Pittwater Life October 2019 Issue


Mental Health Month in Focus. Too Cute! - We Meet Newport's Celebrity Alpaca Capudo. SLSNSW Athlete of the Year. Barry Eaton's Life Between Lives. Plus: Get Ready for Boating Season.

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Our journey ‘Towards 2040’

Northern Beaches Council

is seeking community

feedback on its urban planning

blueprint ‘Towards 2040’,

which aims to protect and

enhance community values

while managing growth in a

sustainable way over the next

20 years and beyond.

The blueprint – Council’s

response to the NSW

Government requirement of

all Councils to plan for future

growth, using the government’s

population projections and

targets for our area over the

next 20 years – identifies

priorities for sustainably

managing the natural

environment, infrastructure,

housing, transport and


It’s projected around an

extra 40,000 people will call

the Northern Beaches home

by 2040 – with Mayor Michael

Regan telling us that the

“good news” is Council will be

able to largely meet the target

through current plans for

areas such as Frenchs Forest,

Dee Why and Brookvale.

That said, he’s calling on

the State Government to

ensure any growth forced on

us is matched by the relevant

necessary infrastructure.

Towards 2040 is on public

display until November 10;

for more info visit Council’s


* * *

In last month’s issue we

referred to Ella Woolcott as

the first female to skipper a

ferry on Pittwater. It’s been

pointed out to us that this

honour is actually held by

Carrie Towers, who was

skippering for Church Point

Ferries when Penny Gleen and

her husband Simon bought the

business in 2008. Apologies


* * *

This month we reflect on

the life of entrepreneurial

journalist Michael Southern,

who launched this publication

with his wife Pam in 1991.

Michael passed away in August;

read Pam’s tribute on page 54.

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COVER: Learn what’s going on locally to mark Mental

Health Month (p42); the parliamentary inquiry into

operations at Northern Beaches Hospital continues (p6);

it’s back to square one for the proposed seniors living

development at Bayview GC (p8); find out how celebrity

alpaca Capudo ended up living a dog’s life in Newport

(p10); Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan has a bold

plan to help sway home owners to convert to solar energy

(p20); and read the tribute to founding Pittwater Life

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Local doctors

front inquiry


Local doctors addressed the

NSW upper house inquiry

examining the operation

of the Northern Beaches Hospital

(NBH) last month, airing

concerns about standards of

service and public-private partnership


On Day 2 of the hearing, Prof

Richard West, a Royal Prince

Alfred Hospital surgeon and

president of The Palm Beach

and Whale Beach Association,

claimed NBH was not fully

equipped to care for strokes,

forcing patients to attend Royal

North Shore Hospital.

He said he would recommend

a relative suffering a

stroke go to Royal North Shore

Hospital, as NBH may provide

treatment too slowly and could

not perform the clot-busting

procedure thrombolysis.

“The more rapidly the

treatment is given, the better

the outcome. The optimum is

three hours – by the time they

get to Northern Beaches, get

investigated and transferred,

that time probably will have

expired,” Prof West said.

Responding to Prof West’s

statement, NBH’s Director of

Medical Services Dr Simon

Woods explained stroke treatment

was centralised around a

small number of hospitals due

to its complexity.

Prof West also told the

inquiry it was “appalling” some

services, such as heart and

brain surgery, were provided

solely to private patients.

Dr Woods said NBH was

contracted to provide a Level

Five service to public patients

– which does not include Level

Six procedures such as heart

and brain surgery.

The inquiry also heard from

local GPs Elena Roseth (Dee

Why) and Caroline Rogers (Narrabeen)

who spoke of alleged

incidents in which patients had

not received adequate treatment

and of problems with

discharge summaries.

Dr Suzanne Daly, who has

campaigned tirelessly to retain

Mona Vale Hospital, aired her

concerns about ambulance

services in Pittwater and again

called for the re-opening of the

emergency department at Mona

Vale Hospital.

Meanwhile, in the latest

NBH newsletter, new NBH CEO

Andrew Newton claimed that

latest data showed substantial

improvements since the

hospital’s opening, noting its

performance was in line with

comparable NSW hospitals.

And he said recent Bureau

of Health Information (BHI)

showed that more than 99 per

cent of patients arriving by ambulance

were being transferred

into ED care in the target time.

– Lisa Offord

New Hospital bus

via Wakehurst


The Wakehurst Parkway will

be used as a regular public

transport route for the first

time when a new dedicated

bus service to Northern

Beaches Hospital launches on

November 17, Pittwater Life

has learned.

The new return route, with a

frequency every hour, will convey

passengers from Bayview

to Northern Beaches Hospital,

via Mona Vale, Mona Vale Hospital

and Narrabeen Shops.

The bus stop at Northern

Beaches Hospital is on

Frenchs Forest Rd West, right

next to the main entrance

(pictured); more info will be

available on the Transport

for NSW website when it announces

the full suite of bus

updates in October. – NW

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Barrenjoey gets toilet break

Public toilets will finally be built on Barrenjoey

Headland following the release of

State Government funding for the muchneeded


The subject of discussion for decades, local

MP Rob Stokes said the increasing popularity

of the headland

had led to calls from

local community groups

to introduce conveniently

located public toilets,

and access to drinking

water, to improve the

visitor experience.

Pittwater Life understands

five locations

have been examined,

three on the headland

summit and two at the

bottom, with the preferred site likely to be

at the top with a fit-out to complement the

character of the existing buildings.

Sewer and water pipelines have recently

been installed and construction of the

new toilets will commence following the

traditional busy summer season. Temporary

toilets will also be installed over summer as

an interim arrangement.

“This is one of the most popular and

picturesque areas of our community,” Rob

FUNDS FLOW: Community support for toilets

on Barrenjoey Headland has been key.

Stokes said. “The popularity of the headland

means we’re now at a point where toilet

facilities have become a necessity.

“Barrenjoey Headland has a rich history

and unique environmental characteristics

– so it’s really important to ensure it’s

done appropriately and


He added the new

toilets would be designed

to fit in with the

surrounds and respect

the heritage characteristics

of the headland

precinct, with the final

locations of both the

temporary and permanent

facilities determined

by the National

Parks and Wildlife Service as part of the

planning approval process.

“Temporary toilets over the summer period

will help meet demand and enable the

permanent facilities to be properly planned

and introduced,” Mr Stokes said.

“The support from local community

groups, including the Palm Beach and

Whale Beach Association, has been key to

progressing this project and I thank everyone


– Nigel Wall


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OCTOBER 2019 7


Developer digs in with revised

Bayview seniors site application

The first step in a revamped

proposal that

could see a new seniors

living complex built at Bayview

Golf Club has been triggered in

the NSW Department of Planning,

Industry and Environment.

Developer Waterbrook Holdings

confirmed to Pittwater

Life that it was moving forward

with modified plans for its new

retirement facility, lodging an

application for a new Site Compatibility

Certificate (SCC).

Waterbrook’s original DA

for the Bayview GC site was

rejected by Northern Beaches

Council; its subsequent appeal

to the Land and Environment

Court was refused in March.

The proposal had polarised

the Bayview community for

years, with supporters and

opponents at loggerheads over

the design of the complex and

disputing the effects on the

wildlife corridor.

A Planning Department

spokesperson told Pittwater

Life that it had received a new

application for an SCC for a

proposed seniors living

(serviced self-care) development

on the site.

“The application will be

referred to the independent

North District Planning Panel

to determine whether the proposed

development is broadly

compatible with surrounding

NEW APPLICATION: Rendered image of the proposed development from

the northern boundary off Cabbage Tree Road at Bayview.

land uses,” the spokesperson


“Should the Panel issue a

SCC, a development application

will then need to be lodged

with council.”

Waterbrook managing

director Kevin Ryan said

recommendations made by the

Planning Panel in the Land and

Environment Court process

had been implemented and

Waterbrook had reduced the

scale of the development from

95 to 85 apartments, provided

larger separation between

buildings and had also lowered

the height to three storeys

to comply with Council’s LEP

height limit.

“We lost our appeal in the

Land and Environment Court

on a minor technicality as the

previous Site Compatibility

Certificate was considered defective,”

Mr Ryan said. “The decision

was in no way reflective

of the merit of our proposal.”

He added that quality

seniors accommodation was

a pressing local issue and

demographic research had

shown that the ageing population

(aged 70-84 years) on the

Northern Beaches was set to

grow between 2016 and 2026

by more than 15% or 47,000

people – a growth higher than

any age demographic in the


He said Bayview Golf Club’s

objective was to underpin the

improvement of the golf course

for its members and public


“By allowing Waterbrook

to build on five per cent of

the golf course land, the Club

will be able to improve the

remaining 95 per cent,” he

said. “Those improvements will

include completion of tees and

greens to best-in-class standards,

further concrete paths to

mitigate traffic flow damage,

water security through grey

water treatment facilities and

further very substantial drainage


“Waterbrook’s development

underpins the future financial

viability of the Club and enables

it to be held as a community resource

for future generations.”

However, spokesperson for

community group Bayview Life,

Chris Fletcher, said opponents

would take up the fight again.

He said they were curious

to know what attracted “such

dedicated resolve” to build on a

high priority wildlife corridor

when abundant local alternatives

were already zoned for the


“It’s hardly necessary to reiterate

the depth of community

hostility – save for those with

vested interest – to the developer’s

latest machinations to

circumvent both the spirit and

veracity of Northern Beaches

Council Planning Policy.

“It simply states: ‘… protection

of our unique environment

are of the utmost importance

to Council, so we require

all Development must comply

with the Local Environment

Plan’ – the new SCC application


– Nigel Wall

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Alpaca’d to the rafters!


Sleeping in the bedroom, walks at the dog

park, taking dips in the pool, and weekends

away at the family farm; for Newport resident

Capudo, life as a celebrity Alpaca is very sweet

indeed… Story by Rob Pegley

The tale of how Capudo

the Alpaca ended

up living a dog’s life

with the Douglas family in

Newport – a very pleasant

dog’s life, it must be said –

starts as quite a sad one. One

of his owners, Caitlin, takes

up the story…

“We have a family hobby

farm in the Blue Mountains

with a few animals out there:

sheep, chickens, miniature

horses and alpacas. There was

a period where the drought

was really affecting the

animals and when one of the

female alpacas had a baby,

both the mother and baby

died,” she explains sadly.

“My dad spent some time

out there after that, and when

another alpaca gave birth,

he could see they were both

suffering. When Capudo’s

mum passed away,” she adds,

“my Dad started bottle feeding

him to keep him alive.”

It worked. And with

interesting consequences…

“Capudo started following

my dad, Shane, everywhere,”

she laughs. “He literally

thought dad was his mum!”

That was 18 months ago,

and since then Capudo

has been raised like a dog.

Caitlin’s younger sister

Michaela takes him for walks

at the local dog park, and he

often sleeps on her bedroom

floor with the family’s two

‘real’ dogs, a pair of cavoodles

named Cooper and Chevy.

Sometimes Capudo wrestles

with their younger dog

Cooper on the lawn. (A lawn,

incidentally, that Capudo

handily keeps under control

by eating the grass).

As well as grass, he loves

carrots and apples, and is


looking for a

snack when

the family

are eating

dinner. He’ll

nose his way

into cereal

boxes if he

gets the

chance. But

as Caitlin


he’s usually

very well behaved.

“He’s never phased when

Michaela takes him out

walking,” she says “and he

always gets loads of attention.

He’s often surrounded by

people and is really calm.

The neighbours love him

WEIGHING IN: At the vet in Newport.

and often bring their friends

round to meet him.”

Capudo’s admirers stretch

way beyond his backyard

though. He was the star

attraction at Newport Public

Primary School’s Book Week,

when they were reading

‘Alpacas with

Maracas’. He

makes guest

appearances at

local nursing

homes in the

area, where

the old folk

love him. And,

of course, like

any celebrity

he has his own



‘capudothealpaca’ (check it

out!). With almost 15,000

followers, Capudo can be seen

reclining in the family pool

(he trots down the steps),

wearing cool sunnies and

Xmas hats, and lounging on

the deck with his best mate

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PART OF THE FAMILY: Capudo with sisters Caitlin and Michaela Douglas.


Newport veterinarian Dr

Ben Brown, Director Sydney

Animal Hospitals Northern

Beaches, observes that

Capudo is a very much-loved

member of the Douglas


“They are always

committed to his needs,

providing him a correct diet

and an environment that he

requires,” Ben said. “Capudo

leads a very happy life and

we love seeing him for his

regular weigh-ins at our


Over the years the family

have had a few of the other

farm animals stay at their

Newport home. A sheep

stayed while experiencing

a phantom pregnancy and

a miniature horse stayed a

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few weeks while recovering

from an operation. Capudo,

however, is the only longterm

resident at this pop-up

petting zoo. And he has

absolutely no intention of


“We take him back to the

farm at weekends, so that he

can run with the herd,” says

Caitlin. “He always fits in with

them and hangs out with the

baby alpacas. But he knows

when it’s time to leave and we

can see him looking our way,

ready to leave,” she explains.

“We can tell when he’s had

enough of being an Alpaca,”

she adds with a laugh.

And then Capudo jumps

in the car and heads back to

Newport to resume his life

like any other dog on the

Northern Beaches. Almost,

like any other dog… OCTOBER 2019 11


Action Jackson


Recently crowned SLS-

NSW Athlete of the Year

Jackson Borg recalls he

wasn’t all that competitive as

he worked his way through

the nippers ranks at Newport


In fact, he wasn’t too sure

about the sport, as his main

interests were rugby and

basketball as he got a little


One day he realised that

size was against him in

rugby where he played as a

flanker or No. 8 with Newport

Breakers and the Warringah

Rats in juniors and he

was starting to get injuries.

Jackson made a choice to

focus on surf sports – and he

hasn’t looked back.

Still, it took him until the

2013 SNB Branch Championships

at Dee Why to have his

breakthrough win when he

took out the Under-15 Iron

from Queenscliff’s Callum-

Lowe Griffiths. That’s when

he became a lot more serious

about the sport and started

to think that perhaps one day

he could be an elite ironman

in the Nutri Grain series.

Well, after the gruelling

qualifiers at Coolum on the

Sunshine Coast last month,

Jackson will be lining up

with the best in this year’s

Nutri Grain series with the

five rounds to be held at

Coolangatta, Burleigh Heads,

Bulli, Surfers Paradise and

North Cronulla.

The series kicks off with

the long-course Coolangatta

Gold on October 13.

Jackson says the six (qualifying)

races at Coolum took

its toll on his body, and he

changed his training routine

a little leading up to the


“The Gold is long distance.

It will be quick and there will

be a lot of tactics,” he said.

“I am lucky that I have Max

Brooks (clubmate) as one of

Jackson competing

for Newport

and collecting his

NSW Athlete of

the Year award.

my training partners.”

Brooks, as the Australian

champion, was an automatic

qualifier and, like Borg, has

also been at Newport since

he was five.

“Apart from being a

champion, Max is such a

role model and I’ve learnt

so much from him. He’s the

perfect training partner.”

Borg said he hadn’t set

himself certain targets in the

Nutri Grain series.

“Most of all I want to prove

that I deserve to be there

among the (elite 20) athletes

in Australia,” he said.

“Sure it would be nice to

finish in the top eight but

I don’t want to get too far

ahead of myself.”

Borg admits he has been on

a real rollercoaster ride since

taking out the NSW Open

Ironman title at Blacksmiths

Beach in March. The Newport

local was then selected to

represent the Australian lifesaving

team in Japan in June

which went on to retain the

Sanyo Bussan Cup. “I thought

I performed really well over

there,” Jackson said.

The honours just kept


On August 31, at the SLS-

NSW Awards of Excellence at

Dockside, Darling Harbour,

he was crowned NSW Athlete

of the Year.

“I thought I might have

been a chance but I really

expected Riley (Fitzsimmons)

to take it out,” he said.

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Fitzsimmons (Avoca SLSC)

represented Australia in

kayaking in the men’s K-4 at

the 2016 Rio Olympics and

won the Australian open

single ski final at Aussies on

the Gold Coast in April this


“Just stoked to win it,” said

Jackson, who will now be a finalist

in the SLSA Awards of

Excellence on the Gold Coast

in early November.

But his focus for now is

solely on Coolangatta Gold.

Apart from his Newport clubmate

Brooks, SNB also have

Manly pair Kendrick Louis

and Jay Furniss in the Nutri

Grain series.

Newport will also have a

third representative at the

Gold, with Lizzie Welborn

now competing for the top

club on the northern beaches.

Welborn, who will still do

her patrols at North Bondi,

said she switched competitive

rights to Newport because

the club had a great training

squad and program.

– John Taylor


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OCTOBER 2019 13

Club rises to the

new era challenge


Shifting age demographics

and member expectations

are forcing RSL clubs to

change their business model

in order to shore up their longterm


That’s the frank message

from Pittwater RSL CEO Jason

Manning, who has overseen an

eventful four years at the helm

of the region’s largest Club.

“It’s important that Clubs

increasingly become disruptors

given the competition we face,”

Mr Manning told Pittwater

Life. “The business model has

changed and the Clubs of 20 or

even 10 years ago will no longer

survive. We can’t just be known

as a place for cheap food,

drinks and entertainment –

nothing is cheap.”

He said since 2015, Pittwater

RSL had evolved from a previously

isolated, almost regionalstyle,

venue on the Beaches to

a product that now competed

with other successful NSW

operations for food, beverage,

wagering and entertainment.

An example was back-to-back

Savour Australia Restaurant

& Catering Awards Finalist

for Glasshouse Restaurant in

the Best Restaurant in a Club

category in 2018 and ’19. Some

say this achievement would not

have been possible if not for

the leadership and guidance of

the highly successful CEO.

“The Club has now evolved

into a desired hospitality destination

– not only has it received

industry awards and recognition,

but it has also managed to

successfully trade through very

difficult commercial times.”

He’s proud of what he and

his team have achieved in a

relatively short time.

“The driving motivator for

myself has been to fix operationally

what others had failed

to, both culturally and professionally,

as well as realign as a

community-based Club with a

commercial balance. This was

always going to be difficult in

a climate where discretionary

revenues are declining in both

retail and hospitality, as well as

the impact of significant capital

expenditure outcomes.”

He said having inherited the

$11 million+ renovation and

a dysfunctional business, he

was initially unable to structurally

change some of the Club’s

operational challenges; this required

a diplomatic approach.

“Instead I addressed what

could be done to successfully

balance the non-acceptance by

some Members and the acceptance

by others,” he added.

Since the completion of the

renovations in 2017, the Club’s

membership demographic had

changed exponentially.

“Many non-traditional Club

customers heard the Club was

a new destination venue on the

Beaches for families and others

that were looking for a quality

experience, and they have come

in the thousands,” he said.

“We’re bringing the generations

through – in the past 12

months in live music we’ve

delivered sold-out shows featuring

top line acts including

Diesel, Screaming Jets and Vanessa

Amorosi, with a massive

increase in 35s to 55s.”

The Club consistently

gained 400-500 new members

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Pittwater RSL’s

Jason Manning.

each month – although he

said natural attrition ate into

this number, making it even

more imperative to maintain


“We have to be relevant

now and tomorrow… there’s

no value on pure Club membership

anymore,” he said.

“Which is why we are working

on ways to reward customers

for their loyalty via our new

Rewards Program which will be

launched in February 2020.”

Notwithstanding attitudinal

change, he said the role of an

RSL was still to support and

promote Returned Servicemen

and community organisations.

“This is what we refer to as

our ‘Social Licence’,” he said.

“To balance the commercial

business focus with our social

licence focus, there also needs

to be a balance of Community

participation and giving.

“Examples of our community

support and relationships

are extensive… this year over

$320,000 was donated to the

Community (local organisations,

community groups,

and sporting clubs) through

the ClubGRANTS program

and more than $1.5 million is

provided to the Members and

Community annually in the

form of discounts, free events,

subsidised services, etc.”

Community clubs and

associations affiliated with Pittwater

RSL included Probus, Rotary,

Seniors Day Club, McGrath

Foundation, Northern Beaches

Women’s Shelter, Gotcha4Life

Foundation, The Cottage

Counselling Centre and Share

the Spark; plus the Club is a

Dementia-Friendly venue.

“And our new partnership

with the Organic Markets is another

example of Pittwater RSL

positioning itself as a leader

– we are thrilled to be able to

offer the Beaches community

a destination whereby they

can enjoy the many benefits

offered by both the market and

the Club, whilst maintaining a

strong commercial focus.”

He said the Market had

proven an instant hit, which

had translated into success

for the Club too – at its third

staging in September the Club

recorded its second biggest

trading Sunday for the year.

Short-term changes are

highlighted in October with the

relocation and repurposing of

the Club’s sports bar onto the

main level. “We have incorporated

into this relocation a new

Community Café, which is set

to open soon (specifically for

the purposes of training people

with intellectual/physical disabilities),”

he said.

“Additional changes include

the repurposing of some

outdoor space and the current

area known as ‘Nonna’s’ into

a more on-trend operation –

watch this space!”

“In the long term, as a result

of the Board’s strategic directives

to Management, we will

commence an extensive and exhaustive

property development

feasibility study which may

include repurposing various

non-core and core property,

inclusive of the futsal courts,

bowling greens, parking and

other – nothing is off limits.

“We will look at what’s possible

and the best use, excluding

current zoning restrictions.

“Working closely with the

community, member stakeholders,

and various consultants

will be imperative to

ensure Pittwater RSL Club

continues its longevity well into

the future.” – Nigel Wall


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OCTOBER 2019 15


Councillors’ votes a snub for Pittwater

majority of Northern Beaches councillors

has snubbed Pittwater by electing


Manly Ward’s Candy Bingham to a second

term as Deputy Mayor at Council’s meeting on

September 24.

In the vote count, Ms Bingham – who served

as inaugural Deputy Mayor for 12 months

from September 2017 – defeated Pittwater

Ward representative Kylie Ferguson 8-7.

Meanwhile Curl Curl Ward councillor Michael

Regan was re-elected Mayor; he defeated

Narrabeen Ward councillor Rory Amon 9-6.

Both Cr Ferguson and Cr Amon are members

of the Liberal faction on the 15-strong Council.

The elections were triggered by the end of

the two-year term of the elected Mayor and one

year for the Deputy Mayor; both positions will

Construction will soon

commence on permanent

netball courts at Avalon,

funded by a $560,000 grant to

Northern Beaches Council.

The new lit courts, located

at Avalon Beach Reserve,

will include two multi-use

netball hardcourts, a basketball

half-court, and a grass

netball court. The project also

includes new pedestrian links

to the nearby Avalon skate

park and beach.

Local MP Rob Stokes said

there had been strong local

support for the initiative.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael

Regan said it was important

the northern end of the

peninsula had access to high

quality sporting facilities.

“Council worked closely

with the local community to

be held until September 11, 2020, when the

NSW Government will hold a general Council


Mayor Regan acknowledged the work of

outgoing Deputy Mayor Sue Heins and said he

was honoured to accept his role for another 12


“I am proud of how much we have done

already but there is still so much to do and I

look forward to continuing to work with new

Deputy Mayor Candy Bingham and other Councillors

to make the Northern Beaches even

better,” he said.

“We have an exciting year ahead with a full

program of infrastructure improvements,

quality service delivery and world class events

to oversee.”

– Nigel Wall

Avalon nets new multi-use hardcourts

identify the best location to

install these new courts,” he


“With the beach and skate

park in close proximity, Avalon

Beach Reserve will become

a popular recreational hub in

its own right.”

Work is due to commence

mid-November and is scheduled

for completion mid-next


– NW





Northern Beaches Council

has become the first in

the state to put its name to a

National Charter on suicide


Mayor Michael Regan, who

officially signed the National

Communications Charter last

month, said it would provide

guidance on how to talk about

mental health, social and

emotional wellbeing, suicide

and also encourage help-seeking


“Every suicide is a tragedy…

and it’s in all our interests to

do everything we can to prevent

it,” Mayor Regan said.

“The Charter was created to

ensure that as leaders in our

community we communicate

about mental health and suicide

in a way that just doesn’t

do harm but actually helps

reduce stigma and encourages


The commitment is the latest

in a series of actions Council

has taken as co-ordinator of

the Northern Beaches Suicide

Response Steering Group.

Established in 2018, the

group is a collaboration of the

organisations and services

involved in suicide prevention

and mental health in our area.

The group’s action plan includes

engaging with the community,

strengthening referral

pathways, training, improving

skills and resilience, collecting

data and targeting suicide risk

areas via signage and fencing.

“This work is critically

important to ensuring we

identify risk areas, have coordinated

support and referral

mechanisms in place and all

work together to address both

root causes and our response

activities,” Mayor Regan said.

“As the Charter makes

clear, by working together,

we are able to maximise our

efforts and thereby maximise

our impact.”

Need help call Lifeline: 13 11

14 or go to lifeline.org.au

* Turn to page 42 to see

what’s happening locally

during Mental Health Month.

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Whales are waiting. Fantasea

will be running additional Whale

Cruises Thursdays to Sundays

until mid October (that’s one

school holiday activity sorted).

Prices from $55; NRMA

membership discounts. Book

9974 7413 or fantasea.com.au.

HSC Lock-Ins. Mona Vale

Library will be holding evening

study sessions (with pizza and

refreshments) for HSC students

on Tuesdays (Oct 8, 15 and 22)

free entry, no bookings required.

Doors close 30 minutes after

start time. Enquiries 9976

1739 or library.programs@


Zonta dinner. Zonta Club of

Northern Beaches is celebrating

100 years of advocacy at

a dinner at Dee Why RSL

with guest speaker social

commentator Jane Caro on

Monday 21 starting 6.45pm for

7pm; $80. RSVP Oct 7 zontanb@

gmail.com or Marg 0416182393.

DIY beeswax wraps. Learn

how to make beeswax wraps (for

free!) and do away with plastic.

You can use beeswax wraps for

cheese, vegetables, bread, fruit,

herbs and baked goods. There

are two timeslots on Monday 21

from 3.30pm-5pm or 5.30pm-

7pm at the Coastal Environment

Centre Narrabeen; bookings

essential on Council’s website.

School scholarships. Dee

Why RSL has ten $2,000

scholarships up for grabs to help

local students with educational

expenses while they study for the

HSC in 2020; go to deewhyrsl.


Love interiors? Find out about

becoming an Interior Designer

at Sydney Design School’s info

session on Wed 23 at 6pm and/or

go to the Open Day on Saturday

9 November 10am - 12pm.


Arts for wellness. Get

creative about your wellbeing by

trying yoga, dance, art activities,

mindfulness, soothing sessions,

nutrition, meditation, breathing,

journaling and more; go to

communityofcalm.org for more

info and turn to page 42 to see

how you can start feeling better.


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Open-door policy to drive


Re-elected Northern

Beaches Mayor Michael

Regan says he’s not

satisfied with Council staffdriven

targets of 50 per cent

uptake of solar energy for

eligible dwellings by 2030 – he

wants a 100 per cent return.

Mayor Regan said he was

keen to explore and fasttrack

options that would

sway the owners of 60,000

homes and units from

Palm Beach to Manly to go

‘off the grid’, including an

innovative plan that would

see volunteers trained and

endorsed by council to doorknock

dwellings to educate

occupiers about the financial

and environmental benefits

of solar.

Currently just over 8,000

homes use the power of the


“This equates to only 12.6

per cent of suitable homes

that have solar installed

on the Northern Beaches,”

he said. “The average for

Australia is close to 23 per

cent so we can clearly do


“In fact, while Council

has endorsed a 50 per cent

uptake by 2030, I want 100

per cent – we could smash

that if we break down some

of the barriers our community

has identified.”

He said residents were

surveyed in May and June to

establish the barriers to solar

uptake, including those who

had recently attended Council

solar workshops. More than

540 responses were received.

The main barriers to the

installation of solar panels

were found to be perceptions

of cost and uncertainty of

payback periods; perceptions

of development controls and

policies; a lack of knowledge

and understanding about

the different systems and

technologies; and a lack of

confidence in solar power


“We need to raise the

profile and cost-effectiveness

of solar installation and arm

our community with more

information so they can make

informed decisions.”

Warren Yates is the

Director of Clear Sky Solar

Investments, a not-for-profit

social enterprise making

it possible for mum-anddad

investors to contribute

to clean energy. Formerly

the Head of the School of

Electrical Engineering at UTS,

he’s also a member of Clean

Energy For Eternity (CEFE), a

private action group which

aims to inform and educate

the public about the benefits

of residential solar uptake.

Mr Yates wants Council

to align with CEFE for the

greater good of solar uptake.

“It’s easy for Council to set

and meet targets on its own

properties, thus contributing


Bayview Golf Club is

the latest commercial

venue to adopt solar.

to change – it’s a lot harder

to implement residentially

across the local government

area,” he told Pittwater Life.

Mr Yates said CEFE

hoped to make progress

working side by side with

Council staff, setting up

an ambassador’s program

in the coming months that

would allow fully trained and

accredited CEFE members to

door-knock households they

identified as being suitable

for solar and educate the


The proposal includes a

booklet that would be left

with homeowners, with

step-by-step information

comprising the roof, space,

electricity consumption,

battery options as well as

how to select an installer

– including how to choose

an installer from a pool of

accredited local providers on

Council’s books.

“We can’t do that as

ordinary citizens, we need

the backing of Council and

training so that we can guide

people through the process

of potential uptake,” he said.

The suggested timeline is

for the end of 2019.

“It’s not totally radical,

I’ve just got back from the

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100% solar

Netherlands, where they do it

and it is proving to be quite

effective,” he said.

He added there was only

so much Council could do to

publicise the issue.

“The Mayor has a target

of 60,000 homes – the ‘pull

factors’ include any amount

of information sessions they

may convene but there really

needs to be ‘push factors’

and that’s reaching people

directly, and that’s what we

aim to do though individual


Mr Yates said the

independent CEFE

ambassadors, all of whom

would talk from first-hand

experience with solar panels

on their own homes, would

help homeowners become

much more confident around

the issue and leave them in

a more informed position to

approach installers and get


“Until now there has been

a bit of fear, people are a

bit scared about pursuing

it because they don’t know

enough about it,” he said.

He urged locals to not go

through websites when trying

to locate installers.

“These websites get a cut...

they are national companies

– we want to support locals

and not take away from their


Mark Gadd, the executive

director at Autonomous

Energy at Frenchs Forest,

said Mayor Regan was “spot

on” to draw attention to the

potential and current underutilisation

of solar across the

Northern Beaches.

“Commercial and industrial

roofs as well as public

spaces and infrastructure are

another key focus area where

solar power penetration rates

are relatively low,” he said.

“As onsite solar PV provides

homes and businesses in

Australia with the lowest

cost energy available, the

potential to reduce electricity

costs and pollution whilst

increasing energy security

is remarkable and there will

be an enormous amount

of solar installed here over

the coming years much to

the benefit of our precious


Mayor Regan said other

strategies to achieve

increased solar uptake

included promoting the NSW

State Government interestfree

loans when activated;

investigating working

with organisations that

offered financial options;

reviewing current programs

to reallocate resources to

accelerate solar uptake;

and advocating for the

Clean Energy Council to

increase the number of postinstallation

inspections to

help improve confidence in

the market place. – Nigel Wall

Bayview panels benefit

ayview Golf Club has

Bbecome a leader in

renewable energy on the

Northern Beaches following

the installation of solar panels

on its clubhouse roof that will

dramatically reduce its drain

on energy consumption and

carbon footprint.

The Club received a Federal

Government grant worth

$140,372 towards the solar

installation, tipping in the

balance of $14,000 from their

own coffers.

Club general manager

David Stone said the grant,

driven by Club Vice President

Irene Newport, enabled

Bayview GC to install a 90kW

Solar array, saving 42,404

kg/year of CO2 and reducing

energy consumption by

128,115kWh/year, improving

the Club’s environmental

sustainability by reducing

greenhouse emissions.

“Those savings allow

Bayview to minimise their

energy costs, while at the

same time allowing the

club to invest in a range

of services to increase the

participation in golf,” Mr

Stone said.

“The Federal Department

of Health have strong

evidence that participation

in sport is related to the

level of facilities, and better

facilities equals improved


Mackellar MP Jason

Falinski said it was great to


Bayview GC GM David Stone,

Club Vice President Irene Newport

and Mackellar MP Jason Falinski.

see Bayview GC taking the

initiative to contribute to a

more sustainable future.

“The solar panels will not

only reduce the club’s power

bills but will contribute to the

government’s commitment to

ensuring a more sustainable

future,” Mr Falinski said.

The grant was awarded

under the Sports Australia

– Community sports

infrastructure grant program.

“Bayview believes golf

motivates young Australians

to be active, producing better

results at school and laying

the foundation for a healthy

active life,” said Mr Stone.

“Our junior program is run

by Leon Faulkner, the only US

Kids Accredited Golf Coach

in Australia, who directs the

Golf Rocks Kids Academy.”

* Classes in October; contact


more info on adult lessons

call 9999 3078.


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Photo: Michael Mannington


Passionate CPR awareness advocate Ian

Hutchinson received his Premier’s 2019

Pittwater Community Service Award

from local MP Rob Stokes last month. Ian

suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in 2018

when cycling around Narrabeen Lagoon

and the combined efforts of passers-by

and paramedics were required to help

revive him. Following his frightening

ordeal, during which he was technically

dead for several minutes, Ian embarked

on a growing campaign to raise

awareness about CPR and encourage

local residents and community groups

to learn the life-saving skill. “Ian has

turned his frightening experience into

a positive and powerful message for

others,” Rob Stokes said. “Not content

with simply telling his story, Ian has

set about actively encouraging local

community groups to promote CPR

awareness and learn the life-saving

skill.” Ian’s recruitment methods,

including short humorous videos, are

considered a little outside the square –

but they’re incredibly effective because

his messages cut through. For more info

and to access his instructional videos,

visit cprfriendly.org


The scheduled reopening of the trail

along the northern bank of Narrabeen

Lagoon on October 11 could be pushed

back a few weeks after September’s bad

weather impacted works by Northern

Beaches Council contractors attempting

to finish building the new overwater

boardwalk between Deep Creek Reserve

and Bilarong Reserve. The new boardwalk

is being built to ensure a safer route

for trail users away from the Wakehurst

Parkway while protecting fragile

biodiversity along the northern foreshore

of the Lagoon. Work has been underway

on the controversial boardwalk behind

safety fencing since June and has now

reached the point where the contractors

are to install the sandstone abutments

that will allow access to the structure.

The sandstone abutments have been

especially designed with sections for

native vegetation to take hold and thrive.

The boardwalk is being built with marinegrade

hardwood and features a fibreglass

reinforced plastic grating upper-deck.

The structure’s handrail will be coloured

in four-tones to blend in with the natural

environment and all fixings are stainless

steel. When completed, the work will

also result in a re-alignment of the trail

away from Wakehurst Parkway over a

170-metre section of the lagoon.

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Boys, boys, boys... any chance you can

pick up your toys and chuck them back in

the cot? We obtained the full account of

the recent letter-gate brouhaha between

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan

and Mackellar Federal MP Jason Falinski:

Dear Mr Falinski,

Declaration of Climate Emergency

Northern Beaches Council resolved at its

meeting on 27 August 2019 to join over

900 jurisdictions worldwide, including 35

Australian councils, and declare that we are

in a state of Climate Emergency that requires

immediate action by all levels of government.

Council notes that even with ambitious

emissions reductions targets on the Northern

Beaches, so much of what we need to achieve

rests with other levels of Government...

... Council acknowledges the NSW State

Government’s laudable target of net zero

emissions by 2050. The support of the

Federal Government is also imperative to

scale up local and state actions and as

such, Council asks you to declare that we

are in a state of Climate Emergency and

requests that you continue to advocate

for strong climate action at the federal

government level.

I would be interested in meeting with

you to discuss Council’s resolution and to

identify opportunities for partnerships to

deliver action to mitigate the impact of

climate change...

Michael Regan


Dear Mayor,

Thank you for your letter...

I am pleased to hear that Council is pulling

its weight on climate change action –

from installing LED street lights to reduce

emissions and cost by 80%, to installing

solar panels on as many of Council’s

buildings as you can. Dealing with this

great challenge requires commitment from

all – individuals doing their bit, Councils,

State and Federal Governments all pulling

together in the same direction.

At a federal level, the Morrison

Government is on track to reach the 2020

large-scale Renewable Energy Target early. In

2018, Australia led the world in clean energy

investment, with more than double the percapita

investment of countries like France,

Germany and the UK and our challenge is

to integrate this investment in a way that

delivers an affordable and reliable system.

This is why the Government has

invested $1.43 billion in reliable

generation and storage, supporting

a high-tech expansion of the Snowy-

Hydro scheme and the development

of MarinusLink, the second Bass Strait

interconnector needed to turn Tasmania’s

Battery of the Nation vision into reality.

The Government has also mapped out

how we will achieve the 328 tonnes of

abatement needed to achieve our 2030

Paris target through our $3.5 billion

Climate Solutions Package.

It is timely you have written to me about

the Federal Government issue of national

climate change policy, because it gives

me a chance to write to you about Local

Government issues.

I have been inundated with complaints

about the poor condition of local footpaths

and insufficient local parking. While I

understand you have been very busy

declaring climate emergencies, lobbying

against mines in other states, and against

gas exploration, perhaps... we could meet

to chat about councils taking care of local

roads, keeping rates low and making sure

rubbish is collected. If it would help, I am

happy to move a private member’s motion

in the House of Representatives to declare a

footpath emergency, or parking emergency.

Yours sincerely

Jason Falinski

* A fortnight before its Climate Emergency

declaration, Pittwater Life asked Council

whether it would join the growing number

of Councils to do so; Council replied it

was not an immediate consideration but

something it would monitor. What do you

think about the declaration? Email us at



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Changed Mona Vale

traffic conditions

Motorists travelling along

Mona Vale Road near

Pittwater RSL can expect

to see changed traffic

conditions from September

30 as part of the Mona Vale

Road East upgrade. Crews

have been hard at work since

January clearing vegetation

on both sides of Mona Vale

Rd between Manor Road

and Boundary Street; they

are now ready to start work

on the eastern end of the

upgrade between Mona Vale

General Cemetery and Foley

Street. Initial work will

involve installing temporary

concrete barriers, carrying

out utility investigations

and removing any potential


material. Changed traffic

conditions will include: Mona

Vale Road reduced to one lane

in each direction between

Emma Street and Foley

Street; westbound motorists

travelling along Mona Vale

Road will be unable to turn

right onto Emma Street –

they are advised to turn

right earlier onto Oliver Way

to access Emma Street or

use the Ponderosa Parade

roundabout; and pedestrian

access on the southern side

of Mona Vale Road between

Foley Street and Ponderosa

Parade will be closed to

allow for road widening –

pedestrian access will be

provided on the northern

side of Mona Vale Road.

Also, the bus stop near the

corner of Foley Street will

be temporarily relocated

around 100 metres east

towards Oliver Way. For the

latest traffic updates call 132

701, visit livetraffic.com or

download the Live Traffic

NSW App.

ADHD support event

Consultant Psychologist Ian

Wallace will be the guest

speaker at ADHD Support

Australia’s October speaker

evening at Pittwater RSL

on Tuesday October 22,

where he will illuminate

strategies to deal with

challenging children. One

in every 20 children in

Australia have Attention

deficit hyperactivity disorder

(ADHD), and this talk will

help the parents, carers and

teachers of these children to

care for them in the unique

and complex ways which

they need. Ian Wallace has

experience working with

children and families,

speaks to thousands across

Australia, and has appeared

on television, radio, at

universities and schools. His

book, ‘You and Your ADHD

Child’, has served as an

invaluable toolkit for parents

across Australia in dealing

with their children and

encouraging them to flourish.

Commences 6.45pm; cost $20.

To find out more about the

online membership,

this event, or to book tickets

visit adhdsupportaustralia.


Surf Clubs receive

Building upgrades

Over $600,000 has been

endorsed for a range of

works to improve surf

lifesaving clubs across the

Northern Beaches as part of

Northern Beaches Council’s

$1.5 million club renewal

program. In Pittwater,

Bilgola, North Narrabeen and

Warriewood surf lifesaving

clubs will share in this

round of funding, which

recognises the importance

of surf lifesaving. The

proposed upgrades include:

Bilgola SLSC – new pathway

lighting in front of the club

leading to the ocean pool;

North Narrabeen SLSC –

improvements to storm water

drainage; and Warriewood

SLSC – signage to improve

traffic flow and safety at the

front of the club building.

Spiritual healing film

Circle of Friends will present

a free screening of ‘The

Phenomenon Bruno Gröning’

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Opera Foundation

winners in concert

As Chairman of The Opera Foundation

for young Australians, a not-for-profit

organisation founded by Lady Mary Fairfax

AC OBE and celebrating over 55 years

of providing Awards for international

experience and study for young Australians

in the field of Opera, The Hon Bronwyn

Bishop is inviting music lovers to hear the

2019 Award Winners in concert at the Art

Gallery of NSW on Sunday 20th October.

“You will hear Mezzo soprano Anastasia

Bickel (pictured) who won the

Deutsche Oper Berlin Award

to sing roles with that

prestigious company for 10

months, Soprano Olivia

Cranwell who won the

Michael Byrne Vienna

State Opera Award to

sing roles with another

prestigious company

for four months, while

Soprano Jessica Harper

won the Dalwood Wylie

Aims Award In Graz,”

Mrs Bishop said. “And

guest artist and former

Award winner Anna

Dowsley, fresh from her

success in the role of

Smeaton in Opera Australia’s

acclaimed production of Anna

Bolena, will also sing for us. I hope

to see you there!” Tickets ($50

each) available by calling 0414

383 848 or emailing admin@



at Narrabeen Tramshed

Arts & Community Centre,

Narrabeen on Sat 5 from

11am-5pm (including two

intermissions). More info

0424 946 228.

Pittwater Probus

October talk: China –

Then & Now

Club member Peter Nash is

the next guest speaker at

the Pittwater Probus Club

meeting at Mona Vale Golf

Club on Tuesday October

8. Peter will talk about the

introduction of Quality

Assurance into China in

the 1980s and his part

in helping to establish a

new approach to quality

manufacturing. Peter will

recall his times visiting

regional locations in China to

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carry out quality inspections.

Meeting starts 10am; all

welcome. More info 0437 274


‘Animal agriculture’

documentary focus

Following on from

Northern Beaches Council

declaration of a state of

Climate Emergency, what

can the average local do?

The Northern Beaches

Animal Justice Party says

that while local government

can focus on pushing for

State and Federal support

to combat climate change,

all individuals can make

choices that reduce their

carbon footprints in a big

way. It points to the impact

of ‘animal agriculture’ as

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one of the leading causes of

rising climatic temperatures.

‘Eating Animals’ is

a documentary that

demonstrates the impact of

factory farming on the world.

The film delves over the

past 40 years during which

time there’s been a massive

shift to corporate control. It

explores corporate interests

the party claims stifle

positive change, it gives a

voice to farmers and it offers

the necessary alternatives

to ensure a healthy and

sustainable future. ‘Eating

Animals’ screens at Hoyts

Warringah Mall on November

6 (7-9pm); tickets $22. More

info tickets.demand.film/


John Ogden

book launch

Local John Ogden (author

of Saltwater People books

and Portraits From A Land

Without People ) will read

from his latest release,

‘Will’ – volume two of the

Shibboleth Trilogy – and

discuss the new edition of

the much loved ‘CACTUS

– Surfing Journals from

Solitude’ at Berkelouw Books

Mona Vale on October 24

from 6.30pm. ‘Will’ follows

on from Ogden’s novel ‘Woke’,

in which waking dreamer,

Will Oakley, traversed

strange lands and puzzling

cultures on an existential

journey. ‘Will’ sees Oakley

returning home to confront

his past and plot his future.

RSVP essential, either instore

or johnogdenlaunch.


Dee Why RSL’s $2m

community hand-out

Dee Why RSL will be

providing more than

$2 million funding for

community organisations

over the coming year.

The club’s Community

Support Program will assist

more than 100 deserving

organisations, which form

the backbone of the northern

beaches. Heading the list,

Autism Spectrum Australia

(Aspect) will receive $50,000

over the next three years,

to enable the Vern Barnett

School at Forestville

to complete an autism

specific seniors recreation

area. Other beneficiaries

include The Cerebral Palsy

Alliance at Allambie and

The Cottage Counselling

Centre; Community

Northern Beaches; The

Burdekin Association;

Manly Warringah Women’s

Refuge; Surf Lifesaving

Northern Beaches; Foster

Care Angels; plus Fisher

Road Special School, Water

Skills for Life, Dee Why

Football Club and the annual

DYRSL School Scholarship

Program. In addition, the

Club will continue to direct

significant funding towards

a major partnership with

the Veteran’s Centre Sydney

Northern Beaches.

Coastal Twist flies

the Rainbow flag

Central Coast NSW is set

to fly its Rainbow flag

nationally for the very

first time as the ‘Coastal

Twist’ lgbtiq Arts & Culture

festival brings an inclusive

and bright program across

three days and nights on the

October 4-6 long weekend.

Peninsula-based across 5km

in Umina Beach, Ettalong

and Woy Woy, organisers say

there will be many fun ways

to celebrate diversity and

inclusion with family, friends

and pets, including two free,

all-ages events. Leave the car

at home and take the ferry

north, then the free shuttle

services from Ettalong

Wharf for ‘Life’s a Beach’ on

Saturday 5th, with free Yoga,

the World’s first LGBTIQ

Longboarding comp, beach

volleyball, Drag on the Beach.

Sunday is ‘Fair’ day with fun,

food, parades entertainment,

panels, music, markets,

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Book Review


for Cicadas

Lesley Gibbes

Walker Books


Our soundtrack will

soon be the shrill

of cicadas! Days

are lengthening…

plans to adventure

outdoors are being

made. Local awardwinning


Lesley Gibbes has captured the very essence of the change

in season in her latest narrative non-fiction book, Searching

for Cicadas.

Beautifully illustrated by Judy Watson, the story follows

a grandfather and grandchild taking a walk to their local

reserve to go cicada-watching. With a tally that is reflected in

interesting facts about these insects, this format of picture

book is fast becoming a favourite at Beachside.

Following Gibbes’ success with Fluke, based on the true story

of the whale calf born in Sydney Harbour in 2012, it’s fantastic

to see her talent applied to another topic so close to home. What

remains to be seen is will we find as many Black Princes this


– Libby Armstrong


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community stalls, curated

food and pooch parade. More

info coastaltwist.org.au

Young entrepreneurs

Get chance to shine

It’s here! Six successful

entrepreneurs and

business coaches are set

to award over $4000 cash

and 10 weeks of business

start-up coaching to teams

of Northern Beaches young

people who will present

their ‘pitches’ live at a Shark

Tank®-like event in Avalon

on Tuesday October 29 at

the Rec Centre Annex. The

idea for this event came

from Paul Wood, founder

of IP Edge. “I am excited

to release the potential in

these entrepreneurial young

people,” said Paul. “We have

a crack panel of experts,

money and wisdom to help

them bring their ideas to

life!” Share the Spark, a

charity that empowers young

people to make life affirming

choices, is hosting the event.

“We had over 50 entry form

downloads and are eager

to see what inspirational

ideas get submitted,” said

Kimberly Clouthier, Director.

Tickets are free but space is

very limited. Reserve your

seat at SharetheSpark.org.au

Free dementia


The Northern Beaches


Community project aims to

create a safe and supportive

community for people

living with dementia and

their carers. They are

offering a free, 30-minute

education session on

the topics of dementia,

reducing its risk, dementiafriendly


and dementia-friendly

communities and

organisations. The program

is organised by the Northern

Beaches Dementia Alliance,

a consortium of experts

from aged, dementia and

health care sector as well as

consumer representatives.

Some 50% of the general

public are frustrated because

they are unsure how to help

someone with dementia. The

prevalence and incidence of

dementia in our community

is increasing as our ageing

population grows. In the

Northern Beaches, there

are more than 6,000 people

living with dementia and

by 2058, this number will

increase by more than

150%. As 70% of people with

dementia are still living in

their local communities,

dementia education

creates a supportive social

environment so they

can feel understood and

supported by the community.

For more info email



Sailing pack offer

Planning a sailing getaway?

Pittwater Pharmacy in

Mona Vale offers bespoke

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sailing packs to streamline

the difficult process

of obtaining various

medications and devices

required on sailing vessels,

both domestically and

for international travel.

Owners can submit

their documentation via

email, fax or in store. The

pharmacy is offering a

discount on sailing packs

Hole lot

of talent

Surprise and joy for

brothers Spencer

(13) and Fletcher (11)

Hole from Bilgola

Plateau, who figured

prominently in the

Youth Category at

the recent Northern

Beaches Art Prize

Awards. Spencer

won the 10-14 age

bracket with his

painting ‘Koala chic’

while Fletcher’s

painting ‘Biker Rhino’

(pictured) won the

Encouragement Award.

John MacDonald, art

critic for The Sydney

Morning Herald, was

overheard telling the

event curator that

“every household

should have a Hole

brothers art piece in

their collection”.

to Pittwater Life readers

(mention this item), plus

they will receive a free

double-walled insulation

drink bottle. The pharmacy

offers a free consultation;

they will consider a patient’s

medical conditions and

current medications to

help create the safest and

most effective treatments

available for your time

on the water. Also, the

pharmacy can refer

owners to doctors who

are experienced in marine

regulations, health and

safety requirements. Plus,

ask about their compounded

motion sickness treatment –

a fast-absorbing formulation

with minimal side effects

that has proven highly


Prepare for tough

bush fire season

Minister for Emergency

Services David Elliott is

encouraging residents across

Pittwater to get ready for the

bush fire season, following

50 fires which burned across

NSW in September. He said

the first step to keep family

and property safe was

knowing your bush fire risk,

which your local brigade

could help you assess. “RFS

volunteers are an invaluable

source of knowledge and can

provide advice on preparing

your bush fire plan,

preparing your property and

planning with neighbours,”

he said. All residents should

follow four crucial steps:

Discuss what to do if a bush

fire threatens your home;

Prepare your home and get

it ready for bush fire season;

Know the bush fire alert

levels; and Keep all the bush

fire information numbers,

websites and Fires Near Me

smartphone app handy.





Dr Ben Brown

As the weather is warming

up, so is tick season;

already we have treated many

cases. Ixodes holocyclus is the

paralysis tick which inhabits

coastal bushland areas. This

species is only a problem in

Australia. These ticks are most

active in the warmer months

especially after wet weather

which initiates hatching

of eggs and activity of the

larval stages which feed on


After attaching to a host

these ticks inject a nerve

toxin as part of their feeding

process. After the tick has

been attached for a day or

two, enough poison will

have been injected to cause

significant neurological

disease in pets due to

blocking of nerve receptors.

The most common symptom

is a weak or flaccid paralysis,

starting in the hind limbs due

to nerve signals being blocked

from accessing the muscles

of movement. Over time the

paralysis ascends the body to

eventually affect the muscles

of breathing and swallowing.

This process causes significant

illness and death unless an

antiserum is administered.

Other symptoms of tick

paralysis include vomiting,

coughing, excessive panting

and grunting, an altered bark

or meow, or limping if the tick

is lodged in a foot or leg.

Tick poisoning is common,

severe and very preventable.

Our top tips for are:

■ Tick clipping by an

experienced groomer and

daily tick searching.

■ Administration of highly

effective and safe tick

preventatives such as

Bravecto, Seresto collars (dogs

and cats) Nexgard (dogs only).

■ Know the symptoms of tick


■ Ensure that you have

adequate pet insurance for

your pet and that this covers

tick paralysis.


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Life Stories

Former lives

have always held

fascination for

Avalon-based radio

and television

personality, now

author, Barry Eaton.

Barry Eaton has been working in

radio and television for more than

55 years. His deep, velvety voice

was known for its sports commentary

through the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. He was

an announcer and newsreader for the

ABC and a program host on 2GB.

“I’ve always been a professional

communicator,” he tells me when I visit

him at his apartment on Central Road,

Avalon. “Only what I communicate has

changed.” In his study is a microphone

and a pair of earphones, and he’s just

finished editing his latest program for

his weekly internet ‘Radio Out There’


Radio has been a passion of the

77-year-old since he was a boy, and used

to ‘wag’ school and head to the city to

watch live shows at 2GB’s studios on

Phillip Street. Barry was born in Bondi,

and then his family moved to the north

side and he went to North Sydney Boys

High. It was decided he’d join his uncle’s

law firm, but he tells me he “failed

law miserably, so went into the theatre

instead.” He studied at the Independent

Theatre School in North Sydney, and

during his two-year training picked up

work at the ABC, first as a messenger

boy, then as a stagehand and a concert

manager. Aged 21 he was offered the job

as an announcer at ABC Television in


“I hosted programs. I did voice work.

I read the news and the weather, and

hosted sports events. It was fantastic


He worked there for two years and

during that time met his first wife. They

had a son, Matt, who is now a senior

journalist and producer at the ABC in

Brisbane, and a daughter, Rebecca, who

is an academic at La Trobe University.

Matt, was born in 1966, the same year

that Barry joined 2GB.

He interviewed many people in

showbiz, and one was Charlton Heston

when he was in Australia. Barry asked

him how he’d like to be addressed.

Story by Ros Burton

“Call me Chuck,” he replied, and later

he sent Barry a letter thanking him for

the interview.

“He’s the only actor who’s ever done

that, and I’ve still got the letter.”

Barry was in England in 1969 and on

the set of ‘Anne of The Thousand Days’,

a film about Anne Boleyn.

“I had lunch with Anthony Quayle,

and interviewed him, and then when

he got into his Cardinal Wolsey outfit,

and onto his horse, he bent over and

blessed me. I also interviewed Richard

Burton, who was playing Henry VIII,

and was invited to tea with him and

Elizabeth Taylor. It was gin and tonics

and cucumber sandwiches. No tea and

scones nonsense.”

He reminisces he was part of the radio

team that covered the moon landing 50

years ago. At the time, he presented the

afternoon show, and was second in the

ratings, with John Laws just ahead of

him. Then in 1971 he was fired.

“I made the dreadful error after

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Life Stories

reading a paid commercial for The

Sunday Australian on air, of adding, “it

is a good newspaper, I read it myself.”

Because 2GB was owned by Fairfax

Media the board demanded he resign.

So, Barry returned to the ABC working

first in Canberra and then in Sydney, as

a news reader and host for the Saturday

afternoon sports show.

It was in the ’80s that Barry became

interested in astrology, numerology

and tarot cards. He was hosting 2GB’s

Saturday and Sunday talkback shows,

and on the Sunday evening show his

guests included astrologer, Garry

Wiseman, numerologist, Mark Gruner,

and psychic, Diana Shaw.

“In 1989, Diana was doing readings,

and predicted on air one night that I

would be doing reading myself in the

future. At the time, in addition to my

radio and television work I was running

a travel PR company and working over

85 hours a week, and couldn’t imagine

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at Avalon Beach; at his home radio studio; with

partner Anne; spinning discs in the 1960s;

newspaper clippings of the day, including the

story of his sacking from 2GB; his book Past

Lives Unveiled; brushes with fame with Anthony

Quayle on the set of ‘Anne Of The 1000 Days’; and

interviewing Richard Attenborough in 1969.

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Continued from page 31

myself working in this area.”

However, the following year

he decided to study astrology

with Garry Wiseman, which

led to him developing his

clairvoyant skills, and in

1991 at the Mind Body Spirit

Festival he did his first

reading. “It was a baptism of

fire,” he says with a smile.

We walk down to the

Avalon bookstore and café

Bookoccino, where over

coffee, Barry continues to

tell me his story. In the ’90s

he continued working at the

ABC and also lectured in

radio journalism at Macleay

College, and through his

esoteric interests met Judy

Hancock, with whom he

had an intense four-year

relationship until she died of

heart and lung complications

in 1997.

Judy and Barry had coproduced

a radio program

he hosted called Celestial

Power and in 2003 he began

streaming ‘Radio Out

There’, a show discussing

metaphysical and spiritual

subjects, as well as

complementary therapies.

After Judy died he started

to receive messages from her

through a medium.

“She started nagging me

from spirit to write a book,

and I even got a message from

a medium in Canada, who I

got to know after he was a

guest on ‘Radio Out There’.

He explained that a lady

called Judy had asked when

I was going to write a book.”

So, Barry wrote Afterlife,

which was published in 2011,

followed by No Goodbyes in

2014, which both explore

the concept of life between

lives. This year his book

Past Lives Unveiled came out.

It’s packed with intriguing

anecdotes, including Barry’s

own past life regressions,

and, having trained as a past

life therapist, regressions he’s

done for other people.

“I’ve always been fascinated

by past lives, ever since I was

a kid. I just knew I’d been

here before, and I thought

everybody knew that,” he


Barry had lived in Pittwater

since 1997, and from that

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time been a member of

Bayview Tennis Club,

although for seven years,

while writing three books,

he split his time between

here and a property he had

in Mullumbimby. He met

his current partner, Bilgola

resident Anne Morjanoff, in

2000 when they were both

working at the Mind Body

Spirit Festival.

“I just love this area,” Barry

recounts. “Anne and I walk

along the Avalon foreshore

every day, and around

Bangalley Headland, and we

also walk around Newport.

Being Cancerian I like being

near the water, and it’s a

six-minute walk from my

apartment to the beach.”

Barry believes the purpose

of his three books is “to

take the fear for people out

of death, and to help them

realise there’s more to life

than just materialism”.

He had to face his own

mortality in 2013 when

he was diagnosed with a

tumour in his throat and

cancer of the thyroid, and

admits he was terrified. He

swore Anne to silence, and

it was a couple of months

before he told anyone. He

underwent radiotherapy, and

combined his treatment with

natural therapies, “and I’m

in complete remission now,”

he says.

Barry and Anne co-wrote

The Joy of Living, which also

included insights from his

son, Matthew, about his path

from diagnosis to treatment

and survival, explaining

how Barry balanced the use

of holistic therapies and

spiritual healing with modern


I ask Barry if he ever

questioned the direction his

life took down the spiritual


“Never,” he replies. And

I leave inspired by this

man who his entire life has

passionately pursued his

dreams from the mainstream

to the metaphysical.

* Correction: Last month’s

feature stated that Tim

Ayliffe attended Barrenjoey

High; his local schooling

was in fact at Maria Regina

Primary School in Avalon.

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Boating Life

Boating Life

Holme re-birth

HolmePort Marinas has come for owners on the fuel wharf.

a long way in the almost 20 That was Stage Two of the

years since the Holmes family family’s labour of love.

took over the old Mitchell’s “We purchased the marina

Boating Centre at Church Point. in 2000 – over the next 10

First came a decade of years almost all facilities were

consolidation and upgrade, replaced or renovated to as-new

followed by an expansion condition,” Campbell explained.

plan. In 2011, general manager “We replaced the old marina

Campbell Holmes identified a with a Bellingham Marine floating

pontoon system, replaced

demand and opportunity to extend

the marina to include more the deteriorated sandstone sea

berths for larger boats between wall to the car park and resurface

the car park.

18m to 30m in length – something

Pittwater sorely needed. “We installed a waste collection

pit for the hardstand for

“With a lack of marina berths

for larger boats and with statistics

showing people are buying the marina building and internal

the cleaning of boats, renovated

much larger boats, I began the office space and the boat

process of gaining council approval,”

Campbell said. “It took replaced all the fuel bowsers.”

owners’ bathrooms, as well as

eight years from the start to It was a crucial upgrade,

completion of the new facility.” given HolmePort Marinas is the

The development included increasing

the power available to Police, with all on-water and

home of the Broken Bay Water

customers, plus installation of offshore emergency services

the latest waste pump-out unit involving police or ambulance/

paramedics using the marina as

their base.

Campbell is proud of HolmePort

Marinas’ standing as a

full-service facility.

“Meaning we provide services

that will cater for all of the

boaters’ needs – these include

berths for boats ranging from

20 to 100 feet and swing moorings

for boats up to 60 feet, at

competitive rates,” he said.

There’s off-street secure parking,

plus all range of fuel sales

and LPG bottle refilling.

“We have onsite mechanics

and shipwrights, marine electricians,

boat detailers and boat

sales brokers. And boats can

also be cleaned and antifouled

out of the water by slipway


Zed Zawalski, who has kept

his 50-foot Hanse yacht at the

Marina for the past two years,

considers himself lucky to call

“HolmePort my home port”.

“I’ve done my fair bit of

sailing over the last 40+ years,

from Perth to Townsville, and I

have to say my stay at Holme-

Port Marinas is up there as being

one of the best,” he said.

“The marina is in a quiet,

picturesque location at the entrance

to McCarrs Creek, tucked

in behind Scotland Island. It is

truly a beautiful place.”

– Nigel Wall

* More info call 9997 2055.

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Boating charters: No licence to thrill!

It goes without saying Pittwater and the

Hawkesbury River are among the most

beautiful waterways in Australia – if not

the world. But how many of us ordinary

‘landlubbers’ have taken time to experience

and soak up its riches? Not many –

often because the prospect of taking out

a vessel with little or no piloting experience

can be a daunting one.

But Church Point Charter manager Niels

Storaker said no licence is needed to take

out one of their meticulously appointed

and maintained sail or power boats for a

day’s outing or longer-term holiday.

Church Point Charter is owned by Niels

and his wife Valerie who have operated

the business since 1988. Don’t let the

name fool you; originally located in a

small office on Church Point ferry wharf,

expansion has necessitated its relocation

twice – first in 1991 to Sirsi Marina

in Newport, then in 2013 to their current

home at Princes Street Marina, Newport.

Niels said chartering a sail or power

boat afforded locals from all walks of life

the opportunity to experience affordable

luxury on the water, without the stress of

thinking they needed a licence.

With today’s working mums and dads

increasingly time-poor, organizing an

overseas holiday can almost be a chore

rather than an escape: boating around

Pittwater and its surrounds offers a

hassle-free alternative.

“Our whole fleet presents to a high

standard, and are exceptionally wellmaintained,”

said Niels. “We have both

power and sailing boats, which sleep

from 4 to 10 people, and carry up to 12

by day. The boats are easy to handle,

with no licence required, and are suitable

for all groups including couples, friends

and families of all ages.”

He added a professional pre-charter

briefing was given before they pilot you

out of the marina and leave you to enjoy

your holiday. They also offer, as an extra,

advanced tuition prior to your charter, so

you can refresh your boat handling skills,

should you wish.

The CPC fleet of 13 vessels includes the

luxury timber 36’ Halvorsen, the family

orientated Resort 35’ and Clipper 34’, as

well as the stylish 37’ Beneteau Oceanis

and others. All boats come with a dinghy

and kayaks and outboard motors can be


Given his years in the business, Niels

has plenty of recommended destinations.

“You can picnic at Flint and Steel

Beach, and in Ku-ring-gai Chase National

Park you can experience the waterfalls,

explore Aboriginal Heritage, and go for

bushwalks, such as the Resolute Beach

Loop Track, which includes amazing

views from West Head Lookout,” he said.

“Fish in one of the many bays for dinner

and cook it on the barbeque at sunset...

or visit one of the many restaurants

on the water.”

Also, Princes Street Marina has secure,

free, easy-access parking, facilitating a

smooth transition from your car to the


– Nigel Wall

* Taking holiday bookings now. For

more info and to view their fleet visit

boathire@tpg.com.au; or call Niels on

0411 644 630.

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Art Life

Art Life


Art for the


The Lakeview Room at the Tramshed

at Narrabeen is the venue for this

month’s 73rd annual exhibition by

the Northern Beaches Art Society.

Enjoy a delightful exhibition of their

artists’ stunning and diverse works;

there are paintings in watercolour, oils,

acrylics, mixed media and pastels, as

well as drawings.

The exhibition from Friday October 11

through Sunday 13 is a great opportunity

to purchase art from local artists, at

very reasonable prices. Plus there will be

drinks and nibbles on offer.

Formed in 1946, the Northern Beaches

Art Society Inc. is one of the oldest art

societies in Sydney and is a member of

the Combined Artists Societies of Sydney.

The Society is a non-profit organisation,

run for the benefit of members.

Last year, Violeta Dineva won with her

Diptych ‘A Shade of Light’ (pictured).

Over the years many well-known artists

have been members – including Sir Eric

Langker, Allan Hansen, Molly Flaxman.

Member artists of the Pittwater Artists

Trail are in the final throes of preparations

to welcome you to their studios again

this October – this year, 15 studios are open

from 10am to 5pm on the weekend of October

19-20, forming a trail from Palm Beach

to Terrey Hills.

The Trail is proud to be showcasing new

work from talented creatives including print

maker Eleanor Amiradaki, who has been

selected as a finalist for the Hornsby Art

Prize; Stef Tarasov who is a finalist in the current

Mosman Art Prize; and Jennifer Everett

who won the Small Sculpture prize at The

Northern Beaches Art Prize 2019.

Finalists of The Little Things Art Prize

Vicki Ratcliff, Ingrid Kwong, Fiona Verity and

Nicola Woodcock (bottom left) are all returning

to the Trail and will be available to chat

about their inspirations and processes.

As well as holding an annual exhibition,

the Society runs demonstrations and

workshops with visiting tutors at the end

of each month, for both members and


* Opening Night from 6-9pm;

Saturday and Sunday 9am to 4pm;

free entry and all welcome.

Ready to tread Trail from

Palm Beach to Terrey Hills

Also, visit the beautiful home studio of

figurative artist Lisa Brummer, who featured

in the Kings Art Show 2019.

Don’t miss the home studios of landscape

painters Ben Waters, Julie Nicholson, Karen

Hick and Mark Kingston. Printmaking is represented

by David Jones, Eleanor Amiradaki

and Helen Mackay.

Watercolour enthusiasts can visit Helen

Drew and Vicki Ratcliff. If it is colour you

crave look no further than Ally Bryan (top

left), Sophie Taggart, Jan Cristaudo and


For ceramics and sculpture, visit the fascinating

studios of flame worked glass artist

Penel Bigg and sculptor Victoria Norman.

With work for sale, demonstrations and

talks with the artists, this is your chance to

get to the heart of our unique arts practices.

* More info pittwaterartiststrail.com.au

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Workshops with rebate

With the October school holidays fast approaching,

Sydney Art Space has a bevy of art workshops on offer

to tantalise and keep ‘kids’ of all ages entertained.

For adults, choices range

from drawing and movement,

to painting and mono-printing

and clay hand-building. For

younger folk and teens there

are drawing, painting, collage

and sculpture workshops – all

of which are eligible for the

Creative Kids Rebate.

Term 4 coursework for

drawing, painting, sculpture,

hand-building in clay,

HSC private tuition and Kids

and Teens Art Club kicks off

October 14th with full-term,

half-term and casual options.

And save the date: the Sydney

Art Space end-of year exhibition will be held at Avalon Rec Centre

on the weekend of November 15th, 16th and 17th showcasing

participants’ achievements for this year. All are welcome.

* More info sydneyartspace.com

Art Life

Art of Ageing revealed

The community’s

perceptions of older

people will be challenged

by a fascinating new ‘Art of

Ageing’ exhibition at Mona

Vale Library from September

27 to October 31.

A learner driver, a gymnast,

a billiards player and a ukulele

player are just a few of the

extraordinary older people

who feature in the exhibition

celebrating the lives of older


The aim of the exhibition,

which features 30 images

expressing the joys of ageing

and challenges commonplace

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negative perceptions of getting

older, is to highlight the

diverse and fascinating lives

of senior citizens and to promote

inclusive communities

for all generations.

Commissioned by the NSW

Government, the exhibition

– featuring the work of five

distinguished photographers –

acknowledges and places value

on seniors and their stories.

* Special exhibition launch

at Mona Vale Library on the

October 3; tickets are free

but must be booked online

at Northern Beaches Council’s

Libraries website.

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Art Life

Art Life

Don’t miss a beat at M

Internationally renowned bassist Rodney

Whitaker is among the headline acts at

this year’s ‘Manly Jazz’ festival at Manly

Beach from October 5-7.

Now in its 42nd year, Manly Jazz is

renowned world-wide for its beautiful

location and diversity of musical acts, from

traditional New Orleans jazz to funk, Latin,

fusion, blues, gospel, swing and roots.

Whitaker holds the titles of Professor

of Jazz Bass and Director of Jazz Studies

at Michigan State University, where he

has built one of the leading jazz degree

programs and performing faculties in the

US. He is considered one of the leading

performers and teachers of the jazz double


Whitaker will be appearing not only on

the main stage on Monday 7 October, he

will also perform at an intimate Director’s

Choice Concert on Sunday 6 October. He is

also teaching at two specialist workshops

over the festival weekend. (Get in early and

book your tickets for the Director’s Choice

Concert ‘Ellingtonia Duke at 120’.)

Other stellar acts include prominent

Japanese jazz vocalist Charito, who has

achieved global recognition with her voice,

expression, and musical artistry; Modesto

Briseno, a third-generation musician whose

father played with Benny Goodman and

who himself has been a member of the Ray

Charles orchestra; Jade Macrae, who delivers

raw soul with a unique blend of vulnerability

and power and song writing which

channels the great RnB artists of the 1950s

and ’60s; and Sydney native Andrew Speight,

a clear-toned, hard-driving alto sax

player who is one of San Francisco’s most

lively and lyrical exponents of straightahead,

joyous jazz.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan

said the festival continued to attract thousands

of visitors every year, drawn by the

enticing combination of cool music, great

food and a laid-back atmosphere.

“Manly Jazz is first and foremost a music

festival – a real celebration of sound, but

it is also a celebration of Australia’s beach

culture, great times and especially the wonderful

Northern Beaches vibe.” – Nigel Wall

* For more information about the event

and a full line up of performances visit


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anly Jazz




Acclaimed local

painter Nada

Herman is opening

her home studio at

Avalon and exhibiting

over two successive

weekends in October.

The colour and

excitement in Nada’s

work reveals her love

of our area and the

beauty found within

the bush, marine

life and beaches.

Thick brushes are a

necessity in her style,

as well tins of oil

paints and a palette


* Open at 62

Chisholm Ave,

Avalon from 10am

to 5pm on Oct 12-13

and 19-20; more info

0414 849 580.

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Surfing Life

Surfing Life

Turning of the tide: how

about this origin story?

New book throws new light on how – or why – we came to surf...

We all know where

surfing comes from,

right? It’s Hawaiian!

(Polynesian, anyway...) Everyone

knows this origin story. It’s

pretty much an article of faith.

James Cook’s lieutenant

seeing a Tahitian riding waves

in a canoe and being intrigued

by the “supreme pleasure”.

Duke Kahanamoku bringing

the heat at Freshwater in

1915. The spoken legends of

ancient Hawaii, the centuriesold

hardwood boards in

Honolulu’s Bishop Museum. The

petroglyphs of surfers carved

into lava rock along Hawaii’s


It’s what we’ve grown up

with, it’s how we understand

our sport.

What if it’s not the whole


A book I’ve just read – well,

devoured really – throws a

totally different light on the


This book, ‘Children Of The

Tide’, by Italian surfer and Sinoscholar

Nicola Zanella, details

the existence of a wave-riding

culture in mainland China over

1000 years ago.

Nicola – “Nik” for short –

grew up and learned to surf

in Ravenna on Italy’s east

coast. He became fascinated

by China through a calligraphy

class at college, and

eventually found himself

in China on a study

trip, wandering into

a Buddhist temple in

Hunan, 600km from the


There he was stunned

to come across a

collection of 30 painted

clay figurines captured

clearly in the act of riding

a wave. The figurines

dated to 1880, young in

the context of Chinese

culture, but well before

they could have been

inspired by contact with

surfing as practised by,

say, Duke.

Nik asked the temple’s

Abbott: are these

surfers? “Oh no,” said

the Abbott, “I’ve seen

surfing on TV, these

aren’t surfers. These are

nong chau er.” Roughly

translated, the term means

“young people who play with

the tide”.

The Abbott wrote the wordsymbols

down for Nik in his

notebook, and Nik went looking

for the nong chau er, whatever

they were.

He discovered them in old

written accounts of life in

Hangzhou, near the mouth of

the Qintiang River just south

GRAPHIC: Wave-riding in China over 1000 years ago.

of Shanghai. The Qintiang was

renowned for its phenomenal

river bore waves, caused by

tidal movement in Hangzhou

Bay just beyond its mouth, and

rushing upstream for dozens

of kilometres. The bore waves

break maybe 120 days a year.

On peak tides, they can be

huge and terrifying.

They draw crowds today, but

they really drew crowds back

in the ninth century AD, a time

with Nick Carroll

when the Chinese love of

pageantry held sway. Back

then Hangzhou hosted

the Mid-Autumn Festival

around the coming of the

river bore’s biggest waves.

Warships were arrayed,

flags were flown, and

thousands lined the river

banks, eating, drinking,

and awaiting the show.

As the waves

approached, then

came the nong chau

er. “Hundreds of brave

watermen from Wu,

with unfastened hair

and tattoos, holding

10 coloured flags,

race to the water at

the sound of drums,”

according to a 12th

century account. “They

paddle against the flow,

towards the oncoming

waves, appearing and

disappearing among the

leviathan waves 10,000 ren (1

ren = 2.66 metres) long. Then

they leap up, and perform a

hundred manoeuvres without

getting the tail of their flags

even slightly wet. This is how

they show off their skill. Hence

the nobles reward them with

silver prizes.”

Ha! Long hair, tattoos,

showing off, prizes! Sound


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WSL CT EUROPE LEG, France and Portugal, 3-13/10, 16-28/10

Critical double-headers in this year’s title race. Also critical for

those of the pros who’re keen to take part in the 2020 Olympics

in Japan. The final year’s rankings will be primary selectors for 18

– nine men, nine women – of the 40 entry slots for the five ringed

circus. That includes Australia’s hopefuls, including the likes of

Owen Wright, Julian Wilson, Steph Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons.

France and Portugal are both shifty, difficult beachbreak locations,

very different to the tour’s last two stops in Teahupoo and

the Surf Ranch pool, and they could shake things up quite a bit.

watch on worldsurfleague.com


A twitchy pre-tropical September pretty much panned out as

suspected. But something far less expected began to unfold in the

upper atmosphere south of our dry-as-a-stick continent: a sudden

stratospheric warming event. This is happening in a vast area high

over the Southern Ocean and parts of Antarctica, and it’s likely to

cause more winter-style storm activity to our south over the coming

summer –meaning more long-range south swells than usual.

Looks to me like aside from that influence, October will see more

of September’s up-and-down weather, with strong northerly winds

followed by south and east changes, some spots of rain, and a wide

variety of surf conditions, without anything super psycho happening.

Bluebottles, yep. Whale and shark migrations, yep. Mad fluctuations

on coastal water temps, yep. Have fun!

Nick Carroll

(Just by the way: Coastal

fishing people had lived around

Wu, the area near the river’s

mouth, for thousands of years.

Genetic links can be found

between them and the people

who eventually headed out

into the Pacific, on migration

to Melanesia and eventually


The nong chau er were

celebrated for hundreds of

years, before the times, if

not the tides, turned against

them. Too many deaths along

the river during surf season

led to a ban on the practice. It

didn’t stop them, but it forced

them underground. By the

13th century, they were being

referred to as outlaws. By the

17th, references to them had all

but vanished.

The tale might just be mindblowing

of itself. But it joins a

growing collection of surfing

origin stories, uncovered here

and there over the past 20

years or so.

There’s the caballitos del

toro of Peru: fishermen who

would ride waves back in from

fishing trips on paddleboardlike

reed boats 2500 years ago.

There’s the coastal tribes of

West Africa, who astonished the

first European explorers of the

16th century with their skills

in the surf zone: swimming,

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bodysurfing, and riding waves

prone on bodyboard-style

wooden sheets.

There’s the kids in northeastern

Indonesia and in the

islands north-west of PNG

who’ve been come across

by surf explorers in the past

decade or so, riding carefully

shaped wood boards – a

practice their parents have said

goes back many generations.

What if surfing isn’t only a

great Polynesian pursuit, but

somehow an instinctive human

response to wave action? In the

right place at the right time,

that is. Maybe people decide

to ride waves the same way

they decide to climb trees, or


What seems pretty clear is

that once you start surfing,

you don’t give up easily. Duke

himself was part of a surfing

Renaissance in Hawaii, after

a century of traders and

missionaries couldn’t quite

stamp it out.

And post-book research by

Nik seems to indicate the Wu

fishermen were still riding the

river waves in semi-secrecy,

on long self-made hardwood

boards without fins, all the way

up to the 1980s.

Wherever we come from,

wherever surfing comes from,

we all know that feeling.

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Health & Wellbeing

Mental Health Month: Ho

Health & Wellbeing

October is Mental Health Month with the

theme of ‘Share The Journey’; it provides

an opportunity to shine a light on some of

the local activities and ideas that can have a

positive impact on both our own daily lives and

the lives of others. Compiled by Lisa Offord

Our community’s response

to help combat

mental health problems

and suicide has been phenomenal.

Over the past few years

we have witnessed a growing

number of professional and

not-for-profit services and

youth-led support groups

taking root to stem the tide

of mental health issues on the

northern beaches.

As we become more aware

of the impact of stress and

trauma, people from all walks

of life in our community are

signing up to courses and

training to learn about mental

health and how to provide


A local group called TIPS

Community of Calm has been

encouraging and assisting

health and wellness practitioners

to become “trauma

informed” so they have the

awareness and skills to ensure

everyone who accesses their

services can feel safe, welcome

and accepted.

In just a few short months

almost 80 practitioners on

the northern beaches including

yoga teachers, breathing

experts, dance and movement

instructors, art therapists,

mindfulness practitioners,

nutritionists, play therapists,

counsellors, have attended the

Community of Calm’s training


And it’s this chain of trauma-aware

practitioners who

are participating in the Northern

Beaches Arts For Wellness

project – a month-long event

showcasing creative arts and

other therapeutic approaches

for mental health wellness and


Community of Calm Chair

counsellor and psychotherapist

Jane Macnaught explained

Arts For Wellness was an

invitation to the local community

to try creative, expressive

activities that help with stress

reduction, relaxation and

social connection.

“It is so important for everyone

to slow down a little and

find some creative outlets,” Ms

Macnaught said.

“The Arts for Wellness

Calendar is really exciting with

a great variety of activities for

people to try.”

During October – and

beyond – you can sample a

range of activities covering

Movement and Rhythm (think

all manner of yoga practices,

Nia, martial arts and breathing),

Mood Food and Natural

Health (info sessions by

naturopaths and nutritionists,

interactive workshops, talks

on the gut/brain connection);

Empathy and Being Heard

(Sidewalk Talks, soothing

sessions, and how to get past

negative self-talk and find the

best you) and Self Expression

and Being You (exploring anxiety

through Body Mapping,

Art Therapy, a taste of Life

Coaching, Journaling, Meditation

and Constellation work).

You can access the complete

program through the Commu-

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w to ‘Share The Journey’

nity of Calm website or book

a spot in one of two curated

day-long events in Mona Vale

(Oct 5) or Manly (Oct 12)

where you will be able to get a

taste of the activities, experiences

and therapies available

on the program.

Huge volumes of research

and work demonstrate the

health benefits of adopting a

range of creative, expressive


Specialists say one of the

most noticeable benefits of

having a creative outlet is that

it’s a way to elevate mood

But don’t just take the experts’

word for it; here’s what

three locals had to say…


Seasoned yogi Jeni has done

her far share mind, body and

spirit work over the years.

The 71-year-old filmmaker

from Avalon was dealing with

some family issues last year

when she came across a flyer

for Nia– a movement practice

inspired by dance, martial arts

and healing arts. “At the time

I couldn’t quite put my finger

on what I wanted. I thought

about going back to therapy

but I realised it was nothing to

do with speech or talking that

I wanted, it was something

else. I wanted to dance. I saw

the Nia flyer and went along

and I just found it something

really very special – the

practice actually took me out

of my head and stopped me

from projecting and worrying

about how things were going

to work out around family

stuff. There is something

uplifting about Nia I love the

music and how it is integrated

with the movement. There is

a sense of freedom for the

individual – the teacher has

created a welcoming space. I’d

go every day if I could.”

Art Therapy

Richard, 58, discovered Art

Therapy 12 months ago. He

says his therapist has, “a holistic,

broadminded approach

and is very encouraging…

by simply creating drawings

and pictures I’ve gained more

confidence and broadened

my horizons. She understands

mental health and I feel we

are on the same page. I can

talk to her about anything

really”. Art therapy has also

unearthed Richard’s eye for

photography. “I not only find

photography therapeutic I

actually think my photographs

are pretty good quality. Some

of my photos have been published

in a magazine and I’ve

sold a few… I’m pretty stoked

about that!”

Mood food &

Natural Health

Consulting a nutritionist to

sort out her diet and making

an effort to move more has

done wonders for Jillian’s wellbeing.

“Improving my diet has

changed my life and health

for the better in so many

ways. I no longer get yearly

colds and flu due to a vastly

strengthened immune system.

Through the daily intake of

homemade vegetable juice, I

have been able to totally clear

lifelong psoriasis. Through

change of diet and physical

exercise (saltwater swimming,

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ballroom dancing, gym and

yoga) I have lost weight and

toned up. A change of diet

has cured my bouts of depression

and anxiety. I have been

using diet, relaxation exercises,

supplements and herbal

medicine to manage Ulcerative

Colitis, and as a result, I have

been able to avoid the negative

side effects of the medications

that I used to be on.”

*To see the Arts for Wellness

program go to communityofcalm.org

What else is on…

More mental health events

and news to mindful of this

month include:

n The Precious Breath Festival

will be held at the Avalon

Bowlo on Saturday Oct 12

from 2-7pm. The event has

been designed as an “outdoor

celebration of life” with five

local bands and surf films on

the front green – a dedicated

alcohol- and smoke-free

space. The festival aims to

raise awareness about youth

mental health and suicide,

facilitate connections between

youths and local mental health

services and raise funds. Entry

is free, all ages welcome as

are donations – there will be a

silent auction and raffles. Supported

by CCNB, Blackmores,

and the Avalon Palm Beach

Business Chamber.

n Share The Journey at Narrabeen

Markets on Sunday

Oct 20. Meet local mental

health service providers and

participate in free activities

from including Yoga, Tai Chi,

Tibetan Meditation, Mindfulness,

Mood Food and Walk

and Talk For Life. Includes

band performances. From

8am-3pm. Contact Kerry Gleeson

0448 465 431.

n A youth wellbeing forum is

being held at Northern Beaches

PCYC, Dee Why on Tuesday

Oct 29 from 8.30am-3pm. All

About Youth is an opportunity

for students from Year 7-9 to

have their voices heard and

plan for the future. Enquiries

and bookings 9970 1629 or


gov.au or KALOF.com.au

n Learn practical skills to

help support someone experiencing

Mental Health challenges

by attending a Mental

Health First Aid course at

FLO Newport. The course

runs over two Saturdays –

Oct 26 and Nov 2. The course

is designed to be practical,

with a focus on providing

effective help. It is also fully

accredited. More info ForLoveOf.com.au/events

n Surf Life Saving Sydney

Northern Beaches also runs

Mental Health First Aid

training throughout the year

contact your local club for

details. SLSSNB is also looking

for new members for its critical

response team. Members

of the Traumatic Incident

Peer Support (TIPS) team

are trained to ensure that

volunteers are not exposed to

the aftermath of trauma. All

training and ongoing support

and education is supplied to

suitable applicants. More info

at surflifesaving.net.au.

n Mental Wellness is the

theme of Veterans’ Health

Week from October 26 - November

3. Recognising the

importance of social connectivity

and physical exercise

in helping improve mental

wellness, three local organisations

– Veterans Centre Sydney

Northern Beaches, Kingdom

Gym and Rebound Health –

are hosting an info day and

community circuit challenge.

For a gold coin donation

everyone can enter either the

team or individual challenge

with shiny new trophies up for

grabs. Money raised will be

given to Legacy Australia. The

event will be held on Saturday

2 November 9am-3pm

at Kingdom Gym, Brookvale.

Follow Veterans Centre Sydney

Northern Beaches on Facebook

or go to vcsnb.org.au for


* Need help? Lifeline: (13 11

14 and lifeline.org.au), the

Suicide Call Back Service

(1300 659 467 and suicidecallbackservice.org.au)


beyondblue (1300 22 4636

and beyondblue.org.au).

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Be vigilant in protecting

your skin from the sun

Despite extensive

publicity, people are still

allowing themselves to

get sunburnt. Sun damage is

cumulative, therefore protecting

the skin is an important factor

in preventing this damage. This

is particularly important for

childhood exposure.

The slip, slop, slap, seek

and slide guidelines apply to

slipping on clothing, slopping

on sunscreen, slapping on a

hat, seeking shade and sliding

on sunglasses.

Closely woven clothing is

a primary means of reducing

ultraviolet radiation, UVR. It is

necessary to check the rating.

Most good quality garments

carry a sun protection factor

(SPF) rating of 50.

Guidelines suggest avoiding

sun exposure in the hottest

time of day – from 10am to 2pm

or 11am to 3pm with daylight

saving – when 60% of ultraviolet

radiation (UVR) occurs.

Regular use of sunscreens

is associated with an 80%

reduction in UVR skin damage

and is estimated to be similar

for malignant change. Studies

show a decreased rate in

actinic or solar keratoses and

associated squamous cell

carcinomas (SCCs). Apply to all

exposed skin, remembering

lips, ears, scalp and behind

the knees. Broad-spectrum

sunscreens cover UVA and UVB.

Recommendations are to apply

20 minutes before sun exposure

and reapply every 2 hours.

Sunscreens are either

chemical or physical. Chemical

sunscreens penetrate the

upper skin levels and if broad

spectrum, will absorb both UVA

and UVB. Physical sunscreens

reflect UVR as a physical barrier.

Wide-brimmed hats or

Legionnaire-style caps are

recommended. They are best

for direct sunlight but do

not adequately protect from

reflected light. Reflected light is

particularly high on beaches.

Shade is very important.

Actively avoid direct sun

exposure. Roof cover, beach

umbrellas and shade tents all

contribute to sun prevention.

Sunglasses reduce sun glare,

sun exposure and protect the

eyes; most sold in Australia

carry a standards rating.

SPF stands for Sun Protection

Factor. Guidelines suggest a

with Dr John Kippen

broad spectrum, SPF30+, water

resistant sunscreen, applied

in adequate amounts, 20

minutes before sun exposure

and reapplied every 2 hours.

Remember to also check the

expiry date. For sensitive skin,

try non-fragranced toddler

classified sunscreen

Please, protect your skin!

Our columnist Dr John

Kippen is a qualified, fully certified

consultant specialist in

Cosmetic, Plastic and Reconstructive

surgery. Australian

trained, he also has additional

Australian and International


He welcomes enquiries; email


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Compounding ensures

all patients’ needs met

Pharmacy compounding is

the science of preparing

personalised medications

for patients. Sometimes

a one-size-fits-all approach

to medication means that

patients’ needs are not met.

Perhaps you or someone in

your family has difficulty swallowing

tablets, or allergies to

drug fillers often contained in

mass-produced products, or

there’s a medicine you need

that is currently out of stock or

has been discontinued – that’s

when compounding can help.

Compounded medicines are

made from scratch. Ingredients

are mixed together by

highly trained pharmacists

in the exact strength and

dosage form to suit individual


Dosage forms

range from capsules,

creams, ointments

and solutions to

troches, pessaries,

suppositories and

mouth gels.

Due to the extensive

range of treatments,

some pharmacists

may choose to


Pain is an area

where compounding can provide

a vast range of treatment

options. For example, pain

treatments can be formulated

into a high-dose cream to target

the specific site of injury.

This allows a medication to

have a concentrated effect

not possible with a standard

oral painkiller and with mini-

mal side effects.

Also, pain relief can be provided

with several ingredients

that are only accessible from

compounding, such as PEA

and high-dose Magnesium


Hormone preparations can

be compounded with bioidentical

ingredients that your

body recognises as if it has

made the hormone itself.

Compounding pharmacists

commonly work closely with

practitioners, assessing blood

or salivary tests to determine

which active ingredients are

required, and at what specific

strength. This includes ingredients

such as DHEA, progesterone,

testosterone, pregnenolone

and oestrogens.

Other compounded items

considered vital for the body

include thyroid preparations,

melatonin and Vitamin D3.

Children can particularly

benefit from compounding

with more effective treatments

and an extended range

of treatment options for conditions

such as colic, sleep,

nappy rash, teething pain,

and contagious molloscum.

Did you know medications

can be compounded in a liquid

suspension for enhanced

administration, accurate

alteration of doses and added

flavours for palatability? Flavours

include apple, banana,

caramel and peppermint!

This can be highly beneficial

for children to provide an

exact dose depending on the

child’s weight and providing

with Andrew Snow

the medication in

a flavour the child


Dermatology is

another area which

benefits from the

use of compounding.

Formulas can

be compounded to

help with conditions

such as pigmentation,

acne, scarring,

eczema, dermatitis,

warts, fungal, and bacterial


It doesn’t end there: compounding

pharmacist can

also formulate treatments for

animal use with the consultation

of a veterinarian. This

could include formulating a

medication into transdermal

cream that can rubbed into

an animal’s ear, which is

particularly beneficial when

an animal won’t swallow a


Also, there are specific

oral animal flavours available,

such as grilled chicken,

beef or fish flavour, so they

are more likely to accept the


Other areas of compounding

focus include sleep, motion

sickness, hair loss, weight

loss, and erectile dysfunction.

Want to know more?

Visit our pharmacy to find

out how our compounding

services could benefit you.

Compounding pharmacists

are available to discuss and

develop treatment plans to

help manage your healthcare


Pittwater Pharmacy &

Compounding Chemist at

Mona Vale has operated as

a family-run business since

1977. Open seven days; drop

in and meet the highly

qualified and experienced

team of Len, Sam and Amy

Papandrea and Andrew

Snow. Find them at 1771

Pittwater Rd; call 9999 3398.

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New practice makes perfect!

The Newport Doctor has

been a fixture in Pittwater

for almost 40 years – now, a

new surgery premises and a

growing team of dedicated

caring professionals will

ensure the practice continues

to assist local families for

generations to come.

Established in 1980 by

Newport resident Dr Bob

Nichols, the Newport Doctor

surgery landed in the safe

hands of Dr Julian Northover

eight years ago.

Dr Northover was joined

by Dr Olivia Andrews in 2015,

with Dr Stephanie Gill making

a team of three two years


To meet the growing

demand for family healthcare

on the peninsula, the surgery

underwent an extensive

renovation in February,

overseen by local builder John


“John and his wife Mel of

JMR Builders were thrilled to

be part of the expansion,” Dr

Northover said. “The couple

belong to three generations

of patients – Mel was even

delivered by Dr Bob!”

The new street-frontage

practice on Barrenjoey Road

was completed in time for Dr

Erin Noonan to join in April

this year, making a return to

the practice after 10 years in


A practice nurse, Fiona

West, also came on board.

The contemporary surgery

is full of natural light with a

welcoming waiting area fitted

with modern art, lush indoor

THE WAY THEY WERE: Barrenjoey Rd Newport in the ’60s and now.

Spring clean

for your gut

Spring is the season to

recharge, regenerate and

renew – re-set your body by

focussing on your gut.

Your gut plays a big role

in your overall health, with

evidence suggesting the

microorganisms that live

there may influence your

weight, allergies, respiratory

infections and moods.

Making positive changes

to your diet, exercising

regularly and getting enough

sleep can alter the diversity

and number of microbes in

your gut for the better.

Nutritionists say probiotics

and prebiotics can promote

a healthy gut microbiome

and above all the basic principle

of consuming plenty of

whole grains, fruits, vegetables,

nuts, seeds, legumes

and water are key.

Regular physical activity –

aim for at least 30 minutes

every day – improves gut

health and helps to manage

weight and reduce risks of

chronic diseases.

Northern Beaches Colon

Hydrotherapy in Newport

offers a range of whole body

cleansing packages combining

juices, colon hydrotherapy,

infrared sauna and spa


Colon hydrotherapists and

business owners Michelle

King and Andrew Law say

the body’s elimination process

is vital for regaining and

supporting overall health.

“Our packages are the perfect

introduction to cleansing

designed to reset the

digestive system, refuel the

body and promote vitality,”

Michelle said.

“Many clients also report

a boost to their immunity,

increased energy levels, improved

mental clarity, clearer

complexion and a great kick

start to a weight management


Check with your doctor

before making any drastic

changes to your diet or exercise

especially if you have

plants, a kiddies corner chronic disease management

complete with devices loaded and preventative health

with educational software, medicine.

and a stack of the latest

“We aim to empower our


patients so they are educated,

There is an innovative selfcheck-in

optimistic and pro-active

kiosk, so patients about their health with a

can announce their arrival consistent, compassionate

without queuing, while other and professional approach,”

practice bells and whistles he said.

include an online booking “All the doctors in practice

system and SMS reminders. have infants, school-aged

Dr Northover explained the children, tweens and elderly

practice’s holistic approach parents, so have practical,

towards diagnosis and

first-hand experience in

management of illness had dealing with most scenarios!”

led to a renewed focus on The latest to join the

Newport Doctor team is Dr

Edwina Pritchard who hails

from a Paddington medical

practice where she worked for

nearly 10 years.

Dr Pritchard is an examiner

for the Royal College of

General Practitioners and

has trained and worked with

Family Planning NSW. She

is passionate about patient

education and preventative


Dr Pritchard also has two

young boys – which brings

the total of boys between the any concerns about your

Newport Doctors group to 10! health.

– LO

– Lisa Offord

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Hair & Beauty

Reaching menopause

and its effects on skin

with Sue Carroll

Menopause is not an

This can only be performed by

illness, and it does

either a doctor or a nurse.

not mean “the end” is

Menopause does not have to

approaching; you have still

be the end of our skin’s health

got as much as half of your

and radiance. Managed both

life to go! It’s a fact of life, and

internally and externally with

every woman will go through

the assistance of key professionals

menopause, usually in her

such as aestheticians,

early to mid-50s. In addition to

naturopaths, dietitians and doctors,

triggering symptoms such as

our skin can still reflect

hot flashes and mood swings,

the youth we feel on the inside

menopause can significantly

when we look in the mirror.

affect your skin too, causing

dryness, adult acne and even

Sue Carroll of Skin

thin, translucent skin that is less

Inspiration has been a qualified

Aesthetician for 33 years.

than elastic.

When menopause occurs,

Sue has owned and

the body experiences a drop in

operated successful beauty

the production of the female thus calling attention to changes is covered in axel grease. Collagen

stimulating fillers such

clinics and day spas on

hormone estrogen. Not only in the midface like dark circles

does estrogen affect the whole and sunken cheeks. In addition, as Juvederm or Restylane may the Northern Beaches.

body, but it also plays an important

more mature skin tends to be also assist by giving sunken info@skininspiration.com.au

role in the health of your pale, bruise more easily and areas and wrinkles a gentle and www.skininspiration.com.au

skin, promoting circulation, the may be more prone to allergic natural plumping appearance.

production of collagen and a reactions and irritations.

healthy glow.

It seems counter-intuitive

A common symptom of that adult acne can occur as

menopause is drier than normal hormone levels taper off. But

skin, due in part to a decline truth be told, acne is as common,

in estrogen which will then

although usually tempo-

decrease collagen. Once hormone

rary, occurrence among women

levels begin to dip, the oil experiencing menopause.

glands are not stimulated in the Menopausal acne occurs from

same capacity as before, causing

increased levels of proges-

less oil to be produced and terone, which stimulates the

the skin to become drier. Often sebaceous glands.

with menopause, the cholesterol

There are easy ways to keep

levels rise, and statins like your skin healthy during meno-

Lipitor are taken. There is cholesterol

pause. Keep your body internal-

in the skin and statins ly and externally hydrated. Topipause.

can cause dehydration from the cally applying treatment creams

loss of lipids, resulting in very can help hydrate the skin from

dry and itchy skin.

the outside in, but it’s just as

Dry skin and wrinkles go important to hydrate from the

hand in hand. It’s no surprise inside out. Omega-3 fatty acids,

that wrinkles begin to form or which can be found in foods like

get worse around the time of salmon and nuts, are vital to

menopause. When skin is dry prevent the skin from becoming

it, it thins out because collagen dry and itchy. And we all know

levels are depleted and there is that at least eight glasses of

less moisture to keep it plump. water a day are also essential.

Once the skin is less able to Topically a retinol serum or

retain moisture and produce cream may be used, as it will

an adequate amount of skin help to address clogged pores

lubricating oil, the underlying and stimulate collagen production

fat layers begin to thin out. As

and thereby increase the

facial fat starts to diminish, thickness of the skin. There

thinning of the skin can occur, are also many serums that

which may cause it to take on a may assist the dryness without

bluish tint and look translucent, leaving the skin feeling as if it

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Business Life: Money

Business Life

New investment advisor:

Say hello to the ATO...

This month we cast

our eye over a recent

initiative from the

Australian Taxation Office

(ATO) targeting self-managed

superannuation funds

(SMSFs) with concentrated

asset positions…

This is how the Australian

Financial Review reported the

issue on September 6 under

the headline Advisers urge

calm as ATO threatens to

fine thousands of SMSFs:

“Financial advisers are

hosing down panic within the

$748 billion self-managed

superannuation sector after

the Tax Office threatened to

fine thousands of trustees for

having more than 90 per cent

of their retirement savings

invested in a single asset

class, such as property.

The ATO has written to

17,700 SMSFs and their

auditors to warn that

trustees who fail to consider

diversification and liquidity

risks are breaking the law

and could be liable for

penalties of $4200.”

Why is this so contentious?

Even though the ATO is

the regulator of SMSFs,

this communication seems

to mark the first foray by

them into the investment

holdings of the country’s

approximately 600,000

self-managed funds. This

is either a brave or foolish

move by the ATO considering

the trustees of SMSFs are

often the kind of people who

have little time or patience

for big banks, fund managers

or industry funds telling

them what to do let alone the

revenue raising arm of the


I suspected there might

be a backlash when I first

saw the letter which was

sent to me as the trustee of

one of our funds. We have

a SMSF with a single asset

in it, a commercial office,

which is a pretty common

arrangement in business

these days. Individually

we also have our own

superannuation funds which

are quite diversified, but to

me there was never an issue

with a fund holding only

one asset if circumstances


Superannuation law

talks about a series of

covenants by each trustee

to: formulate, review and

give effect to an investment

strategy which has regard

for, amongst other things,

risk, composition, liquidity,

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tax consequences and costs.

The regulations governing

superannuation go on to

virtually parrot this but

also include a requirement

to consider insurances for

members specifically.

The ATO’s own publication,

‘Running a self-managed

super fund’, says the

following about having an

investment strategy in place:

“You need to prepare

and implement an investment

strategy for your fund and

review it regularly. The

strategy needs to reflect the

purpose and circumstances

of your fund and consider the


n investing in a way to

maximise member returns,

taking into account the

risk associated with the


n diversification and the

benefits of investing across

a number of asset classes

(for example, shares,

property and fixed deposit)

in a long-term investment


n the ability of your fund to

pay benefits as members

retire and pay other costs

incurred by your fund;

n whether to hold insurance

cover for one or more

members of your SMSF;


n the circumstances of

members (for example,

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age, income level,

employment pattern and

retirement needs).

The investment strategy

should set out your

investment objectives

and detail the investment

methods you will adopt to

achieve these objectives. It

must be reviewed regularly

and whenever there is

a change to the fund

– for example, a new member


You need to make sure

all investment decisions

are made according to the

investment strategy of your

fund. If in any doubt, you

should seek independent

investment advice from

a suitably qualified


Nowhere in Australia’s

superannuation law or in

any ATO guidance is there

a prescriptive requirement

for a single asset threshold

or cap. Prohibited assets

excluded, what you invest in

and to what extent are purely

matters that concern the

trustees of the fund.

On the contrary though,

all throughout the

legislation and the various

guidelines are requirements

to: formulate, review,

give effect, prepare and

implement an investment

strategy that has regard for

and considers many things,

one of those things being the

level of diversification in your


Therefore, it seems clear:

no-one can tell you how

much of your fund to allocate

to a permissible asset or

asset class but you better

have a written strategy in

place to justify the fact

you will be investing this

way as well as addressing

the various requirements

mentioned in the law such as

risk, liquidity, tax and costs.

While the ATO has stated

that the campaign was

targeted at those trustees

where the fund might be

holding 90% or more in a

single asset class, I have only

seen evidence that the letter

has gone to those who are

holding property. Putting

liquidity risk to one side,

a fund held purely in cash

for the past 12 months has

probably gone backwards

allowing for the effects of

inflation whereas a fund

holding a Sydney residential

or commercial property

earning rent has probably

enjoyed a positive year after


Property held inside

super seems to be concept

despised by elements of the

Federal bureaucracy and

sure, there are examples

of it being poorly executed

thanks to the spruikers out

there. When done well, which

means moderate gearing

in established residential

markets, it works. It works

best of all in the context

of small business where it

allows owners to secure

their location and protect

goodwill. The coalition

government said as much

when they re-affirmed their

commitment to property

inside SMSFs during the

election campaign; hopefully

they keep a close eye on the

ATO in this case.

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Brian Hrnjak B Bus CPA (FPS) is

a Director of GHR Accounting

Group Pty Ltd, Certified

Practising Accountants. Offices

at: Suite 12, Ground Floor,

20 Bungan Street Mona Vale

NSW 2103 and Shop 8, 9 – 15

Central Ave Manly NSW 2095,

Telephone: 02 9979-4300,

Webs: www.ghr.com.au and

www.altre.com.au Email:


These comments are of a

general nature only and are

not intended as a substitute

for professional advice.

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Business Life: Law

Business Life

Employment contracts...

why so important today?

Over the past decade or

so there has been much

change in society: the

way we communicate with

social media; the way we live

with recognition of same sex

marriage; the content of the

school curriculum; the way we

work and the attitude to work

– all have changed to some

degree or another.

Today we are taught that in

one lifetime you may have five

or more careers, so people

move from one interest to

another and long gone is the

acceptance that one will be in

the same occupation, business

or company for a great span of

years achieving the ‘gold watch’

at the end.

The changing world of

employment has brought

a focus on how people are

engaged or employed.

No matter how long or short

a person may be employed, it

is important that an employer

offers a written employment

contract to a prospective

employee. This gives the

employer the opportunity to set

out clearly all of the employee’s

obligations to the employer,

and can help set the tone for

how employers will manage the

employment relationship with


Some employers take

a casual approach by

viewing contracts as just an

administrative part of the onboarding

process, while other

employers treat employment

contracts as “welcome letters”

and other as one-size-fits-all.

But employment contracts

need to be tailored to the

particular employee; that is,

there should be no “catch-all”


The foundations of an

employment contract should

have three central themes:

(a) Clarity – this provides an

employer with the opportunity

to clearly set out the obligations

of and expectations it has for

employees. Clarity enables

an employer to later rely on

and enforce the terms of the

contract should a dispute arise.

(b) Flexibility – the employment

contract is an opportunity

to provide flexibility to an

employer, including the

ability to modify or change

operations without the need

to renegotiate the contract,

or written unintentionally

triggering a breach of contract

or redundancy situation.

(c) Protection – Employment

contracts are an opportunity

for the employer to protect

its commercial interests

both during and after the

employment relationship

through the inclusion of

clauses concerning intellectual

property, confidentiality and

post-employment restraint.

Every employee has an

employment contract, whether

it is in writing or not. It is so

much better if it is reduced

to writing. If there is no

written contract there can be

much uncertainty about the

employment. Of particular

concern is in relationship to

notice periods. If there is no

written agreement it might be

determined that the employee

is entitled to “reasonable

notice” which means a court will

look at all the circumstances to

determine the notice period,

such as the employee’s service

and seniority.

An employer preparing an

employment contract must

be aware of the sources

of employment rights and

entitlements such as:

Legislation – principally

The Fair Work Act 2009

which establishes minimum

requirements and gives force to

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statutory instruments.

Modern Awards – sets out the

minimum terms and conditions

for employees in specific

industries or occupations, and

have force under The Fair Work


Enterprise Agreement

– collectively negotiated

documents concerning one or

more employee(s) and relevant

groups of employees – these

are given force by The Fair

Work Act.

Enterprise Agreements

displace modern awards

which would otherwise apply.

Generally, they must ensure

employees are better off

overall under the Enterprise

Agreement as compared to the

Award. These Agreements must

be approved by The Fair Work


Enterprise Agreements

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include superior terms and

conditions as compared to

applicable awards. Unions

derive great value in bargaining

with employers for Enterprise

Agreements in order to secure

greater membership.

Contracts of Employment

– agreements between

individual employees and his

or her employer. These operate

subject to, but generally

supplant the other sources

of rights and obligations

described above.

The employment contract

prompts employers to reach

agreement with employees

on matters not contemplated

by the other minimum

employment entitlements for

employees. There are usually

a number of issues that

are regulated by a contract

between the parties.

As foreshadowed at the

commencement of this article

in society and the workplace

this is a time of change and


The type of work and the

way people perform work

has changed, along with the

concepts of casual, part-time

and full-time employment.

There really is no room for

“one-size-fits-all” in these

circumstances. The fact of the

matter is the type of contract

required for a casual employee

will be very different to one

required for a full-time salaried

employee or an independent


Casual employment has

experienced much change and

is reflected in The Federal Court

decision in Skene v Workpac Pty

Ltd [2018] FCDFC131. Previously,

a casual employee has been an

employee who is employed for

individual engagement, with no

promise of ongoing work. The

Alpha and Omega are precisely

known in a casual employee’s

contract. However recently

there have been two changes to

casual employees’ employment.

First, the right to request casual

conversation; and secondly,

changes to prevent double

dipping by employees who

were treated as casual, but who

a court has decided are actually

part-time or full-time.

It is very important to note

that the right to request

casual conversion has been

introduced into The Fair Work

Act and modern awards allows

employees who have worked

regular and systematic hours

over a particular period to

request their employment

to be converted to that

of a permanent employee

with commensurate to

entitlements. This is not an

obligation that employers can

“contract out of”.

This was the impact of Skene

v Workpac Pty Ltd, in which the

court found that a casual labour

hire was in fact an employee

entitled to annual leave

payments. Mr Skene, although

characterised as a casual

employee, had regular work in

an ongoing basis and over an

extended period carried out the


The need for proper

and accurate analysis of

employment arrangements

– and/or whether the

arrangement is an employment

arrangement, is important.

Some workers treated as

‘independent contractors’ as

opposed to employees can

be of significance. Penalties

for “sham contracting” can

be important, let alone the

risk of needing to make back

payments of wages and salary.

So, having determined

the type of employee you

are engaging, what are the

essential elements of a contract

of employment?

There needs to be an initial

statement as to whether the

employee is employed full-time,

part-time or on a casual basis

– or are they an independent


Clauses setting out

remuneration, a set-off clause

and a statement of what the

employee is required to do

and what not to do, should be


Clauses providing the

employer to direct and the

employee to work or not to

work and the hours of work,

and the location of the work,

are all fundamental.

Usually the employer needs

to consider what happens after

termination of the contract.

There are obligations which

live beyond the employer’s


The employer’s Intellectual

property needs protection,

for it is often the heart of the

employer’s business. This,

together with the protection

of confidential information,

is vital. It is necessary to

specify what information is

considered to be confidential

and tailor it to the employer’s


There are many other clauses

which should be included in

the employment contract. What

is necessary is that before

a contract of employment

is offered, the role of the

employee is properly defined

and is reflected in the written

document signed by all parties.

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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OCTOBER 2019 53


Vale Michael Southern


Vale Michael Southern, founder and publisher of

Pittwater Life, who has died at 82. Tribute by Pamela

Southern, founding editor (and wife of 51 years).

When Michael and I returned to

Australia from London in 1970

his newspaper colleagues,

looking at his floral shirts, trendy suits

and mop of curly hair, regarded

him as a refugee from the

Swinging Sixties which had

swept the UK.

As the new foreign

correspondent for the

London Financial Times Michael

covered a broad parish:

Australia, New Zealand, Papua

New Guinea and the South

Pacific. At the same time it was

a homecoming. We renovated

an old terrace in Balmain, as

you did in those days, started a

family, and eventually decided

to call Australia home.

Michael had all the qualities

of a fine journalist – curiosity

about the world, doggedness

in chasing a story, a talent

for stirring and a big-hearted

enthusiasm for life. He was a

great party man. Covering the

world of money which he always

said was how the world was run,

he didn’t hesitate to approach

VIPs like captains of industry,

which sometimes got him into

trouble. One night in Sydney

he rang Kerry Packer late in

the evening to complain about

the poor quality of a movie on

Channel 9. Packer wasn’t home

but rang back politely around 1.30am to

thank him, much to our astonishment,

and I suspect to his. In Vanuatu – then

jointly run by the English, the French

and the locals – he was practically run

out of town after he told the Chamber of

Commerce independence was inevitable,

an idea members fiercely opposed.

Michael was born in Bolton in

Lancashire in the north of England.

He was 10 years old when his family

including his late elder brother George

and sister Marjorie came to Australia as

'10-pound Poms', settling at Weston in

the Hunter Valley. Michael went to school

in Kurri Kurri, then Maitland Boys High

and began his career in journalism on

the Newcastle Herald.

In the early 1960s he took ship to

London and worked for a year on the

venerable Yorkshire Post. A 10-year

stint on the Financial Times

followed, travelling in Europe

and writing the paper’s daily

diary Men and Matters.

In Sydney, Michael and I

welcomed two sons – Luke

and Mark – a cat named

Harry and a cavalier called

Duke. Duke and later a

blue heeler called Sam

were Michael’s faithful


One of Michael’s abiding

enthusiasms over the

years was sailing, first in

a little timber folkboat,

then in a classic old timber

34-footer Griffin which we

renovated and sailed on

Sydney Harbour, up the coast

to Pittwater and into the

Hawkesbury, where as the

locals will know it rains every


In 1991 we moved to

Avalon which had been a

favourite holiday spot over

the years. There we started

a tiny local newssheet which

became the glossy monthly

newsmagazine you are now

reading, called Pittwater

Life. We were ably assisted

by our designer/photographer son

Luke, his design partner Louise and

a small but loyal group of staff and


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In it, Michael wrote a diary based on a

favourite book Diary of A Nobody whose

anti-hero was called Pooter. True to form

he used the column to give the local

council, the local Murdoch newspaper

(the Red Rag from the South) and various

wannabes plenty of curry, to the delight

of the Pittwater population who named

him unofficial Mayor of Avalon – (except

for one idiot who rang and demanded:

“Who’s this Poofter fellow?”).

Did we get sued for defamation? Many

threatened but only one tried. The courts

rejected his argument and awarded us

costs – of which we saw not a penny.

I am happy to say the magazine

continues to flourish thanks to new

owners Lisa and Nigel to whom we sold

it after 23 years. We were truly blessed

in our longstanding expert contributors

who are still on board, especially

Gabrielle Bryant (gardening), Jennifer

Harris (law), Brian Hrnjak (money) and

Nick Carroll (surfing).

(In case you are wondering, we retired

to beautiful Salamander Bay in Port

Stephens north of Newcastle three years


LIFE WELL LIVED: Michael Southern in retirement

last year, driving a motorised wheelchair at The

National Gallery (to see the Cartier Jewellery

Exhibition and a David Hockney show).

Most of the comments I have received

on news of Michael’s passing include

the words “kind and generous”. One of

Michael’s protegés was a budding young

journalist called Tim Ayliffe, who at 19,

came looking for a job. The other day he

told us:

“The Southerns gave me my first job

in journalism at Pittwater Life. I was 19

years old and I remember Mike subbing

my stories while politely reminding me

that journalists need to know how to


“For me, Mike Southern was a kind and

patient man who believed passionately in

good journalism. I’m forever grateful for

the opportunity that he and Pam gave

me to work at their paper, not only for

the lessons I learned, but because they

also kick-started my career.”

As readers would recall from last

month’s ‘Life Stories’ feature, Tim is now

the Managing Editor of TV and Video for

ABC News and has worked as Executive

Producer of News Breakfast and as a

Producer for Sky News in London. And

he also writes crime thrillers! He has just

finished his third.

Tributes for a local media pioneer...

“Michael was a traditional journalist in

every sense: inquisitive, provocative,

entertaining and conscious of the power

of his words.

“Together with Pam, Michael had a

knack for sourcing information, stories

and even friendly gossip from every

corner of Pittwater, and always sought

to ensure our community was informed,

engaged and inspired.

Now Michael has passed, the true

identity of ‘Pooter’ can be revealed. Under

this alias, Michael kept local politicians,

council representatives, bureaucrats and

community leaders on their toes, and was

quick to send a barb in their direction

when he felt it necessary.

“Michael and Pam set the foundations for

a highly respected local publication which

continues to go from strength to strength

today under Nigel Wall and Lisa Offord

who have proudly accepted the baton.

“Michael will be fondly remembered and

missed by many in our community.”

Pittwater MP Rob Stokes

“After becoming the member for Mackellar

in 1994 I soon became good friends

with Michael and Pam Southern who had

created the highly regarded Pittwater Life.

My predecessor The Hon Jim Carlton had

told me of how Michael and Pam (always

a team) had seen a gap in the market and

in 1991 created Pittwater Life to give local

news to the people of Pittwater who often

felt neglected by The Manly Daily.

Competition is good and Pittwater Life

thrived having regular contributors adding

to the seriousness of the magazine

and always beginning with Michael’s editorial

signed ‘Pooter’.

We enjoyed many occasions together

celebrating everything from Christmas to

birthdays and always included a strong

discussion on politics. When the Southerns

entertained, included among their guests

were many senior journalists with whom

Michael had worked or known over his

long career as a journalist.

When Michael and Pam retired to Nelson

Bay, Pittwater lost a fabulous couple

but this was Salamander Bay’s gain. Vale

Michael – you are much missed.”

– The Hon Bronwyn Bishop

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Batteries for all applications. Won’t be

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Avalon Marine Upholstery

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Calyx Construction

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Northern Beaches-based; small team,

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in quality house renovations, major

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Qualified builder provides all carpentry

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Call Brian 0416 182 774

Kitchen renovations, decks, pergolas.

Small extensions specialist.


The Aqua Clean Team

Call Mark 0449 049 101

Quality window washing, pressure cleaning,

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Pittwater-based owner on site at all

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For all electrical, phone, TV and data

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runners, timber, bamboo, vinyl, tiles,

laminates; open 6 days.

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Fully insured. Call to arrange quote.

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Trades & Services

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ABC Seamless

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Local roofing & guttering experts.

Free quotes. 40 years’ industry

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Prompt and reliable service; gutter

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Also roof repairs specialist.


Call 1300 654 253

Professional; courteous vacuum cleaning

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Also EnviroClean, environmentally

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Call Mark 0415 525 484

Tick off your wish list of repairs and

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Seabreeze Kitchens

Call 9938 5477

Specialists in all kitchen needs; design,

fitting, consultation. Excellent trades.


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Provide specialist treatment for neck &

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Private & Group Equipment Pilates &

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Andrew is a master painter with 30

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Environmental services at their best.

Comprehensive control. Eliminate all

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Call Nick 0411 251 256

Specialist in gasfitting, drainage and

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rates. Local and reliable – free quotes.

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Seven-days-a-week pick-up service

includes general household rubbish,




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vegetation. Also car removals.


Luxafoam North

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Local specialists in all aspects of

outdoor & indoor seating.

Custom service, expert advice.

Essyou Design

Call Susan 0422 466 880

Specialist in day bed and outdoor

areas. Reliable local service. Offering

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DISCLAIMER: The editorial and advertising

content in Pittwater Life has been provided by a

number of sources. Any opinions expressed are

not necessarily those of the Editor or Publisher of

Pittwater Life and no responsibility is taken for

the accuracy of the information contained within.

Readers should make their own enquiries directly

to any organisations or businesses prior to making

any plans or taking any action.

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Chamber festiva

Bridget Bolliger is matter of

fact and modest about her

exceptional talent and stellar

musical career. She started

playing the flute, aged 11, and

following in the footsteps of

her brother, classical guitarist

Phillip Bolliger, attended the

Conservatorium High School,

the specialist music secondary

school affiliated with the Sydney

Conservatorium of Music.

“I commuted every day from

Newport to the city,” recounts

Bridget, who will be performing

along with Phillip at the

Sydney Chamber Music Festival

in Manly in October.

Aged only 15, she performed

Ibert’s Flute Concerto as a soloist

with the Sydney Symphony

Orchestra. She completed

her studies at the Basel Music

Academy in Switzerland.

“My father is Swiss, so I’m

Australian-Swiss and have dual

nationality,” she explains. “I

got my first orchestral job as

principal flute in the St Gallen

Symphony Orchestra, and was

guest principal with the Zurich

Opera Orchestra.”

She played all over Europe,

performing chamber music

and playing with different

orchestras, and she worked

in South America as principal

flautist with the São Paulo

Symphony Orchestra.

After 16 years overseas

Bridget returned to Australia

in 2003, settling back on the

Northern Beaches.

“It’s the most beautiful part

of Sydney. I’m very passionate

KEYS TO SUCCESS: Bridget Bolliger plays on the Beaches in October.

about nature, and the natural

beauty we have around here

is exceptional.” She lives at Bilgola

Plateau with her husband,

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

trumpet player, Anthony

Heinrichs, and they have two

sons, Luca, who is seven and

19-year-old Benjamin, from

Bridget’s first marriage.

“I call myself a performer and

teacher,” Bridget says, explaining

she plays in chamber music

festivals around Australia, as

well as performing and recording

with UK pianist, Andrew

West. She runs the Pittwater

Flute Academy from her home





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l playing to tradition

studio, and is about to start

Friday Flute group lessons at

the Australian Music School at

Warriewood, and voice training.

“For a short time in my

career I was a singer,” she explains,

having studied in Germany

and Italy, and performed

opera roles in Italy and Brazil.

Bridget is also founder of the

Sydney Chamber Music Festival,

now in its twelfth year.

“I’m passionate about chamber

music, and I found it extraordinary

that Sydney didn’t

have a chamber music festival,

so I started one. Very soon

after Musica Viva established a

much bigger bi-annual music

festival, but this was the first.”

The Sydney Chamber Music

Festival concerts are in the

large hall of the Manly Art

Gallery & Museum, which was

purpose built as a concert hall

in the 1920s.

“The capacity is only 140

people, so the performances

are very intimate, which is very

much in the original tradition

of chamber music.”

The festival program events

are developed to complement

the art on display.

“This year it’s the work of

artist, Wendy Sharpe, and her

theme is Wanderlust, so this

year’s festival program is related

to travel and music from

around the world.”

Determined to ensure the

festival is accessible to everyone,

Bridget works tirelessly to

keep ticket prices low, explaining

it has been the support

of the Australian Elizabethan

Theatre Trust, that has sponsored

the event for the past

two years, which has made all

the difference.

“Up until then it was a real


This boutique event, due to

Bridget’s worldwide connections,

brings together world

class musicians. The festival

opens on Friday October 18

with jazz singer Gregg Arthur

performing with a string

quartet and a jazz quartet.

Classical accordion player,

James Crabb, and soprano,

Taryn Fiebig, who are among

Australia’s top performing artists,

have an exquisite program

called Vibrant and Voluptuous.

On Saturday October 19

at 11am there is a live musical

puppet show for children, A

package for Granny, with music

by composer Jim Coyle. In

Up Close and Personal, journalist

Maria Nicholson interviews

Wendy Sharpe and festival


Having not played together

for several years, due to

the busy schedules of both

siblings, Phillip and Bridget

Bolliger perform a recital for

guitar and flute, followed by

a performance by the Enigma

string quartet in the final

concert entitled Music From

Around the World.

When asked how old she

was, Bridget replied: “I don’t

like to talk about age, because

I find it disqualifies you for

things. I am who I am.” Testament

to this is her latest CD

entitled Timeless. Her extraordinary

talent and passion for

bringing exceptional chamber

music to the Northern Beaches

is certainly timeless.

– Ros Burton

* The Sydney Chamber Music

Festival runs from Friday

18 to Sunday 20 October

at the Manly Art Gallery &

Museum. For more info go to




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Clubs & Pubs

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

HIT: Naomi

Price as

Lady Beatle.

Going gaga for

'Lady Beatle'

Stage sensation ‘Lady Beatle’

is bound for Glen Street

Theatre from October 15-17, as

part of a three-month magical

mystery tour across Australia.

The critically acclaimed musical

tribute to The Beatles stars

Green Room Award-winner

Naomi Price (Beautiful: The

Carole King Musical; Ladies in

Black; The Voice Australia) as

the titular character.

The musical reveals a whimsical

tale inspired by true events

and set to a soundtrack of The

Fab Four’s biggest hits.

Price and co-writer Adam

Brunes weave a heartfelt original

narrative through the Liverpool

quartet’s back catalogue.

Iconic songs including ‘Lucy in

the Sky With Diamonds’, ‘Here

Comes the Sun’ and ‘Penny

Lane’ are reimagined and performed

live by Price.

“Lady Beatle is an enigmatic

and wholly original character; I

take such delight in teasing out

her true identity until she makes

her swansong,” Price said.

“When Adam and I delved

into The Beatles’ catalogue to

create the show, we discovered

their world was populated with

seemingly ordinary people. The

barber, banker, fireman and

nurse in ‘Penny Lane’; the meter

maid star of ‘Lovely Rita’; or the

teenage runaway who inspired

‘She’s Leaving Home’ – ordinary

people who have unknowingly

become part of an extraordinary

cultural legacy.”

* Tickets $67, Under-35 $35;

more info glenstreet.com.au

Pittwater RSL

Assorted eateries

82 Mona Vale Rd Mona Vale

There’s a little something

for everyone at Pittwater

RSL Club. Did you know the

Club’s Glasshouse Eatery is a

finalist in the Savour Australia

Awards for Excellence AGAIN

for the second year running?

Book your table now to find

out what all the buzz is about!

Pittwater RSL Club is the

Northern Beaches’ premier

entertainment venue. The Club

has Live music every Friday

and Saturday evening; some of

the Club’s upcoming events include:

Play School (Oct 26); The

Starliners – Girl Power from the

’60s (Nov 2); Akmal Saleh (Nov

9) and ’70s icon Russell Morris

(Dec 21).

Giddy up for the Melbourne

Cup! Join Pittwater RSL for

the race that stops the nation!

Melbourne Cup is on sale now

and selling quicker than ever!

Bubbles and canapés on arrival!

Book today.

Once a month, the Club

hosts a FREE ‘Love your Seniors’

Show which includes a complimentary

morning tea. The next

Show is Monday 28th October.

RSVPs are essential – call today

9997 3833.

Members certainly reap the

rewards… the Club is hosting a

FREE Members Show December

14th: Forever Diamond – a dazzling

Tribute to Neil Diamond.

Become a Member and RSVP


The Club has a newly relocated

and revamped Sports Bar

– screening all your favourite

major sporting events including

the AFL and NRL Grand Finals

loud and live! And head there in

October to watch and support

the Wallabies in the 2019 Rugby

World Cup.



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.

Head down on Saturday

October 19 for the seventh annual

'Avtoberfest' with souvenir

steins, specialty food and

prizes for best dressed guests.

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!

Music acts in October

include Shades of Red (4th;

free) and Chantal & Cesar (11th;


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 beer-battered

flathead – plus they do

a $5 kids meals on Sundays!

(There’s a playground, too.)


Royal Motor

Yacht Club

Salt Cove on Pittwater

46 Prince Alfred

Parade, Newport

The Royal Motor Yacht Club,

Broken Bay was officially

opened in 1928. Since this

date, RMYC has grown from a

modest two-storey 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. Offering

affordable meals and generous

servings including a variety

of starters, seafood, burgers,

grills, salads and woodfired


Friday night music kicks

off in the Lounge Bar (level 1)

from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. There

are some great acts performing

during October including:

Sarah Paton (Fri 4th); Antoine

(Fri 11th); Mitch G (Fri 18th); and

Emad Younan (Fri 25th).



Located on the shores of Pittwater

on Sydney’s Northern

Beaches, the Royal Motor Yacht

Club offers a spectacular setting

for both your wedding ceremony

and wedding reception.

Email michelleb@royalmotor.

com.au or phone 9997 5511.

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 October, 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 Pizza & Pasta night – choose

from either 1 of 4 traditional

pizza slabs or mouth-watering

pastas (only $15pp). Also, enjoy

a Works Burger and schooner

for just $15 every Friday.

Don't miss the AFL and NRL

Grand Finals on the big screen,

as well as the Rugby World Cup.

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 topvalue

a la carte meals plus daily

$13.50 specials of roasts (Mondays),

rump steak with chips

and salad (Tuesdays), chicken

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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.

Lobsters are back at Dee

Why RSL! Available for lunch

and dinner, every day throughout

October, enjoy full or half

lobster mornay served with

chips and salad from only


The club also presents

terrific entertainment acts. In

October, catch: The Great Gig

in The Sky (12th, $39); British

Invasion (18th, $39); Sydney

Comedy Festival Showcase

(20th, $32.50); and Abbalance

(26th, $25).

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

clubs current redevelopment.

Join or renew your Dee Why

RSL members for 10 years for

only $20 throughout October

– and enjoy a FREE half lobster


Check out their website for

the latest menus and specials.


Magic show

Kids and adults of all ages

will love The Jack Sharp Magic

Show. Appearing in the Surf

Lounge at Avalon RSL on Wed

2 at 11am. Tickets $10 avalonrsl.com.au

or at reception.

Play School Live

Humpty is putting on a surprise

performance at Pittwater

RSL on Sat Oct 26. Join the

Play School toys to help with

the big spectacular. Tickets

$22 at kidspromotions.com.au

or 1300 788 028.

In the Zone

Dining Clubs & Guide Pubs

Did you know Dee Why RSL

members are entitled to one

complimentary game of bowling

or laser tag for themselves

when they purchase one game

of bowling or laser tag, at ZONE

BOWLING Dee Why? Call 1300

368 067 to lock in your fun.

Melbourne Cup

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Local clubs, pubs and restaurants

are pulling out all stops

to ensure this Melbourne

Cup on November 5 is one

to remember (or not!). If you

haven’t already, organise your

friends or workmates and book

at a table at a local venue.

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Food Life

Light, bright & fabulous:

Fresh entertaining ideas

Heading into the middle of Spring is

arguably the best time of the year,

especially here on the Northern Beaches.

It’s getting warm, but not too warm. The air

is still crisp, the light is taking on a different

tone and the days are getting longer – that’s

the perfect ‘recipe’ for outdoor entertaining.

That, and a great array of dishes you can make

to ‘wow’ your friends. Life doesn’t get much

better than sitting on the deck and enjoying

long, lazy, alfresco lunch. I hope you enjoy this

simple range of easy-to-make dishes, which

I’ve crafted to make the best of October’s

incredible range of fresh produce!

with Janelle Bloom

1/3 cup olive oil

¼ cup red wine vinegar

2 garlic cloves, roughly


1 green chilli, chopped

1.For the chimichurri,

combine all the ingredients

in a food processor. Pulse

until well combined.

2. Combine oil, garlic, chilli

and paprika. Rub over both

sides of the steak. Preheat

the barbecue on high then

turn to medium-high ready

to grill. Add the steak,

Food Life

Janelle’s Tip: These

are delicious drizzled

with a little caramelised


Recipes: Janelle Bloom Photos: Skirt steak & corn / bendearnleyphotography.com

Guacamole &

roasted tomato


Makes 12

400g Solanato or small Roma


3 tbs olive oil

1 loaf sour dough, cut into 12


2 ripe avocadoes, peeled

1 small garlic clove, crushed

1 lemon, rind finely grated,


1 tbs each finely chopped

parsley and oregano

1 tsp Tabasco sauce

1. Preheat oven 200°C fan

forced. Scatter the tomatoes

in a roasted pan. Drizzle

with 1 tablespoon oil

and season well. Roast 5

minutes until skins just start

to wrinkle. Remove from

oven and cool.

2. Preheat barbecue grill

on medium. Brush both

sides of sourdough slices

with remaining olive oil.

Barbecue for 1-2 minutes

each side or until light


3. Meanwhile, roughly mash

the avocado with, garlic,

lemon rind, lemon juice,

herbs. Stir in Tabasco and

season lightly with salt.

4. Place toasted crostini

on a serving board. Top

with avocado and roasted

tomatoes, season and serve.

BBQ skirt steak

with chimichurri

Serves 6

2 tbs olive oil

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 green chilli, finely chopped

1 tsp smoked paprika

800g piece skirt steak,


Chipotle mayonnaise, to serve

lime wedges and chargrilled

flatbread, to serve


1 tsp mild paprika

¼ tsp dried chilli flakes

1 tsp sea salt

½ cup fresh coriander leaves

2 cups fresh flat-leaf parsley


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barbecue for 6-8 minutes

each side for medium.

Transfer to a plate, cover

loosely with foil and set

aside for 20 minutes to rest.

3. Drizzle chipotle mayonnaise

and chimichurri over the

steak. Slice and serve with

lime wedges, flatbread and

remaining chimichurri.

Roasted beetroot,

raspberry & feta


(As a side)

6 medium beetroot

60ml (¼ cup) olive oil

120g baby spinach and beet


200g marinated feta,

cut into cubes

1 cup walnuts, roasted

125g raspberries


3 tbs extra virgin olive oil

2 tbs orange juice

1 tsp horseradish cream

½ tsp caster sugar

1. Preheat oven to 200°C fan


2. Trim the beetroot stem,

leaving 1cm still attached.

Wrap in a sheet of baking

paper then tightly in foil. Place

into a roasting pan, roast for

1 hour until a skewer easily

pierces the flesh. Set aside to

cool slightly. Wearing rubber

gloves to avoid staining your

hands, peel the beetroot. Cut

into wedges.

3. Combine the leaves, feta,

walnuts, raspberries and

beetroot in a bowl. Whisk

all the dressing ingredients

together and pour over the

salad just before serving.

Fruit salad with

sparkling rose


Serves 6

500g watermelon, peeled,


3 oranges, peeled and


2 bananas, sliced

2 kiwi fruit, peeled, halved &


250g strawberries hulled, halved

125g raspberries

125g blueberries

Thick Greek yoghurt, to serve

Sparkling rose syrup

1 cup chilled sparkling rose

1 tbs icing sugar

1. Combine all the fruit in a

large bowl then carefully

spoon into chilled glases.

2. Just before serving, combine

the rose and icing sugar in a

jug and pour over the fruit at

the table. Serve with yoghurt.

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In Season


Food Life

Also known as corn on

the cob, sweetcorn is

composed of rows of tightly

packed golden yellow kernels,

growing along a tough central

core. When ripe, the kernels

are sweet and juicy, and are

best cooked simply. Like

peas, the natural sugars in

the kernels turn to starch

quite quickly, which makes

the kernels tougher and less

sweet, so it should be eaten as

fresh as possible.


Sweet corn is available all

year round but at its peak in

spring and summer. Try to

buy sweetcorn with the husk

and silks still intact, this is

your guide to how fresh the

corn is. The husk should be

grassy-green, not yellow and

be soft and supple not dry

and brittle. If possible, peel

the husk back just a little to

inspect the kernels, if you

pierce one the juices should

be milky coloured (clear juice

means the corn is immature

and thick sticky juice means

corn is old).


Store corn wrapped in its

husk in a plastic bag in

the crisper section of the

fridge, best eaten within

4 days. Peel and remove

the silks just prior to



Although we eat it as a

vegetable, it is technically

a grain. As such, it’s

rich in long-lasting

carbohydrates, has low

GI, is high in fibre and

contains B vitamins.

Also In Season


Bananas; Blueberries;


Australian Valencia Oranges;

Passionfruit; Pineapples

and Watermelon. Also

Avocado; Asparagus; Asian

Greens; Broad and green

Beans; Beetroot; Cucumber;

Australian Garlic; Fennel;

fresh Peas and Zucchini.

Barbecued corn with melted chilli butter

Serves 6

2 tbs chipotle in adobe

125g butter, softened

6 corn cobs, peeled

1 cup finely grated parmesan

Lime wedges, to serve

1. Chop the chilli in the

adobe sauce and place

into a bowl. Add butter

and season, mix until well


2. Preheat barbecue grill on

medium-high. Wrap each

corn cob in a double layer

of greased foil. Barbecue,

turning often, for 30

minutes until tender and a

little charred. If you want

them more blackened,

remove corn from the foil 5

minutes before cooked and

place directly onto the grill.

3. Remove corn to a plate,

spread with chipotle butter

and roll in parmesan and

serve with squeeze lime.

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Kaffe jolt for Mona Vale

Few will disagree with longtime Northern

Beaches resident Manya Christensen’s

assessment that Mona Vale has

been crying out for a quiet, late night

venue with liquor licence where locals

can unwind during the week.

Which is why Manya recently opened

Kaffe Bar, on the western side of Bungan

Street near the Park Street roundabout,

with the mission statement to: “Provide a

cool unique atmosphere that offers

delicious food, great coffee, good

vibes while being an environmentally

responsible business that

caters to all members of the community.”

Manya says Kaffe Bar offers an

eclectic mix of highly regarded

coffee, delicious food, unique

cocktails, an impressive wine list,

craft beer on tap, thoughtful melodic

playlists, casual ambience,

modern style and great service.

Its diverse menu

is influenced by

Manya’s ‘foodie’

mindset, infused with

local and overseas

dining experiences

and enriched by

talented inhouse chef

Christopher Augstyn.

Breakfast features

a range of staples,

including egg, avocado

and frittata dishes. Lunch offerings

include gourmet stack sandwiches, plus

burgers, tacos and schnitzels which

carry over into dinner service.

“Our menu is constantly evolving to

match trends, season and customer

feedback,” Manya said. “We pick the

best from different cuisines – currently

we’re focusing on a few dishes from

Denmark, which is my heritage.

Cup Day fun at Jonah’s

The annual Melbourne Cup event at Jonah’s is one not to be missed. While

the rest of Sydney gather at venues across the city to watch ‘the race that

stops the nation’, at Jonah’s, the race is just the beginning – think of it as the

perfect excuse to dress up and enjoy a mid-week soiree on the sunny clifftop

terrace with friends and family.

The bubbles will be flowing from the outdoor Champagne Bollinger bar, with

live acoustic performances to serenade you into the afternoon. Plus, discover a

CAMILLA SS19 Showcase with the iconic Whale Beach and ocean backdrop.

Indulge in a delicious three-course lunch showcasing Australia’s finest fresh

seafood and produce. Get in the spirit with TAB betting on the race, sweepstakes,

and a live screening so you can cheer your horse across the finish line.

Don’t forget to dress to impress to be in the running to win prizes from

sponsors Champagne Bollinger, Vittoria Coffee, Molton Brown, and CAMILLA.

Each guest will receive a special Jonah’s gift bag on arrival.

* Three-course lunch with Champagne Bollinger on arrival – $185pp. Info

& bookings 9974 5599.

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“Also on offer are fresh in-house baked

cakes, muffins and brownies, such as dark

chocolate & sweet potato, salted caramel

pretzel and cranberry & pistachio.”

Kaffe Bar is also a committed supporter

of the environment.

“In conjunction with the Surfrider

Foundation, Kaffe Bar is working on an

Ocean Friendly status and is currently

amongst only a handful of businesses in

Mona Vale to achieve this,” Manya said.

“When you visit

you will find


take-away cups

containers, free

range products

and a careful

waste program.”

Manya hopes

Kaffe Bar will

build both a local

customer base

and interest from

further afield by


“The aim is to provide

a unique, cool and

trendy venue that suits

all ages and complements

other establishments

in the area,

keeping a diverse but

complementary all-day

breakfast, lunch and

dinner menu,” she said.

“Plus, our liquor license until 10pm

allows customers to come for dinner

and a cocktail and then move on to

other late-night spots if they choose.

This offers variety to a typical Northern

Beaches night out – something sorely

needed in the area.” – Nigel Wall

* Find Kaffé Bar at Shop 5, 5 Bungan St

Mona Vale.

Akuna Bay's

Italian twist

Shed at Akuna Bay is an exciting bar and

eatery offering a relaxed dining experience

with a contemporary Italian twist.

Shed functions both as an all-day eatery

and general store, where you can stop

for breakfast (superfood breakfast bowl,

buttermilk pancake, bacon & egg roll, avo

green toast), lunch (sandwiches, salads,

calamari fritti, mussels & prawns busiate

pasta) or a glass of wine, oysters or

charcuterie. Or, you can hang around for

a chat with a pastry, cake or freshly baked

scone with jam and whipped cream.

Sitting next to a sparkling waterway,

and with the warmer weather here, lunch

tends to stretch a little longer – leading to

perhaps an extra glass of vino from their

boutique Australian list?

On weekends the Shed team offer antipasti

boards with Aperol spritz, fisherman’s

basket, grilled prawns and ocean

trout. And for the less health-conscious,

a porchetta alla arriccia, homemade

tiramisu and bombolini.

Boaties can order ahead – park at a

free mooring nearby and Shed will run

out a decadent picnic for your day on the


– NW

* More info and bookings 9986 2235.

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Local Call

Local Call

Sean’s ‘Hero’ shot

Every day, Sean Tully is doing his bit for to become more like the colleagues he

the planet through his eco-friendly approach

to gardening maintenance.

“The amount of petrol-powered


With a passion for films and plants, gear I was using was something I saw I

after leaving school he enrolled to study could improve on to become more sustainable,”

he said. “This led me directly

a creative arts degree and got a part-time

job with a local gardening business. While to Troy Bray, a bloke with incredible

studying he made films and eventually knowledge for horticulture who was

started getting hired to produce clips and running a business much like my

videos for local businesses. After Uni Sean own – only he was using some really

began building his own business – ‘Hero impressive battery-powered gear.”

Gardens’ – to provide a clean-green service Sean worked with Troy for nearly

alternative for all gardens.

three years and by the time they

Sean set out balancing a film job and parted ways, he was working for

his new enterprise. “The film job I had himself in the gardens full-time,

took me to some delicate places around committed to using battery gear and

the world, such as the Amazon and

natural alternatives to pesticide and

Antarctica, to document an event where herbicide products.

entrepreneurs come together in places “Making a living from things you’re

most effected from fossil fuels,” he said. passionate about is great but doing that,

“They would spend a week together to collaborate

with their skills and knowledge impact on the environment, is what made

knowing your drastically reducing your

on how to save the planet and it was my me commit to a career in the gardens

job to work with a documentary team to and getting ‘Hero Gardens’ to where it is

tell the story of each event.”

today,” Sean said.

Spending two years working around He added Hero Gardens aimed to develop

and maintain the health of a garden

people who are at the top of their industries

for success and sustainability, made through horticultural knowledge and

him change the way he looked at the world maintenance techniques.

and made him question what he could do “I really love the fact Hero Gardens


BIT: Sean


exists to not only reduce my carbon footprint

but give others a chance to do the

same by choosing our services,” he said.

Sean still dabbles in filming.

“In fact, I’m nearly finished a documentary

about sustainable building using

shipping containers in comparison to

more traditional techniques and materials,”

he said. “It’s for Elo Silo [Newport]

and we hope to have it released by the end

of the year.”

– Nigel Wall

* Info herogardens.com.au; see ad p25.

Funerals with a difference

The days following the death

an hour, is usually held at your for a few hundred mourners.”


of a loved one are painful

WAY: home and is often ‘pre-need’.” Personal touches really mattered,

helping to stamp services

and bewildering – something

Kathryn Kathryn Booth Funerals are


only compounded by the necessity

happy to disclose the actual unique.

of funeral arrangements.

wholesale costs of each element “Some people love to write fi-

You’re required to make so

of the funeral services and nal messages of farewell onto an

many decisions, the first being

cremation/burial, with their Enviro coffin,” she said. “Others

to select a funeral director. Over

management fee clearly stated. may want to drive their loved

the days that follow you will be

Plus, they donate 10% of their one to a favourite headland,

required to work together, in a

profit to a charity of the client’s immediately before the funeral.

brief but very intense relationship


And one lady loved gardening,

– often this is a choice really matter”.

“People are shocked to so we planted daffodils in tiny

made in haste, yet it is the single Kathryn explained that good discover that the actual cost of pots and decorated the church

most important one in the funeral directors took the time the most commonly used coffin with them – then gave them to


to understand your family, and is $350 – some funeral homes people to plant in their garden

It is interesting to note then stand up for your right to have charge into the thousands,” she afterwards.”

that the Australian funeral the funeral exactly as you would revealed.

For a man who loved the

industry is undergoing change, like it, and at a cost you are Kathryn noted flexibility was ocean, they held his service on

with a trend towards new independent

comfortable with, rather than increasingly important.

North Head and cast roses into

operators who provide pushing you into packages. “Some prefer that we manage the outgoing tide.

greater flexibility of services “You need to feel empowered the cremation privately and “The beautiful feedback we

– as well as full transparency by your funeral director, not bring them an urn containing receive from close family and

of costs.

pushed around,” Kathryn said. the ashes, which keeps costs friends makes it all worthwhile,

Independent Funeral Director “That’s why we offer an initial as low as possible,” she said. and tells us we’re doing something

and Celebrant Kathryn Booth consultation with no obligation “There can then be an attended

that is very much needed.”

says her company strives to offer

or fee, to deliver independent memorial service to follow,

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a “better way to say goodbye advice on what options are avail-

when everyone is ready. Others * More info call Kathryn on

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Pittwater Puzzler

Compiled by David Stickley

13 Animal called Capudo, owned by

the Douglas family in Newport (6)

14 Souvenir (5)

16 A sloping surface (7)

19 Scenic road in Bayview, _______

Hunter Rd (7)

20 Social blunder (5)

23 You can see these at sea by taking

special Fantasea Cruises (6)

24 Founding editor and past 27-across

of Pittwater Life, Michael ________ (8)

27 Newspaper producer (9)

28 Professional communicator and

Avalon resident, Barry _____ (5)

29 Beach-hugging waves (4)

30 Promotes sales through

publications like Pittwater Life (10)


1 Australia is part of this group of

countries with a name based on the

ocean they border (7,3)

6 Local who was recently crowned

SLSNSW Athlete of the Year, Jackson

____ (4)

10 Leading global organisation of

professionals empowering women

worldwide through service and

advocacy (5)

11 What’s needed for the slop part of

slip, slop, slap, seek and slide (9)

12 Regulation that applies just to a

small region (5,3)


1 In general terms, the people solving

this crossword (8)

2 Funnel-shaped (7)

3 Fragile (5)

4 She-oak genus (9)

5 Small hotels that provide lodging,

food, etc., for travellers and others (4)

7 Perform in a theatre (7)

8 Affable (6)

9 Rowing a boat (8)

15 Work done by 27-across’s staff (4-4)

17 Open public space (9)

18 Flags (8)

19 Type of music that Northern

Beaches resident Bridget Bolliger is

passionate about (7)

21 Carnivals or festivals (7)

22 Sweeping strokes (6)

25 Short message on Twitter (5)

26 Exciting bar and eatery with a

contemporary Italian twist at Akuna

Bay (4)

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Garden Life

Garden Life

Delight Talking turkey in the amazing – and how

colours to manage of hydrangeas

their nuisance with Gabrielle Bryant


Always a favourite

can be more


Christmas disheartening colour, hydrangeas

Lay turf like a pro



to find









up and





pring is the best time to lay a new


in the garden,




lawn. Once building and renovations




(or bush) turkeys

areas and

are over, a new lawn can add the


when you









finishing touch. Laying turf is easy but




Over time

the older

it is the preparation that takes time and


Council has



either pink or

gives the best final outcome.




from the bush

on the



Firstly it is important to kill off any


now there is






existing weeds or scrappy grass. Spray


of these



and blueing



with Richgro’s Beat a Weed or spray






We all


with Slasher. Cherry These are environmentally Guava a


love the wildlife

the blues,


but the

friendly plant-based organic sprays.

sweet surprise




in the




It may need a second application to



around us,






completely get n rid full of flower tougher in my weeds. veggie




their gardens





Next, remove garden all dead is my foliage Cherry and Guava, any



of every size from

stones before sometimes you level known the soil. as If a you Strawberry

Guava. the soil This may delightful need



tiny dwarf




to the

have been building,





Mop Heads.

treating to remove evergreen traces shrub of never cement. fails to


and aggressive

so many to



are ground cover plants animal and bird repellent;


Spay the surface produce with a liquid heavy gypsum crop of cherry to



is almost

hard to




– but to cover the soil;

try spraying this on pot

to of the traditional mop heads, that can be two metres lower tall. the lime guavas content in early before autumn. applying


there are


a few



the delicate

that once established, the plants. At the same time,

the cone-shaped flowers of The recently introduced a lawn starter It fertiliser is a small, and pretty spraying tree with


can discourage

caps, the huge



A temptation to dig will use river pebbles in pots

hydrangea paniculata bushes smaller growing Picotee with Wettasoil rounded, to improve glossy water green leaves

bird net over the veggie disappear.

and planters.

varieties with two-tone retention. flower that only grows to about

garden will protect your Make sure that compost If all else fails, the water

heads are hard to leave Now behind

and if you have lawn! a semi-

When ordering trimmed turf, into shape allow after 10% extra fruit-

you are three ready metres to roll in height. out your Keep new it


heaps are covered and shooters that kids use in

There is nothing they away from temptation. the swimming pool work

shaded wall, the climbing for contingencies. ing. The Order delicate the turf fluffy for flowers

like more than newly

Brush turkeys are well, but will not harm

hydrangea petiolaris delivery is just on the are day creamy that white, you put growing it down, close

turned earth.

territorial and don’t like them. Turkeys don’t like


not the day before. to the branches. It is very They important are followed

as soon by as the possible tangy flavoured, and

If you want to use competition. Sometimes water.

Hydrangeas are forgiving that it is laid

bark as a mulch you are it works if you set up a While turkeys are pests

plants that are easy to watered grow. immediately sweet, berry-sized, to prevent cherry drying red

inviting trouble; unless mirror in the garden – in the garden, be careful

They like regular water out. and fruit that are high in vitamin C.

you put fine netting when they see their own how you discourage them.

any good garden soil. Mulch Start by laying Unlike the the edges taller-growing and work deciduous

yellow to avoid guava small that needs

underneath to prevent reflection they are not If you have turkeys in

the roots with compost towards the centre

them from scratching the bright enough to realise your area try not to spray

keep them cool and feed filling pieces cooking, at the edge the fruit of the can grass be eaten

surface. This is not always that the bird they see is insecticide as the turkeys

them in early spring to that get will dry out raw easily. straight Butt from the the turf tree or

practical. River pebbles not an intruder, and they will become ill if they eat

them going. Grow them closely in together used as in you cooking, roll it jellies, out in drinks, a

used as mulch work will move on to another the dying insects and noone

should harm them. It

pots, or in the garden; brick bring pattern, sauces so that or the jams. corners are

well; the turkeys are not garden where they don’t

them inside when in flower staggered. If you You are should laying protect the turf the on fruit a

interested in these.

have competition.

would just be good if they

or cut the blooms – they slope, last lay the from pieces fruit across fly with the a hill. fruit fly bait.

Plant low-growing

Multicrop’s Scat is an would stay in the bush!

well in water.

Get into the

‘swing’ of Xmas

It is time to relax and enjoy

your garden. Look at your

outdoor seating requirements

– the shops are full of

amazing chairs and tables.

Hanging cane egg chairs have

been trendy for the past few

years and now the ‘Swing

Seat’ is back. Nothing is more

peaceful than swinging in a

seat for two, sheltered from

the weather with a roof to

shade from the sun – makes a

great Christmas present too!

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Simple guide to repotting orchids

Whimsical fun with lavender

Lavenders are fast-growing, tough, drought-hardy, sun-loving

small shrubs that are easy to grow. The bees love them

and they make the perfect companion plants in the vegetable


Lavender has been

grown in domestic

gardens since the 16th

century. The Romans

used it to in their

baths. This is how

it got its name (the

Latin word for ‘wash’ is


Lavender plants

are a plant breeder’s

dream. Once the

flowers were pale lilac

in colour; now there

are plants with every

shade from white, to

pink, violet, cerise and

dark purple. Choose

carefully and take note

of the size of the fully

grown plants. There

are miniature, medium and tall lavenders on the market.

The Fairy Wings varieties have been bred for Australian conditions.

The plants are compact and the flowers fill the air with the familiar

smell of lavender. The colours are deep lavender Spellbound,

hot pink Radiance, and pale smoky pink Whimsical. They flower

from late winter through summer. Trim them after each flush of

flowers, to keep the new buds coming. These lavenders are perfect

for containers and low-hedging.

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Once the flowers are finished it

is time to give your cymbidium

orchid some TLC. If you have

enjoyed the flower spikes indoors,

put the plant back into the garden

somewhere it will be protected

from the hot sun (dappled shade

is perfect) and feed it with a slowrelease

fertiliser. As the weather

warms up you can give your orchid

an additional feed with liquid Strike

Back For Orchids. Cymbidiums like

to have crowded roots and should

only be re-potted if they seem

overcrowded, they split the pot or

if they have not performed well

over the past 12 months.

Repotting is easy. Before you

start you will need a good work

space, a strong, sharp knife, a pair

of secateurs, and some orchid

compost. Cymbidiums need a

very-open, free-draining, coarse

compost that will allow for air

circulation around the roots.

Take the orchid from the pot

and remove all the compost

from the roots. Cut away

and dead or damaged roots.

Carefully remove any dried, old

leafless pseudobulbs, those with

yellowed leaves and those with

no healthy roots, keeping just

those that are firm and green.

You may have to cut the root

ball open with a sharp knife to

clean the plant. Don’t be afraid

of pulling it apart; cymbidiums

are very tough! Once cleaned,

you can either repot your orchid

into the same size pot with fresh

orchid compost, or divide the

plant into two. If you divide your

plant make sure that you have at

least two or three pseudobulbs in

each half to be sure of flowering

next year. Don’t over-pot into

larger pots; remember that

orchids like to be crowded. They

grow naturally on trees and in

decaying bark. Once your orchid

is settled back into its pot, feed it

with Strike Back For Orchids and

a slow-release fertiliser.

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Garden Life

Garden Life

Jobs this Month

Garden Life

No doubt it will be a hot

and mostly dry summer

ahead, so mulch the

garden well with a thick layer

of compost or cow manure

to keep the moisture of the

wonderful recent September

rain. It also means bushfire

season is here: check

gutters for fallen leaves

and keep vegetation away

from buildings. And keep

hoses easily accessible as a


Prevent bindii

Spray your lawns now to

prevent bindii in summer.

Nothing is worse than prickles

in bare feet! If you have a

buffalo lawn, check the spray

that you use. Some chemicals

will kill buffalo grass. If in

doubt, ask for advice at you

garden centre. Repair bare

patches in the lawn, either

with seed or new turf. Lightly

top dress with top dressing

soil and feed your grass with

Sudden Impact for Lawns.

Berry good

Plant strawberries now.

Look for the newer varieties

that have prettily coloured

flowers. Strawberry Ruby

Ann has deep ruby flowers

and still produces delicious


fruit. It looks great in baskets.

And remember to spray the

veggies with Bee Keeper to

get the best pollination and an

excellent harvest.

Snails at bay

Watch out for snails and

caterpillars that can devour

Hippeastrum buds and flowers

overnight. Use Multiguard

snail pellets that are harmless

to pets and wildlife.

Hot stuff

Time now to plant some

chillies, there are seedlings

of every variety available. If

you are impatient you can

buy plants that are already

laden with the coloured fruits.

Chillies will last from year to

year; they add decoration and

colour (pictured), in pots or in

the ground.

Summer colour

Plant up seedlings for

summer. Petunias, verbena,

dianthus, French marigolds,

white or coloured alyssum,

lobelia and nasturtiums all

go in now. For longer-lasting

colour, fill sunny beds with


Grow it sweet

Sweet potatoes are easy to

grow. You can plant tubers

or buy seedlings. Give them

plenty of space. The plants

will spread along the ground

or climb up a fence. Try

planting the red sweet potato.

It tastes just the same.

Veggie advice

Watch out for leaf miner and

fruit fly as the weather warms

up. Spray weekly and after

rain with Eco Oil and hang a

Cera Trap fruit fly bait in your

fruit trees and the vegetable

garden. Keep planting new

crops of carrots, spring

onions, lettuce, Asian greens

and silver beet seedlings

at three-weeks intervals to

maintain a supply through




Try this experiment with

your tomato seedlings.

I have been told that

tomatoes will grow upside

down from the bottom of

plastic drink bottles. I have

used the largest drink


I cut the bottom off and

lined the neck of the bottle

with a cheap face mask,

after making a small hole in

the middle of it, to hold in

the soil. I poked the seedling

through the neck, roots

first to avoid damaging the

leaves, then I filled the bottle

with soil from the top.

If it works it will free up

space in the garden for a

lower crop of carrots, spring

onions, basil or other lowgrowing

veggies! (However,

as the plants will have limited

root space it is very important

to feed them weekly

with a liquid fertiliser.)

Crossword solution from page 69

Mystery location: SALT PAN COVE

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Times Past

Party time as

Newport SLSC

turns 110

The oldest surf and

sporting club on the

peninsula – Newport

Surf Life Saving Club – turns

110 years old in October and

they’re celebrating with a

reunion on Saturday, 19th

October at the surf club, with

past members as well as all

members of the public invited.

The past decade has yielded

significant achievements:

Newport’s Chief Instructors

and trainers have qualified

774 people through their

Bronze Medallion, 474

Nippers through their Surf

Rescue Certificate, hundreds

more extra awards and

countless proficiencies. A

total of 117,518 patrol hours

were recorded. In 2008,

approaching its centenary,

the club had 12 Australian

Champions – at the end of

the 2019 Aussies they had

82! In 2008/09 Newport had

their first two NSW reps in 25

years – by 2019, 34 Newport

members had represented

NSW in various competitions

and 17in various Australian


The club has achieved

amazing goals in surf sports,

great success at NSW and

Australian Championships

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and winning the Sydney

Northern Beaches Branch

Championship point score

in 2018-19 for the sixth

season running. Even more

importantly, Newport

backed that up with two

SLSSNB ‘Most Outstanding

Club’ Lifesaving awards

and in 2018-19 won the

SLSSNB Patrol Assessment

– a fantastic double of

competition and lifesaving


The effect on Newport

SLSC of the creation of the

Newport Kinghorn Surf

Racing Academy in 2012/13

cannot be understated.

In 2008, the pointscore at

championship events was

for ‘those big clubs’. By 2014

Newport won the first of

six consecutive SNB Branch

and NSW Championship

pointscores and in 2015,

unbelievably, second at

Aussies. As well as improving

traditional competition areas,

the Academy is supporting

the growth of First Aid,

Lifesaving, Patrol and IRB

competition, complementing

the quality of our beach


To commemorate this

milestone and to record the


A boat crew from

1949; the special

book marking the

past decade; ‘Miss

Newport’ circa

1948; and current


Club’s recent achievements,

an addendum to Newport’s

Centenary history book has

been produced. Written and

edited by club Life Member,

Michael King, the book

covers all aspects of Newport

surf club’s recent past.

Titled ‘Our Second Century,

2009-2019’, the book will be

available for purchase at the

110-Year Reunion. (The Lachy

Hamilton Trio will provide

entertainment on the night.)

* More info secretary@

newportsurfclub.com.au or

call 9997 5116.

When: 6pm, Saturday, 19th

October 2019.

Where: Robin Cale

Clubrooms, Newport SLSC.

Bookings: via


– Michael King

OCTOBER 2019 73

Times Past

Travel Life

Travel Life

Embrace magic of the Persian Gulf

For the very first time, PONANT invites

you to discover the magnificent

treasures of the Arabian Peninsula. From

November 2020, this journey between

the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf will

take voyagers right into the heart of an

exuberant and captivating universe.

“Dubai, Muscat, Doha, Abu Dhabi…

these extravagantly modern cities promise

endless astonishment, mixing magical

traditional tales with huge urban expanses,”

said Travel View’s Sharon Godden. “There is

no doubt that you will fall under the charm

of this region as PONANT offers you a

different perspective with itineraries that are

rich in culture and experiences.”

Experience an overnight stay in Dubai,

visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum, while

a little further, the Sheikh Zayed Grand

Mosque boasts an extravagant decor of

marble, gold and glass.

“Marvel at the fjords of Arabia and

their unspoilt beauty where the calm,

turquoise waters contrast with the creamy

white limestone cliffs,” said Sharon. “And

discover maritime traditions that date

back a thousand years in the charming

port of Sur, on the far south of the

peninsula... it will awaken your sense of


She said that with itineraries starting from

19 November 2020 through to 30 January

2021, this was the perfect addition to

planned European holidays.

“Imagine a pleasant high of 26 degrees,

basking in the Persian sun out on the

pool deck and enjoying the open bar –

one of the many inclusions you receive

when sailing with PONANT,” Sharon said.

“In addition, Dubai is the proud host of

Expo 2020 running from October 2020

through to April 2021 – never has there

been a better time to indulge in the

modern metropolis that is Dubai and its

surrounding neighbours.”

PONANT currently offers over 400

itineraries to all seven continents on

the globe, offering a blend of luxury

expeditions and small ship cruising. “With

more than 30 years’ experience, you’ll enjoy

a travel experience that is simultaneously

authentic and sophisticated.”

Don’t miss this event!

*Join Travel View on Thursday October

24 at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht

Club. Guest speaker for the evening

is visionary businesswoman and

entrepreneur Sarina Bratton, PONANT

Chairman Asia Pacific. Bookings

essential; contact Travel View on 9918

4444 or email sales@travelview.net.au

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