Pittwater Life September 2019 Issue


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‘Critical’ conditions discussed

So it’s one hearing of the

Parliamentary Inquiry into

the operation and management

at the new Northern Beaches

Hospital down... three to go.

As you might expect,

with operator Healthscope,

NSW Health, plus outraged

community and union groups

gathered in the same place, not

everyone was singing from the

same song sheet on Day One

(see coverage page 6)

Healthscope offered a

comprehensive ‘mea culpa’ but

submitted that changes have

already been made to ensure

problems do not re-occur.

However the Save Mona Vale

Hospital group submitted that

Northern Beaches residents

should not have to put up with

ongoing teething problems

and called for a return of

emergency services and acute

care at Mona Vale Hospital.

Perhaps it’s unavoidable that

the first hearing had moments

of ‘naming and shaming’, given

parties have their own agendas.

Somewhere between those

agendas lies the solution. Let’s

hope that when complete,

the Inquiry helps cure any

lingering ills (and doubt),

so that the hospital can get

on with the job of providing

professional health services

and care that our community

can embrace with confidence.

* * *

Thanks to all the readers

who contacted us with kind

words about our feature article

on local ‘larrikin spirit’ Damien

Lovelock last month.

His sudden passing in early

August came as a huge shock

to the community and indeed

to us here at Pittwater Life,

given we had been talking with

Damien about his ‘Life Story’

article just days before the

news broke with the magazine

in print.

He will be missed; and he

probably underestimated his

reach and connection with so

many locals. – Nigel Wall

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COVER: Recommendations from the parliamentary inquiry

into problems at the new Northern Beaches Hospital must

be acted upon (p6); precious Littoral rainforest at Newport

has been saved from the bulldozer (p10); the controversial

offleash dog trial at Station Beach gets the green light (p11);

meet Ella Woolcott, Pittwater’s first female ferry Master

(p12); it’s a fond farewell to Mona Vale PS Principal Greg

Jones (p14); read about the new way to order fresh food from

your favourite local suppliers and have it delivered to your

door (p22); and we chat with home-grown boss of ABC News

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Inquiry to cure ‘ills’


Given the years of emotion surrounding

the conception, construction

and delivery of the new

Northern Beaches Hospital, it would

be easy to understand if the current Parliamentary

Inquiry into the operational

issues at the facility developed into a

naming and shaming exercise.

Certainly there was more than a hint

of that at the first hearing at Parliament

House in Sydney on August 26.

However, the inquiry has a more

crucial role: helping to cure the 488-bed

hospital of any identifiable lingering

ills, so that it might function as was

intended, and as it should – providing

professional health services and care

that the community on the Northern

Beaches can embrace with confidence.

The inquiry comprises four hearings,

with future dates of September 23,

October 1 and November 5.

It was triggered in June when Opposition

spokesman Walt Secord’s motion to

examine the privately operated (Healthscope-owned)

hospital was successful

in the upper house; Secord claimed the

hospital had “lurched from crisis to

crisis” since it opened in 2018.

In the lead-up to the first hearing,

227 online submissions were received.

Among them were allegations of medical

errors, poor patient care, staff shortages,

lack of essential supplies as well

as systems failures.

Dozens of submissions called for

Mona Vale Hospital to be ‘saved’ (reopened

with emergency and acute services).

A handful of complaints focused

on the design of the building, fire and

other building concerns, plus parking

charges and the hospital food.

Save Mona Vale Hospital chair Parry

Thomas told the Inquiry that “... the

problems plaguing NBH are not unusual

for Public-Private partnerships”.

He pointed out that in recent decades

governments had to buy back three

similarly run hospitals, including Port

Macquarie which was set up in the early

1990s, despite opposition from community

groups and unions, and bought

back in 2005.

He added that Port Macquarie also

suffered ‘teething problems’ – similar to

those documented at NBH – which happened

to last over a decade.

“The Northern Beaches community

should not have to endure years of

‘teething problems’ as occurred at Port

Macquarie,” he said. “Given the size of

NBH compared to the 160 beds at Port

Macquarie, even more dramatic and

rapid action is needed.

“We believe the NSW Government

should... take over the Northern Beaches

Hospital now and return acute services

to Mona Vale Hospital.”

But Healthscope Interim CEO Richard

Royle refuted claims of ongoing systemic

and operational failures, submitting

that improvement had been clearly demonstrated

by the feedback from patients

cared for over the past nine months and

the clinical outcome data that they were

now able to publish on their website, in

line with Healthscope’s Clinical Governance


“We take ownership of the past and

restate our commitment to ongoing

improvement and high-quality patient

outcomes,” Mr Royle said. “We do not

seek to deflect responsibility, and we

acknowledge mistakes have been made.

At the same time, we point to the significant

achievements that the NBH team

has made to rectify those mistakes.


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NB Hospital.

“We also understand that, regardless

of the apportionment of blame, there

was a failure in the early days of the

Hospital where it did not meet the community’s

or our own high expectations.

For that, we apologise, and since the

initial period we have directed all our

efforts into putting things right, with a

focus on continuous improvement.”

NSW Health’s Dr Nigel Lyons submitted

that after operational issues arose

following the opening, his department

acted to support Healthscope’s resolution

of these matters. Examples included

Junior Medical Officer (JMO) staffing (including

staffing levels; clinical handover;

workload; and rostering practices).

“In response to the findings...

Healthscope together with NSW Health...

implemented a suite of interventions

including enhancing staffing levels and

after-hours rostering to improve workload

distribution and support the JMO

workforce,” he said.

Patient flow and supply and logistics

were also identified as areas of concern.

“NSW Health made a senior nurse

manager available to work on site with

NBH Emergency Department staff for

four weeks to review and improve flow

processes,” Dr Lyons said.

“Concerns were raised about stock

levels for high volume items and the

availability of specific items... NSW

Health offered assistance to Healthscope

to enhance the supply chain and

support NBH with ordering and logistics


But the General Secretary of the NSW

Nurses and Midwives Association, Brett

Holmes, submitted that ongoing issues


“The level of care and services

currently being provided at NBH are

generally seen as being less than that

provided previously at Manly and Mona

Vale Hospitals, both qualitatively in the

view of members and statistically based

on data available from the Bureau of

Health Information,” he said.

“Staffing was and remains a critical

issue. A lack of staffing, poor skills

mix, and a disproportionate reliance

on casual and agency staff is causing

significant issues, impacting on clinical

care and the provision of a safe working

environment for nurses and midwives.”

Many of the submissions received

were from patients who related their

first-hand experiences, with 13 individuals

praising the hospital and its staff.

Mrs Marilyn Smith wrote she had been

to the hospital six times since it opened;

her conclusion being: “... once the staff

issues and organisation in the wards

comes up to standard, I will have no hesitation

in going to the Northern Beaches

hospital for a long or short stay.”

The Inquiry resumes on September 23.

– Nigel Wall


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Council not ‘sitting

on hands’ on climate

Northern Beaches Council says it has no

immediate plan to join the growing

list of local governments in NSW that

have declared or recognised ‘Climate Change

Emergencies’ over the past year – but assures

residents and ratepayers it is not “sitting on its

hands” over the issue.

Last month, Wollongong and Lismore Councils

declared the community was in a state of

‘climate change emergency’ requiring “urgent

action by all levels of government”.

It brought the tally of NSW Councils to adopt

the position to 14, with a total of 31 Councils

across Australia.

In October, Byron Shire Council became

the first local government in NSW to issue a

declaration; it has since been joined by Upper

Hunter, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Bellingen,

Clarence Valley, Randwick, Inner West,

Newcastle, Ryde, Sydney City, Wagga Wagga

(later rescinded due to backlash to councillors),

North Sydney, Wollongong and Lismore.

Mayor Michael Regan said he would be

happy to consider the Climate Change Emergency

petition and what impact a declaration

could have if more Councils across Australia

continued to follow suit.

“Local government can certainly play a part

but we are a small cog in a much larger wheel –

we must all apply pressure for action,” he said.

“Scientists are now saying that climate

change is an emergency. It’s extremely disappointing

that we don’t have national leadership

to address it. The fact that local groups

have to approach local government for action

is sad reflection on how little faith many have

in our state and national leaders on this issue.”

Mayor Regan said local government had

been dealing with the issue for decades.

“The impacts we are seeing more regularly

now are more frequent – for example, damaging

East Coast Lows,” he said.

“We have to prepare, and we have to repair

after the storms. But at the end of the day, we

need national leadership.

“To be clear, Council is not sitting on its

hands. We are currently drafting a Climate

Change Action Plan and have a heap of initiatives

which are driving down carbon emissions

already, including a new fleet of electric

vehicles, installing more solar panels on

Council buildings and replacing old mercuryfilled

street lights with energy-efficient LED

ones across the Northern Beaches.

“We are also in the final stages of developing

Council’s draft Environment and Climate

Change Strategy for community feedback,

which will include ambitious emissions reduction

targets and further actions to help us

achieve them.”

Other Council initiatives included: upgrading

sportsgrounds with energy-efficient lighting;

entering into a long-term agreement to

purchase up to 30% of electricity requirements

from renewable sources; partnering with the

Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership

and making five climate change pledges;

supporting innovation with the installation

of SOURCE water hydropanels at Currawong

Holiday Cottages; and committing to becoming

plastic free, working with local businesses

to reduce their plastic use.

– Nigel Wall

* STOP PRESS: As Pittwater Life went to print,

Councillors were voting on a motion to declare

a ‘Climate Change Emergency’.


cars boost

Council’s vehicle fleet has

been boosted by a series

of electric cars with the aim

of reducing costs and cutting

carbon emissions.

Four Hyundai Ioniq cars

are the first of six batterypowered

electric vehicles

for Council. They will be

matched with six plug-in

hybrid battery Mitsubishi


Mayor Michael Regan

said the introduction of the

electric vehicle fleet demonstrated

Council’s commitment

to the environment

and innovation.

“Electric vehicles are the

way of the future. They are

growing in popularity with

10 car brands expected to

launch electric vehicles in

Australia in the next two

years,” he said.

“That’s because in general

they are cheaper to run,

cheaper to maintain, better

for the environment plus

have all the latest in safety


Mayor Regan added transport

emissions contributed

around 29 per cent of the

Northern Beaches’ carbon


“As sustainability leaders,

it’s important we do our bit

to drive emissions down

and invest in technology

that will provide the best

benefits for our community,”

he said.

“We will assess the new

vehicles to evaluate their

impact on emissions and

see how they compare to

others in our fleet on running



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Newport rainforest saved from bulldozer

After months of negotiations it’s official:

more than 10,000 square metres

of Littoral rainforest on the Newport

hinterland will be preserved as public

open space thanks to a $4.6 million joint

investment by the NSW Government and

Northern Beaches Council.

Confirming the purchase late last

month, local MP and Planning and Public

Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the

acquisition of the developer-owned land,

which was slated to be sub-divided for

housing, would ensure the pristine ecological

area was preserved for the next


The land, known as 62 and 85 Hillside

Rd, is a corridor extension to other

important local habitat- and biodiversityrich

areas, containing a significant

littoral rainforest and adjoins the Bilgola

Escarpment which comprises Councilowned

land including Attunga Reserve,

Hewitt Park, Hamilton Estate and Porter


It contains significant Littoral Rainforest

which is listed as an Endangered

Ecologically Community under NSW Legislation

and Critically Endangered under

Commonwealth Legislation.

In closing the deal, Mr Stokes made

good on his pre-election promise to work

with Northern Beaches Council to help

WIN: Pittwater Natural Heritage Association’s

Marita MacRae, Michael Regan and Rob Stokes.

secure the site under the NSW Government’s

$340 million Open Spaces and

Greener Sydney package.

The purchase had the support of local

groups, including the Newport Residents


“Our government is committed to ensuring

the people of NSW have access to

great public open space,” Mr Stokes told

Pittwater Life. “Local residents and community

groups correctly identified the

importance of this area and the reasons

it should be retained and preserved.

“I am delighted we have been able to

preserve endangered rainforest, while

protecting an important wildlife corridor

and increasing green space in the Sydney


Northern Beaches Mayor Michael

Regan said the purchase was a huge win

for the local community.

“Despite its high environmental value,

this land on Hillside Road had been

slated for sub-division and significant

development, so it’s great we’ve been able

to partner with the State Government to

save it and bring it into public hands,”

Mayor Regan said.

“We know people in our community

love spending time outdoors, in our local

parks and reserves and exploring our

magnificent environment. This purchase

will go a long way to maintaining and

improving this lifestyle.

A natural creek runs through the

Hillside Road property, supporting native

vegetation and animals including

palms, ferns, birds, frogs, water dragons,

lizards and much more flora and fauna.

Its dense vegetation makes it particularly

valuable for small birds such as the

Spotted Pardalote, Superb Blue Wren,

Grey Fantail and Blackfaced Monarch

and larger birds such as Australia’s

largest owl, the Powerful Owl, which is

regularly sighted by locals and is listed

as vulnerable.

The site will now be transferred to

Northern Beaches Council for ongoing

care and management. – Nigel Wall


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Green light for dog trial

After lengthy consideration, Northern

Beaches Council staff have given the

controversial offleash dog trial at Station

Beach the green light, subject to adoption

of recommendations in the independent

Review of Environmental Factors.

At the top of the staff’s

list are these yellow marker

buoys; three of them will

be spaced apart along the

shoreline, to serve as an

indicator to owners that

their dogs must stay within

the line of the buoys.

The buoys will be

moored/chained to the

sand, three metres on the

shore side of sea grass,

which will create a buffer

zone between the dogs and

the grass.

Also, there will be an

increased Ranger presence;

currently Rangers visit Palm Beach at least

three times a week at varying days and

times between 6am and 7pm. Additional

patrols to be conducted at the commencement

of the trial and at random days and

times thereafter.

Two large entry signs with a map of

the off-leash area, conditions of use and

environmental information including about

sea grass will be installed, as well as two

smaller information signs and two dog bag

dispensers and bags.

It has emerged that of the 2880 responses

from people who lived

on Northern Beaches, a

whopping 86.9 per cent

supported the trial at the

proposed location.

Further breakdown

showed 1694 respondents

were from Palm Beach,

Whale Beach, Avalon,

Avalon Beach and Newport

– the suburbs closest to

the trial area.

Groups that supported

the trial included Pittwater

Unleashed, Manly

Dogs, Palm Beach Golf

Club, the Palm Beach &

Whale Beach Association, and the Boat Owners


Groups opposed to the trial included Protect

Palm Beach and the Newport Residents


Council was expected to endorse the trial

at its August meeting. – Nigel Wall


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Ella Woolcott is

blazing a trail for

women on the water.


Maiden Voyage

Ella Woolcott is the first female to skipper a ferry on Pittwater – and she’s only 19. Pittwater Life

talked to arguably the Northern Beaches’ hardest working teenager… Story by Rob Pegley

At an age when even the

most diligent 19-yearolds

are getting their Ps

and working at Maccas, while

studying at Uni, Ella Woolcott

is doing a 40-hour week

skippering ferries between

Palm Beach and The Basin.

At the same time, she’s also

studying for a BA in Business

Administration at Macquarie

Uni. And she assures us

that she still has a normal

social life like her friends.

Intelligent, ambitious, but

humble and down to earth; to

say that Ella is an impressive

young woman is very much

an understatement.

Born and bred on the

Northern Beaches, Ella

was something of a water

baby. She grew up on

Pittwater and her parents

have always been involved

in the marina business; they

now own and run Careel

Bay Marina. Ella started as

a – slightly nervous – tender

driver at the age of 14.

“It was hard at first when

I was 14. I refused to come

into the harbour and dock

the tenders,” Ella laughs. “But

gradually I grew in confidence

and I worked tenders until

I was 17. Next I became a

weekend manager and then

I became inspired to have a

crack at ferries.”


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Rather like learning to

drive, you have to get your

hours up – and there are a

lot of hours: 120 days on a

commercial vehicle, when a

day is classed as seven and

a half hours. Having got a

job as a deckhand with local

Fantasea Cruises in March

2018, she went about building

those hours. She achieved her

Master 5 qualification and

Engineering 3 ticket earlier

this year, and qualified to be

Master of a vessel.

In late July she started

skippering Fantasea’s elegant

1985 timber ferry, Myra,

between Palm Beach and The


“It was a little nervewracking

at first,” admits Ella,

“It’s a lot of responsibility.

But I got used to it pretty

quickly. Pittwater is pretty

quiet at this time of year – a

few tourists and residents of

Mackerel [Beach] – and I’ve

had no issues yet. Summer

will be chaos!” She adds with

a laugh.

Calm before the storm

you might say, figuratively.

Although Ella has already

experienced storms in a

literal sense: “Last week [early

August] there were gusts of

30 or 40 knots and I had to

put the ferry on its mooring at

8.30pm in the pitch black. My

mooring hook broke and so I

had to do a few spins to dock.”

“It was a good learning

experience,” Ella adds

casually. It sounds absolutely

terrifying to this middle-aged

journalist with years of life

experience. And when Ella

talks about “single screw

trans thruster engines, or

twin-screw props”, she seems

well beyond her years. Which

is obviously a good thing,

because she’s responsible for

a vessel that can carry 148

passengers plus crew.

Ella’s ambitions involve

staying on the water. She

wants to complete her Uni

degree and build a career

in the maritime industry.

Continue as a Master to

start with; perhaps on the

bigger Ettalong ferry (which

she still does shifts on as a

deckhand). And then end up

on Sydney Harbour.

“It’s really competitive on

the Harbour though,” Ella

explains. “It’s hard to even

get selected for interviews.

There are also more female

deckhands and skippers

in the City, as it’s more of

a known thing. Here on

Pittwater it’s been far more


Stuart Bicknell, General

Manager – Fantasea Cruising,

said his company was lucky

to have Ella as one of its ferry

Masters and paid tribute to

her professionalism, attention

to detail and great rapport

with passengers.

“As a Pittwater local, I

think Ella will become a great

ambassador for our muchloved

Palm Beach service,” he

said. “The local community

was really proud, yet hardly

surprised at her latest

achievement and I feel that

she has a great future ahead

of her.”

Having talked to Ella at

length, one suspects that

those ambitions are relatively

small though, in comparison

to her abilities. She’s clearly a

massively talented and driven

young lady who can no doubt

achieve anything she puts her

mind to.

“Everyone has been great

and very supportive,” says

Ella. “Friends think it’s

impressive and my parents

are super proud of me.”

And so they all should be.

New Patonga trial

Locals looking to lunch offshore will be among those

thrilled to hear Palm Beach & Hawkesbury River Cruises

is trialling a new timetable of ferries to Patonga Beach,

commencing September 28.

The new service, operating on weekends, school holidays

and public holidays only, will leave Palm Beach Wharf at

9am, 10.10am, 11.20am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.45pm.

Return ferries will depart Patonga at 9.30am, 10.40am,

11.50am, 2pm, 3pm and 4.15pm.

More info palmbeachrivercruises.com.au


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It’s a matter of Pr


He may be recently

retired, but former

Mona Vale Public

School Principal Greg Jones’

experience as an educator

will not be lost to the local

community, with the 61-yearold

planning to consult on the

development of the proposed

performance space at the


Mr Jones left the Bungan

Street campus at the end of

July after a lifelong association

and 40-year teaching career

that went full circle; he

started as a pupil at Mona

Vale in 1969, took up his first

teacher’s posting there in

1979, then was hand-picked to

head the school in 2011.

Education has always been

in his blood.

“I probably followed the

path of my father, who was

the inspector of schools in

this area, so I saw what a good

life he had as a family man

being able to have holidays

and be with me and my

brother,” he said.

“I was playing for the

Manly Sea Eagles [he played

123 games as a winger and

fullback] and I had a lot to do

with youngsters at the time,

and I thought it would be a

great career to go into.”

Mr Jones oversaw arguably

the biggest change in the

school’s history, including its

adoption of digital devices.

He saw enrolments increase

from 830 to around 1200

and says he is proud to have

helped put Mona Vale PS back

on the map.

“Probably in 2011 there

was a bit of under-confidence

in the school,” he said.

“It had gone through a

bit of a difficult time in

terms of its leadership and

its relationship with the

community and there was

a significant turn-around

in that we had a group

of parents and teachers

working together to re-set

the direction of the school.

Our growth was largely due

to parents seeing Mona Vale

again as the school of choice

in the area.”

He also initiated a shift

towards new technology and

able learning.

“We started by

reinvigorating the interactive

white boards in classrooms

and moved the school to

a ‘bring your own device’

model,” Mr Jones said.

“We looked at using the

world wide web as a resource

and were teaching kids

the skills of analysing and

interpreting that data… I

likened it to going to a library

to look at the encyclopedias

for research – we just replaced

the encyclopedias with tablets

and the internet.”

Maintenance and aesthetic

issues were also worked

through, thanks to input from

parents and the community.

“The school was always a

diamond – we just polished it

a bit,” he said.

Mr Jones says the teacherparent

dynamic changed

markedly during his career.

“When I started, teachers

were held in very high esteem

and parents were mostly

happy to accept what a teacher

said around the education of

their child,” he said.

“With today’s levels of

technology, parents feel they

are far more able to challenge,

or they want to know very

specifically the reasons why

something is happening to

their child.

“I have no issue with that

– we should be transparent –

but I would say that while it

is always great to challenge

and ask questions of people

working with your children,


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at the end of the day they are

the professionals.”

Mr Jones is proud of many

achievements, including

founding the Peninsula

Community of Schools

comprising 15 schools on the

Northern Beaches, including

four high schools.

“We did that to ensure

our schools would be viable

because 10 years ago many of

our primary school students

were leaving public education

at Year Six and heading to

independent schools.”

In 2011, he received the

director general’s award for

excellent service to public

education – “They only give

one of those a year in the

department and there are two

and a half thousand schools,

so I was very proud.”

Also, he received

the Primary Principals

Association’s professional

award in 2017.

He says he’ll miss the

camaraderie with his

colleagues but is heartened

by the kind words he receives

from past students.

“I have been blessed to have

many students come back over

the years and thank me for not

giving up on them,” he said.

And the future?

“I am working one day a

week with the department

on a package of support for

principals who are in crisis

situations,” he said.

“People say you are a long

time retired but I am content

with what I have done.

“I am enjoying helping

look after my grandsons.

Where I have given to other

people’s children for many

years, it’s time to give my

family the sort of attention

that I have given other

people’s children.

“And I am content with my

career.” – Nigel Wall

FAMILY TIME: Now-retired Greg Jones with grandsons Bede and Emerson.


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Pauline and John

Webeck at their

Bungan Castle

home; and workers

taking a break

from construction

in 1919 (left).




Iconic castle

turning 100

The ‘keepers’ of Bungan Castle are in party

planning mode, set to celebrate the iconic

landmark’s 100th anniversary before the end

of the year.

John Webeck and his wife Pauline are also

commemorating 50 years living in the castle,

which was built out of local sandstone by

John’s great uncle, Adolph Albers, in 1919.

The pair say they are still focused on reestablishing

the old section of the castle for

individuals and groups to pursue artistic pursuits,

something integral to Bungan Castle’s

character and history given his great uncle

Adolph was an international art dealer.

In the future, it’s their hope that people will

be able to attend courses run by an expert on

engraving, etching, lino cutting, jewellery and

painting. There are two bedrooms in the old

part of the castle, so they plan to have artists

in residence, too.

John says he’s been busy removing soil from

the front of the property, so that it might accommodate

20 cars off-street.

He’s currently looking into applying for

grants that may help them achieve their dream.

“More than that it’s important that we share

what we have and our information with young

people in the area,” John said.

He added they hoped to schedule an exhibition

by the end of the year, by appointment.

The castle not only has a local government

heritage order on it, but is listed on the Register

of the National Estate.

“As we’ve always said, we never feel that we

own the castle – we’re just here looking after


– NW

Parenting teens. If you want

to learn more about teens and

how to stay connected you may

find answers at this day-long

community workshop featuring

an impressive line-up of expert

speakers on Sat 7 from 10am-

4pm at Manly Golf Club. Cost

$120; bookings essential at


Check out the CEC.

Everyone’s invited to The Coastal

Environment Centre’s open

day to celebrate biodiversity

month with workshops, native

animals, hands-on activities and

giveaways on Sat 7 from 10am-


Full Moon Market. Barrenjoey

High School Full Moon Market is

back for another year with rides,

stalls, music, food, fireworks and

a spooky forest on Fri 13 from


Gardening 101. Learn how to

grow your own plants from seeds

and cuttings on Sun 1 from

10am-1pm and/or how to start a

vegie garden on Fri 13 or Sun 15

at Kimbriki Eco House & Garden,

Ingleside. Cost $30 per session

at ecohouseandgarden.com.au

or 9486 3512.

Spring flower show. Enjoy

a colourful display of flowers,

vegetables, herbs and floral art

and pick up a plant, second

hand goods or a delcious cake

on sale at the Mona Vale Garden

Club’s 48th Spring Flower Show

on Sat 28 from 10am-3pm at Ted

Blackwood Hall, Warriewood.

Admission adults $2 kids free.

Nipper rego. Visit local Surf

Life Saving Club websites for

Nippers info and registration

days during September and get

set for the 2019/20 Season which

starts Sunday October 13.

Save the date. Celebrate

Newport Surf Life Saving Club’s

110th anniversary on Saturday

October 19 from 6pm. Theme

is ‘dress to impress’ so start

shopping! Early bird tickets

(buy through the website

newportsurfclub.com before

October 1) are $35 and cover

entertainment, canapés and

grazing tables. Drinks will be

available for purchase.


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Narrabeen sets sails again

In the early 1900s, Narrabeen

locals George Sneesby, Willis

Douglas and Don McLean

would push their 16-foot sailing

boats out of their boatsheds on

the shore of Narrabeen Lagoon

and spend the days coaxing the

wind into their sails.

Now, almost 120 years later,

their legacy continues.

Narrabeen Lakes Sailing

Club has taken many forms

since those early days when

it was just three young men.

Membership would ebb and

flow depending on the community

of the day, and the depth

of the water in the lake.

Marj Belessis reported in

her 1985 article published in

Modern Boating that during

World War II, the defence

authorities officially disbanded

the club and ordered

the boats to be locked up. But,

each weekend the members

simply unlocked them, went

sailing and locked them back

up at the end of the day.

BEAMING: Juniors compete on Narrabeen Lake.

The club reached its peak

in the 1970s when more than

100 dinghies would take to the

water every weekend, reported

Marj. They sailed Moths, Herons,

Sailfish, Lasers, Cherubs,

Lasers, NS14s and a host of

other dinghies

Life Member and current

club coach Rhys Llewellyn

was aged four when his family

joined the club in 1976.

“I started sailing Herons

as a small kid with my dad

and have sailed many classes

of dinghies at the club,” says

Rhys. “Through sailing I have

been fortunate enough to

travel all around Australia

competing in National Championships

with Herons and World

Championships in Windsurfers

and Tasers.”

But travelling the country to

participate in the sport he loves

comes second to the joy he gets

out of sailing with his daughter

Georgia. He introduced her to

Narrabeen Lakes Sailing Club


Father and

daughter Rhys

and Georgia


when she was barely out of


“The biggest and best memories

of sailing at the club have

been spending real quality

time with my daughter,” he

said. “Being able to use sailing

to teach her life skills and then

develop a true bond with her.

“The club has always been a

huge part of my life. I grew up

at this club and I cherish the

time I still spend now with lifelong

sailing friends, watching

my daughter develop into an

amazing sailor and leader, and

helping people discover how

much fun sailing is.”

Georgia, now 20 and a Junior

National champion herself,

echoes her father’s sentiment.

“Sailing at Narrabeen with

my dad from such a young

age has had such a significant

impact on myself and my life,”

she says.

“It’s a connection with my father

that wouldn’t have formed

anywhere else. It’s been a lot of

hours out on the water just us,

a lot of time to bond.”

Today, the club hosts several

fleets including Herons, Lasers,

Windsurfers, Sabots, Optimists

and Open Bics.

“We pride ourselves on being

the family friendly club, so we

intentionally sail boats that are

crewed by adults and youth,”

says Commodore John Veale.

“I have been sailing with my

grandson in our Heron for the

past three years.”

The club begins its sailing

season on Father’s Day every

year and runs most Sundays

throughout Spring and Summer

until Easter.

Each club day begins with

young beginners taking to


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the water in the Learn to Sail

program, and our emerging

and intermediate sailors (youth

and adults) finessing their boat

handling and racing skills in

the Development Squad.

After lunch, the Race Committee

sets the buoys for the

afternoon racing.

“What I love most about

racing in the afternoons is the

camaraderie and laughs on

the water,” says a club spokeswoman.

“Many of our sailors are very

competent – having sailed for

30+ years – and national and

state champions, so the racing

and boat handling skills are

of a very high quality. But we

foster a strong learning and

team environment, so everyone

helps each other out on

the water and provides tips to


Other highlights in the

Narrabeen Lakes Sailing Club

calendar include:

Hosting the youth from

Sydney Legacy for their annual

sailing day;

Heron Youth State Titles; and

Ladies, Marathon and Fun

Race days, along with a Champagne

Breakfast at Christmas

and a special visit from Santa

– by boat.

Visit narrabeenlakessailingclub.com

for membership and

sailing calendar; contact Aymeric

at membership_officer@


for more info, or follow them

on Facebook.

Learn to Sail starts Sunday

October 13; bookings essential.

– Pam Johnston

Stepping back in time

The discovery and unearthing of a centuryold

time capsule at Freshwater last month

has shone the spotlight on other historical mementos

that are hidden across Pittwater – both

known and unknown.

Council workers removed the Freshwater

capsule, from 1918, from behind a plaque at the

Harbord Literary Institute after a resident read

about its existence in a discarded history book

and contacted local historians.

President of the Avalon Beach Historical

Society Geoff Searl said there were several time

capsules that had been recovered in recent

years across Pittwater, as well as others that

had been put in the ground to be recovered by

future generations.

He said it was important to document their

existence and locations, to

avoid the possibility of their

being forgotten or overlooked.

For example, Bilgola

Plateau Public School Principal

Cindy Gardner said

a time capsule from 1988

unearthed in the school’s

50th anniversary year in

2015 was only found after

20 hours of digging and

excavation that cost $1000

– because the location of the capsule did not

marry to its plaque.

Further, she said another capsule, dating

from the 1970s, was supposed to be within the

school grounds.

“But it’s all hearsay… there’s no evidence and

no marker,” she said.

Geoff Searl said local history books reveal

a ‘memento bottle’ lies under the foundation

stone of Barrenjoey Lighthouse; inserted and

laid in 1880, it contains newspapers including

The Sydney Morning Herald, a medallion of

MEMENTO: The Freshwater time capsule.

Queen Victoria, as well as several coins of the


Retired Mona Vale Public School Principal

Greg Jones said a time capsule was placed under

sandstone under the school’s 112-year-old

bell to mark the school’s centenary in 2012; it

has an opening date of 2062.

“It contains school uniforms, a letter to the

principal in the future, plus letters from then

Federal MP Bronwyn Bishop and Pittwater MP

Rob Stokes to their counterparts, letters from

students, a USB containing schoolwork and

some photos of the school,” he said.

He added a previous time capsule, believed

to have been from the 1950s, had been found

in 2012 after tapping on the mortar next to

the sandstone gate entrance off Waratah street

revealed a hollow render.

After chipping away at the

concrete an A4-sized lead

envelope was discovered; it

contained photos, student

pins and examples of writing.

In 2013, Pittwater High

School recovered a time

capsule laid in 1988; it contained

letters from school

captains of the day to their

counterparts in 2013 and

detailed issues including the environment and

cleaning up the beaches – subjects similarly addressed

by the school’s 2013 captains in their

new capsule which currently sleeps in the brick

wall in the quadrangle.

And in a poignant link, now-retired teacher

Peter Myers was on staff and remembers the

1988 capsule being laid – as well as its recovery

in 2013 and the new capsule’s installation.

– Nigel Wall

* Do you have a story about a time capsule in

Pittwater? Contact readers@pittwaterlife.com.au


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Hospital kiosk celebrates move

The volunteer-led Kiosk at Mona Vale Hospital

has moved into its new home adjacent to the

Urgent Care Centre – and they’re marking the occasion

with a special 2-for-1 deal on their freshly

brewed in-house coffee.

Local MP Rob Stokes visited the kiosk last

month and praised the Auxiliary members for

the valuable and selfless job they do.

“It’s fantastic they have a brand new kiosk

now… they deserve it as they do an amazing

job,” he said.

“There are almost 400 staff employed at Mona

Vale Hospital plus patients, visitors and multiple

construction crews working on the new hospital

buildings – so there’s plenty of activity.

“And the kiosk’s new position at the front of

the hospital campus means it’s now even more


“Proceeds are reinvested back into the hospital

by the Auxiliary – so it’s a great place to grab

a coffee.”

As well as coffee, visitors and workers can

purchase a variety of hot and cold drinks, ice

creams, hot pies and rolls to fresh wraps and


Find them at 18 Coronation Street (next to the

Urgent Care Centre). They’re open 8.30am – 3pm

Monday to Saturday.



stays back

on agenda


hree years after a

proposal to introduce

low-impact commercial

enterprise on Barrenjoey

Headland was abandoned,

National Parks and Wildlife

have floated the idea again,

with an invitation for the

community to have their

say by September 15.

In 2016, a lack of community

support for the

NPWS concept plan, which

included the potential

adaptive re-use of the lighthouse

keeper’s cottage and

other buildings for shortstay

accommodation, plus

toilets and a kiosk, saw the

idea shelved.

NPWS is charged with encouraging

increased visitation

to its parks on off-peak

days and making best use

of facilities throughout the


Last month Ku-ring-gai

Chase National Park was

ranked third most popular

National Park in NSW with

3.9 million visits annually.

Pittwater MP Rob Stokes

said given it had been

17 years since the plan

of management was last

updated, it was appropriate

to consider what’s changed

and ask the community

about their vision.

“With over three million

visits to the park each year,

it’s encouraging that the

NPWS is consulting widely

on the issues that will

inform the creation of a

new plan of management,”

he said.

“Our park rangers do an

outstanding job preserving

the environmental and

heritage characteristics of

Ku-ring-gai Chase and ensuring

safe and enjoyable

visitor experiences.”

Mr Stokes added that millions

of dollars had recently

been invested in visitor

improvements at Barrenjoey

Headland and further works

would soon commence in

response to feedback from

community groups. – NW


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A fresh local approach

to food home delivery


During a year off from

work, while spending

more time being a dad

and helping his wife grow her

local business, Matt Russell

struck upon an idea that is set

to revolutionise the way fresh

food is home-delivered across

Pittwater and the Beaches.

Introducing ‘Bundlfresh’ – a

cooperative network of small,

local, family owned and operated

food businesses which

allows customers to create

their perfect marketplace, with

wonderful produce ordered

online for next-day delivery.

“I love food that has a story,”

said Matt, who has 20 years’

experience heading up major

retail. “Where the quality of the

produce is reflected in the care

and passion of the fresh food

operators that take such pride

in what they do.”

TO YOUR DOOR: Bundlfresh partners

with local providores.

Whilst studying at uni, Matt

began a career in retail, first

working for Crown of the Hill

Cellars. In 2000, he travelled to

the UK as part of the management

team training for ALDI’s

start-up in Australia. In 2005

he left ALDI to join Australian

food manufacturer Green’s

Foods, which he led from 2008

as Group General Manager. In

2016 Greens was sold, so Matt

left and took a year off.

As well as helping with the

housework, he assisted his

wife Anna with her successful

local fresh seafood business

‘Prawn Pod’ – and in early 2018

the idea for Bundlfresh formed

and the decision to build a local

fresh food network and customer

community was made.

Matt explained Bundlfresh

connects you to your favourite

Northern Beaches local, fresh

food providores and producers.

“I have a deep admiration

for the hardworking owners

who go to the markets every

morning to source the freshest

and best produce… the

artisans who bake incredible

fare… the coffee roasters who

strive to make a better coffee

experience… the butchers who

are always supporters of local

sporting clubs,” he said.

“What’s great about the little

operators is that their range

of products are incredibly

interesting and often unique.

Every large supermarket has

the same sausages – but every

local butcher has their own

signature sausage! The same

goes for the bakers and coffee

roasters; when it’s not massproduced,

you’re very rarely


“These local foodies make

our communities more interesting

and connected – Bundlfresh

was born out of a desire

to connect more people more

often with these incredible

food businesses.”

Matt said that while helping

Anna with Prawn Pod, some

customers would ask about

online ordering and home


“But for a small or medium


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sized food business, trying

to do this on your own is not

commercially viable,” he said.

“This is where the idea of a

cooperative network for the

smaller local food operators

sprung from.

“As more people choose the

convenience of shopping online,

we wanted to ensure that

small local fresh food businesses

aren’t left behind.

“A lot of people who love

these local businesses, can’t

always get to them. That’s

where Bundlfresh comes in. We

overlay the trust and quality

that comes with small local

with a new convenience.”

Matt said Bundlfresh currently

had around 30 Northern

Beaches food businesses on its

platform (Bundlfresh.com.au),

with more joining all the time.

“We have several butchers,

bakers, delis, greengrocers, coffee

roasters and what we like

to call ‘Interesting Others’,” he

said. “You select your chosen

category supplier to create a

personalised marketplace to

combine your shopping in a

single bundle.”

He added customers could


“There’s no additional packaging,

as we use reusable crates

and deliver during a specific

timeslot nominated by the customer,

to ensure the meat gets

straight in the fridge!”

Matt said among those

who would see benefit from

Bundlfresh were busy mums

and dads who cared about their

food choices but couldn’t shop

with these local vendors easily.

“Whether it’s families where

both parents work or households

with newborns and

toddlers where trips to the

shop can be really challenging,

Bundlfresh provides the possibility

to access local favourites

anywhere, anytime, easily.

“The thing that makes

me proudest is that we have

customers who order from as

many as 10 Northern Beaches

food businesses to complete

their bundle – that’s supporting

local in big way.”

To use Bundlfresh all you

need to do is visit the website,

create your personalised market

by selecting your preferred

vendor in each category, the

date and time you want your

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delivery – and then you are

ready to start bundling!

“On the morning of the delivery

day your trusted butcher

prepares your order, not us,”

said Matt. “We just collect the

parts and combine them into

each customers’ bundle. We deliver

across the entire Northern

Beaches Monday to Saturday

between midday and 8pm.”

Vendor partners include Devitt

Wholesale Meats, The Meat

Emporium, Mrs Jones the Baker,

Berkelo, The Fruitful Boxes,

Coffee Brothers, Mrs Toddy’s

Tonic, The Raw Treat Canteen,

Momma Kombucha, Danes

Coffee, Only Fresh Products,

Organic Avenues, Prawn Pod,

Eat Organic Yoghurt, Quattro

Coffee, Northern Beaches Green

Grocer, Choc et Moi, Gumnut

Chocolates and Biscuits.

“And we also have an impressive

pipeline of other food businesses

soon to be available.”

Visit Bundlfresh.com.au

– Nigel Wall

* Any Northern Beaches food

businesses interested in finding

out more should contact Matt

via the website.


The seal colony on the rocks on Barrenjoey

Headland (above) has grown markedly since the

beginning of the year; yachties and fishermen

used to be able to count them on one hand

but the seals now number more than 20.

Macquarie University has gained permission

from National Parks and Wildlife to study the

seals in September, with the crew from Living

Ocean working alongside them. The results

should be known in coming months. Meantime,

Living Ocean representatives, alarmed at the

number of jet-skiers and paddlers getting up

close to the seals, are reminding sightseers

of the potential dangers they face if the seals

feel they are being threatened. Also, this from

the ORCA website: “Improper interaction with

marine mammals is not only a criminal offence,

you could hurt or distress the marine mammal

and even put yourself in harm’s way. These

mammals are wild, dangerous and highly

unpredictable. They may also carry diseases.

Finally, please exercise extreme caution when

around any marine mammal and keep at least

40 metres away.”

Photo: Peter Lubrano


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Following pressure from Mackellar MP

Jason Falinski, Northern Beaches Council

has approved Telstra’s application to

build a phone tower at the RSL War Vets

site at Collaroy Plateau. Initially Council

intended to block Telstra’s DA to build

the phone tower. They had approached

Telstra and encouraged them to withdraw

their application, citing visual concerns.

But Mr Falinski said he immediately

thought of the hundreds

of residents who were in

desperate need of phone

reception. “Considering

the age demographic of

residents, even something

as simple as a fall, can prove

fatal. Being able to call for

help on a phone is vital,” he

said. Mr Falinski created an

online petition which quickly

grew to just under 300 local

signatories. Subsequently

Council removed the DA

from the planning committee

agenda where it was

scheduled to be rejected and

agreed to meet with Telstra

to revisit the proposal.

Following this meeting

Council decided to approve

Telstra’s development


We had hoped to deliver readers a good

news story this month about Council

relinquishing its grip on 14 rarely used

car parking spaces in the Park Street car

park adjacent to the Council Chambers

and the Mona Vale Memorial Hall (pictured,

under trees). You know the ones; they’re

the spaces reserved for Council staff but

since amalgamation and a rationalisation

of resources, there has been reduced

demand on them due to fewer transient

consultants requiring to pull in and park.

So much so that by our observation,

collectively they have an occupancy of

less than 10 per cent. Pittwater Life has

been approached by several annoyed

readers who have been fined after parking

in the spaces on weekdays recently. So

we thought it would be a no-brainer for

Council to act swiftly to increase parking

availability for shoppers in a recognised

choke point. And we were buoyed by

initial feedback – but alas,

nothing’s happening any

time soon. The official

word from Dee Why is:

“Council understands

the pressures on parking

at Mona Vale, especially

since the introduction

of the B-line. We will be

reviewing the future use

of this space taking into

consideration the planned

new creative arts space

and customer service

centre improvements. We

are constantly reviewing

parking arrangements

across Mona Vale to

provide more parking

opportunities for

commuters, visitors and

the local community.”

Don’t say we didn’t try.


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Daryl’s quickthinking



Local firefighter Daryl

Meppem’s heroicism saw

him presented with a High

Commendation bravery

award at a special ceremony

hosted by Royal Life

Saving NSW last month. In

August 2018, Mr Meppem

was driving on Mona Vale

Road at Terrey Hills, when

he became aware that the

driver of the vehicle ahead

of him was in distress. The

driver stopped her car in the

roadway at which point Mr

Meppem pulled his vehicle in

behind her and went to see

if he could lend assistance.

It quickly became apparent

that the driver’s three-yearold

daughter was choking,

turning blue and struggling

to breathe. Mr Meppem

gave the driver his phone

and asked her to call an

ambulance. He removed the

choking child from the car,

laid her on the ground and

managed to clear her airway.

The child had swallowed

a bottle top; she was then

able to breathe for herself.

While the ambulance was

no longer needed the child

was taken by her mother

to Mona Vale Hospital for

assessment. She was told that

intervention by Mr Meppem

undoubtedly saved the life

of her daughter. Mr Meppem

received his award from NSW

Governor Margaret Beazley.

Probus news

Pittwater Probus Club

member Gordon Anderson,

who was born in New Zealand

but who spent most of his life

in Australia as well as PNG

and the Solomon Islands, is

the speaker at the Club’s next

meeting at Mona Vale Golf

Club on Tuesday September

10. Gordon will talk about his

time working with aircraft

and, in particular, helicopters

as a maintenance engineer

and pilot. Gordon will tell

of his many exploits around

the Pacific. Meeting starts

10am; all welcome. More info

0437 274 074. Meanwhile

members of Palm Beach

Probus are looking forward

to a presentation by former

Detective Sergeant David

Walton (now Councillor

David Walton) at their next

meeting at Club Palm Beach

on Wednesday September

18. Titled ‘Manly Underbelly

– The Inside Story’, it

relates to an investigation

the Northern Beaches, the

corruption by five detectives

attached to the Manly Police

Station from 1999 to 2000,

and the importance to

combating corruption both in

government and in business.

Meeting commences 9.30am,

ending noon. All welcome;

more info 9973 1247.

Cormann for dinner

The federal Minister for

Finance, Mathias Cormann,

is the guest speaker at this

year’s spring dinner hosted by

the Palm Beach branch of the

Liberal Party at Moby Dicks,

Whale Beach, on September 5.

Mackellar MP Jason Falinski

will also be in attendance.

Starts 6.30pm; tickets $150

each (12 per table). Bookings

on 8356 0300.

Dog baiting warning

Local authorities have

warned pet owners to

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Louise Park

Berbay Publishing


Rats! Warringah fall short

It was a case of close but no cigar for the Warringah Rats

and their ‘Hillbilly’ supporters after the green-and-whites

were defeated 21-16 by Sydney University in the Grand

Final of this year’s Shute Shield on August 24.

It was a particularly bitter defeat for the team to swallow

in captain Hamish Angus’ final game before retirement

– they led 16-nil 10 minutes into the second half before

their opponents dominated to score three tries including a

penalty try.

The turning point came in the 62nd minute when Rats

second-rower Sam Thomson was sin-binned and Uni was

controversially awarded a penalty try.

That took some of the wind out of the Rats’ sails and

the rampaging students sealed victory with a five-pointer

from a driving maul with 10 minutes remaining.

Despite the disappointment teammates paid tribute to

their skipper Angus, who won the 2019 Ken Catchpole

Medal for the competition’s best player.

When Beachside first

opened, local author

Louise Park had just

published her Harriet

Clare series. Quickly

we discovered she had

tapped the elusive

demographic of

younger readers who

struggled to get into

reading... until they

found Harriet Clare.

Her brand-new middle-fiction series, launching

this month with Grace’s Secrets is the perfect followon

for these readers. Grace and her mother move from

Australia to a quaint lifestyle village in Scotland to run

the grand hotel. The hotel is full of secrets, the most

exciting being a portal Grace finds, allowing her to travel

back in time.

While playing ode to favourite childhood stories and

authors (don’t be surprised if your reader wants a copy

of Alice in Wonderland next), Park’s new book taps

into common themes of friendship, and growing up.

Beautifully illustrated in full colour, this is a guaranteed

keepsake to be treasured. – Libby Armstrong


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Mackerel barge mishap

NSW Maritime and the Australian Maritime Safety

Authority are continuing to investigate what caused an

18-metre barge and truck carrying up to 10,000 litres of

sewage to sink in around five metres of water off Great

Mackerel Beach late last month.

The commercial barge carrying the truck had four men

on board when it listed heavily before it overturned. The

men were rescued by local residents who witnessed the

incident, with one man taken to hospital for observation.

Local Fire & Rescue and Hazmat crews placed special

booms around the submerged truck and the upturned

barge to prevent the spread of diesel and hydraulic fluid.

NSW Maritime Executive Director Mark Hutchings

described the recovery operation as complex and


*Anyone who has footage of the incident may be able to

assist with the investigation; contact maritimeincidents@


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poisoning of dogs in recent


Rat-bait-laced sausages have

been found on the western

side of Mona Vale and several

animals have been taken

to veterinary clinics with

suspected poisoning.

Vets advise anyone who

thinks their pet has ingested

a bait to attend a veterinary

clinic as soon as possible.

Rat bait leads to internal

bleeding and can be fatal.

A blood test can determine

whether any rat bait has been

ingested within the last few

days and an antidote can be


The public is urged to report

suspected dog baiting to


Spring into Mona Vale

An exciting dinosaur-themed

stage show for families

and their children will be a

highlight of the ‘Picnic in the

Park’ at Village Park, Mona

Vale on Saturday September

7, along with other fun kids’

activities. The event is part

of a plan between Council

and local businesses to bring

a great calendar of events

and promotional offers to

visitors to the village during

September. Other events

across the month include:

Weekly Organic Market; the

Northern Beaches Sport and

Lifestyle Expo; a four-week

yoga course for men; Spring

story times for 3- to 5-yearolds;

a downsizing Workshop;

Aussie Night Markets; Charity

Brunch & Bubbles; Chocolate

making demonstrations;

a brewery tour (including

sampling); Moto GP race

action on the big screen;

and a Dive Spear and Sport

Launch Party. More info


Spark Tank brings

youth ideas to life

Clever groups of Northern

Beaches young people are

working together to create

inventions, apps, new


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usinesses or community

services in time for a

September 23 deadline. They

will present their ‘pitches’

live at a Shark Tank®-like

event in Avalon in October

for a shot at over $4000 cash

and 10 weeks of business

start-up coaching, provided

by a crack panel of local

entrepreneurs and business

consultants. The business

pitch event, ‘Spark Tank’, is

hosted by Share the Spark,

a new Northern Beaches

charity that empowers young

people to make life affirming

choices. “The Spark Tank

event is an amazing

opportunity for young

people between 8 – 23 to

get together and bring their

ideas to life!” said Kimberly

Clouthier, Director of Share

the Spark. “Every entry we

receive gets professional

feedback with specific ways

to move their idea ahead.”

Download entry forms from

the Spark Tank Event tab at


Gut health and

its link to ADHD

The expert speaker at

ADHD Support Australia’s

next meeting on September

24 will be Helen Padarin,

who will be talking about

Gut Health and its link to

ADHD, raising awareness

and providing practical

treatment options. Helen

will be speaking about

the importance of good

nutrition and lifestyle as it

relates to various immune,

digestive and neurological

disorders such as ADHD.

Helen has been a practising

naturopath, nutritionist

and medical herbalist since

2001 and is the founder

of Padarin Health and a

MINDD Ambassador. “My

mission is to educate and

promote awareness about

a truly nourishing diet and

lifestyle for everyone” Helen

said. Meeting starts 6.45pm;

tickets $15 ($5 from each

ticket will be donated to

Hope for Health, a charity

which engages in a two-way

education program with

Indigenous communities to

promote positive nutritional

and lifestyle habits for

better healthy living).

ADHD Support Australia

is also launching its new

membership platform

through Patreon, which

will allow people to access

footage from all current

events online for a small

monthly fee. More info


Beaches flushed with

‘Saltwater’ creativity

The combined creativity of 24

Northern Beaches writers and

artists is the focus of a unique

new collection of illustrated

stories celebrating the theme

‘Saltwater’ to be launched

at Manly Library from 6pm

on Thursday September 12.

The ‘Saltwater’ anthology

is being hailed as a magical

community collaboration

involving short-story writers

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and poets, artists, local

Libraries and the Manly

Art Gallery & Museum, all

working under the guidance

of the award-winning author

Zena Shapter. Zena believes

the importance of such an

anthology is found in the

community’s ability to reflect

on and exchange creative

thoughts critically. In the

lead up to this year’s Manly

Art Festival, local writers and

poets were invited to write

original literary responses

to the theme ‘Saltwater’

with a specially selected

group of 12 artists creating

visual responses. Individual

artworks from the anthology

will also be shown across the

Northern Beaches Library

network as a highlight of this

year’s Manly Art Festival.

Copies of the anthology

available at the Libraries ($20);

the paintings, photographs

and mixed media artworks

will be for sale and displayed

on a 24-hour digital screen

at the Manly Art Gallery.

Admission free.

Start digging for

beach treasure,

me hearties!

The Rotary Club of Upper

Northern Beaches’ second

annual Big Dig Treasure

Hunt fundraiser, an exciting

day of pirate-themed family

fun, will be held at Newport

Beach on Sunday September

Narrabeen gymnasts

in 1-2 podium finish

The Gymnastics NSW State Championships, comprising 160

of the best athletes in the state, were held last month, with

the North Narrabeen Academy of Gymnastics (located inside of

Pittwater Sports Centre in Narrabeen), represented by 14 athletes

who qualified to compete. A special competition within the State

Championships (City vs Country) saw three NNAOG gymnasts

selected to compete for the level 5 city girls’ team which emerged

victorious. Two stand-out athletes from NNAOG were Kate

Partridge and Maya Atkinson (both level 6 – pictured). Kate

received level 6 Runner Up Overall State Champion and Maya

received level 6 Overall State Champion (also vault champion and

runner-up for bars/beam). Other incredible level 6 achievements

came from Zoe Berriman (bars champion), Ruby McGoldrick

(floor runner-up) and Halle Dickinson (third on beam).


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continues until 3pm, with

prize digging scheduled

by age group. A tasty BBQ

breakfast and lunch will be

available. More info 0412 007

068 or the Club website.

15. The beach will be divided

into age-specific areas,

with each zone containing

numerous tokens hidden in

the sand. For an entry fee,

kids can “dig for treasure”

and trade the tokens they

find for prizes. There will

be something for adults as

well, with the opportunity

for “grown-up” pirates to win

a prize with a ‘Message in a

Bottle’. Other attractions will

be set up around Newport’s

Bert Payne Park next to the

beach – games, crafts and

food, with more prizes to

be won. The event will also

feature a sand sculpture

workshop and competition

conducted by noted sand

artist Newton Bishop.

Families are encouraged

to wear their best pirate

gear and there’ll be prizes

for the Best Dressed Pirate.

Prices to participate are

$10 for children for the Big

Dig (everyone gets a prize);

$25 for ‘Message in a Bottle’

and $25 per team for the

sand sculpture competition.

Tickets can be purchased

on the day, or in advance

at trybooking.com (search

events for ‘Big Dig’). Entry to

the site is free. Registration

starts 9.30am and the fun

Bayfields tops $3m

for Children’s Cancer

Institute Family-run

Bayfield Hotels raised a

record $214,656 for the

Children’s Cancer Institute at

its annual Charity Luncheon

at the Belrose Hotel last

month. The CCI is a charity

close to Bayfields’ heart,

having pledged the role of

benefactor when publican

and CEO Wayne Bayfield

was first introduced to the

charity in 2000. Since then

they have raised $3,088,811

for CCI, the only independent

medical research institute in

Australia wholly dedicated to

childhood cancer.

Funding boost for

Christian School

Students at Northern

Beaches Christian School

in Terrey Hills will benefit

from new outdoor learning

and playground spaces

with member for Mackellar

Jason Falinski announcing

the Australian Government

would provide $250,000

towards the project at the

K-12 school through the

Capital Grants Program.

“Students and teachers

thrive when their schools

have modern and up-todate

facilities – that’s why

we are proud of the Capital

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Grants Program, which

has benefited thousands

of schools across the

nation,” Mr Falinski said.

“The Government has

committed $703 million

until 2022, which provides

funding for non-government

schools to improve capital

infrastructure. These

upgrades will help advance

Northern Beaches Christian

School and ensure our

classrooms have modern

facilities.” Schools that

want to learn more about

the Capital Grants Program

can visit education.gov.


Jane Caro for

Zonta Club dinner

The Zonta Club of Northern

Beaches will host its annual

Advocacy Dinner on Monday

October 21 at the Dee Why

RSL Club with Jane Caro

as guest speaker. Ms Caro

was appointed a Member of

the Order of Australia (AM)

in the 2019 Queen›s Birthday

Honours in recognition of

her “significant service

to the broadcast media

as a journalist, social

commentator and author”.

The dinner is a fundraiser

to support Zonta projects

for local women in need.

The Zonta Club of Northern

Beaches is a member of

the Northern Beaches

Domestic Violence Network,

which brings together local

organisations to develop

strategies regarding local

issues relating to domestic

violence. The Club also

supports the local ‘Women’s

Refuge and Shelter’, provides

study grants at tertiary level

to local women in financial

difficulty and several high

school girls are supported

with grants to enable them to

have the same opportunities

as their fellow students.

Dinner bookings close

October 7; cost $80pp with

an early bird special of

$75pp until September 21.

More info 0416 182 393.

Shaping the future

of volunteering

Individuals and

organisations can help shape

the future of volunteering

in NSW by having their say

in developing the third

NSW Volunteering Strategy.

Anyone interested in

volunteering is urged to take

part in a public consultation

survey aimed towards

boosting volunteerism. The

NSW Volunteering Strategy

will support the 2.1 million

volunteers across the state

and will be guided by the

views and ideas expressed

through the online

consultation. It will build

on the work of the previous

strategy and provide the

blueprint for work in the

sector over the next decade.

Volunteers in NSW contribute

a combined 240 million

hours of their time each year.

Responses to the surveys will

directly help government to

develop the next strategy,

and influence how it invests

in and supports volunteers.

The online surveys close on

Friday September 6. More

info volunteering.nsw.gov.au

Social lawn bowls

Pittwater Bowling Club,

a registered sub-club of

Pittwater RSL, is putting the

call-out for new recruits,

with anyone aged 12 to 90

welcome to try lawn bowls

on their three beautifully

manicured greens adjacent

to the Club. The Bowling

Club, which has been going

for 55 years, offers social

bowling events on most days

for men and women of all

abilities. More competitive

opportunities are available,

with interclub events

weekdays and weekends.

‘Roll-ups’ can take place

any day from 3pm, with

visitors warmly welcomed

and free coaching available

for beginners (including

equipment). And if you

would like to organise a

function, they cater for

barefoot bowls, from groups

of eight up to 100 or more.

For more information call

9997 5943.


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Brides-to-be are spoilt for choice

Northern Beaches Weddings

& Events is the place couples

start when planning or

considering a wedding on

the picturesque Northern

Beaches of Sydney.

The NBWE website

features local and popular

Northern Beaches wedding

suppliers, including venues,

photographers, bridal

wear and accessories,

entertainment and more.

NBWE also specialise

in hosting unique local

wedding events that

showcase NBWE members

and the Northern Beaches

as a wedding destination.

All events are free to attend

and are a great day out for

couples and bridal parties.

The next and final

intimate wedding showcase

for 2019 – ‘Brides Who

Brunch’ – will take place at

Beachside DOJO Manly on

Sunday September 8. Brides

and their guests will mingle

with an array of Northern

Beaches Art Prize

winners crowned

Locals Jackson Davies and

Jennifer Everett took out the

top prizes in General and

Small Sculptures categories

respectively in the highly

coveted 2019 Northern

Beaches Art Prize which this

year attracted almost 900

entrants across the multiple

award categories. It’s the

Beaches Wedding Specialists

whilst being spoilt for a day

of fabulous wedding ideas

and inspiration.

To register visit nbwe.com.

au. (Also, suppliers looking

to promote their business

through the website or at

upcoming events can do

so on the website or by

emailing liz@nbwe.com.au.)

* Waterfront wedding

reception venue Metro

Mirage Hotel Newport has

region’s most prestigious

art competition, having

begun as the Warringah Art

Prize in 1955. The General

Category included original

paintings or drawings in

any medium; printmaking

and collage – the winner

was Mona Vale’s Jackson

Davies (interview p40) with

honourable mentions for

Katika Schultz and Alison

won the 2019 Brides Choice

Award for the most popular

wedding venue on the

Northern Beaches. It was

not only named a finalist

in three separate categories

across all service aspects of

wedding event delivery, but

also named ‘Best of the Best’

across all service categories

for the Northern Beaches,

as voted by brides who have

had a wedding in the last 12


Billing, while Guy Morgan

received an encouragement

award. Winner of the Small

Sculpture Category was

Jennifer Everett, with an

Honourable Mention to Henry

Evans and an Encouragement

Award to Nina Reynolds.

Prizes in the Waste-to-Art

and Youth Categories were

scheduled to be announced

on August 29.





Dr Ben Brown

In the past 3 months there

has been an outbreak

of an often-fatal disease

called Leptospirosis in

dogs in Sydney, with six

confirmed cases as of late

August. Leptospirosis is a

serious infectious disease.

Importantly, Leptospirosis is

also a zoonotic disease which

means that it can be spread

from animals to humans. The

World Health Organisation has

recognised Leptospirosis as

a re-emerging communicable

disease requiring surveillance.

The source of the current

outbreak in Sydney is thought

to be rats that have been

disturbed due to underground

infrastructure works in the

inner city, where most of the

cases have been diagnosed.

These rats are thought to have

contaminated stagnant water

in areas where domestic dogs

frequent (such as dog parks)

thus allowing transmission

to otherwise healthy pets.

Once infected, dogs usually

become ill within seven days

and show symptoms such as

vomiting, diarrhoea, fever,

reduced appetite and lethargy.

Some dogs can remain ‘silent

shedders’ of the disease whilst

others can be fatally infected.

Treatment of Leptospirosis

includes administration of

antibiotics in order to prevent

or minimise organ damage.

The best way to prevent

Leptospirosis is to limit

contact between our pets

and sources of infection such

as rats and stagnant water

such as ponds, lakes and

puddles. Vaccination is also

an effective and safe means to

protect dogs with 2 doses of

vaccine required 2 to 4 weeks

apart to facilitate immunity.

Annual boosters are required

and can be given with your

dog’s normal vaccinations.

For further information

about Leptospirosis or to

arrange vaccination for your

dog, please call one of our

hospitals at either Avalon or



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Life Stories

Ex-Barrenjoey High School

graduate (and Pittwater Life

intern) Tim Ayliffe is making

news – both literally and on

the literary scene...

Story by Rob Pegley


good-looking surfer from the

Northern Beaches, who is head of

TV news for the ABC; Tim Ayliffe

sounds like he should be the hero of a

thrilling crime novel. But instead, he

writes them…

“Do you know, ” begins Tim Ayliffe, as

we sit at an Avalon cafe, in the winter

sun, “my first job in journalism was in

my late teens with Pittwater Life?” He

then adds with a smile: “I even used to

help deliver them off the back of a Ute!”

You couldn’t make it up.

And yet that’s exactly what Tim

does these days: make things up. His

second novel State of Fear was released

in August, following the success of

his debut, The Greater Good. The third

book of the series is already finished

as a first draft, with the working title

‘Nowhere Man’. Books four and five are

already loosely planned in his head.

Realising a teenage dream of having

a book published has certainly not

diminished his appetite for writing.

“I love writing. And I know how

privileged I am to have a contract to

write novels,” says Tim. “I know that

99% of books don’t get published; some

really good books. But I’ve realised a

dream and I’m so lucky.”

Like many authors though, it’s been

a fairly circuitous journey via years in

journalism to realise that dream. Many

crime writers like Michael Robotham,

Michael Connolly and Carl Hiasson

cut their teeth on the news desk of

newspapers, and Tim has had a similar


The Barrenjoey High School student

headed to London in 2001 as a 22-yearold

and struggled to break into the

media. He spent his time working bar

jobs and doing promotions gigs to

get by, until he snagged a job script

running for Sky News. His progression

then took off quickly: Within a couple

of months he was writing for their

websites; after a year Sky offered to

sponsor him; and four years in, he was

producing and reporting.

Tim returned to Australia in 2005

and after a brief stint with Channel 7,

ended up in Melbourne with the ABC

where he helped launch the ABC News

Breakfast show. After eight years he

returned to Sydney where he’s now

Head of Television News for the ABC;

he oversees the 7pm News, all video

and digital output, and the ABC News


With a job like that and two young

children, it makes me wonder how he

ever found time to write a novel in the

first place – but it turns out that the

novel became an escape, rather than

additional work.

“I was working really long days at

work and feeling burnt out to some

extent,” Tim shares, “and I felt like I

needed something else. One day I was

at work and I got up and took myself to

a cafe around the corner for an hour,

and just wrote. It started there.”

From that first visit to the cafe

around the corner, it took Tim three

and a half years to finish The Greater

Good. The first draft took two years,


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Launching the ABC News Breakfast show in

Melbourne in 2008 holds a special place in Tim’s heart; with Publisher Fiona

Henderson on the promo trail; inside The White House press room in 2012 while

on a US State Department Leadership scholarship; surfing at Stanwell Park on

the south coast with his favourite HaydenShapes board.

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writing a couple of evenings a week

and a day at the weekend. He then had

18 months doing rewrites.

“I used to get home from work,

help with the kids and then start at

and do my writing early in the morning

– starting at 5am. I go to work buzzing

rather than to bed”.

The second novel took two years from

start to finish, while the third novel

A voracious reader, Tim devoured

anything from Roald Dahl to Stephen

King in his early years, before tackling

the American literary greats such

as Norman Mailer and Philip Roth.

about 8.30pm on the evenings I wrote. has taken only a year. Tim feels he has Latterly he has enjoyed crime thrillers –

It would take a couple of hours to learnt so much in that time – not least, especially Don Winslow’s Cartel Trilogy.

immerse myself and get back in my the style of writing that suits him best.

He’s also a fan of Avalon’s Robotham.

stride, but then I’d lose myself and be “I have a book and a half in a drawer

Tim’s wife Justine has also been a

massive influence on his writing. “I

writing until 1am.”

at home that’s just no good. I tried

couldn’t have done it without her. She’s

That presented its own problems writing in a more literary style, but it

been a great reader of my stuff. She’s

though… “I’d get into bed and my just didn’t work. Somebody pointed

also allowed me a day every weekend to

mind would be racing with ideas. I out that I wrote the more action-based

write, which is really hard with young

just couldn’t sleep! So for the next two scenes really well though, and I decided


books I’ve turned things on their head I should maybe concentrate on those.”

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As if his life isn’t busy enough, Tim

coaches his son’s footy team. “Yeah, I

get up early at the weekend, write from

5am, then take the kids to footy and

cook them pancakes. Then I do a few

more hours.”

One wonders if the day job will ever

have to go, given he has set himself

such a punishing schedule?

“You have to sell a lot of books

to become a full-time author,” says

Tim. “And besides, I love my job. I’m

essentially researching my books every

day on some level!” he laughs.

The reason Tim says that, is that his

novels are rooted very much in modern

day news issues: The Greater Good

tackles the tensions between the US and

China; State of Fear is based around

terrorism. We talk for an hour over

coffee in the August sun and discuss

everything from Trump, Brexit and the

rise of the far right, to ‘fake news’ and

the misused power of shock jocks. Tim

is passionate about social justice and

the role of the news, and saddened by

how patriotism has been used to fuel

nationalism and in turn racism.

A lot of Tim’s values shine through

in his lead character John Bailey. And

indeed, building the characters was

the most important part of the writing


“None of the characters are based

on any one person, but they’re an

amalgamation of people I’ve worked

with over the years,” he reveals.

“Bailey is an old school journalist –

to some extent he’s buried his head

in the sand when it comes to social

media and the like, but he’s dogged

in his pursuit of the truth. He’s selfdestructive

and flawed, but obsessive

about his work.”

Bailey’s Editor Gerald Summers

and CIA veteran Ronnie Johnson are

convincingly conceived. And Bailey’s

relationship with the strong female

character of Sharon Dexter is at the

heart of Tim’s novels. Dexter was

hardened by her time as a rookie cop

in 1980s Kings Cross, surrounded by

Boys Club corruption.

Closer to home a number of strong

females have been most prominent

in helping Tim to become published.

His wife Justine as already mentioned,

along with Fiona Henderson, the

Publishing Director at Simon &

Schuster who believed passionately

in Tim’s work. So much so that he

went with her first offer, rather than

get in a bidding war. And also Tim’s

agent Jeanne Ryckmans. Jeanne was

a respected small publisher who Tim

actually encouraged to become an

agent and take him on as her first

client; which she did. Tim didn’t as

much find a literary agent as create one

for himself.

“Myself along with Blanche

(d’Alpuget) and Bob (Hawke) were

her first clients,” he laughs. “Not bad


Away from writing, Tim loves to surf.

His 40th birthday present to himself

was a Hypto Crypto board made by

Palmy locals HaydenShapes. It’s in

the car ready to catch waves when our

interview is done. Tim loves the Wedge

at Whale Beach or having North Palmy

to himself. Indeed, Palm Beach forms

a dramatic backdrop to some crucial

moments in The Greater Good. His

parents and brothers are still on the

Beaches and Tim would love to live

nearer the ocean.

For now, Tim lives in the inner West,

close to his job at the ABC. There he

can help combat the rise of fake news,

by helping develop young journalists

in the right way. I cheekily ask him

whether a raid on the ABC might figure

in one of his future books. “Actually,

in the next book, one of Bailey’s

cases catches up with him and the

importance of freedom of speech is

played out. Often you need fiction to

tackle the truth. Watch this space…”

Watch this space indeed – there is

plenty more to come from Tim Ayliffe.


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ABOVE: Tim (third left) with the original ABC News Breakfast Team in 2008.

BELOW: Maida Vale was home during his stint in London from 2001-05.

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Art Life

Art Life

A ‘Flame-boyant’ display

An energetic expression of fire

and light, the handcrafted

pieces in Silver Plus Studio’s 2019

exhibition convey a strong personality:

Voluminous rings, necklaces with

robust form and texture, and sculpted

earrings to

be worn with



showcases new

work by Silver Plus

Studio members

in sterling silver,

precious metals

and stones. The

annual exhibition

featuring 12

makers has

become a popular

fixture for many

on the peninsula.

“Visitors comment

that they feel

spoilt for choice

with more than

150 pieces of

jewellery and

metalwork on

display,” said

member Susan


Taking a direct


of the theme,

Heidi Francis has


with torchcolouring


to create iridescent earrings. Irene

Garran and Barbara Simon feature

pieces with handmade glass beads

in a multitude of patterns and hues.

The translucent enamel work of new

member Micaela Nathan also falls very

neatly with the flame reference.

The heat of the flame allows

makers to bend and twist the metal

in unusual ways. Hanne Kambro’s

scandi-inspired designs won a fistful

of awards at this years’ Sydney Royal

Easter Show. Gail Jenner, Cilla Cross

and new member Celia Harper, forge

and form sterling

sheet and wire

into organic

chains, pendants

and rings.

The work of

Susan Peacock

and Margot Ryan

features etched

and rollerprinted



Sadler has also

continued to


with texturing

sterling silver

with delicate

crochet, and

Brenda Coleman



castings of shells

and other natural

forms with

precious stones,

each piece an

instant heirloom.

The exhibition

features as

a part of Manly

Arts Festival and

will be open over

one weekend (7/8 September) at the

stunning Silver Plus Studio at Ingleside

(Granma’s Refuge, 4 Tumburra Street).

Open 10am-4pm both days; launch at

11am on Saturday with morning tea

EXQUISITE: Sterling Silver, freshwater pearl and

agate necklace (Christine Sadler); Oxidised Sterling

Silver and gold foil earrings (Barbara Simon).


– NW

* More info call 0405 561 718 or


A space short

of abstraction

Born in Poland, Joanna Gambotto – the Spring

feature artist at Eye Doctors Mona Vale

– has completed several Artist-In-Residence

programs recently, including a three-month

residency in Penang, Malaysia, a one-year

Artist-in-Residence Program at Curwoods Lawyers

in Australia Square and a one-month Hill

End Artist-In-Residence program.

Resting somewhere in between representation

and abstraction, Joanna’s paintings

aim to evoke a sense of space rather than to

render an accurate copy of one.

She says the laborious process of adding

paint, scraping and carving, results in a sensuous

surface, rich in texture, pattern and layers

and becomes a metaphor of how a place can

be filled with emotions, memories and history.

Joanna moved to Australia in 2007 where in

2013 she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts

Degree at the National Art School in Sydney.

Since then, she has participated in numerous

group exhibitions and has held several

solo shows in Australia and abroad. Joanna is

the winner of 2013 Hornsby Art Prize as well

as 2014 Clyde & Co Art Award.

She is also the recipient of 2014 Saatchi &

Saatchi Exhibition Award and the winner of

2016 Northbridge Art Prize. – NW

* View Joanna’s work at Eye Doctors Mona

Vale, Suite 303, 20 Bungan St, from September

through November; Mon-Fri 9am –

5pm. Also visit joannagambotto.com.au


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Save the date for

local Artists Trail

Artists on the Pittwater Artists

Trail are busy getting

their studios ready for the first

Open Weekend of the new

season (October 19-20).

The Trail evolves every year

as new members join and others

leave. This year, 21 artists

will be showcasing their work

to the public when they open

their doors. An array of mediums

and styles are available

to view and purchase, from

contemporary oil painting to

functional ceramics to glass


Save the dates – you’ll be

able to explore the artists’

work environment and chat to

them about their inspiration

and process.

New Trail member Jennifer

Everett won The Northern

Beaches Art Prize for Small

Sculpture last month and the

Trail was well represented at

the event with five members

featuring in the finals selection.

– NW

* View the artists’ profiles

and Trail map at pittwaterartiststrail.com

Art Life

25 years of beaches creativity

The Manly Arts Festival, celebrating its silver anniversary in

2019, will usher in an exciting program of exhibitions, live

performances, and artist open houses when it launches on

September 6.

The Festival is well-known for its eclectic mix of stimulating,

thought-provoking events featuring prominent musicians,

performers and visual artists in venues including Manly Art

Gallery & Museum, the Creative Space at North Curl Curl and

Glen Street Theatre.

With a theme of ‘See, Hear and Play’, the Festival kicks off

with a launch party on Friday 6 September from 6-8pm at the

Manly Art Gallery and Museum.

MAG&M’s festival exhibitions are Wendy Sharpe:

‘Wanderlust’ and Mick Glasheen: ‘Garigal Country, Drawing

on the Land’, while at Glen Street Theatre, Spiegelesque is

back in the form of Spiegelesque Too after last year’s sell-out


Manly Arts Festival began in 1994 and has since grown into

one of the State’s leading community-based arts festivals,

attracting over 15,000 visitors each year.

– NW

* More info NB Council website.

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Art Life

Art Life

Jackson’s talent

runs in the family

Jackson Davies was destined

to become an artist – his

great great grandfather was a

miniaturist for Queen Victoria

and his great grandfather was a

portrait painter too.

“I suppose the artistic

inclination is in the family,” the

26-year-old from Mona Vale

tells Pittwater Life.

But he says winning this

year’s Northern Beaches Art

Prize (General Section) was

beyond his wildest dreams.

“I have never won anything

before – I was completely

surprised!” Jackson said after

his brooding oil painting ‘Wer

mich liebet, der wird mein Wort

halten’ (The one who loves

me will keep my promise) was

awarded the $6000 first prize.

Jackson started art classes at

age 10.

“I have been fortunate to

have had some very passionate

teachers encourage me along

the way,” he said. “I lived in

Paris for a while, and I tried to

soak up as much art history as I

could – I am particularly fond of

the Old Masters painters.”

However, he finds it difficult

to pigeon-hole his style.

“I am definitely a figurative

painter, the portrait and nude

are great subjects for oil painting,”

he said. “Oil paint gives an

artist the capacity to physically

mimic flesh on the canvas.

“On the other hand, oil paint

can be applied impasto, which

can be used to model, almost

sculpt a figure on the canvas. I

like to be realistic, but I certainly

do not want to be photorealistic

– it is always interesting

to see an artist who has

wrestled and engaged with the

painting, rather than a precise

reproduction of a photo.”

He spent two months work-

ing on his wining artwork.

“It took quite a while... I usually

start a painting with great

enthusiasm, and I think that it

won’t take long to paint,” he


“Yet it always drags on for

weeks... I make changes, or

try to refine passages. I finish

working on it one day satisfied,

then the following morning I

want to throw it away! I feel like

a painting is only complete after

I have sufficiently slaved over

it for a couple of months.”

He said the painting title

comes from a Bach cantata; (“I

prefer to leave it open for interpretation.

I enjoy listening to

people’s take on it.”)


PRIZE: Mona Vale’s

Jackson Davies.

Jackson hopes to make a living

out of his art.

“It is the only thing I want to

do, everything else gets in the

way,” he said. “It is great having

time to paint but usually financial

reality hits at some point

and interrupts painting, which is

a pain, but life I suppose.

“I want to keep developing

my painting; more complex

compositions, more refinement

of technique, greater understanding

of art history. The

challenge of the next painting is

always exciting.”

And the one portrait subject

he’d like to paint?

“The Queen of course, for

royal patronage.” – Nigel Wall


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Surfing Life

Tech = God: does nature

still call shots in surfing?

We think surfing is a ‘natural high’, but is it?

with Nick Carroll

Surfing Life

So dear reader, recently I got

an Apple Watch. “That’s

great!” you think, but also

wonder, “So what? You’re not so

special! Many people have an

Apple Watch.”

Ah yes but the VERY DAY I got

the Apple Watch, surfline.com,

the world’s biggest and most

visited surf site*, revealed its

latest innovation.

This is called Surfline

Sessions, and it’s almost

frightening. It works like this:

if you’re a premium subscriber

and you have an Apple Watch,

and you go surfing at a spot

with a surfline.com surf cam

focused on it, the camera and

the watch will somehow bond.

The software behind the camera

will know when you stand up

on your board, thanks to the

watch’s sensing devices, and

will clip out the ride and put

it together with all your other

rides, and deliver it to your

inbox like a little gift.

So you will be able to head

home after your surf and see a

movie of your surf session.

Man! Technology. It’s the real

story in surfing, the story of the

century as it were.

Trouble is, it threatens to

invert our idea of what surfing

actually is.

A short digression. Recently

I got an advance copy of Nat

TALENT: A meeting with Duke Kahanamoku changed the course of Tom

Blake’s life, and also surfing’s as he essentially re-invented surfboards.

Young’s new book, ‘Church Of

The Open Sky’. It’s not super

long; it is poignant, intelligent,

and pretty wonderful really.

Strongly recommended.

Anyway, Nat devotes a lot of

the front end narrating his

encounter with the man who

coined the term in the book’s

title, American surfer Tom


There never was a surfer

like Blake, not until Blake came

along, that is. Tom Blake was

born in Wisconsin in March

1902, into a family rapidly

shattered by the death of his

mother a year later from TB,

and he knew little or nothing

of the surf. Then he met Duke

Kahanamoku in Detroit in 1920,

on one of Duke’s post-Olympic

promotional tours. The meeting

entirely changed the course

of his life. Blake headed first

to California, then to Hawaii,

scrounging a thin living as

a lifeguard and swimming

demonstrator, before essentially

re-inventing the surfboard,

first as a hollow lightweight

paddleboard, then as a

sailboard, then attaching a fin,

then as a fold-away inflatable

board that weighed just four


Blake’s board designs were

published in the great emerging

magazine, Popular Mechanics,

and were copied around

the world, including by surf

lifesavers here in Australia. This

was in 1932. Early tech, you

might say.

Blake surfed for 65 years, all

through the Depression, World

War II, the Cold War, the Baby

Boom, the lot. At the end of it

all, having moved all the way

back to Wisconsin, he sat down

and wrote a short book called

‘Nature = God: Voice Of The

Atom’, in which he laid out an

intensely romantic, Thoreaustyle

vision of the world,

based purely on his surfing


To Tom, the human spirit

could only be liberated through


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Well August was quiet as a mouse wasn’t it? Then — ooooo! Big

wind, cold snap, the sense of a weather shift. I have no rational

reason to be thinking this, but I’m rolling the dice and saying

September is going to be a bit unsettled. OK there is some rationale;

the storm belt in the Southern Ocean has been fiercely active and

sending cooler air way up toward the tropics pretty much all around

the world. This may begin a trend of circulating air that will swing

winds “vertical”, ie northerly one day, southerly the next, bringing

moisture from warmer northern waters into conflict with cool

southern air. If that unfolds, you’ll see a cloudy September with some

real weather changes and regional instability, leading to messier surf

than we’ve been used to, and also possibly a bit of rain! Argh. Watch

for surprise swell events here and there, a lot of smaller days, and

probably an increase in baitfish and sea life generally as the whales

begin to show up again on their way south.

Nick Carroll

deep contact with the natural

world. That’s his “church of the

open sky”.

It’s as close as surfing has

ever come to a theology, and

Nat is a complete believer. (He

almost called his book, ‘Surfing

Is Not A Sport’.) I bet most of us

would like to believe it a little

bit too.

But how does it sit in relation

to our actual surfing lives?

Blake died in 1994, just as the

surfing industry took off into

the stratosphere. By 2000, the

surfboards he’d once made by

hand out of wood were being

cut from hardened poly foam by

computer-aided machines. This

year, fully automated surfboard

production lines are being used

for the first time. Your next

board might not be touched by

human hands, till it’s put it into

a warehouse rack, awaiting your


Around the same time,

1994, accurate surf forecasting

began to migrate online. This

was soon followed by surf-cam

networks, allowing people to

check the waves on demand

from remote locations, then by

constantly updated software

pushing forecast limits out

to a week or more. Today,

machine learning programs

are being applied to surf-cam

vision, preparing for a day soon

enough when you’ll get an alert

sent to your phone (or watch!)

telling you when the wind’s

swung offshore at your spot,

or when the crowd’s dropped

below 20 people.

The year after Blake died, in

1995, a major pro surfing event

was held in a remote jungle

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location – Grajagan, in SE Java,

Indonesia – for the first time.

The event’s media office had to

construct an intricate human

chain, from a motorbike guy

in the jungle camp to a pilot

in Singapore, in order to get

videotapes of each day’s action

to the satellite broadcaster

in Hong Kong, where maybe

they’d be picked up by a news

program somewhere. Today,

entire world tour events are

broadcast live and direct from

pretty much anywhere on

earth, drone shots, post-heat

interviews and all. Free.

Meanwhile, there’s five

different businesses busy

trying to get wave pools off the

ground and into the economy,

taking surfing out of the ocean

altogether, and trying to get us

to pay for waves in the process.

There’s watches of various

kinds, tracking your rides if you

want them to, and giving you

something to post on Instagram

later so everyone knows of your

essential magnificence.

And soon there’ll be Surfline


It makes you wonder, is

Nature still God? Can surfers

still claim the open sky, if we’re

using that much machinery to

get there, and back? Does it

even matter?

I guess as long as we feel

the waves exist without us

– as long as they break our

boards occasionally, and show

up sometimes without being

forecasted, and don’t do what

we tell them – then that’s


* The writer is a surfline.com



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Health & Wellbeing

Arts for wellness: unleash

creativity and feel better

During October our

community will be

given the opportunity

to explore and experience

a diverse range of creative

arts events, classes and

educational workshops that

help with stress reduction,

relaxation and social


The Arts for Wellness

project, which will be

launched on the Northern

Beaches in conjunction with

mental health month, is based

on the idea that engaging

in creative and expressive

activities such as arts and

craft, dance, music, yoga,

mindfulness and meditation

practices can do your mind

and body a world of good.

Research shows

participation in the creative

arts and expressive activities

can improve health and

wellbeing by:

Providing comfort and

reducing stress and anxiety;

Offering empowerment,

purpose, meaning and a sense

of achievement; and

Enhancing capacity to

connect with community and

reduce social isolation.

The month-long program of

events is being co-ordinated

by the local not-for-profit

group TIPS Community of

Calm, a subgroup of a Trauma

Informed Practitioner Support

(TIPS) group in Mona Vale.

Chairperson, counsellor

Jane Macnaught of Tranquillo

Place in Mona Vale, explained

the program was designed to

bring awareness to creative

arts and other therapeutic

approaches for mental health

wellness and self-care.

“The arts in all its forms can

help us to access and express

parts of ourselves that are

locked away or can’t easily

communicate,” she said.

“Movement and creative

activities lift our spirits

and keep us feeling more

connected to our feelings and


“Creativity helps us in so

many ways: bringing joy, a

sense of satisfaction, make

sense of our lives, and we

simply feel better.”

Arts for Wellness project

manager Mandy Loveday

teaches the movement

practice Nia which blends

dance with martial arts and

healing arts.

“As a Nia teacher, I see

positive change in people

all the time,” Ms Loveday

said. “People become more

expressive, more relaxed and

more joyful.

“Having a movement

practice has helped me

manage and resolve my own

anxiety, which has previously

been a debilitating aspect in

my life.

“I’m very passionate about

the Arts for Wellness project

and I encourage people to try

some of the activities in our

events calendar.”

Partnering with The Big

Anxiety and supported by

Northern Beaches Council,

the Arts for Wellness event

has attracted more than 40

local practitioners who work

with groups or individuals

offering dance, yoga,


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What’s on offer

Arts for Wellness

comprises two programs

breathing, mindfulness,

meditation, arts, naturopathy,

nutrition, soothing sessions,

body mapping and other

therapeutic services.

For more information go to


– Lisa Offord

* If you’re a practitioner

on the Northern Beaches

and you’re interested

in participating in Arts

for Wellness, email your

expression of interest to


(closes September 8).

A month-long calendar of

open classes and interactive

educational programs.

This includes many local

practitioners, instructors,

facilitators and experts with

a wide range of activities in

various community locations

across the Northern

Beaches. This is program is

designed to give people an

opportunity to find which

activity works for them.

Two one-day events,

to be held in Mona Vale

on October 5 and Manly

October 12, where people

will be able to sample the

creative and expressive arts

activities, therapies and

experiences by booking

sessions on these dates.

This curated program will

include highlights from the

month-long calendar of


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Health & Wellbeing

Child eye health in focus

as Myopia rates increase with Rowena Beckenham

Myopia – commonly

known as shortsightedness

or near-sightedness

– is increasing at an

alarming rate worldwide,

doubling in children over

the course of a single

generation. But what

exactly is myopia and

why the rise?

Typically diagnosed

in children around

the age of 10-12

years, myopia is a

common progressive

eye condition where

the eyeball grows

too long, causing

blurred distance

vision. However,

the age of onset is

dropping, increasing

the likelihood of a

more extreme level of

short-sightedness (high

myopia) and higher eye

disease risk in adulthood.

With the emergence of a

new digital age, the reason

for the significant increase

in myopia is believed

to be largely caused by

environmental factors –

resulting from modern

lifestyles. As children are

spending more time indoors

than ever before, researchers

believe that resulting low

levels of outdoor activity,

low levels of light exposure

and prolonged time spent

on close-up activities like

computer, phone and

television screens are

affecting normal eye growth

in childhood.

The telling symptoms


n Blurry vision when looking

at distant objects;

n The need to sit closer to

the television, movie screen

or front of the classroom;

‘Oarsome’ work

More than $40,000 has been pledged to local charities

One Eighty and Gotcha4Life to help them to continue

their vital work in our community.

The money was raised by more than 150 northern beaches

boaties from Avalon Beach, Collaroy and South Curl Curl

who were sponsored to participate in a

24-hour row at surf life saving clubs last month.

The three clubs rowed an impressive 2,512,344m over the

24-hour period.

One Eighty and Gotcha4Life are focused on providing

support to young adults and opportunities to openly discuss

mental health.

* Find out more at oneeighty.org.au and gotcha4life.org – LO

n The need to squint

or partially close

the eyelids to see


n Excessive blinking;

n Frequent rubbing of

his or her eye; and

n Headaches caused

by eyestrain.

Regular eye tests

from a young age

enable optometrists

to detect early signs

of myopia before it

fully develops. There

are treatment options

available to slow the

rate of progression,

with the aim of

reducing its severity

and protecting

children from eye


associated with

high myopia in their

adult years. With

research showing that regular

glasses alone do not aid in

controlling the rate of myopia

progression, I have listed

some techniques to assist

you in helping look after your

child’s growing eyes.

How you can help:

n Get children to spend

more than an hour and

preferably two hours a day

outdoors in their pre-school

and primary school years;

n Be aware that the

likelihood of developing

myopia, particularly high

myopia, increases when

one or both parents are


n Talk to their

schoolteachers regarding

their patterns of learning

and concentration in the


n Book in an eye test.

Bulk Billing is available

for all children and

student comprehensive

eye consultations, and we

invite parents to book in all

children and adolescents

for an eye exam so we can

help ensure the health of

young eyes and assist in

maintaining their wellbeing.

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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Health & Wellbeing

New season

asthma alert

Find it hard to breathe in Spring? It may be asthma.

Asthma and hay fever affect over 2 million Australians

and hay fever impacts every 1 in 5 people – hay fever also

makes asthma much harder to control.

Asthma can start at any age and according to Asthma

Australia it can be more of a problem when it starts in older

adults, so don’t assume any shortness of breath is a natural part

of ageing, or if you never asthma that it’s not possible now.

If you experience breathlessness, wheezing, a tight feeling in

the chest, and/or continuing cough, then you may have asthma.

You may have all of these symptoms or only a few, and they may

come and go.

A diagnosis of asthma is more likely if you have eczema or

hay fever, or have close relatives with allergies and/or asthma,

and if your symptoms keep coming back, or happen at the same

time each year, are worse at night or in the early morning, are

clearly triggered by exercise, allergies or infections or improve

quickly with reliever medication.

If you experience shortness of breath you should see your

doctor for a professional diagnosis.

Shortness of breath can be caused by other lung and heart

diseases, not just asthma, said Mona Vale GP Ethel Gilbert.

“Even if the cause is asthma, international research and advice

is, that if you need a relief inhaler more than three times a week,

you should probably be on a preventer inhaler for different

periods of time to stop long-term damage such as chronic

Australians living with aggressive

forms of cancer and inflammatory

conditions will have access to more

affordable treatments through the

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

The medicines Avastin, Sprycel, Actemra

and Somatuline Autogeon were listed on

the PBS on August 1 following a Federal

Government $56 million investment.

Member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski

said the listings would provide a new

hope for patients.

“These medicines enhance the

treatment of brain tumours, leukaemia

and inflammatory disease of the large

blood vessels,” Mr Falinski said. “Their

new affordability and accessibility will

save more lives.”

Without the subsidy patients would be

paying $31,200 for Avastin, $51,900 for

Sprycel and $10,200 for Actemra. Under

the PBS, the medicines will be available

for $40.30 per script, or $6.50 with a

concession card.

bronchitis in later years,” Dr Gilbert said.

A GP can help assess how much the asthma is affecting your

life day to day and prevent that happening.

“Asthma changes often with seasons or allergies and good

control should always be sought so asthma really has no impact

on your life,” Dr Gilbert said.

Asthma Australia is releasing helpful information each

day during Asthma Week from 1-7 September; more info


– Lisa Offord

$56 investment in PBS medicines

Mr Falinski said while the listings would

be hugely beneficial to sufferers, they also

injected some much-needed optimism

among communities and families.

“These medicines will not only give

patients a greater chance of survival,

but give their loved ones a much-needed

feeling of hope.”

The government has added on

average 30 medicine listings per month

to the PBS since 2013, at a cost of $10.6


– LO


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Hair & Beauty

The ‘unsexy’ issues

women don’t talk about with Sue Carroll

Over the years, the

advances in medical knowledge,

problems which have

combination of nature

and science has been

prevented you from leading full

evolving to improve women’s

lives with everyday activities

health and appearances:

can be overcome. Leading by

lasers, radiofrequency, PEMF

example and being strong role

(pulsed electromagnetic fields),

models, we can make a difference

Bioptron Light Therapy and

in our own lives and those

other energy devices are helping

of our mothers, sisters, daughters

pave the way for treatments

and girlfriends. It is time

that weren’t available even

to enjoy full, healthy lives – and

10 years ago. We seem more

celebrate being a woman!

and more comfortable talking

about treatments for fine lines, bulging of the vagina and rience and who is also skilled

Sue Carroll of Skin

wrinkles, scar tissue or stretch comment that either they or and practised with the newer Inspiration has been a qualified

Aesthetician for 33 years.

marks. Finally, the focus seems their partners notice that sex laser, radiofrequency and electromagnetic

devices,” she said.

to be shifting, and women are doesn’t feel quite the same.”

Sue has owned and

having more conversations For women going through For women today, no matter

operated successful beauty

about vaginal health, function menopause these symptoms what your age is, you can now

clinics and day spas on

and appearance.

could be amplified.

be proactive with your intimate

Pregnancy and menopause

the Northern Beaches.

“The decreased oestrogen health. There is no need to put

can wreak havoc to our body, leads to worsening stress or up with incontinence, laxity or info@skininspiration.com.au

and the vagina is the one area urgency incontinence… also a dryness. With the availability www.skininspiration.com.au

that can bear the brunt of feeling of vaginal burning and of new technologies and the

issues. So let’s start a conversation

dryness with sex. Some women

about some of the issues develop or underlying condi-

and technologies that can be tions such as Genitourinary

used to effectively improve Syndrome of Menopause (GSM)

post-pregnancy, menopausal as that are unlikely to improve

well as the cosmetic appearance

over time without treatment.”

of the vaginal area — no Many women, both post-

better place to start than with birth and menopausal, simply

gynaecologist, Dr Sonya Jessup, put up with these symptoms,

a respected leader in her area assuming it was just something

of medicine, who is now working

they needed to live with – the

on the Northern Beaches to cost of giving birth or just part

provide women with intimate of the journey of menopause.

health solutions.

“Others are unwilling to go

I asked Dr Jessup (BHB, with options such as surgery,

MBChB, MReprodMed, FRAN- vaginal meshes or tapes which

ZCOG, ESAG) to provide some have had increasing negative

insight into ways women can publicity due to a number of

lead full and healthy lives with cases with severe adverse reactions,”

vaginal revitalisation.

Dr Jessup said. “So much

“Over the years working as so that many of these procedures

a Gynaecologist and fertility

are no longer allowed in

specialist, I have seen first-hand, Australia. Medication may be

many women experience an alternative but may not be

incontinence, vaginal laxity and suitable for all women, such as

decreased sexual enjoyment following

those that have breast cancer,

childbirth,” she said. which is hormonally sensitive.”

“Their pelvic floor muscles The good news is that there

have never quite recovered, despite

is now a whole range of non-

pelvic floor exercises, to surgical devices that provide

the extent that they now leak treatment and relief for these

urine with coughing, sneezing issues. “Not every method is

and during exercise or getting suitable for every woman. It

up multiple times in the night is essential to see a qualified

to go to the toilet.

gynaecologist with traditional

“Other women notice some and hormonal treatment expe-

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Business Life

Infrastructure outcomes:

Let’s start them at home

with Brian Hrnjak

This month we look at

some nearby opportunities

to improve infrastructure

outcomes… on one

single day in August every

major media outlet featured

infrastructure as a political

issue: Among several articles

The Australian welcomed the

PM’s push for more infrastructure

to be delivered

by smaller contractors. The

Australian Financial Review

featured at least five large

articles, including one on

how the current infrastructure

spend is insufficient to

match population growth.

The Sydney Morning Herald

noted the end of suburban

sprawl and how major cities

are reaching crush capacity CHOKE POINT: If you can afford the toy you can afford to store it somewhere safer than a local street.

on public transport. The ABC

hospitals, schools and local ents. Around 10% used some have become cheaper and

announced an all-new season

transport such as the new form of public transport and households now have more

of Utopia.

metro and B-Line. Local government

is classically kerbs, – but more on that in a min-

10 years ago. We share a

bicycles didn’t rate a mention cars than they did 20 or even

From this point on I have to

be a little careful writing this

drains, local roads and sporting


see a jump in the public transing

homes and between all

ute. I’d be surprised not to driveway with two neighbour-

as I don’t want the remainder

of the article to sound like

What made me pause to port figures in the next census

as the B-Line and Keoride dren – there are 14 vehicles,

of us – six parents, nine chil-

another middle-aged bloke

think about infrastructure

having a whinge but in some improvement beginning at combination have become a plus two caravans (all off

parts you will need to excuse home is that in the midst of welcome addition to our area street I might add).

me as it will certainly come all this spending and building

on seemingly worthwhile important transport improve-

is population and develop-

and probably the single most The other obvious factor

across that way.

The political virtue signalling

of spending public to work is now taking longer On the numbers I mention ing Herald noting the end of

projects, my trip from home ment in 50 years.

ment. With The Sydney Morn-

money on infrastructure is than it ever has. In fact, on here for motor vehicle transport

urban sprawl, which is growth

simple: we improve our social some mornings at certain

users, a mere 15-min-

at the edges, this simply

assets while at the same time times, the paltry 6km run ute-per-day improvement in means there has been more

achieving ongoing improvements

from Avalon to Mona Vale travel time converts to some-

infill development – or in other

in efficiency – the can take almost half the time thing like 6,000 person hours words, growth in the mid-

ratio of inputs to outputs – to navigate that the B-Line per day on an ongoing basis dle. A few weeks ago, I drove

less time, less cost etc. The takes to travel the 30km from – over 1.3 million hours over into Warriewood Valley around

process also creates employment

Mona Vale to Wynyard. (You the number of working days the time of morning peak

opportunities with what can see what I mean about in a year that can be convert-

hour, a mistake I won’t be re-

are generally long-running this sounding like a whinge ed to potentially productive peating until they’ve finished

projects – by way of example but this is a serious economic

hours as opposed to time with the development-related

look at the extent of roadworks

issue – I spend way more spent staring at the number road closures that are in force.

along the east coast time driving between places plate of the car in front.

So, what could be done to

of the country up to the on the Northern Beaches The sources of our longer improve things? The issues

Queensland border.

than I do driving the Pacific local travel times are numerous,

around property prices and

All three levels of government

Highway to Queensland and

but the simple fact is population growth are genies

undertake spending most likely so do all of you.) there are more cars on the that are well and truly out

on infrastructure, or capital

Reverting to the numbers road at the same time. I have of the bottle, so manage-

works as they are often in the 2016 census, 24,229 no empirical evidence to ment is the only option. With

called. The federal level is people in Pittwater travelled back this, but my view is that the B-Line introduction we

usually responsible for building

to work on census day by as house prices increased have seen recent improve-

national roads, ports and car as a driver or passenger more children have stayed at ment in our public transport

the like. The states provide – that’s 67.5% of all respond-

home, cars have in the main options and no doubt this


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will assist. So too will those

people who choose to work

from home because of faster

internet and flexible employment

conditions – I’ve noted

in a previous article that the

work-from-homers probably

saved our bacon as far as

congestion on local roads

has been concerned.

When discussing local issues

with others who live and

work around here, the items

listed below seem to come

up frequently:

Waste collection service –

some years ago waste collection

services occurred overnight

and out of hours. On

the northern part of the peninsula

most Mondays are a parade

of multi-coloured trucks

named Dennis blocking local

roads and main roads during

peak travel times. It’s hard to

criticise a bureaucrat for saving

money – unless of course

that saving is achieved at the

expense of the majority of

road users for the sake of that

bureaucrat’s key performance

indicators. Surely common

sense suggests that waste

collections occurs over night

or between morning and

afternoon peaks?

Navigating local roads –

with the influx of cars there

has also been an influx of

toys – boats and caravans being

the main culprits. Quite

a few local roads allow only

a single car to pass at a

time. If you can afford the

toy, you can afford to store it

somewhere safer than a local

street where it blocks traffic

and sight lines. Some people

are surprised to learn it is

illegal to park on a nature

strip or across a footpath

even if it is your own driveway;

it could probably be argued

for a formal relaxation

of this rule in certain areas or

streets to allow cars or toys

to come off the road.

Right hand turn bays – one

sure sign that development

has increased in the local

area is that right hand turn

lanes are now too small for

prevailing traffic, not occasionally

but most of the

time. Would it be too hard

to make them bigger/longer,

or a no-right turn if bigger is

not possible?

Push bikes in traffic – I

have no idea how the

lycra-latte bicycle set have

managed to achieve such

lobbying power when their

numbers as a significant

transport option in the

census don’t even rate a

mention. Personally, I’d be

happy to ban all push bikes

from single lane main roads

during peak times (cue the

flack) but I suspect I’m on a

hiding to nothing.

School zones on main

roads – are the 40km/h

speed restrictions really

necessary on main roads, or

are the six lanes of moving

traffic, signage and flashing

lights insufficient to draw

kids’ attention to the danger

of stepping in front of oncoming


With our prime minister

presently on a crusade to

bust congestion, here are

five shove-ready projects

worthy of federal grant funding

and ready to go.

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general nature only and are

not intended as a substitute

for professional advice.


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Super & insurance: How

to protect your family

From July 1 2019,

superannuation fund

members with inactive

accounts risked losing their

insurance coverage unless

they opted-in to retain their

cover. Prior to the end of the

financial year, more than one

million Australians received

letters requesting an opt-in

response. Those that did

not respond in time may

have forced any cover they

previously held to lapse.

As a result, many

Australians may now have

no Life, Income Protection

or Total and Permanent

Disability (TPD) insurance.

This leads to the obvious

question of “how much

cover should a person or

family have?” Unfortunately,

most Australians have never

completed a comprehensive

insurance needs analysis.

Insurance needs analysis

An insurance needs

analysis is a robust and

comprehensive process

that considers not just your

immediate needs, but how

that cover must provide for

you and your dependents in

the event of a claim.

Personal insurances are

traditionally a combination of

coverage for varying amounts

taken out at a specific time to

suit a need. Once the policy

is ‘in force’, it is generally left

to increase year on year with

inflation, regardless of any

changes in circumstances.

Having incorrect levels of

insurance can be costly to

the policyholder; they either

pay too much in premiums,

or do not receive enough

payment to cover their needs

if a claim is made. Over and

under insurance often occurs

where clients receive default

insurance through their

employment. This cover often

has little or no correlation

to their circumstances; the

amount is often based on a

limited metric, such as three

or four times their annual


Indeed, an Underinsurance

Australia report, recently

released by independent

consultants and actuaries

Rice Warner, highlights that

“the median level of life cover

meets just 28% of the amount

needed to ensure family

members and dependants

can maintain their standard

of living after the death of a

parent or partner.”

We recommend that a

comprehensive review takes

place every year before

your annual insurance

premiums become due to

ensure any changes in your

circumstances are reflected in

your levels of cover.

Balancing affordability with

conditions of release

Once a comprehensive needs

analysis has been conducted

and the levels of coverage

ascertained, your insurance

specialist should then look at

the structure of the policies

to ensure they suit your

cash flow needs and that the

conditions of release would

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be met in the event of a claim.

TPD inside of your

industry or retail super fund

is commonly held as ‘any

occupation’ policies. This

means if you are found to be

incapacitated but still able

to complete any type of paid

employment, you may not

meet a condition of release.

As a result, the claim is paid

to the super fund but not

passed on to the beneficiary.

Insurance and


Insurance held inside a super

fund isn’t always a bad thing;

however, it is important that

your superannuation is in

order. Having several super

funds may mean paying

multiple insurance premiums,

which will deplete your super

balances quicker and reduce

the income available to you in


This article contains

general information only

and does not take into

account your objectives,

financial situation or needs.

Therefore, before relying on

this information, you should

consider your own personal

circumstances and seek

professional advice.

Geoff Aitken is a Financial

Planner – Director of One

Wealth Advisory (see ad

p15) with 25 years’ industry

experience. Geoff is a

Member of MFAA, FPA and

the Australian Institute of

Company Directors.


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Consider collaborative

process for resolution

Collaborative Family Law

is a far better and more

respectful option in resolving

important issues, such

as general parenting plans or

Orders or property divisions;

as such it’s extremely important

that the community is

educated about this process.

While not everyone’s

circumstances may be suited

to the collaborative process,

those who have separated and

seek to maintain an amicable

relationship with their partner,

spouse and any children

should seriously consider it.

Family law matters are

diverse and sometimes involve

deeply personal issues; from

being a sperm donor to

children and wondering if you

have any rights as a parent; or

around responsibility for adult

child maintenance where that

child is going through gender

dysphoria needing financial

assistance from parents, just

naming a few.

My commitment to

ensuring that people have

the collaborative process

option available to them on

the Northern Beaches led

me to form the Collaborative

Professionals Northern Beaches

Practice Group. (Testimonials

on the Gentleslaw website

demonstrate the benefits that

this interest-based resolution

process provides.)

As a Nationally Accredited

Mediator, I am qualified to

assist in cases where two people

want to have one legally

trained Solicitor facilitate in

mediation to resolve property

division. Those clients who do

not wish to go to Court can

use this process even where

there is significant disagreement

with a former partner

or spouse. Mediation is also

an effective use of limited

funds, keeping legal costs to a


There will be circumstances

where filing applications in

either the Family Court or Federal

Circuit Court is the best

and only way forward. Our experience

enables us to prepare

and file urgent applications for

clients in dire need.

Our goal though is to

provide clients with the best

advice and a cost-effective

service, enabling them to reach

an earliest resolution – and our

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mission is to do this collaboratively,

if possible.

We pride ourselves on taking

the time to listen to clients’

needs. Our staff are all local

to the Northern Beaches and

take a friendly, compassionate

and empathetic approach in all

interactions with clients and

their families. (We also have an

office in the CBD.)

Seeing a lawyer when you feel

emotional is often a daunting

experience and we recognise

that clients deserve advice that

provides the best outcome.

Comment supplied by Ioanita

Gentles of Gentles Family

Lawyers, Suite 5, 39 East

Esplanade Manly. P: 9977

0889. W: gentleslaw.com.au

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The Law of Succession a

valuable, dynamic study

It was a surprise to learn that

the law of succession is no

longer taught as a compulsory

subject to students of law,

which in this writer’s opinion is

a shame.

The law of succession is not

just a statute of that name nor

is it an area of law limited to the

law of wills, intestacy law and

the probate jurisdiction of the

Supreme Court. It is in theory

and practice closely related to

other areas of law, including

the law of property and the law

governing persons incapable

of managing their own affairs

and as with so many areas of

law, it has had to adapt to the

changing needs of society.

The law of succession is an

important component of a legal

system in which Australians

have embraced the concept of

a ‘managed society’; in which

it is expected their personal

affairs and those of their family,

to be managed from cradle to

grave, that is to be managed

in anticipation of, and during,

experience of incapacity for

self-management and beyond.

The jurisdiction in which

succession law is found is the

Probate Protective and Family

Provision, of the Equity Division

of the Supreme Court of NSW.

The Protective jurisdiction

exists for the purpose of taking

care of those who cannot care

for themselves. The Court

focuses on the welfare and

interests of a person incapable

of managing his or her own

affairs, testing everything

against whether what is to be

done or left undone is or is not

in the interests, and for the

benefit, of the person in need

of protection.

The Probate jurisdiction

looks to the due and proper

administration of a particular

deceased estate, having

regard to any expressed

testamentary intention of the

deceased, and the respective

interests of parties beneficially

entitled to the estate. The

task of the court is to carry

out a deceased persons

testamentary intentions, and

to see that beneficiaries get

what is due to them.

The Family provision,

jurisdiction as an adjunct

to the probate jurisdiction,

looks to the due and proper

administration of a particular

deceased estate without undue

cost or delay, to order that

provision be made for eligible

applicants for relief out of a

deceased estate or notional

estate in whose favour an

order for provision ‘ought’ to

be made.

A notional estate occurs

where the actual estate is not

sufficient to meet the family

provision order; in these

circumstances the court will

consider whether the deceased

has a notional estate. A

notional estate is comprised

of assets that did not belong

directly to the deceased at

the time of death which as a

result of a relevant property

transaction (an act or omission)

were transferred to another

person or trust without full

valuable consideration – i.e.

payment being given to the

deceased. The act or omission

must take place within three

years prior to the deceased’s

death, or the date of death, or

after the date of death.

It has been suggested that

lawyers should recognise

the possibility that the

legal process of death may

begin when, in anticipation

of mental incapacity as a

precursor to death, a client

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executes an enduring power

of attorney (governed by the

Powers of Attorney Act 2005),

an enduring guardianship

appointment (governed by

the Guardianship Act 1987),

and a will (governed by the

Succession Act 2006, and the

Probate and Administration

Act 1898).

The process may end

only when the time has

expired with an application

for a family provision order,

governed by the Succession

Act 2006, is reached.

While all of the foregoing

processes involve the Supreme

Court. There may be a necessity

to deal with the jurisdiction in

practice of the Guardianship

Division of the NSW Civil and


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Administrative Tribunal (NCAT).

The NCAT Tribunal deals

with a large range of cases,

in an exercise of jurisdiction

protective in nature, affecting

the person and estates of

persons who are, or may be,

incapable of managing their

own affairs.

A relatively recent

phenomena has been a

development and number

of ‘Elder Abuse’ cases which

has attracted the protective

jurisdiction of the Supreme

Court or NCAT.

Elder abuse has been

defined by the World Health

Organisation (June 2018) as

“the mistreatment of older

people as a single reported

act, or lack of appropriate

action, occurring within any

relationship where there is

an expectation of trust which

causes harm or distress to an

older person”.

Anecdotal evidence

consistent with cases before the

Supreme Court suggests that

vulnerable people are in many

cases exploited by those closest

to them, including family and

friends or by the holder of a

power of attorney.

If exploitation or a risk of

exploitation, is discovered in

time, systematic protective

orders might be made by the

Supreme Court or NCAT for:

n The appointment of a

manager of the vulnerable

person’s estate, involving

the operation of the NSW

Trustee and Guardian Act NSW

2009 and the administrative

oversight of the NSW Trustee

exercising power under the

Act; or

n In protection of the person of

the person, the appointment of

a guardian by NCAT, pursuant

to the Guardianship Act 1987.

A grant of probate has dual

characteristics, being an order

of the court and an instrument

of title to property.

Grants are made in common

form or solemn form.

A grant in common form is

essentially an administrative

procedure and is usually

granted on an ex parte basis as

the application for probate is


A grant is solemn form

involves court proceedings, as

those with an interest may wish

to challenge the validity of the

Will or may wish to prove that

the Will should be set aside

or varied as undue influence

occurred during the making of

the will or the deceased lacked

capacity to make a will at the

time it was made.

In a case in 2014, the Estate

of Kouvakas [2014] NSWSC the

Judge issued a grant of probate

in solemn form and made a

judicial statement that, on the

Court’s then assessment:

(a) All persons interested

in the making of a grant

(and particularly those

with an interest adverse

to the making of a grant)

have been allowed a fair

opportunity to be heard,

with a consequence that

principles about the

desirability of finality in

the conduct of litigation

should weigh heavily on any

application for revocation of

the grant:

(b) On evidence then

formally noticed, the

Court is satisfied that the

particular grant represents,

consistently with the

law’s requirement that

testamentary intentions

be expressed formally an

expression of the deceased’s

last testamentary intentions

if any;

(c) An order for a grant in

solemn form appropriately

serves the due

administration of justice.

What this means is that

before a grant in solemn form

is made, the court needs to

be satisfied that all persons

who have or may have an

interest in the estate have been

given reasonable notice of the

proceedings leading to the


Informal Wills – that is,

a testamentary document

not executed in accordance

with the requirements of the

Succession Act – are no longer

unusual. The defect is often

an unsigned document or an

inappropriately witnessed

document, or where a

beneficiary has witnessed the

document. In dealing with

an informal will the court

cannot apply the traditional

presumption of capacity,

or knowledge and approval

arising from ‘due execution’.

Rather it must investigate

questions of fact and to the

determination of disputed

questions of fact, it has to

draw an inference usually

drawn from established facts.

The Law of succession as

demonstrated by the practice

of the Probate Protective and

Family Division of the Equity

Division of the Supreme Court

is far from a dry traditional

subject to be bypassed

by aspiring lawyers. It is

dynamic, and grounded in

enduring concepts requiring

adaptation to changes in

Australian society.

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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Times Past

Bilgola SLSC’s

‘rough’ beginnings


real estate brochure

from the 1930s summed

up Bilgola Beach thus

“… a charming spot on the

oceanfront, one mile beyond

Newport Beach – exclusive on

account of its size”.

However, until 1949, Bilgola

Beach had a treacherous

reputation – unfortunately

it had seen numerous

drowning deaths, including

that of an early resident and

one-time owner of the first

weatherboard ‘Bilgola House’,

Colonel Oswald Watt.

According to the SLSA

(Surf Life Saving Association)

Beachsafe site, Bilgola Beach is

rated ‘moderately hazardous


It was the frequency of these

early drownings that prompted

the formation of the Bilgola

Surf Life Saving Club. In the

summer of 1949, a small group

of local men decided to form

a surf club to stem the flow

of these tragedies. The only

life saving device available to

them was a crude box/line

outfit located on the site of the

present kiosk and probably

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installed by Warringah Shire

Council (WSC).

After several meetings

the Club was formed; its

Constitution, Rules and By-laws

were drawn up and the Club

became a reality and affiliated

with the SLSA.

Two squads were soon

formed and after intensive

training, 15 members

were awarded their Bronze

Medallions by February 1950.

Three neighbouring surf

clubs provided instructors – K.

Webster from Whale Beach,

Laurie Payne from Newport

and Stan Butler from the

Avalon Beach Club.

Also, Newport and Avalon

Beach provided assistance

during the training period by

making boats, crews and gear

available. Avalon Beach also

gave the Club a surfboat.

Patrols commenced on

Sundays, usually when

reasonable weather prevailed,

and they continued until the

end of the 1949/50 season.

A ‘reel, line and belt’ and

flags were secured and kept in

the garage of a private house

on the beach owned by the Oag

family. Their two sons were

original members.

The need for a clubhouse

was next on the list, so

fundraising, variety shows/

concerts and cash donations

all contributed towards the

project. Plans were drawn up

by architect CC Ruwald during

1950; they were approved by

WSC and construction began.

‘Midge’ Gonsalves (christened

Harry and who ‘stood five

feet nothing in bare feet’) a

stonemason from Palm Beach

(and a member of the Palm

Beach SLSC since the 1920s)

soon had the ground floor

underway. It consisted of a hall,

boatshed and toilet facilities.

Later the top floor was let

out as a contract and although

there were renovations along

the way, the first major

addition was completed and

officially opened in May 2001

by local Member John Brogden.

Between 2001 and 2003 there

was a complete rebuild of the

downstairs area, providing

significantly more room

for the now 800 members,

including 287 nippers.

Preparations are underway

for Bilgola Beach’s 70-year

celebrations later this year.

(The main image shows

Bilgola Beach [detail from a

Frank Hurley photo], and the

surf club under construction in


The first pool is also visible

east of the headland on the

rock shelf – the current pool

was still to be built!

Bilgola House number 2

is visible on the far right in

amongst the cabbage tree


* Special thanks to David Lyall

(Foundation/ Life Member and

Past President) for help with

this article.

TIMES PAST is supplied

by local historian

and President of the

Avalon Beach Historical


Visit the Society’s

showroom in Bowling

Green Lane, Avalon



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while his opposition’s sales are booming. to him as the sweetly relentless Deborah is

Loud, brash and aggressive Sam does not see Jordan Farrow, a new face on the Players’

himself as being to blame. His harassed staff stage who brings a wealth of theatrical

are on the point of revolt when Sam takes a experience to the role.

vacation. In his absence, his office manager Chris Richardson (the dizzy Florence in



employs a Human Resources officer, Deborah, ‘The Odd Couple: The Female Version’) and

who sets about exploring with members of Ashleigh Haynes (Danielle in ‘The Bold, The

the staff the sources of their grievances. Young and the Murdered’) return as staff

Production director Bill Akhurst says what members Angela and Megan. Silka May (as

follows is a hilarious battle of wits between Equal Opportunities consultant Michelle) plus

Sam and Deborah for the jobs of the staff and Stephen Allnutt and Paul Johnson (as company

the fate of the company. Sam, hectoring and manager Michael and sales manager Brian)

implacable, seeks to dominate the sweetly, bring fresh talent to the production.

insistently reasonable Deborah. The staff

‘Corporate Vibes’ will run for 10

looks on in wonder.

performances from Friday 4th to Saturday

“Williamson’s familiarity with Sydneysiders 12th October. Tickets cost $28; $25

and their ways is delightfully displayed in this concession and $22 for groups (10+).


73 ironic comedy about people and situations * Bookings on 9979 9694; boxoffice.elanora@

that audiences will recognise,” said Akhurst. bigpond.com or elanoraplayers.com.au – NW

60 SEPTEMBER 2019 The Local Voice Since 1991

Tom’s in like Flynn for

Sydney run of Chicago

It’s been almost 15 years

since Tom Burlinson

last performed in a

musical production but

the acclaimed Newport

entertainer says he’s excited

to be tackling the role of

iconic character Billy Flynn

in the current Sydney run

of the multi-award winning,

record-breaking ‘Chicago’ at

the Capitol Theatre.

Burlinson said he was

approached to play the role

of cunning and charismatic

lawyer Flynn by co-producer

John Frost after an actor

who had played the role in

London’s West End and on

Broadway was unexpectedly

unable to come to Australia

for the production.

In particular he’s looking

forward to once again

combining the ‘trinity’ of

performing talents – acting,

singing and dancing –

although he’s somewhat

grateful his character

doesn’t require too much of

the latter.

“Really not that much,

thankfully – I call it

‘moving to music’ rather

than dancing as far as

I’m concerned,” he tells

Pittwater Life. “But of

course, there is fabulous

dancing in the show

performed by the two

leading ladies, as well as the

fine ensemble.”

Performing alongside

Burlinson are Natalie

Bassingthwaighte, as the

irreverent and determined

Roxie Hart, and musical

theatre star Alinta Chidzey,

as the empowered and

glamorous Velma Kelly.

Much-adored Casey

Donovan plays the tough

and sassy prison warden,

Matron ‘Mama’ Morton.

“It’s been 15 years since

I combined the skills

of acting, singing and

dancing in a musical (‘The

Producers’) and I’m very

much looking forward to

performing with the multitalented

cast in one of the

masterpieces of modern

musical theatre.”

As for how he’s portraying

Billy, Tom said his character

was very smart, charming

and successful – although

his true intentions were not

always what they appeared

to be.

“It’s always challenging

and interesting to portray

complex characters like

him,” Tom said.

“I will bring a relatively

new approach to the role if

only because it’s my face,

my physicality, my voice and

my choices of interpretation

within the guidelines of the

script, score and direction

given by the creative

professionals from overseas

who have helped us learn

the show.”

He added he was wellgrounded

in the origins of

the production, which would

help his performance.

“I saw the first Australian

production in the early

1980s, and other major

productions in 1998 and

2008, so I’ve seen Billy

played by Terry Donovan,

John Diedrich and Craig

McLachlan,” he said. “And of

course, I also saw the movie

in which Billy was played by

Richard Gere.”

Burlinson’s incredible

performing career has

spanned over 40 years and

he has been a fixture on

Australian stages, films

and television since his

breakthrough big screen role

in the iconic ‘The Man from

Snowy River’.

His musical credits include

‘The Producers’, ‘Miracle

City’ and ‘How to Succeed

in Business Without Really

Trying’; in recent years he

has spent most of his time

on the stage, having created

and toured with many music

shows including ‘Frank – A

Life in Song’, ‘Now we’re

Swingin!’, ‘Young at Heart’

(with Melinda Schneider),

‘Swing That Music’ with

(Emma Pask, Ed Wilson and

The Sydney All Star Big

Band) and ‘Great American

Songbook’. – Nigel Wall

* Chicago The Musical

is now showing at the

Capitol Theatre (ends

Sunday October 20); tickets


SONG AND DANCE: Newport’s Tom

Burlinson plays Billy Flynn in Chicago.



Dining Clubs & Guide Pubs

Clubs & Pubs

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


The Mezcaltones

play Avalon

in September

Getting ready for Once

Upon A Time in Avalon

Think early Tarantino soundtrack, meets

Salma Hayek in ‘Dusk Til Dawn’, with a shot

of tequila, and some Dick Dale ’60s surf rock.

The Mezcaltones are not just a band, they’re an


Lead singer Don Too and the ‘Queen of Southern

Rhythm Strummin’’ Neralita (alias husband

and wife team Col and Neralyn), have just got

back from a holiday in America and Mexico,

which was something of a music pilgrimage;

taking in New York, LA, Nashville and New

Orleans. Armed now with even more outrageous

outfits, dance moves, guitar riffs and Tex

Mex attitude, they’re ready to blow the roof off

Avalon Bowlo on Sunday 15 September.

“We wanted some new inspiration for the

band, so we went to Mexico to get new outfits

and see new looks,” says Neralyn. “And we saw

so many bands in America. In New Orleans and

Nashville there are fantastic bands in every bar

on the main streets, and we were out every

night watching them.”

With a new CD out at the end of the year, a hilarious

new video out next month for their song

‘Na Na Na’, and a host of gigs before Christmas,

the band are flying. But as Neralyn reveals, they

almost didn’t happen.

“Col and I were watching the Robert Rodriguez

TV series ‘Once Upon A Time in Mexico’

about six years ago,” Neralyn explains. “And I

said it would be great to put together a band

to play that sort of soundtrack with that sort of

look. Col looked at me like I was mad! He liked

the music, but he really wasn’t keen on the outfits

I had in mind for the band,” she laughs.

Neralyn says that Col absolutely loves the

band now and they have such fun playing gigs.

“There are no egos in the band, and we just

have such a laugh. I think that translates to the

audience and everyone has a great time,” she


Anyone who has seen The Mezcaltones

couldn’t help but agree.

The band play Avalon Bowlo four or five

times a year, and love the vibe there: arty, music

lovers, who love to dance. And with a new

stage, PA system and lights it’s about to be an

even better place to play. Neralyn says that the

Bowlo’s consistent commitment to music makes

it one of the best venues for bands on the

Northern Beaches. And entry is free!

Don and Neralita will take to the Bowlo’s new

stage with regular members El Shango, Filthy

Lucre, Don Juan and the Spicy Seductress Mimi,

who shakes like a Rattlesnake! Look out for a

new co ver of a Henry Rollins cover of the Waylon

Jennings song ‘Lonesome On’ry and Mean’. It

brings together the bands’ rocking sound and

sense of fun.

Great venue, great band, great fun. And as

Neralyn says, you can even have a game of lawn

bowls outside to the sound of The Mezcaltones.

It would make a great scene for Tarantino’s final


– Rob Pegley

Pittwater RSL

Assorted eateries

82 Mona Vale Rd Mona Vale

Pittwater RSL Club’s

Glasshouse eatery is a finalist

in the Savour Australia

Awards for Excellence for the

2nd year in a row! Book your

table now to find out what all

the fuss is about.

They love their Members

at Pittwater RSL Club – and

September is Members

month! There are two shows

in September with The Devine

Miss M tribute show (Saturday,

21st) and ska/rock band Spy V

Spy (Saturday, 28th) Members’

tickets are only $10.

There is a new $10

Members-only menu, available

for lunch from Monday to

Friday, and $15 dinner specials

from Monday to Wednesday.

Pittwater RSL holds weekly

raffles on Wednesdays, Fridays

and Sundays with plenty of

meat, seafood and veggie trays

as well as Club money to be


Once a month the Club

holds a FREE ‘Love your Seniors’

show, head there and join the

fun on Monday September 30

from 11am with complimentary

morning tea – call the Club to

reserve your spot today.

Families are loving the

indoor playground in Potter’s

Café. Relax with a coffee and

chat with friends while the kids


And if you’re looking for

something to do on a Tuesday,

from 10.30am the Club offers

‘Toddler Tuesday’, a fun day

for the kids with face painting,

interactive story time, balloon

fun plus more and best of all,

it’s FREE!



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.


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Head down on Father's Day

with $6 Stella Artois all day,

plus a $2,000+ Mega Raffle,

$5 Kids Meals and free pool

from 1pm-7pm.

Take advantage of their new


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!

There are great music acts

in September, including Distant

Drum (6th; free) and Kid

Kenobi (7th; tickets eventbrite).

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!

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 beerbattered

flathead – plus they

do a $5 kids meals on Sundays!

(There’s a playground, too.)


Royal Motor

Yacht Club

Salt Cove on Pittwater

46 Prince Alfred

Parade, Newport

The Royal Motor Yacht Club,

Broken Bay was officially

opened in 1928. Over the

past 91 years, RMYC has

grown from a modest twostorey

establishment into a

magnificent clubhouse sitting

proudly on the shores of

Sydney’s beautiful Pittwater.

Become a member today and

start enjoying all the RMYC

has to offer.

RMYC’s restaurant Salt Cove

on Pittwater is under Executive

Head Chef Jeff Turnbull. It

offers affordable meals and

generous servings including

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a variety of starters, seafood,

burgers, grills, salads and

woodfired pizzas.

Friday night music kicks

off in the Lounge Bar (level 1)

from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. There

are some great acts during

September including: Eric Lewis

(Fri 6th); Michelle Little (Fri

13th), Adrian Joseph (Fri 20th)

and Sarah Paton (Fri 27th).


Located on the shores of

Pittwater, the Royal Motor

Yacht Club offers a spectacular

setting for both your wedding

ceremony and wedding

reception. Contact Michelle

on (02) 9997 5511 or email


There are so many reasons

to drop into RMYC and

experience the most idyllic

location on Pittwater!


Social members – $180

Boat Owner membership –

$620 (initial joining fee $500)


Club Palm Beach

Barrenjoey Bistro

1087 Barrenjoey Road,

Palm Beach

In September, make your way

to Club Palm Beach, located a

short stroll from Palm Beach

Wharf, for great dining for the

whole family.

Head down on Thursdays

for 'Mussels Mania' – it's a 2-for-

1 deal, with two 500g bowls of

mussels (Neapolitan or White

Wine) plus Garlic Bread for just

$23.50! ($25.50 non-members).

Also, enjoy a Works Burger and

schooner for just $15 every


Every Wednesday there's

family trivia from 7pm, with

great prizes!

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.


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 bars, restaurants

and function spaces.

Available for lunch and

dinner, every day throughout

September, enjoy a Chinese

Tower for two which includes

two Eye Fillets with Black Pepper

Sauce, a Lobster with Ginger

and Shallots, an assortment of

yum cha delights, fresh fruit and

two Portuguese tarts, from only


The club also presents

terrific entertainment acts. In

September, catch: ‘Partners

in Crime’ Starring Rhonda

Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy

(21st, $45); and ‘Rumours, A

Tribute to Fleetwood Mac’ (27th,


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 currently closed and will

relaunch in late 2020 as

part of the club’s current


Dee Why RSL offers a twoyear

membership for $5.

Check out their website for

the latest menus and specials.


This Month...

Distant Drum

Phil Foxman, ex-Supernaut on

lead vocals and guitar, The

Nature Strip’s Peter Marley on

bass and vocals, Big Merino’s

Colin Sevitt on drums and

When Saturday Comes’ Dom

White at Avalon Beach RSL on

Friday 6 from 9pm. FREE.

Partners in Crime

Rhonda Burchmore and Lara

Mulcahy’s hilarious new live

show features the classic

songs of iconic duos at Dee

Why RSL Club on Saturday 21

from 8pm. Tickets $45 deewhyrsl.com.au

Miss M Tribute

The Divine Miss M – The Bette

Midler Story starring Annemarie

Lloyd is packed full of smash

hits and comedy at Pittwater

RSL Club auditorium on

Saturday 21 from 8pm. Book

through reception 91670208.

Friends trivia

Love the epic series Friends and

know all the words to ‘Smelly

Cat’? Then you won’t want to

miss this themed trivia night at

Club Palm Beach on Thursday

26 from 7pm. Free entry with

great prizes and giveaways.


Dining Clubs & Guide Pubs

Food Life

Food Life

Finger food the perfect

match for footy finals

For most of us, September is the month that just can’t

come quick enough. We start to see the warmer weather

on the horizon (and feel it in the air), and it coincides with

the availability of a new burst of wonderful fresh fruit and

vegetables. Not to mention – the footy finals are finally here!

Celebrate the new season (spring) and the end of season (footy)

with some delicious food; it’s easy to prepare! Serve up at home

for a family feast… or take along as your contribution when the

friends get together. Either way, settle back in front of the telly,

and cheer your team on!

Chorizo & sausage


(Makes 24)

4 fresh chorizo sausages

400g pork mince

1 brown onion, grated

1 carrot, grated

¼ cup chopped parsley

½ cup panko crumbs

2 eggs

4 sheets frozen puff pastry,

just thawed

1 tbs sesame seeds

Tzatziki dip or chilli sauce, to


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C

fan forced. Line two baking

trays with baking paper.

2.Squeeze the chorizo sausage

meat out of the casings

and into a bowl. Add the

pork mince, onion, carrot,

parsley, panko crumbs and

1 egg. Season and use your

hands to mix well.

3.Cut 1 pastry sheet into 6

rectangles. Place a heaped

tablespoonful mixture on

half of 1 rectangle, leaving

5mm border at edges. Fold

pastry over mince mixture.

Press edges to seal. Cut 3-4

small slit on top of pastry.

Repeat with remaining

pastry and mince mixture.

Place on prepared trays.

4.Whisk the remaining egg.

Brush the top of each pastry

with egg and sprinkle with

the sesame seeds. Bake 20-

30 minutes until pastry is

golden. Serve with tzatziki

or chilli sauce for dipping.

Janelle’s Tip: You

can also add dressed

coleslaw to the burgers.

Buttermilk chicken


(Makes 4)

4 soft burger buns, split,


2 tbs chilli sauce

4 iceberg lettuce leaves,


½ cup mayonnaise

Buttermilk chicken

1 tbs paprika

4 chicken thigh fillets

1 cup buttermilk

vegetable oil, for deep-frying

1 cup plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

1.Sprinkle the paprika over

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both sides of chicken. Place

into a large bowl. Pour over

the buttermilk. Turn to coat.

Refrigerate for 1 hour.

2. Pour enough oil into a wok

or deep, frying pan so its

one-third full. Heat over

medium heat until the

temperature reaches 180°C

(350°F) on a deep-frying

thermometer or when a

cube of bread dropped into

the oil, it turns golden in 15


3.Shake the flour and baking

powder in a large snap-lock

bag to combine. Remove

the chicken from the

buttermilk mixture,

allowing any excess to


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drain into the bowl. Add

chicken one piece at a time

to flour mixture. Shake to

coat evenly, remove to a

tray. Cook the chicken, in

batches, for 5-7 minutes

or until crisp, golden and

cooked through. Place on

a wire rack in 150C oven to

keep warm while cooking

remaining chicken.

4. Spread bun base with chilli

sauce. Top with lettuce,

chicken then mayonnaise.

Top with burger bun lid.


Loaded fries with

sirloin steak

(Serves 4)

1kg oven fries

Olive oil cooking spray

2 tbs oil

500g sirloin steak

30g sachet taco spice mix

1 red onion, finely chopped

½ cup water

Janelle’s Tip: If you

like, you can add a

can of rinsed, drained

black beans in Step 3.

1 jar taco salsa

1 large tomato, finely


1 cup grated tasty cheddar

1 avocado, mashed

Sour cream, chopped green

onions & lime wedges to


1. Preheat oven and a large

roasting pan to 220°C. Once

hot, quickly grease with a

little spray oil. Add fries

and spray with oil. Bake 20


2. Meanwhile, rub both sides

of the steaks with a little

oil, then sprinkle with 2

teaspoons of taco spice

mix. Heat a large non-stick

grill pan or frying pan on

medium-high. Cook the

steaks, on 2-3 minutes each

side for medium. Remove to

a board. Stand 5 minutes.

Thinly slice.

3.Add remaining oil to the

pan, heat over medium

heat. Add the red onion

and remaining spice mix.

Cook, stirring 4 minutes

until soft. Add the water

and half the salsa. Reduce

heat to medium-low and

cook, stirring occasionally,

for 5 minutes or until sauce

thickens. Remove from the

heat, stir in the steak.

4. Remove fries from the

oven, carefully turn fries

over. Spoon over the beef

mixture. Sprinkle tomato

then cheese. Bake for 10

minutes or until cheese is


5.Serve with avocado, sour

cream, green onions,

remaining salsa and lime




(Serves 4)

500g strawberries

200g milk chocolate, chopped

200g white chocolate,


Pink gel colouring (optional)

1.Line a baking tray with

baking paper.

2. Place milk chocolate

into a small, heatproof,

microwave-safe, pyrex or

ceramic bowl. Microwave,

uncovered, in 1-minute

bursts on High/100%,

stirring every minute with

a metal spoon, or until

almost melted. Remove

from microwave. Stir until

smooth. Repeat with white


3.Spoon half white chocolate

into a smaller bowl, colour

with pink food gel (if


4. Holding strawberries by

their leaves, dip, one at a

time, into various bowls of

chocolate. Allow chocolate

to drain over the bowl.

Place onto the baking tray

to set. Spoon remaining

melted chocolate into snaplock

bags. Snip the edge

and drizzle chocolate over

strawberries to decorate.

Once set, place into paper

cases to serve.

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Food Life

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In Season

English spinach

English spinach has bright

green, thick, soft, oval

to arrow-shaped leaves and

green stems, both of

which are eaten.

Raw spinach

is 91% water,

4% carbohydrates,

3% protein,

and contains

negligible fat.

In a 100 g

(3.5 oz)



only 23 calories, spinach

has a high nutritional value,

especially when fresh, frozen,

steamed, or quickly boiled.

Fresh spinach is sold loose,

bunched, or packaged fresh

in bags. Fresh spinach loses

much of its nutritional value

with storage of more than

a few days. Fresh spinach is

packaged in air, or in nitrogen

gas to extend shelf life. While

refrigeration slows this effect to

about eight days, fresh spinach

loses most of its folate content

over this period of time.


Buy in bunches or loose as

salad greens. Look for bright

green, fresh perky leaves that

show no sign of wilting.


Remove the string from

the bunch and refrigerate,

unwashed in a plastic bag in

the crisper. It will keep for

up to 3 days. Wash leaves

thoroughly before cooking.

Fill a bowl with cold water and

drop the leaves in,

gently swilling the

water. Repeat 2-3

times until there

is no grit in the

water. Pat


with paper towel or

use a salad spinner before

cooking. Frozen spinach can be

stored for up to eight months.


Spinach is rich in antioxidants.

It is a good source of vitamins

A, B2, C and K. It also contains

magnesium, manganese, folate,

iron, calcium and potassium.

Also In Season


Bananas; Grapefruit;

Mandarins; Australian

Blood and Cara Cara

Oranges; Tangelos; Papaya;

Pineapples; Blueberries

& Strawberries. Also

Artichokes; Asian Greens;

Avocado; Asparagus;

Broccoli; Broad and green

Beans; Beetroot; Cauliflower;

Carrots, Silverbeet;

Australian Garlic; spring

Onions and fresh Peas.

Spinach & feta pinwheels

(Makes 24)

1 tbs olive oil

1 brown onion, finely


2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 bunch English spinach,

leaves removed, washed,

dried, shredded

150g ricotta

100g feta, crumbled

½ cup finely grated parmesan

1 lemon, rind finely grated,


2 tbs pine nuts, toasted,


3 sheets frozen puff pastry,

just thawed

1. Heat oil in a frying pan

over medium heat. Add

onion and garlic. Cook 3-4

minutes until soft. Add the

spinach, cook, stirring 1

minute until just wilted.

Remove to a bowl. Cool 15


2. Add ricotta, feta, parmesan,

lemon rind and 1

tablespoon lemon juice. Stir

in pine nuts and season.

Mix until well combined.

3. Preheat oven to 200°C. Line

2 baking trays with baking

paper. Place 1 pastry sheet

on a clean work surface.

Spread with spinach

mixture. Starting from 1

edge, roll up to enclose

the filling. Trim ends. Cut

crossways into 8 slices.

Place in a single layer on

the lined trays. Repeat twice

with remaining pastry and

spinach mixture.

4. Bake, swapping trays

halfway through cooking,

for 25-30 minutes or

until pastry is puffed and

golden. Set aside to cool

slightly. Serve warm or at

room temperature.


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Pittwater Puzzler

Compiled by David Stickley



1 Holiday operator with an

in-store boutique at Avalon’s

Travel View agency (4,3)

5 Written versions of a

play or other dramatic

composition (7)

9 A conductor’s platform

facing the orchestra (7)

10 No doubt you can find

one to check the books at

GHR Accounting in Mona Vale


11 First novel by Tim Ayliffe,

head of TV news for the ABC


12 Nothing (3)

13 Stalk of a plant (4)

15 Capital, of a letter (5-4)

18 Amateur recording of live

action now possible using a

mobile phone (4,5)

20 Set of 1-down; hiker’s

bag (4)

22 Large or great (3)

23 Type of vehicle being

added to Northern Beaches

Council’s fleet (8,3)

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27 Mater Maria Catholic

College and Pittwater House,

for example (7)

28 A popular pastime on

Pittwater (7)

29 In a raw state (7)

30 Describing Zali Steggall

after the most recent federal

poll (7)


1 A game like Bridge, for

example (5)

2 Someone who has suddenly

risen to wealth, importance

or power, a parvenu (7)

3 To cause to be swallowed

up or absorbed in something

greater or superior (5)

4 Bowl over, but not at

Hitchcock Park (9)

5 A raised floor or platform,

especially one on which plays

etc. are performed before an

audience (5)

6 Police device used to catch

speeding drivers (5,4)

7 Destination of a new

service to be trialled by

Palm Beach & Hawkesbury

River Cruises at the end of

September (7)

8 A folding chair on wheels,

in which a child can be

pushed along (8)

14 Regular visitor to United

Cinemas in Avalon, for

example (5-4)

16 Common feature of older

pubs for those who like to

sink a few! (4,5)

17 Destination of Ella

Woolcott, Pittwater’s first

female ferry skipper (3,5)

19 A photograph of a

face, especially for official

purposes (7)

21 One who rides a

pushbike (7)

24 Artist’s equipment (5)

25 Mental picture (5)

26 Not pliant or flexible (5)

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Pittwater Puzzler

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Pronto’s taste of Italy

Popular Palm Beach café

Pronto Creative Foods is

now open for dinner on

Friday and Saturday evenings,

with owner Stacey Driver

focusing on an Italian theme.

Stacey, who has been

operating the Barrenjoey

Road premises for 34 years,

is presenting three different

past options on rotation,

including Rigatoni with Bacon,

Semi-dried Tomatoes, Pesto,

Peas & Balsamic; as well as

a deep-flavoured Spaghetti


Meat dishes include a

mouthwatering Veal Lemon

with Fondant Potatoes (below)

or Eye Fillet with Sicillian

Potatoes; a fish dish will also

be on the menu. Desserts will

feature Tiramisu, Panna Cotta

and Sticky Date Pudding.

Dining will be from 6-8pm

(kitchen closes 8pm), with

bookings essential – especially

with limited indoor seating.

“If all goes well the plan is

to continue dinners through

the warmer months, with

outdoor seating,” Stacey said.

Pronto’s popular daytime

fare includes their “world

famous” Chicken & Mushroom

pies; Carrot, Corn and Coconut

Fritters with Mint Yoghurt;

and freshly made sandwiches,

cakes, juices and smoothies.

New to the menu are

burgers (beef or chicken

schnitzel) and their new

coffee blend is from awardwinning

Bathurst specialty

roaster, Fish River.

Coffee is available from

6.30am, with breakfast every

day from 8am to 12 noon.

* Pronto Creative Foods,

1095 Barrenjoey Rd Palm

Beach; 9974 5695.

Feast for

the Dads

Park House in Mona Vale

have two great options to

help celebrate Father’s Day on

September 1 – they’re taking

bookings for their popular

‘House Feast’ or you can

choose to dine a la carte in

the Garden Bar.

Plus, every Dad will receive

a refreshing Furphy ale on the


Their House Feast includes

three courses of favourite

dishes, served banquet-style

and made to share with the

family. Or limited bookings

are available in the Garden Bar

are welcome for something

more casual for the family.

And for the kids, there

will be a craft station fit with

cardboard, colouring pencils,

lots of glitter and stickers (so

don’t worry about stopping

at the shops for a Father’s

Day card).

Park House is also running

a special 2 4 1 deal in

September – simply make

a food purchase ($18+) any

day of the week, and you’ll

receive a 2 4 1 voucher to use

on your next visit (Monday to



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ʻGuilt-free’ Girdlers launch

The popular Girdlers

wholefoods café group

has expanded its Northern

Beaches footprint, opening

a smart space at the foot of the

Clareville shops last month.

The Girdlers journey began

in 2005 when ex-NRL star Ryan

and his wife Katja took over a

small cafe on Dee Why Beach.

After retiring from rugby

league Ryan developed a new

passion for specialty coffee

and roasting.

Sebastian, their Colombian

“partner in crime” joined the

pair a few years later, bringing

a wealth of knowledge and

business expertise to the team.

The trio’s mission is to make

healthy eating a delicious experience,

welcoming to all.

“Girdlers is a place where

people from all walks of life

mingle and enjoy their shared

passion for natural, tasty

foods,” said Ryan. “From beautifully

designed ‘boho’ interiors

to guilt-free, wholesome food

and their own freshly roasted

coffee we like to think we have

created more than just a cafe,

but also a lifestyle.”

He said the team liked to

continually surprise customers

with exciting new menu items,

turning even the most hesitant

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diners into converts.

For example, they offer Fluffy

Buckwheat & Coconut Pancakes

served with Seasonal Berries

& Coconut Ice Cream, drizzled

with Organic Maple Syrup &

‘Goodtella’ (their Homemade

Vegan Chocolate Sauce).

Or Avocado, Kale Florets,

Grilled Halloumi, fresh Herbs,

Poached Eggs, Homemade

Green Goddess Sauce on Rye

Sourdough (with gluten free

Seedy Brown Bread).

Like any decent café, they

have not skimmed over a very

important element: coffee.

“The creation of our beloved

own blend ‘The ALL Good’ has

been a long, tedious process!”

Ryan said. “As you’d expect

‘The ALL Good’ is organic and

free from pesticides, herbicides

and any nasty chemicals.”

With an ever-growing market

for alternative and healthier

food options, Girdlers is

focused on cementing its position

in the community with

food and wellbeing enthusiasts

alike, with the motto: Simple,

Honest, Goodness.

The Clareville café joins a

portfolio which includes bases

at Dee Why, Warringah Mall

and Manly. – Nigel Wall

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Garden Life

Garden Life

Delight ‘Turn on’ in lilium the amazing bulbs for

colours gorgeous of Xmas hydrangeas colour

Always a favourite for

Christmas colour, hydrangeas

are flowering their

heads off! They look wonderful

in the garden, brightening

the semi-shaded areas and

glowing in the full, protected

sunlight. Once the older

varieties were either pink or

blue depending on the soil,

additional lime will deepen

the pinks and blueing tonic

(sulphate of aluminium) will

heighten the blues, but the

new named varieties will

maintain their colour. White

never changes. There are

hydrangeas of every size from

the tiny dwarf Piamina to the

tall traditional Mop Heads.

With so many to choose from

it is almost too difficult to

decide. There are the delicate

lace caps, the huge blooms

Although lilium bulbs have been in

garden centres for several weeks it is

not too late to plant them now, and

they will be flowering for you by Christmas.

Although liliums look exotically delicate,

surprisingly they are hardy and easy to grow.

They will grow in the garden – but I think

they are easier grown in pots. Pots will have

the advantage that you can bring them

inside when they flower. If you want to grow

them in the garden, find a position that

gets morning sun, but is protected from the

afternoon heat and wind.

Liliums like acid soil that has no trace of

of the traditional mop heads,

the cone-shaped flowers of

hydrangea paniculata bushes

that can be two metres tall.

The recently introduced

smaller growing Picotee

varieties with two-tone flower

heads are hard to leave behind

and if you have a semishaded

wall, the climbing

lime. They are perfect partners with camellias

hydrangea petiolaris is just

and azaleas. They love soil that is rich in


organic compost that will drain well but never

Hydrangeas are forgiving

dries out. (If you grow your bulbs in pots, buy

plants that are easy to grow.

the best potting mix that you can find, with

They like regular water and

both water crystals and slow-release fertiliser.)

any good garden soil. Mulch

When you buy your bulbs, make sure that

the roots with compost to

they are firm and not rotten or dried. Look

keep them cool and feed

online for some great bargains at this time

them in early spring to get

of year.

them going. Grow them in

Plant the bulbs as soon as you can – once

pots, or in the garden; bring

the shoots appear, feed them with a liquid

them inside when in flower

fertiliser every two weeks for a wonderful

or cut the blooms – they last

display by Christmas.

well in water.

with Gabrielle Bryant

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planting sweet surprise

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as the rounded, labels glossy show photos green leaves that

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remove are creamy the seeds. white, Spread growing the seed close

onto a the piece branches. of paper They towel are or followed

tissue by and the tangy allow it flavoured, to dry for



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yellow arrives guava (keep that them needs in a zip-

to plant

lock cooking, plastic bag). the fruit can be eaten

Fill raw a small straight pot from with the seed-raising tree or

mix used and in cut cooking, the paper jellies, to fit drinks, with

several sauces seeds or jams. attached. Cover with

a fine You layer should of seed-raising protect the mix fruit and

water from with fruit a fine fly with spray. 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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’70s flashback as

old favourite returns

After several years of neat

hedges, plus mondo

grass and buxus, it is

wonderful to see the return

of colour to our gardens.

In the 1970s and ’80s pink

Secrets to



September is the month

to trim and prune back

summer-flowering shrubs; the

risk of extreme cold is gone

and plants are shooting with

new spring growth. Hibiscus

flowers are the essence of life

at the beach.

This is the month to prepare

for a riot of colour through

summer, with the huge, flamboyant

hibiscus blooms. First,

remove any dead or old wood

from the centre of the bush to

allow airflow and light, then

prune the hibiscus back by at

least one third of their size.

The flowers only appear on

the new growth.

Always prune back to an

outward growing bud. Don’t

be afraid of cutting into the

old wood. Hibiscus are tough

and will always grow back.

You will be rewarded with

healthy new growth and thick

lush foliage.

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Diosma, coleonema pulchellum,

could be seen in nearly

every garden. It is a South

African native that thrives

in Sydney. The delicate pink

flowers smother the tiny,

bright green, needle-like

leaves in spring. It grows

in full sun, loves to be

trimmed, and is perfect in

rockeries and borders.

A revival in popularity of

this plant was inevitable.

Pink Diosma makes a perfect

soft edging, or low hedge,

responding well to light

trimming on a regular basis.

There are other Diosma

varieties – red Diosma, white

Diosma and the lower-growing

gold Diosma but none

perform as well as the pink.

The gold Diosma is grown

for foliage colour, as the tiny

pink flowers can’t compete

with the brilliant gold leaves.

After pruning, feed the

shrubs with a complete

fertiliser and mulch the soil

with cow manure to get your

hibiscus growing again.

Manure will encourage leaf

growth, then in a month’s

time, feed with a fertiliser that

will create new flowers. Sudden

Impact for Roses works

well. Protect the new leaves

from aphids and other insects

by spraying with Eco oil.

Shy creeper comes to life

Kennedia rubicunda, the Dusky Coral Pea, is a shy creeper

that comes to life in the bush in early spring. It will grow as

a groundcover or it can climb if given a support. It grows to a

height of two metres or it will cover an area on the ground of

about three metres in diameter.

The Dusky Coral pea is an Australian native plant that grows

along the Eastern seaboard of Victoria and NSW. Given a trellis

or other support in cultivation it will cover up quite quickly, the

dark green foliage looking attractive all year.

The dusky red flowers that appear in spring are loved by

birds. This attractive creeper may not be readily available in

garden centres but can be found in nurseries that specialise in

native plants. It is well worth the hunt. If you can’t find a plant,

the seed germinates easily once it has been treated with heat.

As with many Australian plants the seed has a hard shell that

is designed to grow after the heat of a bushfire. The easiest way

to soften the seed is with boiling water. Cover the seed with

boiling water and allow it to soak overnight before planting.


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Garden Life

Jobs this Month

Garden Life


September is a busy

month in the garden.

The cold dry weather

is gone and there are many

jobs to be done. September

is tomato time. Sow seed or

plant-out seedlings to have

a crop in time for Christmas.

Prepare the soil well before

planting with plenty of added

compost and a slow-release

fertiliser. Spray the area with

Wettasoil to make the most

of the precious water. Plant

the seedling deep into the

soil, covering the stem up to

the first set of leaves. The

buried stem will develop

roots, making your seedling


String of Dolphins

With hanging baskets back in

fashion, trailing succulents

look fantastic and require

very little care. The chain of

hearts, the string of beads

and burro’s tails have long

been favourites; now you

should try growing senecio

peregrinus, the ‘String of

Dolphins’. The cascading

strings of succulent leaves

look like shoals of dolphins as

they ride the waves.

Blight & easy

Dry days make watering

difficult, but Azaleas love

them. This year petal blight

that is caused by rain and

overhead watering will be

much easier to control. Spray

the buds before they open

with Zaleton to prevent the

disfiguring squishy brown


Cutting back

Cut back hydrangeas now.

Reduce the size to a double

bud. They will soon grow

back. Take out any weak

and spindly growth. You can

improve the flower colour

by watering in garden lime

around pink flowers and

bluing tonic around blue

varieties. Also, poinsettias

should be cut back now to

encourage new bushy growth

that will increase the flower

heads next winter.

Veggie crop

Sow or plant-out veggie

seedlings. Beans zucchinis,

cucumbers, chillies, carrots,

capsicum, egg plants,

onions silver beet, lettuce

and tomatoes can all go in

now. Grow French marigolds

in the vegetable garden as

companion plants.

Magnolias a must

If you have room for a new

tree that will give shade

in the summer and let the

sunlight through in winter

when the leaves fall, nothing

could be more exquisite than

a magnolia tree. Magnolias

are one of the only springflowering

trees that will do

well on the peninsular. Look

around this month to decide

which colour to buy. The pale

pink Magnolia soulangiana

(pictured) is hard to beat.

Lawn repair

Repair your lawn now after

the cold winter. Patch worn

areas with seed or new turf

(try to match up existing

grass varieties). Packet seed

is often a blend of several

types of grass and if you

have a pure lawn it can look

very odd. If in doubt, take a

sample of your lawn to a turf

supplier for identification.

Also, spray grassed areas

with bindii killer to save your

feet from burrs in summer.

Fill the gaps

Pull out plants or shrubs that

have become tired or have

overgrown their allocated

space and start again. There

are so many shrubs to choose

from. The new sun-loving

goldfussia Chameleon has

amazing, brightly coloured

leaves followed by tiny pink

flowers. Justicia White Cloak

is a hardy shrub with spikes

of pure white flowers that

have tinged purple throats.

It is great as a background

shrub in a semi-shaded

position. If you like to grow

Aussie natives find a plant of

Tetratheca thymifolia for a

brilliant display of violet bells.

Pest watch

Keep aphids away by hanging

yellow sticky pads in the

garden. Hang them carefully

so that they will not catch

small birds or tiny lizards.

Don’t be fooled by dry days.

Snails are hiding under stones

and logs. They come out

when the day cools down and

can destroy your seedlings in

one night. Control them with

animal-friendly Multiguard

snail pellets.

Crossword solution from page 67

Mystery location: TASMAN ROAD


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Travel Life

Viking ‘The Thinking Person’s Cruise’

After entering the industry in

1997, Viking’s river cruise

segment has grown rapidly.

Travel + Leisure readers have

rated Viking as a ‘World’s Best

River Cruise Line’ every year

since the award’s inception

in 2010, and the company

now boasts a fleet of 72 river

ships, offering scenic voyages

along the waterways of Central

Europe, Asia, Portugal, Egypt

and Russia.

Travel View’s Karen Robinson

says Viking’s state-of-the-art

vessels are designed to take

you right into the heart of each

destination; and with more

time spent in port, a Viking

cruise allows you to immerse

yourself in the locations.

“On board, discover serene

Scandinavian-inspired spaces

filled with natural light, indulge

in a cocktail on the chic Aquavit

Terrace, make use of the

putting green on the sun deck,

and take a stroll along the

walking track while admiring

the organic herb garden,” said

Karen. “Plus, every stateroom

features a hotel-style bed

topped with luxurious linens

and a spacious bathroom complete

with heated flooring and

premium Freyja toiletries.

“Recognised as ‘The Thinking

Person’s Cruise’, Viking

offers itineraries that are designed

to help you explore and

engage with each destination

through its history, traditions,

cuisine and customs,” she said.

“You won’t find any kids or

casinos. Instead, you will find

several guest lecturers eager to

enlighten you about the region

through which you are travelling,

as well as a wonderful

library that has been expertly

curated by London’s influential

bookshop, Heywood Hill.”

A Viking river cruise fare

includes just about everything

— from onboard meals and an

enriching shore excursion at

every port to unlimited Wi-Fi and

all taxes and gratuities.

“Imagine sampling delicious

soft cheeses in a sprawling

French food market accompanied

by a world-class chef, or

entering a traditional Russian

kommunalka to drink tea with

locals as they share their fascinating

memories of Soviet life,”

Karen said. “Or picture yourself

floating over the spectacular

ancient treasures of Egypt in a

hot air balloon, or winding your

way through the vineyards of

Portugal’s lush Douro Valley

while learning about the art

of port wine blending. With

a Viking river cruise, you can

experience it all.”

* Learn more about Viking at

a free info session on Wednesday,

October 30; more info call

Travel View on 9918 4444.

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Travel Life

Travel Life

‘Open’ invitation to

Club Med party!

Iconic holiday operator Club

Med recently opened its first

in-store boutique on the Northern

Beaches at Gail Kardash’s

Avalon-based agency Travel

View, which now joins an exclusive

group of 11 specialist travel

agents across Australia with a

dedicated Club Med corner in

their shopfront.

Gail said the new travel boutique

is a one-stop destination to

check out the huge range of allinclusive

sun and snow holidays

designed for families, couples

and groups of friends.

“Whether you’re just curious

to know more, or ready to

go now, our professional and

friendly consultants will take

you through all you need to

know, help you select the right

destination and take care of all

the details,” she said.

Club Med, the largest

premium all-inclusive resort

operator, has over 70 resorts in

stunning locations, including 25

ski resorts in Japan, France, Italy,

Switzerland, China, and soon

Canada. “If it’s a sunny getaway

or the thrill of the mountains

you seek, Club Med’s resorts

boast wide-ranging sports

schools offering anything from

yoga to ski-school, gourmet

food experiences and even a

premium open bar – all-included,”

Gail said.

The French company was

founded in 1950 as a non-forprofit

organisation with its

founder Gerard Blitz’s philosophy

of allowing guests to

completely unwind, be happy

and get away from it all – and

that means not having to reach

for money or credit cards.

His idea was revolutionary, as

was his concept of the Club Med

Kids’ Club. He dreamt up the

idea of keeping children over

four occupied and happy, so

the adults could relax, but with

a focus on fun, discovery and

creativity so that kids have an

unforgettable holiday supported

by the highly trained, passionate

and multi-lingual staff.

Most of Club Med’s resorts

are four- or five-star destinations

across Asia, Africa, Europe, and

the Indian Ocean. The company

also offers guests a five-mast

sailing ship and luxury villas and

chalets for all-inclusive holidays.

It plans to open three to five

new resorts per year globally

by 2022, at least one of

which will be a snow

resort in Canada - Club

Med’s first ski resort in

North America.

“Thanks to the all-inclusive

package, our holidays

are true value for money

and our guests are assured they

will not blow out their holiday

budget. Club Med provides premium

and quality holidays, not

budget ones, but guests know

how much it’s going to cost

upfront, with no surprises,” says

Club Med’s General Manager,

Rachael Harding. – Nigel Wall

* Celebrate Travel View’s ‘New

Club Med Look’ at a party

on Thursday 19 September

(3-5pm) at Travel View, 36 Old

Barrenjoey Rd Avalon with

prizes, gifts, bubbly and nibbles.

RSVP Bella on 9918 4444

or bella@travelview.net.au


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