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The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong><br />

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Editorial<br />

Lobbying for land acquisition<br />

Seems the DA for a proposed<br />

home at 521 Barrenjoey<br />

Road above the Bilgola Bends<br />

(see p14) has plenty in the<br />

community asking why the<br />

parcels of land in the vicinity<br />

which are defined as having<br />

special environmental values<br />

have not been acquired by<br />

government.<br />

It’s certainly got the attention<br />

of Council – at its meeting in<br />

August, following a motion by<br />

Councillors Alex McTaggart<br />

and Rory Amon, Council<br />

resolved to undertake a<br />

desktop assessment of zoning<br />

and ownership of all land in<br />

the Bilgola Bends precinct,<br />

with staff to report back<br />

within two months with a view<br />

to requesting that the State<br />

Government transfer suitable<br />

parcels into Council ownership.<br />

(That is, not the privately<br />

owned blocks of land.)<br />

That includes almost<br />

20 blocks <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>’s<br />

own desktop assessment<br />

identified as being zoned ‘SP2<br />

Infrastructure’ – a zoning that<br />

allows for major overhaul of the<br />

Bends as a commuter/transport<br />

corridor. Let’s see what action is<br />

pursued after the next Council<br />

is voted in on December 4.<br />

* * *<br />

Plenty of feelgood stories this<br />

month, highlighting selfless<br />

individuals across <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

We chat to the new CEO of<br />

Variety NSW/ACT, Scotland<br />

Island resident Vanessa Barry<br />

(p12); Council’s Senior Volunteer<br />

of the Year Lyn Millett (p18);<br />

and Newport’s Tony Loughran<br />

who recently helped some<br />

vulnerable folk escape Talibanoverrun<br />

Afghanistan (p22).<br />

Finally, congrats to everyone<br />

who has rolled up their sleeve<br />

and gotten the COVID jab; as of<br />

September 27, 69.4% of people<br />

across the Northern Beaches<br />

LGA were fully vaccinated with<br />

90.5% having had at least one<br />

dose. Bring on a 70% doubledosed<br />

NSW! – Nigel Wall<br />

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fugitive who lived undetected in Avalon for nearly 30 years<br />

(p6); meet new Variety NSW/ACT boss, Scotland Island’s<br />

Vanessa Barry (p12); the land owner who wants to build on<br />

his block above the Bilgola Bends hits back at the public<br />

backlash (p14); read about Jason Partington’s quest to help<br />

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OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong><br />

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News<br />

FUGITIVE IN OUR MIDST: Darko Desic (pictured with his<br />

local stone masonry work); his 1992 mug shot and young<br />

portrait (centre); a message of support on Bilgola Bends.<br />

‘Dig deep for Dougie Darko!’<br />

As you approach<br />

‘Kamikaze Corner’<br />

roundabout at the<br />

northern end of the Bilgola<br />

Bends, you’ll spot a scruffily<br />

hand-painted sign: ‘Free<br />

Dougie!’<br />

Chances are that whoever<br />

erected the sign had never<br />

heard of ‘Dougie’ – real name<br />

Croatian-born Darko Desic, 64<br />

– before his story went viral.<br />

On Sunday September 12,<br />

the man who fled from NSW’s<br />

largest prison Grafton Gaol in<br />

1992 – using a hacksaw blade<br />

to free a bolt-cutter for one<br />

of Australia’s most audacious<br />

escapes – handed himself in<br />

to Dee Why police after 29<br />

years living under the radar.<br />

For a brief period, ‘Dougie’<br />

Darko’s prison photo appeared<br />

on the TV program Australia’s<br />

Most Wanted. Not that his<br />

crime had been heinous.<br />

Sentenced to a maximum<br />

of three years and eight<br />

months in 1991 after being<br />

convicted on two counts of<br />

cultivating cannabis – an<br />

offence which would attract<br />

a maximum sentence of 18<br />

months today – Dougie Darko<br />

held a secret that made him<br />

fear deportation once he was<br />

released.<br />

Even the police who<br />

accepted Dougie’s confession<br />

were astounded by his tale,<br />

noting in the three decades<br />

since he’d escaped he’d been<br />

an exemplary citizen (apart<br />

from a missing tax return…<br />

or 30).<br />

On the other hand, he never<br />

registered for Centrelink,<br />

Medicare, a passport, a<br />

driving licence – anything<br />

that required proof of<br />

identity.<br />

Everyone loves a prison<br />

escape story (think ‘The<br />

Great Escape’, ‘Papillon’), and<br />

everyone loves a story about<br />

the unknown fugitive in their<br />

midst. But what made Dougie<br />

Darko’s saga strike a chord<br />

around a pandemic-ridden<br />

planet was his decision that<br />

being locked up in a cell with<br />

prison food was better than<br />

sleeping on Avalon’s sand<br />

dunes in lockdown, hungry<br />

and homeless.<br />

Dougie’s plight has divided<br />

the <strong>Pittwater</strong> community.<br />

Some don’t understand why<br />

anyone would support a selfconfessed<br />

criminal and drug<br />

dealer who hasn’t paid tax for<br />

29 years.<br />

Others, like 25-year-old<br />

Avalon psychotherapist<br />

Belle Higgins, felt otherwise.<br />

Like most of us, she only<br />

heard about Dougie after his<br />

extraordinary story became<br />

public.<br />

“Dad (multi-millionaire<br />

Peter Higgins, co-founder<br />

of Mortgage Choice) and I<br />

thought, ‘This is someone<br />

we can help. We have a<br />

voice, he doesn’t. So let’s do<br />

something.”<br />

Daughter and father set up a<br />

Go Fund Me account to resettle<br />

Dougie back in Avalon when<br />

he eventually emerges from<br />

prison. (He will likely have to<br />

serve the rest of his original<br />

sentence, plus an extra<br />

penalty for his prison escape.)<br />

It was the locked-down<br />

versus locked-up choice<br />

Dougie faced that motivated<br />

Belle.<br />

“I see people every day<br />

struggling with their mental<br />

health during lockdown,” she<br />

says. “To be locked up for this<br />

many weeks is bad enough<br />

when you’re in your own<br />

home, your sanctuary.<br />

“I can’t imagine what Dougie<br />

must have been going through<br />

before he decided that he’d be<br />

better off back in prison than<br />

out on the streets.<br />

“Avalon has a reputation for<br />

being one of the best places to<br />

live in Australia. But not for<br />

everyone.<br />

“I thought $30,000 would<br />

cover his legal costs and<br />

get him rehabilitated into<br />

the Avalon community.<br />

Immediately though through<br />

Dad’s business contacts we<br />

managed to organise full<br />

legal representation with<br />

McGirr & Associates, at no<br />

cost to Dougie.<br />

“We thought we would raise<br />

money to integrate him back<br />

into society, for clothing,<br />

transport and a roof over his<br />

head.”<br />

After a week, the fund had<br />

reached $25,000. “So now I’ve<br />

set a new target of $50,000.<br />

“It must have been a really<br />

hard place for him to be in<br />

when he turned himself in.”<br />

At the time of writing,<br />

Dougie’s reasons for coming<br />

to Australia, and then busting<br />

out of prison, were still<br />

conjecture. Friends believe<br />

he’d dodged military service<br />

during the Balkan Wars, and<br />

feared the retribution he’d<br />

suffer if he was deported<br />

after his prison sentence.<br />

Dougie now has a top<br />

lawyer, Simon Long,<br />

defending him. The fugitive<br />

had no idea of the support<br />

he’s received from his<br />

adoptive community when<br />

the two met for the first time.<br />

“He was incredibly humble,<br />

to the point of saying: ‘I<br />

don’t deserve any of this<br />

support’,” said Simon. “He<br />

was still in isolation when I<br />

met him, unable to interact<br />

with guards or fellow<br />

inmates, for fear of being<br />

COVID-contaminated.”<br />

His sentence is due after<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> goes to press;<br />

watch this space.<br />

– Steve Meacham<br />

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THEN & NOW?: The<br />

unimposing low-profile<br />

wall at West Head<br />

Lookout (left) requires<br />

a safety upgrade... but<br />

is this style of balustrade<br />

the answer?<br />

Lookout! ‘Ugly’ West Head<br />

safety upgrade hits pause<br />

News<br />

Residents dismayed<br />

about proposed safety<br />

upgrades to the West<br />

Head Lookout that included an<br />

“out-of-character” metal balustrade<br />

barrier, have had their<br />

concerns quelled following<br />

swift intervention by local MP<br />

Rob Stokes which has seen the<br />

project paused for review.<br />

A brouhaha was ignited<br />

when the National Parks and<br />

Wildlife Service (NPWS) tabled<br />

artists impressions of its plan<br />

to remediate the structural<br />

stability of the lookout in the<br />

Ku-ring-gai National Park and<br />

improve visitor safety to meet<br />

national standards.<br />

The NPWS’s safety plan<br />

involved strengthening the<br />

existing iconic low-profile lookout<br />

retaining wall, which was<br />

designed by heritage architect<br />

Bruce Mackenzie in 1964.<br />

The project was triggered<br />

by an engineering assessment<br />

that found the perimeter wall<br />

to be a significant risk: “… it<br />

was not designed appropriately<br />

as a load bearing structure,<br />

meaning that it is not suitable<br />

for sitting, leaning or standing<br />

on, particularly considering the<br />

overall age and condition of the<br />

lookout,” the NPWS said.<br />

But it was the plan to install<br />

a barrier – comprising a<br />

1.2-metre-high metal balustrade<br />

independent of the existing<br />

retaining wall to restrict<br />

access to the lookout edge for<br />

public safety – which drew<br />

criticism from local groups<br />

including Church Point Friends<br />

and the Bayview-Church Point<br />

Residents Association – as well<br />

as a threatened sanction from<br />

the National Trust of Australia<br />

(NSW) which claimed the<br />

proposal did not even meet the<br />

NPWS’ Plan of Management.<br />

The proposed new balustrade<br />

is similar to the newly installed<br />

balustrade at Georges Head in<br />

Sydney Harbour National Park<br />

adjoining Mosman.<br />

In a letter to the NPWS in late<br />

August, the National Trust requested<br />

that the proposed West<br />

Head works not proceed.<br />

“A detailed heritage assessment<br />

needs to be undertaken<br />

to inform the design of more<br />

appropriate and sympathetic<br />

changes,” said National Trust<br />

of Australia (NSW) Director,<br />

Conservation David Burdon.<br />

“Should these recommendations<br />

not be implemented, the<br />

Trust is willing to ask for an Interim<br />

Heritage Order on the site<br />

so that works cannot proceed<br />

as proposed.”<br />

When alerted, <strong>Pittwater</strong> MP<br />

Rob Stokes raised the matter<br />

with the NSW Minister for<br />

Energy and the Environment,<br />

Matt Kean, to ensure the National<br />

Trust’s and community<br />

concerns were communicated.<br />

Mr Stokes then connected<br />

the original architect Bruce<br />

Mackenzie, now aged 89, with<br />

the NPWS project team.<br />

Mr Stokes said he was delighted<br />

Mr Mackenzie was currently<br />

developing possible options<br />

to help address National<br />

Parks’ safety concerns, whilst<br />

maintaining the aesthetic and<br />

appeasing critics.<br />

“West Head Lookout is an<br />

iconic visitor destination and<br />

its connection to the natural<br />

landscape is part of the experience<br />

– it’s not just a ‘look out’,<br />

it’s also a ‘look at’,” Mr Stokes<br />

told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>.<br />

“The lookout requires essential<br />

stabilisation work but I<br />

have raised our community’s<br />

concerns about proposed<br />

changes to the design.<br />

“I want to thank National<br />

Parks for being so receptive<br />

and for agreeing to pause the<br />

repair works to enable further<br />

assessment and consultation.”<br />

A Government spokesperson<br />

said a West Head Lookout<br />

engineering inspection was<br />

completed as part of NPWS’ Asset<br />

Management Program.<br />

The inspection revealed<br />

concerns in the structural<br />

stability of the lookout. Further<br />

investigation led to temporary<br />

fencing in May while a longterm<br />

solution was developed.<br />

It was acknowledged that<br />

West Head Lookout’s architectural<br />

form and character<br />

contributed to its popularity<br />

with visitors and this was one<br />

of the key considerations in<br />

the development of the NPWS<br />

project.<br />

“NPWS must consider<br />

potential risks for harm in all<br />

parks. Fatalities have occurred<br />

in national parks due to falls<br />

and NPWS has a responsibility<br />

to manage this and reduce<br />

this risk where possible,” the<br />

spokesperson said.<br />

“NPWS has paused this<br />

project and is committed to undertaking<br />

further analysis and<br />

consultation.” – Nigel Wall<br />

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Stars make a beat for Jazz<br />

News<br />

How Newport stand-up<br />

comedian Jazz Twemlow<br />

sat down and wrote an<br />

internationally acclaimed, acerbic<br />

sketch show is an entertaining<br />

script in itself.<br />

Writer and podcaster Jazz<br />

is the co-writer of the six-part<br />

comedy sketch series ‘The<br />

Moth Effect’, which is streaming<br />

on Amazon Prime Video,<br />

and receiving great reviews. It<br />

has variously been described<br />

as “truly savage satire”, a<br />

“gloriously edgy send-up of<br />

humanity” and “sheer brilliant<br />

comedic flair”.<br />

‘The Moth Effect’ is a satirical<br />

observation of all walks of life<br />

and features a phenomenal<br />

array of Australian talent,<br />

including Bryan Brown, Vincent<br />

D’Onofrio, David Wenham, Jack<br />

Thompson and Miranda Otto.<br />

So how did he manage to<br />

procure such a star-studded<br />

ensemble?<br />

“It was entirely, down to the<br />

good faith the industry has<br />

in Bunya (Entertainment, the<br />

STARTLING SUCCESS: Jazz Twemlow.<br />

producer),” Jazz said.<br />

“I think it’s safe to say Nick<br />

(co-writer) and I were direct<br />

beneficiaries of the goodwill<br />

they command. From there,<br />

you just hope the writing<br />

doesn’t suck so much that the<br />

big name doesn’t get put off<br />

and change their number!<br />

“Gracie Otto, one of our two<br />

directors, was also a huge help.<br />

She got a conversation started<br />

with Miranda, and also Vincent<br />

D’Onofrio: another surreal and<br />

very lucky last-minute addition<br />

to the show, which then snowballed<br />

into us getting Bobby<br />

Cannavale as well. We couldn’t<br />

believe it.”<br />

For a savage satirist, Jazz actually<br />

seems quite a nice bloke.<br />

“I’m not the young and angry<br />

comedian I once was,” Jazz<br />

shares. “I’m a bit older and<br />

interested in things that are<br />

deeper than just satire – spiritual<br />

and philosophical issues.”<br />

Jazz grew up in the English<br />

city of Liverpool, known for<br />

its wise-cracking locals and<br />

old-school comedians such as<br />

Jimmy Tarbuck. But it was the<br />

’70s and ’80s tastes of his older<br />

siblings that shaped Jazz’s<br />

comedy from a young age – he<br />

admits possibly too young.<br />

“I remember watching ‘The<br />

Young Ones’ at far too young<br />

an age,” laughs Jazz. “Sticking<br />

two fingers up to my mum as<br />

a 6-year-old and saying ‘up<br />

yours’ as I copied Rik Mayall.”<br />

While fearless English comedians<br />

such as Chris Morris<br />

later became an influence, it<br />

was a far more sedate passion<br />

that got him up on stage.<br />

“For whatever reason I became<br />

concerned with environmental<br />

issues at a young age,”<br />

explains Jazz. “I was a birdwatcher<br />

and very environmentally<br />

minded. When I started<br />

doing stand-up it was actually<br />

to try to communicate an idea<br />

and an important message, in a<br />

way that was entertaining.”<br />

While most comedians have<br />

a reputation for being driven<br />

by morbid, depressing innercity<br />

angst, Jazz’s comedy has<br />

instead blossomed in nature,<br />

especially since relocating to<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

“The Moth Effect is a weird<br />

cerebral series, and nature<br />

has really helped. We couldn’t<br />

always meet face-to-face and so<br />

my co-writer Nick and I would<br />

often talk while on bushwalks<br />

in places such as Angophora<br />

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Reserve,” explains Jazz. “Natural<br />

spaces seem to get me in a<br />

creative space.<br />

“We love it here on the Beaches<br />

– what’s not to love,” adds<br />

Jazz. “We were in lockdown in a<br />

Sydney apartment with a threeyear-old<br />

last year and needed<br />

some green space. It costs $4<br />

million to rent someone’s shoes<br />

in Sydney, and we looked everywhere,<br />

but luckily we ended<br />

up here.”<br />

While Brit funnyman Ricky<br />

Gervais has been quoted as<br />

saying no subject should be<br />

off-limits for comedians, Jazz<br />

adds the caveat: “You can go<br />

anywhere, but you need a good<br />

reason to go there. And you<br />

should always punch up and<br />

not down.”<br />

Although, as he explains,<br />

he was also happy to punch<br />

himself for the series.<br />

“We are all complicit and we<br />

can all do better,” says Jazz. “A<br />

lot of people will think this is<br />

a series made by latte-sipping,<br />

inner-city, man-hating progressives,<br />

and we’ve been happy<br />

to be critical of such online<br />

progressives.<br />

“Social media has created an<br />

interesting digital pathology<br />

where people feel they always<br />

have to present the best version<br />

of themselves,” Jazz continues,<br />

“and the things they say they<br />

care about, aren’t always what<br />

they really give a care about.<br />

“The reception to the<br />

series so far has been entirely<br />

positive, which is quite rare,”<br />

he continues. “A cross between<br />

Black Mirror and Saturday<br />

Night Live. One website I went<br />

to had 70% of people loving it<br />

and 30% hating it and I like that<br />

it has that distinct tone.”<br />

After letting the dust settle<br />

(“a show like that almost<br />

kills you”), Jazz is ready to go<br />

again if Amazon commission<br />

a second series; but first he’s<br />

looking forward to getting to<br />

know his ’hood even better.<br />

“There are some great cafes<br />

in Newport such as Zubi and I<br />

love scribbling in cafes,” says<br />

Jazz. “We had a few writing sessions<br />

in Nourished at Avalon<br />

as well. I also want to take my<br />

daughter to more playgrounds<br />

and parks – she loves the Flying<br />

Fox at Bayview, and I love it<br />

there, too.” – Rob Pegley<br />

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OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong> 11

News<br />

Variety new spice of Vanessa’s life<br />

Scotland Island mum Vanessa<br />

Barry looks forward<br />

to taking Violet, her fouryear-old<br />

daughter, to kindy in<br />

Mona Vale most mornings.<br />

More importantly, Violet<br />

enjoys it too.<br />

“It’s a long journey, but she<br />

loves going on our boat and<br />

back again in the afternoons.”<br />

Next year – “or perhaps<br />

the year after” – Violet may<br />

start going to Newport<br />

Public School on the school<br />

ferry which picks up primary<br />

school children from every<br />

Scotland Island wharf, plus<br />

the surrounding wharves like<br />

Lovett Bay, before a short uphill<br />

teacher-guided walk from<br />

Newport wharf to the school.<br />

Vanessa, husband Dom,<br />

and Violet have only lived on<br />

Scotland Island since 2019:<br />

“But Dom’s family have had a<br />

holiday home here since the<br />

1960s so we visited a lot before<br />

we decided to move here<br />

full time.”<br />

Vanessa is the newly appointed<br />

chief executive of Variety<br />

NSW/ACT (the entertainment<br />

industry-led children’s<br />

charity). But because of lockdown<br />

she hasn’t yet visited the<br />

charity’s offices in Artarmon.<br />

“That’s pretty unusual when<br />

you’re starting a new job,” she<br />

laughs.<br />

After gaining two degrees –<br />

a BA in public communication<br />

at UTS and a BA in international<br />

studies in Bordeaux –<br />

Vanessa worked for corporate<br />

STEERING THE VARIETY BOAT: Scotland Island’s Vanessa Barry.<br />

entities in “comms, media and<br />

PR”.<br />

Then she had an epiphany.<br />

“One day I thought, why am<br />

I volunteering so much in my<br />

spare time? If this is what I<br />

love, why not make it my dayto-day<br />

job?<br />

“That’s when I started working<br />

for not-for-profits, and I’ve<br />

never looked back.”<br />

Her charity CV includes<br />

time spent at the Australian<br />

Chamber Orchestra (she loves<br />

the arts), director of philanthropy<br />

for UNICEF Australia’s<br />

children’s fund, and chief<br />

executive of the charity run by<br />

three banks (St George, Bank<br />

of Melbourne and BanksSA).<br />

So why move to Variety?<br />

“Variety’s principles and<br />

mine are completely aligned:<br />

that children should reach<br />

their potential regardless of<br />

their background or ability.<br />

Whatever is preventing them<br />

reach their potential is something<br />

Variety and I can do to<br />

help them.<br />

“Last year we helped 28,500<br />

kids in need, granting $2.7m<br />

with over 200 conditions.”<br />

Variety was founded in<br />

Pittsburg, in the US, in 1928<br />

but came to Australia in 1975<br />

(meaning its 50th anniversary<br />

is in 2025).<br />

Vanessa takes the helm at a<br />

tough time.<br />

The charity’s biggest fundraiser<br />

every year is the annual<br />

car “Bash” around Australia’s<br />

regions known as the Variety<br />

B to B, founded by entrepreneur/philanthropist<br />

Dick<br />

Smith in 1984.<br />

Before COVID, the bash<br />

raised around $1.7 million in<br />

both 2018 and 2019.<br />

Cancelled in 2020 for obvious<br />

reasons, there’s only a<br />

faint chance of it taking place<br />

in <strong>2021</strong> given the uncertainty<br />

about Sydneysiders being able<br />

to travel.<br />

“Like every other charity,<br />

COVID means we have more<br />

demand and less funding opportunities,”<br />

Vanessa says.<br />

“So we need to find other<br />

ways to fill in the gaps to help<br />

disadvantaged children who<br />

need us even more now than<br />

ever.”<br />

Which leaves the current<br />

Show Us Ya Heart challenge.<br />

“This was developed in<br />

response to the overwhelming<br />

demand we received for<br />

our ‘We Learn’ grant.” Vanessa<br />

explains.<br />

“The grant helps families<br />

living in financial hardship to<br />

purchase educational technology.<br />

It was only launched<br />

in July, but we received a<br />

staggering 1435 applications.<br />

A similar grant offered late<br />

last year ‘only’ received 162<br />

applications.<br />

“So that proves the need is<br />

out there.<br />

“We’re asking people to<br />

take up the Show Us Your<br />

Heart challenge so we can<br />

get laptops into the hands of<br />

as many children as possible<br />

who – especially at this time<br />

– need them to keep up with<br />

their classmates.”<br />

– Steve Meacham<br />

* More info showusyaheart.<br />

com.au<br />

12 OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong><br />

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Food for thought over summer<br />

The big news for local restaurants, cafes<br />

and bars is an imminent return<br />

to business after the latest COVID<br />

lockdown. However, it could still be weeks<br />

before venues can finally open their doors.<br />

There’s no official directive from NSW<br />

Health yet, however the anticipated date for<br />

Sydney’s reopening could be mid-<strong>October</strong><br />

– possibly <strong>October</strong> 18 – once NSW reaches<br />

the double-dose vaccination milestone of<br />

70 per cent of the eligible population.<br />

Three local lockdowns since March<br />

2020, including the ‘Avalon Cluster’ over<br />

Christmas 2020, have hit<br />

hospitality hard. Venues<br />

have shut temporarily or<br />

closed permanently, while<br />

others have kept going<br />

through the Delta strain<br />

COVID lockdown by being<br />

inventive. There have been<br />

takeaway gourmet meals<br />

to finish off at home, DIY<br />

cocktail kits and eat-on-thesofa<br />

desserts.<br />

Iconic Mona Vale pub<br />

Park House called last<br />

orders back in June.<br />

When Park House gets the green light all<br />

areas – three full-service bars, three large<br />

outside areas and four dining spaces – will<br />

be operational.<br />

Current distancing requirements at the<br />

beachy-feel pub restrict indoor numbers<br />

to one person per 4sqm and outdoor<br />

numbers to one person per 2sqm, allowing<br />

a total capacity of 450 people.<br />

Once the Sydney Collective venue reopens,<br />

staff will only admit fully vaccinated<br />

customers in accordance with public<br />

health regulations, a company spokesperson<br />

said.<br />

Lockdown has also given the staff time<br />


Mona Vale venue Park<br />

House won’t be able to<br />

fit as many diners in as<br />

previously (above).<br />

GREEK FOCUS: Coast<br />

cafe at Palm Beach.<br />

to rework the pub’s menu. Burger fans are<br />

in for a treat. Chefs have conducted blind<br />

tastings on 18 burger patties, 26 types of<br />

chips and nine different buns. The venue<br />

will also introduce new summer cocktails<br />

and a new wine list.<br />

Palm Beach cafe owner Nicki Keogh<br />

has contended with two lockdowns since<br />

Coast opened last September.<br />

“We’ve been in lockdown almost as<br />

much as we’ve been open,” Ms Keogh said.<br />

“But we’ve had incredible support and<br />

such positive vibes from the local community.”<br />

Over winter, the cafe has<br />

focused on Greek-style food with takeaway<br />

moussaka and spinach pies, alongside egg<br />

and bacon rolls and vegan quesadillas.<br />

This summer, the menu will continue that<br />

Mediterranean theme with plenty of Greek<br />

seafood options.<br />

With restricted indoor and outdoor dining,<br />

once the cafe reopens under new NSW<br />

Health orders, Coast can accommodate<br />

around 20 customers on bentwood chairs<br />

under straw umbrellas.<br />

“We don’t know what to expect, but<br />

we’re going to take it as it comes,” she said.<br />

After three months of reduced hours,<br />

juggling bills and operating a limited<br />

takeaway service, Newport restaurateur<br />

Doug Fraser is optimistic about summer,<br />

albeit with a raft of limitations.<br />

“We’re excited but cautious about reopening.<br />

We’ve already had bookings,” he<br />

said. “There are no clear guidelines at the<br />

moment, but whatever happens we’ll be<br />

complying with whatever the Government<br />

tells us to do.”<br />

During lockdown, Lovat staff endeavoured<br />

to bring a bit of life and colour to<br />

Newport’s closed shopping strip with an<br />

outdoor bar from Thursday to Sunday.<br />

“It hasn’t made money, but it’s been one<br />

way of engaging with<br />

community,” Fraser said.<br />

Behind the scenes,<br />

Fraser and head chef<br />

Dan Weier have been<br />

collaborating on new<br />

dishes such as fish curry<br />

and slow-roasted lamb<br />

shoulder for Lovat’s latest<br />

takeaway menu. New<br />

dishes for the in-house<br />

menu include an ‘East<br />

meets West’ slow-cooked<br />

duck ragout with shiitake<br />

mushrooms and a riff on a bakery classic,<br />

the vanilla slice.<br />

The new normal will be a very different<br />

dining experience for the foreseeable<br />

future with reduced seating, sanitising<br />

stations, mask-wearing, QR codes and vaccination<br />

checks.<br />

– Bev Hudec<br />

News<br />

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OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong> 13

News<br />

Owner’s say on Bends backlash<br />

The landowner who wants to build a<br />

five-bedroom home at 521 Barrenjoey<br />

Road on the Bilgola Bends has responded<br />

to public backlash to his proposal.<br />

More than 250 submissions have been<br />

lodged on Northern Beaches Council’s<br />

website, including objections from community<br />

groups, residents associations and<br />

high-profile local identities.<br />

Opponents of Peter Madew’s development<br />

application are concerned about<br />

his proposed home’s bulk, scale, height,<br />

plus the loss of amenity for neighbours,<br />

removal of trees and traffic issues on the<br />

Bends.<br />

Mr Madew told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> he purchased<br />

the land at 521 Barrenjoey Road<br />

after visiting from Canberra in May last<br />

year. He explained he saw a ‘For Sale’<br />

sign on the roadside, made enquiries and<br />

walked the site.<br />

“I rang the Council and asked if I was<br />

able to build a house there and they said<br />

there was no reason why I couldn’t,” Mr<br />

Madew said.<br />

His land is zoned E4 – defined as ‘Environmental<br />

Living’ for land “with special<br />

environmental or scenic values where<br />

residential development can be accommodated”,<br />

according to the NSW State Environmental<br />

Planning Policy (SEPP).<br />

THE SITE: On the high side of Barrenjoey Road.<br />

Mr Madew said he was encouraged by<br />

the fact the previous owner of the land had<br />

consent from the former <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council<br />

in 2013 to build a driveway, garage and car<br />

turntable.<br />

An engineer and mathematician, Mr<br />

Madew decided last year to move to Sydney.<br />

Of the objections, he conceded “everyone<br />

has their right to opinion” but he was<br />

disappointed at some of the vitriol.<br />

“There have been 260 submissions<br />

lodged – there must be 15,000 houses on<br />

that part of <strong>Pittwater</strong> which means less<br />

than one per cent of households could be<br />

bothered to put a comment in,” he said.<br />

“It annoys me that there are some really<br />

selfish people who don’t take any real<br />

responsibility for effecting change… they<br />

have known about these blocks of land for<br />

years but no-one has lobbied the Council to<br />

take them off the market.<br />

“I’m in it for the long term,” he continued.<br />

“I’ve fallen in love with it and I want to<br />

make it our permanent place of residence,”<br />

he said.<br />

“I love the Bends, it’s a unique spot.<br />

“It’s important to remember there are<br />

very few things you are entitled to in this<br />

world – but building a house is one of<br />

them.”<br />

Mr Madew assured locals there would<br />

be no ongoing disruption to traffic on the<br />

bends, beyond the initial works which<br />

would see an excavator delivered to the<br />

site, plus barriers installed to catch any<br />

falling soil and rocks.<br />

“It’s all in the traffic plan we’ve lodged.”<br />

In his submission to Council, architect<br />

Peter Stutchbury said the building proposed<br />

was “not accurate to the land or the<br />

place”.<br />

“It is rather thoughtless,” he said.<br />

He added: “It is time Council became deliberate<br />

and firm with their vision for their<br />

precincts. How does this proposal ever get<br />

considered unless encouraged to do so?”<br />

Council is reviewing Mr Madew’s DA,<br />

which readers can view online. – Nigel Wall<br />

14 OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong><br />

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News<br />

All-star Isobel standing by to help<br />

Like many others, Avalon<br />

local Isobel Fraser is<br />

getting ready to travel<br />

the world when International<br />

borders open – except she’ll be<br />

part of a TV show raising thousands<br />

of dollars for charity.<br />

While acknowledging that we<br />

are lucky to live on the Northern<br />

Beaches when it comes to<br />

lockdown, Isobel is quick to<br />

point out that we are still not<br />

immune from struggles.<br />

“These things don’t discriminate,”<br />

says Isobel. “Mental<br />

health is everywhere and<br />

potentially that can be due to<br />

isolation. Nobody knows what<br />

happens behind closed doors.”<br />

So passionate is she about<br />

the subject, she’s started a<br />

mission to raise money for<br />

the StandByU Foundation, an<br />

organisation that gives hope<br />

to people who are isolated, by<br />

offering them connections<br />

to a supportive network. In<br />

particular it helps those who<br />

have become disconnected<br />

from society due to domestic<br />

violence.<br />


Isobel Fraser.<br />

With a degree in Telecommunications<br />

Engineering from<br />

Macquarie University, technology<br />

is something else close to<br />

Isobel’s heart, and she is a fan<br />

of the practical and technical<br />

way that the charity can help<br />

women who have suffered<br />

domestic abuse.<br />

“The charity offers people a<br />

discreet device called a Shield,<br />

which can be used when someone<br />

is having problems and experiencing<br />

isolation,” explains<br />

Isobel, “it can connect them to<br />

a supportive network.<br />

“The device costs $1000 and<br />

I’m hoping to raise $10,000<br />

myself to help 10 women,”<br />

Isobel continues. “Sometimes<br />

technology and people coming<br />

together can be so powerful.”<br />

Raising $10,000 also excitingly<br />

triggers a TV appearance.<br />

The global TV travel series<br />

‘Adventure All Stars’ is coming<br />

to Channel 7 in 2022 and is being<br />

made by Charity TV Global.<br />

Shooting starts next February<br />

and all money raised from the<br />

TV show will also go to charities<br />

such as StandByU.<br />

“The show goes to 25 different<br />

countries around the<br />

world,” explains Isobel. “The<br />

show have been checking in<br />

with me and offering support.<br />

I’ll hopefully be involved<br />

around March.”<br />

So far Isobel has raised<br />

$2800 in lockdown, but is<br />

brainstorming events for when<br />

we open up again.<br />

“I’ve been donated vouchers<br />

by some companies, so I’m<br />

learning how to put on raffles,”<br />

shares Isobel. “I’ve also done<br />

trivia events in the past and<br />

will plan other events.”<br />

“Up until now it’s just been<br />

friends and family helping me,”<br />

she continues. “Some donations<br />

have been as small as $2, but<br />

every little helps.”<br />

Indeed, anything is standing<br />

by and doing nothing, and as<br />

Isobel points out, COVID has<br />

meant the whole community<br />

now understands isolation a bit<br />

better.<br />

“I just want to be able to help<br />

in a small way,” says Isobel.<br />

“Standing up against something<br />

is a simple action and it<br />

can be harmful to people to do<br />

nothing.<br />

“The impact of isolation can<br />

have long term effects on selfesteem<br />

– we need to support<br />

each other and look after each<br />

other.” – Rob Pegley<br />

* More info: standbyufoundation.raisely.com/isobel-fraser<br />

16 OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

6THINGS<br />


Manly Jazz Festival. The<br />

digital version will again connect,<br />

in spirit, and entertain the local<br />

community across the long<br />

weekend Saturday 2 – Monday<br />

4, while COVID restrictions are in<br />

place. The line-up is available on<br />

the Northern Beaches Council<br />

website.<br />

More light. Time to change<br />

wind-up clocks and watches!<br />

Daylight Saving will begin at 2am<br />

on Sunday 3 when clocks are<br />

turned forward one hour and<br />

ends at 3am on Sunday 3 April<br />

2022.<br />

Clear gutters. The NSW State<br />

Emergency Service warns Storm<br />

Season – which traditionally runs<br />

from <strong>October</strong> to March – is likely<br />

to bring similar conditions to what<br />

we experienced last year, so be<br />

prepared for severe weather,<br />

including heavy rain and flash<br />

flooding. Visit ses.nsw.gov.au<br />

Eat cheap. Discover how to<br />

feed a family of four nutritious<br />

meals for under $10, learn ways<br />

to extend your ingredients, save<br />

time in the kitchen, and receive<br />

some great recipes by tuning<br />

into this free webinar hosted by<br />

wholefood chef Suzanne Lambert<br />

on Thursday 7 from 5.15-6.15pm.<br />

Book through Council website.<br />

Show you care. Running<br />

from Sunday 10 – Saturday 16,<br />

National Carers Week is a time to<br />

recognise and celebrate the 2.65<br />

million Australians who provide<br />

unpaid care and support to family<br />

members and friends who have a<br />

disability, mental health condition,<br />

chronic condition, terminal illness,<br />

an alcohol, or other drug issue<br />

or who are frail aged. Events<br />

and activities and more info at<br />

carersweek.com.au<br />

Pink Ribbon Breakfast. Join<br />

thousands of people across the<br />

country raising funds to support<br />

the 55 Australians diagnosed<br />

with breast cancer every day by<br />

picking a date during <strong>October</strong><br />

and organising a breakfast,<br />

morning tea, brunch, or lunch<br />

(restrictions permitting); or<br />

jump online and host a virtual<br />

event. Register at fundraise.nbcf.<br />

org.au<br />

New safety rules at NB Hospital<br />

Northern<br />

Beaches Hospital has tightened its<br />

COVID screening and testing requirements<br />

for patients and visitors.<br />

Regardless of vaccination status, all patients<br />

must have a COVID-19 test at least three days prior<br />

to their appointment and complete a screening<br />

questionnaire either online or on arrival.<br />

The new rules apply to inpatients arriving for<br />

surgery, a procedure, or overnight stay.<br />

Patients attending private suites, imaging,<br />

pathology or pharmacy will not need to test but<br />

will still need to be screened.<br />

Maternity, renal dialysis and cancer patients<br />

are required to test weekly.<br />

Meanwhile, the latest Healthcare Quarterly report<br />

from the Bureau of Health Information (BHI)<br />

shows NB Hospital continued its strong performance<br />

during the April to June <strong>2021</strong> quarter.<br />

Chief Executive Officer Andrew Newton said<br />

the hospital continued its excellent results in<br />

emergency department (ED) and elective surgery<br />

performance measures despite increases in activity<br />

and acuity.<br />

The hospital saw 25.3 per cent increase or 925<br />

more ambulance patients in the last quarter<br />

compared with the same quarter in 2020.<br />

“We also saw an increase both the total number<br />

of emergency department patients and the<br />

acuity of patients treated,” Mr Newton said.<br />

Despite the increase in activity, more than 98<br />

per cent of patients arriving by ambulance were<br />

transferred to hospital care within 30 minutes.<br />

“It is a great testament to our teams that we<br />

were able to treat people efficiently despite significant<br />

increases in demand.”<br />

Mr Newton said the hospital performed 922<br />

public elective surgery procedures during the<br />

quarter, and 100 per cent were completed on<br />

time; meanwhile the waiting list for urgent patients<br />

was reduced by 13.3 per cent. – LO<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong> 17

News<br />

Bilgola couple’s<br />

high WIRES act<br />

Lyn and Dave Millett have been up feeding<br />

their rescued animals and birds since 7.30<br />

this morning and will go to bed tonight<br />

around 11.30pm after feeding the last of them.<br />

Their house and garden in elevated Bilgola<br />

Plateau is like no other you’ll find in Sydney.<br />

“We have seven aviaries and around 20 possum<br />

cages which Dave built, and a couple of<br />

lizard enclosures,” Lyn explains on a guided<br />

tour which includes more rescue retreats in their<br />

garage and home office where it is warmer for<br />

infant animals. “We also<br />

have very understanding<br />

neighbours.”<br />

Both joined WIRES<br />

(Wildlife Information,<br />

Rescue and Education<br />

Services) 27 years ago in<br />

1994; last month (September)<br />

Lyn was awarded the<br />

senior award in the Northern<br />

Beaches section of the<br />

NSW Volunteer of the Year<br />

event run by The Centre<br />

for Volunteering.<br />

Now her name and<br />

achievements have been<br />

forwarded to the state<br />

final.<br />

Today Lyn is halfway<br />

through mid-morning<br />

feeding.<br />

A young corella was<br />

brought to WIRES because<br />

it was incapable of standing.<br />

Subsequent X-rays<br />

proved the paralysis didn’t have a physical cause.<br />

“Now look at him, he can perch on a branch,” Lyn<br />

points out.<br />

In the next aviary, around 40 young rainbow<br />

lorikeets hungrily await morning tea. Undernourished<br />

as babies because of depleting nectar<br />

sources, most are now ready to be released back<br />

into the wild.<br />

A third aviary reveals a particularly cantankerous<br />

cockatoo. “A car was coming down the approach<br />

to Spit Bridge when it hit this cockatoo,”<br />

Lyn explains. “But it was raining, so the cockie’s<br />

wing got trapped under the windscreen wiper.<br />

“The driver couldn’t stop until he’d got to the<br />

other side of Spit Bridge. The cockie is bruised,<br />

though nothing is broken. But he’s a cranky old<br />

thing. I would be too if I’d been trapped under a<br />

windscreen wiper.”<br />

This particular morning there are “only” 60<br />

or 70 birds and animals being cared for at this<br />

unassuming Bilgola Plateau home. However, the<br />

Milletts have learned to read the WIRES ‘seasons’.<br />

“Baby flying foxes will start coming in soon.<br />

They’re like babies. We give them dummies and<br />

nappies. We keep them for 10 weeks, then they<br />

HELLO POSSUM: Lyn with a rescued brushtail.<br />

go to ‘creche’ to learn how to become flying<br />

foxes.”<br />

The bandicoots the Milletts cared for in winter<br />

have now all been released back into the wild,<br />

but it’s too early for blue-tongued lizards and<br />

other native reptiles.<br />

Suddenly the interview is interrupted by a text<br />

message.<br />

Dave takes it.<br />

A baby ring-tailed possum has been found in<br />

Avalon’s Patrick Street.<br />

Dave rushes off in his<br />

ute to rescue it, but not<br />

before he hears the next<br />

question – what is the<br />

most memorable rescue<br />

you’ve ever done?<br />

“Tell him the Paul the<br />

pelican story,” Dave says.<br />

‘Paul the pelican’ was<br />

an adult bird spotted on<br />

Narrabeen lagoon with<br />

multiple fishing hooks<br />

stuck in its side, creating<br />

an infectious wound<br />

that prevented him from<br />

flying.<br />

Dave raced down to<br />

Narrabeen with just<br />

a garbage bin for the<br />

rescue. By the time he<br />

arrived, Paul was on a<br />

sandbar in the lagoon.<br />

Dave commandeered a<br />

kayak, but naturally the<br />

pelican returned to the<br />

water.<br />

Two kids, Dave says, were innocently canoeing<br />

by when he asked them to help corner the<br />

injured pelican. The trio succeeded.<br />

But with Dave trying to keep Paul in the garbage<br />

bin, he couldn’t paddle to shore, so the two<br />

kids had to tow him.<br />

Lyn looked after Paul the pelican for six weeks,<br />

feeding him fish three times a day in a purposebuilt<br />

shaded confine Dave constructed in their<br />

back garden.<br />

When Paul’s wound was sufficiently healed,<br />

Lyn took him back to Narrabeen lagoon with her<br />

daughter and grandchildren.<br />

“I opened the cage and Paul waddled out,” Lyn<br />

recalls. “Immediately his female mate flew to<br />

meet him and they went happily into the water<br />

together.<br />

“But as we were about to leave, Paul came and<br />

stood right in front of me.<br />

“I said to my daughter, ‘Isn’t that nice? He’s<br />

saying, ‘Thanks for looking after me.’<br />

“And my daughter said: ‘Don’t be so silly,<br />

mum. He’s saying, ‘Feed me more free fish before<br />

you go!”<br />

– Steve Meacham<br />

CAREFUL:<br />

Nurse Zoe<br />

and friend.<br />

Vet warns about<br />

masks and dogs<br />

The COVID-19 pandemic has<br />

brought many changes, including<br />

the mandatory wearing<br />

of face masks.<br />

As our facial features and<br />

reactions play an important<br />

role in how we communicate,<br />

having a face mask obscure<br />

our face can impact how easily<br />

we can read a person’s body<br />

language or demeanour – such<br />

as, is something being said with<br />

a smile, or a frown?<br />

Local vet Ben Brown is<br />

reminding us to have a think<br />

about how our mask-wearing is<br />

affecting dogs, who also look to<br />

our faces when interacting with<br />

us or seeking direction from us.<br />

“If we’re wearing a face mask,<br />

dogs may be noticeably hesitant<br />

or sometimes even potentially a<br />

little aggressive,” Ben said.<br />

“The face mask is affecting<br />

the dog’s ability to read our expression,<br />

so there’s a few things<br />

we can do to familiarise dogs<br />

with us, to make the dog more<br />

comfortable.”<br />

He advises owners to practice<br />

slowly putting on their face<br />

mask with their dog present,<br />

rewarding the pet for staying<br />

calm and relaxed, and only<br />

progressing to putting on the<br />

face mask completely when the<br />

dog appears comfortable.<br />

“Remember to keep these<br />

sessions short and positive so<br />

that the dog positively associates<br />

with you wearing a mask,”<br />

Ben said.<br />

“Once you’re wearing a face<br />

mask, don’t stare at your dog<br />

or lean over them as that may<br />

appear threatening to them.<br />

“Speak to them in a reassuring<br />

tone, and provide lots of<br />

rewards such as gentle pats or<br />

the occasional treat.”<br />

Ben’s teams at Sydney Animal<br />

Hospitals (Avalon and Newport)<br />

are ready to give advice<br />

about any behavioural changes<br />

you may notice. – Nigel Wall<br />

18 OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong><br />

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News<br />

Weekends at ‘Bernie’s’:<br />

Avalon SLSC new lead<br />

New Avalon Beach SLSC President Bernadette<br />

McKay has outlined her vision for<br />

the club in these difficult COVID times.<br />

‘Bernie’ took over recently from Ash Cardiff<br />

who stepped down after three<br />

years in the job.<br />

She thanked and congratulated<br />

Ash on behalf of members for<br />

his leadership, particularly over<br />

the past year navigating through<br />

numerous COVID challenges for<br />

patrols, competition and club<br />

revenues for rescue equipment.<br />

Most importantly no lives were<br />

lost during patrol hours.<br />

“This season gives us an opportunity<br />

to reset our strategic<br />

plan for the next five to 10 years<br />

which will include our 100-year<br />

club anniversary in 2025, reflecting<br />

on what we have done well,<br />

what our ambitions are, how we see ourselves<br />

and where we want to be,” she said.<br />

“We are very much a community club. I want<br />

all members, past, present and future to be<br />

proud and to have a place to belong.”<br />

Bernie started with the club as a Nipper<br />

parent, age manager and has been part of<br />

the club’s Board of Management for the past<br />

PRESIDENT: Bernadette McKay.<br />

seven years as Director of Finance and Deputy<br />

President.<br />

She gained her Bronze medallion in 2009<br />

and is a Patrolling Member, so she has an<br />

excellent understanding of the<br />

surf club’s role in the community.<br />

“Our core service is to protect<br />

our beach, keep people safe and<br />

when called upon to save lives.<br />

“Our spending initiatives<br />

have always prioritised patrol<br />

equipment and training over<br />

all else and we will continue to<br />

do so.”<br />

Challenges thrown at the<br />

club over the past year included<br />

maintaining club spirit, retaining<br />

and training patrolling<br />

members, lost revenues from<br />

hall hire, annual swims and<br />

discounted membership fees.<br />

“Despite all the challenges the club is in an<br />

amazingly strong position, with patrolling<br />

members and new trainees numbers up and<br />

a financial surplus – primarily the result of<br />

some generous donations, sponsorships, and<br />

COVID-related government grants, and expenditure<br />

control.”<br />

– Roger Sayers<br />

20 OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong><br />

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News<br />

Local’s Afghan intervention<br />

<strong>October</strong> marks seven<br />

weeks since the shocking<br />

scenes witnessed on<br />

our TVs/phones when –after<br />

20 years of war in which 41<br />

Australian soldiers died –<br />

Afghanistan fell back into the<br />

middle ages.<br />

The Taliban’s surrounding of<br />

Kabul on August 14, <strong>2021</strong> will<br />

go down in infamy – along with<br />

the ignominious helicopter rescues<br />

from the rooftop of their<br />

South Vietnamese embassy in<br />

Saigon – as one of the biggest<br />

US military disasters.<br />

So what’s this got to do with<br />

life in <strong>Pittwater</strong>?<br />

Amazingly during this<br />

historical trauma, the rescue<br />

of 20 Afghans from Kabul’s<br />

international airport was organised<br />

and coordinated from<br />

a suburban family home in<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>, via two resourceful<br />

Afghani journalists, Ramiltullah<br />

Ali Zadar and Ahmad Wall<br />

Sarhadi.<br />

“I’d pulled together a<br />

substantial list of freelance Afghans<br />

who would be targeted<br />

by the Taliban,” says Tony<br />

Loughran, founder and director<br />

of Newport-based ZeroRisk<br />

International.<br />

“Some were journalists,<br />

others had been interpreters<br />

for Western media. And they<br />

all had families who were in<br />

hiding for fear of torture.<br />

“I’ve been to Afghanistan<br />

many times and when you<br />

meet these people, they’re like<br />

close family.<br />

“I call them ‘the forgotten<br />

heroes’, as they were left<br />

behind when some of the big<br />

media networks flew out of Kabul.<br />

I felt honour-bound to help<br />

them,” said the former British<br />

commando.<br />

Since 2003, ZeroRisk has<br />

provided global security/risk<br />

assessments/hostage rescues<br />

for a suite of international<br />

clients in some of the most<br />

dangerous places on earth.<br />

In particular, ZeroRisk<br />

specialises in media organisations,<br />

largely due to the 14<br />

years Tony spent working for<br />

the BBC, protecting film crews<br />

in situations as diverse as the<br />

Balkans war and David Attenborough’s<br />

award-winning ‘Blue<br />

Planet’ series.<br />

Unlike previous rescues<br />

Tony has organised, this<br />

time he didn’t have the vast<br />

resources and financial muscle<br />

of major international media<br />

operations behind him.<br />

“So I called in lots of favours,”<br />

Tony continues, knowing<br />

he had four aces up his<br />

sleeve: a worldwide network<br />

of handpicked employees,<br />

including security staff who<br />


Journalist Ahmad<br />

with Sapna and her<br />

son Mohammad on<br />

Kabul airport<br />


Ex-Brit commando<br />

Tony Loughran.<br />

PHOTO: Steve Meacham<br />

once protected the British royal<br />

family and former members<br />

of the US Secret Service; toplevel<br />

access to US and Qatari<br />

bodies organising the official<br />

withdrawal; desperate Afghani<br />

freelancers and close contacts<br />

prepared to venture from their<br />

hiding places to report on<br />

where the Taliban had set up<br />

their roadblocks.<br />

Not to mention ZeroRisk<br />

International’s Security app,<br />

developed in Manly, which<br />

allowed Tony’s team to track<br />

where every consenting escapee<br />

was in real time in Kabul.<br />

Tony calls August 15, when<br />

the Taliban occupied the city,<br />

“the one golden moment”.<br />

Several of the escapees<br />

(including women like Sapna,<br />

the 22-year-old wife of a US<br />

interpreter, with their one-yearold<br />

son) had repeatedly gone to<br />

the airport’s perimeter fence<br />

showing their US visas but had<br />

been beaten and whipped by<br />

Afghan Security Forces and the<br />

PHOTO: Supplied<br />

Taliban.<br />

But Tony eventually got an<br />

email from Qatar’s deputy<br />

prime minister’s office confirming<br />

all 20 had been added<br />

to the official evacuation list.<br />

“We managed to secure a<br />

coach with blacked-out windows,”<br />

Tony says. “Through<br />

another contact I’d been told<br />

the Qataris were organising<br />

bus shuttles from the Serena<br />

hotel. I Whatsapp-ed Ahmad,<br />

my appointed team leader, and<br />

instructed him to get our<br />

group to the Serena as soon as<br />

possible.”<br />

As the escapees boarded<br />

the coach there was one<br />

last drama. Sapna and her<br />

baby weren’t on the Qatari<br />

list. Somehow Ahmad managed<br />

to persuade the authorities<br />

they were his wife and<br />

child so they were allowed on<br />

the coach.<br />

The journey through the<br />

three Taliban-guarded checkpoints<br />

was anxious for all on<br />

board. However, Tony and his<br />

team were able to track their<br />

progress live on the app which<br />

was also mirrored on Ahmad<br />

and Ramitullah’s phone.<br />

Eventually they were safely<br />

delivered to four waiting aircraft,<br />

labelled A, B, C and D.<br />

“They didn’t know their final<br />

destinations, but they’re all<br />

safe now,” Tony says.<br />

ZeroRisk is still working<br />

to rescue other freelance<br />

journalists, interpreters and<br />

the non-government organisation<br />

personnel who are on the<br />

Taliban’s target list because of<br />

their previous work with the<br />

Allies. – Steve Meacham<br />

* Zeroriskinternational.com<br />

22 OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong><br />

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News<br />

SEEN…<br />

The Judgment delivered by the NSW Land & Environment Court<br />

on August 26 upholding the appeal by developer Armada Avalon<br />

Pty Ltd following the refusal of the Northern Beaches Local<br />

Planning Panel to grant consent, following amendment, for a DA<br />

for the construction of a Seniors Living Complex at 27 and 29<br />

North Avalon Road, North Avalon (above). The development scope<br />

comprises 10 self-contained dwellings, basement parking for 22<br />

cars and the removal of 45 trees. All lost for local residents who<br />

objected to Council? Well… the Court proceedings concluded<br />

before the NSW Government exhibited its new draft State Environmental<br />

Planning Policy from July 31. The draft further defines<br />

development standards for seniors housing in an R2 Zone, stating<br />

“… for development on Land in R2 Zone Low Density Residential<br />

– the development is carried out only for the purposes of a residential<br />

care facility”. More, in developing a DA, it notes “… a consent<br />

authority is to take into consideration… any proposed that is or has<br />

been the subject of public consultation under this Act”. So, no to any<br />

Seniors Housing in the future based on consultation issued July<br />

31. However, the L&E Court decision granted consent and permitted<br />

the applicant to amend its application with amended plans.<br />

That was August 26. But interested observers argue the amended<br />

plans will be submitted during a timeline that overlaps the provisions<br />

of the new Act. Further, the appeal relied on on-demand<br />

transport service Keoride being defined as “a form of public<br />

transport”… but which is now defined as a “passenger service”.<br />

Plenty of legal eagles are scratching their heads over this one. We<br />

hear Council has conceded defeat, assessing it has no legal basis<br />

to pursue. It looks like the development will scrape through by<br />

just a matter of a couple of months. Confusing, hey?<br />

HEARD…<br />

The Newport Residents Association has reached out again on behalf<br />

of the ‘Save Robertson Road’ campaign. Following what was<br />

considered a productive Zoom meeting between all stakeholders<br />

in late July, the owner proposing to develop 351 Barrenjoey Road,<br />

on the north corner of Robertson Road, lodged a set of modified<br />

plans (DA202/1756) on August 27. “Council at this stage has<br />

deemed it not necessary to renotify the public, even though these<br />

modified plans show a reduction in one complete level of parking<br />

and 26 parking places,” Mr Butler told us. “Further these revised<br />

plans still allow for vehicle entry from the centre of Robertson<br />

Road into the proposed 351 Barrenjoey Rd. development.” Mr<br />

Butler said he and the community were extremely concerned that<br />

if this DA was approved in its current form, it would demonstrate<br />

that the Newport Masterplan was not being adhered to by<br />

Council. He urges interested locals to view the plans on Council’s<br />

website.<br />

ABSURD...<br />

Keystone Cops scenes at usually serene Clareville in mid-September<br />

when a Sydney Bus “ran aground” on a hairpin bend on<br />

Delecta Avenue. Apparently approved emergency tree removal<br />

works were being undertaken at a residence in Hudson Parade<br />

which required traffic to be diverted. Unfortunately, no-one told<br />

Sydney Buses. The poor bus driver, on the condition of anonymity,<br />

told our man on the spot that the traffic management hadn’t<br />

notified the bus depot about the road closure, and that Council<br />

rangers who turned up told the lollypop sign turners they had<br />

no authority to close the road. The driver said he had ignored the<br />

first two division warnings because it was a bus route. But when<br />

he reached the second entrance to Delecta, the traffic controller<br />

told him he couldn’t go any further. “Where do I go then?”<br />

he asked. “Turn left, then left again,” he was instructed. Left, as<br />

into Delecta Avenue. Oops. Council told us: “Council’s rangers<br />

attended the site and it appears the bus had been directed on an<br />

alternative route to the one stipulated in the contractor’s traffic<br />

management plan. We will look at how the incident occurred as<br />

well as possible improvements in traffic control management<br />

by contractors.” The bus was freed without hitch, leaving minor<br />

cosmetic damage to gardens.<br />

24 OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

The Way We Were<br />

The Way We Were<br />

Every month this year we’re poring over 30 years of <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> providing a snapshot<br />

of the area’s recent history – and confirming that quite often the more things change, the<br />

more things stay the same! Compiled by Lisa Offord<br />

25 Years Ago…<br />

The main story covered <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council’s new tourism policy,<br />

designed to produce “… orderly and strategic development<br />

of tourism initiatives that benefit the ratepayers but which are<br />

environmentally sensitive to our unique environment”. Tourism<br />

spending was worth around $90m a year, according to the<br />

local business chambers which said the policy should not allow<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> to become another “Surfer’s Paradise, or even the<br />

Manly, Dee Why and Brookvale areas”. It also urged the widening<br />

of Mona Vale Road, and perhaps a light rail link to Pymble and<br />

on to Homebush Bay. In other stories, the State Government<br />

was asking Council to create opportunities in new land releases<br />

such as the Ingleside/Warriewood area, “… for a group of<br />

dwellings on separate small allotments of land to be planned as<br />

a single development in an urban release area”; an anti-brothel<br />

demonstration was planned at Council as councillors “… were<br />

braced to debate not if, but where brothels will be allowed to go.”;<br />

a new children’s playground in Berry Park was unveiled featuring<br />

a series of colourful mosaics by artist Sallie Portnoy; and the<br />

first stage of improvements at Warriewood Square had begun<br />

with a refurbishment of the toilets and improved facilities for<br />

mothers with babies and infants. New feature Ten Questions<br />

was launched, with the first “guest” Mrs Bronwyn Bishop, MP for<br />

Mackellar. Asked how she would like to<br />

be remembered she answered. “Call me<br />

in 30 years!”; The Australian Democrats<br />

Mackellar and Warringah branches<br />

announced they had joined together to<br />

“… let local voters know that they have a<br />

serious alternative” and holding a Spring<br />

“Bar-b-Que” in Narrabeen to “hear your<br />

concerns”; the <strong>October</strong> long weekend was<br />

to see the “big event of the year,” the Golden<br />

Bowl Mixed Fours Carnival being played<br />

at the Avalon Bowling and Recreational<br />

Club. Local State MP John Brogden asked<br />

the new Police Commissioner Peter Ryan<br />

to review Police resources in <strong>Pittwater</strong>,<br />

pointing to increased crime on the Northern<br />

Beaches. The Avalon Preservation Trust was<br />

celebrating 30 years. When chair Garvan<br />

Kable was asked what it had been trying to<br />

preserve he said, “It is things like the simple cross formed by the<br />

two main streets, the smallness of the commercial area which<br />

makes it possible for people to walk around, to get to know each<br />

other and enjoy a slower pace of life.” Mr Kable highlighted the<br />

importance of the tree canopy “… so that when you look over<br />

Avalon the adjacent areas are covered in trees that make it look<br />

urban bushland concealing the houses.” Mr Kable announced he<br />

was handing over the leadership to Marita Macrae<br />

who shared his views about new development in<br />

the area. “Change is constantly taking place, and<br />

not all change is bad. We just have to make sure<br />

that anything new, be it a house or commercial<br />

development, fits in,” she said. A new book, Beach<br />

Beyond. A History of the Palm Beach Surf Club<br />

1921-96 by academic Sean Brawley was reviewed.<br />

“For 75 years the Club has been a magnet for<br />

young men and women from the area and<br />

beyond, while its associated clubs, The Cabbage<br />

Tree (for men) and the Pacific (for women) are<br />

social magnets of the Northern Beaches. We<br />

know of some who actually list their membership<br />

of the Cabbage Tree in their Who’s Who listings.”<br />

For those keeping an eye on the property<br />

market the Absolute Deep Waterfront at 228<br />

Hudson Parade Clareville fetched $840,000<br />

while the Spectacular Modern Residence at 53<br />

Plateau Road Avalon sold for $625,000.<br />

26 OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong><br />

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5 Years Ago…<br />

15 Years Ago…<br />

The headline said it all:<br />

‘Long delays for Ingleside<br />

property owners’. The story<br />

explained how new reports<br />

and planning for the release of<br />

land at Ingleside, requested by<br />

Planning Minister Frank Sartor,<br />

would be expensive for both<br />

ratepayers and landowners.<br />

Council’s<br />

General<br />

Manager Mark<br />

Ferguson<br />

estimated that<br />

“… It could be<br />

five years before<br />

the reports are<br />

completed and<br />

‘anything starts<br />

to happen’<br />

and long-term<br />

development<br />

would require<br />

another<br />

decade… this<br />

is not going<br />

to happen<br />

overnight… all the studies will<br />

have to start from the ground<br />

up,” he said. In other news,<br />

after six years of planning,<br />

community consultations<br />

and public exhibitions, “…<br />

the <strong>Pittwater</strong> 21 draft Local<br />

Environment Plan will not be<br />

gazetted.” Instead, readers<br />

were told it would form the<br />

basis of a new plan that<br />

conformed to a standard LEP<br />

template developed for the<br />

whole of the State. Meanwhile,<br />

The Bayfield family was still<br />

interested in building a small<br />

marina at the Newport Arms – a<br />

proposal which emerged “some<br />

10 years ago”; a new pool and<br />

exercise centre in Dunbar Park<br />

was unlikely<br />

to become<br />

a reality<br />

following<br />

“some”<br />

opposition to<br />

the proposed<br />

site which<br />

would take<br />

in one of<br />

the bowling<br />

greens; The<br />

Avalon Beach<br />

Historical<br />

Society was<br />

set to stage its<br />

sixth historical<br />

photographic<br />

exhibition; and Newport<br />

Surf Club was holding an<br />

anniversary dinner to celebrate<br />

95 years. The colourful<br />

magazine cover showed the<br />

creative talent of local primary<br />

school kids representing the<br />

theme of the bi-annual Artfest<br />

“I Wish” – a selection of winners<br />

chosen out of 684 entries also<br />

featured inside.<br />

The Avalon Beach Cultural Mapping project team was<br />

building an online inventory of the area’s cultural<br />

assets in the hope it would be used “… to make Avalon<br />

even more attractive for those who live and work here<br />

and for visitors.” We spoke to actor Richard Roxburgh<br />

about his first children’s<br />

book Artie and the Grime<br />

Wave; Northern Beaches<br />

Council released results of<br />

a survey which found that<br />

more than half of all local<br />

businesses “… would like<br />

to stop the use of singleuse<br />

plastic items such as<br />

bags, straws and cutlery.”<br />

With the start of the<br />

party season near, our<br />

popular columnist, local<br />

foodie Janelle Bloom,<br />

came up with a batch of<br />

simple-to-make, yet tasty<br />

dishes that were easily<br />

transported as a ‘plate’<br />

offering when catching<br />

up with friends and we discovered <strong>Pittwater</strong> restaurants,<br />

cafes and takeaways would soon be displaying the<br />

results of hygiene and food safety inspections through<br />

the ‘Scores on Doors’ program which “… rewards clean<br />

eateries with stickers and stars and ‘names and shames’<br />

those who don’t make the grade on an online register.”<br />

And we ran a story which showed Warriewood was the<br />

ranked the highest most-liveable suburb in <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

while its near neighbour Ingleside the least liveable on<br />

the upper northern beaches, according to real estate<br />

website Domain which ranked 555 Sydney suburbs<br />

taking into account (from most important) access and<br />

exposure to train/light rail; bus; ferry; culture; main road<br />

congestion; education; shopping; open space; tree cover;<br />

topographic vegetation; cafes & restaurants; crime;<br />

telecommunications; views; and lastly, beach access.<br />

Local agent Stephanie Hammond summed up locals’<br />

thoughts when she said Avalon, Bilgola and Newport’s<br />

beauty transcended the usual buyer’s checklist.<br />

“You may not be able to catch a train to any of these<br />

suburbs… but the kids can walk to school and cycle to<br />

several of Sydney’s most spectacular beaches… you can<br />

eat organically, walk the dog, grow tomatoes, feed your<br />

chooks, drink excellent coffee and enjoy community life<br />

on so many levels… all up you’ll sleep easy every night.”<br />

The Way We Were<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong> 27

News<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> News<br />

Ocean swims back in a splash<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> surf clubs have begun planning for the 2022<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Ocean Swim Series, aiming to kick off in<br />

January. Organising chairman David Madew said the<br />

clubs involved – Newport, Bilgola, Mona Vale, Whale Beach<br />

and Avalon – had all agreed to push ahead for 2022.<br />

“The decision was made in expectation that COVID-19<br />

restrictions would be eased in time for the swims in<br />

January,” he said.<br />

“We are fully aware that there will still be some<br />

restrictions in place that will probably require mask<br />

wearing, social distancing and sanitisation.”<br />

In addition, the Newport, Bilgola, Mona Vale and the Big<br />

Swims will require swimmers and volunteers working on<br />

each swim to be fully vaccinated.<br />

Newport will be the first of the <strong>Pittwater</strong> Series on<br />

Sunday January 2 followed by Bilgola (Jan 16), Mona Vale<br />

(Jan 23) and the Big Swim from Palm Beach to Whale<br />

Beach (Jan 30).<br />

The Avalon swims will be held on Sunday March 27;<br />

organisers will advise what vaccination requirements will<br />

apply.<br />

“We are excited that the <strong>Pittwater</strong> Series will see the<br />

reinvigoration of ocean swimming in <strong>Pittwater</strong> after these<br />

tough times.”<br />

Details of each swim in the series will be available on<br />

oceanswims.com and on each club’s website.<br />

New COVID plan<br />

for public spaces<br />

Northern Beaches Council has<br />

released a plan to manage<br />

crowds and maximise public<br />

safety in public open places<br />

now and as restrictions<br />

ease in the coming months.<br />

The COVID-19 Action Plan<br />

for Outdoor Public Spaces is<br />

adaptable and designed to<br />

support NSW Public Health<br />

Orders. It provides a framework<br />

for how Council will work with<br />

NSW Police, Surf <strong>Life</strong>saving<br />

and other authorities as the<br />

weather warms. Proactive<br />

measures Council will<br />

implement include establishing<br />

a Beach Safety Working Group<br />

with key stakeholders to<br />

deliver a coordinated response;<br />

activating additional flagged<br />

areas to reduce crowd density<br />

as required; increasing<br />

cleansing of public places;<br />

monitoring by rangers and<br />

lifeguards with reminders of<br />

social distancing and crowd<br />

gathering restrictions; ongoing<br />

review of parking restrictions;<br />

and regular and consistent<br />

communication through onsite<br />

signage, website, lifeguard<br />

announcements and other<br />

digital and social channels.<br />

“Our priority is to keep our<br />

public places like beaches,<br />

parks, playgrounds and pools<br />

open. We know how critical<br />

they are for the mental health<br />

of our residents,” said Mayor<br />

Michael Regan. You can view<br />

the plan on Council’s website.<br />

Local Probus news<br />

The next meeting of Palm<br />

Beach and Peninsula Probus<br />

Club is scheduled for <strong>October</strong><br />

20; it will be held at Club Palm<br />

Beach, starting 9.30am – subject<br />

to restrictions easing and the<br />

club re-opening. Guest speaker<br />

is Maureen Brew whose talk,<br />

‘Venture into the Hermit<br />

Kingdom’, will detail her<br />

personal experiences travelling<br />

around North Korea. While<br />

most travellers are corralled<br />

within the capital, Pyongyang,<br />

with perhaps a side trip to the<br />

demilitarised zone, Maureen’s<br />

travels by bus, train and plane<br />

took her as far as the Chinese<br />

and Russians borders. For more<br />

info call Carmel (0414 978 465)<br />

or Faye (0421 495 846). Also,<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Probus Club will push<br />

ahead with a Zoom meeting<br />

on <strong>October</strong> 12. Guest speaker<br />

is Hetta Mollema who will<br />

talk about the vision of John<br />

Bradfield in response to the<br />

need for transportation between<br />

the Sydney CBD and the<br />

connection to the North Shore<br />

that had to include trams and<br />

trains. It will follow the trail<br />

of the harbour bridge design<br />

and why the arch configuration<br />

was chosen. Log in details in<br />

the <strong>October</strong> Club Newsletter;<br />

visitors welcome. More info<br />

Terry Larke (0412 220 820).<br />

Keep cats safe at home<br />

The NSW Government and NB<br />

Council are collaborating on a<br />

new initiative to help curb the<br />

toll on native wildlife caused<br />

by domestic cats across the<br />

state. The ‘Keeping Cats Safe<br />

at Home’ program will help<br />

protect wildlife, with domestic<br />

cats estimated to kill around<br />

67 million native mammals,<br />

83 million native reptiles and<br />

80 million native birds in<br />

Australia each year. NB Council<br />

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CEO Ray Brownlee said: “This<br />

is a very worthy initiative<br />

to provide education and<br />

advice to communities on the<br />

importance of containing their<br />

cats safely at home. Council will<br />

work with local veterinarians,<br />

companion animal groups, cat<br />

owners, and wildlife groups<br />

to change attitudes and<br />

behaviours in the community<br />

towards responsible cat<br />

ownership. Additionally, school<br />

curriculum-linked resources<br />

will be developed.<br />

HSC prospects<br />

brighten<br />

As end-of-year exams<br />

approach, Council has<br />

launched a new digital<br />

program, HSC Bright, to help<br />

students prepare and perform<br />

their best. Until Friday 15<br />

<strong>October</strong>, HSC Bright will offer<br />

a free online support program<br />

for HSC students in a series<br />

of information sessions and<br />

seminars. HSC Bright will<br />

provide plenty of resources and<br />

practical tips on everything<br />

from managing health during<br />

this important period to<br />

specialist speakers on a variety<br />

of HSC subjects. As well there<br />

are trivia and pop quizzes for<br />

that all-important down time.<br />

Register via Council’s website.<br />

Donation bin<br />

volunteers wanted<br />

Are you retired with a bit of<br />

spare time on your hands?<br />

Perhaps you’d like to volunteer<br />

to help clear collection<br />

bins of perishable food and<br />

grocery donations in the<br />

upper Northern Beaches,<br />

which are then forwarded<br />

to the Addi Road Food<br />

Pantry at Marrickville. The<br />

Pantry is part of the Addison<br />

Road Community Centre<br />

(which was awarded Best<br />

Community Group <strong>2021</strong> by<br />

City Hub Sydney Magazine).<br />

Among other activities,<br />

they provide food and other<br />

groceries to more than 8,000<br />

people each week who are<br />

doing it tough, in the southern<br />

Continued on page 30<br />

Good deed rewarded<br />

When Warriewood<br />

schoolgirl<br />

Evalani Pouli travelled<br />

to Tonga in 2014, she<br />

was shocked to see<br />

the poor sanitation<br />

the locals endured<br />

as well as the lack of<br />

access to essential<br />

resources.<br />

It inspired her to<br />

do something for<br />

their community –<br />

resulting in Evalani<br />

being one of only 10<br />

award recipients in the<br />

recent <strong>2021</strong> Edstart<br />

Achievement Awards.<br />

Now a Year 10<br />

student at Stella<br />

Maris College, Manly,<br />

Evalani was proud to<br />

receive a $1500 grant<br />

towards her vision<br />

of supplying packs<br />

of sanitary products<br />

to the community of<br />

Talafo’ou in Tonga.<br />

Evalani won her grant<br />

in the Social Impact<br />

category.<br />

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and western areas of Sydney<br />

and as far away as Wilcannia.<br />

Organisers are seeking<br />

volunteers to help boost<br />

numbers in the Warriewood<br />

and Mona Vale areas – the<br />

more volunteers they get, the<br />

more stores they can invite to<br />

Sand excavations<br />

until December<br />

major excavation of sand from near<br />

A the entrance of Narrabeen Lagoon<br />

– part of the ongoing management of<br />

the lagoon to reduce flooding risk – is<br />

scheduled to be completed in time for<br />

the December School Holidays, Council<br />

has announced.<br />

The last Narrabeen Lagoon entrance<br />

clearance occurred in 2018 and the site<br />

has had to undertake more frequent<br />

mechanical openings in recent months<br />

as the sand has built up.<br />

“These major sand clearances are<br />

conducted every 3-4 years as swell and<br />

tides gradually push more and more<br />

sand into the lagoon,” explained Mayor<br />

Michael Regan.<br />

“Since we completed the last major<br />

be part of this project. More<br />

info addiroad.org.au; or Rob<br />

Hunt (0409 076 045) or email<br />

robhunt97@gmail.com<br />

Council audit of<br />

Local sport fields<br />

Council is auditing LGA<br />

sport ground amenities, with<br />

particular reference to the<br />

condition of the facility, which<br />

sporting groups use it, whether<br />

it is adequate for future needs,<br />

and whether provision needs to<br />

be made for female changing<br />

rooms. CEO Ray Brownlee<br />

excavations, waves and ocean swells<br />

have pushed sand back in and filled<br />

the entrance… tens of thousands of<br />

cubic metres of sand has returned to<br />

the entrance on the eastern and western<br />

sides of the Ocean Street bridge.”<br />

Cr Regan said that once completed, the<br />

lagoon was expected to remain open for<br />

several years “… although as always, we<br />

are at the mercy of mother nature as to<br />

said Council was working<br />

closely with sporting groups to<br />

deliver modern, fit-for-purpose<br />

amenities to ensure it kept up<br />

with demand and supported<br />

every sportsperson. “It’s<br />

important we investigate which<br />

amenities need upgrading,<br />

how long.”<br />

The lagoon clearance and bridge<br />

works will take around 12 weeks to<br />

complete (weather dependent) with the<br />

lagoon reopened in mid-December in<br />

time for the holiday period.<br />

During the works there may be minor<br />

traffic disruption in the vicinity of Ocean<br />

Street Bridge and some periodic limits to<br />

access to parts of the lagoon entrance.<br />

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so funds for upgrades are<br />

allocated where they are most<br />

needed,” he said.<br />

Clubs NSW excited<br />

about re-opening<br />

Clubs have welcomed the NSW<br />

Government’s unveiling of<br />

the road map to reopening<br />

hospitality venues and are<br />

reiterating the call for all<br />

club patrons, suppliers and<br />

employees to get vaccinated<br />

as soon as possible. ClubsNSW<br />

CEO Josh Landis said his<br />

industry had done everything<br />

in its power to assist in the<br />

fight against COVID-19,<br />

with more than a dozen<br />

clubs currently acting as<br />

vaccination hubs and several<br />

others transforming their<br />

carparks and function spaces<br />

into testing clinics. Locally,<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL continued to<br />

prove its ‘community leader’<br />

status and dedication to<br />

the support of its team, its<br />

members, and locals. Over<br />

the past four months the<br />

Club has donated over 1,900<br />

free <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL Chef-made<br />

meals to the Link Community<br />

Care programs that support<br />

vulnerable members of the<br />

community with a free meal<br />

service; and made more than<br />

1,596 phone calls to the Club’s<br />

most vulnerable members<br />

to check in to see how they<br />

are going and to see if they<br />

require any support.<br />

Falinski calls for<br />

teacher vax hub<br />

Mackellar MP Jason Falinski is<br />

pushing the NSW Government<br />

to open a vaccination hub<br />

on the Northern Beaches<br />

that prioritises students and<br />

teachers. Both Wakehurst<br />

and Warringah Rugby Clubs<br />

have offered up their fields,<br />

clubhouses and amenities<br />

at Belrose and Narrabeen;<br />

these venues are now being<br />

considered by NSW Health.<br />

This follows the recent<br />

communication from Dee<br />

Why RSL who offered their<br />

premises to trial drivethrough<br />

vaccinations on the<br />

Northern Beaches. Former<br />

Wakehurst Rugby Club<br />

President Gareth Blades says<br />

the club wants to do its bit<br />

in helping the community.<br />

“Unfortunately, there has<br />

been no rugby played on<br />

our facilities for over three<br />

months,” he said. “I drive past<br />

our ground most days and<br />

think it would be a perfect<br />

location to set up a vaccination<br />

hub.”<br />

Calling budding<br />

radio presenters<br />

After a series of COVID<br />

postponements, community<br />

radio station Radio Northern<br />

Beaches is planning to hold its<br />

one-day Radio Skills Workshop<br />

on Saturday <strong>October</strong> 16 at<br />

the Station’s studios in Terrey<br />

Hills. The Workshop runs from<br />

9am to 4pm. It’s limited to 10<br />

students and costs $140 for the<br />

day. Email training@rnb.org.au<br />

for more info or book through<br />

Northern Beaches and Mosman<br />

College at nbmc.nsw.edu.au/<br />

course/Radio_Workshop.<br />

Vet<br />

on call<br />

with Dr Brown<br />

Hip dysplasia, a<br />

degenerative joint disease<br />

which affects the ball and<br />

socket joint of the hip in the<br />

hind legs of dogs, is one of<br />

the most common inherited<br />

orthopaedic diseases in dogs.<br />

Larger breeds of dogs such<br />

as Labradors and Golden<br />

Retrievers are the most<br />

commonly affected by hip<br />

dysplasia, however it can<br />

occur in any breed.<br />

Hip radiographs or x-rays,<br />

especially the PennHip x-ray<br />

series – are the most reliable<br />

means of diagnosing and<br />

predicting which dogs will<br />

develop hip dysplasia.<br />

The PennHip x-ray series<br />

can be performed on dogs<br />

from 16 weeks of age, and is<br />

performed under a general<br />

anaesthetic. The resulting<br />

x-ray series are then sent to<br />

the University of Pennsylvania<br />

for interpretation and a<br />

ranking is provided according<br />

to the dog’s specific breed<br />

– for the potential of them<br />

developing hip dysplasia.<br />

If the PennHip x-ray<br />

series if not required, the<br />

veterinarian may recommend<br />

that your dog has a standard<br />

hip-extended x-ray taken to<br />

assess for radiographic signs<br />

of arthritis. This procedure<br />

still requires a general<br />

anaesthetic, and whilst it<br />

does not provide the same<br />

level of interpretation as the<br />

PennHip x-ray series, it is still<br />

commonly used to assess hip<br />

health in dogs.<br />

If a predisposition to hip<br />

dysplasia is diagnosed for<br />

your dog, the vet will discuss<br />

management options aimed<br />

towards delaying the onset<br />

and severity of arthritis and<br />

associated pain.<br />

For more information about<br />

hip dysplasia in pets, speak<br />

to one of our friendly team<br />

at Sydney Animal Hospitals<br />

Avalon 9918 0833 or<br />

Newport 9997 4609.<br />

sydneyanimalhospitals.<br />

com.au<br />

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Mind game<br />

<strong>Life</strong> Stories<br />

changer<br />

Jason Partington’s focus on meditation<br />

for mental health continues to benefit the<br />

local and broader community.<br />

Story by Rosamund Burton<br />

<strong>October</strong> is National Mental Health<br />

Month and Avalon resident Jason<br />

Partington and his team at Making<br />

Meditation Mainstream are running the 28<br />

to TWENTY EIGHT initiative, challenging<br />

Aussies to meditate for 10 minutes daily<br />

for 28 days from 1st to 28th <strong>October</strong> and<br />

raise money for <strong>Life</strong>line.<br />

Jason who turned 50 at the beginning of<br />

the year, has meditated for 22 years, but it<br />

was an evening at Avalon SLSC in mid-<br />

2018, which has driven him to encourage<br />

members of the community to spend<br />

time sitting in silence. In 2018 there were<br />

30 suicides on the Northern Beaches, the<br />

majority of which were males. Jason and<br />

his two teenage sons attended a free event<br />

at the surf club for men only called A Night<br />

with the Blokes. It was hosted by radio<br />

presenter and co-founder of Gotcha4<strong>Life</strong>,<br />

Gus Worland, and Tomorrow Man founder,<br />

Tom Harkin. It promised to be a casual<br />

but honest conversation about the male<br />

stereotype and what tomorrow’s man<br />

could look like. Thirty men were expected<br />

to turn up, but 300 fronted. Men who had<br />

lost their sons to suicide spoke about the<br />

moments before they died. Many men<br />

talked about feeling depressed, anxious<br />

and also lonely.<br />

“I was sitting there thinking if only these<br />

men meditated,” Jason recounts. “I felt so<br />

grateful that I had this skill that I could<br />

lean into when I was feeling sad, defeated<br />

or lonely,” In that moment he decided that<br />

he needed to share the knowledge he had<br />

gained from his meditation journey to help<br />

others.<br />

“For me meditation is the answer,<br />

especially for men’s problems, because<br />

men often don’t have a relationship with<br />

themselves. They seek outside. They are<br />

trying to keep up with a stereotype which<br />

creates a burden they can’t talk about.”<br />

He came up with two initiatives Making<br />

Meditation Mainstream, which offers<br />

free meditation and is a charity, and a<br />

Meditation For Men course.<br />

He realised that a course for guys needed<br />

direct, straightforward language, and an<br />

emphasis that this meditation was easy,<br />

accessible and practical. Also, he knew that<br />

for men to open up and speak authentically<br />

he must create a safe space, which meant<br />

making it guys-only. The blokes needed<br />

a challenge and strong guidelines for<br />

them to commit to a regular meditation<br />

practice. The other key was support<br />

and accountability, so regular ongoing<br />

meetings. With the structure in place he<br />

held the first Meditation for Men course.<br />

At 6.30 on a Saturday morning in<br />

December 2018 he stuck a sign in the<br />

sand inviting people to join him on Avalon<br />

beach for a free 20-minute meditation, and<br />

that was the start of Making Meditation<br />

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Mainstream. He had invited participants<br />

of the Meditation For Men course to also<br />

sit with him, so there were a small group<br />

of them, but within weeks numbers grew<br />

to 10, then 20 and 30 people were sitting<br />

in silence on the beach every Saturday<br />

morning. Other groups were established on<br />

the Northern Beaches at North Narrabeen,<br />

Dee Why, Freshwater, North Steyne and<br />

South Steyne (Manly) and further south<br />

in Bondi and Cronulla. There are now 20<br />

groups, included one in the UK and another<br />

in Switzerland. Currently with the COVID<br />

lockdown, sessions are being held online<br />

but will hopefully return to the beaches in<br />

the next few months.<br />

Jason is originally from Adelaide. He<br />

says he was sporty more than academic at<br />

school. He studied physical education at<br />

college in Adelaide, before working at Club<br />

Med for five years as a tennis coach and<br />

sports instructor. His parents were hardworking,<br />

disciplined with strong values,<br />

but despite their example from aged 18 to<br />

28 Jason says he associated with sportsmen<br />

whose off-field antics often involved getting<br />

drunk and taking drugs. On the one hand<br />

he was learning about leadership and had<br />

met his now wife, Kendra, but also he was<br />

struggling with a lack of purpose and<br />

depression. He would escape by partying<br />

and abusing alcohol and party drugs, then<br />

fall into a black hole of shame and regret.<br />

“When you don’t have any context of<br />

who you are, or what you’re here to do in<br />

the world, you don’t have anything to grab<br />

onto, so you grab onto addiction to feed<br />

that emptiness,” he reflects.<br />

A friend, recognising that Jason was on a<br />

Continued on page 34<br />

<strong>Life</strong> Stories<br />

CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE: Jason Partington at<br />

Avalon Beach; back in the day with wife Kendra and<br />

children Tom, Bronte and Sam; the drive to make<br />

meditation mainstream; dawn at Avalon Beach; the<br />

young tennis star in 1986; with his parents and<br />

siblings in Adelaide in the 1990s; One of the early<br />

groups meditating on Avalon Beach; his spiritual<br />

journey of discovery to India around the turn of the<br />

millenium, including intense yoga.<br />

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Continued from page 33<br />

downward spiral, insisted he attend a fourweek<br />

meditation course conducted by Gita<br />

Bellin. Jason followed the strict guidelines<br />

and meditated for 20 minutes twice a day.<br />

“At the end of that course my<br />

perspective on life had changed and there<br />

was a spark that lit inside me. I know it<br />

sounds crazy, but I literally changed as a<br />

person in four weeks.”<br />

Thirsty for knowledge he read books,<br />

travelled to India where he visited ashrams<br />

and Buddhist centres, practiced yoga<br />

and attended silent retreats in order to<br />

understand the many different types<br />

of meditation and learn from different<br />

masters.<br />

“Before, my life was about ego –<br />

about recognition, earning money and<br />

accumulating assets – and suddenly it<br />

shifted to something deeper. For me<br />

meditation is the difference between fear<br />

and love. When I meditate twice a day I<br />

stay on the side of love, acceptance and<br />

connection and I’m a much better version<br />

of myself. When I don’t meditate I fall into<br />

fear and ego.”<br />

Jason and Kendra, who is a nurse and<br />

originally from New Zealand, have three<br />

kids. Nineteen-year-old Sam is currently<br />

surfing in WA, Tom is in Year 12 at<br />

Barrenjoey High and the drummer for The<br />

Rions, who won Triple J’s Unearthed High<br />

for <strong>2021</strong> with their song ‘Night Light’, and<br />

youngest is keen surfer Bronte aged 13.<br />

Having spent the early years of their<br />

marriage in Adelaide and Sydney’s Eastern<br />

Suburbs, Jason and Kendra moved the<br />

family to Avalon 11 years ago. Jason<br />

worked as a sales manager for a large<br />

group of fitness clubs, which later became<br />

Fitness First, before setting up his own<br />

company to market and distribute an<br />

education tool in Australia, Asia, the<br />

Middle East and Africa. Then with a couple<br />

of partners he established a property<br />

investment company. Now his focus is on<br />

performance coaching and meditation.<br />

Currently, he is working three days a week<br />

with the sales team of The Doers Way, the<br />

international company founded by Aussie<br />

Grace Lever to enable female entrepreneurs<br />

to build profitable lifestyle businesses.<br />

In 2018, several weeks after the evening<br />

at the surf club, Jason met local resident<br />

Mike Britton, who has done men’s circle<br />

work for 20 years. He supported Jason<br />

in establishing Making Meditation<br />

Mainstream and Meditation For Men, and<br />

says that more than a handful of men have<br />

told him that they would not be here today<br />

if it wasn’t for these programs.<br />

From the beginning of <strong>2021</strong> Mike has<br />

been Jason’s business partner for The Sit,<br />

the umbrella organisation for the courses,<br />

retreats and events, which also includes<br />

a Meditation For Women course and<br />

corporate programs.<br />

“Jason is unstoppable,” says<br />

Mike. “He doesn’t need validation or<br />

acknowledgement. He recognises what<br />

meditation has done for him and he wants<br />

to give that to the world.”<br />

Gus Worland admits that he would roll<br />

his eyes when people suggested he should<br />

learn to meditate, but having done the<br />

course and experiencing the calming effect<br />

of meditation he is a convert.<br />

“Jason breaks it down for an Aussie male<br />

to feel comfortable and safe... I just wish I’d<br />

done it years earlier.”<br />

Last year 28 for TWENTY EIGHT<br />

attracted 4,500 people, raised $31,500 for<br />

<strong>Life</strong>line, and was awarded 2020 Northern<br />

Beaches Community Event of the Year.<br />

Jason is hoping to get more people on<br />

board this year and to raise more funds<br />

for <strong>Life</strong>line, which is experiencing a record<br />

number of crisis calls and a huge increase<br />

for local counselling services due to the<br />

impact of COVID-19.<br />

“As well as raising money for suicide<br />

prevention services, you could be<br />

establishing a self-care practice that makes<br />

a difference in your own life every day,”<br />

Jason says.<br />

This man is doing great work, and after<br />

hearing what meditation has done for<br />

him, his 28-day challenge should be on<br />

everyone’s to-do list.<br />

* Makingmeditationmainstream.com.au<br />

or Facebook for more information.<br />

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Books<br />

Mick’s ‘exercise’ in vindication<br />

Bilgola Plateau-based writer, editor, TV and radio producer and academic<br />

fundraiser Mick Le Moignan has added another notch to his belt setting up a<br />

local publishing company and writing and printing his first novel The English<br />

Teacher. Interview by Lisa Offord<br />

Books<br />

Q: Tell us about yourself...<br />

I first came here in my 20s,<br />

when I was TV Critic for The<br />

Australian and wrote TV and<br />

radio scripts for the ABC. I<br />

rented a holiday home at Whale<br />

Beach out of season. Watching<br />

surfers from the deck brought<br />

back my childhood in Jersey.<br />

I’ve travelled a lot, but Sydney<br />

has been home ever since.<br />

When my wife, Trish, and I<br />

came back in 2009, we moved<br />

to Bilgola Plateau.<br />

Q: When and why did you<br />

begin writing?<br />

I wanted to be a writer from the<br />

age of eight. I studied English<br />

Literature at Cambridge and<br />

worked as a TV newsreader<br />

before starting to travel the<br />

world. Sydney was halfway, so<br />

I stayed here with friends to<br />

earn some money and realised<br />

this was the promised land!<br />

I always intended to write<br />

novels, but kept doing other<br />

things. I reviewed theatre and<br />

films for The Sydney Morning<br />

Herald, made TV docos about<br />

Indigenous life and culture,<br />

started another film production<br />

company in the UK and made<br />

100+ programs for the BBC,<br />

was Script Editor for British<br />

TV series like Eastenders<br />

and The Bill and ran a large,<br />

provincial theatre for a while.<br />

Then I became a fundraiser for<br />

a Cambridge college and had<br />

the privilege of working with<br />

and getting to know Stephen<br />

Hawking (pictured with Mick). I<br />

came home to raise funds for<br />

the Sydney Conservatorium of<br />

Music. I didn’t finish my first<br />

novel until last year.<br />

Q: What inspired you to write<br />

this book?<br />

Someone gave me Remains of<br />

the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro for<br />

Christmas. I read it on Boxing<br />

Day and started writing The<br />

English Teacher the next day.<br />

I realised that heroes don’t<br />

have to be heroic, just real,<br />

and if they’re flawed and<br />

ordinary, so much the better.<br />

The teacher in the novel,<br />

Henry Barraclough, is loosely<br />

based on a university friend<br />

who worked at a British public<br />

school and was falsely accused<br />

of sexual impropriety. His story<br />

was quite tragic, but he still<br />

realised his dream of sharing<br />

his passion for literature with<br />

the next generation. Henry<br />

is a very fussy, precise man,<br />

who has seven exercise books<br />

left over from his career. The<br />

fiction is that when his whole<br />

life crashes, he decides to use<br />

those exercise books to tell the<br />

truth about what happened –<br />

before making his final exit.<br />

Q: How did it come together?<br />

At last, when it was finished,<br />

I showed it to my friend,<br />

Australian novelist Natalie<br />

Scott, who gave me her brilliant<br />

Wobbly Truths and Other<br />

Stories to read. She was having<br />

difficulties getting a publisher,<br />

so I offered to publish it for<br />

her. Natalie said ‘only if you<br />

publish your book as well!’<br />

So that was the deal. I set up<br />

Bouley Bay Books with huge<br />

help from Natalie’s son-in-law,<br />

Roger Haubrich, who runs<br />

the Warriewood printing<br />

company, Image DTO, and<br />

we’re launching both books<br />

together. In future, we hope<br />

to bring out 3-4 books a year<br />

by local authors. We’re getting<br />

them into our great local<br />

bookshops as fast as we can<br />

but they’re also available online<br />

at Booktopia, Worldofbooks,<br />

Amazon, etc. Readers can order<br />

direct from Bouley Bay Books<br />

with free delivery by emailing<br />

MLM444@gmail.com or visit<br />

the website bouleybaybooks.<br />

com.<br />

Q: Any interesting feedback?<br />

The first four readers were<br />

all ‘of a certain age’. They all<br />

said they enjoyed the book but<br />

found it ‘surprisingly spicy’!<br />

So I added a sort of health<br />

warning on the back cover,<br />

saying ‘The Head of English at<br />

a British public school writes a<br />

brutally honest account of the<br />

intensely sexual and secret love<br />

affair that destroys his career<br />

and potentially his life’. We<br />

don’t want anyone getting overexcited,<br />

do we?<br />

Q: Anything else?<br />

Henry is steeped in English<br />

literature, he lives and breathes<br />

it and quotes the most<br />

wonderful words ever written,<br />

all the time. It’s quite a British<br />

book and Henry is a very<br />

uptight person (not like me at<br />

all!) but I think anyone who<br />

loves books and poetry will<br />

enjoy it. My next novel’s going<br />

to be set here, with less sadness<br />

and more sunshine. Maybe<br />

even less sex...but I’m not sure!<br />

36 OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Hot Property<br />

Hot Property<br />

Schools catchments driving prices up<br />

Parents are paying a<br />

premium for homes in<br />

the catchments of highly<br />

regarded schools.<br />

According to Domain’s<br />

annual School Zones Report<br />

of all the school zones across<br />

NSW, the Barrenjoey High<br />

School catchment recorded the<br />

strongest growth with house<br />

prices up $870,000 or 45<br />

per cent in the past year to a<br />

median of $2,802,500.<br />

House prices in the Newport<br />

Public School catchment also<br />

lifted at least 40 per cent.<br />

Domain’s chief of research<br />

Nicola Powell said the pandemic<br />

had helped “supercharge”<br />

school catchment prices, with<br />

flexible working allowing young<br />

families to relocate to suburbs<br />

with easy access to beaches,<br />

parks and schools.<br />

Off-market<br />

September surge<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> houses continue to be<br />

snapped up by highly motivated<br />

buyers at record prices, and<br />

increasingly on the quiet.<br />

For example, the landmark<br />

Art Deco-style home on the<br />

point of Palm Beach and Whale<br />

Beach at 339 Whale Beach Road<br />

sold in less than 12 days last<br />

month to a client registered<br />

on the LJ Hooker database for<br />

the full asking price of $12m, a<br />

new record for an oceanfront<br />


339 Whale Beach Road<br />

sold for the asking<br />

price of $12 million<br />

in under 12 days.<br />

property in the area.<br />

Another impressive offmarket<br />

result was achieved by<br />

LJ Hooker’s Palm Beach office<br />

when a house at 3 Canara<br />

Place – a cul-de-sac off Pacific<br />

Road – was traded quietly<br />

for over $6m. Also, the team<br />

at LJ Hooker’s Avalon office<br />

achieved a remarkable result<br />

for the vendors of 43 Trappers<br />

Way who accepted an offer<br />

of $4,625,000 a week after<br />

the property was promoted<br />

through the agency’s database.<br />

Meanwhile their Newport<br />

office sold 18 Palm Road within<br />

eight days for a street record<br />

$5,100,000 – almost $1m over<br />

the guide!<br />

By Lisa Offord<br />

Avalon Beach boon<br />

Avalon Beach has been singled<br />

out by property expert and<br />

founder of the McGrath brand,<br />

John McGrath, as one of<br />

Australia’s hot spots.<br />

Each year the entrepreneur<br />

pinpoints five suburbs in each<br />

capital city expected to see<br />

strong growth.<br />

The McGrath Report 2022’s<br />

top Sydney picks are Avalon<br />

Beach, Camden, Homebush,<br />

Booker Bay and Malabar.<br />

Mr McGrath says proximity<br />

to the city is becoming less<br />

valuable for many over lifestyle.<br />

“COVID-19 has sent<br />

Sydneysiders running for the<br />

best coastal lifestyle options.<br />

“Plus the surf, sand and coffee<br />

of Avalon Beach makes it front<br />

and centre up there with the<br />

best. Locals enjoy its charming<br />

retail village. Prices are up and<br />

they won’t stop any time soon<br />

as seachanger telecommuters<br />

vie or the best addresses.”<br />

Buyers agent<br />

observations<br />

During the COVID lockdown<br />

there have been some excellent<br />

opportunities for buyers<br />

to purchase property, even<br />

though there has been a lack of<br />

stock in the open market and a<br />

high buyer demand.<br />

Marika Martinez from Sydney<br />

Northern Beaches Buyers<br />

Agents says the reasons for<br />

this are twofold.<br />

“Firstly, many vendors<br />

chose not to spend thousands<br />

of dollars on auction<br />

marketing campaigns with<br />

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Hot Property<br />

Hot Property<br />

Continued from page 38<br />

the uncertainty of how the<br />

COVID lockdowns are affecting<br />

the market and the ability of<br />

buyers to inspect properties<br />

and actively bid at auction.<br />

“This is a very real concern<br />

as it is difficult to inspect<br />

properties when agents are<br />

only allowed to conduct oneon-one<br />

inspections with limited<br />

time slots available for buyers<br />

to do so, also many buyers are<br />

not comfortable with Zoom or<br />

telephone auctions.<br />

“The second reason is the<br />

inability of many out-of-area<br />

buyers to inspect property,<br />

thereby potentially reducing the<br />

amount of buyer engagement.”<br />

This is where Ms Martinez<br />

has been able to assist her<br />

clients to find and secure their<br />

next home, working for both<br />

local and out-of-area buyers.<br />

“Having been a selling<br />

agent on the Beaches for over<br />

20 years I know how to get<br />

the deal done quickly and<br />

efficiently… while many other<br />

buyers are still waiting and<br />

wondering what the next move<br />

should be, in the meantime I<br />

have bought the home.”<br />

ADVICE:<br />

Martika Martinez.<br />


Belle Property Escapes<br />

reports strong demand<br />

for holiday homes.<br />

Ms Martinez says she is<br />

notified by agents on an<br />

almost daily basis of upcoming<br />

off-market opportunities as<br />

well as being contacted by<br />

sellers asking if she has a<br />

buyer for their property.<br />

Over the past 12 months she<br />

has averaged two property<br />

purchases per month for<br />

clients, consisting of an<br />

approximately equal amount<br />

of off-market properties,<br />

pre-auction negotiations and<br />

successfully bidding at auction.<br />

With the spring and summer<br />

selling season coinciding with<br />

lockdowns ending soon, Ms<br />

Martinez forecasts we will be<br />

back in a buying frenzy with<br />

prices continuing to soar for<br />

some time.<br />

“While interest rates remain<br />

low, affordability remains high<br />

among many buyers. It is a<br />

simple equation of supply and<br />

demand.”<br />

* More info snbba.com.au<br />

Holiday homes<br />

are in demand<br />

Local property owners are<br />

being urged to consider<br />

letting out their holiday<br />

homes to meet a surge in<br />

high-end demand.<br />

Belle Property Escapes<br />

Northern Beaches is already<br />

reporting strong demand<br />

for holiday rental properties<br />

across <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

Belle Property Escapes,<br />

which works alongside Belle<br />

Property Avalon, forecasts that<br />

the end of <strong>2021</strong> and beginning<br />

of 2022 will see enquiry at<br />

unprecedented levels.<br />

New manager Pip Curtin,<br />

who recently joined the team<br />

after 16 years’ experience<br />

in the Tourism/Travel sector<br />

managing travel agencies,<br />

said Belle Property Escapes<br />

were specialists at providing<br />

a seamless and hassle-free<br />

holiday letting experience.<br />

Pip says she is excited<br />

to combine her sales and<br />

customer service skills with<br />

a love of real estate and the<br />

northern beaches.<br />

“We’re experts in<br />

providing premium holiday<br />

and short-term property<br />

experiences,” said Pip.<br />

“We take care of<br />

everything and we have a<br />

dedicated holiday concierge<br />

to greet guests at your home<br />

on arrival to walk through<br />

the details of your property.”<br />

Also, Pip said many local<br />

families might be looking<br />

to put a tough year behind<br />

them with a domestic<br />

holiday in NSW or further<br />

afield subject to state<br />

borders opening.<br />

“Opening your home for<br />

others to enjoy while earning<br />

additional income when you<br />

are not using it is easy and<br />

we can help make it happen.”<br />

* More info 9918 9933 or<br />

belleescapes.com.au<br />

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Renovated with <strong>Pittwater</strong> views<br />

Palm Beach<br />

910 Barrenjoey Road<br />

2 Bed/ 2 Bath/ 2 Car<br />

In an elevated location on a huge block of land spanning over<br />

1200sqm, with <strong>Pittwater</strong> views across to Stokes Point, this<br />

property offers a renovated, very comfortable and easy beachside<br />

lifestyle.<br />

Its lower level has two bedrooms featuring leafy outlooks. Upstairs<br />

is the open plan living/dining area, which is air conditioned,<br />

has a stained glass dome skylight, slow combustion heater and<br />

opens to a timber deck.<br />

Adjoining McKay Reserve, the home is afforded sunlight, privacy<br />

and an abundance of birdlife, whilst being located across the<br />

road from the pathway to Thyra Reserve and just a mere walk to<br />

the <strong>Pittwater</strong> foreshore.<br />

* Contact the listing agents @LJ Hooker Avalon: Peter Robinson<br />

(0401 21 90 77) or Dennis Kennelly on (0477 977 971).<br />

Exclusive beachside bliss<br />

Whale Beach<br />

1 Malo Road<br />

5 Bed / 5 Bath / 3 Car<br />

Built over three exclusive levels to the highest standard with<br />

luxurious liveability in mind, this stylish beach home is situated<br />

in one of the most sought-after streets in Whale Beach.<br />

Enjoying spectacular ocean views within a north-east aspect to<br />

the beachfront, indulge in a short stroll to the golden sands and<br />

glistening waters of Whale Beach.<br />

This showcase home features five spacious bedrooms across<br />

three varying levels, with bespoke chef’s kitchen, plus interconnecting<br />

internal and external areas (with water views).<br />

Ducted reverse-cycle air-conditioning, plus there’s convenient<br />

internal lift access and a double lock-up garage beneath. This<br />

magnificent residence is available to rent – in time for summer!<br />

* Contact the leasing consultant @LJ Hooker Avalon Beach:<br />

Liam Pickles (0499 005 479).<br />

Hot Property<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong> 41

Art <strong>Life</strong><br />

Exploring the<br />

ecologies of the sea<br />

Northern Beaches contemporary<br />

illustrator and painter<br />

Arlia Patterson – the Spring<br />

feature artist at Eye Doctors<br />

Mona Vale – is inspired by the<br />

ecologies of the sea, focusing<br />

on the beauty hidden under<br />

the ocean’s surface.<br />

Expanding from her previous<br />

exhibitions influenced by<br />

the surrounding Ku-ring-gai<br />

landscape, this collection of<br />

works will feature the unique<br />

characteristics of marine life<br />

that can be found off the<br />

shores of our beaches.<br />

Intricately drawn animals<br />

take centre stage, showcasing<br />

the vibrant colours and distinctive<br />

features of creatures that<br />

can be hard to find.<br />

“Exploring this hidden environment<br />

brings attention to<br />

not only the aesthetic beauty<br />

of the sea but also its fragility,<br />

susceptible to climate threats<br />

brought in the 21st century,”<br />

says Arlia.<br />

“The exhibition’s aim is to<br />

highlight the overwhelming<br />

amount of beauty we are in<br />

fear of losing from warming<br />

sea temperatures.”<br />

From the tiny plankton to<br />

the momentous blue whale,<br />

these animals are represented<br />

through vigilant brushstrokes,<br />

and stylised penwork in both<br />

canvas and print.<br />

Arlia is currently completing<br />

her Honours Degree in Fine<br />

Arts at the University of NSW<br />

Art and Design.<br />

Her exhibition at Eye Doctors<br />

Mona Vale (within 20 Bungan<br />

St Mona Vale) will feature<br />

cards, prints, original paintings<br />

and drawings for sale,<br />

with 25% of the proceeds to be<br />

donated to the Myanmar Eye<br />

Care Program to support the<br />

eye clinics in Myanmar through<br />

Eye Doctors Mona Vale.<br />

Visit her instagram @arlia_<br />

patterson and her Etsy Page:<br />

ArliaPatterson<br />

– LO<br />

Avalon icons in focus<br />

To celebrate 100 years since the naming of Avalon Beach,<br />

LJ Hooker Avalon Beach has sponsored local artist Adam<br />

Parsell to present his ICONS series.<br />

Principal Peter Robinson says they will be releasing 12 in<br />

total, with a new one released on LJ Hooker Avalon Beach’s<br />

Facebook and Instagram pages until Christmas.<br />

Recognising<br />

true Icons of the<br />

Avalon area and<br />

surfing community,<br />

the ICONS series<br />

explores the characters<br />

that make up<br />

this great seaside<br />

village.<br />

First up is local<br />

surfing identity and<br />

environmentalist<br />

Nic Laidlaw, founder<br />

of local business ‘Balanced Studio’, depicted with a typically<br />

brilliant, raw and authentic portrait.<br />

Others include Tina friend, local mum, business woman and<br />

former pro surfer; Rod Willis, former manager for Cold Chisel<br />

and a loved local, stylish surfer and father; and Adrian van<br />

Derwallen, the endless and tireless surf club supporter, school<br />

teacher and gutsy big wave rider.<br />

“Adam Parsell is a master at capturing the person in front of<br />

the camera and is a well-known identity within the local community,”<br />

said Peter Robinson.<br />

“We’re proud to help deliver a modern-times link to the heritage<br />

of Avalon Beach and in this way celebrate our past, present<br />

and future.”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

Art <strong>Life</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong> 47

Surfing <strong>Life</strong><br />

with Nick Carroll<br />

Split a year on the coast into<br />

four equal parts? Good luck!<br />

Suspicion is ‘real’ seasons are five- or six-year El Nino / La Nina arcs...<br />

Surfing <strong>Life</strong><br />

BIG & BEAUTIFUL: Narabeen in La Nina-activated 2020.<br />

Spring is upon us! Or is it?<br />

I kinda think the whole<br />

idea of seasons in this part<br />

of the world is a bit fraught,<br />

really. Trying to split a year<br />

on the Sydney coast into four<br />

equal parts – it doesn’t work.<br />

Since May, for instance, it<br />

feels as if we’ve lived through<br />

three of ’em. There was warm<br />

ocean surface water, bursts of<br />

rain, close-range storms and<br />

erratic powerful surf. Then<br />

there was a cooling ocean<br />

surface, longer dry periods,<br />

skittery wind shifts, and occasionally<br />

really BIG surf. Most<br />

recently, the water’s been<br />

steady-cold, the air’s been<br />

alternately freezing and almost<br />

summery, and the surf’s<br />

been flopping around like a<br />

stranded stingray.<br />

Things change here in ways<br />

un-dreamed-of by the people<br />

who named those four seasons<br />

way off in the land-bound and<br />

more predictable Northern<br />

Hemisphere.<br />

We have other things to<br />

think about. Like La Niña.<br />

La Niña is Spanish for “Little<br />

Girl”, and according to the Bureau<br />

of Meteorology, she is on<br />

PHOTO: Ian Bird<br />

BACK IN THE DAY: Bungan in 1968 – a historically active La Nina year.<br />

the bounce-back right now.<br />

But what is she, and what<br />

does she even mean for us?<br />

La Niña and her twin El Niño<br />

(The Christ Child, or Little Boy)<br />

are part of the El Niño Southern<br />

Oscillation, a very long-lived,<br />

regular cycle in which atmospheric<br />

pressures over the<br />

Pacific Ocean vary west to east<br />

and vice versa, usually over a<br />

period of five or so years.<br />

The names arise from the<br />

Peruvian fishermen who were<br />

among the first to recognise<br />

the cycle through its effects on<br />

their daily lives. They noticed<br />

that during some years, the<br />

coastal waters off Peru – usually<br />

bitterly cold thanks to<br />

relentless upwelling – would<br />

grow noticeably warmer,<br />

destroying the catch. The fish<br />

vanished offshore for months<br />

at a time, and the fishing life<br />

was a grim one.<br />

In other years the water<br />

temp would plummet, the fish<br />

would return en masse, and<br />

it was happy days all around<br />

in those northern Peru fishing<br />

villages.<br />

Their cold-water years were<br />

La Niña years. During that<br />

PHOTO: Courtesy Croll family archive<br />

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Maybe ’22 will blow up La Niña style. We’ll see. Meantime,<br />

look for an <strong>October</strong> that should be right on trend. The<br />

big continental high-pressure ridge tracking north across<br />

Australia is beginning to fracture and shift further south<br />

with the sun, and the Southern Ocean is still very active,<br />

sending bursts of chilly air north through the cracks in that<br />

high. This’ll mean some rain, onshore winds broken by nice<br />

but possibly rather breezy weather, and a wide variety of not<br />

very high-quality surf. Water trying to warm up and failing.<br />

First bluebottles for sure. Sorry.<br />

Nick Carroll<br />

phase of the cycle, there’s<br />

an acceleration of the Pacific<br />

tradewinds, pushing a lot of<br />

warm surface water into the<br />

western Pacific, raising sea<br />

levels around western Pacific<br />

atolls and island groups, and<br />

also raising moisture content<br />

in the atmosphere above those<br />

warm, swollen seas.<br />

Cue increased chance of<br />

typhoons and tropical cyclones<br />

off the Philippines and Australia,<br />

generally more unstable<br />

weather across northern and<br />

eastern Australia, and as one<br />

of those wacky side-effects, a<br />

seriously increased chance of<br />

surf for us.<br />

Pretty much all the great<br />

years for surf along the Australian<br />

east coast for the past 50<br />

years have been La Niña years.<br />

In the El Niño phase of<br />

the cycle, those powerful<br />

tradewinds relax. If you’re a<br />

weather watcher who takes<br />

note of satellite surface wind<br />

readings, this tradewind<br />

switch-off can be really noticeable.<br />

The subtropical wind<br />

band just karks it, and warm<br />

surface water floods back<br />

across the Pacific toward the<br />

Americas’ coasts, carrying the<br />

atmospheric trigger with it.<br />

El Niño helps to activate<br />

the North Pacific storm track,<br />

as cold cold storms drive<br />

off Siberia and expand over<br />

warmer waters toward Hawaii<br />

and California, bringing snow,<br />

rain, and massive surf with<br />

them. Pretty much all the great<br />

years for North America and<br />

the tropical island chains have<br />

been El Niño years.<br />

I never knew any of this as<br />

a kid, goggling over the surf<br />

mag pictures of Pipeline and<br />

Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay<br />

one year, and standing there in<br />

some Sydney autumn watching<br />

the beaches wash away the<br />

next.<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

Now I vaguely suspect these<br />

are our real seasons – these<br />

five or six year arcs. The Pacific<br />

ENSO cycle, not summer<br />

or winter, is the source of Australia’s<br />

famous “droughts and<br />

flooding rains”. It’s part of why<br />

Indigenous people learned to<br />

accommodate the land rather<br />

than try to tame it, and why<br />

European settlers and their<br />

farming methods were forced<br />

into boom-and-bust cycles we<br />

still struggle with today. It’s<br />

why the country burned in<br />

2019 and the Menindee Lakes<br />

are full today.<br />

And there’s a good chance<br />

it’ll be why 2022 is likely to be<br />

another epic year of surf off<br />

Sydney. Big! Scary! Wax up,<br />

gang, it’s on.<br />

* * *<br />

If you’re a pro surfing fan –<br />

and ha ha! who isn’t? – next<br />

year looks like being a return<br />

to full form on the World<br />

Surf League tour. Actually<br />

“tours”, that should read,<br />

seeing as how the WSL has<br />

introduced a whole extra<br />

layer to its offering. 2022<br />

will feature a thing called the<br />

Challenger Series, designed<br />

as a final step for world title<br />

wannabes who’ve managed<br />

to get themselves into the<br />

top 100 or so (men) and 40 or<br />

so (women) of the Qualifying<br />

Series. Challenger events will<br />

butt these qualifier hopefuls<br />

up against the bottom layer of<br />

the Championship Tour stars,<br />

giving them a chance to make<br />

it up to CT status in 2023.<br />

You’ll probably* see this style<br />

of event in action starting May<br />

17 at Manly, when the first<br />

Challenger event is scheduled<br />

to begin – right in time for La<br />

Niña to really start wreaking<br />

havoc on the coast. This<br />

COULD be epic.<br />

*Covid-19 permitting of<br />

course.<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong> 49<br />

Surfing <strong>Life</strong>

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Kids’<br />

kindness<br />

a lesson<br />

to all<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

If there’s one thing learned<br />

during these challenging<br />

times it’s how simple,<br />

random acts of kindness can<br />

make a big difference… to<br />

ourselves and to others.<br />

In many cases, it’s the kids<br />

who have been showing us<br />

the way, sharing the best of<br />

themselves to help make our<br />

community happier and safer.<br />

Oxford Falls Grammar School<br />

Community Chaplain Simone<br />

Bullen has been inspiring students<br />

to spread kindness and<br />

generosity across their local<br />

communities in a campaign<br />

called Random Acts of Covidsafe<br />

Kindness (or RACKs).<br />

Some of the ‘RACKs’ included<br />

Year 8 student Liam,<br />

who despite having a broken<br />

arm, has been sweeping pine<br />

needles off the paths in his<br />

In addition to teaching over Zoom,<br />

teachers at Mosman Prep have been<br />

focused on connection,<br />

wellbeing and engagement,<br />

organising a number of initiatives<br />

for students and the<br />

parent community.<br />

Director of Junior Primary<br />

and Kindergarten teacher<br />

Aerlie Vade said educators<br />

refined the school’s model<br />

of provision following<br />

‘lessons learned’<br />

during the previous<br />

lockdown<br />

period.<br />

“The model<br />

includes live<br />

teaching of Maths<br />

and English (via<br />

Zoom) for 2 hours<br />

each morning;<br />

local park (right) to make the<br />

surface safer for everyone,<br />

and a generous family who<br />

brought in morning tea to the<br />

school to thank all the teachers<br />

(pictured).<br />

OFGS Year 7 students have<br />

been creating cards with inspirational<br />

words and images and<br />

dropping them into letterboxes<br />

to surprise their neighbours<br />

and another group of students<br />

worked on ‘Operation Candy<br />

Drop’ which involved making<br />

bespoke care packages filled<br />

with words of encouragement,<br />

stickers, photos and of course<br />

some sweets.<br />

Children and educators at<br />

Brookvale Children’s Centre,<br />

Dee Why Children’s Centre,<br />

Harbour View Children’s Centre,<br />

Roundhouse Children’s<br />

Centre, Manly Community<br />

Connecting during remote learning<br />

classroom teachers then hold a ‘wellbeing<br />

check-in’ at the end of each school<br />

day via Zoom,” Mrs Vade<br />

explained.<br />

“Beyond the morning<br />

Maths/English session,<br />

the timetable is<br />

flexible in order to fit<br />

in with individual family<br />

requirements.”<br />

She said one of the<br />

challenges in the remote<br />

learning environment<br />

was replicating the strong<br />

sense of community that the<br />

school prides itself on.<br />

“In order to combat this,<br />

we quickly pivoted to prioritise<br />

the students’ wellbeing<br />

alongside their learning and<br />

provide the boys opportunities<br />

to connect with each<br />

other,” Mrs Vade said.<br />

These included social opportunities<br />

through social circles, lunchtime catchups,<br />

including fun events across grades/<br />

stages such as Zoom discos, virtual book<br />

parades and class parties.<br />

Children were also provided with carrot<br />

seeds to grow at home (left) and will then<br />

transplant the seedlings into the kitchen<br />

garden at their Outdoor Education Centre<br />

in Terrey Hills when they return to school.<br />

Plus, the executive and counsellors<br />

have contacted every family in the school<br />

to conduct ‘wellbeing calls’ to check-in<br />

on how each family is faring and what the<br />

school can do to further support them.<br />

Screen fatigue for both students and<br />

teachers is combated by offline learning<br />

opportunities delivered in ‘home learning<br />

packs’ and low-tech days such as STEAM<br />

day, where students were provided with<br />

materials to work offline for the day. – LO<br />

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Pre-School and North Harbour<br />

Pre-School have also been<br />

sharing their time and talent<br />

with others (left).<br />

“I hope this makes you feel<br />

nice like the sunshine” was<br />

the heart-warming message<br />

four-year-old Jillian painted on<br />

her artwork for clients using<br />

Northern Beaches Council’s innovative<br />

Home Library Service<br />

during lockdown.<br />

Her message was just one<br />

of almost 200 works made<br />

by children from Council<br />

Children’s Services across the<br />

Northern Beaches that have<br />

been arriving in Home Library<br />

Service deliveries.<br />

The Home Library Service<br />

supports people who are<br />

elderly or live with a disability,<br />

and it was hoped the children’s<br />

artworks would help<br />

brighten their day in lockdown,<br />

a council spokesperson<br />

said.<br />

The initiative has also<br />

taught the children an important<br />

lesson about vulnerable<br />

people living alone.<br />

“The kids really loved<br />

creating the artworks for the<br />

Home Library Service clients,”<br />

Natalie Hemingway, Director<br />

of Harbour View Children’s<br />

Centre, said.<br />

“We explained to them<br />

where their paintings were going<br />

and had a really good conversation<br />

about how there are<br />

some people who live alone,<br />

and that can be particularly<br />

hard at the moment.<br />

“The children were so excited<br />

to make something for<br />

them,” Ms Hemingway said.<br />

Kindness has extended well<br />

beyond the classroom too,<br />

with the Acts Of Kindness<br />

(AOK) Community Outreach<br />

Pantry in Newport sharing<br />

many stories of local youngsters<br />

stopping by to learn<br />

more, showing their appreciation<br />

and donating non-perishable,<br />

non-refrigerated, in date<br />

pantry items.<br />

AOK’s co-founder Sarah Morris<br />

sums it up. “Our future is<br />

in good hands with these gorgeous<br />

humans.” – Lisa Offord<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

with Andrew Snow<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Diet and lifestyle: important<br />

in managing your diabetes<br />

Diabetes is a disease in<br />

which your blood glucose,<br />

or blood sugar, levels are<br />

too high. Glucose comes from<br />

the foods you eat.<br />

Insulin is a hormone that<br />

helps the glucose get into your<br />

cells to give them energy.<br />

There are two main types of<br />

diabetes. With type 1 diabetes,<br />

your body does not make insulin.<br />

With type 2 diabetes – the<br />

more common type – your body<br />

does not make or use insulin<br />

well.<br />

Without enough insulin, the<br />

glucose stays in your blood. You<br />

can also have prediabetes. This<br />

means that your blood sugar is<br />

higher than normal but not high<br />

enough to be called diabetes.<br />

Having prediabetes puts you at<br />

a higher risk of getting type 2<br />

diabetes.<br />

Over time, having too much<br />

glucose in your blood can<br />

cause serious problems. It can<br />

damage your eyes, kidneys,<br />

nerves, gums, and teeth. Diabetes<br />

can also cause heart disease,<br />

stroke and even the need<br />

to remove a limb. Pregnant<br />

women can also get diabetes,<br />

called gestational diabetes.<br />

Type 1 diabetes<br />

With type 1 diabetes, your pancreas<br />

does not make insulin.<br />

Type 1 diabetes happens<br />

most often in children and<br />

young adults but can appear<br />

at any age. Symptoms may<br />

include:<br />

n Being very thirsty;<br />

n Urinating often;<br />

n Feeling very hungry or tired;<br />

n Losing weight without trying;<br />

n Having sores that heal slowly;<br />

n Having dry, itchy skin;<br />

n Losing the feeling in your<br />

feet or having tingling in your<br />

feet; and<br />

n Having blurry eyesight.<br />

Type 2 diabetes<br />

Type 2 diabetes usually starts<br />

with insulin resistance. This<br />

is a condition in which your<br />

cells don’t respond normally to<br />

insulin. As a result, your body<br />

needs more insulin to help the<br />

glucose enter your cells. At first,<br />

your body makes more insulin<br />

to try to get cells to respond.<br />

But over time, your body can’t<br />

make enough insulin, and your<br />

blood glucose levels rise.<br />

Type 2 diabetes may be<br />

caused by a combination of<br />

factors:<br />

n Being overweight or having<br />

obesity;<br />

n Not being physically active;<br />

and<br />

n Genetics and family history.<br />

You are at higher risk of developing<br />

type 2 diabetes if you:<br />

n Are over age 45;<br />

n Have prediabetes;<br />

n Had diabetes in pregnancy;<br />

n Have other conditions such<br />

as high blood pressure, heart<br />

disease, stroke, polycystic<br />

ovary syndrome, or depres-<br />

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sion; or<br />

n Have low HDL (good) cholesterol<br />

and high triglycerides.<br />

Many people with type 2<br />

diabetes have no symptoms<br />

at all. If you do have them, the<br />

symptoms develop slowly over<br />

several years. This includes:<br />

n Increased thirst and urination;<br />

n Increased hunger;<br />

n Feeling tired;<br />

n Blurred vision;<br />

n Numbness or tingling in the<br />

feet or hands;<br />

n Sores that do not heal; and<br />

n Unexplained weight loss.<br />

Treatment for type 2 diabetes<br />

involves managing your blood<br />

sugar levels. Many people<br />

are able to do this by using a<br />

healthy eating plan and getting<br />

regular physical activity.<br />

Some people may also need to<br />

take medicine. It is also important<br />

to keep your blood pressure<br />

and cholesterol levels close<br />

to the targets your doctor sets<br />

for you.<br />

A registered dietitian can<br />

help make an eating plan just<br />

for you. Healthy diabetic eating<br />

includes:<br />

n Limiting foods that are high<br />

in sugar;<br />

n Eating smaller portions,<br />

spread out over the day;<br />

n Being careful about when and<br />

how many carbohydrates you<br />

eat;<br />

n Eating a variety of wholegrain<br />

foods, fruits and vegetables<br />

every day;<br />

n Eating less fat;<br />

n Limiting your use of alcohol;<br />

n Using less salt.<br />

You can take steps to<br />

help prevent or delay type 2<br />

diabetes by losing weight if you<br />

are overweight, eating fewer<br />

calories, and being more active.<br />

If you have a condition which<br />

raises your risk for type 2 diabetes,<br />

managing that condition<br />

may lower your risk. For further<br />

information, speak to your<br />

health care professional.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Pharmacy &<br />

Compounding Chemist<br />

at Mona Vale has operated<br />

as a family-run business<br />

since 1977. Open seven<br />

days; drop in and meet<br />

the highly qualified and<br />

experienced team of Len,<br />

Sam and Amy Papandrea<br />

and Andrew Snow. Find<br />

them at 1771 <strong>Pittwater</strong> Rd;<br />

call 9999 3398.<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

with Rowena Beckenham<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Seasonal change: hay fever<br />

and other issues for eyes<br />

With many of us taking<br />

the opportunity to<br />

get out and exercise<br />

in our area these past couple<br />

of months, spending time<br />

outdoors also brings the risk of<br />

hay fever and sun damage. Applying<br />

some tips and tricks to<br />

promote eye health and safety,<br />

including wearing sun protection<br />

and using the appropriate<br />

eye care solutions, can save<br />

your eyes.<br />

Suffering from hay fever?<br />

While many of us welcome<br />

Spring and the warm weather<br />

that comes, others dread it.<br />

That’s because they know they<br />

are in for months of red, sore,<br />

watery and itchy eyes.<br />

Hay fever is an allergy caused<br />

by pollen that affects many<br />

people to varying degrees.<br />

Its effect on the eyes gets<br />

especially annoying for contact<br />

and glasses wearers. Itchiness<br />

gets in the way of corrective<br />

eyewear and too much itching<br />

leads to soreness and unattractive<br />

red eyes. With an estimated<br />

one in seven Australians affected<br />

by hay fever each year,<br />

we know that it is no fun at all!<br />

n It’s difficult to avoid allergens<br />

even if you stay indoors.<br />

However, there are ways to<br />

reduce your suffering:<br />

n Clean the house: Vacuum,<br />

dust, and change your sheets<br />

and pillowcases on a regular<br />

basis;<br />

n Close your windows;<br />

n Use an indoor air purifier;<br />

n Cold packs are very useful for<br />

symptoms;<br />

n Get fit: Research shows it<br />

reduces the symptoms of hay<br />

fever;<br />

n Wash your hair at night: Pollen<br />

is nasty – it can stick to<br />

your hair then rub off onto<br />

your pillow;<br />

n Avoid the peak hours for<br />

pollen: Between 8-10 am<br />

and 5-7 pm is when it’s at its<br />

worst. If you’re a commuter,<br />

wear sunglasses and consider<br />

wearing a mask;<br />

n Don’t rub your eyes – it<br />

makes them puffier and<br />

spreads the allergen which<br />

increases the problem;<br />

n Avoid putting water in your<br />

eyes – that just spreads the<br />

allergens around the eye;<br />

n See your optometrist for advice<br />

on prescription medication<br />

to relieve the symptoms<br />

and protect the eyes.<br />

Is a bit of sun good for us?<br />

While the sun is an excellent<br />

source of vitamin D, too much<br />

exposure to ultraviolent (UV)<br />

radiation can contribute to eye<br />

conditions and diseases including<br />

cataracts, pterygium and<br />

skin cancer around the eye.<br />

Some 74% of Australians<br />

haven’t heard of pterygia (pronounced<br />

tuh-rij-ee-ah) yet we<br />

have one of the highest rates in<br />

the world.<br />

A pterygium is a fleshy overgrowth<br />

of tissue on the surface<br />

of the eye caused by excessive<br />

exposure to UV radiation<br />

from sunlight and long-term<br />

exposure to dry and windy<br />

conditions.<br />

Also known as a ‘surfer’s<br />

eye’, pterygia usually develop<br />

in people between 20 and 40<br />

years but have been known to<br />

occur in children. Pterygia can<br />

cause red eyes, discomfort, and<br />

blurred vision.<br />

We can diagnose and<br />

prescribe drops to relieve the<br />

discomfort and minimise progression.<br />

Beyond ‘Slip, Slop, Slap’<br />

Understanding just how vulnerable<br />

children and adults are<br />

to UV exposure shows why<br />

developing good habits with<br />

eyewear protection needs to<br />

start early. Even on cloudy days,<br />

we encourage you to wear high<br />

protection sunglasses to reduce<br />

the UV radiation reaching your<br />

eyes.<br />

Children and young adults<br />

are more vulnerable to suninduced<br />

eye damage as we<br />

receive 80% of our lifetime’s<br />

exposure to UV before our 18th<br />

birthday so make sure to SLIDE<br />

a pair of sunglasses on your<br />

kids.<br />

For decades ‘being smart in<br />

the sun’ campaigns have raised<br />

awareness about the dangers<br />

of sun exposure. But why don’t<br />

we protect our eyes as much as<br />

we protect our skin, particularly<br />

when our eyes are 10 times<br />

more sensitive?<br />

We recommend a minimum<br />

lens Category 3 for a high level<br />

of sun glare and good UV protection<br />

in addition to a specific<br />

face sunscreen to areas of skin<br />

surrounding the eye.<br />

Comment supplied by<br />

Rowena Beckenham, of<br />

Beckenham Optometrist<br />

in Avalon (9918 0616).<br />

Rowena has been involved<br />

in all facets of independent<br />

private practice optometry<br />

in Avalon for 20 years,<br />

in addition to working<br />

as a consultant to the<br />

optometric and<br />

pharmaceutical industry,<br />

and regularly volunteering<br />

in Aboriginal eyecare<br />

programs in regional NSW.<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

The treatment removing anxiety<br />

from your dentist appointments<br />

For some people, just the thought<br />

of going to the dentist can be<br />

anxiety-inducing, and cause them<br />

to delay appointments – or avoid the<br />

dentist altogether. However, oral health<br />

plays an important role in your overall<br />

health, so it’s important to have regular<br />

appointments.<br />

Maven Dental Avalon Beach has been<br />

providing first-class dental care to the<br />

local community for more than 25 years.<br />

Dr Celso Cardona, Dr John Michael and<br />

their experienced team understand a<br />

trip to the dentist can be nerve-wracking<br />

but are passionate about ensuring their<br />

patients are comfortable and relaxed.<br />

As well as offering affordable and highquality<br />

dental treatment such as dental<br />

implants, general dental treatments, and<br />

cosmetic work, Maven Dental Avalon<br />

offers IV Sedation – also known as Sleep<br />

Dentistry. Using the latest in equipment<br />

and technology, it involves pain-free<br />

sedation for dental procedures, so it<br />

will feel like you’ve slept through your<br />

appointment.<br />

“With sleep dentistry, you can put your<br />

anxiety at bay and receive your dental<br />

care in a relaxed state, whether you have<br />

anxiety, a gag reflex, past traumatic<br />

experience or any other fear,” said Dr<br />

Kerryn Wilson, Maven Dental Avalon’s<br />

specialist anaesthetist.<br />

Available for general dental check-ups<br />

or longer treatments, Sleep Dentistry<br />

starts with a consultation with a specialist<br />

anaesthetist who can answer your<br />

questions. They then administer a small<br />

injection of sedative into your arm, which<br />

makes you feel drowsy and relaxed, and<br />

they remain by your side during the whole<br />

procedure until you are in recovery.<br />

“You will not be aware of time. Instead,<br />

you’ll blink twice and be in recovery, and<br />

your dental treatment will be over,” said<br />

Dr Wilson.<br />

“And if you need multiple dental<br />

procedures, they can be combined into<br />

one long session instead of multiple<br />

visits, so you can get it all over and<br />

done with.”<br />

*For more information or to make an<br />

appointment online, visit mavendental.<br />

com.au/avalonbeach or call 9918 2786.<br />

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Hair & Beauty<br />

with Sue Carroll<br />

Bumpy arms, thighs, butts?<br />

Countering Keratosis Pilaris<br />

Do you have small white<br />

or red, rough bumps on<br />

your thighs, buttocks or<br />

upper arms?<br />

It might be a condition<br />

called Keratosis Pilaris, or KP,<br />

which is a benign genetic condition<br />

that creates a build-up<br />

of the protein called keratin in<br />

the pores. The pores become<br />

clogged creating the bumps<br />

on the skin. KP can also be<br />

associated with atopic dermatitis,<br />

hay fever and eczema<br />

and is predominant in women,<br />

sometimes occurring during<br />

pregnancy.<br />

The skin is the largest and<br />

most beneficial elimination<br />

organ in the body and is<br />

responsible for one-quarter of<br />

the body’s detoxification each<br />

day. It will eliminate about five<br />

hundred grams of waste acid<br />

each day in the average adult,<br />

most of it through the sweat<br />

glands. The skin is known as<br />

our third kidney, it receives<br />

one-third of all the blood<br />

circulated in the body.<br />

With all of this in mind, it is<br />

the last to receive nutrients in<br />

the body, yet it is our barometer<br />

to show signs of imbalance<br />

or deficiency such as KP.<br />

Managing KP includes reviewing<br />

the products you are<br />

using both in the shower and<br />

afterwards. Gentle exfoliation<br />

daily with a body brush before<br />

showering is an excellent<br />

and inexpensive method of<br />

exfoliation. Dry body brushing<br />

will also stimulate the<br />

natural oil production of the<br />

skin along with the lymphatic<br />

system which helps with the<br />

detoxification process of the<br />

body. Dry body brushing with<br />

a natural bristle brush every<br />

day will make your skin glow,<br />

removing dry skin, alleviating<br />

the appearance of KP and<br />

cellulite and contributes to the<br />

restoration of moist, supple<br />

skin. Dry body brushing has<br />

been used for years because<br />

the health benefits are so<br />

extensive, not only for our<br />

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skin which is our largest organ<br />

but also for stimulation of our<br />

internal organs and assistance<br />

with the detoxification<br />

process.<br />

Other benefits of dry body<br />

brushing are:<br />

n assists with the reduction of<br />

KP and cellulite<br />

n cleanses the lymphatic<br />

system<br />

n removes dead skin layers<br />

n strengthens the immune<br />

system<br />

n stimulates the hormones<br />

and oil-producing glands<br />

n tightens the skin preventing<br />

premature ageing<br />

n tones the muscles when<br />

used in conjunction with<br />

regular exercise<br />

n stimulates the circulation<br />

n improves the function of the<br />

nervous system<br />

n helps aid digestion<br />

Follow dry body brushing in<br />

the shower with BiON Naturally<br />

Clean Body Wash which will<br />

not dry the skin but will help<br />

to slough off dry dead skin<br />

cells and will leave the skin<br />

clean without being stripped<br />

of its natural moisturising factors.<br />

The natural antioxidant<br />

benefits of citrus peel and<br />

green tea extract work with<br />

Vitamin B5 to counteract surface<br />

bacteria and help soothe<br />

skin irritation. Naturally Clean<br />

provides mild exfoliation,<br />

sebum control and improved<br />

skin tone. The addition of 8<br />

essential oils moisturises the<br />

skin while you cleanse. The<br />

clean and refreshing citrus<br />

aroma creates a pleasurable<br />

shower experience. pH 4.5<br />

An application of either<br />

AHAVA Dermud (Relieves painfully<br />

dry, itchy, bumpy, scaling<br />

skin with a mineral-enriched<br />

body cream made with Dead<br />

Sea mud. Its powerful, natural<br />

ingredients lock moisture in<br />

so skin feels rejuvenated and<br />

smooth again. Therapeutic<br />

Dead Sea mud helps reduce<br />

inflammation to soften and<br />

soothe skin. Dermud is a longlasting<br />

cream formula made<br />

with jojoba seed oil sealing in<br />

moisture while Vitamin E helps<br />

protect skin cells to provide<br />

lasting hydration) or BiON’s<br />

Glycolic Cream. (The 20% glycolic<br />

acid and the intense softening<br />

agents help to exfoli-<br />

ate, smooth and soften rough<br />

skin. Thick, damaged and<br />

unsightly bumps and callouses<br />

on the arms, feet, elbows and<br />

knees are transformed.)<br />

Some of the no no’s to avoid<br />

when trying to treat KP are<br />

coconut-based ingredients,<br />

hot showers and do not pick,<br />

scratch or irritate the bumps!<br />

Sue Carroll is at the forefront<br />

of the beauty, wellness<br />

and para-medical profession<br />

with 35 years’ experience on<br />

Sydney’s Northern Beaches.<br />

She leads a dedicated team<br />

of professionals who are<br />

passionate about results for<br />

men and women.<br />

info@skininspiration.com.au<br />

www.skininspiration.com.au<br />

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Business <strong>Life</strong>: Money<br />

with Brian Hrnjak<br />

Business <strong>Life</strong><br />

Failed inaugural MySuper<br />

performace test issues...<br />

This month we look at<br />

the issues around the<br />

13 funds that failed the<br />

inaugural MySuper performance<br />

tests, including strange goings<br />

on just beneath the surface.<br />

Way back during the Gillard<br />

Government days, there were<br />

superannuation funds known<br />

as default funds; these were<br />

designated by employers or<br />

unions and money flowed<br />

into them when no-one made<br />

a specific election for their<br />

super. Because so many of us,<br />

particularly the young, failed to<br />

make an election these funds<br />

were very lucrative sources<br />

of new money. MySuper<br />

accounts were introduced<br />

as ‘catcher’ funds to replace<br />

these unregulated default<br />

funds. Typically, these are<br />

balanced funds, low-frills and<br />

low-cost with some common<br />

standards around reporting<br />

fees so that you could compare<br />

MySuper products easily. There<br />

are some 80 MySuper funds and<br />

they can be offered by industry<br />

funds, corporate funds or retail<br />

fund managers.<br />

Last year as part of what’s<br />

known as Your Super Your<br />

Future (YSYF) reforms, the<br />

Government required that funds<br />

be stapled to individuals. This<br />

is not as painful as it sounds,<br />

it simply means where an<br />

employee made no election<br />

regarding super, the employer<br />

must check with the ATO if the<br />

employee has an existing fund<br />

and make further contributions<br />

there. The aim was to stop<br />

people ending up with a new<br />

fund each time they started<br />

a new job. This requirement<br />

comes in from 1 November<br />

and was accompanied by other<br />

reforms from 1 July including<br />

performance reporting and a<br />

duty on fund trustees to act in<br />

the ‘best financial interests’ of<br />

members.<br />

As a precursor to<br />

performance reporting, fund<br />

industry regulator APRA<br />

published a colour-coded heat<br />

map back in 2019 comparing<br />

returns and costs across<br />

MySuper products. In the first<br />

year after the publication of the<br />

heatmap, 11 of the funds that<br />

underperformed the benchmark<br />

left the industry. On the 31st<br />

of August they published their<br />

first performance review based<br />

on at least five years of returns<br />

against an objective benchmark.<br />

Thirteen of the 76 MySuper<br />

products tested were found<br />

to be below the benchmark<br />

and therefore ‘failed’ the<br />

test. These funds included retail<br />

providers such as Colonial First<br />

State and BT, industry funds<br />

LUCRF, Maritime Super and<br />

EISS, Australian Catholic Super,<br />

Christian Super and even a CBA<br />

staff fund. There’s something<br />

there for everybody, in fact<br />

around 1.1 million members<br />

and $56 billion in assets are<br />

involved across these products.<br />

The funds have until 27<br />

September <strong>2021</strong> to notify their<br />

members of this position and<br />

according to reports in The<br />

Sydney Morning Herald, ASIC<br />

has warned each fund about<br />

potentially ‘misrepresenting<br />

their performance’ to members.<br />

The funds are also obligated<br />

to advise members of the<br />

YourSuper comparison tool<br />

so they can consider whether<br />

another product would best<br />

suit their needs. If the funds<br />

fail a second test in 12 months’<br />

time they will be closed to<br />

new members until their<br />

performance improves.<br />

It was interesting to observe<br />

the range of reactions that<br />

some of the funds had over<br />

their inclusion on the list.<br />

The textbook reaction (to me)<br />

came from Colonial First State<br />

who promptly communicated<br />

to the industry. They<br />

acknowledged the matter,<br />

explained why it had arisen – in<br />

their case through benchmark<br />

differences between their fund<br />

and the regulator. They set out a<br />

pathway to remediate including<br />

realigning their benchmarks,<br />

reducing management fees and<br />

tendering their insurance within<br />

super. While I’m surprised that<br />

a manager with the scale and<br />

resources of Colonial found<br />

itself in this position, this is the<br />

type of response the regulator<br />

would be looking for; we’ll see<br />

next year.<br />

Contrast that above with<br />

Maritime Union secretary and<br />

Maritime Fund chair Paddy<br />

Crumlin’s reaction as it was<br />

reported in the SMH on 7<br />

September: “In an attempt to<br />

communicate with members<br />

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efore they receive the<br />

mandatory letter later this<br />

month, Mr Crumlin sent a<br />

separate letter to the union’s<br />

members on Monday urging<br />

them not to quit the fund. ‘You<br />

know what matters. Be proud,<br />

stay strong. Stay Maritime<br />

Super. MUA here to stay,’ wrote<br />

Mr Crumlin. Mr Crumlin’s letter<br />

also encourages recipients to<br />

‘view the returns that Maritime<br />

Super is delivering for members’<br />

by visiting a website that<br />

shows the fund’s returns over<br />

the two-month period of the<br />

financial year to date. While the<br />

communication is on union letter<br />

head, it is almost entirely about<br />

Maritime Super and the new<br />

performance test. Mr Crumlin,<br />

who has been chairman of<br />

Maritime Super since 2009, does<br />

not disclose his role with the<br />

super fund in the letter.”<br />

Maritime Super has or is in<br />

the process of outsourcing all<br />

of its investment management<br />

to Hostplus which begs the<br />

question: why not merge<br />

completely and save the costs<br />

of the residual board and staff?<br />

Also merging some or all of<br />

their operations with TWUSUPER<br />

is the Electrical Industries Super<br />

Scheme or EISS. Apart from the<br />

performance issues EISS has<br />

been prominent in the media<br />

for all the wrong reasons:<br />

losing its CEO and chair over<br />

corporate culture issues,<br />

spending and sponsorship<br />

deals which incredibly included<br />

a $3 million-dollar NRL match<br />

ball sponsorship contract. How<br />

something like this could be<br />

in the ‘best financial interests<br />

of members’ or under the<br />

previous test, for the ‘sole<br />

purpose of providing benefits in<br />

retirement’ is mind boggling.<br />

The other notable mover<br />

was LUCRF super – the Labour<br />

Union Co-operative Retirement<br />

Fund. If you follow racing<br />

you’d recognise their logo<br />

from the jockeys uniforms as<br />

they seem to sponsor all the<br />

major racecourses and riders.<br />

LUCRF along with Maritime<br />

super were both punted from<br />

the Industry Funds Australia<br />

website before lunchtime on<br />

the day the performance results<br />

emerged. LUCRF is apparently<br />

in process of pursuing a merger<br />

with AustralianSuper.<br />

Whatever happens to these<br />

13 funds over the next year, this<br />

is now the new normal. Each<br />

year at the end of August there<br />

is going to be a media parade<br />

of losers from the performance<br />

tables. Hopefully the process<br />

works as intended and the<br />

funds are able to lift their<br />

returns or reduce their costs in<br />

the interests of members. The<br />

main effect over time may be<br />

to concentrate superannuation<br />

into a few larger funds; this is<br />

probably a win for governance<br />

but a loss for competition.<br />

Personally, I’ll stick with my<br />

self-managed fund. I’ve always<br />

said that an SMSF is the only<br />

fund that is truly set up to profit<br />

members.<br />

Brian Hrnjak B Bus CPA (FPS) is<br />

a Director of GHR Accounting<br />

Group Pty Ltd, Certified<br />

Practising Accountants. Offices<br />

at: Suite 12, Ground Floor,<br />

20 Bungan Street Mona Vale<br />

NSW 2103 and Shop 8, 9 – 15<br />

Central Ave Manly NSW 2095,<br />

Telephone: 02 9979-4300,<br />

Webs: www.ghr.com.au and<br />

www.altre.com.au Email:<br />

brian@ghr.com.au<br />

These comments are of a<br />

general nature only and are<br />

not intended as a substitute<br />

for professional advice.<br />

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Business <strong>Life</strong>: Law<br />

with Jennifer Harris<br />

Business <strong>Life</strong><br />

How to ‘close the deal’ when<br />

negotiating with a publisher<br />

Last month we considered<br />

and discussed terms in<br />

publishing contracts,<br />

prior to your negotiating with<br />

a publisher. This month we<br />

look at engaging an agent, or<br />

alternatively self-publishing.<br />

There are many agents in the<br />

book world; some specialise<br />

in educational and academic<br />

publishing. In this regard<br />

it should be noted that the<br />

commercial norms in this type<br />

of publishing are different.<br />

Agents offer a variety of<br />

representation: for example,<br />

fiction and non-fiction,<br />

children’s writers and<br />

illustrators and playwrights, or<br />

visual artists and composers,<br />

directors, designers, and<br />

creators in the entertainment<br />

industry.<br />

Most only accept unsolicited<br />

manuscript submissions at<br />

certain times of the year and<br />

some not at all. So, it is not an<br />

easy task to break through.<br />

An agent generally charges<br />

10-20% of sales they help to<br />

negotiate.<br />

If a publisher agrees to accept<br />

your work, what are the issues<br />

you need to understand in<br />

considering the contract?<br />

The most important is the<br />

money you will earn. Authors<br />

and artists can be extremely<br />

poor at negotiation as they can<br />

be so excited at the prospect<br />

of having their work published,<br />

they almost give it away.<br />

The money to be earnt from<br />

publication (reflected in your<br />

contract) is derived from the<br />

advance, royalties, and a share<br />

of income from subsidiary<br />

rights.<br />

An advance is money up<br />

front. It is not dependent on<br />

sales advances and are usually<br />

non-refundable. The only<br />

caveats might be if you fail to<br />

deliver the manuscript, or it is<br />

so poor that it is unacceptable.<br />

An advance can be regarded<br />

as a sign of publisher<br />

commitment to the author and<br />

the work. However, if you are<br />

new to the publishing world or<br />

have only just been published<br />

say once or twice previously<br />

you may not want to begin by<br />

seeking an advance.<br />

If wanting to pursue an<br />

advance you should ask what<br />

is the recommended retail<br />

price of the book? What is the<br />

initial print run? But perhaps<br />

most important, what are the<br />

consequences of not earning<br />

out the advance?<br />

Royalties involve hard<br />

bargaining. Industry standard<br />

royalties for trade publishing<br />

are generally as follows: Print<br />

sales 10% of recommended<br />

retail price (ex GST), eBook sales<br />

25% of publisher’s net receipts,<br />

Audiobook sales 10% or retail<br />

price (ex GST) for physical CD<br />

sales, and 25% of net receipts<br />

for digital download sales.<br />

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It is wise to ask the publisher<br />

if you are not being offered<br />

standard industry rates, why<br />

not?<br />

If your print book sales<br />

exceed agreed upon thresholds,<br />

can you negotiate rising<br />

royalties into the contract? A<br />

publisher may well agree to the<br />

inclusion of riser in the contract<br />

as the increase will only operate<br />

if the book sells very well after<br />

the publisher has recovered its<br />

initial cost.<br />

Payment of royalties are<br />

affected by a variety of actions,<br />

for example discounting to<br />

department stores known as<br />

‘high discount sales’.<br />

Royalties are at the heart<br />

of the publishing contract;<br />

they are complex and need<br />

to be understood. You as the<br />

author are the licensor and<br />

the publisher is the exclusive<br />

licensee of the subsidiary rights<br />

in the copyright in your work.<br />

The publisher may sub-license<br />

third parties to exploit your<br />

work and will then share the<br />

income with you. For example,<br />

the publisher might license an<br />

overseas publisher to publish<br />

your work in another territory<br />

and maybe in another language.<br />

For the sub-licence of<br />

subsidiary rights, your publisher<br />

acts as it were as your agent<br />

acting on your behalf. The<br />

agent will generally take 20%<br />

commission on overseas rights<br />

and sales. When negotiating<br />

this aspect of the contract it<br />

is important to make clear the<br />

revenue share split between<br />

author and publisher and<br />

whether the publisher will<br />

deduct any additional costs<br />

from your share.<br />

Or you may decide to explore<br />

self-publishing instead.<br />

With the development of<br />

technology, publishing has<br />

changed and due to the way<br />

books are made and sold, new<br />

opportunities have arisen (for<br />

example, eBooks and print<br />

on-demand services) with the<br />

financial risks of large print<br />

runs having diminished. And<br />

new kinds of publishing have<br />

emerged, with author-funded<br />

publication a type which has<br />

increased risk for an author.<br />

A self-publishing service<br />

provider makes money by being<br />

paid by the author to produce<br />

the book and does not bear<br />

the risk of the book’s success<br />

or failure. Here, the contract<br />

between the author and service<br />

provider must be clear as to<br />

responsibilities.<br />

There are two main options<br />

for authors wishing to self-fund<br />

their work.<br />

First, the author undertakes<br />

all responsibilities of a<br />

traditional publisher including<br />

engaging expert freelancers to<br />

produce the book, sending the<br />

file to retailer sites, contracting<br />

a third-party distributor for<br />

print distribution to bookshops,<br />

and conducting all sales and<br />

marketing for the work. A very<br />

demanding task!<br />

Second, the author can<br />

engage a publisher or<br />

publishing service to produce<br />

and publish the author’s book<br />

in return for a fee. There<br />

are several types of Service<br />

providers. They are as follows:<br />

* Traditional publishers<br />

offering custom publishing<br />

services as part of their overall<br />

publishing business;<br />

* Traditional publishers who<br />

seek partial funding from an<br />

author, by commitment to<br />

purchase an agreed number of<br />

books;<br />

* Publishing service<br />

companies transparently<br />

offering itemised services<br />

in return for a fee in which a<br />

services agreement is signed<br />

rather than a contract; and<br />

* A hybrid contribution or<br />

partnership publishing, where<br />

the publisher acts as a publisher<br />

and is exclusively licensed to<br />

publish the book and maintains<br />

a high degree of control over<br />

the editing and design but<br />

charges costs to the author.<br />

There are problems with the<br />

hybrid model, such as a lack<br />

of author ownership of the<br />

intellectual property in the final<br />

files and lack of itemised costs.<br />

In self-publishing, it is<br />

important that the author can<br />

terminate the arrangement with<br />

reasonable notice.<br />

There is much more to be<br />

mindful of if contemplating selfpublishing<br />

and one in which it is<br />

wise to seek advice.<br />

Comment supplied by<br />

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer<br />

Harris & Associates,<br />

Solicitors, 4/57 Avalon<br />

Parade, Avalon Beach.<br />

T: 9973 2011. F: 9918 3290.<br />

E: jennifer@jenniferharris.com.au<br />

W: www.jenniferharris.com.au<br />

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Trades & Services<br />


Alliance Climate Control<br />

Call 02 9186 4179<br />

Air Conditioning & Electrical Professionals.<br />

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British & Swedish Motors<br />

Call 9970 6654<br />

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Call 9970 6999<br />

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Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

with Janelle Bloom<br />

Oodles of healthy noodles<br />

add spice to dinner options<br />

With more than 30 varieties to<br />

choose from is it any wonder<br />

that noodles are one of the most<br />

popular ingredients around the world! Pad<br />

See Ew… Singapore noodles… Vietnamese<br />

Bun Cha (caramelized pork and spring roll<br />

salad) Pho… Dumplings… and the list goes<br />

on. Noodles can be made from rice, eggs,<br />

wheat, mung-bean starches, tapioca flour…<br />

they can come gluten-free; they are cheap,<br />

easy to prepare and appear in almost all<br />

cuisines. So get the wok out and turn up the<br />

heat, as I share some of the recipes I make<br />

at home often…<br />

Singapore noodles<br />

Serves 4<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Recipes: janellebloom.com.au; facebook.com/culinaryinbloom; instagram.com/janellegbloom/ Photos: Adobe Stock<br />

Vegetable<br />

Chow Mein<br />

Serves 4<br />

350g fresh chow Mein noodles<br />

¼ cup oyster sauce<br />

½ tsp ground white pepper<br />

2 tbsp soy sauce<br />

1 tsp cornflour<br />

½ cup vegetable or chicken<br />

stock<br />

1 tbs peanut oil<br />

2 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

2cm piece fresh ginger, peeled,<br />

finely grated<br />

250g snow peas, shredded<br />

1 large red capsicum,<br />

quartered, sliced<br />

1 large carrot, shredded<br />

1 cup shredded cabbage,<br />

optional<br />

1 cup bean sprouts, trimmed<br />

1. Place the noodles in a<br />

heatproof bowl. Cover with<br />

boiling water. Stand for<br />

1-2 minutes until softened<br />

slightly. Drain.<br />

2. Combine oyster sauce, white<br />

pepper and soy sauce in a<br />

bowl.<br />

3. Blend the cornflour and 2<br />

tablespoons of the stock in a<br />

bowl until smooth, then stir in<br />

the remaining stock.<br />

4. Heat a wok over mediumhigh<br />

heat until hot. Add the<br />

oil, garlic and ginger. Stir-fry<br />

for 1 minute or until fragrant.<br />

Add all the vegetables, stir<br />

fry 1-2 minutes until almost<br />

tender.<br />

5. Add the oyster sauce mixture<br />

and stir to coat.<br />

6. Add the noodles and cornflour<br />

mixture. Stir-fry for 3 minutes<br />

or until the sauce comes to the<br />

boil and thickens and coats<br />

the noodles. Remove from the<br />

heat, stir through the bean<br />

sprouts and serve.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: Chow Mein was<br />

created to use leftovers, so you<br />

can use any vegetables you have<br />

and add pork mince or chopped<br />

chicken if you want extra<br />

protein.<br />

½ cup small dried Chinese<br />

mushrooms<br />

300g thin fresh Singapore or<br />

egg noodles<br />

2 tbs mild curry powder<br />

2 tbs soy sauce<br />

2 tbs shaoxing wine (Chinese<br />

rice wine)<br />

½ tsp white sugar<br />

½ tsp white pepper<br />

2 tbs peanut oil<br />

1 small brown onion, halved,<br />

thinly sliced<br />

1 garlic clove, crushed<br />

4 tsp grated ginger<br />

2 eggs, lightly beaten<br />

1 green or red capsicum,<br />

chopped<br />

350g barbecue pork, thinly<br />

sliced<br />

4 green onions, trimmed, thinly<br />

sliced<br />

1 cup bean sprouts, trimmed<br />

1. Place the mushrooms in a<br />

heatproof bowl. Cover with<br />

boiling water. Set aside for<br />

10 minutes to soak. Drain<br />

mushrooms well and squeeze<br />

out any excess liquid. Thinly<br />

slice.<br />

2. Place noodles in a heatproof<br />

bowl and cover with boiling<br />

water. Use a fork to separate<br />

the noodles. Stand for 4-5<br />

minutes to soak. Drain well.<br />

3. Combine the curry paste,<br />

soy, cooking wine, sugar and<br />

pepper together, mix well<br />

4. Heat wok over medium high<br />

heat until hot. Add the half<br />

the oil, onion, garlic and<br />

ginger and stir 1 minute until<br />

soft. Add the eggs and stir<br />

until scrambled. Push the<br />

egg mixture to the side of<br />

the wok.<br />

5. Add the remaining oil,<br />

capsicum, pork and<br />

mushrooms, stir fry for<br />

1 minute. Add the curry<br />

powder mixture and half<br />

the green onions. Stir fry 30<br />

seconds.<br />

6. Add the noodles and push<br />

the egg mixture back down,<br />

stir fry 2-3 minutes until well<br />

combined.<br />

7. Remove from the heat, stir<br />

through the remaining green<br />

onions and bean sprouts.<br />

Serve immediately.<br />

Chicken Pad Thai<br />

Serves 4<br />

200g packet dried pad Thai rice<br />

noodles<br />

2 tbs fish sauce<br />

1 tbs grated palm sugar or<br />

brown sugar<br />

1 tbs lemon juice<br />

3 tbs peanut butter<br />

500g chicken breast fillets,<br />

trimmed, thinly sliced<br />

2 tbs peanut oil<br />

2 onions, peeled, halved, thinly<br />

sliced<br />

2/3 cup pad Thai paste<br />

1 large carrot, peeled, halved<br />

lengthways, thinly sliced<br />

2 eggs, lightly beaten<br />

½ cup roasted salted peanuts,<br />

chopped<br />

Bean sprouts, thinly sliced<br />

green onions, coriander leaves<br />

and lime wedges, to serve<br />

1. Place noodles in a large<br />

heatproof bowl. Cover with<br />

boiling water. Stand for 5<br />

minutes, or until just tender.<br />

Drain. Rinse under cold<br />

water. Drain well. Combine<br />

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fish sauce, sugar, lemon juice<br />

and peanut butter. Set aside.<br />

2. Meanwhile, toss chicken with<br />

half the oil. Heat a large wok<br />

over a high heat. Add onethird<br />

of the chicken. Stir-fry 2<br />

minutes, or until just cooked.<br />

Remove to a clean bowl.<br />

Repeat in two batches with<br />

remaining chicken.<br />

3. Reduce heat to medium. Add<br />

onions and remaining oil.<br />

Stir-fry for 3 minutes, or until<br />

soft. Add 2 teaspoons water,<br />

cover and cook 2 minutes.<br />

Remove the lid, stir in the<br />

pad thai paste. Stir-fry for 30<br />

seconds. Add carrot. Stir-fry<br />

for 1 minute.<br />

4. Push to one side of the wok.<br />

Add the eggs and allow to<br />

cook until slightly set. Use a<br />

wooden spoon to stir the egg<br />

until scrambled.<br />

5. Increase heat to high, add<br />

the noodles, chicken and<br />

peanut butter mixture.<br />

Stir-fry 2 minutes until hot<br />

and noodles are well coated.<br />

Remove from heat. Sprinkle<br />

with peanuts. Serve with<br />

bean sprouts, green onions,<br />

coriander and lime wedges.<br />

Japanese Pork<br />

Tonkatsu Ramen<br />

Serves 4<br />

2 green onions, halved<br />

crossways<br />

4cm piece ginger, peeled, sliced<br />

3 garlic cloves, peeled<br />

1 dried red chilli, roughly<br />

chopped<br />

1 brown onion, halved<br />

750g piece boneless pork belly<br />

4 cups chicken stock<br />

5 cups water<br />

6 shiitake mushrooms, sliced<br />

¼ cup white miso paste<br />

¼ cup mirin<br />

2 tbs sake<br />

2 tbs light soy sauce<br />

4 eggs<br />

270g pkt dried ramen noodles<br />

Thinly sliced green onion,<br />

Sesame oil, toasted sesame<br />

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seeds and Shichimi Togarashi,<br />

to serve<br />

Kimchi, to serve (optional)<br />

1. Combine the green onions,<br />

ginger, garlic and chilli in a<br />

small food processor. Process<br />

until finely chopped. Remove<br />

to a bowl.<br />

2. Heat a flameproof casserole<br />

dish over high heat. Add the<br />

brown onion, cut-side down,<br />

and cook for 2 minutes or<br />

until charred. Add the pork,<br />

stock and water. Bring to the<br />

boil. Skim the surface. Add<br />

the green onion mixture.<br />

Reduce heat to low. Press a<br />

piece baking paper onto the<br />

surface. Cover and simmer,<br />

for 4 hours or until the pork<br />

is very tender (alternately<br />

place the casserole into the<br />

oven and cook for 4 hours on<br />

130°C.<br />

3. Remove the pork from the<br />

stock mixture and transfer<br />

to a plate. Set aside to cool.<br />

Cover with plastic wrap and<br />

place in the fridge 3-4 hours<br />

or until cold. Strain the stock,<br />

discarding the solids. Cool,<br />

cover and place in the fridge<br />

for 3 hours.<br />

4. Return the stock mixture to a<br />

large saucepan and bring to a<br />

gentle simmer over mediumhigh<br />

heat. Add the shiitake<br />

mushrooms. Combine the<br />

miso, mirin, sake and soy<br />

sauce and stir into the<br />

simmering stock.<br />

5. Place the eggs in a medium<br />

saucepan. Cover with cold<br />

water. Place over medium<br />

heat. Stir the water to create<br />

a whirlpool. Simmer for<br />

4 minutes for soft-boiled<br />

eggs. Use a slotted spoon<br />

to transfer to a bowl of iced<br />

water to cool.<br />

6. Heat the noodles following<br />

packet directions. Drain.<br />

7. Remove the pork from the<br />

fridge and thinly slice. Heat<br />

a frying pan over high heat.<br />

Cook the pork slices for 1-2<br />

minutes each side or until<br />

warmed through. Peel and<br />

cut the eggs in half.<br />

8. Divide the noodles among<br />

serving bowls. Pour the stock<br />

over the noodles. Top with<br />

mushrooms, pork, green<br />

onions, two egg halves.<br />

9. Drizzle with sesame oil,<br />

sprinkle with sesame seeds<br />

and Shichimi Togarashi and<br />

or Kimchi.<br />

Vietnamese<br />

noodle salad bowl<br />

with sticky pork<br />

Serves 4<br />

1 tbs peanut oil<br />

500g pork fillet, thinly sliced<br />

2 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

4cm piece fresh ginger, peeled,<br />

grated<br />

2 tsp chilli paste (sambal oelek)<br />

1/3 cup brown sugar<br />

2 tbs fish sauce<br />

1 tbs lemongrass paste<br />

200g rice stick noodles<br />

2 Lebanese cucumbers,<br />

chopped<br />

1 large carrot, thinly shredded<br />

2 green onions, thinly shredded<br />

1 cup fresh herbs like perilla,<br />

Vietnamese mint, coriander<br />

4 tbs chopped roasted peanuts<br />

Dipping sauce<br />

1 cup warm water<br />

1/3 cup caster sugar<br />

1 small garlic clove, crushed<br />

¼ cup fish sauce<br />

1½ tbs apple cider vinegar or<br />

lime juice<br />

Chopped red chilli, to taste<br />

1. For the dipping sauce, mix<br />

the warm water and sugar<br />

together. Stir until sugar is<br />

almost dissolved. Add the<br />

garlic, fish sauce, and vinegar<br />

or lime and chilli. Taste the<br />

sauce. If you want it sweeter<br />

you can add some sugar or<br />

more sour add more fresh<br />

limes or vinegar or hotter<br />

add more chilli.<br />

2. Heat wok over a high heat.<br />

Add 2 tsp oil and half the<br />

pork, stir fry 1-2 minutes<br />

until brown, remove to a<br />

clean plate and repeat with<br />

remaining pork.<br />

3. Reduce the heat to medium,<br />

add more oil and garlic,<br />

ginger and chilli. Stir-fry for1<br />

minute until aromatic. Return<br />

all the pork.<br />

4. Stir in brown sugar, fish<br />

sauce, lemongrass, cook<br />

until pork has caramelised.<br />

Remove from the heat.<br />

5. Prepare the noodles<br />

following the packet<br />

directions. Drain.<br />

6. Divide pork, noodles,<br />

cucumber, carrot, onions and<br />

herbs among four bowls.<br />

Sprinkle with peanuts. Serve<br />

with dipping sauce, the sauce<br />

is spooned over the plate at<br />

the table.<br />

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Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Pick of the Month:<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Avocado<br />

It may surprise you to learn<br />

that Australians consume<br />

almost 4kg of avocados per<br />

person, per year!<br />

By far the most popular<br />

is the Hass, which has a<br />

pebbly, purple-black skin<br />

and creamy flesh perfect for<br />

slicing, dicing and smashing<br />

(guacamole, anyone?).<br />

Avocados are rich in<br />

healthy, good fats. In fact,<br />

avocados are the only fruit,<br />

apart from olives, to contain<br />

monounsaturated fats.<br />

Mother Nature protects<br />

the fats in avocados from<br />

going rancid too quickly<br />

by packing the fruit full of<br />

antioxidants. The gorgeous<br />

green and yellow colours<br />

of avocados come from<br />

the natural antioxidant<br />

pigments chlorophyll (green)<br />

and carotenoids – beta<br />

carotene (orange) and lutein<br />

and zeaxanthin (yellows).<br />

These orange and yellow<br />

colours are fat soluble and<br />

play important roles in<br />

maintaining eye health.<br />

Avocados are also a source<br />

of vitamin E – the fatsoluble<br />

antioxidant vitamin.<br />

Vitamin E needs vitamin C<br />

to work properly, so it’s no<br />

surprise that avocados are<br />

also rich in vitamin C.<br />

* It’s ‘National Taco Day’ in<br />

<strong>October</strong> – let’s all celebrate<br />

with Taco Tuesday and<br />

Avos each week this month!<br />

Janelle’s Prawn<br />

Tacos with<br />

Mexican Mayo<br />

Makes 12<br />

1 cos lettuce, chopped<br />

¼ cup finely chopped<br />

coriander<br />

3 vine-ripened tomatoes,<br />

chopped<br />

2 avocados, halved, stone<br />

removed, peeled, chopped<br />

1 lime, halved, juiced<br />

12 flour tortillas<br />

2 tbs olive oil<br />

1 long red chilli (optional),<br />

thinly sliced<br />

1kg cooked prawns, peeled<br />

leaving tails intact, deveined<br />

Mexican Mayo<br />

½ cup whole egg mayonnaise<br />

1 tbs lime juice<br />

3 tsp chipotle in adobe sauce<br />

1 tsp smoked paprika<br />

1 tbs Mexican seasoning<br />

1. For the Mexican<br />

mayo, combine all the<br />

ingredients in a bowl, mix<br />

well.<br />

2. In separate bowls, combine<br />

the lettuce and half the<br />

coriander, combine the<br />

tomato and remaining<br />

coriander and combine the<br />

avocado and lime juice.<br />

3. Separate the tortillas then<br />

brush both sides with oil.<br />

Barbecue, chargrill or pan<br />

fry until light golden, keep<br />

warm by placing them<br />

on top of each other and<br />

wrapping in foil or a clean<br />

tea towel.<br />

4. Divide tortillas among<br />

serving plates. Spread<br />

with Mexican mayo, top<br />

with lettuce, chilli, tomato,<br />

avocado and prawns. Fold<br />

to enclose the filling. Serve<br />

immediately.<br />

Also In Season<br />

<strong>October</strong><br />

Bananas, Blueberries,<br />

Blackberries, Strawberries,<br />

Grapefruit, Australian<br />

Valencia Oranges; Mangoes,<br />

Watermelon, Tangelos, Passionfruit<br />

& Pineapples; also<br />

Asparagus, Asian Greens,<br />

Beans, Broccolini, Beetroot,<br />

Cabbage, Chilli, Cucumber,<br />

Australian Garlic, Fennel,<br />

Zucchini, Peas – podded,<br />

Sugar Snap & Snow.<br />

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<strong>Pittwater</strong> Puzzler<br />

Compiled by David Stickley<br />

Headland area (7)<br />

26 Book by local Mick Le<br />

Moignan, The English _______<br />

(7)<br />

27 Position held by Bernadette<br />

McKay in the Avalon Beach<br />

SLSC (9)<br />

28 Organisation that Lyn and<br />

Dave Millett joined 27 years<br />

ago to look after rescued<br />

animals (5)<br />

29 Popular BBQ fare (5)<br />

30 Flags (8)<br />

ACROSS<br />

1 Tall shrubs bearing huge<br />

crimson flower heads; NSW<br />

rugby team (8)<br />

5 Unaccompanied in music;<br />

executed on dry plaster in<br />

painting (5)<br />

9 Retirement fund (5)<br />

10 Faculty members (9)<br />

11 Styling that’s been hard<br />

to achieve for some during<br />

lockdown (7)<br />

12 Scotland and Sanctuary, for<br />

example (7)<br />

13 Elderly (4)<br />

14 A substitute (5-2)<br />

16 A young man generally (3)<br />

18 Brief beachwear first<br />

manufactured in Sydney by the<br />

MacRae Knitting Mills in 1928 (7)<br />

20 What you can get at Metro<br />

Petroleum Avalon Beach (4)<br />

25 Bumpers, Lagoon and<br />

Sheepstation are examples of<br />

this in the Narrabeen Beach and<br />

DOWN<br />

1 Ku-ring-gai National Park<br />

landmark with a prominent<br />

25-across (4,4)<br />

2 A goanna, for example (7)<br />

3 Three times (6)<br />

4 Sound physical or mental<br />

condition (6)<br />

5 A young plant ready for<br />

planting out (8)<br />

6 Wine on the drinks menu<br />

at Pizzeria E Cucina in<br />

Newport (7)<br />

7 To occupy the thoughts of<br />

obstinately and persistently (6)<br />

8 The entertainment industryled<br />

children’s charity (7)<br />

14 Call for help (1,1,1)<br />

15 Newport-based<br />

organisation that provides<br />

global security/risk<br />

assessments/hostage<br />

rescues (8)<br />

16 These crafty people like<br />

messing about, apparently (7)<br />

17 Flower sellers (8)<br />

19 One guided by a patron (7)<br />

21 Pave the way for (5,2)<br />

22 Areas enjoyed by skiers,<br />

but not of the water type (6)<br />

23 Body-like sculpture (6)<br />

24 The capital and port of the<br />

Northern Territory (6)<br />

[Solution page 72]<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Puzzler<br />

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OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong> 69

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

with Gabrielle Bryant<br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

‘Pink Champagne’ and other<br />

bottlebrushes to drink in<br />

Spring is here at last. The bush has<br />

come alive with flowers but sadly<br />

most will hide again once the summer<br />

heat arrives. It is always a temptation<br />

to fill the garden with flowering native<br />

plants but so many in the garden centres<br />

are grown in other parts of Australia and<br />

will not thrive in our hot, humid climate.<br />

For new gardeners there are always<br />

bottlebrushes, banksias and grevilleas<br />

that are reliable and most will flower<br />

again in autumn. They all come in many<br />

different shapes and sizes, groundcovers,<br />

small shrubs, hedging varieties and trees.<br />

Bottlebrushes are expected to have<br />

scarlet brushes but you can look for<br />

White Anzac or one of the many pink varieties.<br />

One of the best is Pink Champagne.<br />

The sugar pink bottles fade to the palest<br />

pink giving this compact shrub a variety<br />

of coloured brushes. Pink Champagne will<br />

burst into flower in early spring but will<br />

spot flower again through summer and<br />

autumn.<br />

The brushes grow from new shoots so<br />

make sure to trim back the old flowers as<br />

they finish. This will also keep the shrub<br />

compact and dense.<br />

If you are looking for a screen or a<br />

hedge, the broad-leafed grevilleas are<br />

hard to beat. They have been bred and<br />

developed from the original grevillea<br />

banksia. They flower almost nonstop<br />

throughout the year.<br />

The tall grevillea Moonlight can be<br />

seen everywhere, covered in huge pale<br />

cream spider flowers, as can be the<br />

golden Honey Gem and the yellow Sandra<br />

Gordon. The smaller-growing red Robyn<br />

Gordon, orange Ned Kelly or pink Coconut<br />

Ice are the perfect for low-growing<br />

hedges or garden shrubs. Every year new<br />

cultivars are produced from this amazing<br />

family, check the labels to find the<br />

fully grown heights as they can vary from<br />

1-5m in height.<br />

The great thing about these plants is<br />

that they will flower from a very young<br />

plant and you will be able to see the flowers<br />

before you buy.<br />

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A guide to potting mixes<br />

When buying bagged<br />

soil it can be daunting<br />

to choose from the<br />

bewildering range that is<br />

available. Which to choose,<br />

from premium, general or<br />

budget potting mix, can be<br />

challenging.<br />

Do you need water<br />

saver, fertiliser or added<br />

compost? A good allpurpose<br />

mix is all you<br />

need; you can adjust<br />

the mix by adding the<br />

appropriate fertiliser. (The<br />

only exceptions are bark<br />

for orchids and a succulent<br />

mix for succulents and<br />

cactus that is light and<br />

sandy.)<br />

Potting mix should pass<br />

the squeeze test. Take a<br />

handful and squeeze. It<br />

should remain open and<br />

light in your hand; if it<br />

stays compacted it is no<br />

good.<br />

The quality of the mix<br />

often has nothing to do<br />

with the price; some of the<br />

Aloe there!<br />

Aloes are undemanding and<br />

easy to grow; they’re ideal<br />

plants for busy households.<br />

They come in many shapes<br />

and sizes, from tiny little<br />

rosettes to the tall-growing<br />

tree aloe, but regardless<br />

of size they all need little<br />

attention.<br />

Aloes are desert plants.<br />

They thrive in harsh<br />

conditions by storing water<br />

in their waxy leaves. Aloe<br />

flowers are amazing. Tall<br />

spikes of brilliant orange,<br />

scarlet or yellow flowers<br />

appear throughout the year.<br />

They grow well in small<br />

pots or large tubs, developing<br />

into clusters of new growth.<br />

With all the different<br />

shapes and sizes of these<br />

ornamental plants, Aloe<br />

‘Vera’ must be the most<br />

popular and the best one to<br />

grow.<br />

The thick fleshy leaves are<br />

full of a jelly that will take all<br />

the pain away from sunburn<br />

after a day spent too long at<br />

the beach, the stinging pain<br />

from a bee sting, or the itch<br />

from mozzie bites.<br />

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most expensive mixes are<br />

no better than the more<br />

moderately priced. Beware<br />

of very cheap potting<br />

mixes, most are full of<br />

sticks and other organic<br />

material that should have<br />

been left to compost<br />

further before being used<br />

(I have even found plastic<br />

and stones on occasions).<br />

Compost that has not<br />

completely broken down<br />

will leach nitrogen from<br />

the soil at the expense of<br />

your plants.<br />

You can grow it on the<br />

kitchen window sill as a small<br />

plant, or plant it into the<br />

garden in the harshest hot<br />

and dry spot where it will<br />

soon multiply. The tall orange<br />

spikes of flower are a bonus.<br />

The only harm that you can<br />

do to this plant is to overwater<br />

it; it will be too greedy<br />

and its leaves will burst!<br />

Aloes must have perfect<br />

drainage.<br />

If you are buying garden<br />

mix, do you need one for<br />

tomatoes, one for herbs,<br />

one for roses and one for<br />

gardenias? No – garden<br />

mix is designed to add<br />

nutrient and bulk to<br />

existing garden beds.<br />

The fertiliser that you<br />

use will convert it to the<br />

appropriate use. Garden<br />

mix is different to potting<br />

mix, it is designed to be<br />

added to existing soil. The<br />

drainage will not be good<br />

enough for using in pots.<br />

Mexican Blueberry<br />

– the edible fuchsia<br />

little-known fact is that all<br />

A fuchsias are edible, but not very<br />

tasty. The flowers can be added to<br />

salads for decoration.<br />

Most fuchsias are grown for their<br />

flowers alone, but not the Mexican<br />

Blueberry –<br />

sometimes<br />

known as<br />

the Tree<br />

Fuchsia. It<br />

is the tallest<br />

growing of<br />

the fuchsia<br />

family,<br />

reaching a<br />

height of<br />

2-3m. The<br />

clusters of<br />

pale mauve<br />

flowers<br />

produce<br />

shiny blue berries. The shrub can have<br />

flowers and berries at the same time.<br />

These berries are sweet and juicy.<br />

They can be eaten in all the ways that<br />

we eat the blueberries, in yoghurt,<br />

muffins, smoothies or jam. It loves<br />

semi-shade or a position with morning<br />

sun only, and regular water. It does not<br />

want to dry out.<br />

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Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Jobs this Month<br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

It is time to get the summer<br />

veggies growing if you<br />

have not already done so. It<br />

is a bit late to sow seeds, so<br />

seedlings are the way to go.<br />

Sometimes sowing seeds can<br />

produce too many plants, for<br />

a family just 3 or 4 plants will<br />

often do.<br />

What to plant<br />

Plant egg plants, capsicum,<br />

tomatoes, cucumbers,<br />

chillies and beans. If space<br />

is really limited just plant<br />

the veggies that your family<br />

uses on a weekly basis. Pick<br />

and pick again vegetables<br />

are the most productive<br />

such as tomatoes, beans,<br />

cucumbers and zucchinis.<br />

Re-plant seeds or seedlings<br />

Crossword solution from page 69<br />

Mystery location: SAND POINT<br />

of carrots, lettuce, pak choi<br />

and spring onions at twoweekly<br />

intervals rather that<br />

filling the veggie patch all in<br />

one day!<br />

Bindii watch<br />

Watch out for bindies in<br />

the grass. Spray them now<br />

before the seeds ripen. It is<br />

easier to spray now with a<br />

selective weed killer than to<br />

sit on a cushion with a trowel<br />

and to dig them out one by<br />

one once their spikey seeds<br />

are ripe. If you have a buffalo<br />

lawn, check with the garden<br />

centre before buying a weed<br />

control to make sure that the<br />

chemical is suitable (Yates<br />

Buffalo Pro hose-on is an<br />

easy way to go).<br />

Orchid care<br />

Cymbidium orchids have<br />

given months of pleasure,<br />

flowering through the winter.<br />

Time to give back now.<br />

Remove any tired foliage, old<br />

flower canes and damaged<br />

roots. Repot them into<br />

fresh orchid bark. Don’t<br />

increase the pot size unless<br />

necessary. Orchids like to be<br />

tightly packed in. Feed them<br />

this month with orchid food<br />

to get them growing again.<br />

<strong>October</strong><br />

Mulch well<br />

After the winter rain, the soil<br />

is well watered and damp<br />

deep down. The surface dries<br />

quickly in the sun so mulch<br />

the garden well with sugar<br />

cane or bark to keep the<br />

benefit of the wet winter days.<br />

Amazing daisies<br />

Daisies are back. These oldfashioned<br />

favourites are in<br />

full flower. They are easy to<br />

grow but can be attacked by<br />

leaf miner, so spray with eco<br />

oil as a control.<br />

Hibiscus trim<br />

This is your last chance to<br />

shape and trim back hibiscus<br />

before summer. Feed the<br />

bushes now with a complete<br />

fertiliser and apply a top<br />

dressing of cow manure to<br />

get the new growth that will<br />

produce the flowers.<br />

Palm seeds<br />

Palm trees are flowering. If<br />

you can reach them, it is wise<br />

to remove the flowers as they<br />

finish before they produce<br />

seeds that fall. Palm seeds<br />

are dangerous on paths and<br />

walkways. They roll under foot<br />

and cause some bad falls.<br />

Pots & baskets<br />

Pot up some pots and<br />

baskets that will flower the<br />

summer ahead. Spanish<br />

Shawl is a low-growing,<br />

trailing plant that is ideal<br />

for rockeries, tubs or a<br />

ground cover. It produces<br />

bright magenta-coloured<br />

flowers all summer that<br />

complement the bronze<br />

new leaves that cover the<br />

dark green foliage.<br />

72 OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Times Past<br />

Page-turning Avalon Beach library<br />

Avalon Beach has almost<br />

always had a library.<br />

The 1934 disused<br />

NRMA patrol depot in Avalon<br />

Parade operated as a library<br />

for a few years; and there was<br />

a small lending library as part<br />

of a nursery on Old Barrenjoey<br />

Road next to Stapleton’s early<br />

real estate office in the 1950s.<br />

In 1951, the official opening<br />

year of Avalon Public<br />

School, a library was begun in<br />

a cupboard at the western end<br />

of the verandah of the first<br />

demountable school building.<br />

My mum Gwen Searl and<br />

Cassie Nelson were the first<br />

librarians.<br />

On 11 April 1983, a public<br />

meeting of keen locals wishing<br />

to establish a community<br />

library in Avalon Beach was<br />

held in St Marks Hall.<br />

The new steering committee<br />

headed by chairman Brenda<br />

Kable, had their sights set on<br />

a 25.5sqm room in the Avalon<br />

Baby Health Centre in Old<br />

Barrenjoey Road. (Brenda said<br />

many older folk and mums<br />

with young children found it<br />

difficult to travel to the Council’s<br />

library in Mona Vale.)<br />

The cost of structural<br />

alterations and furnishing<br />

and fittings would only have<br />

amounted to $5,000 but Warringah<br />

Shire Council (WSC)<br />

staff rejected the idea and suggested<br />

a future redevelopment<br />

of the Baby Health Centre site<br />

should provide for a 250sqm<br />

library.<br />

A Riding Councillor Frank<br />

Beckman thought the obvious<br />

OPENING CREDITS: Brenda Kable poses with a well-earned bouquet for<br />

her effort (top); celebrations were underway when the library moved<br />

into the ‘Avalon Centre’ opposite the post office in May 1988 (above left);<br />

the official opening of the library on 28 <strong>October</strong> 1983 – Brenda Kable<br />

has just received a copy of Milton’s Prose (above right) from Morris<br />

West (on the far right) along with a handsome cheque, while popular<br />

councillor Frank Beckman looks on.<br />

enthusiasm from these local<br />

volunteers should be encouraged<br />

and supported then, rather<br />

than wait to see what funds<br />

might be provided in the 1984<br />

budget estimates. “We should<br />

not stand in the way of people<br />

who want to help themselves<br />

– and the facility won’t cost<br />

the Council anything in rent,”<br />

he said.<br />

Professional librarians offered<br />

voluntarily to train and<br />

assist volunteers to prepare<br />

around 3,000 books to go onto<br />

the shelves and also catalogue<br />

the collection.<br />

On Friday 28 <strong>October</strong> 1983<br />

at 7.30pm, local author Morris<br />

West officially opened the<br />

library. Jenny Cole-Clarke<br />

sculpted a fabulous celebration<br />

cake in the shape of an<br />

open book with pages and a<br />

bookmark.<br />

Staffing for the new library<br />

was eagerly provided for by<br />

50 keen locals. The library<br />

opened for lending on Monday<br />

31 <strong>October</strong>, from 2pm to 5pm.<br />

It proved a great success,<br />

even though it was operating<br />

from within a room “no larger<br />

than a broom closet” according<br />

to honorary librarian<br />

Craig Boaden. A temporary<br />

‘demountable’ building was<br />

provided to give more space.<br />

In 1988, WSC purchased the<br />

old Woolworths building opposite<br />

the post office in Avalon<br />

Parade and converted it into<br />

an arcade. The library moved<br />

into the rear section on the<br />

ground floor, which gave them<br />

lots more space.<br />

In 2002, the library moved<br />

into purpose-built premises<br />

in the new Avalon Recreation<br />

Centre (above what was their<br />

original site from 1983). They<br />

had in fact returned to their<br />

birthplace in premises befitting<br />

their fine achievement.<br />

Helen Clarke was the first<br />

paid librarian and Jane Park<br />

took over as the co-ordinator<br />

in September 2017.<br />

In 2023, the library will celebrate<br />

40 years of community<br />

service.<br />

TIMES PAST is supplied by<br />

local historian and President<br />

of the Avalon Beach<br />

Historical Society GEOFF<br />

SEARL. Visit the Society’s<br />

showroom in Bowling Green<br />

Lane, Avalon Beach.<br />

Times Past<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong> 73

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74 OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

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OCTOBER <strong>2021</strong> 75

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