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The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

FEBRUARY <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Editorial<br />

Council refuses Rock role<br />

Opponents of the Lizard<br />

Rock housing development<br />

proposal are waiting to see<br />

who the NSW Department<br />

of Planning appoints as the<br />

project’s alternative Planning<br />

Authority after Northern<br />

Beaches Council rejected the<br />

“poisoned chalice” role.<br />

Council and myriad<br />

community groups and<br />

political figures have long<br />

opposed the planning proposal<br />

to develop land for 450<br />

dwellings at Belrose.<br />

Mayor Michael Regan<br />

said: “We are declining the<br />

government’s offer… as the<br />

role is unlikely to give Council<br />

any meaningful powers to<br />

review the proposal or prevent<br />

it from going ahead.”<br />

Mayor Regan remains<br />

adamant there are alternatives<br />

that would still achieve<br />

economic self-determination<br />

for Aboriginal people.<br />

In April 2022, Councillors<br />

united to request staff write<br />

to Federal and State MPs and<br />

ministers to negotiate an<br />

alternate solution so that the<br />

landowners, the Metropolitan<br />

Local Aboriginal Land Council<br />

(MLALC), could benefit<br />

financially and that the<br />

land was preserved as is – in<br />

perpetuity.<br />

The responses, if any, are<br />

unknown.<br />

Council’s position was<br />

echoed by Mackellar Federal<br />

MP Dr Sophie Scamps, who<br />

called on the State Government<br />

to step in and purchase the<br />

land, or agree to a longer-term<br />

lease before transforming the<br />

land into an Aboriginal-owned<br />

National Park, which she says<br />

was originally suggested by the<br />

MLALC in 2013.<br />

“This would be a win-win-win<br />

situation in that the MLALC<br />

secures a financial gain in<br />

addition to the long-term jobs<br />

that are created for Indigenous<br />

people within the Park,” she<br />

said. Story – page 8. – Nigel Wall<br />

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FEBRUARY <strong>2023</strong> The Local Voice Since 1991

Wary Council shuns<br />

Lizard Rock role<br />

News<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

will decline the NSW<br />

Government’s offer to be<br />

the Planning Proposal Authority<br />

for the controversial Lizard<br />

Rock housing development site<br />

at Belrose.<br />

It is wary of a ‘guilt by association’<br />

perception that could<br />

be formed within the community,<br />

given its long-standing<br />

and ongoing opposition to the<br />

development plan.<br />

Council staff made the recommendation<br />

to Councillors<br />

at a hastily convened extraordinary<br />

Council meeting on<br />

January 24.<br />

The Lizard Rock housing<br />

plan has been driven by the<br />

Metropolitan Local Aboriginal<br />

Land Council (MLALC) which<br />

wants to develop the land it<br />

owns on the Northern Beaches<br />

for economic self-determination<br />

of Aboriginal people.<br />

The plan, for 450 dwellings,<br />

has been widely slammed,<br />

including opposition from<br />

Council, the State Liberal MPs<br />

in the seats of <strong>Pittwater</strong>, Wakehurst<br />

and Davidson, as well as<br />

the Greens and local residents<br />

groups.<br />

The Aboriginal Support<br />

Group Manly Warringah <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

(ASG) also opposes the<br />

proposal.<br />

On December 21, the Department<br />

of Planning and Environment<br />

advised Council that the<br />

Sydney North Planning Panel<br />

had recommended the planning<br />

proposal for Morgan Road,<br />

Belrose (Lizard Rock) proceed<br />

to Gateway determination.<br />

It offered Council first option<br />

to become the Planning<br />

Proposal Authority.<br />

However, noting Council’s<br />

opposition to Lizard Rock,<br />

Council staff advised Councillors<br />

that if it were to accept the<br />

role it would be obliged to progress<br />

the planning proposal,<br />

whereupon the community<br />

may perceive that Council supported<br />

the planning proposal –<br />

which was contrary to Council’s<br />

decision of November 2022.<br />

Further, Council remained<br />

concerned by what it perceived<br />

as scant ‘due process’ by the<br />

Panel at its December 21<br />

meeting, where the planning<br />

proposal, Council’s submission<br />

and a briefing report provided<br />

by the Department were considered.<br />

At the meeting the Panel<br />

determined that the planning<br />

proposal should be submitted<br />

to the Department for a<br />

Gateway determination, with<br />

qualifications including that<br />

the number of dwellings was<br />

capped at 450 and that 10 per<br />

cent affordable housing was to<br />

be provided.<br />

But Council staff noted the<br />

briefing report provided only<br />

a “dot-point summary of the<br />

key issues” from the viewpoint<br />

of Council (which opposed<br />

the plan) and the proponent,<br />

without providing any analysis<br />

of the merits of the associated<br />

issues, conclusions or recommendations.<br />

It said the Record of Decision<br />

provided limited reasoning for<br />

a decision of such magnitude<br />

(just five short paragraphs)<br />

and no meaningful analysis<br />

or evaluation of the issues relevant<br />

to the planning proposal<br />

– including lack of infrastructure<br />

and bushfire risk – was<br />

provided in the Decision or the<br />

Department’s briefing report.<br />

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CONTROVERSIAL: Aerial view of the Lizard Rock allotment at Belrose.<br />

“No meaningful discussion<br />

was provided in the Decision<br />

or the Department’s briefing<br />

report as to how the significant<br />

issues raised by the Council<br />

can be overcome,” the staff<br />

recommendation said.<br />

“Due to the paucity of analysis<br />

or explanation, there is<br />

limited opportunity for Council<br />

or the community to understand<br />

why or how this decision<br />

has been made.”<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward Councillor<br />

and NSW Liberals candidate for<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> at the State Election<br />

in March, Rory Amon, said the<br />

Proposal for Lizard Rock was<br />

wholly inappropriate and if<br />

successful, would turn pristine<br />

bushland into a fire trap.<br />

“As a volunteer firefighter,<br />

having directly witnessed the<br />

horror of the 2019-20 fires,<br />

attempting to save houses that<br />

burned to a cinder in relatively<br />

protected areas, the Lizard<br />

Rock proposal is a disaster<br />

waiting to happen,” he said.<br />

“When fires next visit upon<br />

the Northern Beaches, with<br />

one road in and one road out, a<br />

Lizard Rock development will<br />

be a catastrophe of Black Friday<br />

proportions.<br />

“Planning proposals are<br />

longstanding mechanisms,<br />

irrespective of the Government<br />

of the day. But in local<br />

communities, they are a cancer<br />

on our planning system,” he<br />

continued.<br />

“State and Local Governments,<br />

in consultation with<br />

residents, spend years strategically<br />

planning and arriving<br />

at consensus about how their<br />

communities should look.<br />

“This involves the primacy of<br />

environmental considerations,<br />

expectation management and<br />

achieving broad-based community<br />

buy-in.<br />

“Planning proposals, with<br />

the stroke of a pen, undo all<br />

those virtues of our planning<br />

system.”<br />

Meanwhile, the NSW Aboriginal<br />

Land Council (NSWALC) is<br />

urging all NSW MPs to leave a<br />

legacy and support the Aboriginal<br />

Cultural Heritage (Culture<br />

is Identity) Bill 2022.<br />

The Private Members’ Bill<br />

aims to recognise, protect, conserve<br />

and preserve Aboriginal<br />

cultural heritage.<br />

An Upper House Inquiry<br />

found that new, modernised<br />

and standalone legislation for<br />

the recognition, protection,<br />

conservation and preservation<br />

of Aboriginal cultural heritage<br />

in NSW was “both necessary<br />

and long overdue.”<br />

The report found the current<br />

system was failing to protect<br />

Aboriginal cultural heritage.<br />

To support the Bill, an Aboriginal<br />

Cultural Heritage march<br />

was held in the Sydney CBD last<br />

November, organised by Metropolitan<br />

and Darkinjung Local<br />

Aboriginal Land Councils.<br />

March organisers called for<br />

urgent reform.<br />

NSWALC Councillor Abie<br />

Wright spoke on the importance<br />

of preserving Aboriginal<br />

heritage across NSW, and the<br />

importance of ensuring this<br />

was a focus for the Land Rights<br />

network leading up to the State<br />

election.<br />

“Every day we wait for laws,<br />

is another day our culture and<br />

heritage is being ruined,” he<br />

said.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

FEBRUARY <strong>2023</strong> 9

News<br />

Darko’s future in limbo<br />

Darko ‘Dougie’ Desic, the<br />

prison escapee who spent<br />

three decades living in plain<br />

sight in Avalon before handing<br />

himself to police during<br />

the height of COVID in 2021,<br />

has served his sentence.<br />

He was released from John<br />

Morony Correctional Centre<br />

near Windsor just before New<br />

Year’s Eve and is now awaiting<br />

his fate in Villawood Detention<br />

Centre.<br />

“It’s disheartening for Dougie,”<br />

says Peter Higgins, the<br />

Avalon-based entrepreneur<br />

who has funded the former<br />

fugitive’s legal defence since<br />

his daughter Belle founded<br />

a Go Fund Me page when<br />

Darko’s surrender made international<br />

headline news.<br />

“He’ll either be sent back to<br />

Croatia… or come back home<br />

to Avalon.”<br />

After serving seven days in<br />

isolated COVID quarantine,<br />

Darko is now in a bunkhouse<br />

at Villawood with around 20<br />

other detainees.<br />

The Chinese detainee in the<br />

bunk below Darko has been<br />

incarcerated at Villawood for<br />

five years.<br />

“Dougie says, ‘How long<br />

am I going to be in here for?’”<br />

explains Peter. “As I’ve told<br />

Dougie, don’t worry about (the<br />

roommate). His case has got<br />

nothing to do with yours.”<br />

Peter is now searching for a<br />

specialist immigration lawyer<br />

to argue Darko’s case in conjunction<br />

with the high-profile<br />

Paul McGirr & Associates, who<br />

represented Darko while he<br />

was in prison after handing<br />

himself in to Dee Why police.<br />

In 1992, Darko broke out of<br />

Grafton high security prison<br />

with just 18 months left to<br />

serve of a sentence for cultivating<br />

cannabis. Fearing he’d<br />

be deported back to what was<br />

then war-torn Yugoslavia, the<br />

Croatian staged an audacious<br />

escape.<br />

Famously, with no wish to<br />

disclose his real identity, he<br />

lived in Avalon for 30 years<br />

– even pulling out his own<br />

teeth when he needed to,<br />

never visiting a doctor, and<br />

never claiming a Centrelink<br />

payment (while also never<br />

paying tax).<br />

Stone mason Scott Matthewson,<br />

who worked with<br />

Darko, has built the fugitive<br />

a self-contained bedsit at his<br />

family home, and hopes to see<br />

him employed, working again<br />

as the talented stone mason<br />

he has become.<br />

UNCERTAIN: Locals continue to rally<br />

to keep Darko Desic in Australia.<br />

“Dougie doesn’t know what<br />

is going to happen,” Scott says.<br />

“It’s all a bit ridiculous. “Australian<br />

Border Force are keeping<br />

him locked up in Villawood<br />

to keep the public safe.<br />

“But Dougie lived here for<br />

30 years without causing any<br />

problems.<br />

“He’s even earned an Aussie<br />

nickname.<br />

“I was swimming at Palm<br />

Beach the other day with a barrister<br />

and a judge, both locals,<br />

and we got talking about<br />

Dougie. I asked them what they<br />

thought of Dougie’s situation.<br />

“Both said he should be<br />

released ASAP, and what a<br />

waste of taxpayers’ money it<br />

is keeping him Villawood.”<br />

Villawood Detention Centre<br />

now has imposing walls<br />

around it and a fearsome<br />

reputation.<br />

However, it began as a place<br />

to welcome new migrants seeking<br />

refuge from impoverished<br />

post World War II Europe.<br />

In those happier days, it<br />

was the birthplace of Australian<br />

musical royalty.<br />

When George Young arrived<br />

with his Glaswegian parents<br />

and six siblings in 1963, he<br />

forged a friendship with a<br />

Dutch boy who changed his<br />

name to Harry Vanda.<br />

Together they formed ‘The<br />

Easybeat’s and masterminded<br />

the rise of AC/DC featuring<br />

George’s younger brothers,<br />

Malcolm and Angus.<br />

George and Harry also<br />

wrote John Paul Young’s 1978<br />

hit, ‘Love Is In The Air’.<br />

There doesn’t seem much<br />

love in the air now.<br />

– Steve Meacham<br />

Stick to the<br />

election facts,<br />

urges Stokes<br />

Retiring MP Rob Stokes<br />

says he would like to see<br />

all candidates for <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

“stick to the facts” in the<br />

lead-up to the NSW election.<br />

Referencing Independent<br />

for <strong>Pittwater</strong> candidate<br />

Jacqui Scruby’s pitch for the<br />

NSW Government to investigate<br />

legislating against<br />

offshore mining so that the<br />

PEP-11 gas lease could never<br />

resurface, Mr Stokes said:<br />

“It’s nothing to do with the<br />

State – we’ve got a very clear<br />

policy when it comes to offshore<br />

gas or oil exploration<br />

or drilling: it’s not allowed.<br />

“The only way to ensure<br />

PEP-11 can never return is to<br />

change federal law – PEP-11<br />

is outside State waters.<br />

“It’s the same with the<br />

Wakehurst Parkway – the issue<br />

should be taken up with<br />

the Federal Government.<br />

“We committed $18 million<br />

to Northern Beaches<br />

Council and $75 million<br />

which was matched by the<br />

former coalition government.<br />

The Commonwealth has now<br />

pulled that money.<br />

“We would have liked<br />

works (flood mitigation and<br />

black spots) to have been<br />

done before now but the<br />

helpful thing would be to get<br />

the $75 million back from<br />

the Federal Government.<br />

“I share (Ms Scruby’s)<br />

frustration about Council’s<br />

scheduling of works – but I<br />

don’t know why it has been<br />

raised as an issue... it’s been<br />

addressed.” – NW<br />

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Philanthropist Jennie<br />

News<br />

When Clareville resident<br />

Jennie Mackenzie<br />

died in October, 2021<br />

she left millions of dollars for<br />

research at University of Sydney’s<br />

Charles Perkins Centre.<br />

But because of COVID-19 it<br />

wasn’t until mid-November<br />

2022 that the ‘Jazz for Jennie’<br />

commemoration was held<br />

at Charles Perkins Centre to<br />

celebrate her life.<br />

Her neighbour, Barbie Laird-<br />

Varley, although at the same<br />

school as Jennie – Abbotsleigh<br />

– did not become a friend until<br />

a few years later.<br />

“We were part of a group of<br />

friends, always doing something,<br />

travelling and trips to<br />

the country,” Barbie said.<br />

“Jennie had a fabulous<br />

personality. She loved a glass<br />

of bubbles, loved colour, loved<br />

flamboyant clothing. She was<br />

my bridesmaid – ‘twice’ – she<br />

always reminded me.”<br />

Jennie was an only child,<br />

Barbie explains, and grew up<br />

RECOGNITION: Barbie Laird-Varley by the Clareville shore; Jennie Mackenzie; and Jennie’s former house.<br />

in Mosman. Her mother died<br />

when she was still at school,<br />

and her father passed when<br />

she was in her early 20s.<br />

“Having no immediate<br />

family, all her friends were a<br />

significant part of Jennie’s life.<br />

Many of us spent a lot of time<br />

at Jennie’s family beach house<br />

in Clareville, a tiny fibro shack.<br />

It was our sanctuary. Eventually,<br />

she sold the family home<br />

in Mosman and settled here.”<br />

Jennie Mackenzie was the director<br />

of a kindergarten before<br />

she became an early childhood<br />

adviser for ABC radio and television<br />

and associated projects<br />

for young children – including<br />

Play School for which she was<br />

recognised with a Television<br />

Society of Australia award.<br />

She also formed with her<br />

friends a group called the 222<br />

Committee to support children<br />

attending a kindergarten in<br />

East Sydney.<br />

“We raised heaps of money<br />

for that kindergarten and others,<br />

and Jennie became very<br />

involved with the kindergartens<br />

too,” Barbie said.<br />

The fibro shack was pulled<br />

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emembered<br />

and down and a house,<br />

designed by architect Bruce<br />

Rickard, was built on the site.<br />

“We used to have countless<br />

barbecues and all gather with<br />

the children and dogs on the<br />

beautiful beach, and in summer<br />

dive off the neighbours’<br />

jetty and swim ashore,” Barbie<br />

recounted.<br />

“She loved her friends. They<br />

were very important to her. A<br />

group of about 12 of us always<br />

celebrated her birthday on 11<br />

January, and we’d go over to<br />

her place and all take food.”<br />

“David and I live a couple of<br />

doors up from Jennie’s place<br />

and she used to come to us<br />

once a week for a roast, and<br />

she’d bring hibiscus from the<br />

bush in her garden, so if Jennie<br />

was coming I always knew I<br />

would have fresh flowers.”<br />

In her 70s Jennie was<br />

diagnosed with cancer, and<br />

through her treatment she became<br />

interested in health and<br />

medical research.<br />

She was excited by the work<br />

at the Charles Perkins Centre,<br />

with its vision for change and<br />

multi-disciplinary approach to<br />

research.<br />

“In her typically dynamic<br />

and generous way, Jennie<br />

went on to be involved as a<br />

volunteer, mentor, donor and<br />

ultimately dear friend,” said<br />

Professor Stephen Simpson,<br />

Academic Director of the<br />

Charles Perkins Centre.<br />

Among others, she supported<br />

postdoctoral researchers:<br />

Dr Rosilene Ribeiro, researching<br />

ways of using nutrition to<br />

improve health and wellbeing<br />

of older individuals; and Associate<br />

Professor Melkam Kebede,<br />

looking at pancreatic islet cells<br />

and the relationship between<br />

obesity and type 2 diabetes.<br />

Both expressed their immense<br />

gratitude for her support.<br />

“Jennie was more like an<br />

advocate than anything else,”<br />

Associate Professor Kebede<br />

said.<br />

“She cared so much about<br />

what I do and my professional<br />

and personal growth. I miss<br />

her lovely kindness, positivity<br />

and huge sense of fun.”<br />

In 2014, Jennie was appointed<br />

to the Vice-Chancellor’s<br />

Campaign Board, a group comprising<br />

of the University’s most<br />

visionary philanthropic supporters,<br />

and she was awarded<br />

the title of Honorary Fellow of<br />

the University in 2018.<br />

“She never complained when<br />

she was ill. Her friends were<br />

very supportive of her, but she<br />

was very strong. She always<br />

looked on the bright side of<br />

things,” said Barbie.<br />

At the celebration of her life<br />

on 15 November 2022, it was<br />

announced in addition to a<br />

previous donation of $900,000<br />

that she had left $20 million to<br />

the Charles Perkins Centre.<br />

“How wonderful to be able<br />

to leave that, and help change<br />

so many people’s lives,” said<br />

Barbie. – Rosamund Burton<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

FEBRUARY <strong>2023</strong> 13

News<br />

Camera Club focuses on future<br />

Marie Windred is pragmatic about no<br />

longer being able to hold her prized<br />

(but heavy) Canon camera – although<br />

this hasn’t stopped her from taking<br />

photos.<br />

The 92-year-old from Mona Vale utters<br />

the words that no fellow <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Camera Club (PCC) member thought they<br />

would ever hear her say: “I use an iPhone<br />

now to take photos of my grandchildren<br />

and great grandchildren. I still like capturing<br />

the moments, the memory.<br />

“I’ve given a Canon to my grandson<br />

and he’s excited so I’m passing down the<br />

joy of taking photos.”<br />

The former president and life member<br />

of PCC which began in 1966, attended<br />

her last meeting almost two years ago<br />

(she joined in 1980). Mobility issues are<br />

increasingly keeping Marie and her husband<br />

Alf, 93, at home.<br />

“COVID was devastating for our club<br />

because we couldn’t meet (at <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

RSL) and now of course some people<br />

have moved on,” Mrs Windred said.<br />

For a club which grew from humble<br />

beginnings in Did and Charles Usher’s<br />

loungeroom after they advertised for<br />

interested photographers, it boasted 45<br />

members until only a few years ago.<br />

After they outgrew the Usher’s home<br />

they met in everything from a church<br />

hall to a bus depot – “I always found<br />

places that didn’t cost an arm and a leg,”<br />

Mrs Windred said of her 28-year presidency<br />

from 1981 to 2009.<br />

“Some of the most enjoyable times of<br />

my life were at a camera club meeting.<br />

I remember when the bogong moths<br />

would fly in through the window and the<br />

girls would all scream.<br />

“It was great fun, just the enjoyment<br />

you get from being with other photographers<br />

and showing each other your work<br />

MOVING WITH THE TIMES: Marie Windred.<br />

– it’s always been our aim to help in any<br />

way we could.<br />

“I encouraged members to help Year<br />

12 students and one student ended up<br />

representing the national icons of our<br />

society in an exhibition at the Australian<br />

Museum, another benefited from<br />

our help by becoming a professional<br />

photographer.”<br />

Now Mrs Windred is hoping a new generation<br />

of amateur, passionate or professional<br />

photographers will join PCC.<br />

After she relinquished the presidency<br />

13 years ago, Peter Squires took on the<br />

PHOTO: Kat Adamski<br />

role until COVID hit and now it is held<br />

by Bill Roberts, of Whale Beach, who is<br />

one of only a handful of certified master<br />

picture framers in Australia.<br />

Mr Roberts, who has been a member<br />

for 15 years, is looking forward to the<br />

year ahead.<br />

“When we had more members it used<br />

to be more competitive and it made people<br />

strive to improve their work,” he said.<br />

“We have a lot less members now so<br />

it’s more of a social club and we concentrate<br />

on education with inspiring guest<br />

speakers.<br />

“It’s for people who are interested<br />

in photography to meet like-minded<br />

people.”<br />

And Mrs Windred remains the club’s<br />

strongest supporter.<br />

The former magazine photographer<br />

has different artistic pursuits these days,<br />

including capturing her five children, 10<br />

grandchildren and two great grandchildren<br />

with her iPhone camera.<br />

“I will always support the club in any<br />

way I can,” she said.<br />

“But I have a big job to tackle at home<br />

too – scanning all of my photographic<br />

slides from the past 66 years. It’s everything<br />

from the olden days; I’ve decided<br />

I’ll keep weddings, christenings and<br />

family history but if it’s ‘just’ a beautiful<br />

mountain, it can go.”<br />

The PCC has an exciting agenda<br />

planned for the year, starting with<br />

presentation evenings at <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL<br />

Club on <strong>February</strong> 6 and 20, with external<br />

judges to critique members’ work. There<br />

will also be outings and workshops.<br />

The club is affiliated with the Federation<br />

of Camera Clubs. – Kat Adamski<br />

*For further information visit pittwatercameraclub.org<br />

or email secretary@<br />

pittwatercameraclub.org<br />

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News<br />

‘Let’s do it again at state level’<br />

Climate action and environmental<br />

Park, is set to deliver thousands of jobs<br />

protection are likely to be two of the<br />

and generate over $1 billion for the<br />

most hotly contested issues in <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

in the upcoming NSW Election, according<br />

to Independent for <strong>Pittwater</strong> candidate<br />

Jacqui Scruby.<br />

“They were certainly deciding factors<br />

for voters in <strong>Pittwater</strong> in last year’s<br />

Federal election,” Ms Scruby said. “Local<br />

frustration at reluctant policy concessions<br />

and lip service rather than action<br />

from the Morrison Coalition government<br />

was a major factor behind the election<br />

of community independent Dr Sophie<br />

Scamps.”<br />

Ms Scruby said the community now<br />

had the chance to do it all again at a<br />

State level, adding she believed locals<br />

wanted a member of parliament with<br />

vision for a sustainable and liveable<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>, Sydney and NSW, who was<br />

economy,” she said.<br />

“But most importantly NSW must seize<br />

the economic benefits of becoming a<br />

renewable superpower. In the short term,<br />

we should be following Queensland’s<br />

lead and tackle NSW’s $20 billion debt by<br />

securing more royalties from coal companies<br />

making windfall profits.<br />

“We should be transitioning coal-dependent<br />

areas like the Hunter Valley into<br />

renewable energy industrial precincts,<br />

and developing and manufacturing carbon<br />

smart technology using our supply<br />

of critical minerals, to set ourselves up<br />

for a bright future.”<br />

She said policies to encourage low-cost<br />

electrification for businesses, homes, including<br />

rental properties, and transport<br />

would cut emissions and reduce power<br />

grounded in practicality and sound<br />

bills.<br />

ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS: Jacqui Scruby.<br />

economic reasoning.<br />

“NSW needs to take the lead of corporate<br />

Scruby, a former environmental lawyer,<br />

management consultant and policy<br />

advisor to Dr Scamps, continued: “We<br />

all love living here in large part because<br />

of <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s beautiful natural environment<br />

which we want to conserve. But it<br />

doesn’t end there – we’re not NIMBYs,<br />

and what we want for <strong>Pittwater</strong>, we want<br />

for our state.<br />

“Locals don’t want to see the PEP-11<br />

permit for drilling for oil and gas off the<br />

coast of <strong>Pittwater</strong> risking our beaches<br />

and, by the same token, they also don’t<br />

want the 26 new coal and gas projects<br />

that have been approved by the NSW<br />

Coalition Government since the Paris<br />

Agreement.<br />

“It’s incompatible for the NSW government<br />

to be transitioning the state to renewable<br />

energy whilst at the same time<br />

times NSW’s annual emissions.<br />

“The community is currently fighting<br />

the changes to conservation zones<br />

to residential in the Local Environment<br />

Plan and potential commercialisation of<br />

Barrenjoey Headland.<br />

“They also are outraged that taxpayer<br />

money to the tune of $13m/pa is being<br />

used to subsidise native forest logging,<br />

reducing our crucial carbon stores and<br />

killing our iconic koalas.”<br />

Ms Scruby said Victoria and WA had already<br />

committed to ending native forest<br />

logging and there was pressure on NSW<br />

to do the same, particularly following<br />

the devastating reports on biodiversity<br />

loss, including the inevitable extinction<br />

of the koala by 2050 if NSW didn’t take<br />

action.<br />

“The alternative plan, to use the native<br />

Australia and better manage climate<br />

risk. We need to plan coherently at all<br />

levels of government for the impacts of<br />

climate change.<br />

“In <strong>Pittwater</strong> we need flood mitigation<br />

for our major roads, better NSW Government<br />

management of climate adaptation,<br />

particularly for coastal erosion to avoid<br />

sea walls and protect homes and businesses<br />

from the increased insurances<br />

currently being faced by residents in<br />

Narrabeen. It will end up costing us more<br />

if we don’t take action now.<br />

“Of course, there are critical State<br />

issues from schools to health care to<br />

infrastructure that <strong>Pittwater</strong> needs<br />

addressing as well, but the people of<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> want representation on all this<br />

and more. They deserve a representative<br />

that reflects their values and embraces<br />

approving projects that will generate 34 forests to create Great Koala National the future.”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

16 FEBRUARY <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Greens’ namesake stands<br />

The Greens have preselected environmental activist<br />

and statistician Hilary Green to stand for the seat<br />

of <strong>Pittwater</strong> at the NSW Election in March.<br />

Northern Beaches Greens convenor Evan Turner<br />

said the party was sure Ms Green would live up to her<br />

name as their candidate.<br />

“The Greens will be hard to miss with Hilary on the<br />

ballot paper,” Mr Turner said. “Currently our local<br />

secretary, she has campaigned for a large variety of<br />

causes, including human rights, climate change and<br />

the environment more broadly, as well as against the<br />

Iraq wars.<br />

“We are proud to have<br />

such an outstanding<br />

candidate representing<br />

us at what is a critical<br />

election for <strong>Pittwater</strong>,<br />

given the large number<br />

of issues we’re facing<br />

and that our local MP is<br />

retiring.”<br />

Ms Green has lived<br />

in Mona Vale for 22<br />

years after being born<br />

at Manly; she has spent<br />

most of her life on the<br />

Beaches.<br />

With a PhD in<br />

Statistics and several<br />

other degrees to her<br />

HOPES: Hilary Green.<br />

name, Ms Green was<br />

an academic lecturing and researching in Statistics<br />

at Macquarie and other Sydney universities until five<br />

years ago.<br />

She applied this expertise in the Voices of Mackellar<br />

movement in the lead-up to the last Federal election,<br />

carrying out all the statistical analysis on data<br />

collected in its ‘Kitchen Tea Conversations’.<br />

“I’ve been a Greens voter most of my voting life and<br />

until now have been a foot soldier,” Ms Green said.<br />

“However, I’ve decided to stand because I want to show<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> people that the Greens, as a party, is a powerful<br />

force for good, and encourage them to embrace this<br />

progressive movement at the election.”<br />

– NW<br />

Amon spruiks delivery<br />

Liberal Party candidate for <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Rory Amon says that<br />

if given the nod at the State election<br />

he will build on his record<br />

of delivering outcomes for community<br />

as a Northern Beaches<br />

Councillor as well as add to the<br />

legacy of achievements of retiring<br />

MP Rob Stokes.<br />

Mr Amon, a family lawyer,<br />

stands by his achievements<br />

from his five years on Northern<br />

Beaches Council, which he says<br />

includes securing $2.5 million<br />

to fast-track the re-build of the<br />

Mona Vale Surf Club.<br />

Other ‘wins’ included protecting<br />

and enhancing the<br />

Newport Littoral Rainforest by<br />

securing $4.6 million to acquire<br />

and conserve land slated for<br />

development; and preventing<br />

inappropriate developments of<br />

130 apartments in Warriewood,<br />

“thousands of dwellings in<br />

fire-prone Ingleside”, and other<br />

inappropriate development in<br />

other areas.<br />

“And I will continue the legacy<br />

of Rob Stokes, who in recent<br />

times has delivered over $50<br />

million to upgrade Mona Vale<br />

Public School, was instrumental<br />

in the set-up and success of the<br />

Keoride public transport service<br />

which has had over 700,000<br />

rides in five years, secured $250<br />

million for the crucial upgrade<br />

of Mona Vale Road, and delivered<br />

generous cost of living<br />

measures to support working<br />

families,” Mr Amon said.<br />

“I am passionate about<br />

preserving the natural beauty<br />

of <strong>Pittwater</strong>,” he said. “I want<br />

STANDING ON RECORD: Rory Amon.<br />

to ensure the people of <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

continue to be served by<br />

a strong advocate in the NSW<br />

Parliament who has the experience<br />

and proven track record to<br />

get things done.<br />

“There are many projects<br />

critical to the future of <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

and I look forward saying more<br />

about these over the coming<br />

weeks.”<br />

In addition to his community<br />

advocacy work on Northern<br />

Beaches Council, Mr Amon has<br />

been a dedicated volunteer firefighter<br />

with the Davidson Rural<br />

Fire Brigade for a decade.<br />

During the 2019-20 bushfires<br />

that devastated the state, he<br />

served on the NSW South Coast,<br />

protecting lives, property and<br />

wildlife. In recognition of this<br />

service, he was awarded the NSW<br />

Premier’s Bushfire Emergency<br />

Citation in 2020 and also awarded<br />

the Governor General’s National<br />

Emergency Medal in 2022. – NW<br />

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News<br />

6THINGS<br />


Roller Disco. Skate under the stars<br />

on the first Saturday of the month (in<br />

Feb, that’s the 4th) at a pop-up roller<br />

disco at Avalon Beach Netball court<br />

from 7pm-10pm. All ages welcome;<br />

cost is $25. More info 0487 870 971.<br />

Courtyard connect. Meet new<br />

people and enjoy conversations,<br />

guest speakers, games, local history<br />

and morning tea at this free social<br />

event for adults and seniors held on<br />

the first Monday of the month (in Feb,<br />

that’s the 6th!) at Mona Vale Library<br />

from 11am-12pm.<br />

Othello in the park. Such<br />

Stuff Productions presents<br />

Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy<br />

Othello in Catherine Park on<br />

Scotland Island on Saturday 11 from<br />

7.30pm-10.30pm (a chartered ferry<br />

will be leaving Scotland Island from<br />

Tennis Wharf at 11pm after the show).<br />

Tickets $40; Concession $20;<br />

bookings through Humantix.<br />

Author talk. Avalon Community<br />

Library presents its first author<br />

talk for <strong>2023</strong> in conversation with<br />

local author Jo Riccioni about her<br />

speculative fiction book The Branded,<br />

on Wed 22 at 6pm. Also celebrate<br />

Seniors Week at a free ‘Conversation<br />

on Aging’ event on Tues 7. Book at the<br />

library or call 8495 5080.<br />

Pink Floyd show. Hard to believe it’s<br />

been 50 years since The Dark Side<br />

of the Moon was released, becoming<br />

one of the greatest albums of all time,<br />

spending more than 18 years on<br />

the charts. The <strong>Pittwater</strong> Offshore<br />

Community’s Flaming Doghouse<br />

Showband will perform the full album<br />

plus plenty of Floyd favourites at The<br />

Ted Blackwood Community Hall,<br />

Warriewood from 7.30pm on Friday<br />

24 and Saturday 25. Tickets $48;<br />

book through trybooking.<br />

Sew, knit, crochet. Manly Branch<br />

of the Country Women’s Association<br />

(CWA) of NSW is 100 years strong<br />

this year and hosting numerous<br />

events to educate the Northern<br />

Beaches community about what<br />

they do and to share some skills.<br />

On Saturday 25 (then 22nd April<br />

and 24th June) they are holding a<br />

craft day where anyone can learn<br />

to sew, knit or crochet a bag, a face<br />

washer or a toy, all materials supplied.<br />

Sessions will start at 10am, 11am,<br />

midday and 1pm, at St Matthew’s<br />

Church, The Corso, Manly;<br />

manlycwa@gmail.com<br />

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News<br />

Letters: Readers have their say<br />

Zones Review<br />

The Conservation Zones<br />

Review has nothing to do with<br />

conservation. It is a guide for<br />

developers as to what they<br />

can build and a greenwashing<br />

exercise that should put our<br />

Council to shame.<br />

It is deliberately skewed<br />

to releasing as much land as<br />

possible to construction.<br />

The public have been ignored<br />

and treated with contempt –<br />

presented with a mountain<br />

of subjective documentation<br />

that no ordinary citizen can<br />

understand.<br />

It makes a mockery of the<br />

environmental and ‘Have Your<br />

Say’ PR piffle that saturates the<br />

council’s website.<br />

I believe this Review and its<br />

deception is a turning point;<br />

community trust has already<br />

been eroded with the current<br />

DA approval system, so what<br />

hope can we have in them<br />

policing slacker regulations,<br />

with no avenue of appeal?<br />

If Council thinks a strategy<br />

of proposing the absurd and<br />

then compromising with the<br />

ridiculous will prove they’re<br />

listening, then they are wrong.<br />

This Conservation Zoning<br />

Review should be thrown out.<br />

Steve Jacobs<br />

Palm Beach<br />

State Election #1<br />

I applaud Independent for<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> candidate Jacqui<br />

Scruby for taking a stand on<br />

local infrastructure issues<br />

and the integrity of State<br />

Parliament. Some solid plans to<br />

achieve her aims would be nice.<br />

As Jacqui is a conservationist<br />

I’m surprised that she has<br />

not announced any plans<br />

regarding the eradication of<br />

local feral animals, invasive<br />

plant, shrub or tree species.<br />

I will listen to her arguments<br />

on renewable energy and<br />

cooking without gas when<br />

she becomes a cost planner or<br />

estimating engineer, with a few<br />

hints on how to cook fried rice<br />

electrically.<br />

Meanwhile, I can never vote<br />

for a Liberal or Labor candidate<br />

until they stand up and say: “I’d<br />

love to represent you, however I<br />

can only do what the unelected<br />

officials at Head Office tell me<br />

to do.” When any Liberal or<br />

Labor candidate can do that,<br />

we’ll all be wishing for firstpast-the-post<br />

voting.<br />

Mike Musgrave<br />

Newport<br />

State Election #2<br />

I’m not particularly interested<br />

in politics but I have had<br />

dealings with Rory Amon<br />

as a councillor regarding a<br />

walkway collapsing into water<br />

at Bayview. He definitely made<br />

some progress with this safety<br />

concern, which the Council<br />

once neglected.<br />

Also, I think Independent<br />

Jacqui Scruby isn’t doing<br />

herself any favours with her<br />

voice running other parties<br />

down. Just stay focused on<br />

what you can do, not what you<br />

think happened in the past<br />

because of others.<br />

Lorelle Mainsbridge<br />

Mona Vale<br />

Crossings danger<br />

I can’t believe Council allows a<br />

right turn into Avalon Parade<br />

exiting Old Barrenjoey Road.<br />

I’ve seen 11 cars held up<br />

waiting for a car to turn right. It<br />

should be ‘no right turn’.<br />

More serious are the new<br />

pedestrian crossings. Now set<br />

back from the intersection,<br />

cars, vans and trucks creep<br />

in seeking to turn right<br />

from Avalon Parade into Old<br />

Barrenjoey Road. This blocks<br />

the view of drivers of cars<br />

heading west on Avalon Parade,<br />

endangering pedestrians. I<br />

even saw an elderly lady on<br />

a mobility scooter sensibly<br />

waving a flag from behind<br />

a van, as she could not see<br />

approaching traffic and they<br />

could not see her!<br />

The Shared Space is a great<br />

idea but several features make<br />

it dangerous.<br />

Robert Upfold<br />

Avalon Beach<br />

*Write to us at readers@<br />

pittwaterlife.com.au<br />

20 FEBRUARY <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Avalon works update<br />

Northern Beaches<br />

Council contractors<br />

will return to Avalon<br />

in the coming weeks to<br />

complete works on the<br />

Shared Spaces project at<br />

the intersection of Old<br />

Barrenjoey Road (North)<br />

and Avalon Parade.<br />

As reported in <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong> last month, the<br />

project has suffered<br />

from a series of poor<br />

construction executions,<br />

including drainage works.<br />

As shown by these<br />

photos taken in January,<br />

some issues with<br />

drainage remain.<br />

Gutters which formerly<br />

linked to storm water<br />

drains are now cut-off<br />

and are prone to ponding.<br />

Northern Beaches<br />

Council CEO Ray<br />

Brownlee said contractors<br />

had installed two<br />

additional stormwater<br />

inlets and works would<br />

recommence in mid-late<br />

<strong>February</strong> to complete<br />

improvements to the<br />

streetscape, including<br />

footpath extensions<br />

and pedestrian safety<br />

upgrades.<br />

“We are continuing to<br />

support local businesses<br />

and will complete this<br />

project to the standard<br />

the community expects.”<br />

The two additional<br />

stormwater pits have<br />

been installed in Old<br />

Barrenjoey Road.<br />

However, pooling of<br />

water in the drains has<br />

highlighted the risk of<br />

mosquitos breeding.<br />

Two shade structures<br />

are also slated to<br />

be installed in Old<br />

Barrenjoey Rd; however,<br />

this shading will cover<br />

only 20 per cent of the<br />

new outdoor seating.<br />

Public domain and<br />

landscaping works will<br />

recommence mid-late<br />

<strong>February</strong>. – NW<br />

‘SHARED’ CONCERN: Not-shallow puddles<br />

linger after rain under the new<br />

street furniture (above); ponding in the<br />

now-redundant road gutter outside the<br />

Avalon Rec Centre (below).<br />

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FEBRUARY <strong>2023</strong> 21

News<br />

Australia Day Award winners<br />

Northern Beaches Council’s<br />

15 Australia Day recipients<br />

included a trail blazing young<br />

person with a passion for<br />

politics, a local mother who<br />

spends any spare time<br />

advocating for the<br />

vulnerable, a senior<br />

who is a technological<br />

wizz, and a young<br />

sailor with aspirations<br />

of winning a gold<br />

medal at the Olympics.<br />

Rachael Jackson of<br />

Belrose was named<br />

Citizen of the Year.<br />

Rachel has assisted<br />

many community<br />

groups and managed<br />

projects and services<br />

for individuals in<br />

need. As a member<br />

of the Frenchs Forest<br />

Lions Club, she has<br />

been a key player<br />

in organising the<br />

Christmas Carols<br />

at Lionel Watts Ovals for the<br />

past six years. The event raises<br />

much-needed funds for local<br />

charities.<br />

As a single mum of three<br />

WINNER: Rachael.<br />

WINNER: Noah.<br />

children, she is an advocate for<br />

those with disabilities, victims<br />

of domestic violence and the<br />

homeless.<br />

Noah Smith of Bilgola Plateau<br />

was named Young<br />

Citizen of the Year.<br />

With a passion for<br />

youth and indigenous<br />

issues, for the second<br />

year running Noah<br />

was selected to be the<br />

NSW Youth Parliament<br />

Member for <strong>Pittwater</strong>, as<br />

the Youth Minister for<br />

Aboriginal Affairs.<br />

His advocacy work<br />

saw him awarded the<br />

Youth Parliamentarian<br />

of the Year. Also, a<br />

member of Bilgola Surf<br />

<strong>Life</strong> Saving Club, Noah<br />

has been awarded the<br />

Chairmans Award for<br />

his contribution to the<br />

Nippers program.<br />

He is also a member<br />

of the Northern Beaches<br />

Council’s Youth Advisory<br />

Group. – LO<br />

*Full awards list on Council<br />

website.<br />

Upgrading <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s<br />

storm response<br />

NEW ASSETS: The new storm<br />

response vehicle and trailer.<br />

NSW State Emergency<br />

Service (SES) volunteers<br />

on the Northern Beaches<br />

have been given a $255,000<br />

boost to their emergency<br />

response capability with<br />

the delivery of a new<br />

Medium Storm Vehicle and<br />

General Purpose Trailer.<br />

The two new assets form<br />

part of the NSW Government’s<br />

$116 million Fleet Replacement Program to provide<br />

volunteers with the best possible resources and equipment.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> MP Rob Stokes said the new vehicle and trailer<br />

were a welcome sight following relentless rain and flooding<br />

over the past year.<br />

“The Medium Storm Vehicle is equipped with a comprehensive<br />

suite of equipment to enhance the volunteers’ capability<br />

in storms and flood rescues, while the General Purpose<br />

Trailer will assist with the transport of sandbags, tools,<br />

water, food, medicines and other items,” Mr Stokes said.<br />

“These new assets will help our volunteers better protect<br />

the community, keeping residents safer and stronger when<br />

severe weather strikes.”<br />

Over the past three years, volunteers have responded to<br />

3,500 requests for assistance – the equivalent of going out<br />

into the community three times a day to help tarp roofs,<br />

secure trees, resupply goods and ensure the wellbeing of<br />

residents.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

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Barrenjoey stays in<br />

News<br />

The issue of whether<br />

members of the public<br />

should be allowed to<br />

stay overnight in Barrenjoey<br />

Headland’s heritage buildings<br />

is back on the agenda – and it<br />

continues to inflame sections<br />

of the local community.<br />

The potential for the short<br />

stays has been slammed by<br />

community and residents<br />

groups plus the majority of<br />

local politicians.<br />

A ‘Hands Off Barrenjoey’<br />

rally on January 22, attended<br />

by more than 100 people, saw<br />

organisers demand that accommodation<br />

on the headland<br />

never be allowed to progress.<br />

Politicians opposed to<br />

short stays include NSW State<br />

Election candidates Rory<br />

Amon (Liberals) Hilary Green<br />

(Greens), Jeffrey Quinn (Labor)<br />

and Jacqui Scruby (Independent<br />

for <strong>Pittwater</strong>), plus Mackellar<br />

MP Dr Sophie Scamps.<br />

Northern Beaches Councillors<br />

Miranda Korzy and<br />

STAY OR NOT: The cottages on Barrenjoey Headland.<br />

Michael Gencher are also<br />

opposed.<br />

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

his potential Liberal successor<br />

Cr Amon are at odds over the<br />

issue: Mr Stokes wants process<br />

and consideration to take due<br />

course; Mr Amon says it’s a<br />

“flat no”.<br />

The accommodation proposal<br />

is outlined in the National<br />

Parks and Wildlife Service’s<br />

(NPWS) draft revised plan of<br />

management, which was exhibited<br />

late last year.<br />

The polarising issue has<br />

rekindled the ire of the Palm<br />

Beach Whale Beach Association<br />

which has opposed any<br />

development or potential commercialisation<br />

of the headland<br />

since the NPWS released its<br />

first Plan of Management (POM)<br />

for Barrenjoey 20 years ago.<br />

NPWS’ original POM stated:<br />

“Adaptive re-use of buildings at<br />

Barrenjoey Head will be investigated<br />

and implemented subject<br />

PHOTO: Andre James<br />

to environmental assessment…<br />

under the NSW Heritage Act.”<br />

Lack of amenities, including<br />

public toilets, have been a<br />

stumbling block to progressing<br />

accommodation; however the<br />

Government has allocated $2<br />

million for toilets.<br />

Mr Stokes says he agrees<br />

that any future activities at<br />

the Headland should respect,<br />

restore and preserve its natural<br />

and cultural heritage.<br />

He also said that if the Headland<br />

was given the green light<br />

for accommodation, it should<br />

be managed by the NPWS, and<br />

not by a third-party operator.<br />

Mr Stokes views accommodation<br />

as an option should all<br />

necessary NPWS assessments<br />

be met.<br />

The NPWS said adaptive reuse<br />

of heritage buildings was<br />

common.<br />

“It is generally permissible<br />

in all parks subject to obtaining<br />

required environmental<br />

and heritage approvals,” a<br />

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flames community<br />

spokesperson said.<br />

“There are dozens of heritage<br />

buildings in national parks<br />

that are used for accommodation<br />

or other uses.<br />

“Rental costs are reasonable<br />

and competitive… all proceeds<br />

are re-invested in park management.”<br />

Barrenjoey Headland is<br />

listed on the State Heritage register<br />

and as such would require<br />

Heritage Council approval<br />

before any changes could be<br />

made to buildings.<br />

NPWS has repurposed several<br />

historic buildings across<br />

Sydney to open them for public<br />

use/access including Hilltop<br />

Cottage, Middle Head officers<br />

quarters, and Gardeners<br />

cottage.<br />

NPWS said that even under<br />

the plan of management,<br />

there were several additional<br />

steps that must be undertaken<br />

before the buildings could be<br />

re-used for accommodation.<br />

Mr Stokes told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>:<br />

“I strongly agree with the Palm<br />

Beach Association’s concerns<br />

that any future activities at<br />

Barrenjoey Headland should<br />

respect, restore and preserve<br />

the natural and cultural heritage<br />

of the precinct.<br />

“I met with the Association<br />

on 23 December to hear their<br />

concerns. I agreed to seek a<br />

meeting with Environment<br />

Minister James Griffin, which<br />

took place on 19 January.<br />

“I also endorse the view that<br />

the Headland should be managed<br />

by the NPWS.”<br />

Mr Stokes added he was<br />

“delighted” that Mr Griffin and<br />

the NPWS had confirmed that<br />

preservation, restoration, public<br />

access and public control<br />

would be enshrined in any new<br />

POM.<br />

“I also believe that any<br />

future use should focus on<br />

providing greater access to the<br />

precinct by charities and families<br />

who might never otherwise<br />

have the opportunity to enjoy<br />

such an amazing public place.<br />

“It would be lovely to see the<br />

cottages used again. They have<br />

been locked away from the<br />

community for far too long.”<br />

Cr Amon said he stood with<br />

the members of the community<br />

who did not support the<br />

accommodation option.<br />

He said he had received commitments<br />

from Mr Griffin that<br />

the Boatman’s Cottage on the<br />

headland would not be subject<br />

to any short-term accommodation<br />

and would remain as<br />

accommodation for a caretaker,<br />

so there was a physical<br />

presence on site.<br />

“Also, a Strategic Reference<br />

Group (SRG) will be formed,<br />

made up of residents and<br />

stakeholders. The SRG will<br />

ensure the final Plan of Management<br />

reflects community<br />

feedback, including the potential<br />

for other uses suggested by<br />

the community, such as arts<br />

and cultural spaces.”<br />

At the January 22 rally,<br />

opponents aired concerns<br />

including that the use of the<br />

cottages for short-stay accommodation<br />

was not appropriate<br />

for several reasons, including<br />

that there was no road and no<br />

vehicle access to the headland<br />

to convey guests, their baggage<br />

and food up to the headland<br />

and to remove rubbish.<br />

Also, they said the proposal<br />

would mean the public would<br />

be discouraged from visiting.<br />

Meanwhile a ‘Save Barrenjoey’<br />

petition (at Change.<br />

org) has attracted almost 1500<br />

signatures.<br />

The petition maintains<br />

that appropriate uses of the<br />

cottages are daytime uses – a<br />

kiosk to provide drinks and<br />

snacks to visitors, art gallery/<br />

studios/art school, music, historical/interpretation<br />

displays<br />

or education, plus sales of<br />

memorabilia.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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News<br />

Protective eyes in the skies<br />

Remo Adoncello was enjoying a late staff employed during the 2022-23 season the NSW Department of Primary Industries<br />

contracted AUAVS to provide shark<br />

morning swim at Palm Beach when the by the Australian UAV Service (AUAVS).<br />

shark alarm went off, summonsing the<br />

New Year crowds in the water between Kiddies<br />

Corner and the twin black rocks back<br />

to the safety of the sand.<br />

The alarm had been triggered by Remo’s<br />

colleague, drone pilot Sebastian Vega<br />

Karpov.<br />

Sebastian had spotted a school of up to<br />

15 Hammerhead sharks chasing a “bait<br />

ball” – when small fish gather in an everchanging<br />

mass for collective protection,<br />

hoping not to be devoured when it’s their<br />

turn on the outside.<br />

Sebastian, a member of Mona Vale SLSC,<br />

did exactly as he’d been trained to do.<br />

He rushed the footage to the beach<br />

patrol which immediately sounded the<br />

shark alarm.<br />

Naturally, during the “silly season”,<br />

it made international click bait news:<br />

“Sharks attack Home and Away beach”.<br />

How could it not?<br />

As the person in charge of the drone<br />

equipment at Palm Beach, Remo was interviewed<br />

the following day by Nine’s Today.<br />

No cliche was spared by the TV crew.<br />

Cue the theme from Jaws; plus narratives<br />

including “a feeding frenzy…” and “…<br />

every swimmer’s worst nightmare”.<br />

Remo was a voice of reason, pointing<br />

out Hammerhead sharks are often seen<br />

around the Northern Beaches, including<br />

“one (in Palm Beach) locals have labelled<br />

Bruce”.<br />

Strictly speaking, what Remo and Seb fly<br />

aren’t ‘drones’; rather they are “uncrewed<br />

aerial vehicles”, always piloted by remote<br />

control by a fully trained human.<br />

They’re top of the range Mavics and<br />

Matrices, including a “voice” to warn<br />

surveillance using drones during the summer<br />

holiday. It launched on the Northern<br />

Beaches in 2020.<br />

Originally only 32 locations in NSW were<br />

chosen.<br />

Now, volunteer-operated drones are perusing<br />

the waters between the flags at just<br />

about every club on the Northern Beaches.<br />

Stuart says: “We help out with competitor<br />

safety at other surf sports events such<br />

as surfing competitions and Nippers<br />

carnivals.”<br />

Sharks (particularly Hammerheads) are<br />

probably the least concern.<br />

Rips, rock fishermen on dangerous ledges,<br />

injured surfers can also be monitored<br />

from the air in time to launch traditional<br />

surf life rescuers.<br />

Yet AUAVS drone operators have also<br />

partnered the State Emergency Service<br />

inland during the traumatic floods across<br />

NSW.<br />

Stuart quotes figures that show since<br />

the first season in 2020-1 to this (as yet<br />

uncompleted) season, the total drone<br />

flights increased from 12,000 to 31,000.<br />

Meanwhile shark sights have dropped<br />

from 250 to 149.<br />

AUAVS is keen to encourage new drone<br />

operators to protect our beaches.<br />

All ages are welcome, but the national<br />

organisation is particularly interested in<br />

recruiting teenage girls and boys willing<br />

to learn a new life and social skill.<br />

KEEPING WATCH: ‘Drone’ pilot Remo Adoncello<br />

(Presumably named after the Barry<br />

Obviously the AUAVS operators are on<br />

with his UAV at Palm Beach in busy January.<br />

Humphries-voiced vegetarian Great White<br />

duty mainly to protect humans.<br />

in Finding Nemo – and no-one in Australia<br />

has ever been attacked by a hammerhead.)<br />

The interviewer asked for Remo’s views<br />

on shark nets.<br />

“With the technology we have now we<br />

can do a better job monitoring from the<br />

air,” said the member of Whale Beach and<br />

Avalon Beach SLSCs.<br />

Palm Beach, South Narrabeen and Dee<br />

Why are the only three in the Northern<br />

Beaches Council jurisdiction which had<br />

swimmers, surfers and paddle boarders of<br />

any dangers.<br />

And in a few short years they have revolutionised<br />

surf life saving.<br />

“We currently operate at 50 NSW locations,<br />

covering every local government<br />

area on the coast from the Victorian border<br />

to the Queensland border,” says Stuart<br />

Jackson, the AUAVS supervisor responsible<br />

for NSW and based at Belrose.<br />

The state initiative dates to 2017 when<br />

However, the training and time on the<br />

job provide a unique aerial perspective<br />

on the aquatic life most of us never see<br />

beneath the surf.<br />

Seals, penguins, “bait balls”. Even Bruce.<br />

“I got lots of shots of Bruce yesterday,”<br />

Remo says on the day our photos were<br />

taken.<br />

“He was going about his day doing no<br />

harm to anyone.”<br />

– Steve Meacham<br />

PHOTO: Steve Meacham<br />

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James of the write stuff<br />

News<br />

For 34-year-old James<br />

Cripps, late 2022 was a<br />

whirlwind. Not only did<br />

he win the Australian Writers’<br />

Guild’s prestigious Monte<br />

Miller award for his script High<br />

Rotation, he was also one of six<br />

emerging writers to be selected<br />

for the career-formative NCIS:<br />

SYDNEY S1 Script Department<br />

Program which immerses the<br />

screenwriters in all facets of<br />

the script department and<br />

development process.<br />

James admits that he nearly<br />

wasn’t going to apply for the<br />

program, because his wife,<br />

Caitlin, was expecting a baby<br />

in mid-December.<br />

“A few people told me I<br />

should apply, and then we<br />

worked out a way to make it<br />

happen,” he said.<br />

Having grown up in Avalon<br />

until he was five, and then<br />

lived in Newport for most of<br />

his life (until Caitlin and he<br />

moved into a place in North<br />

Narrabeen in late November),<br />

he went to Macquarie University<br />

and obtained a Bachelor of<br />

Media degree followed by an<br />

Honours year.<br />

When he finished uni in<br />

2010 he became a production<br />

runner, which he describes as<br />

the ‘gopher’ on a film crew,<br />

who runs errands, shuttles<br />

cast back and forth and gets<br />

coffees for people. He recalls<br />

working on Underbelly Razor<br />

and his first day on a film set<br />

was in a room at the Royal<br />

Automobile Club of Australia,<br />

which had been converted<br />

into a 1920s Melbourne men’s<br />

snooker lounge.<br />

“That was where I later<br />

PERSISTENT: James Cripps has won a prestigious scriptwriting award.<br />

got married. We wanted an<br />

old world vibe, and looked at<br />

lots of places during COVID.<br />

I walked into the room and<br />

went, ‘hey, I’ve been in here<br />

before’.”<br />

He made the jump into the<br />

script department, initially as<br />

a researcher and then script<br />

coordinator. He also did script<br />

editing and occasionally would<br />

be asked to write a minute’s<br />

screen time, or a new scene,<br />

sometimes for the next day, if<br />

for example an episode of a TV<br />

series was too short.<br />

“The career strategy is not<br />

drowning when constantly<br />

being thrown in the deep end,”<br />

he says.<br />

From 2016 to 2019 James<br />

worked in-house for the television<br />

production company<br />

Screentime Australia and was<br />

script editor on the ABC series<br />

Janet King 3. He was also<br />

involved in the early stages of<br />

Pine Gap, a Netflix series.<br />

There is no clear pathway to<br />

become a screenwriter, James<br />

explains, but in those three<br />

years he gained huge insight<br />

into how and why some projects<br />

get up, but others don’t.<br />

He had some money put<br />

aside to write scripts, so left<br />

Screentime Australia and took<br />

that plunge, writing six to<br />

seven hours a day, six days a<br />

week, developing several ideas.<br />

When the money ran out,<br />

knowing that perception was<br />

important in the industry and,<br />

in order to be taken seriously<br />

as a screenwriter that he could<br />

not take any job, he only took<br />

on interesting research jobs.<br />

During COVID he stepped<br />

away from the industry<br />

entirely and worked three<br />

days a week as a transcriptionist<br />

for a company whose<br />

clients included NSW courts<br />

and the police. It gave him<br />

just enough money to cover<br />

bills and expenses. The other<br />

three days he wrote.<br />

His horror drama, Blooded,<br />

was short-listed for the short<br />

form Monte Miller Award in<br />

2019. What was initially an idea<br />

for a web series is now a horror<br />

thriller feature film, and was<br />

a finalist in the 2021 AACTA<br />

Pitch: Bite competition.<br />

Then last October he was<br />

awarded the Australian Writers’<br />

Guild’s eminent long form<br />

Monte Miller Award for his<br />

script High Rotation, a TV series<br />

about how when a pop star<br />

steals her lyrics, a bedroom<br />

songwriter must fight for the<br />

recognition she deserves by<br />

breaking into the gated institution<br />

of the Australian music<br />

industry.<br />

“It’s tough,” James says. “I<br />

still haven’t got that first produced<br />

script of my own on television.<br />

I’m getting closer, but I<br />

didn’t realise it would take this<br />

long when I first started.”<br />

But his hard work and persistence<br />

are certainly paying<br />

off. The Monte Miller Awards<br />

showcase the best unproduced<br />

scripts to the industry. And to<br />

have been selected as a screenwriter<br />

for the NCIS: SYDNEY<br />

S1 Script Department Program<br />

is another significant achievement.<br />

“Jot down these names for<br />

future reference,” said Rick<br />

Maier, Head of Drama and Executive<br />

President of Paramount<br />

ANZ, about the six selected<br />

screenwriters. “I’m sure we’ll<br />

all be hearing a lot more.”<br />

Footnote: James and Caitlin<br />

welcomed son Miller Lee on<br />

15 December<br />

– Rosamund Burton<br />

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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 News We Were<br />

Stardust Circus was back, setting up at the<br />

St Ives Showground: “… the closest available<br />

site since <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council banned the event<br />

from its area by not making any public land<br />

available for it”. There was a story about<br />

Avalon Beach Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving Club stalwart<br />

Doug Crane who “… at the age of 70 is<br />

still doing active beach patrols – just as he<br />

has done for the last 51 years”. Amongst<br />

Doug’s observations about how times had<br />

changed, he said the boom in tourism had<br />

brought challenges: “When the backpackers’<br />

hostel was built, we found people walking<br />

over the sandhills and diving in out of the<br />

patrolled area. We’ve talked about putting<br />

up foreign language signs. I think it’s a good<br />

idea.” Council’s General Manager confirmed<br />

construction of the Avalon Skate Park was<br />

scheduled to begin by the end of April (1998), adding “…<br />

while there was a great amount of detail to be worked out, the<br />

council was anxious to see the project go ahead particularly<br />

after the strong show of community support in raising funds<br />

for the project”. Almost $14,000 of community money<br />

15 Years Ago…<br />

for the project had already been raised.<br />

Festivals were the flavour of the month,<br />

with organisers of the <strong>Pittwater</strong> Festival<br />

seeking contributions to fund the event<br />

which would take place in March; details<br />

were released about a major film festival<br />

which would see films screened in seven<br />

restaurants or cafes between Narrabeen<br />

and Palm Beach; and the year’s Newport<br />

Jazz Festival needed a venue after the<br />

Newport Arms dropped their sponsorship.<br />

The team at La Banette were ‘En Vacances’<br />

re-opening March 4 and Avalon Beach RSL<br />

was offering “the best value meals in town”<br />

– $2 lunch Saturdays and Tuesdays and a<br />

$7.50 buffet lunch Wednesday to Monday.<br />

The arts section carried a story about local<br />

Toni Byrne who “had been exploring the<br />

creative potential of mosaics with her works adorning many<br />

churches, schools and boardrooms across Sydney” and the<br />

ceramic hobby industry was booming with new studios<br />

opening across the Northern Beaches. Three locals received<br />

Australia Day Honours.<br />

5 Years Ago…<br />

As the cover<br />

cost estimates for One of our most popular magazines to date,<br />

shot of<br />

landslip reports Feb 2018 showcased <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s seven ocean<br />

Avalon rock<br />

with “… the much pools and their micro-communities of swimmers<br />

pool showed,<br />

bandied-about and supporters. We made enquiries to ensure<br />

“…<strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

suggestion that readers didn’t miss the NBN connection cut-off<br />

beaches took<br />

landowners<br />

date for their suburb and profiled local marine<br />

a pounding in<br />

would have to environmental group Living Ocean and its cofounder<br />

the extra high<br />

pay $4,000 for<br />

Robbi Newman. The Mona Vale Autumn<br />

tides of late last<br />

a geotechnical Festival was launched to keep businesses at<br />

month. With<br />

report if they the forefront of the local community exiting<br />

more intense<br />

wanted to put the busy summer trade period. The State<br />

storm activity<br />

additions on<br />

Government tipped in a further $45,000 to assist<br />

forecast, the<br />

their homes<br />

NB Council with its plan for watercraft storage<br />

effects of<br />

or do a<br />

around Narrabeen<br />

beach sand<br />

development on Lagoon. Ten new<br />

erosion may be<br />

landslip land… medical graduates<br />

long term and<br />

almost 10,000 commenced their<br />

expensive to<br />

properties have clinical internships<br />

fix”. Woolworths<br />

been added at Mona Vale<br />

was operating a<br />

to <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s Hospital. Six people<br />

daily bus service<br />

list of homes to be declared living in our area<br />

from Avalon to Mona Vale as the at risk of landslip. Many are in a received Australia<br />

“Avalon supermarket checks out new category which indicates that Day Honours, while<br />

for five months” for renovations. the prospect of a landslip is ‘very two residents of<br />

“Meanwhile, Woolworths is still rare’.” Building began on the new <strong>Pittwater</strong> were<br />

interested in a site in Newport $8 million Clubhouse at Bayview among a total of<br />

but rezoning and other planning Golf Club; and at the Australian 15 recognised<br />

matters… means it will be at least Hobie National Titles held on<br />

for Outstanding<br />

two years away.” Concept designs Botany Bay, Palm Beach sailors Community Service<br />

for an outdoor performance space featured in all classes (except<br />

in NB Council’s<br />

in Mona Vale Village Park were Hobie 18) – with eight podium<br />

own Australia Day<br />

presented; and Council questioned finishes.<br />

Awards.<br />

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News<br />

SEEN…<br />

If anyone needed reminding that the<br />

major intersection at Avalon Beach<br />

was a flood plain and not the place to<br />

mess about with due to problems with<br />

drainage, then look at this blast from<br />

the past (above). This B&W image was<br />

taken by photographer John Stone in<br />

1974, from the corner outside current<br />

Ecodownunder, with Swell cafe next-door but just<br />

out of site. The view is north/north-west, with Dunbar Park<br />

in the middle distance… Congratulations to local businesses<br />

Red Cross Newport and C Side Kids Creative Playcentre<br />

Collaroy who were judged best Window Displays in their wards<br />

(<strong>Pittwater</strong> and Narrabeen) in NB Council’s recent Christmas<br />

shopping promotion. Pictured are Red Cross’ Heather Menzies,<br />

Didi Gilder and Gisele Hindhaugh (manager).<br />

HEARD…<br />

After being boarded up for two years, the restaurant and café<br />

spaces at Avalon Beach Surf <strong>Life</strong>saving Club could be occupied<br />

again – but probably not before next Summer. Council tells us<br />

it finally released a new tender for the spaces on 15 December;<br />

these will close on 17 <strong>February</strong> whereupon submissions will be<br />

evaluated. It’s expected short-listed applicants will be reported<br />

to Council in the coming months. The long delay was caused<br />

by a legal wrangle/settlement with the former out-of-area<br />

leaseholder; Council says the tender could not be released until<br />

after the former lease was officially terminated and works<br />

required inside the premises were completed. We can only<br />

hope Council has learned a valuable lesson here, given one of<br />

the peninsula’s hero locations has been left a virtual ghost<br />

site for so long.<br />

ABSURD…<br />

A flashpoint is brewing between the Northern Beaches<br />

Indoor Sports Centre (NBISC) and the NSW Department of<br />

Education over what one of NBISC’s directors Alex McTaggart<br />

says is years of disregard for the not-for-profit organisation’s<br />

lease terms. He said the lease provides the adjoining<br />

Narrabeen North Public School and Narrabeen Sports High<br />

School free but not unfettered use of the Centre, from 8am-<br />

4pm, for supervised sporting activities. Mr McTaggart said<br />

NBISC had requested the schools notify them of any times<br />

they were not scheduling activities, so they might utilise<br />

for their own purposes. He said<br />

that request had been met<br />

by a brick wall for more than<br />

five years. Mr McTaggart said<br />

their CCTV camera footage<br />

showed the schools were<br />

using the centre just 22 per<br />

cent of the time. Also, NBISC<br />

has requested the Department<br />

stop teachers, students and<br />

parents from using its car<br />

park, which sits between the<br />

centre and the schools. NBISC<br />

says this compromises their<br />

insurance policies. Further<br />

conflict has arisen from the<br />

new redevelopment<br />

of both schools as part of<br />

the upgraded Narrabeen education campus. In December,<br />

temporary classrooms were erected on land adjoining the<br />

NBISC; these covered a Right of Way (ROW) path for the public.<br />

The Department’s contractors have laid a temporary mat<br />

path as a substitute ROW. NBISC says it’s on their land and<br />

further exposes them to insurance liability. When Council<br />

(as the NBISC lease guarantor) approached the Department,<br />

they were told the temporary path was not on NBISC land. So<br />

Council has requested a survey to confirm. Meanwhile the<br />

Return & Earn machine, which sat half on NBISC-leased land<br />

and half on the Department’s land, was removed in January.<br />

Mr McTaggart suspects it’s to clear access so heavy machinery<br />

including cranes can use the corridor for school construction<br />

works. But the lease states that can only happen if NBISC<br />

grants permission. So far NBISC has not been approached by<br />

the Department. A fed-up Mr McTaggart said: “A not-for-profit<br />

shouldn’t have to contemplate taking legal action against the<br />

Government.” Watch this space.<br />

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News<br />

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

‘Saving <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

from chainsaws’<br />

Protecting <strong>Pittwater</strong> from<br />

inappropriate development<br />

will be the focus of a public<br />

forum, ‘Saving <strong>Pittwater</strong> from<br />

the chainsaws’, featuring<br />

Greens NSW MP Cate<br />

Faehrmann. Northern Beaches<br />

Councillor Miranda Korzy said<br />

the forum would look at how<br />

residents could strengthen<br />

and enforce local planning<br />

and development rules. “This<br />

event is for those of us who<br />

still treasure the vision of<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> as a collection of<br />

villages connected by the<br />

bush, beach and water,”<br />

Ms Korzy said. Speakers,<br />

including Environment and<br />

Planning lawyer James Ryan,<br />

will discuss their problems<br />

with Council’s Conservation<br />

Zones Review, its new<br />

Local Environment Plan,<br />

Development Applications<br />

and the NSW Government’s<br />

planning regime. The forum<br />

on 2 <strong>February</strong> (7-9pm) will<br />

take place in the Angophora<br />

Room, Nelson Heather Centre,<br />

Warriewood. More info Evan<br />

Turner (0418 945 245) or email<br />

beachesgreens@gmail.com.<br />

‘No Rules’ at the Studio<br />

The first <strong>2023</strong> exhibition at hybrid<br />

creative space The Studio at Careel Bay<br />

will feature the ‘rule-breaking’ works of<br />

local Avalon artist Robyn Williams.<br />

Robyn’s work reflects her love for bold<br />

forms, grand structures and abstract<br />

themes. While her background was with<br />

architects, and in interior and colour<br />

design, her creative focus then evolved<br />

into renovating houses, both for herself<br />

and others.<br />

“I love smudgy colours but also the<br />

natural colour of things, be it driftwood<br />

on the beach or the grain of an old wood<br />

banister,” she said.<br />

“I am particularly fascinated by the way<br />

a painting sits in its environment and its<br />

ability to change or create an atmosphere<br />

of its own. Painted oil on canvas lends<br />

itself to achieve special tonal and textural<br />

qualities through a process of layering<br />

and movement as the subject evolves.”<br />

A percentage of sales from Robyn’s<br />

‘A Compendium of Subjects – No Rules!’<br />

collection will be donated to community<br />

conservation group Living Ocean.<br />

Launch night is 2 <strong>February</strong> at 6pm, with<br />

works on display until 26 <strong>February</strong>. Open<br />

9am-4pm Monday to Friday, 9am-2pm<br />

Saturdays and 9am-11am Sundays.<br />

Book for International<br />

Women’s Day<br />

Breakfast<br />

Bookings for the Zonta Club<br />

of Northern Beaches’ annual<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> International<br />

Women’s Day Breakfast, on<br />

Wednesday 1 March at the<br />

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club,<br />

close on 16 <strong>February</strong>. The guest<br />

speaker at the breakfast will<br />

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e Samantha Hollier-James<br />

who co-founded the Tour de<br />

Cure in May 2007. Tour de Cure<br />

has raised over $95 million<br />

funding 647 Australian<br />

Cancer Research Support and<br />

Prevention Projects. Also,<br />

local MP Rob Stokes will<br />

announce the <strong>2023</strong> <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Woman of the Year. The<br />

breakfast marks International<br />

Women’s Day (8 March) which<br />

acknowledges women’s<br />

contribution to making<br />

Australia, and the world, a<br />

better place. Proceeds from<br />

the breakfast will support<br />

service projects of Zonta Club<br />

of Northern Beaches assisting<br />

local women in need, and<br />

Zonta International projects<br />

in developing countries.<br />

Cost is $60pp; enquiries to<br />

pittwateriwdbreakfast@gmail.<br />

com or Susie (0413 623 392).<br />

More info Zonta NB facebook.<br />

Avalon swim for<br />

WorldPride <strong>2023</strong><br />

Colourful art, performance<br />

and open-air community<br />

events will define Council’s<br />

WorldPride program running<br />

from 17 <strong>February</strong> until<br />

5 March. Locally, Avalon<br />

Beach will host a ‘Love is<br />

Love Community Social and<br />

PrideSwim’ on Sunday 19<br />

<strong>February</strong> at Dunbar Park and<br />

Avalon Beach courtesy of a<br />

grant secured by the Avalon<br />

Palm Beach Business Chamber.<br />

Other events include First<br />

nations artist Daniel Golding<br />

on exhibition at Manly Art<br />

Gallery & Museum; Drag<br />

Queen story time at Manly<br />

Library (25 Feb); Rainbow art<br />

Continued on page 38<br />

Land values soar on Beaches<br />

While property prices on the peninsula<br />

have been susceptible to a correction in<br />

recent months, new land values attributed<br />

by the NSW Valuer General show significant<br />

hikes for the 2021-22 financial year.<br />

The total land value for the Sydney Coast<br />

North region – incorporating the Northern<br />

Beaches, Hunters Hill, Lane Cove, Mosman,<br />

North Sydney and Willoughby – increased<br />

by 22.6 per cent from $245.6 billion to $301<br />

billion.<br />

Residential land values increased by<br />

23 per cent, with the Northern Beaches<br />

LGA having a very strong increase –<br />

particularly in waterfront and beachside<br />

suburbs including Palm Beach, Whale<br />

Beach, Newport, Bilgola Plateau, Collaroy,<br />

Narrabeen, Avalon Beach and Cottage Point.<br />

The Valuer General noted the area had<br />

also benefitted from recent infrastructure<br />

projects, such as the Northern Beaches<br />

Hospital and significant road upgrades<br />

including Mona Vale Road.<br />

Meanwhile commercial land values<br />

overall increased by 20.4 per cent. Business<br />

park properties located in Warriewood<br />

experienced a very strong increase. The<br />

increases in land values were due to the<br />

growth of on-demand delivery requiring<br />

inventory to be closer to customers. These<br />

properties were also benefitting from recent<br />

infrastructure upgrades to arterial roads in<br />

the region.<br />

Rural land values increased strongly by<br />

19.6 per cent overall. (Rural land ranges<br />

from prestige sites to isolated bushland<br />

sites). The VG said the rural market had<br />

benefitted from increased demand for larger<br />

properties with superior access to services,<br />

attractive natural amenities and work from<br />

home options.<br />

The VG noted land value is the value of<br />

the land only; it does not include the value<br />

of a home or other structure. Property sales<br />

were the most important factor valuers<br />

considered when determining land values.<br />

The new land values will be used by<br />

Revenue NSW to calculate land tax for the<br />

<strong>2023</strong> land tax year. More info valuergeneral.<br />

nsw.gov.au<br />

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Pittwate<br />

Continued from page 37<br />

on the Manly Corso as part of<br />

a city-wide mural program (17<br />

Feb – 5 Mar); Active Sessions<br />

from Collaroy Tennis Clubs<br />

Pride Day (4 Mar); and Running<br />

Stars Run the Rainbow<br />

sessions on Sunday mornings<br />

at Winnererremy Bay Reserve<br />

and John Fisher Park.<br />

News<br />

Alpha sessions<br />

for Newport<br />

A series of interactive ‘Alpha’<br />

sessions that explore the basics<br />

of the Christian faith will be<br />

held in Newport. Organisers<br />

say it’s about the big questions<br />

most people ask themselves<br />

at some stage in their life,<br />

such as: ‘What am I here for?’<br />

Alpha runs in 169 countries,<br />

with more than 29 million<br />

people having experienced it.<br />

Alpha will run from Thursday<br />

2 <strong>February</strong> at <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Presbyterian Church, Newport.<br />

Sessions will run for 1½ hours<br />

each Thursday over a 10-weeks<br />

period. Each session has<br />

three phases: food, video and<br />

discussion. More info Phil or<br />

Helen (0412 037 251).<br />

Clubs in favour of<br />

cashless payments<br />

ClubsNSW says that despite<br />

recent media reports to the<br />

contrary, its member clubs<br />

support cashless gaming<br />

technology. ClubsNSW<br />

Chairman Dr George<br />

Peponis said while some had<br />

attempted to misrepresent the<br />

club industry’s position on<br />

cashless gaming, it had a long<br />

track record of support for<br />

digital payment options and<br />

responsible gambling. “It’s our<br />

belief that people should have<br />

the ability to pay for play on<br />

a poker machine using cash<br />

or digital technology – just<br />

as they have options when it<br />

comes to paying for everything<br />

else,” Dr Peponis said. However,<br />

he added ClubsNSW was<br />

“not convinced” about an<br />

untested mandatory cashless<br />

card. “The international<br />

experience demonstrates that<br />

forcing players to use cards<br />

drives recreational players<br />

to other forms of gambling,<br />

in particular to unregulated<br />

online casinos, and can<br />

exacerbate problem gambling.”<br />

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News<br />

Golf scholarships pay dividends<br />

Palm Beach Golf Club has a proud history of<br />

supporting and promoting juniors when<br />

they start out with golf.<br />

In 2021, with the retirement of long-term<br />

professional Alan Berry, the Club recognised<br />

his 40 years’ service by naming a junior<br />

scholarship program in his honour. The<br />

Scholarship sees the recipients awarded $1000<br />

which they can apply towards equipment and<br />

lessons.<br />

At the Club’s presentation night last<br />

December, Chloe Bell and Luca Banderia were<br />

awarded the Alan Berry Junior Scholarships.<br />

Both youngsters are already benefitting from<br />

their awards.<br />

In January, Chloe, 12 (right),<br />

won at the Harvey Norman<br />

Sydney Week of Golf in the<br />

12-13 years girls division. She<br />

was first in the net, second in<br />

the scratch – and 10th overall<br />

in the 12-18 years girls. (Chloe<br />

has been using her scholarship<br />

money for short-game lessons.)<br />

The Scholarship is a proven<br />

driving factor with Junior<br />

development, with 2021<br />

Scholarship winners Luke Wicks<br />

and Hugh Webster (pictured, with<br />

NB Councillor Rory Amon, MP<br />

Rob Stokes and Club President<br />

Daniel Hill) going on to win<br />

Would you like to join a<br />

group of like-minded<br />

women for a short meeting,<br />

an informative guest<br />

speaker, delicious lunch and<br />

then an opportunity to join<br />

a book club or have a game<br />

of bridge or mahjong, and<br />

great outings? Learn more<br />

of what the new Avalon<br />

Beach Ladies Probus has to<br />

offer. Meetings are at Club<br />

Palm Beach on the first<br />

Tuesday of the month at<br />

10am, starting 7 <strong>February</strong>.<br />

More info Marg (0416 182<br />

393). At the next meeting<br />

of <strong>Pittwater</strong> Mens Probus,<br />

club member John Porter<br />

will talk about the making<br />

of Green Hydrogen through<br />

electrolysis, a process<br />

that separates water into<br />

hydrogen and oxygen using<br />

electricity generated from<br />

renewable sources. Meeting<br />

on Tuesday 14 <strong>February</strong> at<br />

Mona Vale Surf Club starts<br />

10am. Visitors welcome;<br />

more info Terry Larke (0412<br />

220 820). The Combined<br />

Probus Club of Mona Vale<br />

will hold its next meeting<br />

from 10am on Tuesday 21<br />

<strong>February</strong>, in the auditorium<br />

at the <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL Club.<br />

Guest speaker is well-known<br />

colourful personality John<br />

Webeck (long-time owner and<br />

custodian of historic Bungan<br />

Castle at Newport). A man of<br />

many talents and passions,<br />

including artist, art dealer,<br />

historian, past councillor,<br />

blogger, and celebrant, John<br />

will deliver a talk about<br />

‘Genetic Memory’. Visitors<br />

welcome; more info 1300<br />

630 488. The guest speaker<br />

at Newport Probus’<br />

<strong>February</strong> meeting will be<br />

Kevin Murray, who will talk<br />

about ‘Science Myths and<br />

Misconceptions’. The meeting<br />

on Thursday 2 <strong>February</strong><br />

at Newport Bowling Club<br />

the 2022 B-Grade and C-Grade Club<br />

Championships respectively.<br />

Club President Daniel Hill said: “I<br />

can’t think of a better way of getting<br />

young kids into a sport that we all<br />

love.<br />

“I joined this club when I was<br />

13 years old and thanks to the<br />

welcoming and supportive nature of<br />

Palm Beach, I never left.<br />

“I hope we continue to grow the<br />

number of junior golfers well into<br />

the future,” he added.<br />

<strong>February</strong> local Probus news<br />

commences 10am. Visitors<br />

are welcome; more info<br />

David Newton-Ross (0418<br />

298572). Palm Beach and<br />

Peninsula Probus will meet<br />

at 9.30am on Wednesday<br />

15 <strong>February</strong> at Club Palm<br />

Beach. Classical pianist and<br />

composer Ambre Hammond<br />

will speak about her project,<br />

‘Girl and Piano Truck’. This<br />

was founded in 2013 to take<br />

the joy of music to people<br />

in underprivileged and<br />

remote areas both here and<br />

overseas. Visitors welcome;<br />

more info Carmel (0414 978<br />

465). Bilgola Plateau Probus<br />

will meet at Newport Bowling<br />

Club on Friday 3 <strong>February</strong><br />

commencing 10am. Guest<br />

speaker is Marie Palmer,<br />

volunteer with the Harbour<br />

Trust, who will talk about<br />

extraordinary places on<br />

Sydney Harbour. Visitors<br />

welcome; more info Patricia<br />

(0438 281 573).<br />

Vet<br />

on call<br />

with Dr Brown<br />

It is concerning when your<br />

beloved four-legged family<br />

member experiences difficulty<br />

breathing. Dogs can experience<br />

a variety of respiratory problems,<br />

ranging from mild to lifethreatening<br />

conditions. While it<br />

is important to take your dog<br />

to the vet if they are having difficulty<br />

breathing, understanding<br />

some of the potential causes<br />

and treatments can help you be<br />

more informed and ready when<br />

you get there.<br />

Some common causes of respiratory<br />

issues in dogs are allergies,<br />

infections, or foreign objects<br />

in the airway. Other causes<br />

can include heart disease,<br />

trauma or injuries, lung cancer,<br />

or even a collapsed trachea<br />

(the windpipe). In rare cases,<br />

these symptoms may indicate<br />

that the animal has consumed<br />

a toxic substance. Therefore, it<br />

is important to visit your vet as<br />

soon as possible so that they<br />

can determine the exact cause<br />

and provide proper treatment.<br />

Once at the vet’s office,<br />

diagnosis typically starts with a<br />

physical examination and blood<br />

work to rule out any underlying<br />

medical conditions. Treatment<br />

options could range from medications<br />

such as antihistamines<br />

or antibiotics to more aggressive<br />

treatments like surgery or<br />

oxygen therapy. In certain cases<br />

where an infection is suspected,<br />

fluid samples may need to be<br />

taken from the lungs and tested<br />

for bacteria or other organisms<br />

that could be causing obstruction<br />

in the airways.<br />

Breathing problems in dogs<br />

can be an indication of serious<br />

underlying health issues which<br />

require care right away. To<br />

ensure that your pet receives<br />

prompt and appropriate treatment<br />

for their condition, it is<br />

important to understand what<br />

some of the common causes<br />

might be and what types of<br />

treatments are available for various<br />

types of respiratory issues<br />

in dogs. Knowing this information<br />

will empower you to make<br />

sure that your pet receives<br />

quick action when needed!<br />

For more info call local Sydney<br />

Animal Hospitals Avalon (9918<br />

0833) or Newport (9997 4609)<br />

sydneyanimalhospitals.com.au<br />

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

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

Art school a broad palette for all<br />

During COVID, local artist Lisa Williams<br />

saw an opportunity to further her<br />

passion for creativity while also providing<br />

others with the chance to broaden their<br />

own artistic expression.<br />

And so The Beaches Art School at Mona<br />

Vale was born.<br />

Lisa explained that although it was a<br />

difficult and challenging period for the<br />

community, it also was a time when many<br />

people were realising their love for art, or<br />

rediscovering it after many years.<br />

“During this time, the importance of<br />

community was heightened,” Lisa said.<br />

“I formed The Beaches Art School with<br />

the aim of creating a strong sense of<br />

community with a ‘everybody’s welcome’<br />

attitude.”<br />

An experienced artist, Lisa teaches the<br />

classes at the Art Studio space in Mona<br />

Vale.<br />

After growing up on the Northern<br />

Beaches, Lisa moved to America to study<br />

painting and received her Fine Arts Degree<br />

in 2011.<br />

“I have been painting almost daily ever<br />

since and I’m passionate about sharing<br />

my knowledge.”<br />

Lisa said The Beaches Art School strives<br />

MASTERSTROKE: The Beaches Art School<br />

to create a welcoming and supportive<br />

space for people of all ages and experience<br />

levels.<br />

“There is always something new to<br />

learn and discover in art and during the<br />

classes students can explore their artistic<br />

potential and have fun in the process.”<br />

Weekly art classes are available for<br />

adults, teens and kids; they are suitable<br />

for absolute beginners to advanced.<br />

Classes run year-round and new students<br />

can start any time.<br />

“Our classes provide the opportunity<br />

to explore different mediums, subjects<br />

and new techniques throughout the year,”<br />

Lisa said.<br />

“Students are guided through the artistic<br />

process and encouraged while they<br />

develop their new art skills.”<br />

With the support of the five amazing<br />

students who started with Lisa in 2020,<br />

The Beaches Art School has grown to be<br />

able to provide quality and fun art classes<br />

six days a week, where new faces are<br />

welcomed regularly.<br />

“I feel so lucky that I am able to teach<br />

each day the skills needed to paint, and<br />

I’m so grateful for all the students who<br />

allow me to be part of their week.”<br />

– LO<br />

*More info thebeachesartschool.com;<br />

insta: thebeaches.artschool<br />

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School <strong>Life</strong><br />

Mater Maria chalks record result<br />

Mater Maria Catholic College<br />

at Warriewood is<br />

proudly reflecting on its best<br />

HSC results on record with a<br />

coveted ranking in The Sydney<br />

Morning Herald’s prestigious<br />

Top 150 Schools List.<br />

Nineteen students received<br />

an ATAR above 90, with<br />

Charlotte Crouch achieving<br />

the College’s highest ATAR of<br />

97.2. Seventy-five students<br />

were on the Distinguished<br />

Achievers List, 49 per cent<br />

of the cohort’s results were<br />

in the top two achievement<br />

bands; and over 80 per cent<br />

were in the top three.<br />

Principal Marc Reicher<br />

noted that all Drama students<br />

excelled above 89 per cent, all<br />

Extension 2 English students<br />

above 92 per cent, while the<br />

Visual Arts cohort boasted six<br />

Distinguished Achievers.<br />

Additionally, many students<br />

were selected or nominated<br />

for exemplary major works in<br />

a range of subjects.<br />


Maria’s impressive campus.<br />

“This significant improvement<br />

of HSC results is largely<br />

due to a focus on literacy and<br />

growth for every student and<br />

teacher,” said Mr Reicher. “This<br />

collaborative team approach<br />

supported our students to<br />

maximise their results in both<br />

the HSC and Year 9 NAPLAN.<br />

“I am immensely proud of<br />

the graduating class of 2022<br />

for their persistence over the<br />

past six years, and I would like<br />

to thank the entire College<br />

community for supporting<br />

them on their various pathways<br />

to success.”<br />

Mr Reicher added that many<br />

students gained early university<br />

entry, traineeships, apprenticeships,<br />

and employment<br />

even before their HSC exams.<br />

“I am confident they will<br />

make a significant contribution<br />

to our society,” he said.<br />

Located in the tranquil bush<br />

setting of Warriewood Valley,<br />

the College is the only coeducational<br />

Catholic secondary<br />

school on the Northern<br />

Beaches.<br />

It prides itself on providing<br />

students with an exceptional<br />

educational experience and<br />

has specialised learning spaces<br />

for STEM, digital learning,<br />

drama, fitness, hospitality, languages,<br />

music, science, timber,<br />

textiles and visual arts.<br />

Students are challenged<br />

and supported to realise their<br />

potential with a focus on maximising<br />

individual growth and<br />

the College provides opportunities<br />

for a variety of academic<br />

pathways.<br />

The College welcomes<br />

all families who seek faithcentred<br />

learning with quality<br />

education for their sons and<br />

daughters in Years 7 to 12.<br />

Its next Open Day is<br />

Wednesday 8 March at 4pm.<br />

“We welcome all families<br />

to come and experience the<br />

good things that are happening<br />

at Mater Maria Catholic<br />

College,” Mr Reicher said.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

School <strong>Life</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

FEBRUARY <strong>2023</strong><br />


Hot Property<br />

Hot Property<br />

Sweet appeal of having nothing to do<br />

The nationwide issue<br />

of surging material<br />

costs, challenges of<br />

getting tradies on site and<br />

getting work done in a<br />

timely manner, has further<br />

strengthened the appeal of<br />

fully renovated, impeccably<br />

presented properties.<br />

Take for example these two<br />

listings at Palm Beach which<br />

are attracting strong interest<br />

from home-seekers.<br />

Word is it won’t be long<br />

before a beautifully<br />

transformed home set<br />

50 metres from the<br />

Careel Bay shoreline<br />

hooks a buyer.<br />

An original<br />

fisherman’s cottage<br />

just three years ago,<br />

the property has<br />

undergone an “end-toend<br />

renovation” with<br />

respect to its vintage,<br />

to create a spacious family<br />

friendly retreat in a coastal<br />

style with modern aesthetic.<br />

One of only 10 homes in<br />

a peaceful cul-de-sac and<br />

with dual street access to<br />

Currawong Avenue, number<br />

16 Etival Street is touted as<br />

“one of the most exciting<br />

properties to hit the market<br />

in many months.”<br />

LJ Hooker Palm Beach’s<br />

marketing team’s observation<br />

says it all: “The scale and<br />

dimension of the design truly<br />

sets this home apart.<br />

“Its single-level layout<br />

simply soars with doubleheight<br />

ceilings framed by<br />

exposed trusses, while<br />

balanced by an inspired<br />

palette of crisp, neutral tones;<br />

expansive living spaces create<br />

an immediate connection<br />

with sun-drenched decks and<br />

child-friendly lawns in back.<br />

“With a rear north aspect<br />

and banks of slider windows,<br />

it’s a home that’s flooded<br />

with natural light all year<br />

long; cool and breezy in<br />

summer with bi-folds opening<br />

on to the decks, it’s fully<br />

insulated for cooler months.”<br />

The home boasts a master<br />

with walk-in-robe, designer<br />

bathroom and French doors<br />

to the deck; two double<br />

bedrooms with custom<br />

wardrobes and a separate<br />

media room or fourth<br />

bedroom and an island kitchen<br />

TRANSFORMED: From fisherman’s<br />

cottage to expansive family home.<br />

with stone benchtops, a<br />

gas range and a full butler’s<br />

pantry.<br />

Agent Peter Robinson says<br />

the property has a price guide<br />

of $4.4million; it is open for<br />

inspection on Wednesdays<br />

and Saturdays from 1pm<br />

and is listed for Auction on<br />

<strong>February</strong> 14.<br />

* * *<br />

Meanwhile, beyond the<br />

copper front door of<br />

20 Palm Beach Road is a sixbedroom,<br />

three-level retreat<br />

“where architectural lines<br />

partner a tranquil vibe”.<br />

Designed<br />

by Michael<br />

Robilliard<br />

with<br />

landscaping<br />

by Will<br />

Dangar,<br />

this<br />

stunning<br />

property<br />

takes in<br />

views<br />

STUNNING: 20 Palm Beach Road.<br />

over the beach with tropical<br />

gardens adding seclusion and<br />

inclusions that allow yearround<br />

entertaining.<br />

Listing agent Amy Young<br />

from Laing+Simmons Avalon<br />

Beach says the home’s<br />

standout features included<br />

premium blackbutt custom<br />

cabinetry, exposed iron<br />

beams and concrete flooring<br />

with design elements<br />

including a “striking” sleek<br />

black and metallic theme in<br />

the kitchen (which has double<br />

Miele appliances – oven,<br />

dishwasher, steam/combi<br />

oven – plus Sub-Zero fridge<br />

and wine fridge); “unique<br />

stairs” with white contoured<br />

metal contrasting with<br />

blackbutt timber steps which<br />

lead to a bright office; and<br />

upper sleep zone featuring<br />

a “blissful” master bedroom<br />

with a wide balcony and<br />

clawfoot tub placed for the<br />

ultimate ocean view.<br />

On the lower level, a<br />

sprawling space with home<br />

gym, media room, living<br />

room, three bedrooms and<br />

two bathrooms framed by a<br />

split-level courtyard provide a<br />

great guest set-up.<br />

The property is for sale<br />

with an<br />

asking price<br />

of $11.95<br />

million; it<br />

is open for<br />

inspection on<br />

Wednesdays<br />

and Saturdays<br />

from 10-<br />

10.30am.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

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Hot Property<br />

Hot Property<br />

Bellingen hinterland escape beckons<br />

Give the growing crowds at bulging<br />

Byron Bay a miss: if you’re<br />

considering a tree change-style<br />

escape to the country, to embrace walks in<br />

nature and relaxing moments while sipping<br />

a wine on your private veranda at sunset…<br />

or enjoying the company of friends by the<br />

glowing firepit – this spectacular mid-North<br />

Coast property will fit the bill.<br />

Situated on almost three hectares at<br />

Bellingen, 30 minutes’ drive south of Coffs<br />

Harbour, 370 Martells Road is a rare find.<br />

This classic, unique and stylish, natureinfused<br />

delight features an inviting and<br />

spacious five-bedroom home (with three<br />

bathrooms) delivering a close connection to<br />

nature via a stylish open-plan kitchen, living<br />

and dining room that overlooks a green<br />

valley in the middle of a rainforest.<br />

Also onsite is a separate one-bedroom<br />

cottage, perfect for guest or family<br />

accommodation.<br />

The main home features high ceilings<br />

and offers loads of privacy, spread over a<br />

beautifully proportioned three levels with a<br />

choice of indoor and outdoor spaces.<br />

The polished timber floors and a tasteful<br />

SERENE: Spread over 3 hectares at Bellingen.<br />

blend of modern updates and classic<br />

charm creates a warm and welcoming<br />

feel, while the fireplace and high, vaulted<br />

ceilings provide light and air flow to ensure<br />

a comfortable setting all year-round.<br />

Briar White from McGrath Nambucca<br />

Heads said the property has been designed<br />

to work just as well as a family home as it<br />

does a boutique Bed & Breakfast.<br />

“This one just happens to come with an<br />

Airbnb business that’s already set up and<br />

running, with the addition of the separate<br />

one-bedroom cottage,” she said.<br />

Historic Bellingen punches well above its<br />

weight in terms of arts and culture, foodie<br />

delights and outdoor activities – and makes<br />

the perfect base to explore attractions like<br />

dramatic waterfalls, World Heritage-listed<br />

rainforest and river activities.<br />

Bellingen is famed for its cultural<br />

festivals; the annual Readers and Writers<br />

Festival focuses exclusively on Australian<br />

writers, while the Bellingen Fine Music<br />

Festival is a four-day celebration of classical<br />

music from a range of eras and cultures.<br />

The monthly Bellingen Community<br />

Markets is also a popular event, focusing<br />

on community, diversity and local crafts<br />

and producers; while the weekly Bellingen<br />

Farmers and Produce Market showcases<br />

produce straight from the farm.<br />

“This ultimate and idyllic private retreat is<br />

nestled between Bellingen and pristine<br />

beaches on the coast,” said Briar.<br />

“It’s an easy five-and-a-half hour drive<br />

from Sydney, or choose a direct Qantas or<br />

Rex Airlines Flight.”<br />

The property is for sale; price guide<br />

$2,250,000. – Lisa Offord<br />

*Contact the listing agent Briar White on<br />

0428 816 550.<br />

Easy Avalon living<br />

Avalon Beach<br />

3/12-14 The Crescent<br />

3 Beds / 3.5 Baths / 2 Cars<br />

Immaculately maintained and beautifully presented, this threebathroom<br />

townhouse will delight with its harmonious palette and<br />

perfect northerly aspect.<br />

It’s just a short stroll to Avalon’s cafes, boutiques, and only<br />

300m to the beach.<br />

This stylish townhouse includes an extensive list of extras,<br />

including a newly renovated kitchen and Scandinavian hardwood<br />

timber floorboards; master bedroom with ensuite (including underfloor<br />

heated tiles) and sunny balcony; plus 3.5 bathrooms (with<br />

additional toilet in laundry).<br />

It boasts a beautiful living space with fireplace and immaculately<br />

manicured gardens and entertaining areas.<br />

There’s internal access to a double lock-up garage with workshop/cellar<br />

area. With 227sqm on title, it’s the perfect upsizer – or<br />

downsizer. For sale – contact agent.<br />

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

Thomas Mackay (0429 236 879) or Rana Robb (0416 797 001).<br />

Peaceful <strong>Pittwater</strong> rental<br />

Clareville<br />

237 Hudson Parade<br />

3+ Beds / 2 Baths / 2 Cars / For Rent<br />

Located opposite the waterfront and enjoying close, intimate<br />

water views, this three-bedroom-plus-study residence is the<br />

perfect family home (for rent).<br />

Beautifully presented, it’s fully furnished and boasts high Cathedral<br />

ceilings creating ample space and an abundance of natural<br />

light.<br />

The property features an open and bright living area; modern<br />

kitchen with gas cooktop and ample storage; and a master<br />

bedroom with air con and walk-in robe (plus wardrobes in other<br />

bedrooms).<br />

Also, there’s a study that’s perfect for working from home, plus<br />

a spacious deck with beautiful <strong>Pittwater</strong> views.<br />

Moments to Clareville shops and transport and within close<br />

proximity to schools, do not miss your chance to inspect this<br />

wonderful family home.<br />

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

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

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

Sails pitch<br />

Expecting a baby in<br />

May, current NSW and<br />

ACT Female Sailor<br />

of the Year Nina<br />

Curtis aims to quickly<br />

return to competitive<br />

SailGP racing.<br />

Story by Rosamund Burton<br />

In 2021, Nina Curtis became the first<br />

female athlete to win a Sail GP event<br />

when the Australian team won in<br />

Cadiz. Sail GP announced a Women’s<br />

Pathway program for Season 2, which ran<br />

from April 2021 to March 2022, stating<br />

that the teams must have a female at<br />

each event. Great Britain ran multiple<br />

female athletes through their team, but<br />

Australia chose to have just one, and<br />

having proved herself at a selection<br />

camp, that honour fell to Nina.<br />

“It was such a cool experience for me,”<br />

the 34-year-old says, “it was a really<br />

brilliant immersive learning.”<br />

The Australian team went on to win<br />

in Sydney in December 2021, before<br />

winning the Sail GP season at the final<br />

event in San Francisco in early 2022.<br />

“To be the first female athlete to ever<br />

win the SailGP overall was incredible.”<br />

Nina occupied the sixth sailor position,<br />

responsible for making sure there are no<br />

collisions, no rules incidents and that the<br />

boat sails within the course boundaries.<br />

Given the speed of these 50-foot foiling<br />

catamarans it is a crucial role.<br />

“There are a few specialists who have<br />

done America’s Cup campaigns and<br />

sailed boats of this size and foiling<br />

level… and then there’s the rest of us<br />

humans,” says Nina. “The boats are so<br />

fast and so technologically advanced<br />

and they are incredibly dangerous. It<br />

requires a skill set that I, and I would<br />

say every other female in sailing, haven’t<br />

been exposed to, so we’re playing catch<br />

up.”<br />

For Season 3 (May 2022 to May <strong>2023</strong>)<br />

she is one of three women selected for<br />

the Australian Team, alongside Tash<br />

Bryant (who like Nina came through the<br />

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club youth<br />

training program) and Lucy Copeland,<br />

who sailed Nacra 17s. Only one of them<br />

is on the boat when racing and always<br />

as the sixth sailor. But they are being<br />

trained for other positions – Tash Bryant<br />

to helm and Lucy Copeland for flight<br />

control, which is the control of the foil<br />

angle that determines how high out of<br />

the water the boat flies. Nina is being<br />

trained in wing trim.<br />

“It’s really fascinating the level of<br />

technology/software and programming<br />

that goes into how this wing operates.<br />

It’s half coding and half what the<br />

trimmer is doing. Honestly, I could not<br />

have ever dreamed of being able to sail<br />

boats like this. It’s an absolute dream<br />

come true.”<br />

Nina, who won 2022 NSW & ACT<br />

Female Sailor of the Year, was on the<br />

boat for the Sail GP events in Chicago last<br />

June, in Copenhagen in August and Saint<br />

Tropez in September. She is expecting<br />

her first child in May, so will not be<br />

on the boat for the remaining three<br />

events of Season 3 to be held in Sydney,<br />

Auckland and San Francisco.<br />

“The goal is to be back in the boat<br />

by Season 4, the first event of which is<br />

in Chicago in mid-June.” Nina says the<br />

team have been incredibly supportive,<br />

especially as many of them are dads.<br />

“A space needs to be made for female<br />

athletes to become mums as well. I feel<br />

I’ve got something to prove here. I’ve<br />

got a real hunger to return at a really<br />

strong level, and show that you can have<br />

a family as a female athlete in the sport<br />

of sailing.”<br />

Nina says her mantra has been to<br />

always say ‘yes’. “Right through my<br />

career if an opportunity has come up I’ve<br />

dropped everything, dived in with gusto<br />

and figured it out along the way.”<br />

So she didn’t hesitate to say yes to<br />

doing the Southern Ocean leg of the<br />

2017/18 Volvo Ocean race, despite<br />

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limited offshore sailing experience. She<br />

had done the 2007 and 2008 Sydney to<br />

Hobart races and some other East Coast<br />

races.<br />

That year the Volvo Ocean race,<br />

wanting to include more females,<br />

stipulated that boats could either sail<br />

with seven males, or select to take one<br />

or two extra females. A boat could<br />

also have a 50:50 crew of five men, five<br />

women.<br />

Nina was given the opportunity to<br />

sail on Team Brunel because a female<br />

trimmer, Annie Lush, was injured on<br />

the previous leg. The offer to Nina was<br />

as a trimmer for that leg only, but she so<br />

impressed the team that she stayed on<br />

the boat for remaining legs of the race<br />

and the boat finished third overall.<br />

“The Southern Ocean is like another<br />

planet,” Nina says. “It’s nothing I’ve ever<br />

experienced – the sea state, the freezing<br />

temperatures and the relentlessness<br />

of the weather. It was extraordinary. I<br />

was tested physically and emotionally<br />

in every sense of the word, not just as a<br />

sailor, but as a human being.”<br />

And the weather conditions were<br />

extremely severe that year. Turn the<br />

Tide on Plastic broke its mast, MAPFRE’s<br />

mainsail was damaged and Team Sun<br />

Hung Kai/Scallywag lost overboard<br />

experienced yachtsman, 48-year-old<br />

John Fisher, in the horrific gale force<br />

conditions.<br />

“Being the most inexperienced person<br />

in the whole fleet that absolutely rattled<br />

me. I really lost my confidence when I<br />

heard the news, and was falling over and<br />

unable to concentrate. We were in the<br />

same weather as that of the boat which<br />

had lost ‘Fish’.” She was fortunate to be<br />

guided by an experienced older crew<br />

member who told her, for her own safety,<br />

she needed to put this information aside,<br />

and fully focus on her next job.<br />

Both Nina’s parents, Evelyn Harves and<br />

Robert Curtis, have a love of sailing. Nina<br />

tells me her father’s mother was a single<br />

parent, and unable to afford to buy one,<br />

built him a Manly Junior, bending the<br />

boards in the shower and sewing the<br />

sails. Her maternal grandfather used to<br />

strap her mother as a 10-year-old into<br />

the cockpit of his yacht and take her out<br />

in Southerly busters. Nina was seven<br />

and her brother, Dean, only five, when<br />

they started racing a Manly Junior with<br />

the Bayview Yacht Racing Association<br />

(BYRA).<br />

“I am so grateful to my parents<br />

for instilling that it was never about<br />

becoming a champion, or making a<br />

career in sailing, it was about really<br />

loving it. I couldn’t imagine a better time<br />

as a kid than being out on the water and<br />

having an adventure.”<br />

Growing up at Bilgola Plateau and<br />

attending Bilgola Plateau PS and then<br />

Barrenjoey High, Nina continued to<br />

spend as much time as she could on<br />

the water sailing Flying 11s and 29ers.<br />

She was selected for the RPAYC’s youth<br />

development program at 15. Aged 19, she<br />

started competing in the Women’s Match<br />

Racing regattas, claiming a world title in<br />

2009 and then silver medal at the 2012<br />

London Olympic Games, trimming on a<br />

three-person Elliot 6 Metre.<br />

When match racing was discontinued<br />

for the Rio Olympic Games, she threw<br />

herself into the mixed gender Nacra 17<br />

catamaran racing and learnt to sail a<br />

Continued on page 52<br />

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

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Competing at the London 2012 Olympics;<br />

Moth Worlds in 2022; early boating on <strong>Pittwater</strong>; Sail GP Season<br />

Champions 2022; Taking the win on home waters, Sail GP, Sydney<br />

event 2022; Rounding Cape Horn in first place in the 2017/18 Volvo<br />

Ocean Race with Team Brunel; racing the MJ on <strong>Pittwater</strong> aged eight;<br />

Hobie World Championships (with now husband Pierre Ainscow) in<br />

Florida in 2019; at the wheel during the Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18.<br />

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Continued from page 51<br />

49er (an Olympic skiff).<br />

“I really did a double<br />

campaign over those two<br />

classes that Olympic cycle,<br />

upskilling in fleet racing,<br />

dinghy sailing, trapezing and<br />

multi-hulls.”<br />

Nina’s brother Dean is a<br />

rigger, and worked on the<br />

2017 America’s Cup campaign<br />

in Bermuda. Nina was staying<br />

with him and doing some<br />

commentary work on the<br />

America’s Cup racing when<br />

she met Pierre Ainscrow,<br />

an English physiotherapist<br />

working for the Swedish<br />

team. They chased each other<br />

around the world – he visited<br />

her in Washington DC, where<br />

she worked as a personal<br />

trainer between sailing<br />

events, he came to Australia,<br />

and Nina went to England,<br />

before she signed up for the<br />

Volvo Ocean race.<br />

“He deserved a medal for<br />

keeping our relationship<br />

together in those early days.<br />

We didn’t see each other<br />

much, but he came to all the<br />

stopovers, and I really knew<br />

he was the right person for<br />

me.”<br />

After the Volvo Ocean<br />

race, Pierre and Nina (who<br />

married in January 2022)<br />

decided to settle in Avalon.<br />

Eighteen months later COVID<br />

hit, and there were no sailing<br />

opportunities.<br />

Nina had completed a<br />

degree in human movement<br />

studies before she started to<br />

train for the 2012 Olympics,<br />

so with her personal<br />

training skills and Pierre’s<br />

physiotherapy background,<br />

they decided to start their<br />

own fitness business. Initially<br />

they did group training in the<br />

park, before they acquired<br />

their own studio gym. Now<br />

they have two studios and a<br />

team of 10 people – massage<br />

therapists, personal trainers<br />

and naturopaths.<br />

“It’s the humming health<br />

hub we dreamed that it could<br />

be.”<br />

Pierre is not a sailor, but<br />

Nina is teaching him, and<br />

he represented Australia<br />

with her several years<br />

ago at the Hobie 16 World<br />

Championships.<br />

“He’s not as passionate as I<br />

am about it, but he does love<br />

it,” she says.<br />

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Sporting <strong>Life</strong><br />

Cricket appealing to more girls<br />

The Manly Warringah<br />

Junior Cricket Association<br />

(MWJCA) is a case study in<br />

helping girls’ cricket on the<br />

Northern Beaches. While some<br />

cricket clubs across the city<br />

struggle to get junior girls’<br />

teams together, our clubs are<br />

showing how it’s done.<br />

Three local cricket clubs<br />

including Peninsula CC have<br />

at least two Junior girls’ teams<br />

and four clubs including Collaroy<br />

Plateau CC have four<br />

girls’ teams each, ranging<br />

from U-11s to U-15s.<br />

Add to that the Girls’ Only<br />

Cricket Blast programs that<br />

most clubs have running<br />

throughout the season, and<br />

Sydney Sixers-inspired social<br />

competitions, and you have a<br />

program for every girl.<br />

There are pathways to ensure<br />

participants can play the game<br />

at its various stages. If you<br />

love the game but want to be<br />

involved in a non-playing role,<br />

Collaroy Plateau and Peninsula<br />

Clubs would also love to have<br />

women volunteers join their<br />

ranks.<br />

MWJCA has significantly<br />

expanded its girls’ cricket program<br />

over the past few years.<br />

Initiatives have been put in<br />

place to encourage participation<br />

at the junior club level as<br />

well as a pathway for additional<br />

cricket opportunities.<br />

As a recognition of their initiatives<br />

to grow girls’ cricket,<br />

the MWJCA won the Initiative<br />

of the Year’ for their girls’ hub<br />

at Cricket Australia’s ‘A Sport<br />


The Peninsula U-11s<br />

and Manly district rep<br />

Matilda Robinson.<br />

for All’ Awards.<br />

The broader initiatives<br />

have started to show results<br />

in clubs such as the Peninsula<br />

CC. For 10-year-old Emily<br />

Cunningham who plays in the<br />

club’s U-11 girls’ team, playing<br />

cricket was just something<br />

she wanted to do because her<br />

brother played the sport.<br />

Now, with two years of<br />

Woolworths Cricket Blast<br />

behind her and a spot in club<br />

cricket, Emily is in her third<br />

year of playing.<br />

The Peninsula CC has two<br />

girls playing rep cricket in the<br />

U-13 team, Matilda Robinson<br />

and Sophia Paz. Matilda, 12,<br />

started playing Woolworths<br />

Cricket Blast when she was<br />

eight and also played for Narrabeen<br />

North Public School.<br />

The following season,<br />

Matilda played her first of two<br />

seasons in U-11s and in her<br />

second season was named<br />

Peninsula CC’s Female Player of<br />

the Year. Matilda now plays rep<br />

cricket for the Manly Warringah<br />

U-13 Mollie Dive team along<br />

with her U-13 Peninsula Cricket<br />

Club team, The Piranhas.<br />

“It is heartening to see more<br />

and more girls playing cricket<br />

at the Northern Beaches’ Junior<br />

clubs. We are committed to creating<br />

pathways for our girls so<br />

that if they want to take up the<br />

sport at any level, we have an<br />

avenue for them to grow,” said<br />

Gary Searles, Cricket Manager,<br />

Northern Beaches, Cricket NSW.<br />

*More info gary.searles@<br />

cricketnsw.com.au<br />

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Sporting <strong>Life</strong><br />

Hoop Dreams on <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Sporting <strong>Life</strong><br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> is about to get regular<br />

basketball nights – and it’s making local<br />

Australian Hall of Fame basketballer Brad<br />

Dalton feel nostalgic.<br />

“It reminds me of the early days of NBL,<br />

where the sport and teams went from<br />

strength to strength – including what<br />

became the Sydney Kings of today.”<br />

Warriewood resident Brad, a two-time<br />

Olympian and Sydney Kings legend, is set<br />

to have his first season coaching Manly<br />

Warringah NBL 1, in the<br />

semi-professional national<br />

league that sits just below<br />

the level of NBL.<br />

Made up predominantly of<br />

players in their 20s and 30s,<br />

it is the stepping stone for<br />

under-22 stars wanting to<br />

play in the big league. Some<br />

76 national clubs across<br />

every territory play in their<br />

State Conference (North,<br />

South, East and Central<br />

West) for a chance to make<br />

the finals.<br />

In many ways it’s already<br />

ahead of those early NBL days, with Kayo<br />

signed up to cover and show every match.<br />

Or you can watch court-side at the<br />

Indoor Centre at Warriewood, for a very<br />

reasonable price.<br />

“We’re introducing something called the<br />

300 Club,” explains Brad. “For $300 you<br />

get two season tickets for the 11 home<br />

games played between March and August,<br />

as well as an invite to the Season Launch,<br />

an invite to the End of Season awards, and<br />

any other member events.<br />

“You can watch great basketball on<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>, rather than having to drive to<br />

Homebush and back – and perhaps pay<br />

$300 for one night at the basketball.<br />

“The numbers are limited though, so I’d<br />

get in quick if you think it’s a good offer.<br />

If it sells out, then we might not have the<br />

LEGEND: Brad Dalton.<br />

ability to pay at the door.”<br />

Brad is currently looking for great local<br />

basketball talent as he builds his roster.<br />

Just like the early days of the NBL, players<br />

won’t make a wage, but all of their costs<br />

are covered as they get trained by the best<br />

and travel the country, putting themselves<br />

in the shop window for big clubs.<br />

“Most of last year’s squad have retired,<br />

so we’re putting together a new team –<br />

and it’s the chance to play at the highest<br />

level, pushing on for teams<br />

like the Sydney Kings.”<br />

Training will be three<br />

times a week, reducing<br />

to two evenings once<br />

the season starts, with<br />

games predominantly on a<br />

Saturday night – one home<br />

game is on a Sunday and<br />

there is the odd away game<br />

on a Friday night. With 12<br />

teams in the conference<br />

there are 11 games at home<br />

and 11 away.<br />

Along with being part<br />

of the team or part of the<br />

crowd, Brad and the team are looking to<br />

build strong links with local businesses<br />

and the local community, via all kinds of<br />

sponsorship opportunities.<br />

“There are packages available for all<br />

levels of sponsorship,” says Brad. “From<br />

player level, to teams, to game nights and<br />

beyond. Names on shirts and website and<br />

newsletters. And, of course, the exposure<br />

on television and other media.<br />

“There is an opportunity to get in early<br />

on something that is going to just get<br />

stronger every season.”<br />

More of a ‘first dance’ than the Michael<br />

Jordan doco The Last Dance, an evening<br />

at Warriewood watching great basketball,<br />

only a short drive from home, sounds<br />

an opportunity too good to be missed<br />

– whether you’re on the court, on the<br />

ACTION: From<br />

last year’s<br />

NBL 1 season.<br />

sidelines or helping to make it all happen.<br />

The season kicks off on March 11<br />

against the Norths Bears. – Rob Pegley<br />

*The 300 Club is available<br />

at trybooking.com/events/<br />

landing/1007786; email Brad:<br />

bdaltbasketball@optusnet.com.au<br />

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Avalon SC heads for bumper <strong>2023</strong><br />

After battling through two seasons of COVID-19 disruption,<br />

it was ‘Mother Nature’ who provided the biggest challenge<br />

for Avalon Soccer Club in 2022 with numerous ground<br />

closures due to the rains that plagued Sydney during the early<br />

part of the year.<br />

“We had to endure the wettest football season I can<br />

remember,” said Club President John Kowtan (JK). “Yet we still<br />

managed to put on a terrific season,<br />

which saw the 40th anniversary of the<br />

junior and senior clubs merging.”<br />

“From our juniors to our senior<br />

teams and everyone in between, the<br />

attitude, mindset and competitive<br />

spirit within our Avalon community<br />

has been second to none.<br />

John extended thanks to all<br />

concerned: “To our fantastic<br />

managers, knowledgeable coaches,<br />

generous sponsors, tireless<br />

volunteers and the positive and<br />

determined attitude of our players.<br />

“Everyone involved with the club<br />

and the community have been very<br />

resilient and patient,” he continued.<br />

“We are all hoping for a bigger, better<br />

and dryer <strong>2023</strong>!”<br />

Despite the challenging year, and<br />

being the last club on the peninsula,<br />

Avalon’s numbers and achievements<br />

were outstanding. Nearly 1200<br />

players and 90 teams were registered in 2022 and the Club<br />

recorded three League Champions, 18 Semi Finalists, 10<br />

Grand Finalists and five Grand Final Winners.<br />

“The results were fantastic, and I’d like to commend the<br />

players and coaches for their achievements,” JK said.<br />

“But more than that, it was extremely gratifying just to see<br />

the smiles on the faces of those in our famous red strip, from<br />

the newest of players in our Under-6 competition, to those<br />

playing in the Over-45s, all enjoying their football.<br />

“We really are a club for everyone, and we are incredibly<br />

proud of the position we have within this amazing<br />

community.”<br />

In <strong>2023</strong>, the club are expecting a bumper year, with a<br />

highly competitive group of players keen for more silverware,<br />

a consistently strong base of juniors and a big focus on<br />

Women’s football.<br />

“The FIFA Women’s World Cup is in Australia and NZ this<br />

winter, so we are expecting to increase our already impressive<br />

female player numbers given the focus on the game,” said JK.<br />

HUGE SUCCESS: Season <strong>2023</strong> will see an even bigger<br />

focus on Women’s football for Avalon Soccer Club.<br />

“Currently, our female players make up a third of the<br />

club’s overall numbers, with a lot of girls dual-registering to<br />

play in our Saturday mixed competition as well. It’s been a<br />

consistently strong part of the Club, and there’ll be plenty of<br />

new initiatives around female football this year.”<br />

<strong>2023</strong> also marks the return of a much-loved part of the<br />

Avalon Soccer Club history as the Women’s Under-16 team<br />

resume their annual tour to Vanuatu<br />

after a COVID-enforced hiatus. The<br />

girls will head over for 10 days in<br />

July, playing games against local<br />

teams, making charitable donations<br />

and community visits, and really<br />

promoting women’s football in the<br />

region.<br />

“The whole tour is based on<br />

fundraising by the teams themselves,<br />

so if you see them around over the<br />

next few months, help them out!”<br />

Online registrations are now<br />

open for <strong>2023</strong> via the club’s website<br />

avalonsoccerclub.com.au – this is the<br />

best source for information about the<br />

Club and the season ahead. The Club<br />

will also hold a ‘Try Football Open<br />

Day’ at the Careel Bay Clubhouse<br />

from 10am-3pm on Sunday 5<br />

<strong>February</strong>.<br />

“We’ll have a BBQ going, run some<br />

skill sessions and give newcomers<br />

the chance to try out football on the day,” said JK. “The shop<br />

will be open so grab some gear, meet the committee, ask any<br />

questions you have.”<br />

Also, the Club’s ambitious ‘Project 2030’ plan is in the<br />

works, along with major infrastructure upgrades.<br />

“We have big plans for where we want to take this Club over<br />

the next 5-10 years, and we have a vision of where we want to<br />

be, and create a whole-Club approach, which unifies Juniors<br />

and Seniors,” JK continued.<br />

“We have implemented an important Project 2030<br />

document which highlights the four key Club pillars (Football<br />

Development; Club infrastructure; Sponsorship / Marketing;<br />

Member Services) to focus on.<br />

“We are looking to form Sub-Committees to look after these<br />

areas so if you want to be involved, please reach out to me<br />

directly.<br />

“There’s no better place to play football – join us down at<br />

The Bay and find out why we say ‘Avalon is Magic’!”<br />

*More info visit avalonsoccerclub.com.au<br />

– NW<br />

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FEBRUARY <strong>2023</strong><br />


Health & Wellbeing<br />

Heads up<br />

seniors –<br />

celebrate<br />

together<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

The Seniors Festival is back! Try something new,<br />

meet new people and have a great time at the<br />

many free and discounted events being held this<br />

month for residents aged 60 and over. Here’s a<br />

taste of some events happening near you...<br />

Online Safety<br />

Scams are continually evolving.<br />

This free information<br />

session will provide an insight<br />

into the latest risks, what to<br />

look or listen for to avoid being<br />

caught and where to get<br />

help. The main presentation<br />

will be followed by a short<br />

information session on the<br />

courses AVPALS will be offering<br />

in Term 1, <strong>2023</strong>. Followed<br />

by afternoon tea! Tuesday<br />

7th from 1.30pm-3pm at the<br />

Newport Community Centre.<br />

Enquiries: 8064 3574<br />

or email info@avpals.com<br />

Carers support<br />

Do you look after a family<br />

member or friend with disability,<br />

a medical condition,<br />

mental illness or who is frail<br />

due to age? Carer Gateway an<br />

Australian Government program<br />

providing free services<br />

and support for carers can help<br />

you. Find out all you need to<br />

know at Mona Vale Library on<br />

Monday 20th from 10am-1pm.<br />

Free, no bookings required.<br />

Square dancing<br />

The wonderful Newport Ocean<br />

Waves Square Dance Club<br />

is offering four demonstration<br />

nights every Tuesday in<br />

<strong>February</strong> where seniors are<br />

welcome to join in the fun for<br />

free at the Ted Blackwood Hall,<br />

Warriewood from 7.45pm-9pm.<br />

For bookings call Christine<br />

(0439 821 811) or Bob (0419<br />

745 628).<br />

Art gallery tour and tea<br />

Enjoy morning tea and a special<br />

guided tour by MAG&M’s<br />

curators of the three exhibitions<br />

on display: Manly by<br />

Ferry: Treasures from the<br />

Vault; Fair Play: sport as motif<br />

& metaphor, and Barely Wearable:<br />

Ruth Downes. Tuesday<br />

21st from 10am-11.30am.<br />

Free. Bookings required either<br />

online or phone 8495 7129.<br />

Avalon Beach history talk<br />

Geoff Searle formed the Avalon<br />

Beach Historical Society<br />

in 1983. He invites you to<br />

take a step back in time as he<br />

presents ‘Early Avalon Beach’<br />

followed by morning tea at<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Palms on Tuesday<br />

21st from 11am-1pm. Bookings<br />

essential. Contact Gary<br />

Brierley on 0475 705 360.<br />

Cemetery tour<br />

Hear the fascinating local history<br />

linked to Mona Vale Cemetery<br />

from an experienced<br />

guide on Tuesday 21st from<br />

9.30am. Meet at the Caretaker’s<br />

Office, see inscriptions<br />

and symbolic religious art and<br />

hear stories of the pioneers<br />

who settled and developed<br />

the area. Reasonable level<br />

of fitness is required for this<br />

hour-long tour, wear walking<br />

shoes, hat and sunscreen and<br />

bring a water bottle. Bookings<br />

essential by 10 <strong>February</strong><br />

phone 8495 6127.<br />

Seniors Group Expo<br />

Find out how you can share<br />

your hobby or interest with<br />

others or discover a new<br />

pastime at Your Local Seniors<br />

Group Expo. Browse more<br />

than 20 information tables<br />

from local community groups<br />

and organisations at Newport<br />

Community Centre on Friday<br />

24 from 1pm-4pm. The official<br />

opening by Northern Beaches<br />

Deputy Mayor Sue Heins will<br />

be followed by a performance<br />

by the Third Age Jazz Fusion,<br />

health and wellbeing presentations<br />

and giveaways! Free<br />

transport can be arranged,<br />

phone Easylink on 9919 0700<br />

(conditions apply).<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Cruise<br />

Join the crew from Northern<br />

Beaches Creative Leisure &<br />

Learning to cruise around<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> on Monday 27 from<br />

10am-1.30pm. Take a guided<br />

walk on the western foreshore<br />

at Halls Wharf. Re-join the<br />

ferry, take in the spectacular<br />

views surrounding Ku-ringgai<br />

Chase National Park, the<br />

delightful bays and inlets<br />

cruising back to Church Point.<br />

Cost $15 Bookings essential<br />

by 22 <strong>February</strong>. Phone 9944<br />

6027. – Lisa Offord<br />

*For more details and a listing<br />

of all events being held<br />

on the Northern Beaches<br />

visit NB Council’s website.<br />

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Support for new parents<br />

Northern Beaches parents can now access GP-referred, free<br />

specialist perinatal counselling sessions at the new Gidget<br />

House at Northern Beaches Hospital.<br />

At the opening of the service late last year, NSW Minister<br />

for Health Brad Hazzard said providing mental health support<br />

in the community was a top priority for the NSW Government.<br />

“Parenting can be difficult for numerous reasons, and we<br />

must ensure those experiencing perinatal depression and<br />

anxiety have access to a safe space to seek help,” he said.<br />

Gidget Foundation Australia is a leading not-for-profit<br />

organisation that assists thousands of expectant parents and<br />

their families each year providing free psychological services<br />

conducted through participating hospitals.<br />

The opening of Gidget House at Northern Beaches Hospital<br />

in the foundation’s 21st year was particularly significant,<br />

as ‘Gidget’ was the nickname of a young Northern Beaches<br />

mum who took her life while suffering from unrecognised<br />

postnatal depression. The foundation was established by her<br />

close friends and family in 2001.<br />

According to Gidget Foundation Australia research, Sydney<br />

parents say the biggest challenges about being a new parent<br />

were the lack of sleep (47%), getting into a routine (37%),<br />

losing their independence (29%), and accepting their new<br />

identity as a parent (29%).<br />

Gidget Foundation Australia CEO Arabella Gibson said: “We<br />

hope that the more we talk about it, the more parents feel comfortable<br />

enough to reach out for help and support,” she said.<br />

“With one in five new mums and one in ten new dads<br />

experiencing PNDA we know just how hard it is to get better<br />

without essential support.”<br />

– LO<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

with Bec Johnson, M.Pharm<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Unsettling stomach issues:<br />

Self-care management tips<br />

Heartburn, or acid reflux,<br />

can occur when the<br />

acidic contents of the<br />

stomach flow back into the oesophagus<br />

and irritate the inner<br />

lining of the oesophagus. This<br />

can occur for several reasons;<br />

however most commonly it is<br />

related to the lower oesophageal<br />

sphincter (LOS) not closing<br />

properly to prevent backflow.<br />

Indigestion refers to uncomfortable<br />

stomach symptoms in<br />

general, and can include reflux<br />

along with bloating, nausea,<br />

and stomach pain. Reflux commonly<br />

presents as a rising burning<br />

feeling from the stomach<br />

to the throat, an acidic, sour,<br />

or bitter taste, or a sudden<br />

increase in saliva in the mouth.<br />

Risk factors &<br />

self-care points<br />

The presence of other medical<br />

conditions can increase the<br />

risk of reflux, such as gastrooesophageal<br />

reflux disease,<br />

hiatus hernia, and asthma.<br />

However, the mainstay of<br />

preventing acid reflux is by<br />

avoiding triggers and changing<br />

aspects which may be worsening<br />

the symptoms.<br />

Diet – Plays a big role in acid<br />

reflux and its prevention.<br />

Foods which are spicy and/<br />

or fatty, chocolate, onions,<br />

tomatoes, and citrus fruits are<br />

often linked with causing a<br />

degree of reflux. Drinks containing<br />

caffeine, such as tea,<br />

coffee, or energy drinks, along<br />

with soft drinks and alcohol,<br />

can also cause or worsen<br />

reflux.<br />

Cigarettes – Smoking can<br />

cause more acid to be<br />

produced by the stomach,<br />

increasing the risk of stomach<br />

contents irritating the oesophagus.<br />

Nicotine is thought<br />

to cause relaxation of the<br />

LOS, leading to heartburn.<br />

This includes forms such as<br />

e-cigarettes (vapes) and other<br />

forms of nicotine replacement<br />

therapy.<br />

Rush-eating – Eating a meal<br />

very quickly causes you to<br />

swallow more air than usual,<br />

which can lead to bloating and<br />

gas along with increasing the<br />

risk of reflux. Chewing slowly<br />

and eating small bites at a time<br />

aids digestion, and can help<br />

reduce symptoms of stomach<br />

discomfort. Staying upright for<br />

around 30-60 minutes after<br />

eating can also help reduce<br />

reflux.<br />

Too much – Eating a large<br />

meal or overeating can cause<br />

temporary stretching or<br />

distorting of the stomach,<br />

putting pressure on the LOS<br />

and increasing the risk of the<br />

stomach contents flowing back<br />

into the oesophagus. Similarly,<br />

being overweight or obese<br />

puts pressure on the LOS due<br />

to the presence of excess<br />

weight around the stomach.<br />

Losing weight is therefore one<br />

of the best lifestyle changes<br />

you can make to help reduce<br />

reflux. Wearing loose clothing<br />

can also help to reduce symptoms<br />

by reducing pressure on<br />

the stomach.<br />

Stirring up – The intense and<br />

sometimes jarring movements<br />

associated with vigorous exercise,<br />

particularly within 2 hours<br />

of eating, can force stomach<br />

acid into the oesophagus.<br />

Stress – Is a big risk factor for<br />

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eflux. The hormones released<br />

when we are stressed can<br />

stimulate the production of<br />

stomach acid, stress can affect<br />

the functioning of the LOS,<br />

can change our eating habits,<br />

and can slow gut motility.<br />

Managing stress well, through<br />

relaxation techniques, yoga,<br />

exercise, or therapy, can help<br />

to reduce acid reflux symptoms.<br />

Treatments<br />

There are a few over-the-counter<br />

options available from your<br />

local pharmacy to help assist<br />

the management of acid reflux.<br />

As the acidic nature of the<br />

stomach contents following a<br />

meal is the cause of the irritation,<br />

neutralising the contents<br />

by using antacids can help<br />

quickly relieve symptoms.<br />

Antacids which also contain<br />

sodium alginate, i.e. Gaviscon,<br />

can both neutralise the acid<br />

and form a layer on top of the<br />

stomach contents to prevent<br />

the acid from reaching the<br />

LOS. It is important to speak<br />

with a pharmacist before<br />

selecting these – as they can<br />

contain magnesium, sodium,<br />

and calcium.<br />

Antacids are not appropriate<br />

for everyone and come with<br />

their own range of possible<br />

side effects.<br />

Proton pump inhibitors<br />

(PPIs) reduce the amount of<br />

acid produced in the stomach,<br />

therefore reducing the acidity<br />

of the stomach contents. These<br />

medications are not a ‘quick<br />

fix’ – they generally need to be<br />

taken for a few days before the<br />

therapeutic effect is achieved.<br />

These are available in small<br />

packets over the counter;<br />

however you can get larger<br />

packets on prescription from<br />

your doctor.<br />

It is important to monitor<br />

long-term use with your doctor,<br />

as the effects of reducing<br />

the stomach pH can result in<br />

unwanted effects:<br />

n Nutrient deficiencies, as the<br />

absorption of certain nutrients<br />

such as iron, calcium, and<br />

vitamin b12 are affected by<br />

the reduced acidic contents of<br />

the stomach. The affected absorption<br />

of calcium is thought<br />

to increase the risk of bone<br />

fractures and osteoporosis.<br />

n Increased risk of infection,<br />

as the reduced acid of the<br />

stomach can create an environment<br />

for which it is favourable<br />

for certain bacteria to grow.<br />

n Increased risk of kidney<br />

disease; while the mechanism<br />

by which risk is increased<br />

is debated, it is thought to<br />

perhaps be due to changes in<br />

electrolytes (namely calcium<br />

and magnesium) or the gut<br />

microbiome, which plays a<br />

role in immune response and<br />

inflammation.<br />

If you have been taking PPIs<br />

for an extended period, it is<br />

important to discuss weaning<br />

off the PPI with your doctor.<br />

Stopping them suddenly can<br />

result in rebound acid hypersecretion,<br />

which can worsen<br />

symptoms of reflux.<br />

Make sure to always check<br />

in with your local pharmacist<br />

or GP if you have any concerns<br />

relating to the management of<br />

heartburn.<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 />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

with Rowena Beckenham<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Why early intervention is so<br />

crucial for kids with Myopia<br />

Myopia, known as<br />

short-sightedness, is a<br />

condition that results<br />

in blurred distance vision.<br />

This occurs due to refractive<br />

error; a consequence of an<br />

elongated eyeball causing<br />

distant objects to be focussed<br />

in front of rather than on the<br />

light-sensitive retina. Low<br />

levels of outside activity and<br />

light exposure, prolonged<br />

near tasks, and having at least<br />

one myopic parent all increase<br />

the risk of developing myopia.<br />

The prevalence of myopia<br />

is on the rise globally; the<br />

circumstances of modern living<br />

have drastically increased<br />

myopia risk. Children being<br />

introduced to digital devices<br />

at an early age has led to increased<br />

prolonged periods of<br />

up-close visual focussing and<br />

reduced time spent outdoors.<br />

It’s estimated that over 50 per<br />

cent of the global population<br />

will be myopic by 2050 – and<br />

40 per cent of Australians<br />

already are. Interestingly,<br />

Aussie kids living in urban<br />

areas are approximately 2.6<br />

times more likely to experience<br />

myopia than those living<br />

rurally. COVID-19 has also<br />

had a significant impact on<br />

the progression of childhood<br />

myopia as a direct result of<br />

extended lockdowns.<br />

Uncorrected myopia has a<br />

major influence on the quality<br />

of life of young people, as<br />

poor vision can substantially<br />

impact a child’s development<br />

as well as scholastic performance.<br />

Some 80 per cent of<br />

classroom learning is visual<br />

and therefore it is extremely<br />

important for a myopic child<br />

to have the correct care<br />

and support they require<br />

to thrive. Early detection is<br />

also crucial, as each year of<br />

delay in developing myopia<br />

significantly reduces the risk<br />

of a child developing high<br />

myopia in adulthood. High<br />

myopia leads to a greater risk<br />

of developing sight-threatening<br />

complications in adulthood;<br />

these include myopic maculopathy,<br />

glaucoma, cataracts,<br />

and retinal detachment, all of<br />

which can lead to significantly<br />

reduced vision or blindness.<br />

Myopia management and<br />

intervention needs to start as<br />

early as possible, in order to<br />

delay the onset and slow the<br />

progression of myopia. We<br />

recommend that children have<br />

their eyes tested regularly,<br />

even if there are seemingly no<br />

signs or symptoms of visual<br />

abnormality. Kids should have<br />

their first eye test before they<br />

start school, and then every<br />

two to three years as they<br />

progress through their primary<br />

and high school journeys.<br />

Unfortunately, in Australia, 30<br />

per cent of Aussie kids have<br />

never had their eyes tested. As<br />

a parent it is important to be<br />

proactive as children themselves<br />

may not realise they see<br />

things a bit differently to those<br />

around them, and in some cases,<br />

as with pre-myopia, there<br />

may be no symptoms at all.<br />

There are several active<br />

intervention management options<br />

available to help improve<br />

eye health in myopic or premyopic<br />

kids; certain glasses<br />

lenses are available specifically<br />

designed for myopia management,<br />

and can be worn to<br />

correct vision; daily disposable<br />

contact lenses are suitable for<br />

children due to their soft lens<br />

design and disposable nature,<br />

and help to correct for myopia<br />

while slowing the progression<br />

of the condition; low-dose<br />

atropine eye drops are administered<br />

to children at bedtime<br />

to potentially significantly slow<br />

the progression of myopia.<br />

In addition to visiting your<br />

local optometrist, there are<br />

several healthy habits to<br />

implement at home that can<br />

help protect your child’s eyes.<br />

Firstly, it is important for kids<br />

to have balance in their worlds,<br />

for happy eyes this means<br />

incorporating outdoor learning<br />

and play into their daily<br />

routines for 90 minutes every<br />

day. All kids should have very<br />

limited exposure to hand-held<br />

electronic devices, especially<br />

infants. If they are using devices,<br />

good posture is important,<br />

with eyes at least 50 cm from<br />

the screen, as is good ambient<br />

lighting.<br />

If you have concerns about<br />

your child’s vision, or just think<br />

it’s time for a check-up, book<br />

an appointment to see one of<br />

our friendly optometrists!<br />

Comment supplied by<br />

Rowena Beckenham, of<br />

Beckenham Optometrist<br />

in Avalon (9918 0616).<br />

Rowena has been<br />

involved in all facets<br />

of independent private<br />

practice optometry in<br />

Avalon for more than<br />

20 years, in addition to<br />

working as a consultant to<br />

the optometric and<br />

pharmaceutical industry,<br />

and regularly volunteering<br />

in Aboriginal eyecare<br />

programs in regional NSW.<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

‘Simple’ habits to<br />

improve your health<br />

Many of us struggle to<br />

state your nervous system is<br />

prioritise our health due<br />

in at any time and have some<br />

to busy schedules, stress and<br />

simple breathing or moving<br />

lack motivation. We asked<br />

tools to help you self-regulate.<br />

Bayview resident and founder<br />

Yoga and meditation can help.<br />

of Billabong Retreat Sydney,<br />

When you are stressed, your<br />

Paul von Bergen (pictured<br />

immune system is downgraded<br />

and that makes you<br />

right), for his tips for health<br />

and wellness in <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

susceptible to illness.<br />

“Through helping over<br />

3. Keep moving. It is said that<br />

30,000 people improve their<br />

a sedentary life is the new<br />

health at Billabong Retreat I<br />

smoking. Incorporate movement<br />

and exercise wherever<br />

have found the most important<br />

lesson is to keep it<br />

possible. Don’t sit down at<br />

simple,” Paul said.<br />

a desk all day – try a saddle<br />

“While there are many areas then restart again the next chair. Walk up any stairs. Walk<br />

you can focus on including day.<br />

to the shops. Every day, move<br />

eating whole-foods, reducing 4.Review how you did at the your body.<br />

alcohol, managing your stress end of each day without selfjudgment<br />

– you are only a prescription drugs where<br />

4. Avoid antibiotics and<br />

levels, maintaining regular<br />

movement, exercising and minimising<br />

environmental toxins, can be helpful here.<br />

clever ape after all. A journal possible. Take only what is essential.<br />

Ask your doctor under<br />

you can’t do them all at once. Areas in order of priority to<br />

what conditions they would be<br />

“So just start with one and work on:<br />

happy seeing you reduce your<br />

try to stick to it.”<br />

1. Wholefood eating. Also<br />

medications. Only take antibiotics<br />

as a last resort – they<br />

Here are von Bergen’s top known as JERF (just eat real<br />

tips for setting and sticking food). You can tell if it’s real<br />

trash your gut biome which is<br />

to intentions:<br />

food by reading the label and<br />

critical for physical and mental<br />

1. Start with a simple intention<br />

(ie stop eating takeaway make this ingredient? Has it<br />

asking yourself, did nature<br />

health.<br />

5. Minimise environmental<br />

or junk food), write it down been refined or modified? Eat<br />

toxins and start in the home.<br />

and remind yourself of it every only the things that nature offers,<br />

including organic whole-<br />

Look at all the kitchen, laundry<br />

and bathroom products<br />

morning.<br />

2. Work as a team with a food fruit, vegetables, nuts<br />

you have and ask yourself<br />

wellness friend, share your intentions<br />

and results together as animal fats and olive oil,<br />

and seeds, natural oils such<br />

what chemicals you are constantly<br />

exposing yourself to.<br />

and support each other with full fat organic dairy and free<br />

Throw them all out – all you<br />

suggestions and kindness. range grass fed meat. There’s<br />

need is a bit of bicarb, vinegar<br />

3. When you don’t manage to a lot of great stuff to choose<br />

and water!<br />

act according to your intention,<br />

be compassionate and 2. Manage stress skillfully. The<br />

from there.<br />

6. Come to a wellness retreat<br />

forgiving with yourself and first challenge is to know what<br />

and let them guide you.<br />

Taking time out, ideally with<br />

your wellness buddy can be<br />

a useful opportunity to reset<br />

your patterns outside of your<br />

normal routine.<br />

You can also listen to Paul’s<br />

podcast on Apple and Spotify<br />

– it’s called ‘No Regrets – Love,<br />

<strong>Life</strong> & The Universe’.<br />

– LO<br />

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Hair & Beauty<br />

with Sue Carroll<br />

Get your skin glowing for<br />

<strong>2023</strong> with skin care goals<br />

We are already in the<br />

second month of<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, children are<br />

back at school, and you finally<br />

have a few minutes to think<br />

about yourself for the year<br />

ahead. In <strong>February</strong>, we have<br />

‘Feb Fast’ where we can reset<br />

dietary and health programs<br />

– but have you thought about<br />

your skincare goals? What do<br />

you want to achieve, how will<br />

you achieve them and who can<br />

assist in reaching these goals<br />

easily and realistically?<br />

When you set your skin care<br />

goals, these can do so much<br />

more than reverse or prevent<br />

aging. Our largest organ of<br />

the body requires assistance<br />

with its health internally and<br />

externally. Our skin will help<br />

to maintain a healthier body<br />

by reducing and keeping out<br />

harmful pathogens, ensuring<br />

vital hydration remains intact<br />

and reducing sensitivities and<br />

irritations.<br />

Then as we move into<br />

another phase of pandemic<br />

recovery, more considerations<br />

may change your skin goals<br />

for <strong>2023</strong> and how it is best<br />

to approach them. As many<br />

people have experienced flu,<br />

COVID, long COVID or all of<br />

these, their skin condition<br />

has changed and this may<br />

require a change in treatments<br />

and skincare formulations to<br />

best strengthen and support<br />

the rejuvenation of the skin.<br />

There might be evidence of<br />

inflammation, skin stress,<br />

and a compromised immune<br />

response.<br />

Even if you are already<br />

visiting an aesthetician<br />

monthly, it is the perfect time<br />

to review and possibly update<br />

your skin care treatments and<br />

home care regime. The Clinic<br />

might need updates regarding<br />

your goals, medications, skin<br />

care products, shampoo,<br />

conditioner and special events.<br />

If there are special events,<br />

don’t leave it to the last minute<br />

and expect a miracle. Mature<br />

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skin takes a little longer to be<br />

revitalised.<br />

It is also a good time to<br />

review your products, as here<br />

on the Beaches we have a hot<br />

humid summer and a cool<br />

dry winter, both extremes<br />

requiring a switch-up of home<br />

care. Along with the seasonal<br />

changes comes a change<br />

in our skin concerns and<br />

requirements.<br />

Some other significant skin<br />

care concerns to review and<br />

definitely to adhere to for <strong>2023</strong><br />

are:<br />

1. Apply your SPF daily no<br />

matter the season, as it is one<br />

of the best preventions for<br />

premature aging;<br />

2. Cleanse, gauze/ tone and<br />

nourish your skin morning and<br />

night with the recommended<br />

skincare that will assist with<br />

cleansing, hydrating and<br />

repairing;<br />

3. Wash your makeup off every<br />

night. Even after a long day, it<br />

can seem like the worst chore.<br />

Sleeping with your makeup can<br />

lead to clogged pores and dull<br />

skin;<br />

4. Check expiration dates<br />

on skincare, makeup and<br />

sunscreen. Old expired<br />

products usually lose their<br />

effectiveness and may harbour<br />

bacteria, increasing the risk of<br />

infection and irritation; and<br />

5. Schedule your skin cancer<br />

screening with your doctor and<br />

don’t become a statistic this<br />

year. While trying to schedule<br />

one more appointment into<br />

your busy schedule may<br />

seem inconvenient, surgery<br />

for melanoma will be more<br />

inconvenient.<br />

Introducing a treatment<br />

series is a great way to<br />

stimulate your results for your<br />

skin. Many options, including<br />

a 90-Day Program (this might<br />

be a combination of peels,<br />

microdermabrasion, laser<br />

and corrective facials), a Peel<br />

Series (a trio of peels spaced<br />

anywhere between 2-4 weeks<br />

apart), Corrective Facials or<br />

a one-off treatment such as<br />

a Tixel Infusion or Jet Peel<br />

treatment.<br />

Seeking advice from health<br />

professionals such as a<br />

naturopath, nutritionist or<br />

colon therapist to work from<br />

the inside while also working<br />

on the outside will achieve<br />

optimum results for your skin<br />

completing the health jigsaw<br />

puzzle.<br />

No matter what your<br />

skincare goals are for <strong>2023</strong>,<br />

speaking with a professional<br />

aesthetician is the perfect<br />

starting point to assist you in<br />

reaching your new year’s skin<br />

resolutions.<br />

Sue Carroll is at the forefront<br />

of the beauty, wellness<br />

and para-medical profession<br />

with 35 years’ experience on<br />

Sydney’s Northern Beaches.<br />

She leads a dedicated team<br />

of professionals who are<br />

passionate about results for<br />

men and women.<br />

info@skininspiration.com.au<br />

www.skininspiration.com.au<br />

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

with Brian Hrnjak<br />

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

It’s a New Year... what about<br />

a brand new super fund?<br />

It’s back to work for many<br />

of us – this month we take<br />

a look at New Year resolution<br />

season… from a financial<br />

point of view.<br />

After nearly 30 years in<br />

public practice, I can confirm<br />

that this year has also followed<br />

a well-trodden path,<br />

with the time off over Christmas<br />

resulting in a very busy<br />

new year for people looking<br />

to make a few changes to<br />

their financial arrangements.<br />

The key theme this year from<br />

my point of view was clients<br />

wanting more control of their<br />

superannuation and in many<br />

cases this was expressed<br />

through interest in establishing<br />

a Self-Managed Superannuation<br />

Fund (SMSF).<br />

Aside from the time of<br />

year, there are also a couple of<br />

market factors causing people<br />

to re-evaluate their circumstances.<br />

Firstly, the local share<br />

market for the year to January<br />

has been flat but with a wild<br />

ride over the past 12 months;<br />

US shares also experienced<br />

the wild ride but finished negative<br />

for the year. Secondly,<br />

the local residential property<br />

market has been whacked by a<br />

series of interest rate rises (to<br />

the tune of around 15-20 per<br />

cent in increase).<br />

Public offer funds will<br />

soon be issuing half year<br />

statements and these market<br />

conditions always make<br />

people question their existing<br />

managers. When times are<br />

good the talk around the dinner<br />

table is about travel, when<br />

times are bad it turns to fees.<br />

Expect to see some members’<br />

funds committed to advertising<br />

to reinforce long term<br />

performance if conditions stay<br />

flat or turn poor. But fees are<br />

only one factor in weighing up<br />

superannuation choices and<br />

they shouldn’t be the dominant<br />

one.<br />

As a rule of thumb, we<br />

wouldn’t recommend that<br />

someone establish a SMSF<br />

with combined balances below<br />

$500,000. Only in December<br />

last year, ASIC withdrew this<br />

amount as a recommended<br />

threshold, but this is more<br />

a testament to the lobbying<br />

efforts of the SMSF industry<br />

rather than anything else. Expanding<br />

on this rule of thumb,<br />

typically when compared to<br />

public offer funds, it is not<br />

cost-effective to establish a<br />

fund with a balance below<br />

$500,000. Between $500,000<br />

to $1 million it ranges from<br />

neutral to cost effective and<br />

for balances over $1 million<br />

it’s a no-brainer.<br />

The main exception to the<br />

above thresholds would be,<br />

for example, a business operator<br />

looking to secure their<br />

premises. There are generous<br />

concessions for business real<br />

property moving into superannuation<br />

and the value to a<br />

business owner of being able<br />

to lock in their goodwill and<br />

security of location surpasses<br />

any nominal threshold.<br />

But as I mentioned earlier<br />

the motivation for establishing<br />

an SMSF should not just<br />

be cost based. The main<br />

reasons why I would suggest<br />

that people establish their own<br />

funds are:<br />

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Control – first and foremost<br />

the motivation to take control<br />

of your superannuation assets<br />

should be the primary motivator<br />

for establishing a fund. For<br />

many, superannuation is<br />

likely to be their second most<br />

valuable asset behind the<br />

family home but this desire<br />

for control should be matched<br />

with the ability and the time<br />

to manage such an important<br />

asset.<br />

Choice – the ability to invest<br />

in a wide range of assets<br />

not found in public offer<br />

funds. The example above of<br />

a fund holding business real<br />

property and the business<br />

owner paying rent to their<br />

own super fund is a powerful<br />

example of this. Equally<br />

though, the ability to own<br />

syndicated property, residential<br />

property or commercial<br />

property in whole or part,<br />

private mortgages, warrants,<br />

bonds, alternative assets and<br />

collectables, concentrated<br />

holdings in shares or to make<br />

your own decisions about buy<br />

backs, corporate actions or<br />

dividend reinvestment.<br />

Cost – public offer funds<br />

charge percentage-based fees<br />

that rise directly in proportion<br />

to the underlying asset<br />

holdings. Administration of a<br />

SMSF tends to be fixed with a<br />

scale based on complexity or<br />

volume of transactions.<br />

Tax – a SMSF has the ability<br />

to manage taxation outcomes<br />

in a more specific fashion by<br />

investing in assets that generate<br />

higher levels of franking<br />

credits or tax deferred income<br />

and there’s no pooling with<br />

other investors; it’s only the<br />

direct fund members that benefit.<br />

Public offer funds deduct<br />

and remit tax on contributions<br />

immediately whereas an SMSF<br />

has use of those funds for up<br />

to two years until the fund’s<br />

returns are lodged with the<br />

ATO.<br />

Estate planning – superannuation<br />

does not form part<br />

of your estate: that situation<br />

applies regardless of whether<br />

you use a SMSF or not. A SMSF<br />

should theoretically reduce<br />

the risk of death benefits being<br />

allocated against the member’s<br />

wishes, as the surviving<br />

spouse or nominated children<br />

will usually step into the trustee’s<br />

role after the passing of<br />

a member.<br />

The key factors driving the<br />

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decision to establish a fund<br />

should therefore be based on<br />

the desire to achieve control<br />

and flexibility over your<br />

superannuation holdings. The<br />

ancillary benefits that will flow<br />

as money accumulates in the<br />

fund will be from taxation,<br />

costs and estate planning<br />

factors.<br />

In terms of the nature and<br />

profile of SMSF’s in Australia,<br />

the latest data to the end of<br />

the September quarter was released<br />

by the ATO just before<br />

Christmas last year.<br />

There are currently more<br />

than 600,000 funds in existence<br />

in Australia with nearly<br />

1.5 million members holding<br />

average assets per fund of<br />

$1.47 million.<br />

The number of SMSF’s grew<br />

between September 21 and<br />

September 22 by just over 3<br />

per cent year on year. Two<br />

member funds are the dominant<br />

format with nearly 70<br />

per cent of funds having only<br />

two members, single member<br />

funds represented about a<br />

quarter of all funds. Some 72<br />

per cent of members of all<br />

funds in existence are over<br />

the age of 50; however, 63<br />

per cent of the members of<br />

the funds established in the<br />

September quarter were under<br />

50, with over a third being between<br />

35 and 44, reflecting a<br />

younger demographic setting<br />

up funds.<br />

The dominant asset class<br />

held by SMSFs is listed Australian<br />

shares, sitting at about<br />

30 per cent of all holdings;<br />

residential and commercial<br />

property are each below 10<br />

per cent of assets across the<br />

majority of funds; and crypto<br />

currency sits at less than 1 per<br />

cent of assets for the majority<br />

of SMSFs<br />

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

a Director of GHR Accounting<br />

Group Pty Ltd, Certified<br />

Practising Accountants. Offices<br />

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

20 Bungan Street Mona Vale<br />

NSW 2103 and Shop 8, 9 – 15<br />

Central Ave Manly NSW 2095,<br />

Telephone: 02 9979-4300,<br />

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

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

brian@ghr.com.au<br />

These comments are of a<br />

general nature only and are<br />

not intended as a substitute<br />

for professional advice.<br />

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Business <strong>Life</strong>

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

with Jennifer Harris<br />

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

The gift-giving aftermath –<br />

and (un)happy Xmas returns<br />

We’re into the New<br />

Year and you are<br />

still recovering<br />

from having the family for<br />

Christmas. Everyone seemed<br />

to enjoy themselves – but<br />

now is the time for reflecting<br />

on the air conditioner which<br />

expels heat instead of chill;<br />

the toys which broke while in<br />

the box before the children<br />

opened them. Then there is<br />

Jane, all of 17 who loved the<br />

dress bought for her school<br />

formal but having worn it<br />

now wants to take it back to<br />

the boutique from where it<br />

was purchased. (At least the<br />

books, wine and food were<br />

okay.)<br />

The air conditioner was<br />

a gift for the family. Before<br />

buying, you shopped around<br />

looking for the best deal. At<br />

short notice it was delivered<br />

and installed – bliss! But<br />

something went wrong.<br />

What to do? The product<br />

is under warranty; you<br />

should have kept the invoice<br />

and the warranty. Call the<br />

manufacturer and tell them<br />

of the problem. Providing the<br />

fault is within the equipment<br />

and it has not occurred<br />

through adaptation etc, they<br />

should honour the warranty<br />

and replace or repair.<br />

The train set came<br />

from Uncle Louis for Tom<br />

but when the parcel was<br />

unpacked the tracks were<br />

broken and the wheels on<br />

the goods train had parted<br />

company. No-one liked to<br />

make a fuss but Uncle Louis<br />

gathered it up and assured<br />

Tom he would replace it or<br />

get a refund. You hope Uncle<br />

Louis will be successful. It’s<br />

just that you hope he kept<br />

the invoice or receipt or<br />

proof of purchase or he may<br />

be further disappointed.<br />

Retailers, particularly after<br />

Christmas, are usually very<br />

wary of returns and Uncle<br />

Louis will need to prove from<br />

whom and when the item<br />

was purchased.<br />

Now to Jane; she has<br />

simply changed her mind<br />

about the dress and thinks<br />

having only worn it once<br />

she can just return it. She<br />

does not understand or<br />

want to understand that<br />

you are not legally entitled<br />

to a refund simply because<br />

she has changed her mind.<br />

(With a bit of luck <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong> will publish the photos<br />

of the formal and there<br />

she will be for all the world<br />

and boutique owner to see,<br />

looking as pretty as a picture<br />

in the now-despised dress.)<br />

So what are your rights<br />

as a shopper to a refund<br />

or replacement? The goods<br />

you buy must be safe<br />

and must work the way<br />

they’re supposed to. The<br />

information you get about<br />

a product or service must<br />

be accurate and the product<br />

must be labelled correctly.<br />

You may ask for a refund<br />

if the goods you have<br />

purchased:<br />

n Are so defective that they<br />

should not have been sold<br />

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e.g. they don’t work, they<br />

break down or they develop a<br />

serious fault;<br />

n They are not suitable for<br />

their intended purpose; or<br />

n They do not match the<br />

sample or description<br />

provided.<br />

If this occurs the goods<br />

should be returned and the<br />

retailer should refund your<br />

money.<br />

However, you may<br />

negotiate other solutions<br />

with the retailer, such as a<br />

replacement or the repair of<br />

goods.<br />

You are not entitled to a<br />

refund when you change<br />

your mind about a product;<br />

when you knew or should<br />

have known about a fault<br />

when you bought the goods,<br />

for example as ‘seconds’<br />

(however, if a second has<br />

a fault that you were not<br />

aware of, or could not have<br />

discovered upon a reasonable<br />

inspection when the item<br />

was bought, your rights are<br />

not affected); or when you<br />

are unable to prove from<br />

whom and when the item was<br />

purchased.<br />

Also, when you were<br />

responsible for damaging the<br />

goods by not following the<br />

instructions or misusing the<br />

product.<br />

So, next Christmas, as well<br />

as shopping around for the<br />

best deal and inspecting the<br />

goods carefully, remember to<br />

keep all invoices, dockets and<br />

receipts as proof of purchase.<br />

If something goes wrong<br />

you should stop using the<br />

goods, let the retailer know<br />

as soon as possible, and look<br />

after the goods until they are<br />

returned to the retailer (take<br />

along proof of purchase).<br />

If there is a dispute, ask to<br />

speak to someone in charge.<br />

Explain the problem calmly<br />

and clearly to them. If the<br />

goods are left with the store,<br />

get a receipt. If you still have<br />

problems, contact the Office<br />

of Fair Trading.<br />

Comment supplied by<br />

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer<br />

Harris & Associates,<br />

Solicitors, 4/57 Avalon<br />

Parade, Avalon Beach.<br />

T: 9973 2011. F: 9918 3290.<br />

E: jennifer@jenniferharris.com.au<br />

W: www.jenniferharris.com.au<br />

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Living Gardens Landscape<br />

Call Richy 0475 148417<br />

Lawn & garden maintenance, garden regeneration, stone<br />

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work, residential & commercial.<br />

Melaleuca Landscapes<br />

Call Sandy 0416 276 066<br />

Professional design and construction for every garden<br />

situation. Sustainable vegetable gardens and waterfront<br />

specialist.<br />

Surplus Studio<br />

Call Marc 0435 743 774<br />

Permaculture design; connecting people and planet<br />

by designing ecologically sound human habitats. Free<br />

consultation.<br />

Precision Tree Services<br />

Call Adam 0410 736 105<br />

Adam Bridger; professional tree care by qualified arborists<br />

and tree surgeons.<br />


Cloud9 R&G<br />

Call Tommy 0447 999 929<br />

Prompt and reliable service; gutter cleaning and installation,<br />

leak detection, roof installation and painting. Also roof repairs<br />

specialist.<br />

Ken Wilson Roofing<br />

Call 0419 466 783<br />

Leaking roofs, tile repairs, tiles replaced, metal roof repairs,<br />

gutter cleaning, valley irons replaced.<br />


Hire A Hubby<br />

Call 1800 803 339<br />

Extensive services including carpentry, outdoor<br />

maintenance, painting and plastering and more.<br />

Local Handyman<br />

Call Jono 0413 313299<br />

Small and medium-sized building jobs, also welding &<br />

metalwork; licensed.<br />


Hot Water Maintenance NB<br />

Call 9982 1265<br />

Local emergency specialists, 7 days. Sales, service, installation.<br />

Warranty agents, fully accredited.<br />


Collaroy Kitchen Centre<br />

Call 9972 9300<br />

Danish design excellence. Local beaches specialists in<br />

kitchens, bathrooms and joinery. Visit the showroom in Collaroy.<br />

Seabreeze Kitchens<br />

Call 9938 5477<br />

Specialists in all kitchen needs; design, fitting, consultation.<br />

Excellent trades.<br />


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Call 9918 3373<br />

Provide specialist treatment for neck & back pain, sports<br />

injuries, orthopaedic problems.<br />


Cloud9 Painting<br />

Call 0447 999 929<br />

Your one-stop shop for home or office painting; interiors,<br />

exteriors and also roof painting. Call for a quote.<br />

Tom Wood Master Painters<br />

Call 0406 824 189<br />

Residential specialists in new work & repaints / interior &<br />

exterior. Premium paints; 17 years’ experience.<br />


Predator Pest Control<br />

Call 0417 276 962<br />

predatorpestcontrol.com.au<br />

Environmental services at their best. Comprehensive control.<br />

Eliminate all manner of pests.<br />

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Mark Ellison Plumbing<br />

Call 0431 000 400<br />

Advanced solutions for sewer & stormwater pipe relining:<br />

Upfront price, 25-year warranty.<br />

Total Pipe Relining<br />

Call Josh 0423 600 455<br />

Repair pipe problems without replacement. Drain systems<br />

fully relined; 50 years’ guaranty. Latest technology, best<br />

price.<br />


Aquarius Watermaster<br />

Call 1300 794 850<br />

Rainwater tanks & pumps to capture and use the rain. Sales,<br />

service & installation. View large display area at Terrey Hills.<br />


Jack’s Rubbish Removals<br />

Call Jack 0403 385 312<br />

Up to 45% cheaper than skips. Latest health regulations.<br />

Old-fashioned honesty & reliability. Free quotes.<br />

household rubbish, construction, commercial plus vegetation.<br />

Also car removals.<br />


Beautiful Sliding Door Repairs<br />

Call 0407 546 738<br />

Fix anything that slides in your home; door specialists –<br />

wooden / aluminium. Free quote. Same-day repair; 5-year<br />

warranty.<br />


Luxafoam North<br />

Call 0414 468 434<br />

Local specialists in all aspects of outdoor & indoor seating.<br />

Custom service, expert advice.<br />

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

Compiled by David Stickley<br />

29 Statutory body responsible<br />

for counterespionage and for<br />

the collecting of information on<br />

subversive or terrorist activity (4)<br />

30 A sudden unexpected event (8)<br />

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

ACROSS<br />

1 Boggle the mind (8)<br />

6 Item from a restaurant’s<br />

menu (4)<br />

8 Storm (7)<br />

9 Any of various monitor lizards,<br />

typically large and fast-moving (7)<br />

11 ‘Chief of the Broken Bay<br />

Tribe’ (8)<br />

12 A thing conferred as a<br />

distinction, especially an<br />

official award for bravery or<br />

achievement (6)<br />

14 Member of a rowing crew (3)<br />

16 Pop-up skating event held<br />

at the Avalon Beach Netball<br />

court (6,5)<br />

18 One of the world’s largest<br />

ocean swim events held at Manly<br />

Beach (4,7)<br />

22 What a mess! (3)<br />

24 Australian Hall of Fame<br />

basketballer who is a Warriewood<br />

resident, Brad ______ (6)<br />

25 See 7-down<br />

27 Nina Curtis has a passion for<br />

______ (7)<br />

28 Crowds of people (7)<br />

DOWN<br />

2 A short intensive course of<br />

study (7)<br />

3 Alfresco (4-3)<br />

4 Free from suspicion or<br />

difficulty (2,3,5)<br />

5 James Cripps won the Australian<br />

Writers’ Guild’s prestigious Monte<br />

Miller award for his script ____<br />

Rotation (4)<br />

6 Sporting feature found<br />

many times in Rat Park in<br />

Warriewood (7)<br />

7 & 25-across Series of events<br />

held for the older people in the<br />

community (7,8)<br />

8 A prohibition or restriction<br />

imposed by social custom (5)<br />

10 Source of petrol, diesel, and<br />

other fuels commonly (5)<br />

13 An informal printed report<br />

issued periodically to the<br />

members of a society, business,<br />

organisation, etc. (10)<br />

15 Smashed item served on<br />

toast (3)<br />

17 A boat with twin hulls in<br />

parallel (3)<br />

18 Writes software (5)<br />

19 Small pieces of confectionery<br />

made especially with sugar (7)<br />

20 One of the proteins that goes<br />

into Food Stuff’s paella (7)<br />

21 Company who supplies food<br />

for an event (7)<br />

22 Money in the bank (7)<br />

23 They are found in... (5)<br />

26 No doubt a breakfast option<br />

at one of the many seaside cafes<br />

on the Northern Beaches, ____<br />

Benedict (4)<br />

[Solution page 80]<br />

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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 />

Meat, seafood and veggies –<br />

they can be heaven on a stick<br />

Skewers are like magic wands: no matter what you put on<br />

them, they always look and taste more delicious than<br />

regular plated food. So whether you’re thinking sweet,<br />

savoury, protein or vegetables, or planning the midweek family<br />

meal, summer barbecues or entertaining friends – we have it all<br />

‘skewered’ this month!<br />

Marinated chicken<br />

and vegetable<br />

skewers<br />

Serves 6<br />

To start: Soak 12 wooden<br />

skewers in cold water for 30<br />

minutes; drain.<br />

10 chicken thigh fillets,<br />

trimmed cut into 2cm pieces<br />

1 red capsicum, seeded, cut<br />

into 2cm pieces<br />

1 yellow capsicum, seeded, cut<br />

into 2cm pieces<br />

1 green capsicum, seeded, cut<br />

into 2cm pieces<br />

1 large red onion, cut into 2cm<br />

pieces<br />

2 zucchinis, cut into rounds<br />

leafy green salad and garlic<br />

bread, to serve<br />

Marinade<br />

2 tbs extra virgin olive oil<br />

2 tbs lemon juice<br />

2 tsp smoked paprika<br />

2 tsp Italian dried herbs<br />

1. Thread the chicken,<br />

capsicum, onion and<br />

zucchini onto the skewers<br />

and place in a single layer<br />

in a ceramic baking dish.<br />

Combine the marinade<br />

ingredients, then spoon<br />

over the skewers, turn to<br />

coat. Season. Cover and<br />

refrigerate for 30 minutes to<br />

develop the flavours if you<br />

have time. Drain and discard<br />

the marinade.<br />

2. Preheat a barbecue grill or<br />

chargrill on medium-high.<br />

Cook skewers, turning,<br />

for 15 minutes or until<br />

vegetables are tender and<br />

chicken is cooked through.<br />

Serve with leafy green salad<br />

and garlic bread.<br />

Switch: Try switching the<br />

chicken for pork fillet, salmon,<br />

beef blade, rump or topside.<br />

Extra Veg: Other vegetables<br />

you can use include<br />

mushrooms, par-cooked potato<br />

or sweet potato, or fresh corn<br />

(cut into rounds).<br />

Lemongrass<br />

beef skewers<br />

Serves 4<br />

To start: Soak 8 wooden<br />

skewers in cold water for 30<br />

minutes; drain.<br />

600g beef mince<br />

1 tbs lemongrass paste<br />

1 garlic clove, crushed<br />

1 tbs sriracha sauce<br />

1 tbs teriyaki sauce<br />

¼ cup dried breadcrumbs<br />

1 egg yolk, lightly beaten<br />

olive oil cooking spray<br />

mixed salad leaves, sliced red<br />

radish & Asian herbs, to serve<br />

Vietnamese salad dressing, to<br />

serve<br />

1. Combine the mince,<br />

lemongrass, garlic, sriracha,<br />

teriyaki sauce, breadcrumbs<br />

and egg yolk in a large bowl,<br />

season. Mix well with clean<br />

hands. Using clean damp<br />

hands, divide into 8 balls,<br />

then shape into 10cm long<br />

sausage shapes. Press onto<br />

bamboo skewers.<br />

2. Preheat barbecue plate on<br />

medium heat. Spray the<br />

meat well, cook, turning<br />

occasionally, for 8-10<br />

minutes, until browned on all<br />

sides and cooked through.<br />

Transfer to a tray, cover and<br />

allow to stand for 5 minutes.<br />

3. Combine the salad leaves,<br />

radish and herbs on a<br />

serving platter. Drizzle with<br />

salad dressing and toss<br />

gently to coat. Top with beef<br />

skewers and serve.<br />

Tip: Regular (not lean) mince<br />

is best for this recipe, as you<br />

need the fat content in it to<br />

hold the shape together and<br />

keep it moist. (If you do prefer<br />

to use lean mince, add an extra<br />

egg yolk.)<br />

Switch: Try switching the beef<br />

mince for pork or chicken<br />

mince.<br />

Traditional<br />

satay pork<br />

Serves 6<br />

To start: Soak 18 wooden<br />

skewers in cold water for 30<br />

minutes; drain.<br />

800g pork rashers,<br />

1 tbs peanut oil<br />

2 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

2 Asian (red) eschalots, peeled<br />

2 long red chillies, chopped<br />

¼ tsp ground white pepper<br />

2 tsp ground coriander<br />

1 tsp ground cumin<br />

1 tsp ground turmeric<br />

15g shrimp paste, optional<br />

1 tbs finely grated palm sugar<br />

or brown sugar<br />

2 tbs light soy sauce<br />

2 tbs peanut oil, for greasing<br />

cooked jasmine rice, diced<br />

cucumber, to serve<br />

Peanut sauce<br />

1 tbs peanut oil<br />

2 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

2 Asian (red) eschalots, finely<br />

chopped<br />

2 tsp chilli paste of sambal<br />

oelek (Indonesian chilli paste)<br />

½ cup smooth peanut butter<br />

270ml can coconut milk<br />

¼ cup Kecap Manis (Indonesian<br />

sweet soy sauce)<br />

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For more recipes go to janellebloom.com.au<br />

2 tsp light soy sauce<br />

¼ cup roasted peanuts, very<br />

finely chopped<br />

1 lime, juiced<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 160°C fanforced.<br />

Pour cold water into<br />

the base of a roasting pan to<br />

cover the base. Place the pork<br />

rashers onto a lightly greased<br />

wire rack then place into the<br />

pan. Cover tightly with foil<br />

and cook for 1 hour. Remove<br />

the pork to a plate (it won’t<br />

look appealing at this stage).<br />

Cool to room temperature.<br />

2. Meanwhile, combine the<br />

oil, garlic, eschalots, chilli,<br />

pepper, spices and shrimp<br />

paste in a small food<br />

processor. Process until paste<br />

like. Transfer to a saucepan.<br />

Add the palm sugar and soy.<br />

Bring to a gentle boil over<br />

medium heat. Simmer for<br />

3-4 minutes until slightly<br />

thickened. Set aside to cool.<br />

3. For the peanut sauce, place<br />

the oil, garlic, eschalots and<br />

chilli in a saucepan over<br />

medium heat. Cook, stirring<br />

5 minutes until soft. Add<br />

the peanut butter, coconut<br />

milk, Kecap Manis, soy<br />

and peanuts, stir until well<br />

combined. Bring to the boil,<br />

boil gently 5 minutes until<br />

thickened slightly. Remove<br />

from the heat and stir in the<br />

lime juice. taste, adding more<br />

lime, chilli or a little sugar to<br />

adjust to your taste.<br />

4. Cut the pork into 2cm pieces<br />

and place into a bowl, pour<br />

over the marinade and turn<br />

to coat. Thread onto skewers,<br />

reserving the marinade.<br />

5. Heat a greased barbecue or<br />

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chargrill on medium-high<br />

heat. Cook the satay, basting<br />

and turning occasionally<br />

for 8-10 minutes until the<br />

pork is slightly charred and<br />

warmed through. Serve with<br />

rice, cucumber and peanut<br />

sauce.<br />

Switch: You can replace the<br />

pork with chicken thigh fillet,<br />

beef rump, green prawns or<br />

tofu – ignore Step 1 for these<br />

proteins.<br />

Barbecue maple<br />

mustard salmon<br />

skewers<br />

Serves 4<br />

To start: Soak 8 wooden<br />

skewers in cold water for 30<br />

minutes; drain.<br />

1 eggplant, cut into 1cm-thick<br />

rounds<br />

2 yellow capsicums, cut into<br />

3cm cubes<br />

2 tbs olive oil<br />

600g skinless salmon fillets,<br />

cut into 3cm cubes<br />

2 tbs maple syrup<br />

1 red chilli, thinly sliced,<br />

optional<br />

1 tbs Dijon mustard<br />

1 lemon, juiced<br />

chopped parsley and sliced<br />

chilli, to serve<br />

1. Preheat a barbecue grill or<br />

chargrill on medium-high.<br />

Brush both sides of the<br />

eggplant and capsicum with<br />

half the oil. Barbecue the<br />

eggplant for 3-4 minutes<br />

each side and the capsicum<br />

for 2 minutes each side or<br />

until lightly charred and<br />

tender. Remove to a plate.<br />

Cool for 5 minutes.<br />

2. Thread the salmon, eggplant<br />

and capsicum onto skewers.<br />

Combine the remaining<br />

oil, maple, chilli, mustard<br />

and lemon juice, season.<br />

Brush over both sides of<br />

the skewers. Barbecue the<br />

salmon skewers, basting<br />

with more marinade, for 8<br />

minutes, turning often for<br />

medium or until cooked to<br />

your liking. Serve with salad,<br />

rice or noodles.<br />

Skewered barbecued<br />

vegetables<br />

These are a great way to<br />

encourage the kids to eat their<br />

veggies – they add colour,<br />

flavour and texture to any meal.<br />

Vegetables ideal for<br />

threading onto skewers include:<br />

red onion cut into wedges,<br />

green onions cut into batons;<br />

mushrooms, zucchini cut into<br />

rounds; squash-quartered,<br />

cherry tomatoes, par cooked<br />

corn cobs, par cooked potato,<br />

pumpkin and sweet potato,<br />

eggplant, capsicum.<br />

Quick ideas<br />

Par-cook red skin potatoes in<br />

boiling water until just tender.<br />

Cool then thickly slice and<br />

skewer. Brush with olive oil,<br />

season and barbecue.<br />

Halve button or cup<br />

mushrooms, brush with a little<br />

soy and honey and barbecue.<br />

Thread coloured capsicum,<br />

zucchini and chargrilled<br />

eggplant onto skewers, brush<br />

with oil and barbecue until<br />

tender.<br />

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Pick of the Month:<br />

Raspberries<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

These delicious berries<br />

are a member of the<br />

rose family. During summer<br />

the fruit is spectacular,<br />

especially the Tasmanian<br />

varieties.<br />

Buying<br />

Before buying, first check<br />

the base of the punnet –<br />

there should be no juice<br />

oozing in the base. Berries<br />

should have a sweet aroma,<br />

be evenly coloured with no<br />

signs of bruising or mould.<br />

Storage<br />

Open the punnet and check<br />

there are no soft or damaged<br />

berries; if there are, discard<br />

them as they will encourage<br />

the speedy deterioration of<br />

the remaining berries.<br />

Place unwashed berries<br />

onto a plate, lined with<br />

paper towel, cover loosely<br />

with paper towel and wrap.<br />

Store on the lowest shelf in<br />

the fridge and eat as soon as<br />

possible. Dunk in a bowl of<br />

iced cold water then drain<br />

before serving.<br />

Nutrition<br />

Raspberries are most<br />

famous for their high<br />

content of ellagic acid, an<br />

antioxidant linked with<br />

preventing damage to cell<br />

membranes and reducing<br />

the risk of cancer. They<br />

are rich in Vitamin C, A,<br />

E and a range of B class<br />

vitamins including thiamine,<br />

riboflavin and niacin.<br />

Little pikelet and<br />

raspberry skewers<br />

with marshmallow<br />

fudge sauce<br />

Serves 6<br />

2 x 125g fresh raspberries<br />

Pikelets<br />

1¼ cups plain flour<br />

2½ tsp baking powder<br />

2 tbs caster sugar<br />

1 egg, lightly beaten<br />

¾ cup full cream milk<br />

50g butter, melted<br />

Marshmallow fudge sauce<br />

200g dark chocolate or milk,<br />

chopped<br />

2/3 cup (160ml) thickened<br />

cream<br />

12 white marshmallows,<br />

chopped<br />

1. For the pikelets, sift the<br />

flour and baking powder<br />

into a bowl, then stir in the<br />

sugar. Make a well in the<br />

centre, add egg and milk.<br />

Whisk until the batter is<br />

almost smooth. Stir in 3<br />

teaspoons of melted butter.<br />

2. Heat a non-stick frying pan<br />

over medium-high heat.<br />

Brush the base with a little<br />

melted butter. Spoon a<br />

tablespoon of mixture per<br />

pikelet, into the pan (cook<br />

4-5 at a time). Cook for 2-3<br />

minutes or until bubbles<br />

appear on the surface.<br />

Turn pikelets and cook the<br />

other side for 1-2 minutes<br />

until golden. Remove to<br />

a clean tea towel. Repeat<br />

with remaining butter and<br />

pikelet batter.<br />

3. For the marshmallow<br />

fudge sauce, place the<br />

chocolate and cream into<br />

a microwave-safe bowl.<br />

Microwave on High/100%<br />

for 1 minute; stir and<br />

continue to heat in 30<br />

seconds bursts until the<br />

sauce is smooth. Add<br />

the marshmallows, heat<br />

a further 30 seconds on<br />

High/100%. Stir until<br />

smooth.<br />

4. Thread the pikelets and<br />

raspberries onto skewers,<br />

drizzle with warm fudge<br />

sauce and serve!<br />

In Season<br />

<strong>February</strong><br />

Apricots, Berries<br />

(Blueberries, Blackberries,<br />

Raspberries & Strawberries);<br />

Fresh Figs, Grapes,<br />

Limes, Lychee, Mangos,<br />

Watermelon, Nectarines,<br />

Peaches, Pineapple, Plums;<br />

also Avocadoes, Beans,<br />

Broccolini, Cucumber,<br />

Chillies, Capsicum, Eggplant,<br />

Snow Peas, Sugar Snap<br />

Peas, Radish, Silverbeet and<br />

English spinach, Tomatoes<br />

and Onions.<br />

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Tasty Morsels<br />

with Beverley Hudec<br />

Some Tiny Morsels to savour in <strong>February</strong><br />

Smorgasbord fare at<br />

Newport's Rowie's<br />

Ace baker Rowie Dillon’s latest venture<br />

is Sunday lunch at Newport Surf<br />

<strong>Life</strong> Saving Club. Rowie’s by the Sea<br />

has canteen-style dining featuring<br />

a smorgasbord of salads, veggies,<br />

meat and desserts. No bookings, but<br />

grab a table from noon for dishes<br />

like Szechuan pepper ribs, carrot and<br />

potato gratin, fennel and orange salad<br />

and tropical trifle.<br />

Locals can snack out<br />

at 'Summer Bay'<br />

North Palm Beach Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving<br />

Club’s kiosk – aka Summer Bay Kiosk<br />

– whips up bacon and egg rolls, meat<br />

pies, burgers and fish and chips for<br />

beach goers, surfers and visiting Home<br />

and Away tragics. There are shadecovered<br />

benches to enjoy coffees,<br />

drinks and snacks. The volunteers-run<br />

canteen is open weekends and on<br />

Tuesdays from 9.30am.<br />

Queen Ester's<br />

right royal teas<br />

Swap your morning coffee<br />

for one of Queen Ester’s<br />

freshly steeped mint teas<br />

this summer. This Newport<br />

cafe has been cooking up<br />

a storm since it opened in<br />

November 2021. Lunchtime<br />

eats include Israeli felafel<br />

bowls, chicken shawarma<br />

wraps and vegan specials<br />

such as stuffed capsicum<br />

with pomegranate sauce,<br />

hummus and salad.<br />

True Solace is a<br />

yummy roti toastie<br />

Solace Kitchen’s vintage caravan<br />

has moved from Elanora Heights to<br />

Northgate Church in Belrose. Drop by for<br />

Asian-inspired street food, roti toasties<br />

and take-home frozen curry packs. The<br />

drinks menu has Pablo & Rusty’s coffee,<br />

kefir superfood smoothies and a new<br />

addition. ‘Teh tarik’ is Asian pulled tea,<br />

flavoured with condensed milk.<br />

Tasty Dining Morsels Guide<br />

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Three of a kind: Valentine’s date night<br />

Romance is in the air at<br />

The Royal Motor Yacht<br />

Club (pictured). The iconic<br />

waterfront venue’s $100-a-head<br />

menu will be available for lunch<br />

and dinner. Loved-up couples<br />

get a glass of bubbles and three<br />

courses. Share sushi, calamari<br />

and prawn skewers before<br />

choosing either barramundi or<br />

fillet of beef before finishing<br />

with either croquembouche tart<br />

or raspberry love bomb.<br />

Mona Vale beachfront<br />

restaurant The Basin will<br />

showcase signature dishes.<br />

The three-course $125-a-head<br />

Valentine’s menu features<br />

dishes like scallops in kombu<br />

chilli butter or stracciatella<br />

with zucchini. Main choices<br />

include grilled salmon, confit<br />

potato and shaved fennel or<br />

steak and fries and dulce de<br />

leche parfait for dessert.<br />

With its Hamptons-meets-thebeach<br />

styling, Barrenjoey<br />

House is another romantic<br />

destination that’s picture<br />

perfect for any time of the year.<br />

The Palm Beach restaurant will<br />

be open for lunch and dinner<br />

this Valentine’s Day. And to<br />

make the most of the occasion,<br />

why not book a night? Details<br />

are on the website.<br />

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Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

with Gabrielle Bryant<br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Growing your own plants from<br />

cuttings is easy and addictive!<br />

Nothing is more satisfying than<br />

growing your own plants from<br />

cuttings. Once you begin you will<br />

never trim or prune a shrub or plant again<br />

without trying to grow the pieces.<br />

Early autumn is the perfect time to take<br />

semi-hardwood cuttings from shrubs that<br />

have finished flowering. These cuttings are<br />

taken from the stems that have started to<br />

harden off just below the soft new growing<br />

tips. The colour will have changed from<br />

light green to brown.<br />

Plants that are suitable include camellias,<br />

azaleas, gardenias, geraniums, fuchsias,<br />

hydrangeas, abutilon, begonias, hibiscus<br />

and other late-Spring or Summer flowering<br />

shrubs.<br />

To test if the cutting is mature enough<br />

try bending the stem. If it bends and then<br />

snaps it is ready, if it just bends without<br />

snapping it is too soft.<br />

Take 10cm cuttings, trim back the soft<br />

new growth, cutting the base just below<br />

With the Autumn months<br />

just around the corner, it<br />

is time to think about bulbs for<br />

Spring. Some bulbs will thrive<br />

in our warmer climate while<br />

others need to be lifted once<br />

died down and stored in cooler<br />

conditions to flower.<br />

Freesias, ranunculus,<br />

anemones, ixias, sparaxis and<br />

grape hyacinths are all varieties<br />

that will bloom again year<br />

after year and naturalise in the<br />

garden grown in the full sun, in<br />

a leaf node this is where the roots will<br />

develop from. A node it where a leaf was<br />

previously attached. Remove all the lower<br />

leaves leaving just a couple at the tip.<br />

Fill a small pot with seed raising mix.<br />

Switch on for bulbs for Spring<br />

garden beds with compost and<br />

organic matter.<br />

Bluebells need to be grown<br />

under deciduous trees to<br />

protect them from the heat of<br />

the summer sun.<br />

Daffodils, jonquils, narcissus,<br />

hyacinths and tulips are not<br />

so suitable for planting in the<br />

garden by the coast where they<br />

don’t get the cold winter days,<br />

but they are perfect in pots,<br />

tubs, and window boxes.<br />

Having been grown in the<br />

colder climates of the Southern<br />

regions of Australia they are<br />

certain to flower for the first<br />

year. Enjoy them for this winter<br />

season and bring them inside<br />

when they flower, then lift them<br />

once they die down.<br />

Stored in a cool dry spot<br />

they may well flower again the<br />

following year if planted out<br />

once the Summer heat fades.<br />

There are always early bird<br />

specials to be found on the<br />

internet.<br />

Water it well before planting your cuttings.<br />

Dip the cuttings into rooting hormone<br />

powder (pictured) or for a more natural<br />

medium rub the cut stem with the jelly of<br />

an aloe vera leaf.<br />

With a small stick (a chopstick is perfect),<br />

make a hole in the mix and gently firm<br />

the cutting into the pot. It is better to<br />

place several cuttings into one pot than<br />

individual pots. The closeness will help to<br />

keep the humidity.<br />

Water well once again and cover the pot<br />

with a plastic bag. After a few weeks your<br />

new plants will show new growth. Take<br />

the plastic away and wait until you see<br />

the leaves develop before planting out. It<br />

is better to be patient than to disturb the<br />

newly formed roots too soon.<br />

By growing your own cuttings you can fill<br />

your garden for little or no cost. Has your<br />

neighbour got a plant that you would like?<br />

Just ask for a small cutting and you will<br />

have one as well.<br />

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Beautiful clingy climbers<br />

The clerodendrum family is<br />

very diverse, with more than<br />

400 varieties; some are shrubs,<br />

some members are climbers,<br />

but none are easy to find.<br />

Better known are the open<br />

shrubby, sky blue Butterfly<br />

Bush, clerodendrum ugandense,<br />

and the taller growing, delicate<br />

clerodendrum nutans with<br />

cascading white flowers – but<br />

best known of all are the<br />

climbing varieties.<br />

For any gardener, nothing<br />

is more tempting than a bare<br />

wooden fence. Sometimes it<br />

is hard to find a climber that<br />

will cover the wooden slats<br />

that won’t, in time, get out of<br />

control. The Bleeding Heart<br />

vine, clerodenrum thomsoniae,<br />

will reliably cover the fence but<br />

never be a problem. It is semideciduous,<br />

losing some leaves<br />

in Winter but as the weather<br />

warms up it will twine and cover<br />

the fence at Christmas with<br />

white and scarlet flowers.<br />

The summer-flowering, bright<br />

red clerodendum speciossum,<br />

is understandably known as<br />

the Glory Vine. The panicles of<br />

bright red flowers appear over<br />

the warm months of Summer,<br />

contrasting against the dark<br />

green leaves. It is a shrubby<br />

climber, the arching stems need<br />

support as it rambles. Train this<br />

spectacular plant against a wall<br />

or fence with horizontal wires<br />

or lattice.<br />

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The flamboyant scarlet Poinciana<br />

Many years ago, there were<br />

very few Poinciana trees<br />

in Sydney, but today as you<br />

drive around the peninsula the<br />

brilliant scarlet flowers of the<br />

Royal Poinciana can be seen in<br />

late Summer.<br />

Also known as the<br />

‘Flamboyant tree’, these trees<br />

rival the violet haze of the<br />

jacarandas in Spring. The<br />

huge scarlet flowers, that<br />

cover the canopy of the tree,<br />

stand high above the lacey,<br />

grass green foliage.<br />

Poinciana trees need to<br />

grow in full sun where the<br />

natural shape of the tree can<br />

develop. They can withstand<br />

drought and salty winds. They<br />

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need well drained sandy soil.<br />

They grow fast and need little<br />

attention.<br />

Keep the root area clear of<br />

undergrowth that can cause the<br />

tree to become infected with<br />

fungal problems. The wide, flat<br />

canopy naturally grows wider<br />

than the height of the tree.<br />

It is a perfect street tree<br />

where there are no power<br />

lines, and it can grow without<br />

the mutilation of the tree<br />

choppers! Sit back and wait for<br />

the lorikeets to visit every day.<br />

Poincianas can be grown<br />

from cuttings or by seed and<br />

it will take from 6-10 years<br />

before they will flower but<br />

they are well worth the wait.<br />

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Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Jobs this Month<br />

<strong>February</strong><br />

Whatever happened to<br />

Summer? The garden<br />

is confused! One day<br />

a heatwave and the next is<br />

cold with rain. It is no wonder<br />

that the garden is struggling.<br />

Mow the grass regularly to<br />

prevent it growing long and<br />

lanky. It is better to mow<br />

frequently that to suddenly<br />

expose the roots that have<br />

been shaded by tall grass.<br />

Feed the lawn this month for<br />

autumn growth.<br />

Autumn prep<br />

Pull out veggies that are<br />

struggling and prepare the<br />

garden for Autumn planting.<br />

It is good to leave the soil<br />

empty for a couple of weeks<br />

before replanting winter<br />

Dahlias make a comeback<br />

crops. Dig the garden well and<br />

turn in additional compost and<br />

fertiliser.<br />

Rust watch<br />

Frangipani rust is bad with<br />

the high humidity. Remove<br />

all the affected leaves and<br />

put them in the bin – not the<br />

Green bin as the spore will<br />

carry over and infect future<br />

compost. Spray the trees and<br />

the ground beneath with a<br />

mixture of copper and Yates’<br />

Anti-rot. Try to spray under<br />

the foliage if possible.<br />

Move orchids<br />

Move pots of cymbidium<br />

orchids from the shade into<br />

bright light or morning sun.<br />

They will need the light to<br />

If you didn’t buy dahlias tubers in the Spring<br />

when they were available as tubers on bulb<br />

stands, it is not too late. You can buy them<br />

now in full flower in garden centres.<br />

The number of different colours, shapes,<br />

and sizes is quite bewildering. They can be<br />

any colour and vary in shape from tiny round<br />

balls and pompom flowers to the huge heads<br />

of cactus-shaped, double, single or anemoneshaped<br />

blooms that are cherished by florists.<br />

There are dwarf dahlias that grow just 35cm<br />

and some that will reach a height of 2m.<br />

Dahlias are an old-fashioned plant that was<br />

popular in the 1970s – now they’re making an<br />

amazing comeback.<br />

Dahlias need full sun and an open space to<br />

grow that is protected from wind. As the flower<br />

develop their<br />

flower spikes.<br />

Grow Pak Choi<br />

If you are new to growing<br />

vegetables, try a quick crop<br />

of Pak Choi seedlings, or buy<br />

a packet of seed tape. Within<br />

just a few weeks you will be<br />

harvesting your crop and you<br />

find what fun it is to grow<br />

your own veggies.<br />

Trim & prune<br />

Trim back roses, remove any<br />

old flower stems and feed the<br />

bushes. In just a short time<br />

you will have another flush<br />

of flowers in Autumn. Also,<br />

lightly prune back Summerflowering<br />

shrubs. Don’t throw<br />

away the greenery. Select<br />

stem grows, the taller varieties may need<br />

staking. Feed your plants regularly with a liquid<br />

fertiliser. If you want picked flowers to last, it is<br />

best to pick them in the early morning.<br />

Once the flowers are finished the plants will<br />

die down. Let the leaves die back naturally<br />

before cutting them off.<br />

suitable prunings to make<br />

new cuttings. Chop the rest<br />

into smaller pieces and put<br />

them in the compost bin.<br />

Veggie care<br />

Veggies that are affected by<br />

powdery mildew can be safely<br />

sprayed with Eco fungicide.<br />

Read the withholding<br />

instructions carefully before<br />

spraying. Some control can<br />

be achieved by spraying with<br />

a dilution of milk and water.<br />

Feed citrus<br />

It’s the last time to feed citrus<br />

trees before Winter. As new<br />

growth appears protect the soft<br />

new leaves from stink bugs and<br />

leaf miner with Eco oil.<br />

Other chores<br />

Don’t be tempted to remove<br />

any sunburnt leaves that appear<br />

after the random very hot days.<br />

They will protect the rest of<br />

the plant. With such strange<br />

weather patterns there may well<br />

be more hot days to come…<br />

Last, although it is too soon to<br />

plant bulbs, try to decide this<br />

month on any future purchase.<br />

The availability and range of<br />

bulbs in the garden centres<br />

soon runs down.<br />

Crossword solution from page 72<br />

Mystery location: MONA VALE<br />

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Times Past<br />

‘Broken Bay Tribe Chief’ Bungaree<br />

The first judge-advocate of New<br />

South Wales, Captain William Collins,<br />

stated in 1799 that Bungaree<br />

was a native of the north side of Broken<br />

Bay. He may have been born in 1775<br />

although that can’t be confirmed.<br />

It was Bungaree’s patron, Governor<br />

Lachlan Macquarie, who bestowed the<br />

title of ‘Chief of the Broken Bay Tribe’<br />

on him in 1815. He even gave him a<br />

crescent-shaped and inscribed brass<br />

breastplate (or gorget) to wear, which<br />

shows in some of the many sketches<br />

and paintings of him.<br />

Apparently only seven years later, the<br />

more specific title of ‘Chief of the Pitt<br />

Water Tribe’ was chosen by Macquarie<br />

– but strangely,<br />

only after they had<br />

moved to Kirribilli.<br />

Prior to this and<br />

in 1802, Bungaree<br />

had become the<br />

first Australianborn<br />

circumnavigator<br />

when he<br />

sailed with Matthew<br />

Flinders. He<br />

used his knowledge<br />

of Aboriginal ‘protocol’<br />

to converse<br />

with local indigenous<br />

people during<br />

the voyage.<br />

It is most likely he<br />

was born around the<br />

Broken Bay area, possibly<br />

even presentday<br />

Patonga, where<br />

the Hawkesbury<br />

River – known to him as Deerubin – met<br />

the bay.<br />

Here he would have swum and played<br />

with the young men of his Garigal clan.<br />

Through hunting and mock battles<br />

with small spears and shields, he became<br />

an expert fisherman, learning to<br />

make his own Mooting or fishing spear.<br />

After learning the traditional laws<br />

and culture of his people, he would<br />

eventually have been initiated into manhood,<br />

a ceremony<br />

known as<br />

yoolung erabadiung.<br />

After<br />

much singing<br />

and dancing<br />

for several<br />

days, the<br />

young men<br />

who were to<br />

become the<br />


RECORD:<br />

Depictions<br />

of ‘Chief’<br />

Bungaree and<br />

his second<br />

wife Queen<br />

Gooseberry.<br />

initiates, had their incisor<br />

tooth knocked out at the ceremony<br />

and were then given their possum-fur<br />

waistband.<br />

After the terrible outbreak of smallpox<br />

in 1789, tribes were in disarray,<br />

with around 70 per cent of the local<br />

Aborigines dead and “the sight of decaying<br />

bodies huddled in rock shelters all<br />

around the harbour”.<br />

Around 1805 he took his first wife<br />

Matora; Bowen (or Boin) was probably one<br />

of their sons, followed by Toby (or Toubi).<br />

On one Baptism record,<br />

Bowen’s name<br />

appears as ‘Bowen<br />

Bungaree’. Bungaree<br />

had a daughter<br />

and another son<br />

to his other wife,<br />

Queen Gooseberry,<br />

from 1815.<br />

In 1815, remnants<br />

of the Broken<br />

Bay people, led by<br />

Bungaree, were<br />

given clothing, agricultural<br />

implements,<br />

a fishing boat and<br />

some farming land at<br />

Georges Head.<br />

Macquarie’s overall<br />

efforts had helped the<br />

Aborigines little and as<br />

essential links with the<br />

land had been disrupted,<br />

traditional Aboriginal<br />

society crumbled.<br />

Bungaree spent much of his later life<br />

in and around Sydney after the collapse<br />

of the Georges Head experiment. Apparently,<br />

Bungaree and his clan moved<br />

their camp to the Governor’s Domain<br />

where age, alcohol and malnutrition<br />

eventually caught up with him.<br />

Bungaree died at Garden Island on<br />

Wednesday 24 November 1830.<br />

TIMES PAST is supplied by local historian<br />

and President of the Avalon Beach<br />

Historical Society GEOFF SEARL. Visit<br />

the Society’s showroom in Bowling<br />

Green Lane, Avalon Beach.<br />

Times Past<br />

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Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Cruise Portugal’s Douro Valley<br />

Avalon Waterways is redefining cruising<br />

by going against the current and away<br />

from the ordinary.<br />

“Delivering unparalleled experiences,<br />

Avalon puts guests in the captain’s seat to<br />

navigate their journey, fuel their passions<br />

and steer clear of the unexpected as they<br />

cruise down the world’s most memorable<br />

and mesmerising waterways,” said Travel<br />

View’s Sharon Godden.<br />

“In 2024, Avalon will make their Douro<br />

debut with a new itinerary and Suite Ship –<br />

the Avalon Alegria. Marking their 15th Suite<br />

Ship in Europe and first sailings in Portugal,<br />

Avalon are now poised to give cruisers the<br />

newest view of the Old World.”<br />

Sharon said hillside vineyards and historic<br />

villages await as you set sail through<br />

Portugal’s postcard-perfect views on their<br />

all-new, eight-day cruise beginning and<br />

ending in opulent Porto.<br />

“You’ll uncover medieval castles,<br />

legendary landscapes, and all the vinho,<br />

olives, and cheese your soul desires with<br />

Avalon’s wide range of included daily<br />

excursion choices – from wine tastings and<br />

bike tours to traditional sightseeing with<br />

expert Local Guides.<br />

“Featuring everything from ancient<br />

Amarante – in the picturesque Minho<br />

region – to the sandstone architecture in<br />

Salamanca Spain, this new cruise promises<br />

countless ways to experience the region’s<br />

scenic splendours and renowned cuisine.”<br />

Living up to its name (which, in<br />

Portuguese, means happiness), Sharon<br />

says the Avalon Alegria – like the rest of<br />

Avalon’s fleet of modern, award-winning<br />

Suite ShipsSM – combines the perfect blend<br />

of elegance and ease – where little touches<br />

are bold, gestures are grand and the views<br />

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“The Alegria will include Avalon’s<br />

signature, boutique-hotel-inspired<br />

Panorama Suites on two full decks. Each<br />

suite provides guests 200 square-feet of<br />

living space and features the industry’s only<br />

Open-Air Balcony, with the widest-opening<br />

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This new Suite Ship, built exclusively to<br />

sail the Douro, will accommodate just 102<br />

guests and 33 crew members. Onboard<br />

amenities include an Adventure Centre<br />

with complimentary active gear, an Avalon<br />

Adventure Host to assist with active<br />

excursions and onboard fitness activities,<br />

and a Sky Deck with a swimming pool for<br />

guests to soak in the Portuguese sun.<br />

On board guests can enjoy a culinary<br />

experience as delectable as their sweet sail<br />

down the river.<br />

“From craft cocktails and regional wines<br />

to inspired menus and artisanal dishes,<br />

your gastronomical journey will be fuelled<br />

with a beautiful balance of local flavour,<br />

served in your choice of dining venue.”<br />

*With Avalon’s current New Year Sale,<br />

book and deposit your Douro River<br />

cruise by 28 <strong>February</strong> <strong>2023</strong> and save up<br />

to $1,400 per couple; more info call Travel<br />

View on 9918 4444.<br />

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Stark beauty of Northern Europe<br />

There is nothing quite like exploring<br />

Scandinavia and Northern Europe<br />

by sea as you trace ancient Viking trade<br />

routes. A year-round destination, you can<br />

glide through shimmering Norwegian<br />

fjords, sail into dynamic progressive cities<br />

like Copenhagen, Stockholm and<br />

Reykjavik, soak up the midnight sun<br />

and go in search of the otherworldly<br />

Northern Lights.<br />

You’ll discover remote outposts<br />

surrounded by magnificent natural<br />

beauty as you learn the incredible<br />

true story of the Vikings along the<br />

way.<br />

Travel View’s Gail Kardash says<br />

there’s a reason aptly named<br />

Viking Cruises are considered the<br />

Scandinavia and Northern Europe<br />

experts.<br />

“Their chairman Torstein Hagen<br />

hails from Norway and began his<br />

shipping career there, so they have an<br />

unparalleled understanding of its culture,<br />

landscapes and people,” she said.<br />

“The bespoke voyages allow you to<br />

immerse yourself in the unique history<br />

and culture of each destination on a<br />

deeper level, offering a window into a<br />

destination’s rhythms of local life.”<br />

Destinations include:<br />

Tromso – Norway’s gateway to the Arctic,<br />

where striking wooden structures and<br />

neoclassical architecture are symbolic<br />

of this quaint city. During Winter it is<br />

one of the best destinations in the world<br />

to witness the magical Aurora Borealis.<br />

Home of the Arctic cathedral (pictured).<br />

Reykjavik – The world’s most northerly<br />

capital and settled by the Vikings in 870<br />

AD. Today, Reykjavik is big on character<br />

and renowned for its devotion to the arts.<br />

Stockholm – A city of contrasts, the historic<br />

Gamla Stan district features medieval<br />

architecture and cobblestone streets fit for<br />

a fairytale, while the other side of the city<br />

is home to world-class galleries, trendy<br />

restaurants and modern boutiques.<br />

Bergen – Surrounded by majestic snowcapped<br />

mountains, magnificent fjords<br />

and glaciers with a rich heritage<br />

as a Hanseatic League trading<br />

port, beautifully preserved in the<br />

vibrantly painted wooden buildings<br />

of Bryggen Wharf.<br />

“Incredible optional excursions<br />

along the way include the<br />

Arctic tundra by Husky sled, a<br />

quintessential way to experience the<br />

stark beauty of northern Norway and<br />

its pristine, snow-covered wilderness<br />

and towering fjords,” Gail said.<br />

“You can also pay a rare visit to<br />

the remote port of Honningsvåg in<br />

Northern Norway on a ‘King Crab<br />

safari’, where you’ll see how prized<br />

six-foot king crabs are harvested. Back<br />

ashore, you’ll feast on your catch, with<br />

preparation tips from your cook.” – NW<br />

*Viking Cruises are offering savings of<br />

$1800 to $3600 per couple on a range<br />

of cruises ranging from 8 to 29 days’<br />

duration. More info call Travel view on<br />

9918 4444.<br />

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

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