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The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

AUGUST <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Editorial<br />

Fighting for Narrabeen High<br />

The shameful, dilapidated<br />

state of Narrabeen<br />

Sports High School is a sorry<br />

indictment of how government<br />

bureaucracy can fail the people.<br />

Or in this case our kids, their<br />

teachers and their parents.<br />

Five years ago the school was<br />

slated for a major upgrade. So,<br />

minor maintenance was put off,<br />

with the reasoning it was better<br />

to get the full job done rather<br />

than replaster walls that had<br />

just had their cracks plastered<br />

over (so to speak).<br />

Then came COVID. Then<br />

came cost blow-outs. Then<br />

came a change of Government.<br />

Consequently the school<br />

today is a hollow shell of<br />

inadequacy, compared to other<br />

educational facilities.<br />

Which aside from having<br />

an impact on kids, teachers<br />

and parents, also impacts the<br />

future of enrollments, and<br />

jeopardises the viability of the<br />

school. (As if the Beaches needs<br />

one less school...)<br />

Thankfully, our local MPs<br />

Rory Amon and Dr Sophie<br />

Scamps are on the case,<br />

putting pressure on the new<br />

State Government to escalate<br />

improvements (see p6).<br />

* * *<br />

Council is investigating ways<br />

to help support the ‘Yes’<br />

campaign in the upcoming<br />

referendum on the indigenous<br />

‘Voice to Parliament’.<br />

They are also looking at how<br />

a specific ‘Voice to Council’<br />

might operate (see p16).<br />

* * *<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> first saw the<br />

light of day in <strong>August</strong> 1991,<br />

which means this month we<br />

embark on our 33rd year of<br />

publication!<br />

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as the longest continuously<br />

running print publication on<br />

the Northern Beaches.<br />

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

Action on school<br />

facilities ‘disgrace’<br />

News<br />

Our local State and Federal MPs<br />

say they will continue to fight for<br />

upgraded facilities at Narrabeen<br />

Sports High School after bringing the<br />

dilapidated condition of the school to the<br />

attention of the State Government last<br />

month.<br />

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

MP Dr Sophie Scamps expressed<br />

horror and disgust after touring the<br />

campus separately with P&C committee<br />

members.<br />

Later in State Parliament, Mr Amon<br />

described “black mould” infestations,<br />

“water damage”, “condemned dilapidated<br />

stairways”, “whole rooms bordered up<br />

and blocked off”, with “children’s and<br />

teachers’ health and safety [compromised]”.<br />

He said the school had fallen victim<br />

to a sequence of circumstances that had<br />

seen much-needed upgrades not undertaken.<br />

Mr Amon explained that after Narrabeen<br />

Sports High had its maintenance<br />

backlog cleared by the former Liberal<br />

Government in 2018, it was allocated significant<br />

funding “that would have seen<br />

world-class, state-of-the-art classrooms<br />

and facilities for local kids”.<br />

“In anticipation of new facilities, locals<br />

could understand the fiscal sense in<br />

scaling back maintenance programs<br />

temporarily – why paint or recarpet a<br />

classroom today that would be knocked<br />

down and rebuilt in a couple of years’<br />

time?” he said.<br />

He added that a combination of COVID,<br />

construction industry delays and the<br />

disproportionately higher construction<br />

costs today than a couple of years ago<br />

had seen the school left behind.<br />

Dr Scamps said she was “utterly<br />

shocked” and horrified at the state of<br />

the school and the environment that<br />

children were having to learn in.<br />

“It is understandable that children<br />

feel depressed when they come here,”<br />

she told the Northern Beaches Advocate.<br />

“That’s not to say there’s not a wonderful<br />

student body and the teachers are all<br />

wonderful and motivated.<br />

“However, having seen this, I need to<br />

advocate on behalf of the school and<br />

schools across Mackellar and the country.<br />

If this is the state that one school is<br />

in, in my electorate, basically across the<br />

road from my office, then what’s happening<br />

in the rest of the country?”<br />

It’s understood the NSW Department<br />

of Education had been allocated around<br />

$80m for the delivery of the Narrabeen<br />

Education Precinct.<br />

Mr Amon has organised an online<br />

petition urging the Minns Government<br />

“to allocate the required funding to immediately<br />

commence a full upgrade of<br />

Narrabeen Sports High School”.<br />

In response, a spokesperson for Minister<br />

for Education and Early Learning Prue<br />

Car said the NSW Labor Government was<br />

committed to delivering the upgrades at<br />

Narrabeen Sports High.<br />

The spokesperson said maintenance<br />

and upgrades of the school would go<br />

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PHOTO: Supplied<br />

SHOCKING: The dilapidated state of Narrabeen Sports High School.<br />

ahead and a meeting would be held shortly<br />

with stakeholders to prioritise work.<br />

“The former Liberal National government<br />

promised significant upgrades five<br />

years ago. Since then, the project has<br />

stalled, and the school community has a<br />

right to be disappointed about this.”<br />

Mr Amon said: “Our kids’ education is<br />

beyond politics. I do not seek to blame<br />

the old Government. I do not seek to<br />

blame the public service. In a series of<br />

unfortunate circumstances, Narrabeen<br />

Sports High School has fallen through the<br />

cracks.” – Nigel Wall with NB Advocate<br />

*Sign the petition calling on urgent<br />

upgrades – see QR code on page 16.<br />

Hospital ‘sitting<br />

on hands’ over<br />

mental health beds<br />

Mackellar MP Dr Sophie Scamps has<br />

urged NSW Health Minister Ryan<br />

Park to investigate why Northern Beaches<br />

Hospital has not delivered the four<br />

acute adolescent mental health care beds<br />

the former State Government pledged<br />

funding for more than a year ago.<br />

“There has been no indication from<br />

Northern Beaches Hospital of a timeline<br />

for their implementation – despite being<br />

asked for this on numerous occasions,”<br />

said Dr Scamps.<br />

“The community is desperate for these<br />

adolescent mental health beds and the<br />

hospital is not delivering; they’re sitting<br />

on their hands.<br />

“From what I can see they’re refusing<br />

to create the space in the hospital.”<br />

She accused CEO Andrew Newton of<br />

“refusing to communicate” on the matter.<br />

“When I try and try and try to ask<br />

what’s happening, I’m fobbed off. I’ve<br />

never come across such unprofessionalism<br />

and arrogance in my entire professional<br />

career.<br />

“If these adolescent mental health<br />

beds aren’t in place by Christmas this<br />

year, then the CEO should resign.” – NW<br />

News<br />

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AUGUST <strong>2023</strong> 7

Loud call for<br />

noise cameras<br />

News<br />

Local State MP Rory Amon has called on<br />

the NSW Government to include <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

in its proposed trial of noise cameras<br />

to combat ongoing hoons and antisocial<br />

behaviour.<br />

Last month <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> revealed the Minns<br />

Government had announced a plan to trial<br />

the cameras, aimed at reducing the antisocial<br />

behaviour of hooning and associated noise.<br />

Now Mr Amon has urged the Labor<br />

Government to work with the Northern Beaches<br />

Police Local Area<br />

Command and<br />

Transport for NSW<br />

in identifying<br />

suitable sites to<br />

trial the noise<br />

cameras, which<br />

measure decibels<br />

emitted by<br />

vehicles.<br />

He suggested at<br />

least two locations<br />

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

area, including<br />

Palm Beach and<br />

McCarrs Creek Rd<br />

near Church Point<br />

– both of which have been targeted by hoons<br />

for decades.<br />

“Noise cameras have phenomenal capacity to<br />

reduce the antisocial behaviour of hooning and<br />

the associated noise,” Mr Amon said.<br />

“The current methods of enforcing vehicular<br />

noise restrictions are cumbersome and<br />

impractical.<br />

“They require the physical stationing of<br />

police in certain locations at certain times to<br />

catch the culprits, but there are almost always<br />

issues around enforceability, and this also<br />

diverts resources from other police work.<br />

“Our local police do amazing work, but they<br />

cannot be everywhere all the time,” Mr Amon<br />

added.<br />

The suggested trial comes after years of<br />

hooning activity in the <strong>Pittwater</strong> area, despite<br />

ongoing and some fruitful operations from<br />

local police.<br />

“Noise cameras are the holy grail in<br />

combating vehicular hooning. For years Palm<br />

Beach residents and residents in the vicinity<br />

of McCarrs Creek Rd have been significantly<br />

impacted by hoons in cars and on motorbikes.<br />

This has required ongoing police monitoring.<br />

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the<br />

Labor Government to show <strong>Pittwater</strong> that they<br />

will benefit from new initiatives under this<br />

Government, just as we did under the former<br />

government when, for example, the trialling<br />

of Keoride in <strong>Pittwater</strong> became a wildly<br />

successful government initiative which is now<br />

permanent,” said<br />

Mr Amon.<br />

Palm Beach<br />

& Whale Beach<br />

Association<br />

President Dr<br />

Richard West<br />

welcomed the<br />

initiative.<br />

“We strongly<br />

support the<br />

request for a trial<br />

to commence at<br />

Palm Beach,” he<br />

said.<br />

Palm Beach<br />

resident ‘Sandra’<br />

(not her real name) told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> hoons had<br />

made the lives of locals a misery for decades –<br />

particularly along the stretch of Barrenjoey Rd<br />

from ‘Dark Gully’ to the winding descent and<br />

approach to Palm Beach Golf Club.<br />

“There have been many accidents and<br />

incidents over the years, both with groups<br />

of motorcyclists and hoons with hotted up<br />

exhaust systems on their cars,” she said.<br />

She said most recently the hoons were<br />

presenting almost every day, usually around<br />

8.30pm.<br />

“Residents have made dozens of complaints<br />

to police over the years, and for a while we<br />

got results when police attended and stood in<br />

people’s driveways to catch offenders,” she said.<br />

“But I feel the police felt intimidated, too.<br />

“I’m so happy to hear about the noise<br />

cameras – it would definitely be a start.”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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

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Palmy gridlocks expected until Dec<br />

Traffic on Barrenjoey Road at<br />

Palm Beach will be majorly<br />

disrupted for four months<br />

while road crews undertake<br />

slope remediation work in the<br />

vicinity of ‘Dark Gully.’<br />

Transport for NSW advises<br />

that to reduce the impact<br />

to motorists, work will<br />

continue to be carried out up<br />

to Thursday 30 November<br />

within the hours of 7am<br />

and 5pm, for up to 140<br />

shifts, weather and worksite<br />

conditions permitting.<br />

Temporary lane closures,<br />

traffic controls and reduced<br />

speed limits will be in place<br />

for the safety of pedestrians,<br />

workers and motorists.<br />

*For the latest traffic<br />

update download the Live<br />

Traffic NSW App or visit<br />

livetraffic.com<br />

8 AUGUST <strong>2023</strong><br />

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News<br />

Falinski wants Liberal ‘renewal’<br />

New Liberal Party NSW State Division<br />

President Jason Falinski says he<br />

wants to counter distraction as he steers<br />

a course of renewal for the party.<br />

A moderate, the two-terms former<br />

Federal Member for Mackellar was elected<br />

by party members last month.<br />

While in government, Mr Falinski chaired<br />

two key House of Representatives economic<br />

committees, overseeing Treasury, the RBA,<br />

APRA, ACCC, ASIC and the ATO.<br />

After losing Mackellar to ‘Teal’<br />

Independent Dr Sophie Scamps in May<br />

2022, Mr Falinski established an in-home<br />

care company and set up a strategic<br />

advisory firm.<br />

“Ahead is a great task of promoting a<br />

simple but visionary idea that we should<br />

treat everyone the same as each of us want<br />

to be treated,” he told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> after<br />

the party’s Division election result.<br />

“Our Party has been through two<br />

challenging elections, and now is the<br />

time to rebuild and revitalise – with new<br />

campaign techniques, technology and<br />

reestablishing fundraising networks;<br />

while countering the vast ecosystem of<br />

online front groups that pretend to be<br />

representative.<br />

“We will continue to work with the<br />

community and encourage people across<br />

the state to join us in fighting for a better<br />

future for NSW and Australia.”<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> asked Mr Falinski the<br />

following:<br />

Why did you run?<br />

“Because humanity’s best idea needs<br />

defending and you cannot keep looking<br />

the other way.”<br />

What is the major platform that secured<br />

your vote?<br />

“To modernise the party’s campaign and<br />

policy development tools from revitalising<br />

our policy branches, reaching out to the<br />

community and inviting them in, and<br />

building skill sets amongst candidates and<br />

campaigners amongst other ideas.”<br />

What’s your critique of the Federal<br />

Opposition over the past 12 months?<br />

GREAT TASK: Jason Falinski (with former <strong>Pittwater</strong> MP, the now retired Rob Stokes, and re-elected<br />

Manly MP James Griffin pictured during campaigning for the Federal Election in 2022).<br />

“They have done a good job getting out<br />

there and talking to people, listening<br />

to what they have to say, in some cases<br />

some very uncomfortable things, they<br />

have started a dialogue and that is<br />

important. The first 12 months is always<br />

the hardest, and they have created a good<br />

platform from which to build.<br />

What’s your vision for the Liberal Party?<br />

“The Liberal Party is, was and always<br />

will be the political movement<br />

of empowerment, fairness and<br />

opportunity. We are the political arm of<br />

humanity’s best idea. My vision is a party<br />

that effectively communicates and listens,<br />

that fights to win hearts and minds, and<br />

build a compassionate and fair society<br />

full of opportunities, not for us, but<br />

for all Australians especially the next<br />

generation.”<br />

To win the next election the Liberals<br />

will need to win back seats lost to Teals<br />

nationally; how do they do that?<br />

“I am not sure that is right. We will<br />

certainly give people a choice, but no-one<br />

should be under the misapprehension that<br />

the only way for the Liberal Party to win<br />

the next election is to win back seats from<br />

the Teals.”<br />

Your observation of the (Federal) Teals to<br />

date?<br />

“That is up to the Australian people; I<br />

would say it has only been just over 12<br />

months, so I do think people need to give<br />

the Teals a chance to deliver on something<br />

that makes our lives better or easier.”<br />

Locally, is double-dose Labor bad for the<br />

Northern Beaches?<br />

“To be fair to Labor, it is actually triple<br />

dose: Teal, Labor and Green. So far, the<br />

combination of our local, State and Federal<br />

representation has not been great, with<br />

major projects defunded all over the place;<br />

and no-one seems to want to fight for us<br />

and the projects that will make our lives in<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> better and easier.” – Nigel Wall<br />

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

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Richard’s trans-Tasman<br />

News<br />

Earlier this year,<br />

Narrabeen resident<br />

Dr Richard Barnes<br />

completed the first ever solo,<br />

non-stop 2000-kilometre<br />

kayak trip from Australia to<br />

New Zealand, in 67 days. His<br />

next adventure might take a<br />

full year.<br />

One assumes that you’d<br />

have to be mad to even<br />

attempt the trip in the<br />

first place; but ask Richard<br />

whether 67 days alone in a<br />

kayak drove him slightly<br />

crazy and he is circumspect.<br />

“There was actually a<br />

complete sense of freedom,”<br />

he replies. “… completely<br />

cut off and free from any<br />

responsibility.<br />

“Me and the boat were a<br />

partnership and I’d talk to<br />

the boat a lot of the time –<br />

and I managed to solve every<br />

one of the world’s problems!<br />

The time just went.”<br />

Richard, a mechanical<br />

engineer by profession,<br />

spent Christmas alone in the<br />

Tasman Sea, although there<br />

was also wildlife to keep<br />

him company – some more<br />

wanted than others.<br />

“I saw plenty of albatross<br />

every day and other smaller<br />

sea birds. There were a pair<br />

of whales one day and a few<br />

sharks along the way.<br />

“And I did have a satellite<br />

phone that I’d get information<br />

on every day and send back a<br />

story from my day.”<br />

He completed the crossing<br />

on February 18.<br />

This was his second<br />

attempt; the first came in<br />

2021 but he had to give up<br />

after 75 days due to bad<br />

weather in the form of<br />

Cyclone Seth.<br />

His feat makes him only<br />

the second solo kayaker to<br />

ever paddle “the gauntlet”<br />

(after Scott Donaldson in<br />

2018), and the first person<br />

to do so solo, non-stop, and<br />

unassisted. (Donaldson’s<br />

crossing included a stop<br />

at Lord Howe Island and a<br />


Richard’s bold selfie<br />

in the Tasman; and<br />

the closest to a ham<br />

Christmas lunch.<br />

resupply.)<br />

If it wasn’t mentally<br />

too tough, then surely it<br />

was physically very hard?<br />

Rather like the mental<br />

battle he mastered, Richard<br />

is fairly laconic about his<br />

superhuman efforts.<br />

“It was 9 or 10 hours of<br />

paddling every day for 67<br />

days, so yes, it was quite<br />

hard. But canoeing is my<br />

thing and I’ve paddled for<br />

40 years now. And it was<br />

more like a walking pace, as<br />

I wasn’t trying to break any<br />

record times.”<br />

When you realise quite<br />

how big Richard’s kayak was,<br />

however, then it just adds<br />

weight – literally – to his<br />

achievement.<br />

“Yes, it’s a big kayak<br />

– 10 metres long, by 850<br />

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kayak triumph<br />

centimetres wide. There was<br />

a cockpit where I could put<br />

my wet clothes and a sleeping<br />

area where I could stretch<br />

right out. The maximum<br />

speed was around 3km/h<br />

rather than the 7 to 10km/h<br />

I’d do in a normal kayak.”<br />

Richard designed and built<br />

the kayak himself, taking 18<br />

months in his garage. The<br />

size made the craft more<br />

PHOTO: Supplied<br />

stable, although Richard still<br />

capsized twice due to freak<br />

waves.<br />

“One of those was at night<br />

when I was asleep, which was a<br />

bit of a surprise. But it was selfrighting,<br />

so when it stabilised I<br />

just went back to sleep.”<br />

Cool as a cucumber.<br />

So, 18 months to build, two<br />

months to complete, but the<br />

idea first surfaced nine years<br />

ago on New Year’s Eve at a<br />

Scout Camp, amidst some<br />

fairly mundane resolutions.<br />

“We were discussing our<br />

New Year’s resolutions and<br />

most of the boys were talking<br />

about which girl they were<br />

going to go out with. I said<br />

I was going to kayak from<br />

Australia to New Zealand.”<br />

Nine years later he<br />

delivered on his promise.<br />

Admittedly Richard had<br />

already crossed Bass Strait<br />

six times in a kayak by<br />

then, and paddled around<br />

Tasmania back in 2007, so it<br />

wasn’t completely out of the<br />

blue. But his next adventure<br />

could take things to a whole<br />

new level.<br />

“I want to paddle around<br />

Australia. I’d sleep on land<br />

every night for that one, but<br />

it would take around a year<br />

to do.”<br />

And it would need a new<br />

canoe, as Blue Moon – the<br />

self-built recent model<br />

– has been donated to<br />

the Tasmanian Maritime<br />

Museum, after Richard<br />

started his trans-Tasman<br />

journey in Hobart.<br />

“First I’ve got a fun<br />

whitewater trip to Mexico<br />

and then on 28 October is the<br />

annual Hawkesbury Canoe<br />

Classic – 111km overnight<br />

down the Hawkesbury,” he<br />

enthuses.<br />

“That’s a great trip for all<br />

standards of kayakers and<br />

a great way to start doing<br />

adventures.”<br />

And like Richard, who<br />

knows where that journey<br />

might take you. – Rob Pegley<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

AUGUST <strong>2023</strong> 13

Council deflects aquatic<br />

News<br />

Bongin Bongin is the<br />

name the first Australians<br />

gave to what most of<br />

us now call Mona Vale beach.<br />

It translates into English as<br />

“the bay of many shells”.<br />

Today, however, it’s the bay<br />

of many conflicts, having<br />

divided both the community<br />

and Northern Beaches Council<br />

as definitely as the 1930s<br />

Depression era rock pool does<br />

physically to the bay itself.<br />

The opposing sides are<br />

unlikely enemies: fishermen<br />

and swimmers.<br />

And the marine “battleground”<br />

embraces everything<br />

from the environment to<br />

indigenous rights.<br />

Council’s July meeting witnessed<br />

both sides give voice<br />

on an issue first raised by<br />

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

It was prompted when a<br />

group of ocean swimmers<br />

– ‘The Friends of Bongin<br />

Bongin Bay’ (FOBBB) – began<br />

proceedings initially to turn<br />

a 45-hectare section north of<br />

the rock pool up to Bungan<br />

Beach into a ‘no-take’ fishing<br />

zone/aquatic reserve.<br />

The ‘no-take’ rule, as<br />

dictated by the NSW Government’s<br />

Department of<br />

Primary Industries, means<br />

that only recreational fishing<br />

by rod and line are allowed –<br />

with “all fish caught (being)<br />

swiftly returned to their<br />

natural environment with the<br />

least possible injury”.<br />

COMMITTED: The Friends of Bongin Bongin Bay.<br />

If mandated, ‘no-take’<br />

would include bans on spear<br />

fishing, any fish being caught<br />

and taken home to eat, or<br />

any shellfish gathered from<br />

the rock shelves which guard<br />

each end of Bongin Bongin.<br />

There are four aquatic<br />

reserves on the Northern<br />

Beaches: Cabbage Tree Bay in<br />

Manly, Narrabeen, Long Reef<br />

and Barrenjoey Head. Only<br />

Cabbage Tree Bay is ‘no-take’.<br />

Five speakers addressed the<br />

more-than-hour-long Council<br />

meeting last month, three of<br />

them against the proposal.<br />

Greg Pride, a key instigator<br />

of the swimming group’s<br />

initiative, said the petition for<br />

the ‘no-take aquatic reserve’<br />

had attracted 6,163 signatures<br />

in just 16 weeks.<br />

“From our experience the<br />

only voice of dissent comes<br />

from parts of the local fishing<br />

community expressing a<br />

concern about being locked<br />

out of free access to the bay,”<br />

he told Council. “We are not<br />

anti-fishing.<br />

“We want fisherfolk to<br />

share in the potential bounty<br />

of the scientific effect labelled<br />

‘spillover’, where over<br />

time, fish stocks adjacent to<br />

protected areas are enhanced…<br />

case studies from<br />

the Philippines and Hawaii<br />

demonstrate an increase in<br />

both physical size and quantity<br />

of fish takes in adjacent<br />

areas,” he continued.<br />

“All that we respectfully request<br />

is that the local fishing<br />

community consider alternative<br />

sites to the nominated 45<br />

hectares such as Newport to<br />

and Turimetta.”<br />

Speakers against included<br />

Narrabeen’s Tony Ford, who<br />

spoke about the mental health<br />

benefits of fishing, and veteran<br />

aquatic ecologist Dr Marcus<br />

Lincoln Smith – who refuted<br />

FOBBB’s submission claim of<br />

the importance of conserving<br />

the Bay’s seagrasses.<br />

Dr Lincoln Smith said his<br />

inspection of the bay failed to<br />

locate any seagrass – instead,<br />

all he had found was an<br />

“algae variant” which was<br />

“likely introduced” around<br />

100 years ago.<br />

And he drew attention to a<br />

photo in the FOBBB submission<br />

showing “50-plus swimmers”<br />

running into the water,<br />

without mention of its impact.<br />

Adding further weight to<br />

the opposition was Justin<br />

Duggan, representing fishing<br />

and diving clubs – also it<br />

was Mr Duggan who highlighted<br />

11th-hour push-back<br />

from traditional landowner<br />

stakeholders, revealing their<br />

correspondence to Council<br />

14 AUGUST <strong>2023</strong><br />

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eserve spat to the Govt<br />

RECREATION: An angler trying his<br />

luck off the rocks at Mona Vale.<br />

(see breakout below right).<br />

“This is a dramatic solution<br />

to a non-problem,” he added.<br />

These are murky waters<br />

indeed.<br />

From its conception, the<br />

swimmers’ intention to turn<br />

Bongin Bongin into a ‘no-take’<br />

aquatic reserve was championed<br />

by local councillors,<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward’s Michael<br />

Gencher and Manly Ward’s<br />

Candy Bingham.<br />

The pair drafted a proposal<br />

“to declare Bongin Bongin<br />

Bay a no-take aquatic reserve”<br />

and aimed to have it passed at<br />

July’s meeting.<br />

But after the robust opinions<br />

offered by the speakers<br />

at the meeting, and when it<br />

came time to vote, the pair<br />

amended the proposal’s wording<br />

to simply “… explore the<br />

merits of Bongin Bongin Bay<br />

becoming an aquatic reserve”.<br />

So, no pushing for ‘no-take’.<br />

That motion was passed;<br />

it will now progress to be<br />

considered by the State<br />

Government’s Department of<br />

Fisheries and Department for<br />

the Environment.<br />

Although at this stage, the<br />

two relevant ministers – Tara<br />

Moriarty and Penny Sharpe –<br />

are just being asked for “their<br />

views” on the “community-led<br />

proposal”, while Council would<br />

then await the results of “a<br />

report… outlining the outcome<br />

of this investigation, and what<br />

steps would be required to<br />

progress the proposal”.<br />

Naturally, fisherfolk have<br />

waded in.<br />

One of them, the previously<br />

mentioned speaker Tony Ford,<br />

also wrote a letter to Council;<br />

in it he asserted FOBBB had<br />

provided: “No scientific information…<br />

to substantiate their<br />

claims (suggesting) this is a<br />

unique eco-system… under<br />

threat.<br />

“Additionally, there is no<br />

evidence to suggest that<br />

line fishermen impact this<br />

eco-system any more than<br />

swimmers or members of<br />

the public and their children<br />

meandering along beaches<br />

and rocky outcrops.<br />

“Nor does the action group<br />

recognise the work of mother<br />

nature which from time to<br />

time produces high seas and<br />

swell that impacts coastal<br />

beaches, headlands and rock<br />

platforms by moving sand,<br />

causing erosion and impacting<br />

rock platforms.<br />

“Bongin Bongin Bay does not<br />

offer the high degree of shelter<br />

to marine fauna and habitat<br />

found at Cabbage Tree Bay.”<br />

So, the swell of divided<br />

opinion continues to roll in.<br />

– Steve Meacham<br />

Footnote: Some images<br />

and content in the FOBBB<br />

submission on the group’s<br />

website have been “temporarily<br />

removed pending legal<br />

advice” or “at the request of<br />

the Department of Primary<br />

Industries”.<br />

MLALC: ‘You should talk to us’<br />

While the Friends of Bongin Bongin Bay<br />

proposal garnered more than 6000<br />

petition signatures, it failed to secure the<br />

support of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal<br />

Land Council (MLALC).<br />

MLALC CEO Nathan Moran wrote to Northern<br />

Beaches Mayor Sue Heins to express<br />

disappointment at not being consulted.<br />

In the letter, circulated to councillors<br />

and seen by <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>, Mr Moran said<br />

failure to acknowledge the LMALC left the<br />

group feeling they were unable to protect<br />

the cultural heritage they were charged with<br />

overseeing.<br />

“MLALC understands that the ‘Friends of<br />

Bongin Bongin Bay’ evolved in February <strong>2023</strong><br />

from a group of swimmers who traverse the<br />

bay each morning taking in the wonders of<br />

nature,” Mr Moran wrote.<br />

“The group is currently seeking to mobilise<br />

the community via a petition to Northern<br />

Beaches Council seeking its support<br />

in having the area declared by the Department<br />

of Environment as a ‘no take’ aquatic<br />

reserve.<br />

“MLALC certainly are not anti-fishing and<br />

or [sic] not supportive of actions for protection<br />

of marine environment.<br />

“MLALC affirms that as it has had no<br />

consultation… on this basis [we] can not<br />

support it at this point.<br />

“NSW State and local governments must<br />

ensure MLALC as the Aboriginal authority<br />

for NB LGA, is engaged [and] consulted on<br />

matters such as seeking [to] establish an<br />

aquatic reserve.”<br />

– NW<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

AUGUST <strong>2023</strong> 15

‘Voice to Council’ raised<br />

News<br />

Northern Beaches Council staff are<br />

working on the feasibility of a new<br />

Indigenous ‘Voice to Council’, it<br />

has been revealed.<br />

The Voice to Council would mirror the<br />

functions of the ‘Voice to Parliament’,<br />

with a local Indigenous body either<br />

selected or elected to represent<br />

Indigenous views to Council in an<br />

advisory capacity.<br />

In matters held over from Council’s<br />

July meeting and scheduled for hearing<br />

at an extraordinary meeting on <strong>August</strong><br />

1, Curl Curl Ward Greens Councillor<br />

Kristyn Glanville proposed a range of<br />

support measures to promote the Voice to<br />

Parliament, including that staff consult<br />

with the local Aboriginal community and<br />

organisations regarding their views on<br />

amending the Australian Constitution to<br />

create the ‘Voice’ to Parliament, plus any<br />

local events or activities they already are<br />

planning or participating in regarding the<br />

Voice.<br />

Ms Glanville queried what local role,<br />

activations, or activities Council could<br />

take to promote discussion and sharing<br />

of ideas regarding the Voice.<br />

She proposed that a working group<br />

comprised of Councillors and staff be<br />

formed to identify and action any events<br />

or activities Council could facilitate,<br />

within existing budgets, to promote<br />

discussion and sharing of ideas regarding<br />

the Voice. This could be achieved through<br />

a local ‘Town Hall’ of speakers delivering<br />

a range of well-informed views.<br />

Also in the motion to Council, Ms<br />

Glanville requested staff identify<br />

and action any financial or in-kind<br />

support, within existing budgets, that<br />

Council could offer to assist Aboriginal<br />

Stakeholders or organisation planning<br />

COUNCIL MODEL: The Voice to Parliament.<br />

their own local activities and events<br />

concerning the Voice, and report on the<br />

activities of the working group at the<br />

next viable Council meeting.<br />

She noted some Councils had already<br />

made the decision to actively endorse<br />

a Voice to Parliament, including Blue<br />

Mountains City Council.<br />

In her background summary, Ms<br />

Glanville noted: “Based on 2021 census<br />

data, approximately 1700 people live in<br />

the Northern Beaches with Aboriginal or<br />

Torres Strait Islander ancestry, including<br />

people directly descended from the<br />

original tribes of the Northern Beaches.”<br />

She explained that the Aboriginal<br />

Heritage Office operated on the<br />

Northern Beaches, as well as many other<br />

Aboriginal organisations and businesses<br />

including the Aboriginal Support<br />

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

the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal<br />

Land Council, Bush to Bowl, and The<br />

Gaimaragal Group.<br />

“As the community considers whether<br />

the Australian Constitution should be<br />

amended to provide an advisory voice<br />

to Federal Parliament, there is also<br />

an opportunity to consider whether<br />

Northern Beaches Council should also<br />

have an advisory group on a local level,”<br />

she said.<br />

“There is existing work underway by<br />

the Community team within Council to<br />

consider these possibilities, and this will<br />

be dealt with at a future meeting.”<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> asked Council to detail<br />

its current process in consulting and<br />

liaising with traditional landowner<br />

stakeholders on matters pertaining to<br />

their culture and heritage across the<br />

Northern Beaches Local Government<br />

Area – for example, proposals for places<br />

and street names and matters to do with<br />

Council-managed reserves and land.<br />

Council responded: “Council recognises<br />

the importance of working with our<br />

local Aboriginal community and various<br />

organisations and groups to actively<br />

seek feedback and their input on various<br />

projects.<br />

“We are also currently creating<br />

cultural protocols and a holistic<br />

approach to engagement with First<br />

Nations people.<br />

“Key groups that Council consults<br />

with include the Metropolitan Local<br />

Aboriginal Land Council, Aboriginal<br />

Heritage Office, Northern Beaches<br />

Aboriginal Education Consultative<br />

Group, and our local Aboriginal<br />

community members.”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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News<br />

Council ‘robbing Mona graveyard’<br />

raid on the Mona Vale<br />

A Cemetery Reserve to<br />

help fund Council’s new<br />

software system showed how<br />

precarious Northern Beaches<br />

Council finances were, said<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Greens Councillor<br />

Miranda Korzy.<br />

Ms Korzy said the measure<br />

was contained in the <strong>2023</strong>/24<br />

budget papers, passed by all<br />

councillors except her and<br />

Narrabeen Independent Vince<br />

de Luca at the meeting.<br />

She said that in summary,<br />

the budget provided for total<br />

spending of $507 million,<br />

including capital works worth<br />

$102 and loan repayments of<br />

$4 million – leading to a loans<br />

balance of $9 million by June<br />

30 next year and an operating<br />

surplus of $0.4 million.<br />

She said rates would rise by<br />

3.7 per cent, with an average<br />

of $58 per annum, and the<br />

domestic waste charge by $50<br />

to $550.<br />

Ms Korzy revealed Council<br />

couldn’t delay replacing<br />

the current Enterprise<br />

Resource Planning system –<br />

CONCERN: Cr Korzy.<br />

which manages all Council<br />

operations – because its<br />

supplier will switch it off next<br />

year.<br />

She explained the budget<br />

allowed for spending of $20<br />

million on the replacement –<br />

although it was not identified<br />

as a separate line item<br />

and was subsumed under<br />

Corporate Support Services,<br />

to be spent over four years.<br />

At its June meeting Council<br />

approved borrowing $4.6<br />

million towards its cost from<br />

the Mona Vale Cemetery<br />

Reserve Fund.<br />

“I believe it’s unethical<br />

to raid the Mona Vale<br />

Cemetery Fund to finance<br />

new software,” Ms Korzy told<br />

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

“At times of great distress,<br />

families face considerable<br />

expense towards burials,<br />

some of which goes toward<br />

upkeep on the cemetery in<br />

perpetuity.<br />

“At the time of Council<br />

amalgamations, we were told<br />

they would lead to greater<br />

service provision and savings.<br />

“Yet here we are seven<br />

years later, with <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

funding a completely<br />

predictable item of<br />

operational expenditure<br />

from a reserve designed to<br />

maintain the local graveyard.<br />

“There could be no bleaker<br />

demonstration of the need for<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> to regain control of<br />

its own destiny.” – Nigel Wall<br />

NB Kids Fest for Narrabeen<br />

5THINGS<br />


Family history. Mona Vale<br />

Library is hosting a free<br />

presentation for adults showing<br />

how to access services to help you<br />

discover more about your local<br />

and family history. Learn about the<br />

library’s History Hub Collection,<br />

Ancestry and Find My Past on<br />

Mon 7 from 11am-12pm. Bookings<br />

essential; phone 8495 5024.<br />

Ocean films festival. Sink into a<br />

top-notch bean bag and immerse<br />

yourself in the wonders of the<br />

ocean at this fabulous film festival<br />

in Top Deck at Royal Motor Yacht<br />

Club on Sat 12 from 7pm. The<br />

festival features five of the world’s<br />

most captivating ocean-themed<br />

short films documenting the<br />

beauty and power of the ocean,<br />

with free popcorn and antipasto<br />

boxes to pre-purchase. Tickets<br />

cost $33; you can book online at<br />

royalmotor.com.au or call 9977<br />

5511.<br />

Cyber Safety. As the number<br />

of people using various devices,<br />

networks and Wi-Fi to access the<br />

internet increases, so does the<br />

need for better cyber security.<br />

Join this info session run by a<br />

senior police officer on Tues 15 at<br />

Mona Vale Library from 11am-<br />

12pm to learn about the methods<br />

criminals use to target your<br />

personal details and the simple<br />

steps you can take to protect<br />

yourself. Free; bookings required<br />

on 8495 5028.<br />

Four years in the making, the Northern demonstrations and challenges.<br />

Beaches Kids Fest is locked in for Sunday Schools, local bands, buskers, performing<br />

10 September – and there’s still time for local arts academies and studios are invited<br />

businesses to assist with sponsorship.<br />

to perform to a much wider and greater<br />

The largest dedicated children’s outdoor audience; and the many and varied<br />

spectacular on the<br />

children’s services<br />

Northern Beaches –<br />

of the Northern<br />

hosted by volunteers<br />

Beaches – from<br />

of <strong>Pittwater</strong> Tigers<br />

party businesses,<br />

Junior AFL to raise<br />

developmental<br />

Fleetwood Mac. The<br />

funds for their new<br />

therapy, mental<br />

internationally acclaimed<br />

Clubhouse – it will<br />

health support,<br />

show ‘Running In The Shadows<br />

transform both<br />

to educational<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Rugby Park<br />

businesses – have the<br />

of Fleetwood Mac’ will be at<br />

and North Narrabeen<br />

opportunity to hold<br />

Avalon Beach RSL on Sat 19 from<br />

Reserve into a kid’s<br />

stalls, workshops<br />

8.30pm, with a six-piece band<br />

oasis full of an<br />

and activities while covering the classic ballads, blues<br />

incredible array of<br />

showcasing their<br />

and rock songs from the group’s<br />

things to do and see.<br />

services.<br />

five-decades-plus career. Tickets<br />

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$47.45; book via oztix or avalonrsl.<br />

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com.au or 9918 2201.<br />

Secretary Skye Rose<br />

options, plus a<br />

Car boot sale. Get a head start<br />

said the Festival was<br />

market of kids<br />

on Spring by clearing out your<br />

anchored around the<br />

products, services,<br />

ever-popular Colour<br />

environmental<br />

clutter and selling unwanted items<br />

Runs, famous for the<br />

and emergency<br />

at Narrabeen Sports High School’s<br />

throwing of coloured chalk on participants organisations, family pre-loved kid’s gear<br />

Car Boot sale on Sun 27 from 7amresulting<br />

in a rainbow of runners and<br />

and clothing stalls – and kids themselves can 1pm. Text Sue on 0466 393 971 or<br />

walkers.<br />

apply to hold a free Kid’s Maker Market stall to email narracarboot@gmail.com for<br />

Sporting clubs and businesses are invited sell their own arts, craft and wares.<br />

all enquiries.<br />

to get kids active and try new sports with *Want to get involved? More info and the<br />

activations, mini sports clinics, competitions, sponsorship proposal at nbkidsfest.com.au<br />

18 AUGUST <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

<strong>Life</strong>-saving<br />

defibs for<br />

bus stops<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

has become one of the<br />

first councils in metropolitan<br />

Sydney to partner with<br />

Heart of the Nation to install<br />

community defibrillators at<br />

bus stops and public spaces.<br />

Council has joined forces<br />

with former yellow Wiggle Greg<br />

Page and his charity Heart of<br />

the Nation to roll out publicly<br />

available Automated External<br />

Defibrillators (AEDs) in 15 key<br />

locations including Narrabeen,<br />

Warriewood, Mona Vale, Newport<br />

and Collaroy.<br />

As first reported by <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong> in November 2021, Mr Page<br />

was integral to the installation<br />

of one of the first community<br />

AEDs at Bilgola Plateau.<br />

Around 28,000 Australians<br />

suffer sudden cardiac arrest<br />

each year and only 10 per cent<br />

survive. Mr Page was one of<br />

them, when he collapsed during<br />

a Wiggles performance in<br />

January 2020.<br />

It was the day after his 48th<br />

birthday when he “dropped<br />

dead” from a sudden cardiac<br />

arrest; but thanks to a nearby<br />

AED, off-duty medical professionals<br />

and volunteers from<br />

the audience, his life was<br />

saved.<br />

Now the CEO of Heart of<br />

the Nation, Mr Page has made<br />

it his mission to make AEDs<br />

available in more locations and<br />

to train as many people as possible<br />

on how to use them.<br />

“Having AEDs that can be<br />

accessed at any time of the day<br />

or night such as those being<br />

rolled out by Northern Beaches<br />

Council… means that lives can<br />

be saved,” Mr Page said.<br />

Northern Beaches Mayor Sue<br />

Heins said Council was proud<br />

to be a part of this life-saving<br />

mission.<br />

“This means any member of<br />

the public can access these life<br />

saving devices when they need<br />

them, no matter the time of<br />

day,” she said.<br />

“If you can access an AED<br />

within three to five minutes of<br />

someone suffering a sudden<br />

cardiac arrest, you can increase<br />

their chance of survival<br />

to 70 per cent.”<br />

The new AEDs are being<br />

installed in <strong>Pittwater</strong> at the bus<br />

stop at 345 Barrenjoey Road,<br />

Newport; the B-Line terminus,<br />

Village Park, Mona Vale; the<br />

B-Line bus stop at 1472-1518<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Road, Warriewood;<br />

the B-Line bus stop at 1417<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Road, Narrabeen; and<br />

the B-Line bus stop at 1060 <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Road, Collaroy.<br />

AEDs will also be installed<br />

at key locations in Dee Why,<br />

Brookvale, Manly Vale,<br />

Forestville, Belrose, Balgowlah,<br />

Fairlight and Manly.<br />

Mayor Heins encouraged<br />

LIFESAVING: Heart of the Nation’s<br />

Greg Page and Helen Jones; an example<br />

of a bus stop AED installation.<br />

everyone in the community to<br />

familiarise themselves with<br />

the locations because “you<br />

just don’t know when you may<br />

need to use one”.<br />

“If residents download the<br />

Heart of the Nation app and<br />

sign up as responders they can<br />

be notified of nearby cardiac<br />

arrest events, access the AEDs<br />

and deliver it to someone in<br />

need,” she said.<br />

The latest batch of AEDs<br />

have been donated by Club-<br />

GRANTS from Mounties Group,<br />

owners of the local Harbord<br />

Diggers.<br />

AEDs are designed to be<br />

used by anyone. You do not<br />

need a qualification or certification<br />

to operate one. An AED<br />

will not shock a patient that<br />

doesn’t need to be shocked and<br />

it will not harm the responder.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

*For more info on Heart of the<br />

Nation visit heartofthenation.<br />

com.au; to see a map of AED<br />

locations on the Northern<br />

Beaches visit Council website.<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

AUGUST <strong>2023</strong> 19

News<br />

Owners fear ‘El Ningleside’<br />

While global temperatures rise, Ingleside<br />

residents wait patiently for the<br />

annual discussion around backburning<br />

and bushfire preparation – as usual,<br />

they’re not holding their breath.<br />

“Do you know what ‘Ingleside’ means?”<br />

asks local resident Steve Smith. “According<br />

to dictionaries it means ‘a place beside a<br />

fire’.<br />

“And beside us is 10,000 hectares of<br />

National Park which needs managing and<br />

controlling, otherwise there could be a new<br />

<strong>2023</strong> definition of ‘Ingleside’ along the lines<br />

of ‘a place within a fire’.”<br />

He may be attempting black humour, but<br />

Steve isn’t laughing. Because as ever, he and<br />

the residents of Ingleside are waiting for word of back-burning.<br />

And they do so against the backdrop of a looming El Nino.<br />

In July, the United Nations declared the world was experiencing<br />

another El Nino event, which would see a rise in global<br />

temperatures and extreme weather events.<br />

Indeed, TV news footage and daily newspapers report extreme<br />

temperatures and weather events ravaging the USA and<br />

Europe, with temperatures topping 50 degrees in some countries<br />

including China and in the US state of Arizona.<br />

Australia, via the Bureau of Meteorology, are yet to sign up<br />

to the El Nino declaration, but it doesn’t make our country immune<br />

from the effects.<br />

At a more local level, Steve said that he has been talking to<br />

New fire boat call<br />

Local MP Rory Amon has sought<br />

urgent Ministerial intervention to<br />

secure desperately needed new fire<br />

boat firefighting resources for <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s<br />

offshore communities.<br />

The call follows a significant twoday<br />

fire up the ridge behind homes at<br />

Coasters Retreat on 8 July.<br />

Mr Amon said <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s 18.4<br />

square kilometres of waterways were<br />

served by two fire boats, at Elvina and<br />

Scotland Island. The fire boats serve as<br />

first responders for fires affecting over<br />

700 full-time residents, and hundreds<br />

more part-timers and weekenders.<br />

Mr Amon called on Minister for<br />

HAZARD-REDUCTION: Ingleside locals<br />

want back-burning – like this one at the<br />

Angophora Reserve at Avalon in June.<br />

Emergency Services Jihad<br />

Dib to act urgently.<br />

“The Scotland Island<br />

Volunteer Rural Fire<br />

Brigade currently has a<br />

fire boat which is not fit<br />

for purpose and has been<br />

in use for 17 years,” Mr<br />

Amon said. “This vulnerability, highlighted<br />

by the Coasters Retreat fire, is<br />

putting lives and property at risk.<br />

“This matter is now urgent, especially<br />

as we enter a drier and hotter fire<br />

season. I fear the worst for <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s<br />

offshore communities… in that setting,<br />

I now elevate this matter to your<br />

local volunteer firefighters in the area who<br />

are expecting the worst this Summer.<br />

“I’ve known one of the guys in the<br />

Tumbledown Dick Rural Fire Brigade for 25<br />

years – he said that they fully expect massive<br />

fires at Ingleside this Summer, and that<br />

back-burns and preparation are vital.”<br />

Steve can still remember the last time<br />

back burning was held and it’s now well<br />

overdue.<br />

“They last did a big back-burn 13 years<br />

ago – there were around 200 fireman out<br />

here. At the time we were told that they<br />

need to do it every 10 years or things can<br />

get very dangerous.<br />

“The bloke from the Tumbledown Dick<br />

Fire Brigade said that I could say goodbye to my property if<br />

they don’t do proper preparation in the area.”<br />

Rangers have been in the area recently co-ordinating next<br />

steps of a potential burn-off, but at the moment the vegetation<br />

is deemed too wet – a product of the unparalleled rain that has<br />

been experienced in the past two years.<br />

Downpours in late July haven’t helped either.<br />

It’s a catch-22 – that hopefully won’t catch alight anytime soon.<br />

“All of us know Ingleside is going to go up,” says Steve with<br />

justifiable resignation, “And if they don’t do some back burning<br />

they are going to have a big problem.<br />

“They say it’s a high priority, so let’s hope that’s the case.”<br />

– Rob Pegley<br />

THREAT: The<br />

Coasters<br />

Retreat Fire.<br />

direct attention,” he said.<br />

Mr Amon specifically asked Mr Dib<br />

to provide urgent advice as to when it<br />

was anticipated that a new fire boat<br />

would be handed over to the Scotland<br />

Island RFB, and what the type and<br />

approximate length and width the new<br />

fire boat would be.<br />

– NW<br />

PHOTO: NB Advocate<br />

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Full bus services ‘back by Xmas’<br />

State MPs on the Northern<br />

Beaches have slammed the<br />

State Government’s restructuring<br />

of bus timetables to<br />

compensate for industry-wide<br />

driver shortages.<br />

And they are calling on the<br />

Government to give not “strip”<br />

resources and to give assurances<br />

they will not divert any<br />

new local bus driver recruits<br />

to other Sydney regions.<br />

Wakehurst MP Michael<br />

Regan and <strong>Pittwater</strong> MP Rory<br />

Amon are demanding full<br />

services are restored before<br />

Christmas.<br />

Operator Keolis Downer<br />

adopted a “temporary, adjusted<br />

timetable” across the<br />

Northern Beaches on 17 July,<br />

to reduce the number of ad<br />

hoc bus cancellations.<br />

In addition to the temporary<br />

changes being introduced<br />

across the network,<br />

there will also be some permanent<br />

changes to services in<br />

Avalon in response to recent<br />

road and traffic upgrades.<br />

These include routes 191, 192,<br />

190X and the 199.<br />

Notification posters have<br />

been placed on affected bus<br />

stops.<br />

Keolis Downer said it was<br />

committed to returning to a<br />

full timetable and was taking<br />

active measures to attract new<br />

drivers.<br />

“We know that our services<br />

are not meeting passenger<br />

expectations and we are working<br />

hard to get more drivers<br />

safely on to the road to return<br />

services to where they need to<br />

be,” a Keolis Downer Spokesperson<br />

said.<br />

Mr Regan said he had held<br />

“full and frank discussions”<br />

with both Keolis Downer and<br />

Transport for NSW and was<br />

optimistic that Christmas was<br />

an achievable timeframe to<br />

restore services.<br />

“But in some positive news,<br />

it’s great to hear that school<br />

sport charter bus services are<br />

coming back online for our local<br />

schools,” Mr Regan said.<br />

Meanwhile Mr Amon has<br />

urged the Minns Government<br />

LOBBY: Mr Regan.<br />

to resurrect the Beaches Link<br />

Tunnel, given its clear benefits<br />

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

But he added that should<br />

the cancellation remain in<br />

place, Labor should allocate<br />

funding in its September<br />

Budget towards “pinch point”<br />

planning across the Northern<br />

Beaches including the choke<br />

zones through Mona Vale and<br />

at Narrabeen.<br />

“There are now reduced<br />

opportunities to ease local<br />

traffic congestion,” he said.<br />

“I fear that over the coming<br />

years, our community will<br />

be left in worsening gridlock<br />

especially as the Government<br />

foists population and significant<br />

development growth<br />

upon us.”<br />

Mr Amon said pinch point<br />

planning would include the<br />

allocation of funding for road<br />

network reviews to identify<br />

opportunities for increased<br />

efficiencies in the network<br />

and subsequent detailed<br />

design and undertaking of<br />

works, which could include<br />

new turning bays, slip lanes,<br />

fly-over bridges (possibly at<br />

the Narrabeen Lakes approach<br />

heading south) or underpasses,<br />

additional bus bays, traffic<br />

signal sequencing, pedestrian<br />

bridges and more.<br />

The cancellation of the<br />

Beaches Link Tunnel followed<br />

a long-standing promise by<br />

the then Chris Minns Labor<br />

opposition to scrap the project<br />

if elected. – Nigel Wall<br />

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AUGUST <strong>2023</strong> 21

Taryn strong with a<br />

News<br />

Gigi, the five-year-old<br />

chocolate-coloured<br />

Labrador, doesn’t realise<br />

her role in getting her visionimpaired<br />

owner Able Seaman<br />

Taryn Dickens to September’s<br />

Invictus Games.<br />

Just a few years ago Taryn<br />

was ice climbing precipitous<br />

slopes at Kosciusko National<br />

Park, cycling marathon trails<br />

and Nordic skiing.<br />

Now the HMAS naval sailor<br />

is confined to a desk role in<br />

Canberra, Gigi at her feet, and<br />

accompanying her owner in<br />

the hard training as a visually<br />

impaired member of Australia’s<br />

<strong>2023</strong> Invictus Games,<br />

founded by Prince Harry.<br />

Actually the 40-year-old is<br />

more than just a member –<br />

Taryn is Australia’s co-captain<br />

of the Games in Dusseldorf<br />

from September 9-16 (along<br />

with wheelchair rugby and<br />

basketball veteran Flight Sergeant<br />

Nathan King).<br />

“It’s a great honour to<br />

be co-captain,” she says. “I<br />

haven’t read Prince Harry’s<br />

book (‘Spare’) or followed the<br />

politics. I’m just grateful to be<br />

in Dusseldorf to help people<br />

like me find peace through an<br />

event he founded.”<br />

The Avalon RSL member<br />

will compete in three disciplines<br />

(as all Invictus Games<br />

qualifiers do): in her case,<br />

cycling, para powerlifting and<br />

rowing.<br />

It’s a remarkable transformation,<br />

given the mental<br />

health problems she went<br />

through in 2019 when she was<br />

told her vision was descending<br />

into blindness.<br />

While she was awaiting being<br />

diagnosed with cone-rod<br />

dystrophy – an eye disorder<br />

affecting the retina which<br />

causes vision loss – she readily<br />

admits she hit the skids.<br />

“I took to drinking and selfmedicating<br />

quite heavily,” she<br />

has said in the past. “That’s<br />

when I put my hand up and<br />

said ‘I need help and I need<br />

more help than you can give<br />

me here’. And they admitted<br />

me into the mental health<br />

unit.<br />

“I was there for about<br />

six weeks, which gave me a<br />

chance to just take a breath<br />

and be around other people<br />

who were going through difficult<br />

times.”<br />

An army baby, Taryn always<br />

meant to “sign up” but was<br />

delayed by other careers. She<br />

trained as a fitter and turner<br />

at TAFE, went to work in Mon-<br />

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new Invictus vision<br />

GAMES FOCUS: Taryn with “constant<br />

companion” Gigi; preparing<br />

for September’s Invictus Games.<br />

golia, came home to Australia<br />

as a bicycle technician, before<br />

spending 10 years as a Virgin<br />

Australia flight dispatcher.<br />

In 2017 Taryn joined the<br />

Royal Australian Navy as a<br />

Weapons Rate Electronics<br />

Technician. The choice of service<br />

was ad hoc, she admits.<br />

“The Navy was the first to<br />

accept me.”<br />

Two years later she began to<br />

suffer a long-term headache:<br />

“At first I thought it was just a<br />

migraine. I’d had them before.<br />

But then I realised it was affecting<br />

my sight.<br />

“My peripheral vision was<br />

disappearing.”<br />

She went to the Save Sight<br />

Institute. “They were brilliant,”<br />

she says. “But the diagnosis<br />

was awful. I was told I had<br />

between five and 20 years left<br />

of sight.”<br />

As she speaks, Gigi is<br />

beneath her desk in Canberra.<br />

“She’s not a guide dog or a<br />

guard dog, she’s just a constant<br />

companion.”<br />

Taryn’s strong enough to acknowledge<br />

the “mental health<br />

problems” she suffered.<br />

On the other hand, thanks<br />

to Gigi and her supportive colleagues<br />

in the RAN, she’s now<br />

looking on the bright side.<br />

“The good news is that my<br />

eyesight is bad enough to<br />

qualify for the Paralympics,”<br />

she says with a laugh. There<br />

she will compete in the Biathlon<br />

and cross country skiing.<br />

The Invictus Games criteria<br />

are less severe, but only 500<br />

competitors are invited. Taryn<br />

and Nathan will lead an Australian<br />

team of 31.<br />

“I’ve been a cyclist now for<br />

20 years and can still cycle<br />

on the road with the Australian<br />

Defence Forces club and<br />

the Canberra Vikings (cycling<br />

club),” she says.<br />

She doesn’t have to ride<br />

tandem yet, just stay in close<br />

contact with the visually nonimpaired<br />

cyclist partner in<br />

front of her.<br />

I note her chosen disciplines<br />

in the Invictus Games – apart<br />

from cycling – are rowing and<br />

power lifting.<br />

“Power lifting?” she interrupts.<br />

“It’s para power lifting!<br />

It’s much more difficult. You<br />

can’t raise your legs from the<br />

bench because paralympians<br />

can’t.”<br />

Taryn is determined to take<br />

part in the 2026 Winter Paralympics<br />

in Italy.<br />

“The Invictus Games saved<br />

my life,” she admits. “There is<br />

no rehabilitation available for<br />

my vision loss.<br />

“But sport has given me<br />

routine, consistency and a<br />

direction to focus on, keeping<br />

my mind in check.<br />

“Having goals has meant I<br />

can push myself, which I find<br />

very rewarding.<br />

“Turning my vision loss into<br />

another experience to learn<br />

from and finding the courage<br />

to be open and honest about<br />

my experiences with mental<br />

health.<br />

“This has given others the<br />

strength, courage and permission<br />

to talk about their experiences.<br />

Courage is contagious.”<br />

As for Gigi? She’ll enjoy the<br />

rest. – Steve Meacham<br />

*Invictus Games <strong>2023</strong> – more<br />

info invictusgamesfoundation.org;<br />

to donate go to asf.<br />

org.au and search ‘Donate’.<br />

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AUGUST <strong>2023</strong> 23

The Way We Were<br />

Every month we pore over three decades of <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>, providing a snapshot of the<br />

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 />

It was <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>’s 7th birthday. Avalon Library was in<br />

“desperate need” of more space “even in the new library<br />

building… but the Council says no”. We<br />

ran a story about the impact of One<br />

Nation in <strong>Pittwater</strong> “… which could see<br />

sitting member Bronwyn Bishop forced<br />

to preferences to retain the seat.” The<br />

community-sponsored Avalon Skate<br />

rink was officially opened. Police<br />

numbers were falling: “In 1993 there<br />

were 196 general duties policemen in<br />

the Northern Beaches Command area<br />

which stretches from Collaroy to Palm<br />

Beach. Today the allocated number<br />

for the area is 148 but in reality, the<br />

actual number of general duties police<br />

in the area has been as low as 132<br />

and is currently 142.5. Crime is on the<br />

increase while police response time to<br />

calls is getting longer.” Our fearless<br />

columnist Pooter reported his “… fax<br />

ran hot with an announcement from<br />

Environment Minister Pam Allen on<br />

her initiative to stop 100 million plastic<br />

milk and detergent containers going to<br />

‘landfill’ (does she mean a tip?) every<br />

15 Years Ago…<br />

year. Pooter recalls that there was once a better system in<br />

place. It was called a glass bottle and a milkman used to take<br />

it away from home when delivering a<br />

new one. This wonderful service<br />

was dispensed with when greedy<br />

packaging companies hoisted their<br />

dreadful plastic and cardboard<br />

packages on us with not thought as how<br />

to dispose of them…” Newport<br />

was set to lose its branch of the<br />

National Australia Bank – the third<br />

bank closure in the <strong>Pittwater</strong> area<br />

in recent months. A new lease<br />

arrangement was introduced for the<br />

Palm Beach Golf Club “under its old<br />

lease the club was paying $69 a week<br />

for the course plus maintenance and<br />

capital development and keeping it<br />

open as a public course.” <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Council outlined its plan to ban<br />

new installations of solid wood<br />

burning fires and stoves; and Sydney<br />

Water assured readers that sewage<br />

discharges from the Warriewood<br />

treatment plant did not present a risk<br />

to the community.<br />

5 Years Ago…<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> had a new look and a improvements at Church Point, The B-Line extension from<br />

new printer, celebrating “18 years including a two-tiered carpark, Mona Vale to Newport<br />

and the start of our 19th”. One of were up for comment; it was<br />

was scrapped; Northern<br />

Bayview’s Bei Loon Dragon Boat hoped the $11-million project Beaches Hospital achieved<br />

teams was on the cover “launched would end “more than 30 years of a best practice rating for<br />

only five years ago they have<br />

wrangling between on and offshore sustainability, and we<br />

residents.” Kimbriki tip announced introduced NB Council’s<br />

become the biggest Dragon Boat<br />

“ambitious plans to begin<br />

new CEO Ray Brownlee<br />

Club in Australia – and Australian<br />

generating electricity from a series who was to commence<br />

champions.” Plans for<br />

of composting tunnels”; it was his five-year contract on<br />

hoped the project “will ultimately October 1. Meanwhile,<br />

produce enough electricity to power Council launched a lastditch<br />

180 houses or meet the power<br />

legal bid to “overturn<br />

demands of Kimbriki”. While the a controversial decision to<br />

tip “… has an expected life of 50 approve development on flood -prone land” near the<br />

years, general manager Mr Aaron new Macpherson Street Bridge at Warriewood; our <strong>Life</strong><br />

Hudson said ways of extending Stories subject was Newport-based former Wallabies<br />

that life were being explored and superstar and sports presenter Matt Burke; Avalon<br />

that included more recycling so sailing Club celebrated 80 years and businesses in<br />

less waste would go into landfill”. Palm Beach and Ettalong were hoping for a long-term<br />

In other news, the 16th “annual solution to an environmental issue that had shut down<br />

Pub2Pub fun run is on again.” ferry services and cut off the two tourist destinations<br />

Avalon Fabrics celebrated 16 years for more than two months. Sand build-up near Little<br />

in business and Avalon Library Box Head had forced the closure of the Ettalong<br />

was getting set to celebrate its Channel, with dredging required to clear the waterway<br />

25th Anniversary. Also, two local – it was the second time in two years dredging works<br />

IT specialists outlined the pros were needed to counter tidal flow deposits of sand.<br />

and cons of the newly launched And a ‘fabulous food’ feature promoted the mouthwatering<br />

Apple iPhone.<br />

offerings being dished up at our local clubs.<br />

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News<br />

SEEN…<br />

If you have a Development Application<br />

stuck in the system,<br />

you’ll be interested to hear<br />

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

Miranda Korzy is looking into<br />

staff changes at Council, having<br />

identified what appears to<br />

be a high turnover of planning<br />

staff. Ms Korzy said: “Turnover<br />

of planners appears high,<br />

with a loss of nine staff from<br />

nearly 60 employed in only six<br />

months, when the Australian<br />

Bureau of Statistics figures for<br />

turnover of professional staff<br />

across Australia per year is<br />

22 per cent. The question is:<br />

is this just a blip, normal for<br />

Council planners, or a wider<br />

trend on Council?”… The future of the<br />

Avalon Customer Service Centre will be discussed at the next<br />

Council meeting on <strong>August</strong> 22. In May, a staff report recommended<br />

Council transition out of face-to-face service at the<br />

Centre by 30 June <strong>2023</strong>. Debate was deferred until the first<br />

available meeting attendance by new <strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward Councillor<br />

Karina Page… Last month’s item about Council scrutinising the<br />

(illegal) practice of advertising vehicles for sale along <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Rd at Collaroy, which has flow-on effects for the same practice<br />

on Newport Hill, hit a nerve with the community, who lodged a<br />

whopping 899 submissions on Council’s website between June<br />

16 and the closing date of July 23. Council is now poring over<br />

the submissions before it determines next steps. We’ll keep you<br />

posted.<br />

HEARD…<br />

Anxious to minimise risks of another failed commercial arrangement,<br />

Council has declined to accept any of the tenders<br />

received for the lease of the café and restaurant at Avalon<br />

Beach Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving Club. Instead, it has initiated a “suckit-and-see”<br />

process that will hopefully see the site – boasting<br />

arguably <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s jewel in the crown vista – resume full<br />

hospitality. The café has been a ghost venue for more than two<br />

years since former operator Trippas White Group closed shop<br />

before its lease ended. Council is now in talks with Aimelie Pty<br />

Ltd (Emilie Mathel, trading as Guinguette Café Bistro Francais)<br />

to operate just the café for six months, whereafter an evaluation<br />

will take place. At that time Council will open negotiations<br />

with Aimelie to lease the restaurant; if unsuccessful, Council<br />

will invite fresh tenders for the restaurant. Council said Emilie<br />

Mathel had demonstrated strong industry experience and the<br />

capability to deliver the desired tender outcomes – as well as<br />

a thorough understanding of the project risks. (Interestingly,<br />

following our enquiry, Council confirmed Aimelie Pty Ltd does<br />

not currently have another business in Australia; this is their<br />

first foray.) Council’s Louise Kerr told us: “Council and the<br />

community want to see a successful operation at the Avalon<br />

Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving Club site. I can confirm that the Council resolution<br />

aims to minimise risks with future operations. We will<br />

provide more information on the new operator when negotiations<br />

are completed.” But what of the function space that was<br />

previously shared by the Surf Club? Council explained that in<br />

the past, Trippas White had the first right of refusal on a Friday,<br />

Saturday or Sunday to book and use the community function<br />

room adjacent to the restaurant. Now, the Club has control<br />

and management of the community function room. Once the<br />

restaurant is occupied, the Club is being encouraged to approach<br />

the restaurant for catering<br />

services over the adjoining<br />

community function room. The<br />

Surf Club told us they will not<br />

be saying anything until Council<br />

has appointed an operator.<br />

It is hoped that negotiations<br />

for Stage 1 (the café) will be<br />

completed before the end of <strong>August</strong>.<br />

So there we have it: a new<br />

French café, and restaurant, for<br />

Avalon. Maybe. Fingers crossed<br />

it works out!<br />

ABSURD…<br />

As in, absurd it has come to this: Fed up with the insufficient<br />

framework of the Avalon Shared Spaces Trial survey on<br />

Northern Beaches Council’s website, the Avalon & Palm Beach<br />

Business Chamber is running its own community survey. The<br />

Chamber says their survey is designed to capture “genuine<br />

feedback” from community members about the changes that<br />

have been made to traffic patterns since the Avalon Parade/<br />

Old Barrenjoey Road intersection ‘Shared Spaces Trial’ commenced<br />

at the beginning of the year. “We undertook to gather<br />

feedback ourselves, after recognising that the Council’s survey<br />

lacks important/pertinent questions about traffic and the real<br />

changes that have occurred, including parking and bus stop<br />

changes,” the executive told us. They also noted the survey on<br />

Council’s ‘Your Say’ page failed to identify the number of submissions<br />

lodged, making it impossible to gauge interest from<br />

the community – something that is included in all other Your<br />

Say matters. The Chamber’s survey will conclude on October<br />

1 – the day the trial period ends before its evaluation. You can<br />

view the Chamber’s survey via the QR code (above) or visit<br />

avalonpalmbeachbusinesschamber.com.au; they intend to table<br />

the results and provide a full report to Council.<br />

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News<br />

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

Local <strong>August</strong> Probus Club News<br />

Palm Beach and Peninsula Probus Club’s guest on Wednesday<br />

16 <strong>August</strong> will be Deb Wallace, who will speak about<br />

the making of Channel 9’s TV series Million Dollar Murders. A<br />

former Detective Superintendent, her impressive career in a<br />

range of specialist crime squads made her an ideal choice<br />

to host this show. (Her talk was originally planned for June<br />

but Deb had to postpone at the last minute, so the Club was<br />

lucky that member and tango aficionado David Owen was<br />

able to step in.) Meetings are at Club Palm Beach, commencing<br />

9.30am. Visitors welcome; more info 0481 395 624.<br />

Next meeting of the Combined Probus Club of Mona Vale<br />

will commence 10am on Tuesday, 15 <strong>August</strong> in the auditorium<br />

at <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL Club. Guest speaker will be a representative<br />

from Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), one<br />

of the world’s largest conservation organisations, delivering<br />

and influencing effective conservation across more than 12.9<br />

million hectares in iconic regions such as the Kimberley, Cape<br />

York, Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre and the Top End. Australia is one<br />

of the most important nations on Earth for biodiversity; most<br />

of Australia’s wildlife is found nowhere else in the world,<br />

making its conservation even more important. Hear about<br />

what AWC is doing to help conserve Australian Wildlife and<br />

how we all can help. Visitors welcome; more info call Robert<br />

(0407 202 266).<br />

The next meeting of <strong>Pittwater</strong> Men’s Probus will commence<br />

10am on Tuesday 8 <strong>August</strong> at Mona Vale Surf Club when Ross<br />

Clements will provide another of his informative scientific<br />

talks – this time on the life and death of stars plus an overview<br />

of astronomy from the Big Bang to the creation of atoms and<br />

matter. Visitors welcome; more info Terry Larke (0412 220 820).<br />

Narrabeen Lakes Probus Club next meets on Wednesday 23<br />

<strong>August</strong> at Narrabeen Baptist Church. Doors open at 9.45am<br />

for 10am meeting. The club has around 80 members (visitors<br />

welcome, no waiting list). The <strong>August</strong> speakers will be Kevin<br />

and Glenys Murray who will highlight the fascinating history<br />

and culture of Patagonia. More info call or text 0424 464 047.<br />

The Avalon Beach Ladies Probus Club meets on the first<br />

Tuesday of each month (next meeting 1 <strong>August</strong>) at Club Palm<br />

Beach, commencing 10am. Lunch will follow, plus an opportunity<br />

to join their Book Club. Indeed, <strong>August</strong> is book month<br />

– you can bring a book to swap, listen to book reviews… even<br />

challenge their librarian! Monthly outings include Auburn<br />

Botanic Gardens. More info call Margaret (0416 182 393).<br />

The next meeting of the mixed-genders Bilgola Plateau<br />

Probus Club is on Friday 4 <strong>August</strong> at 10 am at Newport Bowling<br />

Club (settle in from 9.30am). <strong>August</strong> speaker is David<br />

Rosenberg, a former National Security Agency employee, who<br />

will talk about Pine Gap (pictured top), which has operated in<br />

a shroud of secrecy for over 50 years. David intends to give<br />

attendees an insight as to just what went on behind those<br />

closed doors. The Club is currently on a drive to increase male<br />

membership to help balance its numbers. Visitors welcome;<br />

more info call Shelley (0415 538 864).<br />

Vets’ 50th<br />

Anniversary<br />

The Palm Beach RSL will be running<br />

two events for the 50th anniversary<br />

of Vietnam Veterans.<br />

On Thursday 17 <strong>August</strong> at 6pm,<br />

Club Palm Beach will have a<br />

presentation about the Battle of<br />

Long Tan, from a former Royal<br />

Military College Duntroon<br />

Tactics Instructor, prior to the<br />

screening of the movie Danger<br />

Close: The Battle of Long Tan<br />

that will commence at 6.30pm.<br />

On Sunday 20 <strong>August</strong> at 11am<br />

the club will host a march for<br />

Vietnam Veterans along Barrenjoey<br />

Rd from Iluka Rd in<br />

the north, southbound to Club<br />

Palm Beach followed by a service<br />

and lunch commemorating<br />

Vietnam Veterans Day.<br />

Dream big with Optus grants<br />

Australian swimming<br />

legend Ian Thorpe is<br />

encouraging young <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

locals to turn their dreams<br />

into reality during the FIFA<br />

Women’s World Cup <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Official broadcaster Optus<br />

is offering 64 nation-wide<br />

Inspiration Grants – one for<br />

every match of the Women’s<br />

World Cup – worth $192,000,<br />

with Thorpe urging teenagers<br />

to get inspired, dream big,<br />

and say yes to pursuing their<br />

passion by applying.<br />

Optus Ambassador Thorpe<br />

Ecodownunder’s<br />

Charity donation<br />

Northern Beaches business Ecodownunder<br />

has donated 270<br />

cosy organic cotton flannelette<br />

sheet sets, valued at $25,000, to<br />

charities where they’re needed<br />

most. Accommodation at Stewart<br />

House, Marys House Services<br />

and Vinnies are among<br />

the recipients. Co-owner<br />

of Ecodownunder Beverley<br />

Tilbury said: “We all deserve<br />

to feel warm and safe in bed at<br />

night and hope our donation<br />

helps just a little.” Northern<br />

Beaches charity Stewart House<br />

received 80 winter sheet sets;<br />

the charity provides care for<br />

children in need from all over<br />

NSW and the ACT. Every year<br />

1600 children have a 12-day<br />

stay packed with fun, new<br />

friendships and adventures,<br />

medical checks and treatments<br />

and activities to boost<br />

their self-esteem and promote<br />

better physical and mental<br />

health. The program aims to<br />

give the children a broader<br />

outlook on life and build<br />

positive aspirations for their<br />

future. If you would like to<br />

help a child in need, donate at<br />

stewarthouse.org.au<br />

Draft Library plan<br />

Council is seeking community<br />

feedback on its draft five-year<br />

offered this advice: “One of<br />

my life hacks is not hitting<br />

the snooze button, because all<br />

you’re really doing is postponing<br />

life. Getting up and<br />

going as soon as you wake is<br />

the way to get things done.”<br />

Apply online in 100 words<br />

or less, answering: “What<br />

future goal are you inspired<br />

to say yes to, and how would<br />

this grant help you achieve<br />

this goal?”.<br />

Applications close on 20<br />

<strong>August</strong>; head to optus.com.<br />

au/grants.<br />

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Library Strategy now on public<br />

exhibition. The draft Plan sets<br />

out Council’s vision for the future<br />

of public library services<br />

on the Northern Beaches. It<br />

provides a blueprint for the<br />

development and delivery of<br />

community-focused services.<br />

More than 4,000 individual<br />

responses were received<br />

throughout the engagement<br />

period. The library network<br />

has six physical branches<br />

across the Northern Beaches<br />

– Manly, Warringah Mall<br />

(Brookvale), Dee Why, Forestville,<br />

Glen Street (Belrose)<br />

and Mona Vale. In 2021-22<br />

more than 63,000 members<br />

of the community actively<br />

used the library service, with<br />

more than 474,000 visits,<br />

1.11 million loans of physical<br />

and digital collection items<br />

and 11,000 attendances to<br />

library learning, cultural and<br />

social engagement programs.<br />

Feedback by 11 <strong>August</strong>; visit<br />

Council website.<br />

St Ives Orchid Fair<br />

One of the highlights of the<br />

Who’s top Beaches dog?<br />

The office of Local Government has released the<br />

‘dog counts’ of the top breeds of dogs across<br />

the Northern Beaches – with the adorable fluffy<br />

Cavoodle (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Poodle<br />

cross) proving irresistible to families on the<br />

beaches over the past 20 years.<br />

The Cavoodle nudged out the faithful Labrador,<br />

with the nuggety ‘Staffy’ taking third place.<br />

Figures included dogs that were microchipped<br />

and/or registered from January 1, 2003 to June 29,<br />

<strong>2023</strong>. (It doesn’t include dogs that have died.)<br />

year for orchid enthusiasts is<br />

the St Ives Orchid Fair, which<br />

will be held from Friday 18<br />

to Sunday 20 <strong>August</strong> at the St<br />

Ives Show Ground. This year’s<br />

show will feature displays of<br />

Australian and exotic orchids<br />

in full flower (held in one<br />

pavilion), and 17 local and<br />

interstate nurseries in another<br />

pavilion selling all sorts of<br />

orchids and orchid supplies.<br />

There is free parking; the<br />

small entry fee of $8 gets you<br />

into both pavilions. Children<br />

under 18 free, and some food<br />

is available. More info stivesorchifair.com.<br />

New fire shed<br />

for Duffys Forest<br />

A new Rural Fire Service<br />

Brigade building at Duffys<br />

Forest has opened. Council,<br />

in partnership with the Rural<br />

Fire Service, demolished the<br />

existing building that was built<br />

in 1965 and have constructed<br />

a new modern fit-for-purpose<br />

building. The building includes<br />

a multi-function room, kitchen,<br />

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Cavoodle – 3889<br />

Labrador Retriever – 3255<br />

Staffordshire Bull Terrier – 2371<br />

Border Collie – 1834<br />

Golden Retriever – 1544<br />

Jack Russell Terrier – 1307<br />

Australian Kelpie – 1297<br />

Labradoodle – 1159<br />

Maltese/Shih Tzu cross – 1153<br />

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – 1000<br />

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cleaning area, utility room,<br />

accessible bathroom facilities,<br />

media room and parking for<br />

up to four fire trucks. There<br />

will also be parking spaces<br />

for an additional 10 vehicles<br />

outside the station. The majority<br />

of funding came from Rural<br />

Fire Service headquarters,<br />

with some funds provided by<br />

Council and $200,000 raised<br />

by the Duffys Forest Rural Fire<br />

Brigade.<br />

Community battery<br />

The Northern Beaches is set<br />

to get a second community<br />

battery at Warriewood, which<br />

was recently selected by the<br />

Federal Government as one of<br />

the locations eligible for funding<br />

for a community battery.<br />

Ausgrid were successful in<br />

this round of funding and the<br />

new community battery will<br />

be in Honeyeater Reserve on<br />

the corner of Honeyeater Grove<br />

and Blue Wren Way. As part of<br />

the battery project, Ausgrid will<br />

also provide a grant for a solar<br />

installation on a local community<br />

facility as well as minor<br />

park improvements at Honeyeater<br />

Reserve. The battery will<br />

feature First Nations artwork<br />

which will reflect and represent<br />

the local heritage and community.<br />

Read about the project on<br />

Ausgrid’s website.<br />

Next Shack gig<br />

The Shack Live Music Club is<br />

held on the first Saturday of<br />

each month at the Ted Blackwood<br />

Hall at Warriewood.<br />

Each show features three live<br />

music acts in a cabaret candlelit<br />

atmosphere with BYO food and<br />

drinks for an affordable and<br />

enjoyable night of live entertainment.<br />

Next concert 5 <strong>August</strong><br />

features The Durham Project,<br />

The Fallen Robins and Strangelove.<br />

Entry $30 cash (no wi-fi)<br />

at door or visit shackfolk.com<br />

EV charging stations<br />

Council is currently seeking<br />

feedback on a proposal to instal<br />

a further eight electric vehicle<br />

charging stations in the area.<br />

The free public charging stations<br />

to be installed by JOLT<br />

within <strong>Pittwater</strong> are proposed<br />

for Barrenjoey Road, Palm<br />

Beach (outside <strong>Pittwater</strong> Park<br />

South); Berry Reserve Carpark,<br />

Narrabeen; and the Boulevarde,<br />

Newport. The locations were<br />

selected in partnership with<br />

Ausgrid, Transport for NSW and<br />

Council. The stations will be<br />

powered from 100% renewable<br />

sources, are Green Power accredited,<br />

and will allow people<br />

to charge their vehicles for up<br />

to 15 minutes. There are currently<br />

more than 20 EV charging<br />

locations across the Northern<br />

Beaches. Council is aiming<br />

for a 30 per cent reduction in<br />

vehicle emissions by 2038.<br />

Affordable<br />

childcare call<br />

Member for <strong>Pittwater</strong> Rory<br />

Amon has called on the<br />

NSW Labor Government to<br />

deliver Coalition reforms to<br />

make childcare and preschool<br />

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more affordable and easier to<br />

access for <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s working<br />

parents. Mr Amon said the<br />

Minns Government should<br />

not attempt to use changes to<br />

federal childcare subsidies as<br />

a smokescreen to shortchange<br />

NSW parents. “Even with the<br />

Commonwealth subsidies, access<br />

to childcare for thousands<br />

of families will be better supported<br />

with state funding and<br />

ripping that away would have a<br />

devastating effect on families<br />

in <strong>Pittwater</strong>,” Mr Amon said.<br />

Chiltern track walk<br />

Spring wildflowers and birds<br />

will soon be at their best on<br />

the Chiltern Track in Kuring-gai<br />

Chase National Park.<br />

On Sunday <strong>August</strong> 27, join<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Natural Heritage<br />

Association on a free guided<br />

nature stroll. It will be undertaken<br />

on a wide, rough fire<br />

trail; moderate fitness needed,<br />

gentle slopes. Bring binoculars<br />

if possible. Meet at 8.30am at<br />

the entrance on Chiltern Rd<br />

Ingleside; concludes 10.30am.<br />

Bookings by emailing pnhainfo@gmail.com<br />

including your<br />

phone number so organisers<br />

can make contact in case of<br />

weather uncertainty.<br />

Marine Rescue<br />

warning<br />

Marine Rescue NSW is urging<br />

boaters to be vigilant on the<br />

state’s waterways this Winter<br />

and be aware of the risks<br />

associated with cold water<br />

boating. It noted water can be<br />

dangerously cold on sunny<br />

days, and conditions could<br />

change quickly leaving boaters<br />

with less time should things<br />

go wrong. The drop in water<br />

temperatures during Winter<br />

increases the risk of hypothermia<br />

which develops when<br />

the body temperature drops<br />

below 35 degrees Celsius.<br />

Marine Rescue said preparation<br />

was crucial before going<br />

boating, particularly in cold<br />

weather. “Check your vessel,<br />

have it serviced and regularly<br />

maintained because fluids can<br />

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News<br />

New ‘roll’ for Newport Bowlo<br />

Over 85 years Newport<br />

Bowling Club has earned<br />

a reputation as one of <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s<br />

friendliest social<br />

venues and sporting clubs,<br />

extending a warm welcome<br />

to residents and community<br />

groups alike.<br />

The Club is now encouraging<br />

locals to drop by to try<br />

lawn bowls – both the “formal”<br />

version or the popular<br />

‘Barefoot Bowls’.<br />

“Don’t judge bowls until<br />

you try it,” offers John Eustace,<br />

who recently joined the<br />

club. “Lawn Bowls is widely<br />

misconstrued as an older<br />

person’s sport when in reality<br />

it is among the very few<br />

participation sports suitable<br />

for people of all ages, abilities,<br />

and fitness levels.<br />

“It doesn’t take long to understand<br />

the game’s basics,<br />

and bowls can become quite<br />

addictive once you start<br />

developing your abilities.”<br />

Joining Newport Bowling<br />

Club brings a host of social<br />

benefits and members can<br />

take part in a range of activities<br />

and playing formats,<br />

including club competitions<br />

and even inter-club tournaments.<br />

While many other sports<br />

rely on speed and athleticism,<br />

lawn bowls removes<br />

reliance on athleticism,<br />

creating an even playing<br />

field for all.<br />

It’s a low-impact outdoor<br />

exercise renowned for maintaining<br />

balance, coordination,<br />

core strength and bone<br />

health.<br />

Barefoot Bowls is ideal for<br />

team building, corporate<br />

events, and special occasions<br />

where men, women,<br />

and children can compete<br />

on an equal footing.<br />

Senior club members take<br />

immense pleasure in helping<br />

newcomers understand and<br />

play the game in a fun environment.<br />

Newport’s Barefoot<br />

sessions include equipment<br />

and are a great fun catch-up<br />

for groups of friends.<br />

The club’s friendly membership<br />

invites locals to<br />

venture down any Wednesday<br />

or Saturday to see what<br />

they’re all about.<br />

*More info 9999 1661 or<br />

email newportbowls@outlook.com.<br />

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thicken when the vessel is used<br />

in cold conditions,” it warned.<br />

Meanwhile Marine Rescue<br />

NSW’s 3300 volunteers were involved<br />

in 4567 rescue missions<br />

between 1 July 2022 and June<br />

30 this year compared to 4251<br />

in 2020/21 – up 7.5 per cent.<br />

It was also the organisation’s<br />

busiest June on record.<br />

Beach2Beach<br />

Registrations are open for the<br />

Enter ‘Beach<br />

Clean-Up<br />

Olympics’<br />

Who knew picking up<br />

rubbish was now a sport,<br />

with a world-wide reach?<br />

Here’s your chance to have<br />

some fun – and help the environment<br />

– by assembling a<br />

three-person team to compete<br />

in the first ever Australian<br />

qualifying leg of the SPOGO-<br />

MI Olympics at Manly Beach<br />

on <strong>August</strong> 26.<br />

The winning team will be<br />

invited and sponsored to<br />

fly to Japan to compete at<br />

the SPOGOMI Olympics in<br />

November.<br />

SPOGOMI is an abbreviation<br />

of ‘Sport’ and ‘Gomihiroi’<br />

(picking up trash); it’s a sport<br />

in which teams compete<br />

against each other for points<br />

awarded according to the<br />

<strong>2023</strong> Beach2Beach Charity Fun<br />

Run & Festival on Sunday 27<br />

<strong>August</strong>, hosted by Rotary Club<br />

including its Upper Northern<br />

Beaches branch. One of Sydney’s<br />

most scenic Fun Runs, it<br />

starts at Dee Why Beach and<br />

Finishes at Newport Beach. It<br />

is a 13km run in total; however,<br />

runners (and walkers) also<br />

have 6km and 3km options to<br />

choose from. Proceeds from<br />

the entry fee go to support<br />

many worthwhile charities<br />

amount and the type of rubbish<br />

picked up in a given area,<br />

within a set time limit.<br />

“Our meditation community<br />

is regularly engaged in<br />

cleaning up our beaches and<br />

parks, so we are very excited<br />

to be bringing this world competition<br />

to Australian shores,”<br />

explains Jason Partington<br />

(right), co-host and the<br />

founder of MeditationHQ.<br />

Well-known personalities<br />

including seven-times world<br />

and entrants can also raise<br />

money for charities of their<br />

choice. Register as individuals<br />

or teams. Also, organisers<br />

are calling for volunteers<br />

at the 6km start (Rat Park)<br />

and at the Newport Beach<br />

Festival. The Finish Festival<br />

will feature great live music,<br />

roving entertainment, rides<br />

and activities for the kids and<br />

Street Market-style food stalls.<br />

More info and to register at<br />

beach2beach.com.au<br />

surfing champion Layne<br />

Beachley will be cheering home<br />

teams at the Australian event.<br />

The Australian tournament<br />

at Manly Beach (South<br />

Steyne end) runs from 10am<br />

to 12.30pm on Saturday, 26<br />

<strong>August</strong>.<br />

It’s free to enter but you<br />

must register your team (can<br />

be groups of kids, friends,<br />

family etc) before 25 <strong>August</strong>.<br />

*More info meditationhq.<br />

com.au/spogomi<br />

Vet<br />

on call<br />

with Dr Brown<br />

Itchy, smelly or inflamed ears<br />

are a common problem in pets,<br />

especially for dog breeds that<br />

have large floppy ears. Pets<br />

can suffer from ear problems<br />

caused by infection, allergies,<br />

parasites and foreign bodies.<br />

In dogs and cats, their ear<br />

canal is L-shaped which can<br />

predispose the canal to collecting<br />

waxy debris, moisture or<br />

trapped foreign bodies.<br />

Ear infections can occur in<br />

any breed of cat or dog, but<br />

dog breeds with large floppy<br />

ears like Labradors, Golden<br />

Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels,<br />

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels<br />

and Poodles can be more prone<br />

to developing ear problems. If<br />

your pet develops an ear problem,<br />

they may show signs such<br />

as shaking their head, scratching<br />

at their ears, holding their<br />

head on a tilt or appearing to<br />

lose their balance.<br />

The ear itself may look red,<br />

inflamed or swollen, have a<br />

strong odour, be hot to touch or<br />

there may be a discharge.<br />

Sydney Animal Hospital vets<br />

will examine your pet’s ears –<br />

both from the outside, and also<br />

examining down the ear canal<br />

– to assess the inner health of<br />

the ear canal and to also check<br />

if the pet’s eardrum is intact.<br />

The vet may recommend an<br />

examination under general<br />

anaesthetic so that your pet<br />

remains comfortable and the<br />

ear can be more easily assessed<br />

and treated.<br />

Often a swab sample may<br />

be collected, which can be assessed<br />

under the microscope to<br />

look for parasites such as ear<br />

mites or to determine if bacteria<br />

or yeast are present. Swab<br />

samples can also be sent for<br />

laboratory testing to determine<br />

the type of infection and what<br />

are the best antimicrobial medications<br />

required to treat it.<br />

Treatment for ear problems<br />

may involve medications to<br />

treat any infection, inflammation<br />

or parasites. To help<br />

prevent ear problems, regularly<br />

check your pet’s ears, and for<br />

dogs to gently help dry their<br />

ears after swimming or bathing.<br />

More info call Avalon (9918<br />

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

sydneyanimalhospitals.com.au<br />

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Barrister Nicholas Cowdery,<br />

AO, KC explains how the<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> lifestyle has helped<br />

him unwind from his complex<br />

work, and details his focus as an<br />

agitator for change – including<br />

drug law reform.<br />

Story by Greg McHugh<br />

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

Legal (Sea) Eagle<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> plays a starring role in<br />

the big life of renowned barrister<br />

Nicholas Cowdery AO, KC – starting<br />

from early memories of family boating<br />

holidays and encounters with razor<br />

sharp oyster shells and the local tick<br />

population.<br />

“We came from the bush for a holiday<br />

at Church Point, renting a house for a<br />

couple of weeks and while we were there<br />

I actually swam in the carpark at Church<br />

Point – this is before it was filled in and<br />

reclaimed. Very shallow mudflats but<br />

covered at high tide and as an eight-yearold<br />

boy I used to swim down there... I<br />

remember swimming in the shallows<br />

and bringing both arms over onto a<br />

rock covered with oysters, ripping both<br />

hands,” Cowdery recalls.<br />

Helpfully, his doctor father was on the<br />

spot then – and to also deal with young<br />

Nicholas’ introduction to ticks.<br />

In his teenage years, Cowdery and his<br />

family would stay on his father’s boat,<br />

swimming and fishing and exploring<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> and the waterfalls at Refuge Bay.<br />

His home on the western shore of<br />

McCarrs Creek, opposite Church Point,<br />

has been an escape for Cowdery, his wife<br />

Joy and their children for more than 30<br />

years.<br />

“It’s the combination of the water and<br />

the bush that really attracts me. I like<br />

being on the water, I like being near the<br />

water but I also like being in the bush<br />

surrounded by trees and wildlife and<br />

birds. That’s the real attraction of this<br />

place,” Cowdery explains.<br />

Cowdery was the NSW Director of<br />

Public Prosecutions from 1994 to 2011 – a<br />

full-on, demanding, intense job.<br />

“To be able to just get in the dinghy,<br />

go across the water and relax in a totally<br />

different environment was possibly a<br />

lifesaver. My wife always says that when<br />

I get in the boat and get out on the water,<br />

my face changes,” he laughs.<br />

The preservation of the western shore’s<br />

connection with nature is a focus of his<br />

position as a Vice-President of the West<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Community Association (WPCA).<br />

Sometimes nature can get too close<br />

– the Cowdery clan experienced the<br />

frightening 1994 and 2004 bushfires that<br />

came to the back of their home. Nicholas<br />

is now a community member of the<br />

Elvina Bay Rural Fire Service, trained to<br />

operate emergency pumps – to wrestle<br />

with the forces of nature.<br />

He is also Co-chair of TiARA (tick<br />

induced allergies research and awareness<br />

– tiara.org.au), working to deal with<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>’s tick and mammalian meat<br />

allergy scourge, through education about<br />

ticks and avoidance and treatment.<br />

Cowdery’s law career grew from some<br />

prescient advice from his high school<br />

careers master and a love of acting<br />

– at school he played the title role in<br />

Shakespeare’s Henry V.<br />

He remembers that life-defining<br />

interview.<br />

“I said, ‘I suppose a barrister would<br />

be interesting’ and he said ‘Well, you’re<br />

doing pretty well in English and History<br />

and you’ve done a lot of acting… yes, I<br />

think you should be a barrister!’.”<br />

While at The University of Sydney,<br />

Cowdery worked at the Commonwealth<br />

Deputy Crown Solicitor’s Office, gaining<br />

experience in preparing prosecutions and<br />

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instructing barristers.<br />

“I thought criminal law was<br />

fascinating,’ he says. “I thought it was a<br />

great connection with the community<br />

generally and the people, ordinary people,<br />

looking into the psychology of offenders<br />

and people affected.”<br />

In 1971, his first job after graduating<br />

was in Papua New Guinea – as a criminal<br />

defence lawyer for the locals, travelling<br />

on circuit with the Supreme Court around<br />

PNG, often on thrill-a-minute singleengine<br />

aircraft. It was an opportunity to<br />

do something different and he lived in<br />

Port Moresby, Rabaul and Lae and relaxed<br />

by boating.<br />

Seizing opportunities has been a<br />

guiding principle throughout his career<br />

and one he recommends to anyone<br />

starting out: “Look for opportunities<br />

that may come your way and if they are<br />

attractive, take them!”<br />

Returning to Sydney in 1975, he<br />

practised at the Bar for 19 years, using<br />

his skills and interests in advocacy and<br />

persuasion and taking silk as Queen’s<br />

Counsel (now King’s Counsel) in 1987.<br />

Stints as an Associate Judge of the NSW<br />

District Court convinced Cowdery that<br />

being a Judge full-time was not what he<br />

was seeking.<br />

All his energies and strengths would<br />

instead be poured into his NSW Director<br />

of Public Prosecutions role and the<br />

International Association of Prosecutors.<br />

“One of the specified qualifications for<br />

the DPP should be [a] thick skin, because<br />

you are going to be criticised, very often<br />

unjustly, and you have to be able to deal<br />

with that,” he says.<br />

“The independence of the DPP is<br />

absolutely vital, otherwise it won’t<br />

succeed – and that’s independence from<br />

inappropriate influence by other forces,<br />

so whether that be politics, the media,<br />

the police, the public, the victim, the<br />

accused…” Cowdery explains.<br />

His observation is that politicians and<br />

the media don’t like their ideas being<br />

ignored or contested; consequently he<br />

would regularly get pushback.<br />

“The media trades on conflict,<br />

politicians trade on what they think will<br />

win them votes in the next election,” he<br />

says.<br />

Hallmarks of his DPP tenure were his<br />

willingness to speak out on issues of<br />

community importance; to be an agitator<br />

for change; and to shine a light on the<br />

politics involved.<br />

“I considered the public had a right to<br />

know what was happening in the criminal<br />

justice system and if there were moves<br />

for reform and improvement, what those<br />

moves were and why they were being<br />

pushed,” Cowdery says.<br />

He remains an agitator for change –<br />

drug law reform is on his radar, now<br />

that abortion and voluntary assisted<br />

dying have been resolved. He is a<br />

director of the Justice Reform Initiative<br />

(justicereforminitiative.org.au) pushing<br />

nationally to reduce our reliance on<br />

imprisonment as the answer to every<br />

crime problem.<br />

Cowdery says it is very difficult to<br />

get politicians interested in reforms for<br />

NSW, adding that if they do something<br />

intelligent for the benefit of the<br />

community, including drug users, they<br />

should win more support, not less.<br />

“I have a rather radical view that all<br />

drugs that are presently illicit should be<br />

legalised, regulated, controlled and taxed.<br />

There would be different regimes for<br />

different drugs,” he says.<br />

A good starting point for him would<br />

be if all drugs used or possessed in<br />

quantities consistent with personal use<br />

were decriminalised – a position adopted<br />

in Portugal since 2001 and working<br />

fantastically well, he says.<br />

He distinguishes legalising (making<br />

something legal) from decriminalising<br />

– taking away criminal penalties and<br />

putting a different control mechanism<br />

in place, such as a tailored supervised<br />

program, to wean users off drugs.<br />

Continued on page 36<br />

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

CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE: After delivering a Probus talk at Club<br />

Palm Beach; the <strong>Pittwater</strong> commute home; tucking into lunch at his<br />

favourite Waterfront Cafe at Church Point; at the Sydney University Law<br />

School; ‘Rocking The Boat’ – an image taken by Mark Tedeschi AM, KC,<br />

which hangs in the office of the NSW DPP; at the AGM of the WPCA.<br />

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Continued from page 35<br />

“The problem with<br />

prohibition is that you put<br />

drug distribution… you put<br />

the enormous profits from<br />

that market, that black market,<br />

into the hands of criminals.<br />

They then spend that money<br />

on other conduct which is<br />

harmful to the community,”<br />

Cowdery says. Legalisation<br />

would take away the criminal<br />

profits and the criminal law<br />

would still be there for anyone<br />

trying to work outside the<br />

system.<br />

He says all his DPP cases<br />

were equally important – not<br />

only the high-profile criminal<br />

prosecutions, such as that of<br />

serial killer Ivan Milat.<br />

“There is no single day or<br />

single occasion that eclipses<br />

all the others because every<br />

case is important, every<br />

process that you undertake<br />

has to be done to the highest<br />

standard,” he explains.<br />

As Director, top-level<br />

decision making rested<br />

with him, including on all<br />

cases involving a death. He<br />

emphasises the importance of<br />

the good people in his team –<br />

professional, committed and<br />

with an ethos of service to the<br />

community.<br />

Cowdery would visit the DPP<br />

regional offices several times<br />

each year – “exhorting the<br />

troops”. Or perhaps, aptly, in a<br />

nod to Henry V – “Once more<br />

unto the breach, dear friends,<br />

once more…”.<br />

In 2019, he received his<br />

Officer of the Order of<br />

Australia appointment for<br />

distinguished service to<br />

the law, to the protection of<br />

human rights, to professional<br />

legal bodies and to the<br />

community.<br />

The title of his 2019<br />

book Frank and Fearless<br />

(co-authored with Rachael<br />

Jane Chin) has been echoed<br />

in recent commentary<br />

surrounding the responsibility<br />

of public servants to give<br />

frank and fearless advice,<br />

following the 7 July release of<br />

the Royal Commission Report<br />

into the Robodebt Scheme.<br />

Also, Cowdery remains<br />

involved with the International<br />

Association of Prosecutors<br />

(having been President from<br />

1999 to 2005). Think of an<br />

exotic destination and he<br />

has likely been there on an<br />

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WAY TO UNWIND: Cowdery’s wife Joy says his “face changes” on the water.<br />

international project – among<br />

many, The Bahamas, Maldives,<br />

Fiji, Mauritius and Uganda.<br />

Cowdery also regards<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> as an exotic<br />

destination – a paradise<br />

that is grappling with<br />

more development, more<br />

traffic, a greater demand<br />

for parking and increasing<br />

boat usage flowing from a<br />

bigger population. A strong<br />

supporter of local Council deamalgamation,<br />

he considers<br />

the establishment of Northern<br />

Beaches Council has resulted<br />

in a decline in services for the<br />

previous <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council<br />

area.<br />

University lecturing, writing<br />

books on criminal justice<br />

and speaking to Probus clubs<br />

and U3As on crime and its<br />

treatment in NSW as well as<br />

current hot news and current<br />

affairs topics are some of the<br />

things Cowdery now focuses<br />

on.<br />

“Every day is a busy day; got<br />

to keep busy,” he says.<br />

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

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

Prize finalists on show<br />

Thought-provoking works<br />

by an impressive shortlist<br />

of 215 artists and<br />

designers from across Australia<br />

will be on show when<br />

the Northern Beaches<br />

Environmental Art &<br />

Design Prize exhibition<br />

opens in <strong>August</strong>.<br />

The works, including<br />

fresh perspectives<br />

on our global climate<br />

crisis and sustainable<br />

life on earth, will be<br />

on show from 4-27 <strong>August</strong><br />

at Manly Art Gallery<br />

& Museum, Curl<br />

Curl Creative Space<br />

and Mona Vale Creative<br />

Space Gallery.<br />

Northern Beaches Mayor<br />

Sue Heins said the Prize, now<br />

in its third year, aims to create<br />

conversations about the world’s<br />

most pressing problems,<br />

prompted by works on display<br />

from artists all over the country.<br />

The works cover a range<br />

of contemporary practices,<br />

from fashion and design to<br />

ceramics and small sculpture,<br />

painting, photography, film<br />

and video, interdisciplinary<br />

collaboration, and functional<br />

IMPACT: Ceramics & small sculpture finalist AJ Gough,<br />

SLOW-A sign from the Planet Earth; Part 2.<br />

and wearable design.<br />

The Prize categories are:<br />

Ceramics & small sculpture;<br />

Film; Interdisciplinary collaboration;<br />

Painting & mixed<br />

media; Works on paper &<br />

photography; Wearable design;<br />

Functional design; Young<br />

artists and designers – 7-12<br />

years and 13-18 years.<br />

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

includes $5000 for each of<br />

the Open categories, $2000<br />

for each of the Young Artists<br />

& Designers categories<br />

and $3000 for<br />

the People’s Choice<br />

Awards.<br />

Judges for this<br />

year’s Prize include<br />

independent Indigenous<br />

curator, consultant<br />

and artist Emily<br />

McDaniel, contemporary<br />

multi-disciplinary<br />

artist Caroline Rothwell<br />

and Australian<br />

industrial designer<br />

Adam Goodrum.<br />

Prize winners will be announced<br />

at the Manly Art Gallery<br />

& Musuem from 6.30pm<br />

on Thursday 3 <strong>August</strong>; the<br />

People’s Choice Awards will<br />

be announced on Friday 25<br />

<strong>August</strong> at 7pm. The exhibition<br />

entry is free.<br />

*More info MAG&M website<br />

Sunshine<br />

at Glen St<br />

The joyful and acclaimed<br />

musical The Sunshine Club<br />

will run at Glen Street Theatre<br />

from <strong>August</strong> 9-12.<br />

It tells the story of<br />

Aboriginal soldier Frank<br />

Doyle, who is just returning<br />

home to Brisbane after<br />

serving in WWII, to find that,<br />

while the world may have<br />

changed, the same attitudes<br />

and prejudices still exist at<br />

home.<br />

This only fills Frank with<br />

a strong desire to change<br />

things for the better by<br />

setting up ‘The Sunshine<br />

Club’ – a place where all<br />

people are welcome to come<br />

together, laugh, romance and<br />

dance the night away as Frank<br />

sets out to win the heart of<br />

Rose, the girl from next door.<br />

“The Sunshine Club is a<br />

gloriously energetic, thoughtprovoking<br />

night of theatre,”<br />

says director Wesley Enoch.<br />

*Tickets from $75<br />

(Members); more info<br />

glenstreet.com.au<br />

Solo exhibit<br />

tracks Suzie’s<br />

Beach moods<br />

The broader Northern<br />

Beaches and its scenes are<br />

the inspiration for Newportrelocated<br />

artist Suzie Rix’s<br />

solo exhibition in <strong>August</strong>.<br />

Suzie has had a long history<br />

in the arts; studying art and<br />

dance post-school, she built<br />

a career marrying the two in<br />

her role as the State Dance<br />

co-ordinator for the NSW<br />

Department of Education Arts<br />

Unit.<br />

Suzie was a driving force in<br />

bringing dance into schools<br />

and over many years was<br />

the dance director for the<br />

Schools Spectacular, as well<br />

as producing and directing<br />

the NSW Public Schools State<br />

Dance Festival.<br />

Suzie moved to the Newport<br />

area a few years ago; having<br />

grown up by Sydney Harbour<br />

she says it was like a “coming<br />

home”. She renewed her love<br />

of the sea and her love of<br />

painting, immersing herself in<br />

the landscape in and around<br />

Newport, Bilgola and Avalon<br />

Beaches.<br />

“My paintings of the<br />

headlands, the ocean pools,<br />

the tides, stormy skies and<br />

postcard blue days, explore<br />

not only the beauty of this<br />

landscape but also the power<br />

and the patterns of the ocean<br />

and the calm and tranquility of<br />

a morning swim,” said Suzie.<br />

“These works have a strong<br />

sense of place and I hope<br />

they will delight audiences<br />

familiar with these spectacular<br />

settings.” – Katrina Collins<br />

*The exhibition will be held<br />

with her sister Judy Denby, at<br />

The Shop Gallery, 112 Glebe<br />

Point Road, Glebe, <strong>August</strong><br />

4-9; open 11am-6pm. Suzie’s<br />

work can be previewed at<br />

suzierixpainter.com<br />

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Author Q&A<br />

Rick’s second novel ends a<br />

long road between chapters<br />

A journalist/writer/editor for more than four decades, Rick Feneley’s first<br />

novel Sly was published in 1995. More than a quarter of a century later his<br />

second novel <strong>Life</strong> After Ted has hit the bookshelves to great peer and critical<br />

acclaim. Interview by Lisa Offord<br />

Q: Tell us a bit about<br />

yourself…<br />

I was born in Bulli in 1962<br />

and raised there, the youngest<br />

of seven kids. Our dad was<br />

a local GP and surgeon and<br />

he delivered just about every<br />

baby in the neighbourhood, so<br />

all my mates slipped through<br />

his fingers. Dad delivered<br />

a few of his offspring, too,<br />

if they happened to arrive<br />

in an unholy rush. It was a<br />

free-wheeling childhood,<br />

from the surf to the<br />

Illawarra escarpment, and<br />

this landscape inspired my<br />

first novel, Sly, published<br />

in 1995. My childhood was<br />

also somewhat interrupted<br />

by Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but<br />

intensive radiation eradicated<br />

this cancer.<br />

Q: What inspired you to<br />

write <strong>Life</strong> After Ted?<br />

After Sly, I’d always planned<br />

to keep writing novels, but life<br />

got in the way. I persevered<br />

instead with the kind of<br />

publishing that pays bills,<br />

journalism, while my wife,<br />

Donna, and I raised two<br />

daughters at yet another<br />

beach suburb, Bondi, which<br />

has been our home for 35<br />

years. And Bondi, the setting<br />

for <strong>Life</strong> After Ted, was a large<br />

part of its inspiration. The<br />

essence of the story came to<br />

me in a couple of sleepless<br />

hours one night about eight<br />

years ago: Ted is dead before<br />

the first page, having been<br />

killed in a surfing accident,<br />

but three days after his<br />

funeral, his son, Seb, finds<br />

his 70-year-old mother,<br />

Connie – Ted’s wife of<br />

40 years – in bed with<br />

another man. Connie has an<br />

explanation, but she’s not<br />

ready to share it with her<br />

judgemental son. Seb is a<br />

born-again Christian; Connie<br />

is an atheist. They’ve never<br />

been especially close, but now<br />

it becomes toxic.<br />

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Author Rick<br />

Feneley.<br />

Q: How did it all come<br />

together?<br />

I’m not one of those writers<br />

who can write a chapter<br />

during his lunch break from<br />

his day job. I quit my day<br />

job at The Sydney Morning<br />

Herald in 2015 and started<br />

writing Ted the next day.<br />

In the next few months, I<br />

had tens of thousands of<br />

words down, but I knew I’d<br />

eventually need to work<br />

for a living once again, so<br />

I accepted the offer of an<br />

investigations job at SBS.<br />

And for the next year I wrote<br />

not a single word of fiction.<br />

The novel stopped. The only<br />

answer was to quit that job,<br />

too. Casual sub-editing shifts<br />

sustained me for the next<br />

couple of years until I had a<br />

first draft of Ted completed.<br />

Q: Describe your writing<br />

habits?<br />

I write in my study at home,<br />

unless I’ve made a point of<br />

escaping Sydney to write.<br />

Wherever it is, I do my best<br />

writing in the early hours<br />

of the day. Some days I’ll<br />

write for only three or four<br />

hours, other days for eight<br />

hours or more, but it’s that<br />

early burst that’s typically<br />

most productive. That goes<br />

for editing, too – and a huge<br />

part of the ‘writing’ is in<br />

the editing and rewriting,<br />

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for which you can add on a<br />

couple of years to the process.<br />

Q: Why so long between<br />

novels?<br />

As I said, life did get in the<br />

way – work, family, mortgages,<br />

travel, and some long stretches<br />

of couldn’t-be-stuffed – but<br />

I regret none of that. I did<br />

write another manuscript in<br />

between Sly and Ted, most of<br />

it in 1996 in Ireland, where<br />

we lived for that year with our<br />

young daughters. We had a<br />

wonderful year. The wouldbe<br />

novel was less wonderful.<br />

It never would be. The<br />

publishers wisely rejected it. (I<br />

blame the Guinness.)<br />

Q: Any interesting feedback<br />

from readers?<br />

I imagined it would be a<br />

comedy about grief. It<br />

became more tense than that<br />

in the writing – a family ordeal<br />

– but I’m glad, nevertheless,<br />

that readers often tell me they<br />

find themselves laughing<br />

aloud… I’ve had quite a few<br />

emotional readers, people<br />

moved to tears. Happily, they<br />

tend to be the same people<br />

who laugh out loud.<br />

Q: Anything else?<br />

Oh yes. This year, six weeks<br />

before my scheduled book<br />

launch, and five days before<br />

Donna and I were to board a<br />

plane for a holiday in Greece,<br />

I felt a bit strange. I went to<br />

emergency, and they didn’t let<br />

me out of hospital for the next<br />

27 days. The real scar of my<br />

childhood – the scar tissue<br />

created by my radiation,<br />

which had saved my life – had<br />

also calcified parts of my<br />

heart. Now, 50 years later, it<br />

almost killed me. I needed<br />

urgent open-heart surgery.<br />

But that, too, saved my life. So<br />

the good news? I made it to<br />

my own book launch. Just.<br />

*<strong>Life</strong> After Ted (Echo<br />

Publishing, RRP $32.99) is<br />

available now.<br />

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The buyer’s agents<br />

working for you<br />

You’ve probably heard the<br />

terms ‘buyer’s advocate’<br />

or ‘buyer’s agent’; but what<br />

exactly do they do and how<br />

can they help you achieve<br />

your real estate goals?<br />

Put simply, a buyer’s<br />

advocate is a service<br />

provider, commissioned by a<br />

purchaser, who will draw on<br />

their vast network of contacts<br />

and experience to do the<br />

important legwork in the<br />

search for the right property<br />

for their client – and help<br />

them through to the purchase<br />

of their dream home or<br />

investment property.<br />

“We are here to give our<br />

buyers an advantage,” said<br />

principal Nick Freeman of<br />

ADDVantage Property, Buyers<br />

Advocates which specialise<br />

on the Northern Beaches and<br />

North Shore markets.<br />

With Buyers Agent Jeremy<br />

Drayton, the pair make it<br />

their mission to take the<br />

stress out of sourcing and<br />

realising their clients’ real<br />

estate dreams.<br />

Arguably their ‘trump card’<br />

is the fact Nick is a former<br />

builder who maintains his<br />

Master Builder accreditation.<br />

Having his independent,<br />

qualified set of eyes looking<br />

through properties adds<br />

peace of mind.<br />

The local pair have a strong<br />

knowledge of the Northern<br />

Beaches and <strong>Pittwater</strong> market<br />

– the specifics of its unique<br />

suburbs including prices and<br />

trends – and access to a wider<br />

range of properties, including<br />

off-market properties, both<br />


Nick Freeman<br />

and Jeremy<br />

Drayton.<br />

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current and upcoming, that<br />

are not publicly advertised.<br />

“For anyone seeking to<br />

grasp the true value of a<br />

property and avoid the<br />

risk of overpaying or even<br />

feeling outmatched, we can<br />

help,” said Nick. “We will<br />

help you make informed<br />

decisions throughout<br />

the buying process. That<br />

starts by listening to your<br />

requirements, including the<br />

suburbs you are targeting<br />

and the type of property and<br />

the lifestyle you envisage.”<br />

They will do the legwork,<br />

appraising and inspecting<br />

properties that may align<br />

with your ‘wish list’, refining<br />

the search list down from<br />

‘possibles’ to ‘probable’s’.<br />

“Searching for a property<br />

can be time-consuming and<br />

overwhelming,” said Nick.<br />

“We’ll research, screen and<br />

shortlist properties that<br />

match your criteria, saving<br />

you valuable time and effort.”<br />

As a former builder, if<br />

renovating is on your radar,<br />

Nick can offer independent<br />

advice; he’ll assess likely<br />

costs or highlight potential<br />

additional expenses or<br />

individual site constraints<br />

as well as possible<br />

environmental issues.<br />

“And when it comes to<br />

auctions, emotions can run<br />

high, and stress can quickly<br />

take its toll. We understand<br />

the challenges buyers face,<br />

which is why we will work<br />

with clients to create a<br />

pricing format and develop a<br />

strategy prior to the auction,”<br />

said Nick.<br />

“We will then attend the<br />

auction on your behalf,<br />

employing our expertise<br />

in bidding to secure a<br />

successful outcome.<br />

We have experience in<br />

navigating negotiations,<br />

handling<br />

counteroffers,<br />

and ensuring the<br />

client’s interests are<br />

protected.”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

*Want to know<br />

more? Call 0407<br />

295 731 or visit<br />

addvantageproperty.<br />

com.au.<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Mouth key to whole body health<br />

It might be surprising to learn that something as simple as brushing<br />

your teeth twice a day can help reduce the risks of serious<br />

health conditions.<br />

Your mouth is teeming with bacteria – most of them harmless.<br />

Normally the body’s natural defences and good oral health<br />

care can keep these bacteria under control.<br />

However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach<br />

levels that might lead<br />

to oral infections and<br />

inflammation, such as<br />

gum disease.<br />

And this condition can<br />

influence the rest of the<br />

body, explained lead<br />

dentist at Maven Dental<br />

Avalon Beach Dr Celso<br />

Cardona.<br />

A growing body of<br />

research has found that<br />

the health of the mouth<br />

is linked to whole-body<br />

health, with numerous<br />

studies showing there<br />

was a particularly strong<br />

link between severe gum<br />

disease and conditions<br />

such as cardiovascular<br />

disease and diabetes.<br />

“Evidence suggests<br />

the bacteria from<br />

severe gum disease<br />

can travel through the<br />

bloodstream, contributing to build up and inflammation within<br />

arteries and other blood vessels, potentially playing a role in the<br />

development of cardiovascular disease,” Dr Cardona said.<br />

Dr Cardona explained that diabetes and oral health were<br />

closely intertwined.<br />

“Severe gum disease makes controlling diabetes harder and<br />

diabetes will make gum disease worse,” he said.<br />

Dr Cardona said genetics was a risk factor for gum disease<br />

and because some families were more prone to it, many people<br />

were under the impression signs and symptoms – such as bleeding<br />

gums, pus from the gums, gums that pull away from the<br />

teeth, a bad taste or bad breath or loose teeth – were “normal”.<br />

“People who grow up with parents who have had bleeding<br />

gums and who have lost teeth may think it’s nothing much to<br />

worry about but bleeding gums and loosing teeth is never normal,”<br />

Dr Cardona said.<br />

Gum disease can be treated but is best managed if diagnosed<br />

early.<br />

The good news is the risks of gum disease and other serious<br />

health issues can be significantly reduced if people prioritised<br />

simple oral health habits<br />

such as:<br />

n Brushing teeth twice<br />

a day with a small<br />

amount of fluoridated<br />

toothpaste.<br />

n Flossing or using<br />

interdental brushes to<br />

clean between the teeth<br />

once a day.<br />

n Eating a healthy,<br />

balanced diet, drinking<br />

plenty of water, and<br />

limiting sugar intake.<br />

n Don’t smoke.<br />

n Visiting the dentist<br />

regularly for check-ups<br />

and preventative care.<br />

Regular check-ups<br />

with a dentist or dental<br />

hygienist who knows<br />

you and your health<br />

history was recommended,<br />

as the early<br />

signs and symptoms of<br />

gum disease were often painless and changes could be difficult<br />

to spot.<br />

“Pain-free does not mean problem-free and prevention is<br />

always preferable,” Dr Cardona said.<br />

Preventative care at the dentist typically includes a scale and<br />

clean, which is vital for removing the bacteria that build up and<br />

start the process of inflammation.<br />

“The results are immediate, patients instantly notice a change<br />

in their mouth, they say their mouth feels healthier, less “furry”<br />

and their breath is fresher,” he said. – Lisa Offord<br />

*Australian Dental Association Dental Health Week, with the<br />

focus ‘Mind, Body, Mouth’, runs 7-13 <strong>August</strong>; more info mavendental.com.au<br />

or 9918 2786.<br />

PREVENTION: Brushing your teeth twice a day can reduce the risks of health conditions.<br />

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The Local Voice Since 1991

Hypnotherapy breaks the habit<br />

If you’re feeling ‘stuck’ and<br />

want to regain motivation, take<br />

control of unhealthy habits and<br />

make improvements in any area<br />

of your life, hypnotherapy could<br />

be your ‘dream’ solution.<br />

Hypnotherapy is a powerful<br />

yet versatile tool that facilitates<br />

profound personal change, said<br />

Skye Flowstreym from Northern<br />

Beaches Hypnosis Clinic at Narrabeen<br />

and Manly.<br />

“It holds the key to unlocking<br />

the potential within your subconscious<br />

mind and breaking<br />

free from the patterns that keep<br />

you stuck,” he said.<br />

Skye explained that contrary<br />

to popular belief, hypnotherapy<br />

was not about losing control<br />

or being under someone else’s<br />

power. Instead, it’s a state of<br />

deep relaxation and heightened<br />

focus where your mind<br />

becomes more receptive to<br />

positive suggestions and new<br />

perspectives.<br />

“Through this relaxed state,<br />

hypnotherapy allows you to tap<br />

EMPOWERMENT: From smoking and other unhealthy habits.<br />

into your subconscious mind,<br />

where deeply ingrained beliefs<br />

and thought patterns reside,”<br />

he said.<br />

“Hypnosis is a trance state –<br />

it can be compared to drifting<br />

off and being in a daydream<br />

or being fully absorbed in a<br />

movie or a book. It is where<br />

we concentrate and fixate our<br />

whole attention on one thing<br />

and in doing so, tune out all<br />

other stimuli.”<br />

Skye likened it to the inbetween<br />

state of being nearly<br />

asleep, but not asleep. In this<br />

trance state, the subconscious<br />

mind is susceptible to suggestion.<br />

On its own, the subconscious<br />

mind cannot distinguish<br />

between what is real and<br />

imagined.<br />

“As an example, when we<br />

watch a movie, we can feel<br />

happy, excited and scared –<br />

even though it is just a movie,”<br />

he said. “While watching the<br />

movie, we can be so absorbed<br />

in the film that we can forget<br />

we are in the cinema.”<br />

True power of hypnosis lies<br />

in its ability to reprogram your<br />

subconscious mind.<br />

“When accessing your<br />

subconscious, hypnotherapy<br />

enables you to identify and<br />

transform limiting unhelpful<br />

habits, negative thought patterns<br />

and self-limiting beliefs<br />

that contribute to a feeling of<br />

being ‘stuck’.<br />

“It offers a pathway for<br />

releasing the mental and emotional<br />

barriers that hold you<br />

back from reaching your full<br />

potential.<br />

Skye said hypnotherapy<br />

could be tailored to address an<br />

individual’s specific needs and<br />

goals.<br />

“As a skilled hypnotherapist,<br />

I customise patient sessions<br />

so that they target any unique<br />

challenges and facilitate the<br />

desired transformation.<br />

“You’ll be able to tap into<br />

your inner resources, overcome<br />

self-imposed limitations, and<br />

awaken a newfound sense of<br />

empowerment.” – Nigel Wall<br />

*More info and a complete<br />

list of services at northernbeacheshypnosisclinic.com.au<br />

or call 0402 006 985.<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

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AUGUST <strong>2023</strong> 43

Health & Wellbeing<br />

The right kind of Guy<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Narrabeen venue The Mind<br />

Cafe goes from mental<br />

strength to strength, now<br />

winning awards for its diversity<br />

and inclusion – and owner Guy<br />

has big dreams for the future.<br />

“<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> made it all<br />

possible,” says Guy, as enthusiastically<br />

as ever. “That article at<br />

the start of the year really took<br />

things to a new level.<br />

“After people read your piece,<br />

they started coming up to me<br />

to chat and telling me what was<br />

going on in their lives.<br />

“And then MoWaNa approached<br />

us about using the<br />

cafe.”<br />

MoWaNa (short for Mona Vale,<br />

Warriewood and Narrabeen) is<br />

a group providing a Safe Space<br />

at the Mind Cafe from 5-9pm on<br />

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.<br />

Since starting in March this year,<br />

trained volunteers have provided<br />

a safe haven for anyone in<br />

distress, or even experiencing<br />

suicidal thoughts.<br />

Once the cafe closes at 5pm<br />

on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday,<br />

the MoWaNa group occupy a<br />

corner of the cafe where you<br />

can chat, draw, play games or<br />

just have company. Each of the<br />

volunteers have lived through<br />

their own experiences and offer<br />

plenty of empathy.<br />

“They provide an amazing<br />

service,” says Guy. “And they<br />

have helped lots of people. Mel<br />

and her team do an amazing<br />

job.”<br />

Although perhaps the<br />

centrepiece of The Mind Cafe’s<br />

achievements, MoWaNa is by<br />

no means the only service the<br />

cafe provides to the community.<br />

Another is their ‘Coffees With<br />

Kindness’ initiative.<br />

“We have a lady Aileen that<br />

comes in every Wednesday<br />

morning and is here for anyone<br />

who needs to chat. She’s a<br />

volunteer and people will have a<br />

coffee with her if they’re feeling<br />

lonely,” explains Guy.<br />

“I’d really like that to become<br />

a daily thing<br />

though and<br />

have a Coffee<br />

With Kindness<br />

morning<br />

every day<br />

of the week.<br />

How good<br />

would that be?”<br />

Beams Guy<br />

with his trademark<br />

smile.<br />

“We also have<br />

Belong Club<br />

on a Tuesday,<br />

where a group<br />

turn up to have<br />

coffee and hang out together.<br />

And we have CM Care, a disability<br />

services organisation, and<br />

Sunnyfield Disability Services<br />

bring people in on a Monday<br />

and Tuesday.<br />

Not surprisingly, The Mind<br />

Cafe was nominated in the<br />

Northern Beaches Local Business<br />

Awards for the Inclusion<br />

Award. On the day Guy chats to<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> he is looking forward<br />

to the team attending the<br />

awards dinner that night – and<br />

INCLUSION AWARD: Guy and the team celebrate; it all<br />

comes down to their motto: ‘Be Kind’.<br />

quite rightly and<br />

proudly they take<br />

home the trophy.<br />

In terms of<br />

pride, Guy is<br />

quite open<br />

about how he<br />

is dealing with<br />

his own struggles and<br />

keeping his addictive personality<br />

traits at bay.<br />

“My partner Anna is proud of<br />

me,” says Guy. “She’s my biggest<br />

fan and knows how hard<br />

I’m trying to keep my demons<br />

at bay.”<br />

Guy reveals that the two of<br />

them are now studying to be<br />

councillors alongside running<br />

the cafe, but that his dreams for<br />

a better society don’t end there.<br />

“I’d love to start a network of<br />

Mind Cafes nationwide,” reveals<br />

Guy. “A Be Kind Network.<br />

“We’d set criteria that the cafe<br />

has to meet, such as partnering<br />

with a mental health organisation<br />

in the area, and then starting<br />

a safe space area in the cafe.<br />

“Then we’d supply Be Kind t-<br />

shirts and they’d be on a searchable<br />

database of Kind Cafes.<br />

Wherever you lived, you could<br />

search for somewhere to have a<br />

coffee with kindness.”<br />

It’s actually a brilliant idea and<br />

next time <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> catches<br />

up with Guy, we hope it’s up<br />

and running. Whatever Guy does<br />

next, there is no doubting what<br />

motivates him.<br />

“It’s never been about the<br />

money for me,” says Guy. “I just<br />

want to enjoy what I do and help<br />

make people happy.”<br />

– Rob Pegley<br />

44 AUGUST <strong>2023</strong><br />

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with Dr John Kippen<br />

Info on anti-wrinkle injections<br />

I<br />

am often asked about<br />

the effectiveness of antiwrinkle<br />

injections to obtain<br />

smoother looking skin. The<br />

following are some answers to<br />

common questions:<br />

What are they used for?<br />

Anti-wrinkle injections are a<br />

quick, non-surgical option for<br />

smoothing out the lines of<br />

the upper face area that are<br />

created when you contract a<br />

muscle. Tiny injections into<br />

the muscles underneath ease<br />

them into a state of relaxation.<br />

This effectively softens the<br />

appearance of lines and<br />

creates smoother looking skin.<br />

What areas can I treat?<br />

Anti-wrinkle injections are<br />

most commonly used for<br />

treatment of crow’s feet,<br />

frown lines, and forehead<br />

lines, but can also be used to<br />

lift the eyebrows, elevate the<br />

corners of the mouth, reduce<br />

‘gummy’ smiles and soften<br />

obvious tendons in the neck.<br />

They can also reduce muscle<br />

bulk at the corner of the jaw<br />

to refine and slim jaw lines,<br />

help teeth grinding (bruxism)<br />

and are the gold standard for<br />

treating excessive underarm<br />

sweating (hyperhidrosis).<br />

How long does the treatment<br />

take?<br />

The procedure is performed<br />

between 10-20 minutes.<br />

How long will the effect of<br />

the injections last?<br />

Anti-wrinkle injections usually<br />

show initial effects after a couple<br />

of days with full impact visible<br />

between 7 and 14 days. Effects<br />

last between three to four<br />

months and gradually wear off<br />

over time. (If you have regular<br />

anti-wrinkle injections the<br />

effects may last a little longer.)<br />

Will I look ‘frozen’?<br />

A large dosage of anti-wrinkle<br />

injection is required to make a<br />

person look “frozen”. A skilled<br />

injector knows how to produce<br />

a natural look. It is always best<br />

to discuss your expectations<br />

with your injector prior to your<br />

treatment.<br />

Is it painful?<br />

The treatment uses a small<br />

number of very fine needles<br />

that do not go deep into the<br />

skin, so the feeling is more of<br />

a small sting and is generally<br />

well tolerated.<br />

Who can’t have anti-wrinkle<br />

injections?<br />

If you are pregnant, or are<br />

planning conception within<br />

a few months, or are breastfeeding,<br />

you cannot have<br />

anti-wrinkle injections. There<br />

are also some muscle and<br />

nerve disorders which are<br />

contraindicated.<br />

Our columnist<br />

Dr John Kippen is a qualified,<br />

fully certified consultant<br />

specialist in Cosmetic, Plastic<br />

and Reconstructive surgery.<br />

Australian trained, he<br />

also has additional<br />

Australian and International<br />

Fellowships. He welcomes<br />

enquiries; email<br />

doctor@johnkippen.com.au<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

AUGUST <strong>2023</strong> 45

Health & Wellbeing<br />

with Rowena Beckenham<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Goodbye to ‘dry eye’<br />

Have you been experiencing<br />

scratchy, sore,<br />

itchy, blurry, inflamed,<br />

or watery eyes? There has<br />

been a recent surge of dry eye<br />

disease in Australia. According<br />

to Optometry Australia, more<br />

than 85% of Aussies have experienced<br />

dry eye symptoms<br />

at some stage in their lives.<br />

While symptoms can occur<br />

at any time, they tend to be<br />

exacerbated during Winter,<br />

when cold dehumidified air, indoor<br />

heating units, and smoke<br />

(from woodfired burners)<br />

worsens presentations.<br />

In healthy eyes, the tear film<br />

coats the surface of the eye<br />

and provides lubrication and<br />

protection from the environment.<br />

In patients with dry eye<br />

disease, the tear film becomes<br />

unstable and breaks down<br />

rapidly, causing a range of<br />

symptoms including but not<br />

limited to discomfort, watering<br />

eyes, increased blinking,<br />

and visual disturbances.<br />

The risk of dry eye disease<br />

increases with age and is<br />

higher in females than males.<br />

Environment and lifestyle can<br />

also play a part with computer<br />

use, pollution, low humidity,<br />

and poor diet also increasing<br />

the risk. Contact lens wearers<br />

and people who’ve had laser<br />

eye surgery (eg LASIK) are also<br />

at greater risk of dry eye.<br />

Some general health conditions<br />

and medications also<br />

worsen dry eye disease. If<br />

you’ve been diagnosed with<br />

diabetes, rosacea, thyroid<br />

disease, or connective tissue<br />

disease you’re at higher risk.<br />

Additionally, medications including<br />

hormone replacement<br />

therapy (HRT), antihistamines,<br />

antidepressants, anti-anxiety<br />

medications, isotretinoin<br />

(Roaccutane) and diuretics can<br />

have side effects which include<br />

worsened dry eye.<br />

Each of these risk factors<br />

either reduce the production<br />

of the tear film components<br />

or increase the rate of evapo-<br />

ration of the tear film. This<br />

subsequently concentrates<br />

the salts within the tear film,<br />

irritating the eye and creates a<br />

vicious cycle of inflammation<br />

where the tear film constantly<br />

breaks down. Which is why we<br />

experience dry and uncomfortable<br />

eyes.<br />

There are three main targets<br />

for the management of dry<br />

eye disease: increasing the<br />

production of tear film components;<br />

supplementing the tear<br />

film with artificial tears (eye<br />

drops); and reducing inflammation.<br />

Using over-the-counter eye<br />

drops can help in short-term<br />

symptom management of dry<br />

eyes but doesn’t provide any<br />

long-term relief, because they<br />

fail to rectify the underlying<br />

cause of the issue. To find<br />

out more about management<br />

options, book an appointment<br />

with your optometrist.<br />

Comment supplied by<br />

Rowena Beckenham, of<br />

Beckenham Optometrist<br />

in Avalon (9918 0616).<br />

Rowena has been<br />

involved in all facets<br />

of independent private<br />

practice optometry in<br />

Avalon for more than<br />

20 years, in addition to<br />

working as a consultant to<br />

the optometric and<br />

pharmaceutical industry,<br />

and regularly volunteering<br />

in Aboriginal eyecare<br />

programs in regional NSW.<br />

46 AUGUST <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Hair & Beauty<br />

with Sue Carroll<br />

Filling the gap between<br />

injectables and aesthetics<br />

Topical aesthetic<br />

treatments such as<br />

microdermabrasion, laser<br />

treatments, skin needling and<br />

chemical peels work beautifully<br />

with injectable treatments<br />

such as mesotherapy, fillers<br />

and neurotoxins. When the<br />

two arenas of aesthetics join<br />

forces, they complement each<br />

other and provide a healthy,<br />

natural result, assisting you to<br />

be the best version of you, not<br />

a different version of you.<br />

If you have a lot of photoaging<br />

– also known as sun<br />

damage – and volume loss<br />

and wrinkles from muscle<br />

movement, the perfect synergy<br />

of treatments will treat colour,<br />

texture, tone and volume. It is<br />

usually better to perform colour<br />

correction first with either<br />

peels, laser, IPL or diathermy,<br />

and more often than not a<br />

combination of these treatment<br />

modalities.<br />

When injectables are used<br />

by a qualified and skilled<br />

professional, fillers and<br />

neuromodulators such as Botox<br />

are a natural and safe way to<br />

help men and women achieve<br />

a more relaxed and youthful<br />

appearance. Trying to turn<br />

back the clock can also make a<br />

person look significantly older<br />

when performed incorrectly.<br />

Fillers can be divided into<br />

two main groups: hyaluronic<br />

and non-hyaluronic acid types.<br />

The most popular are the<br />

hyaluronic acid fillers, where<br />

they work much like a sponge,<br />

binding with large amounts<br />

of water and plumping up<br />

the space into which they are<br />

injected. As science has refined<br />

over time, there are fillers that<br />

are thicker or thinner. This then<br />

determines where they are used<br />

in certain areas of the face,<br />

neck, chest or hands where<br />

there is more volume loss.<br />

Non-hyaluronic fillers, in part,<br />

work by stimulating collagen<br />

in the area into which they are<br />

injected.<br />

The most common areas for<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

fillers to be used are:<br />

Nasojugal folds – the area in<br />

our cheeks right under the eye;<br />

Marionette lines – the lines<br />

running from the corners of our<br />

mouth down to our chin;<br />

Nasolabial folds – the lines<br />

running from the outside of the<br />

nostrils to the corners of our<br />

mouth; and<br />

Lip Line and Body – this will<br />

assist to add volume and<br />

definition.<br />

To maintain balance and<br />

symmetry, overfilling the face<br />

should be avoided. Often when<br />

the face is overfilled, filled<br />

without an artistic eye or the<br />

incorrect filler is used, the<br />

result is exactly the opposite<br />

of enhancing a youthful<br />

appearance. Thankfully, filler<br />

can be dissolved, and a longterm<br />

crisis does not need to be<br />

lived with.<br />

Neurotoxins, such as Botox<br />

and Dysport, are used to<br />

treat lines and wrinkles that<br />

have been caused by deep<br />

underlying muscle movement.<br />

These injectables are temporary<br />

and may last anywhere from<br />

4 -12 weeks. The three most<br />

common areas for treatment<br />

with neurotoxins are:<br />

1. Crow’s feet around the eye<br />

area;<br />

2. The horizontal lines on the<br />

forehead;<br />

3. The glabellar which is the<br />

area between the eyebrows;<br />

Other popular areas to be<br />

treated are smoker’s lines<br />

around the lips, excessive<br />

sweating in the underarms,<br />

hands and feet, migraines and<br />

headaches, and jaw and teeth<br />

grinding and clenching.<br />

The frozen look can be the<br />

result of neurotoxins being<br />

overused. Too little brow<br />

and forehead mobility can<br />

make a face look severe and<br />

certain facial features appear<br />

exaggerated. It is always best<br />

to start off with less, you can<br />

always add more. Neurotoxins<br />

cannot be dissolved like fillers,<br />

they have to wear off.<br />

Using skin boosters with<br />

mesotherapy is an amazing<br />

treatment assisting with<br />

rejuvenating the skin from the<br />

inside out. Unlike injecting<br />

with fillers, mesotherapy with<br />

various cocktails of boosters<br />

for the skin does not add<br />

volume or structure to the<br />

face but instead skin vitality<br />

and turgidity. Crepey, dull<br />

and dehydrated skin benefits<br />

greatly from mesotherapy<br />

treatments.<br />

The ‘Zoom Boom’ era has<br />

increased demand for noninvasive<br />

treatments and<br />

‘tweakments’ combining<br />

aesthetic and injectable<br />

solutions to achieve skin<br />

rejuvenation and results.<br />

Sue Carroll is at the forefront<br />

of the beauty, wellness<br />

and para-medical profession<br />

with 35 years’ experience on<br />

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She leads a dedicated team<br />

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

with Brian Hrnjak<br />

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

Reporting shows last year<br />

was ‘Super’ for returns...<br />

This month as yearend<br />

statements for<br />

superannuation accounts<br />

are on their way to members,<br />

we look at highlighted returns<br />

from the past year and what<br />

has been working and what<br />

has not.<br />

For much of July our<br />

financial press has been<br />

focussed on recently published<br />

performance data to 30<br />

June ranking the 12-month<br />

performance of public-offer<br />

superannuation funds. It<br />

would be safe to say that<br />

these ratings are not an exact<br />

science. One man’s growth<br />

fund can be another man’s<br />

balanced fund; it can be<br />

unclear if unlisted assets held<br />

by some funds have been<br />

independently and accurately<br />

valued and are the returns<br />

they quote gross or net of<br />

fees? All good questions. To<br />

add to the complexity, the<br />

Australian Financial Review in<br />

its coverage on July 19 noted<br />

that two of the main players<br />

in the ranking game – Chant<br />

West and SuperRatings –<br />

measure different underlying<br />

fund types (growth versus<br />

balanced). Ranking funds by<br />

their 12-month performance<br />

stats is as much of a blunt<br />

instrument as interest rates<br />

are to curbing inflation; in<br />

other words there’s often more<br />

to the story. But given the<br />

complexities of the exercise<br />

and the public’s hunger for a<br />

simple scoreboard, this is what<br />

we get.<br />

In the AFR on 19 July,<br />

Hannah Wooten reported that<br />

Chant West awarded their<br />

12-month performance gong<br />

to Mine Super: “Tiny industry<br />

super fund Mine Super, which<br />

serves coal miners and other<br />

high-risk occupations, delivered<br />

the best returns at 12 per<br />

cent for the financial year in<br />

its growth option, Chant West<br />

found.” Which, as she observed<br />

elsewhere in the article, was<br />

a damn sight better than<br />

the previous financial year’s<br />

median loss of 3.3 per cent per<br />

annum for the sector.<br />

A few days earlier on 17<br />

July, Hannah reported that<br />

SuperRatings gave their<br />

first place position to ESSS<br />

Accum – Basic Growth fund:<br />

“Little-known ESSSuper, the<br />

fund for emergency services<br />

and Victorian government<br />

employees, has been ranked as<br />

the top-performing balanced<br />

superannuation fund for the<br />

year ending June <strong>2023</strong>…<br />

ESSSuper head of investments<br />

Daniel Selioutine said the $34<br />

billion fund’s exposure to<br />

equities and bonds was a key<br />

source of its stellar returns.”<br />

That return was 13.3 per cent<br />

to 30 June <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

In the same article, it was<br />

noted that the top performing<br />

socially responsible fund was<br />

the Raiz Emerald (SRI) Fund at<br />

13.3 per cent: “Looking at the<br />

growing field of sustainable<br />

funds, upstart Raiz Super’s<br />

‘emerald’ socially responsible<br />

fund was the top-performing<br />

balanced option for the<br />

financial year with returns of<br />

13.3 per cent, according to<br />

SuperRatings.” Anyone that<br />

reads this column regularly<br />

knows that our firm had a<br />

hand in establishing Raiz in<br />

Australia and maintains an<br />

ownership interest. I don’t<br />

quite know why the journalist<br />

would refer to the Raiz fund<br />

as an ‘upstart’ given it’s<br />

been around for five years<br />

and 5 per cent of Australians<br />

have downloaded the app to<br />

their phones; indeed I think<br />

there might be more Raizers<br />

than Victorian Government<br />

employees. However, to round<br />

off this plug, the Raiz Sapphire<br />

Fund which is more growthoriented<br />

returned 14.06 per<br />

cent compared to the Mine<br />

Super fund 12 per cent but the<br />

Sapphire Fund does include a 5<br />

per cent allocation to Bitcoin.<br />

Both articles talked about<br />

the reliance by large funds<br />

on unlisted assets in their<br />

portfolio holdings. This has<br />

become a point of difference<br />

between large and small<br />

superannuation funds and a<br />

growing point of concern to<br />

members and regulators like<br />

APRA who are now asking<br />

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funds for quarterly valuations<br />

of unlisted assets. Firstlinks /<br />

Morningstar produced a table<br />

showing the 31 December<br />

2022 unlisted holdings as<br />

a percentage of total assets<br />

for: Australian Retirement<br />

Trust balanced – 34 per cent,<br />

Australian Super balanced<br />

– 31 per cent, Aware Super<br />

balanced growth – 26 per<br />

cent, CBUS Growth – 28 per<br />

cent. These funds are now so<br />

big that to maintain a point of<br />

difference they feel the need<br />

to take large illiquid stakes in<br />

property, shares, infrastructure<br />

and alternative investments. At<br />

almost a third of their total<br />

assets and with an ageing<br />

population, these funds are<br />

too big to fail and are playing<br />

with fire, or more correctly,<br />

adequate liquidity, which in<br />

any downturn is always in<br />

short supply – we saw this<br />

firsthand during the pandemic.<br />

The points above regarding<br />

asset allocation are a critical<br />

driver of how a fund may<br />

perform. What you get out of<br />

your superannuation fund is<br />

driven by three things – the<br />

returns from the underlying<br />

assets, the fund’s operating<br />

expenses and the management<br />

of taxation through asset<br />

choice. The fund with the<br />

highest return, the lowest fees<br />

and the most optimal taxation<br />

outcome is the benchmark<br />

but not all funds will achieve<br />

a good outcome through a<br />

blended approach, they can<br />

get lucky every so often by<br />

just having a higher allocation<br />

to one particular asset class<br />

that shoots the lights out<br />

in that year. International<br />

shares would have been the<br />

pick of the bunch last year –<br />

Chant West in the AFR said<br />

that global shares returned<br />

18.3 per cent to 30 June<br />

<strong>2023</strong>. Similarly, an obsession<br />

with reducing fees is fine<br />

but if your fund manager is<br />

hopeless, that doesn’t work<br />

either.<br />

Duncan Byrnes who also<br />

published an article in the<br />

AFR on 19 July compared<br />

the performance of passive<br />

index funds versus active<br />

managers via the S&P Indices<br />

versus active scorecard or<br />

SPIVA. Now before we go<br />

on, readers should know<br />

that Duncan is employed by<br />

Vanguard Asia Pacific, an<br />

index fund distributor, so he is<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

as conflicted as I am with Raiz.<br />

His article draws attention<br />

to the fact that almost 60<br />

per cent of actively managed<br />

Australian equity funds<br />

underperformed the index in<br />

2022.<br />

More concerningly,<br />

over 5-, 10- and 15-year<br />

periods the percentage of<br />

actively managed funds<br />

that underperform the<br />

index is 81.2 per cent,<br />

78.2 per cent and 83.6 per<br />

cent, respectively. That’s a<br />

frightening statistic; what<br />

it means is that if you are<br />

pursuing an active approach<br />

to share market investing,<br />

you have around a 4-out-of-5<br />

chance of underperforming<br />

the market index and you will<br />

be paying a fund manager<br />

for the privilege. Just look at<br />

the recent history of Magellan<br />

Funds management to see how<br />

quickly and completely the<br />

tide can turn against an active<br />

manager.<br />

It’s not just underperforming<br />

fund managers that can rob<br />

your fund of performance.<br />

A problem we see from time<br />

to time in practice when new<br />

advice clients come on board<br />

is that some financial planners,<br />

like some doctors who come<br />

under pressure from patients<br />

to ‘do something’, will overdiversify<br />

(yes, you can overdiversify)<br />

and construct a<br />

portfolio with so many funds<br />

that the equity portion of the<br />

portfolio is going to behave,<br />

well, like the index. If 4 out of<br />

5 of these manager choices<br />

are going to underperform<br />

over the long term, then you’re<br />

likely to be overpaying for<br />

underperformance and you<br />

would be better off indexing<br />

the whole or the core part of<br />

your holdings in the first place.<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 />

Capacity: How to determine<br />

whether clients ‘understand’<br />

In 2017 we wrote: “It has<br />

been noticeable that mental<br />

health has become a subject<br />

much analysed and debated. It<br />

has emerged as a subject from<br />

obscurity to frank discussion.<br />

It is quite common for mental<br />

capacity to be raised as an<br />

issue when consideration is<br />

being given a person’s motives<br />

in pursuing a course of action.<br />

Conduct so analysed<br />

frequently turns on a<br />

consideration of an individual’s<br />

capacity. There are three<br />

different types: legal, capacity,<br />

mental capacity and physical<br />

capacity. The question of<br />

capacity is often of concern to<br />

lawyers in their practice.”<br />

Since that time there have<br />

been a series of actions<br />

in NSW and Queensland<br />

where the consequences of<br />

diminishing capacity on the<br />

estate plan has been judicially<br />

considered. These cases have<br />

included an examination of<br />

the differences between legal<br />

capacity and testamentary<br />

capacity; the obligations of<br />

an adviser to investigate their<br />

client’s capacity; and the role<br />

of medical and other experts.<br />

There is a basic common<br />

law presumption that every<br />

adult person has mental<br />

capacity to make their own<br />

decisions. However, in some<br />

cases solicitors may have<br />

doubts as to whether their<br />

client has the required legal<br />

level of mental capacity.<br />

There can be many reasons<br />

for doubt – the client may<br />

have an intellectual disability,<br />

an acquired brain injury or<br />

a mental illness. And as the<br />

number of older people in<br />

the community increases, so<br />

does the likelihood that an<br />

older person may have an<br />

age-related cognitive disability<br />

such as Alzheimer’s disease,<br />

which impairs their mental<br />

capacity to make decisions.<br />

So what is capacity?<br />

Generally people who have<br />

capacity are able to make<br />

decisions about things that<br />

affect their daily lives such<br />

as: Where to live; what to buy;<br />

what support or services they<br />

need; and when to go to the<br />

doctor.<br />

And insofar as issues that<br />

have legal consequences:<br />

Making a Will; making a<br />

Power of Attorney; making an<br />

Enduring Guardian; getting<br />

married; entering into a<br />

contract; and consenting to<br />

have medical treatment.<br />

When a person has<br />

capacity they can manage<br />

and decide what is best for<br />

themselves and they are<br />

able to understand the facts<br />

involved, understand the<br />

main choices and can weigh<br />

up the consequences of the<br />

choices and understand how<br />

the consequences affect<br />

them and have the ability to<br />

communicate their decisions.<br />

Solicitors are not expected<br />

to be experts in mental<br />

capacity assessments of their<br />

clients. However, they can<br />

be involved in carrying out<br />

a ‘legal’ assessment of their<br />

client’s mental capacity which<br />

involves:<br />

n Making a preliminary<br />

assessment of mental capacity<br />

by looking for warning signs<br />

(‘triggers’ or ‘red flags’) by<br />

questioning and observation;<br />

n If in doubt seeking a<br />

clinical consultation or formal<br />

evaluation of the client’s<br />

mental capacity by a clinician<br />

with expertise in cognitive<br />

capacity assessment; or<br />

n Making a final legal<br />

judgment about mental<br />

capacity for the particular<br />

decision or transaction.<br />

From time to time<br />

professional assessors such<br />

as psychogeriatricians,<br />

psychiatrists and<br />

psychologists refer patients to<br />

solicitors with a request that<br />

the solicitor assist the patient<br />

to ensure their affairs such<br />

as a Will, Power of Attorney<br />

and Guardianship are in order<br />

and in place as the patient<br />

is suffering ‘onset dementia’<br />

and at that stage they can still<br />

make decisions concerning<br />

testamentary matters but<br />

that in due course they will be<br />

unable to do so.<br />

There are several key<br />

principles when considering a<br />

client’s mental capacity:<br />

n Always assume a person has<br />

mental capacity.<br />

n Mental capacity, as noted<br />

above is decision-specific.<br />

n Mental capacity is fluid<br />

and can fluctuate over time<br />

and in different situations.<br />

Even where a person lacked<br />

the ability to make a specific<br />

decision in the past, they<br />

may recover to be able to<br />

make the decision later. Other<br />

factors such as stress, grief,<br />

depression, reversible medical<br />

conditions or hearing or visual<br />

impairments may also affect<br />

a person’s decision-making<br />

mental capacity.<br />

n Don’t assume a person<br />

lacks capacity based on<br />

appearances, eg their age,<br />

disability or behaviour.<br />

Mental capacity should not be<br />

assessed solely on the basis<br />

of the way a person looks; the<br />

way a person presents; the<br />

way a person communicates;<br />

a person’s impairment; or the<br />

way a person acts or behaves.<br />

n Assess the person’s<br />

decision-making ability – not<br />

the decision they make. The<br />

client may make a decision<br />

which is considered unwise<br />

or reckless but that does<br />

not mean they lack mental<br />

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capacity. Many people<br />

take chances or make ‘bad<br />

decisions’ The question is<br />

does the client understand<br />

the nature and effect of<br />

the document – such as a<br />

Will, Power of Attorney or<br />

Guardianship at the time it is<br />

made.<br />

n Respect a person’s privacy<br />

that is a client must consent<br />

to their personal information<br />

being provided to others.<br />

n Substitute decision-making<br />

is a last resort. This may arise<br />

when everything possible<br />

has been done to support<br />

the client to make a decision.<br />

It may be that one will use<br />

non-verbal communication,<br />

visual aids photographs,<br />

symbols, drawings, or other<br />

alternative formats. It may<br />

become necessary to obtain<br />

a communication assessment<br />

from a speech therapist or<br />

other professional.<br />

Raising the issue with a<br />

client is a sensitive subject<br />

and the suggestion that they<br />

may be suffering a loss of<br />

capacity may be frightening<br />

and stigmatising to most<br />

people, and many clients can<br />

be offended and defensive<br />

when the issue is raised.<br />

However, a formal assessment<br />

is often considered an<br />

‘insurance policy’ for the<br />

client and can be viewed<br />

as protecting them against<br />

possible future challenges to<br />

the validity of the documents<br />

being executed or the<br />

transaction involved. In taking<br />

this course the client can work<br />

with the solicitor and any<br />

medical professional to whom<br />

they are referred to achieve<br />

recognition or otherwise of<br />

their testamentary capacity.<br />

n Clarification: Last month<br />

in our article on Insurance<br />

and the estimation of Risk<br />

we referred to the concept of<br />

Act of God. We wrote that “an<br />

insurer usually specifically<br />

excludes such occurrences<br />

from the risk that it carries”.<br />

We note that it is less<br />

common these days for most<br />

insurance policies to contain<br />

an exclusion for Acts of God;<br />

instead the policy will set out<br />

what is insured and what the<br />

main exclusions are. If loss<br />

occurs from an event covered,<br />

then the insurance will pay<br />

out, in accordance with the<br />

policy terms and conditions.<br />

This is why having obtained a<br />

policy of insurance you should<br />

check very carefully what is<br />

covered and what is excluded.<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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Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

with Janelle Bloom<br />

Food <strong>Life</strong><br />

Recipes: janellebloom.com.au; Insta: instagram.com/janellegbloom/<br />

Potato, potato, potato! Strike<br />

‘gold’ in many delicious ways<br />

In the “good old days” (as my mum would<br />

say) there were only two types of potatoes<br />

–‘Dirty’ for chips and roasting; and ‘Washed’<br />

for mash and jacket-baked. Fast forward and<br />

at my last count we have at least 35 different<br />

varieties on display at our supermarkets and<br />

greengrocers. Depending on where you shop<br />

Spud checklist<br />

On the Boil: Red Rascal/Red<br />

Delight, Desiree, Pontiac,<br />

Nicola/Coliban, Kipfler, Carisma<br />

(low GI).<br />

Perfect Chips: Russet Burbank,<br />

Sebago/Golden Delight/Eureka,<br />

Dutch cream, Red Rascal/Red<br />

Delight, Bintje.<br />

Good for Mash: Dutch Cream,<br />

Desiree, Nicola/Coliban, Bison,<br />

Eureka, Red Rascal, Carisma<br />

(low GI).<br />

Roasting: Sebago, Russet<br />

Burbank, Red Rascal/Red<br />

Delight, Eureka, Desiree.<br />

Good for Salads: Kipfler,<br />

Nicola/Coliban, Dutch Cream,<br />

Carisma (low GI).<br />

Jacket-Baked: Sebago/Golden<br />

Delight, Pontiac, Red Rascal.<br />

Smashed: Carisma (small pink<br />

skin), or washed Chat potato.<br />

Potato bake: Scalloped Desiree,<br />

Golden Delight/Sebago.<br />

Alternate names: Red Washed<br />

– Red Rascal, Red Delight;<br />

Washed – Coliban, Chats,<br />

Nicola; Brushed – Sebago,<br />

Golden Delight, Eureka.<br />

Twice-cooked<br />

chips with aioli<br />

Serves 4<br />

800g Russet Burbank, Sebago<br />

or Dutch Cream potatoes,<br />

peeled<br />

Vegetable or extra light olive<br />

oil, for deep-frying<br />

Lime Aioli<br />

3/4 cup whole-egg mayonnaise<br />

1 lime, juiced<br />

½ small garlic clove, crushed<br />

1. For the lime aioli, combine<br />

mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons<br />

lime juice and garlic in a<br />

bowl, season.<br />

2. Cut the potatoes into 1cmthick<br />

chips. Use a clean tea<br />

towel or paper towel to<br />

pat the potatoes dry. Place<br />

half the chips onto a large<br />

microwave-safe plate, cover<br />

with damp paper towel.<br />

Microwave on High/100%<br />

for 3 minutes (potatoes<br />

should be firm, hot and<br />

almost tender). Repeat with<br />

remaining chips. Place in the<br />

fridge until cool (around 1<br />

hour).<br />

3. Pour vegetable oil into a<br />

large saucepan, wok or deep<br />

fryer until it is just under<br />

half-full. Heat over mediumhigh<br />

heat to (130°C) until a<br />

small piece of potato skin<br />

sizzles when dropped in oil.<br />

Place a wire rack over a large<br />

oven tray.<br />

4. Add the chips carefully to the<br />

hot oil. Cook for 5 minutes<br />

and the time of year you are bound to be<br />

amazed by the different potato varieties. Just<br />

to complicate matters the supermarkets have<br />

‘exclusive’ varieties (virtually the same potato<br />

with a different name). I have put together a<br />

short list of varieties to help with your cooking<br />

task at hand. Enjoy!<br />

or until they just start to<br />

colour around the edges. Use<br />

a slotted spoon to remove<br />

to the rack to drain (see<br />

Janelle’s Tip).<br />

5. Reheat the oil to hotter<br />

(190°C). Add all the chips<br />

and cook, for 8-10 minutes<br />

or until crisp and golden.<br />

Transfer to the wire rack to<br />

allow to drain. Season and<br />

serve with aioli and tomato<br />

sauce.<br />

Janelle’s Tips: This is my most<br />

important tip when frying food<br />

– always remove food to a wire<br />

rack placed over a baking tray.<br />

If you drain fried food on paper<br />

towel, the underside touching<br />

the paper towel ‘steams’,<br />

softening the surface. For<br />

French fries: Cut the potatoes<br />

into ½cm thick fries.<br />

Air fryer potato<br />

wedges with<br />

smoky paprika salt<br />

Serves 4<br />

800g medium Coliban, Chat or<br />

Red Rascal potatoes, scrubbed<br />

olive oil cooking spray<br />

Smoky paprika salt<br />

(makes ¼ cup)<br />

2 tbs chopped parsley<br />

2 tsp smoked paprika<br />

½ tsp raw sugar<br />

¼ cup (60g) sea salt flakes<br />

1. For the smoky paprika salt,<br />

place the parsley onto a small<br />

baking tray lined with baking<br />

paper. Place into a 130°C fanforced<br />

oven for 10-15 minutes<br />

or until it feels dry. Set aside<br />

to cool. Place the parsley,<br />

paprika, sugar and half the<br />

salt in a small food processor.<br />

Pulse until well combined.<br />

Spoon into a bowl, stir in<br />

the remaining salt. Store in a<br />

clean, dry airtight jar for up to<br />

12 months.<br />

2. Cut the potatoes into quarters<br />

lengthways, trying to keep<br />

each wedge similar in size.<br />

Place in a bowl of cold water.<br />

Swish the water around to<br />

remove the excess starch.<br />

Drain.<br />

3. Place half the potatoes, in<br />

a single, on a microwave-safe<br />

plate. Cover with paper towel.<br />

Microwave on High/100%<br />

for 3 minutes until they feel<br />

hot. Drain any excess water<br />

from the plate. Sprinkle 1<br />

teaspoon paprika salt over<br />

the potatoes. Spray lightly<br />

with olive oil.<br />

4. Heat the air fryer to 200°C.<br />

Arrange the wedges in the<br />

air fryer basket (see Janelle’s<br />

Tips over page); cook for<br />

10-15 minutes, giving them<br />

a shake halfway, until tender<br />

and golden. Keep warm in<br />

the oven and repeat steps 3-4<br />

with the remaining potatoes.<br />

5. Sprinkle with more Smoky<br />

paprika salt to serve.<br />

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For more recipes go to janellebloom.com.au<br />

Janelle’s Tips: Air fryers work<br />

best when food is in a single<br />

layer with space between each<br />

piece. No Air fryer? Follow steps<br />

1-3. Place all the wedges in a<br />

large roasting pan. Spray with<br />

more olive oil and roast 30-45<br />

mins in a 220°C oven, turning<br />

once, until golden and crisp.<br />

Smashed parmesan<br />

potatoes<br />

Serves 4<br />

800g small washed or red<br />

washed potatoes<br />

2 tbs olive oil<br />

50g parmesan, finely grated<br />

1 tbs thyme<br />

1. Place the potatoes in a<br />

medium saucepan. Cover<br />

with cold, salted water.<br />

Cover with a lid and bring<br />

to the boil over high heat.<br />

Reduce heat to medium.<br />

Partially cover saucepan<br />

and simmer for 10 minutes<br />

or until potatoes are just<br />

tender when tested with a<br />

skewer (this depends on the<br />

size). Drain well. Turn onto<br />

a tray and allow to cool for<br />

10 minutes (this produces<br />

crisper exterior).<br />

2. Preheat oven to 220°C fan<br />

forced. Place potatoes onto<br />

a dry non-stick oven tray (or<br />

lined with baking paper). Use<br />

a potato masher or glass to<br />

squash the potatoes. The<br />

flatter you squash them the<br />

crispier they will be. Drizzle<br />

with olive oil. Season. Roast<br />

for 40-50 minutes until<br />

golden (don’t be tempted to<br />

turn them over). Sprinkle over<br />

the parmesan and thyme.<br />

Return to the oven for 5 mins.<br />

The best roast<br />

potatoes<br />

Serves 6<br />

1.5kg Sebago, Russet Burbank<br />

or Desiree, peeled, cut into 6cm<br />

pieces<br />

3 tbs olive oil<br />

1. Preheat oven to 200°C fan<br />

forced. Place potatoes in a<br />

large saucepan. Cover with<br />

cold, salted water. Cover with<br />

a lid and bring to the boil<br />

over high heat. Reduce heat<br />

to medium. Partially cover<br />

saucepan and simmer for 10<br />

minutes or until potatoes are<br />

just tender when tested with<br />

a skewer.<br />

2. Drain the potatoes. Return<br />

to the hot saucepan over low<br />

heat and cook, gently shaking<br />

saucepan, for 1-2 minutes<br />

to remove any remaining<br />

moisture from the potatoes.<br />

3. Remove from the heat. Cover<br />

the saucepan and shake<br />

vigorously to roughen surface<br />

of potatoes (this will make<br />

the potatoes crunchy when<br />

roasted).<br />

4. Pour oil into a large roasting<br />

pan. Place in oven for 3<br />

minutes or until hot. Working<br />

quickly, add potatoes to hot<br />

oil. Turn to coat. Return pan<br />

to the oven. Roast for 30-35<br />

minutes, turning the potatoes<br />

every 10 minutes until crisp<br />

and golden. Season and<br />

serve.<br />

Jacket baked<br />

potatoes with bacon,<br />

sour cream<br />

and green onions<br />

Serves 4<br />

4 (about 180g-200g each)<br />

Sebago or Golden Delight<br />

potatoes, scrubbed<br />

olive oil cooking spray<br />

¼ cup grated tasty cheese,<br />

optional<br />

2 rashers rindless bacon,<br />

chopped<br />

4 tbs sour cream<br />

3 green onions, thinly sliced<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C fan<br />

forced. Wipe the potatoes dry<br />

with paper towel.<br />

2. Pierce the potatoes all over<br />

with a fork. Place directly<br />

onto the oven rack (place a<br />

tray on the shelf underneath<br />

to catch any spills). Bake for<br />

60 minutes or until tender<br />

when tested with a skewer.<br />

Remove from oven to a<br />

tray. Stand for 5 minutes.<br />

Meanwhile preheat the grill<br />

on high.<br />

3. Cook the bacon in a small<br />

frying pan until light golden.<br />

4. Cut a little off the top of each<br />

potato. Spray the tops with<br />

olive oil. Sprinkle with cheese<br />

if using. Place under the grill<br />

for 3-4 minutes until golden.<br />

Top with sour cream, bacon<br />

and green onions. Season<br />

and serve.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: Short on time?<br />

try this microwave method –<br />

pierce the washed potatoes<br />

all over with a fork. Place<br />

evenly around outer edge of<br />

microwave turntable. Cook on<br />

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High/100% power for 6 minutes.<br />

Turn the potatoes over and<br />

cook a further 5-6 minutes on<br />

High/100% power or until firm<br />

when tested with a skewer (the<br />

skin should be unwrinkled and<br />

potatoes firm). Wrap each in foil<br />

and stand for 10 minutes.<br />

Creamy mash potato<br />

into Duchess<br />

potatoes<br />

Serves 4-6<br />

1kg Dutch Cream or Desiree<br />

potatoes, unpeeled, scrubbed<br />

60g-100g butter, chopped<br />

200ml milk, heated until just hot<br />

1. Place the whole potatoes in<br />

a large saucepan, cover with<br />

cold, salted water. Cover<br />

and bring to boil over high<br />

heat. Remove lid, reduce<br />

heat to medium-high. Boil,<br />

uncovered, 30 mins or until<br />

the potatoes are tender when<br />

tested with a skewer. Use a<br />

slotted spoon to transfer the<br />

potatoes to a colander. Set<br />

aside for 5 minutes or until<br />

cool enough to handle. Use a<br />

small sharp knife to peel and<br />

discard the skins.<br />

2. Drain the water from the pan<br />

and return the potatoes to<br />

the dry hot saucepan. Shake<br />

the saucepan over low heat<br />

for 2 minutes to remove any<br />

remaining moisture from the<br />

potatoes.<br />

3. Use a potato masher to mash<br />

the potatoes. Add the butter<br />

and milk and stir with a<br />

wooden spoon until smooth.<br />

Season and serve (pic below).<br />

Shortcut: Replace steps 1 & 2<br />

above with the following if you<br />

are in a hurry. Peel potatoes and<br />

cut into large chunks. Cook<br />

in a large saucepan of boiling<br />

salted water for 20 minutes or<br />

until very tender but not falling<br />

apart.<br />

For Duchess potatoes: At<br />

end Step 3, while hot, stir in 2<br />

egg yolks, 60g finely grated<br />

parmesan (or tasty) cheese and<br />

¼ tsp ground nutmeg. Keep<br />

stirring until the mixture comes<br />

away from the side of the pan.<br />

Pipe mixture onto a greased<br />

baking tray. Using a whisk,<br />

beat 1 egg white with a little<br />

salt until frothy. Lightly brush<br />

over the potatoes (this helps<br />

them hold their shape). Cook<br />

in 220°C fan forced oven for<br />

15 minutes until golden. Serve<br />

with chive sour cream (pictured<br />

below centre).<br />

Potatoes bravas<br />

Serves 4-6<br />

If you have been to Spain, you<br />

will know Bravas (above) are<br />

so addictive, which is why my<br />

recipe is for a larger batch!<br />

1.5kg Dutch Cream, Sebago or<br />

Bintje potatoes, peeled, cut into<br />

2½ cm pieces<br />

750ml extra-virgin olive oil<br />

chopped parsley, to serve<br />

Aioli<br />

1/3 cup whole egg mayonnaise<br />

1 small garlic clove, finely<br />

crushed<br />

1 tsp lemon juice<br />

1 tsp Dijon mustard<br />

Bravas sauce<br />

1 tbs olive oil<br />

1 small onion, finely grated<br />

2 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

1 tsp smoked paprika<br />

1 tsp sweet paprika<br />

¼ tsp hot paprika or cayenne<br />

pepper<br />

400g can diced tomatoes or ¾<br />

cup (180ml) tomato sauce<br />

¼ cup chicken stock<br />

1 tsp sherry vinegar<br />

1. Place the potatoes in a bowl<br />

of water for 10 minutes,<br />

swish them around to<br />

remove the excess starch.<br />

Drain.<br />

2. Place the potatoes in a large<br />

saucepan. Cover with cold<br />

salted water. Cover with<br />

a lid and bring to the boil<br />

over high heat. Reduce heat<br />

to medium. Partially cover<br />

saucepan and simmer for 5<br />

minutes or until potatoes are<br />

almost tender when tested<br />

with a skewer. Drain, spread<br />

on a baking tray. Set aside<br />

to cool.<br />

3. While the potatoes are<br />

cooling, make the bravas<br />

sauce. Heat the oil in a<br />

saucepan over medium heat.<br />

Add onion and garlic, cook<br />

until soft. Add the spices,<br />

cook, stirring 1 minute until<br />

fragrant. Add the remaining<br />

ingredients, bring to the<br />

simmer. Simmer for 8 minutes<br />

until reduced slightly.<br />

4. Mix all the aioli ingredients<br />

together until well combined.<br />

5. Pour oil into a large<br />

saucepan, wok or deep fryer<br />

until it is just under half-full.<br />

Heat over medium-high heat<br />

to (190°C) until a small piece<br />

of potato skin sizzles when<br />

dropped in oil. Deep fry the<br />

potatoes in batches, until<br />

golden. Place into a serving<br />

bowl. Season.<br />

6. Spoon over the bravas<br />

sauce, drizzle with aioli and<br />

chopped parsley. Serve.<br />

Crispy fried potato<br />

peelings<br />

No-waste is top of people’s<br />

minds; this has to be the best<br />

no-waste recipe ever!<br />

2 cups neutral oil, such as<br />

canola oil, vegetable or<br />

grapeseed peelings from 5<br />

scrubbed potatoes<br />

1. Pat the potato peel dry<br />

with paper towel. Half-fill<br />

a heavy-based frying pan<br />

with oil. Heat to 180°C. Fry<br />

the potato peelings, about<br />

5 minutes, until golden and<br />

crisp. Season and serve with<br />

tomato sauce, delish with<br />

guacamole also.<br />

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Pick of the Month:<br />

Rhubarb<br />

Rhubarb is related to sorrel<br />

and buckwheat. The stalks<br />

are fleshy and tart, while the<br />

leaves contain high levels of<br />

oxalic acid, which makes them<br />

toxic. Remove and discard<br />

leaves before cooking!<br />

Buying<br />

Look for rhubarb with glossy,<br />

crisp, bright red stalks;, the<br />

more intense the colour, the<br />

sweeter the fruit. Avoid limp<br />

stalks or stalks with bruising.<br />

Storage<br />

Fresh rhubarb perishes quickly<br />

at room temperature so it’s best<br />

stored, unwashed and uncut,<br />

in a snap-lock bag in the fridge.<br />

Once cooked rhubarb will keep<br />

4-5 days in the fridge or up to 6<br />

months in the freezer.<br />

Nutrition<br />

Rhubarb contains some fibre,<br />

calcium, vitamins C, A and<br />

K, magnesium, potassium,<br />

manganese and a little iron.<br />

Processor<br />

rhubarb, coconut<br />

yoghurt cake<br />

Serves 8<br />

180g butter, at room<br />

temperature<br />

1 cup caster sugar<br />

3 eggs<br />

¾ cup shredded coconut<br />

¾ cup (180g) Greek yoghurt<br />

2 tsp vanilla extract<br />

1½ cups self-raising flour, sifted<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

4-6 stems rhubarb, washed,<br />

dried, cut into 5cm lengths<br />

1 tbs white sugar<br />

1. Preheat oven to 170°C fan<br />

forced. Release the base of<br />

a 24cm (base) springform<br />

pan. Invert. Secure back into<br />

the pan. Grease and line the<br />

base and side with baking<br />

paper.<br />

2. Place the butter, sugar, eggs,<br />

coconut, yoghurt and vanilla<br />

in a food processor. Pulse<br />

until well combined. Add<br />

the flour, pulse until just<br />

combined. Spoon into the<br />

prepared pan and smooth the<br />

surface.<br />

3. Toss the rhubarb in white<br />

sugar then arrange on top<br />

of the cake. Bake for 1 hour<br />

or until cooked; test with<br />

a skewer. Serve warm or at<br />

room temperature.<br />

In Season<br />

<strong>August</strong><br />

Apples; Bananas; Grapefruit;<br />

Mandarins; Kiwi fruit;<br />

Australian Navel, Blood and<br />

Cara Oranges; Tangelos;<br />

Pears; Quince; Winter berries<br />

(Strawberries, Blueberries &<br />

Raspberries). Also Avocados;<br />

Beetroot; Broccolini and<br />

Broccoli; Brussels sprouts;<br />

Cauliflower; Celery & Celeriac;<br />

Leeks, Fennel, Jerusalem<br />

Artichokes; Pumpkin; Sweet<br />

Potato; Spinach & Silverbeet;<br />

Kale and Turnips.<br />

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Tasty Morsels<br />

with Beverley Hudec<br />

Some Tiny Morsels to savour in <strong>August</strong><br />

Bottle shop BYO on<br />

Bar Elvina menu<br />

Avalon’s Bar Elvina has teamed up<br />

with Le Pont, Palm Beach Wine Co,<br />

Chambers and Vintage Cellars for a<br />

Wednesday night deal. It’s free BYO if<br />

a bottle is bought at one of these local<br />

bottle shops, or it’s $10 corkage per<br />

bottle if the bottle comes from home.<br />

Winter faves include blue swimmer<br />

crab linguine (pictured) and yellowfin<br />

tuna sashimi.<br />

More than caffeine<br />

at Coffee Brothers<br />

Coffee Brothers drops its pin on the<br />

caffeine map right in Mona Vale’s<br />

industrial heartland. Coffee beans<br />

here are sourced from communities<br />

all over the world including Vanuatu’s<br />

Tanna Island. Baristas pump out daily<br />

house blends and single origins. Grab<br />

a cup with the Winter porridge or a big<br />

breakfast for a weekend treat.<br />

Tasty Dining Morsels Guide<br />

Spanish tapas a<br />

Narrabeen hit<br />

Hola Lola Cocina! With<br />

restaurants in Crows Nest,<br />

Parramatta and Potts Point,<br />

the brand brings a taste of<br />

regional Spanish food to<br />

Narrabeen. The new Winter<br />

menu has a selection of<br />

tapas and sharing plates, as<br />

well as hearty slow-cooked<br />

dishes like the Spanish-style<br />

lamb shoulder marinated<br />

in dry sherry and smoked<br />

paprika.<br />

Newport basement<br />

bar to lift your spirits<br />

Basement bar La Vida Loca has just<br />

turned two. Newport’s night-time<br />

fun starts 10 steps down! There’s a<br />

selection of racy-sounding cocktails,<br />

snacks, global-influenced mains and<br />

more. Turn the music up for open<br />

mic night on Wednesdays, live music<br />

on Fridays and Saturdays and there’s<br />

sometimes a DJ on Fridays.<br />

Three of a kind: Cosy fireplaces<br />

Cavallino embraces chilly<br />

winter nights with two roaring<br />

fires. One is in the bar area;<br />

the other (pictured) is in the<br />

restaurant adjacent to the<br />

pizza bar. Reserve a table and<br />

dine on slow-cooked beef<br />

cheeks in barolo or gnocchi<br />

ragu. An Italian twist to<br />

favourites like apple crumble<br />

and bread and butter pudding<br />

hit the sweet spot.<br />

Winter is all about comfort<br />

food and the glow of a<br />

warming fire. Barrenjoey<br />

House is onboard with both<br />

the crackle and the crackling!<br />

On Sundays during Winter,<br />

the Palm Beach venue has a<br />

$75 roast for two. It features<br />

roast porchetta, braised red<br />

cabbage, burnt apple sauce<br />

and roast potatoes with garlic<br />

and clove butter.<br />

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht<br />

Club’s Edinburgh Lounge<br />

and Bar is another spot to<br />

while away Winter nights near<br />

a mesmerising fire. The bar<br />

is open Friday nights from<br />

5.30pm, so why not drop in?<br />

Grab a seat, order a drink and<br />

a bite to eat from the snack<br />

menu and enjoy the live music.<br />

Alternatively, Halyards Bistro<br />

and Bar is open daily.<br />

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

Compiled by David Stickley<br />

women, both serving and veterans<br />

(8,5)<br />

25 Local competitor in 22-across to<br />

be held this year, ____ Dickens (5)<br />

26 Sedimentary rock that dominates<br />

the Sydney basin (9)<br />

27 A large meal or feast, especially<br />

when laid out on a table (6)<br />

28 A formal association of people<br />

with similar interests (7)<br />

ACROSS<br />

1 RMYC function room that will be<br />

hosting the Best of Ocean Film Festival<br />

in <strong>August</strong> (3,4)<br />

5 Government authority located at<br />

1705-1707 <strong>Pittwater</strong> Road, Mona Vale<br />

(6)<br />

8 Large inlet that has its entrance<br />

between the northern Box Head and<br />

Barrenjoey Head (6,3)<br />

9 More than one can be found in<br />

Mona Vale Cemetery (5)<br />

11 The ‘D’ in AED, a lifesaving device<br />

now available at some bus stops<br />

and public spaces on the Northern<br />

Beaches (13)<br />

13 To remove forcibly and<br />

completely (6)<br />

14 One of a pair of markers<br />

indicating a swimming area<br />

patrolled by lifesavers (4,4)<br />

17 A place outside the studio where<br />

scenes may be shot for a film or TV<br />

show (8)<br />

19 A recess in a room for a bed,<br />

for books in a library, or for other<br />

similar furnishings (6)<br />

22 International multi-sport event<br />

first held in 2014, for wounded,<br />

injured and sick servicemen and<br />

DOWN<br />

1 The hollow of a wave as it breaks<br />

(4)<br />

2 Someone who works slowly and<br />

monotonously for long hours (7)<br />

3 In the military, a command to turn<br />

the head so it faces forward (4,5)<br />

4 Dishes that may come as “shish” or<br />

“doner” (6)<br />

5 The general appearance of the<br />

body with regard to size, shape,<br />

muscular development, etc. (8)<br />

6 Local barrister, Nicholas Cowdery,<br />

may be described as a _____ eagle<br />

(5)<br />

7 Connected to the area along the<br />

shore (7)<br />

10 Tea available at Girdlers in Avalon<br />

(4,4)<br />

12 Top speed (4,4)<br />

15 A performance of this might be<br />

seen at The Shack in Warriewood<br />

(4,5)<br />

16 Used powers of concentration (8)<br />

18 An act of concealing<br />

circumstances, especially illicitly (5-2)<br />

20 Describing a wind on the<br />

Northern Beaches, possibly (7)<br />

21 Representatives who act<br />

on behalf of other persons or<br />

organisations (6)<br />

23 A small narrow boat with pointed<br />

ends usually propelled by paddling<br />

(5)<br />

24 A contribution called for from<br />

members of an association (4)<br />

[Solution page 64]<br />

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

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AUGUST <strong>2023</strong> 61

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

with Gabrielle Bryant<br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Plant Aussie natives<br />

for wonderful variety<br />

The days are getting longer and the first<br />

signs of Spring will soon be appearing.<br />

This is the time that the Australian<br />

bush comes alive. It is the perfect time to<br />

plant Aussie native trees and shrubs in the<br />

garden.<br />

Gardens<br />

are full of<br />

spectacular<br />

exotic,<br />

flamboyant<br />

and tropical<br />

plants that<br />

excel during<br />

the hot<br />

Summer<br />

months,<br />

leaving the<br />

gardens cold<br />

and dormant<br />

in Winter.<br />

There is no<br />

reason why<br />

you cannot<br />

mix and<br />

match!<br />

For ideas, go<br />

for a walk in<br />

the wildflower<br />

garden at St<br />

Ives, or visit a<br />

native nursery.<br />

There are many wonderful native plants that<br />

are local to our area that are loved by our<br />

local birds and wildlife.<br />

Waratahs are the floral emblem of NSW.<br />

They are coastal plants that grow wild in<br />

the bush around us. Their showy, bright,<br />

flame red, dome-shaped flowers that<br />

appear above the dark green leathery<br />

leaves in early Spring, are responsible for<br />

the name ‘waratah’, which is from the Eora<br />

aboriginal word ‘warada’, meaning ‘seen<br />

from afar’.<br />

Often thought to be hard to grow they<br />

are easy, if given the right conditions.<br />

Waratahs are<br />

a spectacular<br />

garden shrub<br />

with few<br />

demands.<br />

They<br />

will grow<br />

in filtered<br />

sunlight or<br />

morning sun,<br />

protected<br />

from wind and<br />

the heat of<br />

the afternoon.<br />

They need<br />

excellent<br />

drainage<br />

and a light<br />

or sandy soil<br />

– but don’t<br />

let it dry out.<br />

Given plenty<br />

of organic<br />

compost<br />

and mulch,<br />

making sure<br />

the moisture<br />

can drain away it will thrive. Your waratah<br />

will be doomed in heavy clay soil. Once<br />

established it will need little care. Only feed<br />

with an organic fertiliser for native plants,<br />

compost or blood and bone.<br />

Much work has been done by plant<br />

breeders and now there are many cultivars<br />

available in every colour from white to<br />

yellow, pink to scarlet or burgundy.<br />

The Tuckeroo<br />

conundrum<br />

Beware the tree of the<br />

moment! The Tuckeroo<br />

(cupaniopsis anacardiodes) is<br />

being planted everywhere. It<br />

may be a landscaper’s choice<br />

but it will be the weed of the<br />

decade in a few years’ time.<br />

Although it is a native plant<br />

it is not native to the Northern<br />

Beaches. It is a sub-tropical<br />

rainforest tree from Northern<br />

NSW. Its bright yellow seeds<br />

germinate easily and are<br />

springing up everywhere, along<br />

the roadside, in the bush… even<br />

under the Norfolk Island pines in<br />

Newport.<br />

The trees will spread, and<br />

their dense canopies will choke<br />

out the native habitat of our<br />

birds and wildlife. They look<br />

great when small, but they<br />

quickly grow large; sometimes<br />

to 8 or 10 metres tall. The tree<br />

loppers will soon be cutting<br />

them back under the power<br />

lines.<br />

They are not protected by<br />

Northern Beaches Council; they<br />

are on the list of trees that can<br />

be cut down without permission.<br />

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Johanna’s ‘lucky’ Christmas story<br />

Johanna’s Christmas is<br />

a dwarf compact form<br />

of the Christmas bush<br />

that lights up every year<br />

as the white blossom<br />

turns bright red in time<br />

for Christmas.<br />

It is quick to grow but<br />

once it reaches its full<br />

height of 1.5m tall it gets<br />

no bigger. Trim it back<br />

lightly after flowering<br />

to keep it compact;<br />

it is the perfect small<br />

garden shrub for full<br />

sun or dappled shade.<br />

It will thrive in large<br />

pots on balconies or in<br />

courtyards.<br />

The amazing story<br />

of Johanna’s Christmas<br />

began in 1969 when this<br />

dwarf form of our NSW<br />

Christmas bush was<br />

first discovered growing<br />

in the sand dunes at<br />

Chinaman’s Beach near<br />

Evans Head, where with<br />

constant salt winds and<br />

sea spray it had been<br />

naturally dwarfed.<br />

A few cuttings were<br />

collected and grown<br />

at the Royal Botanic<br />

Gardens where they<br />

maintained their smallsized<br />

growth – lucky,<br />

because on the next visit<br />

to the site it had been<br />

cleared for rutile mining<br />

and the plants were<br />

gone! It has never been<br />

found again.<br />

Over time the numbers<br />

were increased through<br />

propagation and in 2001<br />

the plant was registered<br />

by Brian and Carol Roach,<br />

who named it after their<br />

daughter Johanna.<br />

For a while it was<br />

commercially grown but<br />

with limited success; now<br />

it is propagated solely<br />

by Brian at Westleigh<br />

Native Plants in Sydney. It<br />

can be ordered online at<br />

westleighnativeplants@<br />

gmail.com for pick-up or<br />

mail order.<br />

Spidery Silky Grevillea<br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

The delicate spider flower of<br />

the Silky grevillea (grevillea<br />

sericea) can be seen in the<br />

local bushland – even growing<br />

wild on the Bilgola Bends.<br />

Its delicate appearance is<br />

deceiving. It is a very easy to<br />

grow, tough, hardy, droughttolerant<br />

plant, that is perfect<br />

for low-maintenance coastal<br />

gardens.<br />

In the bush or left alone<br />

it will grow into a mediumsized<br />

shrub in an open shape<br />

but with regular pruning soft<br />

grey-green leaves can be<br />

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trimmed into a neat, small<br />

bush.<br />

The spidery flowers first<br />

appear in early autumn and<br />

continue through winter until<br />

late spring. The nectar-eating<br />

birds and bees love them.<br />

This shrub is often home to<br />

the tiny blue wrens.<br />

There are many cultivars<br />

of the silky grevillea with<br />

improved flower colours from<br />

white, cream, lilac and pink.<br />

They are all easy to grow in<br />

a well-drained position in full<br />

sun or part shade.<br />

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Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

<strong>August</strong><br />

Jobs this Month<br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

There is a lot to do and<br />

it is time for some TLC<br />

in the garden. Although<br />

with occasional heavy rain<br />

at times, it has been a very<br />

cold, dry Winter. Wait until the<br />

weather begins to warm up<br />

before trimming back shrubs –<br />

another very cold night could<br />

damage the tiny new shoots.<br />

Water well in the morning so<br />

that the excess can dry before<br />

the cold at night. Too dry is<br />

better than too wet.<br />

Clivea care<br />

Collect clivea seeds that are<br />

ripe. Red seeds are red flowers<br />

and yellow will be cream<br />

flowers. They are easy to<br />

germinate, but slow. Open the<br />

pods and scatter the white,<br />

fleshy seeds into the top of a<br />

pot or tub, put the container<br />

under a shrub in the garden<br />

and forget it. By Christmas you<br />

will have seedlings ready to<br />

plant out.<br />

Summer veggies<br />

Get Summer veggies growing.<br />

Early tomato, zucchini,<br />

capsicum, silver beet, lettuce,<br />

eggplant, bean and cucumber<br />

seeds can all be sown now,<br />

ready to plant out next month<br />

when the weather warms up.<br />

It is cold at night, so plant<br />

into seedlings trays that can<br />

be kept under shelter until<br />

the weather warms up. For<br />

quick germination you can buy<br />

regulated heat pads that will<br />

keep the soil warm while the<br />

tiny seeds grow. If you wait<br />

your Summer crops will be late.<br />

Bulb moments<br />

Bulb stands are full of<br />

Summer-flowering bulbs. Plant<br />

Christmas-flowering lilies this<br />

month and there is still time<br />

to plant November-flowering<br />

hippeastrums. If you can’t find<br />

them easily, look on-line at the<br />

Victorian bulb suppliers, there<br />

are some very good specials<br />

available.<br />

Fungal watch<br />

Last chance before new<br />

Spring leaves appear to spray<br />

deciduous fruit trees and<br />

frangipani with lime sulphur<br />

to kill any remaining fungal<br />

spore from last year. Lime<br />

sulphur will clean up black<br />

spot rust and other fungal<br />

problems. Remember to spray<br />

the soil that surrounds the<br />

trees at the same time, spore<br />

lie dormant in the soil.<br />

Worm Farms<br />

Worm farms are perfect for<br />

unit dwellers. The worms will<br />

eat your vegetable kitchen<br />

waste, but don’t add any<br />

citrus peel, onion or meat<br />

products. The worm “wee”<br />

liquid that you can drain<br />

from the bottom is the most<br />

amazing liquid fertiliser that<br />

can be diluted to feed all your<br />

indoor and patio pot plants.<br />

Worm farms don’t take much<br />

space and don’t smell.<br />

Child’s play<br />

Junior gardeners love a<br />

project that shows great<br />

results. Prepare the veggie<br />

garden well and let them<br />

choose a carrot seed from the<br />

garden centre. Mix the seed<br />

with some sand. Next with a<br />

stick write their name in the<br />

soil. Sow the seed into the<br />

furrows and wait for the seeds<br />

to germinate. What better fun<br />

than to see your name written<br />

in the garden!<br />

Lawn care<br />

Either spray lawns now for<br />

bindii, or weed the newly<br />

seeded weeds by hand; they<br />

pull out easily and the lawn<br />

looks better without dead<br />

weeds in the grass. Don’t wait<br />

until the burrs are in your<br />

feet. Use a selective weed<br />

killer. If you have a buffalo<br />

lawn, ask for advice as some<br />

weed killers will also kill<br />

Buffalo grass.<br />

Other tips<br />

As seedlings germinate<br />

remember to thin them out.<br />

If you let them grow in an<br />

over-crowded situation,<br />

they won’t be successful…<br />

If roses are beginning to<br />

shoot a spray with a copper<br />

spray will give them added<br />

protection against the cold…<br />

Keep filling your compost bins<br />

with all the Winter clean-up<br />

clippings. Recycle shredded<br />

paper into the bins to help the<br />

decomposition.<br />

Crossword solution from page 61<br />

Mystery location: CLAREVILLE<br />

64 AUGUST <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Times Past<br />

Early history of Avalon Beach RSL<br />

Avalon Beach Returned and Services<br />

League (RSL) will be turning 75<br />

years old this year.<br />

According to records held, the inaugural<br />

meeting to form the club was held at the<br />

Avalon Golf Clubhouse on 18 March 1948,<br />

when Mr Lloyd Jones was elected President<br />

and Mr Frank Coleman was elected Vice<br />

President.<br />

Mr O’Donnell, District Councillor, made<br />

the presentation of the Charter of the Sub-<br />

Branch to the President.<br />

Enthusiasm was in abundance and by<br />

1950 members had purchased a ‘temporary<br />

shed’ which was erected in Dunbar<br />

Park, on the site of the present building.<br />

Apparently, the land was secured by a<br />

combination of some donated land and<br />

purchased land.<br />

The first Anzac Day service was held on<br />

Anzac Sunday, 22nd April 1951; according<br />

to the Avalon News it was “impressive and<br />

well attended”. The paper also noted that<br />

the number of local citizens who attended<br />

equalled the RSL attendance.<br />

The official wreath was supplied by Mrs<br />

Blaydon and Reverend Osborne-Brown of<br />

St Mark’s Church conducted the service. “A<br />

most touching ceremony was held earlier<br />

when a number of school children, assembled<br />

by Mr McGuire, the headmaster of the<br />

new Avalon Public School, marched to the<br />

hall and laid their tribute at the base of the<br />

flagpole outside the RSL hall.”<br />

Later that year the Avalon Playtime<br />

Kindergarten got underway and the RSL<br />

generously allowed them use of the hall<br />

for their activities. They even provided<br />

some materials for the extra toilet “and for<br />

the erection of towel and clothes pegs in<br />

the hall”.<br />

In January 1953, 55 scouts from Papua<br />

and New Guinea visited Avalon Beach on<br />

their way to the Pan Pacific Jamboree at<br />

Greystanes. The RSL generously made<br />

their hall available and along with the new<br />

Avalon Scout Troop committee, were able<br />

to make their stay very memorable.<br />

The November 1957 issue of the Avalon<br />

News announced the opening of the remodelled<br />

RSL club with around 200 guests<br />

and dignitaries attending. President Mr<br />

J Chamberlain thanked the many members<br />

who had provided 80 per cent of the<br />

labour voluntarily.<br />

An aerial photograph dated late 1960<br />

shows the footings and the sub-structure<br />

ready for the first floor of the new building.<br />

It occupied the eastern half of the area<br />

between Bowling Green Lane and Wickham<br />

Lane (north).<br />

The most major renovation occurred in<br />

2004 and was officially opened by John<br />

Brogden MP.<br />

The war memorial and commemorative<br />

garden were commissioned also in 2004,<br />

by the Avalon RSL Sub-Branch, replacing<br />

one erected in 1956 which itself was a replacement<br />

of the original 1948 memorial.<br />

Anzac Day, 1951, with the RSL hall behind the<br />

assembly – the first headmaster of Avalon<br />

Public School Mr McGuire is back-to-camera<br />

with his wife and some pupils; aerial circa<br />

1960 showing the temporary, gable-roofed<br />

shed of the RSL in the lower centre foreground<br />

with members’ cars parked adjacent; the first<br />

cenotaph in 1956, with local Ted Crabbe as the<br />

bugler and a super-scruffy Dunbar Park behind.<br />

TIMES PAST is supplied by local historian<br />

and President of the Avalon Beach<br />

Historical Society GEOFF SEARL. Visit<br />

the Society’s showroom in Bowling<br />

Green Lane, Avalon Beach.<br />

Times Past<br />

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AUGUST <strong>2023</strong> 65

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66 AUGUST <strong>2023</strong><br />

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