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The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

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Editorial<br />

Labor’s plans for Beaches?<br />

The election of the new<br />

Labor Government will<br />

have flow-on effects to locals.<br />

In the run-up to the polls<br />

both the Liberals and Labor<br />

threw money and assurances<br />

at the upper Northern Beaches.<br />

PEP-11 was condemned, as was<br />

housing at Lizard Rock.<br />

The Liberals, Labor and<br />

the Independents all want to<br />

fix flooding on Wakehurst<br />

Parkway – Labor has even<br />

stumped up an additional $13<br />

million so Council can fasttrack<br />

works (see p30).<br />

Short stays at Barrenjoey<br />

Headland are off the table,<br />

with Labor committing to<br />

not allow NSW National Parks<br />

& Wildlife to privatise the<br />

Lighthouse precinct.<br />

Labor policy remains that it<br />

will consider de-amalgamation<br />

of big new Councils (like ours).<br />

But the biggest effect is<br />

likely to be new development;<br />

on which Labor has been<br />

transparent. Former Labor<br />

leader Michael Daley said: “…<br />

it is not fair that the Northern<br />

Beaches and North Shore<br />

are protected from overdevelopment.”<br />

New Premier Chris Minns<br />

said in mid-March: “… we’re<br />

being honest about it…<br />

we’re going to charge the<br />

Greater Sydney Commission<br />

with rebalancing Sydney’s<br />

population growth…”<br />

Meanwhile Northern Beaches<br />

Council has yet to set in stone<br />

its new Local Environmental<br />

Policy for the LGA. It remains<br />

to be seen whether Labor has<br />

its own guidelines for LEPs on<br />

the beaches. Let’s wait and see.<br />

* * *<br />

Stop Press: Condolences to the<br />

friends and family of former<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Councillor Bob Grace<br />

who has died aged 87.<br />

Mr Grace was a committed<br />

community advocate and<br />

respected barrister; a special<br />

tribute will feature in next<br />

month’s magazine. – Nigel Wall<br />

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Council will pursue its demolition order on an unapproved<br />

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News<br />

Postal votes key to <strong>Pittwater</strong> MP<br />

Pre-polling and postal votes tallied<br />

in the days after the State Election<br />

held the key to determining who<br />

would become <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s new member<br />

of parliament.<br />

The poll was on a knife’s edge at the<br />

close of counting on election night.<br />

With 56 per cent of votes counted, Independent<br />

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

Scruby clung to a 0.2 per cent lead over<br />

Liberal candidate Rory Amon after preferences<br />

– 50.1 per cent to 49.9 per cent.<br />

The NSW Electoral Commission tally<br />

showed the difference was a mere 27<br />

votes – with 720 informal ballots cast up<br />

to that point.<br />

There were 56,181 total enrolments in<br />

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

Booths across the electorate told the<br />

story of support for the candidates.<br />

Ms Scruby performed strongly in<br />

booths north of Newport; she was ahead<br />

at Avalon Public School, Avalon Rec Centre,<br />

Barrenjoey High and Bilgola Plateau<br />

Public.<br />

Mr Amon attracted more votes at Newport<br />

Public School, Newport Surf Club,<br />

Narrabeen Sports High and <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

High. He was polling more than double<br />

Ms Scruby’s vote at Terrey Hills Public<br />

School (1006 to 458).<br />

CLOSE CONTEST: Jacqui Scruby and Rory Amon.<br />

Of the known 16,983 pre-poll votes<br />

cast in the lead-up to election day, only<br />

5,023 had been tallied – at Newport,<br />

where Mr Amon led by 34 seats.<br />

Vote counting at the Narrabeen and<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> (Mona Vale) pre-poll offices had<br />

yet to commence at the time <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong> went to print.<br />

At the time of going to print, 1987<br />

postal votes had been counted from 5344<br />

postal vote applications.<br />

Crucially, initial postal vote returns<br />

favoured Mr Amon 1116 to Ms Scruby’s<br />

511, with other candidates sharing the<br />

remaining 360.<br />

Regardless of the result, Ms Scruby said<br />

the political tide had turned in <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

“This is no longer a safe seat,” Ms<br />

Scruby said.<br />

Meanwhile Northern Beaches Mayor<br />

Michael Regan, standing as a non-aligned<br />

independent, toppled Liberal candidate<br />

Toby Williams in Wakehurst – ending<br />

more than three decades of incumbency<br />

by retiring Health Minister Brad Hazzard.<br />

With 60 per cent of the vote counted<br />

on election night, Mr Regan led 55.3 per<br />

cent to 44.7 per cent after preferences.<br />

First preference voting showed a different<br />

story, with Mr Regan banking just<br />

180 more than Mr Williams (12,809 to<br />

12,629) and a 0.6 per cent margin (36.9<br />

per cent of first votes to 36.3 per cent).<br />

Reflecting on the result a shocked Mr<br />

Hazzard said it appeared some factors<br />

were beyond local control.<br />

“I honestly don’t know what they are…<br />

it strikes me that everything the Liberal<br />

and National [coalition] Government has<br />

done has been banked by the community.”<br />

Mr Regan announced he would step<br />

down from his role as Mayor but would<br />

remain as a Councillor until the next<br />

Council election in September 2024.<br />

It remained unclear whether Mr Amon<br />

(if elected) would continue in his role as<br />

Councillor.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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Lizard Rock landow<br />

News<br />

The future development<br />

of bushland for 450<br />

dwellings at Lizard<br />

Rock at Belrose may hang on<br />

the outcome of legal action<br />

undertaken by the Aboriginal<br />

landowners.<br />

It follows the NSW’s Government’s<br />

pre-election announcement<br />

that contrary to process,<br />

it would halt the rezoning<br />

application if it was re-elected.<br />

The announcement in early<br />

March, by then-Planning Minister<br />

Anthony Roberts, left Lizard<br />

Rock landowners the Local<br />

Metropolitan Aboriginal Land<br />

Council (LMALC) without support<br />

from all sides of politics –<br />

including the Coalition, Labor,<br />

the Greens and independents<br />

– in their aim to achieve economic<br />

self-determination by<br />

developing housing across the<br />

Northern Beaches.<br />

The LMALC is accusing the<br />

Government of political intervention<br />

and abuse of process.<br />

Last year the Liberal<br />

Government added six of the<br />

LMALC’s land holdings on<br />

the Northern Beaches into<br />

a special Aboriginal Land<br />

State Environmental Planning<br />

Policy (SEPP) to allow LMALC<br />

development proposals to be<br />

assessed through an independent<br />

panel, bypassing<br />

Northern Beaches Council.<br />

Just before Christmas, the<br />

Sydney North Planning Panel<br />

determined that the Lizard<br />

Rock project – which the<br />

LMALC had estimated would<br />

generate around $855 million<br />

in revenue – had both strategic<br />

and site-specific merit and<br />

should proceed to Gateway<br />

determination.<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

was then offered the role as the<br />

planning proposal authority,<br />

but declined due to its opposition<br />

to the development,<br />

citing lack of infrastructure<br />

and bushfire risk among other<br />

issues.<br />

In the lead-up to the State<br />

election, the Planning Minister<br />

said that concerns raised by<br />

the community in relation to<br />

bushfires, critical infrastructure<br />

and density meant that a<br />

re-elected Liberal Government<br />

would put the red pen through<br />

the rezoning application.<br />

“As Minister for Planning I<br />

have always advocated for the<br />

right developments in the right<br />

place with community support,<br />

particularly in keeping with<br />

local character,” Mr Roberts<br />

explained.<br />

Community opponents<br />

included the Northern Beaches<br />

Bushland Guardians who collected<br />

10,500 signatures locally<br />

and across NSW, in its effort to<br />

“save” Lizard Rock – this was<br />

more than the 10,000 signatures<br />

required to table a paper<br />

petition in NSW Parliament.<br />

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

and Northern Beaches<br />

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

Amon said he welcomed Mr<br />

Roberts’ decision.<br />

“I have stood with the community<br />

advocating against this<br />

development. This is a great<br />

outcome that protects pristine<br />

bushland for future generations,”<br />

said Mr Amon.<br />

Other local political figures<br />

opposed included State election<br />

candidates (in <strong>Pittwater</strong>) Hilary<br />

Green (the Greens), Jeff Quinn<br />

(Labor) and Jacqui Scruby (Independent<br />

for <strong>Pittwater</strong>).<br />

Northern Beaches Mayor<br />

and new Wakehurst independent<br />

MP-elect Michael Regan<br />

and Mackellar MP Dr Sophie<br />

Scamps are also opposed –<br />

their lobbying saw the MLALC<br />

issue each with legal letters<br />

alleging trespass on Aboriginal<br />

land (see Seen… Heard…<br />

Absurd… page 30).<br />

LMALC chief executive<br />

Nathan Moran said he was “bewildered”<br />

by the government’s<br />

move because he said Mr Roberts,<br />

the Planning Department<br />

and the Perrottet Government<br />

had been supportive up to elec-<br />

12 APRIL <strong>2023</strong><br />

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ners call in lawyers<br />

tion eve.<br />

“Our land is private land,” Mr<br />

Moran said. “The biggest misnomer<br />

in this is people feeling<br />

that somehow they have a right<br />

to speak about private freehold<br />

SCRAPPED: The Lizard<br />

Rock development<br />

proposal has no<br />

supporters other than<br />

the landowners.<br />

land,” Moran said. “We do feel<br />

it’s about racism and paternalism,<br />

that people believe they<br />

know what’s best for us.”<br />

Labor spokesperson Paul<br />

Scully said Labor sided with<br />

the coalition on the issue; Mr<br />

Scully added that if Labor were<br />

elected he would work with the<br />

LMALC and Northern Beaches<br />

Council to find a use for the<br />

site – but that wouldn’t include<br />

the housing plan.<br />

Before exiting his Council<br />

CEO role, Ray Brownlee told<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>: “Council has long<br />

opposed the planning proposal<br />

to develop land at ‘Lizard Rock’<br />

along Morgan Road in Belrose<br />

for its destruction of natural<br />

bushland among a range of<br />

other concerns.<br />

“The planning proposal by<br />

the MLALC does not demonstrate<br />

strategic or site-specific<br />

merit and [we agree it] should<br />

be rejected.<br />

“Council supports the intent<br />

of the Aboriginal Land Rights<br />

Act and appreciates the importance<br />

of enabling Aboriginal<br />

people to achieve economic<br />

self-determination through<br />

developing land, but we have<br />

to consider proposals on their<br />

merits.<br />

“This proposal would see the<br />

destruction of around 45 football<br />

size fields of bushland to<br />

build 400 plus homes surplus<br />

to any housing targets.<br />

“Council recently declined<br />

the government’s offer to<br />

become the Planning Proposal<br />

Authority on Lizard Rock as<br />

the role was unlikely to give<br />

Council any meaningful powers<br />

to review the proposal or<br />

prevent it from going ahead<br />

for Gateway determination.”<br />

Northern Beaches Envirolink<br />

Inc President Dr Conny<br />

Harris, a local GP and nearby<br />

resident on Morgan Road at<br />

Belrose, added: “Developing<br />

this land sets a dangerous<br />

precedent that will not stop at<br />

71 hectares, but open up more<br />

than 220 hectares of land to<br />

development on the Northern<br />

Beaches, and more across the<br />

state.”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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New ‘sustainable’<br />

Ingleside push<br />

News<br />

SOLUTION: Locals want to be able to sub-divide<br />

large lots and maintain their properties as asset<br />

protection zones.<br />

Dr Stephen Choularton has lived in Ingleside<br />

for 30 years. He’s on the north side<br />

of Mona Vale Road, which divides the<br />

suburb in two.<br />

The northern part is still rural, the southern<br />

half more residential.<br />

For much of that time, Stephen has seen<br />

various plans to expand housing north of<br />

Mona Vale Road.<br />

An environmentalist (his doctorate is in philosophy),<br />

Stephen is now leading a campaign to<br />

pressurise Northern Beaches Council to allow<br />

more subdivisions and homes to be built on<br />

the fringes of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.<br />

“Here in Ingleside we pay some of the highest<br />

rates in NSW,” Stephen explains. “But we<br />

have no services. No water to the home, no<br />

sewage disposal system, no stormwater relief.”<br />

Hence the foundation of Bayview and Ingleside<br />

Residents Association, which Stephen<br />

describes as a group of owners proposing the<br />

“first sustainable and resilient suburb on the<br />

Northern Beaches”.<br />

The most distinctive building in Ingleside<br />

now is the Baha’i House of Worship, built in<br />

1961, visible from most parts of the Northern<br />

Beaches and considered one of the most significant<br />

religious constructions in Australia of<br />

the 20th Century.<br />

Essentially the residents association is<br />

proposing any block of land in Ingleside larger<br />

than 2000 square metres should be available<br />

for sub division.<br />

But Ray Brownlee, the outgoing chief executive<br />

of Northern Beaches Council, has ruled<br />

this out unreservedly.<br />

“Council is supportive of sustainable development,<br />

which is embedded in our planning<br />

controls and policies,” he told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>.<br />

“Any future development on the Northern<br />

Beaches must meet these sustainable development<br />

requirements.<br />

“This option was considered by the NSW<br />

Government during their detailed planning<br />

investigations (in 2016). It was noted that this<br />

outcome could result in hundreds of additional<br />

dwellings and thousands of additional<br />

residents in Ingleside.”<br />

That original proposal indicated 3400 dwellings<br />

could be built in Ingleside, which was<br />

revised down to 980 – primarily because of the<br />

risks of bushfire.<br />

In June 2022, the State Government abandoned<br />

Ingleside as a growth area altogether – a<br />

decision welcomed by the Council which had<br />

long questioned the wisdom of redeveloping<br />

the land north of Mona Vale Road.<br />

Apart from the bushfires risk, the Council<br />

pointed out the area lacked road and transport<br />

connections.<br />

And that ratepayers would have to pick up<br />

the bill for such infrastructure, as well as the<br />

impacts on biodiversity of a landscape bordering<br />

on Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.<br />

Stephen insists this is not the case.<br />

He says that the residents are proposing to<br />

pay for the infrastructure, through sustainable<br />

methods – including “renewable electricity,<br />

the capture of rainwater, disposal of waste<br />

water on site, an area set aside for food growth<br />

and that the entire property is maintained as<br />

an asset protection zone”.<br />

Pie in the sky?<br />

Ironically – given Ingleside’s bushfire<br />

dangers – the association claims to be driven<br />

by “the effects of climate change (with) the<br />

increased risk of flooding and bushfire”.<br />

A typical half-acre rural block “is big<br />

enough to be able to use recycled sewerage for<br />

watering the garden, can have a house that<br />

has enough roof area to both gather water for<br />

the household and generate enough electricity<br />

to ensure the house is energy neutral,” the<br />

association’s press release reads.<br />

”Half-acre blocks have enough room to have<br />

animals, vegetable gardens and generally contribute<br />

in a meaningful way to the food needs<br />

of the household.”<br />

The rural areas of the Northern Beaches “currently<br />

provide an asset protection zone for the<br />

residential areas of the Northern Beaches, but<br />

this asset protection zone could be improved.<br />

“Many of the houses built in rural areas of<br />

the Northern Beaches were built prior to current<br />

bushfire protection standards. This means<br />

there is no obligation on landowners to maintain<br />

their properties as asset protection zones.<br />

“By allowing the larger lots in rural Ingleside<br />

to be divided into smaller rural lots, it<br />

would allow Council to impose a legal obligation<br />

on landowners to maintain their properties<br />

as asset protection zones for protection<br />

for themselves and other residents of the<br />

Northern beaches.”<br />

The Council disagrees. “Any potential development<br />

in Ingleside, including the suggested<br />

approach by the Residents’ Association, must<br />

address bushfire hazards.<br />

“Bushfire studies of Ingleside raised significant<br />

concerns with any proposal to raise<br />

residential densities.”<br />

The Association’s aims may have been<br />

doused for now – but their ambitions remain.<br />

– Steve Meacham<br />

14 APRIL <strong>2023</strong><br />

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News<br />

Collaboration a surf changer<br />

It’s 18 months since <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong><br />

caught up with Wavechanger director<br />

Tom Wilson, together with his friend<br />

and advocate Layne Beachley. Back in<br />

October 2021, Tom described his passion<br />

project as: “A non-profit initiative on<br />

a mission to speed up transition to a<br />

greener, cleaner and planet-friendly surf<br />

industry.”<br />

Tom has been working hard to effect<br />

change in the surfing industry – and<br />

next-level change is certainly now<br />

happening for his eco-baby.<br />

“The biggest news is that we’ve<br />

merged with a like-minded organisation<br />

in Surfers for Climate,” explains Tom.<br />

“We’ve also launched our website and<br />

have benefitted from the reach that<br />

Surfers for Climate have.<br />

“The CEO of Surfers for Climate saw us<br />

as a really good fit, with us concentrating<br />

very much on the product and supply<br />

side of the surfing industry, while they<br />

are trying to effect environmental<br />

change via the surfing community.”<br />

It was by chance the two organisations<br />

got together.<br />

“I called Josh as we’d just done a<br />

podcast with a company they’d been<br />

working with on a very similar subject<br />

and I wanted to make it clear we weren’t<br />

EMISSIONS: Wavechanger’s new report details<br />

the carbon footprint of making surfboards.<br />

copying them,” continues Tom. “I joked<br />

that we should work together on things<br />

and Josh said coincidentally he was<br />

going to be in Sydney the following week<br />

and suggested we catch up.”<br />

What came out of that was the<br />

Wavechanger Club – a chance for<br />

consumers and businesses to support<br />

the impactful environmental work<br />

Wavechanger is undertaking.<br />

“Surfers for Climate had a Sustainable<br />

Supply Club with an existing<br />

membership program and we agreed<br />

to take that over,” says Tom. “For as<br />

little as $3 a month, you get discounts<br />

on products from 40 different brands,<br />

you are entered into a monthly draw to<br />

win great prizes, and you get access to<br />

exclusive events.<br />

“And of course, we promote the<br />

environmentally friendly products that<br />

partners are producing.”<br />

Wavechanger has also just released<br />

a new report, The Carbon Cost of<br />

Surfboards, a collaborative project with<br />

UTS detailing the carbon footprint of<br />

making surfboards.<br />

“There are some really interesting<br />

comparable stats showing how emissions<br />

from making certain surfboards compare<br />

to other world products,” says Tom.<br />

“And not just the materials, but details<br />

such as the energy used in production<br />

and transportation, plus lifetime usage<br />

and maintenance.”<br />

Tom says none of this is about<br />

shaming the surf industry; quite the<br />

reverse, it is about the industry leading<br />

the way.<br />

“We want to put gentle pressure on it<br />

and help it become a shining beacon as<br />

leading the way in sport,” he says.<br />

“Even focusing on initiatives such as<br />

leasing surfboards rather than buying,<br />

or recycling all surfboards and reusing<br />

the materials.”<br />

– Rob Pegley<br />

*More at wavechanger.org<br />

18 APRIL <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Still rockin’ for Variety<br />

Beryl Driver is once again heading off to Outback Australia in<br />

August to raise funds for her beloved charity Variety – the<br />

Children’s Charity. And the 3rd Age Rock Orchestra has again<br />

jumped on the bandwagon to help her raise funds, with a Rock<br />

’n Roll concert to be held at Club Palm Beach on Saturday 22<br />

<strong>April</strong>.<br />

Beryl (pictured with her granddaughter Ruby and son-in-law<br />

Andy on last year’s Bash) turns 90 this year. She has raised<br />

over $1 million throughout her 25 years of Bash participation.<br />

This year’s Bash rally will be an epic 5,500km journey from<br />

Bathurst to the beautiful Batavia Coast in WA.<br />

The 3rd Age Rock Orchestra is a group of 35 Seniors who<br />

come together weekly to enjoy playing and singing ballads and<br />

rock songs from the ’50s to the present day.<br />

*Concert tickets $25 each and available from Beryl – phone<br />

0410 478 897.<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

APRIL <strong>2023</strong> 19

News<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Pinks take on world<br />

Donna Paredes first experienced<br />

breast cancer in<br />

2008 at the age of 39, undergoing<br />

breast reconstruction<br />

surgery as a result. She has<br />

had two recurrences since<br />

then. She has absolutely no<br />

doubt as to the role the Pinks<br />

– a wonderful group of breast<br />

cancer survivors who paddle<br />

for the Bei Loon Dragonboat<br />

Club on <strong>Pittwater</strong> – have<br />

played in her ongoing battle.<br />

“I recently relocated to the<br />

Northern Beaches and had<br />

previously been in a Dragonboat<br />

team. Because of surgery<br />

I had a frozen shoulder and<br />

only one functioning arm,<br />

so I wasn’t sure whether the<br />

Pinks would accept me,”<br />

Donna explains. “But they<br />

said ‘come on down and we’ll<br />

carry you’.<br />

“And they did, they let me<br />

sit up front in the boat while<br />

they paddled. The group has<br />

been really important to me,”<br />

she continues. “They really<br />

did save my life.”<br />

The <strong>Pittwater</strong> Pinks Dragonboat<br />

Team is a team made<br />

up solely of Breast Cancer<br />

Survivors. Some “26 walking<br />

miracles” as Donna describes<br />

them.<br />

The <strong>Pittwater</strong> Pinks, who<br />

started in 2005, stem from a<br />

now worldwide phenomenon<br />

of Pink Lady Dragonboat<br />

teams that was started by Dr<br />

Don MacKenzie, a British Columbia<br />

exercise physiologist.<br />

He found that women<br />

FOCUSED: The <strong>Pittwater</strong> Pinks head to New Zealand in <strong>April</strong>.<br />

facing the challenge of<br />

breast cancer benefited from<br />

exercise, and particularly<br />

upper-body exercises. In fact,<br />

paddling specifically eases a<br />

condition which many women<br />

suffer after breast surgery,<br />

called lymphoedema, which<br />

can cause painful swellings<br />

in the arm.<br />

The team is a mixture<br />

of paddlers from social to<br />

competitive, and have competed<br />

locally, nationally and<br />

internationally, training out<br />

of Rowland Reserve.<br />

The local Pinks are about to<br />

face one of their biggest challenges<br />

as a team yet, when<br />

they travel to New Zealand to<br />

compete in the International<br />

Breast Cancer Dragon Boat<br />

Festival from <strong>April</strong> 10-16.<br />

Team coach Wynette Monserrat<br />

has high hopes for the<br />

team’s performance.<br />

Jenny Jones, a member<br />

since 2006, says the group<br />

don’t talk about breast cancer<br />

“unless people really want<br />

advice”.<br />

“It’s just a really nice gentle<br />

support group; we just enjoy<br />

being fit and keep turning<br />

up for a paddle on Sundays,”<br />

she says.<br />

The Pinks have many<br />

events off the water as well,<br />

including coffee at 8 Knots<br />

and monthly meetings at Collaroy<br />

Beach Club – their two<br />

biggest sponsors.<br />

Donna adds there is a serious<br />

undercurrent though.<br />

“People who haven’t had<br />

cancer don’t get it, they never<br />

know exactly how it feels,”<br />

she says. “We’ve all dealt with<br />

our own mortality as part of<br />

the process.” – Rob Pegley<br />

*Registrations for the <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Pinks are open yearround.<br />

Email Jenny at pittwaterpinks@hotmail.com.<br />

6THINGS<br />


Memorial concert. Barrenjoey<br />

High School is holding an outdoor<br />

concert on the school grounds<br />

for the whole community on Fri<br />

March 31 from 6pm to honour<br />

teacher Layne Visser who passed<br />

away in 2020. Ex-students,<br />

teachers, close friends of Layne’s<br />

and local bands including The<br />

Rions will perform with food<br />

trucks on-site plus fundraising for<br />

Avalon Youth Hub.<br />

SES women’s course. A free<br />

workshop for women to gain<br />

practical knowledge and learn<br />

how to prepare for storms, floods<br />

and other emergencies, run by<br />

experienced female Warringah-<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> SES members at unit<br />

headquarters, Gate 3 Thompson<br />

Drive Terrey Hills, on Sun 2 from<br />

2pm-4pm. Register via Facebook.<br />

Camera club. Want to learn<br />

more about photography and<br />

improve your skills? The <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Camera Club has a great lineup<br />

of speakers, outings and<br />

events scheduled with regular<br />

meetings at <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL; details<br />

pittwatercameraclub.org.<br />

Solar roadshow. Head to Mona<br />

Vale Library on Thu 20 from<br />

10am-12pm with your energy bill<br />

and learn how you can reduce<br />

it with free tips from Council’s<br />

sustainability team. No bookings<br />

required. More details on<br />

Council’s website.<br />

Buddy Holly show. During<br />

this two-hour show Scot Robin,<br />

who played the lead role in<br />

the smash-hit musical Buddy,<br />

together with his Crickets, will<br />

perform over 30 hit songs such<br />

as That’ll Be The Day, Heartbeat,<br />

Think It Over, Peggy Sue, Raining<br />

In My Heart, Maybe Baby and of<br />

course Oh Boy! on Sat 22 at Glen<br />

Street Theatre from 8pm. Book<br />

online.<br />

Pottery workshop. The<br />

Hermannsburg Potters, a group<br />

of Western Aranda artists who<br />

live and work in Ntaria, a remote<br />

community 130km west of<br />

Alice Springs, are holding a fun<br />

workshop at Manly Art Gallery<br />

and Museum where you can<br />

learn to sculpt a clay animal of<br />

your own on Sun 30 from 2pm-<br />

3.30pm. Cost from $50; bookings<br />

essential at MAG&M website or<br />

02 9976 1421.<br />

20 APRIL <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Not being very neighbourly?<br />

News<br />

It’s hard to imagine a better<br />

view in the Northern<br />

Beaches than the one from<br />

Ruth and Brian Bridgewood’s<br />

balcony overlooking McCarrs<br />

Creek on <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

A minimum of 50 expensive<br />

yachts are moored in the<br />

turquoise waters with pristine<br />

native bushland on the<br />

opposite shore.<br />

The view and serenity<br />

are what persuaded the<br />

Bridgewoods to buy this<br />

property in 2017, investing<br />

in an $800,000 renovation<br />

– paying Brian estimates<br />

“between $20,000 and $30,000”<br />

in council planning and DA<br />

fees “because we wanted to do<br />

everything by the book”.<br />

In 2019, their elderly<br />

neighbours – who had raised<br />

three children next door –<br />

offered the Bridgewoods the<br />

chance of buying their home<br />

so they could be spared the<br />

noise and inconvenience of the<br />

Bridgewoods’ next-door reno.<br />

That was the genesis of<br />

the Bridgewoods’ current<br />

problems which serve as a<br />

warning to every Northern<br />

Beaches Council ratepayer.<br />

The neighbouring house<br />

they bought had a boat shed<br />

which awkwardly intruded<br />

in an L-shape in front of the<br />

Bridgewoods’ land.<br />

But Brian, 80, had no boat<br />

and no intention of buying one:<br />

“If you want to waste money,<br />

buy a boat.”<br />

So when he and Ruth<br />

decided to sell the property,<br />

the boat shed remained part of<br />

the deal, despite its incursion<br />

into what would normally be<br />

expected to be a natural part<br />

FRUSTRATED: The additional storey built onto their neighbour’s boat shed<br />

without approval, in front of Brian Bridgewood’s home at McCarrs Creek.<br />

of their land.<br />

“In hindsight I was foolish,”<br />

Brian says. “I should have just<br />

transferred the boat shed onto<br />

our title. That would have been<br />

easy to do.”<br />

Enter Nick and Theresa<br />

Hall, who purchased the<br />

neighbouring property in May<br />

2021 and began construction<br />

on the addition late that year.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> made repeated<br />

efforts to contact the Halls to<br />

obtain their side of the story.<br />

At the time of publication, no<br />

reply had been received.<br />

Further, Northern Beaches<br />

Council hasn’t received<br />

communication from the Halls<br />

since the Bridgewoods made<br />

their first complaint about the<br />

addition being built over the<br />

top of the boat shed in 2021.<br />

Former NSW Planning<br />

Minister Rob Stokes and the<br />

man who strove to replace him<br />

as the member for <strong>Pittwater</strong>,<br />

Rory Amon, have both<br />

supported and advised the<br />

Bridgewoods.<br />

As waterfront ‘cabanas’ go,<br />

this one is an entertainer’s<br />

delight. In view are fridges,<br />

cocktail shakers, beer taps,<br />

fully equipped kitchen,<br />

long table and sumptuous<br />

waterfront vistas.<br />

All very impressive – except<br />

it was built without any<br />

planning permission and in<br />

contradiction to the clearly<br />

defined rules.<br />

And it directly impinges on<br />

the Bridgewoods’ enjoyment of<br />

their retirement home.<br />

In one of his last acts in<br />

government, Rob Stokes<br />

referred <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> to a copy<br />

of the regulations involving<br />

structures built on Crown<br />

Land (which the surroundings<br />

of McCarr’s Creek are,<br />

requiring an annual payment<br />

in addition to Council rates).<br />

The regulations are pretty<br />

simple; among them:<br />

* Any structural works to<br />

existing boat sheds require<br />

Council approval.<br />

* Nothing permanent to be<br />

built over an existing boat<br />

shed below the Council’s<br />

approved high water<br />

“foreshore building line”.<br />

The Bridgewoods aren’t<br />

too concerned about their<br />

neighbours’ 16-metre<br />

motor yacht that they say is<br />

permanently tied up to their<br />

joint wharf that, Brian claims,<br />

is “supposed to be only a<br />

pick-up and drop-off wharf for<br />

boats up to six metres”.<br />

What annoys them is the<br />

unapproved addition, built<br />

centimetres close to their<br />

boundary and constructed<br />

below their bedroom.<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

has confirmed that the<br />

addition does not have<br />

planning approval, and that<br />

an order for its demolition<br />

had been issued.<br />

“Boat sheds shall be one<br />

storey and no greater than<br />

4.5 metres in building<br />

height above the platform<br />

on which it is built,”<br />

according to the <strong>Pittwater</strong> 21<br />

Development Control Plan.<br />

“The incorporation of any<br />

internal kitchen facilities,<br />

habitable rooms, shower or<br />

toilet facilities shall not be<br />

permitted. Roof areas of boat<br />

sheds shall not be used for<br />

recreational or observational<br />

purposes.”<br />

Brian explains: “I rang<br />

Northern Beaches Council in<br />

2021 and asked for someone<br />

to visit and put a stop to it.<br />

Apparently the Council has<br />

issued our neighbours with<br />

a $3000 fine, but no-one has<br />

been able to tell us if even that<br />

has been paid.”<br />

Ruth adds: “We’ve been told<br />

it could take another two to<br />

three years to go through the<br />

legal system.<br />

“Obviously they get to keep<br />

the cabana in the meantime.”<br />

The lesson?<br />

“To be honest, if I was going<br />

to build a house up here now, I<br />

wouldn’t go through Council,”<br />

Brian said. “I’d ignore the rules<br />

like my neighbour did.”<br />

– Steve Meacham<br />

22 APRIL <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

PHOTO: Steve Meacham

News<br />

‘New’ Avalon GC<br />

turning heads<br />

Experienced greenkeeper<br />

and lifelong Avalon resident<br />

Shannon Simmons<br />

couldn’t believe his luck when<br />

he heard Northern Beaches<br />

Council was recruiting for a<br />

superintendent for its Avalon<br />

golf course property.<br />

“I always thought it would<br />

be my dream job,” said Shannon,<br />

who cut his teeth in the<br />

industry working at private<br />

clubs Elanora and Monash<br />

before running his own lawn<br />

maintenance business for a<br />

decade.<br />

“I told myself if it ever<br />

came up I would go for<br />

it – I couldn’t believe it<br />

when I was successful,<br />

it’s such a thrill.”<br />

Shannon started work<br />

at the nine-hole Avalon<br />

golf course, which celebrates<br />

its centenary in<br />

2026, last September.<br />

Within weeks, the<br />

tongues of local players<br />

started wagging about the<br />

impressive polish he was<br />

making on site, courtesy<br />

of his attentive tending to the<br />

tees, rough and greens and<br />

his painstaking mowing of<br />

fairway lines.<br />

Shannon was recently<br />

joined on staff by colleague<br />

and friend John Kljajic, who<br />

likewise has experience at<br />

Elanora and Monash Country<br />

Clubs.<br />

John, from Warriewood,<br />

takes pride in double-striping<br />

the fairways, presenting them<br />

in a condition that the committee<br />

at Augusta National,<br />

home of this month’s US Masters,<br />

would be proud of.<br />

Shannon says his aim is to<br />

see the Avalon links upgrade<br />

its reputation to become one<br />

of the best nine-hole courses<br />

in Sydney, if not NSW.<br />

“Certainly to make it the best<br />

Council-maintained course or<br />

park in NSW,” he said.<br />

And it appears he and John<br />

are on the right track, with<br />

the local men’s and women’s<br />

clubs affiliated to the course<br />

reporting increases in their<br />

memberships.<br />

Shannon said his long-term<br />

goal was to re-surface the<br />

nine greens, which over many<br />

decades have seen various varieties<br />

of couch grasses form<br />

the putting surfaces.<br />

“In the meantime we’ll just<br />

keep picking away, doing<br />

modest tree trimming, doing<br />

the paths and just making the<br />

layout more appealing and<br />

presentable,” Shannon said.<br />

“We’ve concentrated on<br />

leaving a bit more rough,<br />

there are a lot of trees on the<br />

property and cut too short,<br />

the grass will struggle to<br />

DETAIL: Shannon (left) and John are living their working dream<br />

at Avalon GC; John’s beautiful stripe-mowing of the 2nd fairway.<br />

grow among the<br />

root line.”<br />

“It’s my dream<br />

job, it’s in my backyard and<br />

we see the results of the work<br />

we put in.”<br />

Avalon Ladies Golf Club<br />

President Christine Gardner<br />

says the difference has been<br />

transformative for the Club<br />

and the local community.<br />

“Shannon and John’s commitment,<br />

energy and experience<br />

in being able to restore<br />

the course in such a short<br />

space of time has been phenomenal<br />

– I cannot sing their<br />

praises enough,” she said.<br />

“Especially their critical remedial<br />

work to some areas of<br />

the course and grounds which<br />

has better enabled our older<br />

members to continue playing<br />

the game.”<br />

Christine added she had<br />

noted a 25 per cent increase<br />

in Ladies Club memberships<br />

in the past three months.<br />

“The word is out – we have<br />

a course that is increasing<br />

in its appeal and stature, is<br />

very playable and is in great<br />

condition.”<br />

Shannon said modestly:<br />

“Hopefully there’s more<br />

interest, which flows through<br />

to more members and players,<br />

which can see further<br />

improvement to the course in<br />

years to come.” – Nigel Wall<br />

24 APRIL <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Argie influx on the Beaches<br />

News<br />

Micaela (‘Mica’) Guacci is<br />

one of five Argentinians<br />

who qualified<br />

for their bronze medallion at<br />

Avalon Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving Club in<br />

March.<br />

Not that it was much of a<br />

surprise: Agustin Aranda,<br />

Victoria Diaz. Facundo Medina,<br />

Adrian Roldan and Mica have<br />

all been well-practised lifeguards<br />

in their homeland.<br />

Mica, particularly, has a<br />

wealth of international experience.<br />

Born in Buenos Aires, she’s<br />

patrolled beaches in Argentina,<br />

Brazil, Italy and Spain. She has<br />

saved lives on the seas of her<br />

homeland, Brazil and Spain.<br />

So why bother doing the<br />

bronze medallion in Australia?<br />

“Because I want to improve<br />

my rescue experience and<br />

learn about the equipment<br />

in Australia,” she says over<br />

coffee. “And obviously practice<br />

my English. And I have no<br />

experience of sharks.<br />

“It makes me feel good,<br />

emotionally.”<br />

Michael King, the surf club’s<br />

director of education, was<br />

putting the five Argentinians<br />

through the paces on the Sunday<br />

morning of the graduation.<br />

The physical challenge was<br />

never in doubt.<br />

They all completed the<br />

200-metre run, 200-metre<br />

swim and final 200-metre<br />

beach run in under six minutes<br />

– two minutes quicker<br />

PROUD: The Argentinian Bronze Medallist and their instructors celebrate.<br />

than the eight-minute cut-off<br />

time.<br />

More of a problem was the<br />

language difficulties (three of<br />

the Argentinians don’t speak<br />

English). Plus the different life<br />

saving signals between South<br />

America and the beaches of<br />

the Great Southern Land.<br />

Which is why the five Argentinians<br />

spent more time on<br />

Avalon beach demonstrating<br />

their Australian life saving<br />

hand gestures than they did<br />

actually swimming.<br />

“We’ve never had a single Argentinian<br />

enrol for the bronze<br />

medallion before,” Michael<br />

explains. “This year we had<br />

five.”<br />

The Argentinian enrolment<br />

to join the beach patrols at<br />

Avalon is part of a much wider<br />

story.<br />

In the past two decades,<br />

Avalon Beach has become a<br />

haven for young Argentine<br />

adventurers.<br />

It began with surfers, drawn<br />

here by the famous breaks –<br />

and the cheap rooms of Avalon<br />

Beach Backpackers hostel<br />

(motto: ‘Surfing, fishing, bushwalking,<br />

sailing, water skiing,<br />

canoeing: 18 miles from Manly,<br />

1000 miles from care’.)<br />

Since then, Avalon has<br />

become a magnet for young<br />

Argentinians – whether they<br />

surf or not.<br />

For all of her swimming<br />

skills (and she got the fastest<br />

time in that Sunday trial), Mica<br />

isn’t a surfer.<br />

So how did she come to rent<br />

a house in North Avalon with<br />

four other Argentinians (after<br />

the obligatory month in the<br />

backpacker hostel)?<br />

“It’s a nice place, with a great<br />

beach,” she says. “I come from<br />

a big city and live far away<br />

from the beach.”<br />

Argentina’s capital has a<br />

population of 15.5 million.<br />

“So I didn’t want to come to<br />

Australia and live in a highrise<br />

city. I like to spend time<br />

on the beach and Avalon is a<br />

really nice community, surrounded<br />

by great nature.”<br />

Like most of the Argentinians<br />

centred around the backpacker<br />

hostel – many of whom<br />

work in local restaurants or<br />

cafes – Mica is on a work visa.<br />

She will leave in October,<br />

before the new surf life saving<br />

patrol season opens. Hopefully<br />

without ever seeing a shark up<br />

close.<br />

“We Argentinians love to<br />

travel,” she says, pointing out<br />

that part of that is due to the<br />

depressed state of the Argentinian<br />

economy.<br />

She’s going home for her<br />

cousin’s wedding.<br />

“I’ve been travelling for four<br />

years, and nothing is more<br />

important than family.”<br />

Naturally one of her fondest<br />

memories of her time in Australia<br />

will remain the night she<br />

saw Lionel Messi hold up the<br />

FIFA 2022 World Cup.<br />

That wasn’t in Avalon, she<br />

explains. “There are many<br />

more Argentinians in the centre<br />

of Sydney than there are<br />

(on the Northern Beaches).”<br />

“I will be back,” she says.<br />

How does Avalon Beach<br />

compare with other beaches<br />

she has patrolled?<br />

Nowhere near as dangerous<br />

as Brazil, Mica says.<br />

There, the beaches are more<br />

crowded, and the Atlantic<br />

waves are more ferocious.<br />

– Steve Meacham<br />

26 APRIL <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Ready to Reely Rock your world<br />

The film Reel Rock 17 is an inspiring<br />

mix of strength, bravery and<br />

acts of human endeavour. And it<br />

might just change your life…<br />

Newport resident Toby Ryston-Pratt<br />

had never tried climbing when he<br />

started watching rock climbing DVDs<br />

in the mid-2000s. Inspired by the incredible<br />

feats of strength and bravery,<br />

he not only climbs now, but runs a<br />

business based around adventuring.<br />

“These films are so inspiring,” explains<br />

Toby. “They focus on incredible<br />

athletes and I don’t think there is any<br />

greater sporting achievement than the<br />

climbs they do. It’s beyond Olympic<br />

capability.<br />

“I started going to climbing gyms<br />

after I became interested and climb<br />

outdoors now as well. And actually<br />

climbing has become more mainstream<br />

since then,” continues Toby.<br />

“There are three climbing gyms on<br />

the Northern Beaches and we could do<br />

with one at Mona Vale.<br />

“But these films aren’t just about<br />

climbing, they are human stories<br />

based around acts of strength and<br />

bravery.”<br />

To see what Toby is enthusing about,<br />

Reel Rock 17 will be showing at Glen<br />

Street Theatre on Thursday 6 <strong>April</strong> at<br />

7.30pm. The evening will be sponsored<br />

by major adventure gear retailers such<br />

as The North Face, Black Diamond,<br />

Wild Earth and Scarpa, with prize<br />

giveaways on the night, together with<br />

entry to a bigger tour prize draw.<br />

Reel Rock has been sharing stories<br />

of the climbing community for<br />

15 years now, producing films that<br />

celebrate the human side behind this<br />

sport’s great adventures. The latest<br />

BREATHTAKING: Living on the edge in<br />

adventure sports movie Reel Rock 17.<br />

documentary features three stories<br />

across two hours.<br />

Free climbing couple Babsi and Jacopo<br />

attempt their greatest challenge in<br />

the first story, with a 3000-feet climb<br />

of Pakistan’s famous Nameless tower.<br />

After two years of training, and now<br />

facing extreme weather conditions,<br />

they have a short window to attempt<br />

this incredible feat.<br />

Seb Bouin meanwhile is a 29-yearold<br />

French sport climber, whose family<br />

have provided him with a rich climbing<br />

DNA. He attempts to conquer an<br />

overhanging cave in the Verdon Gorge<br />

of France, with a route so improbable,<br />

it might just be the most difficult<br />

climb ever undertaken.<br />

Finally, in perhaps the most moving<br />

of the trilogy, American writer<br />

and climber Andrew Bisharat returns<br />

to his Palestine roots. Climbing with<br />

Bedouins in the West Bank, he shows<br />

how climbing can unite communities<br />

and transform lives.<br />

And as previously mentioned, Toby<br />

is one of those people whose lives have<br />

been transformed. A Northern Beaches<br />

resident since 1998 and the film’s<br />

distributor, climbing started as merely<br />

a passing interest before becoming his<br />

life.<br />

“I initially started buying DVDs in<br />

the mid-2000s and amassed quite a collection,”<br />

says Toby. “I started showing<br />

them and then started bring in DVDs<br />

from overseas. We’ve expanded since<br />

then to bring in quality film showings<br />

about a dozen times a year and we also<br />

source short films for events.”<br />

“We have more showing at the Glen<br />

Theatre later this year – including<br />

Warren Miller’s annual ski film and a<br />

Women’s Adventure film tour.<br />

“We’ve also expanded our media<br />

assets with five adventure magazines<br />

and websites, and I’d say we are a digital<br />

media company now, with ‘adventure’<br />

as the unifying word. We’re based<br />

in Newport, but do business all over<br />

the world.”<br />

If you’re new to the genre, then Toby<br />

recommends the extraordinary Oscarwinning<br />

documentary Free Solo as the<br />

benchmark in extreme climbing movies,<br />

but Reel Rock 17 is a rare chance to<br />

experience the sport on the big screen.<br />

“This year’s film line-up has a real<br />

international flavour and will take<br />

people on a journey from Pakistan and<br />

Austria to France and Palestine following<br />

some of the world’s best climbers,”<br />

says Toby.<br />

– Rob Pegley<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

APRIL <strong>2023</strong> 27

News<br />

Gail a force for locals<br />

Gail Lonnon OAM is far<br />

more embarrassed than<br />

any 86-year-old should be. Her<br />

elevation to the New Year’s honours<br />

list was accompanied with<br />

a short citation: “For services to<br />

the Avalon community.”<br />

Says the former high school<br />

teacher: “Lots of people have<br />

contributed more to the Avalon<br />

community than I have.<br />

“When I first heard about<br />

this ‘honour’ I wanted to say<br />

‘Thanks, but no thanks.’<br />

“But then I thought that<br />

would be unfair on the people<br />

who had had nominated me.<br />

“I’m nervous about embarrassing<br />

myself or my two sons,<br />

David and Ian.”<br />

She quotes the actual citation,<br />

explaining that the award<br />

wasn’t handed over because of<br />

any particular thing she did in<br />

Avalon, but for the numerous<br />

years she served on education<br />

committees – a secondary<br />

teacher who became a primary<br />

school expert.<br />

“Most of the work I was<br />

nominated for wasn’t done in<br />

Avalon. It was done in a range<br />

of committees with educational<br />

authorities,” she says.<br />

Some of those were at ministerial<br />

level.<br />

“I did a lot of curriculum<br />

work when the NSW primary<br />

curriculum was changing.<br />

“The government wanted to<br />

introduce a course for primary<br />

kids called Human Society and<br />

Environment.<br />

“I spent hours in meetings,<br />

banging my head against a<br />

brick wall.”<br />

Raised in the Eastern suburbs<br />

and a boarder at Ravenswood<br />

School for Girls, Gail<br />

and her now deceased husband<br />

Ray moved to <strong>Pittwater</strong> in 1970.<br />

In the meantime, Gail has<br />

held down many positions.<br />

One of the most interesting<br />

was being the founder member<br />

of Taronga Zoo Educational<br />

Centre.<br />

“I was secretary of the Parents<br />

and Citizens Association<br />

of Barrenjoey High and secretary<br />

of the equivalent organisation<br />

of Avalon Public school<br />

(secretary of the Mother’s Club<br />

from 1878-1994).<br />

AWARD: Gail Lonnon outside the Avalon Recreation Centre.<br />

She also served on the<br />

Avalon Beach Ladies Probus<br />

committee as Public Officer<br />

since 2018.<br />

A club for retired women, it<br />

meets every Tuesday, at Club<br />

Palm Beach.<br />

She’s also been a justice of<br />

the peace, a life member of the<br />

Avalon Preservation Society<br />

and a former roster secretary of<br />

the Avalon Community Library.<br />

Of all the duties which earned<br />

Gail her Order of Australia<br />

Medal, that last position is one<br />

that has made her happiest.<br />

“Avalon Library is staffed<br />

by volunteers,” she explains.<br />

“There’s only one paid librarian.<br />

The rest of us were volunteers.<br />

“For 15 years it was my job<br />

to find all the volunteers to fill<br />

the spots.”<br />

Elevation to the honour’s list<br />

came as a complete surprise to<br />

Gail, and she’s still undecided<br />

whether it is warranted or not.<br />

But a lifetime of selfless<br />

service to the community is no<br />

mean deal, honoured or not.<br />

– Steve Meacham<br />

*Library volunteers: northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/library.<br />

PHOTO: Steve Meacham<br />

28 APRIL <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Council soft plastics recycling trial<br />

After several years of<br />

research and investigation,<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

will soon start a trial to make<br />

it easier for residents to recycle<br />

plastic wrapping, bread bags and<br />

other soft plastics.<br />

The aim is to keep soft plastics<br />

out of landfill as much as possible.<br />

‘Soft plastics’ or ‘scrunchable<br />

plastics’ are commonly used in<br />

consumer product packaging.<br />

Council noted that since the<br />

suspension of the national<br />

REDcycle program that ran out<br />

of popular supermarkets, local<br />

residents had not had anywhere<br />

to drop-off these plastics for<br />

recycling.<br />

At its February meeting, Council<br />

resolved to pursue a soft plastics<br />

collection and processing trial for the<br />

Northern Beaches at drop-off locations.<br />

Mayor Michael Regan said Council<br />

was currently negotiating with recycling<br />

suppliers and would release trial details<br />

and the drop-off locations as soon as<br />

details were finalised.<br />

Council will also continue to monitor<br />

the market and look at opportunities for<br />

larger-scale collections and recycling,<br />

CHALLENGE: Soft plastics recycling.<br />

should funding and markets for recycled<br />

soft plastics be available.<br />

Mayor Regan said that although<br />

soft plastics recycling was a national<br />

challenge that needed a whole of supply<br />

chain solution, acting locally would<br />

make a significant contribution.<br />

“The best thing anyone can do to help<br />

solve our soft plastics problem is to<br />

avoid them, but avoiding them altogether<br />

is almost impossible,” he said.<br />

“We have spent years investigating the<br />

collection and recycling of soft plastics<br />

and exploring possible options for<br />

schemes and programs that will<br />

help facilitate recycling within<br />

our community.<br />

“There are real challenges facing<br />

soft plastics recycling, but we want<br />

to help find long-term solutions<br />

and alternatives.<br />

“This trial is an excellent step<br />

in the right direction, and we’re<br />

hoping it leads to keeping soft<br />

plastics out of landfill as much as<br />

possible.”<br />

Federal Mackellar MP Dr Sophie<br />

Scamps said the fact the trial was<br />

going ahead was fantastic news<br />

for the community, and the local<br />

environment.<br />

“With the collapse of REDcycle,<br />

community-based initiatives like this<br />

one are an important part of creating<br />

a circular economy and reducing the<br />

impact of plastics on our environment,”<br />

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

“Northern Beaches Council and Mayor<br />

Michael Regan – now newly minted<br />

Independent MP for Wakehurst – should be<br />

commended for pushing ahead with this.”<br />

Council will continue to work with the<br />

community to promote and educate residents<br />

around living sustainably, avoiding<br />

waste and recycling. – Lisa Offord<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

APRIL <strong>2023</strong> 29

News<br />

SEEN…<br />

Reader Rod writes with a familiar gripe: lack of response by<br />

Sydney Water to leaks. “Whenever there are water leaks in <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

it can takes months for Sydney Water to repair them,” he<br />

lamented. “Meanwhile hundreds of thousands of litres go down<br />

the drain.” Rod cites running water outside the shopping strip<br />

at North Avalon as the latest example. “The water has been running<br />

down the drain since the start of the year. Midway through<br />

March it was still the same.” He said Sydney Water’s response<br />

was typical gobbledygook: “It is with our contractor and there is<br />

no date for when it will be fixed as they are waiting for approvals.”<br />

Ironic when the key message on the Sydney Water website<br />

is ‘Save Water, Save Money’. Privatisation of this service is off the<br />

table under the new Labor Government; still, it might be nice if<br />

someone made it their mission to hold Sydney Water accountable.<br />

HEARD…<br />

Northern Beaches Council is under pressure to fast-track extensive<br />

flood mitigation works on the Wakehurst Parkway and deliver<br />

improvements that would see the road closed only once every<br />

two years due to flooding – despite having wrapped that option<br />

in cotton wool last year fearful of the associated significant environmental<br />

impact. A $2 million feasibility study funded by the<br />

former Liberal Government five years ago identified five options<br />

across three key locations on the Parkway, all with various degrees<br />

of environmental impact. The complete works were costed<br />

at $16 million, with the Liberals depositing the funds into Council’s<br />

bank account. Community consultation revealed a strong<br />

appetite for the works; yet Council decided to take a softly-softly<br />

approach and targeted the least intrusive option, at Oxford Falls,<br />

where the scope of works is currently underway. The new NSW<br />

Labor Government has pledged an “additional” $13 million to<br />

Council to get the major works started. Labor says the additional<br />

money will “allow the work to be completed more rapidly and to<br />

allow for any potential changes in the scope of the project given<br />

the persistent flooding issues”. However, the detail remains<br />

unclear. Mackellar MP Dr Sophie Scamps welcomed the new<br />

pledge. She says she “met with [Labor’s] Shadow Roads Minister<br />

John Graham in January to brief him on the issues facing the<br />

Wakehurst Parkway and to discuss the shortfall in funding for<br />

flood mitigation works… Council can and should now prioritise<br />

these works”. We asked Council if more money was the answer<br />

to mitigating flooding events on the Parkway, and whether it<br />

would sway them to act more decisively. Outgoing CEO Ray<br />

Brownlee said: “Council has not reconsidered its decision about<br />

the flood improvements to Wakehurst Parkway, and work on<br />

the project is continuing in line with Council’s resolution from<br />

March 2022. The Oxford Falls and Oxford Falls West sites are<br />

being progressed in both design and environmental assessment,<br />

and a peer review of the options at The Bends site (alongside<br />

Middle Creek) has been undertaken in order to determine if the<br />

environmental impact there may be mitigated.”<br />

ABSURD…<br />

The Local Metropolitan<br />

Aboriginal<br />

Land Council’s<br />

(LMALC)<br />

plan to build<br />

450 dwellings<br />

at Lizard Rock<br />

was scuppered by<br />

the NSW Liberal<br />

Government on<br />

the eve of the State<br />

Election. It left<br />

the traditional<br />

landowners without<br />

an advocate<br />

in their quest<br />

to develop the<br />

site. In an extraordinary development,<br />

the LMALC’s lawyers fired off letters to two of the<br />

most vocal opponents of the Lizard Rock plan – Mackellar MP Dr<br />

Sophie Scamps and Northern Beaches Mayor (for now) Michael<br />

Regan, accusing them of trespassing on Aboriginal land. The<br />

pair had shot videos on site and posted them to social media<br />

and YouTube. “Our client has never provided you… with permission<br />

to access its land… By accessing our client’s land without<br />

permission or lawful reason, you have trespassed,” the letter<br />

reads. “Unlawful trespass is illegal…. It is wholly inappropriate<br />

that a parliamentarian encourages others to break the law… We<br />

are instructed to request that you immediately cease trespassing<br />

on our client’s land. Lizard Rock is private land. The public have<br />

no right to access this land without permission or lawful reason.<br />

Every person who accesses the land without permission or lawful<br />

reason is a trespasser.” Not good news for the many hundreds<br />

of bushwalkers and trail bike riders who regularly enjoy this<br />

stretch of wilderness on suburbia’s fringe.<br />

30 APRIL <strong>2023</strong><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 We Were<br />

Cover images showed<br />

Craig Goozee and team<br />

as he prepared to head<br />

off on his first marathon<br />

to raise funds for cancer<br />

research and the Randwick<br />

Children’s Hospital. A story<br />

about Craig’s 800km paddle<br />

from Avalon to Broadbeach<br />

on the Gold Coast and<br />

more pics featured inside.<br />

Craig raised $150,000 that<br />

first year and went on<br />

to complete many more<br />

gruelling marathons over<br />

the years, raising millions of<br />

dollars for cancer research.<br />

Also in this issue, <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

land values “have risen by<br />

an average of 43% and the<br />

number of properties subject<br />

to the Government’s vicious<br />

land tax has doubled to more<br />

than 300”. Parents at Mona<br />

Vale Primary School were<br />

to vote on a plan to sell off<br />

school land fronting Bungan<br />

Street from Waratah Street<br />

to <strong>Pittwater</strong> Road. “The plan<br />

put forward by Headmaster<br />

Richard Hoskins would see<br />

the land sold for construction<br />

of shops along the area, the<br />

money being used to rebuild the school as a high-tech 21 st<br />

century showpiece.” Avalon RSL examined a plan to buy<br />

the old Woolworths building to create a new shopping<br />

arcade, restaurant and a main street entrance to the club.<br />

Meanwhile “… a majority of residents of Ruskin Rowe and<br />

Palmgrove Road Avalon are planning a court injunction to<br />

stop any further trapping and removal of peacocks from the<br />

heritage listed residential area. This is the latest step in a row<br />

over the birds following a move<br />

by a recently arrived resident to<br />

trap the birds and remove them<br />

from the area”. (There were<br />

more than 30 peafowl and their<br />

numbers had been reduced to<br />

about six). The Council’s move<br />

to tax restaurants and cafes with<br />

tables on its footpaths was set<br />

to commence “… and A-frame<br />

signs will also disappear” and<br />

Council Rangers “have become<br />

an extension of the Police Service,<br />

with ratepayers of <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

paying them to do police work…<br />

booking motorists for illegal<br />

parking not only on the Council’s<br />

reserves but in all public streets<br />

and shopping centre carparks.<br />

While our Rangers do the work<br />

the Police Service has so far this<br />

year skimmed $150,000 from<br />

the revenue raised as its fee for<br />

processing the infringement<br />

notices. <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council<br />

retained more than $346,000 by<br />

the end of March. But there is<br />

now growing concern because<br />

the Police want to take over this<br />

role, no doubt as a revenue<br />

gatherer for the Government”.<br />

More funds were needed<br />

to cover additional safety<br />

features for the Avalon Skate Park project, with the target<br />

raised to $80,000: “… There is now $65,000 in the kitty from<br />

what has been one of the most extraordinary community<br />

fundraising projects in Avalon.” And there were more voters<br />

for <strong>Pittwater</strong>: “The <strong>Pittwater</strong> State Electorate will gain an<br />

additional 3000 votes in the draft boundaries redistribution<br />

proposal… it will be extended south to include all of the<br />

suburb of Narrabeen to Wetherill Street”.<br />

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15 Years Ago…<br />

Recognising the rapid growth in<br />

beauty salons and spas plus the<br />

development of new treatments for<br />

both men and women, this month<br />

saw Sue Carroll’s “not-to-be-missed<br />

first column”. The first collection of<br />

stories, paintings, and photographs<br />

by offshore residents Water Access<br />

Only was re-printed due to popular<br />

demand. A meeting called by MP Rob<br />

Stokes drew more than 200 people,<br />

unanimous in their opposition to<br />

the development at Currawong. “Mr<br />

Stokes emphasised that is was important<br />

for the whole site to be heritage<br />

listed and taken into the national<br />

park.” Federal MP Bronwyn Bishop<br />

said: “Minister Peter Garratt had<br />

the power to heritage list the site but<br />

had refused saying the site was not<br />

worthy” and actor Shane Withington<br />

threatened that “Friends of Currawong<br />

would camp on the beach and<br />

prevent the bulldozers from moving<br />

in. We will fight until we win, or the<br />

site lies in rubble at our feet.” Others<br />

sought to get “Aboriginal involvement<br />

to preserve it as a sacred site”. Meanwhile,<br />

the <strong>Pittwater</strong> Sports Centre<br />

celebrated its first year of operation<br />

at North Narrabeen.<br />

5 Years Ago…<br />

Northern Beaches Council CEO<br />

Mark Ferguson “departed” less<br />

than six months into the role<br />

“the best candidate for the job, out<br />

of the talent pool comprising the<br />

former <strong>Pittwater</strong>, Warringah and<br />

Manly Councils was effectively<br />

shown the door, resulting in<br />

a confidential terms payout<br />

of more than $400,000”. We<br />

presented the first look at the<br />

preliminary sketches of the<br />

Palliative Care Unit at Mona Vale<br />

Hospital with works scheduled<br />

to begin in 2018. Friends of<br />

Northern Beaches Palliative<br />

Care President Jo-Ann Steeves<br />

thanked Rob Stokes for his<br />

tireless efforts in getting<br />

the project off the ground.<br />

“With his community in his<br />

heart he has, from the outset,<br />

been a major and persistent<br />

advocate for achievement of the<br />

palliative care inpatient unit.”<br />

In other news, NB Council<br />

stepped up its campaign to<br />

compulsorily acquire “… the<br />

rapidly transforming Pasadena<br />

property at Church Point”. Lobbying by<br />

local environmentalists “has seen the State<br />

Government write a cheque for $7.5 million<br />

to fund fauna bridges and underpasses – a<br />

Sydney first – as part of the new Mona<br />

Vale Road upgrade”. Dog owners group<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Unleashed called on Council<br />

to focus on a new dog swimming option<br />

north of Bilgola as “a key deliverable in<br />

Council’s new $400,000 four-year-plan to<br />

upgrade unleashed dog exercise areas”. They<br />

continued: “It’s the opportunity for the new<br />

Council to make good on an undertaking<br />

by the former <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council to find a<br />

replacement swimming option following<br />

the closure of Careel Bay in 2003 and they<br />

point to Station Beach on the <strong>Pittwater</strong> side<br />

of Palm Beach – as being the perfect site,<br />

given it was investigated as a trial site 10<br />

years ago before the plan was shelved on<br />

the back of ‘bureaucratic misinformation’.”<br />

Palm Beach locals remained “unimpressed<br />

at the potential loss of up to 26 car<br />

parking spaces in the village.” <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s<br />

first Return and Earn vending machine<br />

opened in Warriewood; and the new<br />

Warriewood B-Line commuter carpark was<br />

opened – however the opening of the new<br />

Church Point car park had been delayed<br />

by rain. And we “Heard” that NB Council<br />

had it sights set on Avalon “to test its new<br />

place-planning process… but rather than<br />

basing their plans on the suggestions and<br />

recommendations of the community who<br />

live and breathe the village every day, we<br />

hear the place plan will be formulated from<br />

the top down… it was only three years ago<br />

that the local Chamber of Commerce, Surf<br />

<strong>Life</strong> Saving Club, residents and community<br />

groups painstakingly compiled and tabled<br />

their recommendations for an Avalon<br />

Place Plan, including the important issue of<br />

pedestrian access around the village”.<br />

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APRIL <strong>2023</strong> 33

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

News<br />

Probus Club News<br />

At the next meeting of the<br />

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

member Barrie Unsworth,<br />

having visited 25 National<br />

Historic Landmarks throughout<br />

the USA, will provide a<br />

commentary on the location<br />

of buildings and memorabilia<br />

of several Presidential Libraries<br />

and Museums. Meeting<br />

at Mona Vale Surf Club on<br />

Tuesday 12 <strong>April</strong> commences<br />

10am; visitors welcome. More<br />

info Terry Larke on 0412 220<br />

820. The Palm Beach and<br />

Peninsula Probus Club will<br />

celebrate its 25th anniversary<br />

this month with cake<br />

and bubbly after its AGM on<br />

Wednesday 15 <strong>April</strong>. Meetings<br />

are held on the third Wednesday<br />

morning of each month<br />

at Club Palm Beach. More<br />

information contact Carmel<br />

on 0414 978 465. Due to the<br />

Easter holidays the Bilgola<br />

Plateau Probus Club will not<br />

meet in <strong>April</strong>. Guest speaker<br />

at their next meeting at Newport<br />

Bowling Club on Friday<br />

5 May will be Brendan Ryan<br />

from Later <strong>Life</strong> Advice. He will<br />

speak about ‘Financial matters<br />

for Seniors’. Commences<br />

10am; visitors welcome. More<br />

info call Patricia on 0438<br />

281 573. The next meeting of<br />

the Combined Probus Club<br />

of Mona Vale will be held at<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL Club on Tuesday<br />

18 <strong>April</strong>. Guest speaker Noel<br />

Phelan will deliver a talk on<br />

the bombing of Darwin during<br />

World War II. Although his<br />

first career was as a science<br />

and mathematics teacher,<br />

Noel has been a volunteer<br />

guide at the Maritime Museum.<br />

Meeting starts 10am;<br />

visitors welcome.<br />

Louise Kerr<br />

appointed interim<br />

Council CEO<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

has appointed senior executive<br />

leadership expert Louise<br />

Kerr as interim CEO while<br />

it recruits for a replacement<br />

for the departed Ray Brownlee.<br />

Ms Kerr is currently the<br />

Director of Planning and<br />

Place at Council and has close<br />

to 30 years’ experience in<br />

local government. Northern<br />

Beaches Mayor Michael Regan<br />

congratulated Ms Kerr on her<br />

appointment. “Louise is an<br />

experienced local government<br />

senior executive and planner,<br />

with decades of service to the<br />

community. We are proud to<br />

announce her appointment as<br />

interim CEO and welcome her<br />

advice to the serving Council,”<br />

Mayor Regan said. “Over<br />

the past four years working at<br />

Council, Louise has demonstrated<br />

her strong leadership<br />

and communication skills,<br />

her drive and focus, and her<br />

dedication to serving the<br />

community. She has overseen<br />

the development and<br />

implementation of Council’s<br />

long-term strategic policies<br />

and has been instrumental in<br />

driving performance improvements<br />

and efficiencies in<br />

Council services, enhancing<br />

customer experience, and has<br />

shown a true commitment to<br />

Council’s values,” he added.<br />

Power Purchase<br />

Agreement closer<br />

Council has agreed to negotiate<br />

with two shortlisted<br />

providers for a 100 per cent<br />

renewable electricity group<br />

Power Purchase Agreement<br />

(PPA) for Northern Beaches<br />

businesses – a first for the<br />

area in tackling sky-rocketing<br />

energy costs. A renewable<br />

electricity PPA is a contractual<br />

agreement between energy<br />

buyers and sellers which will<br />

directly benefit participating<br />

local businesses by offsetting<br />

their carbon emissions,<br />

scaling up their buying power<br />

whilst cutting time, complexity<br />

and costs associated with<br />

going it alone and ultimately<br />

generating real savings on<br />

their electricity bills. Mayor<br />

Michael Regan explained<br />

it was an amazing opportunity<br />

for the 32,700 businesses<br />

across the peninsula.<br />

“Non-residential emissions<br />

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account for 37 per cent of the<br />

Northern Beaches community<br />

carbon emissions and of<br />

this more than 70 per cent of<br />

emissions are from electricity,”<br />

he said. “The negotiation<br />

process will identify which<br />

of the two models provides a<br />

better outcome for local businesses<br />

and presents minimal<br />

risk to Council.” He added<br />

that Council was “ambitiously<br />

working” towards reduced<br />

emissions to net zero by 2030<br />

and had formally committed<br />

to net zero by 2050 as outlined<br />

in its adopted Environment<br />

and Climate Change<br />

Strategy. Council’s own Power<br />

Purchase Agreement is currently<br />

with Iberdrola, which<br />

owns the Bodangora Wind<br />

Farm in regional NSW where<br />

Council’s offsets are sourced.<br />

Calling all poets<br />

Attention <strong>Pittwater</strong> poets: One<br />

of the nation’s richest poetry<br />

competitions, the Cloncurry<br />

Prize, is now open with the<br />

Continued on page 36<br />

Youth Week brings the noise<br />

Youth Week has something for everyone<br />

this year and includes the celebration of<br />

20 years of the local Northern Composure<br />

Band Competition.<br />

Organised by young people and for young<br />

people, Youth Week provides an opportunity<br />

for Northern Beaches locals aged 12-25 years<br />

to share ideas, attend live events and showcase<br />

talent.<br />

Running from <strong>April</strong> 20-30, in <strong>2023</strong> Council<br />

has developed a comprehensive program<br />

together with several community organisations,<br />

with activities including a boxing and mentoring<br />

workshop, trivia (hosted by Council’s Youth<br />

Advisory Group), and Have Your Say Day organised<br />

by the Beaches Leadership Team.<br />

Council is working closely with several local<br />

youth service providers to develop a diverse<br />

program and celebration with wide appeal.<br />

“Council is a proud supporter of NSW Youth<br />

Week, and while it officially runs from 20-30<br />

<strong>April</strong>, we have so many activities planned we<br />

have extended our program over <strong>April</strong> and May<br />

to fit them all in,” said Mayor Michael Regan.<br />

“The bumper program features a range of<br />

activities, including sports, arts, music, fitness<br />

and leisure activities, that all fit into this<br />

year’s theme: Connect. Participate. Celebrate.”<br />

The first event to kick off is Council’s ‘Bags<br />

to Riches Markets’ on 1 <strong>April</strong> at Walter Gors<br />

Park in Dee Why.<br />

Rounding out the month is the 20th Anniversary<br />

of Northern Composure band<br />

competition on 28 <strong>April</strong> and PCYC in Dee Why.<br />

Here finalists will battle it out on stage for top<br />

spots and prizes in a $10,000 prize pool.<br />

Forming a Youth Week centrepiece each<br />

year, Northern Composure is the largest and<br />

longest-running youth band competition on<br />

the Beaches that offers musicians local exposure,<br />

as well as priceless on-stage performance<br />

time.<br />

*Details on all activities planned locally visit<br />

kalof.com.au or follow @keepalookoutfor<br />

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theme, ‘Outback Heroes’.<br />

Amateur, aspiring and famed<br />

wordsmiths are invited to put<br />

ink to paper (or log on, as the<br />

case may be) for their chance<br />

to win the $10,000 cash prize.<br />

The competition pays tribute<br />

to Dame Mary Gilmore DBE,<br />

an Australian writer and journalist<br />

who features on the $10<br />

note, known for her prolific<br />

contributions to Australian<br />

literature and the broader<br />

national discourse. The Cloncurry<br />

Prize has a $25 entry<br />

fee and is open to Australian<br />

Citizens, living in Australia<br />

with all entries to be assessed<br />

by a select panel of judges.<br />

Entries close on 1 May. The<br />

winner will be announced at<br />

an awards evening held in<br />

Cloncurry on 23 June. More<br />

info cloncurry.qld.gov.au<br />

Stay-cay with<br />

the kids in <strong>April</strong><br />

There’s plenty on the Beaches<br />

to inspire a fantastic ‘stay-cay’<br />

with kids this <strong>April</strong> school<br />

holidays. From places to picnic<br />

or play tennis, discover coves<br />

and hidden places to swim<br />

and view wildlife or learn<br />

something new at local galleries<br />

and libraries, there’s something<br />

for all ages and interests.<br />

The Coastal Environment<br />

Centre at North Narrabeen is<br />

offering day programs at $70<br />

per child. With a unique theme<br />

for each day, kids will learn<br />

about the natural environment<br />

through a range of fun<br />

and interesting activities. The<br />

holiday program is suitable<br />

for children aged 6 (who have<br />

started school) to 12 years.<br />

Bookings on Council’s website.<br />

There’s also enchanting live<br />

theatre performance for little<br />

ones and a street-style circus<br />

at Glen Street Theatre. Possum<br />

Magic will be presented to<br />

children from 3 years and up<br />

and the 360 Allstars will inspire<br />

patrons of all ages with<br />

a contemporary circus. Plus<br />

there’s life drawing and 3D animation<br />

at Manly Art Gallery<br />

& Museum, as well as creative<br />

writing workshops, robotics<br />

fun, and trivia sessions to join<br />

in, with much of the holiday<br />

program tailored to kids aged<br />

6-12 and more bespoke classes<br />

for teenagers at Manly Art Gallery<br />

& Museum.<br />

Give blood<br />

in Mona Vale<br />

Did you know 1 in 3 people in<br />

Mona Vale will need blood in<br />

future, and they need people<br />

like you to give it. The mobile<br />

blood bank will be in Mona<br />

Vale (Surfview Rd) between<br />

<strong>April</strong> 10-16. Don’t forget to<br />

pre-book your spot at <strong>Life</strong>blood.com.au,<br />

on the Blood<br />

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

Loosely Woven<br />

Avalon concert<br />

Local ensemble of 15 instrumentalists<br />

and singers<br />

Loosely Woven returns to<br />

Avalon Baptist Church on<br />

Sunday 30 <strong>April</strong> with a brandnew<br />

concert, ‘Bright Blue<br />

Rose’. It will feature songs by<br />

well-known artists including<br />

Aretha Franklin, Chris Isaak,<br />

Enya and Puccini, plus Ronan<br />

Keating, The Seekers, Archie<br />

Roach, and others. Instruments<br />

this time will include<br />

violins, cello, flute, recorder,<br />

clarinet, saxophone, harp,<br />

guitars, keyboard and percussion.<br />

The concert is free, but<br />

contributions to Amnesty<br />

International are appreciated.<br />

Light refreshments served.<br />

Council launches<br />

24/7 libraries<br />

Northern Beaches is one of the<br />

first Councils in Australia to<br />

open its library doors anytime<br />

of the day or night following a<br />

successful trial. The initiative<br />

has been designed to meet the<br />

changing needs of the community,<br />

with Forestville Library<br />

transformed into a modern,<br />

flexible space that is available<br />

to members whenever they<br />

need it. Council said it was a<br />

result of learning about how<br />

people navigate work and<br />

study since the pandemic,<br />

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Keep your cat safe at home<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> residents are<br />

being encouraged to<br />

keep their pets safe at<br />

home as part of a new animal<br />

protection campaign.<br />

According to RSPCA<br />

NSW, two out of three cat<br />

owners have lost a cat to a<br />

roaming-related accident<br />

and one in three to a car<br />

accident. Northern Beaches<br />

Council is one of 11 councils<br />

partnering with RSPCA<br />

NSW as part of the Keeping<br />

Cats Safe at Home project.<br />

Promoting responsible<br />

ownership, the new campaign<br />

goes beyond desexing<br />

and micro-chipping<br />

of beloved cats and asks<br />

owners to consider keeping<br />

their cats at home.<br />

Northern Beaches interim<br />

CEO Louise Kerr said<br />

there was a dual benefit<br />

to cats and local wildlife<br />

that flowed directly from<br />

promoting responsible<br />

ownership of domesticated<br />

cats.<br />

“Northern Beaches<br />

residents love their pets,<br />

but they’re also passionate<br />

about protecting the local<br />

environment,” Ms Kerr<br />

said.<br />

“Because pet cats occupy<br />

a special place in our<br />

hearts we need to educate<br />

the community on how to<br />

have them micro chipped<br />

and desexed to keep them<br />

safe. This initiative has an<br />

educational focus. It aims<br />

to protect tiny native species<br />

like lizards, mammals,<br />

baby birds and frogs, while<br />

also preventing domesticated<br />

cats from falling prey<br />

to road accidents.”<br />

In 2021 the NSW Government<br />

awarded a $2.5 million<br />

grant from the NSW<br />

Environmental Trust to<br />

RSPCA NSW to deliver the<br />

project.<br />

To help promote the<br />

campaign, Council is asking<br />

cat-lovers to submit a<br />

photo of their cat or kitten<br />

living their best life at<br />

home and go in the draw<br />

to win one of 10 vouchers<br />

(worth $1000) for a deluxe<br />

outdoor cat enclosure.<br />

*Entries close 9 <strong>April</strong>;<br />

more info Council or<br />

RSPCA websites.<br />

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with feedback from the community<br />

wanting access to the<br />

library after hours. The service<br />

was another step towards all<br />

Northern Beaches libraries becoming<br />

accessible community<br />

hubs, reflecting the community’s<br />

changing lifestyle. Access<br />

to Forestville Library 24/7 is<br />

available to library members<br />

aged 16 and over. To sign up<br />

people can register for a site<br />

and safety induction through<br />

the library website. Once<br />

updated a member can enter<br />

by scanning their library card<br />

at the door and entering their<br />

library PIN to gain access.<br />

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Pressure on Labor<br />

over dialysis pledge<br />

The new MP for <strong>Pittwater</strong> is expected<br />

to put pressure on the<br />

new Minns Labor Government<br />

to honour the Liberals’ preelection<br />

pledge of $6.3 million<br />

to provide Northern Beaches<br />

patients with greater access to<br />

renal dialysis closer to home,<br />

with the establishment of a<br />

dialysis service at Mona Vale<br />

Hospital. Liberal candidate for<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Rory Amon said that<br />

for renal patients who had to<br />

sit in a dialysis chair for hours<br />

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ANZAC Day commemorations<br />

What’s on in your suburb…<br />

News<br />


Palm Beach RSL Sub-Branch Dawn Service<br />

will be held at Whale Beach SLSC (6am).<br />

The parade will commence at the<br />

corner of Iluka and Barrenjoey Rd Palm<br />

Beach at 10.45am and march to the RSL<br />

Club. The ANZAC Day Service will commence<br />

at the Cenotaph outside the front<br />

of the club at 11am with Avalon Public<br />

School Band and vocalist in attendance.<br />

The Service will conclude at 11.30am.<br />


The Dawn Service commences at 5.30am<br />

at the Cenotaph in Dunbar Park. The<br />

march will commence at 11am with the<br />

Commemoration Service at Dunbar Park<br />

at 11.20am.<br />


All are welcome to attend the Dawn<br />

Service at the Newport Cenotaph in<br />

Trafalgar Park on Gladstone Street, which<br />

will commence at 5.30am.<br />


<strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL Sub-Branch ANZAC Day<br />

Dawn Service will commence at 5.30am<br />

at the Cenotaph located at the rear of<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL Club, all attendees are<br />

expected to be seated at least 10 minutes<br />

prior. In the event of rain, the Service will<br />

take place inside the <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL Club.<br />


The Narrabeen RSL Sub-Branch is holding<br />

its annual ANZAC March and Wreath<br />

Laying Ceremony on Sunday 23. This<br />

year participants are to assemble in<br />

the Narrabeen SLSC car park (opposite<br />

Furlough House on Ocean Street) from<br />

11.00am and the march will commence<br />

at 11.30am sharp. The police will be<br />

managing the parade which will be led<br />

by the Manly Warringah Pipe Band along<br />

Ocean Street to the Narrabeen Cenotaph,<br />

at the intersection of <strong>Pittwater</strong> Road and<br />

Ocean Street where a wreath laying and<br />

service ceremony will occur.<br />

DEE WHY<br />

Dee Why RSL Sub-Branch Dawn Service<br />

will be held at Dee Why Beach (5.30am).<br />

MANLY<br />

Northern Beaches Council-run ANZAC Day<br />

Services will be held on Tuesday 25 at:<br />

Manly War Memorial, The Corso (in<br />

front of Manly Town Hall) Dawn Service<br />

– 4.25am (arrive by 4am) with a Commemorative<br />

Service at 11am (arrive by<br />

10.40am).<br />

Manly Dam Dawn Service – 5.30am<br />

(arrive 5.15am). NO parking inside Manly<br />

Dam gates due to road closure. Parking is<br />

available in surrounding streets.<br />

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Continued from page 37<br />

at a time, several days a week,<br />

having a new dialysis service<br />

in Mona Vale would be a great<br />

support.<br />

North Narrabeen<br />

facelift proposed<br />

Residents are invited to have<br />

a say on proposed alterations<br />

and extensions to the North<br />

Narrabeen Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving<br />

Club. Suggestions include a<br />

general upgrade as well as a<br />

minor extension to provide<br />

a suitable meeting space for<br />

the North Narrabeen Boardriders<br />

Club, improvements<br />

to increase accessibility,<br />

waterproofing and to provide<br />

an enclosed space on the first<br />

floor deck. Lodge feedback by<br />

<strong>April</strong> 30; see Council website.<br />

Newport Bowlo Club<br />

after new members<br />

Looking to make new friendships?<br />

Newport Bowling Club<br />

is looking for new members<br />

to take up lawn bowls, with<br />

free lessons with qualified<br />

coaches, including lessons<br />

with a ‘bowling arm’ for those<br />

who are less physically capable.<br />

Organised social matches<br />

are on Wednesdays and<br />

Saturdays from 12.30pm. The<br />

club at 2 Palm Rd, Newport,<br />

is a great social venue, with a<br />

relaxing Lounge Bar and deck<br />

overlooking the greens. More<br />

info call 0448 341 254.<br />

‘Watto’ was one of a kind<br />

Author, broadcaster, documentary, film maker and longtime<br />

Newport resident Jeff Watson died last month after<br />

a battle with brain cancer; he was 80.<br />

“Watto” as he was known in the entertainment industry<br />

was a larger-than-life character.<br />

“His humour, his steadfast loyalty, his love for the long<br />

lunch, his passion for anything that flew from the shuttle<br />

to the Concorde to biplanes and spy planes, Watto had an<br />

encyclopaedic knowledge of it all,” former colleague Carmel<br />

Travers said.<br />

“There’ll never be another quite like him. The mould is<br />

broken.”<br />

As recounted in his <strong>Life</strong> Story published in <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong><br />

in June 2016, Watson arrived in Australia from England in<br />

1971 and began working at the ABC on ‘This Day Tonight’,<br />

then ‘Four Corners’ before switching stations to work on ‘60<br />

Minutes’.<br />

In 1979 he returned to the ABC to work on ‘Towards 2000’,<br />

which morphed into ‘Beyond 2000’.<br />

Watson was also the original presenter of ‘Getaway’ on<br />

Channel Nine from 1992 to 1998, with his passion for travel<br />

extending beyond the screen as an avid aviator – he said<br />

one of his greatest adventures was accompanying John Travolta<br />

as they flew an old Qantas jet back from England.<br />

With modesty, he described his career as ‘Fifty Years<br />

Without A Proper Job’.<br />

“Australia has been pretty good to me,” he told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>.<br />

“I throw myself into the Pacific every day and I pedal my pushbike<br />

around Newport and people say ‘gidday’. Why would you<br />

live anywhere else but the Northern Beaches?” – Nigel Wall<br />

Vet<br />

on call<br />

with Dr Brown<br />

Because our pets cannot<br />

communicate how they’re<br />

feeling, it is important as they<br />

enter senior years that they<br />

have regular health checks and<br />

wellness blood checks.<br />

Our pets age quicker than we<br />

do, entering their senior years<br />

from 7 years old in dogs and<br />

10 in cats. Senior pets can start<br />

to display age-related health<br />

problems, which may slow the<br />

animal down, affecting their<br />

behaviour, appetite and mobility.<br />

It’s important to be aware<br />

of the signs of aging in your<br />

dog or cat as early detection of<br />

age-related disease is vital in<br />

ensuring problems can be managed<br />

to provide a good quality<br />

of life for your pet.<br />

Some symptoms of aging<br />

may be obvious, like not lasting<br />

as long on walks, while other<br />

signs can be much more subtle<br />

– such as changes in their appetite<br />

or demeanour. Monitoring<br />

your pet’s eating and drinking<br />

patterns, body weight, toileting<br />

habits and level of mobility are<br />

all important.<br />

Common health problems<br />

affecting senior dogs and cats<br />

include osteoarthritis, obesity,<br />

metabolic diseases such as<br />

diabetes or kidney failure, bad<br />

teeth and changes to their cardiovascular<br />

system. Behavioural<br />

changes are also common,<br />

which can be related to cognitive<br />

dysfunction or internal<br />

metabolic changes, or pain.<br />

All senior pets should have<br />

regular annual vet checks and<br />

six-monthly wellness blood<br />

tests, to monitor their health.<br />

These blood tests help us<br />

monitor internal organs such as<br />

the kidneys and liver and can<br />

often be the first indicator that<br />

something is wrong.<br />

With early intervention, most<br />

age-related diseases can be<br />

managed to ensure your senior<br />

pet remains happy and healthy.<br />

Senior pets are the focus<br />

during <strong>April</strong> at Sydney Animal<br />

Hospitals, with the opportunity<br />

for your pet to have a geriatric<br />

profile blood test, laser therapy,<br />

arthritis support medication<br />

and Hills senior dry food at a<br />

reduced price. For more info<br />

call the team at Avalon (9918<br />

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

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Perfect<br />

focus<br />

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

The remarkable life of inspirational<br />

community contributor Sally Mayman,<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Woman of the Year <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Story by Rosamund Burton<br />

In March, then Member for <strong>Pittwater</strong> Rob students at Barrenjoey High School. Over were in Tassie. I remember really thinking<br />

Stokes named Sally Mayman <strong>Pittwater</strong> six months, the students spent time with about the best angle to capture this<br />

Woman of the Year <strong>2023</strong> in recognition Corey walking on Country and learning waterfall. I had to climb up what felt like<br />

of her outstanding achievements and about the uses and properties of plants incredibly steep rocks to take it!”<br />

valuable contribution to the <strong>Pittwater</strong> native to the area.<br />

During her high school years she joined<br />

community. Sally combines her<br />

Students also learnt about the<br />

a photography club and was extremely<br />

photographic and artistic talent with her importance of totems for First Nations fortunate to be taught by Lisa Torma, a<br />

passion for collaboration and community People and were guided in creating their passionate and inspiring teacher. By the<br />

and inspiring young people to be their own on a paver. These will be embedded time she left school in 1985 she knew<br />

best selves. For the past six years she has into a healing / yarning circle at<br />

she wanted to be a photographer, so<br />

been Artist in Residence at Barrenjoey Barrenjoey High School.<br />

enrolled in a four-year part-time course<br />

High School and in recent years has<br />

“It bought together for me many years at Sydney Technical College in Ultimo.<br />

worked on creative projects with students of community work, encouraging young The photographic world was very male<br />

at the Beach School and Avalon Youth Hub. people to express themselves, learning dominated at that time, but photographer<br />

The dynamic 55-year-old photographer, about a deeper history and feeling a Tim Hixson, a <strong>Pittwater</strong> local, took her on<br />

who has lived in Avalon for 27 years greater connection to Country,” says Sally. as his assistant.<br />

with her family, admits to being both<br />

During COVID Sally started<br />

She describes Tim (who like Sally is<br />

overwhelmed and honoured to receive the photographing the Avalon rock pool every a patrolling member of the Avalon Surf<br />

award.<br />

morning, capturing the community at <strong>Life</strong>saving Club) as “the most wonderful<br />

In November 2022, as part of the Avalon a time when people were unable to be mentor”. He shared a studio in North<br />

Centenary celebrations, the exhibition together. Her book, Beyond, is a collection Sydney with three other photographers:<br />

Barley Ki Giballee: You and Me Come of those photographs and $10 from each Gary Grealy, Robert Morehead and Scott<br />

Together, Collaborating Connecting and book sale supports Avalon One Eighty, the Cameron and their assistants.<br />

Caring for Country opened at the Avalon Northern Beaches organisation with the “The studio was the most amazing<br />

Surf Club. It was the culmination of a yearlong<br />

vision of a future free of youth suicide. creative environment. The photographers<br />

project initiated by Sally and partially Growing up in bushland on the Lane all supported me and stressed the<br />

funded by the Northern Beaches Council, Cove River, and years spent camping in importance of always shooting your own<br />

working with Sandy Chockman, the visual remote areas of Australia with her family, personal work alongside commercial work.<br />

arts teacher at Barrenjoey High School and have given her a lifelong appreciation of It’s something I am deeply thankful for.”<br />

local Indigenous artists Corey Kirk and the natural world. This appreciation led Sally put together her first exhibition<br />

Aleta Wassell. A feature of the exhibition to exhibitions highlighting the delicate with artist boyfriend Mark Hayes,<br />

involved 40 large cyanotype banners, balance of all living things and the need to Beach Faces and Wilderness Places – a<br />

which were the result of a collaboration care for the environment. Aged seven she combination of landscapes from Tasmania<br />

with a group of Year 5 students from began taking photographs.<br />

and portraits from Manly – at the North<br />

Avalon Primary School and Year 8<br />

“I had a tiny Instamatic camera. We Steyne Surf <strong>Life</strong>saving Club.<br />

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After completing her course she worked<br />

in London, assisting big-name commercial<br />

photographers, before travelling in Africa<br />

with her sister for 11 months. She crossed<br />

the Sahara, lived with the Pygmy peoples<br />

in Central African Republic and spent time<br />

with mountain gorillas. It was challenging<br />

at times, she admits, particularly when she<br />

was arrested in Zaire. The country was in<br />

civil war and the military saw her camera<br />

and determined she was a spy.<br />

Returning to Britain she was struck by<br />

the contrast between the simplicity of<br />

people’s lives in Africa and the advertising<br />

world in London where she worked.<br />

“I was so disillusioned. I wanted to train<br />

as a nurse and go back to Africa and do<br />

something useful.” It was her brother who<br />

told her she should use her photography<br />

gift to tell people’s stories. So she applied<br />

to work on a Raleigh International Youth<br />

expedition for three months in Guyana,<br />

South America. Not only did she realise<br />

the power of visual storytelling, but<br />

also experienced the power of changing<br />

young people’s lives. A percentage of the<br />

young people on the expedition were<br />

disadvantaged inner city London kids.<br />

“It was working with those kids that I<br />

found most rewarding, helping them to<br />

break the cycles they were in, and seeing<br />

the change in them over three months.”<br />

Returning to Australia in 1992, she<br />

worked as a volunteer at the Manly Youth<br />

Centre, taking young people kayaking and<br />

rock climbing. In 1995 she married Gerry<br />

Colley, a photographer who had known<br />

her since the North Sydney studio days.<br />

They bought a Swanson 42 with a plan to<br />

sail and work around the world. Having<br />

little sailing experience, Sally did a course,<br />

trained every weekend and enrolled in<br />

meteorology and navigation courses at<br />

TAFE, even learning to use a sextant.<br />

They ended up sailing up the coast to the<br />

north of Queensland. When they returned<br />

to <strong>Pittwater</strong> nine months later Sally was<br />

pregnant with their first child, Jim who,<br />

she says, was connected to the ocean<br />

from utero. (Now he is a member of the<br />

Australian Sailing Team, sailing 49ers.)<br />

Their second son Tom was born three<br />

years later, and in 2007 Gerry and Sally<br />

took them both out of Avalon Primary<br />

School for eight months, and travelled<br />

around Australia.<br />

“I wanted the boys to get that sense of<br />

Australia that I had. And I wanted them<br />

to see Aboriginal culture – the spirituality<br />

and deep connection to Country. It was<br />

hard at first as a white family travelling,<br />

but when we reached the Kimberleys in<br />

WA we found families running ecotourism<br />

experiences. We fished with them and<br />

sat around a fire at night, listening and<br />

learning about their Country and culture.”<br />

The experience ignited Sally’s longing<br />

to tell the story of this spirituality and<br />

connection to Country which was not<br />

being shown by the media at the time.<br />

She explained her desire to artist Dale<br />

Kentwell, whose sons were also at Avalon<br />

Primary School. By chance there was a<br />

Wilderness Society ‘Save the Kimberleys<br />

Campaign’ meeting at the Avalon<br />

community centre. Dale and Sally went<br />

along and met Albert Wiggan, a Bardi Nyul<br />

Nyul leader, who invited them to come<br />

onto their country.<br />

So they travelled to the Dampier<br />

Peninsula in 2008 and 2009, and listened<br />

to people’s stories, hearing about a<br />

range of issues from loss of culture to<br />

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: In the ‘darkroom’ in Guyana; Sally’s mum<br />

and dad at Barley Ki Giballee; climbing with sister Nicky; Sally<br />

with her first Instamatic camera in Tasmania aged 7; the family at<br />

Ningaloo Reef in 2007; at the BKG opening; husband Gerry and Sally<br />

sailing (Sally eight-and-a-half months’ pregnant with son Jim).<br />

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PHOTO: Dale Kentwell<br />

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The cover of Beyond; Barrenjoey High School students lend a hand on Barley Ki Giballee; on Saltwater Country.<br />

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

Continued from page 41<br />

racism, as well as concerns about the<br />

government’s plans to build an enormous<br />

gas export terminal in a local marine<br />

sanctuary. Sally took photos and Dale<br />

painted artwork. They showed the body<br />

of work initially at Manly Art Gallery,<br />

before the Wilderness Society used their<br />

material, in conjunction with their Save<br />

the Kimberleys campaign, to stop the gas<br />

terminal, and exhibited it in more places.<br />

In 2015, the State Library of Western<br />

Australia bought the entire collection for<br />

its timeliness and cultural significance,<br />

and their book of this work, Seeing<br />

Saltwater Country, was published by<br />

Fremantle Press.<br />

When asked about her sporting ventures,<br />

Sally casually mentions that she started<br />

competing in triathlons around 2016,<br />

after swimming for a while to rehabilitate<br />

her back following a hockey injury. Her<br />

son Tom and she both qualified for the<br />

Australian team to compete at the triathlon<br />

world championship, held in Queensland<br />

in 2018. Sally came 5th in her age group.<br />

Keen to combine her athletic and<br />

creative skills she approached Youth Off<br />

the Streets with the idea of mentoring<br />

the young people in film making and<br />

photography for the 20th year of the<br />

annual Cycle of Courage, a seven-day<br />

1000-kilometre cycle ride from Sydney<br />

to the Gold Coast. Sally cycled alongside<br />

the kids doing the ride and filmed and<br />

interviewed them. Every evening the young<br />

documentary makers and she downloaded<br />

all the footage of the kids cycling, and<br />

made a film, which they posted on social<br />

media the following morning.<br />

A memorable moment for her during<br />

the ride was helping a boy called Jeremy<br />

who was struggling up a very long hill. She<br />

put her hand on his back, partly for moral<br />

support and partly to help push him up the<br />

ascent. Seeing her ambitious move, she was<br />

soon joined by three other cyclists keen<br />

to support him in reaching the top. That<br />

year, for the first time, every youth who<br />

undertook the Cycle of Courage rode every<br />

kilometre of the route.<br />

Sally Mayman truly is an unstoppable<br />

creative force, and she has been a catalyst<br />

for so many young people to realise their<br />

potential.<br />

*More info turtlepictures.com.au;<br />

Insta: @sallymayman<br />

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

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

Windfoiling keeping Will’s<br />

head way above the water<br />

At 16, Will McMillan has<br />

his aim clearly set on the<br />

2024 Summer Olympics<br />

in Paris.<br />

Not that the Avalon-born,<br />

Barrenjoey High School-educated<br />

teenager – affectionately<br />

nicknamed ‘The Beast Mark<br />

II’ by excitable commentators<br />

(The Beast is an established<br />

superstar of the sport) – has<br />

any need to travel to any<br />

more exotic locations.<br />

In his first year as the<br />

youngest windfoiler on the<br />

Professional Windsurfing<br />

Association (PWA) circuit,<br />

Will has already strutted his<br />

stuff on some of the most<br />

beautiful lakes and oceanic<br />

locations in the world.<br />

Windfoiling – also called<br />

foil windsurfing – is the<br />

evolution of traditional<br />

windsurfing onto hydrofoils,<br />

leading to high energy<br />

action that has made it<br />

a darling of TV audiences<br />

(hence its inclusion in the<br />

Paris Olympics).<br />

“It’s very quiet compared<br />

to traditional windsurfing,”<br />

Will says, when asked<br />

what it is like to be racing on<br />

a windfoil in an international<br />

competition.<br />

“On a traditional windsurfer,<br />

you’re sailing through the chop<br />

and there is significant noise<br />

as the sail and board bounce<br />

around.<br />

“On a hydrofoil, you’re above<br />

the waves. So it is very<br />

silent, smooth and quite<br />

peaceful.<br />

“We’re powered by the<br />

wind, so we need to be<br />

strong to hold the rig and<br />

board down as we travel at<br />

speeds of over 50km/h.<br />

“The sail generates the<br />

power which transfers to the<br />

body, down to the feet and<br />

finally to the board – there is a<br />

lot of leg strength required.”<br />

It makes for spectacular, telephotogenic<br />

racing, and is easy<br />

for non-sailors to admire with<br />

the racing formats.<br />

Windfoiling is increasing in<br />

popularity, presenting challenges<br />

for traditional sailing<br />

clubs desperate to keep<br />

up the old “blue blazer<br />

and a G and T when the<br />

sun’s disappeared over<br />

the yard arm” approach.<br />

That may have endured<br />

since Arthur Phillip<br />

ventured north to name<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> after the British<br />

Prime Minister William Pitt the<br />

Younger in 1789.<br />

But just like skiing gave way<br />

to snowboarding, Will represents<br />

the transformation of<br />

an ancient human skill to a<br />

younger generation.<br />

At 188cm tall and 107kg<br />

(and still growing), Will knew<br />

windfoiling would be<br />

the only option he had<br />

to fulfil his lifetime<br />

dream of becoming a<br />

sailing Olympian.<br />

“The Finn (class)<br />

was at the Tokyo<br />

Olympics and perfect<br />

for bigger sailors<br />

like me, but it was<br />

dropped for Paris,”<br />

Will explains. “So I<br />

had no choice.”<br />

The son of an<br />

Englishman and a<br />

Thai mother, Will<br />

grew up with sailing<br />

as a critical part of<br />

his childhood.<br />

As a kid, he<br />

dreamed of racing<br />

for Australia in the<br />

America’s Cup one<br />

day if another Alan<br />

Bond came along to bankroll it.<br />

But as he grew taller and<br />

heavier, his options shrank.<br />

“I got a bit too big for sailing,<br />

or what sailing I can do at my<br />

age,” he says.<br />

But then windfoiling<br />

emerged, which requires precisely<br />

the strength, dexterity<br />

and sailing prowess he possesses.<br />

As Will explains it, windfoiling<br />

as a concept was invented<br />

before the turn of the millennium.<br />

Back then, no-one could<br />

find a way of mass-producing a<br />

windfoil at a reasonable price.<br />

“Between 2018 and 2020<br />

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they’ve become commercially<br />

available,” Will explains. “Since<br />

then we’ve seen it expand<br />

throughout the windsurfing<br />

community.”<br />

An early adopter, Will learnt<br />

his craft on Narrabeen Lagoon<br />

(pictured as an 8-year-old, far<br />

left), though now he mainly<br />

practises on Sydney Harbour<br />

(“<strong>Pittwater</strong> is a bit too small… I<br />

need more room”).<br />

Even so, it costs an estimated<br />

A$250,000 a season to keep<br />

Will on this PWA trajectory.<br />

He spent January and February<br />

doing the Australian, New<br />

Zealand and South-East Asian<br />

national championships.<br />

That’s partly through<br />

choice, but also because –<br />

as an Australian/Thai dual<br />

national – he can only spend<br />

90 days in Europe at a time.<br />

That means he’ll miss the<br />

start of the European professional<br />

circuit.<br />

When we met for this story,<br />

he was just back from<br />

Japan, having competed in<br />

the PWA’s final event of the<br />

season, finishing 20th out<br />

of 70 professionals.<br />

In the 2022 European<br />

championships on Lake Garda,<br />

the largest and arguably most<br />

beautiful aquatic gem of Italy’s<br />

alpine lake district, he finished<br />

a creditable 28th out of 160.<br />

“More importantly I came<br />

fourth in the under-21 category,”<br />

Will says.<br />

The world championships,<br />

held in the French naval city<br />

of Brest in southern Brittany,<br />

weren’t so successful.<br />

“I didn’t have a great<br />

World’s,” Will admits. “But it<br />

was my first season.”<br />

– Steve Meacham<br />

*Follow Will on Instagram @<br />

will.mcmillan8<br />

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Books<br />

Intriguing Dobell love story<br />

Kim Anderson grew up in Sydney, spending much of her time swimming on the<br />

Northern Beaches. She is a former editor, publisher and media executive. She is<br />

now a non-executive director of several publicly listed companies. Although she<br />

began writing at a young age, The Prize is her first novel.<br />

Books<br />

Q: Tell us about The Prize…<br />

In 1939, when William Dobell<br />

returned to Sydney from<br />

London, he meets fellow artist<br />

Joshua Smith, who is in his<br />

mid-30s and still living at<br />

home. Smith is immediately<br />

infatuated. Dobell, exposed to<br />

the works of Picasso, Braque,<br />

Dali and others, is influenced<br />

by Modernism. Well-heeled<br />

local artist Mary Edwards – an<br />

arch conservative, ardently<br />

believes the scourge of<br />

Modernism is threating to<br />

‘infect’ the Australian art scene.<br />

Edwards, Smith and Dobell<br />

all enter the Archibald, at the<br />

time one of the richest art<br />

prizes in the world. Edwards<br />

has high hopes of winning.<br />

When Dobell’s portrait of<br />

Joshua wins, Edwards mounts<br />

a court case, denouncing the<br />

portrait as a caricature – ‘an<br />

artistic Pearl Harbour’ – and<br />

therefore ineligible to win<br />

under the terms of Archibald’s<br />

bequest. Both artist and sitter<br />

find themselves in the glare of<br />

the spotlight when a court case<br />

to determine the matter turns<br />

into a public spectacle.<br />

Much is at stake.<br />

Homosexuality is illegal, and<br />

a young KC, Garfield Barwick,<br />

is keen to make a name for<br />

himself. Bill and Joshua’s<br />

relationship is put under<br />

pressure and at risk of being<br />

exposed as they are caught in a<br />

world where they must choose<br />

between love and art: between<br />

acceptance and exile.<br />

Q: What inspired you to write<br />

this book?<br />

I came across this story when<br />

I was editing the Bicentennial<br />

history and couldn’t believe the<br />

impact it had on both artist and<br />

sitter. There had to be more to<br />

the story as after the court case<br />

Dobell and Smith never spoke<br />

to each other again.<br />

Q: When did you write it<br />

and how did it come to be<br />

published?<br />

Originally, I wrote it as a<br />

screenplay, but in 2016 I<br />

decided to turn it into a novel. I<br />

like writing on long-haul flights<br />

as there are no interruptions,<br />

and in the middle of the night<br />

when all is quiet. I tend to write<br />

large parts in my head and<br />

then write them down in one<br />

enormous flow before revising.<br />

Q: How do you respond to<br />

people who believe that<br />

authors shouldn’t write<br />

outside their identities?<br />

It had never occurred to me<br />

when talking about love<br />

that it wasn’t universal. That<br />

loving someone and how you<br />

love someone can be defined<br />

so narrowly by gender or<br />

identity. That empathy<br />

can only exist within the<br />

confines of our own identities.<br />

In fact, love is different for<br />

every individual regardless of<br />

gender, race or ethnicity. No<br />

two people love in exactly the<br />

same way. If we can only write<br />

about people who exist with the<br />

same identity as our own, the<br />

world of storytelling would be<br />

a small and uninspiring one.<br />

To suggest that as a woman you<br />

cannot write about two men<br />

in love, or a woman and a man<br />

in love, because you are not a<br />

man, demands a complete lack<br />

of empathy.<br />

Q: Any interesting or<br />

surprising feedback?<br />

I’m a great believer in<br />

serendipity. Long after I<br />

began writing this book, I<br />

had a standing order with<br />

Berkelouw’s second-hand<br />

bookshop in Berrima for any<br />

books on Dobell or art in<br />

Australia in the 1940s. You<br />

can imagine my surprise when<br />

they sent me a book called<br />

Australian Present Day Art<br />

and out of it fell the original<br />

press clippings from the case.<br />

That seemed good luck; then<br />

I read the inscription written<br />

in the book. It was a gift to my<br />

grandmother for Christmas in<br />

1943 from my Aunt Yolande!<br />

I immediately rang my dad<br />

to check it was my aunt’s<br />

handwriting and indeed it was.<br />

*The Prize is available from<br />

<strong>April</strong> 4 in all good bookstores<br />

and online (RRP $32.99).<br />

WIN: We have five copies to<br />

give away to <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong><br />

readers. For your chance to<br />

win, email info@pittwaterlife.<br />

com.au with The Prize in the<br />

subject line and your mailing<br />

address in the body of the<br />

email by <strong>April</strong> 20. Winners<br />

announced next month.<br />

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Hot Property<br />

‘Fringe’ benefits boast the wow factor<br />

This month we shine a<br />

light on three stunning<br />

properties on the fringe<br />

or just outside the<br />

boundary of <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

Collaroy<br />

Beachfront properties always<br />

attract eyeballs, but agent Noel<br />

Nicholson says he has rarely<br />

seen anything like the level<br />

of interest in 1104 <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Road; he fielded more than<br />

60 inquiries less than 24<br />

hours after it was launched to<br />

market.<br />

Mr Nicholson of Ray White<br />

Prestige, Palm Beach explained<br />

the majority of those initial<br />

inquiries were from people<br />

living overseas but added<br />

there were also plenty of<br />

locals fronting up to open<br />

inspections soaking up the<br />

property’s 180-degree ocean<br />

views and stepping onto the<br />

sand from the garden.<br />

“We launched late March<br />

at 4pm and by mid-morning<br />

the next day we’d had at<br />

least 60 inquiries, which is<br />

unprecedented,” he said.<br />

“It just goes to show how<br />

rare these types of beachfront<br />

properties anywhere on the<br />

Northern Beaches are, and<br />

expats are very keen on them.”<br />

Mr Nicholson said overseas<br />

interest in prime properties<br />

had ramped up in recent times.<br />

“A similar thing happened<br />

after the GFC and after 9/11 as<br />

well… expats aren’t necessarily<br />

looking at properties to move<br />

into straight away, they are<br />

SUBSTANTIAL: 201 McCarrs Creek Rd sits on 7581 square metres.<br />

looking to buy now to ensure<br />

they have a base here.”<br />

The three-bedroom, threebathroom<br />

house will be<br />

auctioned on site on <strong>April</strong> 13<br />

with a guide of $5.5 million.<br />

Duffys Forest<br />

This elegant five-bedroom<br />

home with a backdrop over<br />

the lake and the signature hole<br />

of a world class golf course is<br />

located at the tranquil western<br />

edge of <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

Set on 2.239 square<br />

metres adjoining Terrey Hills<br />

Golf and Country Club, 17<br />

The Greenway boasts an<br />

impressive mix of formal and<br />

casual living, spilling outdoors<br />

to terraces, manicured<br />

gardens, cabana, pool and spa.<br />

Inside, a large family<br />

entertaining area incorporates<br />

a gourmet kitchen adjacent to<br />

the formal dining room and<br />

courtyard with water feature.<br />

The property is being sold<br />

through Belle Property Mona<br />

Vale via an Expressions of<br />

Interest campaign closing <strong>April</strong><br />

11 with a $6 million guide.<br />

Church Point<br />

In an elevated private position<br />

nestled amongst the trees with<br />

views to boat-studded <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

rests this newly created<br />

masterbuilt residence.<br />

Olivia Broomhead from LJ<br />

Hooker Avalon says the palatial<br />

property at 201 McCarrs Creek<br />

Around The Traps…<br />

Road has been meticulously<br />

designed to connect with its<br />

surrounds.<br />

“The sheer size of the design<br />

and build in its location is<br />

remarkable – it’s an engineering<br />

masterpiece,” she said.<br />

Sitting on a private<br />

7581-square-metre landholding,<br />

this ultimate escape boasts<br />

the finest fixtures and finishes<br />

with four large bedrooms, three<br />

lavish bathrooms and a layout<br />

featuring multiple glass fronted<br />

living areas.<br />

The family-friendly home<br />

also features a commercialgrade<br />

purified water system<br />

and is completely wired for an<br />

independent generator.<br />

A heated magnesium pool<br />

and spa and large level lawn<br />

that merges with natural<br />

bushland completes the picture.<br />

Price guide is $4.95 million.<br />

• The Ray White Prestige team<br />

has a new home, increasing<br />

their footprint with the<br />

purchase of two commerical<br />

spaces at 1/1105 Barrenjoey<br />

Road Palm Beach. Also, some<br />

quality landscaping and<br />

design has contributed to a striking<br />

new streetscape aesthetic (pictured).<br />

• ‘Elanora Venues’ has been sold. The 5.18-hectare property<br />

at 19A Wesley Street Elanora Heights, which extends to<br />

bushland boarding Ingleside and North Narrabeen, was<br />

owned and operated by the Uniting Church as a school and<br />

community group conference and retreat facility for more<br />

than 60 years.<br />

• Heritage-listed Hy Brasil, the ‘organic’ bungalow at 62<br />

Chisholm Ave Avalon Beach designed by influential architect<br />

Alexander Stewart Jolly and enjoyed by three generations of<br />

the Herman artist family, is back on the market.<br />

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

Bronze sculptures gold quality<br />

The <strong>April</strong> exhibition at hybrid Careel<br />

Bay art space The Studio will take on a<br />

new and different form, in the shape of the<br />

inspired sculptured creations of Clive Calder<br />

from Australian Bronze.<br />

Clive has worked on sculpture projects for<br />

some of the world’s most renowned sculptors<br />

over the past 25 years. As director and<br />

production manager at Australian Bronze,<br />

he specialises in sculpture project management,<br />

sculpting materials and problem solving<br />

for the three-dimensional world.<br />

But he’s most at home on the workshop<br />

floor and in the sculpting studios, where his<br />

unique eye and three-dimensional talents<br />

enable him to create through-provoking,<br />

awe-inspiring pieces which connect with<br />

people in an emotional and physical sense.<br />

“Sculpture is both a mature pursuit and<br />

an exploration of honesty. Our students are<br />

often told how detail comes after self-appraisal<br />

of form. This personal challenge requires<br />

patience, determination and a relaxed<br />

Council has acquired<br />

12 new artworks from<br />

the biannual Artists’ Book<br />

Award to be exhibited<br />

at Manly Art Gallery and<br />

Museum (MAG&M) before<br />

joining Council’s permanent<br />

Library collection.<br />

Every two years the<br />

Northern Beaches Library<br />

Service holds an Artists’<br />

Book Award, attracting entries<br />

from all over the globe.<br />

This year, 96 artists<br />

entered and were whittled<br />

down to 12 by a judging<br />

panel comprising MAG&M<br />

senior curator Katherine<br />

Roberts and Sydney illustrator<br />

Ben Brown.<br />

The acquired works are<br />

on exhibition at MAG&M<br />

until 16 <strong>April</strong>.<br />

Recognised for outstanding<br />

artistic expression,<br />

these contributions to art<br />

take the function of a book<br />

as their initial inspiration<br />

and then bend the rules.<br />

The beautiful and diverse<br />

artworks will make a lasting<br />

contribution to the Library’s<br />

creative resources.<br />

letting go of self,” Clive explains.<br />

Over the past 20 years, Australian Bronze<br />

has assisted some of Australia’s finest sculptors<br />

achieve their artistic objectives and its<br />

bronze casting facility has cast many sculptures<br />

in Australia and around the world.<br />

A percentage of sales from the exhibition,<br />

which commences <strong>April</strong> 6, will be donated to<br />

Living Ocean.<br />

The Studio by Laing+Simmons Property is<br />

a not-for-profit community initiative.<br />

*Viewing Saturdays from 9am-1pm. More<br />

info 0418 723 232.<br />

‘Portable magic’ book acquisitions<br />

“Each time these awards<br />

are held, we get a real<br />

insight into the past two<br />

years of life – it’s a fantastic<br />

time capsule because in<br />

these books we always see<br />

strong themes emerge, that<br />

connect them to a particular<br />

time in history, and to a<br />

period of life we’ve all lived<br />

through together,” observed<br />

Mayor Michael Regan.<br />

The new books, including<br />

Viola Dominello’s ‘Sea<br />

Horses of Manly (pictured),<br />

will be added to the 97 artists’<br />

books already in the<br />

permanent collection across<br />

Council Libraries.<br />

*Visit MAG&M website.<br />

Nursery gallery<br />

looking for artists<br />

Caradoc Gallery has opened its<br />

doors as an exciting addition<br />

to the tranquil nursery gardens of<br />

Cicada Glen Nursery at Ingleside.<br />

The quaint on-site gallery is putting<br />

the call out to local artists looking<br />

to showcase their works.<br />

David Lever, a self-taught painter,<br />

is the Gallery’s first featured artist.<br />

David grew up in Paddington which<br />

has led to much inspiration for<br />

many of his paintings that often<br />

hark back to 1940s to ’60s scenes<br />

and memorabilia.<br />

Now living at Berowra, David<br />

(pictured in the gallery) said he was<br />

thankful for the encouragement<br />

from many well-known artist friends<br />

who urged him to pursue painting.<br />

David’s appealing works include<br />

inner-Sydney scenes, old signs as well<br />

as objects worked into his characterful<br />

and fun paintings – such as beautiful<br />

gramophones with blue-banded<br />

Bees and bubblers with distinctive<br />

Sydney birds, to name a few.<br />

There will be some smaller craft<br />

and artwork contributions available<br />

at the gallery also.<br />

The current exhibition will run<br />

until May. Artists wanting to exhibit<br />

are welcome to contact the nursery.<br />

Caradoc gallery, at 1 Chiltern Rd,<br />

will open daily during nursery hours<br />

8am-4pm, Monday to Thursday and<br />

9am-3pm Friday to Sunday.<br />

*More info 0493 617 744 or email<br />

cicadaglennursery@outlook.com<br />

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ACOP Autumn exhibition<br />

The Artists and Craftsmen<br />

of <strong>Pittwater</strong> are throwing<br />

open the doors to their first<br />

exhibition for <strong>2023</strong> in <strong>April</strong><br />

with free entry for all.<br />

“This is your opportunity to<br />

buy a beautiful piece for your<br />

home, your AirBNB property<br />

or as gifts for your friends and<br />

family, at affordable prices,”<br />

said organiser Margaret Thew.<br />

“You’ll find visual arts – watercolours,<br />

acrylics, oils, photography<br />

– as well as sculpture,<br />

woodwork, jewellery, toys,<br />

clothing and more. Whatever<br />

your taste, our members are<br />

showcasing and selling items<br />

to love and treasure.”<br />

Margaret said the exhibition<br />

would have a very local feel,<br />

celebrating the joy of <strong>Pittwater</strong>,<br />

including her painting of<br />

Scotland Island (pictured).<br />

Join them at Mona Vale Memorial<br />

Hall from <strong>April</strong> 14-16.<br />

EFTPOS is available as well<br />

as cash transactions.<br />

*More info 0402 846 751.<br />

<strong>2023</strong> Environmental<br />

Art & Design Prize<br />

Artists and designers have<br />

until 14 May to submit art<br />

and design works exploring<br />

environmental themes for<br />

this year’s Environmental Art<br />

& Design Prize, with works<br />

by finalists to be exhibited<br />

at Manly Art Gallery and Museum<br />

(MAG&M) from August<br />

4-27.<br />

Now in its third year,<br />

the non-acquisitive prize<br />

celebrates<br />

Australian<br />

creativity<br />

and<br />

innovation in<br />

response to<br />

the environment,<br />

reflects<br />

on climate<br />

change and explores the<br />

challenges we face with our<br />

natural environment.<br />

The $42,000 prize pool will<br />

be divided across nine categories<br />

encompassing a range<br />

of contemporary practices,<br />

from fashion and design to<br />

ceramics and painting.<br />

The prize provides the<br />

platform to bring together<br />

a dynamic community of<br />

artists and designers and<br />

is a chance to connect with<br />

audiences who care about<br />

the planet.<br />

“On the Northern Beaches,<br />

we value our natural environment<br />

and sustainable living,<br />

so it makes sense for us to<br />

continue to highlight environmentally<br />

focussed art and<br />

design,” Northern Beaches<br />

Mayor Michael Regan said.<br />

“In previous years some<br />

truly incredible and provocative<br />

works have prompted us<br />

all to reflect on the precious<br />

and precarious nature of our<br />

environment.”<br />

This year, winners will be<br />

awarded by an external judging<br />

panel of three leading<br />

creative<br />

practitioners<br />

including<br />

renowned<br />

industrial<br />

designer<br />

Adam<br />

Goodrum,<br />

Powerhouse<br />

First Nations Curator Emily<br />

McDaniel, and contemporary<br />

artist Caroline Rothwell.<br />

Designer and judge Adam<br />

Goodrum said that artists<br />

and designers are agents of<br />

change, often taking the lead<br />

in responding to environmental<br />

or societal challenges.<br />

“The role of creatives is to<br />

influence, educate, expose,<br />

challenge and generate<br />

solutions. Contributions can<br />

be intangible and elicit an<br />

exchange of ideas and emotions<br />

or they might consider<br />

materiality and production,”<br />

Mr Goodrum said.<br />

*Artists and designers<br />

nation-wide can apply on<br />

Council’s website.<br />

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

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Finding positives in being ‘Selfish’<br />

While there can be a divide<br />

between women who choose to<br />

have children or not, two sisters<br />

are proving they can have one voice on<br />

the subject.<br />

Charmaine Coxon and Cassandra Magrath<br />

have joined forces to self-publish<br />

a hand guide for new and experienced<br />

mums called The Selfish Mamma. While<br />

they are similar in being strong women<br />

and each other’s biggest supporters, they<br />

have their differences too – Mrs Coxon<br />

has two children and runs a marketing<br />

business from her Newport home while<br />

Miss Magrath is a Melbourne actor and<br />

screen writer who doesn’t have children.<br />

And while “the selfish mamma” is a<br />

separate identity, it is a joint collaboration<br />

between the sisters who bounced ideas<br />

off each other via Zoom catch-ups. Mrs<br />

Coxon lends her voice to the book, while<br />

Miss Magrath wrote the six chapters.<br />

“I’m the selfish mum,” Mrs Coxon, 38,<br />

said. “When I was pregnant I realised<br />

there was a socio-economic issue with<br />

mums judging other mums. I know of<br />

one mum who judged another with three<br />

kids because she spent an hour doing<br />

her makeup each day.<br />

“It shocked me that another mother<br />

would say that, or think that it’s selfish.<br />

It sparked my awareness of judgment<br />

and it opened my eyes into the motherhood<br />

arena.”<br />

Miss Magrath has also witnessed the<br />

judgmental culture when socialising<br />

with Mrs Coxon, their other two sisters<br />

and her friends who all have children.<br />

“I don’t have children myself but I<br />

do know how mothers can judge one<br />

another,” Miss Magrath, 41, said.<br />

“The list of things that mothers have<br />

to do is insane – the food prep alone<br />

would do my head in, if you’re going to<br />

survive you have to put yourself first.<br />

“I felt like contributing to something<br />

JOINED FORCES: Sisters Charmaine<br />

Coxon and Cassandra Magrath.<br />

positive with The Selfish<br />

Mamma and I wanted to be<br />

part of a growing movement,<br />

it’s a relatable and<br />

funny look at motherhood.<br />

“Just mother the way you want to<br />

mother and stay in your own lane.”<br />

It’s a message echoed by Mrs Coxon,<br />

who acknowledged that while there<br />

were other “cringey” self-help books on<br />

the subject, The Selfish Mamma was a<br />

dark-humoured look at typical mothering<br />

experiences. And the list is long<br />

when you take into account that there is<br />

an expectation that all mums do school<br />

drop-off and pick-up, make school<br />

lunches, have dinner on the table every<br />

night, take their children to activities but<br />

also spend time with them, work out and<br />

look good.<br />

“You shouldn’t spend too much<br />

money but you also have to work to make<br />

money,” she said.<br />

“I was actually doing a lot of things<br />

out of obligation or out of fear that other<br />

mums would judge me. I finally gave<br />

myself permission to say no and a toxic<br />

friendship was the first thing to go – I do<br />

practise everything in my book.<br />

“We do a lot out of love for our kids, but<br />

now (as the ‘selfish mamma’) I’m probably<br />

the most content I’ve ever been.”<br />

Now you are more likely<br />

to find Mrs Coxon<br />

dancing in the loungeroom<br />

with her two<br />

children because they<br />

have the time and energy,<br />

rather than saying<br />

yes to every invitation.<br />

She has also set the<br />

tone at home by not<br />

washing every day<br />

and politely asking her<br />

husband to cook twice<br />

a week, admitting that<br />

“all the little things” have<br />

made a big change.<br />

One of the biggest changes<br />

was being honest with<br />

herself and setting boundaries.<br />

“The kids have noticed a difference<br />

and they do the same things with their<br />

friends,” she said.<br />

“I’m now more conscientious and<br />

aware of my time; I think before committing.<br />

We need to stop this judgment<br />

of ourselves so we don’t judge other<br />

mothers.<br />

“Even if just one other mum questions<br />

‘is this working for me?’ it will be worthwhile,<br />

hopefully it will ignite a re-look at<br />

the way we do things.”<br />

Mrs Coxon had a good-natured laugh<br />

at her own expense too: “I put myself<br />

first – at times.”<br />

And is there another project in the<br />

works for the sisters?<br />

“Maybe a look at female friendships?”<br />

said Miss Magrath. “It’s all about taking<br />

control of your own space.”<br />

– Kat Adamski<br />

*The Selfish Mamma is available on<br />

Amazon.<br />

50 APRIL <strong>2023</strong><br />

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with Rowena Beckenham<br />

Regular eye examinations<br />

for ‘Thief of Sight’ glaucoma<br />

Some 300,000 Australians<br />

are affected by glaucoma,<br />

an eye disease that if left<br />

undiagnosed and untreated<br />

can cause blindness. But if<br />

detected early, vision loss can<br />

be prevented.<br />

Just like Kirk Pengilly from<br />

iconic Aussie band INXS,<br />

300,000 Australians are affected<br />

by glaucoma.<br />

“When I got glaucoma it really<br />

hit home how lucky I was<br />

to not lose my sight,” says Kirk<br />

(pictured), who was touring<br />

with INXS in the late 1980s<br />

when he experienced what felt<br />

like daggers being pressed into<br />

his eyes. It was only thanks to<br />

pioneering laser surgery at the<br />

time that his sight was saved<br />

from what was an acute angleclosure<br />

glaucoma attack.<br />

With an estimated 150,000<br />

Australians unaware that they<br />

have glaucoma, we should all<br />

be treating our eyes to a test –<br />

especially those<br />

with a direct<br />

relative who has<br />

glaucoma.<br />

If you have<br />

glaucoma, those<br />

directly related<br />

to you – brothers,<br />

sisters, sons,<br />

daughters – have<br />

an almost 1 in 4<br />

chance of developing<br />

glaucoma<br />

too. Start a conversation and<br />

ask your family and friends to<br />

book an eye examination.<br />

Known as the ‘silent thief<br />

of sight’, glaucoma develops<br />

slowly for most people, and a<br />

considerable amount of peripheral<br />

vision may be lost before<br />

the problem becomes noticeable.<br />

This can affect your ability<br />

to maintain a drivers licence<br />

and can significantly<br />

affect independence.<br />

Glaucoma Australia<br />

says around three<br />

per cent of Australians<br />

(3 in 100) will<br />

develop glaucoma<br />

in their lifetime – yet<br />

more than 35 per<br />

cent have not undergone<br />

regular eye<br />

examinations.<br />

We know that Australians over<br />

50 years of age are more at risk<br />

of developing glaucoma; along<br />

with optometrist colleagues<br />

Valerie, Rebecca and Stephanie<br />

from Beckenham Optometrist<br />

in Avalon, in conjunction with<br />

Glaucoma Australia, we urge<br />

those at risk to have their eye<br />

health checked by an optometrist<br />

every two years to prevent<br />

the irreversible damage caused<br />

by glaucoma – and save sight!<br />

*More info glaucoma.org.au<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 />

Daughterly Care<br />

recruitment call<br />

Northern Beaches<br />

businesswomen Verlie<br />

Hall and Kate Lambert<br />

are celebrating 25 years of<br />

supporting older Australians<br />

to stay in their own homes<br />

through their in-home care<br />

business, Daughterly Care.<br />

“I’ve seen a lot over the last<br />

35 years working in aged care<br />

and I know most seniors are<br />

happiest in their own home<br />

because they stay in control of<br />

their life,” said Ms Hall.<br />

“This is especially the case<br />

if they have some cognitive<br />

decline or a form of dementia.<br />

Their home is familiar. They<br />

feel safe, comfortable and we<br />

support in a way that maximises<br />

their control of their life.”<br />

She recalled that when she<br />

worked in a Nursing Home<br />

on the North Shore, residents<br />

constantly appeared unhappy<br />

by having been displaced from<br />

their home.<br />

“I witnessed the Matron’s<br />

son stick toothpaste up a dying<br />

man’s nose ‘to see what<br />

reaction he would have’… I<br />

reported the abuse and resigned.<br />

It was soul destroying,”<br />

she said.<br />

In contrast, Ms Hall said<br />

Daughterly Care caregivers stated<br />

that supporting older people<br />

to remain in their own home<br />

was deeply satisfying work.<br />

“We enter their home and<br />

their world. We get to know our<br />

client and tailor the support to<br />

what they need and what brings<br />

them joy. It’s one-on-one care.<br />

They really appreciate our assistance<br />

and that makes the work<br />

joyful for our caregivers.”<br />

Ms Lambert added: “Our<br />

business name came from Verlie’s<br />

first in-home care client,<br />

who told Verlie ‘you are like<br />

the daughter I never had’.<br />

“Demand for our services<br />

is through the roof and so we<br />

are constantly on the look-out<br />

to employ more in-home care<br />

workers.<br />

“We have been a Registered<br />

Charity since 2016, so the first<br />

$36,750 our caregivers earn<br />

each year is tax-free. Our charity<br />

is managed for our elderly<br />

clients but is run around our<br />

caregivers’ availability,” she<br />

explained.<br />

Ms Lambert added that flexible<br />

hours and tax-effective<br />

pay allowed them to attract<br />

the best in-home care workers<br />

to support older people on<br />

the Northern Beaches, North<br />

Shore, Mosman and surrounds.<br />

Support provider Unisson<br />

Disability is now accepting<br />

new clients at its local Community<br />

Access Centre in Terrey<br />

Hills.<br />

The hub is dedicated to supporting<br />

people with disability<br />

to achieve their social, creative<br />

and skill-focused goals by<br />

fostering growth for NDIS participants<br />

with daily activities.<br />

“We can employ caregivers<br />

for 38 hours a week, or as little<br />

as 8 hours a week,” she said.<br />

“It’s just a matter of finding<br />

the special people who love to<br />

listen, assist, support and care<br />

for older people. People who<br />

can assist clients to shower,<br />

make them a meal, prompt<br />

them to take their medication,<br />

do a load of washing and drive<br />

them to appointments.<br />

“Our help makes the world<br />

of difference to older people<br />

and that’s why our services<br />

are in such high demand.<br />

“We have 175 caregivers but<br />

we need many more Daughterly<br />

Caregivers to meet demand.”<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

*More info visit daughterlycare.com.au<br />

Terrey Hills disability support<br />

Team Leader Ryan Packness<br />

said the hub was a multifunctional<br />

space allowing for<br />

each person’s goals to be<br />

supported.<br />

“The hub allows clients to<br />

try an activity or hobby they<br />

haven’t before, in a welcoming<br />

and safe space,” he said.<br />

“It’s been great to be able<br />

to nurture and support each<br />

person’s goals through different<br />

activity options.”<br />

For example, in the hub’s<br />

open-plan Blue Apple Art<br />

Studio, clients can try their<br />

hand at painting, drawing<br />

and paper-making, and clay<br />

sculpting.<br />

Programs also encompass<br />

community-based excursions<br />

and day trips including<br />

regular BBQs and picnics at<br />

local reserves and parks,<br />

bushwalking, pub and café<br />

visits, sports days, swimming<br />

and bowling.<br />

*More information go to<br />

unisson.org.au – LO<br />

52 APRIL <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

with Bec Johnson, M.Pharm<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Way to stay influenza-safe<br />

in a post-COVID Australia<br />

Over the past three years,<br />

the availability of different<br />

COVID vaccines has<br />

been widely discussed, with<br />

public knowledge about vaccines<br />

increasing as a whole.<br />

While we are slowly returning<br />

to a more “COVID-normal”<br />

Australia, the annual influenza<br />

season is right around the<br />

corner. In the Southern Hemisphere,<br />

our influenza peak is<br />

<strong>April</strong>-September.<br />

Influenza is an RNA virus<br />

highly prone to mutation, which<br />

makes it important to select the<br />

specific strains in our vaccines<br />

each year to ensure it is as up<br />

to date as possible. Multi-strain<br />

vaccines are used to ensure the<br />

best coverage year on year.<br />

It may come as a surprise<br />

to some that there are many<br />

different brands of flu vaccines,<br />

just as there are with COVID-19<br />

vaccines, not just one option<br />

for specific ages. Your GP or<br />

pharmacist may have told you<br />

which brand of flu vaccine you<br />

are getting in the past, and this<br />

brand will have been registered<br />

on your immunisation record.<br />

However, an understanding of<br />

exactly which vaccines are available<br />

may mean more to many<br />

this year than it has in the past.<br />

So, what are our options?<br />

First, it is important to understand<br />

the difference between<br />

egg-based vaccines and cellbased<br />

vaccines.<br />

The egg-based manufacturing<br />

process has been used for<br />

many years, and involves the<br />

use of chicken eggs to cultivate,<br />

extract, and then inactivate the<br />

specific viral strain (or candidate<br />

vaccine virus) desired for<br />

the vaccine. While human flu viruses<br />

are successfully cultivated<br />

within the chicken egg and the<br />

resulting vaccines provide good<br />

coverage in humans, slight mutations<br />

of the virus commonly<br />

arise to help the virus adapt<br />

to the egg environment. This<br />

can theoretically reduce the<br />

effectiveness of the manufactured<br />

vaccine, as the virus may<br />

act differently within a chicken<br />

(avian) or human (mammalian)<br />

environment.<br />

The resources required and<br />

time it takes to manufacture<br />

vaccines in this way led to the<br />

development of the cell-based<br />

manufacturing process. Instead<br />

of using a chicken egg, a model<br />

mammalian cell is used to<br />

cultivate the virus. The resulting<br />

vaccine has been developed to<br />

act in a mammalian environment,<br />

yielding it theoretically<br />

more effective in humans. No<br />

animals are harmed in this process,<br />

the process itself is much<br />

faster than egg-based manufacturing;<br />

however these vaccines<br />

are more expensive.<br />

Not every pharmacy may<br />

stock every flu vaccine, so be<br />

sure to ask when booking an<br />

appointment what options are<br />

available. If you are unsure<br />

which option is best for you,<br />

or you are concerned about<br />

getting your flu vaccination<br />

this year, do not hesitate to<br />

chat with your local pharmacist<br />

vaccinator.<br />

Getting a flu vaccine each<br />

year helps to protect not only<br />

yourself, but your entire community.<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 />

Meals on Wheels delivers fresh name<br />

Longstanding local meal delivery<br />

service Meals on Wheels has a new,<br />

longer name – The Village Chef by<br />

Meals on Wheels.<br />

Officially launched last month, the new<br />

name formally recognises the partnership<br />

of three Meals on Wheels branches –<br />

Northern Beaches, Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby<br />

– which joined forces last year.<br />

General Manager Alex Kane said the<br />

service played a vital role in promoting<br />

community connection thanks to dedicated<br />

staff and an army of volunteers that delivered<br />

“more than just a meal”.<br />

“Our volunteers take the time to check-in<br />

on, care for, and chat to our customers,<br />

sometimes even helping with small errands<br />

such as collecting the mail,” Mr Kane said.<br />

“This personal touch to both our meals<br />

and our delivery service, provides a sense<br />

of reliability, companionship and connection<br />

deeply valued by our customers”.<br />

The service also has its own ‘Village<br />

Chef’ Tony Lyons who has prepared meals<br />

for Meals on Wheels for more than 20 years<br />

in a commercial kitchen at Turramurra.<br />

“Tony’s team takes the time to prepare<br />

meals in line with each of our clients’<br />

needs,” Mr Kane said.<br />

“Because we genuinely care about all our<br />

clients, and because we’re small enough to<br />

communicate our clients’ needs, we get to<br />

know clients almost like they’re part of our<br />

family.<br />

“We also offer fresh meals every day and<br />

we are moving to offering two fresh meals<br />

each day.<br />

“For our more vulnerable clients, we can<br />

also heat up meals,” he said.<br />

The Village Chef by Meals on Wheels is<br />

now looking to support even more people<br />

in the community.<br />

For more information phone 1300 361<br />

287 or visit villagechef.com.au – LO<br />

VILLAGE CHEF: Tony Lyons at the launch.<br />

54 APRIL <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Hair & Beauty<br />

with Sue Carroll<br />

Resuscitating compromised<br />

skin barrier with eczema<br />

A<br />

compromised barrier of<br />

the skin may play out<br />

in various ways from<br />

dryness to aging, rosacea to<br />

acne, and eczema to a super<br />

reactive/sensitive skin. A<br />

compromised barrier of the<br />

skin and eczema are now more<br />

prevalent than ever before.<br />

With a combination of a harsh<br />

environment, mask-wearing,<br />

certain medications, poor gut<br />

health, autoimmune diseases,<br />

the COVID environment,<br />

aggressive products and<br />

treatments, the skin often does<br />

not stand a chance on its own.<br />

7 main types of eczema:<br />

1. Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema<br />

is a chronic inflammatory<br />

condition that may occur on any<br />

part of the body. There seems<br />

to be a connection between<br />

allergies, asthma and hay fever<br />

and eczema. The symptoms<br />

often appear in early childhood<br />

and will range from dry patches,<br />

redness, skin roughness and<br />

possibly a rash that may exude<br />

clear liquid when scratched.<br />

2. Contact Dermatitis is an<br />

acute response to either an<br />

allergen or a chemical and may<br />

appear with blisters, swelling,<br />

flaking and burning or stinging.<br />

3. Neurodermatitis is<br />

characterised by extreme<br />

itchiness and discomfort.<br />

The skin may appear thick,<br />

discoloured, scaly and<br />

dehydrated. This condition is<br />

known as a ‘sleep stealer’.<br />

4. Dyshidrotic Eczema accounts<br />

for half of hand dermatitis. The<br />

skin appears cracked, scaling,<br />

red and toughened with pain<br />

and nail discolouration.<br />

5. Nummular Eczema is more<br />

prevalent in men and is often<br />

triggered by medications, stress<br />

and injuries to the skin. Lesions<br />

can weep and will appear as<br />

coin-shaped sores.<br />

6. Seborrheic Dermatitis is<br />

commonly referred to as<br />

dandruff and may appear where<br />

there is hair growth such as the<br />

scalp, eyebrows, sides of the<br />

nose, chest and behind the ears.<br />

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When an appropriate shampoo,<br />

conditioner or skincare is used<br />

the condition will disappear. It<br />

has been linked to stress and a<br />

yeast known as Malassezia.<br />

7. Stasis Dermatitis is a type of<br />

eczema that causes fluid to leak<br />

into the lower limbs of the body<br />

and is often accompanied by<br />

skin discolouration known as<br />

‘cayenne spots’. Pain, heaviness<br />

in the legs and shiny skin may<br />

be symptoms. This condition<br />

often appears in people over 50<br />

with poor circulation, underlying<br />

health issues, varicose veins and<br />

lack of exercise.<br />

Since the exact causes<br />

of eczema are not well<br />

understood, often a multipronged<br />

approach is advisable<br />

for the management of this skin<br />

condition. This might mean a<br />

combination of professionals,<br />

such as a nutritionist, colon<br />

therapist, medical professional,<br />

naturopath, homeopath and<br />

aesthetician.<br />

Topically, when the skin<br />

barrier is compromised it is<br />

vital to support its repair as<br />

it is our first line of defence,<br />

protecting against bacteria,<br />

infection, toxins, transepidermal<br />

water loss and UV<br />

damage. The goal when treating<br />

the eczema-affected skin<br />

topically is to heal, nourish and<br />

hydrate. Ingredients with antiinflammatory<br />

properties are<br />

essential, as this will assist in<br />

creating a healthy environment<br />

where skin can heal.<br />

Some of the ingredients to<br />

look for in your products may<br />

include Linoleic and oleic acids<br />

(essential fatty acids which are<br />

close to the skin’s own natural<br />

lipids providing hydration<br />

and soothing discomfort),<br />

Witch Hazel (a rich antioxidant<br />

protecting cells and soothing),<br />

Hyaluronic acid (a water<br />

regulating molecule which<br />

will help to plump, hydrate,<br />

lubricate and prevent transepidermal<br />

water loss), Arnica<br />

Montana (a powerful healer,<br />

natural botanical and is antiinflammatory<br />

speeding healing<br />

and soothes chapped skin).<br />

In the treatment room, active<br />

correctives and treatments<br />

should be avoided. Instead,<br />

the focus should be on gentle<br />

exfoliation with the JetPeel<br />

system and then nourishing<br />

topicals can be gently infused<br />

into the skin to soothe, plump<br />

and hydrate.<br />

As with most skin conditions,<br />

the treatment of eczema is<br />

a multi-pronged approach.<br />

The skin is mirroring the<br />

inflammation on the inside, so<br />

treat it internally and externally<br />

for a positive outcome.<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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Hair & Beauty

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

with Brian Hrnjak<br />

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

New Super tax: where does<br />

the Government’s net widen?<br />

This month we take a<br />

look at the Federal<br />

Government’s recently<br />

announced changes to superannuation<br />

taxation… at first<br />

glance you might think these<br />

the changes may never apply<br />

to you but there are few situations<br />

that could materially<br />

widen the net of those affected.<br />

Firstly, what has been<br />

proposed: a change to the<br />

taxation of superannuation<br />

balances will come in from<br />

1 July 2025, imposing an additional<br />

tax of 15% on those<br />

individuals with a total superannuation<br />

balance (TSB) over<br />

$3 million measured at the<br />

end of 30 June 2026.<br />

So, it’s not really a tax<br />

rate of 30% as some have<br />

described it or a doubling of<br />

superannuation taxes; rather,<br />

it is an additional tax on that<br />

portion of your member balance<br />

above a threshold much<br />

like Division 293 tax that<br />

applies to the contributions<br />

of those on adjusted taxable<br />

incomes over $250,000.<br />

There is no mention of retrospectivity,<br />

thank goodness<br />

for that. Individuals subject<br />

to the tax will likely have the<br />

option of paying the tax themselves<br />

or releasing the amount<br />

from super, again, like Division<br />

293 taxes. The changes<br />

will also apply to defined<br />

benefit funds, but how that is<br />

going to work will need to be<br />

subject to a fair amount of industry<br />

consultation as defined<br />

benefit members don’t usually<br />

have TSBs.<br />

The most contentious element<br />

(so far) of this new tax<br />

is how they intend to calculate<br />

what is to be taxed. In regular<br />

situations, if a person has<br />

property or shares and they<br />

earn rent or dividends or perhaps<br />

they sell their property<br />

or some shares, those items<br />

are generally the factors we<br />

include in the calculation of<br />

taxation liability.<br />

This new tax changes that<br />

process quite dramatically.<br />

When I was introducing the tax<br />

change earlier, I used the term<br />

‘total superannuation balance’<br />

or TSB. The only people that<br />

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know how much you have in<br />

super, in total, are you, your<br />

accountant (via the ATO portal)<br />

and the ATO. Your superfund<br />

doesn’t know if you have<br />

another fund. For the Government<br />

to tax those with over $3<br />

million in super it must have<br />

access to consolidated data, in<br />

this case from the ATO. (You<br />

can find your TSB via MyGov<br />

and the ATO links in there.)<br />

This new tax proposes<br />

to tax ‘earnings’ which are<br />

defined as your TSB at the<br />

end of the financial year less<br />

your TSB at the end of the<br />

previous financial year plus<br />

your withdrawals less your net<br />

contributions. The proportion<br />

of earnings that are taxable<br />

is that proportion of your account<br />

over $3 million and the<br />

tax on that is 15%.<br />

This is not how we have<br />

traditionally approached<br />

taxation within super, or, in<br />

general. The main concern is<br />

that changes to capital values<br />

are now subject to being<br />

taxed – not sold items but<br />

items that have simply gone<br />

up in value. As well, capital<br />

gains tax concessions normally<br />

available inside super are also<br />

disregarded. Consider if your<br />

fund invested in a volatile asset<br />

– bitcoin, tech shares or even<br />

property that has risen in value<br />

one year and fallen in value in<br />

the next and being taxed in<br />

these circumstances under this<br />

proposal which contains no<br />

provision for refunds.<br />

If you want a more detailed<br />

look at this issue beyond the<br />

limited space I have here I’d<br />

suggest you Google Graham<br />

Hand’s very good article on<br />

Firstlinks from 8 March. In it<br />

he considers 10 revelations<br />

about the new tax.<br />

On of the issues examined<br />

by Hand in the article was<br />

modelling from the Financial<br />

Services Council (FSC) attacking<br />

the Government’s position<br />

on not indexing the $3 million<br />

cap. The FSC notes that by not<br />

indexing the threshold some<br />

500,000 taxpayers will breach<br />

it in their lifetimes; leaving<br />

the amount at $3 million<br />

means that in today’s dollars<br />

a 30-year-old will have a real<br />

cap of $1 million in super,<br />

calling into question the intergenerational<br />

fairness of not<br />

indexing.<br />

The FSC also pointed out<br />

that given the start date of the<br />

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legislation being 1 July 2025<br />

and the first measurement<br />

date being 30 June 2026 –<br />

three years from now, the real<br />

threshold is nearer to $2.5<br />

million in today’s dollars not<br />

$3 million after allowing for<br />

current rates of inflation.<br />

While the proposal is directed<br />

at individual member<br />

accounts over $3 million, there<br />

are quite a few funds that total<br />

$3 million (or $2.5 million if<br />

you take the FSC’s point about<br />

indexing), mostly mums and<br />

dads, who could find themselves<br />

affected by the proposal<br />

on the death of a partner.<br />

So what planning steps can<br />

be taken now in anticipation<br />

of the legislation?<br />

The most obvious is to work<br />

towards equalising balances<br />

between spouses where material<br />

differences exist and one<br />

spouse is caught and the other<br />

isn’t. A recontribution strategy<br />

is likely the most effective<br />

pathway but the Hand article<br />

went so far as to suggest<br />

some may choose super splitting<br />

via divorce although it is<br />

likely this would be caught under<br />

anti-avoidance provisions<br />

of the tax legislation.<br />

Investment bonds have been<br />

suggested for some time as<br />

an alternative to superannuation,<br />

earnings within these are<br />

taxed at the company rate<br />

while maintained and the proceeds<br />

tax free after 10 years.<br />

People likely to be affected<br />

by the rule changes will start<br />

to reassess their choice of<br />

holding vehicle – super versus<br />

trust versus company. The<br />

issue comes down to the final<br />

tax rate, in super you may be<br />

taxed at up to 30%, however,<br />

company profits and trust<br />

distributions can be made to<br />

those on lower rates of tax.<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 />

Change in circumstances: Do<br />

you need to revise your Will?<br />

As most readers know, a<br />

Will is a legal document<br />

that directs how assets<br />

are to be distributed after<br />

death.<br />

A Will may include the appointment<br />

of a guardian for<br />

children who are under 18<br />

or who have special needs. It<br />

may also include instructions<br />

for a funeral.<br />

It is considered that a<br />

person may make several Wills<br />

during their lifetime. Generally<br />

first as one begins to acquire<br />

assets, marries, has children<br />

then grandchildren and as one<br />

moves to senior years. In all,<br />

if you begin to make a Will in<br />

your 20s and move through to<br />

your 70s and 80s, at least four<br />

Wills could be made.<br />

Each new Will revokes the<br />

previous Will; it is therefore<br />

unwise to retain copies of<br />

prior Wills as an executor<br />

might seek probate of an<br />

earlier Will.<br />

The usual reason for<br />

revising a Will is a change in<br />

circumstances, for example:<br />

n My executor has died or is<br />

unable to perform the duties<br />

of an executor. (The executor<br />

being the person who is<br />

nominated to carry out the<br />

instructions in the Will.)<br />

Their death has no effect on<br />

the validity of the Will but if<br />

you have appointed only one<br />

executor you should consider<br />

appointing another person or<br />

two, to provide cover for the<br />

contingency of there being no<br />

executor on death.<br />

If there is no living executor<br />

after you die but before<br />

probate of your Will has been<br />

granted, one or more of your<br />

beneficiaries will need to apply<br />

to the court for letters of<br />

administration appointing an<br />

administrator to carry out the<br />

instructions in the Will. To do<br />

this the other beneficiaries will<br />

have to consent. If they don’t<br />

agree and there is a dispute,<br />

the court will probably appoint<br />

the Public Trustee.<br />

n I have married or remarried<br />

after the Will was made.<br />

Marriage automatically<br />

revokes any Will you have<br />

made, except for one made<br />

in contemplation of marriage.<br />

Save for that exception, if you<br />

marry you will need to make a<br />

new Will.<br />

n I have separated.<br />

This will not affect the validity<br />

of your Will but given the<br />

change in your circumstances<br />

will not be appropriate. If you<br />

have left your property to your<br />

spouse in your original Will<br />

and you die they will still inherit<br />

your property. Similarly,<br />

if you have appointed your<br />

spouse as your executor they<br />

will still be entitled to act.<br />

n I have divorced.<br />

Unlike marriage, divorce<br />

does not automatically revoke<br />

your Will but it can change the<br />

way it operates. A court may<br />

be satisfied that the bequests<br />

in your Will were not those of<br />

your intention as at the date<br />

of your death. It is therefore<br />

unwise to leave these matters<br />

open to dispute. Making a new<br />

Will after divorce should make<br />

your intentions concerning<br />

your former spouse abundantly<br />

clear.<br />

n My assets have changed and<br />

I no longer own properties or<br />

shares I have specifically left<br />

to beneficiaries.<br />

If you purport to leave property<br />

in your Will that you have<br />

disposed of as at the date of<br />

your death, the gift fails. Your<br />

Will only speaks at the time<br />

of your death. If you wish to<br />

leave specific gifts of property<br />

to a beneficiary you should be<br />

aware that if you dispose of it<br />

you should make a new Will to<br />

cover your changed circumstances.<br />

n Since making my Will I have<br />

had a child.<br />

This event does not affect<br />

the validity of your Will. If you<br />

have left property to your<br />

children in your Will without<br />

specifically naming them then<br />

the new child will participate<br />

in such a gift and a new Will<br />

may not be necessary. However,<br />

if you have named your<br />

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children in your original Will<br />

you will need to make a new<br />

Will including the new child by<br />

name.<br />

n A beneficiary of my Will has<br />

died.<br />

Usually any specific gift<br />

you have made to a beneficiary<br />

who dies before you do<br />

will lapse upon their death<br />

and the gift will form part of<br />

the residuary estate for your<br />

residuary beneficiaries.<br />

However, as often occurs<br />

rules vary between states and<br />

territories – special rules apply<br />

if the beneficiary who has<br />

died is a child or grandchild<br />

of yours and they have been<br />

survived by a child or children<br />

of their own.<br />

If your Will was made in<br />

the ACT, Northern Territory,<br />

Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria<br />

or Western Australia unless<br />

your Will specifically states<br />

otherwise, the law provides<br />

that the deceased beneficiaries<br />

shares passes to their child<br />

or children.<br />

However if your Will was<br />

made in South Australia or<br />

NSW unless your Will specifically<br />

provides otherwise<br />

the law is that the deceased<br />

beneficiaries share in your<br />

Will passes to their estate as if<br />

they had survived you.<br />

There are many other circumstances<br />

which you need to consider<br />

when revising your Will<br />

such as shares in joint names,<br />

life insurance policies, superannuation<br />

funds and whether the<br />

fund accepts a binding death<br />

nomination or not.<br />

It is wise to consider these<br />

and other issues – say every<br />

three years – and to seek<br />

advice to ensure your intentions<br />

are properly reflected in<br />

your Will. It is also prudent to<br />

consider whether you might<br />

need to have an ‘enduring’<br />

power of attorney to manage<br />

your finances – and an ‘enduring’<br />

guardianship to provide<br />

advance care cover for your<br />

health and wellbeing.<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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<strong>Pittwater</strong> Puzzler<br />

Compiled by David Stickley<br />

Veterinary Hospital (6-3)<br />

27 Describing the food at Curry<br />

By The Curve in Avalon Beach, no<br />

doubt (5)<br />

28 Places much frequented,<br />

especially by holidaymakers (7)<br />

29 A climatic event occurring on<br />

average every four to five years<br />

and involving a rapid warming of<br />

the surface of the southern Pacific<br />

Ocean (2,4)<br />

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

ACROSS<br />

1 Prepare or cook quickly or hastily<br />

(4,2)<br />

5 Headwear necessary for those hot<br />

days on the Northern Beaches (7)<br />

9 Japanese restaurant in Avalon (5)<br />

10 Local open body of water<br />

that measures 18.4 square<br />

kilometres (9)<br />

11 To begin a voyage on the ocean<br />

(3,2,3)<br />

12 Director of Wavechanger, Tom<br />

______ (6)<br />

13 Sea eagle (4)<br />

14 Period when travel is least<br />

active and rates are lowest (3-6)<br />

18 A waiter who manages wine<br />

service in a hotel or restaurant (9)<br />

20 Tech support caller (4)<br />

23 OAM recipient who received her<br />

honour ‘For services to the Avalon<br />

community’, Gail ______ (6)<br />

24 A piece of daring or reckless<br />

behaviour (8)<br />

26 Number in Park St of Mona Vale<br />

DOWN<br />

2 Ride standing on the nose-end of<br />

a surfboard with the toes of both<br />

feet dangling over the edge (4,3)<br />

3 To strike the ball onto one’s own<br />

wicket in cricket (4,2)<br />

4 A type of salami featured with<br />

basil on pizza from Pizza Capanna<br />

in Warriewood (9)<br />

5 An area set aside for some<br />

specific purpose, activity, etc (4)<br />

6 Report in <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>, perhaps,<br />

of general public interest (4,4)<br />

7 The ‘A’ in ACOP(.com.au) (7)<br />

8 Shark warning signal perhaps<br />

heard along the Northern Beaches<br />

(5)<br />

9 Junior lifesavers (7)<br />

15 The space between high and<br />

low water marks (9)<br />

16 Carardoc Gallery can be found<br />

at the Cicada Glen _______ (7)<br />

17 Journalist (8)<br />

19 Polite or well-bred behaviour (7)<br />

21 Beach located along the western<br />

side of Governor Phillip Park (7)<br />

22 TV presenter who spent more<br />

than 40 years working in the media<br />

industry and was well-known for<br />

his role in ABC science program<br />

Towards 2000, Jeff ______ (6)<br />

23 At some eventual time in the<br />

future (5)<br />

25 Distributors of cash on the<br />

Northern Beaches (1,1,2)<br />

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Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

with Janelle Bloom<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

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Looking for great meals on a<br />

budget? Peek in the pantry...<br />

There are many reasons to keep a well-stocked pantry. You<br />

can save time, money, and a whole lot of stress when you<br />

keep some basic pantry staples such as rice, pasta, canned<br />

tomatoes, stock cubes, Mexican seasoning and tuna. It’s great for<br />

the budget too (and aren’t we all on a budget nowadays). There is<br />

no point having the pantry well-stocked if you don’t have a list of<br />

repertoire recipes you can put together using basic ingredients.<br />

Here is five of my go-to pantry recipes to get you started.<br />

Tuna, pea &<br />

caramelized<br />

onion patties<br />

Makes 12<br />

longer if time permits.<br />

4. Heat the oil in a large frying<br />

pan over medium-high heat.<br />

Cook patties, in batches, for<br />

4 -5 minutes each side or<br />

until golden. Remove to a<br />

tray keep warm in the oven<br />

while cooking the remaining<br />

patties. Serve warm or at<br />

room temperature with,<br />

spinach, tartare and lemon<br />

wedges.<br />

Ham, cheese &<br />

corn pasta bake<br />

Serves 4 (as main)<br />

400g penne pasta<br />

1 tbs olive oil<br />

4 green onions, chopped<br />

1 garlic clove, crushed<br />

250g shaved ham, chopped<br />

2 rindless bacon rashers,<br />

chopped<br />

1x 490g jar creamy pasta sauce<br />

2 tbs tomato paste<br />

300g can corn kernels, drained<br />

¼ cup fresh basil, chopped<br />

1 cup grated 4-cheese blend<br />

onions and garlic. Cook,<br />

stirring, for 1-2 minutes or<br />

until softened slightly. Add<br />

the ham and bacon and<br />

cook, stirring often, for 3-5<br />

minutes or until light golden.<br />

Remove from the heat.<br />

3. In a bowl, mix the pasta<br />

sauce and tomato paste<br />

together. Add the pasta,<br />

bacon mixture, corn, basil<br />

and half the cheese. Mix well.<br />

Season with pepper.<br />

4. Spoon the mixture into<br />

a greased baking dish.<br />

Sprinkle with the remaining<br />

cheese. Place onto a tray and<br />

bake for 20 minutes or until<br />

sauce is bubbling around the<br />

edges and the top golden.<br />

Serve.<br />

Mexican<br />

crunch wrap<br />

Makes 8<br />

2 tbs olive oil, plus extra to<br />

serve<br />

1 small onion, finely grated<br />

600g beef mince<br />

35g pkt taco seasoning<br />

400g can chopped tomatoes<br />

8 large flour tortillas<br />

8 small flour tortillas<br />

1 cup sour cream<br />

2 cups shredded baby spinach<br />

leaves or iceberg lettuce<br />

2 cups grated mozzarella<br />

olive oil cooking spray<br />

or until the onions are soft.<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C<br />

Remove the lid, increase<br />

fan forced. Cook the pasta in<br />

heat to medium high. Add<br />

a large saucepan of salted<br />

the maple syrup, cook 5-8<br />

boiling water following the<br />

minutes until the onions are<br />

packet directions, until al<br />

sticky and light golden. Set<br />

2 tbs olive oil<br />

dente. Drain.<br />

aside to cool.<br />

2 brown onions, halved, thinly<br />

2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in<br />

2. Meanwhile, place potatoes in<br />

sliced<br />

a large frying pan over<br />

a large saucepan. Cover<br />

medium heat. Add the green<br />

2 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

with cold water, season well<br />

1 tbs maple syrup<br />

with salt. Bring to the boil<br />

700g unwashed potatoes,<br />

over high heat. Boil for 10<br />

peeled, chopped<br />

minutes or until the potatoes<br />

425g can tuna in oil, drained are tender. Drain well. Return<br />

¼ cup frozen peas<br />

to the hot saucepan, roughly<br />

½ cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped mash. Set aside to cool<br />

1 lemon, rind finely grated completely.<br />

½ cup plain flour<br />

3. Tip the tuna into a large<br />

1 egg, lightly beaten<br />

bowl, flake with a fork. Add<br />

1 cup panko breadcrumbs<br />

the peas, parsley, lemon<br />

vegetable oil, for shallow frying rind, potato and onions.<br />

spinach leaves, tartare sauce Add the flour and egg.<br />

and lemon wedges, to serve Season. Mix until well<br />

combined. Using 1/3 cup of<br />

1. Heat the oil in a frying pan mixture per patty, shape into<br />

over low heat. Add the<br />

rounds then flatten slightly.<br />

onion and garlic, cover<br />

Place onto a tray, coat both<br />

with a lid and cook, stirring sides in breadcrumbs.<br />

occasionally for 15 minutes Refrigerate for 30 minutes or<br />

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250g mushrooms, thinly sliced<br />

1 small brown onion, finely<br />

chopped<br />

114g can Massaman curry<br />

paste<br />

1 chicken stock cube<br />

½ cup warm water<br />

400ml can coconut cream<br />

1 tbs each fish sauce, lime juice<br />

and brown sugar, optional<br />

cooked jasmine rice, to serve<br />

diced tomato, red onion and<br />

chopped coriander, to serve<br />

1 lime, halved<br />

1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick<br />

frying pan over medium<br />

heat. Add the onion, cook<br />

until soft. Increase the heat<br />

to high, add the mince.<br />

Cook, stirring with a wooden<br />

spoon to break up any<br />

lumps, for 5 minutes. Add<br />

the taco seasoning, cook,<br />

stirring 2 minutes until the<br />

mince starts to colour. Add<br />

the tomatoes, bring to the<br />

boil. Boiling gently until the<br />

mixture is thick. Remove<br />

from heat. Cool for 10<br />

minutes.<br />

2. Place the flour tortillas on<br />

a plate, cover with damp<br />

paper towel. Microwave for<br />

20 seconds, so they separate<br />

easily.<br />

3. Lay one large tortilla on<br />

a chopping board. Spoon<br />

about ¼ cup mince mixture<br />

in the centre of the tortilla.<br />

Top with a dollop sour<br />

cream, spinach or iceberg<br />

then sprinkle with the cheese<br />

(when cooking the cheese<br />

melts and hold the crunch<br />

wrap together). Place the<br />

small tortilla on top of the<br />

cheese. Take one edge of the<br />

large tortilla and fold this<br />

edge up to the centre of the<br />

fillings. Take the next edge<br />

and fold to it the centre of<br />

the filling, keep repeating<br />

this folding as tight as<br />

possible, as you work your<br />

way around the tortilla.<br />

Repeat with remaining<br />

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ingredients (see Janelle’s<br />

Tip).<br />

4. Wipe the frying pan with<br />

paper towel, heat over<br />

medium heat. Spray both<br />

sides of each crunch wrap<br />

with oil. Place folded side<br />

down, cook for 3-4 minutes,<br />

until golden, turn and cook<br />

further 3 minutes. Remove<br />

to a tray and keep warm in<br />

the oven while cooking the<br />

remaining crunch wraps.<br />

5. Combine the tomato, onion<br />

and coriander, squeeze<br />

over the lime juice, drizzle<br />

with olive oil and serve with<br />

crunch wraps.<br />

6. These are also delicious<br />

serve with sour cream,<br />

guacamole and spicy<br />

sriracha sauce.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: You can wrap<br />

each in foil to hold them<br />

together while assembling the<br />

remaining crunch wraps.<br />

Chicken with<br />

Massaman<br />

mushroom sauce<br />

Serves 4<br />

3 tbs peanut or vegetable oil<br />

4 chicken breast fillets<br />

1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a<br />

medium non-stick frying pan<br />

over medium-high heat. Add<br />

the chicken breast. Cook 1-2<br />

minutes on each side or until<br />

browned. Remove to a plate.<br />

2. Add another tablespoon<br />

oil, add the mushrooms,<br />

cook 2-3 minutes until light<br />

golden. Remove to a bowl.<br />

3. Reduce the heat to medium,<br />

add remaining oil with the<br />

onion, cook, stirring until<br />

soft. Add the curry paste,<br />

cook stirring about 2-3<br />

minutes or until aromatic.<br />

4. Crumble in the stock cube,<br />

add the water and coconut<br />

cream. Bring to a simmer,<br />

simmer for 5 minutes. Add<br />

the chicken and mushrooms<br />

to the sauce, adding any<br />

juices from the plate and<br />

bowl.<br />

5. Cook, turning the chicken<br />

once, for 10 minutes or<br />

until the chicken is cooked<br />

through.<br />

6. Combine the fish sauce, lime<br />

juice and sugar and stir into<br />

the sauce. Serve over rice.<br />

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Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Pick of the Month:<br />

Pears<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

The majority of Australian<br />

pears are grown in<br />

Victoria, around the<br />

Shepparton region. The size<br />

and shape of pears varies<br />

from small (Paradise pear) to<br />

large (Packham) and round,<br />

apple-shape (like Nashi) to<br />

slender elongated (the brown<br />

skin pear, Beurre bosc).<br />

Buying<br />

Different to most fruit, pears<br />

ripen from the inside out.<br />

Pears are best purchased<br />

free from cuts and bruises,<br />

firm and allowed to ripen at<br />

room temperature. Not all<br />

pears change colour as they<br />

ripen so skin colour is not<br />

a good guide either. Similar<br />

to an avocado, gently press<br />

the stem area; it should ‘give’<br />

under gentle pressure.<br />

Storing<br />

Unripe pears should be<br />

stored in a single layer<br />

in a fruit basket at room<br />

temperature out of direct<br />

sunlight.<br />

Once ripe, store in a single<br />

layer in an open plastic bag<br />

(starved of oxygen pears will<br />

start to rot quickly from the<br />

core) on the lowest shelf in<br />

the fridge for up to 3 days.<br />

Nutrition<br />

Pears are an excellent source<br />

of vitamin C. They are rich<br />

in important antioxidants,<br />

flavonoids, and dietary fibre.<br />

Also sodium-free, fat-free,<br />

and cholesterol-free.<br />

Pear cinnamon<br />

cake<br />

Serves 6<br />

440g packet butter cake mix<br />

2 eggs<br />

2/3 cup full cream milk<br />

60g butter, chopped, at room<br />

temperature<br />

2 pears, peeled, cored,<br />

halved, thickly sliced<br />

¼ cup walnuts, chopped<br />

1 tsp ground cinnamon<br />

1 tbs icing sugar<br />

whipped cream, to serve<br />

1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan<br />

forced. Grease and line<br />

the base and side of 20cm<br />

(base) cake pan.<br />

2. Place the cake mix (reserve<br />

the icing for another use),<br />

eggs, milk and butter in<br />

a bowl. Beat with hand<br />

mixer until just combined.<br />

Increase speed to high<br />

and beat for another 2-3<br />

minutes until the cake<br />

batter is pale and creamy.<br />

3. Pour the batter into the cake<br />

pan, smooth the surface.<br />

Arrange the pear slices,<br />

slightly overlapping over<br />

the top of the cake batter,<br />

sprinkle with walnuts,<br />

pressing them in a little so<br />

they stick to the batter.<br />

4. Bake for 50 minutes or until<br />

a skewer inserted into the<br />

centre of the cake comes<br />

out clean. Set aside in the<br />

pan for 10 minutes, turn out<br />

onto a wire rack then turn<br />

back, pear side up.<br />

5. Combine the cinnamon<br />

and icing sugar then dust<br />

over the warm cake. Serve<br />

warm or room temperature<br />

with cream or ice cream.<br />

In Season<br />

<strong>April</strong><br />

Apples, Avocados,<br />

Bananas, Custard apples,<br />

Fresh Australian dates &<br />

Pomegranates, Pineapple,<br />

Grapes, Kiwi fruit, Limes,<br />

Pears, Passionfruit,<br />

Mandarins; also Bok Choy,<br />

Green beans, Cabbage,<br />

Capsicum, Cauliflower, Kale,<br />

Fennel, Potatoes, Pumpkin,<br />

Silver beet, Spinach.<br />

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Tasty Morsels<br />

with Beverley Hudec<br />

Some Tiny Morsels to savour in <strong>April</strong><br />

Take a 'Captain<br />

Cook' at Mona Vale<br />

Cook Terrace, Mona Vale Surf Club’s<br />

bar, is offering casual eats on Fridays<br />

after work and on Sundays from 3 to<br />

7pm. Scan the QR code and the orders<br />

come from the Basin Dining Room,<br />

which is also located in the club. The<br />

current menu features two classics,<br />

beer-battered fish and chips and<br />

American-style burgers.<br />

New Av one-stop<br />

sandwich shop<br />

Avalon’s got a new sandwich bar.<br />

During the day, Old Skool occupies LJ<br />

Pizza Bar’s space to make a selection<br />

of old-school sandwiches, hamburgers<br />

and egg and bacon rolls. The chilled<br />

cabinet also has room for containers<br />

of Greek salad and one of those real<br />

old-fashioned favourites, homemade<br />

rice pudding.<br />

Being flaky:<br />

it's never<br />

tasted so good<br />

Be warned, Roti Pies’ Royal<br />

Tiger beef rendang pie<br />

packs a meaty bite. Pies<br />

from this Newport hole-inthe-wall<br />

are a little different<br />

too. Instead of pastry,<br />

each pie is encased in roti.<br />

Fillings change weekly;<br />

however the butter chicken<br />

pie is a winner and has been<br />

on the menu since opening<br />

in 2018.<br />

Stylish kiosk makes<br />

waves beside Dunes<br />

Dunes Kiosk is the much more casual<br />

little sister to the stylish restaurant<br />

next door. Depending on the time of<br />

day, the Governor Phillip Park venue<br />

has munchies like bircher muesli, vegan<br />

hash browns or avo on sourdough<br />

for breakfast and beer-battered fish<br />

burgers, paninis and salads for lunch.<br />

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Three of a kind: Turning Japanese<br />

Heaped teriyaki bowls are<br />

a lunchtime drawcard at<br />

Newport’s Sankaku Izakaya.<br />

The restaurant’s $15 options<br />

include teriyaki chicken<br />

or eggplant (pictured).<br />

Both come with shredded<br />

cabbage, carrot, salad,<br />

cucumber, rice drizzled with<br />

a sesame dressing. There’s<br />

also a mixed sashimi bowl<br />

and chicken katsu curry.<br />

Avalon’s Ninja Japanese<br />

Restaurant has been an<br />

Avalon stalwart since 2003.<br />

Open in the evenings, its<br />

menu has a selection of<br />

popular entrees including<br />

pork gyoza with dipping<br />

sauce, sashimi and nigiri<br />

sushi, assorted tempura and<br />

inside out sushi rolls. There’s<br />

a kids menu. BYO wine is an<br />

option too.<br />

Cafe Monaka has Mona<br />

Vale’s Japanese food cravings<br />

covered. This popular cafe<br />

serves katsu curry bowls<br />

and karaage chicken and<br />

chips for lunch, but it also<br />

has a typical Japanese-style<br />

breakfast on the menu.<br />

Asagohan features marinated<br />

grilled salmon with steamed<br />

rice, omelette, pickles and<br />

miso soup.<br />

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Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

with Gabrielle Bryant<br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Our brilliant blooming Easter<br />

Daisies need care year-round<br />

It is Autumn, Easter is just around the<br />

corner and Easter daisies are flowering.<br />

If you don’t have them, time now to fill<br />

an empty corner.<br />

Easter daises are in the aster family,<br />

sometimes called Michaelmas Daisies;<br />

they are old-fashioned cottage plants<br />

that are regaining their popularity.<br />

Easter daisies are herbaceous plants<br />

that are cut back to a close ground cover<br />

over Winter. As the weather warms up<br />

the new growth appears; this is the time<br />

to lift and divide older clumps. Feed<br />

them well and wait for the tall spikes<br />

of massed small daisy flowers of lilac,<br />

pink, white, blue, or mauve to appear<br />

in late Summer and Autumn. Cut back<br />

the stems that are finished to keep them<br />

flowering.<br />

Grow these in the garden and the<br />

bees will love you; plus they’re perfect to<br />

grow close to your veggie patch. Easter<br />

daisies are easy to grow. They love the<br />

sun and any good garden soil. They<br />

should be easy to find in garden centres<br />

now; if not you can find them easily on<br />

the internet.<br />

Late-to-the-party Crepe Myrtle<br />

The crepe myrtles are<br />

flowering late this year. I<br />

was beginning to think that<br />

they were not doing well,<br />

then suddenly the trees have<br />

burst into glorious colour:<br />

white, pink, purple, hot pink,<br />

and bright red. Some with<br />

green leaves and some that<br />

are newer hybrids, with the<br />

dark midnight leaves that<br />

contrast so wonderfully with<br />

the flowers.<br />

There is a crepe myrtle<br />

for every situation. They are<br />

drought- and heat-tolerant,<br />

and they love the sun. There<br />

are tall-growing trees that<br />

will reach a height of 6-8m<br />

tall, semi-dwarf shrubs that<br />

will grow 2-3m and the baby<br />

dwarf varieties that are just<br />

1m tall. Grow the babies in<br />

pots, hedge the semi-dwarf<br />

varieties or plant the tall<br />

varieties as street trees. Grow<br />

them as standard lollypop<br />

trees, prune them every year<br />

to fit your garden or let them<br />

grow unpruned to enjoy the<br />

very graceful shape and bark<br />

of a mature tree.<br />

Crepe myrtles are<br />

deciduous and lose their<br />

leaves allowing winter sunlight<br />

into the garden and offer<br />

something for every season.<br />

Decorative bark in winter,<br />

lush new foliage in spring<br />

for summer shade, amazing<br />

flowers in late summer and<br />

coloured autumn foliage<br />

as the weather cools down<br />

before winter.<br />

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Exotic hanging<br />

Pink Medinilla<br />

Why the pink Medinilla is called the ‘Malaysian Orchid’ I am not<br />

sure. The pendulous pink bunches of flower look more like<br />

grapes than orchids. The medinillas are tropical shrubs and we are<br />

so lucky that the micro-climate of the beaches enables us to grow<br />

them here.<br />

Medinillas are<br />

a plant collector’s<br />

dream: There are<br />

several varieties<br />

– some with pink<br />

flowers and some with<br />

bright orange. The<br />

more upright orange<br />

Medinilla is more<br />

tropical and harder to<br />

grow.<br />

If you grow it in a<br />

pot you can take it<br />

inside through the<br />

coldest months of<br />

Winter, but the pink<br />

Medinilla ‘myriantha’<br />

will stay outside all year round. It, too, is best grown in a pot so<br />

that the clusters of cascading pink flowers that are followed by<br />

purple berries can be appreciated hanging down. Before it gets<br />

too big it makes a great hanging basket plant but as it grows it will<br />

develop into a small shrub (1.5m x 1m). There is a smaller variety<br />

called Pixie that will stay under 1m.<br />

Medinillas come from the humid rainforests of India, Africa,<br />

South east Asia, India and the Philippines; they need open potting<br />

mix, ideally 50% orchid mix and 50% top-quality potting mix.<br />

They like the morning sun but shaded protection as the day heats<br />

up. Keep the soil moist but not wet and dryer through the colder<br />

months.<br />

Hardy, prostrate banksias<br />

There are<br />

so many<br />

properties on the<br />

peninsula that are<br />

steep and difficult<br />

to landscape.<br />

Terraces and<br />

retaining walls<br />

are one answer<br />

to soil erosion<br />

in the torrential<br />

downpours of rain,<br />

but there is another<br />

way: Plant the<br />

banks and gullies<br />

with groundcover<br />

plants that will bind the soil.<br />

Amongst our own native<br />

plants there are some that<br />

are perfect for this. There<br />

are weeping wattles, trailing<br />

grevilleas, ground cover<br />

creepers but the hardiest of<br />

all must be the groundcover<br />

banksias.<br />

Banksias are amongst the<br />

toughest and hardiest plants.<br />

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The coastal<br />

varieties grow<br />

in the harshest<br />

conditions of<br />

salt winds and<br />

dry sandy soil.<br />

There are several<br />

varieties – Birthday<br />

Candles, Stumpy<br />

Gold, Pygmy<br />

Possum, Cherry<br />

Candles and more<br />

– but the best of<br />

them is Roller<br />

Coaster (pictured),<br />

the low-growing<br />

form of the Coast banksia,<br />

banksia integrifolia that lines<br />

our shores. It will cover an area<br />

of 3-4m, the birds and bees<br />

love the flowers and the small<br />

native wildlife enjoy the shelter<br />

of it tough leathery leaves.<br />

Remember it is an acid-loving<br />

native plant that does not like<br />

phosphorous. Feed it with a<br />

native plant food only.<br />

Controlling Fungal problems<br />

Luckily chemicals are<br />

being carefully controlled.<br />

It is hard to believe that<br />

in the ’70s insects were<br />

controlled with arsenic and<br />

DDT! Fortunately, these are<br />

now no longer available.<br />

Likewise with fungicides.<br />

One day rain and the<br />

next day high humidity<br />

and soaring heatwave<br />

temperatures make the<br />

growing conditions for any<br />

fungus perfect. Frangipani<br />

are losing their leaves with<br />

rust, lawns are suffering<br />

from Dollar Spot and yellow<br />

patch, and azaleas are<br />

losing their autumn spot<br />

flowers with petal blight.<br />

With many of the older<br />

fungicides no longer on<br />

the market Fungus can be<br />

hard to control. Mancozeb<br />

Plus (with sulphur) is the<br />

most useful fungicide in the<br />

garden.<br />

Sprayed fortnightly onto<br />

Azaleas now and every two<br />

weeks until the buds show<br />

colour will prevent petal<br />

blight. Don’t wait until the<br />

buds show colour to spray,<br />

as it will be too late.<br />

If your frangipani is<br />

infected with rust, pick up<br />

all the fallen leaves, put<br />

them into a paper bag and<br />

place them into your red<br />

bin (not into the compost<br />

as the spore will live until<br />

next Spring ready to<br />

reinfect the garden), before<br />

spraying both the foliage,<br />

the branches, and the soil<br />

beneath with Mancozeb.<br />

Later in Winter spray with<br />

lime sulphur.<br />

Yellow patches of grass,<br />

brown patches or Dollar<br />

Spot are all common lawn<br />

fungal problems that are<br />

prevalent now with the hot<br />

wet and humid weather. If<br />

the problem is not bad, try<br />

spraying with neem oil or<br />

a weak solution of baking<br />

soda and water; however<br />

if it is bad, spray with<br />

Mancozeb Plus.<br />

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Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Jobs this Month<br />

<strong>April</strong><br />

It’s a busy month<br />

with the Easter<br />

long weekend and<br />

Anzac Day. Great for a<br />

new project in the garden! It<br />

has been a strange Summer<br />

with very hot days followed<br />

by heavy rain. Time now to<br />

fix the problems and repair<br />

any damage. The soil is warm,<br />

and autumn is the best time to<br />

replant and start afresh.<br />

Renewal time<br />

Turn the surface and clean the<br />

topsoil that has compacted<br />

with the heavy rain or replace<br />

it where it has washed away.<br />

Renew the vigour of the<br />

garden with a fresh layer of<br />

garden compost and mulch.<br />

New sweet peas<br />

It is not too late for sweet<br />

peas. They grow best if<br />

planted as seeds straight<br />

into the ground where they<br />

are to grow. Seedlings take<br />

some time to re-establish in<br />

their new home. Give them a<br />

support to climb up at the time<br />

of planting. A bamboo tripod,<br />

an archway, a lattice on the<br />

fence will be needed for the<br />

taller growing varieties that are<br />

best for picking. The smaller<br />

varieties are best planted in<br />

tubs or hanging baskets. Check<br />

for height on the back of the<br />

packet.<br />

Plant now<br />

The soil is warm and moist,<br />

perfect for planting Winter and<br />

Spring flowering annuals to<br />

fill the gaps. Winter pansies,<br />

primulas, poppies violas,<br />

marigolds, stock, corn flowers,<br />

snapdragons, kalanchoes,<br />

lobelia and alyssum all give<br />

cheerful colour.<br />

Remembrance<br />

It is fitting to be able to pick<br />

a buttonhole of rosemary for<br />

respect on ANZAC Day. If you<br />

don’t already have one, plant<br />

a Rosemary bush today. No<br />

space? Then plant a cascading<br />

rosemary over a wall or in a<br />

large tub.<br />

Winter veggies<br />

Time to start your winter<br />

vegetables crops with cabbages,<br />

broccolini, cauliflowers, carrots.<br />

parsnips, lettuce, spring onions,<br />

leeks and peas that are all ready<br />

to grow.<br />

Season change<br />

When you plan your garden try<br />

to make your plants change<br />

with the seasons.Looking<br />

amazing this month are the<br />

violet tibouchina Alstonville,<br />

bright pink tibouchina<br />

Kathleen, vibrant orange<br />

vireya rhododendron, scarlet<br />

ixoras, autumn flowering<br />

camelia sasanquas in any<br />

colour from white to pink or<br />

burgundy, glowing crotons<br />

and spires of blue ginger.<br />

Lawn care<br />

Lawns are overgrown and<br />

lank after so many wet, dreary<br />

days. Don’t cut them right<br />

back in one go, reduce the<br />

length gradually. If you get<br />

a hot sunny day the newly<br />

exposed roots will burn.<br />

Aerate your lawn and give it a<br />

last feed before winter.<br />

In bloom<br />

Plant Spring-flowering bulbs at<br />

the end of this month. Tulips,<br />

daffodils, jonquils, and snow<br />

drops will flower the first year<br />

but without frost they are never<br />

as good again. Why not plant<br />

bulbs and corms that need<br />

no cold weather; Anemones,<br />

ranunculus, freesias, ixias,<br />

sparaxis, tritonias, and<br />

babianas all give a wonderful<br />

spring display. Plant them in big<br />

pots and overplant with violas<br />

that will flower through Winter.<br />

Caterpillar<br />

watch<br />

Watch out for the lily<br />

caterpillars on your cliveas.<br />

They can munch through<br />

a plant in a couple of days.<br />

The tell-tale sign is the<br />

yellow wilted tip to the<br />

leaves. Look under the leaf<br />

and you will find clusters<br />

of marauding caterpillars.<br />

They also can attack<br />

hippeastrums, crinums,<br />

and spider lilies. Cut off the<br />

affected leaves, caterpillars<br />

and all. Put them into a<br />

plastic bag and into the bin.<br />

Spray the affected plants<br />

with Eco-neem or yates<br />

Success. Plants will recover<br />

but slowly. Feed them with<br />

Seasol at weekly intervals to<br />

help with recovery.<br />

Crossword solution from page 64<br />

Mystery location: TASMAN SEA<br />

72 APRIL <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Times Past<br />

Govett’s view of <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

EARLY RECORD: William Govett’s sketch shows a<br />

party of Aborigines fishing from one of the rock<br />

shelves of the far Northern Beaches (left); and a<br />

sketch of Barrenjoey Headland (above).<br />

William Romaine Govett was appointed<br />

assistant surveyor in the<br />

Surveyor General’s Department<br />

of NSW on July 1827. He had arrived in<br />

Australia from Devon, England earlier<br />

that year.<br />

On 240 pounds ($480) a year, he began<br />

working on the staff of Major Thomas<br />

Mitchell, who described him as “a young<br />

man of much natural talent – but wild<br />

and requiring control”.<br />

Only five years later he became “the<br />

ablest delineator of ground in the department”.<br />

Govett became most renowned for his<br />

work in the Blue Mountains, discovering<br />

Govett’s Leap, named by Mitchell in his<br />

honour.<br />

With his survey party consisting of six<br />

convicts, in September 1829 he began<br />

work on the ‘Pitt Water Range’ (now Mona<br />

Vale Road).<br />

He described rocky ridges with precipitous<br />

sides and caves overhung by massive<br />

canopies, called by the natives Gibber<br />

Gunyas, or houses of rock.<br />

He also came across heaps of “dried<br />

shells piled up in a most singular manner,<br />

between twenty and thirty feet high”.<br />

These of course were middens which were<br />

eventually carted off by boat to Sydney<br />

and burnt to make lime for mortar.<br />

Govett’s sketch shows a party of<br />

Aborigines fishing from one of the rock<br />

shelves of the far northern beaches. They<br />

usually had a fire nearby tended by the<br />

women who roasted the snapper soon<br />

after it was caught. The young men are<br />

usually busy catching bait and collecting<br />

oysters. One of the Aborigines appears to<br />

be tending or catching live bait in a small<br />

rock pool. Although Govett calls the bait<br />

a “starfish”, his detailed description can<br />

only be that of an octopus.<br />

He was amazed at the “bold daring” of<br />

one Aborigine who dived into the water to<br />

successfully free a line snagged below the<br />

rock shelf.<br />

He was also witness to a catch of eight<br />

large snapper in less than half an hour,<br />

using their own hand-made lines and<br />

hooks. The hooks were often cut/ground<br />

from the turban shell using a leaf-shaped<br />

piece of sandstone.<br />

‘Barranjuee’ is a woodcut from Govett’s<br />

original sketch made from present-day<br />

‘Kiddies Corner’ in south Palm Beach.<br />

“Rising as it does from out of the surrounding<br />

waters in a succession of<br />

perpendicular and broken ridges of rock,<br />

it assumes a wide, bold and striking<br />

appearance, in some instances like the<br />

castellated ruins of a fortress with its<br />

dilapidated walls and shattered battlements.”<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 />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

APRIL <strong>2023</strong> 73

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

A Scenic journey of Discovery<br />

discovery voyage is a very personal<br />

A experience, especially when you set<br />

out to explore some of the most remote<br />

and pristine regions of the world.<br />

Introducing Scenic Eclipse (pictured)<br />

– inspired by the sleek contours of a<br />

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unwavering commitment to safety and<br />

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The world’s first Discovery Yacht,<br />

it offers a handcrafted and truly allinclusive<br />

luxury experience with a<br />

selection of 10 world class dining venues<br />

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large colony of king penguins, a wideeyed<br />

seal pup lazing on a floating ice,<br />

a pod of whales breaching against the<br />

midnight Arctic sun, are moments you<br />

will cherish for a lifetime” said Travel<br />

View’s Sharon Godden.<br />

“On a Scenic Eclipse voyage, you’ll<br />

enjoy one of the highest space-to-guest<br />

ratios in the industry, so that special<br />

moments can be as personal or as social<br />

as guests would like – with no more than<br />

200 guests during polar voyages and 228<br />

guests on board in non-polar regions.”<br />

Sharon explained Scenic Eclipse was<br />

designed to dock right at the heart of<br />

towns and cities, thereby avoiding long<br />

drives from port. All-inclusive shore<br />

excursions are comprised of small groups<br />

and led by expert guides to provide<br />

guests the most immersive and personal<br />

travel experiences.<br />

“Additionally, soar above and beyond in<br />

the on-board helicopters, or dive up to 300<br />

metres under the ocean’s surface in their<br />

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than six guests, to explore sights from a<br />

perspective few have gained before.”<br />

Also, unique all-inclusive Scenic Enrich<br />

experiences in the Mediterranean and<br />

the Americas provide insight into the<br />

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an elegant cathedral.<br />

“The wide range of all-inclusive Scenic<br />

Freechoice activities take into account<br />

guests’ varying fitness levels and<br />

interests and have been hand curated<br />

accordingly,” explained Sharon.<br />

“Guests have absolute freedom to choose<br />

the expert-led shore excursions that suit<br />

their taste, plus walking sticks and poles<br />

are provided in each suite for guests who<br />

may require additional support.”<br />

Scenic Eclipse features up to 10<br />

onboard dining venues so guests can<br />

delight in a different meal each day,<br />

prepared with fresh, locally sourced and<br />

seasonal ingredients. From Bento Box<br />

style meals to fried oysters and caviar,<br />

the choices are wonderfully varied and<br />

inspired by all four corners of the globe.<br />

With intimate seating numbers at<br />

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experiences are always a gastronomic<br />

indulgence and treat for all the senses.<br />

*Attend an information session with<br />

special presentations from Scenic<br />

Luxury Cruises & Tours on Thursday 11<br />

May (4.30-6pm). To reserve your place<br />

or for more info call Travel View on (02)<br />

9918 4444.<br />

74 APRIL <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

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