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The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

J ULY <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Editorial<br />

Govt’s ‘Winter of Discontent’<br />

It’s shaping as a ‘Winter of<br />

Discontent’ for many on the<br />

Northern Beaches following a<br />

series of backflips by the new<br />

State Government.<br />

Despite gaining the trust<br />

of locals with pre-election<br />

pledges and assurances on<br />

key issues including the<br />

potential commercialisation of<br />

Barrenjoey Headland, support<br />

for Council demergers and<br />

ruling out the controversial<br />

Lizard Rock housing project at<br />

Belrose, the Minns Government<br />

have gone all wobbly legs on<br />

these and other matters.<br />

After ‘talking the talk’ they<br />

have lost their voice.<br />

In the past month the NSW<br />

Government has kept the<br />

book open on short stays on<br />

Barrenjoey, allowed Lizard<br />

Rock to progress to the next<br />

stage of assessment and moved<br />

to make it nigh on impossible<br />

for <strong>Pittwater</strong> to return to its<br />

own local Council governance.<br />

That’s because while the<br />

Government is supportive of<br />

Councils that wish to demerge,<br />

that’s only if new Councils can<br />

foot the cost of demerging.<br />

Further, local sporting<br />

associations fear for the<br />

future of their codes’<br />

participation levels after the<br />

State Government drastically<br />

overhauled the Active Kids<br />

Vouchers scheme, relied on by<br />

thousands of families to help<br />

cover the cost of their children’s<br />

sports enrolments.<br />

On positive notes, <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

MP Rory Amon has been first<br />

out of the blocks to take the<br />

necessary steps that would<br />

see the controversial PEP-11<br />

gas and petrol mining licence<br />

scrapped for good; Mr Amon<br />

has called on the Government<br />

and cross benchers to support<br />

new legislation that would<br />

effect this.<br />

And Mackellar MP Sophie<br />

Scamps has moved to see junk<br />

food ads restricted. Bravo.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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INSIDE: Mackellar MP Dr Sophie Scamps has presented a<br />

Bill to Parliament aimed at restricting junk food ads (p6); a<br />

push for the return of <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council has hit a snag due<br />

to future funding uncertainty (p8); meet our World Food<br />

Champion John McFadden (p10); the new NSW Government<br />

has allowed the Lizard Rock housing proposal process<br />

to continue (p22); renowned TV journalist Brady Halls is<br />

retiring (p24); and we look at the 90-year history of the<br />

Narrabeen Sharks Rugby League Club (p40).<br />

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also this month<br />

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Author Q&A 45<br />

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Health & Wellbeing; Hair & Beauty 48-53<br />

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Food & Tasty Morsels 66-69<br />

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

News<br />

Scamps’ ban on junk food ads<br />

The President of the Australian<br />

Medical Association<br />

(AMA) and the CEO<br />

of Diabetes Australia (DA) are<br />

among key health sector leaders<br />

who have lent their support<br />

to Independent MP for Mackellar<br />

Dr Sophie Scamps’ move to<br />

ban and time-restrict junk food<br />

marketing on television, radio,<br />

social media and other online<br />

environments.<br />

In June, Dr Scamps tabled a<br />

Private Members Bill aimed at<br />

protecting children from junk<br />

food marketing by removing<br />

ads from TV and radio between<br />

the hours of 6am and 9.30pm.<br />

Junk foods are foods that<br />

don’t play a role in healthy eating,<br />

lacking nutrients, vitamins<br />

and minerals<br />

and being high in<br />

kilojoules (energy),<br />

salts, sugars and<br />

fats.<br />

If enacted, the<br />

‘Healthy Kids<br />

Advertising Bill’<br />

would also place<br />

an outright ban<br />

on junk food<br />

marketing on<br />

social media, with<br />

substantial fines<br />

imposed on broadcasters,<br />

internet<br />

service providers,<br />

and food companies that fail to<br />

adhere to its guidelines.<br />

AMA President Professor<br />

Steve Robson said banning<br />

junk food ads on TV was an<br />

important measure that would<br />

decrease the impact junk food<br />

advertisers had on impressionable<br />

young minds.<br />

“With about one half of all<br />

Australians having at least one<br />

BILL: Dr Scamps.<br />

chronic disease, it’s time we<br />

took some preventative action,”<br />

he said.<br />

DA CEO Justine Cain noted a<br />

child who watched 80 minutes<br />

of TV per day would see<br />

around 800 junk food ads a<br />

year.<br />

“The ads are designed to<br />

encourage children to make<br />

unhealthy food choices that<br />

can lead to weight gain and<br />

ultimately set children up for<br />

unhealthy lives and a greater<br />

risk of serious chronic conditions<br />

like type 2 diabetes,” she<br />

said.<br />

“As a community we need to<br />

do more to protect our children<br />

from the very serious chronic<br />

conditions that can result from<br />

regular unhealthy<br />

food choices.<br />

Together we can<br />

affect change.”<br />

Dr Scamps, a<br />

former GP and<br />

emergency room<br />

doctor, said she<br />

was compelled<br />

to act due to<br />

the increasing<br />

prevalence of<br />

childhood obesity<br />

and chronic disease,<br />

with obesity<br />

estimated to cost<br />

the health system<br />

$11.8 billion annually.<br />

Dr Scamps also said many<br />

parents in Mackellar had raised<br />

concerns about the predatory<br />

targeting of their children by<br />

junk food companies.<br />

“A quarter of our children<br />

are already on the path to<br />

chronic disease because they<br />

are over the healthy weight<br />

range” said Dr Scamps.<br />

IMPORTANT: Decreasing the impact junk food advertisers have on kids.<br />

“We know our children are<br />

exposed to over 800 junk<br />

food ads on TV alone every<br />

year, and that there is a direct<br />

link between those ads and<br />

childhood obesity. The current<br />

restrictions are not strong<br />

enough, and self-regulation is<br />

not working.<br />

“If we continue to stand by<br />

while children are deluged by<br />

junk food advertising on social<br />

media and on TV, then we are<br />

failing them.”<br />

Dr Scamps said research<br />

conducted by the Australia Institute<br />

in late 2022 also showed<br />

strong public support for regulating<br />

unhealthy food marketing,<br />

with two-thirds backing a<br />

ban on junk food advertising.<br />

“Approximately 40 countries<br />

around the world already have<br />

or are planning to regulate<br />

junk food advertising. I want<br />

to see Australia join this list,”<br />

she said.<br />

“At a time when our health<br />

system is under strain, investing<br />

in preventative health<br />

measures to combat the rising<br />

cost of chronic disease is plain<br />

common sense. The National<br />

Obesity Strategy found obesity<br />

costs our health system $11.8<br />

billion every year and this<br />

figure will only grow if nothing<br />

is done.”<br />

Dr Scamps said she was<br />

“heartened” by conversations<br />

she’d had with the Albanese<br />

Government which led her to<br />

believe there was “genuine political<br />

will” to address the issue.<br />

“Protecting our children<br />

from obesity and a potential<br />

future of chronic disease is<br />

something all sides of politics<br />

can get behind.”<br />

Dr Scamps’ Bill was developed<br />

in consultation with<br />

public health and marketing<br />

experts.<br />

It does not cover print or outdoor<br />

advertising, sport sponsorship,<br />

nor content shared by<br />

food and beverage companies<br />

on their own websites and<br />

social media channels.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

6 JULY <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

News<br />

Council demerger funding jolt<br />

Supporters of de-amalgamating<br />

Northern Beaches<br />

Council to return local<br />

governance to the old <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Council model have hit a major<br />

hurdle.<br />

The State Labor Government<br />

is posturing for the funding<br />

of any demergers in NSW to be<br />

worn by the new Councils.<br />

Some councils including Sydney’s<br />

Inner West Council have<br />

pushed ahead with demerger<br />

plans based on previous assurances<br />

the costs would be covered<br />

by the State Government.<br />

In its business case currently<br />

before the Minns Government,<br />

Inner West Council estimated<br />

the cost of demerging to be<br />

more than $150 million over<br />

10 years.<br />

Inner West Council covers<br />

36 square kilometres, with a<br />

population of around 186,000.<br />

Northern Beaches Council covers<br />

approximately 250 square<br />

kilometres with a population<br />

of 265,000.<br />

In 2021, the Labor opposition<br />

had changes inserted in the<br />

Local Government Act stating<br />

the minister is “to ensure the<br />

cost of any de-amalgamation...<br />

is fully funded”.<br />

But Channel Nine Entertainment<br />

Media reports Labor is<br />

relying on a clause in the legislation<br />

stating demergers would<br />

be funded “by making grants...<br />

Door open on Barrenjoey short stays<br />

The Palm Beach & Whale Beach Association<br />

(PBWBA) executive says<br />

the local community is disappointed<br />

and frustrated that the Minns Labor<br />

Government has kept the door open<br />

on short-stay accommodation options<br />

for Barrenjoey Headland despite giving<br />

pre-election assurances to the contrary.<br />

In new developments, <strong>Pittwater</strong> MP<br />

Rory Amon revealed that NSW Parliament<br />

had been advised last month that<br />

“options for heritage buildings [on Barrenjoey<br />

Headland] will be considered<br />

by the Minister for the Environment<br />

and Heritage when reviewing the final<br />

[NSW National Parks & Wildlife] plan of<br />

management”.<br />

“During the state election campaign,<br />

I secured vital concessions from the<br />

then Liberal Government that the Boatman’s<br />

Cottage would be maintained as<br />

COMMITTED: Simon Dunn.<br />

or using money otherwise<br />

appropriated by parliament for<br />

the purpose”.<br />

A refusal to pay the costs of<br />

demerging could spell the end<br />

of all mooted demergers.<br />

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

demerger campaign has been<br />

reinvigorated by a new committee.<br />

Taking over as Protect <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Association President is<br />

local lawyer Simon Dunn, the<br />

son of the first elected <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Mayor Robert Dunn.<br />

“Never has there been a<br />

more critical time to engage<br />

the <strong>Pittwater</strong> community to<br />

protect the natural environment<br />

of <strong>Pittwater</strong>,” Mr Dunn<br />

said.<br />

“A change of State Governments<br />

presents both a threat of<br />

increased reliance on arbitrary<br />

housing targets, but also an<br />

opportunity to hold NSW Labor<br />

to its election promise to allow<br />

communities who opposed the<br />

undemocratic forced amalgamations<br />

to return to their<br />

former boundaries.<br />

“The honeymoon for the<br />

oversized Northern Beaches<br />

Council is coming to an end,<br />

with the temporary boost in<br />

State funding to smooth over<br />

the community anger now<br />

drying up.<br />

“More alarmingly, the promise<br />

of allowing each former<br />

council area to maintain its<br />

own planning controls has<br />

been forgotten and drastic<br />

rezoning looms large under<br />

the guise of so-called ‘harmonisation’.”<br />

Mr Dunn said that since<br />

Protect <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s inception<br />

in 2017, the committee had<br />

organised crowdfunding to<br />

finance legal advice regarding<br />

a potential challenge to the<br />

merger, run and supported<br />

rallies at Parliament House<br />

and locally, as well as gathered<br />

more than 3,000 signatures on<br />

a demerger petition.<br />

Protect <strong>Pittwater</strong> is a supporter<br />

of the Demerge NSW<br />

Alliance (DNA), joining at least<br />

10 of the 21 merged mega<br />

councils, urging the new Labor<br />

Government to uphold its<br />

election promise of binding<br />

plebiscites in local areas to assess<br />

support for demergers.<br />

a residence for the local caretaker, that<br />

the road to the top of the Headland<br />

would not be upgraded to allow for<br />

commercial activity on the Headland,<br />

and that a Strategic Reference Group<br />

with residents included would be<br />

formed to determine and finalise the<br />

Plan of Management,” Mr Amon said.<br />

“The then Shadow Minister Penny<br />

Sharpe and Labor candidate for<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Jeffrey Quinn attended a<br />

January <strong>2023</strong> rally – both ruling out<br />

the proposed commercialisation of<br />

Barrenjoey Headland… under a Labor<br />

Government.<br />

“It’s clear Labor have broken their<br />

promise to scrap the plan.”<br />

PBWBA President Dr Richard West told<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> it was extremely concerning<br />

that Minister Sharpe appeared to be<br />

wavering in her commitment against<br />

commercialisation of the heritage-listed<br />

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

about NBC’s failure to meet the<br />

area’s maintenance and other<br />

needs, as well as forcing a conformist<br />

suburban character on<br />

an area distinguished by a geography<br />

and ecology not shared<br />

by the council’s more southern<br />

regions,” Mr Dunn said.<br />

“We will be pressuring the<br />

NSW Government to make appropriate<br />

changes to the Local<br />

Government Act to facilitate<br />

a plebiscite of the residents of<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>, not the whole of the<br />

Northern Beaches.”<br />

Approached for comment,<br />

Mayor Sue Heins said a demerger<br />

was “off the cards” for<br />

Northern Beaches Council.<br />

“Council is today an exemplar<br />

of the benefits of an amalgamated<br />

Council,” she said.<br />

“In late 2022, Council was<br />

recognised as the most progressive<br />

metropolitan council<br />

in NSW, winning the AR Bluett<br />

Memorial Award.<br />

“Council has established<br />

a strong financial base and<br />

has become a highly agile and<br />

responsive Council… an efficient,<br />

connected, and leading<br />

organisation.<br />

“Seven years down the track<br />

from amalgamating we are<br />

stronger and more efficient<br />

than ever.” – Nigel Wall<br />

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Lighthouse Keepers’ cottages.<br />

He said Ms Sharpe had boasted to<br />

protesters at the January <strong>2023</strong> ‘Hands<br />

Off Barrenjoey’ rally that it was a<br />

Labor Government that produced the<br />

Conservation Management Plan for the<br />

Headland in 2002.<br />

“She said: ‘… it was decided then<br />

that this was a special place and wasn’t<br />

to be commercialised or privatised.’<br />

She also said: ‘… when you start to put<br />

out all this stuff about adaptive re-use,<br />

potential for conference facilities, potential<br />

for accommodation, then you’re<br />

going to degrade the place straight<br />

away… and if ever that happens it really<br />

is unacceptable.’<br />

Dr West said he had contacted<br />

Minister Sharpe’s office to discuss<br />

alternative uses for the Caretaker<br />

Cottages but the Association had not<br />

received a reply.<br />

– NW<br />

8 JULY <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Anger over sport vouchers overhaul<br />

Amid growing cost-of-living pressures, thousands of <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

parents are bracing for the loss of the $100 Active Kids vouchers<br />

they’ve used to pay for local sports club registrations for the<br />

past five years.<br />

The vouchers, introduced by the former Liberal<br />

State Government in 2018, gifted families two<br />

$100 Active Kids vouchers plus one $100 Creative<br />

Kids voucher per child, per year.<br />

But the State Labor Government has announced<br />

it is scaling back the program,<br />

with only two vouchers in total – each for<br />

$50 – released at the beginning of Terms<br />

1 and 3 next year.<br />

Adding salt to the wound, from 2024<br />

the vouchers will be means-tested – only<br />

families receiving Family Tax Benefit Part<br />

A (adjusted household taxable income of<br />

$80,000 or less) will be eligible.<br />

The Government announced that as an<br />

interim measure, the current Active Kids<br />

and Creative Kids vouchers will be extended<br />

from <strong>July</strong> 1 until the new scheme is in place from 1<br />

February 2024.<br />

The interim vouchers will be reduced to $50 for school-aged<br />

children.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> MP Rory Amon condemned the Government’s decision<br />

which he said would impact thousands of families in <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

that relied on the annual vouchers to enrol their children in<br />

sporting and creative activities.<br />

“Under Labor’s cuts, the number of eligible families will be cut<br />

in half, and those who are still eligible will receive just $100 per<br />

child per year,” he said.<br />

“I’m really disappointed Labor has cut these highly successful<br />

programs when the cost of living is rising and households budgets<br />

are already under significant pressure.”<br />

Mr Amon said he had been working with local sporting<br />

clubs to push back against the cuts, with a community<br />

petition growing by the day.<br />

President of Manly Warringah Basketball<br />

Association Steve Ramage, whose organisation<br />

co-ordinates the participation of more<br />

than 4,000 children in basketball on the<br />

Northern Beaches, said the cuts could<br />

see up to 1000 local kids withdraw from<br />

basketball activity.<br />

“Local school children use between<br />

1,500 to 1,800 vouchers each year and<br />

they account for 30-40% of the cost of<br />

activities,” he said.<br />

CEO of Manly Warringah Football Association<br />

Dave Mason said the program had<br />

been instrumental in leading kids to sign up<br />

and become active and football players for life.<br />

“In <strong>2023</strong>, 10,539 children used an Active Kids<br />

Voucher valued at over $1 million. These families will<br />

now be worse off without the program and football families will<br />

lose a valuable investment of $1 million per year on the Beaches.”<br />

CEO of Surf <strong>Life</strong>saving – Sydney Northern Beaches Tracey Hare-<br />

Boyd said: “We estimate we will lose between 1,000 to 2,000 kids<br />

from junior activities.<br />

“These activities also provide immense physical and mental<br />

health benefits to our nippers. We implore the Government to<br />

rethink the Active Kids funding.”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

JULY <strong>2023</strong> 9

Meals fit for a ‘King’<br />

News<br />

It’s official: Mona Vale’s<br />

John McFadden is king<br />

of the food sport world.<br />

This talented chef recently<br />

blitzed the field to take out the<br />

World Food Champion title in<br />

Arkansas.<br />

“It’s been an amazing and<br />

challenging experience. I<br />

loved the competitive environment,<br />

the camaraderie and<br />

the months of research and<br />

practice,” John explains.<br />

“I’ve always been ambitious<br />

and highly competitive.<br />

Food is something I love, so<br />

I thought I’d give it a red-hot<br />

go.”<br />

The World Food Championships<br />

(WFC) is a big name in<br />

food sport. Website figures<br />

reveal in 2021, 1500 contestants<br />

from 42 states and six<br />

countries wanted to win.<br />

Since its inception in 2012,<br />

this tournament has seen<br />

thousands of industry professionals<br />

and passionate home<br />

chefs compete for big buck<br />

cheques in prize money.<br />

It’s undeniably American.<br />

Bacon is one competition<br />

category; so are burgers and<br />

steak. Contestants compete<br />

in elimination rounds before<br />

each of the 10 category winners<br />

gains a coveted place at a<br />

second competition, the Final<br />

Table.<br />

Last November, Dallas was<br />

the elimination battleground<br />

for the 2022 category hopefuls.<br />

Winners then had<br />

until May to sharpen<br />

knives and hone skills<br />

for Bentonville and the<br />

final showdown.<br />

There’s never been an<br />

overseas winner until<br />

the highly disciplined,<br />

professional and personable<br />

Aussie came<br />

along.<br />

“I’ve had years of<br />

experience as I’ve been<br />

in the industry for over<br />

three decades,” the<br />

52-year-old says.<br />

From his first job at<br />

Peppers on Sea in Terrigal,<br />

to Hayman Island<br />

Resort and the Hyatt<br />

Regency in Kings Cross,<br />

to his current role as<br />

National Business Manager<br />

at Squizify, John is a<br />

master of his craft.<br />

John’s ‘red-hot go’ on the<br />

competition ladder began<br />

when he clinched the preliminary<br />

Australian Seafood<br />

Champion title at Olympic<br />

Park last May.<br />

“I found the competition<br />

online during the backend of<br />

COVID, I had to submit a dish<br />

and tell a story,” he says.<br />

“As we have such great<br />

seafood here, I entered the<br />

Seafood Category.<br />

“My story was a prawn and<br />

snapper ravioli entree, which<br />

I cooked for Aaron’s Wish, a<br />

brain cancer charity event in<br />

2019.”<br />

That first-round seafood<br />

ravioli, one of many of John’s<br />

standout dishes, culminated<br />

in Dallas with confit salmon,<br />

baby beets, pickled cucumber<br />

and caviar at the final 90-minute<br />

seafood cook-off.<br />

Working alone, John<br />

showed his skills preparing<br />

and plating one presentation<br />

confit salmon and 10 tasting<br />

plates – all done and dusted in<br />

one hour, 20 minutes and 25<br />

seconds. John’s approach was<br />

a competition talking point.<br />

He was the only solo contestant;<br />

everyone else competed<br />

in teams.<br />

The Seafood Champion<br />

flew home with a cheque for<br />

US$7500.<br />

After months of research,<br />

preparation and trialling<br />

dishes, John returned to the<br />

US for the WFC Final Table,<br />

where he’d go head<br />

to head with the nine<br />

category winners in the<br />

ultimate food fight club.<br />

Half would be culled in<br />

round one, two more<br />

knocked out in round<br />

two and three would<br />

reach the finals.<br />

Round two saw finalists<br />

recreating chuck<br />

roast and beef short<br />

rib from Yeyo’s, a local<br />

Mexican restaurant.<br />

“We had it the night<br />

before. At the competition,<br />

we had an open<br />

pantry full of ingredients<br />

and just an hour<br />

to do it,” he says.<br />

“It was a tough challenge,<br />

but I must have<br />

done something right.”<br />

The final challenge<br />

DETAIL: John adding the<br />

finishing touches to his<br />

winning dishes; the champion<br />

is greeted by his<br />

family at Sydney Airport.<br />

piled pressure on the three remaining<br />

contestants: 10 dishes<br />

from scratch and plated up in<br />

one hour.<br />

“I made courses three and<br />

four from a five-course tasting<br />

menu, five surf-and-turf and<br />

five lamb dishes,” he says.<br />

John’s beautifully presented<br />

scallops with prawn<br />

and chorizo and lamb and<br />

spiced carrot purée bagged top<br />

honours, winning the overall<br />

competition by more than 12<br />

points.<br />

John admits he wouldn’t<br />

have been able to compete<br />

without the continual support<br />

of wife Karen and their<br />

children – consequently that<br />

US$100,000 prize will fund<br />

a special McFadden family<br />

holiday.<br />

Back home, there’s been<br />

such an overwhelming interest<br />

in his award-winning dishes<br />

that John has been working<br />

with restaurateur Doug Fraser<br />

and the team from Basin Dining<br />

in Mona Vale.<br />

“I’m hosting a five-course<br />

tasting menu showcasing the<br />

winning dishes,” he says. “I’ll<br />

be chatting about the dishes<br />

and the competition.”<br />

WFC has come full circle<br />

for the king; John is judging<br />

the <strong>2023</strong> Australian Qualifying<br />

Rounds of the World Food<br />

Championships in Melbourne<br />

and Sydney. – Beverley Hudec<br />

*More info worldfoodchampionships.com;<br />

tickets still<br />

available for the Champion’s<br />

dinner on <strong>July</strong> 5 at basindining.com.au<br />

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Tree Canopy Plan ‘lacks<br />

News<br />

Council is seeking community<br />

feedback on its<br />

plan to increase and<br />

preserve tree canopy across<br />

the Northern Beaches, ensuring<br />

it remains one of the largest<br />

tree canopies in Greater<br />

Sydney.<br />

The Draft Northern Beaches<br />

Tree Canopy Plan proposes<br />

a range of measures including<br />

the protection of trees on<br />

public land, better monitoring<br />

of the tree canopy across the<br />

local government area (LGA),<br />

strengthening the local planning<br />

frameworks to support<br />

the retention, protection,<br />

replacement, and growth of<br />

private trees, and increasing<br />

community involvement in<br />

greening our communities.<br />

Currently the Northern<br />

Beaches boasts 37% canopy<br />

cover – just short of the State<br />

Government target of 40%.<br />

Measures to hit the target<br />

include planting 5,000<br />

trees per year for 20 years<br />

on Council-managed land<br />

PROTECTION: Council’s draft plan<br />

includes an Iconic Tree Register<br />

mapping public land.<br />

and developing tree canopy<br />

masterplans for priority areas<br />

that are currently or emerging<br />

as vulnerable, high heat<br />

indexed and low canopy locations<br />

– including Mona Vale,<br />

Narrabeen and Warriewood.<br />

A key feature of the plan<br />

is the implementation of<br />

an ‘Iconic Tree Register’ for<br />

public land.<br />

The draft plan also provides<br />

for an audit of trees<br />

in priority areas; measuring<br />

tree canopy cover every four<br />

years; and strengthening the<br />

Local Environment Plan and<br />

Development Control Plans to<br />

focus on retention and protection<br />

of tree canopy.<br />

Council said it intends to<br />

continue to investigate and<br />

act upon unauthorised activities<br />

that impact on the tree<br />

canopy, such as illegal vegetation<br />

clearing, unauthorised<br />

recreational trails and other<br />

environmental damage.<br />

Also, it wants to promote<br />

the importance of retention<br />

and protection of trees<br />

as part of the development<br />

application and tree removal<br />

process.<br />

Environmental group<br />

Canopy Keepers welcomed<br />

Council’s draft plan’s proposals<br />

but wants greater recognition<br />

and protection of<br />

‘communities of trees’ as well<br />

as the naming and inclusion<br />

of ‘threatened ecological communities’<br />

(TECs).<br />

“There are 28 category<br />

types of TEC across the<br />

Northern Beaches, including<br />

Wagstaff Spotted Gum Forests<br />

and Littoral Rainforests –<br />

these ecosystems require protection,<br />

street markers and an<br />

urgent awareness campaign,”<br />

said Canopy Keepers spokeswoman<br />

Deborah Collins.<br />

The group also wants to<br />

see a new focus given to the<br />

awareness and survival of<br />

endangered wildlife.<br />

“Tree canopy is essential<br />

for wildlife habitat, most<br />

notably tree hollows,” said Ms<br />

Collins.<br />

“Intact canopies offer<br />

wildlife corridors essential<br />

for wildlife to travel between<br />

food and water sources. Tree<br />

hollows and wildlife corridors<br />

need to be stand-alone<br />

criteria when assessing new<br />

re-zoning protocols and/or<br />

tree removal permits.<br />

“And fauna protection stud-<br />

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private land focus’<br />

ies need to be made mandatory<br />

on all new development sites.”<br />

Canopy Keepers said it<br />

would also like Council to<br />

create a web/community<br />

interface page so that tree<br />

removal data was easier to<br />

access, residents could voice<br />

their concerns, feel heard and<br />

know that this local empirical<br />

data was noted and recorded.<br />

“Canopy Keepers will<br />

continue to lobby for tree removal<br />

permits to be displayed<br />

(as per a DA notice) to better<br />

facilitate information and<br />

communication between concerned<br />

residents, tree loppers,<br />

Council staff and owners,”<br />

said Ms Collins.<br />

“And we will lobby for the<br />

introduction for tree removal<br />

permits for trees which fall<br />

under the 10/50 legislation,<br />

so that these removals are<br />

also counted – which every<br />

year, in their hundreds, these<br />

removals are neither formally<br />

approved or counted.”<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward Greens<br />

Councillor Miranda Korzy<br />

told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> that Council<br />

should increase its scope to<br />

recognise significant trees on<br />

private land as well.<br />

“I’m pleased staff have<br />

finally revealed their latest<br />

draft of the Tree Canopy Plan,<br />

after the original one was<br />

placed on public exhibition in<br />

2018,” she said.<br />

“I particularly welcome<br />

the inclusion of an ‘Iconic<br />

Tree Register’ recording the<br />

scientific, social, historic and<br />

aesthetic values of the Northern<br />

Beaches’ most significant<br />

trees on public land.<br />

“But the greatest loss of<br />

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

elsewhere in Australia is on<br />

private land, where many<br />

significant trees grow.<br />

“Trees in our backyards<br />

should also qualify for the<br />

Iconic Tree Register, because<br />

many of these are valuable for<br />

the same reasons as public<br />

trees – and contribute to cooling<br />

our suburbs as well as<br />

providing homes for wildlife.<br />

“This isn’t an outlandish<br />

suggestion, with other councils<br />

across Australia doing<br />

so, including City of Sydney,<br />

Randwick, and Georges River<br />

Councils.”<br />

Council said the management<br />

of tree canopy on private<br />

property was regulated<br />

by the Environmental Planning<br />

and Assessment Act.<br />

It noted there were several<br />

tree species that were exempt<br />

and did not require approval<br />

to be removed, regardless of<br />

their size. (The exempt tree<br />

species list can be found on<br />

Council’s website.)<br />

Additionally, there were<br />

exemptions and guidelines<br />

for tree species that were classified<br />

as part of a complying<br />

development, or if the property<br />

was in a 10/50 zone.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

*Submissions close Sunday<br />

<strong>July</strong> 9; view on the ‘Your Say’<br />

page on Council’s website.<br />

News<br />

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JULY <strong>2023</strong> 13

News<br />

Oh yes, it’s the great pretenders<br />

Why pay hundreds of dollars to<br />

see a stadium band, spending<br />

hours in car park queues<br />

afterwards, when the biggest names in<br />

rock are regularly performing on the<br />

peninsula?<br />

Well, sort of…<br />

Irish playwright Oscar Wilde said<br />

that ‘imitation is the sincerest form of<br />

flattery’. And on the Northern Beaches,<br />

that flattery will get you everywhere<br />

– from Manly to Avalon, cover bands<br />

continue to hit the stage.<br />

While tribute bands have always been<br />

popular, COVID took them to new heights.<br />

As big bands were grounded from touring<br />

the world, local audiences’ hunger for<br />

familiar hits needed to be sated. Step<br />

forward the many talented Aussies in<br />

costumes and wigs to fill that void.<br />

It looks like they’re here to stay, and<br />

here are some of the acts you can see on<br />

the peninsula imminently, that will help<br />

you fake it through the night…<br />

ABBA are perhaps most ripe for the<br />

imitation game, and two of the best<br />

ABBA tribute bands will be playing the<br />

beaches this year. Abbalanche come<br />

to Dee Why RSL on August 5, with<br />

Agnetha and Frida in their boots and<br />

sequins, supported by Bjorn and Benny<br />

(real names Peter and Bob). Meanwhile<br />

Abbasback play Collaroy Beach Club in<br />

December. If you’re a bit of a dancing<br />

queen and you have a dream, then these<br />

super troupers might be for you. Do I<br />

want to go? I do, I do, I do, I do, I do.<br />

For Fleetwood Mac fans who have<br />

heard rumours, they aren’t little lies;<br />

Running in the shadows of Fleetwood<br />

Mac will play Avalon RSL on August 19,<br />

while Fleetwood Nicks will be at the<br />

Collaroy Beach Club on October 14. Both<br />

TRIBUTE ACTS: Abbalanche are a super-trouper act that will play at Dee Why RSL in August; while<br />

Simply Divinyls who channel the late, great Chrissy Amphlett will play at the Collaroy Beach Club.<br />

are great bands, but if you can only see<br />

one of them, then go your own way.<br />

To celebrate 50 years of Dark Side of<br />

the Moon, there are also two Pink Floyd<br />

experiences in the near future. You can<br />

shine on like crazy diamonds when The<br />

Dark Side – Pink Floyd Experience play<br />

Collaroy Beach Club this coming month,<br />

on <strong>July</strong> 22. Or become comfortably<br />

numb at The Great Gig in the Sky, at<br />

Dee Why RSL on October 21. (Floyd fans<br />

will wish they were here.)<br />

For the Brits there are also plenty of<br />

choices. Long Way South play a mix<br />

of punk and Britpop, including Blur,<br />

Oasis, The Smiths and The Jam. They’re<br />

at Manly Boatshed on <strong>July</strong> 1. (And yes,<br />

they play Wonderwall.) Also look out<br />

for Monkey Spanner and Voxneon who<br />

are favourites at Avalon RSL. Monkey<br />

Spanner play Ska and 2Tone hits such<br />

as Madness and The Specials, while<br />

Voxneon are an ’80s synth pop band<br />

playing Depeche Mode, Duran Duran,<br />

Human League and Tear for Fears.<br />

Last but not least, you can’t beat good<br />

old Aussie Pub Rock. Simply Divinyls<br />

channel the legendary late Chrissy<br />

Amphlett as they provide pleasure (but<br />

no pain) for all the boys in town. In<br />

fact, they’re so good that when I think<br />

about them… well, you know. They’ll be<br />

at Collaroy Beach Club on August 19.<br />

Also at the Beach Club on September 23<br />

is the Last Stand Chisel Barnes Show.<br />

Ideal for the working class man, enjoy<br />

some cheap wine as you listen to Flame<br />

Trees and Khe Sanh. And finally – also<br />

at the Beach Club – Dirty Deeds AC/<br />

DC Show is on November 18 and should<br />

shake you all night long.<br />

So hells bells, for those about to rock,<br />

it is not a long way to the top, or indeed<br />

a highway to hell. Just get back in black<br />

on the peninsula – and let there be rock.<br />

– Rob Pegley<br />

*Check venue websites for tickets<br />

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Still making peace 50 years on<br />

Palm Beach Golf Club President Daniel Hill reflects on a very personal connection<br />

to the upcoming 50th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.<br />

News<br />

Palm Beach Golf Club<br />

celebrates its centenary<br />

in 2024. In the lead-up to<br />

this it has been diving into its<br />

archives and records to make<br />

sure it has a good showing to<br />

mark the event.<br />

As President, my role is to<br />

support and promote the Golf<br />

Club. However, this month, I<br />

wish to pay tribute to my uncle<br />

Mark Ferguson OAM, President<br />

of Palm Beach RSL Sub-Branch<br />

and a Vietnam Veteran.<br />

Memorial days such as<br />

ANZAC Day and Vietnam<br />

Veterans Day are a poignant<br />

reminder of what we as Australians<br />

hold true, the values<br />

we all share, and the ideas we<br />

aspire towards – together. For<br />

almost a century, Palm Beach<br />

Golf Club has played a key role<br />

in our local community and<br />

has contributed in times of<br />

need. We have provided enjoyment,<br />

recreation and reprieve<br />

for an immeasurable number<br />

of people. This includes during<br />

the COVID-19 lockdowns<br />

when playing golf was among<br />

the very few reasons to leave<br />

your home. Whilst this fades<br />

into insignificance compared<br />

to war time, the spirit, camaraderie,<br />

and consideration<br />

towards others have all been<br />

displayed by our members.<br />

August marks 50 years<br />

FAMILY TIES: Daniel Hill with his decorated Vietnam War veteran uncle Mark.<br />

since the end of the war in<br />

Vietnam. World wars and<br />

other international conflicts<br />

have touched every corner<br />

of the globe, and our Club is<br />

no different. Over the years,<br />

many of our members have<br />

departed our shores to help<br />

defend the notions of freedom<br />

and democracy. Extracts<br />

from early Board papers, in<br />

June 1940, show our Club<br />

pledged to assist King and<br />

Country and support our<br />

members enlisting.<br />

In many cases, the experiences<br />

of war may not be always<br />

shared between generations.<br />

In fact, it wasn’t until<br />

ANZAC Day this year that I<br />

came to better understand the<br />

events that my uncle came to<br />

experience over in Vietnam.<br />

At the age of 18, Mark<br />

joined the Army in 1968, at<br />

the height of the Vietnam<br />

War. 8RAR were subsequently<br />

deployed to Malacca, where<br />

Mark celebrated his 19th<br />

birthday before deploying to<br />

Vietnam in 1969.<br />

8RAR was awarded Meritorious<br />

Unit Citation, Cross<br />

of Gallantry with Palm Unit<br />

Citation for their courage and<br />

professionalism during OP<br />

Hammersley.<br />

At the completion of their<br />

12-month tour of Vietnam in<br />

October 1970, Mark had lost<br />

18 mates and seen another<br />

108 wounded. The battalion<br />

was not replaced, as part of<br />

the drawdown of an unpopular<br />

war. There was no welcome<br />

home; the way in which these<br />

soldiers were treated after<br />

Vietnam still causes pain for<br />

most of these veterans today.<br />

My uncle Mark has been<br />

President of the Palm Beach<br />

RSL since 2002, was president<br />

of the Vietnam Veterans Association<br />

for 16 years from<br />

2001-17; he is a <strong>Life</strong> Member<br />

of the RSL.<br />

Mark was awarded the Medal<br />

of the Order of Australia in<br />

2020 for service to Veterans<br />

and their Families.<br />

In August, there will be a<br />

celebration to mark the 50th<br />

anniversary of the end of the<br />

Vietnam war at Palm Beach<br />

RSL (Club Palm Beach).<br />

*Further details visit<br />

clubpalmbeach.com.au.<br />

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Amon lights PEP-11 ban fuse<br />

The NSW coalition has seized the initiative<br />

in ensuring the controversial won’t have the opportunity”.<br />

posed PEP-11, and nothing has changed.<br />

looking to drill for gas in NSW waters “For over a decade NSW Labor has op-<br />

PEP-11 offshore gas exploration licence<br />

and others like it will never be permitted<br />

to progress off the NSW coastline.<br />

PEP-11 is a Commonwealth licence<br />

granted over Commonwealth waters for<br />

the exploration and mining of gas and<br />

oil off the NSW Coast from Sydney to<br />

Newcastle. For years, the planned exploration<br />

and possible mining has attracted<br />

State-wide opposition.<br />

Before the March State<br />

Election, the former Perrottet<br />

Government pledged that if<br />

re-elected, it would introduce<br />

legislation to prevent offshore<br />

coal, gas, mineral and petroleum<br />

exploration and mining<br />

in NSW waters.<br />

Despite losing power, the<br />

coalition has pushed ahead<br />

with the commitment, calling<br />

on the Minns Government to<br />

back the legislation change<br />

“For many years, a blame game has<br />

ensued between State and Federal, Liberal<br />

and Labor,” he said.<br />

“But, my community of <strong>Pittwater</strong>, nor<br />

do any other communities, care who or<br />

what is responsible for the lack of action<br />

in stopping PEP-11.<br />

“They don’t care if the Government is<br />

Labor or the Opposition is Liberal. They<br />

We still oppose it.”<br />

Mackellar Federal MP Dr Sophie<br />

Scamps told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> it was great to<br />

see politicians from across the spectrum<br />

stand up against the PEP-11 licence, no<br />

matter their “political stripes”.<br />

“It’s really important that as local representatives<br />

we work together to achieve<br />

the best outcomes for our community,”<br />

Dr Scamps said.<br />

“So the move by the NSW<br />

Opposition and <strong>Pittwater</strong> MP<br />

Rory Amon is very welcome<br />

and comes after local independent<br />

candidates made PEP-<br />

11 a major issue at the March<br />

state election.<br />

“Our community has made<br />

it clear that we will never<br />

accept offshore oil and gas<br />

drilling so any support to end<br />

it is welcome.<br />

“We’ve been told time and<br />

while placing further pressure<br />

on the Federal Labor Government<br />

to ban offshore mining<br />

in neighbouring Commonwealth waters.<br />

The Minerals Legislation Amendment<br />

(Offshore Drilling and Associated Infrastructure<br />

Prohibition) Bill <strong>2023</strong> was introduced<br />

in NSW Parliament by <strong>Pittwater</strong> MP<br />

Rory Amon on June 22.<br />

The Bill not only bans exploration and<br />

mining of petroleum, gas and coal in<br />

State waters, it prevents any approvals or<br />

development in State waters which would<br />

facilitate the exploration or mining in<br />

Commonwealth waters.<br />

Mr Amon said the coalition’s proactivity<br />

fulfilled a key election promise and<br />

“makes it abundantly clear that anyone<br />

PUSH: The NSW Coalition has tabled legislation that if enacted would stop<br />

petrol and gas exploration and mining in NSW waters, including PEP-11.<br />

simply want action, and action is what<br />

this Bill will deliver once its law,” he said.<br />

Mr Amon added that to help tackle<br />

beach erosion, the proposed legislation<br />

would continue to allow mineral exploration<br />

or mining in NSW waters for beach<br />

nourishment, where a clear public benefit<br />

could be demonstrated.<br />

Mr Amon said he had every confidence<br />

that the Bill would pass with State and<br />

Federal Labor being supportive.<br />

“I look forward to working across the<br />

Parliament to see this Bill succeed,” said<br />

Mr Amon – noting comments from Premier<br />

Chris Minns, who said in February:<br />

again that PEP-11 is dead in<br />

the water. Now is the time for<br />

NSW and Federal Labor to kill<br />

off PEP-11 and all offshore oil and gas<br />

drilling for good.”<br />

In a statement, local coastal community<br />

group Surfrider Foundation Northern<br />

Beaches said: “Our coastal communities<br />

in NSW ask that MPs from all sides<br />

of politics work together to cancel the<br />

PEP-11 lease once and forever, and pass<br />

legislation that prevents fossil fuel mining<br />

off our coastline.<br />

“No grandstanding, no wedging, just<br />

quiet cooperation to get this done legally,<br />

legislatively and above all – permanently.”<br />

The bill is expected to be debated in<br />

NSW Parliament in early <strong>July</strong>. – Nigel Wall<br />

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JULY <strong>2023</strong> 17

Themes in ‘Tim’ resonate<br />

News<br />

Glen Street Theatre<br />

is bringing Colleen<br />

McCullough’s critically<br />

acclaimed 1974 novel ‘Tim’<br />

to the stage this month –<br />

updated for a modern-day<br />

climate, but with key issues<br />

including disability as relevant<br />

as ever.<br />

“Ultimately it’s about love.<br />

A non-orthodox love,” says<br />

award-winning playwright<br />

Tim McGarry. “The love story<br />

between a person in their<br />

50s and another in their<br />

20s. It challenges the norms<br />

around love and age, and also<br />

disability.<br />

“There’s something in<br />

this play for everyone,” Tim<br />

continues. “It’s about family<br />

dynamics. It’s about grief<br />

and dealing with it. It’s very<br />

entertaining and enlightening<br />

– and it’s also very funny.”<br />

Opening at Glen Street<br />

Theatre on 28 <strong>July</strong>, the work<br />

is a modern-day adaptation<br />

of the McCullough’s awardwinning<br />

novel, which was also<br />

made into a 1979 film – shot<br />

at the foot of Barrenjoey<br />

Headland – starring Mel<br />

Gibson and American actor<br />

Piper Laurie.<br />

While much has changed in<br />

the 44 years since its release,<br />

sadly many of the issues are<br />

still very relevant in <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Tim McGarry has changed<br />

the play to reflect modern<br />

times – in particular he has<br />

made the female roles more<br />

empowered and enlightened<br />

(the female lead Mary is a<br />

PLAYWRIGHT: McGarry<br />

Chief Exec, rather than a<br />

secretary, for instance). But<br />

the playwright knows from<br />

first-hand experience that<br />

much ignorance still exists<br />

around disability.<br />

“Like many actors and<br />

writers, I’ve had other jobs<br />

alongside my theatre work<br />

and one has been working in<br />

group homes,” he explains.<br />

“That’s highlighted to me the<br />

lack of understanding people<br />

have around disability. People<br />

still unknowingly discriminate.<br />

“Just because some people<br />

who are challenged in some<br />

way can’t communicate at our<br />

level, they still know exactly<br />

how they want to live their<br />

life.<br />

“We all need to listen a little<br />

bit harder to what they need,<br />

rather than assume.”<br />

Speaking from his home<br />

in Melbourne, Ben Goss, the<br />

lead actor playing Tim, says<br />

he is all too aware of the<br />

potential for discrimination<br />

and misplaced assumptions<br />

around disability.<br />

EXCITED: Ben Goss<br />

“I have cerebral palsy,” he<br />

tells <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>. “So there<br />

was an immediate connection<br />

with the play. I still haven’t<br />

seen the film version, but the<br />

script sparked my interest<br />

straight away. There aren’t<br />

many disabled characters<br />

around in our culture.<br />

“My cerebral palsy is on the<br />

mild side,” Ben continues, “and<br />

it’s not immediately apparent<br />

to people in most situations.<br />

“I don’t experience much<br />

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on the stage<br />

prejudice, although growing<br />

up as a kid it was much<br />

harder. I had an AFO brace on<br />

my foot which was very visible<br />

and made me a bit different to<br />

the other kids.<br />

“My disability can cause<br />

physical, mental and<br />

emotional challenges at times,<br />

though. Training at drama<br />

school was tough as it was<br />

very physical. And there can<br />

be barriers to working in the<br />

industry. I have some great<br />

role models though who<br />

help me to stay strong and<br />

resilient.”<br />

Ben grew up in North<br />

Tasmania where he says there<br />

is an active acting and musical<br />

scene. He studied acting at the<br />

VCA in Melbourne, graduating<br />

in 2019, and ‘Tim’ will be his<br />

first professional play. He<br />

admits to a mix of excitement<br />

and nerves.<br />

“It will be nerve-wracking,<br />

but doing the audition I could<br />

see that it’s a very supportive<br />

team of great quality,” says<br />

Ben. “We have four weeks of<br />

rehearsals, six days a week in<br />

Sydney, before we go on tour.<br />

“I’m just really excited to<br />

get back into the theatre.<br />

That’s what I trained in, but<br />

COVID has shifted much work<br />

to an online space.”<br />

Playwright Tim, who has<br />

been in the theatre for 36<br />

years, is looking forward to<br />

working alongside Ben for<br />

the first week of rehearsals,<br />

helping to hone the script. He<br />

reveals there is a cast of six,<br />

playing 11 roles between them<br />

during the 100-minute play.<br />

He will then depart for<br />

numerous other projects,<br />

including directing a piece<br />

for the Sydney Chamber<br />

Orchestra next year.<br />

He can’t wait to work with<br />

Ben though, who impressed<br />

throughout the casting<br />

process.<br />

“Ben did a great audition,”<br />

reveals Tim, “we were looking<br />

for someone with a lived<br />

experience… an actor who<br />

really fitted the bill… and Ben<br />

blew us all away.<br />

PROVOCATIVE: ‘Tim’, about a woman in her 50s falling in love with a much<br />

younger man, has its national premier at the Glen Street Theatre.<br />

“He said he loved the script,<br />

but we’ll revisit in rehearsals<br />

to make sure he’s happy with<br />

it.”<br />

Certainly when <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong> talked to Ben he was<br />

more than enthusiastic about<br />

what lies ahead for Northern<br />

Beaches audiences.<br />

“I think people will love it.<br />

It’s just a beautiful, sweet love<br />

story at its core. It has complex<br />

issues, but it’s a feel-good play<br />

with generosity and love at its<br />

heart.”<br />

– Rob Pegley<br />

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

News<br />

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JULY <strong>2023</strong> 19

News<br />

Yana’s a plumb role model<br />

Apprentice plumber Yana Marks doesn’t shy<br />

away from doing the heavy lifting both at<br />

work and when working out, regularly posting<br />

videos of herself on the job and in the gym.<br />

Yet when Yana was recently recognised with<br />

a prestigious plumbing award and weeks later<br />

snatched several medals – and set records – in<br />

her first national powerlifting competition, it<br />

all felt “pretty unreal”.<br />

Last month the affable 18-year-old from<br />

Warriewood became the youngest female<br />

recipient of a Rheem Apprentice Plumber<br />

Grant, receiving $3000 to assist with TAFE fees<br />

and textbooks and to help her build her tradie<br />

toolbox.<br />

In the second year of her apprenticeship<br />

working for Rugby stalwart Pete Hammond,<br />

Yana was among 338 applicants from around<br />

Australia, with 10 recipients chosen based<br />

on the impact the grant would have on their<br />

study and future goals, along with their<br />

dedication to the industry and commitment to<br />

their community.<br />

An advocate for gender equality, Yana told<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> she was proud to be among the<br />

new wave of apprentices challenging stereotypes.<br />

“There aren’t a lot of female plumbers, and<br />

people are still surprised when they see a girl<br />

tradie… I get a lot of satisfaction by just getting<br />

in there and doing my job,” she said.<br />

“I love helping people and even doing the<br />

simplest thing like fixing a leaking tap can<br />

make people feel really happy.”<br />

Yana is also making an impact via social<br />

media where she hopes her posts are inspiring<br />

more women to pursue careers in plumbing.<br />

“I like being able to show other girls what’s<br />

possible, that plumbing is actually not that<br />

physically challenging for us and if something<br />

is difficult there’s always going to be guys<br />

around to give us extra help,” she said.<br />

“I regularly have chats with girls who want<br />

to find out more about plumbing, I have had<br />

TOP MARKS: Warriewood apprentice Yana.<br />

girls thank me for giving them the confidence<br />

to try and I’ve even had people who have<br />

contacted me to say they have hired a girl after<br />

they saw me at work – it’s amazing.”<br />

Yana enjoys lifting weights; 12 months ago<br />

she was spotted by a powerlifting coach who<br />

encouraged her train, which she committed to<br />

most days after work.<br />

After competing in December and March<br />

“just for fun” Yana found herself at the APL<br />

Nationals in Brisbane last month where she<br />

says she “went great” – 1st in Juniors 1 (with<br />

records in all three lifts); 2nd in Juniors and<br />

3rd in the Opens 60s Class… “not much to be<br />

disappointed with”, she said. – Lisa Offord<br />

7THINGS<br />


Ice Skating. Skate your way<br />

around a pop-up ice rink located<br />

on the ground floor undercover<br />

carpark of the <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL Club<br />

from Saturday 1 to Sunday 16 with<br />

multiple sessions available from<br />

11am daily – Adults 15yrs and over<br />

$25; Child 5-14 yrs $20; Child +<br />

Adult (under 4 yrs) $30. Book at<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>rsl.com.au<br />

Marcia Hines. Expect more than<br />

two hours of memories, musicality<br />

and madness as the amazing<br />

Miss Hines and her touring family<br />

celebrate her 50th Anniversary<br />

concert tour at Glen Street<br />

Theatre on Sat 1 at 7.30pm and<br />

Sun 2 at 5pm tickets from $60.<br />

Astronomy shows. Primary<br />

school-aged kids are welcome<br />

to explore Indigenous Australian<br />

astronomy and find out how<br />

Indigenous cultures describe<br />

constellations at Mona Vale<br />

Memorial Hall on Wed 5 from 1pm-<br />

1.45pm or from 2pm-2.45pm; cost<br />

$5, bookings essential through<br />

Mona Vale Library.<br />

Voice talk. Brooke Prentis<br />

a First Nations woman will<br />

present a 45min talk about the<br />

Voice to Parliament at <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Uniting Church, 10 Jubilee Ave<br />

Warriewood, on Monday 17<br />

starting at 7.30pm followed by a<br />

30-minute question and answer<br />

session. More info 9997 2386.<br />

MyGov info. Learn how to<br />

navigate the government’s digital<br />

services and online accounts<br />

such as MyGov at this free<br />

information session presented by<br />

Services Australia at Mona Vale<br />

Library on Wednesday 19 from<br />

2pm-4pm; bookings essential<br />

through the library or phone 8495<br />

5028.<br />

Car boot sale. Pick up vintage<br />

clothes and shoes and/or<br />

unwanted household items,<br />

sports equipment, toys at the<br />

Avalon Car Boot Sale in Dunbar<br />

Park on Sat 22 from 8am-2pm.<br />

Xmas fun. Avalon Beach RSL<br />

Club is celebrating Christmas in<br />

<strong>July</strong> with ham raffles on Friday 7,<br />

14, 21 and 28 and Xmas food and<br />

drink specials throughout the<br />

month.<br />

20 JULY <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Lizard Rock a step closer<br />

Northern Beaches MPs<br />

Rory Amon and Michael<br />

Regan are taking<br />

the fight to the new State<br />

Government over the NSW Department<br />

of Planning’s decision<br />

to allow the Lizard Rock<br />

housing rezoning proposal to<br />

move to the next assessment<br />

stage.<br />

The proposal would see<br />

450 dwellings built by the<br />

landowner, the Metropolitan<br />

Local Aboriginal Land Council<br />

(MLALC), on bushland at<br />

Belrose.<br />

On 9 June, Labor wrote to<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

advising that the plan would<br />

progress.<br />

“During the recent election<br />

campaign, the then Liberal<br />

Government guaranteed that<br />

it would stop the Lizard Rock<br />

development – unfortunately,<br />

the Labor Party is intent on<br />

dumping dense development<br />

on the Northern Beaches, as<br />

DEBATE: A community petition gathered by Wakehurst MP Michael Regan<br />

and community opposition to Lizard Rock will be debated in <strong>July</strong>.<br />

PHOTO: NB Advocate<br />

News<br />

they have threatened to do<br />

for years, without any proper<br />

infrastructure in place, or<br />

being planned,” said <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Liberal MP Mr Amon.<br />

“This is another slap in the<br />

face of our community.”<br />

On June 19, Wakehurst<br />

Independent MP Mr Regan<br />

tabled a petition in NSW<br />

Parliament with more 12,000<br />

signatures, showing the widespread<br />

community opposition<br />

to the Lizard Rock housing<br />

proposal.<br />

“The size of this petition,<br />

organised by local group the<br />

Bushland Guardians, means<br />

the Government is obliged to<br />

respond to our community’s<br />

concerns, and ensure the issue<br />

is debated in State Parliament,”<br />

said Mr Regan.<br />

“The current Lizard Rock<br />

proposal goes against good<br />

planning and environmental<br />

protection principles.<br />

“It would see the destruction<br />

of large swathes of<br />

bushland and place homes<br />

and people in an area with<br />

high bushfire risk and limited<br />

infrastructure.<br />

“Seriously, have we not<br />

learned from the most recent<br />

of bushfires?<br />

“Further, the latest independent<br />

studies rule out this<br />

style of development in high<br />

bushfire zone areas and is<br />

why Ingleside was finally<br />

knocked on the head and its<br />

dwelling targets distributed<br />

to areas like Brookvale for<br />

infill development where<br />

infrastructure exists.”<br />

Mr Regan said he would<br />

continue to work constructively<br />

with all stakeholders<br />

to help find a smart solution<br />

that was fair for both the<br />

MLALC and the community.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

*Debate on Lizard Rock and<br />

the community’s opposition<br />

to the proposal will take<br />

place in the NSW Legislative<br />

Assembly from 4-4.30pm on<br />

Thursday 29 June. General<br />

public is invited to attend.<br />

22 JULY <strong>2023</strong><br />

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PHOTO: Supplied<br />

FINAL FRONTIER: For Channel Nine veteran reporter Brady Halls, there was no business like snow business to<br />

cap off his 45 years in journalism and screen TV, which he says was “never a nine-to-five commitment”.<br />

Brady’s cold-en<br />

handshake<br />

News<br />

It’s a tough job, but someone has to do good humouredly by Ken Sutcliffe for his lack<br />

it… after 45 years on the cutting edge of of sports nouse), The Today Show and Midday<br />

journalism – featuring door knocks on the has seen him travel all over Australia and<br />

homes of contemptuous criminals and working<br />

“nearly every continent, sometimes at the<br />

alongside the likes of steel magnolias pointy end of the plane”.<br />

Tracy Grimshaw and Kerri-Anne Kennerley – However, A Current Affair is what he will be<br />

Bayview resident Brady Halls is bowing out. mostly associated with.<br />

The stalwart Channel Nine veteran will exit “A Current Affair isn’t everyone’s watch,”<br />

our TV screens on <strong>July</strong> 7.<br />

Brady accepts. “But over a million people each<br />

He recently returned from what he calls night tune in and it remains, 45 years on, one<br />

“my last hoorah”: a cruise to Alaska.<br />

of Australian TV’s most popular shows.”<br />

“It was more the stuff Getaway does but the The job he has retired from was never a<br />

bosses thought it was a great way for me to nine-to-five commitment.<br />

finish my career,” Brady explains. “I was very “News and current affairs happen without<br />

grateful… much better than a murder.”<br />

notice,” he said. “As such I have been on-call<br />

Brady’s Alaska journey – the package aired for 45 years. The phone and messages start at<br />

on A Current Affair over several nights in 6.30am and finish well into the night.<br />

mid-June – featured husky sledding, bear<br />

“It’s never been a job where I could plan<br />

watching and glacier climbing.<br />

anything, as I simply don’t know where I’m<br />

Things he couldn’t have imagined that he’d going to be.<br />

be doing when he started in the late 1970s as “So when I retire on <strong>July</strong> 7, I plan nothing<br />

the mail boy at Radio 2CH, a station which but ‘me time’ to relax, indulge in some passions<br />

was silenced for good in 2022.<br />

and above all spend more time with my<br />

Brady’s talent was soon spotted.<br />

family.”<br />

From licking stamps and delivering post, he As for his “best” story?<br />

was soon made a panel operator, then offered “I’m often asked that,” he says. “My honest<br />

a job as a cadet reporter in the newsroom. answer is that I have no idea.<br />

“They figured I talked a lot and would be “There have been tens of thousands of<br />

good at it,” he jokes.<br />

them over the decades. Many are memorable<br />

His first on-air story was a shocker that as they changed people’s lives for the better.”<br />

he’s never forgotten.<br />

Putting on his “local’s hat”, he observes<br />

Helen Patricia Moore was labelled “the <strong>Pittwater</strong> has changed since he and his wife<br />

babysitter murderer”. Between May 1979 and Debbie moved here almost a quarter of a<br />

March 1980, the 17-year-old Moore murdered century ago.<br />

four children she was being paid to look<br />

Like many long-term residents, Brady laments<br />

after.<br />

“the over development” the peninsula<br />

“It was gruesome and depressing stuff for has been subject to in recent years.<br />

a kid not long out of school himself,” Brady “Small suburban streets now have dualoccupancy<br />

admits.<br />

dwellings and many more cars,”<br />

His career – which encompasses Nine’s he says. “You celebrate now if you get a good<br />

Wide World of Sports (where he was hounded parking space at Woolies!” – Steve Meacham<br />

24 JULY <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Women’s World Cup fever<br />

News<br />

The festival of football that<br />

is the Women’s World Cup<br />

arrives in Sydney in <strong>July</strong><br />

– and excitement is building on<br />

the Northern Beaches.<br />

In all, 32 teams from around<br />

the globe will be jointly hosted<br />

by Australia and New Zealand<br />

– the biggest sporting event<br />

to hit Sydney since the 2000<br />

Olympics. It kicks off on 20<br />

<strong>July</strong> when Australia take on the<br />

Republic of Ireland at Stadium<br />

Australia and New Zealand play<br />

Norway at Eden Park.<br />

Sydney will be on display<br />

to the world – 11 matches are<br />

scheduled at Stadium Australia<br />

(including the Final on 20 August)<br />

and the Sydney Football<br />

Stadium.<br />

The Australian Matildas are<br />

loaded with talent and a blend<br />

of youth and experience – footballers<br />

of the calibre of Ellie<br />

Carpenter, Caitlin Foord and<br />

Katrina Gorry have been part<br />

of the Matildas outfit for years.<br />

Then there is Sam Kerr…<br />

Local Matilda Remy Siemsen<br />

will be hoping she is picked in<br />

the final squad. Her pathway<br />

from BTH Raiders to Manly<br />

United, Sydney FC and Leicester<br />

City shows what can be done.<br />

In the lead-up Narrabeen FC<br />

players Vicki Halpin (Women’s<br />

O/40) and her daughters<br />

Bridget (Women’s All Age) and<br />

Monique (Women’s U/15) gush<br />

about the major impact the<br />

World Cup will have.<br />

“It’s absolutely fantastic for<br />

the sport,” says Vicki. “It’ll take<br />

women’s football to another<br />

level. There’ll be a real flow-on<br />

effect to the numbers and participation<br />

in this country.”<br />

Vicki is currently Acting<br />

President, Vice-President and<br />

Senior Ladies Co-ordinator of<br />

Narrabeen FC.<br />

She clearly loves the game<br />

and recounts how her Women’s<br />

O/40 team grew from a<br />

bunch of parents standing on<br />

the sideline watching their<br />

children play and has developed<br />

over nine seasons into a<br />

close-knit group – firm friends,<br />

teammates and Grand Final<br />

winners.<br />

READY TO CHEER: Vicki Halpin and daughters Bridget (left) and Monique.<br />

Fitness and strategy are<br />

also important to her – “I do<br />

enjoy the game play, the tactics<br />

behind it,” Vicki says.<br />

The Northern Beaches will<br />

showcase its own junior stars<br />

in the Mini World Cup that the<br />

MWFA and the local football<br />

clubs are putting on at Cromer<br />

Park, supported by Northern<br />

Beaches Council, Football NSW<br />

and Sydney FC.<br />

The action starts on 19 <strong>July</strong>.<br />

Six-a-side tournaments for<br />

U/8 and U/11 Girls will be run,<br />

with 16 teams in each age division.<br />

After three pool matches<br />

the top teams will advance to<br />

Semi-Finals and Finals on 11<br />

August.<br />

The thrill of a random draw<br />

will see each team representing<br />

a country playing in the World<br />

Cup. It will be a virtual way for<br />

these U/8 and U/11 footballers<br />

to travel the world and adopt a<br />

country during the World Cup.<br />

For a few weeks, they might<br />

be playing as the Matildas;<br />

or Scandinavian (as Norway),<br />

African (as Morocco) or South<br />

American (as Brazil).<br />

Involving young female<br />

referees and coaches in the<br />

Mini World Cup and supporting<br />

them with training and education<br />

for future involvement is a<br />

MWFA focus.<br />

“The idea is to have an entire<br />

tournament that’s being run<br />

by young girls,” explains David<br />

Mason, MWFA CEO.<br />

The Mini World Cup is the<br />

outcome of a MWFA decision<br />

to use the World Cup and the<br />

attention it brings to help drive<br />

female participation.<br />

“It’s a wonderful opportunity<br />

for them to touch and feel<br />

the top of the sport. This, for<br />

women’s football, will be huge.<br />

For young girls, it’s not just the<br />

ones that want to be a Matilda,<br />

it’s for the ones that just want<br />

to play for Avalon and enjoy the<br />

sport,” David says.<br />

The growth in women’s and<br />

girl’s football on the Northern<br />

Beaches has been on a steady<br />

burn for the past 15 years. There<br />

are now more than 6,500 female<br />

footballers – around 35 per cent<br />

of total MWFA registrations.<br />

Vicki says Narrabeen FC had<br />

two female teams in 2014. It<br />

now has 22 teams and in May<br />

celebrated by staging the Narrabeen<br />

Female Football Festival.<br />

Scheduling to avoid clashes with<br />

other sports has contributed.<br />

“It’s a real advantage for the<br />

Beaches to have women’s football<br />

on a Sunday,” she explains.<br />

David describes football’s appeal:<br />

“It doesn’t matter what size<br />

you are, it doesn’t matter what<br />

height you are, it doesn’t matter<br />

how fast you are – there’s a spot<br />

for everybody.”<br />

For both Vicki and David,<br />

their ‘dream’ World Cup Final<br />

will be Australia v defending<br />

champions USA.<br />

– Greg McHugh<br />

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

26 JULY <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

PHOTO: Greg McHugh

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 />

Developer’s eyes were firmly fixed on the Northern Beaches<br />

and “<strong>Pittwater</strong> is on the verge of a Council-encouraged<br />

development boom.” In Avalon, plans were being drawn<br />

up for the shopping<br />

block from the Post<br />

Office to Bellevue<br />

Avenue and there were<br />

discussions about a<br />

project to incorporate<br />

the Bowling Green Lane<br />

car park, three adjoining<br />

properties on which<br />

a medical centre and<br />

medium density housing<br />

was planned, a two-storey<br />

car park on Dunbar Park<br />

and a library building<br />

outside the RSL Club. In<br />

Mona Vale, Council had<br />

called for expressions<br />

of interest to build<br />

permanent headquarters<br />

and a civic centre in<br />

the area bounded by<br />

Mona Vale Road, Darley<br />

Street, <strong>Pittwater</strong> Road,<br />

and Keenan Street<br />

and at Palm Beach “an<br />

upmarket 25-bedroom<br />

boutique hotel” at 1097<br />

Barrenjoey Road had<br />

been approved. In other<br />

news, the Minister for<br />

Local Government Ernie<br />

Page rejected <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Council’s proposed 2.5%<br />

environment levy (watered<br />

down from its original<br />

5% levy) which would<br />

have increased rates by<br />

$500,000 on an ad valorem<br />

basis for works specifically designated as “environmental”.<br />

“The irony is that had the Councillors listened to the people<br />

more it could have had a levy on an equitable basis of say,<br />

$50 per household, by<br />

adopting the proposal<br />

for a base rate plus an<br />

ad valorem rate, instead<br />

of charging rates totally<br />

on an ad valorem basis.”<br />

Meanwhile, Council<br />

announced it had<br />

adopted a 1.7% increase<br />

in rates “… which with<br />

the new increases in<br />

valuations in many parts<br />

of <strong>Pittwater</strong>, will result in<br />

a substantial increase in<br />

real terms when the rate<br />

notices go out shortly.”<br />

Federal Member Bronwyn<br />

Bishop had $200,000<br />

to give away through<br />

a community grants<br />

program to celebrate the<br />

Centenary of Federation<br />

in 2001; concern<br />

over the Warriewood<br />

sewage treatment plant<br />

brought about calls for<br />

upgrades to eliminate<br />

the overflow to the<br />

ocean; and there was a<br />

“changing of the guard<br />

at boathouse” Palm<br />

Beach, just as work<br />

had been completed<br />

“… rebuilding the wharf<br />

and the famous deck<br />

over <strong>Pittwater</strong> which is a<br />

major attraction to locals<br />

and visitors”.<br />

28 JULY <strong>2023</strong><br />

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15 Years Ago…<br />

5 Years Ago…<br />

The cover<br />

captured the<br />

Navy diving<br />

tank “one of the<br />

most popular<br />

features of the<br />

Avalon Festival<br />

last month…<br />

in which<br />

Navy divers<br />

entertained<br />

lots of small<br />

children with<br />

noughts and<br />

crosses games<br />

played on<br />

both sides of<br />

the glass.”<br />

In news,<br />

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

Council was<br />

planning<br />

to create a<br />

major new<br />

childcare<br />

centre<br />

at North<br />

Narrabeen<br />

Reserve near<br />

the southern<br />

end of the<br />

grandstand<br />

of the rugby<br />

park, able<br />

to take up<br />

to 106 long-day care pre-school<br />

children which was expected to<br />

cost $4.5million and ready by 2010.<br />

The first solar panels were installed<br />

on The Coastal Environment<br />

Centre at Narrabeen; a new CAT<br />

scanner was ordered for Mona Vale<br />

Hospital; Aldi announced its plans<br />

to have a supermarket in Mona<br />

Vale; Woolworths was due to open<br />

its refurbished store in Avalon; the<br />

family operated Ann Wilson Funerals<br />

celebrated 50 years of caring and<br />

support; The Greens wanted to<br />

restrict the number of car parking<br />

stickers<br />

issued to ratepayers to one a<br />

year and increase the cost of<br />

extra stickers, suggesting the<br />

move would reduce the burden<br />

of parking and promote the<br />

use of public transport with<br />

the revenue from extra stickers<br />

used to provide cycleways and<br />

footpaths; and the mag ran<br />

an artist’s montage of what<br />

Newport’s transformation (and<br />

the new trees in the centre of<br />

the road) would look like in 20<br />

years*.<br />

Following representation from MP<br />

Rob Stokes and Mayor Michael Regan,<br />

NB Council was granted a last-minute<br />

deferral on parts of a State Government<br />

housing code which could have resulted<br />

in higher density development in our<br />

area. Council warned of a “highly volatile<br />

recycling market” after it was briefed<br />

about the escalating costs of recycling and<br />

its ongoing implications for Council. We<br />

promoted the ‘Swap this for That’ initiative<br />

– Boomerang Bags and the Surfrider<br />

Foundation’s Ocean Friendly program<br />

which encourages businesses to set high<br />

standards of environmental accountability<br />

and sustainability; and we ran a feature on<br />

a bunch of locals who “live without plastic”,<br />

sharing how they reduced the use of plastic<br />

and minimised waste. In other news, readers<br />

learned why residents were increasingly<br />

embracing <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s new on-demand<br />

transport option Keoride; we revealed what<br />

was behind the façade of the brand-new<br />

Northern Beaches Hospital with exclusive<br />

photos of its interior including the inviting<br />

foyer, light-filled spaces and its state-of-theart<br />

hybrid operating theatre; we ran an item<br />

about iconic Barrenjoey House trading hands<br />

with “flavourof-the-decade<br />

Boathouse Group”<br />

taking over the<br />

reins; the Artists<br />

and Craftsman<br />

of <strong>Pittwater</strong> held<br />

an exhibition<br />

and sale in Mona<br />

Vale and <strong>Life</strong><br />

Stories featured<br />

fundraising<br />

legend Beryl<br />

Driver<br />

recounting<br />

her 20-years<br />

involvement<br />

with the NSW<br />

Variety Bash.<br />

*The artists’<br />

images are<br />

not too far off.<br />

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SEEN…<br />

Mona Vale resident Karina Page is replacing Rory Amon as<br />

the newest Liberal member on Northern Beaches Council.<br />

Mr Amon resigned as a Councillor in April to focus on his<br />

new role as <strong>Pittwater</strong> MP. Ms Page was due to be sworn in<br />

as <strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward Councillor at Council’s June meeting. Ms<br />

Page secured her appointment based on a Local Government<br />

Election countback – she was second on Mr Amon’s ticket at<br />

the December 2021 Council Election and finished with the<br />

fourth-most votes in the Ward count. Ms Page is no stranger<br />

to the arena, having served two terms on Manly Council<br />

from 1996 to 2004. She has 15 months to connect with locals<br />

before the community heads back to the ballot box for the<br />

next NB Council Election… the old chestnut of a swim centre<br />

for <strong>Pittwater</strong> is back in the news, with Council forming a<br />

swimming centre working group, consisting of <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Ward Councillors and relevant members of staff to investigate<br />

feasibility and options. The group will commence analysis<br />

this month, settling its Terms of Reference, including giving<br />

consideration to possible sites for a public Aquatic Centre<br />

in the <strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward and facilities including for swimming<br />

lessons, squad training, water aerobics, seniors swim meets<br />

and general recreation. However, rather than re-inventing the<br />

wheel, maybe they should first look at the last investigations<br />

undertaken by the former <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council? A feasibility<br />

report in March 2011 noted: “… that any future aquatic facility<br />

be located in the southern area of <strong>Pittwater</strong>”. So not north of<br />

the Bilgola Bends. That should save the working group some<br />

time.<br />

HEARD…<br />

Some light at the end of the (noisy) tunnel for long-suffering<br />

residents of Palm Beach living close to the bends leading to<br />

Palm Beach Golf Club: The NSW Government has announced<br />

a trial of cameras that can detect loud vehicles in a bid<br />

to combat “hooning” and anti-social driving. Pockets of<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>, including Palm Beach and McCarrs Creek, have<br />

been plagued by over-revving motorcycles and souped-up<br />

cars (deliberately modified for excessive noise), creating<br />

headaches for residents for decades. Local MP Rory Amon told<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> he would lobby the Government to include Palm<br />

Beach and McCarrs Creek in its trial. The cameras capture<br />

an image of a vehicle as well as measure the amount of noise<br />

it produces. Given constraints on police resources and the<br />

isolated <strong>Pittwater</strong> locations, the noise cameras are considered<br />

an effective means of reducing hoon activity – which is on<br />

the increase. Data from Revenue NSW shows there were 2498<br />

modified vehicle and excessive noise fines in the 10 months<br />

to May <strong>2023</strong> – up from 2360 in the 12 months to June 2022.<br />

Unnecessary noise or smoke fines carry a $361 penalty. NSW<br />

environmental regulations set a noise limit of 90 decibels for<br />

most car exhausts and 94 decibels for motorbikes. Fines for<br />

vehicles that exceed this level by 5 decibels or less are $150,<br />

for more than 5 and less than 15 decibels it’s $200 and for<br />

more than 15 decibels it’s $600.<br />

ABSURD…<br />

Thinking of<br />

selling your<br />

car the “local”<br />

way – leaving<br />

it parked over<br />

the weekend<br />

on ‘Newport<br />

Hill’ with a<br />

price tag and<br />

your contact<br />

phone<br />

number? You<br />

might have<br />

to rethink that in<br />

future, following a push from Narrabeen Ward Councillor<br />

Vince De Luca that has revealed the decades-old practice is<br />

illegal, with fines applicable. Cr De Luca has had a bee in<br />

(or should that be under?) his bonnet about this for years –<br />

although his most recent enquiries of Transport for NSW (in<br />

March) relate to the unofficial car yard along <strong>Pittwater</strong> Rd at<br />

Collaroy. Unfortunately for <strong>Pittwater</strong> residents, we’re tarred<br />

by the same brush; the practice on Barrenjoey Rd at Newport<br />

Hill is also considered illegal. Official word from TNSW is:<br />

“Under the Local Government Act… it is illegal to advertise<br />

a vehicle for sale or any other article on a public road or in a<br />

public place without prior approval from council. Motorists<br />

disobeying parking laws is primarily an enforcement issue,<br />

which falls under NSW Police and Council jurisdiction.” TNSW<br />

added police and Council were responsible for determining<br />

whether targeted enforcement would be likely. On that,<br />

Council is seeking community feedback before determining<br />

whether it starts writing tickets or looks to find a way to work<br />

with community, while taking safety and inconvenience into<br />

account. If you want to be heard, make a submission to Council<br />

(‘Your Say’ page) by <strong>July</strong> 23.<br />

PHOTO: NB Advocate<br />

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News<br />

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

Local <strong>July</strong> Probus Club news<br />

The guest speaker at the<br />

next Palm Beach and Peninsula<br />

Probus Club meeting is<br />

the former NSW Director of<br />

Public Prosecution, distinguished<br />

barrister Nicholas<br />

Cowdery AO, KC. His talk will<br />

cover current issues in Criminal<br />

Justice in NSW, including<br />

spam fraud, crime trends<br />

and, if time permits, topics<br />

such as voluntary assisted<br />

dying law reforms and drug<br />

law reform. Meeting 9.30am<br />

on Wed 19 <strong>July</strong> at Club Palm<br />

Beach. Visitors welcome; more<br />

info Carmel (0414 978 465).<br />

The next meeting of the<br />

Combined Probus Club of<br />

Mona Vale is on Tues <strong>July</strong> 18<br />

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

RSL (from 10am). The guest<br />

speaker will be Liz Nielsen<br />

– Founder and <strong>Life</strong> Patron of<br />

Pinchgut Opera, Australia’s<br />

premier Baroque opera<br />

company. Liz had taught commercial<br />

law and established a<br />

mediation practice before she<br />

realised she had effectively<br />

retired from the law, as Pinchgut<br />

Opera was far more fun<br />

and was taking all her time.<br />

For Pinchgut, Liz has done<br />

just about every administrative<br />

task, from negotiating<br />

contracts and grant applications,<br />

to making lunches and<br />

billeting musicians. Her talk<br />

will provide an insight into<br />

how Pinchgut quickly developed<br />

a reputation as one of<br />

the world’s finest companies,<br />

specialising in historically informed<br />

performance. Visitors<br />

welcome; more info Robert<br />

(0407 202 266).<br />

The speaker at the next<br />

Newport Probus Club meeting<br />

will be member Hette Mollema,<br />

who will speak about<br />

‘Toiletology’ – a history of<br />

human waste disposal. Meeting<br />

at Newport Bowling Club<br />

on Thurs 6 <strong>July</strong>, commencing<br />

10am. Visitors welcome; more<br />

info Di Burrell (0410 465 303).<br />

If you are interested in<br />

boats and sailing, don’t miss<br />

the next meeting of the Bilgola<br />

Plateau Probus Club at Newport<br />

Bowling Club on Fri 7 <strong>July</strong><br />

(from 10am). Mark Salmon<br />

will talk about the history of<br />

the ‘Kathleen Gillett’, a small<br />

sailing ketch that now has its<br />

resting place at the Australian<br />

Maritime Museum. Visitors<br />

welcome; info 0415 538 864.<br />

Narrabeen Lakes Probus<br />

Club next meets on Wednesday<br />

26 <strong>July</strong> at Narrabeen<br />

Baptist Church. Doors open at<br />

9.45am for 10am meeting. The<br />

club has around 80 members<br />

(visitors welcome, no waiting<br />

list). Their <strong>July</strong> speaker will be<br />

police officer Sandra Fraietta,<br />

who will speak on schemes<br />

used by scammers to trick<br />

unsuspecting folk into giving<br />

them their money. More info<br />

call or text 0424 464 047.<br />

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

Men’s Probus, member<br />

Bill Sherman will trace the<br />

history of firearms, from<br />

their early days in ancient<br />

China through to the present<br />

day. Meeting at Mona Vale<br />

Surf Club, Tuesday 11 <strong>July</strong>,<br />

commencing at 10am. Visitors<br />

welcome; more info Terry<br />

(0412 220 820).<br />

Open Day to tour<br />

Warriewood Brook<br />

Anglicare’s Warriewood<br />

Brook Village is holding an<br />

Open Day on Friday 21 <strong>July</strong>,<br />

commencing 10am. On show<br />

will be the relaxed retirement<br />

lifestyle available locally, with<br />

furnished 2- and 3-bedroom<br />

apartments available to tour<br />

as well as the Village facilities<br />

including the recently refurbished<br />

café and community<br />

area, gym and indoor heated<br />

pool. Independent experts will<br />

be available to assist with any<br />

questions around the financial<br />

aspects of retirement living<br />

and the downsizing process.<br />

You’ll also be able to chat with<br />

current residents and hear<br />

about their experiences. Limited<br />

places available; register<br />

via anglicare.org.au/openday.<br />

Astronomy evening<br />

at Waratah Park<br />

Duffys Forest Residents Association<br />

is hosting another<br />

‘Evening under the Stars’ at<br />

Waratah Park from 6.30pm on<br />

Saturday 15 <strong>July</strong>. The event<br />

is being held in conjunction<br />

with the Northern Sydney<br />

Astronomical Society (NSAS)<br />

and owners of the park, the<br />

Metropolitan Local Aboriginal<br />

Land Council. The evening<br />

will kick off with a talk from<br />

Steve Pratley in the Ranger<br />

Headquarters. Steve is a<br />

senior astronomer with NSAS,<br />

with a special interest in astrophotography<br />

of distant and<br />

curious deep-space objects;<br />

he’ll discuss some of his most<br />

interesting astrophotography<br />

objects and the challenges of<br />

bringing them to life with his<br />

telescope. Phil Angilley and<br />

other volunteers from NSAS<br />

will bring their telescopes, so<br />

attendees can view interesting<br />

objects in the night skies,<br />

starting at about 7pm. Park<br />

in the top car park of Waratah<br />

Park and stroll down to<br />

the Ranger HQ, as the road<br />

beside it may be used for<br />

viewing. To assist the association<br />

in knowing how many<br />

telescopes to bring, and for<br />

catering, please RSVP admin@<br />

duffysforest.com.<br />

Panel discussion<br />

on the Voice<br />

Mackellar MP Dr Sophie<br />

Scamps says her recent Voice<br />

Community Survey showed a<br />

quarter of people in the electorate<br />

would like more information<br />

about the Voice before<br />

voting in the referendum later<br />

this year. In a bid to help as<br />

many people as possible learn<br />

more about the Voice and what<br />

constitutional recognition for<br />

our First Nations Australians<br />

means, she’ll be hosting a<br />

community forum and Q&A at<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL on Wednesday<br />

26 <strong>July</strong>. The forum will include<br />

a panel including Rachel Perkins,<br />

Director and Co-Chair of<br />

Yes23, eminent journalist Jeff<br />

McMullen and human rights<br />

advocate and former Socceroo<br />

Craig Foster. Register to attend<br />

(free) at sophiescamps.com.<br />

au/events.<br />

Technology made<br />

easy for seniors<br />

Have you ever struggled with<br />

the demands of modern<br />

technology? Computer Pals<br />

Continued on page 34<br />

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Interclub junior tennis a hit<br />

Junior tennis is alive and well on the Northern Beaches! On<br />

June 18, Careel Bay and Collaroy Tennis Clubs joined for an<br />

interclub junior tournament with 12 boys and girls from<br />

each club aged 10-17 competing in a ‘Fast 4’ doubles round<br />

robin.<br />

Not only was the standard of tennis a thrill for the many<br />

parents and spectators, but the good sportsmanship of all<br />

players and the camaraderie within each team was noted.<br />

The inaugural trophy went to the Collaroy juniors 112 to<br />

84 games.<br />

Congratulations to Maiia Salbieva (Collaroy) and James<br />

McSkimming (Careel Bay) for being selected ‘Best and<br />

Fairest’ by their peers.<br />

One of the big drivers for organising this event was the<br />

focus both clubs have on boosting junior participation.<br />

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

Continued from page 32<br />

for Seniors Northern Beaches<br />

can help you with Android/<br />

Apple tablets and phones and<br />

Apple, Microsoft, Chromebook<br />

laptops. Lessons are one on one<br />

for an hour each week during<br />

term times at The Tramshed<br />

Arts & Community Centre in<br />

Narrabeen. Operating hours<br />

are Monday to Friday 9am<br />

to 5pm. Fees are $25 Annual<br />

Membership and $30 per<br />

term. More info contact Anne<br />

on 9984 0604 or email anne.<br />

computerpals@gmail.com<br />

Plant a tree on<br />

National Tree Day<br />

Duffys Forest Residents<br />

Association invites locals to<br />

celebrate Planet Ark National<br />

Tree Day on Sunday <strong>July</strong> 30,<br />

from 9am-1pm, when they will<br />

be planting more than 300<br />

native tube stock at Waratah<br />

Park. This is an excellent<br />

opportunity for individuals<br />

and families to connect with<br />

nature and contribute to the<br />

preservation of the bushland<br />

surroundings. To RSVP or<br />

more info contact David<br />

Harris (0419 684 158) or go to<br />

duffysforest.com.<br />

Eyes on the pies<br />

Daniel Roberts, baker and<br />

owner of Oliver’s Pies at the<br />

Careel Bay shops was “stoked”<br />

to have won two gold and eight<br />

silver medals in the <strong>2023</strong> Baking<br />

Association of Australia’s<br />

‘Best Pie Competition’.<br />

The golds were for the<br />

Vegetarian Mexican and<br />

Smokey Pork & Bourbon which<br />

are both on their permanent<br />

menu board.<br />

*Make your own pie – see<br />

Food P66<br />

Resilience<br />

Strategy Award<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

has snared a top gong for<br />

its Resilience Strategy in the<br />

recent Local Government<br />

Excellence Awards. Council<br />

was the winner in the<br />

Continued on page 36<br />

Try outrigging on <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Outrigging<br />

Canoe Club is looking to<br />

rebuild participation within<br />

the community after a drop<br />

in memberships post-<br />

COVID.<br />

POCC was established<br />

in 1985 and is an amateur<br />

sports club. The club runs<br />

canoe paddling training sessions<br />

several times per week<br />

from Rowlands Reserve, Bayview<br />

and BYRA Sailing Club,<br />

Bayview, attracting members<br />

of varying ages 40+ (with<br />

their oldest member 87).<br />

The Club needs additional<br />

funds to purchase lifejackets,<br />

safety lights, paddles<br />

and safety gear to accommodate<br />

more members too.<br />

The club has recently<br />

attracted a small group of<br />

women/members who have<br />

recovered from breast cancer<br />

wishing to continue with<br />

the sport, as paddling helps<br />

with one of the most difficult<br />

complications of breast<br />

cancer; lymphoedema, the<br />

painful swelling that can<br />

occur after the surgical<br />

removal of lymph nodes.<br />

POCC invites readers to<br />

try outrigging on Saturday<br />

mornings from 8-9am at<br />

Rowlands Reserve, to be<br />

followed by coffee and<br />

breakfast. More info 0414<br />

299 051.<br />

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News<br />

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

Continued from page 34<br />

Innovative Leadership Award<br />

category for a population<br />

over 150,000 for the Strategy<br />

‘Withstand, Adapt, Thrive’.<br />

Council also received highly<br />

commended citations<br />

for its Forestville Library<br />

24/7 initiative and for the<br />

redevelopment of the Mona<br />

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

Maureen is Worth<br />

her weight in gold<br />

Congratulations to Narrabeen’s<br />

Maureen Worth, who<br />

will receive a Distinguished<br />

Long Service Award at the<br />

<strong>2023</strong> NSW Community Sports<br />

Awards on June 29. A member<br />

of North Narrabeen Surf<br />

<strong>Life</strong> Saving Club since 1975,<br />

Maureen has demonstrated<br />

distinguished service to the<br />

movement for more than four<br />

decades and has received<br />

several Service and Recognition<br />

Awards – including <strong>Life</strong><br />

Member of North Narrabeen<br />

SLSC (in 1992), <strong>Life</strong> Member<br />

of Sydney Northern Beaches<br />

Branch (in 2001), followed by<br />

State <strong>Life</strong> Member (in 2011).<br />

She also obtained her 40-Year<br />

Long Service Award in 2016<br />

and has also been honoured<br />

with an award only few members<br />

have achieved – the 40+<br />

Years of Services Award – at<br />

the <strong>2023</strong> State Championships.<br />

Maureen was awarded<br />

Distinguished Service of Surf<br />

<strong>Life</strong> Saving Sydney Northern<br />

Beaches in the 1997-1998 season<br />

and was also awarded the<br />

Warringah Shire Community<br />

Award. The Awards recognise<br />

outstanding achievements<br />

and contributions to community<br />

sport in NSW, which<br />

is largely carried out by a<br />

volunteer workforce.<br />

Nominate now for<br />

Crown Land Awards<br />

Nominations are now open for<br />

statewide awards to recognise<br />

the efforts of Crown land<br />

volunteers and organisations<br />

who manage thousands of<br />

public reserves across NSW<br />

on behalf of their communities.<br />

Crown Lands in the<br />

Department of Planning and<br />

Environment is sponsoring<br />

categories including The Individual<br />

Excellence in Crown<br />

Land Management Award –<br />

for outstanding individuals<br />

who are a member of an organisation<br />

or committee that<br />

manages a Crown reserve;<br />

and The Crown Land Management<br />

Excellence Award – for<br />

an outstanding organisation<br />

that is involved in the care,<br />

control or management of a<br />

Crown reserve. The Crown<br />

land estate is large and<br />

diverse covering 30.8 million<br />

hectares in NSW and providing<br />

land for everything from<br />

land for social and community<br />

infrastructure, recreation,<br />

tourism, agriculture,<br />

housing and the environment.<br />

Crown land provides homes<br />

for childcare facilities, Scout<br />

and Girl Guide halls, caravan<br />

parks, surf clubs, Rural<br />

Fire Service sites, aged care<br />

facilities, community halls,<br />

showgrounds and racecourses<br />

as well as walking trails,<br />

campsites, bridges and board<br />

walks. Nominations close 24<br />

August. More info awardsaustralia.com/nswactcaa<br />

Council’s new CEO<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

has announced the appointment<br />

of Mr Scott Phillips<br />

as its new Chief Executive<br />

Officer (CEO). Mr Phillips has<br />

30 years’ experience in the<br />

local and state government<br />

sectors. He is leaving the role<br />

of Chief Executive of Local<br />

Government NSW and previously,<br />

was general manager at<br />

Sutherland and Hornsby Shire<br />

councils. He has also held<br />

several executive roles at state<br />

Head to Market<br />

Mona Vale Farmers<br />

Market continues to be<br />

a wonderful destination for<br />

anyone looking for highquality<br />

local fresh produce.<br />

With an extensive range of<br />

fresh, seasonal produce and<br />

gourmet delights, the market<br />

is a must-visit for anyone<br />

looking to sample or buy<br />

farm-fresh vegetables, fruits,<br />

meats, and other goodies.<br />

Apart from fresh produce,<br />

the market also features<br />

a variety of artisanal<br />

foods, including bread,<br />

honey, preserves, and hot<br />

food options including<br />

Indian, dim sum, Lebanese,<br />

Vietnamese, gozleme and<br />

more.<br />

You can expect to meet<br />

the farmers and producers<br />

themselves, sample their<br />

fresh goods, and chat with<br />

them about their goods.<br />

*Located at <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL<br />

in Mona Vale, the market is<br />

open every Sunday from 8:30<br />

am to 1pm.<br />

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Local King’s Birthday Honours<br />

Congratulations to the three <strong>Pittwater</strong> residents who were recognised for making substantial<br />

contributions at local, national or international level in this year’s King’s Birthday Honors list –<br />

the first in seven decades.<br />

Locals were awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM), the Medal of the Order of Australia<br />

(OAM) and one resident was acknowledged with the Public Service Medal (PSM):<br />

Dr Owen Donald, Avalon Beach – AM<br />

For significant service to community and public housing, and to urban research.<br />

Mrs Julie Emerson, Bayview – OAM<br />

For service to the community through a range of roles, including the<br />

first female President of <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL Club (pictured), President of<br />

the Australian Driver Trainers Association, Chair of the Nature Based<br />

Tourism Subcommittee of the NSW Environmental Trust, Chair of<br />

the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council, Deputy Mayor of<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Council, and Director of the Local Government Association<br />

of NSW.<br />

Mr Daniel Leavy of Warriewood – PSM<br />

For outstanding public service through improving vehicle and road<br />

safety across the NSW road network. As a result of his dedication to his<br />

role, Mr Leavy contributed to the 2021 NSW road toll being the lowest<br />

in almost 100 years.<br />

*The full honours list can be found at the Australian Honors Search<br />

on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.<br />

and local levels in the planning<br />

profession and serves<br />

on several industry boards,<br />

ministerial advisory committees,<br />

and panels. Mr Phillips<br />

will join Northern Beaches<br />

Council from 24 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

under a five-year contract.<br />

Govt footpath grants<br />

Northern Beaches Council has<br />

received $5.6 million from the<br />

NSW Government to help fund<br />

new walking and cycling paths<br />

to improve safety for pedestrians<br />

and cyclists. Council<br />

received $1.7 million for the<br />

construction of a footpath<br />

through a section of the Mona<br />

Vale Strategic Centre.<br />

The funding was provided<br />

through Transport NSW’s Get<br />

NSW Active program which<br />

will provide $39.5 million to<br />

50 councils to deliver projects<br />

that will encourage walking<br />

and bike riding. Work is scheduled<br />

to begin in the <strong>2023</strong>/2024<br />

financial year.<br />

Eco Awards winners<br />

Over 100 eco-heroes and community<br />

members attended<br />

Mona Vale Surf Club on June<br />

8 as Council revealed the<br />

winners of the <strong>2023</strong> Northern<br />

Beaches Eco Awards. Now<br />

in its 18th year, the awards<br />

celebrate ordinary people<br />

doing extraordinary things<br />

to conserve the local environment<br />

and the volunteers who<br />

spend their time enhancing<br />

the region’s diverse and valuable<br />

natural habitat. Council<br />

received 30+ nominations<br />

across eight categories this<br />

year, reflecting a strong focus<br />

on the environment and an<br />

urgency to ensure we protect<br />

our area’s unique, natural assets.<br />

For a full list of winners<br />

and categories visit Council<br />

website.<br />

Vet<br />

on call<br />

with Dr Brown<br />

It is often a surprise to many<br />

pet parents that their dog is<br />

suffering from dental disease<br />

at their veterinary check-up.<br />

Over 80% of dogs develop<br />

dental disease by the age of<br />

three. If we don’t look after<br />

our pet’s teeth properly, not<br />

only will they have problems<br />

with their teeth and gums,<br />

they can also suffer from issues<br />

elsewhere in their body.<br />

Bad breath in dogs is often<br />

considered normal but it is<br />

actually due to an unhealthy<br />

mouth and an overgrowth<br />

of bacteria. The subsequent<br />

inflammation (gingivitis) and<br />

sore, often bleeding, gums<br />

can allow the bacteria to enter<br />

the bloodstream and spread<br />

to their internal organs potentially<br />

causing severe illness. In<br />

the later stages of dental disease,<br />

the teeth become loose<br />

and can fall out or lead to<br />

severe bone infections around<br />

the tooth roots. You may also<br />

notice dark red areas appearing<br />

along the gum line and<br />

brown discolouration (tartar)<br />

of their teeth. Normal healthy<br />

teeth should always be white.<br />

In the early stages the problem<br />

is often reversible with<br />

regular dental care. The gold<br />

standard is daily teeth brushing<br />

with a special toothbrush<br />

and dog-specific toothpaste<br />

(human toothpaste can’t be<br />

used, as it is toxic to dogs!)<br />

which will help slow the buildup<br />

of plaque and tartar.<br />

Dental chews can also be<br />

offered, which help to draw<br />

plaque and tartar off the<br />

teeth, helping to keep them<br />

clean. Special prescription<br />

dental foods are also available<br />

to help prevent dental<br />

disease in your dog. (Hills T/D<br />

prescription food and OraVet<br />

chews are discounted in our<br />

practices until the end of our<br />

dental months.)<br />

During <strong>July</strong> and August, Sydney<br />

Animal Hospitals are offering<br />

free dental checks with our<br />

veterinary nurses, along with<br />

reduced price dental procedures<br />

and discounts on dental<br />

pet foods. Call Avalon (9918<br />

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

or book online www.sydneyanimalhospitals.com.au<br />

News<br />

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JULY <strong>2023</strong> 37

One of <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s oldest and<br />

most successful sporting<br />

clubs has commemorated its<br />

anniversary by publishing a<br />

book. Author Phil Hunter took us<br />

on that historical journey.<br />

Story by Rob Pegley<br />

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

Nothing nervous<br />

about Narra’s 90s<br />

For quite an affluent area, the “working<br />

class” football code of rugby league<br />

punches above its weight on the<br />

Northern Beaches. Of course there are<br />

the Manly Sea Eagles at ‘The Fortress’,<br />

Brookvale Oval, where thousands stream<br />

into in their maroon-and-white during<br />

Winter weekends. But seven kilometres<br />

up the <strong>Pittwater</strong> Road are the Narrabeen<br />

Sharks, who have now been overachieving<br />

for 90 years. Incredibly, more than 150<br />

competitions wins have been chalked up in<br />

those nine decades.<br />

To celebrate their 90th anniversary,<br />

the club commissioned a book on their<br />

history, which life member Phil Hunter<br />

pulled together with the help of a few<br />

footy friends. And as he explained to<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>, there are working class roots<br />

at Narrabeen that gave rise to league’s<br />

popularity on the Peninsula.<br />

“A lot of people who moved to Narrabeen<br />

came from Newton and Balmain, and<br />

they were often Wharfies or Tradesmen,”<br />

explains Phil. “It’s still pretty tough now<br />

and a no-nonsense sort of place.”<br />

That toughness has often extended<br />

to the surfing culture of Narrabeen too,<br />

with the skull and crossbones badge<br />

of the North Narrabeen Boardriders an<br />

intimidating icon. And as Phil explains,<br />

there are strong links between the surf<br />

and footy clubs.<br />

“There’s always been a crossover with<br />

the North Narrabeen Boardriders. Heaps of<br />

them were playing football for the Sharks<br />

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efore they started surfing.<br />

“Michael Novakov won four kneeboard<br />

world titles in the 1980s, and he played<br />

footy for the Sharks as an 8-year-old. Heaps<br />

of our players have gone on to do great<br />

things in the surfing world.”<br />

But it all started in a barber shop at<br />

the Tramshed terminus back in the early<br />

1930s. As early as 1925, three or four local<br />

Narrabeen men had been representing<br />

Manly United in the newly formed junior<br />

league. But in 1932 a group of men<br />

gathered in Jack McLean’s shop, keen to<br />

start a team. Within two years they had<br />

gone on to win their first comp, as Phil<br />

explains.<br />

“We won the B Grade in 1934 and in<br />

those early years we only had two teams –<br />

in the A and B Grades. Then in the 1940s<br />

things stopped for a while because of<br />

World War II, but after the war it really<br />

kicked on with D and E grades and the 15-<br />

and 16-year-olds started to come through.”<br />

Today the Sharks have 28 teams –<br />

including four girls’ teams. Last season<br />

six of those teams made their Grand Final,<br />

with four of them being crowned premiers<br />

– including the A Grade side for a record<br />

14th time.<br />

“We’ve always been competitive,” says<br />

Phil. “We’ve won a comp in every one of our<br />

nine decades. And there have been some<br />

great players over the years. Johnny Bliss<br />

was a champion beach sprinter and he<br />

played for Balmain and Manly-Warringah<br />

in the 1940s. In the ’70s there was Alan<br />

Thompson and Russell Gartner at the Sea<br />

Eagles. Russell’s nephew Daniel Gartner<br />

played for Manly in the ’90s.<br />

“Anthony Watmough (NSW Blues and<br />

Kangaroos representative and Sea Eagles<br />

Premiership winner) also played his junior<br />

footy with the Sharks. And then Mark<br />

Gerrard and Wycliff Palu went on to play<br />

rugby union for Australia after playing<br />

league with us.<br />

“Also Jack Elsegood, who went on to play<br />

for Manly, the Roosters, Australia and then<br />

compete in the V8 Ute Racing Series.”<br />

There have also been some great teams<br />

over the years – one of them boasting<br />

a famous league name in particular:<br />

Trbojevic.<br />

“John Trbojevic, who is the father of<br />

Tom, Jake and Ben, played in the best side<br />

we’ve ever had. The three brothers never<br />

played for us, but John played in a great A<br />

Grade side in the ’80s. The team all started<br />

out together young and came through to<br />

the A Grade side. They lost the Grand Final<br />

in 1982, and then went on to win it the<br />

following four seasons in a row from 1983<br />

to 1986.<br />

“We also had a great young kids’ side<br />

in the 1960s – the team stayed together<br />

and won the Under-10s, Under-11s and<br />

Under-12s in 1964, 1965 and 1966. Alan<br />

Thompson (Sea Eagles five-eighth from<br />

1973-84 who represented Australia and<br />

played in the first NSW State of Origin side<br />

in 1980) was in that side.”<br />

It’s perhaps not surprising then that a<br />

book was needed, but it took a few years to<br />

get off the ground.<br />

Continued on page 42<br />

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

CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE: Phil Hunter and Scott Nagle; the Club’s<br />

first A Grade Premiership in 1935; the squad that won four years in a<br />

row (1983-86); 1960s Premiers pocket; the Sharks’ first International<br />

rep John Bliss in 1947; early days 1925; Current President Shane Bullock<br />

carts it up in 2007; B Grade champs 1934; H Grade Premiers 1966.<br />

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JULY <strong>2023</strong> 41

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

Continued from page 41<br />

“Back in 2016 Scott Nagle,<br />

a publisher who had played<br />

for the Sharks, put together a<br />

history of the North Narrabeen<br />

Boardriders,” Phil explains.<br />

“I’d been the historian for the<br />

club for a number of years and<br />

had been collecting stuff, and<br />

I got in touch with him in 2019<br />

about doing a book.<br />

“We put a proposal to the<br />

club for $20,000 to produce<br />

the book and they approved it.<br />

We printed 500 copies which<br />

arrived in May and the launch<br />

was at Lake Park on 25 June<br />

before an A Grade game and<br />

Alan Thompson, Anthony<br />

Watmough and Mark Gerrard<br />

were all there for the event.<br />

“There was a lot of work<br />

involved… it was really hard<br />

getting information from the<br />

1930s and ’40s in particular. I<br />

was the driving force, but Scott<br />

and Brian Adams were a great<br />

help. We’re really happy with<br />

the book though and there’s<br />

been a lot of demand. We’ve<br />

already sold 100 copies.”<br />

A big night was held at Dee<br />

Why RSL as part of the 90th<br />

Year celebrations, with 200<br />

people attending. Included<br />

in those were some of the<br />

big characters to have graced<br />

the club alongside the more<br />

famous names. People such<br />

as Tony Balkin, who started<br />

playing as a six-year old and<br />

played every year until he was<br />

45. Now a life member, he’s<br />

also been a coach and still<br />

contributes to the club he loves.<br />

Phil says the club has plans<br />

for the future: “The committee<br />

are looking to extend the<br />

clubhouse so that we have<br />

decking out front and tiered<br />

seating,” he reveals. “And of<br />

course women’s rugby league<br />

is becoming more popular<br />

and we have many successful<br />

female teams. I think that will<br />

continue to grow.<br />

“And we’re really grateful<br />

to the continued support we<br />

get from our sponsors such as<br />

Mitre 10, Domain Residential<br />

and <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL.”<br />

We wonder if the 100 years<br />

celebration and book will be<br />

even bigger in 2032?<br />

“I’m sure it will be huge, but<br />

I don’t know if I’ve got another<br />

book in me,” laughs Phil.<br />

“Maybe just an update.”<br />

And we’re sure there will be<br />

plenty to update on.<br />

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

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

Colour your world with ACOP art<br />

The Tramshed Arts and Community Centre at Narrabeen<br />

will come alive with art and craft from 14-16<br />

<strong>July</strong>, with an exhibition and sale by the talented Artists<br />

and Craftsmen of<br />

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

The Lakeview<br />

Room behind the café<br />

will be transformed<br />

into a fabulous gallery<br />

bursting with<br />

colour – you can<br />

brighten up your Winter<br />

with watercolours,<br />

acrylics, oils, toys,<br />

clothing, homewares<br />

and more.<br />

ACOP says the<br />

exhibition will provide an opportunity to buy a beautiful<br />

and unique original piece for your home or Airbnb property<br />

or find the perfect gifts for your friends and family.<br />

Whether your taste is traditional or abstract, ACOP<br />

members are showcasing and selling items to love and<br />

treasure.<br />

ACOP artisans, who live across the Northern Beaches<br />

and <strong>Pittwater</strong>, are passionate about what they do – so<br />

spread the word to your friends and family and share that<br />

passion at their <strong>July</strong> exhibition and sale.<br />

– NW<br />

*More info about the group’s artists, craftspeople and<br />

the exhibition at acop.com.au; or call Margaret (0402<br />

846 751).<br />

Make an artistic connection<br />

Enviro Art & Design Prize<br />

Thought-provoking works by<br />

215 artists and designers<br />

have been shortlisted for the<br />

Northern Beaches Environmental<br />

Art & Design Prize.<br />

Fresh perspectives on our<br />

global climate crisis and sustainable<br />

life on earth will be on<br />

show at Manly Art Gallery & Museum,<br />

Curl Curl Creative Space<br />

and Mona Vale Creative Space<br />

Gallery from 4 – 27 August.<br />

The works cover contemporary<br />

practices, from fashion<br />

and design to ceramics and<br />

Ask anybody<br />

about a<br />

favourite possession<br />

and you are<br />

bound to get a<br />

story.<br />

“This is<br />

particularly true<br />

when that object<br />

is handmade,<br />

and already<br />

instilled with all<br />

of the makers’<br />

stories and experiences,”<br />

says<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Artists Trail member Susan<br />

Peacock from metal workshop<br />

Silver Plus Studio at Ingleside.<br />

“When you are able to meet the<br />

maker personally, see their workspace,<br />

and hear their motivations<br />

for making their art, you have<br />

begun a journey,” Susan said.<br />

“But what becomes the more<br />

overriding story for that object<br />

is the one you attach to it going<br />

forward.”<br />

Susan observes that spending a<br />

day travelling the <strong>Pittwater</strong> Artists<br />

Trail creates a story in itself, as<br />

‘trailers’ find themselves perhaps<br />

visiting an area they had not previously<br />

known.<br />

“Whether you<br />

manage to visit<br />

the whole trail,<br />

or choose to<br />

highlight your<br />

time with just a<br />

few artists is up<br />

to you.<br />

“Having met<br />

an artist, heard<br />

their story and<br />

then felt motivated<br />

to make<br />

a purchase you<br />

enter the narrative of that object<br />

and the story becomes something<br />

far richer.<br />

“You may have bought the piece to<br />

remind you of a place or a feeling;<br />

or perhaps you wish to mark a time<br />

or event in your life. Whatever it is,<br />

the relationship between the possessions<br />

we value and the narrative<br />

behind them is unmistakeable.”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

*You can start your new narrative<br />

on the <strong>Pittwater</strong> Artists Trail<br />

Saturday 22nd <strong>July</strong> and Sunday<br />

23rd, 10am – 4pm. More info<br />

and trail maps can be found at<br />

pittwaterartiststrail.com<br />

small sculpture, painting,<br />

photography, film and video,<br />

interdisciplinary collaboration,<br />

and functional and wearable<br />

design.<br />

Among those shortlisted is<br />

Perdita Phillips (WA) whose film<br />

‘Wheatbelt Anticipatory Archive<br />

II’ was developed from 500<br />

historical aerial photographs of<br />

farming properties merged and<br />

overlaid with new images.<br />

Prize winners will be announced<br />

on 3 August. – NW<br />

*More info Council website<br />

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Author Q&A<br />

Gary’s fact-finding mission<br />

one for the history books<br />

Businessman turned military historian and writer Gary Followill (pictured)<br />

reveals the chain of events that led to one of Australia’s worst wartime tragedies<br />

and the deaths of more than 2,500 Prisoners of War: the cancellation of the<br />

rescue mission ‘Operation Kingfisher’.<br />

Q: What inspired you to write<br />

‘Operation Kingfisher’?<br />

It started when I bought<br />

the book ‘Project Kingfisher’<br />

written by Athol Moffitt at<br />

a second-hand bookstore in<br />

Narrabeen. Moffitt was the<br />

Australian prosecutor in<br />

the Borneo collaborator and<br />

Japanese war crimes trials<br />

held at Labuan, Borneo in<br />

1945-1946. During the trials,<br />

Moffitt became interested in<br />

the Sandakan POWs, from the<br />

start to the ‘Death Marches’.<br />

Then in 1947, Sir Thomas<br />

Blamey made a speech at an<br />

army reunion, in which he<br />

mentioned that there had been<br />

a rescue mission planned, but<br />

the necessary aircraft were not<br />

made available. This rescue<br />

mission was called ‘Kingfisher’,<br />

which called for paratroopers<br />

to take over the Sandakan POW<br />

camp, evacuate the POWs onto<br />

landing craft, to be taken back<br />

to larger ships and then back<br />

to Australia. Blamey referred<br />

in his speech, that “higher<br />

powers” (meaning US General<br />

Douglas MacArthur) had<br />

not made the aircraft for the<br />

paratroopers available. This<br />

really caught my interest; a<br />

POW rescue mission cancelled,<br />

and all but six of the POWs<br />

died or were killed, plus all of<br />

it had been kept a secret from<br />

the Australian public. It was too<br />

much for me, I decided I had to<br />

find out the reason these POWs<br />

had suffered so much and left<br />

to die on Death Marches.<br />

Q: How did it all come<br />

together?<br />

At the time I was reading<br />

‘Project Kingfisher’, I completed<br />

my first Master of Arts<br />

in Military History at the<br />

Australian Defence Force<br />

Academy. I was wanting to<br />

continue to study, and one<br />

suggestion was to do a Master<br />

by Research, but I needed a<br />

subject to research. The subject<br />

matter was no problem – the<br />

Sandakan POW failed rescue<br />

mission – and when I spoke to<br />

Dr Peter Stanley, who would<br />

be my supervising professor,<br />

he loved the subject matter.<br />

I started by reading all the<br />

existing theories on the<br />

rescue missions, studying the<br />

reports and communications<br />

regarding this period in<br />

1944-1945. I was fortunate<br />

that I was still running my own<br />

company and doing overseas<br />

business trips, which also<br />

gave me the chance to visit<br />

various archives and libraries<br />

in the UK and USA, as well as<br />

in Australia. It was the visit to<br />

the UK archives that finally<br />

provided the “smoking gun”<br />

I had been looking for. From<br />

my study and research, I had<br />

narrowed down the fact that<br />

a rescue mission did exist,<br />

that it had been approved by<br />

General MacArthur and was<br />

fully resourced. But I needed<br />

confirmation of a last piece of<br />

evidence to put it all together,<br />

and I found it at the UK<br />

archives. After four years of<br />

search and writing, I was able<br />

to finally submit my thesis to<br />

the university. My supervising<br />

professor was quite pleased<br />

with the result, and strongly<br />

suggested I turn the thesis into<br />

a book. Working with local<br />

writer and writing teacher<br />

Zena Shapter, we took a very<br />

dry thesis and converted it into<br />

a very readable book, during<br />

the COVID lockdowns. Now<br />

BigSky Publishing has taken<br />

the book so that everyone can<br />

finally learn the real reason the<br />

mission was cancelled.<br />

Q: Any interesting early<br />

feedback from readers?<br />

The interest from people has<br />

been great, as the Sandakan<br />

Death Marches is one of<br />

Australia’s biggest military<br />

disasters. Especially, the<br />

Australian Government tried<br />

to keep information on the<br />

Death Marches hidden from<br />

the Australian public. When I<br />

describe what I found through<br />

my research, the usual answer<br />

I get is “no way!”; readers<br />

find it hard to believe what<br />

can happen in wartime and<br />

the decisions that are made.<br />

That we now look back at and<br />

wonder: “how could they do<br />

that?”.<br />

*‘Operation Kingfisher: The<br />

cancelled rescue mission<br />

that sacrificed the Sandakan<br />

POWs to the Death Marches’ is<br />

available in stores and online;<br />

RRP: $32.99. Gary will be<br />

signing copies at its launch on<br />

12 <strong>July</strong> at Berkelouw Books in<br />

Mona Vale from 6.30pm.<br />

Books<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

JULY <strong>2023</strong><br />


Hot Property<br />

Wooden it be lovely: Homes<br />

that bring you closer to nature<br />

A direct connection with nature helps us stay happy, relaxed and focussed. If you are looking for a place<br />

surrounded by lush greenery, you’ll love these three homes…<br />

Described “like a luxury nature retreat nestled<br />

within a coastal rainforest”, this ecologically<br />

designed four-bedroom-plus-study home is only<br />

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Avalon Beach. The tranquil haven, bordering the<br />

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sympathetic to its bushland environment. “A sense<br />

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aesthetic is warm and organic, with a blend of<br />

high-spec and natural materials and an array of<br />

sustainable features designed to minimise living<br />

costs. Auction <strong>July</strong> 1 with a guide of $2.2 million.<br />

Hot Property<br />

Elevated amidst “the tranquillity of the bushland in<br />

a private setting”, this dual-level three- bedroom<br />

home enjoys magical views across <strong>Pittwater</strong> from<br />

just about every vantage point. Floor-to-ceiling glass<br />

frames the panorama, while the open plan design of<br />

the renovated property at 191 Prince Alfred Parade<br />

Newport creates a connection to the outdoors. The<br />

home is on an easy-care block embracing native<br />

flora and a natural landscape which is “…perfect for<br />

a low-maintenance lifestyle… you can just spend<br />

the day exploring your own garden”, says Cherie<br />

Sevenoaks from LJ Hooker Newport. Auction <strong>July</strong> 4<br />

with a guide of $2.1 million.<br />

Immersed in native bushland at Coasters Retreat<br />

lies a privately perched three-bedroom hillside<br />

residence. Boasting soaring ceilings and windows, as<br />

well as open plan living, entertainment decks extend<br />

the flow of the home to include a vista of <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

glimpses and the canopy of natural landscaping.<br />

Positioned between the wharfs of Bonnie Doon<br />

and Bennetts, a gentle nature walk takes you to the<br />

entrance of 29 Coasters Retreat where “the quietly<br />

commanding structure stops you in its tracks and<br />

immediately a sense of calm prevails”, says Noel<br />

Nicholson of Ray White Prestige Palm Beach. For<br />

sale with a guide of $1.5 million. – Lisa Offord<br />

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Architecture with<br />

beauty, delight and joy<br />

Three Northern Beachesbased<br />

entries in the <strong>2023</strong><br />

New South Wales Architecture<br />

Awards have brought home<br />

top honours.<br />

More than 130 entries were<br />

shortlisted across categories<br />

of public architecture,<br />

residential architecture,<br />

sustainability and others.<br />

This year’s Beaches-based<br />

award-winning projects<br />

included Little Manly House by<br />

CHROFI for best new home.<br />

The controversial Mona<br />

Vale Beach Amenities and<br />

<strong>Life</strong>guard Facility by Warren<br />

and Mahoney was recognised<br />

with the Small Project<br />

Architecture Award.<br />

The jury described the<br />

project as “a robust yet poetic<br />

example of small-scale public<br />

architecture”.<br />

“It provides essential<br />

services whilst creating a<br />

positive social place and<br />

integrates beautifully into its<br />

natural surroundings.<br />

“Its siting within the<br />

landscape is exceptional,<br />

providing both visitors and<br />

lifeguards with important<br />

views of the beach and ocean<br />

pool.”<br />

Peter Stutchbury<br />

Architecture’s Dimensions<br />

X/Farm Stay was also<br />

awarded for Small Project<br />

Architecture, with the jury<br />

noting the project showcased<br />

the possibilities of prefab<br />

architecture in creating<br />

“sustainable, elegant buildings<br />

with its own compelling<br />

architectural language”.<br />

“Farm Stay was a<br />

prime example of an<br />

interdisciplinary, sustainable,<br />

and socially progressive<br />

approach to prefabrication<br />

construction which<br />

nevertheless achieves high<br />

architectural quality.<br />

“The plug-and-play<br />

approach… allows for<br />

a flexible integration of<br />

the structure’s piles into<br />

the natural landscape,<br />

minimising its impact on the<br />

groundscape.<br />

“While ‘Farm Stay’ excels<br />

in a rural context, it remains<br />

unclear how it might be<br />

deployed in a tight urban or<br />

suburban context.<br />

“Nevertheless, the project’s<br />

success in rethinking and<br />

optimising the supply chain<br />

demonstrates the potential<br />

for sustainable, cost-effective<br />

prefabricated structures more<br />

broadly”.<br />

Major awards included<br />

ARM Architecture’s Sydney<br />

Opera House renewal, which<br />

reimagined the interior spaces<br />

of the concert hall, took the<br />

New South Wales Architecture<br />

Medallion for its “symphony of<br />

design, innovation and acoustic<br />

excellence,” the jury said.<br />

The Sulman Medal for Public<br />

Architecture went to SANAA<br />

with Architectus for their<br />

addition to the Art Gallery of<br />

NSW.<br />

In residential architecture,<br />

SAHA’s renovation of Lane<br />

Cove House won the Hugh<br />

and Eva Buhrich Award for its<br />

support of multigenerational<br />

living – and the Milo Dunphy<br />

Award for its sustainability.<br />

All winners progress to<br />

the National Architecture<br />

Awards program, which will be<br />

announced in October . – LO<br />

Hot Property<br />

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JULY <strong>2023</strong> 47

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

I<br />

mentioned to someone the<br />

other day that I had recently<br />

completed a Transcendental<br />

Meditation course – a Vedic<br />

Meditation course, to be<br />

precise.<br />

“Not that hippy dippy stuff,”<br />

she replied. “You’ll have a<br />

Guru next.”<br />

“Well, yes, I have,” I replied.<br />

And she rolled her eyes.<br />

At which point I might have<br />

told her where to go, but of<br />

course I’m far too zen for that<br />

now…<br />

Joking aside, practising<br />

meditation with my mantra<br />

has brought me a level of<br />

calmness in only a few weeks,<br />

that I’ve been genuinely<br />

surprised at. I have a busy<br />

mind and have tried all kinds<br />

of things in my time to gain<br />

some respite. Including what I<br />

thought was meditation.<br />

Being taught properly<br />

to meditate though – 20<br />

New calm across <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

minutes in the morning and<br />

20 minutes in the evening<br />

of closing my eyes, sitting<br />

quietly and repeating a<br />

silent mantra – has been a<br />

revelation.<br />

There’s slightly more to<br />

it than that, but I’m sworn<br />

to secrecy by my Guru – my<br />

teacher.<br />

That might all sound<br />

whacky, but there is genuinely<br />

an agreement with your<br />

teacher when you learn<br />

transcendental meditation<br />

that you will keep your mantra<br />

and the process to yourself.<br />

And maybe it’s that sort of<br />

mystery that makes people<br />

wary. Throw in The Beatles in<br />

their LSD phase, Flower Power<br />

and Gurus sitting cross-legged<br />

– their thumb and forefingers<br />

joined in a flamboyant circle<br />

– repeating ‘ohm’ as they<br />

attempt to levitate, and you<br />

have a sceptic’s dream.<br />

In fact, Guru literally<br />

translates as “dispeller of<br />

darkness”, from ‘gu’ meaning<br />

darkness and ‘ru’ meaning<br />

“that which dispels”. And<br />

certainly it has brought a<br />

lightness to my life.<br />

Talking to my therapist<br />

(another of my coping<br />

mechanisms), she was<br />

massively enthusiastic, citing<br />

the scientific studies that have<br />

proved its benefits. Those<br />

being reducing stress and<br />

anxiety; relieving depression,<br />

improved clarity and decision<br />

making; better memory and<br />

ability to concentrate; more<br />

EXPERIENCE: Meditation teacher<br />

Angela Lyos Braun in India with her<br />

guru/teacher Thom Knoles.<br />

energy and productivity;<br />

helping with sleep; and<br />

increasing optimism.<br />

No wonder then that<br />

my teacher, Angela Lyos<br />

Braun, says: “Meditation is<br />

the greatest gift I ever gave<br />

myself. It has enriched my life<br />

in so many ways.”<br />

She continues: “I had a busy<br />

corporate life of deadlines<br />

and pressure and constant<br />

burnout before learning this<br />

practice.<br />

“After experiencing firsthand<br />

the profound results –<br />

more energy, less stress, better<br />

sleep, better ability to adapt<br />

to demands, more fulfilment<br />

and joy in life, I felt a calling to<br />

teach this to others.”<br />

Angela completed her<br />

teacher training in Vedic<br />

Meditation in India, taught by<br />

Thom Knoles, a master who is<br />

in the long lineage of teachers<br />

from those days in the ’60s<br />

when The Beatles learnt to<br />

meditate in India.<br />

The course is completed<br />

over four consecutive days,<br />

doing 90-minute sessions<br />

with Angela. After a small<br />

ceremony she takes you<br />

through the history and<br />

background, so that you have<br />

a thorough understanding of<br />

‘why’ as well as ‘how’.<br />

Her calmness, enthusiasm<br />

and clarity is infectious and<br />

gives you real incentive to<br />

stick with the program.<br />

After the course is complete<br />

Angela continues to check<br />

in with you and offer advice<br />

when needed. She can also<br />

pass on details for further<br />

learning, or group meditation<br />

opportunities.<br />

It takes six weeks for full<br />

benefits to start to accrue,<br />

which includes a gradual<br />

rewiring of your brain, but<br />

as Angela says, “benefits<br />

are immediate as well as<br />

cumulative”.<br />

If you’ve never thought you<br />

had the ability to mediate,<br />

give it a go with Angela, or<br />

one of the other practitioners<br />

in <strong>Pittwater</strong>. It’s already had a<br />

profound effect on me and I<br />

can’t recommend it enough.<br />

But then, I’m no guru…<br />

– Rob Pegley<br />

48 JULY <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Studio Pilates a reformer hit<br />

The popularity of reformer Pilates, where<br />

TONED: Correct<br />

the low-impact mind-body discipline<br />

reformer<br />

is performed on a bed-like frame with<br />

springs, a sliding carriage, ropes and pulleys,<br />

might have you believing it’s only for<br />

technique is<br />

a focus at<br />

Studio Pilates<br />

Avalon Beach.<br />

the fit and fabulous.<br />

But don’t be fooled by what you may<br />

see on your screen – the real beauty of<br />

reformer Pilates is it is designed for everybody,<br />

whatever shape you may be in.<br />

The reformer machine was created by<br />

Pilates founder Joseph Pilates more than a<br />

century ago when he was inspired to add a<br />

level of resistance to low-impact exercises<br />

and also to help support those who needed<br />

help during exercise.<br />

Studio Pilates Avalon Beach has 16 reformers<br />

and welcomes clients of all abilities<br />

from beginners to advanced, delivering a<br />

full-body workout, with a strong focus on<br />

safety and correct technique, said owner<br />

and instructor Pamela Maine.<br />

Pamela said the new luxe space, with<br />

polished hardwood floors and bespoke<br />

lighting, has been designed to help “switch<br />

your mind off from outside distraction so<br />

you can focus on you”.<br />

“Reformer Pilates is a brilliant, energising<br />

way to develop a strong core and build stabilising<br />

muscles, to help improve strength,<br />

The reformer can either assist or challenge<br />

you during your workout.<br />

“Our 40-minute instructor-led reformer<br />

Pilates classes are designed by physiotherapists<br />

and are low-impact but high-intensity,”<br />

she added.<br />

“Our safe and effective reformer Pilates<br />

will have you feeling more toned, flexible<br />

Whether you’re an early bird, night owl<br />

or you’re partial to a lunchtime workout,<br />

Studio Pilates Avalon Beach runs classes<br />

mornings, afternoons and nights with a<br />

variety of class packs to choose from with<br />

no memberships or locked-in contracts.<br />

Get started with six classes for $60 (new<br />

clients only); call 0478 827 080 or email<br />

stamina and flexibility,” Pamela said. and stronger.”<br />

avalonbeach@studiopilates.com. – LO<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

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JULY <strong>2023</strong> 49

Health & Wellbeing<br />

with Bec Johnson, M.Pharm<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Preparation for travel and<br />

tips to stay fit on the road<br />

Long-distance travel can<br />

pose health risks, so it is<br />

important to be prepared<br />

before you embark on your<br />

journey. Here are a few general<br />

recommendations to consider:<br />

Before you travel<br />

n Ensure you visit your doctor<br />

at least 6-8 weeks before travelling.<br />

By visiting your doctor,<br />

you can ensure you will have<br />

adequate medication supply to<br />

last you for while you are away.<br />

n If you are planning on taking<br />

medication overseas, contact<br />

the embassy of the country<br />

you are visiting and ensure the<br />

medications you need are legal<br />

there.<br />

n It is best to keep all medications<br />

in their original packaging,<br />

so they are clearly labelled<br />

with your name and dose, and<br />

to carry a letter from your<br />

doctor listing your medications<br />

and dosages.<br />

n Ensure all your immunisations<br />

are up to date well in<br />

advance of your travelling,<br />

so any booster doses can be<br />

administered and immunity<br />

gained before you travel.<br />

Pharmacists can now offer a<br />

range of travel vaccinations<br />

for administration in store at<br />

a private cost – contact your<br />

regular pharmacist for further<br />

information as not all pharmacists<br />

are trained to administer<br />

vaccines.<br />

n If you are travelling to a<br />

malarial zone, it is important<br />

to discuss prophylactic treatments<br />

with your doctor before<br />

you leave.<br />

n Having a dental checkup<br />

before going away can help<br />

prevent any dental emergencies<br />

while you are abroad,<br />

where it may be more difficult<br />

to manage.<br />

It is generally important to<br />

maintain regular appointments<br />

with your dentist at least every<br />

6 months.<br />

n It is a good idea to prepare<br />

a first aid kit to take away with<br />

you. This can include products<br />

to help manage wounds, allergies,<br />

pain, motion sickness, cold<br />

and flu, travellers’ diarrhoea,<br />

sunburn, and insect bites.<br />

Preventing DVT<br />

A DVT (deep vein thrombosis)<br />

is a blood clot which forms in<br />

a deep vein of the leg. If this<br />

moves in the bloodstream to<br />

other areas of the body, it can<br />

cause serious problems. Sitting<br />

or lying still for long periods<br />

of time can increase the risk of<br />

DVT, and there are several factors<br />

which can place individuals<br />

at higher risk. Symptoms<br />

of DVT generally include leg<br />

pain or tenderness, redness or<br />

warmth of the skin, or swelling<br />

of the lower limbs.<br />

Wearing comfortable loose<br />

clothing while in transit, especially<br />

from the waist down, and<br />

moving the legs and feet for a<br />

few minutes every half an hour<br />

can help reduce the chances of<br />

developing DVT.<br />

Some patients at higher risk<br />

may require compression stockings<br />

to aid blood flow up from<br />

the legs, or medications to thin<br />

the blood. Drinking plenty of<br />

water, and avoiding dehydrating<br />

drinks such as alcohol or<br />

caffeine can also reduce this<br />

risk. Speak with your doctor or<br />

pharmacist for more information<br />

about preventing DVT.<br />

On returning<br />

If any fever- or flu-like symptoms,<br />

recurrent diarrhoea,<br />

skin problems, or any unusual<br />

symptoms are present soon<br />

after returning from travelling,<br />

discuss this with your GP to<br />

ensure any conditions are well<br />

managed.<br />

If you were taking a course<br />

of antimalarials while abroad, it<br />

is important to finish the entire<br />

course as prescribed, even if<br />

this continues after you have<br />

returned home.<br />

Please do not hesitate to<br />

reach out to your local pharmacist<br />

for any advice before you<br />

travel abroad.<br />

Bon voyage!<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 />

50 JULY <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Your guide to Dry <strong>July</strong><br />

Thousands will be giving up alcohol for the month of <strong>July</strong>,<br />

raising funds for people affected by cancer and in the process<br />

improving their health.<br />

Abstaining from alcohol for a month can improve mood,<br />

sleep, skin, assist with weight management and increase<br />

energy levels.<br />

If you’re going alcohol-free, check out these tips from Cancer<br />

Council NSW.<br />

Home ban. Don’t have alcohol in the home. Ask your friends<br />

or family to store/keep your alcohol for you.<br />

Non-alcohol drinks. There are plenty of non-alcoholic alternatives<br />

to embrace such as mocktails, beers and wines and<br />

you can also enjoy sparkling water, frappes made with ice and<br />

blended frozen fruit and herbal tea.<br />

Change socialising. If you typically catch up with friends<br />

over drinks, swap the pub or the bar for something different,<br />

such as a coffee catch-up at the local café, or meet up with a<br />

mate for a walk and talk.<br />

Prepare. There will be situations where alcohol is on offer. It<br />

can help to steer clear of events where lots of people are drinking<br />

but when the time comes decide beforehand what you’ll<br />

do on a night out. You might choose to stick to non-alcoholic<br />

options or simply say no to drinks.<br />

Get support. Ask friends to support you in your month of<br />

sobriety. It’s a lot easier to get through the month when you<br />

have a network of people who can encourage you when things<br />

get tough.<br />

Change habits. Since it’s winter, you’ll be spending more time<br />

at home. If you typically relax with alcohol, try other activities<br />

such as playing board games, or go to bed earlier. - LO<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

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JULY <strong>2023</strong> 51

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

End-of-life volunteer heroes<br />

Leanne Broadhead,<br />

with its Northern Beaches<br />

“I certainly didn’t know that<br />

Volunteer Manager Health, Community Palliative Care<br />

I might be good at or enjoy<br />

HammondCare is a passionate<br />

advocate for community<br />

palliative care and for the<br />

volunteers she works with.<br />

“The volunteers are<br />

amazing – all these people<br />

that are just here to give,”<br />

Leanne says.<br />

But she stresses and<br />

explains that palliative care<br />

encompasses more than the<br />

patient.<br />

“We care for the family<br />

Service located on the Mona<br />

Vale Hospital campus.<br />

A range of services are<br />

provided through the<br />

volunteer program.<br />

The ‘<strong>Life</strong> Stories’ service<br />

matches patients with<br />

volunteers who share<br />

common interests or<br />

connections, to talk about<br />

their lives and create a lasting<br />

record for families.<br />

“It’s really important to<br />

doing what I’m doing, but<br />

since doing various roles I’ve<br />

realised that I can draw on<br />

those experiences,” he said.<br />

“Empathy certainly comes<br />

into it.”<br />

Michael says<br />

HammondCare volunteer<br />

training has set him up with<br />

extra skills, with being a<br />

good listener essential for his<br />

social visits.<br />

He might bring coffees and<br />

unit. We care for the carer, understand that life stories LIFE STORIES: HammondCare just chat for a couple of hours<br />

match volunteers with patients<br />

not just the patient. It’s can be anything. It’s for their based on shared interests.<br />

on a social visit – sometimes<br />

about improving the quality family, it’s for their loved<br />

he is just the “passenger”,<br />

of life for someone with a ones, it’s what important to has volunteered since 2020. not the “driver” of the<br />

life-limiting illness. It’s about them, it’s their life, it’s their He has “held the fort” as a conversations.<br />

getting specialist care that story,” Leanne says.<br />

concierge at HammondCare Or he might provide<br />

will mean you have the best Other services include Wahroonga during the<br />

support and relief to a family<br />

care possible and the highest respite visits to provide difficult pandemic days, by playing Scrabble with<br />

quality of life possible, for as<br />

long as possible.”<br />

HammondCare is an<br />

independent Christian charity<br />

support to carers and the<br />

‘Dreams Project’ which<br />

deliver something meaningful<br />

and therapeutic for a patient<br />

– an example is arranging<br />

bespoke printing of a<br />

patient’s memoir.<br />

“We really get to help<br />

people at a time in life when<br />

they need help. Our team is<br />

amazing at taking care of their<br />

holistic needs, their medical<br />

needs and then we come in as<br />

volunteers and give them this<br />

extra support that they don’t<br />

expect,” she says.<br />

Leanne coordinates 37<br />

volunteers on the Northern<br />

Beaches and manages around<br />

150 across Sydney. She’s<br />

always keen to hear from<br />

potential new volunteers.<br />

Michael Olthof of Collaroy<br />

participated in bereavement<br />

walking groups, provided<br />

transport services and<br />

socialised with patients by<br />

visiting them at home.<br />

The walking groups run<br />

fortnightly and provide<br />

support to people who<br />

have recently lost a partner<br />

or family member. The<br />

walks around Long Reef or<br />

Narrabeen Lake bring people<br />

together, to share stories of<br />

similar experiences.<br />

“It gives people an<br />

opportunity to talk about who<br />

they’ve lost and how they’re<br />

doing,” Michael explains.<br />

When he started<br />

volunteering, Michael was<br />

unsure of how he would<br />

go, even with some family<br />

experience of grief.<br />

a patient for a few hours.<br />

Although English isn’t the<br />

first language of a particular<br />

patient he visits, Michael<br />

says: “Man oh man he can<br />

come up with some words in<br />

Scrabble!<br />

“The thing that I’ve come<br />

to realise, palliative care is<br />

actually there to make your<br />

life better.<br />

“I can see that my role is to<br />

be invited into their life and<br />

to try to make their life a little<br />

bit better.<br />

“It’s a two-way thing. It’s<br />

nice to do something good<br />

for someone and to know that<br />

it’s doing good, but it’s good<br />

for your own soul as well,” he<br />

says. – Greg McHugh<br />

*More info or to volunteer<br />

visit hammondcare.com.au<br />

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Hair & Beauty<br />

with Sue Carroll<br />

Enzymes a natural way to<br />

exfoliate dried Winter skin<br />

All skin types can benefit<br />

from enzyme exfoliation<br />

during the cooler months<br />

of Winter, when hot showers<br />

and heaters create superficial<br />

dryness. Enzymes are a<br />

naturally occurring solution for<br />

this challenge by digesting and<br />

dissolving dead, dry skin cells,<br />

revealing healthy, radiant skin.<br />

Enzymes are primarily<br />

proteins that are necessary for<br />

life. In the body and cells their<br />

role ranges from digestion to<br />

increasing metabolism. They<br />

speed up the rate of most<br />

chemical reactions that take<br />

place in the cells, serving as<br />

a catalyst for most cellular<br />

functions.<br />

When applied topically,<br />

enzymes are proteolytic,<br />

meaning they digest the cells<br />

of the stratum corneum – the<br />

first layer of the skin. Enzymes<br />

break down the old cells that<br />

congest the pores and will<br />

then prevent the penetration of<br />

topical serums, which in turn<br />

hinders overall skin functioning.<br />

Removing the dead skin cells,<br />

allows the skin to regenerate<br />

more quickly, assisting with skin<br />

concerns such as premature<br />

aging and acne. Other benefits<br />

when using enzymes include<br />

their ability to increase skin<br />

elasticity and hydration by<br />

maintaining natural moisture<br />

levels in the skin. Enzymes<br />

speed up cellular functioning<br />

and fight against oxidation and<br />

free radical damage, protecting<br />

skin from environmental<br />

damage.<br />

In the treatment room<br />

enzymes and acids can be<br />

used separately or mixed<br />

together, each providing their<br />

own powerful result. Enzymes<br />

in general are less exfoliating<br />

than acids like glycolic, salicylic,<br />

mandelic or lactic. Therefore,<br />

they are more appropriate<br />

for sensitive, medically<br />

compromised, reactive or thin<br />

skin. Introducing enzymes in<br />

skin treatments when you are<br />

pregnant, or breastfeeding<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

is particularly useful to still<br />

allow an effective method of<br />

exfoliation.<br />

Enzymes<br />

1. Mostly sourced from<br />

vegetables and fruit such as<br />

pumpkin, (the most exfoliating<br />

enzyme) pineapple (bromelain<br />

enzyme), papaya (papain<br />

enzyme) and apples.<br />

2. A gentle exfoliation method<br />

but this can be dependent on<br />

the pH.<br />

3. Exfoliates the stratum<br />

corneum.<br />

4. Less likely to cause irritation<br />

to the skin.<br />

5. Function at a wider pH range.<br />

6. Digest dead skin cells.<br />

7. Come in the form of either a<br />

gommage, gel, cream, liquid or<br />

powder.<br />

Acids<br />

1. Mostly sourced from milk,<br />

sugar and plant-based products.<br />

2. Deeper exfoliation method<br />

with progressive, mid-depth and<br />

deep peeling levels.<br />

3. Can be an aggressive method<br />

of exfoliation.<br />

4. Are both pH and % dependent<br />

on the level of exfoliation.<br />

5. Dissolve dead skin cells.<br />

Enzymes can be more<br />

efficiently utilised in the<br />

treatment room when:<br />

1. The cleanser being used<br />

is chosen wisely. A creamy<br />

cleanser will limit the exfoliation<br />

intensity compared to a foamy<br />

or gel-based cleanser.<br />

2. A pre-peel solution will strip<br />

the skin of lipids and therefore<br />

facilitate a more aggressive<br />

exfoliation.<br />

3. The use of heat and moisture<br />

with a steamer or hot towel will<br />

amplify the enzyme activity.<br />

Enzymes can be added to<br />

many treatments in the clinic<br />

room to increase their efficacy.<br />

They can be blended with<br />

antioxidants, pure vitamins<br />

and hyaluronic acid which will<br />

increase the support, hydration<br />

and vital nutrients of the skin.<br />

Some modalities which will<br />

benefit from the addition of<br />

enzymes are:<br />

n Microdermabrasion results<br />

using suction and super fine<br />

crystals to exfoliate the skin<br />

can be amplified when using<br />

enzyme exfoliation prior to the<br />

treatment.<br />

n JetPeel treatments utilise a<br />

medical-grade saline solution<br />

instead of microcrystals from<br />

the microdermabrasion.<br />

n Ultrasonic skin exfoliating<br />

utilises sound waves and<br />

vibrations that penetrate the<br />

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

with Brian Hrnjak<br />

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

The PwC scandal: one rule<br />

for them... another for you<br />

This month, a layman’s<br />

tour through the PwC<br />

scandal and as we go,<br />

we can’t help but reflect on<br />

some elements of the culture<br />

underlying the way business<br />

is done between government<br />

and the big end of town.<br />

You would have to have<br />

been living under a rock<br />

to not have heard, read or<br />

seen reports concerning the<br />

behaviour of the country’s<br />

– in fact one of the world’s –<br />

largest accounting firms, PwC.<br />

The Australian Financial<br />

Review (AFR) on June 19<br />

neatly summarised the key<br />

stages of the scandal, and I<br />

want to borrow parts from<br />

their graphic to explain the<br />

sequence of events:<br />

1. In early May this year, the<br />

AFR reported on internal<br />

emails that showed PwC tax<br />

partner Peter Collins to have<br />

leaked secret government<br />

tax information between<br />

2014 and 2017 to other<br />

partners and staff at the<br />

firm – PwC then used this<br />

information to advise global<br />

clients how to dodge tax.<br />

2. Peter Collins obtained access<br />

to this information through<br />

his membership of a<br />

Treasury advisory group set<br />

up in late 2013 to develop<br />

new laws to stop multinational<br />

companies avoiding<br />

tax through loopholes – he<br />

signed three confidentiality<br />

agreements between 2013<br />

and 2018.<br />

3. Between 2014 and 2017<br />

Collins shared confidential<br />

information about the<br />

government’s plans to<br />

introduce a multi-national<br />

anti-avoidance law with<br />

PwC partners and staff<br />

not involved in the<br />

project. He is alleged to<br />

have disclosed what the<br />

law would contain and<br />

when it would start.<br />

4. PwC formed a plan<br />

called Project North<br />

America to target<br />

firms such as<br />

Google, Apple<br />

and Microsoft<br />

to sell them<br />

and others<br />

schemes to<br />

evade these<br />

laws. PwC is<br />

said to have<br />

made $2.5<br />

million from<br />

advising 14<br />

clients.<br />

5. In January<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, the AFR<br />

reported that<br />

Collins had been<br />

deregistered by the<br />

Tax Practitioners<br />

Board (TPB) for sharing<br />

confidential information,<br />

redacted emails showing<br />

that multiple partners were<br />

copied into the information<br />

was released by the TPB,<br />

according to The Sydney<br />

Morning Herald on May 31:<br />

’50-plus partners and staff<br />

were implicated’.<br />

6. The matter has been<br />

referred to the AFP which<br />

opened an investigation into<br />

the leaks. The former CEO<br />

of PwC is leaving the firm<br />

early, nine partners are on<br />

leave and others are stood<br />

down. The Commonwealth<br />

has effectively barred PwC<br />

from further work as have<br />

major super funds and state<br />

governments.<br />

In a nutshell, the PwC brand<br />

is currently toxic, which is<br />

quite possibly an existential<br />

problem for a firm that sells<br />

professional services based<br />

on trust and reputation.<br />

But the problem is not<br />

necessarily a new one<br />

according to Crikey’s political<br />

editor Bernard Keane who<br />

wrote back in 2019: ‘In<br />

last week’s corporate tax<br />

transparency data from<br />

the Australian Tax Office,<br />

you won’t find any data on<br />

four of the country’s biggest<br />

political donors and most<br />

influential policy advisers.<br />

In recent years, the big four<br />

consulting firms – PWC, KPMG,<br />

EY and Deloitte – have quietly<br />

secured a key position in the<br />

soft corruption of Australia’s<br />

federal political system,<br />

exploiting the Coalition’s<br />

agenda of outsourcing of<br />

policy advice to secure billions<br />

of dollars in consultancy<br />

work while buying access<br />

and influence with millions<br />

in political donations and the<br />

hiring of former politicians<br />

and staffers.’<br />

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I can recall it as an issue<br />

back in the 1990s when<br />

we called this effect the<br />

‘corruption of coziness’ and<br />

to be fair the problem is not<br />

restricted to the right-hand<br />

side of politics; there would<br />

be quite a few Labor exstaffers<br />

and members also<br />

occupying roles among the<br />

big four group as well.<br />

But call it infiltration, cross<br />

pollination or whatever you<br />

like, it also works in reverse.<br />

The Tax Commissioner,<br />

Chris Jordan, is himself an<br />

alumnus of KPMG just as<br />

many bureaucrats in senior<br />

positions dotted throughout<br />

government would be drawn<br />

from ranks of the big four<br />

consulting firms.<br />

The AFR on June 2 referred<br />

to the TPB as being ‘tiny’ in<br />

the sense of under gunned<br />

and asked: ‘Just how the<br />

tiny Tax Practitioners Board,<br />

which polices Australia’s<br />

65,000 tax agents with a staff<br />

of 150, achieved what the ATO<br />

couldn’t and brought the PwC<br />

affair into the light is a saga<br />

full of unexpected turns.’<br />

The AFR reported on June<br />

7 that the TPB endured a<br />

meeting with a very angry<br />

tax commissioner, concerned<br />

that their investigation may<br />

damage confidential ATO<br />

settlements: ‘An infuriated<br />

Mr Jordan and Mr Hirschhorn<br />

attended a TPB board meeting<br />

to argue forcefully that its<br />

investigators had broken the<br />

law in accessing these files.<br />

When it became clear that<br />

this was, in fact, legal under<br />

the law, they complained that<br />

the TPB should have notified<br />

the ATO about what it was<br />

doing; that the investigators<br />

did not need the confidential<br />

settlements; and that the<br />

notices to produce might<br />

disrupt ongoing audits… TPB<br />

members were shaken by the<br />

meeting, which triggered a<br />

rift within the board, some<br />

of those present said. The<br />

Tax Office argued that the<br />

TPB should confine itself to<br />

small accounting firms and<br />

sole practitioners rather than<br />

big four firms, a position<br />

supported by some board<br />

members.’<br />

To stay with our theme,<br />

let’s check the pedigree of<br />

the people referred to in the<br />

above paragraph: I mentioned<br />

ATO Commissioner Chris<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

Jordan earlier as being ex-<br />

KPMG, Second Commissioner<br />

Jeremy Hirschhorn is ex-<br />

KPMG (and according to The<br />

Australian on June 21, his wife<br />

is ex-KPMG and a tax barrister<br />

regularly providing services<br />

to the ATO, all appropriately<br />

disclosed and managed), the<br />

chair of the TPB is a former<br />

KPMG tax partner and two of<br />

six board members of the TPB<br />

are ex-PwC.<br />

The statement in the<br />

paragraph attributed to the<br />

Tax Office that ‘The TPB<br />

should confine itself to small<br />

accounting firms and sole<br />

practitioners rather than big<br />

four firms...’ is one of those<br />

rare glimpses we get into<br />

the thinking and mindset of<br />

senior bureaucrats who are<br />

inculcated with the mindset<br />

that you don’t get sacked for<br />

recommending IBM and that<br />

there is one rule for them and<br />

another rule for the rest of us.<br />

Whether PwC ultimately<br />

survive this crisis will be a<br />

test of their wills and wallets<br />

against everyone lined up<br />

against them – the media,<br />

state and federal governments,<br />

their own staff, angry clients,<br />

competitors. Whether a<br />

transgression made in a little<br />

place called Canberra could<br />

have a global impact, possibly<br />

to the level that Enron had on<br />

Arthur Anderson, remains to<br />

be seen.<br />

If they do survive, I’m sure<br />

that many in the business<br />

community will be left<br />

wondering for a long time<br />

how smart these guys really<br />

are that mispriced the risk of<br />

losing hundreds of millions<br />

of dollars in annual ongoing<br />

revenue for an outcome that<br />

returned them $2.5 million in<br />

fees over four years?<br />

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

a Director of GHR Accounting<br />

Group Pty Ltd, Certified Practising<br />

Accountants. Office: Suite 12,<br />

Ground Floor, 20 Bungan Street<br />

Mona Vale NSW.<br />

Phone: 02 9979-4300.<br />

Web: ghr.com.au and altre.com.au<br />

Email: brian@ghr.com.au<br />

These comments are general<br />

advice only and are not intended as<br />

a substitute for professional advice.<br />

This article is not an offer or<br />

recommendation of any securities<br />

or other financial products offered<br />

by any company or person.<br />

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Business <strong>Life</strong>

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

with Jennifer Harris<br />

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

Insurance contracts: ‘Acts of<br />

God’ and estimation of risk<br />

It is a sad and cruel<br />

occurrence to the hopes<br />

and dreams of those who<br />

suffer as a consequence<br />

of fires and floods, in this<br />

country, and in nations<br />

around Southern Asia<br />

who have been victims of<br />

tsunamis. This was and is<br />

incomprehensible.<br />

In discussions about these<br />

events some religious leaders<br />

have commented on such<br />

matters as an ‘Act of God’,<br />

or vis major. While this may<br />

be the subject of theological<br />

debate it is also a matter for<br />

insurance lawyers.<br />

An ‘Act of God’ is a<br />

concept of an event<br />

happening independently<br />

of human volition, which<br />

foresight and care could not<br />

reasonably anticipate, or<br />

at least could not prevent<br />

or avoid. An earthquake<br />

and its consequences or<br />

an extraordinary storm are<br />

examples of the concept.<br />

An insurer usually<br />

specifically excludes such<br />

occurrences from the risk that<br />

it carries.<br />

Insurance is expressed by<br />

a contract where one party<br />

undertakes in return for<br />

payment of a premium to pay<br />

the insured a sum of money in<br />

the event of the happening of<br />

a or one of various uncertain<br />

events.<br />

Insurance was originally<br />

developed as a means of<br />

spreading the risk among<br />

maritime traders and was<br />

known in ancient Greece.<br />

It further evolved in the<br />

commercial cities of Italy<br />

in the 14th century and in<br />

England in the Admiralty<br />

Courts in the 16th century.<br />

Contracts for fire insurance<br />

were developed after the Great<br />

Fire of London and Lloyds<br />

of London later reorganised<br />

a group of underwriters<br />

accepting marine risk.<br />

In 1752, Benjamin Franklin<br />

organised a group of<br />

American underwriters.<br />

Since that time the market<br />

for insurance has greatly<br />

developed and most readers<br />

would be familiar with vehicle,<br />

home and contents insurance<br />

and many will have life and<br />

income protection insurance.<br />

The main classes of<br />

insurance are life and other<br />

personal insurance in which<br />

a sum becomes payable on<br />

death, injury or illness and<br />

liability insurance when the<br />

sum becomes payable when<br />

legal liability is incurred<br />

for personal injuries or<br />

professional negligence to<br />

another. Particular policies<br />

may insure against specialised<br />

forms of life insurance; for<br />

example, some barristers<br />

insure against loss of their<br />

voice or a concert pianist<br />

against damage to their hands.<br />

To be eligible for insurance<br />

the assured must have an<br />

insurable interest; that is he<br />

owns the house he wishes<br />

to insure and should it have<br />

burnt down he will have<br />

suffered financial loss. If after<br />

investigation it is clear that the<br />

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fire was caused by accidental<br />

means the pecuniary loss<br />

detrimental to the assured is<br />

paid by the insurer.<br />

Insurance contracts known<br />

as the policy which sets out<br />

the terms and conditions<br />

on which money is payable<br />

are regulated by federal<br />

legislation and common law.<br />

All insurance policies have<br />

a fundamental premise – the<br />

duty of utmost good faith. The<br />

Insurance Contracts Act 1984<br />

writes into every insurance<br />

contract a statutory obligation<br />

on both parties to act with the<br />

utmost good faith.<br />

The Contract sets out the<br />

responsibilities of the parties<br />

and of particular importance<br />

for the insured is the duty of<br />

disclosure in completing the<br />

proposal form. This enables<br />

the insurer to estimate the<br />

risk.<br />

At the same time the insurer<br />

must inform the applicant of<br />

any exclusion clauses which<br />

limit the insurer’s liability.<br />

For example, if the driver<br />

fails a test which shows<br />

he has an excessive blood<br />

alcohol content or if injury<br />

and damage is caused by a<br />

terrorist attack.<br />

The duties of good faith<br />

and disclosure by both parties<br />

continue during the insured<br />

period and on renewal of the<br />

policy. Circumstances may<br />

change which may affect the<br />

risk for example your car may<br />

now be driven by your son and<br />

daughter who are under the<br />

age of 25 years.<br />

Having obtained a contract<br />

of insurance you should keep<br />

the policy document in a safe<br />

place where you can easily<br />

locate it if required.<br />

If you need to claim against<br />

the policy, notify the insurer<br />

promptly and supply as much<br />

information as possible.<br />

If you encounter difficulties<br />

in making your claim there are<br />

avenues of dispute resolution.<br />

The two main schemes are,<br />

Insurance Enquiries and<br />

Complaints – for general<br />

insurance companies and the<br />

Financial Industry Complaints<br />

Service, for life insurance<br />

companies and their agents.<br />

Insurance claims and<br />

disputes can be very complex<br />

as those dealing with the<br />

aftermath of any one of these<br />

events will attest. Readers if in<br />

doubt about a claim it is wise<br />

to seek professional advice.<br />

Comment supplied by<br />

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer<br />

Harris & Associates,<br />

Solicitors, 4/57 Avalon<br />

Parade, Avalon Beach.<br />

T: 9973 2011. F: 9918 3290.<br />

E: jennifer@jenniferharris.com.au<br />

W: www.jenniferharris.com.au<br />

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

Compiled by David Stickley<br />

Coast program has many activities<br />

available (8)<br />

30 Movie complex that operates in<br />

Warringah Mall (5)<br />

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

ACROSS<br />

1 Knucklebones or plastic imitations<br />

used in a children’s game (5)<br />

4 People who send masses of<br />

unwanted emails (8)<br />

10 Non-woody vegetation (7)<br />

11 One of the Central Coast stops<br />

made by Palm Beach ferry services (7)<br />

12 Becomes more communicative<br />

(5,2)<br />

13 As far as something can go (5)<br />

16 Very popular songs on the charts<br />

(4)<br />

17 Park located on the western side<br />

of Newport, across from Newport<br />

Public School (9)<br />

20 Travelled across or passed over<br />

(9)<br />

21 Small slender gull having narrow<br />

wings and a forked tail (4)<br />

23 Eagerness or longing for more<br />

than one’s share (5)<br />

24 Series of vertical lines printed<br />

on products to provide price and<br />

inventory information (3,4)<br />

26 Home of the final of the World<br />

Food Championships (7)<br />

28 Sprouted lucerne seeds, used as<br />

a salad vegetable (7)<br />

29 Time when the Kids on the<br />

DOWN<br />

1 Mona Vale resident who recently<br />

took out the World Food Champion<br />

title, ____ McFadden (4)<br />

2 Community event held in Avalon<br />

where unwanted items can be sold<br />

(3,4,4)<br />

3 The bottom of the ocean (6)<br />

5 Type of ice-skating rink located<br />

on the ground floor undercover<br />

carpark of the <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL Club in<br />

the first half of <strong>July</strong> (3-2)<br />

6 Australia’s team who will be<br />

competing in the <strong>2023</strong> Women’s<br />

World Cup (8)<br />

7 The longest division of geological<br />

time (3)<br />

8 Breaking into small pieces (10)<br />

9 Internet locations like<br />

pittwaterlife.com.au (8)<br />

14 Author of Fled (2019), based on<br />

the escape of First Fleet convict<br />

Mary Bryant, and of The Wreck<br />

(2020) (3,8)<br />

15 A static picture taken by a<br />

camera (10)<br />

18 An elected local government<br />

representative having powers<br />

varying according to locality (8)<br />

19 A flow of air that blows directly<br />

against the direction of travel (8)<br />

22 The fibrous interior of the fruit<br />

of the dishcloth gourd, which is<br />

dried, bleached, and used as a bath<br />

sponge or for scrubbing (6)<br />

24 Stalwart Channel Nine veteran<br />

who will be bowing out after<br />

45 years on the cutting edge of<br />

journalism, _____ Halls (5)<br />

25 Long-time Palm Beach Golf Club<br />

playing group, ____ Army (4)<br />

27 Snakelike fish (3)<br />

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Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

with Janelle Bloom<br />

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Keep your eyes on the pies!<br />

Perfect pastry treats to make<br />

It’s true we are blessed to have some great pie shops here on<br />

the upper Northern Beaches – but there’s something about a<br />

home-made pie that is always a treat and so rewarding. A hot<br />

pie taken straight from the oven to the table is a guarantee that<br />

everyone will eat dinner (and probably want seconds). I have<br />

added plenty of tips throughout, as I know pastry can put some<br />

people off. These recipes come from my handwritten book of alltime<br />

favs, so I know they will warm your heart… and belly! Enjoy!<br />

The hot water pastry for<br />

these pies is quick, easy and<br />

so delicious – and doesn’t<br />

require ‘blind’ baking! You<br />

can use this mixture to make<br />

1 larger pie (4-5 cup pie tin);<br />

it will take about 60 – 75<br />

minutes to bake.<br />

Chicken, mushroom<br />

and bacon pies<br />

(Makes 6)<br />

1 tbs olive oil<br />

750g chicken thigh fillets,<br />

trimmed, chopped<br />

4 rindless bacon rashers,<br />

coarsely chopped<br />

250g button or cup<br />

mushrooms, sliced<br />

1 leek, quartered lengthways,<br />

washed, chopped<br />

50g butter<br />

3 tbs plain flour<br />

2 cups chicken stock<br />

¼ cup sour cream<br />

1 tbs Dijon mustard<br />

Hot water pastry<br />

3 cups (450g) plain flour<br />

1 tsp sea salt flakes<br />

2 egg yolks + 1 egg<br />

100g lard, chopped<br />

25g butter, chopped<br />

1 cup water<br />

1. Heat half the oil in a frying<br />

pan over medium heat.<br />

Add half the chicken. Cook,<br />

stirring occasionally, for 5<br />

minutes or until brown all<br />

over. Transfer to a bowl.<br />

Repeat with remaining oil<br />

and chicken.<br />

2. Add the bacon, mushrooms<br />

and leek to the pan. Cook,<br />

stirring until the mushrooms<br />

soften. Add to the chicken.<br />

3. Melt the butter in the pan<br />

over medium heat. Add<br />

the flour. Cook, stirring<br />

for 2 minutes. Slowly add<br />

the chicken stock, whisking<br />

until smooth. Bring to the<br />

boil, whisking until the<br />

sauce thickens and comes<br />

to the boil. Boil gently for 2<br />

minutes. Remove from heat.<br />

Whisk in the sour cream<br />

and mustard. Stir in the<br />

chicken mixture, season. Set<br />

aside for 30 minutes to cool.<br />

4. Grease a 6 x ¾-cup capacity<br />

muffin holes or pie pans.<br />

5. To make the pastry, sift<br />

the flour into a bowl. Stir in<br />

the salt. Make a well in the<br />

centre. Add 2 egg yolks.<br />

Cover with a little flour.<br />

6. Place the lard, butter and<br />

water into a saucepan. Bring<br />

to the boil. Pour (while<br />

hot) into the flour. Stirring<br />

quickly until well combined.<br />

Turn onto a lightly floured<br />

surface. Knead until the<br />

base is smooth. Cut onethird<br />

of the pastry off. Shape<br />

both pieces in rounds,<br />

flatten slightly (this helps<br />

when rolling out). Wrap in<br />

greaseproof paper. Set aside<br />

for 15 minutes.<br />

7. Place a large flat oven tray<br />

into the oven to get hot.<br />

Preheat oven and tray to<br />

200°C. Roll the larger piece<br />

of pastry between 2 sheets<br />

of baking paper to 4mm<br />

thick. Cut 6 x 16cm circles<br />

from pastry. Use to line the<br />

base and sides of the muffin<br />

holes. Roll remaining pastry<br />

out to 5mm thick. Cut 6 x<br />

7cm rounds.<br />

8. Beat remaining egg. Spoon<br />

the chicken mixture into<br />

pastry. Brush edges lightly<br />

with egg. Place the lids on<br />

top. Roll the pastry edges<br />

over the top to meet the<br />

pastry. Brush pies with egg.<br />

Poke a small circle into top<br />

of each pie (to allow steam<br />

to escape, preventing soggy<br />

pastry). Place onto the hot<br />

tray. Bake for 45-50 minutes,<br />

or until the pastry is golden.<br />

Stand for 5 minutes. Remove<br />

from pan and serve.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: To measure the<br />

capacity of your tins, pour ¾<br />

cup (180ml) water into a jug.<br />

Pour the water into the muffin<br />

hole or pie tin, it should come<br />

to the top.<br />

These pies were made using<br />

a pie maker; if you don’t<br />

have a pie maker, follow the<br />

recipe using pie tins or ¾ cup<br />

capacity muffin holes. Cook<br />

for 30 minutes at 180C. It<br />

will make 8 or 9. The filling is<br />

best made the day ahead.<br />

Massaman beef pie<br />

maker pies<br />

(Makes 12)<br />

4 sheets frozen puff pastry,<br />

thawed<br />

4 sheets shortcrust pastry,<br />

thawed<br />

1 egg, lightly beaten<br />

Massaman beef<br />

2 tbs olive oil<br />

1kg beef chuck steak, trimmed,<br />

cut into 2-3cm pieces<br />

1 brown onions, finely<br />

chopped<br />

2 tbs desiccated coconut<br />

3 tbs Massaman curry paste<br />

1 cup (250ml) coconut milk<br />

1 medium sweet potato,<br />

peeled, cut into 1cm pieces<br />

1 tbs finely grated palm sugar<br />

(or brown sugar)<br />

1 tbs fish sauce<br />

2 tsp lemon juice<br />

1. For the Massaman beef,<br />

heat 2 teaspoons of the oil<br />

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in an ovenproof casserole<br />

dish (cast iron gives best<br />

result) over a high heat. Add<br />

half the beef. Cook, stirring<br />

occasionally, for about 2<br />

minutes, or until browned.<br />

Remove to a plate, repeat<br />

with oil and beef.<br />

2. Reduce the heat to medium,<br />

add the remaining oil to the<br />

pan with the onion. Cook,<br />

stirring until soft. Add<br />

coconut and curry paste.<br />

Cook, stirring for 2 minutes<br />

until fragrant. Return beef to<br />

pan, stir to coat in the curry<br />

mixture. Stir in the coconut<br />

milk and bring to a simmer.<br />

Press a piece baking paper<br />

right down onto the surface<br />

of the casserole (this keeps<br />

the beef below the sauce.<br />

Cover with the lid. Cook in a<br />

slow oven (130°C fan forced)<br />

for 2 hours. Stir in the sweet<br />

potato, press the paper back<br />

onto the surface. Cook for a<br />

further 1 hour. Combine the<br />

sugar, fish sauce and lemon<br />

juice, stir into the beef curry.<br />

Set aside to cool.<br />

3. Cut 12 x 11cm rounds from<br />

the shortcrust pastry and 12<br />

small 9.5cm rounds from the<br />

puff. Place on a tray, cover to<br />

prevent drying out.<br />

4. Place 4 puff pastry rounds<br />

into the pie maker holes.<br />

Spoon about 1/3 cup curry<br />

into each pastry case. Top<br />

with puff pastry rounds, use<br />

a fork the press the edges<br />

together to seal. Brush the<br />

tops with egg. Cut a little<br />

cross in the centre. Close the<br />

pie maker lid and cook for<br />

about 10-12 minutes until<br />

the pastry is golden. Repeat<br />

in batches to make the<br />

remaining pies.<br />

I made a version of this on<br />

the latest season of ‘The<br />

Cook Up with Adam Liaw’ – it<br />

was a winner!<br />

Greek lamb filo pie<br />

(Serves 6)<br />

3 tbs olive oil<br />

1 large brown onion, finely<br />

chopped<br />

2 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

2 tsp ground cumin<br />

2 ground coriander<br />

1 tsp sumac<br />

700g lamb mince<br />

100g grilled marinated<br />

eggplant, chopped<br />

100g roasted red capsicum in<br />

oil, chopped<br />

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2 tbs pine nuts, toasted<br />

1 lemon, rind finely grated<br />

3 tbs chopped flat leaf parsley<br />

16 sheets filo pastry (see tip)<br />

olive oil, cooking spray<br />

tzatziki, to serve<br />

1. Place a large flat oven tray<br />

into the oven to get hot.<br />

Preheat oven to 180°C fan<br />

forced. Grease a 4cm-deep,<br />

20cm x 28cm metal slab<br />

pan or baking dish.<br />

2. Heat the oil in a large frying<br />

pan over medium heat. Add<br />

the onion and garlic, cook<br />

until soft. Add the spices,<br />

cook for 4 minutes until<br />

fragrant. Increase the heat<br />

to high, add the lamb mince.<br />

Cook, stirring to break the<br />

mince up for 8-10 minutes<br />

until the mince is cooked<br />

through. Remove from the<br />

heat,<br />

3. Stir in the eggplant,<br />

capsicum, pine nuts, lemon<br />

rind and parsley. Season<br />

well. Set aside for 30<br />

minutes to cool to room<br />

temperature. Alternatively<br />

place in the fridge until cold.<br />

4. Place the filo on a clean<br />

work surface. Cover with a<br />

damp tea towel to prevent<br />

it from drying out. Spray 1<br />

filo sheet with oil. Top with<br />

another filo sheet. Spray<br />

with oil. Repeat layering<br />

until you have a stack of 8<br />

filo sheets. Place the filo<br />

stack over base of prepared<br />

dish, allowing pastry to<br />

overhang at short ends.<br />

5. Spoon mince filling evenly<br />

over the filo. Spray 1<br />

remaining sheet of filo<br />

with oil. Top with another<br />

filo sheet. Spray with oil.<br />

Repeat layering with the<br />

remaining filo sheets. Cut<br />

the stack into 6 rectangles,<br />

then each rectangle in half<br />

on the diagonal. Place the<br />

filo triangle stacks over<br />

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the mince in pan. Fold in<br />

the overhanging filo so the<br />

filling is covered. Spray with<br />

oil. Place onto the hot tray.<br />

Bake for 50-60 minutes<br />

or until golden and crisp.<br />

Serve warm or at room<br />

temperature with tzatziki.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: Antoniou Filo<br />

Pastry (Fresh found in the<br />

fridge near pizza and pasta,<br />

NOT frozen, is by far the best<br />

Filo to work with).<br />

Salmon pie<br />

(Serves 6-8)<br />

3 x 500g skinless<br />

salmon portions<br />

2 tbs olive oil<br />

1 brown onion, finely chopped<br />

2 zucchini, grated<br />

1½ cups cooked long-grain<br />

rice, cooled<br />

3 hard-boiled eggs, peeled,<br />

finely chopped<br />

2 tbs chopped flat leaf parsley<br />

¼ cup sour cream or crème<br />

fraiche<br />

1 tbs horseradish cream<br />

4 sheets frozen puff pastry,<br />

thawed<br />

extra 1 egg, lightly beaten<br />

1. Preheat oven to 180°C fan<br />

forced. Place the salmon,<br />

in a single layer on a large<br />

sheet baking paper. Season.<br />

Top with another sheet<br />

paper and roll the edges<br />

together to seal in a parcel.<br />

Place onto an oven tray. Bake<br />

for 8 minutes, it should still<br />

be a little pink in the centre.<br />

Unwrap and set the salmon<br />

aside to cool.<br />

2. Heat the oil in a frying pan on<br />

medium heat. Add the onion,<br />

cook stirring for 5 minutes<br />

until soft. Add the zucchini,<br />

cook for 1 minute. Transfer<br />

the mixture to a large bowl.<br />

Cool for 10 minutes then<br />

stir in the rice, eggs, parsley,<br />

sour cream and horseradish<br />

cream. Season.<br />

3. Increase oven to 200°C fan<br />

forced. Place a large flat<br />

oven tray into the oven to<br />

get hot.<br />

4. Lay 2 sheets of puff pastry<br />

together, overlapping by<br />

6cm on a large sheet of<br />

baking paper. Pile the rice<br />

mixture over the pastry,<br />

leaving a 5cm border free<br />

around all edges. Break the<br />

salmon into chunks and<br />

place over the rice.<br />

5. Overlap the 2 remaining<br />

sheets of pastry and place<br />

over top of filling. Press<br />

pastry around edge of<br />

filling, trim any excess<br />

pastry. Use a fork to press<br />

pastry edges together. Score<br />

the top of the pie diagonally,<br />

brush with the beaten egg.<br />

6. Using the paper, slide the<br />

pie onto the hot tray. Bake<br />

for 45-50 minutes until<br />

golden and puffed. Serve<br />

with horseradish mixed with<br />

crème fraiche or sour cream.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: Placing a tray<br />

into the oven to get hot helps<br />

crispen the pastry base.<br />

The hot tray transfers heat<br />

to the base of the pie tins/<br />

tray immediately, starting the<br />

cooking process before the<br />

butter melts.<br />

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Cheesy<br />

vegetable pie<br />

(Serves 4-6)<br />

1 red onion, roughly chopped<br />

2 zucchini, halved lengthways,<br />

chopped<br />

100g button mushrooms sliced<br />

1 eggplant, cut into 2cm cubes<br />

2 red capsicums, roughly<br />

chopped<br />

1 medium (500g) sweet potato,<br />

peeled, cut into 2cm cubes<br />

3 tbs olive oil<br />

450g packet cooked brown rice<br />

2 tsp ground cumin<br />

1 tsp ground coriander<br />

1 tsp paprika<br />

4 silverbeet leaves, core<br />

removed, shredded<br />

2 eggs, lightly beaten + extra<br />

egg lightly beaten<br />

1 cup grated tasty cheese<br />

125g feta, crumbled<br />

2 sheets shortcrust pastry,<br />

thawed<br />

2 sheets frozen puff pastry,<br />

thawed<br />

1. Preheat oven to 180°C fan<br />

forced. Line 2 large baking<br />

trays with baking paper.<br />

Scatter the onion, zucchini<br />

mushrooms and eggplant on<br />

1 tray and the capsicum and<br />

sweet potato on the other.<br />

Drizzle with olive oil, season.<br />

Roast for 30 minutes or<br />

until just tender, turning the<br />

vegetables after 20 minutes.<br />

Set aside to cool.<br />

2. Warm the rice for 30<br />

seconds then spoon into a<br />

large bowl. Stir in the spices,<br />

silverbeet, 2 eggs, cheese<br />

and feta. Fold through the<br />

roasted vegetables. Season.<br />

3. Place a large flat oven tray<br />

into oven. Preheat oven and<br />

tray to 200°C fan forced.<br />

Grease and line a 22cm<br />

(base) pie tin or loose-based<br />

springform cake pan.<br />

4. Use the shortcrust pastry<br />

to line the base and sides<br />

of the pan. Spoon the<br />

vegetable mixture into<br />

pastry. Brush the edges with<br />

water. Use the puff pastry to<br />

cover the filling. Press the<br />

edges together then trim<br />

the excess. Cut leaf shapes<br />

out of the puff (you can use<br />

these to decorate the top).<br />

Brush with the remaining<br />

egg. Place the pie onto the<br />

hot tray. Bake for 35-40<br />

minutes or until golden.<br />

Stand for 10 minutes before<br />

serving.<br />

Pecan Pie<br />

(Serves 6-8)<br />

50g butter, chopped<br />

2/3 cup firmly packed brown<br />

sugar<br />

2/3 cup(160ml) golden syrup<br />

or dark corn syrup (see tip)<br />

3 eggs, lightly beaten<br />

2 tsp vanilla extract<br />

2 cups(250g) pecan halves<br />

cream or ice cream, to serve<br />

Pastry<br />

1 1/3 cups(200g) plain flour<br />

2 tbs caster sugar<br />

125g chilled butter, chopped<br />

1 egg yolk<br />

1 tbs chilled water<br />

1. To make pastry, place<br />

flour and sugar in a food<br />

processor. Add butter,<br />

pulse until it resembles fine<br />

breadcrumbs. Combine<br />

the egg yolk and water then<br />

add to the flour mixture.<br />

Pulse until the pastry just<br />

comes together, adding<br />

water if necessary.<br />

2. Turn onto a lightly floured<br />

surface, knead gently<br />

until smooth. Shape into a<br />

round then flatten to thick<br />

disc (easier to roll). Wrap<br />

in greaseproof paper (not<br />

plastic). Refrigerate 30 mins.<br />

3. Roll the pastry out between<br />

two sheets baking paper<br />

to a 30cm diameter round.<br />

Use the pastry to line a 4cm<br />

deep, 22cm (base) loose<br />

base fluted tart tin. Trim<br />

excess pastry. Refrigerate 15<br />

mins. Place a large flat tray<br />

into oven. Preheat the oven<br />

and tray to 200°C fan forced.<br />

4. Line pastry with baking<br />

paper, half fill with dried<br />

rice, dried beans or pastry<br />

weights. Bake for 20 minutes<br />

or until light golden. Remove<br />

beans and paper. Reduce<br />

oven to 170°C fan forced.<br />

5. To make the filling, place the<br />

butter, sugar and Golden<br />

Syrup in a saucepan over<br />

medium-low heat. Cook,<br />

stirring, until butter melts<br />

and mixture is smooth.<br />

Remove to a bowl. Set aside<br />

to cool for 5 mins. Whisk<br />

in the eggs and vanilla.<br />

Scatter pecans over pastry<br />

base. Pour over Golden<br />

Syrup mixture. Place onto<br />

the hot oven tray. Bake for<br />

30-35 mins or until filling is<br />

firm. Cool in the pan.<br />

6. Cut into wedges and serve.<br />

Pick of the Month:<br />

Kiwi Fruit<br />

With as much potassium as a banana and more Vitamin<br />

C than an orange, kiwi fruit is healthy, delicious and<br />

versatile. (This month look out for the new gold and pink<br />

varieties.)<br />

Buying:<br />

Ripe kiwi fruit should be firm,<br />

but not hard. They should<br />

have a sweet floral aroma. The<br />

skin should be unbroken and<br />

the kiwi should give slightly<br />

to gentle pressure at stem end.<br />

Avoid soft kiwi.<br />

Storage:<br />

Refrigerate unpeeled, ripe fruit<br />

loose in crisper drawer for 3-5<br />

days. To ripen, leave at room<br />

temperature for 2-3 days or<br />

until it gives to gentle pressure.<br />

Tip:<br />

To speed up ripening, place<br />

in a loosely sealed paper bag<br />

with an apple, banana, or pear<br />

and keep at room temperature<br />

until ripe.<br />

the ends off first, then turn<br />

the kiwi upright and use the<br />

sharp knife or vegetable peeler<br />

to cut off the skin in long<br />

strips, following the curve of<br />

the fruit.<br />

Kiwi fruit, lime jam<br />

(Makes around 3 cups)<br />

1 green apple, peeled, grated<br />

3 limes, juiced<br />

1½ cups caster sugar<br />

2 tsp vanilla extract<br />

1. Peel and roughly chop the<br />

kiwi fruit. Place in a deep<br />

wide non-stick frying pan<br />

with the apple and lime<br />

juice. Bring to simmer over<br />

medium-high heat. Add the<br />

sugar and vanilla, stir until<br />

the sugar has dissolved.<br />

2. Bring to a gentle boil, boil<br />

for about 12-15 minutes,<br />

stirring occasionally until a<br />

jam-like consistency.<br />

3. Spoon hot jam into hot<br />

sterilised jars. Secure the<br />

lids. Turn upside down<br />

for 2 minutes then turn<br />

upright and allow to cool<br />

completely.<br />

4. Store in the fridge for up to<br />

2 months.<br />

Preparation:<br />

Although the skin is edible,<br />

most of us prefer to peel it. Cut 1kg kiwifruit<br />

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Tasty Morsels<br />

with Beverley Hudec<br />

Some Tiny Morsels to savour in <strong>July</strong><br />

Lunch now on menu<br />

at Palmy's Coast<br />

Shanil Singh has stepped away from<br />

the corporate world to take over Coast<br />

at Palm Beach. He has no plans to<br />

change the menu, but there will be<br />

more of a lunch focus, complete with a<br />

glass of vino. The cafe’s most popular<br />

dish is the fish burger with grilled<br />

barramundi, tartare sauce and fries.<br />

Open daily.<br />

Berkelo favourites<br />

heading to Market<br />

Artisan bakery Berkelo has closed<br />

the doors on its Mona Vale store.<br />

However, fans of its signature<br />

sourdough loaf and other baked<br />

goodies can still buy them without<br />

having to drive to Brookvale, Manly<br />

or Mosman. Go to Narrabeen, where<br />

Berkelo has a stall at the Friday<br />

morning markets in Rat Park.<br />

Locals grow<br />

frond of Palms<br />

The Palms, the stylish<br />

Terrey Hills restaurant with<br />

a conservatory-like feel,<br />

is open for dinner from<br />

Thursday to Sunday night.<br />

The menu showcases<br />

topped flatbreads straight<br />

from the wood oven and<br />

desserts in jars. Mains<br />

focus on simple faves like<br />

flathead and chips and<br />

sirloin with kipfler potatoes<br />

and black garlic butter.<br />

Avalon's new Pocket<br />

of pizza paradise<br />

Hello Gordon Hamsey, Anthony Bolognessy<br />

and Lamborghini! Pocket Pizza<br />

is bringing its pun-loaded pizzas to<br />

Avalon. The popular Manly pizzeria will<br />

move into Leonardo’s site in Simmonds<br />

Lane. Pocket Pizza’s formula of<br />

antipasto, pizza, cocktails and beers is<br />

straight out of Little Italy in NYC.<br />

Tasty Dining Morsels Guide<br />

Three of a kind: Sunday lunch<br />

Sunday isn’t Sunday without<br />

a traditional Sunday lunch.<br />

Clareville Kiosk’s menu has<br />

pork, crackling and apple<br />

sauce, slow-cooked lamb<br />

shoulder with mint sauce or<br />

tenderloin with horseradish.<br />

Mains (pictured) come with<br />

Yorkshire pudding, roast<br />

potatoes, plenty of veg and<br />

gravy. The first sitting is at<br />

noon; the second at 2.30pm.<br />

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Will it be roast beef, pork loin<br />

with crackling or chicken?<br />

Avalon’s Yorkshire Rose has<br />

all three. They all come with<br />

all the trimmings – roast<br />

spuds, Yorkshire pudding,<br />

peas, carrots and gravy. Save<br />

room for an old-fashioned<br />

pudding. Apple crumble<br />

comes with custard and sticky<br />

date pudding has toffee sauce<br />

and ice cream.<br />

For a hearty taste of European<br />

cooking, Terrey Hills is your<br />

Sunday lunch spot. The<br />

Kaiser Stub’n authentic<br />

German and Austrian menu<br />

delivers a selection of<br />

chef’s specials. The houseroasted<br />

pork knuckle comes<br />

with sauerkraut and bread<br />

dumpling. Roast duck cuts the<br />

richness with red cabbage and<br />

pear potatoes.<br />

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Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

with Gabrielle Bryant<br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Dwarf acacia will hog<br />

the Summer Limelight<br />

It is cold and miserable<br />

in the garden, but as<br />

soon as the weather<br />

warms up, nothing can be<br />

more encouraging than<br />

the sight of the golden<br />

wattles that will appear<br />

lighting up the bush,<br />

heralding the coming of<br />

Spring… the golden and<br />

creamy fluffy pompoms of<br />

colour dressing the leaves.<br />

There are wattles of<br />

every size and shape:<br />

those that cascade<br />

down banks or tumble<br />

over walls; those that<br />

are small-growing trees<br />

or shrubs; or the tall<br />

growing tree, the silver<br />

wattle that can grow to a<br />

height of 30m.<br />

Before you plant, check the mature<br />

height of the variety you choose.<br />

The dwarf Acacia<br />

Limelight is one of the<br />

most popular garden<br />

varieties. The compact,<br />

bright green foliage grows<br />

in a tight compact ball. In<br />

the garden it will grow to a<br />

height of just 1m.<br />

Acacia Limelight has<br />

light-green, soft, falling<br />

foliage that enhances<br />

rockeries, fills garden<br />

beds and will grow in<br />

pots and tubs.<br />

Wattles are wonderful<br />

for informal gardens<br />

but if you want a formal<br />

garden there can be<br />

no better plant than a<br />

grafted standard Acacia<br />

Limelight in tubs or pots<br />

that will complement formal driveways and<br />

modern entrances, townhouse gardens and<br />

driveways.<br />

Wonderland of Winter colour<br />

T<br />

here is no excuse for a dull and dreary Winter garden.<br />

Take a look around at all the Winter-flowering shrubs<br />

and plants.<br />

Camellias and azaleas may be old fashioned, but<br />

they are the most reliable Winter-flowering plants. Their<br />

flowers range in colour from pure white to the darkest<br />

red; some are single and others are double. Underplant<br />

them with hellebores, polyanthus or primulas.<br />

Fill empty spots with Winter-flowering pansies, or the<br />

cheerful violas of yellow, lilac, burgundy or white.<br />

Scarlet geraniums, purple salvia, tall pink cane<br />

begonias, multi-coloured Chinese lanterns, red<br />

poinsettias, bird-attracting grevilleas, yellow and pink<br />

leucodendrons and highly scented daphne all add colour.<br />

True blue<br />

Butterfly kisses<br />

The family of clerodendrums that<br />

are at home in South-East Asia is<br />

very diverse. Most are climbers, but<br />

there are also ramblers and shrubs.<br />

Butterfly kisses (clerodendron<br />

ugandense) is a fast-growing,<br />

sprawling shrub from that will grow<br />

easily in most conditions. The sky<br />

blue, nectar-laden butterfly flowers,<br />

that appear in loose cascading<br />

panicles that grow from the arching<br />

branches from Spring through<br />

Summer to Autumn, are loved by<br />

insects, bees and birds alike. It can<br />

reach a height of 2-3 metres.<br />

Butterfly bushes love a sheltered,<br />

well-drained position, any garden<br />

soil, sunshine or semi-shade and<br />

regular water.<br />

It is great as a shrub in a mixed<br />

bed with other plants, or it can be<br />

grown on its own as a hedging plant<br />

or in a pot. If necessary, lightly<br />

prune after flowering to keep your<br />

butterfly bush neat and tidy.<br />

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Divide and conquer your Summer bulbs<br />

If your Summer-flowering<br />

bulbs have been growing<br />

in the garden for several<br />

years, it is a good idea<br />

to lift and divide them to<br />

prevent overcrowding; it is<br />

not too late to do this but<br />

make sure you do it before<br />

the end of the month.<br />

Always leave bulbs<br />

in the ground until the<br />

leaves disappear. The<br />

dying leaves are feeding<br />

your bulbs for next year’s<br />

flowers. Once the foliage<br />

has died down, dig a<br />

trench carefully around<br />

the bulbs, making sure<br />

to leave a space at least<br />

7-8cm away from the<br />

edge of the bulb or clump,<br />

to prevent damage to<br />

developing ‘babies’.<br />

With your hands,<br />

carefully lift the bulbs from<br />

the soil, pulling them away<br />

from the ground. Separate<br />

the side bulbs from the<br />

mother bulb by gently<br />

wriggling them apart.<br />

Tough like a White tiger<br />

The ornamental<br />

cream-and-greenstriped<br />

foliage of<br />

Dietes White Tiger is<br />

one of the toughest,<br />

landscape plants<br />

available. White<br />

Tiger will withstand<br />

temperatures from<br />

light frost (once<br />

established) to the<br />

hottest days of<br />

Summer. There are not<br />

many plants that will<br />

do this.<br />

These strong hardy<br />

plants will survive in<br />

salty condition in full<br />

sun or semi-shade. The<br />

striking, strappy leaves<br />

add colour and accent<br />

to gardens. They<br />

grow in tight clumps,<br />

making them perfect<br />

for pots that won’t mind if you go on holiday, small gardens and<br />

courtyards, for planting along fence lines or planting in mass<br />

plantings in landscape design.<br />

No matter what the situation these very decorative plants will<br />

adapt to your needs; they ask for very little attention but would<br />

appreciate some slow-release fertiliser in Spring. For an added<br />

bonus they will dazzle you with flowers in Spring and spot<br />

flower in Summer and Autumn as well with white and lilac iris<br />

flowers.<br />

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Before replanting<br />

them make sure to leave<br />

adequate space between<br />

them. Rejuvenate the soil<br />

with the addition of some<br />

slow-release fertiliser and<br />

compost. A quick tip is<br />

to mark the bulbs with a<br />

small stake or marker, so<br />

that you will know where<br />

they are planted when the<br />

leaves disappear.<br />

There are still Summerflowering<br />

bulbs available<br />

in the garden centres;<br />

why not try a new variety?<br />

Gladioli were for many<br />

years considered ‘Grandma<br />

Plants’ thanks to Dame<br />

Edna Everidge, but now<br />

they are back in fashion.<br />

The tall growing ones are<br />

harder to grow and often<br />

need TLC and garden<br />

stakes for support, but the<br />

dwarf Cottage Gladioli are<br />

very easy, drought-hardy,<br />

and will reliably create a<br />

wonderful display of colour<br />

in early Summer.<br />

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Jobs this Month<br />

<strong>July</strong><br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Time now to prune and<br />

tidy the garden. Prune<br />

back roses, cut back<br />

any weak or twiggy growth.<br />

Always prune back to an<br />

outward-pointing shoot,<br />

keeping the centre of the<br />

bush open. Spray the bush<br />

with a copper spray. This will<br />

clean up any fungal spores<br />

from the last season and<br />

strengthen the new growth<br />

against any sudden drop in<br />

temperature.<br />

Watering times<br />

The past month has been<br />

dry; it is easy to neglect the<br />

water in the garden. If the<br />

ground and pots are dry,<br />

water in the morning so that<br />

the plants will get the help of<br />

the warmer day time hours.<br />

The nights are very cold<br />

and wet soil can cause roots<br />

problems. Make sure that<br />

plants in pots with saucers<br />

are not left sitting in water.<br />

Snail watch<br />

Orchids are all making flower<br />

spikes now. Protect them<br />

from snails that can destroy<br />

the buds overnight. Use multi<br />

guard pellets for protection.<br />

These pellets are fatal for<br />

snails and slugs but harmless<br />

to wildlife and birds.<br />

Vine cull<br />

Passionfruit vines need to<br />

be controlled. The fruit is<br />

only produced on the new<br />

growth, so cut the vines back<br />

by 50 per cent to form a solid<br />

framework.<br />

Spike turf<br />

Grass lawns are dormant in<br />

Winter. Give them some help<br />

now to get ready for Spring.<br />

Aerate the turf with a spiked<br />

roller or a pair of spiked<br />

sandals before feeding with a<br />

slow-release lawn food to get<br />

your grass back to health in<br />

time for Spring.<br />

Summer veggies<br />

It is too cold for Summer<br />

veggies to be planted in<br />

the ground, but you can be<br />

one jump ahead if you sow<br />

seeds of tomatoes, lettuce,<br />

broccolini, capsicum, chillies<br />

and other Summer veggies in<br />

seed trays now; they will be<br />

ready to plant out once the<br />

weather warms up.<br />

Take stock<br />

Take a good look at the state<br />

of your garden. It is a good<br />

time to lift and divide gingers,<br />

iris, agapanthus, mondo<br />

grass, liriope and any other<br />

perennials or ground covers<br />

that have outgrown their<br />

space.<br />

Support peas<br />

As your sweet peas begin to<br />

climb, check that they have a<br />

strong support to cling to.<br />

Citrus care<br />

Citrus trees are beginning to<br />

shoot; protect their new Spring<br />

growth. Look out for leaf miner<br />

that can twist and distort the<br />

leaves. Control them with a<br />

fortnightly spay of Eco Oil.<br />

Prevention is better that cure.<br />

Crossword solution from page 64<br />

Mystery location: BROKEN BAY<br />

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Times Past<br />

‘Dad’s Army’ still teeing it up<br />

Palm Beach Golf Club will be celebrating<br />

its centenary in 2024 – but ‘Dad’s<br />

Army’ have been around for 50 years<br />

this year.<br />

It began as a club within a club, made<br />

up mostly of retired men, united by a love<br />

of golf but also enjoying each other’s company.<br />

Over recent years, this company has<br />

included the all-too-frequent ‘Dad Jokes’<br />

with several stand-out contributors!<br />

Originally the group was formed in<br />

1973 under the guiding hand of Arthur<br />

Stockman. However, a younger group<br />

considered the slower play by the old timers<br />

was deserving of the title ‘Dad’s Army’<br />

and Arthur’s group adopted the name as a<br />

badge of honour.<br />

Although some of the ‘Comp only’ golfers<br />

might poke a little fun at the ‘Army’,<br />

around 80 per cent of the 60 members are<br />

also contributing members of the Palm<br />

Beach Golf Club (PBGC), though this is not<br />

compulsory.<br />

The current crop of players includes retired<br />

doctors, engineers, building supervisors,<br />

editors, musicians, retailers, mechanics,<br />

managing directors and tradesmen – a<br />

OLD SCHOOL: Dad’s Army circa 1973 and in<br />

1998 (Palm Beach Club historian/author Brian<br />

Kennedy standing second from right).<br />

fair cross-section of Australian society!<br />

One desperate member travels down<br />

from Nelson Bay each Monday at 5am to<br />

play golf with Dad’s Army. Another member<br />

travels by train and bus across Sydney<br />

from Picnic Point.<br />

Brian Kennedy, who wrote the 75-years<br />

history of the PBGC in 1999, has been and<br />

still is a Dad’s Army devotee since 1996.<br />

Octogenarians presently number eight;<br />

this great achievement is celebrated with<br />

the gift of a bottle of Scotch from the<br />

‘Army’. Alan Smith backed up his bottle<br />

with a 2nd when he added a further 10<br />

years to reach the magic age of 90.<br />

The standard of golf varies immensely<br />

and over the years some minor records<br />

have been captured. One golfer holds the<br />

‘record’ for the par-3 2nd hole, when it<br />

took him 25 strokes (22 in the bunker) to<br />

finally putt out. The ‘Nearest the Pin’ hole<br />

is named in honour of a previous member<br />

‘Ned’ Kelly. Some holes-in-one have been<br />

recorded over the years and the most<br />

recent was by Mike Brown.<br />

The first foursome tees off at 9.30am<br />

and groups follow at seven-minute intervals.<br />

Carts are used by those unable to<br />

walk the total par-64, 4,240 metres.<br />

New members are always welcome and<br />

further information is available from<br />

captain Michael Brown or the Secretary/<br />

Treasurer Peter Collings (0403 710 789).<br />

*Thanks to Brian Kennedy for information<br />

supplied and to Chris Searl for<br />

the photo taken on 1 May <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

TIMES PAST is supplied by local historian<br />

and President of the Avalon Beach<br />

Historical Society GEOFF SEARL. Visit<br />

the Society’s showroom in Bowling<br />

Green Lane, Avalon Beach.<br />

Times Past<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

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