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The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

JANUARY <strong>2024</strong><br />

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Editorial<br />

Wakehurst works in sync<br />

We hear NB Council is making<br />

headway negotiating<br />

with Transport for NSW to<br />

co-ordinate State-led safety<br />

upgrade work on the Wakehurst<br />

Parkway with Council’s flood<br />

improvements agenda.<br />

As reported last month, the<br />

NSW Government is about to<br />

commence $150m of blackspot<br />

safety upgrades along the<br />

Parkway, include two lanes<br />

of roadway from Oxford Falls<br />

Road to Frenchs Forest Road.<br />

Meanwhile Council’s project<br />

aims to reduce the frequency<br />

of flooding at four locations<br />

– Oxford Falls Road West, The<br />

Bends, Sydney Academy of<br />

Sport and Wakehurst Parkway<br />

at Oxford Falls.<br />

Council concedes that given<br />

the programs are linked, it is<br />

vital that construction is integrated<br />

and delivered efficiently<br />

and cost-effectively, with minimal<br />

impact on the community.<br />

Council says it has progressed<br />

designs and environ-<br />

mental approval for both sites<br />

at Oxford Falls, which will<br />

achieve the required protection<br />

against flooding. Council<br />

has also revised options for<br />

The Bends that reduce harm to<br />

the environment and increase<br />

potential for flood prevention.<br />

Council tells us it will<br />

progress the detailed design,<br />

approvals and procurement<br />

for the Oxford Falls Road West<br />

flood improvement works,<br />

including community consultation,<br />

in the next few months.<br />

Council will also soon progress<br />

the alternative design at<br />

The Bends, including concept<br />

designs, identification of likely<br />

environmental approvals and<br />

community consultation.<br />

Likewise detailed design,<br />

approvals and procurement for<br />

the Sydney Academy of Sport<br />

flood improvement works are<br />

expected to begin later in <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Readers can follow progress<br />

on Council’s Your Say page.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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JANUARY <strong>2024</strong> The Local Voice Since 1991

News<br />

‘Lucky’ refugees’ stories told<br />

Journalist Melinda Ham – Canadianborn<br />

but now living on Scotland Island<br />

for the past 20 years – has been<br />

a passionate refugee advocate since she<br />

was a student in Montreal and London,<br />

and a foreign correspondent in Malawi<br />

and Zambia.<br />

Since migrating to Australia in 1994,<br />

while working as a journalist, she has also<br />

tutored many refugees and addressed Rotary<br />

Clubs and other voluntary groups to<br />

put the record straight above the contribution<br />

refugees continue to make to Australian<br />

society, despite the negative press.<br />

Now she has written The Lucky Ones<br />

which makes her case from the interwoven<br />

stories of six refugee families who<br />

arrived here between 1948 and 2019 in<br />

different circumstances.<br />

She said each of the families had<br />

survived unspeakable torture or abuse<br />

of human rights at the hands of some<br />

of the most murderous regimes of the<br />

20th and 21st centuries: Hitler, Stalin,<br />

Mobutu, Ho Chi Minh, the Taliban and<br />

then Islamic State.<br />

One refugee recounted being thrown<br />

into a rat-infested cell. Others were<br />

starved. Deprived of medical care. Denied<br />

access to their families or international<br />

rights organisations. Persecuted<br />

for simply having “the wrong religion, or<br />

ethnic background.<br />

In The Lucky Ones Melinda chose to<br />

focus on families, rather than just men:<br />

“Women deserve to be present in the<br />

narrative.”<br />

Australia adopted the White Australia<br />

Policy at the same time as Federation in<br />

1901. By the time Polish Catholics Maria<br />

and Wojciech arrived on a ship from<br />

Genoa Italy, Prime Minister Arthur Caldwell’s<br />

slogan was “populate or perish”.<br />

The refugee families come from a wide<br />

geographical area: Poland, Vietnam,<br />

Tibet, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Democratic<br />

Republic of the Congo. However,<br />

the way their ordeals, escapes and arrival<br />

in Australia share the same traits<br />

PASSIONATE: Scotland Island<br />

refugee advocate Melinda Ham.<br />

makes for a gripping if harrowing<br />

history.<br />

Melinda began researching<br />

The Lucky Ones in 2018, but<br />

postponed it during the COVID-19 lockdown:<br />

“You can’t do these interviews by<br />

Zoom. They have to be face to face, over<br />

many cups of tea.”<br />

Originally her own story wasn’t included.<br />

“The publishers insisted. I wasn’t<br />

keen. But it explains why I came to write<br />

the book.”<br />

Beginning with student advocacy,<br />

Melinda’s passion for refugees deepened<br />

during the six years she spent in Malawi<br />

and Zambia, from 1989. “Five million<br />

Mozambicans were displaced during the<br />

civil war by the Mozambican National<br />

Resistance rebels,” she explains.<br />

“They fled to Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.<br />

One million were killed.”<br />

The Vietnamese refugees, Kasse and<br />

Minh, arrived in Indonesia by boat and<br />

then were processed by the United Nations<br />

High Commissioner for Refugees<br />

(UNHCR) and permitted to come to Australia.<br />

But this was during Liberal Prime<br />

Minister Malcolm Fraser’s time at The<br />

Lodge when they were welcomed.<br />

More than 30 years later Imtiaz, from<br />

Afghanistan, was poised to board a boat<br />

in Malaysia after his mother Nikmorgh<br />

had paid “thousands of dollars to people<br />

smugglers” for him to make the perilous<br />

crossing. Fortunately the<br />

boat was intercepted<br />

by police. Being a<br />

minor, Imtiaz was<br />

handed over to<br />

the UNHCR which<br />

arranged for his<br />

legitimate transfer to<br />

Australia.<br />

What does Melinda<br />

hope to gain from<br />

the publication of her<br />

book?<br />

“The Lucky Ones<br />

equips the (nonrefugee)<br />

Australian<br />

with background and<br />

knowledge about what<br />

it has taken the refugees<br />

to get to Australia, settle here and<br />

make a success of their lives. It enables<br />

the reader to walk beside them in their<br />

journey and hopefully feel more compassion<br />

and understanding about what they<br />

have experienced.<br />

“I hope my book will put a human face<br />

on the plight of more 35 million refugees<br />

around the world waiting for countries<br />

like Australia to take them in.<br />

“Most who come here are hard-working<br />

and make a success of it because of<br />

where they have come from and their<br />

background of poverty and hardship.<br />

Their children work hard too.<br />

“Refugees can be a huge bonus to a<br />

country like ours, especially when we<br />

have a labour and skills crisis.”<br />

– Steve Meacham<br />

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6 JANUARY <strong>2024</strong><br />

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News<br />

Letters: Readers have their say<br />

Mona murals #1<br />

I think they are wonderful.<br />

Perhaps they could also go on<br />

the northern side of Mona Vale<br />

Road near the cemetery. Surely<br />

no vandal would ruin such<br />

attractive pieces of work?<br />

Di Millgate<br />

Warriewood<br />

Mona murals #2<br />

It’s an absolute pleasure to see<br />

these artists’ works displayed;<br />

it gives the village a lovely feel.<br />

I suggest there is a massive<br />

‘canvas’ waiting to be painted<br />

on the back of the buildings<br />

by the stormwater drain<br />

between Bassett and Darley<br />

streets. These buildings are<br />

a target for ugly graffiti and<br />

tagging. A beautiful mural<br />

would be a great addition.<br />

Helen Fewtrell<br />

Bayview<br />

Mona murals #3<br />

The murals are fabulous! I was<br />

disappointed to read some<br />

people think it’s defacing the<br />

brickwork.<br />

When I walk past a (good)<br />

mural, my heart lifts and I<br />

smile. If I walk past a brick<br />

building, I feel nothing.<br />

Murals are also a great<br />

attraction; I’ve been to<br />

Dunedin in NZ where they’re<br />

a highlight and you go for a<br />

walk to admire the murals.<br />

Keep them coming!<br />

Dee Calvesbert<br />

Church Point<br />

Mona Vale Road #1<br />

I have asked Rory Amon to find<br />

out how much “the stop” on<br />

the Western stage of the Mona<br />

Vale Road contract is costing<br />

taxpayers. As yet, no reply. I<br />

doubt anyone in the Premier’s<br />


To deter graffiti.<br />

office knows or cares.<br />

I understand that new<br />

homes developed in<br />

Warriewood valley were to be<br />

permitted only if Mona Vale<br />

Road was widened to allow<br />

residents to escape the area in<br />

the case of a catastrophic fire.<br />

Susan Hill<br />

Bayview<br />

Mona Vale Road #2<br />

I’m sure Rory Amon is indeed<br />

angry about the Mona Vale<br />

Road upgrade cancellation<br />

debacle foisted upon us by<br />

the Minns Labor Government.<br />

But sadly for him, as a<br />

newly minted junior MP in<br />

a traditionally super-safe<br />

Liberal seat, he has absolutely<br />

zero leverage to do anything<br />

about it. So he is left with the<br />

empty performative gesture of<br />

a petition (which we all know<br />

will be ignored).<br />

Rory, if you want to fix<br />

this issue there is only one<br />

way to do it – leave the Libs<br />

and become an Independent.<br />

Minns’ government teeters<br />

on the narrowest of margins;<br />

history tells us that sooner<br />

or later, scandal will see<br />

Labor lose an MP or two, at<br />

which point Minns will need<br />

Independents to govern.<br />

Darren Jones<br />

Avalon Beach<br />

Avalon Shared<br />

Space<br />

It beggars belief that there are<br />

objections to this initiative – it<br />

makes the Avalon village and<br />

busy intersection so much<br />

more user-friendly and far<br />

more safe. As a previous ‘four<br />

ways’, it was a nightmare.<br />

Bruce Hall<br />

Avalon<br />

8 JANUARY <strong>2024</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Council given control over streets<br />

The State Government will give Northern<br />

Beaches Council the authority to<br />

design and deliver pedestrian crossings,<br />

bike lanes and parking changes without<br />

referral to local Traffic Committees.<br />

The major regulatory change, involving<br />

all Councils across NSW, is aimed at<br />

making streets more liveable and to better<br />

support walking and cycling.<br />

Also, Northern Beaches Council will<br />

soon be able to temporarily close local<br />

streets to vehicles to host more community<br />

events and boost outdoor dining<br />

experiences.<br />

And the State Government has introduced<br />

new legislation that will prevent<br />

single complainants from shutting down<br />

outdoor events featuring live music.<br />

The Government’s $15 million Vibrant<br />

Streets program will be available to<br />

councils from early <strong>2024</strong>. It says the<br />

program will help reduce the cost and<br />

complexity for communities to use the<br />

streets they own.<br />

“This package of initiatives creates<br />

more opportunities to have fun outdoors<br />

by making it cheaper to arrange events<br />

and removing the often slow and complex<br />

application processes involved in delivering<br />

street activations,” said Transport for<br />

NSW spokesperson Brooke Wharton.<br />

STREET ACTIVATIONS: The NSW Government is<br />

cutting red tape to make events easier to stage.<br />

“These activations will help make<br />

spaces feel safer and more welcoming<br />

and support local employment and business.”<br />

The Vibrant Streets program includes<br />

two packages:<br />

Open Streets – A grant funding program<br />

for NSW councils to temporarily<br />

close streets and open them for people to<br />

use and enjoy. Applications for councils<br />

opens in <strong>January</strong> <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Permit/Plug/Play Pilot – A program<br />

partnering with pilot councils to help<br />

reduce the cost and complexity of delivering<br />

street-based events through an innovative<br />

“local problems, local solutions”<br />

model to allow for global pre-approvals<br />

for streets as event sites.<br />

Also, the Government passed legislation<br />

in November which backs live music,<br />

encourages the creation of more local<br />

entertainment zones, and will prevent<br />

single complainants from shutting down<br />

venues.<br />

In addition to the Vibrant Street program<br />

and the new legislation, Transport<br />

for NSW has also introduced its own<br />

initiatives to encourage more events and<br />

activities on local streets.<br />

The first is a change to the Roads Regulations<br />

to make it easier for communities<br />

to hold neighbourhood street events.<br />

It gives councils the power to approve<br />

road closures for neighbourhood gatherings<br />

on minor roads – such as a community<br />

party or holiday event – without<br />

approval from Transport for NSW.<br />

The second initiative, announced in<br />

December, is the new Temporary Delegation<br />

which gives council the authority to<br />

design and deliver pedestrian crossings,<br />

bike lanes, street trees and parking<br />

changes without referral to either Transport<br />

for NSW or local Traffic Committees.<br />

More information on Neighbourhood<br />

Activity Guidelines and the Temporary<br />

Delegation is available on Transport for<br />

NSW’s website.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

JANUARY <strong>2024</strong> 9

Lili’s a rugby lioness<br />

News<br />

Narrabeen’s Lili Boyle<br />

recently captained the<br />

Australian Schoolgirl<br />

Sevens team to a global victory<br />

with her skillful and physical<br />

displays, and yet you wouldn’t<br />

know it off the pitch.<br />

Off the field Lili is shy and<br />

reserved, and has a smile that<br />

says butter-wouldn’t melt. On<br />

the pitch, she’s described as<br />

a lion.<br />

Captaining the Australian<br />

Schoolgirl Sevens rugby team<br />

to victory in the Global Youth<br />

Sevens on the Gold Coast<br />

in December, she was also<br />

named in the tournament’s<br />

Dream Team, selected from<br />

every nation taking part.<br />

A student at Narrabeen<br />

Sports High, she’s an ordinary<br />

Beaches teen who loves<br />

Chicken Bites in Narrabeen<br />

and surfing with friends at<br />

Freshie Beach (“we’re not very<br />

good!”). She hangs with her<br />

family and friends, does her<br />

studies – and then tears apart<br />

the opposition on the rugby<br />

field.<br />

“I’m not really in a position<br />

that scores points,” says Lili,<br />

“but I do lots of tackling and<br />

get through a lot of work.”<br />

And it’s that work ethic<br />

that earned the respect of her<br />

teammates and the captaincy<br />

of the team.<br />

“I wasn’t expecting to be<br />

captain, but we went up to the<br />

Gold Coast and at the jersey<br />

presentation I was named<br />

captain,” says Lili humbly, “it<br />

was mainly for my leadership<br />

on the pitch and the way the<br />

girls respect me and look up<br />

to me.”<br />

REWARD FOR EFFORT: Unassuming Lili Boyle’s leadership skills were recognised when she was selected captain<br />

of the ultimately victorious Australian Schoolgirl Sevens team last month.<br />

Grandmother Karen says<br />

Lili’s transformation when she<br />

runs out to play is astounding.<br />

“She’s so quiet, but just<br />

comes into her own on the<br />

field,” says Karen. “It just<br />

amazes me how much respect<br />

her teammates have for her!”<br />

Lili got into rugby through<br />

her younger brother and initially<br />

started playing 15-a-side,<br />

before progressing to 7s. A<br />

regular for Manly Mermaids,<br />

the victorious Australian<br />

team she captained had barely<br />

trained together, let alone<br />

played any games.<br />

“The girls are all aged 16, 17<br />

and 18, and we went through<br />

a selection process,” explains<br />

Lili. “I represented Sydney<br />

North and then NSW and we<br />

played against Qld and ACT.<br />

The best girls from those<br />

games progressed to a selection<br />

camp, where they picked<br />

the final 13 for the squad.<br />

“We’d never played together<br />

as a team, and didn’t get to<br />

train together a great deal,<br />

but we had two camps and<br />

also went up to the Gold Coast<br />

early to prepare together.”<br />

Lili says she and the team<br />

took some inspiration from our<br />

national golden girls The Matildas<br />

and it all came together for<br />

them in a tense final against<br />

the “old enemy” New Zealand,<br />

after beating Canada and<br />

Tonga in earlier games.<br />

“There was a real bond and<br />

connection between the girls<br />

in the final,” reveals Lili. “We<br />

had real trust to get the job<br />

done together and beat New<br />

Zealand 27-12.”<br />

At 18, Lili will now end her<br />

role with the Schoolgirls rugby<br />

team, but with pathways growing<br />

for women in traditional<br />

men’s sports, a jump in code<br />

to rugby league and the Sea<br />

Eagles might be her next port<br />

of call?<br />

The lioness of Narrabeen<br />

might next become an eagle.<br />

Regardless, expect to hear a<br />

whole lot more of Lili Boyle.<br />

– Rob Pegley<br />

10 JANUARY <strong>2024</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Govt planning reforms<br />

News<br />

The NSW Government<br />

is under pressure to<br />

rethink its proposed<br />

planning laws that would permit<br />

seven-storey developments<br />

within 400m of <strong>Pittwater</strong> town<br />

centres including Narrabeen,<br />

Mona Vale, Newport Beach and<br />

Avalon Beach.<br />

This includes the potential<br />

for towering 21-metre shop-top<br />

housing along Old Barrenjoey<br />

Road at Avalon Beach and Barrenjoey<br />

Road at Newport.<br />

The Government’s broadbrushstroke<br />

reforms for dual<br />

occupancies, shop-top housing,<br />

multi-dwelling housing and<br />

mid-rise housing (see panel)<br />

apply to the Six Cities region,<br />

which incorporates the Northern<br />

Beaches Local Government<br />

Area as part of the Eastern<br />

Harbour City region.<br />

The Eastern Harbour City<br />

region comprises 19 Sydney<br />

Council LGAs.<br />

The Government’s reforms<br />

– outlined in a 40-page<br />

document on public exhibition<br />

until February 23 – propose<br />

non-refusal standards for new<br />

developments in R3 and R2<br />

Zones, plus shop-top housing.<br />

This would mean Council<br />

and local planning panels<br />

would be powerless to deny<br />

DAs that meet all other planning<br />

requirements.<br />

Northern Beaches Council’s<br />

zoning map reveals swathes<br />

of R3 blocks across <strong>Pittwater</strong>,<br />

including within Narrabeen<br />

EXAMPLE: <strong>Pittwater</strong> MP Rory Amon outside a Mona Vale home in R3 Zone.<br />

(along Ocean and Lagoon<br />

Streets), Mona Vale (Vineyard<br />

Street, the north side of Mona<br />

Vale Road, Golf Avenue and<br />

Darley Street East), Newport<br />

Beach (Foamcrest and Seaview<br />

Avenues and the eastern side<br />

of Ocean Avenue) and Avalon<br />

Beach (The Crescent and<br />

Avalon Parade East). Most of<br />

Warriewood is zoned R3.<br />

The planning map shows<br />

large parcels of R2 zones<br />

adjoining those suburb’s R3<br />

zones.<br />

Shop-top housing is prevalent<br />

in Avalon Beach, Newport,<br />

Narrabeen and Mona Vale.<br />

Although its reforms have<br />

not been legislated the Government<br />

has already overruled<br />

a planning refusal within<br />

Parramatta Council LGA; in late<br />

December Channel Nine Media<br />

reported that Parramatta Council<br />

was considering legal action<br />

against the Government for<br />

interfering with the integrity of<br />

its planning process.<br />

At is December meeting,<br />

Northern Beaches councillors<br />

voted to seek an urgent<br />

audience with Premier Chris<br />

Minns and Planning Minister<br />

Paul Scully to voice Council’s<br />

opposition and also request an<br />

extension of time for community<br />

submissions.<br />

Mayor Sue Heins said Council<br />

believed the proposals represented<br />

‘rezoning by stealth’.<br />

“The changes are in effect rezoning<br />

land for higher density<br />

uses without going through a<br />

rezoning process,” she said.<br />

“The rezoning process allows<br />

all relevant factors to be<br />

considered for good strategic<br />

planning outcomes. The<br />

one-size-fits-all approach as<br />

outlined here does not and it<br />

undermines the very basis of<br />

the planning system in NSW.”<br />

Planning Minister Paul Scully<br />

said the Minns Government<br />

was confronting the housing<br />

crisis with bold reforms to<br />

create tens of thousands of<br />

new, well-located, low-rise and<br />

mid-rise homes.<br />

“The reforms create capacity<br />

for industry to deliver up to an<br />

estimated 112,000 new homes<br />

across the Greater Sydney region,<br />

Hunter, Central Coast and<br />

Illawarra,” he said.<br />

He said currently, each local<br />

Council had its own rules for<br />

what kind of homes could be<br />

built in their area.<br />

“In many local government<br />

areas, these rules do not allow<br />

the types of homes that we<br />

need for the next generation,<br />

housing close to transport,<br />

infrastructure and social<br />

amenity.”<br />

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

Amon condemned the Government’s<br />

plan.<br />

“Dumping significant development<br />

in <strong>Pittwater</strong> without<br />

adequate infrastructure is<br />

wicked,” he said.<br />

“The Government has<br />

cancelled the Mona Vale Road<br />

West widening and canned the<br />

Beaches Link Tunnel. These<br />

cancelled projects and now<br />

new density would leave our<br />

suburbs in gridlock and ruin<br />

12 JANUARY <strong>2024</strong><br />

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have <strong>Pittwater</strong> on edge<br />

our quality of life.”<br />

He noted the full details of<br />

the Government’s plans would<br />

not become clear until its draft<br />

State Environmental Planning<br />

Policy (SEPP) was released following<br />

a review of community<br />

feedback.<br />

However, he said the proposed<br />

reforms had telegraphed<br />

the Government’s intent.<br />

Mr Amon said that in addition<br />

to doubling apartment<br />

block heights, Council sources<br />

estimated that Government’s<br />

changes to low-density zones<br />

to permit dual occupancies,<br />

terraces and manor homes on<br />

tiny blocks would mean an<br />

additional 44,000 dwellings<br />

could be created across the<br />

Beaches.<br />

“We are not against development,<br />

but we are deadset<br />

against development without<br />

adequate infrastructure,” he<br />

said.<br />

“In an area without mass<br />

transport options, these changes<br />

are unacceptable. With our<br />

community, we will fight this<br />

unreasonable plan and I will<br />

let them know how they can<br />

help in the weeks ahead.”<br />

Protect <strong>Pittwater</strong> President<br />

Simon Dunn told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>:<br />

“Nothing highlights the need<br />

for environmentally sensitive<br />

zoning in <strong>Pittwater</strong> more than<br />

a State Government wielding<br />

a SEPP to achieve housing<br />

targets.<br />

“We have not yet seen the<br />

details of the proposed SEPP<br />

but would expect it to exempt<br />

environmental living zones.<br />

“We are therefore thankful<br />

that a great number of <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

residents and community<br />

groups had the foresight to<br />

strenuously oppose the drastic<br />

zoning changes for <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

that were initially proposed by<br />

the Northern Beaches Council<br />

in early 2023.”<br />

He said that, had the zoning<br />

changes gone unchallenged,<br />

“<strong>Pittwater</strong>’s unique natural<br />

environment would have been<br />

left even more vulnerable to<br />

inappropriate development”.<br />

Mackellar Federal Independent<br />

MP Dr Sophie Scamps said<br />

it was premature to “jump to<br />

conclusions” about the planning<br />

reforms leading to overdevelopment.<br />

“There are two issues at<br />

play – the need to address the<br />

housing crisis Sydney is facing,<br />

and that development should<br />

be consistent with community<br />

expectations,” she said.<br />

“The Government is seeking<br />

submissions and has also foreshadowed<br />

that councils will<br />

have input on the suitability of<br />

local town centres for higher<br />

densities, depending on the<br />

range of services they offer.<br />

“So it is premature to jump<br />

to conclusions.”<br />

She added the Government<br />

should be aiming to create vibrant,<br />

walkable, well-designed<br />

NSW Govt’s proposed reforms<br />

• Permit Residential Flat Buildings (RFBs) with consent in the<br />

R3 Zone within station and town centre precincts in the Six<br />

Cities region (includes Northern Beaches Council LGA within<br />

‘Eastern Harbour City’).<br />

• Includes introducing non-refusal standards that apply to<br />

RFBs wherever they are permitted (excluding R2 Zones) in<br />

station and town centre precincts in the Six Cities region.<br />

• Maximum building height RFBs – 21m within inner (0-400m)<br />

station and town centre precincts.<br />

• Maximum building height RFBs – 16m within outer (400-<br />

800m) station and town centre precincts.<br />

• Permit Multi-Dwelling Houses (MDHs) with consent in R2<br />

Zones within station and town centre precincts in the Six Cities<br />

region – maximum building height 9.5m.<br />

• Permit shop-top housing (STH) with no change to permissibility<br />

but with non-refusal standards identical to RFBs<br />

(heights 21m and 16m).<br />

* Source: NSW Government.<br />

and sustainable communities<br />

close to transport that were<br />

consistent with Northern<br />

Beaches values.<br />

“Even though this is a State<br />

issue, I will be closely scrutinising<br />

it and working with<br />

my State counterparts and<br />

Council.”<br />

Wakehurst Independent<br />

MP Michael Regan said he<br />

supported the intent of the<br />

reforms to increase low-and<br />

mid-rise development in residential<br />

zones.<br />

“There is no question that<br />

many people want to downsize<br />

from big houses into<br />

either large apartments, or<br />

something lacking here on the<br />

Beaches, terraces and villas,”<br />

he said.<br />

“And not just downsizers,<br />

but small families and executive<br />

couples, for example.<br />

“So many people have approached<br />

me over the years<br />

about wanting to have a duplex<br />

on their property to allow their<br />

kids an opportunity to remain<br />

in the area or to look after<br />

their folks in retirement.”<br />

However, he said he didn’t<br />

support the “blanket application”<br />

of density changes which<br />

did not take into account the<br />

“fundamental infrastructure<br />

constraints of the Northern<br />

Beaches, or other parts of Sydney<br />

for that matter”.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

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

readers@pittwaterlife.com.au<br />

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JANUARY <strong>2024</strong> 13

News<br />

Warriewood greenspace revamp<br />

The build-out of<br />

Warriewood’s new Lynne<br />

Czinner Park – formerly<br />

known as Fern Creek Reserve<br />

– will provide locals with<br />

a revamped green space to<br />

offset the likely addition of<br />

new housing developments<br />

along Macpherson Street in<br />

the next few years.<br />

Both Flower Power and<br />

Foleys Nursery have lodged<br />

DAs with Northern Beaches<br />

Council for a combined 81<br />

dwellings.<br />

Council’s expansion of<br />

Fern Creek Reserve – made<br />

possible by additional<br />

property acquisitions along<br />

the creek – is creating a<br />

much-anticipated area<br />

of open space for the<br />

community of Warriewood.<br />

The new park along with<br />

the parkland to the north<br />

of the creek – known as<br />

‘Rocket Ship Park’ after its<br />

playground – was renamed<br />

in consultation with the<br />

community to Lynne Czinner<br />

Park to honour the former<br />

Mayor of <strong>Pittwater</strong> and<br />

BIGGER: The expanded Lynne Czinner Park (artist’s impression).<br />

environmental trail blazer.<br />

Council’s vision for the<br />

new space includes a shared<br />

path and pedestrian bridge<br />

connection across Fern<br />

Creek; picnic areas with BBQ<br />

facilities, shade and water<br />

bottle filling stations; a<br />

fitness station; a network of<br />

shared paths; open, grassed<br />

areas; native plantings and<br />

landscaping; and additional<br />

car parking on Dove Lane.<br />

Council said the build<br />

was being fully funded by<br />

developer contributions and<br />

was expected to be completed<br />

in April, weather permitting.<br />

Recently the pedestrian<br />

bridge connecting the<br />

northern and southern side<br />

of the park was completed<br />

but it will remain closed<br />

while the other works are<br />

undertaken.<br />

Lynne Czinner was elected<br />

to the first <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council<br />

in 1992, serving consecutive<br />

terms until 2008. Within that<br />

period, Lynne spent four<br />

consecutive terms as Deputy<br />

Mayor from 1998 to 2002,<br />

and in 2004 was elected as<br />

Mayor.<br />

– NW<br />

7THINGS<br />


NYE Fireworks. Enjoy<br />

spectacular fireworks displays<br />

scheduled to light up the sky<br />

around Bayview from 9pm to<br />

9.15pm and again at midnight.<br />

Free Outdoor Cinema. Drop into<br />

the new outdoor cinema at The<br />

Newport on Wednesday nights<br />

to catch some of the best surfing<br />

adventure moments on the big<br />

screen. Movies this month include<br />

Kamchatka, Facing Monsters and<br />

South to Sian.<br />

Giant obstacle course. There’ll<br />

be something for all the family to<br />

enjoy when Australia’s biggest<br />

inflatable obstacle course (300m<br />

long) and other fun activities<br />

are set up by Tuff Nutterz at<br />

Winnererremy Bay Mona Vale<br />

from Tues 9 to Sun 14. Cost $25-<br />

$40; search online to book a spot.<br />

Donate blood. The Mobile Blood<br />

Donor Centre is rolling into Mona<br />

Vale and setting up at Surfview<br />

Road from Mon 8 to Sun 14. Don’t<br />

forget to pre-book your spot<br />

at lifeblood.com.au, on their app,<br />

or on 13 14 95.<br />

Get ready Swifties! Ages 10<br />

years and up are welcome to drop<br />

in at Mona Vale Library on Thurs<br />

18 from 2 to 5pm for an afternoon<br />

of bracelet making, listening<br />

to music and meeting other<br />

Northern Beaches ‘Swifties’.<br />

Materials are provided to make<br />

Taylor Swift-inspired friendship<br />

bracelets including beads, letters<br />

and elastic strings. Create up to 5<br />

unique bracelets to take home or<br />

to trade. You are welcome to bring<br />

along additional bead charms.<br />

Free.<br />

Polystyrene drop. Residents<br />

can take rigid pieces of 100%<br />

clean, white and dry polystyrene<br />

packaging for recycling to<br />

Kimbriki Resource Recovery<br />

Centre, Terrey Hills on Sun 21<br />

from 8am to 4pm.<br />

Australia Day Breakfast.<br />

Everyone is invited to head to<br />

Bert Payne Reserve Newport<br />

Beach on Fri 26 for <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s<br />

Australia Day BBQ Breakfast from<br />

7.30am-11.30am. Organised by<br />

our local Zonta and Rotary clubs,<br />

there will be amusement rides,<br />

face paining and a thong throwing<br />

competition, plus great coffee<br />

vendors, gelato and live music.<br />

14 JANUARY <strong>2024</strong><br />

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Bryan’s new whodunnit<br />

Q: How did you get into writing<br />

and why?<br />

Pitches I was writing for<br />

film and television began to<br />

take on a life of their own.<br />

They became stories. Hence a<br />

bunch of them became ‘Sweet<br />

Jimmy’ (a collection of short<br />

stories published in 2021).<br />

Now a much longer short<br />

story has become a novel:<br />

‘The Drowning’.<br />

Q: What inspired<br />

you to write The<br />

Drowning?<br />

I know a particular<br />

area of the north<br />

coast of NSW. I<br />

surf there. I know<br />

the community.<br />

The little nearby<br />

towns. The different<br />

demographics.<br />

The vitality and the<br />

quiet. It was natural<br />

that I’d want to set a<br />

story there.<br />

Q: How did it all come together?<br />

When did you write<br />

ONE-<br />

FINGER<br />

TYPER:<br />

Bryan<br />

Brown.<br />

it/ how long did<br />

it take?<br />

I began the book<br />

late 2022. I had<br />

an incident that<br />

I knew was arresting<br />

for the<br />

reader and I<br />

also had three characters that<br />

would take me on a ride. The<br />

book was finished early 2023<br />

and then there was a little<br />

finessing. Not a lot. It usually<br />

comes racing out. Not straight<br />

away but on some days an<br />

hour or two and then nothing<br />

for a week maybe.<br />

Q: Describe your writing<br />

habits…<br />

I can’t sit for long writing<br />

away and I am a one-finger<br />

typer. As I said, the characters<br />

tell me the story. Some<br />

days they have nothing to tell<br />

me and then some nights just<br />

before sleep they announce<br />

where they are going. Next<br />

morning I’m in front of the<br />

computer.<br />

Q: Any interesting feedback<br />

so far?<br />

I’m interested in what the<br />

locals in a particular town<br />

will think because I’m sure<br />

they are going to reckon I’ve<br />

set ‘The Drowning’ there!<br />

*‘The Drowning’; published<br />

by Allen & Unwin. RRP –<br />

$32.99. Available at all good<br />

bookstores or online.<br />

CYC grant<br />

gives Marine<br />

Rescue boost<br />

Marine Rescue Broken<br />

Bay has enhanced its<br />

operational capabilities<br />

following the completion<br />

of crew and training rooms<br />

and a dedicated administration<br />

area at its Bayview<br />

facility.<br />

The internal fit-out was<br />

made possible through<br />

a $42,551 grant from the<br />

Cruising Yacht Club of<br />

Australia SOLAS Trust.<br />

The grant is part of a<br />

larger $300,000 three-year<br />

funding commitment.<br />

In the first 11 months of<br />

2023 the Broken Bay unit<br />

safely returned 283 people<br />

to shore, completing 132<br />

search-and-rescue missions<br />

including seven life-threatening<br />

emergencies.<br />

The new rooms will<br />

enhance the unit’s ability<br />

to respond swiftly and<br />

effectively to emergencies<br />

on the water. – NW<br />

News<br />

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JANUARY <strong>2024</strong> 15

Peter had scores to settle<br />

News<br />

Collaroy’s Peter Dawson<br />

first took up golf at the<br />

age of 12. Sneaking onto<br />

the exclusive fairways of The<br />

Australian Golf Club at Kensington,<br />

he and a few mates<br />

would play as many holes as<br />

they could until they heard<br />

the course ranger coming for<br />

them.<br />

It was 1959 and the ranger<br />

had plenty of horsepower.<br />

“Our primary purpose was<br />

to avoid the ranger. Most of<br />

the time now they’re on motor<br />

bikes or little 4-wheel agricultural<br />

vehicles – but in those<br />

days he had a big white horse<br />

and we had one eye out for<br />

him and one on the ball. We<br />

heard him before we saw him.<br />

So we were very quick off<br />

the mark. It was exciting but<br />

scary too,” Peter remembers.<br />

This was the beginning of a<br />

life-long love affair with golf<br />

and connection to The Australian<br />

Golf Club, the co-host with<br />

The Lakes Golf Club of the<br />

Australian Open in late 2023.<br />

Peter was there, as one of<br />

the hundreds of volunteers<br />

critical to staging such a<br />

major event. He has volunteered<br />

at the Australian Open<br />

for 17 years, both as a course<br />

marshal (Quiet Please!) and as<br />

a walking scorer.<br />

“I go to the Open to volunteer<br />

because I love being<br />

around the players, I love<br />

seeing good shots, I love the<br />

atmosphere of the place. As<br />

soon as I step in, even before,<br />

going up to the club before I<br />

start each day I get quite excited.<br />

You don’t get that very<br />

often these days… at my age,<br />

anyway!” he says.<br />

IMPRESSIVE: Peter (second right) scoring the play of Thai amateur Elia Galitsky.<br />

As a walking scorer in 2023<br />

he was assigned to groups<br />

of three golfers, recording<br />

statistics (fairways hit/number<br />

of putts) and hole-by-hole<br />

scores and radioing in the<br />

scores for display on the electronic<br />

scoreboards around<br />

the course.<br />

The days can be long, with<br />

rounds taking more than five<br />

hours; but he is inside the<br />

ropes and close to the action.<br />

He gets to see what the golfers<br />

are really like, both men<br />

and women. Peter enjoys the<br />

solitude he can find in the<br />

midst of such a busy event,<br />

just in his own zone focusing<br />

on scoring.<br />

He talks about brother and<br />

sister superstars Min Woo Lee<br />

and Minjee Lee and renowned<br />

chatterbox Lee Trevino and<br />

how the best golfers are the<br />

carefree ones.<br />

“The one thing I’ve learnt is<br />

that the better golfers have a<br />

better attitude. They’re not totally<br />

focused… on what is going<br />

on around them… they’re<br />

there to hit a ball,” Peter says.<br />

From the 2023 Australian<br />

Open field he picks an eclectic<br />

group of three carefree<br />

golfers he would like to have a<br />

relaxing 18 holes with:<br />

Masters champion Adam<br />

Scott – “He’s an Aussie and<br />

I think he would be a lovely<br />

guy to play with”;<br />

US pro Michael Block – a<br />

2023 feel-good story, following<br />

his hole-in-one and high<br />

finish in the US PGA Championship;<br />

and<br />

Thai amateur Eila Galitsky<br />

– Peter scored her 1-under-par<br />

71 on the final day. “She was<br />

magnificent, absolutely magnificent.<br />

She just fired at the<br />

pin all day. Steady, pure golf,<br />

didn’t make a mistake.”<br />

Peter is a dedicated numbers<br />

man and being a walking<br />

scorer is a natural fit. A Chartered<br />

Accountant by trade, he<br />

spent 40-plus years revelling<br />

in the beauty of numbers, a<br />

passion and skill kick-started<br />

by encountering long division<br />

at primary school.<br />

“I owe it, I believe, to the<br />

Nuns. I think around third<br />

class at St Joseph’s Rosebery,<br />

just down the road from The<br />

Australian Golf Club,” he<br />

explains.<br />

A Long Reef Golf Club<br />

member since 2001, playing<br />

to a single-figure handicap<br />

on his good days, Peter is<br />

also the official scorer for<br />

the Long Reef on Tour (LROT)<br />

group – with a reputation for<br />

photobombing every prize<br />

presentation on tour.<br />

– Greg McHugh<br />

16 JANUARY <strong>2024</strong><br />

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Why Avalon gets top billing<br />

You may not have heard of Claire<br />

Morris, but she’s perhaps the<br />

most important person in music<br />

on the peninsula, and the<br />

reason Avalon RSL has<br />

become the number one<br />

music venue.<br />

When Narrabeen RSL<br />

closed, Claire was its Events<br />

Manager; suddenly she had<br />

11 great acts lined up for<br />

the Northern Beaches – and<br />

nowhere for them to play.<br />

“I was in total despair,” remembers<br />

Claire. “I cold-called<br />

Avalon RSL and they jumped<br />

at it. They took on almost all<br />

11 shows in one hit. I’m so grateful to<br />

Cristo and the board of directors.<br />

“It’s not easy to put on live music – it’s<br />

expensive and you need resources to do<br />

it. On top of that, getting an RSL to put<br />

on a band like The Exploited [hard-core<br />

working class Scottish punk band] with<br />

open arms is a testament to them.<br />

“Avalon RSL is now once again established<br />

as a touring artist venue, like it<br />

was in the ’80s/’90s.”<br />

It certainly is, with The Exploited,<br />

You Am I, and The Whitlams just a few<br />

bands to have played recently.<br />

As Events and Entertainment Manager<br />

and Artist Liaison, Claire plays a<br />

massive part in that. Most of her days<br />

are spent talking to booking agents,<br />

discussing ideas, sorting social media,<br />

checking ticket sales and keeping<br />

things on track. Then at the weekend<br />

it’s working with the production guys<br />

and bands to make sure it all happens.<br />

“My biggest aim is that everyone<br />

leaves with a smile on their face,” says<br />

Claire. “That the audience are happy,<br />

the venue is happy, and the band are<br />

happy they’ve come out to Avalon.”<br />

Apart from one gig where a power<br />

outage saw the show cancelled (“… he<br />

‘GIG’ ECONOMY: Skunkhour playing the Avalon Beach RSL; and events manager Claire.<br />

still played a couple of acoustic numbers,<br />

but legally we weren’t allowed to<br />

continue”), the only tough part of the<br />

job is Monday when it’s all over.<br />

“When your adrenalin runs out and<br />

there’s no show, it’s really hard. You’re<br />

looking for that feeling again and trying<br />

to find purpose in ordinary life!”<br />

Clearly it’s in the blood.<br />

“Yeah, my dad had a hotel and I’ve<br />

always loved live music. I’ve worked in<br />

venues for over 30 years now.<br />

“And I love that we have such a<br />

fan base on the Northern Beaches – a<br />

strong and established audience.<br />

Agents and artists know that they have<br />

an audience [here] and that the venue<br />

will look after them.<br />

“I also love that we have a solid punk<br />

crowd. The Exploited and local band<br />

RUST showed that recently at Avalon<br />

RSL. Everyone thinks we’re swanning<br />

around in linen on the peninsula! But<br />

this punk scene is going on amongst a<br />

conservative environment.”<br />

Claire says the days of excessive<br />

‘riders’ (requests) backstage are over –<br />

especially at Avalon RSL – but admits<br />

that she’s witnessed some in her time.<br />

However, what goes on tour, stays on<br />

tour.<br />

“If they ask for something cheeky<br />

these days, it’ll be tongue-in-cheek. One<br />

band wanted a souvenir, so we gave<br />

them Avalon RSL lighters and t-shirts.”<br />

If it sounds a fun job and a fun life,<br />

well, it is.<br />

“The best part is you get to fill a<br />

room with people who might not have<br />

anything in common other than that<br />

they love the same song or band,”<br />

Claire said.<br />

“Nowhere else that’s available. Maybe<br />

in church. But these people come<br />

together just because of passion for a<br />

song or album.<br />

“I don’t think anything is better than<br />

that professionally.”<br />

Bands coming to Avalon RSL early<br />

in <strong>2024</strong> include Adam Newling, Alex<br />

Lloyd, Ash Grunwald, Sons of the East<br />

(sold out), Tijuana Cartel and Jason<br />

Singh. With a few other surprises to be<br />

announced soon.<br />

And if Claire could get one act to<br />

Avalon RSL?<br />

“Iggy Pop. I once drove 1800 kilometres<br />

to see Iggy.”<br />

– Rob Pegley<br />

News<br />

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JANUARY <strong>2024</strong> 17

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 />

Welcome to <strong>January</strong> 1999, when the US TV<br />

show “Baywatch looks like becoming part of<br />

our life to the benefit of the Avalon Surf Club<br />

and our image around the world.” Hmm,<br />

not so fast… further inside the magazine<br />

readers learned “Avalon’s Alex McTaggart<br />

has a personal objection to the use of Avalon<br />

Beach for filming the Baywatch TV programs<br />

and that’s why his ‘No More Baywatch’ signs<br />

appeared at North Avalon and on the Bilgola<br />

Bends.” The story explained Mr McTaggart’s<br />

protest, through a recently formed<br />

committee Friends of Avalon Beach, was<br />

not against the filming but against what he<br />

saw was the lack of consultation with beach<br />

users. The “Baywatch people” wanted to film in Avalon for<br />

two days a week during the winter months. “I want to see a<br />

public meeting which we will call at which all the information<br />

can be made available, and the community as a whole can<br />

have their say. If the majority feels this is good for Avalon,<br />

then so be it. I will abide by that,” McTaggert said. Moving<br />

on… Summer Holidays in <strong>Pittwater</strong> mean “… sailing, the<br />

beach, long lunches, and dinners on balmy evenings. This<br />

month we have focussed on the best of a <strong>Pittwater</strong> summer,<br />

places to go, things for kids and adults to do, the best eateries<br />

and some great holiday reading.” Council was revising its<br />

medium density Shop Top housing plans to “push people<br />

15 Years Ago…<br />

into the commercial centres to live”. The<br />

plan had “already seen unprecedented<br />

development of units in the commercial<br />

centres of Avalon and Newport”. The<br />

“controversial policy was created by the<br />

Council in response to State Government<br />

moves for more medium density houses and<br />

a backlash from residents who complained<br />

about the original plans for the whole of<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>… the resident groups complained<br />

long and loud about the impact of medium<br />

density housing in their own streets”. Under<br />

the new plan each new development “…<br />

will have to meet genuine housing needs and<br />

larger developments that contain only studios<br />

and one-bedroom dwellings will not be approved”. Australia<br />

Day in <strong>Pittwater</strong> “will focus once more on Newport Beach”.<br />

A party atmosphere was planned, with “traditional sports<br />

such as thong throwing and a great wheelie bin race”. A safe<br />

play space at Katoa Reserve at Warriewood was unveiled<br />

showcasing “great design and sculptures” including stone<br />

carved snakes, water dragons, frogs and turtles lying in a<br />

dry creek bed and sandpits. The cover of our mag showed<br />

the beginning of the <strong>Pittwater</strong> to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race;<br />

also, it marked 25 years since The Big Swim from Palm<br />

Beach to Whale Beach first took place.<br />

5 Years Ago…<br />

The cover was “<strong>Pittwater</strong>’s own maxi-yacht” Wild<br />

We ran our annual Locals’<br />

Oats XI, built by McConaghy Yachts in Mona Vale and<br />

Guide. There were some great<br />

owned by Palm Beach’s Bob Oatley, streaking down the gigs including The Screaming<br />

Derwent in Hobart on its way to the finishing line. In<br />

Jets and GANGajang. Also,<br />

news, more than $60 million in capital works relating<br />

the Ocean Swim Series. In<br />

to the Warriewood Valley land release was “in danger<br />

news, an off-leash dog trial at<br />

following moves by the State Government to reduce<br />

Station Beach was “closer to<br />

charges to developers… the scheme is being implemented reality”. Council announced<br />

in a desperate attempt to curry favour with the electorate its partnership in a research<br />

and particularly among the new home buyers finding<br />

project to devise a national<br />

house and land packages too costly”. Council’s General<br />

early warning system to<br />

Manager Mark Ferguson said the proposal could lead to alert coastal communities<br />

rate increases of up to 25 per of impending storm-wave<br />

cent a year. Work had begun damage; Avalon Public School,<br />

on the Renal Dialysis unit<br />

Bilgola Plateau PS, Elanora<br />

at Mona Vale Hospital; more Heights PS and Narrabeen<br />

women were competing in Sports High were set to get excavation will assist to keep<br />

the Ocean Swim series; a plan new air-conditioning systems; the lagoon entrance open for<br />

to build a block of 10 home Mona Vale Hospital’s Urgent several years before further<br />

units for seniors and people Care Centre was upgraded<br />

works are required.” And a large<br />

with disabilities at 2129 and with emergency trained staff<br />

contingent of Avalon locals<br />

2133 <strong>Pittwater</strong> Rd, Church to manage patients who selfpresent<br />

with injuries and<br />

were “busy planning a protest<br />

Point attracted more than<br />

70 objections; and Australia illnesses 24 hours a day;<br />

meeting to vent their opposition<br />

Day events were being held the mouth of the Narrabeen to NB Councils current plans for<br />

at Bert Payne Reserve, The Lagoon had been excavated the coastal walkway through<br />

Newport Arms and at the and open for public use over Little Avalon car park at<br />

Royal Motor Yacht Club.<br />

summer. “It’s understood the Surfside Avenue”.<br />

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SEEN…<br />

Finally! Well, sort of…<br />

the long-awaited upgrade<br />

of the Eastern section of<br />

Mona Vale Road is undergoing<br />

a soft opening<br />

until Sunday 7 <strong>January</strong>,<br />

with all four lanes<br />

open between Foley<br />

Street, Mona Vale and<br />

Manor Road, Ingleside.<br />

Transport for NSW<br />

reports the temporary<br />

availability will remain<br />

in place until 6pm on<br />

<strong>January</strong> 7, after which<br />

time lane closures will<br />

be reinstated until last<br />

works are completed for<br />

an official opening. The<br />

speed limit will remain at 60km/hour during<br />

this period. There will be no changes to the new intersection<br />

of Mona Vale Road, Ponderosa Parade and Samuel Street. For<br />

the latest traffic updates visit livetraffic.com<br />

HEARD…<br />

Good news for NIMBY locals who don’t like the disruption<br />

of Channel Seven TV series Home and Away being filmed at<br />

Governor Phillip Park – from <strong>2024</strong> they’ll be filming more<br />

episodes in other locations. That’s due to the Labor Government’s<br />

decision to amend the producer offset tax legislation,<br />

which provides a 30 per cent rebate to local TV drama<br />

productions. Seven West Media CEO James Warburton told<br />

AdNews that future production of Home and Away would<br />

involve more location filming, including in regional Australia.<br />

Seven chief content officer, entertainment programming,<br />

Angus Ross, said: “More location filming will help<br />

ensure Home and Away maintains its globally acclaimed<br />

production values and will create new work for the Australian<br />

production sector.”… No news is not necessarily good<br />

news, especially in the case of the ongoing vacancy at Avalon<br />

Beach Surf Club’s café and restaurant. We asked Council<br />

for another update on lease developments for the site. They<br />

told us in early December: “Submissions have been received<br />

and these are being negotiated to see if an outcome can be<br />

achieved that is acceptable. If Council accepts a party’s offer<br />

the next step will be to carry out a financial assessment to<br />

determine if the organisation has the financial capacity to<br />

meet the proposed lease requirements.” A follow-up approach<br />

to Council was made on December 22, with no reply.<br />

Another summer’s trade… gone.<br />

ABSURD…<br />

Who would do such a thing? Readers John and Tigi Coplestone<br />

say they received a rude welcome home to Etival Street, Palm<br />

Beach after visiting family in New Zealand late last month. The<br />

couple were left in disbelief and dismay to find that some opportunistic<br />

Grinch had roughly hacked and stolen their prized<br />

hydrangeas, which they had lovingly tended all year – as they<br />

do every year – so they could celebrate the blooms at Christmas.<br />

All up 40-50 white hydrangeas were pinched, presumably<br />

under the cloak of darkness (pictured before… and after).<br />

Particularly galling, say the couple, is the fact they now feel<br />

the need to install security cameras “regretfully, after 30-plus<br />

years in the area”. STOP PRESS: As <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> went to print<br />

the Coplestones contacted us to report they did indeed install<br />

CCTV cameras, which had subsequently captured vision of<br />

an intruder – a woman around 50, with longer than shoulderlength<br />

blondish hair. The vision has been referred to police.<br />

BEFORE<br />

AFTER<br />

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

Midget Farrelly<br />

rock art tribute<br />

Local surfing legend Bernard<br />

‘Midget’ Farrelly will be forever<br />

honoured and remembered<br />

with a rock carving / public<br />

artwork on Black Rock at Palm<br />

Beach. It follows public consultation<br />

undertaken by Northern<br />

Beaches Council. Farrelly lived<br />

at Palm Beach for 54 years and<br />

surfed there almost every day;<br />

he passed away in 2016 at the<br />

age of 71, after a battle with<br />

cancer. He became the first<br />

Australian to win a major international<br />

surfing title in 1962.<br />

Two years later, he won the<br />

inaugural World Surfing Championships<br />

at Manly Beach. In<br />

1985, he was inducted into the<br />

Sport Australia Hall of Fame.<br />

Farrelly gave back to the local<br />

community through the Palm<br />

Beach and Whale Beach Surf<br />

<strong>Life</strong>saving Clubs, where he was<br />

a member and mentor for more<br />

than 20 years. The Recognition<br />

Committee recommended a<br />

petroglyph carving, which is<br />

created by incising, picking,<br />

carving or abrading part of the<br />

rock surface. The tribute will<br />

be installed in early <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Become a<br />

Computer Pal<br />

Have you recently retired,<br />

and looking for a way to feel<br />

connected and pass on the<br />

knowledge you have acquired?<br />

Computer Pals for Seniors<br />

Northern Beaches are looking<br />

for volunteers who can give 2-3<br />

hours of their time each week.<br />

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

Narrabeen Lakes Probus Club next meets<br />

on Wednesday 24 <strong>January</strong> at Narrabeen<br />

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

10am meeting. The guest speaker will be<br />

Merinda Air from the National Maritime<br />

Museum. Visitors welcome; more info call/<br />

text 0424 464 047.<br />

The first meeting of the Bilgola Plateau<br />

Probus Club for <strong>2024</strong> will be held on Friday<br />

5 <strong>January</strong> at Newport Bowling Club. The<br />

meeting starts 10am; doors open from<br />

9.30am. Guest speaker will be Hette Mollema<br />

who is going to focus on ‘Toiletology’ – the<br />

study of toilets. Toilets are critical to our<br />

wellbeing, and something that we very much<br />

take for granted in our modern world. Hette<br />

intends to plunge in and flush out all the<br />

facts about the evolution of toilets, and the<br />

methods for the disposal of our bodily waste<br />

products that humans have devised from the<br />

The not-for-profit organisation,<br />

located at the Tramshed Arts &<br />

Community Centre at Narrabeen,<br />

helps seniors navigate the<br />

world of technology. Platforms<br />

include Android/Apple tablets<br />

and phones, Apple/Microsoft<br />

laptops and Chromebook. If<br />

you feel you could help, email<br />

anne.computerpals@gmail.<br />

com<br />

Short story<br />

competition<br />

The Northern Beaches Writers<br />

Group has announced<br />

the opening of its <strong>2024</strong> Arts<br />

& Words Project, with a first<br />

prize of $250 and publication<br />

online. Writers are encouraged<br />

to submit entries of up to 2,500<br />

words responding to the theme<br />

‘Glass’, along with at least<br />

one image that reflects and<br />

enhances their story. Collaborations<br />

and multiple entries<br />

are welcome. Stories can be<br />

non-fiction, fiction, or fiction<br />

inspired by true events – all<br />

genres and styles are welcome.<br />

Cost is $15 per entry (multiple<br />

entries are permitted but must<br />

be accompanied by a separate<br />

fee and entered separately). The<br />

primary judge is multi-awardwinning<br />

author Zena Shapter<br />

(‘Towards White’). Total prize<br />

pool is $450, including $100 for<br />

the Northern Beaches Commendation<br />

Award (locals only).<br />

Entries close March 31. More<br />

days of hunter-gatherers up to today. Visitors<br />

welcome; enquiries to Shelley (0415 538 864).<br />

The next meeting of Newport Probus Club<br />

is on 11 <strong>January</strong> at Newport Bowling Club.<br />

This meeting is one week later than usual,<br />

to give members the opportunity to return<br />

from holidays and/or recover from the busy<br />

Festive Season. The business meeting will be<br />

followed by a panel of speakers from within<br />

the membership and an entertaining hour is<br />

anticipated. Commences 10am. More info Di<br />

Burrell (0410 465 303).<br />

The next meeting of <strong>Pittwater</strong> Mens Probus<br />

will be held at Mona Vale Surf Club on Tuesday<br />

9 <strong>January</strong>. If you are a boating enthusiast,<br />

this is one not to miss. Gifted speaker Noel<br />

Phelan will deliver ‘The Halvorsen Story’ – a<br />

vessel which is steeped in boating history.<br />

Commences 10am; visitors welcome. More info<br />

Terry Larke (0412 220 820).<br />

info northernbeacheswritersgroup.com<br />

Draft Multicultural<br />

Inclusion plan release<br />

Northern Beaches Council will<br />

put its blueprint for greater<br />

inclusion of multicultural communities<br />

in future decisionmaking<br />

on public exhibition<br />

in early <strong>2024</strong>. Council’s draft<br />

Championing Diversity –<br />

Multicultural Inclusion Plan<br />

2029 identifies the ways that<br />

multicultural communities<br />

can be better informed and<br />

involved in decision making.<br />

Council says it is the first step<br />

in an overall plan to ensure the<br />

needs of those from diverse<br />

Countdown on to 50th Big Swim<br />

The <strong>Pittwater</strong> Ocean Swim<br />

Series splashes into action<br />

in <strong>January</strong>, with three local<br />

swims in the lead-up to the 50th<br />

Big Swim (Palm Beach to Whale<br />

Beach) on Sunday <strong>January</strong> 28.<br />

The Newport Pool-To-Peak swim<br />

starts proceedings on Sunday<br />

<strong>January</strong> 7, followed by the Bilgola<br />

Beach ‘Billy’ swim (<strong>January</strong> 14)<br />

and the Warriewood to Mona Vale<br />

swim (<strong>January</strong> 21).<br />

Big Swim entrants are mainly<br />

recreational swimmers, ranging<br />

from 12 years through 80 years<br />

and over, with more than 75 per<br />

cent coming from outside the<br />

Northern Beaches – a boost for<br />

local businesses.<br />

Organisers report that several<br />

of the originals from the first<br />

swim in 1974 will be swimming<br />

in the 50th swim.<br />

With a record number of entries<br />

expected they will restrict numbers<br />

to 2000 to ensure adequate<br />

water safety craft and surveillance<br />

including jet skis and drones.<br />

*Whale Beach SLSC needs<br />

volunteers to help with entry<br />

registration for the Big Swim<br />

on 28 <strong>January</strong>. The Big Swim is<br />

expected to attract 2000 people.<br />

If you are able to help, email<br />

your name and contact to info@<br />

whalebeachslsc.com.au<br />

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Giant Cuttlefish snap wins day<br />

stunning image of a giant cuttlefish<br />

A swooshing through shallow water<br />

at Manly’s Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic<br />

Reserve has won the third annual<br />

UNDERWATER! 2023 Photo Competition.<br />

As part of Northern Beaches Council’s<br />

30th Ocean Festival, the competition<br />

featured captivating images of<br />

underwater life at the five Aquatic<br />

Reserves on the Northern Beaches<br />

by new, emerging and established<br />

underwater photographers.<br />

The competition’s judges said Talia<br />

Greis’ winning image ‘Torpedo’ (above)<br />

“beautifully captures one of the<br />

Northern Beaches most iconic species<br />

and is technically masterful”.<br />

In addition to the overall winner, there<br />

were eight other winners, one from each<br />

of the competition’s categories as well as<br />

a People’s Choice winner.<br />

For the first time this year, a special<br />

category was included to appeal to<br />

underwater videographers.<br />

More than 225 images were submitted<br />

in 2023, twice the number of entries<br />

from 2022.<br />

The competition’s People’s Choice<br />

award was won by Alana Abercrombie for<br />

her image, Taking a Breath – a fascinating<br />

photo features a turtle’s view of the urban<br />

coast. This category was judged online by<br />

more than 1000 residents.<br />

Meanwhile the inaugural Northern<br />

Beaches Ocean Festival drew 100<br />

enthusiastic participants to Bongin<br />

Bongin Bay last month for a marine sand<br />

sculpture event (above). The familyfriendly<br />

activity promoted the crucial<br />

message of supporting marine life against<br />

the backdrop of marine conservation.<br />

The festival’s success marked a<br />

powerful kick-off to Ocean Festival week,<br />

emphasising the urgency of marine<br />

conservation and aligning with the 30x30<br />

campaign for community engagement.<br />

*View UNDERWATER! images on<br />

Council’s website.<br />

News<br />

backgrounds have access to the<br />

same opportunities as others<br />

living in the community. Mayor<br />

Sue Heins said: “Our plan<br />

means local multicultural communities<br />

will have a seat at the<br />

decision-making table and are<br />

able to be active and engaged<br />

members of our community.”<br />

The plan was developed with<br />

input from more than 500<br />

community members, including<br />

many from a multicultural<br />

background, who communicated<br />

their experiences<br />

living, working or visiting the<br />

Northern Beaches. The draft<br />

plan will go on public display<br />

from mid-<strong>January</strong> to the end<br />

of February.<br />

Enviro Grants<br />

worth $50,000<br />

Northern Beaches Council has<br />

approved $50,000 in environmental<br />

grants for projects in<br />

<strong>2024</strong> aimed at delivering a<br />

positive impact on the local<br />

environment. Council says<br />

recipients will deliver direct<br />

benefit via hands-on creek<br />

bank stabilisation works,<br />

online solar training and bush<br />

regeneration. In the current<br />

program, 10 projects will<br />

receive full funding of $5,000<br />

per project and two will be<br />

awarded partial funding for<br />

projects beginning in December.<br />

All projects are required to<br />

be completed by 31 December<br />

<strong>2024</strong>. See the full list on NB<br />

Council’s website.<br />

Annual Report<br />

highlights works<br />

Northern Beaches Council has<br />

released its annual report for<br />

the 2022/23 financial year<br />

highlighting what it said was<br />

a year of growth, innovation,<br />

and milestone achievements<br />

across various areas. Northern<br />

Beaches Mayor Sue Heins<br />

described the year as one of<br />

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

News<br />

Safe Space awarded funding<br />

Liberal Member for<br />

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

joined MoWaNa President<br />

Melani Kypri and Labor<br />

candidate for <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Jeffrey Quinn to celebrate<br />

the announcement of<br />

$50,000 of funding to<br />

support MoWaNa’s service<br />

of the Northern Beaches<br />

community.<br />

MoWaNa Safe Space<br />

– short for ‘Mona Vale,<br />

Warriewood and Narrabeen’<br />

– is a peer-led communitybased<br />

service to support<br />

people who are experiencing<br />

emotional or suicidal<br />

distress.<br />

Based at the Mind Café,<br />

Narrabeen, MoWaNa<br />

operates 5pm – 9pm on<br />

Friday, Saturday and Sunday<br />

each week, providing a<br />

welcoming and non-clinical<br />

environment where those in<br />

need can ‘drop in’.<br />

The funding has been<br />

awarded by the NSW<br />

Government following<br />

a nomination by Labor<br />

Candidate for <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Jeffrey Quinn during the<br />

recent election period.<br />

The funding will be<br />

used to employ a part-time<br />

volunteer coordinator<br />

and trainer to ensure the<br />

longevity of the safe space.<br />

“The MoWaNa safe space<br />

has helped so many, there<br />

are countless stories of<br />

people whose lives have<br />

been transformed by this<br />

service,” said Mr Amon. “I am<br />

pleased that this funding will<br />

allow the service to continue<br />

and expand, providing<br />

more crucial assistance to<br />

vulnerable people.<br />

“On behalf of our<br />

community, I want to thank<br />

Melani and her team for<br />

their vision and tenacity,<br />

and Guy Morel and the<br />

Mind Café for donating a<br />

space each week for this<br />

important initiative.<br />

“I also applaud Jeffrey<br />

Quinn for his recognition of<br />

this wonderful organisation,”<br />

said Mr Amon. – LO<br />

Continued from page 23<br />

recovery, optimism and teamwork.<br />

“Council delivered $82<br />

million in capital works this<br />

year including an investment<br />

of over $15 million to provide<br />

10.3km of road resurfacing,<br />

5km of new footpaths, 4.1km<br />

of shared paths and 1.6km<br />

of footpath renewals,” she<br />

said. “This is just the tip of<br />

the iceberg with several major<br />

capital works being completed<br />

which provide direct benefit to<br />

the community including the<br />

new Long Reef Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving<br />

club, a new pedestrian bridge<br />

over Narrabeen Lagoon, a new<br />

Marine Rescue Headquarters<br />

at Bayview and a new Rural<br />

Fire Service Brigade Building<br />

at Duffys Forest to support the<br />

great work our volunteers do.”<br />

View the Annual Report on<br />

Council’s website.<br />

Marine Rescue:<br />

Log On, Log Off<br />

If you are planning on enjoying<br />

some time on the water in a<br />

tinnie, cruiser, yacht, kayak,<br />

canoe or a jet ski, don’t forget<br />

to ‘Log On and Off’ with Marine<br />

Rescue – it’s quick, simple<br />

and free. MR advise to Log On<br />

whenever you’re heading out<br />

on the water and Log Off when<br />

you return. To Log On, call<br />

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your Marine Rescue NSW base<br />

on VHF Channel 16, or use the<br />

MarineRescue App. When you<br />

Log On via the radio, the operator<br />

will ask you for some basic<br />

information about your vessel,<br />

your destination and contacts.<br />

You’ll enter the same details<br />

on your smartphone or other<br />

device if you’re using the app.<br />

If you decide to stay out longer,<br />

simply call the base on VHF<br />

Ch 16 or use the MarineRescue<br />

App to update your arrival<br />

time. Remember to Log Off<br />

when you’re back on shore. If<br />

you haven’t let Marine Rescue<br />

know you’re back safely, they<br />

will start to look for you! More<br />

info marinerescuensw.com.au<br />

24-hour bowls<br />

marathon<br />

Locals Peter Thomas and Sheldon<br />

Smith (right) completed a<br />

24-hour bowls marathon for<br />

Movember, raising $3700 to<br />

assist men’s health.<br />

The funds were added to<br />

the pair’s ‘<strong>Pittwater</strong> Pelicans’<br />

team, which raised more than<br />

$10,000 for the month of November<br />

and – with donations<br />

still pouring in.<br />

Peter and Sheldon thanked<br />

everyone who helped by playing<br />

against them, as well as<br />

local donors, plus supporters<br />

Bayview NYE fireworks<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

is hosting several<br />

free family friendly New<br />

Year’s Eve fireworks sites<br />

for the community to<br />

enjoy the festivities – with<br />

Winnererremy Bay at Bayview<br />

set to explode into colour at<br />

9pm and 12 midnight.<br />

To ensure compliance<br />

with fireworks exclusion<br />

zone requirements, Rowland<br />

Reserve at Bayview will be<br />

closed. Families can enjoy<br />

the fireworks from multiple<br />

outdoor vantage points<br />

around the bay.<br />

Other locations that<br />

will hold 10-12 minutes of<br />

fireworks at 9pm include:<br />

Frenchs Forest – 9pm, Lionel<br />

Watts Reserve, Blackbutts<br />

Road; Dee Why – 9pm, Ted<br />

Jackson Reserve, Dee Why<br />

Beach; and Manly – 9pm, East<br />

& West Esplanade, Manly Cove.<br />

Families are encouraged<br />

to bring your own picnic or<br />

purchase takeaway from one<br />

of the many local restaurants<br />

and enjoy the fireworks<br />

spectacular.<br />

Council reminds readers<br />

alcohol is prohibited at Dee<br />

Why, Frenchs Forest, Bayview<br />

and Manly (East Esplanade)<br />

from 8pm-8am.<br />

*For updates on the day<br />

follow @beachescouncil on<br />

Facebook and Instagram.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL Club, <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Bowls Club and Iprint Digital<br />

who sponsored the day.<br />

20% off sports shoes<br />

Shoe retailer Mike Pawley is<br />

offering locals a $20 discount<br />

(off RRP) on two brands of nonmarking<br />

sports/court shoes to<br />

help keep the six court surfaces<br />

at the Northern Beaches Indoor<br />

Sports Centre clean. Parents<br />

looking to buy new sports<br />

shoes for their school-aged<br />

children are urged to head<br />

to a Mike Pawley Sports store<br />

(Mona Vale and Dee Why) and<br />

check out the ASICS Court shoe<br />

or New Balance Court shoe –<br />

and look for the non-marking<br />

labels on the shoes. The store<br />

has a full inventory of Men’s,<br />

Women’s and Children’s nonmarking<br />

shoes. NBISC caters<br />

for more than 9000 volleyball,<br />

basketball and netball players<br />

each week, spending more than<br />

$200,000 a year in court maintenance,<br />

with black-soled shoes<br />

the biggest problem. More info<br />

mikepawleysports.com.au<br />

Vet<br />

on call<br />

with Dr Brown<br />

Summer is synonymous with<br />

sun-soaked adventures, but<br />

for our pets, the rising temperatures<br />

pose potential dangers.<br />

As responsible pet owners, it’s<br />

crucial to understand the risks<br />

and take proactive measures to<br />

ensure our furry companions<br />

stay safe and cool during the<br />

scorching months.<br />

Heat stroke, or heat stress,<br />

occurs when the body›s heat<br />

production surpasses its ability<br />

to cool down, resulting in<br />

hyperthermia and, in severe<br />

cases, organ failure. This<br />

life-threatening condition can<br />

escalate rapidly, especially for<br />

pets outdoors on hot days.<br />

Certain breeds such as Pugs<br />

and French Bulldogs are more<br />

susceptible to heat-related<br />

issues. Additionally, animals<br />

with heavy coats need special<br />

attention. Consider scheduling a<br />

grooming session to keep them<br />

comfortable and facilitate easier<br />

tick checks.<br />

When temperatures soar, it’s<br />

best to bring your pets indoors,<br />

preferably with access to a fan<br />

or air conditioner.<br />

Some practical tips to safeguard<br />

your pets:<br />

Ensure outdoor enclosures<br />

are shaded throughout the day,<br />

as the sun’s position changes.<br />

Provide fresh water daily and<br />

consider adding ice cubes on<br />

hot days. Check sipper bottles<br />

for blockages.<br />

Place a wet towel for your<br />

pet to sit on, create a doggy ice<br />

block, or use a child’s plastic<br />

seashell sandpit as a pool.<br />

Avoid walks during the<br />

hottest part of the day. If the<br />

ground is too hot for your feet,<br />

it’s too hot for your pet’s paws.<br />

Stay vigilant for signs of<br />

heat stroke, including excessive<br />

panting, sluggishness, drooling,<br />

vomiting, and loss of consciousness.<br />

If your pet exhibits these<br />

symptoms, act promptly:<br />

Move your pet to a cooler<br />

place and check its breathing.<br />

Cooling Measures: Wrap<br />

your pet in a cool wet towel,<br />

avoiding ice-cold water.<br />

Seek Veterinary Attention:<br />

Contact your vet immediately<br />

for professional assistance. Call<br />

Avalon (9918 0833) or Newport<br />

(9997 4609).<br />

News<br />

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JANUARY <strong>2024</strong> 25

The Barrenjoey Boatshed will be<br />

reborn in the coming weeks; here we<br />

recount how seaplanes became part<br />

of the fabric of this iconic venue.<br />

Story by Rosamund Burton<br />

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

Plane<br />

sailing<br />

Eighty-seven-year-old Cessna on floats at the back of near the boatshed to Careel opportunity to buy the lease<br />

Carmel Walton sits on the a fisherman’s cottage. When Bay because of strong winds, of the boatshed, the vote was<br />

bench near the Barrenjoey<br />

we return to Sydney, Vic goes but a storm overturned the unanimous that they sell up<br />

Boatshed, recalling how<br />

this place became her home<br />

for 30 years. Her husband, aircraft<br />

pilot Vic Walton, and she<br />

began renting the boatshed in<br />

1975.<br />

“Vic had just started working<br />

for Nationwide Air Services<br />

as a demonstration pilot<br />

for the Government Aircraft<br />

Factory’s Nomad – a twin-turbo<br />

prop,” she explains. “While<br />

waiting for his first demonstration<br />

aircraft he was asked<br />

to fly a Cessna on amphibious<br />

floats up to Cairns for a prospective<br />

customer, and I went<br />

with him.<br />

“By the time we reach<br />

Cairns Vic is quite keen on<br />

seaplanes. The prospective<br />

buyer takes us to Kurumba on<br />

the western side of Cape York<br />

to look at a dilapidated old<br />

to the bank manager, gets a<br />

loan for $10,000, and buys this<br />

aeroplane.”<br />

Vic and the other man<br />

patched up the plane; the Waltons<br />

gradually limped back<br />

to Sydney and the plane was<br />

taken out to Bankstown to be<br />

totally renovated. Vic thought<br />

that the Palm Beach end of<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> was the best place<br />

for seaplanes, and his father<br />

knew Aub Allen, who owned<br />

the lease of the boatshed. On<br />

a handshake, Vic and Carmel<br />

rented the boatshed, which<br />

included a takeaway shop, and<br />

an upstairs apartment.<br />

Carmel said that by the<br />

end of October 1975 the<br />

Cessna 185 seaplane had been<br />

restored and was in <strong>Pittwater</strong>,<br />

ready to start joy-ride flights.<br />

Vic moved it from its mooring<br />

seaplane and it had to be<br />

taken back to Bankstown for<br />

extensive repairs. However, by<br />

Christmas it was up and running,<br />

and despite opposition<br />

from some locals, concerned<br />

about the safety of other users<br />

of the <strong>Pittwater</strong> waterway and<br />

also aircraft noise, Aquatic<br />

Airways was operating its first<br />

joy flights over <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

Vic, Carmel and their<br />

children – Lynne, Russell and<br />

Joanne – relocated for the<br />

summer from their home in<br />

Baulkham Hills to the small<br />

flat above the boatshed. Russell<br />

helped his father with<br />

the planes and Lynette and<br />

Joanne ran the takeaway shop<br />

with Carmel. No-one wanted<br />

to return home at the end of<br />

<strong>January</strong>. So six months later,<br />

when the Waltons had the<br />

and move here permanently,<br />

and the kids aged 17, 15, and<br />

13, started at Barrenjoey High.<br />

Vic had begun taking flying<br />

lessons in England aged 21,<br />

while staying with relatives<br />

over there. Back in Australia in<br />

1951 he was accepted for the<br />

Qantas Cadet Pilot Scheme,<br />

but Qantas had a surplus of<br />

pilots, so instead gave him a<br />

job as a flight steward.<br />

Carmel and Vic met when<br />

she was 17 and he was 22. Vic<br />

was working towards his commercial<br />

pilot’s licence, training<br />

at the Royal Aero Club in<br />

Bankstown.<br />

“Our first date was in a Tiger<br />

Moth,” says Carmel. They<br />

married in 1957 and lived in a<br />

flat at Clareville before moving<br />

to a beach cottage on the<br />

Serpentine at Bilgola, which<br />

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they rented for five pounds,<br />

one shilling and threepence<br />

a week, and where their three<br />

children were born. By 1962,<br />

Vic had his commercial pilot’s<br />

licence, and his first job was<br />

as a sales demonstration pilot<br />

for Victa, the lawnmower<br />

company, which in the 1960s<br />

diversified into light aircraft.<br />

When the Walton family<br />

made the permanent move to<br />

the boatshed in 1976, Vic left<br />

Nationwide Air Services to<br />

work full-time on Aquatic Airways.<br />

However, later that year<br />

the Nomad had a fatal crash<br />

and the test pilot was killed,<br />

so Vic offered to do test flights<br />

again, explains Carmel.<br />

“Often during the week he<br />

would do test flights, then operate<br />

the seaplane at the weekends.<br />

He also did demonstration<br />

tours and flew at the Paris<br />

Air Show and the Farnborough<br />

Air Show in the UK. Vic had an<br />

interesting career. I was very<br />

proud of him.”<br />

While demonstrating the<br />

Nomad in Sweden he spotted<br />

a Cessna in a snowdrift. He reported<br />

it to air traffic control<br />

– to be told that its existence<br />

was known and that the owner<br />

was keen to sell it. Vic agreed<br />

to buy it. He was interested in<br />

recovering the engine – but<br />

with some help, despite its isolation,<br />

he managed to recover<br />

the whole aircraft. So he now<br />

had a second Cessna – this one<br />

on skis – which having had<br />

transported back to Australia,<br />

he transferred to floats.<br />

By 1978, as well as operating<br />

its scenic flights, Aquatic<br />

Airways was flying what<br />

Vic Walton believed was the<br />

world’s shortest air route:<br />

from Palm Beach to Gosford,<br />

a journey time of only eight<br />

minutes. The boatshed had<br />

fuel facilities for planes, boats<br />

and cars, Hobie Cats and fishing<br />

boats were available for<br />

hire, and there was also the<br />

takeaway food shop.<br />

The next additions to the<br />

Aquatic Airways fleet were<br />

two Beavers and a Cessna 206<br />

to make the documentary,<br />

Pelican’s Progress, in which<br />

three seaplanes flew around<br />

Australia.<br />

“Vic left Palm Beach and<br />

kept Australia on the left,”<br />

says Carmel. Paul Hamlyn<br />

also published a book about it<br />

called ‘Australia – the Greatest<br />

Island’ (published 1980).<br />

In the early 1980s, Vic and<br />

Carmel’s marriage fell apart.<br />

They still had the boatshed<br />

lease, so Vic continued to<br />

operate the seaplane business,<br />

and Carmel stayed living in<br />

the flat and ran the takeaway<br />

business. Until then she had<br />

been busy in the office organising<br />

flight bookings, so she<br />

had rented out the takeaway<br />

businesses at weekends, and<br />

only operated it herself during<br />

the week. Now she turned<br />

her attention to making the<br />

food outlet more of a going<br />

concern.<br />

“A friend had a t-shirt from<br />

Carmel-by-the-Sea in California,<br />

and said, ‘It’s a good name<br />

for your business’, so I called<br />

it Carmel’s by the Sea.” It went<br />

from just being takeaway to<br />

having a bigger deck with<br />

tables, with a greater range of<br />

good basic food and drinks,<br />

and was loved by both locals<br />

and visitors. “Gradually I<br />

Continued on page 30<br />

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

CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE: Carmel at the newly renovated<br />

Barrenjoey Boatshed; the modest structure in the early<br />

1970s; an aerial showing the arrival of seaplanes; <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

<strong>Life</strong> promoted Carmel’s By The Sea; a cartoon reflecting the<br />

early mood of locals; a pic from ‘Australia – the Greatest<br />

Island’; local media picked up on Vic’s ambitions; Aquatic<br />

Airways’ early days; Carmel on the beach in the 1980s.<br />

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JANUARY <strong>2024</strong> 29

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

ABOVE: Vic was accepted into the Qantas Cadet Pilot scheme and dreamed of<br />

flying Constellations. BELOW: Expanded outdoors dining in the 1980s.<br />

Continued from page 29<br />

improved it, but it never had<br />

table service. It was always low<br />

key.”<br />

It was only when living<br />

alone at the boatshed that she<br />

realised how isolated it was.<br />

“Fortunately, Russell was<br />

working with the water police<br />

in Bayview then. The water<br />

police were wonderful. They<br />

knew I was on my own and<br />

kept an eye on the place.”<br />

Vic’s last flight, says Carmel,<br />

was in 1993 when he flew their<br />

youngest daughter, Joanne,<br />

and her bridesmaids in the<br />

seaplane to her wedding at the<br />

boatshed.<br />

“We had carpet down the<br />

wharf and a big silk marquee<br />

on the deck. It was wonderful.”<br />

Vic went out of business<br />

in 1993, and died of cancer<br />

a year later, but Carmel continued<br />

to run the café. There<br />

were book launches at the<br />

boatshed, several water police<br />

Christmas parties, weddings,<br />

and formal dinner parties in<br />

the upper deck dining room.<br />

And from the time Home and<br />

Away started in the late 1980s<br />

scenes were filmed here.<br />

Continued on page 32<br />

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THE YOUNG COUPLE: Carmel and Vic (right) in the 1950s.<br />

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

Continued from page 30<br />

“In 1998 between Christmas<br />

and New Year it was<br />

stinking hot, I was short<br />

staffed, people were 10-deep<br />

at the counter, and I thought I<br />

don’t want to do this anymore.”<br />

Carmel sold the café<br />

business to Jackie Burns, who<br />

worked with her. By this time<br />

Carmel owned the lease of<br />

the boatshed with Russell and<br />

Joanne, and she continued<br />

to live there until 2006 when<br />

they sold it. Jackie still had<br />

two years to go on the café<br />

lease, and when that finished<br />

Andrew Goldsmith and his<br />

wife Pip Robb moved in, and<br />

the Barrenjoey Boatshed<br />

became the first of The Boathouse<br />

venues.<br />

Carmel bought a house in<br />

Avalon, where she now lives,<br />

but this place just a few kilometres<br />

north will always hold<br />

special memories.<br />

“I loved being here. I had<br />

my 40th, 50th, 60th and 70th<br />

birthday parties here,” she<br />

says, “and saw many a good<br />

sunset”.<br />

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

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

Gallery’s 100 years of collecting<br />

Manly Art Gallery &<br />

Museum (MAG&M) is<br />

celebrating 100 years of<br />

public collecting, with a series<br />

of exceptional exhibitions and<br />

special events in <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Kicking off the celebration<br />

is Collection 100: Gifted, on<br />

exhibition until 18 February.<br />

The exhibition honours the<br />

philanthropists, artists, donors<br />

and members of the public<br />

whose contributions have<br />

shaped MAG&M’s impressive<br />

public art collection.<br />

Northern Beaches Mayor<br />

Sue Heins said the 100-yearold<br />

collection all began with<br />

the purchase through public<br />

subscription of an Australian<br />

impressionist painting – Middle<br />

Harbour from Manly Heights by<br />

Seaforth based artist James R<br />

Jackson.<br />

“Manly Art Gallery & Museum<br />

is the oldest metropolitan<br />

purpose-built regional gallery<br />

in NSW, officially opening in<br />

1930,” Mayor Heins said.<br />

“The collection began six<br />

years before the building<br />

opened, when a committee of<br />

12, appointed by Manly Council,<br />

considered that a prize-winning<br />

artwork by James R Jackson<br />

was far too precious to pass<br />

out of Manly.<br />

“Describing the possible loss<br />

of the painting as a ‘catastrophe’,<br />

they raised funds by<br />

public subscription to purchase<br />

the work, and gifted it to Manly<br />

Council.”<br />

This painting will be on display<br />

at Collection 100: Gifted,<br />

alongside early works by Tom<br />

Roberts, Ethel Carrick (Manly<br />

Beach – Summer Is Here 1919,<br />

right) and Antonio Dattilo-<br />

Rubbo, and more recent works<br />

by Elisabeth Cummings, Wendy<br />

Sharpe (Blue Harbour 2018,<br />

below) and Kathy Cavaliere.<br />

Opening alongside this<br />

exhibition is Surface Effect:<br />

Ceramics Collection Stories,<br />

showcasing some of MAG&M’s<br />

extensive ceramics collection.<br />

This exhibition emphasises<br />

the intricate interplay between<br />

ceramics, painting, and printmaking,<br />

revealing the common<br />

threads that unite artists in<br />

their creative process. From ancient<br />

pottery to modern sculptures,<br />

ceramics have provided a<br />

canvas for painters and printers<br />

to explore new techniques.<br />

Works by Belinda Fox &<br />

Neville French, Elisabeth Cummings<br />

& Barbara Romalis, Noel<br />

McKenna, Danie Mellor, and<br />

Guan Wei make visible the<br />

connections between ceramics,<br />

painting, and printmaking<br />

and the shared characteristics<br />

intrinsic to the artists’ hand.<br />

Surface Effects: Ceramics Collection<br />

Stories runs until 28 July.<br />

“The spirit of generosity and<br />

the belief of art as intrinsic<br />

to our community lives on at<br />

MAG&M,” Mayor Heins said.<br />

“The gallery continues to be<br />

a hub for creativity and culture,<br />

connecting artists, donors and<br />

the community.<br />

“We thank each and every<br />

donor over the past 100 years<br />

for their generous contributions<br />

to our public collection.”<br />

Also, the Gallery will be<br />

hosting ‘ICONIC: Lost in Palm<br />

Springs’ – a discussion on Midcentury<br />

Modern (MCM) design<br />

– on Thursday 18 <strong>January</strong><br />

(6pm-7.30pm). At this special<br />

event, artist Paul Davies, artist/<br />

curator/designer Liane Rossler<br />

and architect Penelope Seidler<br />

AM will share their thoughts on<br />

contemporary approaches to<br />

living with MCM.<br />

It’s part of ‘Lost in Palm<br />

Springs’, an interdisciplinary<br />

exhibition bringing together 14<br />

creative minds – including internationally<br />

recognised artists,<br />

photographers and thinkers<br />

from America and Australia –<br />

who respond to, capture, or<br />

reimagine the magical qualities<br />

of the landscape and the<br />

celebrated mid-century modern<br />

architecture found in the renowned<br />

Californian desert city.<br />

Lost in Palm Springs runs<br />

until 25 February.<br />

*More info MAG&M website<br />

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‘Salt’ of the<br />

earth works<br />

erging’ – a detail of<br />

‘Mwhich graces the cover<br />

of this issue of <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong><br />

– is one of the many evocative<br />

images shown by Sally Mayman<br />

at her recent exhibition<br />

at Art Gallery on Palm Beach.<br />

It’s part of her body of<br />

work ‘Salt’, which Sally said<br />

celebrates connections to the<br />

sea and our community which<br />

is shaped by it.<br />

“Through the oceans, salt<br />

connects us all and is an essential<br />

for life,” she said. “The<br />

oceans, like our land environments,<br />

are being drastically<br />

affected by climate change.<br />

This exhibition encourages<br />

reflection on our collective responsibility<br />

in maintaining the<br />

delicate balance of nature, so Vanessa said.<br />

future generations can enjoy<br />

what we have so loved.”<br />

A selection of Sally’s images<br />

are still on show at Art Gallery<br />

on Palm Beach, which is open<br />

every day in <strong>January</strong>. With<br />

16 artists represented there<br />

is a wonderful selection of<br />

paintings, ceramics, botanical<br />

sculpture and photography.<br />

Gallery director Vanessa<br />

Ashcroft said Art Gallery of<br />

Palm Beach was excited to be<br />

showcasing local prize-winning<br />

artists to the holiday makers of<br />

Palm Beach this summer and<br />

would be open every day from<br />

10am – 3pm in <strong>January</strong>.<br />

“Not only will the Palm<br />

Beach Gallery be open, but<br />

the sister gallery and flagship<br />

gallery in Balmain, Art Gallery<br />

on Darling, will also be open<br />

for two weeks from <strong>January</strong><br />

15 – 28 with the artists of<br />

AGOPB exhibiting their work,”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

*More of Sally’s work can be<br />

seen at turtlepictures.com.<br />

au, including all recent collections;<br />

more gallery info @<br />

artgalleryonpalmbeach<br />

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

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

JANUARY <strong>2024</strong><br />


Hot Property<br />

Hot Property<br />

Word on street: Avalon<br />

Beach officially ‘hot’<br />

If you are planning on<br />

buying property and on<br />

the hunt for the next “hot”<br />

suburb you don’t have to<br />

look far with Avalon Beach<br />

named as one of the 100<br />

locations across the country<br />

to watch.<br />

Avalon Beach and Dee Why<br />

were the only suburbs on the<br />

Northern Beaches included<br />

in the annual realestate.com.<br />

au ‘Hot 100’, which lists 100<br />

Australian suburbs that are<br />

tipped to outperform in <strong>2024</strong><br />

and beyond.<br />

The list was compiled<br />

by a panel of industry<br />

professionals based on<br />

several economic and<br />

local growth drivers, such<br />

as supply and demand,<br />

population growth and<br />

infrastructure projects, which<br />

are expected to boost prices<br />

in the short to medium term.<br />

Avalon Beach was<br />

nominated for its location<br />

and amenity, while down the<br />

coast Dee Why made the list<br />

based on affordability.<br />

Property prices along the<br />

Northern Beaches pulled back<br />

in 2022 after skyrocketing<br />

during the pandemic, and<br />

Avalon Beach has seen a 12<br />

per cent correction in house<br />

prices since the peak in<br />

March 2022.<br />

But according to LJ<br />

Hooker’s Christine Mikhael,<br />

the beachside village is now<br />

at a turning point.<br />

“Avalon has seen a rebound<br />

STREET APPEAL: 71 George St, Avalon Beach (see panel story right).<br />

in house prices with a 2.40<br />

per cent increase since May,”<br />

Ms Mikhael said.<br />

“The suburb’s beachside<br />

appeal and strong demand,<br />

particularly from Eastern<br />

Suburbs upgraders, should<br />

contribute to price growth<br />

over <strong>2024</strong>.”<br />

Young families who can<br />

afford it are moving into<br />

Avalon Beach in droves, with<br />

a quarter of the population<br />

aged under 20 – higher than<br />

the state average, according<br />

to PropTrack data and<br />

economic analysis.<br />

PropTrack director of<br />

economic research Cameron<br />

Kusher said that while there<br />

were never any guarantees<br />

which locations would<br />

outperform, the Hot 100 list<br />

gave buyers insights into<br />

the thinking of experts and<br />

what they believed were key<br />

drivers of price growth.<br />

“There are a lot of things<br />

that make a suburb ‘hot’; it<br />

can be in a desirable location<br />

that drives more demand,<br />

it can be undergoing<br />

gentrification to make it<br />

more attractive, it can be<br />

relatively affordable to other<br />

surrounding suburbs,” Mr<br />

Kusher said.<br />

“Of course, there are<br />

always individual suburbs<br />

and locations that will<br />

either underperform or<br />

overperform.” – Lisa Offord<br />

Sneak a preview<br />

You could be among the first<br />

to view this contemporary<br />

coastal home at 71 George<br />

Street Avalon Beach, with<br />

local LJ Hooker agent Peter<br />

Robinson planning on opening<br />

its doors for Auction Preview<br />

Inspections from <strong>January</strong> 13.<br />

Completed in 2021,<br />

Robinson says the one-of-akind<br />

home is meticulously<br />

executed in design and finish.<br />

The property is described<br />

as “exuding bespoke<br />

craftsmanship and a<br />

captivating sense of refined<br />

luxury, offering an open<br />

connection that invites the<br />

best of year-round living. Entry<br />

level offers multiple formal<br />

and casual zones, a dream<br />

kitchen and dedicated home<br />

office, while four bedrooms<br />

rest on the upper level<br />

including huge master and<br />

ensuite. There’s a seamless<br />

transition to both the front<br />

and rear child-friendly<br />

gardens, with all-season<br />

alfresco entertaining, level<br />

lawn and tiled in-ground<br />

plunge pool.”<br />

Other features include<br />

reverse cycle multi-zone air<br />

conditioning; high ceilings;<br />

ample storage; Tesla power<br />

wall system (fed by 19 solar<br />

panels); 8000L rainwater<br />

tanks for retention/detention;<br />

huge double garage with car<br />

hoist providing a third secure<br />

space; internal access and<br />

workshop; plus additional offstreet<br />

parking for van, boat or<br />

another two cars.<br />

The home’s sustainable<br />

architecture ensures it treads<br />

lightly on the environment,<br />

within an easy stroll to the<br />

beach, the village, schools<br />

and buses.<br />

– LO<br />

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ansforming their backyard<br />

Tinto a captivating oasis<br />

became Luke and Tania’s<br />

mission when they acquired<br />

their 1970s Pettit & Sevitt<br />

home in North Balgowlah. The<br />

unruly 780m2 garden posed<br />

a challenge, prompting them<br />

to seek the expertise of Matt<br />

Poiner, the visionary behind The<br />

Conscious Gardener in Avalon.<br />

This was a garden makeover;<br />

it was the creation of a<br />

beautiful awareness-filled<br />

landscape. The journey<br />

unfolded as Matt’s discerning<br />

eye identified a starting<br />

point: a concrete aggregate<br />

pour around the pool, with<br />

knife-edge surrounds. Tania<br />

shared: “Matt’s process was<br />

always about the garden – he<br />

calls himself the ‘conscious<br />

gardener’, and that couldn’t<br />

be more fitting. He is so aware<br />

of your requirements, the<br />

aesthetic, and how you want to<br />

use the space.”<br />

As the transformation<br />

unfolded, tall trees made way<br />

for carefully curated foliage,<br />

including broad-leaved<br />

Elephant Ears and dotted<br />

Hibiscus allowing for more<br />

light. Dimmer uplighting was<br />

installed to ‘hero’ the tropical<br />

space after dusk, adding magic<br />

to the atmosphere.<br />

The battleaxe block’s slope<br />

presented a unique challenge,<br />

met with Matt’s clever<br />

suggestion of a sandstone<br />

retaining wall, featuring<br />

repurposed blocks from the<br />

property creating a sunny<br />

courtyard. Tania praised him,<br />

saying: “He’s a genius.”<br />

Matt, in turn, expressed his<br />

passion for helping clients<br />

bring their garden dreams to<br />

life, emphasising: “My role is to<br />

help visualise that dream and<br />

create the reality.”<br />

Matt’s qualifications as a<br />

horticulturist, combined with<br />

extensive plant knowledge and<br />

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“Matt’s process<br />

was always about<br />

the garden – he<br />

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the ‘conscious<br />

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more fitting”<br />

design experience, make him<br />

a true maestro in the realm of<br />

garden transformations. From<br />

concept to completion, his<br />

strong methodology involves<br />

understanding the client, their<br />

requirements, and uncovering<br />

the unique character of the<br />

property.<br />

The services offered by The<br />

Conscious Gardener extend<br />

beyond traditional landscaping,<br />

encompassing design,<br />

project management, plant<br />

selection, stone walls, paving,<br />

decks, pergolas, polished<br />

concrete, and even outdoor<br />

kitchens. Matt’s approach is<br />

not just about gardening; it’s<br />

about crafting an immersive<br />

experience that reflects<br />

the client’s desires and the<br />

inherent beauty of the space.

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The roads and ferry wharves<br />

get very busy at this time<br />

of year so make sure you<br />

leave plenty of time before<br />

heading out. While cycling<br />

is encouraged, the area’s<br />

typography and the state of the<br />

roads mean peddle power isn’t<br />

always the preferred option<br />

to get from A to B; however<br />

the uptake of electric bikes is<br />

helping to change that. Use<br />

transportnsw.info to plan your<br />

bus and/or ferry trips and tap<br />

into apps and social media<br />

pages for real-time updates.<br />

(*At Least!)<br />

Welcome to our <strong>2024</strong> Summer Guide to <strong>Pittwater</strong> and<br />

its surrounds; even long-time locals will find something<br />

new to experience. Compiled by Lisa Offord<br />

there are around 30 JOLT<br />

electric vehicle (EV) charging<br />

locations across the Northern<br />

Beaches where anyone can<br />

charge vehicles for up to 15<br />

minutes for free. In our area<br />

you’ll find them in Ocean<br />

Street and in the Lagoon Street<br />

Carpark in Narrabeen, near<br />

the library in Park Street and<br />

Bungan Street Mona Vale… and<br />

there are more to come.<br />

Buses<br />

You can take a yellow doubledecker<br />

B-Line bus for a birdseye<br />

view. The high-frequency<br />

buses operate every 30 minutes<br />

between Mona Vale and the<br />

CBD stopping at Warriewood,<br />

Narrabeen, Collaroy, Dee Why,<br />

Brookvale, Manly Vale, Spit<br />

Junction (Mosman), Neutral Bay<br />

and Wynyard. If you are north<br />

of Mona Vale, you can use the<br />

199 service which operates<br />

every 10 minutes across the day<br />

between Palm Beach and Manly<br />

to link to the B-Line. Locals’<br />

Tip: Get a lift to and from your<br />

place to the nearest B-Line bus<br />

stop through the on-demand<br />

transport service Keoride,<br />

covering North Narrabeen<br />

Vale, Bayview, Newport<br />

Clareville, Bilgola Beach, Avalon<br />

Beach, Whale Beach and Palm<br />

Beach.<br />

Ferries<br />

Fantasea Cruising runs two<br />

passenger services – the iconic<br />

Palm Beach ferry Myra services<br />

Northern <strong>Pittwater</strong> and a highspeed<br />

ferry from Palm Beach to<br />

the Central Coast.<br />

Myra runs on the Palm Beach<br />

to The Basin, Coasters Retreat<br />

run. The first two stops – at<br />

Bennetts Wharf and Bonnie<br />

Doon – are the gateway to<br />

Coasters Retreat. She then<br />

stops at The Basin then<br />

Currawong Beach and Mackerel<br />

Beach. The ferry departs Palm<br />

Beach hourly seven days a<br />

week. The round trip takes<br />

approximately 45 minutes.<br />

The high-speed scenic<br />

service between Palm Beach<br />

and Ettalong on the Central<br />

Coast takes around 30 minutes<br />

and spans four waterways<br />

from <strong>Pittwater</strong>, Broken Bay, the<br />

entrance to the Hawkesbury<br />

River and Brisbane Waters. It’s<br />

a great way to take in the sites<br />

passing Lion Island between<br />

the heads of Barrenjoey<br />

Headland and Box Head.<br />

Locals’ Tip: New for summer<br />

is the Palm Beach Hopper Pass<br />

where you can hop on and off<br />

at each destination serviced<br />

by Palm Beach Ferries as often<br />

as you like within either a<br />

24-hour or 48-hour window.<br />

palmbeachferries.com.au<br />

The Boathouse Ferry Co<br />

operates the 50-foot timber<br />

passenger ferry ‘Merinda<br />

II’ between Palm Beach and<br />

Patonga.<br />

The Church Point Ferry<br />

Service which departs Church<br />

Point hourly on the half hour<br />

will take you to Scotland Island<br />

and the western foreshores<br />

stopping at Elvina Bay, Halls<br />

Wharf (access to Morning Bay)<br />

and Lovett Bay.<br />

Parking<br />

You will need to pay for parking<br />

at beach and reserve carparks<br />

across the Northern Beaches.<br />

If you’re visiting Palm Beach or<br />

catching a ferry during summer,<br />

Boat hire<br />

you can leave your car in the<br />

Church Point Charter based at<br />

seasonal car park at Careel Bay<br />

Princes Street Marina Newport,<br />

playing fields and take the 199<br />

boasts a fleet of clean and<br />

bus to Palm Beach. Or if you’re<br />

well-maintained 4- to 10-berth<br />

heading towards the city and<br />

power or sail boats to hire from<br />

don’t want to drive all the way,<br />

one day to a week; no licence<br />

the Park&Ride stations at Mona<br />

needed and you’ll be surprised<br />

Vale, Warriewood or Narrabeen<br />

at just how little it can cost.<br />

are good options – park your<br />

Don’t want to steer? Four- to<br />

car and hop straight onto the<br />

five-hour skippered charters for<br />

B-Line. Locals’ Tip: Currently Warriewood, Ingleside, Mona<br />

up to 18 people with a Captain<br />

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and hostess also available.<br />

churchpointcharter.com.au.<br />

Boat ramps<br />

If you have a boat you want to<br />

float you can launch it from<br />

ramps at Rowland Reserve or<br />

Bayview Park or Maybanke<br />

Cove or Riddle Reserve off<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Road Bayview;<br />

Bilarong Reserve, Jamieson Park<br />

or Lake Park North Narrabeen;<br />

Careel Bay off George Street<br />

Avalon; At Church Point<br />

near the parking area, or off<br />

McCarrs Creek Road; Clareville<br />

off Delecta Avenue or Lot 7312<br />

Taylors Point Road; Florence<br />

Park or Salt Pan Cove off Prince<br />

Alfred Parade Newport and at<br />

Palm Beach Governor Phillip<br />

Park, Sandy Point Lane or for<br />

dinghies only Lucinda Park off<br />

Nabilla Road.<br />

Locals’ Tip: Check<br />

pittwaterweather.com if you<br />

want to keep an eye on our<br />

local micro-climate.<br />

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Explore our beautiful<br />

waterways and golden<br />

beaches. From Narrabeen<br />

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Palm Beach there are myriad<br />

places to swim, snorkel<br />

and engage in on-the-water<br />

activities or simply immerse<br />

yourself in the restorative<br />

effects of blue space.<br />

Best beaches<br />

We are truly spoilt for choice,<br />

with every surf beach boasting<br />

a unique vibe. Where possible<br />

swim between the red-andyellow<br />

flags and follow the<br />

lead of our lifesavers who<br />

know better than any of us<br />

when it comes to reading the<br />

ever-changing surf conditions.<br />

Check beachsafe.org.au (and<br />

Beachwatch pollution forecast)<br />

before heading out. Locals’<br />

Tip: The best spot at any of our<br />

surf beaches during summer is<br />

the north end. There is (mostly)<br />

always a nor’-east sea breeze<br />

and it can be unpleasant if<br />

you’re fully exposed to its<br />

impact. Mona Vale Basin, North<br />

Bilgola, North Avalon and<br />

Whale Beach are all sheltered in<br />

these conditions.<br />

Surf Safety<br />

It goes without saying… but on<br />

behalf of all the surf life savers<br />

we’ll say it again… please<br />

swim between the flags. Rips<br />

are common. Typical characteristics<br />

of a rip include: deeper,<br />

darker coloured water, fewer<br />

breaking waves and water moving<br />

out to sea. If you get stuck<br />

in rip stay calm and focus on<br />

staying afloat, rips will not pull<br />

you under they just pull you<br />

away from shore. Normally a<br />

rip will stop just behind breaking<br />

waves. Stay calm, float with<br />

the current to conserve your<br />

energy, raise your arm to alert<br />

life savers and wait for help to<br />

arrive. If you are a confident<br />

swimmer, swim with the rip to<br />

just behind the waves. Then<br />

swim left or right to catch a<br />

wave back to the shoreline.<br />

Rock pools<br />

Jutting off the coast you’ll find<br />

some of the most dramatic<br />

ocean pools in the world.<br />

Palm Beach – The 50-metrelong<br />

Johnny ‘Jack’ Carter Pool<br />

is at the southern end of Palm<br />

Beach in an area known as<br />

‘Kiddies Corner’.<br />

Whale Beach – At the southern<br />

end of the beach, this 25-metre<br />

rock pool isn’t very deep and<br />

has a nice sandy bottom, muchloved<br />

for its quiet atmosphere.<br />

Access is from The Strand.<br />

Avalon – Located at the<br />

southern end of the beach, this<br />

uniquely shaped pool is just<br />

over 20 metres long, complete<br />

with a paddle pool for littlies.<br />

Access is from the carpark off<br />

Barrenjoey Road.<br />

Bilgola – At the southern<br />

end of the beach, this 8-lane,<br />

50-metre pool has concrete<br />

walls and floor. The pool has<br />

two sections, separating the<br />

serious lap swimmers from the<br />

wading area which is great for<br />

toddlers. In summertime, the<br />

pool lights stay on until 10pm<br />

for late-night swims.<br />

Newport – At the southern<br />

end of the beach, the pool is<br />

50-metres long with a natural<br />

rock platform as the floor. The<br />

water is waist-high and is great<br />

for swimming laps. You can<br />

reach it from the walkway at<br />

the corner of Calvert Parade<br />

and The Boulevard or along the<br />

beach from the beach carpark.<br />

Mona Vale – Accessed off<br />

Surfview Road at the northern<br />

end of the beach sitting<br />

on a rock platform that is<br />

surrounded by water at high<br />

tide, there are two pools –<br />

one suitable for children and<br />

less confident swimmers<br />

and a larger pool measuring<br />

30-metres for bigger kids and<br />

adults.<br />

North Narrabeen – At the<br />

entrance to Narrabeen Lagoon<br />

with access off Narrabeen Park<br />

Parade, this 50-metre pool<br />

is best known for its timber<br />

boardwalk enclosing a smaller<br />

pool from the rest of the pool.<br />

It’s a great spot for curious<br />

kids too, as there are plenty of<br />

natural rock pools to explore<br />

nearby.<br />

Locals’ Tip: Rock pools are<br />

sometimes closed due to rough<br />

seas, renovations and cleaning<br />

– and they do get a little grubby<br />

between cleans especially<br />

in summer when slime and<br />

grime builds up quickly from<br />

frequent use, so time your visits<br />

accordingly. Council publishes<br />

the cleaning schedule on its<br />

website.<br />

Tidal pools<br />

Our waterways are pretty<br />

clean but as a general<br />

precaution it’s best to avoid<br />

swimming in <strong>Pittwater</strong> for up<br />

to three days following rainfall<br />

or for as long as stormwater is<br />

present. Stillwater swimming<br />

enclosures include: Paradise<br />

Beach – access is off the<br />

northern end of Paradise<br />

Avenue, Avalon; Taylors<br />

Point Baths – located at the<br />

southern end of Clareville<br />

Beach Reserve, access is off<br />

Hudson Parade; Clareville and<br />

Bayview Baths – On <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Road Bayview. Locals’ Tip:<br />

Plan ahead. Usage may be<br />

limited on low tides. Finding<br />

a parking spot can be a<br />

challenge.<br />


<strong>Pittwater</strong> is a natural heritage<br />

area that comprises bushland,<br />

wetlands, lagoons, waterways,<br />

rock platforms and beaches<br />

– it’s also home to a large<br />

variety of native animals. All<br />

native animals are protected<br />

species. If you find an injured<br />

or orphaned native animal<br />

contact WIRES on 1300 094<br />

737 or Sydney Wildlife Rescue<br />

on 9413 4300. If you see a<br />

stranded or distressed marine<br />

mammal report it to ORRCA<br />

(Organisation for the Rescue<br />

and Research of Cetaceans in<br />

Australia) on 9415 3333.<br />

Majestic headlands<br />

Appreciate the beauty of<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>’s headlands and<br />

take in some excellent views.<br />

The list is almost endless.<br />

Narrabeen Headland – Peal<br />

Place, Warriewood; Turimetta<br />

Headland – Narrabeen Park<br />

Parade, Warriewood; South<br />

Mona Vale Headland –<br />

Narrabeen Park Parade, Mona<br />

Vale; Mona Vale Headland<br />

– Grandview Parade, Mona<br />

Vale; Eastern end of Hillcrest<br />

Avenue, Mona Vale; Bungan<br />

Head Reserve – Bungan Head<br />

Road, Newport; Newport<br />

Headland – Barrenjoey<br />

Road, Newport; Eric Green<br />

Reserve (access from North<br />

of Newport Beach Carpark);<br />

North Bilgola Headland – The<br />

Serpentine, Bilgola; Bangalley<br />

Head (the highest point on<br />

Sydney’s northern coastline) –<br />

Marine Parade, Avalon; Careel<br />

Head – Whale Beach Road,<br />

Avalon; Whale Beach Headland –<br />

Malo Road & The Strand, Whale<br />

Beach Malo Reserve; Little<br />

Head – Whale Beach Road and<br />

Norma Road, Whale Beach; Palm<br />

Beach Headland – Southern<br />

end of Ocean Road, near<br />

the rockpool, Palm Beach;<br />

Barrenjoey Headland – At the<br />

end of Governor Phillip Park,<br />

Palm Beach.<br />

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Rock Platforms<br />

When the tide retreats a secret<br />

world of marine ecosystems<br />

opens up with clusters of<br />

mini aquariums, teeming<br />

with tiny creatures. Explore<br />

the flat, expansive, eroded<br />

regions at the bottom of<br />

our rocky headlands. You’ll<br />

find they’re home to a huge<br />

variety of plants, animals and<br />

invertebrates such as starfish,<br />

crabs and shellfish. Locals’ Tip:<br />

Visit the Coastal Environment<br />

Centre at Narrabeen to learn<br />

more about our rocky shores.<br />

Warriewood Wetlands<br />

Covering 26 hectares<br />

Warriewood Wetlands is the<br />

largest remaining sand plain<br />

wetland in northern Sydney.<br />

There’s a boardwalk stretching<br />

2.4km and trails that can lead<br />

you to waterfalls (see below).<br />

You can take a self-guided tour<br />

starting from Katoa Close by<br />

following the new signs and<br />

scanning the QR codes to learn<br />

about the plants and animals<br />

and history that make up this<br />

area. The wetlands are easy to<br />

find (just behind Warriewood<br />

Square) and it’s an easy walk<br />

that will take you 45 minutes to<br />

an hour.<br />

Irrawong Waterfall<br />

The track to the waterfall is<br />

accessible from Garden Street<br />

or the end of Irrawong Road,<br />

corner of Epworth Avenue<br />

Warriewood. It takes about<br />

20 minutes from the Garden<br />

Street entrance and is relatively<br />

manageable by most fitness<br />

levels as much of the walk<br />

is quite flat along cleared<br />

paths or wooden boardwalks.<br />

However, there are steps in<br />

sections, so not suitable for<br />

wheelchairs or strollers. You<br />

will see lots of rainforest<br />

and if you are lucky, local<br />

wildlife. The waterfall clearing<br />

is a popular picnic spot, but<br />

the size of the clearing (and the<br />

6m waterfall flow) depends on<br />

recent rainfall. It can also be a<br />

little muddy. There are tracks<br />

beyond the waterfall but be<br />

careful as the track is steep.<br />

Narrabeen Lagoon<br />

State Park<br />

Step out and walk, enjoy<br />

numerous water sports, or<br />

simply find a spot to relax<br />

near the water’s edge. There<br />

is an 8.6-kilometre trail with<br />

no inclines around the lagoon,<br />

which will take you 2-3 hours<br />

on foot if you want to enjoy<br />

the beautiful ecosystems,<br />

cultural heritage and historical<br />

sites. The well-formed track<br />

is a shared trail popular with<br />

joggers, hikers, cyclists, dogs<br />

on leads, mums with prams,<br />

and bike riders. Cyclists are<br />

asked to stick to the left and<br />

pedestrians have right of way.<br />

There are places to peel off<br />

to rest, and picnic areas with<br />

toilet facilities dotted along<br />

the circuit. If you don’t want to<br />

tackle the loop in one go, there<br />

are five short walk options<br />

(Middle Creek to Bilarong<br />

Reserve – 2.2km; Bilarong<br />

Reserve to Berry Reserve –<br />

1.2km; Jamieson Park to South<br />

Creek – 2.3km and South Creek<br />

to Middle Creek – 1.2km).<br />

Angophora Reserve<br />

Located in the suburbs of<br />

Avalon Beach and Clareville,<br />

this 18.5-hectare space<br />

provides a small taste of the<br />

peninsula similar to what<br />

it was like pre-settlement<br />

with significant samples of<br />

vegetation and fauna habitats<br />

that are under threat. The<br />

reserve was intended to<br />

preserve a giant Angophora<br />

tree. It also contains one of<br />

the most archaeologically<br />

significant Aboriginal shelter<br />

sites in the Sydney region.<br />

Two main walking tracks<br />

extend through the reserve,<br />

one from the Palmgrove Road<br />

to Wandeen Road entrances<br />

and one from Hilltop Road to<br />

Chisholm Avenue.<br />


From challenging hikes for<br />

you to sink your boots into,<br />

boardwalks signposted for selfguided<br />

tours and gentle strolls<br />

along well-formed paths, here<br />

are just a few of the walks you<br />

can take to make the best of<br />

our great outdoors. Some can<br />

be found close to home, others<br />

a little further afield. You can<br />

discover many more walks and<br />

more details on the AllTrails<br />

app, at nationalparks.nsw.gov.<br />

au and Council website. Locals’<br />

Tip: Protect yourself from<br />

ticks and mozzie bites – warm,<br />

wet weather means more are<br />

breeding and biting, including<br />

the ones that can carry disease.<br />

Barrenjoey Lighthouse<br />

Barrenjoey Lighthouse sits at<br />

Sydney’s most northern point<br />

– Barrenjoey Head at Palm<br />

Beach. Positioned 91 metres<br />

above sea level the lighthouse,<br />

its oil room and keepers’<br />

cottages were built in 1881<br />

from sandstone quarried on<br />

site. There are two routes to<br />

the top; the more gentle 1km<br />

Access Trail or the shorter,<br />

steeper Smugglers Track. When<br />

you get to the top you will be<br />

rewarded with glorious views of<br />

Broken Bay, Ku-ring-gai Chase<br />

National Park as well as the<br />

Central Coast (main pic above).<br />

Locals’ Tip: The inside of the<br />

lighthouse is only accessible by<br />

guided tour on Sundays.<br />

McKay Reserve<br />

If you’re up for a challenge take<br />

the ‘stairway to heaven’ from<br />

Barrenjoey Road near Iluka<br />

Road at Palm Beach. The walk<br />

up through McKay Reserve<br />

with its 700-plus stairs and<br />

steep slopes, stunning views<br />

and native bushland will take<br />

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your breath away. The walk is<br />

1.37 kilometres one way – allow<br />

at least 40 minutes each way.<br />

Locals’ Tip: If you aren’t super<br />

fit, best tackle this one from<br />

the top (access via McKay Road<br />

Whale Beach) to bottom.<br />

Bayview to<br />

Church Point<br />

An accessible walking path<br />

along the shoreline from<br />

Bayview to Church Point. One<br />

way is approximately 3kms.<br />

There are plenty of options to<br />

extend it either way.<br />

Avalon to Narrabeen<br />

Coast Walk<br />

Beginning at Avalon Beach<br />

Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving Club, this walk<br />

will take you over Bilgola Head<br />

to Bilgola Beach and around<br />

the southern headland to<br />

Newport Beach. Past Bungan<br />

Castle, the walk drops down<br />

to Bungan Beach, then over<br />

Mona Vale Headland to<br />

Bongin Bongin, Mona Vale<br />

and Warriewood beaches,<br />

Turimetta Head and beach,<br />

Narrabeen Head, Narrabeen<br />

Lagoon and finishes at<br />

Narrabeen shops. Allow at<br />

least five-and-a-half hours<br />

to cover the 13-kilometre<br />

distance, with plenty of stops.<br />

Crown to the Sea,<br />

Newport<br />

Linking four bushland reserves<br />

between Newport and Bilgola<br />

Plateau this challenging walk<br />

has it all. Starting at the<br />

Crown of Newport reserve,<br />

walkers take on a 300-metre<br />

moderate/steep trek under<br />

the canopy of a rainforest<br />

with its rare plants, waterfalls<br />

and wildlife before moving<br />

into the Attunga Reserve, a<br />

1000-metre strenuous steep<br />

climb with incredible coastline<br />

views, followed by an easy<br />

walk, through Porter Reserve<br />

winding into Kanimbla Reserve<br />

overlooking Newport. All up<br />

it’s roughly 1.7 kilometres and<br />

takes 1-2 hours.<br />

Narrabeen<br />

Coastal Walk<br />

Start this walk at North<br />

Narrabeen pool; it’s a lovely<br />

way to take in the wonder of<br />

the area. Start by climbing<br />

up the steps to arrive at<br />

Turimetta headland. There<br />

are a few tracks to choose<br />

from. The lookout overlooking<br />

North Narrabeen beach is<br />

stunning. You can take the<br />

path all the way along to Mona<br />

Vale headland (about 3.2<br />

kilometres) which will take you<br />

around 45 minutes.<br />

Anembo Reserve<br />

Walk and Trail<br />

Anembo is an Aboriginal<br />

word meaning “quiet place”,<br />

and peace and tranquility<br />

is what you will experience.<br />

Surrounded by Ku-ring-gai<br />

Chase National Park on three<br />

sides, this ridgetop reserve<br />

includes 22 hectares of native<br />

vegetation providing habitat<br />

for several threatened species.<br />

Starting at Anembo Road,<br />

Duffys Forest this mediumgraded<br />

2-kilometre walk will<br />

take 30-45 minutes along a<br />

formed track with no steps.<br />

Locals’ Tip: Be mindful of<br />

giving way to horses.<br />

Deep Creek Trail<br />

Starting at the Deep Creek<br />

Reserve, the 5.5-kilometre loop<br />

by creeks and waterfalls can<br />

get rocky and slippery at times<br />

but is generally considered<br />

an easy track which takes on<br />

average one and a half hours<br />

to complete. It does get busy –<br />

be prepared to share with trail<br />

runners and mountain bikers.<br />

Resolute Loop Walk<br />

The Resolute Loop track lies<br />

at the far end of West Head.<br />

You can catch a ferry from<br />

Palm Beach to Great Mackerel<br />

Beach Wharf and proceed<br />

north along the beach to enter<br />

the bushland track in the<br />

National Park, do a loop and<br />

finish back where you started<br />

where you can cool down<br />

with a swim. It’s considered<br />

a moderate walk with steep<br />

sections and stairs. There are<br />

numerous lookouts and the<br />

best of the historic Aboriginal<br />

art in the Ku-ring-gai Chase<br />

National Park along the way.<br />

It’s about a 6-kilometre loop;<br />

plan it as a day trip to allow<br />

for relaxing and swimming<br />

stops.<br />

West Head Army track<br />

A must-do trek for fit history<br />

buffs, you will be following<br />

in the steps of World War II<br />

soldiers climbing down the<br />

challenging West Head army<br />

track to a historic army battery<br />

where Sydney’s Broken Bay<br />

was protected from possible<br />

invasion. The restored track<br />

can be accessed from the West<br />

Head lookout car park. Some<br />

parts are so steep you’ll be<br />

scaling ladders. Set aside 1-1.5<br />


AROUND<br />


Local clubs are offering<br />

deals and live entertainment<br />

throughout <strong>January</strong>.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL Club<br />

Boasts a wide range of venues<br />

including outdoor deck spaces,<br />

restaurants and bars and great<br />

entertainment. Its newest<br />

restaurant Bocado is a blend of<br />

Spanish Tapas and international<br />

flavours with an array of small<br />

and large plates perfect for<br />

sharing. Plus, you can enjoy live<br />

music every Sunday on the Deck<br />

from 3-6pm. <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL open<br />

from 10am at 82 Mona Vale Rd,<br />

Mona Vale. pittwaterrsl.com.au<br />



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Avalon Beach RSL Club<br />

If you love prawns, you can’t<br />

go past the special every day<br />

this summer where you will<br />

only have to shell out $20 for<br />

half a kilo (12pm-8.30pm, dinein<br />

only). Happy hour specials<br />

include $5 frozen cocktails and<br />

live performances include Sun<br />

Room on Sat 6; Adam Newling<br />

on Sat 13 and Tijuana Cartel on<br />

Sat 20. Avalon Beach RSL Club<br />

is at 1 Bowling Green Lane.<br />

avalonrsl.com.au<br />

Royal Motor Yacht Club<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>-based since 1926. The<br />

club welcomes boat owners<br />

and social members and their<br />

guests to experience its bars<br />

and a variety of dining options,<br />

live music and a sparkling<br />

outdoor heated swimming<br />

pool. You’ll find the club at 46<br />

Prince Alfred Parade Newport.<br />

royalmotor.com.au<br />

Tourist trappings<br />

North Palm Beach Surf <strong>Life</strong><br />

Saving Club’s cafe is a must<br />

for devoted Home and Away<br />

fans. Pilgrims clamber off<br />

tourist buses to sample meat<br />

pies, fish and chips and ice<br />

creams bought in fictitious<br />

Summer Bay. The volunteerrun<br />

kiosk is open weekends<br />

and on Tuesdays from<br />

9.30am. Just watch out for<br />

the chip-stealing kookaburra!<br />

Deck this out<br />

The Deck at Whale Beach<br />

Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving Club is<br />

the perfect spot to sip a<br />

cheeky Sunday afternoon<br />

glass of chilled wine and<br />

enjoy the ocean views. More<br />

substantial eats include steak<br />

sandwiches with caramelised<br />

onions, BLTs and pies from<br />

award-winning local bakery<br />

Oliver’s Pies. Closed on<br />

Mondays.<br />

Roast by Coast<br />

Rowie Dillon’s Sunday<br />

lunch at Newport Surf <strong>Life</strong><br />

Saving Club swings into its<br />

second year. Throughout<br />

<strong>January</strong>, Rowie’s by the Sea<br />

serves lunch from noon.<br />

This canteen-style pop-up<br />

punches above its weight.<br />

Weekly menus include slowroasted<br />

lamb, Asian baked<br />

barramundi and fancy salads.<br />

Bookings 0402 530 862.<br />

Palm Beach Golf Club<br />

Enjoy a beautiful, casual dining<br />

experience with a view across<br />

the Golf Course and out to Lion<br />

Island and Ku-ring-gai Chase<br />

National Park. Open for lunch<br />

Tuesdays to Sundays with<br />

extended evening dining in<br />

Summer available Wednesdays<br />

to Saturdays. Book online to<br />

make sure you get a table.<br />

palmbeachgolf.com.au<br />

Newport Bowling Club<br />

Sitting on the corner of<br />

Barrenjoey and Palm Roads<br />

Newport everyone is welcome<br />

to this fantastic little spot for<br />

lawn bowls (with or without<br />

shoes!). There is great little<br />

clubhouse and lovely deck<br />

Take a Captain Cook<br />

Cook Terrace’s impressive<br />

drinks list showcases<br />

everything from Aperol<br />

spritzes, to boozy ginger<br />

beers, Japanese lager and<br />

non-alcoholic cocktails. Food<br />

orders come from The Basin<br />

Dining Room, located on the<br />

other side of the club. Mona<br />

Vale Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving Club’s<br />

bar opens Fridays after work<br />

and on Sundays from 1pm<br />

to 7pm.<br />

That’s a wrap<br />

North Narrabeen Surf <strong>Life</strong><br />

Saving Club sells post-surf<br />

snacks including toasties,<br />

wraps and cakes every day<br />

of the week and they have a<br />

full menu from Thursday to<br />

Sunday. Hit Cafe also has a<br />

selection of freshly squeezed<br />

juices and its own brand of<br />

delicious coffee. While you’re<br />

there, pick up a 1kg bag of<br />

beans. Open daily, 6.30am-<br />

2.30pm.<br />

Got you covered<br />

Cabana Beach Kiosk occupies<br />

an upstairs spot at the<br />

rear of South Narrabeen<br />

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

covered terrace is the ideal<br />

spot for beachside summer<br />

dining. The breakfast menu<br />

has cafe faves including<br />

homemade pancakes for the<br />

kids, Californian burritos,<br />

and eggs Florentine. Open<br />

Wednesday-Sunday, 7am-<br />

3pm.<br />

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overlooking the greens where<br />

you can sit and sample the<br />

massive range of craft beers<br />

(tinnies and on tap) and/or<br />

premium wines, spirits and<br />

soft drinks. Open Monday<br />

to Sunday. Takeaways<br />

available 7 days a week.<br />

newportbowlingclub.com.au<br />


<strong>Pittwater</strong> has some pleasant<br />

spots where your dog can run<br />

around. Avalon Beach Reserve<br />

Dog Park is a mediumsized,<br />

fully fenced area and<br />

located in Central Avenue.<br />

Hitchcock Park Dog Park has<br />

a designated off-leash area<br />

to the north of Careel Bay<br />

playing fields between Etival<br />

Street and Barrenjoey Road;<br />

Dearin Reserve Newport<br />

has plenty of large trees<br />

offering shade and dogs are<br />

permitted off-leash 24-hours<br />

a day; at McCarrs Creek<br />

Reserve, Church Point dogs<br />

are to be on-leash in the offleash<br />

area of the reserve on<br />

Saturdays, Sundays and Public<br />

Holidays; at Progress Park<br />

North Narrabeen dogs are<br />

permitted to take a dip in the<br />

creek; Rowland Reserve Dog<br />

Park at Bayview is a particular<br />

favourite with dog lovers and<br />

dogs who love the water;<br />

South Mona Vale Headland<br />

(Robert Dunn Reserve) offers<br />

plenty of open space and a<br />

sea breeze; At Deep Creek<br />

Reserve, North Narrabeen<br />

dogs can only be unleashed<br />

when conducting dog training<br />

sessions within the fenced<br />

areas. At Mackerel Beach,<br />

dogs can be off-leash between<br />

the Wharf and the National<br />

Parks sign in the morning<br />

before 9.30am and after 5pmsunset<br />

and Terrey Hills Oval is<br />

open to unleashed dogs from<br />

midnight to 8.30am daily.<br />

Check Council website for any<br />

changes.<br />

Locals’ Tip: Make sure your<br />

pet’s tick prevention is up to<br />

date, and don’t forget to take<br />

some poop bags with you.<br />

QUIET<br />


Bible Garden<br />

Situated high on the<br />

escarpment, the Bible Garden<br />

in Mitchell Road, Palm Beach<br />

offers magnificent views<br />

over the ocean to Barrenjoey<br />

headland. Established in the<br />

1960s the garden features<br />

almost all 148 plants<br />

mentioned in the Old and New<br />

Testament. The garden also has<br />

a pond, seats, table and a Bible.<br />

All are welcome. Locals’ Tip:<br />

Parking can be a nightmare;<br />

better to walk there, or go early<br />

or just before sunset.<br />

The Baha’i House<br />

of Worship<br />

This prominent landmark<br />

sitting at the highest point in<br />

the area within nine hectares<br />

of native gardens is open to all<br />

people of all beliefs. A tranquil<br />

place for individual prayer,<br />

contemplation and reflection,<br />

the nine-sided structure – a<br />

symbol of the unity of the<br />

world’s religions – is one of<br />

eight Baha’i Temples around<br />

the world. There’s a Visitors<br />

Centre (with volunteer guides<br />

available to answer questions),<br />

a bookshop and a covered<br />

open-air picnic area. 173 Mona<br />

Vale Road, Ingleside.<br />

Veterans Tribute<br />

A memorial to commemorate<br />

the 1800 service men and<br />

women who lost their lives at<br />

sea while being transported to<br />

Japan and islands in the South<br />

West Pacific during World<br />

War II can be found at Mona<br />

Vale’s headland (Robert Dunn<br />

Reserve). The plinth has a seat<br />

alongside it so visitors may sit<br />

and reflect on all those lost<br />

and all those who serve still.<br />


Mona Vale<br />

An open-air marketplace that<br />

supplies certified organic food,<br />

artisan gourmet produce and<br />

conventional fresh fruit and<br />

vegetables, freshly baked<br />

breads, pastries and general<br />

goods is held on Sundays from<br />

8.30am-1pm at <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL,<br />

82 Mona Vale Road Mona Vale.<br />

Re-opening after a Christmas<br />

break on Sunday 14. Check<br />

Mona Vale Market Facebook<br />

page for updates.<br />

Beaches Farmers<br />

Market<br />

Fabulous fresh food, fashion,<br />

gourmet products and more<br />

from 8am-1pm on Fridays (reopens<br />

after Christmas break on<br />

Friday 12) at <strong>Pittwater</strong> Rugby<br />

Park, Warriewood from 8am-<br />

1pm. Free parking via Walsh<br />

Street.<br />

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Berry Reserve Market<br />

Set amongst the trees in a<br />

lakeside position at Narrabeen<br />

you will find more than 80<br />

stalls offering arts, jewellery,<br />

collectibles, home wares,<br />

fashion and food every third<br />

Sunday throughout the year.<br />

Beaches Market<br />

@ Palmy<br />

Offering food, home wares,<br />

fashion and jewellery at<br />

Governor Phillip Park every<br />

fourth Sunday of the month<br />

from 9am-3pm.<br />



There are plenty of<br />

opportunities to get out<br />

there for fun and fitness over<br />

summer.<br />

Barefoot bowls<br />

Walk the greens at Newport,<br />

Mona Vale and Avalon Beach<br />

Bowling Clubs. No experience<br />

necessary. Contact the clubs<br />

for details – and while you’re at<br />

it, ask about happy hours and<br />

meal deals – they’re plentiful<br />

and good value!<br />

Biking trails<br />

The Terrey Hills BMX Bike Track<br />

is competition standard and<br />

well maintained by volunteers.<br />

It’s open to all levels and<br />

coaching is available. The<br />

track is closed when damp or<br />

wet to prevent damage to the<br />

track surface. You will find it<br />

near Garigal National Park at<br />

JJ Melbourne Hills Memorial<br />

Reserve, Thompson Drive.<br />

For mountain bike riders<br />

the world-class facility Bare<br />

Creek Bike Park at Crozier Road<br />

Belrose features 1.6 kilometres<br />

of downhill bike trails, flow<br />

trails, skills and dirt jump<br />

areas – three separate tracks,<br />

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for kids to advanced (pictured);<br />

it also has walking trails,<br />

toilets, drinking fountains,<br />

bike maintenance stations and<br />

onsite parking for up to 40<br />

cars. Open 7am – 7pm every<br />

day (weather-permitting).<br />

Of course, if busy parks are<br />

not your thing, then there<br />

are plenty of great tracks for<br />

riders of all levels in <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

– from the gentle flat loop of<br />

Narrabeen Lagoon to the bush<br />

around Terrey Hills and the<br />

National Parks.<br />

Exercise areas<br />

Free outdoor exercise areas in<br />

many of our local parks and<br />

reserves are geared up with a<br />

variety of equipment to help<br />

you push up/pull up, do situps,<br />

arm combos, leg presses,<br />

shoulder presses, some also<br />

have step machines. You’ll<br />

find them at Berry Reserve,<br />

Bilarong Reserve, Lakeside<br />

Park, Newport Beach and the<br />

Warriewood Valley space in<br />

Boondah Road.<br />

Golf<br />

Boasting three public<br />

courses and some of the best<br />

invitation-only private courses<br />

in Sydney, if golf is your<br />

game you’re in the right spot.<br />

Accessible courses at Bayview<br />

and Mona Vale are 18-holers,<br />

while Palm Beach and Avalon<br />

Beach each offer nine holes of<br />

fun and relaxation. There’s a<br />

Par-3 ‘Pitch and Putt’ course<br />

in Terrey Hills and a putt-putt<br />

and a decent golf range in<br />

Narrabeen.<br />

Horse riding<br />

There are numerous arenas,<br />

equestrian facilities and horse<br />

riding schools and several<br />

horse trails in Terrey Hills and<br />

Duffys Forest in the Ku-ring-gai<br />

and Garigal National Parks.<br />

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Paddle<br />

Discover calm protected waters<br />

perfect for paddling (sitting<br />

or standing up) and places to<br />

hire everything you need on<br />

the foreshores of Narrabeen<br />

Lagoon and <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

Paragliding<br />

Soar like a bird or get a bird<br />

eye’s view of paragliders flying<br />

over Mona Vale, Warriewood<br />

and Turimetta – all three are<br />

known as gliding favourites.<br />

Shoot hoops<br />

You’ll find hard courts marked<br />

for netball, basketball and<br />

pickleball next to the skate<br />

park at Avalon Beach Reserve<br />

and four multi-use hardcourts<br />

with lighting, fitness<br />

equipment and a learn-to-ride<br />

track around the perimeter of<br />

the Warriewood Valley Sports<br />

Courts on Boondah Road or<br />

take it inside at Northern<br />

Beaches Indoor Sports Centre<br />

in Warriewood.<br />

Skate Parks<br />

The Mona Vale skate park<br />

in Kitchener Park has<br />

“must-skate” status. The<br />

predominantly street-style<br />

park with a mini bowl and<br />

vert ramp, is a huge hit with<br />

skateboarders, bladers and<br />

BMX and scooter-users of all<br />

ages and abilities with the<br />

1800m2 space containing<br />

heaps of features to allow<br />

progression from beginner<br />

to advanced. You will also<br />

find skate parks in Avalon<br />

just behind the Avalon Surf<br />

<strong>Life</strong> Saving Club and at Terrey<br />

Hills playing fields. If you are<br />

prepared to travel further<br />

afield it’s worth checking out<br />

the skate park in Lionel Watts<br />

Reserve in Belrose.<br />

Tennis<br />

Dust off your tennis gear<br />

and book a court at Newport<br />

Community Centre, North<br />

Narrabeen Community and<br />

Tennis Centre, Bayview Tennis<br />

Club, Elanora Park Tennis Club,<br />

Wakehurst Couvret Tennis<br />

Centre, Careel Bay Tennis Club<br />

or Terrey Hills Tennis Club.<br />


There is an abundance of<br />

recreational fishing spots<br />

around <strong>Pittwater</strong> with options<br />

for all levels and experience.<br />

Here are some local fishing tips<br />

to take on board.<br />

Yellowtail Kingfish – Hotspots<br />

include the moorings from<br />

Stokes Point all the way past<br />

Clareville. Also try moorings<br />

around Scotland Island plus<br />

the current line between Palm<br />

Beach Wharf and Mackerel<br />

Beach.<br />

Flathead – Best areas are<br />

along sand drop-offs and the<br />

convergence of sand and weed<br />

or sand and rock.<br />

Bream – Fish in areas close to<br />

structures such as wharves or<br />

rocky headlands with ample<br />

tidal flow.<br />

Narrabeen Lagoon<br />

Common species in the main<br />

lagoon are whiting, bream and<br />

flathead. Occasionally large<br />

mulloway, tailor and even<br />

salmon make their way through<br />

the entrance of the lagoon from<br />

the ocean to feed on the large<br />

schools of mullet and other<br />

baitfish that are present.<br />

Rock fishing<br />

The rocky platform around<br />

Barrenjoey Head from the<br />

northern end of Station<br />

Beach to the northern end<br />

of Palm Beach and the whole<br />

foreshore from the south end<br />

of Turimetta Beach to the rock<br />

baths at Narrabeen Head are<br />

classified as Aquatic Reserves.<br />

Within aquatic reserves, you<br />

can line fish and spearfish<br />

(subject to normal restrictions)<br />

and collect rock lobster, sea<br />

lettuce and bait weed. It is<br />

prohibited to collect cunjevoi<br />

and all invertebrates (dead or<br />

alive) including anemones,<br />

barnacles, chitons, cockles,<br />

crabs, mussels, octopus, pipis,<br />

sea urchins, starfish, snails<br />

and worms, and empty shells.<br />

This includes a prohibition<br />

on the killing of cunjevoi or<br />

invertebrates to feed fish.<br />



Apex Park<br />

Apex Park is across the road<br />

from Mona Vale beach and a<br />

popular spot for families. It has<br />

a huge bike path for the kids to<br />

ride around plus a playground<br />

and BBQ areas.<br />

Bert Payne Reserve<br />

A handy spot for a picnic or to<br />

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enjoy a takeaway, the reserve<br />

at Newport Beach also boasts<br />

a great playground which<br />

provides an inclusive play space<br />

and equipment designed for<br />

children of varying ages and<br />

abilities.<br />

Bilarong Reserve<br />

Located right next to<br />

Narrabeen Lagoon on the<br />

Wakehurst Parkway, Bilarong<br />

Reserve at North Narrabeen<br />

is an ideal place for a family<br />

picnic. Complete with bike<br />

tracks, a playground in two<br />

halves – a shaded fenced play<br />

area with basic equipment for<br />

toddlers surrounded by a larger<br />

more adventurous playground<br />

– and fantastic BBQ and table<br />

set-ups, it ticks a lot of boxes.<br />

McCarrs Creek<br />

Reserve<br />

This is a picturesque spot with<br />

the Ku-ring-gai Chase National<br />

Park on the opposite side. The<br />

large grassy area is great for<br />

games. Dogs are welcome<br />

from Monday to Friday in the<br />

signposted off-lead dog area<br />

which is west of the main<br />

access road into the reserve.<br />

Robert Dunn Reserve<br />

The Robert Dunn reserve near<br />

Mona Vale Hospital takes in<br />

the beautiful scenery of Mona<br />

Vale beach and surroundings,<br />

with plenty of benches and<br />

seats. It also doubles as a<br />

dog park – one of the little<br />

treasures of the area.<br />

Warriewood Valley<br />

Playground<br />

Better known as ‘Rocket<br />

Park’ this is a great space<br />

with a range of exciting play<br />

equipment for kids of all ages.<br />

There are shaded areas with<br />

seating, BBQs and toilets in this<br />

peaceful setting off Callistemon<br />

Way, Warriewood. Locals’ Tip:<br />

The Rocket can get very hot in<br />

the heat of a Summer’s Day.<br />

Winnererremy Bay<br />

‘Flying Fox Park’ next to<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> High School in Mona<br />

Vale is still one of the best<br />

parks for children of varying<br />

ages. The playground has a<br />

giant climbing structure for<br />

the older kids, swings and<br />

much more to keep the littlies<br />

entertained for hours. The park<br />

also has BBQs and picnic areas<br />

and is bike-, skateboard- and<br />

scooter-friendly.<br />



There are plenty of ways to<br />

keep the kids busy this <strong>January</strong>.<br />

Tennis<br />

Goodwin’s Tennis Academy<br />

offer instruction on strokes<br />

for beginners to advanced<br />

levels. There are also round<br />

robins, games and match<br />

play. School holiday tennis<br />

camps for ages 4 and up<br />

run throughout <strong>January</strong> at<br />

Kitchener Park Mona Vale with<br />

full and half-day sessions and<br />

before and after care available.<br />

Bookings essential. More info at<br />

goodwinstennisacademy.com.<br />

au. P:0410 523 726<br />

Nature focus<br />

Children aged 6-12 love the funpacked<br />

holiday programs run<br />

from the CEC Narrabeen where<br />

they learn about our natural<br />

environment and how they can<br />

help preserve it. In <strong>January</strong>,<br />

programs generally run from<br />

10am-3pm and include Nature<br />

Detectives, Eco Explorers,<br />

Marine Art and Science, Junior<br />

Marine Biology and Survival<br />

Skills to name a few. Cost $74<br />

per child. Bookings essential<br />

online.<br />

Reading Challenge<br />

School aged children are<br />

welcome to take on the<br />

Summer Reading Challenge<br />

running until <strong>January</strong> 31. Pick<br />

up a booklet from any Northern<br />

Beaches Council Library and<br />

complete all 12 challenges for a<br />

chance to win a prize pack. Kids<br />

who complete the challenge<br />

by <strong>January</strong> 20 will receive an<br />

invitation to a Summer Reading<br />

Party with a disco, games and<br />

prizes.<br />

Funday Sunday<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL is hosting a<br />

Funday Sunday on The Deck on<br />

Jan 7 from 12pm-5pm where<br />

there will be face painting,<br />

balloon animals and free frozen<br />

slushies for the kids.<br />

INDOOR<br />


There’s no need to worry<br />

about boredom setting in if the<br />

weather isn’t up to scratch...<br />

Summer Guide<br />

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Summer Guide<br />

Libraries<br />

It will be business as usual at<br />

Mona Vale Library and Avalon<br />

Beach Community Library from<br />

Jan 2 plus lots of extra activities<br />

for kids.<br />

Movies<br />

Catch a film at a local cinema.<br />

Take your pick from United<br />

Cinemas in Avalon, the<br />

multiplex in Warriewood, or<br />

the pretty turquoise art deco<br />

complex in Collaroy.<br />

Squash<br />

There are championship squash<br />

courts and a licensed club at<br />

Elanora Heights.<br />

Tenpin bowling<br />

Timezone & Zone Bowling at<br />

Dee Why RSL is loud and bright<br />

boasting 16 Lanes of bowling,<br />

at least 70 state-of-the-art<br />

arcade games on site and a<br />

modern take on bumper cars.<br />

Glen St Theatre<br />

Our closest dedicated theatre<br />

is located in a unique bushland<br />

setting in Belrose. In <strong>January</strong><br />

you can see the NSW Youth<br />

Ballet Company presenting Don<br />

Quixote in two acts on Saturday<br />

20 and The Sensational Beatles<br />

Boys reliving all the Beatles<br />

classic hits in a 2-hour concert<br />

on Sunday 21. Details at<br />

glenstreet.com.au<br />


Look out for art and take<br />

advantage of the holiday vibe<br />

to unleash your creative side.<br />

Art Exhibitions & Sales<br />

Many of <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s talented<br />

artists have exhibitions and<br />

sales this Summer. Also, head<br />

south to explore and support<br />

our nearest regional art gallery<br />

Manly Art Gallery & Museum at<br />

West Esplanade Manly. (See Arts<br />

– pages 34-35)<br />

Public Art<br />

Discover our public artworks<br />

that are dotted around our<br />

villages, parks and along<br />

the coast. New murals have<br />

added a splash of colour to<br />

Bungan Lane; on Mona Vale<br />

Memorial Hall; and in Village<br />

Park, Mona Vale. Art along the<br />

coast celebrates our beach<br />

culture, local history, natural<br />

environment, and Aboriginal<br />

heritage. Head to Mona Vale<br />

Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving Club to see<br />

designs based on the rock<br />

engravings in sites at Ku-ringgai<br />

Chase National Park; cast<br />

aluminium oyster shells can be<br />

found near Narrabeen Lagoon<br />

and bronze plaques which<br />

symbolize the ‘singing-in’ of<br />

the whales can be found at<br />

Avalon Beach. More info on<br />

council’s website.<br />

Three Peaks Photography<br />

Professional landscape<br />

photographer Peter Sedgwick<br />

runs different courses<br />

on the Beaches where he<br />

will teach you one-on-one<br />

how to make the best use<br />

of your camera, catering<br />

to your individual needs.<br />

threepeaksphotography.com.<br />

au.<br />


Step onto a ferry, water taxi<br />

or hire a boat to explore some<br />

magical places.<br />

The Basin<br />

A short ferry ride from Palm<br />

Beach is one of Sydney’s most<br />

popular camping grounds<br />

– The Basin on the western<br />

foreshores of <strong>Pittwater</strong> Kuring-gai<br />

Chase National Park.<br />

With the capacity to cater to<br />

400 campers on non-powered<br />

sites it will be busy at this time<br />

of year but there are lovely<br />

places to take a dip including<br />

a protected swimming lagoon,<br />

good fishing, several walking<br />

tracks and wildlife. A day trip<br />

is a good way to check out the<br />

camping area for any future<br />

overnight stays, which you will<br />

need to book through NSW<br />

National Parks and Wildlife<br />

Service in advance.<br />

Scotland Island<br />

Home to some 1000 people<br />

and accessed by water only,<br />

the island is both a thriving<br />

community and refuge<br />

for native flora and fauna.<br />

There are no cafes, shops<br />

or restaurants and most<br />

day trippers visit the island<br />

to simply walk either from<br />

one ferry wharf to another,<br />

or all the way around along<br />

the waterfront which takes<br />

around half an hour. Elizabeth<br />

Park, at the top of the island,<br />

features a significant spotted<br />

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gum forest. Roads and walking<br />

trails are mostly unpaved.<br />

Locals’ Tip: There are no public<br />

toilets on the island, except in<br />

the Community Hall and the<br />

Fireshed, and these buildings<br />

are only open when there are<br />

events.<br />

‘Secret’ beaches<br />

Accessible by water or walking<br />

track, beaches on the foreshore<br />

of Ku-ring-gai Chase National<br />

Park – including Taylors Bay<br />

Beach, Morning Bay, Portuguese<br />

Beach and arguably one of<br />

the nicest spots on <strong>Pittwater</strong>,<br />

Resolute Beach – remain<br />

uncrowded and beautiful.<br />

Patonga<br />

Patonga Beach is a tranquil<br />

seaside village at the southern<br />

end of the Central Coast with a<br />

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calm bay perfect for swimming,<br />

kayaking and SUPs. There’s a<br />

campground and a Boathouse<br />

Hotel.<br />

Ettalong Beach<br />

Ettalong is a humming Central<br />

Coast village which hosts<br />

lovely little shops, art galleries,<br />

cafes, old-world-charm village<br />

markets, restaurants, The<br />

Ettalong Diggers RSL Club, a<br />

quaint independent cinema,<br />

places to swim and plenty of<br />

accommodation options.<br />

Locals’ Tip: Want to stay<br />

longer? Hire a boat with room<br />

to stay onboard overnight,<br />

search online for private<br />

holiday rentals or Airbnb,<br />

check out YHA <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Eco at Morning Bay, and the<br />

restored and reasonably priced<br />

Currawong Beach Cottages.<br />

Summer Guide<br />

Home Dental for those in need<br />

ooth Sparkler Family Dental<br />

Tstands as a beacon of<br />

comprehensive and compassionate<br />

healthcare.<br />

What sets this clinic apart is<br />

its unwavering commitment to<br />

individual care, making each<br />

patient’s journey a unique and<br />

tailored experience.<br />

And their care extends beyond<br />

their practice within Frenchs Forest’s<br />

health hub – principal dentist and<br />

owner Sara Lonergan (at right) says<br />

they are always keen to reach out and<br />

attend to patients who can’t get to<br />

the clinic, whether they are at home<br />

or in residential/aged care facilities.<br />

First impressions of the waiting<br />

room reveal a space more like a<br />

living room than dental practice,<br />

immediately putting patients at ease<br />

– something Sara was conscious to<br />

create.<br />

The team values inclusivity;<br />

they are adept at facilitating good<br />

oral health outcomes for everyone<br />

including those with special needs,<br />

neurodiversity, the elderly/frail and<br />

those with limited finances. And for<br />

those grappling with dental phobia<br />

and anxiety, special measures are in<br />

place to transform the experience<br />

into a positive one.<br />

Kids are well catered for too, with<br />

enthusiastic oral health therapists<br />

who focus on prevention of dental<br />

decay and gum disease.<br />

By understanding and<br />

considering everyone’s unique<br />

situation they help tailor an oral<br />

health strategy that everyone<br />

deserves.<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Chef Oliver joins Scamps’<br />

junk food ad ban crusade<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Mackellar MP Dr Sophie<br />

Scamps recently<br />

teamed up with celebrity<br />

chef Jamie Oliver to promote<br />

her Healthy Kids Private<br />

Members Bill, as she ramps<br />

up her campaign to achieve<br />

restrictions on junk food advertising<br />

to children.<br />

“Meeting Jamie was a real<br />

highlight for me in my campaign<br />

to stop our kids being<br />

bombarded with advertisements<br />

for fatty, salty and sugary<br />

foods,” Dr Scamps said of<br />

their meeting in November.<br />

“His work as a healthy food<br />

advocate, especially food marketed<br />

to children has inspired<br />

me.”<br />

Most people know Oliver as<br />

the TV chef with the endearing<br />

Essex accent. But as well as<br />

being a global food superstar<br />

and advocate for healthy<br />

home-cooked food, he’s also<br />

championed the cause of improving<br />

children’s food habits<br />

and protecting them from<br />

harmful junk food advertising<br />

for decades in the UK.<br />

Jamie’s ‘AdEnough’ campaign<br />

had a simple message: to make<br />

it easier for children to make<br />

better, healthier food choices.<br />

In 2018 he ran a grassroots<br />

SEE NO ‘EVIL’: Jamie Oliver with Dr Sophie Scamps.<br />

action, where parents and<br />

children were asked to post a<br />

picture of themselves covering<br />

their eyes.<br />

The message? The only<br />

way to avoid seeing ads for<br />

unhealthy junk food is literally<br />

to cover your kids’ eyes.<br />

“It was hugely successful<br />

– he’s managed to convince<br />

London Transport to stop displaying<br />

ads for unhealthy food<br />

on all London Transport,” said<br />

Dr Scamps.<br />

“The UK government<br />

has also agreed to ban the<br />

advertising of foods high in<br />

fat, sugar and salt until after<br />

9pm and a ban on ‘buy-oneget-one-free’<br />

deals on junk<br />

food. The TV ban is still to be<br />

implemented.”<br />

Oliver said he was dismayed<br />

that junk food manufacturers<br />

were targeting children.<br />

He said: “Basically, what we<br />

found out is that our children<br />

– your children – are being<br />

hunted.<br />

“Advertisers and marketers<br />

are specifically trying to advertise<br />

to kids.”<br />

Oliver explained that after<br />

looking at digital billboards at<br />

bus stops in the UK he and his<br />

team quickly ascertained that<br />

they were advertising unhealthy<br />

food at precisely the time kids<br />

were going to school, then<br />

switching to other products like<br />

holidays and travel once the<br />

kids were in their classrooms.<br />

“Kids are not born to eat<br />

nuggets or pizza. It’s not genetic.<br />

It’s marketing,” he said.<br />

“If you have relentless advertising<br />

to kids, it does change<br />

the outcomes.”<br />

In Australia, more than<br />

$550million is spent on advertising<br />

food and non-alcoholic<br />

drinks.<br />

The Federal government has<br />

commissioned a study from<br />

the University of Wollongong<br />

on the feasibility of banning<br />

junk food advertising in Aus-<br />

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tralia. The report is expected<br />

mid-<strong>2024</strong>.<br />

In the meantime, Dr Scamps<br />

said she would not let matters<br />

rest and would continue to<br />

advocate for action.<br />

She is now holding consultations<br />

with technology<br />

companies over how to stop<br />

the targeting of children with<br />

pop-up ads for unhealthy food<br />

when they are on social media<br />

platforms such as Facebook<br />

and Instagram.<br />

“As a former GP and a mother<br />

of three teens, I am deeply<br />

concerned about the rising<br />

rate of childhood obesity in<br />

Australia, which sets them up<br />

for a life of chronic disease,”<br />

she said.<br />

“One quarter of all children<br />

and two-thirds of adults are<br />

above the healthy weight<br />

range. Obesity and diabetes<br />

have become societal problems<br />

requiring a societal response.<br />

“That’s why I moved my bill<br />

[in June]. A ban is not radical.<br />

Some 40 countries have done<br />

it, including the UK, Norway,<br />

Mexico and Chile. It just takes<br />

will by the government.”<br />

The Healthy Kids Advertising<br />

Bill 2023 calls for an end to<br />

television and radio advertising<br />

of unhealthy foods between<br />

6am and 9.30pm including on<br />

subscription and/ streaming<br />

services.<br />

It would prohibit the targeting<br />

of children on social media.<br />

This is built into algorithms<br />

used by the platforms and<br />

results in targeted ads appearing<br />

when children are viewing<br />

material, including when they<br />

are using sites for study.<br />

Unhealthy food in the<br />

Healthy Kids Advertising Bill is<br />

defined as food and drink not<br />

recommended for promotion<br />

to children in the 2018 guide<br />

published by the Health Council<br />

of the Council of Australian<br />

Governments.<br />

Research from 2018 suggests<br />

that restricting junk food<br />

advertising on TV between<br />

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

would result in $778 million in<br />

healthcare savings.<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

with Dr John Kippen<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Inverted nipples procedures<br />

Generally, the more severe<br />

the retraction the more<br />

invasive the procedure<br />

needs to be to correct it. There<br />

is a chance that breastfeeding<br />

is not possible; with severely<br />

retracted nipples, the inability<br />

to attach during breastfeeding<br />

may in itself preclude feeding.<br />

Inverted nipples are a<br />

common condition affecting<br />

approximately two per cent of<br />

women. Interestingly, both men<br />

and women can be affected.<br />

One or both sides may be<br />

involved and often unequally.<br />

Instead of pointing outwards,<br />

the nipples appear flat, or as<br />

a depression or slit. Usually<br />

first noticed at puberty with<br />

breast growth and development.<br />

Nipples may be retractile<br />

in that they invert at times and<br />

protract at other times. They<br />

may be permanently inverted.<br />

Functionally, inverted nipples<br />

may be associated with rashes,<br />

irritation and discomfort.<br />

Though often quoted as being<br />

a problem, breastfeeding may<br />

still be possible. Nipples often<br />

spontaneously evert or correct<br />

at the time of breastfeeding.<br />

The correct technique of<br />

attachment with the infant attaching<br />

to both the areolar and<br />

nipple allows adequate breast-<br />

feeding. Correction of inverted<br />

nipples may be for functional or<br />

cosmetic reasons.<br />

There are many causes of<br />

nipple inversion. The breast<br />

has between 12 and 20 ducts<br />

that open independently onto<br />

the nipple. Shortening of these<br />

ducts or fibrous tissue between<br />

the ducts may cause shortening.<br />

Breast scars, underlying<br />

breast disease, breast duct<br />

infections and internal fibrosis<br />

may all cause inversion. Mostly<br />

no obvious cause is found. A<br />

full medical breast and general<br />

history and examination is<br />

necessary to exclude these<br />

reversible causes and exclude<br />

any diseases. The examination<br />

includes the axillae or armpit.<br />

Correction may be non-surgical<br />

or surgical. Non-surgical<br />

methods include massage,<br />

stretching, suction cups or<br />

piercing. There are two main<br />

groups of surgical procedures.<br />

The first preserves breast ducts<br />

and the second cuts through<br />

these breast ducts.<br />

Through small incisions,<br />

the fibrous tissue between the<br />

breast ducts is removed. Skin<br />

flaps and sutures then lift and<br />

hold the nipple in an everted<br />

or protracted position. More<br />

severe cases may need the<br />

breasts ducts to be cut. Deeper<br />

tissue may be lifted and moved<br />

as flaps to push up the nipples<br />

from below.<br />

Our columnist<br />

Dr John Kippen is a qualified,<br />

fully certified consultant<br />

specialist in Plastic and<br />

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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Vapes now by<br />

prescription only<br />

Mackellar Independent MP Dr<br />

Sophie Scamps has welcomed<br />

the decision by Federal<br />

Health Minister Mark Butler to ban<br />

the importation of single-use vapes<br />

from <strong>January</strong> 1 and to treat them as<br />

therapeutic products that require a<br />

prescription.<br />

“It is great news that from <strong>January</strong><br />

1 nicotine-laced e-cigarettes can no<br />

longer be sold legally to our children,”<br />

Dr Scamps said.<br />

“This is something I have been<br />

advocating for since I was elected,” she<br />

said.<br />

Dr Scamps said so-called ‘convenience<br />

stores’ selling snacks and vapes had<br />

popped up in several locations around<br />

Mackellar in the past year, with parents<br />

“very upset” about the stores being<br />

typically located close to schools and<br />

bus stops used by school kids.<br />

“It’s not just Mackellar – throughout<br />

Australia there has been a proliferation<br />

of these stores in locations frequented<br />

by children,” she said.<br />

“This is not without motive. ‘Big<br />

tobacco’ knows that children who use<br />

vapes are three times’ more likely to<br />

take up tobacco smoking.<br />

“Vapes are a gateway drug to<br />

smoking. From my perspective as a<br />

doctor, I welcome Minister Butler’s<br />

strong action on this.”<br />

The Government has confirmed the<br />

importation of single-use vapes will be<br />

banned from <strong>January</strong> 1.<br />

Medical practitioners and nurse<br />

practitioners will be able to prescribe<br />

vapes, with patients able to fill their<br />

script at pharmacies.<br />

The Government will also introduce<br />

legislation to prevent domestic<br />

manufacture, advertisement, supply<br />

and commercial possession of nontherapeutic<br />

and disposable single-use<br />

vapes.<br />

The Government will provide an<br />

additional $25m to the Australian Border<br />

Force and $56.9m to the Therapeutic<br />

Goods Administration over two years for<br />

enforcement.<br />

– Lisa Offord<br />


BAN: From Jan 1.<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

with Sani Nand<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Tips for sufferers of ‘Dry Eye’<br />

heading into heat of summer<br />

eye’ is an<br />

inflammatory disease<br />

‘Dry<br />

which if left untreated<br />

will likely worsen over time.<br />

Tears, which compose of water,<br />

fatty oils and mucus, play an<br />

important role in lubricating<br />

and nourishing the outer<br />

surface (cornea) of the eye. Dry<br />

eye syndrome may occur if you<br />

don’t produce enough tears<br />

or if you produce poor-quality<br />

tears.<br />

Some of the symptoms of<br />

dry eyes may include redness,<br />

stinging or burning, irritation<br />

of the eyes, watery eyes,<br />

foreign body sensation, eye<br />

fatigue, blurred vision and light<br />

sensitivity.<br />

Dry eye is not as simple as it<br />

may sometimes seem, as the<br />

causes are multi-factorial in<br />

nature.<br />

One of my speciality areas<br />

is detecting and managing<br />

dry eye disease. It can be<br />

temporary or chronic in nature<br />

– more so the latter.<br />

Dry eyes are probably one<br />

of the most common diseases<br />

I come across in the practice<br />

and I have been treating this<br />

condition throughout my<br />

career.<br />

Eyedrops are a temporary<br />

solution – they do not fix the<br />

cause of the problem. During<br />

an eye test I always take a<br />

detailed medical history,<br />

go through a questionnaire<br />

and conduct a repertoire of<br />

diagnostic tests to determine<br />

the underlying cause of dry<br />

eyes. Backed by an evidencebased<br />

approach, treatment and<br />

management depends on the<br />

severity of the dry eyes.<br />

Some of the treatment<br />

options include prescribing<br />

eye drops and ointments to<br />

lubricate the ocular surface; in<br />

some instances there may be<br />

a need to prescribe specialised<br />

eye drops to reduce the<br />

inflammatory process that is<br />

involved with the dry eye cycle.<br />

Lid hygiene and heat<br />

application to the lids may be<br />

needed to promote the opening<br />

of the tear glands.<br />

It’s also important to discuss<br />

diet, lifestyle, environmental<br />

factors and other medical<br />

issues that can cause dry eyes.<br />

With the hot summer upon<br />

us, it would be important<br />

for dry eye sufferers to wear<br />

good quality sunglasses,<br />

drink lots of water, avoid<br />

direct air blowing into<br />

the eyes (such as car airconditioning<br />

and hairdryers),<br />

blink frequently, take breaks,<br />

have a well-balanced diet and<br />

take nutritional supplements<br />

designed for dry eyes.<br />

It is also very important to<br />

have an eye test at least every<br />

two years.<br />

At our clinic, we cover<br />

all aspects of eye health,<br />

offering comprehensive eye<br />

examinations, prescription<br />

glasses and contact lenses.<br />

Having a therapeutic<br />

qualification has fuelled<br />

my passion for detecting<br />

and managing various eye<br />

conditions.<br />

Sani graduated from Auckland University in 2009; she has<br />

been practising as a clinical Optometrist for the past 14 years.<br />

She was born in Durban, South Africa, and migrated to New<br />

Zealand with her family when she was 12. She says the family<br />

then did the “typical Kiwi move”, travelling across the ditch<br />

to Australia. Sani now permanently reside in Sydney with her<br />

husband. Having worked across most locations of Sydney she<br />

has returned to the Northern Beaches, joining Eyecare Plus<br />

Avalon Beach (formerly Milat Optometrist) – a business that has<br />

operated in the local area for the past 40 years. P: 9918 2400<br />

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Hair & Beauty<br />

with Sue Carroll<br />

A look into the Crystal Ball<br />

for beauty trends in <strong>2024</strong><br />

The Aesthetic profession<br />

is never stationary.<br />

Innovations for health,<br />

wellness and self-improvement<br />

for the skin and body assist us<br />

with being the best version of<br />

ourselves. There is no slowing<br />

down when it comes to being<br />

healthy inside and out.<br />

Spas, gyms and wellness<br />

centres assist people with<br />

muscle recovery with<br />

cold plunge therapy and<br />

breathwork. People want to<br />

maintain peak performance,<br />

improve their resilience,<br />

circulation, energy levels and<br />

reduce inflammation. While<br />

physically, ice baths or cold<br />

water therapy assist with<br />

this, working on the mental<br />

and emotional aspects with<br />

breathwork gives a more<br />

balanced and positive result.<br />

The ’90s Skinny Brow is<br />

making a comeback! Some<br />

of the biggest celebrities and<br />

beauty influencers embracing<br />

this style. After seeing so many<br />

people follow this trend years<br />

ago and can now not regrow<br />

their brows, I think improved<br />

brow grooming is the better<br />

alternative.<br />

One thing we seem to<br />

never have enough of is time.<br />

Many time-poor clients have<br />

already requested effective,<br />

time-reduced, but still relaxing<br />

skin treatments. This usually<br />

combines high tech with high<br />

touch to achieve their goals.<br />

Treatments such as a HIFU<br />

GLOW, China Doll, Hollywood<br />

Red Carpet Facial, Tixel<br />

Infusion and JetPeel treatments<br />

make this possible.<br />

The next chapter of overall<br />

wellness is mind-body beauty,<br />

where mental and emotional<br />

well-being are intertwined<br />

with physical appearance and<br />

health. Finally, we are looking<br />

at the body as a whole and not<br />

in segments. One works with<br />

the other and the health jigsaw<br />

puzzle comes together in a<br />

wonderful unison.<br />

Pre-rejuvenation treatments<br />

are taking the younger<br />

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generations by storm. Earlier<br />

maintenance where action is<br />

taken to prevent loss of laxity<br />

in the skin before signs of<br />

ageing are even visible, colour<br />

is more even, and textural<br />

changes are reduced to give a<br />

more flawless complexion.<br />

The injection of fillers is a<br />

minimally invasive procedure<br />

and assists with restoring<br />

volume and enhancing facial<br />

features. There are many<br />

different types of fillers today,<br />

using hyaluronic acid. Their<br />

composition, viscosity, where<br />

it is used, and injection depth<br />

will influence the final result.<br />

One of the many growing<br />

treatments where clients<br />

receive amazing results<br />

without looking as if they have<br />

abnormal lips is using a very<br />

fine hyaluronic acid into each<br />

lip line. The “barcodes” are<br />

reduced, and a more youthful<br />

lip is achieved.<br />

Mushroom-based ingredients<br />

hit the aesthetic industry back<br />

in 2018. Mushroom magic is<br />

making a resurgence. They<br />

are being incorporated into<br />

skincare to boost collagen<br />

production, brighten, and<br />

hydrate the skin, and provide<br />

anti-inflammatory benefits<br />

and antioxidant protection.<br />

Mushrooms have been used in<br />

Traditional Chinese medicine<br />

(TCM) for centuries, so consider<br />

this a revamp to an already<br />

well-known ingredient.<br />

The desire to let healthy skin<br />

shine through, rather than be<br />

smothered with makeup, is<br />

being embraced. Makeup is<br />

being used to enhance one’s<br />

natural beauty and the skin<br />

hybrid is born. We have had<br />

BB and CC creams for a while<br />

now where the 2-in-1 routine<br />

for skincare and makeup has<br />

assisted with fewer products<br />

and time-saving strategies.<br />

More products will hit the<br />

market with a hint of colour<br />

while giving our skin the<br />

nutrients they yearn for. The<br />

one thing to remember is that<br />

they cannot be used in the<br />

evening routine.<br />

It is nearly impossible to<br />

have not heard about AI being<br />

introduced into the aesthetic<br />

world. AI apps are being used<br />

to scan the skin and assist with<br />

homecare recommendations.<br />

The healthy aging concept in<br />

<strong>2024</strong> is being embraced, where<br />

the focus is shifting away from<br />

how one looks at their age and<br />

more focused on what can be<br />

done to keep mind, body and<br />

spirit healthy.<br />

Sue Carroll is at the forefront<br />

of the beauty, wellness<br />

and para-medical profession<br />

with 35 years’ experience on<br />

Sydney’s Northern Beaches.<br />

She leads a dedicated team<br />

of professionals who are<br />

passionate about results for<br />

men and women.<br />

info@skininspiration.com.au<br />

www.skininspiration.com.au<br />

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Hair & Beauty

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

with Brian Hrnjak<br />

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

Rebellion on the floor:<br />

whose money is it anyway?<br />

This month, quite contrary<br />

to the spirit of Christmas<br />

giving, we look at the<br />

question of companies getting<br />

into causes and donating shareholders’<br />

funds and ask: Whose<br />

money is it anyway?<br />

I can’t be the only regular<br />

user self-checkouts at Woolworths<br />

who’s wondered where<br />

my invite was to the staff Xmas<br />

party this year. Woolworths,<br />

along with many other large<br />

Australian companies, have extracted<br />

permanent operating efficiencies<br />

by making customers<br />

do much of the work previously<br />

done by staff and then proceed<br />

to spend more on marketing<br />

telling us how good they are.<br />

More and more of this marketing<br />

is in the form of sponsorships<br />

and corporate giving.<br />

But how valid is it for a company<br />

like Woolworths, an ASX<br />

public listed company, to engage<br />

in activities like corporate<br />

giving or getting involved in<br />

questions of conscience? Is it a<br />

valid form of brand building, or<br />

is it a futile exercise in corporate<br />

soul searching?<br />

Would it alter your perception<br />

of Woolworths if you knew that<br />

the board awarded senior executives<br />

‘safety bonuses’ as part<br />

of their remuneration even after<br />

the deaths of two employees in<br />

separate workplace incidents<br />

that are still the subject of ongoing<br />

investigation?<br />

Would it bother you that<br />

a Woolworths employee, Jo<br />

Wright, who is also a shareholder,<br />

felt the need to have<br />

the following exchange at the<br />

Company’s AGM as reported in<br />

The Sydney Morning Herald on<br />

15 December: “Wright, a staff<br />

member on the supermarket<br />

floor, and her colleagues were<br />

pushing for a $4 hourly increase<br />

to their base rates, the Woolworths<br />

board wanted to reward<br />

senior executives with a portion<br />

of their safety bonus to their<br />

seven-figure salaries. ‘My base<br />

rate pays $25.12 an hour and<br />

my team bonus last year was a<br />

packet of Cadbury Favourites,’<br />

Wright, also a shareholder, began.<br />

‘I’m not a member of any<br />

union, but I do support a $29<br />

base rate pay. In our store, we<br />

have several team members<br />

who are working three jobs to<br />

make a living wage… Is it time<br />

for merit-based remuneration<br />

existing alongside the current<br />

grade system using the criteria<br />

that applies to executive team<br />

pay increases?’”<br />

Many large shareholders ultimately<br />

agreed with Ms Wright<br />

with approximately 28% of the<br />

Company’s proxy holders voting<br />

against the Company’s remuneration<br />

report on executive<br />

pay at the AGM. This is regarded<br />

as a ‘first strike’ and if it is<br />

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epeated at the following year’s<br />

AGM, it prepares the ground for<br />

a board spill.<br />

Another iconic Australian<br />

company to suffer a similar fate<br />

at its AGM was Qantas. Qantas<br />

copped a massive 83% vote<br />

against its remuneration report<br />

caused by their spat with the<br />

media and Federal government<br />

and the subsequent brand damage<br />

as former CEO Alan Joyce<br />

exited the company.<br />

Both Woolworths and Qantas<br />

also received criticism from a<br />

range of stakeholders for entering<br />

the ‘Voice’ debate as highprofile<br />

supporters of the ‘Yes’<br />

side. Of course, they weren’t<br />

alone and were joined in this endeavour<br />

by companies such as<br />

BHP, Rio and Wesfarmers who<br />

each contributed $2 million to<br />

the cause. It’s a tricky business<br />

for companies to pick sides in<br />

what is essentially a question of<br />

conscience with a binary win or<br />

lose outcome; you run the risk<br />

of upsetting a substantial portion<br />

of your customer base.<br />

Why spend millions on<br />

sponsorships, charities and<br />

causes? According to GivingLarge,<br />

a research provider<br />

in the area of corporate philanthropy<br />

(whose reports ironically<br />

are not free), the top 50 corporate<br />

philanthropists have for the<br />

first time topped $1.5 billion in<br />

donations.<br />

According to their report<br />

dated 30 November which<br />

also appeared in the AFR:<br />

“Woolworths says philanthropy<br />

is also a focus for directors.<br />

Woolworths recorded a near<br />

tripling of its giving program<br />

this year, to $122 million. ‘Our<br />

board takes a very keen interest<br />

in our philanthropic agenda<br />

as it is a key part of the wider<br />

group’s purpose, in which everyone<br />

at Woolworths Group has<br />

a part to play. Food relief activity<br />

is discussed regularly with<br />

the board,’ says Woolworths<br />

chief sustainability officer Alex<br />

Holt. Woolworths attributes the<br />

surge in giving mainly to the<br />

ability, for the first time, to accurately<br />

value the amount of<br />

food donated to its food rescue<br />

partners, such as OzHarvest,<br />

Foodbank and FareShare. The<br />

value of food donated accounted<br />

for $76 million of the increase,<br />

while the remainder came from<br />

a rise in financial contributions,<br />

Holt notes.”<br />

Elsewhere in the report there<br />

was insight into what moti-<br />

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vates some companies over<br />

and above the pure marketing<br />

effect: “The rise in corporate<br />

giving comes as surveys show<br />

younger employees increasingly<br />

want to work at companies<br />

whose values are aligned with<br />

theirs. [Our giving program] is...<br />

a retention tool.”<br />

So, it’s a feel-good factor for<br />

the staff and management. Putting<br />

some humanity over the<br />

top of the cold corporate bones,<br />

so to speak. The only problem,<br />

and it was a big problem for<br />

both Woolworths and Qantas,<br />

is that all the causes, philanthropic<br />

endeavours and corporate<br />

giving are worth nothing to<br />

your brand when you are vulnerable<br />

to claims that you have<br />

been diddling your suppliers,<br />

staff and customers for years.<br />

Eventually, the public does<br />

get around to seeing these feelgood<br />

efforts by big companies<br />

behaving badly for what they<br />

are worth and that’s very little<br />

unless you happen to be the<br />

direct beneficiary of the donation<br />

or cause.<br />

Unless they are very large,<br />

shareholders – ultimate owners<br />

of the business – have little or<br />

no access to management or<br />

directors of corporations. In<br />

the main they must resort to<br />

the angry email or voting at<br />

the annual general meeting. If<br />

last year was anything to go<br />

by the scorecard for corporate<br />

Australia this reporting season<br />

was bad, as Sumeyya Ilanbey<br />

noted in The SMH on 15 December:<br />

“Australian investors have<br />

made history this year, issuing<br />

a strike against the remuneration<br />

reports of 32 companies,<br />

the highest ever backlash. They<br />

didn’t believe the performance<br />

of companies they had invested<br />

in justified the exorbitant wages<br />

and bonuses of executives.”<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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Call John 0478 799 680<br />

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Your one-stop shop for home or office<br />

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Trades & Services<br />

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Call Adam 0410 736 105<br />

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Cloud9 R&G<br />

Call Tommy 0447 999 929<br />

Prompt and reliable service; gutter<br />

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roof installation and painting. Also roof<br />

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Call 0419 466 783<br />

Leaking roofs, tile repairs, tiles<br />

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Residential specialists in new work &<br />

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Call Josh 0423 600 455<br />

Repair pipe problems without<br />

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technology, best price.<br />


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Call Jack 0403 385 312<br />

Up to 45% cheaper than skips. Latest<br />

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honesty & reliability. Free quotes.<br />

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Call Josh 0450 712 779<br />

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includes general household rubbish,<br />

construction, commercial plus<br />

vegetation. Also car removals.<br />


Beautiful Sliding Door Repairs<br />

Call 0407 546 738<br />

Fix anything that slides in your home;<br />

door specialists – wooden / aluminium.<br />

Free quote. Same-day repair; 5-year<br />

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

Compiled by David Stickley<br />

30 This type of cinema is now<br />

available at The 28-across (7)<br />

31 Sport that has been a<br />

big part of Collaroy’s Peter<br />

Dawson’s life (4)<br />

32 Book written by Liane<br />

Moriarty, set on the Northern<br />

Beaches, Big ______ Lies (6)<br />

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

ACROSS<br />

1 Game recording official (6)<br />

5 Plant which comprises grasslike<br />

herbs with pithy or hollow<br />

stems, found in wet or marshy<br />

places (4)<br />

9 Become less intense (4,3)<br />

10 A term of endearment<br />

expressing fondness or<br />

familiarity (3,4)<br />

13 A place where vessels may<br />

be bought, hired, refuelled, or<br />

repaired (8)<br />

14 Sport that Stewart<br />

MacKenzie excelled at (6)<br />

15 Takes into custody (4)<br />

17 The captain of a vessel (10)<br />

20 Author of The Drowning<br />

(5,5)<br />

21 Feature that inspired the<br />

theme of the playground next<br />

to Berry Reserve (4)<br />

24 Travelling over water<br />

behind a 18-down (6)<br />

25 Town on the Hawkesbury<br />

River (8)<br />

28 Suburb in which you’ll find<br />

Salt Pan Cove (7)<br />

DOWN<br />

2 To select from a number, or<br />

in preference to another or<br />

other things or persons (6)<br />

3 A course reviewing or<br />

updating previous studies or<br />

maybe a sea breeze on a hot<br />

day (9)<br />

4 Strong currents (4)<br />

5 Clear-headed (8)<br />

6 Author of The Lucky Ones,<br />

Melinda ___ (3)<br />

7 Revolutionary oceancleaning<br />

technology,<br />

essentially a floating rubbish<br />

collector that operates 24/7<br />

(6)<br />

8 The largest of the world’s<br />

continents (4)<br />

11 Description of Vic Walton<br />

who once operated joy flights<br />

over <strong>Pittwater</strong> (7)<br />

12 Trimming gardening tool<br />

(5)<br />

16 Suburb that’s home the<br />

Loquat Valley Anglican<br />

Preparatory School (7)<br />

18 Motorised craft commonly<br />

seen on <strong>Pittwater</strong> (9)<br />

19 From time to time (2,3,3)<br />

20 Campground in Ku-ringgai<br />

Chase National Park, The<br />

_____ (5)<br />

22 Children (6)<br />

23 The H in <strong>Pittwater</strong> YHA (6)<br />

26 Feature in Broken Bay, ____<br />

Island (4)<br />

27 And others (2,2)<br />

29 Bird-to-be (3)<br />

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Coded Puzzle<br />

Holiday Jigsaw<br />

All answers start with the given letter. Fit the answers where<br />

you can...<br />

A – Source of Pink Ladies, Granny Smiths or Red Galas, for<br />

example (5,4)<br />

B – The way one conducts oneself; manners (9)<br />

C – A person who shows no emotion (4,4)<br />

D – A semi-detached house (6)<br />

E – A puzzling thing or person (6)<br />

F – Omnivorous six-footer of tropical and subtropical America<br />

that can inflict a painful sting (4,3)<br />

G – Indian clarified butter especially from the milk of a buffalo<br />

or cow (4)<br />

H – Established customs (6)<br />

I – Excessive adoration of or devotion to someone or<br />

something (8)<br />

J – A glossy black varnish or lacquer (5)<br />

K – A vertical Japanese wall-picture, usually painted or<br />

inscribed on paper or silk and mounted on rollers (8)<br />

L – Salty expanse in South Australia (4,4)<br />

M – Large Western Australian freshwater crayfish which lives<br />

on the sandy bottoms of permanent rivers and streams (6)<br />

N – A fine, soft cotton fabric, originally from the Indian<br />

subcontinent (8)<br />

O – A connoisseur of wines (9)<br />

P – Small stretch of coastline not available to be used by the<br />

general public (7,5)<br />

Q – A bitter colourless alkaloid which is used in medicine as a<br />

stimulant and to treat malaria (7)<br />

R – A (future) time of financial need (5,3)<br />

S – A person who looks on at a show, game, incident, etc. (9)<br />

T – Treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder (7)<br />

U – An encouraging person (5)<br />

V – A cheap wine generally for popular consumption (3,9)<br />

W – A person experienced or distinguished in fighting in an<br />

armed force, tribe, etc. (7)<br />

X – Worked as a radiographer (1-5)<br />

Y – A light conical tent of skins etc, supported by posts, used<br />

by nomads in Siberia and Mongolia (4)<br />

Z – A soft, mild breeze (6)<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

Work out which letters are represented by the numbers in the<br />

puzzle. There are three starting letters that are already populated<br />

in the grid. Work out the rest of the combinations. All letters of<br />

the alphabet have been used. Proper nouns may be present.<br />

Word Search<br />

Allenby | Amelia | Anana | Apex | Attunga<br />

Berry | Birdwood | Briony | Collaroy | Coral<br />

Coronation | Fielding | Gunyah | Hordern | Hudson<br />

John Fisher | Lagoon | Minmai | Nareen | Narrabeen<br />

Pamela | Pavich | Phillip | Plateau<br />

[ALL Puzzle solutions on p72]<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 />

Sharing is caring with these<br />

vibrant platters that matter<br />

Happy New Year to <strong>2024</strong> – the Chinese<br />

Year of the Dragon. It’s said to be one of<br />

the luckiest and most prosperous, full<br />

of unprecedented opportunities. Let’s hope<br />

so! To kick off another year I’m focusing on<br />

shared platters and boards, which are very<br />

Shared Crudité<br />

dip platter<br />

My tips for a dip platter,<br />

make 1-2 dips and enhance<br />

any purchased dips. Serve<br />

with a combination of fresh,<br />

colourful vegetables, crisps<br />

and crackers.<br />

Jalapeno avocado dip<br />

½ cup thick sour cream<br />

1 large ripe avocado, peeled<br />

2 tbs drained pickled jalapeno,<br />

finely chopped<br />

1 tbs finely chopped chives<br />

1 tbs lemon or lime juice<br />

Minicaps, sugar snap peas,<br />

Qukes, carrot and celery sticks<br />

and radish, to serve<br />

Crackers and beetroot crisps,<br />

to serve<br />

1. Spoon the sour cream into<br />

a sieve lined with muslin or<br />

un-used Chux cloth. Place<br />

over a bowl, cover and<br />

refrigerate 1-2 hours, this<br />

allows excess water to drain<br />

so you end up with thick<br />

sour cream mixture.<br />

2. Mash the avocado with a<br />

fork until almost smooth.<br />

Stir in the sour cream,<br />

‘in’. They have always been my favourite way<br />

to entertain family and friends, as the work<br />

is all done ahead of time. Enjoy these over the<br />

summer ahead!<br />

jalapeno, chives and lemon<br />

juice. Season to taste. Spoon<br />

into a bowl.<br />

Spiced hummus<br />

1. Combine 2 tablespoons<br />

olive oil, 1 tsp each ground<br />

cumin, ground coriander<br />

and smoked paprika in<br />

a small frying pan over<br />

medium heat. Warm,<br />

shaking the pan often until<br />

warm and aromatic.<br />

2. Pour the spiced oil mixture<br />

into a bowl. Cool. Add<br />

purchased hummus, stir to<br />

combine. Spoon into a bowl,<br />

drizzle with extra virgin<br />

olive oil and season.<br />

Beetroot tzatziki<br />

1. Combine a purchased<br />

beetroot dip and tzatziki<br />

dip together. Grate one<br />

Lebanese cucumber,<br />

squeeze out excess moisture<br />

and stir into the dip. Season<br />

and spoon into a bowl.<br />

paper towel. Pat dry with<br />

more paper towels.<br />

2. Lightly spray both sides<br />

with olive oil. Place into<br />

the air fryer in a single<br />

layer. Cook 180°C for 12-15<br />

minutes, turning halfway<br />

through cooking, check<br />

every 5 minutes until they<br />

feel dry, they will turn crisp<br />

on cooling.<br />

Charcuterie platter<br />

When assembling a charcuterie<br />

platter, think colours, textures<br />

and flavours. There are 5<br />

categories essential to a wellbalanced<br />

charcuterie platter.<br />

Charcuterie is all about the<br />

meat (in French it means cured<br />

meat), so these need to be the<br />

centre of the board. You need<br />

at least 2 options – but 3-4 is<br />

best. A combination of thickersliced<br />

spicy cured meats like<br />

salami and pepperoni with<br />

wafer-thin salty ham and<br />

prosciutto is essential.<br />

Spreads & condiments<br />

– olives, peppers, semi<br />

dried tomatoes, pickles<br />

and tapenades not only<br />

add colour, but they also<br />

complement the cured meats.<br />

Sweetness – think fruit<br />

pastes, like mango, fig or<br />

quince paste. These are<br />

delicious spooned into<br />

peppers, bowls or simply<br />

turned onto the board. Little<br />

jars or bowls of fragrant<br />

honey or spiced maple syrup<br />

also add balance.<br />

Bread and crackers – choose<br />

a variety of flavours, textures<br />

and shapes. Thinly sliced<br />

baked sour dough, char<br />

grilled Turkish bread or<br />

even warmed garlic bread<br />

is delicious. Spread warm<br />

fig paste over thinly sliced<br />

prosciutto and wrap around<br />

breadsticks.<br />

Finishing touches – fresh<br />

herbs, good quality extra<br />

virgin olive oil, sea salt flakes<br />

and pepper mill should all be<br />

on hand.<br />

Cheese platter<br />

A cheese board should be<br />

quality over quantity. Select<br />

3-4 types of cheese from a<br />

variety of categories (see<br />

below). You should allow<br />

between 100-150g in total per<br />

person.<br />

When selecting what cheeses<br />

to put together, keep in mind<br />

shapes and textures.<br />

Cheese<br />

Hard cheese – like cheddar,<br />

Air fried beetroot crisps<br />

1. Peel and using a mandolin,<br />

thinly slice fresh beetroot.<br />

Place onto a tray lined with<br />

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pecorino, or parmesan.<br />

Semi-hard cheese – such as<br />

Provolone, Swiss or Manchego<br />

Soft cheese – such as ricotta,<br />

buffalo mozzarella, burrata<br />

Blue cheese – like a wheel<br />

of blue brie or camembert,<br />

Danish blue or gorgonzola<br />

Goats cheese – like marinated<br />

goat’s cheese, Persian feta or<br />

goats milk camembert<br />

Meat<br />

I think 2 types of meat for<br />

a cheese board is ideal. The<br />

meat should be secondary to<br />

the cheese. Salami, pepperoni<br />

and prosciutto are ideal.<br />

Fruit<br />

Think seasonal: fresh grapes<br />

and berries team with all types<br />

of cheese. Fruit pastes (see<br />

mango paste below), jellies<br />

and chutneys all team well.<br />

Gap fillers<br />

Olives, cornichons, nuts,<br />

crackers, bread and bread<br />

sticks all have a place on the<br />

perfect cheese platter.<br />

minutes. Set aside to cool<br />

for 10 minutes (this allows<br />

the pectin in the apple and<br />

lemon to leech into the<br />

water.). Strain over a bowl,<br />

pressing the mixture to<br />

extract as much liquid as<br />

possible. Reserve the liquid<br />

and discard the solids.<br />

3. Pour the liquid back into<br />

the saucepan and add the<br />

chopped mango. Bring<br />

to the boil over high<br />

heat. Reduce the heat<br />

to medium-low. Simmer<br />

gently, uncovered, for 20-30<br />

minutes, stirring every 5<br />

minutes or until the mixture<br />

is very thick. Set aside to<br />

cool for 15 minutes. Pour<br />

into a blender or food<br />

processor and blend or<br />

process until smooth.<br />

4. Pour the mango mixture<br />

back into the saucepan, add<br />

the sugar and bring to the<br />

boil, stirring occasionally,<br />

over high heat until the<br />

sugar has dissolved. Move<br />

the pan to the smallest<br />

burner on the stovetop,<br />

reduce the heat to low.<br />

Simmer, uncovered, stirring<br />

and scraping down the<br />

sides every 15 minutes for<br />

2 hours, until the mixture<br />

is very thick and paste like,<br />

when you run the wooden<br />

spoon through the centre<br />

of the mixture, it should<br />

stay apart briefly. Set aside<br />

for 5 minutes. Pour into<br />

small warm sterilised jars.<br />

Cool, secure the lid then<br />

refrigerate.<br />

Bruschetta platter<br />

This is one of my favourite<br />

platters. When doing a<br />

bruschetta platter it’s always<br />

best to theme your platter.<br />

Think breakfast, lunch,<br />

cocktail hour – even dessert<br />

bruschetta!<br />

The perfect bruschetta base<br />

1 loaf good quality sour<br />

dough<br />

Extra virgin olive oil<br />

1 large clove garlic, cut in half<br />

(skin on)<br />

1. Thickly slice the sourdough<br />

straight across, not on an<br />

angle.<br />

2. Preheat barbecue grill or<br />

chargrill on medium. Brush<br />

both sides of the bread with<br />

extra virgin olive oil, season<br />

with salt and pepper.<br />

Barbecue or chargrill, 3-5<br />

minutes each side until<br />

toasted and lightly charred.<br />

3. Whilst hot, rub cut garlic<br />

clove over the toast, then<br />

drizzle with more extra<br />

virgin olive oil.<br />

Breakfast bruschetta<br />

Spread sour dough with<br />

ricotta, cream cheese<br />

or cottage cheese. Top<br />

with sauté Worcestershire<br />

mushrooms and basil,<br />

scrambled, poached or fried<br />

egg.<br />

Lunch bruschetta<br />

Spread sour dough with<br />

ricotta, soft feta or labne,<br />

top with fresh tomato, sliced<br />

cucumber, radish and herbs<br />

tossed together with lemon<br />

vinaigrette, rare roast beef<br />

sliced and topped with<br />

caramelised onion jam.<br />

Dessert bruschetta<br />

Replace the sour dough with<br />

fruit toast or brioche. Brush<br />

with olive oil mixed and char<br />

grill. Spread with Nutella,<br />

salted caramel, crème fraiche<br />

and top with berries and<br />

watermelon. Finish with a<br />

drizzle chocolate sauce and<br />

basil.<br />

Summer fruit<br />

skewer platter<br />

with spiced maple<br />

syrup glaze<br />

3 firm ripe mangoes, peeled,<br />

cut into 3cm pieces<br />

250g fresh strawberries,<br />

halved<br />

2 kiwi fruit, halved, thickly<br />

sliced<br />

250g black grapes, removed<br />

from stalk<br />

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Calypso® mango paste<br />

2 Calypso® mangoes<br />

½ lemon<br />

1 small apple, skin on, sliced<br />

into rounds<br />

1 cup water<br />

500g white sugar,<br />

approximately<br />

1. Peel the mangoes, reserving<br />

the mango skin and seeds<br />

(see Janelle’s Tip). Roughly<br />

chop all the mango and<br />

place into a bowl.<br />

2. Peel the rind from the<br />

lemon. Place the rind into a<br />

medium (about 22cm base),<br />

heavy-based saucepan with<br />

the mango seeds, skin,<br />

apple and water. Bring to<br />

the boil over high heat.<br />

Reduce the heat to medium,<br />

cover and boil for 10<br />

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Pick of the Month:<br />

Fresh Jalapeno<br />

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

250g green grapes, removed<br />

from stalk<br />

12 fresh lychee, peeled (or 1<br />

can lychee, drained)<br />

2 x 125g blackberries<br />

1 small [pineapple, peeled,<br />

quartered thickly sliced<br />

Cream and or ice cream, to<br />

serve<br />

Spiced maple syrup glaze<br />

1 cup (250ml) pure/Canadian<br />

maple syrup<br />

1 tsp each ground cinnamon<br />

and nutmeg<br />

1. For the spiced maple syrup<br />

glaze, pour the maple into<br />

a small non-stick frying<br />

pan or small saucepan over<br />

medium-high heat. Bring to<br />

gently boil, boil gently 3-4<br />

minutes until reduced and<br />

thickened. Remove from<br />

heat, stir in the spices. Cool.<br />

2. Thread the pieces of fruit<br />

onto 24 bamboo skewers.<br />

Place on a platter, cover and<br />

refrigerate until icy cold<br />

for 10 minutes. Serve the<br />

fruit skewers drizzled with<br />

spiced maple glaze and<br />

cream or ice cream.<br />

Jalapeno is a medium-sized<br />

plum-shaped chilli. It has a<br />

thick red or green flesh which<br />

makes it feel heavy for its size.<br />

It’s one of the most popular<br />

and versatile varieties. Use<br />

in salsas, casseroles, dips or<br />

omelettes. Pickled Jalapenos<br />

are very common and widely<br />

used in Mexican cuisine, while<br />

the smoked version is referred<br />

to as chipotle. (Heat rating<br />

4-5/10.)<br />

Buying<br />

Buy chillies that have a<br />

smooth, shiny, tight skin.<br />

Wrinkles or soft spots are<br />

signs the chilli is old. Also<br />

check there is no sign of<br />

mould around the stem.<br />

Storing<br />

Store in a paper bag in<br />

the crisper section of the<br />

fridge for up to 1 week.<br />

Don’t be tempted to store<br />

in a plastic bag as this will<br />

cause the chilli’s to sweat<br />

and deteriorate rapidly. Fresh<br />

chillies can be frozen in<br />

small airtight plastic bags for<br />

up to 12 months. Alternately,<br />

place chillies on a wire rack<br />

or thread with a needle &<br />

thread and allow to dry at<br />

room temperature in a bright<br />

sunny spot. The chillies will<br />

shrivel and their heat will<br />

concentrate.<br />

Preparation<br />

It goes without saying that<br />

caution is required when<br />

preparing these hot little<br />

morsels. Avoid rubbing<br />

eyes or touching skin after<br />

handling chillies (if you do<br />

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chillies<br />

not wear disposable gloves)<br />

as the capsaicin will burn for<br />

hours. Remember to wash<br />

your hands and equipment<br />

such as processors, blenders,<br />

knives and boards in<br />

warm soapy water after<br />

preparation.<br />

Use a small sharp knife to cut<br />

the chilli in half lengthways<br />

on a non-porous surface such<br />

as a wooden board.<br />

Use a teaspoon to scrape<br />

out the seeds and white<br />

membrane from centre of<br />

chilli halves.<br />

Its the seeds and membrane<br />

(membrane hotter than<br />

the seeds) that contain the<br />

intense heat, so discard to<br />

reduce heat. Use a sharp<br />

knife to chop the chillies as<br />

required.<br />

Pickled jalapeno<br />

chillies<br />

20 fresh jalapeno chillies,<br />

washed<br />

1 cup white wine vinegar<br />

½ cup caster sugar<br />

3 tsp sea salt flakes<br />

½ tsp cumin seeds<br />

1. Wearing gloves,<br />

cut chillies into 5mm-thick<br />

rounds.<br />

2. Place vinegar, sugar,<br />

salt and 1 cup of water in<br />

a saucepan over mediumhigh<br />

heat. Bring to the boil.<br />

Boil gently for 5 minutes.<br />

Remove from the heat. Stir<br />

in the chilli. Stand for 30<br />

minutes.<br />

3. Using a slotted spoon,<br />

carefully transfer chilli to<br />

warm sterilised glass jars.<br />

Carefully pour enough hot<br />

vinegar mixture into jar<br />

to cover chilli. Seal jar. Set<br />

aside to cool. Refrigerate<br />

for 1 week to allow<br />

flavours to develop.<br />

4. Once opened, use within 3<br />

months.<br />

In Season<br />

<strong>January</strong><br />

Apricots; Berries (Blackberries,<br />

Blueberries, Raspberries<br />

& Strawberries); Cherries;<br />

Lychee; Lime, Mango; Melons<br />

Nectarines; Peaches, Plums<br />

& Pineapple; also Avocado;<br />

Asparagus, Beans (Green & Flat);<br />

Eggplant; Celery, Cucumbers,<br />

Capsicum; Lettuce; Peas; Radish,<br />

Corn on cob & Tomatoes.<br />

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Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

with Gabrielle Bryant<br />

Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Alcantareas add drama and<br />

colour to landscape design<br />

Bromeliads are easy to grow. In recent<br />

years they have become more and<br />

more popular as landscaping plants,<br />

where low maintenance is required. They<br />

multiply quickly, needing very little water<br />

and thriving in full sun or semi-shade.<br />

Exotic colours of red, purple, variegated<br />

green and white or soft grey bromeliads<br />

will fill the gaps in tropical gardens<br />

amongst gingers, cordylines, palms and<br />

crotons.<br />

The family is vast and very adaptable.<br />

Bromeliads are epiphytic plants that grow<br />

naturally on logs, posts or dead tree<br />

stumps. They will not harm their host<br />

plant; they only use it for support. Instead<br />

of growing them in<br />

pots try strapping them<br />

to a log and making a<br />

bromeliad tree.<br />

The smallest are the<br />

tiny air plants, tillandsias,<br />

that will even grow<br />

attached to magnets on<br />

the fridge. The brightflowering<br />

vriesias, often<br />

grown as indoor plants,<br />

send up tall flower<br />

spikes of yellow, scarlet,<br />

or brilliant orange. The<br />

medium-sized, deep<br />

purple, red or speckled<br />

guzmanias, the striped<br />

cryptanthus (with their<br />

crinkled leaves known<br />

as Earth Stars), the pale<br />

grey billbergias with their<br />

pendulous pink spray of<br />

flowers, the grey-striped<br />

aechmea that produces<br />

a huge pink and violet<br />

flower and even the<br />

pineapple(!) all belong to the family.<br />

Last, but not least, is the giant alcantarea<br />

imperialis rubra.<br />

Alcantareas have become the favourite<br />

of the landscaper brigade. These huge<br />

spectacular bromeliads grow in rosette<br />

form to a width and height of 1.5m. The<br />

more sun they get, the richer the colour. If<br />

grown in the shade they will become dark<br />

green with reddish tips. They add drama to<br />

any landscape design, either as a feature<br />

plant or grown as a centrepiece in pots.<br />

They can take any length of time to<br />

flower, from 8-15 years. The tall spikes of<br />

flower are produced from the centre. White,<br />

scented flowers appear from the red bracts<br />

that grow along the 3m<br />

stems (pictured). They<br />

can be seen flowering<br />

now across the peninsula.<br />

These huge flowers look<br />

like Christmas decorated<br />

trees.<br />

As with all bromeliads,<br />

once they have flowered,<br />

they will begin to die<br />

back, and new pups will<br />

appear at the base of the<br />

plant. Separate the pups<br />

from the mother plant<br />

and grow them on as the<br />

next generation.<br />

To grow bromeliads<br />

in pots, use orchid mix –<br />

not potting mix – as they<br />

need excellent drainage<br />

to prevent the roots from<br />

root rot. Outdoors they<br />

can rely on rainwater<br />

and will only need to<br />

be watered after long<br />

periods of drought.<br />

Pink freckles<br />

a shooting star<br />

It can be hard to find a plant that will<br />

flower in full shade, and also grow with<br />

some dappled sunlight.<br />

Tricyrtis Shooting Stars Pink Freckles<br />

(above) will light up the dark areas of the<br />

garden with orchid-like pale mauve or<br />

pink flowers that are speckled with violet<br />

spots in late summer and autumn. For<br />

added colour, mix the pink freckles with<br />

blue and mauve varieties.<br />

I am not sure why these showy<br />

herbaceous plants have been given the<br />

name of ‘Toad Lilies’. They look delicate<br />

but are hardy and easy to grow. With<br />

rhizomes underground that slowly creep<br />

along, they will soon develop into a<br />

dense patch of shiny green foliage.<br />

Left alone the toad lily will naturalise<br />

but never become invasive. Cut back the<br />

leaves and old flowers in early winter<br />

and new growth will appear in spring.<br />

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Signs of the Pines<br />

If you look closely at the Norfolk the tree is much narrower.<br />

Island Pines that are planted along The bark of the Cook Pine peels<br />

our beaches (pictured) you will see off in thin sheets, unlike other<br />

that some trees are much narrower pines. As sapling trees, it is hard to<br />

than others, yet all are commonly differentiate between the varieties<br />

called Norfolk Island Pines.<br />

and initially they were treated as<br />

They are in fact different varieties. one, explaining why both varieties<br />

The true Norfolk Island Pine was can be seen together. In recent years<br />

found in Norfolk Island by the very growers have favoured the Cook Pine<br />

early settlers and seed was brought to and it is the variety most commonly<br />

Australia by Captain Cook who hoped grown as a Christmas Tree. The cones<br />

that the very straight trunks would be are most distinctive and can be seen<br />

used as masts for sailing ships. They flowering now (inset pic). The female<br />

proved unsuitable but the timber was cones are oval and grow at the top<br />

used for other purposes.<br />

of the tree, but the male cones can<br />

These trees are enormous, the be seen on the lower branch tips as<br />

largest being measured as 51.93m long clusters of elongated pale brown<br />

tall with a spread of up to 23m wide, cones. These trees flower most years,<br />

and it is quite unsuitable for domestic but the Norfolks only produce cones<br />

gardens.<br />

every 4 or 5 years.<br />

However, on Cook’s second voyage These pines often appear to be<br />

in 1774 he discovered a second, leaning on an angle; it could be<br />

narrower pine – Cook’s Pine, aurucaria thought to be from windy conditions,<br />

columnaris – in New Caledonia that is but recent research has shown that<br />

one of the oldest known trees in the they will always grow towards the<br />

world.<br />

equator. The further away, the more<br />

Sometimes known as the Gondwana they will lean over. Plants never fail to<br />

Pine, Cook’s pine is a slender tree that amaze me!<br />

will grow as tall as the Norfolk Island Although smaller, it is still not a tree<br />

Pine but the foliage is more dense and that is suitable for domestic gardens.<br />

Bleeding Heart (de)vine<br />

The Bleeding Heart vine, clerodendron thomsoniae, is a bright<br />

green tropical vine from west Africa. The clusters of scarlet and<br />

white flowers (below) that appear in terminal clusters last for many<br />

weeks; the scarlet<br />

middles will fall, leaving<br />

the white outsides that<br />

will slowly turn pink as<br />

they age.<br />

Some evergreen<br />

creepers will<br />

eventually overtake<br />

the garden unless<br />

carefully kept under<br />

control. The Bleeding<br />

Heart vine, that<br />

flowers in time for<br />

Christmas every<br />

year without fail,<br />

although evergreen<br />

in its native habitat,<br />

is deciduous in<br />

our cooler climate,<br />

and as the night<br />

temperature drops<br />

in winter, it loses its<br />

leaves. This makes it<br />

easy to control.<br />

The flowers come<br />

on the new season’s<br />

growth, so if it is pruned back before the new growth in<br />

spring, it will never become a problem.<br />

This is a plant that grows well in containers, or on a fence. It<br />

loves full sun and regular water.<br />

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Garden <strong>Life</strong><br />

Jobs this Month<br />

<strong>January</strong><br />

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The strange summer<br />

weather is causing<br />

havoc in the garden.<br />

One day it is hot and the next<br />

day it rains. Take care when<br />

the heat comes back: plants<br />

will burn. If the foliage is<br />

burnt, resist the temptation<br />

to trim it. Wait until new<br />

growth appears before<br />

trimming, as the burnt leaves<br />

will protect the branches<br />

from sunburn.<br />

Mind mildew<br />

Fungus problems are<br />

everywhere. Spray with<br />

Yates Fungus Fighter on<br />

ornamentals at first signs of<br />

powdery mildew. Be careful<br />

on the veggies: use a natural<br />

spray, there are several that<br />

are commonly used. A cup<br />

of milk mixed with 10 cups<br />

of water, 50ml of vinegar in<br />

1 litre of water, or 4tsp of<br />

bicarbonate of soda, 2 litres<br />

water, 2 drops of vegetable<br />

oil and 2 drops of washing-up<br />

liquid are all tried recipes for<br />

sprays.<br />

Living Xmas trees<br />

After New Year make sure to<br />

take living Christmas trees<br />

back outside. For the first<br />

week keep them shaded from<br />

Grubby matters<br />

Watch out for suspicious<br />

brown patches in the lawn.<br />

Army grubs love rain,<br />

humidity and heat. Spray with<br />

Eco oil mixed with Dipel for<br />

control. Dipel is harmless to<br />

birds and animals that may<br />

eat the dying grubs.<br />

the sun, then harden off<br />

gradually to avoid sunburn.<br />

Carefully looked after, a living<br />

tree will grow with the family<br />

for many years.<br />

Veggie refresh<br />

Take a look at the veggie<br />

garden. It is not too late for a<br />

second planting of tomatoes,<br />

beans, zucchini, and<br />

cucumbers before the seasons<br />

change.<br />

Help nature<br />

Sometimes veggies need<br />

a helping hand. Zucchini,<br />

pumpkin, squash and<br />

cucumbers have both male and<br />

female flowers. When the days<br />

are dull, and the bees are not<br />

around to cross-pollinate the<br />

flowers, you can help. Female<br />

flowers have tiny fruit behind<br />

the flower and male flowers<br />

are on single stems. With a<br />

paint brush, take pollen from<br />

the male flower to the centre<br />

of the girls. Some days you will<br />

have only girls and sometimes<br />

only boys. Both sexes need<br />

to open on the same day for<br />

success. Watch daily and you<br />

can double your harvest.<br />

Feeding time<br />

It is time to feed the garden.<br />

Camellias, azaleas, pieris,<br />

magnolias, begonias, fuchsias<br />

and other acid-loving plants<br />

all love Kahoona pellets.<br />

Citrus, roses, veggies and<br />

Puzzle solutions from page 64-65<br />

flowering plants will thank<br />

you for feeding them with<br />

Power Feed to keep the flower<br />

buds coming.<br />

Scale insects<br />

Check orchids for scale<br />

insects. They are hard to<br />

control, as they live and breed<br />

where the leaves join the<br />

stems. Ants that are attracted<br />

by the sticky secretion carry<br />

the scale from one plant to<br />

the next. It takes time and<br />

patience to eliminate the<br />

scale. You need a small paint<br />

brush and a bottle of Isocol<br />

(a rubbing alcohol that has<br />

many uses). Carefully paint<br />

over any visible scale, making<br />

sure to get the Isocol well<br />

into every nook and cranny!<br />

You may need to repeat this a<br />

couple of times at fortnightly<br />

intervals.<br />

Mystery location: BILGOLA<br />

72 JANUARY <strong>2024</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

Times Past<br />

Stewart ‘Sam’ Alexander Mackenzie<br />

Famous rower Stewart Mackenzie<br />

was born on 4 April 1937 and<br />

educated at the King’s School Parramatta<br />

where he began the sport.<br />

His mother, Phyllis Mavis Blanche, and<br />

father, Alexander Alan, ran a poultry<br />

farm at Seven Hills until they moved to<br />

Palmgrove Road in 1963. (Stewart was<br />

actually trained and worked as a chicken<br />

sexer during his early rowing carer.)<br />

He was a member of the Bilgola Surf<br />

Club (and possibly Avalon Beach) but<br />

retired from surfing to concentrate on<br />

his sculling.<br />

After completing his schooling in<br />

1954, he rowed out of the Leichhardt<br />

Rowing Club.<br />

Stewart qualified for<br />

the 1956 Olympic Games<br />

in Melbourne as a debut<br />

member of the Australian<br />

Rowing Team, winning<br />

a silver medal in the<br />

Men’s Single Sculls.<br />

He was a complete<br />

sportsman, qualifying for<br />

both the discus and the<br />

shooting teams, but chose<br />

rowing. Also, whilst living<br />

in Florida in the USA, as<br />

a scratch golfer he played<br />

alongside the famous<br />

professional golfer, Lee<br />

Trevino.<br />

A feat that he was most well-known<br />

for was his prowess in the Henley<br />

Royal Regatta, where he won the<br />

Diamond Challenge Sculls six times –<br />

consecutively – from 1957 to 1962 and<br />

won the Silver Goblets in the Double<br />

Sculls.<br />

He avenged his defeat in Melbourne<br />

by the Russian Ivanoff by defeating him<br />

in one of the Diamond Sculls events in<br />

July 1957.<br />

In August 1957, he also won the<br />

LINK: Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton.<br />

COMPLETE SPORTSMAN: Rower extraordinaire Stewart Mackenzie, circa 1950s.<br />

world’s amateur sculling<br />

title at the European<br />

Games held in Duisburg,<br />

West Germany.<br />

When his outstanding<br />

success as a sculler was<br />

brought to the attention<br />

of Warringah Shire Council<br />

by the Avalon Progress Association, in<br />

August that year it decided to send him<br />

a letter of congratulations under Seal of<br />

Council and “to accord him a civic reception<br />

on his return to Australia”.<br />

Unfortunately he never returned to<br />

Australia and after residing in the UK<br />

for the past 30 years Stewart passed<br />

away in October 2020.<br />

Interestingly, another Olympic medallist<br />

Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton occupied the<br />

same house in Palmgrove Road after the<br />

Mackenzies moved up to Bilgola Plateau<br />

sometime around 1972.<br />

Besides winning gold in the 1500-metres<br />

freestyle at the Paris Olympic<br />

Games in 1924, he set five world records<br />

and also won a further three silver and<br />

one bronze medal in his Olympic career.<br />

He lived there with his wife Jessie,<br />

son Murray and daughter Patricia until<br />

he passed away as the result of a heart<br />

attack in December 1975 aged 68 years.<br />

Apparently he was suffering with emphysema<br />

and generally poor health.<br />

*Thanks to Christine Ellis for assistance<br />

with this article.<br />

TIMES PAST is supplied by local historian<br />

and President of the Avalon Beach<br />

Historical Society GEOFF SEARL. Visit<br />

the Society’s showroom in Bowling<br />

Green Lane, Avalon Beach.<br />

Times Past<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

JANUARY <strong>2024</strong> 73

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Travel <strong>Life</strong><br />

Your Powder Paradise Awaits<br />

Hokkaido isn’t just a winter<br />

sports destination; it’s<br />

a powder paradise.<br />

Imagine the finest, lightest snow<br />

blanketing every inch of the<br />

mountain, shrouding the world<br />

in a serene white canvas.<br />

“Club Med Hokkaido sits<br />

right in the heart of this<br />

magical winter wonderland,<br />

ready to whisk you away on<br />

an unforgettable holiday,” said<br />

Travel View’s Sharon Godden.<br />

“Whether you’re a family seeking<br />

thrills and laughter, or a couple<br />

yearning for cozy nights and<br />

romantic adventures, it has<br />

something for everyone.<br />

Families can embark on a<br />

thrilling ski experience amidst<br />

endless snow and après-ski<br />

activities in a resort inspired by<br />

the beauty of Japan. Designed to<br />

be beginner-friendly and perfect<br />

for young families, Club Med<br />

Hokkaido offers powder snow<br />

for all skill levels, coupled with a<br />

variety of off-slope delights.<br />

“From savoring Japanese<br />

delicacies to non-stop fun<br />

in the nearby ice village<br />

and access to the largest<br />

indoor pool in Japan, Club<br />

Med Hokkaido resorts<br />

transform the winter<br />

wonderland into a reality<br />

for all.<br />

“And if you’re after an<br />

escape for two, Hokkaido<br />

beckons – a pristine winter<br />

wonderland where Club<br />

Med invites you to recharge and<br />

indulge with your loved one.<br />

“Imagine thrilling downhill<br />

runs through untouched<br />

powder, together conquering<br />

black diamond challenges, or<br />

learning the ropes on gentle<br />

slopes.”<br />

But Hokkaido’s magic extends<br />

far beyond.<br />

“You’ll feast on Hokkaido’s<br />

bounty, from melt-in-yourmouth<br />

Wagyu beef to the<br />

freshest seafood delicacies, all<br />

paired with award-winning local<br />

sake. And cozy izakayas and<br />

private dining offer intimate<br />

settings for couples.”<br />

Other Club Med Hokkaido<br />

resorts include Club Med Kiroro<br />

which features two distinctive<br />

resorts: Kiroro Peak – perfect<br />

for couples and families with<br />

teenagers alike; and Kiroro<br />

Grand – where you’ll step into<br />

an ‘Enchanted Forest’ design<br />

and discover a dreamlike<br />

wonderland inspired by nature<br />

and fairytales. (Newly opened<br />

in December 2023, this unique<br />

resort caters to families of all<br />

ages, with kids’ facilities for 2<br />

years and above.)<br />

“Or consider Sahoro<br />

Hokkaido, where you<br />

can explore the best<br />

powder snow, pure fresh<br />

air, traditional Japanese<br />

cuisine, and a wealth of<br />

family journeys,” said<br />

Sharon.<br />

“For skiers of all levels,<br />

its mountains feature<br />

a larger ski domain,<br />

with a snow park, and a<br />

gondola.<br />

“With expertly guided<br />

ski lessons, horseback riding,<br />

a relaxing outdoor Canadian<br />

bath, and endless pursuits for<br />

children, a holiday tradition<br />

spent here will create indelible<br />

memories for your friends and<br />

family.”<br />

Meanwhile at Club Med<br />

Tomamu, fresh seafood,<br />

premium Wagyu beef, and<br />

award-winning locally brewed<br />

spirits make this more than a<br />

destination to discover, but a<br />

culinary journey to enjoy.<br />

*For more info call the team at<br />

Travel View on 9918 4444.<br />

74 JANUARY <strong>2024</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

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