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Editorial<br />

New Lizard Rock conundrum<br />

It will be interesting to see<br />

whether Northern Beaches<br />

Council accepts the NSW<br />

Department of Planning<br />

and Environment’s offer to<br />

assume the planning proposal<br />

authority role for the mooted<br />

Lizard Rock development.<br />

The Department dropped<br />

a bombshell two days before<br />

Xmas with its ruling that the<br />

Metropolitan Local Aboriginal<br />

Land Council’s (MLALC)<br />

planning proposal for Lizard<br />

Rock will proceed to Gateway<br />

determination (the step before<br />

lodgement/consideration).<br />

Council remains opposed<br />

to the development, which<br />

involves the clearing of land<br />

for 450 dwellings to assist<br />

economic self-determination of<br />

Aboriginal people.<br />

Does accepting the planning<br />

authority role place it at odds<br />

with its position? Or is it better<br />

to drive the process?<br />

Council has until the end of<br />

<strong>January</strong> to decide.<br />

F<br />

urther to Councillors’<br />

condemnation of the<br />

Albanese Government for<br />

reallocating $75 million<br />

earmarked by the former<br />

coalition government for<br />

blackspot works on Wakehurst<br />

Parkway (Labor claimed the<br />

cash was to progress works on<br />

the Beaches Tunnel Link, which<br />

it says was cancelled by the<br />

NSW Government):<br />

Mayor Michael Regan has<br />

written to the Federal Minister<br />

for Infrastructure seeking a<br />

meeting and documentation to<br />

confirm that was the case.<br />

On the Wakehurst Parkway…<br />

maybe it’s a good thing that<br />

Council, as overseer, is not<br />

attempting too much with its<br />

initial flood mitigation works at<br />

Oxford Falls.<br />

Based on what’s been going<br />

on at Avalon Beach (see page<br />

12) there’s every chance it could<br />

have increased flooding on the<br />

Parkway. Boom tish.<br />

Happy New Year! – Nigel Wall<br />

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News<br />

Battle for <strong>Pittwater</strong> heats up<br />

The battle for the State<br />

seat of <strong>Pittwater</strong> has<br />

commenced in earnest,<br />

with environmental lawyer<br />

and corporate climate<br />

change advisor Jacqui Scruby<br />

announcing she will run<br />

under the ‘Independent for<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>’ banner at the NSW<br />

election in March.<br />

Ms Scruby, is hoping to end<br />

the NSW Liberal Party’s 15-<br />

year grip on the electorate.<br />

Incumbent MP Rob Stokes,<br />

who is not recontesting the<br />

seat, has held <strong>Pittwater</strong> since<br />

2007.<br />

CANDIDATES: Independent Jacqui Scruby; the Liberal Party’s Rory Amon; and Labor’s Jeffrey Quinn.<br />

Meanwhile, Northern<br />

“PEP-11 and future projects of <strong>Pittwater</strong>. Businesses and students and teachers,<br />

Beaches Councillor and remain a risk to our beaches. households should be energyindependent<br />

nurses, doctors, and those<br />

family lawyer Rory Amon has Our community is clear: we<br />

– it’s policy requiring essential medical<br />

been endorsed by the NSW must save our beaches. No failure that they’re not. care.”<br />

Liberal Party State Executive oil and gas on our coastline. “We need to make sure<br />

Liberal Party candidate<br />

as its candidate.<br />

We need this to be more than every family and business Rory Amon said: “I<br />

Mr Amon received<br />

dead in the water – it needs has affordable access to am looking forward to<br />

overwhelming support from to be tied to a rock and sunk our abundant and cheap continuing Rob Stokes’ and<br />

the local members’ branch to the bottom of the ocean renewables to cut energy the Liberal Party’s record of<br />

before his candidacy was forever.”<br />

costs. It’s a no brainer.” delivery and continuing to<br />

rubber-stamped just before Most recently Ms Scruby She added the <strong>Pittwater</strong> provide a strong voice for the<br />

Christmas.<br />

has been an advisor to<br />

community was appalled people of <strong>Pittwater</strong>.”<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> local Jeffrey Mackellar MP Dr Sophie at NSW currently clearing A lifelong local of the<br />

Quinn will stand as NSW Scamps. She says the<br />

an area of native forest 50 Beaches, Mr Amon has served<br />

Labor’s candidate.<br />

experience has demonstrated times the size of Sydney’s as a councillor on Northern<br />

Ms Scruby, 39, who lives in the true power of<br />

CBD each year, costing the Beaches Council since 2017.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>, says she will fight independents.<br />

NSW Government $29 million “Locally I’ve fought to<br />

to make the community’s “Having just worked with annually.<br />

ensure accountability and<br />

voice be heard on State and Dr Scamps to improve the “In NSW we have the<br />

transparency, improve<br />

local issues.<br />

Climate Change Act and National Party hellbent on services and manage the<br />

She said <strong>Pittwater</strong> had been usher in the new National killing koalas, insisting Council’s finances, as well<br />

“neglected too long” by the Anti-Corruption Commission, we continue logging native as standing up against<br />

Liberal Party.<br />

I’ve seen first-hand how forests at the taxpayers’ inappropriate development,”<br />

“We’ve lost our public independents bring their expense. We’ve opened 11 Mr Amon said.<br />

hospital, we no longer have community’s voice to<br />

new coal mines under the “While there are challenges<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Council, and one Parliament. But the job is far current government and ahead, including addressing<br />

of our main roads [the<br />

from done.<br />

our export emissions are the cost of living and housing<br />

Wakehurst Parkway] floods “As in the Federal election, abhorrent.<br />

affordability, protecting<br />

seemingly every time it I know that people are<br />

“We are also facing changes our community from<br />

rains,” she said.<br />

ready for a different kind of to planning and zoning, overdevelopment, managing<br />

“The <strong>Pittwater</strong> community politics,” she continued. “So and a major development the transition to a net-zero<br />

wants better services and to many of you have already at Lizard Rock bordering economy, ensuring the<br />

protect our beautiful area – reached out to get involved. <strong>Pittwater</strong>.”<br />

duplication of Mona Vale<br />

and the best way to do that is This is a truly community-led NSW Labor candidate Road and upgrades to the<br />

to have an independent voice campaign.”<br />

Jeffrey Quinn, who has Wakehurst Parkway, I’m<br />

in State Parliament.<br />

Ms Scruby says she is worked as a school teacher optimistic about our State’s<br />

“As an independent, I will standing for strong climate and a small business owner/ future and protecting and<br />

always vote in the interests action, restoring integrity and operator, said the focus enhancing our lifestyle here<br />

of our community, not<br />

trust in state politics, and of his campaign would be in <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

in a political party’s best ensuring NSW’s economy was on education matters plus “I’ll continue to fight for<br />

interests.”<br />

managed responsibly.<br />

healthcare advocacy.<br />

local families and small<br />

Further, Scruby said that She said that having been “The electorate is facing businesses, and be a strong<br />

Asset Energy, the company a small business owner, she teacher shortages, impacting voice for <strong>Pittwater</strong>.”<br />

behind the PEP-11 lease – was committed to ensuring student outcomes and<br />

Alex McTaggart was the last<br />

which if resurrected had the the State Government didn’t schools needing maintenance Independent to represent the<br />

potential to see gas drilling stand in the way of the due to underfunding,” Mr <strong>Pittwater</strong> electorate (2005-<br />

kilometres off our beaches “incredible small businesses” Quinn said.<br />

2007). – Nigel Wall<br />

– had announced its project in <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

“I am passionate about *What do you think? Tell us<br />

plans were “far from dead in “Cost of living is also a healthcare – I will advocate at readers@pittwaterlife.<br />

the water”.<br />

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Locana the Grom to watch<br />

News<br />

Avalon’s Locana Cullen<br />

is the ‘grom surfer’ to<br />

watch – he has won<br />

every under-12s regional, state<br />

and national comp in 2022<br />

except one! His incredible work<br />

ethic, passion and talent is really<br />

paying off and he dreams<br />

of one day surfing the World<br />

Cup Circuit.<br />

“I like being in the water and<br />

standing up on my surfboard,”<br />

the 11-year-old says simply.<br />

Parents Nic and Bec tag-team<br />

supervising sons Locana and<br />

Balin, who surf together every<br />

day. Waking shortly after 5am<br />

they surf for a<br />

few hours then<br />

it’s back in the<br />

water in the<br />

afternoon.<br />

In the evenings<br />

the family<br />

heads to the<br />

local skatepark<br />

to hone balance<br />

and trick skills.<br />

The skatepark<br />

is where one<br />

sponsor, Luke<br />

Howarth (from<br />

Howie Shapes<br />

Surfboards), first spotted<br />

Locana. By age 4 or 5, protected<br />

head to toe in oversized padding,<br />

Locana was taking on the<br />

biggest halfpipe, which blew<br />

Howie away.<br />

Despite Balin being 19<br />

months older, the family has<br />

identified that it’s Locana who<br />

currently ‘wants the win more’,<br />

staying out longer in the water<br />

than Balin, getting him results.<br />

But Balin says Locana’s wins<br />

motivate him to step up and<br />

adds they’re very lucky to have<br />

each other.<br />

PHOTO: Emma Wilson<br />

TALENT: Locana<br />

winning the NSW<br />

title at Maroubra.<br />


Brothers Locana<br />

(left) and Balin.<br />

“I want to be<br />

a professional<br />

surfer too,”<br />

says Balin.<br />

Nic says Locana<br />

is extremely self-motivated.<br />

“He’s never fazed by the conditions...<br />

if it’s surfable he will<br />

surf it”.<br />

Mum Bec says Locana practises<br />

holding his breath in the<br />

bath, replicating being held<br />

underwater by rough waves.<br />

Also, he watches YouTube clips<br />

of the world’s best surfers,<br />

quoting their career achievements<br />

off by heart.<br />

Surf coach Matt Cattle notes<br />

Locana’s incredible passion.<br />

“For his age group he is one<br />

of the best in the world and<br />

happily surfs up to six hours<br />

a day.”<br />

Bec and Nic believe the best<br />

coaches can give the best advice<br />

but kids have to be willing<br />

to take advice on to grow.<br />

Bec, a Naturopath with a<br />

Bachelor of Health Science<br />

(and Advanced Diplomas in<br />

Naturopathy), pulled both sons<br />

out of the mainstream school<br />

system to oversee their education.<br />

Responsive to her fairly<br />

strict approach, the boys are<br />

used to Bec expecting them to<br />

practise their musical instruments<br />

daily and are thriving<br />

under this system.<br />

“They both love to read and<br />

PHOTO: Rebecca Jean<br />

would all day if I let them but<br />

we also do Science, Maths and<br />

English… and if it’s not neat<br />

enough, they write it out again.<br />

Both sons have tutors and<br />

play piano, guitar, drums, beatbox,<br />

Didgeridoo and Djembe.<br />

“Health is a massive focus<br />

and has everything to do with<br />

our food, sleep and mental<br />

state and the kids learn all of<br />

it,” Bec says. “We talk about<br />

everything, including the flowon<br />

effect our feelings have on<br />

every aspect of our daily life.”<br />

She adds that while home<br />

schooling may not be attuned<br />

for everyone, it works for their<br />

family dynamic and supports<br />

them work towards their goals.<br />

Former world champ surfer<br />

Tom Carroll is enjoying watching<br />

Locana develop his skills<br />

on top of incredible talent.<br />

“Innate talent never changes<br />

but it’s something you can’t<br />

teach,” he said.<br />

During training, Tom observes<br />

Locana’s hard work has<br />

a positive flow-on effect on the<br />

kids around him.<br />

Howie thinks Locana’s<br />

understanding of waves, feet<br />

positioning and skillset is way<br />

beyond his years.<br />

“He has a great sense of how<br />

to control the elements in his<br />

surf heat,” he said, noting his<br />

instinctive understanding of<br />

what each wave could “offer<br />

him”, assessing what trick to<br />

execute next.<br />

For now, Locana’s professional<br />

surfing dream gives this<br />

little fella a lot of joy.<br />

“I’m going to practice every<br />

single day and dream about it<br />

every night,” he said.<br />

– Emma Wilson<br />

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Locals float anger over<br />

News<br />

The trouble-plagued<br />

Avalon Shared Space<br />

will remain in a state of<br />

construction limbo over the<br />

New Year period.<br />

Council’s contractors have<br />

beaten a retreat from the<br />

centre of the village after a<br />

series of embarrassing Keystone<br />

Cops-like failures and<br />

remedial work.<br />

The upgrade to the Avalon<br />

Village intersection was<br />

suspended on December 22,<br />

with Council overseers and<br />

contractors now scheduled to<br />

pick up their tools again on<br />

February 13.<br />

On December 22, construction<br />

crews undertook emergency<br />

works, digging an elaborate<br />

drain under Old Barrenjoey<br />

Road North to link with an<br />

adjoining stormwater drain.<br />

It’s understood the new<br />

drain was not included in the<br />

original scope of works. It was<br />

implemented only after a lack<br />

of drainage was identified<br />

after the grading of the road’s<br />

asphalt surface.<br />

Council adopted the Avalon<br />

Place Plan in July 2022, including<br />

works to create the shared<br />

one-way (south) car/pedestrian<br />

zone on Old Barrenjoey Rd<br />

at Avalon Pde, which will be<br />

trialled for six months.<br />

Council’s Traffic Committee<br />

reviewed and adopted the<br />

plans in October. Council told<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> that in developing<br />

the plans, stormwater<br />

capacity was reviewed and<br />

considered in the context of<br />

the design.<br />

The intent of the design<br />

was to mitigate any potential<br />

flooding risk, by inverting the<br />

flow of water through the centre<br />

of the road space, rather<br />

than the kerb lines.<br />

However, this was not implemented<br />

from construction<br />

outset.<br />

Later, when the botched job<br />

was remedied, serious shortcomings<br />

became apparent,<br />

requiring remediation in the<br />

form of a new drain.<br />

Council remained in damage<br />

control approaching<br />

Christmas, following myriad<br />

complaints from residents<br />

and business owners about<br />

the construction process – including<br />

noisy daytime works<br />

and dangerous concrete dust<br />

blowing into shops.<br />

The chorus of local dissent<br />

first boomed in early December<br />

when Council’s contractor<br />

failed to incorporate rubberstamped<br />

plans to shape dropoffs<br />

in the asphalt to funnel<br />

water away from the newly<br />

uniform pavement/road<br />

height towards drains.<br />

The error only became<br />

apparent when a freak storm<br />

swept across the Northern<br />

Beaches on Monday 11 December,<br />

dumping significant<br />

rain at Avalon in a 15-minute<br />

deluge.<br />

Business owners along<br />


Construction crews dig a drain to<br />

rectify the issue of pooling water<br />

on Old Barrenjoey Road (North).<br />

Old Barrenjoey Rd hurriedly<br />

prepared for flooding, which<br />

they say would have occurred<br />

had the rain not stopped<br />

when it did. As it was, they<br />

were left to sweep away water<br />

which lapped the entrances to<br />

their shops.<br />

Swell Café owner Barry<br />

Blyth took matters further, obtaining<br />

sandbags to barricade<br />

the border of his business.<br />

Council took Barry’s lead,<br />

delivering more sandbags, to<br />

mitigate the risk of damage<br />

due to any further run-off<br />

before Council’s contractors<br />

were able to re-do the asphalt<br />

to the correct specifications.<br />

“Undoubtedly we would<br />

have been flooded, but the<br />

rain stopped just in time,”<br />

Barry said.<br />

“We’d carried sandbags<br />

from the roadside, where they<br />

were underwater, to protect<br />

the cafe.<br />

“I explained to the Council<br />

officers why I’d done it – and<br />

within an hour (each business)<br />

was delivered more<br />

sandbags.”<br />

At the time, Council CEO<br />

Ray Brownlee conceded to<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>: “Council is<br />

working fast to get the contractor<br />

back on site to bring<br />

the road construction to the<br />

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Avalon works debacle<br />

required design levels. This<br />

will mitigate the issues that<br />

occurred from the rainstorm.<br />

“The issue here is the works<br />

completed by the external<br />

contractor did not meet the<br />

design requirements. The<br />

bitumen laid was not at the<br />

correct levels specified in the<br />

design plans.<br />

“The contractor has acknowledged<br />

the error… we<br />

took immediate action to get<br />

the contractor to urgently<br />

fix the road levels, ensuring<br />

they are consistent with the<br />

approved design, which would<br />

mitigate any flooding risk.<br />

“We appreciate the timing<br />

is not great at the start of<br />

the Christmas holidays, but<br />

we will continue to support<br />

the local businesses and get<br />

this project completed to the<br />

standard we expect for our<br />

community.”<br />

While the asphalt was<br />

subsequently “fixed” within<br />

days – it revealed an alarming<br />

new legacy: pooled water in a<br />

30m2 area approaching the<br />

former pedestrian crossing on<br />

Old Barrenjoey Road North.<br />

The pooled water was not<br />

channelling to nearby drains;<br />

hence the emergency works<br />

on December 22.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> asked Council<br />

whether its staff could assure<br />

the local community<br />

and business owners that its<br />

original plan and all relevant<br />

engineering guidelines and<br />

PHOTOS: Steve Meacham<br />

OOPS:<br />

Pooled water after work<br />

crews re-graded the asphalt<br />

to prevent flooding of<br />

pavements and businesses.<br />

requirements for the specific<br />

location had been assessed<br />

and approved.<br />

Further, assurance was<br />

sought that as a consequence,<br />

the new works would not result<br />

in greater flooding than<br />

has previously been experienced<br />

at the location.<br />

Mr Brownlee responded:<br />

“Once the road construction<br />

is complete, we are confident<br />

the new design will not exacerbate<br />

the risk of localised<br />

flooding.<br />

“We apologise for the inconvenience<br />

and are working to<br />

finalise the project as quickly<br />

as possible.”<br />

Representatives of the<br />

Avalon & Palm Beach Business<br />

Chamber Inc expressed<br />

disappointment at Council’s<br />

repeated failures.<br />

President Stephanie Hammond<br />

and Vice-President Sally<br />

Tabner said: “It’s one thing for<br />

Council to apologise for the<br />

upheaval but it’s clear that the<br />

process was not correct from<br />

the start.<br />

“Undertaking works of this<br />


The traffic free-for-all<br />

at the new Avalon<br />

village intersection.<br />

magnitude at this time of<br />

year was always going to be<br />

disruptive, despite assurances<br />

from Council it would minimise<br />

impact to residents and<br />

businesses.<br />

“And the fact they have had<br />

to correct works on multiple<br />

occasions, including digging<br />

a new drain three days before<br />

Christmas, speaks volumes<br />

about their poor planning and<br />

execution.<br />

“Council is pointing the<br />

finger at its contractor, but<br />

ultimately the buck stops with<br />

the designated authority –<br />

and that’s Council.”<br />

They added the Chamber<br />

was also disappointed at the<br />

lack of consultation and communication.<br />

“Council remains adamant<br />

they have always been consultative<br />

regarding the Shared<br />

Space zone but what occurred<br />

on December 22, ripping up<br />

the road to dig an emergency<br />

drain, came like a bolt from<br />

the blue.<br />

“No-one knew anything<br />

about this.”<br />

All work on the Shared<br />

Pedestrian Space, including<br />

the new one-way traffic zone,<br />

reduced parking capacity<br />

and enhanced pedestrian<br />

crossings, originally had a<br />

pre-Christmas completion<br />

timeline. – Nigel Wall<br />

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In the swim of things<br />

News<br />

The <strong>2023</strong> <strong>Pittwater</strong> Ocean<br />

Swim Series kicks off<br />

this month on local<br />

beaches every Sunday, with<br />

races delivering participants<br />

the opportunity to win a holiday<br />

in the Whitsundays.<br />

The series comprises five<br />

swims, with each swim promoted<br />

individually as well as part<br />

of the series. Newport, Bilgola,<br />

Mona Vale, and Palm to Whale<br />

Beach are all held in <strong>January</strong>,<br />

with the series concluding with<br />

the Avalon Swim in March.<br />

Inspirational English Channel<br />

swimmer John Wall will be<br />

guest starter at the Newport<br />

Pool to Peak swims on Sunday<br />

8 <strong>January</strong>.<br />

The Big Swim, between Palm<br />

Beach and Whale Beach (sponsored<br />

by Macquarie Bank), is<br />

the longest-running ocean<br />

swim of the series, starting in<br />

1974. It offers $500 cash to the<br />

male and female winners in its<br />

Elite category, plus medals for<br />

placegetters in all categories.<br />

The Little Big Swim (sponsored<br />

by Ray White Prestige<br />

Palm Beach) is a 1km swim off<br />

Palm Beach; it’s used by many<br />

of the stronger swimmers as a<br />

warm-up for the big event.<br />

“You don’t even have to win<br />

one of the series races to take<br />

out the main prize,” explains<br />

Big Swim race director Annette<br />

Baggie. “It is eligible to any<br />

swimmers who complete three<br />

of the five series swims.”<br />

Last year’s competition winner<br />

was 26-year-old Ali Pluss,<br />

who won an amazing swimming<br />

holiday in the Whitsundays.<br />

“It was so good,” Ali enthus-<br />

GET SET: Thousands will compete<br />

in <strong>January</strong>’s <strong>Pittwater</strong> ocean swims.<br />

ADVICE: Channel conqueror Wall.<br />

es. “Five days and four nights<br />

swimming twice a day in the<br />

most beautiful locations!<br />

“I took my brother Nick, who<br />

competed in the 2.8km Big<br />

Swim and is really into ocean<br />

races now, and I took my mum<br />

(61) who had done the 1km<br />

Little Big Swim with me.<br />

“It was a great holiday and<br />

you could swim at your own<br />

pace in the longer races, it<br />

wasn’t like a hiking trip where<br />

you hold the group up.<br />

“We’re all keen swimmers,<br />

although haven’t been competitive<br />

in the past or trained…<br />

we just all love the water.<br />

“Ocean swimming is very<br />

different to the pool – more<br />

exciting things can happen.<br />

And you really get the benefits<br />

of being outdoors in the fresh<br />

air, and of the cool water and<br />

nature.”<br />

John Wall’s swimming journey<br />

is inspirational. He joined<br />

Mona Vale SC in 2013 and com-<br />

pleted his Bronze Medallion<br />

after his two boys joined Nippers.<br />

After moving to Newport<br />

and joining its club, he started<br />

with two of the swimming<br />

groups, the Newport Leather<br />

Jackets and the Knackers.<br />

He was a complete novice,<br />

having never competed or<br />

trained as a swimmer.<br />

“They would swim out to<br />

a buoy, affectionately known<br />

as ‘Kylie’, which was about<br />

250 metres out to sea,” said<br />

John. “I really had my doubts I<br />

would be able to make it. However,<br />

I gradually mastered it.”<br />

His first ocean swim was<br />

at Bilgola in 2014 was an eyeopener.<br />

“It was a 1.5km swim<br />

and I hadn’t trained enough<br />

for the conditions. I reckon I<br />

nearly drowned and I vowed I<br />

would never put myself in that<br />

position again.”<br />

John competed in many Sydney<br />

ocean swims to improve<br />

his skills. He also went to<br />

stroke correction with Marathon<br />

Swimming Hall of Fame<br />

coach Vlad Mravec at Andrew<br />

Boy Charlton Pool (ABC), Woolloomooloo.<br />

John then entered the<br />

Rottnest Channel Swim, an<br />

open-water 29.7km swim<br />

from Cottesloe Beach in WA<br />

to Rottnest Island. At this<br />

time, the longest swim he had<br />

completed was The Big Swim<br />

(2.7km).<br />

Just a few years later, and<br />

after logging 30km of ocean<br />

swims each week, he signed<br />

on to swim the English Channel<br />

in July.<br />

“The Channel is 33km; my<br />

expected time was 15 hours,<br />

but I took provisions for an 18-<br />

hour swim,” said John.<br />

His time? “13 hours, 14 minutes,”<br />

he said with modesty.<br />

John has a message for this<br />

year’s series entrants:<br />

“Set a goal, even if you are<br />

not sure how to complete it. It<br />

does not have to be extreme,<br />

like swimming the English<br />

Channel. Doing this will<br />

ensure you meet new friends,<br />

stretch your ability, mentally<br />

and physically, and have you<br />

doing things you did not think<br />

you were capable of.”<br />

– Rob Pegley & John Guthrie<br />

14 JANUARY <strong>2023</strong><br />

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News<br />

Guardian angels of waterways<br />

Pamela Sayers was<br />

working around 11.30pm<br />

one night at the NSW<br />

State Communications<br />

Centre in Belrose – home of<br />

Marine Rescue Sydney – when<br />

an emergency call came in<br />

from a vessel in distress on<br />

the state’s North Coast.<br />

“It was a catamaran that<br />

had lost its mast about 13<br />

nautical miles out to sea off<br />

Yamba,” recalls Pamela who<br />

with Debbie Nicholson heads<br />

up Marine Rescue Sydney’s<br />

recruitment drive for new<br />

members.<br />

“Sandy (Howard, Deputy<br />

Unit Commander) was due to<br />

relieve me at 1.30am.”<br />

The two worked together<br />

for several hours, keeping in<br />

contact with the catamaran<br />

while waiting for the local<br />

Marine Rescue branch to<br />

rustle a crew from their beds.<br />

At one point, Sandy adds,<br />

the catamaran’s skipper<br />

“had an accident and she fell<br />

overboard”, adding to the<br />

drama.<br />

It took until 6am before<br />

craft and crew were safely<br />

adjacent to dry land.<br />

The incident illustrates<br />

that, from dark till dawn, the<br />

$1.3 million Belrose facility’s<br />

24-hour service is the oceanic<br />

guardian of “85 per cent”<br />

of the NSW coastline. (Port<br />

Macquarie and Port Stephens<br />

choose to have their own 24-<br />

hour coverage.)<br />

In one sense, Marine Rescue<br />

Sydney is “the invisible<br />

service”.<br />

People are all too familiar<br />

with what the Rural Fire<br />

Service and State Emergency<br />

Service do from personal<br />

experience or TV coverage. But<br />

a successful marine rescue<br />

rarely makes the headlines.<br />

For two decades before<br />

Belrose opened 12 months<br />

ago, Sandy, Pamela and<br />

colleagues operated from a<br />

compact radio room in Terrey<br />

Hills, also home to the RFS<br />

and the SES.<br />

Why ‘so far’ from the<br />

Pacific Ocean? Because the<br />

mast provides excellent<br />

radio coverage from Sydney<br />

Harbour to the Central coast.<br />

Height is no longer so<br />

important.<br />

“The Belrose centre is in a<br />

valley,” Sandy says. “We now<br />

do everything on ROIP (Radio<br />

Over Internet Protocol). But<br />

if the internet fails, we can’t<br />

talk.”<br />

On any average Saturday,<br />

the service responds to five<br />

distress calls. There have<br />

been seven today when we<br />

meet.<br />

And what’s the most<br />

common factor?<br />

“Idiots,” Sandy says<br />

emphatically. Most incidents<br />

are caused by running out of<br />

fuel or flat batteries.<br />

“No-one drives a car<br />

without checking how much<br />

fuel is in their tank,” adds<br />

Pamela, more diplomatically.<br />

“Or driving without a<br />

seatbelt or getting the car<br />

regularly serviced. It’s no<br />

different with a boat.”<br />

One of Marine Rescue’s<br />

greatest bugbears are<br />

boaters who aren’t wearing<br />

a life jacket when something<br />

unexpected happens.<br />

“Accidents can happen<br />

RESCUE HQ: More volunteers are required at the centre at Belrose.<br />

on <strong>Pittwater</strong> or Sydney<br />

Harbour as easily as they can<br />

offshore,” he says.<br />

When we meet, at a cafe<br />

overlooking <strong>Pittwater</strong>, Pamela<br />

confesses she’s had a tough<br />

day.<br />

A marine rescue? No,<br />

she explains: a fundraising<br />

sausage sizzle at Bunnings.<br />

To become a member of<br />

Marine Rescue Sydney you<br />

don’t even have to swim, let<br />

alone have nautical skills.<br />

“One of the women with<br />

us at the barbecue today gets<br />

seasick every time she’s on a<br />

boat,” Pamela says. “But she<br />

enjoys helping us fundraise.”<br />

The volunteer service<br />

requires people with<br />

secretarial, marketing, events<br />

and financial skills. But most<br />

of all it’s desperate for people<br />

over 18 to train as radio<br />

operators.<br />

Strangely, over the past<br />

six months much of Marine<br />

Rescue Sydney’s finest<br />

work has been conducted<br />

inland, far away from Pacific<br />

breakers.<br />

“Nine people from HQ and<br />

112 volunteers have served<br />

in the NSW floods,” Sandy<br />

explains. “From Deniliquin to<br />

Forbes, Bourke to Condobolin.<br />

“The SES volunteers don’t<br />

have the vessels or the water<br />

skills.”<br />

Since COVID lockdowns<br />

ended, there has been an<br />

increase in people taking<br />

to the water on jet skis<br />

and boats without a full<br />

understanding of how<br />

dangerous our ocean and<br />

waterways can be.<br />

However, being a member<br />

of Marine Rescue Sydney isn’t<br />

all about crisis and dramatics.<br />

“We work closely with NSW<br />

National Parks, monitoring<br />

sightings of whales, dolphins<br />

and seals,” Pamela says.<br />

– Steve Meacham<br />

*More information go to<br />

marinerescuesydney.com<br />

16 JANUARY <strong>2023</strong><br />

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News<br />

Local yachtie Clive remembered<br />

Local sailor Clive Imber, who made a<br />

single-handed double crossing of the<br />

Atlantic when he was in his late 60s, died<br />

in November. He was 92.<br />

A well-known figure on <strong>Pittwater</strong> at<br />

the helm of his dark blue 23ft gaff-rigged<br />

cutter Rummager 2, Clive also crewed<br />

regularly with friends and was a member<br />

of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club<br />

and then Royal Motor Yacht Club.<br />

Clive had a colourful past and, as a<br />

member of the King’s Troop Royal Horse<br />

Artillery, fought in the Korean War. In<br />

civilian life his sporting activity was<br />

as joint master and huntsman of the<br />

Norfolk Beagles. Hunting was banned<br />

when he was in his 50s and, desperate<br />

for something new, he enquired about<br />

lessons at a little local sailing club.<br />

After his first session, when he turned<br />

up wearing a Barbour jacket and green<br />

wellies, he was hooked.<br />

It was not long before he had qualified<br />

for an Ocean Yachtmaster Certificate<br />

and bought his first boat, a Falmouth<br />

Bass, a South Coast One Design. Then<br />

he had a Vancouver 34 sloop built at<br />

Itchenor, West Sussex, to fulfil his dream<br />

of sailing the Atlantic single-handed – a<br />

feat which he achieved at the age of 66<br />

in 1996.<br />

Clive departed Falmouth and began<br />

COLORFUL PAST: Clive Imber<br />

took up sailing in his 50s.<br />

the Atlantic crossing from the Canary<br />

Islands along the traditional trade winds<br />

route. He met a solitary Russian cargo<br />

ship and the master delighted him by<br />

calling him “one of us, a man of the sea”.<br />

His partner of many years, Sheila<br />

joined him in Antigua and they cruised<br />

the Caribbean for many weeks. When<br />

told the cost of shipping the boat back,<br />

he decided the only option was to sail<br />

Rummager back himself.<br />

On the return voyage he put into the<br />

Azores and in time-honoured tradition<br />

painted the name of his boat on the<br />

harbour wall.<br />

Sheila joined him unexpectedly for<br />

a brief holiday before he set sail again<br />

for England, making final landfall just<br />

before his 68th birthday and completing<br />

a total 8,596 nautical miles on the round<br />

trip.<br />

Clive was sailing up to a year ago when<br />

he reluctantly sold Rummager 2, the<br />

boat he had had shipped to Australia in a<br />

container when he settled here in 2005.<br />

Determined to keep fit, he spent time<br />

on his rowing machine each day and was<br />

fit enough to walk to the car when finally<br />

admitted to Northern Beaches Hospital,<br />

where he died peacefully a few days later.<br />

As he wished, his ashes have been<br />

scattered out to sea off Barrenjoey<br />

Headland and he asked for any donations<br />

to be sent to the Royal National <strong>Life</strong>boat<br />

Institute – a volunteer organisation<br />

whose services he was thankful never to<br />

have needed.<br />

– Michael Woolley<br />

18 JANUARY <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Rust bucket<br />

roadsters<br />

get in gear<br />

News<br />

Bilgola resident<br />

Michael<br />

Dean-Jones<br />

had a tough 2022,<br />

undergoing a<br />

heart operation<br />

which required at<br />

least three months’<br />

recuperation.<br />

So what is he<br />

doing to relax now<br />

he’s been given the<br />

all-clear?<br />

Driving from<br />

Rockhampton<br />

inland via the<br />

Great Artesian<br />

Basin – Tambo, Eulo, Cobar<br />

to Tolleybuc and Geelong,<br />

where the convoy of 250 ‘rust<br />

buckets’ will catch the Spirit of<br />

Tasmania for the final leg of<br />

a 3600-kilometre competitive<br />

journey through Strahan to<br />

the finish line in Hobart.<br />

Michael and his co-driver<br />

Peter Turvey will be in good<br />

company.<br />

Michael’s older brother<br />

Philip Dean-Jones completed<br />

this particular outback<br />

adventure with schoolfriend<br />

Rob Nagy in 2021, when the<br />

route was from Alice Springs<br />

to the Gold Coast via the Gulf<br />

of Carpentaria – the first time<br />

every car finished, even a<br />

vintage Morris Minor with a<br />

hole in the floor behind the<br />

pedals.<br />

The event – the charmingly<br />

named Shitbox Rally – was<br />

founded by James Freeman in<br />

2009 after he lost both of his<br />

parents to cancer. The rally<br />

has raised over $32 million for<br />

the Cancer Council.<br />

“You can’t call something<br />

the Shitbox Rally and expect it<br />

to be taken seriously,” James<br />

says. “Fundraising has to be<br />

entertaining.”<br />

What this rally definitely is<br />

NOT, is a race. It’s more of<br />

a reward for raising at least<br />

$5000 in sponsorship for the<br />

Cancer Council.<br />

Each team – and Michael<br />

and Peter’s team is called Not<br />

Dead Yet – has to purchase<br />

a vehicle for under $1500<br />

and ensure it is sufficiently<br />

roadworthy to be scrutinised<br />

by the police and negotiate<br />

around 2200km of dirt track.<br />

“Before COVID, the price<br />

limit on the cars was $1000,”<br />

Philip says. “But obviously the<br />

price of used cars has gone<br />

up.”<br />

Michael and Peter bought<br />

a 1998 Mazda 323. Philip and<br />

Rob purchased a 1997 Nissan<br />

Maxima.<br />

Michael, the younger<br />

brother by two years, and<br />

Peter have already raised more<br />

than $7000.<br />

Philip and Rob “are trying<br />

not to go back to the same<br />

well”, Philip says. “We raised<br />

$12,000 last time but we don’t<br />

want to ask the same friends<br />

again.”<br />

Virtually everyone on the<br />

rally has a friend or relative<br />

who died of cancer.<br />

The trigger for the brothers<br />

to take part was the death of<br />

a cousin, nicknamed Gritch,<br />

hence the name of Philip and<br />

Rob’s team: Gritch’s Rally Rats.<br />

Initially diagnosed with<br />

testicular cancer, he went into<br />

remission for a decade before<br />

the cancer returned and<br />

spread uncontrollably.<br />

“Each team taking part in<br />

the rally has a list of names<br />

they are doing this rally for,”<br />

Michael says. “Not Dead Yet has<br />

REST STOP: The Gritch’s Rally Rats entry in 2021.<br />

RUNNING REPAIRS: Welding the 1956 Morris Minor.<br />

six: including<br />

our mum, my<br />

father-in-law<br />

and a good<br />

friend of mine<br />

who died of<br />

cancer last<br />

year.”<br />

Each rally – and this is the<br />

first to be held in summer<br />

to try to catch up with the<br />

fundraising losses during<br />

COVID – takes seven days. The<br />

routes explore the roads less<br />

travelled. And visit Outback<br />

towns that generally don’t<br />

witness a caravan of this<br />

magnitude passing through<br />

for a night.<br />

“These remote townships<br />

come out to greet us,”<br />

Philip says. “We’re bringing<br />

commercial dollars – filling up<br />

with fuel, buying food.<br />

“Each town provides us with<br />

a barbecue dinner which we<br />

pay for. Plus showers and a<br />

campsite, because we all take<br />

our own tents.”<br />

A day on the road usually<br />

starts around 8.30am after<br />

a short briefing of any<br />

unexpected hazards.<br />

The 250 vehicles are<br />

gathered into “buddy groups”<br />

of between seven and ten rust<br />

buckets, with inter-vehicle<br />

communications, so that no<br />

car is left behind.<br />

“The goal is safety and<br />

reliability,” Michael adds. “The<br />

idea is to obey the road rules.<br />

Keep the speed down and get<br />

to the finish line safely.”<br />

Each “buddy group”<br />

contains a bush mechanic and<br />

a first aid expert.<br />

The 1956 Morris Minor<br />

on the 2021 rally may have<br />

been the oldest car (“I don’t<br />

know how it was ever deemed<br />

roadworthy,” Rob admits. “The<br />

bush mechanics laid down a<br />

bed of old tyres by the side of<br />

the road and just rolled it onto<br />

its side so they could do the<br />

welding by torchlight.”).<br />

“There was also a Toyota<br />

Corolla on that rally. It blew<br />

a radiator on a dirt track in<br />

the middle of nowhere. The<br />

mechanics didn’t have a spare<br />

one.<br />

“But we found a dumped<br />

Toyota Camry, left by the<br />

side of the road with police<br />

stickers all over it and two<br />

good batteries plus a working<br />

radiator.<br />

“The bush mechanics took<br />

the radiator out of the Camry<br />

and modified it to fit into the<br />

Corolla. But the radiator was<br />

too big to fit under the Corolla’s<br />

bonnet, so they strapped the<br />

bonnet to the roof.<br />

“When we got to the<br />

Gold Coast, we feared the<br />

police might declare it was<br />

unroadworthy.<br />

“So the bush mechanics cut<br />

a hole in the bonnet with an<br />

angle grinder and we arrived<br />

safely with a customised<br />

radiator.”<br />

Rob mentions the jolly<br />

japes. There are several<br />

costume changes along the<br />

route. In Hobart, the final stop<br />

will end with a talent contest.<br />

“It’s actually more of a No<br />

Talent Contest,” Rob admits.<br />

– Steve Meacham<br />

*The first Summer Shitbox<br />

Rally leaves Rockhampton<br />

on March 18 and finishes<br />

in Hobart on March 24.<br />

More info & to sponsor:<br />

shitboxrally.com.au.<br />

20 JANUARY <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

6THINGS<br />


Ditch the tree. Council will collect<br />

your not-so-fresh-now Christmas<br />

tree if you take time to dispose<br />

of it correctly – trees must be<br />

contained within your vegetation<br />

bin and the lid closed flat. If you<br />

prefer not to cut the tree so that it<br />

fits in your vegetation bin, you can<br />

drop it off (for free) at the Kimbriki<br />

Resource Recovery Centre,<br />

Ingleside.<br />

Games for seniors. Get down to<br />

The Mind Cafe at 1356 <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Road Narrabeen every Tues from<br />

1.30pm and keep your brain active<br />

by enjoying a range of board, table<br />

and card games amongst old and<br />

new friends. More info CCNB 1300<br />

002 262.<br />

Give blood. The Mobile Blood<br />

Donor Centre is rolling into Mona<br />

Vale and setting up at Surfview<br />

Road from Mon 9 to Sun 15. Prebook<br />

at lifeblood.com.au, on the<br />

app, or on 13 14 95.<br />

Under-18s gig. Beats on The<br />

Beaches is an event for local<br />

youth aged 13-17 to celebrate<br />

summer with an electric mix<br />

of EDM, POP & Hip Hop artists.<br />

Headliners are DARLEY and<br />

15grams. Supporting acts<br />

include rhyme hustlers XMPLA,<br />

PURPOSE and SoulBLu3. Police,<br />

first aid, youth organisations and<br />

private security personnel will<br />

be on hand to ensure the drug<br />

and alcohol-free event runs as<br />

smoothly as possible. Fri 20<br />

from 6pm-9.30pm at the PCYC<br />

Northern Beaches, Dee Why.<br />

Tickets $39 available through<br />

humanitix.<br />

Polystyrene drop-off. Residents<br />

can take rigid pieces of 100%<br />

clean white and dry polystyrene<br />

packaging to Kimbriki Resource<br />

Recovery centre for recycling on<br />

Sun 22 from 8am-4pm.<br />

Ocean Swims. Dive into four of<br />

the five diverse swims that make<br />

up the <strong>Pittwater</strong> Ocean Swim<br />

Series – Newport to Peak on Sun<br />

8; Blackmores Billy Swim Bilgola<br />

on Sun 15; Warriewood to Mona<br />

Vale Swim (& Family Swim) Sun22<br />

and The Big Swim at Palm Beach<br />

Sun 29. (<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> is a proud<br />

associate sponsor of TBS.) See<br />

story on page 14.<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

JANUARY <strong>2023</strong> 23

News<br />

The Mind Café’s special blend<br />

Aiming to create a<br />

“I love working for Guy,<br />

community for people<br />

he’s a great boss and very<br />

struggling with life, The Mind<br />

Cafe at Narrabeen is about far<br />

more than just great coffee.<br />

Café owner Guy is a jovial<br />

host – so it’s hard to believe<br />

that it’s only four years since<br />

he tried to take his own life.<br />

“I’ve always struggled with<br />

anxiety and depression,” Guy<br />

says candidly. “I had quite<br />

a strange upbringing; my<br />

mother and sister were both<br />

sex workers and my mum<br />

would take me to the brothel<br />

while she worked when I was<br />

only 11. My dad left when I<br />

was two and my stepfather<br />

was hard on me.<br />

“But I know lots of people<br />

have strange childhoods and<br />

that all seemed normal to me.<br />

EMPATHY: The motto of Guy’s café is ‘be kind’.<br />

trustworthy,” says Thomas.<br />

“I love the ethics of the place,<br />

and it’s fun and entertaining.”<br />

Thomas has started<br />

baking for the cafe and loves<br />

seeing his old teachers from<br />

Narrabeen Sports High when<br />

they come in.<br />

“They’ve become like<br />

family to me,” says Guy. “I<br />

never judge people and when<br />

Thomas came in for a trial I<br />

saw what a great work ethic<br />

he had. He and his brother are<br />

the heartbeat of this cafe.”<br />

And that family is growing<br />

as Guy has introduced some<br />

evening groups at the venue<br />

and hopes to cultivate more<br />

self-help-style forums.<br />

“We have a ukulele group<br />

“I also had great<br />

grandparents who took me to<br />

church and taught me morals<br />

and ethics.”<br />

Heading off overseas at a<br />

young age, Guy found work in<br />

the hospitality industry which<br />

led to him often seeking<br />

refuge in alcohol. But after<br />

returning to Australia and<br />

graduating with a degree in<br />

marketing he got his life back<br />

on track. By the end of 2018,<br />

however, his marriage was<br />

ending due to his gambling<br />

and drinking.<br />

“I took a drug overdose,”<br />

says Guy, quietly, “and if my<br />

Feeling blessed to have<br />

survived, Guy started work for<br />

a non-profit organisation that<br />

helped people with disabilities<br />

and mental health issues. He<br />

also started work on various<br />

projects of his own, trying to<br />

help create online communities<br />

for people struggling with<br />

mental health issues.<br />

“I suddenly felt a real<br />

purpose to my life,” says Guy.<br />

“I love that feeling of being<br />

kind to others.”<br />

All of these endeavours,<br />

together with a few quirks of<br />

fate, saw him start The Mind<br />

Cafe just over a year ago.<br />

help others.<br />

“We’re all about inclusion<br />

here and our motto is<br />

‘Be Kind’,” explains Guy.<br />

“We welcome people with<br />

problems or those who are<br />

lonely and I love to listen to<br />

customers when they share<br />

their stories.”<br />

The empathy also extends<br />

to staff, with Guy employing<br />

twin brothers John and<br />

Thomas who have struggled<br />

in the past with speech<br />

problems and learning<br />

difficulties; along with Jay,<br />

who was born female but<br />

identifies as male.<br />

called NUTs who have a<br />

concert on the last Friday<br />

evening of the month,” Guy<br />

explains. “And there is also<br />

the Belong Club, which is<br />

every Tuesday between<br />

1.30pm and 3pm.<br />

“I want to start more<br />

support groups for people<br />

with anxiety, depression or<br />

other mental health issues, so<br />

that people can feel together<br />

and part of something.<br />

“Money has never been<br />

a driving force for me,”<br />

explains Guy. “Obviously we<br />

need to survive, but it’s more<br />

important for me that we give<br />

friend hadn’t helped me that Something that has brought Thomas loves working at people hope.” – Rob Pegley<br />

night, I wouldn’t be alive<br />

today.”<br />

together his experience in<br />

hospitality and his need to<br />

the cafe and getting to know<br />

the regulars.<br />

*The Mind Café, 1346<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Rd, Narrabeen.<br />

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Plan for booming business<br />

Northern Beaches Council has<br />

released its first Economic<br />

Development Strategy to grow and<br />

support businesses across the whole of its<br />

local government area.<br />

And it could see Council throw its weight<br />

behind growing a significant central<br />

business district hub.<br />

Mayor Michael Regan said ‘Business on<br />

the Beaches’ recognised the unique nature<br />

of our local economy, and challenges and<br />

opportunities over the next 10 years.<br />

“Our vision is for a more diverse,<br />

innovative, vibrant and green economy. A<br />

local economy that is sustainable, both in<br />

an economic and an environmental sense,”<br />

Mayor Regan said.<br />

“We love our local businesses and want<br />

to support them now and into the future.<br />

This economic development strategy<br />

identifies the challenges our economy<br />

faces, the opportunities available and sets<br />

out our aspirations for the next decade.<br />

“The Northern Beaches is home to many<br />

highly skilled and talented people, who<br />

could contribute significantly to our local<br />

economy if we can create new employment<br />

opportunities in our local area.”<br />

The draft strategy was prepared by<br />

specialist economic development firm<br />

NDP Economic Development with the<br />

assistance of Council staff and follows a<br />

thorough analysis of the current economic<br />

climate and consultation with the Northern<br />

Beaches community.<br />

Major opportunities could include:<br />

Innovation – new spaces or hubs to<br />

attract knowledge-based businesses and<br />

workers that align with the skills and<br />

aspirations of workers.<br />

Entrepreneurship – with some of the<br />

most talented professionals in Sydney and<br />

higher levels of home-based businesses, a<br />

focus on start-ups could grow the culture<br />

of entrepreneurship through information<br />

sharing, promotion and networking.<br />

Town centres – Welcoming back<br />

business and tourism through a<br />

combination of promotion, events and<br />

public domain improvements.<br />

Cultural & creative – the Northern<br />

Beaches is home to the largest<br />

concentration of cultural and creative<br />

RETAINED: Council says it’s important existing<br />

industrial areas, such as at Mona Vale, are kept<br />

a part of the Beaches’ fabric.<br />

businesses outside the Sydney CBD,<br />

offering scope for further growth by<br />

establishing creative hubs.<br />

Green economy – with local consumers<br />

wanting sustainable products and a high<br />

proportion of residents having the skills<br />

that could support a green economy,<br />

there is potential to explore emerging<br />

investment opportunities in this sector.<br />

Council has identified challenges in the<br />

plan, including traffic congestion, with<br />

slow transport for staff, customers and<br />

suppliers potentially reducing business<br />

profits.<br />

Also, with the Beaches not having a<br />

major ‘CBD’ it could be harder to attract<br />

major corporates and provide jobs that<br />

match residents’ skills.<br />

The absence of international students<br />

and working travellers, as well as rising<br />

housing costs that force many key workers<br />

to live outside the LGA, was also limiting<br />

the pool of workers for entry level roles.<br />

Further, Council is adamant that existing<br />

industrial and warehousing areas must be<br />

protected as they allowed for existing and<br />

emerging industries that supported the<br />

ongoing performance and functionality of<br />

the Northern Beaches economy.<br />

Among the many actions set out in<br />

the draft strategy are plans to revitalise<br />

employment areas. Council will also<br />

enhance existing industrial zoned areas<br />

and look at ways to support innovation and<br />

emerging industries.<br />

Investment in affordable housing will<br />

help attract and retain a broad range of<br />

essential workers and advocating for better<br />

public transport connections will support<br />

logistics and help attract employees.<br />

Council’s business support service will<br />

be expanded and a Business Advisory<br />

Forum could also be established,<br />

comprising key local businesses.<br />

The draft economic development<br />

strategy is underpinned by independent<br />

technical reports, employment studies and<br />

consultation with the business community.<br />

Business on the Beaches will be on public<br />

exhibition for eight weeks on the ‘Your<br />

Say’ page on Council’s website; resident<br />

feedback is encouraged.<br />

Comment has been sought from<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>’s local Chambers of Commerce.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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JANUARY <strong>2023</strong> 25

The Way We Were<br />

Every month we pore over three decades of <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>, providing a snapshot of<br />

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

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

25 Years Ago…<br />

The Way We Were<br />

“Here’s to a great 1998!* <strong>January</strong>, and again<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> welcomes its holiday makers from<br />

near and far staying perhaps in their tents,<br />

caravans and huts at the lovely Narrabeen<br />

Lake, with relatives, on yachts or in their<br />

rented Palm Beach homes. It is the month<br />

when the locals also relax to enjoy the sun,<br />

surf and sailing, the bushwalks and beach<br />

picnics the easy living that summertime offers<br />

in this special part of the world. To our visitors,<br />

welcome.” In news there was a story about<br />

the Big Swims at Avalon (sponsored by Rebel<br />

Sport, Speedo and Secure Parking) and Whale<br />

Beach (sponsored by Australia Post) where “…<br />

every year hundreds of surf swimmers gather<br />

in <strong>Pittwater</strong> for two major events”. Entry for<br />

the Avalon swim was $15 while entry to the<br />

Whale Beach swim was $25. <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council was exploring<br />

where to re-house the Avalon Community Library which had<br />

outgrown its current site, with some options also attempting<br />

to “resolve the car parking problem in the village”. One<br />

thought was to open the Bowling Green Lane car park to<br />

Central Avenue. “But observers suggest that this may be a<br />

ploy to try to close off the northern end of Old Barrenjoey<br />

Road to create a partial pedestrian mall. Such a move<br />

however would generate problems with public transport … as<br />

15 Years Ago…<br />

well as blocking direct access to the shops and<br />

other facilities of the village.” Still in Avalon,<br />

a group of local GPs “currently operating out<br />

of old homes in Avalon Parade” were seeking<br />

to have three blocks of land adjacent to<br />

the Bowling Green Lane car park re-zoned<br />

to allow construction of a modern medical<br />

centre “… a similar proposal which also<br />

included a day surgery and specialist rooms<br />

was proposed by a former Avalon doctor<br />

five years ago, but this was rejected”.<br />

Dog owners were “preparing to fight the<br />

conservationist who want to fence off<br />

access to the sand flats and water at the<br />

western end of the Careel Bay exercise<br />

area”. Australia Day celebrations focussed<br />

on Newport Beach, with a breakfast BBQ, thong throwing, a<br />

citizenship ceremony and sailing events at the Royal Motor<br />

Yacht Club. In his column ‘Chip Thrills’ David Hague revealed<br />

“… almost one in eight Australian households have a personal<br />

computer of some description”. In property news, David<br />

Edwards of LJ Hooker Palm Beach was handling the sale of<br />

The Iluka development… “six luxury three bedroom strata<br />

apartments and two penthouses of international standing”<br />

between Iluka Road and Barrenjoey Road, priced from<br />

$705,000 with completion due mid-1999.<br />

5 Years Ago…<br />

Council sought more CCTV in the <strong>Pittwater</strong> business<br />

districts and increased use of private security guards<br />

“following extensive graffiti and damage to Council-owned<br />

property which is costing Council around $100,000 a year to<br />

rectify”. The story Remembering the Bicentenary Twenty Years<br />

On featured highlights from an exhibition in Avalon staged<br />

by historian Jonathan King who organised the First Fleet<br />

re-enactment voyage<br />

of tall ships from<br />

England to Australia.<br />

There were three<br />

major ocean swims<br />

this month – Avalon<br />

Beach, Warriewood<br />

to Mona Vale and<br />

the “daddy of them<br />

all from Palm Beach<br />

to Whale beach<br />

on <strong>January</strong> 27”.<br />

The Australia Day<br />

Breakfast (and<br />

thong-throwing<br />

competition) was to<br />

be held at Newport<br />

Beach; and the<br />

Royal Motor Yacht<br />

Club was hosting<br />

its annual Australia<br />

Day Boating Parade.<br />

We presented our annual<br />

Locals’ Guide; writer Matt<br />

Cleary spent a day with<br />

local water police who<br />

had been afforded added<br />

random drug testing<br />

powers for the first time<br />

that summer. There were<br />

plenty of announcements<br />

on the local news front,<br />

including a walkway link<br />

between Bayview Heights<br />

and Church Point, and<br />

a shared pedestrian<br />

and cycling path to<br />

wrap around the Bilgola<br />

Bends; we reported on<br />

the latest rumblings<br />

over the development<br />

of the Pasadena site at<br />

Church Point and the<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Swim Series<br />

(which comprised five swims), with profiles of some of the first<br />

participants in the Big Swim which entered it 45 th year in 2018.<br />

And Northern Beaches Council introduced a 24-hours ban on<br />

alcohol on all beaches from 6am on Australia Day.<br />

(Current Editor’s note: Eagle eyed readers – and we know there<br />

are many – will notice the ‘typo’ on the cover of the <strong>January</strong><br />

1998 magazine).<br />

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News<br />

SEEN…<br />

The NSW Government has introduced stronger rules around<br />

registered vehicles and trailers left on our streets for extended<br />

periods of time. Council can now notify owners to move their<br />

property: immediately if causing obstruction or a safety risk;<br />

within three days if unregistered or unable to be legally driven<br />

(due to damage etc) and left in one place for more than 15 days;<br />

and within 15 days if registered and left unattended in one<br />

place for more than 28 days (ie, that’s 44 days one spot in total).<br />

Fines of $660 apply for leaving a vehicle unattended for longer<br />

than legally permitted. If, as some readers have lamented to us,<br />

Council’s Rangers say they are not empowered to act as above,<br />

feel free to refer them to the new Fact Sheet on the NSW Government<br />

website. Or any of several other Sydney Council websites<br />

(for example Fairfield) which are displaying the updated rules<br />

which came into effect in November… Meanwhile, minutes<br />

from Council’s December meeting show it has put on hold – for<br />

now – staff’s push to reduce the opening hours of its Avalon<br />

Customer Centre in the Avalon Rec Centre building. The Avalon<br />

Preservation Association had feared that Council’s plan to<br />

reduce services from five days a week to two days a week would<br />

be triggered at the meeting. However, Councillors voted to defer<br />

a decision until at least March <strong>2023</strong>. Council wants to bank a<br />

six-figure saving by downgrading services. We understand <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

and Narrabeen Ward Councillors are concerned about the<br />

inequity of allowing the ratepayer-funded Hop, Skip and Jump<br />

bus to continue to operate across the Manly area while ripping<br />

services from the top end of the LGA. They also question the<br />

merits of less access when this exact zone has been transformed<br />

to encourage more pedestrian and community use.<br />

HEARD…<br />

The Palm Beach & Whale Beach Association is calling on locals<br />

concerned about the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service’s<br />

plan to allow short-stay accommodation on Barrenjoey<br />

Headland to attend a protest rally in Governor Phillip Park<br />

on 22 <strong>January</strong> (11am). The Draft Plan of Management for<br />

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Lion Island includes a<br />

vision for ‘adaptive reuse’ of historic buildings including the<br />

Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage (right) and Assistant Lighthouse<br />

Keeper’s Cottage… Council tells us it has received around<br />

950 community submissions on its proposed land rezoning.<br />

It will review its draft methodology in the New Year, taking<br />

on board points raised in the submissions. “In some cases,<br />

site visits may be conducted, including where changes to<br />

the methodology do not address concerns raised,” a Council<br />

spokesperson said. They added the outcome of the public<br />

exhibition will inform the development of a draft Northern<br />

Beaches Local Environmental Plan and Development Control<br />

Plan, which will be presented to Council before going on<br />

public exhibition for community feedback.<br />

ABSURD…<br />

Avalon residents aren’t the only ones livid with the ongoing<br />

Shared Zone debacle in their village centre. Councillors are finding<br />

their voices, too. Like <strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward representative Michael<br />

Gencher, who labels the project ‘botched’. “The community is<br />

upset and they have a right to be… too many promises have been<br />

broken,” he said. “As Councillors, we saw a design that looked<br />

great and we were assured was properly engineered, so we did<br />

the right thing and voted in favour of it. The implementation<br />

clearly hasn’t gone to plan though, and as elected Councillors<br />

we are not getting satisfactory answers about where the fault<br />

for that lies. It’s not just us that needs answers, the community<br />

deserves answers – they have to put up with this mess,” he<br />

said. While frustrated and angry, locals are also showing their<br />

senses of humour – someone even dropped a draft of yellow<br />

plastic ducks (above) into pooled water on the road (before site<br />

emergency works on December 22 – see page 12), while one wit<br />

was spied seated at an outdoors café table with facemask and<br />

snorkel. Works have now paused until Monday 13 February<br />

“pending contractor availability”.<br />

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News<br />

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

<strong>Pittwater</strong> active<br />

transport funding<br />

The NSW Government<br />

is supporting Northern<br />

Beaches Council to deliver<br />

two key footpaths that will<br />

help <strong>Pittwater</strong> residents<br />

and visitors move around<br />

safely. The projects funded<br />

include $971,000 for a new<br />

footpath, kerbs, gutters and<br />

drainage along the eastern<br />

side of Barrenjoey Road,<br />

North Avalon (between Careel<br />

Head Road and Currawong<br />

Avenue); and $369,000<br />

for a new footpath on the<br />

northern side of Turimetta<br />

Street, Mona Vale to complete<br />

the missing connection<br />

between Mona Vale Police<br />

Station and George Mockler<br />

House – a strategic walking<br />

connection to Mona Vale,<br />

schools and the B-Line.<br />

Minister for Active Transport<br />

and <strong>Pittwater</strong> MP Rob Stokes<br />

said the funding would go<br />

towards strengthening active<br />

transport in the community,<br />

making it easier for people to<br />

get from A to B in a way that<br />

didn’t always involve getting<br />

in the car. “More than $18<br />

million has been committed<br />

to projects in Western<br />

Sydney and $20 million in<br />

regional NSW, where we’re<br />

seeing a growing demand<br />

for infrastructure that helps<br />

people walk and cycle safely,”<br />

Mr Stokes added.<br />

Posties reeling<br />

from dog attacks<br />

Australia Post is urging local dog owners to safely secure<br />

their pets following data that shows nearly 1,000<br />

Australia Post workers have been attacked by household<br />

dogs over the past five months.<br />

Dog-related incidents recorded by Australia Post have<br />

increased more than 55 per cent, with an average of almost<br />

seven incidents reported each day since July 2022, compared<br />

to an average of just over four per day in 2021-22.<br />

In the past five months alone, 986 incidents have been<br />

reported, compared to 1587 for the full 2021/22 financial<br />

year. Some of these attacks can lead to severe and<br />

debilitating injuries with many requiring medical treatment.<br />

NSW recorded the highest number of dog-related incidents<br />

with 351 since 1 July.<br />

Australia Post spokeswoman Susan Davies said the data<br />

showed an alarming upwards trend in incidents as well as an<br />

increase in the severity of injuries sustained.<br />

“As we continue through the busiest delivery time of the<br />

year, we want to ensure that our Posties are protected,” she<br />

said.<br />

Australia Day on<br />

Newport Beach<br />

Head down to Newport Beach<br />

on 26 <strong>January</strong> for an Australia<br />

Day BBQ celebration breakfast<br />

from 7.30-11.30am. There<br />

will be amusement rides, face<br />

painting, thong throwing<br />

for kids and adults, coffee<br />

vendors, gelato ice-cream and<br />

music provide by the Northern<br />

Beaches Concert Band. The<br />

breakfast is supported by the<br />

National Australia Day Council<br />

and Northern Beaches Council.<br />

Proceeds from the breakfast<br />

will go to local community<br />

organisations the SES, Rotary,<br />

Zonta, Headquarters and<br />

Mackerel Beach Rural Fire<br />

Brigades. (No bottled water<br />

for sale but there will be two<br />

portable water stations.) More<br />

info contact Allan Brett 0407<br />

214 681.<br />

First young adult<br />

hospice complete<br />

The first patients at the new<br />

$19.5 million Adolescent and<br />

Young Adult Hospice (AYAH)<br />

in Manly are expected to be<br />

admitted in February after<br />

major building works on<br />

the new waterfront facility<br />

were completed in December.<br />

The hospice is the first of its<br />

kind in Australia and will<br />

provide respite care, symptom<br />

management or end-of-life<br />

care to 15- to 24-year-old<br />

patients with life-limiting<br />

“Dogs are territorial by nature, so even the sweetest dog<br />

can be a danger to our Posties.<br />

“Our Posties are just trying to do their job and if they feel<br />

that a situation is unsafe when they approach a home, they<br />

will not make the delivery.<br />

“Our teams’ safety has to come first so we really want to<br />

stress the need for people to secure their dogs, especially if<br />

they are expecting a delivery.”<br />

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illness. “This is an incredibly<br />

important facility that will<br />

provide specialized care for<br />

young people and support<br />

for their families at a time of<br />

unimaginable circumstances,”<br />

said NSW Premier Dominic<br />

Perrottet. “It’s in a natural<br />

and peaceful setting that<br />

will hopefully offer comfort<br />

and dignity to people at<br />

the end of their life and is<br />

an important component<br />

of the NSW Government’s<br />

enhancement of palliative care<br />

services.” The hospice will be<br />

important for young people<br />

aged 15 to 24 who outgrow<br />

Bear Cottage or who are<br />

diagnosed with life-limiting<br />

conditions as a young adult.<br />

The facility includes: Eight<br />

bedrooms for patients, each<br />

with an ensuite and outdoor<br />

balcony; two carers’ lounges;<br />

two family accommodation<br />

units with two bedrooms<br />

each; on-site dedicated kitchen<br />

and dining room; breakout<br />

spaces including lounge room,<br />

games room, media room,<br />

multisensory room, quiet<br />

room and sitting rooms.<br />

Council’s grants for<br />

rainbow connection<br />

Avalon & Palm Beach Business<br />

Chamber Inc is one of seven<br />

local organisations sharing<br />

$20,000 in Council grant<br />

funding to support events<br />

planned for WorldPride <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

The world’s largest LGBTQIA+<br />

event will be held across<br />

Sydney from 17 February – 5<br />

March celebrating diversity,<br />

equity, and inclusion. At<br />

its September meeting,<br />

Council resolved to support<br />

activities for the event<br />

including providing financial<br />

support to businesses and<br />

organisations through<br />

small place-based grants as<br />

well as several Council-led<br />

activations including rainbow<br />

banners across the peninsula,<br />

a temporary art installation<br />

in Manly, exhibitions in<br />

libraries; rainbow story times<br />

for children, film screenings<br />

and author talks. Also,<br />

Council has been exploring<br />

options to “dress up” a B1<br />

bus and a Manly Ferry during<br />

WorldPride. Sydney is the<br />

first city in the southern<br />

hemisphere chosen to hold<br />

this event to celebrating<br />

diversity, inclusion, and<br />

accessibility. WorldPride is<br />

a global event licenced by<br />

InterPride which is awarded<br />

to a different host city every<br />

two to three years.<br />

Spin-a-thon for<br />

Mental health<br />

Community Capital<br />

Foundation in partnership<br />

with Manly Business Chamber<br />

and ANTHEMCYCLE are<br />

hosting the first-ever ‘Manly<br />

Spin-a-thon.’ On Saturday<br />

1 April the outdoor spincycling<br />

fundraising event<br />

will help raise awareness and<br />

funds for youth mental health<br />

programs on the Northern<br />

Beachers. This year’s<br />

proceeds will go to local surf<br />

charity, Waves of Wellness<br />

Continued on page 32<br />

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Continued from page 31<br />

(WOW) Foundation. You don’t<br />

need to be an expert cyclist<br />

to participate – anyone can<br />

get involved by registering<br />

to ride or sponsor a team.<br />

Spots are limited; more info<br />

communitycapitalfoundation.<br />

com.au or contact Jessie<br />

Williams at 0452 627 257.<br />

Probus Club news<br />

Guest speaker at the next<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Men’s Probus Club<br />

meeting is member Wes<br />

Harder who will deliver a talk<br />

on the controversial case for<br />

nuclear power generation in<br />

Australia. Meeting at Mona<br />

Vale Surf Club on Tuesday 10<br />

<strong>January</strong> starts 10am. Visitors<br />

welcome; more info contact<br />

Terry Larke on 0412 220 820.<br />

The next meeting of the Palm<br />

Beach and Peninsula Probus<br />

Club will be held at Club<br />

Palm Beach on Wednesday<br />

18 <strong>January</strong> commencing<br />

9.45 am start and visitors<br />

are very welcome. On 25<br />

<strong>January</strong> the Club will host a<br />

screening of the film, Tea with<br />

Mussolini, followed by lunch.<br />

Membership is open to retired<br />

men and women. Enquiries to<br />

Carmel on 0414 978 465. The<br />

speaker at the next Newport<br />

Probus Club meeting will be<br />

Tom Sweeney from Willoughby<br />

Theatre Company, whose topic<br />

will be ‘The Art of Putting<br />

on a Play’. The meeting will<br />

be held at Newport Bowling<br />

Club on Thursday 5 <strong>January</strong>,<br />

commencing 10am. Visitors<br />

welcome; more information<br />

contact David Newton-Ross<br />

(0418 298 572).<br />

Winning<br />

underwater<br />

scene<br />

Manly’s Cabbage Tree Bay was<br />

the inspiration for the majority of<br />

entries in this year’s UNDERWATER!<br />

2022 photo competition, with Chad<br />

Barlow’s breathtaking image ‘The<br />

Schooled Vortex’ declared the overall<br />

winner.<br />

Chad described the scene and<br />

location as “the inner state of<br />

harmony which conveniently aligns<br />

to the external chaos… it’s about<br />

realising that it starts within the<br />

heart to prosper and drive forward<br />

what really matters, when the chaos<br />

has transitioned to bliss you know<br />

you’re home”.<br />

UNDERWATER! 2022 is cosponsored<br />

by the NSW Department<br />

of Primary Industries and Northern<br />

Beaches Council.<br />

*View all entries and other category<br />

winners on Council website.<br />

32 JANUARY <strong>2023</strong><br />

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NSW Seniors<br />

Card <strong>2023</strong> here<br />

Seniors can now pick up the<br />

latest copy of the NSW Seniors<br />

Card Directory or access it<br />

online. The directory details<br />

more than 2,000 businesses<br />

providing significant<br />

discounts off products and<br />

services available through the<br />

NSW Seniors Card program.<br />

The directory lists all the<br />

savings that can be accessed,<br />

from supermarkets, retail<br />

and boutique stores, health<br />

and fitness, travel, utilities<br />

and professional services.<br />

The NSW Government is<br />

encouraging more businesses<br />

to sign up to the NSW Seniors<br />

Program and join the more<br />

than 6,000 businesses that<br />

have opened their door<br />

to more than 1.9 million<br />

seniors across the state.<br />

Seniors Cards are available<br />

for permanent NSW residents<br />

who are 60 years of age or<br />

over and are working no more<br />

than 20 hours per week in<br />

paid employment. More info<br />

seniorscard.nsw.gov.au.<br />

COVID signage<br />

updates urged<br />

Northern Beaches Council is<br />

encouraging businesses and<br />

the community to review<br />

their pandemic-related<br />

signage and, if they are out<br />

of date, take steps to recycle<br />

or repurpose them. CEO Ray<br />

Brownlee said pandemicrelated<br />

signage was essential<br />

in keeping the community<br />

safe prior to vaccinations<br />

being introduced. They<br />

also provided up-to-date<br />

information on the everchanging<br />

public health<br />

measures and restrictions.<br />

“Since restrictions have been<br />

lifted and the situation has<br />

evolved, we have removed<br />

outdated signage – we have<br />

repurposed all of our 4500<br />

pandemic-related signs –<br />

either reusing them as new<br />

signs or recycling them.<br />

The corflute signs can be<br />

‘re-skinned’ with fresh print<br />

multiple times, so the signs<br />

that once instructed you to<br />

stay 1.5m away may soon be<br />

on display at a Council event<br />

or project near you. Signs that<br />

are too large to be re-skinned<br />

are sent off to a specialist<br />

recycling service here in<br />

Australia. Importantly,<br />

we have prevented these<br />

temporary signs from ending<br />

up in landfill.”<br />

Movember heroes<br />

Locals Peter Thomas and<br />

Sheldon Smith completed a<br />

24-hour bowls marathon to<br />

raise money for Movember – a<br />

charity which assists with<br />

men’s health. The pair raised<br />

$3700 over the 24 hours<br />

and the team raised more<br />

than $10,000 for the month<br />

of November – more than<br />

doubling the amount they<br />

raised previously. “We would<br />

like to thank everyone who<br />

not just played against us, but<br />

donated money to this great<br />

charity,” Sheldon said. He also<br />

thanks sponsors <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

RSL Club, <strong>Pittwater</strong> Bowls<br />

Club and ‘Iprint Digital’.<br />

Young Women<br />

volunteer awards<br />

The Zonta Club of Northern<br />

Beaches is putting the call out<br />

for locals to help recognise<br />

young women aged 16-19<br />

for their commitment to<br />

leadership and volunteering<br />

by nominating them for<br />

the Young Women in Public<br />

Affairs Award <strong>2023</strong>. One<br />

application provides three<br />

opportunities: Club Award<br />

(A$750); District Award<br />

(US$1500); and International<br />

Award (US$5000).<br />

Applications close March 10.<br />

Head to qrco.de/bdSgC1 or<br />

email ywpazcnb@gmail.com<br />

Council CIO<br />

honoured<br />

As part of an annual survey by<br />

the Chief Information Officer<br />

Executive Council, Northern<br />

Beaches Council’s CIO Naren<br />

Gangavarapu, his team and<br />

Council as a whole, have been<br />

recognised for outstanding<br />

digital improvements to the<br />

core business. “The accolade<br />

acknowledges the delivery of<br />

key innovations at Council<br />

that have led to improved<br />

customer satisfaction,<br />

improved efficiency and cost<br />

savings,” said Council.<br />

Vet<br />

on call<br />

with Dr Brown<br />

Puppies and kittens are a cute<br />

addition to the family and<br />

to ensure they grow into happy<br />

and healthy dogs and cats, it’s<br />

important to follow the health<br />

advice of your veterinarian.<br />

Good nutrition is vital to ensuring<br />

that your new puppy or<br />

kitten develops strong bones, a<br />

shiny coat and has the energy<br />

needed for lots of activity.<br />

Depending on your pet’s breed<br />

and lifestyle, our vets can<br />

provide advice specific to your<br />

new pet.<br />

It’s also important to protect<br />

your new puppy or kitten from<br />

parasites such as intestinal<br />

worms, heartworm, fleas and<br />

ticks and mites. Intestinal<br />

worms can cause your puppy or<br />

kitten to lose weight and body<br />

condition, and can also cause<br />

gastro-intestinal disturbance<br />

such as diarrhoea. Heartworm<br />

can be transmitted to your pet<br />

by mosquito bites, and can be<br />

a potentially fatal condition for<br />

pets. There are many species of<br />

ticks in Australia which can be<br />

deadly, so it’s very important to<br />

protect your pet from ticks.<br />

During our free health<br />

checks, our veterinarians will<br />

provide advice on the best<br />

parasite prevention products for<br />

your pet. We’re offering a free<br />

first dose heartworm prevention<br />

injection at 12 weeks of age<br />

for puppies, and free 4 weeks<br />

flea and tick prevention. We’re<br />

also offering free 4 weeks pet<br />

insurance for your puppy or<br />

kitten to ensure they’re covered<br />

for any unexpected accidents.<br />

Call your local Sydney Animal<br />

Hospitals to book in your puppy<br />

or kitten for their free veterinary<br />

health check during <strong>January</strong><br />

to March, and take advantage<br />

of our exciting offer which<br />

includes free 4-weeks pet insurance,<br />

a free sample bag of Hill’s<br />

puppy or kitten food, a free first<br />

dose heartworm prevention<br />

injection at 12 weeks of age for<br />

puppies, and free 4 weeks of<br />

flea and tick prevention.<br />

sydneyanimalhospitals.<br />

com.au<br />

News<br />

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JANUARY <strong>2023</strong> 33

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

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

Gallery embraces ferries nostalgia<br />

It’s back by popular demand – ‘Manly by<br />

Ferry’ presents a fascinating pictorial history<br />

of Manly’s ferries, as a free exhibition at<br />

Manly Art Gallery and Museum (MAG&M).<br />

This exhibition celebrates a quintessential<br />

Sydney icon and reveals insights into its<br />

evolution across the decades.<br />

Drawing from MAG&M’s photography,<br />

painting, and museum collections, the<br />

exhibition explores the inherent duality of<br />

these much-loved vessels as they balance<br />

carrying care-free day-trippers and busy local<br />

commuters, across boisterous swells and<br />

peaceful waters.<br />

Part of the ‘Treasures from the Vault’ series,<br />

this exhibition is designed to reveal some of<br />

the rich history and stories of Manly, and of<br />

the artists themselves who called this part of<br />

Sydney home.<br />

Highlights include photography by Max<br />

Dupain, Frank Hurley, and Frank Bell; historical<br />

signage ‘Seven miles from Sydney and a<br />

thousand miles from care!’; tourist brochures<br />

and memorabilia plus posters featuring<br />

the famous SS South Steyne; watercolours<br />

depicting scenes of Manly Cove and paddle<br />

steamers in the late 19th century.<br />

‘Treasures from the Vault’ features works<br />

acquired through MAG&M Society, the Theo<br />

Batten Bequest and artists and donors.<br />

As part of the exhibition, there is also an<br />

opportunity for members of the public to come<br />

and share their memories of Manly Ferries<br />

as stories in a special event hosted by the<br />

exhibition curator.<br />

*More info on Council website.<br />

Make Gallery<br />

on Palm<br />

Beach a<br />

port of call<br />

After so many disruptions<br />

with COVID and<br />

restrictions the artists of<br />

Art Gallery on Palm Beach<br />

are happy and excited to<br />

open their doors to holiday<br />

makers, day trippers and<br />

the locals of the Palm<br />

Beach peninsula every day<br />

throughout <strong>January</strong>.<br />

The gallery showcases 15<br />

emerging and professional<br />

artists from across the<br />

Northern Beaches and the<br />

Central Coast,<br />

The band of artists’<br />

unique and diverse works<br />

capture the essence of<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> and our waterways,<br />

beaches and bush with local<br />

scenes, botanical sculptures<br />

and ceramics which fit into<br />

your suitcase or can be<br />

shipped.<br />

As the gallery is an artistrun<br />

cooperative, you can<br />

meet the artists each day,<br />

ask about their techniques<br />

and put your name down<br />

for any upcoming mini<br />

workshops (which have been<br />

a smash hit over the winter<br />

months).<br />

*Open 10am-3pm Thurs-<br />

Sun; find the gallery at<br />

1095 Barrenjoey Rd (next<br />

to Pronto). More info 0488<br />

400 053.<br />

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Reopen 16 Jan; Mon to Fri 9am–5pm<br />

Studio Bangalley<br />

offers triple treat<br />

Creative types Marian Purvis, Vivian Christian and Anita Howard<br />

are well known in art circles – ‘relatively’ speaking.<br />

Marian, her sister Vivian and daughter Anita are preparing<br />

to showcase their diverse works at ‘Studio Bangalley’ at Whale<br />

Beach on the weekend of <strong>January</strong> 14-15.<br />

Marian, an associate member of the Royal Art Society, studied<br />

at the Datillo-Rubbo Art School; she has held numerous exhibitions<br />

of her work, including at the Holdsworth Gallery and has<br />

figured in the prestigious Blake, Sulman and Wynn competitions.<br />

Marian has painted in remote areas of Australia as well as<br />

overseas. She is a sketch book, video, printmaking and photography<br />

enthusiast.<br />

Vivien gained a Diploma of Fine Arts degree and studied in Italy.<br />

She is a member of two Art Societies and has been awarded<br />

two first prizes in exhibitions.<br />

Vivien’s work has been hung in the Archibald Prize; she works<br />

in watercolour, oil, acrylic, pastel, printmaking and mixed<br />

media. She says she has many subjects of interest, especially<br />

portraiture.<br />

Anita obtained her art training at the University of New South<br />

Wales (Bachelor of Education – art) and for many years she<br />

taught art at High School.<br />

She says that her muse is the world around her and that her<br />

choice of medium – drawing, printmaking, painting or mixed<br />

media – depends upon her intent to express or highlight at the<br />

time, vibrant colours through to delicate details.<br />

All art on show is available for purchase; open 10am-5.30pm<br />

at 13 Surf Rd, Whale Beach. More info 9974 5676. – Nigel Wall<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

JANUARY <strong>2023</strong> 35<br />

Art <strong>Life</strong>

Saltwater<br />

scribe<br />

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

Nick Carroll is one of<br />

those lucky individuals<br />

who get to combine<br />

their passions to earn<br />

their living – in his<br />

case surfing, the ocean<br />

and writing.<br />

Story by Alicia King<br />

Nick Carroll is prone to cackling –<br />

loud belly bursts of impromptu<br />

laughter when he finds something<br />

amusing, interesting, or when he is just<br />

plain happy: which is often.<br />

He throws his head back, roaring,<br />

upon spotting a gaggle of young nippers<br />

rolling in the Newport shore break. His<br />

laughter booms as he eyes an old friend<br />

on the wooden decking that overlooks<br />

Newport peak, pumping his fist<br />

overhead. And he chuckles and softens<br />

towards an old staffie hobbling towards<br />

him for a pat.<br />

The 63-year-old Newport resident and<br />

long-time surf writer hums with a vigour<br />

that belies his age.<br />

He has somehow sustained the joie<br />

de vivre that propelled him and little<br />

brother – pro surfing World Champion<br />

– Tom to run to the beach each morning<br />

as kids. They’d surf their foam Coolite<br />

boards while their dad, Fairfax journalist<br />

Victor Carroll, swam and ran the beach.<br />

Mother Janet and sister Josephine<br />

rounded out the Carroll clan, though<br />

fate reduced the family unit to a trio of<br />

men: Janet died of pancreatic cancer<br />

when Nick was 9, and Josephine later<br />

died in a car accident. Victor forged<br />

on, remarrying and having two more<br />

daughters, Lucy and Annie. He passed<br />

away in 2019 aged 94.<br />

Though his little bro gets most of<br />

the gun surfer cred, Nick – a voracious<br />

competitor and founding member of<br />

Newport Plus Boardriders – won two<br />

Australian Surfing Championships in<br />

1979 and 1981. The Australian title, and<br />

particularly defending it, held significant<br />

meaning for him.<br />

“I’d grown up idolising the Australian<br />

champions – Nat Young, Midget Farrelly,<br />

Phyllis O’Donnell – more so than the<br />

world champs. I thought it was really<br />

worth having a crack at. I won once, and<br />

thought you’ve only really won it when<br />

you’ve defended it. So, I won again, just<br />

to make sure,” he says laughing.<br />

Pro surfing and a world title never<br />

beckoned, for a couple of reasons.<br />

“I didn’t really feel like going for<br />

a world title was my thing,” he says.<br />

And I knew it was really Tom’s thing. I<br />

seriously did not want to go into battle<br />

with Tom for a world title, I thought it<br />

would be destructive for both of us.<br />

“I also really liked to write and am<br />

a natural observer. I felt it would be a<br />

waste if I didn’t pursue writing, wrestle<br />

with it, and try to get good at it.”<br />

Nick’s first published story was a<br />

somewhat unkind surf movie review in a<br />

1977 issue of Tracks. In time he became<br />

editor and his incisive and unapologetic<br />

takes on surf culture made him a go-to<br />

authority on all things surfing. He’s<br />

also contributed to many mainstream<br />

publications and written documentaries<br />

including Bombora: The Story of<br />

Australian Surfing.<br />

He says, writing has offered an infinite<br />

challenge:<br />

“Writing is something that doesn’t end.<br />

You never stop improving as a writer.<br />

You can keep getting better at it forever,<br />

really: until you’re dead.”<br />

His appetite for growth sparked a<br />

move to the United States in the early<br />

’90s – wife Wendy and young children<br />

Jack and Madeleine in tow – where<br />

he became Editor-in-chief at Surfing<br />

magazine. Last year it drove him to take<br />

on the role of kickstarting Surfline in<br />

Australia, tackling “one of the greatest<br />

challenges in media” – taking a brand<br />

and making it work in the context of a<br />

new country. This job has morphed into<br />

now overseeing all Surfline’s editorial<br />

teams and worldwide content.<br />

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When asked what work he is most<br />

satisfied with, he responds: “I’m not<br />

really satisfied with any of the work<br />

I’ve done, it’s been a constant process<br />

of failure.” This serves to engage him<br />

further in his writing process, embracing<br />

Samuel Beckett’s tenet “Fail again. Fail<br />

better.”<br />

A driving force in his writing is to “cut<br />

the crap” and get to the “heart of things<br />

really fast”, as is seeking to understand<br />

his subject matter. The 2013 biography<br />

TC, Tom Carroll was ostensibly Tom’s<br />

story, but writing it enabled Nick to<br />

“explain something to myself” about the<br />

way both their lives had unfolded. He<br />

reveals much of himself in the book and<br />

unflinchingly explores the uglier parts<br />

of not only Tom’s, but also his own life.<br />

The ugly. The joyful. The unexpected.<br />

The metaphysical. Nick talks about all<br />

these things as we sit in his tidy but<br />

homely office, his new Border Collie pup<br />

not far from his always bare feet.<br />

What about surfing? This act he has<br />

fashioned his life around. What does<br />

surfing mean now?<br />

“I’m not really obsessed by surfing<br />

anymore, but I’m deeply engaged with it.<br />

I try to hold it really lightly in my hand<br />

and I hugely enjoy it, now more than<br />

ever, I think.”<br />

He’s in the water most days – his car<br />

parked near the peak or surf club – but<br />

the way he is in the water has changed.<br />

Rather than gripping on tightly – like<br />

a toddler unwilling to part with a toy<br />

– he’s loosened. This is when he gets<br />

metaphysical:<br />

“I get a lot of memory from going<br />

surfing. I’ll remember waves from 30 or<br />

40 years ago while I’m riding waves now.<br />

It spills down through my experience<br />

of the water – and I allow it to do that –<br />

which I probably could not have done 10<br />

or 12 years ago.<br />

“I’m able to enjoy the sight of other<br />

surfers around me a lot more than I<br />

ever could. I used to hold the act of<br />

surfing close to me and not really want<br />

anyone else to have fun. That’s not true<br />

anymore. I’m quite happy to surf with<br />

anyone.”<br />

What he does in the water has also<br />

changed over time, in unexpected ways.<br />

Upon returning from California, his<br />

daughter Maddie immersed herself into<br />

nippers at Newport. Nick noticed many<br />

of the adults were communicating a<br />

fear of the ocean to the kids, stemming<br />

from their own inexperience. He sensed<br />

a lot of the kids were “itching to do a bit<br />

more”.<br />

So, Nick and a couple of others<br />

began running board paddling and<br />

swimming sessions, setting up courses<br />

and encouraging kids to do things “they<br />

didn’t think they could do”.<br />

“I really learnt the lesson about how<br />

important it is to subject yourself<br />

to frightening – yet actually safe<br />

– experiences when you’re quite<br />

young. You gain resilience in passing<br />

through that: fear turns to elation and<br />

excitement, which is enlightening,” he<br />

says.<br />

Mucking around with the nippers on<br />

‘clubbie’ boards coincided with hearing<br />

about a Hawaiian board paddling race<br />

from Molokai to Oahu. Nick and Tom<br />

were bored with pro surfing’s stagnancy<br />

in the early 2000s and thought “Let’s<br />

do it!”. They bumbled through their<br />

Continued on page 38<br />

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

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Riding down the line at Jeffreys Bay, South<br />

Africa; with some of the Newport Kinghorn Surf Racing Academy<br />

team; with lil brother Tom heading down the beach at Waimea Bay<br />

in Hawaii on a pretty big day; with Tom and big sister Josephine<br />

and their surf mat, Newport Beach 1967; surfing Newport Peak<br />

in 1981; taking notes at a Pipe event; surfing at Bells Beach;<br />

sharing a wave at Newport circa 1980.<br />

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

Continued from page 37<br />

training, clueless as to what<br />

was in store. But it connected<br />

them with an element of<br />

Hawaiian water culture they<br />

hadn’t felt before,<br />

“It was amazing how<br />

instantaneously we felt at<br />

home with the history and<br />

culture of moving across<br />

water. It’s such a cool thing<br />

to get on a board on one<br />

island and paddle to the next<br />

without going back.”<br />

Nick has since done the<br />

51-kilometre Molokai race six<br />

more times: three as a team,<br />

and three solo.<br />

He also and unexpectedly<br />

got himself in deep at<br />

Newport Surf Club, his<br />

decades of service earning<br />

him a life membership in<br />

2020. He has viewed his<br />

purpose at the club to quite<br />

simply:<br />

“Keep freeing people up to<br />

the ocean, what they can do<br />

in it, how to put their skills<br />

to use.”<br />

The self-confessed “super<br />

clubbie” has found Masters<br />

surf lifesaving racing<br />

carnivals (with age groups<br />

over 30 up to over 70) to<br />

be a healthy outlet for his<br />

animalistic competitiveness,<br />

a trait he previously felt<br />

ashamed of, like he was<br />

“morally deficient.” Now he<br />

surrenders to it.<br />

“Rather than let it spew<br />

out all over my life in<br />

inappropriate ways, I’m going<br />

to aim it into a safe place.”<br />

Aiming it like this has<br />

resulted in a neat pair of<br />

Australian Ironman Masters<br />

Championships in 2021 and<br />

2022 to go alongside his<br />

surfing titles. Maybe there’s<br />

more in store?<br />

Sometimes Nick’s jaunt<br />

to Newport presents a<br />

prosaic scene: the same<br />

old carpark, beach and<br />

nondescript waves pouring<br />

in. Other times it’s telescopic<br />

time transportation. The<br />

unexpected always looming.<br />

It’s a Saturday morning<br />

board paddle and Nick<br />

decides to cut in close around<br />

north Bilgola headland, while<br />

the rest of us take a wider arc.<br />

A wave sucks dry beneath<br />

him, and he is suddenly and<br />

precariously teetering atop a<br />

now exposed rock. He throws<br />

his head back, cackling.<br />

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Hot Property<br />

Hot Property<br />

Price records to head north as<br />

grand properties hit the market<br />

Northern Beaches<br />

residential price records<br />

were smashed last year<br />

when a raft of desirable topend<br />

‘trophy homes’ found<br />

new owners.<br />

LJ Hooker Palm Beach office<br />

reported new Beaches highs<br />

of $27.5 million in June with<br />

the sale of a “weekender” at<br />

167 Pacific Road Palm Beach,<br />

while a Whale Beach record<br />

price of $14,125,000 was<br />

secured for a five-bedroom<br />

oceanfront home at 17a Malo<br />

Road.<br />

Industry sources say the<br />

rising tide of record-breaking<br />

house sales will continue into<br />

the New Year with several<br />

grand properties set to raise<br />

things to a whole new level.<br />

Take for example the<br />

designer mansion currently<br />

under construction on the<br />

Whale Beach clifftop which<br />

has reportedly found a buyer<br />

for close to $30 million;<br />

“Australia’s most beautiful<br />

beach house” – the sevenbedroom<br />

‘Bellona’ at 35<br />

Ocean Road Palm Beach –<br />

which has price expectations<br />

of $40 million; and the showstopping<br />

home ‘Celeste’ on<br />

Stokes Point with hopes of<br />

around $50 million.<br />

And at the time of going to<br />

print, there were whispers a<br />

luxury beachfront residence<br />

on Iluka Road overlooking<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> was snapped up off<br />

market for around $40 million.<br />

PRIZED: The outlook from luxury Palm Beach home ‘Bellona’.<br />

Cunninghams’<br />

Collaroy push<br />

Building on its expansion<br />

to Avalon Beach in 2021,<br />

Cunninghams Northern<br />

Beaches has cemented a base<br />

at the gateway to <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

– involving a merger with<br />

the former team of 20-years<br />

location specialists LJ Hooker<br />

Collaroy.<br />

Managing Director John<br />

Cunningham said the merger<br />

included Principal Andrew<br />

Strong and his team, experts<br />

at servicing the Dee Why to<br />

Narrabeen region.<br />

“Cunninghams are one<br />

team, four offices, and one<br />

business group so this is<br />

a huge value add for our<br />

new clients who will now<br />

have access to an extensive<br />

client database, as well as a<br />

large team of non-competing<br />

sales agents who also have<br />

broad client networks.”<br />

Currently, Cunninghams sells<br />

close to one in nine homes<br />

along the beaches, from<br />

Manly to Palm Beach and out<br />

to the Forest region.<br />

Established in 1991,<br />

Cunninghams now has a<br />

team of 80+ employees<br />

working across four locations<br />

from Avalon Beach, Manly,<br />

Balgowlah and now Collaroy.<br />

Rent bidding<br />

illegal in NSW<br />

Renters frustrated at feeling<br />

they have to “up the ante” in<br />

their quest to secure rental<br />

properties have received<br />

a boost with the NSW<br />

Government outlawing the<br />

practice of rent bidding to<br />

improve affordability amid<br />

high cost-of-living pressures.<br />

Premier Dominic Perrottet<br />

said its ban on rent bidding<br />

would help prospective<br />

tenants secure housing in a<br />

tight rental property market.<br />

“The search for a rental<br />

property is tough enough<br />

without it turning into a<br />

bidding war that pushes<br />

people beyond their comfort<br />

level,” he said. “An advertised<br />

rental fee should be just that.”<br />

The new regulations came<br />

into effect for all new listings<br />

on 17 December.<br />

Advice for renters is<br />

available on the NSW Fair<br />

Trading website.<br />

First Home Buyer<br />

Choice policy<br />

NSW first home buyers will<br />

have the option to swap<br />

stamp duty for an ongoing<br />

annual property tax payment<br />

from <strong>January</strong> 16 after the NSW<br />

Government passed the ‘First<br />

Home Buyer Choice’ policy<br />

last November.<br />

Holiday rentals:<br />

what a bargain!<br />

From <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> <strong>January</strong><br />

1998: “For those of you who<br />

are interested in these things,<br />

the top holiday rental this<br />

year was $6,500 a week for a<br />

six-week rental at Palm Beach<br />

through Ray White Real Estate<br />

at Palmy, to an executive<br />

of Kerry Packer’s. Well, that<br />

should help pay the iniquitous<br />

Bob Carr land tax on the<br />

property.” – Lisa Offord<br />

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Hot Property<br />

Hot Property<br />

Newport beauty drenched in sun<br />

Quiksilver Europe founder<br />

and surfing entrepreneur<br />

Harry Hodge, his partner<br />

Louise Wallace and extended<br />

family gathered in Newport<br />

at Christmas to celebrate one<br />

last hurrah in the iconic 1930s<br />

home ‘Panima’, which quietly<br />

slipped onto the market last<br />

month.<br />

Part of the original Panima<br />

Estate and set on a sprawling<br />

half acre of land, Harry has<br />

enjoyed the spoils of the<br />

two-level, character-filled,<br />

five-bedroom/five-bathroom<br />

residence with its multiple<br />

entertaining spaces and wraparound<br />

views for the past 13<br />

years.<br />

But with kids who are now<br />

adults and Harry and Louise<br />

travelling more, it’s time to<br />

sell up and downsize to a local<br />

bolthole they can simply lock<br />

up and leave.<br />

“It’s a substantial house<br />

on quite a bit of land and<br />

we just don’t use the whole<br />

property anymore – I often<br />

joke somebody could be living<br />

downstairs and I wouldn’t<br />

know it,” he tells <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>.<br />

Harry, who has owned<br />

several outstanding properties<br />

on the Northern Beaches over<br />

the years (including ‘Melody<br />

Lane’ across the water on<br />

Beaconsfield Street which<br />

recently exchanged hands<br />

again last year for just shy of<br />

$12m), says the views from<br />

and aspect of ‘Panima’ were<br />

unparalleled.<br />

“I’ve lived on the beach but<br />

I’ve always preferred <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

and facing north/northwest<br />

this house is drenched in<br />

sunlight,” he said.<br />

“It’s light and bright and<br />

airy and in winter we rarely<br />

have any heating on because<br />

it sits quite low and being<br />

an older build, it’s all double<br />

brick, so it stays warm.”<br />

Outside, the property<br />

boasts a stunning 15-metre<br />

saltwater pool and established<br />

gardens with waterfront<br />

access to a deep-water<br />

pontoon and jetty.<br />

Other resort-style amenities<br />

include a putting green/half<br />

court, home theatre and a<br />

gym with steam room.<br />

One of Harry’s favourite<br />

spaces is the glass-covered<br />

terrace dining area with<br />

UNIQUE: Old<br />

Hollywood vibe<br />

in Newport.<br />

its outdoor industrial-level<br />

kitchen near the pool soaking<br />

up the views.<br />

“We basically live outdoors<br />

here in Summer overlooking<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> and protected from<br />

the southerlies,” he said.<br />

The sale of number 2<br />

Panima Place, Newport is<br />

being handled by Luke Hayes<br />

from Knight Frank Australia;<br />

price on application. – LO<br />

North Avalon luxury<br />

Avalon Beach<br />

62 Tasman Road<br />

4 beds / 3 baths / 2 cars / Lease<br />

This fully furnished family beach house, immaculately presented<br />

with luxurious appointments throughout, is the very essence<br />

of quintessential North Avalon living.<br />

It’s located only footsteps from Avalon Beach, yet private and<br />

secluded with magnificently lush gardens and a superb solar/gas<br />

heated crystal swimming pool, hot tub and pizza oven.<br />

Features include expansive, open-planned living and dining areas<br />

with a fireplace opening onto the extensive deck overlooking<br />

the beautiful, heated swimming pool with northerly sun all day.<br />

The king-sized master suite is privately separate from the other<br />

bedrooms, all which access chic designer ensuites.<br />

A state-of-the-art gourmet chef’s kitchen is a centre point, while<br />

there are sumptuous blackbutt timber floorboards throughout.<br />

For lease: $3500 per week (incl. pool, lawn and garden maintenance).<br />

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

Uther (0439 844 743) or Lauren Fisher (0499 154 655).<br />

Sublime Palmy living<br />

Palm Beach<br />

986 Barrenjoey Road<br />

4 beds / 3 baths / 5 cars<br />

Tucked high above <strong>Pittwater</strong> on a vast and exceptionally private<br />

1138sqm parcel, yet only moments from the sandy beach on<br />

Iluka Road, this polished retreat is the embodiment of a coveted,<br />

Palm Beach lifestyle.<br />

The well-balanced forms of the home span three levels with a<br />

fluid, open layout and richly textured interiors; the main lounge<br />

feels grand yet intimate with French doors merging the living<br />

zones with sunlit entertaining terraces and never-to-be-built-out<br />

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

Set to soak up a dazzling northwest aspect, it’s just the<br />

way you’d imagine the perfect holiday home would look and<br />

feel – light and airy with its classic lines setting the overall tone,<br />

while contemporary styling and well-integrated updates capture<br />

the essence of casual sophistication.<br />

Auction is scheduled for February.<br />

*Contact the listing agents @ LJ Hooker Avalon Beach: Jono<br />

Gosselin (0488 011 870) or Angus Abrahams (0488 007 236).<br />

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179<br />

Things<br />

Summer Guide<br />

To Do *<br />

HEAD TO<br />


Explore our beautiful waterways<br />

and golden beaches. From<br />

Narrabeen Lagoon to the northern<br />

tip of Palm Beach there are<br />

myriad places to swim, snorkel<br />

and engage in on-the-water<br />

activities or simply immerse<br />

yourself in the restorative effects<br />

of blue space.<br />

Best beaches<br />

We are truly spoilt for choice<br />

with every surf beach boasting<br />

a unique vibe. Where possible<br />

swim between the red<br />

and yellow flags and follow<br />

the lead of our lifesavers who<br />

know better than any of us<br />

when it comes to reading the<br />

ever-changing surf conditions.<br />

Check beachsafe.org.au (and<br />

Beachwatch pollution forecast)<br />

before heading out.<br />

Locals’ Tip: The best spot at<br />

any of our surf beaches during<br />

summer is the north end.<br />

There is (mostly) always a<br />

nor’-east sea breeze and it can<br />

be unpleasant if you’re fully<br />

exposed to its impact. Mona<br />

Vale Basin, North Bilgola, North<br />

Avalon and Whale Beach are all<br />

sheltered in these conditions.<br />

(*At Least!)<br />

Welcome to our <strong>2023</strong> Summer Guide to <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

and its surrounds; even locals will find something<br />

new to experience. Compiled by Lisa Offord<br />

Rock pools<br />

Jutting off the coast you’ll find<br />

some of the most dramatic<br />

ocean pools in the world.<br />

Palm Beach – The 50-metrelong<br />

Johnny ‘Jack’ Carter Pool<br />

is at the southern end of Palm<br />

Beach in an area known as<br />

‘Kiddies Corner’.<br />

Whale Beach – At the southern<br />

end of the beach, this<br />

25-metre rock pool isn’t very<br />

deep and has a nice sandy<br />

bottom, much-loved for its<br />

quiet atmosphere. Access is<br />

from The Strand.<br />

Avalon – Located at the southern<br />

end of the beach, this<br />

uniquely shaped pool is just<br />

over 20 metres long complete<br />

with a paddle pool for littlies.<br />

Access is from the carpark off<br />

Barrenjoey Road.<br />

Bilgola – At the southern<br />

end of the beach, this 8-lane,<br />

50-metre pool has concrete<br />

walls and floor. The pool has<br />

two sections, separating the<br />

serious lap swimmers from<br />

the wading area which is ideal<br />

for toddlers. In summertime,<br />

the pool lights stay on until<br />

10pm for late-night swims.<br />

Newport – At the southern<br />

50-metres long with a natural<br />

rock platform as the floor.<br />

The water is waist-high and is<br />

great for swimming laps. You<br />

can reach it from the walkway<br />

at the corner of Calvert Parade<br />

and The Boulevard or along<br />

the beach from the beach<br />

carpark.<br />

Mona Vale – Accessed off<br />

Surfview Road at the northern<br />

end of the beach sitting on<br />

a rock platform that is surrounded<br />

by water at high tide,<br />

there are two pools – one suitable<br />

for children and less confident<br />

swimmers and a larger<br />

pool measuring 30-metres for<br />

bigger kids and adults.<br />

North Narrabeen – At the<br />

entrance to Narrabeen Lagoon<br />

with access off Narrabeen Park<br />

Parade, this 50-metre pool<br />

(main pic) is best known for its<br />

timber boardwalk enclosing a<br />

smaller pool from the rest of<br />

the pool. It’s a lovely spot for<br />

curious kids too, as there are<br />

plenty of natural rock pools to<br />

explore nearby.<br />

Locals’ Tip: Rock pools are<br />

sometimes closed due to<br />

rough seas, renovations and<br />

cleaning – and they do get a<br />

little grubby between cleans<br />

especially in summer when<br />

slime and grime builds up<br />

quickly from frequent use, so<br />

time your visits accordingly.<br />

Council publishes the cleaning<br />

schedule on its website.<br />

Tidal pools<br />

Our waterways are pretty<br />

clean but as a general precaution<br />

it’s best to avoid swimming<br />

in <strong>Pittwater</strong> for up to<br />

three days following rainfall<br />

or for as long as stormwater<br />

is present. Stillwater swimming<br />

enclosures include:<br />

Paradise Beach – access is off<br />

the northern end of Paradise<br />

Avenue, Avalon; Taylors Point<br />

Baths – located at the southern<br />

end of Clareville Beach<br />

Reserve, access is off Hudson<br />

Parade; Clareville and Bayview<br />

Baths – On <strong>Pittwater</strong> Road Bayview.<br />

Locals’ Tip:Plan ahead.<br />

Usage may be limited on low<br />

tides. Finding a parking spot<br />

can be tricky.<br />


AROUND<br />

Public transport<br />

If you are relying on public<br />

transport, best to check transportnsw.info.<br />

end of the beach, the pool is<br />

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You can take a double decker<br />

B-Line bus for a birds-eye<br />

view and a quick trip to the<br />

city. The high-frequency yellow<br />

buses operate every 30<br />

minutes between Mona Vale<br />

and the CBD stopping at Warriewood,<br />

Narrabeen, Collaroy,<br />

Dee Why, Brookvale, Manly<br />

Vale, Spit Junction (Mosman),<br />

Neutral Bay and Wynyard. If<br />

you are north of Mona Vale<br />

you can use the 199 service<br />

which operates every 10 minutes<br />

across the day between<br />

Palm Beach and Manly to link<br />

to the B-Line.<br />

Locals’ Tip: Get a lift to and<br />

from your place to the nearest<br />

B-Line bus stop through the<br />

on-demand transport service<br />

Keoride, covering North Narrabeen,<br />

Warriewood, Ingleside,<br />

Mona Vale, Bayview, Newport,<br />

Clareville, Bilgola Beach, Avalon<br />

Beach, Whale Beach and<br />

Palm Beach.<br />

Parking<br />

The Park’nPay App can help<br />

you find and pay for parking<br />

in beach and reserve carparks<br />

across the Northern Beaches or<br />

use pay and display machines<br />

and display the ticket on your<br />

dashboard or in the special<br />

holder on motorbikes. If you’re<br />

visiting Palm Beach or catching<br />

a ferry during summer you can<br />

leave your car in the seasonal<br />

car park at Careel Bay playing<br />

fields and take the 199 bus to<br />

Palm Beach. Or if you’re heading<br />

into the City and don’t<br />

want to drive all the way, the<br />

Park&Ride at Mona Vale, Warriewood<br />

or Narrabeen are a<br />

good option – park your car<br />

and hop straight onto the B1.<br />

Ferries<br />

Fantasea Palm Beach Ferries<br />

runs two passenger services<br />

– from Palm Beach to Wagstaffe<br />

and Ettalong on the<br />

Central Coast and another<br />

servicing Northern <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

from Palm Beach to Coasters<br />

Retreat, The Basin, Currawong<br />

Beach and Mackerel Beach.<br />

The high-speed ferry service<br />

between Palm Beach and the<br />

Central Coast takes around<br />

30 minutes and spans four<br />

waterways from <strong>Pittwater</strong>,<br />

Broken Bay, the entrance to<br />

the Hawkesbury River and<br />

Brisbane Waters. It’s a great<br />

way to take in the sites passing<br />

Lion Island between the<br />

heads of Barrenjoey Headland<br />

and Box Head. You might spot<br />

wildlife along the way too.<br />

The Church Point Ferry which<br />

departs Church Point hourly<br />

will take you to Scotland Island,<br />

Lovett Bay and Elvina Bay.<br />

Charter a boat<br />

Church Point Charter based at<br />

Princes Street Marina Newport,<br />

boasts a fleet of clean and<br />

well-maintained 4- to 10-berth<br />

power or sail boats to hire<br />

from one day to a week; no<br />

licence needed and you’ll be<br />

surprised at just how little it<br />

can cost. Don’t want to steer?<br />

Four- to five-hour skippered<br />

charters for up to 18 people<br />

with a Captain and hostess<br />

also available. Go to churchpointcharter.com.au.<br />

Boat ramps<br />

If you have a boat you want to<br />

float you can launch it from<br />

ramps at Rowland Reserve or<br />

Bayview Park or Maybanke<br />

Cove or Riddle Reserve off<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Road Bayview; Bilarong<br />

Reserve, Jamieson Park or<br />

Lake Park North Narrabeen;<br />

Careel Bay off George Street<br />

Avalon; At Church Point near<br />

the parking area, or off Mc-<br />

Carrs Creek Road; Clareville<br />

off Delecta Avenue or Lot<br />

7312 Taylors Point Road; Florence<br />

Park or Salt Pan Cove off<br />

Prince Alfred Parade Newport<br />

and at Palm Beach Governor<br />

Phillip Park, Sandy Point Lane<br />

or for dinghies only Lucinda<br />

Park off Nabilla Road.<br />


<strong>Pittwater</strong> is a natural heritage<br />

area that comprises bushland,<br />

wetlands, lagoons, waterways,<br />

rock platforms and beaches<br />

– it’s also home to a large<br />

variety of native animals. All<br />

native animals are protected<br />

species. If you find an injured<br />

or orphaned native animal<br />

contact WIRES on 1300 094<br />

737. If you see a stranded or<br />

distressed marine mammal<br />

report it to ORRCA (Organisation<br />

for the Rescue and Research<br />

of Cetaceans in<br />

Australia) on 9415 3333.<br />

Majestic headlands<br />

Appreciate the beauty of<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>’s headlands and take<br />

in some excellent views. The<br />

list is almost endless. Narrabeen<br />

Headland – Peal Place,<br />

Warriewood; Turimetta Headland<br />

– Narrabeen Park Parade,<br />

Warriewood; South Mona Vale<br />

Headland – Narrabeen Park<br />

Parade, Mona Vale; Mona<br />

Vale Headland – Grandview<br />

Parade, Mona Vale; Eastern<br />

end of Hillcrest Avenue, Mona<br />

Vale; Bungan Head – Queens<br />

Parade East, Newport; Newport<br />

Headland – Barrenjoey<br />

Road, Newport; Eric Green<br />

Reserve (access from North<br />

of Newport Beach Carpark);<br />

North Bilgola Headland – The<br />

Serpentine, Bilgola; Bangalley<br />

Head (the highest point<br />

on Sydney’s northern coastline)<br />

– Marine Road, Avalon;<br />

Careel Head – Whale Beach<br />

Road, Avalon; Whale Beach<br />

Headland – Malo Road & The<br />

Strand, Whale Beach Malo<br />

Reserve; Little Head – Whale<br />

Beach Road and Norma Road,<br />

Whale Beach; Palm Beach<br />

Headland – Southern end of<br />

Ocean Road, near the rockpool,<br />

Palm Beach; Barrenjoey<br />

Headland – At the end of Governor<br />

Phillip Park, Palm Beach.<br />

Rock Platforms<br />

When the tide retreats a secret<br />

world of marine ecosystems<br />

opens up with clusters of mini<br />

aquariums, teeming with tiny<br />

creatures. Explore the flat,<br />

expansive, eroded regions at<br />

the bottom of our rocky headlands.<br />

You’ll find they’re home<br />

to a huge variety of plants,<br />

animals and invertebrates<br />

such as starfish, crabs and<br />

shellfish.<br />

Locals’ Tip: Visit the Coastal<br />

Environment Centre near the<br />

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Lakeside Holiday Park at Narrabeen<br />

to learn more about<br />

our rocky shores.<br />

Warriewood Wetlands<br />

The Warriewood Wetlands, the<br />

largest remaining sand plain<br />

wetland in Sydney, is home<br />

to all sorts of flora and fauna<br />

with lots of info signposted.<br />

There’s a boardwalk stretching<br />

2.4km and trails that can<br />

lead you to waterfalls (see below).<br />

The wetlands are easy to<br />

find (just behind Warriewood<br />

Square) and it’s an easy walk<br />

that will take you 45 minutes<br />

to an hour.<br />

Irrawong Waterfall<br />

The track to the waterfall is<br />

accessible from Garden Street<br />

or the end of Irrawong Road,<br />

corner of Epworth Avenue<br />

Warriewood. It takes about<br />

20 minutes from the Garden<br />

Street entrance and is relatively<br />

manageable by most<br />

fitness levels as much of the<br />

walk is quite flat along cleared<br />

paths or wooden boardwalks.<br />

However, there are steps in<br />

sections, so not suitable for<br />

wheelchairs or strollers. You<br />

will see lots of rainforest and<br />

if you are lucky, local wildlife.<br />

The waterfall clearing is<br />

a popular picnic spot, but the<br />

size of the clearing (and the<br />

6m waterfall flow) depends on<br />

recent rainfall. It can also be a<br />

little muddy. There are tracks<br />

beyond the waterfall but be<br />

careful as the track is steep.<br />

Narrabeen Lagoon<br />

State Park<br />

Step out and walk, run, ride a<br />

bike, enjoy numerous water<br />

sports, or simply find a spot<br />

to relax near the water’s edge.<br />

There is an 8.6km trail around<br />

the lagoon which will on average<br />

take you 2-3 hours on foot<br />

if you want to enjoy the beautiful<br />

ecosystems, cultural heritage<br />

and historical sites. The<br />

well-formed track has no steps<br />

and is a shared trail popular<br />

with joggers, hikers, cyclists,<br />

dogs on leads, mums with<br />

prams, and families with kids<br />

on bikes. Cyclists are asked to<br />

stick to the left and pedestrians<br />

have right of way. There<br />

are plenty of places to peel off<br />

to rest, and picnic areas with<br />

toilet facilities dotted along<br />

the circuit. If you don’t want<br />

to tackle the loop in one go,<br />

there are five short walk options<br />

(Middle Creek to Bilarong<br />

Reserve – 2.2km; Bilarong Reserve<br />

to Berry Reserve – 1.2km;<br />

Jamieson Park to South Creek<br />

– 2.3km and South Creek to<br />

Middle Creek – 1.2km).<br />

Angophora Reserve<br />

Located in the suburbs of Avalon<br />

Beach and Clareville, this<br />

18.5-hectare space provides<br />

a small taste of the peninsula<br />

similar to what it was like presettlement<br />

with significant<br />

samples of vegetation and<br />

fauna habitats that are under<br />

threat. The reserve was<br />

intended to preserve a giant<br />

Angophora tree. It also contains<br />

one of the most archaeologically<br />

significant Aboriginal<br />

shelter sites in the Sydney region.<br />

Two main walking tracks<br />

extend through the reserve,<br />

one from the Palmgrove Road<br />

to Wandeen Road entrances<br />

and one from Hilltop Road to<br />

Chisholm Avenue.<br />


Here are just a few of the<br />

walks you can take to make<br />

the best of our great outdoors.<br />

Some can be found close to<br />

home, others a little further<br />

afield. You can discover many<br />

more walks at nationalparks.<br />

nsw.gov.au. Information on<br />

loads of local walks, including<br />

maps, also available on<br />

the Northern Beaches Council<br />

website.<br />

Locals’ Tip: Take necessary<br />

precautions to protect yourself<br />

from ticks and mozzie<br />

bites – warm, wet weather<br />

means more are breeding and<br />

biting, including the ones that<br />

can carry disease.<br />

Barrenjoey Lighthouse<br />

Barrenjoey Lighthouse sits at<br />

Sydney’s most northern point<br />

– Barrenjoey Head at Palm<br />

Beach. Positioned 91 metres<br />

above sea level the lighthouse,<br />

its oil room and keepers’ cottages<br />

were built in 1881 from<br />

sandstone quarried on site.<br />

There are two routes to the<br />

top; the more gentle 1km Access<br />

Trail or the shorter, steeper<br />

Smugglers Track. When you<br />

get to the top you will be rewarded<br />

with glorious views of<br />

Broken Bay, Ku-ring-gai Chase<br />

National Park as well as the<br />

Central Coast.<br />

Locals’ Tip: The inside of the<br />

lighthouse is only accessible<br />

by guided tour on Sundays.<br />

McKay Reserve<br />

If you’re up for a challenge<br />

take the ‘Stairway to heaven’<br />

from Barrenjoey Road near<br />

Iluka Road at Palm Beach. The<br />

walk up through McKay Reserve<br />

with its 700 plus stairs<br />

and steep slopes, stunning<br />

views and native bushland will<br />

take your breath away. The<br />

walk is 1.37m one way – allow<br />

at least 40 minutes each way.<br />

Locals’ Tip: If you aren’t super<br />

fit best tackle this one from<br />

the top (access via McKay<br />

Road Whale Beach) to bottom.<br />

Avalon to Narrabeen<br />

Coast Walk<br />

Beginning at Avalon Beach<br />

Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving Club this walk<br />

will take you over Bilgola Head<br />

to Bilgola Beach and around<br />

the southern headland to<br />

Newport Beach. Past Bungan<br />

Castle, the walk drops down<br />

to Bungan Beach, then over<br />

Mona Vale Headland to Bongin<br />

Bongin, Mona Vale and Warriewood<br />

beaches, Turimetta<br />

Head and beach, Narrabeen<br />

Head, Narrabeen Lagoon and<br />

finishes at Narrabeen shops.<br />

Allow at least five and a half<br />

hours to cover the 13km distance,<br />

with plenty of stops.<br />

Crown to the Sea,<br />

Newport<br />

Linking four bushland reserves<br />

between Newport and Bilgola<br />

Plateau this challenging walk<br />

has it all. Starting at the Crown<br />

of Newport reserve, walkers<br />

take on a 300-metre moderate/<br />

steep trek under the canopy of<br />

a rainforest with its rare plants,<br />

waterfalls and wildlife before<br />

moving into the Attunga Reserve,<br />

a 1000-metre strenuous<br />

steep climb with incredible<br />

coastline views, followed by<br />

an easy walk, through Porter<br />

Reserve winding into Kanimbla<br />

Reserve overlooking Newport.<br />

All up the walk is roughly<br />

1.7km and takes 1-2 hours.<br />

Narrabeen<br />

Coastal Walk<br />

Start this walk at North Narrabeen<br />

pool; it’s a lovely way to<br />

take in the wonder of the area.<br />

Start by climbing up the steps<br />

to arrive at Turimetta headland.<br />

There are a few tracks<br />

to choose from. The lookout<br />

overlooking North Narrabeen<br />

beach is stunning. You can<br />

take the path all the way along<br />

to Mona Vale headland (about<br />

3.2km) which will take you<br />

around 45 minutes.<br />

Anembo Reserve<br />

Walk and Trail<br />

Anembo is an Aboriginal<br />

word meaning ‘quiet place,’<br />

and peace and tranquility is<br />

what you will experience on<br />

this walk. Surrounded by Kuring-gai<br />

Chase National Park<br />

on three sides, this ridgetop<br />

reserve includes 22 hectares<br />

of native vegetation providing<br />

habitat for several threatened<br />

species. Starting at Anembo<br />

Road, Duffys Forest this<br />

medium-graded 2km walk will<br />

take 30-45 minutes along a<br />

formed track with no steps.<br />

Locals’ Tip: Be mindful of giving<br />

way to horses.<br />

Deep Creek Trail<br />

Starting at the Deep Creek<br />

Reserve, the 5.5km loop by<br />

creeks and waterfalls can get<br />

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6Where to dine/drink<br />

in style in <strong>January</strong><br />

Basin Dining<br />

The hottest dining spot<br />

this summer is Mona Vale<br />

Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving Club. Local<br />

restaurateurs Doug and Kylie<br />

Fraser and head chef Dan<br />

Weier launched Basin Dining<br />

in late November. It blends<br />

breathtaking views and a<br />

mega-bucks renovation with<br />

a contemporary seafood<br />

menu. Baked scallops<br />

with chilli kombu butter,<br />

lobster risotto and basque<br />

cheesecake (pictured) are<br />

dishes to watch.<br />

Sardean<br />

Hooray! The Whale Beach<br />

site vacated by Boathouse<br />

has been filled. Just<br />

moments from the sand,<br />

Sardean café and store is<br />

dishing up locally sourced<br />

pastries, pies, fresh bread<br />

and salads, drinks plus<br />

refrigerated meals and<br />

other essentials. Coffee is<br />

St Dreux – named after the<br />

bean brew’s patron saint!<br />

Randy’s<br />

Sandy’s is now Randy’s.<br />

Bar Elvina’s Andy Emerson<br />

and Jess McTavish have<br />

revamped their downstairs<br />

sandwich bar into a stylish,<br />

open-kitchen small bar.<br />

McTavish’s menu is creative<br />

and local produce-driven.<br />

This summer, walk in and<br />

snack on bug meat burgers,<br />

hand-filleted sardines and<br />

bresaola, whipped parmesan<br />

pepper and leek oil. Wine by<br />

the glass from $14.<br />

Hang 10<br />

Check out Hang 10<br />

Distillery’s website. Here<br />

you’ll find that the base<br />

ingredient for their two gins<br />

and vodka is leftover bread<br />

from local bakeries. You’ll<br />

also find several cocktail<br />

recipes using the distillery’s<br />

award-winning Classic Gin<br />

and Baker’s Dozen Gin on<br />

Instagram. There are big<br />

plans for <strong>2023</strong>. Bread beer<br />

and an outlet in Warriewood<br />

are coming.<br />

Rosa<br />

A classic white exterior and<br />

a breezy refit have breathed<br />

new life into a former Mona<br />

Vale Mexican. Hola ‘Rosa’!<br />

The Mexico-meets-So-Cal<br />

menu focuses on small<br />

bites, shared plates and<br />

vegan options. Go for trendy<br />

tacos, ribs, tangy salads and<br />

summery margaritas like<br />

spicy pineapple and Aperol.<br />

Open, Wednesday to Sunday.<br />

Charbel’s<br />

Start the day at Charbel’s<br />

on Avalon Parade with a<br />

coffee and something just<br />

a little different. Teriyaki<br />

mushrooms with avocado<br />

and crispy ginger on<br />

sourdough toast peps up a<br />

cafe classic. Charbel’s doors<br />

will stay open over summer<br />

from Thursday through to<br />

Saturday night for dinner<br />

and live music.<br />

rocky and slippery at times<br />

but is generally considered<br />

an easy track which takes on<br />

average one and a half hours<br />

to complete. It does get busy –<br />

be prepared to share with trail<br />

runners and mountain bikers.<br />

Resolute Track<br />

The Resolute Track lies at the<br />

far end of West Head. You can<br />

catch a ferry from Palm Beach<br />

to Great Mackerel Beach Wharf<br />

and proceed north along the<br />

beach to enter the bushland<br />

track in the National Park,<br />

do a loop and finish back<br />

where you started where you<br />

can cool down with a swim.<br />

There are numerous lookouts,<br />

and the best of the historic<br />

Aboriginal art in the Ku-ringgai<br />

Chase National Park along<br />

the way. It’s a 9km walk; allow<br />

around 5 hours.<br />

Locals’ Tip: A short and easy<br />

walk from the picnic area<br />

car park will lead you to the<br />

best-known Aboriginal art<br />

site in the park – Red Hands<br />

Cave and the rock engravings<br />

of the Guringai people.<br />

America Bay Track<br />

One of the more popular walking<br />

tracks in the Ku-ring-gai<br />

Chase National Park. Moderate<br />

in difficulty, the walk takes in<br />

waterfalls, aboriginal engravings,<br />

scenic lookouts and an<br />

abundance of natural wildlife.<br />

Allow 1-2 hours, depending on<br />

your ability.<br />

West Head Army track<br />

Follow in the footsteps of<br />

World War II soldiers as you<br />

climb down the challenging<br />

West Head army track to a<br />

historic army battery where<br />

Sydney’s Broken Bay was<br />

protected from possible invasion.<br />

The well-constructed<br />

restored track can be accessed<br />

from the West Head lookout<br />

car park and is clearly signposted.<br />

This track winds down<br />

West Head’s eastern face in<br />

Ku-ring-gai Chase National<br />

Park. Some parts are so steep<br />

you’ll be scaling ladders. Much<br />

of the original wartime track<br />

work still exists, uncovered by<br />

NPWS and West Head Awareness<br />

Team volunteers during<br />

track upgrades. The real<br />

reward of this walk for history<br />

buffs is the destination.<br />

Perched above the shoreline,<br />

the army battery once hosted<br />

two 4.7-inch ex-naval guns<br />

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supported on 800kg pedestals,<br />

an observation post,<br />

ammunition storage and 2<br />

searchlights. Set aside 1-1.5<br />

hours.<br />

Manly Dam<br />

This free guided walk of the<br />

Heathland Track on Monday<br />

<strong>January</strong> 16 is an opportunity<br />

to learn about how the<br />

Gayamaygal lived in this country<br />

and the unique vegetation<br />

at Manly Dam. Led by Karen<br />

Smith from the Aboriginal<br />

Heritage Office, it has been<br />

organised by the Northern<br />

Beaches Council as part of the<br />

Australia Day Program. The<br />

walk from 9am-10.30am starts<br />

at the Allambie Heights Community<br />

Tennis Club. More info<br />

on Council website.<br />


<strong>Pittwater</strong> has some beautiful<br />

spots where your dog can run<br />

around. Avalon Beach Reserve<br />

Dog Park is a medium sized,<br />

fully fenced area and located<br />

in Central Avenue. Hitchcock<br />

Park Dog Park has a designated<br />

off-leash area to the north<br />

of Careel Bay playing fields<br />

between Etival Street and Barrenjoey<br />

Road. (Dogs must be<br />

on a leash through Hitchcock<br />

Park, however). At Deep Creek<br />

Reserve, North Narrabeen,<br />

dogs can only be unleashed<br />

when conducting dog training<br />

sessions within the fenced<br />

areas. At Mackerel Beach Dog<br />

Area, dogs are permitted<br />

off-leash between the Wharf<br />

and the most northerly house,<br />

between sunrise-9.30am and<br />

5pm-sunset. Dogs must be<br />

leashed when moving between<br />

boats and houses and are not<br />

permitted below the high tide<br />

mark or in the water.<br />

McCarrs Creek Reserve at<br />

Church Point is a trial offlead<br />

dog area from Monday<br />

to Friday in the signposted<br />

area which is west of the main<br />

access road into the reserve.<br />

Other great places to walk your<br />

fur babies include Progress<br />

Park, Garden Street North Narrabeen;<br />

Rowland Reserve Dog<br />

Park at Bayview – a favourite<br />

with dog lovers; South Mona<br />

Vale Headland (Robert Dunn<br />

Reserve); and Terrey Hills Oval,<br />

which is open to unleashed<br />

dogs from 12am (midnight) to<br />

8.30am daily. Check Council<br />

website for changes to any of<br />

these areas.<br />

Locals’ Tip: Make sure your<br />

pet’s tick prevention is up to<br />

date, and don’t forget to take<br />

some poop bags with you.<br />

QUIET<br />


Bible Garden<br />

Situated high on the escarpment,<br />

the Bible Garden in<br />

Mitchell Road, Palm Beach<br />

offers magnificent views<br />

over the ocean to Barrenjoey<br />

headland. Established in the<br />

1960s the garden is so named<br />

because almost all 148 plants<br />

mentioned in the Old and New<br />

Testament are featured. The<br />

garden also has a pond, seats,<br />

table and a Bible. All are welcome.<br />

Locals’ Tip: Parking can be<br />

a nightmare; better to walk<br />

there, or go early or just before<br />

sunset.<br />

The Baha’i House of<br />

Worship<br />

This magnificent temple within<br />

nine hectares of gardens is<br />

open to all people of all beliefs<br />

from 10am-2pm Monday to<br />

Friday and from 10am-4pm on<br />

weekends. A place of meditation<br />

and prayer, the stunning<br />

nine-sided structure – a symbol<br />

of the unity of the world’s<br />

religions – is the highest point<br />

in the area and one of seven<br />

Baha’i Temples throughout<br />

the world. There’s a Visitors<br />

Centre (with volunteer guides<br />

available to answer questions),<br />

a bookshop and a covered<br />

open-air picnic area. 173 Mona<br />

Vale Rd, Ingleside.<br />

Veterans Tribute<br />

A new memorial to commemorate<br />

the 1800 service men<br />

and women who lost their<br />

lives at sea while being transported<br />

to Japan and islands in<br />

the South West Pacific during<br />

World War II can be found at<br />

Mona Vale’s headland (Robert<br />

Dunn Reserve). The plinth<br />

has a seat alongside it so visitors<br />

may sit and reflect on all<br />

those lost and all those who<br />

serve still.<br />


Mona Vale<br />

The people who run the markets<br />

that are held at <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

RSL every Sunday are moving<br />

a little closer to the beach in<br />

<strong>January</strong>, hosting Summer Holiday<br />

Markets with fresh produce,<br />

gourmet food, fashion<br />

home wares, flowers, plants,<br />

herbs in Mona Vale Village<br />

Park on Sunday 15, 22 and 29.<br />

See Mona Vale Market Facebook<br />

page for updates.<br />

Beaches Farmers<br />

Market<br />

Fabulous fresh food, fashion,<br />

gourmet products and more<br />

from 8am-1pm on Fridays<br />

13,20 and 27 at <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Rugby Park, Warriewood. Free<br />

parking via Walsh Street.<br />

Berry Reserve Market<br />

Set amongst the trees in a<br />

lakeside position at Berry Reserve<br />

Narrabeen you will find<br />

more than 80 stalls offering<br />

arts, jewellery, collectibles,<br />

home wares, fashion food<br />

stalls and much more every<br />

third Sunday of the month<br />

throughout the year.<br />

Palm Beach Market<br />

Offering a wide choice of<br />

home wares, fashion, jewellery<br />

plus food at Governor Phillip<br />

Park every fourth Sunday of<br />

the month.<br />

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There are plenty of opportunities<br />

to get out there for fun<br />

and fitness over summer.<br />

Barefoot bowls<br />

Walk the greens at Avalon<br />

Beach, Newport and Mona<br />

Vale Bowling Clubs. No experience<br />

necessary. Contact the<br />

clubs for details – and while<br />

you’re at it, ask about happy<br />

hours and meal deals – they’re<br />

plentiful and good value!<br />

Tennis<br />

Dust off your tennis gear and<br />

book a court at Newport Community<br />

Centre, North Narrabeen<br />

Community and Tennis<br />

Centre, Bayview Tennis Club,<br />

Elanora Park Tennis Club,<br />

Wakehurst Couvret Tennis<br />

Centre, Careel Bay Tennis Club<br />

or Terrey Hills Tennis Club.<br />

Details on council website.<br />

Shoot hoops<br />

You’ll find hard courts marked<br />

for netball, basketball and pickleball<br />

next to the skate park at<br />

Avalon Beach Reserve and four<br />

multi-use hardcourts with lighting,<br />

fitness equipment and a<br />

learn-to-ride track around the<br />

perimeter of the Warriewood<br />

Valley Sports Courts on Boondah<br />

Road or take it inside at<br />

Northern Beaches Indoor Sports<br />

Centre in Warriewood.<br />

Exercise areas<br />

Free outdoor exercise areas in<br />

many of our local parks and<br />

reserves are geared up with a<br />

variety of equipment to help<br />

you push up/pull up, do situps,<br />

arm combos, leg presses,<br />

shoulder presses, some also<br />

have step machines. You’ll find<br />

them at Berry Reserve, Bilarong<br />

Reserve, Lakeside Park, Newport<br />

Beach and the Warriewood<br />

Valley space in Boondah Road.<br />

Skate Parks<br />

The Mona Vale skate park<br />

in Kitchener Park has “mustskate”<br />

status. The predominantly<br />

street-style park with a<br />

mini bowl and vert ramp, is a<br />

huge hit with skateboarders,<br />

bladers and BMX and scooterusers<br />

of all ages and abilities<br />

with the 1800m2 space<br />

containing heaps of features<br />

to allow progression from beginner<br />

to advanced. You will<br />

also find skate parks in Avalon<br />

just behind the Avalon Surf<br />

<strong>Life</strong> Saving Club and at Terrey<br />

Hills playing fields. If you<br />

are prepared to travel further<br />

afield it’s worth checking out<br />

the skate park in Lionel Watts<br />

Reserve in Belrose.<br />

Golf<br />

Boasting three public courses<br />

and some of the best invitation-only<br />

private courses in<br />

Sydney, if golf is your game<br />

you’re in the right spot. Accessible<br />

courses at Bayview and<br />

Mona Vale are 18-holers, while<br />

Palm Beach and Avalon Beach<br />

each offer nine holes of fun<br />

and relaxation. The <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Golf Centre in Narrabeen has<br />

putt-putt for the kids and<br />

young at heart and a decent<br />

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golf range where you can let<br />

the ‘Big Dawg’ off the leash!<br />

On your bikes<br />

The Terrey Hills BMX Bike<br />

Track is competition standard<br />

and well maintained by volunteers.<br />

It’s open to all levels<br />

and coaching is available. The<br />

track is closed when damp or<br />

wet to prevent damage to the<br />

track surface. You will find it<br />

near Garigal National Park at JJ<br />

Melbourne Hills Memorial Reserve,<br />

Thompson Drive.<br />

For mountain bike riders the<br />

world-class facility Bare Creek<br />

Bike Park at Crozier Road Belrose<br />

features 1.6 kilometres of<br />

downhill bike trails, flow trails,<br />

skills and dirt jump areas<br />

– three separate tracks, for<br />

kids to advanced; it also has<br />

walking trails, toilets, drinking<br />

fountains, bike maintenance<br />

stations and onsite parking<br />

for up to 40 cars. Open 7am<br />

– 7pm every day (weatherpermitting).<br />

Of course, if busy<br />

parks are not your thing,<br />

then there are plenty of great<br />

tracks for riders of all levels in<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> – from the gentle flat<br />

loop of Narrabeen Lagoon to<br />

the bush around Terrey Hills<br />

and the National Parks.<br />

Horse riding<br />

You will find numerous arenas,<br />

equestrian facilities and<br />

horse riding schools in the<br />

area catering to all levels with<br />

several horse trails in Terrey<br />

Hills and Duffys Forest in the<br />

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

Parks.<br />

Paragliding<br />

Soar like a bird or get a bird<br />

eye’s view of paragliders flying<br />

over Mona Vale, Warriewood<br />

and Turimetta – all three are<br />

known as gliding favourites.<br />

Outdoor Cinema<br />

The family can enjoy a night<br />

under the stars watching<br />

the iconic Australian movie<br />

Oddball at Winnererremy Bay<br />

Mona Vale on Wednesday<br />

25 gates open 5.30pm for a<br />

6.30pm start.<br />


There is an abundance of recreational<br />

fishing spots around<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> with options for all<br />

levels and experience. Here<br />

are some local fishing tips to<br />

take on board.<br />

Yellowtail Kingfish –<br />

Hotspots include the moorings<br />

from Stokes Point all the way<br />

past Clareville. Also try moorings<br />

around Scotland Island<br />

plus the current line between<br />

Palm Beach Wharf and Mackerel<br />

Beach.<br />

Flathead – Best areas are<br />

along sand drop-offs and the<br />

convergence of sand and weed<br />

or sand and rock.<br />

Bream – Fish in areas close to<br />

structures such as wharves or<br />

rocky headlands with ample<br />

tidal flow.<br />

Narrabeen Lagoon<br />

Common species in the main<br />

lagoon are whiting, bream and<br />

flathead. Occasionally, large<br />

mulloway, tailor and salmon<br />

make their way through the<br />

entrance of the lagoon from<br />

the ocean to feed on the large<br />

schools of mullet and other<br />

baitfish that are present.<br />

Rock fishing<br />

The rocky platform around<br />

Barrenjoey Head from the<br />

northern end of Station Beach<br />

to the northern end of Palm<br />

Beach and the whole foreshore<br />

from the south end of<br />

Turimetta Beach to the rock<br />

baths at Narrabeen Head are<br />

classified as Aquatic Reserves.<br />

Within aquatic reserves, you<br />

can line fish and spearfish<br />

(subject to normal restrictions)<br />

and collect rock lobster, sea<br />

lettuce and bait weed. It is<br />

prohibited to collect cunjevoi<br />

and all invertebrates (dead<br />

or alive) including anemones,<br />

barnacles, chitons, cockles,<br />

crabs, mussels, octopus, pipis,<br />

sea urchins, starfish, snails<br />

and worms, and empty shells.<br />

This includes a prohibition on<br />

the killing of cunjevoi or invertebrates<br />

to feed fish.<br />



Apex Park<br />

Apex Park is across the road<br />

from Mona Vale beach and a<br />

popular spot for families. It<br />

has a huge bike path for the<br />

kids to ride around plus a<br />

playground and BBQ areas.<br />

Bert Payne Reserve<br />

A handy spot for a picnic or to<br />

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enjoy a takeaway, the reserve<br />

at Newport Beach also boasts<br />

a great innovative playground<br />

which provides an inclusive<br />

play space and equipment designed<br />

for children of varying<br />

ages and abilities.<br />

Bilarong Reserve<br />

Bilarong Reserve at North Narrabeen<br />

is an ideal place for a<br />

family picnic. Complete with<br />

bike tracks, a playground in<br />

two halves – a shaded fenced<br />

play area with basic equipment<br />

for toddlers surrounded<br />

by a larger more adventurous<br />

playground – and fantastic<br />

BBQ and table set-ups, it ticks<br />

a lot of boxes. Located right<br />

next to Narrabeen Lagoon on<br />

the Wakehurst Parkway.<br />

McCarrs Creek<br />

Reserve<br />

This is a picturesque spot with<br />

the Ku-ring-gai Chase National<br />

Park on the opposite side.<br />

The large grassy area is great<br />

for games. Dogs are welcome<br />

from Monday to Friday in the<br />

signposted off-lead dog area<br />

which is west of the main access<br />

road into the reserve.<br />

Warriewood Valley<br />

Playground<br />

Better known as ‘Rocket Park’<br />

this is a great space with a<br />

range of exciting play equipment<br />

for kids of all ages.<br />

There are shaded areas<br />

with seating, BBQs and toilets<br />

in this peaceful setting off<br />

Callistemon Way, Warriewood.<br />

Winnererremy Bay<br />

‘Flying Fox Park’ next to<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> High School in Mona<br />

Vale is still one of the best<br />

parks for children of varying<br />

ages. The playground has a<br />

giant climbing structure for<br />

the older kids, swings and<br />

much more to keep the littlies<br />

entertained for hours. The<br />

park also has BBQs and<br />

picnic areas and is bike-,<br />

skateboard- and scooterfriendly.<br />

INDOOR<br />


The great thing about <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

is there’s no need to<br />

worry about boredom setting<br />

in if the weather isn’t up to<br />

scratch...<br />

Art Exhibitions<br />

Many of <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s talented<br />

artists have exhibitions and<br />

sales this Summer. Also, it’s<br />

worth the trip south to explore<br />

our nearest regional art<br />

gallery Manly Art Gallery &<br />

Museum at West Esplanade<br />

Manly. See Art section p34.<br />

Movies<br />

Catch a film at a local cinema.<br />

Take your pick from United<br />

Cinemas in Avalon, the multiplex<br />

in Warriewood or the<br />

pretty turquoise art deco complex<br />

in Collaroy. Also, Mona<br />

Vale Library will screen free<br />

kids’ movies on the biggish<br />

screen on Friday 13 and Friday<br />

20 from 2pm-4pm.<br />

Libraries<br />

Avalon Community Library<br />

will be closed first week of<br />

<strong>January</strong>, re-opening Sat 7<br />

while Terrey Hills Community<br />

Library will resume normal<br />

operating hours from Tuesday<br />

Jan 3. It will be business as<br />

usual at Mona Vale Library<br />

from Jan 2 which will also<br />

be hosting several activities<br />

during the school holidays<br />

including a games room for<br />

high school students with Nintendo<br />

Switch and a selection<br />

of classic board games (free<br />

just drop in) kids’ movies (see<br />

below left) and a stained-glass<br />

craft workshop for primary<br />

aged students on Tuesday<br />

24 from 10am-11am cost $5<br />

bookings essential.<br />

Tenpin bowling<br />

Timezone & Zone Bowling<br />

at Dee Why RSL is loud and<br />

bright boasting 16 lanes of<br />

bowling, at least 70 state-ofthe-art<br />

arcade games on site<br />

and a modern take on bumper<br />

cars.<br />

Glen St Theatre<br />

John Waters and Stewart<br />

D’Arrietta are back with the<br />

fabulous Liverpool Band,<br />

bringing you the latest instalment<br />

of their hugely successful<br />

interpretation of Lennon’s<br />

music in The Lennon Songbook<br />

in Concert – Lennon like<br />

you’ve never heard before. All<br />

the songs you love, and even<br />

some you didn’t know you did<br />

on Friday Jan 20. If you are a<br />

fan of the Fab Four make time<br />

on Sunday 29 for The Beatles<br />

50 Years On! Beatlemania<br />

Show.<br />

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SCHOOL<br />



Entice the kids off screens and<br />

get them out and about...<br />

Tennis<br />

Goodwin’s Tennis Academy<br />

offer instruction on strokes for<br />

beginners to advanced levels.<br />

There are also round robins,<br />

games and match play. School<br />

holiday tennis camps for ages<br />

4 and up run throughout <strong>January</strong><br />

at Kitchener Park Mona<br />

Vale with full and half-day<br />

sessions and before and after<br />

care available. Bookings essential.<br />

More info at goodwinstennisacademy.com.au.<br />

P:<br />

0410 523 726<br />

Nature focus<br />

Children aged 6-12 love the<br />

holiday programs at the CEC<br />

Narrabeen where they learn<br />

about our natural environment<br />

and how they can help preserve<br />

it. In <strong>January</strong>, programs<br />

generally run from 10am-3pm<br />

and include Fossil Hunting,<br />

Eco Art, Rock Pool Fun, Mini<br />

Marine Explorers and Survival<br />

Skills to name a few. Cost $70<br />

per child. Bookings essential<br />

online.<br />

Reading Challenge<br />

School-aged children and<br />

youth are welcome to take on<br />

the Bookopoly Reading Challenge<br />

running until <strong>January</strong> 31.<br />

Grab a Bookopoly board from<br />

any Northern Beaches Council<br />

Library and play to win.<br />


Local clubs are offering a<br />

raft of special deals and live<br />

entertainment throughout<br />

<strong>January</strong>.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL<br />

‘<strong>Pittwater</strong>’ is home to the<br />

Northern Beaches’ biggest<br />

rooftop bar. The Deck @Pitty<br />

holds a max 450 people and<br />

has bean bags, big screens,<br />

pool tables and more. Patrons<br />

have three bars to choose<br />

from, there’s food available<br />

plus Sunday family fun days<br />

and great live music through<br />

<strong>January</strong>. <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL 82<br />

Mona Vale Rd, Mona Vale.<br />

Check out all the details via<br />

pittwaterrsl.com.au<br />

Avalon Beach RSL<br />

If you love prawns, you can’t<br />

go past the special every day<br />

this summer where you will<br />

only have to shell out $20<br />

for half a kilo (dine in only).<br />

Live entertainment @#AVRSL<br />

includes Phil Jamieson on Friday<br />

6, Jack Botts on Saturday<br />

14 and Felipe Baldomir on<br />

Saturday 28. Bowling Green<br />

Lane Avalon Beach. avalonrsl.<br />

com.au<br />

Royal Motor Yacht Club<br />

One of Australia’s premier<br />

boating clubs The RMYC has<br />

been operating on the shores<br />

of <strong>Pittwater</strong> since 1926. The<br />

club welcomes boat owners<br />

and social members and their<br />

guests to experience its three<br />

bars, a variety of dining options<br />

and a sparkling outdoor<br />

heated swimming pool. You’ll<br />

find the club at 46 Prince Alfred<br />

Parade Newport. More<br />

info at royalmotor.com.au.<br />

Surf Clubs<br />

Licensed bars boasting some<br />

of the best views of the beaches<br />

will be open over Summer.<br />

Check out the Mona Vale<br />

SLSC, Newport SLSC and Avalon<br />

Beach SLSC social media<br />

pages for operating hours.<br />

Summer Guide<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

JANUARY <strong>2023</strong> 59

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Caution over<br />

early-age<br />

hearing loss<br />

ASSESS: Kids’ early hearing.<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Parents are being warned<br />

about the incidence of<br />

hearing issues in young<br />

children, with statistics revealing<br />

that around 30 per cent of<br />

children attending kindergarten<br />

through Year 2 at school<br />

(ages 4-6) are displaying a<br />

hearing loss at some time.<br />

“Most people don’t realise<br />

how common hearing loss in<br />

children can be,” said Avalonbased<br />

audiologist Emma van<br />

Wanrooy.<br />

“All babies have their hearing<br />

screened at birth because<br />

a severe hearing loss at birth<br />

will impact on a child’s ability<br />

to learn language and speak.<br />

However, hearing problems in<br />

children can occur after birth<br />

in the toddler, preschool or<br />

school years.”<br />

Emma said most of these<br />

hearing problems were temporary<br />

due to fluid in the middle<br />

ear. This was called a Conductive<br />

Hearing loss – it makes<br />

sound muffled, and often has<br />

the greatest impact on low<br />

frequency sounds like ‘m’ in<br />

speech.<br />

“The middle ear blockage<br />

can normally be resolved<br />

with medical intervention,”<br />

said Emma. “In some cases,<br />

this can involve having a<br />

‘grommet’ inserted into the<br />

eardrum.”<br />

Emma said conductive hearing<br />

loss could be difficult to<br />

notice by parents and teachers,<br />

as this condition rarely<br />

caused pain or discomfort.<br />

“In addition, the associated<br />

hearing loss can be constantly<br />

changing in severity or disappear<br />

altogether.<br />

“However, if this type of<br />

hearing loss is ongoing and<br />

untreated, it can lead to permanent<br />

damage to the middle<br />

ear and possibly permanent<br />

hearing loss.”<br />

She said another aspect of<br />

hearing that came into focus<br />

as children started school was<br />

Auditory Processing – a child<br />

may pass a standard hearing<br />

test, but have difficulty with<br />

Auditory Processing.<br />

“While we think of hearing<br />

being linked to the ears that<br />

stick out of our head, our<br />

brain plays a large part in how<br />

we hear,” Emma said.<br />

“The ear picks up the<br />

sound, but our brain does a<br />

lot of work in processing the<br />

sound. So, a child may pass a<br />

standard hearing test, but still<br />

have a lot of difficulty hearing<br />

in noisy environments.<br />

“This is because the brain<br />

is responsible for sorting out<br />

speech from noise. It will make<br />

decisions as to what are important<br />

sounds that we need to<br />

pay attention to – for example,<br />

voices – and works to filter out<br />

background noise so that we<br />

can understand speech in a<br />

noisy environment.<br />

“The brain does this in a<br />

number of ways, including<br />

comparing the sound received<br />

by the left and right ear;<br />

comparing the spatial location<br />

of sounds and the pattern of<br />

sounds.”<br />

Emma said treatment for<br />

Auditory Processing disorders<br />

varied depending on the type<br />

of problem.<br />

“Some options may be an<br />

App-based training program,<br />

or use of a remote microphone<br />

in the classroom,” she<br />

said. “This enables the volume<br />

of the teacher’s voice to be<br />

boosted above other noise in<br />

the classroom.”<br />

Some schools have soundfield<br />

amplification systems<br />

installed in classrooms. This<br />

involves a microphone worn<br />

by the teacher, transmitting<br />

to a speaker in the room. This<br />

ensured that the teacher’s<br />

voice was boosted above any<br />

classroom noise, making it<br />

easier for children to hear the<br />

teacher regardless of where<br />

they are sitting in the room.<br />

“Given the high incidence of<br />

fluctuating hearing difficulties<br />

in the early school years, this<br />

is a great way of helping to<br />

reduce the impact of hearing<br />

problems on learning, which is<br />

supported by research.”<br />

Emma said signs that your<br />

child may have a Hearing<br />

Loss or Auditory Processing<br />

difficulty included: Asking for<br />

‘repeats’ of speech; difficulty<br />

hearing in noisy environments;<br />

difficulty following<br />

instructions; and delayed or<br />

unclear speech.<br />

“An assessment with an<br />

audiologist who can advise on<br />

the appropriate path of intervention<br />

will help to minimise<br />

the impact of hearing difficulties<br />

on your child’s learning at<br />

school.” – Lisa Offord<br />

*Emma van Wanrooy is principle<br />

audiologist at <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Hearing, Avalon.<br />

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Top ranking for NB Hospital<br />

Northern Beaches Hospital<br />

Emergency Department<br />

has been ranked first in<br />

its peer group for treating<br />

patients on time.<br />

Data showed 78.8 per cent<br />

of emergency patients at<br />

Frenchs Forest were treated<br />

on time – well above the<br />

average of 62.8 per cent for<br />

hospitals of a similar size in<br />

NSW.<br />

“Despite seeing an<br />

increase in life-threatening<br />

resuscitation cases and<br />

urgent emergency cases, our<br />

team continued to ensure<br />

the sickest people were seen<br />

as quickly as possible,” said<br />

NBH Chief Executive Officer<br />

Andrew Newton.<br />

“We are currently the<br />

third busiest emergency<br />

department in our peer<br />

group, so it is pleasing<br />

to see we are treating<br />

most patients within the<br />

recommended time frames.”<br />

Throughout the<br />

quarter there were 16,193<br />

attendances at the hospital’s<br />

Emergency Department – an<br />

average of 176 per day.<br />

The hospital is continuing<br />

to work with local GPs and<br />

the on-site medical centre<br />

to encourage people to<br />

visit their GP for non-urgent<br />

issues. More than 41 per<br />

cent of its attendances in<br />

this quarter were non-urgent<br />

(triage four and five).<br />

Northern Beaches Hospital<br />

was also the highest<br />

performing hospital in its<br />

peer group for the transferral<br />

of patients arriving by<br />

ambulance into hospital,<br />

allowing paramedics to get<br />

back on the road quickly.<br />

“Almost all of the patients<br />

arriving by ambulance, 97.4<br />

per cent, were transferred to<br />

our care within the 30-minute<br />

benchmark – well over the<br />

peer group average,” Mr<br />

Newton said.<br />

The results were included<br />

in the Bureau of Health<br />

Information’s July to<br />

September 2022 quarterly<br />

report.<br />

– LO<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

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JANUARY <strong>2023</strong> 61

Health & Wellbeing<br />

with Bec Johnson, M.Pharm<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Supplements and arthritis:<br />

important things to know<br />

Osteoarthritis (OA) is due<br />

to mechanical wear and<br />

tear over time, and thus<br />

is often a slow decline beginning<br />

later in life. Symptoms are<br />

joint-specific, often beginning<br />

on one side and moving over<br />

time as other joints become<br />

worn. The most commonly affected<br />

joints are large, weightbearing<br />

joints (such as the hips<br />

or knees), spinal joints, or the<br />

joints closest to the ends of the<br />

fingers or thumbs. Joints may<br />

be stiff in the morning after<br />

waking, however generally improve<br />

within an hour after they<br />

are used. Joints may ache or<br />

be tender, but swelling of the<br />

joints is rare and minimal.<br />

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is<br />

the result of an autoimmune<br />

disease attacking the joints of<br />

the body; it can occur at any<br />

time in life and has an often<br />

rapid onset over the span of<br />

weeks to months. It often affects<br />

the smaller joints on both<br />

sides of the body symmetrically,<br />

particularly the joints of<br />

the hands, wrists, and feet.<br />

Affected joints become painful,<br />

swollen, and stiff, which is<br />

particularly prominent in the<br />

morning after waking. Unlike<br />

OS, the morning stiffness<br />

often lasts longer than an hour<br />

despite moving the affected<br />

joints. As it is an autoimmune<br />

disorder, RA can include systemic<br />

symptoms of fatigue and<br />

feeling generally unwell. RA<br />

can be managed in the short<br />

term by non-steroidal antiinflammatory<br />

drugs (NSAIDs);<br />

however this is not appropriate<br />

in the long term and should be<br />

diagnosed and managed with a<br />

specialist.<br />

Supplements<br />

Supplements can be considered<br />

as an add-on therapy to<br />

arthritis medications, not as<br />

a replacement. If a doctor has<br />

prescribed a medication to<br />

help with arthritis, it is important<br />

to continue this medication<br />

unless they have advised<br />

you to stop.<br />

Supplements often take a<br />

period of a few weeks to show<br />

effect, so it is important to<br />

give them a trial of at least a<br />

month. Always check with a<br />

doctor or pharmacist before<br />

initiating a supplement – while<br />

more “natural” therapies may<br />

sound safe to self-select, supplements<br />

can interact with<br />

different medications and<br />

conditions.<br />

Omega-3<br />

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is<br />

found naturally in oily fish, and<br />

through its actions reduces<br />

inflammation in the body. While<br />

this is useful in the management<br />

of inflammatory joint pain, it<br />

also has an important role in<br />

reducing cardiovascular risk.<br />

EPA is often found in fish or<br />

krill oil supplements alongside<br />

docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the<br />

principal fatty acid found in the<br />

cortical grey matter of the brain.<br />

Supplements high in EPA<br />

can be recommended for patients<br />

with inflammatory joint<br />

disorders. However, as they<br />

can increase bleeding risk, it is<br />

important to consult your doctor<br />

or pharmacist.<br />

Curcumin<br />

A chemical compound found<br />

naturally in turmeric, curcumin<br />

has been found to provide a<br />

degree of relief for patients<br />

with OA, RA, and other inflammatory<br />

conditions.<br />

SAM-e<br />

SAM-e (S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine)<br />

is found naturally in the<br />

body, and has been found to<br />

stimulate the production of<br />

cartilage in patients with OA,<br />

along with having antidepressant<br />

and pain killing properties.<br />

Speak with a doctor or<br />

pharmacist before initiating<br />

SAM-e therapy, particularly if<br />

you have a history of mental<br />

health conditions, are on medication<br />

for these conditions, or<br />

are immunocompromised.<br />

Self-care points<br />

n Regular exercise is an<br />

important aspect of managing<br />

arthritis. It is important to be<br />

aware of the affected joint(s),<br />

and to take care not to strain<br />

or injure any affected joints.<br />

n As much as exercise is important,<br />

it is equally important<br />

to learn when your body needs<br />

to rest. Relaxation techniques<br />

can help to reduce anxiety and<br />

relieve pain.<br />

n For arthritis in weight-bearing<br />

joints, keeping to a healthy<br />

weight helps to limit the load<br />

on the joints and improve quality<br />

of life.<br />

n Maintaining a good posture,<br />

and avoiding sitting in the<br />

same position for too long, can<br />

also help to reduce joint stiffening<br />

and associated pain.<br />

n Utilising heat packs for<br />

improving joint stiffness, or<br />

cold packs for swollen painful<br />

joints, can be effective in<br />

improving symptoms and providing<br />

a degree of pain relief.<br />

Ask your doctor or pharmacist<br />

about when a hot or cold pack<br />

would be appropriate for you.<br />

Glucosamine<br />

While the specific mechanisms<br />

by which they work is unclear,<br />

it is thought that glucosamine<br />

and/or chondroitin supplementation<br />

may help to rebuild joint<br />

cartilage, reduce joint inflammation,<br />

and aid in improving<br />

joint mobility, particularly in<br />

patients with OA.<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 days;<br />

drop in & meet the highly<br />

qualified and experienced<br />

team of Len, Sam and Amy<br />

Papandrea, Andrew Snow<br />

and Bec Johnson. Find them<br />

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

call 9999 3398.<br />

62 JANUARY <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

with Dr John Kippen<br />

Skin protection in summer<br />

Despite widely publicised<br />

campaigns, people are<br />

still allowing themselves<br />

to get sunburnt. This is a New<br />

Year reminder!<br />

Sun damage is cumulative,<br />

therefore protecting the skin is<br />

an important factor in preventing<br />

this damage. This is particularly<br />

important for childhood exposure.<br />

Sun exposure is higher at<br />

latitudes closer to the equator.<br />

Closely woven clothing is one<br />

of the primary means of reducing<br />

ultra violet radiation (UVR). It<br />

is necessary to check the rating.<br />

Most good quality garments<br />

carry a sun protection factor, SPF,<br />

rating of 50. A t-shirt, especially<br />

if wet, may have an equivalent<br />

SPF rating of only 10.<br />

Guidelines suggest avoiding<br />

sun exposure from 10am to<br />

2pm (or 11am to 3pm daylight<br />

saving). It is estimated that 60%<br />

of UVR occurs during this time.<br />

Sunburn is noted to be faster<br />

during these times.<br />

Regular use of sunscreens<br />

is associated with an 80%<br />

reduction in UVR skin damage<br />

and is estimated to be similar<br />

for malignant change. Studies<br />

show a decreased rate in actinic<br />

or solar keratoses and associated<br />

squamous cell carcinomas<br />

(SCCs). It is necessary to apply<br />

to all exposed skin remembering<br />

lips, ears, scalp and behind<br />

the knees. Recommendations<br />

are to apply sunscreen 20<br />

minutes before sun exposure<br />

and reapply every two hours.<br />

Reapplication needs to be more<br />

frequent if swimming, sweating<br />

or towelling.<br />

Sunscreens are either<br />

chemical or physical. Chemical<br />

sunscreens penetrate the upper<br />

skin levels and if broad spectrum,<br />

will absorb both UVA and<br />

UVB. Physical sunscreens reflect<br />

UVR as a physical barrier.<br />

Wide-brimmed hats, or<br />

Legionnaire-style caps, are<br />

recommended. They are best<br />

for direct sunlight but do not adequately<br />

protect from reflected<br />

light on beaches, or near water.<br />

Shade is very important. Actively<br />

avoid direct sun exposure.<br />

Roof cover, beach umbrellas and<br />

shade tents all contribute to sun<br />

prevention. Thin clouds may<br />

only decrease sun exposure by<br />

20-40%.<br />

Sunglasses reduce sun glare,<br />

sun exposure and protect the<br />

eyes. They must be of good<br />

quality and most sold in Australia<br />

carry a standards rating.<br />

SPF stands for Sun Protection<br />

Factor. Using an SPF 2 rated<br />

sunscreen users should turn red<br />

after 20 minutes. A sunscreen<br />

rated SPF 15 will allow 150 minutes<br />

(2½ hours) before redness<br />

occurs. The minimum recommended<br />

sunscreen is SPF 15.<br />

Higher SPF values have higher<br />

protective ratings.<br />

Guidelines suggest a broad<br />

spectrum, SPF30+, waterresistant<br />

sunscreen, applied in<br />

adequate amounts, 20 minutes<br />

before sun exposure and reapplied<br />

every two hours. Remember<br />

to also check the expiry<br />

date.<br />

No single preventative modality<br />

is adequate. UVR damage<br />

can be reduced by using all modalities<br />

together. Please, protect<br />

your skin!<br />

Our columnist<br />

Dr John Kippen is a<br />

qualified, fully certified<br />

consultant specialist in<br />

Cosmetic, Plastic and<br />

Reconstructive surgery.<br />

Australian trained, he<br />

also has additional<br />

Australian and<br />

International Fellowships.<br />

He welcomes enquiries;<br />

email<br />

doctor@johnkippen.com.au<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

JANUARY <strong>2023</strong> 63

Health & Wellbeing<br />

with Matilda Brown<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Keeping it simple: My three<br />

easily achieved <strong>2023</strong> goals<br />

I<br />

said goodbye to 2022<br />

with a kiss into the wind.<br />

There was no 12 o’clock<br />

countdown, no fireworks,<br />

no drunken hugs to bring in<br />

the New Year. Gone are those<br />

days. Instead, I celebrated<br />

with my husband and kids<br />

and my cousins and their<br />

kids, among the chaos that is<br />

parenting. Outside the UK air<br />

was freezing but we rugged<br />

up and each blew a kiss into<br />

the wind to say goodbye<br />

to 2022. We toasted by the<br />

fire, inside, and were in bed<br />

before 9.30pm.<br />

It seemed only yesterday<br />

that I was 15. Prettying my<br />

face with make-up and putting<br />

on my high heels – excited<br />

to stay up and watch the sky<br />

turn a smoky multi-coloured<br />

mess. Then spewing my guts<br />

up in a bush somewhere.<br />

Wow. This life is flying by,<br />

and occasionally I get quick<br />

glimpses of me at the end,<br />

looking back on it all. What<br />

will I think? What regrets will<br />

I have, if any? What will have<br />

mattered the most?<br />

In my teens and 20s, I<br />

started many a year with a<br />

fresh notebook and a brandnew<br />

resolution. Be better at<br />

this, try harder at this, care<br />

less about that, lose 5kg<br />

by March, run every day,<br />

learn another language, do<br />

something kind every day for<br />

a stranger. Blah blah blah. But<br />

the Pisces in me that prefers<br />

to go with the flow, coupled<br />

with my impatient nature,<br />

would inevitably see me fail.<br />

I have finally realised that I<br />

like the “idea” of a New Year’s<br />

resolution, much more than<br />

I like to accomplish it. For<br />

me, life has always been, and<br />

will always be, much more<br />

satisfying without the hardand-fast<br />

rules.<br />

This year I will turn 36. I am<br />

still in my “youth” but for the<br />

last three years, I have been<br />

astonished by how fast the<br />

days, months and years are<br />

passing. As a parent my goals<br />

have simplified but carry<br />

significantly more weight.<br />

This year, I made three easily<br />

achievable goals, not for the<br />

year, but for life. I figure, if I<br />

can get to the end, at a ripe<br />

old age and say that I achieved<br />

these, then perhaps nothing<br />

else will matter: 1. Count my<br />

blessings regularly; 2. Let my<br />

kids know I love them and I’m<br />

proud of them often; and…<br />

3. No matter how many times<br />

I fall or fail, pick myself up,<br />

dust myself off and say YES to<br />

the next challenge.<br />

<strong>Life</strong> is a gift. We are here,<br />

however briefly, for a reason.<br />

Let us not forget how lucky<br />

we are to experience all the<br />

variables that are on offer, as<br />

a human. I hope <strong>2023</strong> is an<br />

explosion of experiences for<br />

all of you.<br />

Matilda Brown is<br />

an actress, writer and<br />

business owner. Her<br />

husband Scott Gooding<br />

is a holistic performance<br />

& nutrition coach, sports<br />

nutritionist and chef.<br />

Together they founded and<br />

run The Good Farm Shop.<br />

www.thegoodfarm.shop<br />

64 JANUARY <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Health & Wellbeing<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

JANUARY <strong>2023</strong> 65

Hair & Beauty<br />

with Sue Carroll<br />

Body contouring is a great<br />

way to boost self-confidence<br />

As the weather heats up,<br />

it is the time of year<br />

when many show more<br />

of their skin. You have been<br />

diligent with your workouts<br />

and eating your balanced diet,<br />

but those troublesome areas<br />

still pop out of your clothing<br />

and keep resisting change.<br />

Surgical and non-surgical<br />

treatments are available to<br />

assist with those stubborn<br />

areas that won’t budge with<br />

dieting and exercise.<br />

Suppose surgery with<br />

liposuction is not for you. In<br />

that case, many non-surgical<br />

treatments are available for a<br />

wide range of areas such as<br />

love handles, abdomen, chin,<br />

axilla pouf (the fold of skin<br />

near the underarms), knees,<br />

inner and outer thighs, bra<br />

rolls, chest, arms and back.<br />

In addition, there are many<br />

benefits to non-invasive body<br />

sculpting compared to surgery,<br />

such as avoiding anaesthesia<br />

and scarring, along with less<br />

downtime and expense.<br />

Some non-surgical<br />

treatments available to assist<br />

with body contouring are<br />

cryolipolysis, laser therapy,<br />

muscle toning, ultrasound,<br />

radio frequency and injections.<br />

One of the most important<br />

things to consider when<br />

reviewing these treatments is<br />

ensuring the technician is wellqualified<br />

and a body sculpting<br />

expert. Often the optimum<br />

results can be best achieved<br />

when combining modalities to<br />

treat fat deposits, muscle tone<br />

and cellulite. Drink 1-2 litres<br />

of water daily to assist with<br />

the removal of the fat once<br />

the various treatments have<br />

broken the fat down.<br />

The most widely known<br />

body contouring treatment<br />

is cryolipolysis, or fat<br />

freezing. A controlled cooling<br />

process freezes unwanted fat<br />

deposits using specific-sized<br />

handpieces for each area being<br />

treated. Only the fat cells are<br />

destroyed as they are more<br />

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sensitive to cold than other<br />

surrounding cells. The nerves,<br />

skin and other tissue are left<br />

unharmed. Once the fat cells<br />

are destroyed, they are gone<br />

for good. The treatment takes<br />

between 30-60 minutes and<br />

may require more than one<br />

session per area.<br />

Muscle toning treatments<br />

will help to build muscle<br />

and burn fat while you rest<br />

on a treatment bed. These<br />

treatments will offer intense<br />

muscle contraction while<br />

simultaneously delivering heat<br />

and magnetic energy which<br />

results in more fat reduction<br />

and muscle growth. If you want<br />

to define your six-pack, perk<br />

up your booty or sculpt your<br />

arms or legs this treatment is<br />

worth considering.<br />

Fat-dissolving injections or<br />

mesotherapy, can be provided<br />

by an experienced doctor<br />

or nurse. The injection will<br />

specifically target localised<br />

fat with a cocktail of three<br />

ingredients that assist with<br />

fat cell destruction. The cell<br />

membrane dissolves and the<br />

fat is removed naturally from<br />

the body over 8-12 weeks.<br />

One to three sessions every<br />

6-8 weeks may be required<br />

for the face, while three to six<br />

treatments for the body every<br />

4-6 weeks might be required<br />

for optimum results.<br />

Laser therapy works by<br />

dismantling subcutaneous<br />

fat with controlled heat.<br />

The fat cells are broken<br />

down with specific laser<br />

wavelengths when applied to<br />

the skin. The laser lipolysis<br />

treatment employs diode laser<br />

applicators which are applied<br />

to the area while you rest and<br />

simply enjoy the outcome<br />

after one or two sessions<br />

spaced four weeks apart.<br />

Radiofrequency treatments<br />

are fabulous for treating<br />

cellulite and circumferential<br />

reduction. RF treatments<br />

feel like a warm, deep-tissue<br />

massage. The RF waves heat<br />

the fat cells, underlying<br />

collagen fibres and the<br />

connective tissue providing<br />

localised volume reduction<br />

and a smoother texture and<br />

appearance, regaining skin<br />

suppleness.<br />

Body Contouring treatments<br />

are not a ‘free hall pass’ to fall<br />

off the exercise and healthy<br />

lifestyle wagon. A positive<br />

and sensible way of viewing<br />

these treatments is they are<br />

a compliment to a healthy<br />

lifestyle. Most of us need a<br />

little extra outside help at<br />

some time in our lives and<br />

body contouring is one of<br />

these areas. Feel your best in<br />

whatever you wear and be the<br />

best version of you… after all,<br />

you deserve it.<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 />

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

with Brian Hrnjak<br />

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

New Year, new incentives<br />

for new cars, new houses<br />

This month a look at two<br />

recently gazetted items<br />

of legislation that could<br />

make you reconsider the car<br />

you drive, the house you live<br />

in – or, perhaps both!<br />

Car incentives<br />

Salary packaging is ‘at thing’<br />

again… the first change<br />

to examine is to the fringe<br />

benefit tax (FBT) treatment of<br />

electric cars. In late November<br />

the government secured cross<br />

bench support to abolish FBT<br />

on a range of energy efficient<br />

vehicles.<br />

Of course, there are<br />

always going to be rules and<br />

the following information<br />

is derived from the ATO’s<br />

website covering FBT and the<br />

Electric cars exemption:<br />

n The incentive is for zero- or<br />

low-emissions vehicles –<br />

battery electric; hydrogen fuel<br />

cell or plug-in hybrid designed<br />

to carry less than 1 tonne and<br />

fewer than 9 passengers.<br />

A motorcycle is not a car<br />

for FBT purposes, even if it is<br />

electric. Plug-in Hybrids are<br />

only included as part of the<br />

scheme until 1 April 2025<br />

or beyond that date if they<br />

are covered by a financially<br />

binding commitment, for<br />

example a novated lease,<br />

commenced prior to 1 April<br />

2025. The ATO has already<br />

indicated that an optional<br />

extension to an agreement<br />

after the cut-off date (such as<br />

the refinance of a residual)<br />

would not be considered<br />

binding.<br />

n The first time the car is both<br />

held and used is on or after 1<br />

July, 2022.<br />

The example used on the<br />

ATO website is illustrative:<br />

John orders a car on 1<br />

February 2022 that is<br />

delivered on 15 June 2022 at<br />

which time legal ownership<br />

passed to John. John first<br />

makes the car available for the<br />

private use of his employees<br />

on 5 July 2022. The car was<br />

first held on 15 June 2022 and<br />

first used on 5 July 2022. The<br />

first time it was both held<br />

and used was after 1 July<br />

2022 therefore any car fringe<br />

benefits are exempt from FBT.<br />

n The car is used by a current<br />

employee or their associates –<br />

such as family members.<br />

Benefits provided under<br />

salary packing arrangements<br />

are included in the exemption<br />

– for example, a vehicle<br />

provided to a spouse. Also<br />

included are the associated<br />

costs of running the car<br />

– registration, insurance,<br />

repairs, maintenance and fuel<br />

(including the electricity to<br />

charge and run the electric<br />

car). The provision of a<br />

home charging station is not<br />

considered an associated car<br />

expense, rather a property<br />

or expense payment fringe<br />

benefit not subject to the<br />

concession.<br />

n Luxury car tax (LCT) has<br />

never been payable on the<br />

importation or sale of the car.<br />

The LCT for fuel efficient<br />

vehicles is higher than that<br />

for standard cars – $84,916<br />

for 2022/23 and $79,659 for<br />

2021/22. To access the FBT<br />

concession buyers of used<br />

fuel-efficient vehicles need<br />

to ensure that the vehicle<br />

has never been subject to<br />

LCT in the past so access to<br />

previous sales and ownership<br />

documents is going to be<br />

important for vehicles that may<br />

have been priced at the margin.<br />

The motivation behind<br />

the relaxation of FBT was<br />

to encourage the quick<br />

expansion of fuel-efficient<br />

vehicles into the pool of<br />

corporate fleet vehicles. The<br />

government has also promised<br />

to speed up electrification<br />

of the government fleet with<br />

the overarching goal being<br />

to flood the second-hand car<br />

market with stock in around<br />

three to four years’ time.<br />

For employers and<br />

employees looking to access<br />

these benefits there are<br />

going to be material savings<br />

compared to employers<br />

owning non-fuel-efficient<br />

vehicles or employees choosing<br />

to own a fuel-efficient car<br />

themselves. There are also<br />

a variety of state-based<br />

incentives in addition to the<br />

FBT benefits that will only<br />

enhance what the Feds are<br />

seeking to achieve. The dollars<br />

saved will depend on many<br />

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factors, but the savings will<br />

be in the thousands. Unless<br />

I’ve missed something in<br />

this whole PR blitz, the<br />

policy change will switch the<br />

emphasis back onto salary<br />

packing at a time when many<br />

employers have done exactly<br />

the opposite by choosing to<br />

pay car allowances to avoid the<br />

burden of FBT documentation.<br />

Employers that do offer the<br />

option packaging of fuelefficient<br />

cars will be required<br />

to record the notional taxable<br />

value of the benefits (using<br />

either the statutory formula<br />

or the operating cost method)<br />

and record the value through<br />

the single touch payroll<br />

system or the employee’s<br />

payment summary. This will<br />

be used in assessing other<br />

income thresholds such as<br />

Medicare levy surcharge,<br />

family assistance and child<br />

support payments.<br />

Incentives for houses<br />

– downsizer downsized<br />

The second legislative change<br />

that was made into law in late<br />

November was the reduction<br />

of the eligibility age for<br />

downsizer contributions to<br />

super from age 65 in 2018 to<br />

age 60 in 2022 and now from<br />

age 55 commencing from 1<br />

<strong>January</strong> <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Downsizer contributions can<br />

be made from the proceeds<br />

of the sale of a home that is<br />

at least partially exempt from<br />

CGT and that was at least<br />

owned for 10 years by one<br />

or both spouses. There are<br />

some other eligibility tests,<br />

but the most interesting part<br />

is that these contributions<br />

have no upper age limit and<br />

they are not affected by total<br />

superannuation balance<br />

(TSB) limits that govern non-<br />

concessional superannuation<br />

contributions.<br />

It will be interesting to see if<br />

the uptake of the scheme gets<br />

a boost from the reduction<br />

in age. Previously the age<br />

thresholds coincided with<br />

preservation thresholds, albeit<br />

limited at 60, but access to<br />

benefits was either on hand or<br />

likely to be attainable. At 55<br />

preservation age is five years<br />

away, so you’d be locking away<br />

the money for all that time until<br />

you could start a transition to<br />

retirement pension or retire<br />

from an employer who had<br />

contributed to your super.<br />

The reduction in the age<br />

threshold will boost planning<br />

options for those who now<br />

find themselves eligible, but<br />

chances are the take up will<br />

come from those who already<br />

have very high superannuation<br />

balances (hence limited scope<br />

for further non-concessional<br />

contributions) or who have a<br />

fair amount of surplus cash<br />

that they are happy to leave<br />

in the concessionally taxed<br />

environment of super for some<br />

time. Unusual policy for a<br />

Labor government… but then<br />

so are stage 3 tax cuts.<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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<strong>Pittwater</strong> Puzzler<br />

Compiled by David Stickley<br />

is given in part payment for a<br />

new one (5-2)<br />

29. Game played by the<br />

Warringah Rats (5)<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Puzzler<br />

ACROSS<br />

1. A natural depression in the<br />

surface of the land often with<br />

a lake at the bottom of it (5)<br />

4. Clive Imber’s great passion (7)<br />

9. One more time (5)<br />

10. Rented land (9)<br />

11. Describing Jacqui Scruby,<br />

a candidate in the upcoming<br />

16-down (11)<br />

14. Is carried along by<br />

currents of water or air, or by<br />

the force of circumstances (6)<br />

15. A skilled worker who fixes<br />

things (8)<br />

17. Instruments or vessels<br />

commonly used in a<br />

household, especially in a<br />

kitchen (8)<br />

19. <strong>Pittwater</strong> haven, Scotland<br />

______ (6)<br />

21. Newport resident and<br />

brother of surf champion Tom,<br />

who is a long-time surf writer<br />

(4,7)<br />

26. Hurry up (4,5)<br />

27. Home of Bollywood (5)<br />

28. An item of property that<br />

DOWN<br />

1. One who enjoys 20-down<br />

(10)<br />

2. Popular playground feature<br />

that needs a bucket and spade<br />

(7)<br />

3. Any of numerous polymeric<br />

amides that can be formed<br />

into fibres, bristles or sheets<br />

(5)<br />

4. Horizontal plane of the<br />

ocean’s surface (especially that<br />

halfway between mean high<br />

and low tide) (3,5)<br />

5. A tendency to remain<br />

unchanged (7)<br />

6. Golf club (4)<br />

7. Supreme beings (4)<br />

8. Type of yacht that normally<br />

wins the Sydney to Hobart<br />

yacht race (4)<br />

12. First light (5,2,3)<br />

13. A pattern of regularly<br />

spaced horizontal and vertical<br />

lines, like this crossword (4)<br />

14. Renovate (2,2)<br />

16. Public vote that will<br />

happen across NSW next<br />

March (8)<br />

18. Lounge around on a beach<br />

catching some some rays, say<br />

(7)<br />

20. Popular water sport in the<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> area (7)<br />

22. (Of weather, the sky, etc.)<br />

not dull or cloudy (5)<br />

23. Heavy metal; guide (4)<br />

24. Describing the ocean along<br />

the shore when there are no<br />

waves (4)<br />

25. A system of exercises<br />

practised as part of a Hindu<br />

discipline to promote control<br />

of the body and mind (4)<br />

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Holiday Jigsaw<br />

Anagram Cryptic Crossword<br />

All answers start with the given letter. Fit the answers where<br />

you can...<br />

A Ornamental shrub, a type of Rhododendron, grown for its<br />

showy flowers of various colours (6)<br />

B A literary award given annually for a novel published by a British<br />

or Commonwealth citizen during the previous year (6,5)<br />

C A chilled can or stubby of beer (6)<br />

D Type of golf hole that includes a sharp bend (6)<br />

E A kind of Hebrew priestly vestment, especially that worn by<br />

the high priest (5)<br />

F A device for making a noise, a cylinder of paper or cardboard<br />

containing an explosive and a fuse (11)<br />

G A cricket delivery bowled by a wrist spinner which looks as if it<br />

will break one way but in fact goes the other (6)<br />

H Large wasps with brown and yellow striped bodies, capable of<br />

inflicting a serious stings (7)<br />

I A frozen flavoured confection on a stick (8)<br />

J Dealer in gems (8)<br />

K Two golden ducks in the same game of cricket (4,4)<br />

L Active-wear fabric (5)<br />

M Accounts of the author’s personal experiences (7)<br />

N A lexicographer of new words and expressions (9)<br />

O Earache (7)<br />

P A particular course of action intended to achieve a result (7)<br />

Q The most powerful piece in chess (5)<br />

R An uncultured, aggressive, rude, noisy troublemaker (9)<br />

S A person who rescues or delivers from danger, destruction, etc.<br />

(7)<br />

T Advertisement for a coming film (7)<br />

U Disconnect train carriages, for example (8)<br />

V A person highly skilled in the technique of a fine art, especially<br />

music (8)<br />

W A fleshy wrinkled and often brightly coloured fold of skin<br />

hanging from the neck or throat of certain birds (chickens and<br />

turkeys) or lizards (6)<br />

X A colourless odourless inert gaseous element occurring in the<br />

earth’s atmosphere in trace amounts (5)<br />

Y Amounts produced (6)<br />

Z German rigid airship (8)<br />

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<strong>Pittwater</strong> Puzzler

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

with Janelle Bloom<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Recipes: janellebloom.com.au; FB: facebook.com/culinaryinbloom Insta: instagram.com/janellegbloom/<br />

Romancing the ‘stone’: ideas<br />

for this month’s freshest fruit<br />

Walking into any green grocer or supermarket is a treat this<br />

time of year – as the perfume of fresh stone fruit hits, it’s<br />

impossible not to add them to the trolley even if they were<br />

not on the shopping list! Icy cold and fresh from the fridge, or<br />

roasted, baked, chargrilled or pickled, there are so many ways to<br />

enjoy the abundance available this month.<br />

Chargrilled<br />

maple peaches<br />

Serves 8<br />

12 freestone peaches, halved,<br />

stones removed<br />

2 tbs maple syrup<br />

olive oil spray<br />

1. Preheat a barbecue grill or<br />

chargrill pan on mediumhigh.<br />

Pour the maple syrup<br />

into a small shallow dish. Dip<br />

the cut side of the peaches<br />

into the maple then spray<br />

with olive oil.<br />

2. Place the peaches, cut side<br />

down, onto the hot grill and<br />

cook for 4 minutes until<br />

lightly charred. Turn the<br />

peaches over and cook for<br />

1 minute then remove to a<br />

platter. Serve.<br />

Serving suggestions<br />

1. Top with a slice of brie and<br />

proscuitto, drizzle with<br />

caramelised balsamic.<br />

2. Chop up the chargrilled<br />

peaches, add diced<br />

cucumber, feta and cherry<br />

tomatoes and serve over<br />

grilled chicken, pork or<br />

seafood.<br />

3. Toss chargrilled peaches<br />

with cooked beetroot, sliced<br />

radish, baby spinach and<br />

roasted walnuts, dress with<br />

lemon vinaigrette and serve<br />

with chicken or salmon.<br />

4. Top with a scoops of mango<br />

sorbet and sprinkle with<br />

mint sugar for a quick<br />

dessert!<br />

Summer<br />

nectarine salad<br />

Serves 4 (as a side salad)<br />

4 sourdough bread<br />

2 tbs olive oil<br />

1 large garlic clove, halved<br />

40g rocket or baby spinach<br />

½ cup fresh basil leaves<br />

4 freestone nectarines, sliced<br />

12 slices prosciutto<br />

150g cherry tomatoes, halved<br />

150g burrata or buffalo<br />

mozzarella, drained<br />

dressing<br />

3 tbs extra virgin olive oil<br />

1 tbs red wine vinegar<br />

2 tsp seeded mustard<br />

1 tsp honey<br />

1. Preheat barbecue grill on<br />

medium-high. Brush the<br />

bread with oil, then rub the<br />

bread with the cut side of the<br />

garlic. Season with salt. Chargrill<br />

for 3 minutes each side<br />

until lightly charred.<br />

2. Arrange the rocket or<br />

spinach, basil, nectarines,<br />

prosciutto and cherry<br />

tomatoes on a serving<br />

platter. Tear the burrata or<br />

mozzarella into pieces and<br />

add to the salad.<br />

3. Whisk the dressing<br />

ingredients. Drizzle over<br />

the salad, season and<br />

serve with chargrilled<br />

bread.<br />

Chicken wings<br />

with sticky<br />

spiced cherries<br />

Serves 4<br />

1.5kg chicken wings<br />

2 tbs olive oil<br />

1 tsp smoked paprika<br />

1 tsp garlic salt<br />

sticky spiced cherries<br />

500g fresh cherries, pitted<br />

3 tbs white sugar<br />

3 tbs red wine vinegar<br />

1 tsp chilli flakes, optional<br />

1. Preheat oven to 180°C.<br />

Grease a large oven tray.<br />

2. Arrange the chicken in a<br />

single layer on the tray.<br />

Combine oil, paprika<br />

and garlic salt in a bowl.<br />

Spoon the oil mix over<br />

the chicken and turn to<br />

coat. Roast for 30 minutes,<br />

turning once until golden<br />

and cooked through.<br />

3. Meanwhile, to make the<br />

sticky spiced cherries,<br />

place the cherries into a<br />

medium non-stick frying<br />

pan. Sprinkle over the<br />

sugar and shake the<br />

pan so the cherries are<br />

coated. Add the vinegar<br />

and chilli flakes, season<br />

with salt and pepper. Place<br />

over medium high heat<br />

and cook, shaking the<br />

pan for 5-8 minutes until<br />

the cherries soften and<br />

become a little syrupy.<br />

remove from the heat,<br />

stand in the pan for 5<br />

minutes.<br />

4. Spoon the sticky cherries<br />

over the chicken to serve.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: The spiced<br />

cherries are also delicious<br />

on chargrilled bread topped<br />

with fresh mozzarella or over<br />

barbecued chicken, pork or<br />

prawns.<br />

76 JANUARY <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

For more recipes go to janellebloom.com.au<br />

Fresh apricot<br />

no-churn ice cream<br />

Makes 1.2 litres<br />

500g apricots, halved, stones<br />

removed<br />

¼ cup white sugar<br />

1 lime, halved<br />

600ml thickened cream<br />

1 x 395ml can sweetened<br />

condensed milk, chilled<br />

1. Preheat oven to 200°C.<br />

Place the apricots in a large<br />

greased roasting pan, cut<br />

side up. Sprinkle over the<br />

sugar, turn to coat. Squeeze<br />

over one half of the lime.<br />

Roast for 12-15 minutes,<br />

until the apricots just start to<br />

collapse. Cool in the pan for<br />

30 minutes.<br />

2. Turn the apricots skin side<br />

up. Pinch the skins to remove<br />

them. Discard the skins.<br />

Blend or process the apricots<br />

with the lime juice from the<br />

remaining half lime until<br />

smooth.<br />

3. Pour the cream and<br />

sweetened condensed milk<br />

into a chilled bowl (see<br />

tip). Using hand beaters<br />

or electric mixer, whip to<br />

soft peaks. Add the pureed<br />

apricot, stir gently to<br />

combine.<br />

4. Pour into a freezer safe<br />

container so the container is<br />

almost full (this gives room<br />

for expansion but prevents<br />

ice crystals forming). Press<br />

a sheet of baking paper<br />

onto the surface and freezer<br />

overnight. Scoop into bowls<br />

and serve with wafers.<br />

Janelle’s Tips: Chilling the bowl<br />

is always a good idea when<br />

whipping cream in summer…<br />

Keeping the top covered with<br />

baking paper prevents ice<br />

crystals forming on top and the<br />

ice cream becoming too hard<br />

to scoop.<br />

Plum and<br />

almond cake<br />

Serves 8<br />

250g butter, softened<br />

1 cup caster sugar<br />

1 tsp vanilla bean paste<br />

3 eggs<br />

¾ cup (90g) almond meal<br />

2 cups self-raising flour<br />

½ cup milk<br />

6 red-fleshed plums, cut into<br />

thick wedges<br />

2 tbs flaked almonds<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 160°C<br />

fan forced. Grease and line<br />

the base of a 22cm (base)<br />

springform pan.<br />

2. Using an electric mixer, beat<br />

the butter, sugar and vanilla<br />

until light and creamy. Add<br />

the eggs one at a time,<br />

mixing well. Stir in the<br />

almond meal. Sift half the<br />

flour over the butter mixture<br />

and stir gently to combine.<br />

Stir in half the milk. Repeat<br />

with the remaining flour and<br />

milk. Spread the cake batter<br />

into the prepared pan and<br />

smooth the surface.<br />

3. Gently place the plum<br />

wedges on top of the cake<br />

batter. Sprinkle over the<br />

almonds. Bake for 45-55<br />

minutes (cover the top<br />

loosely with foil if it starts<br />

to get to brown) or until a<br />

skewer inserted into the<br />

centre of the cake comes out<br />

clean. Cool for 15 minutes in<br />

the pan then release the side<br />

and cool on a wire rack.<br />

Summer<br />

Peach punch<br />

Serves 8<br />

6 ripe yellow peaches<br />

3 tbs lime juice<br />

¾ cup (180ml) mango nectar,<br />

chilled<br />

3 cups ice cubes<br />

750ml bottle prosecco, chilled<br />

chilled soda water, to serve<br />

1. Peel and roughly chop 4<br />

peaches. Place the chopped<br />

peach and lime juice in a<br />

food processor. Process until<br />

smooth. Transfer to a jug<br />

and stir in the mango nectar.<br />

Refrigerate until cold.<br />

2. To serve, spoon 3<br />

tablespoons of peach and<br />

mango mixture into the base<br />

of chilled glasses. Slice the<br />

remaining peaches and add<br />

a few slices and ice cubes<br />

to each glass. Add prosecco<br />

and soda to taste. Stir and<br />

serve.<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

JANUARY <strong>2023</strong> 77

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

with Gabrielle Bryant<br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Beautiful bulbs that switch off<br />

and flower boldly in Autumn<br />

Everyone loves the bulbs<br />

that flower in Spring; but<br />

not many people appreciate<br />

the bulbs that sleep through<br />

Spring and flower in Autumn.<br />

They are available from<br />

bulb growers, now ready for<br />

planting.<br />

Get them into the ground as<br />

soon as you can to be sure of<br />

flowers this Autumn. I never fail<br />

to be amazed by the magic that<br />

can turn dry-looking bulbs into<br />

a wonderful display of colour.<br />

The Autumn-flowering bulbs<br />

will withstand the hot days of<br />

Summer, needing very little<br />

attention. They will lie dormant,<br />

surviving on the natural rainfall<br />

until the length of the days<br />

begins to shorten. Once they<br />

begin to emerge above the<br />

earth, they will require regular<br />

water. Some will grow leaves,<br />

but others will flower before the<br />

leaves appear.<br />

The tiny white Autumn<br />

crocus, zephyranthes (also<br />

known as rain lilies), love the<br />

warm humid weather. They get<br />

their name from their ability to<br />

withstand the summer heat and<br />

dry conditions, then burst into<br />

flower once the rains begin.<br />

They will soon multiply and<br />

naturalise in full sun or part<br />

shade. Plant them at any time of<br />

the year.<br />

Nerines are a gardener’s<br />

favourite; these scarlet, pink or<br />

gold spider lilies love to be left<br />

alone to multiply. Grow them<br />

in well-drained soil in dappled<br />

shade where they can multiply<br />

and be left undisturbed. They<br />

flower best when they are<br />

crowded. They are easily grown<br />

in the garden, or in pots to<br />

be brought inside when they<br />

flower.<br />

Common names can be<br />

confusing… also known<br />

as spider lily, is the golden<br />

hurricane lily, lycoris. This<br />

special bulb sends up clustered<br />

flower spikes of golden yellow<br />

before the leaves appear.<br />

Lycoris can also be brilliant<br />

scarlet. They need little<br />

attention once planted and<br />

will survive dry conditions and<br />

natural rainfall.<br />

The tall dramatic spikes of<br />

huge pink, fragrant trumpets of<br />

the Belladonna lilies (or Naked<br />

Ladies) that emerge in early<br />

Autumn before their leaves are<br />

unrivalled for drama. Naked<br />

Ladies can also be white or<br />

dark pink.<br />

Before planting any bulbs<br />

make sure to dig plenty of<br />

compost into the ground. Plant<br />

the bulbs with their necks at<br />

soil level and feed at planting<br />

time with bulb food.<br />

Continue to feed the bulbs<br />

until the leaves die down, as<br />

the dying foliage will feed the<br />

bulb for the following season.<br />

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The Local Voice Since 1991

Mozzie control<br />

The extraordinary<br />

weather pattern of wet<br />

rainy days followed<br />

by hot sun has provided<br />

mosquitoes with the perfect<br />

breeding ground. Mozzies<br />

can ruin any pleasure in the<br />

garden, not only do they bite<br />

but they can carry disease,<br />

including Ross River fever.<br />

While you can never totally<br />

control them there are many<br />

ways to keep them at bay and<br />

reduce the numbers.<br />

Stagnant or still water is<br />

their breeding ground. Rinse<br />

out bird baths and water<br />

bowls every few days. Empty<br />

any pots and watering cans<br />

that fill with rain. Make sure<br />

that any tarps or BBQ cover<br />

are stretched tight and have<br />

no puddled water. Keep<br />

gutters free from leaves and<br />

blockage. Flush out saucers<br />

below pot plants.<br />

If you have a water tank,<br />

make sure that the lid fits<br />

tightly. As a precaution, spray<br />

Who’s a Pretty Turtle!<br />

Pretty Turtle is an easy-to-grow indoor plant that needs little<br />

attention. It gets its name from the extraordinary pattern on<br />

the large, fleshy, furry leaves that resembles the pattern of a turtle<br />

shell!<br />

It grows into neat rosettes, making it a perfect pot plant for<br />

desks and coffee tables. If you are delighted with the patterned<br />

leaves, you will love it<br />

even more when you<br />

see its stems of violet,<br />

bell-shaped flowers!<br />

Pretty Turtle comes<br />

from Africa and<br />

Madagascar, where it<br />

can be found growing<br />

wild in many different<br />

shaded situations,<br />

on rocky ledges, in<br />

crevices, on level<br />

ground and banks.<br />

This is an<br />

undemanding plant that<br />

will grow well in many<br />

different situations. It will need good light but no direct sunlight<br />

that will burn the leaves.<br />

It enjoys the humidity of kitchens and bathrooms but should<br />

never be left with the pot sitting with water in the saucer. Water<br />

the plant below the leaves and allow it to drain. It won’t need more<br />

water until the soil seems dry.<br />

Better to under-water than to drown your plant. Feed it monthly<br />

with a soluble fertiliser.<br />

If you can’t find this exciting plant in garden centres, try looking<br />

online.<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

the surface with eco oil to<br />

prevent any mozzie larvae<br />

hatching.<br />

Install yellow bug lightbulbs<br />

in outside lights. Light<br />

attracts insects but the yellow<br />

coating on these bulbs makes<br />

the light less attractive to the<br />

mozzies that will ruin your<br />

evening.<br />

There are many commercial<br />

controls, insect repellents,<br />

zappers and candles available,<br />

all with reasonable success.<br />

Mozzie coils and citronella<br />

candles give some protection,<br />

so will coffee grounds.<br />

Mosquitoes hate the smell. To<br />

make it more pungent, singe<br />

the grounds with a match.<br />

If you don’t mind the smell,<br />

the water from boiled garlic<br />

makes a spray that you can<br />

use under decks and other<br />

places that mozzies love.<br />

All these controls will<br />

work – but why not reduce<br />

the problem by planting<br />

insect repellent plants around<br />

doorways and outdoor sitting<br />

areas. For centuries, homes<br />

have been aired with dried<br />

bunches of herbs and bug<br />

repellent plants, long before<br />

the modern use of chemicals.<br />

Pots of orange nasturtiums,<br />

marigolds and scented<br />

geraniums, or hanging baskets<br />

of lemon thyme, mint, or catnip<br />

and tubs of lavender, sage,<br />

rosemary or lemon grass, will<br />

all discourage flying insects<br />

and marauding mozzies.<br />

Outside the kitchen door<br />

grow troughs of basil and<br />

garlic – handy for cooking and<br />

also effective deterrents!<br />

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Garden <strong>Life</strong>

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

<strong>January</strong><br />

Jobs this Month<br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

The strange Summer<br />

weather is causing havoc<br />

in the garden; it doesn’t<br />

know what to do. All the plants<br />

and shrubs are confused.<br />

Plants that flower in November<br />

are flowering now. Frangipani<br />

is only just getting leaves! Take<br />

care when the heat comes<br />

back, plants will burn. Don’t<br />

be tempted to remove burnt<br />

foliage. Wait until new growth<br />

appears before trimming.<br />

Grubby time<br />

Watch out for suspicious brown<br />

patches in the lawn. Army<br />

grubs love rain, humidity and<br />

heat. Spray with Eco oil mixed<br />

with Dipel for control. Dipel is<br />

harmless to birds and animals<br />

that may eat the dying grubs.<br />

Veggie tips<br />

Take a look at the veggie<br />

garden. It is not too late<br />

for a second planting of<br />

tomatoes, beans, zucchini,<br />

and cucumbers before the<br />

seasons change. Sometimes<br />

veggies need a helping hand.<br />

Zucchini, pumpkin, squash and<br />

cucumbers have both male and<br />

female flowers. When the days<br />

are dull, and the bees are not<br />

around to cross-pollinate the<br />

flowers, you can help. Female<br />

flowers have tiny fruit behind<br />

the flower and male flowers are<br />

on single stems. With a paint<br />

brush, take pollen from the<br />

male flower to the centre of the<br />

girls. Some days you will have<br />

only girls and sometimes only<br />

boys. Both sexes need to open<br />

on the same day for success.<br />

Watch daily – and you can<br />

double your harvest.<br />

Fix fungus<br />

Fungus problems are<br />

everywhere. Spray with Yates<br />

Fungus Fighter on ornamentals<br />

at first signs of powdery<br />

mildew. Be careful on the<br />

veggies: use a natural spray,<br />

there are several that are<br />

commonly used. A cup of milk<br />

mixed with 10 cups of water,<br />

50ml of vinegar in 1 litre of<br />

water; or 4 tsp of bicarbonate<br />

of soda, 2 litres water, 2 drops<br />

Puzzle solutions from page 74-75<br />

Mystery location: HERON COVE<br />

of vegetable oil and 2 drops of<br />

washing up liquid, are all tried<br />

recipes for sprays.<br />

Choose the food<br />

It is time to feed the garden.<br />

Camellias, azaleas, pieris,<br />

magnolias, begonias, fuchsias<br />

and other acid-loving plants<br />

all love Kahoona pellets.<br />

Citrus, roses, veggies and<br />

flowering plants will thank you<br />

for feeding them with Power<br />

Feed to keep the flower buds<br />

coming.<br />

Orchid watch<br />

Check orchids for scale insects.<br />

They are hard to control as they<br />

live and breed where the leaves<br />

join the stems. Ants that are<br />

attracted by the sticky secretion<br />

carry the scale from one plant<br />

to the next. It takes time and<br />

patience to eliminate the scale.<br />

You need a small paint brush<br />

and a bottle of Isocol (a rubbing<br />

alcohol that has many uses).<br />

Carefully paint over any visible<br />

scale making sure to get the<br />

Isocol well into every nook and<br />

cranny!<br />

Waste nothing!<br />

Make the most of veggies in the<br />

kitchen. Never waste a garlic<br />

that begins to grow! Divide<br />

the garlic into cloves and plant<br />

each one, pointed side up in full<br />

sun. Plant them just below the<br />

surface and leave a 15cm space<br />

between each one. Mulch well to<br />

keep weeds down and wait until<br />

the foliage begins to die down<br />

before harvesting. They are<br />

simple, undemanding plants.<br />

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The Local Voice Since 1991

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Japan family snow getaway<br />

Hokkaido has earned an excellent<br />

ski domain, with perfect powder slopes,<br />

reputation as a top winter sports<br />

ski lifts, a snow park, and a gondola for<br />

destination. It boasts a ski-perfect climate,<br />

where the finest powder snow covers every<br />

inch of the mountain.<br />

Travel View’s Gail Kardash says Club<br />

Med Hokkaido is the perfect winter holiday<br />

destination for all – from families to<br />

couples, all guests can enjoy a variety of<br />

winter activities.<br />

“Enjoy a thrilling ski experience for the<br />

whole family, with endless snow and apresski<br />

activities in-resort influenced by the<br />

thrilling days in the snow. This charming,<br />

authentic Japanese mountain escape<br />

offers an all-inclusive experience to make<br />

winter holidays easy and hassle-free. With<br />

expertly guided ski lessons, horseback<br />

riding, a relaxing outdoor Canadian bath,<br />

and endless pursuits for children, a holiday<br />

tradition spent here will create indelible<br />

memories for your friends and family.”<br />

Tomamu Hokkaido – “Club Med Tomamu<br />

introduces a thrilling snow escape where<br />

beauty of Japan,” said Gail.<br />

with ice fishing, ice skating, ice bar and powdery perfect slopes are just waiting for<br />

“Easy for beginners and young families, dining.”<br />

discovery. Fresh seafood, premium Wagyu<br />

there’s powder snow for all and something Club Med Resorts in Japan feature: beef, and award-winning locally brewed<br />

for everyone off the slopes. Club Med Kiroro Peak – “Opening this season,<br />

spirits make this more than a destination<br />

Resorts provide the perfect ski experience<br />

for both experienced and beginner skiers<br />

and snowboarders and for other snow<br />

activities such as snow trekking and snow<br />

shoeing.<br />

“Plunge into Japanese culinary traditions<br />

with seafood Nabe hot-pot tasting, or<br />

indulge in a guided whisky tasting and sake<br />

tasting. Then, enjoy sparkling nights at the<br />

nearby Ice Village (pictured) where cool<br />

evenings meet heart-warming moments<br />

it’s nestled in a mountainous region of<br />

Hokkaido renowned for its generous snow<br />

cover. It is the perfect place for couples and<br />

families with teenagers alike to experience<br />

a serene white powder winter getaway.”<br />

Sahoro Hokkaido – “Explore the best<br />

powder snow, pure fresh air, traditional<br />

Japanese cuisine, and a wealth of family<br />

journeys to share at Club Med Sahoro<br />

Hokkaido. For skiers of all levels, the<br />

dedicated mountains feature a larger<br />

to discover, but a culinary journey to enjoy.<br />

From skiing and snow trekking, to riding<br />

Japan’s largest indoor wave pool at nearby<br />

Hoshino Resort, guests seeking winter<br />

excitement to share with friends and family<br />

will find it at Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido<br />

all-inclusive resort.”<br />

* Book now & save on <strong>January</strong> departures<br />

in 2024; for more information and<br />

bookings contact Travel View on 9918<br />

4444 or sales@travelview.net.au<br />

82 JANUARY <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

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