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Editorial<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> suffers budget blues<br />

After reviewing the NSW<br />

Government’s first Budget,<br />

it seems difficult to disagree<br />

with <strong>Pittwater</strong> MP Rory Amon’s<br />

assessment that Labor is<br />

playing “postcode politics”.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> was left wanting.<br />

The only good news was<br />

partial funding for urgently<br />

needed refurbishments at<br />

Narrabeen Sports High School.<br />

The fears we reported last<br />

month – that the Mona Vale<br />

Road West Upgrade would be<br />

canned – were on the money.<br />

And there is confusion<br />

over whether the Government<br />

has actually chipped in with<br />

its promised $13.1 million<br />

in additional funding for<br />

flood mitigation works on the<br />

Wakehurst Parkway.<br />

Minister for Roads John<br />

Graham has trumpeted the<br />

funding; however Mr Amon<br />

notes there is nothing in the<br />

lines of the budget – although<br />

other projects the government<br />

has committed to in other<br />

(Labor-held) seats have details<br />

about the cash pledged.<br />

Then again, it could well be<br />

NSW Labor has noted the years<br />

of delay on the Parkway works<br />

and figured they will come<br />

up with the cash if and when<br />

Council gets serious about the<br />

matter.<br />

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It’s not our job to tell you<br />

which way to vote in the<br />

<strong>October</strong> 14 referendum, which<br />

will determine whether the<br />

Federal Government establishes<br />

an Aboriginal and Torres Strait<br />

Islander Voice to parliament.<br />

However, we ask readers to<br />

do ‘due diligence’ and acquaint<br />

themselves with both the ‘yes’<br />

and ‘no’ cases.<br />

We will though give voice to<br />

local identity Neil Evers, who<br />

discovered his Indigenous<br />

heritage 18 years ago, to have<br />

his say: “It’s a very modest<br />

request,” says Neil.<br />

Read his remarkable later-life<br />

story on page 44. – Nigel Wall<br />

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been urged (p9); La Nina has seen Narrabeen Beach expand<br />

more than any other Sydney beach (p10); Reg Mombassa and<br />

Peter O’Doherty are bringing their band Dog Trumpet to<br />

the Avalon RSL (p12); we review Currawong Cottages (p20);<br />

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

News<br />

Sports High upgrades confirmed<br />

The Minns NSW Government has<br />

confirmed it will allocate around<br />

$20 million towards much-needed<br />

upgrades at Narrabeen Sports High<br />

School (NSHS).<br />

It follows an awareness campaign led<br />

by the school’s principal, its P&C Association<br />

as well as local MPs State and<br />

Federal MPs Rory Amon and Dr Sophie<br />

Scamps.<br />

However, the pledge represents approximately<br />

one third of the funding<br />

required to fully refurbish the dilapidated<br />

school.<br />

As reported in <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> last<br />

month, NSHS was named an Australian<br />

Olympic Pathway School in August.<br />

Mr Amon said that while the government’s<br />

funding announcement was<br />

welcome, he would continue to seek additional<br />

finding.<br />

“Thanks to the persistence of the<br />

school’s devoted staff and P&C, the<br />

Department of Education has confirmed<br />

that about $20 million will now be invested,”<br />

Mr Amon said.<br />

“Huge thanks must go to School<br />

Principal Heidi Currie, the P&C President<br />

James Wiggins and its Secretary Dr Peter<br />

McDonald.<br />

“When I visited the school in June, I<br />

THANKED: P&C President James Wiggins.<br />

was shocked at the state of the facilities.<br />

Local kids deserve better. They deserve<br />

an environment in which they can learn<br />

and thrive.<br />

“Narrabeen Sports High is a first-rate<br />

school, with first-rate teachers, students,<br />

and parents. The naming of the School<br />

as an Australian Olympic Pathway School<br />

is testament to this.<br />

“Unfortunately, we’ve been let down by<br />

PHOTO: Northern Beaches Advocate<br />

the physical state of the school.”<br />

In their August <strong>2023</strong> Project Update,<br />

School Infrastructure NSW confirmed<br />

upgrades for NSHS including the renewal<br />

and repairs for sciences labs, prep<br />

rooms, and chemical storerooms; the<br />

replacement of all roofs for five school<br />

buildings; new carpets, ceilings, paintwork;<br />

refurbishment of all bathrooms<br />

and changerooms; the resurfacing of<br />

outdoor basketball and tennis courts;<br />

plus cooler classrooms with aircon being<br />

delivered soon.<br />

In its <strong>2023</strong> Budget, the NSW Government<br />

confirmed a total of $53.9 million<br />

towards NHS and Narrabeen North Primary<br />

School – funding that was previously<br />

committed to by the former Liberal<br />

Government.<br />

“These upgrades are a huge step<br />

forward. However, this is just the first<br />

phase of upgrades required,” said Mr<br />

Amon.<br />

He revealed he had requested up to<br />

$30 million more from the Government<br />

to ensure all necessary upgrades of NSHS<br />

could be completed.<br />

An online community petition set up<br />

by Mr Amon to urge the Government for<br />

more funds has so far amassed thousands<br />

of signatures. – Nigel Wall<br />

8 OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Blitz urged to detect illegal vapes<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> politicians have<br />

united to oppose the<br />

promotion of vapes and their<br />

potential illegal sale across<br />

the peninsula.<br />

It follows the opening of a<br />

stream of new ‘confectionary’<br />

stores at Newport and Avalon<br />

selling nicotine-free vapes.<br />

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

Amon says the NSW Government<br />

should put measures in<br />

place to identify whether shop<br />

owners in NSW are illegally<br />

selling nicotine-based vapes<br />

to children under 18.<br />

And Mackellar Federal MP<br />

Dr Sophie Scamps is alarmed<br />

by the tobacco and e-cigarette<br />

industry specifically targeting<br />

children through brightly<br />

coloured, lollipop-flavoured<br />

vapes, which she says were<br />

typically illegally imported<br />

and often contained high<br />

levels of nicotine despite being<br />

labelled as nicotine-free.<br />

NSW Health reports it is<br />

illegal to sell e-cigarettes,<br />

e-cigarette accessories, and<br />

tobacco products to anyone<br />

under 18 years old.<br />

Also, it is illegal for retailers<br />

(other than pharmacies) to sell<br />

e-cigarettes or e-liquids that<br />

contain nicotine, including<br />

online sales. E-cigarettes that<br />

do not contain nicotine are<br />

legal in NSW.<br />

In a letter to NSW Health<br />

Minister Ryan Park, Mr Amon<br />

said prevalent vaping among<br />

children including across<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> was having ongoing<br />

health impacts on kids.<br />

“Kids are too easily obtaining<br />

vapes. Advertising of<br />

vapes is illegal, yet it seems<br />

to continue unchallenged by<br />

Government,” he said.<br />

He said he was deeply concerned<br />

that violations of the<br />

Public Health (Tobacco) Act<br />

were common.<br />

Mr Amon urged the Government<br />

to apply “laser-focused<br />

attention” to the issue and<br />

launch an undercover blitz<br />

on stores and individuals<br />

that may be selling vapes to<br />

children.<br />

He called for fines to be<br />

FOCUS: Vaping.<br />

increased 10-fold: “This would<br />

increase the fine on individuals<br />

from $11,000 to $110,000<br />

and it would increase the fine<br />

on a corporation from $55,000<br />

to $550,000. This strong<br />

message will help change<br />

behaviour.”<br />

He also urged the immediate<br />

roll-out of vape detectors<br />

in all NSW schools.<br />

Dr Scamps told <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong>: “Nicotine is one of the<br />

most highly addictive substances<br />

in existence and so for<br />

young people vaping can act<br />

as a gateway drug to smoking.<br />

“What is particularly alarming<br />

is that a new shop at Newport<br />

is located very close to a<br />

main bus stop used by school<br />

children. So as a parent, a<br />

doctor and an MP, I support<br />

the Newport local community’s<br />

opposition to this new<br />

e-cigarette store.”<br />

Dr Scamps applauded the<br />

Federal Government’s recent<br />

announcement to ban the importation<br />

of non-prescription<br />

vaping products.<br />

“But these laws take time<br />

to come into effect, so in the<br />

meantime we need to continue<br />

to stand up for our children<br />

so they can go to school and<br />

socialise in environments that<br />

promote their health rather<br />

than harm it.”<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> does not suggest<br />

the new shops at Newport<br />

and Avalon are engaging in<br />

any illegal activity.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong> 9

News<br />

Narrabeen sand clearance underway<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

is preparing to excavate<br />

more than 20,000 cubic metres<br />

(40,000 tonnes) of sand –<br />

equivalent to the weight of 100<br />

jumbo jets – from the entrance<br />

of Narrabeen Lagoon.<br />

It comes as North Narrabeen<br />

Beach has been identified as<br />

having experienced the single<br />

biggest sand growth change of<br />

any beach in Sydney over the<br />

past 12 months.<br />

Council’s latest round of<br />

flood mitigation works will<br />

see up to 200 truckloads of<br />

sand, from east and west of<br />

the Ocean Street Bridge, carted<br />

and deposited each day on the<br />

Collaroy-Narrabeen beachfront<br />

between Goodwin and Stuart<br />

Streets.<br />

Works are expected be completed<br />

by early December.<br />

Mayor Sue Heins said the<br />

works were part of Council’s<br />

Narrabeen Lagoon Entrance<br />

Management Strategy and<br />

based on flood risk management<br />

studies.<br />

“Narrabeen Lagoon is one of<br />

our greatest natural waterways<br />


Sand clearance<br />

works at the mouth<br />

of Narrabeen<br />

Lagoon in 2018.<br />

but as locals know all too well,<br />

it is prone to flooding,” Mayor<br />

Heins said.<br />

“Council has a strategy to<br />

manage the lagoon entrance to<br />

minimise the risk of flooding,<br />

backed by research and analysis<br />

by coastal experts.<br />

“It includes more frequent<br />

sand clearance operations, as<br />

well as reshaping and revegetating<br />

sand dunes to assist<br />

with sand stabilisation.”<br />

Since 1975, entrance clearance<br />

operations have been<br />

used as the key process to<br />

remove sand from Narrabeen<br />

Lagoon entrance.<br />

Historically, entrance<br />

clearance works have been<br />

completed approximately<br />

every three to five years, with<br />

the volume of sand removed<br />

generally ranging from<br />

28,000m3 (56,000 tonnes) to<br />

50,000m3 (100,000 tonnes) per<br />

campaign.<br />

In 2018, entrance clearance<br />

works were carried out over<br />

11 weeks from September to<br />

December, with approximately<br />

61,000 tonnes (31,000m3) of<br />

sand removed and transported<br />

to Collaroy-Narrabeen Beach.<br />

During the last clearance,<br />

from September to December<br />

2021, approximately 56,000<br />

tonnes (28,000m3) of sand was<br />

trucked to Collaroy-Narrabeen.<br />

Council’s new strategy is<br />

based on a recommendation<br />

to remove smaller amounts of<br />

sand every two years, depending<br />

on factors including the<br />

width of North Narrabeen<br />

Beach (based on decadal beach<br />

rotation), which affects the supply<br />

of sand near the entrance.<br />

North Narrabeen Beach is<br />

the widest it has been for up<br />

to 40 years, with 59 metres<br />

of sand added since last year<br />

– the biggest change experienced<br />

by any Sydney beach.<br />

As a result, Council says<br />

there are vast quantities of<br />

sand next to the entrance that<br />

can rapidly fill the entrance<br />

during storm events and close<br />

it more frequently.<br />

To ensure public safety,<br />

Birdwood Dune car park will<br />

be closed for the duration<br />

of works and there will be<br />

parking and pedestrian access<br />

restrictions during work<br />

hours at Mactier and Wetherill<br />

Streets.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

10 OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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News<br />

Blowing their own Trumpet<br />

Interview by Greg McHugh<br />

The Dog Trumpet caravan driven by<br />

brothers Reg Mombassa and Peter<br />

O’Doherty is heading around the<br />

Bilgola Bends for a gig at Avalon RSL on<br />

7 <strong>October</strong>.<br />

On the road with their latest album<br />

for the Shadowland Tour Part 2, Dog<br />

Trumpet will bring their distinctive mix<br />

of folk, blues, psychedelia and incisive<br />

lyrics to the Northern Beaches.<br />

Reg and Peter are musicians, artists<br />

and Mental as Anything and Mambo<br />

royalty. Ahead of their show, <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong> posed a few questions on their links<br />

to Avalon, the value of music and art and<br />

their thoughts on each other.<br />

Q: What connection do you have to Avalon<br />

and Avalon Beach RSL?<br />

Peter: My family came over from New<br />

Zealand when I was 10 to settle in Avalon<br />

so I finished my junior years at Avalon<br />

Primary and then went to Barrenjoey<br />

High. The RSL was one of the watering<br />

holes I spent some time in, usually<br />

watching bands such as regular late-’70s<br />

local favourites the Bilgola Bop Band.<br />

Q: Dog Trumpet at Avalon Beach RSL –<br />

what can we expect ?<br />

Reg: You can expect to hear original<br />

songs from our new album. Plus a<br />

good selection of songs from our previous<br />

albums and a few of our favourite<br />

covers.<br />

Q: The Ballad of Clayton Looby on your<br />

latest album Shadowland draws on<br />

memories of the Northern Beaches in<br />

the 1970s. Can you tell us more about<br />

the inspiration for the song?<br />

Peter: The song is a mix of my memories<br />

growing up on the Northern Beaches and<br />

fragments of Clayton’s story. Clayton<br />

went through school with me. We were<br />

in the same year. He was a very colourful<br />

character, someone I was a bit scared of<br />

in the early years but grew closer to later<br />

as we developed common interests apart<br />

from the beach – music, art and associated<br />

extra-curricular lifestyle activities. He<br />

was a strong-willed and funny larrikin,<br />

totally fearless, a great surfer, sailor,<br />

pirate and adventurer who experienced<br />

extremes most never will.<br />

Q: Are the song lyrics “The first job I<br />

ever had, was pumping petrol afternoons<br />

and nights” and “Round the<br />

bends with the flashing lights, Behind<br />

us gonna push our luck tonight” references<br />

to particular Northern Beaches<br />

locations?<br />

Peter: Yeah, the lyrics pivot from my<br />

teenage perspective to Clayton’s. I had<br />

a job working after school and weekends<br />

at the BP station in Curl Curl, right<br />

behind the beach in those days. They are<br />

the Bilgola Bends [referenced], riffing<br />

on a story about Clayton and his mate<br />

being chased by the cops. I heard they<br />

got as far as Mona Vale before getting<br />

stopped. He could be very naughty and<br />

reckless. Unfortunately, life caught up<br />

and he passed away in Bali about three<br />

years ago.<br />

Q: Does your music come before your<br />

art (or vice versa); or do each come<br />

from the same creative place?<br />

Reg: I was keenly drawing pictures as a<br />

child before I started playing an instrument<br />

but both creative activities come<br />

from the same portion of the brain. Some<br />

of the ideas and themes that concern me<br />

appear in songs and pictures.<br />

Peter: Both are in competition with each<br />

other but come from the same place, the<br />

only part of the brain I’ve arguably managed<br />

to utilise usefully.<br />

Q: How important are music and art?<br />

Reg: Less important than food, sex,<br />

housing and death but way more important<br />

than just about everything else. A<br />

society without art and music would be a<br />

grim and gloomy prospect.<br />

12 OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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LOCAL CONNECTION: Brothers Reg Mombassa and Peter O’Doherty.<br />

Peter: As a child I was always drawing<br />

and wanted to be an artist when I grew<br />

up, so I’ve been fortunate to be able to<br />

keep it up throughout. Music came second,<br />

I started playing guitar when I was<br />

about 14 and knew a couple of years in<br />

that I didn’t want to do anything else.<br />

Q: If you could pick one band or musician<br />

to see up close, who would it be<br />

and why?<br />

Reg: I would like to see the Auckland<br />

band The Underdogs Blues Band playing<br />

Sitting in the Rain, so I could see what<br />

sort of fuzz box the lead guitarist was using<br />

to get his excellent bassy fuzz tone.<br />

Peter: Could be anyone from Taj Mahal,<br />

Ry Cooder, the Faces, Wes Montgomery,<br />

but though she’s gone, Nina Simone<br />

would have been great to see play live.<br />

She was a phenomenal singer and<br />

pianist, mercurial and original, blending<br />

Bach with blues, jazz, pop and civil<br />

rights to make something totally distinctive<br />

and unique.<br />

Q: Is there a particular focus for your<br />

art at the moment?<br />

Reg: Apart from landscapes which I’m always<br />

interested in, I’m currently dealing<br />

with robots, AI and space creatures.<br />

Peter: I try and paint every day; it’s like<br />

playing an instrument, keep the momentum<br />

up so as to get the conscious mind<br />

out of the way as much as possible and<br />

keep the hands loose. I paint the world<br />

around me, houses and flats, streets,<br />

sinks, chairs, trying to convey the familiar<br />

without illustrating it literally.<br />

Q: Describe each other in a few words?<br />

Reg (on Peter): He is not very tall and has<br />

fluffy whitish hair.<br />

Peter (on Reg): I described Reg accurately<br />

in a song I wrote for the Mentals<br />

called Dorothy Parker’s Hair. The chorus<br />

is: “Dorothy Parker’s hair was, Dark<br />

and listless, Just like my hippy brother<br />

Chris’”. Spoiler alert: Reg’s real name is<br />

Chris. And his hair may not be as dark<br />

as it was!<br />

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OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong> 13

News<br />

Powerful message to protect owls<br />

Amidst Sydney’s hustle, a quiet drama<br />

unfolds after sunset every day – the<br />

Powerful Owl emerges. These commanding<br />

birds, with their intense gaze and<br />

predator aura, are the focus of a conservation<br />

mission across Sydney – including on<br />

the Northern Beaches.<br />

As Dr Holly Parsons – Urban Bird<br />

Program Manager at Bird<strong>Life</strong> Australia –<br />

explains, the Powerful Owl Project is not<br />

only shedding light on these enigmatic<br />

raptors but also seeks community support<br />

to secure their place in our ecosystem.<br />

“The Powerful Owl is a serious player<br />

in the bird hierarchy,” Dr Parsons said.<br />

“With a wingspan up to 1.4 metres and a<br />

taste for possums (and other tree-dwelling<br />

wildlife), they are a special member of<br />

Sydney’s urban bird community.<br />

“But this bird is classified as vulnerable<br />

in NSW.”<br />

Dr Parsons noted that prior to the<br />

2000s, Powerful Owls were incredibly rare<br />

in Sydney, but things had changed. “While<br />

still not ‘common’, Sydney is now home to<br />

many more,” she said.<br />

“In 2022 there were 176 territories<br />

monitored, with the north side of the harbour<br />

holding the majority of the breeding<br />

territories.<br />

“In particular, the Northern Beaches<br />

is ‘Powerful Owl central’, with 35 pairs<br />

breeding in 2022, of which 20 are currently<br />

being monitored.”<br />

But life in the city can be hard for<br />

Powerful Owls. Last year El Nina and its<br />

accompanying significant rainfall saw<br />

higher than average breeding failures.<br />

“Overall they are losing places to<br />

live, raise families, eat and move about<br />

through urban expansion,” Dr Parsons<br />

observed.<br />

“Alongside the clearing of habitat,<br />

car and window strike, electrocution,<br />

rodenticide poisoning, inappropriate night<br />

lighting and degradation of creeks are all<br />

emerging threats for urban owls.”<br />

Founder of local swimwear label Shapes<br />

In The Sand, Alexandra Dash, is helping<br />

spread awareness within her <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

PROJECT: A mother and fledgling; the Northern Beaches is ‘Powerful Owl Central’.<br />

community for the Powerful Owl Project<br />

Along with Dr Parsons, their goal is to<br />

give others a better understanding of the<br />

project, the impact humans have on this<br />

threatened species and ways community<br />

can help.<br />

“The Powerful Owl Project is a scienceled<br />

community-based initiative,” said<br />

Dr Parsons. “We have monitored and<br />

researched Powerful Owls across Greater<br />

Sydney since 2011, educating land managers<br />

and the general community about<br />

building habitat to conserve Powerful<br />

Owls.”<br />

Dr Parsons said there are ways for<br />

locals to help:<br />

Spread the Word – “The more people who<br />

know about them and how to help them,<br />

the better.”<br />

Native Plants: “Put local trees and plants<br />

in your yard. We not only need native<br />

trees for the owls to roost in, but we also<br />

need trees and shrubs that will support<br />

their prey.”<br />

Protect hollow-bearing trees – “It takes<br />

well over 100 years for hollows large<br />

enough for Powerful Owls to use for<br />

breeding to form. So the loss of each<br />

HBT puts an even tighter squeeze on our<br />

wildlife.”<br />

Skip the poison – “If you have to deal with<br />

rodents, avoid the common rat poisons.”<br />

Volunteer – “Send an email if you are<br />

interested in coming on board.”<br />

Donate – You can also support the Powerful<br />

Owl Project through a donation to<br />

Bird<strong>Life</strong> Australia.<br />

Readers can also support The Powerful<br />

Owl Project by purchasing a swimsuit<br />

from Shapes In The Sand’s new Back to<br />

Nature capsule collection, $10 from each<br />

purchase donated (shapesinthesand.com.<br />

au).<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

*More info and donations via birdlife.org.<br />

au; report sightings by emailing powerfulowl@birdlife.org.au<br />

PHOTO: Andrew Gregory<br />

14 OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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News<br />

Lizard Rock<br />

‘secrecy’ a concern<br />

Wakehurst<br />

MP Michael<br />

Regan has<br />

accused the NSW<br />

Government<br />

of acting in<br />

secrecy following<br />

its decision<br />

to progress<br />

the proposed<br />

Lizard Rock<br />

FIRE RISK:<br />

Lizard Rock.<br />

development to the next stage of<br />

planning.<br />

Mr Regan said the decision by the<br />

NSW Department of Planning comes<br />

despite vehement opposition from the<br />

community and Northern Beaches<br />

Council and after the Metropolitan<br />

Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC)<br />

submitted amended plans which the<br />

public were not made aware of.<br />

“The lack of transparency that has<br />

characterised this process is of huge<br />

concern,” Mr Regan said. “The proposal<br />

for 450 homes at Lizard Rock that would<br />

result in the destruction of bushland in<br />

Belrose equivalent to the size 46 football<br />

fields has progressed to the next stage<br />

of planning and is now open for public<br />

consultation,” Mr Regan said.<br />

“I also note the proposal has a new<br />

name – the Patyegarang Planning<br />

Proposal – to demonstrate the significant<br />

cultural and environmental significance<br />

of the site.<br />

“Whether the planning proposal is<br />

called Lizard Rock or Patyegarang, it<br />

doesn’t change the substance of the<br />

issue – that this is an unsustainable and<br />

dangerous proposal.<br />

“To date the<br />

private panel<br />

appointed by<br />

the previous<br />

Coalition<br />

Government<br />

has ignored<br />

the community<br />

and ignored<br />

independent<br />

experts who all<br />

say this is a terrible proposal and that it<br />

should never have progressed this far.<br />

“The Minns Government needs to kill<br />

this proposal off and find alternative<br />

sites for the developer.<br />

“The previous Government along with<br />

Council knocked back development<br />

proposals at nearby Ingleside for similar<br />

reasons. The site is a fire zone and<br />

building here will put thousands of<br />

people at risk.<br />

“As the Minns Government has also<br />

flagged, greenfield development where<br />

native trees and vegetation is destroyed<br />

for housing is not sustainable.<br />

“(Lizard Rock) is unsustainable,<br />

costly as new essential services and<br />

infrastructure will need to be built from<br />

scratch, and dangerous – potentially<br />

putting thousands of people in a highrisk<br />

fire zone.<br />

“Even the picture chosen by the<br />

Planning Department for use on the<br />

online portal clearly demonstrates the<br />

environmental destruction that could be<br />

about to occur at this site.<br />

“Have we not learned anything from<br />

previous bushfires and other poor<br />

planning proposals? Clearly not.” – NW<br />

Beaches’<br />

unresolved<br />

land claims<br />

Northern Beaches Council says it is<br />

aware of several unresolved land<br />

claims under the NSW Aboriginal Land<br />

Rights Act across its 30-kilometres-long<br />

Local Government Area.<br />

In September, it was revealed that a 2009<br />

land claim made by the Metropolitan Local<br />

Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) on 2,500<br />

square metres of harbourfront bushland<br />

adjoining Balmoral Beach at Mosman had<br />

progressed to assessment phase.<br />

The claim blindsided Mosman Councillors<br />

who said they were unaware of its existence.<br />

The Councillors voted against the claim<br />

at their September meeting; however local<br />

Government is not empowered to halt<br />

the process under the Act, with the NSW<br />

Government’s Crown Lands department the<br />

authority.<br />

Northern Beaches Mayor Sue Heins told<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>: “Council is supportive of the<br />

intent of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act. We<br />

appreciate the importance of enabling<br />

Aboriginal people to achieve economic selfdetermination<br />

through land claims, subject<br />

to the relevant planning controls.<br />

“We seek to foster strong relationships<br />

with the MLALC, as well as our local<br />

Aboriginal communities generally.”<br />

If a claim on land within the Northern<br />

Beaches under the Aboriginal Land Rights<br />

Act were to be successful, the land can<br />

be developed by the MLALC subject to<br />

planning legislation (an example is the<br />

current process at Lizard Rock, Belrose).<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> was not told of the locations<br />

of unresolved claims on the Northern<br />

Beaches, or when they were lodged.<br />

– NW<br />

16 OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Mental health care next steps<br />

The NSW Government has confirmed it is reviewing new<br />

options for acute mental health care at Northern Beaches<br />

Hospital.<br />

It follows the expiry of a six-week deadline the Government<br />

imposed on Northern Beaches Hospital to communicate a clear<br />

plan for the delivery of a fourbed<br />

acute adolescent mental<br />

health unit, funded to the tune<br />

of $7.5 million by the former<br />

NSW Liberal Government in<br />

mid-2022.<br />

The delay in establishing the<br />

unit has been roundly criticised<br />

by local politicians including<br />

Mackellar MP Dr Sophie Scamps.<br />

Following what she believes<br />

are further “stonewalling<br />

tactics” by the hospital and<br />

its operator Healthscope, Dr<br />

Scamps has now launched a<br />

community petition aimed at<br />

pressuring hospital management<br />

to act urgently (see ad page 47).<br />

NSW Health Minister Jackson<br />

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

and completely understood the<br />

community’s frustration with<br />

the delays to the project.<br />

“NSW Health has presented<br />

several options which I am<br />

currently reviewing,” she said.<br />

“Before a final decision is<br />

made, I am committed to working with key stakeholders to<br />

ensure we provide the best long-term solution for our youth.”<br />

She conceded that as a response to existing demand for<br />

acute mental health support, Northern Beaches Hospital had<br />

developed an interim model of care which had been admitting<br />

young people requiring hospital-based support for acute<br />

mental health concerns since January.<br />

“My office has reached out to Dr Scamps to ensure we are<br />

providing the most up-to-date information on this crucial<br />

situation.”<br />

Meanwhile, <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> can reveal a State Significant<br />

Development Application (SSDA) has been lodged with NSW<br />

PHOTO: Justin Lloyd / Daily Telegraph<br />

PETITION: Dr Scamps at Northern Beaches Hospital.<br />

planning authorities for a proposed 80-bed private mental<br />

health hospital at Frenchs Forest which would meet the growing<br />

demand for treatment, including a specific focus on teenagers.<br />

The developer initially had its application for a six-storey<br />

facility on a former warehouse site in Tilley Lane approved<br />

in 2017 but is now seeking<br />

expansion to eight storeys<br />

accommodating in-house<br />

and outpatient mental health<br />

treatment.<br />

Dr Scamps said young people<br />

needed specialised inpatient<br />

care on the Northern Beaches.<br />

“The closest specialist,<br />

public facility that offers acute<br />

adolescent mental health<br />

inpatient care is in Hornsby but<br />

for our children and families,<br />

this is too far away,” she said.<br />

“At a time when we have<br />

a youth mental health crisis<br />

on the Northern Beaches, it’s<br />

simply not good enough that the<br />

management at the Northern<br />

Beaches Hospital haven’t even<br />

committed to a timeline for<br />

these beds.<br />

“Enough is enough. These<br />

beds should be operational by<br />

Christmas, and if they’re not –<br />

the management at the Hospital<br />

should be replaced.”<br />

In response, Northern Beaches Hospital CEO Andrew Newton<br />

said all children and young people presenting to Northern<br />

Beaches Hospital for acute mental health care were currently<br />

able to receive this help under a new model of care established<br />

earlier this year.<br />

“Children and adolescents are able to be cared for as<br />

inpatients in dedicated mental health beds,” he said.<br />

“Two child and youth psychiatrists are now appointed by the<br />

hospital, adding to the current multidisciplinary team available<br />

to care for children and adolescents at the hospital.<br />

“Since January <strong>2023</strong>, approximately 30 patients have been<br />

admitted to receive care through this model. – Nigel Wall<br />

News<br />

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OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong> 17

News<br />

With bells on!<br />

Phil Allan’s passion for<br />

miniature handbells<br />

began when his wife<br />

Pam bought one of their<br />

granddaughters a set of<br />

children’s handbells.<br />

The granddaughter is<br />

now 17, and strangely no<br />

longer has any interest in<br />

handbells.<br />

However, Phil became<br />

obsessed, is now a prominent<br />

member of the Handbells<br />

Society of Australasia (yes,<br />

it stretches to New Zealand)<br />

and gave a speech on<br />

the Australian history of<br />

handbells to the Combined<br />

Probus Club of Mona Vale<br />

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

last month. With handbell<br />

accompaniment of course. PASSION: Aficianado Phil Allan runs ‘rings’ around his dining room.<br />

“Handbells came to<br />

Australia around 1850 with<br />

“each the size of upturned “And I prefer songs my<br />

the first settlers from Britain<br />

teacups and with a two-octave mum and dad loved – like<br />

and Europe,” Phil, now in his<br />

range… people love them Grenada, the Sound of Music<br />

80s, told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>.<br />

because they have never seen and South Pacific.”<br />

“It was quite common in or heard them before”.<br />

Any money Phil and his<br />

those days to invite people to When Phil began playing handbells earn go to Brian<br />

your home, have dinner and publicly he would play 1960s and Kathy Cox, a young<br />

then play handbells.<br />

“That lasted until the 1920s<br />

and ’30s when films and radio<br />

became alternative sources of<br />

entertainment,” he explained.<br />

“But handbells made a<br />

comeback in the 1960s when<br />

two American companies<br />

rock songs. Now his audience<br />

mostly consists of the over-<br />

70s – at Probus, Rotary, VIEW<br />

clubs, retirement homes and<br />

his local Belrose church once<br />

a month.<br />

He recommends readers<br />

watch a live performance of a<br />

missionary couple in Nigeria,<br />

translating the Bible into<br />

various African languages.<br />

“Pam is overjoyed that<br />

I have a hobby,” Phil says.<br />

“Though she has kicked me<br />

out of the dining room and<br />

made me rehearse in the<br />

reintroduced them. America, handbell choir on YouTube. garage.” – Steve Meacham<br />

Asia and Europe are now very<br />

big on handbells.”<br />

Phil’s own set consists of<br />

25 miniature metal handbells<br />

“Handbell choirs generally<br />

have between 15 and 20<br />

players,” Phil explains. “But I<br />

play solo.<br />

*More info PAllan28@<br />

bigpond.com; or Handbells<br />

Society of Australasia<br />

website handbell.org.au<br />

PHOTO: Pam Allan.<br />

6THINGS<br />


Natural Heritage talk. Discover<br />

what the <strong>Pittwater</strong> Natural<br />

Heritage Association has been<br />

doing and hear from wildlife<br />

rescuer Lynleigh Greig about the<br />

challenges for Spring, the Mobile<br />

Care Unit, and local snakes at<br />

their <strong>2023</strong> AGM on Sun 8 from<br />

1.30pm at the Newport Community<br />

Centre. RSVP to pnhainfo@gmail.<br />

com for afternoon tea catering.<br />

Weaving workshop. Experience<br />

First Nations culture through a<br />

relaxed, hands-on workshop with<br />

guest speaker, Noongar basket<br />

weaver Jodie Dowd, on Sat 14<br />

from 10am-12pm at Mona Vale<br />

Creative Space 1/1 Park Street.<br />

Cost $10 plus booking fee includes<br />

materials and refreshments. Book<br />

on Council website.<br />

Composting course. Find out<br />

everything you’d possibly want to<br />

know about how to successfully<br />

run a compost bin and worm<br />

farm when experts from Kimbriki<br />

Eco House and Garden host a<br />

workshop at Avalon Public School<br />

on Sat 14 from 1-4pm. Costs<br />

$30pp/$50 a family. You may<br />

even be eligible for a $90 voucher<br />

courtesy of NB Council towards<br />

buying a worm farm or compost<br />

bin (Ts&Cs apply). Bookings<br />

essential on Kimbriki website.<br />

Hoarding help. Join Kristina the<br />

Decluttering Diva who will help<br />

demystify Hoarding Disorder on<br />

Mon 23 from 11am-12pm. Whether<br />

you’re a concerned family member,<br />

a healthcare professional, or<br />

simply curious about this complex<br />

condition, this online event is for<br />

you. Free; contact belongclub@<br />

ccnb.com.au<br />

Love interiors? Sydney Design<br />

School is opening its studios<br />

on Sat 28 from 10am-12pm<br />

where you can meet passionate<br />

educators, view the exhibition<br />

space and gets hands-on building<br />

an interiors mood board or 3D<br />

model on campus at 65 Berry<br />

St North Sydney. More info at<br />

sydneydesignschool.com.<br />

Author talk. Avalon Library is<br />

hosting author Chris Hammer<br />

with his new book Seven in<br />

conversation with Michael<br />

Robotham at 6pm on Mon 30.<br />

Bookings at the library or phone<br />

8495 5080.<br />

18 OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Cabin fever: the hot<br />

News<br />

On a balmy Spring day at Currawong,<br />

roughly opposite Barrenjoey<br />

headland, <strong>Pittwater</strong> has<br />

never looked better. The gum trees are<br />

blooming, the sands are exposed and the<br />

water named after British Prime Minister<br />

William Pitt The Younger is as blue and<br />

blissful as ever.<br />

Currawong has existed for more than<br />

a century, since the original homestead<br />

– Midholme – was purchased by Dr Bernard<br />

Stiles in 1917.<br />

Before that, of course, the land was<br />

shared by the Garigal people who hunted<br />

and fished in what is now Ku-ring-gai<br />

National Park.<br />

For six decades, Currawong was a union<br />

retreat – offering workers, schoolkids<br />

and educational bodies the chance to see<br />

how the other half live.<br />

Of its 20 hectares, most is pristine<br />

native bushland. Only four hectares is<br />

developed, and then only sparingly with<br />

just 10 cottages sprinkled along the<br />

lower slopes and the 9-hole golf course.<br />

I am staying in Goanna, one of the<br />

newly refurbished heritage-listed cottages<br />

(and one of only three with ensuites<br />

rather than outdoor dunnies).<br />

The nine cottages vary in comfortability.<br />

Two still need to be renovated to<br />

Heritage/Council standards.<br />

There are three other Currawong properties<br />

to rent. Midholme (which can sleep<br />

16), Caretaker’s and the Lodge, built as<br />

a conference centre but also capable of<br />

housing multiple youth groups.<br />

However, it is a miracle – championed<br />

by former MP Rob Stokes on the back of a<br />

strong community push by the Friends of<br />

Currawong– that the renamed Currawong<br />

Beach Cottages resort is open at all.<br />

ROOM WITH A VIEW: Looking out over <strong>Pittwater</strong> from Platypus Cottage.<br />

Irish settler Martin Burke – the socalled<br />

Father of <strong>Pittwater</strong> – was granted<br />

the land in 1823. During World War II it<br />

was owned briefly by the Port Jackson<br />

and Manly Steamship Company which<br />

purchased the property for day trips<br />

aboard its Currawong Star and Rambler<br />

Star ferries. Yet it is the 60-odd years<br />

when Currawong was owned by Labour<br />

Council of NSW (now Unions NSW) that<br />

earned the entire site its heritage rating.<br />

In 1947, The Sydney Morning Herald<br />

wrote that Currawong – still only accessed<br />

by water – was “an intact remaining<br />

example of a mid-20th century, unionorganised<br />

workers’ holiday camp in NSW,<br />

designed for workers to get away from<br />

crowded industrial areas and enjoy places<br />

normally frequented by richer people”.<br />

It was sold by Unions NSW to developers<br />

in 2008. To rescue a significant part<br />

of <strong>Pittwater</strong> history, it was placed on the<br />

State Heritage Register, acquired by the<br />

NSW Government in 2011 and claimed<br />

Crown Land.<br />

Now after COVID, the refurbished<br />

site – owned by the state and managed by<br />

Northern Beaches Council – is open again<br />

to both day-trippers and overnight guests.<br />

Cathie and Adam Oliver arrived as the<br />

new managers in July, but they have been<br />

coming since 2006.<br />

PHOTO: Steve Meacham<br />

20 OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

tip on Currawong<br />

“Our two daughters, Charlotte and<br />

April, grew up here,” says Adam. “We’d<br />

bring them every May, renting out the<br />

whole place for 20 years.<br />

“Currawong is a place lots of families<br />

and friends came back to every year,”<br />

Cathie adds. “Not many spent much time<br />

in the cabins. They’d spend time on the<br />

beach or in the bush.”<br />

Both Cathie and Adam had worked for<br />

Qantas, but quit to gain specialist hospitality<br />

skills when they knew Currawong<br />

was soon to reopen.<br />

Northern Beaches Mayor Sue Heins<br />

says: “the eco retreat…(is) a truly serene<br />

escape from everyday life”.<br />

The first of the existing cabins – Kenny’s,<br />

named after James Kenny (the union<br />

leader who persuaded his colleagues<br />

to buy Currawong) and now known as<br />

Blue Tongue Cottage – was built in 1943<br />

on the expansive beachfront.<br />

The others were completed before<br />

1953, following the landline towards the<br />

escarpment overlooking <strong>Pittwater</strong> – often<br />

using discarded building materials rescued<br />

from the tip by foresighted workers.<br />

So, what has changed? Well, there’s<br />

still no sign of the shark-netted swimming<br />

area proposed by the Port Jackson<br />

and Manly Steamship Company in 1943.<br />

On the other hand, two of the original<br />

cabins – Kookaburra and Platypus, built<br />

to plans by the Vandyke Brothers with<br />

their new-fangled prefabricated model of<br />

building – have survived, along with the<br />

unforgettable <strong>Pittwater</strong> vistas and sense<br />

of serenity.<br />

Seven have been fully restored with<br />

amenity improvements (with Platypus<br />

retaining much of the original material<br />

due to its high heritage significance). The<br />

remaining two have had minor restorations<br />

including a new roof to one of them.<br />

The upgrades to Blue Tongue, Kookaburra,<br />

Goanna and the games room<br />

building resulted in Northern Beaches<br />

Council winning the Building Designers<br />

Association of Australia Design Awards<br />

for adaptive re-use of heritage buildings.<br />

ONSITE: New managers Cathie and Adam Oliver. COMFY: Inside the refurbished Goanna Cottage.<br />

Cathie is keen to take me on a tour of<br />

the accommodation.<br />

However, Adam – who is catching a<br />

ferry to Palm Beach – insists the golf<br />

buggy his wife is driving goes first to the<br />

golf course. Past the tennis/volleyball<br />

courts and the indoor recreational hut to<br />

keep kids happy if it happens to rain.<br />

There is method in Adam’s madness.<br />

Not only does he keep the now 9-hole<br />

course impeccably manicured, but golf is<br />

an essential part of Currawong’s DNA.<br />

There is a trophy called the ‘Currawong<br />

Cup’ in the reception. It is still<br />

eagerly contested each year (the last was<br />

in September <strong>2023</strong>).<br />

Golfers from the Northern Beaches have<br />

kept Currawong financial for many years.<br />

With Adam gone – either of them will<br />

put the ‘flag’ out to ensure the Palm<br />

Beach ferry captain knows when to pull<br />

into the wharf – she shows me some<br />

of the finer key design features in the<br />

cabins. (Although I still don’t know what<br />

‘penny tiles’ are.)<br />

There are always drawbacks in ‘Eden’.<br />

Here, you have to bring and cook your<br />

own food. There are no TVs, and little WiFi<br />

(“unless you hotspot”, whatever that is).<br />

Cathie also warns me about the wildlife…<br />

rock wallabies, spiders, and goannas.<br />

But on this visit the closest I got to<br />

wildlife was the magpie who munched<br />

my morning muesli.<br />

Accommodation prices from $275 per<br />

cabin, per night. Minimum stay four<br />

nights in summer, two nights at other<br />

times. Phone 9974 4141 or book through<br />

Northern Beaches Council.<br />

– Steve Meacham<br />

*The author was a guest of Currawong<br />

Cottages.<br />

News<br />

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OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong> 21

News<br />

Ambulance upheaval<br />

‘will put lives at risk’<br />

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

says the NSW’s Government’s<br />

shock decision to<br />

close the Narrabeen Ambulance<br />

Station will put upper-<br />

Peninsula residents’ lives at<br />

risks.<br />

The Minister for Health<br />

announced plans to close the<br />

Narrabeen station on the back<br />

of an announcement that the<br />

Government would be opening<br />

a new station at Dee Why.<br />

“The Labor Government<br />

announcement to close the<br />

Narrabeen station blindsided<br />

local paramedics,” Mr Amon<br />

said.<br />

“They justified this closure<br />

on the basis that a new Ambulance<br />

Station would be built<br />

at Dee Why. But when the<br />

Budget was handed down (on<br />

September 19), there was not<br />

a cent of funding for a Dee<br />

Why Ambulance station.”<br />

NSW Ambulance has since<br />

confirmed that services<br />

would continue being delivered<br />

from Narrabeen station<br />

“until services commence at<br />

the proposed new Dee Why<br />

station, at which point the<br />

current paramedics and ambulances<br />

will relocate.”<br />

But Mr Amon slammed the<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

has abandoned its usual<br />

tender process and will<br />

appoint a commercial real<br />

estate agent to negotiate<br />

a lease for the Avalon<br />

Beach Surf Club’s café<br />

and restaurant spaces<br />

after negotiations with its<br />

preferred operator broke<br />

down.<br />

Council had been hopeful<br />

the café would be open for<br />

Summer trading after entering<br />

talks with Aimelie Pty<br />

Ltd with a view to an initial<br />

six-month lease period.<br />

While negotiations were initially<br />

progressing positively,<br />

Council said business owner<br />

Emilie Mathel had decided to<br />

withdraw his interest.<br />

It’s a further stumbling<br />

CONCERN: Rory Amon.<br />

Government for not providing<br />

clarity on how vital<br />

ambulance services would be<br />

redistributed once it closed<br />

the Narrabeen station.<br />

“Currently, there are no<br />

intensive care paramedics<br />

north of Narrabeen, there<br />

are no night-shift paramedics<br />

at Mona Vale Ambulance<br />

Station and there is only one<br />

paramedic team around the<br />

clock at Avalon Ambulance<br />

Station – but they do not treat<br />

intensive care patients,” Mr<br />

block to the resumption of<br />

hospitality offerings at the<br />

site, which has remained vacant<br />

for more than two years.<br />

It also reveals the hesitancy<br />

within the hospitality<br />

industry about investing in<br />

the location.<br />

During its official tender<br />

process, Council received<br />

only two submissions for the<br />

restaurant and café and two<br />

submissions for the cafe.<br />

Council conceded that<br />

over the past few years it<br />

had received a low number<br />

of submissions for its<br />

hospitality public tenders.<br />

In choosing to engage with<br />

the market not via a tender,<br />

Council said it “hoped to<br />

tap into a wider network<br />

of potential operators who<br />

Amon said.<br />

“Moving resources from<br />

Narrabeen further south<br />

would put lives at risk.<br />

“The Government must<br />

commit to maintaining<br />

service levels in <strong>Pittwater</strong>. It<br />

must also consult the community<br />

as to future uses of<br />

the Narrabeen Ambulance<br />

Station, if it is to close,” he<br />

said.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

*What do you think? Tell<br />

us at readers@pittwaterlife.<br />

com.au<br />

New delay for surf club cafe<br />

may be attracted to the<br />

opportunity, increasing the<br />

chances of finding a suitable<br />

lessee”.<br />

“By engaging a leasing<br />

agent, Council can uphold a<br />

competitive market process<br />

while ensuring the probity<br />

and arm’s length transaction,<br />

which is typically associated<br />

with a tender, is maintained.”<br />

Council’s Chief Executive<br />

Officer Scott Phillips will<br />

review the proposed tenants,<br />

before committing to lease<br />

arrangements.<br />

The sourcing of a tenant<br />

is considered a priority –<br />

“ideally looking to identify<br />

someone that can operate at<br />

least the café space during<br />

the majority of the <strong>2023</strong>/24<br />

summer season”. – Nigel Wall<br />

22 OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Funny business after dark<br />

STAND-UP FUN: Lewis Holt and wife Hannah; comedian Tom Orr on stage at 4 Pines Newport.<br />

News<br />

Did you hear the one about the man<br />

bringing comedy to the Northern<br />

Beaches, hoping to turn his ‘passion<br />

project’ into a full-time job?<br />

“I’m doing something that combines my<br />

two loves in life: craft beer and comedy,”<br />

explains entrepreneur and comic Lewis<br />

Holt.<br />

Surely the dream of a lot of people,<br />

Lewis is slowly seeing his vision become<br />

a reality, after successfully introducing<br />

comedy nights to selected venues on the<br />

peninsula. His business Canned Laughter<br />

(a play on words for those two loves) may<br />

eventually see Lewis laugh all the way to<br />

the bank.<br />

“The first event was in Avalon last<br />

<strong>October</strong>, and since then it’s really taken<br />

off,” explains Lewis. “We did six gigs in<br />

May, at venues including Avalon Bowlo, 4<br />

Pines in Newport, and Freshwater Brewing<br />

in Brookvale.”<br />

The idea came about after Lewis and a<br />

friend from Avalon regularly travelled over<br />

to Newtown on a Tuesday night in a bid to<br />

get their own comedy careers started at an<br />

open mic night.<br />

“The crowd weren’t really a great comedy<br />

crowd, and we just thought we could<br />

do it a lot better. There seemed a gap in<br />

the market on the Northern Beaches and<br />

we wanted to see if they’d be into comedy<br />

nights.<br />

“And we wanted to give local comedians<br />

a place to perform on the Beaches. And the<br />

customers have loved it.”<br />

Lewis arrived on the Beaches eight years<br />

ago. Living in London, but with an Australian<br />

father, he bought tickets to Sydney one<br />

snowy day at work and hasn’t looked back.<br />

Originally working in hospitality, he did a<br />

Pilgrimage to the Edinburgh and Montreal<br />

Comedy Festivals which gave him the<br />

inspiration to move into comedy.<br />

“I do a five-minute intro as the MC<br />

and then we have five other comedians,”<br />

explains Lewis. “We have a headline act<br />

for 30 minutes, two comedians who are on<br />

the verge of making it, and two up-andcoming<br />

local acts.<br />

“We had 120 people at Freshie Brewery<br />

and that was too many people, so I’ve<br />

capped that at 90. We had 80 at The Newport<br />

and that felt good and intimate for<br />

comedy. I aim for at least 60 people at any<br />

night we hold.”<br />

Lewis’ joint focus is on having fun and<br />

supporting local artists, providing a venue<br />

for them to perform on the Northern<br />

Beaches. And bringing crowds on quiet<br />

week nights means it a win-win for Lewis<br />

and the various Northern Beaches venues<br />

involved.<br />

More nights and venues are planned, but<br />

perhaps not yet showing some of Lewis’<br />

heroes.<br />

“Watching Mike Myers and Jim Carrey in<br />

their early films was what first made me<br />

fall in love with comedy. In terms of standup<br />

I don’t think there’s anyone better than<br />

Dave Schapelle.<br />

“And I like the English comedian Mickey<br />

Flanagan… I saw him for 10 pounds years<br />

ago at a North London comedy club. I also<br />

saw Ricky Gervais booed off stage at the<br />

same club, after he did a 20-minute routine<br />

about Princess Diana.”<br />

Lewis himself does observational comedy<br />

and one-liners. He would eventually<br />

like to move into the storytelling arena of<br />

comedy, which takes a lot of experience.<br />

Alongside working part-time and running<br />

Canned Laughter, he has one other<br />

important job.<br />

“I’m following the Seinfeld technique<br />

of making sure I write one joke a day,” he<br />

said.<br />

Without giving anything away, the gag<br />

Lewis wrote on the day of our interview<br />

was a cracker. Find out what those jokes<br />

are at 4 Pines Newport (<strong>October</strong> 4) or the<br />

Avalon Bowlo (<strong>October</strong> 19). – Rob Pegley<br />

*Tickets and info cannedlaughter.com.au<br />

24 OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Shared Spaces trial extended<br />

SCRUTINY: The Avalon<br />

trial will remain open<br />

for submissions<br />

through Summer.<br />

Northern Beaches Council staff have<br />

announced the six-months trial of the<br />

Avalon Streets as Shared Spaces project will be<br />

extended until 28 February 2024.<br />

The move follows last month’s walk-through<br />

of the Avalon Beach Village by Mayor Sue<br />

Heins, <strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward Councillors and local<br />

Business Chamber representatives.<br />

A staff briefing to Mayor Heins and councillors,<br />

seen by <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>, said the extension<br />

would allow for a thorough evaluation of the<br />

project.<br />

“As the infrastructure was only partially installed<br />

for the summer 2022/<strong>2023</strong> period, this<br />

will allow the trial to continue… through the<br />

upcoming Summer,” the briefing note said.<br />

Council’s survey, on its Your Say page, was<br />

due to conclude on 1 <strong>October</strong> but will now<br />

remain open until 28 February 2024.<br />

On September 21, Council staff attended<br />

the shared pedestrian zone near the Avalon<br />

Recreation Centre between 10am and 12pm to<br />

answer questions.<br />

On the same day, residents were also afforded<br />

the opportunity to book a one-on-one<br />

phone call with a project team member to<br />

discuss the trial.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward Councillor Michael Gencher<br />

said he had approached staff to consider an<br />

extension of the deadline for submissions.<br />

“There has been much argument, opinion,<br />

anxiety and commentary from the community<br />

on this project… my feeling is that it would<br />

be best to extend the closing date for submissions,<br />

and for the trial to be extended, to allow<br />

us to get through the busiest time of the year<br />

and have a full picture of both the benefit<br />

and the disadvantage – especially through the<br />

holiday season,” he said.<br />

“This project launched at the worst possible<br />

time for a disruption, and not just the timing,<br />

but the extremely poor project delivery and<br />

communication with the community.<br />

“It is so important for us to get this right, for<br />

both the community and Council. It’s not just<br />

the area of the Shared Space under trial, which<br />

seems to have been designed in isolation.<br />

“We need to also consider and offer our<br />

opinions, thoughts and concerns regarding<br />

the wider impacts of the project, including<br />

traffic flow through the village, pedestrian<br />

safety, bicycle use through the shared space,<br />

bus routes, parking and the impact on local<br />

businesses.”<br />

Cr Gencher said he looked forward to hearing<br />

further from the greater community about<br />

the trial through the submissions.<br />

“Whatever the community decides to do<br />

with the Shared Space – to keep it, to make<br />

changes, to get rid of it – the Council will have<br />

to ensure that it is done correctly and responsibly<br />

and in keeping with the wishes and<br />

expectations of the community.”<br />

It is expected the community engagement<br />

and survey results will be reported to Council<br />

in early 2024.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

*What do you think about the extension? Tell<br />

us at readers@pittwaterlife.com.au<br />

TARGET: Police caution a cyclist.<br />

Cyclists<br />

nabbed in<br />

Avalon blitz<br />

Local police have been<br />

conducting sweeps of<br />

Northern Beaches hubs<br />

Manly and Avalon to crack<br />

down on E-Bike and pedal<br />

cycling offences.<br />

Officers from Northern<br />

Beaches Police Area Command<br />

targeted Avalon in late<br />

August, pulling over cyclists<br />

and E-Bike riders committing<br />

offences ranging from<br />

riding on footpaths, riding<br />

across pedestrian crossings<br />

and riding without helmets.<br />

Superintendent Pat Sharkey<br />

told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>: “Officers<br />

including Traffic and<br />

Highway Patrol Command<br />

regularly conduct operations<br />

aimed to increase public<br />

safety and reduce road and<br />

transport-related trauma.<br />

“Recently, police conducted<br />

operations in Avalon,<br />

where a range of traffic offences<br />

were detected. Similar<br />

operations have been<br />

conducted in other parts<br />

of the Northern Beaches<br />

in order to promote public<br />

safety.”<br />

He added these operations<br />

also responded to community<br />

concerns that were raised<br />

with police.<br />

– NW<br />

News<br />

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OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong> 25

News<br />

Sandrine offering a<br />

French connection<br />

Some might find it hard to pronounce Sandrine Iratchet<br />

Bonython’s name even with a glass of Bordeaux in hand.<br />

But Sandrine – with a culinary contribution from her<br />

sister Isabelle – has come up with a tres-magnifique concept to<br />

assist both Francophiles<br />

and those unfamiliar<br />

with the French language,<br />

including those with travel<br />

on their minds, to become<br />

more comfortable with all<br />

things Gallic.<br />

Born in Avalon, it’s an<br />

idea that should go global.<br />

From Tuesday 17<br />

<strong>October</strong> at 5.30pm,<br />

Sandrine will host four<br />

two-hours-30-minutes<br />

French lessons at<br />

Bookoccino (now the<br />

village’s only book shop).<br />

Limited to a group of<br />

16, each session isn’t<br />

like the lesson you may<br />

have learned at school.<br />

And it isn’t only for<br />

beginners, Sandrine<br />

explains, but for<br />

Francophiles generally<br />

who want to improve<br />

their vocabulary or<br />

pronunciation.<br />

“I make learning<br />

French interesting and<br />

fun,” Sandrine says<br />

from her “atelier” in<br />

Avalon where she also<br />

gives private lessons via<br />

her business, Rendezvous<br />

en Français.<br />

“I let people connect with the country so they can learn<br />

French as it should be learned with confidence and at least go<br />

into a boulangerie and order a baguette,” she explains.<br />

Sandrine’s concept, conceived in COVID, is brilliantly simple.<br />

The first half consists of Sandrine giving conversational French<br />

lessons.<br />

Then there is an “intermission” during which sister Isabelle<br />

serves her “amuse-bouche” – small canapé-type morsels<br />

pertaining to the region of France that will be discussed (with<br />

film footage) after the break.<br />

“I call it travelling to France without leaving the Northern<br />

Beaches,” Sandrine says. “We visit a different region every<br />

Tuesday.”<br />

In this season – the third held at Bookoccino since 2021 when<br />

she launched the event – the first meeting will feature Nouvelle-<br />

Aquitaine, the giant south-west corner of France around<br />

Bordeaux where the sisters grew up.<br />

“Then we go to Brittany and the Occitanie before finishing in<br />

Paris,” she says.<br />

“I find people learning a new language find it easier if<br />

they are comfortable. French is not too difficult compared to<br />

learning English. It is much more logical. Sixty per cent of the<br />

two languages are shared anyway,” she says.<br />

The four-week course costs $495 including wine and amusebouche.<br />

– Steve Meacham<br />

*More info and bookings at Sandrine.com.au<br />

PARIS MATCH: Sandrine with husband Tim.<br />

26 OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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News<br />

Bayview boost for female golfers<br />

Golfers will experience<br />

fewer closures, restrictions<br />

and poor playing<br />

conditions at Bayview Golf<br />

Club after the completion of<br />

works from a grant allocated<br />

by the former NSW Liberal<br />

Government.<br />

With a focus on securing<br />

more involvement by women<br />

and girls, Bayview GC received<br />

$482,490 to improve and construct<br />

course drainage across<br />

its layout.<br />

The course has historically<br />

been prone to flooding, with<br />

Cahill Creek running through<br />

it and joining <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

The Club said the construction<br />

of irrigation and subsurface<br />

drainage would reduce<br />

the risk of fairways flooding<br />

and limit impacts of climate<br />

change.<br />

“If the course does not flood<br />

it can stay open more days, increasing<br />

participation particularly<br />

for our female players who<br />

have found muddy fairways<br />

unpalatable,” the project brief<br />

states.<br />

“Improved playing conditions<br />

will attract golfers to<br />

exercise, which improves social<br />

connection, health including<br />

mental health, educational and<br />

economic benefits for the community.<br />

“Plus the betterment will improve<br />

sustainability following<br />

natural disaster.”<br />

Bayview GC appointed local<br />

contractor Neverstop to undertake<br />

works, in conjunction with<br />

the Club’s Greens staff led by<br />

James Thomas.<br />

In total, 14 holes of irrigation<br />

have been modernised and<br />

connected to the central control<br />

system. Over 90 irrigation<br />

zones were installed, comprising<br />

more than 400 sprinklers<br />

to ensure edge-to-edge coverage<br />

tee through greens.<br />

Club President Irene Newport<br />

thanked local MP Rory Amon<br />

for the former Government’s<br />

grant at the official opening<br />

ceremony in September.<br />

“Sport breaks the barriers<br />

that divide us, promoting<br />

mental and physical health<br />

OPENING: Bayview GC President<br />

Irene Newport and MP Rory Amon.<br />

and inclusion, no matter what<br />

ability, race, religion, culture or<br />

age,” said Ms Newport.<br />

“Some 75 years on from the<br />

founder’s sheep farm, we are<br />

now more resilient to natural<br />

events. My wish is for Bayview<br />

to look to the next 75 years and<br />

beyond, building a stronger,<br />

happier and safer community.”<br />

Bayview COO Paul Clarke<br />

said the Club was a forerunner<br />

in promoting women’s golf.<br />

“The Club’s women members<br />

have the same rights as their<br />

male counterparts and we are<br />

looking to further enhance the<br />

golfing experience through the<br />

use of gender-neutral tees.”<br />

Mr Amon said recent statistics<br />

showed women’s membership<br />

of golf clubs had increased<br />

by 4 per cent, with men’s<br />

numbers rising 2.5 per cent.<br />

“Often people will look at<br />

golf courses and say, ‘we can<br />

turn that to football fields’…<br />

but they don’t appreciate that<br />

golf is a sport which can be<br />

played by people at all ages,”<br />

he said.<br />

“If you don’t invest in the<br />

facilities for people to engage in<br />

golf, then you’re going to have a<br />

generation of people that, when<br />

they can’t play contact sports,<br />

can’t stay active.”<br />

Bayview’s grant was awarded<br />

through the Sport Infrastructure<br />

Recovery Fund 2022-23.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

28 OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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It’s time to split!<br />

Permaculture Northern Beaches (PNB) is on the lookout<br />

for volunteers to help observe or split native bee hives<br />

in <strong>October</strong> and November.<br />

PNB runs a successful native bee program where it<br />

provides schools, community gardens and kindergartens<br />

with hives every season.<br />

In late Spring, the<br />

group split these native<br />

bee hives at the gardens/<br />

homes of long-term PNB<br />

supporters and community<br />

gardens.<br />

Hive splits are from<br />

Mosman to Balgowlah to<br />

Mona Vale.<br />

PNB will also run a Bee<br />

Diversity Highway talk at<br />

the Narrabeen Tramshed<br />

on Thursday 26 <strong>October</strong>. HELP: Split hives.<br />

Native bees are a critical<br />

part of our biodiversity as pollinators of native fauna<br />

and foods and their numbers are impacted due to the<br />

use of insecticides and pesticides in public spaces and in<br />

gardens. This event will outline an initiative to help our<br />

bees thrive.<br />

Entry is by donation ($5 is recommended); all are welcome.<br />

Organic teas and coffees are available, bring a plate<br />

to share food or swap plants, books, CDs, and items for<br />

your home or garden.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

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

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong> 29

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 major Election ’98 issues were<br />

aired – with local candidates saying they<br />

would work for improved health care<br />

and education, a better deal for older<br />

Australians, well-managed nursing homes,<br />

more childcare places, adequate public<br />

transport, safe and efficient main roads,<br />

assistance for small businesses owners<br />

and protection of our natural environment.<br />

Independent Bob Ellis won top spot on the<br />

Mackellar election ballot and the editor<br />

at the time proclaimed sitting member<br />

Bronwyn Bishop “… will retain the seat (it is<br />

the second safest Liberal seat in Australia)<br />

but could be forced to preferences as a result<br />

of the intervention of One Nation (John<br />

Webeck) and the Democrat Vicki Dimond as<br />

well as the vigorous campaign that Labor’s<br />

Nick Lorentzen has been putting up, with Tom Keneally<br />

and Barry Unsworth at his launch. Mrs Bishop had broadcaster<br />

Alan Jones to open her campaign.” In other news “The ‘Golden<br />

Oldies’ of board surfing and their sixties longboards” were<br />

preparing to descend on Palm Beach for the third annual<br />

Old Mal Rally; Narrabeen was about to lose its second major<br />

bank with the closure of the National Australia Bank, “earlier<br />

this year the Narrabeen Branch of the ANZ Bank closed leaving<br />

15 Years Ago…<br />

only two majors, The Commonwealth and<br />

Westpac in the area”; The Red Cross Shop<br />

in Newport was appealing for volunteers;<br />

and three local butchers and Frank Cipri’s<br />

fruit and vegetables shop were “feeling<br />

the threat of the large companies” with<br />

Franklins opening a Big Fresh selling<br />

pre-packaged meats and a wider range of<br />

fruit and vegetables. Frank summed up<br />

the feelings of all four business owners:<br />

“We will continue to offer the freshest quality<br />

foods, competitive prices and personalised<br />

service – and that’s something they cannot<br />

do.” There was a special offer for music<br />

lovers with the “four record shops” in<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> offering readers a free compact<br />

disc when they bought any two $9.95<br />

CDs; and the video shop in Avalon was<br />

“now selling N64 and PlayStations and accessories at better<br />

than KMART prices”. <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s first Artfest for young artists<br />

was “an extraordinary success, with more than 200 entries”.<br />

North Av’s Beach Without Sand celebrated its 15th birthday<br />

with drinks, a BBQ and entertainment; and Local Government<br />

Minister Ernie Page assured locals “there will be no forced<br />

amalgamation of <strong>Pittwater</strong>, Warringah and Manly into a super<br />

Council”.<br />

5 Years Ago…<br />

The cover was the winner of Mayor unopposed with four new Volunteer life savers were back<br />

the children’s Artfest which faces joining the ranks – Crs on the beaches from the long<br />

attracted more than 450 works. Harvey Rose, Peter Hock, Ian weekend. It was a big month<br />

The winning entry was created by White and Jacqueline Townsend. for creative types, with the<br />

a group of 20 kids who each drew Meanwhile, a lack of funding <strong>Pittwater</strong> Artists Trail and the<br />

their favourite sportsperson. In had delayed plans for a new<br />

Newport Sculpture Trail both<br />

the <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council Election, playground at Governor Phillip<br />

scheduled; the preferred site<br />

David James was re-elected Park at Palm Beach; however<br />

for the long-awaited local art<br />

plans were proceeding at the<br />

playgrounds affected by “the<br />

space north of Mona Vale was<br />

salmonella virus in the sand” revealed; and local producer<br />

at Winnererremy Bay, Avalon Allanah Zitserman released her<br />

Beach and Hitchcock Park where new movie Ladies In Black. The State Government<br />

fresh sand and bark was being announced up to $2.45million would go towards an<br />

put down to “help keep the virus expanded dredging program for the troublesome Ettalong<br />

under control”. Plans to build Channel to keep it navigable. NSW Planning Minister<br />

six units for over 55-year-olds Anthony Roberts called for a stop to “overdevelopment<br />

on Ocean Road Palm Beach whingeing”. Meanwhile, the first meeting of the Avalon<br />

were rejected by the Land and Community reference group to discuss the Avalon Place<br />

Environment Court upholding<br />

Plan was about to be held. Council was investigating<br />

strong objections from Council<br />

closing the Avalon Customer Service office; our <strong>Life</strong><br />

and residents; The Royal Motor<br />

Stories featured founder of 1 Million Women Natalie<br />

Yacht Club held the 8th Timber<br />

Boat Festival; and the mag<br />

Isaacs; Passionate local youth advocate Justene Gordon<br />

profiled 14-year-old dancer was bestowed with the 2018 <strong>Pittwater</strong> Community Service<br />

Nathan Brook of Clareville Award; we ran a story about the local events scheduled<br />

who was heading off to the during Mental Health month; and The Mona Vale Hospital<br />

Australian Ballet School in Urgent Care Centre and The Northern Beaches Hospital<br />

Melbourne.<br />

opened on <strong>October</strong> 30.<br />

30 OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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News<br />

SEEN…<br />

A succession of low 20-degree days with little wind presented<br />

firefighters with the perfect conditions to undertake strategic<br />

hazard-reduction burns across Sydney in early September –<br />

with Mona Vale headland the focus. FRNSW deployed firefighters<br />

from Mona Vale, Mount Druitt, Silverwater, Campsie,<br />

Fairfield and Lidcombe around the half hectare coastal site in<br />

a four-hour burn. Teams set up containment lines, bordered<br />

by walking tracks and the cliff face to the beach, keeping<br />

flame heights to three or four metres to ensure safe management<br />

of the fuel load which was determined to be “extremely<br />

high”. While the conditions were ideal for firefighters, the<br />

ensuing days of smoke haze presented poor air quality for<br />

Sydney – with the city rated the fourth worst in the world for a<br />

couple of days.<br />

HEARD…<br />

Northern Beaches Council has defended its grant-funded<br />

public art murals at Mona Vale, including the Mona Vale<br />

Memorial Hall, in the wake of complaints from some residents<br />

and criticism from community group ‘Friends of Mona<br />

Vale’. Mayor Sue Heins told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> that Council was<br />

rolling out murals in Mona Vale (plus Curl Curl and Manly)<br />

to kerb a spate of graffiti vandalism – with Mona Vale Village<br />

Park and surrounds a key target. “The graffiti management<br />

program is a research-based approach to reducing vandalism<br />

and improving our public spaces,” she said. “Artists are<br />

transforming laneways, streets and buildings with stunning<br />

new artworks, and mentoring young people from across the<br />

Northern Beaches as part of this program.” Mona Vale was the<br />

major hotspot requiring clean-up – for the period 1 January<br />

2022 to 5 September <strong>2023</strong>, Mona Vale was the third highest<br />

suburb location across the Northern Beaches with graffiti<br />

removal requiring 696 hours and 4383 square metres. Mayor<br />

Heins added the graffiti management program was separate<br />

to the Mona Vale Place Plan. “This short-term, grant-funded<br />

project does not prevent any long-term actions from the Place<br />

Plan being implemented,” she said… Meanwhile a reader from<br />

north of the Bilgola Bends, who wished to remain anonymous,<br />

sent us the image below which highlights the danger faced by<br />

commuters getting off buses at the bus stop opposite Careel<br />

Bay shops, on the western side of Barrenjoey Rd. “There is a<br />

large, uncovered ditch/drain on the side of the road… if you<br />

didn’t know it was there you could easily fall into it when<br />

getting off via the back doors. I have written to Council about<br />

this since January… they said they were making a grate to<br />

put over it but nothing has been done. It’s mind boggling!” We<br />

have passed on the concern to local Councillors.<br />

ABSURD…<br />

Sniffing inaction by<br />

the (relatively) new<br />

Minns State Government<br />

– who prior to<br />

its election in March<br />

promised it would act<br />

to scrap to controversial<br />

PEP-11 offshore<br />

gas and oil exploration<br />

lease – the holders<br />

of the licence Advent<br />

Energy have been<br />

talking up progressing<br />

steps to drill for<br />

gas. <strong>Pittwater</strong> MP Rory<br />

Amon says he is tired<br />

of state politicians laying<br />

the blame for the<br />

ongoing saga on the<br />

former Liberal State<br />

Government. “Despite<br />

claiming to be against<br />

offshore gas and oil<br />

exploration, the NSW<br />

Labor Government,<br />

Independents and the Greens chose to delay a ban proposed<br />

by my Private Members Bill and sent it to a committee in June.<br />

Absurdly, the committee is inquiring as to the environmental<br />

impacts of PEP-11.” Mr Amon said the committee was not due<br />

to report their findings until November <strong>2023</strong>, meaning there<br />

was unlikely to be any action until 2024. “In June, I said that<br />

referring the Bill to a committee might mean that steps to<br />

mine offshore gas and oil could be taken in the meantime. As<br />

sure as day follows night, this month market announcements<br />

were made by the owners of the PEP-11 license that they are<br />

progressing steps to mine offshore gas. NSW Labor may protest<br />

and circulate petitions against PEP-11, but the reality is<br />

they are sitting on their hands doing nothing.”<br />

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Bowlo offers ‘Daylight Savings’<br />

Daylight Saving returns on <strong>October</strong> 1 – that’s also when<br />

Newport Bowling Club starts offering its ‘Daylight Savings’<br />

with a special social membership offer: Each new member will<br />

enjoy a 15-month membership for the usual $12-month membership<br />

fee of $10.<br />

Socialise in the Clubhouse’s unpretentious lounge bar, enjoy<br />

a catch-up with friends for a beverage or two (they have more<br />

than 60 beers to choose from) on the large, covered veranda,<br />

a game of barefoot bowls – plus also from <strong>October</strong>, your<br />

favourite Lucky & Pep’s pizza, delivered directly to your table<br />

overlooking the bowling greens.<br />

*More info call 9999 1661, email newportbowling@bigpond.<br />

com, or just drop by and introduce yourself!<br />

News<br />

New Music Society<br />

hitting the high notes<br />

Those with a love and appreciation<br />

of classical music<br />

will be able to share their<br />

interest with similar-minded<br />

locals following the formation<br />

of a new dedicated local<br />

group – the Northern Beaches<br />

Classical Music Society – that<br />

will meet regularly to appraise<br />

and discuss famous and not so<br />

famous works. Leading the association<br />

is Mona Vale GP and<br />

Newport resident Dr Ivor Zetler,<br />

who established the Sydney<br />

Classical Music Society around<br />

20 years ago. “We presented<br />

lectures by famous musicians<br />

such as conductors Christopher<br />

Hogwood (our patron), Simone<br />

Young, Richard Bonynge<br />

(who lived at Whale Beach at<br />

the time) and Richard Hickox,”<br />

said Ivor. “The composer Peter<br />

Sculthorpe also gave a series<br />

of talks on composing. There<br />

were multiple other events and<br />

concerts including a wonderful<br />

series of organ recital in local<br />

schools and churches.” More<br />

info email Ivor at izetler@<br />

ozemail.com.au<br />

Boost your mind –<br />

learn to play bridge<br />

Are you thinking about<br />

increasing your social connections<br />

or boosting your mental<br />

stimulation? Consider learning<br />

bridge – it offers an engaging<br />

social game that’s supported by<br />

Alzheimer’s Australia. Players<br />

not only meet new people but<br />

also make life-long friends.<br />

Peninsula Bridge Club is a notfor-profit<br />

organisation in Warriewood.<br />

Accredited teachers<br />

host daytime and evening beginner<br />

classes throughout the<br />

year. Their groups are small,<br />

and no prior card knowledge<br />

is necessary. You don’t even<br />

need to bring a partner. Age is<br />

no barrier. Cost is $100 which<br />

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Roll up for circus fun<br />

Stardust Circus returns to the Northern Beaches in <strong>October</strong><br />

with shows in Manly and Warriewood.<br />

This family-owned and operated Circus opened in 1993,<br />

although it has carnival links back to 1896!<br />

The performing troupe consists of 38 family members –<br />

ranging from 6-year-olds to 54-year-olds, performing aerial,<br />

acrobatic and comedy acts, a ‘wheel of death’, quick change,<br />

dancing and magic illusions.<br />

The ‘fun of the fair’ opens one hour before each show, with<br />

Dodgem cars, rides, jumping castle and show bags.<br />

Performers train several times a week and the Circus has two<br />

full-time school teachers for the group’s 10 school-aged kids.<br />

*Dates are 13-29 <strong>October</strong> (Hinkler Park, Manly) and 3-26<br />

November (Boondah Reserve, Warriewood). Tickets and info<br />

stardustcircus.com.au<br />

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‘Lollypalooza’ for Halloween<br />

W<br />

ith Halloween’s popularity in Australia growing, many<br />

local families are looking for fun and safe ways to meet<br />

neighbours, dress up and collect lollies with their kids.<br />

Narrabeen Baptist Church has recognised this and will host<br />

‘Lollypalooza’ on Halloween, 31 <strong>October</strong>, from 4.30-7pm.<br />

Families can expect stacks of lollies, as well as carnival-type<br />

games, crafts and face-painting. There will also be a sausage sizzle.<br />

There’s no need to register for this free community event –<br />

just show up!<br />

*Lollypalooza at Narrabeen Baptist Church, 13 Grenfell Ave,<br />

North Narrabeen.<br />

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Continued from page 36<br />

includes four lessons plus a<br />

practice game. Textbook and<br />

follow-up notes are included.<br />

More info peninsulabridgeclub.<br />

org.au<br />

Meet your local MPs<br />

Bayview and Church Point residents<br />

will hold a community<br />

gathering near the Flying Fox<br />

play area at Winnererremy Bay<br />

Park on Sunday 15 <strong>October</strong>. The<br />

informal ‘meet your neighbour’<br />

and ‘meet your elected<br />

representatives’ event will run<br />

from 12 noon through 2.30pm.<br />

In attendance will be Mackellar<br />

Federal MP Dr Sophie Scamps,<br />

NSW State <strong>Pittwater</strong> MP Rory<br />

Amon, Northern Beaches Mayor<br />

Sue Heins and <strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward<br />

Councillors Michael Gencher<br />

and Miranda Korzy. More info<br />

Peter Blanchard (0417 231 128).<br />

Learn new knitting<br />

and crochet skills<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Group of Knitters’<br />

Guild NSW are holding a knitting<br />

and crochet gathering<br />

at Narrabeen Surf Club on 4<br />

November (1.30-3.30pm). Enjoy<br />

learning new skills or reviving<br />

old ones with workshops on<br />

crochet and knitting. Discover<br />

how knitting and crochet can<br />

be a form of relaxation and<br />

mindfulness. Tea, coffee, and<br />

cakes will be available ($2<br />

donation), plus a raffle with<br />

great prizes. All ages welcome;<br />

bookings email pittwater@<br />

knittersguildnsw.org.au<br />

Prepare for bushfires<br />

Mackellar MP Dr Sophie<br />

Scamps will host a free ‘Fire in<br />

the Forest’ community panel<br />

event at Glen Street Theatre on<br />

Tuesday 10 <strong>October</strong> to educate<br />

locals about how to prepare for<br />

the upcoming bushfire season.<br />

The expo will feature information<br />

stalls from Fire and Rescue<br />

NSW; The Red Cross; The<br />

Rural Fire Service; NSW SES;<br />

and Sydney Wildlife Rescue. Dr<br />

Sophie Scamps will facilitate<br />

a conversation between Greg<br />

Mullins (former Commissioner<br />

of Fire and Rescue NSW and<br />

internationally renowned fire<br />

and rescue expert); Dr Simon<br />

Bradshaw (author and Research<br />

Director at the Climate Council);<br />

and Tim Buckley (Climate and<br />

Energy analyst, member of the<br />

Climate Energy Alliance and<br />

former Australasian Director<br />

of the Institute for Energy Economics<br />

and Financial Analysis.<br />

Doors will open at 6pm, with<br />

the panel event taking place at<br />

7pm. Dr Scamps said: “We are<br />

fortunate to be surrounded by<br />

beautiful National Parks and<br />

bushland, but this beauty also<br />

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Nada Herman open studios<br />

Local artist Nada Herman will hold open studios over three<br />

weekends in <strong>October</strong>.<br />

View her stunning works at the historic property ‘Hy-brasil’<br />

on <strong>October</strong> 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22 (plenty of parking at the top of<br />

the driveway).<br />

Nada specialises in large, bold, colourful oil paintings, using<br />

loads of paint in a dynamic, textured style, depicting the local<br />

area with its beautiful waterways and oceans.<br />

(Nada’s work features on the cover of this month’s issue of<br />

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

*More info nada-art.com<br />

poses a significant fire risk.<br />

Meteorologists are predicting<br />

a hot and dry summer ahead<br />

while the Rural Fire Service is<br />

warning NSW could be in for a<br />

dangerous fire season – including<br />

on the Northern Beaches.<br />

While our amazing local,<br />

volunteer-led rural fire services<br />

have been doing everything<br />

possible to prepare for the fire<br />

season, their attempts to carry<br />

out hazard reduction burns<br />

have been hampered by wet<br />

weather. So as a community<br />

we must also do our bit to<br />

help prepare for the upcoming<br />

bushfire season.” Registrations<br />

essential – head to sophiescamps.com.au/events<br />

Housing, energy<br />

crisis seminar<br />

Sydney Alliance is hosting a<br />

Housing and Energy workshop<br />

on 4 <strong>October</strong> from 7-9pm at<br />

Our Lady of Dolours Catholic<br />

Church Chatswood (94 Archer<br />

Street Chatswood). The workshop<br />

will cover concrete goals<br />

and solutions to understand<br />

everyday issues related to<br />

housing and energy costs. The<br />

workshop seeks to build solutions<br />

locals can take to local,<br />

State and Federal parliamentarians<br />

for response. “The cost<br />

of living, housing affordability<br />

and the energy crisis affects<br />

everyone. We are all impacted<br />

when essential workers – bus<br />

drivers, medical staff, baristas<br />

and teachers – can’t afford to<br />

live locally,” the organisers<br />

said. Info and registrations<br />

sydneyalliance.org.au<br />

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Find your groove at Narrabeen<br />

Get ready to sing your heads off and dance up a storm when<br />

the Northern Beaches Music Festival returns to Narrabeen<br />

on the weekend of 4-5 November.<br />

Enjoy a variety of music genres across five stages at the<br />

Tramshed and adjoining Berry Reserve.<br />

Blending mellow with the upbeat, among the dozens of acts<br />

will be cool bands including Cameron Daddo & the Paisley<br />

Prophets; Daddy Long Legs & The Swamp Donkeys; The Mezcaltones;<br />

Dead Mellow; Luke Escombe; The Fallen Robins; Mic<br />

Conway & Robbie Long; Kevin Bennett (The Flood); Jaga Band;<br />

Moussa Diakite and more!<br />

The Festival is the creation of seven Northern Beaches music<br />

venues: The Shack, Fairlight Folk, Humph Hall, The Fig, SongsOnStage,<br />

The Acoustic Picnic and The Music Lounge, together<br />

with Radio Northern Beaches.<br />

Executive Producer Paul Robertson said the Festival Village<br />

will once again feature world cuisine (everything from Nepalese<br />

curries to Serbian wraps) and great merchandise stalls.<br />

The Northern Beaches Music Festival is a not-for-profit,<br />

community-based event operating since 2011. It’s being supported<br />

by a grant from Northern Beaches Council.<br />

* More info, tickets and full schedule visit northernbeachesmusicfestival.org<br />

Edible Garden Trail<br />

The Sydney Edible Garden Trail<br />

is back for another exciting<br />

year, inviting all nature enthusiasts,<br />

gardening aficionados,<br />

and food lovers to explore a vibrant<br />

tapestry of lush gardens<br />

on 4-5 November. This eagerly<br />

anticipated non-profit event<br />

promises a weekend of inspiration,<br />

education, and community<br />

building. The Trail showcases<br />

an array of community,<br />

school and private gardens<br />

that seamlessly blend beautiful<br />

landscapes with practical<br />

food production. All profits<br />

support local initiatives aimed<br />

at improving access to fresh,<br />

healthy food and promoting<br />

sustainable urban agriculture.<br />

Adult tickets are $28 and family<br />

tickets $59. More info and<br />

tickets go to sydneyediblegardentrail.com<br />

Nominate for Council<br />

Australia Day Awards<br />

Nominations for Northern<br />

Beaches Council’s 2024<br />

Australia Day Awards which<br />

recognise and celebrate the<br />

outstanding contributions of<br />

local residents, community<br />

groups and events close on<br />

30 <strong>October</strong>. Each year Council<br />

acknowledges special individuals<br />

and event organisers<br />

who make a difference in our<br />

community across several<br />

award categories. This year<br />

a new category is included<br />

– Community Group of the<br />

Year. Also, for the first time<br />

ever the Outstanding Achievement<br />

Award is open to<br />

non-Australian Citizens. This<br />

year’s seven award categories<br />

are Citizen of the Year; Senior<br />

Citizen of the Year (65 years<br />

or older); Young Citizen of<br />

the Year (under 25 years);<br />

Outstanding Community<br />

Service; Sportsperson of the<br />

Year; Community Event of the<br />

Year; and Community Group<br />

of the Year. To nominate visit<br />

Council’s website.<br />

Katandra Bushland<br />

Sanctuary by Night<br />

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

Association is hosting a night<br />

‘spotlighting adventure’ at Katandra<br />

Bushland Sanctuary on<br />

15 <strong>October</strong>. The 16 mammals<br />

recorded here include the<br />

Sugar Glider, Feathertail Glider<br />

and Eastern Pygmy Possum;<br />

also, Powerful Owls are known<br />

to nest here. Moderate fitness<br />

needed. Find out more about<br />

Katandra at katandrabushlandsanctuary.com;<br />

registrations<br />

and more info email<br />

pnhainfo@gmail.com<br />

Zonta Trivia Night<br />

Zonta Club of Northern Beaches<br />

is holding a Trivia Night on<br />

Saturday 4 November to raise<br />

funds for its International<br />

Birthing Kits Project. Get down<br />

to the Mona Vale Memorial<br />

Hall for a 7pm start. Bring gold<br />

coins for games, cash for the<br />

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

The next meeting of the Palm Beach and<br />

Peninsula Probus Club is on Wednesday<br />

18 <strong>October</strong> at Club Palm Beach, commencing<br />

9.30am. After a short formal meeting<br />

and morning tea, guest speaker, Kez Hasanic<br />

from the Maritime Museum will talk about the<br />

sinking of the luxury liner Lusitania in 1915. A<br />

single torpedo from a U-20 Boat off the coast of<br />

Ireland sank the giant ship in just 18 minutes,<br />

drowning almost all passengers and crew<br />

in what is regarded as one of history’s most<br />

terrible maritime disasters. Retired men and<br />

women are welcome to attend as visitors; more<br />

info 0421 435 792.<br />

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

Club, well-known local identity Geoff Searl<br />

will talk about how Avalon Beach grew from<br />

a remote holiday camping site to a thriving<br />

beachside suburb. Meeting at Mona Vale Surf<br />

Club on Tuesday 10 <strong>October</strong> commences 10am.<br />

Visitors welcome; more info Terry Larke (0412<br />

220 820).<br />

Narrabeen Lakes Probus Club next meets<br />

on Wednesday 25 <strong>October</strong> at Narrabeen Baptist<br />

Church. Doors open at 9.45am for 10am meeting.<br />

The club has around 80 members (visitors<br />

welcome, no waiting list). The <strong>October</strong> speaker<br />

will be Matt Murphy, whose subject will be<br />

‘Rum: a distilled history of NSW, from colonial<br />

times to the 20th century’. More info call or text<br />

0424 464 047.<br />

The next meeting of the Combined Probus<br />

Club of Mona Vale is on Tuesday, 17 <strong>October</strong>,<br />

at <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL Club (commences 10am). The<br />

<strong>October</strong> guest speaker is wildlife photographer<br />

Rita Shaw, who is passionate about nature<br />

and all things living and loves being able to<br />

raffle and your own nibbles,<br />

drinks and glasses. Book your<br />

table of eight or organisers will<br />

place you; bookings zontanb@<br />

gmail.com or call Annette on<br />

0417 236 982. Cost $30, payable<br />

on the door.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> High ’81-’83<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> High classes of 1981<br />

to 1983 are calling for classmates<br />

to attend their 40-year<br />

reunion. The event is on 22<br />

photograph extraordinary moments in an<br />

animal’s day-to-day life. After many years of<br />

enjoying photography and promoting rhino<br />

conservation as hobbies, Rita went to Africa<br />

for the first time in 2008. She regularly travels<br />

to Africa and other countries, where she specialises<br />

in wildlife photography. “Game drives<br />

in Africa, India and other countries provide an<br />

opportunity to highlight the otherwise secret<br />

lives of these amazing creatures,” she says.<br />

Rita’s book ‘A Rhino Lady in Africa’ is a précis<br />

of her first 12 trips to Africa between 2008<br />

and 2014. Visitors welcome to attend; more<br />

info call Robert (0407 202 266).<br />

The next meeting of the Bilgola Plateau<br />

Probus Club at Newport Bowling Club on<br />

Friday 6 <strong>October</strong> marks the Club’s one-year<br />

anniversary – in that time it has grown from<br />

eight members to around 100! The <strong>October</strong><br />

guest speaker Hans Kunnen, who was working<br />

in New York on 11 September 2000 when<br />

he found himself in the middle of this tragic,<br />

world-altering event. Hans will speak about<br />

his experience and his interactions with<br />

people he saw and leaned upon as they tried<br />

to make their way out of the chaos. Visitors<br />

welcome; doors open from 9.30am. More info<br />

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

The speaker at the next Newport Probus<br />

Club meeting will be Ian ‘Herbie’ Hemphill,<br />

Managing Director of Herbie’s Spices and the<br />

author of The Herbs and Spices Bible. He will<br />

speak about ‘Spices, the plants that changed<br />

the World’. The meeting will be held at Newport<br />

Bowling Club on Thursday 5 <strong>October</strong>,<br />

commencing 10am. Visitors welcome; more<br />

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

November at Mona Vale Bowling<br />

Club. “This reunion is a<br />

chance to reconnect, celebrate<br />

our achievements and create<br />

lasting bonds,” said organiser<br />

Annette Burgoyne (nee Gale).<br />

Event starts 6pm. Tickets $50<br />

via trybooking.com/CKPOS<br />

Vet<br />

on call<br />

with Dr Brown<br />

Spring is truly on its way, and<br />

it is an exciting time of year<br />

for many of us, including our<br />

pets. It is a great time for lots of<br />

outdoor activities and exercise<br />

is hugely beneficial for both<br />

cats and dogs. If your cat is exclusively<br />

indoors it is important<br />

that they have regular play time<br />

or a safe outdoor space where<br />

you can supervise them both<br />

for mental and physical health.<br />

There are also some hidden<br />

hazards to be aware of. Long<br />

walks with your dog are to be<br />

enjoyed but always ensure you<br />

keep a close eye on them as<br />

several spring flowers, bulbs<br />

and mushrooms can be toxic.<br />

Cats can also become a little<br />

too curious so be sure to know<br />

which plants in your garden<br />

are toxic to them. Fertilisers<br />

are also on the increase and<br />

can pose serious danger. Any<br />

concerns of possible ingestion<br />

contact your vet immediately.<br />

Many insects and parasites<br />

start to increase in the warmer<br />

months. Spring is the breeding<br />

season for ticks including the<br />

paralysis tick. Ensure your pet is<br />

up to date with their tick prevention<br />

and check them frequently<br />

every day. Heartworm can<br />

cause serious health problems<br />

and the best way to avoid this is<br />

prevention. If you are unsure of<br />

the best prevention for your pet<br />

and how frequently this should<br />

be given, speak to your vet for<br />

advice. Another insect to be<br />

aware of for both cats and dogs<br />

are bees. They can seem a fun,<br />

enticing thing to chase and bite;<br />

however, stings can be as simple<br />

as a small swelling or cause<br />

a serious allergic reaction.<br />

Snakes are waking up also<br />

and for curious dogs or cats attempting<br />

a little toe tap, it could<br />

result in a rather painful and<br />

potentially fatal snake bite.<br />

Finally, a little harder to avoid,<br />

are allergies. Grass and pollen<br />

are the big ones, and they can<br />

often cause skin irritation and<br />

it isn’t always easy to know the<br />

direct cause.<br />

Although allergies are mostly<br />

unavoidable, they can be managed<br />

with the help of your vet.<br />

For more info call the team at<br />

Avalon (9918 0833) or Newport<br />

(9997 4609).<br />

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Proud heritage<br />

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

Newport resident Neil Evers explains the<br />

learning curve he and his family have<br />

been on since discovering their Aboriginal<br />

ancestry almost 20 years ago.<br />

Story by Rosamund Burton<br />

Eighteen years ago, Neil who worked in the lime trade, helped. They said, you’ve got butcher’s shop in Mona Vale,<br />

Evers’ cousin Laurie Sarah Wallace had 10 children, to speak from the heart. Learn so I left school on Friday and<br />

Bimson visited Neil at seven of whom survived. Their as much as you can and then started there on Monday. I<br />

his home in Newport. He told<br />

Neil that his brother and he<br />

had been approached by a<br />

man living at the RSL War<br />

Veterans Retirement Village in<br />

Narrabeen called Bob Waterer,<br />

who claimed to be a relation.<br />

Bob Waterer said he had found<br />

a leather pouch while clearing<br />

out his sister’s house, which<br />

contained the birth, death and<br />

marriage certificates of his<br />

parents and other ancestors.<br />

Bob Waterer said that as a<br />

boy he had been told that he<br />

had Aboriginal and German<br />

blood; he said the found<br />

records confirmed that his,<br />

Laurie’s and Neil’s ancestor<br />

Sarah (Biddy) Lewis – also<br />

known as Sarah Wallace – was<br />

an Aboriginal woman, and,<br />

says Neil, part of the Guringai<br />

clan led by Bungaree (who<br />

circumnavigated Australia<br />

with Matthew Flinders from<br />

1801-03).<br />

With John Lewis Ferdinand,<br />

an ex-convict born in Germany,<br />

relationship lasted 40 years.<br />

They lived on the Hawkesbury<br />

at Marramarra Creek and<br />

according to a settler living<br />

nearby, John Lewis used to say<br />

to her: “Sit in the bow of the<br />

boat, Biddy, so I can look at<br />

your beautiful face.”<br />

Neil discovered this family<br />

heritage at the age of 63 and<br />

says it has been a big learning<br />

curve.<br />

“All of a sudden you’re<br />

Aboriginal. People ask what<br />

did Aboriginal people do about<br />

such and such. I’ve got no<br />

idea. I’m learning too,” he says.<br />

“I’ve tried to read up and get a<br />

knowledge of as much as I can.<br />

“One thing my cousin Laurie<br />

and I found out very quickly<br />

was if you are connected to<br />

the Land then you are asked<br />

to give a Welcome to Country.<br />

Suddenly, we’re asked to give<br />

welcomes. We had to learn<br />

what to say and how to say it.<br />

“Fortunately we knew Elders<br />

on the Central Coast and they<br />

welcome people to the country<br />

of your ancestors like you<br />

would welcome someone to<br />

your own home.”<br />

Neil was born at Collaroy<br />

in 1942, and according to his<br />

mother was “not much heavier<br />

than a pound of butter”. He<br />

grew up with his two sisters<br />

in Mona Vale, and their family<br />

home was where Aldi stands<br />

today. His grandparents also<br />

lived in Mona Vale and their<br />

property ran from <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Road right through to Darley<br />

Street. He describes his<br />

grandfather Thomas Bimson<br />

as “… very tall, very English<br />

and bald as a badger. And<br />

grandma was Aboriginal. We<br />

just thought she had a good<br />

suntan.” She was Emily Lewis,<br />

the granddaughter of Sarah<br />

Lewis.<br />

Neil attended Mona Vale<br />

School, then Balgowlah Boys<br />

High School.<br />

“I left school aged 15 or 16.<br />

Mum found me work in the<br />

worked there for eight and a<br />

half years.”<br />

By the time he was 18 he had<br />

a son, and by 21 was married<br />

with a second son, living in<br />

Narrabeen and working three<br />

jobs. In addition to working as<br />

a butcher he mowed lawns at<br />

the weekends and worked at<br />

Mona Vale Bowling Club.<br />

Neil had two more sons with<br />

his second wife, and now has<br />

eight grandchildren and two<br />

great grandchildren. He says<br />

they all know their Aboriginal<br />

heritage and have embraced it.<br />

Sue and Neil have been<br />

married for 42 years, and have<br />

lived at Newport for 40 years.<br />

She has a son, but they have no<br />

children together.<br />

Neil drove a front-end loader,<br />

worked for an office stationery<br />

company, sold feather flowers,<br />

before in the mid-1970s a<br />

friend of his who ran a large<br />

cleaning company offered him<br />

a contract to clean six blocks<br />

of units – four on the Northern<br />

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Beaches and two in Ryde.<br />

He started his own cleaning<br />

business and for two years he<br />

cleaned the apartments on his<br />

own, before he was offered<br />

additional cleaning work by<br />

a Manly real estate company.<br />

His small business took off.<br />

Sue and he ran it together from<br />

their home and at one stage<br />

employed 16 people full-time.<br />

By the early 1990s he held a<br />

diploma in remedial massage<br />

and started a second business,<br />

Peninsula Massage, which he<br />

still operates today.<br />

About 16 years ago Bob<br />

Waterer invited Neil to a<br />

committee meeting of the<br />

Aboriginal Support Group –<br />

Manly Warringah <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

That evening Neil was asked if<br />

he would edit the association’s<br />

newsletter. He agreed to have<br />

a go and has been the editor<br />

of the quarterly newsletter,<br />

Elimatta, ever since.<br />

Soon after, the person<br />

heading the group also<br />

handed over the running<br />

of it to him. The Aboriginal<br />

Support Group was founded<br />

in 1979, initially focusing on<br />

a proposal by the Aboriginal<br />

Treaty Committee to develop<br />

formal treaty negotiations<br />

between the Commonwealth<br />

Government and Indigenous<br />

Australians. Within a couple of<br />

years its focus had expanded<br />

to looking at broader social,<br />

economic and cultural issues.<br />

The group gives support to<br />

Indigenous Australians and<br />

through its information nights,<br />

held every two months, helps<br />

the wider community to gain<br />

an understanding of issues<br />

Indigenous people are facing.<br />

Neil was recently nominated<br />

for the Northern Beaches<br />

Senior Volunteer of the Year<br />

award for his years of work.<br />

The group’s meeting at the<br />

Mona Vale Memorial Hall on 28<br />

August attracted 200 people<br />

to hear Tim Rowse, Emeritus<br />

Professor in the Institute for<br />

Culture and Society at Western<br />

Sydney University, author,<br />

journalist and filmmaker Dr<br />

Jeff McMullen AM, and Liberal<br />

MP for Berowra Julian Leeser,<br />

talk about why they believe it<br />

is imperative to vote Yes in the<br />

upcoming referendum.<br />

In April, Leeser resigned<br />

from his role as Shadow<br />

Attorney-General and Shadow<br />

Minister for Indigenous<br />

Australians, because having<br />

worked for so long to improve<br />

outcomes for First Nations<br />

People, he could not support<br />

the Liberals’ decision to oppose<br />

an Indigenous voice in the<br />

constitution.<br />

Bringing together these<br />

three men, who knew each<br />

other’s work supporting<br />

disadvantaged Indigenous<br />

Australians, but had never<br />

met, to speak to this full hall<br />

of people was for Neil the<br />

culmination of his many years<br />

work in this area.<br />

“How did I get here? I<br />

thought. I’m the guy whose<br />

parents were told that they<br />

may as well get him out of<br />

school because he wasn’t<br />

going to do any good. So<br />

what happened? I have found<br />

something that really touches<br />

my heart and I want to help<br />

people learn more about it.”<br />

The Aboriginal Support<br />

Group also raises money<br />

through its Supporters Annual<br />

Donation fee and donations.<br />

Neil says there are around<br />

1700 Indigenous Australians<br />

living on the Northern Beaches.<br />

The group has supported<br />

several local Aboriginal<br />

families experiencing<br />

financial hardship. Funds<br />

have supported the school at<br />

Toomelah on the Queensland/<br />

NSW border, and to help the<br />

Aboriginal Land Council set<br />

up a men’s group in Western<br />

NSW to address drugs, alcohol,<br />

mental health and domestic<br />

violence. During the drought<br />

Continued on page 46<br />

PHOTO: Rosamund Burton<br />

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

CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE: Neil at home at Newport; helping Dad mow the<br />

lawn at Collaroy in 1944; with his mother, father and oldest sister; delivering<br />

a Welcome to Country on the Beaches; the Evers siblings at the Brookvale<br />

Show in 1954; co-hosting a function at Bilgola Plateau Public School with<br />

Cathy Freeman; Neil’s Aboriginal heritage lies in the Guringai clan, who was<br />

led by pivotal early 1800s figure Bungaree; getting to grips with the wildlife<br />

on a Scout Jamberoo in Queensland in 1957; with Mum Dot.<br />

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Continued from page 45<br />

money was spent on delivering<br />

drinking water to remote<br />

communities.<br />

For the past 15 years Neil has<br />

also been giving talks about<br />

the flamboyant Bungaree, and<br />

Bungaree’s son Bowen, who<br />

was a tracker in the <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

area and the first Aboriginal<br />

to be given a rifle for his own<br />

protection. When children at<br />

Newport Primary School heard<br />

about Bowen, Neil says, they<br />

wanted to make him a local<br />

hero. Bowen settled with his<br />

wife and children at the base<br />

of Barrenjoey Headland and<br />

used to track down illegal<br />

rum stills up the Hawkesbury<br />

River.<br />

“Bowen was walking<br />

through the bush here in<br />

Newport and heard people<br />

calling out ‘murder, murder’.<br />

He saw the local bushranger<br />

Casey, who lived at the top of<br />

Newport Hill attacking two<br />

fellows with a knife and a<br />

gun, and the story goes that<br />

Bowen took aim and Casey<br />

spoke no more.” Later a group<br />

of bushrangers were believed<br />

to have shot Bowen on what is<br />

now called Bushrangers Hill.<br />

“But,” says Neil, “there is no<br />

evidence that he was killed on<br />

this site, and it’s probable that<br />

he died in Sydney, where he<br />

had been taken to.”<br />

Neil often sits on a bench at<br />

the northern end of Palm Beach<br />

below Barrenjoey Headland.<br />

“It’s so peaceful and quiet and<br />

I think: ‘I wonder what this was<br />

like when Bowen lived out here’.”<br />

Several years ago Neil<br />

when on Scotland Island he<br />

was told the island café was<br />

being named Catherine Café.<br />

He asked if that was after<br />

his ancestor, Sarah Wallace’s<br />

daughter Catherine Benns,<br />

who as a long-time resident<br />

was a midwife to many island<br />

families and known as the<br />

Queen of Scotland Island. No,<br />

he was told, it was named after<br />

Catherine Bouffler whose sonin-law<br />

owned Scotland Island<br />

in the 1920s. “Then when the<br />

café was opening I was asked<br />

to do the Welcome to Country,<br />

and the café had been named<br />

Two Catherines Café.”<br />

On 23 August, Neil was<br />

one of the panelists at an<br />

Indigenous Voice to Parliament<br />

Community Forum at Manly<br />

Leagues Club, alongside<br />

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SPEAKING CIRCUIT: Neil was asked to<br />

deliver a REDx Talk at Mona Vale.<br />

Zali Steggall MP, novelist<br />

Thomas Keneally and Voice<br />

activist Thomas Mayo. He was<br />

advertised in the flyer as a<br />

‘Guringai Elder’.<br />

Nathan Moran, the president<br />

of the Metropolitan Local<br />

Aboriginal Land Council,<br />

who has been in dispute with<br />

Neil Evers regarding the land<br />

council’s plan to develop the<br />

Lizard Rock site at Belrose,<br />

spoke on 2GB questioning his<br />

heritage.<br />

“Neil Evers couldn’t identify<br />

that his parents identified<br />

as Aboriginal – he has not<br />

had any upbringing as an<br />

Aboriginal or life experience as<br />

an Aboriginal – and this is for<br />

a discussion about Aboriginal<br />

people.”<br />

Neil is quick to admit he is<br />

not an Elder.<br />

“I might be old [he is 81],<br />

but if people call me an Elder<br />

I tell them I’m not one. Elders<br />

hold knowledge. I don’t.” But<br />

he says there is no doubt<br />

about his Aboriginal ancestry.<br />

“And Nathan Moran has<br />

acknowledged and accepted<br />

me at several meeting for<br />

Aboriginal persons on the<br />

Northern Beaches.”<br />

Neil Evers isn’t interested<br />

in getting into a fight. Now<br />

his focus is on the upcoming<br />

referendum on the Indigenous<br />

Voice to Parliament. He likens<br />

the Australian constitution to a<br />

building.<br />

“For years the Aboriginal<br />

people have been on the<br />

outside of the building. A<br />

government spends millions<br />

of dollars setting up a scheme<br />

and then the next government<br />

rips it up and sets up its own.<br />

But if we can put that advisory<br />

group inside the constitution<br />

it cannot be knocked out. It’s a<br />

very modest request,” he says.<br />

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

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

Art Collective exhibition & sale<br />

ON SHOW: The Collective will feature works<br />

including Face (artist Catherine Frostick) and Birds<br />

of Paradise (Eva Jackson).<br />

The Art Collective, a group of Northern<br />

Beaches artists from varied backgrounds,<br />

will showcase their work in an exhibition<br />

at Terrey Hills on Sunday 5 November.<br />

Located at 13 Terrigal Road, the property’s<br />

studio and garden will be transformed into a<br />

fabulous gallery, offering visitors an eclectic<br />

mix of creative works.<br />

Catherine Frostick is the driving force behind<br />

the Art Collective’s exhibition which provides<br />

artists an opportunity to connect their works to a<br />

wider audience within<br />

the local community.<br />

“On display, will be<br />

a range of different<br />

mediums such as<br />

ceramics, jewellery,<br />

wreaths and paintings<br />

in oil, acrylic, watercolour<br />

and mixed media,”<br />

said Catherine.<br />

“These works<br />

showcase a diversity<br />

of visual language to<br />

foster connections<br />

with others – this<br />

can include floral,<br />

abstract, landscape,<br />

portrait and figurative<br />

paintings; dress jewellery,<br />

using semi-precious<br />

stones, pearls, metal pieces; ceramics that<br />

range from the practical to the fun and quirky<br />

such as Gillian Orton’s ‘Balloon Dog Series’; and<br />

decorative wreaths that welcome the visitor to<br />

your front door.”<br />

Catherine said visitors could buy unique and<br />

original pieces which may be ideal as a festive<br />

gift, or a piece of work that would enhance the<br />

family home.<br />

“An object or artwork that is crafted and instilled<br />

with an idea or message from an artist is truly special,”<br />

she said. “You may even want to commission<br />

an original piece from one of our artists.”<br />

Meet the participating artists including Mariette<br />

Balk, Allison Blake, Deb Burns, Beatrice Lundy,<br />

Amanda Cook, Catherine Frostick, Eva Jackson,<br />

Chrissie Koltai, Peter McDonald, Gillian Orton,<br />

Debra Waters and Monika Zigman. – Nigel Wall<br />

*Exhibition on Sunday 5 November, 9am-4pm,<br />

13 Terrigal Road Terrey Hills; more info call<br />

Eva Jackson 0432 532 150.<br />

Weaving<br />

workshop<br />

with a<br />

difference<br />

Join local Northern Beaches<br />

artist and environmental<br />

advocate Louise Nade in a fun<br />

and relaxing weaving workshop<br />

on Sunday 8 <strong>October</strong>. Louise<br />

is partnering with Reverse<br />

Garbage to deliver a unique<br />

workshop for all skill levels.<br />

Discover how to think differently<br />

about materials and use a<br />

variety of reclaimed resources<br />

to create your own abstract<br />

artwork. To be held in the Reverse<br />

Garbage Education space<br />

at The Hub, Kimbriki Resource<br />

Recovery Centre, this workshop<br />

is part of the exciting Sydney<br />

Craft Week program happening<br />

6-15 <strong>October</strong>.<br />

Operating since 1975,<br />

Reverse Garbage (RG) is a leading<br />

self-funded, not-for-profit<br />

charity, championing reuse and<br />

sustainability. Committed to the<br />

circular economy, RG delivers<br />

on social, economic and environmental<br />

impact targets.<br />

By supplying artists, schools,<br />

education programs, dramatic<br />

arts groups and creatives of<br />

all professions for almost 50<br />

years, their positive impact on<br />

the reduction of landfill is staggering.<br />

In the year 2020/2021<br />

RG diverted 146,103 kilos from<br />

landfill, served 42,012 customers<br />

and had 10,139 participants<br />

attend education programs.<br />

A Beaches local, member<br />

of the <strong>Pittwater</strong> Artist Trail<br />

and Tree Veneration Society,<br />

Louise’s creative processes are<br />

rooted in introspection and<br />

critical thinking, as she employs<br />

a reflective lens to examine the<br />

relationship between materials,<br />

societal attitudes towards<br />

waste, and the broader implications<br />

on our environment and<br />

society.<br />

Through her art, Louise challenges<br />

conventional notions<br />

of value, and encourages us to<br />

question preconceived ideas<br />

about what is considered valuable<br />

or disposable.<br />

Find out more at reversegarbage.org.au<br />

*Re-Weave with Louise Nade<br />

from 1-4pm on Sunday 8<br />

<strong>October</strong>; cost $85. Bookings<br />

classbento.com.au.<br />

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Talent blooms in ‘Remaining Light’<br />

Newport painter Simon Barlow says<br />

his second exhibition with Studio<br />

Gallery – ‘Remaining Light’ – brings<br />

forth an exquisite body of work that<br />

eloquently combines his dedication to perfecting<br />

his artistic process and his quest<br />

to immortalise his subjects.<br />

“Within this exhibition, the viewer encounters<br />

the ethereal remnants of light caressing<br />

the surfaces of flowers, revealing<br />

both the obvious and the suggested, the<br />

tangible and the enigmatic – a captivating<br />

ode to life’s final, elegiac moments of<br />

beauty and wonder,” said Simon.<br />

In the rich tapestry of artistic subjects,<br />

Simon says he has found a muse that<br />

perfectly encapsulates his preoccupation<br />

with light: flowers.<br />

These delicate and transient entities,<br />

symbolising mortality, spirituality, symbolism,<br />

and mythology, are the ideal medium<br />

through which he expresses the profound<br />

wonder that captivates his soul.<br />

Eyes on Mann-made beauty<br />

PETAL WORK: Simon’s stunningly vibrant and<br />

detailed Peony Portrait (153cm x 153cm)<br />

Simon’s paintings allow the viewer to<br />

linger, where the fragile yet resilient petals<br />

of a flower are illuminated by the gentle<br />

Eye Doctors Mona Vale is<br />

celebrating the expansion<br />

of their specialist medical eye<br />

practice. Established in 2012,<br />

this outstanding clinic covers<br />

all aspects of ocular health.<br />

Showcasing the works of<br />

local artists in their large<br />

reception area has raised much<br />

needed-funds for charities<br />

such as Cambodia Vision, with<br />

25 per cent of any sales generated<br />

donated by the artist.<br />

The practice’s current<br />

feature artist is Stephen Mann,<br />

a self-taught, local outdoor<br />

landscape artist who has a<br />

staggering 50 years’ experience<br />

painting on location.<br />

Stephen specialises in capturing<br />

the Northern Beaches’<br />

tranquil history, from Palm<br />

Beach to Manly as well as Mosman<br />

and the sheer beauty of<br />

the Blue Mountains.<br />

“Each piece composes life,<br />

movement, history, originality,<br />

atmosphere, balance and<br />

composition, all created in pallet<br />

knife or watercolour using<br />

a selection of complimentary<br />

colours,” said Stephen.<br />

Stephen is well known for<br />

taking on challenging, largesize<br />

artworks, which he always<br />

completes on location, rain,<br />

hail or shine… this reputation<br />

is what makes his artwork<br />

extremely unique and collectable,<br />

as no two paintings are<br />

ever the same.<br />

– NW<br />

caress of ‘remaining light’.<br />

“I see an opportunity to elevate the<br />

ordinary to the extraordinary,” Simon said.<br />

“By magnifying the intricate details and<br />

unique qualities of each flower, I aim to<br />

invite viewers to explore these subjects<br />

in a new light, to appreciate the intricate<br />

beauty that often goes unnoticed.<br />

“I intend to ‘monumentalise’ my subject.”<br />

The result of many months of work, the<br />

paintings are created in oil on large canvases,<br />

minimum size 153 x 153cm.<br />

Simon began his painting journey on the<br />

Northern Beaches 20 years ago, with solo<br />

exhibitions in Avalon and Newport. His<br />

paintings have found their way into collections<br />

and homes across the globe.<br />

Exhibition is 5 – 19 <strong>October</strong>, Studio Gallery,<br />

3-7 Danks Street, Waterloo. – NW<br />

*To view the paintings and more info<br />

visit simonbarlow.com or studiogallerymelbourne.com.au<br />

EYE DOCTORS: Stephen with his painting of the former Barrenjoey Boatshed.<br />

*Follow Stephen’s journey<br />

through Instagram on Stephenmann14<br />

or check out his<br />

amazing artwork at stephenmannart.com<br />

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

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong><br />


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Rent growth ‘will slow’<br />

Slowing rent rates could be<br />

a key trend in the housing<br />

market for 2024 due to rent<br />

prices flattening out – albeit<br />

at high levels, according to a<br />

recent CoreLogic report.<br />

The three reasons that<br />

CoreLogic expects to see<br />

a slowdown in the pace of<br />

rent increases are:<br />

1. Potentially lower rates<br />

Annual growth in rent<br />

values and interest rates<br />

move together over time,<br />

the report explains. Since<br />

it is forecast there will be a<br />

decline in the cash rate in<br />

2024, economists are also<br />

predicting this will flow<br />

on to the overall housing<br />

sector.<br />

“A reduction in interest<br />

rates could increase<br />

demand from housing<br />

investors, and increased<br />

investment purchases add<br />

to rental supply, which<br />

may serve to lower rent<br />

growth,” CoreLogic’s head<br />

of residential research Eliza<br />

Owen explained.<br />

2. A change in preferences<br />

Another potential reason<br />

for rents to fall is softer<br />

income growth. During the<br />

pandemic, household income<br />

growth shifted much higher,<br />

which allowed occupants<br />

to lease more-spacious<br />

properties, or move out of<br />

share-house agreements.<br />

“People could afford<br />

leases on more-spacious<br />

properties, which has<br />

contributed to lower stock<br />

levels as households spread<br />

out across the dwelling<br />

market,” Owen says.<br />

If income growth<br />

continues to slow in the<br />

next year, renters may look<br />

to re-form share houses.<br />

3. Stretched affordability<br />

If rents continue trending<br />

upwards, Australians will<br />

be further locked out of the<br />

rental market. According<br />

to CoreLogic’s data, rents<br />

have increased 29.3% since<br />

August 2020, which is the<br />

equivalent of around $134 a<br />

week in <strong>2023</strong>. – LO<br />

Hot Property<br />

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Local Author Q&A<br />

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of some of the most dangerous places in the world… Interview by Lisa Offord<br />

Books<br />

Q: Tell us about yourself<br />

and your connection to the<br />

Northern Beaches<br />

I am a global risk specialist,<br />

with over 30 years of<br />

international experience<br />

as a safety and security<br />

professional. I was born in<br />

Liverpool in 1962; at 18, I joined<br />

the Royal Navy as a medic,<br />

then became a commando<br />

medic in the Royal Marines.<br />

In 1991, I took on the exciting<br />

and demanding role of safety<br />

and security expert for the<br />

BBC. Among much else, I<br />

revolutionised the way in which<br />

journalists cover conflicts,<br />

pioneering state-of-the-art<br />

body armour, improving<br />

vehicles and developing<br />

hostile environment courses<br />

that have become obligatory,<br />

and lifesaving for media<br />

personnel and others working<br />

in hazardous places.<br />

Since I moved to Australia in<br />

2002, I have developed my own<br />

security consultancy company,<br />

ZeroRisk International, which<br />

has continued to involve me in<br />

high-octane assignments and<br />

adventures all over the world,<br />

from Pakistan to Afghanistan<br />

and Ukraine.<br />

I first came to Avalon many<br />

years ago to buy a car from the<br />

Greek guy who owned the Fish<br />

& Chips shop and fell in love<br />

with the Northern Beaches, as<br />

it reminded me of Malta where<br />

I briefly lived as a 10-year-old.<br />

I have two kids (Tom and Erin)<br />

who go to Barrenjoey High<br />

School and have another two<br />

older kids Katie (Neutral Bay)<br />

and Brianna (Plymouth, UK).<br />

I now live in Narrabeen with<br />

my partner Kylie and her three<br />

kids (Koby, Clio and Jet).<br />

I travel a lot with my work<br />

often going to dangerous and<br />

remote places, recently Jenin<br />

(West Bank) but I always love<br />

coming back to the Northern<br />

Beaches, it’s literally one of the<br />

most wonderful places on earth.<br />

Q: What inspired you to write<br />

ZERO RISK?<br />

In 2007 I was a guest on ABC<br />

Conversations with Richard<br />

Fidler. After the interview I<br />

had a deluge of people asking<br />

if there was a book due out.<br />

In 2008 I wrote the title and<br />

introduction, but my company<br />

ZeroRisk got very busy and I<br />

parked it for a while. I’ve led an<br />

interesting life and I wanted<br />

to share my experiences with<br />

others. I also wanted to provide<br />

inspiration to those who feel<br />

their life is going nowhere, and<br />

to teens who are struggling with<br />

their parents and homelife, as<br />

I can totally relate; I’ve been on<br />

that journey, too.<br />

Q: How did it all come<br />

together? When did you write<br />

the book/ how long did it take?<br />

After jotting the first words<br />

down there was a lull for many<br />

years. One day I returned<br />

from Afghanistan after a very<br />

difficult trip and decided the<br />

time was right. I sent a message<br />

out on LinkedIn asking for<br />

someone to help me get started<br />

and I was introduced to Emma<br />

Wilson (Northern Beachesbased<br />

writer, editor and content<br />

creator). In total it took me<br />

about 18 months and I really<br />

enjoyed the process. My first<br />

draft focused on my military<br />

days but Echo Publishing<br />

wanted all of my experiences<br />

to be included. The book then<br />

started to take shape with my<br />

editors Juliet and Anna Rogers<br />

doing something quite amazing<br />

by hacking back everything I’d<br />

submitted, finding a ‘hook’ for<br />

each chapter and sprinkling<br />

my military experience<br />

into each chapter. To this day<br />

I have enough information to<br />

write another few books!<br />

Q: Describe your writing<br />

habits…<br />

The best time for me to write<br />

was early morning (0300 – 0700)<br />

as there was no-one around<br />

and I’d just sit at my computer<br />

and delve into my past, which<br />

was often painful. Quite often I<br />

would continue in the morning<br />

as I felt I was on a roll and<br />

just couldn’t stop. Two things<br />

I learnt from the start were:<br />

‘Don’t keep checking the word<br />

count’ and ‘Don’t be afraid<br />

to tell it as it is’. This was an<br />

important point for me, as often<br />

I’d write something and be<br />

worried that I’d offend someone,<br />

or some people wouldn’t like<br />

what I’d written. Emma and<br />

others were extremely helpful<br />

as they reinforced that this was<br />

my journey and a story that had<br />

to be told.<br />

Zero Risk Keeping Others<br />

Safe in a Dangerous World<br />

is available where all good<br />

books are sold. Keep an eye<br />

on the ZeroRisk International<br />

Facebook page for author talks.<br />

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

When should a child start school?<br />

Educators have noticed a<br />

trend develop over the past<br />

20 years of families starting<br />

their children at school later<br />

rather than allowing their<br />

education to commence at the<br />

earliest opportunity.<br />

St Luke’s Grammar School<br />

Head of Junior School, Bayview<br />

– Peter Scott – says staff have<br />

found that this is often a wise<br />

decision, ensuring children<br />

enter school when they are<br />

truly ready, without rushing<br />

their development or forcing<br />

them to grow up too quickly.<br />

“This increased maturity<br />

means that when they start<br />

formal schooling, they are<br />

more prepared for the learning<br />

and social dynamics of<br />

Kindergarten and beyond,” he<br />

said.<br />

Mr Scott noted however,<br />

that each child was unique and<br />

added that for many, an earlier<br />

start was entirely appropriate.<br />

To help determine this, St<br />

Luke’s meets with families prior<br />

CRITICAL PHASE: Early learning.<br />

to enrolment and uses school<br />

readiness checklists to help<br />

parents decide what is best for<br />

their child.<br />

“Research shows the first<br />

five years of a child’s life are<br />

critical for their development<br />

and strongly predict how they<br />

will perform in school,” Mr Scott<br />

said. “Early learning is a critical<br />

phase in a child’s development<br />

that lays the foundation for<br />

lifelong learning and success.”<br />

He added the NSW<br />

Government recognised the<br />

importance of early learning<br />

in 2022, announcing a 10-year<br />

investment in universal prekindergarten<br />

to every four-year-<br />

old by 2030.<br />

The importance of play<br />

was a pillar in St Luke’s early<br />

education program.<br />

“During the critical early<br />

years, play serves as a<br />

powerful tool for learning,<br />

allowing children to explore,<br />

experiment, and make sense<br />

of the world in a natural and<br />

enjoyable way,” he said.<br />

“Through play, children<br />

develop crucial cognitive,<br />

social, and emotional skills.<br />

They engage in imaginative<br />

play scenarios, which foster<br />

creativity and problem-solving<br />

abilities.”<br />

Also, play provides an<br />

essential opportunity for<br />

children to practice skills<br />

such as sharing with others,<br />

taking turns, and negotiating<br />

with peers – all vital for a<br />

smooth transition into formal<br />

schooling.<br />

“And play builds their<br />

capacity for empathy,<br />

compassion and collaboration,<br />

skills they will use throughout<br />

their lives.”<br />

Mr Scott said St Luke’s<br />

Cottage Program (prekindergarten)<br />

provided a<br />

developmentally appropriate<br />

blend of play-based and more<br />

formalised learning activities in<br />

a resource-rich environment.<br />

“It’s a delightful introduction<br />

to the rich and exciting world<br />

of learning at school, and<br />

thoroughly prepares and equips<br />

children for the transition to<br />

‘big school’ the following year.<br />

“We aim to provide children<br />

with opportunities to develop<br />

the confidence to learn through<br />

play and a culture of learning<br />

through investigation. We have<br />

seen our Cottage learning<br />

spaces turned into a vets’<br />

surgery, NASA space station,<br />

a zoo and a café. Through<br />

investigations like these,<br />

our students develop critical<br />

thinking skills and learn how<br />

to make connections between<br />

concepts.” – Nigel Wall<br />

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

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OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong><br />


Health & Wellbeing<br />

Abuse,<br />

homelessness:<br />

what to do?<br />

Despite its idyllic setting, <strong>Pittwater</strong> and the Northern Beaches are not immune<br />

to domestic violence, abuse and issues of homelessness. <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> asked<br />

local experts to detail the extent of the problem. Special Report by Rob Pegley<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

The NSW Domestic and<br />

Family Violence Plan 2022-<br />

2027 reports that 2.2 million<br />

women in Australia (23 per<br />

cent) have experienced violence<br />

by an intimate partner.<br />

NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics<br />

figures indicate there<br />

are more than 150 domestic<br />

violence incidents reported<br />

each month to the Northern<br />

Beaches Police Area Command.<br />

It is also reported that 1-in-6<br />

women (and-1-in-16 men) in the<br />

Northern Beaches Local Government<br />

Area have experienced<br />

violence by a partner. With over<br />

260,000 people in the 2021 census<br />

(49% male, 51% female), that<br />

equates to as many as 22,000<br />

women (and 8000 men) that are<br />

likely to have been subjected to<br />

abuse.<br />

Principal Solicitor with Scarf<br />

Family Law in Mona Vale<br />

Natasha Scarf says she believes<br />

domestic abuse is escalating in<br />

the area.<br />

“We have certainly seen an<br />

increase in matters involving<br />

family violence, which includes<br />

financial abuse and coercive<br />

control,” Natasha said. “Unfortunately,<br />

these have all existed in<br />

family law matters for decades;<br />

however we are seeing a significant<br />

increase.”<br />

Natasha said the most common<br />

form of abuse she had<br />

observed was the lesser known<br />

‘coercive control’.<br />

“That is, where the woman<br />

is ‘controlled’ by her partner<br />

in ways such as withholding<br />

or limiting access to money<br />

and financial records, stalking<br />

and monitoring movements,<br />

demanding access to mobile telephone/emails<br />

and social media<br />

accounts and so on,” she said.<br />

Coercive control and financial<br />

abuse over years can make it<br />

very difficult for a partner to<br />

leave a relationship.<br />

“Finances and in turn accommodation<br />

can be extremely<br />

hard to access, and a Catch 22<br />

situation occurs where fighting<br />

a legal case to obtain these<br />

basic rights is impossible due to<br />

a lack of funds,” she said.<br />

“With homes and bank<br />

accounts often in the male<br />

partners name – and control –<br />

women can end up staying in an<br />

abusive relationship or returning<br />

to their abuser due to a lack<br />

of other options.”<br />

The organisation Women<br />

Against Abuse notes that “… it<br />

can take approximately seven<br />

attempts before a survivor<br />

permanently leaves an abusive<br />

partner”.<br />

Again, Natasha has witnessed<br />

that first-hand.<br />

“It is quite common that<br />

the woman doesn’t have access<br />

to the funds needed to<br />

secure legal representation<br />

for herself. She is often also<br />

completely in the dark as to<br />

what assets and liabilities they<br />

had as a couple, as the husband<br />

controlled all the finances,” she<br />

explained.<br />

“Some women may also feel<br />

that (or have been told by the<br />

perpetrator) they do not deserve<br />

anything and will not get<br />

anything if they separate.<br />

“Those victims need the right<br />

support to understand the separation<br />

process.”<br />

Natasha said lawyers were<br />

often able to seek financial<br />

HELP: Narelle Hand.<br />

support for women who were<br />

victims of family violence.<br />

“There are choices available<br />

to women which are incredibly<br />

helpful, such as Litigation Lending<br />

– this allows the woman to<br />

borrow funds for her legal fees<br />

along with an amount to assist<br />

with day-to-day expenses, with<br />

repayments often not repayable<br />

until the matter is settled.<br />

“Having the advice from a<br />

Family Law lawyer prior to separation<br />

can be extremely helpful<br />

to victims of family violence<br />

– knowledge is power and that<br />

little bit of knowledge can often<br />

be the catalyst to leaving an<br />

unhealthy relationship.”<br />

Resources to fight a legal<br />

case can hopefully be found<br />

over time – but what about in<br />

the immediate short term, when<br />

just having a roof over your<br />

head is needed?<br />

Narelle Hand is Shelter Manager<br />

of the Northern Beaches<br />

Women’s Shelter, and Chair of<br />

the Northern Beaches Domestic<br />

Violence Network. The shelter<br />

can house 14 single women at<br />

any one time, and there is new<br />

accommodation on the way in<br />

the <strong>Pittwater</strong> area, which will be<br />

able to house four women with<br />

children in apartment accommodation.<br />

However, the available accommodation<br />

still falls well short of<br />

demand.<br />

“We turn away on average<br />

23 women per month,” Narelle<br />

says. “And that number is only<br />

based on when we advertise<br />

a vacancy – last Christmas we<br />

were getting 100 calls a week.<br />

“At the moment we’re finding<br />

accommodation for 80 women<br />

across the Northern Beaches,<br />

but we use anything we can to<br />

achieve that.<br />

“We get gifted property at<br />

low rates to use as pop-up<br />

shelters when people are going<br />

on holiday, or even seeking DA<br />

approvals. We do every single<br />

thing we can think of to house<br />

women.<br />

“If I don’t have a vacancy I will<br />

find someone that does. We’ll<br />

try to put someone up for a few<br />

days if we know a vacancy is<br />

coming up.<br />

“So many need accommodation…<br />

statistically it’s up around<br />

300, but that’s just based on<br />

the people who find us. I don’t<br />

know who’s sleeping in a car or<br />

on a couch, I only know the people<br />

who find my service.”<br />

While violence is often a<br />

focus, Narelle agrees with Natasha<br />

Scarf that coercive control<br />

is a huge problem, and that<br />

older women are increasingly at<br />

risk of becoming homeless as<br />

a result.<br />

“People who were never<br />

homeless are becoming home-<br />

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less for the first time, either<br />

through a breakdown in their<br />

relationship, their employment<br />

or their health,” she explained.<br />

“Women 55-plus is the fastest<br />

growing cohort in terms<br />

of homelessness – and often<br />

it’s due to a lack of separation<br />

income.<br />

“Women can often find it hard<br />

to fight their case legally and<br />

will have a property asset that<br />

they can’t live in, because they<br />

can’t get access or it’s not safe<br />

to be there – and that can drag<br />

on for a very long time.<br />

“The psychological trauma of<br />

coercive control can have longterm<br />

damaging effects. People<br />

may not be wearing the physical<br />

scars externally, but they’re<br />

carrying them internally. Abuse<br />

comes in all forms and can be<br />

done in ways that don’t attract<br />

criminal attention, but still does<br />

harm.”<br />

When women do find crisis<br />

accommodation, either with<br />

Narelle or elsewhere, they stay<br />

for an average of 72 days. That<br />

time is used very much in the<br />

same way as rehab – to prepare<br />

women for the next stage of<br />

their life; to educate them and<br />

help them find a pathway out<br />

of their situation, so that they<br />

don’t have to return to their<br />

previous unsafe situation.<br />

“It’s an intensive time and<br />

we’re assessing what we can<br />

do for them long term in the<br />

area. There’s a two- to five-year<br />

wait for priority housing on the<br />

Northern Beaches and we want<br />

to set them up for success, so<br />

we need to present realistic<br />

options.<br />

“We don’t want people to fail.<br />

We try to transition them in a<br />

seamless way – each time they<br />

achieve something independently<br />

we take a step back.”<br />

Wende Jowsey, the Program<br />

Manager at the Women’s<br />

Resilience Centre in Mona Vale,<br />

agrees that education is vital.<br />

“The whole focus of what<br />

we’re about is the educationbased<br />

use of skills and experience<br />

to help women recover<br />

from abuse and trauma,” said<br />

Wende. “We help women who<br />

have had crisis help to transition<br />

with long-term recovery support.<br />

Financial help, help with<br />

employment skills… personal<br />

wellbeing skills.<br />

“When women can gain these<br />

EDUCATION: Wende Jowsey.<br />

skills they’re far less likely to<br />

return to an abusive situation.<br />

Women’s shelters on the Northern<br />

Beaches are at capacity. Domestic<br />

Violence went through<br />

the roof during COVID and the<br />

lockdowns. People still have this<br />

idea that these problems don’t<br />

happen in affluent parts of Australia<br />

like the Northern Beaches<br />

– and that’s not the case.”<br />

Founder and Director of the<br />

Women’s Resilience Centre<br />

Simone Allan is quick to point<br />

out that this isn’t necessarily a<br />

women’s problem, but rather a<br />

community problem.<br />

“We don’t want to demonise<br />

men,” said Simone. “We know<br />

that this can be a problem for<br />

men as well. We want a safer<br />

community for everyone.”<br />

Narelle Hand agrees.<br />

“We just want a violence-free<br />

community,” she said. “Although<br />

most perpetrators are men, we<br />

have no issues with men, we<br />

just have issues with people<br />

who perpetrate violence.<br />

“Men play such a strong part<br />

in role-modelling good healthy<br />

relationships. We want men to<br />

champion the cause because<br />

they have a really important role<br />

in mentoring young people and<br />

changing the culture.<br />

“We want men to express<br />

themselves, so that they don’t<br />

let things build up and have explosive<br />

moments or have breakdowns<br />

and mental disorders.<br />

“Everybody plays a part…<br />

everybody can do something.”<br />

*Contact the Northern<br />

Beaches Women’s Shelter<br />

(9977 7772). Also the Northern<br />

Beaches Domestic Violence<br />

Triage service (0404 445 940);<br />

coordinated by the Northern<br />

Beaches Domestic Violence<br />

Network, this service operates<br />

7 days a week, 9.30am to 8pm.<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

With Emma van Wanrooy<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

‘Hearing aids make brains<br />

lazy’ & other common myths<br />

We often perceive hearing<br />

as just being about our<br />

ears, but in fact it is so<br />

much more complex than that.<br />

As an Audiologist, a vital part<br />

of my job is educating people<br />

and debunking a lot of myths<br />

around hearing that include:<br />

1. Hearing aids are only for<br />

old people<br />

This is one of the most common<br />

myths, but 2 in 1000 babies are<br />

born with a hearing loss, and 1<br />

in 7 Australians have a hearing<br />

loss. So, there are people of<br />

all ages wearing hearing aids<br />

– including Mackenzie Arnold,<br />

goalkeeper for the Matildas.<br />

During the pandemic, a lot of<br />

people found that their hearing<br />

loss made it harder to conduct<br />

Zoom meetings or hear people<br />

who were wearing a facemask.<br />

This led them to acquire hearing<br />

aids for the first time.<br />

2. I don’t have a hearing loss –<br />

people just don’t speak clearly<br />

Hearing loss often affects high<br />

pitch sounds but not low pitch<br />

sounds. You can therefore hear<br />

a person speaking, but their<br />

speech sounds unclear. Hearing<br />

loss usually happens slowly so<br />

you don’t notice that you are<br />

losing your hearing. A regular<br />

hearing check is therefore a<br />

good idea.<br />

3. Nothing can be done for<br />

tinnitus<br />

Tinnitus is the name given to a<br />

sound you can hear in your ears<br />

or head that isn’t coming from<br />

the environment around you. It<br />

is often a ringing sound, but can<br />

be a rushing noise or something<br />

else. Tinnitus is often the brain’s<br />

reaction to the absence of sound<br />

as the result of a hearing loss.<br />

Research has found that in these<br />

instances, hearing aids are very<br />

effective in helping to diminish<br />

the tinnitus or getting rid of it<br />

completely. Treatment for tinnitus<br />

includes determining the<br />

cause of the tinnitus (including<br />

ensuring there is no medical<br />

reason), understanding what<br />

will trigger and what will help<br />

to relieve it and putting some<br />

strategies in place to retrain your<br />

brain not to attend to the noise.<br />

In some cases, more intensive<br />

therapy is required.<br />

4. Wearing hearing aids makes<br />

your brain lazy<br />

People who wear their hearing<br />

aids every day will often comment<br />

that their hearing is worse<br />

when they take the hearing aids<br />

out. However, this is likely to be<br />

because the brain’s perception<br />

of sound is shaped by our most<br />

recent listening experience. A<br />

strong body of evidence is building<br />

that indicates that hearing<br />

aid use is linked to a slower rate<br />

of cognitive decline. Mackenze<br />

Arnold commented at the recent<br />

Women’s World Cup that she<br />

didn’t perform as well against<br />

Nigeria because she hadn’t worn<br />

her hearing aids during the day<br />

prior to that match. She acknowledged<br />

that getting into a habit<br />

of daily use of her hearing aids<br />

was important.<br />

5. Your hearing aids don’t work<br />

– you still can’t hear me<br />

How well someone hears with<br />

their hearing aids will depend on<br />

several factors that include:<br />

• The degree of hearing loss<br />

they have;<br />

• The speaker: are they facing<br />

the listener and are they speaking<br />

slowly and clearly? Are they<br />

close by (less than 1 metre) or<br />

far away/ in another room?<br />

• How well/ how recently the<br />

hearing aids have been fine<br />

tuned to the individual by the<br />

Audiologist;<br />

• The acoustics of the environment.<br />

A small quiet room is<br />

much easier than a large noisy<br />

environment.<br />

Everyone’s hearing is different<br />

and so an appointment with an<br />

Audiologist who can assess your<br />

own unique situation is always a<br />

good idea.<br />

*Emma van Wanrooy is the<br />

principal audiologist at<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Hearing in Avalon;<br />

more info 8919 0008.<br />

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Give back at Mona<br />

Vale Hospital<br />

Volunteers and community members have always been a<br />

major asset to Mona Vale Hospital’s staff, patients and<br />

their families, as well as carers.<br />

The hospital receives generous gift donations from the<br />

Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary, who have gifted close to $2 million<br />

to the hospital since 2017.<br />

Yvonne Parsons, long-term volunteer at Mona Vale Hospital<br />

and Honorary President of the auxiliary, says giving back to<br />

the community’s hospital is something her and her fellow<br />

volunteers take pride in.<br />

“The hospital provides a valuable service to the community,”<br />

Yvonne said. “Volunteering is a way of giving back and<br />

helping the hospital help the community.”<br />

The auxiliary run local stalls at <strong>Pittwater</strong> Place and Bunnings<br />

Belrose to raise funds.<br />

“We have a dedicated team but are always ready to welcome<br />

new members,” Yvonne said.<br />

“Volunteers can also become members of the consumer<br />

participation committee that provides advice on hospital<br />

planning and performance and works with the hospital<br />

executive to promote effective community consultation and<br />

partnership.”<br />

Mona Vale Hospital General Manager Mathivanan Sakthivel<br />

said there were a range of activities volunteers could do,<br />

from being a companion to helping with activities such as<br />

taking around the tea and snacks trolley, playing bingo or<br />

watching movies with patients.<br />

*If you would like to be involved contact NSLHD-MVHVolunteer@health.nsw.gov.au<br />

or call 9998 6294.<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

OPINION by Kat Adamski<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Perimenopause & puberty:<br />

when home worlds collide<br />

Sometimes it feels like the<br />

joke is on me. I was so<br />

proud and happy to have<br />

my first child at almost 40<br />

(along with a second baby at<br />

43), but now that I’ve turned 50<br />

the tables have turned.<br />

Hormones have taken over<br />

our household. I’ve entered the<br />

perimenopause years – which<br />

can last four to six years on<br />

average – and I’m experiencing<br />

at least a few of the most<br />

common symptoms. Hello to<br />

mood swings, brain fog and<br />

tiredness (and you can also<br />

throw in reduced confidence,<br />

trouble concentrating,<br />

headaches, low libido, vaginal<br />

dryness and hot flushes for<br />

many women).<br />

And just like that my world<br />

has collided with my 11-year-old<br />

daughter’s, who is experiencing<br />

the same sort of mood changes<br />

and energy level variations,<br />

albeit as a normal part of<br />

puberty.<br />

So here we are –<br />

perimenopausal and on<br />

the brink of puberty.<br />

Perimenopause is the stage<br />

of life leading up to your<br />

last menstrual period, which<br />

is known as menopause.<br />

The changes of puberty are<br />

physical, sexual, social and<br />

emotional.<br />

Trust me, it’s easier said than<br />

done to ignore a once sweet<br />

child who is now full of attitude<br />

and eye rolls. Ok, she’s still a<br />

beautiful, friendly, engaging<br />

young girl but I’ve realised that<br />

our closeness as mother and<br />

daughter has come at a price.<br />

BRAIN FOG: A common symptom<br />

associated with perimenopause.<br />

Our talks can now sometimes<br />

become combative, so I have to<br />

remember the most important<br />

thing – I am the adult.<br />

It’s far easier to take the high<br />

ground and ask her to re-shape<br />

how she’s just spoken, or just<br />

ignore the sass, than go into<br />

battle each time.<br />

The good news is that help<br />

is at hand for women. A free<br />

online toolkit offers advice on<br />

how to better recognise and<br />

understand the symptoms of<br />

perimenopause and menopause.<br />

It provides information as<br />

well as locations of NSW<br />

Government-funded clinics.<br />

While women in previous<br />

generations used to deal with<br />

these stages of life privately,<br />

high-profile women have<br />

brought the topic into the<br />

mainstream.<br />

Northern Beaches resident<br />

Alison Brahe-Daddo writes<br />

openly about wishing she knew<br />

more about menopause before<br />

going through it in her book,<br />

Queen Menopause: Finding Your<br />

Majesty in the Mayhem.<br />

Celebrities including<br />

Gywneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts<br />

and Serena Williams are all<br />

investors in the global wellness<br />

menopause industry, which<br />

barely existed five years ago but<br />

is projected to be worth $840<br />

billion by 2025.<br />

While Aussie actress Watts<br />

can still light up the big<br />

screen – think of her portrayal<br />

as Newport’s Sam Bloom<br />

in ‘Penguin Bloom’ – she is<br />

also helping to destigmatise<br />

menopause with a new social<br />

media platform.<br />

And who can forget Drew<br />

Barrymore’s reaction on her talk<br />

show while she was interviewing<br />

Jennifer Aniston. Refusing<br />

to downplay the experience,<br />

Barrymore candidly said, “I<br />

am so hot, I think I’m having<br />

my first perimenopause hot<br />

flushes.”<br />

Women live about a third<br />

of their life after menopause<br />

so it’s important for women’s<br />

health and wellbeing that we<br />

break down social stigmas<br />

around discussing and seeking<br />

treatment, according to former<br />

NSW Minister for Women,<br />

Bronnie Taylor.<br />

“We need to remember<br />

menopause is normal,” Ms<br />

Taylor said.<br />

Even Dr Ginni Mansberg, a<br />

Sydney-based GP with more<br />

than 30 years’ experience<br />

specialising in women’s health,<br />

was ashamed to admit that she<br />

knew “less than nothing” about<br />

menopause until a few years<br />

ago.<br />

“In fact, I was a bit dismissive<br />

of patients who came to see<br />

me about it: a bit of that ‘suck<br />

it up, princess’ mentality,” Dr<br />

Mansberg has been reported as<br />

saying.<br />

“Because the more I learnt,<br />

the more I realised how complex<br />

and grim it can be.”<br />

I am dealing with my own<br />

changes as best as I can while<br />

at the same time trying to show<br />

compassion for the changes<br />

my daughter is experiencing.<br />

Remember, try to stay calm<br />

during angry outbursts from<br />

your child. Stay positive and<br />

keep things in perspective<br />

– adolescence does not last<br />

forever; it is a temporary stage<br />

in your young person’s life.<br />

While there may not be a day<br />

dedicated to tweens, there is a<br />

Menopause Day, coincidentally<br />

almost two-thirds of the way<br />

through Menopause Month, on<br />

<strong>October</strong> 18.<br />

It might become a day that<br />

my daughter and I can celebrate<br />

together.<br />

* Resources and more info at<br />

nsw.gov.au/women-nsw<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

with Rowena Beckenham<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Use your benefits now<br />

For most of us, the end of<br />

spring means planning<br />

for holidays, pulling those<br />

swimmers out of the back<br />

of our closets, organising<br />

Christmas gifts, and preparing<br />

for an influx of family and<br />

friends. It’s easy to get lost<br />

in the chaos and excitement<br />

of the festive season – but if<br />

you have a health fund that<br />

covers optical expenses, make<br />

sure to add a trip to your local<br />

optometrist to your to-do list.<br />

Using your health fund<br />

benefits before 31 December<br />

is a must if you want to avoid<br />

losing any benefits. Most<br />

health funds have annual limits<br />

on the amount you can claim<br />

for optical services, and any<br />

unused benefits typically don’t<br />

roll over into the next calendar<br />

year. This means if you haven’t<br />

used up your optical benefits<br />

by the end of the year, you’ll<br />

lose them.<br />

Chances are if you have<br />

optical cover, you’ve been<br />

paying expensive premiums all<br />

year, so now is the time to take<br />

advantage of your health fund<br />

cover. There are many ways to<br />

use your health fund rebate,<br />

and your local optometrist can<br />

help you find the option that’s<br />

right for you.<br />

Why not consider a spare<br />

pair of reading glasses? If you<br />

are always losing your specs,<br />

it might make sense to grab<br />

another pair to keep around<br />

the house or leave in your car<br />

for emergencies.<br />

Most optometry practices<br />

also offer some ‘no-gap’<br />

spectacle frame options, that<br />

they can charge exclusively to<br />

your private health insurance.<br />

Or perhaps you’ve noticed<br />

your vision isn’t quite as good<br />

as it used to be and those<br />

readers just aren’t cutting it<br />

anymore; multifocal lenses are<br />

the perfect solution so you<br />

don’t have to constantly change<br />

pairs. Conveniently, you can<br />

wear multifocal glasses for all<br />

occasions.<br />

Alternatively, you could<br />

invest in a pair of prescription<br />

sunglasses, perfect for summer<br />

days reading by the beach or<br />

perusing the menu at your local<br />

cafe. Or maybe you’re seeking<br />

a new look; as summer rolls<br />

around, in too do new-season<br />

styles.<br />

Perhaps you’d like the<br />

ease of not having to worry<br />

about having your glasses on<br />

you at all times; if that’s the<br />

case, contact lenses may be<br />

the perfect solution. Some<br />

optometry practices, including<br />

Beckenham Optometrist,<br />

can even provide you with<br />

prescription swimming<br />

goggles so you can see clearly<br />

while you snorkel, ocean swim<br />

or swim laps.<br />

These options are all<br />

available to claim using your<br />

health fund, before cover<br />

lapses on 1 January. Get in<br />

early before the summer rush<br />

to make the most out of your<br />

health fund payments, by<br />

visiting your local optometrist<br />

to claim your benefits before<br />

the end of the year.<br />

Comment supplied by<br />

Rowena Beckenham, of<br />

Beckenham Optometrist<br />

in Avalon (9918 0616).<br />

Rowena has been<br />

involved in all facets<br />

of independent private<br />

practice optometry in<br />

Avalon for more than<br />

20 years, in addition to<br />

working as a consultant to<br />

the optometric and<br />

pharmaceutical industry,<br />

and regularly volunteering<br />

in Aboriginal eyecare<br />

programs in regional NSW.<br />

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Hair & Beauty<br />

with Sue Carroll<br />

Beauty Show reveals trends<br />

and what’s making news<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

The past couple of<br />

months have been busy<br />

and exciting post the<br />

recent Aesthetic Show, which<br />

was held at Darling Harbour<br />

and had international guests,<br />

new products and treatments<br />

released.<br />

One of the notable guests<br />

was Dr Matthias Aust who<br />

is a plastic surgeon from<br />

Germany. Dr Aust presented<br />

a training course on updates<br />

with micro-needling. This was<br />

a jam-packed day with new<br />

information on how to achieve<br />

optimum results with this<br />

procedure. The next day, I was<br />

privileged to be in an exclusive<br />

class of three for what was<br />

almost a one-on-one brainpicking<br />

afternoon, during which<br />

Dr Aust shared the techniques<br />

he has perfected over the years;<br />

now we are fortunate to extend<br />

these ‘pearls’ to our clients.<br />

Now is a great time to have<br />

the micro-needling treatment<br />

in preparation for the Summer<br />

party season, which is only a<br />

heartbeat away. ‘Skin Flooding’<br />

is the latest TikTok trend<br />

sweeping the globe. This<br />

term comes from the Korean<br />

skincare practice of flooding<br />

your skin with hydration to<br />

achieve the radiant glow we all<br />

strive to achieve.<br />

Skin Flooding is a ‘buzz<br />

term’ for something which is<br />

basically good, sound skin<br />

principles. This will consist of<br />

cleansing, gauze and tone,<br />

serums and hydration, to<br />

achieve the greatest efficacy<br />

and absorption of products.<br />

In a nutshell, start with the<br />

thinnest water-based serum and<br />

work up to the thickest product<br />

which is the treatment cream.<br />

‘Barbie’ is permeating<br />

everything we do – and it’s<br />

no surprise that the beauty<br />

industry is also seeing an<br />

influx of trends related to the<br />

world’s most iconic doll; hence<br />

the emergence of ‘Traptox’<br />

or ‘Trapezius Slimming’, or<br />

‘Barbie Shoulders’. Using antiwrinkle<br />

injections, this nonsurgical<br />

procedure promises to<br />

transform and soften the upper<br />

arms and clavicle region to give<br />

a more feminine appearance.<br />

By day the skin protects<br />

itself, by night it repairs<br />

itself. Piggybacking onto this<br />

physiological phenomenon,<br />

our skincare ritual is a vital<br />

part of the repair process. The<br />

circadian rhythm, or the body<br />

clock, is a 24-hour cycle that<br />

regulates all living creatures,<br />

telling us when to eat and sleep.<br />

Left to its own devices – that<br />

is, no party drugs, caffeine,<br />

adrenaline, or undue stress<br />

interrupting things – our<br />

bodies’ circadian sleep pattern<br />

kicks in around 9pm.<br />

Melatonin, the sleep hormone<br />

that protects skin from sun<br />

damage and pollution during<br />

the day, starts signalling about<br />

this time that it is time to wind<br />

down. As we sleep, major skin<br />

revival and repair really kick<br />

in, enhancing cell turnover<br />

and increasing the production<br />

of human growth hormone<br />

(HGH) that helps tissue repair<br />

and regeneration. This all<br />

being said, means we need to<br />

capitalise on our night skincare<br />

regime and include serums<br />

such as retinol, antioxidants,<br />

growth factor, hyaluronic acid<br />

and multivitamins, ensuring our<br />

skin is revitalised by morning.<br />

It is postulated that SIBO –<br />

intestinal bacterial overgrowth<br />

– may trigger rosacea by<br />

increasing the number of<br />

cytokines, a type of protein<br />

that tells other cells what to<br />

do. In this case, cytokines tell<br />

the body to become inflamed,<br />

in certain areas. As in most<br />

cases, treat internally and<br />

externally with a prescribed<br />

homecare product regime and<br />

the symptoms will either be<br />

reduced or eradicated.<br />

Some of the wellness<br />

trends happening both in<br />

Australia and overseas include:<br />

Hydrothermal Wellness,<br />

InnovativeMind/Body Wellness<br />

beds, Longevity-focused<br />

programming, Hyperbaric<br />

Oxygen, LED and Bioptron Light<br />

therapy, HOCAT chambers and<br />

also a return to outdoor spaces<br />

for wellness.<br />

The combination of hot<br />

and cold therapy in skin care<br />

treatments can assist the skin<br />

in healing itself.<br />

No matter how good a new<br />

skin treatment might be, I<br />

still believe a good home care<br />

regimen, a positive attitude,<br />

a well-balanced diet, healthy<br />

exercise, a restful night of<br />

sleep and the wisdom to love<br />

yourself at every age will help<br />

you meet the pro-aging process<br />

positively.<br />

Sue Carroll is at the forefront<br />

of the beauty, wellness<br />

and para-medical profession<br />

with 35 years’ experience on<br />

Sydney’s Northern Beaches.<br />

She leads a dedicated team<br />

of professionals who are<br />

passionate about results for<br />

men and women.<br />

info@skininspiration.com.au<br />

www.skininspiration.com.au<br />

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

with Brian Hrnjak<br />

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

What’s going on in Avalon,<br />

and those ‘For Lease’ signs?<br />

This month we cast an eye<br />

around the local area and<br />

ask if an uptick in ‘for<br />

lease’ signs in our shopping<br />

areas is pointing to recession…<br />

or is it renewal?<br />

I couldn’t help notice the<br />

scale of community reaction<br />

to a mid-September post on a<br />

local Facebook page regarding<br />

the fate of a fresh pasta business.<br />

Avalon What’s On (also<br />

known as Avalon What’s Wrong,<br />

or, simply What’s Wrong) is<br />

a popular social media clearing<br />

house, equal parts gossip,<br />

opinion and information. In this<br />

case the closure of the local<br />

pasta shop whipped up a few<br />

of the locals to the point they<br />

were off to their barns for rope,<br />

torches and pitchforks and they<br />

were out for the blood of the<br />

‘greedy landlords’.<br />

In amongst the comments,<br />

however, were observations<br />

about the number of vacant<br />

shops currently in the Avalon<br />

Village.<br />

There certainly has been<br />

some turnover in the commercial<br />

area. Aside from the pasta<br />

shop, Dogue, a pet grooming<br />

salon, is said to be leaving its<br />

premises. Decjuba, a women’s<br />

boutique is also supposedly<br />

closing. One of the day spas<br />

is currently missing in action –<br />

voucher holders are naturally<br />

concerned (although word has<br />

it head office will fulfil). The<br />

Ray White agency at the southern<br />

end of the Village has gone<br />

and the space is up for lease;<br />

the former site of Beachside<br />

Bookshop is still vacant; the<br />

former Northbean Café site is<br />

a new and prominent vacancy;<br />

and the Council seems to be<br />

experiencing extreme difficulty<br />

doing anything with the<br />

restaurant and cafe sites at the<br />

surf club.<br />

Balancing these things, a<br />

deeper dive into the gossip<br />

suggests that the pasta shop is<br />

in fact rebranding and staying<br />

on, while the women’s boutique<br />

is apparently reopening<br />

at Warriewood Square. We’ve<br />

also had new additions to the<br />

Village with the Yorkshire Rose<br />

English pub taking a space vacated<br />

by the Pizzico restaurant<br />

and Pocket Pizza moving into<br />

the site of the former Leonardo’s<br />

Deli. The former dry<br />

cleaner is now a display unit for<br />

an over-55s development and<br />

a kid’s boutique has taken the<br />

space of the former Meltemi’s<br />

pizza. Oh yes, a ‘confectionary’<br />

shop has moved into the site<br />

of the former Sky Thai; we are<br />

now down to three Thai restaurants<br />

in Avalon, four if you include<br />

the one in North Avalon.<br />

Even if some observers feel<br />

the only service businesses<br />

left will be real estate agencies<br />

and the only restaurants will be<br />

Thai eateries, the fact is that<br />

Avalon is still a vibrant village<br />

and a popular one if parking<br />

availability is anything to go<br />

by. The same can also be said<br />

also for Barrenjoey Rd Newport<br />

and Bungan St Mona Vale.<br />

There is little doubt however<br />

that economic conditions have<br />

slowed since the RBA started<br />

their tightening cycle. We hear<br />

stories across most consumerdependant<br />

sectors of pullbacks<br />

that business owners are attributing<br />

to the impact of higher<br />

mortgage rates and a lack<br />

of confidence affecting the<br />

spending of those who don’t<br />

even have a mortgage.<br />

Patrick Commins in The<br />

Australian reported recent<br />

economic data in the following<br />

terms: ‘While the national accounts<br />

suggested the economy<br />

finished the recent financial<br />

year in relatively good shape,<br />

the figures pointed to the growing<br />

financial pressure on households.<br />

Homeowners shelled<br />

out nearly $83bn in mortgage<br />

interest repayments in the<br />

2022-23 financial year, double<br />

the previous year’s bill, the ABS<br />

data revealed.’<br />

Household buffers have also<br />

fallen to 15-year lows with the<br />

savings ratio now at 3.2% of<br />

disposable income compared<br />

to a peak of 19% in September<br />

2021 following the distribution<br />

of helicopter money after the<br />

pandemic.<br />

Lisa Visentin in the SMH reported<br />

the progress of borrowers<br />

on the transition from fixed<br />

to variable rate home loans<br />

– the so-called mortgage cliff:<br />

‘The economic impact of the socalled<br />

mortgage cliff may have<br />

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already passed its peak, with<br />

RBA data revealing the majority<br />

of Australians have already<br />

moved from cheaper fixed-rate<br />

home loans to more expensive<br />

variable rates. About one million<br />

Australians are paying a<br />

more expensive variable interest<br />

rate on their mortgages,<br />

according to Reserve Bank of<br />

Australia data. This compares<br />

with 520,000 loans expected to<br />

roll onto higher interest rates<br />

in the second half of this year,<br />

followed by a further 450,000<br />

loans next year.’<br />

The issue here being that we<br />

are seeing a negative impact on<br />

economic activity at the halfway<br />

point of this transition with<br />

the same again yet to come. Arguably<br />

you could stop right<br />

here and say that a recession<br />

is on the cards, but the data is<br />

never so clear cut.<br />

Economists vary widely in<br />

their interpretations and forecasts.<br />

Currently economists<br />

are talking about a ‘per capita<br />

recession’; Patrick Commins in<br />

The Australian: ‘After accounting<br />

for the bounce in population<br />

growth thanks to a resurgence<br />

of migration over the past 12<br />

months, real GDP per capita<br />

dropped by 0.3 per cent – the<br />

second consecutive quarterly<br />

decline that reflected falling<br />

living standards for many<br />

households even as the overall<br />

economy grew.’<br />

Quite a few of us might find<br />

it surprising that our population<br />

to 30 June grew by 2.2% or<br />

by more than 560,000 people<br />

– in part this goes towards explaining<br />

the paradox of slowing<br />

economic growth, stable house<br />

prices and moderate wages<br />

growth.<br />

While there are risks, Australia<br />

does have a few positive<br />

economic attributes to counter<br />

some of the negativity; strong<br />

population growth, resurgent<br />

tourism, returning foreign<br />

students and strong demand<br />

and unit prices for resources<br />

and agriculture being the main<br />

ones.<br />

Locally, we also have several<br />

attributes that boost our economic<br />

resilience, in particular<br />

we have the natural attractions<br />

that draw people to want to<br />

live and visit our area. As an<br />

established area we also experience<br />

lower-than-average<br />

rates of mortgage stress – 34%<br />

of homes are owned outright<br />

compared to the Sydney average<br />

of 27%. Our employment<br />

statistics are also stronger than<br />

the Sydney average at 2.3%<br />

unemployment rate versus the<br />

Sydney average of 3.4%.<br />

These statistics suggest that<br />

a well-run business in our area<br />

has a greater chance of success<br />

than the same business<br />

operated, for example, in a<br />

regional area, or outer western<br />

Sydney. But there are statistics<br />

and there are averages; the<br />

best way for a community to<br />

ensure the success of its local<br />

businesses is to shop there…<br />

and shop there often.<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>: Law<br />

with Jennifer Harris<br />

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

<strong>Issue</strong>s of Contract: As with<br />

property, no two are alike<br />

With interest rates at a<br />

recent all-time high<br />

and house prices often<br />

still going beyond reserve –<br />

vendors and purchasers are<br />

still steadily going to market.<br />

Some cashed-up purchasers<br />

with an eye to ‘distressed sales’<br />

and a competitive price. Some<br />

vendors are looking to take<br />

advantage of the increased<br />

value of their property, since<br />

purchase, which accelerated<br />

in recent years but has not<br />

necessarily fallen below the<br />

value reached during the lowinterest-rates<br />

buying frenzy.<br />

Vendors are in touch with<br />

their solicitors or conveyancers<br />

to obtain a Contract to put in<br />

the hands of the real estate<br />

agent to enable the property<br />

to be shown to prospective<br />

purchasers; from there the<br />

process of buying and selling<br />

formally begins.<br />

The real estate agent’s<br />

task is to market and sell the<br />

property to a purchaser/s and<br />

that having been done the<br />

solicitor or conveyancer does<br />

the Conveyancing.<br />

Conveyancing is defined<br />

as “the science and art of<br />

validly creating, transferring<br />

and extinguishing rights in<br />

property particularly in or<br />

over land by written deeds of<br />

various kinds. It is accordingly a<br />

major branch of legal work and<br />

lawyers’ business” (the Oxford<br />

Companion to Law).<br />

In this discussion the<br />

property to which we refer is<br />

NSW residential property.<br />

The Contract provided to<br />

a prospective purchaser by<br />

either the real estate agent<br />

or the solicitor acting for the<br />

purchaser is in a form approved<br />

by the Law Society and the Real<br />

Estate Institute.<br />

The first 21 pages are those<br />

specifically approved by the<br />

Law Society and the Real Estate<br />

Institute (“formal terms and<br />

conditions”). The first page<br />

contains the details of the Real<br />

Estate Agent, the Vendors,<br />

the inclusions to be conveyed<br />

with the property, and those<br />

specifically excluded, the<br />

Purchaser’s details and the price<br />

specifically noting the deposit<br />

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which is normally 10% of the<br />

purchase price.<br />

Most solicitors and<br />

conveyancers add to the<br />

Contract their own special<br />

conditions that compliment,<br />

modify or are additional to the<br />

formal terms and conditions.<br />

No two Contracts are ever the<br />

same.<br />

Within the Contract and<br />

attached to the formal terms<br />

and conditions are found<br />

a search of the Title of the<br />

property which discloses the<br />

names of the persons who<br />

are conveying the title, any<br />

encumberance/s or registered<br />

dealings on the title and<br />

whether or not they have a<br />

mortgage to be discharged<br />

at settlement. This is an<br />

important document because<br />

it discloses whether there<br />

is a burden, obstruction or<br />

impediment on the property<br />

that may lessen its value<br />

or make it less marketable.<br />

Importantly, unless a mortgage<br />

is removed a clear title cannot<br />

be conveyed.<br />

There must be a copy of<br />

the Deposited Plan and if<br />

available a copy of a Survey<br />

showing that the property and<br />

its improvements are within<br />

the land described on the<br />

Certificate of Title, a Zoning<br />

Certificate from Council and a<br />

Sewerage Service Diagram and<br />

if a swimming pool is included<br />

compliance certifications.<br />

If there have been any<br />

substantial works carried out<br />

on the property then a Final<br />

Occupation Certificate and<br />

Builders’ warranty insurance<br />

should also be found.<br />

Purchasers should do their<br />

research: Look at the property<br />

in all light and weather. Ask<br />

for a copy of the Contract<br />

and obtain legal advice on its<br />

terms and conditions. Read the<br />

Contract and if required instruct<br />

your Solicitor to negotiate<br />

changes to the terms and<br />

conditions of the Contract.<br />

Arrange and obtain certain<br />

pre-purchase reports such<br />

as Pest and Building Reports;<br />

often not all is as it may appear<br />

from the outside. Take time to<br />

explore all avenues of enquiry.<br />

Knowing your legal rights<br />

can have profound long-term<br />

consequences on your finances<br />

as well as your quality of life.<br />

On occasions while you are<br />

having a building and pest<br />

report you may have exchanged<br />

conditionally by utilising a<br />

cooling off period. During this<br />

period you have the right to<br />

change your mind if there is<br />

something in the reports that<br />

you have sought that causes<br />

you concern; for example<br />

extensive termite invasion<br />

which diminishes the value of<br />

the property and signals to a<br />

purchaser that they may have<br />

major future expense to rectify<br />

the problem. The downside is<br />

that a purchaser who rescinds<br />

a Contract during a cooling off<br />

period likely forfeits 0.25% of<br />

the purchase price.<br />

On the other hand, the<br />

purchaser may have conducted<br />

and completed their prepurchase<br />

inspections prior to<br />

exchange of Contracts and<br />

will instruct their solicitor to<br />

exchange Contracts and pay the<br />

10% deposit.<br />

In these circumstances the<br />

purchaser’s solicitor may well<br />

sign on their client’s behalf a<br />

waiver of the cooling off period<br />

via a Section 66 Certificate.<br />

On the other hand the<br />

property may be purchased<br />

at Auction or on the same<br />

day as the Auction. In these<br />

circumstances there is no<br />

cooling off period.<br />

Prior to any Auction you<br />

should obtain a copy of<br />

the Contract from the Real<br />

Estate Agent and obtain your<br />

solicitor’s advice on the terms<br />

and conditions contained in it. If<br />

terms and conditions are not to<br />

your satisfaction you can seek<br />

to negotiate terms satisfactory<br />

to you.<br />

On exchange of Contracts<br />

the Contract signed by the<br />

Purchaser is handed to the<br />

Vendor’s solicitor and they<br />

are compared to ensure that<br />

they are in identical terms.<br />

The deposit must be paid or<br />

a Deposit Guarantee Bond<br />

handed over at that time and<br />

then the contracts are dated.<br />

In our next article we will<br />

provide more details of the<br />

Conveyancing procedure.<br />

Comment supplied by<br />

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer<br />

Harris & Associates,<br />

Solicitors, 4/57 Avalon<br />

Parade, Avalon Beach.<br />

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

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

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

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

with Janelle Bloom<br />

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

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

Reasons the family will want<br />

‘Taco Tuesday’ every night!<br />

I<br />

don’t Pulled pork tacos<br />

Makes 12 (with leftover<br />

pulled pork)<br />

think a week passes when the<br />

good ol’ Mexican staple – tacos – are not<br />

on the menu at my place. There are so<br />

many reasons to love tacos; you can literally<br />

fill a taco with anything! Tacos can cross<br />

almost every cuisine and can be enjoyed for<br />

Traditional Tuesday<br />

night beef tacos<br />

Makes 12<br />

1 tbs olive oil<br />

1 small brown onion, finely<br />

chopped<br />

2 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

35g pkt Mexican seasoning<br />

800g beef mince<br />

1 cup beef stock<br />

12 crisp shell taco shells<br />

1 avocado, diced<br />

2 medium tomatoes, quartered,<br />

diced<br />

3/4 cup grated tasty cheddar<br />

cheese<br />

2 tbs chopped coriander or<br />

parsley<br />

thinly sliced red chilli, to serve<br />

sour cream, to serve<br />

5-10 minutes or until the<br />

stock has reduced and the<br />

mixture is thickened. Remove<br />

from heat.<br />

3. Meanwhile, heat taco<br />

shells in the oven following<br />

packet directions.<br />

4. To assemble, spoon beef in<br />

the base of each taco. Top<br />

with avocado, tomato,<br />

cheese, coriander and chilli.<br />

Serve with sour cream.<br />

Garlic prawn tacos<br />

with chipotle lime<br />

cream<br />

Makes 12<br />

breakfast, lunch, dinner… even dessert! And<br />

any which way, it is still a taco. So whether it’s<br />

‘Taco Tuesday’ or ‘Taco every day’ (it just so<br />

happens to be National Taco Day in <strong>October</strong>),<br />

let’s celebrate all things Taco. Hope you enjoy<br />

some of my faves!<br />

1. Combine the mayonnaise,<br />

sour cream, lime and<br />

chipotle. Place in the fridge<br />

until ready to serve.<br />

2. Heat a large non-stick<br />

frying pan over high heat.<br />

Cook tortillas, 1 at a time, for<br />

10-15 seconds each side or<br />

until light golden. Transfer to<br />

a plate. Cover to keep warm.<br />

3. Add the oil and garlic to the<br />

frying pan over medium<br />

heat. Cook stirring 2 minutes<br />

until aromatic. Stir in the<br />

Mexican spice. Increase heat<br />

to high, add the prawns,<br />

cook, shaking pan often until<br />

prawns turn pink and cooked<br />

through. Remove from the<br />

heat.<br />

4. Place tortillas on a serving<br />

board or plates. Spread<br />

with chipotle lime cream.<br />

Top with lettuce, capsicum,<br />

prawns, tomato, avocado<br />

and coriander. Fold tortillas<br />

to enclose filling. Serve<br />

with lime wedges.<br />

1 cup sour cream<br />

1 tbs sriracha<br />

12 flour tortillas<br />

40g mixed salad leaves<br />

½ small red cabbage, finely<br />

shredded<br />

2 cups corn kernels (fresh or<br />

canned)<br />

200g cherry tomatoes,<br />

quartered<br />

1 avocado, halved, thinly sliced<br />

100g feta, crumbled<br />

Pulled pork<br />

2 tbs olive oil<br />

1.2kg pork shoulder or pork<br />

scotch fillet<br />

1 brown onion, finely chopped<br />

1 tbs ground paprika<br />

3 tsp ground cumin<br />

3 tsp ground coriander<br />

1 tsp dried chilli flakes<br />

400g can diced tomatoes<br />

1 cup chicken stock<br />

1. To make the pulled pork,<br />

preheat oven 130°C fan<br />

forced. Heat half the oil in a<br />

large flameproof (ovenproof<br />

and stovetop) casserole pan<br />

over medium-high heat.<br />

¼ cup whole-egg mayonnaise<br />

¼ cup sour cream<br />

½ lime, juiced<br />

1. Heat the oil in a large frying 1 tbs chipotle sauce<br />

pan over medium heat. 12 flour tortillas<br />

Add the onion and cook 2 tbs light olive oil<br />

stirring for 4 minutes. Add 4 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

the garlic and seasoning 1 tbs Mexican seasoning<br />

cook 1 minute. Increase 36 peeled green prawns<br />

heat to high, add the beef, ½ iceberg lettuce, shredded<br />

cook stirring and breaking 1 red capsicum, quartered,<br />

the lumps up with a wooden thinly sliced<br />

spoon until the beef is diced tomato and avocado, to<br />

browned.<br />

serve<br />

2. Add the stock, bring to boil, coriander leaves and lime<br />

reduce heat and simmer for wedges, to serve<br />

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Add the pork and cook for<br />

10 minutes, turning until<br />

browned all over. Remove to<br />

a plate. Add the remaining<br />

oil in the pan. Add the onion,<br />

cook until onion softens. Add<br />

the spices. Cook, stirring, for<br />

1 minute or until aromatic.<br />

Add the tomatoes and stock.<br />

Bring to the boil. Return the<br />

pork to the pan. Reduce heat<br />

to low.<br />

2. Press a piece baking paper<br />

onto the surface then cover<br />

with a tight-fitting lid. Place<br />

into the oven. Cook for 3<br />

hours or until the pork is<br />

very tender. Remove the pork<br />

to a tray. Stand 5 minutes<br />

then use 2 forks to coarsely<br />

shred the pork.<br />

3. Meanwhile, bring the sauce<br />

in the pan to the boil over<br />

high heat. Boil for 5 minutes<br />

until reduces by half. Add the<br />

shredded pork. Remove from<br />

the heat. Season.<br />

4. Combine the sour cream and<br />

sriracha. Heat a large, nonstick<br />

frying pan over high<br />

heat. Cook tortillas, 1 at a<br />

time, for 10-15 seconds each<br />

side or until light golden.<br />

Transfer to a plate. Cover to<br />

keep warm.<br />

5. Place tortillas on a serving<br />

board or plates. Spread with<br />

sriracha cream. Top with<br />

pork, salad leaves, cabbage,<br />

corn, tomatoes, avocado and<br />

feta. Fold tortillas to enclose<br />

filling. Serve.<br />

Roasted sweet<br />

potato and black<br />

bean tacos with feta<br />

Makes 12<br />

1.25kg sweet potato, peeled,<br />

cut into 3cm pieces<br />

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2 tbs olive oil<br />

2-3 tbs Mexican seasoning<br />

400g can black beans, rinsed<br />

and drained<br />

12 flour tortillas<br />

1 cup sriracha mayonnaise<br />

1 cos lettuce, shredded<br />

2 avocadoes, chopped<br />

1 cup coriander leaves<br />

125g feta, crumbled<br />

lime wedges, to serve<br />

1. Preheat oven to 220°C fan<br />

forced. Line a baking tray<br />

with baking paper. Place<br />

the sweet potato on the<br />

tray. Combine the oil and<br />

seasoning, spoon over the<br />

sweet potato. Turn to coat.<br />

Spread in a single layer. Roast<br />

for 30 minutes or until tender<br />

and golden around the<br />

edges. Add the black beans,<br />

roast further 10 minutes until<br />

beans are warmed through<br />

and sweet potato golden all<br />

over.<br />

2. Heat a large non-stick<br />

frying pan over high heat.<br />

Cook tortillas, 1 at a time, for<br />

10-15 seconds each side or<br />

until light golden. Transfer to<br />

a plate. Cover to keep warm.<br />

3. Place tortillas on a serving<br />

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board or plates. Spread<br />

with sriracha mayonnaise.<br />

Top with shredded lettuce,<br />

roasted sweet potato and<br />

beans, avocado, coriander<br />

and feta. Fold tortillas to<br />

enclose filling. Serve with<br />

lime wedges.<br />

Apple pie tacos<br />

Makes 12<br />

2 tbs cinnamon<br />

½ cup white sugar<br />

2 cups vegetable oil, for frying<br />

12 mini flour tortillas<br />

vanilla ice cream<br />

300ml thickened cream, to<br />

serve<br />

Apple pie filling<br />

800g can pie apple<br />

2 tbs caster sugar<br />

1 lemon, juiced<br />

1 tbs cornflour<br />

1 tbs cold water<br />

1. Combine cinnamon and<br />

sugar in a bowl. Mix well.<br />

2. Heat vegetable oil in a<br />

medium non-stick frying pan<br />

over medium heat. Using<br />

tongs, place the tortilla flat in<br />

the oil. Cook 20-30 seconds<br />

until very light golden<br />

(don’t overcook as they will<br />

become crisp and you won’t<br />

be able to fold them), turn<br />

and repeat on the other side.<br />

Remove with tongs to a wire<br />

rack. Quickly sprinkle both<br />

sides with cinnamon sugar.<br />

while hot, using tongs, fold<br />

the tortilla in half to form<br />

the shape of a taco. Repeat<br />

with remaining tortillas and<br />

cinnamon sugar.<br />

3. For the filling, place the<br />

apple, sugar and lemon juice<br />

in a non-stick frying pan<br />

over medium heat. Cook,<br />

stirring occasionally, for 5<br />

minutes until warm. Combine<br />

cornflour and water in a<br />

small bowl, stir until smooth.<br />

Add to the apple mixture.<br />

Bring to the boil, stirring<br />

occasionally, for 3-4 minutes<br />

until the juices thicken<br />

slightly and apple mixture is<br />

hot. Remove from heat.<br />

4. Spoon ice cream into the<br />

base of each taco. Top with<br />

warm apple pie filling and a<br />

dollop of cream. Serve.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: These are<br />

delicious filled with fresh fruit<br />

and cream or custard.<br />

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

Pick of the Month:<br />

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

Watermelon<br />

When Summer hits<br />

grated rind 1 lime, then cut<br />

there is nothing more in wedges<br />

refreshing than a piece of<br />

icy cold watermelon. Sweet 1. Place watermelon on a<br />

or savoury, this delicious large baking sheet and<br />

fruit will be a ‘must’ in every freeze until hardened, at<br />

Australian fridge over the least 2 hours.<br />

coming months.<br />

2. For the rim put salt, sugar,<br />

Watermelon don’t ripen and lime on a small plate<br />

after harvest, so they are<br />

and stir to combine. Use<br />

ripe and ready to eat once lime wedge to wet rim of<br />

picked. Select fruit with<br />

margarita glasses then<br />

hard skin, which feel heavy dip rims in salt mixture.<br />

and has a pleasant aroma. 3. Combine frozen watermelon,<br />

If cut, choose melon with lime juice, tequila, and triple<br />

bright pink-to-red-coloured, sec in a blender. Blend until<br />

firm flesh, with no signs of<br />

well combined.<br />

bruising.<br />

Store uncut fruit at room<br />

temperature for up to 1<br />

week. Once cut, wrap in<br />

plastic and store in the<br />

fridge. Use within 3 days. If<br />

cut from the skin, store in a<br />

glass, airtight container for<br />

1-2 days.<br />

Frozen watermelon<br />

margarita<br />

Makes 4<br />

4 cups chopped watermelon<br />

¼ cup freshly squeezed lime<br />

juice<br />

½ cup silver tequila<br />

¼ cup triple sec<br />

lime and mint, to garnish<br />

For the rim<br />

2 tbs kosher salt<br />

1 tbs granulated sugar<br />

mixed<br />

4. Pour into glasses. Garnish<br />

with lime and mint.<br />

Tip: For a kid friendly<br />

version, replace the tequila<br />

and triple sec with ¾ cup<br />

clear apple juice.<br />

In Season<br />

<strong>October</strong><br />

Bananas, blueberries,<br />

blackberries,<br />

strawberries,<br />

grapefruit,<br />

Australian valencia<br />

oranges; mangoes,<br />

watermelon,<br />

tangelos,<br />

passionfruit,<br />

pineapples; also<br />

avocado, asparagus,<br />

Asian greens,<br />

beans; broccolini,<br />

beetroot; cabbage,<br />

chilli, cucumber,<br />

Australian garlic,<br />

fennel, zucchini peas<br />

(podded), sugar snap<br />

peas & snow peas.<br />

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Tasty Morsels<br />

with Beverley Hudec<br />

Some Tiny Morsels to savour in <strong>October</strong><br />

Tella everyone about<br />

this Mona sweet spot<br />

Mona Vale’s contemporary dessert<br />

bar, Tella Balls, pimps those signature<br />

brioche donut balls, pancakes, crepes<br />

and waffles to the max. Let loose<br />

with ice cream-stuffed balls dripping<br />

in chocolate, caramel sauce and<br />

Nutella, then topped with a confection<br />

of popping candy, marshmallows,<br />

sprinkles and much, much more.<br />

A cocktails 'triple<br />

treat' at Jonah's<br />

Three pretty mocktails, a collaboration<br />

with local business Seadrift Distillery<br />

and a terrace blessed with views make<br />

Jonah’s summer-ready. Each drink<br />

features one of the brand’s nonalcoholic<br />

‘spirits’ mixed with pops of<br />

fruit and spices. Pink Panther blushes<br />

with Seadrift’s Coast, pomegranate,<br />

vanilla, lemon and Fever Tree soda.<br />

Get your<br />

sandwich fill at<br />

Palmy, Pronto!<br />

Pronto Creative Foods is a<br />

welcome pit stop for weekend<br />

road warriors. The Palm Beach<br />

cafe has coffee from Oberon’s<br />

Fish River Roasters, as well<br />

as a menu of breakfast and<br />

lunchtime eats. Morning feeds<br />

include eggs Benny, corn<br />

fritters and bircher muesli.<br />

Lunch kicks in at 11am with<br />

chunky sandwiches, wraps<br />

and burgers.<br />

Oliver's delivers a<br />

Mexican standout<br />

All eyes on the pies. Oliver’s Pies won<br />

11 medals in the recent Official Great<br />

Aussie Pie Competition. The North<br />

Avalon pie shop’s Mexican beef pie is<br />

one of the eight gold medal winners.<br />

Owner Daniel Roberts said this pie<br />

is also the shop’s most popular. The<br />

smoked fish, vegetarian Mexican and<br />

satay chicken also picked up gold.<br />

Tasty Morsels<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

Three of a kind: Going gourmet<br />

Palm Beach Wine Co<br />

(left) is worth a visit for<br />

a browse alone. Half the<br />

store is dedicated to wines<br />

from around the world;<br />

the remainder is filled with<br />

anything and everything a<br />

passionate foodie or a giftseeker<br />

could possibly want.<br />

The store also makes up<br />

bespoke hampers featuring<br />

wine, artisanal goodies and<br />

homewares.<br />

Le Petit Marche brings<br />

a little taste of France to<br />

Newport’s Roberson Rd. The<br />

gourmet providore stocks<br />

its shelves with French<br />

wines, artisan goodies,<br />

condiments and homewares.<br />

There’s everything from La<br />

Mortuacienne lemonade to<br />

soaps, scarves and freshly<br />

made baguettes packed with<br />

goodies from the deli.<br />

Mona Vale’s Quattro Stagioni<br />

is more cafe than deli.<br />

Whatever the season, sip a<br />

morning coffee at one of the<br />

outdoor tables, or order a spot<br />

of lunch or a little sweet treat.<br />

Inside, shelves are stocked<br />

with Italian condiments and<br />

goodies. The deli counter<br />

features cheeses, cold meats<br />

and a variety of Italian salumi.<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong> 73

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

Compiled by David Stickley<br />

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

ACROSS<br />

1 Position held by Heidi Currie at<br />

Narrabeen Sports High School (9)<br />

6 Printing device (5)<br />

9 A coral island consisting of a circular<br />

belt of coral enclosing a central<br />

lagoon (5)<br />

10 Supporting group that runs<br />

local stalls at <strong>Pittwater</strong> Place and<br />

Bunnings Belrose to raise funds for<br />

Mona Vale 16-across (9)<br />

11 Artist and member of Dog<br />

Trumpet, Chris O’Doherty, is also<br />

known as Reg ________ (8)<br />

12 Body of water that’s a major<br />

feature of Narrabeen (6)<br />

14 The spiral shell of a gastropod,<br />

often used as a trumpet (5)<br />

16 A medical institution where sick<br />

or injured people are given medical<br />

or surgical care (8)<br />

18 A tall thin person (8)<br />

20 Extremely small in scale, scope<br />

or capability (5)<br />

23 Widely known people (6)<br />

24 The original homestead at<br />

Currawong (8)<br />

26 Implicating (9)<br />

28 A statement of the aims of an<br />

advertising campaign, etc (5)<br />

29 BBQ sausage-turners (5)<br />

30 Contrary to accepted or expected<br />

modes of behaviour (9)<br />

DOWN<br />

1 Type of business located at 347<br />

Barrenjoey Rd, Newport (8)<br />

2 Surf lifesaving event that involves<br />

swimming, board paddling, ski<br />

paddling and running (7)<br />

3 Eyelashes (anatomy) (5)<br />

4 Long-running ABC TV program for<br />

kids (4,6)<br />

5 Loose (3)<br />

6 Local name for 16 Ocean Rd, Palm<br />

Beach, a one-time dance hall (9)<br />

7 Suburb on the hill above<br />

Narrabeen, _______ Heights (7)<br />

8 A maxim, proverb, adage, etc. (6)<br />

13 Introducing; launching (8,2)<br />

15 Small ringers played by local Phil<br />

Allan (9)<br />

17 Ninox strenua is also known as<br />

the ________ owl (8)<br />

19 Invigorate (7)<br />

21 Coal miner (7)<br />

22 Text of a play (6)<br />

25 Custom (5)<br />

27 Promissory note (1,1,1)<br />

[Solution page 78]<br />

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Times Past<br />

All ‘hail’ the Northern Beaches<br />

were torn to shreds and<br />

the rooves of caravans severely<br />

‘Tents<br />

damaged’ – this was a common<br />

headline in the 1950s, especially in 1953<br />

and 1956 when several severe hailstorms<br />

pummelled the peninsula.<br />

On Wednesday 6 May 1953, many of<br />

the ‘permanent’ residents and children<br />

of the camping area at Avalon Beach<br />

spent the night in the Avalon Beach Surf<br />

<strong>Life</strong> Saving Club, such was the ferocity of<br />

the hailstorm which began shortly before<br />

2pm. It lasted around three hours but the<br />

stormwater which accompanied it raced<br />

through the tents, homes and flooded<br />

the shopping centre. For almost an hour,<br />

vehicles from either direction were unable<br />

to pass through Avalon Beach and<br />

the loss of stock from retail businesses<br />

mounted to several hundreds of pounds.<br />

According to reports, some of the<br />

hailstones measured “2 and a half inches<br />

diameter” and besides destroying many of<br />

the tents, the rain swept away floor coverings,<br />

food supplies and beach gear into Careel<br />

Creek and eventually into Careel Bay.<br />

Mr Le Clercq’s general store (now<br />

Ecodownunder) suffered more damage<br />

than most with the loss of around 250<br />

pounds’ ($500) worth of stock as the<br />

resultant half a metre of flood waters<br />

swirled through his store.<br />

As with the more recent floods in 1974,<br />

several cars were almost ‘drowned’; with<br />

one deposited on the footpath in Old Barrenjoey<br />

Road.<br />

The Avalon News of September 1956<br />

reported that “the organisers of the<br />

annual Flower Show and Fete were holding<br />

their collective breaths that the hail in the<br />

last week of August didn’t play havoc with<br />

the gardens.”<br />

The hailstorm was part of a general<br />

deluge which broke over all the Northern<br />

Beaches.<br />

A photo of the Palm Beach golf course<br />

WHITE-OUT: A blanket<br />

of hail – looking east<br />

down Avalon Parade<br />

with Wickham Lane to<br />

the right behind the<br />

Morris minor, and with<br />

the two intersections<br />

further on; Palm Beach<br />

golf course in August<br />

1956; Geoff Searl’s<br />

Dad took this photo of<br />

the family backyard in<br />

Avalon Parade on the<br />

same day.<br />

shows it covered with a complete white<br />

blanket, turning the greens into ‘whites’.<br />

Records indicate that hailstorms have<br />

increased to almost 12 per year over the<br />

past 15 years and tend to form November<br />

to March in Sydney.<br />

It appears that the destruction which<br />

the 1953 event caused may have led to<br />

the eventual demise of the semi-permanent<br />

camp.<br />

Some 43 families were living at the<br />

camp at the time, when The Sydney<br />

Morning Herald of 27 May 1953 noted<br />

that the camp “… would close down in 3<br />

months’ time”.<br />

The site hire for the families was 10<br />

shillings a week ($1) and would hardly<br />

have covered costs for Warringah Shire<br />

Council.<br />

TIMES PAST is supplied by local historian<br />

and President of the Avalon Beach<br />

Historical Society GEOFF SEARL. Visit<br />

the Society’s showroom in Bowling<br />

Green Lane, Avalon Beach.<br />

Times Past<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong> 75

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

with Gabrielle Bryant<br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Plant decorative geraniums<br />

for sweet-perfumed gardens<br />

The humble geranium<br />

that was so popular in<br />

the 1950s has made a<br />

startling comeback in the past<br />

few years.<br />

Geraniums are all members<br />

of the pelargonium family. They<br />

all love the sun, and they will<br />

grow in poor soil and exposed<br />

salty conditions – they hate<br />

wet feet and damp conditions.<br />

While they are tough and hardy,<br />

as with any plant, they will<br />

perform and thrive best with<br />

some regular fertiliser and<br />

water in the summer months.<br />

They are diverse and very<br />

different in their appearance.<br />

There are the scented varieties,<br />

the upright zonal geraniums,<br />

and the ivy geraniums that<br />

climb or trail from baskets and<br />

pots.<br />

Scented geraniums are grown<br />

for the aromatic decorative<br />

leaves and flowers that can<br />

be used in baking cakes and<br />

cookies, in ice creams, desserts,<br />

in salads and in teas.<br />

The scented geraniums are<br />

decorative, with varying leaf<br />

shape – from indented leaves<br />

(of slightly velvety appearance),<br />

to finely cut leaves that have<br />

a lacy texture. The colours<br />

range from soft grey to bright<br />

green, and some are variegated<br />

depending on the variety. The<br />

flowers are delicate and small,<br />

with soft colours from pale<br />

pinks to lilac or white.<br />

There are so many fragrances<br />

to choose from: Peppermint,<br />

lemon, pine, rose, citrus,<br />

nutmeg, mint, lime, chocolate<br />

peppermint… but my favourite<br />

is cinnamon with its large green<br />

indented leaves and soft pink<br />

flowers that are splashed with<br />

red (pictured below).<br />

Plant scented geraniums<br />

where you will brush past them<br />

and fill the air with their sweet<br />

fragrance.<br />

After more than a dozen<br />

years of cross breeding zonal<br />

and ivy geraniums we now<br />

have the amazing calliope<br />

geraniums. ‘Big’ geraniums<br />

(above) are brilliant, with huge<br />

heads of colour; they are tough<br />

and hardy, tolerating dry spells<br />

once established. The plants<br />

stay compact with a semitrailing<br />

habit inherited from<br />

their ivy ancestors. As they<br />

develop the plants grow into a<br />

thick mounded shape, making<br />

them ideal for pots or in the<br />

garden.<br />

The Big geraniums will flower<br />

in spring, summer and into the<br />

late autumn.<br />

Geraniums are the easiest<br />

plants to propagate. Geranium<br />

cuttings are taken at any time<br />

of the year but will strike more<br />

quickly during the warmer<br />

months. Take stem cuttings<br />

from strong tip growth that<br />

is 12-14cm in length. Cut just<br />

below a leaf. Remove all the<br />

larger leaves just leaving the<br />

growing tip with foliage.<br />

Either put your cuttings into<br />

a 14cm jar of water where they<br />

will soon develop new roots, or<br />

plant them into small pots of<br />

damp soil.<br />

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Rock Rose solid choice<br />

Mediterranean Rock Rose is<br />

a small shrub that is native<br />

to the dry rocky coastline of<br />

the Mediterranean. It grows<br />

just 60-70cm tall, needing<br />

little attention. To keep it<br />

bushy, pinch out the new-tip<br />

growth in between the bursts<br />

of flower. It can be regularly<br />

trimmed but will not be happy<br />

if it is cut back too hard into<br />

the old wood.<br />

The soft silvery grey foliage<br />

is smothered by pale pink,<br />

papery flowers from late<br />

spring onwards into summer.<br />

Other colours available are<br />

white, cerise, purple and<br />

multi-coloured. The flowers<br />

are short-lived but replaced<br />

daily with new ones. If rain or<br />

wind damages them, not to<br />

worry: the morning will bring<br />

a fresh display of colour.<br />

This small shrub is best in<br />

mass planting along sunny<br />

pathways or covering rocky<br />

banks. It mixes beautifully<br />

with purple lavender, all the<br />

salvias, prostrate rosemary,<br />

bright yellow gazanias and<br />

blue felicia daisies.<br />

Little Ewan a Bush baby<br />

As gardens get smaller, so do plants. It’s amazing how<br />

breeders keep developing new plants for tiny gardens<br />

and patios. The New Zealand Christmas Bush is flowering<br />

now and will continue to spot-flower throughout the year.<br />

There are many<br />

varieties and<br />

cultivars available<br />

that will develop<br />

into hedges, wind<br />

breaks and privacy<br />

screens that are<br />

salt-tolerant, hardy<br />

and undemanding.<br />

Some have grey<br />

foliage and others<br />

are shiny green with<br />

bronze new tips. But<br />

all will grow several<br />

metres tall – now<br />

with the new Little<br />

Ewan there is one<br />

that is perfect for<br />

pots, low-growing<br />

hedges or as a<br />

specimen shrub in<br />

the garden.<br />

Little Ewan has brilliant scarlet flowers, red new growth,<br />

and all the hardy, salt-tolerant attributes of its bigger<br />

brothers but will only reach a height of 1m tall. It’s perfect<br />

to replace buxus and small-growing lilly pillies in full sun or<br />

part shade.<br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Viburnum Copper is tops<br />

Hedges are fast replacing<br />

garden beds and<br />

boundary fences, with<br />

murraya, lilly pilly and green<br />

viburnum hedges being<br />

the most popular. When<br />

they flower these hedges<br />

add colour and life to the<br />

landscape; yet at other times<br />

the plain green background<br />

can be uninspiring.<br />

Hedges need to be regularly<br />

clipped to keep their shape;<br />

this is where shrubs with<br />

coloured new growth can liven<br />

up the garden.<br />

Viburnum Emerald Lustre<br />

has taken pride of place<br />

in the past few years, but<br />

now it should step back<br />

for a newcomer. Viburnum<br />

Coppertop has all the same<br />

attributes as its cousin<br />

Emerald Lustre, but all the<br />

new-tip growth is vibrant<br />

bronze. It will flower in spring<br />

to give your garden a lift as<br />

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the weather warms up, with<br />

lacy white daisies to lighten<br />

the garden.<br />

As a bonus the leaves are<br />

smaller and the growth rate<br />

is slower and more compact<br />

than the much-loved Emerald<br />

Lustre, making it more<br />

suitable for smaller gardens<br />

and lower hedges.<br />

Trim to any shape – a<br />

hedge, a column, or keep it as<br />

a tidy ball in a large pot.<br />

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Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

<strong>October</strong><br />

Jobs this Month<br />

It is time to get the summer<br />

veggies growing if you have<br />

not already done so. It is a bit<br />

late to sow seed, so seedlings<br />

are the way to go. Sometimes<br />

sowing seeds can produce too<br />

many plants; for a family, just<br />

3 or 4 plants will often do.<br />

As you plant new seedlings<br />

protect them well from snails<br />

and slugs with Multiguard snail<br />

pellets. These are harmless to<br />

birds and wildlife.<br />

Pick again<br />

Plant eggplants, capsicum,<br />

tomatoes, cucumbers, chillies<br />

and beans. If space is really<br />

limited just plant the veggies<br />

that your family uses on a<br />

weekly basis. Pick-and-pickagain<br />

vegetables are the most<br />

productive, such as tomatoes,<br />

beans, cucumbers, silverbeet<br />

and zucchinis. Re-plant<br />

seeds or seedlings of carrots,<br />

lettuce, pak choi and spring<br />

onions at two-weekly intervals<br />

rather that filling the veggie<br />

patch all in one day.<br />

Bindie watch<br />

Watch out, bindies are back!<br />

Spray them now before the<br />

seeds ripen. It is easier to<br />

spray now with a selective<br />

weed killer than to sit on a<br />

cushion with a trowel and to<br />

dig them out one by one once<br />

their spikey seeds are ripe. If<br />

you have a buffalo lawn, check<br />

with the garden centre before<br />

buying a weed control to<br />

make sure that the chemical is<br />

suitable, buffalo grass is very<br />

sensitive (Yates Buffalo Pro<br />

hose-on is an easy way to go).<br />

Attract bees<br />

Remember to plant some<br />

flowers to attract the<br />

bees amongst your veggie<br />

seedlings to encourage the<br />

bees. A weekly spray with<br />

Bee Keeper will keep the bees<br />

pollinating your crops.<br />

Hibiscus trim<br />

This is your last chance to<br />

shape and trim back hibiscus<br />

(above) before summer.<br />

Feed the bushes now with a<br />

complete fertiliser and apply<br />

a top dressing of cow manure<br />

to get the new growth that will<br />

produce the flowers.<br />

Summer planning<br />

Think ahead for summer and<br />

pot up some pots and baskets<br />

that will flower the summer<br />

ahead. Mix and match annual<br />

flowering seedlings that will<br />

fill tubs and planters. Lobelia,<br />

petunias, alyssum, nasturtiums,<br />

dianthus, geraniums, swan<br />

river daisies, impatiens and<br />

variegated ivy grow together.<br />

Remember to keep sun loving<br />

plants together and keep the<br />

shade-lovers separate.<br />

Other tasks<br />

Feed spring bulbs as they<br />

die down and resist the<br />

temptation to cut off dying<br />

foliage. As the leaves die<br />

down, they are feeding<br />

the bulbs underground<br />

and forming next year’s<br />

flowers… It is forecast to<br />

be a hot dry summer, so<br />

prepare for bushfire season.<br />

Clean gutters, trim back<br />

foliage that overhangs<br />

your roof and sweep up<br />

any leaves or litter that is<br />

close to the house… The<br />

best help that you can give<br />

your garden is weekly deep<br />

watering and plenty of mulch<br />

to keep the moisture in the<br />

soil.<br />

Crossword solution from page 74<br />

Mystery location: CHURCH POINT<br />

78 OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Arnhem Land: Taste of the Unexpected<br />

The year was 1989. The place:<br />

Kakadu National Park, Northern<br />

Territory. I’d hiked to the top of a<br />

sandstone plateau, where I stood gazing<br />

out over floodplains that seemed<br />

to stretch forever, just as the sun was<br />

setting.<br />

“That’s Arnhem Land, over there,” I<br />

remember overhearing someone say,<br />

hinting at endless discoveries to be<br />

had.<br />

More than 30 years later, I learned<br />

about Outback Spirit’s 13-day Arnhem<br />

Land Wilderness Adventure. The<br />

small-group tour runs from Nhulunbuy<br />

across to Darwin with everything included<br />

– and entry permits, notoriously difficult to obtain, would<br />

be arranged by the company.<br />

I invited my mother to join me; without my father, she’d been<br />

a little bit lost and it had been a long time since we’d travelled<br />

together. Mum didn’t need much convincing. “Oh, that sounds<br />

wonderful,” she gushed. As well as promising spectacular landscapes<br />

and teeming wildlife, the tour would be a cultural lesson<br />

for both of us, travelling through Aboriginal land continuously<br />

occupied for 60,000 years.<br />

Neither of us knew what to expect, and I certainly hadn’t<br />

anticipated Mum bringing Dad along with us. Each time we arrived<br />

at a new lodge or safari camp, she’d unpack her suitcase<br />

and place a small, framed photo of him on her bedside table.<br />

Our own, personal outback spirit was<br />

looking over us.<br />

I most looked forward to the numerous<br />

wildlife safaris, and these exceeded<br />

my expectations. At dawn on<br />

our first morning at Murwangi Safari<br />

Camp, a buffalo herd strolled past<br />

our tent, snorted, then trotted away<br />

when they heard me giggling. On our<br />

last morning, a dingo family appeared<br />

out of the scrub onto the road in front<br />

of us as we headed towards Kennedy<br />

Beach from Seven Spirit Bay. Even saltwater<br />

crocodile tracks had been left in<br />

the sand before we got there.<br />

We both knew the tour would be an<br />

eye-opener culturally, and we hoped to learn and understand<br />

more about Indigenous life and history. Our Welcome Ceremony<br />

on the Gove Peninsula’s Wirrwawuy Beach was a gentle introduction<br />

that was followed by a round-circle sit-down, where generations<br />

of knowledge were passed on about bush medicine. Some<br />

in the group listed it among their trip highlights.<br />

But the highlight for me? Without a doubt, it was when my<br />

mother reeled in a 2.5-kilo barramundi at the back of our boat<br />

while we fished on the Liverpool River. “We used to go yabbying<br />

in the farm dam when we were kids, but this is the first fish I’ve<br />

ever caught in my life,” she confessed. Proof, that you can never<br />

guess what surprises Arnhem Land has in store. – Mark Daffey<br />

*For more info call Travel View on 9918 4444<br />

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong> 79

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

8 reasons to sea<br />

kayak in Tassie<br />

Tasmania is an island of untamed<br />

beauty, brimming with breathtaking<br />

coastlines, secluded coves and<br />

unique wildlife. Experiencing Tasmania<br />

on a sea kayaking adventure offers<br />

a unique lens through which to savour<br />

our island state’s hidden gems.<br />

Southern Sea Adventures’ Senior<br />

Guide Toby Story lists the 8 reasons<br />

you should consider a sea kayaking<br />

adventure for your next Tasmanian<br />

holiday:<br />

1. Connect with nature<br />

“From tranquil bays to craggy cliffs,<br />

Tasmania’s diverse landscapes provide<br />

a visually stunning backdrop for<br />

kayakers.”<br />

2. Encounter unique wildlife<br />

“Spot endemic and rare species like<br />

the Australian fur seal, dolphins, and<br />

various seabirds as you glide along<br />

Tasmania’s majestic coastlines.”<br />

3. Discover hidden gems<br />

“Getting off the beaten track (literally)<br />

and into the seat of a kayak will<br />

take you to stunning secret spots<br />

most tourists never see.”<br />

4. Glide crystal clear waters<br />

“Tasmania’s clear coastal waters<br />

offer excellent visibility, ideal for<br />

observing marine life and enjoying<br />

the scenery.”<br />

5. Mild summer climate<br />

“Tasmania’s generally temperate<br />

summer weather is ideal for outdoor<br />

activities like kayaking, making it<br />

comfortable to spend a day on the<br />

water.”<br />

6. Minimise your impact<br />

“Done properly, kayaking can be a<br />

low-impact way to enjoy Tasmania’s<br />

pristine natural beauty.”<br />

7. Easily incorporate adventure<br />

“With many kayaking routes in easy<br />

reach of Hobart, it’s easy to incorporate<br />

kayaking into your wider<br />

Tasmanian holiday.”<br />

8. Nourish body & soul<br />

“Beyond being a physical workout,<br />

kayaking in such a unique and<br />

beautiful setting offers a chance for<br />

mental and spiritual rejuvenation.<br />

Arrive home feeling refreshed and<br />

invigorated!”<br />

Your ideal Tasmanian<br />

adventure awaits<br />

Southern Sea Ventures has a carefully designed<br />

portfolio of Tasmanian sea kayaking adventures,<br />

with kayaking equipment all included, and<br />

expert guides ready to show you the best this<br />

island has to offer – no matter your appetite for<br />

adventure.<br />

Luxury meets adventure:<br />

Three Capes & Bruny Island Paddles<br />

Seeking an active yet indulgent mini-break?<br />

Southern Sea Ventures offers two 4-day, lodgebased<br />

trips – Three Capes Paddle and Bruny<br />

Island Paddle – each suited to paddlers of all<br />

skill levels, and featuring stays at the luxurious<br />

Bolthole accommodation, complete with locally<br />

sourced meals and beverages.<br />

Up the adrenaline:<br />

Freycinet Peninsula Kayak Expedition<br />

Craving an even more adventurous outdoor<br />

escapade? The 6-day Freycinet Peninsula Kayak<br />

Expedition is your match. This moderate-grade<br />

expedition blends kayaking and hiking, featuring<br />

an ascent to either Mt Graham or Mt Freycinet.<br />

Get away from it all with 5 nights of beach camping<br />

and a truly immersive adventure getaway.<br />

*More info southernseaventures.com or contact<br />

ssvtrips@southernseaventures.com to<br />

book your Tasmanian sea kayaking holiday.<br />

80 OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Welcome to Uniworld Luxury Travel<br />

When it comes to luxury travel experiences,<br />

Uniworld Boutique River<br />

Cruises sets the bar high. Renowned for<br />

their exceptional service, attention to<br />

detail, and unique itineraries, Uniworld<br />

has become a favourite among discerning<br />

travellers seeking unforgettable holidays.<br />

Offering truly all-inclusive itineraries<br />

in Europe, as well as voyages in Vietnam<br />

and Cambodia, India, Peru and Egypt –<br />

covering a total of 20 rivers in 28 countries<br />

worldwide – there is something for<br />

every traveller.<br />

“They have 17 one-of-a-kind awardwinning<br />

ships, and each exquisitely<br />

appointed Uniworld river cruise ship is a<br />

work of art designed to be as exceptional<br />

as their guests and as inspiring as the<br />

destinations they visit,” says Travel View’s<br />

Sharon Godden.<br />

Uniworld’s ‘Highlights of Eastern<br />

Europe’ itinerary takes travellers on a<br />

remarkable journey through some of the<br />

area’s most captivating and culturally rich<br />

destinations. “From the enchanting cities<br />

of Budapest and Belgrade to the hidden<br />

gems of Croatia and Bulgaria, this itinerary<br />

promises an immersive experience<br />

that will leave lasting memories,” says<br />

Sharon.<br />

She adds that Uniworld’s commitment<br />

to luxury is evident in every aspect of the<br />

journey. “Guests are accommodated in<br />

elegantly appointed staterooms or suites,<br />

each designed with the utmost attention<br />

to detail. The onboard amenities including<br />

world-class dining, stylish lounges,<br />

and a spa ensure that guests have a truly<br />

indulgent experience throughout their<br />

voyage.”<br />

One of the highlights of this itinerary<br />

is the opportunity to delve into the rich<br />

cultural heritage of Eastern Europe.<br />

“It offers a range of immersive excursions<br />

and experiences that allow guests<br />

to explore the local history, traditions,<br />

and cuisine,” says Sharon. “Whether it’s<br />

a visit to the UNESCO World Heritagelisted<br />

sites of Budapest and Ivanovo,<br />

a private concert with wine tasting in<br />

Belgrade’s Saint Sava Cathedral, a visit to<br />

a medieval fortress on the banks of the<br />

Danube River, or a walking tour through<br />

the charming streets of Ruse, every day<br />

brings new discoveries.<br />

“And Uniworld’s dedication to personalised<br />

service and attention to detail truly<br />

sets them apart. With a high staff-toguest<br />

ratio, every need is catered to,<br />

ensuring a seamless and memorable journey.<br />

From a warm welcome upon arrival<br />

to the impeccable service throughout the<br />

cruise, their staff go above and beyond to<br />

exceed expectations.<br />

“And you can say goodbye to hidden<br />

fees and hello to a stress-free holiday<br />

where everything is taken care of!”<br />

Uniworld’s all-inclusive amenities<br />

ensure that every aspect of your journey<br />

is covered, from gourmet “farm-to-table”<br />

dining to unlimited beverages, premium<br />

wines and spirits, a selection of carefully<br />

curated excursions in every port visited,<br />

ship-wide Wi-Fi, yoga and TRX fitness<br />

classes, gratuities, airport transfers, and<br />

even self-service laundry.<br />

*To book or for more information – and<br />

your free brochure – call Travel View on<br />

9918 4444.<br />

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong> 81

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