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Editorial<br />

Unpacking the election result<br />

Our coast is a focus this<br />

month – we preview the<br />

return of a World Surfing<br />

League pro event at North<br />

Narrabeen, plus the proposal<br />

submitted to Council by a<br />

passionate Mona Vale Group<br />

aiming to have Bongin Bongin<br />

Bay declared a no-take fishing<br />

zone and aquatic reserve (p24).<br />

We chat with local surfing<br />

icon Damien Hardman about<br />

what the Sydney Surf Pro<br />

means for the local surf scene<br />

(p20).<br />

On the political front, there’s<br />

much to unpack following<br />

the NSW Election result. In<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>, Rory Amon ‘held<br />

the fort’ for the NSW Liberals,<br />

narrowly winning the seat<br />

despite a surge of votes for<br />

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

candidate Jacqui Scruby who<br />

fell agonisingly short (under<br />

1000 votes).<br />

A vote for a new <strong>May</strong>or<br />

looms after Michael Regan won<br />

Wakehurst (he will continue as<br />

a Councillor); we’ll let you know<br />

when the vote is scheduled and<br />

who are putting up their hands.<br />

We deliver an exclusive Q&A<br />

with our new local member Mr<br />

Amon; plus Mr Regan and Ms<br />

Scruby offer their post-election<br />

comments (p26).<br />

Staying political, <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Ward Councillor Michael<br />

Gencher says it’s time<br />

Council improved its public<br />

consultation process (p30) – he<br />

certainly pulls no punches in<br />

outlining why.<br />

‘The Prize’ winners<br />

Congratulations to the<br />

following five readers who<br />

entered April’s competition to<br />

win a copy of Kim E Anderson’s<br />

novel ‘The Prize’, about a<br />

controversial period in the<br />

history of the Archibald Prize:<br />

Birte Larsen, Vincent Murtagh,<br />

Vicki Ratcliff, Marilyn Gazzard<br />

and Mary Rose Kupferman.<br />

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INSIDE: The son of a Wesley Taylor Retirement Village<br />

resident talks about the disappointment of his mother<br />

having to find new accommodation after the closure of the<br />

Village (p12); a tribute to ‘<strong>Pittwater</strong>’s champion’ Bob Grace<br />

(p17); professional surfing returns to North Narrabeen from<br />

<strong>May</strong> 17 (p20); a new Mona Vale residents group is appealing<br />

to Council to declare the local offshore area a ‘no-take’<br />

aquatic reserve (p24); and we profile MS fundraisers Carol<br />

Langsford and her late husband Roy (p40).<br />

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Boost for local EV uptake<br />

News<br />

As the Northern Beaches charges ahead<br />

with electric vehicle (EV) uptake, new<br />

EV chargers are popping up across the<br />

Peninsula, including most recently at<br />

Ocean Street, Narrabeen and Lagoon Street<br />

Carpark, Narrabeen.<br />

Council says there are now more than 20<br />

EV charging locations across the Northern<br />

Beaches with many more in the pipeline,<br />

making it one of the fastest growing areas<br />

for EV uptake.<br />

Northern Beaches Deputy <strong>May</strong>or Sue<br />

Heins said: “The State Government is<br />

aiming for 52 per cent of new vehicle<br />

sales to be electric by 2030 and the<br />

Federal Government is aiming for 89<br />

per cent, so we really need to ensure<br />

our community has the right infrastructure<br />

to support EV uptake,” Cr<br />

Heins said.<br />

“Council is leading by example, continually<br />

adding electric vehicles to our<br />

fleet. We are heartened to see Northern<br />

Beaches residents making the switch<br />

to electric and we want to support<br />

them by offering more places for them<br />

to charge their vehicle using certified<br />

green energy.”<br />

Recent additions to the network<br />

were installed by JOLT and include two<br />

new chargers on Council land in Narrabeen<br />

and a new charger in Brookvale. This<br />

brings the number of JOLT chargers on the<br />

Beaches to eight.<br />

JOLT’s network is powered by 100%<br />

Australian certified green energy and provides<br />

EV drivers with free, fast charging.<br />

EV owners pay nothing for the first 7kWh<br />

every day.<br />

JOLT CEO Doug McNamee said EV chargers<br />

on the Beaches had become some of the<br />

most utilised in Australia.<br />

EXAMPLE: Sue Heins says Council is leading the way.<br />

“We have been receiving positive<br />

feedback from the local EV owners,” Mr<br />

McNamee said.<br />

“As the drivers are fitting EV charging<br />

within their daily routine, whether that’s<br />

getting grocery or a coffee, there’s been<br />

high traffic and need for more chargers.<br />

We’re excited to help drivers to travel even<br />

more freely, without range anxiety.”<br />

Late last year, Council also announced<br />

its involvement in the new Intellihub EV<br />

Streetside Charging Project that will<br />

see at least 5 EV chargers installed on<br />

street-side power poles.<br />

According to the Federal Government,<br />

the transport sector is responsible<br />

for a whopping 19% of Australia’s<br />

total carbon emissions.<br />

Council is aiming for a 30 per cent<br />

reduction in vehicle emissions by<br />

2038, as outlined in its MOVE Northern<br />

Beaches Transport Strategy.<br />

Council currently has five fully<br />

electric, five plug-in hybrid and 15<br />

hybrid vehicles in its fleet.<br />

To a view a map of publicly available<br />

EV chargers visit electricvehiclecouncil.com.au<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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Bungan looking for Friends<br />

National Volunteer Week like a garden, you have to keep<br />

the local native species. That’s<br />

is on 15-21 <strong>May</strong> with the on it,” she says.<br />

made a big difference,” Penny<br />

theme ‘The Change Makers’<br />

– which is perfect timing for<br />

isolated Bungan Beach.<br />

It’s residents are on the<br />

lookout for more friends – the<br />

flesh-and-blood kind of friends<br />

who love the unique character<br />

of Bungan.<br />

Locals say Bungan’s beauty is<br />

in its remoteness. You need to<br />

be a dedicated surfer, walker or<br />

beachcomber to get down Myola<br />

Road or Beach Road to hit<br />

the sand. Even more so to do<br />

Anne adds: “We want to hand<br />

it on. We don’t want all our<br />

work to go to waste.”<br />

The Friends of Bungan are a<br />

community of local volunteers<br />

that care for and maintain the<br />

8.65-hectare Bungan Beach<br />

Reserve (with Northern Beaches<br />

Council support).<br />

About 80 per cent of the<br />

Reserve has been professionally<br />

regenerated, aided by grant<br />

funding.<br />

The native bushland and<br />

says.<br />

The Friends get together<br />

on the fourth Sunday of each<br />

month to manage and maintain<br />

the Reserve. Morning tea, learning<br />

from bushcare experts and<br />

spending time with each other<br />

in nature are all vital parts of<br />

the deal.<br />

Getting the generations<br />

together, sharing experiences<br />

and gently passing on “the wisdom<br />

of the elders” power Janet,<br />

Penny and Anne.<br />

the lung-busting hike back up. animals and the beach and SUCCESSION: Bushcarers Janet “For young people, getting<br />

away from their devices<br />

Kershaw, Penny Hunstead and<br />

The Friends of Bungan know rock platform form the natural Anne Lanyon.<br />

all about what makes Bungan environment of Bungan that<br />

and just being in amongst<br />

special but they are entering the Friends protect, preserve<br />

Powerful owls, white-faced<br />

the natural world helps them<br />

transition mode.<br />

and enhance.<br />

herons, sooty oystercatchers,<br />

revive their spirit and gives<br />

A hand-made sign tells the Anne talks about Penny’s sea eagles, water dragons, them something to connect to,”<br />

tale: ‘HELP!!!!’<br />

great knowledge of plant species<br />

swamp wallabies, possums, Anne says.<br />

Janet Kershaw, Penny Hunstead<br />

and Anne Lanyon, each in<br />

their 70s, are passionate about<br />

Bungan and ensuring its ongoing<br />

and Janet’s expertise on<br />

weed species – “I learn from<br />

them. Sharing that knowledge<br />

is fantastic”.<br />

seals and turtles (laying eggs)<br />

live in or have visited the<br />

Reserve.<br />

“The biodiversity of the<br />

Penny talks about mental<br />

health – “The mental health of<br />

everybody who is associated<br />

with being in gardens im-<br />

care.<br />

Passing on this knowledge small birds has improved proves”. – Greg McHugh<br />

It’s time for “succession planning”,<br />

Janet explains. “It’s just<br />

bank is a key component of the<br />

succession plan.<br />

since we did a lot of clearing<br />

of weeds and re-established<br />

*More info and contacts at<br />

friendsofbungan.org.au<br />

News<br />

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MAY <strong>2023</strong> 9

News<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> shares $93m capital works<br />

Tidal and rock/ocean pools in <strong>Pittwater</strong> will<br />

receive a $1.1 million boost in funding<br />

from Northern Beaches Council in the next<br />

financial year, according to Council’s draft<br />

budget released in late April.<br />

And a similar amount will be invested to<br />

improve wharves at Mackerel and Currawong<br />

Beaches.<br />

Meanwhile Avalon Beach will share a $2.1<br />

million pool to improve its Village centre.<br />

Top-shelf Council funding includes $14.5<br />

million for resurfacing 6.6km of roads and<br />

improving other road assets and $13.4 million<br />

on community facilities.<br />

Council’s draft delivery program and budget<br />

for the next financial year includes $93 million<br />

allocated to capital works across the Northern<br />

Beaches.<br />

The draft Delivery Program <strong>2023</strong>-2027, Operational<br />

Plan and Budget <strong>2023</strong>/24 and revised<br />

Long-Term Financial Plan <strong>2023</strong>-2033 are now<br />

on public exhibition on Council’s website.<br />

Northern Beaches Council Interim CEO<br />

Louise Kerr said Council was investing in vital<br />

community infrastructure to deliver on the<br />

Community’s vision for a safe, diverse, inclusive<br />

and connected community.<br />

UPGRADE:<br />

Paradise<br />

Beach pool.<br />

“Over the coming financial year we will<br />

continue to deliver high-quality services in a<br />

financially responsible way… to build a more<br />

resilient, inclusive and liveable community,”<br />

Ms Kerr said.<br />

“Our focus continues to be on delivering on<br />

the priorities our community has confirmed<br />

including major improvements and repairs,<br />

particularly to our local roads that have suffered<br />

from flooding and wet weather. As well<br />

as improving our parks, footpaths, cycleways<br />

and investing in vital community facilities.<br />

“We really encourage the community to<br />

take a look at what we are proposing and let<br />

us know what you think. Every comment is<br />

important in refining these vital documents<br />

which will ultimately benefit the community.”<br />

Pool improvement work will target Paradise<br />

Beach, Bilgola and Mona Vale pools.<br />

Other highlights include: $9.2 million on footpaths,<br />

shared paths and cycleways; $8.4 million<br />

on our stormwater network to reduce flooding<br />

and pollution; $7.4 million improving reserves<br />

and parks at Warriewood, Balgowlah, Dee Why,<br />

Frenchs Forest, Manly, Narraweena and Seaforth;<br />

$4.5 million for recreational trails and boardwalks<br />

including Manly Dam. – Nigel Wall<br />

Local gems<br />

in tourism<br />

spotlight<br />

Narrabeen Lagoon, Palm<br />

Beach and Currawong<br />

on <strong>Pittwater</strong> will be on show<br />

in late <strong>May</strong> when Northern<br />

Beaches Council hosts<br />

delegates from around NSW<br />

at a special tourism conference.<br />

The three-day event (<strong>May</strong><br />

29-31) will bring together<br />

local government staff and<br />

Councillors, key industry<br />

stakeholders and local operators<br />

to discuss insights<br />

and the ever-changing<br />

world facing future visitors.<br />

From embracing the 24-<br />

hour economy to running<br />

major festivals and events,<br />

there will be a range of<br />

strategies and case studies<br />

for councils to learn from.<br />

The conference program<br />

covers a diverse range of<br />

topics including the 24-hour<br />

economy, sustainable tourism,<br />

sports tourism, eventsbased<br />

tourism, technology<br />

trends, how to access grant<br />

funding, collaborating with<br />

other councils, benefits of<br />

volunteer groups, cultural<br />

tourism and how to identify<br />

new tourism markets.<br />

Council will organise site<br />

visits for delegates, showcasing<br />

the region’s extraordinary<br />

destination offering.<br />

Highlights of site tours<br />

include Narrabeen Lagoon;<br />

Palm Beach; Currawong on<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>; Shelly Beach and<br />

Cabbage Tree Bay; Q Station<br />

and North Head; and Collaroy<br />

Beach. – NW<br />

*More info lgnsw.org.au<br />

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Families ponder<br />

future after<br />

Wesley closure<br />

News<br />

Tom Jeffries’ 83-year-old<br />

mother Colleen has enjoyed<br />

the 10 months she<br />

has spent at Narrabeen’s Wesley<br />

Taylor Retirement Village.<br />

“She’s been very happy with<br />

the level of care and support<br />

she has received,” her son explains.<br />

“She had a severe stroke<br />

several years ago and it is no<br />

longer possible for her to live<br />

on her own.<br />

“She was in another residential<br />

home in Hornsby where she<br />

and my late father lived. But<br />

that closed down in 2022.<br />

“We decided to bring her to<br />

the Northern Beaches because<br />

my wife and I live in Dee Why.”<br />

So it would be perfectly<br />

understandable if Tom and<br />

his mother were annoyed now<br />

that Wesley Mission, which<br />

runs the Narrabeen facility,<br />

has announced it is closing all<br />

three of its remaining Sydney<br />

residential homes from the end<br />

of <strong>May</strong>.<br />

In fact, the Jeffries’ are sanguine<br />

about it.<br />

“Inevitably it was a surprise,”<br />

Tom admits. “But I am more<br />

than aware of the pressures the<br />

residential aged care has been<br />

under.”<br />

Reverend Stu Cameron,<br />

Wesley Mission’s CEO and<br />

superintendent, announced in<br />

April that its facilities in Narrabeen,<br />

Sylvania and Carlingford<br />

were no longer commercially<br />

viable, meaning upheaval for<br />

nearly 200 residents and their<br />

families.<br />

He blamed the difficulty of<br />

meeting new national staffing<br />

requirements – including 24-<br />

hour on-premises nursing care<br />

MOVING ON: Tom Jeffries with his mother, resident Colleen.<br />

which the Albanese Federal<br />

Government wants implemented<br />

by July 1, following the<br />

damning Royal Commission<br />

into aged care which reported<br />

in 2021.<br />

“Wesley Mission supports<br />

these once-in-a-generation reforms,<br />

improving quality for all<br />

care users,” Reverend Cameron<br />

said in a statement. However<br />

the financial burden was too<br />

big for the Mission to cover.<br />

“We’ve been very happy with<br />

Wesley Taylor,” Tom admitted.<br />

“But I am very sad that such a<br />

noble, caring, Christian organisation<br />

has found it too hard to<br />

continue.”<br />

No resident will be forced to<br />

leave Wesley Taylor until suitable<br />

alternative accommodation<br />

has been found.<br />

“Wesley Mission very generously<br />

has appointed a specialist<br />

agency called MyCarePath<br />

to help each resident find new<br />

suitable aged care accommodation,”<br />

Tom explained.<br />

“So rather than have each<br />

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esident and their families<br />

having to make their own arrangements,<br />

it is recommended<br />

we go through them.<br />

“There’s no hard and fast<br />

deadline. No residents are<br />

going to be forced out until an<br />

alternative has been found.”<br />

Mackellar MP Dr Sophie<br />

Scamps said the closure<br />

was distressing news for all<br />

residents and their families,<br />

as well as the staff who were<br />

losing their jobs.<br />

“I was deeply disappointed to<br />

hear of Wesley Mission’s decision<br />

to close its Narrabeen aged<br />

care facility – Wesley Taylor<br />

Aged Care – and to sell Wesley<br />

Taylor Retirement Village.<br />

“Wesley Mission failed to<br />

notify both myself and the<br />

Government in advance of this<br />

announcement, despite meeting<br />

with the Government only<br />

weeks ago.”<br />

Dr Scamps said the Wesley<br />

Mission CEO had stated that<br />

the decision to cease operations<br />

was a business one.<br />

“However, the facility did not<br />

seek available financial support<br />

from the Government or<br />

advice from the Aged Care Department,<br />

nor did they provide<br />

an opportunity for another<br />

aged care provider to take over<br />

the facility,” she said.<br />

“Wesley Mission has cited<br />

various issues, including the<br />

cost of capital works and difficulties<br />

in retaining and attracting<br />

staff. This is a disappointing<br />

given this announcement<br />

has come only months before<br />

the Commonwealth-funded 15<br />

per cent wage increase is to be<br />

introduced – a move that will<br />

attract more staff to the sector.<br />

“After 10 years of neglect and<br />

a lack of investment, our aged<br />

care sector is in crisis. The aged<br />

care workforce has also been<br />

underpaid and undervalued for<br />

too long.<br />

“You can earn more pouring<br />

beers than you can looking<br />

after our older Australians.<br />

“The 15 per cent pay rise the<br />

Fair Work Commission has ordered<br />

is a good start – however,<br />

more needs to be done.<br />

“It’s now incumbent on the<br />

Albanese Government to urgently<br />

address staff shortages<br />

in the aged care sector while<br />

also helping facilities to transition<br />

rapidly to 24/7 care from<br />

registered nurses.”<br />

– Steve Meacham & Nigel Wall<br />

News<br />

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MAY <strong>2023</strong> 13

Tennis’ love [for] all<br />

News<br />

INCLUSION: Collaroy Tennis’ Ryan Maloney and Scott Fletcher;<br />

accommodating wheelchair players.<br />

Having celebrated its centenary last year, the Collaroy Tennis<br />

Centre continues to provide service to all areas of the<br />

Northern Beaches sporting community in its 101st year.<br />

So much so, it was recently recognised as the Most Outstanding<br />

Tennis Club in Australia at the Australian Tennis Club Awards.<br />

In fact, as Scott Fletcher, joint Director of Tennis Evolve Academy<br />

at the club explains, they’ve won or been nominated for<br />

several awards in recent years.<br />

“Evolve Tennis Academy was NSW Winner of the Coaching<br />

Excellence Club,” reveals Scott, “and then a top-3 finalist in Australia.<br />

And the club was winner<br />

of both the Most Outstanding<br />

Tennis Club in NSW and then<br />

Australia as well.”<br />

Scott and his business partner<br />

Ryan Maloney both grew up<br />

playing tennis on the Northern<br />

Beaches from a young age and<br />

put a submission together to be<br />

facilitator managers of the club<br />

when it was taking tenders.<br />

Since then, the pair have<br />

adopted and adhered to strong<br />

values that have delivered enormous<br />

success.<br />

“Our number one goal is to<br />

provide a fun but competitive<br />

atmosphere where everyone can<br />

reach their personal tennis milestones,”<br />

says Scott. “And do so whilst enjoying arguably some of<br />

Sydney’s best facilities.”<br />

Diversity and inclusion has been a big part of their philosophy.<br />

When winning the Australian Club of the Year award, the<br />

club’s management and members were congratulated for engendering<br />

strong community spirit on the Northern Beaches and<br />

acting as champions of diversity and inclusion for the sport.<br />

“We coach from Pee Wee Minis at only two years old, all the<br />

way through to Seniors,” reveals Scott, “along with wheelchair<br />

tennis players. One of the club’s ‘Wheelies’ – Annalise Fadeev<br />

– has competed in both State and National titles and has won a<br />

Bronze Medal at the Special Olympics.”<br />

“Our programs also include lessons for players with intellectual<br />

disability, Down Syndrome or Autism,” he continues.<br />

The club has been named an ‘Inclusion Development Hub‘<br />

by Tennis Australia – one of only three in NSW. They have also<br />

been asked by Tennis NSW to participate in a Gender Equity<br />

Pilot Program headed by former professional player now commentator<br />

Casey Dellacqua.<br />

The aim of the program is to improve access and opportunities<br />

for all members to achieve gender equality<br />

at our club, both as players and administrators.<br />

The club has also been a trailblazer for the LGBT-<br />

QIA+ community as it creates a safe and inclusive<br />

place for everyone wanting to enjoy tennis.<br />

“This year the club is holding several events and<br />

programs specifically for LGBTQIA+ players,” says<br />

Scott. “Notably we held an AO Pride event in conjunction with<br />

Tennis Australia and the Australian Open, a Pride event in<br />

conjunction with Sydney WorldPride <strong>2023</strong> and Northern Beaches<br />

Council, and participation in the Rainbow Ready Clubs Program<br />

run by Tennis NSW.”<br />

It’s clear that Ryan and Scott have a massive passion for tennis<br />

and coaching – it’s the only way they could cope with the<br />

workload.<br />

“We currently coach more than 2600 players weekly,” says<br />

Scott, “ranging from juniors competing at National level, National<br />

Veterans Champions and your grassroot Hotshots Champions.<br />

No matter what your tennis aspirations might be, we have<br />

a program for you.”<br />

But if all you want is a hit-up with a friend, then one of<br />

five courts can be hired whatever your skill level, including a<br />

wheelchair-accessible hardcourt.<br />

For some it’s great to just have a knockabout, but for many<br />

it offers hope and a bright spot in the week to a whole range of<br />

diverse members.<br />

– Rob Pegley<br />

14 MAY <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

News<br />

The decision by the Sydney<br />

North Planning Panel on<br />

the proposed alterations and<br />

additions to Newport Surf<br />

Club is edging closer.<br />

A public meeting (by videoconference)<br />

is being held on<br />

16 <strong>May</strong> providing a chance<br />

to speak to the Panel directly<br />

prior to the decision.<br />

The Panel has indicated that<br />

it will aim to publish its decision<br />

on its website within 7<br />

days after the public meeting.<br />

A review is being conducted<br />

by the Panel under<br />

DECISION: Plans<br />

for Newport SLSC.<br />

New call on Newport Surf Club<br />

the Environmental Planning<br />

and Assessment Act 1979 of<br />

the earlier determination in<br />

October 2022 that refused the<br />

development application for<br />

the Surf Club alterations and<br />

additions.<br />

Northern Beaches Council’s<br />

most recent assessment<br />

report of February <strong>2023</strong><br />

recommends that the Panel<br />

approves the development<br />

application (subject to conditions).<br />

The Council received 117<br />

submissions during the public<br />

exhibition period for the<br />

Panel review process, with the<br />

majority being in support of<br />

the alterations and additions.<br />

Additional information<br />

to address the grounds of<br />

refusal in the October 2022<br />

determination has also been<br />

supplied to the Council.<br />

In tandem with the ongoing<br />

Panel review process an<br />

appeal against the earlier<br />

refusal has also been lodged<br />

with the Land and Environment<br />

Court.<br />

6THINGS<br />


Flu shot. In most parts of<br />

Australia, flu season usually<br />

occurs from June to September,<br />

peaking in August. Medical<br />

experts recommend getting a<br />

yearly flu shot in April or <strong>May</strong>,<br />

with recent evidence suggesting<br />

optimal protection against the flu<br />

occurs within the first 3-4 months<br />

following vaccination. Talk to your<br />

GP or pharmacist about what’s<br />

best for you and your family.<br />

<strong>Life</strong> drawing. All artists at any<br />

level are welcome at fortnightly,<br />

untutored, relaxed and friendly life<br />

drawing sessions at Mona Vale<br />

Creative Space, 1 Park St. BYO<br />

art materials and refreshments,<br />

easels are provided. Cost $25.<br />

This month held on Wed 3, Wed,<br />

17 and Mon 31 from 10am-<br />

12pm. Contact artgallery@<br />

northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au or<br />

call 8495 7129.<br />

Dementia expo. Find out about<br />

services and support on the<br />

Northern Beaches for people<br />

living with dementia and their<br />

carers at this free expo at Dee<br />

Why RSL on Thurs 4. Runs<br />

from 9.30am-12pm; more info<br />

dementiaalliancenb.com.au<br />

Learn radio skills. Local<br />

community radio station Radio<br />

Northern Beaches is running its<br />

popular one-day workshop at<br />

its Terrey Hills studio covering<br />

interviewing, microphone<br />

techniques, how to create and plan<br />

a radio program, legal requirements,<br />

editing and experiencing going live<br />

to air on Sat 20 from 9am-4pm.<br />

Everyone is welcome. Costs $140;<br />

more info at rnb.org.au<br />

EV talk. Is an Electric Vehicle<br />

right for you? Is it time to make the<br />

switch? Is there enough range<br />

for your travels? Is charging<br />

going to be difficult? You’ll find<br />

the answers to these and many<br />

other questions by joining this<br />

free Webinar on Tues 23 from<br />

6.30pm-8pm. Register your<br />

interest on council’s website.<br />

Peppa Pig. Don’t miss seeing<br />

Peppa Pig and Busy Izzy when<br />

they come to Dunbar Park Avalon<br />

on Sat 3 June from 9am-1pm<br />

by securing your tickets NOW<br />

(they are limited and won’t be<br />

available on the day).Cost $10<br />

each plus booking fee; available at<br />

northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au<br />

16 MAY <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Tribute – Bob Grace<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>’s<br />

champion<br />

Friends and colleagues have<br />

paid tribute to former<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Councillor and<br />

esteemed barrister Bob Grace<br />

who died on March 23; he was<br />

87.<br />

Allan Porter said: “I was<br />

a foundation Councillor and<br />

Deputy <strong>May</strong>or of the new<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Council (1993).<br />

“Bob joined us in the<br />

formative years of the<br />

Council and was a great help,<br />

particularly at the demanding<br />

time of the critical division<br />

of assets between Warringah<br />

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

“Bob’s heart and mind were<br />

always with the people of the<br />

beaches, an area where he was<br />

part of the fabric of life that he<br />

valued so much.<br />

“Bob was a close colleague,<br />

a good friend and we always<br />

enjoyed times together after<br />

our terms.”<br />

Avalon Bulldogs Rugby<br />

League <strong>Life</strong> Member Brian<br />

Friend, who spoke at Mr Grace’s<br />

funeral, said:<br />

“Bob was ‘nature’s<br />

gentleman’; in 1993, when<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Council had been<br />

formed 12 months prior, Bob<br />

threw his heart and soul into<br />

the community and became<br />

a Councillor. He attended<br />

charities, fundraisers,<br />

volunteer organisations.<br />

“If you had a problem<br />

involving Council procedure,<br />

Bob was the go-to man who<br />

would listen to you, find<br />

out and report back to you<br />

personally.<br />

“Of course, Bob was heavily<br />

involved in local issues,<br />

including saving Mona Vale<br />

Hospital, bringing back<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Council (as Chairman<br />

of ‘Protect <strong>Pittwater</strong>’), saving<br />

Barrenjoey Headland and more.<br />

“In 1996 when my Under<br />

6-7s team sponsor retired, Bob<br />

stepped up and contributed<br />

for more than a decade; he<br />

attended games, ran water for<br />

the players and presented the<br />

Best & Fairest Awards.<br />

“Bob was one of the best men<br />

I ever knew.”<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

VALE: Bob Grace<br />

Councillor Miranda Korzy<br />

said: “Bob served as an<br />

independent councillor in<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>’s North Ward from<br />

2008 to 2016; he was Deputy<br />

<strong>May</strong>or in 2012 and 2013.<br />

“Bob was a criminal<br />

barrister, and he told me he<br />

always worked for the defence.<br />

A graduate of Catholic schools,<br />

he said he was not ‘born to rule’<br />

and would always stand up for<br />

the underdog.<br />

“He was actively involved<br />

in Whale Beach Surf <strong>Life</strong><br />

Saving Club for 43 years, and<br />

a member of Palm Beach Golf<br />

Club for over 30 years.<br />

“Bob was a cheerful,<br />

charming, cheeky person<br />

who could also be a bit of a<br />

rogue. He was recognisable<br />

everywhere in his bright red<br />

MG with his beloved dog Bear<br />

beside him. His old-world<br />

manners and chivalry were<br />

delightful, always greeting<br />

his friends (and foes) with a<br />

compliment. Walking with<br />

women anywhere, he would<br />

insist on taking the outside of<br />

the footpath. He loved his cup<br />

of coffee and newspaper at the<br />

local cafe in the morning, Bear<br />

at his feet, and a glass of red<br />

wine in the evening.”<br />

*Community Celebration at<br />

Avalon Bowlo, 7.30pm Monday<br />

15 <strong>May</strong>. All welcome; RSVP<br />

reypip@gmail.com by <strong>May</strong> 8.<br />

PHOTO: Michael Mannington.<br />

MAY <strong>2023</strong> 17<br />


Darts hits Avalon bullseye<br />

News<br />

People tend to either love or hate the spectacle<br />

of two large men throwing tiny arrows,<br />

cheered on by a raucous crowd, often in<br />

fancy dress. Regardless, at Avalon RSL in <strong>May</strong>,<br />

darts continues its reconnaissance.<br />

“It’s the third great wave of darts,” explains<br />

Newport resident Mike Plested, President of the<br />

Sydney Darts Club. “The pandemic has turbocharged<br />

it.”<br />

While Mike might have a vested interest in<br />

such statements, he’s really not exaggerating:<br />

Just shy of two million Brits watched the World<br />

Darts Championship final on Sky UK earlier<br />

this year – double its<br />

pre-pandemic viewership.<br />

Bizarrely, a further<br />

2.36 million German<br />

viewers watched<br />

as well.<br />

At the Alexandra<br />

Palace venue, the live<br />

crowd was in its thousands;<br />

many dressed in<br />

fancy dress, enjoying a<br />

drink and singing along<br />

to pub anthems – something<br />

Mike hopes to<br />

replicate at Avalon RSL<br />

on <strong>May</strong> 11, when stars<br />

Alan ‘Chuck’ Norris<br />

takes on ‘The Bull’ Terry<br />

Jenkins.<br />

Both previously World<br />

Championship finalists,<br />

Alan and Terry are the<br />

main card of an event<br />

that includes local amateurs, all bidding to prompt the famous<br />

cry of “one hundred and eigghhhttyyy!”. Terry in particular is<br />

a great player who’d probably be a multi-time World Champion,<br />

were it not for a certain Phil Taylor.<br />

“We’re aiming to get a great atmosphere at Avalon with singing<br />

and fancy dress,” says Mike. “This is darts as entertainment.<br />

It’s a great night out, like seeing a band. And the challengers<br />

will want to try to beat the pros – but very few do.<br />

“Avalon is a great venue and they’re very pro-active,” continues<br />

Mike. “We’re in a smallish room, and we expect it to sell<br />

out.”<br />

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Mike is an ex-pat Englishman who<br />

grew up watching the likes of Eric Bristow and Jockey Wilson in<br />

FANCY THAT: Spectators at the Alan Norris v<br />

Terry Jenkins (pictured) darts exhibition at<br />

Avalon RSL are urged to put on a fun front.<br />

the early ’80s, which is when darts had its<br />

first heyday and taste of lively audiences.<br />

“There was a big link between darts and<br />

football in England in the 1980s,” remembers<br />

Mike. “Darts was traditionally played<br />

on a Saturday afternoon and when the soccer<br />

was called off due to bad weather, the<br />

crowds would go to the darts for a beer<br />

and a sing.”<br />

Mike himself came to the Northern<br />

Beaches in 1991 and largely ignored darts<br />

until 2009.<br />

“When the last recession hit, a mate and<br />

I got the dart board out for cheap entertainment<br />

and I suddenly realised how big<br />

it was becoming again.”<br />

Now it’s pretty much Mike’s life.<br />

“I go all over the place running events,” he reveals. “We’ve<br />

held events on the Barrier Reef, Uluru… recently we held a tournament<br />

in Vanuatu.<br />

I ask Mike what the appeal of darts is.<br />

“It’s actually a really exciting sport which can change in an<br />

instant, and when you’ve played a bit, you get to realise how<br />

good the players are,” says Mike. “And they’re very down to<br />

earth – there’s very little difference between the players and the<br />

fans, they’re just normal people.”<br />

– Rob Pegley<br />

*Tickets available at Oztix.com.au until sold out; otherwise<br />

also available on the door.<br />

18 MAY <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Swell times returning<br />

News<br />

Damien Hardman has no<br />

need to set an alarm.<br />

Force of habit wakes<br />

the local legend every morning<br />

around five, and so long<br />

as the waves are decent, he’s<br />

wet by first light, surfing as<br />

impressively as a fit 57-yearold<br />

body will allow.<br />

“The head knows what it<br />

wants to do, the body can’t<br />

always do it,” says the twotime<br />

world champion, revered<br />

in his pomp as The Iceman.<br />

“I’ve had a hip replacement<br />

and I’ve got a bad back, but,<br />

you know, I can get through it<br />

if the waves are good.”<br />

Between 17-24 <strong>May</strong>, however,<br />

Hardman will deviate from<br />

his dawn routine. That’s when<br />

the World Surf League (WSL)<br />

is coming to North Narrabeen<br />

in the form of the GWM<br />

Sydney Surf Pro, a Challenger<br />

Series (CS) event featuring the<br />

world’s best up-and-coming<br />

male and female surfers as<br />

well as the high-fliers who’ve<br />

missed the midseason cut on<br />

the Championship Tour (CT).<br />

The top 10 finishers in the<br />

six-event CS qualify for next<br />

year’s main tour.<br />

While Hardman could<br />

squeeze in a surf each morning<br />

before the start of competition,<br />

his instinct is to make<br />

way for the elite. “It’s their<br />

time,” he says.<br />

Hardman, who chats with<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> in the upstairs<br />

office of his spacious Rip<br />

Curl Narrabeen store, will<br />

be among the thousands of<br />

locals expected to cram the<br />

foreshore to see 128 of the<br />

world’s best board-riders take<br />

on one of Australia’s most famous<br />

and consistent breaks.<br />

The WSL caravan last pulled<br />

into North Narrabeen two<br />

years ago, when regular CT<br />

stops in Victoria and Queensland<br />

were off limits due to<br />

COVID lockdowns. Recalling<br />

the 2021 Rip Curl Narrabeen<br />

Classic, Hardman’s enthusiasm<br />

for what unfolded is<br />

undimmed.<br />

“At the time, there was<br />

almost no sport running in<br />

Australia, everyone had been<br />

starved of activity, so people<br />

would have gone to watch<br />

lawn bowls,” he says. “It was<br />

the perfect storm for surfing.<br />

And it was great for the<br />

local community, great for<br />

the whole of the Northern<br />

Beaches. It was the biggest<br />

crowd I’ve seen at a surfing<br />

event, certainly in Australia,<br />

in the last 10 years.”<br />

A competitor at that event,<br />

the just-retired Olympic medallist<br />

Owen Wright, echoes<br />

Hardman’s recollections. “The<br />

crowds were insane, man,”<br />

Wright says. “I’m getting<br />

goosebumps just thinking<br />

about it.”<br />

In the wake of that resounding<br />

success, the WSL,<br />

Destination NSW and the<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

inked a deal to bring the<br />

Sydney Surf Pro to the Northern<br />

Beaches until next year.<br />

“And rightly so,” says Wright.<br />

“North Narrabeen deserves an<br />

event for being so steeped in<br />

surfing culture.”<br />

Indeed. The heady scenes of<br />

2021 were but a recent chapter<br />

in a rich history, much of<br />

CAN’T WAIT: Former World<br />

campion Damien Hardman.<br />

which Hardman has lived.<br />

The eldest of five kids, he<br />

grew up 300 metres from<br />

‘Northy’, the playground of<br />

1970s stars such as Col Smith,<br />

Mark Warren, Terry Fitzgerald<br />

and Simon Anderson. Young<br />

Damien began surfing at the<br />

age of eight after plucking a<br />

Wallace pop-out board from<br />

the local tip.<br />

It was in that same year,<br />

1974, when North Narrabeen<br />

stamped itself as a surfing<br />

hotspot, hosting the first of<br />

many Coke Surfabouts, the<br />

brainchild of former Sydney<br />

newsman Graham Cassidy,<br />

who’d later become executive<br />

director of the Association of<br />

Surfing Professionals (ASP),<br />

the forerunner to the WSL.<br />

“The Coke that comes to<br />

mind is 1977’s. I asked for<br />

a day off school, begged my<br />

parents to let me go,” recalls<br />

Hardman. “I remember<br />

watching the best guys in the<br />

world warm up and free-surf<br />

out there. I remember being<br />

in awe of how good they all<br />

were.” That event was won by<br />

Anderson, whose family lived<br />

in a house overlooking Collaroy<br />

Beach.<br />

Inspired by the displays<br />

of surfing genius at his local<br />

beach and fuelled by his own<br />

prodigious talent and an<br />

unquenchable thirst for surfing<br />

and its lifestyle, Hardman<br />

became a champion of the<br />

waves, retiring at the turn of<br />

the century in his mid-30s<br />

having amassed 19 pro wins<br />

and two ASP world championships<br />

(1987/88 and 1991).<br />

“I loved surfing – that was<br />

my motivation,” Hardman<br />

says. “That’s the most important<br />

thing: you’ve got to love<br />

what you do.”<br />

As for how much surfing<br />

has evolved during his lifetime,<br />

Hardman says a more<br />

interesting topic is the extent<br />

to which it hasn’t changed.<br />

“The thing that people appreciate<br />

that never goes out<br />

of fashion is good, powerful<br />

rail surfing, doing big top<br />

turns and big carves on big<br />

waves,” he says. “Yes, surfing<br />

has evolved. I think the<br />

equipment has allowed them<br />

to surf faster, and they surf<br />

more in the air now. But if you<br />

watch guys in good six-foot<br />

waves and it’s breaking for<br />

a couple of hundred metres,<br />

essentially the best guys are<br />

the guys who are traditional,<br />

hardcore power surfers.”<br />

20 MAY <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

to North Narrabeen<br />

These days, Hardman most<br />

enjoys watching the ageless<br />

GOAT Kelly Slater (whom<br />

Hardman surfed against for<br />

more than a decade) and the<br />

three-time world champion<br />

Gabriel Medina – “the fiercest<br />

competitor I’ve seen in any<br />

generation”.<br />

Visit Hardman’s shop and<br />

you might be served by the<br />

amiable Dylan Moffat, who’s<br />

favoured to go deep at the<br />

Sydney Surf Pro.<br />

A highly regarded 23-yearold<br />

who missed qualifying for<br />

RISING STAR: Local talent Dylan Moffat will be in the line-up.<br />


this year’s CT by one place,<br />

Moffat competed as an injury<br />

replacement at the tour event<br />

at Bells Beach in early April<br />

and prevailed in a heat with<br />

world-title contender Joao<br />

Chianca. Having grown up<br />

three blocks from Northy, he’s<br />

chuffed about the venue for<br />

this month’s action.<br />

“It’s nice being able to sleep<br />

in your own bed and going<br />

down to a beach where you’re<br />

comfortable with the different<br />

breaks,” says Moffat, a<br />

graduate of Matt Grainger’s<br />

Manly Surf School. “It’s a<br />

beach break at the end of the<br />

day. It changes a lot and has a<br />

bunch of different faces, but<br />

it’s where I feel most comfortable<br />

in the world.”<br />

Moffatt says he’s hoping<br />

for “classic North Narrabeen<br />

[conditions], which would<br />

be 4-6 foot, northwest wind,<br />

east swell and just nice, long<br />

[waves] running left”.<br />

In his quest to qualify for<br />

next year’s CT, Moffat says<br />

he’s constantly buoyed by the<br />

support of his community.<br />

“Working at the surf shop<br />

still [he started there aged 15]<br />

where all these familiar faces<br />

come in and ask how you’re<br />

going… it’s a loving community<br />

and you always feel supported<br />

even when you’re on<br />

the road and away for a while.<br />

It’s the best environment to<br />

come back to.”<br />

Also competing on the<br />

men’s side at North Narrabeen<br />

will be Joel Vaughan (North<br />

Shelly) and George Pittar<br />

(North Manly). On the women’s<br />

side, there’ll be a strong Australian<br />

contingent, though no<br />

Northern Beaches local.<br />

There’s a symmetry to Moffat<br />

working under Hardman,<br />

“picking his brain” when he<br />

gets the chance. It’s a case<br />

of a surfing giant helping a<br />

young man who would one<br />

day be so.<br />

– Daniel Williams<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

MAY <strong>2023</strong> 21

News<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> tastes Men’s Table<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL is hosting an ‘Entree<br />

Event’ for Men’s Table on Tuesday<br />

30 <strong>May</strong> – a chance for men to talk<br />

honestly and openly to other men over a<br />

dinner table.<br />

The first Men’s Table began in 2011<br />

with 12 gents who met up for dinner and<br />

has gathered once a month ever since. In<br />

little more than a decade, Men’s Table has<br />

become a national registered not-for-profit<br />

organisation which provides a safe place to<br />

share and be heard in a confidential and<br />

non-judgmental environment.<br />

The first step in joining a Table is to attend<br />

GENESIS: The first Men’s Table in Australia started 12 years ago and still meets today.<br />

an Entree event, and Eric Balinghasay<br />

is the host of <strong>May</strong>’s Entree at <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL.<br />

“As the name implies, the Entree gives<br />

a man a taste of what the men’s table is<br />

all about,” Eric explains. “Over dinner we<br />

introduce and explain what Men’s Table is.<br />

“If enough men express interest, then a<br />

Table is formed that will then meet once a<br />

month at the same time, in the same place,<br />

with the same people,” Eric continues. “On<br />

the Northern Beaches there are two Tables<br />

in Manly that are around three years old,<br />

another in Dee Why that was set up a couple<br />

of months ago, and now we’re heading<br />

tionally and the number is growing rapidly.<br />

Which is both good and bad news, as Eric<br />

explains: “It’s great for our organisation<br />

that it’s growing so fast, but at the same<br />

time it shows just how much men need to<br />

connect and talk to each other – and talk<br />

about things that are important rather<br />

than just ‘footy and sh*t’.”<br />

Eric says that men come from all<br />

demographics, areas and sexual orientation,<br />

with ages ranging from 22 to 88. Eric<br />

himself joined via a Zoom Entree during<br />

COVID lockdown and now works full-time<br />

for the organisation. He says that men join<br />

“It’s often just for an overall sense of<br />

wellbeing. We’re a peer-to-peer set-up and<br />

not experts, although we do have a psychiatrist<br />

on our board.<br />

“For me it provides a sense of regularity<br />

and consistency in what can be an up-anddown<br />

world. It’s great to know that whatever<br />

I’m going through, there is a group of<br />

men that I trust, who will listen to me and<br />

give me advice without ridicule, judgment<br />

or shame.”<br />

Whatever your reason for attending,<br />

the Men’s Table has no fees or obligations,<br />

other than to just enjoy a meal with other<br />

north on the Beaches.”<br />

for different reasons and that it isn’t just men, with an open mind. – Rob Pegley<br />

In all there are currently 117 Tables na-<br />

about mental health.<br />

*More info themenstable.org<br />

22 MAY <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Bayview garden support grows<br />

A<br />

fresh community garden<br />

may soon be bursting<br />

into life at Annam Road<br />

Reserve, Bayview.<br />

Driven by a Bayview residents<br />

group headed by President<br />

Wendy Cummins, a dream<br />

that formed with a letterbox<br />

drop in 2020 is getting closer to<br />

being realised.<br />

Wendy and her team have<br />

been working on a proposal for<br />

the community garden with the<br />

support of Northern Beaches<br />

Council and are now heading<br />

into the next phase.<br />

Council has placed the<br />

proposal on public exhibition<br />

(‘Your Say’) until <strong>May</strong> 29.<br />

Wendy talks about creating<br />

places to hang out and mingle,<br />

bringing young families and retirees<br />

together and the garden<br />

design.<br />

“If there was a community<br />

garden of some sort that would<br />

seem to me to be a huge advantage,”<br />

she says.<br />

“I just tried to make it flexible<br />

and open. All the way<br />

DREAM: Bayview resident Wendy Cummins.<br />

through the design, you can<br />

sit anywhere because it’s got<br />

openings so you can come in<br />

and out. I don’t want it to be a<br />

closed-off space.<br />

“I wanted it to be something<br />

free.”<br />

Fruit, vegetables, flowers and<br />

native trees will ripen and grow<br />

in the proposed 450-squaremetre<br />

garden. Sustainability is<br />

a focus and there will be compost<br />

and worm farm areas.<br />

Feng shui principles inform<br />

the design. Plants and flowers<br />

are to be a palette of colour<br />

linked to elements of water<br />

(blue and dark), earth (orange<br />

and yellow), metal (silver and<br />

white) and wood (medicinal<br />

herbs).<br />

The flexible design provides<br />

multi-purpose scope for different<br />

community groups and<br />

interests. A gazebo with a BBQ,<br />

table and seating could be the<br />

garden centrepiece.<br />

There are currently six community<br />

gardens on Council<br />

land, including at Newport.<br />

There is another at Barrenjoey<br />

High School at Avalon.<br />

Annam Road Reserve adjoins<br />

Bayview Golf Course. The<br />

Reserve is over 4000 square<br />

metres with trees around its<br />

perimeter. Infrastructure is<br />

just a few hand-made swings.<br />

Increased physical activity,<br />

community interaction, education<br />

and a reduction in stress<br />

are benefits of community<br />

gardens; research in the social<br />

housing context backs this up.<br />

An open afternoon on-site is<br />

planned for 20 <strong>May</strong>, with representatives<br />

from Council and<br />

the residents group available.<br />

People can come and express<br />

interest or concerns and obtain<br />

information.<br />

“I do think it will build momentum,”<br />

says Wendy.<br />

Wendy hopes this will also<br />

bring people forward who<br />

would love to be part of establishing<br />

the community garden.<br />

“I’ve literally taken it one step<br />

at a time”. – Greg McHugh<br />

*On-site afternoon <strong>May</strong> 20.<br />

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MAY <strong>2023</strong> 23

No-take Mona Vale push<br />

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Bongin Bongin Bay at<br />

Mona Vale is unique,<br />

with seven types of<br />

marine habitat in close<br />

proximity. Being located<br />

midway between two other<br />

aquatic reserves – Barrenjoey<br />

Headland and Narrabeen<br />

Headland – it is, in effect, a<br />

wildlife corridor.<br />

Most of us know Bongin<br />

Bongin Bay (Aboriginal for<br />

“many shells”) as Mona Vale<br />

Basin, which stretches from<br />

the ocean pool to North<br />

Mona Vale Headland. It is the<br />

furthest north of three nearcontinuous<br />

beaches which<br />

stretch from Warriwewood<br />

Headland in the south to<br />

Bongin Bongin Bay and Mona<br />

Vale Headland in the north.<br />

Now like-minded<br />

environmentally conscious<br />

locals are trying to get the<br />

bay declared a ‘no take’<br />

aquatic reserve.<br />

Greg Pride swims<br />

every morning with ‘the<br />

Dawnbusters’, a group of<br />

ocean swimmers who have<br />

been meeting near the Mona<br />

Vale ocean pool for more<br />

than three decades. Pride<br />

joined in January 2010 which<br />

he says “makes me a new<br />

chum”.<br />

On weekdays they meet at<br />

6.30am and swim to Mona<br />

Vale Headland, around 800<br />

metres return. At weekends<br />

they have a lay-in until<br />

7.30am but do a longer<br />

1200-metre swim which ends<br />

south of the ocean pool.<br />

“We normally stop at Mona<br />

Vale Headland to admire the<br />

sunrise and chat about what<br />

we’ve seen on the way over,”<br />

Pride explains.<br />

And what they see can be<br />

extraordinary. “Stingrays,<br />

octopus, cuttlefish, dolphins,<br />

blue gropers, Port Jackson<br />

and wobbegong sharks, eels<br />

and a kaleidoscope of smaller<br />

fish… we’ll have spotted all<br />

of those during March,” Pride<br />

continues.<br />

“During the whale migration<br />

season, some of them come<br />

close to us. But the holy grail<br />

are the fairy penguins and<br />

leatherback turtles, which are<br />

much rarer.”<br />

The rich variety of the<br />

marine life off Mona Vale<br />

Beach is what has led members<br />

of the Dawnbusters to form<br />

‘Friends of Bongin Bongin Bay’,<br />

along with surfers, life savers,<br />

environmentalists and beach<br />

goers.<br />

Spokesperson Pride says<br />

their aim is to persuade<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

to support an application<br />

to the NSW Department of<br />

Primary Industries for a<br />

‘no take’ aquatic reserve<br />

banning recreational fishing.<br />

So far more than 2500<br />

signatures have been added<br />

to a petition which will be<br />

presented to the Council<br />

supporting the aquatic<br />

reserve plan. More are being<br />

sought via their website.<br />

Pride, a financial planner,<br />

has drafted the submission<br />

to Council but stresses it has<br />

been a group effort.<br />

Pride quotes the results<br />

of the community survey<br />

federal member for Mackellar<br />

Dr Sophie Scamps released<br />

in April, listing the principal<br />

concerns of Mackellar<br />

residents: ‘climate change’,<br />

‘environmental protection’<br />

and ‘integrity and tackling<br />

corruption’.<br />

“There hasn’t been a new<br />

aquatic reserve created in<br />

the Northern Beaches since<br />

2002,” he points out. There<br />

are five of them: North<br />

Harbour, Cabbage Tree<br />

Bay, Long Reef Headland,<br />

Narrabeen Headland and<br />

Barrenjoey Headland.<br />

Recreational fishing is<br />

24 MAY <strong>2023</strong><br />

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‘NO TAKE’ CAMPAIGN: Bongin<br />

Bongin Bay hosts a plethora of<br />

aquatic life, from colourful fish of<br />

all sizes to stingrays, octopus plus<br />

Banjo and Port Jackson Sharks.<br />

PHOTO: Tracy Bullen.<br />

allowed at them all – apart<br />

from Manly’s Cabbage Tree<br />

Bay which is “no take”.<br />

“That’s what we want here,”<br />

Pride says. “A no-take reserve<br />

like Cabbage Tree Bay.<br />

“We are not anti-fishing.<br />

We’re saying to preserve<br />

fishing on the beaches you<br />

need protection zones for<br />

breeding and growth of all<br />

kinds of marine life.<br />

“In our submission we<br />

have quoted examples<br />

of sanctuaries in the<br />

Philippines and Hawaii<br />

where the surrounding<br />

areas have abundant fish life<br />

which locals can catch to eat<br />

because the fish have been<br />

allowed to grow to maturity.<br />

“People plunder the rock<br />

platforms near Mona Vale<br />

Beach. One morning we<br />

found around 30 shellfish<br />

taken off the rock platforms<br />

and just dumped near the<br />

showers.<br />

“We see people carrying<br />

buckets full of shellfish. It’s<br />

not illegal, but if you don’t<br />

have some kind of legal<br />

restrictions, the whole eco<br />

system goes upside down.”<br />

Pride admits the<br />

Dawnbusters haven’t noticed<br />

any depletion of aquatic life<br />

recently. “But there’s any<br />

number of locals who’ll tell<br />

you about the huge crabs you<br />

used to find 30 years ago on<br />

the rock shelves. Others talk<br />

about the substantially sized<br />

fish they used to catch.<br />

“At the moment the rock<br />

fisherman aren’t making<br />

substantial takes of fish.”<br />

Pride accepts indigenous<br />

Australians have been<br />

fishing at Bongin Bongin<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

Bay for generations. “But<br />

that generational harvesting<br />

coupled with increasing<br />

population pressures has<br />

depleted the diversity of the<br />

marine eco-system.”<br />

The area from the southern<br />

end of Bungan Beach, round<br />

North Mona Vale Headland<br />

and ending at the northern<br />

end of Bongin Bongin Bay is<br />

already designated “an intertidal<br />

protected area”. That<br />

means fishing is allowed<br />

but not collecting marine<br />

creatures from the rock<br />

shelf.<br />

It’s not just the marine<br />

life the Friends of Bongin<br />

Bongin Bay are seeking to<br />

protect. “The more shellfish<br />

and crustaceans, the more<br />

birds are attracted. Several<br />

members of the Dawnbusters<br />

are keen bird watchers.<br />

They have photographed<br />

endangered birds such as<br />

the sooty oyster catcher and<br />

ospreys in the bay.”<br />

Once more names are<br />

on the petition and extra<br />

scientific evidence has been<br />

gained with the help of a<br />

marine biologist from the<br />

University of Technology<br />

Sydney, the group will<br />

present its submission to the<br />

Council.<br />

Pride expects that to be<br />

around late Winter and<br />

the start of Spring.<br />

If the Council approves,<br />

it will then go forward to<br />

the Department of Primary<br />

Industries for a ruling.<br />

– Steve Meacham<br />

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‘I’ll hold the State<br />

Government to account’<br />

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New <strong>Pittwater</strong> MP Rory Amon outlines how<br />

he’ll ensure our local area is not forsaken or<br />

taken advantage of by the changing of the guard<br />

at Macquarie Street. Interview by Nigel Wall<br />

Q: What are the key issues<br />

you will focus on during your<br />

first 100 days representing<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>?<br />

I am humbled and honoured to<br />

be elected. In my first 100 days<br />

I will be advocating for the new<br />

Labor Government to commit<br />

to delivering on our community’s<br />

key priorities. These<br />

include the widening of Mona<br />

Vale Road (West) for which the<br />

former Liberal Government<br />

had funded $340 million. Also<br />

the full upgrade of Narrabeen<br />

North Primary School and Narrabeen<br />

Sports High for which<br />

the Liberal Government had<br />

funded around $60 million;<br />

plus the extra $13 million<br />

promised to Northern Beaches<br />

Council for flood mitigation<br />

works on Council land around<br />

the Wakehurst Parkway (on top<br />

of the $93.1 million allocated<br />

towards Wakehurst Parkway<br />

improvements by the former<br />

Liberal Government). And $6.8<br />

million for renal dialysis chairs<br />

at Mona Vale Hospital.<br />

I will also be making crystal<br />

clear our community’s opposition<br />

to high-rise and inappropriate<br />

development.<br />

Q: The result of the poll was<br />

extremely close (22% swing<br />

against the Liberals) with<br />

Independent candidate Jacqui<br />

Scruby pushing to within<br />

1000 votes of being elected<br />

– what message do you take<br />

from that?<br />

Our community voted for a<br />

positive vision for <strong>Pittwater</strong>,<br />

and I will work hard every<br />

single day to ensure we have<br />

the services and infrastructure<br />

our local community needs<br />

and deserves.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> was exceptionally<br />

represented over many years<br />

by Rob Stokes and significant<br />

improvements in our area were<br />

achieved – including restoring<br />

Currawong Beach, completing<br />

the Narrabeen Lagoon Trail,<br />

bringing inpatient palliative<br />

care to Mona Vale Hospital,<br />

delivering the Mona Vale Public<br />

School upgrade, widening<br />

Mona Vale Road (East) and<br />

introducing B-Line and Keoride<br />

services.<br />

With Rob’s retirement, I need<br />

to earn the trust and respect of<br />

our community as their State<br />

MP. Our community expects<br />

their representatives to listen,<br />

represent those views, and<br />

then work their guts out. That’s<br />

exactly what I’ll do.<br />

Q: You have decided not to<br />

serve out your current term<br />

(two more years) as Councillor<br />

for <strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward on Northern<br />

Beaches Council; why?<br />

Being a State MP and <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Ward Councillor are two<br />

distinct roles which require<br />

significant time commitments<br />

to our community. It would be<br />

impossible to perform both<br />

roles and do them justice, especially<br />

with Parliament sitting<br />

for over 20 weeks each year.<br />

Those roles can occasionally<br />

come into conflict and it is important<br />

to avoid such conflicts<br />

so that I can best represent all<br />

of <strong>Pittwater</strong> in State Parliament.<br />

Upon my resignation from<br />

Council, my Liberal Party running<br />

mate Karina Page will be<br />

appointed to Council under the<br />

Electoral Commission’s countback<br />

process. As a former Local<br />

COMMITTED: Rory Amon says he<br />

will always “tell it like it is” when<br />

acting as the Member for <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

Government Councillor and<br />

long-term Mona Vale resident,<br />

Karina is well placed to do an<br />

exceptional job.<br />

Q: Do you think your<br />

two terms on Council has<br />

given you good grounding<br />

to represent the area at State<br />

Government level?<br />

Without doubt. I was honoured<br />

to receive the endorsement of<br />

the only elected Independent<br />

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

McTaggart. As Alex said, “we<br />

need somebody who knows the<br />

area, the community groups,<br />

the people, that’s what you<br />

need.” Serving on Council has<br />

provided me with the grounding<br />

and understanding of our<br />

community, and the ability to<br />

go forward and confidently<br />

represent our interests.<br />

Serving on Council provides<br />

the experience and training to<br />

identify, fight for and deliver<br />

community outcomes. During<br />

my time on Council, I was<br />

proud to deliver in many areas,<br />

including $2.5 million to fast<br />

track the rebuild of the Mona<br />

Vale Surf Club and $4.6 million<br />

to save Littoral rainforest from<br />

development and destruction<br />

in Newport. The skills you<br />

learn to navigate bureaucracy,<br />

and to build community campaigns,<br />

are invaluable.<br />

Q: Rob Stokes served his final<br />

three terms in Government<br />

and was able to deliver significant<br />

outcomes for the local<br />

community. You are serving<br />

your first term in opposition;<br />

what will the challenges be?<br />

The challenges will be holding<br />

Labor to account, ensuring<br />

that good policy trumps good<br />

politics, and that merit-based<br />

projects are delivered in <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

The people of <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

are not fools.<br />

There are many projects<br />

which were identified and<br />

funded by the former NSW Liberal<br />

Government in <strong>Pittwater</strong>,<br />

including widening Mona Vale<br />

Road (West), flood mitigation<br />

for the Wakehurst Parkway,<br />

providing new renal dialysis<br />

chairs to Mona Vale Hospital,<br />

and upgrading Narrabeen<br />

North Primary and Narrabeen<br />

Sports High.<br />

Given past experiences when<br />

Governments change, we need<br />

to fight tooth and nail to retain<br />

the funding budgeted for these<br />

projects.<br />

Another vital challenge will<br />

be opposing Labor’s plans for<br />

overdevelopment in <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

Q: Will you work collaboratively<br />

with the Federal Independent<br />

Member for Mackellar Dr<br />

Sophie Scamps to ensure the<br />

upper Beaches is dealt a fair<br />

hand by both NSW and Federal<br />

Labor?<br />

People are sick of petty, partisan<br />

politics compromising<br />

their communities. I have been<br />

elected by the people of <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

to represent their interests.<br />

I will absolutely work with all<br />

sides of politics to ensure we<br />

receive the best outcomes.<br />

26 MAY <strong>2023</strong><br />

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PHOTO: NB Advocate.

PRIORITIES: Progressing the widening of Mona Vale (West) which the<br />

former State Government funded to the tune of $340 million (above);<br />

and a full upgrade for Narrabeen North Primary School (below left).<br />

Q: Labor made promises to the<br />

electorate in the lead-up to the<br />

election; will you be holding<br />

the new Government to account<br />

on these?<br />

Yes. I will hold Labor to account<br />

for their promises to<br />

our area, which was basically<br />

limited to committing to give<br />

Council $13 million further<br />

funding for flood mitigation of<br />

the Wakehurst Parkway.<br />

What is equally as important<br />

is what Labor did not<br />

say. They have been silent on<br />

their position on retaining the<br />

previously allocated funds<br />

for the Wakehurst Parkway<br />

improvements, widening Mona<br />

Vale Road (West), upgrading<br />

Narrabeen North Primary and<br />

Narrabeen Sports High, and<br />

delivering renal dialysis chairs<br />

to Mona Vale Hospital.<br />

Q: Potential overdevelopment<br />

was a major part of your<br />

campaign. Northern Beaches<br />

Council did not finalise its<br />

new Local Environmental Plan<br />

before the change of State<br />

Government. Are you concerned<br />

the new Government<br />

may impose new guidelines<br />

on our Council and if so, what<br />

will you do?<br />

I am concerned about what<br />

Labor could do. My greatest<br />

fear is that Labor may seek to<br />

approve spot rezonings outside<br />

of Council’s planning processes<br />

to facilitate high rise in<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>. I will work with the<br />

Council and residents to fight<br />

such proposals at every stage.<br />

Given Labor is in minority<br />

Government, I will work<br />

with all sides of Parliament to<br />

ensure that proper process is<br />

followed and that <strong>Pittwater</strong> is<br />

not unfairly targeted.<br />

Q: In four years’ time what improvements<br />

would you hope<br />

to have seen fulfilled across<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> and its fringes?<br />

I’d hope to see flood mitigation<br />

and road safety works undertaken<br />

along Wakehurst Parkway,<br />

upgrades to Narrabeen<br />

North Primary and Narrabeen<br />

Sports High completed, bus<br />

driver numbers increased to an<br />

adequate level so that all services<br />

are available, renal dialysis<br />

services available at Mona<br />

Vale Hospital, the Newport Surf<br />

Club upgraded, and Mona Vale<br />

Road (East) widening complete<br />

and the Mona Vale Road (West)<br />

widening well underway.<br />

Q: What’s the best piece of<br />

advice you have received?<br />

Always put your community<br />

first. Be plain-speaking, and<br />

tell it how it is… this is what I’ll<br />

always do.<br />

Parkway, buses on<br />

Regan action plan<br />

Newly minted independent Wakehurst<br />

MP Michael Regan says<br />

the new State Labor Government is<br />

on the verge of making a significant<br />

announcement on progressing and<br />

expanding flood mitigation works on<br />

the troubled Wakehurst Parkway.<br />

Mr Regan, who has been Northern<br />

Beaches <strong>May</strong>or since the new Council’s<br />

inception in 2017, defeated Liberal<br />

candidate Toby Williams at the March<br />

State Election, thanks to a 54% swing<br />

in votes.<br />

“In my new role as MP for Wakehurst,<br />

I will be continuing to work with<br />

the three other State MPs around me<br />

(Manly, <strong>Pittwater</strong> and Davidson) along<br />

with the new Government,” he said.<br />

CHALLENGE: Michael<br />

Regan wants bus services<br />

reinstated so students<br />

can return to inter-school<br />

sport competitions.<br />

“Specifically, NSW Labor announced prior to the election that<br />

they would fund the gap of $13 million to Council to get on<br />

with doing the flood mitigation works along the Parkway.<br />

“I have already met with the new Roads Minister and expect<br />

an announcement soon.”<br />

Mr Regan said improving bus services was at the forefront of<br />

his action plan, which would help not just Wakehurst constituents<br />

but also <strong>Pittwater</strong> residents and commuters.<br />

“We have learned the previous State Government wrote<br />

contracts that actually ‘incentivised’ the private companies to<br />

cancel services,” he said.<br />

“It’s absolutely scandalous. The new Transport Minister Jo<br />

Haylen and I have met on this and will work on numerous solutions,<br />

noting this is not just a Northern Beaches problem.<br />

“There is no easy solution, as the more you dig, the more you<br />

find out about these contracts… it’s not good.”<br />

Mr Regan said the priority was to get school buses on time,<br />

as well as reinstated for school sport.<br />

“It’s going to be a challenge. The contracts should be torn up<br />

and started all over again. At the very least, varied to start fixing<br />

the existing problems they created.<br />

“And there are many issues that all four Beaches MPs – including<br />

the Liberals’ Rory Amon, James Griffin and Matt Cross<br />

– have to work together on. Too many to mention here.<br />

“And I dare say one or two more before this goes to print. But<br />

I’m looking forward to the challenge.”<br />

Mr Regan tendered his resignation as <strong>May</strong>or in late April but<br />

will continue in his role as Councillor in Frenchs Forest Ward.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

PHOTO: NB Advocate.<br />

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Scruby: ‘We have been heard’<br />

Narrowly beaten Independent<br />

Labor government, there is greater<br />

candidate Jacqui Scruby says the<br />

chance of Labor being held to account by<br />

nail-biting State Election result is<br />

proof that the <strong>Pittwater</strong> electorate will<br />

never again be written off as a Liberal<br />

stronghold.<br />

After preferences, Ms Scruby fell<br />

less than 1000 votes from securing an<br />

office at Macquarie Street, with Liberal<br />

candidate Rory Amon scraping over the<br />

line with 51% of the vote.<br />

a strong cross bench including Michael<br />

Regan in the seat of Wakehurst.”<br />

She added the Labor Government’s<br />

de-amalgamation policy was relevant<br />

to <strong>Pittwater</strong> and urged it would need<br />

addressing in coming months.<br />

“Our movement was powered by the<br />

hundreds of volunteers who worked<br />

tirelessly to bring our community’s voice<br />

Ms Scruby attributed the impressive<br />

to the forefront of this election – not to<br />

Independent result to locals finding their<br />

mention local donors.<br />

voice over issues that mattered most to<br />

“We doorknocked 11,000 houses to<br />

them.<br />

CLOSE RESULT: Independent for <strong>Pittwater</strong> candidate<br />

Jacqui Scruby has thanked supporters. listen to what is important to the people<br />

She also urged the electorate to unite<br />

of <strong>Pittwater</strong>… we brought to state politics<br />

behind the elected Liberal Member: “I She also offered her best wishes to<br />

the shift we have seen around Australia<br />

wish Rory every success – because his Hilary Green and Jeff Quinn: “I have<br />

towards representatives who put their<br />

success is our community’s success, deep respect for all my fellow candidates<br />

community ahead of a political party.<br />

and I trust he will work to represent the for standing for what they believe in and<br />

“While we did not win the election,<br />

interests of everyone in <strong>Pittwater</strong>.” contributing to this community.”<br />

the remarkable achievement of our<br />

Ms Scruby thanked all her supporters, Ms Scruby noted the electorate’s voice<br />

community-led movement cannot be<br />

staff and volunteer workers and said was covered in state and national media<br />

denied.<br />

it had been an honour to participate on improving gambling reform policy,<br />

“We made one of the safest seats in<br />

as a community-backed independent preventing the drilling for new oil and<br />

the state one of NSW’s most marginal<br />

candidate.<br />

gas off the coastline and protecting<br />

“I’d like to express my gratitude for<br />

seats, hopefully meaning <strong>Pittwater</strong> will<br />

native forests.<br />

the incredible display of democracy we<br />

not be taken for granted by any political<br />

“As a result of competition in this<br />

witnessed,” she said.<br />

seat, we saw both major parties making<br />

party, and I hope this will lead to better<br />

“The energy and passion we saw from announcements on local and state-wide<br />

local infrastructure and services for our<br />

our community was truly inspiring, and issues, from the Wakehurst Parkway to community.”<br />

it is thanks to them we were able to have PEP-11 and Lizard Rock,” she said.<br />

Ms Scruby said she would be “taking a<br />

such a successful campaign.<br />

“This competition in democracy is step back” to spend time with her family<br />

“I especially want to thank those<br />

people and organisations who have<br />

been building the movement for<br />

community-based democracy over the<br />

years, bringing everyday people into<br />

the democratic process. They include<br />

groups and their members such as<br />

Voice of Mackellar, Mackellar Rising<br />

and of course, Independent <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

spearheaded by Rebecca Clarke.”<br />

essential and it is heartening to see<br />

our community taking an active role in<br />

shaping the future of our electorate.<br />

“There is more to be done and<br />

what gets done must be done with<br />

transparency so our community can be<br />

fully informed.<br />

“We have opportunities to fight<br />

overdevelopment, both through local<br />

planning controls and with a minority<br />

before considering her next steps.<br />

“I am driven by a desire to make<br />

our beautiful area, state and country<br />

an even better place than it already is.<br />

I’ll be taking a career position that is<br />

aligned with my values and will also play<br />

a role in the community that supports<br />

addressing some of the major issues that<br />

came up during the campaign.”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

PHOTO: NB Advocate.<br />

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Opinion - Council<br />

by Cr Michael Gencher<br />

News<br />

Time we received a straight<br />

answer on ‘Your Say’ matters<br />

Northern Beaches<br />

Council is responsible<br />

for making significant<br />

decisions that have a farreaching<br />

impact. Putting<br />

community first is the reason<br />

I decided to run for Council.<br />

To be effective as<br />

a Councillor I need to<br />

understand the views<br />

of the community. The<br />

Council provides info to the<br />

community about the policies<br />

and decisions of Council, and<br />

then community relays its<br />

opinions to Council through<br />

the Councillors.<br />

To represent both the<br />

community and the Council<br />

effectively, I need to keep<br />

in touch with the local<br />

community. I attend and<br />

participate in Council<br />

briefings, committee<br />

meetings, meetings for<br />

our local associations and<br />

organisations; and I respond<br />

to direct communications.<br />

Then there is the ‘Your Say’<br />

portal on the Council website.<br />

The ‘Your Say’ portal<br />

allows for making online<br />

submissions which<br />

give “stakeholders” the<br />

opportunity to raise their<br />

issues or indicate their<br />

support or opposition to<br />

publicly notified proposals –<br />

covering 18 listed categories<br />

on the website, including<br />

Development Assessments.<br />

As these Submissions are<br />

heavily considered by Council<br />

in the decision-making<br />

process, it is essential there<br />

is trust and confidence in the<br />

validity of the process.<br />

However, I have long<br />

been concerned about<br />

the authenticity of online<br />

submissions through the ‘Your<br />

Say’ Platform – for example,<br />

multiple submissions from<br />

“stakeholders” who will not<br />

be impacted by the proposal,<br />

yet who have a say (eg, people<br />

from other Local Government<br />

Areas).<br />

In September 2022, I<br />

proposed a Notice of Motion<br />

asking the CEO to provide<br />

a briefing to Councillors<br />

regarding Online Submissions;<br />

I put up 13 specific questions.<br />

(You can review the full Notice<br />

of Motion – No 31/2022 – and<br />

the response – 2022/618716 –<br />

on Council’s website.)<br />

I was not satisfied with the<br />

response – it took me back to<br />

my pre-Council days, where as<br />

a member of the community<br />

I often felt I could not get a<br />

straight answer to a straight<br />

question.<br />

But wait: Surely as a<br />

Councillor I can now get<br />

straight and complete<br />

answers?<br />

Well, after four and a half<br />

months, staff came back<br />

with the briefing in the form<br />

of a 331-word, four-page<br />

PowerPoint presentation.<br />

Incredibly, it did not<br />

cover submissions about<br />

Development Applications.<br />

What? In my time as a<br />

Councillor, most submissions<br />

I’ve seen relate to DAs. When I<br />

questioned why DAs were not<br />

included, staff said “DAs are<br />

not included in the Your Say<br />

platform”. Except… according<br />

to the ‘Your Say’ page, they<br />

are very much included, and<br />

listed as the 6th category<br />

on the drop-down list… very<br />

frustrating.<br />

Further, staff’s briefing<br />

simply outlined some policy<br />

and strategy endorsements<br />

from the Local Government<br />

Act, the Office of Local<br />

Government, and the<br />

Northern Beaches Community<br />

Engagement Strategy (2022).<br />

Not one of my 13 questions<br />

was answered. In February<br />

I emailed the responsible<br />

Executive Manager requesting<br />

a detailed written response.<br />

Again, I received more<br />

nonspecific responses.<br />

The questions I asked<br />

were in the interest of the<br />

community, to ensure that its<br />

voice is heard.<br />

A few of my learnings:<br />

n Anyone, anywhere in the<br />

world is considered a<br />

“stakeholder”, and their<br />

submissions have the same<br />

weighting as you, who live<br />

here.<br />

n Council cannot confirm<br />

the location from which a<br />

submission comes from<br />

– as with the wide usage<br />

of VPN, recording of IP<br />

addresses is no longer<br />

reliable or possible.<br />

n It doesn’t matter how many<br />

submissions come from the<br />

same IP address – they are<br />

all accepted.<br />

n Council does not question<br />

or challenge the validity of<br />

any submissions.<br />

n Council does not have<br />

a capability to exhibit<br />

processed and redacted<br />

submissions – giving the<br />

community an opportunity<br />

to read them prior to the<br />

closure of public exhibition.<br />

But most importantly, I<br />

have learned not to accept the<br />

status quo – this is a serious<br />

issue, and it requires serious<br />

consideration from Council<br />

and the Office of Local<br />

Government.<br />

The majority of submissions<br />

to Council are via ‘Your Say’;<br />

as they are heavily considered<br />

by Council in the decisionmaking<br />

process, it is essential<br />

there is trust and confidence<br />

in the validity of the process<br />

and the submissions.<br />

I can only speak for myself<br />

when I discuss a lack of<br />

confidence in current system.<br />

We need more diligence<br />

and concern from Council<br />

to ensure our community is<br />

properly represented – and<br />

that the platform is reliable,<br />

accurate and authentic.<br />

We simply cannot accept a<br />

“nothing to see here” attitude<br />

when it comes to responding<br />

to issues affecting our<br />

community.<br />

*What do you think? Tell us<br />

at readers@pittwaterlife.<br />

com.au; also email Michael.<br />

Gencher@northernbeaches.<br />

nsw.gov.au<br />

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ABSURD…<br />

News<br />

SEEN…<br />

As if the recent closure of Plateau Road, leading to Bilgola<br />

Plateau, for road works wasn’t enough of an inconvenience to<br />

residents, what about the blunder by a works crew that saw a<br />

gas line rupture and burst into flame! The dramatic incident on<br />

the morning of Thursday March 30 included fire engulfing a<br />

road-surfacing machine and nearby prime mover. Three Fire &<br />

Rescue NSW crews rushed to the scene and attacked the blaze<br />

with lines of hose. Police attended, along with gas company<br />

technicians who worked frantically over several hours to shut<br />

off the gas supply. An investigation was launched into why the<br />

location of the gas line was not identified.<br />

HEARD…<br />

The Avalon Streets as Shared Spaces project is a six-month trial<br />

– despite the work being completed in March, Council is already<br />

calling for feedback to help drive its decision on whether the<br />

new infrastructure and road configuration remain. It’s up<br />

on Council’s ‘Your Say’ webpage – but there is no facility for<br />

individuals to lodge their own submissions. Rather, it’s a new<br />

‘Take our Survey’ approach. The Survey requests respondents<br />

to rank their answers from ‘Very Unsatisfied’ and ‘Very<br />

Unsupportive’ through ‘Very Satisfied’ and ‘Very Supportive”,<br />

with additional comment, on things like the 10km/h shared<br />

zone, moved pedestrian crossings, new seating, widened<br />

footpaths and removal of parking. Curiously Council have<br />

omitted any questions regarding changed Bus Stops – with no<br />

individual submissions, we will reach out to Council to see how<br />

you can let them know how you feel about those. The survey is<br />

open through October 1.<br />

Council has admitted to a<br />

“chronic” problem of vandalism<br />

of its ‘no dogs’ signage at the<br />

Avalon rock pool, following<br />

complaints from locals about<br />

regular defacing of the signs<br />

and dog owners flaunting the<br />

rules and walking their dogs<br />

(on leads) around the pool.<br />

Reader ‘Patricia’ wrote to<br />

Council in January to highlight<br />

a vandalised sign (see above<br />

right) and request Rangers<br />

attend more regularly to<br />

deter dog owners from<br />

breaking the law. Council’s<br />

response was to install a new<br />

sign – however in a botch-up<br />

it didn’t include reference<br />

to ‘No Dogs’ but instead<br />

included ‘No Swimming’<br />

(sigh). Another new sign<br />

specifically referencing ‘No<br />

Dogs’ was quickly erected – and<br />

just as quickly defaced. With<br />

possible off-leash dog trials<br />

still on the agenda for North<br />

Palm Beach and South Mona<br />

Vale, it’s worth reminding the<br />

vandals they are probably doing<br />

the cause more harm than good…<br />

Still on reader correspondence<br />

with Council, reader ‘Jeanette’,<br />

a Bushcare worker at Mona<br />

Vale, contacted us with a gripe<br />

about invasive weeds that have<br />

infiltrated her patch adjacent to<br />

the northern end of the pathway<br />

between the dunes and Mona<br />

Vale golf course. Jeanette and her<br />

fellow workers tended the area<br />

dutifully throughout drought<br />

times, hauling garbage bins<br />

of water to assist tubestock<br />

growth and survival. “Then Council for no clear reason handed<br />

the responsibility of the site to another department – ‘Parks and<br />

Gardens’. The site has now returned to its former weed-infested<br />

state, despite our efforts!” Jeanette says the workers are thankful<br />

for Council’s assistance, but point out it’s counterproductive to<br />

not stay on top of things – and it’s a deterrent to recruiting new<br />

Bushcare members.<br />

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News<br />

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

Local Probus News<br />

The Combined Probus Club<br />

of Mona Vale will meet next<br />

on Tuesday 16 <strong>May</strong>, in the<br />

auditorium at the <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

RSL Club (from 10am). Guest<br />

speaker is the unusually tall<br />

and handsome David Hunt (he<br />

apparently enjoys writing his<br />

own biographical notes). David<br />

has changed the way Australian<br />

history is communicated<br />

with his award-winning and<br />

bestselling Girt series, Rum,<br />

Rebels and Ratbags podcast<br />

with ABC Radio; Aussie Inventions<br />

That Changed The World<br />

with the History Channel; and<br />

his speech at TEDx Sydney<br />

2017. His presentation, the<br />

Unauthorised History of Australia,<br />

will include tall tales<br />

and true from his bestselling<br />

and award-winning Australian<br />

history Girt books – Girt, True<br />

Girt, and Girt Nation. Learn<br />

Table Tennis members drive<br />

Terrey Hills Table Tennis<br />

Club – a member of the<br />

Sydney Northern Districts<br />

Table Tennis Association<br />

(SNDTTA) and Table Tennis<br />

Australia (TTA) – is looking for<br />

new members.<br />

The Club caters for all ages<br />

and levels of skill, but particularly<br />

school-aged kids and<br />

those 50+. Whether you want<br />

to play at a high and competitive<br />

level or just for fun – they<br />

offer the environment and<br />

opportunity for both.<br />

The Club plays Monday<br />

nights (8-10pm) at the Terrey<br />

Hills Community Centre; they<br />

are forming teams for the<br />

Spring season.<br />

Cost is $8 (member), $10<br />

(non-member); annual membership<br />

$20 gains you free<br />

assessment by an accredited<br />

Level 1 coach plus access to table<br />

tennis ‘robots’ and product<br />

discounts. More info call Paul<br />

on 0400 300 191.<br />

how Australia became<br />

Australia, which Australian<br />

prime minister talked to the<br />

dead, and why camels are bad<br />

news. Visitors welcome – call<br />

1300 630 488 to find out more.<br />

Palm Beach and Peninsula<br />

Probus’ speaker this month<br />

will be Ian Hemphill, an<br />

expert on culinary herbs<br />

and spices and author of The<br />

Spice and Herb Bible 3rd Edition.<br />

His talk will cover their<br />

origins, flavours and storage<br />

as well anecdotes of his<br />

many travels in search of new<br />

spices. Visitors welcome; venue<br />

Club Palm Beach 9.30am<br />

Wednesday 17 <strong>May</strong>. Enquiries<br />

to Carmel (0414 978 465). The<br />

speaker at the next Newport<br />

Probus Club meeting will be<br />

Jim Haynes OAM who is an<br />

author, broadcaster, historian,<br />

entertainer and songwriter.<br />

Writer of the song ‘Don’t call<br />

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Wagga Wagga Wagga’, he’s<br />

sure to provide an entertaining<br />

presentation. Meeting at<br />

Newport Bowling Club on<br />

Thursday 4 <strong>May</strong>, commencing<br />

at 10am. Visitors welcome,<br />

more info David Newton-Ross<br />

(0418 298 572). Meanwhile<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Mens Probus Club<br />

President Wes Harder will<br />

present his controversial case<br />

for nuclear power generation<br />

in Australia at the group’s<br />

next meeting at Mona Vale<br />

Surf Club on Tuesday 9 <strong>May</strong>.<br />

Visitors welcome; commences<br />

10am. More info Terry Larke<br />

(0412 220 820).<br />

Taste of Manly<br />

Taste of Manly is back on the<br />

Manly beachfront and The<br />

Corso on the weekend of 27-<br />

28 <strong>May</strong>.<br />

Organisers invite food<br />

lovers to indulge their senses<br />

in two days of drinks, food,<br />

music and dancing.<br />

Backdropped by Manly’s<br />

iconic beachfront and centred<br />

around the pulsing heart of<br />

Manly’s Corso, Taste of Manly<br />

will spotlight local restaurants,<br />

scrumptious Australian<br />

fine wines, the Northern<br />

Beaches’ plethora of local<br />

breweries, and a line-up of<br />

talented live musicians.<br />

Starts 11.30am and ends<br />

5.30pm each day.<br />

Family Day Care<br />

takes top award<br />

Northern Beaches Family<br />

Day Care has again been<br />

recognised as ‘Exceeding the<br />

National Quality Standard’<br />

under the National Quality<br />

Framework. Council’s Interim<br />

CEO Louise Kerr said the National<br />

Quality Standard (NQS)<br />

sets the national benchmark<br />

for the quality of children’s<br />

education and care services<br />

across Australia. “Our Family<br />

Day Care service now ranks<br />

among the top 7% in New<br />

South Wales for the standard<br />

of services they provide to<br />

children and families,” Ms<br />

Kerr said. “This is a significant<br />

achievement and stands<br />

testament to the passion,<br />

professionalism and commitment<br />

of our managers,<br />

educators and other childcare<br />

staff who continue to provide<br />

highly personalised, flexible,<br />

quality care for children aged<br />

6 weeks to 12 years.” For more<br />

info or enrolments visit Council<br />

website.<br />

Singing up Country<br />

First Nations musicians,<br />

their culture and community<br />

spirit will be showcased at the<br />

annual Singing up Country<br />

event, part of the Gaimaraigal<br />

Festival. Led by Yaegl musician<br />

and local resident Michael<br />

Birk this year’s program<br />

features a range of musical<br />

styles, including legendary<br />

jazz singer Johnny Nicol and<br />

folk band The Stiff Gins, R&B<br />

from Radical Son, folk rock<br />

from GiiMusic, alternative<br />

reggae from Corey Kirk, eight-<br />

Continued on page 36<br />

Click and Collect Toy library<br />

F<br />

amilies across the Northern Beaches will soon be able to<br />

borrow a range of fun and educational toys for their children<br />

from their local library.<br />

Council has partnered with not-for-profit organisation<br />

EarlyEd Cubby House Toy Library service to give all residents<br />

access to a ‘click and collect’ toy service at Mona Vale and<br />

Manly Library from 10.30–11am every Thursday.<br />

Northern Beaches <strong>May</strong>or Michael Regan said with the rising<br />

cost of living, this was a great solution for families to access<br />

a range of toys which could be shared amongst families<br />

while reducing our waste footprint.<br />

“This great initiative allows kids access to a range of highquality<br />

toys to suit a range of ages and needs,” he said. “Children<br />

learn through play and these toys are an important way<br />

to support their development while reducing the amount of<br />

plastic toy waste ending up in landfill, as parents can borrow<br />

instead of buying toys for their growing kids.”<br />

The ‘click and collect’ service allows parents or carers who<br />

join Cubby House Toy Library to browse the online catalogue<br />

which has over 2000 toys and games to choose from. Toys<br />

are categorised according to the skills they will develop,<br />

making selection of the right toy simple.<br />

Parents will be able to borrow up to six toys at a time for a<br />

month.<br />

*More info and browse the toy database at earlyed.com.au<br />

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Continued from page 35<br />

piece reggae from Green Hand<br />

Band and alternative upbeat<br />

from Microwave Jenny. The<br />

event is hosted by the Frenchs<br />

Forest Parish Social Justice<br />

Group and will be held at St<br />

Anthony in the Fields Church,<br />

Terrey Hills on 4 June; bookings<br />

essential via trybooking.<br />

News<br />

Dig deep for<br />

Em & her family<br />

Kate and Melanie are each<br />

rowing 100 kilometres nonstop<br />

to support Avalon local<br />

Em’s decade-long battle with<br />

cancer. Supported by Anytime<br />

Fitness Avalon and Blake<br />

Property Avalon, their row<br />

starts at 6am on Saturday 6<br />

<strong>May</strong>.<br />

Em is battling metastatic<br />

breast cancer which has<br />

spread to various parts of her<br />

body, leading to a terminal<br />

diagnosis. As a result, Em<br />

is no longer able to care for<br />

her two young children Mya,<br />

7, and Ryan, 4. Her husband<br />

Dave has taken on the role of<br />

her full-time caregiver.<br />

You can read Em’s story<br />

at gofund.me/bdbc42a9 or<br />

instagram.com/thejourneyof.<br />

healingem; more info Melanie<br />

(0416 239 222).<br />

Green light for<br />

Youth Voice 2028<br />

Northern Beaches Council has<br />

adopted a new action plan codesigned<br />

with young people<br />

to improve youth wellbeing,<br />

Continued on page 38<br />

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Continued from page 36<br />

build social cohesion and<br />

increase youth participation<br />

in community life. The Youth<br />

Voice Action Plan 2028 – Shaping<br />

the Beaches’ Future sets a<br />

roadmap for young people on<br />

the Beaches, addressing social,<br />

cultural and economic<br />

issues across four focus areas.<br />

These range from social<br />

issues like ‘connection’ and<br />

‘equity’, to the more pressing<br />

challenges of affordable<br />

housing and employment. As<br />

a first step Council will be<br />

developing a monitoring an<br />

evaluation plan that ensures<br />

young people are continually<br />

involved in the implementation<br />

and delivery of the Plan.<br />

The plan was drafted following<br />

an extensive consultation<br />

with more than 1,000 young<br />

people contributing over<br />

1,100 comments. More info on<br />

Council website (‘Your Say’).<br />

Help Computer Pals<br />

Could you spare 2-3 hours a<br />

week to help Seniors master<br />

their laptops or phones? Join<br />

not-for-profit charity Computer<br />

Pals for Seniors Northern<br />

Beaches Inc. Their mission is to<br />

help their ‘students’ confidently<br />

use technology, offering<br />

lessons in Windows, Mac,<br />

Chromebook and Android/<br />

Apple Phones and Tablets. If<br />

you feel you could share your<br />

knowledge of emailing, surfing<br />

the web, social media and general<br />

use of any of these devices<br />

they would love to hear from<br />

you. Operating hours in-term<br />

are Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.<br />

Based at The Tramshed, Narrabeen.<br />

New students welcome;<br />

more info Anne (9984 0604) or<br />

visit compalsnb.org.au).<br />

Support Rotary<br />

Rotary Upper Northern Beaches<br />

are looking for volunteers to<br />

help them continue to deliver<br />

services across the peninsula –<br />

anything from cooking a BBQ,<br />

to managing a fundraising project,<br />

to helping with marketing<br />

and social media. Rotary has<br />

been very active in the community<br />

over recent months, with<br />

community projects including<br />

the Tree of Joy at Warriewood<br />

Square and Carols In The Park,<br />

Mona Vale; the Australia Day<br />

Breakfast at Newport Beach;<br />

their annual Art Show at Mona<br />

Seniors PGA golf for Cromer GC<br />

Some of the Australia’s best professional golfers<br />

of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s will tee it up in<br />

the NSW PGA Seniors Championship at Cromer<br />

Golf Club on 19-21 November.<br />

Locals will gain free entry to see the likes<br />

of Ian Baker-Finch, Peter Senior, Peter Lonard,<br />

Peter Fowler and Peter O’Malley, Andre Stolz<br />

and Richard Green compete for top prizemoney,<br />

with the event sponsored by Col Crawford<br />

Motors BMW.<br />

The NSW PGA Seniors Championship is recognised<br />

as one of Australia’s most prestigious<br />

championships on the PGA Legends Tour.<br />

Cromer GC is delighted to keep the long association<br />

with the Crawford family by partnering<br />

with Col Crawford BMW. Col was a passionate<br />

Cromer member for more than 48 years, with<br />

his annual Charity Day at Cromer raising more<br />

than $3 million for Cerebral Palsy Alliance;<br />

while daughter Carol has been a member of the<br />

club for 24 years.<br />

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Uplifting Driftwood<br />

Glen Street Theatre is presenting Driftwood<br />

The Musical from 24-28 <strong>May</strong> – it’s<br />

the moving and enthralling story of a<br />

family surviving the ravages of war, telling<br />

the inspirational account of the renowned<br />

Austrian-Australian sculptor Karl Duldig<br />

and his artist-inventor wife, Slawa Horowitz-<br />

Duldig.<br />

The audience follows their lives in pre-war<br />

Vienna, the family’s narrow escape from<br />

Nazi Austria, Slawa’s ingenious invention<br />

of the foldable umbrella, and the incredible<br />

chain of events that took place after miraculously<br />

escaping the Holocaust and rebuilding<br />

their careers as artists in Melbourne.<br />

*More info & tickets glenstreet.com.au<br />

Vale in February (which raised<br />

funds for worthy charities); the<br />

‘Bobbo’ (Bobbin Head) Cycle<br />

Classic; and their annual Charity<br />

Golf Day at Monash Country<br />

Club in April. More info call 02<br />

8005 0711 or visit rotaryuppernorthernbeaches.org<br />

Head to The Shack<br />

The Shack Live Music Club is<br />

held on the first Saturday of<br />

each month at the Ted<br />

Blackwood Hall, Jackson<br />

Road Warriewood. Each<br />

show features three live<br />

music acts in a cabaret<br />

atmosphere with BYO<br />

nibbles and drink for an<br />

affordable and enjoyable<br />

night of live entertainment.<br />

Next concert 6 <strong>May</strong><br />

features Jaga Band, Shane<br />

Flew and Blue Mallee. Entry<br />

$30 cash (no wi-fi) at door or<br />

online shackfolk.com<br />

Voice to Brahms<br />

Manly Warringah Choir is<br />

presenting Brahms’ magnificent<br />

German Requiem, with<br />

choir, soloists and orchestra<br />

conducted by Carlos Alvarado,<br />

on Sunday <strong>May</strong> 7.<br />

The concert, at St Paul’s College<br />

in Darley Rd, Manly, starts<br />

2pm; tickets $45.<br />

More info manlywarringahchoir.org.au<br />

New life for<br />

Manly Town Hall<br />

Council will move forward<br />

with studies to explore the<br />

feasibility of turning Manly<br />

Town Hall into a multi-use<br />

performance and exhibition<br />

space and consider<br />

financial, social, cultural<br />

and environmental<br />

outcomes for the community.<br />

The studies will<br />

also consider different<br />

operating models with<br />

economic outcomes.<br />

The results of the studies<br />

will be reported to<br />

Council later in <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Vet<br />

on call<br />

with Dr Brown<br />

As they age into their older<br />

years, it can be common<br />

for cats to develop arthritis – an<br />

inflammatory joint disease,<br />

which commonly affects their<br />

hips, elbows and spine. Arthritis<br />

results from wear and tear and<br />

can be exacerbated by joint<br />

instability, injuries, infection,<br />

immune disorders, and genetic<br />

abnormalities.<br />

Arthritis is a painful condition<br />

because it involves the deterioration<br />

of the protective cartilage<br />

layer. Cats with arthritis may<br />

exhibit reluctance to jump up<br />

or down from furniture, or<br />

they may walk with a stiff gait<br />

and also have reduced activity<br />

levels. They can also display<br />

changes in behaviour, such as<br />

reacting to be patted over sensitive<br />

areas – such as their hips,<br />

or they may develop a matted<br />

or unkept coat as a result of<br />

grooming themselves less if<br />

they are uncomfortable.<br />

If you’re concerned your cat<br />

may be showing signs of arthritis,<br />

it is important to book them<br />

a health check. A full physical<br />

examination will be performed,<br />

and the vet will discuss if any<br />

further diagnostic tests are<br />

required, such as x-rays.<br />

We want your cat to stay<br />

happy and healthy, and there<br />

are several aspects to managing<br />

arthritis in cats. All cats have<br />

an ideal weight dependent on<br />

their breed, size and lifestyle,<br />

and weight management is an<br />

important part of helping your<br />

pet cope with arthritis.<br />

Our vets will provide advice<br />

on weight management,<br />

together with discussing what<br />

treatment options are available<br />

to help keep your cat comfortable.<br />

Treatment options for<br />

arthritis in cats includes antiinflammatory<br />

and pain relief<br />

medications, disease modifying<br />

medications, dietary supplements<br />

and prescription diets.<br />

Cats are the focus during <strong>May</strong><br />

and June at Sydney Animal Hospitals,<br />

with the opportunity for<br />

your cat to have a free dental<br />

check by a vet nurse, discounted<br />

dental treatments and Hills<br />

dental food at a reduced price.<br />

More info call Avalon (9918<br />

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

News<br />

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MAY <strong>2023</strong> 39

Charity<br />

crusaders<br />

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

Having lost their daughter to Multiple<br />

Sclerosis, Carol Langsford and her husband<br />

Roy devoted more than 23 years to raising<br />

funds to fight the disease; now, following<br />

Roy’s sudden death, Carol has pledged to<br />

continue this important work.<br />

I<br />

am sitting with Carol Langsford in<br />

her apartment in Collaroy, which<br />

also serves as the office of the Trish<br />

Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation.<br />

Carol and her husband Roy started<br />

the foundation in 2000, holding board<br />

meetings at their dining room table,<br />

and to date it has raised more than<br />

$6.5 million for research to find a cure<br />

or preventative strategy for Multiple<br />

Sclerosis (MS).<br />

They founded the charity two years<br />

before their daughter Trish died from<br />

this debilitating disease. At the age of 23<br />

she was one of Australia’s most talented<br />

young female cricketers. She spent the<br />

last four and a half years of her life in<br />

a nursing home paralysed, unable to<br />

talk and being fed through a tube and<br />

administered morphine every four<br />

hours. But not once during her sevenyear<br />

descent into immobility did this<br />

elite athlete complain.<br />

Carol spent every morning with Trish<br />

at the nursing home, before she went to<br />

coach the Tildesley Shield tennis team<br />

at Roseville College. It was one of Trish’s<br />

part-time jobs, before she was struck<br />

down by MS.<br />

“I had said to the head of sport ‘I’ll<br />

help out if you want me to until Trish<br />

gets better’, thinking she would. I did<br />

that for about seven years, and gave up<br />

just before we lost her. I’d get a little grin<br />

or something when I told Trish I was off<br />

to do her job, and I’d tell her all about<br />

the girls. She couldn’t communicate,<br />

but she understood.” Roy started work<br />

at 5.30am every day so he could leave<br />

early and take over from Carol, and then<br />

he retired to spend more time with his<br />

beloved daughter.<br />

Roy and Carol met at Kooroora Tennis<br />

Club on Sydney’s North Shore. She was<br />

14, and he was 17, a farmer’s son fresh<br />

from Singleton, who had just joined the<br />

Commonwealth Bank where he remained<br />

for 41 years. They were picked for the<br />

same tennis team and kept playing<br />

together.<br />

“We wanted to go out, but Mum and<br />

Dad wouldn’t let us go out alone together<br />

Story by Rosamund Burton<br />

until I turned 16.” They married when<br />

Carol was 19, and in the words of<br />

their youngest daughter Sharon, “lived<br />

happily ever after”. A year later Carol<br />

was competing in the Australian Open,<br />

and in 1967, when Carol was 21, Roy<br />

and she travelled to Europe. She played<br />

doubles at Wimbledon and they both<br />

competed in the French Open. She played<br />

in the Australian Open again in 1970, the<br />

year after her son Paul was born. She is<br />

reticent to talk about her tennis career,<br />

but was playing against the likes of<br />

Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong.<br />

She has gone on to serve the sport for<br />

many decades, serving on Tennis NSW’s<br />

Board of Directors as well as many of<br />

its committees for strategic planning,<br />

women’s selection and tournament<br />

sanctioning, and she has been a<br />

passionate advocate for junior player<br />

development. In 2014 she was honoured<br />

for her tireless contribution to the sport<br />

at the Newcombe Medal Australian<br />

Tennis Awards and presented with the<br />

President’s Spirit of Tennis Award.<br />

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Roy and she were at the United Cup<br />

tournament at the Sydney Olympic Park<br />

Tennis Centre with Sharon and their<br />

son-in-law and two granddaughters in<br />

early January this year. Roy lurched<br />

forward in his seat, and Sharon heard<br />

him say that he couldn’t breath. Within<br />

seconds the paramedics were there to<br />

assist. They stretched Roy out and Carol<br />

has his head in her lap, but he couldn’t<br />

be revived.<br />

“I realise now we probably lost him<br />

instantly, but I didn’t know at the time,”<br />

she says, tears welling up in her eyes.<br />

There is a large framed photograph of<br />

him on a low table near where we’re<br />

sitting, and on the floor are the flowers<br />

from his coffin, the arrangement now<br />

brown and brittle.<br />

“I can’t bring myself to get rid of them<br />

yet,” she says. I marvel at her ability<br />

to continue working tirelessly for the<br />

foundation despite the waves of grief at<br />

suddenly losing her soulmate of more<br />

than 60 years.<br />

“He would want me to keep going,” she<br />

says, explaining she is so fortunate to<br />

have incredible support: Paul has taken<br />

over Roy’s role as treasurer and Sharon<br />

has joined the foundation’s board.<br />

Trish Langsford represented<br />

Ravenswood School in softball, hockey<br />

and javelin. She was also an A1 tennis<br />

player and won the Tildesley Shield<br />

Tournament playing both singles and<br />

doubles, but her great love was cricket.<br />

She played for the school and also<br />

represented NSW from when she was<br />

14. Aged 20, she made her debut in the<br />

NSW Open Team at the 1991 Australian<br />

Championships and was named Player<br />

of the Series. Having completed a degree<br />

in Human Movement she was appointed<br />

the NSW Women’s Cricket part-time<br />

development officer in 1993. In 1994,<br />

she captained the Australian Under 23<br />

Team against New Zealand in the Dive-<br />

Lamason Challenge Cup. The team won<br />

the one-day series and due to rain the<br />

Test finished in a draw.<br />

It was that same year that she got<br />

double vision. She began seeing two balls<br />

coming at her on the field on a Saturday.<br />

“I had to go and pick her up because<br />

she was worried about driving,” Carol<br />

recalls. Trish’s first MS attack lasted six<br />

months. She was unable to play sport<br />

and had to give up her job. She had a<br />

four-week remission and went back<br />

to cricket and played a match, which<br />

included a day’s fielding in 100-degree<br />

heat.<br />

“After that she went numb from the<br />

waist down and never got better again.”<br />

Carol shows me heart-breaking footage<br />

from a 2011 ABC 7.30 Report of Trish<br />

struggling to walk and then sitting<br />

paralysed in a chair.<br />

“She suffered so much. No-one should<br />

have to go through that,” says Carol.<br />

Thirty years ago when Trish was<br />

diagnosed with MS there were no<br />

medications. Carol and Roy imported<br />

a drug from the US, which cost them<br />

$13,000 for six months, but it didn’t<br />

help her. Now for relapsing-remitting<br />

MS there are a range of medications<br />

which help control the disease, Carol<br />

tells me. “But researchers haven’t nailed<br />

progressive MS, which is what Trish had.”<br />

So recently the foundation has<br />

narrowed its goal to finding a cure or<br />

preventive strategy for progressive MS.<br />

Continued on page 42<br />

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

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Proud Trish named Captain of the<br />

Australian Youth Cricket Team; Roy and Carol in Malaysia; “He would<br />

want me to keep going,” says Carol; Trish shows her batting form; the<br />

Langsfords were inseparable; on their wedding day, Carol aged 19;<br />

Receiving their OAMs in 2009; Trish as bridesmaid before she fell ill.<br />

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

Continued from page 41<br />

“The progress that is being<br />

made with research into this<br />

is absolutely brilliant. We’ve<br />

been honoured to fund some<br />

world-first ground-breaking<br />

discoveries.” A $200,000<br />

donation to immunologist<br />

Professor Graeme Stewart at<br />

the Westmead Institute for<br />

Medical Research supported<br />

an international consortium<br />

of 250 researchers in 15<br />

countries. Blood samples<br />

from 27,000 people with<br />

MS confirmed the 57 genes<br />

associated with the disease,<br />

providing a roadmap for<br />

scientists around the world<br />

to follow.<br />

Brendan Nelson, former<br />

Liberal federal opposition<br />

leader and a medical doctor<br />

by profession, has been the<br />

patron of the foundation<br />

since the early days, and<br />

before he became Australia’s<br />

High Commissioner to India<br />

in 2020 Barry O’Farrell,<br />

former premier of NSW,<br />

was joint patron. There is<br />

also a scientific research<br />

committee, which decides<br />

which scientific projects<br />

should receive funding.<br />

Much of the research is into<br />

stem cell therapy, and the<br />

foundation has just called<br />

for expressions of interest<br />

for a five-year fellowship<br />

commencing January 2024.<br />

Carol’s passion for this<br />

cause is palpable; so too is<br />

her gratitude for everyone<br />

who has played a part in<br />

supporting the foundation.<br />

Carol’s niece’s husband<br />

Mark Croker has just<br />

completed a 5,500km cycle<br />

ride from Fremantle to the<br />

Sydney Opera House. He set<br />

out with the goal of raising $1<br />

for every kilometre he rode<br />

(the tally at the time of going<br />

to print was $6,871). The<br />

foundation’s biggest fundraiser<br />

is its annual ball. The<br />

Golden Butterfly Ball is being<br />

held at the Hilton Sydney<br />

on Saturday 9 September.<br />

Channel 7 presenter Johanna<br />

Griggs is the MC and soprano<br />

Toni Powell is performing.<br />

There is also an auction and<br />

people unable to attend the<br />

ball can bid remotely in the<br />

online auction.<br />

Every single dollar donated<br />

to the Trish Foundation<br />

goes to MS research. Since<br />

its inception, Carol and Roy<br />

devoted themselves to the<br />

charity, never took a salary<br />

and personally covered all<br />

the administration expenses.<br />

In 2009 they were both<br />

awarded OAMs for their work,<br />

but Carol is quick to point<br />

out that so many people have<br />

contributed.<br />

“We’re a team and we<br />

can’t do it without the team,<br />

without our honorary board,<br />

our wonderful volunteers,<br />

our honorary scientific<br />

research committee, all of<br />

our generous supporters and<br />

our sponsors.”<br />

What the Trish Multiple<br />

Sclerosis Research<br />

Foundation has achieved<br />

in 23 years is phenomenal<br />

and Carol Langsford is an<br />

inspiration. She is passionate<br />

about making a difference,<br />

and driven by this greater<br />

purpose has dedicated her<br />

life to find a way to prevent<br />

others suffering as her<br />

daughter Trish did.<br />

*More info and to book<br />

tickets for the Golden<br />

Butterfly Ball on Saturday<br />

9 September visit<br />

trishmsresearch.org.au<br />

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Hot Property<br />

Hot Property<br />

Rates pause leaves us in ‘eye of storm’<br />

The RBA’s April decision<br />

to pause interest<br />

rate increases was a<br />

significant development for the<br />

current property market.<br />

Independent property<br />

valuation and advisory group<br />

Herron Todd White’s month in<br />

review (April) noted while there<br />

was disagreement among<br />

analysts as to whether the RBA<br />

would hold or increase rates<br />

moving forward, the consensus<br />

was that we’re close to the<br />

peak of the rate rise cycle.<br />

Herron Todd White CEO Gary<br />

Brinkworth said the next three<br />

months would prove critical<br />

in establishing the long-term<br />

direction of the market.<br />

“I am convinced we’re about<br />

to experience a significant<br />

transition in the residential<br />

property space in response<br />

to the rate pause for myriad<br />

reasons relating to supply and<br />

demand,” says Brinkworth.<br />

A DECADE IN THE SELLING: Marara Estate on Careel Bay.<br />

Supply – expressed as the<br />

number of listings – has been<br />

tight across major population<br />

centres.<br />

“Since early 2022, sellers<br />

have faced economic<br />

uncertainty… a substantial<br />

number of would-be vendors<br />

shelved their plans, deciding to<br />

wait out the turmoil.<br />

“Property listings now sit<br />

around 20 per cent lower<br />

compared to this time last year<br />

– that’s narrowed the available<br />

pool for buyers substantially.”<br />

The other side of the<br />

equation was demand.<br />

While some purchasers were<br />

buoyed into action by softer<br />

property prices in late 2022,<br />

most saw their borrowing<br />

power eroded by rising rates.<br />

“March <strong>2023</strong>’s rate hike saw<br />

borrowers having to deal with<br />

a 50 per cent increase in their<br />

repayments compared to April<br />

2022.<br />

“Throw in the mandatory<br />

three per cent serviceability<br />

buffer factored into loan<br />

applications and the outcome<br />

is less available funds for<br />

borrowers.<br />

“The net result of the supply/<br />

demand imbalance has been<br />

market inactivity throughout<br />

most jurisdictions over the past<br />

12 months.<br />

“This has also been reflected<br />

in ABS analysis which shows<br />

new loan commitments have<br />

been falling since January 2022<br />

and are down around 30 per<br />

cent.<br />

“All this leads me to think this<br />

interest rate pause puts us in<br />

the eye of the storm in terms of<br />

Hamptons-style ‘chill’<br />

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Avalon Beach<br />

5 Beds / 3 Bath / 2 Car<br />

Entertain and chill in coastal Hamptons style! Premium finishes<br />

abound in this dual-level, 5-bedroom residence built by the<br />

Award-winning master builder, Binet Homes.<br />

Its seamless open-plan design embraces easy entertaining<br />

and offers effortless flow indoors to outdoors. High-end appointments<br />

are throughout, with blackbutt floorboards, high<br />

ceilings, plantation shutters and time-saving technology.<br />

The kitchen offers a stone-topped island, a butlers’ pantry<br />

and Bosch appliances including a double oven. Bifolds lead to an<br />

expansive entertaining deck and outdoor kitchen.<br />

Framed by a tropical garden, the solar heated pool with its<br />

fountain feature invites a cooling dip.<br />

All double bedrooms are spacious with built-in robes; plus<br />

there’s ducted air con, video security – and much more.<br />

For sale: $3.5 million.<br />

*Contact the selling agent @ Laing+Simmons Young Property:<br />

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Clareville<br />

5 Beds / 3 Bath / 2 Car<br />

Commanding an exceptional and private position in Refuge<br />

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sloping land with deep water frontage, boathouse, private<br />

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Architecturally designed over three levels, the flexible floorplan<br />

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The main central living area boasts stylish timber floors and<br />

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views. The master bedroom has an ensuite, walk-in-robe<br />

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The boating facilities include fully equipped boatshed (with<br />

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*Contact the listing agents @ Ray White Prestige Palm Beach:<br />

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market activity.<br />

“I suspect we’ll see a<br />

material uplift in listings and<br />

transactions.”<br />

While increased listings will<br />

place downward pressure on<br />

property prices, other factors<br />

could help keep any softening<br />

to a minimum.<br />

“For example, our valuers<br />

have noted an uptick in tenants<br />

leaving the rental market and<br />

buying affordable housing and<br />

units.”<br />

The Herron Todd White<br />

report noted the bottom end<br />

of the housing market on the<br />

Northern Beaches was currently<br />

sitting around $1.5 million.<br />

Leading property analytics<br />

firm CoreLogic’s research<br />

director Tim Lawless predicted<br />

the RBA’s April rate pause<br />

would boost confidence and<br />

keep prices rising.<br />

Around The Traps<br />

The historic Marara Estate<br />

on Careel Bay, first offered<br />

to buyers in <strong>May</strong> 2010 has<br />

been sold for a reported $40<br />

million… The beachfront home<br />

at Collaroy we featured last<br />

month was sold to a buyer<br />

from North West Sydney<br />

for “very close to the $5.5<br />

million guide” said agent<br />

Noel Nicholson of Ray White<br />

Prestige who told us the new<br />

owner plans to rejuvenate the<br />

property for use as a family<br />

weekender… And a “well-loved”<br />

dual family home set over two<br />

levels opposite Narrabeen Lake<br />

at 100 Wakehurst Parkway<br />

Elanora Heights fetched $2.3<br />

million. – Lisa Offord<br />

‘Ode’ attracts Beaches interest<br />

STUNNING: Ode, Double Bay is a 15-apartment complex<br />

offering modern design and high-end appointments.<br />

Northern Beaches locals are among the first<br />

buyers into the exclusive new high-end<br />

Ode, Double Bay residential offering.<br />

Hot Property hears separate parties snapped<br />

up a penthouse and sub-penthouse in the<br />

six-storey, 15-apartment complex, having been<br />

attracted to the city-fringe location and the<br />

quality of the development.<br />

The buyers will divide their time between<br />

their home with their extended family on<br />

the beaches, while<br />

also enjoying the<br />

convenience of<br />

living in the heart of<br />

cosmopolitan Double<br />

Bay.<br />

Globally renowned<br />

diversified property<br />

group Top Spring<br />

Australia (TSA)<br />

describes its Ode,<br />

Double Bay project<br />

as “a love letter<br />

to Sydney’s most<br />

aspirational harbourside<br />

hamlet, expressed in iconic, world-class<br />

architecture, artisan interiors, and timeless<br />

style”.<br />

Top Spring Australia Development Director<br />

Jeff Curnow said the rare residential offering<br />

would occupy a prominent corner site at 19-27<br />

Cross Street, directly linked to a proposed<br />

public plaza with street-level dining, cafés and<br />

bars.<br />

“Designed by celebrated architect Luigi<br />

Rosselli, Ode comprises 15 three- and fourbedroom,<br />

light-filled apartments of 219sqm<br />

to 311sqm internal space, likely appealing to<br />

owner-occupiers and downsizers who love<br />

Double Bay’s village atmosphere, boutique<br />

shopping, and proximity to the CBD,” he said.<br />

“The building features an innovative curved<br />

façade, ground floor plaza and private arched<br />

lobby with an exclusive full-time concierge.”<br />

Views across the harbour through floor-toceiling<br />

windows on levels 4 and 5 set the scene<br />

for glorious living. Lightness and weight are<br />

beautifully juxtaposed throughout the interiors<br />

of each apartment, with the neutral palette<br />

warmed by small moments of brass, rich<br />

woods, and stone.<br />

“Rosselli’s signature statement fireplaces in<br />

living areas are a symphony of fluid lines and<br />

function,” Mr Curnow said.<br />

“The organic motif is repeated in the<br />

stunning stone kitchen<br />

islands that seemingly<br />

levitate in space<br />

despite their texture<br />

and weight and feature<br />

warm brass detailing<br />

underneath.”<br />

The generous<br />

kitchens offer two<br />

joinery colours and<br />

three stone options,<br />

with even more<br />

elevated selections<br />

for penthouses. The<br />

ultimate finish to the<br />

neutral, organic interior palette are touches<br />

of brass, travertine, Venetian plaster, fluting,<br />

bronze and concrete ceilings in penthouses.<br />

“Our display gallery is open by appointment<br />

and is the perfect way to experience Ode’s<br />

opulence,” Mr Curnow said.<br />

“There are limited opportunities remaining<br />

at Ode, including 3-bedroom apartments from<br />

$9.65 million and 4-bedroom residences from<br />

$11.99 million.<br />

“Just moments from the ferry, bus and<br />

Edgecliff station, Ode, Double Bay offers the<br />

ultimate gift of time and convenience that<br />

accompanies an unbeatable luxury village<br />

lifestyle with easy access to the CBD and<br />

beyond.”<br />

Ode, Double Bay is scheduled to be<br />

completed Q1, 2025.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

*More info and private appointments call<br />

0414 246 625 or visit odedoublebay.com.au<br />

Hot Property<br />

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

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

Colours of the ‘spectrum’<br />

EMOTIVE: Maria del Carmen’s exhibition<br />

‘Bipolar’ isn’t just an interpretation<br />

of mental health, but moreover<br />

about conflict in all areas of life.<br />

Northern Beaches artist Maria del<br />

Carmen holds her second exhibition,<br />

entitled ‘Bipolar’, at Mona Vale Creative<br />

Space Gallery in <strong>May</strong>. She says it<br />

celebrates the conflict between positive<br />

and negative in our lives.<br />

“This is a very introspective work,<br />

mostly about how I deal with negative<br />

emotions and use them in a positive<br />

way,” said Maria. “I think a lot of<br />

people relate to this.”<br />

And even if this doesn’t immediately<br />

sound like something that would resonate<br />

with your life, you can’t help but be<br />

touched by the emotion and beauty of<br />

Maria’s work.<br />

The artworks on display in Mona Vale<br />

will be a mix of abstract paintings and<br />

silhouettes, in what Maria describes as<br />

“a dynamic dance where black and white<br />

contrast in the composition with colour”.<br />

And as Maria points out, Bipolar isn’t<br />

just an interpretation of mental health,<br />

but moreover about conflict in all areas<br />

of life and the tension between light and<br />

shade, Yin and Yang.<br />

“It’s about how our mind simply navigates<br />

between good and bad feelings,<br />

coexisting in conflict,” she explains, “but<br />

also the conflict in nature, in the ocean,<br />

it’s just part of life. Different layers; one<br />

layer that is negative and full of doubt,<br />

but another that can often turn into<br />

something positive.”<br />

Originally from Chile, it was Maria’s<br />

love of surfing and the ocean that saw her<br />

settle on the Northern Beaches just over<br />

seven years ago, and nature plays a big<br />

part in her work. Her first exhibition held<br />

at Brookvale’s La Creme Creative Space<br />

was entitled ‘Healing Nature’.<br />

“I always feel like the ocean influences<br />

me,” said Maria “It’s my space.<br />

Whenever I meditate, I try to feel as if<br />

I am in the ocean. And when I’m not<br />

working, I’m always at the beach or in<br />

the ocean.<br />

“It’s the safe space that keeps me<br />

grounded.”<br />

An intimate exhibition drawn from<br />

personal experience, Maria’s art is<br />

emotive and in terms of mental health<br />

she does want to acknowledge and<br />

celebrate the bravery of people who<br />

silently battle with this duality.<br />

“Every painting intends to express a<br />

story’s individuality,” she explains, “bringing<br />

richness to the artwork.”<br />

Around 15 large pieces will be available<br />

for sale as part of the exhibition, as well<br />

as a mix of other smaller pieces in different<br />

mediums. And perhaps even a story<br />

that touches everyone. – Rob Pegley<br />

*The exhibition takes place from Mon<br />

15 <strong>May</strong> to Fri 29 <strong>May</strong>, between 9am and<br />

5pm daily, at Mona Vale Creative Space<br />

Gallery, 1 Park St, Mona Vale.<br />

Ceramic ICON exhibition<br />

An iconic exhibition exploring stories of Country from<br />

late Aboriginal artist Kunmanara Carroll is exhibiting at<br />

Manly Art Gallery & Museum until 4 June.<br />

Ngaylu Nyanganyi Ngura Winki (I Can See All Those Places)<br />

is part of the JamFactory ICON series, an annual solo exhibition<br />

celebrating the achievements of South Australia’s most<br />

influential artists working in craft-based media.<br />

I Can See All Those Places celebrates this South Australian<br />

Luritja/Pintupi/Pitjantjatjara artist, who worked at Ernabella<br />

Arts at Pukatja in the APY Lands.<br />

Masterful ceramics and paintings merge Carroll’s deep<br />

knowledge of Country, with his intricate yet minimalist style.<br />

The major subjects the artist returns to are mystical and<br />

organic, drawn from nature, country and story.<br />

MAG&M is one of just 12 galleries in Australia to host the<br />

exhibition, having previously been shown at the National<br />

Gallery of Australia.<br />

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

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Blak Douglas asks:<br />

‘What’s in a name?’<br />

Archibald Prize winner Blak Douglas has returned to Manly<br />

Art Gallery & Museum to present the confronting truth about<br />

Gayamay (Manly Cove).<br />

In ‘Inverted Commoners’, the Dhungatti artist examines the<br />

themes of place and displacement and questions what a place<br />

really should be named, especially at Gayamay – the point of<br />

first contact between First Nations and the British.<br />

The self-taught<br />

artist won the<br />

Archibald Prize in<br />

2022 for his portrait<br />

of artist and friend<br />

Karla Dickens, becoming<br />

the second<br />

Aboriginal artist to<br />

win the prize in 101<br />

years.<br />

In his solo exhibition<br />

at MAG&M,<br />

Douglas has used<br />

painting, film and<br />

sculpture to explore<br />

the common ground<br />

between the displaced<br />

“commoners” transported to Australia and the Aboriginal<br />

communities who were displaced by their arrival.<br />

Provocative landscapes overlaid with big, black inverted commas<br />

call into question what a place really should be named.<br />

“In this exhibition I’ve chosen to present a suite of canvases<br />

highlighting the superficiality of the rapid erasure and disrespect<br />

to the original occupants,” Douglas said.<br />

“My studies of various snapshots of the cove and water ‘country’<br />

are not named per se, but are only quoted by quotation<br />

marks/inverted commas.<br />

“The inverted commas are suspended upon the landscape as a<br />

reminder: ‘but what is this place really named?’<br />

“The commas are painted in the blackest pigment currently<br />

available, a specialised acrylic paint purposely sourced for this<br />

body of work. It infers a spiritual questioning of how much do<br />

we really understand about ourselves living on this Country?”<br />

As part of the exhibition, the MAG&M Art Wall facing Gayamay<br />

has been transformed by the artist into a 24/7 public art piece.<br />

A special workshop on ‘Anatomy of a Cloud’ will be held on<br />

Sunday 30 June, for budding artists to explore the exhibition<br />

with the artist and create their own unique cloud painting. A<br />

meet the artist event will also be held on Saturday 8 July.<br />

*‘Inverted Commoners’ is on exhibition until 30 July at Manly<br />

Art Gallery & Museum; for all the event details visit magam.<br />

com.au<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Relief as funding cuts<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Three major local<br />

charities will continue<br />

to receive Council<br />

funding at existing levels over<br />

the next three years after a<br />

previous decision to gradually<br />

cut their financial assistance<br />

and review future allocations<br />

was reversed.<br />

Community Northern<br />

Beaches, Avalon Youth<br />

Hub and Northern Beaches<br />

Women’s Shelter were each<br />

facing a total reduction of<br />

their funding over the next<br />

three years after councillors<br />

voted in March to support<br />

a resolution to phase out<br />

existing arrangements<br />

totalling $250,000 and<br />

redistribute the funds to an<br />

expanded grants program<br />

which would be open to all<br />

charities.<br />

The motion was reversed at<br />

Council’s meeting in April – to<br />

the relief of representatives<br />

of the major charities who<br />

thanked the community for<br />

the outpouring of support<br />

and advocacy.<br />

Lead agency for the Avalon<br />

Youth Hub is The Burdekin<br />

Association; CEO Justene<br />

Gordon said while she<br />

welcomed the funding, she<br />

was surprised Councillors<br />

had completely reversed the<br />

decision.<br />

“Council has invested a lot<br />

of time into reviewing their<br />

grants program and the need<br />

for a more transparent and<br />

equitable way to manage that<br />

program,” she said.<br />

“While there is merit in<br />

their need to do that, there<br />

also needs to be a deeper<br />

understanding about the<br />

needs and the gaps in the<br />

community.<br />

“Grant funding should be<br />

targeted, and I think there<br />

are a number of services that<br />

QUESTION: Who is responsible for<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>, asks Burdekin Association<br />

CEO Justene Gordon.<br />

should have an opportunity<br />

to apply for funding where<br />

there are needs and gaps.”<br />

The Avalon Youth Hub was<br />

established five years ago to<br />

provide access to free local<br />

PHOTO: NB Advocate.<br />

youth and family support<br />

services in our region.<br />

Council funding provides<br />

the infrastructure for eight or<br />

nine organisations including<br />

<strong>Life</strong>line, Mission Australia, and<br />

Headspace to work out of.<br />

Each of the services that<br />

provide the support do their<br />

own fundraising.<br />

Ms Gordon said her analysis<br />

of the service provision<br />

for younger people in the<br />

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

wards revealed “a significant<br />

under-resourcing of services”.<br />

“There continues to be<br />

a significant inequality of<br />

service delivery for younger<br />

people, so my question<br />

to Council and to State<br />

and Federal members and<br />

the community, is: Who is<br />

responsible for <strong>Pittwater</strong> and<br />

Narrabeen? And how are we<br />

going to address those gaps<br />

in that need?<br />

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overturned C<br />

“Sustaining The Avalon<br />

Youth Hub has to be all our<br />

responsibility,” she continued.<br />

After the vote reversal,<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

Interim CEO Louise Kerr said<br />

the continued funding of the<br />

three organisations would<br />

help those most vulnerable in<br />

the community.<br />

“We are committed to<br />

supporting the social services<br />

sector and our continued<br />

funding will help them reach<br />

young people in need, people<br />

at risk of homelessness,<br />

and members of the<br />

community financial hardship<br />

or domestic and family<br />

violence,” Ms Kerr said.<br />

“All three of these<br />

organisations do an incredible<br />

job supporting people in very<br />

challenging circumstances.<br />

“We want to thank these<br />

organisations for their<br />

tireless efforts in supporting<br />

those most vulnerable in our<br />

community and for briefing<br />

Council on the vital services<br />

they provide.”<br />

Each year Council<br />

currently provides more<br />

than $370,000 in funding<br />

to local social services<br />

organisations – $252,500 in<br />

direct financial assistance<br />

alongside an annual $120,000<br />

in community grants. Most<br />

of this financial support<br />

is directed to Community<br />

Northern Beaches, Northern<br />

Beaches Women Shelter and<br />

The Burdekin Association (for<br />

Avalon Youth Hub).<br />

Council also requested a<br />

report be prepared within<br />

the next six months, setting<br />

out the criteria for the grants<br />

program aligning priorities<br />

for funding with Council’s<br />

Better Together Social<br />

Sustainability Strategy.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

A ‘peach’ of a result<br />

from squat challenge<br />

lients from Be Mobile Physiotherapy Elanora Heights<br />

recently raised an impressive $16,545 for breast cancer<br />

research and treatment.<br />

Participating in the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s<br />

‘57 Squat Challenge’, the team performed 57 squats every<br />

day for a month because daily, 57 Australians are diagnosed<br />

with breast cancer.<br />

The challenge team Be Mobile Over 55 Not Over The Hill<br />

members participated at home with some also joining in<br />

from overseas and completed 1767 squats each, placing<br />

them at the top end of the national leaderboard.<br />

“We thank every single person who donated and<br />

participated in the challenge – your support means so<br />

much,” spokesperson Jeanette Trafford said.<br />

“We raised valuable funds for breast cancer research that<br />

will benefit future generations.<br />

“We had a lot of fun and now have very ‘peachy’ bottoms!”<br />

Exercise can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer and<br />

improve survival amongst women diagnosed with the disease.<br />

Despite this knowledge, the majority of Australian women<br />

do not participate in sufficient exercise. Further, how<br />

the eight or nine hours of daily sitting time accumulated<br />

by Australian women affects their breast cancer risk is<br />

unknown.<br />

One of the research projects conducted by The National<br />

Breast Cancer Foundation hopes to provide more specific<br />

advice to women about how much and what type of exercise<br />

they should be doing to prevent breast cancer or to improve<br />

their survival after diagnosis and give guidance on how<br />

much sitting can be safely done each day.<br />

– LO<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

with Dr John Kippen<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

A summary of Breast Implant<br />

Illness and issues to consider<br />

Approximately 20,000<br />

women get breast<br />

implants per year in Australia,<br />

for both reconstructive<br />

and cosmetic indications.<br />

Breast implant illness (BII) is a<br />

wide collection of symptoms in<br />

a person with breast implants.<br />

Synonyms of issues include<br />

silicone implant disease and<br />

autoimmune/ inflammatory<br />

syndrome induced by adjuvants<br />

(ASIA).<br />

BII symptoms vary in type<br />

and severity however there<br />

are often multiple symptoms<br />

involving multiple systems –<br />

musculoskeletal, systemic, and<br />

cognitive.<br />

Symptom onset is variable<br />

and can range from months to<br />

many years.<br />

Symptom resolution is also<br />

variable from rapid and dra-<br />

matic, to slowly progressive, to<br />

little change to no change, and<br />

actual progression.<br />

The exact incidence of BII is<br />

not precisely known, however<br />

It seems to be increasing but<br />

this may be due to increased<br />

awareness.<br />

In 2020, the American Governing<br />

Body, the Food and Drug<br />

Administration (FDA), advised<br />

implant manufacturers to have<br />

warning labels on the implants<br />

suggesting patients may<br />

develop systemic symptoms,<br />

joint and muscle pain, chronic<br />

fatigue, and autoimmune conditions.<br />

It is clear more research is<br />

needed to improve recognition,<br />

understanding and treatment.<br />

Diagnosis is by excluding<br />

other conditions and a resolution<br />

of symptoms.<br />

There is no single diagnostic<br />

test and tests are usually guided<br />

by the symptom profile.<br />

At presentation to a Plastic<br />

Surgeon, most patients have<br />

had several tests and seen<br />

several doctors.<br />

The exact cause is not known<br />

and is considered either an<br />

autoimmune/inflammatory response<br />

or low-grade bacteria on<br />

the implant surface (biofilm).<br />

BII can occur with silicone or<br />

saline fill, textured or smooth,<br />

and round or shaped.<br />

The implant envelope in all<br />

types contain silicone.<br />

There does seem to be an<br />

overlap with auto-immune and<br />

connective tissue disorders such<br />

as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis,<br />

and scleroderma.<br />

Treatment involves removing<br />

the implant (explant), removing<br />

the capsule (capsulectomy<br />

– either partial, subtotal, or<br />

complete), and removal of the<br />

implant and capsule as a single<br />

unit (en bloc capsulectomy).<br />

This condition is separate<br />

from Breast Implant Associated<br />

Anaplastic Large Cell<br />

Lymphoma, BIA-ALCL, a cancer<br />

in the tissue and fluid around<br />

implants.<br />

There is no association with<br />

cancer.<br />

Prevention is difficult to<br />

advise on as the cause is not<br />

known.<br />

Not having implants is an<br />

obvious suggestion, especially if<br />

replacing implants.<br />

It may be worth trying a<br />

different implant in a different<br />

pocket, but recurrence cannot<br />

be predicted or prevented.<br />

An increased risk may occur<br />

with a personal or family history<br />

of autoimmune conditions,<br />

allergies, irritable bowel<br />

syndrome, migraines, chronic<br />

fatigue, and fibromyalgia.<br />

Implant rupture is not known<br />

to increase or decrease the risk.<br />

Surgery is usually under general<br />

anaesthetic with hospital<br />

stays of one to three days.<br />

Individual protocols vary<br />

with surgeons and conditions.<br />

Time in hospital, dressings,<br />

drains, post-surgical bra or<br />

binders, suture selection (dissolving<br />

or removed) should be<br />

discussed.<br />

An important consideration<br />

is a combined lift procedure.<br />

Lift techniques often involved<br />

additional and visible scars.<br />

A full discussion of risks and<br />

complications should be comprehensive.<br />

Our columnist<br />

Dr John Kippen is a qualified,<br />

fully certified consultant<br />

specialist in Cosmetic, Plastic<br />

and Reconstructive surgery.<br />

Australian trained, he<br />

also has additional<br />

Australian and International<br />

Fellowships. He welcomes<br />

enquiries; email<br />

doctor@johnkippen.com.au<br />

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Why some songs are ‘ear-resistible’<br />

Have you ever had a song<br />

you couldn’t get out of your<br />

head? You may not even like<br />

the tune, or remember where<br />

it came from, but there’s just<br />

something about it that has it<br />

stuck on replay.<br />

Chances are you’ve picked up<br />

an “earworm” – a catchy piece<br />

of music involuntarily wriggling<br />

around inside our heads.<br />

Some research suggests up<br />

to 98 per cent of Australians<br />

have experienced an earworm –<br />

or involuntary musical imagery<br />

(INMI) as it’s known.<br />

Music researchers have been<br />

searching for the secrets behind<br />

these catchy tunes in their<br />

tempos and pitches. But new<br />

research suggests a different<br />

explanation.<br />

The key, says Professor<br />

Emery Schubert, author of<br />

the systematic review study<br />

from the Empirical Musicology<br />

Laboratory in the School of the<br />

Arts & Media at UNSW Sydney,<br />

is repetition.<br />

“It appears there’s an essential<br />

characteristic necessary for<br />

a song to roll out the earworms<br />

– the music itself must have<br />

some repetition in it,” Prof.<br />

Schubert says.<br />

He adds most reported earworms<br />

are the chorus of songs.<br />

“Most research on earworms<br />

to date analyses what’s in the<br />

hook – the short riff or passage<br />

to catch the ear of the listener,”<br />

Prof. Schubert says. “But what<br />

hasn’t been considered is that<br />

the hook is invariably repeated<br />

in the music, most commonly<br />

in the chorus.<br />

“The implication is that it<br />

largely doesn’t matter what the<br />

music is, as long as repetition<br />

is part of the music structure.”<br />

But repetition is only one<br />

part of the equation. There are<br />

several preconditions for an<br />

earworm to occur, including<br />

recency and familiarity with<br />

the music. But to activate an<br />

earworm, we must also be in<br />

what’s called a “low-attentional<br />

state”, according to the study.<br />

“It’s sometimes referred to<br />

as mind wandering, which is<br />

a state of relaxation. If you’re<br />

really concentrating on a task,<br />

then you won’t get an earworm,”<br />

Prof. Schubert says.<br />

“Inside your relaxed mind,<br />

you don’t have to follow the<br />

exact structure of the music.<br />

Your mind is free to wander,<br />

and the easiest place to go is<br />

the repeated fragment and to<br />

simply repeat it.”<br />

While earworms can be an<br />

unwelcome distraction at times,<br />

many people find them enjoyable.<br />

The cases where earworms<br />

are dreaded is when the music<br />

itself is not liked, Prof. Schubert<br />

says.<br />

While an earworm is not a<br />

medical condition, for those<br />

hoping to expel an unwelcome<br />

tune, there are many theories<br />

for how to get rid of them.<br />

“You may be able to wrap up<br />

an earworm by either finishing<br />

off the music, consciously<br />

thinking of another piece of<br />

music, or by removing yourself<br />

from the triggers, such as<br />

words or memories that relate<br />

to the music or lyrics,” Prof.<br />

Schubert says. – UNSW Media<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

with Bec Johnson, M.Pharm<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

New antibiotic access trial to<br />

treat urinary tract infections<br />

Urinary tract infections<br />

(UTIs) are common bacterial<br />

infections affecting<br />

various parts of the urinary<br />

tract. The urinary tract can<br />

include the urethra, bladder,<br />

ureter, kidneys, or prostate,<br />

and these infections are most<br />

commonly caused by Escherichia<br />

coli.<br />

UTIs are 50 per cent more<br />

likely to occur in female<br />

patients compared with male<br />

patients due to the close proximity<br />

of the urethral opening to<br />

the bladder.<br />

While the terms ‘UTI’ and<br />

‘cystitis’ are often used interchangeably,<br />

cystitis specifically<br />

refers to an infection of the<br />

bladder. Cystitis can be highly<br />

uncomfortable, presenting as<br />

a stinging or burning sensation<br />

while passing urine, a<br />

strong urge to urine often, and<br />

occasionally pain or tenderness<br />

in the lower abdomen<br />

or pelvic area. If the bacteria<br />

ascend from the bladder up to<br />

the kidneys, this is serious and<br />

requires urgent treatment by a<br />

doctor. Therefore, it is important<br />

to manage a suspected<br />

UTI effectively and early.<br />

Prescription antibiotics are<br />

often necessary to eradicate<br />

the bacteria causing a UTI,<br />

and most patients will achieve<br />

symptom resolution within 48<br />

hours of starting the course.<br />

From April <strong>2023</strong>, as part<br />

of a community pharmacy<br />

state-wide trial, appropriately<br />

trained pharmacists are now<br />

able to provide antibiotic<br />

treatment for uncomplicated<br />

urinary tract infections in female<br />

patients aged 18-65. This<br />

trial has been commenced to<br />

improve patient access to treatment<br />

and to relieve the pressure<br />

on our healthcare system<br />

as a whole, and particularly<br />

our general practitioners.<br />

Not all pharmacies or<br />

pharmacists will be involved<br />

in the trial. As participating<br />

pharmacists can only provide<br />

antibiotic treatment for female<br />

patients who fit the criteria<br />

for an uncomplicated UTI, it is<br />

important to note that not all<br />

patients will be able to receive<br />

antibiotic treatment directly<br />

from a pharmacist.<br />

Aside from antibiotics, pain<br />

relief can be achieved during<br />

an acute infection through<br />

the use of urinary alkalisers,<br />

such as Ural. This makes the<br />

urine less acidic, and reduces<br />

the stinging or burning pain<br />

associated with passing urine.<br />

Simple pain relievers, such as<br />

paracetamol or ibuprofen, can<br />

also be considered if further<br />

pain relief is required and they<br />

are appropriate.<br />

For many, reducing the risk<br />

of developing a UTI can include<br />

small, routine-based changes<br />

which can be easily implemented<br />

into everyday life:<br />

n Drink enough water each day<br />

to satisfy your thirst, and to<br />

keep the urine light in colour,<br />

unless your doctor has<br />

advised you to reduce your<br />

fluid intake.<br />

n Urinate frequently when you<br />

feel the urge, rather than<br />

holding on. When you go,<br />

ensure you have completely<br />

emptied your bladder.<br />

n For females, it is important<br />

to wipe from front to back<br />

to prevent introducing E. coli<br />

from the anal passage to the<br />

urethra.<br />

n Empty the bladder soon after<br />

intercourse.<br />

Cranberries, and cranberry<br />

juice, have been used<br />

to prevent UTIs. Cranberries<br />

contain a substance which<br />

prevents E. coli from sticking<br />

to the urethral walls, and thus<br />

may help in reducing the risk<br />

of developing a UTI or reduce<br />

the duration of the infection.<br />

However, studies have found<br />

the benefits to be mixed. Since<br />

juice is high in sugar, cranberry<br />

supplements are generally<br />

preferred.<br />

Have a chat with your local<br />

pharmacist or GP for more<br />

information on UTI management.<br />

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

Compounding Chemist<br />

at Mona Vale has operated<br />

as a family-run business<br />

since 1977. Open seven days;<br />

drop in & meet the highly<br />

qualified and experienced<br />

team of Len, Sam and Amy<br />

Papandrea, Andrew Snow<br />

and Bec Johnson. Find them<br />

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

call 9999 3398.<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Milat eyes a new future<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

RETIRING: Robyn Milat and<br />

husband Tony started their<br />

Avalon practice in 1984. Tony<br />

passed away five years ago.<br />

Diabetes support in short supply<br />

It’s hard to believe but there is<br />

only one government-funded<br />

diabetes dietitian on the entire<br />

Northern Beaches. To treat a<br />

potentially debilitating and lifethreatening<br />

disease which relies<br />

heavily on managing what<br />

we eat for our survival. For a<br />

population of over 250,000 –<br />

of whom an estimated 8,690<br />

have the disease, according to<br />

the National Diabetes Services<br />

Scheme (NDSS).<br />

Diabetes comes in several<br />

different forms. Type 1 and<br />

Type 2 are actually quite different.<br />

Type 1 is a sudden onset<br />

autoimmune disease where<br />

the immune system attacks<br />

healthy cells, in this case of<br />

the pancreas, which can no<br />

longer produce insulin. Type<br />

2 is when the pancreas is not<br />

making insulin as effectively<br />

as it ought. With careful food<br />

intake and weight management,<br />

however, it is possible<br />

to halt the progress of Type 2<br />

and even put it into remission.<br />

Which is why those who have<br />

it are so keen to get their diets<br />

right, preferably with the help<br />

of a diabetes dietitian.<br />

Sarah O’Connor, a government-funded<br />

diabetes dietitian,<br />

is regularly at Brookvale<br />

Community Health Centre on<br />

Mondays and on Tuesdays<br />

Avalon optometrist Robyn Milat<br />

is looking forward to something<br />

she’s rarely experienced<br />

in over half a century – a work-free<br />

weekend.<br />

The affable eyecare health professional<br />

is retiring this month, having<br />

enjoyed practising optometry in<br />

Bowling Green Lane since 1981. (She<br />

and husband Tony opened Milat<br />

Optometry in 1984.)<br />

“I’ve worked Saturday mornings<br />

for 50 years – since I was 13 years<br />

old – so I can see myself saying ‘yes’<br />

to Dragonboat regattas with my Bei<br />

Loon team on Saturdays… I’m looking<br />

forward to a change,” she said.<br />

Regarding change, Robyn has<br />

seen a few.<br />

“In the early ’80s a pair of contact<br />

lenses would last a year or two,<br />

they were cleaned by boiling in their<br />

case, most were melted to the bottom<br />

of a saucepan; patient records<br />

were written in books, and I used a<br />

chequebook to pay suppliers.<br />

“Now contact lenses are often daily<br />

disposable, we bought our first<br />

computer in 1989 and now each<br />

consulting room is networked with<br />

computers with patients records<br />

and referral letters and accounts<br />

and inventory and suppliers are<br />

now mostly paid on internet EFT.”<br />

Advances in equipment over the<br />

years have dramatically improved<br />

the diagnosis and management of<br />

many eye conditions.<br />

and Fridays at its Mona Vale<br />

counterpart. She sees patients<br />

individually face-to-face and<br />

also runs group sessions for<br />

the newly diagnosed.<br />

There are no outpatient<br />

diabetes clinics at Northern<br />

Beaches Hospital, only a diabetes<br />

educator for inpatients.<br />

As an older woman diagnosed<br />

with Type 2 six years<br />

ago, I get to see Sarah for one<br />

hour every three months. She<br />

is the only light at the end of<br />

my diabetes tunnel, and I and<br />

others need a lot more.<br />

Overall, the Northern<br />

Beaches has a lower rate of<br />

diabetes than the national<br />

Robyn and Tony doubled the size<br />

of their consulting and sales rooms<br />

in the late ’90s, creating a family<br />

business in all sense of the word.<br />

“My husband Tony and I enjoyed<br />

building the business, Karla and<br />

Jane our daughters have both also<br />

worked in the practice… it’s been<br />

a privilege to be part of our special<br />

Avalon community.”<br />

Nothing signified the importance<br />

of community more than the support<br />

Robyn received when Tony<br />

passed away five years ago.<br />

“I’ve had guidance and encouragement<br />

from many of you… I want to<br />

thank you,” Robyn told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>.<br />

“I would also like to thank optometrist<br />

Chris for his help over the<br />

past few years and I appreciate all<br />

my patients’ support.”<br />

Optometrist, Li, and her husband<br />

Paul have purchased Milat Optometry<br />

and will continue to serve the<br />

community as family-run business<br />

Eyecare Plus Avalon Beach.<br />

We’ll still be seeing plenty of<br />

Robyn as she continues her valuable<br />

work with the Zonta Club of Northern<br />

Beaches where, for close to 40<br />

years, she “has paid it forward”<br />

helping internationally with United<br />

Nations programs and locally with<br />

women seeking support following<br />

domestic violence, supplying breast<br />

cushions for women following<br />

breast cancer, student study grant<br />

projects and more. – Lisa Offord<br />

average but it does have a<br />

higher rate of Type 1. This<br />

is the more serious sudden<br />

onset life-threatening variety<br />

that requires immediate treatment<br />

once it is detected. A<br />

regular three-monthly checkup<br />

by your GP could ensure<br />

this happens. It is not known<br />

what causes Type 1.<br />

Anyone with any type of<br />

diabetes can join the National<br />

Diabetes Services Scheme<br />

(NDSS), funded by the Federal<br />

Government, which opens the<br />

door to a whole range of services.<br />

– Pamela Mawbey<br />

*Call the NDSS Helpline on<br />

1800 637 700.<br />

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Hair & Beauty<br />

with Sue Carroll<br />

Try Mesotherapy and attain<br />

a glowing, hydrated skin<br />

Even though mesotherapy<br />

is not new, it continues to<br />

grow in popularity primarily<br />

due to the medical-grade<br />

serums infused into the skin<br />

and their results. This treatment<br />

can increase collagen synthesis,<br />

reducing fine wrinkles and lines,<br />

acne scarring, pigmentation,<br />

surgical scars, dark circles,<br />

cellulite, fat and hair loss. How<br />

you care for the skin after<br />

the procedure is essential to<br />

maximise results.<br />

Mesotherapy is a cosmetic<br />

treatment that can rejuvenate<br />

and firm the skin, stimulate<br />

hair growth, reduce cellulite<br />

and decrease small pockets of<br />

fat, but this depends upon the<br />

serums being injected.<br />

The treatment was first<br />

developed in the early ’50s by<br />

French doctor Michael Pistor to<br />

relieve pain, but is now used<br />

extensively for various cosmetic<br />

treatments for men and women.<br />

Mesotherapy rejuvenates<br />

the skin from the inside out to<br />

improve the overall complexion<br />

and health of the skin. It<br />

involves using fine microneedles<br />

to inject the medicalgrade<br />

serum into the middle<br />

layer of the skin, the mesoderm.<br />

Mesotherapy involves<br />

delivering active ingredients<br />

such as peptides, amino acids,<br />

antioxidants, hyaluronic acid,<br />

Botox (or similar), PRP, and other<br />

skin boosters.<br />

Before the mesotherapy<br />

treatment begins, a numbing<br />

topical is applied for 30<br />

minutes. Using micro-fine<br />

needles with a depth of 0.8mm,<br />

right up to 2.5mm, will assist<br />

the cocktail infusion. There<br />

may be some redness and<br />

slight bruising for a few days<br />

post-procedure. Depending on<br />

what is being treated (hair loss,<br />

cellulite, dark circles under the<br />

eyes, pigmentation, fine lines,<br />

scarring) will determine the<br />

frequency of the treatments.<br />

The severity of the concern<br />

to be treated will determine<br />

how many treatments required.<br />

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Three treatments may be<br />

sufficient, but it could be<br />

as many as six spaced 2-3<br />

weeks. Regular treatment is<br />

recommended to maintain the<br />

results as we continue to age,<br />

and this process does not stop.<br />

Treatments are always<br />

tailored to each client’s specific<br />

concerns and may be combined<br />

with other skin treatments to<br />

attain the desired result. To<br />

achieve the optimum result, a<br />

good home care programme is<br />

essential.<br />

The Glass Facial is a<br />

treatment gaining in popularity,<br />

using mesotherapy, Botox and<br />

hyaluronic acid. This treatment<br />

leaves the skin plump, glowing,<br />

hydrated and more refined,<br />

making the skin red carpet<br />

worthy. The Glass Facial is a<br />

collagen booster and promotes<br />

healthy cell turnover.<br />

Due to the microscopic<br />

punctures in the skin, which<br />

assist with product absorption<br />

and collagen synthesis<br />

activation, there is controlled<br />

wounded tissue. This means<br />

correct aftercare is critical<br />

to ensure the skin heals in a<br />

healthy way. We need to reduce<br />

the risk of complications and<br />

or potential scarring. Postmesotherapy,<br />

redness, swelling,<br />

inflammation, bruising and<br />

some flaking can occur.<br />

Feeding and nourishing<br />

the skin with ingredients like<br />

epidermal growth factors,<br />

hyaluronic acid, and d-alpha<br />

tocopherol (vitamin E) are<br />

necessary. A skin rehab home<br />

care regime will provide<br />

the perfect post-procedure<br />

cocktail. The first step is a<br />

gentle cleanser used morning<br />

and night to lift impurities and<br />

protect against dehydration.<br />

This is followed by using a<br />

gentle toning lotion and gauze<br />

to assist with the sloughing<br />

action of dry skin. The next<br />

step is to apply a growth factor<br />

serum. This is a lightweight gel,<br />

which will increase fibroblast<br />

activity, promoting healing and<br />

tissue regeneration.<br />

Therapy E will protect against<br />

free radical damage and provide<br />

hydration to the tissue. After<br />

any cosmetic skin treatment<br />

TEWL (trans epidermal water<br />

loss) is a possibility; hyaluronic<br />

acid will reduce this and provide<br />

hydration. Remember that<br />

the more hydrated the skin is<br />

before and after treatment, the<br />

better the healing process and<br />

the better and more sustained<br />

the results will be.<br />

Mesotherapy is like taking<br />

a supplement for your skin.<br />

Depending on the concern<br />

being treated, will determine<br />

the cocktail being injected,<br />

resulting in glowing, hydrated<br />

and healthy skin.<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 />

Not at Arm’s Length Income:<br />

Are things going to get NALI?<br />

This month we take a<br />

look at the non-arm’s<br />

length income (NALI)<br />

provisions affecting selfmanaged<br />

superannuation<br />

funds (SMSFs) and how easy<br />

it can be to slip up on these<br />

rules while operating your<br />

fund.<br />

I think most people<br />

who have an SMSF would<br />

understand their accountant<br />

or financial planner harping<br />

on about transactions<br />

involving the acquisition,<br />

operation or disposal of<br />

property or other assets –<br />

especially that those involving<br />

a related party are done<br />

at ‘arm’s length’ or on a<br />

‘commercial basis’. This is<br />

why we ask you to organise<br />

valuers or agents to price up<br />

transactions and put things<br />

in writing so that there can<br />

be no question about the<br />

commerciality of a matter if<br />

the ATO do wish to review<br />

your fund.<br />

For many in business this<br />

is one of the key reasons<br />

why we bother to have our<br />

own super fund: the ability<br />

to acquire an asset, protect<br />

the goodwill attached to<br />

our location, pay rent to<br />

our fund and hopefully<br />

realise the asset at a profit<br />

all within a tax concessional<br />

environment. Of course, not<br />

all assets are property and<br />

the rules relating to arm’s<br />

length transactions apply<br />

equally whether you are<br />

dealing with a factory, shares<br />

listed on the ASX, or any<br />

other asset.<br />

What is not clearly<br />

understood is the<br />

requirement that expenses<br />

involving an asset in your<br />

fund must also be treated<br />

at arm’s length. For those<br />

technically minded there are<br />

guidelines contained in the<br />

ATO’s Practical Compliance<br />

Guideline (PCG) 2020/5 and<br />

Law Companion Ruling (LCR)<br />

2021/2. The consequences<br />

of not operating on an arm’s<br />

length basis can be severe<br />

– fines, penalties and the<br />

potential loss of taxation<br />

concessions are all possible<br />

consequences.<br />

Recently more and more<br />

is being written about the<br />

treatment of fund expenses,<br />

coincidentally at the same<br />

time as the ATO has signalled<br />

an increased in compliance<br />

activity. The issue relating to<br />

fund expenses is that nonarm’s<br />

length expenses (NALE)<br />

can trigger NALI provisions<br />

but the mechanism can be<br />

complicated. The issue of<br />

fund expenses turns on who is<br />

providing services to the fund,<br />

on what basis and how often<br />

– there are dangers of being<br />

a related party who provides<br />

services to your own fund.<br />

The ATO explains in its<br />

technical guides that it will<br />

examine during an audit the<br />

role in which a related party<br />

provides services to a fund,<br />

either in their role as a trustee<br />

or in some other role, for<br />

example, as a service provider.<br />

If you provide only limited<br />

services of a minor, infrequent<br />

and irregular nature then<br />

that is likely to be the end of<br />

the matter. If, however, you<br />

are professionally skilled in<br />

an area and you also provide<br />

services to your fund then you<br />

need to be especially careful.<br />

The following example is<br />

taken directly from the ATO<br />

Law Companion Ruling:<br />

n Trang is the trustee of her<br />

SMSF of which she is the<br />

sole member. She is also a<br />

plumber by trade and runs<br />

her own business as a sole<br />

trader in which she also<br />

employs an apprentice,<br />

Novee.<br />

n Trang’s SMSF has two<br />

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investment properties which<br />

are leased for a commercial<br />

rate of rent.<br />

n After finishing work for the<br />

day, Trang stops by one<br />

of the SMSF’s investment<br />

properties to connect a<br />

stand-alone water filter<br />

provided (and to be taken<br />

away at lease end) by the<br />

tenant. She uses some<br />

of her tools of trade to<br />

complete the installation.<br />

n Trang performs this activity<br />

as trustee of her SMSF and<br />

does not charge the SMSF<br />

for this work. Trang’s use<br />

of the tools of her trade<br />

in respect of this property<br />

is minor, infrequent or<br />

irregular in nature and<br />

will not, of itself, indicate<br />

that she is undertaking<br />

these services in any<br />

other capacity other than<br />

as trustee for her SMSF.<br />

Accordingly, the nonarm’s<br />

length expenditure<br />

provisions will not apply.<br />

n In respect of the second<br />

SMSF rental property, Trang<br />

undertakes a complete<br />

renovation of the bathroom<br />

and kitchen. She schedules<br />

time in her work calendar<br />

to undertake the work and<br />

uses the tools of her trade<br />

to undertake all plumbing<br />

work on the renovations.<br />

She also engages Novee in<br />

all works.<br />

n Trang does not charge<br />

the SMSF for the work<br />

undertaken in respect of<br />

the second SMSF rental<br />

property.<br />

n In this instance, Trang’s use<br />

of the tools of her trade will<br />

not be considered minor,<br />

infrequent or irregular<br />

in nature. Considering<br />

all her activities, she<br />

will be considered to be<br />

undertaking these services<br />

in her individual capacity,<br />

rather than as trustee for<br />

her SMSF.<br />

n The scheme involves the<br />

SMSF obtaining the services<br />

from Trang and deriving<br />

the rental income. Trang<br />

not charging the SMSF<br />

for the services provided<br />

constitutes a non-arm’s<br />

length dealing between<br />

the SMSF and Trang,<br />

which resulted in the SMSF<br />

incurring expenditure<br />

in gaining or producing<br />

rental income that was less<br />

than would otherwise be<br />

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expected if those parties<br />

were dealing with each<br />

other at arm’s length in<br />

relation to the scheme.<br />

n As such, there is sufficient<br />

nexus between the nonarm’s<br />

length expenditure<br />

and the rental income<br />

derived from the second<br />

SMSF rental property. The<br />

rental income will therefore<br />

be NALI. The non-arm’s<br />

length expenditure will<br />

also result in any capital<br />

gain that might arise from<br />

the subsequent disposal<br />

of the second SMSF rental<br />

property being NALI.<br />

In Tran’s case the work<br />

undertaken on the second<br />

property is classified as<br />

NALE and in this example<br />

the entirety of the income,<br />

including the capital gains<br />

from a sale would be classified<br />

NALI and subject to the top<br />

marginal rate of tax and<br />

possibly penalties and interest.<br />

Tran could have let the<br />

work to an unrelated party,<br />

alternatively she could<br />

have sought a number of<br />

independent quotes and<br />

undertaken the work based<br />

on the amount of the lowest<br />

quote which should have been<br />

retained on file in the event of<br />

an audit.<br />

The implications of NALI<br />

provisions are relevant across<br />

a number of trades and<br />

professions – accountants,<br />

auditors, lawyers, architects,<br />

investment advisers, real<br />

estate agents, property<br />

managers, all property related<br />

trades. Transitional provisions<br />

have been in place for some<br />

time, but these rules are<br />

complex and as I mentioned<br />

earlier, we are seeing an<br />

uptick in ATO compliance<br />

activity.<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 />

MAY <strong>2023</strong> 57<br />

Business <strong>Life</strong>

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

Is the value of vinyl in a spin?<br />

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

When vinyl was in freefall<br />

I hung onto mine and<br />

collected family castoffs.<br />

My shed was a refuge for<br />

unwanted, unloved records.<br />

Until… vinyl started a stunning<br />

comeback! I updated my<br />

turntable and bought new<br />

releases and re-issued classics.<br />

Vinyl’s star continues to rise.<br />

It’s now an alternative investment<br />

class. Goodbye cryptocurrency,<br />

I’m making $$$ with<br />

my 150+ vinyl records!<br />

Well… maybe.<br />

I consulted leading economist<br />

Chris Richardson (who says he’s<br />

a fan of Spandau Ballet and The<br />

Reels)… I trawled Discogs, the<br />

online database and marketplace<br />

for millions of releases…<br />

here’s what I found out:<br />

1. If a record was a massive<br />

seller, it’s likely not worth much.<br />

Huge supply and less demand.<br />

Hotel California, Eagles (1976)<br />

IN THE BLACK: What money can be made from selling old records?<br />

– $0.45<br />

Rumours, Fleetwood Mac (1977)<br />

– $1.49<br />

2. If obscure or by a Sydney<br />

punk band, it might be worth<br />

more.<br />

Hamburger Concerto, Focus<br />

(1974) – $1.61<br />

Radios Appear, Radio Birdman<br />

(1977) – $15.08<br />

3. Your first records mean a lot<br />

to you, just not to others.<br />

Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The<br />

Piano Player, Elton John (1973)<br />

– $0.34<br />

Machine Head, Deep Purple<br />

(1972) – $1.43.<br />

4. Quirky, off-beat records<br />

stockpiled from family, may<br />

not be worth much but Judith<br />

Durham surprises.<br />

A Swingin’ Safari, Bert Kaempfert<br />

and His Orchestra (1962)<br />

– $0.35<br />

For Christmas With Love, Judith<br />

Durham (1968) – $5.00<br />

5. Recent purchases are bricklike<br />

vinyl, but still not worth<br />

much.<br />

A.M, Wilco (1995) – $3.02<br />

Blackbird, Fat Freddy’s Drop<br />

(2013) – $3.21<br />

6. There will be one gem.<br />

By a band that cut their teeth on<br />

Bowie covers at Avalon RSL and,<br />

as Flowers, headlined the 1978<br />

St Augustine’s College Formal<br />

at the RMYC, Newport.<br />

In Concert, Icehouse (2015) –<br />

$53.01.<br />

I’m shell-shocked. My records<br />

are valuable to me, but not in<br />

the real world.<br />

It comes down to economics<br />

and Chris bluntly tells me how<br />

it is.<br />

“I suspect you’ll never make<br />

your fortune from that Rumours<br />

album,” he said. “You’re part<br />

of a wider popular wave… the<br />

things you most love, the things<br />

you most value, sadly...” he<br />

laughs.<br />

Economists are not known for<br />

empathy.<br />

Australia’s birth rate peaked<br />

in the early 1960s, explains<br />

Chris.<br />

“There were kids everywhere!<br />

“Roll on to today in Australia<br />

and those kids are in their early<br />

60s; chances are their work<br />

commitments are winding<br />

back… chances are their wealth<br />

has gone up across that period<br />

and that is an enormous collision<br />

of motive and opportunity.”<br />

Motive and opportunity<br />

– those 1960s kids are now<br />

“burning through their passion”:<br />

music, surfing, travel – whatever.<br />

They’re “the demographic<br />

wave” that can outlay $80-plus<br />

on a new record.<br />

“I suspect you’re very much<br />

not alone,” he says.<br />

Well, at least that makes me<br />

feel a bit better!<br />

– Greg McHugh<br />

*What’s your most-treasured<br />

vinyl record? Tell us why at<br />

readers@pittwaterlife.com.au<br />

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

with Jennifer Harris<br />

Inconvenience of ‘Nuisance’<br />

an interesting<br />

word, frequently<br />

‘Nuisance’<br />

in use in various<br />

ways. It has been used in<br />

English since the 15th century,<br />

meaning then harm or injury<br />

rather than annoyance. It is<br />

originally based on the Latin<br />

word ‘nocere’ meaning ‘to<br />

harm’.<br />

Today it is defined by the<br />

Oxford Dictionary as: “A person<br />

or thing causing inconvenience<br />

or annoyance”.<br />

Under civil law in NSW there<br />

are two types of nuisance, private<br />

and public. For a problem<br />

to amount to nuisance it must<br />

be substantial and unreasonable.<br />

Nuisance can be used to<br />

deal with environmental issues<br />

including interference with<br />

your enjoyment of property<br />

caused by noise dust, sewerage<br />

or waste, light or oppressive<br />

smells.<br />

To make a claim it is<br />

necessary to demonstrate<br />

the interference was in fact<br />

a nuisance according to law,<br />

eg:<br />

n That the claimant owns the<br />

land or are a tenant on it;<br />

n That the person against<br />

whom is brought has caused<br />

interference to the claimant’s<br />

use and enjoyment of the<br />

land;<br />

n That the interference was<br />

unreasonable and substantial.<br />

Whether an interference<br />

was unreasonable and<br />

substantial will depend upon<br />

the facts of each case. It is<br />

unlikely it would be considered<br />

unreasonable and<br />

substantial if:<br />

n The interference is something<br />

which an ordinary<br />

person could tolerate and<br />

reasonably expect;<br />

n The defendant is causing<br />

interference while using his<br />

or her land for an ordinary<br />

purpose.<br />

A court in deciding if nuisance<br />

arises will consider:<br />

n The type of interference;<br />

n How long the interference<br />

lasts and the time and times<br />

at which the interference takes<br />

place.<br />

What the land is usually used<br />

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for is relevant in deciding if the<br />

interference is a nuisance. Loud<br />

industrial noise in an industrial<br />

area is less likely to be considered<br />

a nuisance than if it were<br />

in a residential area.<br />

If nuisance is established<br />

the claimant must prove that<br />

the defendant was at fault<br />

and needs to establish:<br />

n The defendant ought to have<br />

known or did, in fact, know<br />

about the nuisance;<br />

n The damage caused was<br />

reasonably foreseeable;<br />

n The defendant did not take<br />

reasonable steps to prevent<br />

the nuisance.<br />

If a claimant is successful an<br />

injunction to cease the behaviour<br />

and compensation for the<br />

harm or loss may be awarded.<br />

These general principles<br />

are supported by legislation<br />

in Section 153 (1) of the<br />

Strata Schemes Management<br />

Act (2015) which provides:<br />

“An owner, mortgagee or<br />

covenant charge in possession,<br />

tenant or occupier of a lot in a<br />

strata scheme must not:<br />

(a) Use or enjoy the lot,<br />

or permit the lot to be used<br />

or enjoyed, in a manner or<br />

for a purpose that causes a<br />

nuisance or hazard to the occupier<br />

of any other lot; or<br />

(b) Use or enjoy the common<br />

property in a manner or<br />

for a purpose that interferes<br />

unreasonably with the use or<br />

enjoyment of the common<br />

property by the occupier of<br />

any other lot; or<br />

(c) Use or enjoy the common<br />

property in a manner or<br />

for a purpose that interferes<br />

unreasonably with the use or<br />

enjoyment of any other lot by<br />

the occupier of the lot or by any<br />

other person entitled to the use<br />

and enjoyment of the lot”.<br />

The issue of nuisance in<br />

strata schemes is controversial<br />

with many claims being<br />

litigated. Some examples:<br />

Noise coming from a lot upstairs<br />

or nearby was the issue<br />

in a 1973 case where the court<br />

held a person’s conduct was<br />

in nuisance and granted an<br />

injunction restraining a person<br />

from engaging in conduct<br />

comprised of singing, shouting,<br />

whistling and using unseemly<br />

words in his own lot, in<br />

the street and in a public park<br />

when his conduct affected the<br />

amenity and reasonable enjoyment<br />

of tenants of a house on<br />

the opposite side of the street.<br />

Smoking has become an<br />

issue in recent years and in <strong>May</strong><br />

2019 the Civil and Administrative<br />

Tribunal (NCAT) held that<br />

smoke drift from one lot into<br />

another was a hazard and that<br />

it was ‘an interference with the<br />

lot owner’s use and enjoyment’.<br />

Comment supplied by<br />

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer<br />

Harris & Associates,<br />

Solicitors, 4/57 Avalon<br />

Parade, Avalon Beach.<br />

T: 9973 2011. F: 9918 3290.<br />

E: jennifer@jenniferharris.com.au<br />

W: www.jenniferharris.com.au<br />

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Trades & Services<br />

Trades & Services<br />


Alliance Climate Control<br />

Call 02 9186 4179<br />

Air Conditioning & Electrical Professionals.<br />

Specialists in Air Conditioning Installation,<br />

Service, Repair & Replacement.<br />


Battery Business<br />

Call 9970 6999<br />

Batteries for all applications. Won’t be beaten<br />

on price or service. Free testing, 7 days.<br />


Acecase Pty Ltd<br />

Call Dan 0419 160 883<br />

Professional building and carpentry services,<br />

renovations, decks, pergolas. Fully licensed<br />

& insured. Local business operating for 25<br />

years. Lic No. 362901C<br />


Able Carpentry & Joinery<br />

Call Cameron 0418 160 883<br />

Doors & locks, timber gates & handrails,<br />

decking repairs and timber replacement.<br />

Also privacy screens. 25 years’ experience.<br />

Lic: 7031C.<br />


Amazing Clean<br />

Call Andrew 0412 475 2871<br />

Specialists in blinds, curtains and awnings.<br />

Clean, repair, supply new.<br />

Aussie Clean Team<br />

Call John 0478 799 680<br />

For a good clean inside and outside,<br />

windows, gutters and small repairs.<br />


Adrians Concrete<br />

Call Adrian 0404 172 435<br />

Driveways, paths, slabs… all your concreting<br />

needs; Northern Beaches-based.<br />


Alliance Service Group<br />

Call Adrian 9063 4658<br />

All services & repairs, 24hr. Lighting<br />

installation, switchboard upgrade. Seniors<br />

discount 5%.<br />

Eamon Dowling Electrical<br />

Call Eamon 0410 457 373<br />

For all electrical needs including phone, TV<br />

and data. <strong>Pittwater</strong>-based. Reliable; quality<br />

service guaranteed.<br />

Warrick Leggo<br />

Call Warrick 0403 981 941<br />

Specialising in domestic work; small jobs<br />

welcome. Seniors’ discount; Narrabeenbased.<br />


Blue Tongue Carpets<br />

Call Stephan or Roslyn 9979 7292<br />

Northern Beaches Flooring Centre has<br />

been family owned & run for over 20 years.<br />

Carpets, Tiles, Timber, Laminates, Hybrids<br />

& Vinyls. Open 6 days.<br />


!Abloom Ace Gardening<br />

Call 0415 817 880<br />

Full range of gardening services including<br />

landscaping, maintenance and rubbish<br />

removal.<br />

Conscious Gardener Avalon<br />

Call Matt 0411 750 791<br />

Professional local team offering quality<br />

garden maintenance, horticultural advice;<br />

also garden makeovers.<br />

Living Gardens Landscape<br />

Call Richy 0475 148417<br />

Lawn & garden maintenance, garden<br />

regeneration, stone work, residential &<br />

commercial.<br />

Melaleuca Landscapes<br />

Call Sandy 0416 276 066<br />

Professional design and construction<br />

for every garden situation. Sustainable<br />

vegetable gardens and waterfront<br />

specialist.<br />

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Precision Tree Services<br />

Call Adam 0410 736 105<br />

Adam Bridger; professional tree care by<br />

qualified arborists and tree surgeons.<br />


Cloud9 R&G<br />

Call Tommy 0447 999 929<br />

Prompt and reliable service; gutter cleaning<br />

and installation, leak detection, roof<br />

installation and painting. Also roof repairs<br />

specialist.<br />

Fellofix Roofing<br />

Call Joe 0434 444 252<br />

All aspects of roof repairs & restoration. Fully<br />

insured; Honesty & quality the priority. Free<br />

quote.<br />

Ken Wilson Roofing<br />

Call 0419 466 783<br />

Leaking roofs, tile repairs, tiles replaced,<br />

metal roof repairs, gutter cleaning, valley irons<br />

replaced.<br />


Local Handyman<br />

Call Jono 0413 313299<br />

Small and medium-sized building jobs, also<br />

welding & metalwork; licensed.<br />


Hot Water Maintenance NB<br />

Call 9982 1265<br />

Local emergency specialists, 7 days. Sales,<br />

service, installation. Warranty agents, fully<br />

accredited.<br />

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Trades & Services<br />


Collaroy Kitchen Centre<br />

Call 9972 9300<br />

Danish design excellence. Local beaches<br />

specialists in kitchens, bathrooms and<br />

joinery. Visit the showroom in Collaroy.<br />

Seabreeze Kitchens<br />

Call 9938 5477<br />

Specialists in all kitchen needs; design, fitting,<br />

consultation. Excellent trades.<br />


Avalon Physiotherapy<br />

Call 9918 3373<br />

Provide specialist treatment for neck & back<br />

pain, sports injuries, orthopaedic problems.<br />


Cloud9 Painting<br />

Call 0447 999 929<br />

Your one-stop shop for home or office<br />

painting; interiors, exteriors and also roof<br />

painting. Call for a quote.<br />

Tom Wood Master Painters<br />

Call 0406 824 189<br />

Residential specialists in new work & repaints<br />

/ interior & exterior. Premium paints; 17 years’<br />

experience.<br />


Predator Pest Control<br />

Call 0417 276 962<br />

predatorpestcontrol.com.au<br />

Environmental services at their best.<br />

Comprehensive control. Eliminate all manner<br />

of pests.<br />


Total Pipe Relining<br />

Call Josh 0423 600 455<br />

Repair pipe problems without replacement.<br />

Drain systems fully relined; 50 years’<br />

guaranty. Latest technology, best price.<br />


Aquarius Watermaster<br />

Call 1300 794 850<br />

Rainwater tanks & pumps to capture and use<br />

the rain. Sales, service & installation. View<br />

large display area at Terrey Hills.<br />


Jack’s Rubbish Removals<br />

Call Jack 0403 385 312<br />

Up to 45% cheaper than skips. Latest health<br />

regulations. Old-fashioned honesty &<br />

reliability. Free quotes.<br />

Local Rubbish Removal<br />

Call 0407 555 556<br />

All residential and commercial waste;<br />

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deceased estate; Seniors discount. Sameday<br />

service. Free quotes.<br />

One 2 Dump<br />

Call Josh 0450 712 779<br />

Seven-days-a-week pick-up service includes<br />

general household rubbish, construction,<br />

commercial plus vegetation. Also car<br />

removals.<br />


Beautiful Sliding Door Repairs<br />

Call 0407 546 738<br />

Fix anything that slides in your home; door<br />

specialists – wooden / aluminium. Free<br />

quote. Same-day repair; 5-year warranty.<br />


Luxafoam North<br />

Call 0414 468 434<br />

Local specialists in all aspects of outdoor<br />

& indoor seating. Custom service, expert<br />

advice.<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<br />

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

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

25 Years Ago…<br />

The Way We Were<br />

Concerns were raised that Council’s<br />

proposed new Environment Levy “…<br />

is nothing more than a rate increase in<br />

disguise… like all taxes once it is in place it<br />

will surely increase every year and never<br />

go away. It means that rates in <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

will rise at a levied rate of 6.71% (a rate<br />

increase of 1.7% plus the 5.01% E Levy).<br />

Avalon Beach was the venue of the second<br />

IRB surf carnival in the lead up to the<br />

National Championships. “The Avalon Club<br />

is keen to do well… particularly as the Club<br />

founded the use of the RubberDucky for surf<br />

lifesaving in 1969.” In other stories, The<br />

Avalon Beach RSL Club brought out its “giant<br />

replica cheque” donating $10,000 to the<br />

Avalon Beach Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving Club to buy<br />

new rescue equipment: “With its recent donation of $5,000<br />

for the Avalon Skate Bowl project and support for other<br />

community sporting and charitable groups, the RSL Club<br />

has in the current financial year, donated around $50,000<br />

to the community.” Still in Avalon… Four public telephone<br />

boxes were removed from outside the post office “as part<br />

of the latest rejuvenation in the village shopping centre. A<br />

new footpath will be laid from Wickham Lane along Avalon<br />

15 Years Ago…<br />

Parade and around in front of the shops in<br />

Bellevue Ave… the telephones will be back<br />

in about a month when new Heritage style<br />

telephone boxes will be installed.” The costs<br />

in damage to goods, shops and homes in<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> from the “Easter Weekend floods<br />

is estimated to run well into six figures. In<br />

commercial centres, particularly Avalon<br />

but also some areas of Newport and<br />

Narrabeen, water flowed through like a<br />

river… <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council General Manager<br />

Angus Gordon said Council had no plans<br />

for major drainage works in its flood<br />

areas. The Good Friday Floods were what is<br />

known as a 2% event, that is once every 12<br />

to 15 years.” Meanwhile, the “New Look”<br />

Warringah Mall was unveiled; the Royal<br />

Motor Yacht Club’s third Blue Water Classic was shaping<br />

up as the biggest yet; Anzac Day ceremonies in Palm Beach<br />

and Avalon were well attended “as were the lunches and the<br />

afternoon games of two-up” and Council was examining<br />

Park and Ride proposals to “encourage more of us to catch<br />

a bus instead of driving a car into town.” Although a report<br />

“raised the problem of the frequency and quality of bus<br />

services should more people want to use them”.<br />

5 Years Ago…<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Council invited applications from local<br />

We encouraged readers to register on<br />

not-for-profit organisations for funding under the NB Council’s Have Your Say webpage<br />

Community Services Grants Program, with grants following an influx of enquiries to our<br />

ranging from $500 to $5000; <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s minimum office “by locals who have expressed<br />

and average rates, paid by 78% of landowners, were surprise at Council plans and activations<br />

to rise by $32 a year (including the Environmental<br />

in their area they say they know nothing<br />

Infrastructure Levy of 5%). Meanwhile Council “has<br />

about – often until after the deadline for<br />

plans for a 10% reduction per capita in greenhouse<br />

community feedback”. <strong>May</strong>or Michael<br />

gas emissions to achieve a plan to be a carbon neutral<br />

Regan unveiled Council’s 20-year<br />

community. To achieve this it proposes to introduce<br />

energy efficient design criteria into is annual civic<br />

transport strategy noting more than<br />

design awards and decrease fuel consumption in council half of Northern Beaches households<br />

vehicles. It will also look at ways of reducing public had more than two motor vehicles and<br />

lighting consumption.<br />

three out of five residents used a car to<br />

Education programs are to get to work. “Traffic will only get worse<br />

be planned to encourage the unless we improve public and active transport operations<br />

use of public transport and and links, so the community has a reason to get out of their cars,”<br />

the Park and Ride system he said. We introduced the Mona Vale Hospital’s Urgent Care team;<br />

and promote reduced private <strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward Councillor Alex McTaggart said NB Council needed “to<br />

motor vehicle use.” Planning<br />

think carefully before making any decision to expand its provision of<br />

was well underway for<br />

childcare services across the new council region”; actor Bryan Brown<br />

the second Avalon Beach<br />

“leaked the plotline” of his film ‘Palm Beach’ which started filming; we<br />

Village Festival which<br />

wrote about Avalon bookstore Bookoccino’s next chapter introducing<br />

was to feature music<br />

from “world cutting-edge<br />

new owners Sally Tabner and Ray Bonner “who are looking forward to<br />

musical artists” at various meeting more people and getting more involved with the community”;<br />

locations, capped off and a story on <strong>Pittwater</strong> Day Surgery explained how the team were<br />

with a recital and sunset preparing for an increase in patient numbers following its $6 million<br />

ceremony by the Royal renovation. Also “Good Sport” Mike Pawley spoke about his incredible<br />

Australian Navy Band. contribution to the youth of Cambodia.<br />

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

Compiled by David Stickley<br />

a person or thing against a lighter<br />

background (10)<br />

29 Suburb that’s home to<br />

Jamieson Park (9)<br />

30 A light open-fronted booth<br />

or cubicle from which food,<br />

newspapers, tickets, etc. are<br />

sold (5)<br />

31 You hopefully! (6)<br />

32 Words of agreement (4,4)<br />

DOWN<br />

1 Wrapped up (7)<br />

2 Ladies and gentlemen, for<br />

example (7)<br />

3 Device that may be used to catch<br />

coastal crays (7,3)<br />

4 Something which annoys or<br />

hurts, especially if there is some<br />

legal remedy (8)<br />

6 On the same level (4)<br />

7 Very skimpy beachwear (1-6)<br />

8 Surfing great, Damien _______ (7)<br />

11 Take a dip in the ocean (4)<br />

14 Food from Australian<br />

indigenous plants and trees (4,6)<br />

16 Type of beer (1,1,1)<br />

18 Make a request (3)<br />

19 Buckley’s (2,6)<br />

20 People who have achieved fame<br />

or notoriety in a particular field (7)<br />

21 Not restricted to one class<br />

or field (7)<br />

23 Taboo (3,4)<br />

24 The presiding officer of the<br />

lower house of a parliament, as in<br />

the House of Representatives (7)<br />

25 Wind-up toy? (4)<br />

28 De’Assis may be described as<br />

this type of establishment (4)<br />

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

ACROSS<br />

1 Seaside destination on the<br />

Central Coast that’s just a ferry<br />

ride from Palm Beach (8)<br />

5 Measurement or extent from<br />

end to end (6)<br />

9 Go upward with gradual or<br />

continuous progress (5)<br />

10 An examining officer (9)<br />

12 Common ingredient in<br />

pesto (5,5)<br />

13 A thin coating or covering<br />

layer (4)<br />

15 A region like <strong>Pittwater</strong> (8)<br />

17 Beach north of North Mona<br />

Vale headland (6)<br />

20 Body of water that’s a major<br />

feature of 29-across (6)<br />

22 Phrase of refusal (2,6)<br />

26 An organised group of<br />

workers (4)<br />

27 The dark shadow or outline of<br />

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Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

with Janelle Bloom<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Recipes: janellebloom.com.au; FB: facebook.com/culinaryinbloom Insta: instagram.com/janellegbloom/<br />

Flour power: bond with some<br />

baking this Mother’s Day<br />

Without doubt my love for cooking came from all the time<br />

I spent in the kitchen with my nan, mum and sisters.<br />

Every special occasion was marked with someone baking<br />

something special that we all loved. I have put together some of<br />

the recipes my sisters and I used to love baking with mum and<br />

for mum. Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful mums and<br />

nans. I hope you all get a sleep-in – and something special baked<br />

for you!<br />

Vanilla shortbread<br />

hearts for mum<br />

Makes round 40<br />

light golden and firm to<br />

touch. Cool on the trays.<br />

5. Meanwhile, dust the<br />

benchtop with the icing<br />

sugar. Knead the white<br />

icing until smooth. Divide<br />

the icing in half. Using food<br />

colouring, tint one portion<br />

pink, place onto a sheet of<br />

baking paper and kneading<br />

until the colour is evenly<br />

distributed.<br />

6. Roll the pink icing between 2<br />

sheets of baking paper until<br />

2mm thick. Using the same<br />

cutters, you used to cut the<br />

biscuits, cut heart shapes<br />

from the icing. Repeat with<br />

the white icing. One at a<br />

time, lightly brush the back<br />

of icing heart with a little<br />

water, place it onto the same<br />

size biscuit, and gently press<br />

to secure. Repeat. Set aside<br />

until icing is firm to touch.<br />

7. Pipe little white dots over<br />

the pink cookies using the<br />

designer white icing. Set<br />

aside for 10 minutes to set.<br />

Box up and give to mum and<br />

grandma.<br />

Homemade<br />

marshmallows<br />

Makes 24<br />

½ cup cold tap water<br />

2 tbs (28g) gelatine powder<br />

(see tip)<br />

2 cups caster sugar<br />

1 cup warm water<br />

1 tsp vanilla essence (see tip)<br />

½ - 1 tsp pink gel food<br />

colouring<br />

icing sugar, for dusting<br />

200g dark or milk chocolate,<br />

melted<br />

1 cup roasted chopped walnuts,<br />

pistachio, finely chopped (see<br />

tip)<br />

1. Line the base and side of<br />

a 20x30cm slab pan with<br />

baking paper.<br />

2. Pour the cold tap water into a<br />

small bowl. Add the gelatine<br />

and stir with a fork until well<br />

combined. It will thicken and<br />

become cloudy.<br />

3. Place the sugar in a medium<br />

saucepan. Add the warm<br />

water and bring to a simmer,<br />

stirring over medium heat<br />

until the sugar dissolves.<br />

Bring to a gentle boil. Add<br />

the gelatine mixture, stir<br />

gently with a balloon whisk<br />

over medium heat until<br />

dissolved. Pour the mixture<br />

into the bowl of a bench<br />

mixer. Set aside for 30-40<br />

2. Turn onto a floured<br />

benchtop. Cut the dough<br />

in half. Shape each piece of<br />

dough into a disc and flatten<br />

slightly with the palm of<br />

250g butter, at room<br />

your hand. Wrap in baking<br />

temperature<br />

paper and place in the fridge Janelle’s Tip: If you’re baking<br />

2 tsp vanilla extract<br />

for 1 hour to chill.<br />

with young kids and they don’t<br />

¾ cup brown sugar<br />

3. Line 2 large baking trays want to use ready-rolled icing,<br />

2 tbs caster sugar<br />

with baking paper. Roll there is a large range of cake<br />

2 cups (300g) plain flour<br />

1 piece of dough out on decorating items in the baking<br />

½ cup custard powder<br />

a floured benchtop until aisle they can decorate the<br />

1 tbs full cream milk<br />

about 4mm thick. Use a plain biscuits with.<br />

To decorate<br />

icing sugar, for dusting<br />

heart-shaped cutter (you<br />

600g ready to roll white icing<br />

can use any size, we used<br />

Pink gel food colouring<br />

6cm and 2cm for the small<br />

Dr Oetker Queens Designer ones), dipped in flour, to cut<br />

white Icing<br />

hearts from dough. Press<br />

the unused dough together<br />

and re roll until it’s all used.<br />

1. Beat the butter, vanilla,<br />

Repeat to use the second<br />

brown sugar and caster<br />

piece of dough. Place the<br />

sugar together with a hand biscuits on prepared trays,<br />

mixer or bench mixer until allowing a little space for<br />

pale and creamy. Sift the spreading. Place the trays<br />

flour and custard powder in the fridge for 30 minutes<br />

together onto a sheet of until dough is cold. Preheat<br />

baking paper. Add half the the oven to 160ºC fan<br />

flour, stir until combined. forced.<br />

Add the remaining flour then 4. Bake, swapping the trays<br />

the milk and stir until a soft halfway through cooking,<br />

dough forms.<br />

for 15-20 minutes or until<br />

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minutes to cool.<br />

4. Using the whisk attachment,<br />

beat sugar mixture for 8-10<br />

minutes or until very thick.<br />

Add the vanilla and pink gel,<br />

beat for 1 minute or until well<br />

combined. Spread into the<br />

pan. Smooth the surface. Set<br />

aside, at room temperature,<br />

for 4 hours until set and no<br />

longer sticky on top.<br />

5. Use a wet knife to cut the<br />

marshmallow into 24 squares.<br />

Place onto a tray lined with<br />

baking paper. Lightly dust<br />

with icing sugar, turning to<br />

coat all sides.<br />

6. Spread or drizzle each<br />

marshmallow with melted<br />

chocolate, sprinkle with nuts.<br />

Allow to set.<br />

Janelle’s Tips: Measuring<br />

is always key when baking;<br />

make sure the gelatine is<br />

level tablespoons and you are<br />

using 20ml spoons (not metal<br />

15ml)…You can use strawberry<br />

or rosewater to flavour the<br />

marshmallow… An option: try<br />

replacing the nuts with little pink<br />

hearts or sprinkles that mum<br />

likes.<br />

Blueberry scones<br />

Makes 8<br />

2 cups self-raising flour, sifted<br />

2 tbs brown sugar<br />

125g punnet fresh blueberries<br />

½ cup thickened cream<br />

¾ - 1 cup full cream milk<br />

butter, jam and cream, to serve<br />

1. Preheat the oven 200°C fan<br />

forced. Lightly grease large<br />

flat oven tray.<br />

2. Combine flour and sugar<br />

in large bowl. Stir in the<br />

blueberries. Add the cream<br />

and ¾ cup of the milk. Use a<br />

flat bladed knife to stir to a<br />

soft sticky dough adding more<br />

milk if necessary. Turn onto a<br />

lightly floured surface. Knead<br />

very gently until the dough<br />

comes together and the base<br />

is kind of smooth. Don’t over<br />

knead or the scones will be<br />

tough and won’t rise.<br />

3. Turn smooth side up and place<br />

onto the tray. Press dough out<br />

to 20cm round. Flatten the<br />

top with your fingertips. Score<br />

the top into 8 equal portions,<br />

using a straight edge knife,<br />

don’t cut all the way through.<br />

Bake for 20-25 minutes until<br />

golden and well risen.<br />

4. Check the scones are cooked<br />

by cutting down the centre;<br />

if the scones are still a little<br />

wet, you can cut into 8 scones<br />

using the score lines, separate<br />

them a little on the tray and<br />

return to the oven for a few<br />

minutes. Always serve scones<br />

hot from the oven. Delicious<br />

with butter, jam and cream.<br />

Cinnamon<br />

sugar tea cake<br />

Serves 6<br />

60g butter, room temperature<br />

½ cup caster sugar<br />

1 egg, at room temperature<br />

1 tsp vanilla extract or paste<br />

1 cup self-raising flour<br />

1/3 cup full cream milk<br />

Topping<br />

1 tbs caster sugar<br />

1 tsp cinnamon<br />

3 tsp butter, melted<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 160°C<br />

fan forced. Grease the base<br />

and side of a 20cm (top<br />

measurement) sandwich cake<br />

pan. Line the base with baking<br />

paper.<br />

2. Using electric hand mixer,<br />

cream the butter and sugar<br />

until light and creamy. Add<br />

the egg and vanilla, beat<br />

until well combined.<br />

3. Sift the flour over the butter<br />

mixture then stir gently until<br />

combined. Stir in the milk,<br />

until smooth.<br />

4. Spread the mixture into<br />

the cake pan, smooth the<br />

surface. Bake for 15-20<br />

minutes until a skewer<br />

inserted into the centre<br />

comes out clean. Stand<br />

the cake in the pan for<br />

10 minutes then carefully<br />

turn onto a wire rack. Turn<br />

upright.<br />

5. For the topping, combine<br />

the sugar and cinnamon.<br />

Brush the top of the hot<br />

cake with the melted butter<br />

and sprinkle with cinnamon<br />

sugar. Serve warm with<br />

butter.<br />

Strawberry yoghurt<br />

thyme cake<br />

Serves 8<br />

125g butter, softened<br />

3/4 cup caster sugar<br />

¼ cup honey<br />

1 lemon, rind finely grated<br />

2 eggs, separated<br />

¼ cup full cream milk<br />

2 cups self-raising flour, sifted<br />

1 cup Greek Style Yoghurt<br />

½ cup almond meal<br />

1 tbs fresh thyme leaves,<br />

optional<br />

Strawberries, hulled, thickly<br />

slices<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 160°C fan<br />

forced. Grease the base and<br />

sides of a 7cm-deep, 11cm x<br />

21cm (base measurement)<br />

loaf pan. Line with baking<br />

paper, allowing a 2cm<br />

overhang at both long ends<br />

(this helps lift the cake out).<br />

2. Using electric hand mixer,<br />

cream the butter, sugar,<br />

honey and lemon rind until<br />

pale and creamy. Add the<br />

egg yolks together and beat<br />

until well combined. Add the<br />

milk, beat well.<br />

3. Add half the flour, stir gently<br />

to combine then stir in half<br />

the yoghurt. Repeat with the<br />

remaining flour and yoghurt.<br />

Finally fold in the almond<br />

meal and thyme if using.<br />

4. Wash and dry the beaters.<br />

Beat the egg whites in a<br />

clean bowl to soft peaks. Stir<br />

one-third of the egg whites<br />

into the cake batter. Gently<br />

fold in the remaining egg<br />

whites.<br />

5. Spread the mixture into the<br />

pan, press the strawberries<br />

into the top. Bake for 50-60<br />

minutes (see tip) or until<br />

a skewer inserted into the<br />

centre comes out clean. Cool<br />

in the pan for 15 minutes.<br />

Lift onto a wire rack and set<br />

aside to cool.<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

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Janelle’s Tip: Check the cake<br />

after 40 minutes, place a sheet<br />

of foil on the top if it’s starting<br />

to get to dark on top.<br />

MAY <strong>2023</strong> 67

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Pick of the Month:<br />

Broccolini<br />

Sometimes called baby broccoli, it’s a cross between broccoli<br />

and Chinese kale. Broccolini® has a long asparagus-like<br />

stem with a head of tiny buds like broccoli. Broccolini is<br />

entirely edible, just trim any dry ends off the base of the<br />

stem. It can be stir-fired, char-grilled, microwaved, steamed,<br />

boiled, or roasted.<br />

Buying<br />

Look for bright green florets<br />

with no signs of yellow<br />

discoloration. The stems<br />

should be shiny and firm.<br />

Storage<br />

Keep in a sealed plastic bag<br />

in the fridge and use within<br />

5 days.<br />

Nutrition<br />

Broccolini® baby broccoli is a<br />

good source of folate, vitamin<br />

C to build resistance and fight<br />

infection, beta-carotene for<br />

healthy skin and potassium to<br />

counteract the harmful effects<br />

of too much salt.<br />

Roasted broccolini<br />

with parmesan<br />

Serves 4 (as a side)<br />

2 bunches Broccolini<br />

olive oil cooking spray<br />

1 tbs Moroccan spice blend<br />

freshly grated parmesan, to<br />

serve<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 220°C<br />

fan forced. Place the<br />

Broccolini in a single layer<br />

in a lightly greased roasting<br />

pan. Spray with oil. Sprinkle<br />

over the spice blend. Toss<br />

gently to coat.<br />

2. Roast for 10-12 minutes or<br />

until the flowers are golden<br />

and crisp and the stems<br />

tender. Remove from the<br />

oven, sprinkle with plenty<br />

of fresh parmesan while<br />

hot. Season and serve.<br />

Air fryer tip: If you have an<br />

air fryer, you can air-fry the<br />

broccolini. It will take about<br />

8-10 minutes on 200°C; turn<br />

over after 6 minutes.<br />

In Season<br />

<strong>May</strong><br />

Apples – look out for<br />

new varieties Kanzi, Modi<br />

and Envy, they are sweet,<br />

crunchy and delicious; also<br />

Bananas, Custard apples,<br />

Lemons, Oranges (Navel),<br />

Pears, Pomegranates,<br />

Quince and Rhubarb;<br />

plus Avocados, Bok Choy,<br />

Broccolini and Broccoli,<br />

Brussels sprouts, Cabbage,<br />

Cauliflower, Eggplant,<br />

Fennel, Kale, Ginger, Spinach<br />

and Sweet potato.<br />

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Tasty Morsels<br />

with Beverley Hudec<br />

Some Tiny Morsels to savour in <strong>May</strong><br />

Share the love at<br />

revamped Kiosk<br />

After the recent six-week, back-ofhouse<br />

renovation which focussed<br />

on the kitchen, Clareville Kiosk has<br />

reopened. The autumn menu features<br />

salmon ceviche, tiger prawn bisque<br />

and pan-fried barramundi with baby<br />

caper beurre blanc. Open for dinner<br />

Wednesday through Saturday and<br />

lunch on weekends.<br />

Palm Beach hole in<br />

the wall is just ace<br />

Palm Beach Golf Club’s downstairs<br />

hole-in-the-wall cafe has three types<br />

of toasties, bacon and egg rolls, fish<br />

and chips and coffee. Hole in One<br />

also features more of an Asian twist<br />

with pork belly baguettes, Vietnamese<br />

chicken and Thai beef salads on the<br />

menu too. Open daily from 7am.<br />

La Banette is<br />

literally now the<br />

place nextdoor<br />

Iconic Avalon French bakery<br />

La Banette has moved. But<br />

it hasn’t gone far – just next<br />

door where it has much<br />

more space, as well as a cool<br />

contemporary fit-out with<br />

a line of sight right into the<br />

bakery at the rear. Pop in for<br />

baguettes, sourdough loaves<br />

and rustic quiches. Sweet<br />

treats include coffee eclairs<br />

and individual lemon tarts.<br />

De'Assis mark II open<br />

at North Narrabeen<br />

First Collaroy, now North Narrabeen.<br />

Brazilian Flavio Assis has recently<br />

opened his second cafe. De’Assis mark<br />

2.0 on Lake Park Rd channels a beachy<br />

feel and showcases a casual, on-trend<br />

style of menu. Expect to see a selection<br />

of Australian-Brazilian fusion food once<br />

the new autumn menu is launched.<br />

Tasty Dining Morsels Guide<br />

Three of a kind: Aussie faves<br />

The mainstay of any selfrespecting<br />

pub and club menu<br />

is a good old, deep-fried<br />

schnitty. The mighty 300g<br />

chicken schnitzel at <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

RSL comes with chips, house<br />

salad and gravy. Just a few<br />

simple tweaks turns the<br />

humble schnitty into another<br />

all-time pub classic, the<br />

parmigiana. Bring on the Napoli<br />

sauce, ham and mozzarella.<br />

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Fancy an award-winning pie?<br />

Then North Avalon’s the<br />

place to go, where you’ll find<br />

Oliver’s Pies. The Mexican<br />

beef, Mexican vegetarian and<br />

green Thai chicken pies have<br />

all picked up awards. Staples<br />

include steak and mushroom<br />

and Massaman beef. Specials<br />

like lamb Rogan Josh and the<br />

new cheeseburger pie change<br />

weekly.<br />

Fish and chips is another<br />

deep-fried double act with an<br />

appreciative local fan club.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Place’s Beluga takes<br />

fish and chips to the next<br />

level. Takeaway fish and chips<br />

is battered barramundi with<br />

fluffy chips and tartare sauce<br />

(pictured) for $13.50. Grilled<br />

salmon, barramundi, snapper<br />

and yellowfin tuna are more<br />

artery-friendly options.<br />

MAY <strong>2023</strong> 69

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

with Gabrielle Bryant<br />

Ideas for colourful growing<br />

gifts that your Mum will love<br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Mother’s Day is just around the<br />

corner. It is a day to celebrate all<br />

mothers, of all generations. Give<br />

your Mum a special treat. If she loves her<br />

garden or would love to have more time<br />

to look after her garden, or even if she<br />

lives with no garden at all, take her out<br />

today.<br />

Why not a ‘nursery crawl’ through all<br />

the exceptional nurseries that we have on<br />

the Northern Beaches, ending at any one<br />

of them that has a café for lunch. Book<br />

now or you may not be able to get a seat!<br />

Traditional chrysanthemums (above<br />

right) are filling the garden centres,<br />

together with pots of cyclamen of every<br />

size and colour (left); also moth orchids,<br />

African violets, flowering begonias, pots<br />

of flowering daffodils (middle), ferns –<br />

many are already gift-wrapped or potted<br />

into special planters for you to take to<br />

your mum.<br />

Or you could choose a bag of spring<br />

bulbs, a hanging basket of geraniums, a<br />

bonsai tree, a pot of succulents, a scarlet<br />

anthurium – the amazing choice of plants<br />

to choose from is stunning.<br />

A living gift is always a very special<br />

treat. Go nursery shopping with Mum on<br />

Mother’s Day!<br />

70 MAY <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Beautiful blaze<br />

of Fireglow<br />

It is always good to find an easy, fastgrowing<br />

plant to brighten an empty space in<br />

the garden.<br />

Crosandra Fireglow is one of the most<br />

versatile plants.<br />

Enjoy it while it is young as a cheerful<br />

indoor or patio pot plant that has deep<br />

green, glossy leaves and bright orange<br />

flowers. Once it needs repotting, pop it into<br />

the garden where it will grow into a small<br />

shrub that flowers throughout the warmer<br />

months.<br />

It loves the sun or semi-shade, but don’t let<br />

it dry out.<br />

Plant it as a companion to pentas; the<br />

orange flowers are sensational mixed<br />

together with pinks and violets.<br />

There are other colour crosandras if you<br />

can find them – yellow, white and salmon.<br />

Blue Tongue bush & berries<br />

It is very satisfying when you<br />

can plant a dual-purpose<br />

bush in the garden. The<br />

purple flowers of the purple<br />

tibouchina glow on every<br />

street, but rarely seen is its<br />

Aussie cousin the lilac-coloured<br />

Bush Tucker Blue Tongue bush,<br />

sometimes known as Native<br />

Lassiandra or by its Aboriginal<br />

name Dhumulu (by the Yolngu<br />

people).<br />

The Blue Tongue bush,<br />

melastoma affine, grows wild<br />

in Western Australia and down<br />

the East coast, from the Far<br />

North of Queensland down to<br />

northern New South Wales.<br />

The lilac flowers, contrasting<br />

against the furry green foliage,<br />

appear from the tips of the<br />

branches throughout the<br />

summer months into autumn<br />

and are followed by small blue/<br />

black berries that can be picked<br />

and eaten directly from to the<br />

bush.<br />

It gets its name because the<br />

dark purple berries that split<br />

open have a sweet juicy centre<br />

that stains your tongue blue.<br />

It likes semi-shade and<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

Make superb compost<br />

Home-made compost makes the<br />

best fertiliser and mulch for your<br />

garden. It recycles organic waste, feeds<br />

your garden, keeps down the weeds<br />

and retains the moisture in the soil.<br />

If you don’t have a compost bin, start<br />

one now. Compost tumblers are great,<br />

but you will need more than one. Once<br />

filled it will take several months before<br />

the compost is ready for use.<br />

The simplest bins are the upturned<br />

black bins, they are cheap and easily<br />

filled, or you can make one yourself.<br />

A compost turner with a corkscrew<br />

end will turn the compost with little<br />

effort. Choose a bin that will suit<br />

your space – there are dozens on the<br />

market to choose from.<br />

Good compost is made of equal<br />

parts of both green and brown waste.<br />

Green waste is made from kitchen<br />

veggie and fruit scraps, tea leaves<br />

and coffee grounds, manures, garden<br />

vegetation, lawn clippings, fallen<br />

leaves or any organic waste. (Never<br />

add any meat, egg, fish, animal poo or<br />

dairy scraps to your bin. These things<br />

attract rats and mice.)<br />

This should all be mixed with brown<br />

waste that includes any dry material<br />

shelter from the hot afternoon<br />

sun and wind, and regular<br />

water.<br />

Allow space for it to grow<br />

to its potential. It can reach a<br />

height of 1.5-2m and spreads to<br />

a metre wide.<br />

It is hardy and easy to grow;<br />

trim it regularly to keep it<br />

compact and dense. Although<br />

the flowers have no pollen, the<br />

hover flies and bees love it.<br />

that will break down: shredded paper<br />

from the paper shredder, straw,<br />

cardboard, hay, twigs, dry leaves or<br />

old newspapers torn up.<br />

Add the green and brown waste in<br />

layers, together with a small amount of<br />

blood and bone. Turn the compost once<br />

a fortnight to aerate the mix and speed<br />

up the process, and water with GoGo<br />

Juice to help the compost break down.<br />

Within a few months your bin will<br />

magically produce compost that has<br />

turned into soil that you can add to<br />

your garden as a mulch.<br />

If the mix seems too dry, add more<br />

green waste, or if it is too wet and<br />

heavy, add more brown waste.<br />

Tip: Keep a bin in the kitchen to save<br />

veggie scraps and invest in a paper<br />

shredder.<br />

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Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

<strong>May</strong><br />

Jobs this Month<br />

Time to plant Springflowering<br />

bulbs now<br />

that the weather has<br />

cooled down. If you are<br />

planting them into pots, use<br />

bulb fibre potting mix for the<br />

best results. Over-plant with<br />

some cheerful pansies, viola<br />

or alyssum seedlings while you<br />

are waiting for the bulbs to<br />

appear. This does not inhibit<br />

the growth of the bulbs. Bulbs<br />

have been on the stands for<br />

several weeks. Check that the<br />

bulbs that you buy are still<br />

firm and that they have not<br />

begun to grow.<br />

Citrus care<br />

Autumn is a good time to plant<br />

citrus trees; make sure that you<br />

give your new tree plenty of<br />

space and sunlight. Citrus need<br />

excellent drainage and good<br />

airflow to prevent collar rot, a<br />

disease that ringbarks the base<br />

of the trunk. Always keep grass<br />

and other plants away from the<br />

trunk. A fortnightly spray of Eco<br />

neem and Eco oil (mixed) will<br />

help protect new shoots against<br />

leaf miner and citrus bugs.<br />

Orchid spikes<br />

Move cymbidium orchids into<br />

good light. They are beginning<br />

to make flower spikes and<br />

need bright light or Winter<br />

sun to develop the buds. You<br />

have waited for a year for the<br />

spikes to develop – don’t let<br />

snails destroy them overnight!<br />

Protect your flower spikes with<br />

Multiguard snail bait.<br />

Less watering<br />

As the weather cools down,<br />

pot plants need less water.<br />

Cold wet roots will rot. Protect<br />

outdoor potted plants in the<br />

wet weather days by removing<br />

the saucers and making sure<br />

that drainage is good. Lift pots<br />

onto pot feet to make sure<br />

that drainage holes are not<br />

blocked so that the soil doesn’t<br />

get water-logged. Never water<br />

indoor plants until the saucer<br />

is dry.<br />

Sweet sensation<br />

Sweet Peas are shooting up<br />

now. Make sure that they have<br />

something strong to climb up.<br />

A bamboo tripod wrapped with<br />

chicken wire, or wound with<br />

string, works well. A lattice on<br />

the fence or an archway makes<br />

a good base.<br />

Bare essentials<br />

A garden without any<br />

deciduous trees gives Summer<br />

shade but without Winter<br />

sun it lacks the excitement of<br />

the changing seasons. When<br />

planting new<br />

trees on the<br />

northern side<br />

of the garden<br />

consider the Winter<br />

sun. Evergreen trees can make<br />

a garden very cold in winter; a<br />

tree that loses its leaves will let<br />

in the sunshine. Next month<br />

the garden centres will be full<br />

of bare trees and shrubs. Make<br />

a note of the trees around now<br />

that give Autumn colour, so<br />

that when you are confronted<br />

with a display of bare branches<br />

you will know which tree to buy.<br />

Veggie crops<br />

Before you plant Winter crops<br />

of peas, broccolini, spinach,<br />

silver beet, onions, cauliflower,<br />

cabbage, carrots, lettuce, kale<br />

and other Winter veggies,<br />

turn the soil and add plenty<br />

of compost and a complete<br />

fertiliser. Good preparation now<br />

will be well repaid at harvest<br />

time! Water in new seedlings<br />

with Seasol.<br />

Grow garlic<br />

On the bulb stands that not<br />

only have flowering bulbs,<br />

you can also find garlic bulbs<br />

to plant now. Garlic is easy<br />

to grow. Break the garlic into<br />

cloves and plant them pointedside<br />

up with the tip just below<br />

the surface into the veggie<br />

garden, into pots using a good<br />

quality potting mix, or as<br />

companion plants with roses<br />

and other flowering plants.<br />

Garlic protects plants against<br />

aphids and other insects. It<br />

grows best in the full sun with<br />

regular water. It will be ready to<br />

dig up in the summer when the<br />

foliage begins to die down.<br />

Help the bees<br />

Vegetables need the bees to<br />

fertilise the flowers. Leave some<br />

space in the vegetable garden<br />

for flower seedlings. Primula,<br />

pansies, marigolds, sweet<br />

William, stock, nasturtiums<br />

and snap dragons will attract<br />

the bees. If there are not many<br />

bees around, spray the plants<br />

with Bee Keeper, and they will<br />

soon appear.<br />

Crossword solution from page 65<br />

Mystery location: HORSE SHOE COVE<br />

72 MAY <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Times Past<br />

No mild start for Sam Meek<br />

LOOKING PAIL: Dairy farmer Joe Homer and one<br />

of his ‘girls’ – although he doesn’t look much<br />

like the ‘Demented and roaring bull’ described<br />

by Sam Meek. Also a painting of Joe’s dairy in<br />

Bassett Street (West) Mona Vale. In the distance<br />

on the far right, the ruins of Brock’s Folly (later La<br />

Corniche) show. It burnt down in January 1912.<br />

man wanted to work on a<br />

dairy’. When Sam Meek saw this<br />

‘Young<br />

opportunity he couldn’t get to Joe<br />

Homer’s dairy at Mona Vale fast enough –<br />

he needed work and money!<br />

The advertisement appeared in The<br />

Sydney Morning Herald in late 1939, at a<br />

time when the Great Depression was coming<br />

down off a 32% unemployment rate<br />

peak in 1932.<br />

Sam lived at Marrickville and asked<br />

his grandmother for the ‘two bob’ (two<br />

shillings – 20 cents) for the one-way fare,<br />

reassuring her that he would walk home<br />

if he was unable to secure the job.<br />

He arrived at 12 Bassett Street to be<br />

“greeted” by Joe Homer – “a rough and<br />

ready man” whose main concern was “How<br />

many cows can you milk in an hour?”<br />

Sam had no idea, so first thing in the<br />

morning Joe would pit him against his<br />

daughter Gladys who was his best milker.<br />

Sam spent the night bedded down on a<br />

load of hay in the barn.<br />

In the morning Sam got the shock of<br />

his life at 3am when Joe appeared in the<br />

doorway.<br />

When I interviewed Sam some 20<br />

years ago, he claimed that “Joe looked<br />

like a demented man and sounded like a<br />

roaring bull. He had a rolled-up Sydney<br />

Morning Herald and claimed he would<br />

burn the barn down if we were not out in<br />

10 minutes”.<br />

Sam was first out the door but to no<br />

avail. Gladys knew the names of all the<br />

cows and they walked straight into the<br />

bales for milking.<br />

Sam had to round up the rest of the<br />

cows and coax them into the bales but by<br />

that time Gladys had all but finished her<br />

share.<br />

Joe wasn’t thrilled with the outcome<br />

but agreed to give him a start at 4 pounds<br />

(8 dollars) a week, ‘keep’ and one day off a<br />

fortnight “and if I’m not happy you’ll go”.<br />

“After I did my share of milking, I<br />

delivered it in the horse and cart. Then<br />

I washed and cleaned the milk cans,<br />

cleaned out the bales and then had to<br />

cut down two acres of pine trees and dig<br />

them out by the roots”.<br />

After a while, Sam had had enough so<br />

he grabbed his gear and trotted off north<br />

to Jones’ dairy at North Avalon.<br />

Things were looking up there, with the<br />

promise of a “house to sleep in, nice staff,<br />

good food and a better wagon”.<br />

Next issue we’ll follow Sam’s trek north<br />

and discover what other activities this<br />

scallywag tackled.<br />

*Thanks to Joe’s granddaughter Rhonda<br />

and John Illingsworth for the photos.<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 />

MAY <strong>2023</strong> 73

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Sail to Secret Shores of Japan<br />

Choosing a PONANT ‘Expedition’ cruise<br />

jungle, encircled by a magnificent coral<br />

means choosing a state of mind: a<br />

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blend of luxury, exploration and great<br />

comfort, adventure and refinement... even<br />

in the heart of the most remote regions.<br />

“PONANT Expedition Cruises not only<br />

give you the chance to travel on board<br />

a luxury ship, but also to enjoy topquality<br />

services and go on a voyage of<br />

discovery to far-flung corners of the earth,<br />

accompanied by experts on the regions<br />

visited,” said Travel View’s Gail Kardash.<br />

Japan is a land that attracts and<br />

fascinates the world. PONANT delivers a<br />

unique opportunity to discover the Land<br />

of the Rising Sun in a different light with<br />

nine crafted exclusive expedition journeys.<br />

“PONANT zodiacs are the only ones<br />

allowed to access a selection of Japan’s<br />

most remote sites,” said Gail. “These<br />

Expeditions have rich and varied<br />

programs that include UNESCO World<br />

Heritage sites, national parks and nature<br />

sanctuaries, idyllic beaches, encounters<br />

with local communities and discovering<br />

with the greatest respect for the places<br />

and cultures.<br />

“It is a new order in terms of<br />

exploration, experience and Japanese<br />

tourism,” said Gail, adding: “Some<br />

ports of call, like the Ryukyu Islands for<br />

example, where small fishing villages<br />

have been spared the country’s hypermodernisation,<br />

are like time capsules,<br />

right off the beaten track.”<br />

On the Orient’s frontier, travellers will<br />

traditional village and local distillery ends<br />

with an Eisa folk dance show.<br />

The same care has been taken to ensure<br />

exclusivity on the legendary Kitamae<br />

Route. This time explorers will be retracing<br />

the posts on this maritime trading<br />

route, which created both fortunes and<br />

shipwrecks. To new ports of call at Wajima,<br />

Shimonoseki, the Uradome Coast and<br />

Miyazu add another fascinating digression<br />

at Tottori. This ancient, fortified city is<br />

home to Japan’s largest sand dunes all<br />

featured in lithography, before heading for<br />

the Straits of Kanmon and Kurushima, so<br />

emblematic of the Kitamae route.<br />

Luxury Expeditions with PONANT are<br />

an inclusive experience. “Enjoy exploring<br />

on a modern small ship with luxuriously<br />

appointed balcony staterooms whilst your<br />

team of Expedition Leaders showcase<br />

Japan with included excursions. You will<br />

thoroughly enjoy gourmet cuisine and<br />

an open bar as you mingle with new likeminded<br />

ancestral and unknown cultures.”<br />

embark from Ha Long to Naha. Their<br />

Explorers.”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

Gail said that thanks to its small ships,<br />

PONANT can create the conditions for<br />

guests to approach protected ecosystems<br />

wanderings will take them to the wild<br />

unspoiled island of Iriomote, 90 per cent<br />

of which is covered in dense semi-tropical<br />

*More info contact Travel View on 9918<br />

4444 or visit them instore at Shop 1, 36<br />

Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach.<br />

74 MAY <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

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