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The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

FEBRUARY <strong>2024</strong><br />

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Editorial<br />

Coast Walk a shemozzle<br />

Remember the plan for the<br />

Northen Beaches Coast<br />

Walk? When the concept was<br />

launched in 2018 it proposed<br />

to deliver an “extraordinary<br />

experience from Manly to Palm<br />

Beach”, complete with purposebuilt<br />

walkways and public art.<br />

Six years on it remains little<br />

more than a blank canvas<br />

– with Council conceding it<br />

doesn’t have the cash to buy<br />

the paint needed for all the<br />

project’s brushstrokes.<br />

Council has confirmed two<br />

sections of the Coast Walk are<br />

unable to be completed “at this<br />

stage” due to limited funding:<br />

The Serpentine to South<br />

Avalon; and Whale Beach<br />

Road from Norma Road to<br />

Florida Road.<br />

It adds it will seek additional<br />

funding opportunities in<br />

future years.<br />

What a wasted opportunity,<br />

given the years when funding<br />

was available.<br />

Meanwhile, while the project<br />

has stalled, not so the visitors.<br />

We’re hearing concerns from<br />

residents of Barrenjoey Road<br />

north of The Serpentine about<br />

the “hundreds of walkers” each<br />

day struggling to negotiate<br />

the unpaved, uneven-ground<br />

strip down to Avalon, with<br />

observations of slipping and<br />

near misses with the steady<br />

flow of traffic.<br />

Which segues into the<br />

latest on last month’s item<br />

regarding Council’s new powers<br />

to implement road works<br />

without consulting the Local<br />

Traffic Committee or Transport<br />

for NSW.<br />

Whether or not that will be<br />

adopted moving forward will be<br />

discussed at the Committee’s<br />

next meeting on February 6.<br />

Last, a reminder that<br />

the extended deadline for<br />

submissions on the Streets as<br />

Shared Spaces – Avalon Beach<br />

trial close on February 28. As of<br />

22 January, 1507 responses had<br />

been received. – Nigel Wall<br />

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Government for <strong>Pittwater</strong> properties are causing some<br />

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

New land values a puzzle<br />

News<br />

The latest Northern<br />

Beaches land values issued<br />

by the NSW Valuer<br />

General have left a bitter taste<br />

in the mouths of thousands of<br />

homeowners across <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

The Valuer General declared<br />

an overall “moderate decrease”<br />

of seven per cent in residential<br />

land values across the Local<br />

Government Area between July<br />

2022 and July 2023.<br />

However, many homeowners<br />

have been smashed with<br />

high double-digit land value<br />

increases – with some readers<br />

contacting <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> to<br />

highlight what they said were<br />

increases as high as 70 per cent<br />

over two years.<br />

Land values are used by<br />

Councils to determine their<br />

annual rates.<br />

In its report, the Valuer<br />

General noted the average<br />

seven per cent decrease in land<br />

values was primarily driven by<br />

the softening in demand for<br />

residential properties on the<br />

Northern Beaches, especially in<br />

the latter half of 2022 to early<br />

2023.<br />

However, it said “prestige” or<br />

“trophy home” sales had generally<br />

continued to have strong<br />

demand and greater price rises<br />

than the rest of the market.<br />

It admitted the decrease was<br />

not consistent amongst all residential<br />

market segments. “Environmental<br />

living beachside<br />

locations including Palm Beach,<br />

Avalon Beach, Bilgola Beach,<br />

Mona Vale and Newport and<br />

areas where there is a strong<br />

demand for prestige properties,<br />

have seen moderate to strong<br />

increases in land values,” the<br />

Valuer General’s report said.<br />


The 2022-23 land<br />

values for <strong>Pittwater</strong>.<br />

“Low-density residential<br />

land values depending on<br />

the suburb have ranged from<br />

steady at Collaroy Beach and<br />

Collaroy Basin and Long Reef,<br />

to showing slight increases at<br />

Mona Vale Beach and moderate<br />

increases at Collaroy Plateau<br />

and Narrabeen beachfront.”<br />

Non-waterfront properties at<br />

Bayview and Church Point by<br />

contrast had seen land values<br />

remain steady, the report<br />

continued – with large-lot residential<br />

properties at Bayview,<br />

Church Point and Ingleside<br />

also showing moderate value<br />

increases.<br />

One reader who contacted<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> about the land<br />

value increase to their property<br />

at Bayview, as well as<br />

the increases to the value of<br />

their immediate and extended<br />

neighbours’ properties, said the<br />

Valuer General’s summary contradicted<br />

their circumstance.<br />

“As a collective we’ve discussed<br />

the new land values<br />

together and we worked out<br />

more than 20 adjoining properties<br />

have gone up an average 74<br />

per cent in the past two years,”<br />

said the reader, who requested<br />

they not be named.<br />

“Some have gone up 86 per<br />

cent.”<br />

“This flies in the face of the<br />

commentary from the Valuer<br />

General – these are properties<br />

on both sides of the street, and<br />

the size of the blocks vary from<br />

small to medium to large.”<br />

The resident said the group<br />

had written to the NSW Government<br />

to complain. They also<br />

highlighted the precedent for<br />

“self-correction” which they<br />

hope the Government will apply<br />

in coming years.<br />

“In 2004 the rates went up<br />

60 per cent in one year and the<br />

Government (Labor, under Premier<br />

Bob Carr) left it alone for<br />

four or five years,” the reader<br />

said.<br />

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

Valuer General said mediumdensity<br />

zoned sites in locations<br />

such as Warriewood had experienced<br />

moderate increases in<br />

land values over the past year.<br />

Mixed-use land at Mona Vale<br />

exhibited a strong increase<br />

in land values, while mixeduse<br />

zoned land in Dee Why<br />

showed a slight increase; these<br />

increases were attributed to<br />

infrastructure spending as well<br />

as the continued development<br />

of Dee Why Town Centre.<br />

“Demand remains for quality<br />

boutique development<br />

sites with potential to build<br />

residential units,” the report<br />

concluded. “This is partly due<br />

to the Northern Beaches attractive<br />

natural amenity, beaches,<br />

and proximity to employment<br />

options.”<br />

A snapshot of samples of<br />

land values provided by the<br />

Valuer General shows huge<br />

discrepancies both across and<br />

within <strong>Pittwater</strong> suburbs.<br />

For example, a property on<br />

a 588m2 block on Barrenjoey<br />

Road at Palm Beach, zoned C4<br />

(Environmental Living) saw its<br />

land value soar 13.9 per cent to<br />

$11.5 million – but a property<br />

on a 695m2 block on Nabilla<br />

Road at Palm Beach saw no<br />

change to its $3.4 million land<br />

value.<br />

And a property on a 695m2<br />

R2-zoned block on Binburra Avenue<br />

at Avalon Beach dropped<br />

its land value 1.1 per cent to<br />

$1,830,000 – while a property<br />

on a 765m2 C4-zoned block<br />

on Hudson Parade at Avalon<br />

Beach dipped 12.9 per cent to<br />

$1,350,000.<br />

Also, at Elanora Heights, a<br />

property on a 695m2 C4-zoned<br />

block on Dewrang Avenue tumbled<br />

20 per cent to $1.2 million;<br />

and at Mona Vale, a property<br />

on a 1113m2 C4-zoned block<br />

increased its land value 8.2 per<br />

cent to $7.7 million.<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

*What do you think about the<br />

new land valuation for your<br />

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

6 FEBRUARY <strong>2024</strong><br />

The Local Voice Since 1991

News<br />

Locals in Australia Day Awards<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> residents featured<br />

prominently in Northern<br />

Beaches Council’s <strong>2024</strong><br />

Australia Day Awards.<br />

North Narrabeen’s Aileen<br />

Ogilvie, a four-decades community<br />

volunteer, was awarded<br />

Senior Citizen of the Year, with<br />

Narrabeen Sports High student<br />

Lachlan O’Callaghan a corecipient<br />

of the Young Citizen<br />

of the Year gong with friend<br />

Cooper Morgan; together they<br />

heroically saved the life of a<br />

swimmer in trouble off Church<br />

Point.<br />

Jimmy Arteaga of Forestville,<br />

Unit Commander for Broken<br />

Bay Marine Rescue, was named<br />

Citizen of the year.<br />

Outstanding Community<br />

Service Award recipients included<br />

Bilgola Plateau’s Gary<br />

Searles, Terrey Hills’ John<br />

Diamond, Cottage Point’s Jon<br />

Russell and Ingleside’s Terry<br />

Cook.<br />

Northern Beaches Mayor Sue<br />

Heins explained Aileen Ogilvie<br />

had been volunteering on the<br />

Northern Beaches for 37 years,<br />

HONOURED: Major Awards recipients including (from third on left)<br />

Lachlan O’Callaghan, Jimmy Arteaga and Aileen Ogilvie.<br />

starting as a <strong>Life</strong>line Counsellor.<br />

“She mentored vulnerable<br />

teenagers in high schools all<br />

along the Northern Beaches for<br />

over 21 years with Raise, also<br />

mentoring foster children,”<br />

Mayor Heins said.<br />

Lachlan O’Callaghan and<br />

Cooper Morgan – who were<br />

both 16 at the time, displayed<br />

leadership in a rescue operation<br />

that saved a life.<br />

Gary Searles has been President<br />

of Peninsula Cricket Club<br />

for three years and a committee<br />

member for the past 10.<br />

“In fulfilling these roles, he<br />

actively contributes to a variety<br />

of volunteer positions as a<br />

coach, mentor, coordinator of<br />

cricket workshops and competitions,<br />

and ‘come and try’<br />

sessions for children as young<br />

as six up to young adults.”<br />

John Diamond founded the<br />

Lions Club of Frenchs Forest in<br />

the early 1960s and has served<br />

the community with the Lions<br />

Club ever since.<br />

“He has served as President<br />

and as the elder statesperson<br />

of the club, attending meetings<br />

for over 65 years. As a foundation<br />

member, he has contributed<br />

to the fundraising of<br />

millions of dollars to help the<br />

Northern Beaches community,”<br />

Mayor Heins said.<br />

Jon Russell displayed a tireless<br />

commitment to a telecommunications<br />

tower project,<br />

where he played a pivotal role<br />

in highlighting Cottage Point as<br />

an emergency black spot area<br />

in Sydney.<br />

“Through Jon’s advocacy,<br />

funding for the construction of<br />

a telecommunications tower at<br />

Cottage Point was secured.<br />

“And Terry Cook is the main<br />

coordinator, President and contact<br />

for Peninsula Seniors Toy<br />

Recyclers, working tirelessly to<br />

refurbish many thousands of<br />

toys, games, dolls and bicycles<br />

for reuse by numerous charities.”<br />

– Nigel Wall<br />

*Full list Council website.<br />

8 FEBRUARY <strong>2024</strong><br />

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‘Offleash dog trials must start’<br />

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

on Northern Beaches Council to<br />

expedite the commencement of trials<br />

of off-leash dog spaces on Mona Vale<br />

Beach South and Palm Beach North.<br />

“As we start <strong>2024</strong>, we enter the third<br />

decade of our community’s struggle<br />

with council and a maze of bureaucratic<br />

absurdities to let families enjoy a small<br />

part of beach space with their dogs,” said<br />

a frustrated Mr Amon.<br />

He said the two-decades long battle<br />

had continued since <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council<br />

closed Careel Bay to dog swimming in<br />

2003.<br />

Since then, attempts have been made<br />

and are ongoing to trial off-leash space<br />

on small sections of Mona Vale Beach<br />

South and Palm Beach North, primarily<br />

before 10am and after 4pm daily.<br />

Mr Amon said that in a recent report<br />

to Northern Beaches Council, residents<br />

were informed that it would take until<br />

at least August <strong>2024</strong> to progress the trial.<br />

“Environmental studies have given the<br />

trials a green tick of approval, and community<br />

support sits at nearly 90 per cent,<br />

with nearly 4,000 submissions made,” he<br />

said.<br />

Mr Amon said that since 2003, forces<br />

“had worked to subvert the will of our<br />

POPULAR: Rowland Reserve at Bayview is a rare<br />

waterside venue for walking dogs offleash.<br />

community, and we have evidence of<br />

this”.<br />

“This cannot continue.”<br />

Mr Amon has lobbied the NSW Minister<br />

for Lands and Property Stephen<br />

Kamper to do all in his power to have<br />

Crown Lands assist Council expedite<br />

the process through the complex Plan of<br />

Management legislation.<br />

In late 2023, Mr Amon delivered a<br />

PHOTO: Gotta Luv Dogs/Facebook<br />

speech in the NSW Parliament calling out<br />

the former <strong>Pittwater</strong> and current Northern<br />

Beaches Councils for their delays,<br />

and calling for reforms of Crown Land<br />

management.<br />

“The system for managing Crown<br />

lands is fundamentally broken,” he said.<br />

“Council has been delaying this process<br />

since before I could legally drink. I<br />

can say to the council that if this matter<br />

is not expedited with as much haste as<br />

possible, I will do everything I can to<br />

pressure the council to commence the<br />

trial. If that means knocking on doors or<br />

moving private members’ bills to amend<br />

the Act to streamline the process or embarrassing<br />

the Council into action, then<br />

that is what I will do because the process<br />

has taken far too long.”<br />

He added that although Council now<br />

appeared to be on the right track – and<br />

he thanked them for working in earnest<br />

– “… residents and I am on alert to<br />

make sure Council finally upholds the<br />

community will and I look forward to<br />

the Minister approving Council’s adopted<br />

Plan of Management in <strong>2024</strong>”.<br />

“Might <strong>2024</strong> finally be the year where<br />

families with dogs can enjoy some offleash<br />

space on Mona Vale Beach South<br />

and Palm Beach North?” – Nigel Wall<br />

News<br />

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FEBRUARY <strong>2024</strong> 9

News<br />

Letters: Readers have their say<br />

Boats, caravans<br />

a roadside curse<br />

Regarding the large volume<br />

of private boats, trailers and<br />

campers parked in public<br />

streets: why not introduce<br />

an incentive – half-price<br />

registration if parked on<br />

private property and double<br />

price if parked on public roads.<br />

This could be enforced with<br />

two colors of registration<br />

stickers and an App, whereby<br />

the public could report<br />

those vehicles parked on<br />

public roads (that should be<br />

on private driveways), then<br />

followed through with a fine by<br />

the ranger.<br />

Currently on Bilgola Plateau<br />

there are so many of these<br />

rarely used toys taking up<br />

the roads and turning them<br />

into narrow one-way streets,<br />

that walking and cycling have<br />

become dangerous.<br />

TL<br />

Bilgola Plateau<br />

Planning strategies<br />

must be respected<br />

Housing reforms should<br />

be better managed and<br />

responsibilities more<br />

appropriately assigned. There<br />

is a housing shortage that<br />

needs to be addressed – but<br />

the State should not simply<br />

override the established<br />

planning strategies of<br />

local Councils or their<br />

intimate knowledge of their<br />

communities, locations and<br />

capabilities.<br />

The State’s sole responsibility<br />

should be to allocate annual<br />

house building targets to each<br />

Council. These targets must<br />

not in aggregate exceed the<br />

annual State/Federal growth<br />

targets. Councils must then<br />

determine how their individual<br />

targets are met – with failure<br />

to meet the Council target to<br />

result in increased building<br />

allocation the subsequent year<br />

+/or financial penalties.<br />

Should there be significant<br />

issues in a Council area,<br />

eg insufficient road<br />

infrastructure caused by State<br />

budget reductions, then this<br />

should be reviewed by an<br />

independent body who would<br />

determine whether or not the<br />

Council’s annual building<br />

allocation should be reduced.<br />

Stephen Balme<br />

Mona Vale<br />

One-size rezoning<br />

recipe for disaster<br />

The Minns Government wants<br />

to blanket the area with<br />

high rise with no avenue for<br />

public oversight. <strong>Pittwater</strong> is<br />

on a peninsular; there’s one<br />

narrow road in and out. When<br />

a bushfire ignites, residents<br />

will be trapped in traffic<br />

gridlock trying to escape. Has<br />

government learnt nothing<br />

from climate change and its<br />

impacts?<br />


Boats on trailers<br />

on the street.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> should be<br />

proclaimed a Conservation<br />

National Park status with strict<br />

and appropriate development<br />

rules that acknowledge its<br />

physical limitations, flood and<br />

fire hazards and its natural<br />

environmental importance.<br />

Otherwise the Government is<br />

potentially creating a death trap.<br />

Who benefits from this<br />

proposal – not residents, not<br />

the environment, not the<br />

rest of Sydney, not first home<br />

buyers; prices will be in the<br />

millions.<br />

Anna Maria Monticelli<br />

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

No big picture<br />

thinking here<br />

The potential planning<br />

amendments that would affect<br />

the Northern Beaches do<br />

indeed appear to be “wicked”<br />

(Rory Amon).<br />

There is no return from<br />

an overdevelopment and as<br />

for all zoning amendments,<br />

it must synchronise with<br />

infrastructure management.<br />

Back in 2000, Bob Carr<br />

claimed Sydney was “full”;<br />

yet here we are in <strong>2024</strong> still<br />

without big picture thinking.<br />

Where are those fast trains<br />

that open up our regions,<br />

allowing easy access to<br />

Sydney?<br />

We do need to send our<br />

politicians to places like Japan<br />

and Europe to appreciate that<br />

cities such as Sydney shooting<br />

at a six million population is<br />

only one option – and a poor<br />

one at that – to deal with the<br />

population demands.<br />

Bruce Hall<br />

Avalon Beach<br />

Uplifting defib story<br />

Your report of Margaret<br />

Filmer’s experience (Pitt <strong>Life</strong><br />

– Dec) aroused considerable<br />

interest – that a lady of some<br />

80 years could be revived so<br />

that she could continue to<br />

lead a healthy and happy life<br />

thanks to a defibrillator on<br />

hand.<br />

It reminded us how<br />

important it is for defibrillators<br />

to be installed in as many<br />

places as possible.<br />

While defibs are not<br />

mandatory, a large number<br />

of retirement villages have<br />

installed them throughout<br />

their villages.<br />

However, on a recent tour<br />

of a village in Mona Vale I<br />

discovered only one machine,<br />

which I was told was kept in<br />

a cupboard and in a building<br />

which is locked at night.<br />

Yet I noticed there were fire<br />

extinguishers everywhere,<br />

no doubt due to the strict fire<br />

regulations.<br />

Is it not time government<br />

made defibrillators mandatory<br />

in retirement villages as well?<br />

Elderly lives matter too.<br />

Sara Herzhog<br />

Bilgola<br />

10 FEBRUARY <strong>2024</strong><br />

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News<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> leads the ‘charge’<br />

INNOVATION: The Seavolt<br />

electric boat fast charger;<br />

Eyacht’s new all-electric<br />

RAND boat arriving soon.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> is leading the<br />

way in national sustainable<br />

boating with The<br />

Quays Marina at Bayview<br />

the first on-water location in<br />

Australia to install electric<br />

boat fast chargers.<br />

It follows increased enquiry<br />

from boating enthusiasts looking<br />

for sustainable vessels,<br />

including hybrid boats, and the<br />

impending arrival of local specialist<br />

boat dealership Eyachts’<br />

eagerly anticipated new range<br />

of fully electric RAND boats.<br />

The Quays Marina – a private<br />

marina with 106 berths and<br />

69 moorings that are leased to<br />

customers – has long been an<br />

iconic destination for boating<br />

enthusiasts.<br />

Teaming with Eyachts and<br />

renewables leader Seavolt, the<br />

introduction of the new fast<br />

boat chargers has elevated the<br />

marina’s status as a trailblazing,<br />

environmentally conscious<br />

centre for boating.<br />

Eyachts General Manager Ross<br />

Turner said the innovative addition<br />

would empower boaters to seamlessly dock, recharge<br />

and embark on their on-water adventures with minimal delay<br />

– all while embracing a clean and green energy source.<br />

The Quays have also made further substantial investments<br />

in sustainability, boasting 200 solar panels that<br />

generate a remarkable 600kWh of energy daily, effectively<br />

powering the entire marina during daylight hours.<br />

The marina recently installed four electric fast car<br />

chargers by Seavolt, which harness solar energy, further<br />

reducing their carbon footprint and promoting eco-friendly<br />

transportation options.<br />

Ross said Seavolt was leading the charge in the electric boating<br />

revolution.<br />

“Seavolt is a company committed to building<br />

electric charging marine networks Australiawide,”<br />

he said. “Their goal is to usher boat owners,<br />

marina operators, commercial enterprises,<br />

and governments into an era of zero-emission<br />

vessels.”<br />

He added Seavolt offered a range of zeroemission<br />

charging solutions, powered by 100<br />

per cent renewable electricity, and incorporated<br />

off-grid solar and battery storage systems<br />

whenever possible.<br />

Eyachts, based at The Quays Marina, has<br />

been instrumental in forging these partnerships<br />

and pioneering opportunities for sustainable<br />

boating.<br />

“Our electric boat fleet includes brands like<br />

RAND, Axopar and Greenlines, which showcase<br />

the future of eco-friendly boating,” Ross said.<br />

“RAND, for instance, leads the pack with its<br />

100 per cent electric day boats and is on track<br />

to become the most eco-friendly mainstream<br />

boat brand.<br />

“The Axopar x Evoy series<br />

combines electric efficiency<br />

with exhilarating performance,<br />

earning accolades<br />

like the Gussies Electric Boat<br />

Award.<br />

“And the Greenline Yachts<br />

range redefines sustainable<br />

cruising, blending hybrid electric<br />

propulsion with traditional<br />

boating to offer eco-friendliness<br />

without sacrificing adventure.”<br />

He added the first fully<br />

electric RAND Supreme 27 was<br />

arriving in <strong>Pittwater</strong> in coming<br />

months and would be based at<br />

the Quays Marina.<br />

“Stay tuned for more on this<br />

revolutionary new way of boating on <strong>Pittwater</strong> – you’re also invited<br />

to drop by Eyachts’ <strong>Pittwater</strong> office at The Quays or the new<br />

showroom at Warriewood to discuss our eco-boating options.”<br />

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Murder game that refuses to die<br />

COVID almost killed the longestrunning<br />

murder mystery company<br />

in the world three times over. But<br />

as some locals with a pent for excitement<br />

and fun are about to find out, Host A<br />

Murder is very much back from the dead.<br />

On Saturday 24 February, a “murder”<br />

will take place at the Metro Mirage Hotel<br />

Newport – and your help is required to<br />

solve ‘whodunit’. Over dinner with friends<br />

and with four rounds of investigation, you<br />

will challenge your companions, unearth<br />

clues and ask questions until the murderer’s<br />

identity is revealed – and there’s every<br />

chance that the clues will lead back to you…<br />

“Nobody finds out who the murderer is<br />

until the end of the game,” explains Peter<br />

Eedy, the man behind the clues. “That includes<br />

the murderer – and it could be you.”<br />

Peter likens the creation of each game<br />

to writing a screenplay, and the work<br />

involved is indeed impressive.<br />

“It takes two years to write a game,”<br />

reveals Peter. “The work is phenomenal.<br />

The game is created in a way that everyone<br />

has a different viewpoint and things<br />

change from round to round. Everyone is<br />

a suspect. It’s very, very clever.”<br />

Peter has been running Host A Murder<br />

for 35 years and holds the record for the<br />

world’s biggest murder game – 300 people<br />

playing simultaneously in a pavilion<br />

at the Sydney Showgrounds, just before it<br />

became Fox Studios.<br />

In 2000, he had his best ever year,<br />

with 4000 people taking part in various<br />

murder games.<br />

But four years ago, he thought it was<br />

the end.<br />

“Things were going really well and I<br />

had 10 months’ worth of bookings – and<br />

then COVID hit,” recalls Peter. “In 24<br />

hours, every booking went. I had money<br />

going out and nothing coming in and<br />

FUN: Participants<br />

dress the part.<br />

thought that was it.<br />

“I started again very slowly and then<br />

it happened again. I was wiped out three<br />

times.<br />

“It was really hard and I did a lot of<br />

meditation to get through it. We’re just<br />

building up again now, but I’m still in<br />

debt and it’s been painful and long.”<br />

And yet, Peter’s sense of fun and adventure<br />

remains.<br />

“People just love the games. Families<br />

and friends take part and all groups and<br />

ages – I’ve had three generations of a<br />

family in a team. And people make a real<br />

effort with fancy dress.<br />

“It’s amazing how people put on a<br />

costume and get into character and just<br />

lose their identity. They’re thinking and<br />

problem solving, acting and being comedians.<br />

It’s just the best fun.”<br />

With various scenarios over the years<br />

including ‘William Sheepshear at the<br />

Glib Theatre’, the latest murder mystery<br />

takes place at a mansion in the English<br />

countryside. Sir Roger has invited you for<br />

the reading of his new Will and Testament,<br />

along with his GP, Dr Mel Practice.<br />

Three Wills have been drawn up when Sir<br />

Roger is found drowned in the pool. It’s<br />

up to attendees to find out which is the<br />

forgery, and who the murderer is.<br />

Peter recommends a table of 10, so that<br />

you can play all 8 characters even if a<br />

couple of people drop out on the night –<br />

if all 10 people turn up, then characters<br />

can be doubled up. If there’s only two of<br />

you wanting to play, then get in touch<br />

and you might be able to join a table and<br />

meet new people – Peter expects around<br />

100 people to play on the night.<br />

And the added incentive for winners, is<br />

that they will be invited to an end-of-year<br />

play-off with the chance to win a week in<br />

Fiji. Death in paradise!<br />

Food, fancy dress and finding a murderer<br />

– what could be better on a Saturday<br />

night? Channel your inner Poirot and<br />

Sherlock Holmes and get ready for some<br />

real life Cluedo.<br />

– Rob Pegley<br />

*More info and bookings call 9997 7011.<br />

News<br />

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FEBRUARY <strong>2024</strong> 13

Charity ride<br />

across 25 countries<br />

News<br />

Avalon couple Richard and Judy<br />

Brierley-Jones are about to embark<br />

on the motorbike journey of a<br />

lifetime with two of their oldest friends.<br />

Raising money for charity, they also<br />

hope to show that you can achieve your<br />

dreams whatever your age.<br />

Leaving Newport on 1 February,<br />

Richard and Judy and their friends<br />

Lawrence and Linda Lee plan to ride two<br />

motorbikes 35,000 kilometres across 25<br />

countries over six months.<br />

It will take them from New South<br />

Wales to Old North Wales in a trip reminiscent<br />

of Ewen McGregor and Charlie<br />

Boorman undertaking The Long Way<br />

Round (Richard acknowledges he was a<br />

fan of the TV series).<br />

“It’s been a dream since the ’80s, but<br />

The Long Way Round was also part of the<br />

inspiration,” begins Richard. “I’ve known<br />

Lawrence and Linda since I was 12, when<br />

we were in the same class together in a<br />

school in Wales. We’ve done lots of trips<br />

together over the years.<br />

“They came to visit last year and we<br />

were chatting about adventures. I told<br />

them over a few drinks that I’d always<br />

wanted to ride back to the UK and they<br />

said that they wanted to do it as well.<br />

Our dear ladies were even prepared to<br />

ride on the back!”<br />

Linda and Judy are certainly supportive<br />

partners to sit on the back of a bike<br />

for six months – but you wonder how<br />

they will pack for the trip, considering<br />

they will be camping much of the way.<br />

“Sitting on the back isn’t the easiest and<br />

they’re making a lot of sacrifices to come,<br />

but that’s the really special part of the<br />

trip, that they’ll be with us,” Richard said.<br />

“And yes, packing for two on one bike<br />

is a challenge. I’ve bought a few pipes<br />

from Mitre 10 in Avalon and have made<br />

some modifications to the bike.”<br />

Packing isn’t the only challenge:<br />

monsoons, freezing temperatures and<br />

inhospitable terrain awaits.<br />

“First of all we have to ride across<br />

Australia and the Nullarbor in the height<br />

of Summer. We have to do that, so we can<br />

cross China and Tibet in Summer. We’ll<br />

tackle the wet season across Indonesia,<br />

and we need a guide to take us through<br />

China and then Tibet in freezing temperatures.<br />

“We’ll visit Everest Base Camp on the<br />

Tibet side and there are 50 passes over<br />

3000 metres we’ll have to tackle, so<br />

altitude sickness could be an issue – and<br />

we’re all in our early 60s.”<br />

Add to the mix multiple borders and<br />

myriad paperwork and the intention to<br />

camp two thirds of the journey and it<br />

sounds anything like a holiday.<br />

“We’re planning to ride around fourand-a-half<br />

hours every day so that we<br />

REVVED UP: Richard and<br />

Judy on their packed BMW<br />

bike; and planning the trip<br />

with friends Lawrence and<br />

Linda (bottom left).<br />

don’t get too exhausted, and we’ll stay<br />

a third of the nights in Airbnb-type accommodation<br />

– although anything but<br />

luxury.”<br />

There are so many highlights Richard<br />

and the team are looking forward to<br />

though, not least after they complete the<br />

journey.<br />

“We have a friend who is involved with<br />

Wrexham Football Club and we hope to<br />

do something fun to celebrate when we<br />

finish.<br />

“It’s also for a great cause though and<br />

we really want to give something back.”<br />

The four adventurers are raising money<br />

for mental health charities – BlackDog<br />

ride (blackdogride.org.au) and Mental<br />

Health Motorbike (mhmotorbike.com) –<br />

both trying to raise awareness of mental<br />

health issues and provide support for<br />

those in need.<br />

“Mental health isn’t something we’ve<br />

dealt with ourselves, but we’ve had<br />

friends who have committed suicide.<br />

It’s something that’s not talked about<br />

enough and it feels achievable to help<br />

people. These are both wonderful charities<br />

here and in the UK.<br />

“Proceeds from our YouTube channel<br />

and any donations will all go towards the<br />

money raised.”<br />

– Rob Pegley<br />

*Follow the journey and witness stories<br />

along the way at 2upfromdownunder.<br />

com and YouTube channel @2upFrom-<br />

DownUnder.<br />

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Aiming for sustainable<br />

swimwear success<br />

News<br />

For many mainstream<br />

swimwear companies,<br />

you suspect the idea of<br />

sustainability and reducing<br />

their carbon footprint is a<br />

necessary evil; a box-ticking<br />

exercise to ‘greenwash’ their<br />

brands.<br />

For three enterprising women<br />

on the Northern Beaches<br />

though, it is at the centre of<br />

their ideology.<br />

Alexandra Dash created her<br />

company Shapes In The Sand<br />

over a decade ago and continues<br />

to lead the way in sustainable<br />

materials and practices.<br />

Tegan Kirkby started her<br />

business – The Someday Co –<br />

with her husband three years<br />

ago during the first round of<br />

COVID lockdowns. Meanwhile,<br />

Amanda Murray is going<br />

through the hard yards of<br />

start-up, regularly travelling<br />

overseas in search of the right<br />

materials and manufacturers<br />

ahead of her range Tao Tui’s<br />

impending launch.<br />

All three women are based<br />

on the Northern Beaches,<br />

which has been a big factor<br />

in shaping their desire for<br />

cleaner oceans.<br />

“I love nature and spend a<br />

lot of time outdoors,” begins<br />

Alexandra Dash. “My partner<br />

and I love bushwalking, rock<br />

climbing, camping and he’s a<br />

big surfer – I’m learning, too.<br />

“I think of nature as our<br />

playground and want to look<br />

after it.”<br />

At the end of her time<br />

studying fashion at Ultimo<br />

TAFE a decade ago, Alexandra<br />

started Shapes in the Sand.<br />

Wanting to support the environment,<br />

she started working<br />

with sustainable materials<br />

that most companies had yet<br />

to embrace.<br />

“I threw myself in at the<br />

deep end,” says Alexandra.<br />

“Initially it was very hard. It’s<br />

mostly just me and I’ve had to<br />

learn from my mistakes.<br />

“I get some help from my<br />

parents with packing orders<br />

and so it’s a family business<br />

to some extent. I live<br />

at Mackerel Beach and have<br />

my studio in Umina, and<br />

everything is manufactured<br />

locally by another family-run<br />

business.”<br />

Each collection that Alexandra<br />

has released has been<br />

designed by herself or local<br />

artists and has aligned with<br />

a local conservation project.<br />

Recently that has been the<br />

Powerful Owl Project run by<br />

Birdlife Australia.<br />

Hoping to diversify from<br />

swimwear in the future, Alexandra<br />

also strives to improve<br />

her footprint further.<br />

“The fabrics I use are<br />

derived from waste that is<br />

destined for landfill,” explains<br />

Alexandra. “It’s durable,<br />

quick-drying and is given new<br />

life – but it can still have some<br />

effect on the environment,<br />

even though it’s recycled.<br />

“I’m keen to move towards<br />

an even more natural fibre,<br />

and there is a lot of testing<br />

involved.”<br />

Amanda Murray from<br />

Dee Why is right in the<br />

middle of testing products<br />

and is experiencing<br />

many of the things that<br />

Alexandra did 10 years<br />

ago. Recent months have<br />

seen her travel to Bali<br />

and Hong Kong in a bid<br />

to get the most ecofriendly<br />

materials and<br />

processes for her new<br />

company Tao Tui. Along<br />

with helping the environment,<br />

she also wants to<br />

help women who have<br />

limited choice when it<br />

comes to swimwear.<br />

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“I wanted to<br />

create a product<br />

for women who<br />

are larger in the<br />

chest area, but<br />

not necessarily XL<br />

everywhere,” begins<br />

Amanda. “Swimwear<br />

is based around a C-<br />

cup size and whereas<br />

there are 40 different<br />

sizes of lingerie available<br />

for women, there<br />

are only five sizes of<br />

swimwear – and this is<br />

for something you wear<br />

in public.<br />

“The difference with<br />

the swimwear I’m creating<br />

is that it has a sizing<br />

band, like on the shoulder<br />

strap of a bra, rather<br />

than just string. It’s fully<br />

adjustable and ideal for<br />

women who don’t fit conventional<br />

sizing.”<br />

INNOVATORS Tegan and Grant Kirkby started<br />

The Someday Co with offerings including a<br />

one-piece Kids swimwear range (above) and<br />

retro surf shorts and top (left); Alexandra<br />

Dash’s Shapes in the Sand features the stylish<br />

Bush Checker (top); and Amanda Murray has<br />

developed an adjustable bikini top range (left).<br />

Having come up with the<br />

idea two years ago, Amanda<br />

started working on the project<br />

in May 2022, but ramped<br />

things up last year.<br />

“Finding a manufacturer<br />

has been slow and arduous<br />

and has taken me to Bali,<br />

twice, and Hong Kong in the<br />

past few months,” she said.<br />

“I’m investigating manufacturers<br />

who can print digitally<br />

on the materials I’m using.<br />

“The reason it’s taking<br />

longer is that I want to embrace<br />

as many sustainable<br />

options in the product as<br />

possible. Yes, some brands<br />

use sustainable materials, but<br />

what about sustainable packaging?<br />

And some dyes that<br />

companies use have terrible<br />

carbon footprints.”<br />

Previously a SCUBA instructor<br />

and describing herself<br />

as an ‘ocean girl’, Amanda<br />

also studied fashion<br />

in London. Even with<br />

that background<br />

though, she’s had to<br />

learn the hard way.<br />

“I’m a bit of a risk<br />

taker, but when I<br />

want something I go<br />

after it,” she said. “So<br />

it’s been stressful,<br />

but I want to create<br />

a successful Indie<br />

brand that hopefully<br />

becomes profitable<br />

enough by the second<br />

year for it to<br />

become my full-time<br />

job.”<br />

“I’ve already had<br />

heaps of interest,<br />

and many women<br />

saying ‘I need this!’”<br />

Tegan Kirkby is in the third<br />

year of running her company<br />

The Someday Co; she thinks<br />

it will be another two years<br />

before she can give up the<br />

day job.<br />

“It’s still a ‘side hustle’ for<br />

me and my husband,” said<br />

Tegan. “We have two full-time<br />

roles and two young children,<br />

so we tag-team with the kids<br />

and work on the business<br />

weekends and evenings. Luckily<br />

we have two good sleepers!”<br />

Tegan’s mission is to rid<br />

the world of ocean plastic and<br />

so her business retails ecofriendly<br />

swimwear brands.<br />

Launching from her lounge<br />

room floor during COVID, it<br />

was driven by her search to<br />

find these brands and products<br />

for herself and her kids.<br />

“We’d just had a son and<br />

wanted to make changes to<br />

benefit his world,” explains<br />

Tegan. “And I began to think<br />

there must be other people<br />

thinking the same way.<br />

“We thought we’d give it a<br />

shot, and while we both had<br />

ad backgrounds, we needed<br />

to learn e-commerce and<br />

stock management. It started<br />

slowly, but sales are up 60%<br />

year on year, and you find<br />

that most ‘overnight successes’<br />

have been started 10<br />

years before!”<br />

Soon to start manufacturing<br />

their own brand as well<br />

as selling others, Tegan says<br />

that kids and women’s surfer<br />

makes up the majority of<br />

their sales, while eco-friendly<br />

sunscreen and sunglasses<br />

also do well.<br />

“There aren’t that many<br />

men’s brands doing sustainable<br />

lines, but companies are<br />

realising they need to tick<br />

that box. We’d love to see<br />

these products become the<br />

norm though. Then we’d just<br />

be a surf retailer, rather than<br />

a sustainable surf retailer.”<br />

– Rob Pegley<br />

News<br />

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FEBRUARY <strong>2024</strong> 17

Watch the Sea Eagles so<br />

News<br />

The Manly-Warringah Sea<br />

Eagles are The Greatest<br />

Rugby League Team In<br />

The Universe. Statistics do<br />

not lie.<br />

The Sea Eagles have won<br />

eight Premierships since<br />

claiming their first title in<br />

1972 – no other team even<br />

comes close in that time.<br />

Manly is the only team<br />

to be crowned Premiers<br />

in every decade from the<br />

1970s. In <strong>2024</strong>, the Sea Eagles<br />

faithful will be dreaming of<br />

this streak continuing and<br />

another title heading to the<br />

Northern Beaches.<br />

The quest for Premiership<br />

No.9 begins in Las Vegas on<br />

March 3 in the opening match<br />

of the NRL season against<br />

the South Sydney Rabbitohs.<br />

Naturally, The Greatest Team<br />

In The Universe has been<br />

chosen to showcase rugby<br />

league to the US masses.<br />

Daly Cherry-Evans was<br />

in scintillating form last<br />

year and with the Trbojevic<br />

MAGIC MAN:<br />

The mercurial<br />

Cliff Lyons circa<br />

early 1990s.<br />

brothers, Jake and Tom, fit<br />

and ready to go, will be the<br />

backbone of a Manly outfit<br />

that will be expected to reach<br />

the Finals. New recruit Luke<br />

Brooks will be a vital extra<br />

playmaker with the ability<br />

to unleash the barnstorming<br />

Haumole Olakau’atu and the<br />

quicksilver Reuben Garrick.<br />

It’s a season to be hopeful,<br />

even confident. Consistently<br />

high performance across the<br />

squad will be needed. Coach<br />

Anthony Seibold will be<br />

demanding it.<br />

Happily, even if dreams<br />

turn to nightmares during<br />

the cold winter months,<br />

Manly fans can still warm<br />

their hearts and take comfort<br />

by remembering all eight<br />

glorious Premierships and a<br />

couple of stand-out Sea Eagles<br />

legends from each winning<br />

team (my personal picks).<br />

1972 – Manly 19 def Easts 14<br />

Fred Jones – first Premiership<br />

captain and hooker in the<br />

long gone days when real<br />

contested scrums existed and<br />

John O’Neill – a hard man<br />

front-rower recruited from<br />

Souths, one of many astute<br />

buys by Manly supremo Ken<br />

Arthurson.<br />

1973 – Manly 10 def<br />

Cronulla 7<br />

Bob Fulton – Immortal, scored<br />

both Manly tries in this<br />

brutal Grand Final, brilliant<br />

centre and five-eighth and<br />

Malcolm Reilly – tough,<br />

uncompromising English<br />

lock, you wanted him on your<br />

team.<br />

1976 – Manly 13 def<br />

Parramatta 10<br />

Max Krilich – crafty and<br />

skilful hooker and one club<br />

man, Australian captain,<br />

Harbord United junior and<br />

Phil Lowe – rangy, freerunning<br />

back-rower with ball<br />

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ar in <strong>2024</strong>!<br />

skills, another Englishman<br />

(and no he did not become<br />

Governor of the Reserve Bank).<br />

1978 – Manly 11 d Cronulla<br />

11, Manly 16 def Cronulla 0<br />

(Grand Final Replay)<br />

Graham Eadie and Terry<br />

Randall – each 4-time<br />

Premiership winners, Eadie a<br />

rampaging running fullback<br />

and toe poke goal kicker and<br />

Randall a devastating tackler,<br />

block of granite forward and<br />

North Curl Curl junior.<br />

1987 – Manly 18 def<br />

Canberra 8<br />

Cliff Lyons – THE MAGICIAN,<br />

ball-playing mastermind<br />

at five-eighth and Michael<br />

O’Connor – side-stepping,<br />

goal kicking centre, dual<br />

International (Publisher’s<br />

note: poached from St George<br />

Dragons).<br />

1996 – Manly 20 def<br />

St George 8<br />

Geoff Toovey – Manly captain,<br />

fearless defender, zippy<br />

halfback and hooker, Belrose<br />

Eagles junior and Steve<br />

Menzies – try scoring wizard,<br />

his on-field partnership with<br />

Cliff Lyons was telepathic,<br />

Harbord United junior.<br />

2008 – Manly 40 def<br />

Melbourne 0 (Manly<br />

defeat an entire city)<br />

Brett Stewart – electric, elusive<br />

fullback and Brookvale Oval<br />

entertainer and Steve Matai –<br />

opposition centres feared his<br />

crunching tackles, powerful<br />

with the ball.<br />

2011 – Manly 24 def New<br />

Zealand 10 (Manly defeat<br />

an entire country)<br />

Kieran Foran – formed dream<br />

halves combination with DCE,<br />

still running hard and giving<br />

100 per cent and Anthony<br />

Watmough – mercurial<br />

backrower, something always<br />

happened when the football<br />

came his way, Narrabeen<br />

Sharks junior.<br />

– Greg McHugh<br />

*What do you think was<br />

Manly’s best Premiership<br />

win? Email us at readers@<br />

pittwaterlife.com.au<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

FEBRUARY <strong>2024</strong> 19

News<br />

Gencher’s shock Liberal move<br />

Northern Beaches Council’s <strong>Pittwater</strong> Ward<br />

Councillor Michael Gencher has sensationally<br />

abandoned his affiliation with former<br />

Mayor Michael Regan’s ‘Your Northern Beaches<br />

Independent Team’ (YNBIT) mid-term to join the<br />

Liberal Party.<br />

In a parting shot, Cr Gencher labelled<br />

his former Councillor party Michael Gencher.<br />


colleagues as lacking in “clear<br />

vision” and “unified direction”.<br />

Cr Gencher’s defection boosts<br />

the Liberal Party’s councillor<br />

numbers to six of 15 and reduces<br />

YNBIT representation to five<br />

councillors.<br />

It edges the Liberals closer to<br />

being able to break the majority<br />

bloc voting that has seen YNBIT<br />

members dominant in NB Council<br />

decision-making since Council’s<br />

formation in 2016.<br />

Cr Gencher told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong>:<br />

“This choice comes after careful consideration<br />

and reflection, driven by my unwavering<br />

commitment to the betterment of our beloved<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>.”<br />

Cr Gencher admitted he was honoured to<br />

be elected as a Councillor in December 2021<br />

under the YNBIT banner, believing that the<br />

group shared his dedication to local issues and<br />

transparency, and that “together, we could make<br />

a significant impact on <strong>Pittwater</strong> and the greater<br />

Northern Beaches community”.<br />

“However, as time passed, I came to realise<br />

that the promise of independent politics and the<br />

hope for a different kind of political representation<br />

were not fully realised in practice.<br />

“I felt that our group lacked a clear vision,<br />

a unified team, and a cohesive<br />

direction.<br />

“It became evident to me that<br />

for the betterment of <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

and its residents, I needed to<br />

make a change.”<br />

He said his decision to transition<br />

to the Liberal Party was<br />

rooted in a belief that it aligned<br />

more closely with his vision and<br />

values for community.<br />

“I see in the Liberal Party the<br />

leadership, resources, vision,<br />

and support necessary to enact<br />

positive, ongoing change for the<br />

Northern Beaches.<br />

“I am excited about the opportunities it<br />

presents for cooperation and achieving both immediate<br />

and long-term community objectives.<br />

“I have always been dedicated to serving the<br />

interests of the Northern Beaches community,<br />

and I believe that coming back, and joining the<br />

Liberal Party will enable me to work even more<br />

effectively towards our shared goals.”<br />

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

pittwaterlife.com.au<br />

– NW<br />

6THINGS<br />


Fun Run. Up to 7,000 entrants will<br />

be challenging themselves along<br />

the coastline from Dee Why to<br />

Manly Beach on Saturday 3 for the<br />

biggest Sun Run yet. There will be a<br />

few road closures and special event<br />

clearways (parking restrictions)<br />

around Dee Why, North Curl Curl,<br />

Freshwater, Queenscliff and Manly<br />

from 3am with all roads expected to<br />

be opening to traffic as participants<br />

make their way along the course<br />

from 9am to 11am. Bus services will<br />

also be detoured while roads are<br />

closed. Details livetraffic.com and<br />

transportnsw.info.<br />

Try Soccer Day. Avalon Soccer<br />

Club is hosting a try football and<br />

open day at Careel Bay Clubhouse,<br />

Barrenjoey Rd on Sun 4 from<br />

10am-3pm. Don’t miss the early<br />

bird registration fees (up until Feb<br />

10) plus family discounts available<br />

online now at avalonsoccerclub.<br />

com.au<br />

Classic Trivia. Do you consider<br />

yourself a trivia pro? Are you<br />

looking for a fun midweek event<br />

that will have you and your mates<br />

coming back for more? If your<br />

answer to these questions was<br />

YES... then <strong>Pittwater</strong> RSL has just<br />

the thing for you in the Distillery<br />

Bar & Lounge every Thursday from<br />

7pm. This event is 18+<br />

Social Scrabble. Join a friendly<br />

game or two of scrabble (and other<br />

board games) with a tea and biscuit<br />

in hand at Mona Vale Library on<br />

Tuesdays from 1pm-3pm. Take<br />

along some friends or make some<br />

new ones – games will be arranged<br />

in groups of three or four.<br />

Amazing Grace. Journalist,<br />

broadcaster and bestselling<br />

author of ‘Queen Victoria’,<br />

and ‘Phosphoresence’ Julia<br />

Baird will be discussing her<br />

new book ‘Bright Shining: How<br />

Grace Changes Everything’ with<br />

renowned journalist Juanita Phillips<br />

on Tues 20 at Glen Street Theatre<br />

from 6pm-8pm. Tickets priced from<br />

$52; glenstreet.com.au<br />

Seniors meeting. The National<br />

Seniors Australia Northern<br />

Beaches Branch will be holding its<br />

first meeting of the year on Thurs<br />

22 at 10am at The Manly Warringah<br />

Leagues Club, 563 <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Road Brookvale. All over-55s are<br />

welcome; contact Joan Andrews<br />

9451 4254.<br />

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Small gyms but perfect<br />

Why more and<br />

more people<br />

are turning to<br />

smaller local<br />

gyms to meet<br />

their fitness<br />

goals in <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

CHANGE: Small<br />

spaces are big<br />

on wellbeing<br />

News<br />

There are a host of small,<br />

bespoke and boutique<br />

gyms across <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

that provide an antidote to<br />

the big chains where you<br />

can sometimes just become<br />

a “number”. While some<br />

gyms rely on people joining<br />

and don’t mind if you never<br />

attend as it doesn’t affect<br />

their revenue model, the<br />

smaller fitness studios want<br />

people to turn up regularly.<br />

Core Culture at Newport<br />

and No-Nonsense at Avalon<br />

are just two examples of the<br />

“fitness downsizing” trend.<br />

Pierre Ainscow opened<br />

No-Nonsense gym three years<br />

ago with his wife Nina, in a<br />

shopfront next to Oliver’s Pies<br />

in North Avalon. Eighteen<br />

months ago they opened<br />

a second one. Previous to<br />

that they had been running<br />

a mobile fitness business<br />

called Momentum, with a<br />

popular product line called<br />

No-Nonsense. They rebranded<br />

and the phrase ‘no nonsense’<br />

is the ethos they work to.<br />

“I feel like there’s a bunch<br />

of noise in the fitness<br />

industry at the moment and<br />

it’s all quite sensationalist,<br />

especially on social media,”<br />

said Pierre. “People with<br />

unobtainable appearances<br />

lifting ridiculous weights,<br />

which takes a dedication that<br />

most normal people just can’t<br />

afford to give.”<br />

Pierre says they run small<br />

groups capped intentionally<br />

low, and help people achieve<br />

more realistic and tangible<br />

goals.<br />

“I prefer people not to<br />

have aesthetics goals or<br />

numbers on a scale – I’m all<br />

for people losing weight, but<br />

I’d rather a goal was walking<br />

to Barrenjoey Lighthouse<br />

without getting out of breath.<br />

“We want to cut out the<br />

noise. There are only so<br />

many ways to exercise and<br />

ultimately a squat is a squat,<br />

no matter what approach you<br />

take.”<br />

It’s a lovely, very human<br />

approach that very much suits<br />

its location. It’s also backed<br />

up by real science. Nina has a<br />

bachelor’s degree in Human<br />

Movement and all of the trainers<br />

are degree-educated with<br />

a depth of knowledge. But the<br />

end result is never intimidating,<br />

like some gyms.<br />

“Most of the people who<br />

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ly formed<br />

attend have had some sort of<br />

niggle or injury – the gym was<br />

started to help people finish<br />

rehab more actively. Many of<br />

our clients have repeatedly<br />

hurt themselves training and<br />

we help them to move their<br />

bodies again.<br />

“And we really build<br />

relationships, because<br />

unlike the bigger gyms we’re<br />

appointment-based, we rely<br />

on people walking through<br />

the door.<br />

“The other nice thing is<br />

that there feels like a really<br />

cohesive community of gyms<br />

on <strong>Pittwater</strong> and we help<br />

each other when we can. It<br />

feels very representative of<br />

Avalon.”<br />

India Carolan launched<br />

Core Culture two years ago as<br />

she felt there was a gap in the<br />

market for the sort of Pilates<br />

class she’d like to attend.<br />

“There seemed to be only<br />

two types of Pilates around<br />

at the time – one was the<br />

impersonal class at the<br />

huge gyms, and the other<br />

was an overly expensive<br />

class that was very slow. I<br />

wanted to offer something<br />

around the $30 mark that<br />

involved getting a sweat on<br />

and exercising as part of the<br />

Pilates experience.”<br />

She found the place in<br />

Newport during COVID<br />

lockdown, kitted it out and<br />

the doors were opened as<br />

soon as normal life resumed.<br />

It’s been very much a family<br />

affair.<br />

“My partner works in<br />

real estate and helped find<br />

the premises, my Dad is an<br />

accountant and is a director<br />

of the business, and my<br />

sister Saskia is my right-hand<br />

woman. Even my mum is very<br />

hands-on.”<br />

Things have gone well for<br />

India and her family, with a<br />

second premises now open in<br />

Cammeray and a third studio<br />

on the way soon. India is still<br />

very much hands-on at the<br />

Newport studio though and<br />

she believes this is part of the<br />

attraction of smaller fitness<br />

places.<br />

“Yes, if you have a problem<br />

with a class, then I’m still the<br />

first person you talk to. We<br />

really build a relationship<br />

with our clients. Whereas at<br />

the bigger gyms, they’re quite<br />

happy to earn money from<br />

people who don’t attend, we<br />

want people at the studio.<br />

“I’ve also been determined to<br />

make it a luxury environment<br />

for my clients, so that they<br />

love coming. There are fresh<br />

flowers every day, clean towels<br />

and with the cost of living high<br />

at the moment, I want them to<br />

get the most out of their visit.”<br />

– Rob Pegley<br />

*Suburb-by-suburb guide<br />

to <strong>Pittwater</strong>’s small gyms –<br />

page 47.<br />

‘Revive Back to<br />

School vouchers’<br />

With the <strong>2024</strong> school<br />

year in swing, the NSW<br />

Opposition has called on the<br />

Minns Government to listen<br />

to families and restore Back<br />

to School vouchers.<br />

Having heard from local<br />

families impacted by the<br />

scrapping of the popular<br />

Back to School vouchers,<br />

Opposition Leader Mark<br />

Speakman and <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

MP Rory Amon agreed<br />

the Government must act<br />

to reduce cost of living<br />

pressures.<br />

“Families are struggling<br />

to make ends meet and what<br />

we’ve heard, and repeatedly,<br />

is that these vouchers<br />

made a real difference for<br />

parents,” Mr Speakman said.<br />

“Axing Back to School<br />

vouchers is impacting<br />

families here in Sydney and<br />

across NSW particularly<br />

hard at a time when they<br />

can least afford it.<br />

“While households<br />

struggle, the Minns<br />

Government has axed Back<br />

to School vouchers, slashed<br />

Active Kids, Creative Kids<br />

and First Lap, and limited<br />

energy relief,” he continued.<br />

Mr Amon said that<br />

families relied upon the<br />

Back to School vouchers<br />

to help them buy school<br />

uniforms and supplies, but<br />

that support for household<br />

budgets had been stripped<br />

away.<br />

In its first Budget, the<br />

Minns Government axed<br />

the former Coalition<br />

Government’s Back to<br />

School vouchers, a cost-ofliving<br />

assistance package<br />

that gave all parents $150<br />

per child in vouchers to<br />

help with the costs of school<br />

supplies, uniforms and<br />

technology.<br />

“During December’s school<br />

presentation season, I met<br />

thousands of parents across<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> and the number<br />

one concern for these<br />

families in <strong>Pittwater</strong> was cost<br />

of living,” said Mr Amon.<br />

“Not only has the Labor<br />

Government cut practical<br />

cost of living alleviation<br />

measures, such as massively<br />

successful Active Kids and<br />

Back to School vouchers,<br />

Premier Minns isn’t even<br />

across the detail.<br />

“The Labor Government’s<br />

cuts are having very real<br />

consequences for <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

families, but the Premier<br />

doesn’t seem to care.” – NW<br />

*What do you think?<br />

Were Back to School<br />

vouchers a useful saving<br />

for your family? Email us<br />

at readers@pittwaterlife.<br />

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FEBRUARY <strong>2024</strong> 23

Avalon Soccer eyeing<br />

more growth in <strong>2024</strong><br />

News<br />

After a few tough<br />

seasons impacted by<br />

COVID and Sydney’s La<br />

Nina rain, Avalon Soccer Club<br />

reports it was great to have<br />

a virtually uninterrupted<br />

2023 – with Careel Bay once<br />

again packed with players<br />

young and old throughout the<br />

winter months, as an incredible<br />

93 teams took to the field<br />

in the famous red shirt.<br />

“Last season we ended up<br />

with 1,252 players, and of that<br />

playing group 1,001 of those<br />

were juniors, as we continue<br />

to grow in our youngest ages,<br />

especially the U6 group,” said<br />

club President John Kowtan<br />

(JK).<br />

“We also had 384 registered<br />

female players, meaning<br />

nearly a third of the club was<br />

girls and women, a number<br />

that we have proudly seen<br />

grow every single year. This<br />

season we have a new competition<br />

for U7 girls on a Sunday<br />

and with that coming in, and<br />

the halo effect of the Matildas<br />

and the World Cup, I think<br />

the numbers will continue to<br />

flourish.”<br />

On the field Avalon saw<br />

mixed results as several successful<br />

2022 teams moved<br />

PREMIERS: The League and Grand Final-winning U13/3 boys.<br />

into higher divisions. Yet<br />

despite the challenges, the<br />

club still produced six Semi<br />

Finalists, a Grand Finalist and<br />

a Grand Final champion.<br />

“A huge congratulations to<br />

our League and Grand Final<br />

winning U13/3 team, coached<br />

by Roger Barber, who won the<br />

double and ended up with a<br />

positive goal difference of<br />

95, taking the competition by<br />

storm,” JK said.<br />

“We also saw positive<br />

results and growth in our U14<br />

– U18 boys teams, with strong<br />

performances in division 2,<br />

and a number of players stepping<br />

into older age groups to<br />

continue their development.<br />

“On the women’s side, we<br />

proudly fielded division 1<br />

teams in W12-W16s, with our<br />

W16/1s achieving the best<br />

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esult in the junior club, finishing<br />

3rd. They also had five<br />

players move up to represent<br />

the WAL1s, as we continue to<br />

develop pathways between<br />

junior and senior football.”<br />

It wasn’t just on the fields<br />

of the Northern Beaches that<br />

players made an impact; W16s<br />

player Annmarie de Uriarte<br />

made her national team debut<br />

for the Paramatildas and was<br />

part of the Australian team<br />

that won the 2023 Asian Cup<br />

in Melbourne in October.<br />

“As a club we are so proud<br />

of Annmarie and her achievements.<br />

To see an Avalon<br />

junior who has been playing<br />

at Careel Bay since she was<br />

eight, pull on the green and<br />

gold and score goals and lift<br />

trophies, is incredibly satisfying,”<br />

said JK.<br />

While it feels that the dust<br />

has barely settled on season<br />

2023, the club is already well<br />

into the planning for <strong>2024</strong> and<br />

beyond. The off-season has<br />

given the club the opportunity<br />

to think about the future and<br />

put the building blocks in<br />

place for the club to thrive.<br />

“We met with officials from<br />

FUN: Avalon boasts more than 1000 juniors, with good numbers in their U6s.<br />

Northern Beaches Council<br />

about maintenance and a variety<br />

of improvements for Careel<br />

Bay, as we look to deliver<br />

facilities that our members<br />

can be proud of. We have big<br />

plans for the infrastructure<br />

of the club, as we have grown<br />

so quickly, and we really need<br />

facilities that reflect that<br />

growth,” JK commented.<br />

“We are really looking to<br />

drive our PROJECT 2030 plan<br />

forward in the coming year,<br />

and form sub-committees<br />

dedicated to looking at our<br />

four key pillars – Football<br />

Development; Club infrastructure;<br />

Sponsorship and Marketing;<br />

and Member Services. But<br />

to do this, we need new blood,<br />

and fresh volunteers.<br />

“We have a wonderful,<br />

dedicated committee, but<br />

they are small in number and<br />

as a result we are stretched<br />

very thin. We know there are<br />

some amazingly talented and<br />

smart members of our Avalon<br />

community out there that can<br />

help us achieve our goals, and<br />

we encourage anyone to reach<br />

out as we look to develop the<br />

Avalon Soccer Club of the<br />

future.”<br />

While the future is a focus,<br />

the present season will see<br />

another bumper year of<br />

football, with registrations<br />

on track for a record number,<br />

and all 90+ teams raring to<br />

start training on 4 March.<br />

JK is bullish about the sport<br />

and its trajectory.<br />

“With the Socceroos’ recent<br />

successes and then the Matildas<br />

capturing the country’s<br />

imagination, there’s no better<br />

time to be involved in grassroots<br />

football. There’s no better<br />

place to play football than<br />

Careel Bay.”<br />

– NW<br />

*More info avalonsoccerclub.<br />

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FEBRUARY <strong>2024</strong> 25

Rob reflects on his 30<br />

News<br />

Robert Hopton was 35 years old when<br />

he and his wife Christine moved to<br />

Avalon Beach, quickly establishing a<br />

home and having three children. As each<br />

of their three daughters turned six years<br />

old, they signed them up to Nippers, while<br />

Rob and Christine themselves became<br />

involved as supportive parents.<br />

Rob’s more than 30-year association<br />

with the Avalon Beach Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving<br />

Club was formally recognised last October<br />

when he was awarded <strong>Life</strong> Membership of<br />

the Club plus the joint <strong>Pittwater</strong> 2023 Community<br />

Service Award for his volunteer<br />

efforts.<br />

The awards are given out annually by<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>’s local MP; this year Rory Amon<br />

announced Rob and Judy Kelly, 87, who<br />

volunteers with the CatholicCare Diocese<br />

of Broken Bay’s Aged Care Volunteer Visitors<br />

scheme, as the 2023 winners.<br />

Now aged 72, Rob says the main reason<br />

he loves surf life saving is the friendships,<br />

the activity, the water – and because the<br />

beach is a “real leveller” attracting people<br />

from all walks of life.<br />

“The beach is a very big part of our<br />

Australian cultural psyche, a common<br />

denominator in our society,” he said.<br />

Rob recalls a few years ago during the<br />

annual inflatable rescue boat refresher<br />

course, an 18-year-old club member instructed<br />

a group of other members on the<br />

correct way to operate the boat and how to<br />

strip down the motor and get it operational<br />

again if you were unfortunate enough to<br />

dunk it in the ocean.<br />

The group included an airline pilot, a sea<br />

captain, the CEO of a large company and<br />

Rob himself, a director of a large international<br />

architectural practice.<br />

“Here we were, standing around asking<br />

him detailed questions. It was a classic<br />

example of how age, outside experience<br />

and status meant nothing in this moment<br />

and he was the expert, not us, and we were<br />

hanging on everything he said.”<br />

For eight years, Rob was an ‘age manager’<br />

at Avalon Beach SLSC, committed to<br />

spending his Sunday mornings in the surf;<br />

training Nippers aged 6-12, Cadets under<br />

14 and then older teenagers working to<br />

obtain their Bronze Medallion.<br />

Rob got his own Bronze Medallion in<br />

2001 and joined the ranks of the club’s<br />

active surf life savers.<br />

He’s three times been awarded the Avalon<br />

SLSC President’s award (in 2013, 2014<br />

and 2021). In 2007, he received the Norman<br />

Cook award for the Most Outstanding<br />

Member of the Year and in 2017, the Order<br />

of Avalon Medal (with wife Christine and<br />

Richard Cole) for the delivery of the new<br />

Club House and the Meritorious Services<br />

Award in 2022.<br />

In his two decades of life saving, he<br />

recalls one particularly intense weekend in<br />

2022 when he was on beach duty. “There’s<br />

the beach and there’s a sandbar and a gutter<br />

between the beach and the sandbar,”<br />

he says.<br />

“On that day, there was a huge current<br />

going through the gutter from north to<br />

south. And so people were getting ripped<br />

off the sand. We rescued about 80 people<br />

and a couple of those were kids that really<br />

needed to be grabbed quickly and dragged<br />

in. And we probably stopped another couple<br />

hundred from also hurting themselves.<br />

One family of kids we rescued two or three<br />

times.”<br />

On Australia Day in 2010, Rob was part<br />

of a team rescuing a man who had too<br />

many celebratory drinks and fell off the<br />

cliff on the Southern Headland of Avalon<br />

Beach onto the rocks below. He was lucky<br />

to survive without spinal or head injuries,<br />

Rob says, but broke his pelvis, ribs, leg and<br />

arm.<br />

“What always amazes me is the number<br />

of people and rescue services that can<br />

come together because of one person. On<br />

that occasion, there were three police cars,<br />

four paramedics, ambulances, two fire<br />

brigade trucks and a helicopter – and us,<br />

the surf lifesavers.”<br />

For their efforts, Hopton and his fellow<br />

life savers won Surf <strong>Life</strong> Saving New South<br />

Wales ‘Rescue of the Month’.<br />

As well as saving lives, Rob has drawn<br />

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years ‘at sea’<br />

PHOTO: NB Advocate<br />

on his professional architectural experience<br />

and took on the role of building<br />

manager of the Avalon Beach SLC since<br />

its inception in 2005 which morphed into<br />

becoming one of the prime movers in the<br />

renovation of the club.<br />

“The old club building just wasn’t fit<br />

for purpose,” Rob says. “It was built in the<br />

1920s with volunteer labour and was a<br />

great building back in the day. However,<br />

and just as an example, it only had one<br />

toilet and one shower for women, which<br />

was totally inadequate.” There was also no<br />

disability access and the electrical wiring<br />

was in poor condition.<br />

The Club under the leadership of the<br />

building committee made up of Rob, Richard<br />

Cole and Rob’s wife Christine raised a<br />

substantial part of the building costs and<br />

along with financial contributions from<br />

the then <strong>Pittwater</strong> Council and grants from<br />

the State Government, the building works<br />

proceeded in 2011 and it was eventually<br />

completed in August 2014.<br />

‘LEVELLER’: Rob<br />

Hopton (receiving<br />

his award from Rory<br />

Amon with fellow<br />

recipient Judy Kelly)<br />

marvels at the way<br />

the beach attracts<br />

people from all walks<br />

of life.<br />

“We ended up creating a new building,<br />

a resource not just for the club but for the<br />

whole community, we are very proud of<br />

our connection with the Community,” Rob<br />

says. “Of course, surf life saving is about<br />

water safety and saving lives but it’s also<br />

about renewal, bringing new people into<br />

the club every year. Today, we have around<br />

1,100 members and that’s grown a lot in<br />

recent years.”<br />

When the State Member for <strong>Pittwater</strong>,<br />

Rory Amon, awarded the Community<br />

Service Award to Rob in October he said<br />

his leadership contribution had had an<br />

“immense impact” and will be “felt for<br />

generations.”<br />

Christine Hopton has also played a<br />

significant role in the Avalon SLSC, as the<br />

club’s first female president, a role she<br />

held for eight years. Both Christine and<br />

Rob are now stepping back from active<br />

participation in the club leadership as the<br />

next generation of surf life savers rise to<br />

the challenge.<br />

– Melinda Ham<br />

Council’s new<br />

waste strategy<br />

Northern Beaches Council has taken a<br />

major step towards a sustainable ‘reuse,<br />

repair and recycle’ model of waste<br />

management with the launch of its first<br />

waste and circular economy strategy.<br />

Council’s ‘Waste and Circular<br />

Economy Strategy 2040 – Rethink.<br />

Reduce. Reuse’ action plan is a blueprint<br />

for future waste management, aimed at<br />

transforming waste and litter management<br />

services away from a ‘take, make<br />

and dispose’ model to one which provides<br />

for a more sustainable future.<br />

“We manage one of Sydney’s largest<br />

waste services, with over 330,000 bins,<br />

and our community generates over<br />

100,000 tonnes of household waste each<br />

year,” said Mayor Sue Heins. “That is almost<br />

the equivalent to twice the weight<br />

of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.<br />

“By 2040 we want to be leading the<br />

way in circular economy practices, with<br />

a waste and litter service that delivers<br />

the cleanest public spaces in Sydney.”<br />

Mayor Heins explained the strategy is<br />

central to shifting the Northern Beaches<br />

to a fully functioning circular economy<br />

that will benefit the environment, local<br />

business, and residents.<br />

“Some 85 per cent of Northern Beaches<br />

residents are willing to change their<br />

habits to reduce the amount of waste<br />

they produce, and 90 per cent already<br />

reuse or repair some household items.<br />

“We now have an opportunity to help<br />

support our local residents, create new<br />

jobs and support innovative, sustainable<br />

businesses that invest in circular practices<br />

like reuse, repair, and recycling,<br />

driving economic growth and strengthening<br />

community bonds. – NW<br />

*Read the strategy on Council’s website.<br />

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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 />

Following a “global media beat-up with<br />

claims that it has divided the community of<br />

Avalon”, <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> approached the USbased<br />

producers of Baywatch to outline<br />

their plans for moving the oft-touted<br />

“most-watched TV show in the world” to<br />

Australia and filming at Avalon Beach,<br />

concluding “it is not as bad as many<br />

think”. The show’s producer Greg Bonann<br />

told <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> the company wanted<br />

to film at “many” Sydney beaches, on<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> and on Sydney Harbour from<br />

April for six months. “We love Avalon<br />

and want to make the Club our base but<br />

we certainly will not be filming there<br />

every week. When we do film, it will<br />

be for two days, sometimes three but<br />

never weekends… when we are there,<br />

there is certainly no suggestion that we<br />

will want to close the beach off to the<br />

public… there is a lot of misinformation out there about our<br />

intentions and actions… if I have an invitation to come to a<br />

meeting and present our side I certainly will.” Bonann added:<br />

“I think this might be a storm in a teacup.” In other news,<br />

Cinema owner Roy Mustaca “who could perhaps be better<br />

described as The Last Picture Show Man” was overseeing<br />

the final touches on the painting of the sky ceiling of his<br />

15 Years Ago…<br />

seventh and largest picture theatre in<br />

Warriewood; Avalon’s “37-year-old Lions’<br />

Club is facing a membership crisis…<br />

losing several older members at a fast<br />

rate.” Pay and Display machines were<br />

installed along the beachfront at Palm<br />

Beach “where parking had previously<br />

been free to generate more revenue for<br />

beachfront improvement” and “a study<br />

is being made of the cliff faces at the<br />

Whale Beach and Avalon rockpools of<br />

rock falls hazards and how to prevent<br />

them”. Readers were introduced to a<br />

cartoon about the philosophical feline<br />

Dharma The Cat and friends created<br />

by Whale Beach resident David Lourie<br />

that “appeared on the Internet about a<br />

year ago… (and)… has developed a cult<br />

following around the world.” The “hits<br />

on the Net are growing daily. By early<br />

January the total was more than 26,000 and the hit rate<br />

has grown from 40 a day last September to an average<br />

of 115 a day in January.” The website had received “16<br />

major Internet awards including Top 10 On The Web.” It<br />

was announced that <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> would share a monthly<br />

update in its pages on Dharma’s adventures for “non-Net<br />

readers”.<br />

5 Years Ago…<br />

The cover featured Palm Beach Sailing Club’s 2009 Hobie We revealed the plan to have<br />

Youth Challenge... “now a full-scale international event<br />

the Palm Beach isthmus<br />

sailed on Hobie 16s on <strong>Pittwater</strong>” attracting 80 sailors<br />

designated one of the<br />

from 10 nations including the current World Youth<br />

world’s first Urban Night Sky<br />

Champion local Jason Waterhouse and his crew cousin, parks; the Mona Vale Road<br />

Lisa Darmanin. In news, “one of the largest skateboard<br />

widening works had just<br />

bowls in Sydney – and indeed in Australia – is planned as commenced; there was a<br />

part of an upgrade of Kitchener Park in Mona Vale.” The huge reader response about<br />

skate park was estimated to cost $1.2 million; Avalon<br />

Council’s proposed off-leash<br />

Bulldogs was combining its Registration Day at Hitchcock dog trial on Station Beach;<br />

Park Clubhouse with a<br />

Arcadia <strong>Pittwater</strong> Private<br />

“Giant League Expo”. And Hospital held an Open Day<br />

“new land valuations from to mark its first birthday,<br />

the NSW Valuer General<br />

while more than 100 beds<br />

will have no impact on<br />

no longer in use at Mona<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong>’s rates structure Vale Hospital were being<br />

for 2019-2010 but will<br />

shipped overseas. Council<br />

produce a rise in land<br />

released its strategic<br />

tax.” Meanwhile, David document Towards 2040<br />

Edwards of LJ Hooker<br />

outcome<br />

outlining how it will work to<br />

Palm beach said “there achieve its responsibilities<br />

will not result in a ‘one-size-fitsall’<br />

approach to development<br />

were only 38 sales in<br />

as part of the Northern<br />

the Palm Beach-Whale<br />

District Plan for growth over and concedes the unique nature<br />

Beach area last calendar the next 20 years “but before of some areas of the Northern<br />

year where there would anyone gets red in the face Beaches (cue upper <strong>Pittwater</strong>)<br />

normally be 100 or more. and starts screaming ‘eight means they are simply not<br />

Of those sales, 28 were storey development’s around suitable to accommodate any<br />

under $3million each”. the corner’… Council says the growth.”<br />

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SEEN…<br />

Surfing industry legend Shane Stedman and media man<br />

David ‘Kochie’ Koch are among those with ties to <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

on the <strong>2024</strong> Australia Day Honours list. Anthony (Shane)<br />

Stedman (formerly Mona Vale) was awarded the Medal of the<br />

Order of Australia (OAM for service to the surfing industry,<br />

while David was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia<br />

(AM) for significant service to media as a television presenter,<br />

and to economic journalism. Others included Caroline<br />

Kelly from Avalon Beach (AM) for significant service to the<br />

community through awareness and research funding for<br />

pancreatic cancer, while OAMs were given to Roberta Conroy<br />

(service to the community) and Benjamin Tory for service to<br />

the community through emergency response organisations.<br />

Judith Perrin was awarded an Honorary OAM for service to<br />

gymnastics, and to the community. And Diane Elfleet and<br />

Emma Tan were awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) for<br />

outstanding public service to healthcare, in particular the<br />

delivery of COVID-19-related services. Also seen… teenage life<br />

saver Saskia Rundle Trowbridge has been widely praised for<br />

her daring rescue of three boys at the Warriewood blowhole<br />

last month after a cliff jump left one of them injured. On<br />

patrol with Warriewood SLSC, the 16-year-old jumped from<br />

a rubber duck braving wild swells and jagged rocks (above)<br />

to bring the boys back to safety. The injured 15-year-old was<br />

taken to Northern Beaches Hospital where he was treated for<br />

concussion.<br />

HEARD…<br />

Northern Beaches Mayor Sue Heins smacked a return<br />

into the court of <strong>Pittwater</strong> MP Rory Amon after our State<br />

Member demanded Council expedite the commencement of<br />

trials of off-leash dog spaces on Mona Vale Beach South and<br />

Palm Beach North (see story p9). Mr Amon also alleged that<br />

for more than 20 years, forces “had worked to subvert the<br />

will of our community, and we have evidence of this… this<br />

cannot continue.” Mayor Heins shot back: “… we are strictly<br />

bound by several mandatory processes. The next step in<br />

the process is to prepare a Plan of Management for the<br />

proposed sites which is legally required before Council can<br />

make a decision to progress any potential trials; however,<br />

this requires Crown Lands to delegate care, control and<br />

management of these sites. We are currently in discussions<br />

with them about this, while we are continuing to prepare our<br />

draft Plan of Management. We welcome any assistance Mr<br />

Amon can provide with lobbying the government to overhaul<br />

the very complicated Crown Lands management processes.”<br />

Meanwhile we note plans for a new, at-most three-storey,<br />

$13.6 million luxury residential project on Beaconsfield<br />

Street at Newport (below) were lodged with Northern<br />

Beaches Council in early January. Developer Jak Newport<br />

Pty Ltd plans to demolish the existing buildings at 54-58<br />

Beaconsfield Street and build a part two-, part three-storey<br />

residential<br />

building of 13<br />

three-bedroom<br />

apartments<br />

with basement<br />

carparking for<br />

32 vehicles.<br />

The site is near<br />

the Kalinya<br />

Street Local<br />

Centre, which<br />

was holiday<br />

destination up to the 1950s<br />

before medium- and low-density residential development<br />

increased. The median price for a three-bedroom unit at<br />

Newport is $1.8 million.<br />

ABSURD…<br />

Further to our item last month on Palm Beach’s ‘hydrangea<br />

hacker’, property owners John and Tigi Coplestone report<br />

the thief returned for yet another round of petal plunder<br />

– this time resulting in police action. “They returned for a<br />

third bunch of around 10 new blooms – and we have a lovely<br />

video of the lady in action,” John said. “The info was passed<br />

on to police and we believe the culprit has been served a<br />

court notice.” John said the incident had a silver lining:<br />

“Your article drew great interest from numerous passers-by,<br />

neighbours, friends. We’ve made many new friends! Your<br />

readership is obviously strong.” John added several people<br />

had sought their advice on growing their own hydrangeas<br />

and/or questioning what a season’s bloom were worth. He<br />

supplied <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> with his ‘grow-to’ guide, compiled<br />

over 17 years, which we will publish in our Gardening<br />

section in an upcoming monthly issue.<br />

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News<br />

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

Careel Bay tennis<br />

Are you interested in getting<br />

back into tennis or maybe<br />

just starting out? Careel<br />

Bay Tennis Club offers fun<br />

social tennis every Thursday<br />

9.30am-11.30am for players<br />

of all levels. No membership<br />

or bookings are required, just<br />

come along. The Club Coach<br />

will be there to supervise. Set<br />

in North Avalon, the Club has<br />

five synthetic grass courts, a<br />

large clubhouse with renovated<br />

changing rooms and showers,<br />

an enclosed children’s<br />

play area together with picnic<br />

tables and a BBQ, and stateof-<br />

the- art night lights. Their<br />

<strong>2024</strong> sessions start on Thursday<br />

8 February. Cost is $15pp;<br />

open to everyone. More info<br />

Scott Browne (0409 607 703).<br />

A polar lens<br />

on conservation<br />

Join Marnie Ogg for her ‘Light<br />

& Dark’ event as she dives<br />

into icy realms and vibrant<br />

wonders of the Polar regions.<br />

Ever wondered what these<br />

frosty areas can teach us the<br />

art of conservation? Unravel<br />

the secrets of these polar<br />

paradises and discover how<br />

tourism becomes our window<br />

of education. On Thursday 22<br />

February at Belrose. More info<br />

darkskytraveller.com.au<br />

Literacy Network<br />

call for volunteers<br />

Literacy Network Manly Warringah<br />

is putting the call out<br />

for volunteers willing to share<br />

their English language skills.<br />

The not-for-profit organisation<br />

of more than 40 years’<br />

standing is seeking volunteer<br />

Local Probus Club news for February<br />

The next meeting of Palm Beach and<br />

Peninsula Probus Club is on Wednesday<br />

15 February at Club Palm Beach. Speaker is<br />

Hans Kunnen, a “mostly retired” economist<br />

who was formerly chief economist of Colonial<br />

First State investments and of St George<br />

Banking Group. In 2001, he was alone in New<br />

York in the middle of the world-changing<br />

events of 9/11. His story is not a tale of<br />

heroism but is mostly one of hope and help<br />

he witnessed on that terrible day. Commences<br />

9.30am; membership open to retirees, visitors<br />

welcome. More info 0421 435 792.<br />

Narrabeen Lakes Probus Club next meets<br />

on Wednesday 28 February at Narrabeen<br />

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

meeting. Visitors welcome. The guest speaker<br />

is Tom Sweeney, from Willoughby Theatre,<br />

who will explain how a musical is staged.<br />

More info call/text 0424 464 047.<br />

The next meeting of Newport Probus<br />

Club will be held at Newport Bowling Club<br />

on Thursday 1 February commencing 10am.<br />

The speaker will be Elizabeth Trevan, who<br />

has been in the funeral industry for 20 years,<br />

initially as a funeral celebrant and now a<br />

funeral arranger and Head of Community<br />

with Picaluna Funerals. Elizabeth is also<br />

a wedding celebrant. She will speak about<br />

‘Funerals of the Future’ – how to have a<br />

fabulous funeral! Visitors welcome; more info<br />

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

Well-known local identity Nicholas Cowdery<br />

AO, KC will be the February keynote speaker<br />

at the next meeting of <strong>Pittwater</strong> Men’s Probus<br />

on Thursday 13 February. He will deliberate on<br />

some of the issues of justice in NSW. Nicholas<br />

tutors to pair with an adult<br />

who is looking to improve<br />

their English. No prior experience<br />

in teaching is required.<br />

You will undertake six weeks<br />

of training commencing in<br />

March on Tuesday mornings<br />

from 9.30am to 12.30pm. The<br />

coordinators then match you<br />

with a student at a mutually<br />

convenient time and place.<br />

The average weekly time commitment<br />

is two hours a week,<br />

but that is flexible. More info<br />

literacynetwork.org.au, or<br />

email the coordinators at<br />

litnet@optusnet.com.au, or<br />

call 0460 803 699.<br />

was NSW Director of Public Prosecutions<br />

from 1994 to 2011 and is recognised for his<br />

forthright views on the defence of justice.<br />

Venue is the Mona Vale Surf Club, commencing<br />

10am. Visitors welcome; more info Terry Larke<br />

(0412 220 820).<br />

The next meeting of the growing Bilgola<br />

Plateau Probus Club will be held on Friday<br />

2 February. Guest speaker will be rock<br />

historian Paul Kearney who will present the<br />

history of Rock ’n’ Roll along with some great<br />

songs from that era. Visitors welcome; more<br />

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

The next meeting of the Avalon Beach Ladies’<br />

Probus will be on 6 February food historian<br />

Diana Noyce as guest speaker. While the more<br />

Western traditions of decorating Easter eggs<br />

and the visitation of the Easter bunny certainly<br />

make for a lot of fun, Diana will explain those<br />

traditions are only the tip of the iceberg when<br />

it comes to different ways to celebrate Easter.<br />

Venue is Club Palm Beach, commencing 10am.<br />

(Book Club has also recommenced and the AGM<br />

will be held 5 March.) More info Margaret White<br />

(0416 182 393).<br />

The Combined Probus Club of Mona<br />

Vale will meet on Tuesday, 20 February in<br />

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

10am). Guest speaker will be Hastings Pawsey,<br />

who in the summer of early 2014, voyaged to<br />

the Ross Sea in Antarctica on a 100-passenger,<br />

ice strengthened cruise ship. At McMurdo<br />

Sound he saw both Scott’s huts, with access to<br />

the second, as well as access to Shackelton’s<br />

hut. He learnt much about Antarctica and its<br />

importance to the world’s climate. Visitors<br />

welcome; more info Robert (0407 202 266).<br />

Scamps’ seminars<br />

highlight scamming<br />

Mackellar Independent MP<br />

Dr Scamps will host a free<br />

seminar on scams, presented<br />

by staff from the Australian<br />

Competition and Consumer<br />

commission’s Scam Watch.<br />

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The in-person event on 14<br />

March will be held at Ted<br />

Blackwood Community<br />

Centre, Warriewood (9.30am-<br />

12pm). It will be followed<br />

by an online presentation<br />

on April 10. The scams<br />

awareness presentations will<br />

provide practical guidance to<br />

assist people to identify and<br />

avoid scams and stay safe<br />

online. The presenter will<br />

share valuable information<br />

on where to seek help and<br />

support when recovering<br />

from a scam. It’s also an<br />

opportunity for attendees to<br />

share their scam stories with<br />

their peers. In 2023, losses to<br />

scams exceeded $4.5 billion,<br />

causing misery and financial<br />

hardship to thousands of<br />

people including hundreds<br />

on the Northern Beaches. The<br />

perpetrators of these crimes<br />

masquerade as your bank, the<br />

Tax Office, phone companies,<br />

or postal delivery services<br />

– to name a few. Scammers<br />

deliberately target older<br />

people, the vulnerable and<br />

people who are not as savvy<br />

with digital communications.<br />

Nearly 20% of reports in NSW<br />

were by people 65 and over,<br />

followed by the 55-64 age<br />

group (12.2%) and 45-54 age<br />

group (10.7%). For more info<br />

on the presentation, or to<br />

register for the online session,<br />

go to sophiescamps.com.au/<br />

events<br />

February acts<br />

for The Shack<br />

The Shack Live Music Club is<br />

held on the first Saturday of<br />

each month at the Ted Blackwood<br />

Hall at Warriewood.<br />

Each show features two live<br />

music acts in a cabaret candlelit<br />

atmosphere with BYO<br />

food and drinks for an affordable<br />

and enjoyable night<br />

of live entertainment. The<br />

concert on Saturday 3 February<br />

features Liza Ohlback &<br />

The Mercy Train, plus Luke<br />

Escombe. Tickets at shackfolk.com<br />

or cash at the door<br />

(no wi-fi).<br />

Continued on page 36<br />

Boat rescues up 18 per cent<br />

Marine Rescue NSW has completed its busiest year on<br />

record with 4,786 search and rescue missions in 2023,<br />

as favourable weather lured more boaters onto waterways.<br />

Surpassing last year’s record figure, the volunteer water<br />

rescue organisation safely returned 10,645 people to shore in<br />

an 18 per cent increase in rescue missions.<br />

In its first Budget, the Minns Government made a record<br />

$73 million commitment to support the vital work of Marine<br />

Rescue NSW and its 3,300 volunteers.<br />

More than 80,000 trips were logged with Marine Rescue<br />

NSW in 2023, almost 16,500 more than the previous year.<br />

Marine Rescue NSW radio operators managed 258,742 radio<br />

calls – or a call every two minutes – with a large number<br />

managed by the 24/7 Marine Rescue NSW State Communications<br />

Centre at Belrose.<br />

More than half the incidents in 2023 could potentially have<br />

been avoided with better boat maintenance, with 57 per cent<br />

of calls for mechanical, battery or fuel issues.<br />

*How to become a Marine Rescue volunteer – page 46.<br />

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Continued from page 35<br />

ty measures and which would<br />

also reveal the consequences<br />

of their decision.” Mr Amon<br />

said the cancellation of the<br />

project last September was<br />

followed by a spate of serious<br />

accidents along Mona Vale<br />

Road West. “The Mona Vale<br />

Road West upgrade would<br />

have improved safety, saved<br />

lives and reduced congestion.<br />

It’s now more dangerous than<br />

ever, with the road narrowing<br />

from four lanes to two lanes<br />

along the most dangerous<br />

section.” He implored the Gov-<br />

Mona Vale Road<br />

safety audit refusal<br />

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

condemned the NSW Government’s<br />

refusal to conduct a<br />

safety audit of the incomplete<br />

Mona Vale Road upgrade.<br />

“This Government continues<br />

treat the people of <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

with contempt. First, they cut<br />

the upgrade. Now, even more<br />

maliciously, they refuse to<br />

conduct a safety audit which<br />

would help keep people safe<br />

by implementing interim safeernment<br />

to assess the safety<br />

of the road and implement<br />

temporary safety measures.<br />

More info parliament.gov.<br />

nsw.au<br />

Take the kids to work!<br />

CoWork Creche, a coworking<br />

space with flexible childcare,<br />

is opening on the Northern<br />

Beaches in February. It will cater<br />

for children from 8 weeks<br />

of age through to 4 years old<br />

and has no minimum booking<br />

requirements, with parents<br />

able to book as many days, or<br />

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Regatta change<br />

Organisers at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht<br />

Club (RPAYC) have announced a<br />

new Super 40 division for their <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Regatta, to be held from 9-11 February and<br />

incorporating the ORC NSW Championship.<br />

The <strong>Pittwater</strong> Regatta is an opportunity<br />

to get the most exciting bowsprit planning<br />

boats from 31 to 44 feet together and<br />

race on a more equal footing under PHRF<br />

and ORC.<br />

The third running of the ORC NSW<br />

Championship opens the regatta on Friday<br />

9 February with an offshore Passage Race.<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> Regatta Championship entries<br />

are headed by Division 1 reigning champions,<br />

Peter Byford and David Hudson with<br />

their Sydney 38, Conspiracy. In March, the<br />

pair will be defending the NSW Sydney 38<br />

Championship title they also won last year.<br />

*Close of entry is 5pm on 2 February;<br />

more pittwaterregatta.au<br />

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even half days, as they need<br />

each week. CoWork Creche<br />

is fully tax deductible and<br />

is holding an Open Day on<br />

Saturday 3 February from<br />

10am to 12pm. More info<br />

about CoWork Creche, their<br />

Open Day and their inclusions<br />

and fee structure call Melody<br />

(0475 677 013) or email melody@coworkcreche.com.au<br />

Celebrate local Seniors<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> residents are<br />

encouraged to celebrate<br />

the positive role seniors<br />

play in the community by<br />

nominating them for the <strong>2024</strong><br />

NSW Seniors Festival Local<br />

Achievement Awards.<br />

“If you know a senior who<br />

helps make our community<br />

diverse, inspiring and active,<br />

then I encourage you to nominate<br />

them for acknowledgement<br />

of their contribution,”<br />

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

“This annual festival is<br />

about celebrating the positive<br />

impact of older people in our<br />

families and society.<br />

“By highlighting seniors’<br />

continued efforts in helping<br />

<strong>Pittwater</strong> thrive, we are<br />

continuing to challenge ageism<br />

and empower seniors to<br />

overcome social stigmas.”<br />

Nominations close 5pm on<br />

Friday 23 February. To nominate<br />

a senior in <strong>Pittwater</strong>, visit<br />

bit.ly/<strong>Pittwater</strong>SeniorsAwards.<br />

Winners will be announced<br />

during the NSW Seniors Festival<br />

(11-24 March).<br />

*More info go to seniorsfestival.nsw.gov.au<br />

Vet<br />

on call<br />

with Dr Brown<br />

Puppies and kittens are a<br />

cute addition to the family<br />

– to ensure they grow into<br />

happy and healthy dogs and<br />

cats, it’s important to follow<br />

the health advice of your<br />

veterinarian. The team at<br />

Sydney Animal Hospitals (SAH)<br />

are here to help keep your<br />

new pet happy and healthy,<br />

and during January, February<br />

and March, our focus is on all<br />

things puppies and kittens!<br />

Good nutrition is vital to ensuring<br />

that your new puppy or<br />

kitten develops strong bones,<br />

a shiny coat and has the energy<br />

needed for lots of activity.<br />

Depending on your pet’s breed<br />

and lifestyle, our veterinarians<br />

can provide advice specific<br />

to your new pet. SAH stock a<br />

range of Hill’s puppy and kitten<br />

food, and we’re offering a<br />

free sample bag of Hill’s food<br />

when you book in for a free<br />

puppy or kitten health check<br />

with one of our vets during<br />

January to March.<br />

It’s also important to protect<br />

your new puppy or kitten from<br />

parasites such as intestinal<br />

worms, heartworm, fleas<br />

and ticks and mites. Intestinal<br />

worms can cause your puppy or<br />

kitten to lose weight and body<br />

condition, and can also cause<br />

gastro-intestinal disturbance<br />

such as diarrhoea. Heartworm<br />

can be transmitted to your pet<br />

by mosquito bites, and can be<br />

a potentially fatal condition for<br />

pets. There are many species of<br />

ticks in Australia which can be<br />

deadly, so it’s very important to<br />

protect your pet from ticks.<br />

During our free health<br />

checks, our vets will provide<br />

advice on the best parasite prevention<br />

products for your pet.<br />

Call your local Sydney<br />

Animal Hospitals or visit<br />

our website to book in your<br />

puppy or kitten for their free<br />

veterinary health check during<br />

January and February, and<br />

take advantage of our exciting<br />

offer which includes, a free<br />

sample bag of Hill’s puppy<br />

or kitten food, a free first<br />

dose heartworm prevention<br />

injection at 12 weeks of age<br />

for puppies, and a free dose<br />

of flea and tick prevention for<br />

puppies and kittens.<br />

News<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

FEBRUARY <strong>2024</strong> 37

Four-time Australian Sailor<br />

of the Year John Forbes reflects on<br />

more than 40 years of having the<br />

wind in his sails.<br />

Story by Rosamund Burton<br />

A life<br />

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

on the<br />

In November 2023, catamaran<br />

sailor John Forbes was Championship in Houston<br />

ning the 1989 Tornado World<br />

inducted into the NSW Hall with Mitch Booth when I was<br />

of Champions in recognition 19 was great.”<br />

water<br />

of his outstanding achievements.<br />

This unassuming ian Championship with Rod<br />

John had won the Austral-<br />

54-year-old <strong>Pittwater</strong> local is Waterhouse, which made them<br />

a seven-time world champion, eligible for funding from the<br />

10-time Australian champion<br />

and four-time European (AYF) to go to the World Cham-<br />

Australian Yachting Federation<br />

champion. He won a bronze pionship. But Rod Waterhouse<br />

medal at the 1992 Barcelona<br />

Olympic Games, a silver at the<br />

2000 Sydney Olympic Games<br />

and placed sixth at the 2004<br />

Athens Olympic Games. He has<br />

been Australian Sailor of the<br />

Year four times.<br />

The NSW Champions of<br />

Sport Ceremony 2023 was a<br />

gala dinner held at the International<br />

Convention Centre,<br />

Darling Harbour.<br />

“It was a massive event, attended<br />

by about 700 people,”<br />

John reflects. Cricketer Brett<br />

Lee was also inducted, and<br />

surfer Layne Beachley, AO,<br />

was officially recognised as a<br />

Legend of NSW Sport. John attended<br />

with his wife, Caroline,<br />

and their daughters Teigan<br />

and Bronte.<br />

“The night brought back<br />

many good memories. I was<br />

competing at world level for<br />

19 years. It’s hard to say which<br />

was the best moment, but win-<br />

was not able to travel overseas<br />

then and at that time the AYF<br />

didn’t recognise the crew<br />

member, only the skipper.<br />

“So Mitch Booth and I<br />

basically went to Texas on our<br />

own, and we won that world<br />

championship by an enormous<br />

margin, which was very<br />

satisfying.”<br />

This duo won the Australian<br />

Tornado Championship consecutively<br />

for five years from<br />

1990 to 1994. In 1992 they won<br />

their second Tornado World<br />

Championship. Also that year<br />

they won Bronze at the Barcelona<br />

Olympics, and each was<br />

honoured with the Australian<br />

Yachtsman of the Year award.<br />

“Both positions on the<br />

boat are important, and we<br />

swapped roles,” John explains.<br />

In 1991, he was skipper and<br />

Mitch Booth crew when they<br />

won the inaugural Nacra 5.8<br />

World Championship.<br />

John grew up at Mona Vale<br />

until the age of seven, then<br />

the family moved to Collaroy<br />

Plateau. His father Bob sailed<br />

Hobie Cats competitively in the<br />

1970s, and in 1979 became the<br />

Australian importer and distributor<br />

for Nacra catamaran.<br />

“He built those for about<br />

10 years, and when we were<br />

young, my brother and I were<br />

down at the factory helping<br />

out. We didn’t grow up on<br />

monohulls or dinghies. I just<br />

started sailing catamarans and<br />

kept going.”<br />

In 1982, aged 12, he competed<br />

with his father in the Nacra<br />

5.2 North American Championship<br />

where they placed fourth,<br />

and the following year they<br />

came second in the inaugural<br />

Nacra 5.2 World Championship.<br />

By 1985, John was at the helm,<br />

and he and his brother, Rod,<br />

claimed the 1986 Nacra NSW<br />

State Championship.<br />

In 1987, John was sailing<br />

with 1984 Olympic Bronze<br />

Medalist Chris Cairns. They<br />

won the Kiel Week Regatta and<br />

came second in the Tornado<br />

World Championship.<br />

John and his wife Caroline<br />

attended Cromer High together,<br />

starting dating at the beginning<br />

of Year 12, and have been together<br />

ever since. John decided<br />

several years before the 2004<br />

Athens Olympics that he would<br />

stop sailing competitively.<br />

“Our daughters were one<br />

and three years old. People<br />

said they grow up really<br />

quickly and you don’t want to<br />

miss it. So I stopped and spent<br />

time with the kids.<br />

John describes sailing as “an<br />

ageless sport”, and after his<br />

stellar career the catalyst for<br />

his return, 11 years later, was<br />

his youngest daughter.<br />

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“Bronte said, ‘I’ve never been<br />

on the trapeze on the catamaran’.<br />

So I said, ‘let’s have a go at<br />

sailing and have some fun’. We<br />

bought this old Hobie Cat 18.<br />

She was about 15 then.”<br />

Rather than club race every<br />

Saturday, they compete in<br />

various clubs’ annual regatta<br />

which are several weeks apart.<br />

They are members of the Palm<br />

Beach Sailing Club, which<br />

hosts the Beware the Bullet<br />

Regatta annually on the third<br />

weekend in November.<br />

Palm Beach Sailing Club<br />

used to be known as <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Catamaran Club, and John was<br />

a member for more than 20<br />

years, before rejoining when<br />

they bought the Hobie 18.<br />

“It doesn’t have a clubhouse.<br />

We sail off the beach at Sand<br />

Point. The start boat is stored<br />

in a nearby garage and everyone<br />

takes turns to do start<br />

boat duty.” But this unassuming<br />

little club has nurtured<br />

the talents of many catamaran<br />

sailing greats, including Chris<br />

Cairns, Rod Waterhouse, Mitch<br />

Booth and Nina Curtis.<br />

The Mitch Booth and John<br />

Forbes sailing partnership<br />

ended in the mid-1990s and<br />

for the next 10 years John<br />

sailed with Darren Bundock.<br />

In addition to sailing regattas<br />

at weekends, and competing<br />

in Australian championships<br />

over the Christmas break,<br />

three months a year they<br />

sailed overseas, and both also<br />

held down jobs. John was<br />

working in the family business<br />

in Belrose with his father.<br />

“I enjoyed working and sailing<br />

because it gave me a break<br />

from both. I had the ability<br />

to completely switch off from<br />

work when sailing, and when<br />

I went back to work I switched<br />

off from sailing.”<br />

If they were in Europe for<br />

90 days, John explains, they<br />

would be sailing for 80 of<br />

those, mostly doing intensive<br />

training with two other teams,<br />

initially the German and<br />

Austrian teams, and later the<br />

Germans and the Greeks.<br />

“There was a lot of sharing<br />

of information, because we<br />

all wanted to go better. We<br />

didn’t care who won, as long<br />

as the three of us were there.<br />

Many people couldn’t get their<br />

heads around that.” But it paid<br />

off and this Australian pair<br />

and the German team were<br />

very dominant, between them<br />

winning many first places,<br />

and also seconds and thirds.<br />

In 1998, John and Darren won<br />

the Tornado World Championship<br />

by 18 points from their<br />

longtime German training<br />

partners, and John became<br />

the first Tornado sailor to win<br />

three world championships.<br />

“Leading up to the Sydney<br />

Olympics the Germans lived<br />

with us in our house. We’re<br />

friends for life because of that.<br />

We won the Silver Medal and<br />

they won the Bronze, and for us<br />

that was a great achievement.”<br />

John now runs the family<br />

business with his cousin, and<br />

since 2006 Caroline, the girls<br />

and he have lived at Bayview.<br />

“It feels like home for many<br />

reasons. My grandparents lived<br />

across the road and my brother<br />

and I used to come here as<br />

kids. Then Mum and Dad<br />

moved here in 1992, and we<br />

bought the house next door to<br />

them when it came up for sale.”<br />

Continued on page 40<br />

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

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Assorted silverware; at the NSW<br />

Hall of Champions induction; in America, aged 13; with Mitch<br />

Booth celebrating their 1989 Tornado World title; daughter<br />

Bronte with her 2020 Hobie State Champs trophies; victory<br />

in Kiel Week, Germany in 2000 (with Teigan); with Mitch<br />

Booth winning the 1991 World Champs; with wife Caroline<br />

winning the 2023 Hobie 18 North American Championship.<br />

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FEBRUARY <strong>2024</strong> 39

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

Continued from page 39<br />

Nowadays, sailing with Bronte,<br />

the emphasis is on enjoying<br />

some father/daughter bonding<br />

and (in Bronte’s words) being<br />

“competitive but not serious”.<br />

John chose to sail the Hobie 18,<br />

because it has a furling jib, and<br />

no spinnaker, but is a fast boat.<br />

“Many people like what<br />

I’ve been doing with Bronte,<br />

because it’s not too full-on,<br />

and now we’ve got a fleet of 10<br />

boats with other parents and<br />

sons or daughters.”<br />

When asked if Caroline sails,<br />

he replies that her passion is<br />

golf.<br />

“I don’t golf at all. I’m<br />

hopeless at ball sports, and<br />

strangely enough I’m not that<br />

competitive. I’m more interested<br />

in the equipment and what<br />

makes the boat go fast, more<br />

than wanting to win.”<br />

The Hobie 18 North American<br />

Championship in July 2023<br />

had 25 boats entered, and a<br />

fleet of this size hadn’t been<br />

seen for 20 years. John rang a<br />

contact in America who was<br />

able to get hold of a boat for<br />

him, but Bronte was at uni, so<br />

Caroline, who had never sailed<br />

more than one day in a regatta,<br />

was coaxed to crew.<br />

“We’ll just go and have some<br />

fun together,” John assured her,<br />

and sporting their koala-styled<br />

caps they competed in the fourday<br />

regatta – and won the North<br />

American Championship.<br />

John is currently mentoring<br />

a brother and sister sailing a<br />

Formula 18 catamaran. And<br />


brother Rodney, 1976; with Teigan<br />

and their 2017 Hobie State Champs<br />

trophies; with Bronte winning the<br />

2020 Hobie State title; sailing partner<br />

Darren Bundock toppling during the<br />

2000 Worlds in Sydney; sailing with<br />

Rodney at Currumbin in 1985.<br />

for the past five years he has<br />

been refurbishing second-hand<br />

Hobie Cat 18s. When the Hobie<br />

Cat 18 was first designed in<br />

the mid-1970s, it was a powerful<br />

racing machine. John has<br />

developed what he calls the<br />

‘Hobie Cat Reimagined Project’,<br />

because today he sees this boat<br />

filling an important gap for<br />

young sailors and their par-<br />

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ents. After kids have completed<br />

the Optimist, O’pen Skiff or<br />

29er programs, the Hobie Cat<br />

18 enables parents and teenage<br />

kids to sail competitively together,<br />

before the kids progress<br />

to the next level on the Formula<br />

16 or Formula 18 catamarans.<br />

John recently submitted<br />

some proposed Hobie Cat<br />

18 class rule changes to the<br />

International Hobie Class<br />

Association, to make it more<br />

youth- and female-friendly.<br />

John Forbes’ sailing accomplishments<br />

are phenomenal,<br />

and what a bonus for the<br />

sailing community that he is<br />

now directing his talents to<br />

keeping upcoming generations<br />

interested and engaged in the<br />

sport.<br />

The Local Voice Since 1991<br />

FEBRUARY <strong>2024</strong> 41

Hot Property<br />

Hot Property<br />

Property: What’s in store in <strong>2024</strong>?<br />

Although many buyers<br />

have found property<br />

more expensive than a<br />

year ago, experts predict cost of<br />

living pressures will keep housing<br />

prices in check in <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

According to the latest<br />

Domain House Price Report, released<br />

last month, the Northern<br />

Beaches median house price<br />

rose by 13 per cent in the 12<br />

months to December last year –<br />

from $2.3m to $2.5m.<br />

Limited stock and demand<br />

from cashed-up buyers who<br />

were not as sensitive to interest<br />

rate changes had supported<br />

the market, Domain chief of research<br />

and economics Dr Nicola<br />

Powell said.<br />

“These are buyers that are<br />

active, less sensitive to interest<br />

rates, they’re supported by family<br />

members, family wealth, or<br />

they are owner-occupiers that<br />

are well established, and they<br />

are less sensitive to the cost of<br />

debt,” she said.<br />

But growth is likely to be at<br />

a slower pace as affordability<br />

constraints bite, with Dr Powell<br />

forecasting Sydney house prices<br />

to rise between 7 and 9 per cent<br />

this year, compared to a 10.6<br />

per cent climb last year.<br />

“It could almost be a year of<br />

two halves,” Dr Powell added.<br />

“We will see a much more modest<br />

pace of growth this year<br />

until we see changes in borrowing<br />

capacity.<br />

“With Stage 3 tax cuts and<br />

then the prospect of cash rate<br />

cuts, these are things that could<br />

drive positive sentiment, housing<br />

activity and therefore price<br />

growth,” she said.<br />

AT THE DOUBLE: Pretty in pink at 104 Iluka Rd; a more relaxing retreat at 106.<br />

Offloading neighbouring properties at Snapperman Beach<br />

LJ Hooker Palm Beach agents David and BJ Edwards<br />

are handling the sales of the neighbouring<br />

waterfront properties at 104 and 106 Iluka<br />

Road owned by “Australia’s richest garbo” Ian<br />

Malouf.<br />

Malouf, who made his fortune in the waste<br />

and recycling industry before turning his hand to<br />

superyacht company Ahoy Club, snapped up a<br />

third property on the same beachfront with a $40<br />

million guide a little over 12 months ago.<br />

Embracing its mid-century roots, the vibrant<br />

holiday home ‘Gidget’ channels a fun yet luxe<br />

Palm Springs vibe with bold colour, plush carpets<br />

and whimsical wallpaper throughout.<br />

Entertainment is at the forefront of 104 Iluka<br />

Rd which boasts two stunning bars, a Sonos<br />

CoreLogic expects “a milder<br />

outcome” for housing values in<br />

<strong>2024</strong>. According to the Core-<br />

Logic Home Value Index report<br />

released last month, slower<br />

growth towards the end of 2023<br />

suggested home values might<br />

not climb as swiftly this year.<br />

“The trajectory of interest<br />

rates through <strong>2024</strong> will be a<br />

key factor influencing housing<br />

trends,” said CoreLogic’s<br />

research director Tim Lawless.<br />

“Although another cash rate<br />

hike can’t be completely ruled<br />

out, the trend towards lower<br />

inflation, weakening economic<br />

conditions amid low consumption,<br />

and a loosening labour<br />

market suggests another rate<br />

hike is looking increasingly<br />

unlikely.<br />

Lawless said a reduction in<br />

the cash rate target through<br />

<strong>2024</strong> could help to “re-stoke<br />

demand” later in the year.<br />

sound system, a two-oven bright pink kitchen<br />

(above left) and multiple zones for chilling out<br />

and play (cue the giant yellow outdoor slide<br />

from the top floor verandah). It has five uniquely<br />

styled bedrooms, four baths, parking for four<br />

cars and a large, gated driveway.<br />

The neighbouring property at 106 is more<br />

restrained, presented in calming whites with<br />

hints of greys and blues. The living, family and<br />

dining areas flow across the lower level and out<br />

towards the entertaining deck. The second storey<br />

functions as a quiet “sleep zone” – with five<br />

bedrooms and three bathrooms. The top-floor<br />

retreat (above right) includes lounge and terrace<br />

plus additional bedroom. High ceilings and full<br />

width glass frame the views.<br />

“Even if interest rates do<br />

come down later in this year,<br />

credit availability is likely to<br />

remain relatively tight.”<br />

PropTrack’s Home Price Index<br />

Report released in December<br />

observed “… home prices have<br />

proved remarkably resilient<br />

over 2023, however several factors<br />

are curtailing the pace of<br />

growth” – namely interest rates<br />

and a reduction in the amount a<br />

buyer can borrow.– Lisa Offord<br />

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

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

Studio is ‘Beginning Again’<br />

Based at Palm Beach, Kirby Olave is<br />

an emerging Australian visual artist<br />

working predominantly with oil paint<br />

on canvas. Influenced by the Renaissance,<br />

Rococo, romantic and surrealist movements,<br />

she infuses emotional expression<br />

and vivid colour palettes to create a<br />

unique artistic voice to form a sensitive<br />

and evocative exploration of her subjects.<br />

Kirby’s new solo exhibition ‘Beginning<br />

Again’ kicks off the fourth year of art<br />

connection and appreciation at The Studio<br />

space at Careel Bay Marina, devoted<br />

to showcasing the work of local artists in<br />

support of local organisations.<br />

Growing up in an artistic family, Kirby<br />

developed a natural interest and passion<br />

for art and design and was encouraged<br />

from a young age to pursue a creative<br />

life. After studying Fine Arts, Design and<br />

Art Education, Kirby found her passion in<br />

Aboriginal art and established her career<br />

working in galleries.<br />

In 2019, she was accepted as an artist<br />

in residence at Chateau Orquevaux<br />

in France, where she connected with<br />

international artists and was encouraged<br />

to pursue her own art career. Making the<br />

transition to full time artist in 2020, she<br />

NEW START: Emerging visual artist Kirby Olave<br />

with Amy and Matthew Young.<br />

went on to exhibit at The Other Art Fair in<br />

Sydney in 2021.<br />

Distinct in its capture of the beauty of<br />

the natural world and the human body,<br />

Kirby’s work is a “personal reflection” on<br />

her life as a woman.<br />

“I took an extended break from painting<br />

to become a mother so for me, this exhibition<br />

feels like an opportunity to start from<br />

the beginning,” Kirby explains.<br />

“My work is feminine, figurative, emotional<br />

and surreal in manner but aesthetically<br />

and technically realistic. There are<br />

layers of meaning, stories and secrets,”<br />

she says.<br />

Beginning Again will raise funds for the<br />

Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter and<br />

Kirby will generously donate 20 per cent<br />

of sale proceeds to this important community<br />

organisation.<br />

The exhibition will be open throughout<br />

February on Saturdays from 9am-12<br />

noon.<br />

Amy Young of Laing+Simmons Young<br />

Property says she is looking forward to<br />

welcoming members of the local community<br />

back to The Studio for another year.<br />

“We’re proud that the local community<br />

has taken ownership of The Studio, not<br />

only welcoming but actively supporting<br />

our vision to help local charities and<br />

causes through collaborations with local<br />

artists,” says Amy.<br />

“In <strong>2024</strong>, we’re getting bigger and better.<br />

Kirby’s work exemplifies the natural<br />

beauty we’re privileged to enjoy in our<br />

part of the world,” she says.<br />

– Stephen Naylor<br />

*The Studio by Laing+Simmons Young<br />

Property is in Careel Bay Marina, 94<br />

George St, Avalon.<br />

Curl Curl Space program<br />

The Curl Curl Creative Space has a fresh lineup of exhibitions,<br />

workshops, talks, and live music by emerging and established<br />

artists from across a diverse spectrum of art forms.<br />

From February 28 to March 3, resident artist Charlotte Bourilly<br />

will pay homage to French new wave rock band Taxi Girl in her solo<br />

exhibition ‘As Beautiful as a Bullet’.<br />

The exhibition explores forgotten female bushrangers perpetuated<br />

by the myth of Ned Kelly, understood from different perspectives.<br />

Wild, excessive, disturbing and beautiful, these women<br />

refused to be labelled and identified with a binary system.<br />

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events featuring<br />

space jazz, groove-based improv, and post-future beats performed<br />

live. More info Council website.<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Volunteers to the Rescue<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

There are some people you<br />

come across in life that<br />

just blow you away with<br />

their kindness and humility –<br />

Karen Tan is an example. Karen<br />

has volunteered at the Marine<br />

Rescue State Communications<br />

Centre in Belrose for the past<br />

six years – a natural progression<br />

for her, after helping crew<br />

a rescue boat on the Hawkesbury.<br />

She made the change<br />

so that she could volunteer<br />

alongside her daughter when<br />

she turned 16.<br />

“My daughter wanted to<br />

get her marine radio licence<br />

when she turned 16, so that we<br />

could volunteer here together,”<br />

explains Karen. “She literally<br />

took the licence exam on her<br />

16th birthday rather than have<br />

a party.<br />

“My husband and I do a lot of<br />

voluntary work – I teach music<br />

at a local school and also work<br />

with the heritage fleet, and the<br />

kids have a number of voluntary<br />

roles now.”<br />

This correspondent invariably<br />

seeks recognition if he’s<br />

made a good job of the lawn<br />

or stacking the dishwasher, so<br />

it’s humbling to hear somebody<br />

talk about such selfless acts in<br />

such a matter-of-fact way.<br />

“I grew up in a culture where<br />

everyone volunteers, continues<br />

Karen. “It’s not formalised like<br />

it is here in Australia, but in<br />

Penang we just help.”<br />

Doug Elliott is Australianborn<br />

and bred, but shares the<br />

same ethos as Karen, and loves<br />

giving freely of his time.<br />

“It’s just great to be able to<br />

LISTENING: Marine Rescue volunteers Doug Elliott, Hilary Dowling and<br />

Duty Officer Paul Goodyer during a day shift.<br />

help people,” Doug said. “I’ve<br />

volunteered at the Marine Rescue<br />

Centre as a radio operator<br />

for just over three years now. I<br />

had retired and wanted to give<br />

something back to the community.<br />

“I tried a session here at<br />

Belrose and really liked the high<br />

standard of professionalism.<br />

Amateurs delivering a professional<br />

service.<br />

“The environment is friendly<br />

and collegiate, and it’s a great<br />

environment to work in,” Doug<br />

continues. “You’re learning<br />

every day and people are very<br />

supportive. I didn’t always look<br />

forward to my real life work,<br />

but I love coming here.”<br />

Doug explains the function<br />

of the Belrose centre serves two<br />

purposes: During the day it provides<br />

marine rescue services for<br />

Sydney, from Port Hacking up<br />

to <strong>Pittwater</strong> and Cottage Point.<br />

Then in the evening, most stations<br />

in NSW transfer their functions<br />

over to Belrose, so that it’s<br />

servicing NSW – from Newcastle<br />

south to Bega.<br />

The team also handle a logon/log-off<br />

service via a mobile<br />

app as part of their work. Doug<br />

really believes in the system.<br />

“We get details from a boat<br />

about where they’re going and<br />

when they’re coming back,” he<br />

said. “And if the boat doesn’t<br />

call at the expected time to log<br />

off then we start trying to find<br />

them.<br />

“There’s an escalating course<br />

of steps and 99 per cent of the<br />

time they’ve just forgotten to<br />

log off. But there’s that one per<br />

cent where people are in trouble<br />

and that’s where the system<br />

really works.”<br />

He said most of the calls they<br />

receive are fairly mundane,<br />

such as a boat being out of<br />

fuel, or a flat battery.<br />

“We get a rescue boat to<br />

tow them to where they need,”<br />

he said. “But then if you’re in<br />

the middle of <strong>Pittwater</strong> with<br />

no power… as soon as it gets<br />

dark, things can escalate pretty<br />

quickly to be life or death, so<br />

we treat everything equally<br />

seriously.”<br />

Both Karen and Doug have<br />

experienced some dramatic<br />

scenarios as part of their roles,<br />

but believe they get far more<br />

from volunteering than they<br />

put in.<br />

If that all sounds too confronting<br />

though, there are<br />

plenty of less stressful ways to<br />

get involved.<br />

Julie Rock is part of the Community<br />

Engagement & Fundraising<br />

Team for Marine Rescue and<br />

organises the monthly sausage<br />

sizzles at Belrose Bunnings.<br />

“I thought it would be good<br />

for my son Dean to get involved<br />

with Marine Rescue and so I<br />

went to the orientation with<br />

him,” explains Julie. “Two and a<br />

half years later he’s a qualified<br />

radio operator and I’m organising<br />

the monthly fundraising<br />

BBQs.<br />

“I co-ordinate the crew<br />

and organise the groceries<br />

to be picked up. Then on the<br />

Saturday I’m there at 6.30am<br />

to pick up the trailer. We have<br />

about 17 volunteers manning<br />

the stall throughout the day<br />

and we always need more<br />

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Small Gyms across <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

Is your New Year’s resolution to lead a fitter, healthier life?<br />

There’s a small gym near you waiting to help (from p22-23)…<br />

Avalon<br />

No Nonsense, 5/1 Careel Head Road<br />

Circuitry, 1/9 Careel Head Road<br />

Balance Studio, 101/70 Old<br />

Barrenjoey Rd<br />

Avalon Pilates Studio, 60 Old<br />

Barrenjoey Rd<br />

Feels Pilates, 46 Old Barrenjoey Rd<br />

Pure Form Pilates, 16 Dress Cir Rd<br />

Wave Reformer Pilates, 3/6 Taronga Pl<br />

Soham Yoga, 64A Darley St<br />

Active Pilates, Shop 9, 3/5 Bungan St<br />

S1 Training, Shop 3 Level 1/7C Waratah St<br />

Modern Movement, 2/9 Waratah St<br />

Sky Personal Training,<br />

Shop 5c/1 Mona Vale Rd<br />

Insquare fit, Suite 301,<br />

Level 3/20 Bungan St<br />

KEEP THEM FED: Fundraising Team members Julie Rock (centre), Ari<br />

Esperon (left) and Phil Murphy (right) work a BBQ at Bunnings.<br />

people to help.”<br />

Marine Rescue also holds<br />

stalls at Bunnings over Xmas<br />

and at the St Ives show.<br />

Whether you’re on the front<br />

line as a radio operator or<br />

generating funds, it’s clearly a<br />

rewarding experience.<br />

“You’re helping the community,”<br />

says Karen. “The camaraderie<br />

is fantastic and there’s a<br />

real sense of belonging.”<br />

“It’s a professional, motivated<br />

and supportive environment,<br />

with both men and women of<br />

all ages,” agrees Doug. “Many<br />

are retired, but there are plenty<br />

of younger people with fulltime<br />

jobs. It’s just so gratifying<br />

when you can help your community.”<br />

“I really enjoy it as I love talking<br />

to people,” says Julie. “It’s<br />

just such a good cause and one<br />

I never realised was run by volunteers.<br />

They’re saving lives on<br />

the water – and that makes me<br />

feel really good.” – Rob Pegley<br />

*Want to volunteer? Call 9471<br />

8350<br />

Newport<br />

Core Culture, Shop 1 & 2,<br />

327 Barrenjoey Rd<br />

I Am Pilates, 86 Wallumatta Rd<br />

Perfect Fit, 367 Barrenjoey Rd<br />

Performance Health, 5/355<br />

Barrenjoey Rd<br />

The Booty Parlour, Unit 7/343<br />

Barrenjoey Rd<br />

Northern Beaches Pilates,<br />

11-13 The Boulevarde<br />

For love of… Yoga Studio,<br />

Shops 4-5/5 Kalinya St<br />

Mona Vale<br />

Concept 42, 2/81 Bassett St<br />

360 Strength and Performance, 2/8<br />

Wilmette Pl<br />

The Mona Gym, 14 Tengah Cres<br />

Warriewood<br />

Rebound Health, 14/90 Mona Vale Rd<br />

NBRHD Fitness, 10 Jubilee Ave<br />

Iron Academy, Unit 4101/4 Daydream St<br />

Fix and Flex Pilates., 1103/4 Daydream St<br />

Xen Studios, 4 Daydream St<br />

Holistic Health Club, Unit 31/14 Jubilee Ave<br />

Black Label fitness,<br />

1/2 Apollo St<br />

The Fitting Room, Unit 10/8 Apollo St<br />

Be Pure Pilates, Unit 3/8a<br />

Prosperity Parade<br />

Focus Health, Shop 2/120 Narrabeen<br />

Park Parade<br />

Soul Tiger Hot Studio, 11/3 Vuko Pl<br />

Fitness Boxx, 6/1 Vuko Pl<br />

Fitness Avenue, 15/3 Vuko Pl<br />

*This is not a sponsored listing – tell<br />

them <strong>Pittwater</strong> <strong>Life</strong> sent you!<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

with Rowena Beckenham<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Focus on these eye<br />

health tips in <strong>2024</strong><br />

The New Year brings lots<br />

of new resolutions, but<br />

by February some of<br />

those may have slipped by the<br />

wayside. One thing we don’t<br />

want you to let slide is your eye<br />

health.<br />

Some 75 per cent of Aussies<br />

value their vision as their most<br />

important sense but shockingly<br />

1 in 10 of us have never been<br />

to an optometrist. Only 25 per<br />

cent of us have gone in the last<br />

two years, which is recommended.<br />

At the beginning of<br />

<strong>2024</strong> we urge you to focus on<br />

your vision and make positive<br />

change for the future. Let’s<br />

look at some tangible suggestions<br />

for you to enact:<br />

n Don’t skimp on your sunnies.<br />

Sunglasses are equally<br />

important as sunscreen when<br />

it comes to protecting yourself<br />

from sun damage. For<br />

complete protection ensure<br />

you lenses have a grade 3 UV<br />

rating, or higher.<br />

n Balance screentime with<br />

‘green time’. Our eyes require<br />

90 minutes of outdoor time<br />

using long distance vision for<br />

balance. When using devices,<br />

they should be at least 50cm<br />

from our eyes and used with<br />

good ambient lighting.<br />

n Focus on healthy foods. Just<br />

as a balanced diet and good<br />

nutrition are essential for our<br />

overall health and wellbeing,<br />

both are also vital for our eye<br />

health, as is adequate hydra-<br />

tion. Alarmingly, 66 per cent<br />

of Aussies aren’t eating the<br />

recommended five servings of<br />

veggies a day.<br />

n Ditch the cigarettes (and<br />

the vapes!). Smoking is a<br />

major contributing factor for<br />

eye diseases which put you<br />

at an increased risk of losing<br />

your sight. Diseases such as<br />

age-related macular degeneration,<br />

cataracts, dry-eye disease,<br />

glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.<br />

The more you smoke<br />

the higher the risk, but there<br />

are no safe levels for our eyes.<br />

n Get enough sleep. Rest is<br />

vital for eye function, to alleviate<br />

stress and strain, and<br />

rejuvenate for the day ahead.<br />

Insufficient sleep disrupts this<br />

process, leading to increased<br />

risk of dry-eye disease, eye<br />

strain, glaucoma, and age-related<br />

macular degeneration.<br />

Your eyes are an integral part<br />

of your health; let’s make <strong>2024</strong><br />

the year of healthy vision!<br />

Rowena has been practising<br />

at Beckenham Optometrist in<br />

Avalon for 24 years. Whether<br />

it be in Avalon alongside<br />

valued colleagues Rebecca<br />

Thompson and Stephanie<br />

Ng, teaching eyecare<br />

nurses and teachers in a<br />

remote clinic in rural Sumba<br />

Indonesia, or helping direct<br />

the future of independent<br />

optometry in her role<br />

as Chair of the board of<br />

Provision, the passion for<br />

vision, eyes and the people<br />

behind the eyes is there.<br />

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Health & Wellbeing<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Clear winner for a healthy smile<br />

If you were given the opportunity to<br />

decide between traditional braces or<br />

clear aligners, which method would<br />

you choose? Lead dentist at Maven<br />

Dental Avalon Beach Dr Celso Cardona<br />

said many people were surprised to<br />

learn that Invisalign clear aligners were<br />

an effective solution to treating many<br />

orthodontic problems.<br />

“There’s a misperception that braces<br />

were the only option for more complex<br />

cases, however I would say ninety per<br />

cent of cases can be solved with Invisalign,”<br />

Dr Cardona said. “Also, many<br />

people think the main reason adults<br />

choose to use Invisalign is for cosmetic<br />

purposes and to simply improve their<br />

smile; however in the majority of cases<br />

it’s for function.”<br />

Invisalign can be used for variety of<br />

purposes, including crowding and spacing<br />

issues, as well as some mild and moderate<br />

bite issues. Teeth correction and straightening<br />

offered numerous benefits including:<br />

n Improved oral health – straight teeth are<br />

easier to clean which reduces the risk of<br />

tooth decay and gum disease.<br />

VIRTUALLY INVISIBLE: Invisalign aligners apply pressure to<br />

your teeth, gradually shifting them into desired places.<br />

n Enhanced bite alignment – properly<br />

aligned teeth prevent unnecessary wear on<br />

teeth and reduce the risk of jaw problems.<br />

n Increased self-esteem and confidence.<br />

Although suitable for all ages, Dr Cardona<br />

said most of his patients using Invisalign<br />

were aged over 60 years old.<br />

As we age, it’s natural for our teeth to<br />

shift slightly, however if you notice changes<br />

such as crowding or crooked teeth,<br />

new gaps appearing, or bite problems,<br />

it may be cause for concern.<br />

“It’s not uncommon for teeth to become<br />

crooked as we age,” Dr Cardona<br />

said. “The first ones to go are usually<br />

the front bottom teeth which become<br />

overcrowded and increasingly difficult<br />

to keep clean. Overcrowding can be<br />

easily corrected using Invisalign.”<br />

Many patients Dr Cardona sees with<br />

crooked teeth or misalignment issues<br />

had undergone orthodontic treatment<br />

when they were younger. “Even after<br />

braces or other dental work, your teeth<br />

will continue to shift slightly throughout<br />

your life,” he said. “If they did not<br />

wear retainers as instructed, their teeth<br />

may have moved over time.”<br />

Other candidates for Invisalign have<br />

always had crooked teeth and may not<br />

have had the opportunity to have braces<br />

as a child. “There is no age limit on having<br />

a healthy smile,” he said. Your dentist will<br />

recommend a treatment option best suited<br />

to you.<br />

– LO<br />

* Call Maven Dental Avalon 9918 2786.<br />

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Hair & Beauty<br />

with Sue Carroll<br />

A close look at HIFU: Is it<br />

just a fad, or is it worthwhile?<br />

HIFU (High Intensity<br />

Focused Ultrasound) is a<br />

skin treatment that fractionally<br />

and specifically traumatises<br />

tissue while maintaining<br />

dermal (second layer of the<br />

skin) integrity. It will increase<br />

skin tightening and enhance<br />

dermal remodelling results.<br />

HIFU was first used as an<br />

early-stage cancer treatment<br />

in the medical field, and from<br />

there, it has been utilised in the<br />

aesthetic profession. It has a<br />

wide array of treatment applications<br />

for both the face and the<br />

body. The treatment is safe and<br />

has virtually no downtime.<br />

The inflammatory response<br />

that HIFU triggers leads to the<br />

following two stages of wound<br />

healing. Even though this may<br />

sound a little daunting, it simply<br />

means:<br />

1. Fibroblast synthesis jumpstarts<br />

neo-collagenesis, followed<br />

by the remodelling of the<br />

collagen fibres.<br />

2. The heat from the HIFU creates<br />

noticeable skin tightening<br />

and contraction.<br />

HIFU treatments are excellent<br />

for skin-plumping, toning,<br />

tightening, lifting and facial<br />

contouring. Selective fat and<br />

cellulite reduction can also be<br />

achieved.<br />

HIFU can reach depths that<br />

laser devices can’t and does so<br />

safely on most Fitzpatrick skin<br />

types. By using precise depths<br />

of penetration, HIFU targets<br />

the epidermal-dermal junction<br />

(1.5mm, similar to needling),<br />

the dermis (3.0mm the deeper<br />

dermis or collagen zone), and<br />

the SMAS (4.5mm, the deeper<br />

collagen structure where<br />

tightening and regeneration<br />

will result with skin lifting and<br />

contouring of the jowls)). Beams<br />

of intersecting ultrasound energy<br />

bypass the epidermis and<br />

travel directly to the targeted<br />

depth, thereby avoiding surface<br />

downtime.<br />

What is the SMAS (superficial<br />

musculoaponeurotic system),<br />

I hear you ask. It plays a significant<br />

role by assisting with<br />

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support and shaping the face.<br />

The SMAS is located between<br />

the skin and the underlying<br />

facial muscles, starting at the<br />

bottom of the facial bones and<br />

extending up to the dermis.<br />

This system plays an important<br />

role in facial expressions, as it<br />

attaches to the muscles of the<br />

face. In addition, it will hold<br />

facial fat in place and provide<br />

foundation and support for<br />

skin. Unfortunately, As we age,<br />

the SMAS begins to deteriorate<br />

and loosen, leading to wrinkles<br />

and sagging skin. The SMAS,<br />

or the facelift layer as it is<br />

sometimes known, can assist<br />

in smoothing out wrinkles and<br />

give the face a more youthful<br />

appearance.<br />

One of the myths surrounding<br />

the HIFU treatment is that<br />

it will melt away fat. In some<br />

instances where it is required,<br />

this is the desired result.<br />

Depending on the age of the<br />

face, we all have superficial fat<br />

compartments. These compartments<br />

vary in thickness<br />

and composition. We also lose<br />

facial volume with age, so care<br />

must be taken when treating<br />

the fat pads that sag and<br />

pull on the SMAS due to their<br />

interconnecting structures.<br />

When there is sagging in the<br />

tissue around the jowls, chin,<br />

and lower mouth areas, this is<br />

often caused by a separation of<br />

the connective tissue and an increase<br />

in cell size. We therefore<br />

aim to rebuild the layers, starting<br />

with the SMAS, then the fat<br />

pads and finally the dermis.<br />

When HIFU is delivered properly<br />

it will not destroy facial fat cells<br />

and as with any treatment<br />

modality when performed by a<br />

professionally trained aesthetician,<br />

you will be in safe hands.<br />

As with most aesthetic treatments,<br />

to obtain the optimum<br />

results, prepping is simply<br />

non-negotiable. Skincare utilising<br />

SPF, tyrosinase inhibitors,<br />

Vitamin A, hydrating serums,<br />

multivitamins, peptides, and<br />

the appropriate cleansing ritual<br />

should be stringent morning<br />

and night. In Clinic treatments,<br />

both pre- and post-HIFU may<br />

consist of a light therapy<br />

modality such as BIOPTRON or<br />

LED.<br />

Treatments should be performed<br />

every 3-6 months, with<br />

a maximum of 3 treatments<br />

per year. Results can last over<br />

a year, depending on age, medical<br />

history, lifestyle, diet and<br />

home care. The HIFU glow that<br />

utilises only the 1.5mm depth of<br />

the cartridge can be performed<br />

monthly and provides a radiant<br />

and youthful appearance.<br />

What are you waiting for? Get<br />

glowing for <strong>2024</strong>!<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 />

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

with Brian Hrnjak<br />

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

What do Stage 3 tax cuts<br />

mean in Stage 2 of FY <strong>2024</strong>?<br />

This month as we pass<br />

the halfway mark of the<br />

financial year we look<br />

ahead to some upcoming<br />

changes and how to play<br />

them… A lot of the focus on<br />

financial preparedness for this<br />

financial year is being driven the<br />

coming change to the personal<br />

income tax scales. So much<br />

media time has been taken<br />

up with the merits of the socalled<br />

‘Stage 3’ tax cuts that a<br />

brief look over the politics is<br />

probably warranted.<br />

To do this, let’s step into a<br />

time machine and revisit budget<br />

night on 2 April 2019. Josh<br />

Frydenberg has just announced<br />

that the budget was ‘back in<br />

black’ and to celebrate, the<br />

Morrison Government would<br />

implement a three-stage<br />

program of taxation relief.<br />

Recall that budget night was<br />

brought forward to 2 April<br />

and a federal election to be<br />

held on Saturday 18 May<br />

was announced only a week<br />

following the budget.<br />

Stage 1 of the program was<br />

in the form of the LMITO – Low<br />

and Middle Income Tax Offsets,<br />

aka the ‘Lamington’ in 2019.<br />

Stage 2 was an adjustment of<br />

the scales between $37,000<br />

and $45,000 and $90,000 and<br />

$120,000 thresholds in 2020,<br />

plus extensions to LMITO and<br />

the low-income tax offset<br />

(LITO). Stage 3 is an adjustment<br />

of the scales between $45,000<br />

and $200,000 thresholds. You<br />

get the drift; lower income<br />

earners were feted by the<br />

government early and just<br />

before an election. High income<br />

earners were recognised<br />

but put on the backburner,<br />

potentially some governments<br />

into the future. No-one at this<br />

stage knew that bushfires,<br />

floods and COVID were coming.<br />

To continue with the<br />

examination of the politics,<br />

we need to look back at Bill<br />

Shorten’s campaign during the<br />

2019 election. I’ve seen the<br />

clip of him jogging… you can’t<br />

unsee it. The really relevant<br />

item for us was his interaction<br />

with a blue-collar worker<br />

in Gladstone Queensland;<br />

here’s how it was viewed in<br />

the official election review<br />

undertaken by Craig Emerson<br />

and Jay Weatherill: “On a<br />

visit to Gladstone in central<br />

Queensland, Bill Shorten was<br />

approached by a coal export<br />

terminal worker who said many<br />

of them earned $250,000 a year<br />

through overtime and evening<br />

shifts. The worker suggested:<br />

‘It would be good to see higher<br />

wage income earners given a<br />

tax break.’ Shorten responded:<br />

‘We’re going to look at that.’<br />

Labor’s policy, as outlined in<br />

the Budget reply, was to restore<br />

the 2 per cent deficit levy<br />

for incomes over $180,000,<br />

increasing the tax rate for those<br />

taxpayers. The slip or change<br />

of position was run heavily in<br />

the media. This further fuelled<br />

the ‘Shifty Shorten’ narrative.<br />

Morrison sought to capitalise on<br />

this during the second debate by<br />

physically advancing on Shorten,<br />

but Shorten parried with a<br />

‘space invader’ jibe.”<br />

Tricky; the guy wanted to talk<br />

about the scourge of bracket<br />

creep, but Bill didn’t have the<br />

heart to tell him they were<br />

going to tax him another 2% on<br />

his income over $180,000 (to<br />

51% including Medicare levy) –<br />

at least not while all those pesky<br />

TV cameras were around.<br />

And there in that paragraph is<br />

the likely reason why following<br />

the 2019 election the opposition<br />

led by Anthony Albanese voted<br />

with the government in passing<br />

the Stage 3 cuts which are now<br />

law and commence on 1 July<br />

this year. Average earnings in<br />

Australia according to the latest<br />

from the ABS were just shy of<br />

$90,000 for men and $78,000<br />

for women. It is not unusual<br />

for what could be considered<br />

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traditional Labor voting<br />

occupations to cross into the<br />

highest taxation brackets. Both<br />

political parties need to be able<br />

to appeal to the broad centre<br />

and that certainly includes<br />

this higher earning cohort<br />

who dislike paying close to<br />

half of what they earn above a<br />

threshold to the government.<br />

The effect of the Stage 3 tax<br />

cuts on a range of income levels<br />

is per the table above:<br />

There are benefits to<br />

taxpayers earning from<br />

$45,000 in taxable income and<br />

rising as income approaches<br />

$200,000. Beyond that<br />

threshold there are decreasing<br />

returns. The main effect of<br />

the Stage 3 cuts comes in as<br />

income crosses over $120,000<br />

where the marginal tax rate<br />

falls from 37% to 30% and from<br />

$180,000 to $200,000 as the<br />

marginal rate falls from 45% to<br />

30%.<br />

So what would I be doing<br />

in anticipation of these new<br />

scales coming in? The general<br />

theme is simple – bring forward<br />

any deductions and defer any<br />

income if possible.<br />

We do know that these tax<br />

cuts are law so income earners<br />

around these thresholds can<br />

anticipate savings in the new<br />

financial year, this may be<br />

grounds for bringing forward<br />

superannuation contributions<br />

into this year either as a<br />

salary sacrifice if you have not<br />

been making the maximum<br />

contributions or as catch-up<br />

concessional contributions if<br />

you are eligible. Markets have<br />

been good so those hovering<br />

under the $500,000 balance<br />

threshold at 30 June last year<br />

(which allows you to make catch<br />

up contributions) may be wise<br />

to act before 30 June this year<br />

as the 2018/19 cap amounts will<br />

expire this financial year.<br />

What we don’t know<br />

is what might be in the<br />

budget. Depending on the<br />

numbers, Treasurer Chalmers<br />

may use the carrot approach<br />

and reintroduce a LMIFO type<br />

benefit for lower income<br />

earners or revert to a stick and<br />

whack retirees or high-income<br />

earners in other ways. Also,<br />

at this stage we don’t know<br />

the December quarter CPI or<br />

Average Weekly Ordinary Time<br />

Earnings (AWOTE) to know<br />

if there will be indexation<br />

of transfer balance caps for<br />

superannuation pensions or<br />

superannuation contribution<br />

thresholds, respectively.<br />

* Proving that a week is a long<br />

time in politics, as we went<br />

to print the PM signalled an<br />

intent to review the form of<br />

the Stage 3 tax cuts. While<br />

the amounts may change the<br />

principles of the discussion<br />

above are still sound and<br />

highlight the need to consider<br />

politics as a risk factor in<br />

personal financial planning.<br />

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

The Local Voice Since 1991<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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Alliance Climate Control<br />

Call 02 9186 4179<br />

Air Conditioning & Electrical<br />

Professionals. Specialists in Air<br />

Conditioning Installation, Service,<br />

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TeslaAirportTransfers<br />

Call Ben 0405 544 311<br />

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Call 9970 6999<br />

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Call Dan 0419 160 883<br />

Professional building and carpentry<br />

services, renovations, decks, pergolas.<br />

Fully licensed & insured. Local business<br />

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Call Cameron 0418 608 398<br />

Avalon-based. Doors & locks, timber gates<br />

& handrails, decking repairs and timber<br />

replacement. Also privacy screens. 25<br />

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Amazing Clean<br />

Call Andrew 0412 475 2871<br />

Specialists in blinds, curtains and<br />

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Aussie Clean Team<br />

Call John 0478 799 680<br />

For a good clean, inside and outside;<br />

windows, gutters. Also repairs.<br />

Housewashing<br />

northernbeaches.au<br />

Call Ben 0408 682 525<br />

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Adrians Concrete<br />

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Driveways, paths, slabs… all your<br />

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Call Adrian 9063 4658<br />

All services & repairs, 24hr. Lighting<br />

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Seniors discount 5%.<br />

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Call Eamon 0410 457 373<br />

For all electrical needs including<br />

phone, TV and data. <strong>Pittwater</strong>-based.<br />

Reliable; quality service guaranteed.<br />

Warrick Leggo<br />

Call Warrick 0403 981 941<br />

Specialising in domestic work; small<br />

jobs welcome. Seniors’ discount;<br />

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Blue Tongue Carpets<br />

Call Stephan or Roslyn 9979 7292<br />

Northern Beaches Flooring Centre has<br />

been family owned & run for over 20<br />

years. Carpets, Tiles, Timber, Laminates,<br />

Hybrids & Vinyls. Open 6 days.<br />


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Call 0415 817 880<br />

Full range of gardening services<br />

including landscaping, maintenance<br />

and rubbish removal.<br />

Conscious Gardener Avalon<br />

Call Matt 0411 750 791<br />

Professional local team offering quality<br />

garden maintenance, horticultural<br />

advice; also garden makeovers.<br />

Melaleuca Landscapes<br />

Call Sandy 0416 276 066<br />

Professional design and construction<br />

for every garden situation. Sustainable<br />

vegetable gardens and waterfront specialist.<br />


Local Handyman<br />

Call Jono 0413 313299<br />

Small and medium-sized building<br />

jobs, also welding & metalwork;<br />

licensed.<br />


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Call 9999 4991<br />

Specialists in remodelling. On-premises<br />

(Mona Vale) workshop for cleaning,<br />

repairing (including laser welding),<br />

polishing. Family owned for nearly 40 years.<br />


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Call 9982 1265<br />

Local emergency specialists, 7 days.<br />

Sales, service, installation. Warranty<br />

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Call 9972 9300<br />

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showroom in Collaroy.<br />

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Call 9938 5477<br />

Specialists in all kitchen needs; design,<br />

fitting, consultation. Excellent trades.<br />


Avalon Physiotherapy<br />

Call 9918 3373<br />

Provide specialist treatment for neck &<br />

back pain, sports injuries, orthopaedic<br />

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Call 0447 999 929<br />

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

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roof painting. Call for a quote.<br />

Trades & Services<br />

Precision Tree Services<br />

Call Adam 0410 736 105<br />

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qualified arborists and tree surgeons.<br />


Cloud9 R&G<br />

Call Tommy 0447 999 929<br />

Prompt and reliable service; gutter<br />

cleaning and installation, leak detection,<br />

roof installation and painting. Also roof<br />

repairs specialist.<br />

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Call 0419 466 783<br />

Leaking roofs, tile repairs, tiles<br />

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Call 0406 824 189<br />

Residential specialists in new work &<br />

repaints / interior & exterior. Premium<br />

paints; 17 years’ experience.<br />


Predator Pest Control<br />

Call 0417 276 962<br />

predatorpestcontrol.com.au<br />

Environmental services at their best.<br />

Comprehensive control. Eliminate all<br />

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Total Pipe Relining<br />

Call Josh 0423 600 455<br />

Repair pipe problems without<br />

replacement. Drain systems fully<br />

relined; 50 years’ guaranty. Latest<br />

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Call Jack 0403 385 312<br />

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

health regulations. Old-fashioned<br />

honesty & reliability. Free quotes.<br />

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vegetation. Also car removals.<br />


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Fix anything that slides in your home;<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 />

Time to reboot the family<br />

routine with healthier snacks<br />

With the holiday season behind us,<br />

February is the time to (reluctantly…<br />

sadly, even) reboot the family routine.<br />

Healthier eating becomes the priority – but<br />

that’s sometimes hard to manage. Like most,<br />

I want ‘healthier snacks’ – but I also want<br />

Pizza Toasts<br />

Makes 6<br />

6 slices grain or wholemeal<br />

bread<br />

100g mild sliced Hungarian<br />

salami<br />

12 Solanato tomatoes, halved<br />

2 cups grated pizza cheese<br />

½ cup baby rocket, spinach or<br />

basil leaves<br />

Pizza toast sauce<br />

1¼ cups tomato passata<br />

¼ cup tomato sauce<br />

1 tsp dried oregano<br />

1. Lightly toast the bread.<br />

Preheat oven grill to high.<br />

2. Mix all the pizza toast<br />

sauce ingredients together.<br />

Season. Spread evenly<br />

between the toasted bread,<br />

right to the edges. Top with<br />

salami, tomatoes, cheese<br />

and rocket, spinach or basil.<br />

3. Place under the grill for 2-3<br />

minutes, until the cheese<br />

is melted. Allow to stand 1<br />

minute before serving.<br />

pepperoni, capsicum, olives<br />

and mushrooms; Hawaiianreplace<br />

the salami with ham<br />

and tomatoes with pineapple.<br />

For a meat-free option, replace<br />

the pizza sauce with barbecue<br />

sauce mixed with tomato<br />

sauce and top with sliced<br />

mushrooms, roasted pumpkin<br />

and tomatoes.<br />

Berry coconut<br />

yoghurt popsicles<br />

Makes 10<br />

150g fresh or frozen<br />

raspberries, blueberries,<br />

strawberries<br />

2 tbs caster sugar<br />

2 tbs water<br />

1½ cups Greek-style yoghurt<br />

1 cup chilled coconut water<br />

(see Janelle’s Tip)<br />

1 tsp vanilla extract, optional<br />

delicious, nutritious, tasty, filling snacks that<br />

the whole family will enjoy. Here’s hoping the<br />

recipes below cover all those options, whether<br />

it be mid-morning, lunch or after school/<br />

sport.<br />

Set aside to cool. Roughly<br />

mash the fruit with a fork.<br />

2. Combine the yoghurt,<br />

coconut water and vanilla,<br />

mix well. Swirl ¼ cup the<br />

berry mixture through the<br />

yoghurt mixture. Spoon the<br />

berry-yoghurt mixture and<br />

remaining berry mixture,<br />

alternately between 10 x<br />

1/3-cup capacity (80ml) ice<br />

block moulds. Insert paddle<br />

pop sticks. Freeze for 8<br />

hours or until firm.<br />

3. Unmould; store in an<br />

airtight container in the<br />

freezer for up to 4 months.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: For a creamier<br />

popsicle, replace the coconut<br />

water with coconut milk or<br />

coconut cream.<br />

Dairy-free<br />

banana bread<br />

Serves 8-10<br />

2 cups wholemeal self-raising<br />

flour<br />

2 tsp baking powder<br />

1 tsp ground cinnamon<br />

½ cup raw sugar or caster<br />

sugar<br />

1 cup desiccated coconut<br />

¼ cup olive oil<br />

1¼ cups coconut milk<br />

2 large bananas, mashed (1<br />

cup), plus 1 extra banana<br />

1. Preheat oven to 180°C fan<br />

forced. Grease and line 6cm<br />

deep, 10cm x 21cm (base)<br />

loaf pan.<br />

2. Combine flour, baking<br />

powder, cinnamon, sugar<br />

and coconut in a bowl.<br />

Make a well in the centre.<br />

Add the oil, coconut milk<br />

and mashed banana. Stir<br />

gently until combined.<br />

Spoon mixture into the<br />

1. Place the berries (if using<br />

strawberries, hull then<br />

slice) sugar and water in a<br />

medium saucepan. Stir over<br />

medium heat for 5 minutes<br />

Variations: The toppings<br />

until the fruit softens<br />

are limitless, make supreme slightly. Bring to the boil<br />

pizza toasts by adding<br />

then remove from the heat.<br />

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loaf pan and smooth the<br />

surface.<br />

3. Peel the remaining banana<br />

and slice in half. Place both<br />

halves, cut side up, on<br />

top of the mixture. Bake<br />

for 50-60 minutes or until<br />

a skewer inserted in the<br />

centre comes out clean. Set<br />

aside for 10 minutes in the<br />

pan. Lift onto a wire rack.<br />

4. Slice and serve warm, toasted<br />

or at room temperature.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: Banana bread<br />

will keep 3-4 days in an<br />

airtight container at room<br />

temperature. Alternately,<br />

slice and wrap individually in<br />

plastic and freeze for up to 3<br />

months.<br />

Carrot cake cookies<br />

Makes 16<br />

1 cup traditional rolled oats<br />

1 cup ground almonds<br />

½ cup plain wholemeal flour<br />

1 tsp baking powder<br />

1 tsp ground cinnamon<br />

2/3 cup brown sugar<br />

1 cup pecans or walnuts,<br />

chopped<br />

1/3 cup sultanas (optional)<br />

1½ cups grated carrot<br />

½ cup light olive oil or canola oil<br />

1 egg, lightly beaten with a fork<br />

1. Preheat oven to 180°C fan<br />

forced. Line 2 baking trays<br />

with baking paper.<br />

2. Place the oats, ground<br />

almonds, flour, baking<br />

powder and cinnamon in<br />

a bowl, mix well. Add the<br />

sugar, pecans and sultanas,<br />

mix well. Make a well in<br />

the centre. Add the carrot,<br />

oil and egg. Stir until well<br />

combined.<br />

3. Drop tablespoons of the<br />

mixture onto the trays,<br />

allowing room for spreading.<br />

Use damp fingertips to<br />

flatten each cookie slightly.<br />

4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or<br />

until the cookies are light<br />

golden and spring back to<br />

shape when lightly touched<br />

in the centre. Set aside to<br />

cool on the trays.<br />

Janelle’s Tip: Cookies will<br />

keep 4-5 days in an airtight<br />

container lined with foil<br />

at room temperature. The<br />

cookies are delicious spread<br />

with cream cheese frosting.<br />

Tuna, tomato and<br />

avocado salsa<br />

lettuce cups<br />

Makes 12<br />

1 cos lettuce, leaves separated,<br />

washed and dried<br />

200g cherry tomatoes,<br />

chopped<br />

1 large ripe avocado, chopped<br />

2 tbs extra virgin olive oil<br />

2 tbs lemon juice<br />

1 tsp seeded mustard<br />

2 tbs whole egg mayonnaise<br />

425 can tuna in oil, drained<br />

1 hard-boiled eggs, peeled,<br />

finely chopped<br />

2 tbs chopped herbs, optional<br />

1. Place the lettuce onto a<br />

serving platter.<br />

2. Combine the cherry tomato<br />

and avocado in a bowl. In a<br />

separate bowl, whisk the oil,<br />

lemon, mustard and season<br />

with salt and pepper. Spoon 2<br />

tablespoons over the tomato<br />

and avocado, stir to coat.<br />

3. Add the mayonnaise to the<br />

remaining dressing, whisk<br />

until smooth. Flake the tuna<br />

and add to the mayonnaise<br />

mixture with the egg. Add<br />

herbs, stir to combine.<br />

4. Spoon the tuna mixture into<br />

the lettuce cups, top with<br />

tomato and avocado salsa.<br />

Serve.<br />

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Tasty Morsels<br />

with Beverley Hudec<br />

Some Tiny Morsels to savour in February<br />

Flat out beating these<br />

tasty, fluffy bagels<br />

Jerusalem bagels make great toasties.<br />

Instead of more familiar NY boiled<br />

bagels, these beauties are a different<br />

shape and baked in a hot oven, so<br />

they’re lighter, fluffier like pitta bread.<br />

Fillings include poached chicken<br />

with zucchini, rocket and zaatar and<br />

smoked salmon with cream cheese. Try<br />

one at Narrabeen’s Fuel Espresso.<br />

Tasty Morsels<br />

New Mexican on the<br />

menu at Newport<br />

Hola Nopales! This vibrant fusion<br />

Mexican brings big bangs of flavour<br />

to Newport. How about 32-hour beef<br />

short ribs with a tamarind glaze,<br />

battered cauliflower tacos with<br />

pineapple coriander salsa, or Hiramasa<br />

kingfish with mango? If that’s a ‘yes’,<br />

Nopales opens Wednesdays from 4pm<br />

and from noon, Friday to Sunday.<br />

More than just<br />

a bread winner<br />

Berkelo, the popular local<br />

bakery with onsite cafes,<br />

is now doing Friday and<br />

Saturday dinners. You’ll<br />

have to “go bush” to try out<br />

dishes like ravioli stuffed<br />

with zucchini and ricotta<br />

or sourdough spaghetti,<br />

prawns and chilli. Berkelo’s<br />

Terrey Hills venue is open<br />

for daytime cafe duties and<br />

sourdough. It’s also popular<br />

for weekend cyclists.<br />

Awaken a cafe by<br />

day, bar by night<br />

Christmas heralded the arrival of a<br />

new Avalon eatery. Awaken is a cafe<br />

by day and a bar by night. Press,<br />

Pump & Grind supplies the stream<br />

of caffeine hits; while fruit and veg<br />

comes from Avalon Organics and<br />

bread from La Banette. If you’re doing<br />

lunch, there’s a burger and chips, a<br />

house quinoa bowl and a trio of mini<br />

sliders or tacos.<br />

Three of a kind: Chill out<br />

Chill Bar has been a favourite for<br />

Avalon residents and summer<br />

visitors for well over a decade<br />

now. The shop makes ice cream<br />

onsite, tempting customers with<br />

countless flavours to please all<br />

ages. Classic French vanilla is<br />

a perennial, but other scoops<br />

include pistachio and Ferrero<br />

Rocher. Still in summer, why<br />

not try cooling mango or lemon<br />

sorbet?<br />

Acai or Coco soft serve?<br />

Newport’s Blessed Bowls has<br />

both frozen delights on the<br />

menu, plus build-your-own<br />

options. The original acai<br />

bowl features organic acai, the<br />

Brazilian superfruit, organic<br />

granola, seasonal fruit,<br />

coconut shreds and honey.<br />

Swap for the Coco Beach<br />

(pictured) and you’ll get a cold<br />

summer treat.<br />

Mona Vale’s Rosa shakes<br />

up those sultry February<br />

nights with a cool selection<br />

of summer drinks. The menu<br />

features a frozen cocktail<br />

special as well as margaritas<br />

galore and a frozen lychee<br />

and mint margarita. This<br />

tequila shot is pepped up with<br />

cucumber and coconut water.<br />

Open Wednesday to Sunday,<br />

from 5pm.<br />

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

Compiled by David Stickley<br />

27 A manner of speaking that is<br />

natural to native speakers of a<br />

language (5)<br />

28 Any aquatic animal with<br />

pores in its body wall and a<br />

rigid or elastic internal<br />

skeleton (6)<br />

29 Make agreeable or less<br />

painful (7)<br />

ACROSS<br />

1 Someone who risks loss or<br />

injury in the hope of gain or<br />

excitement (7)<br />

5 Taste or preference (6)<br />

8 Sailing class (5)<br />

9 A class of asymmetrical<br />

molluscs, including the limpets,<br />

whelks, snails and slugs (9)<br />

11 Natural ability (6)<br />

12 An entrepreneur who sells<br />

goods through the Internet (1-6)<br />

14 A lightweight surfboard (6)<br />

15 Essential ingredient of<br />

traditional pesto (8)<br />

18 Worker who’s a jack of all<br />

trades (8)<br />

20 Large piles (6)<br />

22 An outburst of bad temper or<br />

petulance (7)<br />

24 Event that will take place at<br />

the Metro Mirage Hotel Newport<br />

on February 24 (6)<br />

26 Craft preferred by local<br />

sailor, John Forbes (9)<br />

DOWN<br />

1 Absence of wind, force 0 on<br />

the Beaufort scale (4)<br />

2 The ‘father’ of Avalon Beach<br />

(1,1,5)<br />

3 Home ground location of the<br />

Avalon Soccer Club (6,3)<br />

4 That which is morally or<br />

socially correct or just (5)<br />

5 American city that will host<br />

the opening games of the <strong>2024</strong><br />

NRL season, including Manly-<br />

Warringah v South Sydney (3,5)<br />

6 One of the types of curries<br />

available at The Cheer Factory in<br />

Newport (5)<br />

7 Vibrant fusion Mexican<br />

restaurant in Newport (7)<br />

10 Absence of light or<br />

illumination (8)<br />

13 Insistent; forceful (8)<br />

16 Mode of transport to be used<br />

by Richard and Judy Brierley-<br />

Jones and Lawrence and Linda<br />

Lee on their global 35,000km<br />

trip (9)<br />

17 Iconic growth generally<br />

restricted to tropical and<br />

subtropical climates (4,4)<br />

19 Around-the-clock (3-4)<br />

21 Pharmacy (7)<br />

23 (In Asian cuisine) quickcooking<br />

noodles, typically<br />

served in a broth with meat and<br />

vegetables (5)<br />

24 Bills of fare (5)<br />

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

____ (4)<br />

[Solution page 64]<br />

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

with Gabrielle Bryant<br />

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

Lemon myrtles: essential oils<br />

and magic for your cooking<br />

The lemon myrtle<br />

tree, backhousia<br />

citriodora, has been<br />

used by the indigenous<br />

population of Australia<br />

for thousands of years,<br />

both as tucker food,<br />

as an insect repellent<br />

and in medicinal herbal<br />

remedies. The essential<br />

oils of the lemon myrtle<br />

have antifungal and antiinflammatory<br />

properties.<br />

The lemon scent of the<br />

crushed leaves is known<br />

to repel insects and is<br />

a more friendly method<br />

of repelling insects than<br />

modern chemical sprays.<br />

It was first discovered and<br />

introduced for modern use<br />

by James Backhouse an<br />

English botanist in 1853,<br />

and is now used in the<br />

cosmetic industry, as a<br />

culinary additive and for<br />

aromatherapy.<br />

The lemon Myrtle is<br />

an attractive, small tree<br />

that can be hedged or<br />

grown as an ornamental<br />

small tree. The glossy,<br />

bright green leaves<br />

contrast against the fluffy<br />

white flowers in Summer<br />

and the lemon scent<br />

of the crushed leaves<br />

is unrivalled. Plant this<br />

rainforest tree close to<br />

paths and walkways to<br />

enjoy the fragrance that is<br />

released as you brush by.<br />

It is a small tree that<br />

is easily maintained,<br />

making it perfect for small<br />

gardens and as a street<br />

tree under the power lines.<br />

It loves sun or semi shade<br />

and once established will<br />

tolerate most climatic<br />

conditions, including<br />

drought and heavy rain.<br />

Pick the leaves and<br />

enjoy a sensational cup<br />

of lemon tree; use them<br />

in cooking together with<br />

fish, lamb, BBQs and<br />

salads; or in cheesecakes,<br />

muffins and sweet desert<br />

recipes. Crushed and dried<br />

the leaves can be stored<br />

for use as a lemon-flavour<br />

herb in any recipe that<br />

uses lemons.<br />

Caring for<br />

crepe myrtles<br />

The crepe myrtle trees, largerstroemia<br />

indica, are looking gorgeous. They<br />

love the hot, humid weather. They<br />

are flowering now and can be seen<br />

everywhere. The colours can be white,<br />

pink, lavender, crimson or red. Sadly,<br />

many are planted as street trees that<br />

grow uncared for and get butchered<br />

when cut back under the power lines.<br />

To grow crepe myrtles, prune back by<br />

one third every Winter when they lose<br />

their leaves.<br />

Crepe myrtles don’t have to be huge<br />

unkept trees; there is a dwarf variety,<br />

largerstroemia indica nana. The colours<br />

are similar – but they are shrubs, not<br />

trees. With all the attributes of their<br />

taller cousins, these smaller shrubs reach<br />

a maximum height of 1.8m – perfect<br />

for smaller gardens, in the ground or in<br />

large tubs in a courtyard. Prune them<br />

back every Winter to keep them bushy<br />

and compact.<br />

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Some like it HOT!<br />

Chilli peppers are easy to<br />

grow and make the most<br />

attractive pot plants or border<br />

plants in the veggie garden.<br />

They come in every shape and<br />

colour. February is the month<br />

that they are readily available<br />

as maturing flowering plants.<br />

Before you buy, check the heat<br />

rating (on the label). Chillies are<br />

rated from 1-10 – with 10 being<br />

fiery hot!<br />

Hundreds of cultivars have<br />

been developed over the years,<br />

from the original plant that<br />

was used in Mexico by the<br />

Aztecs and the Mayan peoples,<br />

both in cooking and as a paste<br />

applied to wounds. It was the<br />

discovery of South America by<br />

Christopher Columbus in 1492<br />

that began the spread of the<br />

use of chillies to the rest of the<br />

world.<br />

If you are growing chillies<br />

just for decoration consider<br />

the Rainbow chilli, a small<br />

shrub just 60cm tall with multi<br />

coloured fruits, or the more<br />

unusual Lemon Drop chilli,<br />

This traditionally is the month to replant your veggie garden but<br />

this year the weather is just too hot. Wait a couple of weeks<br />

until it cools a little at night.<br />

Pull out any veggies that have finished or that have been badly<br />

affected by mildew. Weed and turn the soil and let it rest for a few<br />

days before replanting.<br />

Tomatoes will keep fruiting<br />

if you remove any yellowed or<br />

diseased lower leaves. Trim<br />

them back for a second crop.<br />

Some seedlings can be<br />

planted now. Lettuce can be<br />

planted under tomato plants,<br />

where they will be sheltered<br />

from the heat; while carrots<br />

and spring onions can be<br />

planted year-round. Bok choy<br />

and Chinese vegetables grow<br />

quickly. Seed tape makes it<br />

easy to repeat sowing every<br />

couple of weeks.<br />

It is too early to plant<br />

seedlings of broccoli,<br />

parsnips, cabbage,<br />

cauliflower, broccolini, kale<br />

and spinach but you can sow seeds that will be ready to plant out<br />

by the end of the month.<br />

There is still time for a second crop of bush beans before winter.<br />

If you aren’t already growing herbs, this is a good month<br />

to start. Parsley, basil, chives, tarragon, marjoram, thyme and<br />

oregano will give you a basic variety of herbs to get going. Mint<br />

should be planted separately in a large pot. Once it gets into the<br />

garden it will take over and be hard to control.<br />

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with a rating of 7, that comes<br />

from Peru. This will grow to 1m<br />

tall and is covered with bright<br />

yellow fruit.<br />

For cooking, choose carefully.<br />

There are some that are easily<br />

found both as chillies in the<br />

supermarket and as plants in<br />

the garden centres.<br />

The mildest is the Bell<br />

Lantern chilli that has a sweet,<br />

spicy flavour.<br />

There are many medium-hot<br />

chillies but most usual are the<br />

long red peppers, the Rainbow<br />

chillies or Thai chillies. (Just<br />

check that their number is 7<br />

or under or that they have a<br />

pictorial rating of 2<br />

chillies.)<br />

Cayenne, Bird’s<br />

Eye and the<br />

Jalapenos that are<br />

used as chipotle in<br />

Mexican cooking<br />

are next with a<br />

rating of 8 (or 3 pics<br />

chillies), followed<br />

by green habaneros<br />

who rate as 10!<br />

Autumn veggie planting<br />

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Jobs this Month<br />

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Whatever happened<br />

to the Summer that<br />

was meant to be<br />

the hottest and driest on<br />

record? Our gardens are<br />

confused; one day heatwave<br />

and the next is pouring rain<br />

and thunderstorms. It is no<br />

wonder that the garden is<br />

struggling! (Don’t be tempted<br />

to remove any sunburnt<br />

leaves that appear after the<br />

random very hot days. They<br />

will protect the rest of the<br />

plant. With such strange<br />

weather patterns there may<br />

well be more hot days to<br />

come.)<br />

Grass care<br />

Mow the grass regularly to<br />

prevent it growing long and<br />

lanky. It is better to mow<br />

frequently than to suddenly<br />

expose the roots that have<br />

been shaded by tall grass. Feed<br />

the lawn this month for Autumn<br />

growth.<br />

Autumn prep<br />

Pull out veggies that are<br />

struggling and prepare the<br />

garden for Autumn planting.<br />

It is good to leave the soil<br />

empty for a couple of weeks<br />

before replanting Winter crops.<br />

Dig the garden well and turn<br />

in additional compost and<br />

fertiliser.<br />

Easy growing<br />

If you are new to growing<br />

vegetables, try a quick crop<br />

of Pak Choi seedlings or buy<br />

a packet of seed tape. Within<br />

just a few weeks you will be<br />

harvesting your crop. (If you<br />

have a compost bin, take<br />

care not to include the seeds<br />

of tomatoes, pumpkins or<br />

watermelons. They will all<br />

germinate when you add the<br />

compost to the garden!)<br />

Cut & keep<br />

Lightly prune back Summerflowering<br />

shrubs. Don’t throw<br />

away the greenery. Select<br />

February<br />

Hedge your best<br />

Keep hedges trimmed. If<br />

you are planting a new<br />

hedge, think about the<br />

Fairy Magnolias. They are<br />

an alternative to murrayas<br />

and lillipillies. Unlike other<br />

magnolias they are evergreen,<br />

compact bushy shrubs that<br />

can be pruned into hedges.<br />

Plant them 1 metre apart, they<br />

are fast growing and quickly<br />

form a hedge or windbreak up<br />

to 3 metres tall. In Spring they<br />

will be covered with a mass of<br />

fragrant flowers, either white,<br />

cream or pale pink.<br />

suitable prunings to make new<br />

cuttings. Chop the rest into<br />

smaller pieces and put them in<br />

the compost bin.<br />

Mind mildew<br />

Veggies that are affected<br />

by powdery mildew can<br />

be safely sprayed with Eco<br />

fungicide. Read the withholding<br />

instructions carefully before<br />

spraying. A spray made with<br />

1 tsp of baking soda mixed in<br />

250 ml of water is an alternative<br />

spray that is very effective.<br />

Citrus feed<br />

It’s the last time to feed citrus<br />

trees before Winter. Spray<br />

with Eco oil to protect the new<br />

shoots from leaf miner as they<br />

appear. Any new growth that<br />

is already affected should be<br />

cut off. New shoots will soon<br />

appear.<br />

Other chores<br />

Move pots of cymbidium<br />

orchids from the shade into<br />

bright light or morning sun.<br />

They will need the light to<br />

develop their flower spikes…<br />

Lightly trim back roses, remove<br />

any old flower stems and feed<br />

the bushes. In just a short time<br />

you will have an Autumn flush<br />

of flowers when the weather<br />

cools.<br />

Crossword solution from page 61<br />

Mystery location: THE BASIN<br />

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Times Past<br />

Road expansion to Clareville<br />

Without some prompting,<br />

very few locals<br />

would recognise this<br />

thoroughfare as looking west<br />

along Avalon Parade. In fact,<br />

it’s most likely that the photo<br />

was taken before 1920, when<br />

this same stretch of road was<br />

previously called Clareville<br />

Road!<br />

The ‘father’ of Avalon<br />

Beach, AJ Small, envisaged it<br />

as a “grand tree-lined parade”<br />

linking the beach to Clareville<br />

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

True, Central Road had<br />

existed and served a similar<br />

purpose – but its harsher contours<br />

often led to washaways.<br />

Bert Dewbury used to deliver<br />

bread from Mazey’s Bakery<br />

at Mona Vale and complained<br />

bitterly about the number of<br />

drive chains he went through<br />

on his Harley Davidson and<br />

sidecar negotiating the sandtraps<br />

in Central Road.<br />

Interestingly, on a 1901<br />

subdivision plan indicating<br />

Central Road, it is also<br />

labelled “road to cave” and<br />

would have provided access<br />

to St Michael’s Cave from <strong>Pittwater</strong><br />

via the Clareville Wharf<br />

from 1885. Coast access at the<br />

time would have been rather<br />

poor – and the reason why<br />

Charles de Boos had walked<br />

from Manly to Barrenjoey<br />

only 20-plus years earlier.<br />

A strange “tail” of a track,<br />

labelled Arnold Road, appears<br />

on several subdivision plans<br />

heading south from the intersection<br />

of Central Road and<br />

Hudson Parade for about 300<br />

feet in 1912. It was also the<br />

western boundary of the 100-<br />

acre property called ‘Risingholme’<br />

which is the one which<br />

AJ Small purchased to create<br />

his seaside village of Avalon<br />

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GO WEST: Clareville Road pre-1920; and the first subdivision by AJ Small in 1920 which shows Clareville Road<br />

before it became Avalon Parade one year later. (Note also that Seaview Avenue later became Elouera Avenue and<br />

Coolawin Road is still ’to be born’. Also, Barrenjoey Road is not yet Old Barrenjoey Road since (new) Barrenjoey<br />

Road around the golf course is still some eight years away.)<br />

Beach. It eventually linked<br />

up with Clareville Road to<br />

become Avalon Parade.<br />

The culvert behind the<br />

cows locates the creek’s passage<br />

from what later became<br />

Ruskin Rowe, passing under<br />

the road or track and across<br />

(and under) the present entrance<br />

to <strong>Pittwater</strong> Palms.<br />

The white fence in the distance<br />

as the road begins its<br />

climb is actually the boundary<br />

fence of the property<br />

called ‘Gunjulla’. The two<br />

stone gateposts mark the<br />

original entrance to the property<br />

and still stand fronting<br />

Avalon Parade, just above the<br />

entrance to Gunjulla Place.<br />

*Alas, no matter how many<br />

increased resolutions we<br />

endeavoured to scan the<br />

sign on the right with, it<br />

refused to reveal itself from<br />

the original photo. Can any<br />

reader enlighten us?<br />

TIMES PAST is supplied by<br />

local historian and President<br />

of the Avalon Beach<br />

Historical Society GEOFF<br />

SEARL. Visit the Society’s<br />

showroom in Bowling Green<br />

Lane, Avalon Beach.<br />

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