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The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Editorial<br />

Is Avalon functioning okay?<br />

The official six-month<br />

trial of Avalon’s ‘Streets<br />

as Shared Spaces’ project<br />

concludes on October 1,<br />

whereupon Council will review<br />

community response before<br />

deciding whether to make<br />

the infrastructure changes<br />

permanent.<br />

With the deadline looming,<br />

we invited Northern Beaches<br />

Mayor Sue Heins, plus all three<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward Councillors<br />

and representatives from the<br />

Avalon Palm Beach Business<br />

Chamber to walk the village to<br />

observe the changes impacting<br />

roads, pedestrians, buses and<br />

parking.<br />

The shared pedestrian/<br />

car thoroughfare on Old<br />

Barrenjoey Road (north) has<br />

proven a hit; it’s an inviting<br />

space where locals and friends<br />

can meet up for a coffee and<br />

relax. Visitors too – if they can<br />

find a car parking spot, that is.<br />

Reduced parking and revised<br />

bus services seem to be the<br />

major sticking points raised by<br />

opponents of the new set-up.<br />

And while it has always<br />

been illegal to park down the<br />

centre strip of Old Barrenjoey<br />

Road south of Avalon Parade,<br />

observations are that it’s on the<br />

increase. Certainly police have<br />

noticed this and have boosted<br />

their presence over the past<br />

months, booking plenty of cars.<br />

Some background: the Avalon<br />

trial was adopted after the<br />

previous State Government<br />

offered funding to Council,<br />

on the condition the money be<br />

spent before the end of 2022.<br />

So, was the trial rushed? Is<br />

the overall functionality of<br />

Avalon Beach village (and not<br />

just the shared pedestrian<br />

section) better now, or worse?<br />

This month is your last<br />

chance to have a say (see p22).<br />

Footnote: In August, Council<br />

announced another ‘Streets as<br />

Shared Spaces’ project, at Dee<br />

Why, will become permanent.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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

News<br />

Warriewood Flower Power sell-off<br />

A<br />

comprehensive overhaul of the Flower<br />

Power Garden Centres on the Northern<br />

Beaches could see its Warriewood site<br />

on Macpherson Street bulldozed to make<br />

way for 53 new dwellings, with construction<br />

likely to commence in late 2025.<br />

Meanwhile Flower Power’s Terrey Hills<br />

site on Mona Vale Road is slated for expanded<br />

development.<br />

A $36 million Development Application<br />

for 43 attached dwellings and 10 separate<br />

houses is now in the hands of<br />

the State Planning Panel North.<br />

In a statement, Flower<br />

Power’s Chief Executive Officer<br />

John Sammut said the<br />

decision to develop the Warriewood<br />

site was “not an easy<br />

choice”.<br />

“Over the last four years,<br />

following the overwhelming<br />

success of our new garden<br />

centre concept at Milperra, Flower Power’s<br />

strategic direction has shifted toward<br />

redeveloping each of our garden centres,”<br />

Mr Sammut explained.<br />

“For those who haven’t yet visited Milperra,<br />

it offers a unique and modern take<br />

on the traditional garden centre, featuring<br />

plenty of space to accommodate extended<br />

product ranges and inspirational displays,<br />

plus a cafe, fruit market, pet store and<br />

PLANS: An aerial of<br />

the proposed development<br />

in Macpherson<br />

St Warriewood; the<br />

terrace-style attached<br />

houses.<br />

pool and spa shop.<br />

“We look forward to rolling out this new<br />

model across our stores.”<br />

He said extensive site evaluations had<br />

determined that the Warriewood site’s<br />

limited size and existing zoning made it<br />

unsuitable for redevelopment to Flower<br />

Power’s current model.<br />

“Terrey Hills, however, has a far larger<br />

site with more favourable zoning, making<br />

it the perfect candidate for redevelopment,”<br />

he said.<br />

“As a result, and in order to make the<br />

most of the opportunity at Terrey Hills,<br />

we made the difficult decision to sell the<br />

Warriewood site.<br />

“As a Northern Beaches local myself,<br />

alongside my late father Nick, who was<br />

Flower Power’s founder, this was not an<br />

easy choice.<br />

“I love the rustic character of the Warriewood<br />

store and have always appreciated<br />

seeing our local customers enjoying it, too.<br />

“However, the redevelopment of Terrey<br />

Hills will allow us to offer all of our<br />

Northern Beaches customers a cuttingedge<br />

garden centre with a new ambience,<br />

an improved range of plants and products<br />

and some exciting new retail partners.<br />

“As a business, we are really excited to<br />

deliver this state-of-the-art experience to<br />

you in the near future.”<br />

Mr Sammut added the Warriewood<br />

Garden Centre would remain open while<br />

development works took place at Terrey<br />

Hills.<br />

“At this stage, we expect these works to<br />

be completed by mid-2025.”<br />

The subdivision site is within the existing<br />

Warriewood Valley Urban Land Release<br />

Area.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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Council shuts Avalon Customer Centre<br />

Northern Beaches Council’s<br />

Customer Service Centre<br />

at Avalon Beach will close by<br />

the end of November <strong>2023</strong>,<br />

following a Council review<br />

that found maintaining the<br />

location financially unviable.<br />

It brings down the curtain<br />

on decades of face-to-face<br />

service in the village.<br />

Council will now reimagine<br />

the space at the Avalon<br />

Recreation Centre, calling on<br />

expressions of interest for<br />

community use.<br />

Council explained that<br />

it currently operates four<br />

customer contact centres at<br />

Manly, Dee Why, Mona Vale<br />

and Avalon, which offer full<br />

services five days a week.<br />

It maintains the move to<br />

close Avalon and operate from<br />

three branches will provide “a<br />

more effective service to the<br />

residents of the Beaches”.<br />

Northern Beaches Mayor<br />

Sue Heins said that since<br />

the COVID-19 pandemic,<br />

customers had embraced<br />

alternate delivery methods<br />

CLOSING: The Avalon Centre.<br />

across all levels of government,<br />

often choosing online<br />

services over face-to-face<br />

interactions.<br />

“Following the collection of<br />

data over 16 months to examine<br />

visitation at all centres, we<br />

discovered that Avalon is not<br />

well-utilised by the community,<br />

with only 13 visits per day<br />

compared to other locations,<br />

which each had a minimum of<br />

31 visits,” Mayor Heins said.<br />

“The cost of operating the<br />

Avalon branch is also much<br />

higher than other locations.<br />

Council has a responsibility<br />

to the community to provide<br />

effective and efficient services<br />

that are value for money.<br />

“The evolving digital landscape,<br />

driven by customer<br />

expectations, has led to an<br />

increased demand for services<br />

on digital platforms that can<br />

be accessed at the customers’<br />

convenience.<br />

“The provision of a five-dayper-week<br />

customer centre at<br />

Avalon on the evidence provided<br />

is unfortunately unsustainable<br />

and the needs of the<br />

community have changed.”<br />

Council said that as it continued<br />

to evolve its business<br />

systems, there was a “strong<br />

emphasis on creating customer-centric<br />

processes and using<br />

technological advances to provide<br />

opportunities to enhance<br />

the customer experience”.<br />

“Council will run an education<br />

campaign to provide<br />

the Avalon community with<br />

information on where and<br />

how they can access online<br />

and in-person alternatives,” a<br />

spokesperson said.<br />

They added that currently,<br />

customers could undertake<br />

nearly all transactions with<br />

Council without needing to<br />

attend in person.<br />

The Service Centre’s future<br />

has hung in the balance since<br />

December 2022, when Council<br />

resolved to review its operation<br />

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

Council said it had also<br />

made efforts to drive visitations<br />

to the branch with a<br />

targeted social media campaign<br />

and increased signage<br />

and service identification, yet<br />

customer visits remained low.<br />

Once closed, <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

residents and ratepayers can<br />

access most services online,<br />

via telephone on 1300 434 434<br />

or in person at the Mona Vale<br />

contact centre. – Nigel Wall<br />

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SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong> 7

News<br />

Letters: Readers have their say<br />

Editor’s note<br />

Curl Curl Greens Councillor Kristyn Glanville has moved<br />

to clarify her statements of record about looking into the<br />

possibility of establishing a ‘Voice to Council’, or comment<br />

Council staff had already undertaken work on the matter.<br />

As we reported in August, Cr Glanville’s briefing notes<br />

to Council said: “As the community considers whether the<br />

Australian Constitution should be amended to provide an<br />

advisory voice to Federal Parliament, there is also an opportunity<br />

to consider whether Northern Beaches Council should also<br />

have an advisory group on a local level. There is existing<br />

work underway by the Community team within Council to<br />

consider these possibilities, and this will be dealt with at a future<br />

meeting…”<br />

After publication of our article Cr Glanville told <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong>: “When I was writing the motion [to promote community<br />

discussion on The Voice referendum], I became aware the staff<br />

were planning to provide Councillors with a briefing about<br />

how Council engages with the local Indigenous community<br />

members/stakeholders and options for how Council<br />

approaches this.<br />

“Preparing this briefing is the ‘work’ I was referring to staff<br />

doing.”<br />

Our article prompted significant reader response…<br />

Avenues exist<br />

It was reported in <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong> that Northern Beaches<br />

Council is working on two<br />

related proposals, including<br />

the creation of a Northern<br />

Beaches ‘Voice to Council’.<br />

I am ratepayer and strongly<br />

object to my rates being<br />

misused; there are abundant<br />

avenues already in place by<br />

which local indigenous people<br />

can express their wishes to<br />

Council or any other level of<br />

government. These include<br />

the Metropolitan Local<br />

Aboriginal Land Council,<br />

Aboriginal Heritage office and<br />

Northern Beaches Aboriginal<br />

Education Consultative group.<br />

Andrew Smallman<br />

Mona Vale<br />

Pushing agendas<br />

I was quite taken aback to read<br />

about the ‘Voice to Council’.<br />

There is an assumption that<br />

local Councils exist for the<br />

benefit of their community and<br />

not to push political agendas.<br />

Surely Council’s time,<br />

energy and finance ought<br />

to be focused on issues of<br />

overseeing and budgeting local<br />

maintenance and improvement<br />

to the benefit of ratepayers.<br />

It must be appreciated that<br />

ratepayers in a community<br />

are a mix of differing political<br />

persuasions. This ought to be<br />

respected by all Councils.<br />

Getting involved and<br />

taking sides on a Federal<br />

Constitutional issue is surely<br />

outside the remit of any<br />

Council and unwarranted<br />

expenditure of ratepayers’<br />

money.<br />

Chrissie Jephcott<br />

Newport<br />

Voice dividing us<br />

It is deplorable that any<br />

business or Council should<br />

promote either YES or NO<br />

to ratepayers or customers<br />

without promoting intelligent<br />

and informed information re<br />

both sides of the Referendum.<br />

Of particular interest<br />

is to ensure people read<br />

Part V, section xxvi of the<br />

Australian Constitution: The<br />

Parliament shall, subject to<br />

this Constitution, have power<br />

to make laws for the peace,<br />

order, and good government<br />

of the Commonwealth with<br />

respect to: (XXVI) the people of<br />

any race for whom it is deemed<br />

necessary to make special laws.<br />

The saying ‘Together we<br />

stand – Divided we fall’ is a fair<br />

assessment of what The Voice<br />

is achieving. It is seriously<br />

dividing this once beautiful<br />

country instead of Uniting Us.<br />

Rohan Walter<br />

Newport<br />

Noise cameras #1<br />

I live at McCarrs Creek where<br />

the rocky cliffs of the National<br />

Park amplify the noise, to the<br />

delight of the noise-makers but<br />

not to the residents.<br />

From 8pm to 6am there are<br />

multiple events and as well as<br />

the noise it is evident that the<br />

vehicles are travelling at high<br />

speed. The noise from one<br />

vehicle can be at high decibels<br />

for five minutes.<br />

I have never understood why<br />

people inflict this on others.<br />

Noise cameras are a great<br />

idea, if effective like speed<br />

cameras.<br />

I hope your magazine<br />

can keep us informed of the<br />

progress of this.<br />

Rick Welch<br />

McCarrs Creek<br />

Noise cameras #2<br />

I fully support Rory Amon’s call<br />

for use of noise cameras and<br />

would like to suggest another<br />

possible location – I live at the<br />

bottom of Cabbage Tree Rd at<br />

Bayview/Mona Vale and suffer<br />

considerable noise from some<br />

motorbikes and car hoons.<br />

Because of the local<br />

topography the noise<br />

reverberates through the valley<br />

and can be heard quite clearly<br />

for quite a long time.<br />

Bob<br />

Mona Vale<br />

Wakehurst Parkway<br />

Reading about the confirmation<br />

of funding for the long-awaited<br />

improvements to the Wakehurst<br />

Parkway (<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>, June<br />

‘23), all I can say is – WHEN?<br />

So many promises have been<br />

made in this respect, but now<br />

it’s time for action.<br />

Could this actually be our<br />

lucky year – and how many<br />

years before we can celebrate<br />

its completion? Here’s hoping<br />

we will still be young enough<br />

to party all along its length and<br />

breadth!<br />

Marianne van de Voorde<br />

North Narrabeen<br />

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8 SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Concern as rain dampens<br />

local fire reduction burns<br />

News<br />

According to the NSW<br />

Rural Fire Service, <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

and the Northern<br />

Beaches are a major bushfire<br />

concern within the greater Sydney<br />

area – but while it remains<br />

a priority for hazard reduction<br />

burning in the lead-up to an ‘El<br />

Nino Summer’, the windows<br />

of opportunity are few and far<br />

between.<br />

“Usually we like to get most<br />

of the preparation work done in<br />

Autumn, but it’s still been too<br />

wet for us to do burns in some<br />

areas,” spokesperson for the<br />

NSW RFS Angela Burford tells<br />

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

“In the last couple of years<br />

the wet weather has made it<br />

harder to find windows and<br />

so we’re doing burns at this<br />

time of year, when that isn’t<br />

normally the time we’d be doing<br />

them.<br />

“While Australia hasn’t yet<br />

declared it an El Nino event,<br />

we are expecting warmer and<br />

windier conditions through<br />

to March,” Angela continues.<br />

“There were huge sections<br />

untouched by fire in 2019 and<br />

2020 and that was a miracle.<br />

“Grass growth is of primary<br />

concern at the moment, but<br />

both bushland and grassland<br />

are a real risk as we go into this<br />

Summer.<br />

“The Central Coast, Hornsby<br />

and the Northern Beaches<br />

would be areas of thick<br />

bushland that are of primary<br />

concern at the moment.”<br />

As local ranger Stephanie<br />

Martin agrees, however, finding<br />

the right conditions for preparation<br />

has become extremely<br />

difficult in the past couple of<br />

years.<br />

“It’s important to remember<br />

that when scheduling burns in<br />

the area, there are a number of<br />

things to consider,” Stephanie<br />

explains.<br />

“There are environmental<br />

approvals, the resources available,<br />

the preparation required<br />

and neighbour consents. We<br />

have a prioritisation list for areas<br />

to do work – but more than<br />

anything the weather windows<br />

dictate when we do burns.<br />

“We need a period of two<br />

HINDRANCE: More<br />

than 75mm of rain<br />

registered at Terrey<br />

Hills in August delayed<br />

local reduction burns.<br />

to three days,” Stephanie<br />

continues, “where there are<br />

going to be low winds, low<br />

temperatures, and no rain on<br />

the horizon. There is no point<br />

starting a burn after the rain as<br />

it’s a waste of resources.”<br />

“It’s been really difficult to<br />

get those specific conditions in<br />

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ecent times,” adds Angela. “As<br />

a result, there’s been a build-up<br />

of vegetation due to a couple<br />

of very wet years… and we’re<br />

quite behind.”<br />

“We will take the opportunity<br />

whenever it presents itself<br />

though and there is preparation<br />

work planned and being done<br />

on the Northern Beaches.<br />

“We have mitigation personnel<br />

working with volunteers<br />

to reinforce and define lines<br />

where we want fires to burn up<br />

to and then stop,” says Angela,<br />

MOPPING UP: Crews<br />

monitor the aftermath<br />

of the Coasters Retreat<br />

grassfire in July.<br />

“so widening trails and tracks<br />

that are used as dividing lines,<br />

or clearing grass and litter<br />

in areas where you want the<br />

burns to stop.”<br />

Scott Molenaar of the Northern<br />

Beaches Rural Fire District<br />

is hopeful that burns will take<br />

place soon; he agrees that the<br />

wet weather has been an issue<br />

– more so for the Northern<br />

Beaches than many other areas.<br />

“The rain we’ve had has been<br />

quite coastal, and so if you look<br />

at places even just 10km inland<br />

such as Baulkham Hills and the<br />

Hawkesbury area, they’ve been<br />

able to do some burns,” explains<br />

Scott. “We’ve done some<br />

at the back of Cromer Heights,<br />

but we had a burn just above<br />

Akuna Bay that we had to stop<br />

as it rained.<br />

“Things are drying quicker<br />

than they were say six weeks<br />

ago, but there are still frustrations<br />

with the weather when<br />

assessing what is viable.<br />

“We’ll burn into <strong>September</strong><br />

and October, but it becomes a<br />

game of cat-and-mouse when<br />

things start to warm up, and<br />

we have to stop the fires. But<br />

there are plenty of places ready<br />

to go – and I know Ingleside<br />

is one of them – we just need<br />

those weather windows to be<br />

on our side.<br />

“People will perhaps see<br />

that there’s been a week of dry<br />

weather and think ‘why aren’t<br />

they burning?’, but it’s a bit<br />

more complicated than that.”<br />

– Rob Pegley<br />

* The RFS is holding a ‘Get<br />

Ready Weekend’ on <strong>September</strong><br />

16-17 to encourage residents<br />

to plan and prepare for the<br />

bushfire season; rfs.gov.au<br />

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SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong> 11

News<br />

Off-leash trial on planning pause<br />

Northern Beaches Council has discovered it needs to<br />

prepare more paperwork before it can progress its<br />

proposed off-leash dog walking trials at Palm Beach and<br />

Mona Vale.<br />

Council has learned it must prepare Plans of Management for<br />

55 regions across its Local Government Area, including those<br />

slated for the trials.<br />

The latest bureaucratic hurdle comes<br />

three years after Council’s decision to<br />

progress an off-leash dog trial at Station<br />

Beach (also at Palm Beach) was overruled<br />

by the NSW Land & Environment Court.<br />

In December 2020, a Council<br />

resolution to approve a trial was<br />

deemed non-compliant with the<br />

Environmental Planning and<br />

Assessment Act. As a result of the<br />

court’s judgment, off-leash dogs are<br />

prohibited at Station Beach ongoing.<br />

Since then, Council has focused on<br />

the feasibility of unleashed dog areas<br />

at Palm Beach (north) and Mona Vale<br />

Beach (south) and exhibited a review for<br />

community consultation.<br />

Anxious to avoid a repeat of the<br />

previous bureaucratic slip-up, Council’s<br />

legal and planning staff have been<br />

poring over the fine detail of the new<br />

proposed trial areas.<br />

Adding complexity to the process<br />

is that the two areas incorporate not<br />

just Council land but also Crown Land<br />

Industries - Fisheries and the NSW Department of Planning and<br />

Environment, and Crown Lands.<br />

One of the next steps involves negotiating with Crown<br />

Lands for Council to obtain care, control, and management of<br />

much of the land being considered under the draft plans of<br />

management and proposed trials.<br />

Council undertook a comprehensive environmental<br />

assessment, also known as the Review<br />

of Environmental Factors (REF), of the<br />

two locations. The community’s views<br />

were also considered and integrated<br />

as amendments to the environmental<br />

assessment.<br />

“The environmental assessment<br />

revealed that the potential impacts<br />

of the proposed trials are considered<br />

unlikely to have significant impacts,”<br />

said Mayor Heins.<br />

“It’s important we balance the needs<br />

of dog owners with those of others in<br />

the community as well as look after our<br />

environment.<br />

“Community feedback was detailed<br />

and varied. While we recognise a<br />

common concern from residents<br />

relating to dog owners not complying<br />

with the conditions of the trial, we<br />

acknowledge that there is also support<br />

for a trial.<br />

“We appreciate the community’s<br />

patience while we continue to explore<br />

the necessary steps and due diligence<br />

– for example at Governor Phillip Park<br />

and Mona Vale Beach, the land on the<br />

FOCUS: Plan of Management for Governor Phillip Park. before we make any decision in relation<br />

to a potential trial.”<br />

oceanside of the mean low tide is Crown Land.<br />

“Before we make a decision about whether or not to<br />

proceed with a potential trial, we must prepare the plans of<br />

management, and this requires us to work through a number of<br />

mandatory processes carefully,” Mayor Sue Heins said.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> understands the Plan for Governor Phillip Park<br />

will be Council’s priority.<br />

Public exhibition of the draft environmental assessment<br />

ran between 11 August 2022 to 11 <strong>September</strong> 2022. Since then,<br />

Council reviewed all 879 submissions and identified 1583<br />

issues which were grouped into 18 themes.<br />

The most common themes and percentage of overall<br />

comments included compliance/social responsibility of owners<br />

(17%); the question of how soon before the trial could start<br />

Council has also sought feedback from the NSW National (16%); and waste management (5%). – Nigel Wall<br />

Parks & Wildlife Service, NSW Department of Primary<br />

*What do you think? Tell us at readers@pittwaterlife.com.au<br />

12 SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Amon wary of Budget blues<br />

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

on the Minns NSW Government<br />

to stand by its pre-election pledge<br />

“to govern for all” and provide funding<br />

for essential infrastructure projects in<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> in its deferred, first Budget in<br />

<strong>September</strong>.<br />

Mr Amon said he feared the Budget<br />

would see several crucial, budgeted<br />

projects placed on hold or scrapped –<br />

including the $340 million widening of<br />

Mona Vale Road West from the Baha’i<br />

Temple to Kimbriki Tip.<br />

Other funding and works under a<br />

cloud include $60-million-plus to complete<br />

the full refurbishment approved for<br />

Narrabeen Sports High School, and $31.1<br />

million for Wakehurst Parkway flood<br />

mitigation works to be done by Northern<br />

Beaches Council.<br />

“Since March, I have made representations<br />

to various Government Ministers<br />

regarding the needs of the <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

community,” Mr Amon said.<br />

“In particular, I have written to the<br />

Minns Government multiple times seeking<br />

meetings and advice on the status of<br />

the Mona Vale Road project.<br />

“Those requests have been ignored<br />

and no response provided. It is beyond<br />

disappointing that basic courtesies and<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> are being ignored,” he said.<br />

Mr Amon said that since his correspondence,<br />

the Government had advised<br />

that the Mona Vale Road West project<br />

was under “review” – whereas the $340<br />

million in funding had previously been<br />

locked in to the budget by the former<br />

Liberal Government.<br />

He said a serious head-on collision on<br />

Mona Vale Rd in August which closed the<br />

road between Forest Way and Powderworks<br />

Rd for several hours and caused<br />

peak-hour havoc was reinforcement that<br />

CHAOS: A head-on<br />

accident on Mona<br />

Vale Rd in August<br />

closed the arterial<br />

route for six hours.<br />

the second stage of road widening was<br />

crucial to secure reliability to the link<br />

between <strong>Pittwater</strong> and the upper north<br />

shore and western suburbs.<br />

The non-fatal collision prompted hours<br />

of road chaos across the Northern Beaches,<br />

funnelling traffic down <strong>Pittwater</strong> Rd<br />

and onto the Wakehurst Parkway, with<br />

many residents delayed for hours – and<br />

reports of some residents not being able<br />

to reach their homes until after 8pm,<br />

more than six hours after the incident.<br />

“[The] collision is an unfortunate<br />

reminder that the widening and safety<br />

upgrades of Mona Vale Road West are<br />

paramount and must proceed. The allocated<br />

$340 million must remain in<br />

the Labor Government’s Budget,” wrote<br />

Mr Amon in a letter to the Minister for<br />

Roads and the Treasurer.<br />

“With each day that goes by, lives are<br />

put at risk.<br />

“The widening and safety upgrades<br />

will address these risks and also significantly<br />

reduce congestions across the<br />

road network.”<br />

Mr Amon added that work had effectively<br />

already commenced on the Mona<br />

Vale Rd West project, given that rock<br />

and earth cut from the East upgrade had<br />

already been transported to the West<br />

upgrade location, where the planning<br />

had provided for it to be used as fill for<br />

the second stage of the Mona Vale Rd<br />

widening project.<br />

Other projects Mr Amon lobbied to<br />

secure included $6.34 million for a fivechair<br />

renal dialysis unit for Mona Vale<br />

Hospital; $8 million for the Newport<br />

Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving Club (SLSC) upgrade; $1<br />

million for the North Narrabeen SLSC<br />

upgrade; $5 million for upgrades around<br />

the Wakehurst Parkway/<strong>Pittwater</strong> Rd<br />

intersection; funding for other pinch<br />

point planning and works along the <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Rd corridor; funding for water and<br />

wastewater infrastructure to Scotland<br />

Island; and funding for a pre-school at<br />

Terrey Hills.<br />

Ordinarily handed down in June each<br />

year, the Minns Government deferred the<br />

budget to 19 <strong>September</strong>, when it will be<br />

delivered by Treasurer Daniel Mookhey.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong> 13

Night Sky Place not in dark<br />

News<br />

Beach Headland is<br />

a phenomenal spot to<br />

“Palm<br />

enjoy the night sky,”<br />

offers Northern Beaches Mayor<br />

Sue Heins. “And we have the<br />

chance to enhance it through<br />

it becoming an official Urban<br />

Night Sky Place.”<br />

It has been a long process<br />

– with initial objections from<br />

the Palm Beach & Whale Beach<br />

Association, a not-for-profit,<br />

non-political residents association.<br />

Mayor Heins says Council<br />

conducted an online survey<br />

which resulted in 370 replies,<br />

“the vast majority supportive<br />

of the project”.<br />

Now the Dark Sky initiative<br />

will go ahead in “the near future”,<br />

according to the Mayor,<br />

with an application in place<br />

to the International Dark Sky<br />

Association.<br />

“If successful, we’ll likely be<br />

the first Urban Night Sky Place<br />

in Australia which means we’ll<br />

help raise awareness of the<br />

benefits of good outdoor lighting<br />

design while maintaining<br />

public safety and protecting<br />

the natural nighttime environment,”<br />

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

No further public consultation<br />

is required, Mayor Heins<br />

said. Already the Council has<br />

allocated $50,000 towards<br />

sensitive lighting in Governor<br />

Phillip Park – and the<br />

newly refurbished Barrenjoey<br />

Boathouse has incorporated<br />

lighting to limit impact on the<br />

PHENOMENAL: Dimming the lights around Palm Beach will make the<br />

heavens even more brilliant from Barrenjoey Headland.<br />

local fauna (see page 17).<br />

The initiative to make Barrenjoey<br />

Head, with its historic<br />

lighthouse, Australia’s first<br />

Urban Night Sky Place was<br />

originally proposed by Dark<br />

Sky expert Marnie Ogg, partner<br />

of English-born Professor<br />

Fred Watson, Australia’s first<br />

Astronomer-at-large.<br />

Marnie is the founder of the<br />

Australasian Dark Sky Alliance,<br />

and stresses that there<br />

are four other Dark Sky sites in<br />

the country, but none of them<br />

are in urban areas.<br />

However, the Terrey Hills<br />

resident (Marnie grew up at<br />

Avalon Beach) backed off after<br />

being accused of a conflict of<br />

interest by the Palm Beach &<br />

Whale Beach Association.<br />

Instead, her mantle has been<br />

picked up by the Northern Sydney<br />

Astronomical Society.<br />

Its Observing Officer Phil<br />

Angilley has attended many<br />

of the Council meetings when<br />

the Dark Sky initiative has<br />

been discussed, and he has<br />

contributed to the scientific<br />

debates. But he is honest<br />

enough to admit his personal<br />

interest.<br />

“It’s purely a selfish thing on<br />

my part,” he said. “I want dark<br />

skies so I can see the stars.<br />

“But there’s also a lot of benefits<br />

for wildlife. Even humans.<br />

“Humans need the dark/<br />

PHOTO: Luke Tscharke<br />

light skies to function properly,<br />

and sleep.<br />

“As for nocturnal creatures,<br />

I’m told they have thrived in<br />

Governor Phillip Park since<br />

the light pollution has been<br />

reduced.<br />

“That’s one of the reasons we<br />

were pushing for a Dark Night<br />

Sky Place.<br />

“I don’t want to get into the<br />

politics, but it’s an absolute<br />

shame Marnie pulled out. She<br />

has a lot of knowledge about<br />

Dark Sky places around the<br />

world”.<br />

Under its proposal to the<br />

International Dark Sky Association,<br />

the Council is proposing<br />

to hold up to four events a year.<br />

Not all will be held in Palm<br />

Beach. The first will probably<br />

be staged in Belrose.<br />

A Council spokesperson<br />

explained: “It is a requirement<br />

of the dedication that we<br />

undertake outreach activities<br />

each year that promote the<br />

benefits and importance of<br />

good lighting practices and<br />

promote the Urban Night Sky<br />

Place itself.”<br />

The destiny of the Northern<br />

Beaches first Dark Sky reserve<br />

will be submitted to the NSW<br />

government “in the near future”,<br />

according to Council.<br />

– Steve Meacham<br />

*Follow its progress on the<br />

Your Say page of Council’s<br />

website; also Northern Sydney<br />

Astronomical Society – nsas.<br />

org.au<br />

14 SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Avalon’s Festival of Froth<br />

News<br />

The indigenous Saltwater People<br />

of the Northern Beaches have a<br />

creation story of a Garigal man<br />

who spotted a young dolphin in distress,<br />

according to Jeremy Winer.<br />

Winer is president of the Northern<br />

Beaches Bodysurfing Association (NBBS)<br />

so naturally likes to imagine the heroic<br />

rescuer was a bodysurfer.<br />

So the story goes, the Garigal man<br />

found himself in trouble on the way to<br />

shore – and was guided into the beach by<br />

a grateful pod of helpful dolphins.<br />

Winer tells the story to demonstrate<br />

Avalon Beach’s historic association<br />

with bodysurfing, long before the first<br />

recorded champions in the 1940s such as<br />

Max Watt and Doug Crane; or John Little,<br />

Jeff Spence and Alan Cox in the 1950s.<br />

This month Avalon Beach will host the<br />

peninsula’s first Festival of Froth (<strong>September</strong><br />

9/10), a competition that could result<br />

in up to eight men and women qualifying<br />

for the world championships in 2024,<br />

which are slated to be held at Point Panic<br />

in Hawaii – “a legendary surfing wave that<br />

is exclusive to bodysurfers”.<br />

The FOF event will be held simultaneously<br />

with Avalon’s annual 24-hour<br />

indoor rowing fund-raising challenge for<br />

mental health charity, Gotcha4<strong>Life</strong>.<br />

“The Festival of Froth will also be raising<br />

money for Gotcha4<strong>Life</strong>,” says Winer<br />

(who at 62 will be entering the Tribal<br />

Elders age division to compete against<br />

others of his generation).<br />

“We want to raise awareness for mental<br />

wellness,” he continues. “Bodysurfing is<br />

good for mental wellness.<br />

“There’s always a smile on the faces<br />

of bodysurfers as they emerge from<br />

the water. It doesn’t matter how many<br />

waves you get, or don’t get. The spirit of<br />

being in the water, and the challenge, is<br />

exceedingly good for mental wellbeing,<br />

whatever age you are.<br />

“It’s like aquatic yoga.”<br />

There is a group of bodysurfing elders<br />

who meet at Avalon most mornings who<br />


Richie Evans rides a<br />

bodysurfing high.<br />

call themselves “the Muppets”. And a<br />

younger group of watermen who grew<br />

up in Avalon, “the Cobras”. Both will<br />

have entrants in the inaugural Festival of<br />

Froth event.<br />

The association’s founder Marvin<br />

Smith is also a talented photographer.<br />

His classic image of Richie Evans,<br />

taken at Curl Curl, with two fingers,<br />

Churchill-style, emerging from the surf<br />

is emblematic of the sport.<br />

“Richie has gained celebrity status<br />

because he’s good in all sizes of waves,”<br />

Winer explains. “He can ride treacherous<br />

point breaks, and has done around the<br />

world.”<br />

Winer took up bodysurfing as a teenager,<br />

but only readopted it as his go-to<br />

sport in 2020, during COVID.<br />

The Frenchs Forest resident then discovered<br />

via Instagram that there were lots<br />

of similarly aged bodysurfers – men and<br />

women – who enjoyed meeting up on the<br />

Northern Beaches for a group session on<br />

whatever beach had the best conditions.<br />

“I just love getting into the surf for<br />

exercise and the adrenalin rush,” Winer<br />

says. “Quite a few tribal elders of my age<br />

find it difficult to stand up on a surfboard<br />

anymore. But we can still have fun<br />

in the surf.”<br />

He’s competed a couple of times at<br />

Coolum Wedge, in Queensland, until now<br />

the only bodysurfing event in Australia<br />

approved by the International Body Surfing<br />

Association (IBSA).<br />

“The IBSA is seeking to establish a<br />

world circuit, involving France, the United<br />

States, South America and Australia,”<br />

Winer says.<br />

“Over two days we’ll have some of<br />

the best bodysurfers from the Northern<br />

Beaches and other parts of Australia<br />

competing at Avalon Beach. There are<br />

two events, the IBSA qualifying and the<br />

less competitive and great spirited age<br />

divisions of the NBBS competition.<br />

“Bodysurfing requires skill to ride the<br />

critical open face of the wave. Unlike<br />

surfers you don’t have anything to ride<br />

on. You have to use different parts of<br />

your body to negotiate the speed and<br />

leverage of the wave.<br />

“The only equipment allowed in the<br />

IBSA is a pair of fins, and a handplane in<br />

the NBBS event.” – Steve Meacham<br />

*See festivaloffroth.org and gotcha4life.org<br />

PHOTO: Marvin Smith<br />

16 SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

$7m new Barrenjoey Boatshed<br />

After a three-year hiatus<br />

and a $7 million infrastructure<br />

revamp, Palm<br />

Beach’s most iconic venue is<br />

set to open its doors in December<br />

when the Barrenjoey<br />

Boatshed – formerly known as<br />

The Boathouse Palm Beach –<br />

will re-open with new owners<br />

and a fresh look and feel.<br />

Behind the reimagining<br />

of the well-loved waterfront<br />

venue within Governor Phillip<br />

Park are new leaseholders,<br />

Northern Beaches local Rob<br />

Domjen and Ben May who is<br />

known for his iconic venues<br />

such as the recently sold<br />

Manly Wharf Bar.<br />

The pair told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong><br />

they are focused on the new<br />

Barrenjoey Boatshed carrying<br />

on the history of the original<br />

structure built in the 1940s<br />

and opened in 1947.<br />

As well as a restaurant and<br />

upgraded building and wharf<br />

amenities, boat hire will<br />

remain available, while it’s<br />

anticipated Sydney Seaplanes<br />

will soon resume its services.<br />

But it has been quite the<br />

journey to re-opening.<br />

A meticulous,<br />

detailed facilities<br />

upgrade was required,<br />

delivered by Northern<br />

Beaches’ Blue<br />

Pacific Constructions<br />

in consultation with<br />

Northern Beaches<br />

Council all the way to<br />

DA stage.<br />

A new separate<br />

restroom block<br />

has been added,<br />

with three men’s and three<br />

women’s cubicles plus a disabled<br />

toilet – replacing the old<br />

single-cubicle bathroom attached<br />

to the former building.<br />

The sewer was upgraded<br />

and linked to the main sewer,<br />

to ensure no contamination.<br />

Protection of seagrasses was<br />

a priority, with the construction<br />

team craning over pylons<br />

– 97 in total, with deep footings<br />

– from the road (no barges).<br />

Working with Council, the<br />

team delivered provision for<br />

the Coastal Walk access that<br />

cuts through the property<br />

from the south to the north,<br />

with disabled access where<br />

possible.<br />

Car parking has been upgraded;<br />

there’s provision for<br />

enviro lighting (no uplighting<br />

in accordance with Dark Sky<br />

protocols); while the garden<br />

area between the road and the<br />

boatshed features a permeable<br />

surface drain and opengrated<br />

asphalt to protect the<br />

site’s iconic Norfolk Pines.<br />

Rob told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> the<br />

restaurant would focus on<br />

casual, fun and relaxed Australian<br />

seaside dining, open<br />

for breakfast, lunch and evenings<br />

(in Summer months).<br />

“Guests can expect simple,<br />

refined, classic Australian<br />

dishes that bear the mark<br />

of the Mediterranean way of<br />

life,” he said.<br />

The Boatshed team are working<br />

towards offering a skippered<br />

boating service – a day<br />

out on <strong>Pittwater</strong> on a skippered<br />

luxury boat for up to 12 people,<br />

with guests enjoying a fully<br />

catered service while<br />

visiting beautiful and<br />

hidden <strong>Pittwater</strong> locations.<br />

There are also plans<br />

for a ‘dock-and-collect’<br />

service where boaties<br />

can pull up and park<br />

their boats off the<br />

end of the wharf for<br />

pre-ordered catering<br />

or takeaway breakfasts<br />

or lunches.<br />

“In time we’re hoping to<br />

be able to have a place where<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> locals and travellers<br />

can pull up and park, enjoy a<br />


DOWN: The<br />

operators of the<br />

new Barrenjoey<br />

Boatshed Rob<br />

Domjen and<br />

Ben May on site<br />

at Palm Beach:<br />

“We can’t wait<br />

to open.”<br />

breakfast or lunch then jump<br />

back on the boat,” he said.<br />

“Ben and I are so excited to<br />

see the Boatshed come to life<br />

and we can’t wait to open the<br />

doors.<br />

“Whether you want a waterfront<br />

coffee on a Sunday<br />

morning, or a long lunch with<br />

friends and family, we will offer<br />

something for everyone.”<br />

Also, Terrigal Pavilion,<br />

arguably one of the most<br />

extraordinary locations on the<br />

NSW coast, will be relaunched<br />

by Rob and Ben in the coming<br />

months. Originally Terrigal<br />

Sailing Club and most recently<br />

The Haven, a mix of kiosk and<br />

restaurant, Terrigal Pavilion<br />

will be a complete rebuild.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

PHOTO: Alex Marks<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong> 17

News<br />

Shark nets remain for season ’23-’24<br />

Shark nets return to our beaches this<br />

month despite calls from conservationists<br />

and Councils including Northern<br />

Beaches Council for the program to be<br />

scrapped due to it being “ineffective” and<br />

a death trap for other marine animals.<br />

In April 2021, Northern Beaches Council<br />

called on the State Government to get<br />

rid of the shark nets from Palm Beach<br />

to Manly and replace them with other<br />

strategies to reduce the risk of shark<br />

bite, such as Drone surveillance, alert<br />

systems and SMART drumlines.<br />

However premier Chris Minns confirmed<br />

his Labor government would<br />

install the shark nets across 51 beaches<br />

from Newcastle to Wollongong again this<br />

year in time for the Summer season.<br />

But Marine Biologist and Humane Society<br />

International campaigner Lawrence<br />

Chlebeck said shark nets were redundant.<br />

“Last season, ZERO target sharks were<br />

caught on beaches in Sydney – instead<br />

they caught threatened and protected<br />

species,” the Mona Vale local said.<br />

“Returning shark nets makes no sense.<br />

They serve no purpose other than to kill<br />

our marine wildlife. In fact, a shark net<br />

is about as effective for shark safety as a<br />

volleyball net on the sand.”<br />

Chlebeck explained unlike shark nets<br />

‘NOT RUSHED’: NSW Premier Chris Minns agrees<br />

it is “good ambition” to scrap shark nets.<br />

at Harbour beaches which do form an enclosure,<br />

the shark nets at ocean beaches<br />

are tiny in comparison to the size of the<br />

beach.<br />

At only 100 metres in length at 6<br />

metres high, sharks easily swim around,<br />

over and under the nets.<br />

Yet they did catch and drown many<br />

other marine animals such as turtles,<br />

dolphins and rays.<br />

“In the past decade we’ve seen<br />

3433 non-target animals killed in the<br />

nets,” Chlebeck said.<br />

“Modern and very effective solutions,<br />

such as drones and alert systems, are<br />

successfully installed at the beaches,<br />

so it makes no sense to continue with<br />

100-year-old technology for which there<br />

is no scientific support.”<br />

Humane Society International Australia<br />

and the Australian Marine Conservation<br />

Society called on the Minns Government<br />

to announce an urgent retirement<br />

plan for the shark nets.<br />

The Premier said removing shark nets<br />

in Sydney was a “good ambition” but he<br />

was not confident in the alternatives.<br />

“Last year was the first year when we<br />

had… nets as well as drone technology<br />

and other emerging trends for shark<br />

detection and warning systems,” Mr<br />

Minns said.<br />

“We’re looking closely at the emerging<br />

technology and I think it’s a good ambition<br />

to remove (nets) from popular city<br />

beaches.<br />

“But we’re not going to get rushed into<br />

it.<br />

“We’re not in a position at the moment<br />

where we can say hand on heart for this<br />

coming Summer that these new technologies<br />

are as good a replacement as shark<br />

nets for Sydney beaches.”<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

18 SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

News<br />

Fun can lead to fame!<br />

Australian actor, screenwriter,<br />

producer, director<br />

WORKSHOPS: Fun for all ages.<br />

and drama teaching veteran<br />

Cassandra Magrath will<br />

lead a series of acting and<br />

drama half-day workshops at<br />

Newport over the <strong>September</strong><br />

school holidays.<br />

Well before she landed her<br />

most iconic role in the global<br />

hit Wolf Creek, Cassandra<br />

grew up on Aussie screens<br />

from the age of 11, playing<br />

lead characters on classic TV<br />

shows such as Ocean Girl,<br />

The Wayne Manifesto, The<br />

Crash Zone and co-starring<br />

in SeaChange with Sigrid<br />

Thornton.<br />

Cassandra is excited to<br />

be coming to the Northern<br />

Beaches to share her profound<br />

knowledge and experience<br />

through the Northern<br />

Drama and Acting for kids<br />

and teenagers increases inner<br />

self-confidence, creativity,<br />

self-perception and social<br />

present, I started at a beginners<br />

workshop.”<br />

Her career has vastly<br />

expanded, having been in a<br />

Beaches Acting<br />

awareness. dozen feature films, in over<br />


and Drama school<br />

Cassandra “In a demanding<br />

world of high productions, a casting direc-<br />

nearly three decades of TV<br />

holiday programs<br />

Magrath.<br />

for ages 6-17 during<br />

the first week<br />

of the Spring<br />

school break.<br />

“My childhood<br />

acting experience<br />

all began when<br />

my mother, many<br />

years ago now,<br />

registered me and<br />

my two other siblings<br />

in a drama<br />

program just for<br />

fun. I remember the day and<br />

how grateful I am for that opportunity,”<br />

she said.<br />

Cassandra believes that<br />

expectations,<br />

accompanied by<br />

the false sense of<br />

self-worth kids<br />

get from social<br />

media these days,<br />

too often kids are<br />

not able to express<br />

themselves<br />

confidently or<br />

have the skills to<br />

adapt to life situations<br />

that I know<br />

drama classes would help.<br />

“Fun can absolutely lead to<br />

fame and success, and like<br />

many actors of the past and<br />

tor herself, directed two plays<br />

for the Comedy Festival, and<br />

produced award-winning<br />

short films – all while recently<br />

completing a Masters<br />

in Screenwriting.<br />

Northern Beaches Acting<br />

and Drama for beginners is<br />

now open for registration and<br />

running over the school holidays<br />

for half-day workshops<br />

at the Royal Motor Yacht Club<br />

– but you need to be quick as<br />

spots are limited. – Nigel Wall<br />

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

or bookings and enquiries<br />

email team@nbaad.com.au.<br />

6THINGS<br />


Family fun. Picnic in the Park will<br />

return to Lakeside Park Narrabeen<br />

on Sat 2 with music, dancing and<br />

special shows by PAW Patrol<br />

and Dora the Explorer from 9am.<br />

Coffee and snack vans on site<br />

and prizes for dressing up. Cost<br />

$10 a person, details on council’s<br />

website.<br />

Beekeeping Club. Want to learn<br />

more about keeping bees? Get<br />

along to this month’s Northern<br />

Beaches Beekeeping Club<br />

meeting on Wed 6 from 7.15pm-<br />

9pm in the Lakeview Room at<br />

The Tramshed in Narrabeen.<br />

Guests $5; bookings essential via<br />

eventbrite.com.<br />

24 hour row. What started as<br />

a fundraiser at Avalon Surf <strong>Life</strong><br />

Saving Club six years ago has<br />

grown to be a national event<br />

involving scores of teams keeping<br />

their rowing machines going<br />

for 24 hours, raising money for<br />

Gotcha4<strong>Life</strong> and mental fitness<br />

this year happening at clubs/gyms<br />

and schools on Sat 9-Sun 10. More<br />

info at 24hourrow.com.au.<br />

BHS big night out. Help raise<br />

funds for Barrenjoey High School<br />

staff and students at a ‘Best of the<br />

’80s’ trivia night and silent auction<br />

at Avalon Surf Club on Sat 16 from<br />

6.30pm-11.30pm. Tickets $40;<br />

canapes and dinner included!<br />

Book via trybooking.<br />

Crooner concert. Catch young<br />

vocalist and musician Charlie<br />

Chech honouring the likes of Frank<br />

Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin,<br />

Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Andy<br />

Williams, Elvis, Ella Fitzgerald,<br />

combined with the modern-day<br />

crooners in Michael Bublé, Harry<br />

Connick Jnr, Diana Krall at Avalon<br />

Bowlo on Wed 20 from 7pm-<br />

9pm. Tickets $20 at 9918 3231 or<br />

avalonbowlo.com.<br />

Golf day. Fancy a round of golf<br />

for a good cause? Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving<br />

Sydney Northern Beaches<br />

annual Charity Golf Day on Fri<br />

22 at Bayview Golf Club is the<br />

major fundraiser for the team of<br />

50 young volunteer members<br />

to attend the SLS Interbranch<br />

Championships. Heaps of prizes<br />

including a $10,000 hole in one<br />

comp. Entry $150 per player<br />

includes breakfast, lunch, green<br />

fees and goodie bag. Book via<br />

trybooking.<br />

20 SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Pathway medal for Sports High<br />

Narrabeen Sports High School<br />

student and aspiring Olympian<br />

Ruby Trew and local Olympians Matilda<br />

Kearns and Jo Brigden-Jones<br />

joined Australian Olympic Committee<br />

CEO Matt Carroll last month<br />

to formally recognise Narrabeen<br />

Sports High School as an Australian<br />

Olympic Pathway School.<br />

The news is a significant boost<br />

for the school, which had recently<br />

been the focus of negative attention concerning the state of dilapidated<br />

facilities while awaiting an upgrade.<br />

The NSW Government promised urgent action to repair the<br />

school – now it has been named as one of only seven NSW schools<br />

to achieve Olympic Pathway School status.<br />

Ruby, the number one ranked female skateboarder in Australia<br />

who is training to compete in the 2024 Paris Olympics,<br />

praised the school for helping to accommodate her training<br />

requirements, allowing her to remain enrolled while most other<br />

competitors had to switch to home schooling to maintain a<br />

training schedule.<br />

Selection as an Australian Olympic Pathway School requires<br />

the school to meet a strict set of criteria under a sport program,<br />

including nutrition and well-being education and support for<br />

students; education on sport integrity matters, including antidoping<br />

and competition manipulation; coaching and facilities of the<br />

highest standard; and educational opportunities to students in<br />

a supportive environment that promoted a culture of academic<br />

excellence, collaboration, and commitment.<br />

Mr Carroll said the new designation represented opportunity for<br />

INSPIRATIONAL: Jo Brigden-Jones, Matilda Kearns and Ruby Trew.<br />

students, but also secured the future<br />

of Australian Olympic sports.<br />

“Having pathway schools is<br />

important because it’s a virtuous<br />

circle – you don’t get high-performance<br />

athletes unless you have<br />

these pathways,” he said.<br />

“The high-performance athletes<br />

then inspire the next generation<br />

to have a crack through the pathway.<br />

So they are a very important<br />

link that no sport can do without.”<br />

Narrabeen Sports High School Principal Heidi Currie said the<br />

status as an Olympic Pathway School would inspire students to<br />

achieve their goals.<br />

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for our students to be able to have<br />

the support that they need in the classroom and all of the expert<br />

coaching that they need to realise their own dreams and their<br />

own potential,” said Ms Currie.<br />

Her comments were echoed by Narrabeen Sports High School<br />

Parents and Citizens (P&C) President James Wiggins who said the<br />

recognition of sports was important as part of a holistic education<br />

program.<br />

“As a parent, I know that the cultural pursuits, the academic<br />

pursuits in the sporting sense, are all really important to build a<br />

balanced human being,” he said.<br />

“This is a good affirmation in terms of all of the good things<br />

that come with sports, and the school is now being backed up in<br />

that. It’s an amazing achievement,” said Mr Wiggins.<br />

Australia will host the 2032 Olympic Games in Brisbane.<br />

– northernbeachesadvocate.com.au<br />

PHOTO: Northern Beaches Advocate<br />

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The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong> 21

‘Shared Spaces’: trial<br />

or permanent fixture?<br />

News<br />

Northern Beaches Mayor<br />

Sue Heins joined local<br />

councillors and members<br />

of the Avalon Palm Beach<br />

Business Chamber on a walkaround<br />

inspection of Avalon<br />

Beach village in August.<br />

The meeting, convened by<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>, gave councillors<br />

the chance to focus on the<br />

overall functionality of the<br />

village following the traffic,<br />

parking, bus stop and other<br />

changes made to accommodate<br />

the six-months ‘Streets as<br />

Shared Spaces’ trial which officially<br />

commenced in February.<br />

The trial concludes on<br />

October 1, along with the<br />

opportunity for the public to<br />

lodge their views via Council’s<br />

survey (on Council’s website) or<br />

the Chamber’s own survey (on<br />

its website).<br />

Also, the inspection followed<br />

increased police presence in<br />

Avalon with numerous sweeps<br />

of the southern section of Old<br />

Barrenjoey Rd to crack down<br />

on illegal parking by motorists<br />

and goods deliveries in<br />

the centre strip of the road in<br />

recent weeks.<br />

In October, Council staff will<br />

begin poring over community<br />

comment before formulating a<br />

recommendation to the elected<br />

Council about whether the<br />

trial’s changes should become<br />

permanent, or be wound back<br />

in part, or in full.<br />

Joining Mayor Heins were<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward Councillors<br />

Miranda Korzy and Michael<br />

Gencher, Chamber representative<br />

Stephanie Hammond, local<br />

architect Simon Mather and<br />

business owner Kathy Franco.<br />

Mayor Heins told <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong>: “It was a lovely opportunity<br />

to meet with different<br />

groups and locals to hear their<br />

comments on the trial and to<br />

gain a better perspective of<br />

their diverse views.”<br />

Councillor Gencher added:<br />

“It’s always good to get out<br />

with representatives from the<br />

community – and to just listen.<br />

“I felt most of us on the walk<br />

around have come to the same<br />

conclusions on the Shared<br />

Space trial…. We like it, in principle<br />

– however, there are still<br />

several issues that need to be<br />

considered and resolved before<br />

we can consider the outcomes<br />

from the trial – and the future<br />

of the village. “<br />

Cr Gencher agreed the<br />

shared space – involving a oneway<br />

thoroughfare south down<br />

Old Barrenjoey Rd from the<br />

Avalon Recreation Centre, with<br />

cars restricted to 10km/h and<br />

with pedestrians having right<br />

of way – was designed and<br />

considered in isolation.<br />

“It seems it did not really<br />

consider the impact on local<br />

business, traffic flows (although<br />

traffic flows and pedestrian<br />

safety were key reasons<br />

for it), the aesthetic, parking,<br />

and bus stops,” he said.<br />

“Consultation needs to be<br />

consultative – I know that<br />

sounds ridiculous, but as we<br />

discovered, in just a relatively<br />

short time walking around the<br />

village, we were able to discuss,<br />

debate and communicate our<br />

thoughts – which is really what<br />

a community is all about.”<br />

Council has maintained that<br />

only nine parking spaces in<br />

and around the village have<br />

been lost in the changes to<br />

roads – a number disputed by<br />

locals and business operators<br />

who note that many alone have<br />

been lost from between outside<br />

the Woolworths crossing and<br />

Terry White (Herforts) Chemmart.<br />

That did not take into<br />

account up to 10 spots lost on<br />

Barrenjoey Road to accommodate<br />

a new bus stop.<br />

Councillor Korzy said that<br />

before she made any final<br />

judgment on the area, or Council<br />

made its final decision, she<br />

wanted to see the outcomes of<br />

public consultation.<br />

However, she did have<br />

concerns.<br />

“Regarding the roadway<br />

through the shared zone – I’ve<br />

22 SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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FROM OPPOSITE PAGE: The inspection party during their walk around Avalon Beach village to view the workings<br />

of the ‘Shared Spaces’ trial; a stream of illegally parked cars and a delivery truck (in distance) in Old Barrenjoey<br />

Rd; Police are out in force and cracking down on transgressors.<br />

heard from residents about<br />

cars not giving way to kids in<br />

particular in this area,” she<br />

said.<br />

“I think the roadway needs<br />

to be a different colour from<br />

grey, which makes it look just<br />

like any other road. We also<br />

need better signage for speed<br />

limits and indicating pedestrians<br />

have right of way.”<br />

She said while money<br />

allocated to lighting in the<br />

<strong>2023</strong>-24 budget for the Avalon<br />

Place Plan was appropriate, the<br />

top priority should be fixing<br />

uneven footpaths.<br />

“I’ve spoken to nearly every<br />

shop owner in Avalon in the<br />

past and they just about all cite<br />

the dangerous footpaths as<br />

their top concern – with elderly<br />

people falling every week, and<br />

shopkeepers or shoppers taking<br />

them home or to hospital.”<br />

She said Council should not<br />

just rely on survey results but<br />

also initiate a way for residents<br />

to make written submissions<br />

about the plan, which should<br />

all be exhibited once consultation<br />

finishes.<br />

Also, residents’ initial submissions<br />

on the plan called for<br />

native plants and natural finishes<br />

to be used in the area.<br />

“If the shared space becomes<br />

permanent, I’d like to see these<br />

in place.”<br />

Business Chamber spokeswoman<br />

Stephanie Hammond<br />

said Chamber members appreciated<br />

the opportunity to meet<br />

Mayor Heins and Councillors<br />

Gencher and Korzy.<br />

“It was a great opportunity<br />

to observe the workings of<br />

Avalon village, including the<br />

new ‘shared space’,” she said.<br />

“The Chamber looks forward<br />

to working with the Mayor and<br />

our Councillors to strengthen<br />

the relationship between<br />

Northern Beaches Council, the<br />

business community and the<br />

community at large.”<br />

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

why the number of respondents<br />

to its survey were not displayed<br />

on its ‘Your Say’ page,<br />

as they are for submissions<br />

lodged for other community<br />

engagement projects.<br />

Council admitted the number<br />

of respondents was not<br />

originally included; however,<br />

they have updated the page<br />

with this information.<br />

There were 1089 survey<br />

respondents as of August 23.<br />

“The number of respondents,<br />

the issues, concerns, and<br />

themes will be detailed and<br />

reported back to Council at<br />

the conclusion of the survey,”<br />

Council said.<br />

Council said it will hold a<br />

drop-in event for the community<br />

to find out more about the<br />

project and have their say. This<br />

will be held in late <strong>September</strong><br />

at the Avalon Recreation<br />

Centre, with details to be announced.<br />

For more info or to have your<br />

say visit the ‘Your Say’ page on<br />

Council’s website; also avalonpalmbeachbusinesschamber.<br />

com.au<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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

readers@pittwaterlife.com.au<br />

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The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong> 23

News<br />

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

MP Rory<br />

Amon<br />

has expressed<br />

concern that<br />

the wildly<br />

popular<br />

Return and<br />

Earn program<br />

is at risk in<br />

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

the closure of<br />

yet another reverse vending<br />

machine in the local area.<br />

“Closure of the Golf<br />

Paradise Terrey Hills Return<br />

and Earn in late July, coupled<br />

with the recent closure of the<br />

machine at Northern Beaches<br />

Indoor Sports Centre,<br />

Warriewood, puts at risk the<br />

success of this program in<br />

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

Mr Amon said that after<br />

commencing in December<br />

2017, the Return and Earn<br />

program had seen nearly<br />

10 billion drink containers<br />

returned, 885,700 tonnes of<br />

material recycled, and $42<br />

million donated to charities<br />

Return and Earn ‘at risk’<br />


Cr Crvelin and MP<br />

Rory Amon are<br />

lobbying for more<br />

locations for the<br />

popular Return and<br />

Earn scheme.<br />

and community groups.<br />

“Before the commencement<br />

of the program, the NSW<br />

container recycling rate was<br />

33 per cent – the rate is now<br />

65 per cent,” he said.<br />

“The <strong>Pittwater</strong> community<br />

are passionate about our<br />

environment and recycling.<br />

The Return and Earn program<br />

established by the former<br />

Liberal Government has<br />

changed the game, triggering<br />

a doubling of recycling rates.<br />

“It’s embraced by children,<br />

parents, and grandparents<br />

alike, teaching young people<br />

about the value of recycling<br />

and how precious our<br />

environment is.<br />

“To lose another machine<br />

is a blow to the future<br />

success of this program in<br />

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

“The reality is that if busy<br />

people and families cannot<br />

conveniently access a Return<br />

and Earn site, they simply<br />

won’t use it.”<br />

The comments come after<br />

Mr Amon wrote to the new<br />

CEO of the Northern Beaches<br />

Council Scott Phillips<br />

requesting the Council<br />

consult with community and<br />

investigate the establishment<br />

of possible Return and<br />

Earn sites on Council land<br />

in Avalon Beach, Newport,<br />

Bayview, Warriewood,<br />

Narrabeen and Terrey Hills.<br />

“Also, I am pleased to<br />

have spoken with Narrabeen<br />

Ward Councillor Bianca<br />

Crvelin, who is planning on<br />

moving a motion in Council,<br />

calling for Return and Earn<br />

sites on Council land to be<br />

progressed. I look forward to<br />

the outcome of that process,”<br />

said Mr Amon.<br />

– LO<br />

24 SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Vale Mark ‘Blocker’ Houlder<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> is mourning the passing of much-loved local<br />

identity and Avalon Beach RSL Club President Mark<br />

Houlder, who died overseas after a<br />

short illness in late August.<br />

“For those who have not heard the<br />

news already, I’m extremely saddened<br />

to advise that ‘Blocker’ passed<br />

away while on holiday in Thailand,”<br />

said Avalon Beach RSL Club General<br />

Manager Cristo Tracy.<br />

Mark, who was 62, was an Avalon<br />

local from birth. He committed<br />

his life to the community through<br />

football, the surf club, his working MISSED: Mark Houlder.<br />

career in the fire brigade and his decades of service for the<br />

Avalon Beach RSL Club.<br />

“Mark’s involvement in the community from such a<br />

young age never faltered and we can only thank our lucky<br />

stars he was such a major part of Avalon,” said Mr Tracy.<br />

Mark, always with a cheery face and kind demeanour,<br />

was on the Avalon Beach RSL Club board for close to 40<br />

years and was the Club President since 2011. He was also<br />

honoured with a life membership at Avalon Beach RSL Club<br />

in 2021.<br />

He was also the longest serving captain of Palm Beach<br />

Golf Club (seven years).<br />

“Blocker was a friend to all, our members, board and<br />

staff, past and current. Blocker will be forever missed and<br />

in our hearts for our lifetime,” he said.<br />

“Rest in Peace mate; we can’t wait to laugh with you again.”<br />

*A celebration of Mark Houlder’s life is being planned;<br />

details soon on Avalon Beach RSL Facebook.<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong> 25

News<br />

GRINNERS: Winners Sherry, Ziao, and Vivien show off their lipbalm, the<br />

first product they created for Amerie Cosmetics.<br />

Spark Tank winners<br />

learn how to pivot<br />

Amerie Cosmetics was<br />

founded by Sherry,<br />

Vivien and Ziao, three Year<br />

10 students who participated<br />

in the 2022 Spark Tank youth<br />

busines pitch event.<br />

“Originally we had the idea<br />

of making biodegradable<br />

bubblegum,” said Sherry. “But<br />

after months of effort, trial<br />

and unfortunately failure, our<br />

morale was low and the idea<br />

to quit loomed over us.<br />

“However, we decided to try<br />

again – switching our product<br />

to lip balm to maximise<br />

the use of materials we had<br />

already bought for the bubblegum.”<br />

Their business now makes<br />

organic lip balm with allnatural<br />

ingredients. They aim<br />

to fill the gap in the youth<br />

market and ensure teenagers<br />

know exactly what is in the<br />

products they use.<br />

Last October the Amerie<br />

team won $2750 in the Spark<br />

Tank business pitch event<br />

and since then they have<br />

been working hard on their<br />

website, packaging and social<br />

media platforms to make<br />

their idea a reality.<br />

“Along the way, we learned<br />

about the basics of business<br />

set-up and management, like<br />

how to apply for an ABN, how<br />

to maximise our marketing,<br />

and plenty of trial and error<br />

while refining our product to<br />

make it exactly how we envision<br />

it to be,.” said Vivien.<br />

“It was extremely hard<br />

to figure things out at first,<br />

but we pushed through. As a<br />

team, we are incredibly proud<br />

of how far we’ve come – we<br />

are now an official small business<br />

in Australia!”<br />

To support Amerie’s positive<br />

impact on the lives and<br />

lips of young people visit<br />

their website at amerie.online.<br />

– Kimberly Clouthier<br />

*Spark Tank <strong>2023</strong> entries<br />

close 15 <strong>September</strong>; more<br />

info at sharethespark.org.au<br />

26 SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

The Way We Were<br />

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

of the area’s recent history – and confirming that quite often the more things change,<br />

the more they stay the same! Compiled by Lisa Offord<br />

25 Years Ago…<br />

The Way We Were<br />

The <strong>Pittwater</strong> Artfest was launched.<br />

Organised by a small group of<br />

enthusiastic artists, parents and<br />

teachers (co-ordinated by Meredith<br />

Rasdall) the youth art festival offered<br />

classes, workshops and demonstrations<br />

during the school holidays, discounts<br />

on materials and framing and an art<br />

prize, with entries displayed in local<br />

businesses. In news, Avalon Public<br />

School Band celebrated 25 years of<br />

music making “this makes it the longest<br />

continuously running band program in<br />

New South Wales”; storms in August cost<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Council more than $1 million<br />

in damage; local netball champion Anne<br />

Sargeant had a Sydney HarbourCat<br />

named after her; the Mayoral Elections<br />

were to be held with the contest shaping<br />

up between Shirley Phelps and incumbent<br />

Patricia Giles and the “wrangle continues over the future<br />

of the cottages at Barrenjoey Lighthouse” with Jervis Sparks<br />

who had rented the assistant lighthouse keeper’s cottage<br />

for more than 30 years embroiled in a battle with the<br />

Commonwealth Government’s Australian Maritime Safety<br />

Authority (AMSA). Jervis with wife Bridget, who worked to<br />

15 Years Ago…<br />

The “amazing talent of the youth<br />

of <strong>Pittwater</strong>” will be celebrated<br />

during Artfest: “… artists of<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> will donate their time to<br />

work with children to demonstrate<br />

their skills… a highlight will be an<br />

aerosol mural to be created on the<br />

back wall of the Avalon Recreation<br />

Centre replacing the existing faded<br />

one.” The magazine’s “coverboy”<br />

was snowboarder Nathan ‘Nate’<br />

Johnstone: “At 18, Nate has not<br />

spent a Christmas at home since<br />

he was 12, following the snow and<br />

spending much time training in<br />

Breckenridge, Colorado… Nate,<br />

who comes from Mona Vale,<br />

now has his sights on the Winter<br />

Olympics, training as a member<br />

of the Australian Institute of<br />

Sport team with a World Cup<br />

bronze medal already.” In news,<br />

the council elections were to be<br />

held on <strong>September</strong> 13, with 35<br />

candidates seeking the nine spots<br />

on <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council; Sydney<br />

Lakeside Holiday Park Narrabeen<br />

was awarded for its excellence<br />

and environmentally friendly<br />

initiatives; Avalon Beach Bowling<br />

and Recreation Club celebrated its<br />

50th year. And MP for <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Rob Stokes wrote about Sydney’s<br />

public transport network,<br />

observing “… the simple reality is<br />

that we have a chronic shortage of<br />

buses and bus routes in <strong>Pittwater</strong>.”<br />

restore the cottage from a vandalised<br />

ruin to reflect how life was lived in the<br />

late 1880s, opening it up to the public<br />

for inspections, maintaining the tracks<br />

to the lighthouse, eradicating weeds<br />

“and a whole list of other activities, all<br />

of which were unpaid,” was seeking to<br />

renew his lease for another 10 years on<br />

a low rental “considering that there is no<br />

sewer, no electricity… no windows”. The<br />

AMSA was “making what Jervis considers<br />

to be impossible demands to bring the<br />

house up to Palm Beach standards…” (an<br />

estimated $200,000 worth of work at his<br />

expense) “… so that he can then pay the<br />

government a higher rent.” And, “when<br />

all that is done the AMSA will hand it<br />

over the NSW National Parks and Wildlife<br />

Service.” Advertisements informed<br />

us the first Pentium 11 Laptop under<br />

$4000 (cost $3950) was available; French restaurant Le<br />

Boulevard had two courses with coffee for $25; LJ Hooker’s<br />

David Edwards was selling a three-bedroom home on Whale<br />

Beach Rd for $450,000 and GHR was voted one of the top<br />

three NSW firms in The Sydney Morning Herald Accountants<br />

Survey.<br />

5 Years Ago…<br />

The new Northern Beaches<br />

Hospital was recruiting locals<br />

to fill a raft of roles; “our ecoconscious<br />

Council is considering<br />

investing in an all-electric car<br />

fleet for its workforce” and it had<br />

been two years since <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Council was rolled into an<br />

interim Northern Beaches<br />

Council – and “one year this<br />

month since we elected our<br />

new councillors”. Our editorial<br />

noted: “Certainly the <strong>Pittwater</strong> end of the new Council<br />

region has fared well, mainly courtesy of funding set aside<br />

by the State Government to ease the process of easing three<br />

into one. Whether the delivery of infrastructure and services<br />

continues at a rapid pace remains to be seen…” We asked<br />

the six <strong>Pittwater</strong> and Narrabeen ward councillors, plus<br />

Mayor Michael Regan, to reflect on Council’s first year.<br />

Meanwhile, Avalon Beach SLSC snared the State Club<br />

of the Year Award; the Sydney Academy of Sport and<br />

Recreation at Narrabeen had been earmarked for possible<br />

redevelopment “… complete with international standard<br />

hotel accommodation at the top of the list”; developer<br />

Waterbrook was pushing ahead with a controversial<br />

proposal to build 95 retirement living units at Bayview<br />

Golf Course; Barrenjoey High School celebrated its 50th<br />

anniversary; and iconic restaurant Jonah’s was celebrating<br />

its 90th year.<br />

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News<br />

SEEN…<br />

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of an early<br />

hours fire that destroyed three boats docked off HolmePort<br />

Marinas at Church Point on August 10 (pictured). Fire & Rescue<br />

NSW report the blaze broke out onboard one of the vessels<br />

moored at the marina on McCarrs Point Road around 5am,<br />

with flames spreading quickly from one boat to two others<br />

nearby. In all, the vessels contained more than 1000 litres of<br />

fuel. Thankfully, a quick response by six fire trucks and 22<br />

firefighters managed to prevent the fire spreading to at least<br />

20 other vessels. There was no-one on board the burning boats<br />

and no reports of injuries. The vessels were pushed to the<br />

shoreline to allow better access to the flames and minimise<br />

environmental damage. Hazmat firefighters, liaising with the<br />

Environment Protection Authority, also established a boom to<br />

contain leaking fuel, oil and other contaminants. Police are appealing<br />

for any witnesses or anyone in the area at the time and<br />

may have dash cam vision to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800<br />

333 000.<br />

HEARD…<br />

Mackellar MP Dr Sophie Scamps has added her support to the<br />

push to gain recording artists a better share of revenue for<br />

songs been played on the radio and in public spaces. Noting<br />

that Mackellar was home to talented musicians including<br />

Angus and Julia Stone, Sons of the East, Lime Cordiale and The<br />

Rions, Dr Scamps said she stood by Independent Senator David<br />

Pocock’s’ ‘Fair Play For Radio’ Bill. “This will ensure that artists<br />

and their agents can negotiate fair remuneration,” she said.<br />

“Under laws established 55 years ago, artists are not able to<br />

negotiate a true market rate for their music because of legislative<br />

caps that have not been altered in 60 years. Such caps<br />

do not exist for any other type of copyright in Australia. It’s<br />

clear these regulations are extremely outdated. I support fair<br />

rights of our country’s artists.”… Council will call on the State<br />

Government to amend legislation to stop a Councillor from<br />

holding Local Government office once elected to State or Federal<br />

Parliament. A motion was passed at Council’s July meeting<br />

which, if progressed by the Minns Government before the<br />

next Council election in 2024, would see former Mayor Michael<br />

Regan, who was elected the Independent MP for Wakehurst in<br />

the March NSW election, step away from his role as Frenchs<br />

Forest Councillor. Narrabeen Independent Councillor Vince<br />

De Luca said: “Cr Regan has an inherent conflict of interest in<br />

holding both positions. How can residents complain or seek to<br />

have their Local Government matters reviewed when their State<br />

MP is a member of that Local Government? It’s a ridiculous and<br />

untenable situation.”<br />

ABSURD…<br />

We’ve all occasionally forgotten to pay our Council rates or<br />

power bills… maybe even mistakenly let our car rego lapse (especially<br />

given we don’t have stickers on windscreens anymore<br />

to remind us). But for the Government-appointed operator of<br />

public transport on the Northern Beaches – Keolis Downer<br />

Northern Beaches– to be pulled up by police for driving in an<br />

unregistered (and therefore uninsured) vehicle is simply staggering.<br />

A driver of a van from the popular on-demand Keoride<br />

fleet was flagged down by a passing police car at Bayview on<br />

August 20 after its number plate was automatically fed through<br />

the police system and spat out as unregistered. The driver of<br />

the van (example pictured), which was not conveying passengers<br />

when it was pulled over, was instructed to return it to the<br />

depot. It’s not known whether any fines were issued, which<br />

would have been the case had it been a member of the public.<br />

Also unknown is how many trips were taken with passengers<br />

in Keoride fleet vehicles that were unregistered and uninsured.<br />

A spokesperson for KDNB, which also operates the B-Line, said:<br />

“It has since been established that all vehicles have undertaken<br />

authorised safety inspections and are now registered. Keolis<br />

Downer Northern Beaches is currently investigating registration<br />

procedures to align with safety requirements.”<br />

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Council events grants<br />

More than 30 recipients will<br />

share in $175,000 as part<br />

of Council’s ‘Event Grants’<br />

and Sponsorship program in<br />

<strong>2023</strong>/’24, paving the way for<br />

more events and activities to<br />

have fun in town centres and<br />

open spaces. From a carnival<br />

dedicated to four-legged<br />

friends to showing off samba<br />

moves as part of a Latin Festival<br />

– there will be something<br />

for everyone to see and do<br />

over the next year. Other<br />

Council-funded events include<br />

a writer’s festival in Manly; star<br />

gazing in Frenchs Forest; and<br />

a new festival in the up-andcoming<br />

cultural precinct in<br />

Brookvale. As part of the grant<br />

conditions, support is in the<br />

form of funding and/or fee<br />

waivers and can be used up<br />

until 31 August 2024 (or longer<br />

for multi-year grants). Full list<br />

on Council website.<br />

Triple treat<br />

at The Shack<br />

The Shack Live Music Club is<br />

held on the first Saturday of<br />

Members of the Palm Beach and Peninsula<br />

Probus Club will next meet on<br />

Wednesday 20 <strong>September</strong> at 9.30am Club<br />

Palm Beach. Guest speakers – Bette Lakin<br />

and Janelle Dodd – will detail the worldwide<br />

not-for-profit enterprise called ‘Days for<br />

Girls’. The aim is to provide hygiene education<br />

and simple, washable and reusable<br />

sanitary care kits for girls in Third World<br />

countries who otherwise miss days of school<br />

each month. Days for Girls workshops are<br />

conducted on the first Sunday of the month<br />

in Avalon. Club membership is open to retired<br />

men and women; visitors also welcome.<br />

More info call 0421 435 792.<br />

The next meeting of the Bilgola Plateau<br />

Probus Club is on Friday 1 <strong>September</strong>, with<br />

doors open from 9.30am. Speaker will be<br />

Deb Wallace, the well-known and respected<br />

former Detective Superintendent of the<br />

NSW Police. Deb, who retired in 2019 after<br />

36 years of service, has many interesting<br />

stories to relate, so this meeting really is a<br />

must-attend! The Club is proud to report it<br />

has just notched its century of members – a<br />

husband-and-wife team the latest additions<br />

at their August meeting. For more info call<br />

Shelley (0415 538 864).<br />

each month at the Ted Blackwood<br />

Hall at Warriewood.<br />

Each show features three<br />

live music acts in a cabaret<br />

candlelit atmosphere with BYO<br />

food and drinks. Their next<br />

concert on 2 <strong>September</strong> features<br />

The Bottlers, Ingrid Mae<br />

and Michael-John Azzopardi.<br />

And stay tuned for details and<br />

line-up for the <strong>2023</strong> Northern<br />

Beaches Music Festival at Berry<br />

Reserve, Narrabeen on November<br />

4-5. Shack entry $30<br />

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

shackfolk.com<br />

Local Probus News in <strong>September</strong><br />

The law is in focus at the next meeting of<br />

the Narrabeen Lakes Probus Club, too. They<br />

next meet on Wednesday 27 <strong>September</strong> at<br />

Narrabeen Baptist Church, with doors open<br />

at 9.45am for a 10am start. Guest speaker<br />

will be police officer Sandra Fraitta, who will<br />

talk about schemes used by scammers to<br />

trick members of the community into giving<br />

money (NB: Sandra’s talk has been rescheduled<br />

from July). The club has around 80<br />

members (visitors welcome, no waiting list).<br />

For more info call or text 0424 464 047.<br />

The Combined Probus Club of Mona Vale<br />

meets next on Tuesday, 19 <strong>September</strong>, in<br />

the auditorium at <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL Club (from<br />

10am). The guest speaker will be Phil Allan,<br />

a long-time member of the Handbells<br />

Society of Australasia. A few years after retirement,<br />

Phil was looking for an additional<br />

activity, so he purchased a set of miniature<br />

handbells and taught himself to play – the<br />

rest, as they say, is history. His topic – ‘The<br />

History of Handbell Playing in Australia”<br />

– will be supported by… handbell playing!<br />

Audience members will be invited to<br />

ask questions and try the bells and chimes<br />

afterwards. Visitors welcome; more info<br />

Robert (0407 202 266).<br />

Friends of Soibada<br />

Join Friends of Soibada (FOS)<br />

for a fundraiser evening with<br />

entertainment featuring a<br />

range of local performers and<br />

some new and exciting Northern<br />

Beaches bands. A variety<br />

of homemade soups will be<br />

served accompanied by crusty<br />

bread (bring your own drinks<br />

and additional nibbles). All<br />

funds raised go towards projects<br />

in the village of Soibada<br />

in Timor Leste. This year FOS<br />

are working on developing<br />

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TAFE showcase<br />

Northern Beaches TAFE NSW<br />

campus (NBC) hosted an<br />

evening to network with leaders<br />

from the hairdressing industry<br />

last month. TAFE partnered<br />

with Australian haircare<br />

company NAK to showcase<br />

new innovative techniques for<br />

colour and styling.<br />

Beth Porter and Skye Macfarlane<br />

from Vintage Roots in<br />

Newport attended, with Beth<br />

winning the lucky door prize,<br />

$300 worth of NAK products.<br />

The night included a talk<br />

from Head Teacher Magali<br />

Pimblett (left, with Beth and<br />

Skye) and salon owner Nicky<br />

Cassidy who spoke about the<br />

support she has received from<br />

TAFE NSW and how pleased<br />

she has been with apprentices.<br />

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Whale cruises from Palm Beach<br />

Winter might be winding down, but now comes the opportunity<br />

to witness the majestic annual humpback<br />

whale migration up close and personal, with bespoke whale<br />

watching cruises departing from Palm Beach wharf during<br />

the <strong>September</strong> / October School Holidays.<br />

There’s no need to travel into Sydney, as a 2.5-hour long<br />

cruise operated by Fantasea Cruising departs Palm Beach<br />

Wharf at 8.45am and 11.45am every Thursday – Sunday, with<br />

complimentary transfers from the Central Coast (with Palm<br />

Beach Ferries).<br />

Whale sightings are guaranteed with thousands of humpback<br />

whales embarking on their return journey back to Antarctic<br />

waters with many mothers taking their newborn calves<br />

right in close to shore. (In the unlikely event of not seeing any<br />

whales, you can join a 2nd cruise free of charge.)<br />

And if you are a ‘My NRMA’ member, you can save 20% on<br />

Whale Watching tickets with Fantasea Cruising.<br />

*Book online at whalewatchingsydney.com.au or call 1800<br />

326 822<br />

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Continued from page 32<br />

a men’s carpentry workshop<br />

and training program, setting<br />

up small businesses for the<br />

women of the craft cooperative,<br />

and a dental hygiene program<br />

throughout the primary<br />

schools (and much more). Night<br />

is on Friday 15 <strong>September</strong> at<br />

the Maria Regina Church Hall,<br />

Avalon Beach, 6.30-11pm. Tickets<br />

$20 (includes soup + bread)<br />

on trybooking.com.<br />

Art Gallery & Museum<br />

fundraising strategy<br />

Council has put the final<br />

brushstrokes on its six-year<br />

plan to maximise opportunities<br />

by local creatives to showcase<br />

arts and culture, to support<br />

public art and to continue<br />

growing creative spaces. The<br />

new Manly Art Gallery and<br />

Museum Fundraising Strategy<br />

will target raising funds that<br />

contribute to the development<br />

and exposure of the arts and<br />

culture sector not only on<br />

the Beaches but wider afield.<br />

Mayor Sue Heins said previously<br />

the capacity for local<br />

government to provide for arts<br />

and culture had traditionally<br />

been limited to self-funding,<br />

income generating activities,<br />

grants from other levels of<br />

government, and business<br />

partnerships. MAG&M – which<br />

is celebrating its centenary<br />

of collections in 2024 – is the<br />

oldest metropolitan purposebuilt<br />

regional gallery in NSW;<br />

it’s both a proud gallery and<br />

museum with a nationally<br />

significant collection of over<br />

5,000 objects including painting,<br />

ceramics, works on paper,<br />

photographs, museum objects,<br />

documents and public art.<br />

Council is also considering<br />

participation in the Sydney<br />

Film Festival, Sydney Writers<br />

Festival, Festival of Sydney<br />

and VIVID.<br />

Bands in 50 years<br />

of making music<br />

It’s the 50th Anniversary of the<br />

Avalon Public School Band Program,<br />

and they are celebrating<br />

with a Gala Night and Concert<br />

on Thursday 14 <strong>September</strong>.<br />

It’s the longest running public<br />

Bowlo an end-to-end winner<br />

Newport Bowling Club takes pride in being regarded as<br />

the safest, as well as one of the most welcoming, social<br />

venues on the Peninsula.<br />

It’s been targeted as ‘the place to be’ for 85 years by members,<br />

residents as well as<br />

savvy Northern Beaches<br />

community groups.<br />

Its appeal is broad and<br />

its atmosphere unpretentious:<br />

socialise in the<br />

Clubhouse’s comfortable<br />

lounge bar, or enjoy a<br />

catch-up with friends on<br />

the large covered veranda<br />

overlooking the greens.<br />

A relaxed family and<br />

dog-friendly setting are<br />

among the many enjoyable<br />

advantages of becoming<br />

a Newport Bowlo social member. Enjoy an alfresco morning<br />

coffee and a tasty snack at the on-site cafe ‘GoodFolk’; join<br />

in the Friday night meat raffles; sample the club’s choice of<br />

more than 60 beers(!); or simply have fun on the greens.<br />

Newport Barefoot bowling is terrific fun and great value<br />

for families and groups of friends. Sessions are just $5 for<br />

children ($10 adults) including all equipment hire. Barefoot<br />

bowling is ideal for team building, corporate events and special<br />

occasions where men, women, and children can compete<br />

on an equal footing.<br />

*Open daily (corner Barrenjoey / Palm Rds, Newport); more<br />

info newportbowling@bigpond.com or call 999 1661.<br />

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PHOTO: Larry Paice<br />

school band program in<br />

NSW thanks to the ongoing<br />

dedication of the school, band<br />

directors past and present,<br />

parents, volunteers and of<br />

course students. The band’s<br />

Director Charles Wilkinson,<br />

24, has brought a youthful,<br />

modern twist to the program.<br />

“Watching the students progress<br />

from never picking up an<br />

instrument to playing in huge<br />

concert halls as a cohesive<br />

ensemble in such a short time<br />

is what drives my passion,”<br />

Charles says. With around 100<br />

students from Years 3-6 making<br />

up the four bands (including<br />

Roy Laurich from the Year<br />

3 Training Band – pictured),<br />

mornings at Avalon Public<br />

School are full of music and<br />

laughter.<br />

The concert will be a trip<br />

down memory lane with music<br />

from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and<br />

naughties played (some mums<br />

and dads may remember playing<br />

the pieces themselves!).<br />

Photos and memorabilia from<br />

50 years of APS band will<br />

be displayed on the night.<br />

Doors open 5.15pm; tickets<br />

are limited – more info email<br />

avbandrocks@gmail.com<br />

Peninsula Music Club<br />

A concert with a difference at<br />

a new venue! One of Australia’s<br />

best-loved classical pianists<br />

Simon Tedeschi is teaming up<br />

with jazz vocalist and violinist<br />

George Washingmachine to<br />

perform Gershwin favourites<br />

and classic jazz standards by<br />

Cole Porter, Oscar Pietersen,<br />

Fats Waller and more at the<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> High School Hall on<br />

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Continued from page 35<br />

Fri 15th Sept from 8pm (doors<br />

open 7.30pm). Tickets $30.<br />

Bookings at peninsulamusicclub.com.au<br />

or 0407 441 213.<br />

Trish is top of the table<br />

North Narrabeen table tennis<br />

player Trish Egan has won<br />

gold, silver and bronze medals<br />

in national and international<br />

championships in her first<br />

year of competitive play.Trish<br />

(pictured right), a member of<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Uniting Table Tennis<br />

Club at Warriewood returned<br />

from Scandinavia in August<br />

with a singles Gold medal and<br />

doubles Silver at the European<br />

Master Games in Tampere,<br />

Finland.And the previous<br />

week in Oslo Fjord, representing<br />

England at the European<br />

Table Tennis Championships,<br />

Trish won through six rounds<br />

to reach the quarter finals<br />

in an event which attracted<br />

some 2000 players from 40<br />

countries.A relative newcomer,<br />

her first table tennis<br />

competition outing was last<br />

year in Perth where she won<br />

a Silver and three Bronze<br />

medals in women’s and mixed<br />

doubles events at the Australian<br />

Masters Championships.<br />

Trish’s next competition is in<br />

Canberra in October where she<br />

has been selected to represent<br />

NSW at the National Table Tennis<br />

Championships.<br />

Head to Manly Jazz<br />

Manly will come alive with the<br />

sounds of Australia’s longest<br />

running jazz festival Manly<br />

Jazz from 22-24 <strong>September</strong>.<br />

The Manly Corso and beachfront<br />

as well as the surrounding<br />

streets and laneways will<br />

become the setting for locals<br />

and visitors to enjoy some<br />

great music from a range of<br />

legendary artists. Now in its<br />

46th year, the Festival will<br />

feature more than 50 outstanding<br />

artists across four stages.<br />

Artists include the Sydney<br />

Conservatorium Big Band, John<br />

Morrison All Stars (featuring<br />

John Hoffman), House<br />

of Bop and a Tribute to Don<br />

Burrows (with special guest<br />

Johnny Nicol). There will be<br />

stages at Manly Beachfront,<br />

Sydney Road, Manly Town Hall<br />

forecourt, St Matthews Church,<br />

Scamps runs for Voice<br />

Mackellar MP Dr Sophie Scamps joined former Federal Liberal<br />

Minister Pat Farmer on his ‘Run For The Voice’ last month.<br />

Farmer set off from Palm Beach and was joined by Dr Scamps at<br />

Narrabeen, with the former GP running to Collaroy before Farmer<br />

continued on to the Sydney Opera House.<br />

By October the ultra-marathon runner will have clocked up<br />

14,400km in six months spruiking the ‘Yes’ campaign.<br />

Dr Scamps said: “What Pat Farmer is doing is incredible. He believes<br />

wholeheartedly in the Voice.<br />

“I joined him because the Voice referendum is a monumental<br />

moment in Australian history. It’s our opportunity to step into the<br />

future on a positive note and to show the rest of the world what type<br />

of people we are.<br />

“The referendum is a chance for Australia to show our generous<br />

and gracious hearts, not our small and fearful hearts. Initiatives to<br />

support our First Nations Peoples to date, and to ‘close the gap’, have<br />

been a dismal failure as we have not consulted properly with the people<br />

who are affected by policies and decisions made on their behalf.<br />

“Sadly, the debate so far has been muddied for purely political<br />

reasons, but I believe that Australians will rise to this moment in<br />

history.”<br />

plus roving performers along<br />

The Corso, laneways and Manly<br />

Wharf. Manly Jazz is nonticketed<br />

and free to attend. The<br />

full stage program is available<br />

on Council’s website.<br />

Ready to Engage<br />

Are you a parent or carer of<br />

children? Always looking to<br />

find fun things to do locally on<br />

the Northern Beaches – especially<br />

with the school holidays<br />

looming? Engage Northern<br />

Beaches are full of ideas – from<br />

events, activities, explore and<br />

holiday activities; they’ve<br />

done the hard work for you,<br />

so there’s no more finding out<br />

about things too late. Engage<br />

empowers parents and carers<br />

to engage with kids and makes<br />

it as easy as possible for you to<br />

find things to do. Engage are<br />

building a website search function,<br />

where you’ll be able to<br />

find things to do at the click of<br />

the button. For now, they share<br />

loads of ideas on Instagram @<br />

engage_northern_beaches.<br />

Northern Beaches<br />

economy boost<br />

Council says <strong>Pittwater</strong> and the<br />

lower Northern Beaches will<br />

benefit from a stronger and<br />

greener economy with more<br />

jobs and local spending, under<br />

their new economic development<br />

strategy. Following<br />

public consultation, Council<br />

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has updated and endorsed the<br />

Economic Development Strategy<br />

– Business on the Beaches.<br />

Submissions called for greater<br />

protection of employment<br />

lands, greater business diversity<br />

in town centres and measures<br />

to tackle skill shortages<br />

and housing affordability. Key<br />

targets for the next five years<br />

include increasing local jobs<br />

by 5%, creating 5,500 new jobs;<br />

increasing manufacturing<br />

output by 10% ($400 million);<br />

boosting the number of businesses<br />

by 10% (3,500 new businesses);<br />

local spending by 10%<br />

($800 million); and the number<br />

of jobs in green industries by<br />

10%. (Specific estimates for<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> not available.)<br />

Community libraries<br />

funding confirmed<br />

Council has approved almost<br />

$125,000 in funding for local<br />

community libraries for<br />

the <strong>2023</strong>/24 financial year.<br />

Council’s funding provides for<br />

the delivery of baseline public<br />

library services and is critical<br />

to the ongoing management of<br />

community library operations.<br />

Council has a long history of<br />

providing an annual subsidy<br />

to the community libraries of<br />

Avalon, Terrey Hills, Balgowlah<br />

Seaforth, as well as the<br />

Booklovers’ Club Northern<br />

Beaches Inc. Community<br />

libraries’ services include the<br />

provision of engaging library<br />

collections; access to comfort-<br />

able spaces and places for<br />

educational and recreational<br />

purposes; access to Wi-Fi and<br />

public computers; delivery of<br />

events and programs such as<br />

story time and local author<br />

talks; plus opportunities for<br />

community volunteering.<br />

Avalon Community Library<br />

celebrates 40 years in October<br />

(see story page 40); this year<br />

Booklovers Club NB celebrates<br />

70 years (see page 52).<br />

Bush ‘Sister City’<br />

Program bolstered<br />

Council is strengthening its<br />

Sister City relationship with<br />

Brewarrina Shire Council in<br />

north-west NSW and exploring<br />

new ways to support<br />

the regional council. The<br />

Brewarrina region is rich in<br />

Aboriginal culture, famous for<br />

its heritage-listed Brewarrina<br />

Aboriginal Fish Traps. The<br />

Brewarrina Youth Exchange<br />

will see six young people from<br />

Brewarrina spend a week in<br />

the Northern Beaches, and<br />

six young locals from the<br />

Northern Beaches will head to<br />

the bush. Mayor Sue Heins said<br />

the youth exchange program<br />

was an invaluable opportunity<br />

for young people to experience<br />

life in a totally different community.<br />

“It’s a real opportunity<br />

to build a deeper understanding<br />

and respect for Aboriginal<br />

culture – and that experience<br />

is so life changing.” More info<br />

Council website.<br />

Tigers show<br />

respect<br />

T<br />

he <strong>Pittwater</strong> Tigers Junior<br />

AFL club recently celebrated<br />

their<br />

50 years<br />

anniversary<br />

at a special<br />

fundraising<br />

night at<br />

Mona Vale<br />

Surf Club<br />

which raised<br />

a whopping<br />

$16,000.<br />

The club was supported by<br />

many local businesses who<br />

generously provided products<br />

and services for the silent<br />

auction – including a signed<br />

Sam Kerr football, a Japan Ski<br />

Holiday and a year’s supply<br />

of beer.<br />

On the night Club President<br />

Simon Smith announced one<br />

of the biggest changes at the<br />

club in 50 years – a newly<br />

designed football guernsey<br />

to serve as a permanent<br />

recognition of the traditional<br />

owners of the lands where<br />

AFL is played on the Northern<br />

Beaches (pictured).<br />

Smith said Indigenous<br />

artist Rheanna Lotter had<br />

created a design that reflected<br />

the club’s values and the<br />

lands around North Narrabeen<br />

reserve.<br />

At a separate ceremony<br />

local Elder, Uncle Neal Evers,<br />

hosted a welcome to country<br />

and smoking ceremony to<br />

present the guernseys to the<br />

club.<br />

Vet<br />

on call<br />

with Dr Brown<br />

Dogs and cats can become<br />

itchy due to allergies, skin<br />

parasites or skin infections<br />

– and sometimes it can be a<br />

combination of causes resulting<br />

in a very itchy and uncomfortable<br />

pet. Pruritis is the medical<br />

term for itching, and the skin<br />

disorder features areas of red<br />

inflamed skin, which can sometimes<br />

progress to areas of skin<br />

infection or pyoderma. As the<br />

pet itches, licks and scratches,<br />

this self-trauma can result in<br />

raw bleeding skin and areas of<br />

hair loss.<br />

Itchiness in pets can occur<br />

due to seasonal skin allergies or<br />

atopy – caused by an allergen<br />

which the pet inhales or ingests;<br />

or itchiness can result from flea<br />

allergy dermatitis – when the<br />

pet is allergic to flea bites, and<br />

itchiness can also occur due to<br />

contact allergies, skin mites, insect<br />

stings and skin infections.<br />

If your pet is itching, it’s<br />

important to book them in for a<br />

consultation. The vet will complete<br />

a full physical examination,<br />

including assessing their<br />

skin. Depending on the likely<br />

cause of the problem, the vet<br />

will then discuss if any diagnostic<br />

tests are recommended,<br />

followed by outlining the best<br />

treatment options.<br />

The treatment for itchiness<br />

or pruritis may include parasite<br />

control products to manage any<br />

skin parasites present – such as<br />

fleas, anti-inflammatory medications<br />

to relieve the itchiness<br />

and settle areas of inflammation<br />

– and antibiotic medications<br />

to treat skin infection.<br />

Depending on the cause of<br />

the itchiness, the vet may also<br />

recommend treatment with<br />

medicated or soothing shampoos,<br />

topical creams to apply<br />

onto areas of affected skin, or<br />

other medications and supplements.<br />

As part of the consultation,<br />

the vet will explain how long<br />

treatment will be required for,<br />

and what to watch out for in<br />

terms of any flare-ups or recurrence<br />

of the skin disorder.<br />

For further advice about itchy<br />

pets call our team at Avalon<br />

(9918 0833) or Newport (9997<br />

4609) or visit sydneyanimalhospitals.com.au<br />

News<br />

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

A real page-turner<br />

Albert Einstein wasn’t<br />

just a mathematical and<br />

physics genius but a<br />

philosopher with a pithy knack<br />

of distilling the universe into<br />

language the rest of us can<br />

understand. The only thing<br />

you “absolutely need to know”<br />

in life, he once said, “is the<br />

location of the library”.<br />

The more local the library is,<br />

the better – encouraging both<br />

inspiration in children and<br />

escape or knowledge in adults.<br />

In October, Avalon<br />

Community Library celebrates<br />

its 40th anniversary.<br />

Along with Woolies, the<br />

surf club, RSL, churches,<br />

schools and a handful of<br />

other buildings, the library<br />

is the beating heart of the<br />

community it serves.<br />

Perched on the top floor of<br />

Avalon Recreation Centre –<br />

above the various halls and<br />

rooms hosting everything<br />

from martial arts and toddler<br />

gymnastics to federal election<br />

Avalon Community Library is<br />

gearing up for its 40th anniversary<br />

celebration; here, those involved in<br />

its history tell its story…<br />

counts and Alcoholics<br />

Anonymous meetings – the<br />

library is such a cornerstone<br />

of “village” life, it’s hard<br />

to imagine Avalon and its<br />

northern fringes without it.<br />

And yet it involved a<br />

community campaign to give it<br />

seed, as Craig Boaden recalls.<br />

Speaking from St Louis,<br />

Missouri – where he’s<br />

visiting his daughter and<br />

grandchildren – Craig was a<br />

conspicuous member of the<br />

launch on Friday October<br />

28, 1983. He was one of the<br />

few males, and the only one<br />

wearing a bow tie.<br />

Story by Steve Meacham<br />

At that time, under<br />

Warringah Shire Council,<br />

there was no library further<br />

north on the peninsula than<br />

Mona Vale. Young mothers<br />

and pensioners would often<br />

need to catch a bus below “the<br />

Bends” to borrow a book – and<br />

catch it back again.<br />

Brenda Kable was the<br />

driving force to get the<br />

community to finance a library<br />

in Avalon, as Craig – now<br />

the President of the Avalon<br />

Preservation Association –<br />

recalls.<br />

To be fair, Craig says,<br />

Warringah Council was<br />

running on a shoestring<br />

budget. Which is why Brenda<br />

Kable suggested that an Avalon<br />

Community Library could<br />

largely support itself.<br />

A crucial moment came<br />

in a council debate, explains<br />

Meg Dunn, who has been<br />

a volunteer for 12 years<br />

and is now President of the<br />

community library.<br />

“Warringah Councillor<br />

Frank Webeck was reported in<br />

The Manly Daily as saying, ‘We<br />

should not stand in the way<br />

of people who want to help<br />

themselves. It’s a fine example<br />

of the community spirit and<br />

effort of the people’.”<br />

Cr Webeck also suggested<br />

a possible venue for the<br />

fledgling library. “It was<br />

a small room in the old<br />

Baby Health Centre,” Craig<br />

remembers. “Ironically,<br />

almost exactly where the<br />

library is now.”<br />

Craig claims no credit for<br />

the opening of the library.<br />

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“Brenda agreed to be chair<br />

(of the launch committee),<br />

and I happened to mention I<br />

was a professional librarian.<br />

Suddenly I was in!<br />

“I’m not sure how Brenda<br />

knew Morris West (then one<br />

of the most famous novelists<br />

in the world after Shoes of the<br />

Fisherman).<br />

“But he lived at Taylors<br />

Point. I was just the frontman.<br />

Morris had agreed to be our<br />

patron.<br />

“My job was to hand him a<br />

bottle of wine, an Australian<br />

shiraz, on behalf of the<br />

committee. It was purchased<br />

from Avalon Wine & Cheese,<br />

one of the oldest buildings in<br />

Avalon.<br />

“The only other place to<br />

buy wine in Avalon in those<br />

days was the drive-in (roughly<br />

where the Telstra building is<br />

today).”<br />

It wasn’t a big launch party<br />

because the newborn library<br />

was barely the size of a broom<br />

cupboard in one of those<br />

houses you see in the real<br />

estate ads and can’t afford.<br />

Brenda and her team – Judy<br />

Thomson, Joy Morbey, Joan<br />

Gilies, Helen Sweeney, Beryl<br />

Blaydon and Helen Clark –<br />

worked tirelessly, cataloguing<br />

books and training<br />

volunteers.<br />

Most of the books at the<br />

opening had been gifted by<br />

publishers, bookshops or local<br />

authors.<br />

However, every building<br />

or structure – from the<br />

pyramids onwards – has<br />

human stories embalmed in<br />

the brickwork.<br />

Today, Meg says, “We have<br />

around 65 volunteers, plus<br />

Jane Park, our wonderful<br />

library coordinator – the only<br />

paid librarian on site, who has<br />

worked here for six years.”<br />

Jane was appointed after<br />

the library’s first coordinator<br />

Helen Clark retired in 2017<br />

– and has expanded the<br />

community events, including<br />

author talks.<br />

“Roughly one a month,” Meg<br />

says. “That’s a lot to organise.”<br />

Michael Robotham is<br />

probably Avalon’s 21st<br />

equivalent of Morris West<br />

– a best-selling author with<br />

multi-million sales in many<br />

languages.<br />

“I love local libraries because<br />

they’re not just about reading,<br />

but about job-hunting, and<br />

studying and doing research,”<br />

says the author. “They’re hubs<br />

that bring people together,<br />

curing loneliness and<br />

generating ideas and fostering<br />

community spirit.<br />

“If you want the evidence –<br />

look at how many people are<br />

willing to volunteer their time<br />

to keep the Avalon Library<br />

running; and how loved it is by<br />

residents.”<br />

Local Logie-award-winning<br />

actor Peter Phelps used the<br />

community library as a place<br />

of quiet refuge and reflection<br />

to write 2018’s The Bulldog<br />

Track: A grandson’s story of<br />

an ordinary man’s war and<br />

survival on the other Kokoda<br />

Track.<br />

“I’d often come in here, still<br />

wet from a surf, and borrow a<br />

book, so it was all part of my<br />

lifestyle,” Peter explains.<br />

“I love writing in my home,<br />

but I write more in the library.<br />

I love the fact that I can put<br />

my headphones on and listen<br />

to ambient music and just be<br />

in this area surrounded by<br />

books, right in the middle of<br />

the community.<br />

“There’s someone reading<br />

the local magazine, someone’s<br />

doing their taxes on the<br />

computer next door – I love<br />

that whole spirit that it’s for<br />

everyone.<br />

“The best thing about<br />

Avalon library is that I know<br />

it’s always there. And it’s so<br />

well-stocked with the books<br />

that I like and I can always<br />

request something. And<br />

everyone’s so accepting and<br />

very helpful.<br />

“It is the centre of Avalon.<br />

It’s central to the community.<br />

Without it you’d have a less<br />

cohesive community. And<br />

more lonely people.<br />

“I can travel the world<br />

within Avalon library.”<br />

Avalon Community Library<br />

moved so many times within<br />

a few hundred metres it<br />

could double as a mobile<br />

library. And is now operating<br />

under its third council<br />

Continued on page 42<br />

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

CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE: The volunteers’ Christmas party in 2019; Meg<br />

Dunn and Jane Park pore over historical photos; the first library circa 1983;<br />

the library’s second location; author’s talks are popular; former library<br />

co-ordinator Helen Clarke; Brenda Kable and the original committee; Craig<br />

Boaden and patron Morris West at the official opening on 28 October, 1983.<br />

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Continued from page 41<br />

jurisdiction, having outlived<br />

both Warringah and <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

councils.<br />

In 1988, it had outgrown the<br />

original room at the Avalon<br />

Baby Centre and moved to what<br />

had been the site of the first<br />

Woolworth’s store in Avalon,<br />

in Avalon Parade, opposite<br />

the Post Office. The Woolies<br />

building had been demolished<br />

to make way for the current<br />

arcade we know today.<br />

The library also took over<br />

a vacant shop in the arcade<br />

which became the children’s<br />

library.<br />

In 2002, there was another<br />

move. Now under the auspices<br />

of <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council it<br />

transferred to the new Avalon<br />

Recreation Centre – its current<br />

site.<br />

“The library’s collection has<br />

grown from a modest 3500<br />

books to over 23,000 items,”<br />

Meg says proudly.<br />

Items?<br />

“There were no DVDs or<br />

audio books in 1983,” Meg<br />

points out. “There was VHS,<br />

but no-one came to the library<br />

for videos because they<br />

just went to the video store<br />

(at the southern tip of Old<br />

Barrenjoey Rd.”<br />

As well as its own collection<br />

of books, the community<br />

library’s 5,000 members can<br />

also order books from the<br />

other libraries in the Northern<br />

Beach Council area – with<br />

a delivery service ferrying<br />

them several times a week so<br />

readers can just pick them up<br />

from Avalon.<br />

“We have access to all the<br />

items on the Northern Beaches<br />

Library Services catalogue<br />

which the Council’s Library<br />

Service Team keeps updated,<br />

so we know everything that<br />

the other Northern Beaches<br />

libraries have.<br />

“And if a particular item<br />

isn’t to be found locally, we can<br />

always do an interlibrary loan<br />

by borrowing from libraries<br />

outside our own Council area.”<br />

Though the community<br />

library has always received<br />

grants from the relevant<br />

councils, “we do collect funds<br />

from use of our computers,<br />

reservations – and, of course,<br />

fines,” Meg explains.<br />

“Some locals make yearly<br />

financial donations, and we<br />

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AUTHOR, AUTHOR: The library has hosted dozens of talks from writers<br />

including Avalon’s Amanda Hampson (top) and Anthea Hodgson (below).<br />

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

Continued from page 42<br />

weed our collection regularly<br />

– selling books which aren’t<br />

needed anymore for a nominal<br />

amount.”<br />

It is Jane’s job to ensure the<br />

library is kept relevant to the<br />

community’s every-changing<br />

needs.<br />

“It is a great privilege to lead<br />

a team of so many volunteers,”<br />

Jane says. “For a start, they all<br />

want to be here.<br />

“They enjoy the challenge two days a week for five<br />

of tracking down a book for a years. He covers newly arrived<br />

borrower or helping them on books and helps at author<br />

the computer.<br />

talks, bumping in and as a<br />

“I try to ensure they are barman.”<br />

continuously trained to deliver COVID was the toughest<br />

a quality customer service to years in the library’s history.<br />

our community.”<br />

Just when the community had<br />

The average age of<br />

time on its hands to escape<br />

volunteers has plunged<br />

into a book and a desperate<br />

significantly in recent years, need for companionship, it<br />

partly because computer skills was forced to close – first<br />

are such a necessary part of due to the “Avalon cluster”,<br />

the service.<br />

then for the general lengthy<br />

But there are still far more lockdowns.<br />

female volunteers than males. The team was even more<br />

Paula Szeps has been one eager to reopen than the<br />

of the youngest volunteers borrowers. That’s the kind of<br />

for two years – since she, library it is.<br />

her husband and their two Adds Northern Beaches<br />

children arrived in Avalon. Mayor Sue Heins: “Like all our<br />

“Working at the library is a branches, Avalon Community<br />

chance to get out of the house Library’s operational costs are<br />

(I mainly work from home) funded by Council and it’s an<br />

and interact with people. It’s essential service we provide to<br />

been a way to get into the the community.<br />

community,” she says.<br />

“It has many uses beyond a<br />

“All the volunteers, and library and is a great facility<br />

visitors, really enjoy the for the northern part of the<br />

environment. It’s a very nice peninsula.<br />

place to be. And everyone here “The efforts by Meg Dunn,<br />

is interested in reading books Jane Park and the committed<br />

and supporting that for future team of volunteers is admirable<br />

generations.<br />

– 40 years is an incredible<br />

“Without the library here, achievement to celebrate.”<br />

it would be a piece of life *More info avalonlibrary.<br />

missing.”<br />

org.au; Facebook and Insta:<br />

Silvio Pires has volunteered avaloncommunitylibrary<br />

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School <strong>Life</strong><br />

John Colet: building students’ confidence<br />

It takes a community to raise<br />

a child, and children learn<br />

best when they are not alone<br />

on their journey. Through<br />

collaborative learning<br />

opportunities within class, to<br />

opportunities for students to<br />

engage across year levels in<br />

an integrated buddy program,<br />

John Colet School is proud<br />

that their students learn with,<br />

and are supported by, each<br />

other.<br />

Likewise, says Headmaster<br />

Julian Wilcock, the collective<br />

understanding between home<br />

and school helps ensure there<br />

are no gaps for students and<br />

that they are supported at all<br />

stages.<br />

“Actively developing a<br />

child’s ability to give attention<br />

to tasks is an important skill<br />

that is best learnt at an early<br />

age,” Mr Wilcock said.<br />

“Children’s minds naturally<br />

wander, and practical exercises<br />

help them to learn how to<br />

focus.<br />

“It is all about being in the<br />

present moment. Many of our<br />

unique subjects and clubs<br />

facilitate this, such as Singing,<br />

Shakespeare, extended Art<br />

and Chess. However, it is the<br />

regular pausing throughout<br />

the day that helps children<br />

learn how to fall still, quiet<br />

the emotions and give their<br />

attention to the task at hand.”<br />

Mr Wilcock explained that<br />

John Colet School was a multifaith<br />

School where spiritual<br />

and character development<br />

was an important aspect of<br />

students’<br />

development.<br />

“The children<br />

are introduced to simple<br />

exercises in self-awareness<br />

and inner stillness. There are<br />

regular moments of quiet<br />

between lessons, and at the<br />

age of 10, the children can<br />

learn meditation. The aim<br />

is to give children a quiet<br />

sense of self assurance and<br />

confidence.”<br />

Philosophy classes are<br />

conducted at all age levels, as<br />

open discussions addressing<br />

questions such as Who am<br />

I?; How should I live my life?;<br />

and What does it mean to be a<br />

good friend? Scripture classes<br />

draw on a range of traditions<br />

from East and West.<br />

Students are taught within<br />

a caring, supporting<br />

environment of trust<br />

– and stay with their<br />

class teachers for<br />

two to three years,<br />

for stability and<br />

connection.<br />

A daily vegetarian<br />

lunch is also provided.<br />

“While we are well-known<br />

for our academics, our focus<br />

remains on building a child’s<br />

confidence and adaptability,<br />

which we do through a<br />

traditional curriculum and a<br />

focus on liberal arts,” said Mr<br />

Wilcock.<br />

*Limited places are available<br />

for girls in Years 3 and 5<br />

in 2024; more information<br />

johncolet.nsw.edu.au or<br />

9451 8395.<br />

School <strong>Life</strong><br />

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

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

Charlotte’s prized Narrabeen study<br />

WINNER: Charlotte Yan with her ‘Devolution’ works.<br />

North Narrabeen local Charlotte Yan took inspiration from the<br />

beauty of Narrabeen Lagoon to become joint winner of the<br />

13-18 years category in the <strong>2023</strong> Northern Beaches Environmental<br />

Art & Design Awards.<br />

Although run by Northern Beaches Council, the Northern<br />

Beaches Environmental Art & Design Awards attract entries<br />

from all across Australia – which is why Charlotte was shocked<br />

when her mum called her to say she was a winner.<br />

“I was in Europe, travelling around France, Italy, Greece and<br />

England when my mum called me,”<br />

reveals Charlotte. “I never considered<br />

I might be a winner.”<br />

Her winning piece entitled ‘Devolution’<br />

is a stunning work; taking over<br />

a year to complete, it grew almost as<br />

organically as the beautiful trees it<br />

depicts.<br />

“I started it in Year 11 as my major<br />

piece of art work,” explained Charlotte.<br />

“It’s acrylic, but with added<br />

layers to give an oil look. I also added<br />

drypoint prints to it, by etching designs<br />

into plastic and then putting<br />

them through a press to add more<br />

layers to the work.<br />

“I kept going back to it and adding<br />

more. I felt it was one-dimensional<br />

early on, but my art teacher introduced<br />

me to the impressionists and I<br />

added tones of blue and purple into<br />

the shadows, as many of them [the<br />

impressionists] did.”<br />

Like many of her generation, the<br />

environment is incredibly important<br />

to Charlotte.<br />

“I take inspiration from nature and in particular the Narrabeen<br />

Lake and Lagoon areas. I go there a lot.<br />

“Devolution is the idea of reverting back to a form from the<br />

past over time. My collection of works examines the impact of<br />

humans on what once was a pristine environment.”<br />

She said her investigation of Narrabeen Lagoon had revealed<br />

a history of light industries which punctuated the banks of the<br />

lake.<br />

“But a program of revival and replanting has resulted in<br />

regenerated vegetation with little evidence of the sites’ polluted<br />

waters and industrial past,” she explained.<br />

“I’ve always had an interest in wildlife and nature and sustainability<br />

and that is coming out in my designs.”<br />

When Charlotte refers to ‘designs’, she means the looks she is<br />

creating as part of studying architecture at University.<br />

“My architecture degree is a lot harder than I thought. I’m<br />

doing a three-year degree followed by a Masters, which takes<br />

a year and a half. The work is very hard and so art is a good<br />

distraction from that.<br />

“And winning this award has really inspired me to continue<br />

with my art.”<br />

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

Beaches Environmental Art & Design<br />

Awards were announced at Manly Art<br />

Gallery and Museum last month, with<br />

an exhibition of the finalists works<br />

displayed across three galleries on<br />

the Northern Beaches.<br />

Charlotte was a joint winner in one<br />

of the nine categories; her piece was<br />

chosen from a massive 600 entries<br />

from across Australia, showing the<br />

importance of the awards in only<br />

their third year.<br />

The awards aim to encourage artists<br />

and designers to contribute to<br />

the conversation around environmental<br />

challenges in the 21st century,<br />

and to create innovative ideas for the<br />

future around the natural world and<br />

environmental regeneration.<br />

Northern Beaches Mayor Sue<br />

Heins said: “The Environmental Art<br />

& Design Prize has brought together<br />

a dynamic community of artists,<br />

designers and audiences who care<br />

deeply about our future. Their works<br />

speak volumes about not only about their creativity but the<br />

underlying reasons we created this national prize.”<br />

This year’s winners included: Ceramics and Small Sculpture<br />

– Shani Nottingham, Cowra, NSW; Film – Perdita Phillips,<br />

Fremantle, WA; Interdisciplinary Collaboration – Kandos School<br />

of Cultural Adaptation, Bulli, NSW; Painting and Mixed Media –<br />

Grace Kemarre Robinya, Alice Springs, NT; Works on Paper and<br />

Photography – Belinda Yee, Balmain, NSW; Wearable Design<br />

– Adelash Parsons, Surry Hills, NSW; Functional Design – Jack<br />

Stannard, Balgowlah, NSW. People’s Choice – Ember McCabe;<br />

Shona Wilson and Penelope Oates.<br />

Rob Pegley<br />

*More info Council website.<br />

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Tramshed show on track<br />

Best-selling<br />

author and<br />

comedian Wendy<br />

Harmer will open<br />

the Northern<br />

Beaches Art<br />

Society’s annual<br />

Spring Art<br />

Exhibition and Sale<br />

at the Narrabeen<br />

Tramshed Hall in<br />

late <strong>September</strong>.<br />

Entry to the<br />

exhibition – which<br />

runs from Friday<br />

29 <strong>September</strong> to<br />

Monday 2 October<br />

– is free.<br />

Society President<br />

Heather Macorison<br />

said that with<br />

Spring being the time of renewal, the<br />

exhibition provides the perfect opportunity to<br />

purchase a new and original piece of artwork<br />

for the home, or office, or as a forwardplanned<br />

Christmas gift.<br />

“There will be a vast array of works in<br />

a variety of mediums and styles in oils,<br />

watercolours, acrylics, and pastels, all<br />

covering a multitude of subjects and all the<br />

paintings will be for<br />

sale,” said Heather<br />

(pictured – In Fields<br />

of Gold by Annette<br />

McCrossin).<br />

Visitors will also<br />

be able to vote for<br />

their two favourite<br />

paintings in the<br />

exhibition. Not only<br />

will the two artists<br />

who receive the<br />

most votes win a<br />

prize each, but all<br />

those who vote will<br />

go into the draw for<br />

the Viewer’s Prize.<br />

Exhibition<br />

hours are from<br />

3pm on Friday 29<br />

<strong>September</strong> (the<br />

Official Opening will be from 6pm to 8pm);<br />

and on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from<br />

9am to 5pm.<br />

On the final day of the exhibition, Monday<br />

2 October, closing drinks will be served from<br />

3pm and the exhibition will close at 5pm. Any<br />

sold paintings can also be picked up after<br />

5pm on Sunday.<br />

– NW<br />

*More info northernbeachesartsociety.org<br />

Family bonds<br />

on exhibition<br />

A<br />

dynamic exhibition of<br />

multi-disciplinary works by<br />

mother and daughter artists<br />

Heather and Kate Dorrough<br />

will be on show at the Manly<br />

Art Gallery & Museum from<br />

<strong>September</strong> 1 to October 8.<br />

‘Heather + Kate Dorrough:<br />

Lineage’ explores the connection<br />

between the arts and crafts<br />

movements, female creative lineage,<br />

body and landscape, river<br />

and fertility, and environmental<br />

issues and activism.<br />

The exhibition encompasses<br />

fibre art, paintings, prints,<br />

ceramics, sculpture and video,<br />

showcasing the dynamic and<br />

diverse practices of both artists.<br />

Heather Dorrough (1933<br />

– 2018) was a pioneer of<br />

fabric and fibre art in Australia,<br />

creating innovative works that<br />

challenged the boundaries<br />

between craft and art.<br />

Kate Dorrough (b.1964) is a<br />

Sydney-based artist who works<br />

across painting and ceramics,<br />

exploring the dynamics that<br />

exist between paint and clay.<br />

*More info on Gallery website.<br />

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

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Hot Property<br />

Plenty of wiggle room inside and out<br />

Many home buyers are searching for layouts than can accommodate ever-changing family needs and adapt<br />

to life’s unpredictable moments – such as switching a kids’ room into a dedicated office, art studio or guest<br />

room… and back again! Here are three properties with multiple flexible spaces.<br />

This much-loved home at 75 Riviera Avenue<br />

Avalon Beach has been held by the current<br />

family for the past 35 years. Its versatile layout is<br />

set over two levels with multiple living spaces and<br />

separate bedroom wings. Upstairs the kitchen<br />

and dining area flow into the main living area<br />

which opens to a wide deck with an outlook to<br />

the ocean and the master bedroom has a balcony<br />

which also captures views. On the lower level<br />

there is spacious second living/rumpus and three<br />

well-sized bedrooms which open to gardens or<br />

the deck surrounding the grand swimming pool.<br />

Auction guide $2.65 million; contact Peter<br />

Robinson LJ Hooker Avalon.<br />

Hot Property<br />

A north-facing weekender nestled against the<br />

shoreline at Berowra Waters offers plenty of space<br />

to escape to. With dual jetty, private pontoon and<br />

entertainment deck on arrival, 17 Collingridge<br />

Point is perched in the treetops and set over<br />

two levels with unobstructed river views. The<br />

master bedroom suite and second bedroom<br />

lead off the open plan living/dining area onto an<br />

entertaining deck that connects the inside to out.<br />

The lower level, originally designed as an artist’s<br />

studio, is a huge area that could be utilised as a<br />

third bedroom, guest or rumpus room. For sale.<br />

Contact Noel Nicholson Ray White Prestige.<br />

This six-bedroom home at 3 Koala Place Avalon<br />

Beach offers a harmonious mix of communal<br />

living, guest quarters and workspaces perfect<br />

for large or extended families. Sleeping zones<br />

are cleverly positioned, with three bedrooms<br />

on both upper and lower levels. The spacious<br />

master is a tranquil retreat with ocean views,<br />

ensuite and walk-in robe. The ground level<br />

boasts a stunning kitchen and open plan living<br />

and dining area with a second generous living<br />

area, two office spaces and a home studio<br />

space with adjoining storage room. Auction<br />

guide $3.5 million; contact Amy Young<br />

Laing+Simmons Young Property.<br />

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Happy Qubec owners move in<br />

It’s taken a year longer than expected,<br />

but Guy Fraser-Hills and his wife Sarn<br />

are delighted to have finally moved<br />

into their new Qubec apartment in<br />

Beaconsfield Street, Newport.<br />

The couple sold their family home<br />

in nearby Prince Alfred Parade, where<br />

they lived with their two children for 20<br />

years, in April 2021 and purchased off<br />

the plan in Qubec a few weeks later.<br />

Sale of their home was completed<br />

in <strong>September</strong> 2021, whereupon they<br />

rented in Mona Vale until the expected<br />

completion of their new apartment.<br />

But then the<br />

project’s builder<br />

collapsed –<br />

with 95% work<br />

completed,<br />

developer The<br />

Stable Group’s<br />

directors Ed<br />

Horton and<br />

Danny Flynn<br />

stepped up to<br />

complete the job.<br />

Although<br />

the Fraser-Hills<br />

had to rent for<br />

WORTH WAIT: The<br />

another year,<br />

Fraser-Hills & Qubec.<br />

they are “over<br />

the moon” with their new abode.<br />

“It has certainly met or exceeded<br />

every expectation,” Guy said. “It’s<br />

different when it’s off the plan and<br />

nothing has been turned on before but<br />

the finishes and attention to detail of<br />

the trades is excellent.”<br />

Ed Horton explained the long road to<br />

delivery.<br />

“The construction industry in Australia<br />

has suffered from unseasonal extreme<br />

weather events over the past two years.<br />

“Moreso, the effects of COVID-19<br />

were far greater than the immediate<br />

direct effects of shutdowns and<br />

restricted work conditions.<br />

“There have been extraordinary cost<br />

increases in the construction sector. These<br />

have greatly contributed to the demise<br />

of many builders and sub-contractors –<br />

many small and some large.<br />

“The Qubec builder PBS was one of<br />

those casualties, going under in March<br />

2022.”<br />

Guy added: “What Ed and Danny have<br />

achieved after the builder went broke<br />

has been great – to get control of the<br />

site, regain the trust of the trades… it<br />

has been remarkable.<br />

Ed said Quebec was one of the most<br />

smart and sustainable projects of its<br />

type in the country.<br />

“Each of the 18, three-bedroom<br />

townhouses has its own internal elevator,<br />

making it easy<br />

for residents to<br />

stay on, long<br />

after their legs<br />

give up climbing<br />

stairs, and<br />

most notably all<br />

have their own<br />

solar array and<br />

battery energy<br />

storage, which<br />

contributes to<br />

both lowering<br />

energy costs<br />

and providing<br />

ease of<br />

recharging EV<br />

vehicles, with<br />

EV chargers in<br />

each garage,”<br />

he said.<br />

“The latest<br />

in smart<br />

technology<br />

allows the<br />

home to be<br />

completely connected, with biometric<br />

and Bluetooth door access through<br />

to number plate recognition car park<br />

entry and even voice control.”<br />

Now there’s the opportunity to<br />

secure the last remaining apartment<br />

(#12) – with the benefit of viewing the<br />

finished product in the completed<br />

community, not off the plan.<br />

*Contact LJ Hooker Newport (agent<br />

Gordon Spring); more info 9979 1111.<br />

Management<br />

with a difference<br />

The all-female owner/operated<br />

team at new holiday property<br />

management group The Curated<br />

Collection have made it their mission<br />

to set themselves apart from typical<br />

property managers.<br />

The team is headed by licensee<br />

Laura Mears, plus directors Jacqui Gill<br />

and Trish Goodyear.<br />

Well-known local real estate identity<br />

Laura has a dedication to seamless<br />

property management that’s deeply<br />

rooted in her love for the Northern<br />

Beaches community.<br />

Having laid the groundwork as<br />

Home Hostess est. 2017, Jacqui brings<br />

hospitality finesse; her expertise in<br />

establishing and maintaining owner<br />

relations and making guests feel at<br />

home translates into a professional<br />

and hospitality-focused experience.<br />

And Trish’s eye for detail, knack<br />

for efficiency and commitment to<br />

service make her an integral part of<br />

the team. Her commitment to quality,<br />

forged through her successful cleaning<br />

business, guarantees your property<br />

will always look its best.<br />

“Our aim is simple – to enhance<br />

property management on the Northern<br />

Beaches through transparency, trust,<br />

and personal connection,” said Laura.<br />

“Our promise extends beyond<br />

managing properties; it’s about<br />

nurturing relationships and fostering<br />

open communication.<br />

“Our unwavering dedication to<br />

hospitality, as well as our backgrounds<br />

as career professionals in our fields<br />

are imbued in every interaction.<br />

“We are your local partners in<br />

making holiday property ownership<br />

a breeze – a team with a dynamic<br />

blend of expertise, each with a<br />

passion for enhancing your ownership<br />

experience.” – LO<br />

*More info see ad page 11<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Neurodivergent<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Coco Cherie at Newport<br />

is a hairdressing salon<br />

like no other – helping<br />

people with mental health<br />

issues to actually enjoy<br />

getting hair treatments for the<br />

first time in their lives.<br />

“I began going to Courteney<br />

over a year ago,” begins<br />

Meagan Newbery. “As<br />

someone who suffers from<br />

anxiety, it is so wonderful<br />

to know that, not only is my<br />

hair in good hands, but that<br />

if I don’t feel like talking<br />

Courteney is happy to just<br />

give me space and silence to<br />

think.<br />

“I also love that she offers a<br />

one-on-one service,” Meagan<br />

adds. “So I have taken my<br />

toddler in when I have had to,<br />

with no worries that he will<br />

disrupt anyone else.”<br />

It’s not only toddlers that<br />

Courteney Pobje welcomes to<br />

her Newport salon, but dogs<br />

are regular visitors as well.<br />

“It’s just me working at<br />

the salon with my little dog,<br />

Coco,” explains Courteney.<br />

“She’s a bit of a mixture of<br />

breeds from the pound. But if<br />

I know that clients are going<br />

to bring their dogs in, then I’ll<br />

leave Coco at home.”<br />

customer care<br />

Welcome then to Coco<br />

Cherie, an entirely new<br />

concept in customer service<br />

and interaction – let alone<br />

hairdressing salons – and one<br />

that provides a truly relaxing<br />

experience for those who feel<br />

overwhelmed by the lights,<br />

noise and expense of bigger<br />

hairdressers. A dog-friendly<br />

salon, a sustainable salon,<br />

and a neurodivergent salon<br />

that welcomes customers with<br />

ADHD or autism, among other<br />

mental health conditions.<br />

It does so, because even<br />

after 15 years as a qualified<br />

hairdresser, Courteney herself<br />

can be overwhelmed by hair<br />

TEAM: Courteney with Coco.<br />

salons.<br />

“I started having some<br />

health issues in 2020,”<br />

Courteney reveals. “I<br />

struggled with burnout and<br />

chronic fatigue, and I was<br />

having bad anxiety attacks.<br />

“I took a 12-month<br />

sabbatical at that point and<br />

found out I have ADHD and<br />

autism. That explained why<br />

I found a day of work so<br />

draining and over-stimulating.<br />

And it made me realise why<br />

I’d never quite fit into other<br />

salons – I found the lights and<br />

noise overwhelming.<br />

“But I love hairdressing, and<br />

so I decided if I was going to<br />

carry on working, I needed<br />

to create a space that I felt<br />

comfortable to work in and<br />

hang out in.<br />

“And I wanted it to be a<br />

space for those girls who feel<br />

the same as me.”<br />

Courteney left her job in<br />

Brookvale on great terms,<br />

agreeing not to take any<br />

of her existing clients and<br />

started her Newport salon<br />

completely from scratch, back<br />

in April 2022. Initially a slow<br />

burn, she now has a growing<br />

clientele – many of whom are<br />

actually enjoying going to a<br />

SANCTUARY: Courteney’s salon<br />

provides one-on-one attention in a<br />

calming space.<br />

salon, after years of enduring<br />

it.<br />

“I have some women in their<br />

50s and 60s who have never<br />

felt comfortable going to the<br />

hairdressers and now look<br />

forward to it. They’ve never<br />

experienced how beautiful it<br />

can be. And now, by finding<br />

the right salon, it doesn’t feel<br />

like a chore. That can be really<br />

empowering.<br />

“It’s such a safe, healing and<br />

comfortable space here, that<br />

after 50 years dreading the<br />

hairdressers, they now come<br />

in weekly and look forward<br />

to it. That really warms my<br />

heart.”<br />

Many clients who struggle<br />

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with self-conscious feelings<br />

opt for a mirror-less<br />

appointment, and Courteney<br />

is happy to cater for whatever<br />

issues people struggle with.<br />

But as Courteney says, it isn’t<br />

just people with mental health<br />

issues who might need a<br />

softer touch.<br />

“I find that since COVID<br />

there’s been a shift in the way<br />

the world works. Even those<br />

people who don’t have mental<br />

health issues want to embrace<br />

a slower pace and enjoy a oneon-one<br />

experience with lights<br />

that can be dimmed.”<br />

As for Courteney herself,<br />

she’s never been better.<br />

Psychology, regular gym visits<br />

and her new business have all<br />

helped.<br />

“I’m definitely in a good<br />

space. The healthiest and<br />

most stable I’ve ever been.”<br />

“There were times I didn’t<br />

think I’d make it to my 30s.<br />

But If I hadn’t had those<br />

struggles I wouldn’t have<br />

Coco Cherie and wouldn’t be<br />

touching so many beautiful<br />

women’s lives.”<br />

Lives such as Meagan’s.<br />

“I love Courteney’s<br />

philosophy that everyone,<br />

regardless of anything,<br />

deserves to feel beautiful,”<br />

says Meagan. “She is a proud<br />

neurodivergent woman who<br />

understands the different<br />

needs of everyone she<br />

encounters and that is<br />

something to encourage and<br />

admire.” – Rob Pegley<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Booklovers celebrate 70 years<br />

reputedly<br />

the oldest established<br />

book club “We’re<br />

in Australia,” said Booklovers<br />

Northern Beaches President<br />

Maria Tomaino. “In the old<br />

days you had to be invited, but<br />

now anyone can join. And you<br />

don’t have to wear your hat and<br />

gloves – but you used to.”<br />

To celebrate its 70th anniversary<br />

on 25 July, the club<br />

organised a trivia morning to<br />

raise money for Women and<br />

Children First, followed by<br />

lunch. Having been a voracious<br />

reader since adolescence, Maria<br />

became a member of the book<br />

club 17 years ago. She was<br />

working part-time as a family<br />

therapist at Queenscliff Health<br />

Centre, and joined a few years<br />

before she stopped working.<br />

The book club was started<br />

by Jo Quilty in 1953, when she<br />

invited four of her friends to<br />

her Narrabeen home in Ocean<br />

Street to exchange and discuss<br />

LIBRARIAN: Glenys Murray is in charge of the Club’s 1600 books.<br />

books. A video on the club’s<br />

history reflects that in the early<br />

1950s, most women gave up<br />

their careers when they married.<br />

They reared the children,<br />

often housebound and isolated<br />

while their husbands went off<br />

to work. There was no television,<br />

only radio. Many young<br />

women had university educations<br />

and had held down jobs<br />

as teachers and nurses, and<br />

Jo Quilty believed that women<br />

were being wasted.<br />

The book club became a<br />

regular event and by 1955 there<br />

were 12 members. With more<br />

books and more members the<br />

club moved to Collaroy House<br />

and guest speakers were introduced.<br />

“The club saved my life,”<br />

Maria recounts being told by<br />

a member who had moved to<br />

Avalon with her young children<br />

in those early days.<br />

In 1960, the Warringah Shire<br />

Council decided to build a<br />

hall for the Girl Guides near<br />

the lake at Narrabeen, and Jo<br />

Quilty persuaded the council<br />

to let the book club share the<br />

hall. So, in 1962, the Women’s<br />

Recreation Centre became the<br />

permanent home of the Booklovers<br />

Club Warringah, which<br />

had 88 members. In 2016, the<br />

name was changed to the Booklovers<br />

Club Northern Beaches.<br />

The club’s oldest member is<br />

100-year-old Jean Nysen, who<br />

was a wireless telegraphist during<br />

World War II; however she<br />

no longer attends meetings.<br />

The club meets on the second<br />

Tuesday of every month<br />

for a guest author talk, and the<br />

fourth Tuesday of the month<br />

DRIVE: Maria Tomaino says the Club<br />

is on the lookout for new members.<br />

for a book discussion. There<br />

has been a stellar line-up of<br />

guest speakers over the years<br />

including authors Morris West,<br />

Ruth Park and Dymphna Cusack.<br />

Tom Keneally has been a<br />

regular guest; Peter Fitzsimons<br />

has spoken; also local authors<br />

including Michael Robotham.<br />

The club also has a library,<br />

which boasts 1600 books, and<br />

opens to members and the public<br />

on Tuesday and Thursday<br />

mornings, explains its librarian<br />

Glenys Murray, who worked<br />

at Warringah and Mona Vale<br />

libraries, and later in her career<br />

at Lane Cove and Ryde as the<br />

local studies librarian.<br />

“My husband’s aunt was on<br />

the committee many years ago,<br />

and she marked me out to grab<br />

me when I retired, so the club<br />

would have a librarian.”<br />

The books are mostly fiction,<br />

but do include some biographies<br />

and non-fiction. The<br />

recent literary phenomenon,<br />

Wifedom: Mrs Orwell’s Invisible<br />

<strong>Life</strong> by Anna Funder, has been<br />

purchased and already read by<br />

the president only three weeks<br />

after publication.<br />

Membership was over 110,<br />

but since COVID has dropped<br />

into the 70s.<br />

“So,” says Tomaino, “we are<br />

on the hunt for people who<br />

are interested in reading.” If<br />

passion counts for anything<br />

the Club looks sets to be going<br />

strong for many years to come.<br />

– Rosamund Burton<br />

*More info go to warringahbooklover.wixsite.com<br />

or call<br />

0418 454 194.<br />

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Terrey Hills private hospital near<br />

$98 million private surgical and rehabilitation<br />

A hospital in Terrey Hills has entered its final<br />

construction phase and is on track to open its<br />

doors in mid-2024.<br />

Developers of the 84-bed Wyvern Private Hospital,<br />

on a four-hectare<br />

site in Myoora Road,<br />

celebrated the completion<br />

of the facility’s main<br />

structure last month.<br />

They say the hospital<br />

will provide Sydney’s<br />

Northern Beaches access<br />

to world-class private<br />

medical and surgical<br />

facilities and healthcare<br />

services.<br />

Developed by Australian<br />

Unity and leased for<br />

30 years to operator Wyvern Health, the hospital<br />

will feature seven operating theatres, a cardiac<br />

catheterisation laboratory, 56 surgical inpatient<br />

beds, 20 rehabilitation beds and an eight bed Intensive<br />

Care Unit.<br />

The hospital will also have associated clinical<br />

support facilities such as radiology and pathology,<br />

a pharmacy and a hydrotherapy pool and a gym for<br />

physiotherapy and rehabilitation.<br />

There will be 15 consulting suites, a café and a<br />

148-space parking area.<br />

Wyvern Health said the hospital would focus on<br />

spinal surgery, neurosurgery, orthopaedic surgery,<br />

vascular surgery, interventional cardiology, pain<br />

management and ophthalmology.<br />

Chair and founder Dr William Sears said it was<br />

“critical” that people in northern Sydney, many<br />

of whom were ageing, had access to world-class<br />

ON TRACK: Wyvern Private<br />

Hospital (artist’s impression)<br />

will open mid-2024.<br />

private medical and<br />

surgical facilities and<br />

healthcare services.<br />

“Our mission at<br />

Wyvern is to provide<br />

care without compromise.<br />

This care extends<br />

well beyond hospital<br />

patients to our staff, our<br />

local community, and<br />

the surrounding environment.<br />

We’re committed<br />

to enriching life in<br />

Terrey Hills,” he said.<br />

“We’re excited to be just one year away from<br />

opening our doors, joining Sydney’s healthcare<br />

ecosystem and delivering excellent healthcare to<br />

residents of the Northern Beaches and its surrounds.”<br />

According to the Health Atlas of Australia, Terrey<br />

Hills is home to a rapidly growing number of<br />

residents aged over 70, rising at a rate of 2.3 per<br />

cent, per annum.<br />

More than 70 per cent of residents in the Northern<br />

Beaches catchment are covered by private<br />

health insurance, compared with 50 percent across<br />

Greater Sydney.<br />

– LO<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Tenors tonic<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

BRILLIANT TALENTS: The Australian Tenors.<br />

The Australian Tenors’ The Opera, Neapolitan<br />

versatility spans all genres favourites and beautiful duets.<br />

of the classical tenor repertoire; Not to mention works by<br />

in their new local tour they’re Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen<br />

presenting songs from great Sondheim and Leornard<br />

musical composers in a concert Bernstein.<br />

that has already entertained Proudly Australian, their<br />

and uplifted generations performance is never complete<br />

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without delighting audiences<br />

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Hair & Beauty<br />

with Sue Carroll<br />

Teatments that will help to<br />

reduce risk of acne scarring<br />

When we treat acne,<br />

the first step is to<br />

focus on cleaning<br />

up and correcting breakouts<br />

and blemishes. At the same<br />

time, we also need to work<br />

on eliminating the factors<br />

contributing to developing<br />

acne. A key part to effectively<br />

treating acne is reducing the<br />

risk of acne scarring. Acne<br />

lesions are cellular wounds, and<br />

when left untreated, wounds<br />

can become breeding grounds<br />

for bacteria, which in turn<br />

increases the risk of permanent<br />

scarring.<br />

There are several causes of<br />

acne scarring, which include<br />

the type and way a lesion<br />

heals, hyperpigmentation,<br />

inflammatory erythema,<br />

picking and self-extraction.<br />

Post-Inflammatory Erythema<br />

(or PIE) is characterised by<br />

reddish-purple discolouration<br />

on the skin. This inflammation<br />

is the most commonly seen and<br />

can be the easiest to treat and<br />

prevent further damage.<br />

Post-Inflammatory<br />

Hyperpigmentation (or PIH)<br />

is characterised typically<br />

by brown discolouration or<br />

pigmentation, due to trauma.<br />

Depending on whether there<br />

has been UV exposure and sun<br />

protection, or not, PIH can form<br />

from the acne lesions.<br />

Unlike pustules and<br />

comedones (blackheads), cystic<br />

acne lesions are deep within the<br />

skin. Due to their depth within<br />

the skin and their inability to<br />

reach the surface of the skin,<br />

the collagen within the skin is<br />

damaged, which results in an<br />

indent in the skin. With bacteria<br />

trapped within the skin, it<br />

creates a buildup of tissue.<br />

Self-extracting and<br />

picking – or as I like to say<br />

archaeological excavation – are<br />

major contributing factors to<br />

acne scarring. When doing<br />

this, tissue is damaged and it<br />

may also cause the bacteria to<br />

spread on the surface, which in<br />

turn can lead to more acne.<br />

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The two types of scarring<br />

associated with acne are<br />

atrophic and hypertrophic.<br />

Atrophic scarring is the most<br />

common type of scar, due to<br />

the loss of collagen, tissue<br />

malformation and build-up.<br />

Typically this type of scarring<br />

is referred to as ‘boxcar’, ‘ice<br />

pick’ or ‘rolling scars’ due to<br />

the appearance and indentation<br />

in the skin. Fortunately, this<br />

type of scarring can be treated<br />

and softened effectively with<br />

advanced aesthetic procedures<br />

like chemical peels, microneedling,<br />

RF needling, nanofractional<br />

laser and fractional<br />

laser, or a combination of any of<br />

these procedures.<br />

Keloid scarring is also known<br />

as hypertrophic scarring.<br />

This type of scarring has an<br />

increased amount of collagen<br />

deposited in a particular area,<br />

combined with a decrease in<br />

collagenase activity (enzymes<br />

that break the enzyme bonds<br />

in collagen). This scarring is<br />

firm, thick and raised and is<br />

more prevalent in those with<br />

higher Fitzpatrick’s (the scale<br />

measuring skin colour, 6 being<br />

African American). This scarring<br />

can also be seen in the skin<br />

with deep trauma.<br />

Following the philosophy<br />

of reducing bacteria, and<br />

inflammation, and increasing<br />

cellular exfoliation is a great<br />

starting point, but don’t forget<br />

the importance of healthy<br />

wound healing. This involves<br />

important ingredients that will<br />

accelerate the healing.<br />

Epidermal Growth Factors<br />

contain 53 amino acids,<br />

decreasing inflammation and<br />

stimulating cellular turnover.<br />

These specific proteins increase<br />

the blood synthesis around the<br />

damaged skin, improve healing,<br />

and reduce the risk of scarring.<br />

L-Arginine is another critical<br />

amino acid that will increase<br />

blood flow to the skin and<br />

stimulate wound repair. Used<br />

with phytic, mandelic, and<br />

pyruvic acids, this creates a<br />

beneficial staple to any acne<br />

regimen.D-Alpha Tocopherol,<br />

the chirally corrected form<br />

of vitamin E, is known for its<br />

incredible healing properties to<br />

damaged skin while reducing<br />

erythema and inflammation.<br />

In-Clinic treatments that<br />

will assist with scar reduction<br />

are peels, skin needling, RF<br />

needling, fractional laser,<br />

Tixel, and mesotherapy. Often<br />

a combination of treatments<br />

can be beneficial and always in<br />

conjunction with a prescribed<br />

homecare regime.<br />

A healthy and clear<br />

complexion and renewed<br />

confidence are definitely within<br />

your reach.<br />

Sue Carroll is at the forefront<br />

of the beauty, wellness<br />

and para-medical profession<br />

with 35 years’ experience on<br />

Sydney’s Northern Beaches.<br />

She leads a dedicated team<br />

of professionals who are<br />

passionate about results for<br />

men and women.<br />

info@skininspiration.com.au<br />

www.skininspiration.com.au<br />

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Hair & Beauty

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

with Brian Hrnjak<br />

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

TikTok! Fraud shows it’s time<br />

to look at ATO governance<br />

This month we look at<br />

some goings on at the<br />

ATO and consider what<br />

lessons might be learned…<br />

I’m writing this in 29-degrees<br />

sunshine from the deck of<br />

our rental in Port Douglas, a<br />

rare chance to escape for a<br />

week from what has been a<br />

very cold Sydney winter. As<br />

always seems to happen, work<br />

follows whenever I leave the<br />

office but there’s little value in<br />

complaining when you work in<br />

a deadline driven profession;<br />

relaxation may follow sometime<br />

after retirement.<br />

My holiday<br />

crisis de jour<br />

was the fate of<br />

a client who had<br />

just been issued<br />

with a director’s<br />

penalty notice –<br />

a powerful tool<br />

in the ATO arsenal<br />

used to pin<br />

personal liability<br />

on company direc- tors for<br />

unpaid superannuation and<br />

PAYG deductions. Good on<br />

them you’d say and normally<br />

I would agree. The issue here,<br />

however, is that the client<br />

purchased a company from a<br />

liquidator (not on our advice)<br />

and it was the liquidator who<br />

failed to make the final instalment<br />

of superannuation. The<br />

client, who wasn’t involved<br />

with the company at the time<br />

of the alleged offence, will<br />

likely get off. In a nutshell, the<br />

ATO got the wrong guy. What<br />

it cost the ATO, the client and<br />

us to get it to this point is<br />

probably close to the modest<br />

amount of $20,000 of super<br />

they were chasing.<br />

As tax practitioners we<br />

know that the ATO are not<br />

perfect. Mistakes can happen<br />

easily when administering<br />

Australia’s labyrinth of sometimes<br />

old, sometimes new<br />

but at all times confusing<br />

taxation<br />

laws. I can confidently say<br />

this because reported in the<br />

Australian Financial Review<br />

on the same day as I’m dealing<br />

with the above issue was<br />

a story about the ATO being<br />

monumentally scammed by up<br />

to 70,000 people lodging falsified<br />

claims for GST refunds in<br />

what has become known as<br />

the TikTok fraud.<br />

According to the AFR, in late<br />

2020, around the time my client<br />

was supposedly not paying<br />

his super obligations, the ATO<br />

sees the first wave of the Tik-<br />

Tok claims. This was not a sophisticated<br />

scam; people registered<br />

for an ABN (or used a<br />

dormant one) and subsequently<br />

lodged a BAS containing fictious<br />

expense claims that gave<br />

rise to a refund of GST.<br />

Reporting by Neil Chenoweth<br />

and Max Mason in the AFR on<br />

18 August described the ease<br />

of scam: ‘It came down to this –<br />

120 seconds to<br />

fill in three numbers<br />

on a form, and that was the<br />

$50,000 moment. “You literally<br />

enter those three figures,” says<br />

one accountant who did not<br />

want to be named and who is<br />

angry about how easy the $4.6<br />

billion fraud wave promoted on<br />

TikTok was to execute, by using<br />

an Australian Government My-<br />

Gov services account to claim<br />

fraudulent goods and services<br />

tax (GST) refunds.’<br />

Remember that to get a<br />

$50,000 refund means you<br />

have expenses including GST<br />

of $550,000. In our office we<br />

have warned clients when<br />

lodging BAS’s that have refunds<br />

approaching $20,000<br />

to expect a call from the ATO<br />

and be prepared to provide<br />

original receipts. At least<br />

that’s what used to happen.<br />

But consider the timing of<br />

the scam: it was late 2020<br />

or peak pandemic – people<br />

were scared. After bushfires,<br />

floods and then a pandemic<br />

they were used<br />

to the idea of<br />

getting money<br />

from the government.<br />

It<br />

is also likely<br />

when this was<br />

going on that<br />

most if not<br />

all ATO staff<br />

were working<br />

from home. The<br />

AFR article suggests that<br />

the main enabling factor for<br />

the scam was our system of<br />

self-assessment – lodge what<br />

you like as long as what you<br />

have declared is correct and<br />

you have receipts to show<br />

when you are audited. Selfassessment,<br />

however, is only<br />

one half of the issue… just<br />

because you say you have<br />

a refund doesn’t mean the<br />

ATO have to automatically<br />

pay it out. What occurred<br />

here points to the lack of a<br />

functioning risk management<br />

framework and/or a deliber-<br />

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ate management or political<br />

imperative to get refunds out<br />

ASAP due to the pandemic<br />

(something for a senate inquiry<br />

to chew over).<br />

The fraud itself predominantly<br />

involved individuals,<br />

most of whom claimed<br />

refunds using their real<br />

names. It progressed quickly…<br />

very quickly. Fuelled by social<br />

media, again from the AFR:<br />

‘They believed the TikTok social<br />

influencers who told them<br />

“Everyone else got refunds,<br />

it’s OK, it’s just a temporary<br />

loan.”’ Part of the spread was<br />

caused by the unfiltered use<br />

of MyGov accounts to register<br />

for ABNs and lodge BAS statements.<br />

Someone could have<br />

claimed each quarter from<br />

2020 well into 2022 before<br />

they needed to lodge their<br />

2021 income tax return, when<br />

their tax agent would have<br />

looked on the ATO portal and<br />

asked, ‘You’ve claimed what!?’<br />

It progressed through channels<br />

in society: the country<br />

town of Mildura, outer suburbs<br />

of Western Sydney, Outlaw Motorcycle<br />

Gangs are just some of<br />

the pathways the scam passed<br />

through. It was first detected<br />

soon after it started in 2020<br />

by fraud units within the major<br />

banks who noticed activity<br />

such as large ATO refunds<br />

being paid to the accounts of<br />

welfare recipients. The banks<br />

locked down some of these<br />

accounts and made attempts<br />

to refer the matter to the ATO<br />

without success; privacy issues<br />

apparently stood in the way of<br />

action. In frustration the banks<br />

referred the matter through<br />

their networks to the RBA who<br />

were able to ultimately get the<br />

ATO to engage.<br />

In the first half of 2022 the<br />

ATO did two things. The first<br />

is they admitted there was<br />

a problem, but claimed they<br />

had everything under control.<br />

Secondly, they launched<br />

Operation Protego which they<br />

say stopped a further $2.7<br />

billion of fraudulent claims but<br />

by 30 June of this year they<br />

reportedly had outstanding<br />

recoveries of some $1.6 billion<br />

plus $300 million in penalties<br />

against approximately 56,000<br />

individuals, if indeed any of<br />

this can be recovered or prosecuted<br />

without clogging the<br />

court system for years.<br />

The AFR noted the fraud<br />

was: “The biggest tax revenue<br />

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fraud against the community<br />

in the history of the ATO”, deputy<br />

commissioner John Ford<br />

said in a speech last May.’<br />

I’m not sure who was responsible<br />

for the saying: a<br />

billion here, a billion there,<br />

pretty soon it all adds up! But<br />

in this instance it adds up to<br />

the value of a decent hospital<br />

or some other useful item of<br />

public infrastructure.<br />

The ATO portray themselves<br />

as a progressive institution;<br />

they have independence, they<br />

have a Board of Taxation, an<br />

Audit & Risk Committee, an<br />

Inspector General of Taxation<br />

and Taxation Ombudsman<br />

and around 20,000 staff, all<br />

of whom are charged with<br />

working towards protecting<br />

the integrity of the taxation<br />

system.<br />

They were even the subject<br />

of a performance audit in December<br />

2020 by the Australian<br />

National Audit Office on the<br />

management of risks associated<br />

with the rapid rollout of<br />

COVID-19 economic response<br />

measures. Two of the findings<br />

stand out:<br />

The ATO has been effective<br />

in managing risks related to<br />

the rapid implementation of<br />

COVID-19 economic response<br />

measures.<br />

The ATO identified new and<br />

changing risks, including to<br />

existing operations. The ATO<br />

adopted an iterative approach<br />

to identifying risks at a project<br />

and program level that was fitfor-purpose.<br />

(My emphasis)<br />

It would seem that the ATO’s<br />

fortress of governance measures<br />

proved to be ineffective<br />

in the face of the world’s<br />

dumbest fraud. If there ever<br />

was a case for an inquiry, this<br />

is it. The community deserves<br />

nothing less.<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 />

Understanding guarantees<br />

and enforcability under law<br />

A<br />

not uncommon<br />

observation made<br />

by friends when<br />

discussing their adult<br />

children is: “Have you<br />

noticed that the older they<br />

get the more expensive they<br />

become?”<br />

It is the comment of<br />

caring parents everywhere<br />

for endeavoring to help<br />

their children pay HECS,<br />

or obtain the deposit for<br />

their first home, or help<br />

them in business, or pay the<br />

grandchildren’s school fees.<br />

The help can take many<br />

forms: a gift of funds, the<br />

establishment of a trust fund<br />

or a third party guarantee<br />

where parents provide a<br />

Personal Deed of Guarantee<br />

and Indemnity for a specified<br />

amount and often add the<br />

mortgage over their family<br />

home.<br />

This article deals with but<br />

one aspect of what may be<br />

termed ‘the bank of mum<br />

and dad’ – a $35 billion<br />

industry as at July <strong>2023</strong>,<br />

where over 50% of children<br />

are understood to be under<br />

financial stress.<br />

More often than not<br />

clients call and make an<br />

appointment saying they<br />

have some papers from a<br />

bank or lending institution<br />

which requires their<br />

signature to be witnessed<br />

by a solicitor. It is rare that<br />

a full explanation is given<br />

as to what the documents<br />

to be witnessed are for and<br />

it requires a few questions<br />

to understand what the<br />

documents represent.<br />

If the documents are<br />

a Third Party Guarantee<br />

requiring the provision of<br />

independent legal advice,<br />

this practice asks that the<br />

documents are submitted<br />

prior to the conference<br />

where they are to be signed,<br />

so that they can be read and<br />

understood.<br />

Unfortunately, far too<br />

many loving and welldisposed<br />

parents caught up<br />

in the spirit and emotion of<br />

helping their family do not<br />

understand the possible<br />

consequences of signing<br />

a Third Party Guarantee.<br />

They present the documents<br />

often in triplicate, heavily<br />

flagged with ‘Sign Here’ tabs<br />

and assume that the tabbed<br />

pages are all they have to<br />

read.<br />

When providing an<br />

Independent Advice<br />

Certificate it is the duty<br />

of the solicitor to act as a<br />

“competent, independent<br />

and disinterested stranger”,<br />

to explain the import of the<br />

documents to be signed by<br />

the clients and to determine<br />

as to whether in his or<br />

her opinion those signing<br />

adequately understand<br />

the possible consequences<br />

to themselves should the<br />

primary borrower default.<br />

An interesting case<br />

occurred in which the NSW<br />

Supreme Court deliberated<br />

in what is a good illustration<br />

of the difficulties which<br />

can arise from Third Party<br />

Guarantees and those who<br />

advise them.<br />

A lender agreed to lend<br />

$23 million to a property<br />

development company which<br />

was in desperate need of<br />

funds to pay creditors and<br />

to ensure completion of a<br />

large residential strata title<br />

property in Perth.<br />

As the lender assessed the<br />

loan as being at a high level<br />

of risk, it sought to mitigate<br />

by requiring security<br />

including Personal Deeds<br />

of Guarantee and Mortgage<br />

from third parties.<br />

The businessman and<br />

Company Director of the<br />

company raising the loan<br />

turned to his elderly parents<br />

to provide the Guarantees,<br />

Indemnities and Mortgages<br />

for $2 million. The father<br />

had worked as a builder<br />

and had an understanding<br />

of the construction side of<br />

the project and business<br />

involved but the mother<br />

had no involvement in the<br />

Company or its activities.<br />

The Company defaulted<br />

on the Loan and the lender<br />

sought to enforce the<br />

Personal Guarantees of the<br />

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parents and its rights under<br />

the mortgage over the family<br />

home at Clontarf.<br />

The parents sought to<br />

resist the lenders Application<br />

for Orders on various<br />

grounds but the mother<br />

claimed that the transaction<br />

was not adequately explained<br />

to her and to enforce the<br />

transaction against her would<br />

be unconscionable.<br />

The mother and<br />

not the husband was<br />

successful in their claim of<br />

unconscionability.<br />

The court found the<br />

mother:<br />

Was not wholly aware<br />

of what she was signing<br />

and relied totally on her<br />

husband.<br />

The requirement by the<br />

lender that the mother and<br />

father receive legal advice<br />

was more to protect itself<br />

rather than to protect the<br />

mother and father.<br />

There was a conflict of<br />

interest and the solicitor<br />

providing the advice did<br />

not act as an independent<br />

solicitor and the advice given<br />

was wholly inadequate – only<br />

by telephone.<br />

The lender was aware of<br />

the inadequate advice being<br />

given and the conflict of<br />

interest the solicitor had<br />

with the borrowing entity.<br />

The lender was found to<br />

not have taken enough steps<br />

to ensure that the Third<br />

Party Guarantor was given<br />

competent, independent or<br />

objective advice to ensure<br />

that she was wholly aware of<br />

the extent of the agreement.<br />

Applying an earlier<br />

decision of the High Court<br />

in 1998, the Supreme<br />

Court held that it would be<br />

unconscionable to enforce<br />

the Guarantee against the<br />

mother.<br />

This case carries a<br />

message to lenders and<br />

solicitors advising Third<br />

Party Guarantors to be<br />

aware that it is not enough<br />

that legal advice has been<br />

obtained but that the advice<br />

should be objective and<br />

adequate.<br />

It should also provide a<br />

message to those who are<br />

asked to provide Third Party<br />

Guarantees and Indemnities.<br />

No matter how much one<br />

may wish to help children<br />

and families it is prudent<br />

to carefully consider the<br />

import of the Guarantees,<br />

Indemnities and/or<br />

Mortgages or other Security<br />

which you may be asked to<br />

provide and to be aware of<br />

the consequences i.e. that<br />

you may lose the Security<br />

should the primary borrower<br />

i.e. your children or family<br />

default.<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 />

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

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

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Able Carpentry & Joinery<br />

Call Cameron 0418 608 398<br />

Doors & locks, timber gates & handrails,<br />

decking repairs and timber replacement. Also<br />

privacy screens. 25 years’ experience. Lic:<br />

7031C.<br />

Pepper Carpentry<br />

Call Shane 0406 403 032<br />

Honest, professional, hard-working; servicing<br />

the Northern Beaches and surrounding<br />

areas. All Carpentry and maintenance; decks,<br />

pergola, doors, timber floors, extensions.<br />

carports, stairs, fences, flat packs, joinery.<br />

Lic No 245509C<br />


AAA Absolutely Unwanted<br />

Call Mike 0414 423 200<br />

All cars, vans, utes and trucks removed free;<br />

cash up to $30,000. Same-day removal all<br />

suburbs.<br />


Amazing Clean<br />

Call Andrew 0412 475 2871<br />

Specialists in blinds, curtains and awnings.<br />

Clean, repair, supply new.<br />

All NB Pressure Clean<br />

Call 0416 215 095<br />

Driveways, paths, garden walls, awnings, house<br />

wash.<br />

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Housewashing -<br />

northernbeaches.com.au<br />

Call Ben 0408 682 525<br />

Celebrating 25 years in Avalon & Collaroy.<br />

Experts in softwashing & pressure<br />

washing. Also windows, gutters, roofs &<br />

driveways.<br />


Adrians Concrete<br />

Call Adrian 0404 172 435<br />

Driveways, paths, slabs… all your concreting<br />

needs; Northern Beaches-based.<br />

Northern Beaches Concreting<br />

Call Tony 0417 640 546<br />

Specialising in driveways; quality work,<br />

council compliant. FREE quotes. Servicing<br />

the beaches for 14+ years.<br />


Alliance Service Group<br />

Call Adrian 9063 4658<br />

All services & repairs, 24hr. Lighting<br />

installation, switchboard upgrade. Seniors<br />

discount 5%.<br />

Eamon Dowling Electrical<br />

Call Eamon 0410 457 373<br />

For all electrical needs including phone, TV<br />

and data. <strong>Pittwater</strong>-based. Reliable; quality<br />

service guaranteed.<br />

Warrick Leggo<br />

Call Warrick 0403 981 941<br />

Specialising in domestic work; small jobs<br />

welcome. Seniors’ discount; Narrabeenbased.<br />


Add-A-Fence<br />

Call Adam 0410 332 197<br />

Supply and install for pool, garden, all timber<br />

and tubular fencing. Plus gates, handrails,<br />

security and more. Repairs / small & big jobs.<br />

Lic 3391C.<br />


Blue Tongue Carpets<br />

Call Stephan or Roslyn 9979 7292<br />

Northern Beaches Flooring Centre has<br />

been family owned & run for over 20 years.<br />

Carpets, Tiles, Timber, Laminates, Hybrids &<br />

Vinyls. Open 6 days.<br />


!Abloom Ace Gardening<br />

Call 0415 817 880<br />

Full range of gardening services including<br />

landscaping, maintenance and rubbish<br />

removal.<br />

Conscious Gardener Avalon<br />

Call Matt 0411 750 791<br />

Professional local team offering quality<br />

garden maintenance, horticultural advice;<br />

also garden makeovers.<br />

Melaleuca Landscapes<br />

Call Sandy 0416 276 066<br />

Professional design and construction<br />

for every garden situation. Sustainable<br />

vegetable gardens and waterfront<br />

specialist.<br />

Precision Tree Services<br />

Call Adam 0410 736 105<br />

Adam Bridger; professional tree care by<br />

qualified arborists and tree surgeons.<br />


Cloud9 R&G<br />

Call Tommy 0447 999 929<br />

Prompt and reliable service; gutter cleaning<br />

and installation, leak detection, roof<br />

installation and painting. Also roof repairs<br />

specialist.<br />

Ken Wilson Roofing<br />

Call 0419 466 783<br />

Leaking roofs, tile repairs, tiles replaced,<br />

metal roof repairs, gutter cleaning, valley<br />

irons replaced.<br />


Local Handyman<br />

Call Jono 0413 313299<br />

Small and medium-sized building jobs, also<br />

welding & metalwork; licensed.<br />


Gold ‘n’ Things<br />

Call 9999 4991<br />

Specialists in remodelling. On-premises<br />

(Mona Vale) workshop for cleaning, repairing<br />

(including laser welding), polishing. Family<br />

owned for nearly 40 years.<br />


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Call 9982 1265<br />

Local emergency specialists, 7 days. Sales,<br />

service, installation. Warranty agents, fully<br />

accredited.<br />

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Collaroy Kitchen Centre<br />

Call 9972 9300<br />

Danish design excellence. Local beaches<br />

specialists in kitchens, bathrooms and<br />

joinery. Visit the showroom in Collaroy.<br />

Seabreeze Kitchens<br />

Call 9938 5477<br />

Specialists in all kitchen needs; design, fitting,<br />

consultation. Excellent trades.<br />


Avalon Physiotherapy<br />

Call 9918 3373<br />

Provide specialist treatment for neck & back<br />

pain, sports injuries, orthopaedic problems.<br />

Studio Pilates Avalon<br />

Call 0478 827 080<br />

No memberships, no lock-in contracts. Get<br />

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only).<br />


Cloud9 Painting<br />

Call 0447 999 929<br />

Your one-stop shop for home or office<br />

painting; interiors, exteriors and also roof<br />

painting. Call for a quote.<br />

Tom Wood Master Painters<br />

Call 0406 824 189<br />

Residential specialists in new work & repaints<br />

/ interior & exterior. Premium paints; 17 years’<br />

experience.<br />


Predator Pest Control<br />

Call 0417 276 962<br />

predatorpestcontrol.com.au<br />

Environmental services at their best.<br />

Comprehensive control. Eliminate all manner<br />

of pests.<br />


Total Pipe Relining<br />

Call Josh 0423 600 455<br />

Repair pipe problems without replacement.<br />

Drain systems fully relined; 50 years’<br />

guaranty. Latest technology, best price.<br />


Jack’s Rubbish Removals<br />

Call Jack 0403 385 312<br />

Up to 45% cheaper than skips. Latest health<br />

regulations. Old-fashioned honesty &<br />

reliability. Free quotes.<br />

One 2 Dump<br />

Call Josh 0450 712 779<br />

Seven-days-a-week pick-up service includes<br />

general household rubbish, construction,<br />

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commercial plus vegetation. Also car<br />

removals.<br />


Beautiful Sliding Door Repairs<br />

Call 0407 546 738<br />

Fix anything that slides in your home; door<br />

specialists – wooden / aluminium. Free<br />

quote. Same-day repair; 5-year warranty.<br />


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Call 0414 468 434<br />

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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 />

Fresh herbs in Spring: Here<br />

are the picks of the bunches<br />

Fresh herbs may be small, but they’re<br />

mighty big in the flavour stakes – they<br />

really are a cook’s best friend when used<br />

well. Yes, they can be expensive – but that’s<br />

only if you use a portion of the bunch. Below<br />

are some recipes to make sure there is no<br />

6 Best Bunches…<br />

Coriander<br />

Also called cilantro, it’s a<br />

polarising herb: you either love<br />

it, or hate it! The leaves, stems<br />

and roots are all edible. A taco<br />

would not be the same without<br />

this wonderful herb.<br />

Goes great with: Lime,<br />

garlic, chilli, coconut,<br />

yoghurt, noodles, prawns and<br />

avocadoes.<br />

Mint<br />

Great in both sweet and savoury<br />

dishes. A must in the garden<br />

(grown in pots to prevent it<br />

taking over). Popular in Middle<br />

Eastern, Thai and North Africa<br />

dishes.<br />

Goes great with: Lamb,<br />

potatoes, fennel, green onions,<br />

yoghurt and cucumber.<br />

Parsley<br />

A must for every garden. It<br />

elevates each and every dish<br />

it’s added to. Flat parsley has a<br />

slightly peppery bite, whereas<br />

the curly variety is moderate to<br />

bland.<br />

Goes great with: Butter, garlic,<br />

cream, cheese, mayonnaise,<br />

pasta, beans eggs and zucchini.<br />

Thyme<br />

This is one of my favourite<br />

herbs. It’s delicate and works<br />

best in tandem with other herbs<br />

such as basil, parsley and mint.<br />

Like rosemary, recipes calling<br />

for thyme require you to strip<br />

the leaves from the woody<br />

stems.<br />

Goes great with: Mushrooms,<br />

fish, salmon, lamb, butter,<br />

tomatoes and lemon.<br />

Basil<br />

This go-to herb originated in<br />

India; however we recognise<br />

it in all things Italian. It has a<br />

sweet, slightly aniseed flavour.<br />

A great tip if you’re planning<br />

to growing it: once the plant<br />

flowerhead, as this keeps the<br />

plant producing new leaves.<br />

Goes great with: Tomatoes,<br />

olive oil, mozzarella, eggplant,<br />

potatoes, lamb, strawberries<br />

and peaches.<br />

Rosemary<br />

Known as the ‘herb of<br />

friendship’, rosemary has a<br />

strong, pungent aroma and<br />

flavour and therefore should<br />

not be eaten raw. Native to the<br />

Mediterranean, it is widely used<br />

in Italian, French and Spanish<br />

cooking.<br />

Goes great with: Lamb,<br />

chicken, bread, potatoes, olive<br />

oil and pizza.<br />

waste! Don’t forget, Spring is a great time<br />

to get planting, so you have an abundance<br />

of fresh herbs to pick through the end of<br />

Summer. Plus, there are great local markets<br />

like Mona Vale Market which offer wonderful<br />

fresh produce.<br />

Salsa Verde<br />

with barbecued skirt<br />

steak<br />

Serves 4-6<br />

2 tbs olive oil<br />

1 garlic clove, crushed<br />

1 green chilli, finely chopped<br />

1 tsp smoked paprika<br />

800g piece skirt steak, trimmed<br />

Salsa verde<br />

½ cup (firmly packed) flat-leaf<br />

parsley<br />

½ cup (firmly packed) coriander<br />

leaves (see tip)<br />

2 tbs oregano leaves<br />

2 small garlic cloves, coarsely<br />

chopped<br />

1 tbs drained baby capers<br />

2 anchovy fillets, chopped<br />

1 tsp white wine vinegar<br />

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil<br />

2 tbs lemon juice<br />

1. Combine the oil, garlic, chilli<br />

and paprika together then<br />

rub over the steak. If time<br />

allows refrigerate 1 hour.<br />

2. Preheat the barbecue on high<br />

then turn to medium-high<br />

ready to grill. Add the steak,<br />

barbecue for 6-8 minutes<br />

each side for medium.<br />

Transfer to a plate, cover<br />

loosely with foil and set aside<br />

for 20-30 minutes to rest,<br />

don’t skip the resting, its vital<br />

for skirt steak.<br />

3. Meanwhile, for salsa Verde,<br />

combine the herbs, garlic,<br />

capers, anchovy fillets and<br />

vinegar in a food processor.<br />

Storing your herbs<br />

For more robust herbs – like<br />

rosemary, thyme, coriander,<br />

oregano, sage and tarragon –<br />

line an airtight container with<br />

a damp paper towel. Add the<br />

herbs and cover loosely with<br />

more damp paper towels. Store<br />

in the fridge. Mint and parsley<br />

are best stored like a bunch of<br />

flowers: trim off the dry ends<br />

and sit them in a glass one-third<br />

full of water. Cover loosely with<br />

a plastic bag and store in the<br />

fridge. Keep basil in a glass of<br />

is strong, remove the centre water on the window sill.<br />

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Pulse to a coarse paste.<br />

Combine the oil and lemon<br />

juice. Add to the herb<br />

mixture and pulse until well<br />

combined. Season.<br />

4. Slice the steak, spoon over<br />

the salsa Verde and serve.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: If you’re not a<br />

coriander fan you can replace<br />

the coriander with ½ cup extra<br />

flat leaf parsley leaves.<br />

Storage Tip: Spoon any unused<br />

salsa verde into a clean,<br />

sterilised jar. Cover the top with<br />

a thin layer of extra virgin olive<br />

oil. Store in the fridge for up to<br />

3 months.<br />

Basil and parsley<br />

pesto spaghetti<br />

Serves 4<br />

400g spaghetti<br />

3 tbs olive oil<br />

2 bunches asparagus, ends<br />

trimmed<br />

1 buffalo mozzarella, torn into<br />

4<br />

basil leaves and extra<br />

parmesan. to serve<br />

Basil and parsley pesto<br />

4 large garlic cloves, whole,<br />

skin on<br />

1 cup firmly packed basil leaves<br />

1 cup firmly packed flat leaf<br />

parsley leaves<br />

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¼ cup pine nuts, toasted<br />

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil<br />

1/3 cup grapeseed oil<br />

½ cup freshly grated parmesan<br />

cheese, optional<br />

over the asparagus, season.<br />

Pan fry in a hot frying pan,<br />

over high heat for 3 minutes,<br />

shaking the pan often until<br />

the asparagus is lightly<br />

charred and tender.<br />

6. Drain the spaghetti and<br />

return to the pan. Dollop over<br />

as much pesto as you like,<br />

shake the pan to combine.<br />

Divide between serving<br />

plates. Top with asparagus,<br />

mozzarella, basil leaves and<br />

extra parmesan. Drizzle with<br />

remaining oil. Season. Serve.<br />

1. Preheat the oven 180°C fan<br />

forced. Place the garlic cloves<br />

in the centre of a piece of<br />

baking paper. Drizzle with<br />

a little olive oil and season.<br />

Gather the edges to secure<br />

then wrap in a sheet foil.<br />

Place on a tray and roast for<br />

20 minutes. Set aside to cool.<br />

Squeeze the roasted garlic<br />

from the skin into a small<br />

Pickled fennel, ham,<br />

food processor. Add the<br />

basil, parsley, and pine nuts.<br />

cornichon herb<br />

Process until evenly chopped. mayo baguette<br />

2. With processor running, pour Serves 4<br />

the combined oils through<br />

the spout in a slow, steady 1 long baguette, warmed<br />

stream until all oil has been 185g deli ham<br />

incorporated. Transfer pesto 6 cornichon, thinly sliced<br />

to a bowl. Stir in parmesan lengthways<br />

if using. Season. Use<br />

2 tbs chopped chives, optional<br />

immediately or prepare for Herb mayo<br />

storing.<br />

2/3 cup whole egg mayonnaise<br />

3. To store pesto, transfer pesto 1/3 cup sour cream<br />

to a clean, sterilised jar. 1 tbs seeded mustard<br />

Cover the top of pesto with a 1/3 cup chopped fresh herbs<br />

thin layer of extra virgin olive (like flat leaf, tarragon, chives,<br />

oil. Store in the fridge for up thyme)<br />

to 3 months.<br />

Pickled fennel<br />

4. For the pasta, cook the 1 cup cider vinegar<br />

spaghetti in a large saucepan 1 cup water<br />

of boiling salted water, 2 tbs caster sugar<br />

following packet directions 1 tsp sea salt flakes<br />

until al dente.<br />

1 tsp chilli flakes<br />

5. Meanwhile, drizzle a little oil 1 medium head of fennel,<br />

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sliced finely lengthways on a<br />

mandolin<br />

1. For the pickled fennel, place<br />

the vinegar, water, sugar, salt<br />

and chilli flakes together in<br />

a saucepan and bring to the<br />

boil. Remove from the heat,<br />

set aside to cool to room<br />

temperature. Thinly slice the<br />

fennel using a mandolin. Add<br />

the fennel to the pickling<br />

liquid. Stir to coat. Cover and<br />

refrigerate 1-2 hours.<br />

2. For the herb mayo, combine<br />

all the ingredients in a bowl,<br />

season. Mix well.<br />

3. Split baguette in half. Spread<br />

both sides of the baguette<br />

with herb mayo. Drain the<br />

fennel and pat dry with paper<br />

towel. Pile the fennel over<br />

the base of the baguette. Top<br />

with ham and cornichons.<br />

Dollop over a little (or<br />

a lot!) more herb mayo.<br />

Sprinkle with chives. Season.<br />

Sandwich with the baguette<br />

top. Cut into 4 and serve.<br />

Labneh<br />

Serves 6-8<br />

Labneh is a thick, strained<br />

yoghurt, almost cream cheeselike.<br />

A staple in every Lebanese<br />

household, it is eaten like a<br />

spread or dip topped with<br />

herbs, olives and finished with<br />

za’atar.<br />

1kg plain Greek-style yoghurt<br />

1 tsp crushed sea salt<br />

1 tbs thyme leaves<br />

To serve<br />

½ cup sliced pitted olives<br />

3 tsp za’atar<br />

½ cup fresh herbs like (mint,<br />

coriander, thyme, basil, parsley)<br />

2 tbs extra-virgin olive oil<br />

flatbread & marinated olives<br />

1. Line a sieve with a piece of<br />

muslin or unused (new) dish<br />

cloth. Spoon the yoghurt,<br />

salt and thyme together in<br />

a bowl. Then spoon into the<br />

sieve and sit over a deep<br />

bowl. Cover and place in<br />

the fridge for 4-6 hours<br />

or overnight. The longer<br />

it stands the thicker and<br />

creamier it becomes. Discard<br />

the liquid in the bowl.<br />

2. Spoon the labneh over the<br />

base of a shallow dish.<br />

Sprinkle with olives, zaatar<br />

and herbs. Drizzle with olive<br />

oil Serve with flatbread and<br />

olives.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: Store labneh in<br />

an airtight glass or ceramic<br />

container in the fridge for up to<br />

2 weeks.<br />

Lime coconut mint<br />

ice pops<br />

Makes 12<br />

¾ cup caster sugar<br />

½ cup water<br />

1 cup firmly packed mint leaves<br />

6 limes, juiced<br />

1 cup coconut cream, chilled in<br />

the fridge<br />

1. Combine the sugar and<br />

water in a saucepan. Stir<br />

over medium heat until the<br />

sugar has dissolved. Bring<br />

to the boil. Remove from the<br />

heat. Add the mint leaves.<br />

Set aside to cool to room<br />

temperature. Remove the<br />

mint leaves and stir in the<br />

lime juice. Refrigerate until<br />

cold.<br />

2. Stir the coconut cream into<br />

the minted lime syrup, mix<br />

well.<br />

3. Pour into ice-block moulds.<br />

Insert the sticks. Freeze<br />

overnight or until firm.<br />

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Pick of the Month:<br />

Blueberries<br />

Blueberries are one of the<br />

most antioxidant-rich<br />

foods in the world. The blue<br />

colour of the berry comes<br />

from its polyphenols which<br />

provide most of its antioxidant<br />

properties.<br />

Buying<br />

Buy firm, plump berries that<br />

have a natural, light blue-silver<br />

blush on the skin. This silvery<br />

blush/bloom is a natural<br />

protective wax coating, the<br />

blush or bloom is lost as the<br />

berries age and the more they<br />

are handled.<br />

Storage<br />

Remove from the punnet,<br />

discard any soft berries and<br />

scatter the unwashed berries<br />

in a single layer on a plate lined<br />

with paper towel. Cover and<br />

refrigerate. Use within 3 days.<br />

Nutrition<br />

A good source of Vitamin<br />

C; also a source Vitamin E &<br />

dietary fibre and pretty low in<br />

Kj – 100g blueberries has only<br />

220kJ.<br />

Blueberry crumble<br />

muffins<br />

Makes 12<br />

2 cups (300g) self-raising flour<br />

2/3 cup firmly packed brown<br />

sugar<br />

¾ cup milk<br />

2 eggs<br />

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75g melted butter<br />

2 tsp vanilla extract<br />

150g fresh blueberries<br />

Crumble topping<br />

½ cup plain flour<br />

¼ cup white sugar<br />

40g butter, melted<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C fan<br />

forced. Line a 12-hole (1/3<br />

cup-capacity) muffin pan<br />

with paper cases.<br />

2. To make the crumble<br />

topping; combine all the<br />

ingredients together.<br />

Squeeze together with your<br />

fingertips to form crumble.<br />

3. Sift the flour into a large<br />

bowl. Stir in the brown sugar.<br />

Whisk together the milk,<br />

eggs, butter and vanilla until<br />

combined. Add to the flour<br />

mixture and stir gently until<br />

almost combined. Gently<br />

stir in the blueberries, do<br />

not overmix. Spoon evenly<br />

among the paper cases.<br />

4. Sprinkle over the crumble,<br />

pressing lightly. Bake for 20-<br />

25 minutes or until golden<br />

and cooked through when a<br />

skewer inserted in the centre<br />

comes out clean. Stand the<br />

muffins for 10 minutes in<br />

the pan. Transfer to wire<br />

rack. Serve warm or at room<br />

temperature.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: Store muffins<br />

in an airtight container up to<br />

2 days in a cool place or wrap<br />

individually in plastic wrap and<br />

freeze for up to 3 months.<br />

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Tasty Morsels<br />

with Beverley Hudec<br />

Some Tiny Morsels to savour in <strong>September</strong><br />

Mona Vale makes<br />

room for Mrs Jones<br />

If you’re keeping up with the Joneses,<br />

Mrs Jones The Baker has just opened<br />

a fifth store, in Mona Vale. Drop in for<br />

sourdough bread, sweet and savoury<br />

treats, cakes, coffees and gelato.<br />

Pastry chefs Lucy and Barry Jones’<br />

artisan bakery has been part of the<br />

local food scene since opening in<br />

Freshwater back in 2015.<br />

Sahar's aromatic<br />

flavours complexity<br />

Sahar Afghan Restaurant’s spice<br />

cupboard is as colourful as the venue<br />

itself. Dishes are aromatic rather than<br />

spicy, blending cardamom, cinnamon,<br />

mint and cumin with onions, tomatoes<br />

and sweetness from pomegranates for<br />

a subtle complexity of flavours. The<br />

Newport curry house is open evenings<br />

from Tuesday to Sunday.<br />

Tasty Dining Morsels Guide<br />

No better place<br />

to enjoy the<br />

early Sunrise<br />

From an early morning<br />

bacon and egg roll to a<br />

weekend afternoon tipple,<br />

head down to Warriewood<br />

Beach. Sunrise Kiosk is<br />

definitely one of those<br />

hidden gems where you’ll<br />

enjoy both. There’s coffee,<br />

smoothies, burgers,<br />

pancakes and even a<br />

vegan cheeseburger on the<br />

extensive menu too.<br />

The Nook's homage<br />

to an Aussie icon<br />

The Nook has its own homemade<br />

‘Vegemite’ on the menu. Try it on<br />

Berkelo sourdough toast with avocado,<br />

house-pickled onions, sprouts, herbs<br />

and hemp seeds. The Elanora Heights<br />

cafe also has local brew Barrel One<br />

coffee. For a latte with a twist, there’s a<br />

medicinal mushroom version.<br />

Three of a kind: Coffee on the run<br />

Zubi’s Narrabeen caffeine<br />

spot is a local favourite.<br />

This bijou cafe pumps<br />

out Campos coffee and a<br />

selection of simple snacks<br />

seven days a week. Pair an<br />

oat milk latte order with<br />

avocado toast or a croissant<br />

for breakfast. If it’s later in<br />

the day, a chicken burger or<br />

a toastie (pictured) makes a<br />

quick lunch bite.<br />

The Hungry Ghost is<br />

part of Avalon’s laneway<br />

coffee club. Here, it’s<br />

those upmarket jaffles that<br />

do justice to any hunger<br />

pangs. Fancy fillings include<br />

bolognaise with feta and<br />

jalapeño, a sauerkraut,<br />

pastrami and Swiss cheese<br />

Reuben and, for non-meateaters,<br />

there’s the umami<br />

punch of truffle mushroom<br />

and jarlsberg.<br />

Tucked in the corner of the<br />

Waterfront Cafe & General<br />

Store, is its busy kiosk.<br />

This Church Point hole-inthe-wall<br />

is frequented by<br />

weekend road warriors, day<br />

trippers and locals keen for<br />

caffeinated beverages, fresh<br />

juices and eats from either the<br />

glass-fronted cabinet or the<br />

takeaway menu.<br />

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

Compiled by David Stickley<br />

24 Promontories that are a feature<br />

of the <strong>Pittwater</strong> area (9)<br />

25 Changeable; sullen (5)<br />

26 Slippery (6)<br />

27 An Arctic white whale, the male<br />

of which has a long straight spirally<br />

fluted tusk developed from one of<br />

its teeth (7)<br />

DOWN<br />

1 Afghan restaurant in Newport (5)<br />

2 Family Fun event held at Lakeside<br />

Park in Narrabeen (6,2,3,4)<br />

3 Edible bivalve mollusc no doubt<br />

available at every seafood restaurant<br />

on the Northern Beaches (6)<br />

4 Round, bouncy item hit with a<br />

racquet (6,4)<br />

5 Change residence, affiliation, or<br />

place of employment (4)<br />

6 Large triangular muscles covering<br />

the shoulder joints (8)<br />

7 International Bodysurfing<br />

Association event held on the<br />

Northern Beaches (8,2,5)<br />

10 The presiding officer of the lower<br />

house of a parliament, as in the<br />

House of Representatives (7)<br />

13 Seize, obtain or find (3,5,2)<br />

14 Actor who will lead a series<br />

of acting and drama half-day<br />

workshops at Newport over<br />

the <strong>September</strong> school holidays,<br />

Cassandra _______ (7)<br />

16 Used again after processing (8)<br />

19 Comedian who will open the<br />

Northern Beaches Art Society’s<br />

annual Spring Art Exhibition, Wendy<br />

______ (6)<br />

22 Steadfast in allegiance or duty (5)<br />

23 The green-eyed monster (4)<br />

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

ACROSS<br />

1 Financial backing (7)<br />

5 Cricket fieldsman and position (3-3)<br />

8 Workarounds used by computer<br />

specialists usually (5)<br />

9 Some members of the Northern<br />

Beaches Writers’ Group no doubt (9)<br />

11 Restricted or restrained (6,2)<br />

12 Portable cellular telephone (6)<br />

14 Poetic term for the open ocean or<br />

high sea (4)<br />

15 A promenade along a beach (9)<br />

17 The state of your digestive<br />

system (3,6)<br />

18 A guided look at Barrenjoey<br />

Lighthouse, perhaps (4)<br />

20 A response accepting an order on<br />

board a ship (3-3)<br />

21 Not permissible (8)<br />

[Solution page 72]<br />

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SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong> 69

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

with Gabrielle Bryant<br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Plant veggies now for great<br />

salads through to Autumn<br />

<strong>September</strong> is the beginning of Spring,<br />

and our gardens are coming alive.<br />

It is a busy month in the vegetable<br />

garden. There is only one way to be sure<br />

that the veggies you eat are free from<br />

pesticides and chemical fertiliser and that<br />

is to grow your own!<br />

With prices on the rise in the<br />

supermarkets, backyard growing gets<br />

more popular every year. If you haven’t<br />

grown veggies before, try it this Spring.<br />

It is easy to get carried away and plant<br />

just a few of many different varieties<br />

but it is better to keep it simple. Some<br />

veggies are easy and others can be tricky.<br />

Tomatoes are the most popular and as<br />

long as you keep away from heirloom<br />

varieties and the larger fruiting varieties<br />

that attract fruit fly and are prone to<br />

blossom end rot, they are simple.<br />

The smaller cherry tomatoes of every<br />

colour are easy to grow. And just two or<br />

three plants will supply you with salads<br />

until Autumn. Make sure you give them<br />

a strong support at planting time as they<br />

can grow quite tall.<br />

Climbing beans and cucumbers will<br />

need a frame to climb up. These are<br />

better planted as seed where they are to<br />

grow; transplanted seedlings take several<br />

weeks to get going again.<br />

Zuchini are fun but need plenty of<br />

space – and look out, the stems are quite<br />

spikey.<br />

Silverbeet is one of the easiest<br />

vegetables. The plants will just keep<br />

growing back if you only pick the outside<br />

leaves.<br />

Spring onions make a great border<br />

plant. You must separate the tiny<br />

seedlings that look almost like grass and<br />

space then at least 2cm apart, otherwise<br />

when you harvest them it will be difficult<br />

to pull out individual plants.<br />

No kitchen garden is complete without<br />

a chilli plant; just one bush is enough.<br />

Once they start to ripen chillis are very<br />

prolific.<br />

If you enjoy eating eggplants, they take<br />

a little longer to fruit but they are easy,<br />

compact, decorative plants to grow.<br />

Once your vegetables are planted it is<br />

time to plant the companion flowering<br />

plants that will attract the bees,<br />

ladybirds, hover flies and other beneficial<br />

bugs; and as an added bonus their<br />

flowers are edible to be added to summer<br />

salads.<br />

Companion planting is a method that<br />

has been used successfully by gardeners<br />

for centuries, long before the advent of<br />

the pesticides and chemicals used by<br />

commercial growers. Most of the following<br />

flowering annuals will self-seed. Once<br />

planted they will pop up everywhere,<br />

adding colour to the garden at the same<br />

time as working hard for you! French<br />

marigolds, violas, pansies, nasturtiums,<br />

sweet William, alyssum and ageratum as<br />

well as flowering basil and sky-blue borage<br />

(left) will all work their magic.<br />

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Cliff orchid a coastal delight<br />

We all love and know<br />

the drainage is good.<br />

the dendrobium<br />

Although it likes water<br />

‘Rock Orchid’ that creates<br />

such wonderful racaemes<br />

of pure white flowers<br />

in Spring, growing on<br />

trees or clinging to<br />

rocks; but not so well<br />

known is another much<br />

smaller orchid whose<br />

home is from the Victoria<br />

seaboard to the central<br />

coast of NSW and up as<br />

far as the Queensland<br />

border, usually above the<br />

height of 1000m.<br />

The sarcochilus<br />

hartmannii has several<br />

common names: the Blue<br />

Knob orchid, the Cliff<br />

orchid, the large boulder<br />

orchid, or the ravine<br />

it will not tolerate poor<br />

drainage. In late winter<br />

and spring, the cliff<br />

orchid will produce tall<br />

sprays of white flowers<br />

that have burgundy<br />

centres. It is easy to grow<br />

and flowers without<br />

trouble.<br />

It is a great orchid for<br />

beginners, it is easy to<br />

grow with few demands.<br />

Feed it with half-strength<br />

liquid fertiliser sparingly<br />

through the warmer<br />

months. And water<br />

weekly in the warmer<br />

months but only monthly<br />

in Winter.<br />

Repotting is best done<br />

orchid. It is a member of<br />

in Autumn using a mix of<br />

will get plenty of light but be sheltered<br />

a family of 15 varieties that span from<br />

5 parts small bark chips to 3 parts small<br />

from hot sun.<br />

Tasmania as far North as Cape York. It is<br />

gravel stones, or perlite, to reproduce<br />

an orchid that will grow in cooler areas,<br />

The Cliff orchid is a miniature orchid<br />

the natural environment on rocky faces.<br />

making it the perfect companion for the that grows with roots that will attach it Look for plants in a garden centre that<br />

much-loved cymbidiums.<br />

It grows well in open positions nestled<br />

in under the cymbidium leaves where it<br />

to rocks, or crevices as it multiplies into<br />

a thick clump of dark green leaves. It<br />

likes to be in an open airy position where<br />

specialises in native plants; or look on<br />

Ebay where you can find them easily on<br />

line.<br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Gifts for green-thumbed Dads<br />

Father’s Day is this month,<br />

and every Dad needs to<br />

be remembered. All Dads<br />

with green thumbs love<br />

a new piece of gardening<br />

equipment.<br />

Look for secateurs, a new<br />

blower, new spades, forks,<br />

rakes – or even a ‘pocket’<br />

chainsaw, that will never run<br />

out of battery or fuel!<br />

Give him some gloves, a<br />

kneeling pad or some garden<br />

hands to pick up the rubbish!<br />

It may be that he would<br />

prefer some seedlings or<br />

seeds, some potted annual<br />

plants for instant colour or<br />

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a bag of fertiliser or potting<br />

mix.<br />

Most Dads like to be the chef<br />

in charge of the BBQ; a pot of<br />

mixed herbs to keep nearby is<br />

a perfect addition for a day of<br />

cooking in the sun.<br />

If all else fails, take him to<br />

breakfast at your favourite<br />

garden centre and give him<br />

a gift voucher. No Dad, who<br />

loves his garden, would find<br />

it hard to spend a voucher,<br />

no matter what the value, in a<br />

plant nursery.<br />

Last idea is a ticket to the<br />

Plant Lovers fair at Kariong on<br />

Sept 16th-17th.<br />

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Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Jobs this<br />

Month<br />

<strong>September</strong><br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

After a very cold (and<br />

late) wet Winter there<br />

is plenty to do in the<br />

garden. Weeds are jumping<br />

up and all the shrubs are<br />

starting to show new growth.<br />

Spray lawns for bindii if you<br />

haven’t already done so,<br />

before they set seed that<br />

will stick into your bare feet<br />

in summer… The ground<br />

is damp and additional<br />

water on the lawn can cause<br />

fungal problems… Lawns<br />

need feeding after Winter,<br />

so it is better to feed with<br />

granular fertiliser before<br />

the next expected rainfall<br />

than spraying with a water-<br />

Colour burst<br />

Dormant bulbs are coming alive.<br />

Spring bulbs are finishing as the<br />

scarlet Paintbrush lilies are bursting<br />

into colour, the delicate Pleonie<br />

ground orchids are sending up<br />

bright new foliage and sprays of<br />

violet bells, and the bright pink<br />

Naked Ladies are flowering before<br />

the leaves appear from beneath the<br />

soil. All gardens should have some<br />

plants and bulbs that suddenly<br />

emerge in unexpected places, that<br />

mark the change of the seasons. Too<br />

late this year for these bulbs – but it<br />

is time to look for hippeastrums and<br />

Summer-flowering liliums.<br />

soluble fertiliser… Find the<br />

time to take a visit to the<br />

Wildflower Garden at St Ives;<br />

the wildflowers are in full<br />

bloom and will fill you with<br />

inspiration for your garden.<br />

Clean the decks<br />

Clean up wooden decks and<br />

pavers with a high-pressure<br />

sprayer. There are plenty of<br />

chlorine-based cleaners on<br />

the market. Choose a sunny<br />

day with no wind. Spray<br />

drift can burn the leaves.<br />

Any accidentally sprayed<br />

plants should be hosed off<br />

with clean water as soon as<br />

possible to prevent burn.<br />

Prudent prunes<br />

Now that the season has<br />

turned it is time to prune<br />

hibiscus and other Summerflowering<br />

shrubs. Prune<br />

carefully to improve the<br />

shape and density of the<br />

bushes.<br />

Spread veggies<br />

Commercially grown<br />

seedlings of vegetables are<br />

often overcrowded. Thin<br />

them out when planting out<br />

into the garden, by carefully<br />

teasing out the roots with as<br />

little damage as possible. If<br />

you plant the seedlings as<br />

they are grown they will be<br />

overcrowded and choke each<br />

other out.<br />

Other chores<br />

Citrus trees are flowering<br />

now; be careful not to spray<br />

with insecticide that will<br />

kill the bees. Protect the<br />

new growth from aphids<br />

by spraying with Eco oil at<br />

weekly intervals until the<br />

fruit has set… Keep an eye<br />

on clipped hedges – with<br />

new growth they can easily<br />

“get away”; to keep their<br />

shape they will need frequent<br />

attention at this time of the<br />

year… Divide and multiply<br />

bromeliads by taking off the<br />

side shoots and replanting<br />

them. Discard the mother<br />

plant that has flowered, as it<br />

will die once it has flowered.<br />

Crossword solution from page 69<br />

Mystery location: PALM BEACH<br />

72 SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Times Past<br />

The life of greengrocer Bob<br />

Once upon a time in<br />

Avalon Beach… there<br />

were six service stations,<br />

four butchers and,<br />

although there were four<br />

greengrocers (including a<br />

mobile greengrocer), according<br />

to many locals, one stood<br />

out from the rest.<br />

Sam (Salvatore) Taranto<br />

and his wife Maria lived on<br />

the small volcanic island of<br />

Alicudi in the Messina province<br />

off the coast of Sicily. On this island it<br />

was said that “all you really needed was a<br />

fishing line and a donkey”.<br />

Their first son Bob (Bartolo) was born on<br />

the island before coming to Australia as a<br />

13-year-old with his sister Joanne in 1962.<br />

Sam had previously arrived and remarried.<br />

They headed north to Palm Beach where<br />

there was no greengrocer but a huge<br />

camping area with many semi-permanent<br />

residents. Sam rented the shop (which<br />

presently sells homewares next to Pronto)<br />

and opened a greengrocer shop with son<br />

Bob as his right-hand man.<br />

The family, now numbering six children<br />

with Bob as the eldest, lived above the shop<br />

in a two-bedroom flat, accessed by a tiny<br />

lane between the shop and the chemist.<br />

The camping area which had existed<br />

since the late 1920s was forced to close in<br />

the early 1970s and with it went many of<br />

Sam’s customers.<br />

The Electoral Roll of 1958 lists Domitilla<br />

and Robert Taranto as occupants of<br />

18b Avalon Parade, specifically Robert as<br />

‘shopkeeper’. They moved to Manly Vale as<br />

greengrocers and the Cutrie family took<br />

over the business employing a young local<br />

lady, Lyn. Sam and his family took over the<br />

shop which had now become (after reallocation)<br />

40 Avalon Parade.<br />

Sam began the ‘Avalon Fruit Market’<br />

with son Bob as his 2IC and the business<br />

MISSED: Vale Bob Taranto; Sam and son Bob’s fruit shop in Avalon Parade (now occupied by the Lee<br />

Matthews fashion boutique).<br />

began to flourish. Lyn was retained as an<br />

employee.<br />

Bob couldn’t do enough for his customers<br />

and the locals loved the friendly service,<br />

especially retaining Lyn as a previous<br />

employee.<br />

The family lived in a house behind the<br />

shop.<br />

Sam rented the shop for some time but<br />

then bought it outright.<br />

In 1970, Bob married Lyn, who became<br />

the love of his life and they lived first in<br />

a rented flat on Bilgola Plateau. They then<br />

moved back to Palm Beach and rented the<br />

same flat where Bob had lived with his<br />

brothers and sisters when they first arrived<br />

in Palm Beach.<br />

Three children followed – Olivia, David<br />

and Michael.<br />

When Sam retired, Bob joined Sal Polimeni<br />

and they ran another greengrocers<br />

shop almost opposite the cinema. Still<br />

later, Bob joined his cousin Bob and wife<br />

Cherie in ‘Avalon Fresh’, the greengrocer<br />

shop across the lane from the Post Office<br />

in Avalon Beach.<br />

Years later Bob and Lyn eventually<br />

bought a house in Avalon Beach.<br />

Bob sadly passed away recently after a<br />

long fight with a blood disorder.<br />

A devout churchgoer, he was adored by<br />

his many grandchildren.<br />

Son Michael recalled “he was an avid<br />

fisherman who was always happy to throw<br />

in a line, bring home the catch and dinner<br />

was done”.<br />

Avalon Beach will miss this hard-working<br />

soul who loved everybody and a good<br />

joke; a true gentleman.<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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SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong> 73

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Science & adventure in Antarctica<br />

Southern Sea Ventures, known for its<br />

immersive adventure travel experiences,<br />

has partnered with Northern<br />

Beaches-based environmental association<br />

Living Ocean for its Antarctic<br />

Expedition Cruise this summer –<br />

combining science and adventure for a<br />

once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.<br />

Toby Story, Southern Sea Ventures’<br />

Managing Director and Chief of Operations,<br />

said the expedition promised<br />

UNIQUE: The Antarctic.<br />

not just an awe-inspiring journey at<br />

the height of the <strong>2023</strong>/24 whale migration, but also a chance<br />

for passengers to participate as citizen scientists, thanks to the<br />

partnership with Living Ocean.<br />

During the Antarctic summer, whale spotting is at its peak<br />

as these majestic giants migrate south to feed on the abundant<br />

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“Not only will travellers witness this breathtaking spectacle,<br />

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such as animal behaviour, the impact of microplastics and climate<br />

change as part of Living Ocean’s Antarctic Research Project<br />

<strong>2023</strong> – a citizen science initiative taking place on board during<br />

the expedition,” said Toby.<br />

“What we’re offering is more than just a chance to experience<br />

this enchanting landscape up close. We’re also extending an<br />

opportunity for travellers to contribute to real Antarctic marine<br />

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Sustainability is at the heart of the Polar Pioneer, the chosen<br />

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Lovingly upcycled, this former Soviet<br />

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The limited passenger capacity further<br />

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Southern Sea Ventures’ <strong>2023</strong>/24 Antarctic Expedition Cruise<br />

offers a unique opportunity to blend adventure and science in<br />

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antarctica or contact ssvtrips@southernseaventures.com<br />

PHOTO: Toby Story<br />

74 SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong> 75

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