something out of

an early science fiction movie.

“The final and most critical element

was the propulsion system, which was to

PHOTO: Neil A. Armstrong/NASA

blast me into orbit and beyond. We had

emptied our piggy banks and convinced

most of the other kids in our street to

give us money to purchase nearly 60

large skyrockets from the local store.

These were on sale for the Queen’s Birthday

weekend in June and we bought the

biggest ones we could get.

“After securing the rockets to the

outside of the tea chest, we began

going through all the final preparations

for the launch. I had also built a

launch ramp for the rocket and in mid-

July 1969, only six days before Apollo

Eleven’s launch date, we stood back and

admired our magnificent work.

“At this point James noticed that the

ramp was not pointing towards the

moon and was concerned that I might

miss the target. I explained to him that it

would take me around four days to get to

the moon and by the time I arrived, the

moon would have travelled the necessary

distance and I would land successfully.

I’ll never forget the look in his eyes at

that point. He looked at me as though I

was the cleverest person in the world. If

only he knew what was about to happen.

“As he secured me into the wooden

tea chest and nailed it shut along with

the plastic bags full of air (and one over

my head of course) he never doubted

that lighting nearly 15 pounds of gunpowder

underneath me was going to

launch me into history. (Yes, I was about

to become history.)

“Many of the kids who had contributed

their pocket money were there to see it

(and me) go up in smoke. As the countdown

went down and the flames licked

upward I began to feel a warm orange

glow around the rocket which meant I

was either approaching escape velocity

and leaving the earth’s atmosphere, or

the whole machine was on fire and I was

leaving earth in a more biblical sense.

“The rocket shook violently, and I

could hear the approaching sound of my

father’s unusually high-pitched voice. At

this point I realised that perhaps all was

not going to plan. My father did a quick

head count and instantly knew that if he

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couldn’t see me standing around holding a box

of matches, then I would certainly be inside the

burning box in the middle of our backyard.

“And so it came to pass that Neil Armstrong

was the first man to walk on the moon – and

if he knew how close I was to beating him,

perhaps his famous words would have been:

“One small step for a man, one giant lesson for

a nine-year-old boy.”

Dr Richard West

President Palm Beach &

Whale Beach Association

“I recall thinking in the lead-up to the moon

landing that is was a great step forward for

mankind... I was in Londaon at the time and I

remember feeling a great sense of excitement.

“However, in hindsight I have been disappointed

with the long-term benefits of the

space program. I think the money – billions of

dollars – could been spent in other ways, such

as improving living standards in Third World

countries and medical research into the cure

of cancer.”

Alex McTaggart

Pittwater Ward Councillor

“Leading up to the actual landing I can

remember going to a mate’s house but after

that I don’t remember having much specific

interest.

“As for the actual moon landing, I worked

for a firm of accountants in Clarence Street

in the CBD. I remember there was a TV in the

board room and we watched it sitting in the

board room leather chairs with the rest of the

staff... about 12 of us in all.

“Then it was back to work – we had time

sheets and had to account for every quarter of

an hour... someone had to pay!”

Collette Searl

Avalon identity

“In 1969 I was a senior student at Stella Maris

College in Manly. Just before 1pm on July 21

the nuns gathered us all together and we were

taken to the school hall. I can’t remember if

only the senior girls were allowed to watch the

television – I think so otherwise it would have

been almost impossible for the whole school

to see the television set, let alone the picture!

(Honestly I don’t think many of us girls were

especially interested in space travel but we

were just happy that we were being given time

off classes.)

“We had been told a little about what was to

happen but the main emphasis was on Australia’s

involvement through the Parkes telescope.

“Of course, being a Catholic school there

was also emphasis on President Kennedy’s

(a Catholic President) foresight in instigating

America’s space program!

“However, what we were about to witness

was truly amazing – a remarkable and unique

experience. Watching it, it was as if time stood

still. Imagine two men actually walking on the

moon! It was indeed ‘a giant leap for mankind’.”

7THINGS

THIS MONTH

Hospital stall. The Mona Vale

Hospital Auxiliary will have a

lovely assortment of bric-a-brac,

craft, books and handmade knits

on offer at Pittwater Place, Mona

Vale on Sat 6 from 9am-3pm.

Furniture repair. Give your

broken timber furniture a new life

with the help of woodworkers

from The Bower Reuse and

Repair Centre who will show how

simple it is to restore wooden

items back to functional furniture

at Kimbriki Resource Recovery

Centre, Terrey Hills on Sat 6 from

2-5pm. Spaces are limited to four

people an hour and bookings

essential through NB Council

website.

Comedy show. Join comedian

Sean Murphy for a hilarious and

interactive show all about getting

children active and curious,

emphasising the possibilities

of play without screen-based

devices on Tues 9 from 2-4pm

at Mona Vale Memorial Hall.

Suitable ages 8 and up. Cost $8.

Bookings essential. Enquiries

9976 1739.

Give blood. You’ll find the

Australian Red Cross Blood

Service’s Mobile Donor Centre at

Mona Vale Beach from Wed 10 –

Fri 12. Register donateblood.com.

au or call 13 14 95.

Waterwise garden. Learn how

to set up a self-watering garden

bed at one of two interactive

workshops on Fri 26 from 10am-

1pm and Sun 28 from 10am-1pm

at Kimbriki Eco House & Garden

Ingleside. Understand and apply

the key principles to setting up a

wicking bed and build your own

mini bed planted up with some

vegie seedlings to take home.

Bookings essential. Cost $45.

More info kimbriki@kimbriki.com

Car show. Get along to the

Royal Motor Yacht Club, Newport

on Sun 28 from 10am-3pm and

see more than 80 cars on display

in the Unique Vehicle Show. Entry

by donation. More info 9997 5511.

Support Beryl. Book your ticket

for the annual fundraiser to help

Beryl Driver compete in the 21st

annual Variety Bash. Black-and-

White event at Club Palm Beach

on Mon 14. More info 9974 5566.

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various other organic products with the view of ceasing the

use of glyphosate-based products in the near future.” Also,

congrats to our Council for the gushing bouquet awarded

by Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock, who

described us as a “shining star amongst the merged Councils”

in parliament last month. Ms Hancock said: “It is amazing to

see what they have been doing in that space… NB Council

is going from strength to strength due in part to the strong

partnership with the State Government and the professional

leadership present in that council.”

News

SEEN…

The striking and stylish set of new stairs through the Road

Reserve at Church Point that was recently completed and

opened, providing residents with much easier access down

the steep, heavily vegetated area (above). Remember how

poor access used to be? These new stairs connect Captain

Hunter Road to the top of Quarter Sessions Road; they’re made

from fibre-reinforced polymer and feature two flights, each

1.2m wide. Built after extensive community consultation, the

stairway will give residents better access to public transport,

local facilities and businesses in the Church Point commercial

hub, while reducing car dependence. Funding came via a State

Government grant to the Bayview Church Point Residents

Association.

ABSURD..?

To the uncaring morons who dumped dangerous asbestos and

other building materials at McCarrs Creek and Palm Beach recently

(below), we hope the authorities catch you and throw the

book at you – with a fine of $500,000 if you acted individually or

up to $2 million if a business. “Asbestos is very dangerous when

disturbed and leaving it exposed in public areas can have severe

health risks,” said Mayor Michael Regan. “Plus it costs ratepayers

thousands of dollars to remove.” The recent dumping incidents

cost around $25,000 to identify, classify and dispose of safely.

You can report illegal dumping to Council representatives on

1300 434 434, or the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), or

email info@environment.nsw.gov.au

HEARD…

A looming class action on behalf of people suffering cancers

allegedly linked to exposure to the widely used weedkiller

Roundup has prompted Sydney Councils including ours to

ban the product’s use and trial organic alternatives instead.

An NB Council spokesman told Pittwater Life: “We have

recently successfully trialled an alternative organic product

for weed control and are currently substituting it for the

glyphosate-based product. Further trials are continuing on

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Dynamite expands

One of Pittwater’s leading dance schools has officially opened

its new state-of-the-art facility in Mona Vale. Students and the

team at Dynamite Premiere Academy, Newport are dancing to

their heart’s content in an impressive two-storey complex at 95

Darley Street – which boasts three studios fitted with sprung

flooring, mirrors, wall-mounted barres and air-conditioning.

DPA Principal Melissa Mitchell said the facility was more than

a decade in the making and a lifelong dream of hers to be able

to inspire, nurture and watch children flourish under one roof.

The school specialises in classical ballet RAD, jazz, modern,

hip hop, limber,

performance

classes and elite

ballet programs.

DPA now also

runs the northern

beaches arm of

the nationally acclaimed

program

Ready Set Ballet

offering carefully

curated classes

to ensure preschoolers

have

lots of fun whilst

also learning the

fundamentals of

classical ballet.

More info 9918

8841 or info@dynamitepa.com.au

Pittwater News

Clear the weeds

Feeling community minded?

Want to help clear Ku-ringgai

Chase National Park from

asparagus fern, learning and

laughing while you go? Join

the annual Bush Regeneration

weekend on July 12-14 – for

just $60 per person you’ll

experience two nights’ multishare

accommodation at the

beautiful Pittwater Youth

Hostel, with kayak hire and

morning tea thrown in. (Late

Sunday checkout.) More info

9999 5748.

Probus news updates

The Historical Aircraft

Restoration Society (HARS)

aviation museum, located at

Albion Park, is dedicated to

Australian aviation history

with a collection of flying,

under-restoration and static

display aircraft. It is an allvolunteer

group of aviation

professionals and enthusiasts

– many are active or

retired aircraft engineers

and pilots. Pittwater Probus

Club’s guest speaker in July

is HARS President and Chief

Pilot, Bob De La Hunty, who

manages the overall operation

of the Society. Meeting

commences 10am at Mona

Vale Golf Club on Tuesday

July 9; visitors welcome.

More info Geoff Sheppard

0437 274 074. Meanwhile

Palm Beach Probus Club

invites visitors to hear their

July speaker, David Vaughn,

discuss the wonderful

world of flags. A vexillographer,

David is regarded as

Australia’s leading authority

on the design, etiquette,

protocol and history of

flags. The meeting is at Club

Palm Beach from 9.30am

on Wednesday July 17. More

info 9973 1247.

Missing footpath link

Construction of an 800-metre

footpath ‘blackspot’ extension

along the northern side

of Hudson Parade in Clareville

has been completed by

Northern Beaches Council.

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The new path from Delecta

Avenue to Taylors Point Road

links the residents of Taylors

Point, Refuge Cove and Bilgola

with existing footpaths to

Avalon. It’s anticipated the

footpath extension, which

cost $550,000 and was funded

through the NSW Government’s

‘Stronger Communities

Fund’ and was delivered as

part of Council’s New Footpath

program, will encourage

‘active transport’ in Clareville

as well as make it easier and

safer for pedestrians to reach

Clareville Beach and Avalon

Shops. “It will make it safer

for local children to walk to

schools and nearby beaches,

and improve opportunities

for activities such as dogwalking,

jogging, walking. It

will also be of great benefit

to local residents with limited

mobility,” said Mayor Michael

Regan. The extension was

undertaken following advice

received from the Clareville

and Bilgola Plateau Residents’

Association.

Pittwater budget win

Member for Pittwater Rob

Stokes has welcomed further

funding in the State Budget

to continue the NSW Government’s

investment in Pittwater

infrastructure. Key local allocations

for 2019/20 include:

$40 million for the upgrade

of Mona Vale Road East (total

funds allocated to date $67.6

million) and an additional $4.9

million for Mona Vale Road

West (total funds allocated

to date $21.4 million). Work

on this generational upgrade

commenced in February and

will deliver essential safety

and traffic flow improvements

once completed.

$18.4 million for northern

beaches health service improvements

– including ongoing

infrastructure upgrades at

Mona Vale Hospital.

Funds for the construction

of the first ever permanent

ambulance station at Mona

Vale Hospital.

An additional $10 million

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to enhance the palliative care

inpatient facility currently

under construction at Mona

Vale Hospital.

$339,000 to introduce improved

walking and cycling

paths in Newport.

$1.6 million to support

Northern Beaches Council

with the introduction of new

and improved boating infrastructure.

$51 million to complete

road and traffic flow enhancements

along the B-Line

corridor between Mona Vale

and the CBD.

Young Writers’ Comp

The challenge is on – who will

be the winners of this year’s

Northern Beaches Young

Writers’ Competition? Young

writers have until Wednesday

August 7 to enter. The theme

for 2019 is ‘wild’ (think wild

adventures, wild animals or

even wild child), so entries

must be an original story

based around the word ‘wild’.

Somewhere new for the ʻKiddiwinks’

The strain on families with young

children looking to break into Pittwater’s

brimming childcare facilities

has been eased with the opening of a

new centre at Warriewood.

Friends Toni Isaac and Nicole Youssef

realised a lifelong dream when they

opened their cutely named Kiddiwinks

long-day care centre in Vuko

Place, adjacent to McDonald’s, in

April.

Kiddiwinks is open 7am through

6pm Monday to Friday, with capacity

for 67 children. The centre is

currently only 50% full, with nine

staff members (all local) on the

books and more set to be employed

as numbers increase.

Conveniently sited just minutes’

walk from the B-Line, the centre

comprises four separate rooms, for

ages 0-2 (three teachers per day),

2-3 years (three teachers), 3-4 years

(two teachers) and 4-6 years (two

teachers).

Kiddiwinks features brand new

indoor and magnificent outdoor facilities,

provides Huggies and Aldi Mamia

nappies – plus a qualified chef prepares

fresh meals onsite (breakfast, morning

tea, lunch, afternoon tea, late snack) and

Now in its 10th year, entry

to the competition is open to

students up to and including

those in Year 12 and entrants

must live or go to school on

the Northern Beaches and be

members of a local library. The

best entries will be published

in an eBook to be included

in the collections of Northern

Beaches Council Library

and the National Library of

Australia. In each age category,

there are awards for

the winner and runner-up as

well as encouragement and

highly commended awards.

Entry forms with competition

details are available on

Council’s Library website and

in branches of libraries across

the Northern Beaches.

National Tree Day

Want to do your bit for a

greener local area? Council is

hosting a National Tree Day

event at Toongari Reserve

in Avalon from 10am-2pm

on July 28, with everyone

welcome to ‘turn a sod’. The

concept of National Tree Day

began in Australia in 1996

and continues to prosper each

year. Co-founded by singer

Olivia Newton-John and

Planet Ark, it has grown into

Australia’s largest community

tree planting and nature protection

event. Volunteers are

welcome, with gloves, tools

and equipment for planting

all provided, as will be

buckets and drinking water.

To register visit treeday.planetark.org

Councillor honoured

Northern Beaches Councillor

Roslyn Harrison was recently

recognised for her supreme

work ethic, taking home a

major honour from the 12th

annual Ministers’ Awards for

Women in Local Government.

The French Forest Ward Councillor

and mother of three

was the joint winner of the

Elected Representative from a

Metropolitan Council category.

Before she became a primary

school teacher, Cr Harrison

take- home meals for busy families (with

a menu approved by NSW Health to meet

all dietary requirements for children).

“We offer a school readiness and

pre-school program for all children in

the 3-4yrs and 4-6yrs room,” said Toni.

“Plus we offer dance classes, multisports

classes, language classes, yoga

classes – all included in the program

for no extra cost – and gardening and

cooking classes.”

University-trained, Toni said she and

Nicole had been in the childcare industry

for more than 20 years.

spent 20 years working in various

government departments

which included curriculum

development with the Board of

Studies, marketing for Work-

Cover and managing National

Youth Week. She has also been

president of Northern Beaches

Multiple Birth Association, as

well as sitting on numerous

northern beaches committees

the past couple of decades.

Mayor Michael Regan added:

“Everyone at Council was

delighted after news of Cr Harrison’s

award became public.

Roslyn has been an important

figure behind the scenes for

a number of years and it was

fantastic to see her hard work

formally recognised on such a

big stage.”

Kimbriki upgrade

A new $3.5 million treatment

plant at Kimbriki Resource Recovery

Centre in Terrey Hills

will provide improved environmental

outcomes for the

site. Opened last month, the

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“We have both worked on the floor

with children, been directors and in the

previous company we worked with for

10 years managed seven centres,” she

said.

“But we wanted to go back to working

more with the children and families

and fulfil our dreams of opening

our own centre.

“Both of us are passionate about

working with children of all ages

and their families. We enjoy providing

environments which assist each

child to develop and flourish within

– we believe in providing an atmosphere

where children feel comfortable

and confident to be themselves

by providing a loving and caring

environment. We also believe that

children should have fun.”

She added that as a family

business, Kiddiwinks took value

in working with other families

within the local community.

Kiddiwinks is open 50 weeks per

year (closed over Christmas and on

public holidays). They are taking enrolments

for all ages for 2019, or waiting

list applications for families wanting to

start in 2020 and onwards. More info

9970 7213. – Lisa Offord

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Book Review

Love and

Other

Battles

Tess Wood

Harper Collins

$32.99

There’s a skill to

writing contemporary

fiction that makes the

reader feel a genuine

connection with the

characters. Tess Woods

demonstrated this

in her debut, awardwinning

Love at First Flight, the story of a

couple who meet on a plane to Sydney, and despite respective

partners, fall madly in love. You know these people.

Her third novel Love and Other Battles is a multi-generational

story sweeping from Australia’s participation in the Vietnam

War, through to parenting teenagers with today’s social media

pressures. So caught up in the lives and choices of the three

spirited and hard-loving women, Jess, Jamie and C.J, they felt

like family by the time I finished.

Make a cup of tea, find a sunny spot, keep your tissues close,

and settle in for an extremely satisfying read. – Libby Armstrong

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Pittwater News

Relax and have a ‘Cushie’ time

With the Northern Beaches a favourite holiday

destination, some locals have been cashing in

by turning their family homes into short-term

rentals whilst they take a break themselves.

For more than three years, local company

Cushie has been helping homeowners get the

best possible returns.

Whether it is just for a few weeks while the

family is away, or for full-time holiday rentals,

Cushie takes the hassle out of the process, says

operator Maranda McLaren.

“We can take care of pretty much everything

in managing a holiday rental,” Maranda said.

“From setting up a listing on the holiday rental

sites, to arranging cleaning, photography,

guest screening, to 24/7 guest support.”

They can also tailor packages to best suit

clients’ needs.

“Some of our clients just use us for individual

services, such as professional cleans or to

supply hotel quality linen,” she said.

Maranda has a long history in customer

experiences and knows that the key to a happy

outcome is open communication, setting the

right expectations – and honesty.

Cushie sources locally where they can and

collaborates with other businesses in the

community to deliver its services.

“Our team, comprising partnerships with

local cleaning and services companies, are

truly dedicated – they know, thoroughly, the

nuances of all our homes. That way we can

present them at their best – every time.

“Key for us is that these houses are people’s

homes. We like to care for them like our own.”

* More info visit cushie.com

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fully automated plant treats

wastewater generated from

landfilling activities (known

as leachate) using a combination

of biological and chemical

processes to render the leachate

safe for disposal to the

sewer. It upgrades the existing

leachate management system

on site which previously

relied on traditional site-based

solutions including onsite reticulation

and reinjection into

the waste. Kimbriki’s General

Manager – Asset Management,

Mr Mark Winser, said the

launch of the Plant was a key

milestone in Kimbriki’s ongoing

environmental protection

program, ensuring the facility

is able to exceed all regulatory

standards while meeting the

recycling and waste disposal

needs of future generations.

The Plant can treat and discharge

up to 500,000 litres per

day, providing ample capacity

during peak rainfall periods.

Mr Winser said it would be

in use through the life of the

landfill and beyond to ensure

the site remained secure from

the risk of discharging wastewater

off-site.

Early reading boost

Avalon’s Beachside Bookshop

will run a six-month program

to support Story Times in

several local kindergartens

and the Avalon Community

Library after being awarded

a grant by Penguin Books

Australia. Proprietor Libby

Armstrong said the program

involved the donation of a

monthly Puffin Picks Picture

Book from July to December

(six in total). “Our focus will be

on new releases and Australian

authors,” said Libby. They

will also issue Beachside Bookshop

‘Puffin Club’ Cards to

the program’s kindy families,

which will entitle the bearer

to a great discount off any

books bearing the Puffin logo

in-store from July 1 through

December 31. Also, they will

host a free seminar to be

run around October for local

early childhood educators

(and interested parents). “We

are kicking off with Northern

Beaches’ own Aura Parker’s

new release with Puffin Books

for July, Meerkat Splash.

Plastic-free event

Living Ocean with support

from Surfrider Foundation

is holding a Plastic Free

July event at the Avalon

Recreation Centre. Opening

night is Friday 19th from

5-8pm, showcasing recycled

art, stalls and a Red Cross

fashion parade. The art

exhibition will continue

Saturday 20th from 10am-

4pm with workshops in

basketry using recycled

materials and painting on

timber siding (pictured) plus

a silent auction of artworks.

There will also be a beach

clean at 10am on Avalon

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Beach co-ordinated by the

Avalon Green Team (all

invited). Free event.

Falinski’s new roles

Re-elected Mackellar MP

Jason Falinski will take

on new parliamentary and

community roles in coming

months. Mr Falinski has

been appointed Chair of the

House of Representatives’

Tax and Revenue committee.

“Ensuring that hard-working

people and small business

owners pay less tax is

central to the Government’s

economic plan – I am an

unashamed believer in

people having less financial

burdens,” Mr Falinski said.

“When you lower tax you help

the economy. Delivering on

the tax plan we took to the

election will be the first order

of business when Parliament

returns.” The Committee’s

role is to enquire into any

matter referred to it by the

House of Representatives

or a government minister.

It can investigate any prelegislation

proposal, bills,

motions and/or review

government expenditure,

financial matters as well

as deliver reports on its

investigations to the House of

Representatives. Mr Falinski

will formally take on the role

once parliament returns on

July 2. He has also been asked

to Co-Chair the Parliamentary

Friendship group of Surf

Life Saving Australia. CEO of

Surf Life Saving Australia,

Adam Weir offered Mr

Falinski the role off the back

Watch out... whales about!

Fantasea’s Northern Migration three-hour whale watching

cruises continue this month with departures from Palm

Beach on both Saturdays and Sundays until July 21. During

winter, Humpback Whales begin their annual migration

northbound from the colder Antarctic Waters, to breed and

give birth in Queensland’s tropical waters. This is an exciting

time to go whale watching and see entire family groups

travel past the Northern Beaches. With numbers increasing

every year in abundant proportions, Fantasea’s experts say

are expecting 33,000 whales to migrate this year. It’s a great

outing for all the family – you’ll experience an epic wildlife

adventure close to home but a world away. Listen to their expert

marine hosts educate all onboard about these fascinating

creatures and enjoy wildlife photo opportunities cruising

on their 23-metre Catamaran, with covered decks and

an open landing and inside seating. Plus they offer a whale

watching guarantee! And if you’re an NRMA member you’ll

receive 20% off! Bookings fantasia.com.au or 9974 7413.

of a successful year for the

Northern Beaches Clubs. “It

is a pleasure to be Co-Chair

of the parliamentary friends

of Surf Life Saving,” Mr

Falinski said. “The clubs do

an amazing job keeping our

beaches safe and deserve a lot

of praise – Mackellar has the

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most Surf Life Saving Clubs

in a single electorate, and

don’t I know it when AGM and

award season comes around!”

Mr Falinski is the club patron

of Whale Beach and Long

Reef SLSCs but has a close

relationship with all the

Northern Beaches clubs.

Finding InnerFlame

Here’s our latest local

success story: InnerFlame

Fires. Home grown at

Avalon Beach, the start-up

team followed its vision

to combine beautiful and

robust commercial grade

furniture with warmth,

comfort and lighting

ambiance. Now three

years into development

and testing, they’re

actively seeking suitable

businesses to offer

their tables as product

placement over winter, in

order to demonstrate their

effectiveness. Interested?

Call Michael Lamb on 0404

941 273.

Patonga rooms open

Now you can stay at The

Boathouse Hotel Patonga as

well as enjoy breakfast, lunch

or dinner, with three renovated

waterside apartments opened

in late June. Plus they’re

running an opening special

on accommodation, with 20%

off rates for guests who stay

before July 31. Bookings online

or call 9974 5440.

Vet

on

call

with

Dr Ben Brown

Does your pet have smelly

breath? Halitosis (bad

breath) is common in pets and

can occur for several reasons.

The most common cause is

dental disease. Even a small

amount of dental tartar and

gingivitis (inflammation of the

gums) can lead to a bacterial

infection which causes bad

breath. A staggering 80% of

pets have some form of dental

disease by 2 years of age.

Fortunately, if caught early, it

can be treated by veterinarians

without it causing permanent

damage. Prevention of dental

disease via brushing, dental

diets and dental chews is the

most effective way to preserve

your pet’s teeth for life.

Another cause is cancers of

the mouth, tongue and throat.

This occurs more commonly in

middle-aged to older pets but

can affect any age. Tumours

can affect the jaw bone and/or

the soft tissues of the mouth

resulting in inflammation and

secondary infection. Many

cancers grow so quickly that

the blood supply can’t keep

up, meaning that some of the

tumour begins to become

diseased, causing further

bad breath. Early diagnosis

is crucial as many oral cavity

cancers can be aggressive and

spread. A detailed oral cavity

examination by a vet can allow

early diagnosis and treatment.

Some breeds of dogs –

especially the Cocker Spaniel,

can be genetically prone to

developing lip folds near the

mouth on the lower jaw that

become infected due to the

constant presence of moisture

from the mouth. This can

cause pain and inflammation

and a very foul smell. These

lip folds are not required for

the health of the animal and

surgical removal can greatly

improve these dog’s quality of

life – and their breath!

* If your pet has bad breath,

pop in for a free dental and

oral cavity health check by one

of our friendly qualified vet

nurses during July and August.

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Sea

change

Local maritime and

sailing identity Yvette

Wijnen was born male but

admits that gender had

been an issue for her since

the age of 12 – until she

decided to transition.

Story by Rosamund Burton

Life Stories

I’ve arranged to meet Yvette Wijnen at

Church Point, and she’s unmissable.

Six-foot four and long-legged in her

short summer dress, wearing pink

lipstick and with a pink flower in her

shoulder-length wavy blonde hair. On

April 7, 2018 Yvette held a party for a

group of close friends – she ‘came out’

telling them she was transitioning from

man to woman.

“It was scary coming out, but that

was the first day I lived as myself, and

dressed as a woman.”

She had been on hormones for six

months prior, to prohibit facial hair

growth and grow her breasts and in

August she went to Thailand to undergo

genital surgery.

“It’s an expensive procedure,” she

tells me, as she steers her red painted

electric dinghy across Pittwater. “Last

year I worked every job I could get to

earn the money to pay for it.”

Yvette, now aged 48, admits that her

gender had been an issue for her since

she was 12 years old.

“For years on and off I dressed as

a woman at home, then I’d think I

shouldn’t be doing this and throw the

whole wardrobe out, before several

years later starting again, and I felt a

huge guilt pretending to be a woman.

Last year I realised I had to address this,

and saw a psychiatrist who told me I

had gender dysphoria – the condition of

feeling emotionally and psychologically

my gender is the opposite to my

biological sex.”

Yvette pulls up alongside the

impressive 71-foot red multi-hulled

proa – a multihull sailing boat with one

hull larger than the other – moored

to the north-west of Scotland Island,

which she built 10 years ago. Sitting on

the deck she tells me more about her

extraordinary life.

Born in the Netherlands, and living

near a lake, Yvette, then known as Ini,

became interested in sailing boats at the

age of five. Having trained in engineering,

he began building boats in his early 20s,

constructing a 40-foot proa, before he

was conscripted for national service. He

volunteered to serve as a United Nations

peacekeeper in former Yugoslavia, and

worked as a communication technician

during the Yugoslav Wars.

“After that nothing seemed

dangerous,” says Yvette.

Aged 23, Ini left the Netherlands,

single-handedly sailing the proa

westwards with no fixed destination. He

met an Australian woman in Portugal,

who was sailing with her father. In their

separate boats, they crossed the Atlantic

and got engaged when they were

reunited in the Caribbean. Ini continued

his solo sail, going through the Panama,

across the Pacific and arriving in Coffs

Harbour in July 1995.

The couple married and had two

children, a daughter and a son, and

Ini built them a 55-foot steel boat on

which they lived, until he and his wife

separated. From then on Ini lived with

his young son on the boat, travelling

up and down the east coast between

Cairns and Hobart for his work, which

was mostly boat maintenance and refits.

When his son was six, they sailed with

two other people across the Pacific,

delivering a yacht from Melbourne to

San Diego. Having gone to 10 different

primary schools, his son wanted to go

to only one high school. That was 10

years ago, and they had recently come to

Pittwater, so he went to Pittwater High.

“For a period, we lived on the boat,

and I used to drive the ferry. The ferry

route went past the boat, so I’d pick him

up from here for school.”

Yvette and her son, who is now 20,

and doing a shipwright’s apprenticeship,

are living at McCarrs Creek with

Yvette’s ex-partner. They broke up due

to Yvette’s transition, although remain

good friends.

Being a lifelong environmentalist,

Yvette runs her Nissan Navara ute

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on vegetable oil. This proa, named

Gaiasdream, is built of sustainable

timber, the engine runs on vegetable

oil, cooking is done with ethanol and

electricity comes from solar and wind.

“And the dinghy is the only electric

commuter boat on Pittwater,” she says.

“I recharge the batteries every night

by plugging an extension lead into the

dinghy’s built-in battery charger.”

Yvette has specialised in making boats

fossil fuel-free, working for Greenpeace

and also Australian sailor and climate

action advocate, Lisa Blair, who sailed

solo around Antarctica in 2017.

When she came out, she says, mostly

locals were incredibly supportive, and

went out of their way to make her feel

at ease, although she adds some people,

particularly men, found it hard to deal

with the transition, because they couldn’t

understand why she wanted to do this.

“My parents found it difficult,

especially initially, but now my dad’s

happy he’s finally got a daughter, and

my mum’s really proud.”

Yvette, who holds Australian

permanent residency, not citizenship,

returned to Holland to get her

documents updated.

“It’s only my birth certificate that has

my old name and gender, as well as the

new information. My passport states

I’m female. And the Dutch authorities,

realising how special this new passport

was to me, made an exception and

allowed me to smile for the photograph.”

As a member of Trans Pride Australia,

a support group for trans and gender

diverse people, Yvette was on the

Trans Pride float at the Sydney Gay and

Lesbian Mardi Gras in March this year.

“I’m not a natural dancer, but I

learnt the dance routine, and had so

much fun. Initially, it was confronting,

because there were thousands of people

watching, and I was wearing a bikini,

but it was an amazing night. I loved it.”

She meets with members of the Trans

Pride group occasionally, and they talk

about the issues they face. One of the

reasons she agreed to be interviewed for

Pittwater Life is that she knows someone

else in the area who has just come out.

“I want people to be more aware that

there are trans people here, and that

they’re lovely people, not scary, and

need a bit of support.”

Less than a year since her operation

Yvette is still very much in a transition

phase of her life. She has gone from

being a man with little to no concern for

how he looked to what she describes as

“a real ‘girly’ girl”.

Physically, she’s lost some of her

strength, and found that knots she tied

on the boat before the operation she

now can’t undo. Psychologically, she’s

also changed,

“I definitely take things more

personally.”

Having done close to 100,000 offshore

miles, and for years getting scratched

and scraped doing boat maintenance

and repairs, she’s unsure if she’ll

remain in the male-dominated marine

industry.

“Now, I’m less interested in getting

my hands dirty, I want to look pretty. I

super care how I look, whereas before I

didn’t care.”

As we motor in the dinghy back to

Church Point I have only admiration for

the path that Yvette has chosen. It isn’t

easy for her, or her close family and

friends, but she has followed the course

she knew she needed to take.

“I wish I was born a woman,” she

says with a smile, “but I love being a

transwoman.”

Life Stories

CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE: Yvette Wijnen aboard her pride and joy, the fully sustainable

71-foot multi-hulled proa ‘Gaiasdream’ which she built 10 years ago; at the wheel moored

off Scotland Island; Yvette was born Ini before transitioning last year; Yvette has always

held an interest in environmentalism and runs her ute on vegetable oil; she now says she is

less interested in getting her hands dirty and cares more about her looks; the former Ini.

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HOME

HELP

Winter is a great time to focus on

your home – we spoke to local

experts to discover the latest

trends, tips and products to help

you make the best of your space.

Compiled by Lisa Offord

Special Feature

KITCHENS

Dreaming of a new kitchen?

Whether you want to give your

kitchen a cosmetic makeover

or you’re up for a full renovation,

there are a number of key

features that stand the test of

time, says Seabreeze Kitchens

Director Anders Lawaetz.

“Good design is timeless

and classic – it may be

inspired by trends but not

driven by them,” he said. “A

good kitchen design can be

defined by its practicality and

its simplicity of line, colour

and style.

“And always buy the best quality

appliances you can afford.”

Trends

Anders says matt surfaces for

doors and benchtops are in

vogue, along with:

n Black, grey or white matt

doors often combined with

timber or metallic accents;

n Shaker or v-groove doors in

a satin finish;

n Integrated appliances and

induction cooktops;

n Concealed storage;

n Butler’s pantries / laundries;

n Marble- and concrete-look

benchtops and splashbacks;

n Black or brushed metallic

sink and tapware;

n Splashbacks that create

visual interest and/or add

texture;

n Doors that have no handles

or doors that include integrated

handles.

Eye on design

Anders says Seabreeze designers

are known for their

long-term industry expertise

designing kitchens, bathrooms

and whole house joinery, creating

spaces that are carefully

considered based on requirements

and budget.

“They can advise on the

overall space, work flow, appliances,

lighting and consult on

colour and style,” he said.

Designers are also experienced

in discussing what to

expect during your renovation.

“They are backed by a team

who custom manufacture

their designs in our factory in

Brookvale and by our scheduling

coordinators and specialised

tradespeople.”

Bells and whistles

Anders said high-spec touches

that prove worthy of added

investment included:

n Drawers with bin systems that

include recycling bins;

n Zip taps that include any

combination of boiled, chilled,

filtered or sparking water;

n Electric lift systems (servo

drive) that allow you to open

and close overhead cupboards

with just one touch;

n Combi microwave ovens or

combi steamers.

And last, if you are looking

to sell, a professional clean,

including inside appliances,

reducing clutter especially on

benches and a fresh coat of

paint on the walls can make and

refresh a tired kitchen.

* More info seabreezekitchens.

com.au or call 9938 5477.

WINDOW

COVERINGS

The importance of window

treatments is often overlooked;

whether it be it blinds,

shutters, louvres or sheer

curtains, they add a key functional

and decorative element

to homes.

Functional finery

“A window covering should be

both beautiful and practical,

as it can impact the whole feel

of a room and is something

that you will interact with every

day,” says Jonathan Pretty

from Shades of Pittwater.

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“Child safety is an increasing

concern for homeowners;

fortunately all of our window

coverings are designed with

the latest ACCC Child Safety

Regulations,” he said.

“From cordless alternatives

to motorised operation

systems, there are many

innovative lifting systems that

incorporate safety, convenience

and style.”

Invite light

Light control is the number

one consideration in choosing

a window covering.

“Whether to darken a bedroom,

reduce glare in a living

room, or utilise natural light to

brighten a kitchen, different

opacities can filter or deflect

sunlight depending on your

needs and preferences,” Jonathan

said.

“Nowadays, motorisation

technology enables you to

schedule the position of window

furnishings, and even automatically

creates preferred

‘scenes’ to provide the perfect

room ambiance day or night.”

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Block neighbours

Privacy is an important

consideration for homeowners

– particularly in bedrooms

and bathrooms; however,

you don’t need to give up a

beautiful view or block out the

daylight to achieve this.

Maintaining privacy and

total control can be achieved

through louvred window coverings

where you can angle the

‘vanes’ for your ideal setting.

Energy efficient

Insulation is key to maintaining

room temperatures and

a few small changes can help

your home be more energy efficient

and keep bills down.

“The patented cell-within-acell

construction of our Duette

Architella Ménage Shades

provides more insulation than

any other window covering on

the market – helping you make

direct savings on your energy

bills,” says Jonathan.

* Visit the new Shades of Pittwater

showroom at G04/697-

701 Pittwater Road, Dee Why

or call 9999 6001.

CUSHION

COMFORT

Winter is a great time to

update and replace worn-out

seating and cushions.

Custom cut

Luxafoam North in Mona Vale

specialise in providing quality

Dunlop foams for use in your

home and outdoor areas.

“From lounge chairs to

dining chairs, window seats,

outdoor daybeds, cane and

wicker settings and BBQ settings

you can bring new life

and comfort to your furniture

by replacing old worn out

cushions with comfortable

and supportive ones,” says

Caroline Wall.

The clean water specialists

Renovating or building a new

kitchen is the perfect time

to install a stylish, functional

water filter.

“They make good sense

economically – for just a few

cents a litre you can benefit

from peace of mind knowing

they can remove Chlorine,

Ammonia, Asbestos,

VOCs (pesticides, herbicides,

petroleum products), heavy

metals and parasites Giardia

and Cryptosporidium – year

round,” said Jenny Day from

Northern Suburbs Water

Filters which has operated

locally for 25 years.

“It’s really important to know that you’re providing clean,

healthy water for your family,” she added. “You can even retain

or remove Fluoride… we can tailor the water filter to suit

your needs.”

Speak to their friendly and informed team and see their

wide range of quality filters and designer faucets.

Apart from being economical, filters are environmentally

friendly, reliable and easy to use… and you can really taste

the difference.

As Jenny advises: “Buy a filter, don’t be a filter!”

* Showroom 6/20 Bungan St Mona Vale or call 9979 5855.

The team cut foams to

any size and shape to suit all

styles of seating.

“You can choose to have just

one single piece of foam or for

extra comfort you can layer

your foam cushions with soft

cushioning and slow recovery

foams which help create

lasting plush comfort,” says

Caroline.

The team also makes custom

covers with a wide range

of indoor and outdoor fabrics

from the major brands.

* Visit luxafoamnorth.com.

au or call 9999 5567.

Design advice

If you want to repair, update

or replace furniture upholstery

and/or foam, local Susan Ottowa

specialises in transforming

and reinvigorating indoor

and outdoor pieces.

With years of styling experience

and up-to-date with

current trends, Susan can help

bring life back to your exisiting

furniture with a wide selection

of foam and an extensive

range of designer fabrics to

help you achieve the feel you

are after.

Susan also offers curtain

making and soft furnishing

and upholstery zip repairs at

competitive prices.

FLOORS AND

DOORS

To add warmth and style,

roll out rugs, consider carpet

or new flooring and solid,

custom-made windows and

doors.

‘Rug’ up

Family owned business Rug

Revival have been successfully

washing rugs in their custombuilt

wash plant at Mona Vale

for more than 15 years.

“Rug cleaning is a

specialised service, which

should be done in plant and

not by a carpet cleaner in your

home,” says co-owner Ian.

Ian is fully qualified to wash

any style rug, from the finest

hand-woven Persians to the

modern designer styles.

“Each rug is individually

washed with care and

* Call Susan 0422 466 880. attention to ensure you the

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OUTDOORS

Make the best of your space

year-round with clever design.

Special Feature

BESPOKE

FURNITURE

Beck Urban Furniture boasts

quality, custom-made furniture

at affordable prices.

The team – comprising

owner Adrian Beck, manager

Mick Saxby and interior stylist

and designer Janet Hay – offer

a personalised experience

from start to finish.

“We specialise in and are

perfect for downsizing, kids’

furniture and custom-made

furniture,” says Adrian. “We

come out and measure to ensure

that we get the perfect fit.

“Furniture is custom-made

and designed at no extra

cost, made in any timber, any

size and any colour – and all

Australian-made.

“Labour costs are already included,

so you pay more if it’s

larger... but less if it’s smaller.”

They also have a selection

of imported timber furniture

at the cheapest prices.

“We won’t be beaten on

price with our 90-Day guarantee

– if you find the same

piece cheaper excluding delivery

(online companies) we will

refund the difference.”

* Visit beckurbanfurniture.

com.au or their showroom

at 1/553 Pittwater Rd,

Brookvale or call 9905 0947.

best possible result for your

treasured possession,” he said.

Rug Revival is equipped to

handle any carpet cleaning

problems – from pet accidents

to wine spills and stubborn

stains.

A handy pick-up and

delivery service is available

and they can also move and

replace furniture in order to

roll up and roll out your rugs.

* More info call Belinda on

9997 8888.

Make an entrance

Cool Change Doors and Windows

is a family owned company

manufacturing custom

timber doors and windows in

Terrey Hills.

Company Director Garth

Kirkland and his team construct

top-quality products

from western red cedar and

select hardwoods (above).

“Timber-framed doors and

windows should be the first

choice for those seeking optimal

energy efficiency,” Garth

said.

“Timber is far more thermally

efficient than aluminium,

allowing little heat to escape

during winter and reducing

heat transference from the

outside during summer.

“Additionally, timber doors

and windows bring a character

to your home that will never

go out of style.”

Garth is also a licensed

builder and has 30 years’

experience in the Pittwater

area, with all staff living on

the Northern Beaches.

* More info coolchangedoorsandwindows.com.au

or

Facebook; Call 9450 0889.

Lay of the land

Landscaping can add tens of

thousands of dollars to the

value of your property.

Engaging a professional

landscape design and

construction company to

give your outdoor area a

makeover (below) is one of the

few improvements you can

undertake that not only adds

value immediately but actually

increases over time.

While paint peels and kitchens

and bathrooms date, your

garden continues to become

more bountiful and advances

as years go by, says Joe Whiteside

of Blayd Architectured

Landscapes.

He explained there really

was no limit on the types of

things that could be done to

improve outdoor areas.

If you are after a low-maintenance

garden, Joe recom-

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SELLER CHECKLIST

When you‘re selling your

home, as in life, it’s

best to be prepared.

As a seller, you want the

best price; meanwhile buyers

are also looking carefully for

problems, to help negotiate a

better price, or to ready themselves

for future expense.

Apparent problems can

easily result in a lower price.

That’s why good presentation

is key when you are selling –

and it all starts at the street,

says principal of Shores Real

Estate, Stephanie Hammond.

Street appeal

Potential buyers will drive by

houses, just to check out the

appeal.

“They’re looking at the area,

the street, and the house

– that’s the famed ‘street appeal’!”

Stephanie said.

So, to make it look its best:

n Tidy the garden;

n Mow the lawn;

n Clear the pet bowls and

kid’s stuff away;

n If it needs it, think about

repainting the façade; and

n At the very minimum, get

the gutters cleaned and

downpipes fixed.

Stephanie said it was crucial

to look at your own home

through someone else’s eyes.

“The quirks and oddities

you love, or are at least used

to, may be much less appealing

to strangers.”

Less is more

Inside... less is more!

“Declutter and – yes, I

know it’s your home but still

– de-personalise,” Stephanie

advises, adding you should:

n Put away all your knickknacks

and souvenirs – you

want someone to imagine

it’s their house;

n Change sheets, air bathrooms,

put washing away;

n Repair anything broken

(cracked tiles in the bathroom,

broken mirrors, loose

door handles...); and

n Clean, clean, clean!

Focus on features

Show off your home’s features.

Stephanie says:

n If it has a great view, make

sure the windows are clean.

n If it’s got a beautiful garden,

make sure it’s accessible.

n If there’s a fireplace, or a

fire pit (in winter), light it.

Be prepared

Away from the house itself,

there are also plenty of things

to prepare.

n Instruct a solicitor so that

the paperwork is all done.

n Check your mortgage

lender to make sure

you’re set for the move.

And Stephanie says that

increasingly, agents recommend

getting a Building &

Pest inspection done. “Buyers

like to know there’s nothing

nasty, and are happy to get

access to one already done – it

saves time and money,” she

said. (Check out beforeyoubid.

com.au – they will arrange an

inspection and your costs are

reduced the more people view

the inspection report.)

Trust is the key

At the open house, have your

home looking its best.

“Put the kids, pets, and

grumpy partner in the car, and

leave your agent to work their

magic,” Stephanie said.

“Don’t hang around, don’t

eavesdrop or watch the comers

and goers, it’ll only make

you more nervous.

“Just go... and leave it in the

hands of an agent you trust.”

* Thinking of selling? Call

Shores on 8355 7955 for an

obligation-free assessment.

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Special Feature

mends focusing on advanced

trees, ground covers and

native plants.

“Consider creating features

such as BBQ terraces, paths

and timber elements such as

an entertaining area or deck,”

he said. “These work incredibly

well to give those areas a

warm and welcoming feel.”

He said a garden makeover

did not need to be costly.

“We take pride in working

closely with every client to ensure

that the best design and

project is completed within

budget and on time,” he said.

* Go to blayd.com.au or call

1300 907 266.

Roof with a view

The versatility of an opening

roof means that you can control

your environment, giving

you warm sun in winter, shade

in summer, plus more ventilation

and protection from wind,

rain and storms.

Designed for Australian

conditions, SunSpec opening

roofs offer the whole range of

positions between open and

fully closed, conveniently operated

by a remote control.

SunSpec’s Dustin Weaver

says the roof systems are versatile,

easy to use and clean.

“The louvered roof mechanism

transforms from a solid

waterproof covering to an

open garden trellis, or Pergolastyle

covering – giving light,

ventilation, and views of the

clear sky above (above) all of

this simply at the touch of a

button, giving you complete

flexibility of your light and

weather control needs for any

outdoor living area,” he said.

Opening roofs are a great

addition for the home, office,

business, commercial or industrial

site.

And SunSpec opening roofs

are unmatched in terms of

cost, functionality, warranty

period (10 years’ parts and

labour) and performance.

* Visit sunspec.com.au.

Deck space

The age-old problem of

keeping under-deck space

dry so it can be utilised for

entertaining or storage has

been solved by Underdeck.

Manufactured in Australia,

Underdeck is a specially

designed pre-engineered ceiling

system that transforms the

unsightliness of the underside

of the deck into a desirable and

useable area year-round.

It’s a simple system:

Underdeck panels catch the

water dripping through the

deck gap and channel the

water away to the gutter

running along one edge. The

water-carrying panels are

hung from specially designed

brackets that are fixed to the

bottom of the joists, with a

fall towards the gutter – all

the panels are interlocked to

prevent leaks.

Made from recycled and

recyclable metal, Underdeck

(above) is easy to install,

maintenance-free and works

with existing or new decks.

* More info underdeck.com.

au or call 0417 591 113.

Room solution

If you need an extra room,

a private space to work in,

or your teenage children

require a more independent

space, a Backyard Cabin

could be the perfect solution

and an economical option to

traditional renovations.

This home-grown company

creates attractive cabins,

cottages (below), studios

and sheds priced between

$25,000 and $120,000 with

construction times that range

between 2-10 weeks.

Backyard Cabins’ Zac

Rochester said that with

years of experience the

team understood the needs

of the family home and the

spaces required for complete

functionality.

“Our cabins are perfect for a

home office, salon, workshop,

artist studio and with the

ATO extending its $30,000

instant tax write-off for small

business, a Backyard Cabin

would be a welcome addition

to your home and help greatly

with your budget,” he said.

“We can handle all the

approvals, if required, to make

the project as smooth and

stress-free or take advantage

of the allowance for exempt

development for sheds and

cabanas up to 20m2.”

* Phone 0400 499 939 for

a free site visit and quote

and check out their work on

Instagram @backyardcabins.

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Art Life

Art Life

Manly gallery’s

scope on show

Manly Art Gallery and Museum

(MAG&M) is throwing

open the doors to its

extensive permanent collection

in two diverse exhibitions which

will include some works on public

display for the first time.

The exhibitions come before

the Gallery’s 90th anniversary

next year and will provide a

great insight into the workings

of a major public art gallery and

the composition of its permanent

collection.

“MAGAM is a landmark

institution on the Northern

Beaches cultural landscape,

and we are very proud to see

works from the Gallery’s permanent

collection on display

for the public to enjoy,” Mayor

Michael Regan said.

The two exhibitions – Recent

Acquisitions and Artists Abroad –

will commence on Friday 28 June.

Recent Acquisitions highlights

selected works from the

collection acquired over the

past 10 years, including Pittwater

artist Joshua Yeldham’s

gift to the gallery ‘Resonance –

Morning Bay’ (pictured).

Senior Curator Katherine

Roberts said the exhibition

would emphasise the scale and

scope of the Gallery’s permanent

collection.

“Each work has a unique

story about how and why it was

acquired,” said Katherine.

The second exhibition Artists

Abroad explores the notion of

European travel by Australian

artists over the past century.

“Both exhibitions aim to

be a fascinating and informative

and have been designed

to give visitors an excellent

understanding of our collection

history and how it came

together,” said Katherine.

“In our Recent Acquisitions

exhibition, much of this is

told through the words of the

curators, artists, donors and

subjects, making it a very

enjoyable experience of our collection

over the past 10 years.

Ms Roberts said curated

collection exhibitions such as

Artists Abroad provided a new

context in which works could

be shown.

“Like woven fabric, these

works together tell a larger

story and paint a larger picture

about the lives of artists and

the world beyond these shores.

They are historical and personal

at the same time, objective

and subjective.”

From plein air sketches and

watercolours to large-scale

Darling Portrait Prize call

Calling all Pittwater portrait

painters looking to try their

luck further afield – entries for

the inaugural Darling Portrait

Prize are open.

Get your entries in by

Tuesday 1 October 2019 to

be eligible to win the Darling

Portrait Prize valued at

$75,000.

Director of the National

oil paintings, works in Artists

Abroad include those by Will

Ashton, Theo Batten, Charles

Bryant, Theodore Penleigh

Boyd, Rupert Bunny, Ethel

Carrick-Fox, to name a few.

Featured works in Recent

Acquisitions are by artists

Herbert Badham, Grace

Cossington Smith, Elisabeth

Cummings, Joshua Yeldham,

Hobie Porter, Salvatore Zofrea,

Barbara Campbell-Allen,

Daniel Mellor, Anne Zahalka,

Bill Leak, Euan Macleod and

Luke Sciberras.

* Exhibition dates: June

28 – July 21; opening night

Friday June 28, 6-8pm (by

Paul Brinkman, President,

Regional Public Galleries

NSW and Director of Blue

Mountains Cultural Centre).

Portrait Gallery, Karen

Quinlan, says that entries are

already rolling in and she’s

excited to see a diverse field

of entrants.

“Australia is home to so

many talented and inspiring

artists and this is evident

in the entries we have

seen so far,” she said. “We

welcome entries from all

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The Art School’s in

when school is out

I

t’s that time of the year when you need to get snuggly and

creative! Look no further as Sydney Art Space will be holding

its July Winter School over the school holidays for adults,

children and teens.

This art school is now a Creative Kids provider and they have

organised the July workshops so that school-aged participants

enrolling for painting, drawing and sculpting can claim their

rebate for

these sessions.

For ages 16

and up they

have three

workshops on

offer: Porcelain

Hand-Building;

Sculpting the

Portrait; and

Encaustics

Painting.

Head over

to the original

Taronga Park Zoo caretaker’s cottage at 64 Darley Street, Mona

Vale and enjoy their creative community this Winter. There is

also convenient parking directly opposite in Pittwater Place to

make everything easy for you.

And a heads-up for Term 3 coursework: It will begin on July

22 with offerings in Sculpture, Drawing, Painting: Oils, Acrylics

and Multi Media, Kids Art Club and Teens Art Club with fullterm,

half-term and casual enrolment options.

* For all bookings and enquiries go to sydneyartspace.com

Art Life

over the country and from

professional and emerging

artists alike.

Artist have until 9am

Tuesday 1 October to get

their entries in. Finalists will

be announced in November

2019 and the Darling

Portrait Prize exhibition

will run at the National

Portrait Gallery, alongside

the finalists in the National

Photographic Portrait Prize

and the Digital Portraiture

Award, in March 2020.

Prize entrants must be an

Australian citizen or resident

over the age of 18. Artists

may paint any Australian

citizen or resident and/or a

person or persons who have

a strong association with

Australia or who has made

a significant contribution to

Australian life.

* More info portrait.gov.au

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Obituaries

Obituaries

Avalon celebrates life of ‘Davo’

Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving

Club legend and Life Member

Ken (Davo) Davidson passed away on

June 12; he was 91.

Club spokesman Roger Sayers said

Ken joined the club in November

1946 and obtained his Bronze

Medallion the following year.

In 2017 Ken received his

70-years’ service award.

“Ken was a boatie and

a board (toothpick style)

specialist and won the board

event at many carnivals,”

Roger said. “He was treasurer

of the Club for 14 years.

During his surf lifesaving

career, Ken had the pleasure

of seeing improvements

to four generations of our

Clubhouse.

“Ken completed many

rescues over the years but

said his most memorable

rescue was when he saved a father

with his two young daughters caught

in the rip at South Avalon. This

rescue was carried out with the belt

and reel.”

He added that perhaps Ken’s most

memorable exploit was when he dived

off his board and grabbed the tail of a

shark that was in the channel near his

brother – “... to his surprise the shark

turned around and bit him!”

Ken gave an

extraordinarily sustained

contribution to the Club

and was awarded Life

Membership in 1963. Even

with advancing years he

always attended and helped

at Club events like the

annual swim, IRB carnivals,

and still marched with the

Club on Anzac Day in his late

80s.

“He liked a good bottle

of red and a good meal on

Friday nights with Club

members, young and old,”

Roger said.

Ken, who referred to

his Club as “like a home”, passed

away wearing his Avalon Beach 70-

year anniversary 1925-1995 t-shirt.

“He will be sorely missed by many.”

– Nigel Wall

Vale Millicent Prescott

Mrs Millicent Prescott,

one-time Headmistress

of the former Loquat Valley

School, Bayview, passed away

peacefully in Hobart on May 31

at the age of 104.

She was the second longest

serving Head of the School

(1967 – 1981) and wrote in the

50th Anniversary Booklet,

“I came for two terms and

stayed 14 years! I came with 47

children and left with 200!”

Born in 1914 to Australian

missionaries in India, later

moving to Canada, she

arrived in Australia aged 14

to complete her education at

Melbourne Girls’ Grammar,

studied to be a teacher then

moved to Sydney in 1935

where she completed an Arts

degree by correspondence

from London University. From

1935 she taught Sydney Church

of England Girls’ Grammar,

Meridan School, Strathfield,

SCEGGS Moss Vale and Tudor

House. She moved to Avalon

Beach when her husband

Alwyn was appointed as the

Rector of the Pittwater Anglican

Parish. The position of

Headmistress at Loquat Valley

School was accepted on the

understanding that timetables

could be re-arranged to allow

parish commitments to be met.

Her appointment ushered

in the beginning of a new and

significant era for the School;

solid enrolment growth, new

building and grounds works,

educational innovation and a

strong Christian ethos.

She was generous,

compassionate, and always

had the best interests of the

students, staff and parents

at the forefront, yet she was

not afraid to tackle difficult

issues, asking parents in one

newsletter to “… take a far more

positive stand in directing your

children’s leisure activities

and not allow yourselves to be

cowered into submission by

the stand-over tactics of your

young ones”.

A former student and

staff member recalled: “Mrs

Prescott was extremely regal.

Her whole presentation was so

professional and so you just

looked up to her all the time.

What she said went, there was

no grey area, and she was just

held in high regard by staff,

children and parents.”

In May, 1981 at her farewell

dinner she said: “It is beyond

my capabilities to express

adequately my thanks and

appreciation, and the presents

given. Now for the hard part!

How can I say goodbye to my

little school? I love it very

dearly and can’t imagine life

without it.”

Millicent and Alwyn moved

to Hobart in 1983 leading a very

full and rewarding life. She

remained intensely interested

in her Bayview school and

continued educational pursuits

through involvement with a

literacy program for women

in Pakistan. She celebrated her

100th birthday in the presence

of the Tasmanian Premier,

the Anglican Archbishop, the

extended Prescott clan, family,

friends and representatives

from her days at Loquat Valley,

surrounded by newspaper

reporters and TV cameras, and

received written greetings from

The Queen, Governor-General

and Governor. She joined a

local Sing Australia group

which helped her regain speech

after she suffered a stroke and

continued to drive her own

car, having bought her first

automatic model in her 90s!

She and Alwyn were

married for 67 years and had

six children. Hers was a life

well lived and she will be

remembered as an outstanding

educator and Head of Loquat

Valley. – Rick Stevens

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Surfing Life

Any ideas where your

surfboard came from?

Crazy import figures show another side of a cultish industry...

with Nick Carroll

Surfing Life

CHANGING SHAPE: Boardroom showcases all that’s happening in the world of surfboards; however, figures on the origins of imports tell a conflicting tale.

Recently I spent two

state at his stand, flanked nations as varied as Peru, factory, the main producer of

fantastic days at

by Mr Pipeline himself, Thailand, Mexico, Taiwan, one of the world’s best-selling

Boardroom, the world’s

biggest surfboard show.

Held in Del Mar, California

in late May, Boardroom

showcases the finest in

surfboard craftsmanship

from around the world.

A highlight is always the

Shapers’ Challenge, in which

several expert surfboard

designers take to the tool in

public, trying to out-match

each other in producing a

hand-made replica of some

legendary board of yore.

(In this case, a late 1960s

design from the show’s

guest of honour, Australia’s

Wayne Lynch.)

I wandered the hall,

captivated by the general

gorgeousness on display.

Dick Brewer, probably the

greatest surfboard designer

ever, was in session with

his great team rider, the

big wave pioneer Darrick

Doerner. Darrick roamed

the show, all camo pants

and thousand-yard stare,

dragging people over to

meet Brewer, who sat in

Gerry Lopez, and a fleet of

boards priced in the many

thousands.

The whole show is like that:

drenched in cultish regard for

style, form, and most of all

perhaps, tradition. As well it

might be. A good surfboard,

made for good waves,

remains possibly the coolest

thing in surfing. Like a big

heavy early-morning winter

groundswell, it can frighten

you just by its very existence

– as anyone who walked past

the Boardroom’s big-wave

gun racks could tell ya.

But is it really a reflection

of what’s going on in

surfboard making today?

Not long after Boardroom,

I was sent a document leaked

from the USA’s international

trade watchdog. It contained

a detailed breakdown of

surfboard imports into the US

over the past five years.

To put it mildly, the figures

are astonishing. They show

that on average, over a

million surfboards a year are

brought into the US, from

Czechoslovakia, Vietnam,

China, and even good ol’

Australia.

This radically out-does

US domestic surfboard

production, which is

estimated by the Surf Industry

Manufacturers’ Association at

around 250,000 annually.

Some of the imports can

be easily traced to their

sources. Taiwan, which sent

117,962 boards to the US in

2018, is home to the world’s

biggest manufacturer of

bodyboards and softboards,

and softboard sales through

just one chain, the big box

retailer CostCo, are estimated

at around 80,000 per annum.

So there’s that.

Mexico’s figure of 59,482

is a result of US-based blank

and surfboard makers, who

have increasingly moved

production to their near

neighbour to avoid US

environmental laws and to

take advantage of cheaper

labour costs. And Thailand’s

64,412 is down to that

country’s renowned Cobra

high-performance board

brands, Firewire (including

Kelly Slater’s eponymous

brand, Slater Designs).

All pretty much known

quantities in the surfboard

market – though the figures

will still be a shock to some

home-grown US boardmakers.

But the real bolt from the

blue is China. According to

the watchdog, last year it

sent over 615,000 surfboards

across the Pacific – more than

all other imports combined.

Such a massive figure

isn’t easily explained by

any known board brand or

individual sale activity. And

needless to say, you’ll look

far and wide across US board

retail to find a ‘Made In China’

decal. There surely weren’t

any at Boardroom.

It leaves the rather awkward

likelihood that a LOT of

different, possibly very wellknown

surfboard brands are

sneakily filling their inventories

via the Chinese factory

complex, without actually

telling their customers.

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PL’s JULY SURF CALENDAR

9-22/7: WSL CT Corona J-Bay Open, Jeffreys Bay, RSA

Super-pivotal event on the men’s and women’s world

championship tour thanks to the wave at Jeffreys, which tests

all sorts of surfing skills when it’s on. J-Bay became notorious

in 2015 after Mick Fanning encountered a Great White Shark

in the lineup just as the final began (pictured), resulting in the

most widely seen footage in surfing history. Don’t expect that to

happen again – the place is under intense surveillance during the

contest, if not at other times – but do expect to see some of the

best surfing of the year. www.worldsurfleague.com

NICK’S JULY SURF FORECAST

Woooo, June had a shot at it. There was one massive burst of south

swell early in the month. It lasted about as long as the wind that

accompanied it, then died back, leaving us with the bits and pieces

we’d expected. I think July is about to change it up. The deeper

waters are still unseasonably warm and at some point this will lead

to a blazing contrast between southern winds and northern water

temperatures. Watch for a series of really cold weather events, which

may well be underway as this magazine is being printed, then watch

for a resulting swirl in energies over the mid-Tasman Sea and some

explosive winds and swells, providing (I truly hope) the best moments

of 2019 so far. There’s a dark side to a month like this, by the way – if

it pans out this way, it will be another confirmation of global warming/

climate change. Because otherwise, this July would be a damp squib.

Surfing Life

Nick Carroll

While all this seems

related just to the US, the

way surfboard markets and

manufacturing only differs

between there and here by

degree. And while Australian

boardmakers send around

16,000 boards a year to be

sold in the US, we tend to

follow US trends in this area

rather than lead. Softboard

sales, for instance – they’re

only now just starting to spike

toward CostCo levels.

All of which begs the

question: where DID your

surfboard come from?

Maybe it doesn’t matter.

Maybe in some cases,

foreign production is a plus.

Thailand’s Cobra is one of,

if not the best boardmaking

facility in the world. Taiwan

makes softboard quality that

nobody in Australia could

achieve, not for any price.

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And while there’s plenty of

high value Australian board

producers, particularly here

on the northern beaches,

there’s a few shonkinesses

going on. Recently a wellknown

Australian brand was

caught using faked-up paper

decals to mimic the more

expensive carbon fibre tape

that’s now commonly used

as a strengthening agent in

lamination.

Of course, you may be one

of those savvy humans who

goes big on custom ordering,

and who follows through the

production cycle from shape

to finish coat. But who has

time for that these days?

All we can say is: if the

shop can’t tell you where

the board was made, don’t

be surprised if it turns out

to be somewhere you can’t

pronounce.

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Local ADHD support grows

It is estimated that one in 20

children in Australia have

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity

Disorder (ADHD) – a chronic

problem that results in poor

concentration and control of

impulses.

Local group ADHD Support

Australia has been holding

monthly expert speaker evenings

on the northern beaches

since 2013.

Originally called Northern

Beaches ADHD Support Group

and with an aim to support parents

of children with ADHD on

the Northern Beaches through

expert speaker evenings,

various meet-ups and self-care

events, Facebook groups, parenting

courses and a website,

the organisation is in the middle

of a momentous year.

February saw the group

re-brand as ADHD Support Australia

in order to reach those in

need of help with ADHD across

the country and launched its

new website which incorporates

information on ADHD, a directory

of professionals, services,

resources and recommended

products, an expert blog and

event listings.

In January, Founder and

organiser Vivian Dunstan was

awarded a Northern Beaches

Council Australia Day Outstanding

Community Service

Award for her commitment and

dedication to helping the ADHD

community on the Northern

Beaches over the past six years.

And in May, ADHD Support

Australia received news that

it is now endorsed to provide

NSW Education Standards

Authority (NESA) Registered

Professional Development for

teachers accredited at Proficient

Teacher level.

“This is fantastic news as it

is so important for teachers to

have the training and skills to

GROUP FOUNDER: Vivian Dunstan

ensure children with ADHD are

well-catered for in the classroom,

allowing them to reach

their full potential academically,

socially and emotionally,” Vivian

told Pittwater Life.

“This new development will

give local teachers added incentive

to come along and access

training from leading experts in

ADHD and its co-morbid conditions

every month at Pittwater

RSL in Mona Vale.”

Thanks to Pittwater RSL’s

sponsorship of ADHD Support

Australia, teachers and parents

alike are able to access the

speaker evenings for only $15.

At this month’s meeting,

educational consultant Sharon

Pittwater Friends of

Soibada is a diverse group

of locals who are committed

to forging a lasting

friendship between our

community and those in the

Central Timor Leste province

of Soibada.

Its latest mission is to

raise money for clean water

for birthing clinics.

Group founder Tamara

Sloper-Harding explained

that a few years ago the

Timorese Government built

a new maternity clinic in

Soibada; however due to the

extreme weather conditions

there is no water in the clinic

in the dry season.

The midwives need to

carry soiled sheets to the

river to wash them and

Bramble will present her talk

Demystifying Reading – for

Parents of Children with ADHD

and Associated Learning Difficulties.

Attendees will hear about

the current reading practices

taught in schools and will learn

multisensory strategies using

systematic phonics that will

help children with ADHD as well

as enhance learning for other

children.

If a child with ADHD also has

a language-based learning difficulty,

a multisensory teaching

approach – which simultaneously

uses visual, auditory and

kinaesthetic pathways to the

brain – will enhance memory

and increase learning, she says.

With more than 20 years’

experience assisting learners

of all ages and abilities with

ADHD, Sharon will share some

of the evidence-based practices

which she has successfully

taught to hundreds of teachers

in primary and secondary

schools across New South

Wales.

The meeting will be held in

the Pittwater RSL Auditorium on

July 30 from 6.45-8.45pm. Go

to the website adhdsupportaustralia.com.au

for more details.

– Lisa Offord

Soibada Stayin’ Alive Disco

families carry water to the

clinic when mothers give

birth.

The group recently

purchased an industrial

washing machine for the

clinic and in July a working

party will go there to put in a

water tank and guttering so

it can be used.

And they need your

support.

One way you can help

is by dressing up and

heading to Avalon RSL Club

on Saturday July 6 for the

Stayin’ Alive Disco Party

fundraising event.

Tickets ($35) are available

from Studio Hair, Mitre 10

Avalon, Avalon RSL and

online at avalonrsl.com.au

– LO

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Beware kombucha’s unhealthy side effect

local dentist has issued a warning about

A the popular fermented tea drink kombucha.

The slightly fizzy beverage, which is created

from tea, sugar and a culture of bacteria

and yeast, is known for its

many health benefits and is

considered a popular alternative

to soft drinks.

“It is a natural beneficial

bacteria and probiotic but we

have to be mindful how and

when we should drink it due

its acidic nature,” Dr Astrid

Kylstra, practice owner of

Avalon Beach Family Dental,

explained.

“Kombucha actually has an

acidity on par with lemonade

or cola, without the sugar

content, so decay is unlikely –

but tooth erosion is a real danger,” she said.

Tooth erosion happens when acids wear

away the enamel on teeth. Tooth enamel

does not grow back. If left untreated, tooth

erosion can lead to the progressive loss of

the surface of the tooth.

“This loss of tooth structure can require

complex and lengthy dental treatment involving

fillings, veneers, crowns and potentially

root canal treatment or even extraction,”

Dr Kylstra warned.

When the signs of dental erosion are detected,

it’s essential to determine the cause

and modify it.

“When we continuously

drink kombucha or any acidic

beverage such as juice, or

soft drinks, we are essentially

creating an ideal acidic

environment for acid wear to

occur,” she said.

The good new is you can

still enjoy kombucha without

compromising your oral

health by following Dr Kylstra’s

teeth-saving tips.

Drink kombucha at one sitting.

Do not sip it throughout

the day. Doing this maintains

a thriving acidic environment, detrimental to

teeth enamel.

Once you have finished your drink, swish

or gargle with tap water to create a neutral,

alkaline environment.

Avoid brushing teeth for approximately 30

minutes, to allow enamel to re-harden after

the acidity.

– Lisa Offord

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

How modern Digital Life

is causing eye strain woe

Do you find yourself having

to hold the menu further

away to read it? Are you

struggling to read messages on

your mobile phone or the small

print on grocery labels? If you

are, you’re not alone. Many of

our patients are too suffering

from the effects of presbyopia.

These are common first signs

of presbyopia, the normal loss

of near focusing ability that

occurs with age. Unfortunately,

we can’t escape this, and most

of us will start to notice this

change in our early to mid-40s.

The good news is that we can

help correct presbyopia very

simply with glasses or contact

lenses in the prescription you

need. Through an eye examination

we can help tackle the no.

1 symptom associated with

presbyopia – the need to extend

your arm to read the small

print.

What causes it?

When you’re young, the lens

in your eye is flexible and

relatively elastic. It can change

its length or shape with the

help of a ring of tiny muscles

that surround it. However, as

we age, the lens in the eye

gradually thickens and loses

elasticity. As a result, light focuses

behind the retina instead

of directly on it, compromising

our ability to focus on close

objects. With an estimated 1.8

billion people with presbyopia,

we are dedicated to providing

service to all those on the

Northern Beaches who might

be suffering.

What are the signs?

n Blurred and cloudy vision;

n Difficulty reading small print;

n Difficulty focusing on near

objects;

n Need to hold objects further

away to see them properly;

n Difficulty reading in dark

conditions;

n Headaches occurring after

reading; and

n Eye strain.

In response Beckenham Optometrist

is launching a community

campaign educating

on the realities of Presbyopia.

With common side effects including

eyestrain, headaches

and fatigue after reading

close work or struggling with

reading small print; we can

help find you a simple solution

to ease the strain.

Why see us?

You don’t need to put up with

the inconvenience and strain

of presbyopia. Our job is to

get your near vision within

arm’s length again, and this

starts with a comprehensive

with Rowena Beckenham

eye examination. Once we

have a full picture of your

vision and eye health, we’ll

prescribe a tailored solution

that fits best with your daily

life. It’s natural to feel a little

apprehensive about wearing

glasses or contact lenses for

the first time. With this in mind,

we will support you through

the process, so you see well

and feel confident in your new

eyewear.

Comment supplied by Rowena Beckenham, of

Beckenham Optometrist in Avalon (9918 0616). Rowena

has been involved in all facets of independent private

practice optometry in Avalon for 20 years, in addition

to working as a consultant to the optometric and

pharmaceutical industry, and regularly volunteering in

Aboriginal eyecare programs in regional NSW.

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Organ donation focus

DonateLife Week 2019

(28 July – 4 August) is

Australia’s national awareness

week to promote organ and

tissue donation and get more

people signed up as donors.

This year’s campaign urges

existing registered donors to

find a ‘plus-one’ to sign up.

If every registered donor did

this, the number of people

on the register would soon

double.

In 2018, 1,782 lives were

transformed by 554 deceased

and 238 living organ donors

and their families.

Although the number of

annual donors has more

than doubled over the past

decade there is room for

improvement so that more

people can receive lifechanging

transplants.

“Only one in three

Australians have joined the

Australian Organ Donor

Register (AODR), even though

81 per cent believe it’s

important,” a spokesperson

said.

“With more than 1,400

Australians currently on the

waiting list for a transplant,

and a further 11,000 people

on dialysis, every new

registration counts.”

Letting your family know

you want to be a donor is

important too.

Research shows nine out of

10 families agree to donation

when their loved one is on the

donor register.

Consent is given in 7 out

of 10 cases when the family

knows their loved one’s

wishes, but this drops to 5

out of 10 when the family is

unaware of what their family

member wanted.

You can register as an

organ and tissue donor at

donatelife.gov.au – it’s quick

and easy and takes less than

a minute. – Lisa Offord

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Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Up for a

visitor?

If you or anyone you know

is feeling lonely and doesn’t

have regular contact with family

and friends, the Community

Visitors Scheme (CVS) can

offer an opportunity for social

support and companionship.

CVS provides friendship and

companionship by matching

aged care recipients with volunteer

visitors.

CCNB – a not-for-profit

community-based organisation

– coordinates the program on

the Northern Beaches. They will

take into account your interests

and background when finding a

suitable visitor for you.

CCNB provides impartial

information and advice to support

people to access a range of

health and community services.

More info 1300 002 262 or

email ccnb@ccnb.com.au

Diabetes

awareness

Every day almost 300 Australians

are diagnosed with diabetes

but for many the diagnosis

is being made too late, putting

them at risk, according to

Diabetes NSW and ACT.

The organisation is urging

people to learn the signs and

symptoms of type 1 and type 2

diabetes. Each year 640 children

and adults are admitted to hospital

because the early symptoms

of type 1diabetes – severe

fatigue, thirst and weight loss

– are not recognised. More than

half of these hospital admissions

are children and teens.

On top of this there are

almost half a million who are

living with type 2 diabetes but

don’t know it. That’s because

type 2 diabetes can be “silent”

and occur without any obvious

symptoms. When type 2 diabetes

goes undiagnosed there

is the danger of complications

like vision loss and blindness,

kidney failure, nerve damage

and heart disease occurring.

People over 40 are encouraged

to do a quick online assessment

to ascertain their risk

of diabetes and if concerned

to speak to their GP. More info

diabetesnsw.com.au – LO

Ros is keeping

things ‘Upbeat’

In 2015, Pittwater Life featured an article on

Ros Saunders’s newly formed Upbeat Choir

in Avalon, which she started to help people

whose voices have been affected due to

strokes, or other disorders.

She had then been asked to participate in a

research project with RSL Lifecare in Narrabeen

on the effects of singing on the communication

development of stroke victims over a 12-week

period. Participants in the choir were found to

have significant improvement in engagement,

better social interaction, and general wellbeing.

In fact, the choir proved such a success that it is

now a regular weekly event.

Ros was a piano teacher until a close friend

of hers was diagnosed with Aphasia (loss of

speech and memory). Wanting to help him she

contacted Bernadatte Matthias, who was doing

a PhD at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music

on the effect of choir-singing on people with

speech problems. Ros learnt from her and her

choir, before taking singing and conducting

lessons and embarking on her new vocation.

In RSL Lifecare’s Peter Cosgrove House, Ros

Saunders conducts the group through their

first song of the morning, I Still Call Australia

Home, with Jill Parker accompanying on the

piano, and Recreation Activities Officer, Erica

Wallace, not only singing beautifully, but also

encouraging the participants to join in. Over

half of them are in wheelchairs and their

voices are quiet and hesitant initially, but Ros

insists on volume.

There are two enthusiastic renditions of

Ob La Di Ob La Da, and a man sitting a little

apart from the group, not only bellows out the

words, but also keeps perfect time with a tambourine.

Later, Ros tells me, he can’t speak.

“I wouldn’t miss this every week, wherever

there’s singing there’s always joy,” says wheelchair

bound, 98-year-old Ita Cronan.

Annie Noddings, in her 80s, says: “I find it

invigorating. You’ve got to learn the music

and the words, and with a group of us, it feels

good. It helps the memory too.”

Ros Saunders now runs three Upbeat Choirs

– this one, her original Upbeat Choir at Avalon,

and a community choir in Bayview.

Bronwyn Coe joined the Avalon Upbeat

Choir with her husband, who’s her carer, three

years ago. Her third nerve palsy stroke in 2013

took away her capacity to express herself, but

she loved singing, and this was an opportunity

to sing again.

“It’s not only improved my lost speech and

pronunciation, but also helped build my selfconfidence,”

she explains.

Ros Saunders is now expanding the Avalon

Choir to include people suffering with dementia.

Since 2003 in the UK, over 200 Singing for

the Brain Choirs have formed across the country,

and scientific research is proving the benefits

of group singing for dementia sufferers.

The finale at RSL Lifecare is Sing, sing a

song. Thai, Mr Too, appears from the kitchen

to add volume to the men, carer Sabrina

Cohnen joins in, and as the sound of 20 voices

fill the room, there can be no doubt as to the

power of singing.

“Everyone should be in a choir,” says Ros.

– Ros Burton

*For more information about the Upbeat

Choir contact Ros Saunders on 0478 438 684.

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Hair & Beauty

Hair & Beauty

Treat for colour, texture

& tone before surgery

with Sue Carroll

Radiant skin signifies

are wanting to be the consider prior may include a

youth, good health

best version of who they change of lipstick colour, hair

and vitality and

already are. Plastic surgery style and colour.

assists us in facing

performed by a certified Post-surgery tips to stimulate

the world with more

plastic surgeon is a

the healing may consist of

confidence. It is, therefore,

fantastic tool to assist with reduced alcohol and coffee

no surprise that across

accentuating, reshaping consumption, no picking,

all cultures and regions,

or sculpting areas of the scratching or peeling the scar

wevare all in constant

face and body that may tissue site, use a silicon gel to

search for ways to improve

need tweaking to be more reduce scar tissue, and wash

our appearance. Today

functional and aesthetically makeup brushes and sponges

both men and women

surgery today is accentuated

pleasing.

every day to reduce the risk

are visiting plastic surgeons by a real phenomenon, known Even after having performed of infection. It is advisable to

in their quest to achieve their as ‘Instagram Dysmorphia’. your hours of homework in purchase at least 2-3 of each so

desired appearance. To achieve With the help of image editing finding the most skilled plastic hygienic rotation is possible.

optimal results with surgery, software, we can make

surgeon for your requirements, Following homecare postprocedures

it is always best to treat the ourselves look taller, more surgery is not able to treat the

for both surgery

colour, tone and texture of the slender, less wrinkled or

colour, tone and texture of the and clinical treatments is as

skin before surgery.

more muscular. This creates skin. By treating these elements important as the procedure

Plastic surgery patients are unrealistic expectations and can at least 2-3 months prior to itself. By thinking you know

often stigmatised as wanting lead to a nightmare for plastic surgery, the icing is applied better than the surgeon or

to look like their favourite surgeons and aestheticians. to the cake (so to speak). To aesthetician is putting your

Hollywood/pop/sporting

Not everyone wants to look improve the brown and red surgery and result at grave

idol. The demand for plastic like someone else, but instead discolouration appearing risk. Some important tools

on the skin, IPL is still the to assist with healing are the

gold standard to diminish use of lymphatic drainage

these blemishes. Chemical pressotherapy and manual

and herbal peels can reduce massage, along with a light

both the hyperpigmentation therapy system known as

and the coarse texture of BIOPTRON. This light therapy

the skin prior to surgery. system from Switzerland heals

Utilising Nano Fractional skin wounds up to twice as fast as

resurfacing, skin needling or the body would on its own.

fractional laser will retexturise Pain is reduced, along with

the coarse appearance of the discomfort and scar tissue.

skin. This includes acne scars, There are many modalities

enlarged pores and fine sun available to us today to assist

damage wrinkles. Multi-Polar with the possibility of revealing

Radio Frequency and Pulsed the best version of ourselves.

ElectroMagnetic Frequency Unfortunately, it is not as simple

will enhance collagen and as a swipe across a screen to

elastin production to show change our appearance. With

a firming of the skin and careful research, planning,

stimulate the circulation to realistic expectations and

assist with a speedy recovery combining techniques and

of your procedure. Ensuring qualified plastic surgeons and

your body and skin health is aestheticians, your desired goals

at its optimum pre-surgery is can be achieved.

of great assistance to a good

outcome. This may consist of

Sue Carroll of Skin

an exercise program, hydration Inspiration has been a qualified

Aesthetician for 33 years.

of the body and skin internally

(through water and good diet)

Sue has owned and

and externally (through in-clinic

operated successful beauty

oxygen treatments and the

clinics and day spas on

use of topicals such as organic

stem cells, multivitamins and

the Northern Beaches.

growth factor serums). If you do info@skininspiration.com.au

not want friends to realise you www.skininspiration.com.au

have had surgery, other tips to

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Business Life: Money

Business Life

Are there better ways

to save? Let’s ‘Raiz’ one

with Brian Hrnjak

This month we look at

how using the Raiz

investment app can

boost savings from everyday

spending… Each year the

publisher of this magazine

lets me get away with a

blatant self-interest article

and so this month I’ll choose

to indulge as it’s the perfect

time at the start of a new

financial year to talk about

establishing a pattern of

saving – especially if you

have older kids in the house.

Raiz is a smartphone app

that allows you to round-up

day-to-day purchases and

invest the difference into a

portfolio of exchange traded

funds listed on the ASX. You

can do this with a starting

balance as low as $5. Raiz

allows you to transfer funds

directly from a bank account ROUNDING UP: The smartphone app helps you save by investing into exchange-traded funds on the ASX.

in case you don’t wish to use traded funds at the heart of the unit prices, they range growth assets which returned

the round-up feature and the six Raiz portfolios are the from 0.224% p.a. to 0.423% 5.20% for the same period

the app also contains a fully same or similar to the ones p.a. Assuming a balance of and SuperRatings median

integrated superannuation we use to when constructing $10,000 the maximum annual balanced fund return of

account with insurance bespoke portfolios for clients fee is $698 or 0.698% p.a. 5.30% for the same time. The

options all kept secure on without the tailoring and made up of Raiz and ETF standout performance has

your phone and with you personalisation.

fees. By way of comparison been for the Raiz Emerald

every minute of the day.

The reality in a post-Hayne- my software tells me this (socially responsible) portfolio

The reason why this is Banking-Royal-Commissionworld

is that compliance quoted by industry funds. to 30 April 2019 with the

is cheaper than those often at 9.49% for the period

self-interest is that our firm

was a partner in bringing the is paramount and the

Above all else these fees same growth asset mix as

Raiz app to Australia from cost of being compliant is allow you access to a robust the moderately aggressive

the US where it was known astronomical. Investors who and compliant platform to portfolio suggesting it does

as Acorns – this was in 2015 are starting out have little start investing. It also comes pay to be green.

before anyone outside of desire to pay their financial with one of the best user

One of the features I did

weed control had ever heard planner thousands of dollars interfaces in the space – want to highlight that has

the term ‘round-up’. We retain to produce a legally required plenty of graphs and pictures, been extremely popular with

a significant shareholding Statement of Advice that full expense tracking,

younger savers is a feature

in the ASX listed entity and may represent more than integrated superannuation, called Raiz rewards. Rewards

aside from all that most of they actually have to invest. a child investment option, is a loyalty program that

us in the office use the app As an entry pathway roboadvice

Raiz rewards (more on that pays money into your Raiz

every day. At its core Raiz

is a perfectly rational in a minute) and full tax account if you shop with a

is a new breed of fintech solution until an investor’s reporting.

participating retailer through

company, specifically roboadvice,

needs evolve in terms of

The returns have been the app or desktop site. I’ve

where you can make sophistication and complexity good as well. Trying to

had about $100 paid back

ongoing investment choices and require customisation to compare like for like, the from purchases that would

without the intervention of meet their goals.

Raiz moderately aggressive have occurred anyway from

a human. But even though Raiz costs $1.25 per month portfolio with growth

Dan Murphy’s, Apple and

everything happens on your for accounts with balances assets between 66% and a hotel booking via Luxury

smartphone the app is not below $5,000 and 0.275% p.a. 81% returned 7.12% for

Escapes.

a toy, your investments will for those over. The underlying the financial year to date

Anecdotally I’ve heard a

rise and fall with the markets exchange traded funds have 30 April 2019. Compared report of one small business

because they are invested their own management with Chant West’s growth investor purchasing $150,000

on the ASX. The exchange fees which are reflected in portfolio holding 61% to 80% of computers through a

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partner retailer and banked

almost $4,000 into his Raiz

account. This is an additional

cash benefit that can accrue

on top of things like frequent

flyer points.

For a more day to day

example consider using the

new vouchers that have just

become available through

Raiz rewards: Woolworths,

Dan Murphy’s, Caltex, Myer,

JB HiFi are all examples of

local retailers that allow

you to buy an instantly

redeemable (digital) voucher

of either $50 or $100. You can

earn up to 3% back into your

Raiz account by using one or

more of these at point of sale.

If you spend around $10,000

per year at a combination of

Caltex, Woolworths and Dan

Murphy’s that’s potentially

$300 cash back into your

Raiz account each year from

otherwise non-discretionary

spending – or, in Millennial

currency that’s around 85

lattes or 20 smashed avo

sandwiches.

Looking at the Caltex

example more closely – if

you spend $50 per week on

fuel and swipe a Woolworth’s

rewards card to obtain the 4c

per litre saving that’s about

a $1.20 saving. Pay with a

Raiz Caltex voucher and save

another $1.46 – that’s $2.66

all up, or, 5.3% or, nearly

9c per litre off your weekly

petrol.

So how do you access Raiz?

The first step is to

download the app from

either Apple or Google app

stores and install it on your

phone. This is sufficient for

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the majority of users but

after downloading the app

you might find setting up

on a desktop computer is

more comfortable, it was to

me anyway. Establish your

funding account – this is

the account where money

comes from and goes

to. Then specify one or more

spending accounts this can

be the same as the funding

account but can also include

credit cards – these are the

accounts that are tracked for

round-ups if you choose that

option. Transfer an opening

balance to the account to

kick things off and you’re

away. If you get stuck, and

some banks have two factor

authentication that makes

things difficult, there’s email

support or a local call centre

based in Sydney. You can

always learn more at www.

raizinvest.com.au.

As a parent of teenagers

who all actively use the

app I can say that it is the

only solution I have come

across that is sufficiently

engaging and integrated

enough with how they live

to encourage savings and

educate about money all at

the same time. Older savers

should also consider the app

as it democratises access to

the markets (no brokerage,

very low minimum holdings)

at time when returns from

traditional sources like terms

deposits are at all-time lows,

albeit with the proviso of

there being additional risk to

bank deposits.

* Disclosure: the author

holds shares in Raiz Invest

Ltd.

Brian Hrnjak B Bus CPA (FPS) is

a Director of GHR Accounting

Group Pty Ltd, Certified

Practising Accountants. Offices

at: Suite 12, Ground Floor,

20 Bungan Street Mona Vale

NSW 2103 and Shop 8, 9 – 15

Central Ave Manly NSW 2095,

Telephone: 02 9979-4300,

Webs: www.ghr.com.au and

www.altre.com.au Email:

brian@ghr.com.au

These comments are of a

general nature only and are

not intended as a substitute

for professional advice.

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Business Life: Law

Business Life

In the news: the issues

concerning Strata Title

Over the past two months

we have discussed

purchasing property,

up to the stage of exchange of

Contracts.

This month because of

renewed developments in

evacuations of owners and

tenants from Mascot Towers

following on the December

evacuations from Sydney

Olympic Park Opal Tower

at Homebush, it seems

appropriate to consider

what you need to know

when buying a new highrise

apartment, or strata

townhouse.

Opal Tower was a fivemonth-old,

38-storey

apartment block where, just

before Christmas Eve last

year, around 300 people

were evacuated from 51 of

392 units condemned by

Fire and Rescue New South

Wales. The faults were said

to have affected 35 floors

of the building, it having

shifted between one and two

millimetres which caused

extensive cracking of walls

and supports. Residents are

said to have first noticed the

issue because door jambs of

the building had shifted and

they couldn’t open their doors.

It is understood that seven

months after evacuation,

owners/tenants from 156

of the 392 apartments are

still without access to their

units. However, it is hoped

restoration and repairs will be

completed by the end of July.

Mascot Towers is a

132-apartment complex built

10 years ago; whereas the

owners of Opal Tower knew

the identity of the developers

and many of those who

worked on the building and

insurances and the statutory

warrant period to look to for

rectification, the situation for

the owners of Mascot Towers

is very different.

The statutory warranty

period for claims for

recompense has long

expired and it is reported

that the builder/developer

of the complex went into

administration some years

ago. Meetings of the owners

have been held with their

strata managers informing

them that they cannot have

access to their units, or occupy

them, for the foreseeable

future.

To add to their problems,

owners will have to find funds

for payment of special levies

said to be an initial $1 million

contingency fund to begin

stabilising the complex – and

this is just an initial payment

with more to come – and noone

to sue.

Being 10 years old, Mascot

Towers has Strata records

which may throw some

light on whether there have

been construction or similar

with Jennifer Harris

problems with the building.

It has been reported that

the records show problems

emerging eight years ago.

To avoid the major

issues such as at Mascot

Towers, what steps should

a prospective purchaser of

a strata unit or townhouse

undertake before committing

to purchase?

What sort of unit block

do you want – a glittering

high-rise probably with

fabulous dazzling views, a

swimming pool and gym and

other facilities? Or perhaps

an established, older-style –

known as a coldwater walk-up

– or a three-level walk-up.

No lift, no pool or gym – but

probably very solid and well

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established.

In a property beyond

three levels, home warranty

insurance cover is no longer

required for new apartments

over three levels. In New South

Wales there is instead a 2%

bond scheme to cover defects

identified in the first two

years of a new building. There

are also statutory warranties

provided by the builder for all

defects identified in the first

two years, and major defects

found within the first six

years.

If looking at an established

building, look at the building

as a whole – particularly the

common property areas i.e.

the areas available to all

and for whom the Owners

Corporation is responsible.

You may be shown a unit

which has been beautifully

renovated – but what does

the rest of the building look

like? Is the wallpaper tired

and scuffed... is the carpet

clean or worn... are there

water stains or cracks... has

the garden had attention and

the lawns mown? If not, the

Owners Corporation and those

who live there don’t appear

to have any pride or good

management of the building.

In our earlier columns we

noted “... if purchasing a strata

property, a strata inspection

may cost a few hundred

dollars but better before you

commit than many thousands

of dollars after taking

possession and possibly in the

years to come”.

So, what is a Strata

Inspection Report? If you are

intending to purchase a strata

unit you should obtain a Strata

Inspection Report before

exchange or during the initial

period. You should obtain it

yourself i.e. an independent

report made for you – not one

offered to you by the vendor

which has been prepared for

his/her purposes, not yours.

The report should contain

some of the following details:

n Strata roll information

setting out the details of the

lot owner;

n Strata plan;

n Certificate of title – relating

to the lot you wish to

purchase and the certificate

of title of the common

property;

n Strata Bylaws often model

bylaws, namely the rules

of the strata plan and any

additional bylaws and draft

bylaws yet to be registered;

n Details of the Strata

managing agent;

n Details of any asbestos

report;

n Whether there is any

evidence of disharmony in

the strata scheme/ this can

be gleaned from a careful

reading of the Minutes of

Strata Committee Meetings;

n Financial records for the

strata scheme – very

important;

n Amount of funds in the

administrative fund;

n Amount of funds in capital

works fund;

n Current levy amounts per

lot;

Is the strata scheme properly

retaining records?

n Details of the executive

committee;

n Details with respect to

insurance for the strata

scheme;

Is the strata scheme compliant

with fire safety, and work

health and safety matters?

n Details with respect to any

major building works;

n Copies of all recent

maintenance and defect

reports;

n Date of expiry of the

statutory warranty period;

n Details of noise complaints

in the scheme;

n Copies of any mediation,

or NCAT application and

orders issued. Details of

any cladding or orders

associated with cladding;

n Notices or orders issued

by a government authority

against the owners

corporation;

n Details of any water entry

complaints, including

history of any burst pipes;

and

n Details of any pending or

proposed special expenses

of the owners corporation

not related to repair and

maintenance.

To purchase a strata

property will likely cost

hundreds of thousands

of dollars together with

substantial stamp duty and

other costs. It is therefore a

prudent step to conduct the

widest possible enquiries

before exchange of contracts

and as far as possible

avoid the tragic problems

confronting Sydney Olympic

Park Opal Tower and Mascot

Towers owners.

* Should readers wish

to contact the writer

concerning matters raised

in this column or any other

issue our hours of business

are 9am-5.30pm, Monday to

Friday. Call 9973 2011.

Comment supplied by

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer

Harris & Associates, Solicitors,

4/57 Avalon Parade,

Avalon Beach.

T: 9973 2011. F: 9918 3290.

E: jennifer@jenniferharris.com.au

W: www.jenniferharris.com.au

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Trades & Services

Trades & Services

AUTO REPAIRS

British & Swedish Motors

Call 9970 6654

Services Range Rover, Land Rover,

Saab and Volvo with the latest in

diagnostic equipment.

Narrabeen Tyrepower

Call 9970 6670

Stocks all popular brands including

Cooper 4WD. Plus they’ll do all

mechanical repairs and rego

inspections.

Barrenjoey Smash Repairs

Call 9970 8207

barrenjoeysmashrepairs.com.au

Re-sprays a specialty, plus

restoration of your favourite vehicle.

Commercial specialist.

BATTERIES

Battery Business

Call 9970 6999

Batteries for all applications. Won’t be

beaten on price or service. Free testing,

7 days.

BOAT SERVICES

Avalon Marine Upholstery

Call Simon 9918 9803

Makes cushions for boats, patio and

pool furniture, window seats.

CLEANING

The Aqua Clean Team

Call Mark 0449 049 101

Quality window washing, pressure cleaning,

carpet washing, building soft wash.

Martin Earl House Wash

Call 0405 583 305

Pittwater-based owner on site at all

times. No travellers or uninsured

casuals on your property.

CONCRETING

Pavecrete – All Concrete

Services

Call Phil 0418 772 799

pavecrete@iinet.net.au

Established locally 1995. Driveways plus

– Council Accredited. Excavation service.

ELECTRICAL

Captain Cook Electrical

Call Blake 0488 849 124

Zero dollars call-out; offering discount

for Senior; 24-hour emergency service.

Family owned and operated.

Eamon Dowling Electrical

Call 0410 457 373

For all electrical, phone, TV and data

needs. Local business. Quality service

guaranteed.

FLOOR COVERINGS

Blue Tongue Carpets

Call Stephan 9979 7292

Family owned and run. Carpet, rugs,

runners, timber, bamboo, vinyl, tiles

& laminates. Open 6 days.

GARDENS

Graham Brooks

Call 0412 281 580

Tree pruning and removals. Reports

regarding DA tree management,

arborist reports.

Precision Tree Services

Call Adam 0410 736 105

Adam Bridger; professional tree care by

qualified arborists and tree surgeons.

GUTTERS & ROOFING

ABC Seamless

Call 9748 3022

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Local roofing & guttering experts.

Free quotes. 40 years’ industry

experience.

Fully licensed, insured & extensive

warranties.

Aussie Gutter Services

Call Henry 0409 130808

Local, reliable and punctual service

7 days a week; fully insured.

KITCHENS

Seabreeze Kitchens

Call 9938 5477

Specialists in all kitchen needs;

design, fitting, consultation.

Excellent trades.

MASSAGE & FITNESS

Avalon Physiotherapy

& Clinical Pilates

Call 9918 0230

Dry needling and acupuncture, falls

prevention and balance

enhancement programs.

Francois Naef/Osteopath

Call Francois 9918 2288

Diagnosis, treatment and prevention

for back pain and sciatica, sports

Advertise your

Business in

Trades

& Services

section

injuries, muscle soreness, pregnancyrelated

pain, imbalance.

Avalon Physiotherapy

Call 9918 3373

Provide specialist treatment for neck &

back pain, sports injuries, orthopaedic

problems.

Fix + Flex Pilates & Physio

Call Jen 0404 804 441

Private & Group Equipment Pilates &

Physio sessions (max 3 per class).

PAINTING

Modern Colour

Call 0406 150 555

Simon Bergin offers painting and

decorating; clean, tidy, quality detail you

will notice. Dependable and on time.

Trades & Services

Phone

0438 123 096

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Trades & Services

AJJ Painting & Decorating

Call 0418 116 700

Andrew is a master painter with 30

years’ experience. Domestic and

commercial; reasonable rates, free

quotes.

PEST CONTROL

Predator Pest Control

Call 0417 276 962

predatorpestcontrol.com.au

Environmental services at their best.

Comprehensive control. Eliminate all

manner of pests. They provide a

24-hour service.

PLUMBING

Nick Anderson Plumbing

Call Nick 0411 251 256

Specialist in gasfitting, drainage

and plumbing. Complete service,

competitive rates. Local and reliable

– free quotes.

Pure Plumbing Professionals

Call 9056 8166

Zero dollars call-out – and you approve

the price before they begin. 24/7

Emergency Service. 10% pensioner

discount.

RENOVATIONS

Rob Burgers

Call 0416 066 159

Qualified builder provides all carpentry

needs; decks, pergolas, carports,

renos & repairs.

B & RD Williams

Call Brian 0416 182 774

Kitchen and bathroom renovations, decks,

pergolas. Small extensions specialist.

RUBBISH REMOVAL

One 2 Dump

Call Josh 0450 712 779

Seven-days-a-week pick-up service

includes general household rubbish,

construction, commercial plus

vegetation. Also car removals.

UPHOLSTERY

Luxafoam North

Call 9999 5567

Local specialists in all aspects of

outdoor & indoor seating.

Custom service, expert advice.

Essyou Design

Call Susan 0422 466 880

Specialist in day bed and outdoor

areas. Reliable local service. Offering

domestic & commercial.

WELLNESS

Piria Coleman

Call Piria 0490 499 963

Learn Tai Chi and Qigong, gentle

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Any opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the

Editor or Publisher of Pittwater Life and no responsibility

is taken for the accuracy of the information contained

within. Readers should make their own enquiries directly

to any organisations or businesses prior to making any

plans or taking any action.

forms of exercise that are both

relaxing and energizing. Group

classes; private training by request.

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APPEARING: Dorian Mode, Donne Restom, Zoe Hauptmann, Briana Cowlishaw and Queen Porter Stomp (below).

First Ettalong Jazz

Festival a high note

Save the date and book the Fantasea Ferry

tickets – the inaugural Ettalong Jazz Festival

will be held on Saturday July 20 at renowned

Central Cost destination Galleria Ettalong Beach.

The event is a free, family friendly day

out (11am to 5.30pm) full of food, drink and

entertainment within the Mediterraneaninspired

walls of The Galleria which is

celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Emily Batts from local events company

Empty Suitcase says she hopes Pittwater locals

and families will “cross the water” and spend a

day out enjoying incredible music from some

of Australia’s best musicians with a line-up

assembled by acclaimed Artistic Director Zoe

Hauptmann, winner of the inaugural AWMA

Creative Leadership Award.

A Central Coast local, Zoe has curated a

diverse program

including The Red

Hands (featuring Ray

Beadle), Queen Porter

Stomp, I Vanish, Gerard

Masters Aussie Jazz,

The Fabulous Botting

Flower, Jo Fabro’s

Home Cookin’, Brianna

Cowlishaw & Gavin

Ahearn, The Hauptmann Trio featuring Arne

Hanna (and for which Zoe picks up the bass),

Rodric White, Dorian Mode Trio , Donné Restom

Trio and the Andrew Wilke Duo.

There will also be a pop-up bar sponsored

by the locally loved Six String Brewing

Company and Bar Toto, alongside guest

wineries and pop-up food stalls.

“Within the quirky venue we are utilising

balconies, courtyards and stages where you can

sit and have a local beer, or a cocktail,” said Emily.

“Guest wineries and pop-up food stalls

complete the lunch options, with an array

of world cuisine that sits inside the Galleria

complex – including Armenian pizza, to

Malaysian curries and Vegalicious treats.”

More on some of the acts:

The Red Hands – “The band take their

cues from the likes of Grant Green, Wes

Montgomery, George Benson and Ernest

Ranglin,” said Emily. “Expect a high-energy

performance that showcases exceptional

musicianship.”

Gerard Masters Aussie Jazz – “They have

taken songs from songwriters and bands such

as Don Walker, Crowded House, Icehouse,

Missy Higgins, INXS and in their own unique

way, brought them into the jazz realm.”

Jo Fabro’s Home Cookin’ – “Play a mix of

original tunes and reimaginings of the great

works of legendary artists such as Bill Withers,

Al Green, B B King and Bonnie Raitt.”

Dorian Mode Trio – “Multi award-winning

jazz musician who is known equally for his

funny novels as his cool music. He first hit the

music scene with the mighty Hammond B3

Organ – exploring the unique classic ’60s jazz

sound. It earned him

a record contract with

EMI Records – one of

the few Australian jazz

artists to be signed to

a major label.”

Rodric White – “His

pianistic and vocal

skills have seen him

work with luminary

musicians such as James Morrison and Don

Burrows.”

The Hauptmann Trio – “Featuring Arne

Hanna, Zoe, Ben and James Hauptmann,

they’re well known and very well-respected

siblings in various fields. Between them

they have played with Australian greats

Katie Noonan, Lior, Bluejuice, Micheline Van

Hautem, Paul Dempsy, James Morrison, Missy

Higgins and Paul Kelly. Guest Arne Hanna is

one of Sydney’s best-known funk guitarists.”

* Galleria Ettalong Beach is celebrating its

40th year in 2019. A hidden gem of the Central

Coast, it is a hub of food, entertainment,

shopping and community. It’s home to Cinema

Paradiso, Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort, Bar

Toto, cafes, multiple restaurants and eateries

with international cuisines, a series of pop-up

events... even a brand new pilates studio.

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Turbulence galore in this

high-flying French farce

A

deliciously fabulous

farce with superbly

delectable characters –

that’s the description director

Sarah Lovesy gives Elanora

Players’ July production,

Boeing Boeing.

The French comedy,

by Marc Camoletti and

translated by Beverly Cross

and Francis Evans, is set in

Paris in the 1960s. Central

character Bernard is juggling

love affairs with three Air

Hostesses, who touch down

briefly but lovingly in his

apartment between flights.

Thanks to Bernard’s keen

study of flight schedules and

the efficiency of his quirky

French housekeeper, his three

mistresses have no inkling

of each other’s existences

– but these glamourous Air

FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS: Boeing Boeing cast Tonia Davies, Dan Ferris,

Iwona Abramowicz, Chantel Ciano, Gerard Hawkins and Karen Pattinson.

Hostesses also have their own

hidden love agendas.

“Collision of course is on

the cards – and into this mix

comes Bernard’s naïve and

inexperienced boyhood friend

Robert,” said Sarah. “Hilarity

Diplomacy earns encore

Theatre legends

John Bell and John

Gaden are starring in

the edge-of-your-seat

thriller, Diplomacy, for

five nights only at Glen

Street Theatre from 23

to 27 July.

Produced by

Ensemble Theatre and

Directed by John Bell,

best known as the

creator and former

Artistic Director of

Bell Shakespeare, this

production sold out in

its premiere run at the

Ensemble Theatre in

Sydney in 2018.

The plot is

spellbinding: In 1944 at

the Hôtel Meurice, the

Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling and the German General,

Dietrich von Choltitz meet in a life or death situation for

the city of Paris. On abandoning Paris, Hitler has ordered

its destruction.

Raoul has one night to persuade the General to leave the

landmark city standing. The many twists and turns of their

negotiations play out in this highly entertaining thriller by

Cyril Gély.

* Diplomacy runs from Tuesday 23 July through Saturday

27 July; bookings glenstreet.com.au or 9975 1455.

ensues in this glittering

cosmopolitan play.”

The cast appearing in Boeing

Boeing are Gerard Hawkins

as charming, romantic

Frenchman Bernard, with Dan

Ferris as Robert his innocent

and unworldly friend from

Provence, and Karen Pattinson

as Bertha the eccentric,

unorthodox French Maid.

The three Air Hostesses

are played by Tonia Davies

(who is Gloria the sassy,

quintessential American),

Chantel Ciano (as Gabriella

the flirtatious and feisty

Italian), and Iwona

Abramowicz as Gretchen (the

passionate, domineering,

femme fatale German).

Performance dates for the

Elanora Community Centre,

49A Kalang Road are July 12,

13, 18, 19, 20 at 8pm and

matinees at 3pm on July 13, 14,

20 (also 11am matinee July 14).

* Bookings 9979 9694 or

boxoffice.elanora@bigpond.

com or elanoraplayers.com.au

– Nigel Wall

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Clubs & Pubs

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

THE ANGELS: Rick Brewster (far right) with brother John (second left).

No Exit anniversary

boon for Angels fans

There will be pogo dancing

aplenty when The Angels

celebrate the 40th anniversary

of their third album No Exit with

a track-by-track concert at Pittwater

RSL on Saturday July 6.

According to co-founding

member and lead guitarist Rick

Brewster, No Exit – the followup

to their hugely successful

album Face To Face – was an

important progression that

helped cement the band as

Australian rock 'n' roll icons.

“We found our sound with

Face To Face and it was a huge

success, so it was like we had

set the bar and it was a daunting

task to match or better it,”

Rick tells Pittwater Life.

“We wrote mostly in the

same vein, but there was more

experimenting with sounds

and arrangements... I used

some guitar effects for the

first time and double-tracked

some solos... Doc [Neeson,

original lead singer] doubletracked

some vocals; and I

used an organ on two songs.”

Rick has vivid memories

about making the album,

which he co-produced with

brother John and Mark Opitz.

“There were many heated

debates/arguments, mainly

with John, about arrangements,”

said Rick. “The rest

of the band used to leave the

studio, they thought it was the

end of the band!”

Once the tracks were

recorded the bickering didn’t

stop – there was still the order

of the songs to be determined.

“It was important to us, especially

the first and last tracks

on each side,” Rick said. “Track

1 had to grab you, Track 5 had

to make you want to turn the

record over, and so on.”

He rates ‘Dawn Is Breaking’

as one of four of his favourites

from the album to perform.

“I like playing my new guitar

solo on that one,” he said.

“Also ‘Skid Row After Dark’ –

Dave’s (Gleeson, lead singer)

delivery is sensational; ‘My

Light Will Shine’, which is a

beautiful song rediscovered,

and the harmonies are great!

This is a bonus track on the

studio album.

“And of course ‘Mr Damage’

– I love watching the audience

try to keep up with the words!”

Rick said Dave Gleeson’s

vocals and delivery introduced

a new element.

“Dave’s a great singer and

front man, he’s very visual,”

he said. “And he brings an element

of comedy into the show,

while his delivery of ‘Dawn is

Breaking’ is chilling!”

Rick said Pittwater RSL audience

can look forward to two

sets – the whole No Exit album

followed by some of The Angels’

best-known other works

(“and maybe something new”).

As for the future?

“I’ve never really thought

about it... it’s just kept rolling

and I guess I’ll be playing until

I can’t,” he said. “I love it! We

all do...” – Nigel Wall

Pittwater RSL

Assorted eateries

82 Mona Vale Rd Mona Vale

There are some awesome

live music acts coming to

Pittwater RSL Club – including

Diesel and The Angels

in July and Mental As

Anything in August; book

tickets now on the club's

website.

Don't miss The Angels who

will play a high-energy, twohour

gig on Saturday July 6, to

celebrate the 40th anniversary

of their second album 'No

Exit'. Hear hits including the

title track, 'Shadow Boxer' and

'Mr Damage'. Book online.

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 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

Laksa.

Check the Club’s website

for the latest menus and meal

deals for all eateries.

pittwaterrsl.com.au

Avalon

Beach RSL

Bistro 61

1 Bowling Green Lane

Avalon Beach

Avalon Beach RSL’s Bistro 61

is a great place to head for

a local meal, offering tasty

modern Australian dishes at

affordable prices.

Take advantage of their

new #AVRSL MEMBER MON-

DAY. This brand new weekly

promotion includes $5 drinks

all day for members, plus a

$15 Roast Meal special (lunch

and dinner) and $10 chicken

wings available to all!

Don't miss That Old Chestnut,

who return by popular

demand for a free gig on

Friday July 5. They're sculpting

a new musical genre with

their quirky reworkings of the

music of Guns and Roses, Soft

Cell... even ACDC!

Head down for the State

of Origin Decider on the big

screen on July 10 – there

will be $5 schooners from

7.30-9.30pm, plus $10 Blues

Burgers.

Then there's the Monthly

Karaoke Party on Friday July

26 with free entry from 9pm

And now available for free

download – the new Avalon

Beach RSL Club App. Earn

rewards, prizes and member

points by logging in daily.

See what's on, check out

events, view menus and more!

Don't miss the Super Sunday

raffle on the first Sunday

of the month – there's more

than $1500 in prizes.

Bistro 61 is open for breakfast

from 9am to 11.30am.

Open for lunch and dinner

seven days, with extensive

outdoor dining areas, Bistro

61 offers a variety of specials

(lunch and dinner) during the

week, including $12 tacos

(Tues), $15 Chicken Schnitzels

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

and a $20 burger + beer (Fri).

Seniors are well catered

for – there are daily Seniors

specials, including beer-battered

flathead – plus they do

a $5 kids meals on Sundays!

(There’s a playground, too.)

avalonbeachrsl.com.au

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Royal Motor

Yacht Club

Salt Cove on Pittwater

46 Prince Alfred

Parade, Newport

RMYC’s restaurant Salt Cove

on Pittwater’s winter menu

is now available, offering

affordable meals and generous

servings including a

variety of starters and share

plates, seafood, burgers,

grills, salads, desserts and

woodfired pizza.

Friday night music kicks

off in the Lounge Bar from

5.30pm to 8.30pm. There are

some great acts in July, including

Mitch G (5th); Antoine

(12th); Grace Fuller (19th); and

Phil Simmons (26th).

And it's on again! The annual

Unique Vehicle Show will

be held in the RMYC waterfront

carpark from 10am-3pm

on Sunday July 28. Entry is by

donation (for charity). Come

and see a great range of over

80 unique vehicles on display

including vintage cars, classic

and sports cars, hot rods and

motorcycles. Great food and

beverages will be available

throughout the day.

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.

royalmotor.com.au

Club Palm Beach

Barrenjoey Bistro

1087 Barrenjoey Road,

Palm Beach

In July, make your way to

Club Palm Beach, located

a short stroll from Palm

Beach Wharf, for great dining

for the whole family.

Head down to watch State

of Origin III (July) and enjoy

half-price schooners of Carlton

during game time.

Also, enjoy a Works

Burger and schooner for just

$15 every Friday in July.

Every Wednesday there's

family trivia from 7pm, with

great prizes!

Grab some friends and

enjoy their Christmas In July

Cruise & Lunch, with a cruise

on Pittwater plus traditional

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Christmas roast and vegetable

for $33pp. 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.

clubpalmbeach.com.au

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.

Book now for the hilarious

Faulty Towers – The Dining

Experience Dinner (three

courses) + Show (Friday 26th

and Saturday 27th, $99).

The club also presents

terrific entertainment acts.

In July, catch: Two Fires

Chisel Barnes Show (5th, $25);

Marina Prior & David Hobson

(7th, $59); and The Radiators

(19th, $25).

The Bistro on Level 2 is

a great place for an enjoyable

and affordable lunch or

dinner with classic café and

pub-style food.

At ‘The Asian’, you can

choose from a menu showcasing

a variety of wok dishes

from Hong Kong, Malaysia,

Singapore and Japan.

Enjoy the heart of Italian

culture with antipasto, pizza,

pasta and contemporary

cuisine Italian at Aqua Bar &

Dining.

‘Flame Lounge & Dining’

is where the club stakes its

reputation on steaks. Sit

down to a special menu featuring

certified Angus and

Wagyu beef, fresh seafood,

and superb lamb. Perfect for

everyday or special occasion

dining.

Dee Why RSL offers a twoyear

membership for $5.

Check out their website

for the latest menus and

specials.

deewhyrsl.com.au

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 July.

Every day their Restaurant

menu offers mouth-watering

dishes such as Californian-inspired

Guacamole,

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

sauce.

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.

For dessert, their lime

tart brûlée is served with inhouse

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.

parkhousefoodandliquor.com.au

This Month...

Faulty Towers

The hilarious Faulty Towers

The Dining Experience returns

to Dee Why RSL but tickets will

sell out here, so early booking

is essential! Two shows Fri 26

and Sat 27. Tickets $99; book

at deewhyrsl.com.au

Blue Plimsoul

Blues with a sting in the

tail. CP Rhodes guitar, vocals.

Rowan Turner lead guitar,

Steve Hart bass and Avo Karageuzian

on drums. Fri 19, 9pm

at Avalon Beach RSL. Free.

Celebrity Psychic

Meet Elissa and experience

an evening of live readings

and audience participation at

Pittwater RSL on Saturday 20,

from 7.30-9.30pm. Tickets

$40pp. Bookings 9997 3833.

Winter jazz

Catch some Jazz at the

Avalon Beach Bowling Club on

Wednesdays from 7pm. The

line-up this month includes Armondo

Hurley, Nicky Crayson,

Nic Jeffries and Johnny Nicol

with Ray Forster & Friends.

Tickets $15 at the door or $10

for members pre-purchased.

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Tasty Morsels

Tasty Morsels

Berempah adding

spice to Newport

The upper northern beaches is

spoilt for choice when it comes to

good-quality Asian restaurants,

with Thai options particularly plentiful

across Pittwater – now diners have a new

taste to savour with the opening of Berempah

Restaurant and Bar at Newport

which specialises in authentic Malaysian

dishes.

Owners Stephanie Hoang and her

partner opened their first Berempah

restaurant (in Malay it means “spices and

herbs”) at Willoughby three years ago;

their Newport venue opened in June,

serving the same range of tasty curries

and fusion dishes.

“Our menu has great variety – we have

entrees, authentic Malaysian curries and

mains, rice and noodles, also Chef Special

fusion dishes,” Stephanie said.

“The popular street food in Malaysia

are Roti Canai, Nasi Lemak Rice, Laksa,

Char Koay Teow, Mee Goreng and Satay

Skewers. I want to bring a great dining

experience to Newport with quality food,

good service – and authentic flavours.”

Joe also contributes as head chef, with

more than 10 years’ experience.

“Joe’s mother is Malaysian, his dad

is Thai, so his cooking style is a kind

of Malaysian-Thai fusion,” Stephanie

explains.

If you’re looking for guidance on menu

selection, Stephanie is happy to assist.

“For an entrée, I suggest from Chicken

Satay, Roti Canai, Curry Puffs or our

Sweet Tamarind Wings.

“Main meal specialties include Chicken

ʻPleased to meet you!’

In Spanish, “Mucho Gusto”

means “pleased to meet

you” – and that’s exactly

how you’ll feel when you

step through the door and

into this welcoming new

café space on Darley Road

in Mona Vale.

Owners Giselle and

Jaime say their mission is

serve the local business

community by providing

the highest-quality coffee,

sandwiches, snacks, and

baked goods in an atmosphere

that meets the needs

of customers who are in a

hurry as well as those who

want a place to relax and

enjoy their beverages and

food.

Their specialties include

Acai Bowls, signature

serving Chorizo Rolls,

Burgers, Salads,

Smoothies and freshly

made Sandwiches daily.

They’re open 6 days

Monday to Saturday and

also offer a text-and-pickup

service for those on-thego;

call them on 0450 187

574 or find them at 9/101

Darley Rd, Mona Vale.

* Reader Special: In July,

show their ad (see page

22) and receive 10% off

your bill. – Nigel Wall

Curry, Beef Rendang, Ayam Berempah,

Lamb Shank Penang Curry, Berempah

Pork Belly or tower of Pork Ribs (top

right), or Mee Goreng Noodles.

“And for dessert you must try Joe’s

chef-made coconut ice cream, banana

roti or banana fritter.”

Also, look out for their changing lunch

and monthly specials, while they will

be launching home delivery to suburbs

including Newport, Avalon, Mona Vale,

Bilgola, Warriewood and Clareville soon.

* Find them at 335 Barrenjoey Rd,

Newport (next to Wild Lotus Florist).

– Nigel Wall

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Palm Beach café is GOAT

Looking for a laid-back, rustic and quirky café at the northern

tip of the peninsula? Head to The Greedy Goat, the first cafe

when arriving in Palm Beach. (“If you missed the goat on the

hedge, you missed us!” say owner Vicki.)

The GG’s tasty, home-cooked fare, plus delicious coffee from

Allpress, is a favourite with the locals and a hit with day trippers

too. (And actor Bryan Brown tells us the cast and crew of the

new hit movie ‘Palm Beach’ spent plenty of mornings wolfing

down their eggs for breakfast!)

The GG has a new chef too, with local identity Alex taking

control of “the pans” recently.

This unpretentious café has outdoor seating,

is dog-friendly and has

overhead heaters.

Their go-to breakfast

dishes include tasty corn

Plus, they offer a daily $20 lunch special (from 12pm,

zucchini & shallot fritters

including coffee), which attracts customers from near and

with bacon and tomato

far – simply phone ahead to find out their dish of the day!

chutney, as well as crisp

(And ask about their $12 Soup of the Week).

potato rosti (both right).

The GG currently have two ‘Tradies Treat’ specials – a

Their burger selections

include Wagyu

Bread with regular coffee ($7).

Bacon and Egg Roll with regular coffee ($10) and Banana

Beef, Veggie and Chicken

And if it’s something sweet you’re after, they offer a

Schnitzel, while they also

selection of homemade cakes and brownies – and their

serve weekly pies in winter

must-try flourless peach and strawberry slice.

(Chicken and Leek or

* Open: 8am-2.30pm 6 days (closed Tues); find them at

Shepherd's Pie).

1031 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach. Call 9974 2555.

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Food Life

It's no sin to give in to

chocolate temptations...

Although there are many days chocolate is celebrated

throughout the year (a little every day for me!) July 7th

is generally considered by most to be the worldwide

day to celebrate all things chocolate. So I have pulled out the

best of the best from my files to share! My favourite chocolate

tip? Use a chocolate that has at least 40% Cocoa solids, with no

vegetable or palm oil.

with Janelle Bloom

Food Life

Best ever

chocolate cake

Serve 8

250g butter, chopped

200g dark chocolate,

chopped

½ cup cocoa powder

½ cup self-raising flour

½ cup plain flour

¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda

1½ cups caster sugar

3 eggs

¾ cup buttermilk

Chocolate curls, to decorate

(optional)

Frosting

¼ cup cocoa powder, sifted

¼ cup hot water

250g butter, softened

½ cup pure icing sugar, sifted

400g dark chocolate, melted,

cooled

1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan

forced. Grease and line base

and sides of a 6cm-deep,

20cm (base) round cake pan.

2. Combine butter and

chocolate in a small

saucepan. Stir over low

heat until melted. Stir in the

cocoa, whisk to dissolve. Set

aside to cool for 5 minutes.

3. Sift flours and bicarbonate

of soda into a large bowl.

Stir in sugar. Whisk eggs and

buttermilk together. Pour into

flour mixture, add chocolate

mixture and stir gently to

combine. Pour into prepared

pan. Bake for 1 hour and 15

minutes or until a skewer

inserted into the centre

comes out clean. Stand 15

minutes in pan before turning

onto a wire rack to cool.

4. Meanwhile, for the frosting:

Whisk cocoa and water

in a bowl until cocoa has

dissolved. Cool 10 minutes.

Beat butter and icing sugar

with an electric mixer

until pale. Beat in melted

chocolate. Fold in the cocoa

mixture until combined.

Janelle’s Tip: It’s delicious

served warm, drizzled with warm

chocolate or salted caramel sauce

for a winter dessert.

5. Split the cake in half. Place

base on serving plate. Spread

one third of the frosting over

the cake base. Sandwich

with cake top. Spread the

remaining frosting over the

tip and sides of the cake. Top

with chocolate curls, if using.

Serve.

Raspberry

brownies

Makes 15

200g butter, chopped

200g dark chocolate block,

chopped

2 tbs cocoa powder

1 cup brown sugar, firmly

packed

3 eggs, lightly beaten

¾ cup plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

200g fresh raspberries

extra cocoa powder to

decorate

1. Preheat oven 180°C (no

fan). Grease and line base

and sides of an 18cm x

28cm rectangular slab pan.

2. Combine butter and

chocolate in a small

saucepan. Stir over low

heat until almost melted.

Remove, stir until melted.

Add cocoa, stir until

smooth. Pour into a bowl.

Cool for 10 minutes.

3. Add sugar and eggs.

Sift the flour, and baking

powder over chocolate

mixture. Stir until smooth.

Spoon into prepared pan.

Press half the raspberries

into the batter. Smooth

over top. Bake for about 35

minutes, or until just firm

to touch. Stand 10 minutes,

while warm press half the

remaining raspberries into

the top of the brownie. Set

aside to cool completely in

the pan.

4. Remove from the pan. Cut

into squares, dust with

cocoa. Serve with remaining

raspberries.

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

Churros with

choc fudge

dipping sauce

Makes 24

½ cup caster sugar

2 tsp ground cinnamon

vegetable oil, for deep-frying

churros

1¾ cups plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

100g butter, chopped

1 cup full cream milk

¾ cup caster sugar

2 eggs, lightly beaten

Choc fudge dipping sauce

300ml thickened cream

200g dark cooking chocolate,

chopped

1. For the sauce, combine

the cream and chocolate

in a microwave-safe bowl.

Microwave in 1-minute

bursts, on High/100%,

stirring each minute until

melted and smooth.

2. For the churros, sift the

flour and baking powder

together into a bowl.

Combine butter, milk

and sugar in a medium

saucepan. Stir over medium

heat until butter is melted.

Bring to boil, without

stirring. Remove from heat.

Quickly add sifted flour

mixture and stir over low

heat until dough comes

together.

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3. Transfer hot mixture to

the bowl of an electric

mixer. Cool for 5 minutes.

With mixer on medium,

add eggs a little at a time,

beating until smooth and

shiny. Spoon into a piping

bag fitted with a 1cm star

nozzle.

4. Combine sugar and

cinnamon on a tray.

5. Heat enough oil in a

large pan or wok over a

medium-high heat until oil

reaches 175°C on a deepfry

thermometer or a piece

bread sizzles when dropped

into oil. Carefully pipe four,

8-10cm lengths of mixture

into hot oil, cutting mixture

from bag with a kitchen

scissors (see Janelle’s Tip).

6. Deep-fry for 2-3 minutes,

turning occasionally, until

golden. Drain on a wire rack

over a baking tray. Toss

in cinnamon sugar while

hot. Repeat with remaining

mixture and cinnamon

sugar. Serve warm with

dipping sauce.

will stop mixture sticking.

#2 – make the churros a few

hours ahead. After tossing in

cinnamon sugar, place onto a

wire rack. Warm in the oven

on the rack and toss again in

more cinnamon sugar. #3 –

dipping sauce can be made

ahead and warmed in the

microwave.

Naughty caramel

hot chocolate

Makes 4

600ml full cream milk

3 tbs cocoa powder

180g block Caramello

chocolate

1 cup mini white

marshmallows

Extra cocoa, to serve

1. In a medium saucepan,

combine milk, cocoa

powder and chocolate. Stir

over medium heat until

cocoa has dissolved, and

mixture is smooth. Do not

boil, remove from heat,

whisk well then pour into

warm mugs.

Janelle’s Tips: #1 – tip

2. Top with marshmallows,

scissors in cold water

dust with extra cocoa and

between cutting churros; this serve.

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Food Life

Food Life

In Season

Brussels

Sprouts

Growing up, my

sisters and I

refused to eat Brussels

sprouts, as we hated

anything green and

there was something

about the smell as

mum boiled them.

But I am now a convert.

However, they should not

be boiled; they should be

roasted, stir-fried or sautéed!

I know you will absolutely

adore them when cooked this

way... even with a little Maple

Syrup, and some Macadamias.

The combinations and

possibilities are endless!

Buying

Look for small to medium

Brussels sprouts. They should

have bright green that are

tightly wrapped around each

other. There should be no

yellowing of the leaves. Baby

Brussels Sprouts are slightly

firmer, crisper and sweeter

than larger ones – a bit like

peas and Baby peas.

Storage

Store unwashed in an air-tight

bag for up to a week.

Nutrition:

Brussels sprouts are

incredibly nutritious,

they offer protection from

vitamin-A deficiency, bone

loss, iron-deficiency anemia,

and believed to protect from

cardiovascular diseases and

colon and prostate cancers.

They are a rich source

of protein, dietary fibre,

vitamins, minerals, and

antioxidants.

Also In Season

July

Apples; Banana; Custard

apples; Mandarins, Kiwi

fruit (look out for new Gold

variety); Nashi; Australian

Navel oranges; Pears;

Quince, Rhubarb and

winter strawberries. Also

creamy Avocados; Beetroot;

Broccolini and Broccoli;

Cauliflower; Celeriac; Leeks

and Fennel (look out for

baby variety); Jerusalem

artichokes; Mushrooms;

Butternut pumpkin; Sweet

potato; Spinach and

Silverbeet; Kale and turnips.

Roasted parmesan Brussels Sprouts

Serve 4 as side

300g Baby Brussels Sprouts

2 tbs olive oil

1 tbs butter, melted

2 garlic cloves, crushed

40g parmesan, finely grated

1. Preheat oven 200°C fan

forced.

2. Cut the stem off the end

of the sprouts and remove

any yellow outer leaves. Cut

sprouts in half. Arrange in a

greased roasting pan.

3. Combine the oil, butter

and garlic. Spoon over

the sprouts, toss gently

to coat. Season well with

salt and pepper. Roast 20

minutes until sprouts start

to colour.

4. Scatter over the parmesan.

Roast a further 10 minutes

until leaves are crisp and

the centres of the sprouts

are just tender.

5. Serve.

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Pittwater Puzzler

Compiled by David Stickley

22 DOWN

ACROSS

1 Ancient calculator (6)

5 An enthusiast for the sport of

surfboard riding (7)

9 Company of singers like the

Northern Beaches Chorus (5)

10 The first man on the moon (9)

11 Professor or lecturer (8)

12 Give blood at the Australian Red

Cross Blood Service’s Mobile Donor

Centre, for example (6)

13 Very black (4)

14 Suburb in the local government

area of Northern Beaches Council (9)

18 Hear about (3,4,2)

20 The largest of the world’s

continents (4)

23 Overtakes (4,2)

24 Time when the Kids on the

Coast program has many activities

available (8)

26 Right now when it’s very chilly (9)

27 One’s son or daughter (at any age) (5)

28 In vogue (7)

29 Becoming less severe (6)

DOWN

2 Type of site to be established at

Ingleside Chase Reserve to help

manage the land for conservation (7)

3 Bay where the beginnings of the

Roman Catholic Church on the

Northern Beaches were established (6)

4 Good advice on a wet winter’s day,

perhaps (4,2,3)

5 Dull, heavy blow (4)

6 Creative features that will one day

adorn the Northern Beaches Coast

Walk (8)

7 3-D museum display (7)

8 Good golf score; bird of prey (5)

9 Outer layer (7)

15 Deviating from the correct route

(3,6)

16 Slipped away (7)

17 Resource recovery centre at

Ingleside (8)

19 A national one of these will happen

at South Creek Reserve in late July (4,3)

21 Beach where Northern Beaches

Council is proposing an off-leash dog

trial (7)

22 A place, building or tent for

entertainment by acrobats, clowns,

performing animals, etc (6)

23 Olympic ones will be held in Japan

in 2002 (5)

25 Impress clearly (4)

[Solution page 72]

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Garden Life

Garden Life

Delight Tips to in help the overcome amazing

colours latest water of hydrangeas restrictions with Gabrielle Bryant

All

A

gardeners are

lways a favourite for

Christmas now faced colour, with the hydrangeas

are flowering their

challenge of water

restrictions and the prospect

heads off! They look wonderful

in the garden, brightening

of a long, hot dry summer

ahead. It is time to re-look at

the semi-shaded areas and

the ways of gardening, before

glowing in the full, protected

the days of electric timers

sunlight. Once the older

and watering systems. Our

varieties were either pink or

parents managed well with

blue depending on the soil,

a few old-fashioned ways

additional lime will deepen

of keeping water for their

the pinks and blueing tonic

gardens.

(sulphate of aluminium) will

The new restriction is

heighten the blues, but the

Phase One. It means that no

new named varieties will

fixed hoses or sprinklers can

maintain their colour. White

be used, and hand watering

never changes. There are

is only allowed with a hose

hydrangeas of every size from

fitted with a spray nozzle

the tiny dwarf Piamina to the

after 4pm and before 10am.

tall traditional Mop Heads.

Water as early as possible

With so many to choose from

so that the water sinks in

it is almost too difficult to

before it evaporates in the

decide. There are the delicate

heat of the day. Don’t waste a

lace caps, the huge blooms

drop of water.

Keep your watering cans full

for watering your pot plants.

You can save roof water

into storage water tanks.

This will then need powered

pumps to use the water. The

old idea of water butts under

down pipes is very appealing.

Wooden wine barrels are

perfect; if you can’t find one

you can use any large watertight

container.

Keep empty buckets in the

shower. You will be surprised

how quickly they fill with water!

If you’re starting a new

garden, buy plants that need

little water. Most plant labels

show if the plant is droughttolerant.

Save every drop of moisture

around newly planted trees

and shrubs by cutting a

cardboard circle the width

of the foliage, making a hole

in the centre the diameter of

the trunk, and placing it over

the soil and covering it with

thick mulch or compost. The

cardboard will hold moisture

for a long time and, as a

bonus, it will keep the weeds

away.

Make sure that you use

potting mix that has water

crystals and spray both the

garden and the lawn with a

wetting agent.

of Aerate the traditional the lawn mop to allow heads,

the water cone-shaped to sink flowers in and turn of

hydrangea paniculata bushes

the topsoil of garden beds

regularly to prevent the soil

from hardening in the heat,

allowing that can be precious two metres water tall. to

run The off recently the surface. introduced

smaller

Mulch,

growing

mulch and

Picotee

more

mulch

varieties

will

with

always

two-tone

help.

flower

heads

The old

are

bottle

hard to

trick

leave

has

behind

and

taken on a

if

new

you

look.

have

Fittings

a semishaded

are made

wall,

with

the

adjustable

climbing

flow

nozzles

hydrangea

to fit

petiolaris

plastic drink

is just

beautiful.

bottles that will water your

Hydrangeas are forgiving

plants over several days. I

plants that are easy to grow.

haven’t seen them for sale in

They like regular water and

retail shops but there are many

any good garden soil. Mulch

different ones for sale online.

the roots with compost to

Some are plastic and others

keep them cool and feed

are ceramic, all will work

them in early spring to get

the same way. Ceramic is

them going. Grow them in

more expensive but more

pots, or in the garden; bring

ecologically friendly.

them inside when in flower

Last, check the washers on

or cut the blooms – they last

all taps and fix leaking pipes.

well in water.

Planning for

vegetables

July is a cold, damp month,

often wet and miserable,

so when the sun creeps out

make the most of it and get

out to the vegetable garden.

If it is still cold, put up a

collapsible plastic house

over the garden.

Cherry Then you can Guava get ahead a

with planting seedlings

sweet surprise

that will give an early crop

Ibefore n full flower Christmas. in my Sow veggie

seeds garden of is beans, my Cherry sweet Guava, corn,

sometimes leek, pumpkins, known tomato as a Strawberry

and watermelon Guava. This inside delightful your

evergreen plastic cover. shrub never fails to

produce Once they a heavy germinate, crop of cherry

guavas pot them in early into small autumn. pots

and It is keep a small, them pretty warm tree for with

rounded, planting glossy out next green month. leaves

that Make only sure grows that to about your peas

three and sweet metres peas in height. have a Keep it

trimmed strong frame into shape to climb. after If fruiting.

have The grown delicate winter fluffy crops flowers

you

are of carrots, creamy white, spring growing onions, close

to silver the branches. beet, lettuce, They or are other followed

veggies by feed the tangy them flavoured, now with

sweet, a slow berry-sized, release fertiliser cherry and red

fruit mulch that well are with high compost. in vitamin C.

Unlike Potatoes the can taller-growing be planted deciduous

and yellow so can guava sweet that potato, needs

now

cooking, onions and the fruit shallots. can be eaten

raw straight from the tree or

used in cooking, jellies, drinks,

sauces or jams.

You should protect the fruit

from fruit fly with a fruit fly bait.

Get into the

‘swing’ of Xmas

It is time to relax and enjoy

your garden. Look at your

outdoor seating requirements

– the shops are full of

amazing chairs and tables.

Hanging cane egg chairs have

been trendy for the past few

years and now the ‘Swing

Seat’ is back. Nothing is more

peaceful than swinging in a

seat for two, sheltered from

the weather with a roof to

shade from the sun – makes a

great Christmas present too!

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Beautiful boronia

are heaven scent

When boronias are

mentioned, the sweet

scent of the brown boronia that

is unrivalled in the garden is

always remembered. However,

the boronia family has many

members; all are fragrant,

some are easier to grow than

others – but all are worth a try.

None of the boronias are

long-lived but while they are in

the garden they are beautiful.

Boronias are small, low-growing

shrubs that need filtered

sun and moist but well-drained

(not waterlogged) soil.

The Western Australian

Boronias magastima (brown),

lutea (yellow) and heterophylla

(red) all have many cultivars

and named varieties. They are

touchy plants and I believe

best kept as pot plants to bring

inside when they are in flower

– their pendulous bell flowers

fill the house with their magical

scent.

The easiest is the Native

Rose, boronia serrulata. Also

fragrant, the pointed soft green

leaves make a perfect background

for the star-shaped,

bright pink flowers. Plant this

boronia in a semi-shaded position

as a low-growing shrub

under taller-growing native

grevilleas or bottlebrush.

Make sure that the shallow

roots don’t dry out in summer,

trim it back after flowering and

it should live for several years

lighting up your garden in

spring. Boronia serrulata also

grows well in pots.

Waxing lyrical

about WA native

With spring almost here,

shrubs are showing buds

and the earliest are bursting

into flower. The drought-tolerant

Geraldton

Wax is a Western

Australian native

that loves

our drier sandy

coastal conditions.

You will

find it now in

garden centres.

Bees love the

honey in the

waxy flowers

that in the wild

are pale pink,

but with plant

breeding can be

found in every colour – from

palest cream to dark burgundy.

It is a great plant for flowerpicking

and is used by florists

all over the world. Picked, just

as the buds start to open the

sprays of tiny wax-like flowers

will last for many days.

The shrub will grow to about

two metres

tall. The fine

green foliage

is decorative

all year round.

Trim the bush

back after flowering

to keep it

dense and feed

in spring with

a native plant

food (Bush

Tucker is the

best).

Geraldton

Wax is an

undemanding plant that needs

full sun and well-drained soil. It

is susceptible to root rot if the

position is too shady or poorly

drained.

Garden Life

The natural dye is cast!

School holidays are here, so instead of giving tired veggies

and vegetable peelings to your worms or the compost

bin, give them to the kids. Have some fun in the kitchen with

natural dyes.

Use onion skins (ochre), beetroot (red), carrot peelings (orange),

old coffee beans and tea leaves (brown), outside red cabbage

leaves (purple), spinach (green), orange peel (yellow) and other

vegetables to make some wonderful colours.

You will need a cup of each vegetable chopped into a small

saucepan with two cups of water. Simmer for one hour, let the

water cool and strain it into a clean jar. It is as simple as that!

Run the clean cotton under cold water, before soaking it in the

coloured dye. Leave it soaking until it is the colour you want. Take

it out and let it dry.

Find new colours by experimenting with tree bark, gum leaves,

other fruit and flowers.

NB: To fix the colour permanently, soak the fabric in a saucepan

of water that is one part vinegar and 4 parts water, and simmer for

about one hour before you put it into the dye.

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Garden Life

Jobs this Month

July

Garden Life

We may be in drought,

but no-one would

have thought it

last month! Heavy rains

compacted the soil. Turn the

topsoil for better drainage

and cover with a new layer of

mulch. Also, this is the last

month to move any trees or

shrubs that are deciduous.

The days will start getting

longer now, and the sap will

begin to rise. Last chance this

month for summer-flowering

lilium and hippeastrum bulbs

and other summer-flowering

perennials that are sold on

the bulb stands. Make sure

that the bulbs are still firm

and that perennial plants

in peat packaging have not

dried out. Last, plant tomato

seeds this month so that you

will have them ready for next

month and planting.

Prune roses

Cut back any weak or twiggy

growth so that the centre

of the bush is open. Always

prune to an outward-growing

shoot. Spray your roses with

lime sulphur to eliminate any

spores of black spot. Spray

the surrounding soil at the

same time.

Glorious

gardenias

Gardenias are always a

favourite in the garden. The

smaller-growing Super Star is

a compact, low-growing neat

shrub with fragrant, single

pinwheel flowers. If you have a

space this is great plant to fill

a corner in a sunny spot. Once

established it is tough, hardy

and undemanding. Feed it with

Kahoona for a mass of flowers

at Christmas.

Fruits of labour

If you want to grow fruit trees,

this is the time to plant them.

Make sure if you are buying

fruit trees that you check the

varieties carefully. Most apples

and stone fruit need winter

frost although there are a few

newer varieties that will grow

in frost-free climates. Fruits

that are good for this area

include paw paws, passionfruit,

avocadoes, guavas,

pomegranates, grapes, kiwi

fruit, strawberries, mangoes,

bananas and figs.

Divide & conquer

Lift and divide gingers, iris,

mondo grass gazanias, liriope,

ornamental grasses, dichondra,

strawberries and Shasta

daisies. Also trim and train

passionfruit vines. The fruit is

only produced on new growth.

You should cut the vine back

by 50%.

On your guard

Guard the flower spikes on

orchids. Snails, caterpillars and

grasshoppers can decimate

the buds in a single night.

Multiguard will keep the snails

under control – but why not

bring the pots inside until they

finish flowering?

The good oil

Protect the new growth on

citrus trees from leaf miners

with Eco Oil mixed together

with Eco Neem. As the days

warm up a regular weekly spray

is worth the effort.

‘Lei’ off pruning

Wait until next month to prune

Hawaiian hibiscus. It is always

tempting to tidy them up, but

the nights are still too cold.

Basket beauty

Cheer yourself up on a cold

day by buying a new hanging

basket plant. Ipomea Blackie

is a tough and hardy trailing

plant. It is a cousin of the sweet

potato. The stunning dark

purple leaves look amazing as

a backdrop for the pretty pink

flowers. It loves good light and

the sun. It looks great in mixed

baskets, multi-planted tubs,

or as a ground cover in the

garden.

Crossword solution from page 69

Mystery location: BROKEN BAY

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Times Past

Catholic beginnings

at early Careel Bay

The history of the Roman

Catholic Church in the

2107 postcode area

began when the Reverend

Father John Joseph Therry

was granted land there.

Governor Bourke granted

him some 1200 acres on

August 31, 1833 and a further

grant of 280 acres was made

on February 11, 1837.

The boundaries, according

to his biographer Eris O’Brien,

were from Narrabeen Lake to

Careel Bay and bounded by

the Tasman Sea.

However Father Therry’s

main focus was on the Careel

Bay area where he proposed to

establish the ‘Marine Village

of Brighton’ in the diocese of

Josephton.

Father Therry had

ambitions of agriculture there

but he also hoped for success

searching for coal on the

Avalon Golf Links. However,

the test bore to 120 metres

revealed nothing and it was

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claimed to have cost him 800 Grace Dr Vaughan,

pounds in 1860.

accompanied by the

Besides the sale of shells Very Reverend Dean

from Aboriginal middens Hallinan, DD visited

around Careel Bay and

Pitt Water for the

Pittwater for the manufacture purpose of holding

no visiting priest, the Church

of lime for cement in Sydney, Confirmation there. The

was moved to the Narrabeen

he managed to settle a few ceremony took place in the

Parish on 6 December 1917.

Roman Catholic families in the church, which has lately been

It shows in the photo with its

area, some from his home town erected near the residence of

later roof of asbestos shingles

of Cork in Ireland. Plans for a Mr John Collins. The church

and Father Amiel Sobb

Church of “almost cathedrallike

proportions overlooking for the occasion”.

was handsomely decorated

standing by the doorway.

I was fortunate to have

the sea at St Michael’s Cave” The Church is not shown in

recorded some dialogue with

never eventuated.

the 1871 subdivision of the

him about the Church before

After his death on May 24, ‘Marine Village of Brighton’ in

he died in 1982.

1864, the small weatherboard the diocese of Josephton but

St Joseph’s Church was built the cottage and lot outline of

on the corner of Joseph and Henry Gaskin’s 50-acre grant TIMES PAST is supplied

George Streets. I suspect it from July 1820 does. This has by local historian

may have been erected in frequently been incorrectly and President of the

memory of Father Therry assumed to be the site of the

Avalon Beach Historical

as much as also providing Church.

Society GEOFF SEARL.

somewhere for the celebration The main photo shows the

of Mass for the local Roman Church with its shingled roof Visit the Society’s

Catholics.

on its site facing George Street showroom in Bowling

The Freeman’s Journal of which at that time shows as Green Lane, Avalon

November 13, 1875 reported little more than a worn track.

that “… on Monday last his After years of inactivity and

Beach.

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Travel Life

Travel Life

Seamless journey through Old Europe

Viking Homelands is one of Viking’s most popular

ocean cruise itineraries — and with good reason,

says Travel View’s Karen Robinson.

“Sailing from Stockholm to Bergen or vice versa, this

spectacular 15-day voyage covers the highlights the

Nordic nations, Russia and Germany, with overnight

stays in three fascinating cities.

Sweden: Stockholm

“Here, you will stroll through the charming

cobblestone streets of Gamla Stan

and marvel at the Royal Palace, Parliament

House and the Royal Opera,” says Karen.

“With an overnight stay, you will have time

to sample plenty of traditional Swedish cuisine

and visit the famous Vasa Museum.”

Finland: Helsinki

“Finland was named the happiest country in the world this year,

and in the nation’s dynamic capital, it’s easy to see why. Helsinki

is overflowing with magnificent architecture and breathtaking

natural beauty. Browse the stalls of Market Square and mingle with

locals, see the Uspenski Cathedral and visit stunning Sibelius Park.”

Russia: St Petersburg

“Visit St Isaac’s Cathedral, the Peter and Paul Fortress and

Nevsky Prospekt – with an overnight stay here, you will have the

chance to explore the incredible Hermitage Museum, Catherine

Palace and Peterhof Palace.”

Estonia: Tallinn

“Stroll through the meticulously restored medieval streets of Tallinn

and visit the colossal Alexander Nevsky

Cathedral and the sumptuously baroque

Kadriorg Palace, all while feasting on delicious

locally made marzipan,” said Karen.

Poland: Gdansk

“Gilded Goldwasser… glowing amber… Gothic

cathedrals – your stop in Gdansk is a visit

to one of the richest cities in the Hanseatic

League of old. Explore the remarkably restored

Old Town with its eclectic mix of architecture

and indulge in traditional pierogi dumplings.”

Germany: Berlin

“Discover Germany’s historic capital at your own pace. Sample

locally brewed beer and see the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz,

Checkpoint Charlie, and remnants of the Berlin Wall.”

Denmark: Copenhagen & Ålborg

“Delight your palate at one of Copenhagen’s many Michelin-starred

restaurants. In beautiful Ålborg, stroll through the Old Town and

Utzon Park.”

Norway: Stavanger, Eidfjord & Bergen

“Explore Stavanger’s old quarter, where you will find Europe’s

highest concentration of wooden buildings from the 17th and 18th

centuries. In Eidfjord, ascend Europe’s largest mountain plateau,

and witness the 550-foot drop of the Vøringsfossen waterfall. And

in Bergen, gaze in awe at the majestic mountains and fjords surrounding

you, and see the quaint wooden buildings of Bryggen

– a UNESCO World Heritage site.

* Call Travel View Avalon (9918 4444) or Collaroy (9999 0444).

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