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The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

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They’ve shown us the money…<br />

Our politicians are crowing<br />

over a new pot of money<br />

promised to help speed<br />

flood mitigation and safety<br />

improvements on arterial link<br />

the Wakehurst Parkway.<br />

New Wakehurst MP Michael<br />

Regan used his first question<br />

to NSW Parliament to prise<br />

commitment from the Labor<br />

Government that they would<br />

stick to their pre-election<br />

pledge and stump up an<br />

additional $13 million, on<br />

top of the previous Liberal<br />

Government’s $18.1 million<br />

handed to Council.<br />

Mr Regan also sought<br />

assurance an existing $75<br />

million pledge would be<br />

honoured.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> MP Rory Amon<br />

sensed ambiguity in the<br />

wording of the Government’s<br />

response – “investing $75<br />

million in total…” – and seized<br />

the moment to get clarification.<br />

Mackellar MP Dr Sophie<br />

Scamps said she met with then<br />

Shadow Roads Minister John<br />

Graham in January, which<br />

resulted in Labor’s additional<br />

cash commitment.<br />

Mr Regan said the longoverdue<br />

attention the<br />

Wakehurst Parkway will now<br />

receive comes after decades<br />

of neglect and inaction from<br />

governments of all persuasions.<br />

And he’s right… well,<br />

kinda. Unfortunately there’s<br />

no guarantee of any action.<br />

Ironically, under Mr Regan’s<br />

watch, Northern Beaches<br />

Council decided not to progress<br />

the most beneficial flood<br />

mitigation options identified<br />

in its draft feasibility study,<br />

citing the likely damaging<br />

environmental impact.<br />

Nothing’s changed. Those<br />

identified environmental<br />

impacts remain. Unless<br />

someone in our bureaucracies<br />

pushes the ‘go’ button, all this<br />

money talk will go down as<br />

nothing more than political<br />

point-scoring. – Nigel Wall<br />

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Surfing in Siberia<br />

makes for cool change<br />

News<br />

certainly the wildest<br />

place I’ve ever been,”<br />

“It is<br />

says Spencer Frost, the<br />

award-winning Avalon-born<br />

documentary film maker.<br />

“It’s winter there for eight<br />

months of the year.”<br />

He’s talking about the<br />

Kamchatka peninsula in far<br />

eastern Russia, sandwiched<br />

between Siberia and Alaska,<br />

a gigantic teardrop pointing<br />

down to the Japanese archipelago.<br />

“There are 29 active volcanoes<br />

along the Bering Sea<br />

coast all covered deeply in<br />

snow, with smoke coming<br />

from their summits.<br />

“There’s these jagged,<br />

snow-encrusted cliffs that<br />

just look angry. The average<br />

water temperature when we<br />

were there was two degrees<br />

celsius.<br />

An obvious place to film a<br />

surfing documentary, then?<br />

Spencer, 28, who went to<br />

Barrenjoey High School – “We<br />

spent a long time in the surf<br />

and learned to love the ocean”<br />

– had enjoyed<br />

the success of<br />

his first surfing<br />

documentary<br />

‘A Corner of the<br />

Earth’, having<br />

filmed it in northern<br />

Iceland and<br />

inside the Arctic<br />

Circle.<br />

Where could be<br />

more difficult to<br />

film? The team<br />

discussed several<br />

options, but Kamchatka<br />

proved by far the most<br />

extreme.<br />

Some Russian surfers head<br />

to Kamchatka in the four<br />

months of summer, surfing<br />

on the more protected western<br />

side of the peninsula.<br />

But no-one has been so<br />

foolhardy as to try surfing<br />

in winter on the Bering Strait<br />

coast.<br />

The planning<br />

took three years,<br />

mainly during<br />

COVID.<br />

But the crisis<br />

point came at<br />

Abu Dhabi airport<br />

on Thursday<br />

Feb 24.<br />

“Everything<br />

was normal when<br />

we left Sydney,”<br />

Spencer recalls.<br />

“Then all the TV<br />

screens at the<br />

airport were showing the Russian<br />

invasion of Ukraine.”<br />

Spencer, his co-filmmaker<br />

Guy Williment and their two<br />

pro-surfer friends Letty Morrison<br />

and Fraser Dovell – all<br />

Northern Beaches boys – held<br />

urgent talks, consulting family<br />

and friends about whether<br />

they should pull the pin.<br />

“We looked at the map, and<br />

confirmed the Kamchatka<br />

peninsula is a 10-hour flight<br />

from Moscow,” Spencer says.<br />

“We’ve touched on the<br />

Ukraine invasion in the film,<br />

but at the end of the day we’re<br />

not political commentators.<br />

We’re just surfers.”<br />

Kamchatka is a world away<br />

from the ‘insular peninsula’,<br />

though much more isolated.<br />

Spencer explains the<br />

logistics involved once the<br />

four-man crew arrived at the<br />

nearest airport:<br />

“When we got off the 10-<br />

hour flight from Moscow, it<br />

was minus 16 degrees C,” he<br />

says.<br />

“The only way of getting to<br />

the peninsula was to charter<br />

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huge helicopters to transport<br />

us to a suitable beach.<br />

“On the way we saw a<br />

left-hand pipeline similar to<br />

Teahupo’o in Tahiti. Nothing<br />

we’d expected to find in<br />

Russia.”<br />

As the helicopters took off<br />

again, leaving them alone, the<br />

four friends heaved their gear<br />

– camping equipment, surf<br />

boards, gas, food and cameras<br />

– to their chosen beach.<br />

“We set up camp, then went<br />

to sleep in the snow on the<br />

beach,” Spencer says.<br />

In his teenage years, Spencer<br />

was a talented surfer.<br />

“But a lot of my friends<br />

became pro-surfers. I was<br />

never really that good, so I<br />

concentrated on filming them<br />

behind the camera.”<br />

His images earned him a<br />

livelihood with surf mags and<br />

adverts before venturing into<br />

documentaries.<br />

The breakthrough came in<br />

2019 when he collaborated<br />

with Guy and Fraser on ‘A<br />

Corner of the Earth’. That<br />

trip prepared them – as best<br />

as possible – for the freezing<br />

temperature they endured in<br />

the Kamchatka peninsula.<br />

PHOTOS: Guy Williment<br />

OPPOSITE: Spencer with his trusty camera which captured pro surfers Letty Morrison and Fraser Dovell (above).<br />

For the latest trip, their wetsuits<br />

were custom-made by<br />

Project Blank to survive the<br />

intense cold. But still the four<br />

friends suffered for their art.<br />

Spencer rarely surfed. “As<br />

director I mostly filmed with<br />

my underwater camera. Nothing<br />

really prepares you for the<br />

freezing cold waters of the<br />

Kamchatka peninsula.”<br />

Not that it was all chill and<br />

no chili. The local diet, Spencer<br />

says is “caviar, reindeer<br />

jerky and smoked salmon.<br />

No veggies. Nothing grows up<br />

there.”<br />

‘Corners of the Earth:<br />

Kamchatka’ had its sold-out<br />

premiere on February 4 at<br />

Cremorne’s Orpheum.<br />

It has since had five screenings<br />

at United Cinemas Avalon,<br />

with another scheduled<br />

at the Cremorne Orpheum on<br />

<strong>June</strong> 27.<br />

Spencer doesn’t have a long<br />

time to chat at Avalon <strong>Life</strong><br />

Saving Club. He’s about to<br />

drive to Coffs Harbour, before<br />

crossing to Western Australia<br />

for more publicity launches.<br />

Later this year he’ll be presenting<br />

‘Corners of the Earth:<br />

Kamchatka’ in Bali, the UK<br />

and the USA.<br />

So where next? “It might be<br />

the Antarctic,” Spencer says.<br />

“We’ve heard of an island that<br />

has good breaks.”<br />

– Steve Meacham<br />

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JUNE <strong>2023</strong> 9

WELLBEING: The<br />

benefits of cold water<br />

swimming have been<br />

scientifically proven.<br />

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Beaches Winter water therapy<br />

Increasingly, social media<br />

pages are filled with<br />

images of people shivering<br />

in ice baths, or adopting Wim<br />

Hof’s methods. But for many<br />

Northern Beaches’ residents,<br />

a cold water start to the day<br />

is nothing new. They simply<br />

jump in the ocean or their<br />

local ocean pool every day.<br />

And they do so all year<br />

round, including through<br />

Winter.<br />

Anytime from 5am onwards<br />

you’re likely to see people in<br />

hoodies and hooded towels,<br />

Ugg boots and beanies, holding<br />

steaming cups of coffee as they<br />

prepare to – literally – take the<br />

plunge. Some bring out the<br />

wetsuits for <strong>June</strong> to August,<br />

others keep going in cozzies<br />

and shorts. But all agree it’s<br />

good for them – and with the<br />

majority aged in their 60s, 70s,<br />

and 80s it would be hard to<br />

argue.<br />

In fact, benefits of cold<br />

water swimming have been<br />

scientifically proven.<br />

For one, it’s good for your<br />

immune system. Forced to<br />

react to extreme conditions,<br />

your body becomes better<br />

at raising its defences and<br />

your white blood cell count<br />

can actually rise as a result.<br />

Circulation also improves, as<br />

the cold water flushes veins<br />

and arteries.<br />

Endorphins kick in<br />

as a result of cold water<br />

swimming, so it’s good<br />

for your mind as well as<br />

your body. Endorphins are<br />

released when we are in pain<br />

and so exercise and cold<br />

water combine to get the good<br />

mood chemicals pumping.<br />

You burn calories – and not<br />

just due to swimming laps.<br />

Simply being in the cold water<br />

means the heart has to pump<br />

faster to keep you warm.<br />

All these factors should<br />

mean that stress is<br />

reduced. Not to mention the<br />

connections you make, seeing<br />

the same faces every morning<br />

and having a chat over a<br />

coffee to start your day.<br />

Physically, mentally and<br />

emotionally, there are few<br />

better starts to the morning.<br />

Research has also shown<br />

cold water also increases<br />

libido. Oestrogen and<br />

testosterone are produced<br />

just taking a dip in the cold<br />

water every morning.<br />

That said, many regular<br />

Winter swimmers will tell<br />

you that the water isn’t that<br />

cold – and they’re not “being<br />

tough”. Often the hardest part<br />

of a Winter swim is getting<br />

out. Sydney water is usually<br />

around 18 degrees in early<br />

Winter – compared to around<br />

23 degrees in Summer.<br />

(Although temperatures<br />

are quite consistent there<br />

is a time lag that means<br />

September is the coldest,<br />

dropping to around 16<br />

degrees or less.)<br />

Getting out, however,<br />

is more than fresh. Some<br />

mornings you emerge from<br />

the water to temperatures of<br />

around 6 or 7 degrees, and<br />

with the wind factor it feels<br />

like minus 5! Never fear, get<br />

the Uggs and hoodie on, grab<br />

that coffee and feel a selfsatisfied<br />

smugness wash over<br />

you that you’re boosting your<br />

immunity and starting the<br />

day right.<br />

Here’s what some local<br />

Winter swimmers say:<br />

Scott Campbell, North<br />

Narrabeen: “Swimming in the<br />

pool all year round is the best<br />

psychiatrist known to man.”<br />

Mark Bevan and Sally<br />

Simpson, Narrabeen:<br />

“I used to swim a lot as a kid,<br />

and then my partner got me<br />

back in the pool after my son<br />

died,” said Mark. “It gave me<br />

a fresh start and now I look<br />

forward to my laps every day.”<br />

Adds Sally: “I just love it as a<br />

start to the day, it grounds me<br />

and connects me to nature.”<br />

Matt Zack Curnow, Collaroy:<br />

“Starting my mornings off<br />

in the ocean really sets my<br />

mind and body up for the<br />

best chance of a good day. It<br />

gets me moving, present with<br />

nature, and out of my head. I<br />

love it.” – Rob Pegley<br />

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Bec and call of the beach<br />

News<br />

For most of us a day at the<br />

beach is relaxing – catch<br />

a wave, soak up some<br />

sunshine… hot chips from<br />

the local take-away, chill out;<br />

nice.<br />

Bec Capell of Newport SLSC<br />

was recently crowned Australian<br />

Champion <strong>Life</strong>saver<br />

(40-49 years) at Scarborough<br />

Beach, Western Australia. Bec<br />

explains her day at the beach<br />

can be very different.<br />

Champion <strong>Life</strong>saver events<br />

test the all-round skills and<br />

abilities of competitors – it’s<br />

surf lifesaving’s version of<br />

the Olympic decathlon.<br />

Bec outlines the energy sapping<br />

event:<br />

Run – 70-metre dash on soft<br />

sand: “I can’t say I love that!”<br />

Swim – 500 metres: “I’m<br />

better in the surf than in the<br />

flat I’ve discovered… I always<br />

bank on a wave to carry me<br />

in.”<br />

Board – 600-metre paddle.<br />

Tube rescue – 300-metre<br />

swim with fins and rescue<br />

tube: “Out of all of them that<br />

one is the hardest.”<br />

CPR – starts with a live patient,<br />

then compressions on a<br />

dummy (precision timing is<br />

required).<br />

Theory – 40 multiple choice<br />

questions from a 300-page<br />

manual, encompassing surf<br />

forecasts, first aid… even obscure<br />

questions on hat brim<br />

width.<br />

Bec said competition days<br />

could run from 7am marshalling<br />

through to 6pm.<br />

Physical and mental fitness is<br />

examined. Training is often<br />

squeezed in late after Bec’s<br />

day as a Support Education<br />

Facilitator at Mona Vale Public<br />

School.<br />

She comes from a social<br />

work background and now<br />

works with autistic children<br />

in Kindergarten up to Year<br />

3 – a rewarding and challenging<br />

career requiring patience.<br />

Bec enjoys being able to work<br />

one-on-one with children in a<br />

small class environment.<br />

“My job can be quite stressful<br />

some days and it’s that<br />

training… because we train<br />

almost an hour every afternoon<br />

doing something… that<br />

makes me able to go home<br />

and ‘face the music’ for the<br />

family,” she explained.<br />

Health, and mental healthwise,<br />

it’s been a godsend.<br />

“I think I get more out of it<br />

than I ever expected and the<br />

competition is just a bonus,”<br />


Bec Capell on<br />

Newport Beach.<br />

she said.<br />

Bec’s training partners,<br />

Guyren Smith (Australian<br />

Champion <strong>Life</strong>saver 50+<br />

years) and Phoebe Savage, encouraged<br />

her to enter Masters<br />

events (30+ years). The pair<br />

have been her guides.<br />

“Guyren and Phoebe just<br />

took me under their wing and<br />

it was such a slow progression,<br />

they just kept putting<br />

my name down as a Master. I<br />

think I came last in my first<br />

Aussies!” Bec said.<br />

“Every week they just kept<br />

me going. They’ve become my<br />

second family.”<br />

Bec’s husband Brendan<br />

and children Sam, Harry and<br />

Abi are all active members of<br />

Newport SLSC. The Capells<br />

are in the famed Patrol No.2<br />

(the Love Patrol).<br />

“These dates are the first in<br />

the calendar and we work our<br />

life around them. Sometimes<br />

it’s the only time in the week<br />

that all five of us get together,”<br />

she said.<br />

Certainly hers is a busy life.<br />

“I think that’s why I respect<br />

so many Masters, because<br />

we’ve all got family, we’re all<br />

working and we can still find<br />

time for each other and train.<br />

I think that needs to be given<br />

credit.”<br />

Synchronised swimming<br />

was Bec’s water background<br />

before discovering her love<br />

for the beach and the surf.<br />

She first got involved<br />

with surf lifesaving in 2009<br />

when Sam and Harry joined<br />

Newport Nippers after she<br />

and Brendan decided their<br />

children needed to do Nippers<br />

and learn to surf, or at least<br />

learn to ‘read’ the surf.<br />

A Bronze Medallion, Nippers<br />

water safety and stints<br />

as Junior Activities Chairperson<br />

and the Club’s Member<br />

Protection Information Officer<br />

have all followed.<br />

Bec is also a member of the<br />

six-person Patrol Competition<br />

team (a super mix of Masters<br />

and teenagers) and the<br />

Masters water team. She’s also<br />

recently joined the Inflatable<br />

Rescue Boat team – she says<br />

just so she can “hang out with<br />

Harry”.<br />

On 3 <strong>June</strong>, Newport SLSC<br />

is holding its Annual Awards<br />

presentation, The Bernies<br />

(named after Club legend<br />

Bernie Howard). The Capell<br />

family feature strongly – with<br />

seven nominations.<br />

– Greg McHugh<br />

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Elliot’s future is written in the stars<br />

Imagine it is 2050. You’re on a space mission<br />

to Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. It’s a ‘brief’<br />

three-year trip and there are 35 astronauts along<br />

for the ride.<br />

Elliot Powell and his futuristic rocket propulsion<br />

system will get you there!<br />

Elliot, 17, a Year 11 Oxford Falls Grammar<br />

student, has been awarded the highly soughtafter<br />

NASA-affiliated Al Worden ‘Endeavour’<br />

Scholarship, beating out more than 600 other<br />

applicants.<br />

His video pitch to the Scholarship judges<br />

showcased experimental future technology in<br />

a nuclear thermal-powered Mothership and a<br />

traditional chemical-powered Landing Module.<br />

Elliot said a family trip to the Kennedy Space<br />

Centre in Florida to witness a rocket launch when he was just<br />

nine lit the fuse for his passion.<br />

“That was quite incredible. They say you feel it before you<br />

see it and that was definitely true,” he said. “My Dad calls it<br />

the greatest place on earth.”<br />

Introduced to the Kerbal Space Program video game by his<br />

English cousin (who designs rockets to collect space junk),<br />

Elliot was soon building and designing his own ‘virtual’<br />

rockets.<br />

“As a nine-year-old seeing that (launch), it presented a<br />

medium through which I could build my interest in space,”<br />

he said.<br />

A deep family interest in aviation, aerospace and a steady<br />

diet of space-themed movies has continued to fuel Elliot –<br />

with ‘Apollo 13’ on an infinite loop at the Powell’s residence.<br />

SCHOLARSHIP: Elliot Powell.<br />

In July, Elliot will fly to Space Camp at the US<br />

Space and Rocket Centre in Alabama.<br />

The Al Worden ‘Endeavour’ Scholarship aims<br />

to inspire young space explorers and engineers.<br />

Al Worden was the Apollo 15 Command Module<br />

pilot and a passionate advocate for exploration<br />

and STEM (science, technology, engineering,<br />

mathematics) education.<br />

Elliot and three other eager Australian high<br />

school students will travel to Alabama with<br />

an experienced STEM educator. Teams from<br />

France, Bahrain and the United States will also<br />

touch down at Space Camp.<br />

“It’s an incredible opportunity.”<br />

The Space Camp will expose students to<br />

astronaut training simulators, engineering<br />

challenges and team-based activities – even lessons on space<br />

careers and on International Space Station languages.<br />

The simulators have grabbed Elliot’s attention.<br />

He talks about actor Ed Harris (who played astronaut John<br />

Glenn) in the movie ‘The Right Stuff’, being locked in a chair<br />

and spun every which way to simulate a tumble on re-entering<br />

the Earth’s atmosphere (the Multi-Axis Trainer).<br />

Elliot says he is up for it.<br />

“I have been pretty good on rides… never been sick. It will<br />

really test me but I’m looking forward to it,” he said.<br />

Currently learning to fly a Cessna, he has dreams of going<br />

into aviation, ideally through a degree with the Air Force.<br />

“It’s definitely a goal of mine to go to space. The destiny of<br />

humanity is in the stars… we do need to explore, we do need<br />

to get out there.”<br />

– Greg McHugh<br />

News<br />

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An Avalon camper’s<br />

crazy Coronation diary<br />

News<br />

Story by Dr Jonathan King<br />

As soon as I heard King Charles III’s<br />

Coronation would be 6 May <strong>2023</strong>, I<br />

decided to attend; after all, I had an<br />

inside lane – or so I thought – having gone<br />

to Geelong Grammar’s bushland campus,<br />

Timbertop, just a few years ahead of<br />

Charles. I had also interviewed Charles for<br />

a story for The Australian when he arrived<br />

at Timbertop in the 1960s.<br />

We shared the same History teacher, Michael<br />

Persse, and graduated with History<br />

Degrees. In 1984 Persse asked Charles to<br />

secure Buckingham Palace support for my<br />

Australian Bicentennial Re-enactment of<br />

the First Fleet voyage.<br />

Thanks to Charles, Prince Philip met<br />

me at Buckingham Palace and wrote a<br />

strong letter of endorsement. My wife<br />

Jane and I were presented to the Queen,<br />

who accepted a posy from our daughters<br />

in Portsmouth where Her Majesty then<br />

boarded HMS Sirius, reviewed my Fleet<br />

of 11 tall ships, officially launching our<br />

expedition.<br />

As Australian Rainforest Foundation<br />

director, in the 1990s, I also publicly defended<br />

Charles’ visionary call for bans on<br />

rainforest logging.<br />

I won an Order of Australia in 2022 in<br />

the last Queens Birthday Honours; hence<br />

I really thought I had this ‘inside lane’ to<br />

the Coronation. In January I sent a letter<br />

to Charles asking for special consideration<br />

for his 80-year-old ‘School Chum’.<br />

I checked my letterbox every day for<br />

months but to no avail. I decided, “To<br />

hell with it – I’ll go anyway!” (I am certain<br />

Charles would have replied if he had seen<br />

it.)<br />

Having seen enthusiasts on TV camping<br />

out for Royal weddings, I bought a tent,<br />

flew to London and headed straight to<br />

Buckingham Palace.<br />

Friday 5 May<br />

I got to the front of the queue of red, white<br />

and blue bunting-covered tents at the<br />

Buckingham Palace end of the Mall by<br />

sneaking through St James Park, finding<br />

a tiny spot under a tree on Coronation eve<br />

morning.<br />

Smiling nervously, I took my Australian<br />

flag out of my backpack, donned my Akubra<br />

and asked the most dominant camper<br />

if I could pitch my tent. “Of course, Aussie!<br />

We’ll help!” said cockney Jake, 35. He<br />

instructed Marty (from Poland) and Jirina<br />

(from Czechoslovakia) to assist erect<br />

my tent, tie it to a tree and blow up my<br />

Li-lo. Then there was Welsh couple Paula<br />

and John who said I looked like Crocodile<br />

Dundee; they presented a bottle of<br />

Australian chardonnay, and barbequed<br />

sausages. Karen from Portsmouth, who<br />

remembered the Queen farewelling my<br />

First Fleet, gave me a portable charger.<br />

By noon I “belonged” and began enjoying<br />

the camaraderie of this unifying<br />

celebration. However, 30 minutes later<br />

we encountered heavily tattooed former<br />

British soldier Leighton, 42 – with a pottymouth<br />

and shaved head, he burst into our<br />

camp erecting his tent beside mine. He<br />

said he was stoned on marijuana and he<br />

was happy to boast about it. Then between<br />

vapes he befriended me. Leighton said<br />

he’d been invalided out of the Afghanistan<br />

war after stepping on a landmine, showing<br />

me a patched-up leg. “It’s all in here,”<br />

he said, fishing a copy of Prince Harry’s<br />

‘Spare’ out of his tent. “Harry fought in<br />

same theatre, a bloody brave soldier, and<br />

great bloke.”<br />

More colourful characters added spice<br />

to the afternoon, before at 2.05pm the<br />

crowd roared: “It’s the King!” A red Rolls<br />

Royce stopped nearby. Charles, the Prince<br />

and the Princess of Wales, went on walkabouts,<br />

chatting to campers for 20 minutes.<br />

During the afternoon, reporters from a<br />

host of countries interviewed us for social<br />

media, with an English reporter congratulating<br />

me on “the best seat in the house”.<br />

Exhausted, I fell asleep at 7pm, woken<br />

just an hour later by laughter as a group<br />

of Jamaicans carrying chairs joined our<br />

crowded camp.<br />

Going to the toilet was a challenge, as<br />

the Porta Loos were locked until the day<br />

of the Coronation. When I reported a paper<br />

shortage in the local toilet, the ‘Bobby’<br />

laughed; “I’ve got more important issues<br />

than that!”<br />

At 9pm a drunken Irishman fell into my<br />

tent. Every time I emerged, more people<br />

had pushed in. At 10pm it looked like a<br />

refugee camp. Loud hammering woke<br />

me at 2am as security guards erected a<br />

wall blocking my wife’s Jane’s rehearsed<br />

entry via St James Park. I texted her. After<br />

catching sleep in half-hour lots I woke at<br />

4.30am.<br />

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE LEFT: The Town Crier welcomes the author to London; Dr King and wife Jane finally<br />

catch up with ‘King Charles’; Dr King’s campsite on Coronation eve; the crowd gathers later that night; the author<br />

with fellow campers Leighton and Paul; dressed for the occasion, Coronation enthusiasts cheer the new King.<br />

Saturday 6 May<br />

The day started in chaos. Police arrived<br />

at 6am demanding we dismantle<br />

our tents but one of the group refused,<br />

shouting: “That’s no way to treat a homeless<br />

man!” Leighton vowed to defend<br />

the camp, demanding I stand firm. No<br />

chance for breakfast.<br />

Jane arrived at 6.30am, just before police<br />

blocked access. At 7am, overhearing<br />

my accent, a Sky News reporter interviewed<br />

me in a live cross for the 4pm<br />

Sydney news.<br />

The excitement built and shortly after<br />

10am campers rushed barricades as the<br />

official procession left the Palace for Westminster<br />

Abbey – King Charles in white<br />

robes waving with Queen Camilla. Then,<br />

with the rain beginning to fall, we watched<br />

on our mobile phones as the 40th monarch<br />

since 1066 was crowned at the Abbey.<br />

At 1.30pm we peered through drizzle<br />

at Charles returning in the glittering<br />

1762 gold state coach. Running with the<br />

crowds we reached the Palace just as<br />

King Charles appeared waving on the<br />

balcony – an historic moment for us history<br />

tragics!<br />

“Thank you, King Charles for supporting<br />

my First Fleet!” I shouted, lifting removing<br />

my hat in respect. This prompted the young<br />

woman beside me to burst into tears.<br />

“What’s the matter?” I asked.<br />

“It’s your deep respect for our King”<br />

replied 35-year-old Rebecca in Irish<br />

brogue. “I haven’t seen that for years – it<br />

touched my heart.”<br />

So, as I hoped, it was indeed rewarding<br />

connecting with my old school chum –<br />

even if just to unleash these heartfelt emotions<br />

from a woman from, of all places, the<br />

traditionally Republican south of Ireland!<br />

* Author and historian Dr Jonathan King’s<br />

<strong>Life</strong> Story appeared in our September<br />

2022 issue.<br />

News<br />

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News<br />

McCarrs Creek cyclists’ push<br />

When the McCarr Creek Cyclist Club was formed in 1994,<br />

it was before lycra became the figure-hugging cycling<br />

uniform of choice.<br />

“We started riding in T-shirts and shorts,” says John Florin,<br />

one of three founder members. “It was a while before we got<br />

into lycra. I’m afraid we’re all lycra warriors now.<br />

“It’s much more comfortable to ride in.”<br />

So it’s not that club members want to look sexy? “Lycra only<br />

looks sexy on some!” John admits.<br />

Stuart de Jong, who joined the MCCC around 2005, credits<br />

John, the late Lindsay Harvey and Richard Farago (who is now<br />

unable to ride because of dementia) for the group.<br />

Lindsay was the keenest and most talented cyclist of the trio.<br />

He also rode with the Audax Australia Cycling Club, which specialises<br />

in long distance rides of between 200 and 300 kilometres<br />

under the auspices of Audax Club Parisien and Union des<br />

Audax Français.<br />

He persuaded several of<br />

these elite riders to join the<br />

MCCC, and was always on the<br />

lookout for new members.<br />

At its peak, the club had 50<br />

members on its email list,<br />

though a typical ride would<br />

feature around 20.<br />

Richard, according to Stuart,<br />

was the club’s self-appointed<br />

fashion director, not<br />

holding back if he thought<br />

a member wasn’t dressed to<br />

standard.<br />

“He was also the ‘Scone Nazi’,” Stuart laughs. “He was an<br />

advocate of healthy food.”<br />

Now the club is looking for new members, especially women<br />

since female numbers have been depleted recently.<br />

Most members are men in their 60s and early 70s who cycle<br />

to keep up their fitness but younger members are welcome.<br />

Despite its name, the MCCC is not a registered club, John<br />

explains. “It’s more a group of loosely connected friends.<br />

“We’re extending an invitation to anyone who would like to<br />

join us for a relatively gentle ride and a cup of coffee.<br />

“People need to feel comfortable riding at our pace. Our ride<br />

average is between 18 and 22km/h. If someone wants to ride<br />

a lot faster or a lot slower, they probably wouldn’t enjoy it as<br />

much.”<br />

There are two rides a week, both starting at 7.30am. On<br />

Wednesdays, they ride the 30 kilometres around Akuna Bay<br />

OUTINGS: Members at their<br />

regular ‘pit stop’ (top right)<br />

at West Head; and on tour<br />

at the top of Mt Hotham.<br />

and back – starting and<br />

finishing at Tempo, the<br />

popular cycling cafe in<br />

Terrey Hills run by Dan<br />

Forsythe.<br />

For a while Dan rode with<br />

the MCCC. “But he’s a much<br />

better cyclist than us,” John<br />

admits.<br />

“When we first rode to<br />

West Head, we’d be the only<br />

cycling group there,” Stuart<br />

recalls. “Now it’s standing<br />

room only.”<br />

On Saturdays, the routes<br />

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vary, but are generally between 60 to 100 kilometres. Sometimes<br />

they start at Hornsby and ride to Woy Woy, taking the<br />

train back. Another route starts at North Turramurra and<br />

heads to Berowa and the Galston Gorge. A third is to Palm<br />

Beach and back.<br />

The rides are social rather than competitive, featuring plenty<br />

of on-saddle banter.<br />

Twice a year the club heads to somewhere further afield:<br />

Tumut, Bright, Mount Hotham – with partners acting as support<br />

crew.<br />

They’ve also organised cycling trips abroad including the<br />

South Island of New Zealand, the Italian Dolomites and the<br />

Pyrenees. – Steve Meacham<br />

*If you’re interested in going for a test ride with the MCCC<br />

either arrive at Tempo before 7.30 am on a Wednesday or<br />

phone John (0438 533 844) or Stuart (0429 442 604).<br />

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News<br />

‘My first year on Mackellar w<br />

Independent Federal MP Dr Sophie Scamps<br />

outlines the progress she’s made on behalf of<br />

the residents of Mackellar in the 12 months<br />

since her election. Interview by Nigel Wall<br />

Q: Congratulations on your<br />

one-year anniversary… tell<br />

us, what’s been the biggest<br />

eye-opener from the past 12<br />

months?<br />

The biggest surprise to<br />

me has been the rate and<br />

extent to which change can<br />

happen in Parliament and<br />

how quickly our nation can<br />

respond to important issues<br />

– if the political will is there.<br />

The past 12 months has seen<br />

our country take enormous<br />

strides on important issues<br />

like the climate crisis, international<br />

relations and alliances,<br />

and the transition to a<br />

renewable energy economy. It<br />

feels like Australia is back on<br />

the international stage again<br />

and it feels good to be there.<br />

Q: What has been your most<br />

satisfying achievement?<br />

Prior to the last election<br />

two issues were clear front<br />

runners for our community<br />

– urgent action on climate<br />

change and restoring integrity<br />

to federal politics.<br />

So, I’ve focused on negotiating<br />

with the government<br />

to improve our climate laws,<br />

including enshrining our net<br />

zero 2050 target in law and<br />

strengthening the safeguard<br />

mechanism to ensure our<br />

biggest polluters deliver real<br />

emissions cuts. I’m proud<br />

that Australia is finally on the<br />

road to addressing climate<br />

change.<br />

At the same time, I’m very<br />

proud to have voted in line<br />

with community expectations<br />

for a strong National Anti-<br />

Corruption Commission and<br />

to further push the issue of<br />

integrity in politics with my<br />

‘Ending Jobs for Mates’ Private<br />

LISTENING TO THE COMMUNITY: Dr Sophie Scamps says local issues are<br />

front and centre of her focus as she enters her second year in parliament.<br />

Member’s Bill. This Bill aims<br />

to end the cronyism and ‘jobs<br />

for mates’ culture that has led<br />

to many Australians losing<br />

trust in federal politics.<br />

More locally, it was very<br />

pleasing that after advocating<br />

strongly to all levels of<br />

government that the new NSW<br />

Government listened to my<br />

concerns over the flooding<br />

of the Wakehurst Parkway<br />

and promised to deliver extra<br />

funding for flood mitigation<br />

works.<br />

Q: What is the most pressing<br />

local issue?<br />

People tell me repeatedly<br />

that cost-of-living pressures,<br />

particularly the lack of affordable<br />

housing in the area,<br />

is the major issue of concern.<br />

It is heartbreaking to witness<br />

young families and individu-<br />

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atch’: Scamps<br />

als having to move away from<br />

the Northern Beaches because<br />

they cannot afford to buy<br />

their own home or the high<br />

rents in the area. It separates<br />

people from their families<br />

and networks and drives intergenerational<br />

inequality.<br />

Protecting our local environment<br />

is also an issue that<br />

is very close to the hearts of<br />

the people of Mackellar so<br />

I will continue to campaign<br />

strongly against PEP11 – the<br />

permit to drill for oil and gas<br />

off our coastline. I was proud<br />

to second the Bill of fellow<br />

Northern Beaches Independent<br />

MP Zali Steggall that calls<br />

for this licence to be extinguished<br />

forever.<br />

Q: Are you happy with how<br />

you are being heard by the<br />

Albanese Labor Government?<br />

The Prime Minister and<br />

ministers have been very<br />

open to communicating and<br />

working with me and the<br />

others on the crossbench. The<br />

Prime Minister meets regularly<br />

with the crossbench and<br />

during parliamentary sitting<br />

weeks Government ministers<br />

brief the crossbench weekly<br />

about upcoming legislation<br />

for question and comment.<br />

This is apparently something<br />

that has not happened previously.<br />

Consistent with my promise<br />

to do politics differently, I’ve<br />

been working constructively<br />

with the government to improve<br />

and create better laws<br />

for our nation. For example,<br />

when a Bill to ensure our biggest<br />

polluters cut their emissions<br />

was held up in the Senate,<br />

I helped find a solution<br />

by drafting an amendment<br />

that was broadly accepted and<br />

allowed the Bill to be passed.<br />

The amendment I proposed<br />

to this safeguard mechanism<br />

Bill was to require all new and<br />

expanded fossil fuel facilities<br />

to be net zero from the day<br />

they start operating. This is<br />

now law.<br />

Q: What things have you<br />

requested specific to Mackellar<br />

that are still works in<br />

progress, or have not been<br />

addressed?<br />

Working together with State<br />

and Local governments we’re<br />

making progress on upgrades<br />

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to the Wakehurst Parkway to<br />

reduce the recurrent flooding<br />

and closure of the road<br />

from 6-7 times a year to once<br />

or twice every two years. It<br />

is vital the people of Mackellar<br />

can access their only<br />

public hospital no matter the<br />

weather. I will continue to<br />

push to ensure that both the<br />

flood mitigation works and<br />

upgrades to the road itself<br />

progress.<br />

I’ve also recently requested<br />

that the Federal Communications<br />

Minister intervene on<br />

the unacceptable 3-year delay<br />

in upgrading the mobile telecommunications<br />

infrastructure<br />

at Cottage Point. For<br />

over 20 years, the community<br />

has asked for solutions to the<br />

lack of mobile phone coverage<br />

and internet access to<br />

the area, and still this has<br />

not happened. This is despite<br />

the death of a resident in<br />

2019 after their partner was<br />

unable to contact emergency<br />

services because the landline<br />

was down and there<br />

was no mobile signal. With<br />

the awarding of funding for<br />

the installation of a mobile<br />

phone base station in March<br />

2020 through the Federal<br />

Government’s Mobile Black<br />

Spot Program, the community<br />

was relieved that a solution<br />

was imminent, however<br />

three years later, this is yet to<br />

be installed. It is an unacceptable<br />

situation.<br />

Q: Now the area doesn’t have<br />

a sitting Government member<br />

both federally and State,<br />

will you work collaboratively<br />

with the MP for <strong>Pittwater</strong> to<br />

help hold Chris Minns accountable,<br />

and help lobby for<br />

local improvements?<br />

One of the advantages of<br />

being an Independent is that<br />

I can work with MPs from<br />

across the political spectrum<br />

to stand up for our community.<br />

I am 100% looking forward<br />

to working with both our<br />

new state MPs, Rory Amon in<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>, and Wakehurst’s Independent<br />

MP Michael Regan.<br />

Together we will hold the new<br />

NSW Labor Government to account<br />

and ensure the government<br />

tackles the issues we are<br />

facing here on the Beaches.<br />

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News<br />

No-take proposal<br />

polarises locals<br />

Our story about the planned proposal to<br />

Northern Beaches Council to turn Mona<br />

Vale basin at the north end of the beach<br />

into an aquatic reserve and no-fishing zone<br />

has caused something of a submarine stoush.<br />

Not least between members of the<br />

Dawnbusters ocean swimming group, from<br />

which the ‘Friends of Bongin Bongin Bay’ was<br />

formed.<br />

John Randall, 83, claims to be “the oldest<br />

long-term member of the Dawnbusters”,<br />

having swum with the club for 23 years.<br />

He says the story in the May edition of<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> “… has caused friction at the<br />

beach and anger in the community directed<br />

at us”.<br />

Twice recently, John says, he was confronted<br />

by locals complaining the no fishing proposal<br />

from the ocean swim club was “a scare<br />

campaign”.<br />

An abusive poster festering against the nofishing<br />

proposal has since been removed.<br />

John said he couldn’t defend his fellow<br />

swim club members’ proposal because he and<br />

several other members of the Dawnbusters<br />

don’t agree with it.<br />

Particularly about the club’s insistence that<br />

aquatic life would be destroyed if fishing was<br />

allowed to continue along the beach and the<br />

two rock headlands that stand sentry.<br />

John says he is now too unsteady on his feet<br />

to fish from the rocks anymore.<br />

But he relishes memories of fishing from<br />

the headlands when he was younger.<br />

“I’ve been talking to experienced fishermen<br />

– one who has been fishing here for 65 years<br />

– and they all say they haven’t noticed any<br />

reduction in fish numbers or size.”<br />

John has also spoken to general beachgoers<br />

who, he says, resent one club attempting to<br />

impose restrictions on an environment every<br />

Australian should be able to enjoy.<br />

“These guys (the swim club’s management)<br />

want to swim across the bay every morning,<br />

but want to stop fishermen (being able to<br />

enjoy the same location).<br />

“There’s absolutely no need to ban fishing<br />

off the rocks – and there are a lot of angry<br />

people after your article.”<br />

Friends of Bongin Bongin Bay expect to<br />

finalise and submit their proposal to Council<br />

in late Winter.<br />

– Steve Meacham<br />

*Want your say? Read the submission:<br />

bonginbonginbay.com<br />

6THINGS<br />


Music treat. Peninsula Music<br />

Club presents international<br />

Australian Pianist Andrea Lam<br />

performing favourite classical<br />

works as well as works by<br />

Australian composer Matthew<br />

Hindson who will be live on-stage<br />

providing insight into the pieces,<br />

what inspired them and how they<br />

evolved on Sun 4 from 2.30pm-<br />

4.30pm at St Luke’s Grammar<br />

School Bayview Campus. Tickets<br />

$30 peninsulamusicclub.com.au<br />

or at the door.<br />

Boat safety series. The Royal<br />

Motor Yacht Club at Newport<br />

is hosting a free safety series<br />

this month with a range of guest<br />

speakers, sessions on how to<br />

conduct safety audits, lifejacket<br />

and fire extinguisher checks,<br />

radar and night navigation, flare<br />

and life raft demos and a “First<br />

Mate” ladies technical day. Info at<br />

royalmotor.com.au or 9997 5511.<br />

Weaving Workshop. Join Master<br />

Weaver Aunty Karleen Green at<br />

the Mona Vale Creative Space on<br />

Fri 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 10am-12pm<br />

to weave, listen to stories about<br />

our local history and contribute<br />

to a public artwork as part of<br />

Gai-mariagal Festival. Bookings<br />

through Council website.<br />

Wrestling. International Wrestling<br />

Australia presents Team Northern<br />

Beaches vs Team Western<br />

Sydney, featuring Australian<br />

Heavyweight Champion and<br />

Northern Beaches Local Jackson<br />

Kelly at <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL on Sat 10.<br />

General Admission $22 Adults,<br />

$18 Child. Doors open 7.30pm.<br />

More info pittwaterrsl.com.au.<br />

Author talk. Avalon Library<br />

welcomes Anthea Hodgson who<br />

will talk about her book The War<br />

Nurses – a story of courage and<br />

camaraderie based on a true story<br />

of Australian nurses in WWII. On<br />

Sun 25 at 3pm; book at the library<br />

or call 8495 5080. Tickets $10.<br />

High Tea and Champagne.<br />

Chemical CleanOut. Clear out<br />

your old paint, batteries, poisons,<br />

garden, and household chemicals,<br />

plus motor fuels, globes, smoke<br />

detectors and gas bottles and<br />

safely dispose of them for free at<br />

the Mona Vale Beach car park on<br />

Sat 24 and Sun 25 from 9am-3pm;<br />

more info epa.nsw.gov.au<br />

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New Independent Wakehurst<br />

MP Michael Regan<br />

has extracted confirmation<br />

from the Minns State Government<br />

that it will honour<br />

its pre-election pledge of<br />

increased funding to hasten<br />

flood mitigation works and<br />

safety and capacity improvements<br />

on the Wakehurst<br />

Parkway.<br />

The former Northern<br />

Beaches Mayor used his first<br />

question in parliament to ask:<br />

“Will this government deliver<br />

its pre-election commitment<br />

of $13 million for flood mitigation<br />

work, as well as the<br />

previous budget allocation<br />

of $75 million dollars for the<br />

Wakehurst Parkway, so that<br />

the people of the Northern<br />

Beaches can rely on this crucial<br />

arterial road?”<br />

In response, Transport Minister<br />

Jo Haylen confirmed the<br />

Government’s $13 million commitment<br />

to fast-track work on<br />

flood mitigation measures, in<br />

addition to the $18.1m already<br />

provided to Northern Beaches<br />

Council by the former Liberal<br />

State Government to improve<br />

flood mitigation on Wakehurst<br />

Parkway.<br />

“The NSW Government is<br />

investing $75m in total to improve<br />

safety and capacity on<br />

the parkway,” she added.<br />

“It is a critical thoroughfare<br />

but it is also surrounded by<br />

places of important cultural<br />

heritage and environmental<br />

significance, so the Government<br />

needs to get this right.”<br />

Ms Haylen said the Government<br />

would carry out the<br />

widening of Dreadnought<br />

Road to the Oxford Falls Road<br />

intersection, with an additional<br />

southbound lane from<br />

Dreadnought Road to Trefoil<br />

Creek, and improvements<br />

at Elanora Road at Elanora<br />

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FOCUS: Fast-tracking<br />

flood mitigation works.<br />

Parkway funding confirmed<br />

Heights and Mirrool Street at<br />

North Narrabeen.<br />

“The investigations and<br />

works will ensure that this<br />

Government gets this right,<br />

and the community will be<br />

informed along the way,” she<br />

said.<br />

“The proposed improvements<br />

to the road will help<br />

to reduce accidents. They<br />

will improve access to the<br />

Northern Beaches Hospital<br />

– a something that is very<br />

important for the member’s<br />

community. Ultimately, it will<br />

save commuters time.<br />

“It will improve road safety,<br />

network efficiency, capacity<br />

for future traffic flow, public<br />

transport and active transport<br />

opportunities.<br />

“While a lot of the work will<br />

be carried out to minimise<br />

traffic impacts, there will be<br />

some disruptions along the<br />

way.”<br />

Ms Haylen added the Government<br />

wanted to make sure<br />

it dealt with any environmental<br />

impacts.<br />

Mr Regan said the upgrades<br />

to the Parkway were something<br />

he had pushed for both<br />

as Mayor of Northern Beaches<br />

Council and during the NSW<br />

election.<br />

“It is heartening that the<br />

new Government has officially<br />

confirmed this funding<br />

for our community,” he said.<br />

“The long-overdue attention<br />

the Wakehurst Parkway<br />

will now receive comes after<br />

decades of neglect and inaction<br />

from governments of all<br />

persuasions.<br />

“Now that funding has been<br />

confirmed, the works should<br />

begin as soon as is practical,”<br />

he said. – Nigel Wall<br />

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Tree fines: ‘Increase the hurt’<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>-based community<br />

group Canopy Keepers<br />

is urging Northern<br />

Beaches Council to increase<br />

the financial penalty for the<br />

illegal removal of trees.<br />

The group also want Council<br />

to advertise tree removal<br />

applications and permits<br />

onsite, with signage as per<br />

current Development Application<br />

displays.<br />

Their calls follow a decision<br />

in Manly Court on May<br />

9 where a developer was<br />

convicted of the removal of 14<br />

trees from a construction site<br />

at North Narrabeen in 2021.<br />

The defendant was ordered<br />

to pay a fine of $10,000 plus<br />

professional legal costs, with<br />

the court judgment describing<br />

the offence as a “serious<br />

breach”.<br />

Canopy Keepers spokeswoman<br />

Deborah Collins said<br />

although the group welcomed<br />

the successful prosecution,<br />

the penalty was insufficient<br />

deterrent.<br />

“Unfortunately, we need to<br />

increase the hurt,” Ms Collins<br />

said.<br />

Council was first alerted to<br />

the issue in September 2021<br />

after receiving a complaint<br />

about the removal of a tree at<br />

a construction site in North<br />

Narrabeen.<br />

On inspection, Council<br />

found that 14 trees had been<br />

removed in contravention of a<br />

development consent.<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

Interim CEO Louise Kerr said<br />

the case served as an important<br />

reminder of the need<br />

to comply with development<br />

consents.<br />

WATERED DOWN DETERRENT: Canopy Keepers’ Deborah Collins wants<br />

financial penalties for the illegal removal of trees increased.<br />

“Northern Beaches Council<br />

is committed to protecting<br />

and maintaining trees and<br />

bushland, especially threatened<br />

species and trees with<br />

heritage significance,” Ms<br />

Kerr said.<br />

“Council has zero tolerance<br />

to these types of offences and<br />

takes these matters seriously.<br />

“While these 14 trees have<br />

sadly been removed, we hope<br />

that this will serve as an<br />

important reminder to others<br />

in the community to comply<br />

with conditions of their<br />

development consent and not<br />

remove trees without Council<br />

permission.”<br />

Canopy Keepers’ Ms Collins<br />

told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>: “We support<br />

Council’s stand of Zero<br />

Tolerance with breaches of<br />

this kind… residents have a<br />

high expectation that Council<br />

is able to act in such circumstances<br />

and yet more often<br />

than not our canopy and our<br />

wildlife suffer an irreversible<br />

loss with limited reparation.<br />

“The NSW Department<br />

of Planning says it gives<br />

Councils extensive powers<br />

to investigate incidents and<br />

penalise offenders, yet we believe<br />

many at Council would<br />

agree that there is much in<br />

the legislation that requires<br />

reviewing and improving – including<br />

an easier way to bring<br />

about convictions.”<br />

She pointed to Ku-ring-gai<br />

Council as leading the way to<br />

have illegal tree removal fines<br />

increased.<br />

Ms Collins urged Northern<br />

Beaches Council to join with<br />

other councils to ensure fines<br />

were increased, as well as<br />

amend the ‘burden of proof’<br />

legislation.<br />

“We call on the Council to<br />

advertise tree removal applications<br />

and permits onsite<br />

– just as they do DAs.<br />

“This allows residents to<br />

know in advance what is happening<br />

to their community of<br />

trees and why it is happening<br />

– and this alone could avert<br />

many illegal removals.”<br />

She noted that in the North<br />

Narrabeen case, the developer<br />

received a $10,000 fine 18<br />

months after the offence.<br />

“That’s $700 per tree for<br />

possibly 70-100 years of<br />

growth – such a fine is not a<br />

deterrent to a developer or a<br />

wealthy home buyer, it simply<br />

is part of the development<br />

cost and seen as such,” Ms<br />

Collins said.<br />

She added that planting<br />

replacement tree stock, that<br />

took decades to mature, did<br />

not replace habitat or canopy,<br />

and with often a low compliance,<br />

this solution was<br />

flawed.<br />

Ms Collins said another<br />

layer of deterrent could be<br />

added if tree loppers were<br />

made accountable after carrying<br />

out illegal services for<br />

their clients.<br />

“In this instance was the<br />

tree lopper also fined? If a<br />

tree lopper was at risk of being<br />

listed on the NBC website<br />

or newsletter as disreputable,<br />

might that deter them?” she<br />

posed.<br />

Ms Collins said the<br />

vigilance of residents was<br />

essential in deterring illegal<br />

tree felling.<br />

“Follow the sound of the<br />

chainsaw, take photos of<br />

the tree felling, call Council,<br />

check the NBC website for approvals,<br />

talk to neighbours,”<br />

she said. – Nigel Wall<br />

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22 JUNE <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Govt delivers Council a $3m blow<br />

Northern Beaches Council has slammed<br />

the Minns State Government for withdrawing<br />

crucial Environmental Services<br />

Levy insurance subsidies it pays NSW<br />

Councils, which will leave our Council with<br />

a $3.1 operating budget deficit heading into<br />

the new financial year.<br />

Newly elected Mayor Sue Heins labelled<br />

the move a “cost-shifting exercise”, while<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> State MP Rory Amon warned<br />

Labor’s move would likely force Council to<br />

raise its rates, further impacting the hip<br />

pockets of ratepayers during the current<br />

cost-of-living crisis.<br />

Mayor Heins said Labor had dumped a<br />

highly damaging increase in the Emergency<br />

Services Levy (ESL) on all NSW councils<br />

without warning heading into the <strong>2023</strong>-’24<br />

financial year.<br />

She said the sharp rise in the ESL<br />

through a 19.5 per cent increase and the<br />

removal of the existing subsidy paid by the<br />

NSW Government to offset levy increases<br />

in recent years would result in a $3.1 million<br />

spike (50 per cent increase) in its costs<br />

in <strong>2023</strong>-’24.<br />

“This sudden announcement by the NSW<br />

Government came after we had finalised<br />

our draft <strong>2023</strong>-’24 budget and started consulting<br />

our community on a plan we can<br />

no longer afford to fully fund,” she said.<br />

“This means we will now have to look at<br />

cutting costs elsewhere to meet this sharp<br />

increase in the levy.<br />

“It impacts our community because we<br />

may not be able to provide all the programs<br />

and services we had planned to.”<br />

Mayor Heins explained the NSW Government<br />

had paid an ESL subsidy to Councils<br />

since 2019-’20. The subsidy covered the<br />

large increase in the ESL in recent years<br />

due to increasing costs following bushfires<br />

and floods, along with funding reforms<br />

to workers’ compensation for firefighters<br />

with work-related cancers.<br />

“Now NSW Councils are being asked to<br />

fund significant rises in emergency services<br />

budgets,” Mayor Heins said.<br />

In the <strong>2023</strong>-’24 financial year, Northern<br />

Beaches Council’s ESL will increase by $3.1<br />


million, comprising a $1.5 million (19.5 per<br />

cent) increase in the levy to $9.3 million,<br />

and $1.6 million through the removal of<br />

the levy subsidy.<br />

The ESL is paid by councils and insurance<br />

companies to support NSW emergency<br />

services including Fire & Rescue, State<br />

Emergency Service and Rural Fire Service.<br />

Insurers of property in NSW fund almost<br />

74 per cent of the costs. They collect<br />

an Emergency Services Levy from their<br />

customers as part of insurance premiums,<br />

which is passed onto the NSW Government.<br />

All NSW Councils fund 11.7 per cent of<br />

the costs of emergency services. Unlike<br />

the insurance industry, councils are not<br />

permitted to pass this levy directly onto<br />

customers through rates notices.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> MP Rory Amon, a former <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Ward councillor, said the new Labor<br />

Government had “ripped the carpet out<br />

from underneath our local Council”.<br />

“They have told them to fund the levy increase<br />

themselves, leaving us $3.1 million<br />

worse off this year alone,” he said.<br />

“This hike threatens the Council cancellation<br />

core services or projects, such as<br />

the delivery of new footpaths or surf club<br />

upgrades. This is unacceptable.<br />

“Labor’s decision demonstrates how out<br />

BUSHFIRES: The Northern<br />

Beaches remain a high-risk<br />

of natural disaster area.<br />

of touch they are with local communities,<br />

and they need to wake up to the enormous<br />

challenges being faced in communities<br />

across the state.<br />

“This decision of Labor will only further<br />

hurt families because Council will likely<br />

need to yet again increase rates to make up<br />

the $3.1 million difference, or by cutting<br />

key services or projects.”<br />

Mr Amon said local community services<br />

had long been funded through a costsharing<br />

arrangement between insurers,<br />

Councils and the NSW Government.<br />

“The former Liberal Government understood<br />

that local councils simply couldn’t<br />

afford any increase to their contribution as<br />

a result of COVID-19, natural disasters and<br />

other economic challenges,” he said.<br />

“I am proud of the former Government’s<br />

commitment to communities by delivering<br />

millions of dollars to local Councils<br />

to cover the cost of levy increases, so that<br />

Council could focus on core community<br />

services and projects.”<br />

Mayor Heins said Council rejected the<br />

move outright and had resolved to call on<br />

the NSW Government to reinstate the ESL<br />

subsidy.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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JUNE <strong>2023</strong> 23

News<br />

Helping youth stage their identity<br />

Since its resurrection two<br />

years ago, the Northern<br />

Beaches Youth Theatre<br />

has gone from strength to<br />

strength – and now it wants<br />

your help in growing further.<br />

“There’s always a lot of<br />

laughter and fun. Myself and<br />

Chantal feel very privileged<br />

to work with the kids,” says<br />

Victoria Lockhart.<br />

Chantal is Chantal Harrison,<br />

who along with<br />

Victoria are the co-directors<br />

of Northern Beaches Youth<br />

Theatre (NBYT). <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong><br />

last talked to the pair two<br />

years ago when they started<br />

NBYT back up after a 10-year<br />

hiatus. Previous to that, it had<br />

two decades producing great<br />

plays and great young actors<br />

– Chantal was NBYT alumni<br />

herself.<br />

Back in 2021 the theatre<br />

was about to put on a production<br />

of the heart-warming<br />

play ‘Hating Alison Ashley’.<br />

It’s safe to say it was quite a<br />

success.<br />

“It was excellent,” says<br />

Victoria, “we really chose the<br />

right play to do and so there<br />

was a sigh of relief afterwards.<br />

“The audience loved it, the<br />

kids loved doing it, and we<br />

could see that we were servicing<br />

a part of the Northern<br />

Beaches which had not happened<br />

in a long time.”<br />

Another contemporary play<br />

came next: ‘School of Sharks’<br />

was written about life on an<br />

isthmus, the strip of land out<br />

to an island.<br />

“We saw some irony in<br />

doing the play on the peninsula,”<br />

says Victoria, “and it<br />

was something that appealed<br />

to the youth – there are some<br />

mental health issues in it,<br />

which seemed especially<br />

heightened in young people<br />

after COVID.<br />

“Like with ‘Hating Alison<br />

Ashley’ we had a double cast<br />

as so many kids wanted to be<br />

involved. The play is full of<br />

humour and coping mechanisms<br />

for dealing with mental<br />

health.”<br />

And indeed the NBYT itself<br />

is very much an antidote<br />

to the pressures of being<br />

a young person in today’s<br />

world.<br />

“It’s a stepping stone to confidence<br />

in many ways,” agrees<br />

Victoria. “Students come out<br />

of their shell and it gives<br />

them a voice. Kids that were<br />

quiet and shy are suddenly<br />

animated.”<br />

‘Christmas Carol High<br />

School’ – again with a double<br />

cast – was the latest production.<br />

And now with ‘Anne<br />

of Green Gables’ about to<br />

premiere, the theatre is very<br />

much looking to take its next<br />

growth step.<br />

“We’re looking for more<br />

youth to get involved, but also<br />

more adults,” explains Victoria,<br />

“and we want the community<br />

to know we’re there.”<br />

”We’re building ourselves<br />

as a theatre and we’re now<br />

looking for people to assist<br />

with grant applications,”<br />

BOOST: Victoria and<br />

Chantal (rear) say<br />

Northern Beaches<br />

Youth Theatre provides<br />

kids with a stepping<br />

stone to confidence.<br />

she said. “We’re looking for<br />

philanthropists and we want<br />

to grow.<br />

“We know now that we’re<br />

needed and appreciated.<br />

It’s a safe space for youth<br />

to explore and get into that<br />

lovely creative and imaginative<br />

space. They can free<br />

themselves and feel ownership<br />

and pride over what they<br />

create. We’re facilitating their<br />

creativity.<br />

“But to do more, we need<br />

more finances.”<br />

If you want to get involved,<br />

the Home Theatre is in Warriewood<br />

at <strong>Pittwater</strong> Uniting<br />

Church. Rehearsals are<br />

4.30pm to 6.30pm on a Friday<br />

evening. And that ramps up<br />

coming up to production<br />

time – which is the case now,<br />

with ‘Anne of Green Gables’<br />

next up.<br />

“The kids have just loved<br />

it,” says Victoria. “We hadn’t<br />

done anything traditional<br />

up until now and this is a<br />

straight adaptation of the<br />

story.”<br />

“It’s been great to do a<br />

traditional piece, with people<br />

involved in creating the set<br />

and costumes that requires –<br />

so that people could see our<br />

scope and variety.<br />

“And everyone has loved it.<br />

They giggle a lot at the language,<br />

and it’s a great education<br />

for them.” – Rob Pegley<br />

*Anne of Green Gables performances<br />

<strong>June</strong> 15 and 17<br />

(Cast A) and <strong>June</strong> 22 and 24<br />

(Cast B). Tickets @ Humanitix.com;<br />

Adults $20, Youth/<br />

concession $12, Family $50.<br />

Email infonbyt@gmail.com<br />

24 JUNE <strong>2023</strong><br />

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SEEN…<br />

The notice from NSW Liberal HQ appointing <strong>Pittwater</strong> MP<br />

Rory Amon Shadow Assistant Minister for Planning and<br />

Public Spaces, Housing, and Youth. Mr Amon told <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong>: “These portfolios shape our future. We need sustainable<br />

planning policies, better activation and sensitive use of our<br />

public spaces, effective policies for affordable and social<br />

housing, and ensuring that Government provides a wholeof-government<br />

approach to youth issues to make sure our<br />

future generations are represented. Labor have promised to<br />

dump more density in <strong>Pittwater</strong> and the Northern Beaches<br />

and have no plans for more infrastructure… I will advocate<br />

against inappropriate development which may be pursued<br />

by the NSW Labor Government in <strong>Pittwater</strong>.” Also, more a not<br />

seen – the wait goes on for the posted decision by the Sydney<br />

North Planning Panel on the future of Newport Surf Club.<br />

A public meeting was held on 16 May, when the Panel heard<br />

verbal submissions and asked questions of representatives of<br />

Council (the applicant) and other interested parties – including<br />

the Surf Club and Surfrider Foundation. The Panel’s website<br />

indicates that a determination has now been deferred “… to<br />

enable further consideration of complex statutory and policy<br />

requirements” and “to ensure that an informed decision can<br />

be made”. The Panel says it will now determine the matter<br />

“electronically”. No time frame was provided. Previously the<br />

Panel had indicated it would aim to publish its decision within<br />

seven days after the public meeting. (An earlier determination<br />

by a differently constituted Panel refused the DA.)<br />

HEARD…<br />

Still with Rory Amon, the <strong>Pittwater</strong> MP has slammed the<br />

Albanese Federal Government’s <strong>2023</strong>-24 budget for its failure to<br />

deliver anything for environmental initiatives, local community<br />

groups, organisations, or for local infrastructure projects<br />

in <strong>Pittwater</strong>. “Labor completely ignored <strong>Pittwater</strong> and the<br />

Northern Beaches altogether. There was not one cent of new<br />

funding for our community groups or infrastructure. This is<br />

despite an exhaustive consultation process being undertaken<br />

by the Government with councils, community groups and<br />

Independent MPs to determine community needs.” … Did<br />

you know that the Federal seat of Mackellar, despite having<br />

an incumbent Independent MP in Dr Sophie Scamps, also has<br />

its very own ‘Senator for Mackellar’ – Labor’s Tony Sheldon?<br />

No, it was news to us, too. Last month Senator Sheldon’s office<br />

announced that Labor had granted <strong>Pittwater</strong> High School<br />

$25,000 for refurbishment, repairs and maintenance, as part<br />

of a $32 million nationwide program. Senator Sheldon also<br />

confirmed Labor’s commitment of $500,000 for a community<br />

battery at Warriewood (like the battery installed at Beacon Hill<br />

in 2021 – pictured). But as Dr Scamps told us: “While that’s<br />

great news, it’s clear that ongoing community consultation by<br />

Ausgrid is required<br />

to find a suitable<br />

location.” She said<br />

the first consultation<br />

had identified<br />

broad support for<br />

community batteries<br />

and the transition<br />

towards cleaner,<br />

cheaper energy in<br />

Mackellar. But not<br />

all residents were<br />

on the same page<br />

about its proposed location<br />

(Valley View Reserve at Parkland Way). “And so I look forward<br />

to working with the Government and Ausgrid to find either a<br />

suitable location for the battery or an alternative solution such<br />

as installing a fleet of smaller batteries that attach to power<br />

poles,” Dr Scamps said. “This technology is being proposed<br />

in other electorates and could be perfect for the Warriewood<br />

community.” Meanwhile, Senator Sheldon’s spokesman said<br />

that while it was presumed constituents would first approach<br />

sitting MP Dr Scamps with their concerns about local issues, the<br />

Senator was also happy to be approached.<br />

ABSURD…<br />

Council’s Local Traffic<br />

Committee is currently<br />

working with Northern<br />

Beaches Police to audit<br />

electric bike, electric<br />

scooter, electric<br />

rollerblades, electric<br />

skateboards and other<br />

bike usage, on our various<br />

shared paths, bike paths<br />

and footpaths. The audit<br />

is examining how Police<br />

and Council rangers can<br />

target non-compliance<br />

with road rules. Which is great. To<br />

complement that, Council have compiled a quiz which they’ve<br />

posted on their website, inviting locals to test their knowledge<br />

on e-bike safety. They’re encouraging folk to enter by offering<br />

the chance to win one of five $100 gift vouchers. Trouble is the<br />

short, multiple-choice quiz content doesn’t go to any lengths to<br />

actually educate participants about what you can and can’t do.<br />

It’s a curious form of parenting. Surely Council would be better<br />

off posting a Facts sheet, to deliver absolute clarity about the<br />

legalities of e-bikes (and other) and their usage. But if you’re<br />

interested in winning a gift voucher, head to Council’s website;<br />

you have until Thursday <strong>June</strong> 15 to enter.<br />

26 JUNE <strong>2023</strong><br />

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

Local Probus Club<br />

<strong>June</strong> speaker news<br />

The newly formed Bilgola<br />

Plateau Probus Club<br />

reports they have reached a<br />

membership of 84-strong.<br />

They meet at 10am on the<br />

first Friday of every month<br />

at Newport Bowling Club.<br />

The speaker at their next<br />

meeting on Friday 2 <strong>June</strong> will<br />

be Chris Gotham, volunteer<br />

ambassador from Australian<br />

mental health and well-being<br />

organisation Beyond Blue.<br />

Chris will share his personal<br />

experience of dealing with<br />

depression and his road to<br />

recovery. More info Shelley<br />

Barwick (0415 538 864). The<br />

speaker at the next Newport<br />

Probus Club meeting will be<br />

Jon Simpson. He will speak<br />

about The Sydney Heritage<br />

Fleet, which he describes as<br />

Sydney’s best kept secret.<br />

The meeting will be held at<br />

Newport Bowling Club on<br />

Thursday 1 <strong>June</strong>, commencing<br />

at 10am. Visitors welcome;<br />

more info call President Di<br />

Burrell (0410 465 303). The<br />

Combined Probus Club of<br />

Mona Vale meets the third<br />

Tuesday of each month in the<br />

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

Club (from 10am). On <strong>June</strong><br />

20 the guest speaker will be<br />

author Warren Henry. Warren<br />

says he was born curious –<br />

small wonder then that he<br />

includes 24 years as a Private<br />

Investigator in a resume of<br />

careers that have included<br />

wine production, export, film<br />

making, management training<br />

and hospitality. Warren will<br />

be discussing his book, ‘The<br />

Ark in your Pocket’, in which<br />

he addresses a dilemma<br />

facing the modern family:<br />

How do we maintain bonds<br />

Ice Skating fun returns<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL’s hugely popular<br />

Ice Skating Spectacular<br />

is returning for a third successive<br />

year, with the Club’s allweather<br />

area to be converted<br />

into a Winter Wonderland<br />

from July 1-16.<br />

Presenting an exciting<br />

experience for the whole family<br />

during the Winter school<br />

holidays, the 225-square-metre<br />

all-ice rink will be open daily,<br />

with ice skating sessions running<br />

for 45 minutes starting<br />

on the hour every hour.<br />

The pop-up rink is the<br />

perfect activity for families,<br />

sporting teams, and corporate<br />

groups looking for a fun and<br />

unique experience.<br />

Children under four years<br />

old must be accompanied by<br />

an adult on the ice, and there<br />

are penguin ice skating aids<br />

available for hire for small<br />

children who need extra assistance.<br />

“We are excited to bring<br />

back the Ice Skating Spectacular<br />

to the Northern Beaches.<br />

After the success of last year’s<br />

event, we wanted to give the<br />

community another chance<br />

to enjoy <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s leading<br />

services once again” said Club<br />

CEO Jason Manning.<br />

Book tickets and times online<br />

at pittwaterrsl.com.au<br />

of intimacy and togetherness<br />

when we live ever further<br />

apart? Warren reveals new<br />

ways to preserve and pass<br />

on the best bits of family, the<br />

stories of who we are and<br />

where we came from. Visitors<br />

welcome; more info 1300<br />

630 488. The next meeting of<br />

Palm Beach and Peninsula<br />

Probus Club is on Wednesday<br />

15 <strong>June</strong>, with former Detective<br />

Superintendent Deb Wallace<br />

their guest speaker. Deb’s<br />

trail-blazing career and long<br />

experience in commanding a<br />

range of specialist crime<br />

squads led to her hosting<br />

‘Million Dollar Murders’<br />

for Channel 9. Working<br />

collaboratively with NSW and<br />

Victorian Police and with<br />

$1m reward on offer, the<br />

show aimed to shine a light<br />

on unsolved cases. Visitors<br />

welcome; meeting at Club<br />

Palm Beach commencing 9.30<br />

am. More info call Carmel<br />

(0414 978 465). The speaker at<br />

the next meeting of <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Mens Probus Club at Mona<br />

Vale Surf Club on Tuesday<br />

13 <strong>June</strong> will be member Bill<br />

Sherman, who will trace the<br />

history of firearms (and what<br />

makes them go bang) from<br />

their early days in ancient<br />

China through to the present<br />

day. Commences 10am;<br />

visitors welcome. More info<br />

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

Sailing Club in<br />

history shout-out<br />

Narrabeen Lakes Sailing Club<br />

is calling on members of the<br />

local community to help them<br />

write their history so they<br />

can publish a book in time for<br />

their 120-year anniversary in<br />

2025. Publicity Officer David<br />

Continued on page 30<br />

28 JUNE <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Welcome to Ocean Country<br />

Tens of thousands of Humpback Whales<br />

are expected to migrate north along the<br />

East Coast of Australia from <strong>June</strong> to September;<br />

traditionally the indigenous Garigal<br />

people of the Northern Beaches, whose totem<br />

is the whale, welcomed the migration to their<br />

Ocean Coast.<br />

On <strong>June</strong> 3, environmental<br />

organisation Living<br />

Ocean will facilitate<br />

a Welcome to Ocean<br />

Country for the humpback<br />

whale migration,<br />

commencing 7:30am at<br />

the Avalon Beach Surf<br />

Club (last year’s event<br />

pictured).<br />

A Garigal elder will<br />

perform a smoking ceremony, followed by<br />

whale songs on the didgeridoo, and finally<br />

the local community will call the whales in<br />

the traditional way by squeaking their feet in<br />

the sands of Avalon Beach.<br />

The ceremony will mark the beginning<br />

of Living Ocean’s <strong>2023</strong> whales and climate<br />

research program, which is being planned to<br />

span humpback behavioural research from<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>; humpback non-invasive GPS tagging<br />

from Eden; and the humpback Antarctic<br />

research project.<br />

Living Ocean says the <strong>2023</strong> research program<br />

is critical as it will help fill significant<br />

data gaps on shifting migratory patterns due<br />

to climate change.<br />

Living Ocean Vice President David Cousins<br />

said that the world’s oceans hit their warmest<br />

temperatures on record for the fourth year<br />

in a row in 2022, with many scientists saying<br />

<strong>2023</strong> would take our<br />

oceans into uncharted<br />

territories.<br />

“As the oceans warm,<br />

they are also acidifying,<br />

putting krill, the<br />

humpbacks’ main food<br />

source in the Southern<br />

Ocean, under increasing<br />

threat,” he said.<br />

“The crustaceans’<br />

shells are eaten away by the acid, reducing<br />

their reproduction and survival rate.<br />

“Additionally, the location of krill concentrations<br />

on the migration route is changing<br />

because of shifts in ocean currents, adding<br />

to the difficulty humpbacks have in finding<br />

food during their long migrations.”<br />

Living Ocean is already observing reduced<br />

body weight in humpbacks migrating north<br />

from their feeding grounds at the Antarctic<br />

shelf.<br />

More info Simon Hayward: simon@livingocean.org.au<br />

or call 0411 416 643.<br />

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News<br />

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

Continued from page 29<br />

Loomes said he anticipated<br />

that the book would include<br />

several chapters which would<br />

document the evolution of<br />

the Club,. Unfortunately<br />

records and memorabilia<br />

were destroyed by fire in<br />

2021, so the Club is asking<br />

past members and friends to<br />

participate in this project by<br />

writing their own anecdotes<br />

which will be collated and<br />

included. To contribute, email<br />

nlschistory@myyahoo.com<br />

New facilities for<br />

Porter Reserve<br />

A new amenities building<br />

and kiosk has opened at<br />

Porter Reserve in Newport –<br />

with the aim of supporting<br />

an increase in female<br />

participation in sport. Home<br />

to Newport Breakers Rugby<br />

Club and Newport Junior<br />

Rugby Club the Reserve is<br />

used heavily during Winter<br />

for rugby training, games<br />

and gala days. The focus of<br />

the new amenities building<br />

is a female change room with<br />

toilets and showers, which<br />

complements the existing<br />

change rooms, a first aid<br />

room, accessible amenities,<br />

canteen and balcony area<br />

and seating. At the official<br />

opening on 28 April, the club<br />

were joined by Rugby royalty<br />

with the Australian Women’s<br />

7’s team attending. Newport<br />

Junior Rugby Club President<br />

Josh Griggs said: “These great<br />

new facilities will support the<br />

enjoyment, accessibility and<br />

solidify our commitment to<br />

inclusive rugby for all.” The<br />

build took eight months to<br />

complete and cost $1.1 million.<br />

Scotland Island<br />

takes to the stage<br />

A new historical fiction<br />

play based on two women<br />

important to the history of<br />

Scotland Island will premiere<br />

at the island community<br />

hall in <strong>June</strong>. Written by<br />

Jasper Marlow and featuring<br />

Continued on page 32<br />

Finding ability through creativity<br />

Local Northern Beaches<br />

community access and<br />

social program, Explore<br />

Social has spent the past 18<br />

months building a strong<br />

platform in bringing together<br />

young adults from all<br />

abilities to be more confident<br />

and learn new skills<br />

and passions.<br />

Co-founder, Jess Summerfield<br />

praised the local<br />

community in supporting<br />

their cause.<br />

“Explore Social is all about<br />

being supportive and the<br />

community has been so supportive<br />

of us which has been<br />

awesome, it’s helped our clients<br />

discover so many new<br />

things about themselves,”<br />

said Jess.<br />

One key area of success<br />

has been creative-based<br />

activities which have opened<br />

the door for clients to explore<br />

their creative side and<br />

develop a strong sense of<br />

pride and ownership.<br />

Moving into <strong>2023</strong> and<br />

beyond Explore Social plans<br />

to grow their initiative of<br />

building pride through art<br />

in developing dedicated art<br />

classes for people of all ages<br />

and abilities.<br />

“We’re finding that art<br />

just breaks all boundaries,<br />

it doesn’t matter your age<br />

or ability you can create<br />

something and the positive<br />

results we’re seeing now it’s<br />

exciting to expand into the<br />

dedicated classes,” said Jess.<br />

*To view the works visit<br />

exploresocial.com.au<br />

30 JUNE <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

‘Granny Flats’ make sound investment<br />

Want to safeguard yourself against inflation and cost of<br />

living pressures? The trending, low-risk investment option<br />

offering great returns is not what you might think…<br />

No, it’s not Bitcoin or crowdfunding another<br />

tech start-up. It’s tangible and you can<br />

keep a close eye on it – as it’s in your backyard!<br />

Although its name can be polarising, it has so<br />

much more potential than the humble ‘Granny<br />

Flat’ label would suggest.<br />

Chris Willoughby, Director of local Granny<br />

Flat builder Bungalow Homes, answers some<br />

topical questions.<br />

Q: Why should I look to invest in a Granny<br />

Flat?<br />

While demand for typical ‘Granny Flat’ use<br />

– where family members move into a smaller<br />

home on a property – remains strong, we are<br />

now seeing more people looking to create additional<br />

income streams by taking advantage of<br />

this lucrative option.<br />

A deepening of the rental crisis is placing<br />

upward pressure on rental prices – it’s only set<br />

to worsen due to limited supply, the current<br />

squeeze on credit, and reduced residential<br />

building activity.<br />

This represents an opportunity for investors.<br />

We have clients who rent out their Granny<br />

Flats and are using the additional income to<br />

fulfil their travel goals; or they have moved into<br />

READY TO HELP: The Bungalow Homes team.<br />

the Granny Flat and are renting their larger<br />

home. This just shows that a Granny Flat can<br />

offer superb flexibility. Combined with rental<br />

returns, Granny Flats are also proven to add<br />

value to your property.<br />

On the Northern Beaches, our 2-bedroom<br />

Granny Flats have recently seen rental returns<br />

of more than $900 per week. Even 1-bedroom<br />

Granny Flats are renting for more than $550<br />

per week.<br />

However, the rental does not have to be<br />

long-term and fixed. Being in the Northern<br />

Beaches, a highly sought-after location with<br />

few other accommodation options, you can<br />

use short-stay websites such as Airbnb to help<br />

facilitate casual rentals – allowing you to have<br />

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guests when you want, while still creating great<br />

returns.<br />

One of our newly completed bungalows in<br />

Collaroy has been renting for short stays during<br />

May for over $1,000 per week – and it’s not<br />

even peak season.<br />

Alternative property investment options<br />

come with their own costs – stamp duty, strata<br />

fees, Council rates, land tax. The Granny Flat<br />

option is much more cost-effective, and so the<br />

returns are much greater.<br />

Q: I’ve heard stories of expensive construction<br />

and delays; is now the right time?<br />

At Bungalow Homes we have developed<br />

an innovative design which can be completed<br />

in half the time of our custom Granny Flats.<br />

The design utilises interconnecting concrete<br />

panels which form structural walls, and by<br />

incorporating architectural design and quality<br />

finishes, we have created a very durable, lowmaintenance<br />

home at a new lower price point<br />

in the Granny Flat market.<br />

Although finance costs are a little higher<br />

right now, returns remain strong, especially<br />

when compared to alternative investment<br />

options.<br />

We are passionate about the returns our<br />

Granny Flats can provide and offer all our<br />

clients a complimentary site assessment and<br />

feasibility report, so that they can fully evaluate<br />

this option with no obligation.

News<br />

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

Continued from page 30<br />

“many local celebrities”,<br />

‘Two Catherines: A Twisted<br />

Scotland Island Tale’ will be<br />

performed on <strong>June</strong> 16, 17 and<br />

23, 24 from 7.30pm. More info<br />

scotlandisland.org.au.<br />

Gotta love The Shack<br />

The Shack Live Music Club<br />

is held on the first Saturday<br />

of each month at the Ted<br />

Blackwood Hall, Warriewood.<br />

Each show features three<br />

live music acts in a cabaret<br />

candlelit atmosphere with BYO<br />

nibbles and drink for an<br />

affordable and enjoyable night<br />

of live entertainment. Next<br />

concert on 3 <strong>June</strong> features<br />

Daddy Longlegs and the<br />

Swamp Donkeys, Wild Thyme<br />

and Greg Nunan. Then on<br />

July 1 enjoy performances<br />

from Kevin Bennett,<br />

Traditional Graffiti and Dead<br />

Mellow. Entry $30 cash at door<br />

(no wi-fi f) or tickets/booking<br />

at shackfolk.com.<br />

Hospital Auxiliary<br />

in call for help<br />

The Mona Vale Hospital<br />

Auxiliary members are hoping<br />

to increase their numbers of<br />

volunteers to help with stalls<br />

Sue Heins elected new Mayor<br />

Councillor Sue Heins has been elected the<br />

new Mayor of the Northern Beaches. Council<br />

voted for the position at an Extraordinary Meeting<br />

in May, following Michael Regan’s resignation<br />

from the role. A second May<br />

meeting saw Councillor David<br />

Walton elected as Deputy Mayor.<br />

Cr Heins, who represents the<br />

Curl Curl Ward, was first elected<br />

to Council in 2012. She will hold<br />

the position of Mayor for four<br />

months before the next Mayoral<br />

election is held in September.<br />

Cr Heins has lived and worked<br />

on the Northern Beaches for<br />

more than 25 years. She has supported<br />

the local small business<br />

community passionately for<br />

many years, running networking<br />

events and facilitating mentoring<br />

programs.<br />

Cr Heins is also involved<br />

with several charities and is<br />

currently Chairperson of Women & Children<br />

First (domestic violence services) and Women’s<br />

Healing Sanctuary. In 2015, Cr Heins received<br />

the Minister’s Award for Women in Local Government<br />

for her outstanding contributions to<br />

Council and the community.<br />

New-Mayor Heins acknowledged the work<br />

of former Mayor Michael Regan, who has been<br />

elected the Member for Wakehurst in the NSW<br />

State Parliament, and said she<br />

was honoured to accept the role.<br />

“I am looking forward to collaborating<br />

with my fellow Councillors<br />

and thrilled to serve the<br />

Northern Beaches community in<br />

this new role,” she said.<br />

Councillor Rory Amon also<br />

submitted his resignation from<br />

Northern Beaches Council.<br />

Council is consulting with the<br />

NSW Electoral Commission for a<br />

countback of the ballot papers<br />

to fill the vacancy in the <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Ward, with the new Councillor<br />

likely to be sworn in in July.<br />

New Deputy Mayor David Walton<br />

was previously a Police Officer,<br />

Detective and Commander<br />

of the Northern Beaches Local Area Command,<br />

where he was awarded the NSW Police and<br />

National Police Medals.<br />

The position of Deputy is a 12-month appointment<br />

and is peer voted annually.<br />

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Bei Loon in State of celebration<br />

Bayview-based Bei Loon Dragonboat Club<br />

achieved great success at the recent<br />

Australian Championships held at Gateway<br />

Lakes, Albury/Wodonga.<br />

Bei Loon entered a team of 37 paddlers, 10<br />

of which were first-time Nationals entrants.<br />

The team competed in 10 events and claimed<br />

medals in five of the Senior B (over-50s)<br />

events.<br />

The Senior B Women 20s – 2km; and Senior<br />

B Mixed 10s – 500m teams won gold, while<br />

the Senior B Women 20s – 500m, Senior B<br />

Women 20s – 200m and Senior B Mixed 10s –<br />

200m each won silver.<br />

Five paddlers – Arthur Papanicolaou, John<br />

Flaherty, Steve McKeough, Di Maher and<br />

Wynette Monserrat – represented the State<br />

team.<br />

Collectively, the Bei Loon NSW State paddlers<br />

and give them new ideas at<br />

their monthly meetings. The<br />

auxiliary raises funds to<br />

purchase equipment for<br />

Mona Vale Hospital and<br />

to make patients’ stays<br />

in the Rehabilitation and<br />

Palliative care units more<br />

comfortable. More info email<br />

monavalehospitalaux@gmail.<br />

com.<br />

Marine Rescue’s<br />

warning on whales<br />

Boaters off the <strong>Pittwater</strong> coast<br />

are being advised to not get<br />

too close to whales as they<br />

make their annual trip north<br />

to warmer waters. Multiple<br />

pods of humpbacks have been<br />

spotted off our coast in recent<br />

weeks. Marine Rescue NSW<br />

Commissioner Alex Barrell said<br />

boaters needed to be aware<br />

and vigilant in their attention<br />

offshore. “As we are starting to<br />

see the whale migration along<br />

the NSW Coast, Marine Rescue<br />

is reminding boaters that there<br />

are rules and restrictions in<br />

place for the wellbeing of the<br />

animal but also the safety of<br />

boaters,” he said. “Boaters are<br />

not to come within 100 metres<br />

of a whale or 300 metres of<br />

a whale and a calf. If a whale<br />

does surface near your vessel it<br />

is important that you cut your<br />

motors and slow down to a safe<br />

speed.” Commissioner Barrell<br />

also said skippers should not<br />

approach whales from behind,<br />

or wait in front of their paths.<br />

No more than three vessels at<br />

a time should approach whales<br />

and skippers should wait their<br />

turn.”<br />

netted 5 gold and 2 silver medals and also<br />

claimed honours in the State v State event.<br />

Dragon Boat racing is a rapidly emerging<br />

inclusive Australian and International competitive<br />

sport for people of all ages, involving<br />

up to 20 paddlers in a boat, accompanied by a<br />

sweep. There is also a drummer when racing.<br />

*Bei Loon of Bayview is the biggest club in<br />

NSW; for more info visit beiloon.com.au<br />

Royal Far West look<br />

for history volunteers<br />

Do you have a passion for<br />

history? Help tell the rich<br />

stories of Royal Far West<br />

Manly in the lead-up to its<br />

Centenary in December<br />

2024. RFW is looking for<br />

volunteers to help them<br />

manage and preserve records.<br />

The organisation needs help<br />

reviewing its collection,<br />

accessioning, and keeping<br />

its records up to date as well<br />

as preparing its collection<br />

to move to another location.<br />

The project will start in <strong>June</strong><br />

at the offices in Wentworth<br />

Street, Manly. Volunteers<br />

will need to commit to a<br />

minimum six-month period<br />

email communications@<br />

royalfarwest.org.au<br />

Vet<br />

on call<br />

with Dr Brown<br />

Therapeutic laser therapy for<br />

pets involves the use of red<br />

and near-infrared wavelengths<br />

of light to stimulate the body’s<br />

natural ability to heal. This<br />

regenerative process alters<br />

the cellular and tissue physiology<br />

stimulating electrons and<br />

activating cells to promote<br />

tissue growth, proliferation and<br />

repair – helping damaged cells<br />

to recover from injury faster.<br />

The effects of this laser energy<br />

include improved healing time<br />

after wounds or surgery, pain<br />

reduction, increased circulation<br />

and decreased swelling.<br />

Laser therapy is quickly becoming<br />

an important standard<br />

of care in both human and<br />

veterinary medicine. Considered<br />

a non-invasive treatment,<br />

laser therapy is pain-free, and<br />

we use it at each of our Sydney<br />

Animal Hospitals to reduce<br />

pain and inflammation, and to<br />

speed healing. Our veterinary<br />

team members administer laser<br />

therapy via a handpiece that<br />

emits the therapeutic infrared<br />

light to treat surface problems<br />

such as wounds, as well as<br />

deeper structures – penetrating<br />

through fur, skin, and fat<br />

if necessary to reach damaged<br />

tissue. Laser therapy can often<br />

reduce or replacing the need for<br />

pain medications.<br />

Because laser therapy is painfree,<br />

pets tolerate the treatment<br />

very well, and no clipping or<br />

shaving is required.<br />

Laser therapy treatments for<br />

pets take approximately 5 to 10<br />

minutes depending on the size<br />

of the treatment area and the<br />

condition being treated. During<br />

this treatment your pet will<br />

experience a soothing warmth<br />

that often relaxes patients, and<br />

sometimes makes them go to<br />

sleep! Our vets will discuss the<br />

recommended treatment regime<br />

with you when your pet’s<br />

condition is evaluated.<br />

Senior pets, and those pets<br />

who have recently had orthopaedic<br />

surgeries such as Tibial<br />

plateau levelling osteotomy<br />

(TPLO) can especially benefit<br />

from laser therapy.<br />

For more information call our<br />

team at Avalon (9918 0833)<br />

or Newport (9997 4609); sydneyanimalhospitals.com.au<br />

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JUNE <strong>2023</strong> 33

John and Pam Ward<br />

never set out to<br />

be paragons of<br />

community-mindedness.<br />

But through decades<br />

of selfless service, they<br />

became exactly that.<br />

Story by Daniel Williams<br />

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

The Giving Kind<br />

The spirit of the union between John window of the Wards’ upstairs sitting Idleness played no part in their lives.<br />

and Pam Ward was set at their first room. “All the while she could have been Why sit around gazing at a screen when<br />

meeting, back in a simpler time. They up there dancing with all these people and you can be useful? Why seek to monetise<br />

were student teachers, both teenagers, having fun. She won me on the spot.” every skerrick of your time and talents<br />

and in the winter of 1957, fate had brought For her part, Pam was exactly where she when there’s a sweeter reward to be felt in<br />

them to what is now the Broken Bay Sport wanted to be. “I thought he had the kindest contributing to the greater good?<br />

and Recreation Centre, north of Sydney, to face I’d ever seen,” she says.<br />

a training camp that would qualify them to How apt that an act of kindness – and Bush Values<br />

run school-holiday playcentres for the NSW an attraction sparked by a perception of John entered the world on Valentine’s<br />

Education Department.<br />

kindness – lit the fuse for John Ward and Day 1939 in Gilgandra, at the foot of the<br />

It was the evening of the big dance, Pam Coates. Until John’s recent passing Warrumbungle mountains in northwest<br />

and all the 150-odd trainees were in high at the age of 84, the couple could reflect NSW. Home was a property called Wait-Aspirits.<br />

Everyone, that is, except John, on a life together built on precisely that While, on which his father was a grazier<br />

who’d sprained an ankle that day in a quality: kindness, as well as compassion, and wheat farmer. His mother, a former<br />

gymnastic mishap and was sitting glumly generosity, fairmindedness – and a mighty dux of her school and force of nature, was<br />

while the pretty young women kicked up work ethic.<br />

a schoolteacher who died of cancer when<br />

their heels.<br />

Last Australia Day, the office of the John was four. His father remarried the<br />

Suddenly, one of those women, Pam Governor-General recognised the Elanora following year; John would become the<br />

Coates, was at his side.<br />

Heights couple’s contribution to the<br />

eldest child of six in a blended family. He<br />

“What happened to you?” she asked. public good, awarding them both Medals was a born athlete. In everything he tried –<br />

John related his tale of woe, and they of the Order of Australia for service<br />

cricket, rugby, athletics – he shone.<br />

began talking. They chatted for an hour or to the community through a range of<br />

Pam was born in Kyogle, west of<br />

more as the dancing and frivolity went on organisations, encompassing causes from Lismore, the daughter of a bank manager.<br />

around them. It was all so effortless. They Scouts to world peace, Indigenous children Raised in a devout Catholic family, “I<br />

shared a keen interest in sport – tennis, to the Olympic movement, learn-to-swim was certainly taught what was right and<br />

especially – and they’d both grown up away classes to the Australian Labor Party. what was wrong,” she says. The bulk of<br />

from the big smoke.<br />

John and Pam lived in a manner that is her childhood was spent in Newcastle,<br />

“She stayed there just talking to<br />

an inspiration to us all. In an era marred where she played competition tennis on<br />

me,” John recalled on a recent wintry by social media-generated self-absorption, Saturdays and swam like a mermaid at<br />

Wednesday morning at their home, as the Wards stood tall as a couple who would Newcastle Ocean Baths on Sundays.<br />

we took in a view of Long Reef from the sooner help others than strive to get ahead. In pursuing teaching, John was following<br />

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the example of his late mother, while Pam<br />

saw it as a noble profession. John’s first of<br />

13 appointments was to Bega High School<br />

as an agriculture teacher in 1958, while<br />

Pam started out in the infants department<br />

at Wattawa Heights PS in Bankstown, where<br />

she soon became the sports mistress.<br />

Their relationship blossomed despite<br />

one obstacle: religion. Pam’s Catholicism<br />

clashed with John’s Protestant upbringing.<br />

Fortunately, John’s father was ready with<br />

some advice.<br />

“Look, don’t worry about religion,” he<br />

told John. “It doesn’t really matter. The<br />

thing is, do you love her?”<br />

John was sure that he did, and he and<br />

Pam wed on 9 May 1964 at St Jerome<br />

Catholic Church in Punchbowl.<br />

As a newly married couple, never did<br />

they sit at the kitchen table and resolve<br />

to live a life defined by volunteerism<br />

and community spirit. That happened<br />

organically, from a blend of character and<br />

largely unspoken guiding principles.<br />

“I’ve loved every class I’ve taught,”<br />

said John, who retired at the end of 1999<br />

after 41 years in schooling, having spent<br />

the previous eight years as principal<br />

at Barrenjoey High School in Avalon.<br />

“Naughty kids and good kids alike, I could<br />

always find something I liked about them.<br />

I’ve always been someone prepared to give<br />

people second and third chances. All my<br />

life I’ve felt a strong sense of justice.”<br />

In his boyhood, John noted a form<br />

of segregation occurring at Gilgandra’s<br />

Western Monarch Theatre, where wealthy<br />

people sat upstairs, poorer folk sat<br />

downstairs, while the local Indigenous<br />

patrons did not sit at all – they stood<br />

downstairs in a zone just for them. The<br />

injustice of it troubled the boy, who<br />

couldn’t be soothed by adult assurances<br />

that this was simply how things worked.<br />

Pam says she learnt much from<br />

Aboriginal children while teaching<br />

at Stewart House in Curl Curl. “If an<br />

Aboriginal child ran away, it was not<br />

because they were naughty,” she says.<br />

“The child was simply used to being out<br />

in the bush. Although it (Curl Curl) was a<br />

lovely place to bring them, it was different<br />

to what they knew. That opened my eyes.<br />

They weren’t naughty. They just felt<br />

penned in.”<br />

It was never the Ward way to stew on<br />

issues while doing nothing practical. Much<br />

better to pursue change from the inside.<br />

Pam was the NSW Teachers Federation’s<br />

representative on the state’s Aboriginal<br />

Education Council from 1992-95, and then<br />

a council vice-president for a further five<br />

years. For all that time, John was a council<br />

VP, too.<br />

Play Together,<br />

Stay Together<br />

In 1975, two years before they moved into<br />

their Elanora Heights home, John and Pam<br />

became members of the Elanora Tennis<br />

Club, of which John would later become the<br />

honorary treasurer and then president. He<br />

never chased power, he told me, but found<br />

it fiendishly hard to say no when asked to<br />

step into the breach.<br />

Pam has been the same. In rough<br />

chronological order, in a period spanning<br />

the late-1960s to now, she’s served as:<br />

examiner, Royal <strong>Life</strong> Saving Society of<br />

Australia; committee member, Elanora<br />

Heights Girl Guides; secretary, Chequers<br />

Netball Club; member, St Anthony in<br />

the Fields Catholic Church (Terrey Hills)<br />

Continued on page 38<br />

PHOTOS: Rob Tuckwell (x3)<br />

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

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Pam, with Governor of NSW Margaret<br />

Beazley, after receiving her OAM; with John at Uluru; at a Labor<br />

function; the inseparable couple; beaming on their Wedding Day;<br />

John after being awarded his OAM for service to the community;<br />

meeting Prime Minister Julia Gillard; family has always come first.<br />

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

Continued from page 37<br />

Social Justice Group; secretary,<br />

Narrabeen-<strong>Pittwater</strong> branch of<br />

the ALP; secretary, Mackellar<br />

Federal Electorate Council of<br />

the ALP (both Pam and John<br />

ran the election campaigns for<br />

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

the 1990s to present); member,<br />

finance committee of the NSW<br />

branch of the ALP; pioneer<br />

volunteer, Sydney Olympic<br />

Games; assessor, AUSTSWIM.<br />

That list is not exhaustive.<br />

John’s looks similar, though<br />

toss in positions with the<br />

Elanora Community Centre and<br />

the Narrabeen Scout Group, as<br />

well as refereeing duties for<br />

state basketball and the NSW<br />

Rugby League.<br />

As a couple, John and Pam<br />

were proof that you can be<br />

a pillar of society but still<br />

recognise (and protest) its<br />

failings. Both marched for<br />

nuclear disarmament in the<br />

1980s when the Cold War<br />

was casting its shadow over<br />

everything. In 1984, John<br />

handed out how-to-vote cards<br />

for Peter Garrett when the<br />

Midnight Oil frontman ran as a<br />

federal candidate for the newly<br />

formed Nuclear Disarmament<br />

Party. Here again, John cited<br />

the influence of his father: “He<br />

hated war with a vengeance”.<br />

A life of service won’t make<br />

you rich, Pam says, but it offers<br />

priceless rewards. One is that<br />

it links you with likeminded<br />

people, fellow travellers who<br />

share your love of this or your<br />

thoughts on that.<br />

Another benefit, Pam says,<br />

is that, in a small way, she and<br />

John helped put federal Labor<br />

back in power in May last year.<br />

Not having “come down in<br />

the last shower”, she knows<br />

politics is polarising and that<br />

others won’t share her fond<br />

memories of the change of<br />

government. But as she sees<br />

it, “Australia’s now in a much<br />

better place. [Labor] looks after<br />

people. It’s progressive in its<br />

social policies. I’m Catholic,<br />

but everyone has a right to feel<br />

secure, happy and loved.”<br />

Family First<br />

It’s not as though John and<br />

Pam devoted themselves to<br />

community in lieu of raising<br />

a family. Between 1965-’85,<br />

they brought six children<br />

into the world – Stephen,<br />

Katherine, Peter, Helen, Kali<br />

and Rebekah. They now have<br />

10 grandchildren and one<br />

great-grandchild.<br />

Recently, with the help of<br />

Jayne Denshire, a Hammond<br />

Care Palliative Care Biography<br />

Program volunteer, John<br />

produced a short book about<br />

his life, A Fair Go For All, in<br />

which his children open up<br />

about their dad. Clearly, none<br />

of them feels deprived for<br />

having had such a busy father.<br />

This from Kali: “I will<br />

remember you as a great<br />

storyteller, teacher and<br />

philosopher. I will remember<br />

you for your empathy,<br />

kindness, fairness and<br />

humbleness.”<br />

Katherine recalled a verse<br />

her dad used to sing to her<br />

from Nat King Cole’s Pretend:<br />

Pretend you’re happy when<br />

you’re blue<br />

It isn’t very hard to do<br />

And you’ll find happiness<br />

without an end<br />

Whenever you pretend<br />

Likewise, Pam has shown<br />

she will do anything for her<br />

children. In 2000, she donated<br />

one of her kidneys to eldest<br />

child Stephen. From her<br />

adolescence until eight years<br />

ago, she also made 108 blood<br />

donations, stopping only when<br />

her doctor ordered her to.<br />

Shortly before we parted,<br />

John told me the story of how<br />

he’d started feeling ill in April<br />

2021, of the grave diagnosis<br />

and extensive treatment, how<br />

his cancer seemed beaten but<br />

then returned, how he’d now<br />

exceeded by a couple of months<br />

the timeframe doctors gave<br />

him. “I’m on borrowed time,”<br />

he said, matter-of-factly.<br />

Quite rightly, Pam has the<br />

last word in John’s book.<br />

I would not have wanted to<br />

spend my life with anyone else<br />

but you, John – my husband, my<br />

hero, my best friend. You have<br />

borne your illness so bravely.<br />

You never complained or asked:<br />

Why me?<br />

Vale, my darling. Safe<br />

journey.<br />

* Editor’s note: John Ward<br />

passed away peacefully on<br />

May 22, five days after being<br />

interviewed by <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>.<br />

With Pam’s permission, we<br />

publish this piece as a tribute<br />

to John and to acknowledge<br />

his and Pam’s selfless,<br />

decades-long contribution to<br />

the Beaches community.<br />

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

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

Society’s colours of the ‘Spectrum’<br />

The Northern Beaches Art<br />

Society will present their<br />

77th Annual Awards Art Exhibition<br />

and Sale – ‘Spectrum’<br />

– at The Creative Space, Curl<br />

Curl from <strong>June</strong> 14-25.<br />

Entry to the exhibition is<br />

free and viewing and sales will<br />

run from 10am to 4pm daily.<br />

The Official Opening, by new<br />

Northern Beaches Mayor Sue<br />

Heins, runs 6-8pm on Wednesday<br />

14 <strong>June</strong>, when drinks will<br />

be served.<br />

Society President Heather<br />

Macorison said their enthusiastic<br />

members, who are all local<br />

artists, will be vying for three<br />

major awards, which will be<br />

presented on opening night.<br />

“Visitors will be able to<br />

see a vast array of works in a<br />

variety of mediums and styles<br />

stunning photographic exhibition that reveals<br />

A how Australian veterans and their families<br />

share personal stories and experiences through<br />

tattoos opens at Manly Art Gallery and Museum<br />

(MAG&M) on 9 <strong>June</strong>.<br />

The emotive Ink in the Lines exhibition<br />

features more than 70 portraits detailing the<br />

experiences of 22 Australian servicemen and<br />

servicewomen; it’s thought to be the first exhibition<br />

in Australia to explore the use of tattoos in<br />

the military.<br />

Australian War Memorial photographic curator<br />

Stephanie Boyle said the veterans’ identities<br />

are inscribed on their skin to recognise the<br />

commemoration of loss, experiences of trauma<br />

and overcoming adversity, the bonds of family<br />

and friends, and to acknowledge the experiences<br />

that define who they are.<br />

“I hope this exhibition helps visitors to engage<br />

with the Australian military in a way they<br />

probably haven’t before, so that they see that<br />

in oils, watercolours, acrylics,<br />

and pastels as well as drawings<br />

covering a plethora of<br />

subjects,” Heather said.<br />

“They will also be able to<br />

purchase raffle tickets to win a<br />

beautiful oil painting of boats<br />

on <strong>Pittwater</strong>, with all proceeds<br />

from this raffle going to the<br />

Ukraine Crisis Appeal.”<br />

The winner will be drawn at<br />

the end of the exhibition.<br />

Visitors will also be able to<br />

vote for their favourite painting.<br />

The artist who gains the most<br />

‘People’s Choice’ votes for their<br />

painting will win a prize at the<br />

end of the exhibition.<br />

Opening night drinks will be<br />

served from 6pm, with closing<br />

drinks on the afternoon of<br />

Sunday 25 <strong>June</strong> from 2pm.<br />

All the paintings will be for<br />

sale and any sold paintings<br />

can be picked up after 4pm on<br />

Sunday 25 <strong>June</strong>. – Nigel Wall<br />

*For more info visit northernbeachesartsociety.org<br />

‘Ink in the Lines’ military tribute<br />

PHOTO: Bob McKendry<br />

everyone has an important story to tell, and<br />

that some stories can be written on skin.”<br />

“By sharing personal accounts of their service,<br />

and emotional details of life after the defence<br />

force, the exhibition reveals the unifying<br />

reasons for getting ‘inked’ – to remember the<br />

people, events and experiences which shaped<br />

their lives,” Ms Boyle said.<br />

The exhibition, which runs through July, includes<br />

a comprehensive schedule of associated<br />

public programs.<br />

– NW<br />

*More info MAG&M website.<br />

Affordable Art<br />

Fair returns<br />

Following a successful Sydney<br />

debut last year, welcoming<br />

close to 10,000 visitors and<br />

generating millions of dollars’<br />

worth of art sales for galleries,<br />

Affordable Art Fair will make<br />

its return to the Winx Stand at<br />

Royal Randwick Racecourse<br />

from 15-18 <strong>June</strong>.<br />

Boasting its biggest gallery<br />

line-up yet, the Fair will see 56<br />

of the nation’s best boutique<br />

galleries converge to showcase<br />

thousands of original<br />

works under $10,000, from<br />

established and emerging<br />

artists.<br />

Alongside a kaleidoscope of<br />

artworks, the Fair’s extended<br />

program will provide new<br />

immersive experiences for<br />

visitors including live artist<br />

demonstrations, free interactive<br />

workshops, an outdoor<br />

sculpture park, and a scrumptious<br />

selection of culinary<br />

delights and tasty tipples.<br />

Since its Australian debut in<br />

2019, Affordable Art Fair has<br />

significantly contributed to<br />

the growth of the national art<br />

ecosystem by attracting a total<br />

of 37,500 visitors and generating<br />

more than $7 million in art<br />

sales for hundreds of living<br />

artists and galleries. – NW<br />

*More info and full gallery<br />

list @ affordableartfair.com<br />

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Hot Property<br />

Where home is where the hearth is<br />

During the colder months a fireplace often becomes the heart of the home, drawing us in and providing<br />

comfort with its warmth and flickering flames. Even if you live for Summer and the great outdoors, these<br />

three homes which are currently on the market boast fabulous fireplaces that make it easy to hunker down.<br />

The large, original wood-burning stone<br />

fireplace in the lounge room of this luxurious<br />

residence creates a charm that’s hard to beat.<br />

The fireplace is one the original features<br />

retained in a flawless transformation of one<br />

of the area’s original sandstone cottages at<br />

32 George Street Avalon Beach. Designed to<br />

embrace laidback beachside glamour, the fourbedroom,<br />

three-bathroom light-filled split-level<br />

home is full of warmth with original timber<br />

beams and French Oak timber floors and<br />

high-end inclusions including Calcutta marble<br />

island kitchen bench, brass fittings, induction<br />

appliances and bespoke cupboards. Outside<br />

you’ll find north-facing entertaining areas,<br />

newly landscaped gardens and a striking inground<br />

pool surrounded by a spacious level<br />

lawn. For sale through LJ Hooker Palm Beach.<br />

The stunning Bronpi wood-burning fireplace<br />

at 5 Kookaburra Close Bayview can be<br />

appreciated from several vantage points in this<br />

contemporary tri-level home. Stylishly built<br />

into the vast split-level first floor, this modern<br />

fireplace is the perfect fit for this off-centre<br />

space, housing a raised kitchen and dining, main<br />

living area and open lounge room with sliding<br />

doors leading to a terrace. With soaring ceilings<br />

and floor-to-ceiling windows, the bold angular<br />

design of this solidly built three-bedroom, twobathroom<br />

home is softened by curved features<br />

inside and out, soaking up spectacular northly<br />

views across <strong>Pittwater</strong> from its natural bushland<br />

setting. Heated flooring throughout will help<br />

keep you warm underfoot. For sale through<br />

Ray White Prestige with a price guide of $3.5<br />

million to $3.7 million.<br />

New data has confirmed what<br />

our local real estate agents have<br />

been telling us – the Northern<br />

Beaches has experienced some<br />

of the strongest property price<br />

growth in Sydney in the past<br />

five years.<br />

Several local suburbs<br />

featured in lists, published by<br />

Sitting on 693 square metres of land within<br />

a magical rainforest garden, this characterfilled<br />

original three-bedroom beach house<br />

retreat is a lovely setting from which to<br />

reflect and relax this Winter. Northern light<br />

streams through large windows from the deck<br />

into the open plan living area of the cottage<br />

at 127 Avalon Parade Avalon Beach where<br />

the crackling fireplace is complemented by<br />

Big gain hunting: local property market review<br />

Channel Nine Entertainment<br />

Co, of the top 10 suburbs<br />

based on the median prices for<br />

units and houses recorded by<br />

Domain data in the five years<br />

to March <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Narrabeen topped one list;<br />

its unit prices rose most over<br />

the past five years, growing<br />

42.7 per cent to $1,245,000.<br />

Also, Collaroy recorded a 27.8<br />

per cent growth to $1,185,000,<br />

Mona Vale had a 23.5 per cent<br />

growth to $1,135,000 and<br />

Newport came in at 10th place<br />

with a 19.4 per cent growth to<br />

$1,015,000.<br />

Avalon Beach’s median<br />

the warmth of the exposed beams and timber<br />

floors. A split-level floorplan with flexible<br />

spaces offers plenty of scope to put your<br />

own stamp on this charming property – and<br />

whenever you are up for a swim you’ll be<br />

spoilt for choice, with the surf and <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

only minutes away. For sale with an asking<br />

price of $2.27 million through Laing +<br />

Simmons Young Property.<br />

house price grew by just over<br />

50 per cent to $2,715,000,<br />

placing it 6th on the list while<br />

Newport’s median house<br />

price was up 48.4 per cent in<br />

five years (despite the price<br />

dropping 14.3 per cent in the<br />

last year to March <strong>2023</strong> to<br />

$2,785,000). – Lisa Offord<br />

Hot Property<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Hernias: The other<br />

battle of the bulge<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Hernias are common and hernia repair<br />

is one of the most common surgical<br />

procedures in Australia. We interviewed<br />

surgeon Dr Gabby Vasica from <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Day Surgery to find out more...<br />

What is a hernia?<br />

A hernia is the protrusion of<br />

body contents from one body<br />

space where they should be to<br />

another body space where they<br />

should not be, for example fat<br />

and bowel protruding through<br />

the bellybutton to under the<br />

skin.<br />

Types of hernias<br />

Hernias can occur in different<br />

parts of the body. The most<br />

common hernias in men are<br />

groin or inguinal hernias – up<br />

to 75% of all men will experience<br />

a groin hernia on one<br />

side or the other. The most<br />

common hernias in women<br />

are umbilical (or belly button)<br />

hernias due to the changes<br />

in the abdominal wall during<br />

pregnancy.<br />

Signs and symptoms<br />

Hernias can be completely<br />

asymptomatic. They can be<br />

present for many years before<br />

patients either notice them,<br />

or someone points them out,<br />

or before symptoms develop<br />

such as pain or a burning<br />

sensation. The main reasons<br />

for seeing a doctor are either<br />

a swelling or pain. Hernias can<br />

also present as an emergency,<br />

and this may be because the<br />

contents become caught and<br />

can be starved of blood flow<br />

– this will require emergency<br />

surgery.<br />

Causes and risk factors<br />

Hernias can occur simply because<br />

we have natural openings<br />

in our bodies that allow passage<br />

of body contents from one<br />

space to another and being an<br />

upright posture being, gravity<br />

can pull extra contents through<br />

these openings. As we age, we<br />

also become a little bit more<br />

stretchy, less strong – this occurs<br />

because there is a change<br />

between the volume of collagen<br />

and elastin in our bodies, so<br />

these natural openings in our<br />

bodies widen with age. Exercise<br />

and lifting cause us to tense<br />

our core, hence increase our<br />

intra-abdominal pressure which<br />

causes the hernias to grow. It is<br />

commonly thought that lifting<br />

and exercise cause hernias –<br />

SURGEON:<br />

Dr Vasica<br />

not quite so, and we would not<br />

recommend stopping these<br />

activities because hernias can<br />

occur without them. Some risk<br />

factors include overall health<br />

and wellbeing, weight, medical<br />

conditions, previous pregnancies,<br />

and past surgeries. Also,<br />

if a patient has had one hernia,<br />

it is very likely that they will<br />

develop another at some stage<br />

over their lifetime.<br />

Treatment<br />

Early medical care and lifestyle<br />

changes such as weight loss,<br />

good management of any<br />

underlying medical issues and<br />

overall improvement of general<br />

fitness can minimise symptoms<br />

however surgery is the only<br />

way to effectively treat a hernia.<br />

There are different types of<br />

hernia repairs including open<br />

surgery (via an incision) or<br />

laparoscopic (keyhole) repair.<br />

Any form of hernia repair can<br />

be reinforced with the use of<br />

meshing which has been shown<br />

to reduce the risk of hernia recurrence.<br />

In the extreme, very<br />

large hernias can sometimes<br />

require an abdominal wall reconstruction<br />

which can be quite<br />

long and complex procedures<br />

but shown to lead to marked<br />

improvement in quality of life.<br />

Hernia repair surgery<br />

Hernia surgery is mostly<br />

undertaken in hospital and<br />

requires the use of general anaesthetic.<br />

Dependent on what<br />

type of hernia you may have,<br />

your surgeon may advise open<br />

or laparoscopic surgery. Open<br />

surgery usually means an<br />

incision over the hernia itself,<br />

dissection to identify where the<br />

hernia has protruded through<br />

and subsequent release of the<br />

hernia to really be able to see<br />

how large the defect is. Once<br />

this is clear, the surgeon will<br />

either suture the defect closed<br />

with layered sutures and/<br />

or reinforce the repair with<br />

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mesh. Mesh is generally made<br />

of polypropylene which is a<br />

polyester-based product that is<br />

inert and incorporates into your<br />

body to form a strong scar. It<br />

is this scar that reduces the<br />

risk of another hernia forming.<br />

Alternatively, your surgeon<br />

may recommend a keyhole<br />

repair, in which case they use a<br />

camera, typically through your<br />

navel that allows them to see<br />

the hernia from beneath. After<br />

reducing the hernia, once again<br />

meshing is used to reinforce<br />

PAIN: Hernia<br />

symptoms can<br />

include a burn-<br />

ing sensation.<br />

the repair to reduce another<br />

hernia from occurring. These<br />

surgeries usually take an hour<br />

or so and you may need to stay<br />

in hospital overnight for post<br />

operative care. In general, it<br />

takes about six weeks for you<br />

to complete the recovery and<br />

it is usually six weeks before<br />

you can do normal exercise and<br />

normal lifting.<br />

How to reduce the<br />

risk of hernia<br />

Everyone is at risk of a hernia<br />

simply because of our body’s<br />

design. Good overall health,<br />

nutrition, fitness, and stable<br />

weight are all sensible ways<br />

we can reduce the chance of<br />

developing a hernia. Learning<br />

to lift correctly and maintain<br />

core strength can also reduce<br />

those risks. However, despite<br />

all of this, it is still possible to<br />

develop a hernia. The most important<br />

thing to remember is if<br />

you experience any symptoms<br />

do not ignore them – see your<br />

doctor to be assessed. Hernias<br />

are much simpler with good<br />

long-term outcomes when they<br />

are small rather than waiting<br />

until they are large and then<br />

needing a much more complex<br />

surgery to repair them.<br />

– with Lisa Offord<br />

* Dr Vasica is local to the<br />

Northern Beaches providing<br />

a service to all residents in<br />

the emergency on-call roster<br />

and elective lists at <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Day Surgery and the<br />

Northern Beaches Hospital.<br />

In addition to rooms in Mona<br />

Vale’s Bungan Street Tower,<br />

she also consults at the<br />

Sydney Adventist Hospital in<br />

Wahroonga.<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

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JUNE <strong>2023</strong> 43

Health & Wellbeing<br />

with Bec Johnson, M.Pharm<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Raising awareness on how<br />

to reduce bowel cancer risk<br />

Bowel cancer is the second<br />

most common cancer in<br />

men and women in NSW,<br />

with an estimated 1 in 14<br />

people being diagnosed within<br />

their lifetime. <strong>June</strong> marks<br />

Bowel Cancer Awareness<br />

Month, the goal of which is to<br />

stress the importance of reducing<br />

risk factors and the role of<br />

screening in early detection.<br />

The large intestine, or large<br />

bowel, consists of the colon,<br />

rectum, and anus. The term<br />

“bowel cancer” refers to any<br />

cancers which originate in the<br />

colon or rectum.<br />

People with certain risk<br />

factors are more likely to<br />

develop bowel cancer, including<br />

a strong family history of<br />

bowel cancer; over 50 years of<br />

age; history of polyps in the<br />

bowel; inflammatory bowel<br />

diseases (such as Crohn’s disease<br />

or ulcerative colitis); and<br />

poor lifestyle, including being<br />

overweight, high alcohol intake,<br />

smoking, or a diet rich in red or<br />

processed meats.<br />

The National Bowel Cancer<br />

Screening Program is free to all<br />

Medicare-registered Australians<br />

aged 50-74 years. This program<br />

arranges screening kits to be<br />

sent out every two years, usually<br />

around six months after<br />

your birthday.<br />

Bowel cancer can often<br />

develop without any symptoms;<br />

however, trace amounts of<br />

blood can leak from growths<br />

and pass into the faeces. Bowel<br />

screening therefore involves<br />

doing a faecal occult blood<br />

test (FOBT), which looks for<br />

these trace amounts of blood<br />

in two tiny faecal samples. The<br />

test kits come with detailed<br />

instructions to make it as clean<br />

and easy as possible to perform<br />

yourself at home. Once you<br />

have the samples, you simply<br />

post them off to the lab.<br />

The results are sent back to<br />

you and your doctor or health<br />

service within four weeks.<br />

Early detection of bowel<br />

cancer greatly improves the<br />

chances of successful treatment<br />

and remission, with more than<br />

90% of early detected cases<br />

being successfully treated. This<br />

program is severely underutilised,<br />

with only an estimated<br />

40% of eligible people participating.<br />

Taking a small amount<br />

of time to send the samples in<br />

for analysis can save lives.<br />

If you do not qualify for a<br />

free test and you are concerned<br />

about your risk of developing<br />

bowel cancer, screening kits<br />

are available for purchase from<br />

your local pharmacy.<br />

A few simple points to keep<br />

in mind are as follows:<br />

n Maintain a healthy weight.<br />

National guidelines recommend<br />

a BMI between 20 and 25.<br />

n Keep physically active, for at<br />

least 30 minutes a day. Avoid<br />

sitting for long periods of time.<br />

n Drink less alcohol. National<br />

guidelines recommend no<br />

more than 10 standard drinks<br />

per week, and no more than 4<br />

standard drinks in any one day.<br />

n Quit smoking.<br />

n Get screened regularly. As<br />

discussed, you can take part<br />

in the National Bowel Cancer<br />

Screening Program if you are<br />

aged between 50-74.<br />

n Eat healthy. Increase intake of<br />

fruits, vegetables, wholegrains,<br />

fibre, and dietary or supplemental<br />

sources of calcium. As<br />

red meats (such as beef, lamb,<br />

and pork) and processed meats<br />

(such as bacon, ham, and<br />

chorizo) increase bowel cancer<br />

risk, it is recommended to keep<br />

these to a minimum.<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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Be prepared to stay well as colds hit<br />

Everyone in NSW is being urged to<br />

ensure they are up to date with their<br />

recommended influenza and COVID-19<br />

vaccinations, with community transmission<br />

at high levels.<br />

NSW Health Minister Ryan Park said that<br />

as we enter the Winter months, staying up<br />

to date with recommended vaccinations<br />

was the best way to protect you, your family<br />

and the community from serious illness.<br />

“Influenza is a serious disease in young<br />

children, and both COVID-19 and influenza<br />

viruses can have serious consequences<br />

for older adults, people who have chronic<br />

health conditions and those who are immunocompromised,”<br />

Mr Park said.<br />

“Vaccination remains the best protection<br />

against severe illness and now is the<br />

time to make sure you are up to date with<br />

the shots recommended for you.”<br />

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry<br />

Chant said health authorities were<br />

anticipating high levels of influenza<br />

activity over the coming months, so it<br />

was important people continued to take<br />

simple precautions to protect themselves<br />

and each other.<br />

Those considered to be at higher risk<br />

of severe illness from influenza are<br />

eligible for a free influenza vaccine and<br />

include:<br />

INCREASE: Flu risk<br />

during Winter.<br />

n Children aged six months to under five<br />

years;<br />

n People aged 65 and over;<br />

n Aboriginal people from six months of<br />

age;<br />

n Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy;<br />

n Those with serious health conditions<br />

such as diabetes, cancer, immune disorders,<br />

obesity, severe asthma, kidney,<br />

heart, lung or liver disease.<br />

Simple steps to help protect individuals<br />

and their loved ones from COVID-19<br />

and influenza include:<br />

n Staying up to date with your recommended<br />

influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations;<br />

n Staying home if you have cold or influenza<br />

symptoms;<br />

n Wearing a mask in crowded, indoor<br />

places;<br />

n Getting together outdoors or in large,<br />

well-ventilated spaces with open doors<br />

and windows;<br />

n Washing or sanitising your hands often;<br />

n Talking with your doctor now if you<br />

are at higher risk of severe illness from<br />

COVID-19 or influenza to make a plan<br />

about what to do if you get sick, including<br />

what test to have, and being assessed<br />

to determine if you are eligible for antiviral<br />

medicines;<br />

n Don’t visit people who are at higher<br />

risk of severe illness if you have cold or<br />

influenza symptoms or have tested positive<br />

to COVID-19 or influenza;<br />

n Consider doing a rapid antigen test<br />

(RAT) before visiting people at higher risk<br />

of severe illness;<br />

n Free RATs are now accessible to the<br />

community via ServiceNSW and NSW<br />

Health services.<br />

Also, a good diet and a healthy lifestyle<br />

can help support your immune system<br />

and the effect of vaccines. Research<br />

has shown a Mediterranean diet has<br />

an anti-inflammatory effect in the gut<br />

which can help boost the body’s immune<br />

function and moderate-intensity physical<br />

activity can improve immune response.<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

with Rowena Beckenham<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Think safety when choosing<br />

your sports vision solution<br />

As the seasons change,<br />

so do the ways we move<br />

our bodies and spend<br />

our spare time. While we hang<br />

up our goggles and towels it’s<br />

time to pull on our socks and<br />

uniforms and head out onto<br />

the sports fields. No matter<br />

your age, there are eyewear<br />

solutions if you choose to<br />

spend your time playing<br />

team sports, road cycling, or<br />

hitting the slopes skiing or<br />

snowboarding.<br />

If you need spectacles to see<br />

well, chances are you can also<br />

enjoy the freedom of contact<br />

lenses. Advances in contact<br />

lens technology in Australia<br />

over the past few years have<br />

made contact lenses more accessible<br />

to everyone, ranging<br />

from kids as young as 8 to<br />

adults with complicated multifocal<br />

prescriptions. Contact<br />

lenses are made from comfortable<br />

breathable materials ensuring<br />

your eyes remain fresh<br />

and lubricated all day, providing<br />

the freedom to exercise<br />

and play whilst seeing clearly.<br />

Contact lenses can help you<br />

experience clear vision at all<br />

distances, so you can perform<br />

your best on and off the field –<br />

court, bike, or slope!<br />

Vision itself isn’t the only<br />

consideration when thinking<br />

about sporting eyewear; safety<br />

is also an important factor. In<br />

a five-year study conducted by<br />

The Royal Victorian Eye and<br />

Ear Hospital, 54 per cent of eye<br />

injuries were attributed to ball<br />

sports and more than 30 per<br />

cent of these injuries occurred<br />

in children and teenagers. Specs<br />

and sport don’t mix – unless<br />

you’re talking impact-resistant<br />

sports glasses.<br />

While sporting specs aren’t<br />

currently standardised, talking<br />

to your local optometrist about<br />

protecting the eyes and seeing<br />

clearly while participating in<br />

sport, may also have the benefit<br />

of improved performance with<br />

depth perception, judgment of<br />

speed on or off a ball and clarity<br />

in variable or low-light situations<br />

like playing or training<br />

at night, or cycling before the<br />

sun’s up.<br />

When it comes to cycling,<br />

consider prescription, scratchresistant,<br />

antifog cycling sunglasses.<br />

These not only enable<br />

you to see more clearly and<br />

protect your eyes from dangerous<br />

UV rays during long rides,<br />

cycling glasses also ensure your<br />

eyes are protected from debris<br />

and traumatic injury.<br />

In terms of eyewear when<br />

skiing, make sure to don a pair<br />

of goggles or sunglasses on the<br />

slopes. Whilst you might not<br />

be thinking about sun damage<br />

when it’s so cold, reflective<br />

glare off the slopes and<br />

altitude increase the intensity<br />

of UV. Contact lenses and goggles,<br />

goggles with prescription<br />

inserts, or prescription<br />

backcountry eyewear will enable<br />

good vision in all conditions in<br />

addition to reducing glare and<br />

ensuring your eyes don’t get<br />

burnt. The right tints in alpine<br />

eyewear also increase contrast<br />

so you can see the terrain better<br />

and reduce other injuries on<br />

the mountain.<br />

If you’re looking for a sports<br />

vision solution, or need advice<br />

on the options that might suit<br />

you best, call in and talk to the<br />

experienced staff at Beckenham<br />

Optometrist.<br />

Comment supplied by<br />

Rowena Beckenham, of<br />

Beckenham Optometrist<br />

in Avalon (9918 0616).<br />

Rowena has been<br />

involved in all facets<br />

of independent private<br />

practice optometry in<br />

Avalon for more than<br />

20 years, in addition to<br />

working as a consultant to<br />

the optometric and<br />

pharmaceutical industry,<br />

and regularly volunteering<br />

in Aboriginal eyecare<br />

programs in regional NSW.<br />

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Hair & Beauty<br />

with Sue Carroll<br />

Looking on the brighter<br />

side of skin during Winter<br />

Winter is upon us,<br />

and this is an ideal<br />

opportunity to treat<br />

hyperpigmentation created<br />

during the warmer months. So<br />

many of us battle some form of<br />

hyperpigmentation; no skin is<br />

resistant to this, regardless of<br />

gender, race or age. Correcting<br />

the skin to its bright and<br />

healthy complexion is easier<br />

when there is an understanding<br />

of pigmentation.<br />

The creation of<br />

hyperpigmented<br />

(melanogenesis) is a complex<br />

process. When the skin<br />

is harmed, the melanin<br />

production cycle changes and<br />

either slows down or goes into<br />

overdrive, producing more<br />

melanin. When this happens,<br />

we see three main classes of<br />

pigment shifts in the skin.<br />

1. Hyperpigmentation or<br />

darker pigment;<br />

2. Demarcation or uneven<br />

pigment; and/or<br />

3. Hypopigmentation or<br />

deficiency of melanin in the<br />

skin.<br />

The various types of<br />

hyperpigmentation occur<br />

mainly from either intrinsic<br />

(internal) or extrinsic<br />

(extrinsic) factors. The main<br />

extrinsic factor is UV exposure.<br />

Intrinsic factors might be<br />

hormonal fluctuations or<br />

medication. And then there is<br />

inflammation, which may be<br />

caused by either/both intrinsic<br />

or extrinsic influences.<br />

There are four crucial<br />

factors to help with<br />

eliminating, lessening and<br />

managing hyperpigmentation<br />

issues. These are exfoliating<br />

the surface of the skin,<br />

suppression of melanocyte<br />

activity, skin brightening<br />

and lightening and cellular<br />

protection and repair.<br />

Treating the various forms<br />

of hyperpigmentation can<br />

be a frustrating process.<br />

The question to ask is: what<br />

direction will you take to<br />

achieve a brighter, more<br />

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even skin tone? Many options<br />

range, from lasers, chemical or<br />

herbal peels, mesotherapy, or<br />

mechanical resurfacing. Any of<br />

these options can be impactful<br />

on the right individual. The<br />

best outcome is when both<br />

clinical and home care regimes<br />

are combined.<br />

When choosing a good<br />

homecare program, look for<br />

ingredients such as botanical<br />

brighteners, plant stem cells,<br />

epidermal growth factor,<br />

peptides, mandelic acid and<br />

retinaldehyde. This combination<br />

will address the four<br />

fundamental areas, melanin<br />

suppression, cellular repair and<br />

protection, exfoliation, skin<br />

brightening, and of course, a<br />

good 30+ sun protection each<br />

day – rain, hail or shine.<br />

In-Clinic, treatments are<br />

wide and varied. There is<br />

usually some downtime<br />

with these procedures, this<br />

being determined by the<br />

depth of colour we start with.<br />

One of the most important<br />

considerations before any in<br />

Clinic treatment is undertaken,<br />

is to prep the skin with home<br />

care products prior. A better<br />

outcome will be achieved and<br />

will also reduce the likelihood<br />

of rebound pigmentation from<br />

occurring.<br />

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)<br />

is an effective light therapy<br />

treatment and will reduce or<br />

eliminate brown spots and<br />

colour on the face, neck, chest,<br />

hands, arms, legs and back.<br />

Diathermy is an effective<br />

and affordable treatment<br />

using an electrical current to<br />

dehydrate minor seborrheic<br />

keratoses<br />

Fractional Laser creates<br />

small pixels in the skin and<br />

helps to reduce or remove<br />

hyperpigmentation and will<br />

stimulate elastin and collagen<br />

production at the same time<br />

Cosmelan, Deep Sea<br />

Herbal Peel and Clinical peels<br />

are fabulous treatments to<br />

assist with the removal of<br />

brown marks on the skin,<br />

particularly the face, neck<br />

and chest. Depending on the<br />

depth of peel decided upon<br />

will determine the level of<br />

downtime. There are 3 main<br />

types of peels, Progressive<br />

(may be performed weekly),<br />

Mid-depth (can be done<br />

monthly) and Deep Peels<br />

(performed once every 3<br />

months and have the greatest<br />

amount of downtime where<br />

the skin will shed).<br />

Mesotherapy, Tixel<br />

Infusion and Skin Needling<br />

are treatments whereby<br />

either injecting/infusing skin<br />

brightening serums into the<br />

skin will work on reducing<br />

hyperpigmentation.<br />

Sue Carroll is at the forefront<br />

of the beauty, wellness<br />

and para-medical profession<br />

with 35 years’ experience on<br />

Sydney’s Northern Beaches.<br />

She leads a dedicated team<br />

of professionals who are<br />

passionate about results for<br />

men and women.<br />

info@skininspiration.com.au<br />

www.skininspiration.com.au<br />

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

with Brian Hrnjak<br />

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

Give til it hurts: questions on<br />

donations & tax deductions<br />

As the financial year end<br />

approaches, we look at<br />

issues around giving –<br />

which apparently some of you<br />

aren’t doing too well…. It was<br />

Stephen Brook recently in The<br />

Sydney Morning Herald that<br />

painted Aussies as a bunch<br />

of tightwads: ‘One-quarter of<br />

Australians have not donated to<br />

a charity in the past year and<br />

our charitable donations lag<br />

behind comparable countries.<br />

We would need to lift donations<br />

to charities from $13.1 billion to<br />

$30 billion annually to match<br />

New Zealand, according to<br />

Philanthropy Australia.’<br />

In the rush for a click-baitable<br />

headline the author seems<br />

to have ignored the fact that<br />

more than 13 per cent of the<br />

population, or around half<br />

that number being called out<br />

for non-giving, live below the<br />

poverty line and are more likely<br />

to be on the receiving end of<br />

a charitable gift. The article<br />

contained similar insights such<br />

as: ‘Those on less than $50,000<br />

were less likely to donate – 63<br />

per cent – than those earning<br />

more than $120,000 (83 per<br />

cent).’ Who would have thought?<br />

Probably the most useful<br />

insight was: ‘Polling for<br />

Philanthropy Australia found<br />

the three key motivations for<br />

donating were a personal or<br />

emotional connection to a cause<br />

that affected loved ones; people<br />

preferred donating on their<br />

own terms; and when giving<br />

made them feel part of a bigger<br />

community.’<br />

The point about donating<br />

on their own terms aligns<br />

with what we see as a key<br />

motivator expressed by clients<br />

when collating their taxation<br />

returns. Elsewhere in the SMH<br />

article the author notes a<br />

Productivity Commission report<br />

from 2010 recommending<br />

that all registered charities<br />

are granted deductible gift<br />

recipient (DGR) status. Currently<br />

only about half of all charities<br />

hold this status due to the<br />

complex processes involved in<br />

qualifying, but the article fails<br />

to note rorts from the past and<br />

the potential for abuse that<br />

comes with the ability to accept<br />

tax-deductible donations.<br />

While the charity sector is<br />

largely populated by genuine,<br />

well-intentioned people it<br />

has not always covered itself<br />

in glory. Charitable trusts<br />

operated by sports people and<br />

celebrities have in the past been<br />

shut down following exposure<br />

of maladministration, including<br />

lack of record keeping, hiring<br />

family members, spending on<br />

personal expenses… whatever<br />

shenanigans you can think of<br />

that tend to happen where you<br />

can engineer a tax deduction<br />

for otherwise non-deductible<br />

expenses.<br />

Corporate charitable<br />

programs are things that<br />

progressive CEOs love to<br />

promote. It’s one thing if a<br />

company’s staff or customers<br />

have contributed to a cause<br />

and those funds are being<br />

passed on, but what are the<br />

ethical implications when a<br />

company then matches those<br />

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contributions, or simply<br />

donates out of profits? Many<br />

shareholders and shareholder<br />

associations would argue the<br />

most ethical approach is for<br />

the company to return those<br />

funds to shareholders as a<br />

dividend and the shareholders<br />

can choose to make whatever<br />

donations they wish.<br />

The charities themselves are<br />

under enormous pressure to<br />

evolve. For many years they<br />

were notoriously low payers<br />

of salaries and wages to the<br />

extent that the FBT system still<br />

has a carve out for benefits<br />

paid to employees of some<br />

charities and benevolent<br />

institutions. Because of benefits<br />

such as these and their DGR<br />

status there is a need for<br />

greater scrutiny of governance<br />

which means more complex<br />

reporting and administration.<br />

Charities themselves have<br />

also evolved their corporate<br />

structures: CEOs, marketing<br />

managers, fundraising<br />

executives are a part of many<br />

organisations. They are likely to<br />

reach out to potential donors<br />

very early on, even looking to<br />

be written into wills. We have<br />

seen charity representatives<br />

attend funerals and agitate<br />

after probate is granted for<br />

benefits to be paid over.<br />

Complex arrangements<br />

around fundraising are now<br />

normal. Those overly friendly<br />

people you see when walking<br />

into Woolies who are seeking<br />

donations on behalf of some<br />

good cause are usually<br />

contractors that are primarily<br />

focussed on getting you to<br />

sign up to a monthly program<br />

of giving for which they will<br />

receive a healthy commission.<br />

It’s no wonder that people<br />

hesitate to give or give larger<br />

amounts to charity when they<br />

struggle to determine what<br />

actual percentage of their<br />

contribution makes it to the<br />

cause. The regulator is of little<br />

help in this regard. I looked at<br />

one charity that claimed 100<br />

per cent of funds raised were<br />

paid to eligible charities, but<br />

its accounts with the regulator<br />

show that in 2021 it donated<br />

18 per cent of donations<br />

revenue raised in that year to<br />

charities and in 2022 it donated<br />

16 per cent of donations<br />

raised to charities. A greater<br />

percentage of donations were<br />

spent on fundraising and<br />

travel expenses. I don’t quite<br />

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understand how you can claim<br />

to donate 100 per cent when<br />

you have operating expenses<br />

at all.<br />

The problem with donating<br />

cash is its fungibility; basically<br />

it can be used for anything and<br />

once you hand it over you lose<br />

control.<br />

For most of us, donating a<br />

few dollars to the Salvos or Red<br />

Cross in their times of need will<br />

continue to be the norm. For<br />

others who are looking to<br />

make a more substantial<br />

donation there are a few other<br />

options. For example, you may<br />

be able to donate property<br />

to a DGR within 12 months<br />

of purchase – items such as a<br />

piece of medical equipment or<br />

a motor vehicle or other nonphysical<br />

items such as shares<br />

and ownership rights.<br />

If the item is more than 12<br />

months old but over $5,000 it<br />

may also be claimable through<br />

a valuation process with the<br />

ATO. This pathway can also be<br />

used for prizes won in raffles<br />

that people may wish to donate<br />

as they don’t fit the definition<br />

of being ‘purchased’.<br />

There is a cultural gift<br />

program for art, artefacts,<br />

film paintings, manuscripts,<br />

photographs and the like.<br />

Again, these need to be valued<br />

and the recipient must be a<br />

DGR unless you are donating<br />

to the Australiana Fund or<br />

Australian Government for<br />

Artbank.<br />

The rules for this type of<br />

giving can be complex as can<br />

be the tax consequences and<br />

it would be sensible to seek<br />

advice. It is important to keep in<br />

mind that donations cannot add<br />

to or create a tax loss so there<br />

are provisions in place to elect<br />

to claim your deductions over a<br />

period of up to five years.<br />

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

a Director of GHR Accounting<br />

Group Pty Ltd, Certified<br />

Practising Accountants. Offices<br />

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

20 Bungan Street Mona Vale<br />

NSW 2103 and Shop 8, 9 – 15<br />

Central Ave Manly NSW 2095,<br />

Telephone: 02 9979-4300,<br />

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

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

brian@ghr.com.au<br />

These comments are of a<br />

general nature only and are<br />

not intended as a substitute<br />

for professional advice.<br />

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Business <strong>Life</strong>

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

with Jennifer Harris<br />

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

Managing mortgage stress:<br />

Communicate with lenders<br />

Following the global<br />

financial crisis in 2009<br />

and 2020-21 COVID<br />

lockdowns, it was said that<br />

business had “returned to<br />

normal”, but its ramifications<br />

had not. All over the<br />

peninsula it was becoming<br />

quite common to see and<br />

hear of businesses closing –<br />

and mortgage stress rising.<br />

The Governor of the<br />

Reserve Bank Dr Philip Lowe<br />

seemingly reassured the<br />

market that interest rates,<br />

then at record lows, would<br />

remain stable and virtually<br />

unaltered through until<br />

2024. Then early last year<br />

he reversed his observations<br />

and began increasing interest<br />

rates every month for 11<br />

months, with one small pause<br />

before it started again.<br />

While it is still unusual to<br />

see property repossessions<br />

and mortgagee sales, there<br />

are an increasing number of<br />

mortgage ‘delinquencies’.<br />

With cost-of-living increases,<br />

people are experiencing<br />

substantial financial hardship.<br />

If you have a home loan –<br />

ie, a loan covered by one of<br />

the industry codes of practice<br />

– you should be able to have<br />

recourse to sections of the<br />

code which cover financial<br />

hardship and how the lender<br />

should respond to a request<br />

for a repayment arrangement,<br />

if sought.<br />

However, is your problem<br />

one of urgency?<br />

If you have defaulted in<br />

making payments to the<br />

lender, quite possibly.<br />

If you have received a<br />

default notice which gives you<br />

28-30 days to repay the areas,<br />

then yes.<br />

If you have received<br />

a statement of claim or<br />

summons from the court<br />

seeking possession of your<br />

property in payment of your<br />

loan – yes.<br />

In all these circumstances<br />

you should seek advice<br />

immediately. In fact, if you<br />

have circumstances – a say<br />

illness, or unemployment<br />

which may cause you to miss<br />

a payment – it is wise to notify<br />

the lender before you default.<br />

If you call the lender you<br />

should ask to be transferred<br />

to the financial hardship team.<br />

You need to tell the lender<br />

you are in financial hardship<br />

and in these circumstances<br />

what you can afford to pay<br />

per month, and how long you<br />

can afford to make reduced<br />

repayments. If the period of<br />

lesser payments is uncertain,<br />

ask for between three to eight<br />

months.<br />

You may seek a variation<br />

of the term of the loan if you<br />

can’t afford new repayments.<br />

If legal action has been<br />

commenced request default<br />

fees and interest cease<br />

while your request is under<br />

consideration by the lender<br />

and ask that you not be<br />

listed on the credit reference<br />

listing. Banks operate a<br />

comprehensive credit report<br />

which notes a positive<br />

reflection and a negative<br />

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eflection and usually is<br />

reviewed monthly.<br />

Whatever you do keep a<br />

note of your conversations<br />

and agreement if any with<br />

the lender and confirm the<br />

conversations in writing with<br />

the lender.<br />

You may find dealing<br />

with the matter quite<br />

difficult, particularly if the<br />

lender rejects your offer of<br />

repayment.<br />

If this is the case, you may<br />

find it more efficient to seek<br />

External Dispute Resolution<br />

(EDR).<br />

EDR is a service for<br />

resolving disputes between<br />

consumers and credit<br />

providers (including mortgage<br />

managers and finance<br />

brokers).<br />

Under EDR, lenders are<br />

held to account under their<br />

industry code of practice and<br />

the National Credit Code.<br />

Enforcement action is put on<br />

hold and negotiations should<br />

take place. This service has<br />

been found to be particularly<br />

effective in cases of real<br />

financial hardship.<br />

External Dispute Resolution<br />

(EDR) is free and can be<br />

accessed via the Financial<br />

Ombudsman Service at 1300<br />

78 08 08 and fos.org.au; or<br />

Credit Ombudsman Service<br />

1800 138 422 and cosl.com.au<br />

Other helpful areas are<br />

Money Smart, which is the<br />

Australian Securities and<br />

Investments Commission’s<br />

website on money matters. It<br />

contains helpful and practical<br />

information and videos for<br />

people who are struggling to<br />

pay their mortgages. www.<br />

moneysmart.gov.au<br />

Finally, there is the<br />

Consumer Credit Legal Centre<br />

(NSW) 1800 808 488 and<br />

cclcnsw.org.au<br />

This is far from an<br />

exhaustive list of matters;<br />

there are many more issues<br />

to consider and to which<br />

you must attend. It is not<br />

an option in this country to<br />

offer to vacate the premises<br />

and give the lender the keys.<br />

You are responsible for<br />

repaying the lender, even<br />

after the property has been<br />

repossessed and sold. Any<br />

shortfall from the sale of the<br />

property is your responsibility.<br />

What is required is that you<br />

seek help early and try to<br />

resolve the problems ahead.<br />

Seek legal advice if you<br />

need help on any of these<br />

issues.<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 608 398<br />

Doors & locks, timber gates & handrails, decking<br />

repairs and timber replacement. Also privacy<br />

screens. 25 years’ experience. Lic: 7031C.<br />


Amazing Clean<br />

Call Andrew 0412 475 2871<br />

Specialists in blinds, curtains and awnings.<br />

Clean, repair, supply new.<br />

All NB Pressure Clean<br />

Call 0416 215 095<br />

Driveways, paths, garden walls, awnings,<br />

house wash.<br />


Adrians Concrete<br />

Call Adrian 0404 172 435<br />

Driveways, paths, slabs… all your concreting<br />

needs; Northern Beaches-based.<br />

Northern Beaches Concreting<br />

Call Tony 0417 640 546<br />

Specialising in driveways; quality work,<br />

council compliant. FREE quotes. Servicing<br />

the beaches for 14+ years.<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 />

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vegetable gardens and waterfront<br />

specialist.<br />

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<br />

irons 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 />

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Trades & Services<br />

Trades & Services<br />

service, installation. Warranty agents, fully<br />

accredited.<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 />

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should make their own enquiries directly<br />

to any organisations or businesses prior to<br />

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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 />

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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 />

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 />


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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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JUNE <strong>2023</strong> 55

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 />

Avalon Beach became the focus of<br />

international attention with the<br />

Australian Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving IRB<br />

Championships. “White hot action<br />

is guaranteed” with more 700<br />

Surf <strong>Life</strong> Savers, 100 officials, 200<br />

VIPs and 2000 spectators on the<br />

finals day expected. “The event has<br />

particular significance for Avalon,<br />

for it was in this club and on this<br />

beach that the IRB was developed as<br />

a surf life saving rescue vehicle by<br />

Warren Mitchell and it was here, just<br />

a month later in December 1969 that<br />

the first mass rescue took place.” In<br />

other news <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council held a<br />

public meeting “on issues connected<br />

with the ocean outfall from the<br />

Warriewood Sewage Treatment Plant<br />

(STP)… issues to be discussed include<br />

timely release of information for the<br />

community on the operation for the<br />

Warriewood STP, System by-pass,<br />

health and environmental impact of the<br />

current ocean outfall performance and<br />

increased development in Warriewood Valley and plans to<br />

upgrade plant capacity… HAVE YOUR SAY Now!” Opposition<br />

to the Environment Levy was growing, as <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong><br />

posed the question: “E Levy: Community views ignored?”.<br />

While there was undoubtedly widespread support for a<br />

special environmental levy that was fair and equitable<br />

in its applications, the “… proposed E-levy for <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

smacks of attempt to bring the budget into line by having a<br />

de facto increase in rates” and while<br />

Council was “arguing it is only an<br />

average of $52 per household… the<br />

real costs vary from a mere $15 in<br />

some households on low valuations to<br />

around $180 on others. There is no<br />

differentiation between single-person<br />

households which have less impact<br />

and households with four or more<br />

people in them. Nor does<br />

it give any relief to fixed or lowincome<br />

persons already caught<br />

in a spiral of high rates and land<br />

taxes. The majority of <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s<br />

Councillors are ‘gung-ho’ to<br />

ignore the views they received<br />

with public consultation, and<br />

impose an Environment Levy<br />

on the community. In doing so<br />

they have ignored two public<br />

meetings… Councillors note that<br />

Manly and Warringah imposed<br />

an E levy without any community<br />

consultation. How they operate<br />

is not the issue. <strong>Pittwater</strong> has an articulate community<br />

which likes to be consulted. That’s why it broke away<br />

from Warringah.” Meanwhile, all unleashed dog exercise<br />

areas in <strong>Pittwater</strong> were again under scrutiny, with an<br />

audit undertaken to “assess the appropriateness of each<br />

area… and environmental impact” as a result of the State<br />

Government’s proposed new Animal Act; and Cr Shirley<br />

Phelps was photographed turning the first sod for the<br />

Avalon Skate Park.<br />

15 Years Ago…<br />

5 Years Ago…<br />

There were moves to make Avalon plastic-bag free, Woolworths “have informed us their<br />

with Council calling a meeting between community supermarkets in Avalon, Narrabeen<br />

groups and Woolworths to encourage the supermarket and Warriewood will go single-use<br />

to move away from plastic bags to coincide with the plastic bag free from <strong>June</strong> 20”. Our<br />

store’s re-opening following<br />

mag presented six pages promoting<br />

its renovation. The<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>’s cafes; Former <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

second Avalon Festival was Councillor Kay Millar talked about<br />

to be held; the new $1.3m her quest to ensure our local area<br />

purpose-built animal<br />

gained much-needed inpatient palliative<br />

hospital on Barrenjoey<br />

care; Residents group Protect<br />

Road Newport was officially<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> explained how they would<br />

opened; <strong>Pittwater</strong> focus on gathering information they<br />

Outrigger Racing Canoe say would “prove the failings of the<br />

Club’s Open Women’s Crew new Northern Beaches Council and<br />

became the new national strengthen their case for returning<br />

sprint champions and<br />

to the former <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council<br />

it was expected Council boundary”. The Palm Beach & Whale<br />

would begin discussions Beach Association celebrated 100 years; People were urged to exercise<br />

on a Masterplan for the caution near the Whale Beach Ocean Pool due to dangers posed by an<br />

long-term future of Avalon<br />

unstable rock shelf; and the Avalon Youth Hub marked its first full<br />

town Centre.<br />

month of operation.<br />

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

Compiled by David Stickley<br />

(40-49 years) from Newport SLSC,<br />

Bec ______ (6)<br />

26 An idea that does not fall within<br />

normal social standards (3,5)<br />

29 Largest continent (4)<br />

30 Large racing yacht (4)<br />

31 In a softened tone (5)<br />

32 A public display of a message<br />

(4)<br />

33 The principal dish of a meal<br />

(4,6)<br />

DOWN<br />

1 Large whale with long flippers<br />

that may be seen travelling off the<br />

Northern Beaches (8)<br />

2 Beautiful; heavenly (7)<br />

3 One of the things Kimbriki deals<br />

with (5)<br />

4 Newport SLSC’s Annual Awards<br />

presentation (3,7)<br />

5 Pinkish table wine (4)<br />

7 Stops by briefly (5,2)<br />

8 A choice delicacy or item (6)<br />

12 Fuel used by internalcombustion<br />

engines (6)<br />

15 The crowning of King Charles<br />

III, for example (10)<br />

17 Praises greatly (6)<br />

19 A person who is present and<br />

participates in a meeting or an<br />

event (8)<br />

21 Swimming back and forth over<br />

and over again (7)<br />

23 Someone who accesses a<br />

website (7)<br />

24 Large bodies of water (6)<br />

27 The speed at which music is or<br />

should be played (5)<br />

28 A festive or special occasion (4)<br />

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

ACROSS<br />

1 The upper tributaries of a river<br />

(10)<br />

6 Prepare for publication (4)<br />

9 An ancient astrologer or<br />

magician (5)<br />

10 Direction of the sea from Whale<br />

Beach (4)<br />

11 Former Prime Minister, Harold<br />

____ (4)<br />

13 Person in general who might<br />

visit <strong>Pittwater</strong> Uniting Church (8)<br />

14 Watercraft that takes advantage<br />

of beautiful locations of <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

(3-3)<br />

16 Ride a bike (5)<br />

18 Material used to make wetsuits<br />

(8)<br />

20 In fashion (3,3,2)<br />

22 Bottomless Lunch destination in<br />

Newport (5)<br />

25 Australian Champion <strong>Life</strong>saver<br />

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JUNE <strong>2023</strong> 57

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 />

Veg out: Get your serves of<br />

these wonderful Winter crops<br />

We all know how important vegetables in our diet are.<br />

We should be eating at least five serves each and every<br />

day – but most Australians only eat half that. The secret<br />

is to try to add some to each meal, then the five serves is easy to<br />

achieve. Given the wonderful winter crop of vegetables we have at<br />

our fingertips, I hope the recipes below inspire you to get creative!<br />

Spiced roast<br />

cauliflower<br />

Serves 4-5 (as a side)<br />

1 tsp ground cumin<br />

1 tsp ground coriander<br />

1 tsp smoked paprika<br />

¼ tsp cayenne<br />

¾ tsp sea salt flakes<br />

Pinch of ground turmeric<br />

2 tbs extra virgin olive oil, plus<br />

extra, to serve<br />

1 (approx 700g) cauliflower,<br />

trimmed, cut into florets<br />

Raita or yoghurt, to serve<br />

3. Drizzle with oil. Serve with<br />

raita or yoghurt.<br />

Serving suggestion: Serve<br />

with pan-fried minute steak,<br />

salmon or lamb chops.<br />

Italian Stuffed<br />

mushrooms<br />

Makes 8 (Serves 4)<br />

8 large Portobello/flat<br />

mushrooms<br />

1½ cups soft breadcrumbs (see<br />

Tip)<br />

¼ cup roasted red capsicum<br />

strips<br />

¼ cup semi dried tomatoes,<br />

chopped,<br />

2 tbs pitted olives, chopped<br />

¼ cup parsley leaves, chopped<br />

2 tbs pine nuts, toasted<br />

½ cup basil pesto<br />

½ cup finely grated parmesan<br />

cheese<br />

olive oil cooking spray<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C<br />

fan-forced. Trim the stalks<br />

from the mushrooms. Finely<br />

chop the stalks and place<br />

in a large bowl. Add 1 cup<br />

of the breadcrumbs to the<br />

bowl. Add the capsicum,<br />

tomatoes, olives, parsley and<br />

pine nuts. Season. Mix well.<br />

2. Place the mushrooms<br />

on a baking tray. Divide<br />

the stuffing between the<br />

mushrooms and press<br />

down slightly. Dollop<br />

over the pesto. Combine<br />

the remaining ½ cup<br />

breadcrumbs and parmesan<br />

and sprinkle over the<br />

mushrooms. Spray the tops<br />

with oil.<br />

3. Roast for 20 minutes or until<br />

the tops are golden and the<br />

mushrooms are tender.<br />

Serving suggestion: Serve<br />

with roast beef, chicken or<br />

barbecued chorizo sausages.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: Process day-old<br />

sourdough or sliced bread;<br />

you will need around 4-5<br />

slices.<br />

Winter roast<br />

vegetables<br />

Serves 4 (as a side)<br />

1 red onion, peeled, cut into<br />

thin wedges<br />

2 zucchini, cut into thick<br />

rounds<br />

2 Lebanese (or 1 small<br />

regular) eggplant, cut into<br />

thick rounds<br />

1 red capsicum, chopped<br />

1 yellow capsicum, chopped<br />

3 tbs extra virgin olive oil<br />

1 tbs maple syrup<br />

2 tbs orange juice<br />

1 tsp dried oregano<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C<br />

fan-forced.<br />

2. Place all the vegetables in<br />

a large greased roasting<br />

pan. Whisk the oil, maple<br />

syrup, orange juice,<br />

oregano and salt and<br />

pepper together until well<br />

combined. Pour half over<br />

the vegetables, toss gently<br />

so all the vegetables are<br />

well coated. Spread the<br />

vegetables evenly over the<br />

pan.<br />

3. Roast for 25-35 minutes,<br />

shaking the pan every<br />

10 minutes until the<br />

vegetables are golden<br />

and tender. Spoon over<br />

the remaining oil mixture.<br />

Serve.<br />

Serving suggestion: Serve<br />

with meatloaf, rissoles,<br />

bolognese or char-grilled<br />

pork chops.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: Add thinly<br />

sliced baby potatoes,<br />

pumpkin or sweet potato,<br />

brussels sprouts or<br />

cauliflower to the mix if you<br />

have them on hand.<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C<br />

fan forced. Combine the<br />

cumin, coriander, paprika,<br />

cayenne, salt and turmeric<br />

in a bowl. Add the oil, stir to<br />

combine.<br />

2. Place the cauliflower in<br />

a greased roasting pan.<br />

Spoon over the spiced oil<br />

mixture. Turn to coat all<br />

the cauliflower, then spread<br />

the cauliflower in a single<br />

layer. Roast, shaking the<br />

pan occasionally, for 20-30<br />

minutes or until golden and<br />

tender.<br />

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For more recipes go to janellebloom.com.au<br />

Kale, quinoa and<br />

cranberry stuffed<br />

butternut pumpkin<br />

Serves 4<br />

1.6kg butternut pumpkin,<br />

halved lengthways<br />

olive oil cooking spray<br />

150g (¾ cup) quinoa, rinsed<br />

(see Tip)<br />

¾ cup water<br />

3 tbs extra virgin olive oil<br />

1 brown onion, finely chopped<br />

2 tbs Moroccan spice blend<br />

1 garlic clove, crushed<br />

1 cup can chickpeas, drained<br />

1 cup shredded kale, spinach<br />

or silverbeet leaves<br />

1/3 cup slivered almonds or<br />

pistachio, toasted<br />

½ cup cranberries or raisins<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C<br />

fan-forced. Line a baking tray<br />

with baking paper. Remove<br />

and discard the pumpkin<br />

seeds and membranes. Place<br />

the pumpkin, cut side down,<br />

on the baking tray. Cover<br />

tightly with foil. Roast for 1<br />

hour.<br />

2. Remove the pumpkin from<br />

the oven and turn over.<br />

Leaving a 2cm border around<br />

edge of pumpkin halves,<br />

scoop out the flesh (see tip).<br />

Spray the pumpkin cavities<br />

lightly with oil and season.<br />

Roast, cut side up a further<br />

30-45 minutes or until the<br />

pumpkin is golden and<br />

tender when tested with a<br />

skewer.<br />

3. Place the quinoa and water<br />

in saucepan. Bring to the<br />

boil. Reduce heat to low,<br />

cover and simmer for 12-15<br />

minutes until the water is<br />

absorbed. Remove from the<br />

heat, stir with a fork.<br />

4. Meanwhile, heat 1<br />

tablespoon oil in a large<br />

frying pan over medium<br />

heat. Add onion. Cook,<br />

stirring, for 5 minutes or<br />

until softened. Add spice<br />

blend, garlic and chickpeas.<br />

Increase the heat to medium<br />

high, sauté for 5 minutes<br />

until the chickpeas start to<br />

colour. Remove from the<br />

heat, add the kale, almonds<br />

and cranberries. Transfer<br />

to a bowl, stir in the quinoa,<br />

season and mix well.<br />

5. Spoon the quinoa mixture<br />

into the roasted pumpkin<br />

halves. Drizzle with<br />

remaining oil, cut the<br />

pumpkins in half crossways.<br />

Serve.<br />

Serving suggestion: Serve with<br />

chicken, lamb or pan fried tofu.<br />

Janelle’s Tips: You can replace<br />

the quinoa with couscous or<br />

cooked rice… Steam, roast or<br />

microwave the scooped-out<br />

pumpkin. Mash or puree. Great<br />

on its own or stirred through<br />

mash potato and served with<br />

sausages.<br />

Herb and garlic<br />

Hasselback sweet<br />

potato bake<br />

Serves 6<br />

2 tbs extra virgin olive oil<br />

80g herb and garlic butter (see<br />

tip), melted<br />

60ml (¼ cup) chicken or<br />

vegetable stock<br />

2kg sweet potato, peeled<br />

chopped parsley and finely<br />

grated parmesan, to serve,<br />

optional<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C<br />

fan-forced. Grease a deep<br />

20-22cm (top measurement)<br />

heavy based pan (see tip) or<br />

baking dish.<br />

2. Combine the olive oil and<br />

butter in a bowl. Add 2<br />

tablespoons to the stock and<br />

mix well (set the remaining<br />

oil mixture aside).<br />

3. Use a mandolin or a sharp<br />

knife to cut the sweet potato<br />

into 3mm-thick slices.<br />

Discard the end slices of<br />

each potato. Place in stacks<br />

on a plate. Arrange the slices<br />

standing on their sides, 1<br />

stack at a time, in a tightly<br />

packed circular pattern in the<br />

pan or dish. Season.<br />

4. Pour the stock mixture over<br />

the top. Cover with foil.<br />

Bake for 1 hour. Remove<br />

the foil. Warm the reserved<br />

oil mixture if necessary and<br />

brush about a third over the<br />

top of the sweet potatoes,<br />

allowing some to run<br />

between the layers. Bake,<br />

uncovered for a further 20-<br />

30 minutes, basting with the<br />

remaining oil mixture every<br />

10 minutes or until the sweet<br />

potato is tender and the top<br />

is golden and crisp.<br />

5. Sprinkle the top with<br />

combined parsley and<br />

parmesan. Serve.<br />

Serving suggestion: Serve<br />

with roast chicken, lamb or<br />

barbecued steak.<br />

Janelle’s Tips: Heavy-based<br />

cast iron pans, suitable for<br />

stovetop and oven, are great<br />

for this recipe as they hold the<br />

heat; if using a ceramic dish,<br />

the cooking time may be a little<br />

longer… You can buy herb and<br />

garlic butter or to make your<br />

own, mix 100g softened butter<br />

with 3 cloves crushed garlic<br />

and 2 tbs chopped herbs like<br />

parsley, thyme or rosemary.<br />

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JUNE <strong>2023</strong> 59

Tasty Morsels<br />

with Beverley Hudec<br />

Some Tiny Morsels to savour in <strong>June</strong><br />

Bottomless lunch?<br />

You've gotta Lovat!<br />

Fancy a leisurely weekend lunch?<br />

Lovat’s $99-a-head Bottomless Lunch<br />

starts with an Aperol spritz on arrival,<br />

followed by burrata and olives. The<br />

deal has two entrees and four main<br />

courses. Choices include Sri Lankan<br />

fish curry, steamed mussels or steak<br />

with fries. Pair with bubbles, wine or<br />

beers. Dessert is extra.<br />

Queen Ester expands<br />

street eats empire<br />

Queen Ester fans can now sample its<br />

tasty street eats in Mona Vale, where<br />

a second outpost is now open on<br />

weekdays. Go for Israeli cheese-filled<br />

pastries called Ziva, shakshuka, coffee<br />

and sweet treats. The homemade<br />

felafel pockets stuffed with hummus,<br />

hot pickled peppers and labneh make<br />

trying to find a car spot worthwhile.<br />

Tasty Dining Morsels Guide<br />

Sammy's at<br />

Careel Bay<br />

Newly opened Sammy’s<br />

at Careel Bay serves its<br />

coffee with knockout<br />

water views. Tuck into<br />

avo and goats cheese on<br />

sourdough, chia puddings<br />

and NY-style bagels with<br />

smoked salmon and cream<br />

cheese. Hot bites include<br />

jaffles filled with bacon,<br />

egg and aioli and jaffles or<br />

slow-cooked bolognese,<br />

mozzarella and basil.<br />

Beans on the move at<br />

Narra's Bar 210<br />

Bar 210’s coffee beans make their way<br />

from a Marrickville boutique roaster to<br />

Narrabeen for the cafe’s caffeine fixes.<br />

There’s an all-day breakfast menu with<br />

smashed avo on sourdough and egg and<br />

bacon rolls. Move on to lunch and there<br />

are chicken burgers and wraps as well as<br />

a selection of jaffles and paninis.<br />

Three of a kind: Burgers<br />

It’s winner, winner chicken<br />

dinner in Newport. Chicken<br />

burger fans can pick pimped<br />

schnitty burgers or tangy<br />

tandoori chicken burgers<br />

with minted yoghurt. The<br />

Honest Chicken’s namesake<br />

(pictured) features a herby<br />

grilled chicken fillet, lettuce,<br />

tomato, cheese and aioli.<br />

Chicken salt-sprinkled chips<br />

are a must.<br />

Narrabeen’s Two Hungry<br />

Bears has mega-meaty burgers<br />

to sate peckish carnivores.<br />

Mr Miyagi packs a beef patty,<br />

American cheese, crispy sweet<br />

and sour pork hock, pickled<br />

carrots and sesame mayo<br />

into a bun. Mac Killer pimps<br />

Angus beef, American cheese<br />

and bacon jam with a mac ’n’<br />

cheese patty, special sauce and<br />

pickles.<br />

Any self-respecting cafe these<br />

days has to have a vegetarian,<br />

and preferably, a vegan<br />

option. Mona Vale’s Ruby’s<br />

at the Beach showcases<br />

its chickpea, turmeric and<br />

cauliflower patty and then<br />

piles on kimchi, vegan aioli,<br />

lettuce, pickles and sweet<br />

potato fries. Alternatively,<br />

swap the ciabatta bun for a<br />

naked burger bowl.<br />

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Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

with Gabrielle Bryant<br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Now’s the time to plant beds<br />

of colourful, fragrant roses<br />

It’s rose-planting time – roses need a<br />

bright sunny well drained position in<br />

the garden. There are roses for every<br />

situation; carpet roses will spill down<br />

slopes or cover the ground, tiny miniature<br />

roses are ideal for pots and window boxes,<br />

standard roses are perfect for structural<br />

balance in tubs or lining pathways, climbing<br />

roses cover arbours, fences and climb the<br />

walls – but the most popular are the bush<br />

roses. Perfect for picking and easy to grow.<br />

Bush roses are either single-stemmed<br />

for cutting, or multi-headed floribunda<br />

roses for massed colour in the garden.<br />

The selection in the garden centres and<br />

online from the rose growers is quite<br />

overwhelming.<br />

Some roses are fragrant while others are<br />

not. Colours from pure white to the deepest<br />

velvet, through every shade of pink, orange,<br />

As the cold weather sets<br />

in, it is the best time to<br />

plant new rhubarb crowns,<br />

either in the veggie patch<br />

or in large pots or tubs.<br />

Rhubarb is an old-fashioned,<br />

perennial favourite that is<br />

coming back into modern<br />

cooking. Nothing can<br />

beat hot rhubarb crumble<br />

or rhubarb pie on a cold<br />

winter’s night.<br />

Rhubarb is a cut-and-comeagain<br />

vegetable – just like<br />

the ‘Magic Pudding’. Planted<br />

in compost-rich soil, it needs<br />

to be well-fed and watered<br />

regularly but must not have<br />

yellow, purple and lavender. There is a rose<br />

for everyone.<br />

Before you plant your new rose, dig the<br />

proposed spot thoroughly and add some<br />

slow-release fertiliser and plenty of compost<br />

to the soil. Remove the rose from its bag and<br />

‘tease’ the roots. Next, mound the soil in the<br />

bottom of the hole and sit the rose onto the<br />

mound, spreading the roots downwards into<br />

the hole. Fill the hole with water and allow<br />

it to drain, then backfill to bury the roots,<br />

making sure that the graft remains above<br />

the soil level. The graft can be identified by<br />

a scar on the stem that is just above the soil<br />

line, then water well once again.<br />

It is very important that the roots should<br />

not be allowed to dry. If the rose has<br />

started to make new growth while in the<br />

bag, cut it back now. It will soon shoot<br />

again.<br />

Rhubarb… rhubarb… rhubarb!<br />

wet feet or the crown will rot.<br />

It is very easy to grow.<br />

Rhubarb will jump into<br />

life as soon as the weather<br />

warms up, growing huge,<br />

scarlet-stemmed leaves. Once<br />

the plant matures, harvest by<br />

braking back from ground<br />

level and pulling up. Make<br />

sure to discard the outer<br />

leaves – only the stems are<br />

edible. (The green leaves<br />

are full of oxalic acid that is<br />

poisonous.)<br />

Put the discarded leaves<br />

to one side. Boil them up<br />

in water, about 1 part to<br />

10, add some soapy water,<br />

after you have strained it,<br />

and you will have your own<br />

organic insecticide.<br />

Legacy of<br />

Dolly’s Dream<br />

If you have kids or grandkids,<br />

this is the rose for you. Dolly<br />

took her life after cyber bullying<br />

and being badly bullied at school;<br />

it led her family to start the<br />

charity ‘Dolly’s Dream’ with the<br />

aim to reduce bullying in schools<br />

through education and support.<br />

Together with Knight’s Roses<br />

in SA, they have released a<br />

floribunda red rose called ‘Dolly’s<br />

Dream’ that has three or four<br />

buds on every stem.<br />

This is a very fragrant, dark red<br />

rose that can change in colour in<br />

different temperatures, from dark<br />

burgundy to deep purple. It can<br />

be bought now as a bush rose<br />

or as a 2ft or 3ft standard rose.<br />

It is available online and every<br />

rose sold will pay royalties to this<br />

charity and help to focus on antibullying<br />

programs in schools.<br />

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Welcome new Davana Fern<br />

Introducing a spectacularly beautiful<br />

new fern: Phlebodium Davana.<br />

Phlebodium aurea is an epiphytic fern<br />

that grows wild in the Caribbean and<br />

tropical parts of South America. It<br />

grows naturally both on the trees and<br />

across the ground. It’s known in the US<br />

as the ‘Blue Star fern’ as it can be found<br />

growing in the South-eastern States.<br />

Meanwhile Davana is a compact<br />

cultivar that has been developed in the<br />

Netherlands; its glorious blue, greygreen<br />

ruffled leaves grow thickly from<br />

rhizomes that slowly creep across the<br />

surface, clinging to the soil.<br />

Unlike other ferns it is tolerant of<br />

many conditions. You can grow in in<br />

hanging baskets, pots or in the ground.<br />

It prefers regular water – but not too<br />

much, always water the soil below and<br />

avoid watering the foliage if possible. If<br />

you miss out and forget, it will forgive<br />

you.<br />

This fern will withstand dry soil for<br />

a short time and will spring back into direct sunlight that will burn the huge, heaters that will dry the air. It will live in<br />

new growth once it gets a drink. Where ruffled fronds) to keep its bright blue shadier, dark spots but the colour will<br />

it comes from there are periods of colour. Light shade or dappled light if it be less intense.<br />

drought before the seasonal rains. is outside; indoors it needs good light Davana is an amazing newcomer<br />

Davana needs good light (but not near a window and away from winter which will soon become a favourite!<br />

Little John a good hedge bet<br />

So much is discussed about<br />

tall hedges for privacy and<br />

screens – but sometimes a<br />

hedge is used for boundary<br />

lines and edging in open<br />

spaces. There are several<br />

plants that are perfect along<br />

a pathway, at the top or the<br />

bottom of a wall, beside a<br />

driveway, next to a swimming<br />

pool or marking a boundary.<br />

Dwarf Indian hawthorn, with<br />

either pink or white flowers,<br />

will always do well; if it is<br />

hot and sunny all day plant<br />

lavender (find either lavender<br />

allardii or French lavender,<br />

lavender dentata). Some of the<br />

newer varieties are less hardy<br />

for hedging.<br />

Small-growing grevilleas,<br />

scarlet sprite (or Mt<br />

Tamboritha) will grow in<br />

part sun and part shade<br />

while westringia (the coast<br />

rosemary) is hard to beat in<br />

salty, exposed positions.<br />

But my favourite that will<br />

take all conditions is the<br />

tiny bottlebrush, Little John.<br />

Little John is a small-growing<br />

shrub (1m). The blue/grey<br />

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foliage is highlighted by deep<br />

red bottles every Spring and<br />

Autumn, with spot flowers<br />

thoughout the year. It can be<br />

left as an informal hedge to<br />

1m, or it can be trimmed into<br />

a formal hedge.<br />

After planting, water<br />

regularly until established<br />

and then unless there is a<br />

prolonged drought it will look<br />

after itself. A feed three times<br />

a year of any slow-release<br />

fertiliser for native plants will<br />

keep it bushy and flowering<br />

well.<br />

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Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

<strong>June</strong><br />

Jobs this Month<br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

The weather is cold and<br />

wet, but there are still<br />

plenty of jobs to do in<br />

the garden. Time to rug up<br />

and put on the rubber boots!<br />

<strong>June</strong> is the month to harvest<br />

all the dormant winter<br />

crops: potatoes, artichokes,<br />

shallots, sweet potatoes,<br />

garlic and onions. This will<br />

give you time to replenish<br />

the soil, ready to re-plant<br />

next month. Also, check out<br />

the bulb stands for liliums to<br />

plant in time for Christmas<br />

colour. Check the instructions<br />

carefully as there are so many<br />

different colours, shapes<br />

and sizes, some for pots and<br />

some for gardens.<br />

Cleaning up<br />

Once frangipani, Spring<br />

blossom and fruit trees are<br />

bare, spray the trees and<br />

surrounding soil with Lime<br />

sulphur or a copper spray to<br />

destroy any lingering fungal<br />

spores after the wet and chilly<br />

weather. This will give the new<br />

growth a head start spring.<br />

Be sure to clean up any fallen<br />

leaves from the ground and<br />

put them in the bin.<br />

Red beds<br />

Plant a strawberry patch this<br />

month. Dormant strawberry<br />

crowns are available in garden<br />

centres now. Strawberries are<br />

a great ground cover in the<br />

veggie patch. Their pretty,<br />

bright green leaves will keep<br />

down weeds. Plant them 30cm<br />

apart and tuck them in with a<br />

mulch of straw or sugar cane.<br />

Also, <strong>June</strong> is a good month to<br />

plant blueberries. Blueberry<br />

Burst is an attractive small<br />

shrub that grows better in<br />

a pot than in the ground.<br />

A great plant for terraces<br />

or balconies. In Spring you<br />

will be picking your own<br />

breakfast!<br />

Colour tips<br />

There is no excuse for a dull<br />

Winter garden; they can be<br />

as bright and cheerful as in<br />

Summer. Flowering now are<br />

camelias; pale pink and white<br />

tree dahlias; pink, yellow,<br />

and orange kangaroo paws;<br />

tall yellow or scarlet aloes;<br />

begonias; orchids; violet<br />

salvias; pink and scarlet<br />

poinsettias… the list goes<br />

on. Fill any gaps with multicoloured<br />

polyanthus or Winter<br />

pansies.<br />

Lawn<br />

care<br />

If your lawn<br />

has suffered<br />

badly in the<br />

wet weather<br />

and the<br />

grass has been<br />

too wet to mow, becoming<br />

long and lanky, don’t be<br />

tempted to cut it too short; if<br />

we get a few hot sunny days<br />

the roots will burn. Reduce the<br />

length over time with several<br />

cuts. Let the grass harden up<br />

slowly.<br />

Moss fix<br />

Wet weather can make paving<br />

very slippery. There are many<br />

products on the market<br />

to help stop this, but for a<br />

simple solution, mix a cup of<br />

baking soda into a bucket of<br />

water and add some soapy<br />

detergent. Spray or brush it<br />

onto the pavers and leave for<br />

half an hour before brushing<br />

off with a hard-bristled brush.<br />

Then wash off with water.<br />

White vinegar can also be<br />

effective – but never use a<br />

brown vinegar as it can stain.<br />

Perfect Pyrus<br />

Most trees that have Autumn<br />

colour<br />

perform better in cooler<br />

climates, but the brilliant<br />

red ornamental pear Pyrus<br />

Chanticleer is spectacular<br />

in our seaside suburb. Plant<br />

one now. It is a slim, columnshaped<br />

tree that is perfect<br />

for small suburban gardens.<br />

First you have white blossom,<br />

then the green leaves that<br />

are followed in Autumn with<br />

amazing colours that change<br />

from green to gold to red.<br />

Crossword solution from page 57<br />

Mystery location: BILGOLA<br />

64 JUNE <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Times Past<br />

Milkman to butcher to mechanic<br />

VARIED CAREERS: Sam off<br />

to service someone’s fridge<br />

in the 1960s; Jones’ dairy –<br />

main house, now occupied<br />

by the El Cortijo home units<br />

on Barrenjoey Rd; and Sam<br />

(WJ) Meek’s label for box<br />

packaging of his tomatoes.<br />

Last issue we left colourful character<br />

Sam Meek in transit from Joe’s dairy<br />

at Mona Vale to Stan Jones’ dairy at<br />

North Avalon. It seems he only spent a<br />

short time at Joe’s because he arrived at<br />

North Avalon in December 1939 – around<br />

a month after suffering Joe’s 4am morning<br />

wake-up call of the ‘roaring bull’!<br />

Jones’ dairy, located between Whale<br />

Beach Road, Careel Head Road and Burrawong<br />

Road, supplied milk locally as<br />

well as to Palm Beach.<br />

Jones had 40 cows which were allowed<br />

to free range all around the area and<br />

Sam’s first job of the day was to locate<br />

the cows, round them up and head them<br />

back to the bales for milking around<br />

4am. He admitted it wasn’t easy in the<br />

dark, so you had to listen out for thebells,<br />

especially if the cows had travelled<br />

as far as Ruskin Rowe.<br />

Sam didn’t refer to the job as milking<br />

but used instead the less subtle expression<br />

of ‘tit pulling’. After milking 10 cows, he’d<br />

load up the delivery van and head off to<br />

Fred’s Boatshed (these days better known<br />

as Careel Bay Marina or simply as ‘Bluey’s’).<br />

With 10 litres of milk, a bottle can measure<br />

and a torch, he wound his way through the<br />

scrub and vines to deliver to Finisterre, the<br />

last residence on Stokes Point.<br />

Later while on his rounds, Sam noticed<br />

a sign in Mr Brindell’s butcher shop in<br />

Avalon Beach.<br />

The sign read: ‘Youth wanted to learn<br />

butchering’. The Japanese were closing<br />

in on the east coast and the manager, Sid<br />

Alford wasn’t going to hang around in<br />

case they landed locally.<br />

He took his wife and family and<br />

headed for the Blue Mountains and Sam<br />

got his job. He had to make the sausages<br />

and deliver parcels of meat using a motor<br />

bike and sidecar. Sam recalled it was<br />

tricky on the dirt roads, constantly dodging<br />

the koalas.<br />

Sam joined the Avalon Fire Brigade as<br />

a volunteer and recalled a trip to Crows<br />

Nest Station to learn how to extinguish<br />

incendiary bombs using a wooden<br />

shovel.<br />

After around 10 years as a butcher,<br />

Sam decided to “hang out my shingle as<br />

a refrigeration mechanic” taking care of<br />

the fridges in the increasing number of<br />

shops in the local area as well as domestic<br />

fridges.<br />

He bought three acres of land for 75<br />

pounds ($150) and in the 1950s built a<br />

house in Therry Street where he grew<br />

some excellent orchids and loads of tomatoes,<br />

which he sold to local shops.<br />

TIMES PAST is supplied by local historian<br />

and President of the Avalon Beach<br />

Historical Society GEOFF SEARL. Visit<br />

the Society’s showroom in Bowling<br />

Green Lane, Avalon Beach.<br />

Times Past<br />

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Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Tauck sprints the travel walk<br />

International travel experts Tauck keep<br />

you have along the way, those personal<br />

moving forward to find new ways<br />

encounters and unexpected moments that<br />

to enhance experiences that will be<br />

memorable for the lifetimes of their<br />

guests – that’s why they’ve been named<br />

to esteemed authority Travel and Leisure’s<br />

‘World’s Best’ list for 25 consecutive years.<br />

Travel View Avalon’s Gail Kardash<br />

explained that Tauck are a company – and<br />

a family – of passionate travellers.<br />

“As a family owned travel company<br />

for over 98 years, their values and vision<br />

remain true: to always do the right thing<br />

for their customers and guests.”<br />

“With unique and exclusive access,<br />

with journeys across seven continents,<br />

in over 100 destinations and to 70+<br />

countries, Tauck invites you to see the<br />

world as you’ve never seen it before.”<br />

Gail said Tauck’s philosophy was that it<br />

wasn’t just about the places you visit – it’s<br />

how you experience them.<br />

“These are the travel experiences<br />

that define Tauck – authentic, intimate<br />

experiences that connect you more deeply<br />

to the destination and the people you<br />

meet,” she said.<br />

“These moments take you behind the<br />

scenes, providing special access to mustsee<br />

sites and places generally not open<br />

to the public, often at times when crowds<br />

aren’t there.<br />

“They show you the world differently<br />

than you could see it on your own and<br />

astonish you with the unexpected – and<br />

that’s what makes the difference between<br />

a trip and the trip of a lifetime!”<br />

Gail said the best travels bring the<br />

right kind of connections, with locals who<br />

share their daily lives along with cultural<br />

insights, secrets of nature, stories of the<br />

past that define the present, and special<br />

skills – and a journey becomes both<br />

enriching and everlasting.<br />

“The most memorable trips aren’t<br />

just about the grand sights you see,<br />

they’re also about the little experiences<br />

make your visits – and your memories –<br />

extraordinary!” she said.<br />

She added that personal, caring<br />

service was the hallmark of all Tauck<br />

Tour Directors and their handpicked local<br />

guides.<br />

“Tauck Tour Directors average 10 years<br />

of service, come from 41 countries and<br />

collectively speak a total of 52 languages,”<br />

said Gail. “Their expertise in local culture,<br />

customs, and traditions allows them to<br />

show you the world in ways you could not<br />

experience on your own… it’s the Tauck<br />

difference.<br />

“An example is their 2024 Tours to<br />

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