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The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Editorial<br />

‘No need’ for upgrade: Minns<br />

It doesn’t matter which side of<br />

the political fence you stand,<br />

NSW Premier Chris Minns’<br />

reasoning for putting the<br />

upgrade of the Western section<br />

of Mona Vale Road on hold<br />

doesn’t pass the pub test.<br />

Asked on ABC Radio last<br />

month about whether there<br />

was a need to upgrade the<br />

Western section, Mr Minns was<br />

dismissive of the importance of<br />

the road to our community.<br />

“No, I don’t believe so,” he<br />

said. “There is a case for road<br />

upgrades right across Sydney...<br />

it’s all about severity and we<br />

are applying a needs-based<br />

approach to infrastructure<br />

spending, not on a marginalseats<br />

or Labor-electorates<br />

approach... and obviously those<br />

communities that desperately<br />

need the funds are where we<br />

are investing them.”<br />

Apparently it doesn’t matter<br />

that the single lanes of road<br />

heading east and west between<br />

Kimbriki Tip and the Baha’i<br />

Temple are piling up crash<br />

statistics and full closures like<br />

no other major road in Sydney<br />

Mona Vale Road has been<br />

closed for six hours at a time<br />

twice in the past 12 weeks – at<br />

the black spot now on hold.<br />

There have been more than<br />

10 serious accidents requiring<br />

police and emergency vehicles.<br />

Mr Minns should talk to the<br />

users of the road about what<br />

they think, as we did (see p12).<br />

* * *<br />

Remember when cafe owners<br />

used to offer a small<br />

discount on a takeaway coffee<br />

if you brought your own ‘keep<br />

cup’?<br />

We do – but only just. Does it<br />

even happen anymore?<br />

We’d love to hear from<br />

readers about their experiences;<br />

and as reward we’ll give a shout<br />

out to the local cafes who are<br />

offering the ‘perk’.<br />

Remember, every little bit<br />

helps in the battle to reduce<br />

landfill.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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INSIDE: Council will oppose the revised development plan<br />

for the Patyegarang Development (Lizard Rock) at Belrose<br />

(p10); local users of Mona Vale Road express their disgust<br />

that the Western Upgrade has been put on hold (p12); reflect<br />

on 50 years of the Avalon PS band (p16); <strong>Pittwater</strong> and its<br />

existing tree canopy will be given the same priority as other<br />

Beaches areas needing more trees (p21); a bunch of bands<br />

hit the local scene (p24); and hear from Avalon’s Rod Willis<br />

on his wild ride managing Aussie band Cold Chisel (p44).<br />

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also this month<br />

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<strong>Life</strong> Story: Cold Chisel’s manager Rod Willis 44-48<br />

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

News<br />

Council renews Lizard Rock fight<br />

Northern Beaches Council has<br />

picked holes in the revised<br />

Planning Proposal for 450<br />

homes in the renamed Patyegarang<br />

Development (formerly Lizard<br />

Rock) at Belrose and will renew its<br />

opposition in a new submission to<br />

the NSW Government.<br />

At its October meeting, Council<br />

staff papers observed that the revised<br />

Planning Proposal presented by the<br />

Sydney North Planning Panel – which<br />

was placed on public exhibition<br />

in September and will be open for<br />

submissions through 7 <strong>November</strong> – failed<br />

to address most of the concerns raised by<br />

Council 12 months ago.<br />

These included severe bush fire risks,<br />

major impacts upon biodiversity, and<br />

inconsistency with Council’s Local<br />

Strategic Planning Statement and Local<br />

Housing Strategy.<br />

But a key point in Council’s<br />

“overarching” concerns with the<br />

revised proposal regarded the required<br />

acquisition of Council land in Forest Way<br />

for a slip lane to evacuate the area.<br />

“The draft Planning Proposal included<br />

a description and map of the proposed<br />

slip lane for evacuation purposes as<br />

required by the RFS (left turn slip lane<br />

AERIAL: The slip lane would exit Morgan Rd onto Forest Way<br />

(top left of pic).<br />

from Morgan Road and allow traffic to<br />

bypass the traffic lights and directly<br />

enter Forest Way), requiring acquisition<br />

of Council land,” Council said.<br />

“No discussion in relation to this<br />

matter has been undertaken.”<br />

Council was disappointed the majority<br />

of elements in the new Planning<br />

Proposal remained the same.<br />

“The proposal still provides for the<br />

development of 450 dwellings in a highly<br />

bushfire-prone area with very restricted<br />

evacuation and transport routes,”<br />

Council said.<br />

“The proposal still would involve the<br />

clearing of approximately 70% of the 70.1<br />

ha site in an undisturbed bushland area<br />

with high conservation value.<br />

“The proposed rezoning to R2 low<br />

density residential and RE2 private<br />

recreation remains inconsistent with<br />

the North District Plan, Council’s<br />

Local Strategic Planning Statement<br />

and Local Housing Strategy, and<br />

Council’s most recent and extensive<br />

work underpinning proposals for<br />

zoning of the Deferred Lands area<br />

under the new consolidated LEP for<br />

the whole of the LGA.<br />

“The revised Planning Proposal<br />

still does not provide sufficient<br />

information or evidence to support the<br />

proposed re-zoning. Nor have any new<br />

or significant mitigation measures or<br />

actions been identified to respond in a<br />

meaningful way to the concerns Council<br />

raised in its submission on the draft<br />

Planning Proposal (in <strong>November</strong> 2022).”<br />

It noted the revised Planning Proposal<br />

stated that “If Council refuse to negotiate<br />

then Transport for NSW have the powers<br />

to compulsorily acquire the land”.<br />

Council said it would object to the<br />

acquisition of its land to facilitate this<br />

development; further consideration of<br />

Council’s property rights was being<br />

undertaken.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

*More info Council website<br />

10 NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Charge of the EV stations<br />

The NSW government has<br />

allocated $10 million<br />

to support more than 125<br />

apartment buildings across<br />

NSW to install electric vehicle<br />

(EV) charging stations in their<br />

carparks.<br />

Grants are now available for<br />

buildings<br />

with 10<br />

or more<br />

apartments<br />

and will<br />

co-fund up<br />

to 80 per<br />

cent, or a<br />

maximum<br />

FREE: 15-minute charging.<br />

of $80,000,<br />

the necessary upgrades and<br />

purchase and installation of<br />

up to four chargers.<br />

“In a national first, NSW is<br />

co-funding EV infrastructure<br />

upgrades in apartment<br />

buildings, to make EV<br />

ownership attractive for more<br />

people,” said NSW energy<br />

minister Penny Sharpe.<br />

“More than 90 per cent<br />

of EV drivers charge their<br />

vehicle at home, and we<br />

don’t want people living in<br />

apartments to miss out.”<br />

The Electric Vehicle Ready<br />

Buildings grants program is<br />

open until June 20, 2025.<br />

Meanwhile, following<br />

community consultation, NB<br />

Council in partnership with<br />

JOLT will be rolling out EV<br />

Stations<br />

deploying<br />

free public<br />

charging<br />

for up<br />

to 15<br />

minutes at<br />

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

Park South<br />

carpark,<br />

Palm Beach and Berry Reserve<br />

Carpark, Narrabeen.<br />

A proposal to place a<br />

station at The Boulevarde,<br />

Newport will not proceed due<br />

to potential flooding issues.<br />

Council said it would<br />

continue to work with JOLT to<br />

find an alternative location in<br />

Newport. – Lisa Offord<br />

*More info on the Electric<br />

Vehicle Ready Buildings<br />

grants program at nsw.gov.au<br />

News<br />

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NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong> 11

Mona Vale Road disgust<br />

News<br />

With funding for the completion<br />

of the Mona Vale Road upgrade<br />

now on hold, regular users of<br />

the arterial route say lives are being put<br />

at risk in the name of politics.<br />

The Western stage of the upgrade is<br />

in limbo, with $340 million previously<br />

allocated for the road works now pulled<br />

as part of the Minns Government’s first<br />

budget. The Eastern section is still due<br />

for completion before the end of this<br />

year, but the dangerous Western section<br />

has had its funding deferred for at least<br />

two years.<br />

Local MP Rory Amon has reacted<br />

angrily, claiming that <strong>Pittwater</strong> is a<br />

victim of ‘postcode politics’, with the<br />

budget concentrating on winnable Labor LATEST ACCIDENTS: Mona Vale Road West was closed for six hours both ways on October 9 (above)<br />

seats. Mr Amon says lives will be put at while a head-on accident in August closed the road for a similar time in August (below).<br />

risk as a result – and regular users of the<br />

road have been quick to agree.<br />

Mark Bevan from Narrabeen drives a<br />

truck, making deliveries for a building<br />

supplier. He says that the section of the<br />

road that will remain as one-lane eachway<br />

can be extremely hazardous for<br />

heavy vehicles.<br />

“It’s really one of my least favourite<br />

roads,” Mark tells <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>.<br />

“Especially where it gets very narrow<br />

between Bahai Temple and Kimbriki. I’m<br />

surprised there are not more accidents<br />

than there already are.<br />

“You have to really concentrate hard<br />

in a wide vehicle and it can be quite<br />

unnerving.<br />

“It’s particularly dangerous with<br />

goat track? We’re being punished by the section (“a fab design”) but is incredibly<br />

vehicles turning right out of Kimbriki<br />

Labor party again.<br />

disappointed that work has stopped on<br />

tip to head back towards Mona Vale,” he<br />

“I wrote to Rory Amon after the last the West.<br />

continues. “That whole section could do<br />

accident that occurred recently and<br />

“There’s just no margin for error on<br />

with a rethink.”<br />

Long-time Avalon resident Jacqueline<br />

he’ll do what he can, but frankly I’m that strip – you’d just need to sneeze<br />

Watson, who used to work at Kimbriki<br />

appalled.”<br />

and you could have a head-on,” says<br />

and regularly uses Mona Vale Road West,<br />

Mark Fitzgerald has been a resident Cliff. “It’s narrow and dangerous and<br />

wrote to Mr Amon in October regarding<br />

of Newport for decades; he says<br />

I’ve sadly seen a lot of accidents over the<br />

her concern at the funding withdrawal<br />

he “tolerates” Mona Vale Road. He<br />

years. I’ve had a few near misses myself.<br />

for the upgrade. She believes the road has a different thought on who the<br />

“When it’s raining or there’s fog, it’s<br />

has not been properly maintained and government was actually penalising. even worse – and the sun can be shining<br />

feels unsafe when she uses it.<br />

“I think it’s dogmatic and smallminded<br />

to pull the funding when the “I guess Labor don’t want to spend<br />

in your face.<br />

“The West section is the worst portion<br />

of the road,” said Jaqueline. “I worked road is half finished, but I think they are the money here. I’m not a political<br />

at Kimbriki for a few years and had to discriminating against people out west. commentator, but it would seem to slam<br />

travel that road every day. I also had It’s a huge bottleneck and they’re saying the door on them for the future.”<br />

to exit Kimbriki and the right turn you ‘we don’t care if you want to go to the Transport for NSW’s traffic tool shows<br />

have to make is harrowing – it’s the only beach’. It’s going to take people out west Mona Vale Road is used by more than<br />

word for it.<br />

two hours to drive here and two hours to 30,000 vehicles each way every weekday.<br />

“I remember at least three occasions drive back.”<br />

On Sunday 9 October, a URM garbage<br />

where the road there was closed because He added he was also annoyed the truck was involved in a collision with two<br />

of accidents on the dip portion of the Liberal government didn’t finish the cars at the one-way blackspot section of<br />

road.<br />

project quicker “as it was obvious this the road, with four persons injured – two<br />

“One night I was going home in the would happen as soon as government seriously. The accident blocked traffic in<br />

dark where the road turns and someone changed in the cycle of things”.<br />

both directions for six hours.<br />

was doing a three-point-turn on the road. Cliff Brigstocke from Avalon works<br />

– Rob Pegley<br />

I was doing the speed limit, but was in manufacturing and has done the *Mr Amon’s petition to the Government<br />

worried someone might be coming up drive to Homebush and back four or five to have a change of heart and throw the<br />

behind me.<br />

times a week for the past 20 years. He West upgrade a lifeline now has more<br />

“How long do we have to live with this loves the job they’ve done on the East than 4000 signatures.<br />

12 NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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News<br />

Meet the Palmy ‘Pod Couple’<br />

Palm Beach locals Di<br />

Edwards and Nicola Dale<br />

have been best friends<br />

for more than 40 years. They<br />

love a chat so much, that it’s<br />

become their passion project,<br />

co-hosting the popular Podcast<br />

‘Over the Back Fence’.<br />

Di and Nicola truly love to<br />

talk. Usually interviews with<br />

story subjects involves asking<br />

numerous questions in<br />

search of a decent soundbite.<br />

However, for Di and Nicola it’s<br />

simply a case of switching on<br />

the tape recorder, sitting back<br />

and occasionally trying to<br />

sneak in the odd question.<br />

“We’re honestly always<br />

excited to see each other, even<br />

after 40 years,” says former<br />

international flight attendant<br />

Nicola.<br />

“And because we’ve been<br />

friends that long, we respect<br />

each other’s opinions even<br />

when we disagree,” responds<br />

Di, owner of LJ Hooker Palm<br />

Beach. “I don’t hold back!”<br />

In fact, neither of them<br />

hold back, which makes the<br />

Podcast so entertaining. Commendably,<br />

it was one of those<br />

great ideas that actually came<br />

to fruition, rather than just<br />

fizzling out.<br />

“I’d presented a TV show in<br />

the past and was keen to do<br />

something<br />

new, but<br />

wasn’t sure<br />

on what platform,”<br />

says<br />

Di. “But you<br />

put things<br />

out there<br />

and surrender<br />

to the<br />

universe and<br />

something<br />

happens.”<br />

Adds Nicola: “And I was<br />

hiking in Tasmania with my<br />

daughter (Gabriella Power<br />

from Sky News) and we were<br />

listening to Podcasts.<br />

“That night I said to<br />

Gabriella ‘I think Di and I<br />

could do a Podcast’. Gabriella<br />

loved the idea and went<br />

straight into producer mode<br />

making notes.<br />

“Di was in the States and<br />

I asked what she thought,”<br />

continues Nicola. “And, bang!<br />

Straight away she comes back<br />

with a list of ideas.”<br />

And so in April this year,<br />

Over The Back Fence was first<br />

recorded.<br />

Since then<br />

there have<br />

been 30 episodes<br />

and<br />

although<br />

it has a<br />

community<br />

focus, it also<br />

now has a<br />

global following.<br />

“They particularly<br />

love us in America,”<br />

says Nicola. “I can see us going<br />

over there sometime. But<br />

we’ve really found our happy<br />

place with this.”<br />

“We wanted to celebrate 40<br />

years of friendship,” continues<br />

Di, “but also explore the<br />

issues of being older, with an<br />

undercurrent of being motivating<br />

and uplifting.”<br />

“If we could help or inspire<br />

one person then we’ve done<br />

our job,” adds Nicola.<br />

“Inspiring people with a<br />

giggle!” says Di with a laugh.<br />

It’s a double act that has to<br />

be witnessed – and with an<br />

Instagram account showing<br />

clips of the Podcast, and a<br />

YouTube channel on the way,<br />

you can do just that. The real<br />

beauty comes in their ability<br />

to find the positive in just<br />

about any situation.<br />

“We seem to naturally find<br />

the joy, even when things are<br />

really bad,” explains Di. “We<br />

bring some goodness out of<br />

the worst situations. It just<br />

seems to happen. We can lift<br />

people when they’re down. It’s<br />

effortless.”<br />

“We just see the beauty in<br />

people,” agrees Nicola. “We<br />

find interest and joy in every<br />

single person that we meet.”<br />

A great array of guests have<br />

already appeared on the show<br />

including Mandy Spooner,<br />

Richard and Colin Scotts,<br />

Catherine Mahoney, Lizzi<br />

14 NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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PODCAST WITH PURPOSE: Neighbours and friends Nicola and Di have<br />

gone global with their down-to-earth chats.<br />

PHOTO: Rob Pegley<br />

Morrissey and Gus Worland.<br />

Tim Olsen is an upcoming<br />

guest and the duo have yet to<br />

even tap into the contacts of<br />

Nicola’s partner of four years<br />

Richard Wilkins.<br />

“Richard said a few words<br />

at the launch party… he said<br />

‘I’ve got to give it to these<br />

ladies they’ve done it completely<br />

on their own’. And we<br />

have,” says Di.<br />

“We’ll get him on the show<br />

at some paint,” says Nicola.<br />

“I’ll give him such a hard<br />

time!” laughs Di.<br />

While plenty of women in<br />

their 20s, 30s and 40s are<br />

doing podcasts, it’s rarer to<br />

find women in their 50s and<br />

upwards. To Nicola and Di<br />

“age is just a number”. Jane<br />

Fonda and Bette Middler are<br />

just two of the names they’d<br />

love to chat to ‘over the fence’,<br />

and both agree that some<br />

women are doing amazing<br />

things against all odds as<br />

they get older.<br />

“The older I get I just feel<br />

gratitude that we’re at this<br />

age,” says Nicola. “Some people<br />

never even get to where<br />

we are.”<br />

“And some people don’t<br />

have a sense of purpose<br />

anymore,” adds Di. “The kids<br />

have gone and they’re treading<br />

water – we can hopefully<br />

help them find that purpose.”<br />

“We’re Palm Beach women,”<br />

Nicola sums up. “Our kids<br />

went to Palm Beach kindy and<br />

Avalon schools, we share a<br />

back fence… we’re two local<br />

ladies who have started a<br />

thing that’s going global.”<br />

– Rob Pegley<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong> 15

Fine tuned: 50 years<br />

News<br />

What does the Avalon Public<br />

School Band have in common<br />

with iconic Aussie rock band<br />

AC/DC and American new wave band<br />

Devo? All three are celebrating their<br />

50th anniversary in <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

“I am tremendously proud of the<br />

Avalon Public School band program and<br />

its significant heritage and pedigree,”<br />

gushes School Principal, Andy Rankin.<br />

“Reaching 50 years of continuous musicmaking<br />

is a wonderful achievement –<br />

even more notable when we share a 50th<br />

anniversary with equally famous bands<br />

such as Devo, Journey and AC/DC. Go,<br />

Avalon!”<br />

On 14 September, the Band celebrated<br />

their 50th Anniversary with a<br />

spectacular gala concert in the school<br />

hall, a backdrop of pictures spanning<br />

the five decades stirring the memories<br />

for many in attendance. Videographers<br />

captured the musicians up close and<br />

projected their images to LED screens<br />

on both sides of the stage, creating a<br />

“live concert moment” for everyone in<br />

attendance. There was also a screening<br />

of a video made by local actress Raelee<br />

Hill – A Day in the <strong>Life</strong> of Band – with<br />

the entire room delighted in watching<br />

this depiction of band life told from the<br />

perspective of the kids.<br />

Avalon Public School has the longest<br />

continuously running band program in<br />

NSW public schools. When the kids were<br />

asked what they thought about being<br />

part of this, their pride was palpable:<br />

“Wow!”… “Pretty cool”… “We’re the best”.<br />

The school has four bands – Training<br />

Band, Concert Band, Senior Band and<br />

Performance Band – playing wind, brass,<br />

bass and percussion instruments. Mostly<br />

kids will play in the band suitable for<br />

their school year, but if someone shows<br />

aptitude, they can move up a band.<br />

Band Director of three years Charles<br />

Wilkinson skilfully keeps the kids<br />

engaged by choosing movie themes<br />

or contemporary songs for them<br />

to perform. He also recognises the<br />

importance of performing for the<br />

young musicians and this year has seen<br />

participation in the Instrumental Festival<br />

at <strong>Pittwater</strong> High School, NSSWE Spring<br />

Festival, APS Learning Expo and the<br />

Music Showcase at Warringah Mall, and<br />

playing with Shaw’s Northern Beaches<br />

Concert Band.<br />

Wilkinson took over from Sarah Shaw<br />

who held the role for many years; he<br />

is assisted by fellow conductor Rachel<br />

Rule. The band program has also been<br />

supported by Assistant Principal Sam<br />

Bateson, who has liaised between the<br />

school and the band for 30 or so years.<br />

Band President Cassandra Mow has<br />

been involved with the band since<br />

her son Edwin Minter, who plays the<br />

euphonium, joined in Year 3. Now in Year<br />

6, he is one of the band captains, along<br />

with Felix Frost. Yonca O’Mahony takes<br />

over the role of Band President next<br />

year; her daughter has just joined band.<br />

“She loves playing flute. She loves music<br />

and she feels like she’s part of a team. I<br />

wasn’t expecting anything like that for<br />

her in Year 3,” says Yonca.<br />

“It’s a very inclusive program with a<br />

place for any child,” Cassandra stresses.<br />

“Any child can learn music. It’s about<br />

giving the kids pride and a sense of<br />

community, a love of music and having<br />

some fun at the same time.” She adds<br />

that not all kids want to put in the<br />

practice or get up early for rehearsals<br />

and they tend to drop out but may return<br />

later. However, there have also been<br />

many stories from past parents about<br />

how their child blossomed.<br />

The 50th anniversary celebration<br />

brought back a flood of memories. Local<br />

historian Geoff Searle found an article<br />

in the October 1975 edition of Avalon<br />

News, reporting that 68 band members<br />

attended band camps at Narrabeen<br />

National Fitness Centre. For band<br />

members today the weekend band camp<br />

held at the Sydney Academy of Sport<br />

and Recreation Centre in Narrabeen is<br />

a highlight of the year. The two days of<br />

16 NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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of hitting high notes<br />

NOW AND THEN: The band celebrates 50 years of making music; the huge<br />

band in 1977; performing on ANZAC Day in 1983; 50th year performance;<br />

Lions Festival 1977 (couldn’t do that today!); Manly Aquarium 1990.<br />

intensive practice and tuition culminate<br />

in a concert on the Sunday afternoon and<br />

see a steep change in skill level.<br />

Band alumni Trent Morgan started<br />

with cymbals in 1981 and became<br />

percussion section leader in 1982. He<br />

recalls: “The highlight for me playing<br />

these cymbals was on the back of a<br />

flatbed truck in the Palm Beach ANZAC<br />

Day march, standing up (no safety<br />

precautions back then) as the truck<br />

rolled along amongst the diggers.”<br />

In 2007, he went on to form his own<br />

band, which is still performing. “Playing<br />

in the school band had a lifelong<br />

influence on me.”<br />

Other alumni include sisters Elena<br />

and Laura Newlyn, who both played in<br />

the band and are now tutoring flute,<br />

while studying at the Australian Catholic<br />

University. And Michael Welch, started<br />

his musical journey here, graduated from<br />

Barrenjoey High School in 2019, and<br />

is now majoring in tuba at the Sydney<br />

Conservatorium of Music. Will Cassell<br />

is a graduate of Barrenjoey HS in 2022;<br />

he achieved equal first in NSW for HSC<br />

Music 1. “You need passionate teachers,<br />

an encouraging learning environment…”<br />

he said, when interview by the ABC after<br />

leaving school.<br />

“We have been blessed with some<br />

amazing band directors, highly talented<br />

students and a supremely supportive<br />

parent body of volunteers without whom<br />

our program would not exist,” says Andy<br />

Rankin.<br />

Wilkinson summed up the legacy<br />

of this phenomenal school band in<br />

his speech at the gala concert: “As we<br />

celebrate the past 50 years, let us also<br />

look forward to the next 50, knowing<br />

that the music we make today will<br />

continue to inspire generations of young<br />

musicians, setting them on their own<br />

journeys of creativity, expression, and<br />

lifelong learning.”<br />

– Rosamund Burton<br />

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NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong> 17

News<br />

The biggest group of ocean swims in Australia,<br />

the annual <strong>Pittwater</strong> Ocean Swim<br />

Series, is coming to <strong>Pittwater</strong> in January 2024.<br />

The series, conducted by surf clubs in the<br />

region, attracts ocean swimmers, of all levels,<br />

from around the world and Australia.<br />

David Madew, coordinator of the <strong>Pittwater</strong> Series,<br />

says ocean swimmers welcome the chance<br />

to test their ocean swimming skills at some of<br />

the most beautiful beaches in the world and at<br />

the same time go in the draw for a Whitsundays<br />

holiday (which includes an Oceanfit swim).<br />

“Each of the ocean swims caters for both<br />

experienced swimmers right through to swimmers<br />

testing their swimming skills in an ocean<br />

environment. There are short courses such as<br />

400m and 800m which are very popular for<br />

the less experienced or for strong swimmers to<br />

warm up for the longer events.<br />

“The first swims in the series will be at<br />

Newport on Sunday 7 January 2024 followed<br />

by Bilgola on 14 January, Then it’s Mona Vale’s<br />

turn, on 21 January with their popular Warriewood<br />

to Mona Vale course. The Big Swim from<br />

Palm Beach to Whale Beach one of Australia’s<br />

original ocean swims is celebrating its 50th anniversary<br />

with its event on Sunday 28 January.<br />

“Then on Sunday 17 March, Avalon will hold<br />

its iconic, Around the Bends, ocean swim from<br />

Newport to Avalon to complete the <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Series.”<br />

REGISTER: Entries<br />

are now open for<br />

the 2024 <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Ocean Swim Series.<br />

Swim series makes another splash<br />

Each of the ocean swims not only offers<br />

a challenge to those wanting to take on the<br />

ocean. Each swim is an important fund raiser,<br />

for the surf clubs involved, so that they can<br />

purchase and maintain essential life saving<br />

equipment.<br />

“This in turn make sour beaches safer for the<br />

many swimmers who visit <strong>Pittwater</strong> each summer,”<br />

said David.<br />

To be eligible to win the Oceanfit Whitsunday<br />

holiday prize, swimmers must enter at least<br />

three of the swims in the series. “Previous winners<br />

have thoroughly enjoyed the Whitsunday<br />

experience. The winner is drawn from those<br />

who have entered three swims, so the winner<br />

can come from any swimmer, no matter what<br />

time they achieve,” David added.<br />

The <strong>Pittwater</strong> Ocean Swim Series is generously<br />

sponsored by Northen Beaches Council, who<br />

obviously recognise the tourism value of the<br />

event with the knowledge that swimmers and<br />

their supporters flock to the local cafes, clubs<br />

and restaurants as well as the boutique shops<br />

after the swims.<br />

There is a strong emphasis on safety for each<br />

of the swims as would be expected from the<br />

surf clubs. Swimmers are urged to train for<br />

their event and take notice of lifesavers on the<br />

beach.<br />

– John Guthrie<br />

*All info and entries visit oceanswims.com;<br />

also follow the series on Facebook.<br />

6THINGS<br />


Author talks. Global risk<br />

specialist Tony Loughran will be<br />

speaking about his remarkable<br />

life and new book Zero Risk at<br />

numerous venues this month<br />

including Zubi Expresso 207<br />

Ocean Rd Narrabeen on Thurs<br />

2 from 6.30pm and Manly Spirits<br />

Winbourne Road Brookvale on<br />

Thurs 30 from 6pm. He will also<br />

join five speakers at Bucketty’s<br />

Brewing Co in Brookvale on Tue 21<br />

from 7pm-9pm. Go to the ZeroRisk<br />

International Facebook page for<br />

more details.<br />

Music Festival. Catch some<br />

of the 50 acts performing on<br />

five stages over two days in the<br />

Northern Beaches Music Festival<br />

at Narrabeen Tramshed and Berry<br />

Reserve on Sat 4 to Sun 5. Info at<br />

northernbeachesmusicfestival.org<br />

Flute & Harp. A duo of Flute and<br />

Harp might conjure images of<br />

heavenly music that is sweet and<br />

gentle, yet the extraordinary Sally<br />

Waker and Emily Granger may well<br />

change this perception with their<br />

undeniable dynamism and skill.<br />

Catch their ‘Something Like This’<br />

concert at <strong>Pittwater</strong> High School<br />

Hall on Friday 10 from 8pm. Tickets<br />

$30 peninsulamusicclub.com.au<br />

Polystyrene drop. Residents<br />

are invited to bring rigid pieces<br />

of 100% clean polystyrene<br />

packaging for recycling to Kimbriki<br />

Resource Recovery Centre on Sat<br />

11 from 8am-4pm.<br />

School bus drive. Providing<br />

support to children with moderate<br />

to severe intellectual disability who<br />

live on the Northern Beaches and<br />

beyond, Fisher Road School Dee<br />

Why is holding a fundraiser on Sat<br />

11 from 6.30pm at Manly Leagues<br />

Club; details comedyforacause.<br />

net/FRS.<br />

Eramboo art. Artist in residence<br />

Bronte Cormican-Jones invites<br />

a conversation between the<br />

architectures of the trees and<br />

surrounding bushland, and<br />

the space within the gallery<br />

through the layering of images<br />

and reflective materials in her<br />

exhibition ‘Passing Through’.<br />

Opening night includes live music<br />

and celebratory drinks at Eramboo<br />

Artist Environment, 304 McCarrs<br />

Creek Road, Terrey Hills on Sat 25<br />

from 5pm-7pm.<br />

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News<br />

Lego mania set for <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

The <strong>Pittwater</strong> Brick Show takes place<br />

the first weekend in <strong>November</strong>, providing<br />

great entertainment for the<br />

kids… but perhaps an even greater thrill<br />

for their parents.<br />

“I do the door and ticketing for the<br />

events,” explains Graham Draper, creator<br />

of The Brick Show, “and the parents are<br />

often the bigger fans of LEGO. They like<br />

to talk about what they like building, and<br />

they pull up chairs to build alongside their<br />

kids.<br />

“I do a show in Orange and some locals<br />

actually come and display their own stuff<br />

there!”<br />

For many big kids, Graham is living the<br />

dream, turning his lifelong passion for<br />

LEGO into the day job.<br />

“I’ve always played with LEGO, from<br />

the age of five,” said Graham. “I have my<br />

own personal collection at home and have<br />

been to Billund in Denmark [where LEGO<br />

is made] many times. Some might say I’m<br />

obsessed.<br />

“About six or seven years ago I started a<br />

LEGO group in Wollongong, where I live, to<br />

raise money for charity, for sick and disabled<br />

kids. We’ve raised $250,000 for them<br />

so far. I also raise money for underprivileged<br />

kids to get them<br />

toys at Christmas.<br />

“Then during COVID<br />

I decided that maybe<br />

I could go on the road<br />

with the shows full-time.<br />

So I started ‘Playwell<br />

Events’ and now we do<br />

about one big show – like<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> – every month,<br />

and a smaller show every<br />

fortnight. But we still<br />

do the charity shows as<br />

well.”<br />

What kids – and Mums<br />

PLASTIC FANTASTIC: Graham Draper is bringing The Brick Show to <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL in <strong>November</strong>.<br />

and Dads – can expect at The <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Brick Show are around 40 tables of LEGO<br />

displays, some made of up of 50,000<br />

pieces.<br />

There are also interactive models to<br />

engage with, play tables to get your hands<br />

on LEGO, and plenty of<br />

LEGO sets available to<br />

buy.<br />

“Myself and my partner<br />

Rachel put all of the<br />

show models together…<br />

I wouldn’t say she’s a<br />

fan, but she tolerates it,”<br />

Graham laughs.<br />

“None of the models<br />

are glued together and<br />

so I’ve had a few fall<br />

over and smash when<br />

transporting them. The<br />

whole show takes me<br />

around six or seven hours to set up.”<br />

When the shows aren’t happening,<br />

Graham has the LEGO in storage, while he<br />

works behind the scenes on Channel 9’s<br />

LEGO Masters show. He’s not allowed to<br />

compete, but thinks that might be a blessing:<br />

“Too much pressure!”<br />

And to reinforce the fact that LEGO<br />

might be for the parents more than the<br />

kids, Graham shares that he has an<br />

11-year-old son with no interest whatsoever.<br />

“He’s spent his whole life around it and<br />

he’s just not interested,” said Graham. “I<br />

thought I might pass on the family business<br />

one day, but it doesn’t look like it at<br />

the moment. He’d rather play basketball.”<br />

– Rob Pegley<br />

*The <strong>Pittwater</strong> Brick Show is at <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

RSL on the weekend of 4-5 <strong>November</strong>;<br />

entry $8.<br />

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New Canopy Plan a win for locals<br />

Council’s new Tree Canopy Plan will give <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s vast<br />

existing canopy the same focus as other suburbs on the<br />

Northern Beaches that require increased plantings, thanks to<br />

intervention by <strong>Pittwater</strong> Greens Councillor Miranda Korzy.<br />

Last month Council endorsed its initial three-year plan to<br />

ensure the Local Government Area’s tree canopy remained one<br />

of the largest in Sydney.<br />

But Councillor Korzy explained the final draft plan prioritised<br />

the creation of canopy in areas like Brookvale and Dee<br />

Why, where trees were scarce and<br />

the urban heat more intense.<br />

However, in a win for the upper<br />

Peninsula, her proposal to give<br />

equal weighting to protection and<br />

preservation of areas with significant<br />

canopy such as <strong>Pittwater</strong> was<br />

endorsed in the final plan.<br />

“That means funding for the<br />

Canopy Plan for actions like succession<br />

planting – so as old trees reach<br />

the end of their life, younger ones<br />

are already growing in place,” said<br />

Cr Korzy.<br />

“We can also look forward to the<br />

creation of an Iconic Tree Register<br />

RECORD: A Tree Register will note significant trees on both<br />

public and private land.<br />

to record trees on both public and private land with significant<br />

scientific, social, historic and/or aesthetic value.<br />

Also, to protect trees from illegal removal, Cr Korzy called for<br />

a system of notification for Council-approved tree removals.<br />

“This would include signs to be posted at properties, as for<br />

DAs, alerting the community to the proposed removal, providing<br />

opportunities for community feedback, and identifying if<br />

permission exists for a tree to be felled.”<br />

She said the canopy plan also included other important measures,<br />

such as establishing incentives for landowners to retain<br />

and protect trees.<br />

Council said it received 197 submissions on the draft plan.<br />

There was strong support for increased compliance and heavier<br />

fines for illegal tree removal; strong support for a review of<br />

statutory and development controls to support the protection of<br />

trees on private land; and strong support for tree planting being<br />

practical and prioritising native species.<br />

Other key actions in the plan include: continuing to plant<br />

5,000 trees per year; conducting an audit of trees in priority<br />

areas; measuring tree canopy cover every four years; raising<br />

awareness about tree planting programs; improving tree<br />

diversity and health; and strengthening the Local Environment<br />

Plan and Development Control Plans to focus on retention and<br />

protection of tree canopy.<br />

Council said it would continue to investigate and act upon<br />

unauthorised activities that impacted on the tree canopy,<br />

such as illegal vegetation clearing, unauthorised recreational<br />

trails and other environmental<br />

damage.<br />

The plan provides actions to<br />

manage tree canopy through<br />

to 2027, when the plan will be<br />

reviewed.<br />

Beyond existing canopy, the<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> suburbs prioritised for<br />

increased plantings included Mona<br />

Vale, Narrabeen and Warriewood.<br />

Local regeneration group Canopy<br />

Keepers welcomed the plan.<br />

Canopy Keepers has always<br />

maintained a focus on the preservation<br />

of the existing canopy,<br />

so we thank Councillor Korzy,” said<br />

spokesperson Deb Collins.<br />

She said retaining canopy was easier and cheaper than growing<br />

new canopy and existing canopy provided the vital corridors<br />

that wildlife needed to access food, water and their habitat.<br />

“This Tree Canopy Plan now offers us a multi-pronged approach.”<br />

She added that if residents better understood the health and<br />

safety aspects of a strong canopy they would contribute to<br />

growing and maintaining canopy on private land – which she<br />

stressed was the place of greatest canopy loss.<br />

“Compliance needs to come in the form of more rangers<br />

on the ground who can answer questions, assess tree health,<br />

explain to residents how the laws work and why, and track tree<br />

replacements,” she said.<br />

“And we need better systems and a new interface between<br />

Council and residents to assess and monitor tree removal permits<br />

and approvals.”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong> 21

News<br />

Rehab services recall plea<br />

The State Government<br />

has been urged to<br />

urgently address the lack of<br />

residential drug and alcohol<br />

rehabilitation services on the<br />

Northern Beaches.<br />

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

Amon said that having been<br />

denied access to vital rehab<br />

services for almost a year,<br />

vulnerable residents continue<br />

to travel far out of area to<br />

seek help.<br />

He explained Kadesh<br />

Rehabilitation Services had<br />

operated in partnership with<br />

the Northern Sydney Local<br />

Health District from 2010.<br />

Its Phoenix House Drug<br />

and Alcohol Rehabilitation<br />

residential service was<br />

established at the Mona Vale Hospital site in<br />

February 2019.<br />

In December 2022, the service was closed<br />

without any notice being given to the <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

or Northern Beaches community.<br />

“Since being elected, I have pursued the new<br />

Government about reinstating the residential<br />

drug and alcohol rehabilitation service for<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> and Northern Beaches residents,” Mr<br />

Amon said.<br />

“Sadly, the government has obfuscated and<br />

refused to provide any commitment to these<br />

CLOSED: Mr Amon at the vacant Mona<br />

Vale Hospital rehab space.<br />

vital services.”<br />

The calls come months<br />

after Mr Amon wrote to the<br />

Health Minister and sought<br />

answers to a Question<br />

in Parliament seeking<br />

assurances regarding the<br />

reinstatement of the services.<br />

Recent Government<br />

advice stated that “The<br />

former Phoenix House site<br />

is currently unoccupied<br />

pending the outcome of<br />

further investigations and<br />

consultations about the best<br />

use of the site.”<br />

Mr Amon continued:<br />

“The Government has been<br />

investigating and consulting<br />

on the provision of critical<br />

residential drug and alcohol<br />

services for nearly 12 months. It has taken far<br />

too long and swift action is needed.<br />

“The closest operational residential<br />

rehabilitation services are in St Leonards,<br />

Sydney City, and Concord.<br />

“This means that people struggling with<br />

addiction are forced to seek support far away<br />

from their home, isolated from their loved<br />

ones.<br />

“It is an utter waste to have Phoenix House<br />

sitting vacant at the Mona Vale Hospital site.”<br />

– NW<br />

Another garden<br />

centre set to go<br />

W<br />

arriewood could be<br />

without a dedicated plant<br />

nursery with another garden<br />

centre looking set to make way<br />

for a housing development.<br />

An application to demolish<br />

Foleys Nursery at 16 Macpherson<br />

St, Warriewood and transform<br />

it into 28 new homes is<br />

with Northern Beaches Council.<br />

The proposed $18-million<br />

housing development would<br />

comprise 21 separate houses<br />

and four semi-detached homes<br />

as well as three attached dwellings<br />

— all with three bedrooms.<br />

In the DA, planning consultants<br />

state that the homes would<br />

“provide a high level of amenity<br />

for future occupants, without<br />

compromising the amenity of<br />

surrounding development or<br />

the character of the locality”.<br />

The application to redevelop<br />

the 10,000 sqm site comes as<br />

NSW Government planning officials<br />

are examining a $36-million<br />

proposal to uproot the<br />

nearby Flower Power Garden<br />

Centre and replace it with 53<br />

homes.<br />

22 NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Musos take it to the limit<br />

News<br />

Close your eyes and listen to The<br />

Australian Eagles Show and you’d be<br />

excused for thinking you were back<br />

in cruisy California in the 1970s.<br />

Locals will get the chance to do just that<br />

when the tribute band brings their Dark<br />

Desert Highway Tour to the Glen Street<br />

Theatre on <strong>November</strong> 24.<br />

“I can remember exactly where I was<br />

when I first heard Take It Easy, the Eagles’<br />

first single,” recalls Shayne Browne, of The<br />

Australian Eagles Show, “and it changed<br />

my life.”<br />

“It was 1972, I was in my mum’s car, a sky<br />

blue HR Holden, and I said to her ‘I want<br />

to do that when I get older’, and I started<br />

learning the guitar almost straight away.”<br />

Going on to be a music teacher and play<br />

in various bands, Shayne was true to his<br />

word. But he still had no idea things would<br />

come full circle in terms of the Eagles,<br />

until he was approached at a gig he was<br />

playing.<br />

“It was 2015 and some of us were in a<br />

different band at the time, we were playing<br />

covers of ’70s and ’80s music like The Little<br />

River Band, Steely Dan and the Doobie<br />

Brothers. A promoter came up to us and<br />

said that our harmonies would be perfect<br />

for an Eagles tribute band.<br />

“I asked him if there was a market for<br />

that sort of thing and he said ‘you’ve got to<br />

be kidding me!’”<br />

Despite being accomplished musicians,<br />

it took three months of rehearsals before<br />

they were ready to play.<br />

It’s Troos Love for You all<br />

Ahead of their performance at Avalon<br />

RSL in <strong>November</strong>, as part of The<br />

You’s Pull Up Their Troos Tour, Russell<br />

‘Rusty’ Hopkinson talked to <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong> about why You Am I still love playing<br />

together after 35 years.<br />

“Nothing beats the moment when<br />

everything kicks in just right on stage,”<br />

says You Am I drummer Rusty (pictured<br />

second from right). “It doesn’t matter if<br />

it’s in front of 20 or 20,000 people. That’s<br />

what’s what we do it for, the push and<br />

pull of being a living, breathing rock and<br />

roll band playing off each other’s energy<br />

and getting the joint moving.”<br />

On Sunday 19 <strong>November</strong> that joint<br />

will be Avalon RSL, and the You’s always<br />

enjoy a gig on The Beaches.<br />

“We play up on the Northern Beaches<br />

a lot and have always had people come<br />

along and have a good time, right from<br />

the early days,” says Rusty. “It’s one of<br />

our old stamping grounds – the gigs<br />

seemed to dry up for a while but in past<br />

few years places like the Narrabeen RSL<br />

and now Avalon have been real lifesavers<br />

for the music scene up there.”<br />

Still recording new music, Rusty says<br />

that the latest album is in the “smoke<br />

and mirrors phase of conjecture and<br />

small talk”, but that “these things have a<br />

habit of snowballing very quickly!”<br />

He adds: “It’s nice to know there are<br />

people out there who want to hear new<br />

tunes but it’s also nice that there’s folks<br />

out there who just want to hear our older<br />

stuff. We’ve always made records that are<br />

primarily aimed at pleasing ourselves so<br />

anyone else liking them is a bonus!”<br />

The band have plenty of outside<br />

interests to keep things fresh, but are<br />

essentially just mates who never tire of<br />

playing together.<br />

“We keep things mellow and we have<br />

done for a while now. We all have other<br />

interests outside of the band so there’s<br />

plenty to keep us busy if we want to wind<br />

the band down for a little bit every now<br />

and again,” Rusty explains. “Most importantly<br />

we’re all friends so it’s not like we<br />

can’t talk to each other if things start to<br />

get tough.”<br />

“The Eagles’ music is like an onion<br />

– there are just layers and layers to it,”<br />

explains Shayne. “It sounds simple, but<br />

when you start picking the songs apart<br />

there’s a lot going on. You’ve got to get the<br />

vocal harmonies arranged very carefully<br />

– there are five different vocal tones all<br />

being blended.”<br />

The band members are all aged in their<br />

50s and early 60s, and Shayne says that<br />

their core audience tends to be between 45<br />

and 70, although plenty of young people<br />

come along, having grown up listening to<br />

their parents’ records.<br />

But it was on Hamilton Island a few<br />

years ago they saw how The Eagles’ music<br />

really transcends time.<br />

“We were on Hamilton Island to play a<br />

“But what’s not to love. It’s the best job<br />

in the world, with the best people in the<br />

world”.<br />

Having supported The Rolling Stones<br />

and The Who, Rusty also reels off Soundgarden,<br />

Teenage Fanclub, The Replacements,<br />

The Ramones and The Strokes<br />

from the top of his head, as favourite<br />

acts they have played alongside.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> music fans can shortly<br />

remind themselves why You Am I are so<br />

valued by the biggest names in rock.<br />

As Rusty says: “Expect a rock ’n’ roll<br />

show with a bit of pomp and swagger;<br />

some newer stuff, some older stuff, some<br />

hits… and some misses! It will be loud<br />

and it will be fun and everyone’s welcome<br />

to come and join us!” – Rob Pegley<br />

24 NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991


LANE: ‘Eagles’ band members<br />

(l-r) Shayne Browne, Michael<br />

John Thompson, Paul Kerin,<br />

David Thompson,<br />

Jason Chandler.<br />

gig for a yacht race and when we got there<br />

the crowd were all in their 20s dancing to<br />

a DJ’s ‘doof-doof’ music. It turns out they<br />

are the hard-working crews of the yachts<br />

and want to party,” Shayne said.<br />

“I said to the rest of the band” ‘I think<br />

we’re in trouble here!’.<br />

“We started playing and those little buggers<br />

knew the words to every song –they<br />

had a great time!”<br />

And those songs include all of the classics:<br />

Lying Eyes, Take It Easy, Desperado,<br />

Hotel California (the most popular song).<br />

The band also play some surprise songs<br />

from the solo careers of Don Henley, Glenn<br />

Frey and Joe Walsh.<br />

Currently negotiating a tour of Malaysia,<br />

the band play all over Australia a couple of<br />

times a month, day jobs allowing. But they<br />

never replicate the excesses of the Eagles<br />

themselves. No televisions are thrown out<br />

of hotel windows as part of the tribute act.<br />

“It’s funny when places are putting<br />

together a rider for us,” says Shayne, “they<br />

ask if we want beer and Jack Daniels, but<br />

we ask for 24 bottles of water, some tea<br />

and coffee. None of us even smoke!”<br />

“When we finish a gig, it’s a nice cup of<br />

tea and then home to bed.<br />

“We get lovely comments from audiences<br />

about how if they close their eyes, they<br />

can hardly tell the difference. We don’t try<br />

to look like the Eagles or act like them, we<br />

just try to sound like them – and I think<br />

we do a great job.<br />

“And the music sells itself. It gives<br />

people memories and that’s what they love<br />

about it. I know when I hear Take It Easy,<br />

I’m right back in the sky blue HR Holden in<br />

1972.” – Rob Pegley<br />

*More info + tickets Glenstreet.com.au<br />

A ‘Cam do’ sort of guy<br />

The multi-talented Cameron Daddo<br />

comes from a family of multitalented<br />

Daddos. Himself, Andrew and<br />

Lochie all cross the roles and genres<br />

of actor, presenter, musician, author<br />

and DJ. Whether nature or nurture,<br />

Cameron blames the parents!<br />

“We’re the product of very creative<br />

parents,” reveals Cameron. “They<br />

didn’t put any restrictions on what we<br />

wanted to do and we were modelled<br />

very creative behaviours to follow.<br />

“My mum in particular was a very<br />

talented painter, ceramicist and<br />

gardener. And she had very eclectic<br />

tastes.”<br />

On the first weekend<br />

in <strong>November</strong>,<br />

Cameron Daddo<br />

and The Paisley<br />

Prophets will play<br />

the Northern Beaches<br />

Music Festival at<br />

Narrabeen.<br />

In a world where<br />

the likes of Russell<br />

Crowe, Keanu<br />

Reeves and Johnny<br />

Depp sometimes<br />

draw criticism<br />

for daring to play<br />

music live, it should<br />

really come as no<br />

surprise that creative people can be<br />

creative in a number of areas.<br />

“It’s a necessity!” says Cameron.<br />

“It’s a small industry. I’m treating my<br />

acting career as a bit of a hobby at the<br />

moment! And in the meantime I’ve<br />

been with Smooth FM for a decade now,<br />

which I love. I just try to fill my time<br />

with creative pursuits and the band is<br />

one of them.”<br />

With a blues, folk, country folk<br />

sound, it’s Cameron’s Dad who was the<br />

influence in terms of music.<br />

“Dad was a huge music fan and we<br />

grew up with him playing records. Hot<br />

August Night by Neil Diamond was<br />

one, and it’s still one of the greatest records<br />

ever made. I loved KISS and Slide,<br />

anything with a big back beat. I’ve got a<br />

heavy left hand when I play the piano.<br />

“So we’ll be playing songs from the<br />

two albums and two EPs I’ve written.<br />

Good story songs.”<br />

All three Daddo brothers were<br />

born in Melbourne, but now call the<br />

Northern Beaches home. Lochie is at<br />

Newport, Andrew in Manly, another<br />

sister is at Fairlight and Cameron is at<br />

North Curl Curl.<br />

“I first moved to the Northern<br />

Beaches at the age of 19 and never left<br />

– apart from 25<br />

years in LA!<br />

“I was living in<br />

The Cross when I<br />

moved to Sydney at<br />

18 and was then offered<br />

the chance to<br />

house-sit at Whale<br />

Beach, which was a<br />

no-brainer.”<br />

“Now we’re back,<br />

I belong to Long<br />

Reef Golf Club and<br />

swim with the Pink<br />

Caps at Manly in<br />

the morning. We<br />

like the Harbord<br />

Hilton and The<br />

Diggers, and my father-in-law has just<br />

moved to Dee Why, so we go to the Dee<br />

Why RSL a bit.”<br />

Along with Smooth FM and gigs with<br />

The Prophets a mix of creativity is, as<br />

always, on the horizon.<br />

“I’ve just taken part in the next series<br />

of Luxury Escapes,” says Cameron.<br />

“I’m in about four episodes of that on<br />

Ten, Foxtel and Binge. And I’m publishing<br />

my first book next year – it’s a book<br />

on confidence called ‘Come Undone’.”<br />

– Rob Pegley<br />

*Northern Beaches Music Festival full<br />

bands line-up, tickets and info visit<br />

northernbeachesmusicfestival.org<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong> 25

News<br />

Bye Bye ‘Boat Builder’s Curse’<br />

Gary Swindail might have<br />

discovered a love of sailing when<br />

he was only eight but for more<br />

than four decades he’s suffered from the<br />

boat builder’s curse.<br />

Gary has spent his whole life building,<br />

restoring and repairing boats for other<br />

people and not enough time enjoying<br />

and reflecting on his handiwork – “some<br />

call it the boat builder’s curse,” he<br />

chuckled.<br />

“It’s not that I don’t enjoy my work, I<br />

feel lucky to love what I do,” the 62-yearold<br />

from North Narrabeen said.<br />

“Now the time has come to have more<br />

‘me time’. So what do you do in your me<br />

time? You build a boat – but this one is<br />

for me.”<br />

He started building a 5.8-metre ocean<br />

mini sailing yacht – a Class Globe 580 –<br />

almost two years ago in his spare time<br />

at his Mona Vale workshop. But don’t<br />

expect to see him sailing on <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

once it’s finished early next year; he<br />

plans to sail it around the world.<br />

This involves filling with freezedried<br />

food and<br />

water (maybe<br />

a few beers)<br />

and shipping<br />

it to Lagos<br />

next October<br />

to compete in<br />

the 2024 Trans<br />

Atlantic qualifier<br />

race from Portugal<br />

to Antigua in the<br />

Caribbean, via the<br />

Canary Islands.<br />

Thereafter<br />

his next stop?<br />

Sailing solo<br />

around the world<br />

in the Mini Globe<br />

Race; Gary will<br />

start and finish at<br />

Antigua, following<br />

a tradewinds route<br />

for 26,000 nautical<br />

miles. Departure<br />

date is February,<br />

2025, and he will be<br />

at sea for more than a year with<br />

only four main stops.<br />

“There’s not much room on board<br />

but I don’t mind being by myself,” Gary<br />

said. “It’s a race of attrition, if you don’t<br />

try you’ll never know. You don’t get to<br />

sleep for long periods, in theory it’s 20<br />

minutes at a time. That is generally the<br />

amount of time it takes a cargo ship,<br />

if on a collision course, to reach your<br />

position once it comes over the horizon.”<br />

He estimates it has cost about $50,000<br />

to build the boat (not including labour)<br />

and hundreds of man hours to complete<br />

PASSION PROJECT: Gary Swindail and his partially completed mini<br />

sailing yacht at Mona Vale; and at the helm of an Agean 600.<br />

Gary says<br />

“My wife is a little apprehensive<br />

there are<br />

(about the global race) but she has fully<br />

generations of supported me from day one.”<br />

boat builders He has worked as a shipwright for<br />

and seafarers most of his life and started Sydney<br />

on his mother’s Harbour Boat Builders nearly 20 years<br />

side of the ago. After thinking about “just taking<br />

family – but he off and going sailing for many years”,<br />

will be the last it almost seemed like fate when an<br />

to uphold the advertisement about the Mini Globe Race<br />

boat building popped up on his Facebook feed.<br />

tradition<br />

“It’s just what I’ve always wanted to<br />

because his do,” Gary said. “When it’s dead calm at<br />

two sons sea I’ll jump off to clean the bottom of<br />

have gone the boat, I’ll just have to watch out for<br />

in different sharks.”<br />

directions for His wife Tina will meet him at the<br />

their careers. main stop-over ports at Panama,<br />

His great Antigua, Fiji and Cape Town so he can<br />

grandfather, restock and repair any damage to the<br />

grandfather and uncles were all<br />

boat.<br />

boat builders while his great great<br />

And when he finishes the race he still<br />

grandfather was a ship builder and hasn’t quite decided what he will do with<br />

ship’s captain. Gary’s grandfather built Question II.<br />

him a Sabot (sailing dinghy) when he “I could leave it in Antigua unless<br />

was a youngster and they named it someone wants to buy it, or my wife and<br />

Question. The boat Gary is building I could sail around the islands,” he said.<br />

now will be called Question II in honour Gary would like to raise $100,000 for<br />

of his grandfather, with a flag staff the compulsory safety and navigation<br />

repurposed from the original mast of equipment. He will be looking for possible<br />

his Sabot.<br />

sponsors or donors in the coming months.<br />

“My mum didn’t like boats at all, she Any offers of support can be emailed to<br />

was scared of swimming,” he said. “So gary@sydneyharbourboatbuilders.com<br />

I only ever took her out once on a boat I<br />

– Kat Adamski<br />

it.<br />

restored.<br />

*More info visit minigloberace.com<br />

26 NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

PHOTOS: Kat Adamski

News<br />

Letters: Readers have their say<br />

Shared concern #1<br />

I have concerns about the<br />

Avalon Shared Space: First, as<br />

the bus stop for the 192 service<br />

has been moved to Barrenjoey<br />

Rd opposite the entrance to<br />

Avalon Beach car park, there<br />

is no facility to sit down while<br />

waiting for the bus. My elderly<br />

neighbour (84) now drags her<br />

trolley up to the bus stop at<br />

Central Rd because there is no<br />

seating at the new bus stop.<br />

On notifying Council officers<br />

nearly 10 months ago there<br />

have been many new seats<br />

added in the Shared Space but<br />

still no seating while waiting<br />

for the bus.<br />

Second, the marking for<br />

the pedestrian crossing has<br />

been removed at the approach<br />

to the shared space. With<br />

no markings we are relying<br />

on drivers to read a sign on<br />

approach. The pedestrian<br />

crossing area should be<br />

reinstated.<br />

Bob Cooper<br />

Avalon Beach<br />

Shared concern #2<br />

I was shocked, upset and<br />

unable to see the purpose<br />

of this ugly extension of the<br />

already adequate pathway. It<br />

does not help to alleviate the<br />

congestion which arises<br />

where roads meet. A simple<br />

roundabout would suffice.<br />

There is a park (Dunbar) for<br />

people to sit – put some shaded<br />

space and chairs there.<br />

Another summer is not<br />

going to change the way it is<br />

not working, or addressing<br />

fundamental traffic issues.<br />

Sally Martin<br />

Avalon Beach<br />

Shared thanks #1<br />

I am a big ‘yes’ to the shared<br />

space. In fact, I wish it went<br />

further and was a full mall.<br />

The entry and exit to Woolies<br />

could be off the main road. Of<br />

course, over summer there is<br />

never enough parking but that<br />

relates to too many people and<br />

an ever-expanding Australia…<br />

without the planning!<br />

I would be really upset if it<br />

doesn’t become permanent.<br />

Nila Chambers<br />

Avalon<br />

Shared thanks #2<br />

I’ve been dealing with<br />

the carnage at the village<br />

intersection for the past 40-odd<br />

years I’ve had a driving licence<br />

and, in my opinion, the new<br />

shared space arrangement has<br />

helped with the challenges for<br />

people with a below-average<br />

driving ability.<br />

It’s much easier for them…<br />

less to think about, I guess.<br />

The shared space is also an<br />

awesome gathering place for<br />

locals and tourists alike.<br />

Anyone that doesn’t like<br />

this set-up must be very hard<br />

to please and I feel for Council<br />

having to put up with all these<br />

‘Karens’ and ‘Carls’ in the area.<br />

Todd Warren<br />

Avalon Beach<br />

Liberals’ ‘hypocrisy’<br />

Re your article: ‘Ambulance<br />

upheaval will put lives at risk’<br />

(October <strong>2023</strong>). State Liberal MP<br />

Rory Amon says lives will be<br />

put at risk given the impending<br />

move of Narrabeen Ambulance<br />

centre to Dee Why, a distance<br />

of 6km. However, he seems to<br />

have forgotten that it was the<br />

former Liberal Government<br />

that closed Mona Vale Hospital<br />

as a full working hospital and<br />

redirected to Northern Beaches<br />

Hospital at Frenchs Forest<br />

13km away.<br />

Maybe he’s also forgotten<br />

that in 10 years the Liberal<br />

Government undertook no<br />

upgrade to Wakehurst Parkway.<br />

As the road floods in heavy<br />

rain, alternative routes must be<br />

used via Belrose (19km), or Dee<br />

Why (15km).<br />

The hypocrisy is clear to<br />

see, and more of the same<br />

old ‘Liberal good, Labor<br />

bad’ politics. Shame the<br />

Independent Jacqui Scruby<br />

didn’t win the seat, we might<br />

have gained more of a balanced<br />

approach.<br />

Gerry Lenihan<br />

Avalon Beach<br />

(Editor’s note: We contacted Mr<br />

Amon for comment; he wished<br />

to clarify his concern was based<br />

on the hole in services that<br />

would be created if intensive<br />

care paramedics relocated to<br />

Dee Why without any additional<br />

resources allocated north of Dee<br />

Why. He also wished to make<br />

clear the Wakehurst Parkway<br />

upgrade/flood mitigation was<br />

funded by the State Government<br />

six years ago but has yet to be<br />

progressed by Council.)<br />

Warriewood woes<br />

I am saddened and upset to<br />

know that the Flower Power<br />

area in Warriewood may be<br />

redeveloped (pictured), and also<br />

Foleys.<br />

It is bad enough to lose the<br />

facility itself, as it is a distance<br />

to travel for locals to the next<br />

nearest Flower Power. But, even<br />

worse, the fact that if both<br />

developments are approved<br />

there will be 52 dwellings<br />

replacing it, plus nearly 40 for<br />

Foleys, is horrifying.<br />

This area is already<br />

overdeveloped and the<br />

infrastructure is not there to<br />

deal with it. Macpherson Street<br />

and Garden Street are already<br />

a nightmare at commuter and<br />

school times.<br />

Liz Vincent<br />

Warriewood<br />

28 NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

New localised help for veterans<br />

RSL <strong>Life</strong>Care is set to extend its crucial<br />

service delivery for local veterans<br />

and their families with the opening of a<br />

Veteran Wellbeing Centre in Dee Why.<br />

This centre has been made possible<br />

thanks to a partnership with Dee Why<br />

RSL, which has committed $1 million<br />

over the next four years to house and<br />

assist with the ongoing operating costs<br />

of the centre, as well as ongoing financial<br />

support from local RSL NSW sub-Branches.<br />

The new Northern Beaches Veteran<br />

Wellbeing Centre, which will join RSL<br />

<strong>Life</strong>Care’s three established hubs in<br />

Nowra, Wagga Wagga, and Newcastle,<br />

will continue to provide financial<br />

assistance, homelessness support,<br />

DVA Claims assistance, employment<br />

pathways, and further education and<br />

training opportunities for veterans and<br />

their families who reside in the Northern<br />

Beaches region.<br />

RSL <strong>Life</strong>Care Chief Executive Officer<br />

Janet Muir said the Northern Beaches<br />

Veteran Wellbeing Centre was an<br />

extension of the ‘hub and spoke’ model<br />

being implemented across New South<br />

Wales that would ensure veterans could<br />

access a range of critical services that<br />

were tailored to the needs of the local<br />

communities, wherever they chose to<br />

settle.<br />

“RSL <strong>Life</strong>Care is always excited to<br />

announce another Veteran Wellbeing<br />

Centre, because we know the positive<br />

impact the facilities have on the mental<br />

and physical health and wellbeing of<br />

our Australian Defence Force personnel<br />

who have given so much to protect our<br />

country,” Ms Muir said.<br />

“Together with RSL NSW, we are<br />

very happy to have established this<br />

partnership with Dee Why RSL, because<br />

with a large number of veterans in the<br />

area, this is a great step forward to<br />

provide the localised assistance that<br />

those veterans and their families need.<br />

“This important step is representative<br />

of our ongoing commitment to<br />

supporting veterans and their families<br />

across the state.”<br />

Dee Why RSL President Graeme Liddell<br />

said he was proud to be partnering<br />

with RSL <strong>Life</strong>Care and RSL NSW for this<br />

important initiative.<br />

“We know there is a need for these<br />

services in the local community, and<br />

every year on ANZAC Day we see the<br />

passion of local families for supporting<br />

veterans when they come out in the<br />

NEEDED: Beaches veterans will be able to<br />

access a range of critical services at the new<br />

centre in Dee Why.<br />

thousands for our Dawn Service at Dee<br />

Why Beach.<br />

“This partnership and this veteran<br />

wellbeing centre reinforce our<br />

commitment to support veterans and<br />

their families across the Northern<br />

Beaches,” Mr Liddell said.<br />

RSL NSW President Ray James said:<br />

“RSL NSW is committed to supporting<br />

RSL <strong>Life</strong>Care’s veteran focused centres<br />

and hubs because we know they work.<br />

“Since 2021, RSL NSW sub-Branches<br />

have donated over $5.2 million to RSL<br />

<strong>Life</strong>Care to support the ongoing delivery<br />

of critical services to veterans and their<br />

families right across NSW.” – NW<br />

*<strong>Pittwater</strong> Remembrance Day services –<br />

see page 37.<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

NOVEMBER <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 future of Currawong “the worker’s<br />

paradise… is under review with claims<br />

that it will become a millionaire’s resort”<br />

with plans to create a modern conference<br />

centre and holiday accommodation on the<br />

site. Council’s Rangers were “again in the<br />

spotlight following their blitz on A-frame<br />

signs and shopping centre parking which<br />

has many businesspeople wondering if<br />

they are becoming revenue collectors for<br />

the Council.” According to the story, “last<br />

year the Rangers produced more than<br />

$540,000 in revenue for the Council mostly<br />

from car parking infringements.” (The fine<br />

for displaying an A-frame on the footpath<br />

outside a store was $330). <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>’s<br />

computer columnist David Hague was<br />

awarded the State Government contract to<br />

“place the HSC results on the Internet”. Students were able to<br />

access their results onscreen by using a PIN number… it was<br />

the first time “individual HSC results will be available via an<br />

Internet Web page.” Hague said the main challenge in setting<br />

up the site for the NSW Board of Studies was “making sure<br />

the results couldn’t be hacked or tampered with.” Meanwhile<br />

his column ‘Chip Thrills’ focussed on “the joys and pitfalls”<br />

of internet shopping. “The media continually tell us the<br />

15 Years Ago…<br />

Internet is full of sharks and charlatans<br />

trying to rip us off by stealing credit card<br />

numbers and organising ‘net-based scams’;<br />

the fact remains however that the internet<br />

is going to be a major part of our lives<br />

when it comes to spending.” In news, the<br />

“new technology for home entertainment,<br />

the Digital Video Disc” was available in<br />

Avalon at That New Video Shop, with the<br />

proprietor noting rentals of DVDs had<br />

started slowly as consumers switched<br />

to the new players… “some stores are<br />

already renting DVD players for around<br />

$267 a month on a 12-month contract”.<br />

The Avalon Beach Market Day was held;<br />

Council spent more than $50,000 to<br />

“redesign and rejuvenate” Newport’s<br />

Robertson Road, turning it into a one-way<br />

street with angle parking that released large areas for newly<br />

paved courtyards for outside dining; Dog owners using<br />

the unleased area at Careel Bay asked Council to “respond<br />

to a submission made last August following a meeting with<br />

councillors on the future of the area” – the dog owners were<br />

“concerned that emphasis is being placed on environmental<br />

sensitivity at the expense of public use; and the Crown to the<br />

Sea bushlink was ready for walkers.<br />

5 Years Ago…<br />

Avalon Market Day and the<br />

the intersection. Chip Thrills<br />

Our villages came to life<br />

Newport Festival were held.<br />

columnist David Hague wrote with markets and festivals in<br />

Pressure mounted against private about the development of a<br />

Avalon, Mona Vale, Newport<br />

development of Currawong, with small screen into which a daily and Narrabeen. Readers<br />

calls to put the site on the Heritage newspaper could be downloaded. learned the State Government<br />

list. Meanwhile the<br />

“Are the days<br />

funding earmarked for the<br />

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

of newspapers<br />

compulsory acquisition of<br />

Residents Against<br />

numbered, to<br />

the Pasadena site at Church<br />

Inappropriate<br />

be overtaken by Point was to be redirected<br />

Development<br />

electronic devices?” to the Mona Vale Surf <strong>Life</strong><br />

(PRAID) was<br />

(Hague didn’t think Saving Club following the<br />

seeking to expand<br />

so). Meanwhile the scrapping of the planned<br />

its “sphere of<br />

Christmas holiday purchase. We reported dog owners advocacy group<br />

influence by<br />

rental market, <strong>Pittwater</strong> Unleashed had accused Northern Beaches<br />

generating a wider<br />

particularly in Council of “… unnecessarily delaying the introduction<br />

membership base to<br />

Palm Beach and of an off-leash dog trial at Palm Beach’s Station Beach,<br />

give more emphasis<br />

Whale Beach, was which it says should have been settled be staff”; local<br />

to developments in<br />

“feeling the pinch in business chambers slammed council’s fee increases<br />

the southern area<br />

bookings in some for outdoor seating space for cafes and restaurants<br />

of <strong>Pittwater</strong>”. In<br />

areas, with rentals “… saying they are jeopardising businesses and slowly<br />

Newport, Cabbage<br />

in the lower price stripping villages of their vibrancy and character”. And<br />

Tree Palms had<br />

ranges down on last year”. At the we noted there was a “ghost town vibe about Newport<br />

“suddenly appeared among the top end, bookings had already and Avalon, with more shopfronts with ‘For Lease’ signs<br />

controversial Norfolk Pines in the been taken in the $35,000- to than we can recall.” Writer Rosamund Burton spent<br />

median strip” of the rejuvenated $40,000-a-week market, though time with our Marine Rescue volunteers to provide an<br />

Newport shopping Centre, and agents reported that many were overview of all the fine work they do; and <strong>Life</strong> Stories<br />

shopkeepers in Robertson Road taking shorter holidays reflecting featured engineer Bob Moran and his remarkable<br />

were advised of major disruptions the international and domestic collection of scientific wonders in the ‘Discovery Shed’<br />

due to the redevelopment of financial downturn.<br />

in Mona Vale.<br />

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News<br />

SEEN…<br />

Around a year ago <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> reached out to Northern<br />

Beaches Council about Council conducting an audit of its<br />

COVID-19 signage. We thought it timely to move on from the<br />

pandemic, and surely removal of ‘reminder’ and ‘warning’<br />

signage should have been on the agenda. Council told us they<br />

had attended to their COVID signage. Yet here we are, nudging<br />

2024, and stark reminders are common. Like this one at Palm<br />

Beach Wharf. Readers with other examples are urged to let us<br />

know at readers@pittwaterlife.com.au. We’ll forward them on<br />

to Council. Also seen (briefly): a tweet from Mackellar MP Dr<br />

Sophie Scamps linking the electorate’s Voice referendum result<br />

with community opposition<br />

to the Local Metropolitan<br />

Aboriginal Land Council’s<br />

plan to build 450 homes on<br />

land it owns at Belrose – formerly<br />

known as Lizard Rock,<br />

now the Patyegarang (grey<br />

kangaroo) development.<br />

Dr Scamps’ tweet came six<br />

days after the vote, with the<br />

result in Mackellar barely<br />

50.3 per cent in favour of<br />

the Voice. Dr Scamps’ office<br />

said the tweet was deleted<br />

to respect Indigenous Yes23<br />

campaigners who had<br />

called for a week of silence<br />

after the referendum<br />

result was known, Channel<br />

9 Media reported. Dr<br />

Scamps has been publicly<br />

critical of the planned development, campaigning alongside<br />

former Northern Beaches Mayor, now Wakehurst Independent<br />

State MP Michael Regan. Mr Regan countered: “The people of<br />

Wakehurst can distinguish between local planning issues and<br />

constitutional recognition.”<br />

HEARD…<br />

Secret ballot voting introduced for September’s election<br />

of Deputy Mayor was well received, according to <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Greens Councillor Miranda Korzy, who called for the private<br />

votes after Sue Heins was re-elected Mayor. “I believe this<br />

Council has been characterised by block voting since its<br />

inception, and the votes for Mayor and Deputy have been<br />

no exception,” said Cr Korzy, referring to the majority Your<br />

Northern Beaches Independent-aligned councillors plus<br />

Liberal Councillors, outweighing the two Greens in the<br />

15-strong contingent. “That’s why I called for a secret ballot<br />

for the election of Deputy Mayor – and was pleased the majority<br />

of councillors supported it.” Cr Korzy maintained the<br />

secret ballot enabled councillors to vote for the candidate<br />

they believed was best for the role, without the risk of repercussions<br />

from their political grouping. “Councillors know<br />

each other’s strengths and weaknesses as well as political<br />

outlook… with the rejection of popular elections for Mayor<br />

and Deputy, I believe secret ballots can provide the best possible<br />

outcome when choosing the Mayor and Deputy.” Manly<br />

Ward Liberal Councillor Georgia Ryburn was elected Deputy<br />

Mayor on the secret ballot. Cr Korzy added she did not think<br />

the outcome for Mayor would have been different with a<br />

secret ballot… Out-of-area commercial and residential agent<br />

Upstate (Dee Why-based) has been appointed by Council to<br />

negotiate the lease on the Avalon Beach Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving Club<br />

café and restaurant space. We’ll let you know when (or if)<br />

they put pen to paper with a new operator… Last, North<br />

Avalon residents are livid that Des Creagh Reserve has<br />

again been ripped up by hoon drivers, barely 12 months<br />

after the last incident (above). They are calling for Council<br />

to install CCTV cameras to deter future vandalism.<br />

ABSURD…<br />

At Council’s September meeting, Curl Curl Ward Councillor<br />

David Walton was expected to push his plan to reduce the<br />

Northern Beaches Local Government area from five wards and<br />

15 elected representatives to two wards with six councillors<br />

each. However, Cr Walton revised his motion, instead pushing<br />

three wards with a total of 12 councillors. The motion<br />

was defeated. Cr Walton had argued the carve-up would lead<br />

to better and more timely decision-making. It was a pushback<br />

against the stifling debate that results when councillors<br />

pursue issues and agendas relevant to their wards. But… isn’t<br />

that the whole point of electing people to represent our area?<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Council used to have nine councillors; now we have<br />

six spread from Narrabeen to Palm Beach. Can you imagine<br />

just two wards covering 35km of coastline? Sounds like a<br />

whole different Council… hey, wait a minute…<br />

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News<br />

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

‘Prepare for a bad<br />

bushfire season’<br />

Former Commissioner of Fire<br />

and Rescue NSW Greg Mullins<br />

has encouraged Northern<br />

Beaches residents to heed<br />

the advice of the Rural Fire<br />

Service (RFS) and prepare<br />

their homes and families now<br />

ahead of a potentially serious<br />

bushfire season. Mullins,<br />

also a local firefighter, used<br />

an appearance at an October<br />

bushfire season preparation<br />

event hosted Mackellar MP<br />

Dr Sophie Scamps to inform<br />

local residents how serious<br />

bushfire seasons have<br />

become more frequent and<br />

are lengthening. “Fire seasons<br />

are getting exponentially<br />

worse across the country, and<br />

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

Peninsula Probus Club is on Wednesday<br />

15 <strong>November</strong>, commencing 9.30 am at Club<br />

Palm Beach. Guest speaker is Marie Palmer, a<br />

volunteer with Sydney Harbour Trust. Marie<br />

will talk about the extraordinary places on<br />

Sydney Harbour that are open to the public –<br />

these include North Head Sanctuary, Headland<br />

Park, Mosman, Cockatoo Island, the old<br />

submarine base at North Sydney, Woolwich<br />

and Macquarie Light Stations. Club membership<br />

is open to retired men and women and<br />

visitors are welcome. Enquires 0421 435 792.<br />

The Combined Probus Club of Mona Vale<br />

will next meet on Tuesday, 21 <strong>November</strong> in<br />

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

10am). Guest speaker is Kez Hasanic, whose<br />

subject will be the Lusitania disaster. Kez<br />

has had a lifelong interest in history and in<br />

particular military and naval history. Before<br />

retirement in 2018 he served as a history<br />

teacher at Kogarah High School for 40 years.<br />

Currently Kez is active as a volunteer guide<br />

at the Australian National Maritime Museum<br />

and recently joined the museum’s speaker’s<br />

group. The RMS Lusitania was a British ocean<br />

liner owned by the Cunard Line – built to<br />

compete for the highly lucrative transatlantic<br />

passenger trade. On 7 May, 1915 it was sunk<br />

by a German U-boat – this solidified the<br />

United States’ public opinion against Germany<br />

and indirectly contributed to the entry<br />

of the US into World War I. Visitors welcome;<br />

more info Robert (0407 202 266). (NB: No<br />

guest speakers in December or January.)<br />

The next meeting of Avalon Beach Ladies<br />

Probus will be held at Club Palm Beach on<br />

Tuesday 14 <strong>November</strong> (10am-12pm, followed<br />

by lunch). Guest speaker will be Sallymae<br />

Bailey, an administration professional who<br />

the forecast is for a hot and<br />

dry spring and summer. The<br />

Northern Beaches is a particular<br />

concern this year as we<br />

haven’t had a major fire for<br />

nearly 30 years, while three<br />

consecutive La Ninas have<br />

fuelled massive growth in<br />

grass and vegetation,” Mr Mullins<br />

said. “It’s important we<br />

prepare now for what could<br />

be a bad summer.” Mr Mullins<br />

urged residents to focus on<br />

preparing their properties by<br />

clearing flammable materials<br />

away from their homes,<br />

regularly clearing their roof<br />

gutters and having a bushfire<br />

plan. Dr Scamps urged locals<br />

to heed the advice of authorities<br />

while also committing<br />

to fighting for more ambitious<br />

and urgent action on<br />

climate change. “The people<br />

of Mackellar have consistently<br />

told me that tackling climate<br />

change is a major priority for<br />

them, so I will continue to<br />

work with all sides of Parliament<br />

to move Australia in a<br />

direction that decarbonises<br />

our economy while setting<br />

us up as a clean energy and<br />

green commodity superpower.”<br />

Find out more about how<br />

you can prepare your home<br />

for bushfire season at rfs.<br />

nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare.<br />

Calling all cyclists<br />

Celebrating its 10th anniversary,<br />

Northern Beaches charity<br />

Royal Far West is calling<br />

for cycling enthusiasts to join<br />

its annual Ride for Country<br />

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

had the privilege of serving on the newest<br />

custom-built hospital ship MV Global<br />

Mercy for six months in Europe and Senegal<br />

in early 2022. She will share her experience<br />

of travel in pandemic times, being part of<br />

the equipping team, experiencing a Bay of<br />

Biscay storm on the first sail to the Canary<br />

Islands and eventually serving in Dakar, Senegal.<br />

Visitors welcome.<br />

The guest speaker at the next meeting of<br />

Narrabeen Lakes Probus Club on Wednesday<br />

22 <strong>November</strong> will be David Rosenberg, whose<br />

subject will be ‘From Pine Gap to the Present’.<br />

Venue is Narrabeen Baptist Church; more info<br />

call or text 0424 464 047.<br />

Bilgola Plateau Probus Club reports it<br />

celebrated its first birthday in style at its<br />

October meeting. Their next meeting is on<br />

Friday 3 <strong>November</strong> at Newport Bowling Club,<br />

when guest speaker Noel Phelan will deliver<br />

a talk about the HMAS Melbourne and HMAS<br />

Voyager collision – Australia’s worst peacetime<br />

naval disaster. Doors open 9.30am;<br />

more info Shelley (0415 538 864). (NB – this<br />

will be the Club’s last meeting for <strong>2023</strong>, with<br />

a Christmas party taking place on Friday 1<br />

December.)<br />

The speaker at the next Newport Probus<br />

Club meeting on 2 <strong>November</strong> will be Ken<br />

Davies – the well-known local musician<br />

who is one of the world’s most celebrated<br />

composers of relaxation, environmental and<br />

ambient music. Ken composes many styles<br />

of music and he created ‘Healing Rooms’ at<br />

the Royal North Shore Hospital for patients<br />

receiving chemotherapy. His music is available<br />

on all streaming services. Meeting commences<br />

10am at the Newport Bowling Club.<br />

Visitors welcome; more info Di Burrell (0410<br />

465 303).<br />

Kids. Raising funds for vital<br />

health and developmental<br />

services for children in<br />

remote and regional communities,<br />

the ride will take place<br />

next March 17-19 with riders<br />

powering over 330 kilometres<br />

from Merimbula to Cobargo.<br />

RFW will be holding an information<br />

session to share all<br />

the details and all interested<br />

riders should visit the website<br />

rideforcountrykids.com.au to<br />

learn more.<br />

Technology made<br />

easy for Seniors<br />

Do you struggle with the<br />

demands of modern technology?<br />

Computer Pals for Seniors<br />

Northern Beaches can help;<br />

they give lessons on Android/<br />

Apple tablets and phones,<br />

Apple/Microsoft laptops.<br />

Each lesson is one-on-one for<br />

an hour each week during<br />

term times. Operating hours<br />

are Monday to Friday, 9am to<br />

5pm. Computer Pals are based<br />

at The Tramshed Arts & Community<br />

Centre, Narrabeen<br />

(close to the B-Line). More<br />

info call Anne (9984 0604) or<br />

email anne.computerpals@<br />

gmail.com<br />

Clubs benefit from<br />

Sport & Rec grants<br />

Mona Vale Golf Club and the<br />

Avalon Beach Pickleball Association<br />

are among six sporting<br />

clubs across the beaches<br />

that will share $100,000 in<br />

grants from Northern Beaches<br />

Council. The annual Sports<br />

and Recreation Infrastructure<br />

Grant Program aims to<br />

improve sports and recreation<br />

facilities on the Northern<br />

Beaches. This year Council received<br />

19 applications. Avalon<br />

Beach Pickleball Association<br />

will receive $12,000 to install<br />

six sandstone seating blocks<br />

and a path at the multiuse<br />

courts at Avalon Beach<br />

Reserve. Mona Vale Golf Club<br />

has been allocated $10,000 to<br />

redesign and rebuild an existing<br />

teaching and practise facility<br />

consisting of a chipping<br />

green and bunker. Other recipients<br />

included Manly Warringah<br />

Field Archers (located<br />

at JJ Melbourne Hills Memorial<br />

Reserve in Terrey Hills)<br />

who will receive $30,000 to<br />

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install an all-weather structure<br />

over a target range as<br />

well as a disabled parking bay<br />

and new paths; $20,000 to<br />

Northern Beaches Volleyball<br />

Association to install two<br />

dual-use seats with storage<br />

at North Steyne Reserve in<br />

Manly; $18,000 to Allambie<br />

Height Community Tennis<br />

Club to convert one synthetic<br />

court to a hard-court surface;<br />

and $10,000 to Long Reef Golf<br />

Club to redesign and improve<br />

the bunkers at the 13th hole.<br />

Heins re-elected<br />

Beaches Mayor<br />

Councillor Sue Heins has been<br />

re-elected as the Mayor of the<br />

Northern Beaches with Manly<br />

Liberal Councillor Georgia<br />

Ryburn elected Deputy Mayor.<br />

Mayor Heins who represents<br />

the Curl Curl Ward, was first<br />

elected to Council in 2012.<br />

She will hold the position of<br />

Mayor until the next Mayoral<br />

election in September 2024.<br />

Councillor Ryburn has served<br />

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Remembrance Day services<br />

Remembrance Day on Saturday 11 <strong>November</strong> will commemorate<br />

the Armistice at the eleventh hour of the eleventh<br />

day of the eleventh month, marking the end of World<br />

War I; it remembers all those who have suffered or died in<br />

wars and armed conflicts.<br />

Avalon Beach RSL Sub-Branch: Saturday 11 <strong>November</strong><br />

from 10.45am – 11.15am; commemoration service at Dunbar<br />

Park followed by members lunch (medals to be worn).<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL Sub-Branch: From 10.20am – 11.30am; commemoration<br />

service at Lower Cenotaph, <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL Club.<br />

Dee Why RSL Sub-Branch: From 10.30am; commemoration<br />

service at Dee Why RSL Club Peace Garden.<br />

Narrabeen RSL Sub-Branch: From 10.45am – 11.15am;<br />

commemoration service at Narrabeen Cenotaph.<br />

Palm Beach RSL Sub-Branch: From 10.45am; commemoration<br />

service Club Palm Beach cenotaph.<br />

War Vets (Narrabeen) RSL Sub-Branch: From 10.30am;<br />

assemble Montgomery Theatre and Forecourt.<br />

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on Northern Beaches Council<br />

for more than two years<br />

representing the Manly Ward.<br />

The position of Deputy is a<br />

12-month appointment and is<br />

peer voted annually.<br />

December acts<br />

for The Shack<br />

The Shack Live Music Club is<br />

held on the first Saturday of<br />

each month at the Ted Blackwood<br />

Hall at Warriewood.<br />

Each show features three live<br />

music acts in a cabaret candlelit<br />

atmosphere with BYO<br />

food and drinks for an affordable<br />

and enjoyable night of<br />

live entertainment. The concert<br />

on December 2 features<br />

Rhonda & The Grass Cutters,<br />

Ann Palumbo & Friends and<br />

Dan Challis. Shack entry $30<br />

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

shackfolk.com<br />

Society thinks<br />

theosophically<br />

The Theosophical Society was<br />

founded in 1875 to explore<br />

ancient wisdom. The Avalon<br />

group meets on the first<br />

Saturday of the month at 2pm<br />

for a talk by a guest speaker,<br />

discussion and afternoon tea.<br />

Small club offering moor<br />

Palm Beach Yacht Club was<br />

established in 1985 with the<br />

singular aim of helping boat lovers<br />

enjoy their vessels – either<br />

by racing them, cruising them,<br />

or just talking about them.<br />

The small Club, with relaxing<br />

environment and feel, is now<br />

accepting new members, with an<br />

annual subscription of just $300.<br />

Management says the focus is<br />

on members enjoying <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

to the fullest – it boasts smaller<br />

fleet sizes that are well suited to<br />

less-experienced sailors to get<br />

Past talks have included such<br />

topics as Sacred Geometry,<br />

Rumi, Spiritual Symbolism<br />

in Colours, Kabbalah, Sacred<br />

Architecture, Hildegard of<br />

Bingen, Raja Yoga, The Power<br />

of Thought, Near Death Experiences,<br />

Science and Spirituality<br />

and Reincarnation. There<br />

is no dogma and members<br />

are free to explore and follow<br />

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participants safely competing<br />

and enjoying their boats.<br />

The Club holds Twilight<br />

and Sunday yacht races, with<br />

monthly ‘virtual mark’ racing<br />

for navigation buffs all year<br />

round.<br />

Club moorings are nestled in<br />

picturesque Coasters Retreat,<br />

Towlers Bay and Refuge Bay.<br />

It also hosts social dinners at<br />

Club Palm Beach (membership<br />

included in Club fees).<br />

*More info pbyc.com.au or call<br />

Jim (0414 351 642).<br />

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Timber Boat Festival<br />

Head to the Royal Motor<br />

Yacht Club on 4-5<br />

<strong>November</strong> (9am-4pm) to<br />

marvel at a collection of<br />

beautiful and unique wooden<br />

boats, set on the picturesque<br />

backdrop of <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

There will be nautical<br />

displays, kiddies’ activities<br />

(from ducky fishing, treasure<br />

hunts, art competition, a<br />

crafting corner, snow cones)<br />

plus free skin cancer checks<br />

from the Australian Skin<br />

Cancer Foundation Truck.<br />

(The event is a<br />

fundraiser for<br />

both Marine<br />

Rescue and the Skin Cancer<br />

Foundation.)<br />

The Festival will also<br />

feature the ‘Duyfken’<br />

courtesy of the National<br />

Maritime Museum. The<br />

Duyfken (pictured) is one of<br />

the rarest ships in the world<br />

– a full-scale reproduction<br />

of the original ship that was<br />

the first European contact<br />

with the Australian mainland<br />

and meeting between<br />

the Indigenous people of<br />

Australia and Europeans,<br />

it pre-dates James Cook’s<br />

voyage on Endeavour by 164<br />

years!<br />

Off-site parking is<br />

available, with a shuttle<br />

bus from Porter Reserve,<br />

Newport and Barrenjoey<br />

Road; $5 entry, kids<br />

under 12 free.<br />

*More info<br />

royalmotor.com.au<br />

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their own belief systems and<br />

spiritual interests. Visitors<br />

welcome; more info theosophicalsociety.org.au<br />

or<br />

Manly Xmas Concert<br />

Manly-Warringah Choir is<br />

performing a Christmas<br />

concert ‘Tidings of Comfort<br />

and Joy’ in the Waterford Hall,<br />

St Paul’s College, Manly, from<br />

4pm on Sunday December<br />

3. Afterwards, meet up with<br />

friends or make new ones on<br />

the lawns overlooking Sydney<br />

Harbour. Tickets $45; early<br />

booking advisable. More info<br />

and to book visit manlywarringahchoir.org.au<br />

or phone<br />

0411 777 738.<br />

$16m Crown<br />

Grants call<br />

Applications are now open for<br />

$16 million in NSW Govern-<br />

ment funding to maintain and<br />

improve Crown land reserves<br />

for the use of communities,<br />

with $14 million in grants and<br />

$2 million in loans on offer.<br />

Eligible applicants include all<br />

Crown land managers including<br />

community organisations,<br />

and user groups that are licensed<br />

to use Crown reserves<br />

across NSW. Grants also<br />

support weed and pest management<br />

projects to ensure<br />

healthy public reserves that<br />

help protect native plants and<br />

animals from invasive species.<br />

Crown reserves support<br />

communities by protecting<br />

the environment and providing<br />

open spaces and facilities<br />

for parks, ovals, walking,<br />

cycling, camping and other<br />

sports and recreation activities,<br />

to keep communities<br />

healthy and happy. They also<br />

provide land for community<br />

organisations and assets like<br />

showgrounds, public halls,<br />

scouts and girl guide groups,<br />

surf life saving clubs and<br />

more. Applications are open<br />

until 17 <strong>November</strong>; visit<br />

reservemanager.crownland.<br />

nsw.gov.au<br />

Council devises<br />

‘ulti-mutt’ solution<br />

Northern Beaches Council has<br />

partnered with National Parks<br />

and Wildlife Service (NPWS)<br />

to stop the spread of Phytophthora<br />

cinnamomi, a soil-borne<br />

pathogen that infects threatened<br />

and iconic plants, by<br />

using specially trained sniffer<br />

dogs to detect the disease.<br />

The soil pathogen threatens<br />

endangered species and can<br />

cause root rot in susceptible<br />

plants. With funding from the<br />

NPWS Saving Our Species program,<br />

the NPWS Invasive Species<br />

Unit developed a project<br />

in mid-2022 to see if conservation<br />

detection dogs could be<br />

trained to detect Phytophthora<br />

and prevent new infestations<br />

to protect threatened<br />

species. Two of their newest<br />

dogs – Alice, a Springer<br />

Spaniel and Echo, a Brittany<br />

Spaniel – have been successful<br />

in identifying the pathogen<br />

in controlled trials. Mayor<br />

Sue Heins said results from<br />

the pilot study had proven<br />

the dogs could discriminate<br />

the scent of Phytophthora and<br />

they could successfully locate<br />

infected tube stock when<br />

placed with uninfected tube<br />

stock. Conservation detection<br />

dogs play an important role<br />

at NPWS and are also used in<br />

detecting threatened species<br />

such as Koalas and underground<br />

orchids, as well as<br />

invasive animals and plants<br />

like the Hawkweed eradication<br />

program in Kosciuszko<br />

Ooh la la at Palmy<br />

Celebrate the Cuisine of France at a special two-course dinner<br />

at Palm Beach Golf Club on Saturday 25 <strong>November</strong>.<br />

The evening will feature a special a la carte menu from Head<br />

Chef Phillip Martin and launch the Club’s French seasonal<br />

wine.<br />

Tickets are $60 (entree + main), and an additional $10 for<br />

dessert (you may opt in on the night).<br />

Enjoy a beautiful, casual dining experience with a view<br />

across the golf course and out to Lion Island and the stunning<br />

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.<br />

*Book early – scan the ad on Page 3, or head to palmbeachgolf.com.au<br />

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National Park. More info visit<br />

the NPWS website.<br />

Bayview yachtie<br />

a NSW ‘Legend’<br />

Bayview yachtsman John<br />

Forbes will join fellow Northern<br />

Beaches sportspeople,<br />

surfer Layne Beachley and<br />

cricketer Brett Lee, in being<br />

inducted as a Legend of NSW<br />

Sport. The trio will be honoured<br />

at a NSW Champions of<br />

Sport Ceremony on <strong>November</strong><br />

20. Forbes made history when<br />

he became the first Tornado<br />

catamaran sailor to win three<br />

World Championships. He<br />

went on to better that by<br />

completing his career with<br />

a total of seven catamaran<br />

World Championship wins.<br />

Four-time Australian Sailor<br />

of the Year, and a veteran of<br />

three Olympic Games, Forbes<br />

won a bronze at the 1992 Barcelona<br />

Olympic Games with<br />

Mitch Booth. In 2000, they<br />

won silver at the 2000 Sydney<br />

Olympic Games. Forbes won<br />

four European Championships,<br />

and 10 Australian<br />

Championships. Beachley,<br />

from Queenscliff, unquestionably<br />

one of the greatest<br />

female surfers in the history<br />

of the sport, becomes the<br />

24th NSW athlete and the first<br />

surfer to be elevated to NSW<br />

Legend Status. Beachley is<br />

the first woman to win seven<br />

World Championships triumphing<br />

in 1998, 1999, 2000,<br />

2001, 2002, 2003, and 2006.<br />

New beach wheelchair<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> MP Rory Amon joined with representatives of<br />

the Newport Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving Club to unveil the Club’s<br />

new beach wheelchair in October.<br />

“After having the previous beach wheelchair for 15 years,<br />

the club sought support from the community to obtain a<br />

new fit-for-purpose wheelchair, to ensure Newport Beach<br />

can continue to be accessed and enjoyed” said Newport<br />

SLSC President Guyren Smith.<br />

The Club received financial support from Pharmacare<br />

Laboratories in Warriewood and an Amon Community<br />

Grant to fund the purchase of the chair.<br />

*The chair is available now and bookings can be made<br />

through Northern Beaches Council or directly through the<br />

club.<br />

Vet<br />

on call<br />

with Dr Brown<br />

We all know how important<br />

tick prevention is for our<br />

dogs – but what about heartworm<br />

disease? Is your dog<br />

adequately protected?<br />

Heartworm in dogs is a<br />

potentially fatal disease that is<br />

transmitted from infected to<br />

uninfected dogs by mosquitoes.<br />

These mosquitoes inject a<br />

number of tiny worms (microfilaria)<br />

into the dog’s body which<br />

then mature into adult heartworm<br />

over about six months.<br />

These adult worms settle inside<br />

the chambers of the heart and<br />

interfere with the flow of blood.<br />

Adult heartworm infection<br />

causes heart failure which can<br />

result in serious illness and<br />

death. Heartworm disease is<br />

very difficult and expensive to<br />

treat so prevention is much better<br />

than cure!<br />

According to the Australian<br />

Heartworm Advisory Panel,<br />

year-round heartworm protection<br />

is recommended for every<br />

dog Australia wide. Therefore,<br />

just as we vaccinate pets<br />

against deadly viral diseases,<br />

heartworm prophylaxis is an<br />

important cornerstone of preventative<br />

care. Whilst monthly<br />

heartworm preventatives have<br />

been demonstrated to be<br />

effective (when given every<br />

month) any lapse in treatment<br />

puts patients at higher risk of<br />

heartworm disease.<br />

Recent research showed<br />

that complacency around<br />

heartworm prevention has resulted<br />

in dogs testing positive<br />

to heartworm, in fact around<br />

40 per cent of dogs diagnosed<br />

with heartworm disease are<br />

on owner-given monthly<br />

heartworm preventatives.<br />

The easiest way to avoid<br />

forgetting heartworm medication<br />

is to use annual heartworm<br />

prevention given by injection<br />

at the time of vaccination, this<br />

medication lasts for 12 months.<br />

Call your local Sydney Animal<br />

Hospitals Avalon (9918 0833) or<br />

Newport (9997 4609) to discuss<br />

your dog’s heartworm prevention<br />

with our team. We’ll help<br />

make sure they are adequately<br />

protected leading into the<br />

warmer months.<br />

More info head to sydneyanimalhospitals.com.au<br />

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Idol<br />

maker<br />

Avalon’s Rod Willis recalls a life spent in the<br />

heady world of ear-splitting music, including<br />

guiding a little-known pub-rock band from<br />

Adelaide – Cold Chisel – to stardom.<br />

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

Story by Daniel Williams<br />

Presently, the days pass one else – apart from our road not even a half-century in the Roseville, where the trajectory<br />

quietly for Rod Willis. crew – would know about cauldron of rock can match the of Rod’s life was reset. Living<br />

Unable to surf after a until the performance”. But ferocity of the Australian sun. across the road was the<br />

series of skin-cancer ops,<br />

he spends most of his time<br />

at home – reading, listening<br />

to music (soul and blues)<br />

and helping out with an<br />

expanding family. Until<br />

recently, he was putting<br />

the finishing touches to his<br />

memoirs. It’s a way of life<br />

that’s perfectly apt for a man<br />

in his mid-70s, yet one that<br />

could scarcely contrast more<br />

sharply with his lifestyle of<br />

decades past.<br />

Perhaps you remember<br />

the grand finale of the<br />

Countdown Music Awards<br />

of 1981, when Cold Chisel<br />

reworked ‘My Turn to Cry’ into<br />

a full-throated protest song<br />

– against sponsors TV Week<br />

specifically and the music<br />

industry generally – complete<br />

with guitar smashing, drum<br />

kicking and microphone-stand<br />

slamming? Onlookers, you<br />

could say, were aghast.<br />

Today, Willis admits to<br />

co-hatching the plan “that no-<br />

as a member of the audience<br />

that night at Sydney’s Regent<br />

hotel, he watched the mayhem<br />

unfold uneasily, sliding ever<br />

lower in his seat. Then, as<br />

band manager, he had to go<br />

onstage to accept the last<br />

award of the night – Best<br />

Record Cover Design, for<br />

Chisel’s huge-selling East.<br />

“The walk of shame,” he says,<br />

“was all mine.”<br />

While music took Willis<br />

on a long and wild ride, he<br />

remains a lovely bloke with<br />

an excellent memory, and<br />

on a recent Friday morning<br />

in the sitting room of his<br />

Avalon home he’s delighted<br />

to walk this reporter through<br />

the strikes and gutters of his<br />

extraordinary life.<br />

He looks fit in jeans and<br />

a snug-fitting, palm treepatterned<br />

collared shirt,<br />

though he wears a cap to<br />

conceal the aftereffects of<br />

those recent surgeries. For<br />

impact on the flesh, it seems<br />

Knockin’ On<br />

Heaven’s Door<br />

Willis came into being on<br />

<strong>November</strong> 19, 1947, the first<br />

of three children to Graham,<br />

a TV executive, and Peggy, a<br />

model. They lived in Dee Why<br />

in a house near South Creek<br />

Road that had been designed<br />

to resemble a ship. Young Rod<br />

was happiest outside with his<br />

friends, surfing at Collaroy<br />

Beach or making rafts out of<br />

corrugated iron to use on Dee<br />

Why Lagoon or heading into<br />

the bush with a slingshot or<br />

BB gun.<br />

Inspired by the 1956<br />

Australian film Smiley, the<br />

boy decided he’d like to be a<br />

farmer. His dad had a mate by<br />

the name of Rob Askin (yes,<br />

the future premier of NSW)<br />

who pulled some strings to<br />

secure the Willis boy a place<br />

at James Ruse Agricultural<br />

High School in Carlingford.<br />

The Willises relocated to<br />

Hamilton family, whose oldest<br />

boy Tony had formed a surf<br />

band called The Stompedes,<br />

which had no trouble getting<br />

gigs during the 1960s’ dance<br />

phenomenon known as ‘The<br />

Stomp’.<br />

“Of course, the venues<br />

were packed with young<br />

girls, so I’m thinking, This is<br />

fantastic!” says Willis. “So, I<br />

started lugging gear for them.<br />

That was my entrée into what<br />

would consume the next 50-<br />

odd years of my life.”<br />

In June 1964, The Beatles<br />

came to town and Rod’s father<br />

procured four tickets to one<br />

of their concerts at Sydney<br />

Stadium. Seated in row 7,<br />

Rod was mesmerised. “It was<br />

crazy,” he says. “You couldn’t<br />

really hear the band because<br />

the crowd noise was so loud;<br />

just every girl screaming. But<br />

you knew every song from the<br />

records.”<br />

Soon other huge acts – The<br />

Rolling Stones, PJ Proby, The<br />

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Dave Clark Five – made it<br />

to these shores, helping to<br />

spark in Willis a new yearning<br />

that had nothing to do<br />

with ploughing or milking.<br />

The music of the ’60s was<br />

changing Western culture and<br />

Willis dreamed of being at the<br />

epicentre of the revolution:<br />

London. By labouring in<br />

Darwin, he saved enough<br />

money to buy a return ticket<br />

on an Italian liner bound for<br />

England, his father’s country<br />

of birth.<br />

“I don’t think I can<br />

overstate how terrified I was,”<br />

says Willis, who was 18 when<br />

he sailed away on September<br />

28, 1966. “The furthest I’d<br />

been until then was Wagga in<br />

Dad’s car.”<br />

Disembarking six weeks<br />

later at the White Cliffs of<br />

Dover, Willis planned to stay<br />

in England for two years.<br />

But those two years would<br />

become 11 as the various<br />

cultural movements of the<br />

time – mod, hard rock,<br />

hippy, psychedelia – came in<br />

a torrent that engulfed the<br />

goodtime boy from Dee Why.<br />

He saw Cream, a young Rod<br />

Stewart, an emergent Pink<br />

Floyd – basically every hot act<br />

under the Northern sun while<br />

living as a hormone-fuelled<br />

mod with a charming accent<br />

during the Swinging Sixties.<br />

Staying meant working,<br />

though, mostly as a roadie,<br />

firstly for Little Free Rock, a<br />

hard-rock trio from Preston<br />

in Lancashire. He also pitched<br />

in variously for Emerson,<br />

Lake & Palmer, King Crimson,<br />

Grand Funk Railroad and<br />

Roxy Music, among others,<br />

before joining the crew of the<br />

full-tilt and hugely influential<br />

UFO. <strong>Life</strong> on the road with<br />

that volatile group drained<br />

Willis, who left the music<br />

scene for two years to work as<br />

an illegal street trader selling<br />

belts and bags on Oxford<br />

Street, resulting in numerous<br />

appearances in Marylebone<br />

Magistrates Court.<br />

In the early 1970s, music<br />

lured him back. He became<br />

a road dog for Irish folk-rock<br />

singer Jonathan Kelly before<br />

linking with blues band Savoy<br />

Brown, for whom he became<br />

tour manager in 1976. Having<br />

learnt so much – about<br />

equipment, lighting, travel<br />

arrangements and handling<br />

the egos and quirks of<br />

brilliant and temperamental<br />

musicians – Willis was more<br />

than ready to step up.<br />

Misfits<br />

But Willis’ life was about to<br />

take another turn. Standing<br />

around at a concert in<br />

Toronto, Canada, he noticed a<br />

girl in the front row smiling<br />

at him. Long story short, he<br />

married this girl, Barbara,<br />

in London and there was a<br />

baby on the way. “I decided I<br />

couldn’t live this rock ’n’ roll<br />

lifestyle any longer,” Willis<br />

says. “I needed to return to<br />

Australia.”<br />

In 1977, back in Sydney<br />

with his pregnant wife, Willis<br />

knew this much: “My days<br />

of shovelling elephant shit<br />

were over; I was determined<br />

to be the ringmaster.” All<br />

he needed was an exciting<br />

yet undiscovered local band<br />

to take to the top. His early<br />

impressions of the Australian<br />

music scene were dispiriting,<br />

however. Then his brother Ian<br />

suggested he check out this<br />

band from Adelaide called<br />

Cold Chisel.<br />

“Oh, my God,” Willis<br />

recalled, “what a dreadful<br />

name.”<br />

“No, no,” Ian insisted.<br />

“You’ve got to go see them.”<br />

So, Willis went one night<br />

to the once-famous Chequers<br />

nightclub in Sydney’s<br />

Chinatown where Cold Chisel<br />

were performing “in front<br />

of three men and a dog”. But<br />

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

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: With Don Walker and Michael<br />

Gudinski at Rod’s 50th birthday at Avalon RSL in 1997; the<br />

Breakfast at Sweethearts album cover shoot in 1979; singing<br />

at his 50th (Barnsey on guitar); with Jimmy, bass player Phil<br />

Small and guitarist Ian Moss, 2020; London in the Swinging<br />

Sixties; business discussion with Mossy; Southern Rocker in<br />

the US, 1976; with Savoy Brown in the USA, 1975.<br />

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

Continued from page 45<br />

Willis was acute enough to<br />

see past the dingy room and<br />

woeful crowd. “They were just<br />

an incredible, tight band,” he<br />

says. “Great guitarist [Ian Moss],<br />

their piano player [Don Walker]<br />

rocked like Jerry Lee Lewis, and<br />

the singer [Jimmy Barnes] had<br />

this voice. There were a lot of<br />

blues shouters around who had<br />

that gruff quality, but this guy<br />

was like Stevie Winwood. I was<br />

blown away.”<br />

Afterwards, Willis met<br />

first with just Walker, who<br />

produced a folder full of<br />

knockbacks from record<br />

companies, one of which had<br />

written off the band as having<br />

“no commercial potential”,<br />

before making his pitch to all<br />

the guys in a cramped room at<br />

the Plaza Hotel in Kings Cross.<br />

“You guys are world class,”<br />

he said. “I reckon I could<br />

make you the biggest band in<br />

Australia – maybe the world.”<br />

Willis doubted he’d gotten<br />

through to them. But the next<br />

day, his phone rang.<br />

“It’s Don, mate. You’ve got<br />

the job.”<br />

In the winter of 1980, as<br />

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financial guru Gino, EMI Publisher<br />

John Anderson and Icehouse<br />

frontman Iva Davies sealing<br />

a deal in 1989; early days<br />

celebrations with Cold Chisel<br />

– Don Walker, Ian Moss, Jimmy<br />

Barnes (in shades), Phil Small and<br />

Steve Prestwich; mixing in LA in<br />

July 1998; Rod with Jimmy, Steve<br />

and Phil on a ferry to Denmark in<br />

1982; Rod’s new book is out now.<br />

Cold Chisel were taking off,<br />

Willis’ marriage to Barbara<br />

was unravelling and not even<br />

their three-year-old daughter<br />

Shannon could keep them<br />

together; they divorced in<br />

1981. Barbara subsequently<br />

married Dallas Royall, the<br />

original drummer for Rose<br />

Tattoo, while Willis found<br />

comfort in the arms of his<br />

secretary Gay with whom<br />

he would raise Shannon as<br />

well as two daughters of<br />

their own, Kelly and Leigh.<br />

Today, Willis and Gay remain<br />

happily married and have six<br />

grandchildren.<br />

He’s content here in their<br />

Avalon home of 30 years. For<br />

Willis, the Northern Beaches<br />

are, simply, “home” – for him<br />

and for most of his oldest<br />

mates, who know him, he<br />

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Continued from page 47<br />

says, “not as Rod Willis the<br />

band manager but Rod the<br />

surfer”.<br />

When The War Is Over<br />

Although Willis never made<br />

Cold Chisel the biggest band<br />

in the world, he did guide<br />

them to an enduring form<br />

of superstardom: album<br />

sales nudging seven million;<br />

eight studio albums in the<br />

Australian Top 5; induction<br />

into the ARIA Hall of Fame;<br />

instant name recognition<br />

across generations of music<br />

fans.<br />

“I wouldn’t call myself<br />

the sixth member [of the<br />

band],” says Willis, “but the<br />

way it worked was, Don and<br />

I ran it. Don always was and<br />

remains the leader of Cold<br />

Chisel. Don’s songs made<br />

the difference. He was the<br />

visionary in terms of what<br />

the band was going to be.<br />

And I had my vision, and our<br />

visions were close. I saw that<br />

they were a working-class<br />

band.”<br />

In 1983, Cold Chisel<br />

disbanded for more than a<br />

decade, causing Willis to focus<br />

on other projects, including<br />

enticing to Australia a range<br />

of smash international acts –<br />

Tears for Fears, Paul Young,<br />

Howard Jones, Alison Moyet<br />

– and a managerial stint with<br />

another great homegrown<br />

band, Icehouse. But when Cold<br />

Chisel reformed in 1997, Willis<br />

came back onboard, finally<br />

walking away in 2009 when<br />

the band wanted to change the<br />

terms of his contract.<br />

Feeling adrift and driving<br />

Gay spare by moping about<br />

the house, Willis linked up<br />

with a horticulturalist mate<br />

and spent the next 10 years<br />

as a professional landscaper.<br />

While he’s had chances to<br />

return to the music industry,<br />

he’s let them go. “The vibe,”<br />

he says, “is gone.”<br />

But the Chisel boys, you<br />

ask, does he stay in touch<br />

with them?<br />

“Of course,” he says. “It’s<br />

hard to break that bond.”<br />

*Ringside: A tale of music<br />

and mayhem from the<br />

man behind rock and roll<br />

superstars Cold Chisel (Allen<br />

& Unwin) is out now.<br />

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

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

Adam Cullen retrospective<br />

Over a decade since Adam Cullen’s<br />

death, rarely seen works by the artist<br />

are now on display at Manly Art Gallery &<br />

Museum.<br />

In this retrospective exhibition, more<br />

than 70 paintings,<br />

works<br />

on paper,<br />

bronzes,<br />

ceramics, film<br />

footage, and<br />

artist books<br />

have been<br />

drawn largely<br />

from private<br />

collections.<br />

The colourful<br />

and complex<br />

artist,<br />

who grew up<br />

on Sydney’s<br />

Northern<br />

Beaches,<br />

famously won<br />

the Archibald<br />

Prize in 2000 for his portrait of actor David<br />

Wenham, which will feature in the exhibition.<br />

In 2002, he represented Australia at<br />

the 25th Biennale de São Paulo.<br />

As a child, Cullen showed artistic talent<br />

and drew cartoons for the local Collaroy<br />

In this time of mass production, fast<br />

fashion and global availability it is<br />

more important than ever that we take<br />

the time to stop, take a breath and<br />

appreciate the small conversations or<br />

moments which make our lives more<br />

whole. Take the time to also consider the<br />

things which can enrich your life in the<br />

long term.<br />

The final Open Studio Event for the<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Artists Trail in <strong>2023</strong> happens<br />

on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 <strong>November</strong><br />

at studios across the <strong>Pittwater</strong> area<br />

(10am – 4pm). The artisans invite you to<br />

join them in their working environments,<br />

to share with you the process and<br />

intricacies of creating unique pieces, to<br />

hear their narrative behind the work.<br />

More often than not when hearing<br />

these narratives it can evoke a memory<br />

for you the visitor, and it is that shared<br />

narrative which can only happen through<br />

meeting the artist themselves. This is<br />

why taking the time to visit the trail is<br />

so rewarding – plus you may walk away<br />

with a new treasure for your collection<br />

or a very special gift for a loved one.<br />

The <strong>Pittwater</strong> Artists Trail includes<br />

the work of 21 artists and craftspeople<br />

Plateau newspaper. After art school, he<br />

emerged from Sydney’s grunge art scene<br />

in the 1990s to become one of the most<br />

important artists of his generation.<br />

Cullen’s bold and challenging paintings<br />

are insightful<br />

and often<br />

confronting,<br />

reflecting on<br />

contemporary<br />

societal<br />

issues.<br />

Works revolve<br />

around<br />

issues of<br />

national and<br />

gendered<br />

identity,<br />

addressing<br />

racial intolerance,<br />

bigotry,<br />

sexism, and<br />

political<br />

and social<br />

hypocrisies<br />

(pictured – ‘Kelly with Mare’, 2011).<br />

Cullen passed away at his home in Wentworth<br />

Falls in July 2012. – Nigel Wall<br />

*Adam Cullen: Art is Pain Relief is showing<br />

at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum<br />

until December 3. Free entry.<br />

16 studios on Artists trail<br />

(pictured painting by Ben Waters)<br />

featured at 16 studios from Palm Beach<br />

to Collaroy and Terrey Hills.<br />

Find a brochure in public libraries and<br />

Council facilities across the peninsula,<br />

art suppliers and many other venues. Or<br />

text 0423 456 373 or 0414 762 168 to<br />

request a brochure.<br />

*You can also find maps, studio<br />

and artist details at<br />

pittwaterartiststrail.com<br />

Onespace with<br />

plenty on offer<br />

The Northern Beaches is filled<br />

with great artistic talent – but<br />

sometimes finding the right piece,<br />

at the right price, can be a challenge.<br />

Just in time for the holidays and<br />

gift-giving, Sydney Art Space and<br />

Sandrine Levallois have joined<br />

creative forces to deliver an inspiring<br />

end-of-year exhibition at the<br />

Onespace Collective (63 Bassett St,<br />

Mona Vale).<br />

On the weekend of 25-26 <strong>November</strong>,<br />

a collection of original paintings<br />

and sculptures will be sold by their<br />

makers (pictured above is Sandrine’s<br />

work ‘Spiky’).<br />

Sandrine, a visual artist who aims<br />

to deliver works that speak of nature<br />

and deeper connection, is also<br />

passionate about helping others become<br />

a better version of themselves<br />

and radiate in their community.<br />

To fulfil this purpose, Sandrine<br />

and her husband Scott co-created<br />

Onespace Collective, a venue<br />

focused on nurturing self-growth<br />

through art and wellness workshops.<br />

“For those who have been a part<br />

of the Onespace Collective and<br />

Sydney Art Space community, it’s a<br />

time of celebration, as we prepare<br />

to showcase the journey that has<br />

unfolded within our art workshops<br />

venue,” said Sandrine.<br />

Sydney Art Space, established<br />

2013, is now a permanent resident<br />

of Onespace. They offer adult<br />

classes covering sculpture and drawing,<br />

teens’ and kids’ art club, plus<br />

school holiday workshops. They also<br />

provide private tuition for HSC BOW<br />

candidates.<br />

“We had a rocky start, opening<br />

just three weeks before COVID hit –<br />

but the Onespace Collective is now<br />

thriving thanks to the overwhelming<br />

support from the local community,”<br />

said Sandrine.<br />

– NW<br />

*More info on exhibitions, classes<br />

and workshops: onespacecollective.com.au<br />

and sydneyartspace.<br />

com<br />

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Emotions run deep<br />

The emotionally expressive<br />

creations of Palm<br />

Beach ceramics artist Claressa<br />

Gonsalves will be on show at<br />

The Studio at Careel Bay in<br />

<strong>November</strong>.<br />

Claressa’s exhibition – Motion<br />

of the Deep – will feature<br />

works which represent the<br />

physical manifestation of<br />

her processing of a range of<br />

powerful emotions through<br />

her life.<br />

Clarissa says that with<br />

a soul-deep connection to<br />

the ocean, she enjoys using<br />

clay, throwing on the wheel,<br />

making handmade pieces,<br />

using moulds as an avenue to<br />

express textures of shells, and<br />

experimenting with glazing.<br />

“I use the vessel as a canvas,<br />

to explore and express<br />

the waves of emotion, creating<br />

a shoreline,” she says.<br />

A Northern Beaches local<br />

who grew up on the Palm<br />

Beach shore, Claressa’s family<br />

founded the Gonsalves boatshed,<br />

the little fisherman’s<br />

shack adjacent to the ferry<br />

wharf which has been passed<br />

down for generations. It’s an<br />

upbringing which has proven<br />

rich in artistic inspiration.<br />

A percentage of sales from<br />

Claressa’s exhibition will be<br />

donated to Variety, the children’s<br />

charity.<br />

The Studio at Careel Bay<br />

Marina is the half office /<br />

half creative space initiative<br />

of Laing+Simmons Property<br />

principals Amy and Matthew<br />

Young (with Claressa, centre).<br />

The not-for-profit community<br />

endeavour has supported<br />

a range of local causes over<br />

the years including Living<br />

Ocean, One Eighty, ORRCA,<br />

Dreams2Live4, Sea Shepherd<br />

Australia, the Seabin Project,<br />

and the Be Centre. – LO<br />

*Claressa’s exhibition at The<br />

Studio runs throughout <strong>November</strong><br />

on Saturdays from<br />

9am-12 noon; more info Matthew<br />

Young (0418 723 232).<br />

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Hot Property<br />

Taste of <strong>Pittwater</strong> easy-living<br />

Retreat to a meticulously renovated beach house, a glamourous tri-level home<br />

or a two-bedroom apartment in a boutique resort… Compiled by Lisa Offord<br />

Boasting an elegant understated coastal<br />

design with majestic views across <strong>Pittwater</strong>,<br />

this five-bedroom, three-bathroom home<br />

at 77 Hilltop Rd, Avalon Beach has been<br />

renovated and master-built from the ground<br />

up, blending original elements from its<br />

1960s beach house history with modern<br />

high-end finishes. The master suite, home<br />

office and guest wing are on the ground<br />

level. Upstairs are three bedrooms with<br />

living, kitchen and dining which open<br />

to an entertaining deck and native rock<br />

garden at the rear. Contact Amy Young<br />

Laing+Simmons Avalon Beach.<br />

Hot Property<br />

Stay a while or lock up, leave and holiday<br />

lease this easy-care, self-contained twobedroom<br />

apartment with internal lift,<br />

secure basement parking, communal<br />

pool, heated spa, plus barbeque area in<br />

a tightly held boutique resort at 7/39<br />

Iluka Road Palm Beach. Featuring openplan<br />

living and balcony overlooking the<br />

gardens, The Lighthouse at Iluka Resort<br />

offers the duality of a holiday retreat<br />

or generation of an all-year income.<br />

Contact Tara Jaijee Ray White Prestige<br />

Palm Beach.<br />

Innovative design and attention to detail<br />

are matched with a generosity of space in<br />

this five-bedroom home, holding a blueribbon<br />

position overlooking Winnererremy<br />

Bay and boat-studded <strong>Pittwater</strong>. Designed<br />

by locally acclaimed Chartered Building<br />

Designer Peter Downes, 125 Waterview St<br />

Mona Vale has been crafted with a noexpenses-spared<br />

approach to family living,<br />

with multiple living spaces, easy internal<br />

lift access and a seamless connection to<br />

a north-facing resort-style garden with<br />

striking pool and spa. Contact Gordon<br />

Spring LJ Hooker Newport.<br />

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A lucky few<br />

get financial<br />

help from<br />

their parents.<br />

Research: few withdrawals<br />

from ‘bank of mum & dad’<br />

Just a small proportion<br />

of Aussie homeowners<br />

tapped into the ‘bank of<br />

mum and dad’ when buying<br />

their first home, according to<br />

new research by Finder.<br />

A survey of 1,096<br />

respondents – 584 of whom<br />

own a home – revealed<br />

just 1 in 10 (equivalent<br />

to 682,000 households)<br />

received financial assistance<br />

from their parents towards a<br />

deposit on their first home.<br />

Those who received<br />

financial assistance were<br />

granted an average of<br />

$56,231 towards their<br />

deposit.<br />

A third (35%) of first home<br />

buyers didn’t receive an<br />

offer of help from the ‘bank<br />

of mum and dad’ – but this<br />

included 12% who still receive<br />

help from their parents in<br />

other ways.<br />

The research found 1 in<br />

10 first home buyers asked<br />

their parents for help but the<br />

request was denied, while<br />

a similar amount had their<br />

parents guarantee their loan.<br />

A further 36% didn’t want<br />

financial assistance from<br />

their parents towards a<br />

deposit.<br />

Richard Whitten, home<br />

loans expert at Finder, said<br />

saving for a deposit is no<br />

small feat.<br />

“Getting on the property<br />

ladder can feel like an<br />

impossible dream, but many<br />

battle to do so without the<br />

help from the ‘bank of mum<br />

and dad’,” he said.<br />

“For many home buyers<br />

there is no ‘bank of mum and<br />

dad’. They’re on their own.<br />

“Over the course of the<br />

pandemic, saving for a house<br />

deposit became easier as<br />

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many were able to stash<br />

away their cash during<br />

lockdown. However, the cost<br />

of living has forced Aussies<br />

to cut savings.<br />

“Rising costs and<br />

skyrocketing interest rates<br />

will see plenty of Australians<br />

priced out of the market<br />

without financial assistance<br />

– a worry felt by thousands<br />

of house hunters across the<br />

country.”<br />

The average first home<br />

buyer deposit in Australia<br />

now tops almost $119,000<br />

– more than the average fulltime<br />

salary of $94,000.<br />

It would take the average<br />

first home buyer more than<br />

12 years to save up that<br />

amount of cash, taking into<br />

account potential interest<br />

earned in an average savings<br />

account with a rate of 2.7%.<br />

Mr Whitten urged<br />

prospective first home<br />

buyers to supercharge their<br />

savings.<br />

“Look for ways to boost<br />

your capital. With some high<br />

interest savings accounts<br />

surpassing 5.5%, getting a<br />

decent earnings rate for your<br />

savings is becoming easier.”<br />

Whitten said every dollar<br />

counted when you’re on the<br />

road to home ownership.<br />

“There are plenty of<br />

schemes and incentives for<br />

first home buyers to take<br />

advantage of.<br />

“If you qualify for a first<br />

home owners grant, this can<br />

form part of your deposit.<br />

“Getting your parents to go<br />

guarantor can be an option<br />

for some buyers if direct<br />

financial support is out of<br />

the question.<br />

– Taylor Blackburn<br />

*More info finder.com<br />

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

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

Promoting inner stillness, reduced stress<br />

It takes a community to<br />

raise a child, and children<br />

learn best when they are<br />

not alone on their journey.<br />

Through collaborative learning<br />

opportunities within class, to<br />

opportunities for students to<br />

engage across year levels in<br />

an integrated buddy program,<br />

John Colet School<br />

students learn<br />

with, and are<br />

supported by,<br />

each other.<br />

Likewise,<br />

the collective<br />

understanding<br />

between home<br />

and school<br />

helps ensure<br />

there are no<br />

gaps for students and that they<br />

are supported at all stages.<br />

“Actively developing a child’s<br />

ability to give attention to tasks<br />

is an important skill that is best<br />

learnt at an early age,” says<br />

Headmaster Julian Wilcock.<br />

“Children’s minds naturally<br />

wander, and<br />

practical<br />

exercises help<br />

them to learn<br />

how to focus.<br />

It is all about<br />

being in the present moment.<br />

“Many of our unique subjects<br />

and clubs facilitate this, such as<br />

Singing, Shakespeare, extended<br />

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

the regular pausing throughout<br />

the day that helps children<br />

learn how to fall still, quiet<br />

the emotions and give their<br />

attention to the task at hand.”<br />

John Colet School is a<br />

multi-faith School where<br />

spiritual and character<br />

development is an important<br />

aspect of our students’<br />

development. Children are<br />

introduced to simple exercises<br />

in self-awareness and inner<br />

stillness. There are regular<br />

moments of quiet between<br />

lessons, and at the age of<br />

10, the children can learn<br />

meditation. The aim is to give<br />

children a quiet sense of self<br />

assurance and confidence.<br />

Philosophy classes are<br />

conducted at all age levels, as<br />

open discussions addressing<br />

questions such as who am I;<br />

how should I live my life; what<br />

does it mean to be a good<br />

friend? Scripture classes draw on<br />

traditions from East and West.<br />

Students are taught within a<br />

caring, supporting environment<br />

of trust and stay with their<br />

class teachers for 2-3 years<br />

for stability and connection. A<br />

daily vegetarian lunch is also<br />

provided.<br />

“While we are well-known<br />

for our academics, our focus<br />

remains on building a child’s<br />

confidence and adaptability,<br />

which we do through a<br />

traditional curriculum and a<br />

focus on liberal arts,” says Mr<br />

Wilcock.<br />

*Limited places for Girls in<br />

Years 3 and 5 in 2024. Call<br />

9451 8395.<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

The heads-up on ear,<br />

nose & throat problems<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

If ever there was a certain<br />

time of year when most locals<br />

experienced issues with their<br />

ears, nose and throats it would<br />

be around now: the height of<br />

the hay fever season.<br />

Yet ear, nose and throat<br />

problems occur year-round,<br />

regardless of the weather, with<br />

a range of symptoms and conditions<br />

that can affect children<br />

and adults at varying degrees.<br />

Mild ear and sinus infections,<br />

hay fever and excessive sneezing<br />

and coughing, sore scratchy<br />

throats and runny or stuffy<br />

noses can often be managed<br />

with home remedies and simple<br />

solutions with advice from a GP<br />

or pharmacist.<br />

However, signs of a chronic,<br />

acute, or severe condition relating<br />

to these parts of the body,<br />

should prompt a referral to an<br />

otolaryngologist, widely known<br />

as an ENT surgeon – a specialist<br />

in the diagnosis and treatment<br />

of disorders and diseases affecting<br />

the ear, nose, throat and<br />

structures of the head and neck.<br />

Mona Vale-based ENT<br />

surgeon Dr Frank Elsworth<br />

said common symptoms that<br />

required investigation by a<br />

specialist included:<br />

• Difficulty swallowing.<br />

• Frequent nose bleeds.<br />

• Chronic nasal congestion.<br />

• Speech delay.<br />

• Loss of smell, hearing or<br />

voice.<br />

• Ringing in the ears.<br />

• Earache, sore throat, or pain<br />

that doesn’t go away.<br />

• Dizziness or balance<br />

problems.<br />

• Nasal breathing problems;<br />

and<br />

• Sleep problems.<br />

Dr Elsworth said when<br />

surgery was required the good<br />

news for locals was many<br />

procedures could be carried<br />

out close to home at <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Day Surgery (PDS) in Mona Vale,<br />

with patients admitted and<br />

discharged on the same day.<br />

Conditions commonly treated<br />

by ENT specialists at PDS<br />

include:<br />

Recurring acute/chronic otitis<br />

media (glue ear)<br />

“Glue ear is a condition where<br />

the middle ear fills with thick<br />

fluid. It most commonly presents<br />

in young children with<br />

speech delay, hearing loss,<br />

behavioural change or recurring<br />

painful ear infections,” said<br />

Dr Elsworth. “Persistent glue<br />

ear causes middle ear damage<br />

and possibly long-term hearing<br />

loss. Tiny tubes called grommets<br />

can be inserted into the<br />

ear drum under general or local<br />

anaesthetic to help prevent the<br />

build-up of fluid or ear infections.”<br />

Grommets can also assist<br />

adults/children who experience<br />

severe ear pain and possible<br />

inner ear damage with hearing<br />

loss due to air travel.<br />

Sleep impairment<br />

“In children, this usually manifests<br />

by excessive snoring and<br />

poor sleep quality and fatigue.<br />

If caused by adenoid enlargement<br />

or tonsil enlargement (or<br />

both) your doctor may recommend<br />

a trial of a medicated<br />

nasal spray or removal of the<br />

adenoids (adenoidectomy) or<br />

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tonsils (tonsillectomy). Adenoidectomy<br />

is carried out at PDS<br />

while paediatric tonsillectomy<br />

is referred to a larger hospital,”<br />

he explained. Adolescent and<br />

adult tonsillectomy is performed<br />

at PDS.<br />

Sleep disorders<br />

“In adults, surgery to widen the<br />

airway and allow air to move<br />

through the throat and/or the<br />

nose more easily may help if<br />

a sleep disorder is severe and<br />

wearing a mouth guard or<br />

splint or using continuous positive<br />

airway pressure (CPAP) at<br />

night haven’t helped,” he said.<br />

Allergic rhinitis/chronic hay<br />

fever<br />

“Hay fever is the common name<br />

for allergic rhinitis. It affects 1<br />

in five people in Australia. Hay<br />

fever can be managed by medications<br />

and immunotherapy<br />

and sometimes surgery may be<br />

recommended,” he explained.<br />

“Surgery cannot cure allergy<br />

but can help reduce nasal congestion,<br />

sinus pressure and<br />

improve breathing, providing<br />

long-term relief.”<br />

Acute, chronic, or recurring<br />

sinusitis<br />

“Sinusitis is when the lining of<br />

the sinuses that surround the<br />

PAINFUL: Recurring symptoms should prompt referral to a specialist.<br />

nose become inflamed/ infected.<br />

Surgery may be recommended<br />

to help reduce sinusitis<br />

symptoms.”<br />

Tongue tie<br />

“Present at birth, tongue tie (ankyloglossia)<br />

can effect breast<br />

feeding, eating and speech”<br />

Dr Elsworth said. “Sometimes<br />

tongue tie may not cause problems.<br />

Some cases may require<br />

a simple surgical procedure,<br />

managed by ENT surgeons or<br />

paediatric dentists.”<br />

Nasal obstruction<br />

“A common cause is nasal<br />

septal deviation, a condition<br />

in which the nasal septum is<br />

significantly crooked, making<br />

breathing difficult,” Dr Elsworth<br />

said. It is also associated with<br />

poor sleep quality. “Surgery<br />

may be needed to straighten<br />

the nasal septum. In some<br />

cases, surgery to reshape the<br />

nose may also be needed for<br />

functional or cosmetic purposes.”<br />

Other causes of a nasal<br />

obstruction include allergies,<br />

enlarged adenoids and nasal<br />

polyps.<br />

Surfer’s ear<br />

A condition where the bone of<br />

the ear canal expands into the<br />

ear canal causing obstruction,<br />

water trapping and recurring<br />

outer ear infection. “The bony<br />

growths are called exostoses.<br />

If surfer’s ear develops to an<br />

extent that it causes repeated<br />

infection or deafness, it is best<br />

managed by surgically removing<br />

the bony growths.” he said.<br />

Ear drum perforation<br />

“The eardrum can be punctured<br />

or torn by infection, sudden<br />

pressure changes, loud noise,<br />

injury from an object forced<br />

into the ear or a blow to the<br />

head. This might result in hearing<br />

loss and infection. It may<br />

require surgical repair if it does<br />

not heal by itself.”<br />

Voice changes<br />

“To investigate the cause of<br />

voice changes, biopsy, or<br />

removal of some lesions in the<br />

voice box may be done under<br />

brief general anaesthesia.”<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

*Six ENT surgeons are<br />

accredited to operate at <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Day Surgery – Dr Frank<br />

Elsworth, Dr Ming Lee, Dr<br />

Nicholas Leith, Dr Jason Roth,<br />

A/Prof Alex Saxby and Dr<br />

Michael Taplin.<br />

All specialists have trained<br />

in paediatric and adult ENT<br />

surgery in Australia and PDS<br />

is accredited to take patients<br />

from 12-months of age.<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

with Dr John Kippen<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Preparation advice for best<br />

outcomes after your surgery<br />

A<br />

question often heard concerns<br />

getting prepared<br />

for plastic surgery and<br />

trying to get the best outcomes.<br />

As a general rule, you need<br />

to be in the best health possible<br />

to optimise outcomes. Anyone<br />

who is fit, healthy and eats and<br />

sleeps well will bounce back<br />

from surgery more quickly. If<br />

you do not regularly exercise<br />

it is often counter-productive<br />

to race out the week before<br />

surgery and run, stretch and<br />

cycle. You will end up with sore<br />

muscles, dehydrated and tired.<br />

Regular exercise, a good<br />

healthy diet, good hydration<br />

and an overall healthy lifestyle<br />

will encourage the best<br />

outcomes. Active people tend<br />

to get moving more quickly<br />

after surgery which reduces<br />

some risks such as deep vein<br />

thrombosis and basal lung<br />

pneumonias.<br />

Certain procedures require<br />

you to be at your ideal weight.<br />

Breast reduction, tummy-tucks<br />

and liposuction are procedures<br />

where parts of the body are reduced<br />

or tightened. Subsequent<br />

weight loss will result in tissues<br />

being empty and flaccid which<br />

goes against what the surgery<br />

is trying to achieve. With a tummy-tuck<br />

the abdominal skin is<br />

tightened and stretched down,<br />

this amount cannot be too<br />

tight as then blood supply and<br />

thus healing will be effected. If<br />

after the procedure you were to<br />

then lose weight, this tightness<br />

would be less.<br />

People requesting liposuction<br />

who are overweight will often<br />

be left with skin excess if they<br />

then lose weight. An empty roll<br />

of tummy skin may be more<br />

difficult to manage – do you<br />

tuck it in your belt line or let it<br />

hang over? If you were at your<br />

ideal weight a small skin excision<br />

procedure would give you<br />

a better outcome.<br />

The degree of weight loss<br />

does depend on body type<br />

and height. In a person who is<br />

broad-shouldered and tall, a<br />

few kilograms has less overall<br />

effect then a small framed,<br />

shorter person.<br />

It is important to list not<br />

only prescription medications,<br />

but also all supplements and<br />

herbal remedies. These products<br />

may affect blood clotting<br />

and result in more bruising or<br />

increase the risk of bleeding.<br />

Bruising in the tissue is often<br />

inflammatory and can cause<br />

more pain. It may even affect<br />

the healing process. Medication<br />

that affects platelet function<br />

may need to be stopped seven<br />

to 10 days before surgery. Stopping<br />

anticoagulation medications<br />

needs to be balanced<br />

against the value that they<br />

provide; it is much better to<br />

have a healthy heart and some<br />

bruising than cause heart problems<br />

with no bruising. Be very<br />

honest in what supplements<br />

you may take and how much<br />

alcohol you drink.<br />

Smoking has a huge impact<br />

on surgery. Most surgeons re-<br />

quire you to stop smoking some<br />

time before surgery. Recent cessation<br />

often leaves an irritable<br />

airway which result in coughing<br />

after the procedure. This may<br />

put tension on the wounds and<br />

healing can be reduced. Blood<br />

flow in small vessels is reduced<br />

by smoking and this significantly<br />

reduces healing. Nicotine<br />

containing products or patches<br />

have a similar result and should<br />

be listed<br />

Having said all that, it must<br />

be remembered that often<br />

having surgery allows easier<br />

exercise and is very motivating.<br />

This is especially true for<br />

breast reduction and breast<br />

lifts. Larger pendulous breast<br />

can make exercise difficult and<br />

once they are reduced or lifted<br />

this becomes a lot easier. Many<br />

people find having had surgery<br />

to be very strong motivation to<br />

change their lifestyle or commit<br />

to the changes they may have<br />

made before surgery.<br />

Our columnist<br />

Dr John Kippen is a qualified,<br />

fully certified consultant<br />

specialist in Cosmetic, Plastic<br />

and Reconstructive surgery.<br />

Australian trained, he<br />

also has additional<br />

Australian and International<br />

Fellowships. He welcomes<br />

enquiries; email<br />

doctor@johnkippen.com.au<br />

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NB Hospital celebrates 5 Years<br />

BUSY: More than 116,000 elective surgeries<br />

have been performed at Northern Beaches<br />

Hospital in five years.<br />

As Northern Beaches Hospital marks<br />

five years of operation, CEO Andrew<br />

Newton says the hospital continues<br />

to achieve great results and is consistently<br />

performing as one of the best emergency<br />

departments in its peer group.<br />

“We continue to be one of the busiest<br />

EDs in the region and we have saved many<br />

lives,” said Mr Newton.<br />

“Each day we care for an average of<br />

200 patients with many resuscitation and<br />

life-threatening emergency cases brought<br />

directly to NBH instead of being diverted to<br />

other hospitals.<br />

“People are feeling confident that their<br />

local hospital is the place to come when<br />

you need high quality health care close to<br />

home.”<br />

More than 430,000 people were treated<br />

in the ED since October 30, 2018, with<br />

more than a quarter admitted to hospital.<br />

Almost 83,000 people arrived by ambulance<br />

with the majority transferred to<br />

hospital care within 30 minutes.<br />

More than 116,000 elective surgeries<br />

were performed, with almost 100 per cent<br />

of elective surgery conducted within the<br />

clinical timeframe, he said.<br />

Also, almost 9,000 babies were born<br />

since opening.<br />

“Hundreds of highly respected specialists<br />

have joined the team and introduced a<br />

range of new procedures that have never<br />

been available locally,” he said.<br />

“With the addition of world-renowned<br />

specialists like Prof Michael Wilson, Beaches<br />

residents now have access to advanced<br />

robotic heart surgery avoiding the need for<br />

open heart procedures.”<br />

Prof Wilson has started using the recently<br />

purchased NBH DaVinci robot to conduct<br />

minimally invasive heart and lung cancer<br />

surgery.<br />

“Other services like robotic orthopaedic<br />

and urology and spinal surgery are now<br />

available to local residents right here on<br />

the Beaches,” Mr Newton said.<br />

“Our directory of services is updated<br />

regularly as we add new doctors and<br />

procedures to keep residents up to date on<br />

everything we can offer.<br />

“Our services will continue to grow and<br />

evolve to meet local demands which means<br />

people won’t need to travel out of the local<br />

area to get the services they need.”<br />

He added NB Hospital was also bringing<br />

cutting edge clinical research to the<br />

Beaches with more than 100 trials and<br />

research projects now underway.<br />

“Our Clinical Trials Unit means residents<br />

of the Northern Beaches no longer have to<br />

travel to access some international clinical<br />

research trials.<br />

“For many, the travel requirements are<br />

too much and they aren’t able to participate<br />

in these studies.”<br />

The hospital was also gaining a reputation<br />

for being a great training ground for<br />

junior medical staff, he said.<br />

“Each year we have thousands of people<br />

apply for our junior medical and nursing<br />

roles and we have close partnerships with<br />

TAFEs and universities to train staff and<br />

then place them here at NBH to begin their<br />

careers.<br />

“Most importantly, we are continuing to<br />

work with your community. Our volunteer<br />

workforce is growing and diversifying and<br />

we’ve forged partnerships with local high<br />

schools and community groups.”<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Dental anxiety?<br />

Have no fear...<br />

CALM: Most fears about<br />

the dentist are passed down<br />

from parents to children.<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

It’s fair to say most people<br />

don’t relish the thought of<br />

going to the dentist.<br />

But what if you knew one of<br />

the best ways to feel more at<br />

ease in the dental chair was to<br />

schedule regular visits, when<br />

you’ll likely also discover some<br />

of the simple steps some<br />

dentists now take to make<br />

sure patients get the best care<br />

they need?<br />

From the fear of the unknown<br />

or what the dentist<br />

might find, the perceived pain<br />

of a procedure and the fact<br />

that people feel like they have<br />

little control in the dentist’s<br />

chair, it’s very common for<br />

people to feel nervous or<br />

apprehensive about a dental<br />

appointment.<br />

Recent studies suggest high<br />

dental fear affects approximately<br />

one in six Australian<br />

adults.<br />

Despite striking advances<br />

in technology over the past<br />

20 years and pain-free<br />

techniques, dental fear can<br />

lead to people cancelling appointments<br />

or avoiding them<br />

together.<br />

Problems get worse,<br />

requiring more complex and<br />

intensive treatment – which<br />

reinforces the fear and leads<br />

to continued avoidance and<br />

poorer health.<br />

In Australia, estimates suggest<br />

that around 40 per cent<br />

of people with high dental<br />

fear are trapped in this “vicious<br />

cycle”.<br />

The good news is most<br />

dentists are now trained in<br />

dealing with anxious or nervous<br />

patients.<br />

Lead dentist at Maven Dental<br />

in Avalon Beach Dr Celso<br />

Cardona said communication<br />

was the key to helping people<br />

find a dentist they were comfortable<br />

with to manage any<br />

nerves or fears.<br />

“We make a point of meeting<br />

and talking to our patients<br />

in a consultation room with no<br />

instruments or dental chairs<br />

in sight to help people relax<br />

and encourage them to open<br />

up about any concerns,” Dr<br />

Cardona said.<br />

“Some people might<br />

be nervous about sound,<br />

some are nervous about the<br />

sensation, some might be<br />

concerned because they gag,<br />

some may fear the unknown<br />

and want to know exactly<br />

what will occur during their<br />

visit… others might be worried<br />

about money.<br />

“We take time to help allay<br />

any fears and work out the<br />

best strategy for each patient<br />

often starting with a simple<br />

procedure and working up<br />

from there if necessary.<br />

“If sound of the dental<br />

practice causes anxiety, we<br />

can provide a patient with<br />

noise-cancelling headphones,<br />

we can switch on an overhead<br />

TV for distraction, if they feel<br />

that would help, and if anxiety<br />

is severe, we can discuss sedation<br />

dentistry,” he said.<br />

Dr Cardona added the best<br />

way for people to overcome<br />

fears was to prevent the need<br />

for dental treatment in the<br />

first place.<br />

“Regular visits will reduce<br />

fears in the long term as patients<br />

develop trust with their<br />

dentist and in turn prevent<br />

the need for more complex<br />

treatment.”<br />

Finally, if you are a parent,<br />

be positive.<br />

“Most fears about the dentist<br />

are passed down from parents<br />

to children,” Dr Cardona said.<br />

“If parents stay relaxed and<br />

calm about their child’s visit,<br />

the child will generally remain<br />

calm too.” – Lisa Offord<br />

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Hair & Beauty<br />

Papillon Hair<br />

spreads wings<br />

Hair & Beauty<br />

TEAM EFFORT: Deborah and Ben in the new Papillon space.<br />

In-demand hair stylist Deborah<br />

Raymond has unveiled a<br />

dream new salon space for<br />

clients and her team of handpicked<br />

hairdressers in Avalon.<br />

A destination for people who<br />

appreciate the professional skills<br />

required to create beautiful natural<br />

hair that’s easy to maintain,<br />

Papillon Hair first opened in Paddington<br />

in 2012, relocating to<br />

Avalon Beach after Deborah and<br />

her husband made the move<br />

here almost a decade ago.<br />

“We were enchanted by the<br />

charm of Avalon, its welcoming<br />

community, and the coastal<br />

beauty,” Deborah explained.<br />

“My dream to open in Avalon<br />

materialised in 2017 with the<br />

launch of Papillon Hair and now<br />

I’ve embraced an exciting opportunity<br />

to relocate right next<br />

door, crafting my dream salon<br />

precisely as I envisioned it.”<br />

The new salon in Garden<br />

Court Arcade, Avalon Parade, is<br />

luxurious and welcoming; the<br />

extensive use of natural wood,<br />

beautiful colours, and the soft,<br />

filtered natural light that fills<br />

the space, creates a soothing<br />

atmosphere.<br />

The project, which entailed<br />

fusing two neighbouring office<br />

spaces, removing walls, uncovering<br />

boarded-up windows,<br />

grinding and polishing concrete<br />

floors, design and fit-out, was a<br />

year in the making.<br />

The space is meticulously<br />

designed, with solid American<br />

oak and marble finishes, handcrafted<br />

pieces, fluted glass<br />

and linen curtains juxtaposed<br />

with the rough character of<br />

the original concrete slab and<br />

large windows opening out to<br />

the colourful back alley.<br />

Deborah collaborated with<br />

talented local interior designer<br />

Alex Johnson from Knot Studio<br />

to select the colour palette<br />

featuring captivating green tiles<br />

and a stunning green marble<br />

desk.<br />

Her husband, Ben Raymond<br />

from Vanwood, took the helm<br />

in overseeing and hand-crafting<br />

the entire fit-out, from the<br />

intricacies of joinery to the creation<br />

of custom-made benches,<br />

floors, and windows.<br />

Working alongside him,<br />

Ben Haig Smith from Haig and<br />

Smith played a pivotal role in<br />

decision-making and produced<br />

some of the custom-built pieces<br />

in the salon.<br />

“We were fortunate to have<br />

the invaluable support of local<br />

tradespeople, and the collective<br />

effort has resulted in the<br />

creation of something extraordinary,”<br />

Deborah added.<br />

Deborah says she is proud<br />

to have been able to deliver<br />

something for the community<br />

to enjoy.<br />

“Seeing the joy on our clients’<br />

faces and that of my staff made<br />

it all worthwhile” she said. “I<br />

deeply care about my staff<br />

and want to ensure they love<br />

coming to work, so a perfect,<br />

functional salon was a top<br />

priority.”<br />

Papillon is certified as an<br />

official ‘Sustainable Salon’, upholding<br />

the highest standards<br />

in terms of waste management,<br />

team training and overall social<br />

responsibility. All products used<br />

in the salon are chemical-free<br />

and chosen for minimal harm<br />

and maximum performance.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />

*To celebrate the launch, Papillon<br />

Hair Avalon is extending<br />

a warm welcome to new<br />

clients with an exclusive offer<br />

(see ad this page).<br />

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with Sue Carroll<br />

So much available... but which<br />

treatment should you choose?<br />

Texture, tone and<br />

colour all play a huge<br />

role in defining the<br />

appearance of healthy skin.<br />

Many treatments are available<br />

to improve the texture and<br />

complexion of your skin by<br />

reducing hyperpigmentation<br />

and fine lines, clearing acne,<br />

improving pore size, reducing<br />

scarring and simply brightening<br />

the skin. But where to start,<br />

what to have and what to<br />

combine it all with for the best<br />

possible result.<br />

RF Skin Needling is a<br />

revolutionary skin tightening<br />

and firming treatment, which<br />

utilises a combination of<br />

percutaneous needling and<br />

radio frequency to induce the<br />

tightening of elastin fibres and<br />

induce collagen production.<br />

A set of tiny needles creates<br />

controlled micro-injuries on<br />

the skin’s surface. These<br />

tiny needles also deliver<br />

radiofrequency energy to<br />

the deeper layers of the skin,<br />

promoting collagen production<br />

to firm the skin.<br />

By incorporating both the<br />

radio frequency and the use<br />

of the microneedles, the result<br />

is a firming from the RF and a<br />

refinement of the skin texture.<br />

This treatment is also beneficial<br />

when treating stretch marks<br />

and scarring. If the skin is in a<br />

less than optimal condition, it<br />

is a great choice to start with<br />

2-3 skin needling treatments<br />

spaced about seven days apart<br />

and then embark on the RF<br />

needling treatment, which<br />

can be performed monthly for<br />

2-3 treatments with minimal<br />

downtime.<br />

Surface rejuvenation and<br />

toning with the Q switch laser<br />

is a gentle and non-invasive<br />

treatment that stimulates the<br />

skin’s deeper layers. A very<br />

short delivery system gently<br />

heats the skin, can shatter<br />

pigment, stimulate collagen<br />

production and assist with<br />

skin refinement, all without<br />

downtime. The Q switch laser<br />

toning system is suitable for all<br />

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skin types, particularly those<br />

who suffer from acne, blocked<br />

or enlarged pores, dull skin,<br />

pigmentation and simply those<br />

who wish to step up from their<br />

facial peels and treatments.<br />

The Q switch laser treatment<br />

may be added to a fractional<br />

laser treatment to boost<br />

results. It may also be used in<br />

the China Doll or Hollywood<br />

skin treatment for that special<br />

occasion.<br />

Over time and with added<br />

stress in our lives, the<br />

underlying changes to the skin<br />

result in fine wrinkles, lines<br />

and sagging skin. HIFU is a<br />

treatment that lifts and tightens<br />

the skin and simultaneously<br />

reduces fine lines. HIFU<br />

delivers ultrasound energy<br />

non-invasively to heat the skin<br />

tissue at numerous depths,<br />

from 1.5mm and up to 4.5mm<br />

for the face and up to 13mm<br />

for the body. This will trigger<br />

a natural regenerative reaction<br />

that promotes the development<br />

of new collagen and contracts<br />

the fibres for the firming effect.<br />

After the HIFU treatment, you<br />

can return to work the next<br />

day with no visible downtime.<br />

In some instances, a feeling of<br />

slight bruising may last for 2-4<br />

weeks due to the depths the<br />

ultrasound has penetrated. It<br />

must be remembered nothing<br />

will replace a facelift. Still,<br />

often, when postponing this<br />

procedure, this might just<br />

be the next best thing when<br />

combined with IPL for colour<br />

correction, RF Needling for<br />

skin refinement and a little<br />

injectable here and there.<br />

Fractional laser delivers<br />

multiple microscopic columns<br />

of light energy into your skin<br />

to emulate micro-wounds,<br />

which will, in turn, stimulate<br />

your skin’s natural healing<br />

and rejuvenation. Fractional<br />

laser is an effective treatment<br />

for pigmentation, fine lines<br />

created by the sun, scarring<br />

and general skin refinement.<br />

This treatment has minimal<br />

downtime and can be repeated<br />

every 4-6 days until the desired<br />

results are achieved.<br />

An old favourite and an<br />

excellent treatment to start with<br />

before all treatments is Intense<br />

Pulsed Light. IPL uses multiple<br />

wavelengths and will treat both<br />

capillaries and pigmentation in<br />

the same treatment. Darkening<br />

of pigment is seen immediately<br />

post-treatment and can last<br />

7-10 days and will then be<br />

sloughed off.<br />

Restoring your confidence<br />

and natural beauty when<br />

guided by a professional<br />

aesthetician is easy. Book a<br />

consultation and be guided by<br />

their expertise.<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 />

Doctors finding new payroll<br />

tax medicine hard to swallow<br />

This month we touch on<br />

an issue that’s likely to<br />

be giving your doctor<br />

a case of heartburn… It<br />

never fails to amaze me that<br />

in <strong>2023</strong> we are yet to arrive<br />

at a harmonised position,<br />

across all sectors of business<br />

and government, as to what<br />

defines a person’s status as an<br />

employee versus a contractor.<br />

This question of status<br />

has been asked for a long<br />

time now and has grown in<br />

importance along with the<br />

dominance of professional<br />

and service industries in<br />

our economy. At its core the<br />

issue is not that complicated:<br />

the person engaging the<br />

contractor wants to transfer<br />

the risk of undertaking a<br />

task to them, pay them for<br />

the service and then move<br />

on. The contractor wants<br />

to receive a fee for service,<br />

deduct whatever expenses<br />

are appropriate in providing<br />

the service and deal with<br />

their profits as they see fit.<br />

Neither party seeks to be<br />

entangled by each other’s<br />

workers compensation<br />

insurance, public liability,<br />

superannuation, payroll tax or<br />

industrial issues; each party<br />

should provide for their own –<br />

otherwise you’d just hire them<br />

in the first place.<br />

An employee on the other<br />

hand is hired by the employer;<br />

they are provided with the<br />

tools and equipment to<br />

perform their tasks, they are<br />

paid (mainly) on a time-based<br />

system and undertake their<br />

work at the direction of the<br />

employer. The employer takes<br />

the risks for their output, pays<br />

them a regular wage based<br />

on the applicable industrial<br />

framework and incurs the<br />

liability for superannuation<br />

guarantee payments, workers<br />

compensation insurance,<br />

payroll tax and PAYG<br />

withholding.<br />

It would be so easy if<br />

everyone could just stick<br />

to their definitions, but<br />

sometimes employers and<br />

contractors blur the lines<br />

between the two when it suits<br />

them, sometimes by mistake<br />

–and then there are the<br />

governments that occasionally<br />

move the goal posts.<br />

Why this issue is giving<br />

your doctor and other health<br />

professionals heartburn is<br />

that Revenue NSW released<br />

a ruling on payroll tax in<br />

August this year targeting<br />

medical centres that applies<br />

to a range of practitioners<br />

(doctors, dentists, specialists)<br />

as well as allied health<br />

(physios, optometry etc.).<br />

The preamble to the ruling<br />

also neatly describes the nub<br />

of the problem: “A contract<br />

between a principal and a<br />

contractor may be a ‘relevant<br />

contract’ under the contractor<br />

provisions in Division 7 of<br />

Part 3 of the Payroll Tax Act<br />

2007 (‘the Act’). If the contract<br />

is a relevant contract, the<br />

principal who engages the<br />

contractor is deemed to be an<br />

employer (section 33 of the<br />

Act), the contractor is deemed<br />

to be an employee (section<br />

34 of the Act) and payments<br />

made under the contract for<br />

the performance of work are<br />

deemed to be wages (section<br />

35 of the Act).”<br />

You need to briefly suspend<br />

your views on payroll tax<br />

(as an ill-conceived piece<br />

of tax legislation that acts<br />

as a brake on employment)<br />

to consider that, yes, you<br />

would need a range of antiavoidance<br />

provisions to make<br />

sure that people didn’t rort<br />

the system. But when you as<br />

a single taxing agency start<br />

‘deeming’ things you run the<br />

risk that you may be going<br />

beyond the original intent of<br />

the legislation, the common<br />

law, or, the rules as they stand<br />

at the federal level and in the<br />

other States.<br />

In this case the ruling<br />

wants to prescribe that a<br />

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professional’s relationship<br />

with a medical centre is not<br />

subject to payroll tax if all of<br />

the following items apply:<br />

1. The practitioner provides<br />

services to the public<br />

generally – section 32(2)(b)<br />

(iv) of the Act.<br />

2. The practitioner performs<br />

work for no more than 90<br />

days in a financial year –<br />

section 32(2)(b)(iii) of the<br />

Act.<br />

3. Services are performed<br />

by two or more persons –<br />

section 32(2)(c)(i) of the Act.<br />

According to the ruling,<br />

if any of these 3 items are<br />

absent in the relationship, the<br />

centre is deemed to be your<br />

employer and you are deemed<br />

to be its employee. While the<br />

first test might be reasonable,<br />

the second and third are<br />

pretty arbitrary hurdles that<br />

seem less about defining a<br />

business and more about<br />

bringing greater numbers into<br />

the tax net.<br />

The affected practitioners<br />

aren’t looking to avoid payroll<br />

tax – they want to be treated<br />

as standalone businesses<br />

and therefore have access<br />

to their own thresholds. The<br />

larger medical centres already<br />

pay payroll tax when their<br />

staff wages are above the<br />

threshold – for example for<br />

reception, nursing, junior and<br />

employed doctors. They are<br />

objecting to the practitioner’s<br />

own business turnover being<br />

classified as wages and<br />

being subjected to payroll<br />

tax because they choose to<br />

affiliate with a medical centre.<br />

They also don’t like the threat<br />

of a five-year look back that<br />

may bankrupt some practices.<br />

The majority of<br />

professionals I deal with in<br />

this space trade through<br />

a practice entity such as<br />

company or trust; they align<br />

themselves to a particular<br />

centre because it’s the best<br />

cultural or geographical fit<br />

for them. They work the times<br />

and days to suit their family<br />

circumstances and they don’t<br />

derive any employment-related<br />

benefits from the centre – they<br />

see patients, they get paid,<br />

they don’t see patients, they<br />

don’t. They typically pay the<br />

centre around 30% of what<br />

they charge to cover reception<br />

and common administrative<br />

expenses. Technology has<br />

allowed more and more<br />

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practitioners these days to<br />

bill their patients directly and<br />

remit the service fee to the<br />

centre rather than having the<br />

centre provide central billing;<br />

this further strengthens their<br />

contractor argument. As<br />

medical professionals they<br />

assume personal liability for<br />

their mistakes and they carry<br />

medical indemnity insurance<br />

to protect themselves and the<br />

public. It’s not complicated,<br />

they’re in business.<br />

The Federal rules already<br />

define what it takes to pass<br />

the ‘results’ test and to be<br />

definitively considered as a<br />

business; so why would a State<br />

Government need to deem<br />

anything more proscriptive<br />

than this, particularly when<br />

they have anti-avoidance<br />

provisions with regard to<br />

grouping and common<br />

ownership of businesses.<br />

Not long after the ruling<br />

was published the College<br />

of GPs and other medical<br />

associations swung into<br />

action at a scale and pace<br />

that must have alarmed the<br />

State Government who moved<br />

to an immediate 12-month<br />

moratorium on implementing<br />

the ruling. There were signs<br />

and petitions in waiting<br />

rooms, there were threats of<br />

increasing the costs of a visit<br />

to the GP by $20 to cover the<br />

impact – not a good thing<br />

when cost of living is front of<br />

people’s minds.<br />

We can probably expect a<br />

revised ruling to come out<br />

for consultation in the new<br />

year. Keep an eye out when<br />

you go for your flu shot<br />

next year; if the corflute<br />

signs and petitions are back<br />

in the waiting rooms, the<br />

negotiations are probably not<br />

going so well.<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 />

Final steps to securing the<br />

purchase of your new home<br />

Last month we discussed<br />

the process of<br />

conveyancing up to the<br />

exchange of contracts by both<br />

private treaty and auction.<br />

The process then is one of<br />

investigations of title of the<br />

property you are purchasing<br />

including:<br />

*The ordering of searches<br />

from Government authorities.<br />

The Conveyancing (Vendor<br />

Disclosure and Warranty)<br />

Regulations give you the right<br />

to end the Contract and claim<br />

return of the deposit in the<br />

event that the property is<br />

affected adversely by certain<br />

matters which were not<br />

disclosed to you in the Contract.<br />

If we find that the property is<br />

affected then the only remedy<br />

is to rescind the Contract. These<br />

investigations only relate to the<br />

property being purchased and<br />

do not extend to adjoining or<br />

neighbouring properties.<br />

*Where you are borrowing to<br />

purchase the property, seeing<br />

that your lender has what it<br />

needs to complete the loan.<br />

*Arranging the stamping<br />

of the Contract which has to<br />

be paid within 3 months of<br />

exchange.<br />

(However if you are to<br />

settle with 42 days, which<br />

is customary, and you have<br />

an incoming mortgagee<br />

they will require that stamp<br />

duty is payable on or before<br />

settlement.<br />

Your solicitor will arrange for<br />

settlement/completion of the<br />

Contract with the Vendor and<br />

your lending Bank.)<br />

This is an initial summary<br />

of a residential Conveyancing<br />

procedure which will be<br />

conducted by your solicitor<br />

or Conveyancer when you<br />

purchase a property.<br />

What happens when you<br />

decide to sell your property<br />

and how different is it from<br />

purchase?<br />

The Vendor or seller<br />

commences the process by<br />

instructing the solicitor to<br />

prepare a Contract for sale.<br />

The Vendor via the Contract<br />

provides information and<br />

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includes warranties and<br />

representations about the<br />

property which is being sold.<br />

Essential elements of the<br />

Contract include for example<br />

a, zoning certificate, issued by<br />

the local council and provides<br />

details of planning controls and<br />

matters which may affect the<br />

property. A Sewerage service<br />

diagram which shows the<br />

location of the sewer lines and<br />

a copy of the certificate of title<br />

showing your ownership of the<br />

property are crucial together<br />

with copies of documents which<br />

create easements, rights of way,<br />

covenants or restrictions.<br />

The warranties you make<br />

about the property include<br />

that you have not received<br />

notice that the land on which<br />

the property stands is not<br />

proposed to be acquired by any<br />

government or government<br />

instrumentality which would<br />

affect your enjoyment of the<br />

property.<br />

That the sewer service lines<br />

are fully disclosed on the<br />

sewerage service diagram and<br />

that the planning certificate<br />

provides an accurate of the<br />

zoning of the land as at the date<br />

of the contract.<br />

If you have carried out<br />

improvements or building<br />

works you should include<br />

copies of a building certificate,<br />

an occupation certificate,<br />

a copy of home owners<br />

warranty insurance and if you<br />

have a pool, a certificate of<br />

compliance.<br />

You may also provide to the<br />

successful purchaser copies of<br />

the plans as approved by the<br />

council in the case of major<br />

works.<br />

Your solicitor usually<br />

provides special conditions<br />

to the contract. i.e. terms and<br />

conditions additional to the Law<br />

Societies standard conditions<br />

found in the first pages of the<br />

contract.<br />

Special conditions are drawn<br />

to protect the vendor’s best<br />

interests. It may be that the<br />

vendor is purchasing another<br />

property at the same time<br />

as selling and desires to<br />

have both settlements occur<br />

simultaneously. A special<br />

condition which seeks the<br />

release of the deposit for the<br />

purpose of a deposit on the<br />

new property may therefore be<br />

included.<br />

It is customary for solicitors<br />

for vendors and purchasers to<br />

negotiate many of the terms<br />

and conditions of the contract.<br />

For example, a purchaser may<br />

want to have a shorter or more<br />

likely longer settlement period<br />

than the usual 42 days.<br />

Often there are negotiations<br />

over what is included in the<br />

sale for example fittings and<br />

fixtures or what constitutes<br />

fittings and fixtures and in<br />

cases where vendors are<br />

downsizing furniture and<br />

furnishings may be included or<br />

offered in the sale.<br />

All these matters must be<br />

negotiated and settled before<br />

exchange.<br />

Another element vitally<br />

important in the sale is the real<br />

estate agent.<br />

It is not lawful to show or<br />

advertise a property without<br />

a contract available for a<br />

prospective purchaser to view<br />

or obtain a copy. It is always<br />

desirable that the vendor<br />

has a solicitor responsive<br />

to prospective purchaser’s<br />

solicitor’s enquiries as they<br />

examine the contract.<br />

When the contracts have been<br />

exchanged and the property<br />

has been taken off the market<br />

the deposit cheque is frequently<br />

handed to the real estate agent<br />

to invest in an interest-bearing<br />

account until settlement. If<br />

you don’t have an agent your<br />

solicitor may do it for you.<br />

At settlement the interest<br />

earned on the deposit will<br />

usually be split equally between<br />

the vendor and purchaser.<br />

These two articles have<br />

endeavoured to provide<br />

information on some of the<br />

steps and matters which occur<br />

in the process of buying and<br />

selling residential property.<br />

They are not an exhaustive<br />

summary of the steps to be<br />

taken but they may provide<br />

some of the issues you should<br />

consider when buying and<br />

selling. It can be an extremely<br />

complex area of law and should<br />

not be embarked upon without<br />

professional legal advice.<br />

Comment supplied by<br />

Jennifer Harris, of Jennifer<br />

Harris & Associates,<br />

Solicitors, 4/57 Avalon<br />

Parade, Avalon Beach.<br />

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

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

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

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

with Janelle Bloom<br />

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

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

Make and bake: homemade<br />

Xmas gifts from the heart<br />

Yes, it’s <strong>November</strong>! Where did the year go!<br />

While there have been plenty of curve<br />

balls thrown at us this year, it’s time<br />

to push them aside and start planning for<br />

Christmas.<br />

Step 1: write up a list of all teachers,<br />

doctors, tradies, work colleagues, family and<br />

Mexican spiced<br />

Macadamia nuts<br />

(Makes 2 cups)<br />

2 cups (300g) raw Australian<br />

Macadamia kernels<br />

30g butter<br />

1 tbs maple syrup<br />

2 tbs (20g) Taco spice mix<br />

(Fiery) or Mexican seasoning<br />

(see Janelle’s Tip)<br />

1. Preheat the oven 150°C fan<br />

forced. Line a baking tray<br />

with baking paper.<br />

2. Melt the butter in a medium<br />

frying pan over medium<br />

heat. Add the maple and<br />

spice mix or seasoning. Cook<br />

shaking pan for 15 seconds.<br />

Add the macadamia nuts, stir<br />

to coat.<br />

3. Spread the macadamia<br />

nuts onto the tray. Roast<br />

for 20-25 minutes, stirring<br />

every 5 minutes until the<br />

macadamias are golden and<br />

roasted. Set aside to cool.<br />

As a Christmas Gift: Pack them<br />

into cellophane bags, then into<br />

Christmas gift boxes or spoon<br />

into clean, sterilised jars.<br />

Storage: Nuts will keep 1 month<br />

in airtight bags or jars, at room<br />

temperature.<br />

Tip: Use hot taco seasoning if<br />

you like them spicy; alternately<br />

you can use medium or regular<br />

taco seasoning.<br />

Aunt Dot’s<br />

Rum Balls<br />

(Makes about 24)<br />

This recipe is a ‘family<br />

heirloom’, and I think the<br />

best rum balls ever!<br />

250g pkt Marie biscuits<br />

1 cup icing sugar<br />

2 tbs cocoa powder<br />

2 tbs (40ml) golden syrup<br />

4 tbs (80ml) dark rum (see<br />

Janelle’s Tip)<br />

2 tbs (40ml) sherry<br />

a good pinch sea salt flakes,<br />

crushed<br />

1 cup grated dark or milk<br />

chocolate<br />

1½ cups desiccated coconut,<br />

chocolate sprinkles or extra<br />

grated chocolate, for coating<br />

1. Place the biscuits into a food<br />

processor, process to fine<br />

crumbs. Transfer to a mixing<br />

bowl. Add the icing sugar,<br />

friends who are on the home-made gifts list<br />

for this year! Step 2: decide what to make –<br />

and that’s where I can help you out. I have put<br />

together my favourite things to make as gifts<br />

that won’t break the bank, but will certainly<br />

be received with gratitude. Get the family<br />

together and start planning!<br />

cocoa powder, golden syrup,<br />

rum, sherry, salt and grated<br />

chocolate. Mix well, adding<br />

more rum if necessary to<br />

make a suitable consistency<br />

for rolling. The mixture<br />

should come together in a<br />

firm ball when to squeeze a<br />

spoonful in your hand.<br />

2. Spread the coconut, sprinkles<br />

or extra grated chocolate<br />

onto a plate.<br />

3. Using damp hands (this helps<br />

roll the balls into smooth<br />

rounds), roll a small spoonful<br />

of mixture into even size<br />

ball, then roll in the coconut,<br />

sprinkles or chocolate<br />

(important to roll while the<br />

surface of the rum ball is a<br />

little wet from your damp<br />

hands).<br />

4. Place into small paper cases<br />

and refrigerate at least 3<br />

days. Rum balls get better the<br />

longer they have to chill.<br />

As a Christmas Gift: Place into<br />

gift boxes or airtight jars and<br />

give as a gift.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: If you prefer not to<br />

add alcohol, you can replace the<br />

rum and sherry with ½ cup cold<br />

espresso.<br />

Gingerbread granola<br />

(Makes 8 cups)<br />

4 cups traditional rolled oats<br />

3 cups mixed nuts (like walnuts,<br />

whole almonds and pecans)<br />

½ cup brown sugar<br />

½ cup extra light olive oil or<br />

grapeseed oil<br />

¼ cup maple syrup<br />

¼ cup golden syrup<br />

1 tbs ground ginger<br />

2 tsp each ground cinnamon<br />

and nutmeg<br />

1 cup dried fruit, like raisins,<br />

sultanas, craisins, chopped<br />

dried apricots<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 150°C<br />

fan forced. Grease a large<br />

roasting pan with olive oil.<br />

2. Combine the oats, nut and<br />

sugar in a large bowl, mix<br />

well.<br />

3. Combine the oil, maple syrup<br />

and golden syrup in a small<br />

saucepan. Stir over medium<br />

heat until hot. Remove from<br />

the heat, stir in the spices.<br />

Pour the warm spice mixture<br />

into the oats. Mix well. Spoon<br />

the mixture into the roasting<br />

pan, spreading out evenly.<br />

4. Bake for 15 minutes, stir<br />

and bake a further 15-20<br />

minutes without stirring (this<br />

allows the granola to clump<br />

together) or until golden.<br />

Removed from the oven.<br />

Scatter over the dried fruit,<br />

set aside to cool.<br />

As a Christmas Gift: Spoon<br />

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into airtight jars. Add<br />

swing tags and Christmas<br />

decorations.<br />

Reindeer cookies<br />

(Makes about 18)<br />

125g butter, chopped at room<br />

temperature<br />

¼ cup caster sugar<br />

¼ cup brown sugar<br />

1 egg<br />

1½ cups plain flour<br />

1 tsp ground cinnamon<br />

100g milk chocolate, melted<br />

red Smarties, Jaffas or M&Ms,<br />

to decorate<br />

1. Using an electric mixer,<br />

beat the butter and sugars<br />

together until creamy. Add<br />

the egg and beat until just<br />

combined. Sift the flour and<br />

cinnamon together over the<br />

butter mixture, beat on low<br />

speed until the dough just<br />

comes together.<br />

2. Turn the dough onto a lightly<br />

floured surface. Gently knead<br />

until the base is smooth.<br />

Divide into two. Shape each<br />

into 2cm-thick discs. Wrap<br />

in baking paper, place in the<br />

fridge for 30 minutes.<br />

3. Roll the dough between<br />

sheets baking paper until<br />

3mm thick. Use 8cm round<br />

cutter to cut discs from the<br />

dough, rerolling unused<br />

dough and chilling as<br />

require. Place cookies on<br />

lined baking trays, allowing<br />

a little room between each.<br />

Place in the fridge 15 minutes<br />

until firm.<br />

4. Preheat oven to 180°C<br />

fan forced. Bake for 10-12<br />

minutes or until light golden.<br />

Cool on trays.<br />

5. Spoon the chocolate into a<br />

resealable snap lock bag.<br />

Make a small cut in one<br />

corner. Use chocolate to<br />

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attach the smarties to the<br />

biscuits for noses. Pipe the<br />

remaining chocolate on the<br />

biscuits to make reindeer<br />

eyes and antlers. Allow to<br />

set.<br />

As a Christmas Gift: Place<br />

into cellophane bags, tie with a<br />

Christmas ribbon and swing tag<br />

as gifts.<br />

Microwave<br />

caramilk, pistachio<br />

craisin fudge<br />

(Makes 16)<br />

1x395g can condensed milk<br />

1 cup caster sugar<br />

100g butter, chopped<br />

2 tbs liquid glucose or light<br />

corn syrup (see tip)<br />

180g caramilk or white<br />

chocolate, chopped<br />

2/3 cup pistachio kernels,<br />

roughly chopped, toasted<br />

½ cup craisins, roughly<br />

chopped<br />

1. Line a 20cm (base) square<br />

cake pan with baking paper,<br />

extending the paper up the<br />

sides of the pan.<br />

2. Combine condensed milk,<br />

caster sugar, butter, and<br />

glucose in a large heatproof,<br />

microwave-safe bowl.<br />

Microwave, uncovered, on<br />

High, stirring every minute<br />

for 6-8 minutes or until<br />

mixture the mixture comes<br />

to the boil, thickens and<br />

changes a light caramel<br />

colour.<br />

3. Add the chocolate; stir until<br />

chocolate melts and mixture<br />

is smooth. Stir in most of<br />

pistachio kernels and craisins<br />

(leaving a few of each to<br />

press on top). Pour into pan<br />

and smooth the surface.<br />

Sprinkle over the remaining<br />

pistachio kernels and<br />

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

craisins, press into the fudge.<br />

Place in the fridge 4 hours to<br />

set. Cut into pieces.<br />

As a Christmas Gift: Wrap<br />

individually in baking paper<br />

and place into gift boxes or<br />

jars. Fudge will keep in the<br />

fridge for 4 weeks.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: You can buy<br />

liquid glucose or light corn<br />

syrup from supermarket or<br />

health food stores.<br />

Strawberry<br />

margarita jam<br />

(Makes 5 cups)<br />

1kg fresh strawberries, washed,<br />

hulled, roughly chopped<br />

1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon<br />

juice<br />

5 cups white sugar<br />

2 tbs citrus pectin<br />

1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime<br />

juice<br />

½ cup tequila<br />

¼ cup Triple Sec (or other<br />

orange liqueur)<br />

1. Combine strawberries and<br />

lemon juice in a large bowl.<br />

Add 1 cup of the sugar, stir<br />

to coat. Cover and refrigerate<br />

3 hours or overnight to<br />

macerate.<br />

2. Combine remaining sugar<br />

with pectin and mix well (this<br />

prevents the pectin from<br />

clumping).<br />

3. Pour the strawberry mixture<br />

to a large non-reactive<br />

saucepan. Add lime, tequila<br />

and Trip sec, stir to combine.<br />

Sprinkle over pectin sugar<br />

mixture, stirring until well<br />

combined.<br />

4. Place over medium heat,<br />

bring to the boil slowly,<br />

stirring occasionally until<br />

the sugar has dissolved. Boil<br />

gently, stirring occasionally,<br />

for 20-30 minutes, skimming<br />

and scum from the top every<br />

10 minutes. Cook until the<br />

jam reaches the setting<br />

point.<br />

As a Christmas Gift: Spoon<br />

into sterilised jars and seal.<br />

Decorate with Christmas fabric<br />

and ribbon.<br />

To sterilise jars: Place jars<br />

with lids in a large saucepan<br />

of simmering water for 10<br />

minutes. Using tongs, remove<br />

jars and lids to a clean tea<br />

towel. Ladel hot jam into hot<br />

jars. Secure the lids. Turn the<br />

jam upside down for 3 minutes<br />

then turn upright and set aside<br />

to cool.<br />

Test for setting point: Place<br />

a small plate in the freezer<br />

for 10 minutes to chill. Drop a<br />

spoonful of jam onto the chilled<br />

plate. Refrigerate for 3 minutes.<br />

Push your finger through the<br />

chilled jam – if the jam stays<br />

separate on the plate and<br />

wrinkles as it is pushed, setting<br />

point has been reached. If not,<br />

cook for a little longer.<br />

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

Pick of the Month:<br />

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

Beetroot<br />

Beetroot, which is ripe<br />

when picked, can be<br />

roasted, steamed, boiled,<br />

baked microwaved, pickled<br />

and grated raw.<br />

They are a good source of<br />

dietary fibre and folic acid<br />

and contain a useful source<br />

of vitamin C.<br />

Select smooth skin<br />

beetroot that are not split at<br />

the top. The leaves and stems<br />

should be intact.<br />

Storage<br />

Store beetroot in a storage<br />

bag (with leaves intact) in the<br />

crisper section of the fridge<br />

for up to 10 days.<br />

Preparation<br />

Cut the stems from the<br />

top of the beetroot,<br />

leaving approximately<br />

2-3cm depending on the<br />

recipe. Leave the root end<br />

untouched. Wash the beetroot<br />

well to remove the surface<br />

soil.<br />

Cook with skin on to<br />

avoid the colour running.<br />

Use rubber gloves to rub<br />

the skin from the beetroots<br />

after cooking. The leaves are<br />

edible, wash well to remove<br />

soil and blanch, steam or<br />

microwave until just wilted.<br />

(Chop and use in soups, pasta<br />

sauces.)<br />

Pickled Beetroot<br />

(Makes 1 x 2-cup jar)<br />

This is delicious in salads,<br />

on sandwiches, wraps and<br />

burgers.<br />

1 bunch beetroot, trimmed,<br />

scrubbed<br />

1 cup red wine vinegar<br />

½ cup caster sugar<br />

1 tsp mustard seeds<br />

1 tsp peppercorns<br />

1 fresh bay leaf or 2 dried<br />

bay leaves<br />

½ tsp sea salt flakes<br />

1 star anise<br />

1. Preheat oven to 180°C fan<br />

forced. Wrap the beetroot<br />

together in foil. Place on<br />

a tray. Roast for 1 to 1½<br />

hours or until tender. Set<br />

aside to cool.<br />

2. Peel beetroot. Use a sharp<br />

knife to chop the beetroot.<br />

Place in a 2-cup<br />

sterilised jar.<br />

3. Combine.<br />

In Season<br />

<strong>November</strong><br />

Look out for a wide variety<br />

of tomatoes, asparagus,<br />

Asian greens; Hass<br />

avocadoes; broad beans,<br />

coloured baby carrots;<br />

green and yellow beans;<br />

beetroot; capsicum, peas;<br />

green onions, zucchini<br />

and zucchini flowers.<br />

The top fruit buys are<br />

blueberries, blackberries,<br />

raspberries, strawberries,<br />

grapes, pineapple, early<br />

season cherries, mangoes<br />

and melons including<br />

rockmelon, green melon<br />

and seedless watermelon.<br />

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Tasty Morsels<br />

with Beverley Hudec<br />

Some Tiny Morsels to savour in <strong>November</strong><br />

You can't get enough<br />

of these Bad Boys<br />

Newport’s eat street has a new player.<br />

Bad Boys Kebab adds kebabs, pide,<br />

gozleme, Turkish pizza and burgers<br />

to Robertson Rd’s global food scene.<br />

Eat in, or order one of the takeaway<br />

falafel wraps, stuffed with crunchy<br />

pickles, tabouli, salad and hummus<br />

sauce for an impromptu beach picnic.<br />

For something different, the menu has<br />

a camel burger.<br />

Taste of Spain<br />

hits Mona Vale<br />

Hola Bocado! <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL’s<br />

newest eatery taps neatly<br />

into tapas. Spanish for<br />

“small bites”, Bocado’s menu<br />

embraces savoury nibbles<br />

like marinated meatballs<br />

and bacon-wrapped chorizo.<br />

There are more-substantial<br />

sharing dishes including<br />

flatbreads and a fiery prawn<br />

pizza topped with chilli flakes<br />

and sriracha mayo. The venue<br />

opens on <strong>November</strong> 3.<br />

In good spirits<br />

at The Good Bar<br />

Two buzzwords – cube<br />

maturation – are the talk of<br />

Brookvale. Goodradigbee is<br />

distilling its brand of spirits<br />

with an innovative, distinctly<br />

Australian twist. Instead<br />

of French or American oak<br />

barrels, this new distillery is<br />

using native hardwood cubes.<br />

The cubes offer more contact<br />

surface area than barrels so<br />

the artisan spirits develop<br />

their flavour, complexity<br />

and colour much faster than<br />

traditional barrel maturation<br />

processes. Goodradigbee is<br />

also distilling wood-infused<br />

and native botanical gins<br />

and vodka. The Good Bar on<br />

Orchard Rd is open for tipples<br />

and food on Wednesday<br />

to Friday from 4pm. On<br />

weekends, doors open at<br />

noon on Saturdays and from<br />

10am on Sundays.<br />

Barrenjoey House is 100<br />

From those early days of<br />

Over the years too, this iconic<br />

tea and scones to lobster Palm Beach venue has played<br />

cocktails, charred broccolini a pivotal role in the culinary<br />

with tahini and trendy mezcal backstory of several high-profile<br />

cocktails, Barrenjoey House’s chefs. Peter Kuruvita, the late<br />

menu has moved with the times Darren Simpson and Neil Perry<br />

in its 100-year history.<br />

have all worked in the kitchen.<br />

Originally built for the Resch Until October 31, Barrenjoey You’ll find Casa, the new casual<br />

family in 1923, its current<br />

House is celebrating its very Italian restaurant and bar in the<br />

owners, The Boathouse Group, special birthday with luxe $100 existing homewares store just<br />

has created a restaurant, bar menus and champagne.<br />

down the road. The menu has<br />

and guest accommodation built Moving forward, the group antipasto, pizza and cocktails.<br />

around its signature brand of has also unveiled Casa, a<br />

Aperol Spritz paired with<br />

Aussie Hampton style.<br />

pop-up that’s summer-ready. shopping, what could be better?<br />

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Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

with Gabrielle Bryant<br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Prepare for your new lawn<br />

and you’ll soon be on a roll<br />

If you are planning a new lawn, now is<br />

the best time to get going before the<br />

weather gets too hot. New lawns take<br />

several weeks to establish but there<br />

is still time to establish the grass in<br />

readiness for Christmas entertaining. It<br />

is a simple task but there are a few steps<br />

that are essential for success.<br />

First, prepare the ground well. Rake<br />

and level the surface, removing any<br />

weeds and stones. Weeds can be easily<br />

removed with Slasher, or another weed<br />

killer that does not sterilise the soil. If<br />

you have sufficient soil loosen it with a<br />

rake or hoe to a depth of at least 10cm;<br />

alternatively, apply a layer of fresh, sandy<br />

soil that can be supplied by your turf<br />

supplier. The surface along pathways<br />

should remain 2cm below the path to<br />

allow for the thickness of the turf.<br />

Next, add some lawn starter fertiliser<br />

and water crystals to the surface before<br />

laying the turf.<br />

When rolling out the turf lay it in a<br />

brick pattern. By doing this it will remain<br />

stable until it is firmly rooted. Butt the<br />

edges firmly together, leaving no gaps<br />

between the edges; any soil that remains<br />

exposed will allow weeds to creep in<br />

before the new grass begins to grow.<br />

If you lay turf on a sloping site, roll out<br />

the turf horizontally across the area to<br />

keep it in position. Vertical rolls will slip.<br />

Once the turf is laid, water it<br />

thoroughly and roll the whole area to<br />

make sure that there is complete contact<br />

between the turf and the soil below.<br />

Rollers are easily hired for the day.<br />

Each turf roll is one square metre<br />

and measures approx 1.7m x 6m.<br />

When ordering, allow for extra rolls<br />

(5-10%) to avoid using small pieces to<br />

fill the gaps. These small pieces rarely<br />

take easily.<br />

Watering is essential until the turf is<br />

growing. Make sure not to let it dry out!<br />

Summer water<br />

We had a few heavy showers in mid-<br />

October, but the soil remains dry.<br />

It is time to prepare your garden for a<br />

hot dry summer. Automated sprinkler<br />

systems are fantastic but expensive; a<br />

soaker hose will give a good soaking<br />

to the soil at minimal cost. If shrubs<br />

are taller, try stapling the soaker hose<br />

to the top bar of the fence. A tap timer<br />

that can be programmed to minimise<br />

water wastage is easy to install.<br />

There is often confusion about the<br />

different benefits of water crystals and<br />

liquid wetting agents. Both can help<br />

with the dry conditions ahead.<br />

A wetting agent is a liquid that is<br />

applied to the surface of the earth,<br />

either as a ready-to-use product or<br />

mixed into a sprayer. By reducing the<br />

surface tension, it will allow water to<br />

penetrate dry, hydrophobic soil and<br />

reach deep down to the roots of the<br />

plants. An application to all lawns<br />

and garden beds will be beneficial in<br />

upcoming summer months.<br />

Water crystals are different. They<br />

are small beads that absorb the water.<br />

They can increase up to 500 times their<br />

size. Mixed into the soil or potting mix<br />

they will store water to be released<br />

slowly to the roots as needed. Water<br />

crystals will reduce the number of<br />

times that you will need to water your<br />

plants.<br />

A quick word of warning: They work<br />

magic for your plants but keep them<br />

away from pets and children as they<br />

are toxic.<br />

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Adenium Desert Rose<br />

It is hard to believe that<br />

the Desert Rose adenium<br />

obesum, with its olive green<br />

leaves and trumpet-shaped<br />

flowers, is a member of the<br />

succulent family. This exotic<br />

plant is slow growing and<br />

easy to grow, making it one<br />

of the easiest plants for a<br />

beginner or experienced<br />

gardener alike.<br />

It originates from the<br />

hot dry regions of Africa<br />

and the Middle East. The<br />

swollen trunk and sculptured<br />

branches make it easily<br />

mistaken for a bonsai, but<br />

it is not. Instead of swollen<br />

leaves to store water like<br />

most succulents, it stores the<br />

water in its swollen trunk,<br />

looking like a miniature<br />

bottle tree.<br />

The soft green leaves will<br />

fall in autumn when the<br />

temperature falls below 12<br />

degrees and it will remain<br />

dormant until spring, when<br />

the flower buds appear in all<br />

shades from white through<br />

pink to deep crimson.<br />

Shrimp plants are old-time favourites that are coming back<br />

into popularity. The name is very appropriate. When it is<br />

in full flower it looks as though it should be in the fish shop<br />

window. The pinkish brown flowers look just like shrimps. The<br />

“flowers” are bracts of colour, and the actual tiny white flowers<br />

peep out from<br />

behind.<br />

Shrimp plants<br />

have been<br />

listed under<br />

three different<br />

names, but<br />

most commonly<br />

as Beloperone<br />

guttata. Shrimp<br />

plants love a warm,<br />

semi-shaded<br />

position. They<br />

are amongst the<br />

easiest plants<br />

to grow. Trim<br />

them regularly to<br />

keep them bushy<br />

and you will be<br />

rewarded with<br />

flowers year-round.<br />

They will grow to<br />

about 90cm tall and wide but can easily be kept smaller. The most<br />

usual colour is pink but there is also a lime green and yellow one<br />

available.<br />

If you are very lucky there is a variegated pink variety which is<br />

hard to find. Its flowers are brighter pink than the common pink<br />

variety.<br />

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It is an amazing little<br />

plant; it’s perfect for pots<br />

indoors or out, where<br />

the light is bright, has<br />

sheltered morning sun and is<br />

protected from the weather.<br />

In a warmer climate where<br />

it can be grown in the<br />

ground the Desert Rose can<br />

reach a height of 2m, but in<br />

Sydney it is better grown in<br />

pots. It will grow slowly, a<br />

maximum of 30cm in a year;<br />

it can be re-potted each year,<br />

but to keep it small leave it<br />

in the same pot for several<br />

years before potting on.<br />

Adeniums should be<br />

grown in pots with great<br />

drainage to prevent root rot,<br />

using a succulent mix with<br />

additional sand. They have<br />

a shallow root system, so<br />

bonsai pots are perfect. To<br />

keep if flowering fertilise<br />

monthly with a half-strength<br />

liquid fertiliser.<br />

To propagate, it can be<br />

grown from seed that will set<br />

after flowering, or you can<br />

take z cutting in winter when<br />

Shell out for Shrimp plant<br />

it loses its leaves – be careful<br />

as the sap is poisonous.<br />

Allow the cut surface to<br />

heal for several days before<br />

planting into a cactus mix. If<br />

you grow seeds the seedlings<br />

will not always be the same<br />

as the parent plant.<br />

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Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Jobs this Month<br />

<strong>November</strong><br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

After a mixed beginning<br />

to spring with both<br />

heatwaves and sudden<br />

cold, at last the warmer<br />

weather is settling in. If<br />

you haven’t sown vegetable<br />

seeds, buy some ready-toplant<br />

seedlings. Plant now<br />

tomatoes, climbing beans,<br />

bush beans, squash, zucchini,<br />

pumpkin, cucumber, spring<br />

onions, carrots, lettuce,<br />

capsicum, eggplant, basil,<br />

coriander, parsley, oregano,<br />

and all other herbs.<br />

Worm watch<br />

Army worm are on the march<br />

as the weather warms up. If<br />

tell-tale patches appear in the<br />

grass, spray with Neem oil.<br />

These caterpillars appear at<br />

dusk to eat their fill of your<br />

lawn and its roots. If you are<br />

unsure, leave a damp towel<br />

on the grass overnight and<br />

look under it in the morning.<br />

If caterpillars are there, they<br />

will be under the towel.<br />

Aggie care<br />

It is Agapanthus month, with<br />

purple and white flowers<br />

everywhere! Remember to cut<br />

back the flower heads before<br />

they go to seed and escape<br />

into neighbouring bushland.<br />

Agapanthus come in all sizes,<br />

from the giant white-and-blue<br />

striped Queen Mum; the dark,<br />

nearly black/violet flowers of<br />

Black Panther; to the tiny white<br />

Snow Flake (just 15cm tall)<br />

that looks so dainty in a pot.<br />

Choose carefully and make sure<br />

of the height before planting.<br />

Bad bindii<br />

Too late now to control the<br />

bindii in the grass. The seed<br />

heads are already formed,<br />

with the tiny barbs that<br />

are designed to hook onto<br />

passing prey to spread the<br />

seed far and wide. Bindii<br />

cannot differentiate between<br />

human feet and the fur<br />

coats of wild animals! The<br />

only way now is to sit on the<br />

grass with a glass of wine<br />

and systematically dig out<br />

the bindii plants. A garden<br />

weeder makes the job easy.<br />

Xmas colour<br />

There are only a few weeks<br />

until Christmas, but there is<br />

still time to plant petunias,<br />

alyssum, lobelia, bedding<br />

begonias, asters, portulaca,<br />

nasturtiums, gerberas, French<br />

marigolds and ageratum. Get<br />

them in now for Christmas<br />

colour.<br />

Tomato tips<br />

Tomatoes are the most<br />

popular vegetable and the<br />

easiest to grow. The larger<br />

table varieties attract fruit<br />

fly and will need regular<br />

treatment to protect the crop.<br />

White oil sprays every week<br />

and a Cera trap fruit fly bait<br />

hanging on the plant. For<br />

carefree tomato growing,<br />

plant the small cherry-size<br />

tomatoes. They don’t attract<br />

the dreaded fruit fly.<br />

Last things<br />

Don’t forget the bees. Spray<br />

flowering veggie crops with<br />

Bee Keeper to increase the<br />

pollination for a bumper crop…<br />

Warm weather is bringing<br />

back the weeds. Spray with an<br />

organic weedkiller that won’t<br />

harm the environment. Slasher<br />

is one but there are many on<br />

the market… If you harvest<br />

your spring onions, either cut<br />

them off just above the soil<br />

leaving the roots, or replant<br />

the roots. They will grow again<br />

faster than new seedlings.<br />

Crossword solution from page 82<br />

Mystery location: HERON COVE<br />

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Times Past<br />

Barrenjoey High School memories<br />

When Barrenjoey High School<br />

opened in 1968 there were<br />

almost a quarter of a million<br />

students engaged in secondary school<br />

education under the new Wyndham<br />

Scheme. The first school magazine, produced<br />

in 1971 and called ‘Kulka’, named<br />

the 751 students who attended that year.<br />

The Government Architect’s Office<br />

helped to alleviate the pressing problem<br />

of increasing student numbers using<br />

what were called ‘doughnut buildings’,<br />

with Michael Dysart as the brainchild.<br />

They were usually sited around a central<br />

area creating a large open space but, as<br />

some students recalled, they created<br />

a cold wind tunnel effect, especially<br />

in winter. Apparently Dysart hadn’t<br />

anticipated the prevailing sou-easterlies<br />

of Avalon Beach sufficiently and one<br />

ex-student recollected: “The wind would<br />

blow off the ocean between the headland<br />

and Avalon Beach sandhills but we<br />

wouldn’t lower the hems on our uniforms<br />

for anything.”<br />

There are times when the history of an<br />

event is best recounted by those present<br />

as prime sources. Here are some recollections<br />

to stir the memories.<br />

“I remember jumping off the first floor<br />

into the fibreglass insulation bags when<br />

it was being built. We were so itchy after<br />

the bags split open and the fibreglass got<br />

into our skin.”<br />

“We initially lived in Elaine Avenue<br />

right behind the school and when<br />

construction started and the pile driver<br />

began thumping its way to bedrock, the<br />

shudder was deafening.”<br />

Up to eight students used to ride to<br />

school and one student recalled “the<br />

horse paddock gate would be ‘accidentally’<br />

left unlatched at lunch time. Then,<br />

shock, horror… classes would notice that<br />

the horses had escaped, requiring students<br />

to rush out of class to rescue the<br />


BHS after construction<br />

in 1968; a recent aerial<br />

which shows clearly<br />

the squared ‘donut<br />

design’ by Dysart; the<br />

striking cover a 1974<br />

issue of ‘Kulka’.<br />

horses”. Another recalled “several horses<br />

jumped the barricade in the mood of<br />

a stampede and the other horses just<br />

ploughed through it. They formed a herd<br />

of around seven horses clattering down<br />

Tasman Road”.<br />

Milton Brown, one of the teachers, was<br />

a member of the NSW School Surfing<br />

Association and after intense lobbying of<br />

the Department of Education from 1976<br />

to 1980, managed to have Barrenjoey<br />

High School declared the first school<br />

to have surfing officially approved as<br />

a school sport. As a consequence, one<br />

recollection claimed that “not everyone<br />

who entered the cross country through<br />

he sandhills returned, they got lost in<br />

the surf.”<br />

Another recalled that “some boys<br />

would go for a surf at lunch and return<br />

covered in sand – if they returned at all”.<br />

TIMES PAST is supplied by local historian<br />

and President of the Avalon Beach<br />

Historical Society GEOFF SEARL. Visit<br />

the Society’s showroom in Bowling<br />

Green Lane, Avalon Beach.<br />

Times Past<br />

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Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

The North Pole: [Northern]<br />

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

There’s a lot to take in at arguably the remotest place on the planet. Story by Sharon Godden<br />

The North Pole – the top of<br />

the world, not Santa’s home<br />

– is a famed, almost mystical<br />

geographical location. But it does exist<br />

– and in August, my daughter and I were<br />

privileged to join the ranks of the few<br />

thousand people to have ticked it off<br />

their destination bucket list.<br />

To put things into perspective, our<br />

voyage was on the stately PONANT vessel<br />

Le Commandant Charcot’s ninth trip to the<br />

North Pole – and only 168 times has any<br />

ship ever reached 90° North. Only around<br />

22,000 people have ever reached there.<br />

The first man to ever reach the North<br />

Pole was Ronald Amundsen in 1926, on<br />

an airship which flew over the ice caps<br />

with 16 men onboard.<br />

Almost 100 years on, our journey<br />

started with a charter flight from Paris to<br />

Norway’s Spitsbergen archipelago, where<br />

we boarded Le Commandant Charcot.<br />

We set off not realising the remarkable<br />

adventure that lay in store.<br />

In the evening we were briefed by our<br />

captain Patrick Marchesseau (regarded<br />

as somewhat of a nautical hero given his<br />

capture by Somali pirates on Le Ponant);<br />

we were to sail north and could expect to<br />

see our first sea ice in two days. Beyond<br />

this point we would be breaking through<br />

ice drifts for another two days, before<br />

reaching the geographic North Pole.<br />

Crushing through sea ice is an outof-body<br />

experience. With 24 hours of<br />

daylight, the sun hovers slightly over the<br />

horizon and the ice covers the ocean,<br />

creating a desert of white – it’s like flying<br />

in a plane through clouds just before<br />

sunset. Crushing through the ice can<br />

also be a similar feeling to turbulence on<br />

a plane; it’s more of a vibration than a<br />

rocking sensation.<br />

En route we were treated to<br />

numerous lectures from the expedition<br />

team, including qualified naturalists,<br />

photographers and scientists.<br />

Vessels cruising these waters are<br />

invested in scientific investigations,<br />

given their ability to enter such<br />

remote environments. An onboard<br />

science research lab is kitted out for<br />

experiments.<br />

My favorite place to experience the ice<br />

crushing was from the bow, watching the<br />

ice crack and shatter. Every morning we’d<br />

pull back the curtains of our cabin and it<br />

was like a Christmas surprise, wondering<br />

what new vista awaited. The excitement<br />

among travellers and crew is palpable for<br />

days; we are also on 24-hour lookout for<br />

wildlife including Polar Bears, seals and<br />

whales.<br />

On the fourth morning Captain Patrick<br />

announces we will reach the North Pole<br />

that afternoon. At 2pm we all gather on<br />

the helicopter pad at the front of the ship.<br />

Finally, we arrive. The vessel reaches 90<br />

degrees North. Patrick sounds the horn<br />

and the crew let off flares. Then an opulent<br />

surprise: rising from below deck, up to<br />

the helipad, champagne and canapes are<br />

conveyed – accompanied by a saxophonist<br />

playing ‘What A Wonderful World’.<br />

This was a true ‘Ponant moment’ when<br />

we thought “we are the luckiest humans on<br />

the planet to be in this place right now”.<br />

After the welcome celebration we<br />

prepared to disembark and venture out<br />

onto the ice sheet; we put on orange<br />

parkers (supplied by Ponant), plus our<br />

boots, thermals and beanies; we were ready<br />

to play! (I say play because we were all like<br />

kids playing in the snow with snowshoes/<br />

cross country skis and toboggans.)<br />

We would have been out there for a<br />

couple of hours but the unexpected<br />

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CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE: Four days from civilisation; the Northern Lights;<br />

we made it – only 168 times has any ship reached 90 degrees North; crushing<br />

through the ice – “it’s an out-of-body experience”; snug on an icy expedition<br />

within sight of Le Commandant Charcot; the “friendly” Polar Bear that managed<br />

to sniff out our cruise party from its home two kilometres away!<br />

happened; the expedition team started<br />

ushering us back onboard, saying they<br />

needed to pack up. However, it was<br />

revealed a polar bear from around two<br />

kilometres away was making its way to<br />

the ship.<br />

We watched as the most magnificent<br />

animal I have ever seen in the wild<br />

walked across the icy expanse to<br />

our ship. The bear had smelled our<br />

footprints in the snow and was probably<br />

thinking “how I am going to eat these<br />

people”. (Actually, it probably smelled<br />

the amazing French cuisine onboard that<br />

was being cooked for our dinner.) The<br />

Polar Bear stayed around for an hour,<br />

which enabled us to just sit and observe<br />

this beautiful creature.<br />

We remained parked on the ice sheet<br />

overnight before the expedition team<br />

went out the next morning, scouting to<br />

make sure there were no Polar Bears still<br />

hanging around. The expedition team<br />

set up a guarded perimeter around the<br />

ship so that we could explore. On the<br />

day’s agenda was more fun on the ice<br />

– and the ‘Polar plunge’, an incredible,<br />

exhilarating experience.<br />

We left the North Pole that afternoon;<br />

there was some sadness in knowing that<br />

we possibly would never return and that<br />

Lights, cameras, action!<br />

quite possibly in years to come this ice<br />

sheet will be gone… along with the Polar<br />

Bears that call this place home.<br />

Captain Patrick was quick to lift our<br />

spirits, telling us the second half of<br />

the cruise was going to be every bit as<br />

exciting. We headed back to Svalbard for<br />

three days and over to East Greenland.<br />

In Svalbard, we visited Ny-Alesund, a<br />

research town where Amundsen and<br />

his men left in their airship to reach the<br />

North Pole. We cruised in Zodiacs up<br />

close and personal to Lilliehook Glacier,<br />

where we could hear the cracking and<br />

rumble of the glacier sliding into the<br />

sea (also known as ‘carving’). The blues,<br />

whites and greys of the landscapes<br />

were so enchanting it was difficult to<br />

stop taking more and more photos. We<br />

saw more Polar Bears on land from our<br />

Zodiacs (not too close). One morning<br />

when we awoke there was so much fog<br />

that we got in the Zodiac and seconds<br />

later could not even see the ship<br />

(although we did see a group of walruses<br />

which came close to us in the ocean).<br />

Last stop was Ittoqqortoormiit, one<br />

of the remotest towns on the planet<br />

in East Greenland inhabited by Inuit<br />

people. Some of the guests went for a<br />

four-hour hike with the expedition team.<br />

(Everywhere we stopped on land you had<br />

an option of hiking or possibly kayaking,<br />

depending on the weather.)<br />

Then we journeyed back to Iceland,<br />

cruising past beautiful icebergs with the<br />

sun setting. That evening at 11.30pm,<br />

when most of us were asleep, the<br />

captain announced over the loudspeaker<br />

that the Northern Lights were out and<br />

putting on a show! Jumping out of bed,<br />

we quickly dressed and raced outside to<br />

watch a mesmerising two-hour show of<br />

the Northern Lights. What a way to end<br />

the cruise!<br />

After one more day at sea we arrived<br />

in Iceland to start our land adventure.<br />

Be warned: once you visit the world’s<br />

polar regions you will want to keep<br />

going back for more – the polar areas<br />

are captivating, and so integral to what<br />

keeps humans alive, and the planet’s<br />

environments balanced.<br />

*The author would like to thank Ponant<br />

for the opportunity to experience the<br />

world’s first luxurious Ice Breaker and<br />

its journey of exploration through the<br />

polar regions. For more information on<br />

the Le Commandant North Pole trips,<br />

or any of the polar regions, call Travel<br />

View Avalon on 9973 4444. We would<br />

love to help!<br />

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

the team on 9918 4444<br />

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

Compiled by David Stickley<br />

28 To separate by untwisting (7)<br />

29 <strong>Pittwater</strong> haven, Scotland<br />

______ (6)<br />

30 Reflector studs set into a road<br />

(4,4)<br />

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

ACROSS<br />

1 Park located along the southern<br />

foreshores of Narrabeen Lagoon (8)<br />

5 Fishing equipment attached to<br />

fishing lines indicating biting fish (6)<br />

10 Provide commentary for a film,<br />

for example (7)<br />

11 To mark or ornament with<br />

incised letters, designs, etc. (7)<br />

12 One the events in the <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Ocean Swim Series (3,3,4)<br />

13 Band that Rod Willis helped get<br />

to the top, ____Chisel (4)<br />

14 Mentally perceptive and<br />

responsive (2,3,4)<br />

17 Local boatbuilder who plans to<br />

compete in the Mini Globe Race in<br />

2025, ____ Swindail (4)<br />

19 Careel, Towlers, Crystal are<br />

some (4)<br />

20 Person who loads new program<br />

onto a computer (9)<br />

23 To eject or expel (4)<br />

24 Artist whose works are now<br />

on display at Manly Art Gallery &<br />

Museum; a former Archibald Prize<br />

winner (4,6)<br />

27 Guacamole ingredient (7)<br />

DOWN<br />

1 The meeting of two major roads,<br />

like <strong>Pittwater</strong> Road and Mona Vale<br />

Road (8)<br />

2 To cause to be swallowed up or<br />

absorbed in something greater or<br />

superior (5)<br />

3 Testing people (9)<br />

4 Expanse of ocean (4,3)<br />

6 The star of Graham Draper’s<br />

‘The <strong>Pittwater</strong> Brick Show’ (4)<br />

7 Local club that features Bistro 61<br />

(6,1,1,1)<br />

8 Done without delay (6)<br />

9 A wire, rod, etc. exposed to<br />

receive or emit electromagnetic<br />

waves (6)<br />

15 Spore-producing, poisonous,<br />

umbrella-shaped fungus (9)<br />

16 Group of linked computers that<br />

communicate with each other (3)<br />

17 People who have received a<br />

degree on completing a course of<br />

study, as at a university or college<br />

(9)<br />

18 Small fancy articles, bits of<br />

jewellery, or the like, usually of<br />

little value (8)<br />

20 Located, suited for, or taking<br />

place within a building (6)<br />

21 An Italian anise-flavoured<br />

liqueur (7)<br />

22 Band playing at 7-down with<br />

Russell Hopkinson on drums<br />

(3,2,1)<br />

25 The people as distinguished<br />

from some particular profession,<br />

usually the clerical (5)<br />

26 The first light of day, a<br />

magic time on any <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

ocean beach (4)<br />

[Solution page 78]<br />

82 NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

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